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University students studying abroad find solace in their professors

    When students arrive in their host country, the professor to student relationship can be radically different from how it is in the United States. In the case of Chile, many students have observed a certain closeness they find with their professors that they didn’t have before. Some professors even invite their students over for dinner, to expand the cultural experience they’re having outside of the classroom. One such professor is Dr. Sonia Toledo Azócar, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) international program director. She gave me some insight into how she interacts with the many foreign students that Continue Reading

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Opinion: Study abroad programs should aim to get students from the U.S. out of their own bubble

The spring semester here in Chile is nearing a close, and many of my foreign friends will be leaving in about a month to return to their home universities. They have traveled throughout many parts of Chile, ate local food and gone out partying. They’ve done many of the essential things you have to do before leaving Chile, but many of them will leave without having a single Chilean friend. It seems logical that we would make many local friends here, but the natural instinct is to stick in groups of people that are similar to you.   The university Continue Reading

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Celebrating the life of Violeta Parra means celebrating women artists everywhere

    St. Kate’s has always aimed to expose women artists, with the Catherine G. Murphy gallery bringing recognition to many women artists over the years. It is interesting to see how women artists are appreciated in other parts of the world, especially when they are given such a pedestal at St. Kate’s. One of the most influential artists that has been brought to a bigger light in Chile is folksinger, writer, and painter Violeta Parra. In the past few weeks, Chile has been full of celebration for Parra. The artist would have turned 100 this October 4th, so throughout Continue Reading

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Exchange students from the U.S. have to learn different side of their own country’s history

Leaving your country to study abroad should mean that you would become out of the loop on what is going on back home. However, the news that comes from the United States is inescapable and overpowering. Everyone here in Chile seems to know about the political climate of the United States, while most of the students from the United States that arrive to Chile are unfamiliar with what the biggest issues here are. In general, most of the other students that come from the United States are not so familiar with Chilean history or government, meanwhile most Chilean people know Continue Reading

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Let St. Kate’s have the fun it deserves: Dancing at every opportunity

Last night I realized what I had been missing during my entire first year at St. Kate’s: dancing my heart out until I’m too tired to continue! After the much-awaited International Potluck, many remained for the after party. It was so joyful to dance and celebrate with other wonderful St. Kate’s students, under the purple and pink lights, on the floor of the Rauenhorst Ballroom. There are very few chances at St. Kate’s to go out and dance with your friends while staying on campus. My friends Kingsley Zheng and Amy Li, two Chinese exchange students here for the semester, Continue Reading

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Senate day entices in new student voters

Student Senate held Senate Day on Wednesday, April 5 to promote the senate elections and encourage students to participate in voting. Senate members called over passer-bys, asking them to vote and showing off the various prizes they could win if they participated. Students also answered trivia questions and offered feedback of their perceptions of the St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) Senate. The Senate elections’ purpose is to choose what students will be represented on the Student Senate in the coming year. This year, the ballot also asked of students their opinion on lowering the budget for The Wheel student newspaper. Continue Reading

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1,000 Who CAIR event prompts Minnesotans to take action against Islamophobia

Around 1,500 supporters gathered at the O’Shaughnessy on Saturday, March 25 for a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser and show. The lineup of speakers featured many notable Muslim figures and activists. The event was titled “1,000 Who CAIR,” and was an initiative to build up support and funding for the Minnesota chapter of CAIR. Victims of Islamophobia spoke about their experiences and the importance of action against it in these political times. “Let’s not just be frustrated, but let’s turn all these emotions into action,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR MN. CAIR is an organization that has Continue Reading

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She Pab film festival shares stories and superstitions of Hmong culture

She Pab: Voices of Hmong Women hosted their second film festival on Friday, March 10 to a crowd twice the size as the previous year. This year’s themes were folk tales and superstitions, and the films explored the prevalent stories told within Hmong culture. The event was held in the JDA and featured ten short films that explored many superstitions prevalent in Hmong legends. She Pab meets bi-monthly and serves as a gathering place of support for Hmong women. “Their mission is to increase awareness of Hmong culture and work with the Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity program to Continue Reading

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