International Student News
October 18, 2017  |  Number 7
Halloween. America's Ghostly Celebration      
As summer turns to fall and temperatures begin to drop, Americans prepare for their favorite ghoulish holiday: Halloween. Dating back 2,000 years to what is present day Ireland and the UK, people celebrated the popular ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. People used to strongly believe that on October 31st, the eve of their new year, the lines between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and ghosts of those who died would return to earth. October 31st not only marked the end of a year, but it also marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. To celebrate such an event, the Druids (Celtic priests) would put on costumes and light enormous bonfires so that they could burn sacrifices to the returning ghosts; this is a mere glimpse into some of the traditions Americans continue today.
What's My Name?
Fast forward a thousand years in time. The Christian Church deemed November 2nd All Souls Day, a church-sanctioned version of Samhain, a traditional Celtic holiday to honor the dead. Many of the same traditions continued, such as dressing up like saints, devils, or angels and having large bonfires. As time went on, many people began calling the holiday All-hallows or All-hallowmas, from the Middle English word Alholowmesse, which meant All Saints' Day. Since many of the large celebrations for this holiday began the night before, or on the eve of, people began referring to the holiday as All-hallows Eve and this eventually became Halloween.
Halloween in the 21st Century
With the turn of the century, Halloween still contains many of its original ghoulish aspects, but it has now been turned into a holiday of fun events. Additionally, Halloween has now become a holiday for people of all ages, while typically only children go trick-or-treating, Americans of all ages dress up in costumes and attend Halloween parties. In fact,  every year over 150 million Americans will celebrate Halloween in one way or another.  Being one of the only American  holidays with such sinister roots, the decorations and traditions that are common on Halloween are unlike any other holiday. For instance, it is extremely common to see skeletons, skulls, witches, ghosts, or other creepy things used as decorations during this time.
Upcoming Events
Halloween celebrations don't get underway until next week. But there are so many ghostly events taking place in and around campus, we wanted to preview them this week, so you can plan ahead and get your costume ready. Don't miss the events in the meantime, though, especially today's Cultural Cafe!
Kent State Halloween Party_ October 27 October 27 - Halloween Party 
Room 206, Multicultural Center, Kent Student Center  |  5:00 pm 
The Office of International Student Affairs and the International Student Council invites everyone to join them for a ghostly good time. The kid-friendly Halloween Party include free food and a best costume contest.  
Kent State Haunted Library_ October 27 October 27 - Haunted Library and Costume Party 
University Library  |  9:00 to Midnight
A Kent State Halloween Tradition. The University Library's staff invites you to a Halloween Costume Party. Enjoy goodies, refreshments and music. Plus, prizes for best costumes.  

Cultural Cafe_ Egypt and Afghanistan_ October 18
October 18 - Cultural Cafe  |   Afghanistan and Egypt
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony  |  4:00 to 5:30 pm
Explore these two countries without leaving home. Learn about their long histories, unique cultures and their place in the modern world. Plus, sample a taste of their traditional cuisine. Free and open to all. 
Saudi Students October 18 - Saudi Family Cultural Dialogue
White Hall  |  12:00 to 1:00 pm
The Saudi Scholars will present a dialogue about Saudi family culture. Saudi inspired food will be served as a light lunch.
International Student Career Bootcamp_ October 25-26 October 25 and 26 - International Student Career Bootcamp
Room 306ABC, Kent Student Center
Career Exploration and Development is hosting a unique career focused event for international students at Kent State University. International students are encouraged to attend this workshop series.
Watch as several Kent State science teams compete for the honor of representing Kent State in the International Mission Life Competition in November. The theme of this year's Mission Life is Global Sustainable Development in the 21st Century.   
Register for the Upcoming OPT Workshop     

If you are graduating in December 2017 and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), join OGE's International Student & Scholar Advisors for our upcoming OPT workshop. The workshop will cover OPT eligibility requirements, the application process, and end with a Q&A session. Please register for one of the scheduled sessions to reserve your spot.  
Workshop Schedule
November 9, 2:00-3:30pm, Room 309, Kent Student Center   
Register for OPT_CPT Workshop 
Immigration Information - Maintain a Full-Time Class Workload     
Your visa designates you as a full-time student. Therefore, you must maintain a full-time course of study to ensure your student status. Depending on your student designation, your full-time required credit hours are as follows:
Undergraduate: 12 hours
Graduate: 8 hours
ESL: 17*
You may only count one online course (3 credit hours) towards your full-time requirement.

The staff at the Office of Global Education are here to help you and are eager to work with you to maintain your status. Talk with us if you have any questions or concerns.

Immigration Information - Keep Your Local Contact Information Up-to-Date      
Another obligation of your international student status is to keep your local address up-to-date with the most current information. Your local address refers to the address where you reside here in the United States - not your address in your native country.

Edit my account profile location
Whenever your phone number, place of residence or email address change, be sure to update them on your FlashLine account within 10 days of the change. Click on the "Edit my account profile" link (see above) on the left-hand column of your Flashline account to access your Secure Account Access options to find the Addresses and Phone Numbers link then follow the simple instructions.

Keys to Student Success - Housing   
What if my landlord won't make necessary repairs? Do I still have to pay my rent? 
If you simply stop paying your rent, you risk being evicted. If you need things repaired, the law requires you notify your landlord in writing. Keep a copy of this letter, text or e-mail for your records so that you can prove you sent it. The written notice triggers a legal requirement that the landlord to make the repairs within a reasonable period of time. Before entering to make repairs, the landlord should notify you at least 24 hours ahead of time.   Upon proper notice, you are required to cooperate with the landlord so that he can enter to make the repairs.
Ohio law does not permit a landlord to require the tenant to do repairs. If the damage was caused by you, however, the landlord can require you to pay the cost of the repairs. If the landlord does not repair items that affect your health and safety, the law entitles you to escrow your rent with the court instead of paying the landlord. If you escrow your rent, the law protects you from eviction or retaliation. If you have this type of a problem, Student Legal Services can help guide you through the process of escrowing your rent and getting the repairs done or terminating your lease.
If you have any questions or concerns Kent State Student Legal Servicespertaining to your obligations or rights under your lease agreement, or if you have other legal matters with which you need assistance, please contact Student Legal Services to schedule an appointment with a staff attorney.

To schedule an appointment:  
Phone: 330-672-9550
Location: 164 E. Main Street, Suite #203,
Kent, Ohio 44240
You Are Welcome Here  
Contact Us:
Phone: 1-330-672-7980
Email: isss@kent.edu
Campus Location: Van Campen Hall
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001
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