The Shield

Arabic instructor spreads acceptance

Gabi Wy, Features Editor February 24, 2017

Mervat Odeh can single-handedly write, photograph, print and distribute a newspaper in the midst of chaos. “[In Palestine] it was a really hot war zone,” the Arabic instructor said. “Some days there...

Junior English major Deena Bregheith laughs with Raheil Inaim, a childhood friend, on FaceTime Tuesday at The Loft. Inaim grew up with Bregheith in Palestine but moved to Canada after high school and they only see each other when Inaim visits her home country.

‘A strengthening experience’

International student talks U.S. experience, missing family
Megan Thorne, Features Editor May 6, 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 Deena Bregheith, a junior English major from...

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

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

Palestinian student talks politics, Trump’s effect on U.S.
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.
Deena Bragheith, a junior English major, visits her Facebook friend from Gaza for the first and possibly last time in Chicago. Because of the political situation in Gaza.

Far from familiar: Breaching barriers

Student visits Nashville, Chicago, friend
Megan Thorne, Features Editor March 2, 2016
The Shield revisits Deena Bregheith, a junior English major from Palestine, to find out about her recent birthday and latest travels.
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.

Far from familiar: Sexual stereotypes

Palestinian student talks sexual restrictions, freedoms
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

Students discuss acclimating to a new country, campus
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.
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