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Gynosperm means naked seed

Rachael Barton
February 9
Filed under Off-Campus Blogs

I'm not a huge plant person, even though I'm a biology major. There is one thing I remember quite clearly from my intro to biology course, however: gymnosperm means naked seed. The term "gymnosperm" comes from the Greek word for "naked seeds." The word "gymnasium" also derives from the same root,...

Backtracking: Ten Days with Birthright

Serena Runyan
February 6
Filed under Living in History, Web Only

As I mentioned earlier,  my Birthright trip was a medium through which I stopped feeling like a tourist here and started to be able to envision myself being a living part of Israel. As things become more and more familiar, and as I finally finish putting up pieces of home around my room, I backtrac...

You Only Ball Once

You Only Ball Once

Aleida Fernandez
January 31
Filed under Off-Campus Blogs, Sprechen Sie Englisch?

It's ball season in Vienna. During January and February many Viennese - and tourists - don their best evening attire and dance the night away at a beautiful location until the wee hours of the morning. If it sounds like a Disney movie, it's because it basically is. This last week I had the opportunity...

Finally Settled

Serena Runyan
January 30
Filed under Living in History, Web Only

I'm sitting in my apartment in Jerusalem, Israel, where I am studying abroad this semester at Hebrew University with the DOME program: Dynamics of the Middle East. I came here primarily for the academic content of my program: politics, religion, peace and conflict, etc.- to fix the knowledge gap I have...

The Shock of Culture Shock

The Shock of Culture Shock

Aleida Fernandez
January 24
Filed under Off-Campus Blogs, Sprechen Sie Englisch?

Culture shock (n). the personal disorientation a person may feel when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life due to immigration or a visit to a new country, a move between social environments, or simply travel to another type of life. I consider myself an independent person. When I was sixteen I traveled...

Wherein Arika travels to Arica, Chile

Arika Wieneke
September 24
Filed under Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

Since this is my first post in the Pio I think it would be appropriate to fill you in a little bit about who I am and just what I'm doing. My name is Arika Wieneke and I am a junior sociology major with an interest in public health and medicine. My study abroad program's official title is SIT Chile: Pu...

Unsung Heroes

Cindy Chang
March 31
Filed under Off-Campus Blogs, OPINION

The past week was full of random, little tasks at work-I spent my week organizing case files, pulling notes of testimony, making exhibit lists, scanning in documents, dealing with prelims, etc.  It was a short week because Good Friday is a holiday here, so we didn't have work on Friday.  I also had...

The tricks of time

Cindy Chang
February 17
Filed under Off-Campus Blogs, OPINION

I can't believe it's been over a week since I've updated this!  it just shows how fast time flies. It's strange how you can be so busy, and yet so not at the same time.  I wasn't overwhelmed at work this week, but when I look at the sheer amount of stuff I've accomplished I'm pretty astonished.  The fe...

The Journey Begins!

Cindy Chang
January 18
Filed under Off-Campus Blogs

So, it's finally happening. After a long semester of planning, antagonizing, massive email chains, and general excitement I am at last on my way back to the City of Brotherly Love.  In accordance with some friends' wishes, I'll be documenting my journey a la blog!  I haven't really done this before,...

Conflict

Nick Davies
November 21
Filed under BLOGS, Off-Campus Blogs, OPINION

As many have you heard, or probably haven't as from what I can tell from Western media, but things around here have heated up here. There are actually two points I would like to update you on - but first I want to reassure everyone that despite what has happened I am safe and my program is taking care...

So Much Adventure, So Little Time

Nick Davies
November 3
Filed under Off-Campus Blogs

HELLO! Many adventures later, I finally bundle up the energy and motivation to update my blog. I last left off with a week till Eid break and many essays to write and midterms to study for before I could leave to the beautiful countries of Oman and United Arab Emirates. Because of the sheer amount...

On leashes, on couches, chasing Frisbees…

Helen Angell
October 10
Filed under BLOGS, Off-Campus Blogs, OPINION

While my experiences in India have been wonderful so far (just read my personal blog to find out), there are more than a few things that I miss about home. Some are expected (family, friends, familiar food), while others have surprised me. Here two of the latter: Dogs. There are a lot of dogs in I...

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