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International House hosts Study Abroad Fair

Arynn Williams, Correspondent

On Monday, the Office of International House and Programs held a Study Abroad Fair in the quad. Students could stop by and learn about the multitude of programs available in the coming year.

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UN Day Tea celebrates cultural diversity at JSU

Eric Taunton, News Correspondent

The International House hosted its 73rd annual UN Tea Day, an event that celebrates the respective countries of the residents living in the International House. Residents of the House performed native dances, songs and even a fashion show that represents their cultures.

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International program hosts open house

Eric Taunton, News Correspondent

The JSU International House welcomed visiting students at their open house this past Saturday, Sept. 7. As a part of Jacksonville State’s Preview Day, residents and faculty of the House welcomed visitors with refreshments and tours of the building.

“Our goal is to make sure we have 40 students each year,” said Jason Mallet, the coordinator of the International House and study abroad. 

Mallet said that the International House recruits students from all over the world, including India, Nepal and Vietnam. 

The International House program was created in 1946, but the International House itself wasn’t built until 1964, which is when it became the version of the program that it is today. 

Some students live in the International House through scholarships, and others as exchange students. Both international and America students have to apply for residency at the International House.

American students and international students share rooms, each room having one international student and one American student, which Mallet appreciates. 

“I love seeing American students getting to interact with international students,” said Mallet. “So many [American students] have never been on a plane, or out of the tri-state area or the country.”

Residents of the International House are required to do one presentation about their countries to the other residents. 

“We’re trying to do something different than just doing a presentation,” said Mallet. “We’re thinking about having students performing dances or bringing food from their countries.” 

Students are able to build personal and professional relationships not just with each other but with other alumni.

Victor Chukwuma, a resident of the International House, said that he has learned so much since being in the program. 

“There’s so much you learn that you think you know but it hits you when you don’t,” said Chukwuma. 

The International House is officially open to everyone on Mondays from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. but Mallet encourages anyone to come anytime before 10 p.m. 

“Anyone is welcome here,” said Mallet.

Photo courtesy of Grace Cockrell/JSU

Some hard-earned time off: JSU International House educates students about Labor Day

JSU’s International House held an event to teach students about the history of Labor Day. (JP Wood/The Chanticleer)

JP Wood, Staff Reporter

As students were returning home from their three day weekend, the International House students put on an event to demonstrate the significance of the holiday. JSU students were welcomed in to the International House with cookies, drinks and friendly house residents. Refreshments weren’t the only thing being served up though. House residents had prepared presentations about the labor day holiday that were out for visitors to read. According to returning resident Meg Bourths, “We’re showing basically what labor day is, the history behind it and how it is celebrated in different cultures.”

Usually celebrated on the first Monday of September, the holiday honors the importance of the nation’s workforce. Labor Day in the US also marks the end of the summer season, and the return of school for most of the country. In much of the rest of the world it is synonymous with International Workers Day, which falls on the first of May. The date was chosen by international socialist parties to commemorate Chicago’s Haymarket Square affair in 1886.

The labor day event is just one of many that the International House holds throughout the year. Most of these events, like this one, promote the exchange of cultures on campus. ‘“The thing that’s the greatest about the International House is that they’re open to exchange” says house resident Sushand Chhetry. Living in the house and putting on these types of events really gives residents a sense of cultural awareness. “It’s a lot like studying abroad but in America” according to first-year resident Michael Canady.

At the end of this month, the house will hold United Nations Day Tea, which will be the biggest event held at the House. “It’s our way of showing the cultural exchange we have in the house” says Bourths. The event is an expo of sorts for the international students to promote their culture, with dancing and singing performances as well as poetry readings.

JSU gets colorful for Holi festival

International and American students celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of colors, at the International House on March 2 (Lauren Jackson/The Chanticleer).

Lauren JacksonStaff Writer

The first ever Holi celebration took place at the JSU International House on Friday, March 2. The event hosted students from all over campus and featured games, presentations and traditional Indian food.

“It’s a big festival celebrated in Hindu countries. It is about celebrating life and colors. This is something that has never been done before at JSU, and we are making sure that students can celebrate and that we support them,” said Stephanie Marmion-Smith, Coordinator of International Students and Programs.

The celebration began with Indian students sharing the meaning of the event and telling stories of their experiences from home. Holi is a festival of colors and love to celebrate the arrival of spring. Guests were given leis and presented with a dot of red powder on their forehead in welcome.

Students were able to participate in traditional games like the one pictured above, where students tried to pop others’ balloons while keeping their own balloon safe (Lauren Jackson/The Chanticleer).

Indian students then demonstrated how to play cricket and introduced various games to the attendees. In one game students attempted to pop each other’s balloons while protecting their own. In another, three students attempted to find a penny in a bucket of colored water among other coins. The person that was able to find the penny twice dumped the colored water on the other two players.

Wilson O’Dell, a Junior studying social work, initially came to event as part of a school project but enjoyed the games at the festival.

“It seemed like something fun and different to do around here,” said Wilson.

Sabin Banj Zara is an international student form Nepal. He is a freshman at JSU studying computer science. He was all smiles at the festival as he shared the celebration with students.

“This is amazing! It is our first time having this event, and we are so excited to have all these people!” said Zara.

Zara’s favorite thing about the ceremony was the involvement of the people.

“We have these events so that people can have a better understanding of other cultures,” he said.

Oore Olayinka was another International Student in attendance to the event. She is studying criminal justice and is from Nigeria.

Olayinka said, “I try to support students. I think people should come check out the International House events, because they are usually really fun. This has been much more fun than I thought it would be.”

The final part of the event took students to the back of the International House where the colored water and powder was used. Indian music played as students drenched themselves—and each other—in colors.

Students shake colored powder into the air in celebration of Holi, an Indian holiday that celebrates spring (Lauren Jackson/The Chanticleer).

“In India, this is such a big deal and to live this is like my bucket list,” said Grace Cockrell, a Freshman Communications student.

Cockrell added, “This is the coolest thing ever! It is so awesome to see all these cultures come together.”

Organizers of the event were impressed with the turnout

“This is great,” said Jim Hazarika, one of the international students leading the event. “We were expecting 30 people to come, but there was so much more than that!”


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