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Over 20 years ago my family moved to Africa for almost a month. While they were there (before I was born) my dad walked to the local health clinic with a guy from Australia every morning and every morning he looked my dad in the eye and exclaimed with a thick accent, "America! Greatest nation on earth!" He was completely sarcastic in a joking sort of way and my dad still says it was after this experience that he began to realize how the rest of the world views the United States. We think we're big, bad and the best. We go into foreign countries expecting to solve all the problems (South Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.) and don't usually consider the effects of our actions. I'm often reminded of the Will Farrell "Voice Immodulation" skit where he screams, "We're loud, we're proud! Get used to it!"
Giorgi Zurabishvili is a freshman at the University of Richmond who is studying business, plays on the soccer team and actually enjoys the dining hall.
HONG KONG -- Looking back on my time abroad, I can't help but think of ways it could have been better, or things I wish I'd known and done earlier. I hope by reading my suggestions, all of us at Richmond can do a better job of welcoming exchange and international students to our campus whether they are staying for a few months or a few years.
President Edward Ayers is preparing to lead this university at a time when it's rapidly evolving. With this in mind, we urge Ayers to first address a variety of our concerns. First, students are suffering from over-programming and tremendous stress. Visits to counseling services are at an all-time high. We're tired and overworked. A combination of driven students and a surplus of opportunities has resulted in over-involvement. That's to be expected when so many of us came here with outstanding resumes and seemed determined to accomplish the same thing — if not more — in college. If we're so committed to doing well in our classes, how can we find time to evaluate and appreciate what we've learned?
Halfway across the world, Tibetan protests have turned violent and resulted in a bloody clash with Chinese security forces and the imposition of martial law. And for one University of Richmond student, the situation has hit close to home.
Two University of Richmond students received $10,000 each from Davis Projects for Peace and launched peace efforts in their home countries of Tanzania and Ethiopia this past summer.
This Homecoming Weekend promises to be as strange as it will be memorable, because those who were my peers just a few months ago will be returning to campus as members of that distant and ever-growing faction that is "alumni."
MADRID — After being here for about 2 1/2 months, there are very few things that still trigger that little feeling of homesickness from time to time. Whether hearing somebody speaking English on the street, catching a real football game at the nearest Irish pub or walking past a McDonald's, I've come to expect those fleeting yearnings for all things American.
When Wadia Samadi began her first week of classes at the University of Richmond last Monday, she might have seemed just like any other first-year student.
The Jepson School of Leadership Studies will host John R. Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in the Jepson Alumni Center.