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Free Markets

Corbin Bolies writes about the recent trend of television revivals and how they can lead to a lack of originality.


Four players with Miami roots—Elton Walker, Ben Tal, Albert Hernandez and Kaevon Tyler—will play a big role on the men’s basketball team this year.


Kendall, Homestead and North Campuses are starting to phase out styrofoam. The initiative was first broached by the Yes! Club three years ago.

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Going Green

The Reporter’s Teresa Schuster writes that free international trade is best for society because it treats everyone equally.

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Desmond Meade Spent Three Years In Prison— Now He Wants His Voting Rights Back

Tune In This November For The Idea Center’s New Podcast Series ‰‰ The Idea Center is collaborating with Wolfson Campus alumnus David Frederick’s production company, Audastio, to take its Pioneers @ MDC speaker series and convert it into a podcast to broaden its reach in the community.

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enthusiastic participant and did an excellent job in getting his classmates involved in service.” Meade also used the work being done by his Wolfson Campus professors Samantha Carlo, Mercedes Medina and Danixia Cuevas as a model. “They’ve been champions of justice,” Meade said. “What I looked at at the end of the day was that they were engaged in activities that empowered people of color. That gave people hope.” Meade graduated from North Campus’ criminal justice program in 2010 and from Florida International University’s law school in 2014, all while working with the FRRC. However, due to his conviction, he can’t practice law until his rights are restored. Meade’s work isn’t limited to the FRRC. He is also the chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, the political committee sponsoring the amendment, and has received support from organizations such as the ACLU, NAACP and the Florida League of Women Voters. “Service to others services your own community,” Meade said. “That’s the biggest honor you can have.”

The Idea Center is taking its Pioneers @ MDC speaker series to the masses through a podcast titled Pioneers Podcast. It is set to launch in late November. The series will be produced through Audastio, a production company founded by Wolfson Campus alumnus David Frederick. “This school is home to many peoFrederick ple from many different types of backgrounds,” Frederick said. “At the same time, there are many people who aren’t able to go to the events taking place; I wanted to bring it to them through the podcasts.” Each podcast will be released monthly, with the first four being released at once. The episodes will be: Women Who Code, a conversation series by Johanna Mikkola from Wyncode Academy on Closing the Gender Gap in Technology, Mobility In Miami, where Jeff Schappert, Senior Vice President of Brightline speaks about how Miami can become more “modern” in regards to transportation. The other episodes are: Finding Your Voice—The Power of Confidence, where public speaker Heather Monahan talks on the importance of developing confidence and self esteem and how it translates to success in respective careers, and lastly, Civic Engagement and Innovation, where Steven Levine, co-founder of Meteorite Social Impact Advisors shares his experience with key projects such as the #VoteTogether campaign and the TurboVote challenge. Pioneers @ MDC is a speaker series that features trailblazers from across the city speaking about how they have made an impact on the community and how they are continuing to achieve their goals. The podcasts will be recorded with the speaker series simultaneously. Once completed, they will be edited into a 15-to30-minute recording. Prisca Milliance, a professor at the School of Fashion and Design, will host the podcast. Milliance approached Romi Bhatia, the




Fight To Vote: Desmond Meade sits with two "returning citizens" outside the Capitol in Tallahassee. Meade is working to pass Amendment 4 next month. The amendment seeks to allow felons who served their time to regain the right to vote without the need to appear before a clemency board. ‰‰ Desmond Meade, a Miami Dade College alumnus and Florida International University Law School graduate, is fighting to regain his voting rights after a drug conviction almost two decades ago sent him to prison for three years. By Corbin Bolies Desmond Meade wants his voting rights back. Almost two decades ago, Meade spent three years in prison after a drug charge conviction. After prison, Meade fought through homelessness to attain a bachelor’s degree from Miami Dade College and a law degree from Florida International University. Today, the 51-year-old is president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, an organization working to restore voting rights to convicted felons through Amendment 4. The amendment is on the ballot next month; it seeks to allow felons who served their time to regain the right to vote without the need to appear before a clemency board so long as they have completed all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation. The amendment does not automatically



grant rights to people convicted of murder or sexual offenses. “I’ve already paid my debt, that’s the bottom line,” Meade said. Meade, who currently lives in Orlando, is a sterling example of redemption. But his resurrection didn’t happen overnight. He spent years living in a homeless shelter after prison as he sought ways to better himself. That led him to libraries in downtown Miami. He used the Metromover to shuttle himself between the main public library, libraries at courthouses and, eventually, the library at Wolfson Campus. When he was 38, Meade enrolled at MDC’s downtown campus. “Part of me wanting to get a college degree was me wanting to do something that would make me feel better about myself,” Meade said. “Being able to attend MDC gave me the opportunity to do so.” That original goal led him to another calling: community service. Meade began working with MDC’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, led by Joshua Young. “Desmond is one of the most inspirational leaders and people I’ve ever met,” Young said. “Through our office, he got involved in all kinds of service projects. He was a very



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MDC Live Arts to Host La Medea Variety Show MDC Live Arts will host La Medea Variety Show at the Sandrell Rivers Theatre, 6103 N.W. 7th Ave., on Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. La Madea Variety Show is under MDC Live Art’s 2018-19 season, based on women, immigrants and innovators. Created by Yara Travieso, a New World School of the Arts alumni, the show is a Latin disco portrayal on Euripides’ Greek tragedy Medea, who murders her children to seek revenge on her cheating husband. Audience members will be asked to participate as a Greek chorus. Tickets are free for Miami Dade College students. General admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased at TheatreManager/1/online?event=0 For more information, visit or call (305) 237-3010. —Alexa Hernandez

MAGIC To Host The Animation Show Of Shows M.A.G.I.C. will host the 19th annual The Animation Show of Shows, a yearly screening of 16 short films from various countries, at Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Room 8106, on Oct. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will include a Skype session with Ron Diamond, director of the program, and a Q&A session. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the M.A.G.I.C. Department at (305) 237-3560. —Genesis Sotomayor

Miami Dade College will celebrate El Día de Los Muertos on Oct. 31 at noon at Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., in Room 2106 for Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration will include presentations by Instituto Cultural de México en Miami and by Alfredo Martinez Portugal, the founder of Ameyal, a Mexican cultural organization that promotes Mexican culture through music. There will also be a traditional indigenous ceremony and dance at the Kyriakides Plaza, face painting and food. Students are asked to bring photos of loved ones who have passed. The event is free and open to the public. —Claudia Hernandez

African Americans In Civil War Medicine Exhibit At Medical Campus Miami Dade College will exhibit Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War at Medical Campus, 950 N.W. 20th St., in Room 1202. The exhibit will run from Oct. 15 to Nov. 19. The traveling display is for Medical Librarian Month and by the National Institute of Health, the United States National Library of Medicine and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.. A total of six banners measuring seven feet tall will display African Americans who participated as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers during the Civil War. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

PeaceJam will host SLAM at InterAmerican Campus, 627 S.W. 27th Ave., on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year’s SLAM, a youth leadership conference, is based on immigration and diversity. There will also be panels, workshops, music and food. PeaceJam is a non-profit, international education program based on Nobel Peace Prize winners. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at all-events/2018-november-3/ For more information, contact Conor O’Brien at or (305) 237-6617.

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Spooky Night Returns To Kendall Campus

Koubek Center To Offer Free Weekly Dance Classes

Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104th St., is hosting Spooky Night on October 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kendall Campus track. The event is billed as a alternative to trick-or-treating. Studentrun clubs and sponsors will be passing out candy and hosting activities, such as games, arts and crafts, music and face painting. Money raised during the event will be donated to Friendship Circle Miami, a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization to support people with special needs. Tickets are cash only and $5 per family.

Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center, 2705 S.W. 3rd St., will offer free weekly dance classes through Baila Little Havana starting in November. Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The courses will cover dance styles such as Afro-Cuban and hip-hop. The Little Havana Social Club will hold concerts and dance parties as part of the Baila Little Havana program The program is in collaboration with the City of Miami’s Live Healthy Little Havana Initiative. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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PeaceJam To Host SLAM At InterAmerican Campus

Hermione’s Army will be hosting a House of Horrors based on reallife events at InterAmerican Campus, 627 S.W. 27th Ave., Room 6018 on October 29 and 30. Hours on Oct. 29 are from 8:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The House of Horrors will lead attendees through four stations based on immigration, LOGO COURTESY OF HERMIONE'S ARMY human right violations in Nicaragua and Venezuela and conversion therapy in Florida. Donations will be collected for Venezuela and Nicaragua. Hermione’s Army is a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, an organization that spreads awareness through literature. The event is free and open to the public.

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Kendall Campus Student Chosen To Participate In NASA College Program

Miami Dade College will host the 35th installation of the Miami Book Fair from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18 at Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave. The Book Fair will host authors such as Liane Moriarty, Tina Brown, Anna Quindlen and Celeste Ng. The fair will also host events such as Lights On at the Porch, which includes food trucks, outLOGO COURTESY OF THE MIAMI BOOK FAIR door games and a community coloring wall from The Wynwood Coloring Book, and the Street Fair, which runs from Nov. 16 to Nov.18. Tickets will be available to the general public on Oct. 29 and to Friends of the Fair on Oct. 17. Admission for the Street Fair is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 13 to 18 and over 62. Admission is free for MDC students, employees and children ages 12 and under. For more information, visit the Miami Book Fair at miamibookfair. com or call (305) 237-3258.

Miami Dade College student Kayla Shelow has been selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars onsite experience. The program runs from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Shelow, 24, is a computer engineering major at Kendall Campus. “It is a once in a lifetime program and I am so excited that I was chosen to go,” Shelow said. “I personally hope that this program will help continue my love for space and my desire to pursue a career in robotics to help advance the technology we use when we travel in space.” The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program is funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program.

Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower has been selected to compete in the 2018 Partners in Preservation: Celebrating Diversity on Main Street, a voting-based competition for the chance to win up to $150,000 in preservation funds. The funds will be put toward the continued renovations of the MDC Museum of Art and Design, specifically in the upkeep of the Cuban Exile Experience Exhibit and the education room. Voting for the Freedom Tower can be done five times a day until Oct. 26. Winners will be announced on Oct. 29. Registering to vote for the Freedom Tower can be done through www. Partners in Preservation is a program fostered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. For more information, contact MDC MOAD at (305) 237-7700 or

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The Time Is Now: Christian Schlaerth speaks to a group of adjunct professors at a protest near North Campus Oct. 4. The group is fighting for the right to unionize, increased pay and better benefits.

Reclaim Our Rights: United members of Miami Dade College's adjunct faculty protest near North Campus on Oct. 4. The group is fighting for the right to unionize.

Native Identity: PeaceJam coordinator Conor O'Brien speaks at InterAmerican Campus about what the word "indigenous" means at the Indigenous Peoples' Day event on Oct. 8. The event featured poets, performers and discussion about the current plight of indigenous peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere.








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MDC Alumnus Fighting To Get His Rights Back FROM AMENDMENT 4, FRONT

Juan Mendieta, director of communications for MDC, said in a statement that MDC believes in restoring the rights of felons as it then leads to drops in incarceration. “People who’ve paid their debt to society deserve a second chance and all studies show that once these people register to vote and take other steps to participate in society, their rate of recidivism and reincarceration drops dramatically,” Mendieta said. That is the goal of Amendment 4. Florida is one of four states— the others being Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia, with 23 other states restoring rights since 1997— to disenfranchise felons from voting, as the original state constitution prohibited the restoration of these rights and subsequent revisions never adapted. This applies to approximately 1.6 million residents, about ten percent of the votingage population. Under Governor Rick Scott, who is also the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, felons must appear before a clemency board in Tallahassee—currently chaired by Scott, along with Attorney General Pam Bondi, Commissioner of

Agriculture Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis—and appeal for their rights to be restored. Since 2011, the office has heard more than 100,000 cases and restored about 2,000 rights, leaving more than 20,000 cases pending. In February, a federal district judge in Tallahassee ruled the board unconstitutional, but the


Right To Vote: Desmond Meade, an MDC alumnus, leads the charge to pass Amendment 4, which would restore voting rights to convicted felons who have served their time.

ruling was later stayed by the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In response to this process, the amendment hopes to provide another method for felons— “returning citizens,” as the FRRC labels them—to re-engage in society. The amendment has received some pushback, mainly in Republican circles. Congressman Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, said in a September interview with the Tampa Bay Times that he doesn’t support an “automatic restoration of voting rights” for felons. His Democratic opponent, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, has voiced support for the amendment. Meade’s dream culminates next month as Florida voters weigh whether or not to pass Amendment 4, which requires 60 percent of the vote to pass. In a September University of North Florida poll of likely voters, 71 percent were likely to vote “YES” to the measure while 21 remain unopposed. “It’s a question of justice and values and what’s so clearly right and wrong,” Young said.” He reminds me of [United States Congressman] John Lewis because he’s so sincere. He’s on the right side of history.”


MDC MOAD Launches Free Admission And Family Days ‰‰ Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design launched Free Admission and Family Days on Sept. 30. The programs were started to bring more traction to the museum by offering affordable options.

that have similar free admissions days and children-tailored activities. “Offering the free days will better enable us to serve everyone in the community,” said Natalia Crujeiras, executive director of cultural affairs for MDC MOAD. “The museum aims to foster inclusivity and resilience while engaging in the local community.” Besides the programs, children under 12 and MDC students and employees receive free admission. General admission is $12. Seniors and military pay $8 and students from non-MDC schools pay $5. “The extensive dialogue with the city is part of our mission,” said Rina Carvajal, the executive director and chief curator of MDC MOAD. “We have a big commitment to Miami and its residents, and our mission is really how art and design can change communities. Since we are relatively new compared to other museums, we have more specialization in keeping the values of the college with social, political, environmental and economical issues, and we do a lot of things that other museums do not do.”

By Stephany Matat Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design wants to see fresh faces. To do so, the museum launched two programs, Free Admission Days and Free Family Days, on Sept. 30. Both programs are on the last Sunday of each month. Museum hours on Sunday are from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Free Family Days programing is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. “The entire staff of the Museum of Art and Design agreed that we wanted to lead people who do not have an affordable disposable income to come to the museum,” said Wanda Texon, the senior curator of MDC MOAD. “It is a family-oriented day to bring more people along with their kids, which brings a large amount of people to look at exhibitions and do fun art projects.” Free Family Days hosts educational programs, artist-led workshops and interactive gallery tours for children ages five to 12. Artist-led workshops are hosted in the educational lab. Workshops are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The initiatives were inspired by other Miami-based institutions

The Museum of Art and Design located at 600 Biscayne Blvd. inside the Freedom Tower. The Museum is open Wednesday through Friday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is also open Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


Free: The Museum of Art and Design will be offering free admission and free family days on the last Sunday of every month.




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Kendall Campus Renovating Parking Garage ‰‰ In an effort to maintain its facilities, Kendall Campus has begun renovations on its parking garage in building L. The renovations, which will last until May of next year, started in October. By Sophia Cruz-Peraza

Kendall Campus’ parking garage is undergoing renovations in an effort to maintain and update the facility. The parking garage, located in building L, is being renovated by Thornton Construction Company Inc. over a period of eight months. The parking garage is set to receive a “nice facelift,” according to Brian Stokes, senior director of campus administration at Kendall Campus. “Through these renovations, the college is making a sincere effort to update our facility in order to allow our students, faculty and guests [to] continue to use and enjoy our facility for years and years to come,” Stokes said. Construction is expected to be ongoing from October 2018 until May 2019. Renovations will include traffic coding, perimeter coding, concrete spalling

and restoration, cable barrier replacement, restriping, drain and water runoff replacement, door and light replacement, pressure cleaning of concrete surfaces and installation of security cameras. Each repair will be taking place on a level-by-level basis. The project will be completed through a series of six phases. The first phase of mobilization and staging started on Oct. 1. • •

closed throughout the duration of the project. “Our intentions are to post signs and notices at the entrance of the garage that

indicates what levels are being worked on,” Stokes said. “There will always be levels open for parking.” In an email sent on Oct. 1,

Stokes advised students and faculty to park in the surrounding lots. “I recognize that this is a lengthy and inconvenient

project, but it is our goal to improve the campus facilities for the benefit of all who study, teach and work here,” Stokes said in the email.

Second phase: 5th level from Oct. 16 to Dec. 25 Third phase: 4th level from Oct. 25 to Jan. 22, 2019 Fourth phase: 2nd and 3rd levels from Nov. 2 to Mar. 18, 2019 and Nov. 9 to May 13, 2019 Fifth phase: interior 1st level from Nov. 16 to May 31, 2019 Sixth phase: heating, ventilation and air conditioning on the ground floor from Dec. 12 to Feb. 6, 2019

Students and faculty will be able to park on levels that are not being worked on in their respective phase. However, a section on the ground level will remain


Better Parking: Kendall Campus' parking garage in building L is undergoing renovations until May of next year.

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New Leadership At Medical Campus ‰‰ Medical Campus has appointed Bryan Stewart as its new campus president and Tommie Norris as the dean of the Benjamin Leon School of Nursing. The duo started in August. By Corbin Bolies New faces have arrived at Medical Campus. Miami Dade College has appointed Bryan Stewart as Medical Campus president and Tommie Norris as dean of the Benjamin Leon School of Nursing. Stewart took office on Aug. 20 and Norris arrived two days later. “I think the history is very strong and Miami Dade [College] has an amazing Stewart reputat ion,” Stewart said. “And I’d like to continue that, of course.” Stewart previously served as the Vice President of the Trinity River Campus at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. Initially hesitant to leave, he was impressed by college president Eduardo Padrón’s leadership and national reputation, Medical Campus’ baccalaureate offerings and MDC’s partnership with local hospitals. “The impact Miami Dade [College] has on the hospitals in the area is amazing,” Stewart said


The impact Miami Dade [College] has on the hospitals in the area is amazing.

Bryan Stewart, new Medical Campus president

before touching on one of his goals. “I want hospitals to see us as a service entity — I want them to see MDC as their provider.” With that workforce goal in mind, Stewart looks forward to a new simulation building housed at Medical Campus and new health science options as ways to help build the new generation. "Our new building will allow us to do some corporate training and offer training that we've never been able to offer before," Stewart said. "We can create what we call stacked credentials—we can provide students with an entry[-level] job." That idea goes hand-in-hand with Norris’ vision. “We definitely need more diversity in the nursing workforce to mirror our nation,” Norris said. It was that goal that drove Norris to MDC, despite initially finding it hard to leave her position at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. “I really had to do some soulsearching because did I really want to leave Tennessee?” Norris said. “[But] the main thing that

led me here was the love towards d iver se students, s p e c i f ic a lly diverse Norris n u r s i n g students.” In her role as dean, one of Norris’ first priorities is to get an overview of the school and how it can improve. “One of the first things would be focus groups,” Norris said. “What have we done well, how can we improve?” She also hopes to zero in on the lesson plans, making sure they are adequately preparing students for their roles beyond the classroom. “I want to make sure anything we do in the curriculum helps them in class but also helps students work in the community,” Norris said. Those shared ideals are what bind Stewart and Norris together, both in leadership styles and their goals for the campus through this year and beyond. “Dr. Norris and I started two days apart,” Stewart said. “We’re kind of together as we start this journey.” Norris agrees with that sentiment. “He has the same interests as I do in making sure we’re successful for our students to make sure they understand what it means to give back to our community,” Norris said.


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New Podcast Series Coming To The Idea Center This November This school is home to many people from many different types of backgrounds. At the same time, there are many people who aren’t able to go to the events taking place; I wanted to bring it to them through the podcasts.


executive director of the Idea Center, about doing a podcast of her own and was later given the opportunity to host the series. “There’s a certain disconnect with how we use tech and we can fill that gap outside of the classroom,” Milliance said. “Through the podcast series, I have a chance to learn about important subjects within today’s society while at the same time helping others learn and understand these topics.” Subsequent releases will cover a broad array of subjects ranging from tech and entrepreneurship to race and gender subjects. “The plan is to grow the Pioneers Podcast into one that can tell the story of a lot of individuals who can relate to being in Miami as a student, someone who’s coming back to college, someone who’s pursuing education for the first time, whatever the story may be,” Bhatia said. Frederick pitched the concept to Bhatia this summer in early June. “David and I got together and wanted to take this already-established series, and amplify it to a much larger audience than what we presently have,” Bhatia said. When Frederick pitched the idea to Bhatia, his intention was to give “voice to the voiceless” and speak about issues and communities that are largely underrepresented. “So much of what we do with

David Frederick, founder of Audastio

entrepreneurship and the community, [they aren’t] always able to have access to the services and programs of tech entrepreneurship centers and events,” Bhatia said. “What brought us together was his passion and desire to do podcasts along with our desire to reach out to those audiences.” As of now, Audastio is producing the podcast series pro bono, with Frederick’s only goal being to expand the reach and influence of the series, but the Idea Center is hoping to find sponsors in order to increase the frequency of releases. “It is my way of giving back to the college and community for everything they have given me,” Frederick said.


Tune In: Johanna Mikkola speaking at her Pioneers @ MDC series on July 25. During her session, she spoke of closing the gender gap in tech and empowering women to pursue careers in the industry. A podcast of the event will be released in November.


Food Service Areas At Three MDC Campuses Going Green ‰‰ North, Kendall and Homestead Campuses have started to eliminate the usage of styrofoam in their food service areas. The regulation started this semester after the YES! Club pushed for more environmentally-friendly solutions. Canteen is the food vendor at all three locations. By Teresa Schuster North, Kendall and Homestead Campuses began phasing out the usage of styrofoam this semester. Kendall and Homestead replaced all products in their food service areas with biodegradable alternatives. The change is a result of Miami Dade College's administration working with the YES! Club at the campuses, along with contract negotiations with their food vendor, Canteen. The club has focused on environmental and sustainability issues and has been working for years to try and reduce styrofoam usage on campus. “I think [banning styrofoam] is a very necessary step,” Anouchka


Styrofoam is a non-biodegradable material that takes 500 or more years to decompose. I am a changemaker for protecting the environment because we all need to recognize our environmental footprint and the impacts our decisions have on our shared home.

Maria Parra, former Kendall Campus branch president of the YES! Club

Rachelson, the Kendall Campus YES! Club’s adviser said. “I’m very proud of the students’ accomplishment. They worked very hard.” The initiative took effect when MDC negotiated its contract with Canteen earlier this year. In the negotiations, both parties worked in conjunction to devise the best solution for replacing styrofoam-based products with ones


All Smiles: Kendall Campus YES! Club member, Jada Dean (blue bandana), enjoys her lunch while speaking to other club members. Her food is in a biodegradable container after the campus implemented a regulation to phase out styrofoam in their food service areas.



Going Green: Kendall Campus employee Trevor Townsen hands a student a meal. This semester, North, Kendall and Homestead Campuses are phasing out styrofoam at their food service areas in exchange for biodegradable options. that are more environmentally friendly. “You want to be socially responsible,” Canteen Regional Director Ramon Gonzalez said. “Customers are always asking for companies to be responsible.” The club’s push began three years ago, when its then-Kendall Campus branch president, Maria Parra, decided that banning styrofoam would be the best start to reducing the college’s environmental footprint. The students in the club created a video and presentation to support the campaign, wrote petitions and held a peaceful protest on campus. They also worked with campus administration and the impact team. “Styrofoam is a non-biodegradable material that takes 500



or more years to decompose,” Parra said in the video. “I am a changemaker for protecting the environment because we all need to recognize our environmental footprint and the impacts our decisions have on our shared home.” Christian Acevedo, the current president of the YES! Club’s North campus branch, said that styrofoam, besides harming the environment, is also a health hazard. “As styrofoam is heated, it releases toxins,” he said. “Let’s say you have hot food in a styrofoam container. Those toxins that are in the styrofoam can go into your food. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t want to eat something like that.” However, while styrofoam is being phased out in the cafeterias and cafes at North, Kendall and Homestead Campuses, there is no permanent rule set by the College.

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The club said that they would like the College to add a rule to its policies and procedures that would require it to use sustainable products. That way, if the contract with the vendors ever fell through, the ban on styrofoam would remain in force. Danilo de-la-Torre, the president of the YES! Club at Kendall Campus, said they will continue to push the college to be more sustainable. Next on the agenda is working on eliminating straws and plastic bags on campus. “The College has an extensive track record of environmental sustainability and environmentallyfriendly practices going back to the ‘70s,” said Juan Mendieta, the MDC’s director of communications. “This is the right thing to do, and it’s very important to us.”

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Students And Faculty Filming Documentary On Displaced Puerto Rican Students ‰‰ Faculty and students are working on a documentary, Forging New Lives After Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rican Student Voices, featuring displaced Puerto Rican students at Miami Dade College. An excerpt of the documentary will be screened at Homestead Campus on Oct. 30. By Katherine Wallace-Fernandez Hurricane Maria hit close to home for Victor Vazquez-Hernandez. The Puerto Rican native has family on the Island. His daughter and grandson live there, so he was worried when the hurricane struck in 2017. After the storm, the Miami Dade College history professor started noticing displaced Puerto Rican students pop up in his classes. Vazquez-Hernandez wanted to do something to help. “I thought about something visual because the storm had been so visual,” he said. Vazquez-Hernandez joined forces with Homestead Campus professors Susan Lichtman and Jairo Ledesma and retired professor Magdalena Lamarre, who is also Puerto Rican, to film Forging New Lives After HurPHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL PONCE ricane Maria: Puerto Rican Student Voices, a documentary featuring displaced students Behind the Scenes: Miami Dade College students and faculty joined forces to create a documentary about displaced Puerto Rican students at MDC. (Pictured left to right: Magat MDC. The professors recruited about a dozen dalena Lamarre, Merlina Ramirez, Karen Hejia, Daniel Ponce and Paola Arroyo) students to transcribe interviews, edit video and film the project. because they’re listening. They’re inter- A lot of time conflicts but we have been “They’re majoring in this field, TV, digital viewing them.” getting it done,” Ponce said. “It’s very emoproduction, but to see them get so involved, One of those students is Daniel Ponce. tional. It’s very touching to hear the stories, and they’re not getting paid, and this is He was in Lichtman’s speech class this past to see them cry, especially during the internot being done for a class,” Lamarre said. spring semester when he heard about the views It’s been an emotional ride.” “They’re benefitting from it greatly, but documentary. Filming started in the spring semester. this is being done just for that interest. It’s Ponce is now the director of photog- The crew received a community project good to see them grow and see how they’re raphy, logistics lead and editor for the grant of $4,670 from the Florida Humanities putting their heart into it and how I think documentary. Council to fund the work. they’ve been impacted by the interviews “We are interviewing them to record their “It’s been fun. It’s been a lot of pressure.

They’re benefitting from it greatly, but this is being done just for that interest. It’s good to see them grow and see how they’re putting their heart into it and how I think they’ve been impacted by the interviews because they’re listening. They’re interviewing them.

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stories, to record their experiences, find out about not only what it was like going through the hurricane, surviving the hurricane, but learning more about what went into their decisions to come to the mainland to continue their studies and so forth,” Lichtman said. An eight-to-ten minute excerpt will be released for Hispanic Heritage Month on Oct. 30 at Homestead Campus from 12:40 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. in Room F-222. The full documentary will be released in early 2019 and shown during various community screenings. Raw interview footage will also be archived at the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Wolfson Campus. “The experience of talking to these young people about the hurricane is always a tearjerker—even the cameraman is crying, the person doing the interview, the interviewee—because it was devastating,” VazquezHernandez said. “For those of us who live here you have some idea, but this hurricane in part destroyed practically the whole island. Their stories are really, really tough to listen to.”

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Men's Basketball

Miami-Raised Quartet Leads Sharks

‰‰ The Sharks are counting on Elton Walker, Kaevon Tyler, Ben Tal and Alberto Hernandez to lead this year’s team, providing athleticism and perimeter shooting. By Christian Ortega For as long as Sharks head basketball coach Kevin Ledoux can remember, the Miami Dade College men’s team hasn't had this much home-grown talent going into a season. Elton Walker, Ben Tal, Albert Hernandez and returning sophomore Kaevon Tyler will add Miami flavor to this year’s roster. “These are an excellent group of young men,” Ledoux said. “They have been great teammates and are the athletic shooters our team thrives with.” Some of them have history together as teammates on AAU teams or as rivals in high school. That experience has helped them form a bond. Here are their stories:

Ben Tal A six-foot one-inch guard out of West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Tal has used basketball to keep him at ease throughout his life. Born in Brooklyn, he spent the first years of his life bouncing from Israel to Miami to Brooklyn because of his father’s job. But basketball kept him grounded. He played pickup games wherever he lived. However, it wasn’t until he settled in Miami in the seventh grade that he took up the sport competitively. “It all came naturally to me,” Tal said. “Each time I played it, I found more reasons to love it.” Through constant practice and hard work in the gym, Tal developed a basketball IQ that is “off the charts,” according to Ledoux. It’s that high IQ that drew Ledoux to recruit him. Tal took that opportunity to play in a system that maximized his strengths while allowing him to stay close to his family. Tal said it’s his ability to flip the switch between scoring and facilitating that he loves most. “I get more out of the game taking defenses apart,” he said. “Once I know my defender’s weakness, I move on to the next man on


Dual Threat: Freshman guard Elton Walker, who played at Miami Killian Senior High last year, is expected to help the Sharks on the offensive and defensive end. defense until I have their whole team figured out.”

Elton Walker Basketball wasn’t Elton Walker’s first love. Football was what gave him life. Playing safety and running back for the Palmetto Bay Broncos, a Pop Warner team, he had a bright future in the sport until he broke his hip when he was 12 years old. Devastated, he thought his athletic career was done. “I had to put in a lot of work after the injury,” Walker said. “After I got hurt, I didn’t even want to play sports. I was too worried about putting too much pressure on my hip and reinjuring myself.” He possessed the necessary athleticism to succeed in basketball but lacked the fundamental skills to prosper. Walker spent his sophomore year at Miami Killian Senior High School working with coaches after practice to transition from a raw prospect to one of the team’s stars. “When I started playing basketball, all I could do was grab rebounds because I still had that football instinct,” Walker said. “Without my coaches and the practice I put in, I wouldn’t have been able to develop properly.” Through basketball, the Richmond Heights native gained a second life. “I love everything about it, shooting the ball, playing defense and competing,” Walker said. “It’s hard to get a better feeling.” Walker, a guard, chose MDC because of its fast-paced offensive system and because it allows him to continue to develop. “He’s as hard a worker as they come,” Ledoux said. “He’s like a sponge, everything you tell him, he does it perfectly.” At MDC, Walker has also been afforded the opportunity to continue practicing at his high school, given its proximity to Kendall Campus. “When I left, coach told me that the door was always open,” Walker said.

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Heady Player: Ben Tal is a six-foot one-inch guard with a basketball IQ that coaches describe as "off the charts."

Alberto Hernandez’s life follows the same storyline as many Miamians. Born in Havana, Cuba, Hernandez left the country when he was seven years old

for a chance to prosper in the United States. He arrived in Mexico from Cuba by plane then Hernandez and his family took a four-day bus trip to Miami. “The ride was terrible, just terrible. I was young. I kept getting a rash from the ride and we had little food throughout the trip,” Hernandez said. “It was all for the better opportunities and life my parents knew we would have here. It was all part of the sacrifice.” Once they settled in Westchester, he struggled until he learned English. Hernandez wasn’t always a basketball player. He recalls his first memories happening during baseball practice when he was 12. Between drills, he would go to a nearby basketball court and take shots. His baseball coach noticed and suggested he take up basketball. Hernandez never looked back. CHRISTIAN ORTEGA / The Reporter He developed a quick trigger, becoming a Cuban Steph Top Dawg: Sophomore guard Kaevon Tyler averaged Curry, with the green light to 13.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Sharks last take a shot whenever or wher- year. ever he wanted—a skill he developed by spending hours practicing. “He’s able to make whatever shot he’s During his senior year, Hernandez broke given,” said Tal who played with Hernandez Southwest Miami Senior High School’s re- on the Miami Runnin Rebels AAU team.“It’s cord for points and three-pointers. like he and I never skipped a beat. We had “He can shoot from anywhere,” Ledoux instant chemistry from our first day at said. “He’s the player we want to come in the Dade.” game during important moments and light the other team’s defense on fire.” Kaevon Tyler For Hernandez, a guard, basketball was the best way to advance in life and take adThe lone sophomore from the group of vantage of the free education it has afforded Miami players, Kaevon Tyler is the team’s him. His ultimate goal is to become a physi- heart and soul. cal therapist so he can provide his two-yearThe guard averaged 13.8 points and 3.4 old son, Jayden, a good life. rebounds per game last year. Tyler plans to have an elevated leadership role this season. In practice, he shouts at his teammates, encouraging them to play harder and congratulating them when they make a shot. On the court, coaches gawk at his athletic prowess and shot selection. “Guys play with him and they feed off his energy,” said Sharks assistant coach Chris Vincent. “He can not only shoot the crap out of the ball but he’s always providing the team with energy.” Raised in Liberty City, it shaped him into the man he is today. “At any time you can see someone getting shot or robbed,” Tyler said. “Being able to have the opportunity to get out of that situation and being at MDC is a blessing because even when I go back to visit Liberty City, I dread staying there for too long.” Tyler saw his older brother, Alvin Tyler, go down the wrong path. “After seeing my brother arrested a few times and shot a few times, I knew this wasn’t the life I was meant to live,” Tyler said. “I had to find a way out.” When Tyler was 11 years old, he joined the South Beach All-Stars, now known as Nike South Beach. Tyler attended South Miami Senior High School because it’s a basketball powerhouse in South Florida. Doing so meant that each day he had to wake up at 5 a.m. to commute to school. While at South Miami, Tyler played against his current MDC teammates Walker and Hernandez. Tyler and the Cobras dominated those games. “Our games were intense,” Walker said. CHRISTIAN ORTEGA / The Reporter “Everytime we got on the court, we gave it our all but there was no stopping Kaevon. Chef Hernandez: Freshman Albert HerHe wanted to win.” nandez is a five-foot ten-inch guard out of Southwest Miami Senior High School is looking to keep opposing defenses on their toes with his shooting range.



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Women's Basketball

Sister, Sister Act For Lady Sharks Basketball ‰‰ Michelle and Monique Pruitt, two sisters from Chicago were heavily recruited out of high school. This year, they hope to combine their talents on the court and help the Lady Sharks succeed. By Christian Ortega Basketball has always played a prominent role in the lives of sisters Michelle and Monique Pruitt. Their mom, Chris Pruitt—a former basketball player at the University of Wisconsin—indoctrinated them in sport. “She did everything to get us to perfect our fundamentals early on so that from there, the sport could come easy to us,” Monique said. The sisters are banking on that training to bring success on the court to the Lady Sharks this season. “What they give to the team is a one-two punch,” said Lady Sharks head coach Susan Summons. “With Michelle, she gives us the ability to space the floor while providing a reliable low-post presence and veteran leadership, coming from a Division I school. Monique is one of those hyperathletic guards that can almost do


Sister, Sister: Monique (left) and Michelle (right) Pruitt plan to showcase their basketball talent at Miami Dade College this season. The siblings, from Chicago, have spent their lives immersed in the sport. it all, shoot, pass and drive.” Although Summons hasn’t decided how much playing time the duo will get, their chemistry has already been felt by teammates. “Every player likes things differently,” fellow Chicago native and current Lady Sharks teammate Daliyah Brown said. “It helps to

have them both together on the same team because they help give us advice to know how one prefers her passes or where they like to take their shots. It’s given us an advantage in practice.” Brown, a guard, was also Monique’s AAU adversary in Chicago. “Before, when we got on the

court, we were rivals. I wanted to do nothing else but make sure I beat [Monique]. We didn’t like each other when we played,” Brown said. “But now, we’ve gotten closer and it’s helped our team adapt and work better.” The sisters grew up in the suburbs of South Holland, Chicago.

They constantly competed against each other. That competition made them stronger. Michelle, 18, graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Illinois in 2017, where she helped lead her team to the Southwest Suburban Conference championship. She spent her freshman year of college playing at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, averaging 7.7 points and five rebounds per game. But she didn’t feel the program was the best fit for her talent. “They had me as a back-to-thebasket type of player,” Michelle said. “I rarely got a chance to step out and expand my range.” Monique, 17, graduated from Montverde Academy near Orlando in 2018 with a plethora of Division I offers. The freshman guard picked Miami Dade College because she believes it offers a great opportunity to nurture her talent. “We really feel that with the system coach [Summons] has, we can reach our peak as players,” Michelle said. The Lady Sharks start their season on the road Nov. 2 versus Hillsborough Community College at 6 p.m.


Lady Sharks' Mayeux Proves To Be The ‘Total Package’ ‰‰ Melissa Mayeux, a shortstop on the Lady Sharks softball team, had a stellar season last year despite suffering through a 30-loss season. This year, the sophomore, who lead the team in home runs, batting average and runs batted in, hopes to change the team’s culture. By Alexzandria Windley Sitting under the sweltering South Florida sun after a practice session, shortstop Melissa Mayeux is recounting the sour memories of a disappointing first season that saw the Lady Sharks lose 30 games. “Last year, we had a good team, but we didn’t show up in games,” Mayeux recalls. “We didn’t have the mentality to overcome other teams.” This is a mindset that Mayeux, a Frenchnative who originally came to the United States to play baseball, hopes to change this season. Mayeux did her part last year and was the team’s undisputed best player. She had a team-leading .371 batting average, eight home runs and 27 runs batted in. "[Melissa] is the total package as a softball player," said Lady Sharks head softball coach Gina De Agüero. But Mayeux always sees room for improvement. A big part of the Lady Sharks problem last year was its inability to close out tight games. She believes part of the problem is the team wasn’t prepare physically enough for the season. This season, Mayeux is undergoing endless ball drills and a flurry of muscle exercises, to prepare for the potential this season has. “Last year, the majority of the team were all freshmen, it’s hard to build a team [like


Last year, the majority of the team were all freshmen, it’s hard to build a team [like that]. The majority of us came back again this year, so we know what we expect [with] other teams.

Melissa Mayeux, Lady Sharks softball team shortstop

that],” Mayeux said. “The majority of us came back again this year, so we know what we expect [with] other teams.” Mayeux’s tactical awareness of the game and her willingness to study to make herself and her teammates better will be crucial if the Lady Sharks want to have a winning season. Known as a silent leader whose work ethic draws others around her to follow her example, Mayeux takes extra repetitions at practice to make sure her mechanics are perfect. “It’s a joy to watch her play,” said 20-yearold catcher/outfielder, Erika Yatabe. The Lady Sharks are preparing for the season by playing a host of scrimmages against Lynn University, Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University in October. Mayeux hopes the hard work pays off. She has high hopes for the upcoming season. “I, at least, want to go to the State Championship and win,” Mayeux said with a chuckle. The Lady Sharks start the season on Jan. 19 on the road versus ASA College at noon. mdc.thereporter



French Phenom: Sophomore shortstop, Melissa Mayeux, was the lone star in an otherwise lackluster season for the Lady Sharks softball team. This year she's hoping to propel the team to a winning season and Southern Conference Championship. @mdcthereporter

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End Of An Era As Bayfront Park Loses Ultra

‰‰ Marcello Cuadra writes about the recent city commission vote to remove the Ultra Music Festival from Bayfront Park, evicting the electronic music festival from its famous location. By Marcello Cuadra The moment that thousands of Ultra Music Festival fans have feared for years will officially become a reality in 2019. After a unanimous vote on Sept. 27, the city of Miami commission rejected a renewal contract that would have kept the electronic music festival in Bayfront Park for the next five years, despite that being its home for almost two decades. City commissioner Joe Carollo led the effort to terminate the contract with the infamous festival after complaints were flowing in from downtown residents who were reporting loud music, massive crowds, violence and traffic jams. Ultra released a statement following the vote, stating that they were “naturally disappointed” but that it didn’t mark the end of Ultra, as they are still looking forward to staging the next edition of the festival next year. Established in 1999, Ultra Music Festival has progressively become part of Miami’s culture. Originally a one-day event, Ultra brought thousands of people from around the world to Miami. This raised the tourism industry in Miami to new heights. Ultra has become somewhat of a tradition for locals. Seeing the stage go up year after year, one can’t help but feel slightly disheartened at the thought of it never standing again in downtown.


Change Of Venue: Ultra faces uncertainty after losing its Bayfront Park home after the city of Miami commission rejected a renewal contract for the venue during a vote on Sept. 27. Wolfson Campus student Sebastian Revollo, 21, who has attended Ultra four years in a row, isn’t looking forward to the changes in location, believing that the city should not get rid of something that attracts so many tourists from around the world. “When I see the stages being built, I feel excited, obviously, but also very privileged to live in a city where such events are held,” Revollo said. Although Revollo is disappointed by the news, he says he can

also sympathize with residents of downtown as it restricts residents from the park for over a month while they build and take apart the stages. “When you take these things into consideration, it’s easy to understand why residents are upset. Revello said. “It’s a double-edged sword.” Following the news regarding Ultra, it's hard to imagine where they will host next year’s festival. With an overall attendance of 330,000 people, Ultra Music

Festival is considered one of the largest and most well-attended festivals in the world. Wolfson Campus testing department employee Phillip Leblanche, 30, who has attended the festival for the last seven years, says this news does not come as a shock to him as he has been seeing the opposition against Ultra from neighboring condo residents for years. “It was only a matter of time,” Leblanche said. Disappointed with the

commission’s decision, he says that downtown was the perfect location because it was close to hotels, restaurants, beaches and other events. “A new location might make it more difficult for people to get to and from places, potentially harming Ultra’s revenue in the process,” he said. Despite not knowing where its 2019 location will be, one thing is certain—Ultra Music Festival will always be a part of Miami’s culture.


Netflix’s Animated Darling Is BoJack Horseman ‰‰ Stephany Matat writes about how BoJack Horseman managed to become the success it is today and what messages it has delivered, especially in its recent fifth season. By Stephany Matat “Back in the ‘90s, I was in a very famous TV show…” The shows end credits summarize the overall concept of the show, BoJack Horseman paved its way to being a relatable yet absurd comedy-drama as a Netflix animated series. While depicting the nature of comedy within the flawed and stereotypical society of Hollywood, this show also explores the deeper human condition by addressing current events, societal issues, controversy and overall connecting to the daily struggles of the common man. The journey this satirical show goes through brings a sense of relatability to the audience, especially in a message that almost breaks television’s “fourth wall.” The primary target audience for this series is usually college


An Animated Wonder: Netflix's BoJack Horseman brilliantly explores a variety of emotions relatable to people through the use of animals. students, but it has made its way to touch the hearts of many older adults and even some children in their late-teens. Each season depicts a different phase in Horseman’s life. The gradual elevation of drama throughout the series also manages to reflect

a central comedic aspect that almost makes the audience laugh at their own similarities with the show. With the rising popularity, BoJack Horseman has been celebrated immensely for its brilliance and growth. The show won the


Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Animated Series in 2016, awards from the Writers’ Guild of America in both 2017 and 2018 and was nominated for an Emmy last month. The show’s success reached a new level when the show was



announced as the first Netflix show to reach syndication on cable television. Netflix finally licensed the show to Comedy Central on Sept. 26, demonstrating the demand for this emotionally-contrasting series. BoJack Horseman debuted its fifth season on Sept. 14, one that relates especially to relationships. Each season has an individual theme that portrays the struggle of its audience, and this one targeted relationships since its audience has primarily been focusing on these cases with the #MeToo movement or with the feminist rallies, and also because the producers understand the elevation the show was taking and realized that it was time to address a topic of particular composition that affects every person at one point. This conflict between comedy and drama that constantly irks at the mind overall renders an equilibrium to the audience. The contrasting effect of the episodes is prominent within the series, ranging from psychedelic and adrenaline-filled episodes such as Downer Ending or episodes that tear openly at the audience’s heart like That’s Too Much Man!

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Originality Flounders In The Age Of Revivals

Rations Reviewed In YouTube Series

‰‰ Corbin Bolies writes about the recent sweep of television revivals and how, despite their short-term successes, it can lead to the long-term erosion of original content. By Corbin Bolies What’s old is new again, but that doesn’t always make it better in the Golden Age of television. Networks from all ends of the entertainment spectrum continue reviving old shows, with programs like Murphy Brown and The Conners — minus the formerly titualar Conner, Roseanne Barr, due to racist remarks the actress made over the summer — on broadcast and others like Fuller House and Gilmore Girls on Netflix inhabiting the field. However, despite their general popularity, shows like these risk taking away from the creative sphere. This is a newfound trend in the TV industry. As broadcast ratings have declined and streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu began to deliver higher-quality shows, networks looked toward their past archives to provide a built-in viewer base. This led to new seasons of shows like 24 and The X-Files, moderate successes that gave networks the go-ahead to produce more. However, with those successes comes a draw away from original content. Those prestiges networks began including their own revivals, with Netflix bringing back shows like Full House recently, announcing a live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender while others like Amazon dig into entertainment’s past (their most notable example: a live-action series based off The

Lord of the Rings, a complete retelling). That doesn’t bode well for television now. It is much harder to market a series like Manifest, a new NBC drama, than it is to market the second season of the revived Will & Grace. The networks continue to invest in the shows, yes, but they don’t have as much worry about their successes when they can always look backwards to reinvigorate the now. It isn’t a phenomenon exclusive to television. Disney has ridden the nostalgia wave of late, debuting live-action versions of their acclaimed films (next up: The Lion King and Aladdin); reboots of films are continuously occurring (A Star Is Born, Murder On The Orient Express); and studios continue to try and live in the worlds of box-office success (the Wizarding World in Fantastic Beasts, a galactic adventure in Star Wars). But what is unique to the world of television is its continuous process. Movies are made in two to three years while an episode of television is done in six weeks, making the turnaround significantly quicker and the rate of investment much sooner. Networks know this, which has led them to turn to what did make money versus what could. It’s a short-term business goal, and while the effort has proven moderately successful — the rebooted Roseanne was enough of a ratings success to support a Roseanneless second season — it makes one question whether creativity can survive in an industry meant for it. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS

MREs For All: Military rations contain a variety of different contents and are produced throughout the world. Steve Thomas reviews them for his YouTube channel. ‰‰ Ethan Toth writes about Steve Thomas’ YouTube series, in which Thomas reviews military rations from different points in history. By Ethan Toth


Old Is New: In an age where television is becoming dependent on revivals, it leads to a lack of original content. The Connors, a spin-off of Roseanne, is one such example.

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If one went through their grandfather’s old war memorabilia and found a 50-yearold can of spaghetti from their time in Vietnam, the pressurized hiss it’d make when opened may not sound particularly appealing. But to Steve Thomas, also known as Steve1989 on YouTube, it may just be music to his ears. Since November 2015, Thomas has been reviewing military and survival rations for the purposes of documenting them and preserving the often fascinating Meals Ready to Eat (MRE). In every video, Steve delivers a brief background on the ration—where it came from, the significance of when it was produced and, most importantly, the contents inside of it. His most popular videos include a 2015 Russian Mountain ration, an 1863 cracker from the Civil war and a 1945 U.S World War II Breakfast ration. As one can’t have a food review without trying them, Thomas is no stranger to consuming old food if it passes a basic smell and sight test, never trying anything that looks strange or has a foul odor. His commitment to trying them has resulted in finding some delicious and foul foods. Such disgusting rations include a


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2008 U.S Veggie Omelet, aptly nicknamed the “Vomelet,” and a 1959 Royal Canadian Air Force ration which included Jelly Bars that made him gag and describe it as “one of the more grueling experiences he’s had with it [a ration].” The bad ration experience peaked before his channel even started when he tried a 2015 Ukranian ration and contracted E. coli from it. Thankfully, there have been better options: a 2017 U.S Chicken Burrito where he says, “That hardly seems like something from an MRE.” For a surprisingly decadent MRE, look no further than the 2015 French RCIR Ostrich and Cranberry Sauce ration. In between bites, Thomas would describe it as “incredible,” “savory” and “tender”—“a meal I would have for Christmas.” Thomas began his fascination with MRE’s as a child after his veteran uncle brought home a few for him to try. After his first bite, he was hooked. He thought “This is what heroes eat. This is hero food.” His next step would be getting involved with MREinfo. com where users would share and discuss their thoughts on MRE’s and rations. This was his catalyst; Thomas would soon begin posting his reviews there before the creation of his YouTube channel. Now with a cumulative total of more than 100,000,000 views and more than 800,000 subscribers, Thomas has found a perfect niche to cover and an audience more than willing to strap in and listen to a calm and mild-mannered man eat a 33-year-old ham and chicken loaf.

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Climate Change Won’t Stop On Its Own

‰‰ Jason Perez writes about the dangers Florida faces due to climate change and how the state government has done nothing to help.

By Jason Perez In the last few decades, our planet’s climate has been changing and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. There are many factors that cause these changes, but the most prevalent one is the human factor. Climate change has a wide range of effects on the planet that puts millions of people at risk due to the sea level and oceans’ temperatures rising and increasingly powerful and destructive storms. No place knows the


damaging effects that climate change will have better than Florida. Due to Florida’s location and geography, it is at high risk, mainly because of its vulnerability to the rising of sea levels. The majority of Florida is at a low elevation, particularly South Florida, which is only about three to six feet above sea level on average. Because of this, research has shown us that if the sea level continues to increase,

areas in Monroe and Miami-Dade counties could be submerged in water in the coming decades. Even with proof from the scientific and environmentalist communities of the damage that climate change is going to inflict on our communities, our leaders in Tallahassee have done nothing to help combat the problem. The dreadful record of Governor Rick Scott’s administration includes their

gutting of our state’s hallmark environmental and conservation programs, such as Florida Forever, which was set up during Gov. Jeb Bush’s administration with a starting budget of $300 million. Last year, it was cut back to about $10 million. Scott has also cut the budget of the of Florida Department of Environmental Protection. During his eight years in office, the department’s budget has been cut from about 2 billion to a little more than 1.4 billion in 2018. Scott has also rolled back many environmental regulations, and, in 2016, signed a law into effect that weakened the standards on the amount of toxic chemicals that can be dumped into our rivers and lakes, according to the Miami Herald. But luckily, with the election later this year, Floridians have the opportunity to help change what Scott did to our state’s environment. “I believe the pollution in the water is a reflection of the pollution in Tallahassee,” said Heath Rassner, a candidate for the Florida House. “Our environmental problems are a result of politicians’ unwillingness to prioritize real solutions over ideology and personal agendas.”

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Honor Societies Aren’t Just About Grades ‰‰ Claudia Hernandez writes about how Miami Dade College’s honor society has helped her and encourages students to consider the benefits of joining one.

By Claudia Hernandez When I was in high school, my friends in college would tell me that they were part of their college’s honor society. Back then,

I imagined it as something very difficult to reach. Now that I’m at Miami Dade College and part of Phi Theta Kappa, the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for community colleges, I can confirm that it is, indeed, challenging, but it’s worth the effort. I moved to Miami almost two years ago and as an international student decided to aim for the best grades I could possibly achieve—an A in every class. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA has helped me a lot. It was the main reason why I got invited to be part of PTK (membership requirement is to have 3.5+ GPA). However, once I became a member of this amazing society, I realized that education signifies much more than just having good grades. Phi Theta Kappa has shown me the importance of taking advantage of all the resources available to students, and how significant it is to learn and help others

around you to learn as well. Many argue that paying a fee to join an honor society is a waste of money. I can say with confidence that it isn’t. At MDC, we are very lucky to have an active PTK executive board that aspires to involve every member in every way possible. There even is a Whatsapp group chat where all the important opportunities that happen around campus are announced, including volunteer events and scholarships. Moreover, a new point system has been introduced to keep everyone involved which includes prizes and higher positions as members. For instance, last year I won the Outstanding Team Member Award at the Induction Ceremony. I didn’t even notice that I was contributing so much; I just knew I was having fun and meeting a lot of new people while volunteering. Now let’s talk about scholarships—the best part of honor societies for many. Phi

Theta Kappa offers hundreds of scholarships worth 87 million. However, as with everything else in life, you can’t ask for something without working to obtain it. Multiple scholarships are going to be available to you, but it is your responsibility to pay attention to deadlines and participate in opportunities that will allow you to show your involvement with the honor society. Being part of an honor society is more than just getting good grades. So, please aspire to join one. It will not only encourage you to excel in class but will teach you how to work in a team and how to use your time wisely. This is my advice to you: don’t wait until it’s too late to get involved on campus. It will amaze you when you see how beautiful it is to help others while improving your resume by having more responsibilities and accomplishments, and potentially getting scholarships.


Social Spaces Hold Society Together ‰‰ Genesis Sotomayor writes about how the United States’ social infrastructure, which facilitates communities’ education and communication, is no less important than its economic growth.

By Genesis Sotomayor President Donald J. Trump’s ambitious infrastructure plan revolves around the idea of building new bridges, highways, railways and waterways all across the United States. As a South Floridian, I can understand and appreciate the importance of any infrastructure plan that relieves the stress and congestion of traffic in Miami. However, when analyzing the panorama of American life, it’s noticeable that we’re backtracking on a couple of areas of civic life.

Considering the direction in which our society is moving, it’s not shocking that the American citizenry and government is fixated on economic growth, but social infrastructure is just as important, and if anything, just as dire. These physical spaces create bonds that are beyond economic. Social infrastructure offers foundational services that improve and support the quality of life of a nation, region, city or neighborhood. Social infrastructure also molds the way people come into a space, fostering good ways of interacting with one another. In an era of polarization and divisiveness, social spaces can help mend the glue that holds society together. Within social spaces, people come together for the same reasons. They allow people to get past their personal and political differences, expanding their sense of understanding for one another. Within safe spaces, we come across challenges that allow us to reflect on how we interact with one another, as well as teach us how we should interact with one another. For example, libraries serve as important community hubs. In libraries, people are welcome regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.


Libraries offer safe spaces for anybody to find educational resources and professional development. Libraries play an important role in society, enabling people of any socioeconomic background to find the answers and education they might not find elsewhere. Libraries offer programs that allow access and assistance for computer and internet training, job applications, resume writing, and filling out government forms like tax and health insurance paperwork. They promote literacy and advocate for the right to read and readers’ privacy. With the amount of resources libraries offer, they’re an ideal place for people to come together, interact, create



and collaborate. Libraries are a quintessential example of a social space that can help a community move forward, creating opportunities, as well as fostering understanding for all. Social infrastructure also includes parks. City parks can greatly increase a sense of community within the neighborhoods they are placed in as well as give rise to social connections. They also offer spaces for social gatherings. Since parks are urban green spaces, they don’t just provide spaces for playing and encourage health. They also supply preservation of the community’s ecosystem and help control the climate. This is caused by the amount of heat being absorbed in certain urban areas, which can cause health issues, like asthma, in low-income communities. Research shows that air pollution can be filtered through the vegetation offered in these areas. The core of social infrastructure is creating a safe space that nurtures and encourages residents to become active in their community so they can gather insight into how their communities can work for and with them. While economic growth is important, our social infrastructure is of equal importance.


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Free Markets, Free People ‰‰ Teresa Schuster writes about how free markets and international trade enable people and countries to compete freely, which benefits society.

By Teresa Schuster Throughout the years, people have placed value on liberty and freedom. America was founded on the belief that it should be free from the British monarchy. The civil rights movement advocated freedom for people of color. Even today, religious and ethnic minority groups around the world struggle for their freedom. One freedom that people have fought for is economic freedom. People over the centuries have struggled against totalitarian dictators and monarchs in order to have the right to buy and sell goods freely. When people are able to do this, everyone is happier. When they are barred from doing this because of laws or trade restrictions, society suffers. When markets are Self Care

free, people are free. In a free economy, people produce and do the things that they like, and are skilled at doing. If someone is especially talented at doing something, they can specialize in doing it, and sell their work to make a living. This is what people gravitate toward naturally when given the freedom to do so. When people and countries specialize in the things that they do best, everyone benefits from it. When you allow people to freely compete against others, everyone also benefits. If you allow anyone to apply for a job, you have more applicants and a greater chance of finding the best person for that job. If you allow people to compete against each other by selling similar products, you enable consumers to buy better goods for lower prices. The market works best when people are free to buy and sell. But when you limit the market or make it more costly for people to compete in it, you lose out in the long run. People limit the market’s freedom for various reasons. One is to protect domestic businesses. In our increasingly globalized era, people buy and sell things across international borders, often through the internet, instead of patronizing domestic businesses. This isn’t the best thing for those businesses. But you can’t prop up people, countries, or industries that aren’t good enough to compete in the international market.

However, most workers don’t want to be displaced for the good of the international market. They’d rather keep their jobs, even if it means someone better in another country going without one. This is common human nature. Often, it leads to their voting for politicians who promise to help them keep their jobs by limiting trade by implementing tariffs or other policies. While these policies aren’t beneficial for the global economy, and a country’s domestic economy in the long term, in the short term they can prop up domestic industries in the country. Short-term economic policies that limit trade do work but only in the short term, because ultimately, the market works best when it’s run by supply and demand. Placing tariffs on other countries’ goods artificially alters the forces of supply and demand, leading to people not having what they want. Letting people set the prices that they choose allows the market to regulate itself. If people aren’t paid what they feel is fair, they won’t want to stay in business, which is bad for the market. Of course, there will be less demand for something if it costs more. Prices of goods are supposed to reflect how much people want them. If a worker in another country can produce goods for a lower price, and if people in other countries, given the chance, would

rather buy those goods than domestically produced ones, why shouldn’t they be allowed to? The problem with a free global market comes when other countries are viewed as treating others unfairly by manipulating their currency and not treating their workers well. All countries manipulate their currency. It’s a natural part of the economy, an inevitable result of policies aimed to control inflation and promote economic welfare. We’ll never have perfect equality because people all have unique talents and abilities. This diversity is what makes us great, not protectionist economic policies. Diversity is what makes the global economy work. People choose one product over an almost identical alternative because they like something about it better. The market naturally regulates so that people end up doing what they do best, and are paid a fair price for it. There are no shortages or products that no one wants. Society has limited things to different groups of people for ages. People with different skin colors were considered inferior. People of different genders weren’t allowed to vote. People of different ethnicities weren’t admitted to colleges and universities. As a result, society was worse off. Now, we’ve realized that if everyone has equality, everyone’s better off. Why should we treat the market any differently?

Meditation Is For Everyone

‰‰ María Ángela Rodríguez Jiménez writes about the benefits of meditation, which include relieving stress, and encourages students to practice it.

By María Ángela Rodríguez Jiménez Do you ever feel like you’re not living in the moment? Does the ticking of the clock resound in your ears as the anxieties of the future increase by the hour? Do you ever stop for a second and take the time to breathe? Do you feel your mind present as well as your body? Meditation can help you alleviate the symptoms of constant angst. It is, indeed, the best

facilitator for the awareness of your reality. Meditation is the act of being connected with your own mind to achieve an emotionally calm state of utter mindfulness in which the only thing that matters is being present. Many years have passed since this practice first gained recognition among those who spend their lives exploring their spirituality and the depths of their minds. Many mental facilities are involved in this process as the benefits are quite significant in the lives of human beings. First of all, meditation decreases beta waves of the brain. These waves are, in simple terms, the information that your brain processes. Why would you want a decrease in such waves? It’s simple, most of the information processed by the brain is useless and prevents it from giving full attention



to details that matter. This leads to better concentration. Based on research, meditating for twenty minutes a day can impact your ability to focus on what is in front of you. Additionally, the brain mechanisms involved in meditation-related anxiety relief have also been investigated. This relief is associated with the activation of parts of your brain (the anterior cingulate cortex, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and anterior insula). These



areas are involved in the executive functions of the brain as well as the areas that control your worries about specific situations. Are you feeling anxious about a test? Are you in a stressful work environment? Meditate! Find the right environment. Set the alarm. Get comfortable. Close your eyes. Breathe. As a college student, you might be juggling multiple tasks: homework, tests, meetings, group projects, oral presentations, work, and your personal life. Although some people might try to hide it, anxiety is consuming all of us, little by little. Meditation seems hard at first, based on the distracting thoughts that stream through your mind. There is no need to worry about that; it’s part of the process. Bringing your full attention into making your mind completely quiet allows the development and enhancement of this practice. Your mind is a powerful tool, and it needs the right amount of awareness. It is through your thoughts that you learn who you are: your capabilities as well as your weaknesses. Let them speak to you. MDC The Reporter

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