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CWRU promises diversity, lacks equality

Nick Knoske

Issue date: 9/10/10 Section: News
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International student ambassador Wen Lei, class of 2011 with her ISO group.
Media Credit: Denton Zhou
International student ambassador Wen Lei, class of 2011 with her ISO group.
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In an effort to provide for a growing number of international students, Case Western Reserve University held its first-ever International Student Orientation (ISO) this summer. The event, met chiefly with gratitude by its attendants, sought to acclimate the freshman from abroad with the campus, the city of Cleveland, and the university lifestyle. The program is also meant to appeal to prospective international students by facilitating geographical and socio-cultural transitions. Now, following the ISO's success, some students are beginning to question CWRU's relatively recent interest in international matriculates, finding discrepancies between the air of earnest concern during the ISO and certain university practices regarding financial aid and scholarships.

For instance, noncitizen undergraduates at CWRU do not receive financial aid as stipulated by the Office of International Student Services (ISS). This fact, while generally accepted by the international students, nonetheless contributes to an occasional sense of alienation, and it raises questions regarding scholarship eligibility.

"I mean, it's okay that we pay full tuition. But at least we need to have equal opportunities to get scholarships," said Wen Lei, a senior who served as an International Ambassador at the ISO this summer. Lei is realistic; she and others like her, lacking citizenship, understand they cannot receive federal aid toward their tuition.

"For financial aid, I have nothing to say because I'm not a citizen," Lei said. "You know, I don't pay taxes. But scholarships, at least, should be open to international students."

Because these students must pay full tuition, some believe that CWRU seeks to cultivate an international community on campus primarily for fiscal purposes. Whether or not this is true, no one can deny that students from abroad serve as an effective means to simultaneously raise funds and diversify the campus population.

"For most of the schools, that [money] is the main point to why they want international students," said Lei.
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