Yi Xu

Being active in college means constantly breaking out of my comfort zone. As a foreigner who didn’t speak one complete English sentence during my first week in the United States, I bravely joined clubs with the aim of improving my speaking English and understanding American culture. I learned more than I expected. I attended the…

Actors Lupita Nyong'o (L), Madina Nalwanga (C) and David Oyelowo laugh after posing in the same manner as they appear on the movie poster seen behind him during the Los Angeles premiere of "Queen of Katwe" in Hollywood, California, Sept. 20, 2016.

When we hear stories or see images of Africa, they typically depict poverty, disease, war and struggle. A contrast to that image is Disney’s “Queen of Katwe,”  directed by Mira Nair, which brings to light the rise of Uganda’s top chess champion and her mentor. The story of Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende dominated the celebrated Toronto International Film…

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One of the better-known ranking services has released their university “bests,” including best place to party and the best place to get financial aid.  Princeton Review, a private corporation that specializes in testing, admissions and rankings of colleges, released its 25th edition of “The Best 381 Colleges” in August. Elon University in Elon, North Carolina…