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Succeeding A Legend

FCCPA Awards

Shoes To Fill: Sandra Martinez is the new North Campus Honors College director, replacing E. Carter Burrus, who held the position for nine years.







Back From Ocala:Miami Dade College's student publications return decorated from the annual FCCPA convention.





It's Nov.1. Don't Forget To Vote Tomorrow.


More Metal: Bring Me The Horizon releases album, we review it.

Tragedy At Homestead Ricardo Ruiz, Homestead Campus SGA president, has tragic accident leading to a coma, from which he is recovering. By Alexandra de Armas


A Steal?: Are professors hurting us when they dismiss class early?



Our Story: Miami Dade College celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall; explore the College's history. TURN TO NEWS, PAGE 8,9

Driving The Lane: Miami Dade College women's basketball player Kanisha Clark drives to the rim against students from Coach Susan Summons basketball class. The Lady Sharks open the regular season Nov. 1 against Daytona State College at Kendall Campus. TURN TO SPORTS, PAGE 13



Obama Appoints Padrón To Lead Education Initiative Executive order signed in aim of improving education for Hispanics in the United States; Padrón to take lead. By Monique O. Madan Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón has another accomplishment to add to his resumé. On Oct. 19, President Barack Obama signed an executive order making Padrón the chair of a new White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for HispanicAmericans. The moment was seen live via web conference by students at all eight MDC campuses. “I am very proud of and honored by this appointment,” Padrón said via e-mail. “I have come a long way, but I have had great support all along the way

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When Adriana Ruiz received a knock at her door at 5 a.m., she knew the news was not good. She was right. Her brother Ricardo Ruiz, Homestead Campus student government association president, had been in a car accident. Ruiz, she RUIZ learned, was in a coma; he had been airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Sept. 29. “I walked into his room in the trauma center, and he had breathing tubes through his mouth and he was just laying there sleeping,” Adriana said. “All I could think about was that I might lose my big brother.” Doctors say that Ruiz lost control of his red 1999 Honda Accord after he suffered a brain aneurysm on the left side of his brain.

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Man Of The Hour: Miami Dade College President Eduardo J. Padrón was tabbed by Barack Obama to lead a Hispanic education initiative. from a supportive and loving family, students and colleagues. They have inspired and motivated me.” Padrón will guide a 30-member commission, charged with the responsibility of informing the Obama Administration on

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educational issues related to Hispanics. The commission will also address opportunities in the Hispanic community while increasing educational involvement of Hispanic youth. The executive order is aimed at strengthening the nation by con-


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tinuing educational opportunities and improving educational outcomes for Hispanics and Latinos of all ages. Its goal is to help more Hispanics receive an education that prepares them for college, and productive careers. “This is an issue that truly takes an entire nation,” Padrón said. “There must be a profound change in the mindset of Americans, that college education is truly the only passport to the mainstream economy and a prosperous life.” Padrón’s focus is to unite Hispanic students and their nonHispanic peers. He said that by rebuilding the K-12 system so that students focus on college from the start, every student will have quality learning opportunities. TURN TO PADRÓN, PAGE 5

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Website Hailed As The "Google Of Education"

Vaudeville-Style Show To Visit Wolfson Campus is a website providing information about courses, professors, degrees and college information about schools in the United States. “It’s a very effective site for students, parents and advisers,” said Chris Chilek, co-founder. “It’s the Google of education.” According to Chilek, students can use MyEdu during registration to compare professor reviews from other students and records from past semesters. Formerly known as Pick-A-Prof, MyEdu provides services to students for free. MyEdu has launched a new schedule planner that creates schedules based on time of day, professors, average grade point average and rating.

Culture Clash in AmeriCCa: Real People, Real Stories, the vaudeville-style show about escapades of diverse real-life people in America, is coming to Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Room 1261 on Nov. 12 and 13. Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza all create a show of memoir-st yle humor adapted from real-life interviews conducted across America. Since 1984, Culture Clash’s storytelling has developed an influential and satirical traveling show which is an educational exposé of the people that populate America. During the years, Montoya, Salinas and Siguenza’s sketch comedies have been the subject of many pop culture events.

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In Sync With Sink: Miami Dade College’s North Campus was the site for an early voting rally featuring Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor on Oct. 21. Former President Bill Clinton attended the event, endorsing Sink. He spoke to the student body about the economy and education. Sink faces Republican nominee Rick Scott in the 2010 Florida election.

Journalism Speaker Series To Host Event At Wolfson Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Manny Garcia, the executive editor at El Nuevo Herald, will participate in Miami Dade College’s Journalism Speaker Series. The event will take place Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. in Room 7128 at Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave. Garcia, who spent nearly 20 years at The Miami Herald, won a Goldsmith Prize, and an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award.

Exhibit Near North Campus Computer Courtyard

Miami Dade College and the Internal Revenue Service will host an all-day tax practitioner seminar on Nov. 9 at West Campus, 3800 NW 115th Ave., Room 1101. The seminar was created for tax and accounting specialists. It will fulfill the requirements for eight continuing professional education credit hours in the category of technical business, as well as eight CPE credit hours in taxation. The seminar w ill take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with backto-back classes and a lunch break. The seminar is sponsored by the IRS and the Miami-Dade Chapter of The Enrolled Agents.

A photography display near the North Campus computer courtyard features the work of first semester students in the new associate's degree program in photographic technology. The submissions include: Young American by Diana Llenes, which features a young boy wrapped in an American f lag; Tokyo Sunset by Albert Siegel, which features a busy cityscape with the sunset illuminating the horizon; and FIG Neckware by Ellier Jimenez, which features the top halves of mannequins dressed in ties and dress shirts. The exhibit will be available to the public until February 2011.

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—Mark Overton

He was the primary reporter on The Herald’s coverage of the Miami’s voter fraud scandal and the Elian Gonzalez raid, two entries that won Pulitzer Prizes. The event is free, open to the public and will end with a 15 minute question and answer session. —Bianca Vargas For more information, contact Manolo Barco, adviser to The Reporter. T (305) 237-3477 B


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College Fair To Be Held At North, Kendall Campuses

Volunteering Opportunities At The Book Fair

Miami Dade College is hosting a college fair on, Nov. 2 at North Campus and Nov. 3 at Kendall Campus. The college fair at North Campus will be held in building three from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Kendall Campus college fair will take place in building two from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. More than 50 colleges and universities will be present to give information, as well as applications to students who are interested in transferring. There will also be an opportunity to network and interact with counselors from the schools represented at the fair.

The Florida Center for the Literary Arts is offering volunteer opportunities at the Miami Book Fair International. The 27th annual MBFI will be taking place at Wolfson Campus from Saturday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 21. Some of the featured events at the MBFI are the Street Fair, the Children's Alley, the Festival of Authors, the Comix Galaxy and the International Pavilion celebrating Mexico with author presentations, art exhibits and traditional crafts. About 1,500 volunteers are welcomed to participate. Opportunities offered are in marketing, ushering in the opera presentation and clerical work.


Speaker Series: Manny Garcia, the executive editor for El Nuevo Herald, will speak at Wolfson Campus on Nov. 4.

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College To Host Seminar For Tax Practitioners

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—Ayoyemi Ajimatanrareje

—Ayoyemi Ajimatanrareje For more information about the College Fair, contact Sherry Rix, at the North Campus T (305) 237-1760 or Veronica Nicoleau, at the Kendall Campus T (305) 237-2137


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and 2008 the College won second place. The event is open to all Miami Dade College students. The MDC team’s final practice is on Nov. 6 at noon.

MDC Team To Participate In Dragon Boat Race The Miami Dragon Boat Race will be take place on Nov. 13 at 8 a.m., at the Miami Marine Stadium, 3601 Rickenbacker Causeway. The 250-meter race will consist of 24 individuals in a canoe that will be decorated like a dragon. In 2007, a team from Miami Dade College won first place in the race,

—Ayoyemi Ajimatanrareje For more information about the Miami Dragon Boat Race, contact Luis Anibal Montes T (305) 237-8102


All Night Long: (From left) Jazzy Silva and Christopher Silva participate in the Phi Theta Kappa barbecue during Miami Dade College's All-Nighter For Haiti. About 1,500 students and community members gathered at Kendall Campus’ Fred Shaw Plaza on Oct. 15 to participate in the All-Nighter for Haiti, a 12-hour fundraiser directed toward sustainable food programs in rural areas in Haiti. More than $11,000 was raised for the cause that night; $13,000 more has been raised since then, according to Stuart Williams, a professor at Kendall Campus, who moderated the event. Last year, the event raised $23,000. The funds went toward a four-pond tilapia farm in the Artibonite region of Haiti.

Latin Jazz Festival Comes To Kendall Campus

$2.4 Million Grant Awarded To Wolfson STEM

Kendall Campus will host the fourth annual Latin Jazz Festival on Nov. 5 at the Fred Shaw Plaza at 7:30 p.m. Performers will include Albita, Roberto Perera, Dave Valentine, Negroni’s Trio, Federico Britos and Ed Calle. In addition, MDC students will have an opportunity to get handson experience working with industry professionals during the live performances. Among the duties, they will be charged with: audio engineering, backstage support with artist and equipment during the concert. Approx imately 4,000 t ickets have been distributed for the Latin Jazz Festival, which is free and open to the public.

Miami Dade College was awarded a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s “Strengthening Institutions—Hispanic Serving Institutions” program in October. The grant will support the Wolfson Campus’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics first-year programs, also known as STEM. The program gives Hispanic students, who are underrepresented in the science and technology fields, a chance to succeed. The grant will also be used to create a STEM Summer Bridge Program for firsttime-in-college Hispanic students between the ages of 17 and 25.

—Akeem Brunson For more information about the Jazz Festival, call T (305) 237-2321

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Padrón Leads National 30-Member Commission


New Kid On Block: (From Left) E. Carter Burrus and Sandra Martinez stand in the Honors College lounge. Martinez replaced Burrus as North Campus Honors College director on Nov. 1. NORTH CAMPUS HONORS COLLEGE

New Director Succeeds Burrus Sandra Martinez—former director of advisement and career services at North Campus—replaces E. Carter Burrus as North Campus Honors College director; Burrus is retired as of Oct. 29.

Sandra M. Martinez will have a new office to decorate on Nov. 1. Martinez, 39, is replacing E. Carter Burrus, who is retiring after nine years as the director of the North Campus Honors College. She was selected by a five-person committee, besting more than 30 applicants. “I want the students to know I am here for them,” said Martinez, a North Campus alumnus. “I’ve walked these halls [like] they do.” Martinez, a 1989 graduate of Hialeah Senior High School, has devoted her career to education. In 1994, she served as a social studies teacher at Nautilus Middle School. In 1999, she was named the chairperson of the gifted pro-

gram. Martinez left the Miami-Dade County Public School system in August 2005, taking the post of executive assistant to the North Campus president. In October 2007, she was named the director of advisement at North Campus. Martinez said it was a job that prepared her for her newest challenge, because it included handling transfers to upper division institutions and advising students on future job opportunities. “As the director, I was responsible for making sure students completed their program of studies and that they carved out their educational pathways,” Martinez said. Alexandria Holloway, dean of The Honors College, wanted someone who could start where

Sandra M. Martinez, 39, is a 1989 graduate of Hialeah Senior High; she attained an associate's degree in history from Miami Dade College in 1992, a Bachelor of Science in social studies education from Florida International University in 1994, a master’s degree in in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2000.

Burrus left off. “I needed someone who could jump right in and reassure the students that they are not going to be alienated or abandoned,” Holloway said. Martinez hopes to become the same type of mentor that Burrus was. Holloway sees a lot of similarities in Burrus and Martinez. They started their careers in the social sciences, have experience working with gifted students, and share a passion for their students. “I just need to get to know my students,” Martinez said. “I want to know them on a deeper level.” Burrus said that although he was not on the selection committee, Martinez was his personal choice. “She will take it to the next level and go beyond what we have started here,” Burrus said. Holloway is confident that with Martinez’s experience, she has all the resources she needs to hit the ground running. “She won’t fill his shoes,” Holloway said. “I think she will be able to fill her own.”


Group Of Students Aid Community Event A group of InterAmerican Campus students collaborate to promote "Viernes Culturales," a community event in Little Havana. By Natalie Valdes Why get on a plane to experience Latin culture? Nine InterAmerican Campus students from the Student Leadership Academy created a plan to market street merchants and the overall feel of “Viernes Culturales,” a Latino community event that occurs the last Friday of every month. The artistic and cultural fair, allows visitors to experience outside performances along “Calle Ocho,” various art exhibits, restaurants, stores and cultural centers.

The Miami Dade College students were assigned the task of enhancing “Viernes Culturales’ ” marketing department. The idea was born from the IAC Leadership Academy. Barbara Rosenthal, a marketing professor from the Kendall Campus mentored the students. “It was an incredible learning experience for those nine students,” said Rosenthal. “They had the opportunity to put into practice what they learned in the classroom.” To understand the demographics of Little Havana, the students researched the area. They spoke to




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merchants and conducted surveys, and compared events similar to “Viernes Culturales.” “It was very challenging, because none of us were marketing majors,” said Carolina Raguasi, a sophomore at the IAC. “Dr. Rosenthal was an amazing mentor who guided us and allowed us to develop our leadership skills.” This past spring semester, the students met each Friday for about three hours to discuss their progress. They created a coupon book that offers discounts to the stores and various events along “Calle Ocho.” “It was a way to convince and show the members of ‘Viernes Culturales,’ what was good about the event and where they were lacking,” Raguasi said. “We gained marketing skills and they can now improve their event. Overall, it was a great experience I will not soon forget.”


“I feel this will improve graduation rates for all ethnic groups and help us move forward as a nation,” said Adolfo Jimenez, an 18-year-old business major at North Campus. “Immigrants who came from other countries are being represented, like me. I am very proud.” During his speech, Obama said via teleconference that Padrón has been a leader in his administration’s efforts to strengthen America’s community colleges and schools. “In addition to running a college, he’s agreed to serve as the chair of this initiative’s Presidential Advisory Commission. We are grateful to you,” Obama said. “This will be a group of 30 Latino leaders who are going to make sure that, when it comes to our children’s education, my administration hears the voices of the Latino community loud and clear.”

In 2009, Padrón was on TIME magazine’s list of “The 10 Best College Presidents.” Florida Trend magazine named him “The 2010 Floridian of the Year.” During his career, he has been tapped by five American Presidents for national distinction. “Dr. Padrón embodies what every Latino male needs to strive for,” said Sandra Martinez, North Campus Honors College director. “To have a prominent Hispanic male in such a position is a promising ray of sunshine.” Padrón, who on numerous occasions has mentioned that MDC was the only school that give him a chance when he graduated from high school, said that community colleges are paramount to offering opportunities to Hispanics. “My story is repeated every day at this college and others like it across America,” Padrón said. ----------------------Mark Overton contributed to this report.


Student Leader In Car Crash Due To Aneurysm


Survivor: Ricardo Ruiz, Homestead SGA president, suffered an aneurysm which led to a car crash. After the crash, Ruiz fell into a coma. FROM HOMESTEAD, FRONT PAGE

The Jaws of Life were needed to remove him. Despite the wreck, Ruiz didn’t suffer serious injuries as a result of the crash, only a few scratches to the right side of his face. “God protected him,” Ricardo’s mother, Doris Ruiz said. Adriana was holding his hand when Ruiz awoke from the coma on Sept. 30. “He slowly squeezed my hand... and then moved his left foot,” Adriana said. “He squeezed his eyes and finally opened them.” With tears in his eyes, Ruiz responded to the doctor’s question: “What is your name?” “Ricardo Ruiz,” were his first words. According to Doris, Ricardo has to receive therapy to his right arm and leg, due to side effects from the aneurysm; he’s also getting voice therapy. “I've never seen him like this,” Doris said. “I want him to be the same person he was, physically and emotionally.” Adriana described her brother as energetic, a peace maker, supportive and a leader.

“People are drawn to him,” said Nicole Bryant, student life director at Homestead Campus. “It’s just natural for him. He is an infectious person. When he smiles, you smile. When he laughs, you laugh.” Ricardo started as a student life assistant in 2008. He was elected SGA vice president in 2009, and president for the 2010-11 academic year. However, as a result of the accident, Ruiz was forced to drop his classes. Ruiz is struggling with everyday activities such as walking, speaking and writing. His sister Adriana expects his recovery to take six to nine months, Bryant said. In the meantime, Homestead Campus SGA vice president Pierre Leveque has appointed treasurer Henrry Gomez as the interim president, Bryant said. "I am not sure what's going to happen, because he [has] a brain tumor and I don't know what his doctors will say,” Bryant said. “Out of respect, I don't want to push an issue like this. I am letting everything happen organically."

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MDC Students Win Dozens Of Awards At Annual Convention Miami Dade College's student newspapers and literary magazines return from Annual FCCPA awards banquet with scores of honors.



Student journalists at Miami Dade College have plenty of new keepsakes to hang in their newsrooms. The Florida Community College Press Association awarded The Falcon Times, the Catalyst and the Metropolis 24 awards on Oct. 22 during their annual awards banquet in Ocala Fla. Lazaro Gamio, won the most awards, earning first place honors in design and best illustration. Gamio also won two second place awards for news story and comic strip. “This was such an amazing night,” said Gamio the Wolfson Campus bureau chief for The Reporter, the recently merged student newspaper at MDC. “It was awesome to hear my colleagues cheer for me, it really made my night.” In addition, Gamio, 20, received an Inner Circle Award for winning four awards. Akeem Mayers, an illustrator for the Falcon Times, who won three awards, also received an Inner Circle Award. Mayers has garnered six FCCPA awards in two years.

Miami Dade College’s literary magazines had to pack a little extra on their way back from the Florida Community College Press Association. On Oct. 22, the FCCPA honored Kendall Campus’ Miambiance, Hialeah Campus’ Café Cultura, Wolfson Campus’ Metromorphosis, North Campus’ AXIS and InterAmerican Campus’ Urbana with 28 awards. Café Cultura, bested the competition, winning top honors in Division A. In Divison B, Miambiance placed second followed by AXIS. “We will continue what we’ve been doing,” Café Cultura’s co-adviser Victor Calderin said. “Our staff works hard and we look forward to hiring new members.” —J.C. Urbina


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Each year, Miami Dade College’s student publications participate in the Florida Community College Press Association’s Awards Banquet. Here are this year’s results.


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Melody Aleman Editorial Cartoon, Catalyst ————————————— Miguel Chateloin Ad Design, Catalyst ————————————— Lazaro Gamio Design, Metropolis ————————————— Lazaro Gamio Illustration, Metropolis ————————————— Andrea Orellana Humor Writing, Metropolis ————————————— Aaron Pabon Editorial, Catalyst ————————————— Russell Quinoa Sports Column, Catalyst —————————————

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Place Awards Falcon Times Staff Online Competition, The Falcon Times ————————————— Michael Finch II Arts Review, The Falcon Times ————————————— Lazaro Gamio Comic Strip, Metropolis ————————————— Lazaro Gamio News Story, Metropolis ————————————— Alejandro Junco Feature Photo, Catalyst ————————————— Akeem Mayers Editorial Cartoon, The Falcon Times ————————————— Akeem Mayers Illustration, The Falcon Times ————————————— Jeannie Rodriguez Feature Story, The Falcon Times —————————————

Sergio N. Candido In-Depth Reporting, The Falcon Times ————————————— Sergio N. Candido News Story, The Falcon Times ————————————— Marlon Gallo News Photo, Catalyst ————————————— Marlon Gallo Picture Story, Catalyst ————————————— Akeem Mayers Comic Strip, The Falcon Times ————————————— Andrea Orellana General Column, Metropolis ————————————— Samantha Puentes Comic Strip, Catalyst ————————————— Thomas Silva Feature Story, Metropolis ————————————— Tii Kenya Xynn Feature Photo, Metropolis —————————————



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Cristina Cabrera Poetry, Café Cultura ————————————— Andres Cabrera, Nerys Torralbas Art Works, Café Cultura ————————————— Stephanie del Pino Editing, Café Cultura ————————————— Jose Garcia, Michelle Orchid Rodriguez, Diana Santisteban Photography, Café Cultura ————————————— Jeannie Harrison Non-Fiction, AXIS ————————————— Jon Ing, Jennifer Loliner, Amanda Perez-Villareal Poetry, Miambiance ————————————— Dexter Jones, Mario Martinez Illustration With Text, AXIS ————————————— Justin L. Mangana Fiction, AXIS ————————————— Isuet Ribot, Victoria Saavedra Editing, Café Cultura ————————————— Victoria Saavedra Fiction, Café Cultura —————————————


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Bryan Aguilar Poetry, Miambiance ————————————— Natalia Almanza Photo, Miambiance ————————————— Emily Binnie Fiction, Metromorphosis ————————————— Andres Cabrera Art-Individual, Café Cultura ————————————— Jessica Cohn-Kleinberg, Giselle Heraux, Dinkinish O’Connor Poetry, AXIS ————————————— Vicky D’Incecco, Kristian Rodriguez, Elaine Rosner Photography, Miambiance ————————————— Jessica Fadel, Natasha Glasford Design, Metromorphosis ————————————— Monica Moser, Maria Violeta Gonzalez Montaner Art Works, Urbana ————————————— John Muñiz, Sadiel Ruiz Staff Page, Café Cultura ————————————— Dinkinish O’Connor Poetry, AXIS ————————————— Sean Pagoada, Suleidys Tellez, Karina Vado Poetry, Urbana ————————————— Diana Santisteban Photography, Café Cultura —————————————

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Place Awards Andres Cabrera, Nerys Torralbas Illustration, Café Cultura ————————————— Juan Elias Photography, Urbana ————————————— Dexter Jones Contents Page, AXIS ————————————— John Muñiz, Diana Santisteban Cover, Café Cultura ————————————— Michael Tello Art-Individual, AXIS ————————————— Jessica Valdes Design, Miambiance ————————————— Jessica Valdes, Kyle Zimmerman Staff Page, Miambiance —————————————





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Backstage Pass: (From Left) Jona Weinhofen, Matt Kean, Oliver Sykes, Lee Malia, Matt Nicholls, who make up the band Bring Me The Horizon, recently released a new album. BRING ME THE HORIZON: THERE IS A HELL, BELIEVE ME I'VE SEEN IT. THERE IS A HEAVEN, LET'S KEEP IT A SECRET, ALBUM REVIEW

BMTH's New Album Makes Listeners Beg For More Metal

By Roberto Zerbino

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"More metal please?" Or “turn that noise down!?” Is that what many of you say when listening to today’s metal music? For those of you who bask in the chaos of screaming vocals, heavy riffing and machine-gunning drums, then you should be familiar with the band, Bring Me the Horizon. From their first album, This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was

Made For, released back in October 2004, to Suicide Season released in October 2008, Bring Me the Horizon has offered a broad demonstration of heavy metal music and has been a trendsetter. The group hopes to build on that foundation with their latest album, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret, released in October. The album prompts a different sound than the groups previous albums. After making a line-up change and picking up guitarist Jona Weinhofen—formerly of I Killed the Prom Queen—the BMTH sound has progressed into something of their own. Vocalist Oli Sykes has a particular vocal style with constant tempo changes—going from high to slow throughout. There

are many segments that you can’t help but shout along with him, making a majority of the songs appeasing in a sing-along type of way. The overall tone is very “in your face” and the vocals piled with the assault of drums and guitar offers an endless amount of rage felt throughout. The occasional off timing of the vocals with the rest of the band brings everything together, making their sound monstrous and unpredictable—which is key if you’re making this kind of music. However, there were a few things I didn’t like. The sporadic interludes with ambient-like noise and synthesized keyboards in between Sykes vocals and boisterous guitar riffs, simply felt foreign and completely random to their style of music.

Another minus to Bring Me the Horizon’s new album is the singing. Where did this come from? Suicide Season offered a softer side to Sykes’ vocals, but definitely wasn’t anything close to singing. I never would have expected it to be a part of their musical composition. One thing you may also notice, is that some of the lyrics seem a bit recycled. Granted, this album was a follow-up to Suicide Season, but it doesn’t mean some of their old verses needed to be repeated. Besides the random mess of noise peppering some of their tracks and the deviance in some of their vocals—and maybe becoming a bit more “poppy"—I give the album two thumbs up. My top track picks are: An-

them; It Never Ends; Fox and the Wolf and Visions. They are fastpaced and full of catchy verses— who doesn’t like a good line? Every song on the album has something positive. It’s nice to see a band that has been around for so long, still produce original, authentic, music. Their ability and chemistry will keep the band in the game for a long time. These guys are keeping it metal and doing it well.

4.5 out of 5

There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret—Bring Me The Horizon


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Malkovich Leaves You Red In The Face

By Zayda Costa Featuring a star-studded cast that includes Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Richard Dreyfuss, RED (acronym for retired and extremely dangerous) is an action-packed movie filled with violence, comedy and a hint of romance. During the opening scene we find our protagonist, former CIA analyst Frank Moses (Bruce



Willis) adjusting to retirement. One night, Moses is attacked in his home by a SWAT team; after turning the tables on them, he ventures off to find out who wants him dead. It’s during Moses’ cross-country road trip, where the audience is introduced to the other members of RED. Moses is determined to keep his love interest Sarah Ross (Mary Louise Parker) safe from harm. Robert Schwentke did a stunning job directing RED. The movie is filled with over-the-top stunts, such as Willis getting out of a moving car. The stunts used were so impressive that they will probably inspire other action directors to try similar stunts. Willis and Parker had great chemistry on

screen, the relationship between their characters felt natural from beginning to end. The best part of the movie was the comedy delivered by Malkovich. Whether he was hiding weapons inside his stuffed pig or batting grenades, Malkovich will have you laughing from his first appearance until his last. Overall, the movie was worth watching. Although the first 10 minutes were boring, the climax had a strong resolution.

Acting more like prequel than a sequel, Paranormal Activity 2 takes place about two months before the original, Paranormal Activity. The plotline for this documentary-style film follows a family who brings home a new baby boy, and soon starts experiencing a series of unexplainable disturbances. Logically, they install cameras throughout the house in hopes of capturing an intruder – and that’s where the audience comes into play. We watch the action unfold through the lens of concealed cameras and see things the family does not. Paranormal Activity was shot using a small hand-held camera, causing a lot of movement and shaky screens. The camera is much steadier this time and does not cause headaches. But because it was filmed with tiny security cameras, I advise you

to never take your eyes off the screen; you might miss a shadow, a movement or even a door creaking open. There is no prior knowledge needed in order to understand what is going on. Actually, I would recommend that if you have not seen the first one, watch part two first. The best part about a scary movie experience is the people you share it with. You will scream together, jump together and maybe even yell at the screen. However, for anyone who thinks that what happened in Paranormal Activity 1-2 are based on real events, Paramount Pictures and I assure you that everything portrayed in the films is purely fictitious. Although the first Paranormal Activity had more frightening moments, Paranormal Activity 2 delivers some good scares. If you’re a fan of the first film, you will certainly enjoy the second installment.

3.5 out of 5

Paranormal Activity 2—Starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat —1 hour 31 min—Rated R

4 out of 5

RED—Starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich —1 hour 51 min—Rated PG-13



Getting The Shot: Akin to the original, Paranormal Activity 2 uses shots from security cameras, but lacks the headache-inducing quality of its predecessor, which used handheld cameras.

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MDC Ladies Leap Into New Season After a 20-point win in the pre-season, the MDC women's basketball team hopes to carry that victorious vibe into the regular season, which starts Nov. 1. FROM FRONT PAGE

By Saeli Gutierrez Training camp usually has athletes dreading every minute of the hard-working practices that accompany it. The Miami Dade College women’s basketball team, who open up the season Nov. 1 against Daytona State College, hopes it can result in winning. “They are a great group of players who are working hard and all they want to do is win a championship,” Head Coach Susan Summons said. The Lady Sharks have been working on their defensive fundamentals, boxing out and conditioning in preparation for the season opener. Last year, the team was a disappointing 11-15.

With returning players, such as sophomore guard Camila Mejia, sophomore guard Melanie Ducott and sophomore forward Ashley Wilkes, the team believes it is poised for a rebound season. Mejia said the team’s practices have been intense this offseason. “We start working out late [in the] afternoon with cardio and weight lifting, which later leads to actual practice,” Mejia said. Expectations are high. “I see ourselves [in] the championship game, winning it all, that’s how much I believe in my team,” Mejia said. So far, so good. The Lady Sharks won their first preseason game against Florida Memorial University, 54-34. “Overall, we played very well as a team, and I am very excited to get our season rolling,” Wilkes said. “This game helped us realize our strength and weaknesses early.”

Layup: Miami Dade College women's basketball player Camila Mejia attempts a layup on a student from Coach Susan Summons basketball class. The Lady Sharks open the regular season Nov. 1 against Daytona State College at Kendall Campus. GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER


Lady Sharks Preparing For State Championship By Hector Gonzalez For the sixth year in a row, Miami Dade College’s women’s volleyball team has won the Southern Conference Tournament. Despite not having three of their players available, the Lady Sharks defeated Palm Beach State College, Indian River State College, Brevard College and Broward College in Titusville, Fla., on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. The Lady Sharks are 29-0 and finished 12-0 overall in confer-

ence play. “It didn’t matter who played or did not, a lot of the kids stepped up and did a good job,” said Head Coach Origenes “ Kiko” Benoit. The team was without sophomore outside hitter Yenifer Calcano, who rested with knee tendinitis, freshmen middle blocker Marifranchi Rodriguez, who was out with a flu, and freshmen setter Paige Mitchell, who is recovering from back problems. “We didn’t lose one set, even though two of our best players, Rodriguez and Calcano, did

not play,” said sophomore setter Mima Hajdukovic, who had 66 assists in the final two games of the tournament. During the tournament, the Lady Sharks defeated Palm Beach State College 25-13, 25-10, 25-17; Indian River State College 25-15, 25-16, 25-17; Brevard College 2513, 25-9, 25-14 and Broward College 25-8, 25-17, 25-9. The Lady Sharks ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association. They will now move on to the State Championships at Polk Community College Nov. 4 through Nov. 6. “If we play the way we know how to, I don’t think we’ll have any trouble,” Benoit said.

SCHEDULE Women's Basketball 11/1 Daytona State College 11/5, 11/6 Chipola Classic Vs. Chipola College Vs. Gulf Coast 11/7 @ Tallahassee Community College 11/11 @ Florida Stae College 11/12, 11/13 Daytona Classic Vs. Central Florida Community College Vs. Daytona State College Men's Basketball 11/3 IMG Academy 11/6 @ State College of Florida 11/13 @ St. Petersburg College


Perfect :(Above) Miami Dade College middle blocker Marifanchi Rodriguez spikes the ball as the Lady Sharks keep pace on a perfect season.




Poised For Return To Prominence On Court Featuring a roster filled with newcomers, the MDC men's basketball team looks to rebound after having an off year. By Hector Gonzalez After posting a 12-14 record last year, Miami Dade College men’s basketball coach Matt Eisele is confident his team is poised for a turnaround. “We’ve got a great incoming pool of talent that is going to be very good,” Eisele said. The Sharks will get a chance to prove how they’ve improved on Nov. 3, when they kick off their 2010 season against IMG Academy at Kendall Campus. During the season, the team will be counting on leadership from their only returning players, guard Zachary Lamb and center Julien Sargent. But they will also lean heavily on the depth they accrued through recruiting. It includes freshmen forward Maurice Kemp, a transfer from Alabama A&M, forward Antonio Hester, a transfer from Indian River State College, forward Kendal Jennings (Madison, Ala.) and center Jorge Charadon (Hialeah Senior High School). “Our biggest strength is our depth,” Eisele said. “We knew we

had to add it; if we can score 100 points, we will.” They also recruited several guards: Darwin Ellis (Lincoln High School, Brooklyn, N.Y.), Shondel Stewart (John F Kennedy, Paterson, N.J.), Devin Brooks (St. Raymond’s, N.Y.) and Xavier Munford (St. Benedict’s Preparatory school in N.J.). Sargent a 6-11 center is charged with clogging up the middle for the Sharks. “I’ve been working on my post moves, getting stronger and conditioning,” said Sargent. “I wasn’t in shape last year, but now things have changed, we are in a great position because everybody is on the same page.” Eisele is banking on that change. “I think we can win state this year,” Eisele said. ----------------------Juan Gonzalez contributed to this report. The MDC Men's Basketball Team plays their first game on Nov. 3, against IMG Academy. For more information, visit"




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By Andrea Orellana

Are professors hurting us by letting us out of class early?

Student Voices


On any given day, getting dismissed early from class is the fun plastic toy at the bottom of the cereal box. It’s not an entirely uncommon occurrence and even less likely is the possibility that you’ll catch someone complaining about it. There are several good reasons for that. Let’s look at the obvious one first: free time is always a pleasant surprise. This is Florida after all and I’d be willing to bet my future first-born child that whenever you get an unexpected day off because of an approaching tropical storm, you sigh a sigh of relief and think, “free time, how nice.” The free time you acquire can be put to good use: by taking it to study independently and catching up on missed coursework or getting extra practice with a subject. In the long term, getting out of class sooner than expected will actually put you ahead. What is college all about, if it’s not about making efficient use of your independent time? You might be from the other school of thought, the one that agrees that paying for classes means paying for class time. But, when you graduate, does your diploma retell the precise amount of time you spent in class or does it document a fact less minute than that? From a more emotive point-ofview: if your professor is so eager to dismiss you, is this really a professor whose time is worth fighting for? Also, your typical college professor is paid for their knowledge. They will undoubtedly know more about productive class time than you, despite the twelve or so years of schooling we’ve gone through to get here. So, trust in him or her when they let you out minutes, or even hours, before the figurative bell rings. Chances are, they know what they’re doing.

By Rachel Rosenberg


No one whines about being dismissed from class early, but students would definitely say something if they were let out of a two-hour class after only 30 minutes. Students aren’t nerds just because they want class to continue. Students are right to complain if a professor dismisses class more than an hour early. It’s a waste of our time. Yes, some professors might be tired from another job or might just run out of material, but a student’s time is just as valuable. Letting students out of class early is a flagrant waste of money. One two-hour, three-credit class costs around three to four hundred dollars. How many students would pay for two hours and receive only 30 minutes? Full-time professors at Miami Dade College are paid a salary, this means they get paid to teach for a block of time, whether they teach for the whole time or not. Is it ethical for MDC students to get cheated like this? Another valid point is that students won’t learn as much if they are released early from class. Classes are scheduled for a certain amount of time because that amount of time is needed to teach the coursework. “Releasing students early doesn’t give any professor sufficient time to teach their [required] materials adequately,” said Jesus Santana, 25, a tutor at Kendall Campus Speech Center. Teachers can “cover themselves” by telling students to study from their textbooks or review their notes, but there is only so much that can be self-taught. With that said, is it fair to students when professors let them out early from class? In my opinion, and I’d venture to say many will agree with me, it’s definitely not.

The Reporter is the free biweekly student newspaper at Miami Dade College. All content is produced by MDC students.The opinions in this newspaper do not necessarily represent those of the administration, faculty, or the student body.

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Marion Sanchez, 20, psychology major at Wolfson Campus. "Sometimes if I feel we aren’t being productive, I’m relieved but other times when we’re not taking advantage of the time, I feel robbed. Robbed of time, money and knowledge."


Patrick Renaud, 18, criminal justice major at North Campus. "It depends on the professor. If they let you out early every time, I think they're just trying to get rid of you."

Kasandra Lima, 21, psychology major at Kendall Campus. “Excited. Because I'm one step closer to going home.”

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