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Interview with the
Diversity Recap! Host Family Program
COOKOUT! FALL 2011
International Student Advisor
“DIA Throughout the Years” 100 PAGES OF EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
Global News Highlights
FOOD, MUSIC, PERFORMANCES
Fiestas de Quito!
Tons of photos from our annual festival!
INTERNATIONAL Pulitzer Center PERSPECTIVES: on Crisis Reporting
Contents Featured Story: Interna onal Fes val Interview with Director for Mul ‐Cultural Aﬀairs DIA Events
Themed General Mee ngs
Holidays Across Boarders
Co‐sponsorships & Interna onal Events from other groups on campus
A) Dean Rusk SAC
D) China Club
H) French Club
DIA Timeline: Looking Back Throughout the Years DIA Publicity Overview Financials Alumni News Global News Highlights Interna onal Perspec ves & Study Abroad Interna onal Admissions News Interna onal Oﬃce News Host Family Program Highlights Miscellaneous
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18th Interna onal Fes val A Huge Success FLAGS, PEOPLE, FOOD, COLORS, COSTUMES, MUSIC, PERFORMANCES! The 18th Interna onal Fes val took place on Saturday, October 29th, 2011 from 12 to 3 PM at the Alvarez Student Union, drawing in a whopping six‐hundred people. This figure is DIA’s ul mate record of all me! Countries displayed items from back home, pictures of sites from all around the world and shared their stories from abroad. Emailing depart‐ ments, professors, host families and community groups and coordina ng with 36 groups of country representa ves to setup their tables, were all very important in the organiza on of the event. The online applica on process this year, either for having a table or performing on stage at the fes val, really helped to keep all of the infor‐ ma on easily accessible to everyone involved in the planning process.
Monse, Megan and Gaby represen ng Ecuador
Interna onal Leadership Conference 2011
The event was an unforge able me to bring the campus together to share cultures and ideas in a fun and educa onal environment of music, food and dance!
The Student Ac vi es Oﬃce congratulated our or‐ ganiza on for hos ng such a successful event, as it was a great way to ins ll DIA’s name on campus as an organiza on with a visible presence, made up by such a diverse group of students.
Interna onal Oﬃce Fall Break Trip to Atlanta
Evidently so, the video of the event which was uploaded online in the first week of the month of December, already has 270 views on Vimeo and 240 hits on Youtube (figures recorded on 01/20/2012). DIA Presidents Svamal De Fonseka and Gabriela Baldeon stated “We could not have asked to work with a be er group of people. It’s because of DIA’s commi ed members and all of the people who helped out in any way, shape or form, that the fes val was a success this year!” Associate Professor of the Department of Economics, Fred H. Smith, said “You guys did a fantas c job! It was the best fes val I’ve seen. Congrats for all of your hard work.”
Host Family Program in Christmas Parade
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DIA would like to thank everyone who helped out with the Interna onal Fes val this year. Special thanks goes to the Interna onal Student Oﬃce and Jennifer Glass, the Union staﬀ, especially Tim Stroud, William Brown, Jim Nash, and Jason Shank, faculty who helped out with tables like Michael Toumazou, Rebecca Joubin, Sophia Sarafova and Basma Botros, the College Com‐ munica ons Oﬃce, in par cular, Stacey Schmeidel, Doug Minor, Gary Bartholomew, Cathryn Westra, stu‐ dent videographer Jenny Hall for the awesome video on the fes val, and of course Bill Giduz for the amazing photos! A big thanks goes to the students who devoted their valuable me for making posters, cooking food and talking about the countries they represented. DIA kept all of the posters so as to have them for next year. Students can s ll use them for any events to promote their countries on campus or to talk to students at schools in the Mecklenburg area about their countries.
Performances this year really added to the event!
Balkan Group Dance
Tah b (Egyp an S ck Dance)
Natalia Corredor dances Salsa
Shamita Punjabi (to the le ) sings Hanuman Chalisa, a religious hymn of 40 verses that illustrates the story of Hanuman, the Hindu Deity with a monkey’s head. The Hymn provides strength and courage to those in the face of adversity as they recount how Lord Hanuman was able to conquer evil with sin‐ cerity, wisdom, and generosity.
Popping! Not exactly cultural in origin, but it does reflect Singaporean youths' slow but steady shi into the hip hop/ street dance sub culture!
Russian Na onal Dance Kalinka‐Malinka
Michael sings songs from his na ve Hai
My Everyday People Everyday people in everyday hearts In everyday places where everyday starts With everyday struggles they meet every day That they have to survive and overcome in every way From my everyday people found in the middle‐east That scream for everyday freedom and everyday peace That everyday wake up and everyday mourn That everyday life and death of everyday war Where everyday rebels blow up with everyday bombs
Where everyday people are everyday harmed Where everyday broadcasts are shown everyday But everyday people don’t ever have a say My everyday people are everyday oppressed And everyday pray to see the day coming next Everyday people in everyday life who are everyday wronged of their everyday rights ... MY EVERYDAY PEOPLE UNITE!!! Poem from www.interna onalpoetry.org
Message from the Socio‐Cultural Chair of DIA DIA is an exemplary organiza on of cultural exchange. Aware of its mission to reduce the gaps that push cultures apart, DIA provides a valuable space that a empts to expand the community's cultural horizons and provides opportuni es for intercultural exchange. The shi of the organiza on to a more educa onal‐based student club this semester, pro‐ vided significant changes in its reason of being and will hopefully assist in the enhancement of making Davidson a truly interna onal place. It is unques onably an important me for DIA, when more then ever it must play an important role in the shaping of Davidson's future as it a empts to consolidate as an interna onal ins tu on.
How to make Bulgarian Sarmi (Stuﬀed Cabbage) Prep Time: 30 minutes — Cook Time: 1 hour
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. A er remove core from cabbage, place whole head in a large pot filled with boiling, salted water. Cover and cook 3 minutes. When leaves are cool enough to handle, use a paring knife to cut away the thick center stem from each leaf, without cu ng all the way through. (You will need 24 leaves)
1 (4‐pound) whole cabbage head 1 bunch finely chopped green onions
2. Chop the remaining cabbage and place it in the bo om of a large oiled cas‐
1 medium finely chopped carrot
serole dish. In a medium skillet, saute chopped onion, carrots and rice in a li le oil un l rice grains are completely coated with oil. Add 1 cup broth or water and s r un l water has been absorbed. Let cool and transfer to a large bowl. Add veal, lamb, salt, pepper, parsley and mint and mix un l well combined.
1/2 cup raw rice Sunflower oil 1 cup broth or water 1 1/2 pounds ground veal 1/2 pound ground pork Salt to taste
3. Place about 1/2 cup of meat on each cabbage leaf. Roll away from you to encase the meat. Flip the right side of the leaf to the middle, then flip the le side. You will have something that looks like an envelope. Once again, roll away from you to create a neat li le roll.
1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley 1 teaspoon finely chopped mint Tomato juice 1 cup plain Bulgarian yogurt 1 tablespoon hot or sweet paprika
Grape‐leave Sarmi from the Bulgarian table
4. Place the cabbage rolls on top of the chopped cabbage in the casserole, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Pour enough tomato juice over rolls so it comes 2/3 up the side of the casserole dish. Bring to a boil. Turn oﬀ heat, place a weighted ovenproof dish on the cabbage rolls, cover and place in oven. Bake for 1 hour or un l cabbage is tender and meat is cooked. Make a sauce in a small bowl by combining yogurt, paprika and a li le sunflower oil, mixing un l smooth. Transfer stuﬀed cabbages to a serving plate and cover with sauce.
Cholita—Peruvian Doll Ecuador
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DIA Cares! Community service is one of DIA’s top priori es! We are working on hos ng Mul ‐Cultural Kids Day, as well as reaching out to the to the Davidson community to raise aware‐ ness on forgo en conflicts and issues around the world. We are always open to any fund‐raising ini a ves and service project ide‐ as you may have!
Burma/Myanmar List of all the countries that took part this year
1. Cyprus 2. Guyana 3. Egypt 4. Syria 5. South Korea 6. Bulgaria 7. Brazil 8. China 9. Mexico 10. Ghana 11. Myanmar/Burma 12. Peru 13. Ecuador 14. Dominican Republic 15. Nigeria 16. Chile 17. Guatemala 18. France
19. Spain 20. Colombia 21. Germany 22. Portugal 23. Serbia 24. Japan 25. India 26. Russia 27. Jamaica 28. Taiwan 29. New Zealand 30. Nepal 31. Kenya 32. Greece 33. Honduras 34. Pakistan 35. Vietnam 36. United Kingdom
We hit a DIA record this year with 36 countries!!!
Davidson College s President Quillen Embraces Internationalism Our powerful mission and the things for which we strive — humane ins ncts, crea vity, discipline — a ract gi ed people from everywhere to our faculty, staﬀ, student body, and leadership, people whose work here both furthers and exemplifies our core ideals of leadership and service. From them, we have learned why global reach ma ers and how to do it be er; we have learned how to build bridges from the classroom to the world, so that the work of our students can have its greatest impact; and we have learned how we might be er sustain a genuinely respec ul and welcoming environment, one where our very real diﬀerences are acknowledged and therefore become sources of strength rather than an excuse for divisiveness. As we together define how best to develop humane ins ncts and crea ve and disciplined minds NOW, in our very interconnected world, we are grateful for the wisdom and advice of these members of our family.
From the Inaugural Address of President Carol E. Quillen, October 18, 2011
Diversity! Interview with Dr. Tae‐Sun Kim Director for Mul ‐Cultural Aﬀairs
Last semester, students were invited to the Mul ‐ cultural House to share their thoughts about, and experiences of, campus diversity and express their concerns with President Quillen, Dean Tom Shandley and Director of Mul cultural Aﬀairs Tae‐ Sun Kim. Thirty‐five people showed up, including minority students who are part of S.T.R.I.D.E., also known as the Students Together Reaching for Indi‐ vidual Development and Educa on Program, S.T.R.I.D.E. alumni, members of Davidson’s LGBT community, interna onal students, six professors, and some eager freshmen and students interested in social jus ce. We had a couple of students who asked “Why can't minori es just get over it?” One white student, who wanted to learn about culture and race, said he was in an African literature class and there was no African student in the class. A Da‐ vidson alumna said that she always wanted to help end heart disease and cancer for African Americans, but she had to go to Graduate school to learn her abili es. Although there was no uniform reac on, everyone agreed on one thing: that there is not enough diversity and more is needed at Davidson. Someone said “Davidson does not have enough poor people; how can we go out and serve for pro‐ grams like Teach for America and work for NGOs when we are not exposed to diverse situa ons?”
What is your defini on of Mul culturalism? Mul culturalism is more of a philosophy, but to go back a li le further, its roots are in the Civil Rights movement. It all started with teachers being cri cal of the American K‐12 History and Literature educa‐ onal material in public and private schools. The bulk of American history is told by white American men, and any men oning of Na ve American and African American historical events is very much wa‐ tered down. Teachers, mostly from racial minority backgrounds started calling for a new movement of mul ‐racial educa on. A lot of white teachers didn't like that. History is not always flat, there are losers, those who suﬀer, and people whose perspec ves challenge the system, but what we find is that most American young people and adults today get an ed‐ uca on that oversimplifies what happened. The mul ‐racial movement was a way to value and rec‐ ognize the diﬀerent cultures that make up America; this is the posi ve spin to it. However, to only talk about the posi ve aspects regarding racial minori‐ es is very insul ng. There is a lot of pain referring to the genocidal nature of the first se lers, of wip‐ ing out Na ve Americans. Today Na ve Americans comprise less than 1 percent of the American popu‐ la on. Let’s also not forget that for over 200 years, blacks were enslaved and oppressed by segrega on laws. Even teaching African Americans about Africa was done in a much distorted way.
In higher educa on and in the Arts, most people who are uncomfortable talking about mul ‐culturalism, use the 4Fs: Food, Fun, Fiesta and Fes val. These peo‐ ple only want to talk about the good stuﬀ. Then there are others who know that to really want to under‐ stand a culture, you must talk about the good and the bad, the pain, and the inequality. This brings me to cri cal mul culturalism. There is a reason why we have African Americans in our country, a reason why there hasn't been a woman president in the na on. One cannot embrace diversity and claim that they un‐ derstand a culture unless they look at race, because it was a founding principle of the se lers who came here. One cannot understand American history, with‐ out understanding racism and capitalism. I subscribe to this cri cal mul cultural philosophy. If you are un‐ comfortable talking about it today, unless you go to
college and take these classes, there is no compre‐ hensible way of one being taught about mul ‐ culturalism. Think about who molded the educa on system in America in the past century: predominantly white American men. It’s shocking how li le the his‐ tory books have changed since then and how behind our pedagogy of teaching is. White males rule Davidson’s history. The college brought interna onal students one at a me, but kept the numbers small, and these students went back to their countries immediately a er gradua ng. The school did not focus on integra ng them with society here. Before the Brown versus Board of Educa on decision in the 1950s, there were racially‐separated schools across the na on. Black schools had no run‐ ning water. Black youth didn't have the same oppor‐ tuni es to succeed as white youth.
During that me, Davidson was s ll private, so it had the op on of integra ng. Ini ally the trustees did not want to integrate, and it took 10 years a er Brown versus Board of Educa on to bring a student from the Congo a er some white stu‐ dents, teachers and missionaries at Davidson ex‐ pressed their ideas against segrega on. We inte‐ grated for interna onal students before we al‐ lowed African American students. Before 1974, we had a couple of women who were the daughters or the wives of professors, but 1974 was really the year that women could enroll based on merit. Within 10 years, Asians and Hispanics then in‐ creased by 43 percent. As colleges and universi es started changing their business models, Davidson changed the types of students it would recruit. In their wisdom, the leadership decided that becoming diverse was a priority, and Davidson wanted the best students, many who came from minority or diverse back‐ grounds. Once the basketball and football teams were integrated, the best players surfaced: minor‐ ity students! The integrated athle c teams in the South would always beat the segregated teams. When you just say “let the best compete”, you're going to have a diverse pool. Educa on is the same thing. In the South, if you're African Ameri‐ can, there are other black colleges you can go to, but we want to foster the needs of the minority popula ons and bring more minority students. More focus on recrui ng interna onals removed the historical barriers for the college and brought a more diverse student body. The school needed a center, a place in which mi‐ nori es could express their views when entering into the majority. In November of 2010, the Mul ‐ cultural House was created. It is a symbol that Da‐ vidson is changing its culture; Davidson is now in‐
clusively a diverse school when historically it was‐ n't. Programs like the La n American studies ma‐ jor, S.T.R.I.D.E. orienta on, interna onal student orienta on, the expansion of study‐abroad ini a‐ ves, and the Dean Rusk Interna onal Studies Program are all actors of diversity for the campus. Other than the mul cultural educa on curriculum the center provides, it is a safe space that encour‐ ages people of diﬀerent backgrounds to interact. The house is open during regular hours and some students like the couches, student groups such as OLAS and DIA host events here, we have ping pong games, poetry readings, Jewish Shabbat din‐ ners, students can use the kitchen to cook food, and we use the space to host re‐entry orienta on for students coming back from studying abroad in order to reacclima ze them back to Davidson. Tell us about yourself and please elaborate on Davidson’s mul cultural aﬀair programs. I was born in Seoul, Korea, and came to America when I was four. Growing up mostly in Portland Oregon, I received my Bachelors in Anthropology from Lawrence College. A er receiving a Fulbright scholarship, I studied abroad in Harare, Zimba‐ bwe. I was studying the African Independence War and the various racial groups in Zimbabwe, in par cular, the coloreds and Asians. The whites were the minority who owned 95 percent of land, and the coloreds and Asians (Indians and Asians) cons tuted the middle class. The Coloreds were racially mixed, as they had white blood in them, and the Bri sh gave them some more privileges than the Africans. The coloreds and Asians were the management, while the whites were the own‐ ers. I was curious about the systems that the Bri sh colonizer developed elsewhere than Amer‐ ica.
A er Zimbabwe, I went to Michigan State for my Mas‐ ters and PhD. I got red of teaching and I was not hap‐ py with the direc on that Anthropology was going in. One year, there was a really interes ng research op‐ portunity for a grad school that involved researching minority students in Detroit and analyzing the achieve‐ ment gap of Black, Asian and La no students. Michigan State was a land grant college and they wanted an edu‐ ca onal system for the people. It was evident that something in the university culture was bringing down the experiences of the minority students well a er the students entered school. I was so excited of finding that solu on of mul ‐cultural student support. I wrote my disserta on on interracial adop on. When I had to find a job, colleges were looking for people to improve programs for minori es. I then went to Syra‐ cuse University, but the weather was too cold. Then I heard that Davidson was crea ng this brand new posi‐ on as the college was trying to change the culture, just like Michigan and Syracuse, and I knew I could help Davidson do this! Davidson is very diﬀerent from Mich‐ igan and Syracuse because there are no grad students, and there are rela vely less minority students to assist. The center assists with the July Experience, summer exchange programs, Davidson 101, and with teaching majority/minority groups together. When it comes to programs related to Fulbright, studying abroad, a rac ng students, and working with interna onals, I’ll borrow some of the things I did at Michigan and Syra‐ cuse. Syracuse surely has intensive programing, but Davidson has the be er space. Every me the leadership at Davidson is asked to diver‐ sify the school, the focus starts oﬀ with race, then gen‐ der, sexual orienta on, and interfaith. The Davidson Trust really shows the commitment to diversity. Its main purpose is to bring students who can get in, but cannot aﬀord the tui on. This trust ensures that students can get in. We've had the trust for four years and I’ve met several Davidson trust recipients and they are excellent students.
The challenge with Davidson is for interna onals to become friends with Americans, and racial minori es feel the same way. Students come to Davidson to be‐ come open‐minded. I have seen that the groups with the most culturally‐diverse groups of friends are jun‐ iors and seniors, who have more or less achieved that open‐mindedness of learning about other cultures. This is not a just at Davidson. When a student starts their freshman year, they subconsciously gravitate with people whom they’re most comfortable with and can be afraid to interact with students diﬀerent from them. How they were in high school is how they were in college. In the same way, when students from Asia, for example, come to a white college in NC, they will feel more comfortable with each other. With interna onal students, their roommate is usually an American and they have to listen to their second language constantly. Interna onals are physically sepa‐ rate from family, while minori es can go home for Thanksgiving and holidays. Also, interna onals are in America for four years; now that is being outside your comfort zone! I completely understand why interna‐ onals need their own space. Americans have no ex‐ cuse. With minori es, the same thing, Blacks, Asians and La nos have to interact with Americans. Black stu‐ dents could have gone to a Black college, but they chose to come here. At Davidson, most professors are white and America is s ll majority white, so it is essen‐ al for minori es to integrate because they most likely will have a white boss in the American work force. When you’re in a minority, if you want to be success‐ ful, you must learn a language. The real disadvantage of being the majority is that you become so comforta‐ ble with what you know that you don't change. We all have privileges here at Davidson and therefore we all can become mul cultural. Some will get excited about it and others will not. The challenge is really ge ng all Davidson students to graduate mul ‐cultural!
Is Davidson on the right path? The biggest myth in America is meritocracy. We face an economic reality, and at the same me, the science of higher educa on administra on, as a community, requires us to decide if the benefits outweigh the loss‐ es. Admissions always have a fight, and in this fight it is the women applicants who lose. In the past, it was hard because of sexism. Today, women graduate in less me, with higher GPAs than men, and the barriers for women are falling down. However, Davidson has a 50/50 mandate. One may ask “Should we change the policy so that the system is fair?” I’ve been to other colleges that do not have this mandate, but these ins ‐ tu ons experience other drawbacks like the need for aﬃrma ve ac on for males and the fact that there are not enough men for women to date. White males at Davidson have the greatest protec on under the 50/50
Pi Kappa Alpha house before becoming the Mul cultural House
mandate, while women are at a disadvantage because it's much harder for them to get in. Davidson has four strategic goals. Two of them are to create global ci zens and to create a diverse and inclu‐ sive campus experience. It is important to get teachers to be innova ve and provide a wide range of learning abili es for students. To implement these goals, we would have to make every Davidson student study or work in another country for one semester, if not one year, as part of their mul ‐cultural educa onal re‐ quirement. When it comes to valuing diversity, if the classes look the same, are we being diverse? If the teachers are the same? If it is only op onal to take di‐ versity‐related classes? If we really care about diversity and inclusivity, we should demand it from not only the students, but also from teachers.
A forBlessing the Mul ‐Cultural House
O Gracious Creator, you who are the source of all blessings in this world, you who have fashioned us in our wide and wonderful variety, and you whose reach is broad enough to embrace us all, we gather today asking that you hallow this Mul cultural House as a space set apart for purposes that are gracious and frui ul, for ac ons that aﬃrm the dignity and worth of every person, and for a vision rooted in the truth spoken by Mar n Luther King Jr. when he said that "the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards jus ce." Grant that this house may help us to embody what it means to be the beloved community. Grant that those who come here seeking companionship may find themselves surrounded by fellow pilgrims on the journey towards a more inclusive and peaceful world. Grant that those who come seeking insight or inspira on may be illumined and s rred with a crea ve spirit. Grant that those who draw near perhaps feeling lost on their way may find renewed strength, courage, and direc on for their days. And grant that all of us in this Davidson community may learn in this place how to cherish and honor the vast and in mate mystery of one other's lives. Use this Mul cultural House for your sacred and life‐giving purposes in our community, that those who enter its doors may together find the joy of fellowship, the fire of imagina on, the heart of love, the healing balm, the road forward, the way home. Amen. Robert C. Spach Chaplain of Davidson College
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DIAlogue Issue #1 March 2012
Messages from the Leadership What does DIA mean for Davidson’s campus? President: Rapid globaliza on has meant that it is increasingly important to have an interna onal perspec ve, and be open to entertaining diﬀerent ideas and approaches. We at DIA work to ‘bring the world to Davidson’, as a way of provid‐ ing Davidson students a cross cultural and interna onal experience without hav‐ ing to go abroad. We create spaces for dialogue regarding interna onal aﬀairs, in addi on to celebra ng various cultures. In addi on, DIA represents the inter‐ ests of the rapidly increasing interna onal student popula on at Davidson. How‐ ever, we are not a club of interna onal students, but rather a club of students interested in anything that happens outside of Davidson.
How did last semester go for DIA?
DIA T‐Shirts We’re considering selling T‐Shirts towards the end of the semester. Submit any design ideas to anyone on the E‐Board!
Vice President: Last semester went really well! We had an amazing me with our hard‐working E‐board and there were a lot of freshmen interna onals who con‐ sistently volunteered their me for DIA. A great deal of non‐interna onals par‐ cipated in the Interna onal Fes val and it was good to see that mix. We gave a diﬀerent feel to “Holidays Across Boarders” by really emphasizing DIA’s educa‐ onal aspect on Oktoberfest. Fiestas de Quito was the first me the E‐board dressed up and got to try something completely new. Lastly, we hosted Trivia Night and a couple of meals at Commons, which were rated excellently by stu‐ dents, and it was great working with Chef Craig!
Svamal De Fonseka President
Gabriela Baldeon Vice‐President
We held our E‐Board Retreat at the beginning of Fall semester and it was a great bonding ex‐ perience for all to learn about each others’ strengths and weaknesses and really get to feel like a team at DIA!
Themed General Mee ngs
Crêpes with Maëlan was held on Tuesday, September 27th at the Mul ‐Cultural House. Students got to learn how to make French crapes and then got to eat them!
Masha showed us a Russian Winnie‐ the‐Pooh cartoon on Sunday, No‐ vember 13th at the Mul ‐Cultural House. The event was co‐sponsored by the Russian Department.
On November 15th, DIA hosted a discussion tled Zip Cars at Da‐ vidson with Dean Shandley in the Interna onal Lounge.
DIA had an Interna onal Hangout & Pizza Mixer on October 21st in the Interna onal Lounge.
Photo by Blanca Vidal Orga
Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (German Black Forest Cake)
Oktoberfest was held in the Mul ‐Cultural House.
“Holidays Acr Oktoberfest had a great turnout at Davidson, with a record 120 people! In Germany, Oktoberfest is an annual 16–18 day beer fes val star ng in late September and going on un l the first weekend of October. It is the largest fair in the world, a rac ng more than 5 million people each year. Ever since 1810, Oktoberfest has been a vital part of Bavari‐ an culture. In 2010, the fes val lasted un l the first Mon‐ day of October, marking the 200‐year anniversary of the event. The fes val is held in an area called the Theresien‐ wiese (field or meadow), in close proximity to Munich's center. Only beer which is brewed within the city limits of Munich is allowed to be served. Upon passing this criterion,
Tobi explaining Oktoberfest tradi ons
a beer is designated Oktoberfest Beer, which is a registered Trademark by the Club of Munich Brewers. In 2007, almost seven million liters of German beer were served during the first sixteen days of the fes vi es. There is also a wide vari‐ ety of tradi onal food like Hendl (chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a s ck), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezn (Pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Kaspatzn (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauer‐ kraut and Blaukraut (red cabbage), as well as Bavarian deli‐ cacies like Obatzda (a spiced cheese‐bu er spread) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).
Monse and Dancho grilling Bratwürste
oss Borders” Seventy people showed up to Fiestas de Quito on Saturday, December 3rd. DIA tried to recreate the Ecuadorian holiday in the Union’s 900 Room! Here’s how it’s celebrated in Qui‐ to. The fes vi es begin at the end of November in the Ec‐ uadorian capital and end on December 6th, the day of the Spaniard founda on of the city. There is bull‐figh ng at Pla‐ za de Toros as well as the Feria de Quito “Jesus del Gran Poder”, one of the most important bullfigh ng fairs in La n America. Rooted by Andalusian Gypsy origins, Flamenco is prac ced, which includes canto (singing), toque (guitar playing), dancing and palmas (handclaps). Other ac vi es
e d s a Fiest ! o t i u Q include parading, people riding the Chivas (open “Party Buses” with live bands), and the choosing of the “Reina de Quito” (Queen of Quito), marking the beginning of the fes‐ vi es. The queen of Quito plays a role in social assistance for the city. Cart‐racing is very popular, theatre shows are performed in the Down Town district, as well as opera shows. Some neighborhoods celebrate their favorite saint with processions and block par es accompanied by live music and bands. The fes vi es end with the “Fes val of Lights and Colors”.
To the right, DIA’s E‐board decides the winners of the pick‐up line contest.
Canelazo — a tradi onal Ec‐ uadorian alcoholic beverage made with sugar cane, alco‐ hol (aguardiente) and cinna‐ mon is a fes val favorite!
Cuarenta — a tradi onal card game played during the fes vi es
DIA HOSTS OUTPOST TRIVIA NIGHT! Fall semester’s Trivia Night at the Outpost was themed “Around the World”. With Naa as our host for the night and Svamal as the DJ, the event went very smoothly bringing in more than 50 people. Round one was on Geography, with ques ons like “Between which rivers was Mesopotamia founded?” (Tigris and Euphrates) and “Oceania is composed of which 3 sub‐regions?” (Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia). Round two was on World History, with ques ons like “What is the world’s newest country?” (South Sudan) and “What group of islands did Portugal allow Britain to access during World War II?” (The Azores). Round three was on Poli cs with ques ons like “Who is the current secretary of the United Na‐ ons and where is he from? (Ban Ki‐moon from South Korea) and “A er the fall of Mubar‐ ak, what was the interim government of Egypt?” (Military Junta). The winning ques on of the night was “The Kingdom of New Granada was un l the early 1800’s made up of which countries?” (Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela). Congratula ons to Faheem Rathore and his group for winning a 15 dollar gi cer ficate to Summit Coﬀee!
Co‐Sponsorship with other Groups on Campus DIA co‐sponsored with the Career Services Oﬃce for “Networking and Star ng the Internship Search for Interna onal Students” in Chambers 2068 on Thursday, November 17th. We had fi een interested students show up to the event and want to thank Nathan Elton for leading the session!
DIA took part in the Student Ac vi es Fair with all of the other student organiza ons on Tuesday, August 23rd from 5‐7 PM at Chambers Lawn to recruit new members!
DIA had a table at the Dean Rusk Welcome Back Party to promote the organiza on.
Students got to eat together in Commons for “Ending the Fast, Ending the Famine”, which served to break a day‐long and have students draw parallels between the fas ng fast experience and the famine of the region.
DIA Co-Sponsors with Dean Rusk SAC for Horn of Africa Week from October 21st to 28th The Horn of Africa (HOA), which includes Eritrea, Djibou , Ethiopia and Somalia, also known as the Somali Peninsula, faces the Arabi‐ an Sea and lies along the southern side of the Gulf of Aden. Today, it is inhabited by roughly 100 million people. In medieval mes, the Horn of Africa was known as Bilad al Barbar, the "Land of the Berbers” (the indigenous people of North Africa west of the Nile Valley). The week was co‐sponsored by the Dean Rusk SAC, Davidson Interna onal Associa on, Amnesty Interna onal, Interfaith, the Bonner Scholars, the Muslim Student Associa on, the Middle Eastern and North African Student Associa on, and the Orthodox Chris‐ an Fellowship. Overall, the week raised awareness on issues like drought and famine in the region and together with dona ons from generous individuals also fund‐raised approximately $1500, which was donated to Mercy Corps, a non‐profit organiza on who’s mis‐ sion is “to alleviate suﬀering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, produc ve and just communi es.”
Dr. Menkhaus, an interna onal expert on the region, started the week with the “Horn of Africa Kickoﬀ”, where he talked to stu‐ dents about the condi ons of refugee camps in Northeast Africa.
During the week, the SAC displayed photos in the Union contributed by Davidson grad John Enos, UNICEF photojour‐ nalist Brendan Bannon, and non‐profit A Glimmer of Hope.
Dean Rusk — A Life‐Long Legacy
Dean Rusk (1909‐1994), was Secretary of State under US presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He was the school’s sixth Rhodes Scholar. Born on a farm in Chero‐ kee County, Georgia, the son of Davidson alumnus Robert Hugh Rusk, from the class of 1894, entered Davidson College in the fall of 1927. Rusk was Presi‐ dent of the Y.M.C.A., Cadet Major of R.O.T.C., four year le erman in varsity basketball, manager of the Students’ Store, a staﬀ mem‐ ber of Quips and Cranks, and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He also worked six days a week balancing the books at a local bank and wai ng tables at a college boardinghouse in order to earn money for tui on. As Rusk recalls, “not even my years in government were busier.” Professor Archi‐ bald Currie inspired him to learn more about foreign policy and interna onal law. He went to St. John’s College of Oxford University, where he received degrees in History and Poli cal Science and served in Burma during World War II. He then joined the State De‐ partment’s division for Far Eastern Aﬀairs, where he was instrumental in media ng the United States’ involvement in the Korean
War. In the 1950s Rusk headed the Rockefel‐ ler Founda on, a private philanthropy group, where he stayed un l he was tapped to be the na on’s top diplomat by President John F. Kennedy. Davidson College recognized his achievements by awarding him an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in 1950. In 1961, Rusk became Secretary of State and held the posi on for eight years, the second longest in U.S. history, in which he was party to some
crucial policy decisions of the early Cold War, including the botched Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban missile crisis, and the escala on of the conflict in Vietnam. As a diplomat, Rusk a empted to diﬀuse the moun ng tensions between Arab na ons and Israel, supported aid to developing na ons, and helped broker some of the earliest arm control agreements between the U. S. and the Soviet Union. In 1969, a er shouldering the American reputa‐
on abroad through some of the most tumul‐ tuous years in its history, Rusk re red from poli cs for good. In 1970 he accepted a job teaching interna onal law at the University of Georgia, a posi on which he held un l his re rement in 1984. In October of 1985 Rusk returned to Davidson College to give the key‐ note address at the inaugura on of the Dean Rusk Program in Interna onal Studies. The purpose of this $10 million mission was to incorporate discussions of interna onal is‐ sues in life at Davidson. Rusk’s remarks at the convoca on, which are available at the Da‐ vidson College Archives, centered upon his belief that nuclear war could yet be averted; “I do not believe that we are on this earth to reach out and grasp the power of the sun to burn ourselves oﬀ of it,” he told the students and faculty of his alma mater. When Rusk passed away in 1994, the Cold War was over and the threat of nuclear bombs had receded; the once‐maligned diplomat was eulogized by many who could only won‐ der at his resolve during a me brimming with interna onal crises. Former Ambassador Jack Perry, director of the Dean Rusk Pro‐ gram at Davidson, wrote in the Charlo e Observer: “When Dean Rusk died Tuesday, the Cold War became less accessible to to‐ day’s students, more a part of history. He had become a living embodiment of the com‐ plexi es of that dangerous period. Now we must look to the books for our answers, and hope that the historians give us the complex‐ i es with all their thorns and give us Dean Rusk in all his stature." This ar cle was taken from the Davidson Online Encyclopedia.
Message from the Events Co‐Coordinator of the Dean Rusk SAC We really appreciated the interna onal students that have helped us with our events. I think they round out an important aspect of diversity within our SAC Board as well as the Commi ees. It was especially deligh ul to have Salah as part of the Horn of Africa Commi ee. He was able to develop a rapport with the owners of the Meskerem Ethio‐ pian restaurant for the benefit dinner and to keep us honest when there were cultural dynamics at play. Interna onal students encouraged us to make sure we were asking the right ques ons and cri cally thinking about who we are in this process. As the Events Commi ee of the Dean Rusk SAC, we are a group of students who have a con‐ cern about an interna onal issue that's aﬀec ng people half way around the world, and we want to be able to help make the situa on be er. We had to do a lot of background research on the aid organiza ons and make sure that we were having the right impact while remotely addressing root causes of the drought and emergency relief through fundraising. Other goals that we had as students were to engage people with issues, and again, having someone in the room during our planning process who is part of the region and the culture we were represen ng was a definite plus. It was helpful to know that we were being culturally sensi ve with the "how" of the events. We’d love to work more with interna onal students in the future! Amelia Lumpkin
Co‐Sponsorship with OLAS (Organiza on of La n American Students) & Dining Services for La n American Day at Commons!
DIA hosted La n American Day at Commons on October 14th. We would like to thank all of the staﬀ at Commons, and OLAS for co‐sponsoring the event by managing the recipes for the Dessert Bar! Some of the foods we had were fried plan‐ tains, Arroz encocado (rice with coconut), and lapia ahumada…yum yum!
In celebra on of Día de los muertos (Day of the dead), DIA co‐sponsored with OLAS (Organiza on of La n American Students) and CCM (Catholic Campus Ministries) by help‐ ing to set up a table on the Café level of the Union with pictures of famous deceased people of La n American origin. Students were also given the chance to post any comments on OLAS’s Facebook page in memory of any loved ones. Día de los muertos is par cularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a Na onal Holiday. The celebra on takes place in conjunc on to the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1st) and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd). Tradi ons con‐ nected with the holiday include plac‐ ing sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed at their graves or at private altars. The holiday originates from an Aztec fes val dedicated to goddess Mictecacihuatl. In addi on to the tra‐ di onal visits to grave sites, Brazilians
parade during Dia de Finados, Guate‐ malans usually fly giant kites, for Ec‐ uadorians it is especially important to the indigenous Kichwa people, who make up an es mated quarter of the popula on, Hai ans play loud drums and music mixing voodoo tradi ons with Roman Catholic observances so as to waken Baron Samedi (the Loa of the dead), and Bolivians celebrate Dia de los ña tas ("Day of the Skulls"). In, European countries with a Roman Catholic heritage, like Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland, people celebrate usually by taking the day oﬀ work and by going to cemeteries to pray with candles and flowers. In Poland, Slovakia, Hun‐ gary, Lithuania, Croa a, Slovenia, Ro‐ mania, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Finland, the tradi ons
are also the same. In Austria, cakes are le for the dead on the table, and the room is kept warm for their com‐ fort. In France, people flock to the cemeteries at nigh all to kneel at the graves of their loved ones and to anoint tombstones with holy water or to pour milk on them. Filipinos call it Todos Los Santos, Undas (from Span‐ ish andas), or Araw ng mga Patay, and celebrate with tradi ons that were imported during the era of New Spain, when Mexico governed the Philippines. En re families camp in cemeteries to spend the night near their rela ves' tombs. Some tribes of the Amazon believe that the dead return as flowers. Asia has similar holidays like the Buddhist Bon Fes ‐ val in August, the Korean Chuseok or Hangawi, the Chinese Ching Ming Fes val in April, the Double Ninth Fes val, and the Nepali Gai Jatra ("Cow Pilgrimage") where the cow leads the spirits of the dead into the next land. In several cultures in Afri‐ ca, just before hun ng season, peo‐ ple conduct visits to the graves of ancestors to leave food and gi s and to ask for protec on. It’s amazing how similar the tradi ons are around the world of se ng a day aside to visit the graves of deceased family members.
To the le is a picture from the table that was setup in the Union
Village Salad (yes—that’s Feta cheese on top)
DIA co‐sponsored with the newly‐formed group on campus B.A.D. (Balkan Associa on of Davidson) and Dining Services for “Lunch in the Balkan Region” on November 29th at Vail Commons. The event had posi ve feedback in the DIA surveys and was featured in the Davidson Daybook, so make sure to check out John Syme’s ar cle on the event!
Fun facts about the Balkans were projected on the big screen at Commons. Did you know that Serbia is the largest exporter of raspberries in the world?
Gaby and Dancho making Souvlaki skewers, a Balkan favorite
China Club hosts Mid‐Autumn Fes val China Club is a newly‐formed student organiza on dedicated to promo ng Chinese culture and providing opportuni es for Chi‐ nese language prac ce to Davidson students through a variety of cultural events. In addi on, China Club is the Davidson Col‐ lege chapter of Global China Connec on, oﬀering networking opportuni es and first‐hand informa on about living and in‐ ves ng in China. The club holds bi‐weekly general mee ngs and has 20 members, supervised by Vivian Shen, the Chair of the Chinese Department. Last semester, China Club had a table at the Interna onal Fes val and hosted the Mid‐Autumn Fes val in the 900 Room with the Chinese Department, bringing together Chinese‐American students, interna onal students from China, students taking Chinese at Davidson, as well as community members and children from Davidson Elementary School who were interested in Chinese culture. This semester, China Club co‐sponsored “Lunar New Year” with ACAA on January 28th, with a spectacular fireworks celebra on on Chambers lawn! If you would like to join the China Club, email email@example.com
Meng’s Book Chinese American Understanding is in the Davidsoniana Room
Did you know that Paul Chih Meng (class of 1921) was Da‐ vidson’s first Chinese student? The photo on the le was a Senior Yearbook Entry in Quips and Cranks in 1921.
The Asian Culture & Awareness Associa on (ACAA) is commi ed to pro‐ mo ng awareness within Davidson of the contribu ons of the Asian/Asian American popula on. ACAA strives to maintain a sense of unity among the Asian American students of Davidson, while invi ng all students, Asian and non‐Asian, to explore and cul vate their interests in Asian and Asian Ameri‐ can culture. The first East Asian student at Davidson was Evander Bradley McGivalry from the class of 1884. He lived in Siam, however, his alumni file reveals that he was not Siamese, but the son of American missionaries. Last semester, ACAA hosted Asian Culture & Awareness Week with various events las ng from October 21st to November 3rd, 2011. The tles of the events were “Eliot Chang's Stand‐Up Comedy Tour”, “Asian Hip Hop Show”, “Lecture by Dr. Kim: Asian‐American Success Stories”, “FiRE Benefit Dinner (Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment)”, “Bubble Tea Sale”, and “Spice Up Your Life! (Asian dishes from Vietnam, Japan, Korea, China, and India)”. To the le is a Davidsonian ar cle published in the 1999‐2000 school year about the then Asia3D, a pre‐cursor organiza on to ACAA.
2011 Asian Hip Hop Show
Dalia Basiouny — A story from Tahrir Square “People of every age and background were flooding the place all a ernoon and evening when they heard that the president was going to address the na on,” referring to Egypt’s former president...Hussein Mubarak. On Tuesday, September 6th, in the Barber Theatre, Dalia Basiouny performed Solitaire: a one‐ woman show that connects the events of September 11th, 2001 in the United States to the recent Egyp an Revolu on. The event was co‐sponsored by the Theatre Department, the Dean Rusk Interna onal Studies Program and MENASA (Middle Eastern and North African Student Associa on). Through the eyes of an Egyp an woman who par cipated in the January revolu on in Tahrir Square, the performance explored Arab and Arab‐American experiences and iden es in a post 9/11 world using a variety of mul ‐media. The performance was a mix of Arabic and English, and was then followed by a Q&A ses‐ sion. On Wednesday, September 7th, Dean Rusk and MENASA co‐hosted a Breakfast Series where students got to ask ques‐ ons on a more personal level to the speaker.
On Friday, October 14th, MENASA, the Mid‐ dle Eastern and North African Student Asso‐ cia on had its semester cooking session on "How to Make Baklava" (Egyp an style) at the Mul ‐Cultural House.
Ireni Fahim from Charlo e’s Egyp an community teaching students how to fold the fillo dough
"Arab Spring" Lecture by William Roebuck
On November 17th in Lily Gallery, MENASA (Middle Eastern and North African Student Associa on) and the Arabic De‐ partment hosted a lecture by William Roebuck. In the lecture, Roebuck spoke about the revolu onary wave of demonstra‐ ons in the Arab World and about his then recent trip to Lib‐ ya. William Roebuck became Director for the Oﬃce of Ma‐ ghreb Aﬀairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Near East‐ ern Aﬀairs and his oﬃce had been on the front lines, helping shape the U.S. government’s diploma c response to the mo‐ mentous developments known as the Arab Spring. He has
worked at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, served as Deputy Oﬃce Director for Arabian Peninsula Aﬀairs, focusing on US rela ons with key Gulf allies such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar and counter‐terrorism coopera on with Yemen and worked in Washington at the oﬃce of the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Aﬀairs. To download and listen to this lecture, go to h p://itunes.davidson.edu/ and click on the "public access" link. Then scroll down in the "campus events" sec on to find the “Arab Spring Lecture”. To join MENASA email firstname.lastname@example.org
FUN FACT! In 1910, Davidson College had 14 faculty including President Henry Louis Smith and 315 students, including two interna onal students from Persia. Tui on was $89.00 per year but there were addi onal expenses. The popula‐ on of the town of Davidson was under 1000.
You’re looking at Davidson’s first Interna onal Student! Ahahabeg David Yonan came to Da‐ vidson from Persia in 1896. Because of the persecu on of the Armenian sect, he le Persia and was in Con‐ stan nople for awhile when, and by advice of some missionaries and of Roberts College, he came to America and Davidson. In 1998 he was the class captain of the football team. The summer after graduation in 1899, he went to a picnic on the Catawba River. Yonan drowned in the river while trying to save Fred Hobbs, an‐ other student who was drowning. Even though Yonan couldn't swim, he exclaimed "I must save his life." To‐ day he is buried in the college ceme‐ tery. His epitaph reads "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for a friend." He is Da‐ vidson’s first interna onal student.
Oﬃce of Interna onal Admissions News For the class gradua ng in 2015, there were a total of 363 interna onal applicants of which 56 were admi ed and 24 enrolled. For the upcoming gradua ng class of 2016, there were 382 overall interna onal applicants. A total of 13 interna onal students were accepted with Early Decision this year, including 6 interna onal students in ED1, as well as 3 Americans living abroad in Qatar and the United Kingdom, and 4 interna onal students with ED2. Dean Chris Gruber, Wookie Payne and Irma Navarro visited a total of 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, La n America and Central America. Together, they represented Davidson to approximately 60 schools and organiza ons as well as at events like college fairs, public venues and interna onal conferences. Last fall, Irma J. Navarro, Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid and Assistant Director of Mul cultural Admission at Davidson, was able to spend a couple of weeks in Mexico and Panama. She was able to meet with college advisors and stu‐ dents at Educa on USA in Mexico City who were interested in studying at colleges and universi es in the United States. Ms. Navarro par cipated in an informa on panel with counselors from Ohio State University, The University of Chicago, Vanderbilt Universi‐ ty, and The American Musical and Drama c Academy, aimed to help students be er understand the diﬀerences amongst colleges and universi es in the US and the com‐ plexi es of the admission and financial aid process. While in Mexico, Ms. Navarro visit‐ ed 9 high schools in 6 ci es (Mexico City, Guadalajara, Queretaro, Monterrey, Chihua‐ hua, and Puerto Vallarta). Although her stay in Panama was much shorter, she was able to visit Balboa Academy and represent Davidson at the 10th Annual Ins tute for Post‐Secondary Admission and Guidance hosted by The Council of Interna onal Schools. Ms. Navarro enjoyed leading workshops for students, which included topics like "A Liberal Arts Educa on in the USA," "Selec ve Admission," "The College Essay," and "Financial Aid for US Ci zens." In August of 2011, Christopher Gruber, VP and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, travelled to China with a group of Deans and Directors from other highly selec ve Liberal Arts Colleges throughout the United States. During the me they were travel‐ ling, they did presenta ons to large groups of students about the value of a Liberal Arts educa on as well as provide specifics about each ins tu on. Addi onally, he was able to individually interview many of the students and gain a deeper insight into the stu‐ dents as well as impart more informa on about Davidson College. This was the second year that Davidson par cipated with this group which is by invita on only and has no cost to Davidson except the airfare to and from China. Being part of this group has opened Davidson to fine students in China and given many Chinese students the oppor‐ tunity to understand and appreciate Davidson and the concept of Liberal Arts. Most of the fall of 2011 involved travel for Eleanor Payne, Interna onal Admission Oﬃcer. Trips included two weeks in Central and South America (10 countries) with 28 other colleges and universi es do‐ ing college fairs, workshops for students and families as well as briefings for Educa on USA oﬃces in several countries. Addi onally, Ms. Payne spent two weeks traveling to 10 countries in Africa with a group of 18 other in‐ s tu ons visi ng schools, mee ng students, providing informa on about the college process and about Davidson specifically. Between those group travel events, Ms. Payne spent me in Greece, Turkey, Czech Republic and Bulgaria making private visits to high schools in the major ci es of those countries and talking individually to students, par‐ ents and counselors. During the Council for Interna onal Students Forum mee ng in Lisbon, Ms. Payne, presented a workshop of financial aid and scholarships to the ad‐ mission representa ves and high school guidance counselors from throughout the world. Highlights certainly included visits to the Oprah Winfrey school as well as the African Leadership Academy both in South Africa.
The French Club, sponsored by the Davidson’s Department of French, is a student‐run, on‐campus organiza on that promotes awareness of the French and Francophone culture through ac vi es and excursions. Normally, the Club E‐Board conducts an administra ve mee ng once a month to organ‐ ize upcoming events. All Club events take place at a once a month rhythm. Last semester, the French Club par cipated in the annual Interna onal Fes val and oﬀered a generous crêpe sale, along with hos ng a cornucopia of French‐related ac vi es (such as study breaks and a fête à l’orange for Hal‐ loween). Last semester’s major cultural excursion was to Opera Carolina’s performance of Madama Bu erfly in Charlo e. This semester, we hosted a crêpe/Mardi Gras themed party with king cakes to promote Louisianan Francophone culture, and we will host a French/Francophone film fes val in March. Addi onally, under the auspices of the French Department, we will put together several in‐ terdepartmental round table discussions and an ice cream social for students coming back from the Davidson in Tours program. All students who are interested in the French culture are invited and encouraged to par cipate. There is no par cipa on fee. Venez nombreux!
Ben Ireland and Rachel Gulo a, Co‐Presidents of the French Club
Ben Nzengu arrives at Davidson
Candy, Pearl, Egyriba, & Amrote ‐ "Be gye woa ye yi" 2004
Today, the Davidson African Students Associa‐ on (DASA) is an associa on commi ed to nourishing cultural, intellectual, poli cal, and economic awareness about the African con ‐ nent. The African Students Associa on at Da‐ vidson College is working to expose students to the challenges facing the African con nent. It aims to create a network and support system for African students and students of African descent. At the same me, DASA is open to all members of the Davidson community interest‐ ed in the advancement of humanity in Africa and around the globe. DASA will help organize an Africana party and will send a representa ve to Charlo e’s “Doing Business in Fast-Growing Africa: A Focus on Regional Markets and Economic Hubs” Conference on April 27th in con‐ junc on with Charlo e Africa Business Week 2012. If you would like to be involved with DA‐ SA, email email@example.com
The Trustees voted in February 1961 to admit African students – that is, interna onal stu‐ dents from the Congo. Ben Nzengu broke Da‐ vidson’s color barrier when he entered in the fall of 1962. He was joined by Georges Nzongola in 1963. The trustee decision in 1961 was not welcomed by all. Students in‐ volved in local sit‐ins found themselves ostra‐ cized by other students and local merchants resisted changing any segrega on prac ces, even for interna onal students of color. The spring before Ben entered Davidson, only 53% of the students supported integra on of the college – but more local merchants were will‐ ing to serve students of color.
“Ghanaian Na on” of Interna onal Fes val 2004
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The student body at Davidson was mostly homogeneous – white Southern males. There were students who were children of mis‐ sionaries and had lived abroad, like Fron s Howe Johnston (class of 1855) from Smyrna, Turkey or Evander Bradley McGilvary (class of 1884) from Chieng Mai, Siam. The first interna onal stu‐ dent was Ahahabeg David Yonan who came to Davidson in 1896 from Persia. He was followed by two other Persian students– Michael Mar Yosip and Joash Yohannan, who both graduated in 1911. In the next decades, there were some other interna onal students, but the college did not experience a change in the stu‐ dent body pool. The Davidson Trustees voted on May 17th, 1962 to open Davidson to students from the Congo. Ben Nzengu a ended the college in the fall of 1962 and Georges Nzongola‐ Ntalaja a ended in the fall of 1963. The first African‐American students, Leslie Brown and Wayne Crumwell, came in the fall of 1964, while Davidson had s ll been a men’s college. Julia Deck, Denise Fanuiel, Debra Kyle and Marian Perkins joined the first class of women as the college went co‐ed. The first African‐ American women students came in the fall of 1973. The Quips & Cranks of 1921 shows that there was then a Foreign‐ ers Club on campus. This was a group of white students, whose parents were missionaries who had lived abroad. The first orga‐ nized program for international students was the Richardson Scholarship Foundation Foreign Students Scholarship of 1958, which aimed at influencing better understanding between a vari‐ ety of cultures for students that would be the future of leader‐ ship in their respective countries. The scholarship allowed foreign students to study for one year at Davidson College. Though 7 out of 15 of the first Richardson Scholars in 1958 were international students of color, they were all from only Korea, South America and Central America. Richardson Scholars instituted change as they switched from a mostly upper‐middle class recruitment class to socioeconomically deprived students from places like Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America. A quest for “internationalization” has been present on campus since the ear‐ ly sixties. In the year 1960, Davidson had 15 international stu‐ dents. By 1961 there was an organization on campus called DI‐ ASA, the Davidson International Alumni and Students Associa‐ tion. There are records of a Foreign Study Committee in 1963, which was created to consider and rule on policy governing of the Davidson Junior Year Abroad Program and other study abroad plans. As a general policy, the Committee encouraged wide participation and facilitated obtaining credit for work done abroad. “We are here not so much to learn as to teach. And what we have to teach is great: Some students here know nothing about...the rest of the world”, said an international student in the 60s.
One of the first student commi ees at Davidson cre 1984. Racial A tudes Concern Everyone (RACE) wa drew Yon ‘86. At that me, minority organiza ons Guild of Organists, the Catholics, the Na onal Orga Later on, from the early 1990s un l 2004, the Counc to the table together to pass the superficial image the issues of race rela ons and minority aﬀairs. It w ernment Associa on (SGA) to oversee and give a vo In 1998, COMA served as a outlet solely for the Int Organiza on of La n American Students (OLAS). Un status as a diversity organiza on as opposed to bein clubs on campus to encompass race, religion, gende replaced by the Diversity Coordina ng Commi ee ( organiza on on campus for the Jewish Student Un vidson African Student Associa on (DASA), OLAS (MECCA), the Asian Cultural Awareness Associa on for New Learning, and Chronically Disabled Student Diversity Coordina ng Board (DCB).
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eated to provide social support for minori es began in as a commi ee chaired by a white student named An‐ meant the Black Student Coali on (BSC), the American niza on of Women (NOW) and the Young Libertarians. cil of Minority Aﬀairs (COMA) worked on ge ng people s and talk truthfully about emo on on the campus on was created as an advisory agency to the Student Gov‐ oice in the SGA seat for all minority groups on campus. terna onal Students Associa on (ISA), the BSC and the nder Tiﬀany Hollis ‘04, the club focused primarily on its ng a part of the SGA. It took un l 2004 for the minority er and physical disability. In the same year, COMA was (DCC) and operated un l 2006, serving as the umbrella nion, the Muslim Students Associa on (MSA), the Da‐ , DIA, the Middle Eastern Cross‐Cultural Associa on n (ACAA), the BSC, the Gay‐Straight Alliance, Students t Associa on (CDSA). In 2007, DCC changed its name to
In 1969, a series titled “Around the World in 80 Cups of Cof‐ fee” began as an informal way for International students to share aspects of their culture. Ishida and Norihiko Lio were the first participants to discuss Japanese culture, geography, food, education and social customs. The 1972‐1973 Richard‐ son Scholars Roster shows that 10 out of 14 scholars were in‐ ternational students of color. However this change was gradu‐ al as international students shared difficult experiences. For example, Antonio Diaz, a student from Panama City who spent all four years at Davidson, was one of the first Richard‐ son Scholars at Davidson. He was sponsored by Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and eventually became the Rush Week Chair. Diaz concluded that his Davidson experience was enjoyable, however he noted that there were not enough Spanish speak‐ ers on campus he could relate to. Over the years, a number of scholars felt that American stu‐ dents were uninterested in learning about the international students and that they faced exclusion on campus. In 1974, the Foreign Study Committee changed its name to the Inter‐ national Education Committee. The committee focused on study abroad programs and increasing international aware‐ ness on campus. In the College Archive, one can find minutes, reports and correspondence with the committee as well as information on the Critical Language Program and the original Foreign Study Plan, such as an evaluation of the plan’s strengths and weaknesses in its first two and half years of ex‐ istence. An article printed in the Davidsonian on April 5th, 1974, titled “Selfish Students Shock International Students”, interviews students and their feelings toward Davidson stu‐ dents. In 1977, the college established the Dean Rusk Scholars Program for British students to attend Davidson for one year. In 1978, Anthony Boon, a coordinator of the international studies program recognized that students of non‐European descent did not have as good opportunities as students of Eu‐ ropean descent in adjusting to Davidson life. Additionally, a better orientation program, involvement in eating houses and encouragement of American students to room with interna‐ tional students were put into practice. Davidson also celebrat‐ ed international students by hosting cultural weekends in the Alvarez College Union to create a more culturally aware com‐ munity on campus. A committee on the International Stu‐ dents Scholarship Program, responsible for evaluating the ex‐ periences of international students and increasing their partic‐ ipation in academic and social life, was developed. Special so‐ cial activities were set up to “Make people more aware of in‐ ternational students and more sensitive to their needs, said former Assistant Dean of Students Paula Moore.
As a result, Davidson students became more aware of international students and their needs. The Dean Rusk Program in International Studies began making large strides to integrate International Students on campus in the late eighties. The International Student Committee was formed in 1982 and was responsible for student events programming. It took over the hosting of the cul‐ tural weekends in the Union. In 1989, Ismat Husain, a student from Zambia and the Chairman of the Interna‐ tional Committee, noted that the most difficult problem for international students was meeting American stu‐ dents. He noted a clear division between Patterson Court life and International student life. As a result, he created a Big Brother/Little Brother program in which eating house members adopted international students and drew them into the social life. Other events such as the International Ball and the International Fair were held. The position of Assistant Dean of International Stu‐ dents and Bonner Scholars was established in 1993.
the Student Government Association, the Council on Minority Affairs, and the International Committee of the Union Board. Monthly meetings were held and a "Great Escape" excursions program was initiated for interna‐ tionals to visit Charlotte for food, music and movies. In 1993, the International Festival was organized by the Union’s Cultural Events Committee, as was International Night, International Ball in the spring and the Interna‐ tional Christmas Party with host families. Membership was open to all full‐time Davidson students. ISA would offer cultural excursions to Charlotte that were called “Great Escapes”, outings to foreign restaurants, a “Big Brother, Big Sister” program, and career support for in‐ ternationals. Efforts were also made to initiate a Model United Nations program at Davidson. Other than the standard E‐Board positions, ISA also had an Advocacy Chair, representatives for freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and one‐year students, a Social Council, a By‐ Laws Committee and even a Retreat Committee.
In April of 1993, a forum was convened by the SGA to discuss international student concerns. At the conclu‐ sion of the forum a large majority of international stu‐ dents present gave their assent to a proposal that would address a long‐felt need on campus – the creation of an international student organization. On September 21st, 1993, the International Student Association (ISA) gained official recognition upon receiving a charter from the SGA, boosting ISA membership to 82 members. Mem‐ bership was open to international and American stu‐ dents who were interested in international issues. The initial objectives of ISA were to improve the quality of the Davidson experience for international students, to strengthen inter‐action between internationals and the rest of the Davidson College community and to promote global awareness on campus. ISA would serve the needs of international students on matters concerning official college policy pertaining to international admissions, financial aid, curriculum, staff, housing, student life etc. ISA also reported international student concerns to per‐ sons and organizations of authority such as the Dean of Students, the Residence Life Office, the Union Board,
In 1994, the Davidson College Union Programming Board (UPB) Policy Committee voted on merging the International & Cultural Events Committees of the Un‐ ion, so the functioning of the International Committee stopped and its financial resources were taken over by the Cultural Events Committee. As Davidson's international student population had been growing over the years, the idea of having a house for international students was born, similar in aspects to the Black Student Coalition. In 1995, ISA had made the first efforts for the foundation of an International House on campus through petitions to gather signatures, by asking faculty to write letters supporting an Internation‐ al House and by hosting an event called International Night that would promote the idea of an International House. A submission for the house was made in 1996 by then Director of the Dean Rusk Program Dr. Kenneth Brown. It would have been located in a Davidson‐owned residence on Main Street. However, the departments supporting the proposal did not have the funds to cover the costs. Also, the Student Union, which was to be built
in the coming years, was to have a designated area sole‐ sor worked wonders to help students be acquainted ly for international student use, and this area would be with American culture. The records for the International very similar to an International House. Students Program include committee minutes and re‐ ports, internal correspondence and memoranda, copies In 1998 the areas of International Students and Bonner of handbooks, student lists, newsletters, news clippings, Scholars/Community Services were divided and a sepa‐ and a scrapbook on PRAM (Project of the Americas). rate Office of International Students was established. There is also a file that contains circular letters written The office was and still is responsible for overseeing the by international alumni, from 1960 to 1962 and copies affairs of international students, including those with of letters written by former students to Mr. Richardson. dual citizenship, Americans Living Abroad, and foreign These letters, accompanied by photographs, reflect on nationals. The office coordinates campus and communi‐ international students’ experiences and provide some ty services to international students, provides assistance information on what the students did after their return on immigration matters and promotes interaction be‐ to their home countries. tween foreign students and the college and local com‐ munity. President Emeritus Samuel Spencer described in the spring 1999 issue of the Davidson Journal that "World For years, the office had also been the headquarters for War II broke that provincial southern mold. Davidson the International Students Association and worked soon became interested in finding ways to provide op‐ closely with the Cultural Events Committee of the Col‐ portunities for international students to come to cam‐ lege Union. Having a full time international student advi‐ pus and for American students to go abroad."
After two and a half years of no international house, in a bid to increase its presence on campus, the newly‐named Davidson International Associa‐ tion (DIA) tried to gain use of the Outpost Building. DIA had circulated a petition to present to the Committee on Campus and Religious Life (CCRL), an advisory body for the Office of the President. The outpost would have become DIA's official home. Then DIA President Shalini Unnikrishnan '01 said that student response to the petition was incredi‐ ble and there was enormous circulation through emails on DIA’s mailing list. The Black Student Coa‐ lition (BSC), Asia3D or the precursor to today’s Asian Cultural Awareness Association (ACAA) and the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) all extended support as groups for giving the build‐ ing to DIA. The Paterson Court Council (PCC) indi‐
cated it felt a responsibility to support other PCC organizations if they wanted the Outpost. The big‐ gest hurdle was breaking the stereotype of DIA as 'for international only", which was the reason of the name change from the International Student Association to the Davidson International Associa‐ tion. DIA would emphasize that it is a place for any‐ one on campus who had interest in international awareness. The purpose was to have a permanent base for DIA operations but also to provide a place for informal interaction between students, so as to dispel myths about DIA's role on campus. Also, DIA would add a distinct flavor to Court life, by increas‐ ing their capacity to organize creative program‐ ming, like Quesadilla Movie Nights showing foreign films. The name switch from ISA to DIA probably happened in 1996 by a majority vote amongst in‐ ternational students. In 2001, the Davidson Inter‐ national Association changed its aim to provide a forum to address international political, economic, and cultural issues in order to promote greater in‐ ternational consciousness on campus. The DIA rec‐ ords contain a collection of the group's constitu‐ tion, member correspondence, and flyers and pam‐ phlets concerning International Festivals hosted in the past. There is also a letter, circa October 2000, addressed to Dean Tom Shandley, pleading for the old Outpost on Patterson Court to become the In‐ ternational House, and it would be "modeled on the BSC." Beginning in fall of 2001, DIA and the International Council began to function as a conglomerate with the purpose of developing and promoting interna‐ tionalism at Davidson, inculcating the diverse cul‐ tures of international students in the Davidson Community and spreading political and non‐ political awareness of issues affecting their daily lives. DIA had established strong relationships with
studying abroad and applying for travel grants, the growing number of international students, gener‐ ous grants from donors directed to international applicants, the fairly newly‐erected Multi‐Cultural House, and of course all of the diversity‐related student organizations on campus give international students more opportunities to be representatives of their home country and their peoples’ culture. Programs before the school year starts, such as S.T.R.I.D.E. Orientation, International Student Ori‐ entation and Host Family Program Orientation all serve to better prepare new students entering the Today, DIA is an organization that spun from ISA Davidson community. with similar goals. Since the name change, the In‐ During a 1986 Ku Klux Klan march down Main ternational Association has centered its goals on Street, a movement called Common Ground was the integration of the international and American started by students from all ethnic backgrounds communities at Davidson. Internationalism is a who hosted an event for the Davidson community broad goal, and there are many different ways in to come together in support of equality. Common which we are tackling the issue. DIA works closely Ground con nued by hos ng Solidarity Day and with the International Student Office in reaching Solidarity Week at Davidson. In 2011, the Common out to more than 140 international students on Ground movement was brought back to campus campus. We organize all kinds of social activities with a commi ee formed by members of the BSC, and fun get‐togethers. Most of all, we are friends OLAS, and ACAA and some college faculty who are from different cultures and countries! The commu‐ currently working to host a week of events pertain‐ nity is very accepting and easy to get along with as ing to mul cultural awareness this upcoming students are more understanding of international March. issues. Davidson thus was able to change its ideolo‐ A special thanks goes to Jan Blodgett, the College gy and approach towards not only teaching non‐ Archivist and Records Management Coordinator of European International students, but also learning the E. H. Little Library, and Sharon Byrd, the Special from these students. Andrew Ma from the class of Collections Outreach Librarian who helped us trace 2012, profoundly sums up the experience of an in‐ our international origins spanning from the first ternational student at Davidson, “Cultural igno‐ international student to come to Davidson in 1896 rance is hard to ignore. However, in ways, I enjoy until today. Also, part of this history was taken being able to show students the differences in our from a project by Devin Gorsen, Stephen McNeal, Davidson circle and teach them that not everyone Teresa Adams, Christi Moore and Yeeva Cheng for is white and rich.” Today, the College accepts appli‐ Dr. Nancy Fairley’s Anthropology 205 Ethnic Relacations from international students to attend for 1 tions class in the fall semester of 2011. to 4 years. The increasing interest from students in CoHo and continued its close ties with the minority organizations on campus, namely Asia3D, OLAS, and BSC. International Festival in 2002 included 18 countries and performances like Latin, Korean, Indi‐ an and Bulgarian dancing, a Martial Arts showing, a Shades of Brown performance and Mexican folk‐ lore telling. 2003 marked the year of DIA's tenth annual International Festival. In 2004, DIA would host International Club Night at the Outpost, Multi‐ Cultural Kids Day and many more events. Despite the various attempts for an International House, ISA and DIA never successfully managed to get one.
1921, There is a group on campus called the Foreigners Club, for white students who were children of missionary families that lived abroad
1958, Richardson Foreign Stu‐ dent Scholarships ini ated 1960, Davidson has 15 Interna onal students enrolled 1961, There is an organiza on at Da‐ vidson called DIASA (Davidson Interna‐ onal Alumni & Students Associa on) 1963, Foreign Study Commi ee formed 1974, The Foreign Study Commi ee changes name to the Interna onal Educa on Commi ee
1896, Arrival of first Interna‐ onal student at Davidson, Ahahabeg David Yonan, from Persia
1919, Arrival of first Asian Interna onal student at Davidson, Paul Chi Meng, from China
1961, Arrival of first African In‐ terna onal student at Davidson, Ben Nzengu, from the Congo
1982, Interna onal Student Commi ee is formed
2001, DIA becomes chartered by the SGA
1996, First proposal for an Interna onal House is submi ed 2001, second wave of eﬀorts by DIA for an Interna onal House 1998, Interna onal Students and Bonner Scholars/ Community Services become divided; the Oﬃce of Interna onal Students was established
1998, Oﬃce of Interna onal Students was established
2001, DIA and Interna onal Council func on as a conglomerate to pro‐ mote interna onalism
2004, COMA changes name to Diversity Coordina ng Commi ee (DCC)
2007, DCC changes name to Di‐ versity Coordina ng Board (DCB)
1984, Racial A tudes Concern Everyone (RACE) was formed
1986, Common Ground Started at Davidson (Solidarity Day and Mul ‐Cultural Awareness Week) 1990s Council on Minority Aﬀairs (COMA) is formed 1993, Posi on of Assistant Dean of Interna onal Students and Bonner Scholars was established
1993, ISA (Interna onal Student Associa on) becomes chartered by SGA
In October of 1985 Rusk returned to Da‐ vidson College to give the keynote address at the inaugura on of the Dean Rusk Program in Interna onal Studies.
1996, ISA changes its name to DIA (Davidson Interna‐ onal Associa on)
1994, Merging of the Interna onal Commi ee and the Cultural Events Commi ee of the Union, the Interna‐ onal Commi ee was taken over by the Cultural Events Commi ee and was thus terminated
2011, Announcement of the Alva‐ rez Scholars Program, providing financial support for interna onal students at Davidson.
2010, Mul ‐Cultural House inaugurated 2011, DIA hosts the 18th An‐ nual Interna onal Fes val
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Logo Transforma on. DIA’s logo changed from the one above to the one below in January, 2011 a er a series of various logo op ons presented by DIA members. We’re always open to any new logo ideas!
DIAlogue Issue # 1 March, 2012
DIA on the Web Go to www.m.wix.com/davidsoncollege/dia if you are using a smartphone and you will be directed to DIA’s Mobile site, where you can get event updates, view our photo albums and contact us. We are also in the works of crea ng an app for An‐ droid, Blackberry and Iphone users. Un l today, DIA has switched websites four mes and Facebook pages twice. As part of DIA’s eﬀort to digi ze our history, we have uploaded albums to our Facebook page with photos from the past decade, which were generously given to us by Bill Giduz from the Communica ons Depart‐ ment. Our goal is to have an online storage open to all DIA members with material from Ahahabeg David Yonan’s entry in to Davidson in 1896 un l today. Addi onally, more photos can be found on our Events Blog.
Editorial — What is the DIAlogue? The first a empt of a publica on was the Davidson Foreign Students Circular Le er in 1960. This was basically a le er wri en by the Richardson Scholars, who were foreign students at Davidson, ad‐ dressing students in other countries like Panama, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Iceland, Argen na, the Netherlands, Eng‐ land, Austria, Finland, Norway and India. In 1961, an organiza on on campus called DIASA, or the Davidson Interna‐ onal Alumni and Students Associa on had a publica on called DIASL, the Da‐ vidson Interna onal Alumni and Students Le er. The next newsle er in Davidson’s interna onal student history was the inaugural edi on of the “World News’ Newsle er, published in May of 1994 and this was a pilot project setup as a joint venture between the Interna onal Student Associa on (ISA) and the Dean Rusk Student Advisory Commi ee (SAC). The issue we have today has an ar cle on the main goals of ISA, an interna onal poem, an ar cle on the Interna onal Ball at Davidson and two interna onal en‐ counters from Kenya and Korea. Other than “Worldly News”, students also wrote in the Interna onal Column of the Davidsonian with ar cles like Africa Week of Davidson and A Day in the Life of an Indonesian. In 1996 ISA would pub‐ lish a monthly newsle er for the organi‐ za on called “Global Fusion”. A similar, but bi‐weekly newsle er was published by the Interna onal Student Oﬃce at the me called “Global Graﬃ ”. From 1997 to 1998, before the Interna onal Student Oﬃce went under the Dean Rusk Pro‐ gram, interna onal students and Bonner scholars, under the guidance of Ruth
Pi ard would publish a newsle er called “Interna onal Student Oﬃce News” and there were 22 issues of this pub‐ lished. The ISA E‐Board in February of 2002 published a newsle er tled “The No‐ mad”. This newsle er was dubbed “The Nomad” in honor of everyone who had travelled near and far and had come together at Da‐ vidson. This newsle er was a sharing of informa on amongst inter‐ na onals and Americans, and also pro‐ moted coopera on between interna on‐ al students and the Dean Rusk SAC. Ar ‐ cles were wri en about Vietnamese New Year, the tradi ons of Ramadan and Val‐ en ne’s Day, how interna onal students liked the study‐abroad experience in the States, interna onal jokes and horo‐ scopes, interna onal sports news, car‐ toons, an ar cle on fast food in America and literary pieces wri en by interna‐ onals. “The Nomad” was published in previous years as well, but at the me the issue we have today was published, only one interna onal student had ap‐ plied with Early Decision to Davidson that year. A er many students read an ar cle published in this issue of “The No‐ mad” about the lack of interna onal awareness on campus, they all got to‐ gether to write inspira onal le ers about their great experience at Davidson and they sent them all around the world, so as to bring more interna onal students to campus. Now that’s making a diﬀer‐ ence! When I read this, I was amazed at the power of the interna onal students and the responsibility they felt in bring‐
ing more representa ves not only from home but from anywhere foreign! What is the DIAlogue? It is a new, stu‐ dent‐run publica on of DIA. The DIAlogue is a conversa on for the Davidson interna onal community so that all of the groups related to DIA can express their thoughts, whether community members, groups on campus, faculty, staﬀ, alumni, and of course the DIA members themselves. The DIAlogue will thus aim to record interna onal events and promote upcoming events hosted by DIA and other interna onally‐oriented groups on campus, as well as events from the Interna onal Student Oﬃce and the Host Family Program. Please email ar cle and photo submissions, as well as any feedback and recommenda ons for the publica on to DavidsonDIA@gmail.com Cheers to another great year of interna‐ onaliza on at Davidson for 2012! Don’t forget to tweet us @DavidsonDIA
Selec ons from Newsle ers published by the Interna onal Oﬃce
Inaugural Edi on of “Worldly News” 1994 Volume 2, Issue 2 of “Worldly News” 1995
2002 Issue of “The Nomad”
1996 Issue of “Global Graﬃ ”
Davidson Foreign Students Circular Le er, Geneva 1960
1996 Issue of “Global Fusion”
2012 DIAlogue Inaugural Edi on
This cartoon by Davidson student Jon Hutzley, was drawn during the first years of the crea on of the Interna onal Student Associa on (ISA). It reads: “Interna onal Students Mee ng: OPEN TO ALL! 7:00 in the Big Screen Room” “I didn’t even know we had interna onal students at Davidson!” “I think we have some guy from Canada or something here..” “All I know is that I just got my hair cut by Norton.”
MEET THE DIA E‐BOARD Svamal de Fonseka ‘13 — President
Monse Jacome ‘14 — Publicity Chair
Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Svamal has also lived in Accra, Ghana. He is an Economics ma‐ jor, is involved in the ATC (Ac vi es Tax Coun‐ cil) and enjoys hanging out with friends.
From Quito, Ecuador, Monse is a French and Spanish AT, is in the Swing and Salsa Club, loves dancing and making digital artwork and is an Interna onal Poli cal Economy major.
Gaby Baldeon ‘13 — Vice President
Lenny Shenje '11 — SGA/DCB Representa ve
Gaby was born in Quito, Ecuador. A Biology major, she is involved in Inter‐Varsity Chris an Fellowship, Alterna ve Breaks and Free Clinics of Our Towns, and enjoys dancing and music.
A sophomore Physics major from Harare, Zim‐ babwe, Lenny is involved in Club Soccer and First Responders and enjoys biking and spend‐ ing me with friends.
Frizzi Bschorer '14 — Treasurer
Gustavo Orozco‐Lince ‘14— Sociocultural Chair
From Barnin, Germany, Frizzi is a Pre‐Medical Studies sophomore. She speaks German, French, Spanish and some Chinese and is on the Varsity Tennis team.
From Cali, Colombia, Gustavo is a sophomore majoring in Poli cal Science. Over the summer, he conducted research on Finland’s educa on‐ al system!
Klea Miho ‘14 — Community Service Chair
Elizabeth Shin — Secretary
Klea is a Psychology major, mainly concentrat‐ ed in I/O Psychology, from Thessaloniki, Greece. She enjoys photography, event plan‐ ning and is interested in issues related to Glob‐ aliza on, Development, Sustainability and Ad‐ ver sing.
From Seoul, South Korea, Elizabeth is a CIS ma‐ jor in Ethnic Studies. She enjoys cooking and reading and is involved in Davidson Students Volunteer for Science, Ending Poverty in Char‐ lo e, Mul cultural Ambassador Program, and most importantly Kni ng club.
Tafadzwa Maghalese ‘13 — Com. Service Chair
John Papadopoulos ‘14 — Webmaster
Tafazwa is an Economics major from Harare, Zimbabwe. She enjoys reading, shopping and watching movies and is also involved in the Student Life Commi ee on campus.
John is a Greek‐American from Boston, MA. A sophomore majoring in Poli cal Science or Eco‐ nomics, he enjoys traveling and trying out in‐ terna onal foods!
Gerry Alvarez‐So l ‘14 — Historian & Outreach
Jennifer Glass — Associa on Advisor
An undecided sophomore from Mexico City, Mexico, Jerry likes playing sports and is on the Club Rugby and Club Soccer teams at Davidson. Apart from DIA, he is also involved in Literacy for Life.
Jennifer is from Columbia, Missouri and has studied Agriculture, Asian Studies and Admin‐ istra on. She enjoys walking Wilbur, spending me with family and road trips!
DIA also has a group of commi ed Members At Large: Dancho Penev from Bulgaria, Maria Coloma from Peru, Maria Prokopyeva from Russia, Blanca Vidal‐Orga from Spain, Marianne Daniels from Guatemala, Megan Garzon from Ecuador, Yiwei Zhang from China, and Jaime Wong from Singapore.
The DIA Publicity Commi ee from Fall semester included Monse Jacome, Mi‐ chael Brun, John Papadopoulos, Eliza‐ beth Shin, Maria Prokopyeva, Megan Garzon, Blanca Vidal Orga and Tobias Schumacher. 12 posters were made.
STATS Referring to DIA’s Facebook Page
DIA Mission Statement DIA has grown from an organiza on that represented the interests of foreign na onals at Da‐ vidson College to an associa on for all students interested in promo ng cultural awareness and global interdependence. By virtue of the growing need for interna onal awareness, stu‐ dents at Davidson College require a forum to address interna onal concerns and foster great‐ er cultural harmony. An oﬃcial organiza on concerned with promo ng interna onal con‐ sciousness is necessary. As a social organiza on, the Davidson Interna onal Associa on (DIA) promotes diversity, understanding, and interna onal awareness in the Davidson community through students’ involvement in various DIA ac vi es. Needless to say, DIA membership is open to all Davidson students.
Message from the DIA Publicity Chair
Get involved! Do you want to par cipate in DIA? There are many things you can do, like contribute with ideas and propose events and ac vi es, we’ll try to sponsor them and you can help us organize them! You can volunteer to help us during events as it’s a great way to meet other interna onal students and people from around the world. You can give us your feedback about past events, our website, etc! Most importantly, you can become an Execu ve Board Member. What we use Feedback is our priority! Let us know how you hear about our events! We have had a consistent increase in “likes” on our Facebook page and are hoping to get new members. If you would like to help with publicity, we are searching for people with graphic design skills and people that are great with social media and online tools who would like to be involved in the Publicity Commi ee and work on a team. Last semester, we publicized our events on the Union’s digi‐ tal display boards, in the Dean Rusk weekly event emails, the Social Calendar, and in the Crier. This semester, we’ll try to work on improving our web presence through Facebook, Twi er, Youtube, our website and the Interna onal blog.
Monse Jacome Publicity Chair
DIA has 140 currently‐enrolled student members and is growing!
Map of DIA Representa on
Here is the system we use for pu ng up posters on campus > DIA’s very own Bulle n Board in Chambers (1) > Library (2) > Union 2nd floor (3) > Union Café Level (4) > Commons (1) > Chambers 1st floor (3) > Chambers 2nd floor (3) > Chambers 3rd floor (3) > Chambers staircases (5) > Duke (3) > 1st floor Belk and Belk Lab (4) > Down the hill bulle n board (2) > Main Entrance of Li le, Cannon, Sentelle, Wa s, Tomlinson & Rich (6)
Rosie Kosinski '12
Elizabeth Shin '14
Zhangjiajie China 2011
DIAlogue Issue #1 March, 2012
DIA caught up with Davidson alumna and past DIA President Anahi Alvear from Quito, Ecuador! Anahi is always interested in seeing what we’re up to and how things are going on campus!
Saying goodbye to DIA was very tough for me. Not only was I leaving behind an organi‐ za on that I had been involved in and loved for four years, I was also leaving behind some of the most amazing people I have ever met. But anyways, a er gradua on I went back home for the summer and prepared to go to China. I am currently in Beijing, working as an RA for a study abroad program. It is an amazing job because I get paid to hang out with students, and to study Chinese, which is something I love. I have no idea what I'm going to do a er my contract ends in the summer, but I'm considering ge ng a Masters, most likely in Europe. I might also stay in China for a while learning Chinese and maybe teaching. I get invita ons to DIA's events and I miss them so much! DIA is an organiza on that increased my love for diversity, which is one of the main reasons why I got the posi on as an RA. I'm absolutely sure that this has been a great year for DIA, since there is an amazing group of individuals leading it, and my hope is that it con nues to be a place where students can celebrate being exo c, or being interested in the world and what every country and culture has to oﬀer. I have now gone from being part of the Ecuadorian "mafia" at Davidson, to being the exo c Ecuadorian who can't find any other Ecuadorians in Beijing. Who would have thought I was going to become even more of a minority? But I must say, it is pre y awesome. If you are ever in China or Ecuador, give me a call, I’m an awesome tour guide.
Anahi Alvear '11
Global News Highlights The situa on in Kosovo by Suncica Dragas
This ar cle was also featured in the January‐February issue of the Dean Rusk SAC’s Toilet Paper. th On February 18 , 2008 the southern Serbian province of Koso‐ vo and Metohija declared independence from the rest of the country. The event was greeted by many states and it was widely believed that interna onal recogni on of the new country would be swi . But where is Kosovo today? As of October of 2011, a total of 85 states have formally recognized Kosovo as an independent republic. Among those countries that abstain from recogni on are five European Union member states and two permanent members of the UN Security Council (Russia and China). Kosovo’s limbo status in the interna onal arena has been es‐ pecially troublesome for its northern por on, where the ma‐
jority Serb popula on has been living under parallel Serbian and Kosovo ins tu ons. On July 25th, 2011 tensions in the north of the province rose exponen ally when the govern‐ ment of Kosovo sent units of its special police force to the north in an a empt to gain control of two main border cross‐ ings with Serbia. This unilateral and dangerous move prompted great panic among the Serbian popula on, which does not recog‐ nize Kosovo’s government as legi mate.They immediately put up barricades on main roads as a form of peaceful protest and have con nued to gather around them in large numbers ever since July. With the government in Serbia unable to help them, Serbians in the north of Kosovo must rely on interna‐ onal peacekeeping forces and foreign actors for any sense of security and normalcy. Tensions, unfortunately, remain high.
Serbians barricade roads north of Kosovo as peacekeepers look on.
Interna onal Perspec ves — Coleen Jose Coleen Jose is a student fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Repor ng and the Dean Rusk Interna onal Studies Program at Davidson College. In the past year, she has lived in the Philippines, India and the United States. She was nurtured in a Philippines recovering from more than thirty years of dictatori‐ al rule and emerging from the People Power Movement. Years later, Coleen’s family emigrat‐ ed to the U.S. where her passion for journalism began in the summer of 2007 at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Her first repor ng project in Harlem con nues to frame her photography and wri ng. Coleen con nuously looks east, which has taken her from the southernmost p of India to the Tibetan community’s home in exile at the foot of the Himalayas. Though travel is a constant in Coleen’s studies, service is the most potent part of her personal and profession‐ al mission. She felt compelled to join na on‐building eﬀorts in the Philippines and worked poli cal communica ons for Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan in 2009. In 2010, she helped develop communi es with Gawad Kalinga, an interna onal community development founda‐ on. As crea ve and communica ons director, Coleen co‐launched an eco‐tourism travel and apparel company in the summer of 2011, which is dedicated to the protec on and restora‐ on of the world’s coral reefs. She is currently inves ga ng the role of resource extrac ons on the most marginalized communi es in the Philippines with a focus on marine and logging industries. If she could live anywhere in the world, it would be underwater, in Southeast Asia’s Coral Triangle region. To learn more about Coleen's project for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Repor ng, visit h p://pulitzercenter.org/people/coleen-jose
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STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE
Yuxi with the Harbor of Hamburg in the background
European Travels – A Reflec on From Abroad
Originally from Fuzhou, China, Yuxi Lin talks to DIA about her study abroad experience in Germany.
I went on the Duke, Davidson & Berlin Program from the first of February to the end of July last year. It was a small enough program that you know all the people in the program, but large enough that you get to meet people from the university in Germany, like students studying under Europe’s Erasmus program. You also meet other people in Berlin, who can show you the city and take you to street fes vals and to hip cafes and bars. Berlin is a city for everyone! The art, the architecture, the monuments, all make it a city that is alive with history and culture! It’s a big city so you always find something to do! Peo‐ ple will tell you about the divide. Some s ll op‐ pose the united Germany because they thought the communist era was be er for them. A lot of Germans, like the Bavarians and Franks, iden fy more with the region and tribe they descended from rather than the generalized iden ty of “German”. I loved my host family and got to do a lot of travelling with them, on my own and with a friend.
At the historical Royal Castle in Budapest, Hungary overlooking the city
The amazing part is that travel in Europe is so easy, and I got to visit other countries like Poland, Hungary, Austria, Norway, the Czech Republic and Turkey. Poland’s pierogi (stuﬀed dumplings), barszczczystyczerwony (red‐beetsoup) and tripe (cow stomach) are all foods you must try when visi ng! I also visited Poland’s Auschwitz concentra on camp. This was a great learning experience. You just can’t visit places like this in America. For those thinking of studying abroad, I really recom‐ mend going to the study abroad oﬃce as early as possible to start the applica on process. The staﬀ at Dean Rusk is extremely helpful all throughout the way!
Here’s the Study‐Abroad breakdown: 179 students studied abroad for fall semester 62 students are studying abroad for spring 24 students for the full academic year
Interna onal Student Adviser Jennifer Glass
How many interna onals are there on campus and how many countries do they represent? 111 (this number includes those dual ci zens, permanent residents, and US ci zens who live abroad) from 46 countries Where did you study/study abroad)? Truman State University (Agriculture and Asian Studies), spent semester in China, University of Missouri (Higher Educa on Administra on… con nuing) What brought you to Davidson? The chance to be at a small school that values rela onship‐building as part of a quality educa‐ onal experience. And the opportunity to be at that type of school near my family.
What’s your favorite thing about Davidson in‐ terna onals? That even though this group of students so o en gets lumped together due to their shared experi‐ ence of being “interna onal,” not one of them is the same! I love that this group is made up of such diﬀerent, wonderful people, and it’s a privi‐ lege to get to know each of them! What is the toughest part of managing the inter‐ na onal needs of so many students? Helping students navigate US immigra on regula ons that are constantly changing, o en ambiguous, and almost always frustra ng can be tough. Being an advocate for our students, I want things to be simpler/easier/warmer than they are…
Interna onal Oﬃce News
More and more Interna onal students over the years! First‐Year Student Orienta on Group Photos The International Student Office was created to provide support and advisory services for the international community of Davidson College. Today, the office is dedicated to assisting international students in their adjustment to American culture and education, to being a resource on immigration matters, and to coordinating quality educational and social programming.
EVENTS FROM FALL SEMESTER
Post‐grad Success Workshop with Nathan Elton Immigra on A orney Visit by Mr. Robert Banta of Banta Immigra on Law in Atlanta OPT, CPT, H‐18 Visa Workshop “Take Davidson Home” with Interna onal Admissions Representa ves Freshman Interna onal Student Series Holiday Christmas Concert at Opera Carolina to see Eyup perform Shopping trips to North Lake Mall, Birkdale Village & Concord Mills
Thanksgiving Dinner with Davidson’s new President Carol Quillen!
North Carolina Interna onal Leadership Conference Eleven students, along with the Interna onal Student Adviser, Jennifer Glass, took part in a conference on leadership for interna onal students at Elon University in Elon, NC on November 5th and 6th. The conference was made possible by grants from NCAIE, the North Car‐ olina Associa on of Interna onal educators. Two Da‐ vidson students, Dolapo Olushola and Gustavo Orozco‐ Lince presented panels at the conference and were very well received by students coming from eight diﬀerent schools, including High point University, Duke University, Methodist University, Davidson Community College and more. We got to meet and hang out with students from Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia to name a few and learn about strengths and weaknesses of Interna onal Associa ons like DIA on their schools’ campuses. Session topics included “Who
are La nos? How Be er Understanding the La no Cul‐ ture Can Help You Be er Cater to La no Students on a College Campus”, “Mind the Gap! The Nature of Self‐ Segrega on On Campus”, “Africa is Not a Country: Breaking the Stereotypes and Misconcep ons of the Af‐ rican Con nent”, “Techniques to Connect Domes c Stu‐ dent Groups With Interna onal Issues”, “Connected 2.0: The Roles of Social Media in a Global Society”, and “Empowering Students With 21st Century Leadership Skills”. The keynote address of the conference was “Art and Poli cs: The Collision of Aesthe cs and Ac vism” by Dr. Juan Obando. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Juan re‐ ceived a BA in Industrial Design with a minor in Architec‐ ture and Urbanism from Universidad de los Andes in Bo‐ gotá and holds a posi on as Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Elon University.
Gustavo’s panel was tled “Bridging the Gap: Modifying a Country’s Image Abroad and the Colombian Case”. Figh ng against the nega ve or unfounded image of a country abroad, like that of Colombia, is a challenging yet fundamen‐ tal task for governments, businesses and individuals alike. Too many opportuni‐ es are thwarted by this nega ve percep on; investment and tourism are vari‐ ables closely linked to the interna onal percep on of a country. Frequently however, as with Colombia, the nega ve basis of this image lacks founda on in reality. Civil and government organiza ons, like the I Believe In Colombia Founda on, have taken on this challenge and ac vely work to bridge the gap be‐ tween what the world thinks of Colombia and what it truly is. Through games, stories, facts and images the percep on gap in the Colombian case was used as the framework for reflec on of the construc on of a na onal brand, and vari‐ ous strategies for the improvement of a country’s image were presented.
Dolapo’s panel was “Got Leadership? How to Crea vely Lead:UR:ship Interna onal‐ ly”. The session showed that as interna onal students, we really have a great re‐ sponsibility while we represent our countries on campus and this comes hand in hand with our style of leadership. Ever heard the saying “He/She is a born Leader”? We probably all have. But is leadership only for a select few? The answer is “NO!” We are all born with leadership traits and quali es which manifest in diﬀerent ways and for diﬀerent purposes in society. The session focused on crea ve ways by which we can all find out our leadership quali es and purpose. These crea ve ways ranged from music to pictures, to discussion. Dolapo had the par cipants explore a new mode of leadership: Lead:UR:ship! Lead:UR:ship emphasizes self‐discovery and empowerment, and ways in which we can lead uniquely in society. The session concluded with challenges faced by interna onal students as they strive to be lead‐ ers and how they can overcome them.
Invisible Children Interna onal Service
This year’s Interna onal Leadership Conference service project featured a telling story by representa ves from Invisible Children, an organiza on that seeks to catch the interna on‐ ally‐known criminal Joseph Kony. He is an African terrorist who is the head of the Lord’s Re‐ sistance Army (LRA), a guerilla group that is engaged in a violent campaign to establish theo‐ cra c government based on the Ten Commandments in Uganda. The LRA has earned a rep‐ uta on for its ac ons against the people of northern Uganda, the Democra c Republic of Congo, and Sudan, by abduc ng and forcing over 66,000 children to fight for them, and has also forced the internal displacement of over 2,000,000 people since its rebellion began in 1986. Invisible Children works to transform apathy into ac vism, by documen ng the lives of those living in regions of conflict and injus ce, educa ng and inspiring individuals in the Western world to use their unique voice for change. Invisible Children creates an opportuni‐ ty for people to become part of a grassroots movement that intelligently responds to what’s happening in the world. More informa on may be found at www.invisiblechildren.com
Fall Break Road Trip to Atlanta
Whether you journeyed back home or stayed in the States experiencing American culture for Winter break, DIA would love to hear your story. Share it with us by emailing DavidsonDIA@gmail.com
Thanksgiving Break Trip to Charlo e for Ice‐Ska ng
Cultural Trips to Charlo e Ethnic Fes vals
The Charlo e Yiasou Greek Fes val on September 9th
The Charlo e Fes val of India on September 3rd
The Turkish Fes val of Charlo e on October 16th
Eyup, Elif and Umit
Finals Study Break at Jennifer’s From le to right: Meg, Wilbur, Jennifer, Gaby, Brian, Bill, Tanvi and Pearce
Skype Chat with One‐Years from last year
Cultural Trip to Charlo e for a Bosnian/Serbian Party hosted by the Balkan Associa on of Davidson and the Interna onal Oﬃce
TERRY FOX RUN COMING UP AT DAVIDSON! The Terry Fox Team of Davidson, DIA, Rusk Eas ng House and SAE Fraternity are organizing a run/walk on March 17th (registra on starts at 12:30 at Rusk Ea ng House). The Terry Fox Run is an annual non‐compe ve charity event held in numerous regions around the world in com‐ memora on of cancer ac vist Terry Fox. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, Terry embarked on a cross‐Canada run for 143 days, un l the spread of his cancer forced him to end his quest and ul mately cost him his life. The goals for the event are to raise money for cancer research, inspire people with Terry Fox's story, and share our campus with the community. There is no entry fee, but par cipants are encouraged to donate money and get pledges (from parents, grandparents, family friends, friends, professors, etc) to support cancer research. Pledges are typically collected on a flat basis, but can be collected per mile or kilometer. All dona ons are tax deduc ble. The event will include a cookout free to all par cipants, and a live performance from iTunes signed ar st Nick Evans, the lead singer of The Culprits. Contact Ca‐ nadian na ve Ben Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take part or volun‐ teer in the event! Visit www.wix.com/davidsoncollege/terryfox for more informa no
Davidson Media Conference 2012 DIA will be taking part in the 2012 Davidson Me‐ dia Conference coming up on March 24th. This year’s conference tle is "Global Exchange and Local Change" and the event is sponsored by Bank of America and the Dean Rusk Interna on‐ al Studies Program. The aim of this one day con‐ ference is to provide students with an oppor‐ tunity to engage with prac oners, policymak‐ ers and one another on the key challenges and opportuni es facing global media today and in the next millennium. DIA will par cipate in the Student Poster Fair that will follow the breakout panels from 4‐5PM. Email gabalde‐ email@example.com if you would like to help with DIA’s table and poster.
Host Family Program Calendar of Events for Spring Semester 2012 Jan 27
Charlotte Checkers vs Rockford Ice Hogs Hockey Game Friday 7pm at Time Warner Arena (IH=Milwaukee Blackhawks) * Fee-$7 per person (ages 3 and up); Guests-contact IS office
Spirit of Uganda Artist Series Performance Tuesday 8pm at Duke Family Performance Hall * Fee-$5 per person; Guests-contact IS office
Lazy 5 Ranch Saturday 9:45am There will be a Wagon Ride and Petting Zoo * Fee-$5 per person (ages 1 and up); Guests-contact IS office
Lake Campus Host Family Appreciation Cookout Sunday 5-8pm at Lake Campus. There will be Swimming, volleyball, Frisbee, etc. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Rain location: Duke Residence Hall Atrium * Fees are for host family members only. All international students are paid for by the International Student Office. Guests please contact International Student (IS) Office for event fee. Dates and times are subject to change. E-mails will be sent prior to each event.
Message from Host Family Program Coordinator The Host Family Program went really well fall semester with a total of 66 registered families. We had three very exci ng events that brought to‐ gether students, host families and friends. The Welcome Back Cookout at Lake Campus had 144 family members and 59 students, the Hayride and Bon‐ fire at Carrigan Farms had 16 family members and 13 students and the re‐ cent North Mecklenburg Christmas Pa‐ rade had 31 family members and 13 students.
Jerry Alvarez‐So l ’14 is work‐ ing on an historical compila on of data and informa on on the host family pro‐ gram. I think it's important for us to
know the historical background of the Program. It will be interes ng to learn how and when it got started and how it has evolved over the years. We are try‐ ing to go back to its incep on but we are s ll in the process of informa on gathering.
“We're currently looking to go as far back as we can to put all of the historical pieces together.”
help them understand their role and what to expect. We also explain to the students what their role is and what is expected of them during the Interna‐ onal Student Orienta on. Events like the cookouts at the Lake Campus, Carri‐ gan Farms hayride and bowling were some of the ini al events and have been most popular over the years. Alt‐ hough this year’s Christmas parade may well become an annual aﬀair! We are constantly tweaking the program trying to find the right mix of ac vi es that keeps everyone’s interest. There’s al‐ ways a trade‐oﬀ so we change things around a bit each year.
I began working with the Host Family Program in 2004 and it was at this me, that we began holding several events a year to bring everyone togeth‐ er. In 2005, we implemented an orien‐ ta on program for the host families to Carol Sandke
Interna onal Student Library In the Fall of 2010, we started a book library at the Interna onal Stu‐ dent Oﬃce. We prefer books that are currently being used on campus for Davidson courses. However, if a person doesn't have a way to get rid of a book, we will donate the book to the Davidson Public Library, so there is an avenue to donate books through the oﬃce. There are many benefits of this library. Students don't have to spend money to buy new books. If the books are old, and we donate them, we're help‐ ing the patrons at the Davidson Public Library, and if they're old and can't be used at the library, then they are sold and the money is being put back into the library. So, it’s suppor ng a great cause all the way around! Also, we have books not used for courses, that can be read for fun, reference books, language books for many languages, such as French, Spanish, German etc. There is no charge for people to use the books in the Interna onal Student Library, as they are all for loan. Book dona‐ ons are always welcome!
Host Family Program Highlights
Lake Campus Welcome Back Cookout The cookout at lake campus is always a big event. We started having the cookout in the 2004‐2005 school year and we've been doing it ever since. In the fall, some mes we ask families to bring food to share, while in the spring the food is always provided. The one in September was the biggest cookout we've ever had, with 203 people! There are some events we skip, but never the cookout! Students and families always tell us to include it in the year’s events. There are always fun‐packed ac vi es like canoeing, swimming, frisbee, volleyball and soccer!
Haunted Hayride & Bonfire at Carrigan Farms We started hos ng the Hay Ride event at Carrigan Farms in 2004, but we skipped two years because Carrigan changed they're format. They created “Scarrigan Farms” and didn’t have the Hay Ride open to people. Since some people don't like the scary version and it isn't so much of a family event, we hosted another Hay Ride event at a farm in Charlo e. A er two years, Carrigan Farms brought back the Hay Ride, and we’ve been hos ng the Hay Ride at Carrigan Farms every year since 2004! With 29 people a ending this year’s Hay Ride on October 21st, we had an amazing night ligh ng a bonfire, roas ng marshmallows and making S’mores.
North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade
With 44 host family members and interna onal students taking part at this year’s parade, we had signs, flags of all sizes and colors, and ethnic costumes. The good weather, our interna onal pride and our holiday spir‐ it from setup to finish, all helped us walk through the parade! The event was well received by the community, and just by hearing people in the crowd cheering for us, we were very glad to have represented the Host Family Program and all the countries of the world at the Christmas Parade. We started on Griﬃth St. between Watson & Bea y, passed Main Street and walked all the way un l the Mt. Zion Church in Cornelius. At the end, we had cookies and hot chocolate provided by Food Lion. So far, we’ve received a great deal of posi ve feedback from the parade survey, and people have said that they want to do it again next year, but we're s ll wai ng on more feedback for the event! Make sure to check out John Syme’s ar cle on the parade at www.daybook.davidson.edu
COME TO THE LANGUAGE TABLES AT COMMONS
The One‐Year students all host their own language tables at Commons. From le to right: Masha, Tobi, Maëlan and Blanca
L T V for students and faculty wan ng to prac ce their language skills went really well during the semester. The German table at Commons took place on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM. There were about 8 people every me, consis ng of students and professors. Tobi, a one‐year student from Germany, said “We were mainly talking about diﬀerences between the Ger‐ man and the American culture.” The best part about the German table was that the American students were able to par cipate frequently in conversa ons and could therefore improve their spoken language. I would strongly recommend you go to the German table for prac ce. The best way to really learn a language, which should be the goal of taking language classes, is to speak this language, even though it might be challenging in the beginning.” Other than the German table, there are also French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic language tables!
Religious Ventures On Sunday, November 13th, four Davidson students, along with Arabic profes‐ sor Basma Botros from Egypt, visited St. Mark’s Egyp an Church in Charlo e. This trip was part of OCF’s (Orthodox Chris an Fellow‐ ship) semester goal of learning about the various churches of Orthodoxy. Charlo e has Armenian, Serbian, Russian, Greek, Egyp an and Ethiopian churches of the Chris an Or‐ thodox faith. OCF and the Arabic Department co‐sponsored the trip, as a cultural, linguis c, and spiritual interfaith trip. Students got to hear the Divine Liturgy and then speak with the parish and the priest, as well as eat at a Lebanese restaurant with some church mem‐ bers. The service was a mix of Arabic, Cop c and English. The church had detailed Cop c iconography of Angel Gabriel delivering the news of the Evangelism, the Virgin Mary holding Jesus as an infant, St. John the Bap‐ st, and the patron saint of the congrega on, Saint Mark. Especially for an ethnic minority group in such a large city like Charlo e, the church was packed with Egyp an‐Americans and Egyp an immigrants. A prayer in the church read “You were transfigured on the mount, O Christ our God, showing Your Disci‐ ples Your glory according to their ability to bear it. Shine Your eternal light upon us sin‐ ners, through the intercessions of the The‐
otokos. Glory to You O Giver of Light.” Cop c Orthodoxy is part of the Oriental family of Orthodoxy, along with the Ethiopian, Eritre‐ an, Syriac, Malankara (India) and Armenian churches, which follow the Old Calendar and celebrate Christmas on January 7th. On Wednesday, September 28th, MENASA and MSA (Muslim Student Associa‐ on) hosted a Dean Rusk Breakfast Series in Duke Interna onal lounge featuring Hakim Kashani on tradi onal Islamic healing and medicine. Later that evening, Mr. Kashani also gave a lecture to the greater Davidson community. Mr. Kashani studied mining engi‐ neering and pre‐medical studies and has mastered many forms of mar al arts. At the lecture, he spoke about herbal food reme‐ dies, manual therapies like massage, subtle energy healing, mind and body exercises to build the rela onship between the soul and God through agency of the spirit, aromather‐ apy, yoga and acupuncture. He also spoke about the problems associated with hard medicine such as surgery, chemotherapy and radia on, as well as the dangers of thoracic CAT‐scans, PET‐scans and MRIs. “All ele‐ ments that exist in nature, exist in us, for example fire is like a headache or heart‐ burn.” Islamic healing is one of the families of tradi onal healing. Other families are Chi‐
nese, Greek, Tibetan and Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine and all of these families of healing have many similari es. He spoke about the goal of tradi onal methods, saying that a person should try to become a complete and healthy human being with good rela onships with family, society and self. He explained how cul va on of virtue in the prac oner is vital, as we have the ability to perceive, but also to radiate. Appren ces of tradi onal medicine must receive a blessing from a saint or a prophet, and this tradi on has been passed down since the beginning of Islamic medicine, from the 124,000 prophets. “One must open the heart to access the subtle reali es that their teachers do.” Today there are hospitals, most of them in California and Arizona, that have specialized doctors in tra‐ di onal healing and who many mes com‐ bine modern and tradi onal healing meth‐ ods. A good resource for someone to learn more about tradi onal medicine is “The Tra‐ di onal Healer's Handbook”. Also, the Can‐ non of Medicine by Evencina (the polymath) which is wri en in languages of India and is in the process of transla on. Mr. Kashani said that reading a book or using one of these sources is not enough and that one must learn the prac ce with a professional or mas‐ ter to get a blessing‐educa on.
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The Greater Community The Charlotte Foreign‐Trade Zone, which allows goods to be brought in from overseas duty‐free and stored or manufactured into a product, is one of the largest in the state. Interestingly, more than one‐third of the 1,156 manufacturing firms in Mecklenburg County are involved with im‐ por ng or expor ng goods. Over 950 foreign‐owned firms, represen ng 49 countries, provide jobs to over 65,000 workers in the Charlo e region. Since 1990, the number of foreign‐owned firms opera ng in metro Char‐ lo e has grown by over 129 percent. Site Selec on magazine’s lis ng of the best business climates in North America ranked Charlo e first on its list of top 10 U.S. ci es for foreign investment. The Queen City has such a pro‐business environment that more than 274 of Fortune’s top 500 com‐ panies have placed one or more facili es within Mecklenburg County. Charlotte is also known for being the world headquarters of Bank of America. This bank operates in 225 cities in 43 different countries, includ‐ ing the financial capitals of Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Milan, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Zurich. Also, approxi‐ mately 13 percent of Mecklenburg’s population was born outside of the United States. The eastbound Central Avenue area is known for its inter‐ na onal popula on, including Eastern Europeans, Middle‐Easterners, and Hispanics. North Tryon and the Sugar Creek area include several Asian‐ American communi es. Major populations of foreign nationals are also from Mexico, India, Vietnam, El Salvador, Honduras and China!
Charlo e has many interna onal systems in place, more than one might think! The Char‐ lo e Chamber is a private, non‐profit organiza on dedicated to the economic development of Charlo e and Mecklenburg County. One of its main objec ves is to a ract foreign‐ owned companies to the city. The World Aﬀairs Council of Charlo e oﬀers ci zens personal contact with key figures and cri cal trends in foreign policy, interna onal business and global culture (www.charlo eworld.org). The Charlotte chapter of the North Carolina World Trade Association, promotes international trade and is one of the largest in the na‐ tion. Charlotte‐Mecklenburg is also home to the honorary consuls of Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Mexico, Moldova, Nicaragua and Switzerland, and with consulates of Belize, Lebanon, Albania, Cyprus, Sweden, Netherlands, and Namib‐ ia in the greater area. Interna onal schools also help students maintain language skills and cultural iden ty while they are in Charlo e, including a Japanese school, a German school, two Chinese schools, a Korean school, a Greek school, a Swedish school, a Russian school, five Bri sh American schools, and the Carolina Interna onal School. The Charlotte International Cabinet (CIC) promotes Charlotte as an international city and serves as a resource to foster international relationships, highlighting Charlotte's eight sis‐ ter city partnerships. The Cabinet will continue to formally guide Charlotte into the 21st Century as an international city (www.charlotteinternational.org). International House is an organization dedicated to bringing Charlotte and the world together. Their mission is to promote international understanding by serving as a center for diversity, advocating for people of diverse national backgrounds and facilitating professional and cultural programs. International House serves as “a meeting place where Internationals and Americans can establish and strengthen relationships, and promote cultural awareness by connecting with people who share an interest in language, culture, or ethnicity.” The International House has many programs to support international newcomers, including access to language tu‐ tors. There are several foreign language newspapers in Charlotte: The African Press, The Asian Herald and The Korean Herald and several Spanish papers. For worship there are Hispanic, Vietnamese, Korean and several Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches, an Islamic Center, a Hindu temple and ethnic related organizations for Israelis, French, Italians, Irish, Jamai‐ cans, Ghanaians, Indians, Ecuadorians, Chinese, Cambodians, Japanese, Hmong, Vietnam‐ ese, Filipinos, Haitians, Germans, Ethiopians, Serbs, Greeks, Austrians, Bosnians, Armeni‐ ans, Africans, Hispanics, Turks, Arabs, Russians and more. Charlotte ranks second in Ameri‐ can cities as the largest banking center, controlling over $2.3 trillion in assets, sixth largest in‐migration of people in the States and seventh for most active airport in the world. Char‐ lotte’s sister cities include, Arequipa (Peru), Voronezh (Russia), Kumasi (Ghana), Krefeld (Germany), Limoges (France), Hadera (Israel), Baoding (China) and Wroclaw (Poland). For more informa on, visit www.charlottechamber.org
Charlotte, an International City!
The photos in this publica on were taken by Barbara Fisher, Sarah Hamilton, Klea Miho, Bill King, Monse Jacome, Yuxi Wang, Maria Pro‐ kopyeva, Rosie Kosinski, Elizabeth Shin, Yuxi Lin, Jesse Johnson, Svamal De Fonseka, Jordan Luebkemann, Ismene Nicolaou‐Griﬃn, Dolapo Olushola, Bill Giduz, Kaela Frank, Carol Sandke, Jennifer Glass, Courtney Pooler, Scot Draper, Bernhard Goetsch, Ed Yourdon and Nathan Duckworth.
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