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Are Dual Enrollment Courses Worth the Effort?

Are Dual Enrollment Courses Worth the Effort?

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Many students around the country spend endless hours and nights cramming in rigorous material just so that they can enter the college of their choice. For many students living in the U.S., it’s a “hard, knock life” devoting themselves to their studies, rather than enjoying the last remaining years...

As Florida Renews Executions, the Debate Ramps Up

As Florida Renews Executions, the Debate Ramps Up

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

November 10, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the state of Florida executed death row inmate Patrick Hannon (53) via lethal injection for his involvement in the 1991 murder of two men. Hannon’s execution was the third to be carried out in Florida since August when the state made changes to it death penalty sentencing law...

FAU Grad Leyla Sharafi Working with United Nations on Behalf of Women Worldwide

FAU Grad Leyla Sharafi Working with United Nations on Behalf of Women Worldwide

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

October 27, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

With the media overly focused on the strife and contention that permeates international affairs, it is rare to hear of those who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others on a global scale. It is even more rare to discover that such a person has ties to the local community. One such...

Looking Back at National Hispanic Heritage Month

Looking Back at National Hispanic Heritage Month

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

October 21, 2017


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National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 through Oct. 15) is a time when Hispanics from across the country celebrate and recognize the important presence and endowments of Hispanics and Latino Americans to the United States. There are 4.3 million Hispanics living in Florida, and approximately one-third...

Intense 2017 Hurricane Season Attributed to Global Warming

Intense 2017 Hurricane Season Attributed to Global Warming

Ashley Perry, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

From Harvey to Irma to Jose to Maria to Nate, and now Ophelia battering Ireland of all places, this truly devastating hurricane season is currently affecting the lives of millions, maybe even tens of millions of people. Four powerful hurricanes have impacted the Atlantic and the United States in less...

More Teens Turning to Drugs As a Stress Reliever

More Teens Turning to Drugs As a Stress Reliever

Jack Berenzweig, Staff Writer

October 8, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

The days of competition for acceptance to the top universities are upon us as kids across the country pile on the accelerated courses. With that competition, come stress. To cope with that increased amount of stress, teens are turning to dangerous stress relievers in larger numbers. Among those dangerous...

How Much of the Money Donated to the Red Cross Actually Goes to Disaster Relief Remains in Question

How Much of the Money Donated to the Red Cross Actually Goes to Disaster Relief Remains in Question

Megan Foster, Staff Writer

October 7, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Is Red Cross 100% Reliable? One of the most prominent charities recognized by many is the American Red Cross, a non-profit organization devoted to emergency control and disaster relief. Over time, the Red Cross has afforded people the ability to hit restart on their lives after disasters have claimed...

The Rigged Market of Selling and Buying Art

The Rigged Market of Selling and Buying Art

Megan Foster

August 20, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but what force determines the worth of art? The process of pricing a piece may confuse those who are not involved in the art market. Therefore, it is understandable that the biggest area of concern lies in the value of art, and whether the financial benefits...

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Uses Athletes to Feature Different Body Types

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Uses Athletes to Feature Different Body Types

Mia Marks, Editor-In-Chief

February 14, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

As a society, we often associate the term “model” with women with perfect bodies and epitomize the definition of beauty. However, men and women featured in magazines, commercials, and other ads often display unrealistic body ideals that can give modeling a bad name. Starting in 2016, the Sports Ill...

The Aftermath of ACA Repeal Remains Uncertain

The Aftermath of ACA Repeal Remains Uncertain

Alexa Domash, Staff Writer

January 30, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010, much of our country thought we had finally found a way to ensure that “everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their healthcare.”   At least,...

Do Silly GoFundMe Pages Detract from the More Serious Ones?

Do Silly GoFundMe Pages Detract from the More Serious Ones?

Alyson Garcia, Staff Writer

December 10, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

Do you wish complete strangers would chip in for your new Mustang? Are you stuck with an ancient PS2 when you’re entitled to a new Xbox One? Are you desperate to make money but too lazy to get a job? If you answered “yes” to any of the aforementioned, you’re not alone. In fact, there’s a platform...

Too Much Caffeine Can Be Problematic for Teens

Too Much Caffeine Can Be Problematic for Teens

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

You stop at your nearest Dunkin` Donuts and order a medium iced coffee. You think that it’ll help you stay up and be alert for the day, but does it really? The consistent use of caffeine, which is found in chocolate, energy drinks, over-the-counter medications, caffeine pills, and of course, coffee,...

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