Money for Music in Cuba’s Economy

(This is part of the Jersey City in Havana Series, multimedia stories produced by St. Peter’s students who spent Spring Break in Cuba.) Consistently low state-regulated salaries and massive layoffs of government employees have led many Cuban citizens to pursue self-employment within the tourism industry. by Gabriella Robles and Neidy Gutierrez For Havana native Angel…

Making Jersey City Beautiful (and Green) Again

Gabriella Robles and Amanda Jones Jersey City has the second largest population  in New Jersey, falling just short of Newark. With over 250,000 residents in the city, various groups have stepped up to make their home a more beautiful and efficient place to live. Whether it’s the city’s captivating street art, safer areas for kids…

Bare Naked Emotion: A Profile of Shannon Stoia

Greeted in her studio space, I was welcomed to sit on her soft yet overwhelmingly large bean bag chair; although, the clutter of her supplies made it difficult to shimmy myself into a comfortable position. Regrouping my thoughts, my eye catches a tattoo of a woman’s legs stretched out of a giant coffee cup on…

Autism Month: Raising Awareness

1 in 68 kids will be diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because of this, April has been named Autism Awareness Month and the United Nations has recognized April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization that sponsors research and outreach activities describes the…

Gabriel Pacheco: Creator, Fixer, Teacher

By Gabriella Robles, Class of 2018 In the autumn air of October, the mother of 6 year-old Gabriel Pacheco did what many mothers do during this season. She bought her son a Halloween costume. It was a hawk costume, which came with a jumper outfit and a plastic mask— the kind that covers only the…