Albanian communist-era landmark reinvented as youth center

first_imgTIRANA, Albania (AP) — A pharaonic landmark in central Tirana built as a posthumous museum for Albania’s communist-era strongman, Enver Hoxha, is being transformed into a youth training and art center. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama attended Thursday’s symbolic start of work to radically transform the largely abandoned, 17,000-square-meter (180,000-square-foot) structure. It was designed by Hoxha’s daughter and her husband, both architects. Long viewed with mixed feelings by Albanians due to its link with the hated communist regime, the building narrowly escaped destruction a few years ago under a former center-right government. Other proposals had included turning it into a national library, a theater or even the country’s parliament.last_img read more

Students work to balance internships and school

first_imgAs Internship Week ends, many students have worked to secure part-time positions to gain work experience and boost their resumes.Students must be careful, however, to maintain their GPAs if they add an internship to their schedule during the school year, according to Career Center Executive Director Carl Martellino.Studious · Uzair Chaudhury, a freshman majoring in business administration, hits the books. Maintaining a high GPA while interning requires managing time well. – Engie Salama | Daily Trojan“You need to have your grades high and you need to have your internships too,” Martellino said. “If students were letting their grades go in lieu of internships, then if they decide to go to grad school it will hurt them.”Maggie Burkhead, who received a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2011, said she had internships during the school year at a public relations company and at a television production company. She said taking classes while working made her feel pressured.“I remember being really stressed out about how I was going to do both,” Burkhead said. “My first internship was really demanding because I was doing things outside of work. I never changed my courseload, but I certainly got stressed out trying to manage my time in the most efficient way.”Burkhead said she wished she had received more advice on how to manage her time.“One class in particular definitely did suffer just because the work I needed to do for the class always coincided for things I needed to do for the internship,” Burkhead said. “My grade got bumped down a few points, mostly as a result of me not knowing how to manage my time better.”On the other hand, Mike Sullivan, a senior in public relations and cinematic arts critical studies, said his GPA improved when he had an internship at Variety last fall.“The internship sort of breathed some kind of vitality in my activities,” Sullivan said. “I was more driven to get things done. I don’t know if that specifically bled over into my schoolwork, but I was more driven during that semester.”Martellino said there are several ways for students with internships during the academic year to manage their time, including regular exercise and time management.“There is no simple answer,” he said. “We always recommend that students take some time for health, exercise and taking breaks. By trying to be strategic with work, student can make sure not everything piles up because that might be overwhelming.”He said students can group classes so one full day has no classes or do part of their internship online to lessen travel time for an off- campus internship.“I don’t think there is necessarily any easy answer,” Martellino said. “It becomes the way real life is going to be after graduation. Balancing commute, family, life and a full-time job is not unlike what the rest of real life looks like.”Diana Tay, a sophomore majoring in English and communication, takes classes only in the morning so she can go to her internships at Fox and ABC during the afternoon.“It’s easy to handle because I’m the type of person who likes to be busy all of the time,” Tay said. “Last year I planned my schedule in a way so I could do internships.”Tay said she hasn’t had trouble with time management.“I enjoy it because it keeps me busy,” Tay said. “If I didn’t have an internship, I would be sitting in my room watching TV anyway, so it’s kind of for my own benefit.”Martellino said having an internship while classes were in session could be a good thing because many internships relate to students’ majors.“Having [an internship] as a part of the course work is great [because] you can apply that to the real world and bounce it around with peers, and that has tremendous value,” Martellino said.Sullivan said his internship experience added to what he learned in school.“The experience I’ve had has been more valuable to me after what I’ve learned in school,” Sullivan said. “I learned by example what it is to be a good publicist or bad publicist by having to deal with good and bad publicists.”last_img read more