ROTC Weekend Training

April 20, 2013- Robert Jones, a junior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, surveys the forests of Camp Edwards in Sandwich, Mass. while planning a mission during ROTC training. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 20, 2013- Robert Jones, a junior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, surveys the forests of Camp Edwards in Sandwich, Mass. while planning a mission during ROTC training. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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April 20, 2013- Cadet Ryan Shaw, a junior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, performs a simulated mission during ROTC training at Camp Edwards, a military training installation, in Sandwich, Mass. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 20, 2013- Cadet Ryan Shaw, a junior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, performs a simulated mission during ROTC training at Camp Edwards, a military training installation, in Sandwich, Mass. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 20, 2013- Cadet Ryan Shaw, a junior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, checks an "enemy" for weapons during ROTC training at Camp Edwards, a military training installation in Sandwich, Mass. while an older cadet, right, judges his performance. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 20, 2013- Cadet Ryan Shaw, a junior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, checks an “enemy” for weapons during ROTC training at Camp Edwards, a military training installation in Sandwich, Mass. while an older cadet, right, judges his performance. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 20, 2013- Robert Jones, a junior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy leads his fellow cadets through the forest of Camp Edwards in Sandwich, Mass. during ROTC training. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 20, 2013- Robert Jones, a junior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy leads his fellow cadets through the forest of Camp Edwards in Sandwich, Mass. during ROTC training. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 20, 2013- Ryan Shaw, left, and Robert Jones, right, both juniors at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, take a moment to play rock-paper-scissors during ROTC training at Camp Edwards in Sandwich, Mass. “There’s a brotherhood [at the Academy]… You won’t find friends anywhere else like this,” said Jones. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 21, 2013- Freshman and sophomore cadets perform a bomb-deactivating exercise during ROTC training at Camp Edwards, a military training installation, in Sandwich, Mass. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 21, 2013- Freshman and sophomore cadets perform a bomb-deactivating exercise during ROTC training at Camp Edwards, a military training installation, in Sandwich, Mass. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 21, 2013- Freshman and sophomore cadets prepare for obstacle course training at Camp Edwards, a military installation, in Sandwich, Mass. on Sunday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 21, 2013- Freshman and sophomore cadets prepare for obstacle course training at Camp Edwards, a military installation, in Sandwich, Mass. on Sunday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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April 21, 2013- Patrick O'Neal, front, and Michael Myers, left, both Boston University juniors, clean weapons at Camp Edwards, a military training installation in Sandwich, Mass. on Sunday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 21, 2013- Patrick O’Neal, front, and Michael Myers, left, both Boston University juniors, clean weapons at Camp Edwards, a military training installation in Sandwich, Mass. on Sunday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 21, 2013- Cadets of ROTC, Reserve Officers' Training Corps, climb an obstacle course titled The Tough One at Camp Edwards, a military training installation, in Sandwich, Mass. on Sunday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 21, 2013- Cadets of ROTC, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, climb an obstacle course titled The Tough One at Camp Edwards, a military training installation, in Sandwich, Mass. on Sunday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 20, 2013- Cadets Alicia Oliveira, left, Myles Malone, middle, and Ryan Shaw, right, of Squad Alpha 1-3, discuss a plan for their next mission during ROTC training at Camp Edwards in Sandwich, Mass. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 20, 2013- Cadets Alicia Oliveira, left, Myles Malone, middle, and Ryan Shaw, right, of Squad Alpha 1-3, discuss a plan for their next mission during ROTC training at Camp Edwards in Sandwich, Mass. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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Boston Comes Together

April 16, 2013- Yellow tape blocks off streets in downtown Boston on Tuesday after explosions killed and injured Boston Marathon participants and spectators. Photo by Melanie Rieders

April 16, 2013- Yellow tape blocks off streets in downtown Boston on Tuesday after explosions killed and injured Boston Marathon participants and spectators. Photo by Melanie Rieders

April 16, 2013- Military police discuss security in downtown Boston on Tuesday following an explosion during the Boston Marathon on Monday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- Military police discuss security in downtown Boston on Tuesday following an explosion during the Boston Marathon on Monday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- Military police patrol downtown Boston on Tuesday following an explosion during the Boston Marathon on Monday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- Military police patrol downtown Boston on Tuesday following explosions during the Boston Marathon on Monday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- Military police discuss security in downtown Boston on Tuesday following an explosion during the Boston Marathon on Monday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- Military police discuss security in downtown Boston on Tuesday following an explosion during the Boston Marathon on Monday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- Bev Holtzer, right, and her daughter hug on Tuesday after she receives a medal for completing the Boston Marathon. Holtzer was unable to finish the race on Monday due to explosions near the finish line. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- Bev Holtzer, right, and her daughter hug on Tuesday after she receives a medal for completing the Boston Marathon. Holtzer was unable to finish the race on Monday due to explosions near the finish line. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- Flowers were left at the corner of Boylston and Arlington Streets in Boston, Mass. near the site of an explosion on April 15 during the Boston Marathon. Photo by Melanie Rieders

April 16, 2013- Flowers were left at the corner of Boylston and Arlington Streets in Boston, Mass. near the site of an explosion on April 15 during the Boston Marathon. Photo by Melanie Rieders

April 16, 2013- Flowers with a quote were left at the corner of Boylston and Arlington Streets in Boston, Mass. near the site of an explosion on April 15 during the Boston Marathon. Photo by Melanie Rieders

April 16, 2013- Flowers with a quote were left at the corner of Boylston and Arlington Streets in Boston, Mass. near the site of an explosion on April 15 during the Boston Marathon. Photo by Melanie Rieders

April 16, 2013- Aaron Jasper stands with a white rose on Boylston Street in Boston, Mass. as respect to victims of the explosions on Marathon Monday. "I'm from New York. I remember what 9/11 was like, I'm here to show support for Boston," Jasper said on Tuesday. Photo by Melanie Rieders

April 16, 2013- Aaron Jasper stands with a white rose on Boylston Street in Boston, Mass. as respect to victims of the explosions on Marathon Monday. “I’m from New York. I remember what 9/11 was like, I’m here to show support for Boston,” Jasper said on Tuesday. Photo by Melanie Rieders

April 16, 2013- Kayla Franklin, left, and Natasha Pratt, right, both Starbucks employees, give away free coffee and refreshments at the location across the street from Westin Copley Place in Boston, Mass. following the explosions during the Boston Marathon on Monday.

April 16, 2013- Kayla Franklin, left, and Natasha Pratt, right, both Starbucks employees, give away free coffee and refreshments at the location across the street from Westin Copley Place in Boston, Mass. following the explosions during the Boston Marathon on Monday.

April 16, 2013- A man receives his medal for completing Monday's Boston Marathon on Tuesday due to explosions near the finish line. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- A man receives his medal for completing Monday’s Boston Marathon on Tuesday due to explosions near the finish line. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- Two Boston Marathon runners embrace on Tuesday in downtown Boston in reaction to the explosions near the finish line on Monday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

April 16, 2013- Two Boston Marathon runners embrace on Tuesday in downtown Boston in reaction to the explosions near the finish line on Monday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

Wisdom of Cuba

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March 25, 2013- A woman poses for a photograph in Old Havana, Cuba on Monday while sitting in a stairway. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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March 25, 2013- A woman crochets in her home in Old Havana, Cuba on Monday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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March 27, 2013- A man without legs travels in a wheelchair through Old Havana, Cuba on Wednesday. Photo by Melanie Rieders

Wisdom of Cuba

March 26, 2013- A man plays guitar on the northern shore city of Matanzas, Cuba. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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March 27, 2013- A taxi driver poses in his car with a cigarette in Old Havana, Cuba on Wednesday. Many Cubans drive taxis as a supplement to their jobs to earn extra money. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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March 29, 2013- A woman smokes a cigar in Cardenas, Cuba in her home on Friday. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

Contemporary Cuban Dance

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March 28, 2013- A dancer practices with his Teatro Nacional de Cuba group in Havana, Cuba on Thursday. The 19 year-old has been involved with contemporary dance for more than nine years. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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March 28, 2013- A dancer practices with Teatro Nacional de Cuba, a contemporary dance company, in Havana, Cuba on Thursday. The 19 year-old has been dancing for more than nine years. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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March 28, 2013- A dancer practices contemporary dance with his fellow Ballet Nacional de Cuba group in Havana, Cuba on Thursday. The 19 year-old has been dancing for more than nine years. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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March 28, 2013- A dancer practices contemporary dance at the Teatro Nacional de Cuba in Havana, Cuba on Thursday. The 19 year-old has been dancing for more than nine years. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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March 28, 2013- A dancer stretches with the Teatro Nacional de Cuba dance company in Havana, Cuba on Thursday. The 19 year-old has been dancing for more than nine years. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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March 28, 2013- A dancer rests after a contemporary dance practice with the Teatro Nacional de Cuba company in Havana, Cuba on Thursday. The 19 year-old has been dancing for more than nine years. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

Mar. 13- Mar. 20 2013: Documentary and Self Analysis

March 16, 2013- Simon Mendes, a Boston University senior majoring in English, films in the University's Fitness and Recreation Center on Saturday for a Documentary Production class. "The goals and objectives of my film are to gain… closure with my college experience… to combine spoken word and image into some sort of self-reflective, psychological collage," Mendes said. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

March 16, 2013- Simon Mendes, a Boston University senior majoring in English, films in the University’s Fitness and Recreation Center on Saturday for a Documentary Production class. “The goals and objectives of my film are to gain… closure with my college experience… to combine spoken word and image into some sort of self-reflective, psychological collage,” Mendes said. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

March 15, 2013- Simon Mendes, a Boston University English senior, writes about his experience in the College of General studies in preparation for a class documentary. "I want to end the film on a positive note, something about how I’ve learned a lot andcontinue to get stronger in the future," Mendes said. Photo by Melanie Rieders

March 15, 2013- Simon Mendes, a Boston University English senior, writes about his experience in the College of General studies in preparation for a class documentary. “I want to end the film on a positive note, something about how I’ve learned a lot and
continue to get stronger in the future,” Mendes said. Photo by Melanie Rieders

March 19, 2013- Simon Mendes, a Boston University English senior focuses on his documentary, temporarily titled Love is Overtaking Me, in the University's George Sherman Union on Tuesday. Mendes is "undertaking this project because I feel raw, self-reflective, and not yetcomfortable moving on to the next stage of life." Photo by Melanie Rieders

March 19, 2013- Simon Mendes, a Boston University English senior focuses on his documentary, temporarily titled Love is Overtaking Me, in the University’s George Sherman Union on Tuesday. Mendes is “undertaking this project because I feel raw, self-reflective, and not yet
comfortable moving on to the next stage of life.” Photo by Melanie Rieders

March 16, 2013- Simon Mendes, a Boston University senior, studies the environment at the University's West Campus on Saturday while filming for a Documentary Production class. "I will be very honest, and I think many people will be able to relate to my experience," said Mendes. Photo by Melanie Rieders

March 16, 2013- Simon Mendes, a Boston University senior, studies the environment at the University’s West Campus on Saturday while filming for a Documentary Production class. “I will be very honest, and I think many people will be able to relate to my experience,” said Mendes. Photo by Melanie Rieders

March 15, 2013- Simon Mendes, a Boston University senior, socializes with strangers in Allston, Mass. Friday night during his final college spring break. When planning his project for Professor Poister's Documentary Production class, Mendes says that "there is so much unspoken communication between people, especially in a college setting, and I want to give some of this empty air a voice." Photo by Melanie Rieders

March 15, 2013- Simon Mendes, a Boston University senior, socializes with strangers in Allston, Mass. Friday night during his final college spring break. When planning his project for Professor Poister’s Documentary Production class, Mendes says that “there is so much unspoken communication between people, especially in a college setting, and I want to give some of this empty air a voice.” Photo by Melanie Rieders

The Voice of the Unborn

March 6, 2013- Eleanor McCullen, a pro-life protestor, speaks with a Planned Parenthood client who visits the location with family for an abortion consult at the Allston, Mass. location on Wednesday. McCullen has been participating since August 2000, protesting at least two days a week year-round. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

March 6, 2013- Eleanor McCullen, a pro-life protestor, speaks with a Planned Parenthood client who visits the location with family for an abortion consult at the Allston, Mass. location on Wednesday. McCullen has been participating since August 2000, protesting at least two days a week year-round. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

March 4, 2013- Frank Porter, left, Bill Cotter, middle, and another protestor, stand outside Planned Parenthood in Allston, Mass. Tuesday morning in an effort to educate people on alternatives to abortion. "When the freedom to be born was destroyed freedom itself was sure to follow," said Porter. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

March 4, 2013- Frank Porter, left, Bill Cotter, middle, and another protestor, stand outside Planned Parenthood in Allston, Mass. Tuesday morning in an effort to educate people on alternatives to abortion. “When the freedom to be born was destroyed freedom itself was sure to follow,” said Porter. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

March 4, 2013- Eleanor McCullen, right, a pro-life protestor, meets the sister of a Planned Parenthood client outside of the Allston location at 1055 Commonwealth Ave. Tuesday morning. "Every year we save 80 to110 babies from abortion," McCullen said. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

March 4, 2013- Eleanor McCullen, right, a pro-life protestor, meets the sister of a Planned Parenthood client outside of the Allston location at 1055 Commonwealth Ave. Tuesday morning. “Every year we save 80 to110 babies from abortion,” McCullen said. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

 

March 6, 2013- Eleanor McCullen, a pro-life protestor, shows an MRI of a set of twins. McCullen, a member of Saint Ignatius Catholic Church, says "I want to be the voice of the unborn… No child wants a death day, they want a birthday."

March 6, 2013- Eleanor McCullen, a pro-life protestor, shows an MRI of a set of twins. McCullen, a member of Saint Ignatius Catholic Church, says “I want to be the voice of the unborn… No child wants a death day, they want a birthday.”

March 5, 2013- Eleanor McCullen, a pro-life protestor and mother of three waits outside Planned Parenthood in Allston, Mass. on Tuesday to educate people about alternatives to abortion. "I'm here to offer hope, help, and love to a couple contemplating abortion," said McCullen. The Planned Parenthood is located at 1055 Commonwealth Ave. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

March 5, 2013- Eleanor McCullen, a pro-life protestor and mother of three waits outside Planned Parenthood in Allston, Mass. on Tuesday to educate people about alternatives to abortion. “I’m here to offer hope, help, and love to a couple contemplating abortion,” said McCullen. The Planned Parenthood is located at 1055 Commonwealth Ave. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

March 6, 2013- Frank Porter displays a pro-life sign while looking towards Planned Parenthood Allston, Mass. Tuesday morning. "When the freedom to be born was destroyed, freedom itself was sure to follow," Porter said. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

March 6, 2013- Frank Porter displays a pro-life sign while looking towards Planned Parenthood Allston, Mass. Tuesday morning. “When the freedom to be born was destroyed, freedom itself was sure to follow,” Porter said. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

2. 20.13 – 2. 27.13 Behind the Scenes Kung Fu

February 26, 2013- Laura Le, a Kung Fu instructor and Boston University Biology graduate stretches during a Kung Fu class taught at the Wah Lum Kung-Fu Athletic Association in Boston's Chinatown. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

February 26, 2013- Laura Le, a Kung Fu instructor and Boston University Biology graduate stretches during a Kung Fu class taught at the Wah Lum Kung-Fu Athletic Association in Boston’s Chinatown. Le, who graduated in 2009, studied marine biology at Boston University, but she is taking a break to instruct classes and work as an animal care technician for a pharmaceutical company. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

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February 20, 2013- Marlon Viollete, dresses as Buddha, leads Lion Dancers Kathy Strissel, middle, and Laura Le, back, through the Boston University Chinese New Year Celebration on Wednesday in the George Sherman Union Faculty Dining Room. All three are instructors are the Wah Lum Kung-Fu Athletic Association located in Chinatown Boston. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

February 20, 2013- Laura Le, left, a Boston University graduate, and Kathy Strissel, right, dress and dance as a lion with Marlon Violette, right, who dresses as Buddha. The three, all from the Wah Lum Kung-Fu Athletic Association perform at a Boston University Chinese New Year Celebration on Wednesday in the George Sherman Union Faculty Dining Room. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

February 20, 2013- Laura Le, left, a Boston University graduate, and Kathy Strissel, right, dress and dance as a lion with Marlon Violette, right, who dresses as Buddha. The three, all from the Wah Lum Kung-Fu Athletic Association perform at a Boston University Chinese New Year Celebration on Wednesday in the George Sherman Union Faculty Dining Room. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

February 26, 2013- Laura Le, a Kung Fu instructor and Boston University Biology graduate, left, leads students Len Rappoli, back, MaryAnn Ponti, middle, and Hakyim Ali, front, through a Tuesday class at the Wah Lum Kung-Fu Athletic Association in Boston's Chinatown. "I studied marine biology at BU but had to temporarily stop pursuing that because of work." Photo by Melanie Rieders.

February 26, 2013- Laura Le, a Kung Fu instructor and Boston University Biology graduate, left, leads students Len Rappoli, back, MaryAnn Ponti, middle, and Hakyim Ali, front, through a Tuesday class at the Wah Lum Kung-Fu Athletic Association in Boston’s Chinatown. “I studied marine biology at BU but had to temporarily stop pursuing that because of work.” Photo by Melanie Rieders.

February 26, 2013- Laura Le, a Boston University marine biology graduate, leads a class Tuesday at the Wah Lum Kung-Fu Athletic Association located in Chinatown Boston. The class is taught in English, but some Cantonese is spoken in respect for their Cantonese-speaking grandmaster. Photo by Melanie Rieders.

February 26, 2013- Laura Le, a Boston University marine biology graduate, leads a class Tuesday at the Wah Lum Kung-Fu Athletic Association located in Chinatown Boston. The class is taught in English, but some Cantonese is spoken in respect for their Cantonese-speaking grandmaster. Photo by Melanie Rieders.