Voices 07 rev.pub by wuxiangyu


									UNIVERISTY OF HOUSTON                      LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CENTER                                    FALL 2007

Director’s Message
By Joy Tesh
                              closing of the university,
                              and we wanted to offer       presenters together to
                              the Galveston field trip     explore best practices in
                              in its place. 3) The field   the field of English as a
                              trip was carefully timed     Second Language and to
                              so that LCC teachers         exchange information
                              could attend the Texas       and ideas for practical
                              State Convention of          use in our classrooms.
                              Teachers of English as a     The Language and
                              Second Language              Culture Center was well
                              (TexTESOL) while their       represented at this
 On Friday, October 26,                                    conference with             Highlights:
 LCC students traveled to     students were engaged in
                              a meaningful and             excellent teacher
 Galveston, Texas, to                                      attendance and with
                              worthwhile activity. The                                 Scholarship Recipients   3
 visit Moody Gardens                                       important professional
 and enjoy a program-         convention was in
                              Galveston and began on       presentations. I attended   Cultural Adjustment      6-7
 wide field trip on a truly                                every LCC teacher’s
 beautiful fall day. This     the same day as the field
                              trip, so we were all         presentation and came       Life Events              12-13
 trip was planned for                                      away feeling inspired and
 several reasons: 1)          enjoying the beautiful
                              Texas Gulf Coast on the      assured that our teachers   Culture Festival         18-20
 Students always enjoy a                                   are among the best in
 trip to Moody Gardens.       same amazing day.
                                                           our field. They certainly   Holidays                 21-22
 2) We were very sorry        The TexTESOL                 are interested in their
 that our first planned       Convention brought           own professional            Language and Travel      24-26
 field trip was canceled      teachers, authors,           development and in
 because of an emergency      publishers, and              bringing back to you, our   Dave’s Page              32-33
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students, current research and   attended presentations,           from 43 countries in our
proven strategies related to     workshops, and U.S. State         vibrant and growing program.
teaching English as a Second     Department updates. Dave and      We are working hard to make
Language.                        I were fortunate to be invited    sure we give you the best
Fall is the season for           to be on the program, and Sam     program possible. LCC
conferences, and in early        received important training in    teachers, counselors,
November, the LCC was again      F-1 student regulations. We       administrators, and I hope you
well represented at the NAFSA    have been busy.                   have had great experiences in
Association of International                                       your classes and on campus.
                                 Staying current in the field of   We wish you the best as you
Educators’ Conference in         teaching and advising
Austin, Texas. This particular                                     complete the fall term of 2007,
                                 international students is         and we look forward to seeing
conference brought together      essential in an intensive
educators and counselors from                                      many of you again as you
                                 English program. I am happy       return in January for spring,
NAFSA Region III, which          to report that ongoing
includes Texas, Louisiana,                                         2008, in the Language and
                                 professional development is       Culture Center.
Arkansas, and Oklahoma.          clearly important to those who
Dave Burns, International        make up the professional and
Student Counselor, Sam Long,     administrative staff of the
Program Assistant in the         Language and Culture Center.
counselor’s office, and I
                                 This fall, we have 315 students
Auta Maria Silva Campos, Taegil Kim, Paweenoot Chaiyases, and
Bagdat Konopyanov Receive LCC Scholarships
By Sandy Hartmann, Associate Director
The Language and Culture Center                                                          level three and four for giving [this]
awards several scholarships each term       learning English is very important to my     wonderful opportunity to me. I am glad
to returning students who best combine      future and my baby’s future.” She added,     to be part of the LCC.”
academic excellence and leadership with     “I consider LCC teachers and classmates
international awareness and cross-          as part of my family in the U.S. Thank
cultural understanding. One full            you very much.”
scholarship honors Joyce Merrill
Valdes, the founder and first director of
the Language and Culture Center. A          Taegil Kim was
second full scholarship honors Joseph       awarded the
O. Davidson, who served as director of      Davidson
the LCC for 22 years before retiring in     scholarship.
February of 2006. These two                 After completing
scholarships cover the cost of tuition,     study at the LCC
fees, and medical insurance for one         this term, Mr.
term of study in the Intensive English      Kim plans to
Program. In addition to the Valdes and      finish his
Davidson scholarships, the LCC awards       bachelor’s
merit scholarships of $1500 each for        degree in
one term of study in the Intensive          economics in his
                                            home country of                              Bagdat Konopyanov was also a
English Program. At the summer
                                            South Korea and                              recipient of a merit scholarship. Mr.
graduation ceremony on Thursday,
                                            subsequently will return to the University   Konopyanov, a student in level three, is
August 9, 2007, the LCC awarded the
                                            of Houston for a master’s degree. An         from Kazakhstan and his native language
Valdes scholarship to Auta Maria Silva
                                            LCC student for three terms, he is           is Russian. His chosen field is petroleum
Campos, the Davidson scholarship to
                                            currently in level five. He said of his      engineering and he plans to study a
Taegil Kim, and the two merit
                                            time in the program, “I tried to be an       master’s degree at UH. He commented
scholarships to Paweenoot Chaiyases
                                            active participant in my class and           that receiving the scholarship was an
and Bagdat Konopyanov.
                                            participate in all kinds of events at the    exciting event in his life. He added, “I
                                            LCC; moreover, I got along with a lot of     have learned a lot of new things. I have
                                            friends. It’s very important not only [for   made friends from all over the world.
                                            learning] English, but also [for]            The LCC provides not only an intensive
                           Auta Maria       friendship.”                                 English program; it provides a way of
                           Silva                                                         life.”
                           Campos was
                           awarded the      Paweenoot
                           Valdes           Chaiyases                                    We congratulate Auta Maria Silva
                           scholarship.     was a recipient                              Campos, Taegil Kim, Paweenoot
                           Ms. Campos,      of a merit                                   Chaiyases, and Bagdat Konopyanov
                           who is           scholarship.                                 on their outstanding records in the
                           studying in      Ms. Chaiyases                                Intensive English Program at the
                           level four, is   is from                                      Language and Culture Center, and we
                           from Brazil      Thailand and                                 wish them great success as they continue
and her native language is Portuguese.      is currently                                 to study in the United States. We all look
She has been a student at the LCC for       studying in                                  forward to learning who will be the next
two terms. After she completes her          level four. She                              LCC scholarship recipients at the fall
study of English, she plans to pursue a     intends to                                   graduation ceremony.
Ph.D. in accounting. When asked             pursue a
about her reaction upon receiving the       master’s degree in hotel and restaurant
scholarship, she remarked, “I was very      management at UH. She said, “Thank
surprised and extremely happy when my       you so much [to] everyone in the LCC
name was announced. I believe               especially my teachers and my friends in
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Retirement of Paul Lussky
By Joy Tesh
The Language and Culture Center announces the retirement of Mr. Paul Lussky, famous
teacher in the Intensive English Program and Program Manager of Testing and Placement.
Mr. Lussky began teaching in the LCC in the fall of 1979. He was a much-loved friend,
teacher, and colleague in the LCC for twenty-eight years.
Paul Lussky was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, and lived and worked in many parts of the
world, including Point Comfort, Texas; Perth, Australia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;
Gainesville, Florida; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He visited and lived in more than twenty-two
countries before and during his career in the LCC but chose to call Houston home.
Educated in the United States, Mr. Lussky received his B.A. degree in East Asian Languages
and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. His work toward that degree provided him
a working knowledge of Chinese. He later received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the
University of Florida. Shortly after receiving his master’s degree, he began his illustrious
career as a teacher in the Language and Culture Center.
I once asked Mr. Lussky why he chose to teach in the Language and Culture Center. He
answered: “I like teaching. It’s fun. It’s the right combination of excitement and routine. I like what I do and I like whom I do it with. I
don’t mind getting up on a Monday morning and going to work. How many people can say that about their jobs?”
As Mr. Lussky said at his retirement party, “It’s been a great ride.” We will miss seeing him every day, but we are happy to announce that
he has just agreed to serve as a substitute teacher in the LCC, and, therefore, students will continue to benefit from his talent and
experience as one of the world’s great teachers of English as a Second Language. We will call him back often.
We congratulate Paul Lussky on his retirement, and we thank him for his many good years of teaching and testing and placing students in
the Language and Culture Center. All of his friends, colleagues, and students wish him a happy retirement and a happy life.

Artwork by Maria
Grzegorzewska, 5A                                                               Artwork by Omar Alshammeri, 4C
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Peruvian Cuisine
By Alvaro Samiento, 5C
Peru is a country considered to have one of the tastiest and most varied cuisines in the world. Its cuisine has
been influenced by the immigrants who arrived in Peru during the twentieth century. They established many
styles and traditions from four different continents. The Peruvian cuisine has more than 3000 types of dishes
that come from the three regions Peru has. First, we can find the coastal cuisine, where the most famous dishes are those with seafood.
The most popular is called “ceviche,” made with slices of raw fish, onions, lemon, chili, sweet potato, and corn. Another one is the
“tiradito” that is a mix of “ceviche” and the Japanese dish “sashimi.” Furthermore, the national drink, pisco, which is a brandy and a
derivate of the grape, comes from this region. Second, the Andean cuisine, located in the mountains, is known because of its hot dishes.
The basic ingredients are potatoes, tomatoes, corn, chili and different types of meat. Meals like “pachamanca” and the “anticuchos” are
some of the most important from the area. Finally, there is the Amazonian food, which is prepared with products native to the region like
vegetables and hundreds of kinds of fruit. The most representative fruit Peru has from the rainforest is called “Lucuma,” and the typical
dishes are “tacacho” and “jaune.” In short, the richness of the Peruvian cuisine could be attributed to two basic factors: the uniqueness of
the Peruvian geography and the mix of races and cultures. Peruvian cuisine has been very appealing for a long time because of its colorful
dishes and innovation.

                                                                     The Judo Champion
                                                                     By Maria Grzegorzewska, 5A
                                                                     He is the master of Judo, Yerbolat (Eric) Nazarbekov. Since Eric
                                                                     left his country, Kazakhstan, he has been studying English in the
                                                                     Language and Culture Center at the Unviersity of Houston. He took
                                                                     part in many competitions in Texas although he has been here only
                                                                     one year. He fought in San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, and College
                                                                     Station, winning first place in one competition after another.
                                                                     Eric’s career didn’t start here in America. He has been training eight
                                                                     years now. His interest in this type of wrestling began at the age of
                                                                     thirteen. His father suggested Eric and his brothers practice marital
                                                                     arts. In Kazakhstan, Eric trained for two hours a day nearly every day
                                                                     and also attended competitions. He also competed all over Europe—
                                                                     in Poland, Germany, Holland and the Ukraine. He attended the
                                                                     World Cup in 2006 in Moscow. He also fought in Shanghai, China.
                                                                     In addition to Judo, Eric does Sambo, a type of unarmed combat,
                                                                     and Jiu-Jitsu.
                                                                     It is not rare for athletes to get hurt. Eric, too, had an injury in 2003.
                                                                     That’s why he had to take a break for half a year. Afterwards, he
                                                                     decided to continue his career. He won approximately twenty-five
                                                                     first place medals in Kazakhstan and in the United States, he has won
                                                                     seven first place medals. Here in Texas, Eric plans to study Finance
                                                                     after he finishes his hard work of learning a second language.
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Cultural Adjustment
Thoughts on Life in                  Instead of doing nothing, I’ve        new culture and find both
America                              found that reading or listening to    good things and bad things.
                                     some music or even trying to          When I can stop trying to
By Nina Tsai, 6A                                                           make changes and accept the
                                     finish the homework is a good
Tick tick tick! Tick tick tick!      alternative for avoiding the bad      differences, I can begin the
Tick tick tick! Stop yelling at      situation I described before.         integration into the new
me! I know that is time to                                                 culture.
                                     For those who miss their native
wake up! But let me lie down                                               Now I have lived here for
                                     country, I would offer this
just a little bit more…                                                    seven months, and I feel
                                     advice: look at the sun. It’s still
I stood up, looked around me         there, right? Look at the clouds      comfortable because I have a
as if I had come from planet         and the blue sky; they brighten       lot of things to do, I have
Mars. I was in my bedroom, in        your day. But if you still want to    found good friends, and I am
my apartment, located in             express yourself, go ahead;           expecting my first baby. I’m
Houston, Texas. I am in the          someone will listen to you. Don’t     sure I will keep on trying to
United States. I am not in           be disconnected from the world        reach acceptance and
France anymore; I am not in          around you, though, or you’ll go      integration.
my native country anymore; I         crazy. Do some activities, such as
am not in the bedroom I used         playing sports, reading, or
to have since I was little. I am     watching movies. Make the most        Language, Religion, and
away from my country, a              of it! Go see the world!              Time
foreigner in America.                                                      By Chen Cai, 4D
Do you know that feeling that                                              My experience with cultural
                                     Culture Shock
tells you that you should have                                             adjustment is one that has not
stayed where you were and not        By Auta Maria Campos, 4C              ended. Adjustment depends on
come here? This country              I have been living in Houston         experience and not time. I am
doesn’t “belong” to me, which        since March of this year. My first    still experiencing many things
makes me feel uncomfortable,         week here I was in the                that teach me about American
wherever I am, whatever I do,        honeymoon stage because               culture.
whenever it is. Of course, I         everything, people and buildings,     Language is a big part of
stay in touch with my friends        was different and beautiful. I was    culture. Since I am still learning
from home, but I don’t have          delighted with my new city and        English, the cycle of language
the same feeling I could have if     country. However, after this          is still growing. American
I were there. Phone calls, e-        period, I felt homesick, isolation,   English is very different from
mails, letters, and instant          and sometimes I cried because I       what I learned in China.
messages are okay, but I miss        missed my family, my friends and
being with them and talking          my job. It’s hard for a person         Religion is another part of
face-to-face. I especially miss      who is accustomed to working          American culture that I am
my mother’s kindness, her            and always has her mind on            getting familiar with. People go
affection, her talks, her            business to stop and change           to church every week and I am
cooking, and her presence.           everything to live and study in a     still learning about my religion.
I’m not ill-treated here, I’m not    new country.                          The way Americans view time
miserable, and I don’t hate this     I think the isolation is connected    is another part of my cultural
place. It’s just that sometimes I    with culture shock because after      adjustment. Being on time is
felt suffocated; I don’t feel like   the honeymoon, I began to             important, but I am used to
myself.                              recognize the differences             being late.
But what is this breakdown           between the two cultures and          In conclusion, cultural
leading up to? Feeling worse         compare them. When people             adjustment is something
and worse every day. Who             compare two cultures the first        everyone experiences. I am still
wants to feel sadness every          time, they think their culture is     learning about language,
day? No one, I guess. So, let’s      better than the new culture.          religion, and time. The
be a little more optimistic!         Sometimes people spend a long         experiences I have will help me
                                     time trying to understand the         understand.
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My Cultural Adjustment              I was living there. I lived by      am a challenger and I can
                                    myself because he and his wife      tolerate some difficulties in
By Zafar Yilmaz, 4C                 were working all day. I didn’t      order to accomplish great
When I decided to come to the       go anywhere, and I didn’t see       things.
USA, I knew some difficulties       any area in Houston. We went
                                    out just on the weekends with       “A person who can not tolerate
were waiting for me. There are                                          small difficulties can never
a lot of different things such as   my uncle’s family. When my
                                    school started, my problem          accomplish great things.”
language, culture, and lifestyle                                        —Chinese proverb
between Turkey and the USA.         decreased. I met new people
So, when I came to the USA          that came from all over the
on September 1, my cultural         world.
adjustment cycle started, and it    My lessons began and I started
hasn’t finished yet. At first, I    to study English. I have to
wanted to adapt to the new          improve my English because I
environment.                        want to get a master’s degree in
The weather is very hot and         the USA. Now, I am living in
humid in Houston, so I had to       an apartment on campus. I use
get used to the climate. In my      some areas of the campus with
country, Turkey, I have never       my classmates. For example,
seen hot weather such as            we go to the recreation center
Houston’s weather.                  two or three times a week. I
                                    have an exciting time there.
When I first arrived, I stayed at
my uncle’s house for two            On the other hand, some days
weeks before my school              I feel bad and tired. The
started. I was very bored while     cultural adjustment cycle is
                                    difficult for me. Nevertheless, I
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Cultural Influences
Latin American Influences          Moreover, food has a big             a monarchy with a hierarchical
on American Culture                impact on American culture.          social class division.
By Paola Contecha, 5A              Latin American food is part of       Colonialism brought what we
One of the main characteristics    the diet of U.S. citizens. For       felt to be a kind of oppression,
of the United States is the        example, there are more than         and left as its heritage the
diversity of cultures. It is the   eight hundred Mexican                Republic, a democracy with
country with the most              restaurants just in the Houston      some confusing human rights
immigrants in the world. Latin     area. Americans add                  and tendencies, as well as
Americans are the largest          ingredients to their recipes, like   equality between sexes, which
group of immigrants in the         tortillas and jalapeños. In this     is still difficult for some to
United States. This fast-          culinary exchange, Tex-Mex           swallow.
growing population has been        food was born.
                                                                        It took quite a long time to
impacting American culture in      In addition to language and          accept this chaos as our own
many ways, especially in the       food, art is another area with a     customs, as bigger waves of
areas of language, food, and       huge influence from the Latin-       revolution attached to our
art.                               American culture. The                culture. It began with the
First of all, most of the Latin    contribution from Latin-             foundation of modern
American countries speak           American immigrants can be           education, where we could
Spanish. Many Hispanic             observed in music, painting,         discover other forms of
immigrants want their kids to      and dance. The audience for          learning and new subjects like
learn English in the school and    Latin-American music has             mathematics, biology, and
at the same time keep their        been increasing through the          astronomy. This was drastically
native language. In many states    years; nowadays, the market          different from our traditional
Hispanics are a large              for Latin music is so big that       school where boys were
percentage of the population;      there is a Latin version of the      educated by fathers and girls
therefore, the schools have to     Grammy Awards.                       used to stay home with the
offer bilingual education.                                              mothers to learn women’s
                                   In short, Latin-American             virtues. These new schools
Several TV channels offer          culture is part of the landscape
programming and                                                         affected our ancient concepts
                                   of life in the United States.        of the world and natural
advertisements in Spanish to       U.S. citizens can very easily
catch the attention of these                                            phenomena. I remember when
                                   enjoy a Mexican                      I was once explaining to my
groups of immigrants.              enchilada while listening to         grandfather that the earth turns
                                   Shakira in the heart of              around the sun by itself, he just
                                   Washington D.C.                      looked at me, laughed, and
                                                                        said, “All I know is that my
                                   Cultural Influences on Mali          window has always faced the
                                   By Abdoul Macalou, 5A
                                                                        We discovered music in the
                                   Mali, my country, has been a
                                                                        finest way. As a result, we no
                                   junction of different cultures
                                                                        longer need our griots, our
                                   and civilizations, as have most
                                                                        famous storytellers who used
                                   African countries, due to
                                                                        to sing our pride and praises in
                                   colonialism. Therefore, it’s not
                                                                        public places and who have
                                   surprising to see all the
                                                                        entertained centuries of
                                   sociopolitical, cultural, and
                                                                        generations with their
                                   even religious changes that my
                                                                        traditional drums, guitars, and
                                   country has been subject to.
                                                                        the big kora with its twenty-
                                   Since the times of empires and       one strings. Nowadays, we all
                                   kingdoms, Mali has had a very        live to the rhythm of Michael
                                   well organized social and            Jackson, Madonna, 2Pac,
                                   political structure. It used to be   James Brown, and so on.
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Along with the fury of music       people can absorb other            computers to be more
came TV, the cinema, fashion,      cultures easily, especially by     compact. That pushes Thai
celebrities, and so on. Today,     going on the Internet and          people to get extra accessories
we do not listen to the stories    watching movies. Even though       to install, such as headsets,
our ancestors used to tell us by   we have been exposed to many       microphones, and webcams.
the fire each harvest. Instead,    foreign cultures, American         Also, there are a lot of new
we all dream about the             culture has been the major         imported cell phones which
scenarios made in Hollywood        cultural influence on Thai         have radios, cameras and the
and our new names are James        culture in many respects.          Internet. All of those options
Bond, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt,                                       attract Thai people to buy
and Angelina Jolie.                First of all, American culture     unnecessary items. Many
                                   influences Thai fashion,           advertisements use American
Another major aspect of my         especially amongst teenagers.      cars to present high technology
country that has undergone         In the past, Thai teenagers        to support busy lifestyles.
enormous change is religion.       used to dress modestly by          Thus, these items were brought
Animism, our first faith, has      wearing long pants and neat        to Thailand to sell to
died under the weight of           clothes to show respect. These     businesspeople. In addition,
Eastern and Western religions,     days, however, they are braver     some of these businesspeople
especially Islam and               and show up in shorts and tank     try to fit everything in the same
Christianity. This can be seen     tops and see-through clothing      place by installing a TV, DVD
even in our names. For             as Americans can do, which         player, CD player, computer,
example, my father’s name is       sometimes doesn’t look             telephone, and an eating table
Idriss, a Muslim name.             appropriate in public. Also,       in the car.
However, if our previous           many Thai teenagers now use
religion, animism, had been        modern accessories such as big     Finally, American culture
practiced, his name would have     sunglasses, long necklaces,        affects the eating style of Thai
been N’Golo since he was the       diamond earrings, tons of          people. Whereas Thai people
first child of his father.         bracelets, and ankle chains, in    traditionally ate more fresh
                                   addition to wearing what we        fruits and vegetables, they now
To conclude, let’s just say that   consider to be crazy hairstyles.   eat fast food, such as
there’s always a big chance for    For Thai teenagers, showing        McDonald’s and KFC, a lot
African countries to have an       how high-class and rich they       more than before. So, it takes
open window on several             are can make them fit in with      less time for Thai people to
cultures, but no culture is        their friends easily. Therefore,   associate while they are eating.
perfect. We should take an         teenagers in Thailand today try    Nowadays, Thai people go out
opportunity to live our modest     to have expensive                  for dinner more often than
culture, not to give it up. It’s   merchandise, which is              they have dinner at home.
really sad to see how fast we      imported from America. For         Also, they eat meat more than
are going, and I wonder... to      example, there are Louis           vegetables and herbs.
which destination?                 Vuitton bags, Guy Laroche
                                   pouch, Coach shoes, Levi’s         In conclusion, American
                                   jeans, and Abercrombie T-          culture has greatly influenced
The Influences of American         shirts. These items serve as       Thai fashion, technology and
Culture on Thai Culture            status symbols.                    eating habits. It may encourage
                                                                      or discourage Thai culture in
By Kanokkarn (Kate)                Furthermore, American culture      the future. However, Thai
Yodpummarin , 5B                   also encourages Thai people to     people should do their best to
Thailand is located in             use more technology. Before,       preserve their original Thai
Southeast Asia. It has been        Thai officers usually used         culture so new generations can
established for many years and     papers to record data, draw        know and respect it.
has never been colonized by        pictures, and write letters.
any country. That makes            Nowadays, they use computers
Thailand unique. However,          to do everything. Moreover,
through globalization, Thai        America keeps updating
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The Evoluction of                   thunder, Bochica, the protector    influenced by another country,
Colombian Culture                   god, and Bachue, the farming       so it is very interesting to think
By Nestor Sanchez, 5B               god. These beliefs changed in      how our own cultures in the
Before the European conquest,       the sixteenth century when the     future might influence other
the territory today known as        Spanish priests came to            cultures.
Colombia was occupied by            evangelize and plant a new
indigenous peoples. These           religion that was called           Cultural Influences Between
groups of people had their          Christianity. After that, the      Korea and Japan
own languages, religious            Indians began to follow the        By Min Su Kim, 5B
beliefs, and customs.               new beliefs and started being
Colombian Indians kept their        monotheistic. Due to their         Korean people usually say that
traditions for thousands of         great efforts, the Spanish were    Japan is the nearest country. It
years with small variations. The    able to establish a new religion   could also be the furthest
most significant changes in         in ancient Colombia that to        country because even though
their culture began when the        this day remains the most          both countries are
Spanish took control of the of      common religion in that            geographically close, they have
the Indians’ territories. As a      region.                            difficulty being friendly to each
result, the ancient traditions                                         other since the cultural
                                    Another aspect that was            interchange between Korea
were influenced by different
                                    absorbed into Colombian            and Japan is still difficult. The
cultures, which came
                                    culture was architecture. In the   Korean government is
principally from Western
                                    early fifteenth century the        reluctant to be too friendly
Europe, and in some cases,
                                    architecture in Colombia was       because of the historical
radically changed their culture
                                    very simple. With the passing      problem that Korea was a
and way of life.
                                    of the years and thanks to the     Japanese colony before. Even
The first aspect affected by        influence of Western European      so, the two countries cannot
another culture was the             countries, the architecture in     avoid influencing each other.
language. The original              Colombia has been improving.       Those influences are especially
inhabitants in the Colombian        For example, architecture from     evident in fashion,
territory were organized in         the seventeenth century is clear   entertainment, and martial arts.
groups with different dialects.     proof of the influence of
Some examples of these              Spain, reflected in many           One influence is fashion. It is
dialects are Witoto, Piapoco,       churches. Moreover, in the         difficult for people to
Chibchan, Buglere and               nineteenth century,                understand the meaning of
Caribian. As a consequence of       architecture was influenced by     shaggy cut, wolf cut, or
the Spanish conquest, a new         Greek, Roman and                   minimal shaggy cut, except for
language was imposed during         Renaissance art that could be      the Japanese and Koreans.
the colonial period. As a result,   created due to great skilled       Those cutting skills, which
most of the indigenous groups       artisans. Throughout the           were invented by the Japanese,
began speaking Spanish as a         twentieth century, modern          are the most popular hair styles
first language; therefore,          architecture was evidence of       among Koreans. The cutting
ancient languages and dialects      the influence of Europe and        styles usually require whiskers
died out very quickly. In brief,    also North America, reflected      and side hair, and have layers.
the Spanish achieved not just       in modern buildings and big        They usually make the hair
influencing the language, but       suburban houses. So far,           spiky with hair wax. If you did
imposing a new one.                 architecture in Colombia has       not know the names of the
                                    evolved in an interesting way,     styles when you had your hair
Besides changing their own          thanks to the interaction with     cut in Korea, you could still
language, the Indians’ religious    many cultures.                     find them easily because every
beliefs were also heavily                                              Korean beauty shop has
influenced by the Spanish. For      The influence of diverse           Japanese hair magazines.
several centuries before the        cultures can have positive and     Moreover, many famous
Spanish came to America,            negative effects; therefore, it    Korean beauty shops have
indigenous people had had a         depends on how the country         advertised that they have hair
polytheistic culture. Hence,        can manage these influences to     stylists who have studied in
they believed in many gods:         its own benefit. Many aspects
Thomagata, the god of the           of the culture can be
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Japan. Another example of          started to make Japanese wild      taking off in Korea, Japan was
fashion influence would be         with enthusiasm. After this        being influenced, and they now
clothes. Even though the           drama showed up in Japan,          have PC-bangs everywhere.
Koreans’ style of clothes, such    many Japanese productions
as wearing jeans, polo shirts,     have tried to make soap operas     Martial arts are also an
and even shoes has been            with Korean productions or         important part of culture for
influenced by America, their       Korean actors.                     both countries. Tae-kwon-do is
styles have relied more heavily                                       a symbol of Korean martial
on Japanese styles. For            Karaoke is a good example of       arts. Even though it is less
example, if American people        Japan’s influence on Korean        famous than karate, which is a
wanted to buy Levi’s jeans,        entertainment. Everyone            Japanese martial art, tae-kwon-
which is the most famous jeans     knows karaoke was invented         do is one of the Olympic
in America, in Korea, they         by Japan. Koreans really like      sports. However, many people
would not find the same design     karaoke. Whenever Korean           who know tae-kwon-do and
as in America; furthermore,        people meet together, going to     karate are confused about what
they would not make sense of       karaoke is the best choice         the difference is. Actually, they
the N3BP series, Atlantis          before they return home.           are similar, for tae-kwon-do
series, or Engineered jeans        However, Korean karaoke is a       was adapted from karate.
series. Korean people also         little bit different from          People may be surprised to
might not find those series of     Japanese. There are two types      know that karate was started by
jeans in America. Those jeans      of karaoke in Korea. One is        a Korean whose name was
are designed in Japan and can      called “karaoke.” It means         Baedal Choi. Thus, that is why
be found in Asian shops. The       “pub” and can be sung with a       these two martial arts are so
reason is that Asians prefer       real band and is in a place        similar to each other. Another
specific colors, and their         where people can drink             example is kendo, which uses
figures are also different from    alcohol; therefore, only adults    swords. Korean
the Americans. Therefore,          can go there. Another is called    swordsmanship is different
Levi’s gave Japan the authority    “nole-bang.” Their system is       from Japanese. Even so,
to design Asian versions. That     the same as the original           Korean kendo uses Japanese
means although they are the        karaoke, but people cannot         swords and follows Japanese
same brand, their designs have     drink alcohol there, and           kendo rules in competitions.
been independent from the          teenagers also can attend.
                                   Therefore, Korean families or      Even though these two
original company. Hence,                                              countries have had many
whether Koreans like it or not,    teenagers usually go to the nole
                                   -bang.                             problems, this evidence shows
their styles have been                                                that they have influenced each
influenced by Japan. This          The last example of                other. If Korea and Japan
situation is true not only with    entertainment is PC-bang           figured out their problems,
Levi’s, but also with many         which was founded by               they would influence each
global clothes companies such      Koreans. PC-bang is a kind of      other even more. On the other
as Tommy, Puma, and Adidas.        café which has high speed          hand, if Korea and Japan
Another influence is               internet or networking games;      continue to influence each
entertainment. Actually, Korea     their purpose is to use the        other so much, it might help
has interchanged media             internet and the computer, not     them figure out their problems.
officially with Japan for just a   to eat. Teenagers usually go to    No one can predict which will
few years; even so, the Korean     PC-bang and play networking        happen first. However, one
media, especially comedy           games. PC-bang helps the           thing that is true is that Japan
shows, have been adopted by        game industry advance because      is not the furthest country for
Japan for a long time, even        they make an environment           Korea anymore because they
though it has sometimes            where enjoying networking          have already started to
created a controversy in Korea     games is easy. As a result, even   influence each other and thus
because they are copied or         Japanese or American game          embrace each other’s cultures.
imitated. Korean soap operas       companies always test their
are very famous in Asia now,       games in Korea, and Korea is
including Japan. For example,      usually ranked in the top ten in
Winter Sonata, which is one of     any game network game
the Korean soap operas,            ranking. While PC-bangs were
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Life Events
A New Life Start                    sound that the new baby made.      knew that she was getting
By Hadi AlHokash, 5C                I was very happy, and I            worse, I hoped and prayed that
                                    couldn’t wait to see him. After    she would win her battle
It was 10:00 at night when my       his father came to the hospital,   against this horrible disease.
neighbor, who was nine-             he held me as a brother, and he    Nevertheless, her condition
months pregnant, came               said he appreciated what I did.    quickly worsened and she
knocking frantically at my front    Finally, the father decided to     became paralyzed because the
door yesterday. I heard her         name the new baby Hadi after       cancer had spread to her brain.
screaming and crying. As fast       me. I was touched by that. I
as I could, I hurried to open                                          I will always remember that
                                    will remember that day always.     moment when I was told that
the door. I saw her in a
horrible situation. She looked                                         the doctors could not do
very tired, and she couldn’t                                           anything more; there were no
                                    Saying Goodbye to Helena
stand on her feet. I held her                                          other available treatments. We
                                    By Susanna Hornlund, 6A            know that life is fragile and
and asked what happened. She
didn’t answer but she pointed       October is starting to be well     that someone close to us could
to her abdomen. I understood        recognized all over the world      one day not be there anymore,
what she wanted to tell me. I       as “Pink Ribbon Month” as a        but knowing that those days
took her to my car and drove        way to raise awareness about       can be counted and that it is a
to the hospital as fast as I        breast cancer. In my country       matter of days or weeks is
could.                              the pink ribbon campaign was       impossible to grasp.
                                    launched by my dear friend         On Thursday, July 28 I went to
In the hospital many people
                                    and colleague, Helena.             the hospital to see Helena,
were waiting in the emergency
room. I saw a nurse who took        Neither one of us could at that    hoping that it would not be our
information about new               time imagine that Helena           last goodbye. How can you say
patients. I ran to her and asked    herself would later be             goodbye to someone knowing
her to help my neighbor. She        diagnosed with breast cancer in    it is for the last time? But
gave me permission to go to an      September 2005. We knew that       Helena was ready to leave her
operating room. In that             the survival rate is high,         life on earth and two days later
moment, my neighbor held my         especially when discovered         she left us, and we miss her
hand, and she told me to listen     early, so during our               every day.
to her carefully. I was shocked     conversations and moments of
because of the way that she         crying, we stayed positive. She
                                                                       Would You Risk Your Life
talked to me.                       would win this battle. She was
                                                                       to Achieve Your Goal?
                                    young with two small children
She said, “If I die, could you
                                    and a husband, so she had to       By Haneoul Kang, 6A
tell my husband and my son
                                    win. She always said, “I have      Would you risk your life to
that I love them?”
                                    cancer but the cancer does not     achieve your goal? When I
I didn’t answer her question,       have me.”                          came to Houston, I did.
but she held my hand again.
                                    The treatment went well and        In January 2006, I was going to
“Promise me you will do it,”
                                    she went back to work happy        study in Vancouver. After my
she said, with tears falling
                                    to be feeling better again after   plane had been flying from
down from her eyes.
                                    a long and difficult treatment,    Korea for a few hours, I felt
“I promise you I will do it,” I     just shortly before finding out    uncomfortable breathing in
told her. I tried to let her know   the cancer had metastasized        and out, as if the air in the
that everything was going to be     and was very aggressive.           plane did not have any
okay. She went to the
                                    During her fight for life that     humidity. The plane was flying
operating room, but her words
                                    included chemotherapy and          over the Pacific Ocean, and I
were still in my head.
                                    radiation for a year and a half,   suffered from the condition
After three hours, I heard a        she always kept her beautiful      until we landed at the airport.
new sound. It was a very            smile, her laugh and her           A month later, I needed to
beautiful sound. It was the first   amazing joy for life. Although I   board a plane to return to
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Korea. I had forgotten how          challenge that was testing my        Housework
uncomfortable I had been on         will. Preparing myself for this                                            Triplets
my last trip, but I had to go                                            By Georgiy Golovko, 5C
                                    ordeal, I felt brave, so I trusted                                         By Ana Lucia Rueda Ardila, 5C
through it again. I felt my         myself to endure the flight on       I hate to do housework. I don’t
throat and airway were like the     the airplane. Fortunately, the       think that only women should do       One of my aunt’s friends from
earth during a drought. I could     symptoms never occurred.             it or that I don’t need a clean       Bolivia couldn’t have babies
not breathe well. The condition                                          apartment and dishes. I just          because she has endometriosis.
continued, and I was afraid         I learned the importance of          don’t like doing it. Every time I     All the doctors told her it was
that I could die.                   trusting myself through this         do housework, I feel like I waste     impossible. But she didn’t give
                                    event. This decision is one of       my time. I can help with it, but      up and decided to have in-vitro
As soon as I arrived home, I        the best ones I have ever made.
told my father about my                                                  not do or be responsible to do it.    fertilization. It was a success,
                                    I was a timid rabbit, but now I      On the other hand, I have one         and she got pregnant with
symptoms. He said, “Perhaps         have survived this. It gives me
you experienced a lack of                                                thing that I like very much:          triplets. It was a very difficult
                                    the courage that I can do            cooking. I’ve been cooking since      pregnancy. A few months after
oxygen. If you had adapted to       anything I want.
the atmospheric pressure in the                                          I was eleven years old and            she got pregnant, she couldn’t
plane, you could have breathed                                           continue to do it now.                walk, and it was very difficult
comfortably.” To solve the                                                                                     for her to move. However,
                                    How I Resolved My                    I live with my girlfriend, and we     eight months later, she gave
problem, I would need some          Conflict With My Brother             are trying to share housework
portable oxygen canisters when                                                                                 birth to three beautiful babies:
                                                                         responsibilities. My “throne          two boys and one girl. Their
I went to Houston. On the day       By Awa Dosso, 5C                     room” is the kitchen. I am
of departure, I was ready with                                                                                 names are Cesar, Isabela, and
                                    Recently, I have had a violent       responsible for cleaning the          Benjamin.
the canisters, but the airline      discussion with my brother,          dishes, filling the fridge, and
would not let me board the          who became angry with me.            cooking. I think that all these       I met them last week. It was the
plane with my new life support      To resolve this embarrassing         things are related. I can make a      first time I had seen a newborn.
system. So my parents and I         problem, I undertook three           tasty dish only if I have the right   It was great, and they were very
met the flight attendant and        actions. First, I explained this     ingredients. Also, I can make a       little. Because they were
discussed the problem. He told      situation to my mother and           good meal only if I have clean        premature, they were put in an
me not to worry about it. “We       asked her to discuss it with my      instruments for preparation.          incubator and have to stay there
have already prepared               brother in order to calm him         They should be completely clean.      until they gain more weight.
emergency oxygen bottles, so if     down. Second, as I didn’t want       The cooking itself is a very
you need them, we have them                                                                                    This story shows me that not
                                    to be confronted by him while        complicated process. You cannot       everything is impossible
for you.” I was assured that the    he was still angry, I called him     just get vegetables and make
attendant’s comforting words                                                                                   although sometimes you might
                                    three days after our discussion      something from a recipe. When         think it’s the end. When you
meant that everything would         occurred and spoke with him          you cook something, even an
be fine.                                                                                                       fight and try really hard to get
                                    about many subjects other than       ordinary dinner, you should put       what you want, you can get it.
However, I faced another            our problem. In fact, I              soul into your meal. I try to         Now I know that everything is
problem. I had to transfer to       proceeded in this way because        remember something very               possible, if you persevere to
another airline in Tokyo, and       I knew that if he were still         pleasant while I am cooking a         make your dreams come true.
the second carrier hadn’t made      angry, he would shorten our          meal. A good mood in cooking is
the same preparations for me,       discussion. Finally, when I was      as important as the spices and
so they said I could choose to      aware that my brother wasn’t         sauces you put in.
go back to Korea or board the       as angry with me as he had           The kind of meal you consume is
plane as I had originally           been, I called him again and         very important. The more good
planned. To be frank, I was         decided to speak openly about        meals you prepare in a good
afraid of having the same           our problem. As a result, each       mood, the happier people
problem again, but I did not        of us has been able to express       around you will be.
want to give up because             what he feels and to break the
studying English in the United      wall of misunderstanding that
States was one of the best          had occurred. My brother’s
chances I had to change my life     anger towards me has been
for the better. I was tense until   ended, thanks to this three-step
the time of boarding again but      method that I used to gain
even though I was bothered by       forgiveness.
my symptoms, I was
determined to tolerate them. I
thought this was a kind of
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What are some of      Marriage Advice
the factors that
                      Until Death Do They Part            other, conversation brings         each other, having
lead to a life-long   By Da Hye Kim, 6C                   about reasonable and logical       conversations often, and being
                                                          points of view. They’re able to    a companion in any
marriage? Level 6     Have you ever seen the movie        understand the situations,         circumstance—people can
                      The Notebook? This movie            reasons, and results through       acquire a successful long-
students pondered     starts with a beautiful and         conversation. Of course,           lasting pinkish marriage
                      peaceful sunset full of bright      sometimes they raise their         through their lives.
this question.        red colors. It is about an old      voices expressing how they
                      couple. An old lady has             felt. Even these moments,
Here are some of      dementia. She likes to spend        however, can help them to          Trust and Communication
                      time with an old man who            express their inner feelings.      By Aline Nzenze 6C
their thoughts.       always visits her to read a love    Just talking to their spouse and   Marriage today does not have
                      story. In fact, the story was       expressing their thought           the same connotation as in the
                      their love story. Even though       frankly can be a solution for      past. Every woman wants to
                      she can’t remember any single       many people. Moreover, with        get married with the first man
                      moment they spent together          these conversations, they can      that they think they love. As a
                      happily, he and she like to         have a chance to know more         result, we are confronted with
                      share time together every day.      about each other.                  an epidemic of divorce. It is
                      What makes people like them                                            difficult to find a couple who
                      love each other so faithfully for   The third thing that leads to a    has already spent more than
                      a long time? How could they         successful life-long marriage is   ten years together. In fact,
                      maintain the bright pinkish         being a companion in any           most of those couples who are
                      love “until death do they part”?    circumstance. The truth that       very excited at the beginning
                                                          someone is behind me to            tend to be less enthusiastic
                      The first factor for maintaining    support me and to hold my          after two or three years. Both
                      a long-lasting marriage is, of      hand as I need them can make       wife and husband have to work
                      course, love. The word “love”       people more comfortable and        for a long-lasting marriage.
                      has various meanings.               more confident                     They have to love and trust
                      Intimacy, faithfulness, respect,    psychologically. If the person     each other.
                      and trust can be some of the        standing behind me is my
                      examples. Loving your spouse        spouse, that will be               First of all, to be married is a
                      with faithfulness and trust         wonderful—the person I             very important decision. The
                      forms the basis of a good           married, have spent most of        couple has to be sure about
                      relationship between two            my time with, and who also         what they really need or want.
                      people. Spending time with          knows me better than anyone        “Love” is the principal factor
                      their spouse with intimacy and      else in the world. Even in the     in a marriage. In fact, this
                      true feeling makes them feel        hardest time and the saddest       strong feeling will help couples
                      closer even though they don’t       time, people can have strength     to find a solution to any
                      utter any sweet words. These        to face the world bravely and      problems they confront. Most
                      attitudes toward their life-        confidently with the truth that    couples who make a quick
                      lasting partners can lead to        they have a good companion         decision to divorce are not in
                      maintaining the long-lasting        and advisor who will be with       love. They think they love each
                      marriage.                           them all the time. Sharing time    other in the beginning, but
                                                          together, being with them          they realize afterwards that it
                      The second important point                                             was a mistake, a simple
                      for the ever-lasting marriage is    anytime, holding their hand
                                                          firmly, and supporting them by     attraction.
                      conversation. People can have
                      different points of view; hence,    giving a simple comment like,      Also, the husband and wife
                      that results in a fight             “I know you can do it. I’ll be     have to trust each other and be
                      sometimes. However, solving         with you.” Simple advice can       totally open. Of course the key
                      problems with conversation          build a strong foundation of       word is “communication.”
                      can be a good solution. Instead     wonderful ever-lasting             They need to talk to know each
                      of yelling, nagging, and            marriage.                          other in detail. Indeed, it has to
                      throwing something at each          With these factors—loving          be natural, not forced. The
                                                                                             result of communication is
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trust. When a husband and his        marriage.                             Respect and Freedom                A Strong Foundation
wife build this strong                                                     Yu Jin Chang 6C
                                     In short, a good marriage will                                           By Javier Cardona 6C
relationship like best friends, it                                         Respecting each other builds a
                                     last long if you know each
is always a very good thing.                                               foundation for a long-lasting      Marriage is like a house.
                                     other very well before getting
Nowadays, in a lot of                                                      marriage. It seems to be easy,     Consequently, we should
                                     married and you treat each
magazines, women complain                                                  but it might be the most           spend a lot of time on its
                                     other well in the marriage. The
about the fact that their                                                  difficult to do. For example,      foundation. If we do a good
                                     important reason to try to
husbands don’t listen or even                                              many families in my country        job, we will enjoy a long-lasting
                                     make a marriage work again is
talk to them. As a result, we                                              think that wives should            marriage. Nevertheless, even if
                                     the children. Make the right
can easily see that not having                                             support their husbands and the     we have a strong foundation,
                                     choice of who to marry. A lot
communication is one of the                                                traditions and rules of the        we should not forget to take
                                     of people don’t have a choice
causes of divorce.                                                         husband’s family. If a wife        care of the house. Once in a
                                     at all.
Finally, a boring relationship                                             does not want to accept her        while, the house will need
can also lead to divorce. The                                              new role and does everything       paint, a new picture on a wall, a
couple needs to have fun to          The Importance of                     like before, the wife, the         new plant with flowers in its
give their union something           Patience                              husband, and his family may be     yard. Many of the troubles
exciting. Trips and gifts are                                              in trouble. It might result in     that modern couples may be
                                     By Agustin Velasco 6C                 divorce. However, some             facing are a result of the
always welcome in a marriage.
In the beginning of a                Another factor, once you are          couples and their families think   couple’s laziness. After the
relationship, excitement is very     already married, is patience.         they are all equally, important,   marriage ceremony, a sense of
common, but couples, old or          We need to understand that            and they should respect each       a finished product may easily
young, don’t have to lose this       men and women are                     other. As a result, when they      flourish. Consequently, the
feeling. In fact, a good point is    completely different, and you         have different opinions and        couple may become engaged in
that the relationship can be as      can try hard to understand            thoughts, they listen to each      a financial race, forgetting the
new as in the first days.            your wife or husband, but in          other and discuss together         most important thing. their
                                     some cases you will never be          what decision will be better for   spiritual needs.
Getting married is an                able to understand your               them.
important decision to make. A        spouse. In those moments, you
lot of couples do not know the                                             Second, a little freedom
                                     should just be patient and            produces a happier marriage.
real importance of this act, so      understand that you both love
today we see a big number of                                               People think that after getting
                                     each other but are different.         married they have to do
marriages end in divorce.
Communication, harmony and           In my opinion, the most               everything together, but
fun are necessary to build           important factor is to never          sometimes people need time
and strengthen a relationship.       argue about more than one             for themselves, not for family
                                     problem at the same time.             and children. Men might want
                                     When you have a discussion            to enjoy time with their
How Not to Do It                     about the dishes, just do that,       friends, and women might
                                     and don’t bring to the                want to join some clubs to
By Maxim Overdijk 6C
                                     discussion the dirty clothes, or      learn for themselves or to
Another factor in a good             your mother-in -aw, or how            volunteer for others. Couples
marriage is how you treat each       your parents did it. By reducing      could enjoy time together, but
other. When one of the two           the topics of the argument, you       if their preferences are
people feels a lot of pressure,      will be able to reduce the time       different, they could follow
he or she might want to get out      of the fight and minimize the         them separately. They should
of the relationship. In some         hurt feelings.                        let their spouses spend and
cases, abuse is a factor in the                                            enjoy their own time. Then
                                     Being successful in a
relationship that also leads to a                                          they could share experiences
                                     relationship is not easy at all. It
long-lasting marriage, but in a                                            that they have gotten.
                                     requires a lot of everyday work,
very negative way. One of the
                                     but the benefits are huge:
two people in the relationship
                                     someone will love you forever
is often scared to leave the
                                     and be with you the rest of
other person. This is not a
                                     your life.
good kind of long-lasting
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My Three Top Values                 Important Values                   government. Unlike older
                                    By Webabe Mantoro, 1A              women, young women today
By Bruno Togo, 2A
                                                                       cannot have a good job unless
In the life of each person there    I think that men and women         they have graduated from a
are some values that he tries to    are about the same and can do      famous university and
follow in any situation. The        the same jobs because in           mastered English. Some of
values that I consider most         several countries of the world,    them even go abroad to
important are tolerance,            women do the same jobs as          acquire further education
honesty, and courage. First, I      men. This is a time of             because of the competitive job
like tolerance because I think      emancipation. For example,         market.
that without tolerance, we          Liberia, in northwest Africa,
                                                                       Second, the type of dress that
cannot build anything good in       has a female president. There
                                                                       the last two generations like is
society. An intolerant person       are many police officers who
                                                                       different. For example, in the
will live alone because he won’t    are women in my country,
                                                                       summer, older women like to
seek to understand other            Burkina Faso.
                                                                       wear a top with sleeves because
people and will fight with          I also think that a busy life is   it is believed that women who
everybody. The second value I       good because laziness is not       expose too much skin are not
respect is honesty. Without         good. If you are busy, you can     decent. For the same reason,
honesty, everybody will live in     earn money and help yourself       they only wear long skirts.
lies. Everyone must speak the       or others. For example, now        However, young women prefer
truth and not say bad things        we are students in order to        wearing sleeveless shirts and
about other people without          have good jobs one day. A          miniskirts or jeans to be more
proof. The last value I respect     busy life will help us to move     fashionable.
is courage. I very much admire      forward, to meet new people,
people who are courageous.                                             Third, the entertainment the
                                    and to learn about other
Courage helps people to not be                                         two generations prefer is
afraid and to accomplish great                                         different. Playing cards at
things. Also, courage helps you                                        home and having dinner in a
to not give up when you fail. A     Women’s Roles in Two               restaurant are common
famous person said, “It is easy     Generations                        activities for older women.
to fall down, but it is difficult   By Zichen (Yama) Zhang, 6A         They do not like to stay out
to stand up afterwards.”                                               late because this is offensive to
                                    Because China is a fast-           decent Chinese women.
For me, these values are most       developing country, many           However, young women prefer
important, but all other values     shifts having occurred in          playing computer games and
like goodness or loyalty that       Chinese people’s lives.            going to the pub at night. It is
help people to live well are not    Women’s roles in the last two      quite popular for young people
less important.                     generations differed in terms      to stay out late.
                                    of education, dress, and
                                    entertainment.                     The differences in women’s
                                                                       roles we see between the last
                                    First, women from the last two     two generations have led to
                                    generations have received          arguments between mothers
                                    different educations. The          and daughters; they cannot
                                    women in my mother’s day           understand each other as a
                                    usually graduated from high        result of growing up in
                                    school and they could get a        different environments and
                                    good job easily. If they could     receiving different educations.
                                    use basic English, they could      To avoid family dissension,
                                    work in high positions. A few      mothers should acquire new
                                    of them had the opportunity to     ideas as fast as their children
                                    study in the university if they    do, and the young should not
                                    were outstanding, and most of      forget traditions left by their
                                    them could work for the            ancestors.
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Students explored Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.
                      VOICES                          Page 18

Students and teachers sampled international cuisine
at the Fall 2007 Culture Festival.
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Students showed off their dance moves at the Culture Festival.
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Tabaski                             is a great holiday. It generally   which is the fifteenth day of        dumplings for breakfast. Some
                                    takes place one week after the     the New Year. The celebration        of the dumplings have coins in
By Ahmed Sylla, 2A                                                     of Spring Festival continues to      them. Those who eat the
                                    birth of a child. On this day,
Tabaski is a great event in the     early in the morning at six        that day from several days           dumplings with coins will be
Muslim community and is             o’clock, everybody meets at        before the first day of the New      wealthy for the whole year
celebrated three months after       the new parents’ house for the     Year.                                because the fifth day is the
Eid Mubarak. This event             naming ceremony. Killing a                                              birthday of the Chinese god of
                                                                       Before the first day, people buy
consists of making a sacrifice      sheep for this occasion has                                             wealth.
                                                                       new clothes and prepare
for God, especially the sacrifice   become a tradition in              traditional New Year’s foods.        Finally, on the fifteenth day of
of a sheep. Before the day          Bamako. Women use this             All of this is to get ready for      the New Year, people eat
arrives, people feel nervous        meat to prepare the holiday        the coming celebration. On the       “Tangyuan,”a kind of sticky
and overwhelmed because they        food. Young men also have a        day before the New Year,             rice ball. At night, everyone
want to plan a big party at         barbecue with this meat.           people clean their houses. It is     walks to the street carrying a
home. They start shopping           While women are cooking            believed that the cleaning will      lighted lantern. The fifteenth
about two weeks before the          “zameh,” the usual holiday         sweep away the bad luck and          day, which is celebrated as
event. Tabaski is like Christmas    food, men play cards, drink        get their home ready for good        Lantern Festival, marks the
because the children receive        tea, and discuss sports. Zameh     luck. Then they decorate doors       end of Spring Festival.
gifts. When I was a child, I        is cooked with rice, onions,       and windows with paper with
loved this party because I knew     and lamb. After eating at          Chinese phrases. Finally, they
that my mother had bought me        noon, everyone drinks many         have dumplings for dinner,
a present.                          kinds of drinks like cola, beer,   which they believe can bring
On the day of Tabaski,              and “dolo,” a traditional beer     more fortune.
everybody is busy. Early in the     made from millet. At about
                                                                       On the first day of the year,
morning, Muslims go to the          3:00 p.m. women wash the
                                                                       people wear new clothes to
mosque. When they come back         dishes before changing into
                                                                       signify a new year. After
home, they eat some food but        their beautiful African clothes    breakfast, which is also
the special meal is at 2:00 p.m.    for dancing to the sounds of       dumplings, Chinese families
While the men drink tea and         drums and tom-toms. After          begin to visit their neighbors
wait, the women take a long         women finish dancing, they         until lunch. A married man
time in the kitchen.                give gifts to the new mother.      should take his own family to
                                    These gifts can be bars of         his parents’ house to have
We typically eat lamb on
Tabaski. There are many ways        soap, money, or clothes for        lunch, which often includes a
to cook lamb. My mother likes       the baby or the new mother.        whole fish, a whole chicken,
                                    In Mali all holidays are           noodles, and other meats or          Chuseok of Korea
to cook a spicy lamb sauce
with rice or “attieke,” an          celebrated with a lot of           vegetables. The whole fish is to     By Keum Bi No, 3B
African food. She also cooks a      enjoyment.                         represent abundance, the
                                                                                                            Chuseok is a big holiday in
famous grilled lamb with                                               chicken is to represent
                                                                                                            Korea. Koreans celebrate this
french fries. It’s my favorite                                         prosperity, and the noodles,
                                    How to Celebrate Spring                                                 day in fall. It usually starts at
dish.                                                                  which should be uncut, are to
                                    Festival in China                                                       the end of September, and
                                                                       represent long life.
Tabaski is an interesting                                                                                   they get together with their
                                    By Fei Gao                         On the second day of the year,
holiday because we eat and talk                                                                             family. They share traditional
together with our entire family     Spring Festival, which means       a married woman must take            food, which is called song-
at our grandparents’ house. But     Chinese New Year, is the most      her own family to visit her          pyun; it is made from rice
the following day, everybody        important of the traditional       birth parents and have lunch         cake. Also, they do an original
has a stomachache and no one        Chinese holidays. Everyone in      there. After lunch, people pray      dance that is called kanggang
goes to work.                       China holds the opinion that       to their ancestors and all the       suwolle. They dance holding
                                    Spring Festival is the most        gods. Then, from the third day       each others’ hands and turn
                                    important time of the whole        to the fourteenth day, people        around with singing. Thanks
Naming Ceremony in Mali             year. The festival begins on the   in China visit their relatives, as   to this holiday, they can have a
                                    first day of the New Year on       well as their friends, to bless      chance to be with their family.
By Bruno Togo, 2A                                                      each other. On the fifth day,
                                    the Chinese calendar and ends
In Mali, the naming ceremony        with the Lantern Festival,         people once again have
                                             VOICES                                                                                    Page 22

        El Dia De Los Muertos
        By Jorge Alberto Bernal Velazquez, 3B                                                               Grandmother cook the many
        El Dia De Los Muertos is a special day                                                              delicious dishes of chicken, pork,
        in Mexico. It starts on October 31st and                                                            seafood, and vegetables. The
        it finishes on November 2nd, and we                                                                 traditional dishes for this holiday
        celebrate it to honor friends and                                                                   are more special than our everyday
        families. According to the tradition, the                                                           meals. In the evening, our
        spirits return to their families, and enjoy               Favorite Holiday                          grandparents call everyone to eat
        things they liked during their life— for                                                            together and to say good wishes to
                                                                  By Ya-Ching Chu, 2A                       each other. Everyone enjoys a
        example, bread, wine, and other special
        foods. Many families construct shrines                    Chinese New Year’s Eve is a very          fantastic meal. After the meal, our
        in their homes and decorate them with                     important day for all Taiwanese and it    grandparents give their
        flowers, photographs, and candles.                        is my favorite holiday. When this day     grandchildren red envelopes filled
        Mexican families have a big party on                      arrives, people leave their homes and     with a cash gift. Grandchildren
        this day.                                                 go back to their grandparents’ home.      who are married or working do not
                                                                  Naturally, my parents take me, my         get a red envelope. Although I am
                                                                  brother, and sister to our                a student now, I won’t get a red
                                                                  grandparents’ house. When we get          envelope this year because I will be
                                                                  there, everyone is very busy. Someone     in the USA and will miss my family
                                                                  is cleaning the house. Someone is         on this holiday. On the day after
                                                                  preparing food in the kitchen.            Chinese New Year’s Eve, when
                                                                  Children are playing cards and games,     everyone is out walking on the
                                                                  watching TV, or singing songs. My         streets, people say, “Happy New
                                                                  mother and I go to the kitchen to help    Year” to each other.

By Maria Poggioli, 4C                           By Changwon Choi, 4C                    Tam Luu

Maria                                           Changwon                                Enthusiastic, generous, energetic, faithful.

Friendly, happy, outgoing, kind.                Diligent, smiling, positive, passion-   Brother of a kind, elder brother.
Sister of two brothers.
                                                                                        Lover of tasting delicious dishes from other countries,
                                                Husband of Youjung                      improving my physical fitness by doing exercises, and
Lover of family, Venezuela, and love.           Lover of Jesus, soccer, dreams          decorating my house on special holidays.
Who feels happy when she shares with            Who will feel happy when he passes      Who feels happy when his mother cooks for him ,
her friends, sad when she is far from her       the TOEFL, feels angry in heavy         romantic when someone gives him a warm hug, opti-
family.                                         traffic, and felt sad when his father   mistic when he helps others.
                                                died                                    Who needs chicken soup to get more motivation in
Who needs peace for her country, all the
family together , and a boy friend.             Who needs love, encouragement, a        life, a true hand to help him overcome barriers at work,
                                                good TOEFL score                        and a simple meal to fight hunger.
Who fears being lonely, not to be reach
                                                Who fears flashes of lighting, be-      Who fears facing challenges and difficulties, revealing
her goals, defeat.
                                                coming lazy, failing anything           bad secrets, someone who is competition.
Who gives love, happiness and good              Who gives love, hope, the Gospel        Who gives an economics book and a law book to a
moments to her family and friends.                                                      friend to start her business, gives her a red rose to get
                                                Who would like to see his son, good
Who would like to learn English very            movies, unification in his country      along well again after arguing, and money to charity to
well, reach success, and find a good love.
                                                                                        help orphans get well-educated.
                                                Resident of apartment in Houston
                                                                                        Who would like to see the moon in mid-autumn, white
Resident of Valencia,Venezuela.                 Choi                                    snow in winter, flowers blooming in spring.
                                                                                        Resident of Vietnam.
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How to Charm a Woman                 first element is to be true and    telling a lot of jokes but rather   I applied for scholarships and
                                     remain the same because your       makes situations less dramatic,     listened to lectures. When I
By Awa Dosso, 5C
                                     real personality will come up      proves that you understand          had free time, I joined
Women are anything but a             sooner or later.                   her, and shows that you are so      associations with my friends
long and very calm river that is                                        open-minded that you can turn       and exercised in the gym.
always predictable. Charming a       As soon as you start up the        yourself into an object of          Those college years provided
woman is sometimes so                conversation and begin to          derision if needed.                 wonderful memories. When I
complex that people used to          speak with confidence to the                                           graduated, I found a job. I
claim that seduction is an art.      woman you have decided to          Shortly, seduction is so            acquired more skills and
A man looking for a long-term        charm, the next step is to have    complex that it is difficult to     professional knowledge at the
relationship should own all the      a good conversation and gently     know and master all its rules.      company. Furthermore, I
rules of this art. However, it is    put forward with humor your        No miracle solution exists to       saved some money because I
not always easy to challenge a       positive aspects without           guarantee total success when        wanted to experience foreign
woman’s glance and introduce         bragging about yourself. In        charming a woman. However,          life and to learn to speak
yourself for a conversation that     fact, even if you are shy, it      with a lot of patience and the      English well. Now those
will lead later to scheduling a      should be interesting to talk      combination of these three          dreams have come true. I am
rendezvous. So, is there a           with you because you must be       techniques, the path to the         an international student
miracle solution to charming a       able to captivate her attention.   seduction of your ideal woman       enjoying a new life. After one
woman? It would be erroneous         For this second step, be           is well-mapped and you will be      or two years, I might go back
to believe that there is an          attractive, caring, interesting,   likely to obtain the woman’s        to my country and get married.
unfailing method to charm a          and show your interest in her.     phone number and to be              I expect that I will have a
woman; however, there is a           Women’s most boring first-         scheduled for another date          happy, fun-filled life with a
series of three techniques that      date conversation occurs with      without too much difficulty!        wonderful wife.
can facilitate this process that     men who feel paralyzed by fear
seems so difficult, especially       and can’t carry on an
for novices.                         interesting conversation.          My Life
                                     Moreover, try to know more
First of all, always feel            about her so that you can have     By Cheng Yi Chang, 2A
confident and tell the truth         clues about what she likes or      I was born in the countryside
when you want to charm a             dislikes, and you can direct       of Taiwan. When I was a child,
woman. Indeed, women love            your conversation accordingly      I had many friends who always
men who feel serene,                 by showing that you are            played with me. During this
confident, and relaxed because       interested in the same things      time, I began to learn how to
that reassures them. It is           and that you have many things      read, swim, and so on. I had a
important to get rid of your         in common.                         happy childhood. When I was
entire complex and feel at ease                                         young, I was intrigued by
both in your mind and in your        Finally, never forget to make a
                                                                        everything and I wanted to try
body. So, even if you don’t          woman laugh at a first
                                                                        it all. I had a capacity for
have the body of Brad Pitt or        conversation! Don’t
                                                                        learning well and doing
the sex appeal of Richard Gere,      underestimate the power of
                                                                        everything effectively. When
be positive and feel blessed         humor because it allows you to
                                                                        teachers told me I was very
about what nature gave you.          break the barriers and make
                                                                        smart, I believed that I could
The secret is to be what you         people feel at ease. Indeed,
                                                                        get better scores and would
used to be without trying to do      women easily remember
                                                                        graduate from high school.
too much or denaturalize your        someone who makes them
                                                                        During high school, I studied
personality. It is certain that at   laugh during a conversation.
                                                                        hard the whole day and night
least one woman on this earth        Using humor to transmit the
                                                                        because I wanted to enter a
will be interested in you and        message that you are under the
                                                                        great college. I wanted to
will want to know you for what       charm of a woman is more
                                                                        attend institutions of higher
you are and not for what you         likely to be accepted like a
                                                                        education. Finally, I was
pretend to be. As a result, keep     compliment than being very
                                                                        successful and got into a good
in mind that seduction is a          formal in such a situation. In
                                                                        university where I majored in
matter of real life, so when you     addition, making a woman
                                                                        material engineering and
decide to charm a woman, the         laugh doesn’t always mean
                                                                        studied about lithium batteries.
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Language and Travel
                                   Urumqi city, which is a big city    tzin shii. I looked at his face
Do You Want to Dye?
                                   and good for shopping. I like       and he understood that I didn’t
By Rana Ibrahim, 4B                Urumqi city because there are a     understand even one word of
Not knowing a language can         lot of places to bargain, trading   what he had said. Then he took
sometimes cause problems in        centers, and restaurants. My        the menu and showed me
communicating. Two months          trip was not only about             pictures of meals that I could
ago, I faced a very                relaxing, but also about buying     order. I put my finger on one
embarrassing situation when I      some things my relatives and        of them, which looked very
was in a big store trying to buy   me. Prices in Urumqi are much       good in the picture, and then
a suitable hair product because    lower, especially for things like   he asked me about size, and
I had finally decided to change    computers or televisions, than      then explained it with his
my hair color. While I was         in my country. So I had a list      hands. So finally I got my meal.
there, a woman was standing        of what to buy, and it was long.
                                                                       There a lot of problems if you
next to me. She asked me, “Do      To shop I had to communicate        don’t know language, but at
you want to dye?” Actually, she    with the sellers, so this was a     the same time solving these
startled me, for I thought that    huge problem because most of        problems is really funny.
she was asking me whether I        them speak only Chinese, and a
wanted to die or not. I got        very small percentage of
really scared and upset.           people speak English or             Different Dialects
I thought that she was odd or      Russian. I bought some items
                                   from English speakers, but          By Kun-Long (Karen) Zhang,
maybe a crazy person. My fear                                          4A
pushed me to run away from         their English was so bad that I
that store. The next day while I   had to ask them twice to            A lot of different languages
was in my class, our teacher       understand them. Then I             exist in the world. Also, we
started talking about her hair     realized that if I wanted do to     have a lot of very different
color and how many times she       my shopping faster, I had to        dialects in China; some dialects
had changed it. When she was       speak to people who spoke           have almost the same
talking, she mentioned the         only Chinese! It was really         pronunciation but the words
word “dye,” which I later on       funny. We were saying words         and the meanings are
realized means “change the         to each other, but we couldn’t      completely different.
color.” After my class was         understand each other. Then I       Therefore, not knowing these
over, I returned to the same       tried to speak with my hands; I     languages can cause problem in
store for the same reason, but     mean, I was using my hands as       communicating.
the difference was that it was     signs. I showed one salesman a      Ten years ago, I took a
combined with a new word,          TV and then took piece of           business trip to Guangzhou.
which was so important to me       paper and drew him the dollar       Their dialect is hard to
to start a conversation with a     sign ($), and then he took his      understand for a tourist.
nice lady at the same store. She   calculator and typed me the         Fortunately, I could
was also looking for a suitable    price, but I knew that in this      understand and speak a little
hair color when I asked her,       city I had to bargain, so I took    bit. One day, I rode on the bus.
“Do you want to dye?” Later        his calculator and typed the        The bus was full of people.
on, that lady became one of my     price that I wanted. After a few    Suddenly, the bus stopped and
best friends and has helped me     minutes we had a deal, which        then I heard a woman exclaim,
a lot to communicate with          was profitable to both of us.       “Don’t touch me!” in the
people.                            When I was in China, I was          Guangdong dialect.
                                   not only shopping, but also I       A man’s voice responded, “I
                                   was trying Chinese cuisine.         don’t love you!” in Mandarin.
Shopping in a Foreign              One day I entered some              What had happened? I caught
Language                           restaurant and sat on a seat;       sight of the woman and man.
By Alimzhan Shalbayev, 4A          then a waiter came and asked        They stood body-to-body, no
                                   me in Chinese if I wanted to        more room in the bus for
Last summer holiday I was in       order something to eat. What I      them, for anybody. The man
China. I’d been visiting           heard was like this: Kuan tchi      couldn’t stand up well when
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the bus suddenly stopped, so        weekend. But later, I was so       me, “Do you have American            told us about. He said, “One
he had to catch the woman to        embarrassed because when I         Express?”                            day I went to a store to buy
avoid falling.                      had asked my host mom, I had                                            chicken and I didn’t know
                                    said, “Can I sleep with my         I said, “Yes, we do. How many        what chicken was in Russian,
“Don’t touch me! I told you!”
                                    friend?”                           do you want. Three?” I               so I started acting like a
the woman said angrily.
                                                                       thought she was asking about         chicken by moving my hands
“I really don’t love you!” he       When my host mom heard             espresso (the coffee), and they
replied. Most people on the                                                                                 and making sounds like a
                                    that, she was suddenly             started laughing.
bus began laugh. The                                                                                        chicken until they understood
                                    confused and shocked. So she
pronunciation of “touch” in                                            In fact, not only people who         what I needed.”
                                    asked me back immediately
the Guangdong language is                                              move make mistakes, but also
                                    “Who is your friend? Where do                                           Everybody makes mistakes
almost the same as the                                                 visitors. I heard from my
                                    you know him from?” and                                                 and it’s not a big problem,
pronunciation of “love” in                                             friend a story about a guy who
                                    “How can you know him?”                                                 but the problem is if we don’t
Mandarin. The man didn’t                                               went for a vacation
                                    and many, many questions. I                                             learn from our mistakes.
understand the meaning.                                                somewhere. At the airport, the
                                    tried to explain it to her for a
This shows how not knowing a                                           police asked him, “What are
                                    long time. Finally, I understood
language can cause problems in                                         you doing here?”
                                    that I used the wrong word. I
communicating. Sometimes, it        should have used “sleep over”      The guy answered, “I’m a
also can make a create a funny      instead of “sleep with.” I         terrorist.” He wanted to say,
situation.                          almost made my host mom            “I’m a tourist,” and the police
                                    misunderstand and get mad at       got scared and called the other
                                    me. But the most important         policemen, and they arrested
The Wrong Word
                                    thing is it made me so             the guy and held him for two
By Paeenoot (Becky)                 embarrassed that I will            days until they found that it
Chaiyases , 4A                      remember this phrase until I       was a misunderstanding.
There are many problems in                                             It’s easier to go to another
communicating if you don’t                                             country if you know about it
know the language pretty well.                                         and a little bit about its
It can make you confused and        Learning a New Language
                                                                       language, but what about the
make you misunderstand. So          By Alan Nimeh, 4B                  people who travel to a new
language is the most important                                         country and they never heard
thing for foreigners and            Using and learning a new
                                                                       even a little of that language?
students who desire to study        language is not easy. It may
                                                                       That is what happened to a
abroad.                             cause many problems in
                                                                       friend of mine who is from
                                    communicating with native
I am going to tell you a true                                          Syria when he traveled to
                                    speakers. People who move to
story that happened to me                                              Russia to study. When he went
                                    another country should be
when I was in Longmont,                                                back to Syria for a visit, he told
                                    careful how they use the
Colorado as an au pair. The                                            us how many mistakes he had
                                    language. While they are
first time I went there, I was                                         made. He said, “One day I
                                    learning, they make many
startled and nervous because I                                         went with a friend of mine to
                                    mistakes, especially when they
had never stayed far away from                                         the store and we took a taxi;
                                    hear one thing and understand
home like this before.                                                 when we got inside the taxi,
                                    something else.
Moreover, I was homesick                                               the taxi driver asked us to close
because I had to stay with an       For example, when I came           the door. We said yes because
American host family that had       here, I had a job as a waiter,     we didn’t do anything because
a different culture and different   and as we all know, the waiter’s   we didn’t understand what he
language. Therefore, I needed       job is communicating with          was saying. The taxi driver
someone to talk to. There was       people, so I made a lot of         asked us three times to close
another Thai au pair who lived      funny mistakes. One of these       the door and we answered yes.
in my neighborhood. I decided       mistakes was that one day I        After that, the taxi driver got
to ask my host mom for              had a table with three             angry and threw us out of the
permission to sleep over at my      customers. After they finished     taxi.”
Thai friend‘s house on a            their lunch, the woman asked
                                                                       Here’s another story my friend
                                       VOICES                                                                                    Page 26

Traveling in Turkey                                When I was walking on the street I found     who are very rich, but they cannot speak
By Dong Wook (Henry) Kim, 5C                       some used Korean buses and cars. The         English. Therefore, some of them have
                                                   buses had not changed appearance, and I      problems when they go overseas. Three
Have you ever been to another country? I           often found Korean letters on the bus.       years ago, my uncle traveled to Singapore.
took a journey to Turkey with my father            After traveling in Ankara, we moved back     When he met the security guards at the
when I was eighteen years old. Even though         to Istanbul, and then my father and I went   airport, he had trouble because he only
it was not my first journey in my life, the trip   to Istanbul’s downtown, which was the        knew a little bit of English. He answered
made me excited and also at that time it was       most developed place in the city, and we     “yes” to all of their questions although he
near my birthday, so I considered the trip a       watched belly dancing. If I have a chance    didn’t understand them. Unfortunately,
birthday gift from my parents. During the          to go on a trip overseas I would like to     they asked him whether he had drugs and
traveling days I had to be absent from             take a trip to Turkey again.                 wine. After that, he had to stay in the jail
school and my friends envied me. Before                                                         about twenty-four hours before the
traveling to Turkey, my father and I studied                                                    Vietnamese embassy in Singapore helped
about Turkey; the country’s religion is Islam.     “Yes” to Everything                          him. My friend was also denied when he
Turkey is one of the big marble production         By Bich Huynh (Vivian), 4B                   went to the American consulate to ask for
countries, and in this country people rarely                                                    an F1-Visa. When they asked him “Do
find Christians.                                   Not knowing a language can cause             you want to stay in the United States?” he
                                                   problems in communicating.                   confused “stay” with “study,” so he
On the first day of my trip, we went to
Istanbul. That city was cool. I mean I have        On a beautiful day, a lady cat and her son   answered “yes.”
never seen a scene like that before because it     walked in the garden which was near her      Nowadays, there are more and more
was my first time to see a mosque, which is a      home. Suddenly, a dog appeared, and he       people who realize the role of studying
Muslim meeting place. Then Father and I ate        wanted to fight with the lady cat. The       language especially the role of English. I
kebab, which is an old and popular                 young cat was scared, because the dog was    cannot study anything in the United States
traditional Turkish food. The second day, we       gigantic. However, the lady cat was really   if I don’t study English. Moreover, I
moved to Kamuckale; it used to be one of           smart, so that she fought against the dog    cannot get good jobs in the future without
the Roman Empire cities and has an old spa.        using the dog’s language. Finally, the dog   English.
The spa place was covered with white. I            ran away until he heard the barking of
don’t know why, but it was beautiful. The          another dog. If the cat hadn’t known how
third day we went to Turkey’s capital city,        to use the dog’s language, she couldn’t
Ankara. On that day Father and I woke up           have scared the dog. This was the first
earlier than on the others because we wanted       story that my teacher told me when I
to walk around the city in the early morning.      began to study English. Knowing a
Father and I went out at around six, but still     language is very important in
the city was dark. My father told me Ankara        communicating.
seemed like a back-in-the-80s Korean scene.        In my country, there are a lot of people
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Student advice
Choosing a Major                     the future.                          My first LCC experience started           addition, according to the news,
                                                                          with bad results. The Michigan            but also generates disagreements
By Pedro Zendejas, 5C                In conclusion, students who are
                                                                          test, which is used for placement         between husband and wife. In
                                     going to study a major need to
Students face some problems                                               in levels of English classes, placed      some research, it has been
                                     think before they choose it.
when they want to choose their                                            me at level two for my first              proven that many people waste
                                     This action can change their
major. They have to think                                                 semester in the LCC. I was                a great amount of time watching
                                     lives for good or bad. The
about three factors: types of                                             embarrassed because I thought I           this particular object.
                                     major is the thing that you’re
schools available, personal                                               was stupid. However, the LCC
                                     going to use to earn money for                                                 As you can guess, this enemy is
interests and skills, and future                                          teachers taught English to me in a
                                     the rest of your life.                                                         called television, and I,
job opportunities.                                                        kind and friendly way. They did
                                                                          not make me feel that I was stupid.       particularly, do not have much
There are a lot of schools or        My Journey to Level Six                                                        time to watch it. Nonetheless, I
academies in every country,                                                                                         do have a husband and son who
both public and private.             By Kei Ishii, 6A                     My LCC Experience
                                                                                                                    love to watch it. Therefore, I
Students have to check the           Have you thought that English is     By Chun-Hsiu (Hugo) Ting, 6A              have concerns because this
costs of each school and the         difficult or that it is hard to                                                object interferes with my son’s
                                                                          I have been at the LCC for a year.
majors they offer. Moreover,         master? I am going to graduate                                                 time. For example, he wants to
                                                                          When coming on the first day, I
universities always have a           from LCC at the end of this                                                    do his homework with the TV
                                                                          was nervous. My quiet and shy
limited number of students that      semester. However, I have had                                                  on, which seems strange
                                                                          personality led me to worry that
can enroll, In fact, schools give    many difficulties learning                                                     because he says he is able to
                                                                          making new friends and adapting
applications and some tests          English during my whole LCC                                                    concentrate better. Of course, I
                                                                          to new places might be difficult.
before students can get into the     experience .                                                                   do not believe him, and despite
                                                                          However, friendly and funny
school. The reputation of the                                                                                       his excuses, I turn it off and sit
                                     After I graduated from a             teachers and classmates proved
school is very important                                                                                            with him to do his assignments.
                                     university in Japan in 2005, I had   that I should not have worried too
because companies are paying                                                                                        On the other hand, my
                                     to decide what I was going to do     much. Even though we have
special attention to that; when                                                                                     husband’s behavior is not much
                                     for a living. One day, one of my     different backgrounds, such as our
you are interviewed by                                                                                              different from my son’s, for the
                                     friends from the university          countries, culture, age, or
someone from a company, one                                                                                         first thing he does when he
                                     invited me to go a conference        education, conflict between
of the first things that they read                                                                                  arrives home is turn on the TV
                                     that was offered by a world-         students has not happened
is what school you graduated                                                                                        (of course, after he kisses me).
                                     famous sports company. When I        because most of the students
from.                                                                                                               He reaches for the remote
                                     went to the conference, I was        respect other cultures.
Each student has different skills                                                                                   control and not only starts
                                     surprised because presenters         The LCC takes trips to San                changing the channels
and personal interests. Some         from the company were using          Antonio, Sea World, and                   constantly but also records
students have the ability to         only English even though they        Galveston with old and new                movies at the same time.
create or paint things, and          were doing the conference in         classmates. These activities have         Sometimes we get into
others have the ability to sing.     Japan. Everyone spoke English,       helped me discover my classmates’         arguments, but then I just
Some of them are not good            including the Japanese. When I       real side that I couldn’t see in class.   ignore the situation and move
with mathematics or chemistry.       asked one of the Japanese            In addition, at the Culture Festival,     away to do something else.
That means they have to know         representatives how often she        students can enjoy food from
if they choose chemistry as a        spoke English, she answered that                                               Recently, I decided I would
                                                                          different countries. I have created
major, they will have a lot of       she used it at every conference                                                rather be a friend of the enemy
                                                                          many happy memories since I
problems with some                   and that she speaks English                                                    than be against it because I love
                                                                          came to the LCC.
assignments. Some people just        every day at the company even                                                  my family and like to spend time
keep their dreams and follow         though it is located in Japan. She                                             with them. Furthermore, I also
                                                                          The Enemy in the House
them; they don’t have problems       also told me that English is a                                                 did my own research, and after I
choosing a major.                                                         By Majucet Cardenas Castro, 5C
                                     very important skill to get a                                                  asked most of my friends about
Furthermore, students have to        better job and to communicate        It might seem great technology is         the TV, their answers were all
check and find out about job         with people from different           changing our lives; however, this         the same. They had had similar
opportunities because now a lot      countries. Her comments              sometimes disturbs peaceful               difficulties with their families.
of students are graduates, so        touched my heart deeply. That        homes. The majority of people
                                     was when I decided to learn          possess more than one of a                Indeed, I would say that
the job market is very
                                     English. The decision was really     particular unnamed item in their          technology has its advantages
competitive. You can combine
                                     hard for me because at that time     homes, and this causes them to            and disadvantages; the key is to
studying and training because
                                     my English level was zero; I did     forget to share and communicate           know how to balance time and
some companies are giving that
                                     not even know how to make a          with their relatives. Furthermore,        accept the enemy in the house
option so they can see which
                                     sentence in English.                 this item not only contributes to         as a part of the family because it
student would be a good
                                                                          disruptive behavior in children,          will be in our lives forever.
employee for the company in
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Field Trips
         Trip to the              return to the past. I was excited    having fun. My satisfaction was
         Houston Museum           because it was my first time to      great because I met Lucy.
         of Natural Science       go to a museum and because
                                  of the thought of seeing Lucy        The Heart of the University
         By Ahmed Sylla, 2A       with my own eyes. After              By Wael Daij Aldossary, 2A
           My classmates and I    visiting some of the other
           went to the HMNS       exhibits, I went to a second         One afternoon, we visited the
           on Tuesday, October    floor hall reserved for special      most important part of this
           17. There were two     exhibits, this time for Lucy and     university: the M.D. Anderson
           classes together: 1A   Ethiopian history. Lucy is the       Library! We met our classmates
           and 2A. Our            nickname given to this fossil,       and teacher in the lobby. We
           teachers, Ms. Fallin   about 3.2 million years old,         activated our Cougar Cards for
           and Ms. Wilson, were   discovered in Ethiopia in 1974.      library use after filling out
with us. There were three cars    With fragments of 52 bones,          some information forms at the
and one van for transportation.   she represents one species of        reception desk. Next, we
Min Ha Pyo and Hussain            our human ancestors.                 looked at the selection of CD’s
Alsugoor drove their cars,        After observing many objects         and DVD’s. Then we went to
Hector Garcia drove his truck,    about Ethiopian history, I           the third floor of this huge and
and Sam Long drove one of         finally arrived at the entrance      nice building where we saw
the LCC vans.                     to the area accommodating            many, many shelves with many
At the HMNS, we started our       Lucy. On the left wall are           books. Finally, today, we
visit on the third floor, where   illustrations of various             discovered the HEART of this
we looked for the Eskimo          prehistoric human ancestors.         university. I call it the Museum
“raincoat” and the Incan “cape    In the middle of the area is a       of the Book because there are a
of feathers.” Next, we went to    display cabinet containing the       lot of books from way back.
the main floor to see the         authentic Lucy. I saw a
Energy Hall. We took many         skeleton with missing bones          Trip to The M.D. Anderson
pictures together and spoke       but enough to see a mandible,        Library
English together because this     a skull, some bones of the arm,      By Hildy Melisa Endako
museum was very strange to        a part of the pelvis, and a          Ikambouayat, 2A
us. Finally, we went to the       femur. A nearby police officer
                                                                       At 1:00 in the afternoon of
second floor to see the           provided surveillance for this
                                                                       October 19, I entered The
beautiful gems and minerals       priceless fossil. Also, there is a
                                                                       M.D. Anderson Library, where
and the gem vault also. The       replica representing the female
                                                                       I joined my classmates. We
second floor also has many        Lucy with hairy skin, small
                                                                       went to the checkout counter
kinds of interesting animals,     eyes, and long arms. I said to
                                                                       with our CougarOne Cards to
African and Texan. After that,    myself that I am seeing one of
                                                                       activate our accounts in this
we ate McDonald’s fast food       our ancient ancestors, but she
                                                                       library. This is something that
and bought some souvenirs.        looks more like a chimpanzee
                                                                       LCC students must do at the
                                  than a human. At the sight of
This trip to the HMNS was fun                                          beginning of each term.
                                  Lucy, many questions came to
and interesting because we                                             Next, we went to the CD/
                                  my mind. How did she live?
learned about other cultures                                           DVD shelves where most of us
                                  Did she think she would be
and gained new knowledge.                                              chose the allowed number of
                                  famous one day? After several
                                  minutes of contemplating             two DVDs each. During that
My Meeting with Lucy                                                   time, we spoke a lot of English
                                  Lucy, I decided to leave but
By Bruno Togo, 2A                                                      with each other.
                                  not without sadness. However,
Accompanied by our teachers,      I had many other things to           Finally, we went to the third
my classmates and I walked to     discover with my classmates.         floor. We learned about the
the parking lot close to the      When we returned to the              “brown box” where we can put
LCC office where we boarded       university, everyone was             books when we don’t
three cars and one van. Our       smiling because we had learned       remember their real places on
destination was the Houston       many things, all the while           the shelves. After that, we went
Museum of Natural Science to
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to the juvenile collection and     put people on the moon by
chose books to read at home.       2020.
                                                                      Weather Information in Houston
We are allowed to check out as
many as 99 books for three                                            By Weilun Chang, 2C
                                   The Texas Renaissance
weeks. Books in the juvenile                                          I reported about the weather information in Houston for my
collection are easy to read                                           classmates. I searched the Internet, watched TV news, and
without using a dictionary. In     By Diana Ospina, 2C
                                                                      asked my friends how to find out about the weather. I found
this way, we should learn          For a long time the Texas          a lot of information about weather, so I want to point out
English easily. This trip was      Renaissance Festival has tried     how to find out about the weather in Houston: It is as
very interesting. I hope to go     to bring the best in               follows:
back there soon.                   Renaissance fun, food, and
                                   merchandise. It began with         1. We can check online with www.weather.com or
                                   only three stages on 15 acres      www.click2houston.com and enter our zip code or the city to
History of Houston                                                    search. If you travel to another state, you can do this.
                                   where vendors put their wares
By Abdullah Tatir, 2C              on blankets under the trees.       2. When you go to school every day, turn your radio to Sunny
I learned a lot of new             Now there are over fifty acres,    99.1 to listen. They have a lot of reports about the weather,
information about Houston.         lots of stages and thousands of    traffic, and news in Houston.
In 1836, the Allen brothers        vendors and performers. More
bought an area in Texas and        than 300,000 people visit the      3. We can watch the local news on TV.
started to build a new city,       Renaissance Festival. You can      I think this is important because sometimes the weather in
Houston. It became the capital     wear wonderful costumes and        Houston is crazy. When you go to school in the morning, the
of the Republic of Texas.          eat delicious food. It was a       sun is shining, but it is suddenly raining heavily in the
Houston’s economy improved         great experience in my life.       afternoon!
and the population grew.           The people are very friendly,
Houston took its name from         and the people have organized
Sam Houston, a popular             each event very well. The
general in Texas. Houston was      Texas Renaissance Festival is a    When Will Winter Come?
used like a coordination center    good option to enjoy with your
during the Civil War. Today        family.                            By Georgiy Golovko, 5C
Houston has a population of                                           When will winter come? This is the main question that has
around 4 million. Every kind                                          been disturbing me every morning since the beginning of
                                   “Failure is Not an Option!”
of nationality lives here. There                                      September. When I was in the Ukraine, I dreamed about hot
are a lot of African-Americans     By Musaad Alsubhi, 5C              weather the whole year. So, I am in Houston now. It is the
and Latinos. People in             When I visited Johnson Space       middle of October and the temperature on the street is about
Houston are usually helpful        Center, I was impressed by         30°C. I should probably be satisfied. However, I feel so tired
and friendly.                      their achievements. I quote this   of hot weather, and I really miss cold weather. I want to feel
                                   title from them. I was             cold autumn rain. I want to see yellow leaves falling down from
NASA                               wondering why students fail.       the trees. We even have light morning frost at this time in the
                                   There are many reasons and         Ukraine. I want to wear an overcoat.
By Sherin Habib, 2C                the most important one is          Every day, I open the door of my apartment and I hope to feel
NASA means National                staying out late at night.         fresh, cold wind blowing in my face; instead, I feel hot air,
Aeronautic and Space               Sleeping late is the leading       which can hardly fill my lungs with fresh air. I had never
Administration. It was started     cause for absences. If students    thought before that I would miss the winter so much.
on July 29, 1958, by President     come at all, they might come
Dwight D. Eisenhower.              late and exhausted, and they       When will winter come?
President John F. Kennedy          will not be able to concentrate
focused on NASA and sent           and participate in class
astronauts to the moon in          activities. So go to sleep early
1960. Now NASA conducts            and remember: “Failure is not
science experiments and has        an option!”
the space station. There will
be a robotic mission to the
moon in 2008 and NASA will
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                                                                                                                  like a busy market that was disorderly
Elementary School Visit                                    or her own desk. I was shocked by how                and noisy.
By Yu (Candice) Wang , 5A                                  disorganized the students’ desks seemed to be at
                                                           the UHCS. In China, it was not possible for          The curriculum at the UHCS was very
My class and I visited an American elementary school,      students to make their study area so messy.          similar to Chinese schools. Both school
the University of Houston Charter School last                                                                   systems include math, science, biology,
Thursday. It was a very exciting experience. Since I       These American students participated in their        history/civics, and literature every day.
was involved with the Education Consulate in China, I      class activities by volunteering. They could         Physical education, music, art, and
very much enjoyed this trip. I noticed some similarities   answer the teacher’s questions freely. In China,     computer classes meet twice a week.
and differences between American schools and               if students intend to give a reply to the teacher,   Many students at UHCS have arranged
Chinese schools.                                           they should raise their hands and get permission     some extracurricular activities, such as
When I first entered the UH Charter School, I was          to speak. The classroom in China is quiet when       piano, guitar, foreign languages, soccer,
impressed by the messy classroom. The classroom            the teacher does the teaching. It is a requirement   or basketball, for evenings and
there looked like an artist’s workshop. Beside the entry   for students to concentrate completely on the
door, there was a small lab with some bottles,             books and teachers. The teacher in China is so
                                                           strict that the students don’t dare do their own     America has an excellent education
machines, and computers where students could do
                                                           business in class. On the contrary, the UHCS         system, as does China. They have their
some basic experiments. In China, classrooms aren’t
                                                           teacher was so casual; he made the students          own features, but they are both
equipped with lab facilities. There were five tables in
                                                           have the main role in their learning. To a           successful in teaching students and
the middle of the classroom. Each table had four
                                                           Chinese teacher’s eyes, the UHCS might seem          encouraging talents.
students sitting around. In China, every student has his

Level Five students visited the University of Houston Charter School’s fifth grade class to share
traditional folktales from their countries. Here are some of their stories.
The Four City Musicians of Bremen
(a traditional German folktale)
By Maria Grzegorzewska, 5A
A long time ago there was a donkey that had been working his whole life for a farmer. But then the donkey got older and his owner didn’t
want him anymore and decided to kill him. The farmer was a very poor man and he didn’t have enough money to buy food for an old
donkey that couldn’t work anymore. The donkey was afraid of being killed and he ran away. He dreamed of being a musician in Bremen.
On the way to the town he met a dog, a cat, and a rooster that were in a similar situation. The donkey asked them if they wanted to go
with him. Bremen was far away and they had to spend a night in the forest. There they found a small house of three robbers. The robbers
were eating a big dinner as the animals passed the house’s window.
The animals were so hungry that they made a plan to scare the robbers away. The plan was to make a big pyramid and to sing as loud as
possible. The dog stood on the donkey, the cat on the dog, and the rooster on the cat’s head. As the dog started to bark, the cat to meow,
and the rooster to crow like a raven, the robbers were so scared that they left the house thinking they had seen and heard a witch. The
animals could eat as much as they wanted and fell asleep, each of them in a familiar place. The cat slept on the heater because it was still
warm in the night, the dog behind the door like he had slept his whole life, the rooster outside on the house’s gutter and the donkey next
to the patio.
All the animals slept very deeply, but the robbers came back to see if there was really a witch in their house. One of the robbers was sent
to check the house, while the others waited for him in the forest. The night was very dark and the robber wanted to light a candle in the
house, but he mixed up the cat’s eyes with the hot coal inside the heater. The cat got such a fright that she jumped on the robber’s face
and scratched him. Then the robber wanted to get out of the house, but behind the door the dog was sleeping and got afraid, too, so that
he bit him on his leg. Outside the donkey gave him a hard kick and the rooster began to crow like a raven again.
Shocked and very frightened, the robber went back to his friends and told them that the witch was still here. Since then the bad robbers
have never come back.
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The Goddess Chang’e’s Flight          Mengtian burst into Houyi’s            was especially brighter than any       eat it, so could they. He tried to
To the Moon                           house with a double-edged sword        night When he looked more              plant that seed in good conditions,
A traditional Chinese folktale        and tried to intimidate Chang’e        carefully, he was surprised            and soon there were creepers
By Yuanfang (Kelly) Feng 5B           into giving him the magic pill.        because he saw a shadow in the         spreading over the land. They were
                                                                             moon and it looked like                round with a green covering and red
Long, long ago, there were ten        “Where’s the pill? Give me the
                                                                             Chang’e’s silhouette. Since then       inside. He shared the new fruit with
suns in the sky. The ten suns rose    pill, or you will die!” With these
                                                                             people view the moon every Mid-        his wife. They realized that the fruit
and set at the same time every day,   words, he put the sword to her
                                                                             autumn Festival (15th day of the       was sweet and juicy. Therefore, Mai
and the earth was like a              throat. Chang’e was scared. She
                                                                             8th lunar month) to                    planted more of this kind of fruit.
microwave. The seas were almost       kept swallowing as she tried to
                                                                             commemorate Chang’e.                   He carved symbols on the fruit and
dried up; the crops in farmlands      stay calm.
                                                                             The Red Watermelon                     let it float on the water.
were mostly dead, and others were     “Hurry! I won’t be lenient, you
burnt. The people would not be        know. I am really going to kill        a traditional Vietnamese folktale      Some fisherman found these fruits
able to live much longer in that      you here,” he shouted at her.          By Ly Nguyen, 5B                       and tasted them. They
situation.                                                                                                          realized that the fruit was good, and
                                      When she finally cried out for          Ly wishes to dedicate this story to   they tried to find Mai. They asked
“I can’t keep sitting back any                                                her friend who loves watermelon.
                                      help, he laughed at her. “Ho, ho,                                             him about exchanging their goods
more; I have to do something,”        ho. You think there will be            Many decades ago, there was a          for his fruit. The king became aware
Houyi was thinking. He was a          anybody to come help you? Ha,          little boy who lived in a small        of the popularity of this fruit. The
hero good at shooting arrows.         ha! Don’t be so silly, dear. Your      village and usually followed the       king then recognized Mai’s talent
The next morning, he went up to       hero husband is probably               hunters and fisherman. When he         and he apologized to Mai for his
the top of the highest mountain,      running after rabbits in the forest    was eight years old, he had a          mistake. Then, Mai An Tiem taught
pulled the bow with all his           forty miles away right now. And        chance to meet the king. The king      the farmers how to plant and take
strength and aimed at one of the      I’ve killed all of your bodyguards.    took him as his son because of his     care of this fruit. He named it
suns. Fire! The arrow reached the     You can shout as loud as you           intelligence and named him Mai         “watermelon.” Nowadays, thanks to
center of the sun perfectly and       want, but nobody will hear you.        An Tiem. The more Mai grew up,         Mai An Tiem, many people love
the sun dropped. In this way, he
                                      “Ho, ho. You’d better obediently       the smarter he was. He got             watermelon and can enjoy this
shot down nine suns. People
were so happy and thankful that       give me the pill. Maybe then I’ll      married to a nice girl. The king       wonderful fruit.
they lifted him up and down to        think about leaving you alive.”        gave him a large piece of land to
celebrate. God gave an anti-death                                            work. In a short time, Mai and his
                                      Chang’e became aware that she          wife became very successful by
pill to him as a reward; if he took   was no match for Mengtian, and
the pill, he would not really die,                                           working hard. He built his house
                                      she also knew that it was time to      and made a lot of rice.
but rather become a deity who         make a choice even though it
could live forever. After his         seemed there were no choices. In       However, some courtiers lied to
magnificent feat, Houyi became        a moment of desperation, she           the king and said that Mai had
very famous. Many teenagers           decided to take the pill to prevent    looked down on the king and gave
started asking him to be their        that evil guy from getting it. At      his thanks only to God. The king
teacher. One of them named            first, she pretended to unlock the     was very angry about what he
Mengtian joined the group but         box for him. After that, while she     heard from the courtier without
not for leaning skills like the       was opening the box, she gulped        checking. The king promulgated a
others; he actually had designs on    up the pill as fast as she could. At   decree that grounded Mai to a
that magic pill.                      the same time, her body floated        desolate island in the East Sea. He
Not long after he began teaching,     up away from the ground and            was allowed to bring enough food
Houyi got married to a kind and       rushed out from the window and         for a few days, a knife, and
beautiful woman, Chang’e. When        flew into the sky. She was             nothing more. From then on, Mai
he was not teaching or hunting,       actually unwilling to leave, so she    and his wife lived there alone.
he was always with his wife. He       chose to stop on the moon,             His wife cried, but he encouraged
loved her so much that he even        which was the closest place to the     her by saying, “We have our brains
became afraid of taking the pill      earth. She thought she would           and hands, so nothing is
because if he took it, he would go    probably still be able to see          impossible.” The next day, he used
up to heaven and could never see      Houyi from there. She became           the knife to dig a deep hole to find
Chang’e any more. One day,            the deity of the moon.                 water for drinking. He and his wife
before going hunting with his         At nightfall, Houyi came back          built a tent by using the branches
students, he decided to ask           home. A maid told him what had         of the trees and sticking rocks
Chang’e to keep the pill for him.     happened in the morning.               together. His wife caught some
Chang’e stored it carefully by        He took out a sword and ran to         fish from the sea to make a meal.
locking it into a box and hiding it   catch Mengtian, but of course          Fortunately, he found big stones
in the cupboard.                      Mengtian had run away much             and he hit them together to make
Unfortunately, Mentian had            earlier. Houyi felt so sorrowful       a fire to cook on. After some days,
secretly observed Chang’e hide        that he cried out his wife’s name      he saw a bird eating a piece of red
the pill. He pretended that he was    toward the sky like a wounded          fruit, which had black seeds. He
sick and didn’t go hunting with       animal. At the same time, he           drove away the bird to keep the
Houyi. After Houyi left,              suddenly found that the moon           seed. He thought if the bird could
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Dave’s Page
                                   time to process visas. Students      Immigration that you changed
                                   whose visas have expired may         schools. See the advisor at the
                                   face time delays when trying to      new school if you are going to
                                   renew their visas over the           transfer so that you make sure
                                   Christmas break. You can             your new I-20 is processed
                                   check the web site of the U.S.       properly and within the time
                                   embassy in your country to get       allowed.
                                   the latest visa processing
                                   information. You may want to         Also, remember that the law
                                   change your travel plans if your     requires you to report any
                                   visa has expired and the U.S.        change in your address
                                   embassy in your country needs        within ten days of the change.
                                   too much time to process your        Please bring your address
Immigration Update                 visa renewal. If you have any        changes to the LCC, and we
                                   questions, check with the LCC        will change it in the UH system
If you are traveling outside the                                        as well as notify DHS.
U.S. over the Christmas break,     Student Counselor’s office
you should talk to Dave Burns,     now to avoid problems later.         Other visa categories such as J-
the LCC Student Counselor, or                                           1, B1 or B-2, A-1, L-2, etc.,
his assistant, Sam Long, before
                                   F-1 Student Status                   have their own rules, which
you leave in order to make sure    Students need to be very             students in these categories
your I-20 and visa are correct     careful and obey the                 must obey. Remember, if you
and valid. Remember that to        immigration laws. Under the          obey the immigration laws, you
re-enter the U.S., you must        current laws and rules, students     will not have a problem. If you
have an I-20 for the school you    who go out-of-status (don’t          have any doubts or questions
will attend, as well as            obey the rules for students)         about the rules or about what
an unexpired visa. Your I-20       may find that they are unable        you must do, see the LCC
can be either your current I-20    to get their status back while in    Student Counselor, Dave
signed on the last page (page 3)   the U.S. This means they may         Burns, or his assistant, Sam
by the student advisor or a new    have to return to their country,     Long. We are here to help you
I-20.                              and in some cases, get a new         and we want to make sure you
                                   visa to return to the U.S. to        are successful in your studies at
When students re-enter the                                              the LCC.
                                   study. There is a possibility that
U.S. for the spring semester
                                   a new visa will not be granted
after having gone home for the
                                   if the student got out of status.    What are you doing
Christmas break, they should                                            next semester?
be prepared for questions and      Remember the basic
an inspection by the               immigration rules you must           Under the DHS SEVIS
Department of Homeland             follow. For F-1 students,            tracking program for F-1
Security (DHS) . In addition to    among the most important             students, at the beginning of
their passports, visas, and I-     rules are: 1) You must be a full-    each term, we have to enter the
20s, students should have with     time student during regular          data of what you are doing into
them copies of their school        terms, taking vacations only         the SEVIS system. It is VERY
records such as their grade        when you are permitted. 2)           IMPORTANT that you let us
reports and proof of their         You can not work, except on          know what you will be doing
financial resources and            campus, unless you have              next term so we can enter the
sponsorship. Usually the DHS       special permission from DHS.         correct information. If we do
inspector will not ask for these   3) You must make sure your I-        not know and do not update
additional documents, but          20 is up-to-date and issued by       SEVIS, the SEVIS system will
students should have them          the school you are attending. 4)     automatically terminate you,
available in case they are         If you transfer to another           which means you can lose your
needed.                            school, you must get a new I-        student status! Your teacher
                                   20 from the new school and           will give you an “End of
Many U.S. embassies and                                                 Semester Student Plans” form
                                   have it processed in a timely
consulates are taking a long                                            before you finish your classes
                                   manner in order to notify
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this term. It is very important                                         LCC Falcons. Both were
                                    Souleymane Zampaligre.
that you complete this form                                             excellent teams and both teams
and return it to your teacher. If                                       went to the play-off
you did not get one, go to the                                          tournament. The Eagles made
LCC office to complete the          Table Tennis:                       it to the semi-finals, but,
form before you leave for the       1st – Andres Burbano;               unfortunately, lost in a goal
winter break.                                                           that was made with less than
                                    2nd – Hasan Eken.                   one minute left to play in the
If you plan to take a vacation                                          game. It was a real
for the spring term, you must       Thanks to everyone who              heartbreaker. But there is
fill out a “Vacation Request”       helped make the Culture             always next season! We are
form. These forms are in the        Festival a big success, despite     very proud of both teams.
LCC office.                         the rain, by bringing all the       Thanks to all the guys who
                                    delicious food. This was a          played, and a special thanks to
If you are not sure what you        special time as it was the same
will be doing after the break,                                          Ali Al-Yami from Saudi Arabia
                                    week as the American                who is a former LCC student
please let us know by the start     celebration of Thanksgiving.
of the spring term so we can                                            now in UH and was the
                                    Not only did we have the            captain of the Eagles and
enter the correct information       traditional American
about you in the SEVIS                                                  organizer for the teams. Special
                                    Thanksgiving turkey, but also       thanks as well to Kei Ishii our
system.                             we had a good time tasting the      level six student who also
Student Activities                  dishes of different cultures and    helped organize and captain
                                    learning about each other.          the teams.
The time has passed quickly         Thanks to the students who
this semester! Our planned          brought their music, danced         By the way, Ali is now working
orientation trip to the Museum      for us, and dressed in              part-time in the LCC office.
of Fine Arts and the Galleria       traditional clothes.                We are very proud of his
were cancelled because UH                                               accomplishments.
was closed due to the threat of     On December 12, we have our
a hurricane! We apologize to        final field trip. By the time you   The LCC Student
those students who came to          read this, you will probably        Counselor’s Office
the University only to find it      know that we plan to go to San
closed. Fortunately, it was only    Antonio! It’s a great way to end    The Student Counselor’s office
a few weeks until we had the        the semester, joining friends,      is here to help you with your
LCC class photo followed by         classmates, and teachers and        problems, to help you find
the LCC Sports Tournament.          having a Mexican lunch at Casa      information you need, and to
Students had a good time and a      Rio on the famous Riverwalk.        advise you about your
break from their studies.           After lunch is the time for         concerns, ranging from
Winners in the games were as        exploring the rest of the           immigration to academic
follows:                            Riverwalk, visiting the shops,      concerns to personal problems.
                                    going through the Alamo, and        In addition to Dave Burns,
Bowling:                            enjoying San Antonio. I hope        there is Sam Long, LCC
                                    everyone sees the Riverwalk         Program Assistant, who can
1st – Son Trinh (Kenny)             after dark when all the             help you.
2nd – Nestor Sanchez;               Christmas lights are on. It’s
                                    very beautiful.                     Come see us if you have a
3rd – Keun-Woo Park;                                                    question, need information or
                                    The LCC Soccer                      advice, or just want to talk!
4th – Nestor Alvarez.
Billiards:                          The LCC was fortunate to
1st – Shu Po Yu (Kenny)             have students representing us
                                    in the UH intramural indoor
2nd – Gustavo Franco                soccer games. We had two
3rd– Ihsan Umit Akyazici and        teams: the LCC Eagles and the
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Art Critiques
Conjurer                             looks perfect. If you look        thing in this photo is that it’s
                                     beyond the tree, you can see a    turned over from the top to
By Kenny Yu, 4A
                                     cottage in the distance.          the bottom. The image of birds
What is art? There’s no exact        This work of art is so peaceful   I thought was real is their
answer to this question! In          because there is no car or        shadows.
fact, whatever you think about       horse in the photographs. Also
it, that’s art! After I saw the                                        Jean Luc Mylayne divided
                                     the trees stand along the         proportionately his photo with
Conjurer picture, which was          cottage. But the main part of
drawn by Amy Sillman, I felt I                                         80% water and 20% birds and
                                     the photograph is a bird and      the edge of the pond. The
was in the picture.                  the boots which a person is
I think the woman in the                                               photo shows a balance
                                     wearing. That attracts the bird   between the group of birds in
picture is trying to avoid the       to stand on the stone and look.
disordered things that invade                                          the left bottom, a group of
                                     I think the person is tired of    connected waterweed in the
her mind. She uses her hand
                                     city life when he has become      middle and water on the top.
to build a field to stop those
                                     famous. The city gives him a      The contrast between the
disorderly things. She wants to
                                     lot of pressure and               water and the edge of the pond
stay in a place that is really
                                     inconvenience. So he desires to   makes the birds’ shadows
peaceful and quiet, just like
                                     go back to a natural and          become clear to see.
paradise. The place where
                                     peaceful life. The red boots
she’s standing is white, but on                                        I think he first tried to capture
                                     that usually a woman wears
the other side, it’s really messy.                                     the bird picture, but when he
                                     attract the bird because it
In this generation, there are                                          looked at it from a different
                                     knows that boots could belong
too many things to bother us                                           side, he was probably
                                     to a famous person’s wife.
in the world! Every day is                                             surprised. When turning over
tiring! Every day is busy!           I like this photograph because
                                     of two points. First, the red     the photo, it gave him another
Everything is bull…! Every                                             feeling.
year is the same! I need the         boots are picturesque and
shelter of my own protection         glaring. Second, I like the       I love this wonderful
to be with myself, center, and       village landscape because         photograph because it makes
find clarity, peace, and serenity!   nobody can disturb you there.     me feel happy and relaxed.
I hope that I can have the                                             Moreover, I appreciate Jean
same hands--like                                                       Luc Mylayne’s trick and how
hers! However, that’s                No. 358 – Jean Luc Mylayne        he captured this artwork. I
impossible to be done! The                                             hope “No.358” will be your
thinking can only exist in           By Mungtra Chusilp, 4B            favorite color photograph the
dreams! After I saw the              Between December 2005 and         same as me.
picture, I felt I was in the view.   January 2006, Jean Luc
                                     Mylayne was taking a vacation
                                     from France to the west of
Jean Luc Mylayne’s                   America and produced his
Photograph                           color photographs on the
By Li Ye, 4A                         concept of birds. His photo
Jean Luc Mylayne is interested       “No. 358,” illustrates a few
in commonplace birds and             parts of a pond. Six birds are
natural landscapes in his            standing at the edge of the
photographs. In his                  pond. There is a little
photograph I see a person who        waterweed floating on the
is wearing blue jeans and            water. The water is dark blue
cowboy boots. Especially the         and turbid. When I see this
boots are very dazzling because      photo, especially the water and
the main colors are red and          waterweed, I feel like I’m
black. But there’s a little white    looking in the sky with a few
at the side of the boots. It         clouds. The most interesting
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