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The University of Miami School of Communication marks its 25th anniversary this year. Join us as we celebrate this milestone during Alumni Weekend 2010 (Nov. 3-5) and throughout the school year. Anniversary events include: SoC Alumni & Student Cookout A Weekend of Movies from 1985 at the Bill Cosford Cinema Hurricane Newspaper Reunion Visit for details.

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OctOber 8 – OctOber 30 Great Performances • creative american music music of tHe americas • jazz and beyond

If you wanted to eat only Certified Humane you could...

Quit Your Job. Empty Life Savings. Move to Farm Town. Trade Skinny Jeans for Overalls. Raise Animals. House Animals. Become Morning Person. Feed Animals Wholesome & Nutritious Food. Use No Antibiotics or Hormones. Submit Feed Reports. Be Very Good to Animals. Repeat. Everyday.

For tickets and information or 305.284.4940

Or, Eat at Lime.

Festival Miami is coming to a close... But, it’s not too late to enjoy

Fabulous Live Music!

Lamont Dozier

Nestor Torres

Wycliffe Gordon

All programs, artists, dates and times are subject to change.


The only Certified Humane restaurant of its kind. ®

Presented by

anthony baradat & associates


Downtown Dadeland

9005 SW 72nd Ave • 305-670-1022

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HIGH FASHION: Turn to page 23 for this issue’s fashion spread.

Dear Distraction, HERE AT DISTRACTION, we write for all you University of Miami students who need exactly what our magazine’s name means. Whether it’s between classes, sipping coffee, riding the bus, or to just take your mind off of the crazy world around you, we’re here to provide you with a different kind of distraction that is both entertaining and informative. We always welcome feedback so we can improve and give you the best possible Distraction. Here’s what a few of you had to say about the Spring 2010 issue: words_sharon frajlich. design_claudia aguirre.


N CO R KED The time has come for you to ditch the Bud Light and feast on some fermented fruit. If you are like most college students, you probably feel intimidated by the notion of drinking and selecting wine. After all, the complex names, thousands of varieties and leather-bound “lists” that look more like novellas can be overwhelming. Have no fear, however; we’re here to help you take the plunge into the wonderful world of wine.

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I enjoyed the wide variety of stories featured in the magazine. From condoms to (500) Days of Summer to Ultra, the variety was entertaining and kept me flipping through the pages. Looking forward to the new issue. ASHLEY VALDES, JUNIOR [Distraction] could promote a greater diversity of events in Miami, and maybe be a little less centered on the university. GIOVANNA STALLINGS, SOPHOMORE


wine connoisseur and host of the popular video blog “Wine Library TV.” He assured us that there is no wrong way to indulge in a little vino — as long as you aren’t afraid to try something new. “Trust your palate because at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is whether you like a wine or not,” he said. “Try something new every time you go [out] — not just another Pinot Noir from a different producer but a totally

Distraction had the chance to catch up with Gary Vaynerchuk,

I love how conversational the articles are. They’re laid back and not as uptight as most magazines. I especially liked the list of the best bars in Miami. I actually ripped out that page and used it as my nightlife guide. ANDY ROVIRA, SENIOR Although I can eloquently order a beer at the Rat, wine selection is a little trickier. So I really enjoyed the “Uncorked” article that featured a basic low down on red and white wines. Let’s just say it has made my trips to the wine aisle at Publix a lot easier.

I really liked “The Usual Suspects: Q&A” piece. I thought it was funny and a cool way to find out random things about random people. I also really liked the story about Ultra Music Festival because a lot of my friends go to Ultra every year and I’ve never been. It kind of gave me a sense of what I can expect when I hopefully go this year. RAQUEL ZALDIVAR, FRESHMAN The magazine showcases the best that UM students have to offer. I love reading it. DEVIN CORDERO, SOPHOMORE




LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear ‘Canes, I am writing this after the football loss to our Florida State rival. But instead of being discouraged or angry, I have never been more proud to be a Hurricane. Maybe that sounds strange. But walking down the ramp at Sun Life Stadium, over and over again I heard: “We still love you ‘Canes.” As students at the University of Miami, we are competitive, we persevere and we never, ever lose hope, even when faced with a painful defeat, an agonizing chemistry test or a looming deadline. We are ‘Canes through the good and the bad. That will never change and is the reason we dedicated this issue to the fierce, competitive nature of The U. I hope this magazine is a testament to that unstoppable nature. Be inspired by musical talent (p. 11), learn the legal limits of lighting up ( p. 18), feel the pride when reading why UM is the best (p. 42), embrace those that have come before us and care enough to stick around (p. 39 and p. 62) and don’t forget to have a little fun with the distraction of the issue (p. 72). And promise to never lose that contagious desire to be better. Happy reading. Go ‘Canes, Heather Carney

ON THE fall 2010 COVER issue INTENSITY. PASSION. COMPETITION. THE U. Blood, sweat and tears: At the University of Miami students give their all in the classroom, on the field and (of course) at the tailgate. Juniors Max Mann and Jeff Sullivan embody this intensity and the competitive spirit of The U, the theme for our fall issue. Photo_Christine Shepard. Design_Rachel Steinhauser & Claudia Aguirre. The Issue Six, Fall 2010 Distraction is dubbed “Intensity. Passion. Competition. The U.” Students at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. produced 6,500 copies of Distraction and City Graphics and NU-PRESS, Miami printed the magazine. Distraction is printed on 8.5 x 11 inch, 60 pound gloss text paper with the cover being 100 pound gloss. The entire magazine is printed four-color and perfect bound. Most text is nine-point Chaparral Pro with 1.8 points of leading set ragged with a combination of bold, medium and italic. Folios are set in seven-point Helvetica Neue combinations. All pages were designed using Adobe Creative Suite five software InDesign with photographs and artwork handled in PhotoShop and Illustrator. Distraction magazine is published each semester for the entire student body at the University of Miami, 5100 Brunson Drive, Wolfson Building, Coral Gables, Fla. 33146-2105. Questions or comments can be sent to the editor at PO Box 248127, Coral Gables, Fla. 33124-2105, or via email at All articles, photographs and illustrations are copyrighted by the University of Miami. For additional information, please visit Thank you.


Jonathan Borge PR MANAGER Randy Stano FACULTY ADVISER Andrea Concepcion THE MAIN EVENT Nicolette Roque IN THE MARGINS Kelsey Pinault AHEAD OF THE CURVE Debora Rubi IN THE LOOP Abigail Garner END NOTES Nicole Adlman COPY CHIEF WRITERS


Lila Albizu Anna Brickner Caroline Craffey Laura Edwins David Furones Caitlin Good Caroline Helmers Allana Katz Rebecca Lattanzio Sami Lucci Michelle Maldonado Darci Miller Esther Pang Nancy Oben Ernesto Suarez Natasha S.Ramchandani Kimberly Sears Christine Shephard Amilynn Soto Madelain Jean Tigano Louise Tilley Brittany Weiner

Valeria Andrade Michelle Avalos Tiffany Chang Kelly Fitzpatrick Caitlin Good Lexi Heller Annika Jensen Bijal Mehta Nancy Oben Hannah Romig Cassandra Santamaria Kyli Singh Lindsey Stahley Louise Tilley Olivia Woolbright PHOTO Ela Apa Julie Bang Alex Bingham Alex Broadwell Alex Budenz Mason Clark Jon Feldman

Natalie Edgar Jessica Hodder Spiridoul Kotrokois Cindy Poon Eric Rivera Christine Shepard DESIGN


Tiffany Agam Ashley Brozic Carissa Harris Stefanie Hew Erin Meagher Reshma Muppala Monica Penin Gina Shub Kelly Trowbridge Katharine Wyatt ILLUSTRATION Taylor Lucas Monica Penin Matt Rosen


Christine is finishing up her last semester of a dual degree in ecosystems science and policy and electronic media. A self-professed California-grown, urban hippie, she is passionate about the outdoors, connecting with nature and making the world a little bit more beautiful using her creative mind. After graduation, she hopes to continue exploring our big world, pursuing a career in wildlife photography and filmmaking. Christine shot this issue’s cover photo and the photographs in the Allen Bailey spread. MONICA PENIN DESIGNER


A Coral Gables native, Monica always knew she was destined to be a ‘Cane. The senior majoring in advertising and spanish says if she isn’t hitting the books or working on design projects, this Delta Gamma can be found at the Rat kicking back with her friends in her favorite glider. Monica also works as a graphic designer for the University of Miami School of Law. Since she was a little girl, her dream has been to make children smile by working as a princess at Disney World. She would also love nothing more than to have the chance to travel the world and have a job in the advertising industry.

Laura is a senior double majoring in print journalism and creative writing. She is also the managing editor of The Miami Hurricane. Originally From Fort Myers, Fla., she hopes that her background in writing will take her somewhere unexpected and plans to apply to out of state graduate schools this semester. Laura collaborated on the bed bugs article, a topic she could relate to after years of her mother’s friendly reminders to check strange mattresses when traveling. When not writing or working Laura loves going to Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. 5




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October 25 28 Sing “Happy Birthday” to the Statue of Liberty herself!

National Greasy Foods Day: go ahead and bite into a delectable street burger from Latin Burger and Taco or Yellow Submarine, we promise no one’s judging.

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November 8

Homecoming! Football vs. Maryland

All Saint’s Day: We know it’s supposed to be a holiday, but refrain from skipping class; that’s what your saintly role models would do!

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Designated Magazine Day: show Distraction some love!     Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 15

Classes end: bring on the Reading Days.

St. Nicholas Day

Hanukkah begins at sunset



Veterans Day: We live in the “land of the free, because of the brave.”

Final Exams Start!

“Get lost!” on National “Take A Hike” Day.

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November 17

Pack Your Mom Lunch Day: we advise you not to use yesterday’s refrigerator waste.

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Hurricane Howl featuring Lauryn Hill and Donnis .

Pearl harbor Anniversary

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day: getting rid of last month’s Chinese leftovers might take care of that unsavory smell as well…

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November 14

Happy Halloween: carve a Jack-O-Lantern for the kid in you. There are plenty of wicked, adult traditions and festivities to indulge in later

November 5

Set aside your diet for a day to celebrate Cookie Monster’s birthday with one (or more…we won’t judge) of his namesake treats!



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Thanksgiving Day! Savor that turkey. (First day of break!)

SEMESTER ENDS!! (Finally? I think so.)

Happy Halloween: carve a Jack-O-Lantern for the kid in you. There are plenty of wicked, adult traditions and festivities to indulge in later





AY! south QUE RICO! florida’s best comida Cubana words_ natasha ramchandani. design_ erin meagher. photos_rachel steinhauser and spiridoul kotrokois.

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dis t a nc e f rom U M : 1.4 miles lo c a t io n: Coral Gables This restaurant is a good romantic getaway for couples c ro wd: but can also be a great place for a first date or even just a casual dinner with a group of friends. s e r v ic e : The service is excellent: the staff is friendly and gives a personal touch to each of their customers and, by the end of the meal, the waiter will know your name. s pe c ia lt ie s : Start the meal right with an amazing appetizer called the Chorizo Mariquitas Harry’s, a plate of green plantain chips with a side dish of ground beef, melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese on top. Another dish to sample would be the sinful Cinco Leches, a desert that is made up of layers of sponge cake, soaked with three different types of milk and covered with dulce de leche and meringue. ID : For those who like to indulge in wine, they have a large selection of white wine and are known best for their Mojito and Sangria, only available to those 21 and older.

PAN CON MANTEQUILLA: Cuban bread toasted with butter, traditionally served at breakfast.

Address: 4612 South Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables, Fla. 33146 • Telephone: 305-661-2622 Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

casa larios

MASA DE PUERCO: Deep-fried pork chunks marinated in Cuban mojo, served with seasoned grilled onions.

d i st ance f rom U M: 1.9 miles South Miami l ocat i on: This is a great place to take your family when they are c rowd : visiting in town, or just a good place to grab a bite with friends for lunch or dinner. The service leaves a lot to be desired, so sitting by the s ervi ce: counter is recommended, where you will receive quicker service. The restaurant also has live entertainment. The restaurant offers daily specials that are very popular. s peci al t i es: One good dish to chow down on is the Sandwich Cubano, a sandwich created with Cuban bread, ham, pork, Swiss cheese, and pickles. The Sandwich Cubano goes great with a hot Cortadito (Cuban espresso) or Café con Leche. If you’re in the mood to try something new, try their Pollo Asado, roasted chicken that is marinated with limejuice, garlic, white wine, and light Creole sauce. You will be licking your fingers by the end of this meal. The restaurant has full bar, including a large selection of ID: wines, and different champagnes, only available to those 21 and over. Address: 5859 Southwest 73rd Street, South Miami, FL 33143 • Telephone: 305-662-5656 Hours: Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.


bongo’s cuban cafe

d i st ance f rom U M: 8 miles l o cat i on: Downtown Miami.The restaurant and nightclub overlook the Miami skyline and is attached to the American Airlines Arena. c rowd :

s e rvi ce: s p eci al t i es: I D: BISTEC DE PALOMILLA: Cuban-style filet mignon with sautéed onions, white rice and black beans.

This is definitely a happening party scene, and stars such as Enrique Iglesias have stopped by in the past. Every Friday night Miami’s party radio station, Power96, DJ’s for the pumped up crowd. The service hasn’t been rated well. This is more of a place to go if you are interested in tearing up the dance floor to vibrant salsa music. One well-known dish is Bongos’ Famous Shredded Chicken, a traditional Cuban style fried shredded chicken breast, topped with grilled onions. There are a large variety of drinks, including cocktails, imported European red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and champagne. Friday and Saturday nights offers entrance to ladies 18+ and men 21+. Address: 601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132 • Telephone: 786-777-2100 Dinner Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Nightclub: Friday and Saturday, 9:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

mojito grill

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1.5 miles South Miami This is a great spot for college students or small families. The service is average. It is great for carryout or for free delivery, with no extra charge for delivery. One of the famed dishes of this restaurant is the Pan Con Bistec, a sandwich served on Cuban bread with grilled steak, cooked onions, potato sticks, lettuce, tomatoes and some mayo to finish it off. For a healthier choice, try the Pita Special, a Greek pita with grilled chicken, turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and mayo. N/A (No alcohol is served)

Address: 7318 Red Road, South Miami, FL 33143 • Telephone: 305-661-3663 Hours: Open seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tortilla de Plátano: A Cuban omelette with onions, peppers, sautéed plaintains scrambled together with eggs.

latin cafe

d i st ance f rom U M: 4.8 miles Miami l ocat i on: This restaurant is welcoming to family goers and students crowd : alike. servi ce: The service is quick and efficient, and the staff is very accomadating. sp eci al t i es: For starters, try ordering the Mariquitas con Mojo de Ajo, a dish of fried plantains with garlic sauce. A good soup offered is the Caldo Gallego soup, a hearty soup with Galician white beans. ID: N/A (No alcohol is served) CUBAN SANDWICH: A combination of ham, pork and cheese, with mustard and pickles in Cuban bread.

Address: 875 Northwest 42nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33126 • Telephone: 305-642-4700 Hours: Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. 9



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Distance may make the heart grow fonder but technology keeps the flame burning. With 53 percent of the University of Miami’s undergraduate students from out of state or international, technology is a huge factor in bridging the gap in long distance relationships. Whether it’s with family, friends, or significant others, there isn’t much to keep you away from your loved ones with services like Skype, texting, BBM and Vimeo. The ubiquitous BBM, or Blackberry Messenger, lets you text anyone, see when he or she have read your message, and receive an instant response. The immensely popular webcam program, Skype, has taken communication to a visual level. The videochatting phenomenon started in 2003 and has only grown far more popular since then. It allows for video calling with no geographical limitations and free service. Soon enough, terms like “Skype dates” emerged and couples have been able to feel pseudo-instant gratification in a long-distance situation. “I use Skype to talk to my boyfriend in Paris,” junior Giselle Rodriguez said. “If I can’t catch him online because of the time difference, I make him a video on Vimeo to say hello.” More recently, Skype is being installed on phones so that you can virtually take that special someone with you wherever you go. The iPhone 4, Apple’s latest model, included a webcam to satisfy the Skype demand. With these advances, your beau can experience the same things you do at the same time, with distance becoming a much less pressing issue. “I feel like being in a long distance [relationship] would have never worked before the modern technology breakthrough,” said junior Alison Sambrook. “Now even though you are apart, you are still together in a sense because you have instant communication.” And there’s always “sexting” to spice things up. According to Urban Dictionary, 10

sexting is “the act of text messaging someone in the hopes of having a sexual encounter with them later; initially casual, transitioning into highly suggestive and even sexually explicit conversation.” These messages can keep the temperature high between couples. Just make sure no one’s looking over your shoulder. “Once, I read a girl’s “sext” message to her boyfriend at a ‘Canes football game,” junior Ashley Valdes said. “It was the definition of TMI.” Though technology has made life easier for most couples, near or far, it can also take away from the personal touch significant others crave. Never underestimate the romantic power of letter writing or receiving a care package from the one you love versus a quick “i luv u” via text. When it comes to relationships, technology should be used as a supplement and not a substitute.

Sending… Sending…

Let’s talk about sex, Baby.

Let’s talk about you and me.



a graduating class

with a lot of voice

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SELF-TAUGHT MUSICIAN: Senior Tyler Bernhardt is a jazz and vocal major in the Frost School of Music. His next album, co-produced with UM alum Luke Moellman, is to be released later this year.

> TYLER BERNHARDT A MUSICAL EDUCATION: Senior Alexandra Stewart is a student in the Frost School of Music, majoring in studio music and jazz performance. She describes her music as influenced by jazz, pop and rock.

> ALEXANDRA STEWART From Ottawa to Sarasota, Miami to New York City, Alexandra Stewart’s voice shares many homes. No matter her location, this Canadian born singer has always been center stage. Stewart’s singing career began five years ago, when she got her start in music as a concert pianist. A girl in her choir dared her to audition as a singer for a jazz ensemble. With no formal voice training, the then 16-yearold Stewart got the part. The rest followed effortlessly. “The stage became my new home away from many, many homes,” Stewart said. It’s no surprise then that she devotes her whole life to performing music. On top of rehearsals, which are mandatory for all Frost School of Music students, Stewart, a studio music and jazz performance major, spends whole days recording at the music labs where most of her E.P. tracks originated. With the help of her producers, Oresti Tsonopoulos, Luke Moellman (a UM alum and 1997 Grammy Award nominee) and Bob Power (who produced and mixed for Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and MeShell N’degeocello Ozomatli), Stewart was able to compile a set of three easy-listening tracks. Her audience, Stewart explains, would ideally place her songs in the middle of Feist and St. Vincent on a mix tape. Influenced by jazz, pop and rock, the singer brings a young

sound with a lot of soul. At 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Guzman Hall, Stewart will perform in her first live show. Her senior recital is open to the public and she will be debuting one of her tracks, “Darling.” After graduating this fall, a semester earlier than planned, the composer, songwriter and singer plans to move to New York to officially launch her career. She hopes to release a full album this summer. LISTEN TO b You can find Alexandra’s music at: MYSPACE alexandrastewartmusic BANDCAMP TWITTER And Tyler’s at: MYSPACE YOUTUBE tylerbernhardt TWITTER

Growing up surrounded by Elvis records and his father’s guitars around the house, Tyler Bernhardt knew that music was in his destiny. As a self-taught musician, Bernhardt quickly learned as many instruments as possible. He also wrote his own lyrics. “I had a bunch of stuff in my head that I needed to take out – I’ve been writing since forever,” Bernhardt said. The young musician tried his hand at everything from the cello to the drums. In high school, he joined a few bands playing bass and, for the first time, gained experience on stage. Now a college senior, the jazz and vocal major plans to graduate this spring, and has already released a full E.P. for sale on Amazon and iTunes. Bernhardt’s sound is a mix of smooth instrumentals and vocals which have been compared John Mayer-like pop-rock and he is quickly setting himself apart from the crowd. His next album, to be released at the end of this year, includes acoustic, rock and even R&B. The tracks, which he co-produced with UM alum Luke Moellman, include sound bites from old cassettes that Bernhardt’s mother saved of him singing in kindergarten. Bernhardt hopes for a future in the music industry, which he said his years in college have prepared him well for. Having learned the theory and history on campus, he’s ready to face a live audience and showcase that laidback, no-fuss attitude that is characteristic of him and his music. “I never really wanted to be famous,” Bernhardt said. “It gets too crazy.” 11



Instead of yet another South Beach night, think outside the box. Put on some cowboy boots and head on down to a honky-tonk for an interesting night on the town. South Florida is not just the home for house music, but also an unexpected venue for country music. From Round Up nightclub in Davie, to outdoor all-day concerts, the Miami area has a lot to offer country music fans. Distraction profiles some of the best country places around the Miami area, so grab your ten-gallon hat and start exploring.

ROUND UP NIGHT CLUB “Well, let me start by saying I hate country with a passion,” junior Alicia Beekman said. “The only time I’ve ever been to Round Up was for a friend’s birthday, but it was the best time ever.” Located in Davie, about 45 minutes north of campus, Round Up is the top country western club in South Florida. Round Up features line dancing to country music as well as special events like concerts and a mechanical bull. On weekends, the nightclub is 18 and over. Most students make the trip to Round Up on Fridays for Ladies Night, when girls drink free until 2 a.m. with a $5 cover charge. Be sure to approach the door with caution because this club is very strict on IDs. The cover charge for those under 21 is $15, and that includes one non-alcoholic beverage. If you get there early around 8 p.m., you can attend the beginner line dance class. If that’s not your style, just get on the dance floor with the regulars. “I loved getting up and dancing because I had no idea what was going on, but it was so cool to watch everyone that did,” Beekman said. Round Up also holds concerts featuring up and coming country artists. Some of their approaching club concerts include Jake Owen on Oct. 28, Uncle Kracker on Nov. 11, and Easton Corbin on Dec. 9. Past concerts have 12





words_nancy oben. photo_alex budenz. design_ashley brozic. included stars like Gloriana, Rodney Atkins and Chris Young. All of the concerts are on Thursdays, and the tickets range in price from $15 to $20. Tickets can be bought the day of or online at “Concerts are awesome [at Round Up] because they are more intimate,” fifth year architecture student Melissa Walton said. “You are right there and everyone is just singing along having a good time and drinking beer. You just really feel the music playing and you get into it.”

OUTDOOR COUNTRY CONCERT EVENTS All those nights at Round Up will prepare you for outdoor country concerts, which are in a world of their own compared to other concert events. “The tailgate is a majority of the concert,” junior Mark Khoury said. “They are very elaborate; lots of beer drinking and people walking around interacting. I usually go with a group of about five or six, but for tailgates the bigger the group of people the more fun it is.” Most country music concerts are held at the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach. The drive is an hour and a half without traffic, making the concert more of an adventure and escape from the bright lights and techno of Miami. Be sure to purchase lawn seats. These are usually cheapest and put you in the heart of the action. You can bring in blankets and low lawn chairs, as well as food in a gallon-sized, clear plastic bag and one sealed water bottle per person. “For an ideal concert you would get there about two or three hours before the concert starts,” Khoury said. “You would bring a grill with hamburgers and set up a little tent for yourself and go with around 10 or 15 people.” Ticket prices range from $20 to $40 for lawn seats, with the lower level fixed seating being extra. There are also special packs of

DINNER WITH A SIDE OF WESTERN DANCE: Round Up Country Western Nightclub and Restaurant in Davie, Fla. is known worldwide for its variety of country western dancing: two step, line dance, cha cha, East Coast swing and West Coast swing. Patrons can enjoy drinks, dinner and Western spirit all night long. four lawn tickets for as low as $75. If you want to attend one of the biggest country events in South Florida, then you have to go to 99.9 WKIS Kiss Country’s 26th annual Chili Cook Off. This event, housed in Pembroke Pines, is

SPECIALTY NIGHTS AT ROUND UP: On Wednesday nights (and Friday’s too) ladies drink free from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Don’t worry guys, you’re not left out. Every Wednesday there is also a men’s best chest competition where guys can win cash and prizes. Participants must be over 21 and a $5 cover.


an all day outdoor concert featuring some of the most popular country artists. The Cook Off is typically in January but a date for the 2011 event has not been set. Last year’s concert featured Montgomery Gentry, Sara Evans and the Zac Brown Band. “I feel like anyone who appreciates country music is a certain type of person, and they just seem to love life,” junior Lindsay Moore said. “The atmosphere [at the Chili Cook Off] was so great because everyone was just so happy. Everyone is nice to everyone; it’s a fun time no matter what.”

South Florida is a great place for any country fan to enjoy a country concert. Because of the warm weather, the area is perfect for outdoor concerts in the winter, and it’s easy to get addicted to the feel good vibes of country music. You can relax outside and catch some of your favorite bands at the Chili Cook Off or line-dance your stress away at Round Up nightclub. And as Blake Shelton sings, “It’s all about tonight/Good times and the music and laughing and grooving to the band.”

Round Up Nightclub: 9020 West State Road 84, Davie, FL 33324 Tel: 954-423-1990 Hours of Operation: Wed-Sun 6 p.m. until 4 a.m.

Cruzan Amphitheater: 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach, FL 33411 Box Office: 561-795-8883 Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kiss Country: 94 NW 187th St. Miami, FL 33169
 Tel: 305-654-1700


FREE movies for UM students every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday featuring a mix of independent, foreign, documentary and blockbuster films. Midnight movies every Friday night. For a complete schedule visit

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ELA APA - TURKEY Sakine Güleç, an international student from Turkey, poses in Downtown Miami.

ALEX BINGHMAN- ENGLAND The photographer captured approaching storm clouds over South Beach moments before the thunder and rain erupted.

JULIE BANG- DENMARK A man who introduced himself as Mr. Gaga proudly wore his Gaga passion in West Palm Beach on Sep 17. He has attended over 20 Lady Gaga shows and said he “loved every second of them all.� Mr. Gaga said he loves the atmosphere and stage presence that the artist brings to her performances. 16




After 20 years of working in the Everglades, this man is still amazed by the wild nature of alligators. He helps a visitor hold a a four-yearold male alligator on Sep. 12. “Preserving the park is important to all of us. Look at these creatures, I just can’t get enough of ‘em,” he said. JULIE BANG - DENMARK On Aug. 21, the photographer captured the aftermath of a car crash involving a police officer and a taxi driver. The photo was taken from the metro mover in Downtown Miami.

JULIE BANG - DENMARK Every Sunday, a group of friends met to enjoy each other’s company, wine, snacks and a little gossip. The photographer captured this Nail Polish Sunday on Aug. 9 in a Brickell apartment. Ech girl had to bring her own polish and share it with the others. They also hold makeup nights and haircut nights.


ELA APA - TURKEY The photographer captured the model in her white dress against the broken texture of the pool water in dowtown Miami.



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The melted Oaxaca cheese drizzling over fresh chorizo and special “avocadolicious” sauce is enough of an excuse for foodies everywhere to rush in line and grab a taste of the Latin Macho Burger, one of the best burgers in Miami. On any given night, crowds from Miami’s clubs and hubs gather to await a freshly prepared, inexpensive and delicious meal from Latin Burger. “I was the first gourmet food truck with a Nascar feel, a cool logo and an unbelievable kitchen. I’m proud of the fact that I pioneered the whole movement in Miami,” said Jim Heins, bona fide trendsetter amd burger extraordinaire, talking up his food truck, Latin Burger and Taco. Forget four-star restaurants and inside dining: food trucks, the new, mobile “street food,” are the hottest trend to hit South Florida’s streets and captivate the attention of hungry Miamians. In 140 characters or less, the owners of these average-sized trucks log on to their



arijuana c u l t ure

words_ danielle kaslow. design & illustration_monica penin.

BUD, WEED, HASH AND HERB… A CANNABIS SATIVA plant by any other name would smell as sweet. And to University of Miami students, marijuana really is a prized commodity, regardless of its nickname. The popularity of smoking marijuana in Coral Gables is not exactly under the radar; students regularly light up at parties, in their apartments or dorms, at the “pit” near the Gifford Arboretum and on the University Green. 20



“I would say probably only about 40 percent of UM smokes,” said Lucas*, a junior who started smoking regularly his sophomore year with a friend after English class. “It’s not like it’s everyone, but when you think about it that’s still a good amount.” Steph*, a senior majoring in Psychology, has a similar opinion. “Definitely, a lot of people smoke at UM,” she said. “I remember freshman year walking out of the Walsh tower and seeing groups of people sitting around on the fields in circles, passing around a bowl.” “It’s something to do while you’re doing something else,” she explained. “It enhances things. Like if I’m watching TV I pick up on a lot more things, acute details like foreshadowing and symbolism and stuff. I just get more acute.” While marijuana can be used to augment everyday activities, it also has a large social aspect, which many UM students find appealing.

‘It’s really all types of

people—60-year-old Hispanic ladies, guys that look like rappers, typical guys that look like they smoke a lot.

In my opinion, a lot of people smoke weed and you can no longer stereotype.’

“Generally the crowd that smokes has the same types of interests and beliefs, so you get some really good conversations out of that, and it’s the type of thing that people are like ‘Let’s get together and chill, or let’s get together and watch TV and smoke,’” Steph said. Others use marijuana as a way to get “friendlier” with new acquaintances. “It’s a great social tool. Like, if I was into a girl and knew she liked to smoke, I would invite her over to smoke and watch a movie or something,” Lucas said. “Smoking is better

than alcohol because it’s not like then you would have this drunk girl on your hands who couldn’t drive home for a long time.” “It’s a lot easier to meet people,” he added. “Yes, there is a party aspect to it, but it’s a lot more mellow; it is totally different than drinking, it’s just a totally different lifestyle.” In particular, smoking marijuana seems to be especially popular with freshmen students. “I would say it’s prevalent with the freshmen, even with people that you think wouldn’t smoke,” said Robert*, a freshman who lives in Hecht. “You might hear someone surprising say something like, ‘Oh let’s go burn,’ little comments like that.” According to Robert, marijuana is fairly easy to get on campus. “Somebody always knows somebody,” he said. “During the first week of school, my roommate and I bought it from a big football player.” Taking on a more serious tone, Robert added, “I stay under the radar…Some people talk about it very openly, but it’s not something worth getting in trouble for, or getting kicked out of school or losing your scholarship money.” Robert’s concerns are not unfounded. According to the Dean of Students, Ricardo Hall, the university takes drugrelated incidents very seriously. During the 2009-10 academic year, there were 114 student disciplinary cases involving drugs and drug paraphernalia, 100 of which involved marijuana. “Marijuana is illegal in the state of Florida and its use, possession, sale and distribution is in violation of UM’s student code of conduct,” Hall said. “Any student found in violation of UM’s drug policy will face a minimum sanction of final disciplinary probation...and any student found to have sold or distributed drugs, marijuana included, will face expulsion from the university.” Senior Meghan Gunning has worked as a resident assistant (RA) for three years in Stanford Residential College. During her time as an RA, she has dealt with three marijuana incidents. “It’s definitely not the fun part of the job, but it has to be done,” she said. “If there weren’t RAs looking out for the safety and integrity of students, then things might be chaotic.” She explained that an RA may usually come upon students smoking marijuana while making his or her rounds on each floor of the towers. “I think the risk factor of getting caught is somewhat of a thrill for students that smoke in the dorms,” Gunning said. “For those that smoke outside of the residential colleges, I’d say it’s a stress relief…People smoke for a lot of the same reasons they drink excessively—

to feel relaxed and have an altered sense of reality.” If the possibility of being caught with marijuana adds extra thrill to lighting up, then the Miami Beach movement to decriminalize the drug might be a bit of a buzz-kill. But if it succeeds, the movement will prove favorable to students in the future, possibly leading to decriminalization at the state level. Since June of this year, the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, Sensible Florida, has been pushing to decriminalize marijuana in Miami Beach. This would lower possession of 20 grams or less (about three-fourths of a plastic zip-loc bag) to a civil infraction. Currently in the state of Florida, possession of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail time and a fine of $1000. But as a civil infraction, punishment would be left up to the discretion of Miami Beach police officers, who would have the option of following city or state law to incarcerate offenders. Possession of more than 20 grams would not be included in the petition and would remain a felony. According to Eric Stevens, recent UM alumnus and campaign manager of the Miami Beach Sensible Florida movement, the future of the petition is looking positive. “We’ve gathered 6,500 signatures and we only needed 4,200,” said Stevens. “It was probably one of the hardest demographics, and that’s why we didn’t meet the deadline… because so many people in Miami Beach are actually registered to vote somewhere else, [and we had to ensure they were] registered for Miami Beach.” Despite missing the general deadline to place a measure on the November city ballot, if Miami Beach citizens receive the necessary amount of notarized and validated signatures, they will be able to vote in a special election to decide whether or not marijuana should be decriminalized. Danielle Alvarez, a graduate student in the School of Communication, has been researching and following the Miami Beach initiative for an article on the movement. “From researching for my article, I’ve gotten to find out who is signing these petitions,” said Alvarez. “It’s really all types of people—60-year-old Hispanic ladies, guys that look like rappers, typical guys that look like they smoke a lot…In my opinion, a lot of people smoke weed and you can no longer stereotype.” In this way, people with greatly differing backgrounds, motivations and interests gathered together in Miami Beach to push the petition forward. “What we’re trying to do in Miami Beach is similar to what Denver did before the state of Colorado was decriminalized and 21



got the medical bill,” Stevens said. “It’s to build this movement to show politicians that this is what people want…this is what their constituents are in favor of, and then they will take it more seriously.” Stevens explained that Sensible Florida’s main message is to show that marijuana is safer than alcohol and, contrary to popular belief, does not lead to violence. “The jails in Florida are so full that they are actually shipping people out of state,” Stevens said. “There are a huge number of people in jail for drug offenses, and we can’t afford it… If people have a drug problem, then they need to get help. But if people don’t have an abuse problem, they shouldn’t be thrown in jail; people are losing jobs and financial aid over this.” Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the NORML Foundation, expressed similar sentiments. “At 45 years old, I use Cannabis occasionally and do not think of myself as a criminal,” St. Pierre said in a phone interview. “I choose to use Cannabis in my home and not alcohol and, by definition, I am a stakeholder in this reform.” “There is no doubt that Miami Beach is certainly an important location in South Florida… If laws change in that one small enclave, there won’t be legal effects in other areas—whether it be Bal Harbour, Coconut Grove or Coral Gables—but at least there would be in that municipality, and usually it doesn’t take too much longer for others to start moving in that direction,” St. Pierre explained. “But most importantly it begins a public discussion, whether it’s to decriminalize, legalize or medicalize…and that type of conversation is what has led to having 14 states decriminalized.” Though the decriminalization movement is led and supported in a large part by organizations and older adults, there are still younger, student supporters who want to make a difference, even on our Coral Gables campus. Sophomore Alfred Kilzi is hoping to start a local, university chapter of a larger marijuana reform organization. According to Eric Stevens, who tried to get a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy started last semester during his senior year at UM and is helping with this new effort, Kilzi is on the right path. “I want change, and honestly it’s something within my reach,” Kilzi said. “I mean, I guess [working to legalize and decriminalize marijuana] is not as noble as trying to feed starving children or something, but it’s a serious injustice.” Kilzi decided to become involved with a local chapter of People United for Medical 22


If you have a drug problem,

including abuse of marijuana or any other substance, contact PIER 21, UM’s comprehensive prevention, intervention, education and referral program. For more information, to schedule a visit or anonymously refer a friend, email or call 305-284-6120.

If you witness any illegal activity on campus contact Crime

Stoppers, a joint partnership between the University of Miami Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade. Those who submit tips will remain anonymous and conversations will not be recorded. To report illegal or suspicious activity, call 305-471-8477, send a text message to 274637 (“crimes”) with details of the crime but not your name or contact information, or log onto CRIMESTOPPERSMIAMI.COM and click on the “Give A Tip” icon.

Marijuana, a political committee pushing to legalize the drug on the state level for medicinal use. “We’re showing that people care about this and are willing to fight for it. I feel that there is a stigma attached to Cannabis, but there is a lot of [research] out there that proves everything untrue,” Kilzi said. While Kilzi puts his efforts towards legalizing it for medicinal use, he still feels there is a need for a group on campus to push for less harsh university penalties and decriminalization. “There is no trouble in getting marijuana [at UM]—if you want it you’re going to get it. Just by being illegal, it makes people want to do it more, just to spite the law,” Kilzi said. “So if it were to be [decriminalized]…it would demystify it, whereas now there is a whole culture behind it being illegal. It would help stop a lot of the abuse; it just wouldn’t be as big of a deal anymore.” *The asterisk denotes a name that has been changed in the story. For obvious reasons, these students did not wish to disclose their first or last names or provide any form of identification.

WHAT DOES SMOKING MARIJUANA DO TO YOUR BODY? According to an online brochure from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) “in marijuana is readily absorbed by fatty tissues in various organs…Within a few minutes of inhaling marijuana smoke, the user will likely feel, along with intoxication, a dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, some loss of coordination and balance and a slower than normal reaction time. Blood vessels in the eye expand, so the user’s eyes look red. For some people, marijuana raises blood pressure slightly and can double the normal heart rate. This effect can be greater when other drugs are mixed with marijuana, but users do not always know when that happens. As the immediate effects fade, usually after two to three hours, the user may become sleepy. Some users, especially those who are new to the drug or in a strange setting, may suffer acute anxiety and have paranoid thoughts. This is more likely to happen with high doses of THC. These scary feelings will fade as the drug’s effects wear off. Although not everyone who uses marijuana becomes addicted, when a user begins to seek out and take the drug compulsively, that person is said to be dependent on the drug or addicted to it. Some heavy users of marijuana show signs of withdrawal when they do not use the drug. They develop symptoms such as restlessness, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, weight loss and shaky hands.” Source:





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words_danielle kaslow. design_claudia aguirre. photos_rachel steinhauser. So you’ve all been there: you’re traveling home for Thanksgiving and decide to hit the Grove instead of packing on Tuesday night, assuring yourself you’ll do it in the morning. But once your alarm jolts you awake on Wednesday, you realize the situation, scrambling to cram everything in your suitcase and catch your flight. But don’t sweat it. Read on and you can have it all: a fun night out and an organized suitcase. You can thank us later.

“IF THE SHOE FITS”: Since you’ll only be home for a quick weekend getaway, try to only bring one or two pairs of shoes. When packing them in your suitcase, place them with the toe of one shoe facing the top of the other. This will allow them to fit best in the small space and allow room for that extra pair you just can’t leave behind. Also, take advantage of extra space that often goes unutilized. Neatly roll small items, like socks and underwear, and place them inside each shoe.

“3-1-1”: When packing liquids in your carryon baggage be sure to follow the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) guidelines. Any containers filled with liquid or gel must be three ounces or smaller in size and should be placed in one quart-sized clear, plastic bag. Only one plastic bag is allowed per traveler.

“CHECK LIST”: It is the absolute worst when you forget something important at school like your favorite necklace or wallet, or that fancy hairdryer you can’t live without. Clearly these are necessities for a quick weekend away and it helps to make a running list of all the items that you must remember to bring on your trip. When you’re finished packing, read through your list quickly and check off each item to ensure you have everything. “GRAB AND GO”: Don’t hit a snag in airport security lines; breeze through by being prepared. Pack items that must be placed in a separate security bin (such as laptops and your plastic bag of three ounce liquids) in an easy accessible place, like a front-zip pocket in your carry-on baggage.

“ROCK AND ROLL”: With most airlines charging for checked baggage, who needs the extra fee? Maximize the space in your carry-on luggage by rolling garments and fitting them neatly next to each other. You’ll be surprised how much can fit with thoughtful packing. 34







EVERY OCT. 31, STUDENTS ACROSS THE NATION HAVE THE opportunity to rage as the superhero they always dreamed of being or the (ahem, scantily-clad) princess they always felt they were inside. And in a city as vibrant as Miami, where the weather and atmosphere are both hot, the options for Halloween are fun and endless, catering to virtually every taste.


words_ lila albizu. design_ivana cruz. photo_cindy poon.



If you plan on throwing a house party but want to save money, encourage friends to bring their own beverages. Charge a small entry fee to your party ($5 or $10) and award the money to the person with the most creative costume.


A bona-fide Halloween staple in Key West. Originally just a one-night street party started in 1979, it has escalated to a ten-day bash that features balls, parades, costume contests and numerous outdoor parties.


Explore this South Beach classic, where thousands pour into the streets to parade the mall in their wildest costumes. While there, students can walk around the sectioned-off streets amid fellow partygoers for a massive street party.




Pick your poison; there’s an abundance of eerie options for thrill seekers this Halloween. Head to Miami International Mall for the House of Horror, Fort Lauderdale to hit up Village of Horrors or Deering Estate at Cutler for “Halloween Spookover.” If you’re up for a trek, visit Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando, the Big Brother of all terrifying attractions.






Get together a group of friends and a list of photos to shoot this All Hallows’ Eve. Include items like candy corn and people dressed in fun costumes. Run up, snap their picture and meet up with everyone at the end of the night to see who snagged the most photos and won the scavenger hunt.


GETTING CREATIVE ON HALLOWEEN: Sophomores Richard Coro and Andrew Szarejko dress as Andy Samber and Justin Timberkale from their Saturday Night Live skit, “Dick in a Box,” a popular Halloween costume last year.

Stop by Halloween parties at both the Rathskeller and the Hecht-Stanford bridge, and then head on over to the midnight showing of “The Rocky Horror” Picture Show at the Cosford Cinema. 35



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GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT, AND DON’T LET THE bedbugs bite is a rhyme easier said than done. A now well-publicized epidemic, bedbugs have been a source of fear and itching all over the east coast this year.




Roughly the size of an apple seed, these 6-legged bloodsuckers are not nearly as lovable as Edward Cullen (and much less desirable to have in your bed). Their meal of choice is human blood. No mess, dirt, leftover dishes or empty solo cups will tempt them. Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs don’t simply reside in beds anymore; these bugs can live anywhere within five to 10 feet of humans. This means that old furniture, luggage, clothing, even DVD players and cell phones can be the new places they call home.

of bug in her bed last fall in Eaton. Over the summer Walker had stored her bedding at a storage facility in Kendall. When she returned for the fall she found itchy lines of bites on her skin in the morning. “I started to get mysterious lines of bites all over my body,” Walker said. “It got to the point where if you weren’t scratching if felt like your life was over.”

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT According to published reports, the infestation plaguing New York City this summer has made its way down to South Florida, and it’s not just affecting homes anymore. In New York, bedbugs were found in offices, movie theaters, retail locations and libraries. Even South Beach’s lavishness cannot keep the bugs away: there have been reports of luxury hotels such as the Fontainebleau and the Hilton Hotels having unwelcomed bedbug guests. Any area densely populated with people is prime real estate for the parasites making hotels and unfortunately small, crowded dorm rooms a top choice for bedbugs. USA Today reported that bedbugs can live up to a year without a blood meal and are becoming more resistant to pesticides. This, combined with an increase in international travel and an escalating population of bedbugs worldwide, leaves us with a frightening bedtime story. Since their resurgence in 1995, bedbugs have been found in areas throughout the developed world. Although they are not strictly nocturnal, they are mostly active at night and can feed on their victims unnoticed. Depending on age their color varies, but most are reddish brown, flat, oval and wingless. Bedbugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide given off by humans and try to feed every five to 10 days. The result of a bite can take up to a week to show, with intense itching that can last for several days following the painful red welts that accompany it.

CAMPUS CRITTERS Though universities across the country have had outbreaks of bedbugs, there have been no reported widespread outbreaks on the University of Miami campus. “To date, we have not had any verified incidents with bedbugs on our campus,” said James Smart, director of Housing and Residential Life. “We do periodically get reports, but historically, they have turned out to be problems with other insects, most often mosquitoes or sand fleas.” However, Cheryl Walker, a senior concert performance major, said she found some type

‘I started to get mysterious lines of bites all over my body,’ Walker said. ‘It got to the point where if you weren’t


it felt like your life was over.’

Walker thinks the infestation came from the storage unit. Smart says that most infestations on campus start this way. “The greatest danger lies in what students bring into their rooms,” Smart said. “Particularly if they have traveled to locations which have a high incidence of infestations.” Walker tried to treat the bugs herself with industrial strength bug spray, but when the bites started to get unbearable she contacted facilities to resolve the problem. “They came in and sprayed for bugs,” she said. “But it didn’t do anything, they can’t spray on your bed, and that’s where the bugs were.” After two weeks of scratching Walker threw out her bedding and traded in her mattress for a different one. She said this solved her problems. Smart said the sealed mattresses they use in the dorms greatly reduce the possibility of infestation. Though UM has seen relatively few incidents of infestation, not all universities have escaped the itching. According to Wayne Walker, who supervises dorm pest control at the University of Florida, their 4,000 dorms have had “bad” infestations a few times a year. “Most of us in the industry believe it’s because of increased international travel and truly a lack of awareness by most people that it is a problem,” Walker said in an interview with the campus paper, The Independent Alligator. “Most of the bed bug issues are brought in by people traveling in hotels and motels and ending up back in their residence or them picking up used furniture.” At UF, a school with over 30,000 undergraduates, infestations can spread quickly. “I’ve heard through the grapevine of people who’ve had them,” said Rebecca Hutchinson, a fourth-year engineering student at UF. Though Hutchinson lives off campus in Gainesville, she and her roommate had an outbreak of what they believe were fleas over the summer. “I was out of town for a week,” Hutchinson said. “When I got back I was sitting on the couch and in just a few minutes there were bites all over my legs. We basically had a flea explosion.” To treat their flea infestation Hutchinson and her roommate used a product called Diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE is a naturally occurring soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that easily crumbles into a fine white powder. “We sprinkled the powder everywhere and vacuumed like crazy,” Hutchinson said. DE can be used as a pest control on almost any insect, including the dreaded bedbugs. The powder disintegrates the bug’s exoskeleton, but is not harmful to humans or pets. While diminutive in size, bedbugs are a big-time problem. More than just cleaning your sheets, this issue requires constant vigilance when shopping and moving into a new apartment or dorm room. Enter at your own risk. 37



HOW TO TREAT BEDBUGS WITH DIATOMACEOUS EARTH: DE can be found at most local hardware stores, including Home Depot.

1. Wash all bedding in hot water and add a little bleach to the load. Dry on the hottest heat setting on the dryer. If possible, use a steam cleaner on the mattress and box spring.

2. Make sure the bed is not touching any walls and that no bedclothes are touching the floor. 3. Dust DE into the mattress and ridges on the outside of the mattress as well as between the mattress and the box spring.

4. Dust DE all over the room, working into the carpets and corners. Be sure to dust under all furniture, most thoroughly around the four legs of the bed. Repeat this process once a week for a month.

5. You can also remove the outlet covers and, using a straw or another plastic tool, puff DE into the walls (be careful not to electrocute yourself). Bedbugs spread from room to room most commonly through the walls.




A Link To The Professional World

words_caitlin good. photo illustration_rachel steinhauser. design _claudia aguirre.

The impending hunt for employment in the wake of the recession may seem daunting to many graduating students but, rather than dwell on the state of the job market, some are being proactive with school resources. University of Miami Master of Business Administration (MBA) student Craig Hardeman found a role model working in his professional field of interest. Through the Mentor Program offered by the School of Business Administration, Hardeman met with a bank executive in Fort Lauderdale every two to three months to explore a variety of divisions. In addition to learning the basics and strategy of the company, he became comfortable working in a corporate environment and building a network. “I saw that the person at the top of the company had a broad vision, yet invested clear attention in our conversation. It changed the way I communicate,” Hardeman said. Established in 1991, the School of Business Mentor Program assigns 180 juniors, seniors and graduate students with local alumni and other professionals based on compatible career and personal objectives. Students have the opportunity to attend five roundtables on various topics and even shadow their mentor at work. “The program introduces students to what the real work force is like,” said Colleen Bernuth, an Alumni Relations and Mentor Program coordinator. “They have someone to talk to, bounce ideas off of and get advice from.” Student satisfaction with the Mentor Program is further supported by the fact that participants often return to the program in the role of mentors. “Becoming mentors keep the alumni current in the field from a different level. They get just as much out of the program as the students,” Bernuth said. Rewarding experiences as an undergraduate in the program led 2006 UM alum Gabrielle Rapke back to the program. As an undergrad, Rapke knew she was interested in working with Latin American countries. She accompanied her mentor to the Latin American Chamber of Commerce to obtain insight into the cultural differences between the United States and Latin America. “The program made what I was studying real, whereas an internship gives you smaller assignments that don’t give you a vision of what it’s like to be the senior executive of the company,” Rapke said.

MENTORS GUIDE STUDENTS TO PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS: The School of Business Administration Mentor Program brings students and local professionals together to prepare students for their future careers.

Now a Business Development Manager for Citibank, Rapke travels frequently to foreign countries, such as Colombia. Her involvement as a mentor “expanded UM’s alumni network and strengthened its base on Wall Street.” Last year, Rapke helped a student prepare for interviews and understand the dynamics of the finance division to score admittance into the Summer Analyst Program at Citigroup headquarters in New York. After impressing the employers, the student accepted an offer for a full-time position with the company— prior to her senior year of college. But joining the program will not automatically result in a job. Students must take the initiative to set up appointments with mentors and follow through with them. “The Mentor Program provides an infrastructure for you to put energy into. I support even just finding a mentor on your own, but the program facilitates the whole process,” Hardeman said. Similar guidance programs exist in other schools at UM. The Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success Office serves students majoring in sciences with programs, like Speed Mentoring, that enable students to interact in a setting with multiple faculty members and Sponsored Mentors. In the School of Communication’s Peer Mentoring Program, upperclassmen assist freshmen and transfer students with selecting majors and meeting course requirements. While each program supplies students with useful resources, the Mentoring Program in the School of Business is distinct in its

individualized design. Apparent in the personalized matching process and flexible agenda, the program intends for students to create a path beyond academics and form longlasting relationships with their mentors. Hardeman emphasized that he not only reaped a real world experience, but even more importantly, gained a “real human experience.”


∙ Have questions prepared and absorb conversation.

∙ Gain confidence by developing a relationship.

∙ Keep in touch and do not take anything for granted.

…FROM RAPKE ON GETTING AHEAD EARLY ON IN THE PROFESSIONAL REALM: Make the most out of seemingly mundane tasks.

∙ “Make the best spreadsheet your employer has ever seen.”



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THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI’S ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT HAS seen drastic changes within the National Collegiate Athletic Association. After 12 years of Big East conference play, the UM Athletic Department transferred to the ACC in 2003. Before that, it was independent for 48 years.



“When the University of Miami accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference [in 2003] it was for four main reasons,” said UM’s deputy athletic director Tony Hernandez. “Future security of the Athletic Department, the stability of the ACC, the financial long term security of the program, and the similarities between UM and the other ACC members.”

FINANCIAL SECURITY This past May, ESPN signed the rights to broadcast ACC football and basketball games, beating out Fox. The new media deal is more than doubling revenue, estimated at $155 million annually, for the ACC. “The recent media deal offers us the financial security that we expected when we joined the ACC,” Hernandez said. “This revenue will aid us in accomplishing our strategic plan and our goals.” Miami teams could not participate in conference revenue until UM’s move into the Big East. In 2003, the Big East offered Miami an annual rate of $9.7 million to stay in its conference and also agreed to pay additional travel expenses for the next five years. It was not until the 2006-07 school year that Miami earned more than the Big East’s offer in ACC sharing revenue. Craig Barnes’ story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 2003 quoted UM’s President, Donna E. Shalala, on her opinion of the switch: “There is a fundamental difference in the way money is distributed. In the Big East,41 the more successful you were, the more money you got. If you look at the ACC, it is even distribution; everyone gets the same thing,” she said. Shalala also held a televised press conference in the end of June 2003 where she further elaborated the conference move. “I don’t want to pretend that money isn’t a factor here, particularly in the long run,” Shalala said. “It was the combination; it’s the overall fit for all of our athletic programs.”

UM TODAY IN THE ACC As a part of the Big East, Miami’s football team was “at the top” of the conference during its run from 1991 to 2003. It scored nine conference championships (two are not official because the Big East did not start full league play until 1993) and its last National Championship in 2001.

“What we in the ACC are missing is that team, at the top, competing for the national championship,” UM’s Athletic Director, Kirby Hocutt said in June when speaking on The Jorge Sedano Show. It has been seven years since the change from the Big East to ACC, with UM not yet nearing a national title. “We enjoyed our time in the Big East, but our move and current alliance with the ACC has been tremendous for the entire Miami Athletics Department,” said football head coach, Randy Shannon. This year, Shannon signed on for four more years as head coach. Being a former outside linebacker for UM’s 1987 National Championship and having several years in varied coaching positions for UM football, he expressed optimism for the future of the program. “Our vision is constant improvement. We want to always be improving on the field, in the classroom and in the community. It is a process and something we have put great faith into. As those improvements continue, and we are persistent and devoted to the process, we will be in a position to win championships,” he said. UM’s recent athletic graduation success rates on rank UM football at 75 percent. Other men’s sport teams are 73 percent or higher, except for baseball, which swings in at 45 percent, and women’s sport teams don’t fall under 85 percent. As a whole, however, the graduation success rates are on the rise for UM’s student athletes since joining the ACC. “The most pride I get out of being a coach is watching my student athletes walk across the stage after their four-years,” said women’s tennis head coach and 2009 ACC Coach of the Year, Paige Yaroshok-Tews. The women’s tennis team at UM has shown great transition from the Big East to the ACC, not missing a spot in the NCAA tournament since 1996. “Athletically speaking, the ACC conference is the toughest in the country on the women’s side,” Yaroshok-Tews said. “We aren’t necessarily the most talented group every season, but we are the fittest, hardest-working group who learns to handle the pressure that comes with being a top ten team.” Even though UM’s baseball team holds the lowest graduation success rate, head coach Jim Morris said he spends 89 percent of the

VERTICAL JUMP: Collecting eight starts for the Hurricanes last year, senior middle-blocker Arielle Cooke celebrates with height after placing a kill against Clemson University. Volleyball is one of the 15 University of Miami division one sports teams that plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

time with his players in his office, relating to academics and making sure they are attending classes. Going on his 17th season, Morris has led his team to 11 College World Series, two in the ACC, as well as an ACC championship in 2008. “The ACC is well known for its athletic excellence and we are proud to be a part of this excellence,” Hernandez said. “Competitive excellence is one of our shared goals and achieving this is an integral part of our strategic plan. [An example] is our baseball program, which has participated in the NCAA post season for a record 38 consecutive years.” UM’s athletic teams will continue to make their mark in the ACC both athletically and academically. The ACC represents the competitive spirit that UM athletes portray both academically in the classroom and athletically on the field.


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We don’t have to remind you that the University of Miami is now ranked #47 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, but we do want to remind you why UM is so freakin’ awesome. Your editors at Distraction reminisced late one evening on why we love The U. It didn’t take very long for us to come up with a list almost 80 deep. For your sake, we narrowed it down to 47. Enjoy.

5. Hurricane shutters = best naps ever

6. Happy hour at the Rat 7. You think you’ve got game on us, UF and FSU? Step aside because UM is officially the #1 school in Florida 8. Marine Science program and RSMAS campus are top five in the country

9. Music School: First to create the Music Business major; first to offer a Masters of Music with a Law Degree nal atio

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10. Donna Shalala…enough said 11. Sebastian the Ibis: our beloved mascot

12. Iron Arrow – Miami’s highest honor 13. Alcohol is sold at football games meaning tailgating doesn’t have to stop once you leave the parking lot

1. Free Laundry: 14. The Keys and the Everglades Much love to Stanford and Hecht 2. Celebrity Alumni: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ray Liotta, Steve-O, Gloria Estefan and Enrique Iglesias



3. Two hundred seventy-five former Hurricanes in the NFL. Notably: Ray Lewis, Frank Gore, Jeremy Shockey and Vinny Testaverde

16. Sportsfest: Hell yes we’re competitive

4. Ibis Ride

17. WVUM: One of the top noncommerical streaming radio stations in the country



18. Art Basal

33. Football Championships: (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001 NCAA champions)

19. Lake Osceola: Just remember no swimming, even when you’re drunk and think it’s a good idea

34. Club Richter and the Annual Silent Dance Party



21. Pre-Med seven-year program: Get through undergrad and med school in seven years. We’re in awe of those of you who actually pull this off

36. Hug the lake and free hugs from Random Acts of Kindness

22. Hazel the Sandwich Lady: The grandmother we all wish we had 23. 11:1 STUDENT PROFESSOR RATIO 24. Diversity: UM ranked #1 in cultural diversity by The Princeton Review



38. Unicco Workers:

Thank you for keeping our campus so beautiful 39. Nicholas Copernicus Observatory (on the roof of the Ungar Computer Center, check it out)

25. SOUTH BEACH 26. SpectrUM: The GLBT group on campus is one of the oldest and most active in the country 28. FREE TICKETS TO ALL UM SPORTS


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30. Entering GPA above 4.0

31. Scholarship Money: Thanks for being so generous UM. Without those scholarships, many of us wouldn’t be here today 32. Southern suns and sky blue water... (maybe by the end of senior year we’ll all know our alma mater…)




40. International Thanksgiving: YUM 41. Midnight Breakfast (the one upside of finals)

42. ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SWAMP STOMP 41. UM orange and green condoms – true Hurricanes’ dedication in the bedroom

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42. MONTY’S HAPPY HOUR 43. Hurricane howl and the homecoming boat burning 44. Flying Fish: “Look, it’s a flying fish!”


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46. “Being a Cane means knowing you are the hardest-working, baddest SOB in the nation. Knowing every time you step on that field that people fear and respect you.” -Matt Bosher, UM football placekicker/punter

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POND: Born in Hamburg, Germany, Christian Blocker of the University of Miami tennis team is ranked 72 by the International Tennis Association. He is one of many international student athletes at UM. 46




Name: Christian Blocker Hometown: Hamburg, Germany Ranking: 72

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Hometown: Cali, Colombia Ranking: 38

words_kimberly sears. design_ivana cruz. photo_rachel steinhauser. With a serve clocked at 134 m.p.h., Christian Blocker has been a powerhouse on the Miami men’s tennis team. Ranked number 72 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Blocker has been a great asset, but his love of tennis didn’t evolve in the States. In actuality, his skill developed in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany. His mother, who was a professional tennis player, first introduced him to the game at the age of there. And Blocker is just one of the many international athletes here at UM. Of the ten players on the men’s tennis team, seven were born outside of the United States. On the women’s team, over half of the players were recruited from foreign countries. This is not an uncommon characteristic of UM’s athletic teams; coaches actively recruit players from all over the world. Blocker chose Miami for a strong education and its proximity to the water. He has always loved the ocean and moved to the United States three years before enrolling. He also wanted to be close to his fiancé, a graduate of UM currently living in Fort Lauderdale. At UM, the tennis athlete has maintained a strong focus on academics. He has achieved a 4.0 for three semesters, despite the long practices associated with being an ITA ranked player on a Division 1 team. “Playing tennis at a young age, I had to learn to manage my time and use it efficiently,” Blocker said. “So by the time I came to UM, I had already acquired these skills. Playing for a Division 1 team takes a lot of work, but I love it.” Blocker hopes to play professional tennis after graduation, but he also hopes to pursue a career that incorporates his double major in accounting and finance. “I would love to live in New York for a while and work on Wall Street,” he said. This season, four girls from the women’s

tennis team are nationally ranked—three of them are international players. “We only had two Americans and the rest were all international when I got here,” said junior Gabriela Mejia. Mejia, who is ranked number 83 in the ITA, came from Cali, Colombia. The strong tennis program drew her to UM. She first heard of the University of Miami through her boyfriend, who was familiar with the men’s tennis coach, Mario Rincon. Through this, she was able to contact the women’s coach, Paige Yaroshuk-Tews, who assisted her during the admissions process. Mejia said playing in the United States is very different than playing elsewhere. “The American players grew up playing each other, while I played internationally,” Mejia said. “We all approached the game differently, but [share] more experiences, which I was able to grow from.” The native Spanish speaker also had to conquer a language barrier when she first arrived. Mejia took a pre-English course, which taught her how to write papers and prepared her for college classes. With the help of the Writing Center, Mejia said she learned quickly. Her big heart goes out to international freshman on the team. She wants help them become accustomed to Miami. She fondly remembers her Venezuelan teammate Laura Vallverdu, a 2010 graduate, guiding her through her freshman year. “Laura helped big time,” Mejia said. “It was great to have someone to talk to in my own language when I had problems.” The women’s tennis team, ranked 10th in the nation, is ready to represent the ‘Canes this season in all their glory. The men’s team is looking to move up in the rankings, their 2010 recruiting class was ranked 7th in the nation. However, without the interntaional recruits, the tennis teams would lack the skill required to move up in the rankings. 47



BUMP, SET, SPIKE: Lizzie Hale was used primarily as a server her freshman year but has now progressed to be a driving force on the Women’s Varsity Volleyball team. The six-foot tall Hale is a defensive specialist and outside hitter for the team.

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THESE ARE NOT THE NAMES THAT WILL BE YELLED amongst the crowd as the game gets exciting; these are not the players you generally see blow up stats sheets and media reports. words_david furones. design_claudia aguirre. photos_alex broadwell & spiridoul kotrokois.




These are not the names that will be yelled amongst the crowd as the game gets exciting; these are not the players you generally see blow up stats sheets and media reports. If everything goes according to plan, these are the individuals that show up on the field only in a few specific situations. The job of the reserve player is just as important as the job of the starting quarterback, catcher, or point guard. These are the players that will not necessarily be starting games, but their appearance later on in the match may prove to make all the difference. A clear definition does not exist for what a reserve player does for their team. Usually, these players face more stress than the starters do. Since they are not able to play all the time, they have to make their limited minutes in game situations count. They must be alert throughout the entire game, observant of minute details and be ready to go at any moment if the coach decides to put them in. It takes maturity and perseverance to be this player, to sit in reserve for the good of the team.

VOLLEYBALL The 2010 Volleyball team advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002, where they made it all the way to the “Sweet 16” round. However, due to injuries and a lack of rotation, they were unable to advance as far as they could have, losing in the first round to rival Florida International University. Fast-forward to the 2011 season, and the ‘Canes are off to a hot start. They are 10-1 heading into ACC play despite adding seven incoming freshman to the team. So far, those freshmen have stepped up when given the opportunity. “I think that having a lot of new players has changed the dynamic of practice, just because our team is bigger,” said Lizzie Hale, sophomore outside hitter. “Everyone is contributing, which is really helpful.” With such a talented roster, it is common to see rotation between the players in different game situations. It makes it even more important for the non-starters to be able to make an impact during their limited time. “I think coming off the bench, it’s important to have a lot of energy,” Hale said. “We always talk about having a spark, coming in and making a difference. It’s easy sometimes on the bench to just fall into the lull of the game but when you go in you actually have to bring in your best effort and all of our players have been doing a really good job of that.” On this team, everyone is important, whether a starter or a bench player. The energy radiates between the players and through their team motto “sixteen strong.” If they are going to advance to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row, everyone will have to

contribute to the cause. “I think everyone understands, it doesn’t matter about how old or how young you are, you have to compete for your spot,” said Taylor Hollins, freshman outside hitter, “I just think the starting [or] not starting thing doesn’t matter because we all need each other regardless.” Everyone is expected to contribute. And with players such as Hale and Hollins playing behind veteran leaders such as Lane Carico, Katie Gallagher and Lici McGee, there is enough reason to be optimistic for these ‘Canes.

FOOTBALL The much-improved depth of several positions within the University of Miami football team could propel them to elite status. The running back position on today’s Hurricane football squad begins with senior

‘I think everyone understands, it doesn’t matter about how old or how young you are, you have to compete for your spot,’ said Taylor Hollins, freshman outside hitter,

‘I just think the starting [or] not starting thing doesn’t matter because we all need each other regardless.’

Damien Berry. Berry has not always held this coveted starting role; in fact, the 6-foot, 215 pound bulldozer was never even expected to play offense at The U. Playing on both sides of the ball while at Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla., he was recruited by the ‘Canes, as a fourstar recruit in 2007, to play safety. He didn’t make the transition to running back until a couple of years back when the coaches began to see potential in him at the position. Berry didn’t get a chance on the field until the fifth game of the 2009 season in a blowout victory against Florida A&M. He played mostly in the second half, coming off the bench, and carried the ball 14 times for a total of 162 yards and an average of 11.6 yards per carry. He capped off Miami’s score of the night with an explosive touchdown run from 35 yards out and immediately became a fan favorite. He ended the season leading the team with 8 rushing touchdowns and 6.6 yards per carry rushing average and was second on the team to Graig Cooper with 616 rushing yards. Heading into his senior season, Berry is now the focal point of the team’s rushing attack and has already accumulated 139 yards on 22 carries in the first two games of the year. In addition to leading the team in rushing, Berry comes into the season with a determination to become a leader both by example and vocally. In a post-game interview following the loss to Ohio State on Sept. 11, Berry was asked about an interception Jacory Harris threw on a pass targeted for him. Although there was nothing Berry could have done to prevent the turnover from occurring, as it was a poorly thrown ball by Harris in the red zone, he was persistent that he take the blame for it. “It was my fault,” he said repeatedly. Berry’s willingness to accept blame is indicative that he feels, as a senior, it is his time to take control of the team and his actions. Following Berry on the Canes depth chart at running back is red-shirt freshman Lamar Miller, a Made-in-Dade product out of Killian High School. Miller has already burst onto the scene with his first two peaks at game action. In the home opener against Florida A&M, he earned ACC Rookie of the Week for producing 65 yards off of 11 carries and a touchdown. The following week, he had an electrifying kick return in Columbus, Ohio that put the Canes on the board in the Horseshoe, and momentarily stunned the Buckeye faithful. Miller, number six, has been dubbed by many as the fastest man on the team and has Miami fans excited about his playmaking abilities. Fans proclaim it to be “Miller time” whenever he touches the ball. Other top-notch recruits reside on the offensive line’s depth chart. The mountain of a man, Seantrel Henderson, who is listed officially as a right tackle, has not been




MAKING THE TRANSITION: Senior Damien Berry did not begin his career as a Running Back for the Miami Hurricanes. He was originally recruited in 2007 to play Safety, but made the transition to his current position once his coaches recignized his potential.


deemed ready by coaches to see a great deal of playing time. He will look to get into the offensive tackle rotation mid-season and is a prime candidate to take over an offensive tackle position. The 6-foot-8, 330-pounder hailing from St. Paul, MN is ranked on the Rivals 100 as the number two overall high school senior a year ago. He has the potential to be the biggest, baddest offensive lineman to ever hit Coral Gables since Bryant McKinnie, a senior on the 2001 national championship team and now plays for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. On defense, Miami was plagued in recent memory due to lack of depth. This season, the ‘Canes feature 8-10 players they can rely on to make an impact. Injuries throughout the year and fatigued finishes to the season should not reoccur, as players will be rotating out of the games and staying fresh throughout the year. “When you’re able to rotate guys, that’s when you’ll play really well,” said head coach Randy Shannon. “If you only have five guys that are real good, then only five guys are going to play and you’ve got to get in great shape at defensive line. Fortunately, we have numbers and guys we feel real good about playing.”

BASKETBALL The UM men’s basketball team underachieved last year. However, it was also a team that had to deal with several injuries and a young core. The ‘Canes finished the season with a 4-12 record in conference play and did not win a single road ACC game. But there is reason for optimism this season. Despite several disappointments, this basketball team finished on a high note. They won two games in the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. and played hard against eventual national champion, Duke, in the Hurricanes’ elimination game. Reggie Johnson, Julian Gamble and Malcolm Grant are the most animated players on the UM sidelines: when they are not in the game and their team makes a big run heading into a timeout, they are the first to greet their teammates on their way back to the bench. Grant, a 6-foot-1 transfer guard from Villanova, is usually one of the smaller guys on the court. But as he’s the team’s sparkplug, and does not go unnoticed. When he gets in the game, he is the loudest player on the court and an unremittingly energetic presence for the Canes coming off the bench. We should all take a minute to memorize those names displayed on the jerseys standing on the field or sitting on the bench in front of us. These players may be UM’s best kept secrets representing the future of our teams. They won’t stay benchwarmers for long.

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When former head coach Larry Coker was dismissed in 2006, it did not just open a door for Randy Shannon to step in as head coach, it also established the “Coker Curse.” When Coker replaced head coach Butch Davis in 2001, he inherited a wealth of talent from the team Davis had recruited. By the end of his third season, Coker’s record was 35-3. When the roster of Davis’ players began to turn over, Coker’s losses increased and he was replaced. In Dec. 2006, Shannon was appointed to the position. In May, Shannon signed a four year contract extending his stay at UM. This leads us to wonder: has Coach Shannon overcome the curse? Looking back, last season’s winning record marked a stark contrast to the rough start Shannon faced his first season. The 2007 season was a disappointment, illustrated by the Hurricanes’ 0-48 loss against the University of Virginia in the Orange Bowl – the team’s worst losing game ever at the Orange Bowl and worst overall since 1998. By the end of the season, the team had lost 6 out of its last 7 games. The 2009 season, however, brought Shannon success. Finishing 9-4, the Hurricanes showed improvement of at least two wins per season. He also encouraged his team to excel off the field. The NCAA honored his program for its latest Academic Progress Rate, which measures the success or failure of college teams to move athletes towards graduation. UM was rated sixth in the nation based on this score, which was the best among all BCS coaches. ESPN has ranked Shannon’s many recruiting classes top 25 in the country, with his 2008 class ranked first. And during his four-year term at Miami, only one football player has been arrested: former quarterback Robert Marve for vandalizing a car’s side-view mirror. For Shannon, it is tough to pin down what he considers his greatest achievement as head coach. “There isn’t an individual event, just the steady improvement of this program both off the field and on the gridiron,” Shannon says. “It’s the process that I am proud of.” And with Shannon’s process, the “Coker Curse” is no longer.




C-A-N-E-S...CANES: The University of Miami cheerleaders rally alumni and students during the 2009 homecoming parade. This year’s parade takes place on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. on Stanford Drive and is based around the game of Monopoly to represent the theme “Are you game?”

HOMECOMING then and now words_ rebecca lattanzio. design_claudia aguirre. photo_ibis yearbook. Inventors of swagger, convicts, Playboy’s number one party school, the most hated team in sports history. Undoubtedly, the University of Miami has had many titles and reputations over the years. So how have all of these names come together to form the campus and student body that is The U? This year’s homecoming motto, “respect the past and fear the future,” echoes what ESPN analysts have been preaching lately: it’s 52

time for Miami to return to its former glory. The U is one of the most mentioned schools in pop culture: rapper Snoop Dogg refers to “The U in the 80s” in the song “All I Do Is Win” with DJ Khaled, and last year’s release of “The U” documentary on ESPN has only fueled the sentiment. This homecoming season the paint is brighter and the cheers are louder. Steve Walsh helped immortalize the university with his participation in Billy

Corben’s documentary, “The U,” last year. Walsh led UM to a national championship title as the starting quarterback in 1987 when the Canes were poster boys for college football. “We captured a culture with our dominance,” Walsh said. “It was us against the world for a little bit, then it changed to ‘Wow, this is just a well-coached football team.’” Before every game, head coach Jimmy Johnson would encourage the team to put on

a show for the fans that came religiously to see them, according to Walsh. And so they did just that: put on a show that the whole country tuned in to. “People called us cocky,” Walsh said. “But, there is something to be said about arrogance when you could back it up.” This attitude that Walsh helped to define has carried on throughout the years, becoming the school’s claim to fame and prompting the sale of countless t-shirts boasting the word “swagger.” “Now they call it swagger, [but] we just called it supreme confidence,” Walsh said. Today, he is proud of the premier university that UM has become, something he said former president Tad Foote always wanted and there’s no hiding the fact that he hopes Miami snatches up another ring soon. “We watch with pride and ownership, but we set the standard very high,” Walsh said. “The U,” which was released last December, has had a critical role in connecting an alumnus like Walsh to current students like junior Brandon Mitchell. Mitchell is the chair of Category 5, the spirit programming board on campus, and he used clips from the documentary to pump up incoming freshmen at orientation earlier this year. “We turned on the clip of the Fiesta Bowl and said, ‘This is what happened back then, are you going to be there this year?’ That back story really gives them the chills and makes them want to get involved,” Mitchell said. Mitchell and Category 5 work hand-inhand with Homecoming Executive Committee to get students involved. Pep rallies are Mitchell’s specialty and the homecoming rally has to be the best. As a leader in spirit Mitchell swears by Hurricane swagger. “We were the ones who created [domination], not just going on the field, playing a football game and leaving,” he said. Swagger isn’t the only thing UM has kept intact since the 80s. Students still know how to party like its 1985. Sherra Payne attended UM from 19811985 as an undergrad and played an important role in planning homecoming events. Tailgates and parties were still part of the agenda back then and homecoming week included many of the same events, like the boat burning, parade, and pep rally. The always-anticipated concert was also a part of homecoming week in those days. In Payne’s years as a student, UM hosted to musical acts like Jimmy Buffet in 1983 and The Tubes and Men Without Hats in 1984. Back then, midday events were included all week like a Blimpie sandwich eating contest. “The first couple of years we used to also have the homecoming parade down Miracle Mile, which was fun because it got the whole community involved,” Payne said. Payne now helps to plan the Alumni

SNAP, CRACKLE AND POP: The 2009 boat burning and fireworks on Lake Osceola commence the homecoming festivites. 53



Weekend, which coincides with the homecoming game. “My goal is to bring back 100 alums to campus to participate in the pep rally and boat burning,” she said. “There will always be a bond. We will always hate the Gators and we will always despise FSU.” Fast-forward thirty-something years from the parades on Miracle Mile to the arrival of Homecoming 2010, celebration of all that The U has been and all it will become. Uncle Luke’s new song “The U” will soon be blaring from dorm room speakers. Favorite events will once again draw crowds, like the alma mater singing competition, the pep rally, boat burning, fireworks and Hurricane Howl concert. Jimmy Buffet has been replaced with Lauryn Hill and Donnis, but the green will still be in frenzied with anticipation. The homecoming themes back in the 80s included “Miami is Magic” and “Catch a Rising Star.” This year’s theme asks “Are U Game?” Junior Casey Crist, a member of the UM Cross Country team, has no intention of taking it easy for the festivities. She said she plans on attending all of the events, tailgating hours before kickoff when Miami hosts Maryland, and still have enough energy to cheer the Canes on from start to finish. “Teams should be afraid to step out on that field when they are playing the Canes, just like in the past,” she said. Crist and her Cross Country teammates also used “The U” as a pump up play list. They watched the film before their first meet to get energy levels high. “I hope that every seat in the stadium is filled with ‘Canes fans and that we beat Maryland,” she said. When students like Mitchell and Crist watch clips of the Fiesta Bowl of 2002 they get just as mad as if they were in the stands that day. When alumni like Walsh and Payne watch the current Hurricanes scale up the rankings, they get just as elated as they did when they were students. There may be a generational gap between the ‘Canes of the 80s and the ‘Canes of today, but the fervor for all things Miami is exactly the same. “It’s always fun to share victories with the fans next to me at games,” Crist said. “I may not even know them, but I know for a fact we share one thing in common: we’re ‘Canes for life.”

‘CANES FOR LIFE: The University of Miami’s mascot, Sebastian the Ibis, rides to the middle of Lake Osceola before the homecoming boat burning. In 2009, Sebastian was in the running for the Capital One National Mascot of the Year.



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Alma Mater Singing Competition Preliminaries -Rathskeller -7:30 p.m.


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A N I N - D E P T H L O O K AT U M ’ S V E R Y O W N G R I D I R O N S U P E R H E R O words _ heather carney. design _ claudia aguirre and katharine wyatt. photos _ christine shepard & alex broadwell.

ALLEN BAILEY’S SHY YET INFECTIOUS SMILE SPREADS all the way through his deep brown eyes. With his bulging biceps, 6-foot-4 frame and shoulders that look like they could easily lift a Volkswagen, his gentle handshake takes me by surprise. My apprehension over meeting the player who so powerfully executes tackles on the field and induces fear in the eyes of his opponents is immediately shattered.


A MAN OF MANY NAMES: Defensive lineman Allen Bailey has many nicknames, from Big Bailey, to Big Dog, to The Green Mile and even The Hulk . The soft-spoken senior, towering at 6-foot-4, hails from the small town of Sapelo, Ga.




Bailey’s not intimidating; he’s a big teddy bear. But just three days before this interview, Bailey showcased that intimidation, latching onto anything scarlet and gray, tackling with no mercy. The Ohio State game didn’t end with a win for the Hurricanes, but Bailey emerged victorious. With six tackles, the 285-pound Bailey emerged victorious. With six tackles, defensive end proved that he is NFL worthy. This is no revelation. The senior from Sapelo Island, Ga. could have been drafted to the NFL last year as a junior. However, after coming off a less than impressive second-half of the season, Bailey decided to represent the Hurricanes for one more year and hopefully add a championship to his already staggering statistics. Last year, he led the ‘Canes with 7 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. This year, his goal is to achieve double-digit sacks. But there is a lot more to Bailey than his impressive football statistics; his upbringing alone proves he is no typical born and raised South Florida ‘Cane.

HOG HAMMOCK “I’m from a place a little out of the normal,” Bailey said. “It’s relatively quiet; no stop signs, no traffic lights. It’s mostly dirt roads.” He is speaking of his hometown, Sapelo, a small island off the coast of Georgia. The island boasts only one community and is home to less than 70 people, most of whom are descendants of slaves. This is where Bailey started his football career, playing pickup games with his siblings and cousins. “On the island, we didn’t have pee wee leagues or anything. The first time I started playing organized football was in seventh grade,” Bailey said. The second youngest of seven children, each sibling only one year apart, Bailey is the only collegiate athlete in his family. But he’s not the only one with size. “Everyone’s big, even the girls. And I think all the boys are over 6-foot-1. But my parents are just normal. My dad is 6-foot and my mom is 5-foot-7,” Bailey said. “I know our height and size comes from somewhere, ‘cause some of our cousins are big too.” Maybe it’s all of that good southern cookin’ and the occasional raccoon that Bailey admits is a dietary norm at Hog Hammock. “I’ve never cooked it. I’d definitely mess it up. But when I go back, sometimes we eat that,” he said. 58

MAKINGS OF A STAR In June 2007, Bailey moved from Sapelo Island to Coral Gables to begin his college career as a Hurricane. “The hardest thing was the people. At Sapelo, everyone greets each other with a wave, even if you don’t know them. It’s just what you do,” Bailey said. “Here, people don’t even look you in the eye.” But besides the people, Bailey said the transition really wasn’t that difficult. During middle school, he would take a ferry ride from the island to the mainland every day. As his football schedule intensified, Bailey made the tough decision to leave home and live with a friend for the duration of his high school career. The summer after 10th grade, he realized that he may have a future in football. “I got an offer from the University of Georgia. I realized I could play college ball and benefit from it, like [receive] a free education. I started to think about it deeper and deeper,” Bailey said. Luckily for Bailey, he had a remarkable junior year of high school because, two games deep into his senior year, he injured his lower back forcing him to sit out the rest of the season. But that didn’t deter newly appointed Coach Randy Shannon and former Recruiting Coach Clint Hurtt from making a visit to the island to see the so-called “defensive beast” for themselves. “Athletically, I have never seen anyone or anything like him. I thought Sean Taylor and Andre Johnson were the best physical specimens you could ever see ‘till I met and coached Allen. He is a rare talent, although still raw, but the sky is the limit. His mere presence would be an asset to the team over his career because having a guy with his talent and work ethic raises everyone’s level of play,” said Hurtt, the University of Miami defensive line and recruiting coordinator from 2007-09. Bailey said he chose The U because he didn’t feel forced to come here; it was an intuitively natural decision. Although the biggest and tallest kid in his class since fourth grade, Bailey said he was quiet and kept to himself. He credits football to helping him open up. “I was kind of shy. But football opened doors for me; it helped me meet new people. Football gave me that bond,” Bailey said. And now as the co-captain of the team, Bailey has to be more vocal than ever, even if it is just by leading by example. “He’s a beast. He’s the strongest guy on the team.” said Damien Berry, senior running back. “And even though he’s


Has ‘CANES # 57 tattooed vertically across his torso from his hip to his shoulder. He has 12 tattoos in total.


mom says, “He’s just never really tried it.” Is the only one of his siblings who is

CALLED BY HIS BIRTH NAME – everyone else is called by their nicknames like “Bubba,” “Alfie” or “Pumpkin” to name a few.

CALLS HIS PARENTS before and after every game.

Doesn’t have a favorite NFL team but likes THE RAVENS. Says his best friend on the team is DEMARCUS VAN DYKE, senior defensive back. Hates when a player gives him a “FIT” or makes him “RAZZLED.” Hopes to have FOUR CHILDREN one day. Hopes to buy his mom something nice and pay his parent’s bills on Sapelo Island if he ever gets an NFL


Has never been to THE KEYS. Says the hardest thing about these last four years has been THE LOSSES: “You don’t want to remember those big losses. It hurts too much.” Played ONLY 20 SNAPS of defensive end in high school and played none his freshman year.


THE HULK IN HIS ELEMENT: Allen Bailey dives to block Seminoles offensive player Taiwan Easterling in the highly-attended Saturday, Oct. 10 game where the ‘Canes fell to their biggest rival, Florida State. Bailey had one solo and one assisted tackle in the game. The game ended with a 45-17 final score, favoring the ‘Noles.

quiet, he’s like the shoulder of the team.”

POPEYE The soft-spoken Bailey has been dubbed the Shoulder, the Beast, the Hulk, Big Dog, Popeye, Bailey Biceps and more all because of his tremendous strength. He can bench press more than 420 pounds. Last year, he received the team’s Strength Training Athlete of the Year Award. Christian Ponder, the Florida State University starting quarterback, said in

an interview with The Miami Herald, “I didn’t realize how big [Bailey] was. He’s like the friggin’ Jolly Green Giant.” Bailey said he is just focused on sustaining his muscle mass and maintaining his weight for the NFL. “I have to be patient with the NFL. It’s not like being drafted out of high school. It’s more just like the roll of a dice.” But to imagine not playing in the NFL makes Bailey a little more than uncomfortable. “I’ve never had a real job. Like I’ve never even worked at McDonald’s, not

even in high school. I know if I needed to get a real job, I could figure it out, I’d get used to it. I’m not scared of that but it just makes me a little nervous,” Bailey said. Mary, Bailey’s mother, and the rest of the Hog Hammock community have high hopes for him. “A lot of people here are University of Georgia fans. But because of Allen, now people on the island always watch the Miami games. People are always asking about him,” Mary said. “If he makes it in football, he’d be the first person born and 59



raised on this island to make it that far. We’ve never had someone do something that big before.” When asked his major, Bailey hesitated and then responded: “I think liberal arts or liberal sciences.” He laughs because he knows as a college student he shouldn’t have to think to answer that question, but for Bailey, football has been his college education. He hasn’t had much of a choice in that matter. “Football is like a job here. Between double practices, film, meetings, it takes up so much of my time. During the season, I’m so tired, plus I’m taking five classes,” Bailey said. “I’m looking forward to the spring when I can actually take a real break, relax and sleep.” After the season, the senior hopes to go back to Sapelo Island and be with his family. Mary promises to make his favorite home-cooked meal of ribs, chicken on the grill, macaroni and cheese and baked beans. “Just last night I talked to him on the phone and told him his father’s thinking of retiring. He’s worked on the ferryboat for almost 30 years. Allen asked us to wait to celebrate until he can come home. So that’s what we’re doing…we’re waiting for him,” she said. And by age 30, Bailey hopes to have a family of his own, although he doesn’t plan to raise his children on the island. “I’d definitely want to show them the island, go there on vacation, just to get away from the norm but I don’t think I want to raise them there,” Bailey said. For now, Bailey is focused on winning the ACC Championship with a team that gave him a voice and the players that became his brothers away from home. “It’s been awesome seeing this team change and come together. We have such a strong bond now that we didn’t have when I first started here. We’ve grown tremendously. We are family,” Bailey said. ***At the time of printing, Bailey was on the Watch List for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year), Ted Hendricks Award (Best Defensive End), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Best Defensive Player), the Rotary Lombardi Award (College Lineman of the Year) and the Lott Trophy (Defesnive IMPACT Player of the Year).


A TRUE ‘CANE: Allen Bailey shows his Miami pride with a vertical “‘Canes #57 “ tattoo, stretching from his hip to his shoulder. He decided to get the tattoo after a year of playing for the Miami Hurricanes.

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THE DYNAMICS OF DISCIPLINE: Head strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey is in his 10th season in the strength and training program. He oversees the daily conditioning regimen of over 100 student athletes in the Hurricanes football program, and leads the university’s strength and conditioning staff.





ANDREU SWASEY words_amilynn soto. design_claudia aguirre & carissa harris. photos_carissa harris. illustration_claudia aguirre.


It’s a dare: Walk into the Hecht Athletic Center Weight Room. People might look at you strangely and you might be asked to leave, but the weight room is where you would have to venture to find Coach Andreu Swasey. After two or three minutes of being around Swasey, you’ll realize that by embodying emotional, mental and physical health, he is setting the example for what an athlete should get out of strength and conditioning training. As the head strength and conditioning coach, Swasey helps UM’s football players maintain speed, strength and body composition. Not only is this Miami native in charge of the daily conditioning for the student athletes in the football program, but he also manages the strength and conditioning staff of the six coaches that take care of the other 18 scholarship sports. Swasey has been with The U for 10 seasons. Prior to that, he played as a defensive back at Baylor University and later became a defensive backs coach at Copperas Cove High School and later at the University of Houston. From 1997 to 1998, Swasey was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at



UM. He left the Hurricanes a year later only to come back in 2000 for good. “I always wanted to do something [in Miami], whether it was working with the young guys, whether it was in high school,” he said. “I feel fortunate to be in my hometown but also to work at the University of Miami.” In high school, Swasey played for the Carol City Chiefs, training with head coach Walt Frazier. He found conditioning to be an important part of his lifestyle, ultimately motivating him to become the coach he is today. “I felt that it had always given me an edge growing up, you know with Coach Frazier, when I was coming out of high school,” he said. “If you’re well trained, I think it helps you physically, mentally and emotionally.” For training, Swasey uses an Olympic approach as opposed to high intensity training (HIT), which is a more accelerated form that was used by former UM strength coach, Darryl Hewlett. HIT should be infrequent and short in time and length, but to increase muscle strength and size it must be completed with intensity. Swasey has had experience with both, but feels that with Olympic style training, athletes develop their tendons and ligaments as well as their coordination and body awareness, ultimately allowing them to fully expand their athletic ability. “My job responsibility is to keep the guys in tip-top shape. That requires them to [lift] weights and [develop] their core and overall body composition,” he said. Football players, who are recruited a year prior to their first official semester, may have the athletic skill to play the game but their physical build may not be up to par. As a result, the players–under Swasey’s direction–must begin to gain muscle mass. Senior Damien Berry came in weighing 198 pounds but after four years, he now weighs 215 pounds, primarily to the strengthening and conditioning his body has endured. Conditioning is a yearlong commitment. When the football players are in season, they tend to see Swasey about three times a week and when they are out of season, about four times a week. He also travels with them to all of their games, in state or not. For practice, the athletes are divided into groups and assigned a particular time of the day for when they have to lift weights and condition. Once a week, an athlete might be prompted to do position-specific drills. Quarterbacks like Jacory Harris and AJ Highsmith might be asked to do arm strength exercises aside from the standard bench squats and abdominal workouts to stimulate their core strength. “He tries to put everything in a game perspective,” Highsmith said. “When the running gets tough, he’ll say ‘It’s the fourth quarter you really have to focus.’ When we get in line and somebody jumps it, like a false start in the game, we got to redo the reps again.” In his training, discipline plays an active


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role by developing attention to detail, which initially, no player is really equipped to handle. “I think they signed up to play a sport, football, but I don’t think they got the memo on weight training,” Swasey said. Swasey’s philosophy ensures that discipline transfers in the game and in the players lives’. Running back Damien Berry can attest; he has been under Swasey’s coaching for four years. “When you’re being disciplined, you’re being disciplined in all aspects of life not just football, but as a man,” Berry said. “If you skip reps, that’s a lack of discipline. If he catches you

missing reps you’ll get punished for it.” When athletes train with him for the first time, they tend to hit a brick wall but eventually see his softer side. Sophomore quarterback AJ Highsmith was in for a surprise when he came in last year. “When I first got here I thought he was crazy because it was just so much stuff,” Highsmith said. “They called it an easy day but it still seemed like it was a hard day for me. I’ve gotten used to it now. It really made me a lot better. It’s been a good process.” Berry had a similar experience. Early on, he 63



PUMPING METAL WITH SWASEY: Swasey advises two Offensive Linemen, senior Orlando Franklin (left) and freshman Brandon Linder (center), as they work out in the high-tech Hecht Athletic Center.

POWER, SPEED: Andreu Swasey utilizes the benefits of an Olympic-style free weight lifting regimen in training the athletes in his program. The system of controlled weights enhances players’ power and speed.


got to know a stern and strict coach; slowly but surely, things began to turn around. “At first it was like a dictatorship,” Berry said. “You couldn’t say anything back to him. You always had to just listen and let it go. But now, he’s coming around to where you can talk to him more and he is more receptive to what you have to say to him.” On top of all the conditioning training, Swasey takes care of the team’s diet and nutrition. Highsmith was placed on a diet regimen where he can only eat at certain times, eating small portions spread out throughout the day. For the athletes under this specific diet, carbohydrates can only be consumed at certain times during the day and most of their protein comes from chicken, fish or meat. If you find Jacory Harris in the line at Mango Manny’s for an Original Chop, now you know why. Highsmith goes to Chicken Grill for his chicken and brown rice under Swasey’s mandate. The players spend more time conditioning with Swasey than they do training with the other coaches. It’s no surprise that Swasey inevitably forms bonds with them. Highsmith feels that his strength coach provides more than just coaching. “When you allow him to be, he’s more open and more fun than most people,” he said. “He likes to work and have fun at the same time.” Berry also feels that Swasey brings excitement to the game. He pushes the players to their limits. “He expects a lot more than what the coaches do out of us because he knows what we can do and he can see what we can do on a daily basis [working out],” Berry said. “I don’t think we’d be as good without him.” NFL athletes who have trained with Swasey in the past have come back to condition with him because the consistency and style of his training is effective. Some think it’s because Swasey takes his work seriously and, therefore, others do too. Swasey feels it is because of the results. “When you know that something works for you, if it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it. They have that kind of mentality,” Swasey said. With over 100 athletes that must be physically fit, Swasey has the help of two assistant coaches, Victor Ishmael and Cols Colas. Not only has he gained the respect of the athletes here at Miami, but he has also gained the admiration of the other strength coaches. Ishmael, who is in charge of the conditioning for golf rowing said his experience with Swasey has been educational and inspiring. “He develops them mentally and physically helping them be complete individuals, to be better athletes,” Ishmael said. “He has an ability to relate to the athletes and motivate them.” As an asset to the football team, many worry whether or not he is here to stay. But it’s clear where Swasey’s allegiances lie. “I’m all about The U. I always will be,” he said.

Brandon INTEREST Mitchell President of Category 5 distraction



words_ kelsey pinault. design_ reshma muppala. photos_ natalie edgar. Q: How did you first get involved with Category 5? A: Freshman year I interviewed to be the baseball chair in Category 5, when the Vice Chair was Christina Farmer. I got the position and really enjoyed it so, the following year, I ran for Vice Chair. Last year, I ran for Chair and here I am. Q: What do you do as chair of Category 5? A: I work very closely with our Vice Chair, Doug Aguililla, and our advisor, Keith Fletcher, to oversee all aspects of planning events for games and for the different sport teams. We mainly promote school spirit on campus among the students. Q: What’s one thing you know about the University of Miami that a lot of other students don’t know about? A: Most people know we have two cannons on campus, but I don’t know if a lot of people realize that one cannon faces towards Florida State University and the other faces towards the University of Florida. Q: How do you handle your course load in addition to being chair of Category 5? A: I have a lot of sleepless nights. Just kidding! No, but really, I know what I have to get done so I make sure to put time into my schedule for all my events, so that I don’t get

too overworked. I always look at longterm goals so I know I’m prepared for everything. Q: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of school and Category 5? A: I’d have to say watching baseball. I played it in high school and I’ve always loved it. I don’t know if I should be proud of this or not but I am a very big Philly’s fan. I have never missed a game. Whether I’m watching it on TV, getting live updates on the Internet, or even having a friend text me updates, I’ve been that avid [of a] fan since I was 14. Q: What new things are you trying to bring to campus as Category 5 Chair? A: First of all, we’re introducing the Hurricane Force Incentive Program. We are teaming up with the athletic program and information technology so that you can use your cane card at all games to swipe through automatically, letting you get through much easier. You get a certain amount of points for each football, basketball or baseball game you go to and there are different point levels depending on the team you’re out supporting. At the end, each level of point amounts gets prizes and the students are also entered into a raffle. So, for instance, someone with 15 points wins a Hurricane Force t-shirt and is entered into a raffle for two courtside seats at a UM men’s basketball game. The top 5 contestants with the most points get a flat screen TV. They are also entered into a raffle to win a trip for two; the two lucky contestants get to travel with the football team next year to an away game. We’re hoping that this program will help increase awareness for students about UM sports and jumpstart attendance to all UM games. Q: What is your favorite UM cheer? A: When our university mascot, Sebastian, spells out the word ‘Canes: “C-A-N-E-S.” It’s the first thing we do when we score a touchdown or if anything iconic happens at a sporting event. It’s a tradition that has been followed at UM for as long as I can remember. CAT. FIVE: Brandon Mitchell poses by Lake Osceola. 65



A R NT of the issue

words_esther pang. design_ivana cruz & erin meagher. photos_rachel steinhauser. Almost every morning I hear the same diatribe from commuters who would do anything for a good parking spot close to class. Complaints about the cutthroat parking are just a regular part of pre-class conversation. University of Miami parking seems to hold a reputation for starting off most people’s day with an unhealthy dose of frustration. Parking lots at UM are a battlefield. While most of us have enough manners to not steal parking spots (cough: most of the time), we all have classes. And when there’s a test in 10 minutes, all’s fair in love and war for parking. Day, time, luck, even the size of a car affects the chances of finding a spot. I always feel a twinge of sympathy for commuters when they walk in the classroom late, drenched in sweat. They have just ran from the other end of campus, since there wasn’t any parking nearby, in time to miss the pop quiz the professor handed out at the beginning of class.

Even when there are vacant spots, parking still proves to be problematic for anyone who isn’t driving a small car. When taking a walk by one of the many crammed parking lots around the campus it becomes glaringly apparent that parking spots are too tiny for comfort. Since there is barely enough room to get out of the seat when parked between two other vehicles, students fight for the spaces on the edge where there’s less chance of denting someone’s car. With levels of dissatisfaction with parking rising every morning, there is plenty to say about making parking on campus less irritating. After hearing stories about students who have gotten into screaming fights over spots, I wonder if UM parking isn’t evolving from being simply competitive but becoming a major contributor to students’ stress levels. Until the school gives an ear to our pleas and improves the parking lots, competing for parking will continue to be a part of a UM driver’s daily routine.

‘I hate it when the big cars take up two parking spots. They have their whole left wheel in there so no one can park, but not enough so it looks like it’s on purpose. It’s just, ‘Oops, I was in a hurry so I parked halfway into the other spot,’ so the only person who fits in there is either a motorcycle or a smart car.’ ALFREDO MOLINA

‘Once I was in class and five girls rushed in yelling ‘That was my spot!’ at each other.’ YVETTE JON

‘Start with a parking garage behind Memorial or the Communication Building, since it’s all just flat parking. Or demolish the old art building, since it’s gated off. Nobody uses it, it’s a hazard to be inside, so just demolish it and build a new parking lot.’ ALFREDO MOLINA

THE PARKING PROBLEM: At the University of Miami, the parking situation leaves many students stressed and frustrated. With only a limited number of parking spaces available in convenient locations that are close to class, the parking lot becomes a battlefield with fierce competition for a prized spot. 66


Only at the University of Miami’s Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center would there be bouncers employed to guard the doors to workout classes. Here at Miami, hot bodies and toned figures are a necessity, motivating students to hit the gym. However, the hour-long workout no longer includes typical bench presses or 30 minutes on the elliptical. Instead, students prefer to participate in various fitness classes offered at the Wellness Center. From Zumba to Studio Cycling, students desire a more interactive and fun way to stay in shape. However, getting into these classes can be an intense exercise in itself.







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Arriving early no longer guarantees entrance to one of these coveted classes. Responding to the high demand, members of the Wellness Center staff distribute numbered tickets for entrance into each class. Unlike many clubs in Miami, knowing someone at the door does not guarantee you a spot. Strict bouncers man the door for crowd control, keeping excited health nuts in line. Patience, stamina and the occasional acceptance of defeat are needed to take on the never-ending line. While long waits can be frustrating, sexy bodies come with the territory and are another interesting side effect of attending The U.


words_danielle kaslow The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center offers a variety of group exercise classes for students. Some are free of charge or require a small fee. Just a few include: Zumba—A high-energy class that combines fun dance combinations with a driving Latin beat. Beginner-Advanced. Free. Guts-n-Butts—Strengthen and tone, and whip that lower body and core into shape. Intermediate-Advanced. Free. Cardio Kickboxing—Unleash your inner warrior with this workout filled with kicks, punches and jabs. IntermediateAdvanced. Free. Studio Cycling—Pedal to the beat in this intense fitness class, using Star Trac Spinner NXT bikes. IntermediateAdvanced. Student fee: $60 for a semester pass, or $5 for a one-time pass. Nonstudent fee: $96 for a semester pass, or $10 for a one-time pass. Yoga Program—Get in touch with your inner “chi” with the purchase of a yoga pass and gain access to four different types of classes. Beginner-Advanced. Student fee: $60 for a semester pass, or $7 for a one-time pass. Nonstudent fee: $96 for a semester pass, or $10 for a one-time pass.

FIERCE COMPETITION FOR FITNESS CLASSES: A Wellness Center employee hands out laminated numbers to students waiting in line for the Zumba class. Recently due to popular demand, students have been forced to arrive at least 15 minutes before class time and even then often get denied.

Check out MIAMI.EDU/WELLNESS for more information on times, classes and other programs offered at the Wellness Center.




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1238 S. DIXIE HWY., CORAL GABLES, 33146 305.666.9519 Get New York street style bagels in Miami Daily. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. | Price: $


157 GIRALDA AVE., CORAL GABLES, 33134 305.444.2397 Heaven for all Pad Thai lovers. Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m.10 p.m. | Price: $$


7310 S.W. 57TH AVE., SOUTH MIAMI, 33143 305.665.3322 Funky little bistro in the middle of South Miami. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11:30a.m.-2:30p.m.; Sat.: noon-2:30p.m.; Dinner: Mon.-Thur. 6 p.m.9:30 p.m.; Sat. 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Price: $$$$ |


4019 S. LE JEUNE ROAD 305.446.5659 Fine Italian dining experience nestled in the heart of Coral Gables. Mon.-Thur. 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 12 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Price: $$$$ |


6661 S. DIXIE HWY., SOUTH MIAMI, 33143 305.666.5511 Tasty Americanized Chinese food that has satisfied for decades. Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.midnight; Sun. 2 p.m.-12 a.m. Price: $$ |


5904 S. DIXIE HWY., CORAL GABLES, 33143 305.669.2580 French with a Colombian touch by Sunset Mall on US1. Mon.-Thur. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Price: $$ |



4612 S. LE JEUNE ROAD, CORAL GABLES, 33146 305.661.2622 A modern restaurant inspired by Cuban, Spanish and Latin American cuisine; the unique décor and atmosphere provides an inviting space for casual social gatherings. Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.11 p.m. Price: $$ |


201 MIRACLE MILE, CORAL GABLES, 33134 305-529-0141 American classics let the exceptional quality of ingredients take center stage. Mon. & Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10p.m.; Tue.-Thur. & Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Price: $$$ |


7340 S.W. 57TH AVE., SOUTH MIAMI, 33143 305.665.8778 Run to Paris and back for a quick bite. Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.- 4 a.m. | Price: $


5701 SUNSET DR., SOUTH MIAMI, 33143 305.740.5880 Authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Tue.-Thur. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Price: $$


276 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE, CORAL GABLES, 33134 305.443.3739 Exotic décor and flavorful Indian food. Daily. Lunch: noon-3 p.m.; Dinner: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Price: $$ |


7318 RED ROAD, SOUTH MIAMI, 33143 305.661.3663 Authentic Cuban cuisine featuring their famous sandwiches. Daily 7:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Price: $ |


1118 S. DIXIE HWY., CORAL GABLES, 33146 305.668.9890 Casual atmosphere with two menus and a plentiful selection of Thai and Japanese dishes. Mon.-Fri. Lunch 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m.; Dinner 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 12:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Price: $ |


5920 S. DIXIE HWY., SOUTH MIAMI, 33143 305.668.8205 Modern Asian with a French influence; a truly unique dining experience. Sun.-Thur. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Price: $$ |


317 MIRACLE MILE, CORAL GABLES, 33134 305.446.2690 Affordable lunch specials with generous portions; great place for soft tunes after dinner. Mon.-Tue. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Wed.-Fri. 11:30-12p.m.; Sat 1 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sun. 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Price: $$ |


2299 PONCE DE LEON BLVD., CORAL GABLES, 33134 305.444.2955 New to the Gables; homey Mexican cuisine. Daily 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Price: $$$ |





360 SAN LORENZO AVE., CORAL GABLES, 33146 305.447.8144 Stylish inside and romantically lit outside at Merrick Park. Daily 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. | Price: $$$

COCONUT GROVE GREEN STREET CAFÉ 3110 COMMODORE PLAZA, COCONUT GROVE, 33133 305.444.0244 Outdoor lounge and restaurant that serves contemporary American cuisine. Mon.-Tue. 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Wed.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sun. 7:30 a.m.-midnight. Price: $$$ |


3430 MAIN HWY., COCONUT GROVE, 33133 305.448.6060 A friendly little restaurant in the middle of the Grove offering a French menu. Mon.-Thur. & Sun. Lunch: 10.30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. Lunch: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m.-midnight. Price: $$$ |


3145 COMMODORE PLAZA, COCONUT GROVE, 33133 305.444.7878 French-American cuisine. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-midnight. Price: $$$ |


3540 MAIN HWY., COCONUT GROVE, 33133 305.441.0219 Italian favorites prepared to perfection. Mon.Thur. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.11:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. for brunch. Price: $$ |


2721 BIRD ROAD, MIAMI, 33133 305.446.1114 Try out the famous baby back ribs. Daily 11 a.m.-5 a.m. Price: $$ |


3381 PAN AMERICAN DR., COCONUT GROVE, 33133 305.854.2626 Casual waterfront dining and a popular spot with locals. Mon.-Thur. & Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Price: $ |

JAGUAR CEVICHE SLICE & ICE PIZZA S.W. 27TH AVE., MIAMI, 33133 SPOON BAR & LATAM 3024 305.461.9190 GRILL New York Style pizzeria and gourmet italian 3067 GRAND AVE., COCONUT GROVE, 33133 305.444.0216 Variety of ceviches, served by the spoon. Mon.-Thur. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Price: $$$ |

ices. Tue.-Thur. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-4 a.m.; Sat. noon-4 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-midnight. Price: $ |


3195 COMMODORE PLAZA, MIAMI, 33133 305.444.7272 Indian dining experience. Mon.-Wed. 6 p.m.10 p.m.; Thur.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. noon-11 p.m.; Sun. noon-10 p.m. Price: $$ |


3415 MAIN HWY., COCONUT GROVE, 33133 305.442.2600 Middle Eastern food with occasional live belly dancing. Mon.-Thu. & Sun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Price: $$$ |


2550 SOUTH BAYSHORE DR., MIAMI, 33133 305.858.1431 Outdoor raw bar with fresh shrimp and stone crabs. Mon.-Thur. & Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Price: $$$ |


2985 MCFARLANE ROAD, COCONUT GROVE, 33133 305.476.6018 Let your tastebuds fly to NYC. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 a.m. | Price: $


3540 MAIN HWY., MIAMI, 33133 305.444.1723 Casual style authentic Italian. Mon.-Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Thur.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Price: $$






15 S.E. 10TH ST. MIAMI, 33131 305.374.9449 Nestled in a quiet park behind the skyscrapers of Brickell. Sun.-Mon. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tue.Thur. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Price: $$ |


900 S. MIAMI AVE., MIAMI, 33130 786.425.1001 The restaurant’s design creates a festive environment with bold, vibrant colors and features a tortilla-making station in the dining room. Mon.-Thur. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Price: $$$ |

105 N.E. 3RD AVE., MIAMI, 33132 305.577.3454 Traditional Peruvian dishes in a modern presentation. Mon.-Thur. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 12 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. noon-9 p.m.| Price: $$ |

144 S.W. EIGHTH ST. MIAMI, 33130 305.860.6209 A variety of Colombian arepas and perros for that hangover-taming 5 a.m. refill. Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-midnight; Thur. 11 a.m.-4 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 a.m. Price: $$ |


1414 BRICKELL AVE. MIAMI, 33131 305.403.0900 Casual elegant European style bistro with Latin American influences in a seductive environment. Mon.-Thur. & Sun .11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Price: $$$ |



3632 S.W. EIGHTH ST., MIAMI, 33135 305.444.7501 Cuba’s signature staples are all on the menu. Sun.-Thur. 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-5 a.m. Price: $$ |





1945 S.W. EIGHTH ST., MIAMI, 33135 786.360.2371 Artistic presentations of Japanese and Thai. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. Price: $$ |

901 S.W. EIGHTH ST., MIAMI, FL 33130 305.854.5954 Fast-served Colombian food Daily 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Price: $ |


1000 S. MIAMI AVE, MIAMI, 33130 305.403.3103 International fusion cuisine served on a rooftop. Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat.-Sun. noon-11 p.m. Price: $$$ |



3458 S.W. EIGHTH ST., MIAMI, 33135 305.446.3674 Vietnamese cuisine. Wed.-Sun. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Price: $ |


3555 S.W. EIGHTH ST., MIAMI, 33135 305.444.0240 Iconoclastic Cuban diner with wall-to-wall mirrors, a constant buzz of activity and a mammoth menu. Sun.-Thur. 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-4:30 a.m. | Price: $$

1952 W. FLAGLER ST., MIAMI, 33135 305.642.3322 Cuban fish fry. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Price: $$ |


398 NW NORTH RIVER DR., MIAMI, 33128 305.375.0765 Sit on the dock next to the Miami River and chow down on a freshly grilled Mahi sandwich. Daily. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Price: $$ |


449 S.W. EIGHTH ST., MIAMI, 33130 305.856-9788 Small Spanish restaurant with some of the best tapas in town. Mon.-Tue. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wed.-Thur. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Price: $$$ |


1961 S.W. EIGHTH ST., MIAMI, 33135 305.644.4015 Authentic Mexican food in Miami. Sun.-Thur. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Price: $$

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Ladies, prepare to kiss your tired ab classes goodbye. Guys, escape the monotony of dead lifts and bicep curls. And together, embrace the ultimate embodiment of school pride and the most sinfully decadent workout you’ll ever have – UM’s very own sex position. Don’t get too revved up just yet. First, heed to these essential tips.


We rate this hot and bothered position four out of five habanero chilies for its required skill and effort level; it is not for the lazy or faint of heart. Girls, lean into a “U” and guys, bend into an “M.”


Location, location, location. The prisoninspired, squeaky dorm beds might not be the optimal place to try this one out. Dust off that yoga mat and explore the smoother reaches of your room where the thrill of dangerous momentum won’t be uncomfortable. Or, if you happen to be one of the lucky few with a luxurious spa bath, maybe rub-a-dub-dub – two sexy students in the tub.


Noise factor: if done properly, this oh-so-indulgent activity will angle for the sweetest note (G of course!) and a symphony of pleasure will ring. It’s best when your roommates are far, far away.


Who’s the lucky one tonight? This challenge is just what the sex doctor ordered for you eternal lovebirds with a deep thirst for continuing education. Keep the romance in your relationship alive and thrusting.


Bottom line: get kinky. Don’t forget your allegiance to your alma mater next time Marvin Gaye lures you into the bedroom. 72

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