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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


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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...

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


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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...

The Rigged Market of Selling and Buying Art

The Rigged Market of Selling and Buying Art

Megan Foster

August 20, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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,...

Teen Sleep Deprivation Hinders Academic Progress

Teen Sleep Deprivation Hinders Academic Progress

Ashley Perry, Staff Writer

October 25, 2016


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We have all experienced the feeling of exhaustion, a desire to close our eyes and fall into a deep, peaceful slumber. Sometimes we might feel this way in the middle of class, at work, or even throughout our entire daily lives. Teenagers are the most susceptible to this feeling. They might lay their heads...

Pokemon Go Distraction Can Be Dangerous

Pokemon Go Distraction Can Be Dangerous

Jessica Diana, Staff Writer

August 22, 2016


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Last month, the United States saw a major leap into the realm of augmented reality following the release of the mobile phenomenon Pokémon Go. The popular app immerses users in the world of Pokémon, requiring them to venture out of their homes in search of the well-known pocket monsters. The goal, as...

Keeping Busy Is Good for the Brain, Study Reports

Keeping Busy Is Good for the Brain, Study Reports

Jessica Coyne, Staff Writer

May 27, 2016


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In the global world of the present, the ability to relax became a foreign ideal that is almost impossible to comprehend. However, stretching brain muscles on a day-to-day basis may prove to be a healthy endeavor. The University of Texas at Dallas conducted a study where they examined 330 healthy participants...

High Schools Failing to Prepare Grads for the Reality of College Living

High Schools Failing to Prepare Grads for the Reality of College Living

Jessica Diana, Staff Writer

May 27, 2016


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With the newest wave of high school graduates preparing for a life in college, both students and their parents continue their pursuit of a successful transition into the real world. However, in recent years, expectant high school grads have felt much less prepared for the demanding course load that college...

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