International students say farewell

| Valli Sridharan reporter | Graduating international students got their very own farewell from the university on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. This graduation dinner was for students who graduate in Fall 2014 or those who are in the last month of their student exchange program. “I am so excited to attend a graduation ceremony because I feel so special,” said Yolanda Huang, senior in English who received her Global Leadership Institute certificate during the dinner. “GLI program is so important for me because back home we don’t have anything like that,” she said. “In the United States, they provide a variety of programs to students who want to focus in…

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Internationals arrive, get oriented into new life | Marcus Clem reporter | Most of them have known Southeast Kansas for only a few days, since they stepped off their plane and into what might as well be a new world, not just a new country. To get to the point where they’re ready for what can be high-intensity study in what is most likely not their native language, Pittsburg State’s international students need some help. That’s the goal of International Orientation Week, from Aug. 11 to 15, and the volunteers of Pitt State’s office of International Programs and Services. More than 150 new students have arrived and many are returning from summer trips home. “I’ve…

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Global gorillas honored at dinner

Marcus Clem | editor in chief When they arrive, Pittsburg State’s international students tend to be confused, nervous and flatly lost. One student who came in January said, “It was so cold it made me cry.” Yet, many internationals were united in reflecting what they say is an everlasting bond to the university and the community at International Programs and Services’ graduation dinner on Monday, Dec. 2. “Thank you for being here for all of us and believing in us,” said Cecilia Idika-Kalu of Nigeria, graduate student in business. “I know that here, you will succeed in meeting your greatest dreams, or at least you will have tried.” The dinner, where Cathy Lee Arcuino, director…

All around the world

International students tour America on Spring Break Joud Bayeh | reporter During Spring Break, three Pittsburg State students from around the world spread throughout the eastern U.S., visiting as many places as they could on the money and time budget of an international college student. China’s Jilian Zhao wowed on tour of eastern seaboard Jialin Zhao, graduate student in human resources development, went to New York, Boston and Washington, D.C in a minivan with seven other people. Zhao had a tight schedule in order to be able to see all three cities in-depth during her break. “We went to MIT, Harvard and TD Garden when in Massachusetts, ” she said. “We watched the (Boston) Celtics…

Out of their world, into the jungle

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Joud Bayeh | Reporter Mayuri Muraly says she has experienced the best week of her life so far in the United States. “We had orientation for a whole week from the morning until after dinner. Every day we had a different schedule and programs assigned to us,” Muraly, sophomore in psychology, said. “We were split up in groups and taken around campus and spoiled with amazing food.” Muraly, from India, was one of 71 students from 18 countries in four continents who participated in International Orientation Week, held from Jan. 7 to Jan. 11 by the International Office. The office promoted interactive activities such as games, and dinners in churches throughout Pittsburg. International students were…

German students present their culture

AJ Thurman | Collegio Reporter The sound of German pop music, the scent of unfamiliar cuisine and images of Germany awaited students at the international gathering on Friday, Oct. 5, in Grubbs Hall. The event marked the first German-inspi buy viagra online at cheap price red gathering PSU had seen in several years. A long line wound around Grubbs as guests waited to feast on traditional German food like kartoffelsalat, much like potato salad, and rote grütze mit vanillesoße, strawberry pudding topped with vanilla sauce. “I had never tried that kind of potato salad before,” said Azaliya Yalalova, junior in financial management. “But it was really good. The dessert was really nice as well.” Bread,…

Internationals struggle with harassment

Collin Joy, junior in automotive technology, shares his stereotypes he gets being an international student.

Val Vita | Managing Editor Collin Joy says that coming to study in the United States was one of his dreams. He left his home country of India to study automotive engineering at Pitt State one year ago. Sadly, he says, during one night about four months after arriving here, he received a “shock treatment.” “I was walking to the rec center in September last year when all of the sudden, around six or seven guys … started yelling at me and calling me ‘Al-Qaeda’ and ‘terrorist,’” Joy said. He says what happened was such a shock that all he did was plug his earphones in and keep walking. “It was outrageous,” Joy said. “I…

Downloading a new way of life

A student logs onto Facebook from a campus computer on Monday, August 27th.

Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter International students are common at Pitt State and, more often than not, they travel, work, eat and study together. They speak a language foreign to most other students and American students often don’t understand their lifestyle. However, their understanding of our lifestyle is impressive. PSU and the American way of life have had a profound effect on the lives of students like Shuaibin Guo, who is from Henan University of Science and Technology in Luoyang, China. “I think it has been hard for me to adapt to the environment here,” said Guo, graduate student in mechanical engineering technology. “I was surprised by the devotion to football. Chinese people do not…