Spring Semester, 2014
Saint Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, is an annual celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland, celebrated by millions of Irish people all over the world. Celebrations are based on all things Irish and the color green. City authorities in Chicago even dye the city’s river green for this day. Many people wear green clothes, eat Irish food and drink the Irish beer Guinness, which many bars also dye green. There are also traditional St Patrick’s Day parades. The one in Dublin is spread over five days and attracts half a million people. The New York parade is the largest, with two million spectators. Many people with no Irish connections celebrate and declare themselves Irish for a day.
Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary. Some scholars say he was born in England, while others believe he was Italian. Most agree he lived in the fifth century. When he was sixteen, he was captured and taken as a slave to Ireland. He lived as a slave for six years before escaping. He joined the church to train as a priest and became a missionary in the north and west of Ireland. Legend has it that Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. There are many other legends about Patrick that have cemented him as a key part of Irish culture. March 17 is believed to be the date of his death. Unlike other saints, Patrick was never canonized by a Pope, although most Christian churches list him as a “Saint in Heaven”. (adapted from http://eslholidaylessons.com/03/saint_patricks_day.html)
Taxes! If you or an international friend needs to file taxes in the US (due April 15th ), this
workshop opportunity from VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) may be helpful.
Tax Preparation Workshop: The Beta Alpha Psi chapter offers tax return preparation for
international students at no charge. However, an appointment is necessary. The appointment
sign-up sheets are located in the ISFS office (along with additional instructions of what the
student needs to do before they come to their appointment and what they need to bring with them to their appointment). Please sign up early, as there are limited appointments available.
One of the best ways to learn more about American culture, current event references, slang and colloquialism is by watching TV. Each week the Couch Potato Club will get together in Scott Quad Student Lounge eat popcorn and watch some of the most popular TV programing being enjoying across the USA. Everything from Sci-Fi, Drama, Horror, Romance, to Reality TV. Times and shows will be
posted so keep a look out for posters!
International Computer and Gaming Club
Do you like playing computer and video games? Are you looking for friends who love gaming too? Do you want to learn how to program or make your own games? Perhaps the International Computer and Gaming Club is right for you. Scan the code on the left or visit http://bit.ly/opgaming to join our Facebook group and help us plan our next event.
Our first meeting will meet in Gordy 113 at 12:15. Then we'll walk together to the kitchen we will use! Everyone is invited! If you have questions, talk to Sandy Nesbitt, Holly DeLong, or Sharron Sturgeon. Follow us on FB (https://www.facebook.com/ohioubakingclub)
You're invited to join…
We'll meet 4 times in Spring 2014 on Wednesdays:
March 12 (week 9)
April 5 (week 12)
We want to hear from you!
Are you a budding writer? The O’Zone welcomes student
writing. If you’d like to share something about your culture,
your experience here in the U.S., or your opinion on an
international or cultural topic, send your submission to