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ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY All You Need Is One Stop At Miami Dade College This issue marks The Reporter’s one year anniversary of being a publication. Take a look at what the inaugural editorial staff has to say. PAGES 8-9 Student Athlete Spotlight Single Stop USA offers students free financial advice, benefits screenings and tax preparations. Marifranchi Rodriguez, Miami Dade College volleyball middle blocker is considered one of the top players in the nation. TURN TO NEWS, PAGE 5 TURN TO SPORTS, PAGE 11 Happy Hispanic Heritage Month. 4VOL. 2, ISSUE 4—OCT. 4, 2011 The Reporter @TheReporter_MDC MIAMI CULINARY INSTITUTE Culinary Institute Students Earn Coats ‰‰ More than 100 students from the Miami Culinary Institute officially received their chef coats at the School’s Inaugural Chef Coat Ceremony on Sept. 23. By Akeem Brunson A chef’s coat wears its work — each stain is earned. On Sept. 23 more than 100 students at Miami Dade College’s Miami Culinary Institute officially received their coats at the college’s Inaugural Chef Coat Ceremony. “The coat to me was like a coming of age,” said Karina Gonzalez who received her chef’s coat during the ceremony. “It symbolizes the beginning of my career, something I want to do for the rest of my life.” Students receiving their coats during the event had already completed their preliminary lecture courses. They began hands-on learning Sept. 26. The ceremony marked the start of an intense, but educationally enriching journey for the prospective chefs, said Chef John Richards, the MCI Director. “It really takes a lot of hard work and support,” Richards said. “They are going to emerge in a sustainable culinary education and have a true world-class experience in food culture innovation.” Gonzalez is like many of her classmates. Her passion for the culinary field started young. She is recent graduate of Robert Morgan Educational Center’s culinary program. That program allowed her to gain some stains on her wardrobe. TURN TO COATS, PAGE 5 PARKING Too Many Students, Too Little Parking ‰‰ Students at Miami Dade College struggle with parking availability. According to records, there are more students than there are designated parking spaces. By Monique O. Madan Jenny Lazo gets to school at 7:30 a.m. to attend a 9 a.m. class. Despite her efforts, she still struggles with getting there on time. “There is never any parking. I have to circle that parking lot so many times,” said Lazo, a 21-yearold InterAmerican Campus student. “And by the time you arrive at the gate, the guard tells you that there are no more spots, to keep going around the block. I always end up being late.” Lazo’s problem is a common theme across Miami Dade College’s eight campuses and one outreach center. There is a higher demand for parking spaces than available parking spots. INDEX: PLEASE RECYCLE BRIEFING For fall 2010, the College reported 117,317 enrolled students and 16,424 parking spaces available college-wide, according to David M. Kaiser, the College’s director of institutional research and David Barcus, the College’s district planner. Not all of those students drive, nor are they on campus at the same time. However, many face the same parking gridlock, particularly in the morning. At Wolfson Campus, during the morning rush, cars are often seen jostling for space and lines routinely snake out of the garage, waiting for their turn to enter. At Kendall Campus, many commuters who can’t find parking are forced to improvise—parking on the grass. Students at various campuses said the situation can get so frustrating that sometimes they give up and pay for parking in private lots. Wolfson Campus parking TURN TO PARKING, PAGE 7 2-3 NEWS JOSUE MOLINA / THE REPORTER HOMESTEAD CAMPUS School Of Aviation Allows Students To Soar ‰‰ Miami Dade College’s School of Aviation partners with Dean International Flight Training School and Wayman Aviation in order for students to complete their flight requirements. By Melissa Adan What do New Orleans Saints football player Jimmy Graham, Florida State Representative Frank Artiles and NBC Miami Chief Meteorologist John Morales have in common? They have all trained at the Dean International Flight Training School located at KendallTamiami Executive Airport in Miami.The school offers private pilot, instrument and commercial, multi- and single-engine training to students 5, 7-9 SPORTS Got News? Let Us Know. Contact Us: (305) 237-1253 11 A&E VIDEO | Visit us online for an Inside look at the Eig-Watson School of Aviation at Miami Dade College’s Homestead Campus. looking to pursue an aviation career. Now Miami Dade College students will be able to share in that experience. On Aug.22, MDC’s Eig-Watson School of Aviation at Homestead Campus signed an agreement with Dean International and Wayman Aviation, a flight school at Opa-Locka Executive Airport. The agreement is expected to boost the enrollment of the College’s aviation program.Students in the program can earn their Associate in Science degree in professional pilot technology. TURN TO AVIATION, PAGE 7 13 FORUM 14-15 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.

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