By Linda Pollock/What’s on Tap Editor
Eastern’s international population is not worried about a change in attitude towards them at Eastern. With the recent developments in the nation, President Glasser sent a letter to the community saying, “Regardless of where you stand on this issue, please remember to respect and show concern for the safety and well-being of our international students. We will do everything possible to ensure that our international students feel safe both on campus and in the Richmond Community.” Vice President of Student Affairs, James Conneely offered to find housing on campus for any international students who don’t feel safe in the community but in response, Neil Wright, the International Students Association adviser, felt it wouldn’t come to that.
“We may not do anything new or different for the sake of the international students. Going to class and keeping things normal is the best way (to deal with the conflict),” Wright said.
Students like Alan Yang, International Student Association president, already feel at home at Eastern. “I am grateful for (Glasser’s) concern for the international students. She has always been very supportive of us and she is a great president to work for,” Yang said. He went on to say, “I feel safe here, the campus is a harmonious community and I am very satisfied with where we are.”
Yang did however, express his opposition to Bush’s decision to attack Iraq. “I think most international students are opposing the war. If we have a one percent chance to avoid war we should put in 100 percent effort,” Yang said.
Another international student, Rashda Majeed, expected action to be taken saying, “I know Saddam Hussein is evil and he has to go, but I don’t know if this is the best way to do it.”