NEWS 8/29/12 2:22am

Meet our International Reporters

Correspondents’ Corner is a place for The Pendulum’s team of international reporters to reflect on their time abroad and share stories about the new cultures they are experiencing.

NEWS 8/26/12 3:19pm

Subte system reopens after strike

BUENOS AIRES – After the longest subte strike in Argentinian history, an unofficial workers union and local leaders reached an agreement earlier this month that would allow for the much anticipated reopening of the subway system the following morning. The scheduled strike, which lasted longer than expected, began after the subway union demanded that the Buenos Aires government increase the workers’ salaries by more than 20 percent. It ended with a provisional agreement with Metrovias, the company that operates the subte, which included “improvements in working conditions, changes in leave entitlements and a re-categorization of wage levels,” according to the union’s press release.

NEWS 8/20/12 11:48pm

Correspondents' Corner: Tapping into the Dream

Correspondents’ Corner is a place for The Pendulum’s team of international reporters to reflect on their time abroad and share stories about the new cultures they are experiencing. Every great journey starts with a dream - the dream to do something different.

NEWS 8/16/12 10:16pm

Correspondents' Corner: Why Senegal?

Correspondents’ Corner is a place for The Pendulum’s team of international reporters to reflect on their time abroad and share stories about the new cultures they are experiencing.  About five months ago, just after I was accepted into the program at Dakar, I was leading a tour group in front of Alamance explaining how studying abroad is an important part of the culture at Elon.

NEWS 8/7/12 6:31pm

Three weeks leads to another four months

Junior Laura Van Drie will be studying abraod in Copenhagen this fall. She will be writing regularly for The Pendulum about her experiences abroad and news developments in Denmark.  Part of the reason I came to Elon University was because of the study abroad opportunities. But before I went on my Winter Term trip to India and Dubai this past January, I wasn't sure if I actually wanted to spend a whole semester abroad - the thought of leaving Elon for a whole four months was a little nerve-wracking. After a few days in Dubai and three weeks in India, I knew I absolutely wanted to explore other countries.

NEWS 8/1/12 1:15am

Moving forward, looking back: As Germany progresses, its history is still evident

This summer, Melissa Kansky participated in The Germany Close-up Fellowship, a program funded by the German government that invites Canadians and Americans to explore how the nation has confronted its history. To understand how remnants of the past creep into present identity, one only needs to look at Germany, a nation, which despite its demonstrations of apology and progress, still carries the burden of the Nazi regime. "Germany is dealing with the Holocaust more than anyone," said Martin Schubert, a German-Jew and journalist. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe occupies the most expensive land in Berlin, located between the embassies of the historic Allied nations and within walking distance of the Reichstag, Germany's Parliament.

NEWS 5/10/12 9:22am

French presidential debate evolves into playground banter

Millions of French households tuned in to watch a heated presidential debate between incumbent president, Nicholas Sarkozy and his opponent, socialist Francois Hollande May 3. The three-hour live debate was of critical importance to the candidates with the second round run-offs coming up and in June, the legislative election occurs.

NEWS 5/1/12 1:45pm

Beijing temple recreates ancient ritual experience

The Temple of Heaven in Beijing reproduces the God of Heaven Praying Ceremony year round for tourists and visitors to experience the ritual of a music and dance tradition. The ceremony was designed to preserve as much of the original atmosphere as possible.

NEWS 5/1/12 1:27pm

International Briefs - May 2, 2012

Dutch businesses forbidden to sell cannabis to international tourists Dutch authorities have passed a law that prohibits foreigners from buying cannabis, or marijuana, in the Netherlands.

NEWS 4/25/12 12:57pm

Costa Rica grapples with inept drug laws

The world’s first international effort to make drugs illegal began more than 100 years ago. Great Britain had recently fought with China to secure opium trading. Many other attempts with inherent consequences followed.

NEWS 4/25/12 1:00am

Correspondents' Corner - April 25

Leigh Iler London — When people travel abroad, they often want to try local cuisines.  While England is known for certain dishes, including fish and chips and shepherd’s pie, the London area also has an assortment of ethnic options.  In addition to foreign foods, McDonald’s golden arches can be spotted on practically every street corner.   There are other chains in the city, including Domino’s, KFC and even Krispy Kreme.  This doughnut establishment, founded in North Carolina, is a warm reminder of home.  If only London had Cookout, I would never need to return.  Needless to say, one can eat a variety of foods while in London, both native and ethnic. Rebecca Cummings Yokohama, Japan — We are in Japan, our last port of the semester, and we are squeezing every experience and  moment out of it. Right now is also peak cherry blossom season, and people have traveled from all over the country and other Asian nations to see them here in Yokohama.

NEWS 4/25/12 12:00am

International Briefs - April 25, 2012

Guantanamo Bay prisoners transferred to El Salvador The United States transferred two Chinese prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to El Salvador after holding them for a decade with no charges. China urged other countries not to accept the two men into their nations, but the El Salvadoran government agreed to let them settle down there in their own homes. The men’s attorney said they are happy in their new home in El Salvador. The Pentagon announced that with the departure of these two men, the Guantanamo prison population is now 169. Israel honors Holocaust victims Israelis celebrated Yom Hashoa, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 19 throughout the country.