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Stephen Freitas

Stephen Freitas

Stephen Freitas,
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August 27, 2017


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Taken for granted We as Americans take the most common things in this world for granted. We don’t even lift an eye to where these goods and services come from. The only thing on our mind is that we get them and that we can access them quickly. Here in Cuba, this is not the case. People can’t ju...

Mitch Scorza

Mitch Scorza

Mitch Scorza,
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August 27, 2017


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Salternative facts iAy que rico y sabor! Allow me to explain; in Latin American countries, this is a compliment mostly aimed at the food or “la comida.” In Cuba, the food has a bounty of flavor, but the phrase is not meant to describe only the food. This phrase is meant to showcase a lifes...

Juana Davila

Juana Davila

Juana Davila,
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August 27, 2017


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Paradise in a dark alley Old Havana is beautiful during the night; it’s like a never ending fiesta. Parents are out with their children, young couples are taking a stroll while street musicians work their magic, and others are huddled together in the wifi hotspot in front of the public library....

Hannah Childress

Hannah Childress

Hannah Childress,
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August 27, 2017


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Pride for the Malecón; neglect of the water beyond For many years the Malecón, which separates the city of Havana, Cuba from the Caribbean Sea, has been frequently used as a social gathering spot for residents of Havana. In previous years locals would use the water beyond the Malecón as an escape fro...

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown,
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August 27, 2017


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A Cuban is a Cuban In the United States, there are African Americans, Chinese Americans, Mexican Americans and many more Americans. Although it is not directly defined by race, wealth, livelihood and overall quality of life is differentiated culture to culture, neighborhood to neighborhood. In Hav...

Daniel Arevalo

Daniel Arevalo

Daniel Arevalo,
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August 24, 2017


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Expression of love and emotion From fifth grade to junior year of high school, I played the alto saxophone for the symphonic and jazz classes. I never loved it, however. I was always too timid to solo, too scared to risk being vulnerable in front of an audience.  My teachers always pushed me to t...

Daniel Larios

Daniel Larios

Daniel Larios,
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August 23, 2017


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First impression When you finally get to see that movie that’s been blowing up the box office or somehow manage to get a table at the hottest restaurant in the city, often times the hype gets built up so much that when you finally get to experience it, some of its panache is worn off and you’re...

Dance, dance, and viva la revolution

Dance, dance, and viva la revolution

Mitch Scorza,
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August 23, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

On the weekends, we were set loose and cut free to explore the city as liberated tourists. We put our school material on hold for a couple of days, as we worked so hard throughout the week. It was time to celebrate, as far as we were concerned. There was only one place to go and that place i...

Camille Sparkman

Camille Sparkman

Camille Sparkman,
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August 23, 2017


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Patriotism or die After arriving in Cuba, it did not take long to see how the Cubans honor the revolution that occurred over fifty-years ago. I saw many billboards and murals in and around Havana that praise the uprising efforts of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. One can see their faces painted on the s...

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta,
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August 23, 2017


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Life in the slow lane Life for the socialist citizens of Havana, Cuba moves at a different pace. In the land of 1950s vintage cars, slow internet, and even slower hospitality, it’s more than apparent that the people of Havana are on island time. As my fourth day in Havana comes to a close, I can...

Adam Murphy

Adam Murphy

Adam Murphy,
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August 23, 2017


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"No fotos por favor" Today was my third full day in Cuba, but my first as a photojournalist. Unlike other students on my trip to Cuba, I am not proficient in taking pictures on a professional camera. To make up for this our professor gave us a crash course class in about an hour. After which we we...

Perspective is always half of the battle

Perspective is always half of the battle

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor

August 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Study Abroad: Cuba

As I spend increasingly more time walking the streets and conversing with the people of Havana, I slowly begin to discover that the overall impression someone develops on a topic is almost entirely reliant on perspective, and only a very small part relies on the actual circumstance itself.  The concept...

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