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‘Pitt in London’: Fan-filled adventure

Visitors can climb the towers of Caernarfon castle that sit atop the medieval fortress located in north-west Wales.

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019

I have harbored a deep love and appreciation for the U.K. since I was a child. I developed a passion for Arthurian myths and legends, and British film, television and book series like Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. Besides my love for the U.K. and the many ca...

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...

Editorial: Paradise Papers demand transparent tax reform

New published reports are showing how some corporations, like Apple, lowered their tax bills. (Dreamstime)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 8, 2017

What do Nike, George Soros, Facebook, Queen Elizabeth II, Apple, Bono and the Kremlin have in common? Their allegedly evasive financial maneuvers were exposed Nov. 5 in a massive project called the Paradise Papers. Ring a bell? Just like the 2015 Panama Papers, Sunday’s trove of documents was leaked by the International Consortium of Invest...

Respect Catalan referendum, for democracy’s sake

(Illustration by Raka Sarkar | Senior Staff Illustrator)

By Ben Sheppard and Christian Snyder | The Pitt News Staff

October 12, 2017

Voters tried to take to the polls in Catalonia Oct. 1 for a landmark independence referendum in the Spanish autonomous community — but the day ended in chaos. Spanish police brought in from outside Catalonia by the Spanish government injured more than 800 Catalan citizens in conflicts across the regio...

Students talk cultural beauty perceptions

(Illustration by Garrett Aguilar | Staff Illustrator)

By Bailey Frisco | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017

Maria Beniaminova said many Americans have an interest in big butts that people in her home country of Russia would find peculiar. “There is a small population [in Russia] that is into curvier women, but I think that has to do with the fact that Russia used to be the USSR, so there are people fro...

Mexico rescues continue; death toll reaches at least 274

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Andrea Castillo and Laura King | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 22, 2017

Scenes of desolation and rejoicing unspooled Thursday at the sites of buildings crumbled by Mexico's deadly earthquake, which killed at least 274 people and galvanized heroic efforts to reach those trapped. But a parallel drama transpired as the government announced that there were no missing children...

Maduro vs the world: Venezuela’s hopeless crisis

Venezuela is in dire situation under President Nicolas Maduro. (Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Saket Rajprohat | Senior Columnist

September 20, 2017

The streets are filled with protesters. The shelves at grocery stores are empty, and pockets are even emptier. Right now, Venezuela looks bleak — and Veronica, a Venezuelan immigrant living in Pittsburgh who requested that her last name be withheld for her family’s safety, said the country is f...

Scared to study abroad? Do it anyway

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Sarah Shearer | For The Pitt News

September 13, 2017

I was in the candy aisle of a bookstall April 19 when I first heard the emergency alarms and looked up to see the main concourse of London Euston Train Station in a dark frenzy. I grabbed my bag, shuffled out the nearest exit and stood outside with other travelers for almost half an hour before someone announced ov...

False advertising: foreign students’ perceptions of Homecoming not always reality

Pitt News file photo.

By Alessandra Roberto / for The Pitt News

October 9, 2015

Homecoming week is meant to generate school pride, but for international students familiar with American stereotypes, it can end in disillusion. American universities’ homecomings continue many of the traditions that begin in high school, like pep rallies, football games and ample school spirit,...

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