Category Archives: Events

Global Marauders

Global Marauders is a social club that promotes and encourages friendship, communication, and support between international and MU students.

Global Marauders provides a place where students can socialize, connect, and learn about each other as well as other cultures.

Come out to the first meeting of the semester!


Improv Molotov

Join Global Ed as we laugh the night away at MU’s Improv Molotov. Improv is a theatrical technique where the actors put on a show with no script. Everything is made up as they go, and it is hilarious! We will be meeting at the University bookstore at 9:00 to watch the show together. Admission is FREE!

Improv Molotov

Pumpkin Carving 101

Americans love pumpkins. We love pumpkin seeds, pumpkin flavored coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin picking and most of all, carving pumpkins!

Global Ed is hosting a free pumpkin carving party on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00pm! To help get you ready for the ultimate Halloween activity, here are some tips on how to carve the most spooktacular pumpkin.

Tools you will need: a pumpkin, carving knives, a big spoon, newspaper/paper towels to put down to because it will be messy, and a small tea candle. (If you are going to Global Ed’s pumpkin carving party, everything will be provided for you)

  1. Select the perfect pumpkin!
  2. Pick a design! It can be spooky, funny, traditional, or something completely made up by you. Some people like to find a stencil online, others like to free-hand their designs.
  3. If you are using a stencil, find a design online, the simpler the design, the easier the carving will be.
  4. Cut out the outline of the design you want.
  5. Hold it against the pumpkin and, using a permanent marker, trace along the outside of the design onto the pumpkin.
  6. If you are drawing your own design, use a permanent marker and draw directly onto the pumpkin.
  7. Before you carve into your pumpkin, you will need to cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin and remove the top like a lid. Do not cut completely vertical, cut on an angle so that this lid can later be placed back on and will stay in place.
  8. Using a big spoon, scoop out all of the insides and seeds of the pumpkin.
  9. After the inside is clean, now you can turn the pumpkin on its side and start carving out your design.
  10. Be careful while carving because if you mess up, you can’t go back.
  11. When you have finished carving and removed all of the chunks of pumpkin that you cut out, place a tea candle into your pumpkin.
  12. Put the top back on, turn off the lights or wait for it to get dark, and watch your masterpiece glow!


You are now an expert at pumpkin carving and all things Halloween. If you mess up or simply cannot decide on a design, make more than one pumpkin! Your pumpkin should last about a week to a week and a half.

Another option people traditionally follow is painting their pumpkins instead of carving them. This way is a lot less messy and the pumpkin will last longer!

Fall Activities

Keeping with the theme of this week’s E-blast, our Global Ed activities this month also align with the change of seasons. Virtually everyone in America loves autumn, not only for the milder weather but also for all the fun activities that fall entails.

If you’re looking for something to do  this month, we might be able to help:

  • Pick/carve a pumpkin – Global Ed will be hosting a pumpkin carving party on October 20 at 7:00 pm! If you are unable to attend, or would just like to carve more pumpkin, this is a great fall activity that is relatively cheap and tons of fun. See our article on Pumpkin Carving 101 for tips on how to carve the spookiest pumpkin.
  • Go on a hayride or visit a corn field – once again, Global Ed is hosting their corn maze and campfire event on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 pm. The cost is $5 a student and you must sign up by Wednesday October 12 if you are interested in coming. If not, there are plenty of corn mazes and hay rides around the Lancaster area that makes for a perfect fall weekend activity.
  • Apple Picking – if there are two foods we love most in the fall, they are pumpkins and apples. Apples are perfect for eating this time of year, and when you can pick them yourselves right off of the tree, they taste even better. Visit Cherry Hill Orchards right down the road or any local farmers stand for some fresh apples. Be sure to try some delicious apple cider as well, served hot or cold.
  • Hiking – hiking is great this time of year because it is not too hot. You won’t sweat through your shirt while you enjoy the changing colors of fall. Check out local spots around campus to hike and truly experience nature this fall, like Chickie’s Rock!
  • Trick-or-Treat/Halloween – We may be too old to go trick-or-treating, but we’re never too old to be in the Halloween spirit. Buy or make a costume, and wear it while you hand out candy to kids in your neighborhood. If you do not have this option, dress up and find a fun Halloween party to attend with friends and have a spooktacular time! Halloween movie nights are also great. The only thing better than watching scary movies around Halloween is watching them with friends (it is also a lot less scary this way.)

These are just a few of the countless fall activities that honor tradition here in the USA. Try a few out and you’ll quickly realize why American’s love Fall the most!

OPT/CPT Workshops

Global Education will hold workshops on the following topics coming up in the next few weeks.

OPT/CPT Workshop I

  • Oct. 4, 2016: 11AM, SMC Room #203

OPT/CPT Workshop II

  • Oct. 7, 2016: 2PM, SMC Room #203


Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is temporary authorization for practical training directly related to your major field of study. Your major field of study is listed on your I-20. You can apply for CPT during the regular academic year (you must remain registered full-time) and during the summer vacation.


Optional Practical Training (OPT) provides F-1 students with an opportunity for hands-on work experience (work authorization) related to the academic field of study. OPT authorization that begins after completion of your academic program is called “post-completion” OPT. OPT used while you are still enrolled in your course of study is called “pre-completion” OPT. Students engaged in pre-completion OPT during the academic year must maintain full-time enrollment in classes. Pre-completion OPT affects your eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Corn Mazes and Campfires

Join Global Ed for a Night of Corn Mazes and Campfires!

On Friday, September 30, Global Ed and other international students are adventuring to Cherry Crest Farms to navigate their way through a corn maze. If that isn’t challenging enough, we will be doing this at night, with only the light from our flashlights to guide us through the 10 foot tall stalks of corn.

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What is a corn maze? A corn maze is a giant field of corn that has been cut into a design. The goal is to make it from the entrance, to the exit without getting caught at a dead end. If you do hit a dead end, you will have to backtrack to find a new way out. It’s physical as much as mental, but eventually everyone makes it out. There will also be workers throughout the maze to give you hints if you need it.

Working your way through a corn maze is enough to work up your appetite, so we will be having a campfire right after the maze and roasting some S’mores. S’mores are a very messy but delicious American delicacy. You roast a marshmallow on a stick above the campfire until it is golden brown. While the marshmallow is still hot, you squish it between 2 pieces of graham crackers and a chunk of chocolate. The heat from the marshmallow melts the chocolate and this creation is called a S’more. These desserts are a must at any campfire and make for a great year-round treat! If you have never had one, you definitely will not want to miss out on this sweet experience.



If this night of fun fall festivities sounds like something you would be interested in, stop by the Global Education office ASAP to secure your spot. The cost is only $5 a student and this includes the corn maze, a flashlight, and all the ingredients to make s’mores!

The bus will be departing at 6:15pm and will be returning to campus around 10:30 pm.

Monday, September 26 is the absolute last day to come in, sign up, and pay to guarantee your fun Friday night!

We can’t wait to see you then!