Mariluz Orbay-Cerrato Staffwriter

Class of 2011


  • Castro’s reversal could signal change in Cuban society

    Since seizing control of the island after his brother “humbly” stepped down a couple of years ago, Raul Castro has vowed to make Cuba’s government-controlled public economy more efficient by opening up opportunities for privatization. The government has been lifting restrictions on the agricultural market so farmers can obtain the tools they need more easily. More of them are being granted tens of...

    Forum | September 20, 2010
  • Saving face: Chinese, U.S. cultures have unique history

    I arrived last summer in Shanghai as the individualist American most of us are brought up to be: Chinese books in one hand and the Constitution in the other. I made sure to educate myself on all the current issues of the place that would be my home for the next two months. I read about censorship issues, the Communist Party’s tortures, the disappearance of Chinese civil rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng ...

    Forum | February 1, 2010
  • Cuban society, not Castro, must change government

    There is no Cuba after Castro… at least for now. The 83-year-old comandante has been subject to jokes about his immortality for some time now, with good reason. After Queen Elizabeth II, he is the one leader who has maintained the position of head of government for the longest period of time.

    Forum | September 14, 2009
  • Communism in Cuba will end when citizens can unite

    Imagine a world of absolute equality: no competition, no minorities, no difference.

    Forum | September 29, 2008
  • University ranked poorly among colleges in Forbes

    The news is out: Carnegie Mellon remains one of the top 25 universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university was ranked 22nd overall, while the undergraduate business and engineering programs ranked sixth and ninth, respectively.

    News | September 8, 2008