Champlain College has leased property on Rue Sherbrooke in Montreal, Quebec, to operate a study-abroad campus in the heart of the city. Starting in Fall 2007, students can choose to spend a full academic semester in Montreal taking Champlain College courses.Champlain’s campus is believed to be the first American campus in Montreal. Ten Champlain College courses will be offered there this fall–the same courses that are offered on campus in Burlington. Students will pay the same tuition and residence hall rates as they would in Vermont.Study-abroad applications for fall have been streaming in and the College is now working with an architect to renovate the brownstone building that will house Champlain’s academic center. The College also contracted with L’Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) to offer student housing in a UQAM residence hall on Rue St. Urbain. This is a francophone university that offers Champlain students the opportunity to live with students from Quebec and Canada, as well as a variety of other countries.”With our new campus in Montreal, Champlain students can make the most of the many international business, multicultural and learning opportunities that are available in that major metropolitan center,” said Champlain College president David F. Finney. “The Montreal campus is another way for our students to internationalize their educational experience.” In addition to study-abroad programs at partner colleges in Europe and a host of international internship offerings, Champlain also operates a satellite campus in Mumbai, India.Home to 1.5 million people, Montreal is one of the largest French-speaking metropolitan areas in the world. It is the second largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec.Champlain College courses offered in Montreal include: Modern Canadian Social History, Creativity and Conceptual Development, Critical Thinking, Practical Game Design, Animating Characters in 3-D, Game Development Senior Team Project, Social Responsibility in Media, Conversational French, and a required Quebec cultural immersion course.Nearly 30 students are expected to spend the fall 2007 semester in Montreal. In the future, students from other colleges will be able to apply to study at Champlain College in Montreal.The Montreal campus is open to students in all academic programs. Students in Champlain’s Electronic Game and Interactive Development and Multimedia and Graphic Design programs may be particularly attracted to the experience since Montreal is one of “gaming’s global hot spots,” according to WIRED Magazine. Quebec is home to more than 50 electronic game-related companies and development studios, including Ubisoft, A2M and Electronic Arts.Students in Champlain’s Business programs can study in a province that is among Vermont’s most important trading partners. In 2005, Vermont exported nearly $1.7 billion in goods and services to Quebec, accounting for roughly 80 percent of all the state’s exports to Canada – Vermont’s largest trading partner. In addition, Vermont was the eighth largest exporter of goods worldwide into Québec in 2005.
Mr. President, step in the shoes of an Ebola orphan and you would begin wonder why help arrived too late when what is needed to stop Ebola has always been clear from day one: more community involvement and ownership, contact tracing, more trained medical staff, more isolation units, more supplies and more beds for quarantined and sick people. You would agree that our world has more than sufficient human and material resources to have stopped Ebola in its tracks in March 2014.You would wonder why with such enormous resources at the disposal of private citizens and governments in rich and poor countries Ebola was allowed to take away your parents.Now, Mr. President, please step in the shoes of a Liberian front-line health worker and you would be perplexed at the complacency in America about the potential dangers of Ebola before Ebola hit America. It was business as usual while Ebola took its toll on West African health workers without access to basic protective gears. You would be ashamed that the world was watching as Ebola kept spreading further worldwide, creating higher risks for humans everywhere.Here is how Ebola is spreading —February 2014: Ebola killed only Guineans in a remote village.March 2014: Ebola death spread to Liberia.April 2014: Ebola began killing Sierra Leoneans.July 2014: Ebola Killed an American in Nigeria, leading to eight (8) Nigerian deaths.August 2014: American hospitals admitted two (2) American Ebola patients.September 2014: Ebola killed Spanish citizens at a hospital in Spain.October 2014: The 1st Spanish patient infected with Ebola in Europe was admitted at a hospital in Spain. Eric Duncan, a Liberian, died at an American hospital and a nurse treating Duncan contracted Ebola.Mr. President, please step into the shoes of a Cuban health worker who cannot travel freely to the United States, thanks to the 1960 Cold War-inspired embargo and the-Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917. You are only 30 years old. You just arrived and you were greeted by a red, white and blue flag and a sign “Welcome to Monrovia”, the capital city of America’s only de facto colony in the world. Your mission: to rescue little America from Ebola. You are risking your life and personal safety to do what the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama preaches: “Iit was essential the United States and other countries work to stop the Ebola outbreak at its source in Africa…”.Take another new pair of shoes and step into one worn by thousands of Liberians, Sierra Leoneans and Guineans. You are stranded in America-your flights cancelled-you are uncertain of when you’ll return home. As a result of the deadly Ebola virus spreading exponentially, you have lost loved ones whose graves you will never see and everyday grim news of rising death tolls of ordinary people. Without TPS/DED designation, the message from the White House is mixed: Ebola is deadly. Oh, Ebola epidemic is not serious enough for designation of protected status.Finally, Mr. President, step into the shoes of an American health worker. You risked your life to help fight Ebola in West Africa. Upon your return to the United States, you are subjected to official harassment and stigmatization because of your service. You wonder if you should ever consider returning to West Africa to fight Ebola.Finally, Mr. President, take off the shoes worn by millions of human beings just like you and return to the White House as the President of the United States of America. I wish you well as I remind you of the word of a songwriter: “Action speaks louder than words.” Politics aside, ending the Cuban embargo now, designating Ebola ravaged countries for Temporary Protected Status (TPS/DED) and replenishing West Africa’s battered health workers now are all the right things to do. Mr. President, Kindly consider these actions in the fight against Ebola.Sincerely Yours,Rev. Torli H. KruaTorli Krua is founder of Boston-based Universal Human Rights International (UHRI). UHRI promotes immigrant rights in the USA and democracy through ballot initiatives in African countries. Krua may be reached at: 20 Roche Brothers Way, Suite 6-182 North Easton, MA 02356 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Dear Mr. President:I write to thank you for your leadership in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus ravaging West Africa. Your commitment is evidenced by your leadership in deployment of 3000 US troops, allocation of resources and your public statements denouncing Ebola fear and hysteria. Mr. President, I wish the world had acted quickly to stop Ebola. However, it’s never too late to save a life. In fact, in order to prevent more unnecessary Ebola deaths, now is the time to escalate the fight against rising Ebola fears, hysteria and embarrassing official intimidation and harassment of American health workers returning from Ebola ravaged West African countries. I urge you to take the lead by taking long overdue bold actions to buttress your words against hysteria in America. Kindly consider the following immediate actions:End the Cold War-inspired Cuban Embargo now-Continued isolation of Cuba is counterproductive when Cubans are fighting alongside Americans against Ebola.Designate Ebola ravaged Liberia, Guinea & Sierra Leone now as countries appropriate for Temporary Protected Status (TPS/DED) as winter approachesIntroduce emergency measures now to help replenish Ebola- battered health workers in Liberia, Guinea & Sierra Leone.In order to take these common sense actions, you must first take off your political shoes and step into the human shoes of an Ebola orphan, a West African front-line health worker, a Liberian stranded in America because of Ebola, a Cuban health worker and an American health worker in Ebola hot spots.“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew”- These words from Abraham Lincoln, are appropriate foundations for urgent humane and rational actions in escalating the fight against the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa and counterproductive rising Ebola fear and hysteria sweeping across America.