Competitive Scootering



The life of Jared Adelson consists of more than just being a student at the University of Tampa. Adelson has been scootering since the age of 13 and now competes on national levels.


Student Productions Takes Students to Lightning Game





A Taste of Hawaii

Michelle Mooney was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Her mother migrated from the Philippines and her father, originally from Arkansas, was stationed in Hawaii for the military where he later resided and married Michelle’s Mother.

Hawaiian natives pride their culture and traditional values in helping them shape who they are today. Michelle felt that through the authentic food, learning to hula dance, and the ceremony of being lei’d, all represented a sense of community and belonging on her island of Oahu.

However, Michelle faced a bit of culture shock when coming to school in Tampa.

In Hawaii, they don’t focus on political turmoil and are a blue state when it comes to election season. Michelle was taken aback by the focus on political topics in Florida and explained how Hawaiian people only cared about Obama because he went to school in Hawaii. 

One thing Michelle has taken pride in and has worked to bring to Florida is the diverse culture and people in the state of Hawaii. White people are the minority there and they natives call them, “Haole,which by definition refers to individuals who are not natives.

Therefore, Michelle became involved in numerous organizations on campus, including the diversity chair for Student Productions, where she strives to make a change on campus and raise awareness to the importance of diversity in a functioning society.



5 Facts About Women’s Rights in Morocco

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During my short stay in Morocco, I was fortunate enough to have staff in our Cross Cultural Solutions house willing to answer any questions that arose. The main priority of the CCS staff was to educate and make us feel comfortable throughout the duration of our stay. Khadija, one of the women in the house who spoke english, was kind enough to have a cultural talk about women and their rights in Morocco. Our talk went on for nearly two hours, so I picked what I deemed the most relevant points she made to share with you.

1. 50% of women in Morocco are illiterate. Majority of the country does not know how to read or write. However, women are slowly gaining more prominent roles in society. Around 25% of judges and 20% of doctors and lawyers are women.

2. No sex before marriage is still heavily valued Morocco. If a woman gets married and appears to not be a virgin, it often leads to divorce because they are not pure. Some women even go the extremes of stitching themselves up to appear a virgin.

3. The Hijab is a choice. Surprisingly wearing the Hijab is not required but heavily encouraged. Women get to choose when they start wearing the Hijab. Some don’t wear it until marriage, some start wearing it once they become a women, and some never chose to wear it. This typically depends on how conservative the town the girl grows up in is and if the family pressures them to wear one. When women are in the house with immediate family they do not have to wear the hijab. They wear it in public for modesty and out of respect for the husband.The most frowned upon situation is when a girl wears a hijab and then stops wearing it, you are better off not wearing it to begin with.

4. Abortion is illegal and there is no sex education because it is shameful to talk about it. However, birth control is free for all women, but since they women are uneducated about it doesn’t help. Though the government declared abortion illegal, women do get a 14 month maternity leave when they have a child.

5. Marriage is arranged and dating rules are strict. When women begin to date they can’t hang out alone with a man and must have a third person present. If a man intends to “date” you they should propose before continuing. You are not allowed to kiss or show affection in public without running the risk of getting arrested. Today, under the new law, women aren’t allowed to get married until they are at least 18 years of age and can sign their own marriage contracts with someone else present.





Service Trip: Morocco

In May of 2017 I returned for another service trip coordinated by the PEACE Volunteer Center at my university.  The previous year I traveled to Ecuador and this year I traveled to Rabat, Morocco.  Attached below↓ is my video to recap the trip:

disclosurDisclosure: There is no footage of the actual service carried out due to restrictions on photographing and filming at the sites.

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Lalla Meriem Orphanage Volunteers

About CCS

A group of two site leaders, two faculty advisors, and eight participants departed from the (University of) Tampa and landed in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. Once we landed we were provided transportation to our homestay with Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS). During the duration of our stay we split up into different sites where we worked with literacy, special needs/disabilities, and children’s health. We volunteered at Feminin Pluriel, a center that teaches english for free; Lalla Meriem Orphanage, which cares for children and individuals with special needs; and the Rabat Children’s Hospital, where we played with children who were there receiving treatment.

Cultural Activities with CCS

During our stay, we immersed ourselves into the culture as much as possible. CCS provided us a safe haven to ask any questions we had to enlighten us about the Moroccan culture. We had a lecture about the Islamic faith and another on women’s rights in Morocco. We even got some beginner lessons in Moroccan Arabic, but don’t worry, they speak french just as well. They also did a cooking lesson where we learned to make traditional Moroccan mint tea and a chicken tajine.

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We also had a few excursions involved, such as exploring the local Roman and Moroccan ruins built in the 1300’s in Rabat and touring the medina. The medina is filled with clothes, street food, leather goods, and souvenirs galore. We certainly made our fair share of trips there in our free time to stock up on some local goodies.

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eating corn in the medina

Free Day

When we first arrived/unpacked we had the opportunity to take the train to Casablanca. Our first stop was at Rick’s Cafe, which was designed to replicate the coffee/bar in the film Casablanca released in the ’40’s. The place was stunning with detailed decorations and live performances downstairs.

Rick’s Cafe

After the cafe we wandered around the city before visiting the largest Mosque in Morocco and third largest in the world. Hassan II Mosque gives daily tours until 3pm and is the only Mosque you can tour in Morocco if you are not part of the Islamic faith. We gawked at the beautiful detail in the tiles used to construct the Mosque in 1993.

Hassan II Mosque

Weekend Excursion

One one of our free weekend we had the opportunity to embark on a weekend trip to the Sahara Desert where we camped out and played with monkeys and foxes. We endured the extreme heat for unforgettable experience.

Sahara Desert, Morocco.

For more detail about this weekend adventure, check this blog post out.

Needless to say my two weeks in Morocco were filled with culture shock and emotional rollercoasters at the service sites. Throughout the trip, I gained so many new friends, insights, and experiences that will last a lifetime. I want to thank everyone who made this dream a reality, and to all the wonderful people I met along the way.

All the volunteers