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North Campus Professor Out For Rest of Semester

Lady Sharks Lacking New Facilities

50 cent Caught On Camera, MIFF reviews

Real Housewives Have Gone Overboard

Preston Allen, suffers a stroke at the age of 46. He is on medical leave for the rest of the semester.

MDC’s Softball team was promised new facilities in 2006. They are still waiting.

Curtis “50 cent” Jackson stars in, co-writes and produces Things Fall Apart. Rea d more reviews on films featured in MIFF.

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Making Faces Media services graphic artist, Abraham Jauregui, has drawn hundreds of caricatures throughout his 17 years at Kendall Campus. By Jose Prado A sea of faces watch those who enter the break room in the media services department at Kendall Campus. President Barack Obama is there. So is singer Jon Secada. Even former President George W. Bush occupies space. But these faces are not made of flesh, they are caricatures, drawn by Abraham ‘Abe’ Jauregui, 75, a graphic artist and photographer in the Media Services Department at Kendall Campus. Jauregui, who has worked at the College since 1994, created the make-shift art gallery to chronicle TURN TO CARICATURES, PAGE 5


Illustrious: Abraham Jauregui, 75, has worked as a graphic designer and photographer for Kendall Campus Media Services Department since 1994. After his first college-related drawing in 2005—a caricature of Campus President Richard Schinoff—requests for drawings began to pile in.



North Campus Aquatic And Fitness Center Faces Delays In Opening

Men’s Basketball Coach No Longer With College

The North Campus Aquatic and Fitness Center was inaugurated Feb. 14. A month later, it is still not open for students and employees.

Matthew Eisele, 29, is no longer spearheading the men’s basketball team at Miami Dade College. It is still unclear as to why he is no longer with the institution.

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A month after the inauguration of the new Aquatic and Fitness Center at North Campus, the facility has yet to open for students and employees. “District Facility Management is working on the correction of items in the punch list,” College Provost Rolando Montoya said. “The Center will not be open to the public until all corrections are made.” Patrick J. Rebull, College vice provost, said facilities management is reviewing “building code compliance issues related to the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.” “At this time I cannot give you an

After four years of leading the men’s basketball team at Miami Dade College, Matthew Eisele is out as head coach. “He is no longer with the College,” said Juan Mendieta, MDC’s director of com mu n ic at ions. “As a College we’ve done our part.” College officials EISELE have remained tight-lipped as to why Eisele, 29, is no longer with the team. It’s unclear if he resigned or was fired. Eisele did not return messages




Now Open?: North Campus President José Vicente, chair of the board of trustees Helen Aguirre Ferré, North Campus SGA President Hafeeza Rahman and College President Eduardo Padrón were on hand for the Feb. 14 ribbon-cutting ceremony. estimated time frame for completion,” Rebull said. The North Campus Aquatic and Fitness Center is currently only being used for community education courses—swim lessons and water aerobics—a fitness and wellness class and by the police academy. Professor Milford Woodard is upset




about the set back. Although he is a professor at Wolfson Campus he lives closer to North Campus and hopes to use that Fitness Center. “I’m disappointed in the delay,” Woodard said. “The North Campus [Wellness Center] is closer to me TURN TO CENTER, PAGE 7


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left on his cell phone by The Reporter staff. “I have no idea what happened. All they said is that he’s not in this program anymore,” said shooting guard Xavier Munford. “The athletic director [Anthony Fiorenza] told us the team wasn’t allowed to contact him because [Eisele would] get in trouble.” Fiorenza denied telling players not to contact Eisele. Manny Mendez, an assistant under Eisele, has been tabbed as the interim head coach. It is uncertain how long the search to find a permanent head coach will take. Eisele’s players said they miss him. The team had a record of 2-3 during his absence. “All this happened in a blink of an eye,” said point guard Darwin Ellis. “It’s a battle now that coach left. Everyone gave up. From the staff, to the players. It’s weird withTURN TO EISELE, PAGE 7









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Change Through Dance Contemporary and Miami Dade College’s InterClub Council Program are partnering up to cleanup downtown Miami on March 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will pick up trash, paint some areas and place plants around the downtown area. “We are doing this to make the town safer and cleaner,” said Justin Perez, founder of CTD, an organization that was created to offer youth and adults access to the arts. All volunteers will receive a complementary ticket to the CTD show Re-Cycle, a production made entirely out of recycled products, that premiers on the March 22 at 7 p.m. at the CAFEM Lounge, 337 SW 8th St.

Miami Dade College North Campus is teaming up with the Greenway Campaign to produce the Trail of Trash, a project to promote the importance of recycling. Professor Diane Sloan, co-chairwoman of the North Campus Green Team, is spearheadSLOAN ing the initiative. “The trail came from the idea that we should all lessen our individual trails of trash by reducing what we dump in our waste baskets and recycle whenever possible,” Sloan said. The Trail of Trash project, which is set to unveil March 29, consists of recyclable plastic jugs, aluminum cans and other materials tied together with wire to resemble a makeshift trail.

Susan Luck, nurse educator, medical anthropologist and clinical nutritionist will be lecturing on the environmental impact everyday actions have on our health. Luck will speak at the InterAmerican Campus, 607 SW 27th Ave., on March 29 at 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Room 401. The lecture, which was organized by the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College and the different campuses’ “Green Teams,” are part of the Green Fairs and Lecture Series, the college’s effort to raise environmental awareness among students and the community. “The information in this lecture increases awareness, which increases the possibility of behavioral changes,” said Carola Pedreschi, psychology and social science professor at North, West and Interamerican Campus. “There is a visible wave of change that started years ago, that needs to gain momentum.”

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Honors College Student Wins Logo Contest Gian Lombardi, a computer animations major in the Honors College at Kendall Campus, won first place in the Florida Collegiate Honors Council Logo Contest. The distinction includes a $200 prize. The annual statewide logo competition is strictly for honors students. Participants were given a month to create and submit their design. Honors students from approximately 28 colleges and universities all around Florida participated in the competition. “I didn’t think I would win,” Lombardi said. “It felt pretty nice.” —Brittany Esquijarosa

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MDC Demonstrates Religious Tolerance A Religious Tolerance Forum was presented at Miami Dade College North Campus on March 2. Students were able to give their point of view about religious tolerance and discrimination through their personal experiences. The forum was prepared by Tiina Lombard, an English and communication professor at North Campus. “The forum was made to promote an understanding of students’ diversity and different backgrounds,” Lombard said. —Crizalida Suero For more information, contact: Tiina Lombard T (305) 237-1638 B

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Wolfson Jazz Series Presents Nicole Henry Miami Dade College’s Jazz at Wolfson Presents will feature jazz, pop and soul singer Nicole Henry on March 16, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., in Room 1261. Henry has toured more than 10 countries and released three international solo albums. In 2008, her album The Very Thought of You made No. 7 in the U.S. Billboard Jazz Chart. “Nicole Henry, as a world famous singer, is a great addition to coincide with women’s history month,” said professor Michael Di Liddo, founder and program director of the series. Jazz at Wolfson Presents has been hosting monthly live jazz performances since September. The series will continue through April. All concerts are free and open to the public. —Rafael Tur For more information, contact: Michael Di Liddo T (305) 237-3930 B

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North Campus Professor Recognized By NISOD Five Miami Dade College professors have been selected as the recipients of the 2011 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award. Among them are: Valerie De Angelis, psychology professor at North Campus; Mario F. Ortega, associate professor at the School of ArDE ANGELIS chitecture at Wolfson Campus; Lyle Culver, associate professor at the School of Architecture at Wolfson Campus; Steven Ritter, associate professor at the School of Biology, Health and Funeral Services at North Campus and Dorothy Avondstondt, associate professor of ESL and foreign languages at Wolfson Campus. The NISOD Excellence Award honors and names individuals as recipients and emphasizes the importance of teaching and leadership at institutions of higher education. —Isabelle Anadon

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Due to an editorial error, Writer Rafael Tur's name was misspelled in The Reporter's Feb. 28 issue masthead. Due to a reporting error, the Disney College Program was incorrectly described in The Reporter’s Feb. 28 issue brief: “Disney Internship Available To MDC Students.” Interns work for Disney parks in accordance to their majors.




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Homestead Campus President Named Honorary Guest Homestead Campus President Jeanne Jacobs was named an honorary guest of the Temple Hatikvah Homestead Jewish Center on March 4 in recognition of the College’s involvement with the synagogue. The Campus, in an effort to educate the community about the Holocaust, JACOBS will host 22 events, guest speakers, documentary film screenings, as well as offering new courses related to the topic. “I’m always honored when the local community recognizes the Campus’s involvement within the community, ” Jacobs said. —Marvin Pineda

Freedom Tower Hosts Albright Collection Miami Dade College is hosting Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection at the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., until April 30. Albright, former secretary of state, was known for using brooches to deliver a diplomatic message during her time in office. Read My Pins is an exhibition that displays her brooches, most of which represent an event that she attended or a meeting with a government official. One, labeled “King of Beasts,” was worn to her first meeting with Hafez al-Assad, then-President of Syria, to make him more forthcoming, according to the display at the exhibition. The exhibition is free to the public and will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.



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Fever Pitch: Kendall Campus Dean of Students Veronica Owles throws the first pitch at the Men’s Baseball Southern Conference season opener on March 8. The Sharks went on to win 6-0 against Broward College.


Honored: Tracy Mourning, wife of former NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, speaks to a crowd as at Kendall Campus on March 2. Tracy, along with other important women from South Florida, were honored for their efforts in the community during Women’s History Month.


Going Green: Students gather to learn the benefits of table-top gardening at a demonstration on March 9. The display was part of Kendall Green Fair, an event held to increase awareness of environmental issues such as recycling, clean energy and wildlife preservation.


Homestead Hosts ‘Women In Non-Traditional Careers’ The Women’s History Committee at Homestead Campus, 500 College Terrace, has prepared a panel discussion titled “Wearing the Pants: Women in Non-Traditional Careers.” The event, presented by engineering professor Ying Song, will be on March 17, from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. in Room F222. “I think students will be inspired by the panelists, they are all women working in male-dominated fields, some are even MDC graduates,” said Song. “I think their stories will open students’ minds to new possibilities.” Panelists include an FPL engineer, a park ranger, a business owner and a U.S. Navy recruiter. They will share their views, opinions and personal experiences of working in a non-traditional environment. The event is free and open to the public. —Yesenia Iglesias For more information, contact: Ying Song T (305) 237-5072 B



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Preston Allen, North Campus professor, suffered a stroke on Feb. 20. He is still in the hospital and will not return to the College for the remainder of the semester. By Melissa Adan


Loaded Portraits: During his 17 years at Kendall Campus, media services designer and photographer Abraham Jauregui has drawn over a hundred caricatures of school employees and prominent figures. The art is displayed in the media services break room. STAFF SPOTLIGHT

A Room Full Of Faces, Years In The Making FROM CARICATURES, FRONT

the personalities who visit and work at the Campus. More than 100 caricatures— including two of Miami Dade College President Eduardo J. Padrón—grace the walls. “I just walked into the room one day going to heat something from the fridge and I saw all these pictures all over the walls and that was the first time I ever saw the art gallery,” said Gonzalo Villoro, manager of Kendall Campus’ Media Services Department. “He’s very dedicated and very passionate about what he does, he brings a lot of energy with him, he’s the first one here in the morning and the last one to leave at night.” Jauregui has drawn caricatures for 50 years, but he has been involved in art much longer than that. He grew up in Peru. As a child, he loved drawing and painting. That love propelled him to studying fine arts and eventually become a graphic artist. During his studies he made murals, and visual illustrations. He even created billboards the oldfashioned way. “It wasn’t like today where computers do everything,” Jauregui said. “We had to paint the signs ourselves by hand.” But it was while living in New Orleans that he created a passion for drawing caricatures. There he became friends with several of the street artists in the French Quarters. They took Jauregui under their wing. “I learned from them how to do the caricatures,” Jauregui said. “It was a way to help me in what I was already doing as a graphic artist, but also it helped me to interpret people. It became a hobby of mine.” In 2005 that hobby merged with his work at MDC when he was



asked to create the program for the retirement party for Richard Schinoff, a former president at Kendall Campus. “I got the idea to make a caricature of him on the program. I thought it would be a nice touch,” said Jauregui, who remembers being concerned the illustration might offend Schinoff, “but at the same time I wondered if doing that would also be the last job I ever had here.” The program was shown on a wide-screen for all to see, exposing Jauregui’s talent. Schinoff loved it. “I had no idea they were doing that caricature” Schinoff said. “I was very flattered by it. I actually still have it. I even wrote him a note thanking him.” The rest is history. “From that moment on, I began receiving requests to do more caricatures [of] the staff,” Jauregui said. “Then I started doing caricatures of the faculty on my own from their pictures. Half the people I’ve drawn probably don’t even know their caricatures are on the wall here.” Jauregui said his collection will

Miami Dade College North Campus professor Preston Allen, 46, suffered a stroke on Feb. 20. He is on medical leave for the remainder of the semester. “Life is short and you always need to keep your loved ones close because you never know what can happen,” said Allen’s wife, Dawn Marache-Allen. “That ALLEN is the lesson I have learned.” Allen has been hospitalized for three weeks at Memorial Regional Hospital in Broward County. He is out of the Intensive Care Unit and on a regular floor, according to Marache-Allen. His long term memory is excellent but his short term memory is a bit limited. “If there is anyone that is hopeful, it’s Preston,” Marache-Allen said. “He’s total optimism.” Allen teaches both English and creative writing at MDC, and also instructs creative writing at Florida International University, where he earned his master’s degree in creative writing. “I worked with [Allen] in the English Department for 15-20 years,” said Geoffrey Philp a long time

friend of Allen’s and Chair of the College Prep Department at North Campus. “Preston Allen is a person on so many levels that is too valuable to lose.” Allen is known for his published novels and short story collections. He is the recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature and the Sonja H. Stone Prize in Fiction for his short story collection Churchboys and Other Sinners. He also took part in the Miami Book Fair International this past November. He read his most recent novel Jesus Boy. “Preston is a very unique person,” Marache-Allen said. “He is somebody whose been written up in The New York Times, and won many literary awards but at the end of the day he just wants to be a great teacher.” When Allen’s son Quinn Allen, 16, first heard the news, he was worried his father’s mind would not be the same. He enjoys the intellectual conversations they share. Many others who have gotten to know Allen share his son’s sentiment. “He was my first professor at FIU, and I think he was the first for a reason,” said Astrid Atiles, a former FIU student of Allen’s in 2001 and a reading professor at MDC. “He taught me what I didn’t know and I ended up graduating with honors.” Allen’s colleagues are eager to see him back doing what he does best— molding young minds. “I am looking forward to a full 100 percent recovery and seeing him back at MDC,” said North Campus Dean of Students Malou Harrison.


North Campus Festival Promotes The Arts Festival of the Arts gives students the chance to showcase their artistic talents with the College and community. GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER

Tenure: Abraham Jaregui, 75, has been working as a graphic designer and photographer for the media services department at Kendall Campus since 1994. continue to grow. He’s committed to creating caricatures for anyone who asks. Maybe one day you will enter the break room in the Media Services Department at Kendall Campus and find yourself staring— into your own eyes.


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By Anna Carabeo The Festival of the Arts, in its eighth year at North Campus, will take place from March 23 to 30. Featured at the Festival will be a wide-range of activities including theatre performances, music, film, painting, sculpture, dance, photography, poetry and a fashion parade with students wearing recycled items. In addition, there will be renowned visiting dancers from the Miami City Ballet, an internationally renowned photographer and a Haitian artist with an April exhibit in Italy. “I hope students will take the opportunity to attend the events, enjoy the performances and appreciate the talents of other students,” said Festival of the Arts Co-chair Barbara Alfonso. “The opening ceremony is going to be a lot of fun this year. The visiting artists [will] give students [the] opportunity to interact with artists who have a career in the arts and a national or international reputation.” The mission of the Festival of the Arts is to promote awareness of the arts by displaying the talents of the

students, faculty, staff and members of the community through a weeklong series of events, exhibitions and presentations. “The festival is a once a year opportunity to learn about the programs in arts and philosophy and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology and the new state-of-the-art facilities that come online and are available for use by students,” Alfonso said. Like every year, the Festival will be hosting a poster competition and a music competition allowing students to submit their work promoting awareness and encouraging attendance at the Festival. The music competition allows musicians to submit their work as part of the Festival of the Arts. The winner will perform during the Festival of the Arts Gala. Octavio Roca, co-chair of the festival, said the festival’s focus is giving exposure to young talent. “It is our chance to share the student’s talent with the College and the community,” Roca said. For more information, visit: Festival of the Arts.

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out his presence.” According to players, they first got news on Feb. 11 that there were issues with Eisele’s status with the College. Fiorenza held a meeting in the men’s locker room. The players say they were told that Mendez would be there temporary coach. Then in mid-February, players said they were called to the office of Veronica Owles the Dean of students at Kendall Campus. “She told us that [Eisele] was no longer at the school, and was no longer going to lead the program,” said forward Maurice Kemp Jr. “Everyone was shocked. ” Eisele started at MDC in 2006 as an assistant coach. He later served as the interim head coach from August 2007 through June 2009. In July of 2009 he was named the permanent head coach. He had several successful years at MDC including two 20-plus win seasons. The Sharks best year under Eisele came during the 2008-2009 season when the team was 26-3. During his four years at MDC, Eisele’s record was 77-37. In addition, several of Eisele’s players transferred to prominent

Division I schools such as the University of Cincinnati, the University of Kentucky, the University of Memphis, and Kansas State University. “He really had my back,” Munford said. “Before Christmas break, I wasn’t doing too good in school. I wasn’t going to be able to play, so he set me up with a computer class. He even spoke to my mom and helped us out, so that I could improve. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have played. He kept me structured and focused.” What is also clear is that Eisele has had brushes with the law. In March of 2000, he was arrested for driving under the influence, allegedly fleeing and eluding the scene, and reckless driving. The charges were later dropped, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records. Then on January 25, 2007 he was arrested again for driving under the influence, a first degree misdemeanor. On Nov. 14 2007, he was convicted of driving under the influence, according to the Broward County Clerk of Courts Office and FDLE records. However, in his application to become the permanent men’s

head basketball coach dated May 21, 2009, Eisele said that he had never been convicted of a first degree misdemeanor. The application clearly states that failure to answer questions truthfully and accurately can result in denial of employment or dismissal. When asked if the College makes subsequent background checks after individuals are promoted or moved into different positions, Bettie Thompson, Associate Vice Provost of Human Resources, denied comment. Thompson also refused to comment on whether Eisele’s answers on his application to become permanent head coach had any bearing on why he is no longer with the College. “No one comments on personnel matters,” Thompson said. “I think the application stands as is.” Eisele’s players are still waiting to hear specifics as to why he is no longer with the team. “I feel I have the right to know,” said Ryan Steed, who red-shirted during the 2010-2011 season. ——————————————————————————— Gregory Castillo contributed to this report.

Director of support services at North Campus, Prospero G. Herrera, is running for mayor of Miami Shores Village in the upcoming April 12 elections. By Monica Suarez Prospero G. Herrera II has his name on approximately 100 lawns. Herrera, director of support services at Miami Dade College and vice-mayor of Miami Shores Village, is not looking to start a lawn maintenance business—he is running for mayor. “Even though I wasn’t born in Miami Shores, I have lived there and raised a family there. It is my home,” Herrera said. Since he was a teenager, politics has always been in his blood. As a senior at Miami Beach Senior High, he helped several politicians run for office. Among them,


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and has better equipment. They need to keep people informed. We want to know.” North Campus’ new Aquatic and Fitness Center has 35 brand new cardiovascular machines and 20 strength training machines. It has a free weights area, four classrooms, an aerobics room, locker rooms with showers, a competition pool and a diving pool with an underground observation room. The old facility at North Campus, which closed on August of 2010, had an aerobics room and a cardiovascular room. According to Heather J. Belmont, Chairperson of the Biology, Health, Wellness and Funeral Sciences Department, “all equipment was fairly old.” The former Wellness Center at

North Campus, which was located in the 3000 building, was free of charge for registered North Campus students and employees with proof of ID. The general public had access through community education classes—$59 for a six-week period and $79 for a 12-week period. According to North Campus President José Vicente, the administration is still discussing whether or not students and employees would be charged to use the facility. Gloria Baez, dean of administration at Kendall Campus, said that she met with the administrative deans from Wolfson and North Campus on Jan. 31 to “compare the operations” of each Wellness Center. There is currently no collegewide charge. The Wellness Center at Wolfson Campus currently has a fee for stu-

dents and the general public—$59 for a 10-week period and $79 for a 14-week period. Full-time and parttime employees are charged $10 for a 14-week period. Access is done through the community education department. MDC students are not charged to use the Wellness Center and pool at Kendall Campus. Students have access with their MDC ID and valid semester schedule. Employees also have access with ID. The general public has access through community education classes—$45 for a seven-week period and $79 for a 16week period. Use of the pool is $5 a day or $50 a month. A college-wide fee is a possibility. “There is some discussions taking place, but no decisions have been made,” said Judy Schmelzer, dean of administration at Wolfson Campus.


Going Places: Herrera, an MDC Alumn, is running for public office in Miami Shores Village. Mike Freeman who was running for state representative. After graduating from MDC in 1981 with an Associate in Arts degree in business administration, Herrera transferred to Florida International University where he served as vice president of the Student Government Association and senator for the School of Business. In 1985, Herrera ran to be a city of Miami commissioner. He didn’t win, but he remained committed to being active in his community. “Something needed to be done for our youth,” Herrera said. Herrera decided to run for city council in 1996. After five at-

tempts, he took his seat as councilman of Miami Shores Village in 2001. Herrera ran for state representative of district 108 in 2006. He didn’t win, but he eventually persevered. After taking some time off, he ran for city council in 2007, won and in 2009 went for reelection for another two-year term. “He is by far one of the nicest most outstanding people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for many years,” said Geraldine Guerra, executive assistant to North Campus President José Vicente. “He is one of the few honest politicians out there.” Not only is Herrera respected by his peers and colleagues, his opponents respect him as well. “I’ve known Prospero for almost 20 years and it’s safe to say he is a motivated civic activist, a fine individual and a dedicated public servant,” said Stephen Loffredo, a lawyer and Miami Shores Village council member, who is running against Herrera for mayor. “In the last few years, revenues have been decreasing and we’ve been grinding it out. [Herrera] has done a great job.” As a councilman, Herrera is an advocate for the beautification of homes, education and public safety. “I believe people should take pride in their homes and feel like they are in a safe place,” said Herrera, “and I push for education. If our young adults are educated, every door is open to them.” Gabriel Guarch, a 22-year-old business administration major at Wolfson Campus and a Miami Shores Village resident, believes that Herrera is moving in the right direction. “He has done a really good job as vice-mayor,” Guarch said. “Anything Village related, he is always there to help. All around, I think he would be a great mayor.” Herrera is focused on the April 12 election. “I feel like I’m ready to run for mayor and represent [Miami Shores Village],” Herrera said. ——————————————————————————— Prospero G. Herrera II served as facility scheduler of Wolfson Campus in 1989 and was promoted to facilities planner in 1991.


MDC Law Center Offers More Than An Education Miami Dade College’s Law Center at Wolfson Campus has been a foundation for students interested in law for the past 40 years. The small program allows students a thorough education in the field. By Monica Kelly Shawnece Eberhart entered Miami Dade College’s Law Center at Wolfson Campus with a slight interest for law. She graduated with a passion and some valuable experience that assisted her in her first job at the law firm Wasson and As-

sociates. “When I first came I was in the mindset that I was just going to take classes and go,” said Eberhart, 21. “I was very shy. I didn’t open my mouth for anything.” The Law Center at the Wolfson Campus, she says, changed that. The program is the only one of its kind in South Florida that offers an Associate in Science degree in paralegal studies, and is also approved by the American Bar Association. Classes within the program are an average size of 20 to 25 students. It has served as a foundation for the past 40 years to many students considering enter-

ing the legal field. “We’re a smaller program so that students can get a little extra attention,” said Tom Nguyen, director of the program. “We try to give them a thorough education.” Faculty members at the Law Center include an endowed teaching chair, a judge and professors with experience in law and the paralegal field. Students have the opportunity to visit courts, participate in mock trails, get to hear from guest speakers currently working in the field and work with the federal courthouse to keep the law library operational. Eberhart


said the program helped her learn valuable skills that were essential during her job at Wasson and Associates. “[What I learned] helped with filing the pleadings. Like I knew where these lines go or how it should be worded,” Eberhart said. “That really helped and they were really impressed with it since I was entry level—my first job in the field— and I already knew what things meant and how the motions were drafted and what court to follow.” To graduate with an Associate in Science degree in paralegal studies at the Law Center, stu-

dents must complete the 18 credits from the core curriculum that is required of all MDC students, and an additional 46 credits that includes an internship during the last semester. According to professor Danixia Cuevas, the internship coordinator at the Law Center, a variety of law firms look for interns at the Center yearly. “I place the students in the internship program and the lawyers clamor to give our students internships,” Cuevas said. “A lot of these students are hired by these lawyers later. They get to hone [their] practical paralegal skills.”



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The 2011 Miami International Film Festival ran from March 4-13 and featured independent films from across the globe. Some of this year’s highlights were the festival’s first animated opening, Chico & Rita; a world premiere of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s new film, Things Fall Apart; and a showing of the Academy Award-winning foreign language film, In A Better World. Also featured in this years festivities were press conferences, seminars, and cast parties showcasing renowned members of the film industry. Log on for exclusive online reviews on other movies featured in the Miami International Film Festival. (818) is a satirical look at celebrities and their status in society. Director Robert Lee King was on hand for the premiere of the film which is contending in the World Competition in this years Festival. —By Carolina Del Busto ———————————————————————— The Colors Of The Mountain is an eight-year-old’s perspective of the tragic situation occurring in rural Colombia, where the law of the land is enforced by guerillas. —By Laura Vargas



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Oscar Takes A Trip To Miami A masterpiece of cinema, In A Better World explores themes of revenge and growing up.

By Jessica Medina Academy Award winner Susanne Bier graced the Gusman Center stage for a brief interview with Miami International Film Festival Director Jaie Laplante before the premiere of her 2011 Oscar winning film In a Better World. Some movie buffs may remem-

ber Bier directed Things We Lost in the Fire—her only American film to date—starring Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro. Bier walked elegantly on stage, Oscar in hand, after an impressive career achievement tribute montage of her past cinematic work. One of the first questions Laplante asked Bier revealed her spiritual and innate attachment to directing. Bier was originally studying architecture and comparative religion; however, she quickly found herself daydreaming beyond the structures she was creating to the human beings who would live in them. The question of “who were they, what was their story?” became a staple of every project. Upon realizing this, Bier thought her true calling was to be a set designer. She applied to the


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London Film School to be a set designer, only to be rejected because of a last minute change of heart. Bier was sent home because she was not sure if designing a set was what she wanted. She has not looked back since. If there was ever a film in cinematic history that required buckets to be brought into the theatre due to the overflow of tears, it was undoubtedly In a Better World. Beginning with the funeral of Christian’s—a child riddled with grief and anger—mother and commencing with the friendship built between him and Elias—a fragile boy bullied in school—In a Better World deals with themes of revenge and growing up. After Elias’ father is bullied by an arrogant man in a playground, the boys become obsessed with avenging Anton’s, Elias’ father’s, honor. To tell what unfolds after this incident would be to give away too much. There are scenes in this film that will unquestionably burn into your memory for their absolute power and honesty. This is more than a must watch. Bier has created a masterpiece.

5 out of 5

In a Better World—Anette Støvlebæk, Bodil Jørgensen, Elsebeth Steentoft—1 hours 53 min

Rapper and actor “50 Cent” co-wrote, starred in and paid for this world-premiere drama.

By Mark Pulaski Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson wants to show the world that he is more than what people have labeled him. The rapper turned actor is tired of being cast only in villainous roles. He wants it to be known that he is serious about film and more versatile on screen that people might think. Which is why he teamed up with producer Randall Emmett and director/actor Mario Van Peebles to create the film Things Fall Apart. “[Jackson] said to me, ‘We need to show people how serious I am about acting,” said Emmett, a graduate of New World School Of The Arts. Emmett advised Jackson—who wrote most of the screenplay— that the film might not be a success because they were making a family drama and not an action film; he said that it would be tough getting a studio to fund the movie. But Jackson wouldn’t let this stand


in his way—he funded the project from his own pocket. “He takes everything he does very seriously,” Emmett said. “He proved it by writing his own check.” Jackson also took on the burden of losing 54 lbs. in just nine weeks in preparation for the role in which he portrays a promising college football player stricken with cancer. Because he was funding the film himself, he was able to take the time to lose the weight. Something, he says, no studio would have allowed. “They don’t do that unless you’re Tom Hanks,” Jackson said. Jackson initially brought in Van Peebles as an actor, but after seeing how dedicated Jackson was to the film, he decided to stay on board as director. “This brother has an incredible work ethic,” Van Peebles said. “When you’re working on a film and your star is a cat that’s already ran three laps around the trailer that morning, rewrote his scene, and brought the music in, it’s like ‘Hey, this is easy.” They are in negotiations with distributors and hoping to land a deal soon, if the movie generates enough buzz, that is. And here lies the problem. Despite the hard work of all involved, the final product was not all that good. The film is centered on Jackson’s character, Deon Barnes, a college

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Academy Award-nominee Incendies creates a story like no other, it is a supremely touching, exquisitely executed, dauntingly beautiful must-see.



Film Veteran: New Jack City director Mario Van Peebles, accompanied by Curtis “50 cent” Jackson and Randall Emmett, explains the film Things Fall Apart at a press conference at The Betsy Hotel on South Beach.


World Premiere: Members of the cast and crew were on hand for the first-ever showing of Things Fall Apart.

By Jessica Medina Beginning with the will and wishes of Simon and Jeanne’s mother—Nawal Marwan—the plot quickly thickens as she asks that her children trace back their roots to the Middle East. Simon swiftly and angrily decides he will not go on a pilgrimage to find an estranged brother and an absent father, but Jeanne believes that this is no mistake and their bizarre mother is finally breaking the silence from her grave. Jeanne takes the next flight out to the Middle East on a wild goose chase, where she is met later by Simon. There they uncover a devastating truth that will alter their perception of themselves and their mother forever. To say this film was nominated

for an Oscar—the most prestigious award in the world of cinema—does not do it justice. It was fantastic, disturbing, and a true eye opener. Upon leaving the theater, my heart was raising and my cheeks were lined with the remains of dried tears. Not to mention, it was exceedingly difficult to repress the overbearing notion building in my chest to burst out in full fledged water works. Director Denis Villeneuve takes the life of a seemingly normal immigrant and creates a story like no other. A woman of strength, aptitude, and courage lying dormant in the hushed corners of a Canadian suburb, Nawal Marwan, is the pure personification of what a woman’s grit, love, and audacity can accomplish. La femme chi chante (the woman who sings) is a striking metaphor for the sole thing no one in this world can take from us, the freedom that lies within us, the spirit we don’t know we have until it is tested. Dauntingly beautiful, exquisitely executed, and supremely touching, Incendies is a definite must watch.

4 out of 5

Incendies—Lubna Azabal, Maxim Gaudette, Mélissa DésormeauxPoulin—2 hours 10 min


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Film Festival Opens With Beautiful Animated Love Story Chico & Rita tells the tale of a couple in love—with each other and with music.


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At the end of the movie I was left with questions that were never answered; it was never apparent how much time had elapsed and how certain events unfolded. On a positive note, the acting itself wasn’t bad at all. Jackson wasn’t exactly Oscar material, but he held his own on screen. Although, he is better in comedic scenes than in the more dramatic moments. Overall, it was about what you might expect when you consider that most of the movie was written by 50 Cent. Maybe screenwriting isn’t your thing, 50. It’s OK, you gave it a good shot. (Just don’t do the same to me.) At least you chose an appropriate title.

2 out of 5

Things Fall Apart—Lynn Whitfield, Ray Liotta, Curtis “50 cent” Jackson —1 hour 45 min

By Ana Carabeo Miami International Film Festival Director Jaie Laplante and the creators of Chico & Rita Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba and Ignacio Martínez de Pisón opened up this year’s festival with the first ever animated feature premiere of Chico & Rita. Set in Cuba before and after the revolution, Chico & Rita tells the story about Chico, a talented young piano player, and Rita, a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. The animated film captured details and adult situations better than most recent films have. The animation was precise and specific, showing off 1948 Havana in full splendor. The liveliness, music and vivid colors of the film are all qualities that capture the viewer and engages them with the


storyline. The detailed animation is surprising; everything from the streets of Havana with its nightclubs to the floor tile is extremely defined. Chico & Rita is a love story, plain and simple. The film focuses on the two characters and on their on-andoff relationship. It showcases the troubles they go through in order to finally be together. The film also features the contributions Cuba has made to the world of music and entertainment. It features artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Charlie Parker

and Bebo Valdés. Not only does it have an amazing soundtrack, but the film does a fantastic job of bringing the story and music together. Overall, Chico & Rita is a fun, sultry, romantic story about love, music and the challenges two people face to be together. It’s a film one can truly watch again and again.

5 out of 5

Chico and Rita—directed by Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal—1 hour 30 min

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Amor Cubano: A Cuban pianist tells his story of music, success and love. As he reminisces of his life’s journey, he winds up in the arms of his true love.

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This Song Is Only For History, Brought To Life In Film The Art-house Lovers The Piano in a Factory is a work of art, using abstract metaphors and stunning imagery to convey its message.

By Jessica Medina The synopsis of The Piano in a Factory seemed exhilarating because of its unique plot and great potential. However, after spending a couple of minutes in the theatre, it became evident The Piano in a Factory was an acquired taste. A taste for the refined cinematic art house palette, one the general public would not take to easily. If you are looking for a touching story about a father and his unwavering love for his daughter, you will not find it here. The Piano in a Factory is much more than that, it’s a work of art that only extreme movie buffs can

enjoy. The movie had great potential, but its appeal to the general public was a let down. Do not misinterpret what I’m saying, the cinematography and some of the shots were beautifully put together. The best of these scenes being when Chen plays a famous Beethoven piece in the factory, in which it is snowing. The metaphorical snow in the factory being representative of his current state—an abstract form familiar to the art house genre My only complaint about the film was that it seemed to take its creativity to the extreme and the characters seemed at some points stoic and emotionless in scenes where emotion was at a high demand. This movie is a must see for those who truly enjoy the art house genre. If not, steer clear.

3 out of 5

The Piano in a Factory—Jang Shin-yeong, Qin Hailu, Wang Qianyuan—1 hour 45 min

Independent biopic examines the adolescent life of José Martí—a Cuban national hero.

By Laura Vargas

History mentions its heroes, liberators who inspire their people to revolt against oppression and attain liberty. Film brings them to life, and in this movie nothing seems more alive than José Julián Martí Pérez, better known as José Martí. All the elements that make a film great come together to layout the struggles for independence, and a man’s quest to express himself. Director Fernando Perez brings us Martí, The Eye of the Canary, an exploration of José Martí from the age 9 to 17, a time that greatly shaped him. It was during this time that his experiences influenced his future revolutionary activities. He was witness to the harsh nature of the slave trade, the iron-fist Spanish colonial rule and the absolute absence of freedom of ex-


Profile In Courage: This film chronicles José Martí’s struggle against oppressive Spanish overlords in colonial Cuba. pression. The production in its entirety was done to place the audience in the story’s context. The realistic nature of the film was brought upon by details that date back 150 years. The accents, the trains, and even the starving slaves paint a picture of brutality, which planted the roots of a revolutionary movement lead by Martí. This generation’s youth should see this film to recognize the power that education and knowledge has on the human mind. This power is the basis for any social change that can ever occur. José Martí suf-

fered a lifetime of injustices but it was his ideals that changed the fate of his predecessors. Martí, evokes a man who humbly stood out from between the rest and who will forever be remembered as one of this continents great figures.

5 out of 5

Martí, The Eye of the Canary— Aramis Delgado, Broselianda Hernández, Damián Antonio Rodríguez—2 hours 0 min




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Black & White And Read All Over Page One is a documentary that examines the current decline of print journalism.

By Carolina del Busto

Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times is a documentary that had its East Coast Premiere at the Miami International Film Festival on March 8 at the Regal Cinemas in South Beach. The documentary follows a group of reporters who cover the media business for The New York Times. It’s an interesting peak into how reporters their interviewing sources, and ultimately put out a piece that is Page One material. All people see is the end product – an inky piece of news – but what people do not see is everything that occurs before the paper goes to press. The main idea that Page One tries to get across is that the newspaper business is well aware that their industry is slowly fading, yet, they still have so much more to offer. David Carr, Bruce Headlam, Brian Stelter, and Richard PerezPena are among the writers and editors featured in Page One who really bring the film to life. Their interactions and conversations are so rich, you just can’t write dia-


logue this good. One issue that the film does an excellent job of addressing is the harsh reality that print media is soon to be a thing of the past. Reporters today are working in an industry that might not be there tomorrow. With all the online news websites emerging, it is making it easier and faster for people to get their information. Old-fashioned journalists like David Carr have to get used to the idea that people are turning to a new medium to get their information: social networking. Like Carr says in the film, the message doesn’t change, only the medium we use. Director Andrew Rossi originally wanted to make a film about the

different outlets for social media, but in an interview with long time friend Carr, he thought it would be much more interesting to document what goes on in The New York Times for a year. In the end, the film was stunning. It was the perfect combination of information and visual aid. Rossi was able to bring out the color in an otherwise black and white industry.

4 out of 5

Page one: A Year Inside the New York Times—David Carr, Bruce Headlam, Brian Stelter, and Richard Perez-Pena—1 hour 36 min


Into The Newsprint: Page One offers a rare look at modern journalism inside The New York Times during a moment in which print media is undergoing rapid change.




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Show Dog A Fan Favorite For Men’s Baseball Team Miami Dade College men’s baseball team has a usual fan in a former show dog who has been attending men’s baseball games since 2006. By Hector Gonzalez The Miami Dade College baseball team is ready for the Dog Days of Summer—literally. Lil’, a Toy Fox Terrier owned by assistant baseball coach Kevin Long’s wife Candy Long, is a fixture at MDC baseball games. The brown and white retired show dog, whose given name is Champion Jacobs Kylemore Wildstreak, has been attending MDC baseball games since 2006. “She has a great personality,” Kevin Long said. “I wasn’t a dog person, but she changed my mind.” During games, Lil’ sits patiently

on Candy Long’s lap. The eightyear-old dog— 56 in dog years— comes decked out in a white Tshirt with a baseball printed on the back. The outfit, Gerber infant gear, was given to Candy Long by the mother of a former MDC baseball player. Players have taken a liking to Lil’. “During the first three to four seasons we would take the fastest player on the team and have Lil’ race them from center field to the infield,” Candy Long said. The energetic pooch, who weighs in at just more than six pounds, has even become a prognosticator of sorts. Before games, Candy Long routinely asks her: “Are we going to win today?” Lil’ retorts with a hearty bark— like any dog would. ————————————————————————— Staff writer Roudy Mauricin contributed to this story. Watch Dog: Lil’, a Toy Fox Terrier, has been attending baseball games since 2006.

SHOUT OUT "For us it’s has been a roller coaster all season long, it's time for our team to ride straight, to our point of destination, which is the qualification for post season play... In order to accomplish that we have to play our best softball from now on, or go home.”


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Out Of Play: Pedraza will sit out the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.

Freshman Catcher Out For Season Due To Injury While the Miami Dade College Lady Sharks softball season progresses, freshman catcher Karen Pedraza is watching it unfold from the dugout. A torn rotator cuff cut her season short. Pedraza injured her shoulder this fall after overworking herself. “Since I had been (training) hard to earn my position as catcher, I overdid it with the throwing,” Pedraza said. Pedraza, a John A. Ferguson Senior High School graduate, is saddened that she has to miss the rest of the season, but her teammates are supporting her. “It is [not] easy,” said freshman pitcher/infielder, Allora Miller. “She is going to hit bumps, but she has to push herself for the love of the game.” Head Coach Carlos Caro said the team will miss Pedraza’s strength, heart and dedication. “She earned the starting (catching) job in the fall,” Caro said. “We lost the opportunity to watch her play and help the team win some ball games.” —Saeli Gutierrez

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Women’s Softball In A Tug Of War Over Lacking Facilities The Lady Sharks softball team is disputing the lack of new facilities, that was promised to them in 2006 from the Miami Dade College administration. By Maloha Acevedo


Breaking Bad: Alexander San Juan slides home during the 2nd inning of the Shark’s Southern Conference Opener on March 8. The Sharks went on to win 6-0 against Broward College.

The Lady Sharks softball team—the 2010 defending national champions—are waiting for on-field bathrooms, cement dugouts and a new locker room they say they were promised in 2006, according to Head Coach Carlos Caro. “The request has not been approved. It goes to the MDC board [of trustees] first. If we do it for the women’s softball team then we have to do it for the men’s baseball team as well,” Athletic Director Anthony Fiorenza said. “We have provided them with new uniforms, cleats and media coverage. The dugouts were proposed but because of budget constraints from the governor’s office (the State of Florida) there has not been an approval.” As a result, many of the softball players and coaches change into their uniforms in the dugout, or in their cars, according to Caro. Fiorenza said the College provides facilities for the softball players to use that are 200 feet away from the field, but the girls choose to not use them. Lady Shark Captain Veronika Fukunishi said her main reason not using those facilities is because it takes too long to walk back and forth. On one occasion during practice Fukunishi needed to use the restroom. It resulted in her hav-

ing to leave the field. When she returned, she had been replaced by another player. “Sometimes it does affect our practices,” Fukunishi said. “It made me feel bad for the team having to replace me just to leave and to go to the restroom.” MDC is the largest community college in the country according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. It is one of the few schools that doesn’t have concrete dugouts or restrooms adjacent to their baseball and softball fields. For example, Indian River State College has bathrooms in the women’s dugout and public restrooms less than 50 feet away. Broward College has a restroom 10 feet away for their softball team to use. According to Caro, the estimated price needed to build the women’s facility is roughly $80,000. Kendall Campus Dean of Students Veronica Owles, said academics is the priority, everything else is secondary. “None of the players have come up to me with these concerns. At this time it’s because of economics,” Owles said. “I find academics a priority first for the College.” However, the team questions how other colleges in their division, who have not been as successful as they have been, are able to build brand new facilities. “There is nothing I can say that Mr. Fiorenza has not already mentioned,” Owles said. “We must focus on the positives and what we have right now.”


Lady Sharks Fall Short At States A season that started in turmoil, but was pushed upwards with a late season resurgence ended at the state tournament for the women’s basketball team. By Hector Gonzalez


On the Move: Cynthia Takahashi prepares to run home during the 2nd inning of the team’s win over Palm Beach State College on March 9. The Lady Sharks played a double header against the team, winning 4-1 and 8-0 in the second game, at Kendall Campus.


This was not the fairy tale ending the Miami Dade College women’s basketball team was hoping for. The Lady Sharks did not advance in the 2011 Florida Community College Athletic Association State Championship Tournament, losing to Santa Fe College 47-62 on March 2. The team finished with a (12-15) overall record, 6-3 in the Southern Conference. “Everybody was disappointed,” said sophomore point guard Melanie Ducott. “I felt that we could have played with more heart, but we played catch up the whole game instead. There was a lack of intensity within the last ten min-

utes of the game.” The Lady Sharks committed 20 turnovers and shot an abysmal 23 percent from the field. The bench contributed only 12 points. Sophomore shooting guard Tory Stephens said the team gave up too many drives to the basket forcing their post players to get in foul trouble. “We just could not get on the right track and get it together,” Stephens said. “They found our weakness on defense and attacked it the whole game.” The opposing team, the Lady Saints, enjoyed a productive offensive game. They scored 39 points in the first half and 23 points in the second half. The Lady Sharks managed 28 points in the first and 19 points in the second half. “Too many turnovers,” sophomore forward Smiljana Cuk said. “We didn’t make good decisions. Before the game everyone was excited, but then in the second half we could not score.”





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People are slowly becoming strangers to boredom. Facebook keeps us busy in between e-mail and Google, and given how simple it’s spread to even our grandparents, social networking websites could one day become our dominant means of communication. I recently spent two weeks without internet and even though I kept myself busy by climbing my mango trees and hosting a themed party at my house, I was unable to do any of my school work without it. At this rate, kids will not be able to understand a life without internet and the ability to instantly download answers to pretty much any question. I tried watching TV, but it’s easy to see why a lot of us young people have already abandoned it, except to watch sports and Family Guy: because whenever I watched, it seemed the only thing on was whiny teenagers and obnoxious people working in cubicles. If you rely on your computer incessantly, then wouldn’t you


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Don’t you hate it when someone gives a bogus excuse as to why they’re dumping you? Think about it, all of a sudden they tell you something like, it doesn’t feel right or it’s not what he or she wants. Really? That was not the tune they were singing the previous week when they were all over you in front of their friends. I feel like the only explanation is that it was all a lie. People get into relationships for different reasons. Why can’t we just be honest to each other about what we want from it? To me it would be easier if there were name tags that said, “Hello, my name is douche bag. I’m looking for someone to lie to for the next couple of weeks then leave.” Yes, that would mean that people would have to wear name tags the size of their face (this could actually be a plus), but at least you would weed out the ones that are not worth your time. Back to reality though, if you would just be honest to yourself and the person you’re with, then you would actually save yourself a lot of trouble and we wouldn’t have to hear these fake excuses anymore. —Monica Kelly

love another handheld computer built right into your phone? Everyone needs a little down time to think about things over; a phone with Netflix puts an end to that with seasons of The Office ready to stream at the touch of a button. Anyone my age can go out and ride a bike or climb a mango tree. We all used to do things like that in school and maybe it’s our fear of the evil of the world or high gas prices, but the Internet is making it seem to young people that it’s okay to sit on your butt all day. When our kids go to school, they’ll have super cool cell phones with all sorts of lights that will make us senile by age 50. It will be utterly impossible to make a child study his e-files when he has to visit his Facebook first or check out YouTube for clips of hot new video games. We may all end up looking and living like the space civilization from Wall-E. I wouldn’t want that to happen, but when I see women walking with tiny $1,000 dogs in baby-strollers it makes me think: “Dear God! Something is wrong here!”


The Science Of No Privacy “Smart dust” are tiny microelectromechanical sensors, an idea that came from researcher Kris Pister. In theory, these sensors can monitor anything, from light and temperature to vibration and magnetism. They are networked using a wireless system and boast a long battery life. In the right hands, “smart dust” can be used to detect disasters such as earthquakes before they hit. By the military, it can be used to detect enemy movement and

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My name is Professor Joseph Penna and I am an adjunct for writing level 6 at the West and North Campuses in the ESL department. I read your article about the case for allowing concealed weapons on campus for self defense, and you get an A+. I have been teaching for many years, and your article is one of the most interesting and grammatically well written piece of newspaper writing that I have read in a long time. I love your introduction in which you catch the reader’s attention with an excellent hook (imagine sitting in class and gunfire erupts in the hallway). Your thesis is clearly presented and all the paragraphs in the body of writing provide strong unity and coherence. Your killer conclusion leaves the reader thinking “WOW, I think your right.” Keep on writing and thanks for a great article. -Joseph Penna, adjunct professor at the West and North Campuses of Miami Dade College.

radio active substances. Similarly, it can be utilized in hospitals to monitor patients’ conditions using a wireless system. However, in the wrong hands, the consequences can be drastic with invasion of privacy running rampant. “Smart dust” is easy to make and cheap to install. If you are worried about your Facebook privacy settings, you have another thing coming. As you read this, research continues on how to make one man’s action movie-like idea into reality. Is it safe, or will we all soon be starring in a real life science fiction special? —Sarah Dawood

Call Of Duty: World At War Eight years ago a civil war broke out in the Ivory Coast, it split the country into the rebel controlled north and the loyalist south. As of today the United Nations has said that Ivory coast President Laurent Gbagbo has cut off electricity and water supplies to the north. Apparently the fighting has escalated in the recent months to the point that some are calling this a reignition of the civil war. This seems to be a slow motion repeat of what’s happening in the middle east and in the north of Africa.


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Honestly, when innocent civilians have to start suffering due to lack of water and electricity, these leaders need to either step down or look at who they are really hurting. —Elias Cruz




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The Real Housewives Of The Bourgeoisie Desperate for attention, millionaire housewives of Miami finally find their 15 minutes of fame on the Bravo Network.

By Andrea Orellana In 2006, some network executives declared that desperately rich “housewives” were entertaining enough to put on TV and damn, did they stumble onto something. Since then, Bravo’s Real Housewives series has been delighting and depressing audiences with its focus on obscene displays of wealth. Watching people, in this case housewives, deplete entire bank accounts on Louis Vuitton dog purses is the stuff of reality show wet dreams and working class nightmares. (If you’re unfamiliar with the Frankensteinian monster that is this show, be sure to look for a cable company that provides service to people living under rocks.) So successful is the series that it’s been extended to feature housewives from more than seven cities, including New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, among others; Miami is the latest addition.


When the show came out more than four years ago, I had to ask myself if I would be okay with the fact that my definition of “housewife” was about to be radically transformed. I wasn’t, but I watched anyway. In the series, the housewives do not carry themselves as housewives. They are vain, cosmetically enhanced, expert money-wasting, abstractions of real women. The title of the show is ironic because no focus is ever placed on the men to whom the women are wives. I’ve scoured the databases of the world (okay, just Wikipedia) and nowhere do they say that housewives need be so self-centered, their spouses begin to resemble those matte paintings cheap dinner theaters use to simulate scenery, which is fitting because this is exactly how the men function: solely as props. Sometimes the housewives don’t even have kids or a husband which makes no sense at all if we’re going by the denotative meaning of “wife” and not by a completely fictional definition of the word. Really, Bravo? If I wanted to see an unrealistic depiction of a single woman with no kids, I’d just go back to watching Sex and the City reruns on TBS. The interactions between housewife and child are among the biggest reasons I let my dog sit on the remote and accidentally flip to the show. Teenagers with their own Escalades at 15, condos at 17 and fully formed alcohol addictions by age 20 are but a few examples of the children

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and their otherwise unorthodox possessions. The series is simply irresistible to up-and-coming sociologists studying the decline of the American value system. I don’t have kids myself and Dr. Spock can rest easy in his grave— no one is trying to outdo him, least of all me—but the dynamics are such that I’m actively compiling a full-length guide on parenting based on the mistakes these people make with their kids. My book will basically say, “whatever they do with their kids, don’t. Dear Lord, please don’t.” The one thing most learned from watching this show is that when money is no object and you’re resigned to a life where you pretend money actually makes you happy, you’ll do your damnedest to make negative gossip with the girls your biggest issue. In researching for this column, I watched several episodes, but had to mute most of them to pre-

vent inner ear hemorrhaging. The general rule of life is that whenever you combine multiple parts women with multiple parts gossip, the result always sounds the same: like a warehouse filled with angry chickens. What can we expect to see on the Miami edition of the show? Heavy Cuban accents? Haitian nannies? Several references to the decline in the Everglades’ alligator population? That remains to be seen. But for now, we know to count on insanely vapid women who do a good job of convincing themselves the Botox masks can hide their unhappiness. I suppose it’s masochistic to go on watching the reckless spending these women commit. Especially when belts on Americans are so tight we’re turning blue. But living vicariously is cheaper than living your own life so stupidly and lucky for us, the rich housewife reality show market is booming.

Students answer the question: "Do you think students should be charged to use the newly inaugurated Aquatic and Fitness Center at North Campus"—By Reporter Staff


“No, you shouldn’t have to pay to be healthy...Just like air its something you need.”

“If they are promoting healthier living I don’t think they should charge students.”

Khamaji Taylor, 20, North Campus

Laroche Philocles, 21, Medical Center Campus

“I don’t mind them charging, but if they are, I better get a bang for my buck.” Malik Nwosuocha, 23, Kendall Campus

“It seems kind unfair to charge the whole student body for something chances are, most people wont use.” Omar Roig, 19, North Campus

“No, because we pay for tuition. That’s like charging to use the restroom.” Nabila Bader, 19, Kendall Campus

“We’re students, we don’t have a lot of money; some of us don’t even have a job. You know it’s something that should be available to everyone.” Laura Vazquez, 18, North Campus

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