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Best of the Pittsburgh Standard Sections of 2001-2002

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Campaign finance reform becomes a crucial platform is

Former Survivor contestant visits Pitt

Athletes train their mind at AIA

Planned Parenthood supports UNFPA

Pitt cheerleaders and dance team rock the Fitzerald Fieldhouse

Bread for the world promotes hunger awareness


Da playas gonna play

Men are from the "O" and women are from "Starbucks"

Mexican exchange student enters a party!

Alcohol visits many faces across lands

Complaints of loneliness can be solved

Inventions of Black America rock

It is a matter of principle and ethics

"Mi casa es su casa": My home is your home


Pitt student assimilates into Delta Zeta

Chi Omega rocks in student's life!


Panthers rise to victory in Orlando

Panthers Tangerine Bowl victory spreads cheer through football players, cheerleaders, and fans!

Pitt finishes at the Fieldhouse with firepower

Knight and Howland receive Big East honors

Pitt's dance team shakes their way into the spotlight

Freshman cheerleader shares experience

Paralympics give hope

Next season for the Panthers looks promising

Prospective teams aiming for the title in 2003


Moral law or religious banter: The debate over the 10 Commandments continues

Court approves peaceful minute

Zultan/Yunich enlighten freshman student!

Start the year 2002 with a new perspective!

Music teaches

Gospel revealed through semantics and word play

Expressions of praise give audience new hope!

Identity can be a complicated matter

My kiss of a lifetime hopes to be special

Jubilee Afrikana rocks the Hilton Hotel in Downtown

Only the right antidote can protect your life

God's love is alphabetically revealed in random languages

God and the Baby


Top 25 reasons behind the origin's of the candy cane

The top 21 responses to 'I have a dream today that....'
Top 14 responses to "A Loving Friend is...."

In celebration of Valentine's Day, the top 50-26 responses to 'Love is....'

In celebration of Valentine's Day, the top 25-1 responses to 'Love is....'

In remembrance of 'Good Friday', the top 25 student responses to 'Loving the world God...'


July 4th fireworks rock Point State Park with a bang


Review of Kuntz Bakery


Finding the sweetest pad in Pittsburgh


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Students vote matters

Pittsburgh Standard

For starters, we want you to know that you matter and your vote counts in the larger scheme of things. It can be easy to think that you are just one person and what can your vote do, but you have the power to boot someone out of office or allow them to make a grand entrance. You have the right to vote and you can make it count. Yes, you maybe just one person who decides to go out and vote but all the 1ís add up and eventually thousands come to the poll to vote.

Never think your vote does not count and whatís the use because if everybody thought that way then nobody would vote and then you lose the democratic process of electing somebody. Eventually, what would happen is special interest groups would cast only votes for their candidates who can help them.

What about your needs and concerns? Who would address them if only special interest candidates take office? We need candidates who care for a larger spectrum of the population and not just their constituencies. Your vote can make sure that happens regardless of what the elections are.

A single vote not cast could cause ramifications in the long run for people. English became the official language over German in the United States because of a single vote. What we have shared apply to national elections too.

You can change that with your vote and make sure that every candidate that is running has a fair chance of getting elected whether they are part of a larger organization or not if the issues they are running on can benefit the student population over other candidates that are running.

If you are not part of a special interest group and do not vote, you will help continue the trend that has occurred  in elections which is Ďspecial interest groups rarely loseí.

Our hope is that you donít just vote based on the racial, gender, and special interest lines of the candidates. If you are Black, please donít feel obligated to vote for a Black candidate if you feel a candidate of another color will do a better job. If you are a woman, please donít feel obligated to vote for a woman candidate if you feel a male candidate will do a better job.

Remember you are nobodyís puppet and nobody can run you. You have a free will and free choice to choose your candidate based on their platform. If you vote only out of a sense of obligation then you as an individual cannot make as much of an impact than if you vote on issues regardless of the candidates.

So we hope whether you vote!!!

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