The Daily Update: Tuesday, March 29

March 29, 2011 by · Comments Off 

President Obama explains why he feels U.S. involvement in Libya is necessary. At least 120 people are dead after an ammunition factory exploded in Yemen, and religious leaders in Washington are going on a hunger strike. Here on the hilltop, candidates for SMU Student Senate will debate tonight at five p.m. All this and more on today’s Daily Update.

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Campus News Blog: International Students

February 28, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Kathryn Sharkey

I don’t know if it’s because I recently returned from studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, that I’m just more aware now, or if this is actually the case, but it seems like there are more and more international students on campus.

When I walk to class, I always end up near students speaking Spanish, Italian, or with thick Eastern European accents. This didn’t happen three years ago when I was a first year student.

I decided to look and see what SMU’s statistics are for international students. The SMU website states that “more than 850 international students from 90 countries attend SMU.”

The top countries that undergraduate students came from in the fall of 2009 were: India, People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Republic of South Korea, United Kingdom, El Salvador, South Africa, Canada, Pakistan, Panama, and Sweden, according to the office of institutional research.

What does SMU do to help these students mix with and meet Americans? It can be overwhelming to live and study in a country so drastically different from your own.

In Denmark, we had the choice to participate in a program where we were matched with a Dane and we would meet at least once a week to just do whatever. The students who participated all enjoyed it, saying it was cool to see the country with a guide who knew where to go and what was worth seeing.

I don’t know if that kind of program would work at SMU, but it might help international students cope with the culture shock.

Global News Blog: H1N1 Pandemic an Issue in Muslim Haj Season

November 24, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Erica Pelletier

As Shi’ite Muslims make their way to Mecca for their traditional pilgrimage they confront a huge contemporary issue facing most of the world: the H1N1 virus. In the past pilgrims have run into protest and military resistance, but now Middle East officials and the World Health Organization fear that the mass gathering will lead the virus to spread further and result in more deaths.

The entire Arabian peninsula is urging followers to stay at home this year especially children and the elderly. Four deaths have already occurred in the past week as the government sets up check points with electronic monitoring equipment. As the Haj reaches its climax this Thursday when the majority of Pilgrims gather in Arafat to renounce the devils’ temptation. Authorities hope they can do their best to avoid any tragedies.

Global News Blog: Outside Nations Petitioning Bolivia for Lithium Rights

March 26, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Sarah Stradtman

Uyuni, Bolivia is one of the world’s largest providers of lithium. Just recently, leading car distributers have been determined to win over the rights to this natural resource in hopes of introducing the “world’s next generation of hybrid and electric cars.” Major car corporations like Mitsubishi, BMW, and General Motors have been actively meeting with Bolivian president Evo Morales to discuss the issue according to a New York Times article.

“We know that Bolivia can become the Saudi Arabia of lithium,” said Francisco Quisbert, 64, the leader of Frutcas, a group of salt gatherers and quinoa farmers on the edge of Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. “We are poor, but we are not stupid peasants. The lithium may be Bolivia’s, but it is also our property.”

It shocks me that Bolivia, although not a terribly poor nation, but still facing economic struggle, would rather waste the time debating internally than using their time to export lithium for millions, or maybe even billions of dollars. European and Japanese nations have managed to find lithium elsewhere, however, they still frantically pursue Bolivia as a resource.

If I were Evo Morales and knew how the profits from allowing access to the lithium would benefit my country, I would take the other nations up on their offer, especially at this time.

Too bad the world’s greatest lithium supply isn’t in the United States. Then I wouldn’t have to worry so much about getting a job in the next couple of months!