Knox first-year escapes fighting in Georgia

Excerpt from the Register-Mail:

Ana Dashniani was one of only a few students on the Knox College campus Friday afternoon.

The 18-year-old freshman wasn’t expecting to come to college this early, as the rest of her classmates won’t move in until Saturday, but the well-publicized violence in the Eurasian country of Georgia forced her hand. Dashniani is a native Georgian whose family lives in the capital city Tbilisi.

She returned from a holiday in Turkey with friends Aug. 9 to discover that her country was, essentially, at war.

“I had no idea what was going on in my country. My parents just looked at me with these weird looks on their faces,” she said. “I thought that somebody had died … but actually, it was worse than that.”