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rbg: a tough act to follow pg. 4-5 Miami's first female mayor pg. 8 How we live with each other post-election pg. 26





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A year in review: A conversation with President Allen

By Mateo Gomez

Dr. Mike Allen has been the president of Barry University since July 2019 and it is safe to say that he had no idea what he was in for — no one did. The 2019-2020 school year has been one of adjustments and hard decisions. Allen spoke to The Buccaneer to reflect on the past year as the first male, first COVID and first hybrid-online president of Barry University as well as cast vision for the bright future ahead. Mateo Gomez: Other than COVID-19, how can you describe the past year? Dr. Allen: It has been an incredible experience to get to know the Barry community and learn about our students… their stories, dreams, and aspirations. But also to see Barry University up close and personal, and appreciate what we do here, how we do it, who we do it for, and the outcomes it delivers. Mateo Gomez: Your inauguration was a highlight but what other events from the last year will you always remember? Dr. Allen: The one event that stands out more than any other is the December

graduation. Only because it was the only inperson graduation I was able to experience.. But to see what it meant to the students and families… it’s very special...One of our prouder moments was when we were able to graduate several of our anesthesiologists and cardiovascular perfusion students early. These were folks that were directly able to help COVID-19 patients… I loved the spring graduation too because it was an outcome of a community coming together to make something happen. We pivoted a thousand in-person classes to online. Students, faculty, and staff sacrificed in every way and adjusted. And the first day of the fall semester, so much went in to making that happen. Mateo Gomez: With COVID, we didn’t expect it at all. You had your first exciting semester and then you were put to the test. Dr. Allen: I feel very lucky for those seven or eight months before this hit. We spent a lot of time building relationships, trust, and respect. Without that, this would have been so much harder. When we had to make hard decisions, decisions that were right to some and wrong to others, you need that trust. Mateo Gomez: You have been focusing

a lot on students and alumni. You are really trying to have that bond with them. Dr. Allen: When you are a new president, it is a lot of relationship building that needed to happen. I have been a big believer in that. It is important to hear from our students. When we declared that we were going remote, we brought in our student leaders and had a real conversation. We took a pause, talked to them, we discussed what we knew, what can be expected, and what we didn’t know. Mateo Gomez: Because of this, were there any plans that were delayed or cancelled? Dr. Allen: One of the things I try to do is never stop thinking about the future. Every time I talked to the university community, I knew that we were worried about COVID and we are dealing with COVID but this is going to end. When it does, we will be ready to continue making significant strides as a university. We have continued to move forward on important fronts. It is harder to build on those external relationships. In many meetings, you make connections with the side conversations at a lunch or by the dessert table. You don’t have that anymore.

But at the same time, many more people are saying yes to the events because they just have to go on a Zoom call. Mateo Gomez: How will Barry look in 5 or 10 years then? Dr. Allen: There is something called the strategic enrollment plan. Among other things, this process involves finding the right mix of academic programs and making important decisions on how the university will look going forward. We also have a lot of vacant land and we are exploring options for development. The spaces in the area around campus may look different around that time. Mateo Gomez: Is there anything else you would like to tell readers? Dr. Allen: An enormous amount of gratitude to our students for their flexibility, their patience, creativity, and especially for sticking with us. Honestly, they have embraced our approach here at Barry, I think knowing that we are making the best of a very difficult situation for everyone, and we are very grateful for that. They believe in what we are doing here at Barry. We are on the back end of this and things are going to be looking up very soon. Better days are ahead of us together.




RBG: A Tough Act to Follow

Barrett Confirmed to Replace the Late Ginsburg

By Suzannah Young

Harvard, where she was one of only a

women’s rights, but also familial and equal

her unique. She was one of the first woman

handful of women in her class.


to graduate from a major law school and try

The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept.

“She went to school at a time when

“Her success opened doors and showed

18 was not only the loss of a Supreme Court

women really weren't going to law schools

that it was possible for women, especially, but

Ginsburg began her legal career teaching

judge -- it was the loss of a cultural legacy.

to break into the big firms.

-- when they were even challenged for taking

also for other couples to not have to make

at Rutgers Law School and then moved onto

“It's stunning how she became a cultural

the place that should have gone to a man,”

those hard choices [between having a career

Columbia University. Following her time

icon,” said Dr. Sean Foreman, Barry’s chair

said Dr. Leah Blumenfeld, political science

or having a family] but to find a balance,”

as a professor, she became director of the

of the political science department. “The

professor. “It was definitely pioneering in that

Blumenfeld said.

Women’s Rights Project of the American

fact that people wear t-shirts or jewelry just

she was able to pursue her career and still

to look like her. She truly was a trailblazer in

have her family.”

the legal field.”

Ginsburg graduated from Columbia at

Civil Liberties Union, and then was

the top of her class in 1959, and continued

nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Ginsburg met her would-be husband,

with her focus on sex discrimination, as she

While Ginsburg has been undeniably

Martin Ginsburg, at Harvard and when he

struggled with the issue in her own life and

“Her work with the American Civil

popular in recent years, the second female

transferred to Columbia Law school, she

saw it as a larger problem in American society.

Liberties Union is where she really built her

supreme court justice made decisions that

went along with him.

“[After graduating] she reached out to

reputation as being a champion for those

would influence American life throughout the entirety of her career. Ginsburg began her legal career at

Blumenfield explains that Ginsburg had

every major law firm in New York City, and

whose civil liberties had been repressed or

to fight for her transfer, and how this kick-

no one would hire her because she was a

had not been treated equally,” Blumenfeld

started her career as an advocate for not only

woman,” Foreman said. “That’s what makes

said. “She mostly argued sex-based cases, but

breaking both the Ivory Tower and the glass Ceiling- A Look At RBG's Accomplishments



Ginsburg graduated from Columbia Law School at the top of her class and served as an editor of Columbia and Harvard's Law Review.

While working at Rutgers University, she found out that the male professors were making more than the female professors. She and her coworkers filed for equal pay and won.


RBG co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. Their project handled more than 300 gender discrimination cases by 1974.


WINTER 2020 she was not completely limited to that.” Her big break came in 1993, however, when

legacy was perhaps the battles that she didn’t win.


“President Trump can say he replaced

Barrett is said to be an originalist as was

a woman with a woman and tout that, but

Scalia. This means she believes that judges

she became the first woman ever nominated

“I think she's more famous for her sharp

[Barrett] is someone of completely different

should attempt to interpret the words of the

to the Supreme Court by a democrat - Bill

dissent where she disagreed with the majority

ideological views,” Foreman said. “Frankly,

Constitution as the authors intended when

Clinton - because of what Foreman refers to

opinion,” Foreman said. “When she pointed

liberals would have been happy with anybody

they were written.

as “her profound legal career.”

out where the court might be getting

else who has more moderate views.”

“She had decades of defending rights that weren't previously protected,” Foreman said.

something wrong is where her influence will live on.”

Many liberals oppose that strict approach,

Similarly, Blumenfeld agrees that Barrett was probably not the best replacement for

saying there must be scope for moving with the times.

“In particular, [she dealt with] women, but

While her sharp wit and cultural influence

Ginsburg, but also makes the point that she

Although Barrett characterizes a noticeable

she also focused on other minority groups,

undoubtedly prospered in the final years of

was probably meant to ‘counter’ Ginsburg in

lack of commonality with her predecessor,

gay rights, and the environment.”

her career, there is no doubting her untimely

some ways.

there is no denying that filling Ginsburg’s seat

In the Supreme Court, Ginsburg continued


to be a passionate advocate for marginalized

"[Barrett] certainly solidifies a major

Only days before her passing, the Supreme

groups. From one of her first landmark cases

Court Justice was

in United States v. Virginia (1996), where she

quoted saying, “My

wrote an opinion that would allow females

most fervent wish

to attend the Virginia Military Institute, all

is that I will not

the way up to 2016 when she voted on the

be replaced until

court decision to legalize same-sex marriage

a new president is



Blumenfeld also points out the influence

President Trump

shift to a more conservative ideology and

“Her success opened doors and showed that it was possible for women, especially, but also for other couples to not have to make those hard choices [between having a career or having a family] but to find a balance.”

because of the length of her career and



how pioneering it was,” Blumenfeld said.


“[Barrett’s] not going to live up to Ginsburg's

of activism





Blumenfeld said. Barrett



(2013) when the court ruled that the store

when he announced

could deny contraceptive coverage to its

on Sept. 26 – only a week after the death of

BBC, has repeatedly insisted her faith does

employees based on its religious affiliation.

Ginsburg – that he would be replacing her

not compromise her work.

devout Catholic but, according



“Her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case

with conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Originally from New Orleans, Barrett now

was also a really important one,” Blumenfeld

While the need to replace Ginsburg with

makes her home in South Bend, Indiana,

said. “She wrote that the court had gotten this

another female judge may have been obvious,

with her husband who is a former federal

wrong, and it was really denying women their

the similarities between the legacy and her

prosecutor. The couple has seven children,

liberty and allowing employers to dictate very

replacement are scant.

including two adopted from Haiti. She

personal and private decisions.” Despite having won many battles in her career, Foreman points out that her greatest

Barrett's legal opinions and remarks on

studied at the University of Notre Dame's

abortion and gay marriage are more in line

Law School, graduating first in her class, and

with the religious right.

was a clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia.


Ginsburg receives her commission on August 3 and takes her judicial oath on August 10, becoming the second woman and first Jewish person to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

legacy – at least not in the short term.”

court as symbolized



"Ginsburg is hard to replace simply

legal approach that

Ginsburg had in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby


would be a tough job for anyone.


Photo of Amy Coney Barrett, the justice who is filling RBG's seat. Photo courtesy of Politico.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's untimely death reminds the U.S. of all the victories she has accomplished, not just for women, but for the LGBTQ+, undocumented, minority, and disabled communities. Ginsburg is the only justice to become a pop culture icon, leading to her being called the "Notorious RBG" while people wear necklaces and glasses to resemble her. Her legacy will continue to live on and inspire generations of women.




Lost and Found:

Barry’s Campus is a Home for Strays

By Nicole Valdes

Residents at Barry have frequently encountered stray animals like cats and raccoons walking around campus. These encounters usually occur by Dominican Hall, O’Laughlin Hall, the Fine Arts Quadrangle or by Landon, near the bookstore. Raccoons tend to hide by the tennis courts, where commuters have encountered them at night, and by Thompson Hall where residents have witnessed them walking by. Barry residents have mixed feelings about the presence of these animals on campus. Some students don’t mind the cats on campus, as they are able to relax by petting or playing with the cats after a long day of classes. For example, senior commuter student Stephanie Fuentes, a communications and media studies major, said that the cats cheer her up when she sees them near Dunkin Donuts. Fuentes thinks it is because people feed the cats that they keep coming around. “If you always feed cats they will always come back, and probably bring more stray cats along,” said Fuentes. “[But] it’s fine to feed them as long as they don’t harm anyone.” James Bradshaw, a junior English major and resident student, agrees. Bradshaw has witnessed a cat waiting outside the doors of Dominican Hall for his daily meals, which some residents provide him. This cat is friendly and allows people to pet and play with him, according to Bradshaw, but only sticks around the doors until it gets its food. “After a while, you’ll know when it’s their feeding time because they start hanging around, but eventually they leave,” said Bradshaw.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami, a local adoption center for stray animals, provides several tips for people who encounter stray cats. According to their website, MiamiDade County does not have a law that prohibits cats from roaming free. This means that animal services will not pick up cats. However, according to their website, they do advocate for the ‘trap-neuter-return’ method as the most humane method of reducing stray cat populations in local communities. The Humane Society should be contacted if someone discovers a cat and wishes to take this approach. While most students are indifferent toward the presence of the cats, students feel somewhat uneasy about the raccoons on campus. Students usually see raccoons by Penafort Pool, in the trees by the commuter parking lot, or by the tennis courts. Bradshaw frequently sees a family of raccoons taking sips of water from the pool. However, he notes that they run away when people come around. Senior broadcast and emerging media student Justin Mejia believes that having raccoons on campus is a problem because they could have rabies and spread it to the cats. According to The World Health Organization, rabies can be spread to humans, and if the cats have it, the students who pet the cats could be in danger. However, Mejia also believes that the university does not need to deal with the raccoons unless they become more dangerous. Mejia’s slight indifference likely stems from the fact that the presence of raccoons isn’t uncommon in South Florida. According to Miami Wildlife Control, raccoons are a “common nuisance animal.” In Miami-Dade County, raccoons have

become a common problem, as they have invaded homes and residencies. “Getting rid of animals in the attics is very important for those living in Miami and the surrounding areas,” reads the website of Miami Animal Removal, an animal control organization. The organization also notes that raccoons travel from yard-to-yard, hunting for food and creating nests. Miami Wildlife Removal, another local animal control service, warns against approaching raccoons seen in the daytime. If

a raccoon appears to be walking erratically, falling over, or paralyzed, it likely has rabies. Even if it does not have these symptoms, any raccoon looking for food or acting normally could have rabies or be aggressive, so residents should stay away. It seems that Barry students are not overanxious about the strays on campus. Many may even be glad that these animals have found a home at Barry.




Front Liners Prepare for a COVID Surge this Holiday Season

By Ana Carolina Aguiar

The COVID-19 pandemic amplified the need for first responders in the medical field. These workers have always been dedicated to their jobs, but the Coronavirus showed them what it means to be on the frontlines in an unprecedented way. Frontline workers were not only responsible for the lives of their patients, but also for keeping their families safe after being exposed to the virus day in and day out. Nurse Lourdes Estevez from Baptist Hospital said COVID-19 has been the biggest challenge this year. Estevez graduated from Barry with a bachelor’s degree in 2006 and received her master's as an acute care nurse practitioner in 2010. Estevez notes that during the pandemic there were small changes in her daily routine at work that came together to exacerbate the challenges of her job. For example, when the pandemic first began, Estevez and her team did not have personal protective equipment (PPE). When it came time to check in with patients, this posed quite an issue. On top of that, Estevez notes that there was stress surrounding the “constant changes with regards to treatment plans.” According to Healthgrades, because there is no cure for COVID-19, hospitals have

Now, however, Estevez notes that the had to use what is referred to as “supportive care.” This treatment aims to support the pandemic is better than it was in July, but body’s vital organs, although it is different her hospital is still experiencing an influx of patients. depending on the severity of each patient. “The hospital is getting ready for a possible Since there aren’t any FDA-approved treatments for COVID-19, Healthgrades third surge,” said Estevez. Last year, the Sunday after Thanksgiving notes that some doctors use antibiotics and antiviral drugs to treat patients. These varying was the busiest day in history for the Security Association, kinds of treatments made caring for patients Transportation according to CBS especially difficult, said “Healthcare workers like News. Estevez. myself were trying to adapt Such travel What was scariest for Estevez, however, was quickly to the new changes. activity could cause a nationwide increase in when she contracted the We had to ensure that our COVID-19 cases. virus. Even worse, she facilities were as safe and Further, as winter ended up giving it to her sanitary as possible.” approaches, more husband and children. -Dr. Amanda Courtney, people are gathering “That was a super stressful time,” Spine by Design Chiropractic in condensed spaces she said. She also mentions that the second surge of indoors. This is why experts are expecting a COVID-19 was very overwhelming to work third surge. However, Estevez takes special care to note in. At Baptist Hospital, Estevez conducts that a pandemic as severe as this one was physical assessments and checks patient unforeseeable by everyone in her profession. Dr. Amanda Courtney D.C. seconds this history during the admissions process. Often, she saw patients arriving to the hospital in sentiment. Courtney, a chiropractor, opened her critical condition. “The patients who needed to come to the practice, Spine by Design Chiropractic, in ER wouldn’t come out of fear of catching February, right before the pandemic began. “Just seven short weeks into practice, COVID-19,” said Estevez. “When they would come, their illnesses were so advanced, COVID-19 was on every news channel,” said Courtney. “Healthcare workers like myself and they were so very sick.”

were trying to adapt quickly to the new changes. We had to ensure that our facilities were as safe and sanitary as possible.” Since chiropracting services are essential, Courtney was able to treat patients throughout the pandemic. “Keeping patients out of emergency rooms for treatable conditions like back pain is a huge help to other front-line workers,” said Courtney. She made sure to implement safety precautions like the use of masks, disinfecting equipment between uses, and sanitizing between patients. In addition, Courtney is sure to schedule her patients with much time in between them to reduce the risk of exposure in waiting rooms. Despite the challenges the pandemic has created, Courtney is grateful for the lessons she has learned and has grown from this year. She believes that during stressful times like these, chiropractic care is a healthy way to reduce stress levels. As frontline workers continue to fight the good fight against the Coronavirus, everyone is asked to continue to take precautions like social distancing and wearing their masks because your lives and those of medical professionals depend on it.



History in the making for Miami-Dade County

By Mateo Gomez

Nov. 3 was a big day for the Miami-Dade community. For the first time in county history, there will be a female mayor– Daniella Levine Cava, who is replacing Carlos Gimenez. He has been the mayor for the past 8 years but has recently termed out. Levine Cava won with 54 percent of the vote, or 576,921 votes. She went against Esteban Bovo, where he lost with 46 percent of the votes, or 492,032 votes. This is a shift from what we saw during the primaries back in August where Bovo took first place with almost 29 percent of the vote, and Cava had 28 percent. Both were commissioners for Miami-Dade County, running a non-partisan race. Even though this is how it looks on paper, it is well known by voters and local politicians that Levine Cava leans toward liberal (Democrat) and Bovo leans toward conservative (Republican). Cava was first introduced to the MiamiDade County political environment back in 2014 when she won her seat for District 8. Four years later, she got re-elected but resigned in order to run for county mayor. Bovo, on the other hand, has been commissioner for District 13 since 2011.

Before that, he was a state representative from 2008 to 2011. Levine Cava ran on the importance of social services for the county. Many people argued that this was a radical act, but she believed it to be a necessity and that there was nothing radical about the concept. She stated that it is important for counties to look after the citizens that live in them, especially the senior community. On Nov. 4, she participated in food drives in both Wynwood and Miami Beach as she began fulfilling her promise to give back to the community. Speaking to the press, she said, “This county does believe in compassionate leadership and we can be a community that takes care of all of its residents.” Her plan is to work as a community with as many local mayors as possible on things like transportation, climate change, and safety. Dr. Tisa McGee, social work professor at Barry University, who ran for the MiamiDade County commission seat of District 3 in August, believes in the importance of local politics. “At a local level, and from my own experience, there is more at stake in economics, racial and social justice, different movements,” she said. “I decided to run so I

can be the voice for the black woman.” Overall, she believes that both elections, local and presidential, were chaotic due to the information overload and the polarization, which caused people to be overwhelmed. Her desire to run and be a voice for her community overshadowed her lack of public recognition and political experience. Unfortunately, though, she lost in the August primaries. Despite this, she was glad that she had had the chance to run at all. The main message of her campaign was this: “Don’t ever give up. Your voice is important. Just because we didn’t win, we [can’t] believe our vote didn’t matter,


[because] it’s not true. We must keep advocating.” When we look at both Levine Cava and McGee, it’s clear that politics is changing. Old white males are no longer making all the rules and decisions. Conversely, there is room for more than one type of voice at the table. This shift is evidenced by the election of Kamala Harris as the first female VicePresident in the history of the United States, which may mark the beginning of a long period of progressive changes.



576,921 VOTES



492,032 VOTES




Barry Voter Feedback on Historic Election By Suzannah Young

When the world woke up on Nov. 4, no one had a sure idea of what the election results would be. Still, that didn’t make waiting any easier. Junior nursing student Jazzonia Walker believes the results took longer than normal because of the complex nature of voting in this election. “I think just because of all the different ways people could vote this time, the results came in slower,” she said. In fact, the historic number of mail-in ballots was one of the reasons why ballots were slow to be counted. According to U.S. Elections Project, 65.4 million mail-in ballots were returned in comparison to the 35.9 million in-person votes that were counted across the country for this election. Mail-in and absentee ballots were a big topic of debate this election season. As stated in the New York Times, most Democrats chose to eliminate the risk for infection and spreading the disease by voting by mail. A larger number of Republicans chose to attend in-person voting. This statistic applied differently to Barry students who attend college in a different state than where they are registered. For outof-state students, voting in person was not an option. “I voted by mail mostly because I am

registered in the state of New York and I am here in Florida right now so that was my only option,” said sophomore nursing student Izabella Ruiz. “If I was back at home, I would have probably voted in person.” Other issues with mail-in ballots arose as voter fraud and the legitimacy of the U.S. post office came into question. Dr. Leah Blumenfeld, professor of political science at Barry, notes that mail-in ballots had to be counted according to each state’s rules regarding submission, mailing, and receipt dates. In the state of Florida, mailed ballots had to be received prior to 7 p.m. on Election Day, except for a 10-day extension granted to overseas voters with a postmark dated on or prior to the day of the election. As votes were still being counted, President Donald Trump opposed the counting of additional mail in-ballots. For blue voters, while some experts touted a landslide for Biden evidenced by Trump’s campaign focus on states that have been unquestionably red in the past – such as Arizona - the vast majority expected the results to be close and to take several days to come through. Junior communications student Jaylon Rogers said he was surprised by the election results. “I knew the results of the election would be delayed, but I was actually expecting Trump

to win,” Rogers said. “I was surprised that Biden came out on top.” Part of the election’s unpredictability came from the increased polarization of party politics. “I think the big difference between this election and a lot of the others in the past is the fact that it divided people so much,” said Ruiz. “There’s no compromise or middle ground anymore.” Despite the divisiveness of this election, the strength of American democracy was reflected in the record-breaking number of people who voted. According to U.S News and World Report, voter turnout this year was around 67 percent, which is about six percent more than it was in 2016 and is the highest turnout in over a century. In the state of Florida alone, 1.6 million more ballots were cast in this election than in 2016, according to The Washington Post. This is a significant increase in voter turnout that was echoed in multiple states across the nation, including Minnesota, Hawaii, and Texas. For Ruiz, one of the reasons she voted for Joe Biden was to institute better healthcare. “It is a big issue for me, simply because a lot of it is ridiculously expensive for no reason,” Ruiz said. “Based on plans he has proposed, I think that Joe Biden will make it easier for people to access the care that they need.”

Similarly, Christopher Mitchell, a sophomore studying communications and digital media, expressed how his vote was very much dependent upon health due to the pandemic. “The most important issue for me [in this election was] Corona,” Mitchell said. “Right now, I am really concerned about the future, and for me it’s really important that we go back to our normal lives.” As it started to become clear that Biden was the winner of the election, Trump continued to make claims of voter fraud and illegitimacy surrounding ballot counting in multiple states. Rogers expressed how false claims made him feel uneasy, although he claims he is still confident in the strength of the American democratic process. “It’s weird because I have never heard of anyone protesting election results that publicly or that far ahead of time before,” Rogers said. “That’s just not how it works.” On the other hand, some students such as Walker said they felt an overall sense of relief once the results came in. “I was very happy when I found out that Biden had won the election,” Walker said. “I am glad that we get to have a new start – this is a new beginning for our country in a lot of ways.”



WINTER 2020 Horatiann Gordon, first-place winner for her speech arguing that face masks should be worn in all open spaces.

Stay WOKE Speech and Debate Competition 2020 Thrived Sans a Live Studio Audience

By Anna Galaktionov

The first topic posited that virtual learning

The following topic evaluated whether Lat-

As the judges were deciding the winners,

is superior to face-to-face learning. Anyah

inx should replace the words Latino or Latina

Professor J.R. Steele spoke about the almost

The 2020 Stay WOKE Speech and Debate

Charlotin argued for the affirmative side and

in the spoken and written language of Span-

universal fear of public speaking and how all

Competition served up compelling perfor-

Laylah Santiago stepped up against.

ish or not.

need to become “comfortable with being un-

mances amidst the aggressive pandemic,

Charlotin claimed that virtual learning is

The affirmative speaker was Jazmin Baez


boasting virtual live stream viewers in lieu of

flexible, cost efficient, and accessible. San-

who claimed that LGBTQ members are part

Our international remote students were also

a live in-person audience.

tiago argued that virtual learning produces

of the Latin culture and therefore need to be

represented in the competition. Zyhria Curry

The competition was held at the David Brin-

stress, limits teacher feedback, causes social

welcomed into the culture by incorporating

from the Bahamas presented an affirmative

kley Studio at Barry University and was live

isolation, and decreases student engagement.


speech on virtual learning being superior to

streamed on Nov. 19 via the YouTube chan-

The second topic covered the dilemma con-

The opponent Ethan Brooks argued that

face-to-face learning, and Alice Gotbring

nel BTV Channel 14.

cerning the wearing of face masks in open

most of the Latin population is unaware of

from Sweden argued that professional sports

The event moderators were Brianna Lopez,


the term Latinx and only 3% of Latin people

organizations have the power to affect change

author of the nighttime series: a collection of poetry

Benjamin Downs responded with a bold

actually use it. He also mentioned that Lat-

within society’s racial inequities.

and short stories, and Mateo Gomez, a politi-

“No,” stating that funding for the enforce-

inx is an English term that cannot be easily

After the speeches, Dr. Foreman announced

cal skeptic featured on MSNBC, NBC, CBS,

ment of wearing face masks is costly and

incorporated into the gender based Spanish

the winners.

BBC and more, both of whom are staff writ-

would need to come from local taxes. He also


Horatiann Gordon received the first-place

ers at The Buccaneer.

said that face masks induce health concerns,

The last speaker was Isabel Pulgarin who

win, Benjamin Downs followed in second

The officials, who asked the debaters ques-

and social distancing is enough to limit the

passionately argued against Florida Gover-

place, and Jazmin Baez took third place.

tions after their speeches, were Suzannah

spread of the coronavirus.

nor DeSantis’ Combatting Violence, Dis-

The staff at The Buccaneer and all the event

Young and Amanda Gonzalez Garcia, also

Horatiann Gordon starkly disagreed by ar-

order and Looting and Law Enforcement

participants congratulate the winners and all

staff writers at The Buccaneer.

guing that the wearing of face masks, even

Protection Act. Pulgarin supported her claim

the speakers!

The speech judges were political science

in open spaces, is a life-saving precautionary

by using real-life examples of peaceful protes-

Professor Tiffani Knowles, faculty adviser for

chair Dr. Sean Foreman, business manage-

measure and is everyone’s responsibility.

tors being killed by drivers running into them

The Buccaneer, graciously ended the competi-

ment professor Dr. Dale Hartz, and Florida

The audience on the live chat enjoyed this

with their cars and then not being charged

tion by reminding all viewers to stay tuned

Memorial University communication profes-

debate topic and showed active support for

guilty for doing so.

for the Winter 2020 edition and to visit the

sor Jefferson Noel.

both speakers.


Each student speaker either argued the affir-

YouTuber Christopher Mitchell wrote, “Sooo

dropped out of the competition the day be-

mative or negative side of a debate topic.

good both of the, literally have chills.”





newspaper’s website at www.thebuc.org.




All seven participants pictured here with their awards after the debate (from left to right: Anyah Charlotin, Benjamin Downs, Laylah Santiago, Jazmin Baez, Ethan Brooks, Horatiann Gordon, Isabel Pulgarin).

Business management professor Dr. Dale Hartz, political science chair Dr. Sean Foreman, and FMU communications professor Jefferson Noel stand together after the debate.

Jazmin Baez, third-place winner for her speech arguing that the term “Latinx” should replace Latino/a in modern Spanish.

Benjamin Downs, second-place winner for his speech arguing that face masks should not be mandatory in open spaces.

Jazmin Baez and Ethan Brooks taking questions after debating whether the term “Latinx” should replace Latino/a in modern Spanish.



WINTER 2020 Junior Blake Brito running out after being called as part of the starting lineup.

A Look into the Future of Barry Sports

By Brianna Lopez

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot for the average Barry student, including where they take their classes and what protocols must be followed on campus. While this new normal has forced everyone out of their comfort zones, student athletes have been some of the hardest hit. Almost every aspect of their lives has changed, from competitive games being postponed to coaches being unable to recruit the way they normally do. Pre-COVID, coaches would attend games in-person in order to scope out potential recruits and see how they play, what their attitude is like during a game, and how they interact with their teammates. Recruits, on the other hand, would have an official visit to Barry to tour the school with the coach and some of the players on their designated sports team. However, the pandemic has altered this process completely. “COVID-19 changed the landscape of recruiting immensely, because we were not able to live-scout prospects,” said Kristina Baugh, the women’s basketball coach at Barry. “This increased the value of a coach’s network, the trust built into that network, and the ability to evaluate through film at an alltime high.” Women’s tennis coach, Avi Kigel, agrees, adding that the process is especially difficult since potential recruits are unable to compete.

As a result, coaches may bring a player onto their team without being completely confident in their ability or character, because coaches have “fewer opportunities to evaluate their game and the progress that they are making,” said Kigel. However, associate athletic director and senior woman administrator Amanda Knight does not believe these changes will be longterm. She argues that Barry sports coaches being able to increase their roster sizes this semester despite all the problems created by COVID-19 foreshadows hope for the future. “We are a premier university with highly successful sport programs, so I don't believe that the recruiting changes have [affected us] or will affect us moving forward,” said Knight. In fact, the baseball team has not let the inability to have in-person tryouts ruin its recruitment. The sport recently added a junior varsity team, possibly because coaches cannot conduct in-person evaluations to determine which players would be best for the team. Thus, they decided that keeping all players was a better solution to cutting players who could turn out be an asset to the team. Kigel, however, believes that recruiting changes are affecting sports, noting that being unable to have in-person visits with current players is frustrating. While the players on the team are not directly affected by recruitment changes, the coaches place value on the players’ opinions about prospective teammates.

To combat this, Baugh reveals that players sometimes have virtual conversations with recruits to get to know them more. While communication with team members is a key aspect of recruitment, Knight says that it is only a small responsibility of current student athletes. They must first focus on academic and physical preparation for the season, and both of which are areas the athletic department aims to support them in. Part of this support is setting goals, one of which Knight notes is to begin playing competitively in the spring. While the department cannot be sure what competitions will look like, they are observing the ways professional sports organizations and other colleges have handled games during the pandemic as a guide. In addition, according to Knight, the NCAA and the Sunshine State Conference continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and make changes to policies as needed. Barry’s athletic department also consistently monitors Florida’s COVID-19 numbers and discusses potential plans that, once implemented, will promote the safety and well-being of players, coaches, and those in the stands. While the pandemic continues to flare across the country, Barry’s athletic department is working tirelessly to plan for the future of each sports program. Increased caution during gameplay and safe recruitment processes are just some of the ways they plan to help prepare the sports teams at Barry for what is to come.




Junior Austin Genao getting pitching tips from pitching coach Anthony Nalepa. Emma Hergot realizing cameras were on her.

Emma Hergot posting up opponent in the paint. Midgame posing from the Barry U softball infield (left-right: Michelle Roldan, Kayla Posten, Cassandra Lee, Karla Santiago, and Jordyn Petty).

Barry U baseball team getting tips from previous coach Jimmy Correnti. Photography by Jimmy Muniz.




SMIF is Not Just for Finance Majors

By Liz Calvo

Have you ever wondered where you can go to learn about finances and stock markets? Do you want to have an internship in the finance field? The Barry University Student Managed Investment Fund is worth investigating. So, The Buccaneer has done the work for you. What is SMIF? The Barry University Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) is a student-founded and student-run investment research and management organization with the idea of giving students hands-on experience in the world of finances and investment. SMIF was founded at Barry University in 2011 with two main purposes. The first purpose is to provide a place where students can learn with firsthand experiences and classroom application such as theories, concepts, and principles of security research and valuation and the design, construction and management of portfolios of securities. The second purpose is to contribute to the community well-being by providing service learning and financial literacy programs through collaborative and mutual partnerships with public schools. Martina Muñoz Chalan, the co-managing director for SMIF, explains that SMIF “focuses on service learning by working with community partners to improve the financial wellness of our community by giving courses on financial literacy.” What does SMIF do? SMIF manages a portion and adds to

the overall growth of the Barry University Endowment Fund as well as conducts business at the highest, ethical, and professional standards. According to Eric Yang, a Barry alumnus and former co-director of the club, “SMIF has created many different opportunities for student engagement with their community. One of these experiences is partnering with William H. Tuner Technical Arts High School.” Yang states that “being able to teach high school students how to manage finances has been an eye-opening experience.” The organization has also taught high school and middle school students to save and budget their money. “Right now, we are teaching students using a stock simulator about the stock market and how to buy stocks,” said Yang. What can students get from SMIF? It is not required that students be a finance major to join SMIF because finances are a skill any student will use daily as a student and as a post-graduate. SMIF Faculty Advisor, Dr. Stephen Morrell notes that “SMIF students have proven themselves highly prepared and productive in this competitive field, that is why top investment managements firms are actively recruiting Barry SMIF graduates.” Muñoz Chalan said that students “will get real life experience as a financial and investment analyst and manage their own portfolio, analyze securities and learn to use financial tools.” Students are also able to use financials tool

that are commonly used in SMIF such as the Bloomberg Terminal, a computer software system that provides real-time financial data, news feeds, messages and facilitates the placement of financial transactions. “Students will be able to network with other professional for job and internship opportunities,” said Muñoz Chalan. Anastasiia Samokhvalova is a member of SMIF and is also a finance and accounting major. “This is the best internship on campus; you will meet many great mentors and colleagues and have opportunities to advance in the future career and build long-term relationships,” she said. Conferences There are multiple events and conferences that occur throughout the year. Some of the most notable and recent conferences and event includes the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E) Forum, the Miami International Securities Exchange (MIAX) conference and the Charter Financial Analyst (CFA) society dinner. Yang mentioned his experience with these conferences. “My favorite conference I have attended with SMIF took place in Chicago. It was a privilege I was given as a member of SMIF,” he said. “It gave me the opportunity to explore a new part of the United States and I was so excited to see snow and eat deep dish pizza.” Although due to the pandemic many events were cancelled as to prevent the spread of the virus, Adriel Solórzano, Co-Managing

Director of SMIF, states that “throughout the year we will still have different events in SMIF in order to give students a chance to network with professionals and possible job opportunities.” Application Process and Mentoring If you are dedicated to putting in time and effort to learn about managing finances, then you are a viable candidate. At the beginning of each semester there will be a boot camp held to give students a rundown of what they need to know in order to be a part of SMIF. The boot camp lasts for three days. Once you are accepted into SMIF you will start as an apprentice. Through the apprenticeship, you will begin to learn everything you need to catch up with the senior members and learn more as you go on through mentorships such as the 20-person Advisory Board. Solórzano mentions that “The AB treats their students like young investment professionals. In return the AB requires and demands performance and accountability. Meeting Days SMIF meets on a weekly basis. During the fall semester, meetings occurs on Thursdays and in the Spring semester on Wednesdays. Both semesters have meetings from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. For the application and further information, you can go to the SMIF website at https://www.barry.edu/smif




SMIF Students at 2019 conference. Photos courtesy of SMIF



Strategies of College Success: Time Management

By Lori Huertas

results through resourcefulness by being

4. Think Win Win

both traditional (those that just graduated


Effective people are driven to achieve great

from high school) and non-traditional

results through a shared expectations and

(Extended Learning Adult Learners), can

accountability process.

benefit from learning about how improving

When I was pursuing my undergraduate degree, I was working and attending the

2. Keep the End in Mind

university full-time. In addition, I was

Effective people use an outcome-oriented

volunteering in the community in various

mindset in every activity in which they take

leadership roles.

part. This can include school assignments or

It became quite clear to me the importance of another strategy of college success, that of time management. One of my professors recommended that I read a helpful book by Stephen R. Covey that I was able to check out for free at the school library. In Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective





values of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity (these are all part of Barry

The book highlights 7 behaviors that effective people incorporate daily :

Effective people accomplish extraordinary


Incorporating the above strategies throughout your academic career at Barry University can allow you to leave a legacy through positive impact.




understand matters and provide honest

University can allow you to leave a legacy


through positive impact. Sharing these strategies with others is a way to put Barry

6. Synergize

University’s mission statement into action.

Effective people use ground-breaking


problem-solving skills by looking for


improved possibilities.

Reflect, and Serve, the Division of Mission


transformative characterized

university by Learn,

and Student Engagement develops and 7. Sharpen the Saw people

implements programs and services that appreciate


contribution of everyone by revealing the

Effective people avoid energy and time-

overall assets, passion, skills, and essence of

planning rhythm.


throughout your academic career at Barry

3. First things First wasting inclinations by concentrating and

them as they pursue their degree.

Effective people take the time to fully


accomplishing important goals with a weekly 1. Be Proactive

their time management skills can impact 5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be

work meetings.

University’s mission). After reading this book, I felt empowered.


each unique person. In carefully looking at each behavior, students can can increase their likelihood of success in college. Barry University students,

cultivate the characteristics of a Barry University graduate.




Graphic courtesy of Corporate Financial Institute.

foreign & culture



10 Tips for Safe Travels By Nicole Valdes Traveling is way to de-stress and escape

addition, travelers should research the testing

have been, and if they’ve been taking safety

the pandemic, many restaurants have set up

and quarantine requirements in the location

precautions. In general, going on adventures

beautiful outdoor ambience for their patrons

they are visiting.

with family members or close friends is your

to enjoy while staying safe.

from reality, especially during the holiday

2. Carefully select your mode of

season. Due to COVID-19, however, the

transportation. Whether it’s by plane,

5. Search for the right place to stay.

addition to your normal personal items, some

traveling experience has changed by way of

train, or bus, travelers should make sure they

Make sure that the hotel, motel, or Airbnb

essentials you should pack in your suitcase are

the many restrictions and safety guidelines

understand the safety methods of each travel

you decide to stay in has safety protocols

hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and back-

put in place by The Federal Aviation

company. Traveling by train or bus may be

put in place. You should be comfortable

up masks in case of an emergency. It is also


different in that it is local travel and may be

and feel safe wherever you decide to sleep

important to travel light and comfortably just

These safety regulations require travelers

faster. However, trains and buses are required

while traveling. Often, hostels are not

in case your flight, train, or bus capacity is

to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer when

to be sanitized between boarding and

recommended as they gather many different

reduced in size or they cancel unexpectedly.

getting on a plane. Airports are also following

deboarding so the process may be delayed.

people in one room.

best option.

8. Travel with the right supplies. In

9. Take a safety kit. You never know

social distancing protocols and requiring

3. Keep your mask on. Wearing your

6. Don’t gather in enclosed spaces.

what may happen on your travel journey.

masks, as are train stations like Miami-Dade

mask is essential. No matter where you go,

It’s important to keep in mind that open

Make sure to include any medication you

county's metromover.

a mask will keep you safe, especially if you

spaces allow the best opportunity for social

may need, like Vitamin C or pain killers, in

The following tips aim to help Barry

are around people you do not know. Often,

distancing. You can get some fresh air or go

case of any sudden sicknesses. Basic first-

students and faculty have a safe travel

when traveling, you don’t know who you will

for a walk where there might be a nice view.

aid kit products like Band-Aids are also

experience this holiday season.

encounter, so staying safe should be your

Not only will this keep you safe, but it can also

recommended in case of minor injuries.


clear your mind and keep you positive.






10. Stay positive. While traveling can be

Regulations may differ among airlines, so

4. Travel in a small group. Traveling in

7. Eat outdoors. According to CDC

stressful, it is important to stay positive and

travelers should research the protocols prior

a large crowd could be risky when it comes to

guidelines, eating indoors makes it harder

keep an open mind on your trip. Your travel

to booking a flight. For bus or train travel, it is

your safety. The CDC recommends travelling

to stay apart from people and there is less

plans are meant to be a break from the hard

important for passengers to choose a station

in groups of 10 or less. Always make sure to

ventilation. If the weather permits, have a

times the world is going through, so be sure to

they are comfortable flying through. In

know who you are traveling with, where they

nice lunch at an outdoor restaurant. Due to

not let bumps in the road get the best of you.




Tis the Season to Follow Pandemic Rules

By Liz Calvo

As 2020 ends and the holiday season approaches, Barry students and holiday celebraters everywhere are beginning to plan their holiday celebrations. This year, however, holiday gatherings will look different, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues at large nationwide. Barry students all have varying plans for what their holidays will look like. For example, senior communications major Christopher Mitchell had to cancel his flight home to Chicago due to the pandemic. “I chose to stay at Barry until the end of the semester,” said Mitchell. “It was a hard decision for me to make because I always attended every Thanksgiving dinner with my family.” It is this dinner that Mitchell will miss the most, especially his grandma’s salad dressing, macaroni and cheese, jerk turkey, and vegetables. Mitchell’s decision to stay home was one made for his safety, considering the United States is nearing 240,000 deaths due to the Coronavirus, as of Nov. 7. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established guidelines to ensure people’s safety as they celebrate the holidays with their families. One of these guidelines is to stay isolated to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses low risk for spread while in-person gatherings pose varying levels of risks,” reads the CDC website. Patrons who choose to travel should make sure to gather in small groups and stay six feet apart from others to avoid infection. Those planning to fly should be cautious about inflight contamination due to the lack of ventilation on airplanes. Senior public relations and advertising student Sarah Ruiz plans to take these precautions when travelling back home to Wa s h i n g t o n D.C. for the holidays. She notes that she decided to go back home because she hasn’t seen her family since August. However, Ruiz does have some concerns about flying home due to her experience flying back to Barry at the beginning of the semester. “Flying to campus back in August was stressful. I was so scared at first because American Airlines has done a horrible job at practicing the social distancing regulations,”

said Ruiz. Despite these worries, Ruiz still plans to fly back to Washington D.C. through American Airlines because they have the cheapest flights. At home, Ruiz’s family will gather in a group of six, including her sister, parents, grandmother, and uncle. This gathering will follow the CDC recommendation that holiday gatherings are kept in small groups because “the more people participating in these gatherings, the greater the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.” For those who plan to attend a family gathering, s o c i a l distancing guidelines should be followed, and masks should be worn. Family members should wash their hands frequently to prevent further contamination. In addition, the CDC recommends hosting your holiday gatherings outdoors, as indoor gatherings pose a higher risk due to poor ventilation. The CDC also advises people to remain aware of the regulations for holiday

gatherings being put in place in their state or county. If your holiday plans don’t include a family gathering, but instead Black Friday shopping, it is recommended by the CDC that you conduct most of your holiday shopping online. Shopping Black Friday sales in person poses a high risk for spreading the virus, since it is the busiest day of the year for many stores. Shoppers should also note that Cyber Monday is a great time to get similar deals right from the comfort of your own home. Mitchell and Ruiz plan to do online shopping to avoid the crowds. “I will most likely do online shopping. I think it’s safer and easier for me,” said Ruiz. Those who just can’t resist the allure of instore shopping should be sure to wear a mask, sanitize their hands often, and practice social distancing. Anyone who wants to learn more about how to stay safe during the holidays should visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov) for further information. Local health and safety regulations should also be monitored to ensure that students are following the rules in their state or city.




here's your pandemic playlist Compiled by Jimmy Muniz Jr.





Taylor Swift

No Pressure


Legends Never Die

Juice WRLD

- In the Hot 100’s 59-year history, only seven other solo artists have hit No. 1 posthumously. - Reached top of Billboards Hot 100 dated on June 30 with “Sad!”, which jumps from No. 52 to No. 1 after rapper/singer died December 8, 2019 at the age of 21. - Album released July 10, 2020.

My Turn

Lil Baby

- According to Billboards, Lil Baby reached No. 1 on Billboards top 200 album chart. - After reaching No. 1 on March 14, 2020 for the following 13 weeks straight in the top 6 positions of the chart.

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon

Pop Smoke

- Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboards top 200 albums with a total of 251,000 album-equivalent units in only just the first week of releasing. - This became Pop Smoke’s first ever US No.1 debut. - Released July 3, 2020.

- Debuted with 846,000 in the firstweek, according to Nielsen Music/ MRC Data. - Has easily been the biggest single week for any album in 2020. - The reign is not only the longest Taylor swift album since 2014’s 1989. - Spent 7 non-consecutive week at #1 on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums chart. - No.1 on Billboards Top 200. - Logic’s 6th and final album before retiring. - Ranked No. 2 on Billboards 200 right behind Taylor Swifts Folklore’s album - Hit No. 1 on Billboards Top R&B Hip Hop Albums chart on August 8. - 172,000 units derived in album sales.




After Hours

The Weeknd

- According to Rolling Stone, After Hours is the “Biggest album of the first half of 2020.” - After Hours gained 1.3 million album units and the album had 418,000 sales more than any album in 2020. - Released March 20, 2020.


Bad Bunny

- Debuted at No. 2 on Billboard 200, making it the highest charting full Spanish album to ever be on the chart. - Features “Safaera,” which samples music from Missy Elliott and Bob Marley and “Yo Perreo Sola,” his iconic song that highlights the LGBTQ+ community and women’s rights. - Released February 29, 2020.




Go Crazy

Chris Brown and Young Thug

- Peaked at #9 on the Billboard 100 chart. - This song became Chris Brown’s twelfth No. 1 song. - Released May 5, 2020.



- Debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, making BTS the first all Korean act to top said chart. - It also peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the Global Excl. chart - Dynamite stayed on top of the Hot 100 for three weeks. - Achieved the biggest pure sales week for a single since Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” in 2017. - Released August 21, 2020.


Dababy ft. Roddy Ricch

- The song spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. - It also has a BLM Remix where Dababy speaks on his experience with police brutality, following the protests that happened after the death of George Floyd. - Allowed Ricch to become the first artist to get two No. 1 singles in the same year, following Ed Sheeran, who achieved this in 2017. - Released April 17, 2020.

According to chardata.org: *The album-equivalent unit is a measurement unit in music industry to define the consumption of music that equals the purchase of one album copy* ***According to billboards*** Photos courtesy of Billboard and Complex.


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Photo courtesy of Advanced Science News.

Astronomy and Astrology: The Connection and the Explanation

By Suzannah Young

NASA wants you to know that astrology is not real, and you should stop reading your horoscope. “Astronomy is the scientific study of everything in outer space,” stated "Constellations and the Calendar," a 2020 article published by NASA. “Astrology is not science.” In the article, NASA explains that throughout history, people have looked at the stars to make sense of the earth and its movements via constellations and other patterns that can be seen by making observations about changes in the sky. “Astronomy is the science that studies celestial objects in the universe," said Barry University professor of physics Maurizio Giannotti. "This is a science and, as such, is based on experimental evidence and observations and it is falsifiable.” NASA insists that the positions of celestial bodies have absolutely no effect on human behavior or existence. However, despite the lack of scientific backing, astrology remains a popular and strongly defended ideology. “I believe in astrology 100%,” said Michelle Lozada, a junior majoring in forensic psychology. “Every time I meet someone, their astrological sign always matches their personality. Sometimes, I can even guess a person’s [zodiac] sign right away.” An explanation of astrology by Kepler College defines the subject as “the study of the meaningful correlation between celestial objects and earthly events.” The key word here is “meaningful.” Astrology deals with meaning, while

astronomy focuses on measurement. “Astrology to me is someone’s basic blueprint,” said photography major Iliana Pulgar. “It’s not an exact navigational map, but an outline to someone’s personality or even life path.” Some people use astrology to better understand not only their own habits, but also the characteristics of people around them. “[Astrology] has to do with the date and timing of your birth, and how that affects the way you live, such as your emotions and personality,” said Lozada. “I use it to understand the way people act and react to things.” Linda Goodman, author of “Sun Signs,” a book that boosted the New Age movement and advanced modern astrology, explains that “everyone can profit from a study of Sun signs, and the knowledge can make us more tolerant of one another.” Sun signs - more commonly known as zodiacs - are based on 12 different constellations, one of which can be assigned to a person based on the alignment of celestial bodies on their birthdate. The zodiac is also used in astronomy, to help understand and explain how the sun, earth, and stars move in relation to one another. Although both sciences use zodiacs to categorize constellations, the difference lies in the point of view; astronomers study things from the stars’ point of view, while astrologers maintain a rather earthly perspective, according to “Astrology: An Introduction,”

published by Kepler College. For example, one astronomical notion, the cosmological principle, states that the universe does not actually have a center and it looks the same from any viewpoint, as explained by Giannotti. This principle is also referred to as the idea of uniform universe and includes two parts. The first part states that the universe is homogenous, meaning it can be observed or evaluated from any point of view (sun, moon, stars, etc). The second part states that the universe is isotropic, meaning that when this angle of observation changes, the appearance of the universe will not change. “In modern Astronomy, the study of the evolution of stars and galaxies requires notions of nuclear physics, classical and quantum mechanics, and general relativity,” Giannotti said. “Observing and studying the universe is a way to test our understanding of all these aspects of physics.” In other words, human fascination with the stars as well as the development of other sciences in conjunction with the study of celestial objects, has only served to further astronomical understanding. Meanwhile, astrologists use the constellations to associate birthdates with human behaviors by creating charts, houses, and maps to explain the connection between the stars and earthly phenomena. Astrological houses are an extended grouping based on the position of the

“Astrology to me is someone’s basic blueprint. It’s not an exact navigational map, but an outline to someone’s personality or even life path.”

planets at a given time, and are used to constitute different areas of one’s life, such as relationship or financial status. In addition, houses show development of an individual both in terms of the self and within society (Kepler College). “Once you understand how deeply ingrained certain attitudes are in people’s natures, you’ll become more sympathetic toward their behavior,” Goodman said in "Sun Signs." Similarly, Pulgar expresses how she goes to astrological charts and horoscopes for explanation. “If I want to know why I started to think a certain way, why someone else started to move a different way in a new circumstance, or why events or plans went the way they did, then I’ll search to see what was in the stars,” Pulgar said. Even as an adamant believer in the astrological world, Pulgar expresses that not all readings are accurate, and it is important to make sure you have a reliable source before taking any prediction too seriously. “If it’s a trusted source I’ve personally experienced to be accurate before — then I can believe [the reading],” Pulgar said. “But if it’s a new source, I am more skeptical and take it lightly.” In addition, Pulgar says when something significant happens in her life, she can “connect the dots” between her horoscope predictions and reality. In the end, neither astronomers nor astrologers can deny the connection that exists between the earth and the stars. “I find it fascinating that most elements are created in stars,” Giannotti said. “We are truly made of stellar dust.”








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Trait: Dynamic

Trait: dependable

Trait: kind

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jul 23 - aug 22

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WINTER 2020 Photo courtesy of The Mental Health Page.

How to Combat Pandemic Blues

By Brianna Lopez

Mental health has been a struggle for college students to achieve while balancing classes, homework, jobs, and their social lives. Now, with the shift to social distancing due to COVID-19, mental health issues have been amplified in many and Barry students are no exception. Athletic training sophomore Bianca Canovas said that she has been increasingly stressed due to having to adjust to the different learning experience. Political science junior Miranda Tinkey agrees, adding that as someone who struggles with pre-existing mental health issues, she believes it has been harder than normal for those who struggle with mental health to adapt to the virtual learning environment. Dr. Hossiella Longoria, director of the counseling center at Barry, lists some causes she believes are contributing to the suffering of Barry students during this time. “I believe the biggest impact that virtual learning is having on students is the lack of social interaction,” said Longoria. Many students have complained of having frequently cancelled classes or having to teach themselves via PowerPoints provided by the professors. This makes the students feel like they are not valued by their professors, which in turn lowers their motivation. This is something Tinkey identified with, as seeking to balance the personal, academic

and professional aspects of her life leaves her feeling “almost melancholic,” she said. “The unanswerable questions hang regarding what the future holds and whether or not life will ever return to at least somewhat what we remember as ‘normal’,” said Tinkey. Despite these gloomy feelings, both Tinkey and Canovas believe that Barry is doing their best to support students during this time. “I honestly think Barry is doing a good job trying to keep the life on campus and online, by the events they have been having on campus and online,” said Canovas. According to Longoria, the center offers free and confidential counseling services to all students residing in Florida. This includes resident students living on-campus and students living off-campus in Florida. These

services are provided via a telehealth video conferencing platform. In addition, the center hosts webinars to highlight coping strategies for some of the most common mental health concerns in college students. Most recently was the webinar called “My Best Self 101” that occurred on Nov. 19, which focused on selfgratitude and self-compassion. On Dec. 1, the center will host Fresh Check Day, an inperson event to raise awareness regarding mental health and suicide prevention. The center also provides dropin sessions for students. These sessions are 30 minutes long without needing an appointment. Students can use the link in the counseling center’s Instagram bio (@barryu_counselingcenter) during scheduled drop-in times and will be directly connected with a counselor.

“As the director of the counseling center, now more than ever, I think we have to think outside the box and meet students where they are at by providing innovative and engaging opportunities for them to learn and practice skills to improve their emotional wellbeing,” said Longoria. However, she does note that part of the work starts with the students themselves. She encourages students to practice self-care, which she says can only be effective if it is planned as part of a student’s daily routine. Some common self-care tips that Longoria suggests are getting a good amount of sleep, eating well, and exercising three times per week for at least half an hour. Less common but still effective tips are having gratitude and noting this gratitude in a journal. Students can also take advantage of the events on campus to stay connected with their peers and to keep a routine going if that is something that makes them feel more “normal” during this unprecedented time. Most importantly, Longoria tells students to speak up. They can talk to professors about their struggles or use the resources from the center. Whatever form of support a student seeks, Longoria believes that the sooner they get it, the faster they will begin to feel better. “We are working hard to break the stigma and I want students to know that it’s okay to not be okay. And more importantly, they are never alone,” she said.




Eternity: Just Think About It . . . By Anna Galaktionov

(Disclaimer: The views in this article are not necessarily shared by the interviewees.) Since the COVID-19 outbreak, a large number of people have not recovered. In fact, according to Google’s tracking of the disease, approximately 1.17 million people died from the coronavirus worldwide. Now, that’s not just a number. Each of these 1.17 million people was an individual person who had plans and goals, fears and joys, failures and successes. Most importantly, each person could identify themselves as an I, a me. But where did that I, that me go after the physical body ceased its function? Now, I know you’re probably thinking “Not this spiritual, abstract stuff again. Ugh!” but bear with me. You will have to grapple with these issues at some point. For the purposes of this article, let’s refer to the I and me as the soul. Dr. Sean Erwin, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Barry, provided me with some ancient yet valuable philosophical views on the soul. Dr. Erwin mentioned Aristotle’s book De Anima (On the Soul) where he discusses the different types of souls a person has. They are the nutritive soul (bodily functions), the perceptive soul (the ability to sense and imagine), and the reasoning soul (which includes nous or the capacity for insight). Out of the three types of souls, Aristotle believed that the reasoning soul may not die, unlike the other two. Dr. Erwin said, “Nous is a kind of thinking that exists when it is thinking about its objects, because its objects exist always.” In other words, nous exists eternally because the objects of its thought exist eternally. What are these objects? In Aristotle's view, they were intelligible. He often used

mathematical objects and geometrical relationships as examples of eternal objects that were created by thinking them. But, in my opinion, the objects also include abstract concepts like morality and God, which exist forever. I’ll discuss each in turn. Before I do that, though, I would like to add two more points for eternity after death. I interviewed Fr. Cristóbal, the university chaplain, asking him about his personal evidence for life after death, and he replied, “Every culture I ever heard of, or most cultures, have some notion of surviving bodily death . . . I do think there’s a collective wisdom, I do think that there is something in human experience that is aware of this, so it does turn out across cultures.” Something else to ponder is the question, “What is the meaning of life if death awaits no matter how we live?” Another universal concept is morality, which is our sense of right and wrong. Ask yourself these yes or no questions: Would you say that torturing babies for fun is morally wrong? Do you have any doubt that torturing babies for fun is morally wrong? Do you think that every mentally sane person would share the same answers with you? We don’t need anyone to give us a lecture as to why torturing babies is wrong because we intuitively know it is. This is one of the main arguments for morality as a universal concept.

But who engraved this moral intuition in us? Some argue that we developed morality due to our social nature and living in communities. We care for each other, and therefore, we establish rules that keep us from harming each other. Dr. Frank Turek, a renowned apologist who visits colleges around the U.S, countered this argument in a YouTube video titled “A Challenge to the Moral Argument.” Student: “We are giving and we care about each other.” Dr. Turek: “Why is that good?” Student: “Why is that good? Because it helps our species survive.” Dr. Turek: “Why is it good to survive?” S t u d e n t : “Because then we can propagate and move on as a species and continue to exist.” Dr. Turek: “So, why is that a good thing? Who said?” In other words, we initially had an objective moral law that claimed we must be loving and caring for each other. We ourselves couldn’t establish that law, because we needed the understanding of love in the first place. So, who established that law? The only option I can see is that a supernatural being, outside of our limitations of time, space, and matter, established these laws and engraved morality in us. This supernatural being initiated everything we know of, not just morality, and was the uncaused first cause, or the cause of everything that itself was never caused by anything. I’ll call Him God.

“Every culture I ever heard of, or most cultures, have some notion of surviving bodily death . . . I do think there’s a collective wisdom, I do think that there is something in human experience that is aware of this, so it does turn out across cultures.”

Now, do we listen to our morality? To be honest, not all the time. We are liars, cheaters, self-obsessed, haters, you name it. I’m going to take you further now, and you might feel offended or disgusted with me after this discussion. Although the following discussion entails my personal views, I hope you find a kernel of truth in them. You will have a lot of objections and questions, but seek the truth and take a look at the list of resources below. When we step over the standards God set, which we all do, there must be consequences, right? If there were no consequences for our wrongdoings, there would be no concept of justice. The initiator of justice must have been God, the lawmaker. If He wasn’t just, He wouldn’t be God and justice would not exist. The ultimate consequence is death, as we see with COVID-19 and throughout all human history. Everyone dies, because everyone broke the law. To some, God grants eternal life after physical death. (At this point, throw out your perception of heaven as a place with baby angels playing on golden harps, please and thank you). This select group of people realize that God, the ultimate One, was willing to take the consequence of death on Himself. The judge decided to take the death penalty in order to save the one charged guilty. Why would He do this? Simply out of love. So, if you accept this love, ask for God’s pardon, and strive to do better daily, you will live eternally with Him. Resources: Frank Turek, Ravi Zacharias, Nabeel Qureshi, R.C. Sproul, Ken Ham, and The Bible



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How We live with one another Post-Election

By Lori Huertas

I heard someone comment that Election Week felt like it never ended. I have to agree. Even during one of my remote classes at Barry University as the professor was teaching on Nov. 4, many of us could not resist temptation to type to one another in the chat section as states were changing colors from red to blue and vice versa. Many of us had sleepless nights awaiting the results. No matter what political side people chose, a level of uncertainty existed. We appeared to be a nation divided. The world was watching. As a resident of the state of Florida it became clear that division existed from city to county. As the final results came in for the state of Florida, some were excited, while others, including myself, were disappointed. However, hope and faith are traits that my dad’s mother, my “abuela” always reminded me of. As I type these words, our President and VP elect have been announced. Congratulations Joe Biden and Kamala Harris! For many of us, this brings a sense of joy that for the next few years the USA can make positive changes together. However, in this, many will be tempted to become divided by resisting change. One example of this is the refusal of some to wear masks and social distance, even

though the Biden and Harris administration has reminded us that COVID is still real and a threat to our health. The temptation to become divided exists but as we embrace our cultural diversity, we can overcome this by viewing the United States as a beautiful stew of different ingredients as opposed to a melting pot. I was born in New York but moved to Puerto Rico where I was raised. I completed elementary, middle and half of high school there. When I was a sophomore in high school, we moved to Virginia. This was a culture shock for me. I was the only Hispanic girl in a school of 500. I felt rejected by both white and black students. I was constantly asked if I was mixed and bullied. I remember wanting to join the student council at the time and being told that they preferred boys because they made better leaders and that I should just join the Home Economics Club. Today I smile because I am not only a member of several groups that were historically predominantly male, I am demonstrating that instead of being divided, together we can achieve more. My expectation is that our 2021 President Biden along with VP Harris, our first female black Indian in that role, can set an example that it is not about gender or race, it is about wanting to empower our country to work together as a positive example for the rest of

the world. Barry University’s mission statement reminds us of our humanity and our Christian brotherhood that no matter who is in government that we should never lose sight of the big picture. In thinking about the big picture, Barry University’s amazing Transformational Leadership Development frameworks comes to mind. Barry University undergraduate students have an opportunity to reflect on key questions of discernment during their four years. During the first year this includes contemplating on the: -Sense of belonging that is fostered through the Barry University school spirit -Importance of a healthy lifestyle -Difference between service and volunteerism -Personal leadership styles (you can look at the last Buccaneer issue on Myers-Briggs) -Importance of spiritual and personal discernment -Personal talents through career exploration Sophomores and juniors have an opportunity to further explore their interests, develop empathy with peers, foster respect in their community, learn the importance of compassion, development commitments through joy and, finally, learn the importance

of leaving a legacy through an application of these vital character traits that are ethically important, no matter who is in government. Seniors are able to exhibit the Barry Spirit by mentoring underclassmen. During COVID-19, as an army mom I was interviewed and had an opportunity to speak about transformational leadership. One one of the veterans who interviewed me became so impressed about Barry University’s values that he did not turn his University of Central Florida application for a master’s in social work and instead applied to ours and is now a leader of Barry University’s MSW. What’s more, many that listened and were touched by how we not only list transformational leadership on our website, but how students faculty and staff apply it every day. This is what sets us apart. May we be reminded of our big picture. When I graduated from that high school I mentioned earlier, I felt free. I remember my dad, hugging me and saying “Hija, puedes lograr lo que sea”…”My daughter, you can accomplish anything.” This is my dream for our country. May we see the best in one another, support each other and truly be a “United” States of America.





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