Meng Ren speaks with her mother over dinner

December 14, 2012 | 9:52 p.m. CST
Meng Ren, left, and her mother, Liqun Meng, have an after-dinner conversation in the living room of Ren's apartment, Friday evening. "MU is your home in the sea of knowledge," Meng said to Ren. Ren's aunt came from Connecticut and Ren's mother and grandfather came from Beijing to attend Ren's graduation ceremony in Columbia.

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