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Get Your Feet Wet: The Aquatic and Fitness Center is set to reopen this fall.—PAGE 4

Books For Cheap: Finding bookpurchasing alternatives that won’t strain your finances.—PAGE 5

A Bite Of Student Life: A plethora of fun-filled activities to be held beginning Aug. 5.—PAGE 8

Your New Editors: An introduction to the new Falcon Times editor and managing editor.—PAGE 11

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Lake view: The North Campus welcomes new and returning students this Aug. 23 for the 2010 fall semester. The North Campus serves more than 34,000 students. SUNPASS

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Public Safety: Here to Changes to Sunpass procedure protect North Campus Monique O. Madan monique.madan001@mymdc.net

Mark Pulaski mark.pulaski001@mymdc.net The Public Safety Department—with more than 100 officers on staff— is here to serve you, North Campus Chief of Public Safety Therese Homer said. Among the services the department provides are: Locking and unlocking classroom doors, a booster service for dead car batteries and an escort service to and from the parking lot. Officers patrol the 245-acre campus on foot, bicycle and an assortment of motorized vehicles. But Homer—a certified police officer with more than 30 years of experience—said its everyone’s responsibility to assure safety on campus. “I want everyone to look at the campus like their community,” said Homer, who also hosts the show Safety First on MDC TV. “[Students] probably spend more

time here than at home.” Another safety feature to the campus is a partnership between Miami Dade College and the Miami-Dade Police Department. The program allows for two police units to patrol the North Campus Monday through Saturday, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, according to North Campus Assistant Chief Hector Pujadas. An important change this year will be the enforcement of the college’s new ID program. Students must display their college ID at all times while on campus. Visitors are required to visit the public safety window and will be issued a visitor’s ID badge for the day. Homer stressed that the crackdown is not intended to harass students, but rather to protect them. Public Safety, Page 2

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Most toll roads will soon take the cashless route. With three major highways having eliminated tollbooths, Mi a m i - D a d e E x p r e s s w a y Authority officials are busy trying to get the word out. Representatives from MDX will be handing out free SunPass Minis at Miami Dade College’s North and Kendall Campuses until Aug. 27. “We want to make this transition as easy as possible for all the students,” said Cindy PoloSerantes, MDX communications manager. “We want to make it accessible for those who haven’t been informed.” The new system is called Open Road Tolling. The MDX operates five major highways. The three roads that have already converted to ORT are the SR 924/Gratigny Parkway, Don Shula Expressway, and Snapper Creek. “Open Road Tolling has shown us that it speeds up traffic, making it a lot faster to get to where you need to be,” said Diandra Lama, an MDX representative. You need a driver’s license, tag number and debit card to receive your free SunPass, but you need

to pay a $10 activation fee. The SunPass can be refilled online with a credit or debit card. Representatives from the MDX will be available at the North Campus— on the first floor of building one— to answer questions on Wednesdays from 7-11 a.m. and 2-7 p.m. through Aug. 27. About 600 MDC students have already activated their SunPass Minis. They are applauding the system. “The SunPass allows me to just go,” said Josue Flanquin, 19, biology major. “It saves me a lot of time.” Officials from the MDX said another caveat of the ORT is that it enhances safety because there will be no halting or merging of traffic at tollbooths, something, they say, that led to many accidents in the past. Instead, when a vehicle passes under a gantry—an overhead structure that spans the roadway—the distance traveled will automatically be deducted from the account. If one drives through a gantry without a SunPass, they will pay by the option of toll-by-plate. A picture of their tag will be taken and a bill will be received in the

mail for the amount of the toll, plus an additional $3 processing fee at the end of the month. Exact amounts vary by expressway. Users will pay for the portion of the roadway they drive. For instance, Gratigny drivers using only half the roadway will pay 50 cents, while those choosing to use the entire stretch will pay $1. “Not only is it less expensive, but the system creates improved fuel efficiency and reduces carbon monoxide and other emissions,” Serantes said. According to MDX, in one year of using ORT, 1.5 metric tons of gas emissions will be saved as well as $150, 000 that used to be spent for maintenance yearly, per toll booth. In total, toll roads cost $65 million a year. With the new cashless system, only one fifteenth of that amount will be spent. In 2012, th e D olphin Expressway/SR 836, and Airport Expressway/SR 112 will also go cashless. Out of the one million daily roadway users that use these five major highways 85 percent are SunPass customers, according to Polo-Serantes.


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Putting campus safety first Public Safety, from cover “It’s very serious for [the students’] protection, for staff and faculty as well…so we can identify who is supposed to be on campus and who is not,” Homer said. The campus is also equipped with “emergency code-blue telephones.” There are 14 of those located in the various parking lots on campus. They can be identified by their bright yellow coloration and a blue light on top; in addition, there are more than 60 “blue phones” located throughout the campus, which ring directly to a public safety dispatcher. “It looks like they’re doing a

good job,” said Martin Johnson, 29, a criminal justice major referring to public safety officers at North Campus. “I haven’t seen any mischief around here.” However, not all students are satisfied with safety on campus. “I don’t feel that if someone is attacking me, they are going to do their job,” said Camelia Page, 19, an elementary education major. “Are they going to hit them with their flashlight? They need guns. Step it up to police, not security guards.” But Homer doesn’t believe this is an issue, noting that because the criminal justice program is based at the North Campus, there are plenty of armed police officers

on campus. The campus also offers a “College Crime Watch” program, which urges students to take an active role in the security of their campus. In addition, the college will be hosting its annual “Campus Safety Day” on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The event will feature representatives from various police agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, and local police departments. Public Safety Department

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the North Campus. The students who attend the Meek Center are happy to hear that. “I feel safe here because we’re a small family and everyone knows each other,” said Marie Dezine, 19, a second-year biology major who graduated from North Miami High. “It’s like a private school without the high price.” The Meek Center also offers an opportunity, students say, to bridge the cultural and age gap between some of its students. “This is where old school and new school students meet to share ideas,” said Bobby Swain, 54, a business major taking 15 credits at the center. “We’re like ants learning to lift 10 times our weight to get ready for the real world.” Swain recently gathered with younger students from the Meek Center at an outreach event in downtown where they met the Rev. Jesse Jackson face-to-face to rally for more transit funds. “There is real energy here,” Swain said.

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Th e C a r r i e P. Me e k Entrepreneurial Education Center sits on half an acre at 6300 NW 7 Ave., and is part of Miami Dade College’s North Campus. Built in 1989, it serves more than 3,500 students annually. The center focuses on community and business development, offering credit and non-credit courses, as well as entrepreneurial, certificate and vocational programs. This fall, the center will offer about 150 different courses ranging from algebra to Jewish history and culture. “It’s my greatest legacy,” said former Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek, who was instrumental in securing funding for the center and whose name graces the building. “There is no greater gift to bestow on a community than a knowledge center.” The center—also known as the Meek Center— has established strong relationships with its feeder

high schools that include North Miami, North Miami Beach, the Continuing Opportunities for Purposeful Education Center and others. To help students reach their personal and career goals, there are multimedia classrooms, four computer labs, a full-service library, math tutors, and an academic resource lab on-site. “The Meek Center is a unique learning environment offering students the individualized attention and personal service focused on ensuring success and that students achieve their goals,” said H. Leigh Toney, the center’s executive director. A hub for a variety of seminars, conferences and workshops, the center attracts top-business leaders and talent to share their knowledge. In April, college and community leaders celebrated the center’s 20th anniversary. “The Meek Center shall continue to be an educational anchor in the community,” said Dr. José A. Vicente, president of

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Clubs offer students respite from work North Campus offers a multitude of organizations for students to take advantage of during the semester. Registration packets are due by Friday, Sept. 10 to the Student Life Department. Kathryn Sotolongo kathryn.sotolongo001@mymdc.net A new academic year at Miami Dade College brings students the opportunity to get involved with various organizations and clubs. “[Being part of a student organization] challenges a student as an individual; he or she works with other students for a greater cause,” said Evelyn Rodriguez, the organization coordinator at MDC North Campus. “ It g iv e s students the Rodriguez opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom and experience it in a student organization. Many students leave with profound memories and with feelings of self-growth.” The North Campus has more than 30 organizations, Rodriguez said. They include the Haitian Boukan Club, the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa and The Falcon

Times, the student newspaper at the North Campus. And if the current existing organizations don’t meet your needs, you can create a new one. Starting Monday, Aug. 30, students can enroll new organization or clubs into the registry in the Student Life Department in Room 4208— already existing organizations must also re-register. Requirements include: The club must have at least six members who meet the criteria— currently taking six credits and have a 2.0 grade point average— have a part-time or full-time faculty or staff member as the club adviser, and create a constitution, among other things. In addition, the president, vice president and the adviser must attend two mandatory workshops. The training is offered through the Student Life Department. Registration packets must be submitted to the Student Life Department by Friday, Sept. 10. "I think joining an organization would advance my knowledge,” said Stevan Gonzalez, a 19-yearold civil engineering major at the North Campus.

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Center will offer students a quick dip, starting this fall Monique O. Madan Monique.madan001@mymdc.net After six years and $6.8 million, the North Campus is getting a renovated aquatic center this fall, according to Cristina Mateo, dean of administration at the North Campus. “We are excited to see this project come to completion,” Mateo said. Located on the north side of building four, the aquatic center consists of two pools. The main pool is 75 x 112 feet and is three feet to seven and a half feet deep, according to Forrest Jolly, recreational design and construction’s senior project manager. It will hold 370,800 gallons of water. To the west of the main pool will be a 13-foot deep diving pool. It will be used for homeland preparation and water rescue training. Jolly said it is 40 x 60 feet and holds up to 228,240 gallons of water. The aquatic center will also include a fitness center that will hold 80 top-of-the-line exercise machines used for strengthening, 1978

conditioning and cardiovascular training. It features four classrooms, a locker area, shower area, laundry room, an aerobics studio, lounge and a patio. North Campus students, faculty and staff will have access using their MDC identification cards. "I am looking forward to [having] a new atmosphere,” said Marcus Isaac, a 21-year-old film production major. “I want to learn CPR so that one day I can possibly save someone's life.” The pool—a Myrtha pool—will use the most advanced technology in the world for both competitive and recreational pools. Myrtha pools have been installed in all weather conditions in more than 70 countries, including Iceland and Australia. “We hope the opening of this facility will provide the necessary tools for our Campus community to maintain their health goals,” Mateo said. The aquatic center will be the first comprehensive water training center in South Florida. It will provide a variety of training venues relative to the requirements of

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fire rescue and law enforcement, as well as maritime agencies. Scenario-based training will involve local, state, national, governmental, industry and business partners. The pool was originally built in 1978. In the 90s, it was shut down because of severe leakage problems—the interior surfacing deteriorated and required complete replacement. In 2004, state representatives took a tour of the campus and noticed the abandoned pool. Throu g h th e Phy sical Education Capital Outlay—a state organization that funds new facilities—the College was given a categorical line of funding, which is funding allocated to an institution for a specific problem or purpose. It was slated to reopen in 2007, but renovations were halted due to a lack of funding. An inauguration event is expected to take place later this fall, but a date has yet to be set. Noemi Zaharia, a two-time Olympic medalist in swimming for Romania, will serve as the Aquatic and Fitness Center manager.

Diving Pool Length: 40 feet Width: 60 feet Depth: 13 feet

Main Pool Length: 112 feet Width: 75 feet Depth: 3-7.5 feet

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ACCESS SERVICES OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO DISABLED STUDENTS College’s North Campus in 1970. More than 600 students are registered in the Access Services program at the North Campus. “It is cool to direct a program that enables disabled students to have a better future,” said North Campus Access Services Director Paul Edwards—who is blind. “They have nothing to lose by identifying themselves as disabled; they only increase their chances of being better in the future.” —WESLY URRUTIA Access Services

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Access Services—located in building six—is a free, confidential program at the North Campus that offers students with disabilities assistance. Services include tutoring, note-taking, interpreting, and technology training. Students must provide documentation from a certified physician or licensed professional to be eligible. T h e program was originally established at Miami Dade Edwards

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KRESGE FOUNDATION GRANT

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In an effort to improve collegecompletion rates, Miami Dade College and SingleStop USA have secured a $1.2 million grant from the Kresge Foundation. The funds will be used to create MDC/SingleStop outreach centers at the North and Wolfson campuses; a third campus will be added in 2011. The centers will offer MDC students at these three campuses eligibility screenings for a full range of federal and state benefits. Each on-campus site will provide free tax filing, health insurance, food stamps and legal and financial counseling. “The grant will help to provide a lot more financial resources for low-income students,” said Carlton Daley, who is on the committee that will be hiring staff members for the project.

Yadira Codina will serve as the interim financial aid director at the North Campus while Chimene Garrison is on medical leave. Codina—an MDC alumnus— will also continue in her duties as the college-wide director of scholarships. Codina has also previously served as the Kendall Campus budget director. She started at MDC as a student assistant in 1993 and then worked part-time in the Financial Aid Department in 1994 before starting on a full-time basis at the College in 1997. “We’re [here] to work with our students,” Codina said. “It’s what I love to do.”

The Instruments of Torture through the Ages opened on April 2, at Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd. It will be open until Sunday, Aug. 29. The exhibition features nearly 100 instruments designed for torturing and executing people. It first opened in Florence, Italy in April 1983 and has instruments such as the pendulum, the iron maiden and the spiked collar. “I had to go to the exhibit for my history class and I loved it,” said Michael Perez, 20, a mechanical engineering major. “It was amazing to see all the different instruments. I’ll probably go again before it closes.” Tickets are $15 for the general public, but free for all MDC students and staff.

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—RAFAEL A. TUR Yadira Codina, interim financial aid director

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Textbook shopping options for students on budget The start of a new school year means class registration, tuition payments, financial aid lines and of course—the dreaded textbook fees. But fear no more. Here are some options that could save you money when you’re ready to purchase textbooks this semester:

Chegg.com. Students have saved more than $230 million by renting with Chegg.com, according to Pontarolo. Limited highlighting is permitted, but books must be kept in good shape for the next customer. If a renter violates the rules or does not return the book on time, they will be charged a fee that varies with the case.

Chegg Chegg.com is a textbook rental service that offers more than 4.2 million titles. Students can go to www.chegg.com to order a book. When the rental term ends, students receive a reminder e-mail from Chegg, prints the prepaid postage label— provided by Chegg— and drops the box off at the post office at no additional cost. “Students who rent their textbooks from Chegg.com can choose to purchase their textbook at any time during the rental period,” said Angela Pontarolo, public relations manager for

S.A.V.E. The Student Access Via Exchange program offers textbooks at reduced prices through a textbook exchange program. Books are available for the following courses: Anatomy BSC 2085 and BSC 2086, Microbiology MCB 2010, Chemistry CHM 1033 and Nutrition HUN 1201. To become a member, you pay a $25 fee each semester. That allows you to exchange textbooks from the classes listed above. If a

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student does not have a book to exchange they have a rental option for $35 per book. “The idea of this program is for students to contribute books to increase the inventory to help other students,” said Beatriz Simon, program manager. Highlighting and writing is not allowed in books. Students can’t purchase the books using their book advance. Simon plans to launch a feature on the website www.mdc. edu/main/save that displays its inventory. Students will then be able to reserve books online. You can also call (305) 237-8357 or (305) 237-1250 to reserve a book.

Rent-a-Text Bookstores at Miami Dade College have arranged an innovative and affordable rental service for their students. By signing on to www.rent-a-text. com and providing some basic

information— such as your name, school and e-mail address— you will be able to rent textbooks from the website, saving more than 50 percent on textbooks in the process. “A new biology book may cost $165 and a used one may cost $125, but renting it would only cost a student $75,” said Omar Betts, district director for all MDC bookstores. The bookstore currently has more than 130 book titles for rent. Rentable books will have a red sticker on them in the bookstore indicating they can be rented. Students can use their book advance to purchase books. Due to the congestion at the bookstore the first couple of weeks of the semester, students are encouraged to sign-up for the rental service prior to visiting the bookstore. However, computers will be set up outside of the bookstore for students to use. Students return the textbooks at a specified date. They will be reminded five days before books are due through e-mail. If a student decides to keep the book, they can pay the rest of the used book price.

Text4Swap Text4Swap is a website that allows college students to swap books with each other. Membership is free the first year, with a $10 fee each year. Once a student finds a match, they are able to choose who they will swap with according to the book owners rating and the condition of the book. Students ship the book directly to each other. If a student needs a book but doesn’t have a book to exchange, they have the option of making the other person an offer. Choosing Text4Swap will also benefit the student’s school. “Ten percent of the money collected by Text4Swap is given back to the schools of its members,” said Lance McGibbon, the founder and CEO of Text4Swap and also a former North Campus Student Government Association President. “This money is to be used for environmental development projects on-campus and in surrounding communities.” For more information visit www.Text4Swap.com


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Page 8 Aug. 16, 2010 LEHMAN THEATRE RENOVATION

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Theater set to reopen this fall Student Life to host a fun-filled week Anna Carabeo anna.carabeo001@mymdc.net

After undergoing $2.6 million in renovations—in 10 months—the Lehman Theatre is set to reopen its doors, according to Cristina Mateo, North Campus’ dean of administration. The official reopening gala is scheduled to be held on Friday, Oct. 1 at noon. The North Campus Jazz Band, the North Star Singers, the Pen Players and the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami are expected to perform, according to Octavio Roca, interim chairperson of the arts and philosophy department. The renovations are the first the theater has undergone since 1984. It includes a new stage floor, a studio theater—also referred to as a “black box”— overlooking the lake with a seating capacity of 100 people—new theatrical curtains, a sound and video system, acoustical treatment, house lighting, doors, carpet and seating. In addition, the lobby and the green room of the theater were renovated, and additional storage facilities were constructed to support theatrical prop storage. The control booth of the theater will include state of the art high definition (HD) equipment capable of teleconferences. During lecture presentations William Pawley Center

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Opening Act: The Lehman Theatre at Miami Dade College’s North Campus is set to reopen its doors after 10 months of renovations. students can take notes using the tablet armed seats. The theater, which opened its doors in 1968, will have a seating capacity of 457. “It is going to be a new and exciting experience for those of us in the music and theater department,” said Bridget Nodarse, a 19-year-old music major. The Lehman Theater already has a full program lined up for next year with plays like I Hate Hamlet, No Exit and Company, scheduled to take place there, according to Roca.

Lehman Theatre Renovation

The theater will now also be a venue for the Miami International Film Festival. “Theater is very vital,” Roca said. “We need to make it available to the community.” Roca said he wants to provide audiences with at least one American play, one classical European play and one musical a year. Admission for productions will be free to all MDC students, staff and faculty. “Anything to get students into the theater,” Roca said.

• Renovations started Nov. 30, 2009 • Completion expected on Aug. 15, 2010

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Interested in rock climbing, tug of war or slushies? If you’re a North Campus student, you will soon have your fix. The activities will take place from Aug. 25 through Sept. 1 at Miami Dade College’s North Campus during Shark Pride Week— a week dedicated to school spirit. “The students are in for a treat,” said Danyelle Carter, student government association public relations director. “Two years ago, I had a vision to make the school more spirited and thought a week long of events would be amazing. This is the second annual ‘Shark Pride Week,’ and I must say we are kicking it up several notches so that the students can see how much the campuses appreciate the students.” Many new students entering the North Campus have no idea where their classes are located, where to get an MDC student identification card or where to purchase textbooks. North Campus Student Life Director Jaime Anzalotta, said “Shark Pride Week” gives incoming freshmen an opportunity to get acquainted with the North Campus. “This week was planned to welcome all students and let them know that we are here to cater to their needs,” Anzalotta said. “It’s a great opportunity for students to become engaged and see that college can be a good place to get involved.” To the right is a list of events planned during Shark Pride Week:

FILM REVIEW

Playing games with your mind

Ailyn Fojo ailyn.fojo001@mymdc.net Inception has topped the movie charts, quickly becoming this year’s must see movie. Director Christopher Nolan, who is behind hits such as The Dark Knight and The Prestige, delivers another great and original film. The all-star cast features Leonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island), Joseph GordonLevitt (500 Days of Summer), Ellen Page (Juno) and Marion Cotillard (Nine). Cobb (DiCaprio) accepts a deal

that will enable him to return to his home and family if he performs an inception (place an idea) through someone’s dream. Cobb is the best at what he does—which is extracting information from dreams—but is thrown off his game by the random appearances of his late wife, Mal (Cotillard). Cobb’s inability to control these encounters puts the rest of his team at risk. By making the movie mainly in a dream world, it allows for the use of special effects that make the impossible possible. The special effects add to the films overall quality. They are used at just the right time. The best thing about how the special effects are used is that they don’t overpower the storyline or acting, which seems to be a big issue for some recent films like The Last Airbender.

Inception has more than enough twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout its duration. The storyline is arranged in a manner that the viewer has to analyze every detail right from the beginning to solve the great mystery only to be left with more unanswered questions as the credits fill the screen. This movie really gives your mind a workout. Twists, turns and mysteries make Inception the movie of the year. Just don’t be surprised if you walk out of the theater questioning your reality.

Inception Directed by Christopher Nolan Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt —2hr 28min

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WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Leaping toward new title Hector Gonzalez hector.gonzalez012@mymdc.net

The Miami Dade College volleyball team is the reigning Florida Community College Athletic Association state champions. But for a team with eight national championships under its belt, expectations are always higher. “Hopefully this year we can play together and get to be national champions,” said head coach Origenes “Kiko” Benoit, who was named Southern Conference Coach of Year last season. “Every year we have to create high expectations that we will be better. I’m expecting to do better year after year.” The squad finished the 2009 season with a 32-5 record including a 12-0 mark in the Southern Conference. With all of its key contributors from last year returning—except for Sandra Montoya (the No. 1 ranked player in the Southern Conference), who received a scholarship to the University of West Florida and Anne Stebner-Chala, who is expected to sign a pro contract in Germany—Benoit believes his team is poised to make progress on last season when they finished fifth in the nation. Returning players include Yenifer Calcano, named to the

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Acrobatics: Yenifer Calcano (in air) will lead the Miami Dade College volleyball team this season. She has been named a NJCAA All-American. National Junior College Athletic Association All-American secondteam, right side opposite hitter Mima Hajdukovic, who was selected to the FCCAA All-State Team, and sophomore Joana Alvarez, a Southern Conference second-team selection last year. “I felt happy. We had a good chemistry,” Hajdukovic said about last year’s team. “Hopefully we’ll get better nationally.” In addition, redshirt freshmen

opposite hitter Edgaris Franshesca Leon is making a comeback after missing all of last year due to health-related kidney issues. Leon said she has high hopes for the upcoming season. “I couldn’t play all last year so I am looking forward to it,” Leon said. “I have a lot of faith in my girls.” The team’s talent pool will also be bolstered by its incoming freshman class. It includes:

Setter Christine Lozano (Florida Christian High School), middle blocker, Stephanie Toledo (Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School), middle blocker, MariFrachi Rodriguez (Dominican Republic)—who Benoit called the best shot blocker he has seen in a while—and defensive specialist Rosan Rivera (La Salle High School). “On paper this team is stronger than last year’s team,” Benoit said.

The team will get a chance to prove it early on. It starts its season on Friday, August 27 at the CSI Invitational Tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho. The NJCAA defending national champion— the College of Southern Idaho— will participate in the tournament. For more information about the Women’s Volleyball Team, contact: Origenes “Kiko” Benoit, head coach

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Looking for a rebound season Saeli O. Gutierrez saeli.gutierrez001@mymdc.net

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Shooting Star: Ashley Wilkes (#23), shoots the ball during a game last year. Wilkes averaged 18.9 points a game last season.

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Coming off an 11-15 (6-6 in the Southern Conference) season, the Miami Dade College women’s basketball team is hoping to rebound thanks to the infusion of new talent. The Lady Sharks incoming freshman class includes McDonald’s High School AllAmerican guard/ forward Kiana Morton, Melanie Ducott, a point guard transfer from Broward County, power forward, Tanisha Bradshaw, from Miami Senior High School, Smiljana Cook, a post player from Odessa College in Texas, and Jelena Ciric, who played high school basketball last year in Virginia. “We’ve stepped up a few notches,” Ducott said. “We can compete at any level.”

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Head Basketball Coach Susan Summons said she is excited about the new roster, and the team’s overall natural chemistry. “Teamwork makes the dream work,” Summons said. “They are family.” Returning players from last year’s team are All-State forward Ashley Wilkes—who averaged 18.9 points per game last year— All Conference point guard, Tori Stephens, forward Kandis Frederick, who is returning to the team this year after breaking her foot, and guard Camila Mejia. Summons has high expectations for the upcoming season. They include a Southern Conference title, a 20 win season, and a state championship. The Lady Sharks have been hitting the weight room in hopes of adding muscle, after getting

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pushed around last year. They are also focusing on improving the team’s speed, defense and rebounding. They say that last year was not good enough. “It made us realize that it’s not [going to] cut it,” Wilkes said. The Lady Sharks start their season against Southern Conference opponent—Daytona State College—on Monday, Nov. 1 at the Gibson Center located at the Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St. They are poised, they say, to make their mark, but it will take a full team effort to keep improving. “We need to come together and help each other,” Stephens said. For more information about the Women’s Basketball Team, contact: Susan Summons, head coach

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Monique O. Madan, 18, is a journalism and mass communications major in the Honors College at the North Campus. She will serve as editor-in-chief of The Falcon Times for the 20102011 school year. Madan, a 2010 graduate of Miami Coral Park Senior High School, has interned and freelanced for the Miami Herald Neighbors section. Monique O. Madan, Falcon Times Editor-in-Chief

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My high school prom night could have been the best night ever—or the worst. Fresh out of the salon, I was dressed as a geisha; chopsticks, pounds of makeup— all that jazz. But first, I had more pressing matters. At 3 p.m. I drove to Miami Dade College’s North Campus for an interview that had the power to skew my future. As I entered a 90-minute interview for the chance to become the Falcon Times’ editorin-chief, I had to try twice as hard not to be judged by my appearance and make sure my make-up didn’t smear for my last event as a high school student. Three months later, I’m happy to report that my eyeliner didn’t run. I was chosen by a five-person panel to serve as Falcon Times editor-in-chief for the 2010-11 academic year. There are no words to describe how blessed I feel to have this opportunity. Journalism has always been in

my blood. In the ninth grade I became features editor of The Rampage, the student newspaper at Miami Coral Park Senior High School. My first story consisted of contacting former Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Rudy Crew. I interviewed him on his cell phone while he picked out what to wear from his closet. Soon after, I was promoted to news editor and then managing editor. Before I knew it, I was interviewing stars such as Queen Latifah during the festivities that led up to Super Bowl XLIV. Journalism has always been my passion; it is about seeking the truth. I’ve always been curious. So naturally, when a friend in one of my Spanish classes at Coral Park told me that the newspaper always failed to include the marching band, I pondered: What can be so interesting about the marching band? I agreed to attend their seasonal meeting. To my utter surprise, I liked it. The following week I made the marching band’s color guard

team. Don’t ask me why; don’t ask me how. Something about catching a spinning rifle 15 feet in the air gave me goose bumps. It challenged me to try something I had never dreamt of doing. During my junior year, I was the weakest link in the guard. Everything I tried to spin, I dropped. I was always placed at the end of the line. Yet, I was undeterred; I was determined to catch my sabre, rifle and flag. There was something about catching an object coming at you with such force. After a year of training, I finally overcame my obstacles. In December 2009, I made it. I made it on the sabre line. Color guard allowed me to spin for something bigger than myself; it was through color guard that I realized that everyone has a story. Sometimes we just need to dig a little deeper to find those stories. I look forward to finding new stories this year at the North Campus and grasping on to my future with all of you.

Take advantage of life’s opportunities Alexandra de Armas alexandra.dearmas001@mymdc.net

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Alexandra de Armas, 19, is a broadcast journalism and mass communications major at the North Campus. She will serve as the managing editor of The Falcon Times for the 2010-11 school year. De Armas has interned at NBC6 and Univision 23. She is a 2009 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Pinecrest, and is attending the North Campus Honors College. Alexandra de Armas, Falcon Times Managing Editor

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After a year of juggling school work, writing for the student newspaper, managing family and a social life, I feel competent to share advice with the incoming freshman class at Miami Dade College. Breathe in and soak in the moment as you first step on campus because before you know it, your first year of college will be over. Really, it flies by. Next, I suggest you invest in an agenda. Keeping yourself organized is integral to having a successful year. With an agenda— for guys, whatever the man equivalent to an agenda is—you will be able to keep track of your homework and class assignments. You can also jot down your classmates’ numbers in the agenda, which I highly recommend. Make friends, because you never know when an emergency might arise that will force you to miss class. Your classmates can fill you in on the work you missed. I am not suggesting you miss class—on the contrary—because I have learned that attending class is important to getting good grades. Also, speak to your adviser to

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avoid taking classes that are not needed. This will save you time and money. If you plan on transferring, find out what courses are required for your institution of interest. Another thing to remember is that your professors are here to help you. The first day of class they hand you a syllabus, it has their office number, office hours and e-mail address. Use them. I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself in a professor’s office asking questions. To spare yourself from some distress, check out your teachers before you sign up for classes. Ratemyprofessors. com will help you do just that. Using the site, you type a prospective professor’s name and you are able to see other students’ evaluations of them. From experience, the student assessments are pretty accurate. Your time here at Miami Dade College will be what you make of it. Get involved. There are plenty of clubs and organizations for you to be a part of. Go to Student Life— Room 4208—and find out what clubs might interest you. You can also attend Club Rush on Sept. 15 in building four, where all clubs set up booths with information about their clubs and organizations. Chances are you’ll find something for you.

Keep making friends. I came to this campus not knowing a single person and right now I have more friends than I can count. Talk to people, laugh with them. You might be shy, but give it a shot. You might be surprised to find that you have an outgoing personality. Who knows, maybe you can find a new best friend or a new boyfriend or girlfriend. Something you must be warned about — before it’s too late— are the vending machines. Just in case you don’t know, eating too much junk food can lead to the dreaded “freshmen 15.” You don’t want that, because then walking up the three flights of stairs in building one will be torturous. Learn your campus. Walk around and see what you have to use around here, such as the library, the computer courtyard, the cafeteria, the math and writing labs and the benches by the lake. Read the student newspaper, The Falcon Times. It will keep you informed about what is going on around campus. If I had to choose one word to sum up my first year at Miami Dade College, it would be “opportunities.” When you are given one, take it. You never know when one thing can lead you to the next and then bring you to the end of a wonderful journey.

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Staff Akeem Brunson Anna Carabeo Ailyn Fojo Saeli O. Gutierrez Theo Karantsalis Alexandra Kramer Midy J. Peterson Mark Pulaski Kathryn Sotolongo Monica Suarez Rafael A. Tur Wesly Urrutia

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