In light of the recent and shocking tragedies, everyone has been affected. September 11’s events brought the reality destruction and death upon us, but not the immediate idea of war. Once the dust settled and the tears dried, we looked to our politicians and councils to see just what the American powerhouse would do to right the wrongs and get revenge.
Following the sensible adage “patience is a virtue,” President Bush waited for the statistics and advice necessary to make the proper decision when choosing the next course of action for the U.S. Last Sunday, we let our military loose and really shook up Afghanistan. War is in the air and Americans all over are feeling its vibrations through the media. Eastern Washington University is astir with the news and possibilities of a declaration of war.
Americans and Arabs here at Eastern Washington University are not the only ones affected by this string of events. The Japanese exchange students who have come here through the Asia University American Program have experienced some of the drawbacks as well.
“The students were delayed a week in the middle of September due to their International flight, but they finally made in and are now settled,” Megan Mulvany, AUAP program director, said.
It is believed by many that the AUAP students will have to be sent back to their home country if either of two things happen: one, if America is attacked on its own soil again, and two, if there is officially declared war. Mulvany knew nothing about those claims, but is under the belief that the students will stay as long as originally planned.
“Our program is up and running. We are not anticipating anything happening that would cause it to be different,” said Mulvany.
It is the AUAP program’s understanding that Asia University is watching the terrorist situation carefully and will act accordingly.
“Our students are busy with classes and with getting settled. We are like any other program and will continue to function as one. We obviously hope that nothing more serious will happen anywhere,” commented Mulvany.
So, the AUAP program forges through this catastrophic month just as we all have had to. The Japanese AUAP students are hopefully here to stay.