The photo at the top of this blog is an aerial view of the old campus. That main building is where the Faculties of Social Sciences and of Economics and Business are stationed. These are the only two departments which haven't yet made the leap over to the new campus. Their buildings are awaiting funding and completion.
The old campus is where all of my classes except the Malay language course will be. It's a minor inconvenience that I live on the new campus, but UNIMAS owns a dozen air-conditioned tour buses that shuttle students around the new campus as well as back and forth from the old campus. The bus comes often enough, and I'm sure the housing here is slightly nicer than there.
Classes officially started last week, but due to all the public holidays most lecturers, staff, and students stay on break until this week. Last Monday was Maal Hijrah, the Islamic commemoration of Muhammad's migration from
So far I've attended only one lecture. When I walked into Mr. Stanley's Wednesday-morning Malaysian Political System class, he was speaking Bahasa
Eighty students had already enrolled in the course by last Wednesday, yet only eight of us showed for the first lecture. They say that's not abnormal for the first week. As with all of my courses here, Malaysian Political System occurs once a week for three hours. In about forty-five minutes Mr. Stanley lucidly covered all of the basics of
For another forty-five minutes Mr. Stanley dove head first into the most controversial Malaysian political issues of the day. He explained how most countries including the
The three other political science courses I'm signed up for are Introduction to Malaysian Social History and two upper division courses called ASEAN Politics and Political Ecology.
Around Samarahan and Kuching (English: cat) you occasionally see homeless dogs and cats. You may also spot someone driving on the right side of the rode, which here – as in the