This year, Valentine’s Day marks the first anniversary of the shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 people dead.
Which is why Student Media has been planning this issue for months.
We wanted to honor the lives of those lost and remind people that this holiday isn’t just a celebration anymore.
Take a look at our front page. It lists the names of those who are gone but not forgotten.
We also sat down with one of the survivors who is now an FIU student so she could share her story.
And, while our pull-out magazine’s theme is Valentine’s Day this year, you’ll notice our pieces aren’t all about dating.
Instead, some of our columns touch controversial topics like abortion and toxic masculinity.
While another one discusses how people should use Valentine’s Day to make a difference. They say it’s as easy as going to your local shelter and adopting an animal in need.
We also profile “Simple Pleasures,” a student organization which describes themselves as a safe space for students of all sexualities and genders.
Our paper also hits other topics that are close to student’s hearts, like religion.
If you take a look at page 2, you’ll be able to learn about the new inter-faith chapel our University is planning on creating.
And on page 4, you’ll be able to read about the new food truck at the Biscayne Bay campus, which only sells healthy food.
And because we know how important sports are to our students, our editorial board decided to give our two cents on the rumours of the University negotiating with David Beckham’s Major League Soccer Team, Inter Miami.
Feature Graphic by Michelle Marchante/Editor-in-Chief