After 6 months: Voices from the Netherlands, Ireland and Thailand

By KYLE TURK
CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

LANSING — For any international student coming to the United States, the first few months on campus can be daunting. When home is thousands of miles and multiple time zones away, sometimes the things local students take for granted are a struggle. That struggle multiplies for a pair of international students on Michigan State University’s field hockey team. Freshmen Daphne Voorman of the Netherlands and Jade Arundell of Ireland have an even smaller window of opportunity to check in with loved ones back home. They are among the 1,300-plus international students spending their second semester on campus this spring, according to MSU’s Office for International Students and Scholars.

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Life Chain brings attention to abortion

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Through the Banks of the Red Cedar

A documentary film about racial tension on-campus in the 1960s premiered this week. “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar” focuses on student athletes who faced racial hardships while playing the sports they love. Film maker, Maya Washington, learned about her father, Gene Washington, struggle with diversity back in the sixties. She compared her father’s experiences to what student athletes face now. Maya Washington says what her father went through helped pave the way for student athletes today.