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Modification of old cars in Cuba

Modification of old cars in Cuba

Peter Wang,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

Watching the movie “Fast and Furious 8” was an amazing experience that bonded me with Cuba. As a petrol head, illegal street racing scene in the movies can always touch my heart, while this time it blew my mind by showing 1949 Chevrolets Fleetlin race 1956 Ford Crown Victoria on the ramshackle, h...

Everyday life in Cuba is simpler than you imagine

Everyday life in Cuba is simpler than you imagine

Stephanie Maniche,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

It is always interesting when traveling abroad to experience that first reality check, which confirms you are not home. Today, in Havana, Cuba it is expected you will see cars from the 1950s, a not-so-modern airport, and experience weather in the triple digits always accompanied by humidity. What wasn’t expe...

Tourism: Economic hope for Cuban people

Tourism: Economic hope for Cuban people

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

A crowd of people lines up against the Malecón near Old Havana late afternoon to wave goodbye to the cruise ship that came in earlier that week. People hold their phones up taking pictures with the ship as their background and even of it. This is the site every time a cruise ship says farewell and u...

“Patria o muerte:” Anti-colonial history and Cuba’s place in Latin America

“Patria o muerte:” Anti-colonial history and Cuba’s place in Latin America

Cristian Sanchez,
Contributor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Essays

In a forest of banner-less flagpoles, there stands a wall, a wall that boldly displays three simple yet powerful words in bright red: “¡Patria o muerte!” Even more curious than its placement amongst the aforementioned flagpoles, however, is what building this wall is directly facing. Head past t...

Stephanie Maniche

Stephanie Maniche

Stephanie Maniche,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Blogs

Reality check After deplaning at Havana Airport and going through security, it still had not sunk in that I was in Cuba. The humidity, intense heat and the accents were not enough to confirm that I had reached my destination. I didn’t know that in just a few moments, I would encounter my reality...

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Blogs

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...

Friendliness of Cuban people

Friendliness of Cuban people

Stephen Freitas,
Contributor

August 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Study Abroad: Cuba

Since coming to Cuba, I have noticed the difference in how the Cuban people interact with others. In particular, in the way that they interact with strangers on the streets. My observations have brought me to the conclusion that Cuba is what we would call a “high context’ society. This is a definition f...

‘America First’ will leave us last

‘America First’ will leave us last

Daisy Ortiz,
Contributor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Politics

I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Madrid, Spain for the 2015-2016 school year. Spain has experienced an economic recession since 2007 and yet I saw the people of Madrid — Madrilenos — going about their everyday lives with vigor: they still indulged in “tapas,” took their afternoon “...

Olympians inspire through historic performances

Olympians inspire through historic performances

Marissa Marshall,
Staff Writer

August 17, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Sports

The Olympics are a time when greatness happens: Records are broken, medals are won and the best athletes in the world compete against each other. Simone Manuel, Simone Biles and Michelle Carter made history not only for the United States, but for black women across the globe at the Summer Olympics...

U.S. report paints bleak picture of human rights

U.S. report paints bleak picture of human rights

Tracy Wilkinson,
Los Angeles Times

April 14, 2016


Filed under Metro, Politics

The Obama administration castigated China and Russia on Wednesday for their attempts to use legislation to criminalize basic expressions of free speech, religious practice and other civil liberties. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in releasing the State Department’s annual report on human rights in co...

Belgium bombing part of ISIS terror crusade

Belgium bombing part of ISIS terror crusade

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

March 29, 2016


Filed under Metro

Brussels, Belgium became the latest target of terrorism on Tuesday, when at least four suicide bombers attacked a major airport and metro station, killing 31 people and wounding over 230 others, according to The New York Times. At 7:58 a.m. on March 22, the first bomb struck the departure hall of Zav...

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