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A Tragic Look At The State Of Humanity

Shark Has Major League Baseball Connection

Your Complete Guide To Valentine’s Day

Theo Karantsalis, an advocate for free speech, aims to protect students’ First Amendment rights.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful delves into dark territory with nuanced characters.

Ozney Guillen—son of Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen—looks for success with the Sharks in the new season.

What not to do on Valentine’s Day and what the holiday means to us today.








The Art Of Play Physical Therapy Major Esquilo Preto is looking to advance his education to help increase the reach of Capoeira world-wide. By Gregory Castillo Pokémon ca rds, L egos a nd Bea n ie Babies t r igger play f u l childhood memories. But for Esquilo Preto, grappling sweeps, kicks, take-downs and esquivas (which literally translates to “escape’” a staple in Capoeiristas’ vocabulary) are the type of memories from his adolescences he brags about. GREGORY CASTILLO/ THE REPORTER

Rhythmic Rivalry: Esquilo Preto (Right) plays a game of Jogo with Capoeira Luanda student Morgan Armstrong. Preto, 34, is a student at the Kendall Campus and hopes to spread the art and culture of Capoeira around the world.




Student Killed In Hit-and-run Accident

Carpooling Program Picks Up Steam

21-year-old Tyron Richemond was struck by a hit-and-run driver while waiting for a bus on Northwest 79th Street and 27th Avenue. By Monique O. Madan Miami Dade College North Campus student Tyron Richemond, 21, was killed on Feb. 1 by a hit-andrun driver. “My brother can’t be replaced. Anything else can be replaced, but not him. When I wake up he won’t be there anymore,” said his sister

“My brother can’t be replaced. Anything else can be replaced, but not him. When I wake up he won’t be there anymore,”

A carpooling program aimed at improving traffic flow and the environment will be offered at InterAmerican and Kendall Campus. By Kirsten Rincon

Junia Richemond, 23. According to Miami-Dade Police Department reports, Richemond was at the bus stop on Northwest 79th Street and 27th Avenue when Rolando Aliaga, 48, swerved onto the sidewalk, struck him and another pedestrian and then attempted to flee the scene. Motorist Mark Brown, 49, used his pickup truck to force Aliaga off the roadway. “God put me there; it all happened so fast,” Brown said. “It was a passive way of getting him to stop. Anyone would have done it. That was a sad day for everyone.” Aliaga faces several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident involving death and serious bodily injuries, DUI manslaughter and careless driving, according to police reports. He is being held at the Miami-Dade County Correction Center with bond set at

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The “Get 2 MDC” program offered at Miami Dade College by the South Florida Commuter Service is expanding to the InterAmerican and Kendall Campuses. The program launched at Wolfson Campus during the fall semester; it has 26 registered carpoolers. The IAC has approved six preferential parking spaces for carpoolers”and Kendall Campus is expected to launch its program by the end of March or the beginning of April. “We are proud to assist the Earth Ethics department in promoting lifestyle changes that enhance our air quality and support our commitment toward a more sustainable future,” said Nelly Navarro, transportation demand management consultant for SFCS. To be eligible for the program, you have to be a MDC student or employee, have a car and a valid SPORTS


driver’s license and show proof of registration and insurance. Registration can be done at Once you’re registered, a parking permit is sent through the mail. It must be hung on a car mirror. Permits are valid for one semester. Two or more students must be in the car to participate and they must drive to campus at least three days a week. Special parking spaces are reserved for car pool participants. If the person assigned to pick you up does not show up, a backup plan exists. The Emergency Ride Home program (1-800-234-RIDE) is available 24 hours a day. Registered ERH program participants are allowed six free emergency rides per year. “We look forward to our participation during the ‘Green Fairs’ scheduled at the Kendall Campus on March 9 and at IAC on March 30,” Navarro said. FORUM







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Freedom Tower Undergoing Extensive Exterior Repairs The Freedom Tower is currently undergoing renovations. “Windows and flat roofs are being replaced to avoid moisture in the building,” said Juan Mendieta, director of communications at Miami Dade College. “Cracks and holes are also being repaired.” The project is being funded by a $500,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Interior and is expected to last until June. Mendieta said that the exterior repairs do not affect the interior of the facility and upcoming events are planned to take place at the Tower. —Alexandra de Armas

Homestead Campus Hosts Steve Beck Art Exhibition

New MLA, APA Workshops To Enhance Student Writing

In support of local South Florida artists, Miami Dade College is hosting a free month-long art exhibition starting Jan. 18 at Miami Dade College Homestead Campus, 500 College Terrace, Building D, Room D-101. The exhibit, entitled Who Wants To Know? will feature an extensive collection of sculptures and paintings from former product advertiser turned freelance artist Steve Beck. Actively engaged within the art community, Beck has been creating representational and figurative paintings for more than 20 years. His pieces address contemporary social issues such as society’s addiction to technology and the plight of American soldiers overseas. Homestead Art Gallery curator and professor Margaret Nania said that “students really enjoy his work because they touch on subjects that they can relate to on a daily basis.”

Miami Dade College is offering workshops to teach students interested in using the Health Science Databases, MLA and APA writing styles. The MLA workshop will be held on Feb. 24 at noon, the APA workshop on Feb. 28 and March 1 at 7 p.m. The workshops will be held at the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, 6300 NW 7 Ave., in Room 1203-B. The Health Science Databases workshop will be held on Feb. 22 and 23 at 10 a.m. at North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Ave., in Room 1311. Arlene Merves, Deborah Keeler, Tim Deline and Theo Karantsalis, facult y librarians at the North Campus library, will be lead the workshops. “I thought it would be good to offer additional instructional sessions for the students,” Keeler said. The workshops are free for all MDC students. Sign-up sheets are available at the North Campus library reference desk.

—Marvin Pineda Cultural Landmark: The Freedom Tower originally opened in 1925 as the headquarters for The Miami News. It later served as a processing center for incoming Cuban immigrants. MARK PULASKI / THE REPORTER

MDC Welcomes Students For Annual Open House

Student Newsletter Searching For New Writers

Scholarship Available For Business Majors

The New Student Center at all Miami Dade College campuses will be holding a spring open house on Feb. 22-24 at 6 p.m. The open house is a general information seminar about the college. Prospective students will be able to meet current students, professors and staff as well as learn about school organizations and courses available at MDC. They will also be able to attend sessions on financial aid, scholarships and admissions. A tour of the campus will also be available. To register, students must visit the open house homepage and click on the campus they wish to attend.

The Writer’s Block, a newsletter produced by Miami Dade College students in College Prep courses, is looking for writers. Students who work for the yearly publication collect and analyze information about newsworthy events. It is produced during the summer semester. Professor Sabrina Walters, started the project last year. Walters has previously worked as a journalist at The Miami Herald, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. To join, students must submit an application and a degree audit.

Miami Dade College is offering students in the business field an opportunity to apply for the 20102011 Bayside Foundation Scholarship. The deadline for the scholarship is on Feb. 28. There are 15, $1,000 scholarships available for full-time students seeking a degree. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 grade point average, be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in Miami. They must also complete a 250-word essay of on what he or she will do after completing their academic program.

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SingleStop USA Offering MDC Students Free Tax Help SingleStop USA, a nonprof it organization, with offices at the North and Wolfson Campuses is offering free tax help to Miami Dade College students and their immediate family. The services will be provided by certified in-house IRS tax preparers. At North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Ave., tax assistance will be provided in Room 1164 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., the services will be provided in Room 2104-6 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays will be by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104th Street, will be hosting a Black History Block Party at the Fred Shaw Plaza, on Feb. 25 from 6 to 11 p.m. Kelly Sydnor, adviser of the Student Government Association, will be hosting the block party event. The event will feature performances by local fraternities, sororities and churches. It is free and open to the public. —Vanessa Martinas


Speaker Series: Pat Andrews, breaking news editor for The Miami Herald, will speak at North Campus on Feb. 24

Wolfson Campus Presents Career Week, College Fair The Advisement and Career Services Department at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., will be hosting the 21st annual Career Week from Feb. 14 to 18. Career Week is designed to help students clarify doubts and questions about career pursuits and the university transfer process. This will be a once-in-a-year opportunity to meet with university representatives from local, national and international educational institutions. Professionals and faculty from MDC will present careers in areas such as sociology, anthropology, mathematics, science, technology and engineering fields. The week will close with a College Fair on Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chapman Conference Center in Room 3210. Students will learn of different options for colleges and universities and will receive information about admission criteria. —Laura Vargas

—Rafael Tur

Kendall Campus Kicks Off Black History Block Party

Miami Herald Breaking News Editor Pat Andrews will speak at Miami Dade College’s North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Ave., Room 2158 on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. as part of the MDC Journalism Speaker Series. Andrews supervises reporters covering breaking news and enterprise at The Herald. She also oversees editors responsible for local content that includes coverage of the police beat, schools and courts. The event, which includes a presentation by Andrews, is free and open to the public. It will also include a 15-minute question and answer session. —Jose Prado

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Corrections Due to an editorial error, Gita Runkle’s name was misspelled in a Page 5 headline—Runkle Heads To Homestead—in The Reporter’s Jan. 31 issue.




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Hot Spot: Miami’s Fire-Rescue Station 1 leapt into action Monday, Jan. 31, when a fire broke out in a dumpster behind Wolfson Campus’ building 3.


Pump It Up: Steven Rodriguez, 19, peps up a crowd before the sharks spring sports rally on Feb. 2. Students came out to support the men’s and women’s basketball teams.


A Salute To Black History: Gospel group 288 Mission is one of many groups that performed at Wolfson Campus in the annual Gospel Explosion Friday, Feb. 4.


Move Along: Kendall Campus Dean of Administration Gloria Baez directs a student away from Building 2 on Feb 4. The building was closed when a fire was reported in the men’s bathroom near the computer courtyard. Miami-Dade County firefighters were on the scene along with the arson investigation unit.





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Kendall Campus’ Media Services Department has developed a touch-screen information kiosk that allows students to access vital campus information. By Jose Prado


Breaking Ground: New building will serve as a new horizon for student services at Kendall Campus. CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION

New Five-Floor Building Will Break Ground Mid-February A new five-story building is slated to open in 2013 at Kendall Campus. The $32.5 million building will house the Student Services Department, among many others. By Melissa Adan Student Services at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus is moving into a new five-floor facility expected to break ground on Feb. 18. The new building—The Academic Support Center (Building R)— will be located on the east side of the campus between building 9000 and parking lot nine. Some parking spaces will be removed to facilitate the new building. The construction is planned to alleviate traffic in building 3000, according to Kendall Campus Dean of Administration Gloria Baez. The following departments are expected to move into Building R: Admissions, Registration, Bursar’s



Office, Advisement, Financial Aid, Student Retention and Transition Services, the Dean of Students Office, the School of Business, and the Testing Department. “The building is expected to respect the architecture of the campus while complimenting it at the same time, with a modern appeal,” Baez said. Some question the importance of the new building. “With the cuts in budget we seem to be facing, another building gets me a bit nervous,” said Irene Inatty, a MDC Honors College student. “I just don’t see another building as a pressing priority.” The Academic Support Center is expected to cost $32.5 million. Funds for the building will be provided from the Physical Education

A new touch screen information kiosk resembling a 46-inch smart phone is now available to students at the Kendall Koffee House to help answer basic questions about the campus. The new iPad-like technology was the brainchild of Javier Rodriguez, director of the Media Services Department at Kendall Campus. Rodriguez has always wanted to create an interactive map for students to be able to find where they need to go as fast and as efficient as possible. Now, using the touch-screen kiosk machine, students can find a map of the campus, department locations, and a calendar of events, among other things. The device is actually a flat panel TV with an outside case that was designed to look like a smart phone. “It’s cool,” said Kitt Thompson, 19, a computer information

systems major. “A map of where to go around the campus can be helpful. The calender is also very handy, it’ll help organize all the information in front of you. It’s unbelievable.” A group of graphic artists and other experts worked together for a while to make the new kiosk a reality. They debated which programs or tools to use. Then one day, the idea of the giant-faux smart phone came to Rodriguez by accident. “I couldn’t find my glasses so it was hard for me to see my iPhone,” Rodriguez said. “That’s where the idea for a giant smart phone came along.” The Media Services Department has remote access to the device allowing them to update it with new information. If the device is successful at Kendall, it will be introduced at other MDC campuses, Rodriguez said. Gregory Castillo contributed to this report.

Capital Outlay and College Capital fund. The new building is expected to be completed by Fall of 2013. “When the Financial Aid office gets busy and the line overcrowds around the building it makes it difficult for others to commute by it,” said Zaida Clavijo a student assistant at the financial aid office. “Hopefully this new building resolves our issue.”

What: Ground Breaking for the Academic Support Center. When: Feb 18 at 11a.m. Where: Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St, on the east side of the campus between Building 9000 and parking lot nine.


Digital Development: Kitt Thompson, 19, uses the “Map” feature on the new information kiosk. The device is designed to help students get information from around the college, such as upcoming events, faculty locations and public safety information.


North Campus Inaugurates New State-of-the-Art Wellness Center North Campus opened its doors of its new Aquatic and Fitness Center on Feb. 14, offering new academic and healthy options for the College. By Alexandra de Armas AKEEM BRUNSON / THE REPORTER


Long Bumpy Road: In 2007, construction on the center halted due to lack of funding. The Aquatic and Fitness center will be open for spring 2011.

The North Campus celebrated the inauguration of its $6.8 million Aquatic and Fitness Center on Feb. 14. The facility has 80 exercise machines, a competition pool, a diving pool with an underwater observation room, a locker room with showers, four classrooms and an aerobics room. It is located in Building 500. As of Feb. 11, North Campus President José Vicente said administration was still discussing whether or not students and employees would be charged to use the facility. “This facility is very different and unique from the ones at Wolfson and Kendall because it has a heavy aca-


demic component to it,” said Cristina Mateo, dean of administration at the North Campus. According to the Director of the School of Justice, Hector Garcia, the School of Justice at North Campus and the staff at the Aquatic and Fitness Center will offer three “courses of instruction in Homeland Security Waterborne tactics training for the first time.” The courses are under water crime scene processing, underwater search and recovery and water borne tactical operations. Students will use a 40-foot by 60foot diving pool that is 12-feet deep to practice rescue techniques. Instructors will evaluate the students from an underground observation room. “There are also 6-foot [by] 10-foot

custom made dive platforms to simulate water entry from a dock, boat, bridge and helicopter,” said Noemi Zaharia, Aquatic and Fitness Center director. “We also have a one-of-akind prop car that can be lowered into the training well for instructional training simulations.” According to Mateo, North Campus is the only college in Florida that has a certified competition swimming pool. The swimming pool is 25-yards by 30-meters. It has nine lanes and a two-section shallow water instructional area. According to Zaharia, a two-time Olympic medalist, the pool has the ability to accommodate water polo games. The project was built using Physical Education Capital Outlay funds.




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Program Makes Job-Hunting Easy Website designed to help students find internships and part-time jobs all while in the comfort of your own home. By Anna Carabeo


Difference Maker: Theo Karantsalis has been a librarian at the Meek Center in Liberty City since 2004. STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Dedicated to Education Using a personal touch, librarian advocates for First Amendment rights. By Julie McConnell Theo Karantsalis, librarian, parttime government watchdog and journalist has dedicated his life to education. Born in Alameda, California, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The State University of New York. He received a master’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Miami and a second master’s degree in library and information science from Florida State University. In 2004 he became a part-time librarian at Miami Dade College’s Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center. Karantsalis became an assistant library director in 2007. He has become a fixture at the College ever since. “When you walk across campus with him, it’s incredible because it’s like everybody knows him. Everybody,” said North Campus Library Director Nancy Maxwell. Karantsalis, who is also an adjunct professor for introduction to library research classes, reaches

out to his students. He often brings gadgets to class, attends student’s funerals and weddings and has a television show on MDC TV called Library Matters to promote the library. He even makes up rap songs to use on air. In addition, he hosts a book club at The Advisory Council of Liberty City Youth, down the street from the Meek Center. The book club is possible because of a grant from the American Library Association. Karantsalis reads a book to a group of 35 kids from the Juvenile Detention Facility the last Wednesday of every month. “I’m a librarian and that’s what I’m about, access to information,” Karantsalis said. “It’s one thing to teach and it’s another thing to roll up your sleeves and do it. Students can see that difference.” Although diagnosed with multiple sclerosis disorder in 2002, which affects vision and the ability to walk and speak properly, Karantsalis has remained strong. “Look, being a librarian just fires me up, it makes me feel alive, and when I get up, I can’t wait to get to work,” Karantsalis said. “There aren’t too many jobs like that.” He has written for publications such as The National Herald, Mul-

tiple Sclerosis Foundation, The Miami Herald and the River Cities Gazette. Karantsalis, 49, has also represented himself as a plaintiff in several lawsuits against the City of Miami Springs, the Department of Defense and the United States Department of Justice. He is currently involved in an appellate court case, with assistance from The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, to allow federal mug shots to be shown to the public. “Access to government information is a fundamental and traditional tenet of a democratic society – it is our government, after all – and we have a right to know what our government is doing, and how and why. As a government watchdog, Theo does each and every member of the public a tremendous service,” said Florida First Amendment Foundation President Barbara Petersen. At the moment, he sends books to former students who are now in jail. Sometimes he even sends them homework, grades it and sends it back to them. Liberty City activist Renita “Biggie Mama” Holmes believes Karantsalis is a difference-maker. “ He’s god-sent,” Holmes said.


Group Aims To Support Veterans North Campus ex-military students form a new group aimed toward benefiting veterans. By Mark Pulaski Military veterans have sacrificed a lot for their country throughout the years. A new group—the Military Student Organization—was created to assure that their sacrifice is rewarded and their voice is heard. The group, started last August, is open to veterans from every branch of the military. There are currently about 15 active members on North Campus, but about 30 to 40 veterans have attended meetings, according to Danay Montes de Oca Hasmi, intervention specialist and adviser to the group. “[The MSO] is a very unique group because of the vast experience we

bring from where we’ve been and what we’ve done,” Hasmi said. The group’s mission is to promote awareness and service to military students and their families. They aim to accomplish their goals by creating a network of support at the college. “We will advocate for those veterans who feel they don’t have a voice and provide them with the means to facilitate change,” said Priscilla Vasquez, president of the MSO. Hasmi, a 17 year veteran of the Army Reserve, says there is a major need for the groups services, noting that North Campus has about 350 vets currently receiving VA benefits. The group is fighting for more space to conduct their business. They currently have a petition circulating aimed at creating their own office at North Campus. “Right now were shoved into the registration office. We want our own

space; I don’t see why we don’t have it,” Vasquez said. Hasmi attributes this lack of office space to the low number of vets previously enrolled at the college, but notes that the number of vets is increasing. “Since the inception of the post 9/11 GI bill, and all of its benefits, we have seen a surplus of veterans coming back to school or coming to school for the first time,” Hasmi said. While North Campus was the first to implement such a group. Homestead and Wolfson campuses are following suit. Linda Saumell, director of the Academic Support Center at Wolfson Campus wants to make MDC as vet-friendly as possible. “Our hope is that this will give veterans and current military students a way to connect with and support each other,” Saumell said.


Urban Interns is a national marketplace that connects people seeking part-time jobs, internships and freelance positions with companies and business looking to hire. Joining Urban Interns is free. With a membership you have complete access to their database, allowing you to search for jobs and post your profile. Adding yourself to the Urban Interns database allows employers with open positions to find you. “The belief that business owners are looking for interns, freelancers and part-time help creates many opportunities for the job seeker,” said Cari Sommer, co-founder of Urban Interns. “We have launched a new website with features that include social media sharing, employer profiles, video profiles and streamlined account dashboards where it makes it easier for both the employer and the job seeker to navigate.” Urban Interns started in New York in 2009; it was launched in Miami earlier this year. The company has also expanded to Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago. The database is just more than a job finder, it also provides virtual

internships so you no longer have to go out of your home or dorm room to nab an internship. “Virtual internships are growing because students no longer have to worry about going out of town to do an internship,” Sommer said. “You can be living in Miami and be doing an internship in an office located in New York.” Mariana Osorio, 19, a criminal justice major at Miami Dade College thinks the idea of a virtual internship is exciting. “I guess it’s a great idea and it gives the student the opportunity to find a job,” Osorio said. “The idea of a virtual internship is pretty cool. With many internships you have to be commuting and sometimes you just can’t, but this way, it’s easier and you still get the same benefits.” While some students find this idea to be the best next thing, others still prefer the old fashion way. “I like the idea of having a website where employers can look at your qualifications,” said Claudia Alonso, 19, biology major. “But I think the whole point of an internship is working face to face with people and companies… networking with them. I don’t believe the idea of a virtual internship is useful or has many advantages.” For more information:  WWW.URBANINTERNS.COM


Seasoned Reporter To Teach New Course InterAmerican Campus will offer a new Basic Reporting course taught by Miami Herald reporter Trenton Daniel. By Monica Kelly Veteran Miami Herald reporter Trenton Daniel will be teaching journalism at Miami Dade College’s InterAmerican Campus this summer. Daniel will be teaching Basic Reporting (JOU 1100). The 12-week course, which is scheduled to start on May 9, has never been taught at the InterAmerican Campus. “The goal is for students to learn from one another as much as I learn from them,” Daniel said via email. “I hope we can have an open conversation about the profession of journalism— the rewards and challenges, its importance, shortcomings and future.” Daniel, a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, began working at The Miami Herald in 2000. He currently works with a team of reporters covering Haiti. He previously worked for Reuters News Service reporting from countries like Iraq and Nigeria. The InterAmerican Campus is attempting to grow its journalism program. This spring, the campus offered its first journalism course—Intro to Journalism. “Miami is one of the best cities


New Face: Trenton Daniel will teach a journalism class this summer. for news,” said Michaela Tomova, the department chair of Communications, Arts and Philosophy Department at Miami Dade College’s InterAmerican. “We hope that this program will grow with it.” Daniel said he is eager to pass a long h is ex per ience. He has wanted to teach journalism for a long time. “In college, I tutored high school students in a creative writing program,” Daniel said.“I enjoyed the experience because it was an opportunity for students and professors to introduce, shape and refine ideas in a collegial setting. I hope we can do the same in the MDC journalism course.”

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Full Extent: Esquilo Preto (Right) performs a high kick—for demonstration—on Capoeira Luanda student Morgan Armstrong. Preto’s students are of all ages, ethnicity and genders.


Up In The Air: Esquilo Preto (Right) can perform complicated moves even though he is sometimes limited by a knee injury.



Renowned Capoeira Instructor Attending Kendall Campus FROM CAPOEIRA, FRONT

Preto, 34, a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, teaches the art of Capoeira and has been practicing the sport for more than half his life. Originating in Brazil in the 16th century as a survival technique used by slaves, Capoeira—a mix of dancing and martial art—has always been a part of Preto’s life. The sport’s influence around the world has been steadily rising and is widely regarded as an active exporter of Brazilian culture. “We were doing a demonstration in San Antonio...People would come up to us and say ‘You’re all Brazilian,’ but I was the only [Brazilian] one in the demonstration,” Preto said. “I spread my culture to

my group around me and we took each other in.” Preto, a physical therapy major at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus, believes that a higher education is key to spreading his art form. As a Capoeirista, it seems only natural that Preto would become a physical therapy major. He has been practicing Capoeira for 18 years and he believes it saved his life. “Most of my friends were drinking, doing drugs, doing w rong things; [Capoeira] kept us out of trouble. It gives us a perspective of moving on and doing better,” said Preto. “The ones that didn’t follow through are either dead or have a rougher life.” A member of the group Capoei-

ra Luanda, Preto’s impact on the community is not limited to his inner circle. “It’s ver y cool what they do because they travel everywhere and always put Capoeira before everything else,” said Christopher Caballero, 19, a student at Kendall Campus and member of Capoeira Berimbau, a separate South Florida group. “They’re trying to make sure everyone learns and experiences the art,” Caballero said. Preto hopes Capoeira can keep growing and developing around the world. “I think I’m ver y fortunate with the life I’ve had,” Preto said. “We’d live in a better world if everyone did Capoeira.”


Playing It Off: Esquilo Preto, 34, watches the students of his group Capoeira Luanda spar or “play” amongst themselves. Preto is forced to take breaks during class due to the adverse effects of knee surgery.


Student’s Life Ends With Tragic Accident Near North Campus FROM STUDENT DEATH, FRONT


Gone Too Soon: The family of Miami Dade College student Tyron Richemond is mourning his death after he was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Feb. 1.

$90,000. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 22 at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building, according to the Law Offices of Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez. Charles Williams, 55, who was also hit during the incident, survived. He was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Williams is in critical but stable condition in the neurological intensive care unit. Richemond was one of six siblings. Richemond was a computer art animation major at the North Campus. “We always joked about how far we would get in life. He liked to draw and I like computers. He wanted to do something with his talent,” said his best friend, Windy Bienaime. “Tyron never liked drama, never liked negative stuff. He always wanted to help people. If someone needed help in a subject, he would help them. He was a good


person; quiet, but good. ” Former MDC graphic design professor Elio A r teaga taught Richemond for three courses. “He was a great, emerging student. I always tried to bring the best out of him,” Arteaga said. “There was this one piece I particularly remember that he did in my class. It was an animation piece on his favorite rap artist, it was good. He got an A minus. Tyron spoke the bare minimum and said what was absolutely necessary. He always challenged himself.” Richemond also attended the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, an outreach center for the North Campus. Librarian Theo Karantsalis, said Richemond would spend countless hours at the library. “One of my best students, he was an everyday visitor. He always stood at the reference desk with eager questions. Anyone can see he was 100 percent focused. Unlike other students, he was reserved,” Karantsalis said. “When he first walked in I asked him ‘what’s your

passion? Because here you have a mission. I’ll never forget it, he replied, ‘to be in a better position to provide for my family.’” Junia Richemond said her brother used his financial aid money to buy groceries for the family. “He didn’t work, so with his financial aid he would help,” she said. Richemond’s 5-year-old niece Sinaya Stivil said she will miss his youthful spirit. “I’m going to miss him playing Wii with me. I would win all the time,” Stivil said. “He was very funny, he made me laugh.” Richemond’s funeral was held on Feb. 12 at Southern Memorial Park. “This is not fair. My son was good. He’s my best friend. He always told me, ‘Dad you and me, you and me together, cause girls don’t last’,” said Tyron Richemond’s father, Samuel Vincent . “Now he can’t keep his promise. He’s dead. He was so respectful, pure. He always told me: ‘I want to be at the top, dad. At the top.’ And I always knew he would be. He’s at the top.”




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Statham Movie Needs More Time In The Shop Jason Statham and Ben Foster are a pair of cold-blooded killers in new action flick.

By J.C. Urbina


Breakthrough: Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem plays the anguished Uxbal beautifully. BIUTIFUL: FILM REVIEW

Sex, Drugs, Barcelona Explicit images line the hellish abyss created within Biutiful.

By Laura Vargas Biutiful is the latest film directed by Mexican-born director Alejandro González Iñárritu. After the success of Amores Perros, Babel and 21 Grams, he delivers a tale that vividly depicts human misery. After watching Biutiful and taking time to digest the images and reorganize the emotions, only the feeling of pain is left. The film portrays the life of Uxbal—played by Academy Awardwinning Spanish actor, Javier Bardem—a man who roams the streets of Barcelona carrying a backpack

full of suffering. He makes a living by being part of the vicious cycle that immigrants live through in this part of the world. Uxbal’s life is surrounded by death; this idea prevails throughout the film. With the impossibly tragic lifestyle he leads and deadly circumstances he faces, Uxbal struggles to stay alive. The director makes a point of focusing on all of the disgusting and macabre aspects of reality. The hellish setting—in this case Barcelona— is a filthy and corrupt place that serves as an abyss for all of the characters. They appear to deteriorate as the film progresses, as hope seems to get lost in between the grief. A positive aspect of the film is Bardem’s brilliant portrayal of Uxbal. He truly transforms into a tragic man who struggles between the duality of the destructive results of his actions and his kindhearted essence. Despite the fact that the camera is almost always in Bardem’s face, the supporting cast truly embraces the film’s harshness. The audience is attacked with explicit images, which can be hard

to assimilate. At times, the director goes beyond the limits of crude reality and presents scenes that evoke disgust, even sickness. He does however, challenge the audience’s emotions toward a bigger purpose. By showing the absolute worst reality possible, the few hints of innocence and beauty that stand out demonstrate the hope and virtue that defeats calamity. At the end, Biutiful is everything except beautiful. It evokes all those feelings that we choose to leave in the margins of our days. Perhaps it’s not a pleasant movie to the senses, but it is one we should all watch. Something has to remind us of reality, point out the injustices of the world and present the grand miracle of being alive. Isn’t that exactly what the art of film-making is?

The Mechanic is another flop of a Hollywood remake. Jason Statham stars in the film as Arthur Bishop— previously played by Charles Bronson in the original 1972 version— who disguises his assassinations as natural deaths, enabling him to walk away undetected. After killing his dear, old friend Henry McKenna (Donald Sutherland) as part of his latest assignment, Bishop is approached by McKenna’s blissfully ignorant son, Steve McKenna (Ben Foster), who has no idea that he is truly his father’s assassin. McKenna asks Bishop to teach him all he knows about being an assassin—or “mechanic”—and after some reluctance, Bishop agrees. Like the rest of his movie roles, Jason Statham plays an emotionally detached brute who makes it hard

to have sympathy for. However, Statham’s fans will be pleased to see him kick butt, run from explosions and sleep with women in pointless sex scenes. The real star of The Mechanic is Foster. He vividly brings his character to life by acting out his pursuit of brutal, unclean killings based on suppressed vengeance. Despite this, the viewer can sympathize because he is grieving after his father’s death. On their assignments, Bishop and McKenna encounter very interesting characters such as a spiritual preacher addicted to ketamine and a seven-foot gay man with a weakness for Chihuahuas. Despite the film’s top-notch effects and combat scenes, the plot is catastrophic. None of the characters find spiritual closure and instead deal with their problems through cold-blooded killing. In the end, the viewer may feel that Bishop and McKenna’s journey together was all for nothing. The Mechanic is an action flick, but there wont be many satisfied people walking out of the theater when the credits roll.

2 out of 5

The Mechanic—Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn—1 hour, 40 min—Rated R

4.5 out of 5

Biutiful—Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez—2 hours 27 min—Rated R


Misfire: Only true Statham fans will be pleased leaving the theater after watching The Mechanic.


Feb. 17–27: Kendall Campus To Present Dog Sees God

March 4–13: Free MIFF Tickets For MDC Students

The play Dog Sees God: Confessions of A Teenage Blockhead will be presented at Kendall campus in the Studio Theater, 11011 SW 104 St., Room M113. The show takes place Feb. 17-18, 22-26 at 8 p.m., with a special final performance Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m. The production is an unauthorized parody which follows up on Charlie Brown and the gang from the Peanuts comic strip as they age to become young adults. Drug use, suicide and sexual identity are among the themes presented in the play. Because of the edginess of the subject matter involved, audience members must be 16 or older to attend.

The Miami International Film Festival is back. The event, in its 28th year, will showcase 100 films from around the world. Students will have an opportunity to get a free pair of tickets for up to four movies at the festival. Interested students must order their tickets online before Feb. 25. After placing the order, the student must pick up the tickets at their respective Student Life office within two days equipped with their confirmation number, MDC ID and a valid schedule.

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Actor In A Leading Role


Natalie Portman in Black Swan.

Actress In A Leading Role NOMINEES Annette Bening.The Kids Are All Right Nicole Kidman..............Rabbit Hole Jennifer Lawrence.....Winter's Bone Natalie Portman............Black Swan Michelle Williams.....Blue Valentine PREDICTION Natalie Portman—Black Swan There is no denying that Natalie Portman is steadily climbing toward the zenith of her career, especially after her Golden Globe win as Nina Sayers in Black Swan. It would be a great surprise if she does not take home the Oscar this year. But worthy contenders such as Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening are right at her heels.



Darren Aronofsky..........Black Swan David O. Russell............,The Fighter Tom Hooper.........The King's Speech David Fincher...The Social Network Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.........True Grit



Amy Adams...................The Fighter Melissa Leo...................The Fighter Hailee Steinfeld.................True Grit Jacki Weaver.......Animal Kingdom Helena Bonham Carter ..................... The King’s Speech

Actor In A Supporting Role NOMINEES Christian Bale................The Fighter John Hawkes.............Winter's Bone Jeremy Renner.................The Town Mark Ruffalo...The Kids Are All Right Geoffrey Rush.....The King's Speech PREDICTION Christian Bale—The Fighter All signs point to Christian Bale taking home his first—but certainly not his last—Academy Award. Far ahead of the competition, Bale might have given one of the most unforgettable performances in cinematic history. Another front-runner in this category is the ever consistent Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, but it is highly unlikely that he can overshadow Bale this year, even with his flawless performance in The King’s Speech.

Animated Feature Film NOMINEES How to Train Your Dragon ................. Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois The Illusionist .......Sylvain Chomet Toy Story 3..................Lee Unkrich PREDICTION Toy Story 3 —Lee Unkrich This is a no-brainer. Toy Story 3 is also nominated for Best Picture—unlike the other two nominees—a definite indicator of who has the upper hand to win the Oscar.


Play Time: Tim Allen reprises his role as Buzz in Toy Story 3.

Black Swan...Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin The Fighter.........David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg Inception................Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan The Kids Are All Right...Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray The King's Speech...Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin

127 Hours...........Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, John Smithson The Social Network.......Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Ceán Chaffin Toy Story 3.......Darla K. Anderson True Grit..........Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Winter's Bone..........Anne Rosellini Alix Madigan-Yorkin

PREDICTION The King’s Speech With producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, leading the way with 12 Oscar nominations and 14 British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations, it would be naive to think this prime example of cinematic perfection would not win Best Picture. Although The Social Network did win the Golden Globe in this category, it seems only evident The King’s Speech will take home the Oscar, as no other film is nominated for almost every single category.

Actress In A Supporting Role

Javier Bardem.....................Biutiful Jeff Bridges.......................True Grit Jesse Eisenberg..The Social Network Colin Firth...........The King's Speech James Franco...................127 Hours

David Fincher—The Social Network The Golden Globe win of David Fincher would indicate he is the likely candidate to take home the Oscar. However, it would not be surprising if others such as Darren Aronofsky or Tom Hooper sneak up and steal it away.



Colin Firth—The King's Speech If there is any competitor in this category that Firth should be worried about, it should be Bardem in Biutiful. An exceptional performance from Bardem might knock Firth right out of the spotlight, even though Firth took home the Golden Globe for his portrayal of King George in The King’s Speech.

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Oscar Previews ilm lovers from all across the globe can rejoice; the Academy Awards nominations have been announced. Anne Hathaway and James Franco will host the 83rd annual Academy Awards Feb. 27, 2011 on ABC. An Academy Award is the highest recognition that can be given to directors, actors and writers for making outstanding progress in their work and pushing the boundaries of creative expression in cinematic art. This year’s Oscars will be one of t he toug hest compet it ions the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has had to decide in the last decade. Here are the most popular categories and our predictions.


PREDICTION Melissa Leo—The Fighter Taking home her first Golden Globe for her performance in The Fighter, Melissa Leo is up for her second Academy nomination. This is practically a steal for Leo, as her performance was unparalleled compared to the other actresses nominated. It would be an upset to the entire cinematic community if Leo does not take home the Oscar.

Cinematography NOMINEES Black Swan......Matthew Libatique Inception.....................Wally Pfister The King's Speech.....Danny Cohen The Social Network..Jeff Cronenweth True Grit..................Roger Deakins


Royal Treatment: Leading the charge with 12 nominations, The King’s Speech is the favorite to win Best Picture.

Documentary Feature

Foreign Language Film



Exit Through the Gift Shop................ Banksy, Jaimie D'Cruz Gasland.......Josh Fox, Trish Adlesic Inside Job........................................ Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs Restrepo........................................... Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger Waste Land....................................... Lucy Walker, Angus Aynsley

Biutiful.................................Mexico Dogtooth...............................Greece In a Better World................Denmark Incendies.............................Canada Outside the Law....................Algeria

PREDICTION Restrepo —Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger A moving documentary about the war in Afghanistan is always a crowd tear-jerker, and more than likely Oscar worthy. Other critics claim that Exit Through the Gift Shop is also likely to swipe the Oscar from Restrepo.

PREDICTION Biutiful—Mexico An elaborate and powerful arthouse film by three-time Oscar nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu. Biutiful is an exemplary film with its content, message and creativity. The only other fierce competitor for this award is In a Better World, as it won a Golden Globe in this category.

PREDICTION The King’s Speech —Danny Cohen Cinematography entails the lighting and camera working together to produce and evoke certain emotions from the audience when editing a scene. Because its striking visuals cannto be easily forgotten, The King’s Speech is the top contender. However, The Social Network is very close behind. The two films are neck and neck in this category.



War Story: Restrepo follows a platoon of soldiers as they trek through the most dangerous valley in Afghanistan.




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From The Field To The Bench Two former Miami Dade College women’s softball players are now part of the coaching staff. By Maloha Acevedo


Starting The Season Off On The Right Note Play Ball: Miami Dade Sharks Infielder Todd Juliano hits a fly ball during the 3rd inning of the Sharks 8-5 win against St. Thomas JV on Feb 3 and are off to 7-1 start to the season. The Sharks played their second home game of the season and play their next game, against St. Thomas JV, on Feb 16, at Kendall Campus.

Once players, now coaches, Simone Miyahira and Simone Suetsugu are returning to help the Miami Dade College women’s softball team defend their national title. The Brazilian natives were part of the Lady Sharks 2010 national championship team. They are back this season as student assistant coaches. “I wanted them to share their experiences with our new team from their coaching perspective,” Head Coach Carlos Caro said. Suetsugu and Miyahira help with office paperwork, weight training sessions and supervise the team’s study hall sessions. On the field, Suetsugu contributes on the defensive side of the game. She is responsible for the physical preparation of the team and sending signals to the pitchers and catchers. Miyahira helps with pitching techniques and also keeps team statistics. Infielder Kristen Exposito, a former teammate, said Suetsugu and Miyahira relate to them well because of their experience as players. “I’m super proud of them, I think they deserve it; both are great coaches,” Exposito said. “Suetsugu works with our ground ball skills and warm-ups, Miyahira helps us with our hitting.” Having played with some of the


Coveted Coaches: Former MDC Lady Shark’s Softball players Simone Suetsugu (left) and Simone Miyahira (right) are bringing their playing experience to MDC. current players on the team such as Exposito, center fielder Stephanie Buendia and outfielder Veronika Fukunishi has been a challenge because most of the team sees them as players. However, once the season started, they had to adapt and respect them as coaches. “Sometimes when I head out to the field, I feel like I am going to practice just like I used to,” Miyahira said. Another reason the former players were added to the staff was due to their graduation status. Faced with a language barrier and Eng-

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lish for Speakers of Other Languages classes, the setback led to a late graduation. Miyahira and Suetsugu were offered student assistant coaching positions. In return, their classes are paid for. After graduation, Suetsugu plans to play two years at the University of Tennessee with the hopes of becoming a coach again in the future. Miyahira plans to return to Brazil with hopes of extending her career there. “I’m used to being a part of a team, rather than helping guide one,” Miyahira said.




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Rising Lady Sharks Are Bouncing Back

Miami Dade College women’s basketball team making a push at a Southern Conference title. By Jessica Ferralls With only two games left in the regular season, the Miami Dade College women’s basketball team is fighting to secure the top spot in the Southern Conference. The Lady Sharks (9-13 overall and 4-2 in conference play) have been working to improve their defense, rebounding and passing in order to reduce turnovers. “It’s been a bumpy road,” said sophomore point guard, Melanie Ducott. “We started off strong and we played against tougher teams in the beginning. Now that we’re in our conference, we’re not playing well as we should be. Despite that, I feel we’re going to win our conference.” Associate Coach Erica Redman believes that there is one thing missing that can help the team achieve their ultimate goal. “Basically they need to communicate more on the court. Sometimes they mix signals out

there and that creates miscommunication,” Redman said. Leading the charge for the Lady Sharks has been sophomore center/forward Ashley Wilkes who is averaging 21 points per game and is ranked first in individual scoring by the Florida Community College Athletic Association. Wilkes was honored as the Player of the Week (January 25-31) by the FCCAA. “She’s been a leader and has been working hard on the court playing toward her strengths. Wilkes is an all-around athlete, strong on the boards, and an excellent shooter,” Redman said. Despite the personal success, Wilkes is not content. “We still have a lot of work to do, as far as playing down the stretch. We’re really trying to make a run at states,” Wilkes said. Redman is confident in the team’s potential. “We still have a good shot at being the Southern Conference champions,” Redman said. “You always hope as your season progresses, that your athletes perform well and right now, that’s what’s happening.”

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Hit Man: MDC Sharks First Baseman Ozney Guillen hits an RBI single during the 3rd inning of the Sharks 8-5 win over St. Thomas JV. Guillen, 19, is fighting for a job on a talented Sharks team. MEN’S BASEBALL

Like Father, Like Son Ozney Guillen, son of Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen is playing baseball for Miami Dade College. By Hector Gonzalez Miami Dade College men’s baseball continues to have connections to the Major Leagues. First baseman Ozney Guillen, 19, is the son of Chicago White Sox’s manager, Ozzie Guillen. The power-hitting infielder rebuffed a scholarship offer to the University of South Florida to play at MDC after being drafted in 21st round (668 overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball amateur draft. “The offer wasn’t right,” said Ozney Guillen, a 6-foot-3, 215 pound freshman. “I spoke to my high school coach and Carlos Marti who is the New York Yankee’s area scout and they gave me the advice of going to MDC instead.” Ozney Guillen, has always had baseball in his veins, according to his high school coach at Monsignor Edward Pace Senior High School—Thomas Duffin. He was named to The Miami Herald’s All

Dade-County team, “He grew up watching baseball, which is more important than having tools, a lot of the little things in baseball that you have to teach, he already knows,” said Ozzie Guillen during a phone interview. As a youngster, Ozney traveled back and forth during weekends to watch his father manage the White Sox. He eventually befriended professional baseball players like center fielder Andruw Jones, and Detroit Tigers first baseman/third baseman Miguel Cabrera. “They would take care of me when my parents would go out. Jones looked after me,” Ozney Guillen said. “Whenever I needed something like batting gloves they [would] send it to me.” Being the son of such an outspoken manager has its price tag. “It carries a burden, some people expect things from me, as if I am supposed to know everything and do well just because I am Ozzie Guillen’s son,” Ozney Guillen said. Ozzie Guillen, who has been the manager of the White Sox since 2004, and who won a World Series with them in 2005, agrees.

“People thought I was going to put my nose in the practices and games, but I stayed away to respect him and his coaches,” Ozzie Guillen said. “ I would show up to the games as a parent.” Ozney’s teammates at MDC don’t seem fazed because he is the son of a star, and neither does his Head Coach, Danny Price. “Presently he is fighting for a job,” Price said. “We are very fortunate to have some good players on our team and Ozney Guillen is one of them.” Freshmen shortstop Jorge VegaRosado described Ozney Guillen as a normal guy. “He’s a good teammate, does what he has to do,” Vega-Rosado said. “He’s brings another power hitter to our team. We joke around with him asking [him] who his dad is?” But Ozney Guillen said he is not living under his father’s shadow. He does, however, hope to make it to the Major Leagues like his dad. “My son is very quiet, humble and respectful, which is something I’ve passed on to him,” Ozzie Guillen said. “He is his own type of player.”


———————————————————— 01/15-02/02 FCCAA Southern Conference Games vs Broward College @ Davie, Fla., 68-65 won vs Indian River State College, 84-65 won vs Palm Beach State College @ Lake Worth, Fla., 54-69 lost vs Brevard Community College, 84-85 lost vs Indian River State College @ Fort Pierce, Fla.,61-59 win vs Broward College, 83-68 won vs Palm Beach State College, 97-85 won vs Pasco-Hernando C.C. @ New Port Richey, Fla., 76-60 won vs Indian River State College, 94-70 won MDC MEN'S BASKETBALL: 19-8, as of 02/10/2011 6-3 in Southern Conference Scores are current up to date of production

“We are right there, the kids are working hard. I am very pleased with their efforts.” Men’s Basketball Head Coach Matt Eisele, on men’s basketball Southern Conference play.

Women's Basketball ———————————————————— 01/15-02/19 FCCAA Southern Conference Games vs St. Petersburg College @ St. Petersburg, Fla., 76-88 lost vs Brevard Community College, 64-59 win vs Indian River State College @ Fort Pierce, Fla., 72-69 lost vs Broward College @ Davie, Fla., 83-81 won vs St.Petersburg College, 76-69 won MDC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: 9-13, as of 02/10/2011 4-2 in Southern Conference Scores are current up to date of production

Women’s Softball ———————————————————— 01/29-01/30 NJCAA Kick off Tournament, Clearwater, Fla. vs Gulf Coast Community College, 0-7 lost vs Seminole State College of Florida, 9-8 won vs Stanley Community College of North Carolina,14-2 won vs Polk State College, 5-2 won 02/5-02/6 Triple Crown Sports Tournament, St. Augustine, Fla. vs Florida State College at Jacksonville, 3-5 lost vs Tallahassee Community College, 3-4 lost v Hillsborough Community College, 2-3 lost WOMEN'S SOFTBALL: 3-4, as of 02/10/2011 Scores are current up to date of production

Men’s Baseball ———————————————————— 01/29 St. Petersburg Tournament, St. Petersburg, Fla. vs Calhoun Community College, 7-3 won vs Chipola College, 6-3 won 01/30 State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, 2-0 won 01/30 St. Petersburg College, 22-9 won 02/04 College of Central Florida, 11-12, lost 02/06 Double Header vs Lake Sumter Community College Game 1: 3-0 won—Game 2: 9-0 won 02/09 St. Thomas JV, 9-5 won MEN'S BASEBALL: 7-1, as of 02/10/2011 Scores are current up to date of production


Schedule Men's Basketball ————————————————————

Women's Basketball ————————————————————

01/15-02/02 FCCAA Southern Conference Games vs Palm Beach State College @ Lake Worth, Fla. vs Brevard Community College @ Titusville, Fla. vs Broward College @ Davie, Fla. vs Brevard Community College

01/15-02/19 FCCAA Southern Conference Games vs Palm Beach State College vs Brevard Community College @ Melbourne, Fla. vs Indian River State College

Women's Softball ———————————————————— 02/12 State College of Florida Tournament @ Brandenton, Fla. 02/13 St. Petersburg State College @ Clearwater, Fla. 02/18 Georgia Perimeter Invitational @ Covington, Ga. vs Spartanburg College, North Carolina vs Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia

Men's Baseball ———————————————————— 02/13 South Florida College @ Avon Park, Fla. 02/15 St.Thomas @ St.Thomas 02/16 St. Thomas JV 02/19 Double/Header Seminole State College of Florida @ Sanford, Fla. 02/23 Northwood JV






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The Decline Of Cinema There is a great change facing the movie industry. Late last October, legendary director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) admitted on “The cinema, as we know it, is falling apart.” He described the attempts at survival by film-makers as “basically trying to make ‘Star Wars’ over and over again, because it’s a business.” I blame Flava Flav. The success of Flav’s resurgence into mainstream media convinced movie directors and TV executives that a revival of the past was a good

idea; a concept that, in many fields of work usually means you’re desperate. The re-telling of history is a fundamental practice, but writers and directors are becoming too reliant on re-interpreting history and remaking already-classic films. Likewise, Hollywood has also decided to shove 3-D down our throats, thereby slowly morphing the average theatre experience for all. —Rafael Tur

The Exploitation Of Charity Product (RED), a company founded by U2’s Bono and Santa Monica’s councilman, Bobby Shriver, is making a killing. Partnered with famous names such as Hallmark, Dell, Microsoft, Nike, Apple and even Gap, buying a scarf could help save a life? Partially, at least. There is a lot to be said about this particular company. It’s not very different from the Pink campaign for breast cancer in that there are multiple parties benefiting: not only charities, but stockholders too. Both cover many bases with different products, but Product (RED) has been arguably more than se-

cretive in how much the cause and corporate partners benefit. Note that Product (RED) “isn’t a charity; it’s a business model,” Tasmin Smith, the company’s president, says. At least Rwanda has benefited from the company’s endeavor with $22 million from Product (RED)’s consumers. There is still the question of whether or not they’re exploiting a pandemic for profit. Simple: yes, they are. The old days of not-for-profit organizations are dead, it seems. —Keith Gonzalez

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Vol. 1, Issue 6 Jan. 17, 2011 "Thinking Of Kicking The Habit: Possible College-wide Smoking Ban"

I can’t quite comprehend what all the fuss is about, this one seems simple to me. Smoking on campus should be banned, period. I mean there isn’t a discussion on whether alcohol should be le-

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gal on campus so why [do we need ] one on smoking? Now I know many smokers say they’re not addicted and are self proclaimers of the age-old “I know it’s bad for me but I smoke because I want to smoke.” I myself, being one of those nonaddicted proclaimers don’t mind the ban and actually encourage it because it’s the people on the brink of addiction/enjoyment of cigarettes that are most vulnerable by the current smoking on campus. They are the ones that have to fight off the temptation wherever they go already, and their college campus should strive to be a safe haven from temptation every chance it gets. And to my fellow smokers that are complaining about the ban, if you’re so addicted that you can’t go a few hours without smoking then that should be a clear enough sign for you to stop or at the very least cut back while in school. -Sergio Cruz , business administration major, Wolfson Campus




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Don’ts For Those Without Valentines


As singles’ awareness day approaches, a chocolate drought becomes a real possiblity.

By Andrea Orellana Prep your switchblades, the time for tanking self-esteems and steadily-increasing self-mutilation has arrived. The Walgreens near you is stocking their shelves with hot pink Trojans and couples all across the world will be asking each other the eternal question: “why do birds suddenly appear when you are near?” My guess is, they’re coming to warn us of the imminent genocide; victims of which are well-known to all of us. Come the 14th of this month, every single year our expectations are murdered in cold blood, death by reality. There are too many expectations and too few people actually living up to them. And with good reason. The modern girl’s biggest problem is that she grew up stuffing her face with Meg Ryan romantic comedies so by the time she’s old enough to accept the consequences of cooties, she has no real concept of what a real-life, non-Tom Hanks man acts like.

When a secret admirer doesn’t come out of the woodwork to serenade her on a balcony— she doesn’t have —or gift her Ghiradelli sweets, her hips won’t thank her for, she’ll blame herself and hate the wrath this “holiday” brings. Of course it’s only a matter of time until she’s hyped-up about “love” and obsessed on where to find it again. The modern man’s biggest problem with this holiday is, that in most heterosexual scenarios, society requires him to empty his wallet and make a move lest he want to end up with a more old-fashioned form of company. I rather celebrate Presidents’ Day. Occurring every third Monday in February, it asks for so little that people don’t even usually know when it is. The least we can do is not let the day be overshadowed by Valentine’s, the most played out combination of diabetes and heartbreak via millions of crudely cut construction paper hearts leaving billions dollars in the pockets of chocolate-makers. And for those of you who don’t share quite as bleak an outlook: quit lying to yourself. That half-empty box of Russell Stover chocolates is not there to judge. Happy Valentine’s Day and remember, should you choose to celebrate this ghastly excuse for a festivity: use protection. It’s V-day not Venereal Disease.

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Send yourself flowers. That’s pathetic.

Monique O. Madan Editor-in-Chief Alexandra de Armas North Campus Bureau Chief Gregory Castillo Kendall Campus Bureau Chief



Mom 4 5

Go out alone in public. Sharing a tub of popcorn with yourself in a movie theater while everyone else smooches or awkwardly makes a move on their sweetheart will just make you want to kill yourself.

Gift something unless you’re sure to be okay with the consequences. They may or may not like you; it’s a risk worth taking, but chances are you will be rejected. Yeah, you’ll probably be rejected.

Resort to dating family members. Incest is illegal. You’re not that desperate. (Let’s hope.)

Mope. Valentine’s Day is not real and it’s not important. Enjoy!

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Designer Coffee For Designer Dopes How Starbucks forces customers to partake in a specialized language course just to be able to order coffee.

By Rafael Tur “Do you mean Tall?” the female Starbucks cashier asks me on a Monday morning before school when I order a small coffee. This is where it begins for those of us who don’t frequent Starbucks. “We have Tall, Grande, and Venti,” she continues. I take a breath and point like a Neanderthal at the smallest cup and grunt, “coffee.” She forges my signature with a sharpie on the cup and I trade her two dollars for it. I turn around to exit and take a swig out of the cup.

“My god!” I express. There was no cream or sugar in the coffee. The cashier assumed I liked black, harsh-tasting coffee, since I’m one of the ignorant, Marlboro Red-smoking cave people that still uses the ancient word: small. I turn around and return to the counter to ask for some sweetener, but she has returned to her iPad. “Excuse me,” I say loudly, soon realizing that my voice is no match for her iPod. I try to use telepathy, but without an iPhone, I look like a complete lunatic— and all before my Monday morning coffee. I approach from the other side of the counter and knock on the glass startling her enough to make her look away from the iPad. I ask for the sugar and she points toward the cream and sugar bar and asks: “Would you like some whip cream?” “Whip cream!?”

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I turn toward the sweetener and walk away. It was now an appropriate time to question if this young lady knew what coffee was. Had she ever noticed people drinking a boring,


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