Halloween for Dummies

Halloween has come around, and once again, many high school students find themselves without plans. Are we just too old for trick-or-treating, or are we forgetting the joy of free candy?
When getting spooked by weird costumes just isn’t on the agenda anymore, we can rely on real terror: horror books! Alone time is the best reading time, especially in a dark room with an overhead light and a fuzzy blanket to cuddle up with. Horror stories, especially popular ones like The Shining by Stephen King or The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, can become anyone’s best friend.
A scary movie night with your friends or just yourself, some popcorn, and maybe even chocolate would also be a Halloween well spent. For people like the fellow MLEC student Dayana Couso who “rather see the movie than read the book” there are great titles like “Insidious: Chapter 2” and “Friday the 13th” or the trendy TV show “American Horror Story” are available on both Hulu and Netflix. Other more recent options available on Redbox are “Oculus” and “A Haunted House 2”, which offers a comic twist to traditional terror.
If you, like the majority of the high school population, have a week’s worth of homework piling up in the corner, or you need to catch up on sleep, then Halloween is the perfect time to get ahead; “I sleep about as much as a fish” said PACE student Josvany Lesende. A group of friends could get together, form a study group, and review notes while snacking on some Cheetos and Skittles. That big test coming up wouldn’t be so intimidating with a good Halloween study session, would it?
Now for crafty people, a fun way to get busy is to make a haunted house. Create a fun, spooky ambiance right in your front yard with the help motion activated laughing skulls, black drapes, and spider webs. Hide behind bushes and scare the ghosts out of people, but try not to give little kids nightmares.
And don’t forget: trick-or-treating is never out of the picture, even in our teenage years. There’s always the possibility of rounding up a good group of friends and strolling the streets of the neighborhood while collecting some candy here and there.
Whether you’re alone or with a rowdy group of friends, Halloween should be spent doing the things you enjoy with people you like; watching a movie or going to a Halloween themed park, it’s all about being comfortable and having fun.
-Boo from the Crew

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Hispanic Heritage Show

A group of MLEC students sing Paradise by Alicia Keys in Spanglish.
A group of MLEC students sing Paradise by Alicia Keys in Spanglish.
The Hialeah Middle School band always delights us with their music and they have once again at this year's Hispanic Heritage Show
The Hialeah Middle School band always delights us with their music and they have once again at this year’s Hispanic Heritage Show
After such a good performance us Hispanic friends united at the closest Chick-Fil-A to share some laughs and reminisce over the show.
After such a good performance us Hispanic friends united at the closest Chick-Fil-A to share some laughs and reminisce over the show.

What It’s Like to be Fifteen

Being fifteen is like being in coming of age hell. All those movies and books about it being the most dramatic point in your life are right; tears and emotions overcome you like an unstoppable ton of bricks. It usually feels like parents and friends and teachers are all against you. No one really understands how you feel and why you feel that way. Grades, family, college, social life – these are all things that need to be handled while in a state of overwhelming stress. In reality we’re all working towards one common goal: an easy way to pass high school.

A ‘vampire op’ let me breathe again: How surgeons drain all your blood so lung clots can be removed 

MEDIC FINDER

Annette Malocco, from the West Midlands, had blood clots in her lungs
Condition was causing major breathing difficulties, diminishing quality of life 
She was offered operation at Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire
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The Graffiti Run

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The Graffiti Run in Key Biscayne, Miami was held this past Sunday, October 12, 2014 as a fun family day for everyone from green grand-parents next to pink college students; yellow marathon runners alongside blue children; orange moms next to purple unicorns.

My friend and fellow school collegue Laura Romero was just web browsing when she came upon this fun activity held in our city and better yet, we could volunteer!

Five of us, including me, committed to attending the run and everything worked just as we planned. We got our stuff together and woke up at the crack of dawn on a SUNDAY! The day invented thousands of years ago for the sole purpose of sleeping in and relishing in our passion of doing asbolutely NOTHING! Buuut we got our stuff together and by 7 am we were heading down to Key Biscayne. We got there, signed in, got our white “Graffiti Run The Colorful 5K” shirts and we were set. Soon after we picked our color and in a few moments station Pink was in the back of a truck to where the paint throwing would be held.

After a few chill moments, a bit of water drinking, granola bar eating, the first of the runners started coming by. The 70 lbs tin of pink powder were flowing everywhere and not even half way through the run they were done. A lot of volunteers, all teens, were having fun with the powder throwing it at themselves. A pink cloud of powder -making it seem like all pictures had a pink filter-  was among us. The air got thick and hard to take in, our ears, nostrils and lips were powder filled. Sunglasses and eyelashes betraying their purpose of protection because they too harbored pounds of powder.

The Run was all we expected and more -except the part where we had to walk a mile back to our sign in station and the scarcity of bottled water-, a time in between friends where we bonded more than ever.