Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Deaths of Irish Students in Berkeley Balcony Collapse Cast Pall on Program - The New York Times

Deaths of Irish Students in Berkeley Balcony Collapse Cast Pall on Program - The New York Times

BERKELEY, Calif. — They come by the thousands — Irish students on work visas, many flocking to the West Coast to work in summer jobs by day and to enjoy the often raucous life in a college town at night. It was, for many, a rite of passage, one last summer to enjoy travel abroad before beginning a career.
But the work-visa program that allowed for the exchanges has in recent years become not just a source of aspiration, but also a source of embarrassment for Ireland, marked by a series of high-profile episodes involving drunken partying and the wrecking of apartments in places like San Francisco and Santa Barbara...
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