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International Sport Competitions Hinder Latin American Development

Jose Coronado, Columnist

April 21, 2016

In my point of view Brazil made the mistake many latin americans, individuals, and nations, do – they tried to hard to put a good moment on exposition.

Whitman on the Map: 3 International Students Trace Their Journey to a New Home

Whitman on the Map: 3 International Students Trace Their Journey to a New Home

Kamna Shastri, Feature Writer

November 5, 2015

Three Whitman students trace their journey to Walla Walla.

My Experiences with Race in Brazil


October 18, 2014

In June, I went with American and Brazilian friends to the small town of Pedro II for a music festival. There were several groups of journalists roaming around doing interviews, which we Americans - Leslie, Laura Rose and I - were not anxious to do. A reporter eventually pegged us as foreigners, th...



October 17, 2014

My first time almost being assaulted, I was in Rio. I was strolling along Copacabana beach deep in conversation with my friend Nick when a man approached us. He asked if we spoke English. Used to getting that question, we both said yes. He proceeded to say a sentence that neither of us unders...

Political Jingles


September 9, 2014

Brazil has a strict limit on political campaign seasons. Unlike in the United States, politicians here have three short months to drum up support. Now that we're now less than a month away from federal and state elections, though, campaigns are at a fever pitch. I'm not plugged into radio or televis...

On Strike!


July 9, 2014

Every day, from 11 to 1, a huge number of students wait in line for lunch at UFPI's main cafeteria. Although the food is never anything special - usually it's rice, beans, salad and some part of a chicken or cow - the government subsidizes the price, so students depend on it for their meals. For the p...

Into the Lençois Maranheses


June 30, 2014

During Holy Week, I got to explore parts of Maranhão, the colorful state to the west of Piauí. Lençois Maranheses "This better be stupid beautiful," Mike said as we bumped along the road to Lençois Maranheses National Park. The group of American and Brazilian friends I was traveling with had dec...

Crack Open a Cold One


May 5, 2014

How do you like your beer?  Here's how people in Teresina prefer it: Like a wedding dress  (Como vestido de noiva) Like a concrete worker's leg  (Como canela de pedrero) Like a seal's rear-end  (Como cú de foca) Teresinenses expect their beer to be cold.  So cold, in fact, that i...

Childhood Friend of the President


April 29, 2014

Hearing first-hand stories about how famous adults acted as children and teenagers is always fun. I recently got such an account about a former Brazilian president. Let me explain. On the way from João Pesso to Olinda, Mike and I hopped an alternativo, or unregistered cab. The owner of our host...

North by Northeast


April 28, 2014

A few weeks ago, I set out to travel to four cities in the Northeast of Brazil. João Pessoa and Olinda were the third and fourth stops. João Pessoa was a bit quiet after Recife, but we were there on a Monday and a Tuesday - as far as I know, not the most exciting days of the week anywhere. D...

International Games Cost More Than Just Money

International Games Cost More Than Just Money

Andy Monserud

April 24, 2014

I wrote a column earlier this year discussing the chronic mismanagement of the Olympics and the havoc they wreak on the cities who host them. Perhaps my lens was too narrow––enormous global sporting events appear to bring this kind of chaos everywhere they land. Brazil recently deployed more than 2,000 troops into a sl...

The Spirit of Carnaval in Recife


April 12, 2014

Two weeks ago, I set out to travel to four cities in the Northeast of Brazil.  Recife was the second stop. Recife is famous for its Carnaval celebrations, which are the most culturally rich in Brazil.  Although we weren't there during the Carnaval season, I still felt the open, festive spirit that I...

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