Weekly Spotlight

Donald B. Regan Distinguished Lecture

posted Apr 17, 2010, 10:23 PM by GMSA UST

Carnegie Endowment international trade and development official Eduardo Zepeda will explore the links between trade agreements and economic development in a lecture next week at the University of St. Thomas.

The speech, titled “The Road From Trade to Development: Where Did We Lose the Compass?” is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Thornton Auditorium in Terrence Murphy Hall on the St. Thomas campus in downtown Minneapolis.


Dell Social Innovation Competition

posted Feb 25, 2010, 8:58 AM by GMSA UST   [ updated Feb 25, 2010, 9:02 AM ]

The University of Texas and Dell are looking for college students from around the world who want to improve areas of critical human need through innovation.

Providing a vehicle for taking student innovations from idea to reality, Dell’s Social Innovation Competition is a real-world exercise for perfecting your skills in:

  • Project/business plan development
  • Pitching ideas to investors
  • Building resource networks
Do you have groundbreaking idea in mind? With your fortitude and personality, can you mobilize people and resources to affect wide-ranging, scalable social change?

Visit the website for more details

KLM Luggage Tag give-away

posted Nov 30, 2009, 10:36 PM by GMSA UST   [ updated Nov 30, 2009, 10:35 PM ]

Throw away those boring luggage tags and give your baggage a new look by designing your own, unique tag. You can use a photo of your family, your favorite destination, or, to make it easier, you can choose from one of the images pre-selected by KLM.

Two tags will be made with your design to ensure you can easily recognize your bags among thousands of others. Or, you can give the tags to someone else as a gift.


FREE Audiobook Giveaway

posted Nov 23, 2009, 12:20 AM by GMSA UST   [ updated Nov 23, 2009, 2:31 PM ]

Ever used an Audiobook as an alternative to enjoying a novel? Here's your chance to get one for free.

Audible.com Thanksgiving FREE Audiobook Giveaway! In order to ease the stress of the Thanksgiving holiday, they've assembled a list of great titles for you to enjoy free of charge. From now through Thanksgiving Day, first time listeners can choose 1 FREE audiobook. There is no credit card required to participate. This event ends November 26, 2009, at 11:59 PM EST.

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Lop Buri Monkey Banquet

posted Nov 12, 2009, 1:54 PM by GMSA UST

In the town of Lop Buri, located 153 km North of Bangkok, you can witness one of the strangest feasts going. That's right, only witness. The food is not for you. In fact the food is not for any human at all!

Every year on the last Sunday of November, the local people provide a huge feast for some 3000 long-tail macaque monkeys that inhabit this part of Thailand, the Lop Buri Monkey Banquet. Lop Buri has long been famous for the sheer number of monkeys that hang around the town. The monkeys practically run the place, even take the train to commute to where they know they can find food.

The local monkey population have always been a tourist draw. So in 1988 a local hotelier started up this crazy idea; thank the monkeys for the prosperity they bring the town by holding a feast in their honour. The Monkey Banquet takes place in the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple located on Vichayen Road about 200 metres from the railway station. This temple, also known as the the Temple of Three Towers, is a beautiful ruined Buddhist shrine that was converted from the original Hindu temple built in the 13th century.

The feast is strictly vegetarian, and done with amazing style. Bright red tablecloths cover all the tables, and huge blocks of coloured ice that hold fruit inside are placed all around the grounds. The tables themselves are loaded with platters and pyramids of every kind of fruit and vegetable you can imagine, all provided by locals. There is even Coca-Cola and napkins for the not so discerning guests of honour. Every year, almost 10,000 people go to observe the thousands of monkeys descending on the temple and devouring the incredible amount of food.

The whole event may seem a little hokey and contrived, but the banquet is simply a Thai tradition done large. Thai people believe that being kind and generous to a monkey will bring good luck. And especially in Lop Buri, where the monkeys bring wealth in the form of tourists, it's not hard to see that the locals feel that feeding these monkeys has in fact brought the promised luck.


posted Oct 18, 2009, 11:34 PM by GMSA UST   [ updated Oct 18, 2009, 11:36 PM ]

Saturday, October 17 2009

Diwali is a five day Hindu  festival which occurs on the fifteenth day of Kartika. Diwali means "rows of lighted lamps" and the celebration is often referred to as the Festival of Lights. During this time, homes are thoroughly cleaned and windows are opened to welcome Laksmi, goddess of wealth. Candles and lamps are lit as a greeting to Laksmi. Gifts are exchanged and festive meals are prepared during Diwali. The celebration means as much to Hindus as Christmas does to Christians.


Badge Yourself (RED)

posted Oct 4, 2009, 12:22 AM by GMSA UST   [ updated Oct 4, 2009, 12:35 AM ]

(RED) is giving away their official badges for FREE. Wear it with pride and help us spread the word about (RED). Follow this link www.joinred.com/badgeyourself

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