The Minnesota Daily

All content by Elizabeth Giorgi

City Songs strives for harmony

May 3, 2006

City Songs isn't all singing and dancing. Although the program focuses on singing and occasional performances, it also brings disadvantaged youths from around the Twin Cities together to create bonds,...

Rally calls for action in Darfur

May 1, 2006

Acts of genocide in Darfur, Sudan, have spawned local and national action. In response to a national rally, University groups, Twin Cities religious churches, synagogues, mosques and community organizations...

China Center leader honored for his work

April 27, 2006

Hong Yang is a motivated person. Yang's work with the University's China Center and the work he has done to bridge Minnesota and China together has made him a recipient of the Twin Cities International...

Three Muslim students at U discuss their faith

April 26, 2006

AEditor's note: This story is the third in a five-part series that examines students' experiences with different faiths. Throughout the week the stories will look at Christianity, Judaism, Islam and atheism/agnosticism....

Area high school students attend China Day at U

April 24, 2006

China is getting closer to the University. The University's China Center hosted its annual China Day on Friday. The China Day program, which was reinstated in 2001, brings area high school students to...

U groups organize walkout for immigrants’ rights, against war

April 19, 2006

Immigrants' rights issues have been a hot topic as activists rallied against national legislation in major cities across the country in the past month. La Raza Student Cultural Center hopes to bring some...

U recognizes international alumni’s accomplishments

April 18, 2006

T.article {border:2px solid #ccc;} housands of international students and scholars go back to their home countries after graduation. Through the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, international...

Somali students celebrate culture

April 17, 2006

Traveling abroad isn't always necessary to gain cultural experience. The Somali Student Association is trying to help students realize there are many cultures to celebrate on campus. Northrop Plaza was...

Foreign leaders learn from U

April 14, 2006

Nearly every week there are foreign leaders on campus most students don't even realize are here. Through the Minnesota International Center, the U.S. State Department brings emerging international leaders...

Project stitches together cultures

April 10, 2006

The threads of a quilt can tie together parts of the world that otherwise never would touch. In the Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative community, families of international students have gathered every Friday...

Law School panel talks of terrorism

April 10, 2006

Terrorism can be a difficult thing to define. The National Security and Law Society at the University's Law School hosted the forum "Counterterrorism 21: Thinking Globally and Acting Locally to Counter...

Funding cut for international student group called justified

April 6, 2006

The Minnesota International Student Association is set to lose a majority of its funding under the Student Services Fees Committee recommendations. But some said this wouldn't be an undeserved cut. According...

Islam week delves into politics, perceptions

April 4, 2006

Muslims are not terrorists. The Muslim Student Association and Al-Madinah Cultural Center have collaborated for the week to address issues and stereotypes that portray the Islamic faith in a negative light. Islam...

Bill on profs’ English heads to committee

March 29, 2006

For some students the need for a bill ensuring suitable English among University professors is clear. The bill, put forth by Rep. Bud Heidgerken, R-Freeport, is scheduled to be presented April 5 to the...

U’s culture day brings traditions from around the world to young students

March 27, 2006

Usually kids have to leave school to experience the world. But Friday, the world entered the doors of Kaposia Elementary School. World Cultures Day, an event hosted by the University's Minnesota International...

Rise in U grad interest leads

March 24, 2006

The University's efforts to attract international students have put them ahead of the national average. The Council of Graduate Schools announced Thursday that international graduate applications in American...

Scholarship at U funds study in China

March 23, 2006

The China program scholarship, which is funded through the Chinese government, soon will be awarded for the fifth consecutive year at the University. The University's China Center, in cooperation with...

Summer travel aid deadline Friday

March 21, 2006

Hundreds of students choose to study abroad over the summer instead of taking time off. These trips can be expensive, and the Learning Abroad Center offers programs around the world with scholarships to...

U looks to the globe to recruit

March 9, 2006

AClick for information and graphics from second page layout mong the Big Ten schools, the University is second to last in standings for total undergraduate international students. As a result, the University...

Panel praises master’s program

March 6, 2006

International educators gathered this weekend to celebrate the 20-year mark of the master's degree program for international development and education. On Friday an academic symposium brought former comparative...

Forum stresses bipartisanship

March 1, 2006

Today's sunrise will signal the beginning of the 2006 legislative session. On Tuesday night Republicans and Democrats came together as the sun set at the University's Law School to discuss the partisan...

Passionate project director dies

February 27, 2006

Robin Bragge, project director for the K-12 programs at the Minnesota International Center, died unexpectedly Wednesday. Funeral services were Saturday. Bragge, 44, leaves a legacy at the Minnesota International...

Forum to focus on foreign policy issues

February 22, 2006

According to foreign policy expert Tom Hanson, there are two things students need to know about foreign policy: how it impacts them and how they can plug in to the issues. To address the foreign policy...

Debate over Muhammad cartoons, free speech comes to U

February 22, 2006

Cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that appeared in a Danish newspaper have raised political concern all over the world. On Tuesday a forum at the University addressed the controversy. Al-Madinah...

Future uncertain for Internet English test

February 20, 2006

Years ago, English language proficiency exams were taken with a standard No. 2 pencil and paper. In the technology age, it is no surprise that the testing has been upgraded to computers and the Internet....

Proposal would keep door open for international students

February 16, 2006

After attending the University, international students donít always get to stay in the country because of expired student visas. But with Gov. Tim Pawlentyís immigration proposals, some would be able...

Adoption clinic aidsfamilies for 20 years

February 14, 2006

Twenty years ago, after adopting his son Gabriel, Dana Johnson decided to create an international adoption clinic at the University. Johnson founded the International Adoption Clinic in 1986, and it was...

U urged to combine global issues jobs

February 9, 2006

Diversity, depth and opportunity are some of the key aspects of international program improvement the University's international task force is looking to enhance. The international University systemwide...

U seeks VP for global goals

February 7, 2006

In a search of new leadership, the Office of International Programs aims to hire a candidate who will continue the tradition of emphasizing global awareness. In December, Senior Vice President Robert Jones...

Contest rewards traveling students

February 6, 2006

Whether students have studied there or not, a photo of Mayan ruins or the Eiffel Tower could be their ticket around Europe. In an effort to encourage students to consider studying abroad, the Study Abroad...

Design project unites U, international students

February 2, 2006

The detailed sewing of an intricate quilt or clothing piece has a cultural story attached to it for students who took part in an exchange program with South Korea. Nine University students made connections...

Palestinian election raises varying opinions within U

January 31, 2006

Last week's Palestinian parliament election presents potential victories and failures for relations in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Palestine had its first parliamentary election in 10 years last...

Senate bill calls for 2006 to be Year of Study Abroad

January 26, 2006

The new year brings increased commitment to studying abroad. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., co-sponsored a bill designating 2006 as the Year of Study Abroad. In November the U.S. Senate unanimously approved...

J-School welcomes foreign journalists

January 24, 2006

The University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication is joining six other universities across the nation to educate journalism professionals around the world. In December, the U.S. State Department...

Passport photo services go digital

January 23, 2006

Lights, camera, passport. The U Card office and the Learning Abroad Center have invested in digital cameras to replace the Polaroid cameras used in their offices to take passport photos. The cameras offer...

Planning ahead is key to study abroad

January 19, 2006

Last-minute planning is not recommended for most aspects of college life, and traveling abroad is no exception. Rules and regulations in many countries have changed over the years in an attempt to keep...

World-renowned University professor dies at age 68

January 17, 2006

David J.W. Grant, endowed professor in the University department of pharmaceutics, died Dec. 9 at the age of 68. Grant, a renowned researcher in his field, is remembered by students and colleagues as a...

Going home not an option for some

December 13, 2005

For many students, winter break is a time to relax at home with friends and families. But some international students have difficulty going home or don't have the opportunity to go home at all. Psychology...

Union urges help for Oromia

December 9, 2005

A student group on campus hopes to make changes overseas by bringing awareness to the Twin Cities. The Oromia Student Union is working on campus to bring an understanding of the political and educational...

Student focuses energy to help Nicaragua

December 6, 2005

A Nicaraguan community is receiving a new look at renewable energy because of the work of one University student. Electrical engineering senior Patrick Delaney combined his desire to travel abroad with...

U alumnus receives first Global Engagement Award

November 29, 2005

Some say it is difficult to find a comparison to international education innovator Josef Mestenhauser. The University awarded its first Global Engagement Award earlier this month to Mestenhauser, a University...

Student’s aunt 1st female African president

November 28, 2005

Keeping a low profile is not a concern for one University student whose aunt was elected as the president of Liberia earlier this month. University graduate student Momolu Sirleaf, the nephew of the newly...

Safety limits study abroad

November 22, 2005

University students wanting to study in Haiti, Kenya, Sudan or one of the 27 countries on the U.S. State Department's travel warning list will have to get permission first. The Education Learning Abroad...

Study abroad numbers increasing

November 21, 2005

Because of increased funding and program integration, the University's study abroad numbers are some of the highest in the nation. The Institute of International Education released its annual Open Doors...

Students to celebrate cultures this week

November 14, 2005

Five days' worth of food, music, films and speeches aim to help students attain more global awareness this week. University colleges, departments and student groups are hosting various events to bring...

Casa enlightens students

November 14, 2005

The living and learning community Casa Sol is providing its residents with an expanded look at the Chicano culture. The 2005-2006 school year is the first in which Casa Sol has been available to residence...

Foreign students discuss U’s help

November 9, 2005

Human resource development graduate student Nidhi Dhanju said that when she arrived in the United States from India, she wished there would have been someone from the University to pick her up. She got...

Hmong marriage customs detailed in professor’s speech

November 8, 2005

Different aspects of the Hmong culture are relevant to the Twin Cities community. St. Paul has one of the largest Hmong populations in the country, and University curriculum and instruction professor Bic...

Senate acts to lure foreign students

November 3, 2005

Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., is seeking to attract international students to U.S. colleges and Universities by developing ACTION. American Competitiveness Through International Openness Now is an amendment...

Students walk out to protest Iraq war

November 3, 2005

Helicopters, police officers, final exams and professors couldn't prevent motivated students from closing parts of Washington Avenue and Morrill Hall on Wednesday during an anti-war protest. Police estimated...