March 7th, 2014
UTPA student Eric Davila died Friday at around 5 a.m.
The 20-year-old and his passenger, South Texas College student Joshua de Zenea, were on South Sugar Road and West Freddy Gonzalez Drive in Edinburg when Davila crashed his Chevrolet Camaro into a utility pole. Edinburg police said drugs and alcohol were found at the scene.
While Davila died in the wreck, de Zenea survived and was rushed to the McAllen Medical Center in critical condition, according to Edinburg police.
Service details for Davila have not been announced.
March 3rd, 2014
Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave is a movie about Chicano music struggles, hardships and success. This film was presented by the UTPA Library Feb. 24 in the Student Union Theater as part of America’s Music series, which started Jan. 6.
John J. Valadez wrote, directed and produced the film, which tells the story of the struggles Chicano artists, such as Little Joe y La Familia and Carlos Santana, have gone through since the mid-1950s to today in order to have their music heard. When conceptualizing the idea for the film, Valadez a critically acclaimed director, producer from Seattle, Wash., said he realized nobody had told the story of Mexican-American music.
Latin Music starts off with the story of Ritchie Valens, a California native and first-generation Mexican-American. Valens blended traditional Mexican music with rock in the late 1950s and was later adapted by other artists, such as the late Tejano singers Selena and Freddy Fender in the 1990s. Valens had to change his name in order to reach a wider audience, according to the film. He was born Richard Valenzuela and died in a plane crash Feb. 2, 1959.
“He had to disguise who he was so that people wouldn’t judge him,” Valdez said. “The film really becomes about the different strategies that Mexican-American artists had to pursue in order to be able to participate in the cultural arena in America.”
In the early 1960s, there were artists such as The Premiers, Thee Midnighters and Sam the Sham who downplayed their Mexican-American descent so radio DJs would play their records. The Chicano movement in the mid-’60’s, led by civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, becomes a point of departure early in the film. Groups like The V.I.P.’s then started to do the opposite by embracing their background due to the new Chicano pride consciousness. Leading up to the late 1960s, Mexican-American artists started to market themselves by exaggerating their culture, according to Valadez.
“The V.I.P.’s changed their name to El Chicano and they released an album called La Revolucion (The Revolution),” Valadez said. “The thing that changed was that it was OK to be Chicano now and they started wearing serapes (a long, bright-colored blanket).”
FROM HIDING TO FLAUNTING
Fast forward to the 21st century and Norteño artists such as Los Tigres Del Norte, who are also featured in the film, started to take pride in their culture. According to Valadez, white people have become “irrelevant” to musical acts like Los Tigres due to the large population of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans who buy their music.
“Los Tigres Del Norte aren’t hiding anything,” Valadez said. “They’re flaunting it in the most flamboyant manner.They sing about illegal immigrants, difficulties of coming to this country and they sing in Spanish.”
The Chicano Wave touches many topics, such as disenfranchisement, discrimination and how Mexican-American artists had to mislead others to perform and sell records. Valdez believes no one should apologize for who they are in order to function in society.
“No person should have to pretend to be someone else they’re not,” Valadez said. “That’s a tragedy, not just for Mexican people, but for the country.”
America’s Music series was organized by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. It was funded by a major grant of $1,500 from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
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February 27th, 2014
Kevin Galaviz, a senior writing tutor at the UTPA Writing Center, tries not to worry about his appearance, but finds it hard.
“I’m always paranoid about what people think of me. I’m always thinking that someone I’m walking by is judging me, so I just avoid eye contact most of the time when I’m in public,” said the 24-year-old Georgia native. “Whenever I’m walking in public and I hear someone I passed laugh, I worry they’re laughing at me.”
Galaviz said this behavior started in 2005 when he was 16. That was when his stepfather verbally abused him by calling him “obese.”
“(He) would always abuse me psychologically, and I never put much thought into my body until he called me that,” the English major said. “It’s something that scarred me back then, and now I have all these negative, self-conscious thoughts about myself.”
The following year Galaviz was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a mental disorder in which someone exhibits obsessive behavior about his or her appearance, according to the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders Program.
According to Kristin Croyle, a UTPA psychology professor, people suffering from this disorder can develop a severe preoccupation with their body image. Croyle said these people often feel so depressed and hopeless about their bodies that they may go to drastic measures to fix them, such as developing eating disorders.
Eating disorder website Something Fishy, reports that an estimated 8 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. One in 10 people diagnosed are male.
“People who are strongly affected by body image issues don’t talk about it because they’re embarrassed,” said Croyle, the vice provost for undergraduate education. “If you feel ugly or ashamed about something, it’s hard to talk about it. They’re not allowing themselves to see their self-worth because they’re only focusing on one negative thing about themselves. The only people that can know if something is wrong are close friends and family members.”
According to non-profit organization Do Something, 58 percent of college-age women feel pressured to be a certain weight.
UTPA junior Regina Perez said she is bothered by the fact that she may lose her fit, 5-foot-3 physique.
“I’m worried about getting old and gaining weight, and losing the shape and energy I already have,” the 20-year-old studio art and philosophy double major said. “I have to constantly remind myself that I shouldn’t have to worry about my body because that’s not important.”
Low self-esteem, negative influences from other people or traumatizing childhood events can lead to dissatisfaction with appearance, according to the Cleveland Clinic website.
Croyle, a graduate of the University of Montana who has been at UTPA since 2002, explained that people with body image issues can be hard on themselves due to the impractical expectations they set for themselves.
“People can be incredibly unrealistic about themselves. They can care more about how they look like than other people do,” she said. “Everyone feels this way, but sometimes people can acknowledge they have flaws and live with it because they also acknowledge that they have several strengths. If they can’t see that and this negativity starts to dominate them, that’s when people should be concerned.”
Croyle recommends that people look for warning signs in individuals suffering from BDD. These include a drastic change of mood, becoming more self-conscious about one’s looks and displaying socially avoidant behaviors, such as not wanting to go out in public, according to the Cleveland Clinic website.
Galaviz said that coming out as gay four years ago added to his stress.
According to a 2012 article by the UK-based LGBT news outlet Pink News, 48 percent of gay men would sacrifice a year or more of their lives in exchange for a perfect body.
“People in the LGBT community…can be so judgemental,” he said. “There’s always those preconceived notions about how gay men have perfect bodies, or how gay men need to be placed in a certain category, like ‘bears’ (a large, hairy gay man), ‘twinks’ (a young, thin gay man), etc. I feel as if I had to box myself into one of those categories when I first came out, and I didn’t like that.”
In a study by Brown University, more than 74 percent of women stated that they thought about their weight or appearance “all the time” or “frequently.” Fourty-six percent of the men surveyed responded the same way.
UTPA counselor Kim Nguyen-Finn isn’t surprised that many people suffering from body-image disorders are college students. According to the clinical therapist, college is a transformative time for them.
“For many young adults, college is a time of self-discovery,” the San Antonio native said. “College marks a certain point in their life where they realize that they need to know who they are and who they want to be for the rest of their lives.”
According to Nguyen-Finn, men also face pressure in regards to their image. However, as a 2012 article from The Examiner explained, a stigma surrounding men with body image disorders exists because these issues are usually categorized as a “female problem.” This causes men to be less likely to report or admit the issue, creating fewer precedents for treatment of males.
Nguyen-Finn acknowledges that treatment can be difficult, but recommends people do what they can to stick with it.
“Body image issues aren’t something where all of the sudden you wake up one day and you’re cured,” she said. “It’s not like a light switch that suddenly makes you see clearly. It’s more like a dimmer switch, one that’s turned slowly, that takes a while to get there. There will be some drawbacks and moments where you feel as if you’ve failed, but the best course of action is to stay on track and keep at it. It does get better.”
Galaviz sought out counseling last semester due to stress brought on by BDD as well as family issues and an increase in his workload at school. He said he is now focusing on improving himself.
“I just felt overwhelmed by everything and realized that I was just making myself depressed,” he said. “I realized that no one was fighting for me, so I had to do it myself. I don’t want to live up to anyone’s standards anymore. I want to create my own.”
The UTPA Counseling and Psychological Services is located in Room 109 in the University Center. Counseling is free for all students.
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February 27th, 2014
With the spring semester in full swing, the UTPA Theatre Department is set to premiere three productions for this semester: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Real Women Have Curves and Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Tom Grabowski, the UTPA theatre director, called the lineup an interesting one and explained how the range of genres this semester is intended to keep the upcoming season fresh and different from the previous one. Last semester’s group included the horror productions The Woman in Black and Diner of the Dead.
“We always try to attract an audience by presenting works that we know we need to do because our students and audience members need to be exposed to them,” said the 57-year-old Illinois native, who began teaching at then-Pan American University in 1981. “Each play this semester is different, Liaisons is a period piece drama that is very involved, due to all the costumes and sets we’ll need. The other plays are lighter and not as technically elaborate.”
Les Liaisons Dangereuses, or Dangerous Liaisons, is an adaptation of the 1985 stage play based on the 18th-century novel of the same name. It tells the story of two noblefolk and ex-lovers who seduce and humiliate others as a form of entertainment. UTPA’s version is scheduled to run from Feb. 26-March 2.
Luis Moreno, a senior majoring in theater performance, is in the starring role of The Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
“The role is a challenge because the character is a sadistic pig,” said the 24-year-old. “It’s our job to show audiences that no matter how disgusting, misogynistic or evil our characters are, these guys are relatable.”
His co-star, Gina Marie, admits to enjoying her role as The Marquise de Merteuil, calling it a change of pace from other performances she’s done.
“In the past, I’ve played older, gentler characters,” the Pharr native said. “These guys aren’t conventional heroes and it’s indicative of how strong our season is.”
Marie is also performing in Real Women Have Curves.
This production is a coming-of-age tale set in 1987 Los Angeles and revolves around five women working at a sewing factory. Themes in the production range from body image to feminism. The show will run April 23-27.
The final production of the semester will be Twelve Dancing Princesses, from the Theatre for Young Audiences Program, an initiative that works with plays aimed at younger audiences. This production is an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces.
The story is about a king who challenges a prince to solve the mystery of where his 12 daughters sneak off every night, and how. If he succeeds, the prince wins the hand of the princess of his choice. However, if he fails, the prince will be decapitated.
“There are no beheadings here. This adaptation will be a bit cleaner than a normal Brothers Grimm tale,” Brian Warren, the play’s director, said. “We’re also having some moments of comedy, like the inclusion of a reluctant executioner who’s not a fan of his job.”
As the title implies, Twelve Dancing Princesses will feature a dance number for each princess. The genres of dances will include salsa, Irish step dancing, country and more.
This adaptation will feature student actors from Warren’s Children’s Theater Workshop class, and will also double as their final project. Child actors will be featured in the production as well.
“We’re always interested in allowing children to see the joy of theater and how beneficial it can be for them,” said the 52-year-old Iowa native, who has been at the University since 2002. “By performing with adults, and vice versa, everyone gets to see how the process of theater is done. It’s exciting.”
Twelve Dancing Princesses will run May 1-4. More information can be found on the University Theatre website.
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February 13th, 2014
Valentine’s Day, or Singles Awareness Day as Time Magazine has called it, is almost here. The smell of love and roses lingers in the air, bringing joy to some and nausea to others.
“It’s gross,” said Humberto Ramos, a UTPA student without a date or plans for Saint Valentine’s Day, which falls on a Friday this year.
The 21-year-old advertising major said he has never had a date for the red-and-rose-themed holiday, but that has little to do with his distaste for it.
“Well, not that it’s gross. I just think people take it way over the top and it’s so hypocritical at the same time,” the junior explained. “Why aren’t they like that the rest of the year? Why is it just on that one day?”
According to research firm Harris Interactive, 24 percent of men and 16 percent of women said they would rather have a root canal than be single on “that one day.” But what is it about this ancient holiday that invokes concern over someone’s relationship status?
Ramos feels that Valentine’s Day is accompanied by love, affection…and a social stigma.
“I don’t mind not having a date, but there is a stigma where it’s like, ‘Oh, those people are single. Sucks to be them today,’ but not really,” the Weslaco resident said.
Ramos went on to give examples of his own experiences with other’s expectations for the holiday.
“People ask, ‘What are you doing for Valentine’s? Do you have a date?’ And I’ll just say no, and they’ll be like, ‘What do you mean?’ and I just say I have no date for Valentine’s,” he explained. “They think it’s sad, but at the same time, not everyone is revolving their entire year around it.”
Russell Eisenman, a psychology professor at the University who specializes in human sexuality, in addition to other topics, disagrees with Ramos. As a single man, the Savannah, Ga. native does not find a stigma attached to this day.
“I think it is mostly in people’s heads if they worry about it. Of course, different subgroups or different cultures could have different reactions,” he explained. “The holiday could make being single worse for some, as it emphasizes people being together. Kind of like people getting more depressed on Christmas if they do not have a family or friends present to relate to.”
To avoid any loneliness, or just to have a good time, some people will have singles get-togethers on Valentine’s Day, also known as Anti-Valentine’s Day parties. At these events, individuals who find themselves without a date join forces to have a fun Valentine’s Day of their own. Ramos, who moved from Monterrey, Mexico, to the States at the age of 9, believes that gatherings like these aren’t rare, and that a variation of them is the norm in Mexico.
“Valentine’s isn’t always about love. It could also be about friendship, or even loving your family,” he said. “Since I’m from Mexico, they celebrate it as El Dia Del Amor y La Amistad, which is the Day of Love and Friendships, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be couples. Friends can hang out, your family can hang out.”
One place where Broncs can get together with friends, family or a significant other on the romantic holiday is in the UTPA Ballroom. As a part of Homecoming Week, there will be a Roaring ‘20s-themed dance starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, which will include a photo booth, music and free food.
With the chilly weather that has been visiting the Rio Grande Valley lately, Ramos said it will only add to the intensity of the upcoming holiday on campus.
“The cold weather, then mix it in with Valentine’s, people are going to be holding hands and cuddling and whatnot,” he said. “It’s just going to make it more…ugh. It won’t be very pleasant, I’ll tell you that.”
Two years ago, Time Magazine wrote that 70 percent of individuals who are single on Valentine’s Day would not be opposed to a blind date for the holiday. Ramos agreed and said he would enjoy a romantic dinner Friday night.
Despite the frustrations he feels during Valentine’s Day, Ramos said there is one thing he likes about the celebrations, whether he is single or not.
“I do like seeing couples really happy together, but how I said, why aren’t they like that the rest of the year?” he said. “It’s really good seeing people happy with each other, but at the same time I wish it were like that more often.”
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February 13th, 2014
Jose Gonzalez, a sophomore at UTPA, watches 21 Jump Street with his girlfriend of seven months, Maria Martinez. Once the movie is over, the high school sweethearts chat about their day over some popcorn and an hour goes by before they end their Skype date.
According to a 2012 study by Statistic Brain (SB), 14 million American couples say they are in a long-distance relationship. SB’s research suggests 32.5 percent of those 14 million couples are college students.
Gonzalez, a biology major, explained that not being able to see Martinez is difficult, since she attends school at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, but he believes the distance is somewhat of an advantage when it comes to trust.
“I know besides talking on the phone, prayer and reading the Bible together over the phone really helps keep our relationship strong,” the 19-year-old said. “The love we have is really strong and distance doesn’t make it feel any less.”
Along with Gonzalez and Martinez, Los Fresnos High School sweethearts Itzayana Sanchez and Ezekiel Silva also found themselves joining the 32.5 percent when Silva got accepted to Texas State University in San Marcos in January 2013 and Sanchez made herself at home at UTPA’s Troxel Hall last August.
“I miss him. We miss each other,” 19-year-old Sanchez said. “But it’s not hard because I know I’m gonna see him soon and I’m not looking for a guy. I trust him.”
Before Sanchez and Silva became an ‘item,’ Silva contacted Sanchez through Facebook Messenger and asked for her number in October 2011. The couple became official soon after and have been together for one year and 10 months.
“In high school, we would write letters to each other,” said Sanchez, a pre-pharmacy chemistry major. “And now that we’re in college, we have this journal that we write in to each other, but with school going on, (Silva) hasn’t mailed it back in a while.”
While Sanchez puts a care package together, stuffed with Hershey’s Kisses, Starbursts and a love letter for Silva, Martinez finishes some last-minute studying in San Antonio before pressing speed dial 5 for her goodnight call to Gonzalez.
Martinez believes modern technology plays a major factor in keeping her relationship strong.
“It’s nice hearing (Gonzalez’s) voice, even though he’s four hours away,” the 18-year-old said. “Technology helps us communicate. Period. Even if it’s just a simple text and a kissy emoji, we’re happy.”
The couple finds a variety of ways to keep their relationship fun and exciting, despite the separation, by using the technology that’s available.
Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong and Cornell University found that couples who live apart have more meaningful interactions than those who see each other daily by communicating through phone calls, texting, emailing and video chat.
“We try new things, such as different types of dates, like Skype dates,” said Silva, a criminal justice major. “Another big thing that keeps our relationship interesting is planning what our relationship will be like in the future and planning future goals together.”
The couple has discussed marriage and according to research group SB, 10 percent of all U.S. marriages start as long-distance relationships, but that’s only 2.9 percent of the population. On average, 40 percent of all long-distance couples will break up within a four-and-half-month period.
Researchers at Pew Research Center surveyed 586 long-distance couples and found that 49 percent have used dating sites and applications.
Martinez, a St. Mary’s dietetics major, explained how smartphone applications such as Couple, a mobile app that provides a messaging service for two people, have made communicating fun.
According to Loving from a Distance, a website with ideas and activities for people in long-distance relationships, a long-distance couple will visit each other at least once a month. However, Gonzalez and Martinez don’t have the luxury of hopping in their cars whenever they please.
“I wish I could visit more often, but I don’t have the privilege of having a car,” said Gonzalez, a biology major. “I was able to visit (Martinez) twice last semester, and one of those was a surprise visit. I still remember the shocked expression on (Martinez’s) face….it was priceless.”
Gonzalez explained that the trip was only meant for Martinez’s parents, but he thought it would be a good opportunity to see his girlfriend.
“I was so happy that I was actually hugging him and not looking at him through a computer screen,” Martinez said. “It was truly the sweetest surprise ever.”
In line with Physics Universe (PU), short-distance commitments come with the advantage of the couple seeing each other every day. The analysis shows that as the relationship progresses, being hand-in-hand all the time can make things feel unnaturally rushed, somewhat like meeting the parents too soon.
GOING THE DISTANCE
Individuals who are in long-distance relationships – or have a respectable distance between them every day – look forward to big weekend dates and stolen opportunities that they usually wouldn’t be able to do, according to PU.
“I think our relationship has gotten stronger as a long-distance one,” Sanchez explained. “We don’t argue as much, because when we do see each other we try to enjoy the little time we have together.”
Both couples agree that there are several disadvantages to being in a long-distance relationship, such as failed phone signals and the absence of physical interaction, but they don’t let such factors affect their relationships.
However, each couple holds a different perspective when it comes to their mate. For Silva, there are many elements that have contributed to his lasting commitment.
“Honestly, I think a big factor is that we haven’t had sex and I know that’s a lot to take in,” he said. “Sex can make you very attached to someone and it’s a very emotional thing, so I think that plays a big part in keeping our relationship strong.”
Gonzalez believes the only way of truly coping with the distance and maintaining faith throughout the absence is through prayer and knowing that he will be reunited with Martinez soon enough.
“The (phone) signal fails and we don’t get to see each other physically, but you have to overcome that,” he said. “Our trust in the relationship grows stronger. If we ever have to be apart for something, we know without a doubt we’d get through it because we’ve already gone through so much more.”
As Valentine’s Day approaches, the couples anxiously plan their Skype dates and await the care packages they put together for each other.
On average, a consumer will spend $116.21 on Valentine’s Day gifts with 61 percent of the American population celebrating the chocolate-giving day.
Despite heavy prices, Gonzalez and Martinez are excited for Valentine’s Day this year, something neither of them could have said a year ago.
“This will be the first Valentine’s Day that I’ve actually had someone to share it with,” Gonzalez said. “I know we won’t be able to physically see each other, but that’s OK. The fact that I’m spending it with (Martinez) makes it perfect.”
A quick visit on Valentine’s Day doesn’t seem to be in the cards for Sanchez and Silva, either. Nevertheless, this will be the couple’s third holiday spent with each other and the pair is looking forward to being reunited during spring break.
“Being away from (Sanchez) can be tough,” Silva said. “But it also makes it more exciting when I finally get to see her.”
As the semester wears on, the couples anticipate summer 2014 and fully intend on spending as much time as possible together before heading back to school in the fall.
For Gonzalez, it looks like his relationship will no longer be long-distance because Martinez will be coming to UTPA in the fall.
“It’s not that we can’t handle the distance. We can,” Martinez explained. “But we talk of a future together and being in a long-distance relationship isn’t the best way to start off that future…being back home and going to school with (Gonzalez) is something I intend to make the very best of.”
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February 6th, 2014
I have a habit of strolling into the UTPA bookstore when I have time to kill on campus. Unfortunately, all my experiences have been less than pleasant. One afternoon, while looking through a book’s contents to gauge whether I should buy it or not, I was told to buy the book immediately or put it back, because “reading the books isn’t allowed here.”
Recently, I overheard an associate tell a student he couldn’t look at a book stored in the back unless he was certainly going to purchase it. The student took his book list back from the associate politely and left the bookstore.
Bookstores are one of my favorite places. It’s disappointing to see that the campus store doesn’t always enforce a positive environment.
January 23rd, 2014
When 23-year-old UTPA student Jannesa Campbell heard that a Study Abroad trip to England, scheduled for July 10-24, 2014, was not getting enough attention, she came up with the idea of the British Culture Guild to peak students’ interest in English literature, culture and travel.
The British Culture Guild is a new club on campus that discusses and reviews the culture, travel and literature of England. Campbell, the club’s president, created it to stimulate interest in England in hopes of obtaining a large enough number of students to sign up for the Study Abroad trip in the upcoming summer.
“I believe that the Study Abroad program is vital because it increases cultural awareness and broadens the mind,” said Campbell, “There were already people interested in British things, such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Shakespeare, so I thought it’d be a good idea to get a bunch of people together to show interest in not only British literature and art, but actually going to England, should the opportunity arise again.”
In order for a Study Abroad trip to be approved, there must be a sufficient amount of students signed up for each offered class. Lack of interest leads to lack of students signing up, therefore there is a possibility of trips being disapproved.
UTPA’s Study Abroad program took 183 students to 13 countries last summer, such as France, Morocco and China. On average, there are about eight to 12 trips planned each year. Study Abroad is used as a way to expand students’ opportunities for education and culture, according to Sandra Hansmann, the director for the office of international programs.
“We do everything that we possibly can to get our students to where they want to go,” Hansmann said, “There have only been less than a handful of times we have had to cancel trips. It is very rare that we do because we really want our students to experience all the opportunities and possibilities that come with Study Abroad.”
NOT JUST A CUP OF TEA
The British Culture Guild formed last semester when Campbell realized she had the opportunity to help broaden the minds of individuals with a culture different from their own. For this upcoming semester, the club will hold meetings to discuss various topics, such as Lord of the Rings and Sherlock, as well as participate in mini-lectures by the club’s advisor Caroline Miles, an England native and UTPA English professor.
“Way before I began taking classes at UTPA, I was involved with the Anime Club at Texas State Technical College, and there were always things we wanted to do that were more interactive than just watching anime,” said Campbell, a Harlingen resident. “That’s what we want to do here. We don’t just want to watch popular shows…but discuss them more in-depth and learn more about the culture rather than just watching BBC America.”
As a way to shake things up, the British Culture Guild plans to involve all of UTPA and the community as a whole in their upcoming costume event themed around the infamous piece of English literature, Harry Potter. For the event, there are plans for a Quidditch match, the competitive sport played in the Harry Potter novels and movies in which players must shoot four balls through six makeshift rings, as well as a wand-making station. The Guild plans on creating an obstacle course for the Quidditch match, similar to one used in Harry Potter, minus the flying broomsticks.
“This club goes beyond just the cliché things that we all expect, like them drinking cups of tea because that’s what a lot of people expect, but more into the similarities and differences between the U.S. and the U.K. cultures,” said Campbell, an English major.
For those interested in participating in the British Culture Guild, meetings will be held in ARHU 341 Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m.
As of now, the trip to England has neither been approved nor disapproved by the Office of International Programs. There is still time to apply for the trip. The registration deadline is March 21, 2014.
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