Archive for April, 2012

Greetings from NYC, the city that can’t figure out what season it is.  Last week it was in the 80s.  Then it rained.  Felt like a windy, nippy, Autumn day today.  I wonder what tomorrow will bring…

The big news on the EAP front is that the application deadline for this course has been extended until May 15th.  So, for those of you who haven’t finished filling out those applications, you’ve still got a little over 2 weeks to wrap them up.  If you’re still on the fence about it, this gives you time to decide that you reeeeally want to come along on what will surely be a grand and exciting and educational trip!  If you’ve got any questions about the course, feel free to contact the Faculty leader- Professor Vivian-Lee Nyitray.

I’ve got some more preview photos from Washington, D.C. from some of the sites we’ll be visiting while we’re there:

This is the Newseum.  Can you read what’s written in stone on the front facade of the building?  Something we’ll be dealing with a LOT during our Washington, D.C. studies.  The Newseum is primarily a journalism and media museum (hence “News”eum), but there are also galleries entirely dedicated to 1st Amendment freedoms as well, which is where we’ll be primarily be hanging out.

And right down the street from the Newseum are the National Archives, which we’ll visit to take a look at some of the most important documents in American history like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, etc…

So with that, make sure to finish up your applications and make sure to pack your umbrella, because we’re heading to D.C.!

Hello again from Washington, D.C.  This is my last day here in the capital city.  This morning I went over to UCDC which is where we’ll be living and studying during our final week.  I met with Mac, the friendly facilities manager, who took me to see one of the apartments you’ll be in as well as one of the classrooms we may be using for lectures.

Each of the apartments houses 4 students in a 2 students per room / 2 rooms per apartment set-up.

Each room has 2 twin beds, 2 desks with chairs, 2 lamps, 2 alarm clocks, and 2 closets (along with under bed storage space):

There is a split bathroom (toilet in one room, shower in another) with a double vanity separating the two.  The bedrooms are located off a short hallway that also leads to the bathroom.  Going the other direction down the hallway takes you to the apartment’s living room and kitchen:

Each living room has a couch, lamps, a coffee table, end tables, and a digital TV with remote control:

Between the living room and the kitchen there is a medium-sized dining table (pictured above) with space for 4 people.  The kitchen is equipped with a 4-burner stove with oven, microwave, refrigerator with freezer, plenty of counter space (which is amazing for me…since I’ve been living in a tiny studio in NYC for so long with absolutely zip counter space), a sink, and lots of cabinets:

Mac also let me know that there are a few supermarkets within walking distance.  There’s a Whole Foods about 3 blocks away and a Trader Joe’s 9 blocks away for the more adventurous walkers.  Cooking your own meals is a great way to save money that week since Washington, D.C. does have city prices.

Finally, he took me to see one of the classrooms.  They are quite spacious with plenty of dry erase boards for drawing Venn diagrams.

UCDC is only a few blocks from the Farragut North and Farragut West metro stops as well as several metro bus stops, so it will be easy for us to get around from here.  It’s only a 20 minute walk from the White House and 25 minutes to the Mall.  Overall, UCDC looks like it will be a convenient and comfortable place for us to end our course.

Well folks, I’m heading to Union Station in just a few minutes for the bus back to NYC.  Stay tuned for more photos and info!

Greetings from Washington, D.C.!

I’m here for the weekend to check out the sites we’ll be visiting during our final week of the course.  Right now I’m sitting at a coffee shop a few blocks form the Beacon Hotel, which is where we’ll spend out first night state-side before checking into UCDC (right across the street from the hotel), where we’ll be based for the rest of the week.

Here’s a sneak peek at the hotel:

Walk down the hallway:

And into one of the rooms:

The rooms you will be in will either be one queen bed (shown above) for singles or two double beds for two people to share.

Here is the bathroom:

Every room comes with a television and dresser:

And a workspace (desk, lamp, electrical outlets, etc):

UCR represent!  Scotty Bear enjoying the bed:

And finally, here is the view out the window (you can see UCDC across the street – it’s the building on the right):

Off to visit some more of our sites ~

Check in soon for more photos from the capital city…

Hello everyone!

The weather’s been on the fritz here in New York…hot, cold, hot, cold.  I can’t figure out what season it is!  Speaking of seasons and weather and….clothes…..which leads to….packing, in the next 3 months leading up to the trip I’ll be posting some tips and info on what to pack for this trip.  For many of you, this will be your first long trip abroad, so stay tuned for info on what kinds of clothes to bring and what else you’ll need to stuff in your packs (adapters, converters, plugs, etc).

Also, just to let you know, I will be visiting Washington DC over the weekend to check out the current exhibits at the museums we’ll be visiting and taking another look at the monuments and memorials we’ll be seeing in August.  Photos to come!

Until then, here is the latest week in history:

April 12…

1861 – The first shots of the American Civil War are fired as the Confederates take Fort Sumter, South Carolina.

1961 – Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space (if you don’t count the US’s X-15 flight research program…but we can get into that later >yes I’m a space nerd<) aboard the Vostok 1.

April 13…

1829 – The Catholic Emancipation Act allows Catholics to sit in Parliament and hold public office in Britain.

1919 – British soldiers kill hundreds of unarmed Indian civilians during a protest in Amritsar, India.

April 14…

1865 – US President Abraham Lincoln is shot while at the theater in Washington, DC and dies the next day.

April 15…

1945 – British troops liberate Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

April 16…

73 CE – Roman troops breach the walls of Masada fortress to find the Jewish defenders have committed mass suicide.

1945 – The notorious high-security prisoner of war camp at Colditz Castle in Germany is liberated by US troops.

April 17…

1961 – A US-backed invasion of Cuba, made up of anti-Fidel Castro exiles, is defeated at the Bay of Pigs.

April 18…

1775 – The American War of Independence begins with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  The British win both.

1949 – The Republic of Ireland comes into being, but the six counties of Northern Ireland remain part of Britain.

1986 – South Africa repeals the ‘pass laws’ restricting the movements of non-whites, enforced since 1948.

April 19…

1012 – Viking raiders kill Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, before being bought off with a huge bribe.

1943 – The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ignites after German soldiers begin ‘liquidation’ of the Jewish ghetto.

April 20…

1945 – As Adolf Hitler celebrates his 56th birthday, Soviet shells fall on Berlin.

1968 – British politician Enoch Powell makes his notorious ‘rives of blood’ speech against immigration.

Hello everyone!  Sorry the blog hasn’t been updated more in the past few weeks.  Over here in NYC (where I >Shady the program assistant< am right now) I’ve been battling my 4th cold of the year and working long days, so I’ve neglected my blogging duties a bit.  But, I’m on the mend so you can expect more frequent posting from now on.

First order of business:


If you haven’t sent in your completed application, be sure to due so VERY soon.  If you have ANY questions or concerns about completing your application, get in touch with your campus EAP office or with our program leader, Professor Nyitray, ASAP.

There have been a lot of interesting stories involving religion in the news recently.  Every time one pops up, I update the “In the News” page with a link to the story.  It’s worth a look just because it’s interesting…but also because we will be returning to this list of articles during the course.  If you find one story that really strikes your fancy, keep it in mind for later.

Thanks for checking back in with the blog and I look forward to meeting all of you in 3 months.  To finish off, let’s go to…


April 3 

1917 – Vladimir Lenin arrives at the Finland Station, Russia, to assume leadership of the Bolshevik revolution.

April 4

1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is signed into existence by its 12 founder nations.

1968 – US Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by a white supremacist in Memphis, Tennessee.

April 6

1917 – The United States formally declares war on Germany, entering WWI on the side of the Allies.

April 7

1944 – Two inmates of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz escape, to later reveal details of the genocide there.

April 8

563 BCE – Siddhartha Gautama (founder of Buddhism) is born, traditional date.

217 CE – The brutal Roman emperor Caracalla is assassinated while relieving himself at a roadside.

1904 – The ‘Entente Cordiale’ is signed by Britain and France, finally ending centuries of intermittent conflict.

April 9

1867 – The United States Senate reluctantly votes to purchase Alaska from Russia for just $7.2 million.

2003 – A massive statue of Saddam Hussein is toppled in central Baghdad as US troops capture the city.