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Thoughts on Thanksgiving

The men's and women's basketball teams kick-off their seasons.

Flipside: An outsider looks at this quintessential American holiday and offers some insight. TURN TO FORUM, PAGE 15



Be Thankful. There are Plenty Of Reasons.


The Miami Book Fair International enters its 27th year offering book lovers a variety of literary tastes. This year's book fair runs from Nov. 14 through Nov. 21. TURN TO A&E SPECIAL REPORT, PAGE 8,9

Champions: The Lady Sharks volleyball team capture the state championship and will move on to national tournament.


The Other Side: Chinese exchange students experience South Florida culture while attending MDC.



North Campus SGA Officers Step Down North Campus SGA Vice President Angela Macias and North Campus SGA Secretary Alejandro Seros haved stepped down from their posts. By Monique O. Madan Two North Campus Student Government Association officers have stepped down. According to SGA President Hafeeza Rahman, Angela Macias sent an e-mail on Oct. 11 stating that she would not be continuing as vice president. She requested a leave of absence due to family issues. “I had to drop all my classes because of problems I am having,” Macias said. “I am now working for a private company.” Macias and SGA officers and

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advisers declined to specify what the issues were. Meanwhile, Macias said she hopes to enroll at Miami Dade College in the spring semester and return to SGA, however, Rahman has appointed Executive Director Giselle Heraux as vice president. The announcement was made via e-mail on Oct. 13, Rahman said. “I work very closely with the school senators and will continue to make this [institution] the best that it can be,” Heraux said. According to the North Campus SGA constitution, the executive director assumes the duties and powers of vice president in his/her absence, resignation or removal from office. The executive director seat will remain vacant. TURN TO SGA, PAGE 5

Sculpture Park: New sculptures added to the Miami International Sculpture Park.

New high-tech simulation dummies at Medical Center Campus offer a myriad of training scenarios. By Monica Suarez


Medical Drama: Greg Pittman and Jason Inoa use their stethoscopes to examine a human patient simulator during a training exercise.

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CHRIS has died more than 50 times in the past five years. On occasions, he has high blood pressure, and has even been in a coma; CHRIS is not your average Joe, in fact, he’s not even human. He’s one of eight human patient simulators used by students at Miami Dade College’s Medical Center Campus. Approximately two months ago, the college purchased three new models—Harvey, iStan and a second CHRIS. TURN TO MANNEQUIN, PAGE 5

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Paper Boat Paraded Around Kendall Campus For Fall Fest Festivities A life-size, handmade paper-mache boat made its way around Kendall Campus on Nov. 3. It was part of celebrations for Fall Fest 2010. Built by the Visual Arts Student Organization, the parade began at the M building and ended at the library. From Nov. 2 - 19, Kendall Campus hosted the fourth annual Fall Fest, a celebration of performance art events. Included in the festivities: the Latin Jazz Festival and the Carnival For Kids of All Ages. —Melissa Adan Miami Dade 3x8.indd 1

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Corrections and Clarifications In the Nov. 1 issue of The Reporter, the graphic accompanying the article about the Florida Community College Press Association awa rds ba nquet (page seven) listed t he incorrect magazine that two of the winners won the awards for. Stephanie del Pino won first place in editing, for Miambiance. Justin L. Mangana won first place in fiction for Miambiance.

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College Offering Study Abroad Programs In China Miami Dade College is offering students the opportunity to study abroad in China. The program will be from May 7 to June 6. A total of 15 students will be selected and the cost of the program will be $3,995 per student. A minimum 2.5 grade point average is required. These students will be studying at Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce. —Ayoyemi Ajimatanrareje



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Harvest Moon Festival Held At Wolfson Campus The Harvest Moon Festival took place on Sept. 22 at Wolfson Campus, allowing students to experience some Chinese culture. The event was hosted by Wolfson Campus’ Confucius Institute, which opened this April, as a result of a partnership between Miami Dade College and the Chinese Ministry of Education; the Institute is one of 65 in the United States. The event included special dance performances, martial arts presentations and several types of traditional Chinese foods. —Kirsten Rincon

Acrobatics: The Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus held the Harvest Moon Festival on Sept. 22. Pictured are two performers during a routine in front of Off-The-Grille in Building 2. COURTESY OF PHIL ROCHE / MDC MEDIA RELATIONS

Medical Center Campus Students Win State Awards Miami Dade College Medical Center Campus students won three first place awards at the Florida Nursing Student Association Convention. The event was held in Daytona Beach from Oct. 27- 30. Gail Hoyer, the chapter president of the Student Nurses Association at Miami Dade College, and Colin Walker, the lead developer of the website team, received first place for Best SNA Website. The Student Nurses Association from the Medical Center Campus also scored first place for Best Host School for hosting the most effective seminars. “Nursing is more than just a profession, nurses put themselves in

other people’s shoes,” Hoyer said. Students were not the only ones to win prizes; team adviser Pauline Kerr won the Amblyopia award for her screening project on preschool children in South Florida. “The heroes are the students and faculty, who are [here] day in and day out,” said Madeline Pumariega, dean of administration and students at Medical Center Campus. “That is what makes them all shine.” —Melissa Adan For more information about the Miami Dade College Student Nurses Association, visit:


Disability Awareness Day Held At North Campus The Access Services Department for disabled students celebrated National Disability Awareness Day on Nov. 3 at North Campus. T he celebrat ion feat u red a demonstration of special equipment used by disabled students to enhance their ability to learn. These devices included a reading apparatus that verbally reiterates words on a paper, so that students who are visually impaired can read and follow along in class, as well as devices that enable computers to read words out loud on documents scanned into its hard drive. “We are really pleased to be able to show the community what we do in our department and what disabled students can do,” Edwards said. —Mark Overton For more information, contact North Campus Access Services T (305) 237-1272

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Serenading: Jazz trumpet soloist Bobby Shew performed for Miami Dade College students at Wolfson Campus on Nov. 10. Shew was accompanied by guitarist Mike Di Liddo, pianist Jim Gasior, bass player Rick Doll and drummer Rodolfo Zuniga. The performance introduced students to some of Shew’s original compositions as well as a few other well-known compositions like A Night in Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli and Randy Aldcroft’s Breakfast Wine. —Akeem Brunson

Composer To be Honored With A Night Of Music Kendall Campus will celebrate Polish-French composer, pianist and music teacher Frédéric Chopin, during a night of piano compositions in Room 6120 at the McCarthy Auditorium at Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St, on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Chopin Piano Concert is set to

commemorate 200 years of Chopin by playing his works. Coordinated by Kevin Wayne Bumpers, a music professor at Kendall Campus, the concert will feature both students and faculty performers. The event is free and open to the public.

The final Open Mic event at Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in Room 6120. The show includes poetry, musical performances, spoken word, performance pieces and collaborative works. Artists may perform more than one piece, but the maximum time on stage is three minutes. Starting three years ago, the program now happens a couple of times each semester, with the exception of summer terms. “The talent and passion [is] plentiful,” David Tulloch, the event’s co-founder, said. “We wanted to have a place for budding writers and seasoned performances to share ideas.” Anyone interested in being a part of the showcase can register up to a week in advance at the Writing Center in Room 2207 or in the Communications Department, Room 2217.

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New SGA Officers Step Up To Fill The Void FROM SGA, FRONT PAGE


“At this point I’ll keep the position open. Everything is running smoothly so I don’t find it necessary to fill it in,” Rahman said. “We are getting all the work done so there is no need.” SGA co-adviser Jaime Anzalotta said that secretary Alejandro Seros resigned due to personal issues. Rahman appointed Josiah Le Blanc, an MACIAS SGA senator to fill the position. Anzalotta and Rahman declined to specify why Seros resigned. “I feel our goals are the same as they were before,” Anzalotta said. “[Them leaving] had nothing to do with their performance.” Elected SGA positions, voted for by the student body include the positions of president, vice

president, secretary, treasurer, public relations director and governmental relations director. Appointed positions, selected by the president include the executive director, parliamentarian, director of internal affairs and historian. On Oct. 4, the senate meeting minutes, official records of gathering proceedings, mention that Macias was excused from the meeting. The Oct. 11 minutes do not list Macias present, absent or part of the executive board. Then the Oct. 18 record lists Heraux as vice president. There are no records in the senate meeting minutes specifically stating that Macias and Seros stepped down. “It is sort of troubling that there is no official record,” said Adam Goldstein, Attorney Advocate for the Student Press Law Center. “The minutes are terrible and are not serving the community.”

Medical Drama: Yamina Alvarez, Medical Center Campus professor and chair of the nursing resource comittee, explains how the mannequins prepare students to be more cool-headed in real life situations. MEDICAL CENTER CAMPUS

Mannequins Teach Students How To Save Lives While Under Pressure FROM MANNEQUIN, FRONT PAGE

Each mannequin costs between $95,000 and $270,000, depending on the function they simulate. “Students are excited, less threatened and more confident,” said Yamina Alvarez, a professor and chair of the nursing resource technology committee at the Medical Center Campus. “[With these mannequins] students can do multiple simulations and practice their skills.” Some of the simulators respond to medication, produce bowel sounds and can be programmed to go into a coma. They can be set to dilate their pupils, blink their eyes, rise their chest, have a pulse and make breathing and heart sounds, among many other things. By practicing with mannequins, classes of 10 to 15 students get hands-on experience with the simulators. The students, aspiring nurses and doctors, are free

to make mistakes without risking the lives of real patients. “It was really challenging,” said Decarlos Bradley, 44, graduate of Miami Dade College’s Medical Center Campus. “It helped us not only understand the textbook, but also get the opportunity to practice our skills.” On campus, students are put through simulated situations in teams of five. They are assigned a specific situation like responding to a heart attack victim and then given a week to research. Each member is assigned a specific role such as medication nurse, primary nurse, secretary, physician or respiratory technician. On the day of the simulation, the teams have 30 minutes to assess and diagnose the patient and treat and implement physician orders. The professors then debrief each student individually and assess how their performance. While the students are the stars, the mannequins make the

production possible. Each mannequin is used for a different purpose and can mimic about 85% of the human body and its functions. Harvey is used strictly for working with the lungs and heart and does not respond to medication. iStan can cry, cough, dilate his pupils and talk. Noelle is the oldest mannequin and is a child-birthing model. CHRIS, the first mannequin purchased, is the most advanced. He costs $250,000, can die, fall into a coma, be programmed to have high or low blood pressure and urinate. After students do well with the human patient simulators, they earn clinical time at hospitals and nursing homes. “I’ve learned to take pulses in different places and hear abnormal heart rates,” said Miguel Navarro, 26, a student in the physician assistant program. “It has been a great experience.”


Preparation: The Gonzalez family—one of the four families participating in the project—is prepped for their photo shoot by Antonio Chirinos, faculty adviser to the Kendall Campus photo club. KENDALL CAMPUS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

Photo Club Participates In A Unique Project Photography club students participated in project aiming to document families whose children have cancer. By Tiffany Garcia


Cutting-Edge: Miami Dade College's human patient simulators can be programmed to perfomr a number of different scenarios, all designed to train students in the treating of human patients.


The MDC Kendall Campus photography club participated in the family portrait project, a program created by professor Tony Chirinos to promote child cancer awareness through art at Baptist Medical Plaza on Nov. 6. Students from the club took 8 x10 photos of four families of children with cancer. The project was seven years in the making. “You’re not just taking a photo, you’re making a memory,” Chirinos reminded his students during the photo session. All four families that participated had children with leukemia. Leukimia is cancer of the blood

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Program Helps Students Navigate Financial Maze Single Stop USA marks presence at North, Wolfson Campuses. By Monique O. Madan


Chinese Students Get Training at MDC Seven Chinese students are on an eight-month program receiving hospitality management training at Miami Dade College. By Monica Kelly Yazhou Li traveled from China to Miami to acquire skills and recipes that he can take back to his family’s restaurant. Li, 20, and six of his classmates: Yanchong Du, 20; Si Wei Ge, 20; Xu Quan, 20; Hong Xi Wang, 21; Mao Wenlong, 21 and Ying Zhang, 29 are from Tianjin Professional College in China. The group is here for an eightmonth hospitality management program at Miami Dade College’s International Hospitality Center. Students will learn basic hospitality training to prepare for entry level jobs in the hotel and lodging industry.

“I’m looking forward to working and finishing this program and going home to get a job,” Wenlong said. For the past three years, Tianjin Professional College and MDC have partnered to bring seven to 12 students each year to take core hospitality and English classes. “The program is for students to be able to gain hospitality experience in the U.S.,” said Victoria Nodarse, the program’s director. The students will begin working at the Hyatt Regency Miami, a downtown hotel, and the Eden Roc Renaissance in Miami Beach in mid-November. The students have their classes together and share an apartment at the Four Ambassadors in Brickell.

When they are not in the classroom or at work, they are enjoying Miami’s attractions. They have visited the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens and Miami Beach.It hasn’t been all sunshine for the students. They have struggled getting used to Miami’s diverse culture. “[For me] the hardest part has been cooking [at home] with American ingredients in a Chinese way,” Zhang said. Communication has also been a barrier. “The language has been difficult,” Wang said. “Sometimes I can’t express what I think.” The students will continue to study at MDC for the next six months. “My family has a restaurant back home,” Li said. “I want to take what I learn here, over there.”


New Additions Sculpt North Campus The second phase of the Miami International Sculpture Park was inagurated on Nov. 10. By Mark Overton North Campus is the new home to 79 sculptures and drawings by world renowned artist Alfredo Halegua. The donation from Halegua, and his wife Raquel Halegua makes up the second phase of the Miami International Sculpture Park at Miami Dade College’s North Campus. An inauguration ceremony was held on Nov. 10. “The artists have given the two largest donations of campus history, and we are very proud of their support,” said José A. Vicente, president at the North and West Campuses. “They have created an opportunity for students to further appreciate art as they walk through the terrain of the campus.” The first phase of the Miami International Sculpture Park includes 14 monumental sculptures, also donated by Haleguas, which are found in various locations at North Campus. The sculptures making up the second phase are displayed in front of the library in building two and is the largest collection of art donated to Miami Dade College. Some of the artwork included:


Snip!: Artist Alfredo Halegua, his wife Raquel Halegua and North Campus President José A. Vicente cut a ribbon during an inaguration ceremony. “The Dancer,” which features a figure of a person crouched with one leg over the other ready to spring up and dance if one were to give it life; “Penelope,” a shimmering golden sculpture, which embodies a woman; and “Broken Column,” which features a column broken in fragments but still held upright. “It’s hard to say which is my favorite piece, when I’m working on a specific piece it is my favorite, the ones I don’t like I destroy, it simplifies the process,” said Halegua, who

has had pieces featured in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Juan C. Medieta, communications director for MDC, feels that Halegua’s art offers something beyond the College’s hallways. “This was an important event, not only for MDC, but for the entire community,” Medieta said. “The North Campus is now the heart of culture in northern Miami-Dade County.”


Miami Dade College’s North and Wolfson Campuses have brought Single Stop USA into the institution. Single Stop USA is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to ensure that households are kept financially stable, so that students can receive a good education.It offers eligible students with free resources such as food stamps, financial counseling, health insurance, legal advice, psychological counseling referrals, and tax preparations. A third Campus will be determined in the summer of 2011. “It’s an important program,” said Mercy Arenas, a Single Stop coordinator at North Campus. “Students need to take advantage of it.” Fully-operational since the first week of early October, MDC has heard from more than 200 students seeking assistance. The program aims to prevent people in economic need from having to go to different government offices, and possibly getting discouraged to complete the application for benefits they are eligible for. “I really needed the extra help. They took me through each and every step. I applied for food stamps, and received them,” said Diedre Smikle, an 18-year-old North Campus social work major. “I feel relieved. I had no idea I would have ever qualified. It was very nice to know that these people are there for you.” Each student takes a screening test given to determine if they are eligible. The questionnaire consists of a series of questions concerning household population and monetary income taking 10-15 minutes.

The student then sits down with a coordinator to a complete an application that is sent to the Department of Children and Family Services. The application typically take months to process, but through Single Stop, it takes one to four weeks for it to be processed and approved. Single Stop Director Barbra Pryor said the main goal of the program is to help end poverty amongst students and boost graduation rates. Single Stop sites, she said, are helping students access an average of $1,500 in benefits and tax refunds. “I would have appreciated this if I were a student,” Pryor said. “I know students get frustrated with other departments that send them to a million other places, so we try to guide them, instead of having them go through a maze.” According to Janet Zoglin, a Miami-based Single Stop consultant, only 31 percent of community college students who set out to earn a degree actually complete it. “There is about $65 billion of unused funds every year,” said Zoglin. “We want to make sure they get whatever they can in their hands in order to stay in school.” Launched by the Robin Hood Foundation in 2007, Single Stop is stationed at three colleges: The City University of New York, the City College of San Francisco and Miami Dade College. According to Zoglin, last year more than $300 million was provided to 120,000 families. “Students that are eligible do not even know it,” Pryor said. “We want all students to have access to what they truly qualify for and need.” ----------------------J.C. Urbina contributed to this report.




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Turning The Page For A 27th Time From humble begginings as a two-day fair in 1984, the Miami Book Fair International has grown into an event of international acclaim that features renowned authors and celebrities. By Alexandra de Armas Miami Dade College was just being polite 26 years ago when it lent the public libraries in MiamiDade County tables for their twoday book fair, Books by the Bay. That favor transpired into what is known today as Miami Book Fair International. Now a week-long event, produced and hosted by Miami Dade College and the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the Book Fair attracts an average of 225,000 people each year.This year’s book fair will run from Nov. 14 through Nov. 21 at Wolfson Campus. The Fair kicked off with former U.S. President George W. Bush presenting his new autobiography, Decision Points. The Book Fair, which this year

will have an emphasis on Mexican authors and artists, in celebration of Mexico’s bicentennial, will also showcase more than 350 world -renowned authors that have published books this past year. It will also feature its popular “Evenings With” series and the Street Fair among other events. "It’s fascinating to sit in an audience and listen to these people that take the time to write such wonderful words that many times we enjoy in the privacy of our home or elsewhere," said Alina Interián, executive director of the Florida Center for Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. According to Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books and cofounder of the MBFI, the book fair has been a positive thing for Miami. “Miami was not a happy place

30 years ago,” Kaplan said. “I think what the book fair has done is make Miami feel good about themselves. It has exported to the rest of the world the idea that serious things happen in Miami; that Miami isn’t just a playground.” Dr. Mercedes Quiroga, Wolfson Campus president, agrees. “It shows that education happens not only in a classroom but everywhere,” Quiroga said, “stressing the importance of reading to our community is key because it is fundamental. This stresses the value of books and the value that they have.” Admission for the "Evenings With" series is $10 Street Fair General admission is $8; $5 for seniors; and free for students with a valid MDC I.D. and anyone under 18 years old.


Myriad Of Activities To En Fair offers a week-long offering of activities tailored to visitors of differerent ages, tastes and interests. By Julie McConnell Miami Book Fair International is back at Wolfson Campus with a week full of activities for book enthusiasts from Nov. 14 - 21. Events include wine tastings (Twilight Tastings), the Evenings With series, Children’s Alley, seminars about comic books and graphic novels found at The Comix Galaxy, art exhibits and the street fair. This year's theme is based on the bicentennial anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain and Mexico's centennial celebration of the 1910 Revolution. There will be Mexican food, art

Writers Close To Home Six Miami Dade College professors will be reading their literature at the Miami Book Fair International. —Compiled By Anna Carabeo

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Preston Allen will be reading from his book Jesus Boy on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. in Prometeo Theater, located in building one of Wolfson Campus in Room 1101. Some of Allen’s previous works include All or Nothing, and Churchboys and Other Sinners. Allen teaches creative writing at North Campus.

Philosophy professor, Alfredo Triff, will be reading from his new book, Higado Al Ensayo at this year’s Miami Book Fair International on Monday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 3209. The reading will be in Spanish. Triff’s previous works include Pulpa and Miami Arts Explosion: The New Times Column. Triff teaches philosophy at Wolfson Campus.

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Michael Hettich Professor Michael Hettich will be reading from his book, Like Happiness on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 3410. Among Hettich’s previous works are Flock and Shadow: New and Selected Poems, Swimmer Dreams and Singing with My Father. Hettich teaches English and creative writing at Wolfson Campus. He is also the co-adviser for Wolfson’s literary magazine, Metromorphosis.

Octavio Roca, chairperson of the arts and philosophy department at North Campus, will be reading from his book Cuban Ballet on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 7106. Among his works are Scotto, More Than a Diva and American Dance: A Constantly Evolving Tradition. Roca teaches philosophy at North Campus.

John Adkins John Adkins will be reading from his new book Animals Get Scared Too, Just Like You! at the Children’s Alley on Friday, Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. Adkins is a professor and chairperson of the arts and philosophy department at Kendall Campus.

Geoffrey Philp, chairperson of the college prep department at North Campus, will participate in this year’s Miami Book Fair International by reading from his new poetry book, Dub Wise on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. in Room 3410. Philp’s earlier works consist of Uncle Obadiah and Alien, Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories and Twelve Poems and A Story for Christmas. Philp teaches creative writing and English Composition at North Campus.


and literature throughout the fair. The Freedom Tower will house a Mexican art exhibit called “Cuento del Conejo y el Coyote” by Francisco Toledo and a multi-paneled painting by Jose Nuño. Throughout the week, Mexican artists will attempt to break the world record for the largest book spiral; hoping to collect 10,090 books. The record was previously set by the IntegArte Project in the historic main square of Mexico City. Books will be donated to Florida jails; donations will be taken for the duration of the week. On Nov. 15, The Comix Galaxy will have an exhibition of original drawings from the graphic novel,



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ntertain Fair Crowds “Cuba: My Revolution” by Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel. From Nov. 18 – 19, The School of Comics and Graphic Novels will host sessions on how to create your own comic and graphic novel. “Graphic novels can be a transition, as well as an end in itself,” Lissette Mendez, program coordinator of MBFI said. “Kids maintain interest in reading when they can visualize it.” An outdoor literary festival, the Street Fair, will be taking place from Nov. 19–21 at the World Stage, NE 1st Avenue between 3rd Street and Kyrakides Plaza. There will be tables full of booksellers and exhibitors available for the public to browse different kinds of books. There will also be book signings

and music playing throughout this weekend. From Nov. 19–21, the Children’s Alley will be open for children to play games, make masks, listen to storytellers, watch theater and collect keepsakes. Dental hygiene students from the Medical Center Campus will be making presentations with puppets about dental care and will be distributing health care coloring books Nov. 19 -21. "Out of all the programs we put together, the ones we elaborate for children have my heart because I feel that it is extremely important to instill a love for reading in young kid's hearts," said Alina Interián, executive director of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts.






Fair Will Host Hundreds Of Renowned Authors The Miami Book Fair International has again attracted marquee names to add to its expanding roster. By Monica Kelly Miami Book Fair International has provided the community with a wide variety of authors and stories for 26 years—this year’s fair is no exception. With more than 350 authors expected to appear, there is definitely something for everyone, including a little star power. Among this year’s guests are former United States President George W. Bush, screenwriter

Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail); musician and producer Emilio Estefan; journalist Frank Deford and musicians Patti Smith and Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. “Being able to confirm authors of high caliber is a reaffirmation of the prestige Miami Book Fair International enjoys in the industry,” said Alina Interián, executive director of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. Ephron, Smith, and Zinner are among the authors that will take part of the fair’s “Evening With…” series which will take place at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Build-



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Carlos Fuentes Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Room 3210

Ferdie Pacheco Nov. 20 at 11:00 a.m., Room 3315

Dave Barry Nov. 20 at 10 a.m., Room 3210

James Grippando Nov. 20 at 12:00 p.m., Room 7128

Claudia Piñero Nov. 20 at 6:15 p.m., Room 2106

José Basulto Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m., Room 7128 —————————————— George W. Bush Nov. 14 at 4:00 p.m., Room 3210

Ted Gup Nov. 21 at 2:00 p.m., Pavilion B —————————————— Lola Haskins Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m., Room 3140

Eugene Robinson Nov. 18 at 6:00 p.m., Room 3210 —————————————— Maria Elvira Salazar Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m., Room 2106

Gonzalo Celorio Nov. 14 at 4:00 p.m., Room 2106

Carl Hiaasen Nov. 21 at 10:00 a.m., Room 3210

Katherine Schwarzenegger Nov. 21 at 4:00 p.m., Pavilion A

Olga Connor Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Room 2106 —————————————— Pat Conroy Nov. 18 at 8:00 p.m., Room 3210

Merle Hodge Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m., Room 3314 —————————————— Chenjerai Hove Nov. 20 at 2:00 p.m., Room 3315

Pablo Simonetti Nov. 21 at 11:45 a.m., Room 2106 —————————————— Patti Smith Nov. 19 at 8:00 p.m., Room 3210

Edwidge Danticat Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m., Room 3210

Wilfredo Cancio Isla Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m., Room 2106

David Unger Nov. 21 at 1:15 p.m., Room 2106

Vanessa Davis Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m., Room 1365 —————————————— Frank Deford Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m., Pavilion B

Sean Kenniff Nov. 20 at 3:00 p.m., Room 3410 —————————————— Chip Kidd Nov. 20 at 3:00 p.m., Room 1365

John Waters Nov. 17 at 8:00 p.m., Room 3210 —————————————— Tracy White Nov. 20 at 4:00 p.m., Room 1365

Paquito D'Rivera Nov. 20 at 1:00 p.m., Room 2146

Juan Carlos Lecompte Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., Room 2106

Nick Zinner Nov. 21 at 4:00 p.m., Room 1261

John Dufresne Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m., Room 3314 —————————————— Nora Ephron Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m., Room 3210

David Leddick Nov. 21 at 5:00 p.m., Room 3410 —————————————— Carlos Alberto Montaner Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Room 2106

Emilio Estefan Nov. 20 at 4:00 p.m., Pavilion A

Walter Mosley Nov. 20 at 10:00 a.m., Room 1261

Noah Feldman Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m., Pavilion B

John Otis Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m., Room 7106



ing 3, Room 3210. “I have always wanted to meet [Nora Ephron].When Harry Met Sally is one of my favorite movies!” Bianca Gomez, a biology major at Wolfson Campus said. This year the MBFI hopes to connect with a full spectrum of audiences as well, having reached out to younger crowds with their Children's Alley and Kid's Comic Con activities. All the hype surrounding this year’s fair has students at Miami Dade College excited to see their favorite authors and celebrities. But, as always, books will be the focus. “We want to represent the full spectrum of books,” Lissette Mendez, program coordinator for FCLA said.










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The Booming Voice Behind The Games


Legendary public address announcer Jay Rokeach has been working at MDC basketball games for the past seven years. By Carlos Sanchez


Recognition: (From left) Demie Mainieri, Steve Hertz and Charlie Greene were honored at a ceremony on Nov. 4. MDC BASEBALL

Past Baseball Coaches Honored Miami Dade College hosts ceremony for three previous coaches, who contributed greatly to the baseball program. By Juan Gonzalez Miami Dade College honored its former baseball coaches Demie Mainieri, Charlie Greene and Steve Hertz at Christopher Columbus High School on Nov. 4. Current MDC baseball coach Danny Price and his coaching staff organized the event. “You can’t move forward without honoring the past,” Price said. Mainieri, Greene and Hertz were presented with a bat that had their name, win-loss records and years of service on it. The Sharks’ baseball team was scheduled to play an intrasquad game for the event, however, it was postponed due to rain.

Despite the inclimate weather, each coach was formally introduced by long-time MDC public address announcer Jay Rokeach. “I thought it was very nice. Danny did a very noble thing getting this together,” said Mainieri, who started the baseball program at MDC in 1961. He also coached at North Campus for 30 seasons and accumulated 1,012 victories. Greene took some time during the night to reminisce. “We loved doing it. You don’t have to work for this. There is nothing like coaching,” said Greene, who won 935 games during his 30 years coaching at South Campus-which later became Kendall Campus. Hertz who retired this past

June, enjoyed seeing some of his players. “Anytime we see former players, it lights in us the fond memories from over the years,” said Hertz, who won 945 games during his time at Wolfson Campus and Kendall Campus. Among the former players who attended were former major league baseball players Bucky Dent, who enjoyed a 12-year career, most notably with the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees; also attending was Orlando Palmeiro, who played 13 seasons for the Houston Astros, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Anaheim Angels-now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. “I think it’s a tremendous honor...they had a lot to do with a lot of peoples' careers,” Dent said.


Jay Rokeach's voice booms out from the Gibson Center Gymnasium at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. Rokeach, the former sports information director for 20 years at North Campus, has served as the public address announcer for men’s and women’s basketball games at Miami Dade College for the past seven years. He is legendary for his work with the University of Miami, now in his 43rd year as the public address announcer for UM football and baseball games. “People have heard my voice for over 40 years and seem to enjoy the big-league style I bring,” Rokeach said. Rokeach has been honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America, and has also received the 2005 President’s Award from the UM Sports Hall of Fame. Before graduating in 1972 from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, Rokeach went to Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Brooklyn. Eventually, he dreamed of calling games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Although it didn’t turn out that way, I have no regrets,” he said. “I get to be part of some of the coolest sporting events. I’m content with my job.” That job eventually led him to the major leagues. Rokeach served as the public address announcer for the Florida Marlins


By Hector Gonzalez The Miami Dade College women’s volleyball team, outplayed, outhit and overpowered their opponents to capture the 2010 Florida Community College Athletic Association state championship. The Lady Sharks (33-0) defeated St. Johns River Community College, Palm Beach State College, Hillsborough Community College, and Florida State College at Jacksonville in Winter Haven, Fla. on Nov. 4 –Nov. 6 to capture their fifth state title. “It feels good to keep the state championship trophy home,” Head Coach Origenes “Kiko” Benoit said. On the first day of tournament, the Lady Sharks defeated St. Johns

River Community College 25-10, 25-14, 25-17; sophomore opposite hitter Mima Hajdukovic led the attack with 19 assists. “There was never a doubt,” Hajdukovic said. “We just played our game.” The Lady Sharks beat Palm Beach State College on day two, 25-6, 24-26, 25-22, and 25-19. “Palm Beach played well,” Benoit said. “They were good; it was a wake-up call for us.” On day three, the Lady Sharks defeated Hillsborough Community College 25-12, 25-9, 25-17 and Florida State College at Jacksonville 25-16, 25-18, 25-11 to capture the title. Freshman Middle Blocker Marifranchi Rodriguez was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. Rodriguez, Hajdu-

kovic, freshman outside hitter Kahoriz Feliz, and sophomore outside hitter Yenifer Calcano, were named to Florida Community College Athletic Association AllState Tournament Team. “It’s a team effort,” Rodriguez said “We just have this unity from the starters,trainers and coaches.” The team is now focused on the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I 2010 National Championship, which will be held on Nov. 18-Nov. 20 at Missouri State University-West Plains. “We want to bring back the national championship trophy home,” Benoit said. “Our team is ranked No. 1 in the nation for a reason. We need just one more push to accomplish it.”


Familiar Voice: Jay Rokeach speaks before a crowd at an event in Columbus High School on Nov. 4. Rokeach's body of work includes public address announcing at University of Miami football and baseball games, Miami Dade College basketball games and a stint as the Florida Marlins public address announcer.

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11/01 Daytona State College, 70-65 Loss (OT)

11/11 @ Florida State College

11/05-11/06 Chipola Classic Chipola College, 88-70 Loss Gulf Coast Community College, 73-67 Loss

11/12 Daytona Classic Vs. College of Central Florida Vs. Daytona State College

Men's Basketball

11/12 Central Florida Classic Vs. College of Central Florida Vs. Santa Fe College

11/03 IMG Academy, 74-62 Win 11/06 @State College of Florida, 90-78 Win

The Lady Sharks volleyball team won the 2010 Florida Community College Athletic Association state championship, and will now move on to nationals.


Women's Basketball

11/07 @Tallahassee Community College, 84-65 Loss

Lady Sharks Capture State Prize

from 1993 to 1998, even earning a World Series ring in 1997. He has remained connected to stars. Rokeach routinely attends charity events, with the likes of professional athletes, such as Dwyane Wade and National Football League Hall of Famer, Ted Hendricks. But Rokeach is far from starstruck. “I’m past the point of awe,” he said. “These [famous] guys put their pants on, just like the rest of us.”

"Again, MDC led the entire game and in the second half folded on defense; 18 percent from the free-throw line, lack of intensity, pressure on ball, changed the wave of the game in Chipola's favor. But all in all, we definitely have the makings of a team that will have a successful year." Head Coach Susan Summons, about the 88-70 loss against Chipola College.

Men's Basketball 11/13 @ St. Petersburg College 11/19-11/21 MDC Shark Classic Vs. Tallahassee Community College Vs. Hillsborough Community College Vs. Chipola College 11/27 State College of Florida 11/29 IMG Academy 12/2-12/4 Panhandle Classic Vs. Frank Phillips College Vs. Gulf Coast Community College Vs. Tallahassee Community College 12/11-12/12 FCCAA Juco Shootout Vs. College of Central Florida Vs. Gulf Coast Community College DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION





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Steam Train: Guard Xavier Munford powers his way to the rim over a defender from IMG Academy. The Sharks won their season opener 74-62 at Kendall Campus on Nov. 3.






Making Space: Forward Ashley Wilkes lays the ball up against four defenders from Daytona State College. The Lady Sharks lost their regular season opener 70-65, in overtime, on Nov. 1, at Kendall Campus.



The Miami Dade College Men's and Women's Basketball Teams opened up their 2010-11 regular seasons on Nov. 3 and Nov. 1 respectively. The Men's team won their season opener against IMG Academy 74-62. The Lady Sharks lost their season opener against Daytona State College 70-65.

Zach Attack: Shark's guard Zachary Lamb drives against a defender in the team's regular season opener on Nov. 3. Lamb led all scorers with 24 points, connecting on nine field goals in a 12-point win over IMG Academy.


Mad Dash: Guard Melanie Ducott dribbles the ball up court against defenders from Daytona State College. Ducott scored 16 points to go along with four assists and three steals. The Lady Sharks lost their season opener 70-65 in overtime, on Nov. 1, at Kendall Campus..


Falling Short:Guard Melanie Ducott breaks away for a layup in the second half of the Lady Shark's regular season opener on Nov 1. Ducott scored 16 pts along with four assists and three steals in a five point overtime loss to Daytona State College.





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The Reporter 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.

Editorial Board Monique O. Madan Editor-in-Chief Alexandra de Armas North Campus Bureau Chief

Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings, but it is often forgotten how this holiday came to be.

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By Sarah Dawood Just like the Bald Eagle migrates to find warm weather in the winter, the pilgrims migrated in search of a better life than England could give. In November 1621, the pilgrims’ first autumn harvest proved successful. The crops they originally tried to grow died, but eventually, they learned to grow corn, beans and pumpkins. The Natives helped the pilgrims to plant and grow their crops, and to be thankful, they had the celebratory feast that is now remembered as America’s “first Thanksgiving.” The present-day Thanksgiving has some religious significance, but it’s mostly recognized as the

time when family and friends come together to celebrate the goodness of life, and just be grateful about it. Like all things American, Thanksgiving is celebrated euphorically all across the United States by friends and families reuniting and feasting on corn, pumpkin pie and turkey. Interestingly enough, some Americans continue to debate: did the “White Man” steal this land from the Native Americans? As someone who isn’t American, I feel that I’m in the position to give a completely non-biased and neutral outlook on the topic. Which brings me to the question, how can you steal something that

does not belong to anyone? Land can only be inhabited by the people who can protect it from invasion. Geographically speaking, the world doesn’t function on a “finders-keepers” attitude-it didn’t in the past and it doesn’t in the present day. The English settlers were far superior to the Native Americans. They had strength in numbers. They won fair and square. It’s not only the strongest who survive. Survival is for those who are most adaptable to change. This is why the pilgrims deserved the land. The Native American tribes fought for territories and killed

each other in a manner similar to the founders of America, but in the end, it was the English settlers who claimed victory. Land doesn’t belong to any human, unless the people take ownership by protecting and promoting it. The founders of America have defended its right to occupy this land and laid the foundations of the powerful national security and defense system that is in place today in the United States. --------------------------Sarah Dawood, 34, is a Pakistani exchange student in the business program at Miami Dade College, where she will be studying until May of 2011. Dawood is currently the president of The International Club at the Wolfson Campus, and will serve as a writer for The Reporter during the 2010-2011 school year. She aspires to be a leading professional in the field of marketing and advertising.

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Cooking With Rachel Pesto Chicken with Roasted Vegetables For this dish, we'll be topping off some vegetables and oven roasted chicken breast-substitute with turkey for the holidays-with some store-bought pesto.

40 to 43 minutes Ingredients: ■ 3 boneless, skinless chicken (or turkey) breasts ■ 1 jar Classico basil pesto ■ 1 1/2 lbs. red potatoes ■ 1 extra large red onion ■ 2 large tomatoes ■ 1 large yellow pepper ■ 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil ■ Badia complete seasoning ■ Salt and ground black pepper


1 Preheat the oven to 425°F. 2

Wash and dry the potatoes. Chop into medium-small chunks.

3 Place the potatoes in

large roasting pan and drizzle the olive oil over them.

4 Once the oven is heated, put the roasting pan. Cook for 15 minutes.

5 Peel and chop the red onion

into chunks. De-seed and chop potatoes in bite-size bits; chop the tomatoes.



Once the potatoes have roasted slightly, remove the pan from the oven and lay the breasts among the potatoes, and sprinkle the veggies over that. Make sure to spread the meat out evenly. Spoon pesto as desired onto each breast.

7 Return the pan to the oven for another 25 to 28 minutes.

8 Cool and serve.

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