Feeling Homesick? Check out these restaurants!

By: Laura Rong  February 5th, 2020 BOLOGNA, Italy -  Home to the SAIS Europe, Bologna has welcomed students from different parts of the world since the 1960s. Although the local cafeteria on campus,  Giulios, offers delicious Italian breakfast and pasta everyday, sometimes one just wants to feel closer to home by going to a restaurant…

SAIS election poll: Democratic primaries

By Gerhard Ottehenning February 17, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a long winnowing phase, the Democratic primaries are finally underway. SAIS Virginia residents will get the chance to vote on March 3 (“Super Tuesday”), followed by Maryland residents on April 28 and D.C. on June 2. A recent poll administered by the SAIS Observer provides…

Outbidding the competition – Getting into classes is getting harder at SAIS DC

by Yilin Wang February 1, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Twice a year, SAISers put their economics curriculum to the test; seeking to optimize a bidding strategy with minimized cost. However, it seems that composing such a strategy is proving increasingly difficult. The price inflation on classes have run students dry of opportunity and more classes…

SAIS Europe reflects on Black History Month

By Fatou Sow BOLOGNA, Italy - Dr. Carter G. Woodson said, “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”  The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, founded by Dr. Carter…

SAIS Europe students learn negotiation skills as part of Prof. Michael Leigh’s Brexit simulation

By Will Marshall February 7, 2020 BOLOGNA, Italy - Students of Professor Michael Leigh’s Fall 2019 course, The European Union: Integration or Disintegration?, were treated to a taste of the painstaking process surrounding the Brexit negotiations through an in-class simulation over the course of two weeks which included a working dinner at the professor’s home…

SAIS Europe students learn negotiation skills as part of Prof. Michael Leigh’s Brexit simulation

By Will Marshall February 7, 2020 BOLOGNA, Italy - Students of Professor Michael Leigh’s Fall 2019 course, The European Union: Integration or Disintegration?, were treated to a taste of the painstaking process surrounding the Brexit negotiations through an in-class simulation over the course of two weeks which included a working dinner at the professor’s home…

Italy’s Sardine Send Salvini Packing from Emilia-Romagna

By Zoe Mize BOLOGNA, Italy – On 26 January, the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, the home of Ferrari cars, Parmesan ham and SAIS Europe’s Bologna campus, held a hotly contested regional election. Right-wing Lega (League) candidate Lucia Borgonzoni lost the regional presidency to Democratic Party (PD) incumbent Stefano Bonaccini by a margin of 7%. A…

Political activism and social media: Friends or foes?

By Mohit Mann November 28, 2019 Flag waving at the DNC on Thursday night. retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/number7cloud/28015080104. Author: Lorie Shaull. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) At this year’s annual summit for the Obama Foundation, former U.S. President Barack Obama addressed issues regarding civic engagement in the United States. Major news outlets covering the summit…

Does SAIS Europe have the harshest grading system across the three SAIS campuses?

By Yilin Wang WASHINGTON, D.C – If you have spoken to SAIS students who did their first year in Bologna, you likely already heard an impassioned speech about the harsh grading approach at the campus. In the course of a comprehensive investigation, the SAIS Observer spoke to students who spent a year at SAIS Europe…