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MDC Launches Relief Efforts For The Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian, the College is offering assistance to its Bahamian students and waiving out-of-state tuition for displaced Bahamian natives. By Heidi Perez-Moreno email@example.com
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Here Is Who Was Selected To Be MDC’s Interim President Rolando Montoya, who retired from Miami Dade College in 2016, was appointed interim president of Miami Dade College at a special Board of Trustees meeting on Aug. 29. He worked at the College for 29 years. By Heidi Perez-Moreno and Corbin Bolies firstname.lastname@example.org Miami Dade College’s Board of Trustees selected Rolando Montoya, who retired from the College three years ago as College Provost, on Aug. 29 to serve as interim president while they find a permanent reMONTOYA placement for Eduardo J. Padrón. Montoya’s appointment officially started on Aug. 31. This is the second time Montoya will serve MDC in that capacity. He assumed the role for a month in 2006 when Padrón briefly retired.
“I’m ready to bring peace and harmony to this process,” Montoya, 64, said while accepting the position. In February, Montoya served on the Board until he and three others were recalled by Governor Ron DeSantis. The motion was brought forth by Michael Bileca, one of the trustees who replaced the board members. The motion was passed unanimously. Trustee Marcell Felipe said that Montoya was one of three names floated as potential candidates prior to the meeting. “I have observed the anxiety of the personnel of this college, many of whom are good friends. I have been reading the articles in the newspaper. And the divisiveness that have been created in this community,” said Montoya while addressing the Board. “...more importantly, the people with different opinions, people who would prefer this process versus people who prefer the other process were calling me. Then, I said maybe. Maybe it’s my responsibility to bring some harmony, to bring some peace, to grant some time to the Board of Trustees so that they can do the job that you want to do.” Montoya is now responsible for carrying out the search process, aiding in the selection of a new search firm and maintaining
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“harmony” at the College until a replacement is selected. “This is someone that has been Provost, knows the institution [and] has no interest in becoming a permanent member,” Felipe said after the meeting. “I think that’s key because if you don’t, if he is not going to be a permanent member, then the pool of candidates that’s out there can feel much more confident that they’re going to get a fair shot. That’s ultimately what we want, to be able to get the best candidate possible for the school.” Montoya’s appointment capped a tense first hour of the meeting, where Trustees Felipe and Navarro clashed over the former’s opposition to the original process. Felipe accused Navarro of not allowing Isabel del Pino Allen, a terminated North Campus sociology professor who is suing the College in a plagiarism case, to speak, but allowed attorney Mark Richard who, at the time, represented UFMDC in a lawsuit against the Board. Disagreements became a running theme in the meeting. After the first motion by Bileca to add a discussion of the interim president to the agenda passed, Navarro
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All that is left of Peddeidra Baillou’s childhood home in East Grand Bahamas, once a three-bedroom residence, is a concrete slab surrounded by ravaged trees and homeless neighbors. BAILLOU Two weeks ago, the country was struck by Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm with 183 mph winds. Baillou’s family in the Bahamas—including her 10-year-old daughter, Malaisha— evacuated to Freeport save for her brother, Pedro. During the hurricane, he was forced to flee the home through a window and spent two days clinging to a mango tree. The 27-year-old North Campus student studying dental hygiene depended on her father to pay for her education and living expenses. Now, she has to find an on-campus job to pay her bills. “That’s what had me so terrified. He’s without a job. We’re without a home. We’re without anything at this point,” Baillou said. “Who do I turn to? How can I say ‘Hey, I need this’? I don’t even want to think about it. The only thing you can do is stay strong and focused.” In response to hardships like Baillou’s, Miami Dade College is providing aid to Bahamian students and waiving out-of-state tuition fees for displaced citizens seeking solace in Florida. Individuals seeking financial assistance must present a governmentissued Bahamian identification. Students can register for the fall semester mini term sessions and upcoming spring term. The College contacted nearly 72 current students from The Bahamas to offer financial and academic assistance. Baillou was contacted on Sept. 4 by MDC. She was given a book stipend for the fall semester, but still pays out-of-state tuition. “When I went [to the Dean of Students office], I broke down in the office. I know [MDC] is there to support me, but they’re actually concerned about individual students,” Baillou said. “It’s a huge burden off my shoulders.” MDC’s Foundation allocated $50,000 and raised $7,500 during I AM MDC Day on Sept. 6 to aid the displacement efforts and provide student scholarships. It is not clear how the funds will be allocated because relief efforts are “in the early stages.”
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West Campus Art Gallery, 3800 N.W. 115th Ave., will display Fred Thomas’ portrait exhibition, Relevance, now until Sept. 27 in Room 1105. Thomas, a Haitian artist, uses abstract, surreal and pop art style techniques to show his humble childhood. Through colorful interpretation of Haitian culture, he argues that happiness does not come from material wealth. “[The exhibition shows] Haitian culture from another perspective, from my standpoint as an artist,” Thomas said. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact MOAD at (305) 237-7700 or museum@ mdc.edu —Giuliana Restrepo
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P. Scott Cunningham will present a literary reading at Soya e Pomodoro, 120 N.E. 1 St., on Sept. 25. The event is part of To Write Miami, an eight-part reading series hosted by Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design meant to explore the creative process of a writer. Cunningham, director of O’ Miami Poetry Festival and publisher of Jai-Alai Books, will speak on how Miami inspires his creativity and work. His work has appeared in the Harvard Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Tupelo Quarterly and The Guardian. They take place on the last Wednesday of every month until Oct. 30. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact MOAD at 305-237-7700 or email@example.com.
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Riane Roldan, who served as A & E editor for The Reporter during the 2016-17 school year, has landed a temporary reporting position at the Austin American-Statesman, a daily newspaper in Texas. Roldan, 22, began the three month assignment on Sept. 3. She will cover local politics, environmental issues and general assignments. “This will be the first time I have worked at a local newspaper so I’m looking forward to the things I’ll learn while I’m there,” Roldan said. “I love the city of Austin and I’m excited to get to know the community better.” She served as a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune in Austin this summer. Two summers ago, she was a radio and
Aiyana Ishmael, who served as social media director for The Reporter during the 2017-18 school year, was awarded the 2019 HBCU Digital Media Fellowship as part of the Online News Association, a non-profit digital journalism organization. Ishmael, 22, did the three-day fellowship on Sept. 12-14 in New Orleans. She learned about creating multimedia packages, approaches to digital reporting and worked alongside a mentor during the annual ONA conference. “Journalism is the only career I’ve ever actually wanted to pursue and I think everyone struggles with not feeling good enough,” ISHMAEL said Ishmael, who earned an associate of arts degree in mass communications from Kendall Campus in 2018. “It feels good to know your hard work isn’t going unnoticed.” Ishmael currently serves as editor-in-chief of Journey, the student magazine of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She is expected to graduate in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. —Alina Halley
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Custell Smith has been appointed Director of Testing and Assessment at North Campus. Smith, who began in July, will be in charge of expanding testing services among students, and following protocol with exam standards. “I am looking forward to continuing on with this position,” Smith said. For the past year, Smith, who began at the College in 2012, served as assistant director of Testing and Assessment. Smith earned an associate in arts degree in liberal sciences in 1997, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2007, both from Florida International University.
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Do Better: Wolfson Campus students and staff celebrate the kick-off of the #BeKind21 challenge on Aug 28. The initiative was started by the Born This Way Foundation.
Be Kind: During Wolfson Campus’ Club Rush, Board of Trustees Chairman Bernie Navarro and Wolfson Campus president Beatriz Gonzalez welcomed the #BeKind21 initiative, a 21-day challenge sponsored by the Born This Way Foundation. The campaign is meant to encourage students to treat others with kindness.
Painted Spirit: Students were invited to paint on cotton canvases using acrylic paint as part of Wolfson Campus' festivities during I AM MDC Day on Sept. 6. The I AM MDC Day initiative netted the College more than $2 million in donations to be used for student scholarships.
Homegrown Idol: Nate Promkul, a former American Idol contestant and New World School of the Arts alum, sings a rendition of If I Can't Have You by Shawn Mendes during Wolfson Campus' I AM MDC Day celebration on Sept. 6.
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agreed to add it—only after the guest speakers finished. “So we just declined our votes?” Abraham asked, seemingly incredulous. “We all voted for this.” “No, we’re going to talk about it—we’re going to have a hearing and we’re talking about it,” Navarro said before moving to the first speaker, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. There was also debate on whether to address Felipe’s public remarks tying Provost Lenore Rodicio, the lone candidate for president, to the Confucius Institute, of which she serves as chair. The Confucius Institute is a Chinesestate funded program designed that incorporates Chinese culture into Western institutions. Navarro strongly urged Felipe to offer evidence suggesting malicious links between Rodicio and the Institute, stating it would be important to discuss any impropriety before moving her forward as a candidate. However, all other Board members save for Leon demurred, finding the topic irrelevant and not on the meeting’s agenda. Felipe then asked to speak. “Finally, my censorship is lifted. I’m allowed to talk,” Felipe said to groans, with Navarro saying it wasn’t about him. “You made it about me, Bernie, and quite frankly, I’m very disappointed by how you handled this meeting. I thought you would rise above it,” he continued, pledging to “hit the reset button” on decorum. “I’m really looking forward to that and I plan to try and move this along.”
Who Is Rolando Montoya? Montoya, who retired from the College in August of 2016 after working at the institution for 29 years, previously served as a professor, a chairperson, an academic
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dean, campus president at Wolfson Campus in addition to College Provost. Montoya’s time at MDC included pit stops at Hialeah, Eduardo J. Padrón, Kendall, North and Wolfson campuses. His career at MDC started in 1987 as a full-time professor at North Campus where he taught economics, accounting, finance, business statistics, banking and business mathematics. Montoya stayed at North Campus for 11 years while also teaching at Hialeah and the then-InterAmerican campuses, which were outreach centers at the time. Montoya’s work as a professor garnered him the Endowed Teaching Chair award twice. The award is given to professors who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom. After his teaching career concluded, Montoya was promoted to chairperson of the Business Administration Department at Kendall Campus and was eventually selected as academic dean. He became president of the Wolfson Campus in 2003 and served in that capacity for six years. In 2009, Montoya served as College Provost until his retirement. As Provost, Montoya oversaw business affairs, human resources, information technology, facilities management, institutional effectiveness, legal affairs, resource development and emergency preparedness. Montoya, who was born in Camagüey, Cuba, holds a bachelor’s
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Fired Up: Contentious debate happened at the special Board of Trustees meeting while discussing the Miami Dade College presidential search. degree in business administration from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico, a master’s degree in finance and a doctorate in higher education administration both from Florida International University. Before MDC, Montoya worked at Price Waterhouse & Company as a junior auditor in Costa Rica for four years. In 1980, the governor of Costa Rica appointed him consul of Costa Rica in Miami.
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Full House: Students, faculty, staff and community members showed up in full force on Aug. 29 to attend a special Board of Trustees meeting to discuss the presidential search. www.mdcthereporter.com
To some, Montoya’s candidacy comes as reassurance to donors that the search is back on track. “We’re going to bring this message back...that we have time here, at process. That it’s going to be under the Sunshine Law that we are hoping to select the appropriate president,” said MDC Foundation Vice Chair Alfredo Salas. “They were saying there was a lack of integrity. I share with them that things will get better and things are moving in the right direction.” Rodicio also believes his appointment serves as a steadying factor. “The Board’s decisions today have provided clarity on the next steps in this process, and for that I am grateful,” Rodicio said in a text message to The Reporter. “I look forward to working with our Interim President, Dr. Montoya, someone whom I admire and respect.” But not everyone believes that hiring an interim president is a sign of the Board moving in the right direction. Some label the move as turning “a blind eye” toward a “tainted” process. SOS Miami Dade College, a grassroots campaign organized by the United Faculty of Miami Dade College, promised on Thursday to “double” their efforts to protest the search process. “It’s entirely possible that this was an attempt to get people to look away,” said UFMDC President Elizabeth Ramsay. “To get the students, faculty and community to stand down [and] to stop paying attention so that whatever plan they have in mind can be carried out without the kind of public
outcry that we’ve seen so far.” In a letter to the College on Sept. 10, the faculty union dropped a lawsuit they filed five weeks ago against the BOT over their decision to reboot the presidential search process. They said the decision was made in an attempt to reset their relationship with the Board. “As a group, we talked about how we would like to move forward with the opportunity of the Board,” Ramsay said. “We’re still extremely concerned. We are paying close attention to every step in the process, selection of a search firm—ensuring it has no ties to any of the trustees.” Along with Montoya’s designation, the Board agreed to cut ties with its original headhunting firm, Diversified Search, who assisted them for around five months. The College paid the firm more than $167,000 over the course of four months for direct and indirect expenses. A new firm has not been hired, but will be decided in collaboration with Montoya and Human Resources Vice Provost Iliana Castillo-Frick. Once a new firm is selected, Montoya and Castillo-Frick will work with the firm to discuss the structure of the search, including whether there will be another presidential search committee. Several members from the previous search have stated they will not participate again. “I think it’s going to be difficult finding a committee,” said Jose K. Fuentes, a former vice chair of the Board. “There’s going to have to be some type of option.” One option is to have the Board serve as the search committee. “In my opinion, I think it has to be the Board of Trustees at this point,” said chairman Bernie Navarro after the meeting. “We’re going to see how that plays out and what the search firms say the best practice is.” Board members expect the search to take six to 10 months, though that timeline doesn’t offer hope to some in the community. “Right now, Miami Dade College looks like an academic circus,” Richard said. “It looks more like a circus than a university.”
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Miami Dade College Severs Ties With The Confucius Institute The Confucius Institute, a Chinese language and culture program that has been with MDC since 2010, will no longer be part of the College, effective at the end of the fall semester.
By Heidi Perez-Moreno firstname.lastname@example.org Miami Dade College has cut ties with the controversial Confucius Institute, a Chinese-state funded program that incorporates Chinese culture into Western institutions. In a letter to the Confucius Institute Headquarters on Sept. 5, Interim President Rolando Montoya said the College will no longer continue its nearly ten-year partnership, effective at the end of the fall semester. School officials said Mandarin courses will continue through other areas. The decision to break ties with the Institute was made by Montoya and College Provost Lenore Rodicio, who chairs the Confucius Institute advisory board. College officials said enrollment numbers for the program dwindled from 86 to 36 students over the past three years. “When we evaluated all the elements of cost, they are serving less than a hundred students,” Montoya said in an interview with The Reporter. “I think the resources need to be reallocated to other programs that are serving a...larger number of students.” The College’s affiliation with the CI has received backlash from many throughout the years with naysayers saying the partnership allows communist ideologies into higher education. The program has been with the College since 2010. It provides Chinese curriculum, study-abroad programs and year-round events at MDC. Trustees were scheduled to discuss the CI’s future at the next Board meeting on Sept. 17. Marcell Felipe, who has criticized the program ever since he was elected to the
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No More: Miami Dade College announced that it is severing ties with the Confucius Institute after more than nine years. The program faced scrutiny during the College's recent presidential search. Board more than five months ago, has not been shy about his desire to have the program removed from MDC. “[Confucius Institutes] have no place at [Miami Dade College],” Felipe said in a tweet in late July. “As a new Trustee, I will move for it to be scrapped; it's not about right or left: we can't partner with institutions run by people who censor imprison and persecute other academics.” Felipe has been vocal in his opposition of the program on social media and television ads, calling Rodicio the “president of the Confucius Institute in Miami.” She is currently the lone finalist in MDC’s presidential search. Rodicio was firm in her stance on the Institute during her presidential interview in
front of the Board of Trustees on July 24. She said the program was created to provide Mandarin language and etiquette training. “Last year, when questions and concerns started to arise, we took a deep look at it... there was a question about me sitting as the chair of the Confucius Institute,” Rodicio said. “There is no place I’d rather be...it’s one of the duties that’s assigned to me. Especially if there are concerns, I want to be in a seat where I can see what’s going on in the center and ensure that what is happening here is non-contrary to the beliefs and opinions of this institution.” Several prominent Florida politicians including Sen. Marco Rubio and City of Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez have condemned the Institute.
In 2018, Sen. Marco Rubio sent a letter to the College, urging it to end its affiliation with the Confucius Institute. Rubio said in a tweet Sept. 5: “Great to hear @MDCollege has ended its contract with the #ConfuciusInstitute. Great job by the Chairman @BernieNavarro7, the trustees & the new interim President. You made the right decision.” Montoya said the College’s decision wasn’t influenced politically. “Their motivation might be ideological. They have the right to their own opinion,” Montoya said, in reference to some state and local politicians that have opposed the Institute. “We wanted it closed for operational reasons, financial reasons.” Despite the criticism, the Institute has garnered some praise during its nine-year relationship with the College. In 2015, it won the Confucius Institute of the Year award at the Global Confucius Institute Conference. That same year, the organization donated a 500-pound bronze statue to Kendall Campus. During its tenure, the program has hosted events like the Confucius Institute Cup and Chinese Culture Night. The College, up until now, had been the only college in Florida to continue working with the Institute. When reached by phone, MDC Confucius Institute Director Xuejun (Jim) Yu declined to comment on the news, referring the matter to a College spokesperson. Felipe called the announcement a “victory” for the College: “It will also help repair the relationship with communities, which have suffered under communism, which now make up almost half of Miami—including not only Cuban-Americans, but those fleeing Venezuela and Nicaragua. Ultimately this is not a Democratic or Republic issue, it is an issue of human and academic freedom.” Staff writer Corbin Bolies contributed to this story.
North Campus Professor Wants To Hack Your Computer—Legally Nelly Delessy, a computer science professor at North Campus, was certified as an ethical hacker in March. Delessy is the first MDC professor to receive the accreditation and will train students in cybersecurity and ethical practices. By Alexa Hernandez email@example.com Nelly Delessy is redefining hacking. She plans to protect companies from cyberattacks instead of fraudulently infiltrating them. In March, Delessy, a computer science and programming professor at North Campus, was certified as an ethical hacker by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, an international cybersecurity accreditation firm. Delessy is the first professor at Miami Dade College to be certified. An ethical hacker is a computer security expert that penetrates computer networks and servers, with the permission of the owner, to identify potential security threats that illegal hackers could exploit. “Everybody knows nowadays that cyber security is huge,” Delessy said. “An important part of defending a network is to get to know your opponent. We know that if we want to defend information systems, we have to understand how the hackers act.” The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics reports
that employment opportunities for information security analysts is projected to increase by 28% by 2026. “This is a field that keeps on growing. There is always something new to learn,” Delessy said. “It’s a constant chase between the cyber security people and hackers.” Delessy didn’t always have a passion for computers. She was born in Guadeloupe, a French island in the Carribean. In 1998, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in physics from Université des Antilles in Guadeloupe before moving to Paris two years later. By 2002, Delessy earned a master’s degree in engineering from Télécom ParisTech. Her career shifted once she discovered an interest in computer technology and security. “When I was about 20 or 25 and got my hands on a computer, I really got curious about [technology],” Delessy said. “I have always been curious about what is happening and something that is happening very fast is the way that hackers want to exploit our system.” In 2004, Delessy moved to Florida to be closer to her home country. She received a Ph.D in computer science from Florida Atlantic University in 2008. Prior to working at MDC, she taught at Grambling State University, a historically black public university in Grambling, Louisiana. www.mdcthereporter.com
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White Hat: Nelly Delessy, a computer science professor at North Campus, is the first Miami Dade College professor to receive a certified ethical hacker certificate from the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants. She has been teaching at MDC since 2013. Although the College offers an ethical hacking class, she regularly incorporates the trade into all of her subjects to help students identify potential security threats in digital networks.
Her journey to certification began in February of 2018. Delessy studied concepts for two months—an exhaustive juggling act considering that she is raising two sons and teaching. Two months later, she started working with a certified instructor at the EC-Council at a two-day training workshop. She completed a four-hour test in March to secure her certification. “This opens up a world of opportunity for the College. To have someone like professor Delessy, who is at the highest level of the field, obtain this certification really says something about the quality of education we can provide for our students,” said Anselm Knights, chairperson of the engineering and technology department at North Campus. “Someone like her can inspire the next generation of women in technology.” Delessy currently serves as the advisor of the North Campus technology club, an organization that focuses on giving students a better understanding of computer science through guest speakers and collaborative projects. “Working with professor Delessy is great, because there’s always something new to learn from her,” said Clint Laborde, president of the club. “She has great passion when teaching and is very supportive to the point where she never turns a student down if they need assistance. She goes above and beyond for her students.”
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M.A.G.I.C. Students Create Berlin Wall App Students from the Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex created the Berlin Wall Presented by MAGIC app to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall that separated East and West Berlin. The app allows users to travel from the building of the wall in 1961 to its demolition in 1989.
By Roxy Garcia firstname.lastname@example.org A 12-foot-tall, 3-foot-wide section of the Berlin Wall sits at Wolfson Campus surrounded by panels that explain post-World War II history. The artifact, given to the College in 2014, is located at the corner of N.E. 3rd St. and 2nd Ave. by building one. It’s a glimpse into the lives of Germany’s citizens during the Cold War—when the wall divided East and West Berlin from democracy and communism. Now, thanks to students from the Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex, who created the Berlin Wall Presented by MAGIC virtual reality app, visitors can travel through Cold War history using imagery, text and audio narratives. It was launched on May 9 in celebration of the wall’s demolition thirty years ago. “The app was designed for all in the community,” said Mauricio Ferraza, department chairperson of M.A.G.I.C. “In order to trigger the simulation the user needs to aim the camera on the mobile phone at the actual piece of the
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Digital History: Thirty-five students from the Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex created the Berlin Wall Presented by MAGIC app to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Berlin Wall placed at Wolfson Campus.” It begins in August of 1961, when construction of the 140-kilometer wall began during the aftermath of World War II continues in 1987 with former U.S. President Ronald Reagan urging former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” and concludes with the launch of Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial in 1990.
Users can navigate through the app by clicking on different historical checkpoints, which leads them to select sites in the wall’s history. The idea was born last August when M.A.G.I.C.’s faculty and staff looked to create a capstone project that made an impact on the community. M.A.G.I.C.’s animation studio 1 and game project 1 classes spent the fall and spring semesters of the 2018-19 school year developing the app. It was facilitated by
animation professor Daniel Coes and gaming professor Alvaro Sanint. Thirty-five students were involved in the making of the project. Animation students laid the groundwork by creating detailed, realistic animation models of the characters and scenes depicted in the app. Gaming students then made the app a reality by developing the coding and simulation layout. “I wasn’t too sure of myself as a
developer. I didn’t see myself as a good programmer by any means,” said Oliver Simkovsky, a 20-yearold student studying gaming development. “I’m still learning and getting better every day. This project specifically was a huge learning curve for me.” Students often dedicated 40 hours a week to developing the app. “There were some nights where I would stay up until six in the morning while working on the app,” Simkovsky said. They hit road bumps along the way. This past January, the students decided to start over after realizing the app’s vision had strayed “We had too many fictional characters,” Simkovsky said. “We needed to add more realistic effects.” The group spent a day brainstorming ideas before moving on. They researched the history of the wall in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, who provided post-World War II textbooks so students could accurately depict the wall’s history. “The German Consulate was honestly very helpful throughout the whole process,” Simkovsky said. “They were very supportive.” The app is the first virtual reality simulation app created by M.A.G.I.C. The app is available to download on Google Play at play.google.com/ store/apps/details?id=com.GameDevClass.Berlin_UnityClean.
City Donates Land To Create Student Success Center At Homestead Campus The College was recently given 26,603 square feet of land by the City of Homestead to develop a Student Success Center to help revitalize the downtown area. The fourstory center will house several student service departments and an entrepreneurial institute. By Alina Halley email@example.com Miami Dade College recently acquired 26,603 square feet of land from the City of Homestead to construct a one-stop student services hub and entrepreneurial institute. The property transfer was finalized at a signing ceremony in August at Homestead City Hall. “This building will help people with talent reach their goals,” said Homestead Student Government Association President Paul Douillon. “MDC helps people reach their goals and this center will give young entrepreneurs clear paths to that field. Having mentors to guide them and have people to put them on the right path will be important.” The land, located across from City Hall, will eventually be converted into the Student Success Center. It will house financial aid, academic advisement, career resource center and other student
departments at the campus. “We’re just so proud because it’s just going to be a nice building for our students to enjoy,” said Homestead Campus President Jeanne Jacobs. Plans to redesign Homestead Campus began in 2016 when the City of Homestead approved an option agreement for the conveyance of real property to the College, in an effort to revitalize downtown Homestead. The land is currently occupied by an abandoned building that formerly housed a business center. There is no date set for construction to start because the project is currently in the “design phase.” The design is being managed by Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects Chartered, an architecture firm in Coral Gables. Construction could take up to 24 months to complete. With an estimated budget of $36 million, funded by the college, the center will be equipped with four floors, totaling nearly 50,000 square feet of space. Along with student services, the entrepreneurial institute will be the first of its kind. Its aim will be to connect Homestead’s business community to the College. “[The Center] further advances the vision of bringing the Homestead Campus’ more than 15,000 students closer to the business community in the heart of the
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Signing Day: Homestead Campus was gifted a 26,603 square feet lot of land to construct the future Student Success Center—courtesy of the City of Homestead. The agreement was finalized by former College President Eduardo J. Padrón and Homestead Vice Mayor Jon Burgess during a signing ceremony on Aug. 7. city,” said Zachary Good, Public Information Officer for the City of Homestead. The campus plans to move its key student services functions to the new building. Most of them are currently located in building A. They are in the preliminary stages of planning
for future use of the spaces that will be vacated once the center is complete. “In creating the center we hope to add much-needed support for Homestead Campus’ enrollment growth as well as provide one-stop student services,” Jacobs said. The center will also serve as the
official entrance to the Homestead Campus. Homestead Campus is also in the final stages of obtaining a permit to renovate their parking lot on N. Flagler Avenue next to the campus. A date has not been set for completion.
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Freshman Setter Brings International Flare To Lady Sharks Volleyball Team Lady Sharks setter, Camila De la Rosa, has represented the Dominican Republic at several international tournaments during in the past five years. The 18-year-old is now competing for a starting position on the Lady Sharks volleyball team. By Jose Tovar firstname.lastname@example.org Camila De la Rosa, an 18-year-old-setter from the Dominican Republic, is one of several Lady Shark volleyball players with international experience. The 5-foot-9 inch tall freshman played on the Dominican Republic’s U-15 National Team when she was 13. De la Rosa has also represented her country at various international tournaments in the U-18, U-20, and U-23 age groups. Her biggest tournament thus far was at the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U-18 World Championship. Although De la Rosa’s team lost to Italy, three sets to one in the championship game, no other U-18 Dominican girls' volleyball team has ever made it that far. During the tournament, De la Rosa shared a locker room with Erika Asencio, who is now her teammate. “The World Championship was a wonderful experience because we put a lot of effort and sacrifice to get there,” said Asencio, an outside hitter for the Lady Sharks. “Camila and I have been growing together from a very young age and being with her again makes me feel confident, but also, more responsible because I know there is a lot of pressure, even more than when we play for the Dominican team.” In eight games with the Lady Sharks, De la Rosa has established herself, adding 252
assists and 68 digs. She is battling her roommate, Ana Araujo, for a spot in the starting lineup. “Camila is a very young and mature player that is going to bring a lot of experience and knowledge to this team,” said Lady Sharks head coach Origenes “Kiko” Benoit. “She is a silent worker, a very disciplined girl that knows how to be a team player.” De la Rosa discovered her passion for the sport when she was 11 years old after watching a volleyball tournament for the first time. Two years later, she joined Los Prados Volleyball Club in her native city of Santo Domingo. “I have grown a lot as an athlete. I have five years playing the sport and all those years have taught me a lot of discipline, teamwork, and hard work,” De la Rosa said. “I really want to bring all those values and share them with my teammates here at MDC.” At MDC, De la Rosa is studying international business at Kendall Campus. She aspires to own her own business, but is open to opportunities in professional volleyball. With the Lady Sharks, De la Rosa hopes to continue the team’s rich tradition of winning. The team is 7-1 this year. “My dream is to win the national championship and win absolutely everything here at Miami Dade College,” De la Rosa said, “That is my goal, and I believe we have a capable team to do that.”
Block Party: Lady Sharks freshman setter, Camila De la Rosa (white head band) attempts to block a shot during a recent practice at the Theodore R. Gibson Health Center at Kendall Campus.
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I Love Watching Wrestling—You Should Too Bryan Lopez tells you why he has been a passionate wrestling fan since he was seven years old. The 20-yearold believes you should give the sport a chance too, if you already haven’t.
By Bryan Lopez email@example.com 1999 was a big year in entertainment. Films like The Matrix and The Sixth Sense were out, and artists like Eminem and the Red Hot Chili Peppers topped the music charts. But another source of entertainment was blowing up at the time—wrestling. I’m sure you’ve heard of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. They revolutionized the world of wrestling and paved the way for what it is today. My older brother, David, had the fortune of witnessing some of the greats like D-Generation X, the Undertaker and Kane. Luckily, in 2006, when I was seven years old, it was my turn. I remember watching wrestling with him in his room every Monday night.
I was awed and entertained by everyone’s favorite hated hero, John Cena. The first memory of him that I had was of him slamming Edge through a table and the crowd erupting with elation. Since then, I’ve been watching wrestling. Yeah, I know what people say: "Hey bro you still watch that?" or "Dude that’s fake, grow out of it!" I can make the same argument for cartoons and anime. They’re both fake, but people still watch that. If you enjoy a show, you should be able to watch it without being judged. Throughout the last decade, I’ve continued watching wrestling. Not only has it grown locally, but it’s grown globally. Wrestling companies have expanded to England, Mexico, and Japan. The most popular wrestling company, World Wrestling Entertainment has skyrocketed; its hottest thing is its developmental brand. In many people’s opinions, it’s superior to the main brand. It’s called NXT. The brand debuted in 2010 and since 2014, Paul “Triple H” Levesque has been the man in charge. The first NXT show I saw was a 2016 pay-per view titled NXT Takeover: Toronto. I fell in love with the matches and the way the show itself was constructed. It is second to none. I have never been disappointed by any NXT show/pay-per view event. It’s currently taped at Full Sail University in Orlando but starting Sept. 18, it’s going live on the USA Network. People should take advantage of the opportunity to see a unique fashion of
wrestling. You have a variety of high-flying, hard-hitting, and technical wrestling styles. NXT has plenty to offer and its top stars include Undisputed Era—a ruthless four-person faction lead by NXT champion Adam Cole and his cronies Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and Roderick Strong. Other characters include the North American champion, the Velveteen Dream, Johnny Gargano, the heart and soul of the brand who wrestles in the best matches, and Tomasso Ciampa, the sadistic and
dangerous villain whose mission is to regain the NXT Championship he relinquished due to injury. They also keep things fresh by signing new wrestlers from other brands/promotions to augment their roster. It can be a familiar face to diehard fans or an up-andcoming talent. No matter what kind of style or wrestler you’re interested in, I guarantee NXT has something for you. So if you haven’t already, give it a shot. I guarantee it will be as potent as an Adam Cole superkick.
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DISNEY VS SONY
Spider-Man Hangs In Corporate Web
Ethan Toth writes about the fight to keep Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, amid Disney and Sony’s decision to end their shared custody over profits. By Ethan Toth email@example.com The ongoing partnership between Disney and Sony has seemingly ended. On Aug. 20, Deadline broke the story that the two media giants would no longer be doing business, a partnership that started and continually banking on the use of one property, Spider-Man. Fans rejoiced when it was announced that the wall crawler would be joining that fantastically popular Marvel Cinematic Universe and were similarly crushed that he would be leaving just four years later. This corporate breakup has audiences questioning the behind the scenes motives and what the results of this divorce could be. The rights to the web slinger were first purchased by Sony in 1985, who would regularly put the property to use. This led to three films from 2002 through 2007 directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, and a reboot of the character from 2012 through 2014 starring Andrew Garfield. Most recently, in 2015, Sony first reached a deal with Disney to lease the character to Marvel and
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Spidey-Worry: The future of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in doubt as Disney and Sony seemingly end their partnership. include him in the MCU. The deal seemed simple at first—in the case of movies where Spider-Man was not the protagonist, such as Captain America: Civil War, Disney would have final creative control and distribution rights whereas Sony would have both if SpiderMan was the lead character, such as Spider-Man: Far From Home.
With this setup, Marvel and Sony would share the property back and forth as they agreed upon—until the latest negotiation breakdown. When looking at reasons for the split, there seem to be several factors at play. One being the simple matter of a producer credit. Kevin Feige, current president of Marvel Studios, has been credited as
a producer on multiple films both Disney and Sony controlled. Sony believed he would have too much on his plate in the coming years. In Sony’s official statement, it reads “We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him — including all their newly added Marvel
properties — do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own.” Then comes the issue of rights and ownership. Disney recently approached Sony to have a new 50-50 partnership in owning the character, which scared Sony. Spider-Man is its most popular franchise, with Far From Home becoming its biggest financial success ever, pulling in over $1.1 billion. With a property as big as this, Sony declined the deal as Disney kept returning with counteroffers, with the final offer being Disney taking 30% profit. Reports say that Sony Chairman, Tom Rothman, was only willing to give twenty-five percent ownership to Disney in order to keep Feige’s services as producer and overseer on the projects. With no deal struck, the companies parted ways. Despite the backlash the two companies have received, there does seem to be some understanding toward Sony. With Disney seemingly dominating the market of entertainment and media, the sentiment of Sony fighting for what they already own and keeping the Mouse’s clutches off it is appreciated. In the coming times, there could be a deal reached, or not, either way, there will be a future for Spider-Man. It may not be the future audiences envisioned, but they will land in the spider’s web once again.
What’s Next For Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Bryan Lopez writes about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in light of the events of their most recent films, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. By Bryan Lopez firstname.lastname@example.org The Marvel Cinematic Universe has paved the way for franchises in Hollywood today. Since the debut of its first film, Iron Man, to its latest film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, superhero fans have experienced a one-ofa-kind thrill ride. It has been 11 years and 23 movies of pure excitement including the edge of your seat battles, emotional tragedies, and shocking revelations. But with Phase 3 behind us and Phase 4 of Marvel’s master plan on the way, it’s important to ask: what’s next? [Full spoilers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead] After the events that transpired in Avengers; Endgame, there’s a wide gap among our heroes. If it wasn’t for Tony Stark agreeing to go through with the time traveling mission, retrieving the Infinity Stones, and sacrificing himself by snapping his fingers, fifty percent of the universe would still be non-existent. Many label Endgame as Marvel’s best— wether it was when Thor “went for the head” or Captain America wielding Mjonir and battling the almighty Thanos, those are unforgettable moments in the MCU that made fans roar with joy and applause. Next Spider-Man: Far from Home swung into theatres. Peter Parker (Tom Holland), still grieving over the death of Tony Stark, goes on a class trip overseas to Europe. However, this trip is filled with chaos where he meets Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhal).
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The Future: After the events of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, future Marvel movies include sequels to Black Panther and Captain Marvel along with the Disney+ series WandaVision. After seeing the film three times, more easter eggs were noticed that some may have not seen. For example, when Peter’s E.D.I.T.H. glasses tried focusing on the bus driver, it read “encrypted” in red letters. Also, did anyone catch his name? Dmitri. Does that ring a bell die-hard Spidey fans? With Vulture and Scorpion imprisoned, Mysterio supposedly dead and Chamaeleon on the loose, can we be on our way to the Sinister Six? In addition, with Peter’s identity revealed to the world and Stark out of the picture, who wealthier to elevate New York City and other places back to normal than Norman Osborn? www.mdcthereporter.com
You can add Shocker or introduce Kraven the Hunter to complete the alliance. If so, we are in store for interesting storylines regarding the future of the MCU and our favorite web-head. The aforementioned Phase 4 is approaching. Two weeks ago at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed what’s next. Disney+ will be streaming some of Phase 4’s newest shows such as Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, What If?, Loki and Hawkeye. As for movies, we have Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings, a reboot of Blade, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love & Thunder,
featuring the return of Natalie Portman. Not to mention the follow-ups to Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel as well. Lastly, since Disney purchased 20th Century FOX last summer, the opportunities to merge Deadpool, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four into these storylines are inevitable. Another question fans ask is; who’s the next big villain? There’s the potential debut of lethal threats like Kang the Conqueror or the highly anticipated introduction of Galactus, “the Devourer of Worlds.” No matter what direction they go in, the MCU has plenty to work with and we have plenty of time to be awed again.
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Disney’s Mouse Still Packs A Punch In The Entertainment Industry Corbin Bolies writes about the reach Disney has and how, as a result, it can harm the entertainment industry. By Corbin Bolies email@example.com Who would’ve thought that, no matter what city, state or country we lived in, we’d be haunted by a mouse. Not a literal one, of course. Instead, one with red shorts, yellow shoes and white gloves on all aspects of entertainment. With Disney’s recent introduction of Disney+, their first major incorporation of properties gained in their acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the company has dug itself in as the ultimate media conglomerate. However, with all its movies and channels and theme parks and characters and such, does that prove itself viable for the future of media? As a company, Disney stands on a league of its own. In 2019 alone, the company has spawned five films that have grossed $1 billion at the global box office (Captain Marvel. Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King),
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The Future is Mouse: Disney is hoping Disney+, their new streaming service, can propel them to a full-on entertainment takeover. co-produced another (SpiderMan: Far From Home) and had one (Endgame) besting Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time. It’s also made a point to expand. Disney+, once it launches in November, will house the entirety of Disney’s catalog, ranging from all the Star Wars films to its entire
animated library (both in-house and Pixar). It also announced plans for Marvel to produce shows that tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring characters like Hawkeye (Jermey Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston)—besides material from National Geographic and FX and the like.
While these are seemingly great for the consumer, one has to look at how the rest of the industry can handle such overload—or whether it can sustain. On the box office side, the closest domestic release that even approaches Disney’s throne is Universal’s Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, with that only approaching $600 million internationally in its third week of release at the time of this writing. The studio is the only one that comes close to Disney’s record, but even its upcoming release of CATS is unlikely to hold a candle to the sci-fi finale in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The Mouse’s one lack of dominance comes through television, where ABC consistently ranks fourth among total viewership for broadcast networks. That’s led the company to try and subvert expectations to gain some ground, such as revamping the talent roster on its flagship Dancing With The Stars (featuring the ever-controversial Sean Spicer) and playing into its leading talent (including Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen Pompeo). However, when viewing Disney’s dominance, one wonders
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how viable the industry ends up becoming. Some studios have begun drawing on older material to keep up (such as Lionsgate immediately picking up film rights to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games prequel) and, with the threat of Disney+ approaching, gaining some ground on prestige T.V. (ala Amazon and its adaptation of the Lord of the Rings). It even has the potential of hitting Disney where it hurts—its coffers. Recently, after a breakdown of talks over financing, Sony and Disney publicly ended their coproducing deal over Spider-Man, with the former refusing to lose profits on a character that generates so much money. That became the most recent public outbreak over the Mouse’s control, one that’s an indication that the company may prove to large to handle. It remains to be seen how the industry reacts to Disney’s forthcoming moves, as it’s hard to measure the success of films and streaming services before they’re introduced. However, even when other films flop at the box office, one fact remains: the Mouse stands strong.
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Our Education System Is Failing Lucia Galeano writes about the flaws of our current education system and how schools are failing to equip students with crucial life skills to succeed in the real world.
By Lucia Galeano firstname.lastname@example.org The concept of school and the reality of it are entirely different. We are told that school is a place we will look forward to, enjoy, and learn from. While school teaches numerous subjects that help us develop into well-rounded individuals, it leaves out one of the most crucial components of being well-rounded: possessing skills that are necessary to succeed outside of school. Despite this argument being made plenty of times in the past, it still stands today. Students are simply not receiving the education they need to be successful in the real world. Yes, English, math, and science are important because
they teach us about the natural and social structures of our world, but students would also benefit from knowing practical life skills like how to file their taxes and why credit is so important. Proponents of our current education system may argue that we’ll learn these things over the years as we are inevitably faced with them. However, this mentality can set a lot of students back once they become adults and lead to a lot of confusion and difficulty as young adults try to succeed in the real world. Regardless, who wouldn’t want a head start? If schools started teaching high schoolers—or even middle schoolers—how to budget correctly and save money, they would enter the workforce differently. Students may even feel less stressed going into college because they would be more educated on how to form different networks of income. Hence, they wouldn’t feel like their careers alone are the “be-all and end-all” of economic stability and success. Instead, much of our current education system is comprised of concepts that most of us will forget in future years. Not to mention that much of what we learn in many of our classes is only remembered for an end of year exam. If we were taught about interview preparation, résumé
development, and how to build professional connections while in school, we would possess the actual skills that make us better prepared in real life situations. It is also important to realize that our lack of knowledge can set the economy back. The less we know about the real world, the less prepared we are to operate in
it. As a result, we make bad economic decisions, or are simply not educated enough to make investments, expand businesses, and even just manage our bank accounts. Among the abundance of negative opinions that exist in regard to our current education system, there is a confused and desperate
population of students across the country who feel that their curriculums are not preparing them for life after high school. If it is a school’s duty to set their students up for success, perhaps more emphasis should be placed on real world application instead of hypothetical algebraic problems.
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Time To Move The United States Away From Complacency And Indifference Angel Diaz expresses his views on the indifference that the United States has demonstrated when it comes to key concerns such as income inequality and mass shootings and the complacency ingrained in many American policies.
why I seek them out. However, not everyone can get behind this form of connecting with someone because of the vulnerability it subjects them to. Instead, conversations that are at times meaningless are welcomed the most. This method of avoiding significant concerns and demonstrating zero effort to find common ground has become common in the United States. In regard to key political
concerns such as the economic inequality that targets class, race, and gender, as well as the plethora of overly sensitive individuals who can’t handle those of a different religion, the United States has shown its fair share of apathy and complacency. In some ways, the United States has practiced complacency and tolerance toward particular demographics and their shenanigans. It goes without saying that this
By Angel Diaz email@example.com There are some topics that often times become problematic when discussed in public. Money, religion, and politics are three types of conversations that are not necessarily rude to discuss in and of themselves, but that carry a level of intimacy that can be unwelcome. Whether or not these topics should ever be spoken of is up for debate. However, one thing is certain: these topics are not for the feeble-minded. When discussed in depth, these subjects can reveal a lot about someone’s deep personal thoughts and core beliefs, which is
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country, despite the opportunities it opens for the millions housed here, will always have a class favorite. While many are sent to detention centers, others get a simple slap on the wrist. If America’s high imprisonment, drug use, and mass shooting rates aren’t enough, then one need only tune in to news channels and listen to officials to find where the fault lies. Just recently, more shootings have taken place across the nation. With thoughts and prayers circulating the web, my thoughts drift toward the mental instability that will be pled in the court hearing. Many politicians have proposed ridiculous solutions such as bulletproof backpacks. But $120 bulletproof backpacks for children is not the way to combat school shootings, especially when many communities can barely afford a complete set of school supplies. Not much can be said about what the U.S. is doing to combat shootings across the nation. For now, we can simply take precautions this upcoming school term and try to protect ourselves and our peers. Simply because the current policies in place are complacent with certain demographics and their wrongdoings does not mean that all hope is lost. There are many positive avenues to take in order to continue to fight for justice. In a few months the race for the presidential seat will be underway, and it’ll be time for voters to step up and move this country in the right direction and away from complacency and indifference.
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A Free Press Should Be Free Of Bias Annette Gonzalez discusses the increasing distrust of the media as a result of biased and ideological journalism and the importance of exercising common sense when consuming news.
By Annette Gonzalez email@example.com It is increasingly impossible to watch or read the news without an impending doom weighing down on us—the ever polarizing effect of media bias. As a result, it has become a familiar, recurring fad, to distrust and despise the news. Journalism exists as a means of distributing information and enabling the masses to make informed decisions that will benefit them in their communities. In order to ensure full transparency between those who govern and those who are governed, a free and unbiased press is necessary. When people are accurately
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informed, they possess the power to overthrow corrupt governments, ensure safety, pass bills, and even save lives. The yellow journalism of today has sent a tidal wave of angst and fear throughout the nation. Rumors are published by the media, and in turn, perceived as the truth by all those who trust in the reliability of the news. In the past, individuals have sought information from books, lectures, news, and friends and family. Naturally, there is a fundamental trust in the sharing of important information from trusted sources. During Donald Trump’s campaign, in which he attempted to discredit media outlets that went against him by labelling them “fake news,” people started to distrust certain news organizations. As the country grew increasingly divided, people started picking news outlets based on political leanings and rhetoric they identified with. Now more than ever, the press is using its power to push forth biased ideologies rather than represent the interests of all Americans through objective reporting. The problem with this is that true journalism does not exist to soothe egos or political fantasies. It is supposed to help us understand all points of view. As free
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thinkers, we must preserve our freedom by exercising our right to be properly informed. American social critic Noam Chomsky pointed out that, even in democratic societies like America and Britain, a press run by special interests and bias lives right under our noses. In the midst of all the sensory
overload brought on by flashy headlines and breaking news stories, it is essential to take a step back and employ logic and common sense. A free press is not the enemy of the people. In fact, it may very well be our savior from corruption and tyranny—all we have to do is stop and think for a second.
From Left to Right, All Views Deserve A Voice
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Alenis Olivera addresses the lack of right-wing representation on college campuses and the importance of understanding and respecting both sides of the political spectrum.
I am the product of two immigrants who left a country where their voices were silenced and freedom of speech was literally non-existent. Because of this, I was taught to exercise my rights and share my opinions—especially political ones. Being on a college campus daily has exposed me to the clear flaws in how political ideologies are voiced. For months now, but more so recently, I have become frustrated
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with the political spectrum on college campuses. It is no secret that most, if not all, political attention on campus is geared toward Democratic candidates and very liberal points of view. I have no issue with others' opinions, no matter how radical they may seem to me or how opposite they are to mine. However, my frustration comes from a place of feeling misunderstood. Why is it that on college campuses, right-wing ideas are not talked about? And the few times they are, why is it solely in a negative light? Why is the right continuously portrayed as purely evil and immoral while the left is placed on a pedestal of near-perfect ideology? Students and staff seem to glorify the left and only the left—with some professors even claiming that being a Hispanic person who votes Republican automatically places you on the “wrong” side. I am sure several students would turn their head at this claim, considering it was factually incorrect and there is no determinant “right” or “wrong” side of politics. No matter what subject they are teaching, many professors seem to take any chance they get to make a belittling remark about Republicans and right-wing politics.
When only the left side is talked about positively and remains unquestioned, it is inevitable for those on the right to feel invisible. As a result of this, stereotypes and a stigma has formed around being a vocal Republican on a college campus. Students may find it difficult to find others who support their right-wing political ideals, considering most students are following the liberal agenda. Those few who are vocal may experience harassment and threats to some extent— albeit nonviolent. Let’s just say that if a conservative student decides to walk around any college campus wearing a MAGA hat, they should probably mentally prepare themselves for a never-ending catalog of nasty stares and snarky remarks…all for expressing their opinion. As a political moderate, I hope others do not misinterpret my statements. Neither side of politics is definitively right, wrong, good or bad, and especially not perfect; nor should either side be glorified over the other in any way. The right, left, and everything in between, should be talked about fairly and factually, so that everyone feels represented and students can choose where they truly stand on the political spectrum.
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