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Volume 17, No. 4 - October 18, 2010

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Bill of Rights concert benefits refugees

By Kiernan Majerus-Collins in NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, U.S.A.— A recent benefit concert for Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, a charity that helps refugees settle in the United States, brought together people from around the world to celebrate America’s freedom.

Wesleyan music professor Neely Bruce conducted his composition honoring the Bill of Rights in the hypermodern auditorium at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School to help raise money for IRIS, an organization that has assisted refugees to settle in the greater New Haven area since 1982.

“The word needs to get out. We need to celebrate this program,” said Chris George, the executive director of IRIS.

George said that Bruce’s The Bill of Rights: Ten Amendments in Eight Motets was a perfect fit for IRIS, as the group often deals with “refugees deprived of their rights.”  Read whole story



  Read Samantha Perez's stunning journal of hope and survival during America's worst natural disaster.


South African students protest tuition hikes

By Mariechen Puchert in CAPE TOWN, Western Cape, South Africa – Stunned by the news that Stellenbosch University planned significant hikes in tuition and residential fees, students held a peaceful protest Monday to support affordable education.

The protest at the Tygerberg Campus, said organizers from student government, was to show that students were in mourning for the “loss of intellectual development” through higher education for students who couldn’t manage the fees.

The action came after students learned that, starting in January, their tuition would jump by 11 percent and their residential fees by a whopping 14 percent.

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Beyond stereotypes in L.A.

By Elaine Truong in LOS ANGELES, Calif., U.S.A. – Despite stereotypes of Los Angeles most often seen on MTV's “The Hills,” the city has as much heart and life as it spans in square miles.

That’s 498.3 square miles, if you must know.

I used to detest where I came from, but exploring Los Angeles has given me a new appreciation for the city and its people, although not enough to stop me from wanting to move to other countries and states to explore.  Read whole story



Teens bombarded by bad images

By Cresonia Hsieh in KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, U.S.A. Teens are constantly fighting a battle today to do and be the right thing.

But from music lyrics to explicit movie scenes, magazine headlines to dirty television advertisements, media constantly fills the young adults of 2010 with the wrong message.

As MTV would advise, just “live above the influence” but it is all too easy for teens to come across an advertisement luring its prey into the temptations of sex, drugs, and alcohol.

With just the flip of a switch, images of seductive Victoria Secret models flaunting nearly naked shimmering bodies in front of flashing cameras pop up, before it’s possible to change the channel.

Surfing through popular radio stations, the lyrics of America’s Top Ten artists serenade with promises of happiness, respect, and success. Read whole story




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