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LaForge presents his new leadership course

September 13, 2014 – 4:36 pm | Comments Off

Jessica Woods
Staff Writer
Delta State University President William LaForge talked about the class he is currently teaching this semester at Delta State, MGT 492, a seminar on Leadership.
This seminar-style course is held from 6:00 – 8:00 …

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Culture Shock

September 11, 2014 – 11:22 pm | Comments Off

Darya Hushtyn
Online Editor

Hi, I’m Dasha. I came from Belarus, a small country in Eastern Europe that most of you may not have heard of. When I knew for sure that I would spend the fall semester in America, I was very excited but also afraid because I didn’t know what to expect: another language, different culture, other mentality.

I watched a lot of American movies, but sometimes real life differs from ones on the screen. I have always admired America, but couldn’t even imagine that someday I would really get here.

I had great expectations, but at the same time was aware that anything could descend upon me from heaven to Earth. So what happened to my looking-fors? They haven’t materialized. In life, everything turned out to be much better than I could imagine in my wildest dreams!

People impressed me immediately. Everyone is so nice and friendly here that I didn’t have an adaptation period at all! I had come more than 5,000 miles. I had four flights, but I didn’t feel any lassitude because people surrounded me with their hospitality and openness. I replaced my lack of energy not by sleeping but by meeting new people who behaved as we had been best friends already. That was fantastic! And it still is.

In my country, people are self-contained. They’ll think you’re mad if you smile at them in the streets. They may follow each other on Instagram, “like” each other’s photos, but won’t even say hi if they accidently meet. Here I got acquainted with many people thanks to Instagram. The hashtag #dsu helped me to find a lot of new friends who just stopped me on my way to the cafeteria or somewhere else like “Hey! You’re that girl from Instagram, nice to meet you. Let’s take a selfie!” In my country people underestimate the role of Instagram in people’s lives, but here, in America, I feel like I think the same way people think. And that’s awesome!

I also expected Americans to be rude and selfish (kind of a prejudice) because in the movies Americans are often contrasted to the gentlemen British. Now, I can’t imagine how courteous the British should be if in America people always smile, wish you a good time, are willing to help and make you feel comfortable.

One more difference is that in my country people care too much about what the others think of them, especially in concerns with appearance, but if you feel comfortable sitting on the floor or on the grass, you are not permitted to do it in public places. 

I like it here because you can express yourself. Over here, it is encouraged, while in my country, people with extraordinary appearances or ways of thinking are perceived as freaks. The United States is the country where you really feel freedom and freedom to be yourself.

What’s all the Yik-Yak about?

September 11, 2014 – 11:18 pm | Comments Off

Caroline Bickley
Lifestyles Editor
Yet another social media networking site is beginning to gain popularity among teens and college students. If you haven’t heard of the gossip infested and anonymous chat messaging network yet, give it a …

When the towers began to fall

September 11, 2014 – 11:16 pm | Comments Off

Conor Bell
Copy Editor
Today marks 13 years. It is simply a reminder of the tragic events that happened. Four planes were hijacked, and four planes were crashed. Our nation was turned upside down, and war began. …

Be yourself in a changing world

September 11, 2014 – 11:13 pm | Comments Off

Elisabetta Zengaro
Editor-in-Chief
One of my favorite things to do on a long car ride is to watch the scenery change as I travel further and further away, and while I spent a large part of my …

Blansett speaks at SGA luncheon

September 11, 2014 – 11:10 pm | Comments Off

Laura Orsborn
Staff Writer
The monthly SGA luncheon met Sept. 3 for guest speaker Dr. Wayne Blansett to give a round-up of the goings on around campus.
First, Blansett spoke of the enrollment numbers being up from previous …

Statesmen defeat Fort Valley State in season opener

September 11, 2014 – 11:05 pm | Comments Off

OB Taylor
Staff Writer
The Delta State Statesmen got a great start to the season when they thrashed the Fort Valley State University Wildcats on the road 56-13 at Wildcat Stadium in Fort Valley, Ga., this past …

Lady Statesmen defeated in season opener

September 11, 2014 – 10:59 pm | Comments Off

Florian Monoloni
Sports Editor
The Lady Statesmen fell 2-1 against Belhaven University for the first game of the season on Sept. 6 in Jackson.
The first half of the game was globally dominated by the Green-and-White team, …

Statesmen defeated by Lynn

September 11, 2014 – 10:56 pm | Comments Off

Florian Monoloni
Sports Editor
Delta State University lost 3-1 against Lynn University on Sept. 7 at Cleveland, Miss. The Statesmen are now 0-2-0 this season.
The game started with domination by the visitors with four shots in the …

Robertson to start his first season as head coach

September 11, 2014 – 10:47 pm | Comments Off

Tiago Doneux
Layout Editor
As in every sport and life, when the opportunity is presented you have to embrace and make the best of it.
In this case, the new men’s soccer head coach Andy Robertson happened to …

A European boycott of Russia’s World Cup?

September 11, 2014 – 10:42 pm | Comments Off

Florian Monoloni
Sports Editor
Russia has always been in one of my columns since I started to write them. Unfortunately, it never was to say something great about what this country could have accomplished.
Approximately since last …

Q and A with DSU’s Christy Riddle

September 11, 2014 – 10:36 pm | Comments Off

Darya Hushtyn
Online Editor

You must have met them in your classes, or somewhere outside on the campus—students who are totally disoriented trying to find the right building and speaking with strange, but sometimes quite nice accents. …