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+ + MERGING New consolidated student newspaper to feature 16 full-color pages, a 10,250-copy circulation, and bureaus at North, Kendall and Wolfson Campuses.—PAGE 8,9 Building Up: New multimilliondollar Student Support Center breaks ground at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus. TURN TO NEWS, PAGE 7 KEEP THIS PAPER. YEARS FROM NOW, VOLUME ONE, ISSUE ONE WILL BE A COLLECTOR'S ITEM! THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER AT MIAMI DADE COLLEGE BEATING the Journalism Expands At The College ODDS Manolo Barco Nearly fifty years have passed since an inquisitive group of students with little to no journalism experience gathered in a cramped, 10 x 10 white-wooden structure at Dade County Junior College to form the school’s first student BARCO newspaper, The Falcon Times. The memory still brings joy to Raleigh Mann’s— the paper’s first editor-in-chief— voice. “The paper was kind of an affirmation that we were legitimate,” said Mann, 76. Using limited resources— three manual typewriters and a small bathroom that was converted into a makeshift darkroom—the spunky staff of less than 10 produced 14 issues that year. They laid the foundation for what was to come. In 1966, the Kendall Campus started the Catalyst. The Downtowner, which served the Wolfson Campus, originated in 1970. It was later renamed the Metropolis in 1984. The student staffs that led these newspapers won 19 National Pacemaker Awards and received hundreds of honors from the Florida Community College Press Association. The modest newsrooms that spawned them have produced journalism’s rising stars. Folks such as Pulitzer Prize-winner, Liz Balmaseda, Emmy Award-winning CBS4 News anchorman, Elliot Rodriguez, and Miami Herald Metro Editor, Jay Ducassi got their start there. The papers have served as a safety net to legions of shy, unsure and awkward student reporters who found their way by writing bad copy. They exchanged pay for bylines and reveled in the long nights of editing stories TURN TO THE REPORTER PAGE 15 THE REPORTER IS THE FREE BIWEEKLY STUDENT NEWSPAPER AT MIAMI DADE COLLEGE. ALL CONTENT IS PRODUCED BY MDC STUDENTS. VOL. 1, ISSUE 1—OCT. 4, 2010 Edgaris Franchesca Leon, a Miami Dade College volleyball player, returns to the court after a one-year medical leave. By Hector Gonzalez AKEEM BRUNSON / THE REPORTER Edgaris Franchesca Leon towers over her opponents on the volleyball court. At 6-foot-1 inches tall, Leon looks every bit the part of the physically imposing player she portrays while on the volleyball court. Selected to the 2008 Southern Conference First Team, Leon—a middle blocker on the Miami Dade College Lady Sharks volleyball team—ranked 12th that year in hitting efficiency with 134 kills. For good measure, she added 44 digs and 43 blocks. However, what she did not know was that her life was about to change. Top Form: Edgaris Franchesca Leon is poised to return to form this coming season; she joins the Lady Sharks after a one-year hiatus. Carpooling?: The Reporter's Forum editor swerves into the issue of the carpooling option offered at the Wolfson Campus. TURN TO LEON, PAGE 13 New Boss: Lourdes Oroza has been named the new Kendall Campus President. She looks to steer the campus forward. TURN TO FORUM, PAGE 15 A&E: Find out which movies are worth watching. TURN TO NEWS, PAGE 7 TURN TO A&E, PAGE 11 TRANSPORTATION Carpooling Program Offers Options For Commuters A new carpooling program is being offered for faculty and students at the Wolfson Campus. By Danithza Zevallos Students at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus can now take advantage of a carpooling program called Get2MDC. To be eligible, one must be an MDC student, have a car and a valid driver’s license, and show proof of registration and insurance. The program is currently only being utilized at Wolfson Campus. “Carpooling just seems smarter, carbon pollution will go down, air pollution will go down,” Miami Dade College Earth Ethics Institute Director Colleen Ahern-Hettich said. NEWS TIPS? To join the program, one must register on the website and wait for a carpool permit to be sent by mail, which is then hung on a car mirror. Permits are valid for one semester. Participants must have a valid MDC decal and school ID. Two or more students must be in the car to participate, and they must drive to campus at least three days a week. “This would definitely make a major impact on the environment, just think of all the cars that won't be used,” Karel Perez, a 21-year-old environmental studies major at Miami Dade WESLY URRUTIA / THE REPORTER Pretty In Pink: Miami Dade College lit its National Historic Landmark, the Freedom Tower, in pink in support of breast cancer awareness month. A ceremony was held Sept. 30, after sundown, serving as a memorial to those that have been affected by breast cancer. TURN TO CARPOOLING PAGE 7 Let us know at: (305) 237-1253 BRIEFING NEWS A&E 2,3 5,7,8,9 11 SPORTS FORUM 13 15 PLEASE RECYCLE

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