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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. II I had a question for an ODU student: “Why do American students wear clothes with their school logo on it?” That girl told me one word: “represent.” Because there are not many Japanese students that wear school logos on their clothes, I wondered about it a lot. It seemed to me that they wore it for the sake of their love for the school. I thought, “Why does the ELC not have its own original logos and mascots?” I am an ELC student, not an ODU student. I also have no intention of going to ODU. (Lots of other students do not feel like going to ODU either.) So, I do not feel like wearing clothes with that logo on it. I am perhaps one of the students that has stayed in the ELC the longest at this point. Since my love for the ELC is of considerable amount, I want something which allows me to express my school love, like that girl I mentioned. I didn’t think anyone would attempt to make one in the future, so I decided to make one myself.
This session, Adv. II students Haeryong, Jingu, Jinhye (Korea) and Meshari (Saudi Arabia) met with Lu 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 traditional Chinese foods, such as kungpao chicken from Sichuan, and dumplings because she had really missed them. She traveled to some places nearby her hometown, Shanghai, such as the Shanghai Tower, called Dongfangmingzhu, Shanghai museum, and the Huangpu River.
Lu said that if you have plan to go to Shanghai, be prepared to spend some money (about $2100 a week) and it's better to take subway for 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 a karaoke to sing several popular songs. Particularly, she had a Lady Gaga-themed party with her lovely friends—they wore costumes like the popular American singer Lady Gaga. She recalled it was really a silly, but fun party. She then went to "Taipei 101", which is a very famous tower in Taiwan, with her dogs. She advised us: "If you want to pay a visit to Taiwan, I want to recommend you eat the traditional food, called Chu Tofu. Also, you can take a week-long trip or about $2000." She added that Taiwan is one of the greatest islands, and welcome to Taiwan.
Taipei 101 (Taiwan)
Explanation of this mascot: First of all, this mascot is a cat who is trying to become a lion. If you ask me why I chose this idea, I would say that since the ODU mascot is a lion, I chose the cat, a creature belonging to the same family as a lion, for the ELC, a sub-group under ODU. Some ELC students want to go to ODU, so I decided to implement this concept of a cat. I drew the lion’s mane on the cat with a dotted line, meaning that we are almost becoming ODU students, but not quite. What do you think? Is the ELC ready for its own mascot for future newsletters and other materials?
Kenting National Park (Taiwan)
Care About Reading!
Mohammed AlKhazal (Saudi Arabia) Can't care about reading? Have you ever wondered why people read? Some people do it for entertainment. Some do it for learning. Every day you will see people read in buses, offices, and houses; everywhere you go, you will see people read. It shouldn't be a waste of time. Although most of us are not attracted to reading some book or a newspaper, we are missing a lot from our lives. But, what exactly are we missing and why? We always like everything to get in our heads without any work or time. We always find ourselves attracted to the easy knowledge (or money). Yes, that's right and true in every way. Can't we start liking to read? Sure we can. We just need to change our criteria. We need to realize what we are missing so far. Does it not hurt you when you find out that you are the one with the least knowledge? It's really simple to use some of our huge spare time to gain some knowledge, especially in subjects we like. Perhaps, it's time for us to wake up from our blindness and start to read about something we like. After all, it isn't a waste of time. Traditional Punjabi Food: Sarso da Saag and Makki roti
by Satbir Kaur (India)
Famous Iranian Food: Kabob by Amir Emami (Iran) Kabob is the national dish of Iran; it is very famous, delicious, and traditional Iranian food. This dish served with grilled tomatoes, onions, sumac on the side of rice, and butter on top of the rice or a mix of saffron and butter on the rice. Kabob is served everywhere with dough, made with sour yogurt, salt and mint as drink. Also, we have many kinds of kabob: chicken, lamb, and beef. Many people like beef kabob (called kobide) made with ground beef, ground onions, salt, pepper, 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 spoon of salt and pepper, Iranian seasoning, and an egg. You put the salt, pepper and onion mix with ground beef in a bowl and you add egg on top of it. All of the ingredients have to stick together because you have to press it on a skewer and then put it on the grill for 4-5 minutes on each side and then it is ready to serve. Enjoy!
Traditional Punjabi is famous throughout India and with Indians living overseas. It’s usually cooked during the winter. Traditionally, saag is prepared in large quantities to be eaten for a few days. Here are the ingredients to help you make one of the famous foods: 1 ½ lb green curry mustard 1 ½ lb baby spinach 1/3 cup makki da atta (corn flour) 2 teaspoons unsalted butter or ghee 2 teaspoons grated ginger 1 cup chopped onions 1 cup chopped tomatoes 2 or 3 green chilies salt Wash the green curry mustard and spinach. Chop it very fine and put it in a pressure cooker and add a little water. Cook it for at least half an hour. After, mash it with a hand blender. Make sure you don’t blend it too much; it should be a little thick. After that, put it back on the stove to simmer and add corn flour until it gets creamy. We also make tadka for saag, but it is added to the portion of saag when it is served. To make the tadka, heat the butter or ghee in a pan. Add the ginger and chopped onions. Cook the onions until they turn light brown and then add tomatoes and cook them for five minutes. After that, add the green chilies and salt and set your stove to simmer and cook it for 15 minutes. Finally, add the tadka to the serving portion of saag. 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 the flour 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 two minutes on both sides, and then it is good to go.
Come to the Naval Base!
by Trang Le (Vietnam)
It was always my dream to visit the Naval Base. Three months ago, on a windy day, my husband and I went with a friend to the base to say goodbye to her husband. I’ve always imagined what things were like in movies, but then I got to see it in person. As we arrived through the big gates I saw huge ships surrounding the harbor. In order for them to allow us in, we have to show our ID. Once we got in, there were aircraft carriers and much more, but there was a specific ship that we were looking for; that was ship number 4. There it was! I couldn’t believe how big it was; my husband was stunned. In the ship, there was everything needed for a basic life: a barber shop, prayer room, gym room, library, and also a dining room. The one thing my friend and I were disappointed in was not being able to see the bedroom, but we respected their privacy. The last thing we did was go to the very top where the aircraft carriers parked. I felt like an ant standing on the parking lot, but it was very exciting. At the end of the tour, I appreciated the soldiers and what they do.
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On March 20, students and faculty participated in Habitat for Humanity by helping build a house in Norfolk!
On April 9, we entered KC’s Lion’s Den in Webb Center for an afternoon of fun, snacks, and games!
On March 28, we participated in ODU’s International Festival and shared many exciting things from our cultures!
Basic: What do you like to do in your free time? I like shopping, watching TV, and walking to the beach. (Rokhaya, Senegal) I like going to the YMCA, watching TV, and sleeping. (Alaa, Saudi Arabia) I play football, go shopping in the mall, and sleep sometimes. (Ali, Saudi Arabia) What is your ideal type of woman?
Intermediate: Do you agree or disagree with plastic surgery? I disagree with that because we have to use what God has given to us. However, certain people need it. (Olzhas, Kazakhstan) I don't agree with it because everyone has some beautiful aspects, but in special cases, I agree with it, like only if someone had an accident. (Fahad, Saudi Arabia)
I want one who likes smiling. (Halim, Turkey) My ideal girlfriend is the woman who is only honest and lovely and has soft hair and bright eyes. (Hammad, Kuwait)
Undergrad Bridge: What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying your major in the U.S.? The biggest advantage is that I can practice my major [civil engineering]. I am allowed to build stuff, which helps me a lot. There are no disadvantages at all. (Fahad, Kuwait) Advantages: There are more sources and advanced knowledge. Disadvantages: The background of my major is totally different. The language and culture are different. (Hongxia, China) Advantages: I can get more experience, the universities are good, and I get a lot of chances to practice. Disadvantages: It’s far away from home, and there are new cultures and new rules. (Jenjal, Kuwait)
Advanced 1: What is the best class in ELC in your opinion? Why? Reading. (Adulaziz, Kuwait) Free classes because we need some time to relax. (Mohammad, Kuwait) If you could go back 10 years, what would you want to change in your life? I want to be thin. (Mohammad, Saudi Arabia) I want to study English harder than before. I would spend much time studying rather than playing video games.( Alex, Taiwan) I would not start smoking. (Youngho, Korea)
University Prep: Do you agree or disagree with plastic surgery? I agree with plastic surgery, especially for females, because I’d like to have a beautiful wife. (Khaled, Kuwait) Graduate Bridge: If you could go back 10 years, what would you want to change in your life? 10 years ago, I was a soldier in Korea, so I would change nothing. But if I have something to change, I would like to study more, especially English. (Sangbun, Korea) Nothing, I want everything to be the same. (Yakup, Turkey) I agree with plastic surgery if people do it properly—not too much. If they do plastic surgery too much, it could show that they’re addicted to plastic surgery. Anyway, they do properly It can be good for them. (Yeji, Korea) I agree with some kind of plastic surgery. Not every kind, because when people are constantly trying to change their appearance, it is only a reflection that they are not satisfied with themselves. That is why I disagree with the kind of plastic surgery that is used only for cosmetic purposes. However, the other kind of plastic surgery, for example the one that can be used to help people with disease, it's something positive. (Maria Gabriela, Panama)
THE ELC NEWSLETTER STAFF: ADVANCED II WRITING, SPRING II, 2010 JAFAR ALABDULLAH, KHALID ALASSAF, MOHAMMED ALKHAZAL, MESHARI ALOTAIBI, BADER AL RANDI, SULAIMAN ALRUMAYH, RASHED ALSUBAIE, AMIR EMAMI, JUEUN HWANG, SATBIR KAUR, TRANG LE, JINGU LEE, TETSU NAKAMURA, HAERYONG PARK, JIHOON PARK, CHAU PHAM, HYO JUNG SHIN, YADI TANG, JING YANG, JINHYE YOON EDITOR: JAMIE STURGES PHOTOS AND PICTURES: TETSU NAKAMURA, BETTYE HUSSEY, LAURA RAY, SULAIMAN ALRUMAYH, CHAU PHAM, JUEUN HWANG, AND HYO JUNG SHIN
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