have a dedicated staff that tries to inform and represent the
entire SMC community. We work really hard to make the Corsair
the SMC Police Department’s office, there’s one phone
number where you can count on reaching someone nearly any time
of day. It’s the newsroom of the Corsair, where you’ll
find bleary-eyed students writing, editing, and composing ’til
the wee hours of the morning to make their deadlines. It’s
a pressure-packed world that Rukshana Munasinghe hopes will be
the bridge to her future as a journalist.
the Corsair’s Life and Leisure editor, and though it’s
a lot more work than I ever thought it would be, it’s
also a lot of fun,” she says. “Because I’m an international
student, I can’t work off campus unless I get an internship.
But I’m getting so much practical experience now that I hope
it’ll be a springboard for me to work at a real newspaper.”
situation in her native Sri Lanka is one of the forces that made
Rukshana come to SMC. “We’ve had more than 12 years
of civil war, and the universities keep shutting down, which is
frustrating. So I had to come to the US to get my degree.”
But another driving force behind Rukshana’s ‘ex-pat’
education was her grandmother.
when I was a toddler, she was telling me that I must go
to university. She fought for women’s rights in my country
and became a member of Parliament. She encouraged me in my life,
and she’s the real reason I’m here. And when I do go
home,” adds Rukshana, “I want to get involved in social
issues and the problems that women and children have in the Third
World.” Grandmother: You must be very proud.