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Editor-in-chief, Azhmir Acosta, discusses the steps of producing the student newspaper. The student based staff holds weekly meetings in order to ensure that story and photo assignment meetings are scheduled in order for students to become involved.

Taste of StMU


Pasta Salad by Gabriela Hernandez

Videography and Production by Jasmine Garcia

Gabriela Hernandez is a senior criminal justice major at St. Mary’s University. She learned how to cook through her culinary arts teacher in high school and her sister. She enjoys cooking for her family and friends.


  • Parmesan cheese
  • Kraft Free Zefty Italian dressing
  • 4.25 oz can Baby Corn
  • 14.5 oz can Artichoke Hearts
  • 14.5 oz can Hearts of Palm salad cuts
  • 16 oz bag of mixed frozen vegetables (carrots, water chestnuts and broccoli)
  • 16 oz bag Garden Rotini pasta


First you fill a medium sized pot with water and boil at high temperature. Once the water is at a boiling point, pour the pasta into the boiling water. If it looks like the water is about to overflow, pour some of the water out into the sink. While the pasta is cooking, microwave the frozen vegetables for about 4-5 minutes with two tablespoons of water in a microwaveable bowl. Then, cut the hearts of pam and baby corn into small bite size pieces. Pour the hearts of palm and baby corn into a large bowl. Mix it all together with a large cooking spoon. Pour the italian dressing and parmesan cheese (as desired) and mix. 6-8 servings.

Tarek Vaughters-Haywood is a student who transferred from St. Mary’s University to UTSA. He balances school with training in the fire fighter department while managing his photography company, Just Reflect. His dedication and commitment lead to the growing success of his company. Vaughters-Haywoods enjoys having a busy schedule because it prepares him for the future.

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[3] A variety of items that define a student’s interest and personality – glamour, Hollywood, class, religion and beauty.
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Esther Leal, junior Music major, shares her reasons why practice is perfect. The multi-talented junior reveals that practice can be done anytime of the day and how it can be done just for fun.

There were many new skills that I learned by completing this audio project. First and foremost, preparing questions before an interview that could potentially become an interesting story. Otherwise, the interview will consist of random comments and not flow well. Second, editing the audio with patience. Some interviewees may have long pauses and “ums,” so having good skills in editing will help the audio flow smoothly with natural transitions.

If given a second chance on this assignment, I would prepare better questions that will lead to interesting responses. I would also go edit out the “um” that I missed that was right in the middle of a response. And, of course, I would try to be more comfortable conducting the interview.

The most challenging part of this assignment was the editing. I was nervous about using Final Cut Pro because the program has never been my friend. I overcame this challenge by seeking help and advice. I’m the kind of person who tries to figure it out for myself but, in this case, I found it helpful to just ask. (Thank you, Austin Newton.)

In total, it took me two to three hours to complete this project from start to finish.

English Communication Arts major, Sarah Mills, gives us her reasons for choosing her major and her university involvement. While academics and career choice may be of greater importance, Mills reveals her goals of traveling and dreams with use of her strongest skills.