Losing Ground

With Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in climate change awareness and countless articles about polar bears dying because they are losing their habitats, it is safe to say global warming is one of the hottest environmental concerns today. And while the polar bears’ plight is definitely an issue that deserves […]

Species on Ice

Imagine your favorite zoo animal as a child. Was it an elephant? A hippo? A rhinoceros? Let’s say it was a giraffe. Say you went to the zoo when you were 10 years old and the giraffe was your favorite animal. You loved it so much your parents took a picture of you standing in […]

Operation: Peace

A group of about 30 people are gathered, dressed in jackets and layers to ward off the morning chill. They huddle close together, their bodies swaying back and forth, moving in relative sync. They either hold signs high, or bow down with their head in their hands. There is no music and they do not […]

Operation: Peace

A group of about 30 people are gathered, dressed in jackets and layers to ward off the morning chill. They huddle close together, their bodies swaying back and forth, moving in relative sync. They either hold signs high, or bow down with their head in their hands. There is no music and they do not […]

Un-Honorable Degree

[degree]Zimbabwe\’s second president, Robert Mugabe, has recently been under fire from international media, United Nations and political powers, and now he has a new set of critics – university students. Mugabe, a rising star in African politics in the early 1980s, was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Massachusetts, University of Edinburgh and MSU. […]

Bring in the IVAC

[helping]Pyramids, polished silver, Aztec ruins and arid weather are to be expected when taking a sight seeing tour of Mexico, but overgrown parks, orphanages, traditional mercados and makeshift baseball fields are seen by the International Volunteer Action Corp (IVAC). IVAC is a service learning program created in April 2006 as a sector of Internationalizing the […]

Universal Standards

[tape]Models are notoriously glamorous. With their pursed lips, sleek hair, glowing skin and of course, ultra-chic clothes, they glide across the runway with gazelle-like movements. They are tall, thin and gorgeous. But according to who? For the old saying still holds true today: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Recently, however, it appears […]

A Global Warning

[smoke]It’s near dawn, crowds mill about, and cameramen focus their lenses on the ground. All eyes are fixated on a small hole in a meticulously groomed patch of lawn. This is the scene in Punxutawny, Pennsylvania, where every year on Feb. 2, environmentalists, farmers and newscasters alike hold their breath in anticipation, waiting for a […]

Going Unnoticed

[cnn]Everyday the media reports chaos and commotion in the Middle East. CNN has given us segment titles such as “Crisis in the Middle East,” “Mid East Turmoil” and “Today in War.” Issues such as the war in Iraq, Israeli-Palestinian violence and Iranian nuclear enrichments have been heavily reported. Unless you never pick up a newspaper […]

Tangled Tongues

[board]Most people know that MSU has an extremely broad and far-reaching international community. Students are able to study in over 250 countries, 60 countries participate in MSU’s foreign exchange program and this year alone nearly 3,500 students are visiting from foreign countries. But with students from so many different countries, how many different languages are […]