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Student Veterans from Saint Leo University attended a national annual conference early in January; Student Veterans of America National Convention 2018 (NatCon) was held from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6 in San Antonio, Texas. The three-day conference was attended by approximately 2,500 student veterans and additional staff; there were 11 Saint Leo students and a staff member at the conference. This conference is the “largest annual gathering of student veterans, advocates, thought-leaders, stakeholders, and supporters in higher education in the world,” according to conference.studentveterans.org. “Last year, Saint Leo attended this conference for the first time with 14 students from campus,…

February is Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month. Gallbladder Cancer and Cholangiocarcinoma, also known as Bile Duct Cancer, are very rare types of cancer. According to a study done by the American Cancer Society, only about 8,000 people are diagnosed with Bile Duct Cancer a year. As for Gallbladder Cancer, four out of every 10 people are diagnosed every year. For this reason, it is even more crucial that persons educate themselves on the symptoms. But first, what is the gallbladder? What is a bile duct? And does everyone even have one? The gallbladder is a small organ that…

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, many organizations around the world help raise awareness for the cause. The National Cervical Cancer Coalition, NCCC, make it their mission to spread the word across the United States about cervical cancer, especially the importance of detecting it. NCCC provides many resources to educate those who are unfamiliar with this type of cancer. According to Women’s Health, it is recommended to get a vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV) because many cervical cancer cases are caused due to a woman contracting the infection. Also, regular pap tests can help early detection of…

From Friday, Feb. 23, to Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, the Girl Scout Organization will celebrate their annual Girl Scout Cookie weekend.  This organization, which commenced March 12, 1912, has around 1.8 to 2.6 million girls and 800,000 adults, according to Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida. According to The Girls Scouts of the United States of America, Girl Scout Cookie weekend allows the girls to showcase their G.I.R.L (Go- Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker and Leader skills) as they sell the cookies. It is also a fundraiser that would assist the girls in their activities all year-round. The founder of The Girl Scout…

The following article depicts the history of the sales of Girl Scout cookies. This information was obtained from Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida. The Girl Scout cookies sales began in the year 1917.   It commenced in the mini kitchens and ovens of the girls and their moms as voluntary work. According to the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, the primary purpose of the sale of cookies was to finance troop activities. Also, the first location of cookies sold was in high school cafeterias as a service project. As time progressed in the 1920s, Girl Scouts in various parts of the…

Months have passed since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the United States Virgin Islands; however, to this day the aftermath is still being felt ever since the two Category 5 storms rampaged through the islands September of last year. After the devastating hurricanes, the islanders were left without electricity. The New York Times reported that as of late December, approximately one-quarter of the territory still lacked cellphone service. However, it was not until Jan. 9, nearly four months after the hurricanes hit that 92 percent of peoples’ power was restored; however, this was a vast improvement since a month…

Genetically engineering embryos used to be science fiction, but with new technology, it has become a growing reality for future parents. For those who wonder if this is ethical, Julian Savulescu from Oxford University proposes to look at the thought of helping your child’s health. According to Science News, online blog, Savulescu compares it to being the same as getting vaccinations or giving a child medicine. Savulescu argues that parents must keep their children healthy. He mentions if there is a way to keep them from getting diseases or cancer, then they should take the steps to ensure they don’t.…

History of Puerto Rico’s Economic Downfall Puerto Rico has been in recent turmoil since Hurricane Irma and Maria hit the island. But truth be told, Puerto Rico has been in an economic crisis for several years now, as they have faced a huge recession. but with 74 billion dollars in debt right now, Puerto Rico is going through an even more publicized crisis. This U.S. territory had been acquired by America after the Spanish American war, and being a territory may have some economic impact on Puerto Rico. And Dr. Lucia Farriss, instructor of economics at Saint Leo University, agreed…

Puerto Rico has come a long way since the hit of Hurricane Maria. FEMA has reported a month and half after Maria, that 92 percent of cell service has been restored, 41 percent of powers was restored, and 81 percent of citizens now have access to clean water. On Dec. 8, more than two months and a half after Maria hit, 68 percent of power needed on the island was restored and only 7 percent of customers lack access to clean water, according to Bloomberg. Also, Fox News, said that 1,000 of businesses remain closed due to the conditions. However,…

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