Alexandra Detweiler

Stories from Alexandra Detweiler

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

The Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean located east of Madagascar, and although it is less than 800 square miles in area, it is home to many different ethnicities, religions, cultures, and languages. Doorvesh Santbakshsing Sid, a first year electrical engineering student, is from Quatre Bornes, a city in Mauritius.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

This week, two students from South Korea (Bori Kim, studying computer science, and Yonggyu Baek, an undecided student studying humanities) shared their opinions about how their home country differed from America.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

International students go through too many transitions to count. Their surrounding scenery, people, language, holidays, and traditions may all change, and that’s not even close to an exhaustive list. This section of TechNews aims to capture the perspectives of different international students in order to help others better understand other cultures and what American culture looks like to someone newly exposed to it. This week, the spotlight is on Taiwan.

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

This week, Aslinur Taskin, a third year student from Turkey studying architecture, gave her two cents about the differences between her home country and life in America. Taskin is from Ankara, the country’s capital. While she recognized that each city is different, she thought that as a whole Turkey’s history was much more visible than America’s because there were many “traditional things still from the Ottoman Empire,” like old mosques.

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

This week, Weronika Halicka, a sophomore studying chemical engineering, was asked about the differences between her home country, Poland, and life at Illinois Tech. As has become a clear trend in this section of TechNews, Halicka expressed that she missed the food from her home country more than anything else. “It’s just food, I miss food the most,” Halicka explained. “It’s so much different.

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Monday, October 31st, 2016

This week, three international students from Syria, Bashar Alisber, a senior studying aerospace engineering, Fadi Eshak, a senior studying civil engineering, and Hamze ‘Leo’ Sukkar, a senior studying computer engineering and engineering management, were interviewed about the differences between their life back home and their life at Illinois Tech. As always, all interviewees were quick to say that they missed the food back home.

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Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Illinois Tech’s chapter of Psi Chi (the international psychology honor society) recently hosted “Coming Out Proud to Erase Stigma Toward Mental Illness,” an event on Monday, October 24 in which Dr.

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Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Africa is a big continent, and therefore readers might see “Africa” as the bold headline of this article and feel irritated or confused: don’t frown and move on just yet.

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Friday, October 21st, 2016

Can’t go trick-or-treating this year because you’re “too old?” Depressed because of the cold weather and that weighty feeling of being excluded from your favorite Halloween festivity? Don’t worry: there’s a way you can trick-or-treat this year while simultaneously helping out a worthy cause-- all the while avoiding your neighbors' disapproving “aren’t you a little too old to trick-or-treat?”

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Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Central Asia, also known as Middle Asia, is a region in the core of Asia that is framed by the Caspian Sea in the West, China in the East, Afghanistan in the South, and Russia in the North. There are many students attending Illinois Tech that come from this group of countries. Madina Tahmas, a second year undergraduate student studying business finance, was born and raised in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.