Mapping a path to relief for Puerto Rico: Miami efforts reach island

Zahilyn Allred anxiously waited over a week before she received the call. “My dad finally called after he borrowed a coworker’s phone at the hospital,” Allred said. “My grandmother’s house was heavily damaged, but she’s okay. And with my dad working at the hospital, he was safe too. It was incredibly painful to wait for that call, though.” Allred, a graduate assistant in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, is from Puerto Rico, where her father, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends all experienced Hurricane Maria in her small hometown of Santa Isabel. But, even after hearing that everyone was okay,...

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Pearson’s secret garden is out of season

“Have you seen the secret garden yet?” First-year botany student Jess Lyons had not yet seen the fabled garden, but she was intrigued. She walked to Pearson Hall, and, with the unfamiliarity of a first-year student in their first week of classes, tried to find her way to the basement.  She walked through the newly narrow and winding hallways, stopping each time she came upon a staircase only to discover it was blocked off just before reaching the basement. Finally, she found the one staircase that remained open.  But, instead of finding the garden she had imagined, Jess came...

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After Trump’s immigration order, 27 MU students unsure of futures

On Jan. 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations. As hundreds of people were detained in airports across the country in the first days of the order and thousands more protested the ban, 27 Miami students and a small population of Miami faculty wondered what this means for their futures. It is important to note that all of the students contacted for this story who are personally affected by the executive order were hesitant to be interviewed, even anonymously, for fear of retribution in the current politically tense environment....

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