Marissa Mayer Speaks Out About Becoming CEO of Yahoo While Pregnant

By Michael Daud

On June 18th, Marissa Mayer had a bold decision to make.  She had received a phone call, being asked by name to serve as CEO of Yahoo, a company worth around $17 billion USD at the time. Working for  Google at the time, she made the bold choice to forgo a maternity leave and take the helm of Yahoo, recently rocked by a scandal when the media got wind that their previous CEO had faked his college credentials.

However, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that I would or could make it work when I got that first phone call. At the time, I was pregnant, and I was thrilled. My soon-to-be-born son already had the most delightful personality—jumping and kicking hundreds of times a day, making me laugh out loud. After 13 years of really hard work at Google, I had been envisioning a glorious six-month maternity leave. However, if I took the new job, a long leave couldn’t happen. The responsibilities were too big, and time was of the essence—it just wouldn’t be fair to the company, the employees, the board, or the shareholders for me to be in the role, but out for an extended period of time.


Marissa Mayer in 2012.

Marissa Mayer’s time at Yahoo has proven to be extremely successful  with Yahoo’s stock Rising 49% since she became the chief executive on July 16th 2012, exceeding the growth of Google during the same period by 11%.  She was 28 weeks pregnant when she took the helm of the company.


Yahoo’s Stock Price From 16-07-2012 to 1-4-2013

Mayer has introduced some bold changes to the company, including a complete redesign of Yahoo’s front page, and requiring employees to work from the office, rather than work at home which was the previous policy —  a move that frustrated some employees. Mrs. Mayer, who is married to a managing partner at a private equity firm, says she still tries to find time for her family even while being CEO of a company she helped grow to be worth almost $26 billion USD.

 I also knew going forward that there wouldn’t be much time beyond my job and my family for anything else. Ultimately, I decided I was fine with that, because my family and my job are what really matter to me.

Michael Daud, 2013.

Photo of Marissa Mayer licensed under creative commons.






I watched this movie, reluctantly because I knew something would stick in my brain, and it would not be the memory of victory. 

The emotional baggage that is involved in watching movies that portray real life is a heavy one, one I was not prepared for. Argo showed a very dark side of Iran and how violent humans will get when attempting to get their points across. 

A tyrant wanted back for starving his people and being extremely selfish. In the mix innocent people get involved and trapped in their worse nightmare. 

For a few minutes, I exposed myself to their emotions and took on their role becoming a fugitive. I could never possibly feel the fear and constant anxiety they felt, but being a victim of severe anxiety allowed me to place myself in their shoes. I was ready to die. The overwhelming panic took over. Not being able to understand the language, not knowing when I would smell fresh air again, sleeping under wood floors with 5 others and worse of all, no privacy. 

As I brought myself back to my beautiful reality, my mind connected to another “fun” fact of my generation. Truth be told, I have no privacy. Google knows all my moves and information, my schools all have my records, my doctors have my health records and everything that I type will be a footprint of what I was, am and became. 

My burden is nothing like theirs; however, I panicked when I realized this problem would only get worse.


Dude, Where’s My Car?

By: Jackelyn Fiat

Category: Technology


Have you ever lost your car in a parking lot before (especially all the lots at FIU’s MMC Campus)? No worries, it happens to the best of us. Well do I have good news for you! Smartphones have created helpful apps to find the exact spot you parked your car. Many of the parking apps use your smartphone’s GPS capability to pinpoint where you parked. Other apps may use advanced functionality like augmented reality (AR is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data). These apps are so useful; some can even keep track of the time left in your parking meter!

Most of these apps aren’t free; however at the end of the day, a little bit of money may go a long way! You won’t ever have to worry about forgetting where you parked your car again!

Top 5 Apps to remember where you parked your car:

  1. iCarPark
  2. Car Finder AR
  3. Find My Car Smarter
  4. Car Locater
  5. Where Did I Park

The Differences Among Cities.

One of the pleasurable joys and experiences while traveling, whether it be in the same state, country, or continent, is experiencing the most minute differences between the places you are traveling – essentially creating its essence.   I have come to learn through experience, that the important aspects to notice when traveling  are – the people’s overall personalities and outgoingness towards others, the way a city wakes up ( at what time and how quickly ), the way people move around the city, the speed and pace of everyday life, and what people do throughout the day – how they eat, where they stay..etc. The combination of these aspects creates an overall experience and deeper understanding and feeling and emotion of the place. This week I have been able to experience all of these in LA and Santa Monica, which are completely different from those of Miami. In Santa Monica, I woke up to a mystic fog that was like a soothing blanket over  the city – keeping the people in and slowly awaking the city by 11:00. Slowly by slowly the people came out onto the street, but the movements were not fast nor rushed, like those of Miamians, but leisurely and relaxed – giving off a peaceful sensation as they went by. The best way to get a feel for a city and its people is going on the public transportation – not only is it also cheaper, but it is a million times more entertaining than driving in an isolated rented car. While on the bus for an hour from Santa Monica to LA, I met people from all different walks of life, showing me how, similarily to Miami, LA is a cultural melting pot with different backgrounds and socioeconomic levels

Charity Johnson

Is Online Dating safe?

As a single woman with no children who is almost in her 30s, I have been pressured into getting married. Someone suggest that I try out this site called “Christian Mingles” They said because it’s a Christian website, it’s more safe. I will not have to worry about meeting killers, rapist or ect… I don’t agree with it. It’s the same thing as saying every one who attends a church are “good” people. But, not everyone who attends church aren’t good and wholesome people. I prefer meeting someone and introducing myself for the first time at a public place not an online dating site. I believe it’s more safe than communicating with someone for the first time in person at a public place rather than an online stating site. But, to each it’s own. Some people found it to be more better and actually found someone online. I don’t want to take that chance with my life. 

Blue brains red brains are fed the content they disagree on.

By: Jose Gomez


Ever wonder why cultural mainstream media programing mostly shows two sides of the political parties, and other political affiliations don’t even get air space? It seems as if political reporting is tailor-made to serve their audience’s guilty pleasure of dissidence. A recent study proved that the brain activity of liberals and conservatives is wired differently, especially, when faced with a risk-taking situation. For example, conservatives demonstrate a settled way of thinking or feeling about something, typically showing in their behavior when exposed to: threat and conflict. In contrast, liberals tend to seek novelty and uncertainty, which make them more accepting of risk.


The University of California, San Diego, tested the brains of Republicans and Democrats. Republicans more strongly activate their right amygdala, associated with orienting attention to external cues. Democrats have higher activity in their left posterior insula, associated with perceptions of internal physiological states. This activation also borders the temporal-parietal junction, and therefore may reflect a difference in internal physiological drive as well as the perception of the internal state and drive of others. In fact, the brain activity of these two regions alone could predict whether a person is a Republican or Democrat with a 82.9% accuracy.


Next time you have to collaborate in a decision-making process that involves a risk and you are not agreeing with your colleagues, step back and think, “Our brains might just be wired differently.”

Research Article


Internet Rules?



By: Jackie Fiat

Category: Technology

People use the Internet for all sorts of things. Whether it’s simply to search the Web or entertainment among all Social Media sites, the addiction to the Internet seems to be increasing more and more every day. Recently, CNN Tech wrote an article on simple rules to be followed while you’re on the Internet (most of them are parodies and making fun of mistakes people don’t learn from).

So the simple question is: Why do we need rules for the Internet? Aren’t we allowed to express ourselves? Well, these set of rules are just to guide you around and you won’t embarrass yourself on the Internet. They are helpful and maybe hurtful for those who are sadly guilty of committing these crimes. 

In my opinion, most of these rules don’t fall for the Internet as a whole. They mostly sound like Social Media problems, unless the Internet is completely becoming Social Media….Thoughts?

These are the 12 rules of the Internet:

  1. Nothing is sacred—no exceptions.
  2. Anything you post will eventually become public.
  3. Anything you post can and will be used against you.
  4. If you post something epically stupid, it will go viral.
  5. Whatever viral thing you love today, you will come to hate tomorrow.
  6. However bizarre or obscure your interests, someone shares them.
  7. There are facts on the Internet if you know where to look.
  8. Everything on the Internet is free (or will be soon).
  9. Post pictures or it didn’t happen (Photoshop is an amazing tool).
  10. If it exists, there is porn of it.
  12. Anything can be made better by adding cats…or babies. 

Muse of my century

Aimee Belarmino Da Silva
So when thinking about how pop culture influenced I never thought I would look at a celebrity, see something I like about them and then go and get it done in myself. When I saw Lana Del Rey’s nails I feel in love with how they looked and what they represented. Needless to say the next morning I got mine done like hers. 
Suddenly, in finding myself, I discovered that what I see in pop culture today, makes me change how I see myself. 
It was a very interesting find. Intoxicated by her beauty, I figured I’d rock those nails just as she rocked sex appeal. 
Aaa the wonders of beauty and our culture. Priceless.

Eye-robot. Literally.


By: Sana Ullah

Category: Technology

Where home schooling may have been the only option a few years ago, thanks to the constant technological innovations introduced every day, children with disabilities/health issues may participate inside of classrooms—virtually.

“For a year now, Devon has attended school using ‘VGo,’ a robot shaped a little like a chess pawn and best known for its appearance in a Verizon television ad showing the kind of technology possible using the company’s wireless network.” (via Huffington Post)

Devon suffers from severe allergies that do not allow him to be around crowds of people, but is still able to get the average public school education as any other child his age. The only downside of the VGo is he not being physically present. Not only is this robot helping Devon, but also doctors can chat with patients from a different location and workers may check in at meetings while traveling as well.

I, personally, feel indifferent about this invention. A robot walking with a “face” of a person seems a little unsettling and all I can think about is Director, Alex Proyas’, film I, Robot (2004). However, in Devon’s case, I find it remarkable and very helpful, and see a lot of good to come from doctors communicating with patients that may not have the ability to travel.

I guess we will see.

(Robot Replaces Student At Winchester Elementary School, Allows Devon Carrow To Attend Remotely)