Driving through Miami, you may pass the beach, alive with music and parties. You may notice the endless variety of restaurants; mom-and-pop shops full of culture and a savory aroma that you cannot miss.

If you take a drive through the Miami suburbs, there may be something else you notice. A handful of “Trump 2020” signs in a single yard and ten-foot-tall “Trump 2020” flags. You may witness families that scold their children on the dangers of communism; they’re talking about the Democrats.

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As of 2019, 60% of the Cuban-American population lived in Florida with the majority living in South…


The fireplace is lit and the holiday lights sparkle as your family gathers to celebrate. There’s plenty of food, drinks, and desserts; maybe even a gift or two to open. To top it all off, there’s that family member of yours who always has something to say to embarrass or berate you.

It’s December and the time of the year where distant relatives come to visit and students make the trip home from college. But for many, the focus isn’t on the presents or treats, visions of nutcrackers are clouded by anxiety about verbal abuse or other forms of maltreatment.


Bring Me the Horizon (BMTH) is a band from the UK who debuted with their album Count Your Blessings in 2004 and their style has since changed tremendously. Post Human: Survival Horror was released this past October and is a perfect example for the change the band has undergone over the years.

When they first entered the scene BMTH was primarily a deathcore band with heavy guitar riffs and loud vocals. They remained within this genre but gradually “softened” their sound, a transition that is highlighted by their album That’s the Spirit, which was released in 2015. This album lacked…


The COVID-19 pandemic has many schools operating at a distance to ensure the safety of staff and students. While virtual learning protects students from contracting COVID-19 at school, it leaves them vulnerable to other invisible threats.

In Miami-Dade County, students and families complain that programs like K12 and Microsoft Teams make it more difficult to pay attention in class and study. Students who were comfortable with their usual school schedules struggle to adjust, sometimes leading to an increase in stress and anxiety.

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Ashley Kane, 32, is a mother to three children who attend school in Miami-Dade County. “My little kid…


The air is crisp on this day in March as Paige Daniels, a student at Florida Atlantic University, takes her Italian Greyhound, Alfie, for a walk after work. A field by her apartment is usually empty and the perfect place to let Alfie off of his leash for a walk — an active dog’s heaven. Her mind wanders as Alfie chases the local birds, until she hears the splash.

What Daniels quickly realized was Alfie had fallen into a nearby retention pond, and in true South Florida spirit, an alligator spotted its afternoon snack. …


When people think of the term “witch,” what may come to mind are pointy hats, flying broomsticks, large and smoking cauldrons, or other stereotypical images that have been portrayed through the ages. In reality, witches are real and so are their communities, practices, and histories. So what does Halloween mean for those who practice the occult?

Paganism has been on the rise in the U.S. and according to the Pew Research Center, in 2014, pagans and Wiccans made up approximately .4% of the American population; that’s about 1.5 million people. …


In children’s hospitals across the country, kids have been left isolated due to COVID-19 precautions. This summer, South Florida magicians came together to produce a short film, Grand Master Grady and his Magical Friends, to provide free entertainment for the affected children.

The show opened with “Grand Master Grady,” presented by Grady Jacobs, 13-year-old boy with autism. He wore a t-shirt that read, “Pick a Card, Any Card” paired with a classic white blazer. He stated that as the audience watches they “will learn a couple of magic tricks along the way.”

The first trick presented by Jacobs began with…


The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women met on Wednesday, October 28th. Members discussed future meetings and how those might be impacted by Governor DeSantis and what decisions he will make regarding COVID-19. The commission also discussed fundraisers and a donation to the Miami-Dade County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association.

The commission, like other Miami-Dade County organizations, has been meeting online to minimize COVID-19 risks. It is only legal for them to formally meet online because of an executive order renewed by Gov. DeSantis every month.

“There’s some rumors he will not be renewing it for November,” said Monica Skoko Rodríguez…

Gillian Manning

Gillian is a student journalist at Florida Atlantic University. She is passionate about human rights and mental health. Twitter: @gillianmanning_

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