Like thousands in her home country of Syria, artist Etab Hreib is intimately familiar with the consequences of violent conflict—her son was recently arrested and imprisoned by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and her house in Syria robbed. Hreib, who grew up in a peaceful household with a Christian mother and Muslim father, said she’s surprised by the current conflicts. “I want to show people that it hasn’t always been this way,” she added.
Student Focus: Iraqi Refugee Aspires to Affect Change in the Middle East
Anmar Jerjees ‘18 didn’t hear about Davidson from college counselors, relatives or friends, or read about the college in glossy brochures – Jerjees learned of Davidson after arriving in North Carolina as an Iraqi refugee and researching his new home state.
When it came time to consider college, Davidson was Jerjees’s first choice. He submitted an early decision application to Davidson through the QuestBridge program, which connects exceptionally talented low-income high school students to the nation’s best colleges and scholarship opportunities.
GlobalPost.com: Alumna Reports on a Country at a Crossroads
Coleen José ’12, a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grant recipient and award-winning multimedia journalist reports on Filipino youth outsourcing, part of GlobalPost.com’s “Generation TBD” series. http://bit.ly/1vj7DR5
Students of the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society demonstrated their dry ice cannon during Common Hour this week. The students built the device using an empty soda bottle, dry ice, water and a plastic bin filled with hundreds of Ping-Pong balls.
“It’s On Us” Challenges Campuses to Prevent Sexual Assault
Today, to advance the goal of preventing sexual assault, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a new public awareness and education campaign: “It’s On Us." The campaign seeks to engage college students and all members of campus communities in preventing sexual assault.
The campaign is being launched in partnership with the Center for American Progress’ Generation Progress, along with student body leadership from nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country – including Davidson College – collegiate sports organizations such as the NCAA and Atlantic 10 Athletic Conference, and private companies that have strong connections with students at colleges and universities.
This summer, 20 students remained on campus to complete research projects of their own design through the Davidson Research Initiative (DRI). Under guidance from faculty mentors, students’ DRI projects covered topics across the humanities and sciences, ranging from a study of developing-world economics to the health effects of electronic cigarettes.
The DRI has grown tremendously since its inception in 2007, as more students apply for grants each summer and more resources are devoted to creating fellowship positions for them. The program is open to Davidson first years, sophomores and juniors. Participants should expect to spend five to 10 weeks on campus as part of a collaborative community of researchers.
If You Put Something Else in Your Pipe and Smoke It, Are You Safer?
The dangers of smoking cigarettes are widely known. But what do most people believe about about up-and-coming alternatives-electronic cigarettes and hookah-which are often touted as safer and less harmful? Two teams of student researchers at Davidson College have been working with faculty mentors to shed some light on these smoking devices for the benefit of both the scientific community and the public.
Davidson/Red Ventures Partnership Offers Career Opportunities to Students and Alumni
New Red Ventures/Davidson College partnership will provide students with internship opportunities and alumni with career options at one of the most dynamic companies in the region.
Though Wildcat Welcome Week helps ease new students into life at Davidson, first years are still learning many details in very little time. The process may leave new students with questions like:
Where is the infamous hill?
Is the Webtree growing somewhere on campus?
And just how does one play flickerball?
To help familiarize new members of the campus community with Davidson jargon, we’ve compiled “The Davidson Dictionary,” a video introduction to Davidson College lingo. Read further for full text definitions.