Stories from Alexandra Detweiler
The Student Government Association’s (SGA’s) latest senate hearing occurred on the evening of Wednesday, April 5, and it played host to a much larger audience than usual due to the announcement of the newly elected executive board members that would occur at the conclusion of the hearing. As the meeting opened, Executive Vice President Sonia Kamdar stressed that, as usual, anyone is allowed to contribute to discussion at any time, provided that they raise their hands.
The first day of the Student Government Association (SGA) debates included candidates for the vice president (VP) of communications, VP of academic affairs, and VP of student life.
Have you noticed your peers acting distant? Have they been disappearing at odd hours of the night with no explanation of where they’ve been and a crazed look in their eyes? The source of these problems may be Illinois Tech’s frequent use of acronyms; many students believe that these acronyms, previously believed to be mere literary conveniences, are becoming not only sentient, but malevolent.
The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate meets biweekly on Wednesdays, with the latest senate hearing held on Wednesday, March 22. Ordinarily, SGA senate hearings are led by Vice President Sonia Kamdar; however, both Kamdar and SGA President Hamze “Leo” Sukkar were unable to make this particular hearing, and therefore SGA Secretary William Gordon led the meeting in their stead.
The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate meets biweekly on Wednesdays to vote on prospective student organizations, give updates on the projects of executive board members and senators, and hear out any questions or concerns during an “open floor” section, where anyone, SGA member or not, is welcomed to speak. The senate held their most recent meeting on Wednesday, February 22.
Hadeel Arwak is a second-year transfer student studying biology that came to the United States from Iran in 2013. When asked about differences in culture between the two countries, Arwak thought that, in general, people here were more open, especially when speaking to elders.
Lin Amara is a first year computer engineering major from Amman, Jordan. Although obviously an immense change geographically, Amara thought that all things considered, the transition was very smooth. “It wasn’t easy,” she said, “but it wasn’t horrible.” Amara had heard stories of the struggles that some other international students had gone through, and in comparison, she thought the change was relatively peaceful.
The Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean located east of Madagascar, and although it is less than 800 square miles in area, it is home to many different ethnicities, religions, cultures, and languages. Doorvesh Santbakshsing Sid, a first year electrical engineering student, is from Quatre Bornes, a city in Mauritius.
This week, two students from South Korea (Bori Kim, studying computer science, and Yonggyu Baek, an undecided student studying humanities) shared their opinions about how their home country differed from America.
International students go through too many transitions to count. Their surrounding scenery, people, language, holidays, and traditions may all change, and that’s not even close to an exhaustive list. This section of TechNews aims to capture the perspectives of different international students in order to help others better understand other cultures and what American culture looks like to someone newly exposed to it. This week, the spotlight is on Taiwan.
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