We've seen this before. It's become an old hat in this nation ? a comfortable and ugly hat that we put on over-and-over again, even when we see how ridiculous it is in the mirror. We tore Americans from their homes and sent them to internment camps because their families came from Japan, and we look back in shock and disgust.
There are many avenues to support our troops while they're on duty, working, and fighting for our country, but there seems to be a disconnect once the troops return home. According to the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), "student veterans attending four-year colleges and universities in the United States generally perceive lower levels of campus support than nonveterans, and they also interact less often with faculty members." Although the resources are available, oftentimes veterans are unaware of the options and support available at the University at Buffalo.
Part-time jobs may be both a curse and a blessing for struggling college students who are strapped for cash and time. However, balancing a part-time job with school doesn't have to be the drag that many students associate with working.
Imagine, if you will, a dangerous feature of architecture that is causing serious injury and death, but is being protected from alteration because it is considered historical. Across the nation, but more importantly right here in Western New York, deer have been getting impaled on or eviscerated by wrought iron fences that commonly surround cemeteries. Many deer have been found hanging from the fences at Williamsville Cemetery in Williamsville, N.Y.
International Fiesta, the annual cultural dance competition that pits the international clubs on campus against one another, took the main stage at the Center for the Arts this past Saturday. The Latin American Student Association (LASA) took home first place. This year's show, with a "global kaleidoscope" theme, highlighted five different cultures and Student Association clubs: LASA, Filipino American (FASA), Japanese (JSA), Malaysian (MASA), and Indian (ISA). Each club danced an eight- to 10-minute routine that paid homage to its culture's national dance. "[This was called a kaleidoscope] to illustrate how International Fiesta has always been a channel for UB students to have a glimpse into different cultures, and to experience these cultures without even having to leave the campus," said Janice Tong, the international council coordinator and a senior social sciences interdisciplinary major with a concentration in international studies. The show takes about a year to produce, and the dancers have prepared for the last four to five months.
It's not every day that students can learn about several foreign cultures and be entertained with many different styles of dance ? all at the nearby Center for the Arts. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the International Club Council will put on its annual International Fiesta.
Sometimes, scholarships are difficult to find, internships never seem to pay enough, if at all, and "gaining experience" seems to be more of an abstract term rather than a concrete activity. However, the Prentice Family Foundation's Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Scholarship encompasses all three concepts.
Just about everyone has experienced a situation where he or she feels totally out of place. Whether it's as simple as starting at a new school without many friends or it involves moving to another country, most can relate to the feeling of being a stranger in a strange land. Jhumpa Lahiri is an author who has captured that feeling on the pages of her books, including Interpreter of Maladies, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000.
Cancer never sleeps, so the fight against it shouldn't either. Here at the University at Buffalo, students will congregate to battle against cancer at Relay For Life. In 1985, Dr. Gotdy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society.