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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Language Labs M/W

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Language Labs T/Th

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Olvera Street

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Big Bear Lake

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Chinese New 5 Year Dealing with Stress

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Campus Calendar

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Year of the Snake By XIAOWEN (SHARON) LIANG And YATING (CHARA) HE

Spring Festival’s Eve which is a traditional festival in China is the last night of the month of the lunar calendar next to Spring Festival Day, the First Day of New Year. The Chinese name of Spring Festival’s Eve is Chuxi. It means “the old year past”, and we will greet the new year. On this day, families usually have dinner together, like American Christians on Christmas Eve. It is the most important festival for all Chinese. All family members will get together on New Year’ Eve and have a big meal. Even though some people work far away from their hometowns, See Chinese New Year on p. 5

Many Language Academy students will celebrate New Year on Feb. 10, following the lunar calendar. Each year is represented by an animal. This is the year of the Snake. A snake is very cunning.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES . Valentine’s Day Party!! Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00pm - 3:00pm Come celebrate this fun American holiday with the Language Academy! Make fun cards for your friends or that special someone, eat delicious treats and sing your favorite love songs! This is a free activity. Sign up today in JEF Courtyard at 11:00am.

USC Women’s Basketball Friday, February 15, 2013 At Galen Center Meet in JEF Courtyard at 7:00pm Show your Trojan spirit and come support our USC Women’s Basketball team as they play against Stanford! This activity is free. Sign up today in JEF Courtyard at 11:00am.


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Monday, February 11 Time

11-12pm

12-1pm

Location

Description

Facilitator

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 1, 2 & 3

Rachel USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 4, 5 & 6

Blaire USC Student

GFS 229

IELTS Prep Lab (Levels 2 & 3)

James Hutzell Instructor

GFS 228

GRE/GMAT (Levels 4, 5 & 6)

Jeminah Espinoza Instructor

GFS113

Writing to Impress (Levels 5 & 6)

Heather Robertson Instructor

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 1 & 2

Belen USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 3 & 4

Rachel USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 5 & 6

Luke USC Student

Wednesday, February 13 Time

11-12pm

12-1pm

Location

Description

Facilitator

GFS 212

Reading Power (Levels 1, 2 & 3)

Nevena Fairclough Instructor

GFS 228

Reading Power (Levels 1, 2 & 3)

Nevena Fairclough Instructor

GFS 229

IELTS Prep Lab (Levels 2 & 3)

James Hutzell Instructor

GFS 113

Statement of Purpose (Levels 4, 5 & 6)

Marisa GarciaCrocker Instructor

Students enjoy a sampling of Mexican food at Olvera Street last Friday.

Reading Power (Levels 1-3): Do you want to become a better, faster reader? Attend this lab to get tips and tricks on how to improve your reading skills. Statement of Purpose Workshop (Levels 4-6): Learn how to write an amazing SOP for graduate school. GRE/GMAT Preparation (Levels 4-6): Find out the best ways to succeed on the new exam Writing to Impress (Levels 5-6): Impress your Language Academy teachers and your USC professors with your academic style. Learn how to use academic sources to powerfully support your ideas and enhance your scholarship. Conversation Groups: Practice speaking English by level with USC students. This is an interactive discussion in which you will participate in groups about several interesting topics. This is your opportunity to practice and to ask questions to native English speakers. To sign up, go to www.usc.edu/ langacad  Click on “Student Information”  Click on “Current Students”  Click on “Language Labs”


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Tuesday, February 12 Time

Location

Description

Facilitator

MRF 206

IELTS Prep Lab (Levels 2 & 3)

James Hutzell Instructor

GFS 220

Statement of Purpose (Levels 4, 5 & 6)

THH 205

GRE/GMAT (Levels 4, 5 & 6)

Marisa GarciaCrocker Instructor Jeminah Espinoza Instructor

GFS 212

Writing to Impress (Levels 5 & 6)

Heather Robertson Instructor

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 1 & 2

Anastasia USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 3 & 4

Jackie USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 5 & 6

Rachel USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 1, 2 & 3

Rachel USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 4, 5 & 6

Anastasia USC Student

11-12pm

12-1pm

Thursday, February 14 Time

Location

Description

Facilitator

11-12pm

THH 107

IELTS Prep Lab (Levels 2 & 3)

James Hutzell Instructor

ALL NEW STUDENTS!!! MANDATORY IMMUNIZATIONS ALL NEW STUDENTS MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING IMMUNIZATIONS/ BLOOD TEST: ·

2 MMR VACCINEs T-SPOT BLOOD TEST

· If you did not receive these vaccines/blood test, you must go to the USC Engemann Student Health Center immediately! If you already received these vaccines, you MUST provide documentation to the Health Center. ALL NEW STUDENTS MUST HAVE THE T-SPOT BLOOD TEST AT THE USC HEALTH CENTER.!!!

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Reading Power (Levels 1-3): Do you want to become a better, faster reader? Attend this lab to get tips and tricks on how to improve your reading skills. Statement of Purpose Workshop (Levels 4-6): Learn how to write an amazing SOP for graduate school. Speak English Fluently (Level 1-3): KNOW THE CODE! Maybe you can speak some English, but when you hear Americans talking socially, they use different English. This language lab will give you everyday English phrases so you can understand what Americans are saying, answer quickly, and make new friends. Conversation Groups: Practice speaking English by level with USC students. This is an interactive discussion in which you will participate in groups about several interesting topics. This is your opportunity to practice and to ask questions to native English speakers. To sign up for Language Labs, go to www.usc.edu/langacad  Click on “Student Information”  Click on “Current Students”  Click on “Language Labs”


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American Culture

Students Sample Mexican Culture By BOO SEONG KIM

Many foreigners live in Los Angeles. They create their own independent districts, like Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Korea Town and so on. Olvera Street is the Mexican version. There are many different products, customs, food, and life style which are about a unique culture in this place, which is called “EL Pueblo.” “El Pueblo” means “town” or “village” in Spanish. It is like a small town or like a market, so people say that it is “Little Mexico..” However, it will feel not only like Mexico but also like many kinds of Latin culture. There are many kinds of activities. Firstly, there are many restaurants. You will taste original Mexican food like tacos and enchiladas. Secondly, there are some performances for citizens or travelers

Language Academy students strolled through Olvera Street and enjoyed the colorful scene.

Old-fashioned hand kissing for the ‘lady.’

(foreigners) in the park every week. So you feel like you are in Mexico. If you want to visit there, it is so easy. First, many people recommend the USC Tram. You can take the tram for free from campus and get off at Union Station. Olvera Street is

just a block away from the train station. For more information, you can visit the website www.olverastreet.com.

BIG BEAR LAKE when I go there in the winter, I look for the snow. I like to ski, play and build Big Bear Lake is losnowmen. The trip will not cated in San Bernardino cost a lot for the groups, County, on a very high but for me and my wife it mountain. The most intercost about $200. esting thing there is a big Before you go to Big lake on the mountain. It Bear, you have to have has very nice weather in some equipment. First, you Abdullah in the snow at Big Bear the summer and snow in have to wear heavy clothLake during their day trip. the winter. You can play in ing and gloves. Second, the snow or go skiing or LA to Big Bear for about you have to buy chains for hiking. I went there last two hours. At eight p.m. I your car to be safe on the month, and I stayed for one was back home. slippery roads. Finally, you full day. After we arrived, we have to drink a lot of water I left home at six a.m., had breakfast, and then the because the oxygen there is and I drove my car from fun time started. Usually light. The water will make By ABDULLAH BIN KOLAIB

Drivers put chains on their tires when it snows in winter.

up for the shortage of oxygen. In short, I like to go to Big Bear in the summer to relax, and I like to go there in the winter to play and have fun. I love that place.


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Chinese New Year they will go back home on New Year’ Eve. At that time, everyone loves to see each other. After dinner, they will see the CCTV Spring Festival Gala because that is one of the most important celebration customs. In the early morning, many senior citizens get up early and they will cook a good breakfast for their family members. Parent usually give their children “hongbao”, which is a red envelope with money inside. After breakfast they will go outside and visit some relatives and friends. Almost everyone is dressed in his or her best new clothes. When people meet on the way, they say to each other “Happy New Year.” Friends and relatives pay New Year’s calls and give presents to each other.

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Chinese New Year 2013 In Los Angeles Language Academy students can join in the celebrations of the Lunar New Year in Los Angeles. Chinatown, of course, is the center of the activities.

continued from p. 1 More than 125,000 come to Chinatown for the New Year events, according the International Business Times: “The festivities begin at 11:00 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Thien Hau Temple, where attendees can burn incense, make offerings, watch traditional dancers and witness 500,000 firecrackers in action.” The Golden Dragon Parade starts at 1 p.m. It marks the highlight of the celebration For more information about this weekend’s events, go to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce Website at http:// www.lagoldendragonparade.com/ Event.html

Dealing with Stress By YOUSEF ALWASEIFER

One of the main challenges that students must know how to deal with during their academic life is stress. Stress could result from the high demand on students to achieve their best, or from a heavy workload. For example, having lots of major exams in one week and fixing the car at the same time could increase the risk of having stress. Of course stress could affect the students’ life negatively and result in lower grades. Therefore, it is important to know how to deal with stress and how to tackle it. One of the solutions for dealing with stress is to reduce work hours. Since lots of work could result in stress, it is important for a student not to accept extra ir-

of stress when dealing with it all together. Finally, a student must always think positively and avoid negative thoughts because some of our problems come from negative thinking. In conclusion, as a student facing lots of challenges I thought that I would like to share some techniques that I personally use when dealing with stress because relevant work and other responsi- they really helped me overcome this obstacle. bilities that may not improve his school performance. The next solution is that the student must allocate some time for relaxation and take some time to breathe lots of oxygen in order to boost his energy. Additionally, the student must avoid procrastination and delaying his homework because it may accumulate and create lots

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Campus Calendar: February 8-16 MUSIC

FILM

Faculty Recital with Mark Weiner

Violet and Daisy

Wednesday, February 13 : 7:30 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall Free

Composition faculty Mark Weiser presents a solo piano recital of Bach, Brahms, his own work—High Velocity—and music by Thornton composition faculty Donald Crockett and Stephen Hartke.

Tuesday, February 12: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108 Free, obtain tickets online at http:// web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/32/ event/901071 Violet & Daisy is the story of Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) and her surreal, violent journey through New York City.

FREE EVENTS Enjoy free events on campus during the semester. Please go to the Arts and Events Calendar for more details at http://web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/ calendar/32/feature/2819

USC Libraries, Outside the Box [Office], and Cinedigm invite you to a special preview screening of Violet & Daisy, Written & Directed by Geoffrey Fletcher Followed by a Q&A with Academy Award-Winner Geoffrey Fletcher (Best Adapted Screenplay, Precious), moderated by SCA Writing Professor Howard A. Rodman.

The Academy News Spring 2013 Staff Editor: Abdullah Bin Kolaib Reporters. Yousef Alwaseifer, Alibek Bissembayev, Yating (Chara) He, Xiaowen (Sharon) Liang, Lora Sonbol, Assel Tasbolatova

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The Academy News - February 11, 2013  

In this issue: Chinese New Year traditions, Olvera Street adventures & more!