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Wolfson Campus student Juan Daniel Luna Jose is leading a team of nine Miami Dade College students who are building a highperformance racing car.
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Want To Be SGA President? Now Accepting Applications Student government association is accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. To apply, students need to fill out a declaration of candidacy at their campus’ Student Life office. By Justin Marcano firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dress For Success: Miami Dade College student Eric Wooden opened a standalone T-shirt shop in Liberty City on Feb. 9. He previously sold the shirts out of his car for the past five years and recently added hats and jeans to his merchandise. Eric Wooden used to sell T-shirts from his car. Now, he has his own store in Liberty City, The COOL, and has returned to Miami Dade College to pursue a degree in business administration. By Corbin Bolies email@example.com Everyone wears T-shirts. Eric Wooden aims to make people look cool in them. Wooden, 29, is the founder of The Cool Miami, a clothing brand that specializes in urban graphic T-shirts. After five years of selling Wooden T-shirts out of his 1999 Ford Focus, Wooden opened his first standalone shop, The COOL, in Liberty City on Feb. 9. “I came back to my [old] stomping ground,” said Wooden, who graduated from Miami Northwestern Senior High School in 2006. “I could’ve put it anywhere, but why would I want to put it anywhere?” Wooden’s journey wasn’t an easy one.
After dropping out of William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa in 2007 and a brief stint at Miami Dade College, Wooden found work at a warehouse and a post office to survive. He found himself in a state of unfulfillment until 2013 when, during a conversation with a friend, he realized his life’s calling was to produce T-shirts. “I can’t just work for thirty years of my life looking for a retirement check,” Wooden said. “I have to work for myself.” That drive led Wooden to pursue his love for drawing, something he discovered through comic books. After three months of dabbling with various designs, Wooden sold his first T-shirt. For the next five years, he continued selling the shirts out of his car. “It was hard, driving up and down,” Wooden said. “People staying in Broward wanting this, people staying in Kendall. It was a good run.” Wooden tried getting his merchandise into stores. After presenting his line to a number of retailers—and a number of rejections—he received a yes from Cool J’s and Simon’s Sportswear, with his shirts appearing at all of their locations. During that time, Wooden also enrolled in a 5-week, 10-session business management
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Student government association is accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year at each campus’ Student Life department until March 12 at 4 p.m. The SGA serves as a conduit between administration and students. To hold a position, students must complete office hours and attend meetings. Applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, earned at least nine college credits. They also must be enrolled in at least six credits at the campus they’re running for office for during the candidacy period and during their office term. Depending on each campus’ SGA constitution, the minimum required GPA to run ranges from 2.5 to 3.0. For specific information pertaining to each campus’ elections, students can call or visit their respective Student Life office. Students can also find out what positions are up for election at the campus, accompanied by a detailed description of each post. To apply, candidates must turn in their declaration of candidacy, a copy of the candidate’s degree audit, a validated class schedule and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Applicants will be notified of their eligibility status by email on March 16. Campaigning will run from March 19 through April 1 and the election will be held from April 2 to April 4. All enrolled students will be able to vote online by logging in with their Miami Dade College student portal credentials. During the 2017-18 election, voter turnout was dismal. At Hialeah Campus, the total voter turnout was 156. The number of candidates during elections also wavered. At Kendall Campus, every position except the presidential ticket ran unopposed and, at West Campus, the president, treasurer and secretary tickets had no opponents. “We hope to increase this [year’s] turnout by increasing the time we have voting tables set up and a focus will be placed on encouraging the candidates to campaign,” said Hialeah Campus Student Life director Kimberly Tupy. “They are the best to inform their peers about the election and educate them about the importance, motivating fellow students to get out and cast a vote.” Results will be announced on April 6.
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Miami Dade College’s Opera Theatre Ensemble will perform Pirates of Penzance on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104th St., Room 6120. Pirates of Penzance is a comic opera by Arthur Sullivan and William Schwenck Gilbert. “Guests should expect an amazing performance from these dedicated performers,” said James M. Broderick, chairman of the music, theater, dance and music business department, which houses the Opera Theatre Ensemble students. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Misty Bermudez at (305) 237-2396 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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MDC Live Arts Presents Iraqi-American Trumpet Player Amir ElSaffar MDC Live Arts along with the Rhythm Foundation will host trumpet player Amir ElSaffar and jazz ensemble Two Rivers at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., on March 3 at 8 p.m. ElSaffar’s work combines Middle Eastern and American jazz. He has also been awarded the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2013 and won the Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition in 2001. His performance is a continuation of MDC Live Arts 2017-18 series Ojalá/Inshallah: Wishes from the Muslim World, which is dedicated to Muslim culture. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show. For more information, contact Alexa Burneikis at (305) 237-7733 or at email@example.com.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is accepting online submissions of video clips produced by college students for the Suncoast Student Production Awards. The deadline is March 2. Submissions must have been produced between Feb. 1, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2018. Students can submit their videos at suncoastchapter.org/ students/student-production-awards-3/ Entries will be judged in more than 20 categories, including music videos, news stories and public service announcements. Craft categories include director, editing and animation. To apply, students need to register and pay a $45 fee. For more information, contact NATAS Suncoast at (954) 322-3171 or at firstname.lastname@example.org —Katherine Wallace-Fernandez
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Miami Dade College Brass Ensembles To Perform At Cathedral Of Saint Mary
Swing Left Launches Fellowship
Miami Dade College’s Brass Ensembles will perform the Brass Extravaganza concert at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, 7525 N.W. 2nd Ave., at 4 p.m. on March 11. The Brass Ensemble is made up of students who play brass instruments such as the trombone, trumpet, tuba and french horn. The concert is free and open to the public.
Swing Left, a grassroots network, is now accepting applications for the Swing Left College Fellowship until March 1. To apply, students must be enrolled in a two or four-year institution within 60 miles of a Swing District (where an elected official of the House of Representatives won by a small amount of votes) and upload a resume at swing-left. breezy.hr Fellows will be required to complete 10 to 15 hours a week, recruit volunteers and host events at their college. The fellowship will run through the November congressional midterms. Swing Left launched in 2017 and is a Carey PAC organization that wants Democratic officials in the House of Representatives. For more information, contact email@example.com
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Wolfson Campus To Host FLYi Fest Miami Dade College along with the Bezos Family Foundation and the School for Advanced Studies will host the second annual Florida League of Young Immigrants Ideas Fest at Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., on March 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizations will display booths in the building 2 breezeway; speakers and presentations will be in Room 2106. The event will hold panels on adult education, financial aid and Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals. Musical performances and food will also be available. For more information, contact FLYi Fest at FLYiFest@gmail.com —Camilla Sposito
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Dax Aldecocea, a senior at the School for Advanced Studies at Wolfson Campus, was awarded the Pursuer of Excellence Award by Mayor Carlos Giménez on Feb. 6. Aldecocea, 17, has a 5.2 GPA while serving as Wolfson Campus SAS student government president and Miami-Dade County Youth Commissioner. He also founded the School for Advanced Studies’ scholarship fund, served the homeless in Downtown Miami through Hope for the Homeless and is vice president of the Glory House of Miami’s Youth Board. In addition, Aldecocea placed second at the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association State
Championships. “For a large part of my life, I have placed a significant emphasis on coordinating projects and advocating for changes that would improve the lives of those around me,” Aldecocea said. “Therefore, having these many service endeavors recognized by Mayor Gimenez was an honor that I will continue to cherish.” —Justin Marcano
North Campus School Of Justice To Host Job Fair North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave., will host the 2018 Mega Job Fair: Today’s Pathway, Tomorrow’s Career on March 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and March 7 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in building 3000. The fair provides students with networking and internship opportunities in industries such as education, hospitality, law enforcement, retail and banking. The event is hosted by the Miami Dade College School of Justice. It is free and open to the public. —Justin Marcano For more information, contact: Benjamin Paul T(305) 237-1522 email@example.com
Homestead Campus To Host Vision Board Competition
Living Together Series To Present Teatro Ojo
Cynthia J. Bice is the new dean of faculty at West Campus. She started her position on Feb. 12. Bice will oversee the Academic Affairs Office, Learning Resources, labs and part-time and fulltime faculty. “It is a great place to come to, with a blank sleeve and so much opportunity,” Bice said. “I’m very excited to be at the beginning of something that I know that will evolve into something even more wonderful than it is.” Bice received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lindenwood University and a doctorate in education leadership from Saint Louis University. BICE At Lindenwood University, she served as the dean of students and a full-time professor, and implemented a Student Resource and Counseling Center.
Homestead Campus will host its first annual She Persisted! Vision Board competition in honor of Women’s History Month. Entries must be submitted to Aida Varela, enrollment specialist at TRIO, by March 23 at 5 p.m. in Room A-230. Only students attending Homestead Campus can participate in the competition. First place winners will receive a service grant of $100 and second place winners will receive $50. The She Persisted! Vision Board competition will offer glue, poster boards, colored paper and photos for participants. Competitors may use their own supplies as well. Winning vision boards will be displayed at the Women’s History Month closing ceremony on March 29. For more information, contact Georgina Canavan at (305) 2375109 or Varela at (305) 237-5135.
MDC Live Arts Lab will present Disorganizing Mimesis by Teatro Ojo, a Mexican performance company, on March 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m at Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., in the MDC Live Arts Lab. During the performance, Teatro Ojo will use historical events to showcase Mexican identity. The performance is part of Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design Living Together Series, which showcases cultural and political issues through perLOGO COURTESY OF MUSEUM OF formances and workshops. ART AND DESIGN MDC Teatro Ojo was founded in 2002 and its members include Karla Rodríguez, Patricio Villarreal, Héctor Bourges, Gisela Cortés, Emanuel Bourges and Laura Furlan. General Admission is free if attendees RSVP at brownpapertickets. com For more information, contact MDC’s Museum of Art and Design at (305) 237-7700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Field Day: Honors College students from Wolfson Campus are all smiles during a break at The Honors College Field Day at Kendall Campus on Feb. 9.
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In The Zone: Gabrielle Connell, an Honors College student from Wolfson Campus, has a moment to herself at The Honors College Field Day at Kendall Campus on Feb. 9.
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Deadline To Apply For Graduation Approaches Students can apply to walk at graduation by visiting their campus’ advisement and career services office or by going to the department from which they are seeking their degree by March 26.
By Julie O’Hare email@example.com Students who plan to graduate this spring must submit graduation applications by March 26 for their names to appear in the commencement ceremony program. Five commencement ceremonies will take place on May 5. •
North and InterAmerican Campuses’ ceremony will be held at the University of Miami Watsco Center at 8 a.m. Homestead Campus’ ceremony will be at the Kendall Campus Gymnasium at 10:30 a.m. Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses’ ceremony will be held at the University of Miami Watsco Center at 1 p.m. Medical Campus’ ceremony will be at the Kendall Campus Gymnasium at 3:30 p.m. Kendall and West Campuses’ ceremony will be held at the University of Miami Watsco Center at 6:30 p.m.
To apply, students need to fill out a graduation form at their campus’ advisement and
career services office. Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree must visit the department from which they are receiving their degree. Students who have completed their program’s requirements this academic year or will complete them by the end of the summer term with at least a 2.0 GPA are urged to attend their campus’ commencement ceremony. “I feel students should participate in the commencement ceremony because it is an accomplishment to finish what you start,” said Belinda Duclos, the senior academic and career advisor at Wolfson Campus. “Students will visit their academic advisor. We will review their audit to make sure all requirements are met. Afterwards, the student will complete the graduation application which is a physical paper.” Students will be provided entry tickets. Tickets will be available for pick up at Student Life and caps and gowns will be available at each campus bookstore on April 16. Information on how many tickets each student will receive for guests to attend will be announced at a later date. “Everyone should go to the commencement ceremony so that they can get recognized for their hard work,” said Miguel Zamuido, 20, the student government association president at Kendall Campus. “It’s the
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Deadline: Students who want their names to appear in the commencement ceremony program must submit graduation applications by March 26. final stretch. Everyone should work hard so that we can all finish our schooling at Miami Dade on a strong note.” Students’ diplomas will be mailed to them via U.S. mail six to eight weeks after their grades are posted. 14,000 students attended last year’s commencement ceremony. The College expects that number to increase this year, said Juan Mendieta, the director of communications
at MDC. “I cannot wait for graduation,” said Nicholas Basso, 21, a Wolfson Campus student, who said he will be applying for the 2018 graduation ceremony. “My parents and grandmother are flying in from Connecticut to watch me walk. I’m the first person in my family to graduate college so this is a big deal. I cannot wait for all of my hard work to pay off.”
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35th Miami International Film Festival Brings Worldwide Cinema To The 305
The Miami Film Festival is special to me because it was the first festival that I ever attended. I remember dreaming that one day I would have a film in the festival and now I finally do. Things have come full circle.
This year’s installation of the Miami International Film Festival will give attendees a chance to watch documentaries, short films, feature-length movies and attend workshops and award ceremonies. By Ciro Salcedo firstname.lastname@example.org The Miami International Film Festival will deliver films from the United States, Europe and South America to at least 60,000 film enthusiasts from March 9 through March 18. More than 130 movies ranging from foreign and domestic films, documentaries, short films and full-length features will be showcased at the Olympia Theater, Regal South Beach, Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater, O Cinema Miami Beach, Coral Gables Art Cinema and The Landmark at Merrick Park. “Every year we get bigger. There are so many countries that participate each year,” said Lauren Cohen, film programmer for the Film Festival. “There are so many great things to see, not just art house films. There are so many good films for college-aged groups.” Programming also includes culinary events, masterclass sessions and award ceremonies. Awards such as the Knight Documentary Award, Knight Competition and Knight Made in MIA Award, which are under the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will be given
Marvin Blunte, 1999 MDC graduate
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Movie Mania: The 35th annual Miami International Film Festival will be hosted at various venues throughout Miami-Dade County from March 9 through March 18. out. Thematically, a majority of the films concentrate on family relations such as The Future Ahead, an Argentinian film about the trials and tribulations of a long term friendship. The festival will include films with Miami Dade College connections. Among the movies by MDC alum is 6 Weeks to Mother’s Day, a documentary set in a remote
jungle region of Thailand, produced by Marvin Blunte, who graduated from MDC in 1999 and has been an avid attendee of the festival before his film career began. The premiere for his movie will be March 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Regal South Beach Cinema. ‘The Miami Film Festival is special to me because it was the first festival that I ever attended,” Blunte said. “I remember
dreaming that one day I would have a film in the festival and now I finally do. Things have come full circle.” Attendees will also enjoy films from high-profile filmmakers. One of the films is Tully, a film that keeps with the festival’s family theme, which details the life of a mother struggling with her kids and an eccentric new caretaker. The film stars Charlize Theron
and is directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), who will attend the screening on March 9 at The Olympia Theater. Films from other countries also have their chance to shine at the festival like Godard Mon Amour, an Italian biopic about famed auteur Jean-Luc Godard. “I think what a lot of people don’t realize is that this will be their first opportunity to see some great films,” Cohen said. “Most of the films are having their Florida premiere right here.” Tickets for students are $10 and $13 for adults, per screening. MDC students are eligible for free tickets. For more information and for the full PDF of the festival’s program, visit http://2018.miamifilmfestival.com/ Students who want to volunteer can go to www.miamifilmfestival.com/volunteer
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Most People Buy Cars—This Wolfson Campus Student Builds Them Juan Daniel Luna Jose hopes to create and drive a Formula Society of Automotive Engineers racing car. Luna leads a team of nine students creating the high-performance vehicle at Miami Dade College’s Makers Lab. By Christian Ortega email@example.com Juan Daniel Luna Jose dreams of cars. The 19-yearold freshman spends more than 18 hours a week designing a Formula Society of Automotive Engineers racing car at Luna the Makers Lab, hoping to drive it in competitions. “Looking back at everything I’ve done and how I got to this point, it leaves me speechless,” Luna said. “I can’t find the words to describe how I feel. I just have so many emotions.” In partnership with Autodesk, a software company that makes software for engineering, architecture and construction, Luna is designing the car using Fusion 360, software created by the company that allows students to do calculations, rendering and modeling on a cloud-based platform. “When he first came in, he presented to me the idea of designing and building a car and I said ‘Why not?’ and he immediately got to work designing the car and soon after, he was practically finished designing a full Formula 3 racing car,” said Ralph Provisero, director of the Makers Lab. At the Makers Lab, Provisero and Luna organized a team of nine students to help compete with top engineering schools and attract sponsors. In addition to Luna, members of the team include internal combustion engine engineer, Anthony Ordoñez; chief engineer, David Rodriguez; suspension engineer,
Mariano Di Stefano; drivetrain engineer, Albert Solis, business manager, Javier Pomares, assistant business manager, Jennifer Torres; mechanics Juan Armentos and Santiago Navarrete. “This is a great team to be a part of. We have great communication on all levels of the team and the environment that we’re in is easy to work in,” said Solis, a mechanical engineering student at Wolfson Campus. “With this project, it gives us a real-world experience toward our major. After this, many of us can go to our desired field having had experience working on this type of project.” What makes this team unique is not only how small it is—most college field teams have about 35 members—but that the car’s design was done on Autodesk’s Fusion 360. “A lot of teams are entrenched in the status quo of software where they stick to what everyone else has been doing and don’t change because they don’t have to,” said
Jeff Smith, a representative for Autodesk. “Fusion is a new program trying to change the paradigm of how 3D design works and Juan’s team is trying to change the paradigm of how SAE is run.” Luna, who moved to the United States five months ago from the Dominican Republic, considers the project “a dream come true.” However, this isn’t his first time building a car. Luna built his first car based on the Ariel Atom 3S with his family in Santo Domingo when he was 17. He credits his uncle, Alex Giomar, who builds cars, for introducing him to designing and racing cars at a young age. “When I was younger, I spent as much time as I could with my uncle following him to his motocross events and later car races and I would learn as much as I could from him,” Luna said. Luna decided to study mechanical engineering so he could learn how to build
racing cars for Formula 1. To do so, Luna and his family decided to move to the United States. “I sat with my father and told him that I needed an opportunity to study mechanical engineering. We searched all we could for weeks and it wasn’t until my dad got in contact with a friend of his who lived here who told us of Miami Dade College,” Luna said. “After calling constantly, we finally got in contact with the school where they helped us submit the paperwork we needed so that I may attend.” Now he is building his dream car at MDC. By April, the team plans to present a rolling chassis of the car at the Maker Faire, an innovation festival at MDC. Later, they plan to unveil the completed model at F1 Fan Fest in October. “When I graduate with my degree in mechanical engineering, my dream is to have my own company that designs and builds F1 cars and sports cars,” Luna said.
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Creating Cars: Pictured is a rendering of the chassis of the car Juan Daniel Luna Jose is creating using Autodesk's Fusion 360 software.
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and successful marketing course sponsored by the Miami Bayside Foundation. His stellar participation led the Foundation to grant him a $30,000 loan to start his business. “They did a hell of a job,” Wooden said. “[The courses] made me open up my eyes and look at the business world different.” Michael Sellinger, the loan programs director at the MBF, says the credit goes to Wooden. “He’s got a lot of energy and a lot of ideas and a lot of drive,” Sellinger said. “He put the initiative. He had the gumption to push and push and push.” Wooden’s mission is to create a stylized look that conforms to current trends while also making a statement. His shirt designs have messages like Racially Profiled and D.O.P.E - Dollars Over Poverty Everyday. Others feature the images of cultural icons like Mike Tyson, Tupac and Scarface. “I have to see what event is going on in the world, what season it is, what color,” Wooden said. “It comes into one category.” With his politically-inclined clothes, Wooden hopes to engage both adults and children in his brand. “My clothes are not just for adults, I also make them for the younger generation,” Wooden said. “When they can speak to both parties, you’ll win.” His newfound success has also renewed Wooden’s interest in education. Wooden currently takes classes at the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center and at North Campus. He is pursuing a degree in business administration and plans to graduate in December of 2018. “I had two goals in life: to get the store and get the degree,” Wooden said. “I got one, now imma (sic) get the other.” With his store now open, Wooden is jubilant. He is currently expecting a son with his girlfriend and has expanded his brand to include hats and jeans, with The COOL’s customer traffic higher than Wooden expected.
“I’ve been in the game five years. They know who I am— they just come in,” Wooden said. “It didn’t really hit me until the first customer came in. That’s when it hit me, like, ‘Wow, this is for real.”
The COOL is located at 740 N.W. 62nd St. It is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Cool Merchandise: Many of the T-shirts Eric Wooden creates make a social statement or feature cultural icons like Mike Tyson, Tupac and Scarface.
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Former Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Writer Releases $350 Poetry Collection Ricardo Pau-Llosa released Intruder Between Rivers/ Intruso Entre Ríos, a poetry collection of his poems with Spanish translations by Enrico Mario Santí. The book costs $350 per copy. By Katherine Wallace-Fernandez email@example.com Kendall Campus English professor Ricardo Pau-Llosa released a bilingual, 100 copy poetry collection, Intruder Between Rivers/ Intruso Entre Ríos, in late December. The book priced at $350 per copy contains 25 published poems written in English by Pau-Llosa along with Enrico Mario Santí's Spanish translations. The book, published by Del Centro Editores, is clothbound and hand stitched in Madrid, signed by the poet and the translator and individually numbered. The poems are categorized by four sections: Historia, casi memoria (History, almost memory), Écfrasis (Ekphrasis), Sueño del tiempo (Dream of time) and Justicia, tal vez (Justice perhaps). “It’s not a regular publication. It’s a very artisanal, handmade book— it has no ISBN number,” Pau-Llosa said. “We did this bizzare crazy thing and then we thought ‘my God, what do we do with this?’ and now everyone wants it so we’re selling it at 350 bucks.” The title is a combination of two of PauLlosa’s poems, The Intruder, which is inspired by Julio Larraz's painting of the same name that appears on the cover, and Dos Rios (Two Rivers), based on the place where José Martí died, and Pau-Llosa's comparison on Cuban and American culture with two rivers. “This whole idea of water flowing this way and that [way] and you’re like in the middle— you’re like in a charco (puddle) somewhere—there’s a big torrent going this way and the other way and that way and you’re just trying to be somewhere in the middle and not get carried by the corriente (current),” Pau-Llosa said. When Santí first started translating PauLlosa's poems, he began translating Cuba
inspired poems from Pau-Llosa's poetry collection, Cuba. "My whole point of doing translations from that book has to do with being very intrigued on how those poems in English about Cuba would sound in Spanish translated by Cuba—that's the whole idea," Santí said. "Since he had written the poem in English and it was about Cuba, what I wanted to do was to make it available for Cuba to read it in Spanish." The two met through a mutual friend, Cuban composer Aurelio de la Vega, at his house in Los Angeles. Years later, they started piecing together Intruder Between Rivers/ Intruso Entre Ríos. “Intruder Between Rivers is the result of our relationship during the last two years, but Intruder Between Rivers includes a number of poems that don't have a Cuba theme," Santí said. "So, after I started translating Cuba related poems, I discovered other poems that he has written that are not Cuba inspired and again the challenge there was not so much to make the English poem about Cuba available. The point was to make other poems that are not Cuba related available as well." Pau-Llosa and Santí were exiles from Cuba in the 1960's. Santí fled Cuba in 1962 and Pau-Llosa in 1960. Both have produced a large range of works. Pau-Llosa has produced seven poetry collections and is an avid collector of Latin American art. His poetry collection, Cuba, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Santí holds a research position at Claremont Graduate University, with previous stints at Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University and the University of Kentucky. He also held the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Visiting Professorship of Cuban Studies at the University of Miami. Throughout his educational career, Santí has also written 10 books. Santí and Pau-Llosa will continue collaborating. They plan to release a larger collection of translations at a cheaper price for university students. Pau-Llosa is also releasing his eighth poetry collection in the
fall through Carnegie Mellon Press. “[It’s] the first time that such a comprehensive set of translations have been put together and published,” Pau-Llosa said. “So,
that the translations, given the fact that I’m fluent in Spanish and I did not do the translation, enables me to look into the mind of a reader, a sophisticated one at that.”
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Pricey Book: Kendall Campus English professor Ricardo Pau-Llosa released Intruder Between Rivers/ Intruso Entre Ríos. Only 100 copies were printed of the poetry collection, each priced at $350.
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From A Bull To A Shark—Sophomore Lefthander Brings The Heat For MDC Pitcher Garrett Bye left the University of South Florida after his freshman season. This year he has found success at Miami Dade College, posting a 1-0 record with 19 strikeouts in four appearances. By Justin Marcano firstname.lastname@example.org Armed with a 93-MPH fastball with more movement than the Miami Marlins front office, pitcher Garrett Bye is making his presence felt on the mound at Miami Dade College. Bye, who transferred from the University of South Florida, is the Sharks’ number two starter. The sophomore was initially projected to be the team’s closer. In five appearances—four of them starts—the 6-foot lefthander is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and 20 strikeouts, contributing to the team’s 10-6 start. “He’s a great teammate and I love catching for him. He’s a hard throwing lefty with life to his fastball and his off-speed [pitches],” said sophomore catcher Robert Fabelo. “Aside from having good stuff, he’s a tough-nosed competitor when he’s on the mound—it’s something that we can all feed off of. He is going to be a big piece to our staff.” Born and raised just outside of Tampa, in Brandon, Florida, Bye grew up in a separated household with his two older sisters, Savannah and Shae. Keeping track of baseball and school between houses was tough, but baseball Baseball
For me, baseball has always served as a fuel source to work as hard as I can to make myself better in every aspect of my life. I would say that I approach pitching in a very competitive way. My pitching coach when I was younger used to tell me ‘play the game like a lion chasing its food, be relentless and feed yourself and your family’ so I’ve always held onto that as an idea of how I like to pitch.
During the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, Bye received a bevy of calls but none of the teams were willing to meet his demands so he went undrafted and decided to play at USF. As a Bull, Bye appeared in nine games during his freshman season. He struckout 14 batters in just eight innings pitched. After a 2017 season where he did not see the field, Bye decided to seek a different path. “He came down to MDC and threw a bullpen for us and we were very impressed,” said Sharks head baseball coach Danny Price. “He’s a winner, he’s proven, he throws hard from the left side and his academics are great. We signed him.” Bye, who holds a 3.2 G.P.A, is majoring in finance and hopes to own a financial advisory company after baseball, has already committed to play at the University of Alabama next season. “For me, baseball has always served as a fuel source to work as hard as I can to make myself better in every aspect of my life. I would say that I approach pitching in a very competitive way,” Bye said. “My pitching coach when I was younger used to tell me ‘play the game like a lion chasing its food, be relentless and feed yourself and your family’ so I've always held onto that as an idea of how I like to pitch.”
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was always his solace. Bye began his baseball career at East Bay Little League for Bullets Baseball at the age of nine. He quickly discovered he could hit and pitch. “I remember after some games, when I was ten, thinking baseball is what I want to do for the rest of my life," Bye said. At Riverview High School, Bye was a three-year letterman, twotime team MVP and first team AllState his senior season, going 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 43 innings.
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Talented Transfer: Spending a year without playing the sport he loves, pitcher Garrett Bye looks to get back into rhythm playing at Miami Dade College after transferring from the University of South Florida.
The Sharks’ next game is at the Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104th St., baseball field on Feb. 27 versus St. Thomas University JV at 2:30 p.m.
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A new season has arrived at Miami Dade College with the baseball team looking to have another successful 30-plus win season. The Sharks are currently 10-6 and are looking to improve on last year's loss at the state tournament. By Giovanni Del Fa email@example.com This time last year, the Miami Dade College baseball team was facing a similar battle. The Sharks are currently 10-6 overall. They won their first 10 games and then went on a six game losing streak. Last year, the Sharks were 9-6 through their first 15 games. “We’re still very inexperienced as a team for the most part. There’s a lot of intricate nuances in the game that the young guys need to pick up on to maximize the incredible potential we have,” said starting pitcher Garrett Bye. “That knowledge comes from in-game experience, making mistakes and adjusting accordingly.” Last season, the team was first in the Southern Conference during the season but they fell short at the state tournament in Lakeland, Florida. This year, the Sharks are vying to improve on that using a team with a good mix of freshmen and sophomores. The team has 12 freshmen and 13 sophomores and they hope improve on last season's 34 win season. “It is a team sport and we’re playing in a very tough conference where all teams are driven to win,” said head coach Danny Price. “Last year we overachieved, this year the team is still looking for its identity.”
Currently, the Sharks are ranked first in the National Junior College Athletics Association Division I in doubles with 42 and second in triples (11). Despite a 10-game winning streak to start the season, the Sharks once again are falling short when playing on a neutral field. They are 1-2 on a neutral field. Last season, despite the 34-17 overall record, the team went 4-5 when playing
games on neutral fields. However, at home, the Sharks are doing much better going 5-2 in those games. “As a team we are always ready to get to work whether that is in the field, the weight room or in the classroom,” catcher Roberto Fabelo said. “As a team we’re always pushing to get better.” Playing big roles in the Sharks’ lineup this year are center fielder Brian Rey who
leads the team with a .732 slugging average, catcher Jordan Santos who leads the team with a .591 on base percentage and outfielder Luis Guerrero who leads the team with a .415 batting average. “As the season progresses it’s easy to predict some rapid growth and improvement, not just because everyone has talent but because they also care a lot about getting better,” Bye said.
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Former Weightlifter Provides Power Arm For Lady Sharks Pitcher Tiffany Dodson, who was into competitive weightlifting at Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Florida, is leading the Lady Sharks in wins and strikeouts. By Aiyana Ishmael firstname.lastname@example.org Tiffany Dodson, a former weightlifter in high school, has a tight grip on a rotation spot on the Miami Dade College softball team. Dodson, a freshman, leads the team in wins (2) and strikeouts (22). The lefthander also has a 4.03 earned run average and a .375 batting average for the Lady Sharks who are struggling to find their rhythm this season at 5-13. "She's got good size to pitch and hit the ball," said head coach Gina De Agüero. "I saw her in travel ball during the summer in a tournament and was able to follow up with her. It ended up working out really great for the both of us." Dodson was introduced to softball at a young age. When she was in elementary school, she heard about tryouts and convinced her parents to let her play. “I asked my parents if I could tryout and they asked if this was something I wanted to do,”
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Feared Freshman: Tiffany Dodson has quickly established herself on the collegiate level, racking up 22 strikeouts and two wins as a freshman for the Lady Sharks. Dodson said. “Growing up and getting more involved, I grew to love the sport.” The sport was also a way for Dodson to bond with her father. “What made me keep going was actually my dad. Me and him
really grew in the sport,” Dodson said. “That was our time we spent together getting closer.” At Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Florida, Dodson was a dual sport athlete, juggling her time between competitive
weightlifting and softball. Weightlifting helped Dodson build muscle strength for softball and kept her in shape. She enjoyed weightlifting, but softball was her main priority. “[Weightlifting] wasn’t as big as
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softball was for me,” Dodson said. “Softball was like my main sport. [Weightlifting] was just something for me to do in the off-season.” Dodson has already established her identity on a young Lady Sharks softball team that features 17 first year players. “She’s one of our strongest players,” said Dodson’s teammate and close friend Cassandra Torres. “Tiffany is focused. Everything is about softball and school for her.” Despite her strong start, Dodson is focused on continuing to improve her game. “I really want to work on my running. It’s gotten a lot better since I’ve gotten here but I need to work on my endurance,” Dodson said. “Everyday after practice we run either long distance for time or sprint jogging.” De Agüero said Dodson has the potential to lift the Lady Sharks play on the field. "She works hard. No matter what you're going to tell her to do, she pushes herself," De Agüero said. "She is very tough on herself, but if we can get consistent and keep the confidence it will play a huge role in our game and everything will sort of fall into place." The Lady Sharks’ next game will be on the road versus Seminole State College Of Florida on March 2 at 3 p.m.
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Video Game Review
Monster Hunter World Brings The Hunt To Consoles After years of successful games on Nintendo’s 3DS line, Capcom’s Monster Hunter finally gets the spotlight it deserves with its latest installment. Monster Hunter World is a massive game about massive monsters that signals a great start to 2018. By Aaron Collier email@example.com Monster Hunter is one of Capcom’s (Street Fighter, Mega Man) flagship series’. For years, players around the world have found ways to hunt and kill large monsters on consoles and handhelds. It is a series that, despite many installments with unique variations, has always been a game about running around with incredible weapons and using them to massacre the native population of massive creatures. Sure, with recent games like The Witcher III: Wild Hunt and Horizon Zero Dawn, it may not sound too special, but the Monster Hunter series has amassed its own following. Monster Hunter World, the latest in the series, is the first game released on Playstation 4 and Xbox One. A marvel of a game, it has the distinction of being the first mainstream entry in the series, introducing many to this cult series. The game stars a player-created character. They are a part of the Fifth Fleet, a crew sent to the new world to investigate the mysterious Elder Crossing, an event that causes massive dragons to migrate. One dragon, Zorah Magdaros, is in the middle of his migration.
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A Worthy Hunt: Monster Hunter World brings the series to the mainstream with custom-created characters, a refreshing plot and highly detailed graphics. This wrecks the player’s ship causing them to wash away on the shore and starting their journey in The New World. Overall, the story is rather bland. It is not awful by any means, but the characters are not worth the investment. On the gameplay side, the game is broken up into three parts: tracking, fighting and carving.
Tracking monsters involves the player highlighting the path a beast might take. Fighting monsters involves following said path and coming up with plans to take them down. The final step, carving, has the players use parts of the monster to craft items that are useful for their next hint. To some, it may sound daunting.
There is a sharp difficulty curve but with careful planning and a lot of practice, it becomes a fun and satisfying experience. Thankfully, players don’t have to go at it alone. There are computer controlled characters called Palicos. These anthropomorphized cat-like creatures support the player during a battle. They can litter the battlefield with traps
to incapacitate the monster being hunted. Monster Hunter World is a worthy addition to Capcom’s niche series. It brings some great ideas to the table, which feel fresh on a large console experience. Whether hunting alone or with friends online, this world is ripe with so much to hunt and explore.
The Cloverfield Paradox Is An Astronomical Disappointment It’s been 10 years since the original Cloverfield became a surprise hit and two since 10 Cloverfield Lane dropped to rave reviews. In the third installment of the series—The Cloverfield Paradox—the marketing team worked their magic but the writers and director forgot to make a creative film in the process. By Ciro Salcedo firstname.lastname@example.org First, it is important to give credit where credit is due. Netflix dropping the third film in the Cloverfield anthology was done in the most genius way. Twitter-sphere was flooded with rumors saying that the streaming service would release the film immediately after Super Bowl LII (which was easily the most fun I had watching the Super Bowl in years). The rumors were true. A teaser premiered during the big game and hype was shooting through the roof. The viral marketing that generated anticipation with 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane was in full effect. If only the latest film, The Cloverfield Paradox, had any shred of creativity the marketing did. Directed by Julius Onah, Paradox continues the Cloverfield
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franchise’s tradition of telling a story of how humanity deals with crisis. To avoid spoilers, the basic plot details a space crew’s mission to replenish Earth’s resources and prevent global catastrophe. Clichéd? Yes. Then again, the last two films had stories that felt familiar, but did something with them. The original Cloverfield merged a giant monster flick with the found footage subgenre, while 10 Cloverfield Lane brought a claustrophobic feel to a survivor story. This film has elements of Alien and Interstellar. That’s about it. There are no new elements, there’s nothing that sets it apart from other films of the same genre and nothing that makes the twoyear wait worth it. Granted, I was not aware of its existence until I was watching the Super Bowl (An amazing game by the way. The Philadelphia Eagles played their hearts out and almost lost it, but came back strong—I could not be happier for Philly.), but it still stings. The lack of creativity is not helped by a subpar script. It manages to jump around between tones, with actors such as Chris O’ Dowd providing some hilarious moments only seconds later to be outdone by Gugu MbathaRaw and David Oyelowo being
melodramatic. That is not a knock against the cast. They do a good job in spite of an awful and uninspired script, which can never decide what it wants to be. Is it a serious film that touches on issues of global catastrophe in a science-fiction setting? Or is it a film that aims to be this quirky, and weird horror thriller that leans on the more kooky side? If the film was shot as a straight comedy, it would have been better. That would have been the big genre hook to differentiate itself from the legions of films that it borrows from. It feels like a generic film that could have appeared on the SyFy channel 15 years ago. One that has these boring connections to Cloverfield thrown in there in post-production for the sake of it. It manages to outdo the boredom that manifested from Alien: Covenant last May. The Cloverfield Paradox set a gold standard in marketing and hype building. It also is a masterclass in how to make a film so bland that it manages to drag the films it copies. For those who want something more exciting, the highlights from Super Bowl LII offer a little more substance than the 100 minutes wasted on Netflix.
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The Future Of Technology Brings The Music Of The Past Back With streaming services like Spotify growing among generations of listeners, it has become easier to listen to almost any song from any point in human history. From hip-hop samples to rediscoveries, there is no shortage of technology’s impact on music. By Carlos Diaz email@example.com In 1976, electronic music pioneer Mort Garson released a largely unknown album called Plantasia. Decades later, the album was uploaded in its entirety to YouTube. Collectively, the songs on the record have millions of views on the website. In 1998, indie folk band Neutral Milk Hotel released In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. A little over five years later, the album gained recognition as a meme on message board 4Chan; it became one of the best-selling vinyl pressings of 2008. How does this sudden surge in relevance happen for these musicians? The internet. The internet connects people across the world, causing trends to carry over and seize public attention. The ability to post anything
and everything while potentially reaching an audience leads to obscure finds, such as fidget spinners and Japanese game shows, which have gained popularity outside of their target audience. However, one little acknowledged feature of the internet is the ability to post and find anything from any era easily. Applied this to music, this means streams and album sales for artists were active years before the listener was even born. Of course, listening to music older than dirt isn’t a modern concept. A famous example: Eric Clapton listening and eventually imitating Robert Johnson, who died four decades before Clapton encountered the music. One could even argue how late guitarist Jeff Healey regularly performed Tin Pan Alley (19th and 20th century music) standards in the '80s and '90s, or even how classical literature extends centuries before the internet yet still had its audience. One thing to keep in mind is that those who find old recordings or sheet music by plowing past 78’s or shoveling through old bookstores typically devote their lives to music and are not casual listeners or bored teenagers down a Google rabbit hole. It's true that
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Found Sound: Thanks to the power of the internet, albums like In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel were rediscovered by a new generation of music fans. music still finds listeners without the use of modern technology—it’s easier than ever before. International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP), or the Petrucci Music Library, holds millions of pieces of sheet music. That means that anybody with Wi-Fi and musical competency
can easily perform any Gregorian chant, instead of having to dig through a university library for hours on end to find 12th-century compositions. What does this all mean? Well, there is a trend among many musicians nowadays to use the aesthetic of older music and use it in
a modern context. This sentiment applies to movies, drawings and nearly all other forms of entertainment, but music fights time better than anything else. For instance, Lana Del Rey's music has a nostalgic feel, which is rooted in her use of tropes found in older music. In 2014, Lady Gaga collaborated with Tony Bennett and released Cheek to Cheek, an album entirely made of jazz standards dating to as far back as 1931. Bruno Mars released 24K Magic in 2016, which borrows from soul and funk acts from the mid-70s and early '80s. Even outside of the realm of pop, sample-based music like lo-fi hip-hop exploded in popularity and more producers have access to older recordings to make unique beats. All of this seems obvious to some, but most fail to see the power that one song can hold to shape popular music, no matter how old. Understanding how the internet preserves old recordings also redefines the concept of success and fame for a musician. Instead of focusing solely on album sales, artists must account for long-term goals like lasting impact, influence on future musicians and creating a work of art that won’t fade as trends change.
Riverdale Is A Gritty Take On An American Classic The CW has been known for adapting comic books into hit TV shows. Their latest undertaking, Riverdale, is a dark take on the classic Archie comics. Combining elements of soap operas, murder mystery films and teen dramas, Riverdale finds the right balance between serious and silly. By Dante Nahai firstname.lastname@example.org In the current landscape of television and film, it seems that gritty reboots continue to be a trend. Between the thousands of dark superhero films and the barrage of edgy remakes, it seems like these adaptations are here to stay. That is the case for the CW’s Riverdale, adapting those old Archie comics for a more modern setting. Fans might be curious to know how a show based off of a one-hit wonder band called The Archies back in 1968 would turn out. One could wonder what took Hollywood so long to greenlight this idea. Season one is about the investigation of Cheryl Blossom’s brother's death, which lasts the entire first season. Season two attempts to be darker by introducing a masked killer known as “The Black Hood,” who attempted to kill a secondary side character.
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Archie After Dark: The CW's Riverdale finds a good balance between incredible seriousness mixed with some ridiculously cheesy moments. Fans might be more interested in the representation of their favorite characters. There’s Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) who is like a typical jock but with feelings. The most grounded character, at least in the first season, was Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), who serves as the narrator of the series. Yet, how he is portrayed in the
show is the exact opposite as he is in his source material. In the comic, Jughead's a friendly and humorous character, but with the tone of the TV series, he now has a gruff personality. Then there is Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), who is portrayed as the spoiled rich girl, but over the course of the season becomes less irritating.
The show checks off the stock character clichés of any teen drama. Unfortunately, the acting varies between decent to downright cringeworthy. Riverdale seems like the guiltiest of pleasures. Its cheesy, overdramatic take on the most harmless comic series in the world is
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something that may take a while to adjust to. For others, it is their next and best binge-worthy series. Regardless of which side of the fence viewers find themselves on, Riverdale is an engrossing show that reaches the melodramatic heights of other CW shows like Arrow or Jane the Virgin.
14 FORUM | FEBRUARY 27, 2018 Stereotypes
There Isn’t One Way To Be Black
Aiyana Ishmael has been plagued by comments that have made her question her identity, but she soon realized that society has been brainwashed with stereotypes on how black people should talk and act.
By Aiyana Ishmael email@example.com I was sitting in my English class talking about a fight that broke out during lunch when a classmate told me, “You talk like such a white girl. I’m so glad you don’t act like a regular black person.” As a child, I didn’t understand the meaning behind this phrase, even though it was something I heard often. I was in awe that someone could
say these words to me. I wondered how they could even remotely think that was an appropriate statement. I knew I’d have to be an Angry Black Woman for the rest of my life because this wasn’t something I was going to put up with. There’s a specific checklist directed toward African Americans, featuring bullet points on how we’re supposed to act and look. I soon noticed I can’t scratch off most of the requirements. When others noticed I didn’t hit the black person tally, they’d make remarks like, “You’re not like the others” or “You act so proper.” I’ve heard these comments all my life and it never ceases to amaze me how many people say this to me whether they’re white, black or Hispanic. These comments have caused a lot of self-doubt in my identity— they’ve caused me to question if I was being true to who I was. I started to wonder if I was acting black and if there was something I should try to change about myself. I was constantly questioning my identity as a black woman because no one seemed to believe that’s who I wanted to be. Black people always said that I was trying to
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be white and non-black people always claimed I didn’t fit in with black people. I was confused on where I belonged. I knew I was black but no one else agreed. My teen-life crisis was in full force as I dwelled on how my skin color and articulation
Beware Of The Fake Woke Michidael Ceard is concerned about a new trend popping up on college campuses—students being woke. She writes how students are now fake woke because they prefer discussing issues instead of fixing them.
By Michidael Ceard firstname.lastname@example.org Democracy is under attack. College students are expected to become activists who are concerned with issues not only affecting their communities, but also affecting other countries. By being exposed to ideologies and opinions learned in college, Americans are expected to advance from other citizens who are passionate about political and socioeconomic issues. In a world void of prideful and egotistical learners, this would be a perfect world. However, this is not the case. Among the college students becoming activists and housing discussions on social paradoxes choking American values and beliefs, we have created new hypocrites: the fake woke. The fake woke are students who are well-intentioned, seasoned individuals within their respective communities. They
research a banquet of issues that are palatable and affect them as students. They also love voicing their opinions on different topics. When it comes to creating impactful change, these students tuck in their chairs at the dinner table. Suddenly, no one wants to eat. Activism is more than sitting down and discussing the wrongs in your community and the way the system pushes you to fail. The woke person thinks of various solutions and implements an action to solve the problem. The fake woke fuel political, socioeconomic and social discussion. They are in love with the notion of being engaged in their communities without moving a finger. Last year, as I volunteered to gather signatures to restore the rights of non-violent felons in Florida, many students agreed that this problem was geared towards marginalized communities. However, many refused to sign the petition because they felt that racial injustices would continue to exist even if this law was passed. How will change ever be implemented if this new woke mentality is becoming common among college students? This mentality is fake and I am tired of these students being angry at the injustices plaguing their communities while they don’t rally and fight against them. I am tired of not seeing college students at civic action workshops, marches and forums that discuss these issues in depths and focus on creating solutions. I am tired of the fake woke trend. I plea with you that this trend stops and that we try our best to preserve democratic practices. Activism is more than being woke; we must rise and implement change.
were connected. Even though it was difficult, I rose above the hurtful comments. I’ve built an unshakeable selfbelief in who I am and soon realized that it was not me who needed to change, it was the people that placed this stereotype on all
African Americans. The check list is derived from stereotypes that define black people as loud, ghetto or ratchet. Last time I checked, the color of my skin does not correlate with how I talk, with what I listen to or how I approach my everyday life. Saying I talk like a white girl isn’t a compliment. It’s an insult; it implies that you believe black people don’t use proper grammar. For example, I’ve noticed that if you’re black, people think you can only listen to hip hop or rap. As a South Carolina native, I enjoy an array of country songs, rap and pop. Nonetheless, it’s frustrating when people tell me my ‘black card’ will be revoked when I listen to Florida Georgia Line. It’s beyond ridiculous that society believes that to be black you must conform to a small list of stereotypes. I’ve never been one to conform and I don’t plan on starting anytime soon. Being black is being proud of my melanin-rich skin, knowing my history and fighting for equality. Being black means whatever I want it to be, because I will still be black no matter how I talk or what I listen to.
Female Genital Mutilation Is Common Camilla Sposito writes about female genital mutilation, a procedure where female organs are injured, which can cause psychological and sexual damage. The procedure is common among girls ranging from 15 to 49 years old in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
By Camilla Sposito email@example.com Maryum Saifee was seven-years-old when she suffered from female genital mutilation, where female genital organs are altered and damaged for non-medical reasons. Women having their clitoris partially or fully removed as passage to womanhood is more common than we imagine. According to World Health Organization, FGM is most common in Africa, where Somalia ranks first with 98% of women undergoing the procedure, Guinea with 96%, Egypt with 91% and Sudan with 88%. The victims are between 15 and 49 years old. The procedure is defined as a violation of the woman’s body and a public health issue by WHO, which can cause irreversible psychological and sexual damages.
Female Genital Mutilation includes clitoridectomy, excision, infibulation and other harmful procedures. Clitoridectmy is the partial and full removal of the clitoris, excision is related to a partial or total removal of the clitoris and labia minora, and infibulation creates a seal by cutting and placing the labia minora in a different position as a way of assuring the girl will not have any sexual relationship before marriage. The procedures also makes it harder for females to urinate, menstruate and have sexual relations. However, the most shocking part is that many women like Saifee had no idea what they were going through, since they are so young and do not understanding the situation. The process is usually done by other female relatives. In Saifee’s case, it was her aunt, a doctor, that performed FGM on Saifee without her or her family’s consent to keep the tradition of the community Dawoodi Bohra. The WHO states that some of the immediate complications include severe pain, infections, injury to surrounding genital tissue, shock and, in extreme cases, death. Long-term consequences include pain during intercourse and psychological problems like anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. According to Newsweek, in the United States, FGM was most common in New York, Washington and Minneapolis in 2015. Since 1996, Congress has been passing legislation making female genital mutilation illegal. According to the US National Library of Medicine, around 513,000 women are at risk in the United States of suffering from FGM. These numbers show that although society is evolving, people are still indulging in damaging practices such as FGM.
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Life Is Full Of Questions Elizabeth Risco has realized that as you grow up the doubts and questions never leave. Instead, they shift into different concerns such as starting a family.
By Elizabeth Risco email@example.com Not long ago, I was asking myself what on earth I was going to do with the rest of my life. It seemed as though everyone within a fivemile radius had their life together. They all had families, careers and their own homes, while I was lucky if I survived an entire day of work without wanting to jump out of the window and run away. I never understood what was so exciting about inputting data for eight hours a day. Why was everyone so excited to grow up? Your early twenties are truly the
seems like it happened overnight. People are no longer interested in your career goals or your aspirations. It’s a common belief that newlyweds are no longer stressing over career and life decisions and the pressure is on starting a family. My story is similar to
best time to get to know yourself because everything is so new and exciting. However, there are many things your parents don’t prepare you for. One minute you’re buying drinks on a Tuesday night or deciding what classes to take next semester, and, before you know it, you’re paying the water bill, rent and groceries while sitting behind a desk answering emails all day to people who are 100% convinced you have no clue how to do your job. You’re asking yourself, “Is this what my parents really wanted for me?” The most common concern while growing up is what will you do with the rest of your life? When are you graduating? What are your career goals? It’s overwhelming when you don’t have the answers. There are so many doubts about the decisions you make as a young adult, but you soon learn to trust your instincts and work hard everyday, hoping and praying for the best and repeat. As a newlywed with a stable job who is approaching 30, the questions are no longer the same. Instead, it is one question: when are you having kids? I am not entirely sure how this shift happened—it almost
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most Miami Dade College students. My grandparents migrated to the United States in hopes of creating a better future for their family. Growing up I had an abundance of cousins, birthday parties, houses to visit for the holidays and extravagant quinceaneras—the whole nine yards. You name it, we did it. Also, in my family, the aunts and uncles had children before turning 30. Now none of us ‘kids’ have had kids. There is no perfect guide to life. The idea that everything in life has to be experienced at specific times is complete nonsense. Our parents have taught us to trust our instincts, to be patient and to take risks. Be excited about growing up because all the questions you don’t have the answers to or think you have the answers to will eventually find their way to you.
I Love My Curly Hair Julia Gomez was once insecure about her curly hair. Now, she flaunts her hair and discusses unfair treatment that curly hair receives from the beauty industry, which leads people with curly hair to damage their locks by using straightening treatments.
By Julia Gomez firstname.lastname@example.org I hear the same comment all the time from people with curly hair, “If I had curls like yours, I wouldn’t have to straighten my hair so much.” It gets annoying fast and I tell everyone the same thing each time: You can have your curls look bouncy and shiny, but you have to stop forcing it to be something it isn’t. You’re placing your hair between two scorching hot plates
and bathing it in chemicals to force it to be straight. Not only are you doing incredible damage to your hair, but you’re wasting your time and money too. As a curly-haired lady, I’ve noticed that the beauty industry has decided curly hair isn’t good enough. People spend hundreds of dollars on straighteners and treatments. Wherever I look, products used to straighten hair fill the beauty aisle, while products specifically made for curly hair, like Deva Curl or Shea Moisture, get a small portion of the shelf. Magazines are full of models showing off their shiny, sleek and straight hair, and finding tutorials on how to style curly hair seems practically impossible. However, times are changing. Women everywhere are deciding to show off their beautiful textured hair, including celebrities like Youtuber Liza Koshy and actress Lupita Nyong’o. Natural hair can seem terrifying. Trust me, I know. I remember waking up at 5 a.m. to make sure my hair looked perfect before school started. I'd grab my pink Chi Air hair straightener, raise the temperature to 410° and fry my locks all for the sake of looking like everyone else. If I didn't have time to do my hair, I forced it into a tight ponytail or bun. My scalp
treatments. “It drove me crazy that I didn’t know what my actual hair looked like,” Fernandez said. Now, at 20 years old, she shows off her curls confidently. “Ever ybody recognizes me by my hair, so it’s kind of become my identity,” she said. Another curlyhaired student KALEY PENICHE / THE REPORTER Sophia Tuya, 20, was throbbing by the time I got a computer arts animations major at Kendall Campus, explained back home. I was sick of losing sleep and how no one in her family knew wasting time because I was inse- how to work with her curls. “My mom would always pull the cure when I switched to natural hair. However, I soon realized I hell out of my hair,” Tuya said. “It wasn’t straightening my hair for would hurt like crazy and it gets me. I was only doing it to impress really tangled or frizzy.” In middle school, she wished my peers. Emily Fernandez, a nursing ma- she had naturally straight hair, but jor at Kendall Campus, didn’t see now she feels like “it’s really a part of” her. her curls until five years ago. “It’s something that people look She was 15 years old when she decided it was time to stop hiding at it and they’re like ‘that’s Soher hair. She grew tired of having phia,’” Tuya said. “It represents my to repeatedly do treatments and personality. It’s big and it’s fun and worrying about what she could I like to think that I’m kind of like or couldn’t do because of said that.”
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