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Old Dominion University English Language Center Spring II 2010 Newsletter
Old Dominion University English Language Center Spring II 2010 Newsletter

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A Publication by and for Students of the English Language Center, Old Dominion University
April 2010—Spring II
An ELC Mascot?
Tetsu Nakamura, Adv. III had a question for an ODU student: “Whydo American students wear clothes withtheir school logo on it?” That girl told meone word: “represent.” Because there arenot many Japanese students that wearschool logos on their clothes, I wonderedabout it a lot. It seemed to me that theywore it for the sake of their love for theschool.I thought, “Why does the ELC not have itsown original logos and mascots?” I am anELC student, not an ODU student. I alsohave no intention of going to ODU. (Lots ofother students do not feel like going toODU either.) So, I do not feel like wearingclothes with that logo on it. I am perhapsone of the students that has stayed in theELC the longest at this point. Since my lovefor the ELC is of considerable amount, Iwant something which allows me to ex-press my school love, like that girl I men-tioned. I didn’t think anyone would attemptto make one in the future, so I decided tomake one myself.
Explanation of this mascot:
First of all,this mascot is a cat who is trying to becomea lion. If you ask me why I chose this idea, Iwould say that since the ODU mascot is alion, I chose the cat, a creature belongingto the same family as a lion, for the ELC, asub-group under ODU. Some ELC studentswant to go to ODU, so I decided to imple-ment this concept of a cat. I drew the lion’smane on the cat with a dotted line, mean-ing that we are almost becoming ODUstudents, but not quite.
What do you think? Is the ELC ready for its own mascot for future newsletters and other materials? 
This session, Adv. II students Haeryong, Jingu, Jinhye (Korea) and Meshari (Saudi Arabia) met withLu Cai (Adv. I, China) and Claire Hsia (UP, Taiwan) about their Spring Break adventures.
Lu went to China just to meet her friends,grandparents, and uncle. She ate many tradi-tional Chinese foods, such as kungpao chickenfrom Sichuan, and dumplings because she hadreally missed them.She traveled to some places nearby her home-town, Shanghai, such as the Shanghai Tower,called Dongfangmingzhu, Shanghai museum,and the Huangpu River.Lu said that if you have plan to go to Shang-hai, be prepared to spend some money (about$2100 a week) and it's better to take subwayfor touring.Claire went back to her hometown in Taiwan.She hung out with her friends and family.She went to the sea for swimming and akaraoke to sing several popular songs.Particularly, she had a Lady Gaga-themedparty with her lovely friends—they wore cos-tumes like the popular American singer LadyGaga. She recalled it was really a silly, butfun party.She then went to "Taipei 101", which is avery famous tower in Taiwan, with her dogs.She advised us: "If you want to pay a visit toTaiwan, I want to recommend you eat thetraditional food, called Chu Tofu. Also, youcan take a week-long trip or about $2000."She added that Taiwan is one of the greatestislands, and welcome to Taiwan.
Kungpao ChickenDongfangmingzhu (Shanghai)Taipei 101 (Taiwan)Kenting National Park (Taiwan)
Care About Reading!
Mohammed AlKhazal (Saudi Arabia)Can't care about reading? Have you ever wondered why peopleread? Some people do it for entertainment. Some do it for learn-ing. Every day you will see people read in buses, offices, andhouses; everywhere you go, you will see people read. It shouldn'tbe a waste of time. Although most of us are not attracted to read-ing some book or a newspaper, we are missing a lot from ourlives. But, what exactly are we missing and why? We always likeeverything to get in our heads without any work or time. We al-ways find ourselves attracted to the easy knowledge (or money).Yes, that's right and true in every way. Can't we start liking toread? Sure we can. We just need to change our criteria. We needto realize what we are missing so far. Does it not hurt you whenyou find out that you are the one with the least knowledge? It'sreally simple to use some of our huge spare time to gain someknowledge, especially in subjects we like. Perhaps, it's time forus to wake up from our blindness and start to read about some-thing we like. After all, it isn't a waste of time.
Famous Iranian Food: Kabob
by Amir Emami (Iran)Kabob is the national dish ofIran; it is very famous, deli-cious, and traditional Iranianfood. This dish served withgrilled tomatoes, onions,sumac on the side of rice,and butter on top of the riceor a mix of saffron and butteron the rice. Kabob is servedeverywhere with dough,made with sour yogurt, saltand mint as drink. Also, we have many kinds ofkabob: chicken, lamb, and beef. Many people like beef kabob(called kobide) made with ground beef, ground onions, salt, pep-per, turmeric, and Iranian seasoning.I would like to explain how you can make kabob for yourself.You need: 1/5 lb. ground beef for 1-2 people; 1 onion, 1 spoonof salt and pepper, Iranian seasoning, and an egg. You put thesalt, pepper and onion mix with ground beef in a bowl and youadd egg on top of it. All of the ingredients have to stick togetherbecause you have to press it on a skewer and then put it on thegrill for 4-5 minutes on each side and then it is ready to serve.Enjoy!
Traditional Punjabi Food: Sarso da Saag and Makki roti
by Satbir Kaur (India)
Traditional Punjabi is famous throughout India and with Indians livingoverseas. It’s usually cooked during the winter. Traditionally, saag isprepared in large quantities to be eaten for a few days. Here are theingredients to help you make one of the famous foods:1 ½ lb green curry mustard1 ½ lb baby spinach1/3 cup makki da atta (corn flour)2 teaspoons unsalted butter or ghee2 teaspoons grated ginger1 cup chopped onions1 cup chopped tomatoes2 or 3 green chiliessaltWash the green curry mustard and spinach. Chop it very fine and putit in a pressure cooker and add a little water. Cook it for at least halfan hour. After, mash it with a hand blender. Make sure you don’tblend it too much; it should be a little thick. After that, put it back onthe stove to simmer and add corn flour until it gets creamy. We alsomake tadka for saag, but it is added to the portion of saag when it isserved. To make the tadka, heat the butter or ghee in a pan. Add theginger and chopped onions. Cook the onions until they turn lightbrown and then add tomatoes and cook them for five minutes. Afterthat, add the green chilies and salt and set your stove to simmer andcook it for 15 minutes. Finally, add the tadka to the serving portion ofsaag.For makki roti, put the corn flour into a bowl and then add hot water.Mix it until the flour gets thick. Put the pan on the stove. Roll out theflour round like a ball and then make the roti round with your hand.Put the roti in the pan when you think the pan is hot. Cook it for twominutes on both sides, and then it is good to go.
Come to the Naval Base!
by Trang Le (Vietnam)
It was always mydream to visit theNaval Base. Threemonths ago, on awindy day, my hus-band and I wentwith a friend to thebase to say good-bye to her husband.I’ve always imag-ined what thingswere like in movies,but then I got to seeit in person. As we arrived through the big gates I saw huge shipssurrounding the harbor. In order for them to allow us in, we have toshow our ID. Once we got in, there were aircraft carriers and muchmore, but there was a specific ship that we were looking for; thatwas ship number 4. There it was! I couldn’t believe how big itwas; my husband was stunned. In the ship, there was everythingneeded for a basic life: a barber shop, prayer room, gym room, li-brary, and also a dining room. The one thing my friend and I weredisappointed in was not being able to see the bedroom, but we re-spected their privacy. The last thing we did was go to the very topwhere the aircraft carriers parked. I felt like an ant standing on theparking lot, but it was very exciting. At the end of the tour, I appre-ciated the soldiers and what they do.
On March 20, students and facultyparticipated in Habitat for Humanityby helping build a house in Norfolk!On April 9, we entered KC’s Lion’s Den inWebb Center for an afternoon of fun, snacks,and games!On March 28, we participated in ODU’sInternational Festival and shared manyexciting things from our cultures!

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