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UH Maui College Student to Represent Valley Isle at Scholar Laureate Program in China


Austin Van Heusen, a junior and honors student at University of Hawai‘i Maui College (UHMC), will represent Maui County at the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) Delegation on Engineering & Technology in Beijing and Shanghai, China, from May 27 to June 9. He is the first student from Maui to be nominated and accepted into this rigorous and prestigious engineering program. Full story

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Be a Jerk


Did you know: if you assist with giving a minor a place to consume alcohol, you can be arrested and criminally charged? Were you aware that alcohol related deaths among teens are five times higher than deaths due to all illegal drugs combined? 86% of teens in Hawaii say that alcohol is relatively easy to obtain. Underage drinking is a problem in Maui County. The MEO (Maui Economic Opportunity) staff saw this pressing issue as a good reason to hold a meeting to discuss what the community can do to solve this problem. Full story

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No ‘Nerfing’ Around Here

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If you were surrounded by zombies and all you had was a pistol loaded with foam bullets—well, now what? Camaraderie, fun and some serious exercise is what the Nerf Club here at UH Maui College is all about. With a devoted membership, a passionate club president and a storied three-year history, these students definitely aren’t “nerfing” around.  Full story

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Car Lovers Get Revved Up At UHMC Annual Autofest


It seems like every year in the UHMC parking lot in the month of March, gloomy storm clouds loom overhead and the crackle of thunder roars throughout the skies. Just like last year though, the crackle of thunder wasn’t coming from the clouds above, it was coming from all the show cars at the annual UHMC Autofest on Sunday, Mar. 23. Full story

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Living Life Without Limbs

Finding peace without perfection

Maui has been buzzing for months with some exciting news: Nick Vugicic is coming here to speak! If you follow him on Facebook or have seen his videos on YouTube, you know he is the man without limbs who is always smiling and sharing words of inspiration. His physical appearance was the source of his story; he was bullied, fell into depression and attempted suicide at a very young age. The years have taught him pain, happiness, thankfulness, forgiveness and love. He wants others be inspired to live a life they love. Full story

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It’s Not All Greek to Them: Phi Theta Kappa

Do you want to wear that awesome, golden regalia on your college graduation? I know I do. If you do as well, do well in your studies and sign up to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa. UHMC has a number of great resources and organizations, and Phi Theta Kappa is one of them. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society organization on campus that recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of 2-year college students. Full story


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When Hunger Strikes, Head to the Pā‘ina Building


Do you hear your stomach grumbling as your professor is giving a lecture? Are you sitting in class just focusing on how hungry you are? I know there have been many times in my college career where I am so hungry that all I can think about is food. My fellow hungry students, there’s an end in sight for these hungry times: the campus cafeteria. Full story

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Five Great Apps for College Students

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Do you have a smartphone? Do you check your Instagram or Facebook accounts when you are bored in class? Rather than wasting your time on these social apps, how about trying out one of these academic apps to help you survive college?  Full story

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Dark Souls II Reveiw

‘Dark Souls II’

Since their inception, video games have had a hard time proving themselves as an art form. Too many people view it as just a game and form of youthful entertainment, and don’t see it among the ranks of artistic quality such as cinema. While indeed it is true that not every video game is a work of art—anybody who has played a round of tennis in Wii Sports will agree—every so often, there comes a game that shows us that video games can indeed be a medium of modern art. Dark Souls II is one of those rare games. Full story

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Divergent Review

‘Divergent’ is a Futuristic—Albeit Slow—Thrill Ride

Divergent depicts a society comprised of five factions of virtue; a façade of thrilling adventures based on the dystopian trilogy of young adult novels written by Veronica Roth. The protagonist, Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) is a forbidden “Divergent” in Apocalyptic Chicago. Here, there is no urban renewal; there is only urban sprawl and damage from a war fought 100 years prior. Tris is a teenager and the time has come for her to choose a faction for life. Full story

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‘300: Rise of an Empire’ is Larger Than Life

'300: Rise of an Empire' is a very exciting movie, so get your popcorn early because you will not want to miss a single scene. Each scene is a cinematic marvel, very reminiscent of the original 300. The characters in this prequel are possibly the most exciting you’ll see on-screen in 2014.  And they should be; they come to us directly from the very foundations of our history and our society.  Full story



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Net Neutrality is Dead

Net Neutrality is dead. But don’t give up hope yet!

In a federal court ruling dated Jan. 14, Verizon won its case when they challenged the Net Neutrality laws that were up until then enforced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). But what is Net Neutrality? Net Neutrality is a term more commonly used than the FCC’s “Open Internet” laws but they’re the same thing. Full story

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Opinion: Moving Forward

Sometimes you’re given an assignment in school or at your job where you have a sudden change of heart somewhere in the process. It’s a strange feeling where something dormant inside of you wakes up, and you feel like what you’re doing in the moment just isn’t right. Full story