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Viva la Vida at the Villa: Local band plays for HUF students
Written by Janet Orgain and Penelope Cronk


FLORENCE, ITALY — HUF students got with the grove as they enjoyed the musical talents of the Passo Gigante band at the Harding villa Monday, March 8.  Passo Gigante, or “long step,” plays a fusion of funk, dance and disco.

 

Play the slide show above to see photos of Passo Gigante performing for the HUF students.

 

The band consists of six members including lead singer and songwriter Samuele Cangi. They have played concerts for HUF students for the past five years.

Florence women honored on special day
Written by Sammi Bjelland
Ladies across Florence experience a special treatment at least one day every year. March 8th is annual "Women's Day" for about 30 countries around the world. On this day men are expected to give ladies small gifts or flowers, Italians use yellow mimosa flowers.
This day is celebrated as a joyous occasion, although it's origins are less than pleasant. It began in 1909 with the start of the Socialist Party in America. Then in 1911, a clothing factory in New York City burned down and killed nearly 140 women working inside. This brought outrage across the country and world due to the poor conditions the women were exposed to.
After the tragedy women began to demand equal rights and "Women's Day" was also used to commemorate the death of those who were treated poorly in their work environments. The day started to die away until the 1960's with the feminist movement, when it made a come back.
Now "Women's Day" or "Festival of Women" is celebrated all over the world. In some countries the women use this day to enjoy their freedoms and accomplishments they have made. While in places, like Florence, the men show their appreciation for the ladies in their lives. They give them small gifts or flowers, yellow mimosas are used most often in Italy.
This day is sort of a cross between Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. The video below features Rosa, an Italian cook for the Bible School in Scandicci telling the story of how women's day was started.
FLORENCE, ITALY — Ladies across Florence, Italy, experience a special treatment at least one day every year.

March 8 is annual Women's Day for about 30 countries around the world. On this day, men are expected to give ladies small gifts or flowers, like the yellow Mimosa flowers Italians give their women.

'Life is Beautiful' in Arezzo, Italy
Written by Gabrielle Pruitt and Michelle Cascio


FLORENCE, ITALY — Two Link reporters traveled to Arezzo, Italy, March 9 and discovered the city where the movie "Life is Beautiful" was filmed.
Students have opportunity to chat with national figure
Written by James N Buce
Students have opportunity to chat with national figure
ow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Several students were awarded an opportunity to meet with the media relations official for the Italian National Futbol team, Franco Morabito.
Morabito works with Italian media from the team’s official facility in Florence and was willing to share with four student reporters.
Sitting with Morabito at a large wooden table, the students were able to ask him questions and pick his brain. Once the interview began, the wisdom began to flow from one of the most influential media relations persons in Italy.
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and Morabito is in charge of communicating for one of the most successful national teams.
Morabito mediates the news between the team to the journalists. A point he stressed was how he keeps what he tells the media news and not gossip. Many of the journalists in Italy want the news to be more sensational so a task Morabito is garnished with is keeping the journalists at bay.
In the Italian culture, there is not as much transparency between the team as is common in the United States. The transparency flows between the media and the normal person in America, whereas the media is more withdrawn from the culture.
Morabito spent 35 years as a journalist before gaining his current position twelve years ago. His experience as a journalist has helped him to know what journalists need. He has seen a change of journalistic behavior during his career that does not encourage him.
He explained how the journalists he works with now do not have the same respect as in the past. The journalist today do not have the same etiquette as when he was a young reporter.
Morabito was offered his position following his career in journalism. He was a respected reporter in Italy and though he did not expect to change his career this late in life he was willing to make the change. He said to always expect new things in life.
This experience helped Morabito to know exactly what reports need not necessarily to give them what they might want. He know how to handle different media and what each media needs to hear.
The easiest part of Morabito’s job is promoting the soccer team. He said the popularity of soccer makes his job very easy at times. He is also in charge of promoting the coaching school on the team’s facilities.
Morabito success has been drawn from his passion for reporting and journalism. He says journalism is a beautiful job but it has to be a passion.


FLORENCE, ITALY — Several mass communication students students were awarded an opportunity to meet with the media relations official for the Italian National Futbol team.


Franco Morabito works with Italian media at the team’s official facility in Florence and was willing to share with four student reporters.

Italian soccer chef provides healthy diets for players
Written by Christopher E O'Dell

FLORENCE, ITALY — The sport of soccer demands the most physically fit athletes around the world. The game involves constant running that tests any athlete’s endurance and stamina. It is vital that every player stay healthy and in tip-top shape.

 

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the cook for the Italian National Soccer Team is a well-known celebrity throughout the entire country.

 

Five fantastic features of Florence
Written by Michelle Cascio and Gabrielle Pruitt

Play the video above to see the top place in Italy for each category: best shopping, best view, best attraction, best restraurant/gelato and best church.

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