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Miami, November 20, 2008 - For many years, students have produced quality publications at Miami Dade College (MDC). In many cases, these pieces have gone on to win state and national awards. The latest student publication is the online magazine,

Produced under the tutelage of English professor and faculty adviser Dr. JoAnna Falco-Leshin, Wolfson Campus students from her CRW 2001 class, current and past, wanted a vehicle for self expression that was in their words, “cool.”  With limited funds and very nascent knowledge in producing an online publication, the students embarked on a journey to complete this project. They used their own or borrowed computers and tapped trial runs of Dream weaver, Photoshop, and Flash.  As one trial offer expired, they would download another trial on another computer, so they could continue. With Falco-Leshin’s help, they purchased some software to finish the magazine. 

“My introduction to the publication speaks to why we chose the ‘sacredness of language.’ We wanted a ‘meditation on language’ that would allow students to depict the ‘hell-bent’ and the heroic of human nature,” said Falco-Leshin who’s also an author. “However, the students rejected outright the graphic violence and unnecessary profanity that is common in many publications. The Buddha extolled the virtues of ‘right speech,’ and the students really wanted that concept to be an overarching theme.” 

The end result is Jehane Serralles was the editor. She’s a playwright whose work was presented in the publication.  In fact, her play received accolades at the Harvard Club (Harvard College). She was also recently in the New World School of the Arts’ production, The Women, and received great reviews. Adrian Martinez was the graphic designer and co-editor. He recently received a full scholarship to attend Ave Maria University in Naples. Spencer Nunamaker is a musician studying at MDC and is a remarkable composer and poet who provided his tracks to the magazine.

For more information, please contact Prof. JoAnna Falco-Leshin at (305) 237-3277 or

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