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The Throwback Issue DISTRACTION




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5 Retro Diners

30 What’s Cookin’?

Rori Kotch

8 Let Your Inner Child Loose Alexis McDonald

Hollie Pollak & Miguel Rodriguez Clark


9 Cheers to the Golden Years

Asmae Fahmy & Rori Kotch

Lexi Williams

46 Three Days of Peace and Raving

10 For the Record Chidera Anugwom

Chiara DiGiallorenzo

51 Themed Parties


Veronica Lopez

12 Retro Cars Gabriella Canal

54 Glamorization of Past Stars

14 Karaoke Night

58 Bridging the Gap


62 PTSD:A Traumatic Past

Rachel Cox-Rosen Nadijah Campbell

Lexi Williams

16 Quintessential College



Rori Kotch

HEALTH & WELLNESS 24 ‘60s Dance Moves Jeanette Hamilton

25 Health Food of the Past Emily Joseph

26 Grandma Knows Best Mike Notarfrancesco

27 Old School Medical Treatments Mary Selep

28 Science Behind Nostalgia Asmae Fahmy

Emmi Velez

67 Us vs. Them Leila Sunier & Lexi Williams

70 Professor Profiles Asmae Fahmy & Lizzie Wilcox

72 Endnotes Lexi Williams

February 2016

Letter EDITOR from the

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ‘90S SONG ? Editor-in-Chief_Rori Kotch “‘Iris’ - Goo Goo Dolls.” Executive Editor_Lexi Williams Managing Editor_Asmae Fahmy Art Director_Claudia Fernandes‐Hernandez Photo Editor_Valentina Escotet Assistant Art Directors_Jess Clavero, Celeste Escotet & Christina Riccardi Assistant Photo Editors_Sidney Sherman & Olivia Stauber Copy Chief_Chelsey Sellars Assistant Copy Chief_Diana Rodon The Guide Editor_Julie Harans “‘S Club party’- S Club 7. ” In The Loop Editor_Chelsey Sellars Health and Wellness Editor_Mary Selep Fashion Editors_Miguel Rodriguez Clark & Hollie Pollak The Main Event Editor_Jamie Servidio Public Relations Manager_Hannah Bursack “‘Why can’t I?’ - Liz Phair.” Assistant PR Manager_Kyla Thorpe Business Manager_Kendall Eisenberg Assistant Business Manager_Seoyi (Evelyn) Choi Faculty Adviser_Randy Stano “‘MMMBop’ - Hanson.”


Online Editorial Coordinator_Renee Perez Online Managing Editor_Veronica Lopez Online Copy Chief_Chidera Anugwom Food Blog Editor_Rachel Cox-Rosen Online Fashion Editor_Nicole Echevarria Associate Fashion Editor_Mary Spiegel Student Life Blog Editor_ Kamila Knaudt Travel Blog Editor_ Thalia Garcia Associate Travel Editor_Lizzie Wilcox Videographer_ Christian Ferrarie Online Photo Editor_Seoyi (Evelyn) Choi Social Media Editor_ Maggie Secor

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When it comes to contributors, we’re not picky. Whether you’ve found your niche in a bio book, you’re notorious for doing “nothing” at the comm or business school or you’re halfway into your college career and still waving that “undeclared major” flag, we want to hear what you have to say. Distraction is an extracurricular/ volunteer operation made for students, by students, it covers the full spectrum of student life here at The U. If you want to get involved or have any questions, comments or concerns e-mail our Editor-in-Chief, Rori Kotch, at The magazine is produced four times per year, twice a semester. City Graphics and Bellack Miami print 8,000 copies of the magazine on 8.5 x 11 inch, 60-pound coated text paper 4/4. The entire magazine is printed four-color and perfect bound. Most text is ninepoint Minion Pro with 9.8 points of leading set ragged with a combination of bold, medium and italic fonts. All pages were designed using Adobe Creative Suite CC software InDesign with photographs and artwork handled in Photoshop and Illustrator. For additional information, please visit Questions and comments can be mailed to 1330 Miller Drive, Student Media Suite 202A, Coral Gables, FL, 33146, dropped into SSC Student Media Suite Suite 200 or emailed to All articles, photographs and illustrations are copyrighted by the University of Miami.

Throw it back 18 years ago when I was only four years old. I had this toy that I loved, but that I was also terrified of. Enter, Furby. That thing was the bane of my existence, except I used to play with it a lot. I kept it in the closet for the majority of its shelf life, and still, it managed to scare the sh*t out of me three out of seven nights a week. As much as I hated that monster, I would comb its hair and tie it with my dog’s little bows and dress it up using my American Girl doll clothes. What a swell time. Those were the days. What you’re probably thinking right now is, “this girl is a freak…” but I’m sure most of you ‘90s kids have similar memories. I mean it was pre-social media age. Just admit it. But I digress. This issue is all about throwbacks, which I know we all think is super cool, and is there really any better way to talk about something we like than writing an entire magazine about it? I think not. What we really wanted to talk about though is the past in general. Not only the history of the University of Miami ( although you should check out Asmae Fahmy’s and my story on page 38), but also other important topics like diversity on college campuses across America. Read more about it in Nadijah Campbell’s story on page 54. But honestly, one of my favorite parts of this specific issue is the fashion shoot, solely because it is like no other fashion shoot we have ever done in that we got to shoot at a local (and much loved) diner. Super exciting! Side note: if you haven’t had the pancakes or waffles at S&S Diner you are truly missing out– it’s an experience. In all seriousness, this issue has been a pleasure to make with a group of people that I love. I’d like to take my little 15 seconds of fame and turn it around to the entire staff. Guys, this magazine wouldn’t be the same without each and every one of you. I know that I could be intimidating and a hard-ass sometimes, but all jokes aside, I love you all. Thank you for everything! See you next issue,


THE COVERS: THE THROWBACK ISSUE art direction_claudia fernandes-hernandez. photo_valentina escotet. For our fashion shoot we got the chance to shoot inside a local diner just a short drive away from campus. For those of you who don’t know what S&S Diner is, check that place out because it’s an experience you won’t forget. Our models Akea and BES







Valeria both captured the essence of the ‘50s in that they were some of the most charming people we have ever met. From the bow ties to the pinned-up hair, the shoot truly was a retro dream come true. Thank you to S&S Diner for allowing us to come by!


art direction_claudia fernandes-hernandez. The ‘70s were all about big sunglasses and even bigger hair, and we feel our second cover totally embodies that groovy spirit. From the patterns to the colors, our art director, Claudia, tried to illustrate this cool cover to be as “trippy” as possible. This cover took

about seven million different test shades of purple and about 20 different test patterns for the glasses, but we think she nailed it. So throw on your coolest bellbottoms, pick your hair into an afro and sit down for the read of a lifetime.

art direction_celeste escotet & claudia fernandes-hernandez. photo_jacobo saldarriaga. Nothing says throwback like a classic car. This ‘60s hot rod is the epitome of “retro.” To truly embody the spirit of the ‘60s we added our own touch to turn this classic car into a piece of art (thanks, Photoshop). For those of us who aren’t car experts, this is a Ford

Mustang, from 1966. It is also commonly called, “the pony.” So hop inside and go for a ride on this stallion that doesn’t disappoint. Brownie points if you turn on some ‘60s jams while you’re driving down Collins to Ocean Drive.




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When you say retro, we think diners. They have everything from eggs and sausage to chocolate malts with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Basically, if you want it, they’ve got it– or some version of it. Diners are the perfect option for anything from cute date nights to drunchie quests. So put down your iPhone, pick up a landline and dial into the blast from the past that you so desperately need.


BIG PINK 157 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

BIG PINK Waffle Burger with Fries

Big Pink opened in 1996, which makes it younger than most of us UM students. However, this ‘50s diner wannabe has a special place in our hearts. It is open until 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, which means walking in after a long night at Story isn’t unfeasible. It’s the perfect place for dinner or late-night dining, as it offers more than 200 menu items– some of which are served on a stainless steel platter. Diner classics like mozzarella sticks, cheese fries and burgers come heaped in flavor but not in grease. There’s an extensive salad menu, too, so dining here doesn’t have to mean an automatic trip to the gym.

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2601 NW 2nd Ave., Miami

6201 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Yes, this one is a bit of a trek, but it is definitely worth the drive. Moonlite Diner is an authentic ‘50s flashback experience. It features metal sidings, neon signage and all-day breakfast. Satisfy your classic American cravings and visit this diner– you won’t regret it.

In the heart of Miami’s up-and-coming art district, there are bars, galleries and now, a diner. Wynwood Diner, which is new to the neighborhood, is the perfect place for a midnight pick-me-up (or cocktail if you’re old enough). The menu is filled with delicious options such as truffle cheese fries, biscuits with sausage gravy and salmon with scrambled eggs. If that tantalizes your taste buds, wait until you take a look at the craft cocktails. Just make sure you Uber there so you don’t have to drive back. Or at least pick a designated driver.




The Guide

Milkshake H E A V E N

Even though all the great diners we listed have milkshakes on their menus, here is where to go for the absolute best ones.

Burger & Beer Joint 1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach

B&B offers “adult milkshakes” spiked with rum or vodka for whenever you want to have dessert and drinks at once. Isn’t it great to be a multitasker?

Los Pinareños Frutería 1334 Eighth St., Miami

Between the fruit and the sweetened condensed milk, batidos are basically healthier milkshakes. If you go, order a guayaba milkshake. This sweet, tropical fruit drink is goals.

Romanicos Chocolate 1801 Coral Way, Miami

Have you ever dreamt of a chocolate happy hour? Well, look no further. With two for one milkshakes, Thursdays at Romanicos are a chocolate lover’s paradise.

BIG PINK Oreo Milkshake




1065 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

7201 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

We know that when you’re leaving Purdy Lounge you’re probably stumbling and just a little bit puckish. Just a block away, at 11th Street Diner, you can satisfy your late-night cravings. Open 24 hours, this is the perfect place to people-watch throughout the night. With a stainless steel exterior, the restaurant’s facade is reminiscent of a traditional American diner, and the interior boasts an informal, laid-back environment that brings guests back to simpler times. Their menu not only has the classics, such as turkey clubs and chef salads, but it also caters to the Miami market by serving up Latin dishes. Try the Carlito’s quesadilla after a long night of partying; it’ll definitely hit the spot. For dessert, order a vanilla shake or a hot fudge sundae, and don’t leave without the apple pie. It’s a necessary evil.

Walking into Jimmy’s Eastside Diner is like traveling through time, but did we mention that it’s a hotspot for locals? And hey, if the locals like it, then it can’t be half bad, right? With large portions and friendly service, this diner doesn’t disappoint. Order the corned beef hash and a side of hash browns for a breakfast you won’t soon forget.

S & S DINER 1757 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami or 4000 S.W. 57 Ave., Miami While driving down Bird Road, you can’t miss the giant red neon sign that reads “DRUGS.” If you’ve ever wondered what’s hidden inside, it’s a delicious diner. S&S Diner’s second location is just a stone’s throw away from campus and promises the best coffee and pancakes in town. The diner’s decor has everything from checkerboard tiles to a vintage postcard rack to a life-size Elvis statue. Side note: the pancakes are the size of your head, so you’ll definitely have leftovers to spare. And don’t forget, if you’re ever in Midtown and craving a juicy burger, there’s one in that area too.





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As college students, we’re in the awkward phase between childhood and adulthood. Though Miami is mostly known as an adult playground of clubs and bars, there also are kid-friendly activities that are sure to bring out your inner child. PALMETTO MINI GOLF

K1 Speed, Indoor Go-Kart Racing 8600 N.W. South River Drive, Medley

Palmetto Mini Golf 9300 S.W. 152nd St., Miami

Want to channel your inner 2000s rapper and ride dirty like Chamillionaire? Well, K1 Speed should be at the top of your to-do list. The indoor go-kart racing track allows you to go head-to-head with your friends. You’ll get a huge adrenaline rush that rivals racing to your Monday 8 a.m. The two-track racing facility is open 365 days a year, regardless of the weather. Plus, the K1’s go-karts are electric, so you can ride in peace knowing that you aren’t damaging the environment.

Palmetto Mini Golf is located inside the Palmetto Golf course and this 18-hole course will keep you entertained for quite a few hours. One round of mini-golf will only cost you $7.50, but games are a dollar less every Monday through Thursday, so hit the course right after that tough exam. It sports scenic lagoons, waterfalls and a cave, all with exotic plants from all over the world to add to the experience. One round of putt putt and you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time to a carefree, fun-filled place (at least for the time being).

Alice C. Wainwright Park

SuperWheels Skating Rink

2845 Brickell Ave., Miami

12265 S.W. 112th St., Miami

Located in Brickell, this park is the perfect combination of childhood reflection and a modern aesthetic. This is the spot to play hide-and-seek around the park’s jungle gym, which has a slide, monkey bars and a swing set. If running around a playground is not your style, the park has spacious fields perfect for grabbing a group of friends to play a game of dodgeball or kickball. Plus, the basketball courts are ideal for a friendly game of pickup.

If you’re a dancing queen looking for the right place to spend a Friday night or you’re trying to recreate Beyoncés “Blow” video, then head over to SuperWheels. Not only does skating at SuperWheels take us back, but the rink also offers daily specials that will fit into your semi-adult, borderline-broke, college student budget. If you’re too far removed from your younger years to remember how to kick, push and glide across the floor, SuperWheels offers lessons on Wednesdays and Saturdays.



The Guide

Drive-In Movies Miami is lucky enough to have its own drive-in theater so that moviegoers can enjoy a film under the stars. Check out these films at the Blue Starlite Miami. Upcoming movies at the Blue Starlite Miami 7290 SW 168 St. Miami

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair 10901 S.W. 24th St., Miami

Believe it or not, amidst the 24hour nightclubs and sun-drenched beaches, Miami knows how to get country. The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair is the ultimate way to start your throwback Thursday. Opening in March, the fair has all the typical rides; Ferris wheel included. While you walk around deciding which ride to hop on next, be sure to indulge in the delicious fair food. There’s nothing like chowing down on a hot and crispy corn dog or asking for the works on your fluffy funnel cake.

Action Town Florida 7925 W. Second Ct., Hialeah

Mad Max Fury Road Feb. 26 8:45 p.m. David Bowie Tribute Night Feb. 27 6 p.m. According to Blue Starlite’s website, “feel free to make out in your cars.”

It’s not called Action Town for nothing. This multi-attraction complex is full of activities that will take you back to your early years. There is an arcade, laser tag, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, bumper cars and even paintball. Just try to spend a day in this place without feeling like a total kid again; we doubledog dare you. Action Town is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, so stay out past your childhood curfew and have some fun.

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Have you ever wanted to travel back in time? Sure, some parts of history are pretty bleak, but there’s always one good thing about any time period: the dranks. Here we have five different old-school cocktails and the best places to get them. Sipping on those classics will make you feel like you’ve taken a trip in a hot tub time machine. But then again, so will drinking 10 shots of Skol. Your choice.

@Michael’s Genuine 130 N.E. 40th St., Miami

If you want to experience the sophistication of decades past, you need to sip a “bulletproof manhattan” at Michael’s Genuine. The drink became popular in the late 1800s and remains a fan favorite to this day, thanks to unique spins that top-rated restaurants add. Michael’s Genuine, for example, includes rosemary-infused Amarena cherries.

@Pride and Joy 2800 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Pride and Joy may be known around town for its incredible barbecue, but the real reason Miamians flock here is because of its drink menu. Our pick? The old fashioned, whiskey-based favorite of “Mad Men.” At Pride and Joy, there’s an extra twist. You choose the type of whiskey and syrup, so you’ll end up with a customized concoction of your own.


Piña Colada

1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Just sipping on Puerto Rico’s national beverage will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation. However, when you think about the 1950s origin of the frozen concoction, you’ll feel even farther from your present woes. Obviously, the iconic Clevelander hotel just adds to that gilded-edge vibe. Just try to frown while drinking one.

@The Broken Shaker 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach

This is Miami, so we obviously need to pay homage to the source of our city’s favorite staples. The mojito, Cuba’s traditional highball, is a classic cocktail perfect for the times you need a hint of sweetness as you get drunk. And ordering this drink from one of the country’s most popular bars is a surefire way to get the real deal.

@The Clevelander


@Prohibition 3404 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Just being at this speakeasy will make you feel like you’re a gangster in the 1920s. Order a sidecar– a tart treat made with cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice– to up your suave status. Prohibition enforces a strict dress code, so you might as well go all-out with your fanciest flapper and greatest Gatsby getups. It’s only fitting. The Throwback Issue DISTRACTION



OF Vinyl

Music purists: gather round and hear what we gotta say (get it?). There are so many ways to listen to music, but if you’re someone who likes quality, then look no further than vinyls, which come with their own perks and downfalls. PROS full sound tangible music effortlessly cool vibe CONS storing records takes up a lot of space not as convenient Spotify... In the end, it’s a personal choice. If you’re into Spotify, that’s great, but if you want a piece of history, go for vinyls.


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After the invention of CDs and MP3 players, music seems to have taken a permanent turn for the digital. However, just like your mother’s old Levi’s cutoff jeans, oldschool is now making a comeback in a big way. Vinyl records, which you used to only find in your grandpa’s attic, are once again returning to mainstream sales. Vinyls have become the new must-own vintage item for every music connoisseur. They’re the perfect way to flaunt musical knowledge and casual interest without trying too hard. Plus, have you ever actually listened to your favorite song on a record player? It’s magic. The sound is so pure, you’ll never look at your iPhone the same way again.

Vinyl record players, made with the technology of the 2000s and the feel of the 1970s, have hit the shelves to meet today’s increasing demand. One of the most notable is the Crosley brand player, which comes in several shapes, styles and colors. If you’re too intimidated to venture into a music supply store, you can easily find them at Urban Outfitters. As one of the most influential hubs of arts and culture in the world, Miami has seen the growth of old-time record stores. With vinyl tracks ranging from Adele’s new album “25” to David Bowie’s iconic “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust,” record stores all over the city have capitalized on this new trend by attempting to meet a wide range of tastes in music consumers.

Retro City Collectibles 277 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

If you’re looking for a record store close to campus, consider Retro City Collectibles. Located on Miracle Mile, the store specializes in one-of-a-kind trinkets and knickknacks for collectors of comic books, action figures and of course, vinyls. While it doesn’t have the largest collection of records, it’s a good place to stop by if you are on the hunt for a truly vintage find. Wander up the dark, narrow stairway and see what you’ll find.

Yesterday and Today Records 9274 S.W. 40th St., Miami

Sweat Records 5505 N.E. Second Ave., Miami

For more than a decade, Sweat Records has catered to countless music lovers. The shop’s teal and purple exterior not only houses a place to buy a wide variety of vinyl records, but it also serves as a coffee bar and vegan eatery, because what’s better than getting a caffeine fix while adding to your sick music collection? With a keen understanding of what we college-age folks are into, Sweat Records brings the concept of the record store into the 21st century as a one-stop shop for musicloving millennials.

Located just 15 minutes from campus (excluding traffic time), this shop is a dream out of any record collector’s fantasy. With stacks on stacks of eclectic records, the store itself looks more like a failed garage sale than a musical repository. However, the true magic lies not in its interior design, but rather in the hundreds of boxes filled with musical gems ranging anywhere from the 1960s to today. Dedicated to selling everything from vinyl records to cassette tapes, this is the go-to Miami place to fulfill any vinyl need. Next time you feel the urge to go on an adventure, think about getting lost (physically) in this shop’s music.

Students of the University of Miami get a 10 % discount. 4000 SW 57th Ave., Miami, Fla. 33155


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Looking at today’s Mustangs, Challengers and Chargers, we can see that auto manufacturers have gone– much like Doc Brown and Marty McFly– back to the future. Ford, Dodge, Chrysler and many more automobile brands have taken the vintage styles of the past and made them new again. Baby boomers gravitate toward these cars because they remind them of their glory days: when road trips meant wreaking havoc like in “Smokey and the Bandit” and Friday nights meant cruising the strip with their buddies. They give their drivers a rose-colored nostalgia for simpler times. The new generation of drivers want these cars for the same reasons that they were popular for in the ‘60s and ‘70s: their eyecatching style and undoubtedly high performance. Evidently, the body of the standard car has changed– although many of the styles emulate the bodies of the past– but has the manufacturing changed the performance as well?

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When most people think of the Beetle, the first thing that comes to mind is the round front fender, characteristic headlights, robust roof and iconic honk. Out of all of the classic cars, time has had little impact on the shape, model and size of the Beetle. In April 1934, Adolf Hitler gave the order to Ferdinand Porsche to develop a Volkswagen "people's car.” According to Hemmings Daily, a leading classic cars news source, in 1972 15 million Type 1 Beetles were assembled, surpassing the Ford Model T as the highest-volume single model ever produced by an automaker. In the original, the engine, carburetor and alternator were found in the boot of the car but nowadays are placed in the front. The modern version is no longer propelled by an air-cooled engine like the classic was and instead relies on a water-cooled engine. The windscreen is also placed further back and angled more steeply to enhance aerodynamics and create a better overall performance. There’s no denying a Beetle when you see one and 77 years later, the Beetle is still one of the most recognizable cars of all time. 1967 Type 1 VW Beetle Packed 52-horsepower Sported a 1.5 L engine Price: $1,600 2016 VW Beetle Packs 170 to 210-horsepower Comes with 1.8 or 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine Price: from $19,595

CHEVROLET CAMARO After the wave of sales Ford produced with the Mustang, General Motors released the Camaro in 1966. Although Chevy discontinued this model in 2002, the company brought it back in 2010 with the goal of uniting customers with fond memories of past Camaros. The current model is styled after Chevy’s most successful body style: the 1969 Camaro Z28. No matter the era, the Chevrolet Camaro proves to be a powerhouse among its contemporaries. The 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Packed 290-horsepower with 290 torque Sported a 5.0 L, V-8 engine Price: $2,500-$3,310 ($17,741 -$23,489*) The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Packs 505-horsepower with 481 torque Sports a 7.0 L, V-8 engine Price: from $72,305


Pontiac GTO

FORD MUSTANG On the first day of its release at the 1964 World’s Fair, the “pony” racked 22,000 sales. In its first two years, one million Mustangs were sold. The car– compact, affordable and sporty– made it to the silver screen in the films “Goldfinger,” “Bullitt” and “Gone in 60 Seconds.” According to Shnack, a Ford Mustang online forum, nearly half of all cars sold in America since 2007 have been Mustangs. This model also remains America’s best-selling convertible. The modern Mustang is styled after the 1969-70 Mustang. The Mustang is modeled off of the second generation Ford Falcon, which is a North American compact car. It was initially a two-seater car but expanded into a four-seater one year later to account for public interest. Ford’s “pony” inspired similar cars from the Chevrolet Camaro to the Pontiac Firebird to the AMC Javelin. The 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Packed 385-horsepower with 430 torque Sported a 7.4 L, V-8 engine Price: $3,139 ($20,272*) The 2016 Ford Mustang Packs 305 to 444-horsepower with 280 to 400 torque Comes with the options of 2.3L 4 cylinder, 3.7L V6, or a 5.0L V8 Price: from $22,310

DODGE CHALLENGER After the introduction of “pony” cars, Dodge joined the market in 1970 with the Challenger. However, it was discontinued in 1974 when the 1973 oil crisis took the thunder out of the muscle car. Though it briefly reappeared in the late-1970s as a subcompact car, it took 35 years for the Challenger to make a comeback in 2008. The Challenger sported a new style called the E-body, which used components from the compact A-body and midsize B-body cars. It was built specifically to compete against cars like the Camaro and Mustang. 1970 Challenger Packed 425-horsepower Sported a 7L, V-8 engine Price: $2,720-$4,055 ($16,616 -$24,771*) 2015 Challenger Hellcat Packs 707-horsepower Sports a 6.2 L, hemi V-8 engine supercharged Price: $58,295


The creation and release of the Pontiac Grand Turismo Omologato (GTO) in 1964 is often credited with beginning the era of the classic muscle car. The GTO offered hood scoops, dual exhausts, a Hurst shifter, a bigger V8 and a name stolen from Ferrari. The acronym translates to Grand Touring Homologation. The first GTO convertible four-speed lunged from zero to 60 m.p.h. in 7.7 seconds. But after Pontiac sputtered out of existence and the last Firebird was produced in 2002, the company needed something exciting and fast. In Australia, GM’s Holden division put together a new coupe that could do just the thing: the Holden Monaro. This would be Pontiac’s new GTO and the quickest one to date. However, it was starkly different from its predecessor. It was the first GTO with an all-independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, a full unibody construction and a six-speed manual transmission. 1964 GTO Packed 325-horsepower Sports a 6.4 L, V-8 engine Price: $4,500 ($34,406*) The 2002 Holden Monaro Packed 350-horsepower Sported a 5.7L, V8 engine Price: $34,000 There have been many other retro returns such as the Ford Thunderbird and Mini Cooper and each embodies the generations of our parents, grandparents and now, us. Just as everyone turns up the volume.


*prices adjusted for inflation in 2016

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Girls’ Night

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Duet Date

Whether you’re celebrating a bachelorette party or just catching up with your favorite females, GNOs are the perfect time to get your karaoke on. Cram as many of your friends onto the stage and get ready to belt out some of the best girl power classics there are.

Some couples are so cute, it’s sickening; but hey, no judgment here! If you crazy kids want to show the world just how in love you really are, why not do it with a sentimental song?

“Wannabe”- The Spice Girls (1996)

This is about as saccharine as it gets. If you guys are in it for the long haul, you really have only just begun. This song’s hippie vibe will mellow everyone out, but your love for your significant other may also just gross out the crowd.

If you weren’t expecting this one, you might as well give up karaoke altogether. This fun, energetic song is sure to pump up you and your gal pals, though it may also annoy pretty much everyone else in the venue. As long as you keep the screeching to a minimum, you won’t get booed off the stage.

“Like a Virgin”- Madonna (1984)

Recruit your bravest friend to join you onstage and make it one of the sexiest performances of the night. Channel your inner Madonna just right and you’ll probably draw some male attention to your all-girl entourage.

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”- Cyndi Lauper (1983)

If you don’t scream “they just wanna, they just wanna” into the microphone, you’re doing it wrong. This ultimate girls’ night anthem is a perfect justification for whatever trouble you get yourselves into for the night (including loudly yell-singing into a microphone for strangers to hear).


Many will argue that throwback songs are hands down the best options for trying to bring up the energy at any bar or party. Naturally, the only way they could possibly get better is if we sing them ourselves! Take the stage and be the hero of the night. Don’t know what to sing? Distraction has picked out some of the best throwback tunes for your ultimate karaoke experience. Because we love to go the extra mile, we’ve even tailored the list to your specific needs. So whether you’re mending a broken heart, going out with the guys or having a sappy, romantic date night, there’s a song for you.

In the Loop

“We’ve Only Just Begun”The Carpenters (1970)

“You’re The One That I Want”- Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta (1978)

This one isn’t for beginners. The fast lyrics and high notes may be tough, but this song is just sweet enough to be romantic. A lot more fun than most couples’ duets, this song has an upbeat tune and cute lyrics. The crowd will thank you for not making them uncomfortable with anything too lovey-dovey.

“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”- Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (1987)

Maybe it’s a fling or maybe it’s the real deal. All you know is that you’re having the time of your life with this person, and you want the whole world (or at least the whole bar) to know it. If you can pull off that lift at the end of “Dirty Dancing” on the tiny karaoke stage, more power to you.

Guys’ Night Don’t let the girls have all the fun! If you haven’t been to ‘Cudas during the week, you need to remedy that and see what some guys can do onstage after a few drinks. Groups of guys always tend to get the loudest applause because they put on some awesome performances, so get up on that stage and show them how the men get down.

“Born In The USA”- Bruce Springsteen (1984)

Nothing gets a bar pumped up quite like the American spirit. Jam out to this classic and get ready to gain a ton of new fans. If you start a “USA! USA!” chant, the die-hard patriots might even offer to buy you a pitcher.

“Sweet Caroline”- Neil Diamond (1969)

When or why this song became such a hit among frat bros remains a mystery, but the fact is, “Sweet Caroline” is a crowd-pleaser. Make sure to hold the mic out so the crowd can add in the “bah, bah, bahhhh” part when the time comes. Not doing so would be a crime against karaoke.

“Born To Be Wild”Steppenwolf (1968)

Channel your inner “Easy Rider”with this macho classic that everyone seems to know. It’s fun, it’s repetitive and it’s the perfect opportunity to pop on your aviator sunglasses indoors and look like a total badass.

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As cheesy as it sounds, a picture really is worth 1,000 words. So, we decided to ask U for your most “quintessential college� photos via social media and email submissions. Then our editors picked the best of the best. From late nights in Richter, bike rides around campus and sorority bid day, here are just a few of the highlights we got.

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Junior Elizabeth Figueroa poses in front of one of the Wynwood walls. Students frequently flock to the upand-coming art district for fun photos and craft cocktails. Photo by Elizabeth Figueroa Students often use bikes to get around campus. Juniors Juan Pelaez, Jacy Ericson, Tanner Appel and Becca Holstein biked on the street between Cox and Richter. Photo by Josh Liberman The Beaux Arts Festival takes place on campus every spring semester. Two students sat on a stoop together as they took in all of the art. Photo by Seoyi (Evelyn) Choi After eating dinner at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, senior Kristi Townsend poses for a picture with one of the many grafittied walls. The walls outside Wynwood Kitchen & Bar are painted by various artists such as Kenny Scharf and Shepard Fairey. Photo by Kristi Townsend.

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Seniors Julia Van Etten and Meagan Mesirow celebrate the end of the week with a night out in Wynwood. The two posed in front of the famous “flower wall.� Photo by Meagan Mesirow Chelsey Sellars relaxes in the hammocks during finals in order to de-stress. The hammocks are always hung up around finals time so students have a place to relax and study outdoors. Photo by Chelsey Sellars Valentina Escotet illustrates the life of an international student by using some of her own mementos. The Polaroid depicts her home in Venezuela. Photo by Valentina Escotet Jorge Dominicis, Jorge Alvarez and Jordan Llano strike a pose at sorority bid day. This year about 600 women went through recruitment. Photo by Josh Liberman.

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Red cups and empty liquor bottles are common sights at house parties. Students played flip cup and then left their empty cups on the table. Photo by Rori Kotch Brett Weinstein, Danielle Brothers and Christina Riccardi strike a pose while modeling for freshman Emily Gerstein’s fashion company. Gerstein held a photo shoot in the studio on campus to show off her latest designs. Photo by Christina Riccardi Junior Allie Pakrosnis celebrates Halloween by helping junior Connor Walsh with some cool skeletal makeup. Students often flock to the Grove for Halloween camaraderie. Photo by Allie Pakrosnis Orlando is just about a three and a half hour drive away from Miami. Senior Chidera Anugwom jumped for joy when entering Magic Kingdom. Photo by Chidera Anugwom.

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In the midst of the Vietnam War, the beginnings of space exploration and a revolutionary civil rights movement, the American public escaped their troubles through the magic of dance. With the advent and popularization of television during the 1960s, access to entertainment was exhilarating. Teenagers would learn the latest dance moves by watching “American Bandstand,” a music performance show that featured the hippest dance moves set to the tunes of stars like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Supremes and Sonny & Cher. The obsession with dancing was on a different level. School dances and parties were a place to show off your latest moves, and no, they didn’t feature twerking, the whip or the nae nae. Back in the 1960s, the dances of choice were the twist, the monkey, the swimmer, the mashed potato, the skate, the peace eyes and the monster mash. Despite their odd names, these dance moves put most of our current ones to shame. Many are still frequently used in Broadway shows and weddings, and we firmly believe they should make a full reappearance. With this handy guide, you can bust these moves at the club, too.

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The Twist Popularized after “The Twist,” a famous song in the ‘60s, this dance was a showstopper at lounges, especially in New York. In order to do it, pivot on the

balls of your feet while swinging your hips from side to side. Bend your arms and move them back and forth. Twist side-toside while you do this and dance along to the beat. Congrats, now you’re doing the Twist.

The Monkey Nowadays, the Monkey is commonly referred to as the “Johnny Bravo,” something we ‘90s kids are more likely to relate to. It was extremely popular in 1963 at Brigham Young University before the school’s former president banned all fad dances. Thankfully, that’s not the case at the U. To do

this previously controversial dance, extend your arms with your fists closed. Lean slightly forward while you extend your back. Keeping your elbows straight, swing one arm up and the other down. Reverse your arms and then repeat.

The Swimmer This one is pretty self-explanatory. Bobby Freeman’s hit song “C’mon Let’s Swim” triggered its popularity, with lyrics like “pretend you’re in the water and go like this,” describing how to do the move. If

you don’t have time to listen to it, we’ll sum it up for you. Extend your right arm over your head then curve it down toward the floor. At shoulder level, extend your arm straight in front of your body. Repeat with your left arm. Slightly shimmy your body while doing this.



of the Past Believe it or not, there was a time when people weren’t obsessed with kale and quinoa. These two “superfoods” weren’t always the holy grail of the health world. In fact, when your parents were in college, they were still stuck on Caesar salad and rice cakes. Let’s have a moment of silence to remember those difficult times. Over the years, the food and diet trends have progressed relative to nutrition knowledge and cultural obsessions (hello, Atkins). So strap on your eco-friendly seatbelt, grab your (organic) green juice and get ready for a food-trend flashback.

1960s The ‘60s brought us hippies, bell bottoms and, most importantly, Weight Watchers. The now Oprah-endorsed weight loss company was founded in 1963 as a way for women to reach their health goals with the support of a group. Today, more than 2.8 million members count points and attend weekly meetings on their quest to lose weight. One health food that may have been discussed at those weekly meetings was granola. As for granola’s nutrition credentials, it’s filled with whole grains, seeds, nuts and dried fruit-- but beware of added sugar. Other notable health trends: iceberg wedge salad and artificial sweeteners

1970s All-you-can-eat buffets took a turn for the better with the rise of salads and salad bars in the 1970s. A self-service counter featuring a multitude of lettuce, toppings and dressings popped up throughout the decade and became a staple in elegant restaurants and buffets alike. However, the most popular toppings at the time– bacon bits, cheese and ranch dressing– somewhat countered the healthy choice of a salad. Other notable health trends: wheat germ and the yummy grapefruit diet


1990s In the 1990s, fat was scarier than the dinosaurs that almost took over the world in “Jurassic Park.” Packaged foods such as granola bars, cereals and chips with a low-fat label outsold their full-fat counterparts. Even Snackwell’s, the popular reduced-fat cookies, outsold Oreos, the classic favorite from the mid-‘90s. We now know a few things about fat: one, not all fat is bad and two, that a low-fat label doesn’t necessarily mean something is healthy. Other notable health trends: chicken Caesar salad, Slim Fast and veggie burgers

2000s Though there might be Jamba Juice shops in every shopping plaza, smoothies weren’t always the trendy drinks they are today. During the days when Backstreet was back, combining fruit, milk, vegetables and protein into one portable snack became the easiest way to get your daily five to seven servings of greens. Smoothies are still healthy and undoubtedly delicious, but we now know that they can be sugar and calorie bombs. Unfortunately, liquid calories do count. To ensure the benefits outweigh the nutritional drawbacks, keep the flavor additions to a minimum and consider making your own drinks. Other notable health trends: organic food and portioned snacks

Rice cakes, known today for their bland and cardboard-like texture, dominated the diet world in the ‘80s because of their low calorie count (they’re around 35 calories a piece). At first, they were strictly sold at natural food stores, but when brands like Kellogg’s became available in national grocery chains, so did rice cakes. The brands then added flavors to keep customers hooked on the product. Today, while they’re not as popular, rice cakes have been made more delectable with the addition of healthy toppings such as nut butter or avocado. Other notable health trends: oat bran and sushi (thanks to “The Breakfast Club”) The Throwback Issue DISTRACTION 25


CHICKEN BROTH IS GREAT FOR A COLD Have you ever seen a grown man turn into a helpless shell of a person in two days’ time? If you haven’t, just keep your eyes open during cold season. All of a sudden, seemingly simple tasks require every ounce of our energy and being functional becomes a worry of the distant past. To get better as soon as possible, we start loading ourselves up with DayQuil, Vitamin C packets and aspirin. Yet there’s one more thing that grandma would want you to have right away: a piping hot bowl of chicken soup. Cysteine, the amino acid found in chicken, helps break down mucus and supplies antioxidant protection to lung tissue. It also effectively helps the treatment of chronic bronchitis. So when you’re sick, lounge out on the couch, make yourself a bowl of chicken soup and you’ll be cleared up right away.

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We hung on to our grandparents’ every word of wisdom when we were younger. They always told us things like “Don’t crack your knuckles, you’ll get arthritis,” “Don’t make that face, it’ll get stuck like that” or “Stop drinking coffee, it’ll stunt your growth.” And of course, we believed them. Personally, now that I’m older and drink coffee like water, I’m pretty sure it might be true (since I’m only 5 feet 5 inches tall). For centuries, old wives’ tales have been passed down throughout generations. Back in the day, we took them as facts, only to dismiss most of them as nonsense when we grew older. However, it turns out that many hold up against the doubters. Even with advances in science and technology, many wives’ tales are more rooted in truth than tale after all. 26 DISTRACTION Health & Wellness

In my experience, when my grandma told me to eat all my carrots because they were good for my eyes, you’re damn right I listened– I didn’t want to end up blind by the age of 10. In hindsight, my irrational fears were beneficial, because as it turns out, carrots are rich in beta-Carotene. The chemical is essential for keeping your eyes healthy and for creating vitamin A. “Vitamin A is really important, there’s no doubt about that,” said Emily Chew, deputy clinical director at the National Eye Institute. Without it, your corneas will deteriorate. While eating carrots won’t give you eagle-eye vision, it will reduce your risk of developing a vitamin A deficiency. “My mom always included carrots in the ‘power food’ category,” said senior Mary Selep. “When she said they would help my vision, I always ate them.”

ICE CREAM GIVES YOU NIGHTMARES This one I decided to test out. After eating a few scoops of ice cream before bed, I may not have had nightmares, but my dreams were surprisingly vivid. The scientific truth is that eating any sugary food before bed causes the release of many different types of chemicals. One such chemical is dopamine, which can scramble your brain chemistry. Obviously, those chemicals should not be released when you are trying to fall asleep, despite your idea of ice cream’s therapeutic benefits.

Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis *Cracks knuckles to begin writing this section.* Fortunately, cracking your knuckles is not correlated with arthritis that may pop up down the road. Many adhere to this tale regardless of its scientific validity. The pop you hear from cracking your knuckles is the expansion of space between your bones. Rest assured your fingers will not start to deform into decrepit extremities post-knuckle crack.

Crossed eyes will get stuck like that Much like the permanence of a silly face, parents have always held this tale to be true. If you were ever a kid who liked to cross your eyes, don’t worry, you were never in any danger of getting them stuck like that. The condition only occurs by birth and can’t be caused on its own. “My grandpa told me to not cross my eyes, but I still did it all the time regardless, I just got really scared every time,” said junior Allie Weinberg. I bet she thinks she’s lucky she can see straight today.

Eating chocolate causes acne The idea has always been that since teenagers love chocolate and tend to have acne, there must be a connection between the two. In reality, there has been no conclusive proof between eating a Twix and getting a zit, though there is some evidence that foods with a lot of sugar and fat lead to skin inflammation.

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It seems like every week, a new diet is debunked or the FDA administers a recall on a drug millions of Americans have been taking. Medicine can be a little intimidating, and it can be difficult to know which treatments are actually effective. We were wondering the same thing, so we spoke to an expert. Dr. Mary Otterson is a professor of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as a general surgeon and attending (yup, exactly like “Grey’s Anatomy”) at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Otterson shared her thoughts on a few past medical treatments that are still in use today, as well as which should continue and which should be put to rest.

Vaccinations have been a popular topic in the news lately. Several presidential candidates suggested that vaccines can lead to autism; a rumor that dates back to a fraudulent research paper published in the ‘90s. Since then, multiple studies have disproved these claims, but enough damage has been done to give millions a reason to doubt these life-saving measures. Otterson strongly urges everyone to get vaccinated and assures us that the benefits of immunization strongly outweigh any dangers. “Our immune system deals with hundreds of viruses every day,” she said. “Vaccines expose us to weakened or inactivate versions of the ones that are the most dangerous to humans.” While most of us have been vaccinated early in life, the flu is still a serious concern. Flu vaccinations are different from most other immunizations because the influenza virus mutates quickly. This means you need a new flu shot every year because the virus changes season to season. “Vaccine production takes place years before the season it will be used in,” she said. “Sometimes scientists miss a prevalent strain in the creation of a flu vaccine, leading to a nasty flu season.”

Homeopathic remedies have a strange appeal. The name itself has a ring to it, and though we’ve all heard of these treatments, we can’t precisely define what they entail. Most people think this branch of medicine simply implies that it is homemade. In reality, homeopathy attempts to treat a disease with substances that would normally cause its symptoms in a healthy person. What makes homeopathic remedies especially worrisome to medical professionals is that the FDA barely regulates them, skipping the pre-market clinical tests entirely and only enforcing punishments against misbranded products. This means that drug interactions and possible side effects are often not listed on labels, and there is no scientific evidence collected to suggest that these treatments are beneficial before being labeled as such. Otterson admits that some homeopathic remedies are based on plants and herbs with useful active ingredients. However, she said some people ignore their prescribed medications and life-saving instructions in favor of homeopathy. “It’s incredibly dangerous not to tell your doctor when you start any kind of new medication– even if it’s homeopathic,” said Otterson. “It’s also not okay to stop taking your medications in favor of herbal remedies. If you can’t talk to your doctor– if you don’t trust them– you need to find a new doctor!”

Single-food diets such as juice cleanses, the caveman diet and the Atkins diet have been growing in popularity. However, losing weight quickly can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Eliminating carbs from one’s diet is one of the methods college students use to lose weight fast. Nonetheless, Otterson knows that’s rarely a healthy option. “The problem with eliminating carbohydrates is that after several days, your body enters a state called ketosis,” she said. “While it’s easy to lose weight in ketosis, the condition is nearly impossible to maintain and can make existing medical conditions much worse.” A balanced diet is essential, and combining that with exercise is a healthier way to lose weight. “The real problem with the American diet is that we eat too much red meat, too much salt, and in too large of quantities,” Otterson said. “Carbs are not the only problem.” Eliminating specific food groups from one’s diet deprives the body of vital nutrients and requires constant effort to maintain. It is harmful in the long run. “I think dieting is great if people want to live a healthy lifestyle,” said junior Connor Masterson. “But if they let it control their lives, it does more harm than good.”

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When the pressure of growing up becomes too unsettling, we tend to seek refuge in the hazy memories of simpler times. Sunburned shoulders and sandy toes, the soothing sounds of Saturday morning cartoons, the soft scrape of a slide and the lull of a swing– effortless luxuries that came with existing for the sole sake of being alive.


hese memories ease us through our current realities, creating a picturesque, gilded projection of a childhood lost; a history unscathed. Nostalgia, or a yearning for the past, is a cornerstone of existing. The smell of crayons will forever trigger the freedom of elementary school. Music from MTV’s past Top 40 lists will always be tied to preteen exploration. But there’s a mechanic underlying this seemingly scattered madness, and there’s a reason our minds tend to wander into the dusty pages of the past. With nostalgia, we grasp for memories that we can never truly touch and tend to idealize and distort the images, places and things we used to know. It’s the merging of different moments to form one concrete state unplagued by negativity. How easy it is to remember the highs without ruminating on the lows– we think of our firsts without the blunders it took to get there; of being children at play without the pain that came when we fell down. We desire not only to relive these memories, but to also experience the emotions they elicited, making nostalgia a desire for an idealized emotional period more than anything else. According to “Nostalgia: a Neuropsychiatric Understanding” by Alan R. Hirch, “The yearning for an idealized timeframe manifests as an attempt to recreate that past era by

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“WHEN NEGATIVITY STARTS TO SPROUT ITS WEEDS, NOSTALGIA TAKES US DOWN TO OUR ROOTS AND REMINDS US OF OUR CAPABILITY FOR HAPPINESS.” reproducing activities performed then and by using symbolic representations of the past.” In essence, this explains why so many people are caught in the same cycle of repetition. We attach certain smells, objects and places to emotional cues and turn to them to feel like we once did. “The ocean breeze always makes me think of watching the sunset in Naples, where I was born. [It] makes me think of my childhood,” senior Howard Grant said. Nostalgia is such an intricate topic that it was at one time considered a symptom of depression– a madman’s obsession with the past and a stubborn inability to exist in the present. However, studies have shown that it actually counteracts depression, rather than fuel it. When negativity starts to sprout its weeds, nostalgia takes us down to our roots and reminds us of our capacity for happiness.

“We tend to remember things more rosy than they actually occurred,” said UM cognitive psychology professor Elyse Hurtado. “This is the optimism bias. In this way, nostalgia and memory are similar. They both are biased; both are overly optimistic. I would say nostalgia is a ‘type’ of memory, but it is [also] more emotional– an overall feeling about a particular time or place.” When we’re upset, we won’t lament over memories of traffic jams or failed tests– we’ll think of birthday parties and graduations. Nostalgia acts as an unconscious slide show that guarantees not just a beautified image of the past, but a luminous template for the future. It strengthens our views of ourselves and shows us a microcosm of reality where the good overrides the bad. It gives meaning to the mundane. Nostalgia creates hope, and sometimes a lack of hope is what leads people down the road of reminiscing in the first place. Whether the emotions it summons ever existed originally is irrelevant, because if we can recreate a shadow of that bliss in the present, then nostalgia has served its purpose. Essentially, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little nostalgic every now and then. It’s a universal human experience that crosses every cultural boundary. Let’s just remember to make worthwhile memories that we can get nostalgic over in the future, too.


Nothing brings back the ‘50s like highwaisted skirts, polka dot prints and spiffy bow ties. Our local S&S diner is all about recreating the classic diner vibe, so buy us some apple pies, burgers and fries, and maybe we’ll consider going steady. 30 DISTRACTION Fashion

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On Hollie: Color block dress, Zara; white scarf, Love Culture; heels, Boutique 9. On Valeria: Collared shirt, Equipment; skirt, Ted Baker; snakeskin pumps, Zara. On Akea: White shirt, Zara; teal bow tie, vintage; jeans, 7 For All Mankind.

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On Hollie: Bralette, Intermix; denim jacket, J. Crew; midi skirt, Live, Laugh, Love boutique; glasses, Aldo; bag, Aldo; heels, Boutique 9. On Annie: Red midi skirt, Live, Laugh, Love boutique; polka-dot shirt, American Apparel; heels, Coach; bracelet, David Yurman.

On Akea: Bomber jacket, Forever21; white T -shirt, Topman; jeans, 7 For All Mankind.


On Annie: Red midi skirt, Live, Laugh, Love boutique; polka-dot shirt, American Apparel; heels, Coach; bracelet, David Yurman. On Akea: Leather jacket, Topman; white t-shirt, Topman; dress pants, Kenneth Cole; dress shoes, model’s own.

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On Valeria: Collared shirt, Equipment; skirt, Ted Baker; snakeskin pumps, Zara.


On Annie: Blouse, Zara; jeans, Acne.

On Annie: Blouse, Zara; jeans, Acne. On Hollie : Color-block dress, Zara; white scarf, Love Culture; heels, Boutique 9.

On Akea: Striped blazer, Scotch & Soda; white shirt, Zara; bow tie, vintage; jeans, 7 For All Mankind.

On Valeria: Collared shirt, vintage; checkered pants, Zara; heels, Coach.

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On Hollie: Leather bralette, Intermix; denim jacket, J. Crew; midi skirt; Live, Laugh, Love boutique; glasses, Aldo; handbag, Aldo; heels, Boutique 9.


On Akea: White t-shirt, Topman; suspenders, H&M; dress pants, Kenneth Cole; dress shoes, model’s own.

On Valeria: Collared shirt, vintage; checkered pants, Zara; heels, Coach. On Akea: Striped blazer, Scotch & Soda; white shirt, Zara; bow tie, vintage; jeans, 7 For All Mankind.

On Annie: Red midi skirt, Live, Laugh, Love boutique; polka-dot shirt, American Apparel; heels, Coach; bracelet, David Yurman.

On Akea: Black leather jacket, Topman; white t-shirt, Topman; dress pants, Kenneth Cole; dress shoes, model’s own.

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The University of Miami is synonymous with warm weather, rigorous academics and raging parties (just kidding). It’s hard to imagine our campus being any different than the one we’ve become acquainted with, but this 239-acre stretch doesn’t even begin to tell the story. There’s a piece of history hiding in plain sight in every single aspect of our campus, from our buildings to the Rat to our athletics.


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President Bowman F. Ashe founded UM with only 646 full-time students enrolled.

Under Jay F.W. Pearson’s leadership, enrollment increased from about 10,000 students to around 14,000 in just nine years.

The cheerleaders in 1956 had drastically different uniforms than we have today. Photo courtesy of the 1956 Ibis Yearbook.


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t all started in 1925, when a group of citizens felt that there was a need for an institution of higher education in the greater Miami area. Enter George E. Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables and the benefactor who was truly the start of the University of Miami. He donated 160 acres of land and $5 million to kick-start the university’s founding. The donation was matched by other benefactors and in the fall of 1926, there were 646 full-time students enrolled at UM. Classes and administration offices were housed in the Anastasia Building, which was meant to be a hotel, but the university converted it after the Great Hurricane of 1926 stalled construction

on the Merrick building for about two decades. This is the origin of the term “cardboard college,” UM’s nickname. You may think it was smooth sailing from there, but you don’t even know the half of it. UM’s first president, Bowman Foster Ashe, was really and truly “the man.” If you thought President Shalala was a powerhouse, you are mistaken (no disrespect, Donna). Under Ashe’s presidency, UM overcame bankruptcy, a world war, the Great Depression and tremendous growth. Not only did Ashe withstand all of that, but under his presidency the School of Law, the School of Business Administration, the School of Education, the Graduate School,

“UM’S FIRST PRESIDENT, BOWMAN FOSTER ASHE, WAS ‘THE MAN’” the Marine Laboratory (now known as RSMAS) the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering were all founded. After President Ashe came Pearson, who assumed presidency in 1953. Under Pearson’s supervision, UM experienced a period of mass growth. Enrollment spiked from 10,000 to 14,000 in nine short years. By the time Pearson left office in 1962, the university had implemented an undergraduate honors program, a doctoral program and a core curriculum for undergraduates and increased research activity significantly. After Pearson stepped down, Henry King Stanford stepped in (shout out to the freshmen dorms). Stanford’s presidency was a time of reorganization for the entire university. However, the university still experienced rapid growth, expansion and prosperity. It’s amazing how some people are just born multitaskers, right? While it was a tough

The lights at the Orange Bowl frame the University of Miami Band of the Hour and the Hurricanettes while they perform on field during halftime. Photo courtesy of the 1955 Ibis Yearbook.

time financially, Stanford still managed to drum up funding. In fact, he secured enough money that research funding increased by 700 percent. In 1981, President Stanford stepped down and gave way to the Foote regime. So, now we’re up to our fourth president (Prez Frenk, we’re comin’ for ya.) During Foote’s presidency, UM was selected to become a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is kind of a big deal. For those of you who don’t know, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It was founded in December of 1776. That’s pre-constitution signing, guys. In addition, three new schools were founded– the School of Architecture, the School of Communication and the Graduate School of International Program. Last thing (we promise), Foote raised $517.5 million for the U in a mere four years. What a bo$$. The millennium (plus one) brought change in a physically small, but historically monumental way (cause she’s short, get it?): Donna E. Shalala. Shalala was the fifth president of the University of Miami, but she was also the first female president in UM’s history, and according to Beyoncé, “Who run the world? Girls.” Among her many impressive accomplishments, Shalala remains the longest reigning Secretary of Health and Human Services in U.S. history. In 2003, Shalala unveiled her master plan: “Momentum:

The Campaign for the University of Miami,” which surpassed its goal and raised more than $1 billion a year and a half ahead of schedule. During Shalala’s presidency, UM was ranked within the top 50 universities in the United States. Throughout her 14 years in office, she did a massive amount of great things for this institution and for that, we thank her. #Blessed. However, we are excited to welcome President Frenk to the U and honestly, we cannot wait to see what’s in store.


Too many no-yes fries and $5 pitchers: that’s what comes to mind to most of us when we think of the Rat. The Rathskeller first came to campus in December 1972. Back then, it was dubbed Gautier Hall after the late chairman who pushed for its creation. We definitely owe a lot to him, as there are few other places on campus that supply environments for both pre-exam cram sessions and post-exam binges. As most of us know, the Rat can be found within the Donna E. Shalala Student Center. However, it used to stand on its own and was knocked down to make room for the student center in

The brothers of Theta Chi fraternity pose a fake paddling. Hazing is now prohibited in both sororities and fraternities. Photo courtesy of the 1956 Ibis Yearbook.

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That awesome #scienceGuy @BillNye took to the sky today and throws a great U! #climatechange #SeaLevelRise

UM hits three “100” milestones in #UMFrenk inauguration speech: $100 million Frost gift, 100% student aid, 100 faculty & research talents.

I just want to see all my people succeed this year. #DonnaShalala stepping down as @ univmiami president at end of 2014-2015 school year.

It's great to be back home. It's all about the U!!

ICYMI: @adidasHoops, @ CanesWBB, and @CanesHoops unveiled their uniforms last night


Face it, we are living in the digital age. So it’s only natural that we hear news from social media platforms like Twitter.

BREAKING: Director of Athletics Blake James announced he has relieved Head Football Coach Al Golden of his duties effective immediately.

@univmiami removed 14 muscovy ducks from its Coral Gables campus recently There is so much happening surrounding the inauguration next week, @ UMindfulness is key.

“IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED WHY WE’RE CALLED THE HURRICANES, IT’S NOT A REFERENCE TO OUR STORM-PRONE CITY” 2011. In the process, it was temporarily relocated to the UC in the same place that Lime now stands. “The old Rat used to have a pool table on the second floor and it was a lot more homey,” said University of Miami alum Yasmine Asfour. The Rat is notable for being the only place on campus that serves alcohol, but it doesn’t offer anywhere near the amount of booze it used to. At one point, kegs were sold on a wholesale basis and given out for free every time our football team scored a touchdown. Then, in 1980, the drinking age was changed from 18 to 19 (yes, we know, the horror) and with that came a shift in policy at the Rat. Those bright orange wristbands draped on the arms of those of drinking age were introduced, and a stricter policy of checking IDs was put in place. At the time, campus leaders were afraid the Rat would lose customers since most freshmen couldn’t drink, so they worked on adding an incentive for those students to still come. “We’re going to have to entice students, especially freshmen, to be our customers. We’re going to have to be better in what we offer students to bring them in here. We’ll have to offer a greater variety and better quality of food,” said previous Rathskeller manager Gregory Kramer in a 1980 article in The Miami Hurricane. We don’t know what the food was like in 1980, but it’s safe to say Kramer’s plan worked. Today, the Rat draws students of all ages, freshmen or otherwise, and even though many still long for its old foundation, the new one is just as suitable for commemorating a special event or simply making a Tuesday afternoon a little bit better.


If you’ve ever wondered why we’re called the Miami Hurricanes, it’s not a reference to our storm-prone city. In 1926, our football team was still a group of fresh-faced college boys preparing for the first game. But then the Great Miami hurricane struck and delayed the game for about a month. When it was finally rescheduled, the game was notable for being both our first football game and our first win (7-0 over Rollins). From the beginning, athletics were an important part of UM’s culture. We had sports such as basketball, baseball,

boxing, golf and tennis, but they did not possess the amount of prestige and clout that they do today, and they certainly didn’t draw as many audience members. That would come later, with championships and awards and television debuts, though oddly enough, it was a team that doesn’t exist anymore that started the pattern for national championships– the polo team. The polo team is a UM oddity. It was started in the 1940s by four students who pushed for it after coming back from serving in World War II. They convinced the administration of its necessity, generated a team, won four consecutive national championships during the time they were here and then graduated, only to let the polo team at UM leave with them. “We didn’t win any national championships after that until the late 1970s and early 1980s with the women’s golf and swimming teams, so we really didn’t have a huge reputation for national championships at that time,” said John Routh, the executive director of UM’s Hall of Fame. We know what you’re thinking– what about football? Our team has certainly amassed a reputation for touchdowns and tackles over the years, but in the beginning, it was just an ordinary college football team traveling on the Eastern Seaboard Miami Railroad in their private car. It wasn’t until the 1980s that they began to develop the esteem they have now. In what may be considered the most eventful decade for the Hurricanes at that time, the team competed in its first national championship, formed what was dubbed the best team in college football history, had three players selected in the first nine picks of the National Football League drafts and then won a national championship in 1987– the first for the school in five years. To top it all off, players were invited to the White House as President Reagan’s honored guests. Super casual. “UM kind of went through different periods with regards to sports, in the ‘50s it was baseball and basketball, which had very good programs, and in the mid-’50s and ‘60s we had a great basketball program,” said Routh. “We’re known as a football school now, but for a long time it was different. Still, we have a very well-rounded athletic program even today.” As for the recent turbulence our football team has experienced, Routh is not too concerned. “Certainly the last few years have been a disappointment, but we have a bright future now with the new football coach and we’re looking forward to it,” Routh said. If history has taught us anything, it’s that no matter the category of the hit, the athletic program at UM can weather any storm.

Edward T. Foote strengthened academics at the U and raised about $517.5 million for the university.

Donna E. Shalala, our fifth president, raised about $3 billion during her 14 years as president.

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Too lazy to read the full article? Don’t worry, we get it. The moral of the story is that UM is an amazing place that has seen a lot of change in a very little time. Our campus is in a constant state of evolution, which, in our opinion, isn’t a bad thing at all. Keep it comin’ UM, we’re loving it. words_rori kotch. design_rori kotch.


Tuition at the U is high, but have you compared it to other private universities across America?






$20,000 UM’S GRADUATION RATE IS $10,000

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More than half of UM’s student population is female. Good job, ladies.

51% Female

49% Male



UM has six oncampus housing options, and more are in store.

63% Live off campus

37% Live on campus

There are 18 fraternities on UM’s campus. Seven have houses. 16% In frats 84% Independent

GREEK LIFE- WOMEN UM has 14 sororities on campus and sorority recruitment is held in the spring. 19% In sororities 81% Independent

IN-STATE & OUT OF STATE STUDENTS About one in eight UM students is from outside of the U.S.

55% Out-of -state

45% In-state

According to Steve Pearson, director of the John C. Gifford Arboretum, the banyan-like trees on campus are actually a species of ficus, formally ficus altissima. He estimates that the one pictured here was planted in the 1930s or 1940s.

The U statue itself weighs nearly 1,000 pounds and stands at 7 feet tall. Its concrete base weighs in at around 32,000 pounds alone– so the entire structure weighs upwards of 33,000 pounds. The statue was unveiled on October 12, 2012 during the presidency of Donna Shalala.

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Scrunchies, neon clothing, fanny packs, flower headbands and bedazzled bras– ask any college student where they visualize going in this outfit and the answer is a given: some sort of music event. words_chiara digiallorenzo. photo_nick gangemi. design_christina riccardi.

usic festivals have become the fad of our generation, especially in Miami, where the spring semester is essentially dedicated to students anticipating the most famous week of raving worldwide: Ultra. The concept has become a cultural phenomenon. Hundreds of thousands of people travel for massive dance parties, where club drugs and electronic dance music have become almost synonymous. Festivals are hosted year-round across the world with huge crowds of ravers. Coachella, Burning Man, Ultra, TomorrowLand, TomorrowWorld, ElectricDaisy– the list is endless. Despite its recent popularity, the music festival culture isn’t a new one. It’s an evolution of


themes rooted all the way back in Woodstock. Young people have come together for generations to share their love for music, art and the human experience. Music festivals allow people to let go of societal pressures and connect with others who are appreciating the exact same moment. D.J. Nick Li, a UM senior, became hooked on EDM music in the seventh grade. He described himself as unable to get away from the energy he felt while listening to the music. After stealing his older brother’s D.J. equipment and digging deeper into the genre, he realized that it wasn’t only the sound of the music, but also the culture surrounding it that drew him in. “I started in high school at parties and eventually moved on to local clubs and have kept at

it all the way up until now. As the equipment and music complexity grows, so does my curiosity and passion,” Li said. In 1969, around 400,000 concert-goers flocked to upstate New York for a three-day celebration of peace, highlighted by some of the most iconic performances of the 20th century. This was a pivotal moment in music history due to the 32-act all-star lineup that included artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who and Santana. Woodstock was also responsible for instilling a cultural awareness– an antiwar sentiment for the generations to come. Cara Frenk, 68, attended Woodstock. Her husband was the owner of The Elephant, a restaurant where part of the festival was held. “It was really one of the most

UM students at the main stage at Ultra Music Festival. The event took place in Bayside last March.

pivotal moments in American history,” Frenk said. “It was at this time where everyone came together and basically said ‘f*** it’ to what was going on around us. We were kids; we wanted to all gather together and have a good time.” People remember the concert for its flowers and peaceful reputation in the ‘60s. However, it represented the decade’s counterculture, the strike against the political agenda and a voice for the youth of the country. Imagine frantic and oftentimes violent countrywide strikes mostly led by student-run organizations. “It would be easy to say it was just a response [to the times] but for many others, it was the music,”

Frenk said. “I really needed to go because of the music. That was the most important reason. They had the best lineup I had ever heard of, better than anywhere before.” Similarly, today’s EDM is based on the idea of Peace Love Unity Respect (PLUR), a message that is supposed to bring people together through music. “If people respected the art, they’d appreciate the message and, ideally, PLUR would be spread throughout the world via a musical agent,” Li said. While the message aligns with what has occurred in the past, the festival culture today has evolved in a less politically-driven way. “I do think that EDM has

the power to bring our generation together,” Li said. “Look at what’s already been done. Electronic music has been incorporated into almost every musical genre ranging from country, to rap, hip-hop, trap, reggae, jazz, trance, underground, garage and dubstep. If EDM has the ability to incorporate all of these musical genres, there’s no reason that it can’t bring together people that are different from one another.” Woodstock encouraged happiness, hippies, sex, nudity and extensive psychedelic drug use. Today, music festivals follow similar patterns. Because music festivals take place outdoors and are often

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Carl Cox & Friends stage at Ultra Music Festival.

The audience goes wild at the main stage. The D.J.’s beats kept the party going.

themed, attendees can pretend to be a part of an alternate reality. Themes include carnivals, zoos and isolated desert camping. Artists and record labels have created fantasy worlds. Imagine an adult Disney World: extreme costumes, communal living spaces, creative expression, amusement rides and Ecstasy, now known by its street name, “Molly.” With an overwhelming amount of festivals being held in the United States and abroad, the major draw is no longer solely music, but the gathering of friends and the experience, as well as the fear of missing out on it. “If you didn’t go, you’re not in the ‘in crowd,’” Li said. “I can almost guarantee if you started to interview


UM students throwing the U. Many bodypainted themselves and brought their country’s flags.

random people at these festivals, most of them wouldn’t know the names of the artists playing, what genre of music they’re listening to and would not be able to answer why they like being herded into a tent to fight for space as everyone around them is sweating and jumping on them.” So, what is the main difference between Woodstock and music festivals today? It could be the largescale presence of the phenomenon and the political significance. Where Woodstock was a once-in-a-lifetime experience emphasizing a social and political movement, music festivals today are more of a normal part of the millennial experience. “I went to Ultra once. Part

of it was for the music, but I also went because of the experience– it’s something that everyone needs to experience at least once because it’s really different from anything else,” said Geraldine Orlando, junior. Music isn’t going anywhere, nor are music festivals. They represent the evolution of culture and the voices of each generation. Today, we read about half a million self-proclaimed hippies, flower children and Aquarians that existed in 1969. One day, future generations will read just the same about the millennial ravers.

TIRED OF ULTRA? TRY THESE MUSIC FESTIVALS: Buku Music + Art Festival: House music gets a twist at this New Orleansbased festival that combines pop culture with the New Orleans underground arts community. Break-dancers and fire breathers? Count us in. Coachella: We can’t make a music festival list without including Coachella. You might have to navigate around a stream of high school girls in neon crop tops taking Instagram photos, but the breezy California air and spectacular lineup make up for it. Tortuga: Ultra’s not the only music festival that doesn’t require a plane ticket. The Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, only an hour’s drive away, hosts this three-day festival that boasts rock, country and roots music by the water.

Learn the park’s key structures beforehand so you don’t get lost in the stampede after five hours of dancing. Make a schedule of the shows you want to watch or download the UMF’16 app to keep track of your favorite D.J.’s whereabouts. Invest in a portable phone charger, because we all know there is no way your phone battery is staying above 10 percent by the end of the night. Make sure to keep hydrated throughout the night. Wear sneakers: flip-flops in Miami are okay any other day of the year, but should definitely be ditched for Ultra.

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When was the last time you did the Jitterbug with a good looking stud? What about the last time you aggressively head banged to Nirvana with your best friends? Decade parties are 100 percent a thing, especially in college, where you clearly don’t have anything better to do (kidding! Please go to class). Themed parties are a lot of work, so throw on your best poodle skirt or grunge band T-shirt, because it’s time to throw a decade party.

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If you know a thing or two about the states postWorld War II (or if you’ve ever seen “Back to the Future”), you know the ‘50s were all about the soda fountain scene. The U.S. was prosperous, the economy was on point and suburban communities were sprawling. War was over! Naturally, people were pretty stoked, and they celebrated like it. Think jukeboxes, poodle skirts and drive-in theaters. Since diners to the kids in the ‘50s were like the Rat is to us, what better way to host a ‘50s party than with dinner and dancing?

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Keep it classy with this one. A dinner party requires a table and some chairs, but no need to call a rental company if you can’t spring for them. Keep the guest list to a minimum (it’s more fun that way) and wipe down your dinner table. If you’re aiming for an easy clean up, Party City sells plastic plates, cups and cutlery in every color of the rainbow. Bonus points if you find yourself a legit, metal napkin dispenser.

There are two ways you can go about planning your outfit, and both can be found in the American classic, “Grease.” That’s right. You’re either poodle skirt cheerleader Sandy pre-carnival, or badass, all black, curly haired Sandy post-makeover. If you can still find a Halloween costume on sale, save yourself time and effort and pay the penny. Note: Guys, think Danny Zuko, either with the black leather or the varsity, athletic look.

Food Luckily for you, ‘50s food wasn’t exactly fine dining. Your dinner menu doesn’t have to be super complicated if you don’t want it to be. You can whip up a casserole or make a simple spaghetti with a meat sauce. Frozen veggies were a ‘50s food staple, as was Spam (yuck) and potato salad. Stick to fruit cups or pies for dessert and a variety of soda pops as drink options.



While the ‘60s and ‘70s were both two very distinct decades, they are grouped together because the trends were very similar. You know how it goes: JFK, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement and, of course, Woodstock were all huge factors that made the ‘60s what they were. The ‘70s were no different. It was a tumultuous time where Americans were fighting for their social and political rights. Equality, feminism, peace, love and illegal drugs made the ‘70s a pretty wild era, thus your groovy party should be equally as such, sans illegal drugs.




Peace signs. Peace signs everywhere. Bright colors, lava lamps and disco balls should all be prevalent at your groovy party to really make it feel authentic. Balloons can be a thing if you really want them to be, but make sure you get bright ones to fill up the space. Also don’t fret if you don’t have the creative capacity to craft. Party supply stores always carry hippie decorations.

ABC Not great for the creatively impaired, ABC parties require you to come up with a costume using Anything But Clothes. Frequently seen costumes include trash bag dresses, caution tape bras and beer box shorts. Here’s hoping attendees wear something underneath, just in case.

THUG PARTIES An Arizona State University fraternity hosted a party to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in 2014. According to an article from “The New York Times,” they donned “thug” attire such as loose basketball jerseys and baggy shorts while throwing up gang signs and flooding social media with the hashtag #MLKblackout. Not okay.

Clothing This is the only occasion in which tie-dyed shirts, suede vests, bell-bottoms and fringe are socially acceptable. Ladies, three words: white platform boots. They work for both this occasion and the hangover brunch you’ll be going to the next day. That, some jeans, your best fake mustache and a thick belt will have you looking more ‘70s than your grandpa. If that’s too much work, you can still get away with a tie-dyed shirt and flip-flops.

Food You’re not serving up a five-course meal for this shindig, but you should include some light bites and snacks, at least to make sure your guests aren’t drinking on an empty stomach. Trendy ‘70s snacks included potato chips, salsa, sunflower seeds, cheese and crackers, Twinkies and Kool-Aid.

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The ‘80s were huge for popular culture and entertainment. MTV launched in 1981, classic movies like “The Breakfast Club” and “E.T.” made their debuts and if you weren’t wearing fishnets like Madonna, you were doing it all wrong. ‘80s parties have been done time and time again, and they’re never not tacky (at least by today’s standards). There’s not much you can do about this, but you can have a relatively chill yet equally poppin’ party with some attention to detail.

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Clothing Buy a big neon shirt and cut a few inches off the collar. Use the leftover fabric as a headband, throw on some leg warmers and you’ll look more legit than Sarah Jessica Parker. Semi-dressy jackets with shoulder pads and a white crew neck paired with jeans will make you look very Tom Cruise, “Risky Business” style. Colorful sports jackets, sweat bands and graphic tees will also lend themselves to a totally bangin’ ‘80s outfit.

Food Retro candy: enough said. Buy some nice looking bowls and fill them with Fun Dip, Fruit Stripes gum, Pop Rocks, Air Heads, Now and get the idea. Disperse them evenly throughout the room, and party on.


Often referred to as “The Last Great Decade,” we like to call it “The One Where Everyone We Know Was Born and Cartoons Were Actually Good.” “Friends” aired on NBC, Kurt Cobain’s suicide left grunge rock fans devastated, Bill and Monica happened and all our favorite throwback songs were created.

Decorations You can either purposely choose to make your space look like a whirlwind of neon, or you can decorate with cutouts of popular ‘80s heartthrobs. Blow up the “Thriller” album cover and a few pics of Rob Lowe and Molly Ringwald. Make your coffee table look like a Rubik’s Cube by taping squares of a single color on the top. Lastly, open Microsoft Word and print out “Nobody puts baby here.” Put it in the corner. If you don’t get it, pick another decade.



COLONIAL BROS AND NAVA-HOS Phi Sigma Kappa at California Polytechnic State University was investigated for throwing totally inappropriate Thanksgiving party back in 2013. At the party, attendees wore more risqué versions of pilgrim and Native American costumes. Culturally offensive? Rude to women? Yeah, we think so.

USA VS. MEXICO In yet another November 2013 shindig, the Kappa Alpha Order at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia hosted a Mexican-themed party. While Cinco de Mayo celebrations occur all over the country, this particular party involved a drinking game in which “Americans” tried to catch “illegal immigrants.” That speaks for itself.

Create some Polaroid frames for your guests to take pictures in, cover the walls in CDs and paint VHS tapes for a pop of color. Decorate the room with boy band posters and consider splurging on a lifesize cutout of “Beavis and Butt-head.” Scatter neon beaded necklaces and confetti on every surface. Bring out your old boxes of Twister, Guess Who, Candyland and Operation. Everyone will appreciate the abundance of activities.

Clothing The cool thing about throwing a ‘90s party is that you can dress up like your favorite characters and your friends will know exactly who you’re trying to be. Get a group and dress up like the “Rugrats” or pull your pants up to your belly button to make a convincing Urkel. If you’re not feeling very creative, copy Will Smith in his “Fresh Prince” attire or go the Justin Timberlake route and deck yourself out in denim.

Food As devastating as the discontinuation of the Wonder Ball was for ‘90s kids everywhere, you can still offer guests a variety of ‘90s themed snacks, including but not limited to Gushers, Push Pops, Bagel Bites, Pop Tarts, Lunchables, Doritos and Capri Suns.

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We all have that one artist or celebrity that we would spend any amount of money to see live or on the movie screen. We buy their albums the day they come out, go see their movies on opening night and defend them with everything we have if the situation called for it. So it’s no surprise that a little thing like death does nothing to curb people’s glamorization of celebrities. “People get obsessed about anything,” said University of Miami psychology Professor Roderick Gillis. “There are

people out there that are obsessed with every weird thing under the sun. So the fact that some of them get attached to this is not much of a surprise.” However, oftentimes, the more violent or unnatural the death, the more intense people’s obsessions are. “Most people live their lives in denial about their own mortality and then when somebody else dies, or you have a near-death experience, it might make you feel more alive in some way,” Gillis said. Many people who have

these obsessions, however, weren’t alive or old enough to appreciate the work of the person they are fixated on. The deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Tupac, Selena and Kurt Cobain have inspired a fiercely loyal fandom that could compete with that of any of today’s biggest celebrities.

Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe, actress, model and sex symbol of the 1950s, allegedly committed suicide on Aug. 5, 1962. Although her death occurred 53 years ago, Monroe is still a central figure in pop culture. The ‘50s produced some of the most legendary female movie stars of all time like Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor and Natalie Wood. However, while these stars are still well known to this day, none have maintained such a high level of stardom as Marilyn Monroe. “She’s iconic. I have at least three pictures of her hanging around my room. I’m always tempted to buy posters of her but I just don’t have any room for them,” senior Maura Gergerich, said. “Marilyn was the epitome of the woman that every girl wants to be and every guy wants to be with.” Today, you can see Monroe and quotes attributed to her on posters, T-shirts, tattoos and, without fail, running around on Halloween. She even has over 14 million likes on her “official” Facebook page. That’s more than current Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence. The fascination with Monroe is centered on the juxtaposition between her beauty and fabulous career, and her tragic life and death. “She always starred as the blonde bombshell and posed for pinup pictures, so people consider her to be shallow and


“People obsess about anything. There are people out there that are obsessed with every weird thing under the sun.”

narcissistic,” UM alum Prerona Mukherjee said.“But most aren’t aware of her troubled childhood and everything she’s suffered. It just goes to show people are quick to judge a pretty face.” Her death also sparked the interest of conspiracy theorists, only making her more famous. The most popular theory is that the Kennedys were responsible for her death, as Monroe was rumored to be having an affair with both John and Robert Kennedy. The fascination with this theory can be seen in pop culture. For example, in Lana Del Rey’s 2012 music video “National Anthem,” she used the Marilyn and Kennedy storyline as a backdrop for her song. Fans also have lesser-known theories as well. “Her relationship with Arthur Miller interests me. They seemed to be a mismatched pair,” Mukherjee said. “They were divorced in 1961, a year before Marilyn committed suicide. I always wonder if Arthur cheating on her and divorcing her caused her to take her life.” While it may never be clear exactly what led to Monroe’s death, it is clear that Monroe’s influence is not going to fade anytime soon.

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Tupac is arguably the most legendary rapper of all time. Not only did he change the entire genre of hip-hop, but he also inspired people all over the world and continues to do so today in death. “He was original. It is hard to compare Tupac with another rapper because he had his own style,” said senior Rebekah Pestana, a passionate fan of Tupac’s despite the fact she was still a baby when he was murdered. “Although he represented the ‘thug life’ mantra in his music, Tupac had heart. You felt his passion through his lyrics. His personality attracted most people around him. He is the kind of person everyone wanted to have as a friend.” Tupac’s murder remains one of the biggest mysteries among celebrity deaths. He was shot five times on Sept. 7, 1996, and died six days later from the injuries. His murder is a cold case to this day. Like Monroe’s, Tupac’s death has been considered a conspiracy theory. The most widely recognized theory is that Tupac is alive and in hiding. Tupac’s current fame could also have to do with the fact that a lot of what he was known for speaking about is still relevant today. Kendrick Lamar even featured an old interview of Tupac speaking about race in his 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly” in which he says, “Next time it’s a riot, there’s gonna be bloodshed for real. I don’t think America can know that. I think Americans think we was just playing and it’s gonna be some more playing but it ain’t gonna be no playing. It’s gonna be murder, you know what I’m saying?” The quote was taken from Tupac’s interview with P3 Soul and many see it as a prediction of the riots in Baltimore and Ferguson. “The way he dealt with police brutality, growing up in the ghetto, surpassing family issues and then turning out to be an inspiration to many people in the world is what I find fascinating about him,” Pestana said.

Mexican-American pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, commonly known as Selena, is credited with redefining Latin music and is another celebrity who was skyrocketed into legend status after her murder. Yolanda Saldívar, president of Selena’s fan club, murdered her on March 31, 1995. Since then, Selena’s story has inspired a musical, almost three million Facebook likes, a MAC makeup line coming out later this year and a blockbuster movie. Twenty-one thousand people tried out to play the movie role of Selena, the most since the role of Scarlett O’Hara from “Gone with the Wind.” For many, the fascination with Selena has to do with her impressive rise to superstar status. “Ever since I watched the Jennifer Lopez movie about her life, I was obsessed,” senior



Renee Perez said. “Selena made it after she started following her artistic instincts and rebelled against her conservative father. That made me love and relate to Selena.” Not only is Selena remembered for her musical talents, she also is known to have contributed philanthropically to society. She was an advocate for education in the Latin community. She also contributed to charities like Toys for Tots, D.A.R.E. and the Boys & Girls Club of America. “Despite being an international superstar, she seemed to stay grounded based on how much she gave back to her community,” Perez said. “I can’t help but imagine what good she would have done for the world if she had been around for longer.” Selena still has several fan clubs devoted to her life. One, “Selena Forever,” includes forums in which fans discuss the singer’s life and death. “I get overly emotional every time I hear your music or think about you. You made a huge impact on so many people with the short time that you were here with us on earth. Even in your death you still shine,” wrote on user on the blog last November. “You’ll always be loved, missed and forever in our hearts. I love you Selena.”

Kurt Cobain Unlike Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain had an extremely happy childhood, but both stars’ lives ended in similar ways: Cobain allegedly took his life on April 5, 1994. Cobain is known as the lead singer and songwriter of Nirvana, one of the most popular rock bands of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. While his career was short-lived, he has become the face of grunge music and is still idolized today. People wear trendy Nirvana and Cobain T-shirts and an in-depth documentary about his life, “Montage of Heck,” just came out in 2015. While his childhood may have been “picture perfect,” as University of Central Florida junior and enthusiastic fan Devon Thornton said, his adult life was plagued by mental illness, drug abuse and physical and mental pain. These struggles are what drive the fascination of many of his fans. “He was misunderstood and I can relate to that,” Thornton said. “He was more complicated than people knew and even now, I don’t think anyone will ever fully be able to understand him.” Nate Gress, a sophomore at Arizona State University, is also a huge fan of Cobain’s. “When I went through a difficult time, it felt like I had someone to relate to during a time when I felt like I had nobody,” Nate said. While it may seem unhealthy to relate to a long-dead depressed man, it can also be a wake-up call. Many fans say that while they idolize Cobain for his musical genius, they have learned more from his death than his life. “I live differently now than I did before I knew so much about him. I’ve learned to embrace my art but to maintain my mental health, something that Kurt couldn’t do,” Thornton said. “Kurt’s story can be used as an example of what not to do, and while that is sad, I think that a part of him would be really happy to know he could have helped in some way.”

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These days, it seems like most celebs live in a world in which the sun never sets. For these unlucky ones, though, it went from the bright shine of a spotlight to pitch-black quickly.

LANCE ARMSTRONG We went from sporting an array of his Livestrong wristbands to cringing at the mention of his name after his drug scandal. The famed cyclist had been accused of doping (using illegal performance enhancing drugs) for years, but finally admitted to it in 2012. He was consequently stripped of all the titles he’d won since 1998, as well as any affection from his former fans.

LINDSAY LOHAN The “Parent Trap” starlet who we watched grow up took a turn for the worse in 2007 after being caught driving under the influence twice. She has since spent time in and out of jail for violating her probation, spent 90 says in rehab, lied to the police and was caught stealing.

BILL COSBY With the stream of sexual abuse cases that now surround him, Cosby’s reputation has plummeted. 16 women have accused him of abuse, with 12 alleging that he drugged them to do it.

TIGER WOODS Woods went from being an icon of success and wholesomeness to the epitome of disgrace. The professional golf player, who was dubbed the greatest player of all time, was knocked off his pedestal after a cheating scandal that put him in a self-imposed career exile.

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Once upon a time, food wasn’t injected with so many hormones. Courting and going on actual dates were common. The fashion was cool, the dances were fun and to top it off, school didn’t cost an arm and leg to attend. Those were the golden days. So who wouldn’t want to relive the previous time period you ask? Minorities.


e tend to have this false sense of nostalgia for the past; glorifying the highs and completely forgetting about the darker moments. However, there were plenty of dark moments, even on our campus. “Colored” students were not allowed at the University Of Miami until 1961 when the Board of Trustees voted to admit students regardless of race or color. The year before, a fraternity chose a Nazi theme for the Homecoming parade. They used a Jeep with a swastika on the door and their chapter officers were dressed in Nazi uniforms and held fake machine guns. Racism didn’t magically disappear and when the students joined campus they had to fight against it. At the same time that Martin Luther King Jr. was alive and campaigning for civil rights, there were still violent attacks on black people that were going unpunished. The only people who lived simple lives were white males. In 1967, when minorities were more commonplace, the United Black Students (UBS) was officially established. They met with the university’s administration to push for an increase in the number of black students and scholarships, as well as a more integrated staff and faculty. They also pushed for UM’s curriculum to include the intellectual contributions of Africa and its diaspora. Protests even occurred to ensure that their demands were met.

That was over 50 years ago, and although we have progressed since, minorities on campus are still facing challenges. “Over the years students have come and talked to me about not being treated fairly on campus, being called names, [asking] ‘How do I navigate a situation in the classroom when I feel like I’m being overtly discriminated against?’” said Dr. Robert Moore, a UM professor at the School of Education. “Those challenges have been here and I suspect they’re always going to be here.” Last year, as students marched in protest of police brutality alongside the #BlackLivesMatter movement, some students fired back with racial slurs directed at their peers using Yik Yak, an app that lets students post anonymously. “I, more often than not, feel oppressed as a black person on campus, whether it’s micro-aggression due to racial ignorance or other things,” sophomore Asia Cadet said. “Last year when we were marching, there was a lot of social media hate. We were called coons, we were called the N-word; that was more of a major aggression.” Black students were left walking around campus not really knowing who they could trust and who they couldn’t. While there were clearly oppressors in existence, most of them masked their true beliefs behind amicable smiles. “I would’ve thought by this point in my life that we would not still be dealing

Top 10 Diverse Colleges in the

U.S. The U.S. is comprised of a sundry list of races and ethnicities, and this variety of cultures is highly present across college campuses. Here are the top 10 most diverse college campuses. 1. Rutgers University: Newark, New Jersey– 26 percent white, 26 percent Hispanic/ Latino, 21 percent Asian, 19 percent black/ African-American, 3 percent two or more races, 3 percent non-resident alien, 2 percent unknown 2. Andrews University: Berrien Springs, Michigan– 28 percent white, 20 non-resident alien, 20 percent black/ African-American, 14 percent Asian, 13 percent Hispanic/ Latino, 3 percent two or more races, 2 percent unknown 3. St. John’s University: Queens, New York– 34 percent white, 19 percent black/ African-American, 18 percent Asian, 15 Hispanic/Latino, 5 percent non-resident alien, 4 percent unknown, 4 percent two or more races 4. University of Houston: Houston, Texas– 31 percent Hispanic/Latino, 27 percent white, 22 percent Asian, 11 percent black/AfricanAmerican, 5 percent non-resident alien, 3 percent two or more races

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with racist, sexist [people]. I was optimistic in the idealistic,” Moore said. “Now for me ... to still see my people and others experience living on the outside, being treated the way we’re being treated by the police, that’s troublesome because it shouldn’t be that way.” Racism and prejudice are believed to be passed down throughout generations. According to Pastor Peter Matthews from UM’s United Wesley Foundation, they’re often part of a person, which makes it difficult for them to change. It may be impossible to remove discrimination completely, but having more concentric conversations about diversity instead of using it as a buzzword could propel students at UM to become more accepting. It’s easy to see from watching the news that cultural competency, even in the workforce, is hard to come by. For our students to truly be culturally competent, it’s important that the university focuses on supporting programs that push for inclusivity and to financially provide them with the proper tools to raise these discussions. “I don’t feel like we’ve done a good job of institutionalizing these ideas,” UM engineering professor Josh Diem said. “Ideas are great but universities show their


commitment to ideas by committing resources to [them] and it doesn’t seem to me like enough resources are being devoted.” Diem said it’s imperative that students are taught what race and diversity mean while in the classroom to prevent discrimination rooted in ignorance. These conversations are a central theme in his lectures, but when his students leave his class the conversations tend to end since other professors aren’t taking the same initiatives. “The absence of conversation about these things sends a message that they’re not really important, that they don’t need to be talked about,” Diem said. This lack of discussion could be a reason why there have been incidents of complete disregard and even hatred for other cultures– leaving some students questioning whether they should even continue their education. When people say, “I want to go back in time because it would be so cool,” sometimes they don’t realize that it actually sounds like, “I want to live in a time where people were segregated,” despite what they meant. Many students don’t realize the implications their words have and how this creates a toxic environment for others. This could easily be avoided if people were


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more aware of their privilege, Matthews said. “You should know the context of our conversation– who you are, where you come from and how that comes across,” he said. Next time you’re having a conversation and begin to reminisce on a time that you never lived in, you may want to rethink that again. “I’m cautiously optimistic,” Moore said. “Change occurs slowly and I want to be more optimistic and encouraging, but I have reasons to pause– change is just too slow.”


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5. University of Nevada: Las Vegas, Nevada– 37 percent white, 25 percent Hispanic/Latino, 15 percent Asian, 9 percent two or more races 6. Stanford University: Stanford, California– 38 percent white, 20 percent Asian, 16 percent Hispanic/ Latino, 11 percent two or more races, 8 percent non-resident alien, 6 percent black/ African-American, 1 percent American Indian/Alaskan Native 7. University of San Francisco: San Francisco, California– 29 percent white, 20 percent Hispanic Latino, 20 percent Asian, 19 non-resident alien, 7 percent two or more races, 3 percent black/AfricanAmerican, 2 percent unknown 8. University of California: Los Angeles, California– 30 percent Asian, 28 percent white, 20 percent Hispanic/Latino, 13 percent non-residential alien, 5 percent two or more races, 3 black/ African-American, 2 percent unknown


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MIAMI MIGRATIONS Cuban dictator Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. As a result, over 200,000 Cuban immigrants came to Miami in hopes of temporarily escaping the communist regime. However, what started out as a temporary stay turned into a permanent residence. The U.S. and Cuba agreed to allow a second wave of Cuban immigrants in 1965. They were allowed to come to Miami so long as they already had family in the US. The immigrants came with not just their bravery, but also their traditions and customs. This created Little Havana, a charming Cuban-American neighborhood here in the Magic City. According to the official website of the City of Miami, “Prior to this population growth, the African-American and Caribbean population made up approximately one-third of the total population.” Later on, in the ‘70s, Miami experienced another wave of immigrants when Nicaraguans and Haitians experienced hardships after their governments were overthrown. Just like with the Cubans, subneighborhoods came to life due to this complete change in population.

9. University of Hawaii: Honolulu, Hawaii– 41 percent Asian, 20 percent white, 18 percent Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 15 percent two or more races, 3 percent non-resident alien, 2 percent Hispanic/Latino, 2 percent black/AfricanAmerican 10. Nova Southeastern University: Fort Lauderdale, Florida31 percent Hispanic/ Latino, 31 percent white, 20 percent black/AfricanAmerican, 6 percent Asian, 4 percent non-residential alien, 5 percent unknown

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In light of the upcoming election, presidential hopefuls vie for more airtime and better poll numbers by addressing issues that are important to the American people. A topic that has remained in the headlines is the proper care of our nation’s veterans, especially those who become disabled in combat. Although most battle wounds are visible, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) cannot be seen by the naked eye. First recognized in 1980, PTSD is a mental disorder that can occur after a person experiences a life-threatening event. Although most people associate PTSD with members of the service, it can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic incident or series of incidents in their lifetime (such as physical or sexual assault, violence, car accidents or natural disasters). According to the Department of Veterans affairs, PTSD affects 8 percent of the American population, which equates to about 24.4 million people. 62 DISTRACTION Main Event

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illions of people suffer silently with PTSD. Their closest friends and family members may not even know that their loved ones have the condition. Joe is an Iraq war veteran living in South Florida with his wife and son. He attributes his PTSD to watching his best friend die alongside him in combat, as well as the “kill or be killed” mentality instilled upon him during battle. After struggling with PTSD for years, Joe has just recently sought treatment. He was brave enough to open up about his struggles with the disorder. “I don’t really know how to describe PTSD other than it’s like being stuck inside a prison in your own head,” Joe said. “You’re emotionally numb to everything. You don’t completely trust other people. It’s like it’s you against the rest of the world. I tried to ignore that I had a problem for a long time. My wife said I’ve been cut off for years and that most people don’t act like this. She was begging me to go talk to someone, but I told her I didn’t have anything to talk about. I knew something was wrong, but I wasn’t sure what. Then I saw how bad my relationship was getting with my son. That’s when I decided it was time for me to do something about it.” It may come as a surprise that many veterans suffering from PTSD never seek treatment. A 2014 study conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that an estimated 11 to 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and 30 percent of Vietnam veterans have PTSD. Only about 8 percent of those have actually been diagnosed with the disorder and received help. Dr. Michele Spoont, a clinical and research psychologist at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, studied more than 7,600 veterans hoping to better understand why some seek treatment and others don’t. Spoont found four main reasons why veterans don’t seek help: difficulty accessing a clinic, inadequate knowledge of the disorder (people suspect something is wrong, but aren’t familiar with the symptoms of PTSD), problems believing they can get better and the negative stigma that surrounds PTSD in today’s society. Veterans with PTSD can be wrongly viewed as weak or broken, making it hard for some to seek treatment. When Joe began to research PTSD, he noticed he had a lot of the same symptoms as those who have been diagnosed with the disorder.


Anxiety is a day-to-day struggle for patients living with PTSD. If you start to feel an anxiety attack coming on, here are three ways to combat it and calm yourself down.

1. Slow your breathing: When you start to feel anxious, the way you breathe changes. Instead of long breaths, you begin to take short and shallow ones, which tend to make you feel even more anxious (and lead to hyperventilation). To slow your breathing, calm your mind and focus on inhaling deeply through your nose for about five seconds, holding your breath for two seconds and then exhaling through your mouth for five seconds. Make sure to wait a couple of seconds before taking your next breath. This method of slow breathing increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, helping you feel calmer and relaxed.

2. Walk around: Walking is one of the easiest ways to help calm your anxiety. Walking is good exercise and a proven way to help alleviate stress. It triggers certain nerves in your brain, which relax your senses when you feel overworked. 3. Try to relax your muscles: People who

suffer from anxiety tend to unconsciously tense up throughout the day. This leads to strained muscles and stress. Practicing progressive muscle relaxation helps relax your body and calm your mind. To begin, start by mindfully tensing up a group of muscles in a particular area of your body (for example, your feet) for about five seconds and then exhaling as you let your muscles relax. Try to notice how your muscles feel when you release the tension. Do this with as many areas of the body as you can.

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“I couldn’t really trust people completely, not even my wife or friends I’ve had for years. I had a problem sleeping straight through the night. I would get nightmares and flashbacks to my time in Iraq,” Joe said. “I’d pretend that they didn’t happen, but my wife knew something was wrong when she caught [me] awake in the middle of the night. My denial that I had a problem put a strain on our relationship. I had major anger and anxiety issues, what they call ‘emotional numbness.’ At first I didn’t know what was wrong with me, I just knew something wasn’t right. I couldn’t really connect with my wife or my son on the same emotional level that other people could with their families.” PTSD not only affects the victim, but it impacts their loved ones as well. Joe’s wife recalled his behavior before he started treatment. “He was kind of a recluse; he never wanted to be around anybody else,” said Anna. “It was hard to make him happy. He was more of a shell than a person. It started to take a toll on me and my son.”

“I COULDN’T REALLY TRUST PEOPLE COMPLETELY, NOT EVEN MY WIFE OR FRIENDS I’VE HAD FOR YEARS.” There is new research on the long-term effects that PTSD has on a family. It suggests that spouses and children who have long-term exposure to a loved one suffering from PTSD can also develop many of the symptoms as someone with a full-scale diagnosis. This is a growing concern for the families of disabled veterans. Secondary PTSD leads to higher divorce rates between spouses and estrangement between parents and their children. Many resources are available to help with diagnosis and treatment. There are ways to self-screen to determine whether professional help is necessary and there are many self-help and coping options available on the Internet and they can be extremely useful when combined with professional psychiatric assistance from a licensed therapist. Joe had many of the tell-tale symptoms of PTSD, including reliving the traumatic event over and over again (flashbacks), nightmares about the event, overwhelming stress when encountering something that reminds him of the event, avoidance of talking about the event with others, hopelessness, depression and difficulty maintaining close relationships. These symptoms can worsen over time, so people who suspect that they or a loved one may have PTSD should seek treatment right away.


Different Types of

Panic Attacks Not all panic attacks are the same. They differ in causes, durations and how they feel to people experiencing them. Some people may experience multiple types on a daily basis. Here are the three most recognized types of panic attacks.

Unexpected Panic Attacks: These occur

suddenly and without warning. You may be completely relaxed right before this kind of panic attack occurs. There is no external cause or trigger, such as a scary situation or a stressful event.

Situationally Bound Panic Attacks: These are

panic attacks brought about by a specific situation. They tend to occur on a regular basis. They are frequent and usually triggered by a specific phobia. For example, if you’re afraid of public speaking and have to present in front of your class, you may have this kind of panic attack.

Situationally Predisposed Panic Attacks: These kinds of

panic attacks are similar to situationally bound panic attacks, except they occur less frequently and do not always occur after being exposed to a specific stressful situation.

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What to do if your friend suffers from PTSD: If a friend of yours is suffering from PTSD, it can affect you, too. It can be hard to understand your friend’s behaviors, but your support can make all the difference. Here’s what to do if your friends suffers from PTSD: Educate yourself: The first step to helping someone with PTSD is to understand the disorder as best as you can. Try to learn everything about the topic, including tell-tale symptoms and treatment options. Don’t force them into talking: People with PTSD may find it hard to open up about their day-to-day struggles. Some may even have trouble admitting they have PTSD due to its negative stigma. Allow them to take their time. Instead of forcing them to talk, let your friend know that you’re willing to listen. Consider talking to them about treatment: Asking your friend to consider professional treatment may be a difficult topic to discuss. Some people may be upset that you think they need help at all. Consider the situation from their point of view as it will help you to keep it all in perspective. Be patient: People suffering from PTSD need time to recover. It is a slow moving process. At times you may get frustrated, but try to stay calm and supportive during your friend’s time of need. 66 DISTRACTION Main Event

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the most common treatments for PTSD are exposure therapy (talking about the trauma with a licensed therapist to help the patient look at the memories in a healthier way), cognitive therapy (where the therapist tries to help the patient change the way they think about the trauma), medications (usually a type of antidepressant to help calm the patient and make them feel less anxious), group therapy and family therapy. Length of treatments can last anywhere between two months to two years or longer. The most common types of treatment for the disorder is some combination of the above, with an emphasis on therapy and medication. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a therapy that merges cognitive and behavioral methods, has proven to be the most effective form of counseling for people affected by PTSD. It acknowledges that some behaviors are conditioned and not controlled by thoughts, while still focusing on the effect of cognition in the disorder. Many people tend to blame themselves for things that occurred during a traumatic event, especially in war. CBT shifts the blame away from the victim and helps them recognize that it’s not their fault. Joe is currently seeking treatment for his combat-related case of PTSD, and after a long struggle, things are starting to look up for him. “I see a therapist every week and he gives me ways to deal with my anger and anxiety,” he said. “For part of the treatment, I get to actually talk about all the bad things I saw in Iraq. It’s supposed to make the memories more bearable. It was hard at first, but the more I do it, the more it helps. My wife, my son and I also go to counseling sessions so we can work on our relationship.”

Flower crowns, bare feet and free spirits. This is what comes to mind when we talk about the hippie subculture that took root in America back in the early 1960s. Youths rejected the establishment, sought spontaneity, expanded consciousness and embraced individuality. “We are the new Americana� echoes in our minds as we look back to faded memories of Birkenstock glory. Now, with politically charged spirits rising up again, many millennials like to consider themselves the new-age hippies. words_leila sunier & lexi williams. design_claudia fernandes.

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PROTESTS Spearheaded by Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement spurred a series of protests to end longstanding discrimination against African-Americans. It represented the epitome of social justice and change in the 1950s and ‘60s, setting the template for other protests to occur.

The Student Movement

This movement was rooted in the idea that all Americans should be active in decision-making, not just a small elite. It aimed to expand student rights, end the Vietnam War and stop poverty.

The Anti-Vietnam War Movement

Millions of Americans participated in the antiwar crusade to end America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Marches, rallies and boycotts categorized the ‘60s.

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have the power to be politically, socially and economically progressive in ways that not even the original hippies could possibly imagine. However, as a generation, we’re not living up to our full potential. The sheer number of us is not enough to evoke such a tremendous amount of societal

“ AS A GENERATION, WE’RE NOT LIVING UP TO OUR FULL POTENTIAL.” change. Neither is our apparent capacity for open-mindedness. The general complaint against the millennials is our tendency toward narcissism coupled with our lack of civic involvement. This fatal combination is why young people have such a bad reputation these days. We have the power and the resources to make radical, positive changes, yet how we’re wielding that power is remarkably different from any generation that precedes us. Compared to the commune-living, proteststaging hippies, millennials seem to be much more apathetic than action-oriented. Rather than assuming

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With their signature phrase “We are the 99 percent,” the Occupy Wall Street movement spotlighted economic inequality and corruption. It focused on the disparity between the wealthy one percent and the rest of the population.


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he word “hippie” has been thrown around a lot lately. From the girls who “basically live in Free People” to the groups of college kids who pile in vans and head to Coachella, the hippie lifestyle certainly has its appeal. But aside from the fun and fashion, how else are we similar to this radical group of the past? In numbers alone, we share a lot in common with the baby boomer generation. The millennials are now the largest cohort in the United States. At a whopping population of 83.1 million, we make up more than one quarter of the nation. Similarly, the baby boomers were also the largest cohort when they were in our position, coming in at 75.4 million. Thus, professionals who study these trends, such as UM sociology professor Robert J. Johnson, contend that whatever happened to the baby boomers will be a tell-tale sign for our destiny as a generation. Just as the boomers paved the path for the age groups that followed them, the millennials will be the ones to dictate society for generations to come. As a group, we are also generally regarded as being more open-minded than most, much like those of the boomer generation. Similar to the faded flower children of the past, ED we are known to be CT D E N GE incredibly confident, N O AR optimistic, selfexpressive, liberal and receptive to new ideas. These traits exemplify some of the most notable aspects of the ‘60s and ‘70s mindset. In fact, this new generation of leaders has the opportunity to become even more progressive than the baby boomers were. Comprised of 44.2 percent minorities, the millennials are significantly more diverse than any previous cohort. This makes us a remarkably heterogeneous group, which means we have access to a more diverse selection of cultures, histories and points of view. If we were to utilize our ability to see things from a widening array of perspectives, us millennials potentially C CH

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“adult” roles, we’ve chosen to prolong adolescence by returning home to our parents as more or less dependents after college. When the baby boomers were our age, they were either off getting jobs, getting married and getting busy producing offspring, or living on the road with no bills to pay. Today’s self-proclaimed “hippies” are too busy taking time off to travel or check out the next trendy music festival, often on their parents’ dimes. Hippies didn’t travel around Europe to “find themselves;” they were already tapped into their minds, bodies and souls. Drugs optional. Essentially, millennials share the carefree lifestyle of the hippies without giving up the modern comforts brought to them by capitalism. Because many people in our generation have grown up with “helicopter parents,” they’re taught that it’s okay to rely on others to get by. As noted by Johnson, we are “completely redefining what it means to be 20 years old.” Sound like a good thing? It’s not. Due to our reliant reputation, we’ve been nicknamed “the Peter Pan generation” (after our apparent desire to never grow up) and it’s a title very different from the grandiose sounding “millennials.” Reynaldo Sanchez, the associate dean for strategic initiatives at the Frost School of Music, commented that the biggest difference between the two generations is the sense of entitlement. Though he believes there are a lot of similarities between the two generations, such as our shared sense of optimism for the future and our cynicism and distrust of the establishment, his concern is that we have been sheltered from certain types of failure. As online petitions, elimination of certain buzzwords and “safe spaces” on college campuses become more popular, it’s not hard to see his point. It’s no secret that our generation

is a little obsessed with political correctness. Whether its racism, sexism, ageism, sizeism– you name it, we’re offended by it. While we seem to align with our hippie predecessors when it comes to equal rights and acceptance, we’re not exactly the champions for change. Instead of effective marches, protests and education of the public, the millennial is much more prone to penning an “open letter” about whatever upsets them and posting it on their blog. Same sentiments, different reactions. This comparison extends to other aspects as well. Millennials and hippies are both known for their distrust of established institutions, such as our government and banks. However, though we are eager for progressive change, we take little effort to evoke it. In lieu of an anti-establishment movement similar to the hippies protesting the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, we’ve chosen to become detached. We accept that the system is broken, but complaining about the government’s faults isn’t going to get us very far. Then there’s the whole technology thing that hippies certainly did not have. Our digital platforms, to which we’ve grown so attached, offer us the opportunity to fully command our future, yet at the same time have inspired habits of laziness and expectations of instant gratification. With the ability to order food, land a job and communicate with anyone, anywhere right in our fingertips, we have been conditioned to get what we want when we want it. We just don’t have the patience to doggedly work for social, political and economic change. These things take hard work and a lot of time. There’s no immediate payoff. And there underlies the key difference between them and us. For all our liberalism and open mindedness, we have no sense of commitment. Until we as a generation understand the significance of following through, we are little more than overly optimistic imitators of a fashion. But there’s still hope for us yet. The hippies didn’t magically become a group of outspoken, openminded young people overnight. The movement slowly grew until it became a real force to be reckoned with, which is what the millennials can achieve once we put down our smartphones and start to really give a damn.

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rofessor Donn James Tilson has been teaching public relations for almost 26 years, but his story starts long before that. Before he began a career in teaching, he worked for AT&T BellSouth and was in charge of corporate contributions.


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Before Tilson was working in that position, the company was giving roughly a couple hundred dollars for philanthropic causes. Both he and AT&T BellSouth felt that wasn’t enough, so Tilson created a model for giving donations that ended up being put to use by the entire southeastern United States. By the time he left AT&T BellSouth, the company was donating around $3 million a year. The public relations professor also came up with a scholarship program for universities and colleges. Tilson decided that scholarships should be awarded to students both at the university level and the community college level. He noted that before this, there had never been a scholarship program at the University of Miami. “I remember it was so wonderful to walk into President Foote’s office as an alum and one day present him with a check for a couple hundred thousand dollars,” Tilson said. With the help of Valley Concerto, a dance troupe in Miami, Tilson was able to unite the black and Latino communities, all while benefiting local food banks. Everyone who attended the concert was encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item. Tilson said that the concert was strategically held in a black community, as he knew that most people who attended Valley

Concerto events were Latino. It turned out to be a success. According to Tilson, 2,000 to 3,000 people showed up/. There were truckloads of food items as well as a large check to give to the food bank. “This was a way of showing that at the end of the day, we’re all human and we all have the same needs, concerns, dreams and worries,” Tilson said. Because of this, AT&T BellSouth was given an award from the National Council of Arts for using the arts as a way to bring people together. Tilson was invited to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to accept the award. Tilson was also involved in Pope John Paul II’s visit to Miami. The Center for Fine Arts in Downtown Miami had an exhibit of precious religious manuscripts from the Vatican libraries, and they needed AT&T BellSouth’s sponsorship. According to Tilson, the purpose of the exhibit was not only about the manuscripts and the pope, but also to hold the first ever meeting between the pope and the Jewish leadership of the United States. Tilson said the central point of the visit was to improve relations between Catholics and Jews and to change the way the two groups viewed each other. “I believe that one of the most important things that PR can do is to play a role as peacemaker in a community,” Tilson said. The company also helped out with all of the communications facilities for the papal visit. This meeting resulted in many improvements in the Christian-Jewish rapport: the Vatican recognized Israel, Israel recognized the Vatican, they exchanged diplomats and opened up embassies. “It was absolutely historic,” Tilson said of the event. To top it all off, the Vatican knighted Tilson and his wife in 1999. They are Sir Donn James Tilson and Lady Maria Tilson, members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, one of the oldest orders of chivalry in the world.


s college students attending the University of Miami, we think that our lives are pretty cool. They are, but what about our professors? Sure, we think that their world revolves around lectures and ruining our lives with tests and papers, but believe it or not, they have lives outside of the U, and some of theirs are cooler than ours.



teven Safren squinted his eyes in concentration as he began to speak. His expression was all business as he prepared to answer my question– but it was Safren’s son, Seth, who spoke first.

“We’re gonna play a gaaame!” Seth bellowed excitedly as he ran around their airy home, body fueled by macaroni and cheese washed down with juice. Safren laughed endearingly, his eyes conveying apology. “Well, at least you have the natural sounds of the house now,” he said. It was not an understatement. Safren and his husband, Bill, adopted their two sons, Jared, 10 and Seth, 9, from Guatemala nearly a decade ago. Their lives have never been the same since. “Right before having kids, life was really easy– we were living in a condo, just doing our jobs and just kind of living the life,” Safren said. “But there’s something very satisfying about having kids– it’s been a lot of work, sure, but it’s a really great experience. We love our kids more than anything.” Safren was leading a clinical study in psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital before relocating to Miami to accept a position at UM. Convincing his kids to move was simple: he promised them a pool. It’s clear he fulfilled said promise, as he pointed outside to the glassy pool that has since been home to countless games of Marco Polo. Bill, on the other hand, is still employed as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General, obliging Steven to run his life by one-week intervals: one with his husband in Miami, the other tending to the two kids alone. This particular week fell under the former, and it was evident in the relaxed curve

of his shoulders. “It gets old really quick,” Safren said. Outside his home, Safren’s work takes him deep into the realm of psychological research– and as far as India and South Africa. His studies focus on the behavioral aspects of HIV prevention and treatment in an attempt to reconcile Western medicine with Eastern limitations and stigmas. “In India, gay men are called ‘men who have sex with men’ because they don’t have the categories we do. They’re a very hidden and stigmatized population, so traditional HIV prevention strategies can’t be used,” Safren said. Safren’s work focuses on treating a range of mental health issues, with an emphasis on generating self-acceptance for those with HIV. Also, he and his team are constantly working on ways to prevent the spread of HIV by making people less at risk for it and by curbing the transmission rates. It takes a lot of mental resilience to retreat back into the role of being a regular parent after witnessing that. Safren admitted that it affects him a lot, at first sometimes to the point that he felt he couldn’t cope with it. Now, he’s learned to draw motivation from the positive outcomes of his endeavors, especially from his exit interviews. “In many cases, [the patients] really go from a pathway that is making their problems worse to a pathway that it starting to make a little bit of difference,” Safren said. “We get all kinds of problems from substance abuse to severe depression to sexual abuse. Seeing people come around by the end of their treatment is very rewarding.” For a similarly rewarding experience, psychology majors can apply to join his research efforts for course credit.


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Austin Assentato, Freshman

Caitlin Shanahan, junior

Austin Baicher, junior


“Cars from the ‘80s”

“Nintendo 64”

German Acosta, Freshman

Marisa Petrillo, Freshman

“Belief in the fantastic”


Elaina Palacki, Freshman

Nicholas Sconzo, junior

“The ‘80s”

“No social media”


Jolie Spiegelman, senior

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It was 25 hours of passion, commitment, and hard work. The drama may have seemed made for TV, but the campaigns were made to change the world. On behalf of the PhilADthropy Committee and Ad Group, we’d like to thank all of our participating non-profits, sponsors, team leaders, and student volunteers for making PhilADthropy 2016 a great success. We couldn’t have created our beautiful campaigns without you.




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