My Study Abroad Experience: A Not So Roman Holiday

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When I found out that St. John’s University offered multiple fantastic study abroad programs, I was all for it.

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I planned what semester to go away and what countries to visit; I felt thrilled that I could finally visit places I had only witnessed in movies or pictures. So, when an opportunity came for me to go to Rome for a week with my theology class, I couldn’t say no. I figured it could represent a good warm-up for when I went abroad for the semester. We would be going from Jan. 6 to the 14th, and for the first few months before the trip, I was so excited.

The Colosseum, the Vatican, the catacombs: all places I was dying to go to! But things never turn out quite as we picture it.

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However, when I landed at the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome, I kn...

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Vanstone: Dream project finally became reality in 2006

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After Saskatchewan lost 23-20 to Ottawa in 1976 — a game that I attended with my dear mother — the Roughriders did not make the CFL playoffs again until 1988.

The following year, they actually won a Grey Cup, thanks to a Dave Ridgway field goal that gave Saskatchewan a 43-40 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre) in Toronto.

I attended that game, strictly as an observer, on Nov. 26, 1989 — the 23rd anniversary of the Roughriders’ landmark Grey Cup victory.

Even then, I maintained a curiosity about the one championship-clinching victory that I could not recount from first-hand experience.

Thanks to my dream job, I had a licence to do a deep dive into 1966.

It was déjà vu, in a sense.

As a teenager, I frequently visited t...

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Quarantine ordered for 2,500 students at elite Swiss school

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss authorities ordered 2,500 students at an elite hospitality management school to quarantine themselves due to a coronavirus outbreak allegedly linked to off-campus partying, the latest back-to-school sign of higher education’s place in the pandemic.

Authorities in Switzerland’s Vaud canton, or region, said all undergraduates at the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, or the Lausanne Hospitality Management University in English, were told to quarantine at home both on and off campus because the virus already had spread too widely for a more limited order.

“Significant outbreaks of infection have appeared at several levels of training, making impossible a more targeted closure than that involving 2,500 students,” the...

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Top 10 Collegiate Gymnastics Programs in the U.S.

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Nastia Liukin. Gabby Douglas. Simone Biles. If your life revolves around flipping and somersaulting through the air like these famous Olympic gymnasts, numerous colleges across the country offer this opportunity. Whether you hope to become the next Nadia Comaneci or just enjoy watching the craft itself, collegiate gymnastics offers a unique college experience. Remember that stats and scores don’t account for everything. After all, the team’s coaches, team spirit, training facility and academic standing make a gymnastics program shine even more.

Read on for CM’s top 10 collegiate gymnastics programs making ranks and for good reasons.

10. University of Michigan

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If you want a team that treats each other like family and works like a well-oiled machine, you’ll find one just...

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Your letters for Sept. 24, 2020

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Richard D. Jack, Regina

Jack is a former deputy leader and interim leader of the Saskatchewan Green Party.

Mitchell is no radical

On Sept. 11, Justice Graeme Mitchell struck down park bylaws that outlawed Tristen Durocher’s Walking with Our Angels Camp. Two days later, Justice Mitchell attended a feast honouring the end of Tristen’s ceremony.

Many people — myself included — are celebrating Justice Mitchell’s decision as a courageous, principled one. Others are energetically criticizing Justice Mitchell. Two bad charges have been laid against Justice Mitchell: That he’s some kind of radical activist, and that he should not have attended the feast and met with Tristen.

Justice Mitchell is hardly a radical...

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Jobless claims at 870,000 as fraud and backlogs cloud data

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly last week to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted.

The figure coincides with evidence that some newly laid-off Americans are facing delays in receiving unemployment benefits as state agencies intensify efforts to combat fraudulent applications and clear their pipelines of a backlog of jobless claims.

California has said it will stop processing new applications for two weeks as it seeks to reduce backlogs and prevent fraudulent claims. Pennsylvania has found that up to 10,000 inmates are improperly receiving aid.

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Is There Such a Thing as Being Too Ambitious in College?

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Ever hear of the saying that too much of something is never good for you? Yeah, here’s your confirmation proving that saying absolutely holds true. My ambition drove me to do things I never thought I could summon the confidence to achieve. To do those things I needed to do regardless of everything else because I couldn’t live my life with the thought of not doing it. However, the same ambition that drove me to push the limits of my comfortable boundaries also drove me to the brink of exhaustion. How do you handle ambition without wearing yourself down? 

Fortunately, I learned the importance of balance concerning my social life, education, work schedule and personal time my sophomore year of college.


Non-English majors always underestimate the massive workload that English ma...

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Study requested after unexploded ordnances found in Nashua River

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AYER – Local government officials and national environmental experts are asking the U.S. Army for a study to be conducted at the Nashua River after three potentially hazardous items were found in the river this summer.

During its Sept. 15 meeting, the Ayer Select Board approved a motion to send a letter to the U.S. Army Garrison in Devens requesting a UXO Study for the Nashua River.

Town Manager Robert Pontbriand said Sept. 21 that the town would send the letter in the coming days. The request comes after three UXOs, or unexploded ordnances, were found in two different locations in the river this summer: two found by a Shirley resident on the bottom of the river near Lake George Street in Devens on July 24 and another found on Aug...

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چقدر با فرآیند تعویض پلاک خودرو آشنا هستید؟

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اگر می‌خواهید خودروی جدیدی بخرید باید بدانید که مهم‌ترین مرحله خرید شما همواره تعویض پلاک است یعنی در این مرحله شما برای تکمیل فرآیند خرید خودرو نام صاحب قبلی را از پلاک آن حذف و نام شما به عنوان صاحب جدید ثبت می‌شود، برای انجام تعویض پلاک نیاز است که هم مالک جدید و هم فروشنده خودرو در محل تعویض پلاک حاضر شوند، اما این که دقیقا چه مراحلی را برای انجام این کار باید طی کرد سوالی است که ذهن بسیاری از افراد را مشغول کرده است. با ما همراه شوید تا همه آن چیزی که در مورد تعویض پلاک باید بدانید به اضافه مدارک لازم برای تعویض پلاک را برایتان توضیح دهیم...

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Election 2020 Today: Trump’s power move; Biden courted

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By The Associated Press

Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Election 2020, 40 days until Election Day:

ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump visits North Carolina and Florida and Vice President Mike Pence visits Wisconsin and Minnesota.

HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election.


TRUMP BALKS: Trump is declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. Trump told reporters he would “have to see what happens” when asked about the matter. His Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, responded by asking, “What country are we in?”

BIDEN’S COURT: Some leading progressives are pressing Biden to endorse expanding the number of high court justices should he win the White House...

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