The Shield

To stay or go: living as an international student during COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused many countries to shut their borders, resulting in complications for international students.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

April 20, 2020

Haifa Rejili received a call at 7 p.m. telling her she had the option to either stay at USI housing or go back to her home country.  The international student made her decision and by 10 a.m. the next day, she was taking a flight back from the U.S. to Tunisia, ending her time in the U.S. early. T...

Transportation troubles

Transportation troubles

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

February 21, 2018

Transportation is not as easy as it may seem for some students on campus. Many students are not comfortable with driving or simply do not have a car. It is even more difficult for international students who are traveling abroad in the United States and do not have a U.S. license. Loc Duong, a stud...

Expo promotes ‘eating and learning together’

Tania Machonisse hands out food to people as they walk by the Mozambique table at the International Food Expo last Friday.

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Staff writer

February 24, 2017

Students and faculty filed through the doors of Carter Hall Friday as the smells of the International Food Expo filled the air. The International Club hosts the yearly event, and it serves as a way for students from the 23 countries represented to offer a taste of traditional cuisines from their homelands t...

Former students respond to executive order

Former students respond to executive order

Megan Thorne

February 2, 2017

Sandrita Sanabria believes that Donald Trump does not represent the American people she knows. Sanabria, a former university international student from Paraguay said although she expected Trump to win the presidential election, she was shocked to hear about the executive order. “When you think about...

Far from familiar: “It makes my everyday life hell”

Deena Bregheith (far right), a junior English major, joins her friends in front of the Lincoln Memorial during her trip to Washington, D.C.

Megan Thorne, Features Editor

March 30, 2016

In this weekly series, The Shield revisits Deena Bregheith, a junior English major from Palestine, to find out her opinion on U.S. politics.

Far from familiar: ‘It affects us all’

Sandrita Sanabria, a junior international student and international studies major, listens to assistant professor of political science Nicholas LaRowe as he begins his Introduction to American Politics class Tuesday in the Liberal Arts building.

Megan Thorne, Features Editor

March 23, 2016

The Shield interviewed three international students to see how they were acclimating to life at a U.S. university. In this weekly series, The Shield revisits Sandrita Sanabria, a junior international studies major from Paraguay, to find out her opinion on U.S. politics and her experience at a Donald Trump Rally.

Students expand “taste bud horizons”

Representing India, Britee Piya, a sophomore biology major, and Mario Jaiswal, a senior computer information systems major, pass out buttered chicken to guests at the International Food Expo Friday in Carter Hall.

Megan Thorne, Features Editor

February 20, 2016

This year’s annual International Food Expo featured 22 countries Friday at Carter Hall. The students cooked common foods from their countries Thursday night to prep for the expo, which featured a fashion show, food, music and entertainment.

Far from familiar: Sexual stereotypes

Deena Bregheith, a junior international student, looks through books about gender and sexuality Tuesday in Rice Library. Bregheith wants to learn more about these subjects while in the U.S. because her home country, Palestine, does not offer such education.

Megan Thorne, Features Editor

February 10, 2016

The Shield interviewed three international students to see how they were acclimating to life at a U.S. university. In this weekly series, The Shield revisited Deena Bregheith, a junior English major from Palestine, to see how sexuality is perceived in Palestine versus the U.S.

Far from familiar: International insights

Far from familiar: International insights

Megan Thorne, Features Editor

January 20, 2016

The Shield interviewed three international students to see how they were acclimating to life at a U.S. university. In this weekly series, The Shield will follow Deena Bregheith, a junior English major from Palestine; Souleymane Mamane Illia, a junior English major from Niger, West Africa and Sandrita Sanabria, a junior international studies major from Paraguay.

International students to experience American Thanksgiving in Chicago

Rachel Christian

November 18, 2014

Tom Gibbons isn't going home for Thanksgiving this year, but it's hard to blame him. His hometown is nearly 4,000 miles away. Gibbons, a sophomore history major, is from Warrington, England, about halfway between Liverpool and Manchester. This year, he is one of dozens of international students...

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