The Reporter, Vol. 1, Issue 14
The Reporter is the free biweekly student newspaper at Miami Dade College. All content is produced by MDC students. The Reporter is a public forum for expression.
Reel Talk Tune in to The Reporter’s eight-page special section to get an inside scoop on this summer’s hottest flicks. Q&A With Bone Thugs’ Bizzy Bone Obama Gets Osama; Queen Elizabeth Furious An exclusive one-on-one interview with hip-hop icon Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs -n- Harmony. A different look at the consequences emerging from the surprising death of Osama Bin Laden. TURN TO A&E, PAGE 21 TURN TO FORUM, PAGE 23 DON’T FORGET TO USE SUNBLOCK. 4VOL. 1, ISSUE 14—JUNE 13, 2011 SUMMER ISSUE VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER MDC BASEBALL Making Major Moves Brian Goodwin, a 20-year-old Miami Dade College outfielder, was selected 34th overall in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. TURN TO GOODWIN, PAGE 5 GREGORY CASTILLO/ THE REPORTER SGA: Campus By Campus Turning The Tassel Wrapping Up The Season Our three-page section introduces you to the leaders you voted for to lead your respective SGA offices and offers a detailed breakdown of the election results....................................PAGES 7-9 Miami Dade College held five graduation ceremonies in April to honor more than 14,000 graduates from eight campuses. Look inside for an inside peek on the festivities........PAGES 10-13 Catch our season wrap-up of Miami Dade College athletics in our two-page spread, and check out a statistical breakdown of some important players from each team..................PAGES 18-19 REGISTRATION STUDENT DEATH Certain Students Eligible For Early Enrollment West Campus Student Dies After Accidental Shooting Miami Dade College is initiating its new priority registration system for the Fall Term. Registration for students will be from June 22-25. By Monica Suarez email@example.com Miami Dade College is restructuring its registration process by allowing students that fall within certain criteria the opportunity to register for classes early. Beginning June 22, early registration will be offered to students that are veterans; have been admitted to Limited Access Programs; are working toward a bachelor’s INDEX: PLEASE RECYCLE BRIEFING 2-3 degree; have applied for graduation; attend the School for Advanced Studies; or are degree-seeking and currently enrolled with at least 45 credits completed toward their degree. On June 23, students that are currently enrolled with at least 30 credits completed toward their degree can register for fall classes. “I am very happy that MDC is implementing this new system,” said Alysse Llerena, a business administration major at Hialeah Campus. “This will finally give me a chance to finish what I started and I won’t have to TURN TO REGISTRATION, PAGE 5 NEWS 5,7,8-13,15 West Campus student Andy Lucas died after being shot in the chest on May 23 outside his apartment. His neighbor was charged with one count of manslaughter. By Monique O. Madan firstname.lastname@example.org Twenty-year-old John Lucas sits in his living room, eyes dazed. He sighs, then smiles at the memory of the last words his younger brother, Andy Lucas, muttered. “‘I’m okay,’” John said. “That’s what he kept repeating. It never even crossed my mind that he wouldn’t come back home.” SPORTS Got News? Let Us Know. Contact Us: email@example.com (305) 237-1253 17-19 A&E Andy Lucas, 18, a criminal justice major at Miami Dade College’s West Campus, died after being shot in the chest on May 23 outside his apartment at 8851 NW Fontainbleau Blvd. His neighbor, twenty-one-year-old Felix Santana, was charged with one count of manslaughter, according to an arrest affidavit released May 23. He was released on $7,500 bond on May 24. A hearing is scheduled for June 22. “I don’t understand how this happened,” said Lucas’ 29-year-old brother Rolando Lucas Jr. “He was my little bro. I helped raised 20-21 TURN TO DEATH, PAGE 15 FORUM 22-23 THE REPORTER IS THE FREE BIWEEKLY STUDENT NEWSPAPER AT MIAMI DADE COLLEGE. ALL CONTENT IS PRODUCED BY MDC STUDENTS. THE REPORTER IS A PUBLIC FORUM FOR EXPRESSION. 2 // // BRIEFING // BRIEFING Melissa Adan, Briefing Editor // T (305) 237-2715 ARCHITECTURE James W. Piersol Principal, MC Harry & Associates Inc. BANKING Gladys Reed Market President, BankUnited MiamiDade County/South Broward Market BUSINESS Marie F. Louissaint President, Gateway Airport Concessions Inc. EDUCATION Dr. Pablo G. Ortiz Provost, Miami Edison Senior High School ENGINEERING Orlando J. Diez Construction Manager, City of Miami ENTERTAINMENT Ana Maria Polo Attorney and TV judge onCaso Cerrado ENTREPRENEURSHIP Benjamin Fernandez President & CEO, The Latin American Agribusiness Development Corporation, S.A. FINANCIAL SERVICE Gerald C. Grant, Jr. Branch Director of Financial Planning, AXA Advisors, LLC HEALTHCARE Marcio C. Cabrera Managing Director, MBF Healthcare Partners // B firstname.lastname@example.org INTERIOR DESIGN Tessi Garcia, ASID Principal Designer, Tessi Garcia International Design JOURNALISM-BROADCAST Lisett Mari Anchor & Reporter, Telemundo 51 JOURNALISM - PRINT Myriam Marquez Editorial Page Editor, The Miami Herald LAW José E. Sirven Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP 2011 Hall Of Fame Honorees Twenty-two Miami Dade College alumni were inducted into MDC’s 9th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Gala on May 10. Every year the event recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact in the community and who have been exemplary in personal success. The gala was hosted by the Miami Dade College Foundation, an organization that has fund-raised for MDC since 1965. MEDICINE Dr. Orlando Rodriguez Associate Director of Hospitalists and Internal Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital MUSIC Elizabeth Caballero Operatic Soprano NON-PROFIT SECTOR Diana Campoamor President, Hispanics in Philanthropy PUBLIC SAFETY – FIRE Walter R. Reed Fire Chief, Coral Gables Fire Department PUBLIC SAFETY – POLICE Rafael P. Hernandez, Jr. Chief of Police, North Miami Beach Police Department TECHNOLOGY Alberto Dosal President & CEO, Compuquip Technologies Inc. TRANSPORTATION Gustavo F. Pego, P.E. District Six Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation VISUAL ARTS Michael Vasquez President, Michael Vasquez Inc. —Alexandra Dalpe www.mdcalumni.com Padrón Honored By The Education Fund College Awarded Gold Medal By Miami Today Scholarship Opportunity For Full-Time Students Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón of was honored at “The Art of Found Objects”—The Education Fund’s annual charity auction—on May 20 at The Moore Building in the Miami Design District. The charity auction marked the fund’s 25th anniversary and featured celebrity chefs alongside live music by students from the New World School of the Arts. The event auctioned exclusive items and luxury vacation packages, of which the proceeds went to support children in Miami-Dade County’s public schools. Miami Dade College was awarded the Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement at Miami Today’s 12th Annual Gold Medal Awards on May 6. MDC President Eduardo J. Padrón and MDC Trustee Marielena A. Villamil accepted the award for the College’s work and service over the past year in the Miami community. In addition, Elizabeth NicoliSuco, a professor at Wolfson Campus, was awarded a Bronze Medal. Nicoli-Suco was named the 2010 U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of Florida by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The Miami Bayside Foundation is offering scholarships for fulltime students. To apply, the student must be a U.S citizen, demonstrate financial need, file a 2011-2012 FAFSA, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and write a 250-word-essay explaining his/ her interest in business, leadership and /or entrepreneurship. Final recipients are chosen primarily on academic performance, potential and financial need. Students taking 12 or more credits will receive $1,000; those taking 6-11 credits will receive $500. The deadline to apply is June 30. For more information The Education Fund, visit: www.educationfund.org —Richard Pizarro Culinary Institute Presents Enthusiast Program Miami Dade College Kendall Campus has partnered with the Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center to extend the Quit Smoking Now Program after a college-wide smoking ban took effect in April. Classes are available at no cost throughout the summer starting June 1 on Wednesdays at noon at the Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104 St., Room G-122. It is aimed to launch MDC’s initiative to maintain smoke-free facilities. The class is open to all MDC students and employees. “If [students or employees] feel the habit is too strong and need someone to talk to about it. The Wellness Center and myself are available to assist,” said Magdalena Rosell, Wellness & Fitness Center director at Kendall Campus, who is working with the Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center to offer the class. Literature on smoking’s harmful effects on the human body will be provided as well as a six-week supply of nicotine patches. The support group will be taught by tobacco specialists. Resources for students includes 24hour phone assistance from AHEC members. The Miami Culinary Institute—located at 415 NE 2nd Ave., adjacent to Wolfson Campus— launched their new Enthusiast Program on June 7. According to Victoria Nodarse, culinary coordinator at MCI, the program consists of four branches: Sustainability and Professional Development; Recreation and Leisure; and Health and Wellness. Students will have access to the food and wine theatre and the cooking labs and the studentgrown garden. “[The program] offers students an array of courses that appeal to a spectrum of palettes,” Nodarse said, “from basic knife skills to their favorite Indonesian recipe.” Classes will be taught by worldrenowned chefs, such as Norman Van Aken and Michelle Bernstein, as well as local Redland farmers. The four-hour sessions are limited to 38 people—early registration is advised. Individual sessions are available for $200; a two-session bundle is available for $375. For more information, contact: Magdalena Rosell T (305) 237-0735 B email@example.com www.mdahec.org Summer Camps at North, Homestead, Kendall URBAN DEVELOPMENT Luis Garcia President, Adonel Concrete —Bianca Vargas For more information, contact: Yadira M. Codina T (305) 237-0384 B firstname.lastname@example.org THE REPORTER Program Created To Help Kick Smoking Habit —Jose Prado For more information about the MDC Foundation, visit: —Isabelle Anadon // JUNE 13, 2011 Summer camp programs will be offered at North, Homestead and Kendall Campuses starting June 13. Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104 St., camps include: College for Kids, which allows children to take specific educational courses in the mornings or afternoons; a Rock Camp for kids ages 11 to 18 who are interested in music and know how to read music; and a Wild Things Happen Camp for children 5 to 11. North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27 Ave., is offering a three-week CSI: Miami camp for ages 12 to17, which runs from June 13 to July 1. Additionally, there is a threeweek MDC Productions Camp for children who are interested in TV production running from July 5 to July 22. North Campus will also offer a daily summer camp featuring arts and crafts, sports, and field trips run by the Children’s Trust. This camp is for children ages 5 to 12 and runs from June 13 to July 29. Homestead Campus, 500 College Terrace, will have two art programs for children ages 10 to 14. The Drawing and Sketching program will run July 11 to July 20. The Painting with Acrylics and Oils program will run from July 12 to July 21. —Monica Kelly For more information, contact your campus School for Community Education office: North T (305) 237-1019 Kendall T (305) 237-2161 Homestead T (305) 237-5159 VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER —Monica Suarez For more information, visit: www.miamidadeculinary.com/ enthusiasts Articulation Agreement with University of New Mexico Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón and University of New Mexico President David Schmidly signed an articulation agreement on May 4. The agreement allows students who attain an associate of arts degree or associate of science degree from MDC to “seamlessly” transfer to UNM. Those students are also eligible for the Amigo Transfer Scholarship, which reduces the out-of-state tuition fee. This scholarship has an annual value of approximately $11,000, and includes an additional $200 stipend for undergraduate transfers. The University of New Mexico— located in Albuquerque—offers hundreds of degree programs and is home to nationally ranked programs in medicine, business, law and physical sciences. —Yesenia Iglesias For more information about the University of New Mexico, visit: www.unm.edu Summer Fitness Programs at Kendall Campus The Wellness and Fitness Center at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104 St., Room G-110 is offering activities and exercise programs during the summer 2011 term. The Center is featuring exercise programs such as Intense Boot Camp, yoga, pilates, yogalates and aqua fitness. All classes cost $3 per session. In addition, the center will provide fitness and health assessments such as body mass index and waist and girth ratio. The assessments are free of charge to students. —Brittany Esquijarosa For more information, contact the Kendall Campus Wellness and Fitness Center T (305) 237-2838 THE REPORTER // JUNE 13, 2011 // BRIEFING // 3 1 MARK PULASKI / THE REPORTER PHOTOBRIEFING 1 Out Of Arena Experience: A crowd gathers at the American Airlines Arena before the start of game five of the NBA Finals on June 9. Heat fans gathered at the arena for the Heat Road Rally. Fans watched the game on the stadium jumbotron and supported their team during the Heat’s 112-103 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. 2 As Seen On TV: A group of Heat fans gather infront of a local televison camera for interviews before the start of the Heat Road Rally for game five of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena in Downtown, Miami on June 9. Fans supported their team from far as the Heat lost a heartbreaker, falling behing 3-2 in the series. 2 MARK PULASKI / THE REPORTER VOX POPULI VOICE OF THE PEOPLE As fans gathered for the Heat Road Rally at the American Airlines Arena, we asked them how they felt the team would do and if they felt they would recoup after a tough loss to the Dallas Mavericks in game four. The Heat would go on to lose 112-103 to the Mavericks in game 5.—By Reporter Staff “II think it’s been a good season. Now that we are in the finals I have full faith that we are going to bring it back home.” Amy De La Rosa, 22, Childhood Education “These past few games have been intense. The Mavericks defense has proven to be at full attack. I’m always at the edge of my seat with the last 2 points being the deciding factor.” Luisa Navarete, 22 Nursing VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER “I am really confident. I really think they’re going to win today. Wade and Lebron better dunk today, please! Hopefully they do so, I’m looking forward to that.” Jelen Fortuna, 19 Social Work // THE REPORTER // JUNE 13, 2011 T (305) 237-1253 // College Selected For Grant Program B email@example.com MDC BASEBALL Goodwin Selected 34th Overall In MLB Draft Miami Dade College outfielder Brian Goodwin was taken as the first pick in the compensatory round, 34th overall for the 2011 MLB Baseball’s Amateur draft. By Hector Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org Miami Dade College center fielder, Brian Goodwin, has often heard that he has all the intangibles to succeed at the next level. The Washington Nationals agree. Goodwin, a six foot, 190-pound speedster, was selected by the Nationals with the first pick in the compensatory round, 34th overall in the 2011 Major League Baseball’s Amateur draft on June 7. “Well, I am just excited, my heart kind of stopped for a minute, it felt unreal, but then I realized that all the hard work had paid off,” Goodwin said. This is Goodwin’s second shot at the big leagues. In 2009 he was selected in the 17th round (523rd overall) of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox, but instead chose to play for the University of North Carolina. During his stay at UNC, Goodwin put up respectable numbers. He started 60 games, batting .291 with 47 runs, 63 RBI, seven home runs and seven stolen bases. He was also named to the Louisville slugger freshman AllAmerica team. But then things got bumpy. After the 2010 season at UNC, he was suspended for violating a school policy, according to an official statement released by Dave Schmidt , the assistant director of Athletic Communications for UNC. “I can’t get into details of that, there was an issue where there was a GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER Deadliest Catch: Miami Dade Sharks outfielder Brian Goodwin hits a fly ball during the 2nd inning of a 12-2 victory over Broward College on March 23. violation of policy and they just disciplined me the way they thought was necessary,” Goodwin said. Goodwin rebounded at MDC. The 20-year-old had a .382 slugging percentage, adding 37 RBI, eight home runs and scoring 42 runs for the Sharks this season. He also stole 16 bases in 18 attempts. “I spoke to him last night and he was very excited, he is a unique talent with a combination of power, hitting and speed,” said MDC Head Coach Danny Price. “You place all those tools together and you become a high draft choice.” According to Price, Goodwin will now choose between playing for the Nationals or opting to accept a scholarship offer to the University of South Carolina. The Rocky Mount native said he has not bothered to think about his decison, but if everything works out he’s prepared to play for the Nationals. Goodwin must make his decision by early August. In a press release sent to The Washington Post by the Nationals, General Manager Mike Rizzo described Goodwin as a “plus-plus” runner and defensive weapon. “He’s a guy with five tools, a table setter with some power and has the ability to lead off,” Rizzo said. Goodwin, who graduated from Rocky Mount High School led his high school to a 2008 North Carolina 3-A state title and was named the MVP of the tournament. He was rated the nation’s No.10 prep prospect by Baseball America in the Fall of 2008, earning the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year award as a senior. “I can’t wait to start playing,” Goodwin said. “This is a start of a new journey.” REGISTRATION Early Registration Available For Specific Students FROM REGISTRATION, FRONT wait to get the attention I need. I know that on this day, I’m getting registered.” Students that are currently enrolled with at least 15 credits toward their degree—as well as new and returning degree-seeking and certificate-seeking students—can register for fall classes on June 24. All other students including non-degree-seeking, non-credit, transfer, high school dual enrollment and early admission students are eligible to register on June 25. According to Cecilia Puccini, registrar at North Campus, the new system was put in place for two reasons. 5 COLLEGE-WIDE GRANT // NEWS Monique O. Madan, Editor-in-Chief // NEWS “Firstly, the new system will allow students that are in restricted programs or close to graduation the chance to register before other students,” said Puccini. “Secondly, this will prevent overload in the College system. Students are always trying to register at the same time, so this will help our students register in a timely fashion.” However, not all students will benefit from the revamped registration process. “I personally don’t qualify for priority registration,” said Meaggan Peña, 21, a hospitality and tourism major at North Campus. “I mean, yeah it is a great system for students that need only a certain amount of classes, however, I also find that it is unfair for other students to have to wait until the last minute to register. It would really suck if they didn’t get the classes they want because of a system that left them for last.” Although there are mixed feelings about this new system, Malou Harrison, dean of students at North Campus, assures its success. “Priority registration is a standard in academia, and it’s a good move for Miami Dade College,” Harrison said. “It promotes efficiency in that it’s driven in great part by students’ progress toward program completion, and one of our top College priorities is to propel students toward college completion and ultimately the realization of their career goals.” VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER Miami Dade College is one of 21 colleges that was selected for Completion by Design, a grant program funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen student performance and help increase graduation rates. By Monica Suarez email@example.com The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has chosen Miami Dade College to partake in a grant program designed to strengthen student performance and help increase graduation rates. The grant program, known as Completion by Design, is designed to double the number of graduates and certificate receivers in the nation. MDC was the only institution in Florida to receive the award, which was also awarded to 20 other colleges in Ohio, North Carolina and Texas. “MDC was chosen for its real dedication to students and its willingness to redesign the student experience so more students can receive a certificate or degree in a timely fashion,” said Suzanne Walsh, senior program officer for post-secondary success at the Gates Foundation. The five-year grant program consists of three phases, the first one consisting of a year of planning, for which the College has received $494,675. Each of MDC’s eight campuses will have teams analyzing data on coursework retention and progress, and will then create strategies to increase the number of graduates. The phases that follow will focus on the implementation and adoption of the strategies. If the strategies are implemented successfully, MDC will work with the state of Florida to find methods to implement the strategies at other institutions. “I would call it a home-run,” said Pamela Menke, vice provost at Wolfson Campus and primary contact for the Gates Foundation. “So far, [the members from the Foundation] were really wowed by what we had to say.” College President Eduardo Padrón believes that the grant will open new doors for the College. “This is a very significant opportunity for the College,” said Padrón in a college-wide email. “Our commitment to evidence and data to support decision-making, program development and the identification of critical points in students’ progression, as well as our history of support and completion initiatives, provides us with a strong foundation.” RECOVERY Professor Recovers After Stroke North Campus Professor Preston Allen has recovered from a stroke that rendered his right arm and leg immobile. Allen spent 40 days at Memorial Regional Hospital in Broward. By Melissa Adan firstname.lastname@example.org Preston Allen, a professor of creative writing and English at Miami Dade College’s North Campus, has recovered from a stroke he had in February, which left his right arm and leg immobile. “Miracles happen, because Preston is truly a miracle,” said Allen’s wife, Dawn Marache-Allen. “At this point he says that he is 95 percent Preston and that’s great to hear from him, not from me or the doctors.” After being hospitalized on Feb. 20, Allen spent 40 days at Memorial Regional Hospital in Broward. He was transferred to the hospital’s rehabilitation facility on Mar. 17, where he began began physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Two weeks later, he was released and was able to go home. “Doctors save your life and the people in therapy give you your life back,” Allen said. Allen worked on regaining his memory and restoring movement to his right arm and leg in his therapy sessions. Toward the end, he was walking and writing. “I wrote them a letter on my last day [of therapy]. I could walk and use the bathroom standing up. I could clap and do other things using my right hand,.” Allen said. “I wrote the letter with my right hand to show them my appreciation for their service.” Before therapy, Allen needed a wheelchair; now he only needs the support of a cane. “Of all the patients that I have ever worked with that had a stroke, Preston was the most miraculous to me,” said Allen’s physical therapist Karen Cowans. “I have been doing this for six years and I have never seen anyone progress so quickly.” Allen will be returning to North Campus this fall and will be teaching ENC1101 and ENC1102. “It will be more than wonderful to have Professor Allen back,” said North Campus Dean of Students Malou Harrison. “We continuously have our colleague in our thoughts, and with uplifting wishes.” As for Allen’s family, he and his son Quinn, 16, are back to having their trademark “intellectual conversations.” “The other night we were watching the Miami Heat play the Chicago Bulls and he tuned out because the Heat were down,” said Allen. “I told him ‘don’t give up.’ ” ALLEN 12075-Miami Dade College:Layout 1 5/9/11 12:48 PM Page 1 Barry is one-on-one attention As an award-winning news anchor for 610 WIOD-AM, Nathalie Rodriguez speaks to thousands of South Floridians each morning. She credits BARRY UNIVERSITY’S communication program with opening her eyes to the various avenues available in the field. “You can’t beat BARRY’S one-on-one attention and top-of-the-line education. BARRY is a part of me forever.” www.barry.edu/Communication Nathalie Rodriguez News Anchor 610 WIOD-AM Bachelor’s and master’s programs in broadcast communication and public relations Real world experiences • Intimate learning environment • Dynamic, accessible faculty Main Campus: 11300 NE Second Avenue • Miami Shores, Florida 33161-6695 • 800-695-2279 // THE REPORTER The Ballot Box New Student Government Association officers were elected at all eight campuses on April 14 for the 2011-12 academic school year. Students were able to vote from April 11-13. Each campus has a student body elected president and vice president. While the choosing of other positions such as secretary, treasurer, historian and public relations director and governmental relations director vary by campus. Kendall Campus’ SGA Executive Board appointed new positions to their board adding Director of Internal Affairs, Senate Pro-Tempore, Chief Justice, and Chief of Staff. Biographical information was submitted to The Reporter by SGA members, who also included what their intentions during their term in office. Submitted content was edited for brevity and clarity. EXPLANATION SOURCES: SGA OFFICES AT RESPECTIVE MDC CAMPUSES; MIAMI DADE COLLEGE INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH RESEARCH: MELISSA ADAN GRAPHICS: LAZARO GAMIO Total number of votes All other candidates’ share, along with abstinees’ votes, are in gray. Voting Candidates share of the votes is highlighted in red. Homestead Campus B 500 College Terrace Homestead, FL 33030, Room A211 Nicole Bryant, Adviser T (305) 237-5223 President Secretary Abstained 15 Rolanda Schand 165 180 Education should not be about survival with high tuition costs, it should be about academics 180 Katie Sapkosky 80 Jenny Normil 92 Kelly Sydnor, Adviser T (305) 237-0531 President K Abstained 16 Jonathan Ali 1466 Vice President K Abstained 23 Ruben Gomez 1597 3079 3079 Aliette Valdes Jessica Alpizar 1675 1381 Ruben Gomez is originally from Nicaragua. He is double majoring in political science and internaGOMEZ tional relations. He aspires to become a lawyer and to travel around the world advocating for human rights as a diplomatic ambassador. Promises: “I will devote myself to resolve parking issues, campus unity, and beautification of our campus with green projects. Furthermore, I’ll work to improve academic and financial aid advisement...” Jessica Alpizar is currently a freshman at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus majoring ALPIZAR in psychology. She believes in advocating for the rights of the Student Body. In high school she was part of a team of students, who led various functions such as prom, homecoming, and pep rallies. Promises: “As your Vice President I intend to continue to improve issues such as, parking, advisement, financial aid and more on Kendall Campus.” Director of Internal Affairs Senate Pro-Tempore K K Branden Mendez is a business administration major at Miami Dade College who joined SGA MENDEZ spring 2011 to better student life on campus. In high school Branden was a member of FBLA and Key Club. Promises: “ I want to work to create new structures and initiatives to help SGA and Miami Dade College in things they do around campus. I came in with a goal to make sure the student’s needs are met and I won’t stop till it’s done.” Fernanda Ponce, a sophomore at Honors College is majoring in biology, joined SGA spring 2011 with PONCE hopes of creating student unity among students. Ponce is a Phi Theta Kappa member and also hopes to bring a new program to Miami Dade College called Alternative Breaks. Promises: “...to create a scholarship committee to further help MDC students with financing their education and to create a social networking committee to further unify our students.” Biographical Information for Crystal Brooke Coronel was not provided in time for publication. Chief Justice Chief of Staff Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board. Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board. Historian Monica Cabrera a pre-dental major joined SGA spring 2011 to give a voice to the students. CABRERA Cabrera is a sophomore. Promises: “My goal is not only to fulfill the duties of my position, but also to exceed all expectations. I am eager to leave a legacy on SGA so that it be a fair, ethical, and professional association.” Jannelle Hernandez a sophomore Honors College student majoring in biology joined SGA in spring HERNANDEZ 2011 semester with hopes of representing the student body. Hernandez is also a Phi Theta Kappa member. Promises: “The future of SGA is significant and I will do everything I can possibly do to make SGA the best it can be.” Abstained 10 180 Brittany Lee 170 Treasurer Abstained 11 180 Jenny Normil is from from New York City, and is the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She NORMIL has been an active member of SGA since the fall 2010, when she served as sergeant at arms. Promises: “I care a great deal about MDC and its student body. Education should not be about survival with high tuition costs, it should be about academics. As vice-president it [will] be my absolute mission to do everything in my power to be the voice of the students at the Homestead Campus.” B 11011 SW. 104 St. Miami, FL 33176, Room 127 Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board. Biographical Information for Brittany Lee was not provided in time for publication. Abstained 8 Kendall Campus Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board. Jenny Normil, Homestead Campus SGA Vice President Vice President Rolanda Schand was born on June 7, 1985 in Queens, NY. Before entering Miami Dade College, she SCHAND was involved in clubs such as Future Educators of America and The Academy of Finance. In February 2010 she enrolled at MDC and by June 2010 she was on the list to receive the Gold Presidential Scholar Award. She currently has a 4.0 GPA. Promises: “I want to show students that you can be a full-time mother, a full- time student, work and still make a difference in your school and community. I want to branch out within the community and get more involved. I want to advocate for the students who can’t speak for themselves. My goals this year are relating the students to real life issues through global networking and communication.” 7 // SGA ELECTIONS // JUNE 13, 2011 Crystal Brooke Coronel 169 Abstained 11 Sofia Castro 169 180 Biographical Information for Sofia Castro was not provided in time for publication. K K Wolfson Campus B 300 NE Second Ave. Miami, FL 33132, Room 2101 Franklin Sotolongo, Adviser T (305) 237-3795 President W Abstained 13 Markenley Fertil 281 Vice President W Abstained 78 660 Bianca Gomez 366 Bianca Gomez—an Honors College student—joined SGA in fall 2010, eventually becoming a senator and then a recruiter for the cabinet. GOMEZ Promises: “My plan for SGA next year is to improve communication in SGA, between executive board, cabinet, senators and members and between SGA and you.” 660 Daniela Galofre 582 Daniela Galofre, recently completed her first year at the Wolfson Campus while also participating in SGA. Promises: “...help your voice GALOFRE be heard through the masses for the collective good of students...I am ready to take on it’s load, make your ideas be heard, and possibly be able to make them reality.” VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER Secretary W Abstained 94 Treasurer W Abstained 94 660 Rosa Villa 141 Rosa Villa—originally from Cuba—has been previously involved with The Florida Breast Health Initiative, The Global Medical Brigades, VILLA the Psychology Club and Phi Theta Kappa. Promises: “[To provide] new community service options, and offering fundraising and advertising ideas for the clubs image.” 660 Darryl Arcales 566 Darryl Arcales will serve as the Wolfson Campus treasurer. She is a newcomer to the Wolfson Campus SGA, but looks forward to assistARCALES ing the campus’ more than 20,000 students. Promises: “I promise to do right with the money invested by the students through conscious financial planning with the student lifestyle in mind.” 8 SGA ELECTIONS // The Voting Masses Even though more than 100,000 students attend Miami Dade College, voter turnout was relatively low. Campaigning was done through use of posters and flyers, and even by handing out food and drinks—as was the case at Kendall Campus, which had the highest voter turnout rate out of all the campuses. “Some things you would find at these booths were T-shirts, snacks, beverages, music [and] posters,” said Jessica Alpizar, Kendall Campus vice president. Also, laptops were set up, so students could vote on the spot. “I believe [it] made a huge difference, and not to mention, made it easier for students to get involved and vote,” said Alpizar. // JUNE 13, 2011 THE REPORTER Kendall Campus North Campus Wolfson Campus 36,074 28,153* 22,692 EXPLANATION 3,079 Campus population eligible to vote on Spring 2011. Includes credit and non-credit students. Some headcounts may be duplicated. 524 8.5% Number of votes cast at each campus. % // 660 1.8% 2.9% Voter turnout. Percentage value is approximate. SOURCES: MIAMI DADE COLLEGE INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH; SGA OFFICES AT RESPECTIVE MDC CAMPUSES *NOTE: NORTH CAMPUS POPULATION INCLUDES ALL STUDENTS AT THE CARRIE P. MEEK ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION CENTER. InterAmerican Campus North Campus Patricia Tejeda, Adviser T (305) 237-6037 Evelyn Rodriguez, Adviser T (305) 237-1643 B 627 SW 27th Ave. Miami, FL 33135, Room 1106 President I Abstained 11 Sandra Timm 273 B 11380 NW 27 Ave. Miami, FL 33167, Room 4204 Secretary I Abstained 278 709 Alain Suarez 425 709 Rachel Rodriguez 431 President Richard Minott 11 Michelle Velez 159 524 N Secretary Abstained 10 Abstained 40 N Abstained 47 524 Naggine Georges 271 Governmental Relations Director N Beilin Diaz 484 524 Rajaun Ellis 477 Alain Suarez—a political science major—was born in Havana, Cuba; however, he was SUAREZ raised in Venezuela and moved to Miami in 2004. He started as a Senator in SGA, and went on to serve as Membership Director and Secretary for the organization. Promises: “I want to continue to fight for student rights [and] make Miami Dade College InterAmerican campus a better place.” Rachel Rodriguez was born in Guantanamo, Cuba and moved to the United States in RODRIGUEZ 2007. The South Miami Senior High graduate volunteered at Coral Gables Hospital and was a part of Project Ryse. Previously, she was an SGA senator. Promises:“My goal is to represent the student body...to the best of my ability and motivate our campus to [achieve our] community fundraising goals.” Naggine Georges—a nursing major at North Campus—is a member of various campus organizaGEORGES tions. She served as an SGA senator this past year. While in high school, she volunteered at Ojus Elementary and served as the team manager for North Miami Beach Senior High’s softball team. Promises: “I will strive for unity by giving students and organizations the opportunity to communicate openly with the E-board because we should be united as one.” Beilin Diaz—former SGA secretary at Miami Central Senior High—has held leadership roles in DIAZ the Information Technology Club and Future Business Leaders of America. Promises: “I will strive to do my best by preparing myself for the challenges placed before me; whether it is minor questions or major concerns.” Rajaun Ralph Ellis was born in the garden parish of St. Ann, Jamaica. While in high ELLIS school, he received accolades and prizes for academic excellence and was the president of the Environmental Club. Promises: “I aim to communicate effectively to the students about their legislative issues. I also aim to develop personal relationships with students to become aware of their needs so I will be able to represent them successfully.” Vice President Treasurer Vice President Treasurer Public Relations Director I Abstained 9 Linnet Leon 283 I Abstained 291 709 Fereda Frazer 417 Fereda Frazer—a nursing major—was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to Miami in 2005, FRAZER where she attended South Miami Senior High. She has been a part of Student Government since 2010. Promises: “I hope to expand our senate, create more awareness on campus about health issues that are increasingly affecting our community...” N Abstained 109 709 Edwin Ramos 418 Edwin Ramos—a former platoon leader at Miami Senior High’s JROTC—was born and raised in RAMOS Miami. Promises: “My goal for the upcoming academic year is to make a difference in our community.” N Abstained 30 524 Jamie Harris 415 Jamie Harris—an oceanography major—was born in Miami, but grew up in Antigua. Since HARRIS joining SGA, she has contributed to activities and attended local and regional conferences. Promises: “I will try and bring more awareness about events and activities that are happening and I will listen to the issues of the students.” N Abstained 47 524 Michael Ward Jr. 494 Michael Ward Jr. recently attended the Rally in Tally, where he met with numerous representatives WARD JR. and advocated the legislative issues that affect MDC. Promises: “I have the precision and diligence to manage SGA financial assets.” VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER 524 Geoffrey Evans 477 Geoffrey Evans, an SGA member since fall 2010, served as historian for the Future Business EVANS Leaders of America and The Skills USA organizations while in high school. Promises: “I plan to assist the president in executing specific plans and actions, exchanging views and ideas between other student organizations.” // THE REPORTER InterAmerican Campus Hialeah Campus SGA ELECTIONS // JUNE 13, 2011 Homestead Campus West Campus 9 // West Campus Medical Center Campus B 3800 NW 115th Ave. Doral, FL 33178, Room 1112 Ivette Sheran, Adviser T (305) 237-8965 President Abstained 4 10,070 6,767 709 5,626 94 7% 5,365 180 1.3% 3,614 422 3.1% Alain de Paz 195 7.8% 422 Mayra Medina 223 Mayra Medina was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to Miami with her family when she MEDINA was 7. She graduated from Ronald W. Reagan/ Doral Sr. High School where she completed more than 900 hours of community service. She is doing a double major in sociology and international affairs. Promises: “I look forward to being the main contact between the student body and the administration at West to help best address any student issue and concern.” 156 4.3% Vice President Abstained 7 422 Medical Center Campus Hialeah Campus Lorraine Hahn, Adviser T (305) 237-4208 AJ Costa, Adviser T (305) 237-8736 B 950 NW 20 St. Miami, FL 33127, Room 1171 President M Abstained 11 Thaysha Dutes 57 B 1780 W 49th St. Hialeah, FL 33012, Room 1121 Secretary M Abstained 15 156 Emily Ibanez 88 President H Abstained 2 156 Theda Sturrup 141 Treasurer H Abstained 4 94 Andres Barreto 92 94 MIchelle Vargas 90 Maria Echeverri 415 Maria Echeverri—a psychology major—will serve as the 2011-2012 Student Government AssociECHEVERRI ation Vice-President at West Campus. Promises: “I want to make sure that SGA is involved in as many community projects as possible. We are here to give back to the community.” Treasurer Emily Ibanez enrolled at Miami Dade College’s Medical Center Campus in August of 2010. She IBANEZ soon became an active member of SGA, as a senator. She attended the FJCCSGA, where she discussed issues like Bright Futures, budget cuts and the DREAM Act. Promises: “I want to represent the campus and be the voice of the students...I want every voice and idea to be heard.” Vice President M Abstained 20 156 Kamamori Gonzalez 136 Theda Sturrup, originally from the Bahamas, is currently enrolled in the dental hygiene proSTURRUP gram at Miami Dade College’s Medical Center Campus. She has been a part of the SGA for the past year. Promises: “United we stand together. I know we can and will be able to help the student’s voice be heard and also help those throughout our communities.” United we stand together. Theda Sturrup, Medical Center Campus SGA secretary Governmental/Public Relations Kamamori Gonzalez began attending Medical Center Campus in Fall 2009, after being GONZALEZ accepted into the licensed practical nurse program. He is currently enrolled in the Associate of Science registered nursing program. Promises: “I will organize effective and helpful community service projects, assist the Legislative Liaison, and always place what is best for the student body first.” Andres Barreto—a business administration and graphic art major—has been part of SGA BARRETO for a year. He has participated in trips to Tallahassee, and has spoken to senators and representatives about issues the college faces. Promises: “It is my main duty to voice the concerns of the student body...I want [the Hialeah Campus] to feel like home for the student body.” Michelle Vargas is a mass communications major and journalism minor. She has been an VARGAS SGA member since 2010. Promises: “My plans for Miami Dade College as treasurer would be to maintain a stable count of the money [flowing] in and out of both SGA and other clubs.” Vice President Secretary H Abstained 1 Juan Bovea 32 94 Jonathan Vanegas 61 H Abstained 3 94 Janette Viera 91 Thaysha Dutes is a full-time nursing student with past presidential experiences, having previDUTES ously held executive leadership positions in various organizations. Promises: “I plan to create an effective link between the student body and the college’s administration, faculty, and staff members.” 422 Stephanie Salazar 405 Stephanie Salazar is majoring in criminal justice. Upon completion of her associate in arts SALAZAR degree, she plans to transfer to FIU to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminology. Salazar hopes to become an FBI agent. Promises: “I would like to take part in more service learning projects involving more earth friendly acts. I’d really like to concentrate on helping clean parks, help animal shelters, and plant trees in our community.” Secretary M Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board. Abstained 17 Jonathan Vanegas —also known as “Kirby”—is a pharmacy major at the Hialeah Campus. VANEGAS Promises: “As your vice-president, I will represent the student body and listen to any concerns that the students of this campus may have. Supporting the president in any way possible is another aspect of my duties.” VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER Janette Viera is an accounting major who hopes to increase the involvement of the VIERA students in this campus. Promises: “To inform our students about the activities that we have on campus so they can be more involved and have fun while they still go to college.” Position appointed by elected SGA Executive Board. Milena Viveros will serve as secretary for the 2011-2012 Miami Dade College’s West Campus SGA. VIVEROS Promises: “I want to be someone the students can come to with any concern they may have and I want to make sure they know what we do for them. I am very excited for this year. I know it is going to be unforgettable.” 10 // 2011 GRADUATION // JUNE 13, 2011 // THE REPORTER 14,000 Approximate number of students that graduated this year from Miami Dade College. 2011 GRADUATION Marching To Beat Of Her Own Drum Hira Shabbir graduated on April 29 from North Campus. Dreaming to become the first person in her family to earn a Ph.D. GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER Commander-in-Chief: President Barack Obama Speaks to graduates from Miami Dade’s North and West Campuses at the James L. Knight center, in downtown Miami, on April 29. NORTH, WEST CAMPUS GRADUATION Obama Speaks At North And West Campus Graduation President Obama delivered the North and West Campus commencement ceremony speech at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami on April 29. By Monique O. Madan email@example.com Taking the stage to scattered shouts of “Yes, we can,” President Barack Obama pledged to fix the “broken immigration system” as he delivered the commencement address to more than 4,000 Miami Dade College North and West Campus students. Some stood on chairs and others cried as Obama spoke at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami on April 29, just two days before he announced the killing of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of six U.S. Navy Seals. “The diploma you’re about to receive stands for something more than the investment you made in yourselves,” Obama said .“It’s the result of an investment made by generations before you; an investment in that radical idea that America is a place where you can make it if you try.” This year, walking graduates were given two admission tickets instead of the usual four due to venue availability. As a result, more than 3,000 guests were forced to watch the ceremony from two overflow rooms. But that didn’t stop them from cheering loudly when Obama promised to make the DREAM Act the “law of the land.” “I only wish this would actually happen. Like he said, its an investment,” said 21-year-old DREAMer Vanessa Nuñez. “However, we need actions, not words.I am still in removal proceedings which thankfully hasn’t been released yet. Transferring has been and still is an even more difficult process due to my status. Passing the DREAM Act is my dream and millions of undocumented students’ dream.” Obama stressed patience. “Democracy is hard, but it’s right,” Obama said. “Changing our laws means doing the hard work of changing minds, and changing votes, one by one.” Among those in the crowd was Florida Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson. She referred to MDC as “our crown jewel.” “[MDC] is Miami-Dade County’s community safety net,” Wilson said. “So many dreams and aspirations are accomplished here,” said Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. Former U.S. Representative for Florida’s 17th congressional district Kendrick Meek was also present at the ceremony. “North Campus has a long history; my mom taught there,” Meek said. “The people that make MDC are those with struggling commitments and figure out how to make something out of nothing.” Obama was the third U.S. President in the past four years to speak at an MDC graduation. Former President George W. Bush spoke at the Kendall Campus commencement ceremony in 2007; William Jefferson Clinton spoke during the North and West Campus graduation in 2010. He accepted his first honorary associates degree from MDC President Eduardo Padròn—a certificate given to all commencement speakers. Padròn also presented Obama with the College’s Presidential Medallion. “I couldn’t be prouder of the work we’ve done,” Obama said. “I am so proud of you.” By Jose Prado firstname.lastname@example.org Nineteen-year-old Hira Shabbir has something to prove. “My parents are always asking me how long its going to take to finish my studies,” said Shabbir, an Honors College biology major at North Campus. “They always pressure me with how SHABBIR much money I will really make.” Shabbir, who graduated from Miami Dade College on April 29 with a 3.95 grade point average, continues to give them the same answer—“It’s going to take time.” Shabbir dreams to become the first person in her family to earn a Ph.D.,but with her family originally from Pakistan, she said it has been difficult. “My family is modern in many ways but they just want me to become a nurse, like my sister,” Shabbir said. “They want me to get the fastest education possible and then get a job. My sister was lucky, not many people get a job right after school.” According to Shabbir, few women in her culture have ever tried to get a doctorate degree; her mother never graduated from college. However, Shabbir is determined to change that. “People always told me to listen to my family, but the things my family told me were things I never wanted to hear,” Shabbir said. As a graduate of Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, she was always discouraged from joining clubs or partaking in community service activities. However, one club in particular caught her eye— Key Club. “It was my parents’ worse nightmare,” she said. “So I lived a double life until college. The only people supporting me right now are my friends.” Shabbir takes pride in being a “global citizen,” something she exercises in and out of the classroom. “Hira is an extraordinary student right now,” said Sandra Martinez, North Campus Honors College director. “Her vision and passion for public health leads me to believe that she will do great things for all humanity.” After doing cervical cancer research for the University of Miami and collecting data on the disparities of cancer among women, she was given the opportunity to present her research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Charlotte, North Carolina. The super-student also participated in the Bridges to the Future program and helped spearhead the International Relief Leadership Project, a fundraiser used to aid Pakistan after parts of the country were destroyed by a flood last year. “The quality of work was way above average. She was the top student in class,” said her physics professor Juan Carlos Catala. “She’s very humble and had a lot of respect from the other students; they looked up to her.” Shabbir is determined to pursue a career in public health research and will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall. “I don’t just want to be successful, I want to influence others,” Shabbir said. “I want to be an example to women to pursue their dreams no matter what society tells them to do.” Podium Play Gracing the podium were both locally and globally respected leaders. The class of 2011 was able to widen their perspective on different issues. MEDICAL CENTER CAMPUS Kathleen Shanahan—a member of the State Board of Education—was chief of staff for Florida Governor Jeb Bush and then Vice President-elect Dick Cheney. She is also a member of the Florida State Board of Education. SOURCES: MIAMI DADE COLLEGE RESEARCH: MONIQUE O. MADAN GRAPHIC: LAZARO GAMIO, BRITTANY ESQUIJAROSA VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER NORTH, WEST CAMPUS U.S. President Barack Obama was the second acting U.S President in the past four years to speak at a Miami Dade College commencement ceremony. THE REPORTER Turn to PAGE 12,13 for a graduation photostory // // JUNE 13, 2011 2011 GRADUATION // 11 2011 Graduation Guided by President Barack Obama’s words at the Miami Dade College’s North and West Campus commencement ceremony, graduates tell their unique stories of the trials and tribulations as as they worked towards their ultimate goal—graduation. A GRADUATE’S PERSPECTIVE Beating The Odds To Graduate A Wolfson Campus student shares his tale of adversity on the road to graduation. By Juan Endara email@example.com My name is Juan David Endara and I am 24 years old. I had a stroke when I was five months old. It left me in a coma for 17 days, as a result I have lived my life with a speech impairment. Doctors were extremely pessimistic. They didn’t think I would be able to speak or walk. Thanks to therapy, I have learned to create a new perception of myself that has helped me to be more optimistic. Achieving success with my college studies has been a major challenge for me. My fear of taking tests and managing my stress are only a couple of examples that describe the difficulties I have faced during my collegiate trajectory. Before moving to the United States, I lived in Colombia where I always received a regular education. However, when I first moved to this country at the age of 14, I struggled with getting involved in school. It was the most difficult experience for me. I struggled to learn English. My mother was a single parent and worked a full-time job, so it was hard for her to help me much. In addition, she didn’t know English. During that time I was a person with no motivation. I fell into a depression, and didn’t perform well in school or in life at that time. I was enrolled in a special program designed for individuals with learning impairments. At that point, I was very confused and uncomfortable with myself because I knew I could do better, but I was not sure how. I recall people always telling me that I would not make it. One specific teacher always told me how bad I was. When kids used to make fun of me, I used to hate them so much that I forgot that they were kids just like me. Now, I realized that it was not their fault. This teacher never took the time to teach them a different perception about people with disabilities. But this all changed. On April 30 I graduated from Wolfson Campus with a 3.2 GPA and will be transferring to Florida International University to major in mass communications. I want to get as far as I possibly can. During my college experience, I have met kind people, many who have inspired me and supported me. I was also part of ACCESS Services, a program at Miami Dade College that provides, arranges and coordinates accommodations for students with documented disabilities. I want to end this era of my life with a message that I hope reaches the heart of every student— never allow failures to define you. I want to be an example to all students that they too can succeed despite the roadblocks or hardships they may face, many of which are beyond our control. No one would’ve ever predicted that I was going reach my goal to graduate. When times get tough, I encourage and challenge you to keep moving forward. I did. You can too. 2011 GRADUATION A Mother-Daughter Duo Turn The Tassel Together A mother and daughter graduated together from Miami Dade College this year. By Hector Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org The long wait to graduate finally arrived for thousands of Miami Dade College students this past April, but for two—Stephanie and Lillian Rivera— it was a double celebration. Stephanie Rivera, 20, a mass communications and journalism major, walked alongside her mother, Lillian Rivera, an office administration major, during graduation on April 29 at the James L. Knight Center. Lillian started attending Kendall Campus in fall 2009 along with her daughter Stephanie, who had originally decided to enroll at West Campus. The duo finished their studies at North Campus. “In the beginning I was kind of embarrassed; who wants to go to college with their mom?” Stephanie said. “Everyone knows when it comes to college life, you’re independent.” This pair took their class time seriously; Lillian earned a 3.6 grade point average and Stephanie a 3.86 GPA. How the mother and daughter ended up at MDC together is a bit ironic. One afternoon in 2009, as Stephanie arrived home from school during her senior year at Doral Charter High School, she found her mother Lillian waiting for her, which was very unusual. “I was preparing my plans to go to the University of South Florida, Florida International University and MDC, filling out applications and sending them out, when I got the shocking news about my mother,” Stephanie said. Her mother had been laid off HOMESTEAD, INTERAMERICAN CAMPUSES Wifredo Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, focuses on combating fraud, public corruption, and building safer communities. Ferrer proudly supports immigration reform VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER LILLIAN STEPHANIE from her job at Interval International, where she spent 11 years working as an administrative coordinator for the treasurer in the finance department. Lillian’s department closed down due to budget constraints. “It was very hard, 84 people were laid off. My boss was crying when he had to break the news,” Lillian said. “I just prayed and mediated on my way home. I’ve never had that happen after so many years of working.” Stephanie was kept in the dark about the news by both of her parents because they did not want the news to affect her schoolwork. “I didn’t find out until later,” Stephanie said. “It meant no money and a lot of staying at home.” The layoff landed her mother in the unemployment line to look for a new job. The family was forced to depend on one income. “We had to place priorities on the more important things; basically without any notice an entire salary was lost,” Lillian said. “As a family we stuck together, even though some of the family events that were taking place at that time weren’t as memorable as I wanted them to be.” But Lillian moved forward. She joined a program called the Workforce Investment Act, which gave her a chance to pursue an education and to improve her resume for new employment opportunities. “I haven’t been in school for over 20 years,” Lillian said. “I got involved in everything that could help me learn.” Stephanie said the situation gave her an opportunity to spend more time with her mom at school. “I liked spending time with her between classes and having lunch together,” Stephanie said. “What I didn’t like was having to wait for her to get out of her computer labs.” Lillian is happy how things turned out. Stephanie is headed to Florida International University to pursue her bachelor’s degree and Lillian is currently working at Memorial Hospital in Miramar. “I am very proud of my daughter, not letting things keep her down,” Lillian said. “This is history—mother and daughter walking down the aisle together into graduation.” KENDALL CAMPUS Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks, was appointed by former president George W. Bush as the White House Fellow for Secretary of State Colin L. Powell in 2002-2003, where he advocated for the development of educational opportunities for young Hispanics. WOLFSON, HIALEAH CAMPUSES Michelle Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, is responsible for developing new ideas and strategic approaches that help lowincome, minority, and other underrepresented student populations gain access to post-secondary education. 12 // THE REPORTER // JUNE 13, 2011 // 2011 G Caps And Gowns Students from all eight Miami Dade College campuses earned their diplomas on April 29 and 30. President Obama was among this yearâ€™s well-known and respected commencement speakers. Students were addressed on issues regarding the DREAM Act, education, immigration, community and self-success. Present Arms: Members of the North Campus ROTC display the flags of the United States and Florida during the North and West Campus graduation ceremony, at the James L. Knight Convention Center in downtown Miami, on April 29. GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER Achievement Unlocked: Graduates from the North and West Campuses receive their diplomas during the North and West Campus graduation, on April 29, at the James L. Knight Convention Center. All For One: Trusted members of the M give a round of applause to president B graduates of the North and West Cam CARLOS LLANO / MDC MEDIA RELATIONS Bubbly: A graduate blows bubbles, waitin North and West Campus graduation, on VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER GRADUATION // JUNE 13, 2011 // THE REPORTER 13 // CARLOS LLANO/ MDC MEDIA RELATIONS To Infinty and Beyond: A student celebrates after receiving his degree during the Hialeah and InterAmerican Campus graduation ceremony, on April 30, at James L. Knight Convention Center. CARLOS LLANO/ MDC MEDIA RELATIONS GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER Miami Dade College board of trustees, administration and faculty Barack Obama. Obama delivered the commencement speech to mpus on April 29. For the Camera:Medical Campus President Armando Ferrer poses with a graduate for a photograph during the Medical Campus graduation ceremony on April 30, at the James L. Knight Convention Center. Center Stage: Introducing commencement speaker Barack Obama, former North Campus SGA president Hafeeza Rahman delivered a speech to students of the North and West Campus graduation, on April 29, at the James L. Knight Convention Center. GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER With Honors GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER ng for the arrival of commencement speaker Barack Obama during the April 29, at the James L. Knight Convention Center. VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER Watch an online exclusive video covering North Campusâ€™ commencement ceremony. 15 CHANGE YOUR THINKING www. myunion.edu Degree Completion Programs Designed for Adults Low residency (small classes, online, or hybrid) Accelerated (earn 8 credits in 8 weeks) Financial aid for those who qualify UNDERGRADUATE Bachelor of Science with majors in: Business Management (HR, MIS, Marketing) • Criminal Justice Management • Elementary Education • Exceptional Student Education • Secondary Education • Social Work www.myunion.edu 800.486.7141 or 305.653.7141 AdmissionsMiami@myunion.edu 16853 NE 2nd Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33162 Non-profit, private, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (ncahlc.org) // NEWS // JUNE 13, 2011 // THE REPORTER STUDENT DEATH West Campus Student Dies From Gunshot Wound FROM DEATH, FRONT him. I know about guns and I don’t understand how this rifle just accidentally fired. The details are shady.” Lucas tried to help Santana get a .22 caliber bolt-action rifle out of a car trunk. The weapon was loaded and without a trigger guard, the affidavit said. Lucas held the trunk open with his right hand and grabbed the barrel of the rifle with his left. Santana held the rifle stock in order to place a sweater over the weapon to conceal it. While lifting the rifle, it discharged, striking Lucas in the chest. According to the arrest affidavit, Santana ran from the scene, placed the rifle outside Lucas’ apartment, called 911 and attempted to make contact with his brother, John. “I tried to give him CPR, but his body wouldn’t take it,” John said. “ He just kept rejecting it.” Lucas was airlifted to The Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later died during surgery. “I found out when I was at work that my son had been shot. When I got to the hospital it wasn’t even five minutes that they took me into an empty room to give me the bad news,” Lucas’ mother Angela Lucas, 51, said. “They killed my son. He was born in this house, and died in this house. Even though he’s my angel, I feel empty.” Lucas’ viewing was held May 27 at Funeraria Memorial Plan on Coral Way and 98 Ave. Dressed in Miami Heat jerseys and NBA apparel, more than 200 of his family and friends paid their respects to Andy Lucas, a huge Heat fan. Flower arrangements were made to resemble the jersey of Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade. Lucas was wore a Wade jersey. As good-luck charms, rosaries were tossed in. “It’s hard seeing him there so COURTESY OF ROLANDO LUCAS JR. Gone, Not Forgotten: Lucas graduated from Miami Coral Park Senior High School in June 2010, and went on to attend Miami Dade College’s West Campus He died May 23 due to a gunshot injury. still. Andy was always happy, always had a smile on.The only time you couldn’t mess with him was on the courts. He be serious on the courts. Even a regular game was intense,” friend and co-worker Christian Gonzalez said. “I will never meet anyone else like Andy. Never.” Lucas, a 2010 graduate of Miami Coral Park Senior High School, played basketball and volleyball in high school. He dreamed of playing in the National Basketball Association. “Over the years I’ve coached many student athletes, there are a few that are unforgettable— Andy Lucas was one of them,” said his former basketball coach at Miami Coral Park Senior High School. Alicia Hartlaub. “His work ethic, dedication and love for the sport was undeniably unquestionable.” Lucas, who was one of four siblings, was known to be a real competitor, genuine joker and a fun, loving, zany individual. Friends described him as a “take charge kind of person” and a trusted mentor. “I found out that Andy helped his friend enroll at Miami Dade. I found out now that everything we would advise him, he would ad- vise his friends,” said Lucas’ sister, Ajeskca Lucas, 32. “So all this time that we thought he wasn’t listening, he really was. Everyone confided in him.” Rolando Lucas, 52, said he will miss his son’s sense of humor. “God knows every time Andy would walk through that door— he was hungry. I’m the cook in the family, so I make the meals. I would always tell him, ‘wait till I’m done to eat.’ Man, he would go straight to the kitchen, get the biggest fork he could find, come up to my face and take a huge bite,” Rolando said. “He would elbow me and tell me I should quit my job and become a chef.” Lucas was cremated on June 8. The Heat jersey he wore the day of the memorial ceremony will be framed. Despite his death, Lucas’ family said he will continue to inspire them. “I want to produce music, but if not for him, I would have fallen. You best believe I’m gonna go harder, I’m gonna make this happen. Now, this music will be for him,” John said. “You ask if he’ll be with me? Oh, he’ll be there. He’s already here.” DISTANCE LEARNING New Program Allows Students To Earn Degree From UF At MDC Starting this fall term, Miami Dade College will offer a distance learning program with the University of Florida. By Monica Kelly email@example.com Cindy Lopez, an 18-year-old biology major at Wolfson Campus, has one year to go to finish her associate degree at Miami Dade College. This fall, Lopez will begin to research colleges where she can transfer to. However, Lopez might not have to look that far. Starting this fall term, MDC will offer a distance learning program with the University of Florida. Students wishing to major in either microbiology or cell science can take classes online while earning a bachelor’s degree from UF. Labs and exams will be held at North Campus’ Science Complex. “I think it’s a great idea for those who don’t have time to drive to school or have other responsibilities besides school,” Lopez said. “UF approached Miami Dade with the concept. We recognized the opportunity the collaboration would mean to our students,” Heather Belmont, dean of science at North Campus, said via email. According to Eric Triplett, chair of microbiology and cell science at UF, it is important that students get hands-on discussions with their professors, even if the program is from a distance. “We wanted to work with Miami Dade because it is one of the best and biggest colleges in the nation,” Triplett said. “We know there are many outstanding students there. Many, for economic or cultural reasons, cannot come to Gaines- VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER ville.” Students who enroll in the program will not pay the technology fee that students taking online classes at UF pay. “The technology distance fee is zero dollars,” Triplett said, “Students end up paying a little less than UF students because they do not have to pay for room and board.” MDC has traditionally been a two-year institution. However, in 2003 it offered its first bachelor’s program in education. Belmont says that the program is a sign of the school’s continuing growth. “The program increased the opportunity for MDC graduating students to enroll in quality science programming without leaving Miami-Dade County,” Belmont said. 12076-Miami Dade College:11311 - Broward College Observer Gen Ad 5/9/11 12:42 PM Page 1 Create YOUR FUTURE Find yourself at BARRY UNIVERSITY • The second-largest private, Catholic university in the Southeast • More than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs • Main campus in Miami Shores www.barry.edu/MDC Arts and Sciences • Business • Education • Health Sciences • Human Performance and Leisure Sciences • Law • Podiatric Medicine • Public Administration • Social Work Main Campus: 11300 NE Second Avenue • Miami Shores, Florida 33161-6695 • 800-695-2279 // THE REPORTER // JUNE 13, 2011 SPORTS // 17 // SPORTS Gregory Castillo, Sports Editor // T (305) 237-2157 // B firstname.lastname@example.org MDC SOFTBALL MDC Softball Ousted at Nationals Miami Dade College's baseball team hopes to take the trophy home after they finished in second place last season. Four returning players plan to lead the team to baseball championship. By Hector Gonzalez email@example.com The Miami Dade College softball team’s season ended with back-to-back losses in the second round of the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament at Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah, on May 20. It was the Lady Sharks third national appearance and second in a row. The Lady Sharks came into the tournament as the defending National Champions, but with their offense faltering their repeat bid fell short. “I think we could have done much better,” said Lady Shark’s captain Veronika Fukunishi. “Our defense was good, but our offense just was not there. It was disappointing for us.” The Lady Sharks started the tournament with a 7-5 win against Darton College of Georgia. After trailing early on, they mounted a comeback in the fourth inning to cinch the win. But that was the last win the Lady Shark’s could muster, falling to Tallahassee Community College 4-0 and to Blinn Community College 6-3 in the double elimination tournament. They ended the season with a 35-22 record. Lady Sharks Head Coach Carlos Caro believes his team played each game close, but the other teams simply played better. Tallahassee Community College pitcher Emily Smethurst struck out ten to keep the Lady Sharks off balance. “In the last five years coaching, she has been one of the best pitchers we’ve ever faced; Smethurst had a great control and threw 64-60 mph pitches against us.” Head Coach Carlos Caro said. Freshman pitcher Allora Miller said she isn’t making excuses, but wonders if the outcome might have been different if play had not been delayed because of a rain. “Our team was ready to go against Tallahassee. We were in our comfort zone, however, due to the rain delay Tallahassee’s pitcher was able to return fully rested, and so it makes you wonder what it might have been,” Miller said. “Still a majority of players are freshmen, so it was nerve-wracking.” The Lady Sharks finished ranked No. 8 overall in the tournament. They repeated as Atlantic District winners and earned the college’s first NJCAA State Championship in softball. “Of’ course they were disappointed, but we have to be satisfied with our accomplishments,” Caro said. “I thank our MDC administration for their support of our team and next year we’ll be working hard to make another run.” GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER Out Of The Blue: Suffering two losses against Tallahassee Community College and Blinn Community College, the Lady Sharks ended their season with a 35-22 record and a state championship. STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Growing Up In A Hard Knock Life William Bell Sr., A Miami Dade College student, was raised in Carol City and has overcome hardships to become the owner of a semi-professional football team. By Hector Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org A family friend was murdered, and his basketball scholarship was revoked, but the worst was yet to come for William Bell Sr. That is part of Bell’s story, a nursing student who enrolled at Miami Dade College this spring semester. He has gone from being an athlete to a student and now the owner of a semi-pro football team. Through the pains, trials and hardships he has endured in his life, Bell has managed to stay involved in athletics. Playing football for a semi-pro league team, the Broward County Raiders in 2006, in the Arena Football League briefly with the Miami Vice Squad the same year, and another semipro team, The Fort Lauderdale Lions in 2007. Bell’s previous experience opened doors for him to purchase his own team, the South Florida Broncos. The team ended the season with a 17-0 record, earning the 2010 South East Football League Championship. Bell was named the 2010 owner of the year. But not everything was positive. Bell injured his knee, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament, requiring knee surgery. “I am recovering now and I plan to go back to play next year,” Bell said. “It’s more to come after all the adversity. I am here at MDC and happy.” Bell was raised in what he described as the violent projects of “The MatchBox” in Carol City, now known as Honey Hills. He recalled one incident when he was seven-years-old, when a friend of the family nicknamed “Jowles” was murdered, shot to death inside his apartment in the shower after a fight. “He was like a big brother to me, there was a lot of killings, drugs and shootings,” Bell said. “The nights were crazy, chaotic, gunshots and screaming.” To stay out of trouble, Bell played sports. “I played everything, basketball; football and track, at a recreation park called Scott Lake Optimist Club,” Bell said. “My mother kept me inside my house most of Breaking Tackles: MDC Student William Bell Sr. has overcome many obstacles in his life. He is now the proud owner of a semi-pro football team—The South Florida Broncos. GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER the times.” At Miami Carol City Senior High School, Bell made a name for himself on the athletic field. He played basketball, football and track. According to Bell, Albany State University in Albany, Ga. offered him a full scholarship to play basketball and track, he accepted the offer, but during a holiday break in 2000 his life took a dramatic change. While he was home during Thanksgiving break, Bell said his VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER mother unintentionally broke the news, that she had cancer. He was shocked. “I overheard her during a prayer say ‘Lord, heal me from this cancer,’ I broke down and ran into my room crying,” Bell said. With his mother ailing, Bell was unable finish at ASU; his scholarship was revoked. But the good news is that Bell’s mother’s health has gotten better. Today, Bell, 31, has a nine-yearold daughter, Jamyla Bell, a five- year-old son, William Bell Jr., and a three-year-old son Jaden Bell. He is married to Karen Jitta Bell. “He’ s a very motivated, positive person,” said Marcus Isaac, who is the sports coordinator for Student Life at North Campus, and considers Bell a friend. “He’s such an inspiration.” With his life back on track, Bell hopes to make a difference in the community. “I am proud of him,” said Bell’s father, William Bell. 18 // // SPORTS Samira Mari Tanaka, Infielder, Lady Sharks Softball EXPLANATION Each player is accompanied by a radar graph, which compares the playerâ€™s stat to the best performance on the team. The inner circle represents half of the highest value for each stat. // THE REPORTER Wrap-Up The Reporter takes an in-depth look at a year in athletics at Miami Dade College. Each sport is represented by a dedicated player from their roster. RBI 14 Assists 85 overall Hits 65 overall Stolen Bases 21 overall JUNE 13, 2011 SOURCES: NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION RESEARCH, PHOTOGRAPHY: GREGORY CASTILLO GRAPHICS: LAZARO GAMIO Runs 43 overall The outer circle represents the highest value of each stat on each team. The closer that the edge of the polygon is to the outside circle, the better the stat is in comparison to the best stat in the team. Jorge Saez, 3rd Baseman, MDC Baseball Hits 38 overall Batting Average .277 Home Runs 1 overall RBI 21 Runs 22 Yukie Futami, Infielder, Lady Sharks Volleyball Digs 288 overall Hit Efficiency 48.81% Assists 89 overall Stolen Bases 4 overall Attack Attempt 84 VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER Kills 47 overall // THE REPORTER JUNE 13, 2011 // SPORTS A Year In Review VOLLEYBALL With the bar set high, the Miami Dade College volleyball team delivered a spectacular a 35-2 record record for the 2010 season, including a 12-0 record in conference play. The Lady Sharks captured both the Southern Conference title and State Championship. Though only placing 6th at the 2010 NJCAA national tournament, with the returning core of sophomores and recruiting talent, the team hopes to be in contention for a national title in 2011. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL In an odd twist of events, a lackluster 11-15 season for the Miami Dade College Lady Sharks Basketball team ended at the state tournament. Sparked by a 5-3 record in conference play and led by Southern Conference Player of the Year, Ashley Wilkes, the team prevailed through a below average regular season to make the postseason. Under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Susan Summons, the program looks to be in good hands for years to come. BASEBALL Led by Washington Nationals 2011 draft pick Brian Goodwin, the Miami Dade College men’s baseball team managed a 33-18 record and a trip to the Southern Conference playoffs. The team returns a multitude of players for the next year, and hopes for the return of big time hitter Ozney Guillen, son of Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. The team is under the direction of Head Coach Danny Price. Melanie Ducott, Guard, MDC Women’s Basketball BASKETBALL The Miami Dade College men’s basketball team ended a controversial 2010-2011 season with a 2111 record. Guard Xavier Munford led the team in scoring averaging 17.2 points per game. The roller coaster season included a three overtime win in the Southern Conference playoffs and the resignation of head coach Matthew Eisele. Julien Sargent, Forward, MDC men’s basketball Points 5.2 per game Points 8.8 per game Blocks 0.5 per game Rebounds 4.1 per game Steals 3.4 per game FG% 34.36% Blocks 1.1 per game Rebounds 6 per game Steals 0.3 per game FG% 53.79% Assists 1 per game Assists 3.5 per game VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER // 19 SOFTBALL Falling short of their national championship repeat bid at the 2011 NJCAA Division I National Tournament, the MDC Lady Sharks softball team finished the year with a 35-22 record. Led by Infielder Samira Tanaka, the team shook off a slow start, winning a state championship, the first in the school’s history. 20 // JAN. 17, 2011 // JUNE 13, 2011 // THE REPORTER BORN THIS WAY: ALBUM REVIEW Going Gaga Over Mother Monster Born This Way, Lady Gaga’s third studio album, is an eclectic, hit-filled powerhouse which takes on very deep subject matter and presents it in a way that’s sure to move your feet. By Zayda Costa email@example.com Lady Gaga’s new album Born This Way proves what the eccentric pop star is capable of. The album is filled with powerful vocals and uplifting beats and features a little of everything from pop to disco, and even some rock and roll. Aside from the most popular singles, “Born This Way” and “Judas,” Mother Monster has a plethora of hits on her new album. Even though the pop star is best known for her trendy dance/pop style of music, her third album showcases the different styles she can transform her music into. Her new songs are most impressive and will catch you by surprise. Lady Gaga’s inner glam rocker is clearly heard on the album when the influences of Elton John and Billy Joel shine through on the songs “You and I”, “The Edge of Glory,” and “Bad Kids”. Lady Gaga also shows her cultural side and devotion to her fans by singing in both German and Spanish on the songs “Scheibe” and “Americano,” respectively. What is most intriguing about the album is that it’s more than just fun-filled music. Behind all of the techno party beats lie messages of self-acceptance, conquering our fears, and staying true to oneself. Born This Way also takes on issues such as gay marriage, immigration laws, the government and death. Overall, the main theme is about equality for all. The album perfectly showcases Lady Gaga’s ability to take real, personal issues and cleverly turn them into mega hits. The pop star’s third studio album is truly a work of art. 5 out of 5 BORN THIS WAY—Lady Gaga— Interscope Records—Regular Edition: 14 tracks; 61 minutes 12 seconds— Special Edition: 2 discs; 22 tracks; 1 hour 39 minutes 51 seconds Mother Monster: Lady Gaga’s third studio album Born This Way is sure to keep fans happy with her usual dose of wacky antics, party beats, and subject matter centralized on the theme of equality for all. COURTESY OF INTERSCOPE RECORDS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Artsy Rebel Brings Beauty To The Street New World School of the Arts student Miguel Mendoza is hoping to develop a name for himself in the world of street art with his mixed media creations which represent innocence and beauty. Rebel Rabbits: Street artist Miguel Mendoza utilizes his trademark personified white rabbits, representing innocence and beauty, to aesthetically enhance the forgotten corners of Miami. COURTESY OF MIGUEL MENDOZA By Jessica Medina firstname.lastname@example.org Miguel Mendoza, 19, a graphic design major at the New World School of the Arts has taken his talents to the streets of Miami. He may not be as politically controversial as famous street artist Banksy, but he is slowly beautifying run-down neighborhoods around Miami, one sunflowerholding rabbit at a time. With thousands of U.S. Priority Mail stickers stacking up in his home studio, Mendoza—tag name Miggs—creates street art stickers for the entire downtown community to view. Making six foot black and white personified rabbits using the stickers and some spray paint, Mendoza plans to not only trademark himself, but to inspire others to pick up a can or two and make their own art for all to view. Mendoza’s detailed rabbits are a raw depiction of innocence and beauty as they stand silently suited, placing blossomed sunflowers on brick walls. Street art has revolutionized the way our generation views art. Much more than simple graf- fiti, the likes of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Gaia—all infamous street artists using mixed media— have all cast their visions upon public property in an attempt to take art back to the people. The sentiment is not entirely appreciated. For some people, it is considered more of an act of vandalism than a work of art. “Honestly, I don’t like people who just spray paint anything on a wall and call it art, or do it to mark their territory. It ruins the building and actual art,” states Eduardo Cutino, 19, a computer science major at the Kendall Campus. However, with the passing of time, more young adults are seeing this as just another form of self expression, one no different than painting on canvas. “I’ve seen his work. I love street art. What better way to show and express what you feel than to put it on the street. Street art is getting more and more popular. Everyday I see a new tag or artwork on the street and it makes me happy,” said Robert Bolaños, 20, a film major at MDC’s Kendall Campus. After being trained in various art forms—specifically fine art—in high school, Mendoza felt a change of pace was in order and began to look elsewhere for inspiration. Inspired by Shepard Fairey’s rebellious nature, Mendoza began doing street art when VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER putting brush to canvas just wasn’t enough. “I can make a painting, put it in a gallery and 50 people will see it. If I put it on the street it will be seen by 50,000 people,” Mendoza said. Still defining himself as an artist, Mendoza explains that putting something where it doesn’t belong gives him quite a thrill. However, he mainly wishes to inspire others to bring art back to where it belongs—with the people. Mendoza says his love for street art will never cease to exist. He plans to become a full-time graphic designer and use his position to advance his street art. Making a name for himself via his trademark rabbits is just the first order of business for Mendoza. His dream is to put Miami on the map—right next to New York City—for its street art. Mendoza—who hopes to one day be allowed to legally paint a mural at Wolfson Campus—confesses, “I don’t think making street art will ever stop. It’s the rebel inside me.” // THE REPORTER JUNE 13, 2011 // T (305) 237-1254 21 // Mike Mills: No Longer A Beginner B email@example.com Q&A Director Mike Mills has utilized moments from his personal life to create his new film Beginners—opening in select venues on June 24. By Jessica Medina firstname.lastname@example.org Bizzy Bone Having spent two decades in the music business, Bizzy Bone—one fifth of the iconic rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony— has seen his share of ups and downs. After splitting ties with the group in 2002 for concerns over alcoholism issues, Bizzy has now re-united with members Layzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone. The trio is currently making their rounds around the country on the “Resurrection” tour. The Reporter sat down with Bizzy for an exclusive interview at the after-party following a concert in Fort Lauderdale. but I really wanted to go overseas for the first time and accomplish that. I just wanted to go overseas, I’ve been saving it for so much time. I want to end my career there after the states get tired of me and things of that nature. So I just want to end my career over there; make some money. Interview conducted by Mark Pulaski at the Ocean Manor Resort on Thursday, May 26. Mark Pulaski: First of all, how does it feel to be back on the road with at least some of your boys? Bizzy Bone: Well it feels good, you know? I’ve been away for 10 years. And, you know, I’m always there to help my partners. When I did what I did [leaving the group] had a lot more to do with Ruthless Records, it had really nothing to do with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Flesh was in prison. You know, he’s big bro. He’s the reason we were even in LA and just everything seemed to be so f***ed up that it’s like after Eternal and then after The Art of War, I didn’t have that same vibe. I was able to get one record in with Flesh and that’s what were touring on, Resurrection. But, it’s like we lost that creativity I felt as a unit. So I just wanted to go out and just try to spread my ribcage, and try to be creative and do new things and just kind of be a better artist, you know? Do some movies, and guest appearances, and different beautiful things of that nature. Find out who’s going to lead me on the right path of my career and so on and so forth. You know, I had some hits; I had some misses. But, everything turned out to be really, really, really cool, you know? It was really, really good. And, you know, my brothers as men they didn’t understand me because I really didn’t speak to them too much. But, to kind of stop the long paragraph it’s really good to help out and be doing what Layzie is doing with his solo record and what Flesh is doing after his longawaited solo junior effort after 10 years of being incarcerated. I just felt as though nobody really supports each other when it’s just a solo record, so I just wanted to break the mold, you know? // CRITICAL OPINION // A&E Mark Pulaski, A&E Editor // A&E MP: Because I want to ask something you’ve never been asked before, what do you think of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese? I just wanted to go out and just try to spread my ribcage, and try to be creative and do new things and just kind of be a better artist... Bizzy Bone MP: Are you working on any of your own solo efforts right now? BB: My next record that I’m going to be actually recording is going to be the duet with Krayzie Bone. It’s kind of been anticipated for a while. So we’re just going to have some fun and just figure it out and see what we come up with. If it turns into being something great, then that’s the only thing I’m going to be aiming for anyway. He is a perfectionist, so I’m not just going to be able to go in there and finish a record in three days like I normally try to. It’s just like anything else, you know, I’m not trying to act like I’m all this or all that, you know. So yeah, that’s the next one. I put out a rock/r&b/ hip-hop record [Crossroads 2010]. We did a minor release out here, BB: I was actually talking about that the other day with one of my chicks the other night. I said ‘old people like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.’ I’m a Velveeta man. I like to do the homemade thing, you know? Since I’ve been by myself and not having a lady in the house, I took up cooking and getting some things together for the palate. In case the babies come through or something of that nature, I can make them a nice meal and try to get that parenthood thing going instead of just paying child support all the time, you know what I’m saying[laughs]? But yeah, Velveeta. I’m a Velveeta man. MP: Alright, well that should pretty much do it. I’ll let you get back to the party. BB: Thank you so much, man. I want to send love to everybody out there at Miami Dade College. I definitely appreciate the opportunity for them to have some insight on Bizzy Bone and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. We’re always here. I definitely appreciate you guys and it’s always good to see people in general learning new things and so on and so forth, because I learn new things every day. So, major love to education and all the professors and all those people out there at Miami Dade. Ya’ll keep going, you know what I mean? Keep going. VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER Directors, the innate storytellers of our generation, all seem to have one pivotal similarity: they all feel almost destined to present marvelously original tales to anyone willing to listen and watch. Mike Mills—the director of Thumbsucker, and now Beginners—is the very definition of a storyteller. As quirky and as easy going as they come, Mills studied at an art institution for graphic design, but that stubborn, nagging concept of being a director never escaped him. It lingered until old Jim Jarmusch films connected with his own vision of what he could create as a director. The Reporter recently sat down with Mills to talk about his upcoming film. It’s imperative to understand that Beginners is an unconventional love story. It is more a memoir than an actual work of fiction. Oliver—the protagonist played by Ewan McGregor—embodies much of Mills life. Yet, curiously enough, Mills reveals that Oliver’s love interest, Anna—played by the stunning Mélanie Laurent—is actually based partially on him as well when he states, “she’s a whole bunch of me, a whole bunch of my personal issues are in Anna. When talking to Melanie about it or doing those scenes, I take her really personally. Almost more than anybody else.” Quite an interesting fact to keep in mind when catching this flick at your nearest theater. Anna, an exquisitely complex character, forms a deeply intimate bond with Oliver, a young man who seems to be losing his way as his father slowly loses his battle against cancer. While all this is playing out, Hal—Oliver’s father— announces to the world he is gay (mimicking Mills’ father’s coming out of the closet moment). With a reminiscing smirk Mills says, “I was super impressed and I really admired that he did it and the way he did it. It was the punkest move he ever did.” But Beginners runs a little deeper than young love and old desire. Due to its profoundly personal nature it was only fair to ask Mills why he would tell it at all. Mills sincerely responded, “For me it was the most important story to tell. When your parent dies it does makes you think about why you’re here and what you’re doing. My dad coming out surprised me. It surprised me because he was pretty shy before, and very sweet but not that big. He was kinda self denying and polite. When he got sick, he knew he had cancer and he wasn’t going to be there for so long. The way it was going down was so intense and vivid, and all the big issues in life were on the surface. I felt like it was the biggest story that I saw, that I know about, that I can report about in an intimate personal way.” When asked about his fathers homosexuality in respects to his mother, Mills reveals, “I asked him why he got married and he said ‘Your mom took off her Jewish badge when we got married in 1955 and I took off my gay badge’ and I was like ‘oh wow’. Now I know how to talk about it. It’s not just our story, it’s not just my parents, it’s my parents in a big swath of American history.” Finessed to perfection, Mills was able to balance both love stories with small camera adjustments and angles implying a characters state of mind. “Everything from Hals tracking camera to involving Anna’s hand held and jump cuts. Lots of little craft things like that. But it didn’t work for a long time. It was hard,” said Mills about weaving both tales into one. Through these technical tactics Mills was able to fabricate a film with household names, yet still display a raw and intimate depiction on screen, a rarity usually only seen in independent films. “I like movies that feel emotion- I like movies that feel emotionally real and alive. I don’t feel you need to do a whole lot else... Mike Mills, director of Beginners ally real and alive. I don’t feel you need to do a whole lot else. Two people talking on a bed could be a whole lot to me, a whole world. I’m comfortable in that world,” said Mills about his way of portraying a love story. Subtleties such as these are riddled across Beginners, allowing the audience to interpret the intimacy. “Love is exciting and it’s great but it also scares the sh*t out of you, especially in the beginning. It challenges you,” says Mills when talking about Oliver and Anna’s love affair. The reality of their relationship is almost daunting because of their immensely raw interpretation. Mills deserves nothing but praise for creating a rare gem obscured by summer blockbusters. Beginners hits theaters June 24. It would be nothing short of a shame to miss out on this excellent film. 22 // FORUM // JUNE 13, 2011 THE REPORTER PULASKI’S PISSED Stairway To Stupid Columnist argues for proper use of stairs on campus. By Mark Pulaski email@example.com Humanity is slowly becoming devoid of intelligence. I’m sorry if this comes to a shock to any of you, but it’s true. People are gradually becoming dim-witted zombies, walking from place to place staring down at their cell phones with their mouths open. Although I’ve been known to stroll along, BlackBerry in hand, mouth agape, that’s beside the point. I don’t expect everyone to be a genius. I realize that the IQ of the entire nation is sure to slip as information becomes more available, thus giving people no reason to actually remember things. That said, a little common sense goes a long way. Case in point: As I left class the other day, I had to go down some stairs. Problem was, my path was blocked. What was in my way? Oh, just two girls. Standing. Having a conversation on the stairs. And not just a “Hi, how are you” conversation, but a real discussion. They had no intentions of leaving anytime soon. Did I miss something? When did stairs become a place to meet up with your friends and discuss the issues of the day? The campus is littered with a plethora of benches and seats, where it is fully acceptable for you to hold conversation. On another occasion, I was enroute to the lovely Reporter newsroom when I noticed a large obstacle on the stairs. What was it? Some sort of boulder, or perhaps a trash bag? No. It was a rather large student, sitting on the steps eating his lunch. Mind you, roughly 20 feet to the left of the behemoth were tables on which he could have parked himself. Oh, and by the way, those stairs he was sitting on, rise adjacent to the cafeteria at North Campus. I can only imagine the scenario playing out in his head. “OK, I got my food. Now should I sit over there in the cafeteria. Nope, too much noise. How about these tables over here in the courtyard? Nope, I don’t want to be seen eating alone. AH HA! The stairs! Genius. No one uses those concrete motionless escalators!” I want to know what is so hard about using the stairs properly. I’m no engineer, but I imagine that those dividing rails found in the middle of the stairway were put there for a reason. The reason I imagine would be, to control the flow of traffic, enabling everyone to use the side on their right; this is what we call the right-of-way. All of us with a driver’s license do it every day. We stick to the right side. This is how we know where the other members of the human herd will be moving. If everyone stuck to the right, there would be no questions or confusion. No awkward, back and forth movements on the stairway, no running face first into people with their face buried in their mobile devices. Things would work much smoother if everyone realized this. There would be no more bumper to bumper traffic on the stairway. Stairs are a wonderful invention. They enable us to access different levels of a building on foot. I’m hoping that the herd will eventually apply common sense to this wondrous invention, so we won’t need an “Intro to Stairs” class at MDC. I’m hoping that the herd will eventually apply common sense to this wondrous invention, so we won’t need an “Intro to Stairs” class at MDC. HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN ATTACK Fighting for Human Rights Witnessing an unprecedented attack on peaceful activist at the Kendall Campus. By David Garcia firstname.lastname@example.org Recently, I witnessed something very new. Shocking? No. Upsetting? Yes. Their were some girls on campus volunteering for the Human Rights Campaign, an American organization founded in 1980 supporting marriage equality. Their work is imperative in the fight for marriage equality and LGBT rights in America. Walking out of the math lab I passed by a girl who asked, “Do you have a minute for gay rights?” I replied, “I have more than a minute! What can I do?” We spoke about different bills, such as ENDA, and how they affect people around the United States. I agreed to donate money—as I regularly do to organizations which promote human rights. As I filled out the paper work to donate money, this older Hispanic woman yelled “Straight rights! Straight rights!” She started arguing with the other volunteer, yelling out: “For the children!” The polite volunteer then said something that made me smile. Calmly, she said, “Ma’am, that’s exactly one of the reasons why we’re here. For the children.” I began to think about this woman: Was she a professor here? What provoked her to speak the way she did? I then began to think about her children, if she had any. If she had a daughter, I presumed she would be married. Who was she married to? Was he white or black? I don’t think she realized that a few decades ago, her daughter may not have been able to marry the man she loved. People were denied marriage because they were an interracial couple, a thought What rights are being taken away from her? Is she denied federal rights in her marriage? VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.MDC.EDU/THEREPORTER Miami Dade 3x8.indd 1 11/9/10 2:18 PM that seems outlandish now. Would she have been in our position donating and volunteering to end the ban against interracial marriage? Who would have been the one yelling at her? These questions flooded through my mind and I wish I knew the answer to them. “Straight rights! Straight rights!” she yelled. What rights are being taken away from her? Is she denied federal rights in her marriage? Could she be be fired from her job just because she was straight? I wish people who oppose marriage equality could just see how harmful their standpoint can be. “For the children!” she yelled. Yes, for the children. For the straight children who sit in orphanages that need a loving, caring family to adopt them. For the gay children who are kicked out of their homes because their parents harbor the same hurtful opinions. For the children who are killed simply because they are gay. // THE REPORTER JUNE 13, 2011 // // FORUM 23 // FORUM Jessica Medina, Forum Editor // T (305) 237-2157 // B email@example.com OSAMA BIN LADEN Crashing The Royal Wedding President Barack Obama will always be remembered as the president who took down Osama Bin Laden, thus overshadowing the overblown coverage of the royal wedding. By Rafael Tur firstname.lastname@example.org First of all, good work President Obama. You killed Osama Bin Laden and freed us from the continuous 24-hour media coverage of the royal wedding. Were you as sick of it as I was? After researching Obama’s TV habits for a few hours, I noticed a few things. First of all, Obama and his wife—Michelle Obama—weren’t invited to the royal wedding. Perhaps the ridiculously excessive coverage of the wedding caused Obama to feel left out. He probably sat crossed-armed with a pout on his face in the Oval Office, watching CNN’s coverage of attending celebrities, citizen hordes mobbing Buckingham Palace, and an incessant amount of Ale and shrimp cocktails; the latter which President Obama probably desired to indulge in. Secondly, Obama returned American commandos raided the known location of the infamous Bin Laden, who was probably watching coverage of the wedding. a symbolic bust of Winston Churchill which was loaned to former President George Bush at the beginning of his first term. The queen was surely insulted after the rejection of one of Britain’s most storied leaders spitefully left Obama off the super-hip wedding. Totally disgusted, Obama launched operation “I PWN TV.” American commandos raided the known location of the infamous Bin Laden, who was probably watching coverage of the wedding. That would explain why he was allegedly unarmed and confused when Seal Team 6 busted through his door and shot a slew of bullets—the American way—in all directions until striking him. In the wee hours of that Monday, Americans celebrated the death of one of the world’s bogeymen. The royal wedding became old news before coverage of the honeymoon began. However, it’s hard not to be skeptical in considering how the administration handled the release of information about the military raid and details regarding the entire ordeal. The most logical explanation for this farce is simple: all 3,000—yes, 3,000—press secretaries working under Obama were dirt-face drunk. After the national address, Obama must have had hosted a celebratory beer summit. All his minions were invited and Vice President Joe Biden performed magic tricks. Let’s not dissect the event. If Obama fails to be re-elected next year at least he will be remembered as “the Prez who got Osama.” QUICKFIRE Kutcher Takes Over Two and a Half Men After seven seasons of gracing our TV screens on CBS’ Two and a Half Men and the subsequent media fallout following his dismissal, Charlie Sheen has finally been replaced. Rest assured that he is at Sober Valley Lodge—his Beverly Hills mansion—with his goddesses at his side. You may ask yourself, “who did CBS executives choose to replace Sheen on the show?” The answer is none other than Dude Where’s My Car star Ashton Kutcher, who was ecstatic about the role, reportedly stating: “I got the best job in show business and I’m excited about that.” I highly doubt that being on TV with Duckie and an awkward looking 17-year-old boy is the best job in show business; although If I got paid one million dollars an episode, I’d be in a sitcom with Fran Drescher and Gilbert Gottfried. The show’s ratings have been dropping the past couple of years. I don’t think Kutcher’s presence can restore Two and a Half Men to its former glory. The clock is approaching its final hour and a casting of this magnitude won’t remedy the situation. It’s similar to Sheen replacing Michael J. Fox in Spin City, which dragged on for two more seasons. Who knows, maybe Kutcher is what the show needs. After all, he may just punk us all and save Two and a Half Men. President Barack Obama’s resigning of the Patriot Act on May 26 left me and millions of others with a bitter taste in our mouth. No changes to personal privacy were made, more of the same to come from a person who’s campaign was heralded as the ideal solution that this country needed in 2008. I supported president Obama. During his campaign I encouraged others around me to give the man an ear, hanging at every word he’d say, with my optimism and common sense in the same hand. But it’s June 2011. 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