Last week was Easter. Many students went home and spent some time with families and friends. For those who are Christians, Easter was a great time to reconnect with their faith and appreciate the gift of life that Christ has given us. College is a thrilling experience and a periodContinue Reading

Recently, social media has transformed us into a generation of super-empowered individuals. We are now able to broadcast our ideas, images, videos and opinions with the click of a mouse. The size of our potential audiences and the speed with which we share information are increasing daily. We can supportContinue Reading

The world is different now; with the introduction of democracies and the United Nations, our thoughts about wars and diplomacy have progressed. Intolerance of ethnic and racial differences has diminished considerably in this century, and, most importantly, people are beginning to understand that nations don’t cause wars; it is usContinue Reading

Two weeks ago the African Students Union hosted an event entitled “Battling the Single Story.”  I had the privilege to attend, and I gained some outstanding insights into how people incorporate stereotypes into their day-to-day lives. One of the most interesting parts of the panel discussion was a video theContinue Reading

This year’s annual International Student Organization Festival was held on Saturday, Feb. 11 in the Knutson Campus Center. Outside the Centrum, a World Expo was set up; booths from around the world displayed cultural pictures and trinkets. Students walked around in traditional clothing and smiled when asked to explain theirContinue Reading

Having an accent can result in unintended consequences in a person’s life. Is there anything wrong with having an accent? Is it fair for people to pose popular socially constructed stereotypes based on accents? Hang on with me as I explore this mind boggling topic. There are all kinds ofContinue Reading

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to see the snow for the first time in your life? It is beyond doubt that the Minnesota winter generates mixed feelings amongst many students. For some students who, like me, come from warm places, Minnesota winter is indeed part of ourContinue Reading

People often say the United States is a melting pot, a place where immigrants arrive and accept a new, “exceptional” identity, that of an American.  In this melting pot, people are proclaimed to be equal and their different previous national identities become one.  More recently, however, individuals are questioning thisContinue Reading