23 April 2014

World Views Wednsesday with Joseph Jorjoliani

The host of International Experience Joseph Jorjoliani had an exciting guest last week,
Mr. Jack Myint. He is a future politician from the Republic of Burma (also known as Myanmar).



Mr. Myint is an undergraduate student in his second year at Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in Political Science and Economics with a Pre-Law track. Mr. Myint shared many interesting facts about Burmese culture, politics, and social life. His views on different issues are strong, passionate and fact-based. Perhaps this charismatic sophomore will one day become the leader of his country. 

Joseph: Mr. Myint, I had not heard about Burma before I came here to Washington & Jefferson College. Now, I know how to say one word in Burmese: “minglaba,” which means “hello.” So, minglaba Mr. Myint! How are you doing today? 

Jack: I am doing well, thank you Joseph for inviting me to be a guest on your show. It's truly a great honor. 

Joseph: Thank you for finding some time in your busy schedule to come by. Well, Jack, I know you were born and raised in Burma.So how did you find out about W&J and what inspired you to study in the United States? 

Jack: First of all, I would like to explain what was happening in Burma when I decided that I want to come study in the United States. There was a strong military regime in place and politics as a subject was banned from our high school and university systems. A few months before I left, the regime stepped down and a new administration came into place with a promise to transition Burma into a democratic state. As you probably know, that's the driving factor behind better trade and investment relations with Burma and major western powers over the past couple of years. So, yes it is a very hopeful time for the country but the fact of the matter is, there's still a lot more to be done – rooting out corruption in the bureaucracy, better promoting the educational and health care standards, ridding of military presence (which currently hold 25% of the seats) in parliament to name a few. I firmly believe the education I receive and the network I accumulate over my time in the U.S will give me the background necessary to go back to Burma and become part of the changing political landscape and steadily developing societal and economic stature of my country. I applied to 28 colleges and universities, and Washington & Jefferson College has always been on the top of my list. I chose W&J based on its top-tier pre-law program and my interaction with members of the faculty prior to my arrival. 

Joseph: I know that Burma is not a wealthy country. Did you have enough funds to attend W&J? 

Jack: Right after I received a generous scholarship from the College, I started seeking additional funding. I was fortunate to be selected as a recipient of the Prospect Burma Scholarship, an educational trust set up by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner of Burma who is also my personal idol, hero and source of inspiration. I also received the Open Society Scholarship from the Soros Foundation.

22 April 2014

New Music Tuesdays!

Hey again, everyone! This week on New Music Tuesdays, we're featuring Our Friend and The Spiders (OFTS) with their 2012 album "Walk Me Out."

Formed in 2008, the band is based in Montreal and  "Walk Me Out" was their first full-length album.  The included tracks offer the typical indie-band vibe, but in no way do they have a small-time sound--catchy rhythms and choruses mixed with an interesting guitar line and some "vintage reverb," this album is definitely worth a listener's time.  With 10 great tracks, OFTS has produced a CD that should probably get more recognition than it has, so check it out!

OFTS is currently touring, but you'll have to have your passport ready as they make their way through their lengthy Montreal-based tour schedule! Check it out on their website or Facebook for your continued enjoyment!

17 April 2014

What's Up DubJay?


Student Life Staff
Tyler Kowcheck will be turning joining the W&J community as Director of Residential Life.  Kowcheck returns to our campus after serving as ResLife coordinator from 2009-2012.  David Zlockie will be joining us as Director of Community Standards and Support Service.  In this new position, Mr. Zlockie will work with student behavior and conduct issues, development and implementation of support services, and will coordinate the PAL program.
Seniors!
Seniors!  Check out Senior Week schedule on washjeff.edu and don’t forget to purchase your Senior Week Ticket before May 4th!
Spring Concert
The SGA spring concert, featuring Uncle Kracker, is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd at 8PM.  Check your washjeff email to reserve your ticket through W&J Weekly!  Remaining tickets will go on sale April 21st.
International Week
All week long is International Week here at Washington and Jefferson College.  Stay tuned for international themed activates and contact Dr. Buba Misawa at bmisawa@washjeff.edu for more details.
PAL Tutors Wanted!
Applications for tutor positions within the Peer-Assisted Learning center are now being accepted for next year.  Please check out the W&J Weekly for the link to the application.  Deadline to apply is April 30th.
Scholarship Info Session
Dr. Bilsky will be holding a scholarship information session on Monday, April 21st at 5:30PM in DP100 to introduce students to a variety of grants for undergraduate and graduate study.  Contact Dr. Bilsky at bbilsky@washjeff.edu for more information.
Lemonade
The sisters of Pi Beta Phi will be hosting “Lemonade for Literacy” on April 21st from 11:00AM to 1:00PM outside of Rossin Campus Center.  Lemonade costs 25 cents and proceeds benefit the Emma Harper Turner Fund.

16 April 2014

World Views Wednesday

Last week on "International Experience," the host Joseph Jorjoliani interviewed international student Bako Glonti from Wagner College in New York. Mr. Glonti is a very good friend of Joseph Jorjoliani. They went to the same high school in the Republic of Georgia.

Glonti (pictured left) shared many funny stories about his first impressions of the United States and talked about the differences between his home country, Georgia, and the USA.

Joseph: Bako, you have been living in the United States for about two years. How is it living in a foreign country?
Bako: Well, it is a challenge of my life. Of course I miss my family and friends, but I go back to Georgia during breaks. So it makes my life easier and much more pleasant.
Joseph: So you came here two years ago, what was the first cultural shock you experienced here in the USA?
Bako: I want to share this funny story about my experience in Washington, D.C. When I went to D.C., my friend was campaigning for a political party, and he went door to door and gave booklets to many families, so one day I decided to go with him, and after a while he asked me to do his job, knock on a door and talk to the family. Well I did not know that “sir” meant “man” and “ma’am” meant “woman,” so when a woman opened the door I said “Hi, Sir!” and she replied: “I am not a Sir, I am a woman, little boy.” So I was shocked, did not know what to do. My friend was laughing so hard I could not even apologize, so the woman closed the door and we left.
Joseph: Great story, Bako. I hope you learned a lesson from that.

13 April 2014

#WNJReggfind





WNJR has strategically placed eggs around Washington & Jefferson College campus. All have candy, some have FABULOUS PRIZES! If you find an egg with a prize slip, bring it to WNJR during our office hours!  A staff member will provide you with your prize(s)!  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.!  Happy hunting!