Quaranteen romance

The onslaught of COVID-19 has led to the closure of schools, stores and restaurants in an effort to contain the disease's spread.

Yacob Reyes, Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2020

Outside, it’s warm and sunny. The wind rustles through the branches of palm trees, a sound that remains audible as cars stay parked in their driveways.  Inside a three-bedroom house in Carrollwood, sunlight peeks through the gaps of closed blinds ushering in the beginning of another day.&nb...

Buried In Silence: How the other half lives

Susana Matta, an unauthorized immigrant, has spent most of her life living in silence — bound shut by the fear of being deported. When the abuse began, Susana found herself torn between the realization of her worst fears and her need for justice.

Yacob Reyes, Editor-in-Chief

March 25, 2020

MIAMI — Juan was arrested today, Susana Matta wrote in her journal, shifting in her seat as though uncomfortable with sitting still. This is my worst nightmare and my most joyful dream clashing together. The walls of the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center were devoid of life. All the same, Su...

Social Media fitness: #Sad, #Hungry

Social Media fitness: #Sad, #Hungry

Wanda Mainard, Staff

February 25, 2020

As I was scrolling through Instagram after a long stressful day, I came across not one, but seven posts of celebrities promoting a 28-day detox called “Fit Tea.” I was concerned and felt a little sorry for their personal trainer who wakes them up at five in the morning to get a workout in, but it lef...

HCC’s new speech teacher helps students find their voice

D'Amico and her family enjoying the outdoors.

Jason Turner, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

Evie Simmons D'Amico feels blessed to be able to work in her hometown. D’Amico is a proud Plant City native who teaches speech at HCC. The majority of her classes are online, but her office is on the Plant City campus. As a high school student, D’Amico was a dual enrollment student at HCC. Upon...

Micaela Alba shares her passion with HCC

Micaela Alba instructs her class.

Jason Turner, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

Some teachers truly love what they do. Micaela Alba, the newest member of the veterinary technology team, is one such teacher. Voicing her enthusiasm, Alba says, “I love HCC and am so glad to be part of the veterinary technology program [to] help shape the future of veterinary technology.” Alb...

The secret life of an American cadaver

The secret life of an American cadaver

Amaryllis Rivera, Staff

October 30, 2019

Death is a tragic and undeniable part of every human’s life. What happens to our conscious entity is unknown. Surprisingly enough, there are many things that your body can potentially experience instead of rotting into nothingness six-feet under. For instance, you could end up in a University ...

Buried In Silence: Chasing the American dream

Susana Matta, an unauthorized immigrant, fears she will be deported. She has been living in the United States since she was 6 years old and is pursuing an education at HCC.

Yacob Reyes, Editor-in-Chief

October 28, 2019

Susana Matta has always been good at keeping secrets.  Since she was 6 years old, her parents told her the slightest slip of the tongue could lead to the end of their livelihood. So, she kept quiet. Her friends would often ask why she was so hesitant to partake in their reckless endeavors — why she ...

Why did the chicken cross the road?

An Ybor City chicken crossing the road.

Yacob Reyes, Editor-in-Chief

October 2, 2019

You've seen them on your way to school, strutting across the street with a puffed chest and a cocky attitude. They're unrestrained, oftentimes reckless and almost always vocal. One was accused of destroying property, a few have been caught engaging in “romantic frenzies” out in the open. Th...

After the Friday night lights

Lloyd Pidich Jr. casts a woeful stare as he waits for his next class to begin.

Yacob Reyes, Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2019

Lloyd Pidich Jr.’s life has never been free from disappointment. An absentee father. A lifetime with social anxiety. The death of his great-grandfather and hero, Charles Caruso.  Hidden beneath a ne’er-do-well attitude was a troubled spirit desperate to avoid being labeled a joke: a troubled ...

HCC student brings home the gold

HCC student Albis Amayab (center) brought home the gold medal at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games. The team photo includes (left to rigth) Andrew Smiley, Trevor Powell, Phomar Williams, Albis Amaya, Jamel Winton, Jherran Whittaker and Shaun Ebanks.

Emma Oliver, Hawkeye Staff

May 6, 2019

Hillsborough Community College international student Albis Amaya, headed off to Abu Dhabi for Spring break to participate in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games. He took home a gold medal, after winning in a nail-biting game against India. Amaya is from the Cayman Islands, the country he represented...

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