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BEHIND THE BAR An inside look at Elwoods Gastro Pub: a downtown Miami eatery with a broad selection of beer. PAGES 8-9


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After a long wait, North Campus opens the doors to their Aquatic and Fitness Center; the new stateof-the art facility is ready for use. TURN TO NEWS, PAGE 5

Climbing The Ladder Former MDC Basketball Assistant Coach Stephen Cowherd was selected from over 100 applicants as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach. TURN TO SPORTS, PAGE 11

Many Mona Lisas The Freedom Tower hosts Mona Lisa Unveiled, an exhibit showcasing several renditions of the famed Mona Lisa. TURN TO A&E, PAGE 13

Going For Goal Students speak out on the possible benefits of adding a competitive soccer team to the list of MDC’s winning sports teams.




WAYNE’S WORLD A review on Lil Wayne’s newest album: Tha Carter IV. PAGE 13


Honors College Award Funded By Appoints New Dean Tobacco Company Pascale Charlot was appointed dean of The Honors College after Alexandria Holloway retired in late August. By Kirsten Rincon The Honors College at Miami Dade College has a new chief. Pascale Charlot was appointed to the position after Alexandria Holloway retired in late August. Most recently, Charlot was dean of student affairs at New York University School of Law. “I think that students at Miami Dade can look forward to Dean Charlot being a caring dean who will always have students’ best interests in mind,” said her former





colleague at NYU Michelle Adorno, currently the assistant dean for admissions at the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law. “I think students can expect her to continually work to enhance the educational experience at Miami Dade so that it is as rewarding as possible for all students.” Charlot earned her bachelor’s in sociology and economics with a certificate in women studies from Duke University and her juris doctorate’s from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Dean’s Scholar. She then went on to be an assistant district attorney in New York TURN TO NEW DEAN, PAGE 5



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College continues to use funds from Philip Morris USA, a tobacco company, to fund an endowed teaching chair award, despite a recently enacted college-wide smoking ban. By Monique O. Madan Miami Dade College is utilizing funds from Philip Morris USA—a major tobacco company — despite having a college-wide smoking ban. Philip Morris USA originally donated the funds—$45,000— in 1991 to MDC with the purpose of creating a permanent endowment. The College then received an additional $30,000 in matching


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funds from the State of Florida, according to College Provost Rolando Montoya. The funds have been disbursed throughout several years to reward and recognize professors teaching courses in the areas of agriculture or natural sciences. The winners get a $22,500 stipend that is distributed during a threeyear period. “Why should they care if I smoke outside if they have this money?” said Armando Sevilla, a 27-year-old architecture major. “I don’t think it’s fair. If you’re against a product, then disassociate yourself with that product. Be consistent.”





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THE REPORTER New Dean Of Social Sciences At Wolfson Campus

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B SNAPSHOT Upgrade: Miami Dade College designed a new college-wide parking decal for faculty and students to use. The decal is necessary for parking at any of the eight Miami Dade College campuses for the 2011-12 school year.

Remembrance Ceremony Pumariega Promoted To Being Held At North Campus Interim Wolfson Campus On Sept. 9, North Campus is President

Two New Trustees Appointed for MDC District Board

hosting a remembrance event on the tenth anniversary of Sept.11 It will be held in the building four rotunda at 9 a.m. Deputy Assistant Chief John W. Norman of the Fire Department City of New York will be the keynote speaker. Norman, now retired, was in the Special Operations Command (SOC), and served as search and rescue manager for the World Trade Center Operations during the attacks. The occasion will also be highlighted by an unveiling of two World Trade Center steel artifacts.

On Sept. 23, Mariana “Marili” Cancio and Jose K. Fuentes will be welcomed to Miami Dade College’s District Board of Trustees. Cancio and Fuentes, former MDC students, have been appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott. Cancio, an advocate for MDC CANCIO with a political upbringing, has a specialty in corporate, real estate, and international law. She is currently a managing partner at Cancio Johnson and FUENTES Echarte. Fuentes, principal for The Fuentes & Rodriguez Consulting Group, holds 17 years of work in the public sector including experience as special assistant to former Florida Senator Connie Mack. Their incorporation follows the expiring terms of Peter Roulhac and Mikki Canton. The other members of the MDC District Board include Helen Aguirre Ferré, Armando J. Bucelo Jr., Marielena A. Villamil, Benjamin León III and Robert H. Fernández.

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Volunteer In Honor Of 9/11 Victims And Heroes 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance invites Miami Dade College students to register to volunteer Sept. 10 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E 65th St., for landscaping, beautification, clean-up, and painting service projects around the park.

Madeline Pumariega, former dean of administration for Medical Center Campus, was promoted to interim Wolfson Campus president in July, replacing former campus president Mercy Quiroga. According to Pumariega, as of now there is no rePUMARIEGA placement for her former position. The new president has set her goals to support the students, develop programs that will create success for students and bring additional resources to Miami Dade College, such as scholarships and new study programs. “Dr. Padrón believes that college is a place for opportunities, not only for students but also for the faculty,” Pumariega said. —Jael Teme For more information, contact: Madeline Pumariega T (305) 237-7600 B

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International Students Receive Microsoft Discounts

Evelyn Rodriguez, former assistant director of North Campus’ Student Life, was appointed on Aug. 22 as North Campus’ new Student Life Director. She replaces Jaime Anzalotta, who served for five years, and is now a professor in the Social Sciences Department. R o d r i g u e z RODRIGUEZ oversees the Student Programming Board, Student Government Association, Student Leadership Council, and now more than 30 student organizations at North Campus. She began working at Miami Dade College as a student assistant in 2001. “As an alumni from the North Campus it is a great opportunity to give back to the campus that gave me so much,” Rodriguez said.

Microsoft and the International Student Identification Card Association (ISIC) made an Education Alliance this summer giving international students discounts on Microsoft products, as well as offering free downloads. Microsoft is offering up to 90 percent off Office Professional Plus 2010, alongside with a bundle of other deals, ISIC holders’ can view online at www.onthehub. com. ISIC holders can also obtain more than 20 free Microsoft product downloads, including developer tools, applications and servers. “The world nowadays is based on technology,” said Floris Giol, director of the International Students Department at MDC. “The affiliation that the ISIC has with Microsoft enables students to obtain the latest Microsoft software for reasonable prices and be up-to-date with the technology that can aid their education.”

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Victor Vazquez is the new chairperson for the Department of Social Sciences at Wolfson Campus. The former chairperson, German Muñoz, retired on Aug. 16. For six years, Vazquez was a full- time faculty member at Wolfson Campus, teaching both American history and world history. He earned a doctorate in philosophy in history at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he worked as a full-time administrator as well as a part-time faculty member for 17 years. “Muñoz was my boss and mentor. I am looking forward to working with the faculty and just try to see what we can do better,” Vasquez said. “We are building on Muñoz’s legacy.” —Morena Guerrero

MDC Now Has Virtual College App Members of Miami Dade College’s Virtual College recently collaborated to create the “MDC Virtual College App” to enhance the virtual students’ experience and help them stay connected on or off campus with valuable information. The application features various selections where one can either browse through course offerings and individual descriptions, images, videos, maps, and proctored testing information. “Since many students have smart phones they can access the application anywhere, anytime,” said Karl Herleman, MDC Vice Provost for Information Technology. The App, which is available solely for devices running on iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, is available at Apple’s App Store, free of charge. —Brittany Esquijarosa For more information, contact: Karl Herleman T (305) 237-2290 B

On Sept. 10 the first annual South Florida 5K freedom run and PARK festival is taking place in the city of Doral, which will commemorate the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks. Miami Dade College students and south Florida residents are invited to support all men and woman who serve the United States at the JC Bermudez Park, 3000 N.W. 87th Ave. Doral, FL from 7:30am-12pm. The PARK Festival is free and open to the public. Registration for the 5K is $30 for an individual student or resident and $15 for an individual service men and women. Team rates can be found online. The last day to register is Sept. 9 at 2pm. The event is organized by the non-profit organization Perform Acts of Random Kindness, PARK project. All the earnings will be donated to a variety of charities through the PARK project foundation in support of military families, veterans and first responder community programs. —Jael Teme For more information, visit:, or contact: Marly Quincoces Founder of PARK project T (305) 967-0292 B

Miami Dade College And Wheaton College Sign Articulation Agreement Miami Dade College signed an articulation agreement with Wheaton College on July 14 in order to ease the transfer process for MDC students. Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. will accept up to two full years of credit to any MDC graduate. MDC President Eduardo Padrón and Wheaton College President Ronald Crutcher were both present at the signing. —Jaime Gutierrez For more information, visit:

New Assistant Dean For School Of Science

Michael Hettich, a Wolfson Campus English professor, was presented with the Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Award on July 10. Swan Scythe Press is one of the largest publishing companies in the U.S. In order to enter the contest, all 165 contestants were required to submit 20 HETTICH to 36 pages of poetry. Hettich chose to enter a collection of main stream contemporary poems which he titled, The Measured Breathing. He will receive a monetary reward of $200 and have The Measured Breathing published, making it his 13th published piece.

Miami Dade College’s School of Science at North Campus has appointed Beatriz Simon as its first ever Administrative Assistant to the Dean. Simon will perform tasks such as revising the calendar, advising and enrolling students in the school, helping manage grants, SIMON and planning school events. Simon, who has been with MDC for nine years, previously worked as a finance and grant manager at the Wolfson Campus. Most recently she was the program manager for the for the Student Access Via Exchange program at the North Campus. “I am excited to see this wonderful new School of Science develop. It has been an enlightening and learning experience so far,” Simon said.

—Annaliese Garcia

—Brittany Esquijarosa

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MDC Invited To 5K Run And PARK Festival

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PHOTOBRIEFING The fall term kicked off with a bang at all campuses across MDC. Performers, food, giveaways and social events helped welcome students to the new school year. 1

Flying Circus: Cirque Éloize iD performed high acrobatics in the welcome back festivities at North Campus on Wednesday, August 24.


Drummers: The Japanese Fushu Daiko drummers performed as part of Wolfson Campus' ‘Welcome Back to School’ events on Wednesday, August 24.




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Game On: Local improv comedians Johnny Trabanco and Yamiel Piedra of “A Pair of Nuts” perform at Kendall Campus as part of first week of school festivities on August 24.

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North Campus Aquatic and Fitness Center Officially Opens Its Doors North Campus’ Aquatic and Fitness Center opened its doors to all students and faculty on Sept. 1. Students will now be able to use the facilities with purchase of a membership. By Monique O. Madan Almost seven months after it was originally inaugurated, the Aquatic and Fitness Center—a $6.8 million state-of-art facility located at the North Campus— officially opened its doors on Sept. 1. The facility is only open to Miami Dade College students, employees, retirees, part-time and full-time faculty. “We’ve been working arduously to make it a reality,” said North Campus President, José Vicente. “I saw the old pool in the 1990s. Its been a long time coming. If the opportunity presents itself, you can bet that you’ll see me there.” The new pool and gym, located on the north side of building four, remained closed even after it was inaugurated back on Feb. 14 because the College had to address items that needed to be fixed, according to North Campus’ Dean of Administration Cristina Mateo. Among them, in March, there were building code compliance issues related to the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. Those problems have been fixed. Daniella Oriach, an 18-year-



Breaking A Sweat: Danyelle Carter, first student reported to purchase a membership at North Campus’ newly renovated Aquatic and Fitness Center, works out on opening day.

Open To The Public: The Aquatic Center at North Campus opened on Sept. 1. The pool is 25-yards by 30-meters. It has nine lanes and a twosection shallow water instructional area.

old North Campus student looks forward to using the new swimming pool, a site that is 25-yards by 30-meters. It has nine lanes and a two-section shallow water instructional area “I was on my high school swim team, it relaxes me. It makes me feel like I’m part of something,” Oriach said. “I used to do back strokes, so whenever I would jump in the pool, I felt completely separated from the world. I hope I relive that moment.” The facility also has 35 brand new cardiovascular stations and 20 strength training machines. It has a free weights area, four class-

pool to $100 per year for students to use the gym and pool. Faculty and staff have different rates (see chart below for a list of all the memberships available). “We wanted to make sure its affordable,” Mateo said. Miami Dade College identification cards are required for entry. Kendall and Wolfson Campuses will also adopt the membership fee at their centers. Administration is still discussing whether students can purchase memberships that do not correspond to their home campus. To purchase a membership, students must fill-out a medical

rooms, an aerobics room, locker rooms with showers, a competition pool and a diving pool with an underground observation room. All machines are iPod compatible and have heart rate sensors. Select machines have small touchscreen monitors. Televisions are also positioned around the fitness area. The facility is handicap accessible. To use the center you must purchase a membership. Students can’t use financial aid to pay for memberships. Fees range from as low as $10 per month for students to use the

clearance, waiver and questionnaire forms at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. “I want to set the tone with this place,” said Noemi Zaharia, a twotime Olympic medalist in swimming for Romania, and the Aquatic and Fitness Center’s director. “By the time you get out of here, you’ll work better, your mind will be more clear and you’re ready for the day.” Rules and Regulations are available at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 7p.m. | Saturday-9a.m.-1 p.m.


Former NYU Dean Takes Over Honors College FROM NEW DEAN, FRONT

and the manager of a program that sought to develop computer learning centers in more than 100 townships in South Africa. “Our mission was to create more computer learning centers that were not only better but more accessible to students,” Charlot said. Charlot started her educational administrative career by serving as an associate director of the Public Interest Law Center at NYU School of Law where she advised students who were interested in pursuing public interest opportunities. After leaving NYU, she became the assistant dean and director for the Minority Student Program at Rutgers University. Shortly after, she returned to NYU to become the dean of student affairs at the school of law. “Through my journey, I discovered I was really interested in having an impact in peoples lives

sooner,” Charlot said. “Thanks to my experience I know what graduate students are looking for and I think my knowledge will definitely be useful for the undergraduate community here at MDC’s Honors College.” Charlot is grateful for the foundation Holloway has built at the Honors College. Holloway was instrumental in launching the Honors College back in 2002, serving as the college’s dean for the first 10 years. The program’s graduates regularly attend academic juggernauts such as Georgetown University, NYU and Columbia University. “I believe she will maintain the integrity and international reputation of the college and help it move to greater heights,” Holloway said. For more information, contact: Pascale Charlot T (305) 237-3381 B

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Friendly Takeover: Pascale Charlot takes over as the new dean of The Honors College after Alexandria Holloway, the original dean, retired on Aug. 31. @TheReporter_MDC

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Father And Son Alumni Invent Curb Inlet Filters Emilio and Eddie Lopez created a curb inlet filter that has been implemented throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

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The curb filter Emilio and Eddie Lopez designed prevents debris from clogging storm drains, allowing water to continue to flow freely.

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Fifteen months ago, a father and son duo had an idea and ran with it. Emilio Lopez, 29, and Eddie Lopez, 66— two MDC alumni— collaborated to create curb inlet filters, a device placed on the curb to filter debris from entering the sewer system. The filters have been installed at six locations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Emilio, who earned his associate in arts degree from MDC in 2005, worked closely with his father Eddie, who earned his associate in arts degree from MDC in 1986, to put his father’s idea into action. “He saw a need for [curb inlet] filters because of the flooding that occurs on the streets due to pollution getting inside the storm drains,” Emilio said. They created the filter with the intentions of reducing pollution from entering storm drains and waterways, lowering street cleaning costs, and creating an environment with less flooding. “The filter has so many side benefits, when we started doing the cost-benefit analysis we saw that


it saves money because the city needs a truck to vacuum inside the sewers, the process of doing that costs more than sweeping the street,” Emilio said. “It was so practical that it was almost a nobrainer.” Since March 2010 two filters are in place on 1825 SW 22 St. and 1790 SW 22 St. In February 2010 the filters were added in the City of Hallandale Beach near the intersection of NE 12 Avenue and 4th Street. Then in January of 2011 the City of Virginia Gardens added two filters at 5720 NW 37 St. and 5731 NW 37 St. Six months ago, the Lopez’s first long filter was placed on the Northbound lane side of US1, between SW 17 and 19 Avenue. They expect more to be installed. “This is a need they have worldwide,” Eddie said. “Right now it’s a matter of having exposure be-

cause it is new technology.” The filters were designed with upward angle openings causing water to flow around the trash that is now restricted to enter. Emilio and Eddie sought help from a MDC Kendall Campus engineering class in the fall semester of 2010. The students in that class built a model of the curb inlet filter. “The students came up with design, it had to be light and strong and that the filter could be replaced quickly,” said professor Ian Davis, whose students participated in the project. “I was amazed at the results because of the way the water flows and the leaves and the debris do not block the filter.” A patent for the curb inlet filter was approved in May 2011 and it is expected to be issued on Sept. 13. “If it works in Miami it’s going to work in a lot of other places, this is something that could have international application,” Davis said.

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Aug. 25, 2011, Rm. #3417 Damaged property No police —————————————— Aug. 23, 2011, Garage Floor 5 Larceny vehicle —————————————— Aug. 23, 2011, Garage Floor 5 Larceny vehicle —————————————— Aug. 12, 2011 Missing Property —————————————— Aug. 10, 2011, Garage Floor 5 Larceny Vehicle —————————————— Aug. 3, 2011, Garage Floor 5 Larceny vehicle —————————————— Aug. 3, 2011, Garage Floor 2 Larceny vehicle —————————————— NORTH CAMPUS Aug. 29, 2011, A211 | Theft —————————————— Aug. 24, 2011, Bldg.. 1000 Theft —————————————— Aug. 23, 2011, Lot 15 Auto Burglary —————————————— Aug. 21, 2011, 3000 Bldg.. Theft —————————————— Aug. 9, 2011, Lot 11 Burglary to Motor Vehicle —————————————— Aug. 1, 2011, Bldg.. 2000 Theft Vending Machine —————————————— July 19, 2011, Lot 7 Burglary to Motor Vehicle Black Chevy MonteCarlo

July 19, 2011, Lot 7 Burglary to Motor Vehicle Red Mustang —————————————— July 19, 2011, Lot 4 Burglary to Motor Vehicle Black Dodge Charger —————————————— July 16, 2011, Lot 11 Burglary to Motor Vehicle Red Ford Mustang —————————————— July 16, 2011, Lot 11 Burglary to Motor Vehicle White Ford Mustang —————————————— July 16, 2011, Lot 11 Burglary to Motor Vehicle Dodge Charger —————————————— July 16, 2011, Lot 11 Burglary to Motor Vehicle Dodge Charger —————————————— July 16, 2011, Lot 11 Burglary to Motor Vehicle White Ford Mustang —————————————— July 13, 2011, Lot not listed Forced into Vehicle Blue Mustang —————————————— July 14, 2011, Lot not listed Robbery by Sudden Snatch —————————————— July 9, 2011, Lot not listed Auto Theft —————————————— July 6, 2011, Lot not listed Auto Theft Stolen Vehicle —————————————— July 5, 2011, Lot 11 Burglary to Motor Vehicle


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Teaching Chair Award Endowed By Philip Morris USA FROM ENDOWMENT, FRONT


SNAPSHOT On Aug. 27, Joel Rodriguez, a Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus student, gathered with the Hispanic community to protest at the American Airlines Arena against Cuban singer Pablo Milanes during his tour in the United States. According to Rodriguez, Milanes was a supporter of the Cuban dictatorship for many years. Milanes now claims that his views have changed. “I represent the pain that the Cuban community cannot voice,” Rodriguez said.

Juán Morata, a Wolfson Campus natural sciences professor, was the first Philip Morris USA endowed teaching chair selected after MDC instituted its college-wide smoking ban in April 2011. “I do believe students should be in a smoke free environment. However, an award is an award,” Morata said. “I didn’t put too much thought into it. When I applied for the chair, I didn’t look at Philip Morris, I looked at the natural sciences part of it.” As part of the Endowed Teaching Chair program, every year a different company sponsors a different area of academia. This is the fifth year that Philip Morris USA sponsored the sciences. “You have to think of it as charity, not a marketing technique,” Morata said. “I never thought of it as a morality issue.” However, on June 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Tobacco Control Act, giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products. Sect. 102 states that “product sponsorship of sporting or entertainment events” are banned. It also says that tobacco companies must limit color and design of packaging and advertisements,

including audio-visual ads. Free cigarettes and promotional products, including non-tobacco products linked to tobacco products are also banned. Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University says that a contribution like the one MDC received from Philip Morris USA aids in the marketing of the product. “There’s no question that the motive of any company that gives to a university or college is good exposure and legitimation,” Hanson said. “I think its ironic. However, I think the greater danger is that the school be tainted by products such as Philip Morris that produce disease and death, considering their new smoking ban.” According to Philip Morris USA’s website, their No.1 item in their Mission and Values is: “We will invest in excellent people, leading brands and external stakeholders important to our businesses’ success.” “I do not have any comment beyond whats on our website,” said Bill Phelps, manager of media affairs for Philip Morris USA via email. “We do not have a comment on the College’s smoking restrictions policy either.” Montoya feels the College is lucky to have the money. “No, the College has never

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Changes To Standards Of Academic Progress Policy According to an email sent to students by College Wide Financial Aid Director Mercedes Amaya on Friday, July 22, changes have been made to the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress Policy for new and continuing students. The standards for Academic Progress have been changed to help students and the Financial Aid Office assist students finish their studies in time. “These changes are designed to help students progress towards graduation in a timely manner and allows the Financial Aid Office to work with students through the use of an Individual Education Plan when extenuating circumstances affect a student’s academic progress,” Amaya said. ————————————————————————————————— THE SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY INCLUDES TWO COMPONENTS:

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2 Quantitative Standards: (Completion Rate and Maximum Time Frame) Completion Rate: You must complete 67% of all courses attempted. Maximum Time Frame: Your financial aid eligibility is limited to 150% of the credits required to complete your program of study. For additional information, please contact your campus Financial Aid Office. ————————————————————————————————— —Compiled by Monica Kelly

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thought about returning the original donation,” Montoya said via email. “We are glad to have these funds available to provide salary supplements to outstanding faculty members.” Six schools in Florida have completely or partially banned smoking on campus: Florida International University, The University of Miami, University of Florida, Edison State College, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences in Orlando and Warner University in Lake Wales. The Reporter attempted to contact the College Provost at all those universities, but were told that they were unavailable for comment on whether or not they’ve accepted monetary income from tobacco companies. What is known is that MDC has not received additional donations from Philip Morris USA after the company’s original $45,000 donation. Juan Mendieta, the College’s director of communications said MDC President Eduardo Padrón was unavailable for comment. “What are we supposed to do, give it back? That’s ridiculous,” Mendieta said. “It is important to note that this organization has been a leader in education funding and causes. The endowment of this organization should not be diminished in any way.”


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Starting with their first signature blend, The Black & Tan, Elwoods serves up five house beer blends, all for a regular price of $4.75 each, the same as their draft beer. PHOTOS: AKEEM BRUNSON | GRAPHIC: LAZARO GAMIO

Off the corner of Northeast Second Street and Northeast Third Avenue, Elwoods Gastro Pub Building 1, serves up a wide variety of beers and homeWolfson Elwoods Campus made food. Gastro Pub The gastro pub is owned by Lewis Woods, 44, NE Second Street First Street a Londoner, and Lorry Woods, 47, an American. Station Lewis and Lorry met while they worked for the same international freight forwarding comElwoods Gastro Pub pany; Lewis worked at the London, England 188 NE 3rd Ave. branch, and Lorry worked in Portland Oregon. Miami, FL 33132 They met while Lorry was on a business trip in ————————————————————— London. Two and a half months after they met, T (305) 358-5222 they married in Las Vegas; they have been marB  ried for 15 years. “We have always pursued travel, food and wine with a passion,” said Lorry, “and beer.” Lewis and Lorry purchased the space Elwoods now occupies on Aug. 1, 2010; It was previously occupied by Cafe Marbella, a Cuban cafeteria. Later that year, on Oct. 21, Elwoods Gastro Pub opened for business. Pubs have traditionally served as public houses, where the community gathers to socialize. Gastro pubs further distinguish themselves by serving higherquality food, rather than the typical fried fare normally offered. “Gastro pubs are about the purity and quality of flavors,” said Lorry. “Somebody actually cares about the food that you’re served here.” The ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard are all made in house. The tartar sauce, which is made by Lorry from scratch, is blended with lemon juice, and contains capers instead of pickle relish. Even the ice cream is homemade. A family-run operation, Elwoods is managed by Lewis and Lorry; her two children, Robert, 22, and Clifton, 21, work the kitchen. The family assures that their patrons remain entertained. On the first and third Tuesdays of the month, Elwoods hosts a cover-free comedy night, spearheaded by Forest Shaw, a Miami comedian. On every second and fourth Tuesdays, they hold a trivia night. The winner receives a free pitcher of beer. Every Wednesday, they offer live music by The Costs, a local band. On Sundays, they hold Sunday Roast, where they offer a three-course menu for $15. Part of their offering includes their Super Salad, with the contents being dictated by the ingredients’ seasonal availability, and purchased from local sources. Elwoods is looking to expand. “This street and this neighborhood are really improving,” Lewis said. Lorry and Lewis are planning to expand into an adjoining commercial space, pending approval from the Downtown Development Authority. The new space will serve as a venue to serve coffee, fresh-baked goods, and in the afternoons, take-and-bake pizzas. However, Elwoods aims to maintain their traditional role as a neighborhood pub, where people can feel at home. “It’s very relaxed here,” said Lorry, “you can come in here wearing pink bunny slippers, and we’ll say, ‘how ya doing?’ ” NE Third Street


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The Bumblebee 50% Guinness

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33% Harpoon I 50% Boddington’s Pub Ale

33% Harpoon L Imperial I.P.A.

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Elwoods Gastro Pub has 13 beers on tap, which rotate due to availability. Here’s a look at what they presently have in stock: RESEARCH: MARK PULASKI | PHOTOS: AKEEM BRUNSON | GRAPHIC: LAZARO GAMIO

Spaten Optimator, 7.2% ABV A dark, bottom-fermented doppelbock from Munich, Germany. Dopplebocks were originally brewed by German monks and used as a source of nutrition while they fasted for lent.

Fuller’s London Pride, 4.1% ABV Fuller’s flagship brand. London Pride is the UK’s leading premium cask ale. It was crowned the Supreme Champion at the 2000 International Beer and Cider competition and took home the ultimate honor of “Beer of the Year” at the Great British Beer Festival of 1979.

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Stella Artois, 5% ABV A Belgian pilsner that has been brewed since 1926. It was initially offered seasonally, only during the Christmas holiday season, but began being offered year-round after enjoying great commercial success.


Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA, 10% ABV The Harpoon Brewery has played in important role in the revitalization of American microbreweries. Their new Leviathan series, which includes this potent Imperial IPA, was designed for those drinkers who want to experience richer tastes.

Boddington’s Pub Ale, 4.7% ABV This creamy ale, originally brewed in Manchester, England, is now predominately brewed for export markets such as the U.S. Unlike most American beers, which are best served ice cold, Boddington’s is designed to be served cool.

Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen, 5.1% ABV Literally translated as “dark wheat” beer, Dunkelweizen is brewed with authentic Bavarian wheat beer yeast which yields an unfamiliar taste to most beer drinkers.

Guinness, 4.2 The famed da it’s foamy wh nitrogen that beer when po Guinness ap it is actually of red.

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The Black & Tan 50% Guinness 50% Fuller’s London Pride or Wells Bombardier

Peroni Nastro Azzurro, 5.1% ABV Peroni’s premium lager brand, launched in 1963. The name translates to “Blue Ribbon” in Italian, a nod to the Blue Riband given to the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic.

Foster’s, 5.0% ABV Originally brewed in Australia, Foster’s can was originally designed to resemble motor oil cans so, naturally, Americans nicknamed them “Foster’s Oil Cans.” Foster’s beer is a bright, golden color that delivers a refreshing beer drinking experience with a crisp, clean hop finish.

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The Drunk UFO 50% Harpoon Leviathan Imperial I.P.A.

33% Guinness 33% Harpoon UFO White

50% Harpoon UFO White

33% Harpoon Leviathan Imperial I.P.A.

Leffe Blonde, 6.6% ABV Brewed in Belgium, Leffe Blonde is one of the lightest of the Leffe family. Known for being well on the sweet side, Leffe also offers a hint of integrated bitterness.

Harpoon I.P.A., 5.9% ABV The Boston, Mass. brewing company Harpoon Indian Pale Ale (I.P.A.) is a floral beer that leaves an aggressive yet refreshing finish. Harpoon I.P.A. is the brewery’s flagship beer.

Wells Bombardier, 4.1% ABV Wells Bombardier is a prominent and tasty English-style ale. Bombardier is exported to over 20 countries from Australia to Canada, and Russia to the US.

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Harpoon UFO White, 4.8% ABV UFO White holds the light, crisp, refreshing taste in the tradition of spiced wheat beers that have been brewed in Belgium for well over 300 years. The beer is unfiltered, which highlights the Harpoon house yeast’s distinctive fruity flavors.


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Create YOUR FUTURE. Andrea Penoyer is not your typical working mom. After all, not all moms have their lives filmed for a reality TV show. But even with raising a son and working for the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s anti-crime unit, all the while being part of TLC’s Police Women of Broward County, she is able to pursue her second degree from BARRY UNIVERSITY. “Barry makes it possible with evening and weekend classes that are convenient for me.”

ANDREA PENOYER TLC’s Police Women of Broward County Bachelor of Public Administration, 2010 Current Master of Public Administration student

BARRY UNIVERSITY is the second-largest private, Catholic university in the Southeast • Main campus in Miami Shores, Florida, offering more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in: Arts and Sciences • Business • Education • Health Sciences • Human Performance and Leisure Sciences • Law • Podiatric Medicine • Public Administration • Social Work • Day, evening, and weekend classes at sites throughout Florida *Not all programs offered at all off-campus sites

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Miami Dade College’s search for a new basketball coach is over; assistant coach Stephen Cowherd will fill the vacancy.

By Gregory Castillo Miami Dade College’s search for a new men’s basketball coach, which included more than 100 applicants, is done: assistant basketball coach Stephen Cowherd has been selected to lead the Sharks. Cowherd, 27, served as an assistant for the the Sharks last year for Matthew Eisele, who resigned three weeks after facing allegations that he called a basketball player a “dumb ass.” He previously served as a graduate assistant at Florida State University on Leonard Hamilton’s staff. “I’m very excited to have him. He’s young, dynamic, a go getter from FSU,” said MDC Athletic Director, Anthony Fiorenza. “The campus is very excited to have Stephen on board.” Cowherd is a fan and player favorite, gathering more than 700 followers on his “Coach Cowherd” twitter account. “First, obviously, I’m excited to be named men’s basketball coach,” Cowherd said. “I’m a South Florida kid, grew up in Broward County, played a lot of games down in Dade. I’m looking forward to bringing the community into Miami Dade and hopefully packing this place.” Cowherd has a deep tradition in


basketball spanning generations before him. His two older sisters played college basketball and his father, Stan Cowherd, won two state 4A championships coaching his sisters at J.P. Taravella High School in Broward. He played point guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School where he won a county championship. Cowherd played his first year of college at Mississippi State University before transferring to the University of South Alabama. “I got a chance to steal and learn

from everybody and mold that as my own philosophy,” Cowherd said. Cowherd plans to develop an atmosphere that will allow his players skills to use their instincts to make plays in crucial situations. He plans to include press and man to man coverage along with a fast pace on the offensive end. “I feel good this year about playing for couch Cowherd,” said Stephan Burrows, an 18-yearold point guard for the Sharks. “He was a point guard so I know he’ll work me hard and push me through everything I need to get



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New Deputy: Stephen Cowherd, a former graduate assistant at FSU and an assistant coach at MDC last year will lead the sharks through the new year. better.” Cowherd knows this year’s squad might go through some rough patches, but as long as the team keeps improving, he will be satisfied, he said. “Miami Dade has a chance to be something special,” Cowherd said. “For me to be able to be part of that— it’s an honor.”

Goodwin Signs With Washington Nationals Former Miami Dade College outfielder, Brian Goodwin, the 34th overall pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball Amateur draft has agreed to terms with the Washington Nationals on deal believed to be for more than $3 million. Goodwin is currently at a minor GOODWIN league complex in Viera, FL, where he is working out with the player development staff for the Washington Nationals. The left-handed hitting Goodwin batted .382 with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 42 runs scored in 47 games with Miami Dade College in 2011. He also had a .492 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases for the Sharks. —Jaime Gutierrez

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Movimiento Artistico praticomateriale (Luca Angeli, MarcAntonio Modaro and Riccardo Lenzi) PA by 024 Monna Market 2006, mixed media. 

DNA - Franco Fossi, Research for the visual DNA of the Mona Lisa, 1972-1987, mixed media on canvas. Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci. 

Here’s a look at how some of the artists in the exhibit reinterpreted the Mona Lisa. RESEARCH: STTEFFANNY COTT PHOTOS: GREGORY CASTILLO

B.Berner, Lithograph of the Mona Lisa (mirror image), 19th century, Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci. 

Mona Lisa sculpted in White Carrara Marble, 17th or 18th century, height 49.8 cm. Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci.

Kerozen, Mona Lisa, 1996 oil on canvases. Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci

Nude Gioconda of the Museo Ideale (ex kaupe) conceived by Leonardo, painted with the collaboration of a pupil, possibly Gian Giacono Caprotti, 746x58cm, rediscovered and displayed after a conservative restoration. On loan from Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci.


THE EXHIBIT MONA LISA UNVEILED, WHICH SHOWCASES ALTERNATIVE INTERPRETATIONS OF THE FAMED PAINTING, OPENED AUG. 25 AT THE FREEDOM TOWER AND WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH OCT. 7. By Stteffanny Cott Miami Dade College’s Art Gallery System presents the new exhibit Mona Lisa Unveiled. The highly-anticipated U.S. premiere of the exhibit, in which an array of artists showcase their respective interpretations inspired by the renowned painting, marks the first of many future events which will bring Italian art, cuisine and cinema to Miami residents. The opening of the exhibit took place Aug. 25 at MDC’s Freedom Tower where prominent and influ-

ential members of the community partook in an evening of frivolous conversation, art appreciation and wine. Distinguished guests in the likes of Mayor of the City of Miami, Tomas Regalado, Italian Consul General Marco Rocca and the Mayor of Margherita di Savoia, Apulia, Italy, Gabriella Carlucci graced the event with their presence in an evening where art reigned supreme. The exhibit itself encompasses sculptures, paintings and mixedmedia art from different artistic movements divided in two distinct sections for easy viewing.

Historical documentations and works ranging from the 16th to 19th century comprise one section while the other focuses on contemporary pieces and media art. The central piece of the exhibition is the famed Nude Gioconda, conceived by Leonardo da Vinci himself, painted with the collaboration of a pupil presumed to be Gian Giacomo Caprotti. The painting is one of three in existence and regarded as the most important of its kin. When asked about the famed and rarely-seen piece, Mayor Carlucci said she was was “thrilled that the precious nude

painting had made its way across the Atlantic granting students of all majors the opportunity to appreciate its intricacy and details up close.” The pieces were on loan from the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, which is home to many of the artist’s works. The opening of the exhibit marks an act of public diplomacy where the offices of Mayor Regalado along with Mayor Carlucci have entered an agreement in an effort to enhance and enrich the city of Miami’s cultural and artistic character. “We need to be more proactive

for the cultural advancement of our home. This agreement will help place Miami on the map as a cultural spot in the United States” said Regalado when asked about the impact the accord will have on Miami’s reputation. The exhibit will open to the general public on Aug. 26 and will remain on display through Oct. 7, at no cost, Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. For more information, contact: MDC Art Gallery System T (305) 237-7700


Weezy Makes It Look Easy With Newest Release Lil Wayne’s new album, Tha Carter IV, is filled with the rapper’s signature witty oneliners fired over a barrage of banging beats. By Mark Pulaski Lil Wayne has come a long way since his days rapping under the alias Baby D on the 1995 album True Story. Since those humble beginnings, Dwayne Carter has steadily climbed through the ranks toward hip-hop super-stardom. His latest solo-release, Tha Carter IV , was officially released Aug. 29, although an illegally leaked version of the album made it’s way through the web weeks before. I’ve been a fan of Weezy since his days with The Hot Boys, but he really stepped the game up with 2004’s Tha Carter, quickly followed up with 2005’s Tha Carter II—both 5 star albums in my eyes. It was the time shortly thereafter that Wayne really shined the brightest. He became a mixtape maniac, with a handful of new songs and guest appearances seemingly recorded everyday.


The Drought Is Over: Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne’s ninth studio album, was officially released Aug. 29 although leaked versions sprung up on the internet much earlier. Once the crossover hit “Lollipop” invaded the airwaves, he was seemingly sitting atop the throne, taking home a Grammy in 2009 for Best Rap Album with Tha Carter III. As time progressed, he started to lose some of his shine. He became too self-serving with his lyrics and got into a spell of auto-tune overload. With his latest Carter release, Wayne aims to bring back the spark

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that once burned so brightly within. On the albums first track, “Intro”, Weezy speaks nothing but the truth when he spits off the line “I don’t need a watch; the time is now or never.” The beat is alright and there’s a couple decent line’s scattered about, but as a whole it doesn’t compare to the opening songs on his previous Carter releases. Wayne’s signature lighter-flick is noticeable as the first few notes be-


gin to play on the next track. “Blunt Blowin’,” my favorite on the album, features an epic beat reminiscent of a movie-score that slowly builds during the opening verse before exploding into a booming bassline over the hook. The lyrics leave something to be desired, but the track is definitely a head bopper. Keeping up with the banging beats, comes the trunk-rattling tune “MegaMan,” another bright spot. Although the lyrics may not be all that deep, the bass sure is. The lead single “6 Foot, 7 Foot,” is rather irritating with its overplayed sampled hook. This track did sprout one of my favorite lines in “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna,” though. I was more impressed with the second single off the album, “John” featuring Miami’s own Rick Ross. Although there is no chance of Lil’ Tunechi going down in history alongside John Lennon, the track still goes hard. The latest release off the album, “How To Love” is a ballad that’s sure to destroy what’s left of the former Hollygrove resident’s street cred. Reputation aside, I still think it’s a nice song.

There has been much controversy as of late about the supposed shot to Jay-Z and Beyonce’ in the song “It’s Good.” But I’m going to follow in the footsteps of Hova here and just keep quiet on this one. My only complaints with the album were that I would have liked to see Wayne with a verse featured on “Interlude” and “Outro” rather than letting a handful of guest artists steal his shine. Also, his collaboration with T-Pain really did teach me “How To Hate.” My heartaches just trying to sit through Teddy’s over-tuned intro. Overall, Tha Carter IV is a solid production from the hip-hop veteran. Lil Wayne isn’t exactly known for his thought-provoking lyrics, but he does fire off witty one-liners with precision. If you’re looking to explore your soul, look elsewhere. But if you want music to keep your head bopping, Weezy’s bound to please.

3.5 out of 5

THA CARTER IV—Lil Wayne—Cash Money Records—15 tracks; 60 minutes 30 seconds

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The Newest Trend Abroad


An observation on the latest summer trend abroad and how the voice of reason may not always be shouting in the streets, but maybe sitting behind a desk.

some may call the Apocalypse. The Wisconsin protest, due to the governors budget cuts, seemed fit for the actions the state government took toward their people. Teachers protested inside the city hall building for a month until they took a deep breath and said, “Okay, fine.” Today Wisconsin has been called a financial miracle, producing a $300 million surplus by the end of the year. Not to mention, hiring has hiked on all local levels like evil Governor Scott Walker and the evil conservatives said it would.

By Rafael Tur


Silence Is Golden A plea for peace and quiet while watching a movie.

By Mark Pulaski Whether you’re seated in a dark, comfy theater with a tub full of popcorn drenched in artificial butter, or lounging on the couch with a carton of leftover lo-mein while watching a new release on Netflix, one thing remains the same. The movie you’re about to watch was created for you and your fellow audience members to enjoy. Once the screen lights up, it’s time to pay attention. Now is not the time for you to whip out your smart-phone and post a new status on Facebook. Nor is it the time to begin discussing the weather, or talking at all for that matter. Yet there are people who pay no mind to the dialogue on screen. If you are one of these people, I want you to understand something. If

someone took their time to write those words into the script, it was not without reason. Every single syllable may not be of utmost importance, but there is normally some message embedded in the conversation. Please zip it until you see the credits roll. Another form of ‘innocent’ talking is when people ask questions about the movie that you are sitting and watching with them. “Oh no! Why is that happening? Is he dead?” Do you think the rest of us have some secret information that you don’t? Maybe we’ve read a study-guide prior to the screening that you never received? Why

don’t you just wait for the plot to unfold? All your questions should be answered in the end. If they aren’t, it was either a bad movie, an intentional plot element to make you think for yourself, or you were too busy sending a text and missed something. When you decide to watch a film you are making a commitment. You are dedicating a few hours of your time to sit down, shut up, and pay attention to the screen. If you aren’t willing to do that then you might want to consider playing in traffic as an alternative form of entertainment. The rest of us are trying to enjoy the movie.

The National Association for Fat Acceptance, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on size, has declared Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign as an instigator for the persecution of overweight children. The program’s agenda of eliminating childhood obesity within a generation has been spearheading efforts to encourage healthier

Personally, I am more sure of the existence of aliens than I am about the world’s future. Wisconsin’s budget was balanced by taking measures sometimes deemed harsh. Hopefully this act of political common sense will inspire not only the United States, but other countries as well. Politics and politicians are a joke to young kids that riot on the streets. There are too many ideas and too many anonymous minds speaking wisdom in dead end forum sites. There are too many current factors at fault for the way the world is being run. Personally, I am more sure of the existence of aliens than I am about the world’s future. Why would I be? I just write columns.


Life After Jobs According to Bloomberg, stocks fell 7% for Apple Inc. after Steve Jobs resigned and named Tim Cook as the new CEO.



NAAFA Condemns “Let’s Move!”

There is a new fast growing sport overseas and it’s called “Revolting.” Well, it isn’t fast or new but it’s popularity increased immensely this summer, especially when the chaos spilled into the streets of London. Curiously enough, these riots were unrelated to those in Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria. London’s violence erupted after police shot and killed an alleged gangster by the name of Mark Duggan. Soon after, groups of hooded punks assaulted shop owners and tried their best to do so on camera. With no jobs, money for school, and too much time on their hands, these hippie-grandkids are a branch of an increasing independent global consensus of a growing distrust toward the government. High unemployment rates give birth to internal turmoil. Countries like Spain, which currently has a 21% unemployment rate, can only be fixed by a major government over-haul. Financial problems will only be solved by what

foods in schools and promoting childhood exercise. However benign the campaign may seem, it apparently induces emotional duress and peer pressure to single out children with higher body mass. According to Peggy Howell, NAAFA’S spokeswoman, Michelle Obama’s efforts are “well-intentioned but somewhat misdirected” and “when children of higher body weight hear we have to wipe out childhood obesity in one generation, for them, those words translate

By Gregory Castillo into ‘we have to eliminate obese children.’” In a nutshell, the scientific evidence that clearly demonstrates the disadvantages and health risks of obesity and its rising prevalence doesn’t seem to demonstrate enough merit to take action against a condition which could prove to be life-threatening. Who knew it was more important to protect a child’s self-esteem than to protect a child from a possibly morbid condition. —Paul Villa

After the resignation of Apple CEO Steve Jobs on August 24, most people in Silicon Valley speculated everything would change for Apple Inc. With news of his resignation, stocks fell about 7% with initial panic spearheading the losses. But those reacting to a perceived change must not have payed attention to Jobs’ tenure. Love or hate Apple, unless you’re Amish, you’re directly or indirectly connected to it’s growing infrastructure. From the iPod,

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to the iPhone and the iPad, each groundbreaking development after the other put Apple on the forefront of the tech industry each and every year. Apple products are the definition of clean, functional industrial design, and a user friendly device. Jobs’ resignation, fortunately, came at a stable period in the companies history. During the last few months— former COO and newly appointed CEO— Tim Cook has mostly been running the show due to Jobs’ increasing health concerns. Jobs’ legacy won’t only be his technological achievements, but also the company he helped create and then later recreate. A once struggling computer company, that previously fired Jobs, is now considered the leader of a technological era defined by its exceptional product standards. His return to Apple marked the dawn of that era, reconstructing Apple Inc. into an unrecognizable powerhouse. It is safe to believe Jobs’ will forever be associated with the genius that launched a new age of technological efficiency. @TheReporter_MDC

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Miami Dade College is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association, and since the institution’s initiation in 1952 the college has won a total of 34 titles, 21 in men’s sport and 13 in women’s. It is safe to say MDC has a solid athletic program, but why does it lack a soccer team when it is based in a city teeming with athletes and fans? The question has been left unanswered for numerous semesters now. While intramural soccer clubs can be set up in each campus on a semester basis, the athletes of MDC would love to see a successful soccer team bloom like the other sports at our beloved college have. Whether funding is the root cause of this problem or the administrative staff is not aware of the sporting needs of the students, the solution does not seem to be in sight. The NJCAA has placed MDC in region eight, with Broward College as the only current men’s soccer team and three other colleges

with a current women’s soccer team in Florida. The closest two regions have a total of 21 competing teams in women’s soccer and 19 in men’s. A national championship is also sponsored by the NJCAA for both men and women. Why haven’t we joined the friendly competition? It can’t be the lack of talent in South Florida. After all, there is a plethora of high schools in the immediate MDC feeder pattern with soccer teams. It would be an asset to Miami Dade College to have a soccer team for various reason, the first

being that a soccer team promotes school spirit and involves the student body with the college. Of course, the potential accolades the college may receive from fruitful competition is always a plus. A soccer team would give to some student athletes the competitive college experience they would not receive otherwise. There are cases every year of student athletes who excel above and beyond their expectations because of the opportunities MDC has offered them through their sport of choice. Numerous stu-

dent’s even receive scholarships at major universities. Now, how is this problem solved? The only logical solution is to band together and continue creating intramural teams on each campus, maybe even a little petitioning could go a long way. If this is a benefiting addition to Miami Dade College then it should be a priority. But priorities are not made on a whim and a shout, they are made by constant pressure from athletes who wish to see this project become a reality.


Student’s views on Soccer—and lack thereof—at Miami Dade College.

“I am thinking that it would be so cool to have Miami Dade known for their soccer team, that would be really cool! It’s different, it makes us stand out, this school really stands out, compared to the other community colleges nearby.” ———————————————————————————— Patricia Romaniuk, 35, Biotechnology and Chemical Technology major at the Wolfson Campus.

“I think a soccer team would be a good idea since we have so many students that are into soccer. I took part in the intramural league we had last semester, and it was pretty much a success so it would something nice to have. I think it would be beneficial to the college because you could compete as a school.” ———————————————————————————— Nicholas Pendas, 20, Architecture major at Kendall Campus.

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VOICE OF THE PEOPLE “I think MDC should have a soccer team because it’s a great way to interact with people from different countries and socialize more with other students.” ———————————————————————————— Mauricio Cadavid, 27, ESOL Student at Kendall Campus.

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