Transormations Magazine - Spring 2014 - page 17

TreyTaurman, a student studying
forhisMaster’s inBusiness
Administration, hadnumerousphotos
to choose fromafterhewent to the
DominicanRepublic.Hisphotowas
taken ina small town calledBatey
Cuchillo. “I chose thisphoto toenter
because it shows thevastlydifferent
lifestylesbetweenhereand there. I
was able to capturea lot of photos
showing thedifferences inmeals, toys,
household conditions, and so forth;
however, thisphoto really struckmeas
captivating. InBateyCuchillo,many
livestock roam free in the streets, and
there isplentyof barbedwirearound
the town. Toget fromonearea to
another, kidswould crawl through
barbedwireextensively so they could
play.Kids asyoungas threewould
crawl through, and if theygot stuck,
theywould sacrifice their clothes to
get out.Here in the states, Ihavenever
witnessedkidsplayingaroundbarbed
wire.Nevertheless, if kidsheregot cut
or ripped their clotheson suchwire,
theywould typicallybeupset.There in
theBateyes, thekids actedas if itwas
normal tobe crawling into thewire.”
Taurman chose the right picture; he
was thewinner forCritic’sChoice
in thePeople category.Theother
winner in theCritic’sChoice forPlaces
categorywasRenéePetrina for “Locks
in theBellTower.”ForPeople’s
Choice, therewerealso twowinners:
in thePeople category,KristinCox’s
“IndigenousCommunityofEcuador,”
and in thePlaces category,Aaron
Setterdahl’s “DunluceCastleRainbow.”
Thephoto contestwasnot theonly
event heldduring International
EducationWeek.Monday through
Thursday, in theCommons, the
International ProgramsCommittee
hostedhands-onactivities. Sophomore
ToriMiller loved the crafts thisyear.
“I lovedparticipating in theevent last
year andwas excited that theywere
doing the crafts again.Thebeadingone
ismy favorite.” Thisyear,Dr.Shifa
Podikunju-Hussain from theSchool of
Educationhelpedpeople learn to craft
jewelrywithbeads. Podikunju-Hussain
said, “Ihad something strungat the
store, and I thought, I coulddo that.
So I startedbeading, and Imakemy
own jewelrywhen Ihave time.Beading
ismyhobby, and I canhelpeducate
peopleabout thekindsof jewelry
across theworld. It is something that is
universal.”
Jewelry can signifymany things in
different cultures. Podikunju-Hussain
added, “I am from Indiaoriginally, and
wearing jewelry inwhatever form is a
signof prosperity; it is anadornment
that is supposed tomakeyou look
prettier.Wearing jewelry, especially in
theHindu culture, signifies that you
aremarriedorprosperous. If youare
notmarriedor youareawidow, you
wouldnotwear asmuch. “
During theweek, the International
ProgramsCommitteealsooffered
henna tattoos in theCommons.
Although inmany countries these
tattoos are semi-permanent, at IU
Southeast’s InternationalEducation
Week, theyare fake tattoosput
on the skinbyagel that fades to
anorange-brown color. Senior
ShelbyMayfieldparticipated
thisyear, too, “My favorite is the
henna tattoos.Theyareaunique
way toexpressyour individuality.”
BrigetteAdams,whoworks in
theofficeof theSchool of Social
Sciences,was asked tohelp
with InternationalEducation
weekbyDr. LucindaWoodward
andDr.ValerieScott, the co-
directorsof the International
ProgramsCommittee.Adams
said, “InternationalEducation
Week is agreat program for the
campus.Henna tattooing is a true
art, and thereareartists in the
MiddleEastwhoaregifted todo
thesebeautiful designs.”Henna
ismostlypopularwithbrides
andhasmanydifferentmeanings
includingahappymarriage,
longevity, and fertility. “The
students reallyenjoy this activity.”
All theeventsheldon campus
gaveeveryonea tasteofwhat they
couldexpect if theywere to travel
todifferent partsof theworld. It
was agreatway for the campus
community tobeeducated
on international cultures and
participate inactivities they
might not have the chance to
experience.
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