[OP-ED]: Growing disgust with the ethos of college campuses does not mean a rejection of higher education

 07/18/2017 - 15:00
According to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks college enrollments, the number of students in colleges and universities has now dropped for five straight years, and this year 81,000 fewer high school graduates nationwide are heading to higher-education institutions. 

A recent survey on the public’s view of national institutions elicited headlines that suggested a tale of backwardness and ignorance. One example: “Majority of Republicans Think Higher Education is Bad for America.” 

The reality is more complex.

[OP-ED]: Take this taco and make it your own

 06/30/2017 - 11:32
Gustavo Arellano, author of “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.” said: “[It is laughable] that white people aren’t supposed to -- pick your word -- rip off or appropriate or get ‘inspired’ by Mexican food, that comida mexicana is a sacrosanct tradition only Mexicans and the white girls we marry can participate in.

Picture this: Taco fixins in a tortilla cone. A flour tortilla cone, no less. 

It comes to you courtesy of a new Food Network explainer video titled “Taco Cones are the New Tacos” in which a young Asian-American woman demonstrates how to “eat two tacos at the same time” by baking tortillas into an ice cream cone shape, filling them with ground beef and adding toppings.

A Latino Justin Bieber?

 06/26/2017 - 05:53
Spanish teen pop star Abraham Mateo has growth spurt with reggaeton, beard, big muscles. Photo: EFE/Pablo Ramon

In "Loco Enamorado," Abraham Mateo is accompanied by urban icon Farruko from Puerto Rico in shaping a song the Spaniard defines as "reggaepop," a fusion of the pop that has been his signature music for all his young lifetime, and a reggaeton that is gaining world popularity thanks to the "Despacito" phenom.

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[OP-ED]: All Spain has fallen in love with midfielder Isco

 05/12/2017 - 12:33
Real Madrid midfielder Isco Alarcón celebrates his goal, first of the team against Atletico Madrid, during the return leg of the Champions League semifinals. EFE

Nobody doubts the skill level of Francisco Alarcón “Isco” since he was selected in 2012 as the Golden Boy: Europe’s top Under 21 soccer player. Despite being born in Benalmádena in Málaga, the finesse midfielder was developed in Valencia’s farm system, but the club let him go back to his native province not wanting to renew his contract in 2011.

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Rafael Cervera

Who wants to study Spanish in Philadelphia?

 03/28/2017 - 16:30
María Paredes Fernández, profesora de español en Penn University, fue nominada el año pasado como “mejor profesora de español de EEUU”, por la Asociación Americana de Profesores de Español y Portugués (AATSP). Foto: Peter Fitzpatrick

The Hispanic immigrant community has played a fundamental role in the growth of the city in the last decade. In the streets it is more and more common to hear conversations held in Spanish. However, it seems that this important trend is not reflected in universities. Why? A general crisis in the study of the humanities would be the answer. AL DÍA News spoke with professors from three of the most prominent universities in the city.


Mejor estar seguros que arrepentidos

 11/21/2016 - 17:20
Mejor estar seguros que arrepentidos

Con la aproximación del Black Friday, tanto tú como millones de otros compradores se levantan al amanecer para obtener televisiones con descuento, el último sistema de vídeo juegos o esa máquina de hacer jugos a la que le tenías el ojo puesto.

Antes de hacer click en ese ítem al comprar en línea o salir disparado hacia la puerta para empujar y lograr ser el primero en la fila, asegúrate de que tomas las precauciones necesarias para evitar el robo de identidad.

Better Safe than Sorry

 11/21/2016 - 17:18
Better Safe than Sorry

As Black Friday approaches, you and millions of other shoppers wake up at the crack of dawn to get that discounted television,  the latest video game system, or that juice maker you had your eyes on.

Before you click on that item while shopping online or make that mad dash out the door to shove and push your way to be the first in line, make sure you take the necessary precautions in preventing identity theft.

[OP-ED]: Christian Pulisic: German Cup Champion

 06/02/2017 - 15:06
Frankfurt's Slobodan Medojevic (L) in action against Dortmund's Christian Pulisic (R) during the German DFB Cup final soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. EFE

I still remember it very well. It happened in Dortmund on the last Tuesday of September, during the typical Champions League night in which Borussia hosted defending champion Real Madrid. Christian Pulisic was amazing. He came from the bench with only 17 minutes remaining, replacing Ousmane Dembélé’s, and turned things around 180 degrees. 

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Rafael Cervera