By: Pamela Sweetwood
Goal is to encourage students to interact, overcome shyness
By Erica Pennington, The Gazette
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By Lee Hermiston, The Press-Citizen
This week, hundreds of incoming international University of Iowa students will take English tests, meet with their academic advisers and attend sessions on American culture.
But first, they learned to do-si-do.
For at least 15 years, a square dance has been an integral part of the international student orientation. Hundreds of students filled the Iowa Memorial Union’s Main Lounge to take part in the festivities.
By Brittany Caplin for fyi
The following article spotlights Dave Bess, a UI graduate who studied abroad in Italy and went on to form the band Public Property. Bess explains how traveling and studying at the UI and abroad influenced his music.
By Stephanie Wise, The Iowa City Press-Citizen
Dave Bess has a chronic case of wanderlust.
It’s what brought the 30-year-old Oahu, Hawaii, native to Iowa City in the first place, then to New York City, Italy and all over Europe; and now, to Arizona, where he’s moving this month.
By Allie Grasgreen, Inside Higher Ed
WASHINGTON — One of the lesser-known factors in why East Asian students have trouble seeking counseling lies not in the Chinese or Taiwanese culture, nor in the upbringing of these students, nor in one of the numerous myths and stereotypes that follow them around campus.
Chinese students are coming to study at the University of Iowa in increasing numbers. In part two of this story, Guannan Huang spoke with some of these students to find out the difficulties they’ve had adapting to American culture.
By Stephen Schmidt, Iowa City Patch
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Chinese students are coming to study at the University of Iowa in increasing numbers. In part one of this story, Guannan Huang speaks with some of these students to find out why, and what they think of Iowa City.
By Guannan Huang, Iowa City Patch
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By Rob Daniel, The Press-Citizen
Carnivale in Trinidad and other parts of the Caribbean is a mixture of different cultures coming together to celebrate, bringing together elements such as French foxes, Spanish horses and African spiders.
Another part of the party can be a Chinese dragon, which was toward the front of a long parade of children around the Iowa City Public Library and the pedestrian mall and included Luke Becker, 10, of Iowa City, and his sisters, Emma, 9, and Cora, 6.
“I liked ringing the bells on the dragon and shaking around,” Luke said.
By Chastity Dillard, The Daily Iowan
The Rev. Mark Kiyimba was forced to leave his Ugandan home in March for his safety.
The gay-rights activist, now in the United States, stood before a captivated church crowd Sunday morning to discuss Uganda’s gay rights issues.
Though he’s not gay himself, Kiyimba has traveled from church to church across the United States for the last 12 weeks, hoping to raise awareness of a Ugandan anti-homosexuality legislation.
Following a shaky six-year peace agreement, the birth of the Republic of South Sudan is the final stage in the hopes of ending decades of war.
And for University of Iowa student Grace Nyoma, the separation is a welcome change.
“This is the best thing that could of happened for Sudan,” she said.
By Brittany Caplin
From fyi, the UI’s faculty and staff newsletter
By Brittany Trevick, The Daily Iowan
University of Iowa graduate student Hao Zhang came to Iowa from China with no furniture to stock his apartment. But after stopping at Faith Baptist Church, he wound up with a desk, a microwave, and much more to furnish his Iowa City apartment.
By Ian Stewart, The Daily Iowan
Fewer than 24 hours after he got off a plane from Islamabad, Pakistan, Ben Rogers was sitting on his couch in Cedar Rapids, watching the news of Osama bin Laden’s death unfold.
Rogers’ April trip to Pakistan, as part of an unofficial U.S. State Department-sponsored delegation, was at the heart of his discussion of American-Pakistani relations during a speech to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Wednesday.
Dave Eggers’ book “Zeitoun” is the 2011 selection for “One Community, One Book,” a project sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights ( UICHR ) that promotes learning about human rights in the United States and the world through literature.