Dear readers,

Welcome to the Urbana Literary and Arts Magazine’s 7th Installment of Miami-Dade College InterAmerican Campus. Short, sweet, and to the point: we are the voice of the our campus, and we act as a conduit for the student body to express whatever we have in mind, conveyed through poetry, fiction, music, film, art, or photography.

Urbana is put together by a group of creative and dedicated students. Every year we release a new issue and each year we pick a theme to inspire a diverse group of works. This year, the theme we have chosen is Contrast. We believe in the duality of humanity: the shadow self, especially in artistic and literary terms. Good and Bad, Right and Wrong; all exist two-fold in the human soul.

We all have our scars and our mental and spiritual wounds: keeping these things bottled up and not expressing them through art is detrimental to a healthy mindset. It’s better to express the shadow self as openly as possible than to live in a self-contained, bubble of a life.

For this reason we have decided to give importance to the issue of human rights and modern-day slavery that big-time corporations don’t want you to know about, let alone read about in this volume of Urbana. The community of Immokalee, home to the Coalition of Immokalee FarmWorkers is a whole community of workers who use their voices to be heard and to be respected, all the while being ignored by fast food conglomerates like Wendy’s and supermarket titans like Publix: who’s the shadow in this case? The ones who are in complete control of market values and yet refuse to meet or to even listen to the workers toiling away in the fields of tomatoes, raising their voice and organizing, all the while are being kept under wraps in the media and in the world?

Tackling such a subject cannot be done by any one person, or even any one solitary staff organization: it’s a concentrated effort from the students submitting their work to the staff organizing the web and magazine pages, and so forth. It’s a process that takes up a lot of time and energy, but it is worth it. Without the student body, this magazine would not exist, and this analysis of contrast would not exist, either.

So, from the staff of Urbana to our advisors, and to all of the students who submitted, we thank you all very much. We hope you enjoy the seventh volume of Urbana Literary and Arts Magazine, and share it with all of your friends.

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