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Blog: Weekend watchlist, take five

“Jersey Shore” title card.

By The Pitt News Staff

March 1, 2019

For the fifth time, The Pitt News staff is sharing our top picks of films and TV shows. For a post-midterms binge-watching session, look no further than the TPN Weekend Watchlist.

Venture outside Europe for study abroad

A camel poses for a selfie with Anna in Zagora, Morocco.

By Anna Bongardino, Contributing Editor

February 27, 2019

Young self-designated travelers who have just returned after a few months abroad often say things along the lines of “Study abroad changed me. It was amazing!” Many of us tend to roll our eyes in response. While two, four or even six months in a country may seem like a short time, the things...

Blog: Our weekend watchlist, LGBTQ+ edition

The “Moonlight” theatrical release poster.

By The Pitt News Staff

February 15, 2019

Valentine’s Day is a day of love, but here at The Pitt News, it is also the day we release our annual Sex Edition, which this year had an LGBTQ+ focus. To continue with this theme, this Weekend Watchlist features series and movies with a strong LGBTQ+ presence.

Blog: Valentine’s Day, more than romantic love

Blog: Valentine's Day, more than romantic love

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019

A long-held belief in our society is that we need to be in relationships or get married to be happy and successful — to achieve a “happily ever after,” so to speak. We have a myriad of romantic comedies and princess films that center on romance or heavily feature love interests. There’s also ...

PGH Foodie Blog: Oakland’s Americanized Chinese food gems

Szechuan serves customers at their storefront on Oakland Avenue.

By Joshua Gaylord, For The Pitt News

February 15, 2019

The majority of people have heard of the Ten Commandments, but very few have heard of the elusive 11th commandment. Thou shall never find good cafeteria food. I’ve been to several colleges for visits, and I studied at College of the Ozarks in southwest Missouri before my time here at Pitt. The o...

Blog: Reverse culture shock after China study abroad

The bright lights of Shanghai's skyline are photographed at night.

By Ben Spock, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019

This page was made possible in part by a grant from Year of Pitt Global. I won’t soon forget my experience standing in line at the McDonald’s in the Chicago O’Hare Airport. I had a layover in Chicago during my trip between Shanghai and Pittsburgh after studying abroad in China for two months. I was about to or...

Blog: Further reflections on adoption, Chinese study abroad

Copy Chief Kim Rooney looks out over the Great Wall of China during her summer study abroad program.

By Kim Rooney, Contributing Editor

February 8, 2019

When I become too embroiled in writer’s block, I often remind myself that, so long as I stay alive to do so, I can update pieces I write. I studied abroad in Shanghai in the summer of 2017, during which time I returned to my hometown Gaoyou. When I came back to the United States, I wrote a column reflec...

Blog: Our weekend watchlist, take three

“Candy Jar” release poster.

By The Pitt News Staff

February 8, 2019

For the third time, our weekend watchlist is back by popular demand. This time with both television shows and movies featured on popular streaming services.

Blog: Shanghai from sunrise to sunset

Scooters and ofo bikes line the streets outside of East China Normal University's campus in Shanghai.

By Levko Karmazyn, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019

Shanghai gave me a new appreciation for chaos. Between the insane driving, commerce and sheer number of inhabitants — 24 million or so — it seemed as if there was no way I could ever make sense of it all. But the more my focus narrowed, whether on an individual life, a single small shop or even o...

Berlin internship proves stereotypes wrong

Senior Staff Writer Maggie Koontz stands in front of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin.

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Staff Writer

January 30, 2019

This page was made possible in part by a grant from Year of Pitt Global. On the very first day of my writing internship at tbd*, a social business startup in Berlin that connects people with employment resources, I stepped through the door and I was immediately greeted by my bosses and ...

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