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The 35th and current (since 2002) President of Brazil, Lula, is a founding member from the Worker’s Party ( a left-wing political party). He was raised mostly by his mother alone, his father was an alcoholic and died early in Lula’s life. He has not had much education; he did not learn to read until age 10 and dropped out of school in fourth grade to work.
Due to an accident where he lost a finger, while working on automobile production, he became interested in the Workers Party; due to the fact that he had a hard time receiving medical attention.
He pays most attention to social programs, ending malnutrition, fighting child labor, and trying to help the poor have money. He has stimulated the economy, making it more wealthy.
After traveling all the way from Sao Paulo Brazil, Mackenzie University student Anna Digia Perza Machalo, sat down with some University at Albany students in New York. To express her similarities with the UA students she said she loved Alanis Morsette and Coldplay (music artists from America), and country music. The interview was like any conversation with a fellow student on campus.
It was very interesting to hear Machalo say, “the voting age of 18 is an obligation in Brazil,” the only way to get out of voting is to pay a fine. Brazilians are also able to vote from age 16 on if they choose, then after age 70 it is also a choice. This concept was explained by Machalo as “a joke”, because many of the people voting have no interest in voting and could care less who is elected; they only wish to not pay a fine.
Family life, is also very similar to some families here. Her mother is widowed and hard working. She has her own accounting office and takes care of herself and her daughter.
Another instance where American and Brazilian students are similar is their choice of not reading newspapers. Machalo explained how magazines or internet are typically chosen over newspapers. This idea of only using internet for most news consumption is therefore wide spread.
The students enjoyed their time together, and could not believe how much there was in common between the two countries social life of college students.
Brazilian students from Mackenzie Presbyterian University arrived at the University of Albany on Tuesday to meet journalism students from the United States. The MPU students are studying journalism and are trying to understand the economic difficulties and also the controversial presidential elections, here in the U.S.. A “press-conference-like” situation was set up inside Rosemary Armao’s Journalism 200z class, where the students had a chance to find out about each other.
The MPU students were interesting, intelligent, informative, and very friendly. They spoke about their college life, and how identical it is to the college life in America; including going out to bars, the movies, or shopping. They also spoke about how their economy was worried due to the economy in America; Americans are one of the top buyers of their products. They revealed that their president had not attended college at all in his life, but still is more intelligent than most other presidents in their past.
There was a language barrier between the students, which was difficult at times. Although the Brazilian students did speak and know a lot of the English language, there were times where they had to stop and ask how to pronounce words. Each journalism student was very patient whether asking or answering a question.
Another barrier that existed was the little to none knowledge of the Brazilian government that the American students had. Ironically, the MPU students knew more or as much as the American students about their government. The UAlbany students expressed dumbfounded looks when “called out” by Professor Armao on her discovery, that they did not even know who the Brazilian president was.