Category Archives: International Life

African Formal Celebrates the ‘Essentials of Africa’



This year’s African Formal’s theme was “Made in Africa.” The event took place last Saturday at 6 p.m in Backer Dining Hall. The two previous African Formals before had the theme of bringing all students together and sharing their cultures. However, according to African Union Organization President David Immanuel, ’17, whose group sponsored the event, “It was time that we showed the essentials of Africa”

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Guest Speaker to Talk about her Novel Set in Syria


The English Department will host a reading by novelist Emily Robbins on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the Church of St. Mary, the Virgin, Aldermanbury. Robbins’s novel “A Word for Love,” is set in pre-civil war Syria and will be sold by the Bookstore for her to sign after the reading. She has lived and worked across the Middle East and North Africa. From 2007 to 2008, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Syria, where she studied religion and language with a women’s mosque movement and lived with the family of a leading intellectual. Robbins holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree in fine arts from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2016 she received a second Fulbright, to study in Jordan. She lives in Chicago and Brownsville, Texas.

Akande Vows to be International Students’ ‘Shield’ in Wake of Executive Order


President Benjamin Akande addresses students at a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday.  PHOTO BY ROBERTA BURNS


Westminster President Benjamin Akande held a town hall meeting in the Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall Tuesday afternoon to answer questions about U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting entry into the United States for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, for at least 90 days.

During the meeting, Akande offered support to the students who have been impacted by the order.
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Second Annual International Smorgasbord Serves Cuisine and Culture

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The Churchill Institute for Global Engagement hosted the Second Annual International Smorgasbord last Thursday afternoon. Five campus organizations invited by the Institute – the Black Student Union, Chinese Club, French Club, Korean Club, and Spanish Club – set up tables in Mueller Leadership Hall and served food representative of their group.  The event’s organizers originally planned to host the Smorgasbord on the Churchill Institute front lawn but moved it indoors due to rain.
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