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TECHNOLOGY AS A VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
WHAT’S INSIDE THE GUIDE
5 Sweets to Cheat For
By Alex Solano
By Melissa Mallin
7 Addicted to Adrenaline
44 What is the One Place in
Miami That You Need to Go to Before the Summer?
8 On the Hunt for Thrift
By Katya Bachorz & Tiffany Yancey
9 How to Survive Finals
By Melissa Mallin
IN THE LOOP
10 Sparking Up Debate By Mark Poulose 11 Greek Woe
By Morgan Golumbuk
13 Coming to a Theater
By Trevor Maxim
14 The Science of
By David O’Connell
16 Catching up with Lauryn Williams By Patrick Riley 18 The Man From the Light
By Megan McCrink
20 Gold Dust
By Allison Baer and Gabrielle Mottaz
By Vivian Braga
27 In with the Old
28 Is It Worth It?
By Taylor Duckett
34 Of the Right Element
By Rachel Kliger
40 A Different Take on
By Nicole Saunders and Rachel Kliger
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Thirty-six days. As I write this letter, there are 36 more days until graduation. At this point I know I am not the only one reflecting on the last four years; the people I’ve met, the work I’ve done, the things I’ve learned, the sleepless nights, the bad decisions and all the good ones. But of all the things that come to mind, being a part of Distraction since my freshman year is the most monumental. Not just because of my love for magazines and all the things this publication embodies, but because of the people I have worked with. Few understand the amount of work and time that goes into putting these 44 pages together, but the ones that do make up a staff saturated with passion and determination. I have learned from them much more than they would ever imagine I did. I would like to especially express my appreciation for our Executive Editor, Raquel Zaldivar. Besides the fact that without her everything we have accomplished this year would not have been possible; her focus, dedication, talent, humility and pure love for journalism are admirable and inspiring. Our adviser and my personal mentor, Randy Stano, also deserves special acknowledgment. He has been a fountain of knowledge for the editors and me and has guided us toward growth and improvement. I found myself and what I love to do in the pages of this magazine. And even though I have figured out the direction I want to go in, I’m still unsure which is the best path to get there. Like myself, there are thousands of graduates staying awake at night wondering, “what now?” Our Features Blog Editor Taylor Duckett asked herself the same question in “Is it Worth it?” (page 28). And if by chance you find your mind wondering away from the start of the rest of your life to (maybe) how beer is made, turn to “The Science of Microbrewing” (page 14); what makes Lauryn Williams so unbelievably talented, check out “Catching Up With Lauryn Williams” (page 16); or where to get a worthy adrenaline rush, “Addicted to Adrenaline” (page 7). Four issues and more than 15 all-nighters later, I am extremely proud of the work that the Distraction staff has accomplished over the last year. As those 36 days turn to one I hope you also look back and take pride in all things (good and bad) you did while at UM. Sincerely,
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The idea of entering the work force after being in school for 18 or more years is an intimidating one. For the thousands of college graduates facing this reality in May, making a decision is the scariest part. Is graduate school worth it nowadays? Is it better to try to get experience with a job in your field of
choice? Is it okay to take time off after undergrad? Distraction pondered the same thing and writer Taylor Duckett took a deeper look into what getting your masters really means today. Read more on what she discovered on page 28.
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If ever you have the craving for a freshly baked delicacy, explore Distraction’s favorite bakeries. The sweet and savory treats they offer will be sure to satisfy your taste buds. The next ten bakeries will be sure to transform your sweet craving.
Chocolate Orange Cake, CHOCOLATE FASHION
In either of its two Miami locations, this bakery is a popular spot, and it’s not just for chocolate lovers. Chocolate Fashion boasts amazing breakfast favorites, like the light and fluffy brioche French toast or the Spinach Rissole loaded with spinach, ham, cheese and a poached egg folded into a crunchy, croissant-like pastry. They’ve even perfected drinks,with various coffee options that give Starbucks a run for its money – we suggest the iced mocha latte. 248 Andalusia Ave., 305461-3200; 5868 Sunset Drive, 305-661-7200 April 2014
FOOD Mixed Berry Tart, Le Royale
Chocolate Cake, Buena Vista Deli
Atelier Monnier BUENA VISTA DELI If you have walked through UM’s Farmer’s Market, you’ve probably fallen in love with Atelier Monnier’s macaroons, but the bakery itself is worth a visit. It offers fresh French delicacies ranging from sweet eclairs to savory quiche. Don’t forget to check for upcoming free wine-tastings. 9563 South Dixie Hwy. Pinecrest, 305-666-8696
This bakery is a favorite for the many locals. The goat cheese and mushroom quiche is a must-have. It comes with delicious freshly-baked bread and salad with a signature sweet dressing, all for only $4.95. Pair your meal with one of the many freshly-squeezed juices, like the beet apple ginger juice. The French decor and unique atmosphere makes this delicious spot worth the visit. 4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945; buenavistadeli.com
This gourmet bakery boasts top-notch tarts, cakes, cookies, cheeses, homemade breads, spreads and much more. Take home a pecan pie to share with your roommates. If you want to indulge solo, try the cappuccino chocolate chip muffin or blueberry scone. If lunch is on your mind, order the turkey and brie sandwich with wasabi passion fruit mustard. 8247 S Dixie Hwy., 305-661-5777
Though Graziano’s isn’t labeled as just a bakery, it made our list for its to-diefor empanadas. Each one has an initial that indicates the contents inside. Opt for the traditional empanada de carne, which is loaded with the best Argentinian-style meat. The spinach empanadas are also a favorite – smooth on the inside while still unbelievably crisp on the outside. 3922 SW 92nd Ave., 305-221-6818
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POUR IT UP What’s the best dessert drink in Miami? It’s the Nutella Nouveau smoothie at Sun Juice Smoothie & Juice Bar. 1405 Sunset Drive Miami, 305-6671555
KARLA BAKERY If you and your roommates are craving incredibly delicious Cuban pastries at 3 a.m., Karla Bakery is known to have the best pastelitos in Miami – and everything is baked continuously 24 hours a day. If you are craving a full meal, take a bite of their signature medianoche sandwich or try a “papa rellena,” which is a potato stuffed with meat filling that is fried to perfection. 6474 W Flagler Street, 305-267-9000
Sunset Bakery: 8788 SW 72 Street Miami, FL 33173 (305) 279-7888
Cherry Danish, Joanna’s Marketplace
Run by two French brothers, this bakery will have you coming back for their specialty croissants and apple pastries. The sandwiches, which range from $6 to $8, won’t leave you hungry or broke. We suggest the prosciutto sandwich with tomato and Dijon mustard perfectly layered in a crispy French baguette. Add an almond croissant and you just got yourself a Parisian meal for under $10. 7370 SW 57th Ave., 305-665-6631
There is not one baked good here that doesn’t taste absolutely amazing. The gooey cinnamon rolls and the triple berry pound cake are two favorites that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Or try one of their savory hot-and-ready items like the spinach and tomato quiche. Fresh Market also holds impromptu and informal wine tastings that any passerby can attend. 2640 S Bayshore Drive, 305-854-7202
EPICURE Gourmet MARKET & CAFÉ
SOLO CAFÉ & PATISSERIE
This newly opened bakery offers delicacies all baked in-house. If you’re a lox lover, try the Nova Smoked Salmon platter with cream cheese and a bagel that is perfectly melded together on a panini press. If you’re looking for something sweeter, we suggest the rugelach and the strawberry shortcake. 4711 Le Jeune Road, 305-503-8001
Sergio’s: 9330 SW 40 Street Miami, FL 33165 (305) 552-9626
This swanky uptown bakery is known for its sometimes expensive (but also incredibly delicious) desserts and melty subs. Some items that are worth the splurge include the key lime tart, passion fruitlayered mousse pastry and divine cupcakes. Pair with a piping-hot or iced coffee by the beach and revel in the beautiful Miami weather. 4441 Collins Ave., 305-461-3200
Gilbert’s Bakery: 9330 SW 40 Street Miami, FL 33165 (305) 552-9626
ADDICTED TO ADRENALINE words_chelsea harrington. photo_melissa mallin. design_megan mccrink.
Adrenaline junkies, rejoice! We know there’s no better way to blow off preexam stress than going out and getting your blood pumping, so check out these options for a heart-racing adventure.
Wakeboarding Miami Wakeboarding Cable Complex at Amelia Earhart Park is open from sunrise to sunset every day. The park offers activities such as wakeboarding and water skiing through its partnership with Miami Watersports Complex. Watersport enthusiasts will agree that this is the ideal location for a rush of water right under your feet. They are currently operating on a boat but will provide both a cable and boat when a new cable arrives in June.
Hang Glide Miami
SCUBA DIVING Silent World in Key Largo, Florida is home to some of the best scuba diving locations in the United States, especially the shallow coastal reefs from West Palm Beach to Key West. Silent World charters small boats to keep the crowds in the reefs at a minimum and takes divers of all levels to discover the exciting marine life Florida
has to offer. They also bring their customers to many different shipwreck sites in the area. The business truly offers something for everyone, including a “resort course” which provides lessons in a pool for uncertified divers to prepare them before they venture out into the open ocean.
Paintballing Extreme Rage Paintball Park is the number one rated paintball park in South Florida. The venue is clean and safe, family owned and operated with over 20 years of tournament and rec-ball experience. The park allows airsoft games along with hyper-ball, air ball, rec-ball and X-ball. The fields are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For just $15 a day, you can bring your own gear and go at it; if not, you can rent anything you’ll need for about $45.
Miami Wakeboarding Cable Complex won���t soon forget. Lessons and solo flights are both available to anyone who wants to see Miami’s sights from the air.
SHOOTING Nothing gets adrenaline pumping quite like firing a gun. Lock and Load Miami is a place where you can try as many as 25 types of exotic, fully automatic weapons. The venue offers different packages depending on gun preference and accepts both walk-ins and members. While it is pricier than other ranges in the area, the experience is unbeatable and the staff is qualified and professional.
Miami Beach Parasail is located at 16th Street and Collins behind the Loews Hotel on the beach. Riders relax on the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean on South Beach while they take in a unique view of Ocean Drive, Art Deco District, Key Biscayne, Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. Let’s Go Parasailing of Sunny Isles Beach is another place where you can parasail. Its parasailing experts ensure that you will remain out of the water during the entire trip. Riders are launched from a platform on the boat and pulled over the waves of the Atlantic Ocean and of the Intracoastal Waterway.
For all you speed demons, Miami South BMX is the place for you. Miami South BMX is a non profit practice and racing facility that relies solely on volunteers, a tradition that’s been in place for its entire 20-plus year history. Practice runs are only $4 and races are $7. The venue is only open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Extreme Rage Paintball Park
EXPLORE THE SKIES Skydive Spaceland (Clewiston): This family-owned business has been training world-class skydivers in South Florida for 26 years. Skydive Miami, Inc. (Homestead): This establishment has licensed professionals in everything from the jumps to rigging to servicing the planes. The safety and ratings are unparalleled.
HANG GLIDING Looking for a way to fly? The gliders at Hang Glide Miami launch from the waters of Biscayne Bay and are whisked into the air while tethered to a boat, reaching altitudes higher than 1,000 feet. Offering stunning views of Key Biscayne, downtown Miami and South Beach, this is an experience you
Skydive Miami, Inc. April 2014
ON THE HUNT FOR THRIFT SHOPS
words_katya bachorz and tiffany yancey. photo_tiffany yancey. design_megan mccrink.
Thrifting is having a big moment especially at UM where high fashion labels are seen in everywhere. The best way to score these pieces on a budget are at these thrift shops.
LOTUS HOUSE The Lotus House Thrift store takes thrifting to a whole new level –you can shop and donate to charity all at once! All proceeds from its quality goods and designer items support homeless shelters for women and children. Most shoppers are pleasantly surprised when they walk in and find that the store offers a wide variety of items, including a vintage and thrift section. lotushouse.org
GOODWILL With a little bit of patience and a lot of time, great pieces can be found at the Goodwill stores around the UM campus. If you’re looking for a specialty item, Goodwill has designer and ball gown selections that offer an inexpensive alternative to otherwise pricey clothing and accessories, especially when it comes to themed parties or mixers. goodwill.org
FOX HOUSE This hidden fortress of fashion in Wynwood is the perfect spot to find your go-to outfits for festivals, beach parties and everyday wear. Shoppers are always greeted by the friendliest of dogs, Turtle and Marty, accompanied by the gorgeous Tobi, owner and creator of Fox House. With a relaxing festival vibe, the store offers handselected pieces that range in price from expensive high-quality items to inexpensive steals. And the best part is that Fox House also donates five percent of sales to five different local non-profit organizations. myfoxhouse.com
Salvation Army You will need plenty of time for searching and browsing at the Salvation Army, but the treasures in this hidden gem are worth the effort. These stores offer an array of clothing, home decor and more. If nothing really catches your eye, check out the book section - books start at 99 cents, so you can pick up a good read on a budget. salvationarmyusa.org
GIVE GOOD WORKS Another one of Wynwood’s best-kept secrets, Give Good Works is the selfproclaimed “Hip Miami Thrift.” Its website describes its collection as “retro threads, funky furniture, vintage collectibles” and more. It’s a cool place to find unique apparel and the graffiti on the outside makes the store easy to find. givegoodworks.org
WEST PALM: THE BEST OF THE BEST VAN MICHAELS CONSIGNMENT
5800 S Dixie Hwy West Palm Beach, FL 33405 KNOWN FOR:
Their posh decor & furniture collection
WORLD THRIFT 2425 N Dixie Hwy Lake Worth, FL 33460 KNOWN FOR: The vast size of the store & endless selection of items
SUNRISE FLEA MARKET
1101 N Dixie Hwy Lake Worth, FL 33460 KNOWN FOR:
The variety of tech & gizmo items
Known for its antiques and collectibles, Miami Twice has been in business for almost 30 years, offering a wide selection of clothing, designer purses and jewelry. It can be pricey, but you can’t complain about a $100 price tag on a designer purse that retails for over $500. Make sure to visit in October when the entire store transforms to celebrate the Halloween season and offers an big selection of unique costumes at a reasonable price. miamitwice.com
HOW TO SURVIVE FINALS words_melissa mallin. photo_rori kotch. design_megan mccrink.
Finals are coming and you’re freaking out. Stop. Breathe. It’ll be fine. Feel better? Probably not. But this guide can alleviate the stress and prevent a meltdown.
Get focused It isn’t always as easy as it seems, but if you keep yourself consistently aware of what you need to get done from the moment you wake up, you can be on track to reaching your goals for that day. Even if it’s boring, tedious or difficult, acknowledging what you need to get done is the fastest way to lower your stress level.
AVOID ALL NIGHTERS
Study with a Buddy
It’s two days before the test and you still have eight chapters to read, two essays to write and a project you haven’t even started. If you pull a couple of all-nighters you’ll be fine, right? Wrong. The worst thing you can do before the night of the exam is to stay up all night studying. Your brain needs to turn itself off in order to retain the information. Rather than staying up, try waking up a few hours earlier each day. This will give you more time during normal hours to finish and feel confident.
Studying doesn’t have to be boring and lonesome. Grab a friend to make studying fun while still being productive, but avoid that friend who’s only going to chat your ear off. Studying with a friend is a good way to motivate yourself and each other. Feel free to take 10-minute socializing breaks, but keep in mind that your goal is to study.
Make A To-Do List Once you’ve figured out what needs to be done, write it out. The most important things should be first; the items that are due later in the week should come later. As you start crossing items off your list, you’ll begin feeling better knowing that at least you’ve accomplished something well.
STOP PROCRASTINATING Waiting until the last minute is a leading cause of stress and anxiety. Be your own “focus coach” by forcing yourself to sit down and concentrate (or get a reliable friend to crack down on you). Do the work, get it done and you’ll be shocked by the amount of relief you will feel.
EAT HEALTHY During finals, you’ll want to trade in your bagel for oatmeal or granola bar and that bag of chips for some fruits and vegetables. Protein and fiber are your new best friends. Avoid fatty foods and carbohydrates as they will slow you down and make you tired. Try snacking on celery and peanut butter, carrots and ranch, hummus or fruit and yogurt. Crunchy foods like nuts also stimulate the mind. All the nutrients and vitamis in healthy foods give you more energy while keeping you fuller and focused longer.
LISTEN TO MUSIC Drown out distracting background noise while listening to your favorite songs. However, be sure to keep the volume down and play something soothing. Try listening to music on 8tracks, where you can choose your mood along with your music preferences. Include “study”, or “motivational” in your settings or search.
VACANT PLACES TO STUDY
Be GRateful AND SMILE
Once you’ve set your goals and organized your workspace, thank the universe for being alive! Force yourself to smile, in the morning for five minutes and recite ten things you’re grateful for. Reminding yourself of what you have will keep you level-headed and motivated.
Take a moment to stop what you’re doing and meditate. Go outside, lay in the grass, close your eyes and breathe. Focus on the rhythm of your heartbeat and allow the sounds of nature soothe you. After 15 minutes of simple relaxation, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle your workload. If you’re looking for some guidance to your meditation, there are plenty of iPhone applications, like Calm.com, that can get you started.
SLOW DOWN When the stress becomes too much to handle, take a moment to slow down. Focus on completing one task at a time. Instead of racing to class, leave earlier, walk slower and take time to enjoy the fresh air. Breathe slowly and deeply to push out all negative energy and watch as the stress lifts up, up and away.
TRY A NEW LIBRARY Avoid the library you normally study in, at least during the week! Richter can be one of the most distracting places on campus, unless you’re completely isolated in the stacks. Try going to some of the other libraries on campus you haven’t explored like the law or music library.
GET LAID We all know this is a scientifically proven way to relieve stress. It’s not always possible, but it does do the trick. (Just be safe!)
The Arboretum: Located behind the Cox Science building, it offers a nice relaxing outdoor space to study in. Eaton Volleyball Courts: These courts allow you to enjoy the fresh air while studying peacefully in a somewhat secluded area. Lake Osceola: Bring a blanket and grab a patch of grass near the epicenter of our campus. April 2014
words_mark poulose. photo_melissa mallin. design_claudia fernandes. In November, Florida voters will have the opportunity to legalize marijuana. A proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would allow marijuana to be bought and sold in Florida for medicinal use. On Feb. 10, Representative Joe Saunders and Senator Jeff Clemens introduced the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act in both houses of the Florida legislature. The bill, named after Florida Cannabis Action Network president and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) patient Cathy Jordan, will require a change in Florida’s constitution to legalize medical marijuana. The highly publicized police raid of Jordan’s home last February inspired her involvement in the movement. Jordan possessed marijuana plants and seedlings purely for the purpose of treating the debilitating symptoms of her illness, which sparked widespread outrage at her harsh treatment. On Election Day, 60 percent of voters will have to endorse the amendment in order for it to pass. If passed, Florida would become the first southern state to legalize medical marijuana. Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have enacted similar laws.
The Cathy Jordan Medical Marijuana Act authorizes qualified patients and caregivers to possess and sell marijuana. The act will allow physicians to recommend use of marijuana in patient care, yet contains provisions attempting to prevent abuse. The act also has stipulations requiring patients to have medical marijuana identification cards as well as guidelines for
PROBLEMS? CONCERNS? Contact Pier 21, The University of Miami’s center for drug and alcohol education and treatment. (305) 284-6120 the licensing and permitting of farms and dispensaries in Florida. It seems that the bill stands a good chance. On Feb. 26, The Miami Herald reported seven in 10 Floridians supported the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act. On Feb. 10, The Orlando Sentinel quoted Florida Representative Joe
THE TRUTH ABOUT FLORIDA’S PIPE LAWS A new law signed by governor Rick Scott on June 5, 2013 has elicited protest due to its emboldened stance against marijuana paraphernalia. The law expands on previous restrictions by making it illegal to sell or possess any item – including water pipes, chamber pipes, electric pipes and more – that is used specifically for smoking marijuana.
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Saunders (D) who stated, “[the bill] is very likely to pass.” A workforce is being prepared in anticipation of the bill passing. Jeremy Bufford, a Tampa-based businessman, has already founded Medical Marijuana Tampa, Florida’s first cannabis-focused university. Bufford’s work history, according to his LinkedIn page, includes a company called Crowd Smart Media, which manages the social media of restaurants. In his new venture, students are offered classes on the historical, botanical, legal and pharmacological perspectives of medical marijuana. The goal of the cannabis university is to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to work in the medical marijuana industry. In an interview with the Broward/Palm Beach New Times, Bufford said that his academy has already identified locations for classrooms and dispensaries, but is waiting on the November election outcome to execute leases. While the decision has yet to be made, Floridia constituents should learn more about the act in order to be informed when the time comes to vote on legalizing marijuana.
Loopholes, however, allow retailers to sell the products under the moniker of “tobacco use only.” Bong owners are more vulnerable, however. If prosecutors can prove smoking intent, then mere possession of paraphernalia results in a first-degree misdemeanor the first offense, and a third-degree felony on the second.
words_morgan golumbuk. photo_bellin & pratt architects LLC. design_claudia fernandes In the realm of UM Greek life, nothing is concrete. Member classes graduate, chapters come and go and probation rumors flood campus like hurricanes during Miami’s rainy season. The latest batch of uncertainties stems from the proverbial elephant on San Amaro Drive: the Pi Kappa Alpha house. Or, more correctly, what was supposed to be the Pi Kappa Alpha house. When Pi Kappa Alpha lost its charter at the end of 2013, questions immediately arose about the future of the new house, which is still under construction. Digital renderings of the plans boast a picturesque 32-bed structure. “The house is being built and financed by a division of the Pi Kappa Alpha National Fraternity,” according to Assistant Dean of Students Steve Priepke. While Pi Kappa Alpha may claim ownership of the property, it has been in negotiations with Beta Theta Pi on a preliminary lease agreement beginning in the spring of 2015. The house would be Beta’s first in chapter history, according to president Jack McIntosh.
“You don’t build a brotherhood off of a house or suite,” -Brandon Rosenberg
What about fraternities that still don’t have an official place to call home? It’s no secret that houses have their perks: a chef, a meeting place for rituals and, as Jeffrey Sznapstajler of Alpha Epsilon Pi puts it, “I’m living with 20 of my best friends”. For several Greek organizations, however, the luxuries of a fraternity house are a dream. Delta Lambda Phi, founded at UM in 2012, and Kappa Sigma, re-chartered at UM in 2013, are currently devoid of both houses and suites in the Panhellenic Building on campus. “You don’t build a brotherhood off of a house or suite, you build it off of lifelong bonds and friendships,” said former Kappa Sigma president Brandon Rosenberg. “With or without a house, we have a 107-man family, which is worth more to us than any house.” Kappa Sigma is forced to use brothers’ homes, venues around the city and the ballrooms and meeting areas on campus to hold rituals. But in Rosenberg’s eyes, “it’s not the end of the world.” It all comes down to convenience – or, as it stands, inconvenience. “Not having a house requires a significant amount of planning and organization when it comes to things like chapter, rush events and brotherhood outings,” says Robert Wright, a brother of Kappa Sigma. Some fraternities, though bereft of a chapter house, have taken up residence in the Mary B. Merritt Building. Lovingly referred to as simply “Panhell,” the Greek life hub harbors suites for all eight sororities, as well as a handful of fraternities. “I love the suite,” said junior Shannon Loughlin, a sister of Delta Gamma. “To have
a place on campus that we can study, relax and socialize with other sisters is awesome. However, sometimes I wish we had a chapter house because the suite, while great for hanging out throughout the day, is a bit crammed when we use it for our rituals and chapter.” While the mere thought of gaining a chapter house seems elusive to Greek organizations without one, there is a precedent at UM for the type of exchange that is looming for Pike’s new property. For example, the house currently occupied by Pi Kappa Phi was acquired in the fall of 2009 as a long-term lease from Alpha Tau Omega, according to Pi Kapp’s housing corporation president Robert F. Riley. Although ATO still owns the property, its occupant prior to Pi Kapp was none other than Kappa Sigma, who leased the house up until their departure from campus in the spring of 2009. For now, Greek housing will remain as is: sufficient yet unbalanced, inconvenient and, as always, crawling with rumors. But, who knows, maybe SEC-style brick mansions lie in the future. Or maybe just the Pike house with a fresh pair of new letters.
IS SORORITY HOUSING ILLEGAL? The short answer: No. Rumors about sorority houses being illegal in Coral Gables due to a law about brothels is false. Tony Lake and Steve Priepke – associate and assistant dean of students – said money and zoning codes are reasons. Moreover, a pact from the Panhellenic building’s inception suggests that a sorority won’t build a house off campus unless all of the others could do so as well.
The digital renderings of the Pi Kappa Alpha house show that the house will have a pool and it will also be above a parking lot.
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A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST
May 23 Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Michael Fassbender Coming in at an estimated budget of $250 million, this action epic should be one of the biggest cinematic events of the summer. The characters from the original X-Men trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class.”
May 30 Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron The mastermind behind “Family Guy” is back with his second live-action film, which he wrote, directed and stars in. This parody of the classic western genre centers around a farmer who must defend himself against the gun-slinger husband of his newfound love interest.
22 JUMP STREET June 13 Stars: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill The sequel to “21 Jump Street” takes officers Schmidt and Jenko to a local college, where they again go deep undercover to bust a crime ring. The format feels familiar, but odds are veteran comedy directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will recapture the brilliance of the first film.
EDGE OF TOMORROW June 6 Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt This sci-fi blockbuster is directed by Doug Liman, whose resume includes all three installments of the Bourne Trilogy. The story is about a soldier in a dystopian future who keeps reliving his last day in battle against an alien invasion.
HURRICANES IN HOLLYWOOD UM GRADS RISING THROUGH THE RANKS OF THE FILM INDUSTRY
Graduated: December 2012 What she does: Freelance Production
Assistant and Actress
Has worked on projects with: Martin
Solveig, Laidback Luke, Kelly Clarkson, Kel Mitchell Advice for students: “Don’t be afraid to tell people what your goals are – you’ll be surprised how many people will want to help… Whether you want to be on camera or behind the scenes, know there is a huge Canes family on the west coast.”
Graduated: Spring 2011 The path: Two production company internships,
Mailroom job at The Gersh Agency, Assistant to two creative executives at Paramount Favorite UM professors: Bill O’Dowd (Legal Aspects of Motion Pictures) and Tom Musca (Screenwriting) On the reality of Hollywood: “There are no overnight success stories; there are months and years of hard work behind each and every one of those victories within the business. Nothing is easy. If it was, everyone would do it.”
Graduated: May 2012 Work history includes: 20th Century Fox
Television, CBS legal department, Film Sales Corp, a film distribution company, CAA, one of the premiere talent agencies in LA (clients include Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, and many more) Proud Cane: “UM helped me prepare [for LA]; the relationships I formed in Coral Gables have been beneficial in Los Angeles.” What it’s like to move to LA: “The city is brimming with music, movies and art that you can only find here. For someone who wanted to be in the entertainment industry since they were 10 years old, LA is a dream come true.” April 2014
words_ david o’connell. photo_raquel zaldivar. design_ivana cruz. Amateur beer brewing has gained considerable popularity in the last ten years, so the time has come to take the hobby of brewing beer into your own hands. There are four basic ingredients you’ll need: hops, malt, yeast and water. Malts are grains that provide the sugar that yeast feed on during the fermentation process, and therefore are responsible for the strength of the alcohol. The more malt there is, the higher the alcohol content. The hops create the bitter taste and
act as a stabilizing agent for the yeast while also adding flavor. In turn, the malt’s sweetness balances out the bitterness of the hops. Yeast is responsible for converting the unfermented beer, called wort, into the final, drinkable product. Yeast acts as the agent of change, converting the sugars from the malt into alcohol and carbon dioxide while water makes up the majority of the beverage’s volume. In addition to the major ingredients for home-brew, there are four universal steps to
creating your own beer: malting, mashing, boiling and fermenting. A starter kit can be bought for $60 to $80 from online brewing websites. A brew kettle is a must, preferably larger than four gallons to prevent spillage. Two five-gallon buckets or a carboy will be required as a fermenter and bottling vessel. An airlock allows the carbon dioxide necessary for good beer to build up. Finally, you’ll need the racking cane and plastic tubing and bottles to package your product.
Malting is normally done by maltsters and then sold in bulk to breweries and individuals. The process of malting entails activating naturally occurring enzymes in the grains and then drying them. Before starting the process, make sure to sterilize your work area.
Soaking the (1) - (4) malted grains in hot water, or mashing, allows the enzymes to degrade the grain’s starch molecules and create smaller sugar molecules. Maltose, the main sugar produced through this step, fuels the yeast during the fermentation process.
After the mashing comes the boiling and cooling. Boiling the unfermented beer, or wort, which consists of water and malted sugars, provides some necessary sanitation. The two most important precautions are cleaning and sanitizing to guarantee your beer does not become infected by bacteria. While boiling the wort, (5) packed or (6) loose hops are added for some bitterness and flavor to balance the sugars of the malt.
After boiling, the contents are cooled before the yeast is added and the fermentation process can begin. This can be done by dunking the pot in iced water. The mixture must then be poured into a carboy or brewing bucket. Depending on the strength of the beer, fermentation can last anywhere from a week to several months. After the required incubation period, the beer is ready to be bottled, kegged or served.
Daddy Brews, located near campus, offers Saturday classes for those interested in learning from pros about how to brew your own beer. They also sell the ingredients and equipment you’ll need to brew. For more information, visit daddybrews.com. 4427 SW 74th Ave., 786-382-5161.
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no deal Given all the intricacies of the brewing process, it’s understandable to wonder if brewing beer yourself actually saves money. The answer truly depends on what kind of beer you are trying to replace. If you’re going for a case of Natty Light or Budweiser, then no. You should just stick with your cheap, sh*tty beer. For those who occasionally enjoy a well crafted brew that normally sells for $8-$15, then the answer is yes. A home-brewed batch creates five gallons of beer, which is roughly 48 12-ounce bottled beers, or eight six-packs, running about five dollars a six-pack.
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LAURYN LAURYN WILLIAMS WILLIAMS words_patrick riley. photo_kevin jairaj. design_alex piccirilli.
By winning silver as part of the U.S. bobsled team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, former ‘Canes track star Lauryn Williams became one of five athletes to win medals at both summer and winter games. Distraction sat down with her to talk about stray dogs, how neat the Brits are and, yes, a little bit of bobsledding. DISTRACTION: So, you retire from track, but then Lolo Jones approaches you and wants you to try out for the Olympic bobsled team. What was your initial reaction? LAURYN WILLIAMS: She didn’t really approach me to try out for the team; I actually saw her on the way to a race. We were going to Rome and I knew that she had done bobsled and I just kind of wanted to know what her experience was like. There was a lot of media coverage saying that she and two of the other girls – Hyleas [Fountain] and Tianna Madison – had tried out. That was the first time I had seen Lolo since I heard she tried out, so I asked her why she wanted to do it, how it went for her … and it was more just a talk of getting
to understand how she fell into the sport. My interest was really piqued and it just went on from there. D: How did you feel the first time you climbed into a sled and raced down the hill? LW: I compare a bobsled to a rollercoaster without seatbelts and that’s pretty much what it is – really scary. The first time I went down the ice conditions weren’t that great. It was still pretty warm because the ice had just opened up so it makes the bobsled a lot more chattery, which I didn’t know because I had no frame of reference. So it was pretty scary. The first ride, I thought we crashed three or four times, and we were actually having a really good run. D: What was the biggest adjustment for you in your transition to bobsledding? LW: I think it’s the team aspect and working with everyone and depending so heavily on someone else for being able to do my part of the job. Obviously I was very new, and the other brakemen are the ones that teach you, so they are competitors. Most places in the world, if your competitor has to teach you something, they’re going to do a lackadaisical job or make sure that you don’t get the one up on them. In bobsled, it’s like a family, and even though they’re competitors […] you depend on them
heavily and they teach you everything you need to know. D: From stray dogs to unfinished hotel lobbies to drinking water that was too dangerous to use on your face – give us your best Sochi story. Did you adopt a stray dog? LW: I didn’t, but I thought about it. I actually got the information a couple days too late, otherwise I definitely would’ve brought a dog home (laughs). […] If I had a complaint, I would say it would be the transportation. […] You know, we were at the farthest point of the Olympic village from the cafeteria and it took about seven to … probably closer to two weeks to get the shuttle to even come up the hill; once we got it, it wasn’t coming very frequently and so a lot of times we’d have to drag our bags down the hill. The worst part was if you couldn’t find one leaving the cafeteria, it was uphill the whole way back. D: Was there anything you missed the most over there? LW: Fruit and vegetables would probably be one of the things I missed and vegetables that are green and raw. There was a lot of iceberg lettuce type stuff, where you’re really looking for some nice, bright spinach or spring mix to kind of mix it up. I was afraid to eat the yogurt
Piloted by Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams on their second run in the women’s bobsled, Team USA 1, races down the track during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Sanki Sliding Center in Sochi, Russia.
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and that’s something I really enjoy eating. So yeah, no dairy. D: Why were you afraid to eat the yogurt? LW: It was kind of like if they had a gallon jug of milk in the back and then they poured it in a cup for you, so there are just cups of milk sitting in a tray. So I was kind of just weirded out by not knowing the origin of where the yogurt or the milk came from. D: You’ve been to four Olympic cities now – Athens, Beijing, London and Sochi – which one is your favorite? LW: I’m probably going to go with London because like I said, it’s one of those things where every country has its own culture and each culture shines through, but London was the most American-style. People are speaking English. They’re very neat and organized. […] So you can get around. You can see the sights. […] It was very user-friendly. D: You’re from Rochester, Pa., but you attended UM. Where do you feel more at home: the snow or the sand? LW: I’m still a warm-weather girl and my father is half-Trinidadian so I think that warm blood and that Caribbean vibe that’s in my veins has me more … Miami is a place that in my mind I’d like to set up shop, and I’m currently in Texas. So yeah, I’m a warm-weather girl, but it was easier to adjust [to the Sochi weather] than I thought it was going to be. It actually didn’t turn out to be as bad, so there must be some Pennsylvania buried in me somewhere that allowed me to tough it out. D: Both in track and in bobsledding, fractions of a second can decide between who wins and who comes up short. How do you deal with that mentally and emotionally?
United States team member Lauryn Williams works on the team sled during women’s bobsled training at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Sanki Sliding Center. LW: It’s nerve-wracking. […] For us in these games that just passed, it was 0.1 that separated us from the gold medal, and we led the first three rounds. So it’s incredibly tough to wonder what you could’ve done to get that last little bit; it’s just a weird thing to realize and understand. It makes you kind of obsessive about time. I’m one of those people that looks at the clock … they called me the team stopwatch, because I would know, after a couple days of practice, that it would take 23 minutes to go from the hotel to the track, make sure we get all of the sleds out of the truck and how much time it took to actually unload the sled. D: You mentioned the 0.1 seconds that you missed the gold by – how long did it take you to get over that? LW: Yeah, I’m definitely not over it yet (laughs). It goes in waves. The last thing I told my driver Elana [Meyers] before we went down was ‘No
matter what happens at the bottom, make sure you jump out of that sled and scream like you want it.’ […] So, in that moment it’s easy to get caught up in ‘Oh my God, I lost’ but you really have to be able to celebrate the accomplishment of how hard you work to get to a silver medal position in the Olympics. D: You now have won gold and silver in the Summer Olympics and silver in the Winter Olympics? What’s next? LW: I think I’m just going to go be a grown-up. I’ve got some projects […] One of the things I want to do is go back to Detroit where I was raised from kindergarten [to] sixth grade, and with everything that’s happened there and how it’s kind of falling apart and everything, I want to be a part of the revitalization to that. […] The Clinton Global Initiative is something I’m interested in. I see what a difference they’re making as very influential people are banding together to do good in the world.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS LAUREN WILLIAMS? 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China
2014 Clinton Global Initiative University at the University of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona
2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
2004 Graduated University of Miami in Miami , Florida 1983 Born in Rochester, Pennsylvania
2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece April 2014
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MIAMI’S VETERAN MANAGER JIM MORRIS CONTINUES HIS LEGACY AS HE ENTERS HIS 21ST SEASON
* Numbers signify every year Jim Morris has coached ‘Canes baseball team.
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Now in his 21st season at the helm of UM’s baseball program, Jim Morris, who has guided the Canes to two national championships, has seen it all. Distraction sat down with the man they call simply “3” to talk about past nightmares, future plans and – of course – milkshakes. Distraction: Has there ever been a point in your coaching career when you were discouraged and thought or felt you couldn’t coach anymore? Jim Morris: I’ve been coaching for 37 years — my entire career. The day I quit pro ball, the next day I was a college coach. […] So, there’s definitely been times where it’s discouraging when you’re not winning as much as you expect to win or you have tough losses like in 1996 when we lost to LSU in the finals on a home run. That was probably the most frustrating thing. […] there were two outs in the ninth inning and we were up by one and they put up a hitter that had no home runs for LSU and the second pitch, he hits a curve ball out of the ballpark for a home run
“My job is my hobby and my hobby is my job and I can’t see myself playing golf every day or something like that...I see myself still being involved in baseball somewhat...” - Jim Morris to win and we lose by one. And in my mind, I was already designing a ring. D: So when you went back to the World Series in 1997, was that the time you were able to get out of that rut that you were in after the 1996 game?
JM: It was a mental thing. I was crushed. It was like a death in the family type of thing. I would say it probably took me two years to get over [that]. I would have nightmares. […] I was under the stadium and I was lying down and I could see through a crack and I could see out and the game was going on, but I couldn’t get out. I’d wake up sweating. It was a reoccurring nightmare. D: Was there a particular event that helped you get out of it? JM: Time heals, but in ’99, of course, when we won, it made it much easier to talk about. D: You have an interest in architecture. How did you develop that interest? How do you keep in touch with it now? JM: I enjoy drawing, houses in particular. I’ve actually drawn a couple houses and built them. One of my hobbies is going out and looking at open houses. My only problem is, if I go and see one I really like, I want to buy it. So I’ve owned somewhere between 35 and 40 houses. D: Where do you see yourself in ten years? JM: I don’t know. I’ve been coaching a long time. That’s a tough question. My job is my hobby and my hobby is my job and I can’t see myself playing golf every day or something like that. Most guys when they retire, after a year, they’re going nuts and their wives are going nuts. So I don’t know. I see myself still being involved in baseball somewhat as a coach or something because it’s been my life so I will always be involved in baseball. I’ve had pro jobs and pro offers, but I haven’t done any of those.
Jim Morris is all smiles during practice. The UM baseball fixture set a NCAA record for guiding a program to the College World Series in each of his first six years in Miami.
D: What has made you want to stay here at UM? JM: I have more control over here than in professional baseball. […] The problem is, when you bring in a general manager, they bring in all of their people. So, there is no stability there and there’s no control long term and I like the fact that I’m in control here in Miami.
field […] our sign was that we would holler their number. If I hollered your number, you’re supposed to look at me. So, on the other side of the coin, if the players wanted my attention, they would holler my number — 3. […] And it kind of evolved and now they call me “3” on the field and off the field.
D: People call you “3” and that’s your number. Why that nickname? JM: I don’t like being called “3” to be honest with you. I don’t think it’s very affectionate. But it started when I first started coaching; if I wanted a guy’s attention on the
D: We know that UM’s previous coach, Ron Fraser, helped you develop as a baseball coach. Were there any coaching tactics or skills that he had that you’ve taken as a baseball coach? JM: I was an assistant for Coach Fraser for the USA team; I was
very close to him [...] I did his eulogy when he passed away last year. It was the toughest thing I have ever done. I always asked him what he thought because he probably had already tried it on the field or off the field. D: Finally, we’re curious. How often do you have the famous Alex Rodriguez Park milkshakes? JM: I don’t have them anymore; they’re too fattening. [...] They’re great, but I try to stay away from them. [When I did have them], I drank chocolate shakes. I used to drink one every day. April 2014
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layer it on On Marielle: Maxi skirt; Free People, Free People stores. Corset; Stylist’s Own. Denim shirt; Jenna Boller. Hat; Stylist’s Own. Necklaces; Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters; Stylist’s Own.
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add some flare On Marielle: Dress; June & Hudson, Nordstrom. Shoes; Stylist’s Own. Belt; Free People, Free People stores. Spiked necklace; Monc Boutique. Necklace; Stylist’s Own.
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laid back look On Marielle: Top; Red Velvet by Nicole Marcella, Monc Boutique. Pants; Bettinis, Nic del Mar. Necklace; Monc Boutique. Cuff; Monc Boutique. Ring; Monc Boutique. Turquoise ring; Forever 21, Forever 21 Stores. Bangles; Stylistâ€™s Own.
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Begin with classics.
Know your eraS and time limits.
Why to buy Vintage vs. New.
If you’re new to vintage hunting, it’s better to start looking for these “timeless” items first. A good piece of vintage is something basic and classic. This could range from a simple cardigan to a little black dress, or even a bag. But make it something that you are able to wear over and over again that won’t lose its luster.
words_vivian braga. illustration_gabrielle mottaz. design_gabrielle mottaz. For the real fashion lovers, vintage shopping can be considered one of life’s greatest joys. Often all about the thrill of a good hunt and great findings, there are very few things that are as satisfying as unearthing a great piece from a different time period. But your search can quickly go awry when, flipping through dusty clothing racks, you spot a Forever 21 label. You instantly call into question the concert tees you’ve picked out. How can you tell the difference between previously owned clothing and bona fide vintage pieces? Here are a few tips and guides to help you on that quest.
Know what you’re looking for.
Whether you’re looking for designer or non-designer vintage, there is definitely a store for those items. But you must be aware that there are two different worlds of vintage: the thrift stores and the high-end vintage.
Learn the difference between vintage and thrift.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell apart vintage items from used items, but the key is to look for “timeless” pieces, fashion items that haven’t changed throughout many years of different collections and are still in use until today. “Vintage denotes something special,” said Doris Raymond, a vintage seller at The Way We Wore in Los Angeles. “The item has to have stood the test of time and has proven to remain relevant for any number of reasons — timelessness of style, quality, historical or cultural significance or interesting provenance.”
Usually, the easiest eras to shop vintage pieces are the ones closer to our time — naturally, there are more options to choose from and they have better prices. Depending on the product, the older it is, the more expensive it will be. The easiest eras to fit our contemporary wardrobe are the ones from the second half of the 20th century. Items from any previous time might be considered too much like a costume and wouldn’t incorporate well into your modern wardrobe.
Sometimes a quality vintage accessory can cost as much as a current couture, so why choose a preowned piece when you can actually buy something brand new? “A general rule of thumb, especially for higher-end designer pieces, is that the older the piece, the higher the quality,” Raymond said. You also won’t be spotting any other girl around campus carrying the same bag or wearing the same jacket or jeans as you. If you really like a piece of clothing but it doesn’t exactly fit you, keep in mind that vintage items can always be altered to make them perfect for you. Investing $25 or $30 to have the sleeves shortened or the waist taken in can transform an unfashionable frock into a customized statement dress. For the items that can’t be altered, it’s good to be aware of your body proportions.
Buy Vintage Pieces That Will Make You Look Stylish Today.
Although you are buying something that is from a different time, it’s important to keep in mind that although it’s vintage, it has to be
wearable today. Dig for retro items that complement your personal wardrobe. Buying vintage is not only a good investment but also sets apart your closet. Celebrities sport vintage both on and off the red carpet while designers seek inspiration in their own archives. Look to your favorite fashion icon, whether it’s Brigitte Bardot or your mom, for ideas to integrate your new finds into your wardrobe.
Blast from the past
Every popular trend has its brief moment in the spotlight before it fades to the clearance rack. These are a few of the old fads that have made their way back into our hearts.
the floppy hat
the Bell Bottoms
The floppy hat is glamourous, mysterious, and bold. With the right attitude, the floppy hat can make your old jeans and t-shirt into a whole new outfit.
Who doesn’t love a free spirit and a music festival? High-waisted bell bottoms will add a hippie touch to your wardrobe and bring out the inner flower child in you.
The beanie is the touch of 90’s every girl needs. Pair it with a rocker tee, a plaid shirt and chunky boots and your grunge chic look is complete.
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As the daunting graduation day approaches, many soon-to-be college grads face uncertainty after shaking President Shalalaâ€™s hand. The high cost of graduate education and loan debt lasting 10 to 20 years only calls for more uncertainty. So as everyoneâ€™s countdown to their future job or grad school hits the single digits, we have to ask ourselves, is it worth it? April 2014 Distraction 29 April 2014 Distraction 29
ho ever said college was easy was wrong. Who ever said college was expensive was so right. The cost of education is rising across the board, and while the unemployment rate has declined, it is still difficult for college students to find jobs once they graduate. However, just because it is difficult for students to find jobs does not mean that it’s not happening. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 72 percent of college graduates are employed while 11.3 percent are not. The rest are either back in school or have dropped out of the labor force entirely. This data, of course, varies depending on what you earned your bachelor’s degree in. On average, students who are science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors have a higher rate of employment than those whose major falls under humanities.
UNDEREMPLOYED MEANS BEING EDUCATIONALLY OVERQUALIFIED FOR THE JOB YOU HAVE.
While unemployment rates of recent college graduates garner much attention, there is another troubling phenomenon lurking in the corners: underemployment. Underemployed means being educationally overqualified for the job you have. In 2012, 284,000 people with college degrees were working jobs that paid minimum or subminimum wages, according to Forbes. To put this in perspective, about 18 percent of college graduates who spent several thousand (or a few hundred thousand for those who went to a private university) on their college education, are working for $7.25 (the minimum wage in Florida is $7.93) an hour or less if they work for tips. The disparity between higher education and lower employment is troubling and leaves some soon-to-be grads to consider graduate school. So, does this rise in unemployment and underemployment imply that the
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bachelor’s degree is the new high school diploma? If that were true, it would mean that graduate school is necessary to even get your foot in the door. This is not always the case. Graduate school is necessary if you actually need the degree in order to accomplish your career goals. “Going to graduate school solely to avoid working is a bad idea because you may end up with more debt,” explained Alicia Rodriguez, Director of Employer Relations at the Toppel Career Center. “And who is to say that you will actually be more marketable with that degree when you finish? If you are going to graduate school, make sure that it is a degree that you want.” Another factor to consider is financial risk. Graduate school is costly; students take out $12,700 on average in federal loans per year on top of the debt acquired from their undergraduate career, meaning that grad school students may have a harder time making money than their peers who decide to forgo a master’s. Because of the cost and high potential debt associated with grad school, it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly. When considering taking this next step, you need to look beyond the school and decide what you want to do professionally for the rest of your life. If you plan to be a lawyer or a doctor, then post graduate degrees are required. But for everyone else, it depends. For example, if you want to be an accountant, you must obtain 30 credit hours beyond the undergraduate level to be eligible for the CPA exam. Because of this, many students go straight into a Master of Accounting program so that they can then get their licensure and begin to work. “I wanted to start my graduate program while I was still in the groove of school,” said senior accounting major Jasmine Holmes. “The University of Miami has a unique, competitive program that allows you to complete a master’s in accounting at an accelerated rate. Doing this has saved me a semester of graduate school, which saves me money and helps me begin my career sooner. This provides me with a competitive edge in the work force. In the long run, I do feel that it will be worth it because if it weren’t, I wouldn’t have committed to this program.” Additionally, if you want to be a professor or work in higher education, you will need a graduate degree and, more often than not, students go straight from undergrad into these graduate degree programs. A few other fields that require graduate education are veterinary medicine and pharmacology. Like medical or law school, graduate school for these two programs is non-negotiable. “Going to graduate school depends on what you’re studying and trying to accomplish. With my career goal of broadcast journalism, it’s more so
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The Peace Corps The Peace Corps is an organization that allows students to volunteer and travel the world after they graduate. Besides gaining experience abroad and making a difference in a developing community, some of the benefits of joining the Peace Corps include potentially having your student loans deferred or partially cancelled, a monthly living and housing allowance, full medical and dental coverage and unique graduate school opportunities.
Fulbright The Fulbright program allows students to teach at various grade levels, go to graduate school or conduct research in more than 140 countries. To be eligible, one must be a U.S. citizen, have a bachelor’s degree at the start and be proficient in the language of their host country. Benefits include health coverage, room and board and potential tuition coverage.
Teach for America Teach for America focuses on providing a better education for students in the United States. To participate in this program, you need a bachelor’s degree, but they accept applicants from any major or academic discipline. Benefits include a salary ranging from $24,000 to $51,000, retirement benefits and possible loan forbearance.
Boren Fellowships The Boren Fellowships provide graduate students funding for research in areas considered to be critical to the interest of the U.S. Preference is given to students who plan to stay overseas for a long period of time since this program focuses on cultural immersion. Recipients of this award are required to work for the federal government for a period of time after graduation, but are responsible for finding their own jobs.
City Year City Year is a program similar to Teach for America in which participants spend one year teaching students after they graduate. To participate, you must have a high school diploma or a GED and a college degree or have attended some college. You must also be between 17 and 24 years of age and not have served more than three months in another corps. Benefits include a stipend to defray living expenses, loan deferment and funding for higher education.
Going to graduate school “solely to avoid working is a bad idea because you may end up with more debt, and who is to say that you will actually be more marketable with that degree when you finish?
based on experience,” said senior broadcast journalism major Kamrel Eppinger. “Getting my feet wet in the field is more valuable than spending an extra two years in the classroom. The world of television is always changing and you have to be able to change with it. Staying in school may be more detrimental than helpful.” Therefore, depending on your career goals, work experience may be more valuable than a graduate degree. This may require volunteering, interning or working a low-paying position for a few years. Such “taboos” will eventually pay off in the long run because you will establish credibility. Working a year or two after graduation will either reassure you of your career goals enough for you to pursue graduate education in the future or it may lead you on a different path. Either way, you’ll know for sure what you’re spending your next 100k on. For some graduate programs, work experience prior to continuing your education is actually preferable. “I have students that ask me all the time about getting an MBA. I never recommend that you go straight to business school. I always suggest that you gain some work experience first, that way the MBA is more meaningful,” said Rodriguez. “In other fields like broadcast journalism, public relations or advertising, it will be in your best interest to pursue at least three years of work experience first. When you do apply for competitive jobs with a graduate degree, you are still going to need some work experience to back it up.” The average MBA student is in his or her 30s because many of them are either in the midst of a career change or are looking to further their value in their current job. This is not to say that those who delve straight into an MBA after college are in the wrong, but this is one degree you may want to visit later in life. So we have unemployment,
underemployment, law school, medical school, even veterinary and pharmacology school. Yet another path many students opt for is a gap year. During this year, grads may choose to intern or join programs such as Teach for America or City Year. Taking a gap year can be beneficial if done correctly. “A gap year, if properly executed, will strengthen your application for graduate school. You can gain relevant experience in a job or internship as long as you secure those ahead of time,” said class of 2013 Jerome Mulloor. “Also, you can focus solely on studying for admissions exams without worrying about other homework. Real-world experience and higher test scores will improve your chances of getting accepted to grad school if you were unsuccessful the first time. Don’t take a gap year just to travel or go on vacation. It’s usually better to continue with your studies.” If graduate school isn’t for you, there are jobs that don’t require a graduate degree that still pay well. A few of these jobs according to Payscale and the Bureau of Labor Statistics are (all salaries are median annual salaries): • Artist and related workers, $59,840 • Aerospace engineers and operation technicians, $61,530 • Web developers, $62,000 • Makeup artist, theatrical and performance, $64,450 • Registered nurses, $65,470 • Detectives and criminal investigators, $74,300 • Air traffic controllers, $122,530 Though the majority of these jobs do not pay the highly coveted six-figure salaries, they pay well enough for one to live comfortably, depending on your definition of comfort. If you can forgo graduate school and earn
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REPAY LOANS? The average student loan debt is $25,000 and takes an average of 10 years to pay off. We’ve researched some common ways to pay back loans: >> An income based payment plan, which stops your payment from exceeding a certain percent of your income. >> A graduated payment plan, where the payments start off small but increase every two years until the loan is paid off in 10. >> The extended plan, in which you can make smaller payments and extent the payment process for up to 25 years. >> A standard 10-year payment plan, which is a fixed monthly payment for the next 10 years.
almost $60,000 per year in your chosen field, it makes more sense to go straight to work following graduation and avoid accumulating unnecessary debt. Whether it’s societal pressure or just the natural fear of entering the real word, if you are still set on going to graduate school, do your research. Understand how profitable a particular master’s degree will be for what you are trying to do with it. If you plan to invest that much more money and time into your education, you must discern the degree’s return on investment. If getting an advanced degree in a specific area will allow you to bypass the entry level jobs and start at a higher pay grade, then go for it. According to Forbes, the master’s degrees with the highest return are: information systems (30 percent pay increase), public health (30 percent pay increase), physics (22 percent pay increase), computer science (21.3 percent pay increase) and finance (18.6 percent pay increase). Some degrees that do not yield returns as high as those are English (11.7 percent pay increase), music and biology (10 percent pay increase) and political science (8
percent pay increase). The benefits of attending graduate school are obvious: the potential to earn more money in the long run and increase your chances of career advancement. Some benefits, however, are not as explicit. Graduate schools give you the opportunity to experience greater personal growth. In grad school, you are treated like an adult and your professors expect you to act like one. Walking in one minute late with a coffee in hand and calling your professors by their first names won’t fly after undergraduate school. Graduate school gives you another one to five years to fully come into your own if you haven’t done so already. Another implicit benefit to grad school is networking. Networking could be the one factor landing you the job of your dreams. More often than not, grad school professors are the kings of their disciplines and usually have connections to major businesses, so while you’re not going to be a on a first name basis with them, it won’t hurt to develop a meaningful relationship. Conversely, graduate school also has its
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setbacks. During your grad school years, you forgo the salary that you could have earned had you landed a job. This is an automatic negative return on your investment. Even though your investment might even out once you enter the workforce, the opportunity cost of lost wages is something that should be considered. Add on to that the time and money spent preparing for graduate school. From standardized test preparation and fees to application fees and sending your scores and transcripts, nothing comes at a small price. It is no secret that majority of adults’ debt comes from the loans incurred by their graduate degrees. So before applying, consider two things: the affordability of the degree and the amount of money you already owe from undergrad. At the University of Miami, it’s not unusual for undergrad students to pay most of their tuition with loans. That leaves some students with close to $100,000 in debt before they even graduate. While you may be able to defer those loans until after you finish graduate school, you will still be responsible for the accrued interest. The longer you defer, the more interest you acquire, lengthening the time it will take you to repay it all. No one wants to be paying back debt in their 30s and 40s, but that might be the case without careful consideration. “I cannot say yes or no when asked if graduate school is worth it because it depends on the field,” said Rodriguez. Attending graduate school depends on what you want to do, where you want to go in life and if you can handle years of more tests and papers. Though it sounds vague, the details are all on you. So whether you’ve been accepted to med school (pat yourself on the back right now), plan on getting a master’s in art history, secured a job or even if you just don’t know, all anyone can say is do what’s best for you and good luck.
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Discrimination is a word that is tossed around the in news almost daily. It finds its way into casual, on-campus conversations and even appears at the top of your Facebook newsfeed. But have you ever thought of some obscured situations where that taboo of a word lingers. If you guessed the clubs, you’re right. And if you think they discriminate by letting girls in free, you’re only half right. Recent lawsuits and a word from many UM students sparked our interest, so we investigated discrimination on all levels in Miami’s nightclubs. Ladies and gentlemen, turn down the music for a minute and listen up, because what we found might amuse you.
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ourists flock to Miami for its undeniable weather, pristine beaches and influx of different cultures. Destinations like these are said to offer something for everyone and Miami is no exception to the law of enticement. The trendy streets of Miami Beach are bejeweled by Art Deco eye candy. The bustle of Calle Ocho is complemented by the highly energetic lifestyle of Little Havana. The high-end shopping opportunities in the sprawling Bal Harbour are contrasted by the quaint, family-owned shops of South Miami and Homestead. The lures of year-round yacht parties, music festivals and art shows are cases for a one-way ticket. Do we even need to mention our three-time, national championship-winning basketball team? But without a doubt, the sunshine state’s (in)famous club scene is what keeps Miami on the radar as one of the world’s top vacation destinations. It’s always been a wonder why we’re not dubbed “The City That Never Sleeps,” because, unlike New York City, the last call at most Miami venues is when we say it is, usually around 4 or 5 a.m. That being said, some consider Miami to be a fantasy, an illusion, a break from reality. South Beach’s clubbing history is manifested by successes and failures that have kept its reputation for the fantastical alive. It also portrays how cutthroat the nightclub industry really is. So with every closure and re-opening, with every $25,000 table and with every DJ set, highly-ranked Miami clubs like LIV, Story, Mansion and Wall (just to name a few) compete to offer guests the ultimate unreal experience. To live this dream, people from all over are more than willing to stand in outrageous lines, pay exorbitant amounts of money and travel on rowdy school buses, all at the risk of being turned away.
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Exclusivity is the key in this industry that puts these clubs on a higher platform than the rest and indirectly paints that picture of fantasy in our minds. But at what point does exclusivity violate someone’s most basic rights? According to a CNN article, a group of South Florida women claimed that they were victims of racial discrimination when they were denied entrance into a club inside Miami Beach’s famed Fontainebleau hotel in 2012. The women stated that they were invited to the hotel’s now closed Arkadia Lounge and showed up on a Saturday night, but were turned away because of their race. With little Google hits on this lawsuit and no conclusive press release, it appears that the case was settled. Regardless, the idea of clubs discriminating against race gained much media attention and definitely sparked ours. Therefore, Distraction got down and dirty in South Beach – no, not on the dance floor – to conduct some investigative reporting and find the truth, or the fault, behind nightclub discrimination. I must admit, it was no easy feat getting a club representative to talk to me once I mentioned the words “discrimination” or “lawsuit.” A security guard even walked away mid-conversation. The public relations departments of these venues seem to have a knack for keeping up an illusion where nothing goes wrong, or rather, a penchant for keeping things under wraps. I quickly realized that provisions of confidentiality were probably stated in these club affiliates’ employment contracts. Nevertheless, this only encouraged me to look deeper. Unlike my usual Friday night out, but very much like many UM student’s usual Fridays, I went to LIV…with a notebook and tape recorder in hand. Waiting in the lobby, I observed the line and the entrance door. People of all backgrounds were waiting for their night of fantasy. A group of guests without a promoter, which included several AfricanAmerican and Asian girls, was told to wait. A group of men was flat-out rejected. I asked the
bouncer who was holding the rope, “Why?” He answered, “They gotta pay” and refused to give me his name. To enter LIV or Story, Miami Marketing Group (MMG), the company that operates these clubs, makes it clear that guests either need to buy a table or have a promoter with them for guaranteed entrance because the clubs have a limited capacity. For a promoter’s perspective, Distraction spoke with Shaun Gold, a UM alum and prominent Miami club promoter who seems to never disappoint guests from his alma mater. His job is “to pack the club,” Gold stated. “The door is only able to process so many people. The venue is only able to hold so many and we have four times that amount that try to get in.” As for race being a deciding factor for who gets in, Gold entirely disagrees. “One, because most big events sell out [of tickets]. Two, because the guest list is always limited and for me personally, it doesn’t matter who you are or how you look. If you’re not one of my regulars, I don’t care if you’re Carmen Electra – you’ve got to be in the know. Anyone can get in if you know the right person. Preference is given to clients and regulars; it has nothing to do with race,” Gold explained. At LIV, I was able to snag Michael Robbins of Empire Events & Marketing. Although he declined to comment on the racial discrimination lawsuit LIV encountered a couple of years ago, he explained that, “The door has to process people in a manner that’s safe for everyone, and that might mean refusing entrance to some groups. The biggest issues we encounter are people being underage or under dressed. You have to understand that this is a private venue and we can’t make paying guests uncomfortable.” I was also able to snag Viodie Douceur, an African-American junior at UM. “It’s the rules of the game,” she said. “I haven’t personally been turned away from a club, but I’m always confronted with race relations. I try not to let stories like this one stop
Senior Tim Hogan says he prefers to wear a shirt and comfortable shorts out, regardless of where he’s going. “This is what I’d wear going out.” He says of his Marc Jacobs tank, rolled up jean shorts and Sperrys. He likes to have room to move and not feel stifled by what he’s wearing.
IF YOU’RE NOT ONE OF MY REGULARS, I DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE CARMEN ELECTRA. me from experiencing things. I know what’s happening, but I try to have faith in people.” Privately owned or not, we are equally protected against discrimination by the Constitution, so the over-arching questions here are: is this legal? Could our beloved nightlife amenities be at risk of closure? For some legal clarification, we heard from Jamie N. Isicoff, an associate attorney at Leinoff & Lemos, P.A., a UM alumnus and frequent South Beach goer. “I don’t find this type of club behavior to be discrimination,” she explained. “If you do, then some more questions arise, like whether we should be limiting a business to their rights of selective entrance when they’re trying to create a vibe that is really good for the economy. Under the Fourteenth Amendment, every citizen is guaranteed equal protection under the law, but it doesn’t mention race. So if you’re going to argue for discrimination against African Americans, then you can easily argue
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for discrimination against men too.” The legal issues surrounding these types of lawsuits are vast, especially when you consider differences among federal laws, state laws and ordinances under each county or city. For deeper clarification, we Skyped in Ms. Isicoff ’s father, Eric D. Isicoff, the founding partner of Isicoff, Ragatz & Koenigsberg, also a UM alum who specializes in discrimination litigation. He explained that, in regards to LIV’s discrimination lawsuit, “A straight comment or act by a lower-level employee is not enough for the grounds of discrimination. In my opinion, when you step into a danger zone of selective criteria, i.e. the doors of a nightclub, it’s fair game. In the media today, race is the protective class that receives the most scrutiny, so that’s what’s going to get everyone’s attention.” Protected class? A protected class is a characteristic of a person that cannot be targeted for discrimination, like race, religions, sex, citizenship and disability, just to name a February 2014 Distraction 37 April 2014 Distraction 37
While some people prefer to dress down to go out, others opt for a dressier approach. Bars, like the ones in Coconut Grove, don’t require such fancy attire. However, most clubs do have some sort of dress code.
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few. This brings up another issue: weight and physical appearance. It’s no secret that these nightclubs want to fill up with beautiful people. “Of course there’s a criteria. Of course we want more girls than guys. All successful clubs have a skewed ratio of girls to guys. It’s all about the fantasy and going into a place that has people you don’t normally see,” Gold said. Yes, it’s sad. Yes, it’s shallow. Yes, that’s the world we live in. “The media says that the most victims of discrimination are overweight, but that is not a protected class. Being someone who’s been to South Beach many times, keeping people out is not discrimination, unless you consider looks discrimination. Should it be allowed? No. Is it illegal? No,” Ms. Isicoff said. While not illegal, obesity is on the cusp of a federal statute declaring it a protected class. So is it unfair to be turned away from a nightclub for being overweight? Absolutely. In
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the midst of investigating racial discrimination, I heard from some students who’ve experienced this type of “semi” discrimination during their college years. Senior Arielle Myers remembers a situation where she was in a group of 13 girls and one was turned away at the door of Story because she weighed over 200 pounds. “We were all pretty pumped to see Snoop Dog, especially May, who recently moved to Miami from St. Louis and wanted to get a taste of the famous Miami nightlife,” Myers explained. “When we walked up to the velvet rope, the bouncer flat out told May she couldn’t come in. I asked him what the problem was and he replied, ‘You ladies can come in, but she can’t,’ pointing at May. The next day, May said she [would be] moving back to St. Louis because she felt like she didn’t fit in.” I don’t know about you, but even tough skin can’t cover up a scarring, humiliating moment like that one.
Another senior, Stephanie Martin, experienced a similar mishap. “I always go to LIV and get in with no problem,” she started. “This time I went with a couple of girl friends, one of whom was a bit on the heavier side, but she’s beautiful so I didn’t think there would be any problem. The bouncer pulled me aside after having us wait in line for 30 minutes and told me, ‘Look, I can’t let you in.’ I asked why not, and he told me it was because of my ‘fat friend’ and that he’d be fired if he let her in. So we left.” Shocking to most Miami foreigners, this type of selective treatment is unacceptable, but sadly, very common in our superficial culture. You can call it shallow, you can fight your way through it, you can even move to another city, but do not let it get to you. Don’t be a patron to a place where you feel discriminated; don’t give give your business to those places where you feel uncomfortable.
MIAMI’S OTHER NIGHTLIFE Although Florida may seem like one of the states falling behind in the gay rights movement, Miami is one city that welcomes, and even bolsters, the rights, amenities and fun of the gay community with events like the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade. Miami is also home to a pervasive gay nightlife. Located on the trendy Lincoln Road, Score prides itself on being Miami’s biggest and boldest gay nightclub. Twist, on the nearby Washington Avenue, is Miami’s longest running gay club and was recently renovated into a seven-bar complex. A few blocks over on Michigan Avenue, you’ll hit the chic Mova Lounge, which is known for its delicious, yet pricey, cocktails. Ask around and you’ll hear that these places never fail to disappoint. Unlike the regular nightclubs of Miami, getting in isn’t as much of an ordeal. Many of the clubs allow almost anybody 21 and up in. Heterosexual and homosexual club goers both enjoy the themed events and slightly less pretentious environment of many of Miami gay clubs.
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IT WAS BECAUSE OF MY ‘FAT FRIEND’ AND THAT HE’D BE FIRED IF HE LET HER IN. Second to weight, another case for discrimination in the club scene is gender; particularly for men. As stated before, SoBe clubs look to pack the place with beautiful women. Therefore, it is highly unlikely for a female to pay a cover fee or be refused entrance. Toward the end of the line at LIV, I saw a group of UM guys bustling their way toward the front and quickly approached them for comments. “Guys have to try twice as hard and pay twice as much to get in,” said senior Ross Ingber. “Just now I had to pay $20 for the ride here, plus $40 cover ... and none of that includes drinks. If a big DJ was [playing] here tonight, I probably wouldn’t get in at all, not without throwing down thousands [of dollars for] a table.” “It sucks, but what are you gonna do?” one of the other guys exclaimed. While Coconut Grove and Brickell are not as selective as SoBe nightclubs, it is interesting to hear from managers and bouncers from other facets of Miami nightlife. Matthew Gentile, the manager of Coconut Grove’s Sandbar Grill, believes, “There is absolutely discrimination in Miami Beach. I think social media and the press drives it. It’s disgusting when someone has a pocket full of money and they are refused service because of how they look.” The manager of Mr. Moe’s on the other hand believes that, “Everyone’s money is green. I’ve been in the business for 20 years and as long as you’re spending money, you’ll get in. No bar makes money by kicking people out and in Miami, about 90 percent of the people are a minority if you think about it.” A bouncer from Brickell’s Blackbird Ordinary, George Capote, was happy to comment on the issue. “I’ve witnessed bouncers not let girls in because of how they look, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider it discrimination. Once, I even saw them give a group of MiddleEastern men a hard time but in the end, they
just walked away. If anything, I think the guys are most discriminated against. But we’re not specifically told to let only pretty girls in. We just all grow up in this culture,” he said. So for all you six-nights-a-week SoBe partiers, it’s not as easy for everyone to have that magical experience you get almost every night. And for you once-in-a-while-ers with a high chance of getting turned away at the door, you’re not alone. One thing I learned from investigating discrimination issues in these clubs is that a solid, fun night comes in all forms, places and diverse groups of people. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a fantasy. Find the spot for you and enjoy it.
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APRIL BARNES pril Barnes is a senior psychology and criminology major, who will be attending the University of Akron in Ohio next year for a Ph.D in counseling psychology. Barnes is also the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), which is one of the Greek organizations that is part of UM’s National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). “I was initiated in the fall of 2012 and I had no intention of becoming president at first,” Barnes said. “It was a very rewarding process to enter into a group of women who all have the same ideals. My line sisters saw leadership skills in me and voted for me [to be] president. Once I was able to see what my sisters saw, it made me grow and take ownership of the fact that I needed to be a leader, a mindset that spread through all things I’m involved with on campus.” Alongside her involvement with AKA, Barnes is the chair of Canes Care for Canes, was on the executive board of United Black Students, is a member of the University Disciplinary Hearing Panel and a was tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society.
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“Each sister of AKA is involved in at least two or three other organizations on campus,” Barnes explained. “We like to be very lady-like and classy and host events that showcase that. Everyone knows us as the girls with the pink and green. Community service is also a huge part of our sisterhood. AKA was established because African-American women were not allowed to join white sororities at the time . AKA is different from Panhellenic sororities in that we don’t focus on giving money to the community, we give ourselves. And that’s how it still is today.” It’s no secret that NPHC receives less attention than the larger, wealthier organizations of the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, but by no means does AKA hide in the background. “On our campus, the relationship between NPHC and the bigger fraternities and sororities is very different than most schools,” Barnes explained. “On other campuses with a bigger black population, there’s chapters with 100 to 150 girls. But here, we are representative of the black demographic of UM. I don’t see this in a negative way. Actually, I don’t even
consider us in the same category because we focus on different things. If anything, it’s a benefit. All the Greek organizations on campus, no matter how big, add to the school’s diversity.” In NPHC, it’s obvious that size doesn’t matter. One may even go far enough to say that the smaller the better. “Being smaller diffidently makes for a close-knit bond and strong sisterhood,” Barnes said. “I know everything about my sisters; their family, their favorite food and color, what makes them mad, what makes them cry. They are essentially my second family, a family that perpetuates into a lifetime.” As for the future of AKA, a president can only hope that the younger sisters exceed her legacy. “In the future, I believe that our chapter will grow, not only in size, but in our influence on campus,” Barnes hopes. “We’ve always preferred quality to quantity, so we look to bring in girls that are better than we are.” Well-said, Ms. Barnes.
MICHAEL VANTE or first-generation college student and U.S. Virgin Islands native Michael Vante, Greek life was just something that he saw in movies. When he arrived at the University of Miami and became acquainted with the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), however, that mindset quickly changed. NPHC is a governing body for the historically AfricanAmerican fraternities and sororities on campus. Fast-forward two years and Vante is now the President of the NPHC Executive Board and a brother of the Iota Chi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (KAΨ), or the “Nupes,” as they are socially known. KAΨ was founded in 1911 by 10 African-American students at Indiana University Bloomington during the Jim Crow era of American history. The motto of this fraternity is “Achievement in every field of human endeavor,” and for Vante, who is an English literature major, that means knowing he has brothers across the country who support him. “While each organization is different and holds different standards, we all promote the common principles of unity, scholarship, service and leadership,” Vante said. As one of the four councils of the Association of Greek Letter Organizations (AGLO) at UM, one difference between NPHC and the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Panhellenic Council is that NPHC organizations were founded at a time when African Americans were not allowed to join IFC or Panhellenic. As a result, NPHC organizations are embedded into African-American culture. “Our organization steps and strolls, which some scholars believe was started as a tribute to our African roots,” Vante said. “We also promote social awareness within our community through forums, community service and philanthropic involvement.” Even though there are nine NPHC organizations, UM has only wchartered the first eight on campus and six are currently active. Individually each sorority and fraternity holds on-campus programs about topics such as social empowerment, sexual health, socioeconomics and politics. The members of “The Divine Nine,” as they are sometimes called collectively, have taken a growing presence on UM’s campus. NPHC members are active in different academic, service and social organizations, such as Iron Arrow, Housing and Residential Life, Hurricane Productions and the Honor Council. Although Vante finds it difficult to say exactly how NPHC will grow, he assures us it will be positive. “NPHC isn’t just about stepping and strolling, but about pride, history and change,” he said. “We do a lot so we definitely want to let people know about that so we can inspire people to become more involved and aware of what NPHC stands for.”
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21st birthday is a milestone celebrated by most college students, but not every student can say that they celebrated their birthday with a brother that they’ve never met before. Through “The Brother Network,” an online networking site of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. (SLB), University of Miami architecture student Antonio Sierra met one of his fraternity brothers from Santa Clara University in California. “I had never met him in person before, but the doors were pretty much already open because he’s a part of my brotherhood and now one of my best friends,” Sierra said. Although two years have gone by since that celebration, Sierra most recently visited his West Coast fraternity brother over spring break. “When you join Sigma Lambda Beta and join the life-long brotherhood that expands from coast to coast, you’ll always have a home,” he added. Growing up with his older, biological brother Luis, who is also a member of SLB, Sierra always spent time with Betas. This legacy connection played a role in Sierra’s decision to go Greek. “I knew that I was going to join a fraternity my first semester of freshman year. I didn’t really think about it; I knew that just because of the family connection,” he said. “Juan-
Carlos, my membership educator, showed me everything that Greek life entailed through his campus involvement.” SLB is part of UM’s Multiethnic Greek Council (MGC), a council that recognizes the need to unify and empower ethnically-based sororities and fraternities. One of the pillars of SLB is cultural awareness, and for Sierra, that is essential to a brotherhood. “I noticed a lot of the brothers are very in touch with their culture and that means a lot to me because I’m very much in touch with my Dominican and Puerto Rican culture,” he said. Outside of their community service involvement and appreciation for different cultures, Sierra believes that one of most notable parts of SLB and the MGC is strolling. “Strolling is one of our traditions. It’s dancing in a line, kind of like stepping, but with music,” he said. “One of the ways we showcase our unity is by having a united choreography revolved around music because strolling goes with the beat of the music.” After Sierra graduates, he hopes younger Betas will continue the tradition. “This will be an opportunity for new brothers to start something fresh, something they will create for the campus and continue the legacy of SLB at UM.”
BRITTANY STEPHENSON oining Greek organizations in the National Pan Hellenic Council is an extended process during which students must meet certain academic and service requirements, as well as attend interest meetings months in advance. Once they meet those requirements, then they can rush. For sophomore Brittany Stephenson, it wasn’t the idea of going Greek that attracted her to join Greek life. Instead, she noticed and was intrigued by how active the sisters of the Tau Rho chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST) were on and off campus. “It wasn’t a ‘Hey this is right for me’ moment, but I thought I had something to bring to the table,” Stephenson said. “I planned on being a student leader in the future and wanted to make a change within and outside of the University of Miami.” “A Delta brings in a new line of girls (a Panhellenic equivalent of a pledge class) once a year, and those same girls are the girls you cross with,” Stephenson said. Membership intake happens when a potential member devotes her time to learn all the information about the sorority. Throughout
this learning process, each member becomes very close with her line class. Each line class is organized in ascending height order, which makes Stephenson the fifth person in her line of eight. In Tau Rho’s almost 10 years of history at The U, there are a total of seven lines that have crossed, or officially become members, which makes Stephenson the sole soror, or sister, who crossed as a freshman. While some might think that joining a sorority is a distraction, for Stephenson, being a part of the DST sisterhood is a contributing factor to her success. “Delta is an encouragement to do better, get involved and do all these great things,” she said. “There’s a huge social part to it also, but you just have to manage your time.” For Stephenson, each day as a Delta is a new day to represent her sorority and after two more years at UM, she wants to join an alumnae chapter. “It’s a bigger concept. So much bigger than [I am]. I’ll never be able to grasp it completely and that’s the greatest part about it.”
“I’m from here, but if I’d say, Joe’s Stone Crab.” - Steve Courel, Sophomore
“Vizcaya gardens. I’ve seen pictures of it and it’s so beautiful.“
- Kara McCormack, Junior
“I want to go to the Stadium by the Rickenbacker, where all the graffiti is.“
- Ivan Larsen, Sophomore
WHAT IS THE ONE PLACE IN
MIAMI YOU NEED TO GO BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE SUMMER? “Key Biscayne. I went there for a 5k and I want to go back.”
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- Paola Padro, Junior
- Nicole Lin, Freshman
“The Art District. My 21st birthday is coming up so Wynwood is somehwere I want to go.”
- Clayton Richardson, Junior
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“Vizcaya. I really love the old scultpures and architecture. The last I went, it was raining.“
“LIV Night Club. I think it’d be quite an experience.” - Rahul Gupta, Freshman
“The Seaquarium. I really like sea creatures!” - Cara Lewis, Freshman
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