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The Hype features submissions from Iowa State University multicultural students. The Hype is hosted by the Office of Multicultural Students Affairs; however, the views expressed are not necessarily those of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Iowa State University, the Iowa Board of Regents or the State of Iowa.

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The Midwest Asian American Students Union: Reflections (Part 1)

12 Apr 2018 4:35 PM

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The Midwest Asian American Students Union strives to recognize the needs of the Asian Pacific Islanders American (APIA) Community.

The following list contains the objectives of MAASU:

Adventure     Asian American

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Meet Tricia Stouder

12 Apr 2018 1:28 PM


Say a big hello to Tricia Stouder! Tricia Stouder had been with Iowa State University since 2010 but has been with Admissions since 2015. Her current position is as the Coordinator for Admissions Early Outreach. She works with a variety of programs such as Early Outreach Program (EOP). EOP is a week-long residential summer program for Iowa resident multicultural students and potential first-generation college students entering the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Read down below to learn about Tricia Stouder!

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Reclaiming Our Colors by Emily

09 Apr 2018 3:33 PM

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I grew up in small-town Iowa. It was predominantly white people, so there were not a lot of minorities. You could probably count the number of people of color on both of your hands. In my class, there was one other girl who was from China until another family moved to town in our middle school years.

In My Words     Asian American

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Check It Out: The Big XII Conference on Black Student Government

09 Apr 2018 12:49 PM

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The Black Student Alliance traveled to Texas this spring for the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government

The Big XII Conference on Black Student Government is a organization composed of Big XII schools such as Iowa State, Mizzou(founding school), K-State, University of Kansas, Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University and newly added Texas Tech.

Adventure, Club Spotlight     Black/African American

Meet Sunny Hsu

08 Apr 2018 3:53 PM


Meet Sunny Hsu, She is MSA's one and only accounting clerk of more than 2 years. Did you know Sunny has lived in Ames for 11 years now, read down below to read more about Sunny! Also don't forget to come visit her and say hello at the Mutlicultural Student Affairs Office!

What is your favorite thing about Iowa State Unviersity? 

Watching the sports, especially basketball. You can always see the school spirit!

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Staff/Faculty Interview    

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Five Things I Learned Being Black and Abroad by Tasha

03 Apr 2018 3:30 PM

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My first trip out of the country was a 10-day school trip to Costa Rica with two of my best friends. We climbed mountains, hiked through rainforests, explored small towns by the coast, and danced with the locals. Although I was young and naïve and knew less about the systems the operate in our world today, I was given this insatiable need to experience the rest of the world, its people, and its cultures. Over the years, when I found the opportunity, I traveled internationally more. I found myself in St.

Adventure, In My Words     Study Abroad

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From Homebody to Adventure Seeker: How Getting Out of My Comfort Zone Changed My Perspective On Life by Baillie

29 Mar 2018 12:47 PM

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I never thought I’d want to leave the Midwest. I had always been a homebody, and the thought of even leaving Minnesota to go to Iowa was a huge deal (it’s really not, I know). During my spring semester of sophomore year, I received the weekly Psych Advising bulletin. I wasn’t expecting for much to “speak to me”, but then I came across an opportunity that would change my life. I came across an advertisement for “Undergraduate Summer Workshop in the Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.”

Adventure     College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, GWC

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Meet Dr. Monica Howard

27 Mar 2018 4:43 PM

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Introducing Dr. Monica Howard, from the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Take the opportunity to learn more about here below!

What is your favorite thing about Iowa State University? My favorite thing about Iowa State University is that being here has given me an opportunity to have personal development.

Staff/Faculty Interview     College of Veterinary Medicine

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There Is a Gray Area by Christian

19 Mar 2018 5:35 PM

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I grew up in Iowa, in a polite rural suburb called Bettendorf. This area is a model for traditional American communities, going to every football game and church on every Sunday kind of stuff. I, a weird art kid, was not one to attend football games, I was more interested in personal pursuits like drawing, playing video games, and watching cartoons. The diversity in this area is pretty scarce and going to a predominantly white high school made this quickly apparent to me. These factors combined made me somewhat of a social nomad drifting from thing to thing, but never quite fitting in.

In My Words     College of Design