Another bad year

By: Yisseliz Rivera

October 18 2011 in Peñuelas, the baseball team of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus (UPRM) reached another year without entering the post season. This is the second consecutive years the UPRM baseball team has not made it to the Inter University Athletic League (best known by his acronym in Spanish as LAI or Justas) post season.

The LAI is a sport organization where many college institutions are members of. It was founded on January 1929 by professors of University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras campus, Interamerican University and the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus. This organization counts with 21 institutes of Puerto Rico, which includes all the campuses of the University of Puerto Rico system.

Under a hot sun, the UPRM baseball team had their last chance to get to the post season in a game against the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (UPCPR).

The initial pitcher from the UPRM team was Angel Maymi, letting the UPCPR make three runs in three innings. The other pitchers that relieved Maymi in an attempt to win the game were Aris A. Tirado, Nathaniel Rivera and Felix Derkes.

With only a hit, the team catcher, Jose A. Cruz, was the player that did the most for the team. Even though Cruz tried his best the UPRM lost 10-1, letting more than 12 players on base during the nine innings.

“The team was good and had all the tool to win and make it to the post season but because we didn’t have enough motivation and we didn’t make the job when we had to, we couldn’t make it” said Nathaniel Rivera, a second year team pitcher.

“Although we didn’t make it to the post season, I believe that the team was physically prepared because all the training we had” he continued.

The team manager tried his best to make it to the post season by implementing practices four hours per day and even six hours on Tuesday and Thursday, but his effort was in vain.

“The team only needs motivation, people cheering for us and come to our game to support us like they do with other teams” said Aris A. Tirado, second year team pitcher and last year Rookie of the year.

“I believe that we are talented and if we have the support of our campus students like every team and athlete need, we could make it far. Also, I know that it is all about team spirit; if we don’t believe in ourselves, nobody is going to do it for us”.

Although the UPRM team didn’t make it this year to the LAI post season, they said that they’re going to work even harder next season.

The UPRM team having a good time on their way to Peñuelas.


By: Beatriz Cabrera


The Disney College Program

  MAYAGUEZ, PR–Once a year, the Disney College Recruiters honor us with their presentation and liveliness. This wonderful opportunity has been open to students of all majors and all talents since 1981.

 Through out the week, information about the event was everywhere: walls, chalk drawings on the floor, sent via email, etc. In Oct 24, 2011, at the Nursing Building at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez campus(UPRM), the recruiter, Mel Morales, organized the activity to inform students about working and internship opportunities with the Disney company.

Mel Morales, Recruiter

He began the activity by asking the audience, “Does anyone here know anything about our company? Aside from being related to Micky Mouse? Does anyone know how many companies Disney owns?”, he asked, “ Whoever participates gets a cool pen.” After a few pen giveaways, he began to discuss about the companies Disney is affiliated to: Marvel, Pixar, ABC, among others.

Students who receive an “invitation” to become a cast member have a chance at meeting or working with people from those renowned companies. The internships offered are paid internships; they may also include housing (which would be within a resort and can be shared with roommates.), and you get paid on a weekly basis. Housing and resources(electricity, water, internet, etc.) are already deducted from the check, so the money the student would be receiving would be his or her total earnings.

Other benefits of being a cast member for the company include discounts at many of the stores, park admission, earning college credit, and sneak previews of new attractions. The uniform is also provided.

Karla Monzon participated in the program in the year 2009 from Jan.-May; she took the stage to tell the audience about the kind of work a student cast member would be doing in the parks. She spoke of the different kinds of internship areas: Animation, Entertainment, and Food Service. Karla told us how working at Animal Kingdom as a tour guide in one of the rides was one of the best experiences of her life, it helped her overcome her nervousness and open up to many people in a very short amount of time.

After Karla gave us her story, Mel took the stage once again to speak to us about the applocation process. On completing the

Disney Cast Students

application process, students would be expected to take a web-based interview which would take a total of 25 minutes to complete. If a student did well on the web-based interview he or she would receive an email between 3-4 weeks later to plan a day for a 25 minute phone interview; in a few weeks the student would receive a response from the company that indicates whether they have been offered an internship or not.

He introduced Leyda Ponce de Leon, who is to be the student contact with the program and if students are to  receive an invitation she will help them with finding the housing and picking the classes that they are to take once they arrive. “Since you meet and help so many people in one day,” she said, “You are taught to practice your socialization skills, making it easier in the future for when you have an interview, or in any event in your life actually.”

The activity concluded with a brief good-bye and the offer to get in line to apply right on the spot. Well over 50 students quickly stood up to talk to the student representatives and Mel Morales to ask them a bit more about the program and how it worked.

“RUM Health Fair”

By: Raymond Vega

October 27, 2011

Prevention: that was the principal motive for ninth health fair that was celebrates at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. More than a dozen college employees attended the event at the square of the tennis court. This fair was organized by the department of medical and nursing service. Is prevention the first aim of the fair, but what is the accomplishment of this annually fair? The accomplishment is that the employees of the University take care of their health, whether they do not have the symptoms, with the provided test they can know how their body is: whether they have high pressure, or pre-diabetics. With the fair, the employees do not have to go to the doctor to have results and to lord a day of work, because the university offers the service and now they already wait for the fair year by year. “It is a beneficial for the university and for the employees because they do not have to pay deductible and for the enclosure because they do not have personnel absences” said Lourdes Ayala, Director of Enlace con el Personal.

With the purpose of creating consciousness and providing to their employees a good education in prevention possible conditions and diseases, this fair was the 11th edition. According to Daniel Echevarria, formal worker in the campus, the fair is one initiative of the federation of Labor Employees which show their compromise with the health and the welfare of the administrative personal that receive yearly this service. As you have been able to see the colleagues support the activity by attending and follow their work motivated because the administration supports them.

A lot of providers gathered at the site to offer various clinics and provide guidance. This year the event integrated new services like: acupuncture, prostate cancer screening and massages. Also, participants had the opportunity to visit the clinic offers by Peres Hospital And Good Neighbor bus tour offers by Walgreens Co. where patients could be tested for glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index, bones densitometry and waist circumference. In addition, the Nurse Department enrolls the employees that were interested of being part of the weight control program. The participants agreed that the fair is a great benefit because the administration gave them the opportunity to prevent various diseases without leaving work or incur in medical expenses. This year for the first time, “El Instituto de Banca y Comercio” joined the fair and provided haircut and manicure services. According to the organizers, this component was integrated because the look that a person have is a fundamental part of a person’s physical health. The fair also had the support of other entities as the Insurer MCS and the association of brotherhood of exempt employees no docent and docent of RUM. “It’s a great fair because the employees that are committed to the University do not take the time to make the necessary test to know how their health is and the administration gives us the opportunity do to it without missing work one time every year. Also, the fair enable us to do the test without an economic impact to the employees” said Gabriel Anglero, former employee at plumbing department.Free clinics, screening tests, physicals tests, exhibitions, guidance on health plan coverage and distribution of information on preventive health.


Free clinics, screening tests, physicals tests, exhibitions, guidance on health plan coverage and distribution of information on preventive health.



By: Giancarlo Fraticelli Ortiz

Interview with Ivonne Villate

Ivonne Villate is a clinical psychologist who did her bachelor’s degree with a Psychology major in Syracuse University. She’s a very dedicated woman who loves to read and loves her profession but at the same time she divides her time with her profession and her family. That’s why she won the award for the psychologist of the year given by the American Psychologists Association (APA) of Puerto Rico.

The highest degree achieved by Ivonne Villate a PhD. She specializes in clinical psychology. She made a minor in Forensic Psychology, but never practiced it because she decided to spend time and engage to her children. She resumed her practice 5 years later. She says she prefers to be a clinical psychologist because she would leave the forensic psychology to younger people because it requires dedication, long hours of work and takes too long and too much time. Ivonne Villate specializes in children and adolescents.

Ivonne Villate is fascinated by human behavior. She says that, “It’s a challenge to listen to people, understand their problems and to helping them make decisions. I feel great satisfaction to see, observe, and have evidence of the importance of people or patients. I like to emphasize that not only one can change behavior but one can modify maladaptive behavior changes”. All this led her to choose her profession.

She has worked four years for the department of education. This includes Puerto Rico’s public schools, kindergarten through 6th grade. Her work as a psychologist for the Department of Education is to offer psychological counseling to students in the assigned school. The therapies are given 1 day a week for each school. Ivonne mentions that: “The school population has very challenging problems, most often by social economic entity in which they live, poor resources, parents with low education level who can not write or read, you are faced with difficult problems. There is much need in this sector of the population. Some problems are: sexual abuse, domestic violence, etc. Most children have specific learning problems. In psychology you have to understand that the person who comes into your hands is a commitment which you have to hold on to. She says that as a psychologist one has to have an ethical and social responsibility.

What Ivonne Villate thinks is the most important thing in her profession is knowing your limits and that mental health profession is very important. She thinks we should do a conceptualization of the whole therapy and measure the goals you set. She also states that “You cannot take all cases because you have to have time to handle them”. The most important thing that a psychologist should have is empathy. She says the mental health professional should be balanced in order to help others.

She states that mental health in Puerto Rico today unfortunately is increasingly deteriorating. She says that the most common problems are suicides and domestic violence. “We see a society that is marked by aggression, drug abuse and alcoholism.” For her, if public education does not improve, Puerto Rico will have a difficult future. She thinks that improvements in the Department of Education should be made. She is concerned because she knows that children are the future of Puerto Rico. I think she deserves the prize because she has all the characteristics and requirements for such honor.

Ivonne, the renowned psychologist, is a modern woman who aspires great achievements in her life.

Ivonne Villate demonstrates how she spends

time with her family as well as with her


Religion in College

(Investigative-historical feature story)

By. Michelle Montañez Hernández

Picture of the promotion of one of the religious group of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.

The holy mass, services, and youth meetings are some of the religious activities conducted at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (UPRM), and other campuses as well. Those activities are open to everybody who wants to attend them, no matter the religion or group one belongs to.

Religion has been an important aspect of people’s lives for millions of years. It is classified into three basic categories: polytheistic (belief in many gods), pantheistic (belief that god is everything), and monotheistic (belief in one god). It can also be said that another classification exists, the atheism (belief in no god). But how does religion affect or help the lives of young people, mainly college students?

“Depending on how people have been educated in the religious sphere, more or less, this could affect their lifestyles. Those who have received a good religious education are moralistic.” said Zamaris Gonzales Reyes, student of the Interamerican University. Most human beings are born in religious homes, thus are naturally forced to follow the same pattern of faith and beliefs that their parents and family practice. “All that is reflected in the life of a person, referring to the education, is what defines them as a person” she says.

It can be seen that those who believe in religion and follow their beliefs, are less likely to fall into the world of drugs, both legal and illegal, and other adverse environments surrounding the university day after day. Most are happy and healthy, and say they feel this way and full of life because they love and have God in their lives.

Between the ages of 17 and 24, young people begin to wonder where they came from. If all the things they have been taught are true, or if some are false.

“Sometimes believing is having hope in something” said Mariely Reyes Hermina, an UPRM student. One looks at different attitudes of human beings, one can see that from a young age they have the need to cling to something or someone because they are dependents from the moment they were born. As they grow, they learn the meaning of love and how it feels to be loved, which makes them need love in their lives.

“Maybe seeking God equals the need to have something, so we can see that most people are not true believers, but seek God only when they are going through difficult situations” Mariely said. If humans since childhood develop independence and only believe in their strength they would not need more than their own powers to go ahead in life.

Symbols that represent some of the religions practiced arround the world.

When a human being becomes insecure by fears, experiences or other things, they understand that they have weaknesses and start to believe that they need something more than themselves to function correctly.

Some people turn away and leave religion becoming agnostics or even atheist. “Atheism is based on thought, reason and doubt. In the search of truth, science, and much more, depends on the atheist … We are different, in spite of our non-religion, we have different thoughts, like those who preach a particular religion” Said Irving Gracia Vega, an UPRM student. During the last centuries, the amount of atheism has made a strong alternative to every types of religious explanation. Atheism denies the existence of gods and other supernatural beings and their influence on the world order.

Finally, as noted above, the university students vary in their beliefs. Thus this leads them to disagree with each other and on occasions, to disrespect one another when talking about this topic. It is very common in the academic world to meet people of little faith or weak beliefs. This is why many young Christians strive to conduct religious activities on campus, for in this way, according to them, save more souls.

The Rise, Fall and Rise of Soccer In Puerto Rico

By Bernard Aanonsen/ October 23rd 2011

  Across the entire world, soccer is easily the most played sport in the world. This does not apply to Puerto Rico, an island in which for decades sports like basketball and baseball have dominated the attention of the public. However in recent years, this sport has started to gather the attention of the public, especially of new generations.

This was not always the case, as soccer was actually one of the first sports, if not the first one, to arrive in the island. Edwin Jusino, co-owner and main editor of a website known as, mentioned that as with the rest of the world, the sport was once very popular in the island but certain events led to its downfall.

Importance and Popularity around the World

Many consider soccer to be one of the best and most complete sports. Professor Adam Rivera (Physical Education), of the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM) considers the sport to be essential in the physical development of children. He also added, “Soccer is essential for children because not only does it help them develop physical condition but it also helps them develop coordination, something that is not easily achievable.”

He is not the only one that thinks this way, Alejandro Gonzales a student of the UPRM and a former soccer player for a local league, mentioned that he considers the sport to be one of the most all-round sports. In his own words he said, “I believe that soccer is one of the most all-round sports, in the sense that not only do you need physical condition but you need technique, strategy and strength.”

There are many reasons as to why the sport is so popular, but the key factor has to be the accessibility to virtually anyone whether rich or poor. Professor Rivera mentioned that in order to play, you only need a ball and a minimum of two players. Another factor that supports this, is the fact that soccer can be played almost anywhere. All of this leads to the World Cup being the most watched sports event around the world.

The Beginning and Fall of Soccer in the Island

Soccer was introduced to the island by sailors and an interesting fact is that, this year it has been exactly one hundred years that the first soccer match took place on the island. The first match took place in what is called “El Morro”.

At first the sport was practiced by common people. This however, would change in time as Soccer would fade from the spotlight. There were many key factors that brought its downfall but one of the central ones is without a doubt the American influence. When asked about this, Professor Rivera said: “I believe one of the key factors that kept soccer away from the public was the American influence. Now considering the sport has taken popularity in America, it is also affecting us.” Edwin Jusino takes this point further by stating: “When the Americans invaded Puerto Rico, there was so much discontent with Spain, that people stopped practicing things that were somehow associated with the Spaniards and in turn, started favoring American traditions and sports such as basketball. Soccer was a victim of this.”

Edwin also pointed out that another factor in the fall of soccer was the high level of corruption in the sport. This would practically eliminate the competition across the island, only surviving a few elite groups in the metropolis sector of the island. Later on, the FIFA would intervene and through an election, make Joe Serralta the president of the “Federacion Puertoriquena de Futbol” (FBF).

Sadly this has been met with mixed results, as some claim that the administration does not have a proper vision for the future of the sport. Some even say that the FBF could be compared with “A hobo sitting on top of a gold mine.”

 Rise from the Ashes: How the Media Revitalized the Sport

It would not be until 2002 that the sport would finally come back to the spotlight. Edwin mentioned that with the arrival of Univision (A television channel), the World Cup was finally broadcasted in its entirety across the island. Before that, only a few select matches were aired on the island’s different channels. Now that it could be watched completely, a lot of people watched the Cup and were excited; as expected this began to stimulate interest in the sport. Since that, we have witnessed two more World Cups and each time, the fan base increases.

Professor Rivera also points out that another factor in this revitalization is due to immigration. A lot of people who have come from countries, in which soccer is practiced, have stimulated the Puerto Ricans to practice the sport as well.

Alejandro Gonzalez believes that other events such as Spain’s “La Liga” have impacted the public as well. In addition to that, the creation of the Puerto Rico Soccer League (PRSL), will increase the competition on the island which hopefully will also stimulate interest amongst the public.

The Long Road Ahead

Finally, when asked if Puerto Rico could one day make it to the World Cup, most were a bit skeptical but agree that with hard work, it could be possible. They say it would take many years to develop ourselves and be capable enough to compete also we would have to deal with disadvantages such as a limited population.

Soccer still has a long ways to go before it can become as dominant as other sports on the island; however the future seems bright. Professor Rivera believes that if things continue the way they are, we could in a period of 10 to 15 years, see the sport become a mainstream sport on the island. This could be possible considering that the new generations are growing fond with soccer.

Whether these predictions and visions will be realized, only time will tell. One thing is clear though, Puerto Ricans are starting to realize that there are other interesting sports besides Basketball and Baseball and this is opening the doors to a brighter future for sports in general.


UPRM Students Exchange Art in Technological Event

By: Derly K. Perez

Chardon 325 served as the setting for Dr. Mary Leonard’s first Technological Exchange at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus (UPRM).  Students were invited to present work made using any type of technology and have a colloquium about the usefulness of innovation within their work. One of such students was Javier Blanco, Marketing Major, who presented a score composed for a short film. The score was recorded by him using “Radio Colegial”, the local student run radio station, and it was used in the short film “Beasts”.  His piece received high praise and it seemed to encourage young filmmakers among the classroom to use original compositions in their projects since they realized we have the tools to accomplish it right on campus.

The activity goers, that not only included undergraduate student but also professors of the campus, were treated with a brief but incisive conference by one the owners of “Vitech” Nando Perea. “Vitech” is a company that works with technology in general and works with UPRM not only to recruit the engineers of the future but also promoting the use of technology in all the fields of study provided in the university. Nando Perea is a prominent businessman that has been involved in the creation of technology incubators that allow the development of communities in the east side of the island. He is now collaborating in the new Incubator for the Arts in Mayaguez which will provide new development in the fields of industrial design, film, video games, fashion design and photography.


According to Mary Leonard the activity had a couple goals that were accomplished. Firstly they wanted to teach their students, mainly in the UPRM Film Certificate, how and where to get the technology they need to improve their cinematographic projects. In addition to the recording studio they also mentioned software for animation and computer design that would enhance the quality of their work. They discussed programs for editing like Final Cut PRO, Avid, and Adobe Products in general. Another goal was to successfully continuing in the promotion of the Certificate in Film Studies that would so greatly advance the knowledge of upcoming filmmakers who don’t have the benefit of a Bachelors Degree here in Mayaguez. Lastly, Professor Mary Leonard was successful in making students understand that the enhancement of the quality of any given media work could in return secure the distribution of it in Festival Circuits and media publishing sources. Students left satisfied after the universal hour ended and the activity came to a close with a sample of cookies and juice provided by the hosts of the event.

Film @ UPRM an Exploding Trend of Creativity

By: Derly Perez

October 27th 2011

 When the Film Certificate was first installed in the Department of English at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM) in 1994 few believed it would become more than mere group of free electives. The first graduating class consisted of five committed students from diverse backgrounds but today, as the years have been passing by, the program has developed a strong following of students that with talent and creativity have exalted the program to new heights. This has been due to the innovation of new courses and the student Society of Film. By incorporating the UPRM community in activities and opening the workshops to them people have started to really feel the presence of the Certificate in the University.


In light of the successful outcome students now have more opportunities to discover exactly what it takes to partake in the film industry and how to produce their own short films. As part of the 21 credits, required by certificate hopefuls, there is one dedicated to Special Topics Workshop. This year the students were particularly happy with the offering of a Sound Workshop that took place on October 18-20 respectively. Fran Casillas, in his last semester of the Certificate, was very glad with the news of this workshop and stated that “This is great because sound is one of the most important parts of making a film and one where more mistakes can be made.” Mary Leonard, Director of the Film Certificate, shares Mr. Casillas view on the matter and it is the fundamental reason why she decided to call upon Margarita Aponte to fulfill the task of teaching the students everything they needed to know in order to have the best sound possible, on a budget, on their next short films. Margarita Aponte is a professor from the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television San Antonio de los Banos in Cuba and her specialty is Sound and Audiovisuals.


The students arrived to Chardon Building and were intrigued by the amount of equipment they found in the classroom. Alexander Rodriguez, another student participant, felt exited and let it out by sharing “It was great to see we were going to actually use the equipment and learn hands on.” The students spent the first two days of the workshop learning about the theory of sound and how they could apply them in order to put the knowledge to good use that Sunday where they would produce a short film.


One of the students, Apu Blanco, is a producer in the University’s Radio Station Radio Colegial and he was very impressed at everything he learned. “Now I can help enhance the quality of our programming in Radio Colegial this was truly Godsend” he replied when asked if he had enjoyed the workshop. These 11 student participants underwent a huge challenge when they had to shoot a film during the afternoon of the last day of the workshop. “It was a challenge because we had to write a script, shoot and edit in less than 24 hours. It wasn’t easy but we are really happy with the result. The short film is very fun.” Fran Casillas mentioned of the Sunday experience.

This activity and its outcome is further proof that the Film Certificate at UPRM is growing and providing the tools for its students to be truly capable and successful in the field. For those who are planning of attending Film School it provides further opportunities to organize a successful creative portfolio.


When “Broca” attacks…

By: Amy Jannine Acevedo

Figure 1 The front cover of the documentary The Last Harvest.

Hector Arvelo, a puertorican agriculturist and teacher from Utuado dedicated his spare time to coffee cultivation. The coffee industry is very important since it supports the local economy of the island. When the “Broca” (coffee berry borer) plague attacked coffee plantations on the island, many small scale coffee growers, like Arvelo, had their plantations destroyed by the plague, making the recovery process a very challenging experience. Following the devastating “Broca” plague, Arvelo abandoned his cherished coffee plantation because he was deeply demoralized. Given the minimal financial assistance offered by the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture, Hector lacked the motivation to continue tending to his coffee plantation.

A group of people concerned about the “Broca” epidemic in Puerto Rico, gathered to film a documentary about the impact of the plague on our economy. The premier of the documentary called The Last Harvest took place at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (UPRM) in the Biology building October 13, 2011.

Dr. Arturo Massol, professor of Microbiology at the UPRM and one of the people that appeared in the documentary, gave the opening speech at The Last Harvest premier. There were approximately 50 people in the premier, mostly students of the departments of Biology and Agricultural Science. Everybody was very interested in seeing the documentary, since it had been promoted by many professors for a while. A deadly silence fell over the room when the documentary started; the lighting was adequate, making it possible for people to take notes during the event.

“Broca” is a little black insect that eats the inner part of the coffee grain, causing a harvest decrease (Alfaro, 2008).  In 2007, Miguel Monroig Ingles, a retired professor of the UPRM was the first person who discovered the presence of the insect on his farm in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico (Osorio, 2007). This insect has been found in other places, especially in Latin America, but it is currently unknown how this plague entered our island. Since the discovery of “Broca,” many coffee plantations have been affected; almost 2,000 small scale plantation owners abandoned their coffee productions, according to Dr. Massol.

The Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture proposed a solution in an effort to find a lasting remedy to the epidemic that was adversely affecting hard working farmers across the Island. “The government proposed two solutions: a “Broca” trap and a commercial insecticide. The “Broca” trap consists of a plastic bottle, like a coca-cola bottle. The bottle is opened from the sides and is filled with ethanol which attracts the insects. They get trapped in the bottle, filled with lethal ethanol and are quickly exterminated. This solution is a temporary remedy, since it is not very effective for a long term solution. Mycotrol®, the commercial insecticide, is used to kill the insects in a short time period, but it costs approximately 256 dollars per gallon. This is not a cost-effective proposal for us, owners of small scale coffee plantations; it is a very expensive solution, especially since our income reduces when the coffee is affected (Arvelo).”

Figure 2 Coffee grains damaged by the "Broca."

At the end of 2007, a fungus that attacks and kills the Broca was discovered in a coffee plantation in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. It was immediately taken to Dr. Arturo Massol’s laboratory in the UPRM to be analyzed. The fungus is called Beauverian Bassiana, and it is present in nature. When it reaches the coffee grain, the spores of the fungus penetrates the insect and poisons it with the production of toxins, according to Del Valle.

Some of the people involved with the investigation gathered to give an educational conference on how to produce the Beauverian Bassiana themselves. This solution proved to be the most cost-effective, since the production of the fungus cost only 50 cents. Additionally, it could be                                                                  achieved with accessible and economical products within a short time                                                                period.

According to Arvelo, who opted to produce Beauveria Bassiana himself, this method is of lower cost and more effective than the Mycotrol®. He successfully used the fungi treatment on his farm in 2008 and hasn’t had to repeat the treatment ever since, because it completely eradicated the Broca plague.

Figure 3 the beetle of "Broca" attacking a coffee grain


Lights, camera and action! And what Behind Cameras?

By: Michael Bayrón

November 12, 2011

Nathasha Bonet Velazquez answering her final question in Miss Puerto Rico Petite 2010.

Behind every person there is a story and this is not an exemption for Nathasha Bonet; only 17 years, what she has accomplished significant goals in her life. Most teens her age still do not know what they want to study or want to do in their life or even worse think about the future is still far. But Nathasha has everything planned  “As a child I, began to feel incredible love for the arts. I wanted to be famous; I wanted to show the world all I can give her with my charisma and even today does not change.”

She began dancing in a dance group formed by her friends. None of them had professional experience; they did it intuitively. That was before a dance ballet director saw her dancing and wanted to have her in her academy. She then took classes with different international ballet teachers and danced in several acts as “Dracula”, “El Cascanueces” and “Carmen”; in all of them she had an important role. As part of the agency, she presented in different theaters across the island, like Centro de Bellas Artes de Santurce and El Yagüez. At 13 she had already traveled to Spain to compete representing Puerto Rico in a folkloric dance while winning the first place. She also traveled that year to Pennsylvania to take intensive classes in Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB).

At the same time she danced and trained, she started modeling. After her career as a dancer ended she focused on modeling most of her time. She did campaigns for Sears and magazines publishers in “Atrevida”. At 16, she decided to represent Rincon in a beauty pageant, Miss Puerto Rico Petite 2010, an event dedicated to Puerto Rican women petites between 16 to 25 years. “ It was a very nice stage of my life. Many people at first didn’t believed in me because of my age but through the event I showed that I had the maturity and most importantly the passion to do things.” Taking the third place and the affection of the public, Nathasha was pleased with her work. “After the pageant, I decided to take a break, since the pressure exerted on me was to much.” at the same time she was competing, she was the President of Student Council and also the President of her graduating class; not forgetting her excellent grades.

Nathasha is a student of journalism at the University of El Sagrado Corazón located in Santurce. She studies acting in her free time, “It is another pretty stage I am experiencing. I’ve already danced and modeled and this was what I was missing”. With so little time in the environment of the acting, she came up and had the opportunity to interview the singer Miguelito at the premiere of his film “Nadie sabe lo que tiene” and be the official spokesperson for the program.

Her long-term plans are to finish her bachelors and do her masters in the United States. She is well aware that there are chances that she has to live off the island and the place she prefers to live is in Miami since it is “more Latino”. In addition, there are many opportunities in Latin television. “No matter what I end up doing in life, to me the most important thing is that I feel passion about it.”

Behind cameras, Nathasha is sincere young women, very outgoing and organized. She likes helping others with their talents virtues. She has always received support from her friends and family. “My mom is the person that stands out; she’s like my manager. She is always looking for jobs and encouraging me do things right. We have many discussions, but at the end of the day, it is she who is always there” she said in laughter.

“The best advice I can give to young kids who have a goal in their life is: always be you and never give up on your dreams”.

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