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Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico (part one)

Parker Asmann
January 12, 2014
Filed under Arts/Life

Over the coming weeks, writer Parker Asmann will be documenting his time studying abroad in Merida, Mexico. Stay tuned for more reporting from his travels.As if the cold front stampeding it's way through the Midwest wasn't enough to push me out of Chicago, trying to catch a flight out of the Windy C...

Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico (part three)

Parker Asmann
January 26, 2014
Filed under Arts/Life

Each day that comes and goes here in Merida is another page in a book that's slowly being written by all the culture we're seeing, the people we're meeting and the experiences we're having; at this point, the end product is looking to be nothing short of a best-selling novel.With the third week now ...

Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico (part nine)

Parker Asmann
March 9, 2014
Filed under Arts/Life

When you mess with tradition, you mess with the very heart and soul of a community and the way that they have grown accustomed to doing things. With the annual Carnaval festival that came through Merida this past weekend and the change of location, several different feelings surfaced regarding the ne...

Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico (Part two)

Parker Asmann
January 19, 2014
Filed under Arts/Life

Over the coming weeks, writer Parker Asmann will be documenting his time studying abroad in Merida, Mexico. Stay tuned for more reporting from his travels. Before I left for Merida, I was constantly asked why I had not chosen to go abroad to Madrid, London or some other extraordinary option that was av...

Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico (part four)

Parker Asmann
February 2, 2014
Filed under Arts/Life

One of the hardest parts about studying abroad is leaving the comfort and security of all you've grown to know and appreciate back home, while also trying to recognize and value all of the things that make you feel comfortable.I write this particular article with a very heavy heart as my friends and famil...

Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico (part five)

Parker Asmann
February 9, 2014
Filed under Arts/Life

Soaring about 100 feet from the ground and accompanied with 90 or more steps on all four sides, El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan that thrived between the 9th and 12th centuries, provided a dominating presence as we walked into Chichen Itza, but that wasn't all.With our first extended ...

Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico (part seven)

Parker Asmann
February 24, 2014
Filed under Arts/Life

Mayan culture has long been disputed over the years. Who was this ancient culture, what were their beliefs and how has their culture been depicted and portrayed throughout history? There have been various interpretations of this civilization, and who's to decide which one is entirely correct? It's ha...

Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico (part six)

Parker Asmann
February 17, 2014
Filed under Arts/Life

There comes a point in everyone's life where everything seems to click and fall into place. It's as if you're standing atop the summit of the tallest mountain, that picture-perfect view expanding along the horizon with a cool breeze blowing, sending chills down your spine and giving you the feeling th...

Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico (part 10: The Final Word)

Parker Asmann
March 16, 2014
Filed under Arts/Life

After having completed something as extraordinary as bettering the lives of a group of kids in a community that isn't blessed with all the resources in the world you would expect to feel a great sense of communal achievement and happiness, although as I look back on my experience as it's coming to an...

Study abroad diaries: Merida, Mexico (part eight)

Parker Asmann
March 2, 2014
Filed under Arts/Life

(It's early Feb. 22. Sleep deprived, we start our ascent from Palenque to Tonina, and then to San Cristobal de las Casas through the Sierra Madre Mountains.)Imagine the first breath after a coma. The things and people you're surrounded by are all new and don't yet make any sense while you're frantical...

Caged children are still a reality in the U.S.

Caged children are still a reality in the U.S.

Marin Scott, Nation & World Editor
September 24, 2018
Filed under Nation & World

Despite the Trump Administration reducing the coverage of the detention of thousands of immigrant children, there is still so much to learn about what they endured while in custody. Just this month, ProPublica Illinois was able to attain records of the 99 children separated from their families and...

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