Pittsburgh police and justice system fails community following Rosfeld trial
On Friday, March 22, Michael Rosfeld was acquitted for the murder of Antwon Rose II, adding another to the long list of cases where white police officers escape accountability for the murders of unarmed black men. The jury acquitted Rosfeld of all possible charges in less than four hours on Friday, and protests broke out almost immediately that night. Local marchers were joined by members of Pitts...Forum | March 25, 2019
The Tartan sparks discussion on climate change
In last week’s issue, our SciTech editor, Ashwin Srinivasan, wrote about a Cambridge study showing the degree to which the arctic ice shelves were breaking up due to global warming. It was a good article and received positive responses from all we knew who read it.Forum | March 4, 2019
Tech companies, too, pursue nothing but profit
Amazon’s recent decision not to establish part of their new headquarters in New York following local outrage and municipal politicians unwillingness to agree to the $3 billion dollar subsidy deal. This decision has highlighted the characteristics of tech giants' relationships with the cities they are headquartered in. First, they’re smart to not pay money when they don’t have to. Second, they’re j...Forum | February 25, 2019
The ethics behind rich people "philanthropy"
Andrew Carnegie gave away over $350 million in his lifetime. According to the Columbia University Libraries, he was the first extremely wealthy person to publicly state that “the rich have a moral obligation to give away their fortunes.” He even wrote a manifesto, The Gospel of Wealth, that claimed all personal wealth beyo...Forum | February 18, 2019
Polar vortex elicits power of student activism
Winter this year was unexpectedly harsh, bringing record-breaking low temperatures and at least 20 casualties throughout the American Midwest. Caused by the breakdown of the polar vortex, as a result of climate change, the sudden cold snap ground entire states to a halt and trapped people within their homes, while those without shelter were left at the mercy of the elements.
Here on campus, st...Forum | February 11, 2019