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Honors College freshman remembered as spunky, compassionate and humble

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Jael Valencia, who passed in November 2016

Photo courtesy of Legnay Fernandez.  As professor Mercedes Medina read the words of Jael Valencia, a Wolfson Campus Honors College student, she had no idea the trouble they foreshadowed. “The one thing I would change about my life right now if I could, would be having separated parents,” the 18-year-old […]

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Politicking for the GOP

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Marlon Montero at a rally against Hilary Clinton.

Photo courtesy of Omar Negrin / The Reporter. Marlon Montero calls himself a surrogate of the Grand Old Party. The 18-year-old freshman political science student took a stand in this turbulent electoral season and started a new political student organization: Miami Dade College Republicans—Kendall Campus. “I’m very proud to lead […]

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Boot camp program offers young offenders a second chance

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the boot camp's bunk beds, where cadets sleep.

Photo courtesy of Omar Negrin / The Reporter. Russell Gerald listens attentively to his professor during a North Campus manufacturing construction class. His shorn head, black jacket, slacks, white dress shirt and thin tie set him apart from his classmates who are dressed in jeans and T-Shirts. The attire marks Gerald […]

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Bilbao leaves legacy of art and kindness

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Maria 'Toni' Bilbao in 2009

Photo courtesy of MDC Media Services.  With 156 students enrolled, empty offices and ongoing construction, Maria ‘Toni’ Bilbao paved the way for West Campus since its opening in 2006. From furnishing the building and covering its walls with artwork to hiring staff and touching the hearts of students and colleagues, […]

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‘He-man’ running for state senate seat

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Professor Christian Schlaerth

Photo courtesy of Jaynell Perera / The Reporter. Christian Schlaerth walks into the classroom at North Campus with a stone-cold face as Rage Against the Machine blasts through his earphones. The moment the clock hits 6:40 p.m., he takes them off, fixes his American flag blazer and begins his lecture […]