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Cuban refugees share opinions


Family are the people who love and care for you through every obstacle endured. They’re the first ones you want to see after a long, hard day at work. They can make you laugh and cry at the same time.

“(My aunt) didn’t recognize her own father since he had been gone for a year,” part Cuban Annie Aguiar said.

Living in Cuba is not like living in the U.S. There are young boys sent to wait in breadlines, in hopes that they’ll receive some food for the day. Work camps are set up for adults to work in before they gain their freedom. There is a communist dictator ruling over every aspect of citizens’ lives.

“Communism is one of those things that looks good on paper, but never works out in practice and all it does is cause people to suffer,” Aguiar …
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Pokémon Go app posing as a safety hazard and distraction for players


“Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.”

This is the warning that “Pokémon Go” displays as users are opening the application to go hunt Pokémon. “Pokémon Go” is an app for iPhone and Android devices that connects the virtual world of Pokémon to the real world. Players must travel to real locations to catch Pokémon in order to join a team and battle.

Indiana University student and dorm floor counselor Sara Miller came home last week after spending two months in London to find teenagers wandering around campus absorbed in Pokémon.

“The first night I was back I just went for a walk around campus because I missed being on campus and I missed Indiana,” Miller said. “Everywhere I went there were nerdy teenage boys staring at their phones and I was like ‘what are you doing?’ They …
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A New Culture is brought to Indianapolis


Excitement, anxiety and trepidation. In anticipation for her French exchange student to arrive, Gabi Hanahan, junior at Cathedral High School, felt the eagerness engulf her.

Hanahan’s French exchange student, Marie, is from Lyon, France, and stayed with Hanahan and her family for two and a half weeks in April.

“My mom was really nervous about our exchange student coming because we have never done anything like that,” Hanahan said.

She has always aspired to host a French exchange student, but she had planned to be involved in the program during her junior or senior year. However, she ended up hosting Marie her sophomore year because it was the right time for Hanahan’s family, and it felt academically easier for Hanahan.

Marie and many other French students shadowed their hosts through their school classes everyday.

“I felt anxious about spending time with (Marie), but it was …
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Student leaves public school for online educational opportunity


Whether it’s the mixture of religions, diverse population of students or issues with faculty, there are many reasons to leave a public school. For Shannon Livengood, this decision was not made based on the more commonly occurring issues, but was instead made when students began to disturb the learning environment she wanted.

When talking about her experience, Livengood said, “I felt that the silliness that my peers had in the classroom was detracting from my learning and wasting time,” which was a major issue for her.

After having sat through many class periods she described as a “waste of time,” Livengood said she felt “boys are dumb,” being the “bigger percentage of the problem.” This, she believed, was a result of the “motivational gap” that existed between the group of male and female students in her school after observing that the female …
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Illuminati Confirmed?


Theories about who the present-day Illuminati are include lizards from the moon and secret government societies.

Adam Weishaupt, an 18th century Bavarian, founded the original group of people known as the “Illuminati.” The Illuminati, based on the Freemasons, had its own hierarchy, while participating in mysterious trials.

In the late 1880s, the government banned Weishaupt’s Illuminati.  During post-war America,  right-wing agitators claimed clandestine groups were planning a communist world government known as “The New Order,” which led to the revival of the Illuminati.

The spreading and advancement of the internet and social media led to conspiracy theorists gaining a more global platform to spread beliefs and evidence.

Most theories associate world leaders and people who own the top grossing global companies with being a part of the illuminati.

“I think a lot of celebrities are (part of Illuminati) and that’s how they got so famous out of nowhere,” …
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Married students offer a glimpse into their lives


Eating in the dining hall. Going out to football games with friends. Studying late at night for an exam. Tatiana and Will DeWitt live like college students, but with a twist — they are married.

On Valentine’s Day 2014, 18-year-old Tatiana Adams DeWitt and 21-year-old Will DeWitt tied the knot at a Chicago courthouse, declaring their love eternal.

“We met when I was a senior in high school and she was a freshman,” Will said. “We were in our high school newspaper class, and pretty much the first day I was highly attracted to her. I came up to her and said, ‘If you ever need anything, give me a call.’ And I gave her my number.”

After completing high school, Will went to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for a year. Will said having a relationship with Tatiana was hard, but …
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Six Seconds


When 16-year-old Stephanie Kozlowski stepped into her car Easter morning 2016, she thought she would be going on a routine coffee run.

Drivers ages 16-19 are more likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents than any other age group. In nearly 60 percent of these cases, the accident occurs because of distracted driving in the six seconds before the crash. Kozlowski knows a lot can happen in six seconds.

“I had gone to Starbucks and had drinks for my family balanced on a tray,” Kozlowski said. “I made a right hand turn out of the driveway and onto the road.”

That was when the coffee started to spill.

“I was trying to stop the tray from tipping over,” Kozlowski said. “As I leaned down to get it off the floor, I took the wheel with me.”

In the seconds it took to reach over, …
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Female broadcaster takes on a growing role in the sports world


The field sprawled out before Kendall Smith. It radiated out in every direction, a limitless expanse of green where the football players would later face off. A roaring crowd encircled the field, so tightly packed together that each screaming fan seemed no more than a noisy speck of color.

The excitement was contagious ─ but Smith wasn’t catching on. She was too fixated on the broadcasters on the field. As each one put on his or her most winning smile to begin filming, a realization struck Smith.

“Just seeing that made me realize that I want to be a sports broadcaster,” Smith said. “It’s so cool, and I love sports, and they’ve just always been a part of my life since childhood.”

However, the path to fulfilling this dream has not been easy, especially because men refuse to take her seriously as …
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Heart transplant survivor Christina Cinca tells her story


Christina Cinca cradled the 8 ounce, fist sized object. She held in her hands the very heart that had been pumping blood inside her body hours earlier.

The Diagnosis

Christina Cinca is a sophomore at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Florida. When Cinca was 7 years old she was diagnosed with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. According to Medscape, RCM is a heart condition in which the walls are rigid, and the heart is restricted from stretching and filling with blood properly. Cinca said her pediatrician discovered she had an irregular heartbeat and suggested further testing.

“My pediatrician suggested we go to a doctor in Orlando,” Cinca said. “He did a bunch of tests and told us it was something more serious than they initially thought. Ever since then, I’ve been going to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital with Doctor Fricker. He was the …
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Behind the scenes at the Wells-Metz, stage managers make the show go on


Marianne Dashwood, the younger of the two Dashwood sisters, sits at the piano in front of pages of yellowed sheet music. After being expelled from her home once her father passed, the Dashwoods relocate to the cottage of a relative; Marianne has been asked to play the piano at a small gathering. Her hands float over the keys.

But, like the baby one character will later give birth to, the cranberry juice masquerading as wine and the thunderstorm composed of lights and sounds, the piano is fake.

When the actress who plays Marianne in this production of “Sense and Sensibility” presses the keys, nothing but silence emits from the piano. But with a well-timed word, the sonata that one of Marianne’s love interests, Colonel Brandon, will compliment her upon comes from the speakers of the Wells-Metz Theatre.

That’s Alex Allen’s job.

Allen, in addition to stage managing this production of “Sense and Sensibility” for Indiana University’s professional summer theater company, is an undergraduate student one semester from completing his studies in theater at IU.

For the almost three-hour run time of the show, Allen sits two levels above the house floor at his roost while calling the show. “It’s long, intricate. It still stays fresh every time you see it,” he said. “The more you see it, the more you get it.”

While he watches the show he follows along in …
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