in My Own Words
by Kanako Fudamonto Exchange student from Kansai Gaidai University
Since I came here, already two months have passed, I can't believe it. Time
Before I left Japan, I was dreaming of life in the United States. Now I m in
the United States! This is my first time outside of Japan, so I have not seen
other cultures at all. I came here with one friend. Before coming to St An^
draws, we dropped in on Los Angeles and San Francisco. There were alot of
First in one hotel, in the early morning,w ater leaped out from a pipe. Se
cond, we missed the airplane from Los Angeles to San Fransico because we
mistook the counter. We had gone to the wrong airline. When we noticed
that we had mistaken the counter, it was only 30 minutes before departure.
You know, Los Angeles Airport is huge!! We ran from the end of terminal 3 to
terminal 10. It was too late. Fortunatley, one gentleman helped us so we
could take the next plane.
Third, we did not know there were two bus terminals (first floor and second
floor). We missed the last bus from a mall in Los Angeles to our hotel. Fourth,
we lost our way in San Francisco because the streets were almost the same
for us. Fifth, at one shop, I ordered a "cherry cake” but the waitress gave me
a "Cherry Coke." Our English was terrible at first, especially when we ordered
room service in one hotel, they could not understand English. I had a lot of ac
cidents like these, so I was worrying if I could lead a life in America well.
Now I'm getting used to the life here. Since my roommate and other girls
picked me up at the airport, people have been very friendly to me. In Japan,
people don't talk to unknown people, but here even if they don t know the
person at all, they say "hi." Here I found a lot of things which are different.
There is no iced coffee, coffee milk (chocolate, milk, and coffee), strawberry
milk or bean milk. (0 if there is, people rarely drink them.) Pudding is soft like
ice cream. (In Japan, it's hard like jello.) Besides this, I was surprised we can
eat cakes, cookies and ice cream-type desserts each meal time. I like sweets
very much, but I couldn't eat those sweets so much in Japan.
Also, I can't believe the si?e of this college. My college in Japan has about
6500 students but the area is about one tenth of St. Andrews. In America we
have space! I'm very happy about it because in Japan I must take a train
every day; it's very crowded.
The most different hing is the attitude of students taking class. Not only do
they listen to the professors speaking; they ask a lot of questions, discuss,
and think! In my college, Japanese students are taking a nap, doing
Photo by Rooney Coffman
homework from another class, or talking with friends during class time. Only
a few students are studying. I know the reason. Sometimes, these classes are
very boring unlike the classes here.
Still now I have a problem with my English. For example, one day I wanted
to ask my friend if she is bored. However, I asked her "are you boring?" But
I'm enjoying staying here very much because I have found a lot of different
things. In addition. I'm enjoying talking with my friends. I really feel free here.
Also, I have so much space!
New Day in SAGA?
(ro'Ttinuod from page 1}
At the food service conference,
college representatives broke up into
smaller groups to discuss innovative
ideas in college food service. The
most well-received idea came from the
St. Andrews representatives. Heidi
and Deborah suggested that campus
clubs and organizations be asked to
sponsor theme nights in the
cafeteria. Club members could sit
down with the food service manager
and design a meal to go along with
the night's theme. The club could be
in charge of decorating the cafeteria.
The benefits are two-fold: Food ser
vice directors receive a greater varie
ty of input as to what students would
like to see served, and the club can
advertise its organization for virtually
Another very interesting idea was
the establishment of an on-campus
franchise. Mr. Fairbrook stated that
"fast food is the way of the future,"
and that the fast food trend is not
one that the college or its food ser
vice can or should ignore. The idea of
an on-campus franchise particularly
interested the St. Andrews food ser
vice reps because of the current stu
dent desire for a "hang-out-snack
bar." Given St. Andrews success in
its land development program and
the lack of continuing student sup
port for previous on-campus snack
bars, the franchise idea is one that
should be given serious considera
What are the benefits of an on-
campus franchise at St. Andrews?
First of all, previous snack bars have
been geared towards immediate stu
dent satisfaction without any real
consideration for the long-run. A
snack bar has been established,
students have been satisfied, and
after a while, as student interest
dwindles, the snack bar is eventually
shut down. In the long run the school
loses money. An on-campus fran
chise would meet the needs of com
muter students, faculty and ad
ministration, and of course the
residential students. If the college ac
tually owned the franchise then there
is also the possibility of making a
very nice profit.
SAGA doesn't have to worry
about competition or losing money
because students are required to be
on food service unless they can pro
ve tht SAGA can not provide for
special dietary needs.
There is also the potential to at
tract Laurinburg residents to an on-
campus franchise. Many students
may not like that idea, however, if
"townies" can ride their cars up and
down Dogwood Mile and play sports
on our fields, why shouldn't we take
their money also? Surely area
businesspersons do not hesitate to
take money from St. Andrews
students when they shop in their
stores and eat in their restaurants.
All of this is food for thought (no
If you would like to attend a food
service meeting please contact one
of the eleven committee members
about the meeting times. Everyone's
involvement is needed if constructive
changes are to be made.