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A-MUSE-ING — Steven Sparling performs part of a poem he wrote as Misty Banks
looks on. The two members of the UNL Angrian Revolution opened the Poetry Slam in the
Nebraska Union Thursday night.
Students take In farm life
Stereotypes broken in Homestay program
By Michaela Pieler
Shiuh-Ney Chan didn’t expect Ne
braskan farmers to care much about
foreign cultures. A weekend at an
Auburn cattle farm proved her wrong.
Chan, an exchange student from
Malaysia, was one of 33 international
students at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln who spent part of spring break
in Auburn or Neligh.
The Homestay program has been
organized by International Affairs for
almost 30 years, said Hongwei Xia,
program assistant for international stu
Chan said she was surprised about
the open-mindedness of the couple
with whom she stayed.
“They were incredibly interested in
my culture and in exchanging ideas,”
she said. “Farmers in my home coun
try would never be like that.”
The farmers’ lifestyle totally dif
fered from that of the “cowboy guys”
she expected, Chan said.
“The husband did dress like a cow
boy,” she said, “but he did not behave
like one at all. He and his wife listened
to classical in the evening and had a
piano and a computer at home.”
Chan said she enjoyed how the
couple showed her around the farm
and explained how to take care of
“The husband did dress like a cowboy, but he did
not behave like one at all. He and his wife listened
to classical in the evening and had a piano and a
computer at home. ”
exchange student from Malaysia
Another student saw the birth of a
calf, she said, and one other student
helped milk a cow.
“For the first time, we really expe
rienced typical American life,” she
said. “It was so much different from
Students were impressed by the
modern equipment in an elementary
school in Auburn, Chan said. The
school had its own classroom for teach
ing children about oceans.
“The kids have more possibilities
and much more freedom than in my
country,” Chan said.
Joyce Oomen from the Netherlands
said her host family’s attitude toward
animals puzzled her the most.
“They speak to their pets all the
time,” said Oomen,an intern at UNL’s
Department of Biological Systems
Engineering. “The pets were actual
members of the family. That was re
ally different from the Netherlands.”
Xia said learning about rural family
life was an important part of the
Homestay program. Many interna
tional students only experience city
and campus life and think the entire
United States is highly developed.
“But that’s not necessarily true,” he
said. “Our program allows interna
tional students to experience another
side of this vast country.”
And the rural communities benefit
from the program, too, he said. They
don’t get many visitors, Xia said, so
the students’ visit has become a big
event for them.
Every year participants celebrate
an international night, when students
cook dishes from their home countries
and give a 5-minute presentation about
The program also includes visits to
a dairy farm, a mill and local busi
nesses, Xia said.
He said the students loved staying
with the hospitable families and would
stay in contact with them.
U N L undergraduates to show oh
projects at research conference
By Tasha E. Kelter
More than 100 UNL undergradu
ates will showcase months of work on
research projects this weekend at the
Undergraduate Research Conference.
The conference, which will be held
at the College of Business Administra
tion, will feature student research pre
sentations from about 20 University of
Alexia Scott, undergraduate assis
tant for the University Honors Pro
gram, said each department would have
about an hour to make presentations,
giving each student 15 to 20 minutes
with a question-and-answer session
“We have research in chemistry,
research in women’s studies—there’s
a wide range of what the presentations
will entail,” Scott said.
The conference will include sev
eral multimedia projects, Scott said, as
well as “what would be considered
traditional thesis-type projects.”
Some research areas, including
computer science and engineering, will
use computers in their presentations,
“Most of the projects have taken at
least a semester, but some have taken
longer,” Scott said.
Some of the projects were re
searched in groups, including projects
in the Communications Studies and
Agricultural Research departments.
Kendra Liedle, a freshman adver
tising major, was involved in a three
person research project dealing with
husbands and wives on prime-time tele
vision. She said it was “definitely easier
to do it with a group.”
“There was such a wide span of
information to go through, it would
have taken lot longer with just one
person,” she said.
For roughly a month, Liedle’s group
worked on the project for a communi
cations seminar last semester.
“Ours turned out really well,” she
said. Her professor told the group about
The conference offers a way to get
involved with the university as a fresh
man, Liedle said.
Paul Cain Jr., a senior mathematics
and history major, has been involved
with the honors program at UNL for
four years. His research project is a
72-page undergraduate thesis regard
ing the global aims of Adolf Hitler.
Cain has been researching the topic
for the past two semesters, and he has
figured out a way to connect Hitler’s
war goals to Nebraska.
“Hitler had plans for America,” he
said. “The most interesting rumor con
nects Hitler directly to the state capitol
Cain said he was interested in the
conference last year, and this year de
cided to become involved.
“I thought it would be a neat way to
present my work,” Cain said.
The purpose of the conference, Scott
said, is “to give undergrads who are
involved in research some recogni
“Research is a lot of hard work,”
she said. “(The conference) gives stu
dents the opportunity to present to an
audience. It’s a chance to get recog
The conference will begin at 2 p.m.
today with themarketingdepartment’s
presentations. The presentations will
continue Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to
All presentations are open to the
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