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BEST OF 2001-2002 

BEST OF 2002-2003

BEST OF 2003-2004


Episcopal priest speaks out against gay ordination

Guiding Light lights the hearts of hopeful students

Cavalier smashed in Schenley Quad

Air Force ROTC simulates POW camp

Wait is over for Guiding Light hopefuls!

Pitt students pack Destinta Theatre to watch 'The Passion of the Christ.'

Controversial movie receives David Limbaugh's commentary!


Photogallery of the funeral procession ceremony  for Reagan to the Capitol


Commandments controversy is so commie and not constitutional


Top 25 reasons compiled for the origins of the candy cane from 2001-2003 based on 65 student responses  


Pitt Dance Team goldens Heinz Field

Pitt Dance Team  rainbow Heinz Field


A patriotic war is just to protect people (1)

Students vote matters

It is a matter of principle and ethics

Privacy or perversion in the bedroom

Israel, Israel, what have you done for Palestine!

Pitt should be proud denying same-sex benefits

Keep the Reagan legacy alive by voting for President Bush this November

Homosexuals do not need a special bill!

Presidential candidate John Kerry lied about his heritage!

Wake up media and uncover the terrorists!

Mount Rushmore needs to be revisted to include Ronald Reagan

Clinton wants Kerry who promotes immoral issues, do you?

9-11 report should not have been bipartisan!


Women's softball team saw Rockets falling.

Hungry Panthers win Pittsburgh  Classic


Engineering Auditorium Shakes

Red, White, & Blue

Constitution supports God and patriotism

One Numb-er

He sees you all the time

Vote for the perfect candidate 24-7!

What if Jesus talked football?

Pitt Dance Team's colors of black, red, green, and white give significance to the Christmas season!

Nativity reminds tourists of Christ's birth

Both evolutionism and creationism are based on faith!

Gong Show winner recited about 'If cocaine were an alien, what it does not want you to know!'

Gospel revealed through semantics and word play

Only the right antidote can protect your life

God's love is alphabetically revealed in random languages




Steelers Open Season with Home Victory

Joe Balestrine
Pittsburgh Standard

           The Pittsburgh Steelers remembered those lost on September 11, 2001 and their families with a fitting pre-game tribute in which members of the army parachute division fell from the sky onto Heinz Field giving the Steelers and Oakland Raiders something to remember them by.

             On a brilliantly sunny, 85 degree day in Pittsburgh, the Steelers of today looked like the Steelers of old, when a blitz-burgh type defense and a crushing running game ruled the play. The crowd of 61,000 plus arrived early and partied hard, on a day in which soaring temperatures reminded those Raider fans in attendance of back home. This year’s Steelers team looks very similar, at least in personnel, to last year’s team which finished 6-10. However, Steeler Nation has reason to hope.

             The Steelers welcomed back former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau to his previous position. His aggressive defenses in the mid-1990’s were famous for blitzing and putting pressure on the quarterback and thus the team became known as the ‘Blitz-burgh Steelers.’ Coach LeBeau promised a rebirth in this system and his new Steelers defense did not disappoint.

              The Steelers pressured Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon all day despite his 305 yards passing, most of which came on two long pass plays. The Steelers defense recorded 3 sacks (two by Clark Haggans, one by Aaron Smith), intercepted two Gannon passes (James Farrior and Deshea Townsend), and forced 5 Raider fumbles, two of which were recovered by the Steelers. The defensive secondary, which was shaky on its best days in the 2003 season, played solid as well giving up only two long pass plays to Doug Gabriel and Alvis Whitted.

             On the other side of the ball, the Steelers welcomed another new face not named Ben Roethlisberger (who will be backing up Tommy Maddox for the 2004 season) in Duce Staley. Duce, a dependable back who played his previous seven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, was signed in the off-season with hopes that he could remedy the anemic running game which had plagued the offense last year.

             New offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt promised a return to the run, with Duce as the featured back. The early results gave Steeler fans to experience ’Duce’s Wild’ in Pittsburgh. From the initial carry it was evident that Duce will be a force to be reckoned with this year. Duce grinded out 91 tough yards on 24 carries, and even more significant, he already won over the hearts of the Steeler faithful who began early and often with chants of “DUUUUUUUUUUCE!”

In addition to Duce, Maddox played reasonably well completing 13 of 22 pass attempts for 142 yards. Hines Ward led all receivers with 7 receptions for 99 yards. Jerome Bettis, relegated to the backup running back role, ran the ball 5 times for 1 yard and had 3 touchdowns, seemingly finishing Duce’s job. The Steelers only won by the slim margin of 24-21, but the game was entirely controlled by them.

Jeff Reed kicked a 42 yard field goal with 7 seconds left to give the Steelers an opening day victory over the Raiders, a team whose rivalry dates back to the Steelers dynasty of the 1970s.

             Dick LeBeau is back. “Blitz-burgh” appears to be back. The running game, thanks to Duce Staley, is back on its feet as well. Though early, the Steelers of old appear to be back to their old and familiar winning ways. This is bad news for the AFC North (which by the way both Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lost) but good news for the Steeler Nation.

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