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Sports and Politics Converge in Olympic Games

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Sports | 0 comments

Millions of viewers have settled in over the past several days to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, which kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday, Feb. 9. Watching the Olympics is, for many spectators, a time to relax and enjoy the thrill of competition without worrying about politics. However, Olympic history has been far from apolitical, and, in the present day, politics continue to exert a significant force on the Games. The unified Korean delegation has been among the most discussed examples of the extent to which politics are intertwined with Olympic competition, but it is far from the sole instance of politics slamming up against gamesmanship. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has long supported the idea of diplomacy through the Games. From its inception, the IOC has put the Olympic Games forward as a means of promoting...

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Students Abroad

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Feature Slider, Perspectives | 0 comments

The gleeful, unending screeching of the roosters woke me. Our first night in our second location otherwise went well, and our hosts have been extremely gracious. Myself and 11 other students are here in the Dominican Republic for two weeks to take part in a World Cultures class. We landed in the country on the Jan. 10, and we’ll be head home on Jan. 24. So far, at least, the trip has definitely been an adventure. We got lost in the jungle on our first night here. The driver got turned around, and by the time we figured out where in Samana we were staying, it was 4 a.m. Our group was split into two at our first location. The girls stayed with Dr. Frances Henderson, Associate Professor of Political Science, at a huge white house by the ocean,...

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