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Opinion | Online call-out culture cancels real activism

Opinion | Online call-out culture cancels real activism

By Leah Mensch, For The Pitt News

January 25, 2019

Whether he is praised or criticized, the president is known for his tweeting. Donald Trump is not the only American who utilizes social media platforms to express political viewpoints, though.The second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Trump sparked 61.67 million interactions among Fac...

Opinion | Missionary training endangers other cultures

The Indian government monitors the Andaman Islands territories, including North Sentinel Island (pictured), home to the Sentinelese tribe, one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes that has little to no contact with outside populations.

By Kim Rooney, Contributing Editor

January 9, 2019

Missionaries must respect the histories of other peoples and see their languages as more than gibberish. Failure to do so would only reinforce dehumanizing attitudes toward other cultures.

Not just a sports city: Pittsburgh culture is hidden but vibrant

Sarah Connor enjoys being a Pittsburgh native while posing on the North Shore in front of iconic Pittsburgh bridges. (Photo courtesy of Chloe Yoder)

By Sarah Connor, Contributing Editor

May 30, 2018

I grew up in a small town about 25 miles outside of the City — near the Pittsburgh International Airport — called Moon Township. It was common for people from my town to attend schools in and around the City, and I come from a long line of Pitt alumni. But I was independent as a kid and wanted to have new...

Cultures come together on Pitt’s tennis team

Senior Callie Frey is the only American-born player on Pitt’s women’s tennis team. (Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics)

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018

A quick glance at the men’s top 10 world tennis rankings reveals that no two players share the same country of origin. The same can be said for the top eight women in the world — an unusual trend considering certain nations tend to specialize and often dominate in other sports. A microcosm of...

Get your Gaeilge on: Professor preserves Irish language

Marie Young lectures in her Irish Culture and Traditions class Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

March 16, 2018

Marie Young left her home in Galway, Ireland, in 2001, intending to visit her brother in Pittsburgh for only three months. But what was meant to be a chance to see a little more of the world turned into a permanent change after she fell in love with the City — and a local Irishman. Young ended...

Students contend with Christmas

 Christmas trees in Schenley Plaza are lit up at night during the holiday season. (Photo by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

December 8, 2017

The Cathedral of Learning is adorned with tinsel and stringed lights, Schenley Plaza is lined with luminescent Christmas trees and holiday songs can be heard in almost every building on campus. For many, this show of holiday spirit is part of the buildup to the biggest holiday of the year — Christma...

Student immerses in African cultures

Derric Heck, a graduate student at Pitt who studies social and comparative analysis in education, led a discussion titled, “Identity, Culture & Education — Examples from Kenya and Ethiopia” Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

December 1, 2017

Speaking about his travels to Africa, Derric Heck described his experiences researching African cultures as “amazing.” “It was not only informative for me, it was transformative,” Heck said. About 20 students gathered in Posvar Hall Thursday afternoon to attend a discussion Heck led, titled ...

ASA, BAS explore racial identities, histories

Jasmine Green and Albert Tanjaya discussed the difficulties both African-American and Asian-American communities face during an event Wednesday night. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Staff Photographer)

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

November 30, 2017

When Olivia Carter asked the 20-something students gathered in a single-file line in the William Pitt Union to step back if they’d ever “endured physical or verbal abuse due to [their] race,” the majority of them moved out of line. This “line game” was part of a larger conversation about rac...

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but memes should never hurt us

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Neena Hagen, For The Pitt News

November 9, 2017

The Senate is used to strange occurrences, but Nov. 1, our legislators discussed a group of memes which are purportedly evidence for Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. The U.S. intelligence community thinks the memes were part of a sophisticated network of propaganda used to suppo...

When the whole world collides: global music hits the charts

(Illustration by Abby Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By Levko Karmazyn | Columnist

November 8, 2017

If you turned on your car radio during the summer of 2016, chances are you came under the influence of the tropical pulse of Drake’s “One Dance.” As the first song to hit one billion plays on Spotify, it marked one of the 2010s’ biggest music stars hitting a viral peak. But it wasn’t just Drake’s magical touch that made the song a success —  sweeping sample...

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