Meet Stephann Dubois, a computer science senior from Haiti.
On Jan. 12, 2010, Stephann Dubois thought the world was ending. He was volunteering to help younger students in his native Haiti when chaos erupted — it turned out to be a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Dubois jumped out of the two-story school and walked 30 miles back home.
With his home country in such turmoil after the catastrophe, Dubois decided to further his education in the United States, and he chose Syracuse University.
Meet Isidore K. Amani, a pre-med senior from the Ivory Coast.
Isidore K. Amani, or 'Izzy,' comes to Syracuse bearing with him the heart and soul of Africa.
The Ivory Coast, located in the western region of Sub-Saharan Africa, is where Amani calls home. His new home, however, is a continent of new learning experiences.
A senior pre-med major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Amani pursues knowledge in all fields of study. From religion and sociology to international affairs and politics, he is a lover of knowledge. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and watching the news.
Meet Michele Lopez, a counseling and counselor doctorate student from Venezuela.
Michele Lopez came to the United States in search of stability and a better life. Even though she loved her family dearly, she said Venezuela was too full of uncertainties. The decision to leave her home country became final after a personal experience with Venezuela’s health care industry.
Lopez and her boyfriend had just bought an apartment and were looking to save some money by remodeling it themselves, she said. But she was injured in the process.
Meet Cathy Sun, an undeclared freshman in Whitman, from China.
Cathy Sun, an undeclared freshman at the Whitman School of Management, was born in Guangzhou, China, and moved to Shanghai when she was 3 years old. But Sun wasn’t exactly raised in the Chinese culture. She spent most of her life growing up in northern Germany, where the family relocated because of her father’s job.
When Sun thinks of home, she remembers both China and Germany. Shanghai is home to her family, her friends and her mother’s home-cooked meals. She remembers China for the people, she says, but Germany was her childhood.
Meet Mohamad Khairie Shaari, an international relations senior from Malaysia.
After being accepted to Syracuse University, Mohamad Khairie Shaari remembered scanning a list with the names of other Malaysian students enrolled at the school. There were a total three.
But the number didn't deter Shaari — it only added to the appeal of attending the university tucked in the relative seclusion of upstate New York. Shaari relishes the opportunity to explore and learn about different cultures, to live outside the comfortable and familiar.
Meet Ioana Emy Matesan, a political science Ph.D student from Romania.
Ioana Emy Matesan’s first US experience didn’t prepare her for her second one. From the big city of San Francisco, to the country town of Monmouth, Ill., Matesan was shocked when she arrived for her freshman year of college at Monmouth College.
“It was like a farm town. The college was in the middle of nowhere. I was only used to the big cities in the US. That was the biggest culture shock,” Matesan said.
Sophomore Kanisha Ffriend promotes Czari, a clothing line created by her childhood friend, as a style for students with an "emperor or empress state of mind."
“It invites you to be bold when you wear it. It’s a very simple yet versatile top but it wants you to put more of your attitude and style into it,” said Kanisha Ffriend, a sophomore health and exercise science major and campus representative for the student-owned clothing line Czari.
Café Club Surreal offered live, interactive works of art on Saturday as part of the CRAVE arts festival.
CRAVE’s Café Club Surreal brought the crazy, quirky and cool to AXA Tower’s patio on Saturday in downtown Syracuse.
A mashup between a night club and Cirque du Soleil, the dimly lit space was packed as people posing as “live art” jumped, walked, ran and danced to house and electronic mixes around audience members, creating an environment of suspense, surprise and fun.
Audience members like Jessica Desalu, a clinical psychology PhD. student at SU, couldn’t peel their eyes away the walking works of art.