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Lebanese Students Speak On Facebook Safety Check Controversy

Students hold the flags of Lebanon and France during a vigil on Nov. 16, in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the recent terrorist attacks. Lebanese students expressed concerns that Facebook  only had safety notifications for those who had relatives and friends in Paris and not in Beirut and other places where attacks occurred. Photo by Ahmad Krecht, Vice President of the Lebanese American Society.

After the Paris attacks people with family and friends in Paris rushed to social media sites like Facebook to check on their status. Many people received notifications saying their friends were safe. For the people who had family and friends anywhere else that was attacked, they received nothing.

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From Gainesville with Love and Jacmel Haiti

Sister Cities

From Gainesville With Love, a part of the Sister City Program, hosted Haitian visitors in a cultural exhibition that introduced locals to traditional Voodoo rituals through live mural paintings and music. The partnership between the two groups was formed to educate the two cities about each other by bringing artists and volunteers from Gainesville to Jacmel and Jacmel to Gainesville. Jacmel was once the capital of the french colonial empire, which is one of Haiti’s only tourist cities and has been called Haiti’s cultural capital.

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