• Exchange Student

    International students find online Zoom classes unsustainable

    Irem Ozturan, ReporterJanuary 24, 2021 Weinberg sophomore Ece Agalar usually wakes up around noon and goes to bed at 3 a.m. Except for occasional at-home yoga sessions, the Istanbul native and former Daily staffer spends most of her days at her desk. The nine-hour time difference between Turkey and Evanston has turned Agalar, a natural early bird, into a night owl. “It is very hard to maintain the balance under these circumstances,” Agalar said. “Especially for an international student who has to do this from miles away amidst the pandemic.” Like Agalar, many students living overseas feel stuck in limbo — physically in their home countries, mentally in Evanston. Mark…

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    The Office of International Programs somehow made my study abroad worse

    In mid-October of 2020, I received an email from the Office of International Programs sent to all returned study abroad students, encouraging me to apply to work as a peer advisor. I laughed. Why would I ever want to work for OIP, or for that matter, interact with OIP ever again? Especially with the utter disorganization and poor communication in that office’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis when I was abroad? In early 2020, I studied abroad as a student in the Brown in France program, and like most students abroad that semester, I ultimately returned home early due to COVID-19. As the situation across France significantly worsened in early…

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    Chelmsford High International Exchange Pivots Amid Pandemic

    CHELMSFORD, MA — While student exchange programs have played a key role in language and culture learning for decades at Chelmsford High School, the pandemic has put a pause on any even the thought of international travel for the time being. But as with so many things these days, the World Language and Cultural Exchange Program at Chelmsford High School pivoted to find ways to keep the spirit of international connection alive amid uncertainty. “We hope to provide a similar experience for our CHS students by connecting them with students in other countries,” said program coordinator Jess Nollet, who studied Spanish for 10 years in school, but said she didn’t…

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    Passengers concerned after Nanaimo airport filled with international students

    Some passengers on a recent Nanaimo flight were shocked and infuriated by what happened before, during, and after the plane landed. Passengers on an Air Canada flight that arrived from Vancouver on Sunday evening told CHEK News the plane was filled to capacity, with the majority of those being exchange students from Europe. “It just didn’t feel safe. It didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel acceptable. There was no social distancing. All the government’s advisories kind of went out the window,” said Chase Spencer, one of the passengers on the flight. “It felt like a regular flight. I thought there was going to be 10 people on my flight from…

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    International students accuse Western Iowa Tech Community College of forced labor, trafficking scheme

    A group of students from Brazil and Chile sued Western Iowa Tech Community College in federal district court this week alleging that the college coerced them to work in food processing and packaging jobs under threat of deportation. The 11 students all participated in an exchange program under the J-1 student visa program. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, says that the students were led to believe they’d be enrolling in a two-year program in which they would study at Western Iowa Tech and participate in internships relating to their field of study, working no more than 32 hours a week. Instead, they…

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    Tulsa International Airport provides real-time COVID19 testing to passengers

    TULSA, Okla. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends travelers test for COVID-19 one to three days before their flights. Although airports across the country offer COVID-19 testing prior to flights, those results have not been done in real-time, allowing for a possible spread. The Tulsa International Airport has teamed with Tulsa based Alpha Xpress Labs to provide real-time testing. Nathan Gates, the vice president of Alpha Xpress, said they are able to provide this service because he has put lab equipment inside TIA. “This is the first to have a CILA certified molecular instrument actually on site to deliver PCR results quickly,” Gates said. Passengers traveling internationally…

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  • Science

    Local News: Jackson senior among students selected for international science competition (1/11/21)

    Teacher and mentor Leanne Thele, left, and student Elijah Jones look at materials in a Southeast Missouri State University laboratory while Jones does some work on his research project Dec. 1 in Cape Girardeau. Sarah Yenesel Jackson High School senior Elijah Jones has been selected as one of the top 300 student scientists by Society for Science in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. “This is a brand new competition for our senior students and to have a finalist is amazing,” Leanne Thele, Elijah’s mentor teacher at Jackson High School, said in a Jackson High School…

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