Students say Local Triptrotters improve abroad experience

first_imgIn the last four years, Denisha Brekke, a senior majoring in business administration, has visited four continents and six different countries, all through programs run by the Marshall School of Business.All of the trips — ranging from Santiago, Chile her freshman year to Stockholm, Sweden just a month ago — have been unique and eye-opening experiences for Brekke, but there is one thing that set some of the trips apart: being shown around by a local host.These hosts are known as Triptrotters, students from universities abroad who are interested in showing their cities to visiting travelers.“What happens on these trips, especially in big groups of people, is you get there and for going out [at night] you’re on your own and a lot of people are clueless,” Brekke said. “And if you have a host, they can advise you and tell you about the best places to go.”In addition to being in the know about good clubs and restaurants, cafes and hangout spots, being paired up with a local Triptrotter adds a new dimension to global networking and helps to build cultural understanding, according to Brekke.Jamie Kwak, a 2010 graduate who majored in accounting and travelled to Budapest, Hungary through the Experiential Corporate Environment Learning Program run by Marshall, echoed Brekke’s sentiment that finding a local guide, as opposed to going on a formal tour, is invaluable.“One place we went [in Budapest] there were a bunch of local students sitting around the fire drinking tea and eating these weird fish cracker things,” Kwak said. “And you just don’t see that when you go on tours with the big companies.”There are efforts within the university to help facilitate these individual connections that can add depth to a study abroad experience.This type of exchange and the expansion of the Trojan family is one of Marshall’s main goals in planning their international programs, according to Sean O’Connell, the director of International Programs at Marshall.“Almost all of the visits and internship placements are made either with companies in which Trojans are employed, or Trojans own or connections through Trojans abroad,” O’Connell said. “In these programs the true vastness of the Trojan network really becomes something tangible for students and faculty.”O’Connell said Marshall’s study abroad office believes it is important to support students while they’re abroad, but sometimes the best form of support is letting them experience the culture.“At Marshall we recognize that with study abroad, quite a bit of the learning takes place outside of the classroom, and so we want the students to have access to these individuals, and the lessons they can teach, while they are away from campus,” O’Connell said. “It’s also great to see a friendly face when you are halfway around the world.” Correction: A previous version of this story stated that “Students say local guides improve abroad experience.” They are known as Local Triptrotters, not local guides.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Clippers have yet to make offer for Pelicans star Anthony Davis

first_imgThe Clippers are not involved in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes. At least, not yet.Los Angeles has not made an offer for the 25-year-old Pelicans star, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times, which cites unidentified league sources. The five-time All-Star’s top choice would be a move to the Lakers, according to ESPN. He has missed the Pelicans’ last seven games with a finger injury. Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season.The Clippers entered play Monday in the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings with a 29-25 record. Related News NBA trade rumors: Lakers, Pelicans reportedly moving closer to Anthony Davis dealcenter_img NBA trade rumors: Pelicans don’t want to deal Jrue Holiday Davis reportedly informed New Orleans this week he’d be willing to sign a long-term extension with the Clippers. But, the Clippers desire to pursue him in a trade remains unclear, according to the Times’ report.Davis will not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded, agent Rich Paul told ESPN in late January. The Lakers are reportedly “determined” to acquire Davis and have been involved in serious trade talks with the Pelicans.last_img read more

Official: Construction of New Grbavica to start in April!

first_imgFC Zeljeznicar informed their fans, members, sponsors and friends of the club that, after they ensure the formal legal requirements, in April will start and by the end of this year will complete the first phase of construction of the East Stand of Grbavica Stadium.Public announcement for offers will be published on the official website of the club until the 10th of April 2016. The second phase of construction the East Stand will include additional stand with the same capacity and coverage of the stands.This way, FC Zeljeznicar will officially start construction of the new stadium, because the newly built stands will be compatible and in accordance with the conceptual design of the new stadium Grbavica. Upon completion of the first phase of construction, the capacity of the stands will be 2850 seats. After completion of the East Stand, the total capacity of the stadium Grbavica will be 11,995 seats.Sources of funding are own funds of the club, sponsors funds and support of fans through different projects,” as stated from the club.The project “Buy a chair for European Grbavica” showed true potential of fans of this club and this fact is the main reason why the club wants to make an additional step forward.“Members of the Management and Supervisory Board of FC Zeljeznicar thank the fans of FC Zeljeznicar in BiH and the world, fans of other clubs, as well as all citizens who recognized and supported this project.”The construction of the East Stand will ensure the conditions for playing of representative matches of all selections at Grbavica Stadium. This way, planned investment is beyond the scope of needs of FC Zeljeznicar and becomes general interest because it represents a socially responsible initiative. There is no doubt that the desire of all football fans in BiH and the world is to get to see some matches of national teams played at the Grbavica Stadium.(Source: N.K./ read more

Ouch! Hawks pound Canucks 7-2

first_imgIt was a game the defending Stanley Cup Champions had to have. And a game the Hawks definitely proved they were the better team.David Bolland returned to the Chicago lineup for the first time in more than a month and registered four points to spark the Blackhawks to a 7-2 trashing of the Vancouver Canucks in game four of the NHL playoffs Tuesday in the Windy City.Bolland keyed a four-goal second period explosion to lead the Chicago to the one-side victory. The game turned drastically when Hawks’ defencemen Brian Campbell and Duncan Keith scored 17 seconds apart to snap a 1-1 tie.Patrick Sharp scored twice in the third period on the power play.Sami Salo and Daniel Sedin, the latter scoring in the third with the game over, scored on the power play for Vancouver.Chicago played the game without the services of defenceman Brent Seabrook, who did not play after taking a hit to the head during game three from Canuck forward Raffi Torres.Vancouver still leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 with game five at the Rogers Centre Thursday at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Tottenham confident they can land Aston Villa midfielder for £20m – reports

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tottenham chief Daniel Levy remains confident he can get Jack Grealish for £20m despite Aston Villa’s recent takeover, according to reports.Spurs have been heavily-linked with the 22-year-old since the beginning of the summer window. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED IN DEMAND LATEST TRANSFER NEWS LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets REVEALED targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Grealish helped Villa to the play-off final last season 1 LATEST It is understood Levy was delaying any potential bid in order to exploit Villa’s troubling financial situation under Dr Tony Xia.However, Villa have since been rescued from the brink of administration by billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.The club still face pressure from Financial Fair Play rules and MirrorSport have reported that Levy expects to pay no more than £20m for Grealish.The highly-rated winger, who has pledged his international allegiance to England over Ireland, reportedly told friends he is tempted by the chance to play alongside Harry Kane and Dele Alli, as it would boost his international prospects.last_img read more