“If you wanna know me, ask!” Chinese student organization deals with cultural stereotypes

On April 7, Humans of East Lansing, a Chinese student-run media platform that explores stories in the community, hosted an event titled “If you wanna know me, ask!” at the East Lansing Public Library. The purpose of this event was to break barriers and misunderstandings between community groups. The event divided people into four roundtables and invited people from various cultural backgrounds to talk to each other.  



“Just don’t be afraid to learn about other people and ask about what other people are interested in.

Chinese student organizations move recruitment date ahead due to competition

EAST LANSING – Chao Shen arrives at Bessey Hall early morning one weekend morning in January. He’s wearing a shirt and tie with a stack of evaluation forms in his hand. He is a member of the Chinese Undergraduate Students Association, and he’s here to interview potential new members. Every semester, CUSA interviews candidates to select new members, but this year is a little different: The recruitment is half a month earlier than last spring. One reason for the earlier date is that another Chinese student organization, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, set its recruitment date, one day before CUSA’s.

Meridian Township makes continuous efforts to keep a culturally diverse community

By Kelsey Banas
The Meridian Times

Meridian Township is riding a wave of international diversity by encouraging and taking advantage of this big magnet for international talent called Michigan State University. Meridian Township benefits from connections with Michigan State University where international students are renting apartments and purchasing homes. According to the Office for International Students and Scholars, there were 7,161 international students in fall 2013. That was an increase of 8.5 percent from the year before. “We like to think that by providing a welcoming atmosphere and providing a high quality of life in Meridian we will keep our international population here,” said Julie Brixie, Meridian Township treasurer.

Michigan’s community colleges recruited 2,780 international students

Capital News Service
LANSING — A low admission threshold and low costs at community colleges can benefit international students who lack English language proficiency or find tuition at four-year institutions too expensive, experts say. There were 2,780 international students enrolled in Michigan’s 28 community colleges in fall 2013. That’s roughly 1.3 percent of the student population at these colleges, according to the president of the Michigan Community College Association, Michael Hansen.
Diana Schack, an international student advisor at Oakland Community College, said, “We require a really low score” in language proficiency for prospective international students. They only need to get 3 on IELTS (the maximum score is 9) or 25 on the Internet-based TOEFL (the maximum score is 120). IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, and TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language.

International students have own take on U.S. election

By Alex Barhorst
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

East Lansing’s international students express varied interest in the upcoming presidential election. Some students said they have not missed a debate; others said they have not paid any attention to them. “(The debates) were up on YouTube. I couldn’t resist,” said Bandamlak Jemberia, a student from Ethiopia. “They are fun to watch.”

Jemberia said he listened carefully to discussions about funding international student programs like the one that brought him to Michigan State University.

International student population up at some community college

Capital News Service
LANSING – The number of international students at some community colleges – including those in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Wayne County – is increasing, according to the Michigan Community College Association. South Korea, China and India are the top places of origin for them, and business, health careers and computers are their most popular fields of study. Evan Montague, dean of student services at Lansing Community College (LCC), said the college has a strong international student population with 400 students from 56 countries out of 20,000 in total. To ease their transition to a new environment, the college holds an international orientation. LCC also has an international student services coordinator who assists students in connecting with campus academic support, as well as an international student department and an active international student club.

International students are given a warm welcome to East Lansing

By Keosha Burton
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

The City of East Lansing, along with Community Volunteers For International Programs, came together to host an event for international students. The 2nd annual East Lansing Welcomes the World event took place Oct. 2 at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center along with a celebration of 50 years for the Community Volunteers for International Programs.The event, put together by the CVIP, Marie McKenna and others from the City of East Lansing, turned out well with many international students showing up, as well as appearances from the Mayor and Michigan State University‘s President Lou Anna K. Simon.Activities for the event included celebrating CVIP’s 50th anniversary, international entertainment like singing and dancing and a few words from politics and MSU staff. International students from countries including Indonesia, China and many more places attended the event with the American families that they were paired with. Many international students were happy to have been a part of the program and were appreciative to have the opportunity.