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  • Opinions

    Minimum wage at appropriate rate

      As Pennsylvania contemplates raising the minimum wage, there is much more to consider than simply money, as the potential economic side effects accompanying could be damaging to young job seekers. The majority of workers concerned about the minimum wage are young people looking for jobs, mainly those who are high school-age to their mid-20s.

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    Internships valuable for students

      Internship season is starting, and students across campus are reveling in new opportunities or panicking over upcoming application deadlines. The University stresses the importance of internships, especially within the new core curriculum being introduced in the fall, but some students don’t realize just how important it is to have internship experience when entering the work force after graduation.

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    Barbara Walters leaves behind legacy

      Last week, Barbara Walters, 84, announced the official date of her retirement and final departure from the TV show “The View.” May 16, 2014 will mark a sad day in television history. Walters is set to leave 50 years of television and a groundbreaking career behind her.

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    School stabbing exploited by media

      “Hey do you want to write an article about the stabbing?” – text message from Johanna Wharran, opinions editor for The Globe, 5:58 p.m., April 9, 2014. No, I don’t want to write an article about the stabbings that injured 21 people at Franklin Regional High School Wednesday.

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    Pirates set sail for a winning season

      Baseball fans can finally rejoice – the 2014 season has begun. In past years, the new season would be greeted with groans and low expectations. However, now more than ever, the new season is met with high hopes and anticipation. It is time once again for Pittsburgh Pirates baseball.

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    Miley course goes beyond twerking

      Ever wanted to take a class on Miley Cyrus? Starting this summer students at Skidmore College, a private liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, NY, can. The college is offering a course called “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media” during this summer session.

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    Letter to the Editor

    Unionization helps retain quality teachers, says ex-Point Park adjunct

      Dear Editor, I’m writing a response to the letter in the Globe entitled “Adjunct unionization is not in students’ best interests.” The letter was about the value of individualism but was written by someone who wasn’t enough of an individual to use their real name.

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    Tuition increase not well-publicized

      A University decision will leave students with slightly bigger holes in their wallets this upcoming fall semester. Tuition for non-COPA undergraduate students has been raised by $1,000 starting the fall. The news of this raise has been out in the open for a few weeks, and left some students confused.

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    Anti-vaccination advocates only harm children they try to protect

      Jenny McCarthy, anti-vaccination advocate, is a celebrity, not a scientist, a distinction apparently hard to make for some Americans. Her and other anti-vaxxers’ paranoid exclamations rise above the reason of scientists who are the only legitimate voices in the vaccination “debate.

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    Letter to the Editor

    Adjunct unionization is not in students’ best interests

      Dear Editor,           A lot of talk around Point Park these days is over the issue of adjunct unionization. Student organizers, in combination with a small number of adjunct professors, have pleaded with the administration and greater University community for a union under the guise of benefiting the collective good of all of Point Park.

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    Lack of interest in events unfortunate

      When sitting on a shuttle, waiting in line at the register in the Café or scrolling through social media outlets, it’s not uncommon to hear or see a Point Park student complaining about the University. What happens when the same university presents students with programs or opportunities that will help them land a future career, but they don’t take advantage of it? Do they still have the right to complain? On March 17, Point Park’s School of Communication hosted an internship fair in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom from 1  to 3 p.

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    Registration difficult for students

      Registration for the upcoming summer and fall semesters is upon us, and students are once again struggling to get into the classes they want. Point Park offers classes in two different formats: traditional classroom and online. Online classes, although they may be easier to fit into your schedule, aren’t necessarily the best option for students.

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    Pit bulls deserve better reputation

      They say that dogs are a man’s best friend; however, that’s not always the case. There are many breeds of dogs that scare people throughout the country. In fact, many communities, cities and even states ban people from owning specific breeds. The most banned and controversial breed is the pit bull.

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    Pizza delivery inadequate apology

      Free pizza and sodas sound like a college student’s dream, but they’re not for citizens who have just experienced a deadly fire that burned for days. Two weeks ago, some residents of Greene County, Pa., were awarded free pizza and sodas after the explosion of a natural gas well.

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    Downloadable content takes advantage of gamers

    If there is one thing in modern gaming that I can’t stand, it is DLC (downloadable content). In my opinion, it is the greediest and laziest part of video gaming. This includes micro-transactions and in-app purchases in mobile games. There was a time years ago, that when a game was released, a consumer would get the full, complete game.

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    Rape culture remains a pervasive problem

      9-1-1: The number is a lifeline to the police, an authority sworn to maintain peace, prevent harm and protect those who can’t protect themselves. The expectation is making an emergency call will result in safety, not further victimization. But in the reality of officers Deon Nunlee of Detroit and Geoffry Graves of San Jose, the title of policeman means the authority to rape.

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    Letter from the editor...


      The editorial staff of The Globe has long worked to attain transparency from those who hold power at Point Park.  It’s nothing revolutionary. It’s what every newspaper or media outlet must do in order to obtain information from private organizations such as businesses, hospitals, and yes, universities.

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    Jordan Miles deserves justice

      Jordan Miles’s retrial is now underway. Miles, an African American man from Homewood, is bringing a civil suit against two Pittsburgh police officers, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak, and one former police officer, Richard Ewing. This is now the second trial between Miles and these officers.

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    SAT revamp addresses issue’s surface

      Standardized tests haunted my pre-college years. Every year brought stacks of sheets to complete, filled out bubbles dotting the papers like flecks of mud on snow. The biggest, most important, and most intimidating test: The SAT. High school seniors live in fear of underperforming on the SAT, of their collegiate dreams getting dashed by a low test score.

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    Body shaming an unfortunate reality

      Instead of promoting the act of body shaming through media, advertisements and societal norms, it’s time to focus on what’s important: this year’s theme for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, “I Had No Idea.” The National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) website states that the theme was chosen for this year’s campaign – Feb.

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    Tamagotchis rise from the dead

      To no one’s surprise, the somewhat infamous and questionable fads from the 1990s are coming back.  The ‘90s were a time of confusion for a lot of people – they were full of grungy clothing, Furbies, jelly sandals and the most recent of these “trendy” items of yesteryear making a comeback are Tamagotchis, the key chain pets.

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    Russia goes too far in Ukraine

      Peaceful protests by a quarter of a million people in the streets of Kiev have sparked a plethora of international discussion. Kiev is the capital of Ukraine, a country that used to be part of the Soviet Union, but still keeps close political ties with Russia.

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    Colleges over-celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

      Beer taps will flow and stomachs will churn this weekend in Pittsburgh for the city’s annual celebration of Irish heritage, but some college campuses started their celebrations prematurely.  Originally a Catholic feast day for St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the holiday has become anything but holy.

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    Grand Theft Auto V Review

    Without a doubt, the most anticipated and biggest game of last year was “Grand Theft Auto V.” The game earned $800 million in 24 hours and more than $1 billion in three days. As of this month, more than 30 million copies of the game have been sold. But how was the game? This was the first Grand Theft Auto game I played, and I’ll give you my take on it.

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    Zoo animals treated unfairly by officials

       A few weeks ago, the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark decided to kill its healthy, two-year-old giraffe, Marius, with a shotgun. His genes were too prevalent in the captive giraffe population at European zoos, and the staff wanted to prevent inbreeding.

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    Students face food insecurity

      Many college students worry about the “freshmen 15,” but there’s a new problem facing students: not being able to afford the food offered on campuses. A study recently published by the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior took a survey of 354 students from Western Oregon University, asking them if they felt that they did not have affordable access to healthy foods.

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    FDA ads deglamorize smoking

      Underage smoking has been an issue in this country for years. Not only are underage smokers breaking the law, but they are also taking health risks and are more likely to continue the habit into adulthood. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a new campaign on Feb.

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    CVS quits tobacco products cold turkey

      CVS Caremark recently announced big plans for the upcoming year: It will stop all tobacco sales in more than 7,600 stores by Oct. 1. According to the CVS website, the company made the decision because “the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping people on their path to better health.

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    Flappy Bird wings its way to an early death

      Mobile games are a huge trend in the world. Millions of people spend many hours of their lives every year playing these games. Some of these games have garnered more success than others, such as Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Candy Crush Saga. However, for the past two months, one mobile game has taken the whole world by storm: Flappy Bird.

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    Beatlemania celebrates 50 years

      Fifty years ago the Beatles redefined the world of music with their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It is truly remarkable just how big the fan frenzy became after their appearance.  This original English boy band quickly became the most influential act of the rock era.

  • Opinions

    Corbett’s budget too little, too late

      Gov. Tom Corbett began his first term with a whack, lopping around $355 million in state funding for education in his 2011-2012 budget. Public schools and state universities protested his actions immediately, and the cuts continue to haunt Gov. Corbett’s relationship with his voters.

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    Late night talk scene welcomes Fallon

      The world of late night talk shows is in for a few changes in the coming weeks including shifts in power and style. For the past 22 years Jay Leno has kept viewers laughing, entertained and sometimes mildly offended. The now former host of the “Tonight Show” is stepping down and into retirement after more than two decades on the show.

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    Sexual assaults on campus increasing

      The fears and obstacles facing college students in 2014 can be intimidating. Arguably the most daunting of these fears: the rising number of sexual assaults on colleges campuses across the United States. Recently the White House Council on Women and Girls released a report regarding sexual assaults on college campuses.

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    Olympic Games combat anti-gay law

      Russia’s anti-gay law has been causing a number of issues leading up to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. In 2013, the Russian government enacted a law essentially making it illegal to suggest that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships.

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    Pittsburgh home to American dreams

      Pittsburgh was recently named the No. 2 city in the United States to achieve the American Dream, according to a report about international upward mobility. This is good news not only for Point Park students, but for college students all around the Pittsburgh area.

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    Pets hold place in heart, not stomach

      A bill passed by Pennsylvania Legislature recently outlawed a food product that many did not even realize was legal: cat and dog meat. Most people see these animals as pets, companions and even family members, so their slaughter for food was not a thought that crossed most people’s minds.

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    Voter IDs not practical for PA

      The attraction of a free voter ID card is not enough to entice voters to get one, and thanks to a ruling by Pennsylvania Judge Bernard McGinley, voters will not be required to have photo identification to vote.  Recently his hammer sounded loud and clear that Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law is unconstitutional because it casts an unreasonable burden on voters.

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    Which console was the best? (cont.)

      Online Features Online features are important because the seventh generation of consoles was defined by online play and features. The 360 was the best in terms of connecting and letting people interact with each other online through Xbox Live. Not only that, but the servers and connectivity worked best on the 360.

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    Which console was the best?

    For eight years, gamers and families had fun with the seventh generation of video game consoles. There was the Xbox 360 from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 from Sony and the Wii from Nintendo. While those consoles have not been discontinued entirely, their days are numbered, and they are being replaced by the eighth generation of consoles: the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 and the Wii U.

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    Internet no longer neutral

      Netflix, that steadfast companion of so many college students, could soon be under attack from internet service providers (ISPs). Or, it could be safer than ever, depending on whom you talk to. At the center of this argument: net neutrality. It’s a broad concept, but it essentially refers to the idea that consumers should be able to access all content on the Internet, regardless of their ISP.

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    Dining opportunities limited

      The University restaurant Osteria 100 closed after two short years because of negative student feedback. The closing of Point Park’s only campus dine-in restaurant was no surprise to the student body. Students were able to use Bison Bucks at Osteria, but they are not included in the basic meal plans available for students and are far less convenient than Flex dollars.

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    Pushing to legalize marijuana

      Even with the unofficial backing of President Barack Obama deeming marijuana “…no more dangerous than alcohol,” the legalization of weed in any form – medical or not – remains one of the most contentious issues facing the United States. Pennsylvania is finally joining the fight against the Feds and is pushing to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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    Honoring MLK’s memory from inside the classroom

      Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday which has been officially observed by all 50 states since 2000, is not being observed by Point Park University this year -- at least, not in the most traditional sense of the word. During the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Awards for the wrong reasons

      It’s that time of year again, when Hollywood showers itself with accolades. Award season is underway with the People’s Choice Awards, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards already over and the nominees for the Oscars released. Now the question is, should we care about all of these award shows? While they have their positive aspects, there are a few things I could do without.

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    New Mayor seeks positive change for city

      Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has stalled out, and Mayor Bill Peduto is reporting for duty. It’s a welcome change for Pittsburgh after the scandal-ridden final days of Mr. Ravenstahl. For the last portion of his term, he was largely invisible to the public, avoiding press conferences and dodging questions from reporters whenever possible.

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    Resolve to make fewer resolutions this new year

      January first. For many it is the day they will shed the version of themselves they loathe for some shiny new personality that does yoga, follows the Paleo Diet and suddenly rejects the internet for books on philosophy. Finally. January first is the day everything will change.

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    Letter from the editor...

    Globe looks to expand beyond the page

      It was just after last school year ended, must have been early May, when I was beginning my summer internship. I arrived a little earlier than expected on the first day, and my cubicle hadn’t been fully prepared. While I waited for my space to be set up, the editor of the newspaper allowed me to start working at his desk.

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    Small shops: Big impact

    Black Friday and its Internet accomplice Cyber Monday are known as the most depraved times of the year for the human spirit. The day after families come together to celebrate what they’re thankful for, they’re pushing over old ladies in Target to buy the last pair of Beats headphones.

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    Letter from the editor

    Editorship imparted lessons about professionalism in the workplace

    Looking back on my semester as editor-in-chief, I realize this wasn’t the experience I thought it would be. Unlike past editors, I’m not going to reflect on my editorship with only positive memories. I faced many challenges, but I never imagined where I would find the most trying obstacles in my path to success as an editor.

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    School shootings become tragic trend

    Awareness necessary in tumultuous times of violence

    As college students in 2013, we have grown accustomed to turning on the news and hearing about shootings every so often – sad, but true.   However, these occasional shootings seem to be happening more and more often. There are news stories of public acts of violence every other week and sometimes even more frequently than that.

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    Your vote is your voice

    As citizens of the United States, one thing we have been known to pride ourselves on is democracy. However, the democracy we have means nothing if we don’t take part in the system. So many people stay away from the voting polls when Election Day comes around, giving excuses as to why they couldn’t possibly vote.

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    US taxpayers’ money should be spent domestically

    The Iraq War cost the U.S. nearly $800 billion dollars from the U.S. Treasury, not to mention more than 100,000 Iraqi and American lives. President Barack Obama withdrew troops in 2011 with the idea that the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki would arrange a government with three majority powers: the Shiites, the Sunni, and the Kurds.

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    Keep Commandments where they belong

    Thou Shall Not Move, a social movement group that raises money to donate Ten Commandment monuments for small towns, will be purchasing Washington County a six-foot granite statue engraved with the Ten Commandments to be placed outside North Ten Mile Baptist Church in Amity, Pa.

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    Healthcare website embarrasses plan

    For years, Republicans said universal healthcare will not work. If they were referring to the universal healthcare website,, they were absolutely correct. Ever since the website went live on Oct. 1, it has been glitch prone and practically unusable.

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    Lack of transparency fuels conspiracy

    Sealed documents elicit questions 50 years later

    Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. The assassin was taken into custody the same day and charged with the crime early the next morning. Despite these facts, there are still questions surrounding the event. Almost 50 years later, a majority of Americans believes Oswald was not the only shooter, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in April.

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    Halloween: hallowed eve of individuality

    All Hallows’ Eve began as a holiday in ancient Western Christianity to celebrate the devout departed. Some historians believe it started earlier than that during Celtic pagan harvest festivals in which spirits were welcomed into the darkening world for the winter.

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    NSA unnecessary, overstepping bounds

      Marking its 12th year of being in effect last Saturday, controversy continues to surround the legality of the Patriot Act and the National Security Agency (NSA). With new developments over the past year, from document leaks, alleged US monitoring of foreign leaders phone calls and the government trying to convince the Supreme Court to not take a case that could throw out the act, it is becoming more and more apparent that the Patriot Act and NSA need to be thrown out and replaced with new, more reasonable legislation.

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    Steelers lack performance

    The Steelers have made a big turn around since the 1968 season. Since then, they have won six Super Bowls and accumulated 20 divisional titles. But recently, the Steelers haven’t been performing like they have in the previous years. They lost their first four games of the season, a first since 1968.

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    Where’s Luke?

      It’s been a rough year for the mayoral office of Pittsburgh. After the FBI investigation of former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper over misallocation of funds caused him to resign, the Bureau went after Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s administration. Ravenstahl didn’t seek a re-election bid for this year’s mayoral race and all but disappeared.

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    Pirates fans still proud despite loss

      The Cinderella story of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates has come to a close, leaving the city of Pittsburgh with a variety of emotions. Anyone who has been a fan since the beginning of their life, especially younger fans who were able to witness their first Pirates postseason, should be nothing but proud.

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    Shame games: mental illness vs. sexuality

      “Prostitute” and “crazy”. These two words ignited what has been a month-long celebrity feud between Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor and contributed to public mental health and slut shaming.   Like all good celebrity feuds, it all started on the Internet with an open letter on a personal blog and a snarky tweet.

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    Company plans to mine coal in South Park Township

      County executive Rich Fitzgerald plans to pursue mining coal in South Park Township, which is worth about $3 million. Being a resident of South Park, I can definitely see the ups and downs of this idea. The area in which they plan to excavate is located at the former county fairgrounds, now known as The Oval.

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    Plan to cut Downtown bus routes en route

    Removing the Downtown stops from bus routes will make the morning and afternoon commute a nightmare. Hundreds of Port Authority Transit (PAT) buses travel through Downtown every day bringing commuters and shoppers, but Port Authority wants to reroute the buses so it will circle around the city rather than through Downtown.

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    Corbett equates gay marriage to incest

    Metaphor sparks outrage in LGBT community

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is under scrutiny for an inappropriate statement that he made likening gay marriage to incest. Corbett’s statement was in response to a member of his legal team comparing gay marriage to a marriage between two 12-year-olds.

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    Big duck: big deal

    When the giant 40-foot duck made its debut on Friday Sept. 27, a lot of Pittsburghers asked, “Why?”  Why have a big party celebrating the arrival of a duck? Why close the Roberto Clemente Bridge? The duck is a first to not only the city, but also the nation.

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    Universities’ budgets cut

    As students at Point Park, we often complain about how much money we pay for our schooling here. Yes, we do pay more to attend a private university than we would to go to a state school. However, there are many factors we usually don’t take into account when we complain about the price of our education.

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    Shutdown: Does Congress know what compromise means?

    After a disagreement over government funding, namely Obamacare, the government buckled down, did their job and handled the situation like adults. Oh wait no, scratch that, Congress actually could not come to an agreement and instead of solving the issue, it shut down the government.

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    Ruling in gay marriage suit about law, not love

    A dispute over the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania has come to an end. The Pennsylvania Department of Health sued Bruce Hanes, Montgomery County register of wills, for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples since the U.

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    Starbucks’ polite plea to packing patrons

    On Sept. 17, the CEO of the Starbucks Coffee Company, Howard Shultz, politely asked that customers no longer bring firearms into Starbucks locations. The key word here is “asked.” Despite the fact that his letter was a request and not a demand, many Americans reacted as if it were a decree.

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    Miss America: Twitter bigots strike again

    Miss America was officially crowned for 2014, but instead of praise and excitement the 24-year-old winner received a crown and hate speech. Social networking has become an outlet to preach hateful opinions and comments towards those in the entertainment spotlight.

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    Pittsburgh proves fashion knowlege in Fashion Week

    Styles from the street are hitting the runway. Pittsburgh Fashion Week is from Sept. 23-29. This is its fourth year proving to the world that Pittsburgh knows fashion despite a 2011 ranking of third worst dressed city in America by GQ Magazine. Pittsburgh Fashion Week is more than just fashion shows.

  • Opinions

    Safer campus or culture of fear?

    I am not quite convinced that the University needs an armed police force on campus.  After looking at the last two annual crime reports and based on my own experience, I still feel like there really is not anything to be afraid of.  I do remember a couple years ago that a man was killed on campus.

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    ENDA: essential step toward ending LGBT discrimination

    You can’t be fired because of your race or religion, even your chosen political beliefs are not sufficient grounds for a pink slip. But apparently your sexual orientation and gender identity are. Throughout most of our nation, it is perfectly legal for an employer to fire someone strictly because he or she is homosexual or transgender.

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    9/11 remembered, not respected

    For those of us who vividly remember the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001 it’s hard to believe that in another 10 or 20 years, that date will have significantly lost meaning. In fact, it is arguable that a mere 12 years later, people are already seeing 9/11 in a different light.

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    Syria agreement good for US, world

    The headline that has been sweeping not only the country, but the world, is the crisis in Syria. After it was reported that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on Salim Idris’ rebel group, killing 1,429 people and injuring hundreds more, the United States and Russia agreed to remove and destroy the remainder of the chemical weapons by the middle of 2014.

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    Commuters struggle with parking costs, availability

    During this past summer, the stretch of unpermitted parking spots on Lawn Street in Oakland was marked as a fire lane with signs threatening to tow any cars parked there. Drivers are vexed, Lawn Street residents or not. These were the last unpermitted spots in Point Park’s little neighborhood in Oakland, meaning there is a surplus of people trying find places to park their cars, unable to find a spot.

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    Why one little word matters for Manning

    Chelsea Manning wasn’t born yesterday. In the heart of a young person with gender identity confusion and little support or comfort in the world besides the warm glow of a computer screen — Chelsea was always there. But her past history with gender issues is irrelevant.

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    Welcome Week helps freshmen transition, build confidence

    “Come one, come all. Make Memories. Have a ball. Meet new friends. The Fun never ends.” You couldn’t miss this saying on the yellow T-shirts provided by the Office of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL) for Welcome Week 2013. The fun didn’t end.

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    Carrying on King’s dream 50 years later

    As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington was celebrated on Wednesday, I found myself feeling two different ways. I was in admiration of how far America as a country had come in terms of civil rights and how much we had become a more open-minded nation.

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    Letter from the Editor

    Students require faculty, administrative support

    When I first started working at The Globe a year and a half ago, I was a meek freshman who wanted nothing more than to publish the five articles needed to qualify me as a staff writer. I eventually found that it wasn’t enough for me and thought being a section editor would more than fulfill my desire to work on staff.

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    Colleagues' impact on internships

      Oh, sweet summertime. Time to relax and let the stress of the school year melt off of your shoulders, along with some SPF 30 as you lounge by the ocean on your beach vacation. Maybe you have a summer job keeping you busy, but it is nothing like the pressures of student life.

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    Media should take greater precaution with suspect reports

    When disaster strikes, it is always challenging for journalists to sort through the chaos and report the facts. This is further complicated by media competition and the vicious race to break a story first.

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    Letter from the Editor

    Despite challenges, changes and awards, The Globe will never forget its roots

    “The Globe looks great!”

    Every time I hear it from new and senior faculty, or from students I don’t even know, I feel enormous pride because I know how hard our staff works.

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    Health and Wellness for the Half-Hearted

    Summer goal blues

    With only a little over a week left in the semester, freshmen, sophomore and junior students’ heads are spinning with optimistic thoughts of summer vacation.

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    Negatives of dating screen-to screen

    I was talking to a lovely elderly woman about dating, and she was excited to tell me about how her husband courted her, and he would call every Friday to set up a date.  It was love at first sight, and she knew he was the one; she got married at the young age of 19. 

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    Stronger dialogue about consent needed to eliminate rape culture

    It has been three weeks since two high school football players were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville. During those three weeks, many across the nation expressed shock that such a cruel act could happen in America. After all, our nation is civilized, unlike those repressed, “backward” nations in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. At least that is one argument.

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    Failure helps you achieve

    I failed a class last semester.

    It wasn’t just any class. It was a journalism class which was directly related to my major. It was the best thing that could’ve happened to me at Point Park.

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    Health and Wellness for the Half-Hearted

    Procrastination condemnation

    Spring semester is almost over, and student motivation is at an all time low. Tedious assignments hang over students’ heads but are continually pushed aside. Procrastination is at an all time high, and “maybe tomorrow,” becomes a repeated mantra throughout the University.

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    The trouble with advertising

    No matter how hard it tries, the advertising industry can’t seem to stay out of hot water. Not only is selling and promoting an image a hard task in itself, but it also seems to be even harder to steer clear of backlash and misconceptions.

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    Trial raises questions on justice and social media

    Although the Steubenville Trial is over, there are still more serious questions that need to be answered. These questions cannot be answered overnight, but at some point we as a society need to address them.

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    To be a ‘yinzer’ or not

    One of the hardest decisions a student will ever make is deciding where to live. Choosing what city and state to reside in for a significant amount of time can be harder than registering for classes (maybe not). In college, when senior year rolls around we think about the not too distant future. Questions emerge such as: Is a graduate degree important, do job applications take top priority and where will I live? In the midst of all those challenging decisions, picking a place to live can be the most pressing. After all, everyone needs a place to lay their head and put their stuff.

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    Health and Wellness for the Half-Hearted

    The Hated Hangover

    St. Patrick’s Day can turn the most casual drinker its trademark green the morning after a night of nationally socialized binge drinking. And so far there are no Weekend Words of Wisdom on how to survive the onslaught of a hangover.

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    Is Oscar Pistorius the O.J. of the current generation?

    Oscar Pistorius’s story is one full of inspiration and dedication. Unfortunately, his legacy is now marked with a dark cloud and it made its way into households across the whole world.

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    Pope Benedict resignation contorted by news media

    Many people speculated about Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign this past February. At the elderly age of 85, it seems reasonable that Pope Benedict would claim declining strength and “advanced age” as his reason for stepping down. The media is debating on whether or not there were ulterior motives.

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    Health and Wellness for the Halfhearted

    Stressing About Stress

    Our shoulders are permanently slumped from carrying backpacks loaded with books, purple rings surround our eyes and coffee breath is a rampant problem. It is week seven of the semester, and it is awful.

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    Cruise ship fiasco

    It seems that cruise ship incidents are a hot topic in the media these days.  First, there was the Costa Concordia incident off the coast of Italy that killed around 30 people, left two missing and injured more.  The Costa Concordia incident was a real tragedy, ending in lost lives.  Recently, there has been another cruise ship incident; this ship’s name being The Triumph.  The only difference between the two: This one isn’t a tragedy.

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    Networking essential to post-graduation career searching

    After the last few months of sending out meticulously-crafted resumes and cover letters, I’ve heard nothing.  I haven’t even gotten so much as a, “We’re sorry, but the position has been filled. Thanks for your pathetic attempt.”

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    Students in need of a monthly 'stress less' day by Point Park

    Allow me to state my bias upfront. I’ve had a mental illness for years. I’ve been in and out of psychiatrist’s offices, I rely on medication to help me function on a daily basis, and many mornings it is hard to get up and face the world as depression turns me into a prisoner of my own mind.

  • Health and Wellness for the Half-Hearted

    Keeping love alive in trying times

    Valentine’s Day is here again to make the bitter singles denounce it and the usually annoying couples act even more obnoxious. If an alien viewed earth on Feb. 14 it would seem that love is all about consumerism, clichéd platitudes and anatomically incorrect hearts.

  • Love stands the test of time

    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. People are scrambling to make last minute dinner reservations, or planning romantic outings to woo their partners. Even though Valentine’s Day only comes once a year, love should be in life every day.

  • TV show promotes negative body ideals

    When it comes to reality television, TLC dominates the playing field. It seems that they can take any aspect of someone’s personal life and make him or her famous with it — I’m looking at you, Honey Boo Boo. “Plastic Wives,” the channel’s controversial new program revolving around four women and their extensive body modifications, has gone too far.

  • Okay with gay

    An examination of words in our culture

    “That’s so gay,” my friend uttered while we waited around for bar trivia to start. It flew out of her mouth with the ease of repeated use. When confronted about it she shrugged and said, “I’m so okay with gay, I don’t even think about it.”

  • Beyoncé's lip sync betrayal

    Numerous stories have been written speculating that Beyoncé lip synced The Star Spangled Banner at President Obama’s Inauguration, along with satirical accounts of Republicans calling for Obama’s resignation in light of this recent scandal as published on ABC, NBC and HuffingtonPost. Is this newsworthy? Do we the American people have the right to feel betrayed? What are the ramifications?

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    The power of yoga on the mind

    Lying on the floor after a vigorous session of yoga, my mind is the clearest it will be all day — possibly all week. As a person who constantly has her gears anxiously cranking away inside, it is a struggle to find inner silence.

  • Discounts make commuting affordable

    Last May, I finally got a four-burner stove, a full-sized refrigerator and my own room with the crown jewel: a queen-sized bed. 

  • Multiple catalysts increase shootings

    Values, responsibility more important than gun control

    I always considered myself a pacifist but with a strong dose of realism blended in so when deciding to write a piece on gun control, I called an old friend Brandy Brown who is a card carrying member of the National Rifle Association and owner of numerous hand guns, rifles and assault weapons. 

  • Letter From The Editor

    My hand shot up to take a news pitch at my first Globe meeting. Little did my freshman self know, no one else was actually going to take the smoking story, anyway. I always knew I wanted to be at the top, editor-in-chief, but deep inside—and I let little people know this before now---I was afraid of leadership.

  • Health and Wellness for the Half-Hearted

    Healthy habits for the new semester

    Pizza. Beer. Stay up all night and do homework. Now Repeat.

  • First-year struggles

    After first semester, freshmen don't always know where they're headed

    First semester for freshmen starts with a bang: fun activities, free food, new friends – the works. Though when the introductory period ends, the college atmosphere begins to truly set in.

  • Black Friday serves as a necessary evil

    Upon return from fall break Monday, the most common questions were “How was it?” or “What did you do?” Some people said they ate too much, while others said they relaxed and finished absolutely no homework. Most can agree that it was a much needed rest before we tackle tests and projects in the upcoming weeks. But another question that pops up is “What did you buy?” This is referring to the crazy madness that is Black Friday, the day after, or even the night of, Thanksgiving where stores open all night so shoppers can get deals on gifts.

  • An atheist's perspective on The Body

    Describes the Christian club as 'truly open and engaging'

    A friend once asked a very interesting question to a group we were in: from the perspective of devout Christians, is it worse to be a Mormon, gay or an atheist? It implied that most Christians would react negatively to someone being one or more of the three. Having had negative experiences with Christians my whole life, it certainly was not a joke from my perspective. However, things have been different for a while thanks to a group of people on campus.

  • What's next for Mitt Romney?

    Private business, education reform in the stars

    Now that the election is over and President Barack Obama has been re-elected, I have to wonder what is going to happen to Gov. Mitt Romney. Although I am a supporter of Obama, I believe Romney was a strong competitor during this election and has a promising future ahead of him.

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    The Day After Yesterday

    So, I’m not afraid to admit that I was curled up under my bed crying and clutching my knees as the lightning crashed and the rain fell in gallons during Hurricane Sandy’s attack on the East Coast. Luckily I survived the storm to end all storms, so now I can officially bring you the latest installment of my student activity dabbling.

  • Obama's actions for equality, education and middle class wins him re-election

    President Barack Obama officially secured his place in the Oval Office for the next four years. What I believe curved the result of this election was the solidity of Obama’s plans for action in many issues such as gender equality and education.

  • Cultural summit benefits American and international students

    The fourth Annual Cultural Summit was hosted on Wednesday, Oct. 17 by the International Student Services and Enrollment (ISSE) to introduce students and faculty to the culture of countries in the Middle East.

  • Four more years

    Vice President of 'Students for Barack Obama' gives final words

    Like most of you, I was still in high school four years ago when our economy was pushed into the greatest recession of my – and my parents’ – lifetime. I was young, but I wasn’t oblivious. I remember the 800,000 jobs being lost each month, credit becoming more difficult to obtain and dropping wages. Jobs were harder and harder to find, not just for people our age, but for Americans of every age. Meanwhile, tuition and debt from student loans were rising at an unprecedented pace, and the cost of health care was skyrocketing. Yet through that difficult time, President Barack Obama has had our backs. Once again, we must have his.

  • Obama, Romney are not the only names on the presidential ballot

    Since the 18th century, America confined its politics into a two party system.  This might have worked when the parties were split between the federalists and anti-federalists, but times have changed. We live in a world of niche marketing and individualism. Two men too far on each side of the spectrum can’t fulfill the needs of the average, far more moderate American.

  • Social media creates 'generation of voyeurs'

    For living in a world where we can know everything about the far reaches of the planet in the time it takes for Google to load our search options, we are an incredibly limited generation.

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    Downtown eats

    Connor Norman talks delicious food and fun times.

  • Threat of PBS cuts should promote student voting

    In the recent presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in Denver, Colo. on Oct. 3, a number of issues were brought to the attention of the public by both candidates. However, the main issues that will have an impact on the lives of young people are the reforms in education as well as the removal of funding to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

  • College Republicans' controversial campaign

    Anti-Obama advertisements are 'offensive and defamatory'

    Flowers discusses her feelings on the Point Park College Republicans marketing tactics.

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    Where the Buffalo Roam

    When it comes to spirit week, you better believe I am going to be getting involved to extreme, if not ridiculous, levels. I couldn’t find my kilt or my face paints but that didn’t keep me from enjoying the Point Park spirit week festivities.

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    Going clubbing

    It’s the first week of my humble little column, and I can feel the excitement in the air as everyone flips madly through the pages to read what I have written this week. This isn’t some drib student life column filled with drab. No, it’s a column that’s going to help you get informed about what’s going on without making you drool all over the paper.

  • Hearing student voices

    Surveys serve as vital contributions to organizations

    Perhaps within the next decade or so, a friend, relative or some person you know may attend Point Park. That person might criticize the curriculum, saying how the introduction classes are unchallenging or how core classes are useless. You might agree, and sigh because your alma mater hasn’t changed. But in this hypothetical situation, you shouldn’t sigh, because you had the chance to voice your opinions.

  • Gun laws in America 'normalize violence'

    Debate over rights to carry guns could change universities

    Imagine walking into the Point Cafe and knowing that somewhere between the milkshake machine and refrigerated Snapple is a student with a gun. Now picture what the campus atmosphere would feel like if dancers packed pistols next to their pointe shoes, or athletes stowed revolvers in the locker room.

  • Point State Park offers open space, fresh air and peace to students

    Pittsburgh is like a playground: people running around everywhere, busy, and always something to look at. Downtown Pittsburgh is the perfect place to put a college campus. It’s busy, there are activities to do and it’s nice just to walk around and look at everything that’s here.

  • Technology systems curb student success

    Blackboard, email need work, PointALERT is simply effective

    The university provides students with many forms of communication, from Point Alert to   Blackboard. But more often than not, there is something awry with the systems.

  • Cycling commuter advises patience to all motorists

    Patience is indeed a virtue, one which many, who may normally display it, lose once hitting the road.

  • New smoking policy considers rights, needs

     As students and staff have begun to get comfortable with the new school year, the Public Safety Department has created a new smoking policy that is now in effect.

  • Osteria 100 adds class, atmosphere to Village Park

    Recently, a new restaurant opened up right on our campus called Osteria 100.  However, the look of the place seems rather fancy and too formal for college students. But that is not the case at all.

  • Students lose fervor for election

    This presidential election seems to be one of much controversy. Instead of the trend of the 2008 election in bringing in the younger generation to vote, the election has an overlying tone of brute animosity.

  • Guest student reflects on first impressions

    For incoming freshmen out of high school or adults returning to higher education, selecting a college or university takes time and reflection. Services for special needs, course offerings for majors, career service assistance, qualifications of the professors and opportunities available in student activities makes choosing Point Park University a great selection.

  • Political nightmares

    Party wars exhaust voters' confidence

    Rachel Nunes opens up about her heated opinions on the current political race.

  • Students should intern now or regret later

    Time is fleeting and the only way to make it nowadays is to have an internship to include in your resume because once you throw that graduation cap in the air, it is all over.

  • Focus on academics

    Penn State's possible loss of accreditation revamps university priorities, expectations

    When it first broke that Jerry Sandusky, former assistant football coach at Penn State, was accused of having molested young boys who participated in his summer sports program, the nation was shocked. Over the months that followed, more officials have been implicated in covering up the abuse and the public image of the university has taken a nose dive.

  • Canceled classes cause stress, but provide options

    While a canceled course can complicate students' semester plans, it should not ruin the semester entirely.

  • Welcome Week

    Packed schedule can benefit students

    Once again, Wood Street is bustling. The sights of red moving bins, old friends and construction are reoccurring. Not only is the beginning of the year exciting, but hectic all the same. Some students are moving in only a day or two before classes begin. Others are busy in their student organizations or preseason for sports. But to really pile it on, Welcome Week has returned, too.

  • Student shares college experience, reflects on four years at Point Park University

    Like hundreds of other students, I will be graduating from Point Park University on May 5. That’s less than two weeks away, which is both weird and scary at the same time.

  • Race, gender, parents play part in political viewpoints

    With Pennsylvania’s Presidential primary this week and the general election in November, the number one question is: are you registered to vote? But another good question is: which political party is right for you? Can it be predicted by where you live?  Perhaps your religion, race or gender can determine it? Or is it the same as your parents’ political party?   

  • USG Letter the the editor

    For the past 10 years, Point Park University has been divided by a debate over whether or not our faculty should be able to unionize. Since this kind of lawsuit is handled on a federal level by the United States government, we have spent the better part of the last decade tied up in an internal legal battle that has affected almost every facet of this university.

  • Viral videos serve as a positive force

    No one can deny that viral videos have become a very important part of our society.  With the availability of inexpensive video editing and publishing tools, nearly everyone can share videos.  A cell phone is usually all that’s needed to create a video.  Without a doubt, viral videos are here to stay.  The question is – is that good or bad?

  • Sex trafficking poses real danger for young women

    Trafficking women is usually purportewd to be a problem in other countries outside the United States. This is due to the fact that research on sex trafficking in our country is scarce and limited. International law enforcement pays close attention to sex trafficking that occurs in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and various industrialized nations because local police and news media are very aware of the issue. Reports of sex trafficking in the United States need to be given more weight and investigated thoroughly. Raising awareness of the tragedy is the first step towards striking a blow against this industry that seems to operate, for the most part, unimpeded.

  • Filmmaking should be taught in high schools

    My favorite line of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1933 inaugural address is when he says, “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

    High school education is the basis for our ability to create. It’s where we learn to channel our imagination. It can be destructive, such as when we imagine people are talking behind our back, or creative, such as when a kid picks up a guitar, paintbrush or camera.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Bomb threats are no laughing matter

    I am writing in regards to an opinion piece titled “Not every bomb threat should be taken seriously” by Todd Wargo that appeared in The Globe’s March 28 issue.  At first glance I was worried that Mr. Wargo was arguing that bomb threats should not be taken as a serious matter, and was that Mr. Wargo had made a typographical mistake; substituting the word “Bomb” for “Balm,” as the seriousness and severity of bomb threats in our educational institutions is common knowledge.

  • Advising not easier with Center for Student Success

    In an earlier issue of The Globe, an article was printed about the new Center for Student Success. This center has one major defect.

    While there is a problem with the differences in advising between the schools and it is outstanding that USG and the administration are trying to fix this, the Center for Student Success will not ease frustrations among students.

  • Fall scholarship increases unfair to current students

    It is ironic that Point Park University’s primary school color is green.

    Lately, it seems to take a lot of that – green, as in money – to keep up with the university’s rising tuition and fees.

  • DNA testing should be questioned, forensic science further developed

    The corpse of a middle-aged man is found murdered in Central Park. The body is severely mutilated and certain parts have been dismembered. Detectives canvas the scene and find a bloody knife in a nearby trash can and a woman’s business card in the victim’s pocket. The knife has two samples of blood on it. The first blood sample matches the DNA of the victim and the second is supposedly the killer’s blood.

  • Not every bomb threat should be taken seriously

    The University of Pittsburgh received three bomb threats in eight days, and each time, the Cathedral of Learning was evacuated.  Not only is that a big inconvenience to people’s regular lives, but it also makes you wonder: should all bomb threats be taken seriously?

  • Spiked gas prices due to variety of factors

    Almost daily, gas prices seem to rise. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average price of a gallon of gas has increased from $3.36 to $3.76 in 2012 alone.

  • Daycare for single mothers should be included in employment benefits

    For the past six years, my sister has faced the same dilemma confronting single mothers across the nation. She has had to choose between working and taking care of her child. She's been lucky because she has my stepfather and mother to help her.

  • Pittsburgh deserves ‘most livable city’ title

    It seems there's always some sort of study or ranking that touts Pittsburgh as one of America's best "something." The most common accolade seems to be the designation as America's most livable city. What exactly does that mean and what are the specific criteria used to determine livability? 

  • Legislation needed to stop illegal organ selling

    You may have heard a variation or two of the chilling story where a man on a business trip goes to a local bar for a drink and notices the pretty girl staring back at him from across the bar. He approaches the lady and asks if he can buy her a drink. That's the last thing he remembers before waking up naked and freezing in a seedy looking bathroom. He looks around and notices that he is sprawled out in a bathtub filled with ice. With a searing pain in his side, he twists his body to inspect his back and thigh area. He doesn't scream out until he sees the crude stitches along his body and realizes he has been the victim of a kidney theft.

  • Courts should thoroughly investigate cases of arson

    On Dec. 23, 1991, Stacy Kuykendall was out shopping at the Salvation Army, hoping to find some quality Christmas presents for her three daughters: Amber, Karmon and Kameron. Amber was two, and Karmon and Kameron, who were twins, were barely a year old. The girls were home asleep with their father, Cameron Todd Willingham. Stacy returned from shopping to find her house ablaze. The fire destroyed their home, leaving nothing but ash in its wake. The three young girls never made it out of the house. 

  • Occupy Wall Street needs ‘more proactive strategy’

    The hammer has come down on the Occupy movement nationwide.  At its peak, Occupy looked to be a second coming of the mass protests of 1968, a zeitgeist- defining, generation-galvanizing cultural and political surge that would sweep the corruption, bigotry and ignorance out of our political system by sheer popular will.

  • University is looking out for students’ best interests

    I was reading The Globe last week and was surprised to see one student's response to the "Legalize Marijuana?" poster that showed up near the Point Cafe.

    While Celeste Begandy makes many valid arguments in her opinion piece, "University shouldn't influence students on political issues," I think she missed the motivation behind the poster.

  • Music industry lacks talent, sells flashy artists to consumers

    After a recent night of boredom and more caffeine than I'm willing to admit, I sat down to watch music videos on VH1 and MTV. It was late, and I was somewhat tired but sort of at that stage of could-fall-asleep-but-don't-want-to-because-it's-only-12. So I stayed up.

    Needless to say, my motivation to stay awake ended as soon as the first "song" began to play.

  • Paterno should be remembered for contributions to Penn State

    Before the beginning of the 2011 football season, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was a legend in everyone's eyes. In an era of college football history where universities could buy players and championships through dishonesty and trickery, the hall of famer and his program stood as a moral compass for other schools to emulate.

  • ‘Miss-Conception’ surrounds pageants, contestants

    Not too long ago, I would have written something much different than what you are about to read. Concerning pageants, whether they be local, regional or national, I held the view that most Americans do: pageants are all about beauty, nothing more.

  • Students should appreciate life, fight back against seasonal woes

    It can be hard to find happiness in a world that can be frigid and selfish. I find that most people are looking out for themselves, aiming to succeed and not afraid to do what they can to make it to the top. While I celebrate motivation and drive toward the working world, I've witnessed love and care take a backseat as stress and irritability take over in full swing.  Whenever I feel down and uninspired I turn to friends and family for a quick fix of giggles and warmth but it seems that as of late a sadness  is evident and has even spread throughout campus.

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  • GOP candidates oppose gay rights, equality for the LGBT community

    As one who pegs himself as not too intrigued by the political arena, I find myself abandoning my pre-adult years and becoming further entrenched in the semantics of the "he said she said" along the treacherous road to the White House. Not only have the recent caucuses in Iowa, New Hampshire (a first timer) and South Carolina seen incredibly close results, they've also shed light on why I won't be endorsing a Grand Old Party (GOP) candidate come fall.

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  • Varying experience, communcation a benefit for students

    A friend of mine said to me not too long ago that he felt freedom - personal freedom of one's self - is not as particularly freeing as it is talked up to be.

  • Campus weighs uses of online education tools

    Depending on your view, technology can be wonderful or terrifying – and sometimes a combination of both.  So when it comes to integrating technology in classrooms, it is only natural that teachers and students alike have strong opinions on the topic, as evidenced by the recent debates over whether or not United Student Government should be able to require professors to use Blackboard to post grades and syllabi.

  • Vaccination strongly recommended for youth

    When the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that girls as young as 11 years old be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), many were in shock and the issue became touchy. Some parents in particular did not like the idea of their young daughters being given a vaccine to prevent from HPV, which is a sexually transmitted virus. The possibility of young girls being sexually active became all too real when the suggested vaccination was offered.

  • Board of trustees fires officials after Grand Jury report release

    The board of trustees of Pennsylvania State University (PSU) offered a statement Nov. 8 after a Grand Jury report was released stating that Jerry Sandusky, former assistant football coach and founder of the Second Mile organization, was arrested.

  • Penn State students react, spark national media conversation

    At the risk of inviting the vigilante bite of the Nittany kin, I feel personally let down and greatly disappointed in the recent Penn State University (PSU) sex abuse scandal and resulting riots. I am not a huge fan of throwing out my opinion online whenever scandals break for fear that my words may fall on misunderstanding ears or not carry the legitimacy of someone actually involved in the incident. With that being said, I feel that the PSU issue is different.

  • Perspective lost in Penn State scandal

    What is more important: the safety of children or college football?

    Until last week, I thought I knew the answer to that question. I'm not so sure now, judging by the reactions to the Penn State University scandal.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Sexy costume choice speaks to larger issues

    In response to Ciera Onley's opinions article "Preferecne, fun only guidelines for women's Halloween costumes," published in the Oct. 26 edition of The Globe.

  • Young, prolific writer inspires readers, students

    Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance" spent at least a week at the top of the Barnes and Noble bestseller list — before it was released. Coming out this Tuesday, Nov. 7, the much anticipated fourth and final installment of the Eragon Inheritance cycle will automatically download on my Nook the moment it is available.  I will likely spend every free minute of this week reading it until I reach the end.  This series, despite being just a fine sample of teen and fantasy fiction, got its start from the mind of a 15-year-old boy.

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  • Lack of campus enthusiasm undermines ‘Village’ vision

    I had an extra dollar on Friday so I decided I would purchase a raffle ticket for WPPJ's annual Rock-a-Thon, like I do every year.  I used to have a program as a freshman and sophomore, so I like to support the station and the charity that the event chooses to support through Rock-A-Thon.

  • 'Explorers' and 'honors'

    Guest Column

    I couldn't help but notice the sign advertising a recent Honors Program sponsored event. It was, at best, "culturally insensitive."  It announced the visit of an "explorer" who would regale students with tales of his Kenya adventures and his experiences with saving camels. Does the honors community ignore the fact that the term "explorer" belongs to the discourse of colonialism and racism? Today, space and the oceans may still be explored, but not sovereign states. Kenya is an independent and settled state.

  • Preference, fun only guidelines for women’s halloween costumes

    The movie "Mean Girls" said it best: "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it." A holiday once celebrated by children begging for candy has turned into a time for girls to parade around in skimpy clothes and call it a costume.

  • Suspense, dread on par with thrill of gore in film

    In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock took advantage of black and white cinematography by using chocolate syrup. In 1976, Sissy Spacek had a bucket of colored corn syrup emptied over her head at the prom. Then in 1978, John Carpenter began a trend of having more and more on-screen deaths while providing a shock value through the simple concept of brutality.

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  • Early election bids create hype, key issues make for short-lived campaign

    Few things can be as dangerous to a politician as time. With the advent of 24-hour media outlets and breaking news being easily accessible through the Internet, constant scrutiny is bound to follow any candidate campaigning to be the next president. It's only a matter of time before something happens to every candidate that will hurt their chances at winning.

  • Reality stars’ successes contradict long-held standards of talent

    When I began the tedious process of deciding what career I want to pursue in life, I started with a few easy necessities: I wanted to make decent money, be known for my work and offer some sort of service to others. As I matured, I thought more and more about my career goals, contemplating striking it rich as an actor or hip-hop artist; the only problem was I couldn't sing or act, so there goes that idea.

  • Guest Column: Commuter survey results spur fund reconsideration

    As you may know, over the past few semesters student government has been playing a larger role in solving major issues facing the students on this campus. Last semester, we focused our efforts on finding a solution to the problems with advising on this campus.

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  • Extra activities afterthought for busy students

    A yawn stretched across my face as I sat down to my computer. Homework was my plan for the evening, as it is for most other weekday nights. As I opened my assignment planner, I heard a knock at the door.

  • Alumni relish campus changes, school growth

    This past weekend was Point Park University's first "Back to the ‘Burgh" weekend. Occurring the year after the successful 50th anniversary alumni weekend, the events offered a similar opportunity for alumni or former faculty and staff to return and see how many changes have been made.

  • Officials take measures toward intersection safety

    Construction projects continue, entrance, crosswalk closures beg student caution

    I would like to elaborate on a point from a previous article pertaining to the dangers that the on-going construction has placed in the paths of Point Park University students, faculty, staff and Downtown residents. 

  • Concert series creates identity

    This past Thursday, the Village Park was put to good use as the Village Park concert series began with a goofy cover band and goofy stuff to do, which were free to Point Park University students, staff and faculty. All goofiness aside, the event was highly impressive to me. I started out hating the idea of the Park, then I slowly eased my toes into it and now after attending the recent event, I am happy to make myself comfortable there. Having sold out, I have decided it is time to reflect and define why the park became a symbol of wasted wealth in my eyes.

  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal necessary

    Dating back to the Truman Administration in 1950, the act of discharging homosexual service members because of their sexual orientation has finally ended. The conclusion of such an undignified policy not only leaves our military and nation better off, but also provides for a much-needed recognition of equality amongst the gay community.

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  • Park project completed, construction continues

    Point Park University, it seems, is perpetually under construction.

    It is not much of an exaggeration to say that. Even as this semester was beginning, many of the projects were still incomplete. The most notable of these unfinished works was the urban park. It was already quite the eyesore at the end of the spring semester, and that had not changed much as this semester began.

  • Faith a ‘personal’ matter, religious group followers seek to enlighten city

    If you've been pelted with questions about the "Mother God" by seemingly polite college-aged women in the past week, you aren't the only one. Whether you are lounging in Market Square or jogging Downtown, you are not safe from their inquiries.

  • Victims, heroes, families honored as students observe anniversary

    On Sept. 11, 2001, I was in my sixth grade English class when the intercom on the ceiling said there would be no recess that day.  It was a beautiful day, and we, 11- and 12-year-old students, felt either injustice or fear.

  • Sporting facility builds community, Pioneer spirit

    As a Point Park University student, home sporting events are almost unheard of.

    Athletics are, however, very much a part of many students' day-to-day college lives. Our teams are growing, developing and playing well, but occasionally slipping under the radar of the student body.

  • Armed guards, police on campus a cause for concern

    Prior to this semester I had never left my on-campus housing worrying that I might be shot.  Even when I went out at night I was never concerned that something I did might end with bullets flying toward me.  That wonderful peace of mind was abruptly ended this year when Point Park University began to station armed security guards on campus.

  • Construction constructive to university reputation

    There's no way around it: the last few years have not been kind to local universities. Millions upon millions of dollars have been lost by colleges such as the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University due to incidents such as the Bernie Madoff fiasco and Governor Tom Corbett's slashing of educational funds. As a result, many universities have begun to cut back in order to keep financial security intact, whether it be through laying off personnel or reducing the amount of scholarships given.

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  • A guide to putting off projects the right way

    You're hiking on a safari through the African Savannah when a 400 pound male lion begins slowly and menacingly stalking toward you. You first try out the "ignorance is bliss" approach, hoping it will get bored and move on. When that fails, you decide to take some time to retie your hiking boots while trying to seem nonchalant. Unfortunately, Simba's target remains obvious. When his bared teeth are feet away, your survival instinct takes over and you wildly sprint away, screaming at the top of your lungs if you so choose. If you're in shape, you live. Congratulations!

  • Genetic testing for children approved by parents may prevent diseases in future

    Genetic testing is no longer just a feature of science fiction movies. Research has showed that parents are starting to want their children tested for genetic diseases they could possibly get as adults.

    According to a weeks-old study by the  National Human Genome Research Institute, adults who consider personal genetic testing to predict their own level of risk for diseases are likely to request those same tests for their children.

  • Finals week stressors should not interfere with students’ health

    With finals just around the corner, long nights, endless pots of coffee and lack of sleep are all too common for the average college student. The last few weeks of the semester can be very demanding and stressful. All is not lost, but there are a few things that students need to keep in mind.

  • Unpaid internships benefi cial to devoted college students, those seeking post-grad jobs

    April is consistently one of the most frantic months in the lives of college students. Amidst the craziness of term papers, finals and hammering out a schedule for next semester, a student has to endure the pressure of trying to find work for the summer months.

  • Unruly fans disturb baseball game, involve police

    The Pittsburgh Pirates came into PNC Park with a winning record and the chance to show their fans how much they have improved as a team, but instead were overshadowed by fan behavior.

    On Opening Day with the Pirates losing by a comfortable margin, a fan charged the field and was fined $5,000 for his actions. Not to be outdone, usher Michael Schacht died a horrific death after the second game in the series ran into the early hours of Saturday morning.

  • Cell phone usage concern in society, shows lack of respect

    Odds are, wherever you are reading this your cell phone is within arm's reach of you. It isn't exactly brain surgery to figure out that people in this society have become dependent on some level to their cell phones. Even though cell phones are becoming necessary to modern life, that does not give the user free reign of the device without having a few rules in place.

  • Kindles replacing bookstores

    Would you rather buy a book or purchase a Kindle? The answer for most would be to purchase a Kindle if you consider how unpopular buying a book is lately. With the sudden bankruptcy of Borders Group Inc, it leads me to question if bookstores are going out of style.

  • Pink professional sports team jerseys create controversy, insults female fans

    You go to your local sporting goods store and see the usual jerseys. Then you see one that stops you in your tracks – it's a pink Hines Ward jersey.

    For many people, this is an immediate sign to look the other way, but others are intrigued by the jersey, different from the other jerseys, and draw closer to it.

    The debate over the pink jersey has sparked controversy. One thing is for sure; people either love them or hate them.

  • Lawsuit acknowledges exploitation, inequality for Wal-Mart employees

    Wal-Mart is the quintessence of American consumerism. Its tantalizing low-cost deals are enough to attract anyone with a tight budget, and its 24-hour Supercenters are the epitome of convenience. But looking past Wal-Mart's affordable prices and cheerful smiley logo, one can get a glimpse of the grim side of this multi-billion dollar corporation.

  • Libya unrest handled ‘poorly’ by U.S. government

    It's hard to imagine a country currently more divided than Libya. Political turmoil does not even come close to describing the events that have transpired since February.

    A successful pro-democracy uprising in Egypt inspired the citizens of Libya to try to overthrow longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. However, unlike the Egyptian protests, Gaddafi has fought back, going as far as to hire assassins from neighboring countries to help quell the protests. Thousands have died as a result.

  • Off-campus housing beneficial to students

    Point Park University's housing selection is fast approaching, and some students may be wondering whether to live on campus or commute.

    Although commuting may be a hassle, it is usually more affordable.

    For a full year, Lawrence Hall is $6,700 for a single, $4,520 for a double and $4,120 for a triple. These dorms are available for students in their freshman to senior years; however, if you are a senior living in the dorms, you will most likely be placed on the 20th floor of Lawrence Hall. You are also required to have a meal plan if you live in the dorms, and that adds another $4,960 to your bill if you get a 14-meal-per-week plan or $4,620 for a 12-meal-per-week plan.

  • Experience more valuable for employment over grades

    As students, we have been told since high school, or maybe even before, that going to college and getting a quality education was just a necessary step to getting a successful job one day. 

    We have been told that a quality resume needs to be built, starting as early as freshman year of college, that will impress future employers.

  • Americans, society need to respect, sacrifice individual freedoms

    Living in a country rooted in values of freedom and equality makes it difficult sometimes to distinguish between free speech and hate speech. Although the line gets fuzzy, the Supreme Court ruled almost unanimously on March 2 that offensive rhetoric in the form of funeral protests is protected by the First Amendment.

  • St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, traditions changed over the years

    Everybody's Irish on March 17, but what exactly does it mean to be "Irish" on St. Patrick's Day?

  • Students tan despite risks

    Whether you are tanning indoors or outdoors, the ultraviolet (UV) light that is absorbed from the sun or tanning bed light bulbs puts you at risk for contracting skin cancer.

    Tanning causes three types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

    According to a study conducted in the mid-2000s by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, there are 603 people living in New Hampshire with basal cell carcinoma and 263 people with squamous carcinoma. Of all surveyed, only 540 were without cancer.

  • Facebook recognizes LGBT community, relationship equality

                The unions of members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community have finally been recognized on a major social networking site. This is a major step toward relationship equality in the world's modern societies.

  • Spring break travels need to be calculated, planned out

    When you think of spring break, what do you picture?

    A Cancun resort with an open bar; a Punta Cana beach party with a mesmerizing sunset; or do you simply envision a trip back home, away from your out-of-control college life?

    No matter what your ideal vacation is, who has that kind of money to splurge on spring break?

  • Awards show full of surprise performances and winners

    The 53rd annual Grammy Awards, held on Sunday, Feb. 13, were filled with surprising winners and surprising performances. 

      Lady Antebellum was a big winner on Sunday night, taking home five awards, including "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year." I believe this win was much deserved for the country trio. For this award, they beat out "Nothing on You" by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars, "Love the Way you Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, "F*** You" by Cee Lo Green and "Empire State of Mind," by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. For a country trio to win over such big names as Eminem and Bruno Mars is an accomplishment for the band, and shows other genres should be not intimidated or underrated.

  • IBM computer, technology competes on game show

    Artificial intelligence: it now applies to more than just Terminator units, Star Wars and Robocop.

    The newest form of artificial intelligence is "Watson," a supercomputer designed by IBM created solelyfor the purpose of winning a game of Jeopardy. Watson will be competing against Jeopardy's two most prolific winners, 36-year-old Ken Jennings and 33-year-old Brad Rutter, during a 3-day event from Monday Feb. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the greatest test of the power of artificial intelligence since IBM's "Deep Blue" defeated World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov in 1997.

  • Emotional outpour on Egyptian territory causes mixed feelings

    Please excuse my free form writing.  I have always been one to write straight from my heart, rather than from what I watch on news networks.

    The Middle-East fascinates me, and witnessing the uprisings from U.S. soil has left me feeling a bit hollow.

  • Blogging takes culture by storm

    Remember when you were young and kept a journal that no one was allowed to read? Maybe you hid it under your bed or locked it away with a key.


  • Progress questioned during 'State' address

    The future is ours to win… we can't just stand still'

    Can I just start by saying JFK was mighty, as are we, even now in this time of national and international tragedy and turmoil we are mighty enough to learn lessons from Congresswoman Giffords and the victims of the Tucson attack, a terrorist attack.  Our president has handled this situation beautifully, and we can only hope that the political world we have watched the past decade will finally change tone.

  • Sports concussions need to be addressed with more concern

                      To many, Sidney Crosby is the best player in the NHL. He started out this season at an MVP pace, but due to a concussion he suffered on New Year's Day, he will not be able to play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Amazingly, this marks the second time in his young career that Crosby has missed an All-Star Game due to a concussion.

  • "Super" Steelers poised to strike in Dallas

    For those of you who may have been living under rocks or those who were waving your Terrible Towels and want to hear it again, the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to the Super Bowl.

  • "Golden" awards shine on stage

    The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Jan. 16, 2011. Many talented actors, actresses, directors and others united to see which nominees would become winners. But obviously, only one nominee could win in each category. Some who won earned their awards while others may have been undeserving.

  • Facebook, social media to infuse AMBER alerts

    It is becoming more and more obvious that social media is edging itself into our society whether we like it or not.  Whether it may be Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or what have you, social media is affecting everyone.

  • Pirates make off-season changes, hope for better season

    When you think of winter sports, football and hockey naturally come to mind, but what about baseball? The argument has been made that the baseball season is not over when the World Series ends. Teams try to improve by signing players.

  • Digital changes affect education

    Students now have more options at the start of their college semester that may eventually render a campus bookstore obsolete.

    With the start of the Spring 2011 semester, Point Park University is offering rental textbooks and eTextbooks in addition to the new and used books sold within the bookstore. In the digital age, course materials presented digitally have undoubtedly become the norm and are extremely popular. However, do digital materials demean the true value of an education and simply satiate a generation's need to have everything readily available at its fingertips?

  • Hate Speech Codes continue not to address the real issue of bigotry

    In 1988, the state-chartered University of Michigan created a policy that intended to curb, based on the University's governing Board of Regents view, "..a rising tide of racial intolerance and harassment on campus."

  • Obscenity Or Art?

    Sexuality is a part of our lives and it has worked its way into most of its aspects, including arts and popular culture. Nevertheless, it's things like the above scenarios which are constantly being attacked and challenged as being obscene.

  • Hustler Magazine not at Fault

    In November 1983, Hustler magazine included an advertisement of Rev. Jerry Falwell describing his "first time" where Falwell describes his first time as being and incestuous experience in an outhouse with his mother, and portrays him as being a drunkard in the faux ad about Campari liquor. 

  • Wikileaks stomps on American's rights

    Our constitutional rights as Americans are being stomped on. We have to look at the issues surrounding our government.

    There is a Freedom of Information Act that is supposed to provide transparency about the government, but in there contains a National Security Exemption has kept them a secret until WikiLeaks exposed them.

  • Recent firing of Journalists a restriction of free speech?

    The recent firing of Juan Williams from NPR and Rick Sanchez from CNN is compromising the First Amendment rights of broadcast journalists. Media networks such as these are requiring their journalists to forfeit their right to the freedom of speech even while not reporting or appearing on their employers' network.

  • FCC fails to provide clear definition of first amendment

    Could this create problems?

    Imagine coming in after a long day of class and not being able to watch your favorite T. show because the words are considered "violent," or not being able to catch up on the news because the images and stories presented are considered "excessively violent."  That is what will happen if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) receives the authority from Congress to put a censor on cable and broadcast TV, but the problem goes deeper than not being able to watch a favorite show. If given the power this could threaten the freedom of speech within the First Amendment's one of the most meaningful documents this country was built on: The Bill of Rights. It appears that violence on TV may result in violence in children, but there is no scientific evidence to prove this theory. The FCC has already effected measures that help monitor content on TV, but to completely eradicate "excessive violence," whatever that may be, on TV could hinder the First Amendment-guaranteed right for free speech.

  • Sexting: Freedom of Speech or Child Pornography?

    Three Pennsylvania girls, 14 to 15 years old, and three boys, 16 or 17 years old, were charged with the manufacture, dissemination and possession of child pornography after the girls sent nude or semi-nude pictures to the male students' cell phones via text message.

  • Should the press have access?

    Before he went to Iraq, my uncle, Staff Sergeant First Class Joseph A. Brock, was dedicated to his service and position in the Army National Guard.

    As my mom's youngest sibling and only brother, he was fun, adventurous and a great man to look up to. He was funny, charismatic and could make anyone smile.

  • Freedom of Photography needed to cover wars

    On Aug. 31, 2010, President Obama announced that the end of the Iraq War was near. Obama unveiled a new plan in February 2010 to bring home the remaining U.S. soldiers and to increase training and money so that Iraqis could defend themselves. It was estimated that 100,000 troops would be redeployed and 50,000 would stay in Iraq until late 2011.

  • Invasion of Privacy: when it is accepted

    In 1992, writer Ted Conover decided to go undercover at one of New York City's most infamous prisons, Sing Sing, to tell a story about the lives of the officers who guarded it.

    In 2002, The New York Times refused a request by former President George W. Bush to kill a story about a covert order he signed giving permission for American agents to eavesdrop on United States citizens during terrorist probes, despite the fact that wiretapping was not authorized and possibly unconstitutional.

    Although the fact patterns in those cases don't seem similar, these two scenarios are perfect examples of how an individual and a government crossed the line when dealing with invasion of privacy.

  • False advertising treated seriously


    Kevin Trudeau was trusted by many consumers for his medical advice and his ability to sell to them via infomercials until he was exposed by the Food and Drug Administration as telling half-truths on his programs.

    New Jersey-based Telebrands Corporation brought the Ab Force onto the market to make exercise easier, but had to alter their image to be truthful to consumers.

    Both Trudeau and Telebrands have been defendants in cases of false advertising, further defining the lines which advertisers cannot cross when appealing to consumers.

  • Objectivity of traditional journalism is tainted

    Websites like "' allow users to create their own news content

    Tradeoffs between journalistic judgment to support the shrinking bottom line of news organizations in America have in some cases, tainted the objectivity of traditional journalism. A new generation of websites have emerged allowing individuals to filter their own news content without any negative pressures from advertisers, political bias' or other intrusions on freedom of speech. One of these websites, Reddit, allows individuals to submit their own links then vote on the submitted links, which then renders the links front-page news, buried beneath other artless, or somewhere in-between. This voting process puts the power of deeming something "newsworthy" in the hands of the Reddit community.

  • Advertisers should use their inside voices

    The 2010 mid-term elections have passed.  A repeal of a large health care bill still brews in Congress, the value of the American dollar is at stake and the people of the United States want to be heard, not drowned out by loud television commercials.   It is bad enough we have to listen to political heads yelling at each other, we surely do not need Billy Mays yelling at us to whiten our clothes in our own living rooms.  After all, Advertising 101 would tell you, "it's all about the consumer," and the passing of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act puts that idea back into perspective.

  • Should dorms allow pets

    Recently, Washington and Jefferson College began allowing pets in select student dormitories and it became the second Pennsylvania college to permit them. The other state school that allows pets is Lehigh University in Bethlehem. Point Park University should be the third. This could only improve the overall Point Park college experience.

  • Putting the booze back in "The Pitt News"

    It is time for Pennsylvania's former attorney general, Gerald Pappert, and the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BLCE) to give up on stripping young journalists of their first amendment rights.

  • Etiquette on the elevators

    I hate to sound pretentious, but there are some unspoken rules at Point Park University which need to be spoken, particularly the ones governing behavior in the elevators.

  • Privacy privilege not granted to celebrities

    The other day I was sitting in the waiting room of my dentist's office and was reading a sleazy magazine. It kept me quite entertained with its pictures and gossip. I then realized that I didn't even know the people described. Why should I care about Katy Perry and Russell Brand's marriage or what Rihanna wore to an awards show? I really don't, but I suppose a fascination with celebrities has always been a societal trend. We eat them up and spit them back out when we're finished.

  • The growing problem of cyber-bullying

                According to the American Justice Department, one out of four young people in the United States school system are bullied. Bullying has now been taken to a new level with technology. Bullies can haunt children all day and never have to see their faces.

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  • Facebook an unhealthy obsession, distraction

    If Facebook was a college course, all of my friends would be getting A's.

                It seems as if I can't log on without seeing a status update to the tune of "I should be studying, but..." or "Lecture is boring right now."  Facebook is the website that most college students immediately navigate to when turning on a computer.

  • Hallows should not put Potter to death

    I, like many other Harry Potter fanatics am preparing for the beginning of the end. Harry

    Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One will open in theaters nationwide this Friday, Nov. 19.

    But the fandom of the Harry Potter world runs so deep that the conclusion of the movie series

    will surely not represent the end of Potter for the fans.

  • Student gives thanks for unlikely education

    This holiday season, I'm thankful to get a higher education than I ever dreamed possible. I owe the opportunity to succeed to some very special people in my life, and I can't think of anything else I'm more thankful for.

  • Campus pirates’ lose big with illegal downloads

    While the publicity about piracy of music has died down since thousands of college students were targeted by the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA) for stealing music via the Internet a decade ago, the push has continued today.

    In 2007, an article by Paula Lehman for Businessweek entitled "Battling Campus Pirates," she stated that, more than 1,000 Ohio University and Purdue University students were targeted with file sharing violations that sometimes cost them up to $750 per song.

  • More awareness of surroundings would eliminate danger

    Following the death of a Point Park University shuttle driver from injuries sustained when he was hit by a Port Authority bus, renewed attention has been placed on the safety of the intersection at Wood Street and the Boulevard of the Allies. Two aspects of the situation and its aftermath are very surprising.

                The first is that it actually took a fatal accident for discussions about the intersections safety to arise. It is really just surprising that there have not been more accidents there in prior months and years.

                For anyone that sees the intersection with any degree of frequency, it shouldn't be hard to imagine an accident happening there. Everyone should have known that it was not just possible, but probable; someone would eventually be hit by a vehicle at the intersection.

  • Losing all Direction; The Decline of Role Models

    When I hear the name Audrey Hepburn, one of the many descriptions that comes to mind is two words: role model. Now, this idea may not be the same for everyone, but most can agree that Audrey Hepburn is a famous, well-known actress and is looked up to by young girls who dream of being famous, rich or falling madly in love with a man just as handsome as her "Breakfast at Tiffany's" co-star George Peppard.

  • Cutting down trees is ‘counterproductive’ to green space

    Alumni Park, if I may be so bold, is the heart of Point Park University's campus.  This is the one space for students to relax, eat, study or socialize outdoors in between classes.  It is a comfortable space with hearty trees surrounding the usually crowded square outside Academic Hall, until the chairs are chained to the tables for the night, and then the comfort level plummets.   

  • Direct action necessary for change

    Election day was just upon us, as I'm sure many of you knew from the various local campaign signs and radio and television ads that sprung up over the past several weeks.

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  • Logic defies ghost myth

    I take my truth the same way I take my coffee: harsh, bitter and with a delicious muffin on the side. This healthy and occasionally overbearing skepticism keeps me from falling for some of the myths in popular culture; for example, when I learned that Chuck Norris was hiding another fist under his beard, I refused to believe it unless he personally punched me with it. Because I have yet to meet Chuck or find a fist-shaped imprint on my jaw, I have a very hard time believing in the legitimacy of the world around me. Asking me to explain everything that grinds my gears will most likely lead to an impassioned speech complete with aggressive tones of voice and lots of hand movements, but ask what I hate the most about today's culture and I'll have one response: ghosts and the fascination with the paranormal.

  • Paranormal incidents indicate existence

    Ghost stories are as old as the time of man. One of the first texts of the Western world describes a ghost talking to Homer in the "Iliad." People are fascinated with the idea that there is something beyond the grave which can come back to interact with everyday people. When you ask someone if he or she believes in ghosts, it seems a division where one side usually scoffs and saying it's rubbish, or someone on the other side usually has a ghost story of their own.

  • cultural summit

    Sharing traditions should be as natural as a conversation

    Culture helps us to connect to others, what better place to connect then at your university. We should enjoy our four years here by immersing in as much activities as possible. The Cultural Summit was a great way to experience our school. Point Park University has a great deal of diversity which was  highlighted at the Cultural Summit.

  • The difficulty of proving false light

    In 2003, a newsletter published a false account of a Jewish woman accepting Jesus into her faith, including her name.

    In 1988, the National Enquirer published a story about a man who fell out of an airplane but hung onto door rails during an emergency landing. The story was dramatized by telling of his near-death thoughts, though the writer never spoke with the man.

    Photos of a ten-year-old girl were used in an ad campaign that falsely described her as being "underinsured" with "severe health problems."

  • The real importance of voting

                "If you don't vote, you have no right to complain."

    We've all heard that argument in favor of voting before. And we've all seen the countless "get out [to] vote" campaigns that are always taking place, from Rock the Vote to Vote or Die (which was probably an idle threat). At this time of year, everyone frequently faces messages of not just voting, but who we should vote for as well.

  • Point Park University receives its own ‘metamorphosis,’ goes ‘green’

                    This is my third semester and last year at Point Park University before graduation. I have enjoyed my experience thus far, and am grateful for the lessons I have been taught and the friends I have made.  However, I cannot help but feel some sorrow when I think of the Academic Village project.

                    The dedication, determination and effort I have exerted while a Point Park student took place on Point Park's former campus. I will not be able to experience the university campus as a student when the project is done.  I will not have the opportunity to witness such an important and historical transformation.

  • Family weekend a hard reminder for those far away from home

    Family Weekend, according to Point Park University's website, is "a wonderful time for families to spend time together enjoying some of the many opportunities available to their students."

    For all those anxious freshmen in their first year away from home, it seems like a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with parents  But for those of us without family who can visit, Family Weekend is a reminder of how far from home we really are.

  • Students express opinions of recent suicides

    Homosexual students in the Pittsburgh area have opened up and expressed their opinions pertaining to the recent suicides of homosexual males.

    The most popular discussed involves Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman at Rutgers University, who jumped from the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River on Sept. 22due to harassment regarding his sexuality from two other students. The two students' explicitly mocked Clementi's sexual encounter with another homosexual male in his dorm room. His suicide has caused major controversy throughout the news and throughout gay communities across the country.

  • Students express opinions of recent suicides

    Homosexual students in the Pittsburgh area have opened up and expressed their opinions pertaining to the recent suicides of homosexual males.

    The most popular discussed involves Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman at Rutgers University, who jumped from the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River on Sept. 22due to harassment regarding his sexuality from two other students. The two students' explicitly mocked Clementi's sexual encounter with another homosexual male in his dorm room. His suicide has caused major controversy throughout the news and throughout gay communities across the country.

  • Recent suicides call attention to bullying

                Tyler Clementi's suicide, following a video posted online involving him in a sexual encounter with another, has garnered a lot of attention. And it would be a tragic enough if it was an isolated incident. But it is not.

  • Studying abroad is lost opportunity for many students

    Each semester, Point Park University sends up to 15 students to study in Paris, Rome and London with its Study Abroad Program. At each meeting, Dean of Students Keith Paylo stresses that studying abroad is an "opportunity" for students, not a "requirement," and then tells potential travelers all the exciting oppurtunites about studying abroad and how much success Point Park has had with students in the past. The meeting makes everyone hopeful and excited, but this year's meeting had a few announcements that left me slightly confused and very angry.

  • Americans are forgetting what actually matters

    I am going to talk about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and how I feel about this guy who is essentially the Ayatollah's talking head gone wild.  The puppetry mechanism on this pretty boy is busted, and the Ayatollah gives a "word-up" to that as of 2008. 

    Ahmadinejad is a proud Persian with a big mouth, lots of money and enriched uranium, but the American viewer only hears about him when he is acting-a-fool.  To you, this man is denouncing everything America stands for and to top it off you can't pronounce his name; to me, that is shameful.

  • Anniversary was golden experience

    I could not have come to Point Park University at a better time. In addition to the new Student and Convocation Center and upcoming renovations, I feel as if Point Park has figuratively welcomed me with an immaculate fireworks display. Spirit Week and the elaborate 50th Anniversary celebration topped it off.

  • Hosts bring attention, influence to politics

    Back in 1996, Comedy Central launched a new genre of televised broadcasting. Taking elements from talk shows such as "The O'Reilly Factor "and adding a comedian's insight into all of the day's top stories, "The Daily Show" became a massive hit. It became so popular that a spin-off, "The Colbert Report", was created to build from its success. But for TV hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, respectively, satirizing the news was not enough.

  • Class Division Leads to Class War


    As anyone who was in Pittsburgh during last fall's G-20 Summit can attest, globalization is simply not a trivial matter. In fact, it is a movement that has fostered thousands of protesters that openly march and express their feelings toward the many horrors that it gives birth to. However, some wonder what globalization does to our country that would warrant mass protesting. Luckily, for those people, a recent phenomenon has occurred thanks to this very movement. 

  • Response:COPA vs. Academic


    When constructing the COPA vs. Academic article, I never once thought that there would be such a response as the one that I have received.  I want to start out by saying thanks to those that have taken the time to read the writing.  Whether you enjoyed it or not, I still appreciate the interest.

  • Destroying the ‘Igloo’ will have a negative effect on the city


    As government supporters for preserving the "Igloo" grow fewer in number, the word on the street is that the ice dome that holds so many memories for Pittsburgh hockey fans may soon be no more. 

  • COPA vs. Academic


    In one corner, weighing in with a pile of awkwardly carried textbooks and messy, thrown-back hair, is the Academic sector of Point Park University. The opponent, measuring in with a total of 80s-stylele cut-off sweaters and over-sized sunglasses, is Point Park's Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) students.

    The match-up looks intense.  Who will come out on top?

  • Rights should be protected

    America the free, America the brave; the virtues of this country are extolled over and over again.  We are the ones with the Statue of Liberty that welcomed so many immigrants from overseas seeking a better life in the early 1900s.  We are also the ones talking about building a huge fence along our southern border to keep out immigrants now seeking a better life.

  • Swift’s talent, maturity put to question


    Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was unavoidable during 2009. She continued to release single after single and swept almost every award category she was nominated for that year, although she certainly was not the most deserving in most cases, as Kanye West made clear during the now infamous moment when he rushed onto the stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. However, she continued to saturate the market until her disastrous performance at the 2010 Grammy Awards, and is only starting to reemerge now. Perhaps the world would be a little better off if Swift just stayed out of the spotlight.

  • New club changes bring diffi culties

    With the new academic school year comes new rules and regulations for clubs at Point Park University.  This was not greeted with chipper, smiling faces, however as some of the changes seem to be working more toward preventing events from occurring rather than encouraging them.

  • NFL needs set standards


    In the Pittsburgh Steelers opening match against the Atlanta Falcons, the Steelers emerged victorious. While a win is nothing new for a franchise as storied as the Steelers, something was missing.

                In case you have been living under a rock these past few months, you know that "Big" Ben Roethlisberger was initially suspended by the National Football League (NFL) for a total of six games with the promise that his suspension could be cut down if he followed the league's guidelines and stayed out of trouble, to which Roethlisberger agreed.

  • Students start to feel at home in new Student Center

    Where else can you go only to accidentally break something and have people say, "That's cool"? That is the homey feel one gets upon entering Point Park's Student and Convocation Center.

                There is so much good at the Center, a new venue and answer to students' cries over the lacking rec room.

  • Columnist’s advice does more harm than good

    Whether you are recycling that bottle of Gatorade in the aluminum only bin by the elevator or walking through the Point Café grabbing a quick snack before heading out for the night, students are bound to see note cards with little snippets of advice from a fellow named Harlan Cohen.

  • Bus service cuts, a ‘no win’ situation

    There is really not much to be concerned about in regards to Port Authority's upcoming plans to cut some routes and raise fares. It is just a good news, bad news situation. The good news is that many people won't have to pay the price of the increased fares. That is because they will not be able to take the bus at all.

  • Video offers unique perspective on abusive couples

    There is something unique about rapper Eminem and pop singer Rihanna's collaboration on the summer hit "Love the Way You Lie," fresh from Eminem's 2010 release "Recovery." The song and accompanying music video chronicle the lives of a couple involved in an abusive relationship.

  • Freshmen fears fizzle following move-in

    Beginning Aug. 26, 2010, the Point Park University campus showed signs of life once more as freshmen began streaming through the doors with hands, crates and boxes loaded. Waiting in the half-hour line for the elevator, I scanned the room to find the same hesitant but excited expression on everyone else's faces. We were all thinking, "What in the world am I doing standing in this line with three bags filled with pillows? Is this even worth it? Let's go home."

  • If I weren't a Boy Scout...or, how I spent my summer vacation

    Camp staff in yellow life jackets floated in the cool water of the Youghiogheny River below, the sunlight glinting off their helmets as some friends of mine shouted my name, encouraging me to stop thinking about falling from the rock and the possibilities of breaking a leg or losing my shirt, and just do it. I glanced behind me at the two pieces of wood that allowed me to cross from the steep hill onto the slippery rock and thought that there was no freaking way I was crossing back over those things. Taking a deep breath, I closed my eyes, held my nose and leaped into the air.

  • Cable companies threaten to halt net neutrality

    Right now, the belief of Internet users is that we should be able to access the Internet at the most rapid speed possible, as well as view any website we desire, regardless of whether it is a corporate site or a mom-and-pop site. We also have the impression that we should be able to use any Internet service we wish for watching videos online, instant messaging and listening to podcasts. However, if "Net Neutrality" is to be eliminated, this will no longer be the case.

  • Church burns books for ‘double inspiration’

    The Amazing Grace Baptist Church, which consists of Pastor Marc Grizzard and his parish of 14, will soon host book burnings in North Carolina.

  • Open to public, but not photographers

    9/11 puts limitation on pictures taken in PPG Place

    For years, photographers in the Pittsburgh area, along with Point Park University photography and photojournalism majors, have struggled with PPG Place's security policy. Ever since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, a policy has been in place to restrict photography throughout the PPG Place complex.

  • Celebrity overexposure brings publicity laws to question

    Hollywood vixen Marilyn Monroe once boldly said, "Hollywood is a place where they'll give you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul." I wonder what the icon would think she deserves today for appropriation of her name or likeness.
    While we will never know the answer to that question, today's public figures, such as Tiger Woods and Lindsay Lohan, believe the commercial use of their name or likeness make them deserving of a hefty paycheck.

  • Laws do not prevent hate speech

    A group of men supporting the Nation of Islam often come to downtown Pittsburgh in the summer, chastising black residents for fraternizing with whites, shouting, "The white man is the child of Satan!" Another man walks along Smithfield Street toting a handmade sign and a bullhorn, proclaiming his judgment on all manner of "sinners."

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  • National media picked sides with CAPA assault case

    In January, three undercover Pittsburgh police officers converged in the Homewood neighborhood in a mission to keep the streets clean of drugs, guns and violence. Their role was not to invade suspected homes, but rather to watch for suspicious actions. The assault that took place soon after has been argued for and against by both the public and law enforcement officials. Local and national media outlets covered the story, but their coverage differs, as well.

  • Tweet spurs libel lawsuit

    Who knew that writing 140 characters or less on your personal website could be such a costly mistake? Until Jan. 20, when Cook County, Ill. Circuit Court Judge Diane Larson threw out a defamation suit, Chicago renter Amanda Bonnen was facing $50,000 in damages plus court fees.

  • Prosecutor deems students unethical, asks for grades in exchange

    Students' grades are supposed to be a private matter, known only to school administrators, the student and whomever the student chooses to tell. But if one Chicago prosecutor has her way, students at the Medill Innocence Project of Northwestern University will be forced to turn over their grades as well as unpublished notes and course syllabi to her office.

  • Flickr uploads may lead to commercial usage

    Alison Chang, a 15-year-old student from Dallas, was shocked when she saw her face on a Virgin Mobile billboard in Australia. The photographer, Justin Ho-Wee Wong, was equally shocked. His image of Chang had been used without permission for commercial purposes.

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