Districts should represent us
It’s no secret that the Allegheny County Democratic Committee (ACDC) likes to play inside baseball. Pittsburgh politics, generally, is founded upon a series of connections, with connected people helping other connected people attain their positions. The current Pittsburgh mayor, Bill Peduto was the Chief of Staff for his City Council predecessor, Dan Cohen. Peduto sat on the City Council for a dec...Forum | March 2, 2020
Letting the humanities shine
Located between Baker, Hamerschlag, and Scaife Halls, the sparkling new multi-story ANSYS Hall houses a massive makerspace, a computer lab, student collaborative spaces, and offices behind an impressive glass façade. Funded in part by ANSYS Inc., the missi...Forum | February 24, 2020
HB1100 disregards our future
On Feb. 5, the Pennsylvania State Senate voted to send HB1100 to Governor Tom Wolf, who is expected to veto the bill. HB1100 would grant petrochemical companies in Pennsylvania a conditional tax break. Any company receiving the credit must redevelop a brownfield site which would be the locati...Forum | February 17, 2020
Pittsburgh needs free transit
You’ve seen Pittsburgh’s busses; the big, (usually) red bricks barreling down the streets, the route number glowing in amber, usually on time and only sometimes packed. With seating for 36 in the smaller busses and 63 in the larger, articulated models, each bus can replace dozens of toxic emissions-spewing cars. The Tartan sta...Forum | February 10, 2020
Indian student activism sets an example for U.S.
While the U.S. is caught in its own fascist nightmare, other countries are dealing with their own. One such case is India, the world’s largest democratic republic, with over 800 million voters. The prime minister, Narendra Modi, has a cult of personality, cultivating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — the right-wing Hindu-nationalist party that is currently dominating India — as a personal army.
...Forum | February 3, 2020