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‘A second home for our international students’: Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership welcomes international students

first_imgSaint Mary’s opens its campus to women from all over the world, most of whom come from within the United States. Each year, however, a group comes which not only cross state borders but also international borders.Advisor for international students Adriana Petty said this year’s students come from across oceans and borders including Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, China, Vietnam and El Salvador in addition to exchange students visiting for a semester from South Korea, Australia, Japan and China. Saint Mary’s will also host two Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants from China and Morocco.Petty said College’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) operates as a transitional and intermediary force for international students.“[The center] becomes a second home for our international students and scholars. We connect students to resources on campus,” she said.These resources include the Writing Center, the Student Success Office, the Career Crossings Office and with individuals including Belle Sisters, Petty said.Belle Sisters are “sophomores, juniors and seniors [meant] to help [new students] feel welcomed and to guide them through the social aspect of student life,” Petty said.Petty said international students will have the opportunity to engage in the Saint Mary’s community as much as any other student while bringing with them the unique perspectives of their home countries.“International students and scholars enrich our campus community by expanding our perspective as they engage in the classrooms, residence life and all aspects of campus life,” she said. “Having multiple global perspectives helps to think of issues from a more inclusive manner. It allows us to reshape our questions to find innovative solutions to the issues affecting us all.”CWIL’s associate director for international education Alice Siqin Yang said in an email that international students’ contributions extend beyond the perspectives they bring to American students — they also bring their own tangible skills and resources.“International students contribute to student success by helping American students gain the global skills needed to thrive in the global economy and greater appreciation of different cultures,” Yang said. “They also bring to campus their foreign language skills, resources, international networking opportunities and friendships.”International students bring perspectives and unique qualities to Saint Mary’s, while the College and its community bring a sense of certainty and comfort to the table, CWIL staff said.“Our international students all have different reasons for why they choose [Saint Mary’s], however, the majority of them have had some kind of relationship to [Saint Mary’s] before coming to Saint Mary’s,” Petty said. “Two of our first year students, for example, are Sister of the Holy Cross and familiar with Saint Mary’s College.“Our exchange students have heard from either students or university advisers about our school and the kind of individual attention our students receive at [Saint Mary’s] from professors, staff and students, which provides them with a bit of comfort in making the choice to go to an unfamiliar place.”Similar to Petty’s sentiment, Yang said comfort comes not only from Saint Mary’s individuals but also its all-female atmosphere.“Saint Mary’s offers a safer environment for women students,” Yang said. “The international students are aware that they have more opportunities for leadership development.”According to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ website, Saint Mary’s is a part of the Bureau’s mission to, “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations.”This mission creates a multifaceted purpose for Saint Mary’s CWIL, Petty said, allowing students to cross international borders while on campus.“Each international student and scholar brings with them talents and perspectives that make an impact on our campus, and we hopefully make an impact on their lives and in a way, planting seeds that will grow across the world in all the places the International Belles call home,” she said.The program and its conductors bring students together from all around the world and help to change the way students approach dialogue with people from other countries, benefiting students and the college.“International students help improve the quality of our higher education. They help us learn to avoid stereotyping and give us a better understanding of international issues,” Yang said. “They offer opportunities for our students to confront different interpersonal and communication styles. They diversify the campus, enrich our classrooms and thus turn Saint Mary’s into a globally engaged college.”Tags: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, center for women’s intercultural leadership, CWIL, International students, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

USC routs Cal behind Ronald Jones’ career night

first_imgFrom the first time that sophomore running back Ronald Jones II touched the ball on Thursday, the air in the Coliseum turned electric. He sprinted 61 yards in his first carry, dodging defenders and dishing out straight-arms until a cornerback dragged him out of bounds at the 27 yard-line. Six plays later, redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold threw his first touchdown, taking a 7-0 lead and setting the tone for the night.By the numbers alone, the game was the Ronald Jones show. He broke his own season best in the first half, notching 154 yards in eight carries and picking up an average of 19.3 yards every time Darnold handed him the ball. By the final whistle, he ran for 223 yards, almost twice as many rushing yards as the entirety of the Cal offense.“We just knew we were going to have to pick up the slack tonight,” Jones said. “Great work from the offensive line all night. The receivers, just everyone came together tonight.”With six touchdowns and 629 yards of offense, the 45-24 victory over Cal proved that the Trojans’ versatility is their greatest threat. Darnold found four different receivers in the endzone for five touchdowns, with Jones rushing in the second of the night. And seven players carried the ball for 398, with sophomore Aca’Cedric Ware gashing the Bears’ defense for 130 yards on the night. With versatility in every snap, the Cal defense was flustered and unable to slow the pace.“Be prepared for next year because it’s going to be a show,” Ware said in reference to his performance alongside Jones, which resulted in a combined 353 yards.Meanwhile, Darnold showed a marked patience in the pocket. In the second quarter, he took a few extra seconds and a few extra steps until sophomore wide receiver Deontay Burnett flashed his hands to provide the perfect target to thread yet another touchdown pass. Darreus Rogers catches a slant for a touchdown in Thursday night’s win over Cal – Trevor Sochocki | Daily TrojanHe lobbed arcing passes to senior wide receiver Darreus Rogers and stutter-stepped around a defender to sling the ball up the middle to redshirt freshman Daniel Imatorbhebhe. He carved up the secondary with play-action passes, then scrambled to convert when his pocket dissolved. His performance caused USC alum and former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson to tweet, “I’m telling you Sam will [be] the best to ever play the position at this rate. And I’m talking pro ready.”Much of the team’s success came from their swagger, a tangible confidence that added an extra punch to every play. The Trojans thrived in the home environment. Jackson grinned and posed for the jumbotron after breaking the school’s record for return yards. Rogers earned a penalty for his fiery celebration after his second touchdown, spinning the ball in the endzone and roaring at the crowd.And when the Coliseum blasted “JuJu On That Beat” during a commercial break, junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster danced in the middle of the field, rousing the entire student section onto their feet.That confidence was felt on both sides. From the first snap, the defense took every opportunity to drill Cal quarterback Davis Webb in the pocket and forced two dropped passes in the first two drives. That pressure continued, and with only 10 points in the first half, the Bears looked nothing like their typical high-scoring, high-octane selves. “I’m extremely proud of the way our defense played tonight,” head coach Clay Helton said. “To hold that offense to 75 plays was huge for us.”But despite the dominant final score, the game was also marred by mistakes. Though he threw for five of the game’s six touchdowns — his second straight game with five or more touchdowns — Darnold fumbled twice in the first half. Both mistakes happened in dangerous defensive territory, and resulted in a touchdown and a field goal for Cal. Darnold cleaned up his hands in the second half, but threw an interception in the fourth quarter, continuing the turnover trend that has plagued the young quarterback all season.“I’m getting used to all of the pressure now,” Darnold said. “As you play college football, you’re going to get used to it. I think just every level that you go through you’re going to experience some growing pains. I’m dealing with it now and I’m going to keep dealing with it.”Defensively, the Trojans gave up 125 yards of penalties, at one point ceding 30 yards on back-to-back facemask penalties in the first quarter. Though these moments of sloppiness didn’t take their toll on the Trojans, they exposed areas of weakness that Helton will need to patch up for future conference play.But for a Trojan team rebounding from a rocky start to the season, the night’s victory and the move to a 5-3 record created a much-needed boost in the team’s status in the Pac-12, and in their confidence approaching the final third of the season.“We’re just playing good football,” Helton said. “We’re playing together. We had a couple mistakes tonight …  But they’re playing as a unit. They’re really gelling and I think there’s a lot of confidence out there.”Angel Viscarra contributed to this report.last_img read more