Colleges must follow through on their promises of global education, R. Michael Paige, professor of International and Intercultural Education at the University of Minnesota, said. In his lecture, “Global Learning and the Intercultural Dimension of Internationalization,” delivered at Saint Mary’s College on Friday, Paige said universities promise perspective students a global education, but rarely go beyond the promise. “Many times universities say they prepare globally perspective students, but the evidence is just not there,” he said. “The rhetoric often exceeds the practices.” In order to follow through on these promises, Paige said faculty members must encourage their students to study abroad. “Studying abroad stands as a beacon for students,” Paige said. “It is continuously listed as the most influential instrument in a student’s higher education learning experience. A real solid undergraduate education involves academic study abroad.” Paige said faculty must question how they can prepare and support their students’ global perspectives. “[Faculty must] foster a learning environment that prepares students to fully participate in the global community,” Paige said. “Colleges must have internationalization permeate the climate of learning.” Incorporating global learning into the curriculum will also make classes more engaging, he said. “Internationalization must be seen in the curriculum,” Paige said. “This aspect of learning makes courses more exciting and students love courses with an international dimension. We must be thinking how we teach and how we can enhance our student’s overall education.” Marc Belanger, professor of Political Science at Saint Mary’s, said he agrees with Paige’s perspective. “[Global learning] is important because today’sstudents simply will not be successful without an understanding of the global forces which impact how they live and work,” he said. “I have long believed it was our responsibility as humans to be globally aware.”
The FBI said the male half of the “Newlywed Bandits” robbed the first bank. The woman pulled the second heist. And the two robbed the last three banks together. It’s not clear how Rocha and Meyercamp met, but public records and authorities shed some light on the couple’s background. Rocha enrolled at Rio Hondo College in the fall of 2006 and listed a home address in La Puente. College officials said her major was administration of justice and that she was taking 11 units this current semester. Court records show she was convicted of possessing a drug pipe on June 7, 2004, but didn’t say what her sentence was. The case was heard in El Monte Superior Court. On Feb. 22, 2006, she applied for a temporary restraining order in Pomona Superior Court against a Cano Gustavo Meza. The restraining order was under the case type, domestic violence, and included children. The order was granted by the court on March 27, 2006. Meyercamp is a parolee who has been in and out of prison. Records with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, however, list him as Paul “Meyerkamp.” Meyercamp went to state prison Sept., 21, 2000, after being convicted of committing battery with serious injuries. He was there until 2004. He returned to prison in 2005 for a firearms violation, a conviction that came with a sentence of two years and eight months. In 2006, he got into trouble for making a weapon in prison, was convicted and received a sentence of one year and four months. Meyercamp was then paroled on Aug. 14, 2007. Somehow, his path and Rocha’s crossed. The FBI didn’t know who their bandits were until someone saw news reports about the robbers and called them. “We also had information they went to Las Vegas,” Eimiller said. Rocha and Meyercamp fled to neighboring Las Vegas where they allegedly robbed a pedestrian, did a carjacking and were caught Nov. 18, according to the FBI. They are suspected of also robbing a bank there. Eimiller said they believe the two were in Las Vegas about two days before they were caught. Officer Jose Montoya of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said they have no record that they arrested Rocha or Meyercamp. But he found a record card taken out by Rocha to work as a dancer at the Can Can Room in Las Vegas. It doesn’t say when she obtained the work card and it’s not known if she did land the job. The Can Can Room bills itself in its Web site as “the oldest and still best fully nude show in Las Vegas.” No one answered the business phone and the voicemail was full. The FBI doesn’t yet know the reason why the two allegedly started robbing banks. “Generally speaking, bank robbers will rob banks to fund a gambling or drug habit or they’re desperate for money,” Eimiller said. “They clearly robbed banks for cash. Anyone who would walk into a bank undisguised and (be caught) on surveillance camera would be desperate,” she added. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThey are not fighting extradition to California and could be returned sometime this month, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. She said the U.S. Marshals Service has 30 days to transport the two back to California. Rocha and Meyercamp are being held without bail at the North Las Vegas Detention Center in North Las Vegas, Nev. They face federal charges related to five bank robberies in California. The first robbery was Oct. 18 at an East West Bank in EL Monte. Five days later, a Bank of America in Duarte was hit. An East West Bank in Diamond Bar was the bandits’ next target on Oct. 30, a Downey Savings in Claremont on Nov. 6, and a La Habra Wells Fargo Bank on Nov. 8. She was a criminology student with one conviction for possessing drug paraphernalia, he has been in and out of prison. Together, authorities said they made a dangerous pair. As the so-called “Newlywed Bandits,” Rayceana Racheal Rocha, 22, and Paul Harlen Meyercamp Jr., 26, allegedly robbed five local banks in a span of three weeks. They then fled to Las Vegas where they were caught.