Grow... One connection at a time BY NELSON PENALVER Chairman, Doral Business Council
’d like to share with you how the Doral Business Council (DBC) has helped me grow my business over the last five years and generate more than $1 million in gross revenue. I’ll give you one hint: Be engaged. As a DBC member, ask yourself these questions: Am I fully engaged in our organization? Am I taking full advantage of what the DBC has to offer? Am I getting a fair return on my investment? Consider these facts as you ponder and answer those questions: The DBC provides the right venue to grow your business and meet and connect with people facing the same business challenges that you do. These opportunities are enhanced in an environment that goes well beyond a simple networking event. Actual business is transacted by those DBC members who take time to participate and build lasting business relationships. The DBC provides an educational forum to help business owners and executives boost their knowledge and, more importantly, increase their bottom lines. Additionally, the international business alliances help members expand their reach beyond our shores. This means new markets, new products and new opportunities to grow. The Council offers various support and assistance to make your life easier and your business more profitable. But, if you don’t get engaged, you’ll miss out on these many benefits. As I mentioned in the last edition of the Chairman’s Corner, there are many ways you can get engaged. Have you thought about joining one of our 12 active
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Kendall Regional Medical Center marks Burn Center anniversary
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Recently Kendall Regional Medical Center celebrated the one year anniversary of its Burn Center, recognizing the efforts of its specialty physicians and staff. The anniversary event was also attended by former patients and their families who thanked the staff for their compassionate care during their treatment. As one of only five burn programs in Florida, KRMC fills a major void in our community by providing the latest in cutting-edge technology and scientific advances in the complex treatment of both adult and pediatric burns.
“We are proud to celebrate our first year anniversary of saving lives and helping patients recover,” said Peter Jude, KRMC Director of Public Relations. Since opening in July 2012, the center logged more than 293 burn admissions and more than 3,982 patient visits, treating patients as old as 95 and as young as one month. Patients have traveled from countries such as Trinidad, Cayman Islands and Haiti to receive specialized burn care. For more information about program, log onto <kendallmed.com> or tel. 305-480-6690.
HEALTH CARE CORNER The importance of hand washing BY DR. CARLOS PEREZ
Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of disease and avoid getting sick because so many illnesses are spread by those who fail to keep their hands clean. Some diseases spread through fecal-oral transmission (such as hepatitis A and salmonella) while flu and common cold germs are transferred through indirect contact with respiratory droplets or secretions. Staphlococcal infections with Epstein-Barr virus are spread when hands are contaminated with urine, saliva, or other moist body substances. Good and frequent hand washing remains the most effective way to avoid the spread of communicable diseases. It is important to use good technique when washing your hands, by wetting them with clean, running water before applying soap. Next, rub your hands together and scrub them well to form a soapy lather. Scrub the backs of your hands, between all fingers, and under the nails. Rub your hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing well under running water. Dry them either with a clean towel or by an air drier. Soap and water are best for cleansing but if unavailable, use a 60% or more alcohol-based sanitizer. Always wash: • Before and after preparing food or eating, especially if raw meat or poultry are involved. • Prior to inserting or removing contact lenses, treating wounds, or caring for sick or injured person. • After using a toilet, changing
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Christ Fellowship begins services at Springs School BY AIMEE ARTILES
For years, churches like Miami-Dade based Christ Fellowship have made a point to serve the students, parents and staff and local public schools. Hundreds of backpacks are distributed to low-income students, church volunteers landscape, paint and repair school facilities, and teachers and administrators are honored with gifts of food and school supplies throughout the year. Such relationships with local schools have now taken on a whole new meaning. When Christ Fellowship members decided to pursue a new church campus in Miami Springs, they looked to Miami Springs Middle School as a possible weekend venue for church services. The new relationships appear to be a win-win situation. The school district earns lease revenue, church services don’t interfere with school since they happen on the weekend, the local school is improved by church volunteers who landscape, clean, repair and paint the facility; and
neighbors have a nice, clean and accessible location to enjoy church services. CF Miami Springs campus pastor Omar Giritli estimates that it will take about 100 Christ Fellowship volunteers three hours every Sunday morning to set up for church, and another two to three hours to clean up before leaving. “It may sound like a lot of work, but in our minds the benefits clearly outweigh the challenge,” said Pastor Giritli. “Hosting church in a local school may be a little different than the norm, but we think it presents a unique opportunity for Christ Fellowship. “We consider it an honor to serve the students, teachers and families of Miami Springs Middle School and take joy in the chance to improve the facility and help a family in need.” Grand Opening services are scheduled at 9 and 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 at Miami Springs Middle School, 159 S. Royal Poinciana Blvd. For information, tel. 305-2381818 or visit <www.cfmiami.org>.
GROW from front page ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– committees? This forum gives you the opportunity to interact with other members at all levels, including Basic, Corporate and Trustee, in a small group setting, targeting new business opportunities. If you haven’t been to our Signature Breakfast, I urge you to come one morning and let our ambassadors help you meet and connect with other members who can be instrumental in the future of your company. How about our educational training sessions, which provide the tools and advice you need to navigate the current state of the economy? Have you ever participated in the DBC after-hours event? This event is a great place to mingle with members and potential members to increase you’re networking contacts and
business possibilities. My friends, all of this is possible only if you commit to BE ENGAGED. Please give yourself the chance to grow, learn, foster new business opportunities and reach your goals and dreams for the future. There is so much to gain and learn. To ENGAGE or not to ENGAGE – that is the question. I hope you make the right decision. Please feel free to contact me so I can tell you more about how the DBC helped my business. I will share more tips on how engagement, along with your personal commitment, will help you “grow…one connection at a time.” Nelson Peñalver, Doral Business Council, Board Chairman 2013, can be reached at: <email@example.com>.
HEALTH CARE CORNER from front page –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––—–––––– diapers, touching animals, animal toys or waste, blowing you nose, sneezing or coughing. • After handling garbage, chemicals or any contaminated substances. Parents should encourage children to wash their hands as well as supervising and teaching the proper way to do this simple but necessary task as a regular part of daily living. Because children may not know how
to properly wash their hands, become a good example by having them observe thorough hand washing techniques that you practice – to keep your family healthy and disease-free. Dr. Carlos Perez is a family medicine physician at the Kendall Family Medicine Clinic, 10725 NW 58 St. Doral. The center is open daily (Monday through Sunday) from 8 a.m. to 11p.m. Tel. 305-629-9644 for information.
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DBC August Signature Breakfast Featured NFL Great Nat Moore
DBC Chairman, Nelson Peñalver, DBC Board Member, Sonya Cañas, Nat Moore with City of Gloria Burns and DBC Doral Mayor, Luigi Boria Nat Moore and DBC Chair-Elect, Raul Pino Chairman, Nelson Peñalver
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DBC Chairman, Nelson Peñalver; guest speaker Miami Dolphin Great, Nat Moore; and DBC Board Member, Sonya Cañas
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Nat Moore and DBC Executive Director, Ron Mann
John Burns, Courtney Dlugos and Marshall City of Doral Mayor, Luigi Boria, and City of Doral DBC Board Member, Maria Luisa Gonzalez-Silva; DBC Executive Director, Ron Mann, and Mel Steingold City of Doral Mayor, Luigi Boria; and DBC Board Maguire Councilwoman, Ana Maria Rodriguez Member, Sonya Cañas
Sylvia Loesche; DBC Past Board Chair, Nubi Medina-Gomez; Barbara Romani; School Board District Member, Susie Castillo; Gloria Burns; DBC Board Member, Marti Bueso; Adriana Parra- City of Doral Councilwoman, Ana Maria Rodriguez; DBC ChairSimon; and Marcus Bach-Armas Elect, Raul Pino
Nat Moore, Dr. Angelique Grant Hutchinson, Maria Martinez and City of Doral Mayor, Luigi Boria
Forces join to empower KIDZ at OrthoNOW Sports For Healthy Kids joined efforts with Doral-based OrthoNOW to raise awareness about the importance of sports and nutrition in enhancing kids’ confidence, building discipline, and helping decrease the incidence of obesity and other preventable diseases. The special event took place Aug. 10 involving businesses and community-based organizations during the annual KIDZ Wellness Fair sponsored by OrthoNOW in Doral. “We want to empower the kids and youth of our community to consider sports, physical activity and proper nutrition lifelong habits,” said Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, President and Founder of Sports For Healthy Kids. “We pair kids with a professional individual sport coach according to their learning and motivational style and provide nutritional counseling for them and the parents,” she noted. “It is all highly individualized.” “The alliance leverages resources from two organizations dedicated to getting kids moving,” said Dr. Alejandro Badia, Chief Medical Officer of OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care center collaborating with Sports For Healthy Kids as a natural way of enhancing OrthoNOW’s ongoing efforts to
Dr. Alejandro Badia (left) and Edison Sabala at OrthoNOW headquarters, at 3650 NW 32nd Ave., with Alessandro and Alessia, Dr. Badia’s children.
Traumatology of the Hand, added that “regardless of injury or current level of activity, we are fostering partnerships with the business and the non-profit community to optimize the health of our kids and empower them to grow healthy and confident.” The KIDZ Wellness Fair brought together vendors and organizations in varied fields including tennis academies, healthcare providers, and high-tech imaging equipment companies. Edison Sabala, MPH, MBA, and Chief Executive Officer of Sports For Healthy Kids, commented he was glad to see businesses interested in the well being of kids in the community. He emphasized that although most of his organization’s services were free for participating kids and youth ages 4-18, he did not view his work as charity. “Our mission is a calculated investment in the future of our community- we envision that using sports as a platform for empowering kids to grow up healthy and confident will reduce the cost of preventable diseases and enable kids to become productive, selfreliant members of their community.”
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Miami Christian School hosts ‘Back to School Bash’ California where she toured Arts Universities and Colleges to determine where she’d like to go to college after graduating from MCS. While there, Naomi attended a Logo Robotics Camp at Stanford University, in conjunction with a People 2
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Miami Christian School ushered in the 2013-14 school year two days before the start of classes with its annual “Back to School Bash,” a time for students to reconnect and also meet numerous new classmates who have joined the MCS family this year. Students participated in games and activities, chose lockers, finalized schedules and enjoyed lunch together. Parents later had their own welcome with a “Back to School Night” program providing an opportunity to meet teachers, check out classrooms and spend time in fellowship with other parents. Summer was busy for many MCS students who used their time off for advancement and enrichment. Among those taking the best advantage: Nicole Marin, a senior who spent a month in Mexico followed by a stay in New York to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she took a course in the Anatomy of Fashion and a course in Creating the Fashion Figure. Not to be outdone, sophomore Chris Abello travelled abroad in Italy with the Miami Children’s Chorus, performing in many of the major cities, including Florence, Rome, Sienna and Milan. The group’s schedule included study of Italy’s culture, visits to churches and historical sites while enjoying the tastes and flavors of the country. Junior
for relaxation and the International Youth Convention at First Church of the Open Bible, San Fernando, joining hundreds of youth from Trinidad and around the world to participate in career day and beach day activities and attend nightly church services. Junior Sonali Khiyani enrolled in two courses at Florida International University, attended an author’s writing seminar at Miami Dade College and took preparation courses for the SAT, three hours each day.
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Fall sports are now swinging into high gear and there’s lots of excitement building for a huge “Community Garage Sale and Festival” on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on school grounds
Alina Andrews at 200 NW 109th Ave. For $25 vendor reservations to sell items, tel. Woody Gentry at 305-221-754 ext. 741.
People program, and enrolled in a photography course at Eastern Washington University. Varsity baseball team members J.C Llaser, Miguel Perez, Johan Porras, Cristobal Arenas, David Lopez, Aldo Ripley, and Chris Otero travelled to the Auburn University Team Camp for instruction by the University baseball staff, focusing on individual and team concepts. Each player had an opportunity to go through a pro-style weight room workout, receive recruiting insights, and a chance to play at one of baseball’s best playing venues. Two juniors reporting great experiences: Alina Andrews travelled to Trinidad
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Mark Rosenblum named CFO at Grand Opera Florida Grand Opera welcomed the return of former colleague Mark B. Rosenblum as its newly-appointed Chief Financial Officer. Rosenblum previously served as the Doral-based organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Reporting directly to General Director/CEO Susan T. Danis, Rosenblum is tasked with the overall financial management of FGO resources which includes an $11 million budget. “Mark has an excellent track record of sound business practices and financial growth, not just in the time he served with FGO but in other nonprofit organizations as well,” said Danis. “It’s a pleasure to welcome him back to the team as we all come together to usher in a new era for Florida Grand Opera.” For the past 23 years, Rosenblum has built a career managing some of the most prestigious nonprofit arts organizations in South Florida, including service as Senior Director of Operations for the Arsht
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Doral Business Council to host Economic Forecast Luncheon “What’s the Latest Outlook on the Economy” is the title of Doral Business Council’s first-ever Regional Economic Forecast Luncheon, presented by the Financial Services Committee. DBC members should mark Friday, Sept. 27 on their calendar for this expert panel discussion, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Intercontinental Doral Hotel, 2503 N. W. 87 Ave. Vice President Tom Cunningham, Senior Economist and Regional Executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta will be the featured presenter.
Joining him for an expert panel discussion on the main industries impacting the South Florida economy are Mike Pappas, President/CEO, The Keyes Company, representing the Real Estate sector; Abe Ng, President/CEO, Sushi Maki, Canton Restaurants, Pao Town, representing the Hospitality sector; along with other panelists representing International Business and Small Business sectors. For more information, contact DBC Financial Services Committee Chair Mara Falero at email@example.com>.
Annual Hispanic Heritage to Honor Leaders on Sept. 27 Miami-area residents are invited to celebrate as Hispanic culture comes alive at Miami International Mall with the Ninth Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, created in partnership with the City of Doral, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28. Guests will experience the diverse cultures and flavors of various Latin American countries through colorful, energetic fashion shows and interactive entertainment as local leaders are recognized through the Hispanic Star Awards in six categories. The celebration is presented by Ocean Mazda and sponsored by Clinique, Doral Family Journal, Logistical Outsourcing, Miami Dade Community College, Miami Herald, Pandora, and Palmetto General Hospital. Telemundo 51 also provides the opportunity to showcase authentic folkloric music and dance performances, a parade of native dresses from South America, Central America and the Caribbean, as presented by the City of Doral.
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Lilliam Machado leader in Fight Against Cancer The American Cancer Society has bestowed the prestigious St. George National Award on Lilliam Machado, a longtime volunteer and board member in Miami, FL. Machado is one of 27 inspirational individuals across the country who received recognition for outstanding service to the community in support of the mission to finish the fight against cancer. Recipients were chosen based on ongoing
leadership, time commitment, and dedication to areas such as fundraising, mission delivery, patient support, legislative advocacy, and event engagement. “Lilliam has passionately supported the American Cancer Society’s mission for over 25 years,” said Tracey Paige, Field Vice President for the South Region. “She has impacted every signature program helping to improve the quality of life from the very young to the elderly.”
If you want to lead, first lead yourself BY PAT MORGAN
Until you can lead yourself, you have no business trying to lead someone else. First of all, you will not be successful because others will sense your lack of assurance and self leadership. When you lead yourself, you become attractive to other people who sense something different about you and want to emulate your habits and lifestyle. Over the years I have worked with thousands of bright professionals who have surrendered leadership of their lives to other people like their spouses, bosses or wellmeaning friends and advisors, when in fact, the only person who knows what is best for you is you. Diana is a nurse I have been working with for the past several months. She first contacted me to help her with a challenging situation she was dealing with at work. She was feeling micro-managed by her supervisor who was constantly checking on her assignments. And she was dealing with a difficult co-worker who was undermining her efforts on an important project. She had given up control to others and was tolerating many things unnecessarily. Her view from the inside was one of fear and disempowerment rather than confidence and certainty that she needed to be her best at her job. We began with a few small changes to put Diana back in the driver’s seat in her own life. We started with her Tolerations. Tolerations are things that drain your time, space and energy. They are things that we accept, take on, or tolerate that drain our patience, productivity, effectiveness and
contentment. In the process, they make us feel less attractive to ourselves. Examples of Tolerations are: frustrations, distractions, unfinished business, crossed boundaries, unmet needs, our own behavior or that of others. What are you tolerating? • Make a list of everything that you are tolerating. Take a few minutes to write it all down. As you think of more items, add them to your list. • Becoming aware of and clearly identifying your tolerations will help you take action to resolve them. Focus on work/business, home environment, relationships, health and finances. • Review your list and identify which of your tolerations are related. Is there a pivotal toleration that, if handled, will help you clear several others? Decide on steps you can take today to get started eliminating tolerations and putting a plan in place to free you of these distractions and create more time, space and energy for happiness, peace and productivity. Why not get started today? Contact me to schedule your complimentary session and get started leading yourself first. Pat Morgan, MBA and professional coach, works with busy professionals to help them become more profitable and productive by capitalizing on their strengths and taking focused action to create powerful change. Call her at 305-458-2849, email <firstname.lastname@example.org> or visit her website at <www.SmoothSailingSuccess.com>.
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2013 Toyota Prius leads the ‘green’ vehicle parade Grant Miller CAR CORNER The Toyota Prius has become synonymous with “hybrid” and since it gets the best fuel economy of all hybrids, it’s no wonder why. The 2013 Prius Four gets 51 mpg around town and 48 mpg on the highway, yet still has all the amenities you could ask for — heated front seats, auxiliary jack, JBL audio system with GreenEdge speakers, keyless ignition and entry, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, touchscreen electronics interface and of course, a CD player. The Prius Four can also be equipped with a Solar Roof. The Prius is built using processes that reduce emissions in every stage of the vehicle lifecycle, from production and driving to eventual disposal and dismantling years down the road. Toyota introduced the Prius to the U.S. market in 1997 as the world’s first massproduced hybrid. The company’s Hybrid Synergy Drive System was unveiled in
2004 on the second-generation Prius, and the current Prius extends the car’s record of continuous improvement in fuel economy. The first-generation Prius achieved 41 combined mpg and the second-generation model had a 46 mpg rating. Toyota increased fuel efficiency for the third-generation Prius to a combined 50 mpg and mileage it was especially improved in coldstart conditions and at higher speeds. A 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine produces 98 hp at 5,200 rpm. Together with its electric motor, the hybrid system generates a combined 134 hp. Due to the unique way that Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive combines the power of the gasoline engine and electric motor, the driver gets a feeling of torque in the Prius that makes it feel even more powerful than the output numbers suggest. The 2013 Prius continues in the thirdgeneration of the vehicle. It was all-new for the 2010 model year. There are few changes this year, but it was refreshed last year with updated headlights and taillights, plus a new front fascia and bumper. The Prius Two got new 15-inch wheel covers and standard LED Daytime Running Lights. The Prius Three added a standard three-door Smart Key entry system, and the
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Prius Four now has standard auto on/off headlights and more comfortable SofTextrimmed seats, with an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat. The top-of-line Prius Five model’s Advanced Technology Package includes the Premium HDD Navigation System, plus the Head-up Display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System and Lane Keep Assist. The Pre-Collision System retracts the front seatbelts and
applies the brakes in certain conditions when it determines that a crash is unavoidable. Lane Keep Assist can help the driver stay within the lane. The MSRP on the 2013 Toyota Prius ranges from $$26,650 to $30,295. Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to <Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com>.
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Iss thee demisee off thee NCAA A att hand?
As college football’s appeal continues to increase, the NCAA’s popularity is trending downwards — and quickly. We just passed the twoyear anniversary of the Yahoo! Sports tell-all of Nevin Shapiro, the disgraced, former University of Miami booster. His allegations included impermissible benefits both routine and debaucherous — from cash and gifts, to prostitutes and an abortion. Now, two years later, the University of Miami is still waiting; waiting on a punishment, something to end the years of confusion and angst. But tread carefully NCAA, you’re already in dangerous waters. If the oft-maligned leaders of college football are punitive on the Hurricanes — who have already self-imposed a ban on two bowl games — school president Donna Shalala is ready to play ball. When the school received its Notice of Allegations in February, Shalala put out an open letter that listed the repeated failures of the NCAA during its investigation and detailed UM’s plan to respond negatively to the Notice. “We deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered enough,” Shalala wrote.
Here we are on the precipice of another season and still no word from the NCAA. If only the UM was their only issue. In College Station reports have surfaced that Texas A&M University’s Heisman Trophywinning quarterback Johnny Manziel took improper benefits for signing autographs. Problem is the NCAA can’t find concrete evidence. And Manziel is worth a whole lot, to A&M, the NCAA and his parents’ bank account. And just like Shalala, Manziel is ready to play ball — literally and figuratively. He’s puffing out his chest and spreading his shoulders to the NCAA. Come on, let’s go. Challenge me. Suspend the player who has proved so valuable. Let’s see what happens. For anyone who wants to see the NCAA shamed, this is a good situation. In one situation, Manziel gets off because the NCAA can’t find any proof of payment. In the other, he gets suspended. And, rest assured, Manziel and his family will fight it with the lawyers they bring in. In the first situation, the media will mock the NCAA’s apparent lack of control of players. In the second, well, it could turn messy, and that would be great! The NCAA has operated dangerously. It overstepped its bounds in the Penn State University case by levying penalties in an unprecedented manner. Its punitive rules
recently forced a women’s golfer at a lowertier university to repay $20 for washing her car with a hose that was only available for athletes. It also has a corrupted system involving poor athletes who don’t have the means to pay for their own meals and can’t afford to pay for their parents and family to attend games. Now, schools continue to obey the NCAA and players continue to play because, well, what other choice do they have? If you want to play professional football, you have to play in the NCAA first. There isn’t an option; it’s the way it is. For a school to play other high-caliber teams, they must be a part of the NCAA. There is no choice. That is, unless, a group of schools were to get together and leave the NCAA. And the SEC, the biggest division in all of college football, has the best opportunity to do so. The conference has athletic directors and players that are infuriated by the NCAA. And they have the money. If they were to leave, it would be the beginning of the end for the NCAA. But it shouldn’t have to be that way. The NCAA should be able to operate in a fair and equitable manner. If you remember your days in a high school civics class, you will recall the phrase “checks and balances” — a governmental method of separating powers in order to ensure that no branch reigns supreme. Since
CORNER the NCAA is an autonomous body, it has no checks or balances. It operates on its own accord, in whatever manner suits it best. In the UM investigation, the NCAA is operating in the name of validating its investigation — and its existence. Officials need to prove that this matter was worth more than two years of their time. But they are not operating in the name of fairness. A group of schools leaving the NCAA is a last-ditch effort. The NCAA still has time to right its wrongs, and it can. But it’s not trending that way. Preston Michelson is a freshman at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and is a graduate of Palmer Trinity School. He is a frequent contributor to this newspaper and the opinions he expresses are his own and not necessarily those of the editors and publishers. Contact him on Twitter at @PrestonMich or by email at <email@example.com>.
On-campus football stadium a must for UM BY GRANT MILLER Publisher
For quite a few years now, advocates of an oncampus football stadium for the University of Miami Hurricanes have been clamoring for a change in the school’s nostadium policy and touting the advantages of a dedicated home for the team. Time could be running out for the UM’s football program if the administration doesn’t see the importance of an on-campus stadium and make it a priority. Fan attendance at home games — held not onsite but at distant stadiums, like the Orange Bowl in the past or at Sun Life stadium now — is down and so is team spirit and school spirit. A true “Home of the ’Canes” located right on campus would do a lot to correct all of those problems and might even get the team back on a winning streak with some national championships. Expecting students and fans to travel long distances to stadiums with no connection to their team just isn’t working. There is no home team advantage if there is no home. And if the UM administrators really want their school to be taken seriously, then they need to take their own sports program seriously — especially football, which is the power sport at most schools
nationwide and drives not only funding for sports but for educational programs as well. Alumni that aren’t excited about their school aren’t inclined to contribute to it. Look at the facts. The University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University all have on-campus stadiums. Why not a major program like the UM. The same is true for all major colleges around the country. Those universities all understand the importance of oncampus stadiums for building spirit and raising funds. College football is not just a game; it’s also big business. Studies have shown that there is room onsite for an appropriate-sized stadium, and that traffic and parking issues would be minimal and manageable. A stadium wouldn’t have to be big enough to compete with Sun Life. In fact, having a limited number of seats might encourage fans to buy their tickets early before they sell out. Financing the stadium is a challenge of course, but if the UM will wisely invest in its own future and also seek corporate sponsorships, there’s no reason why farsighted administrators can’t make it happen. Private funding is a must. No taxpayer money should be involved if the UM wants to avoid the stigma of the Marlins’ stadium fiasco. It can be done. It should be done. The only question is, are the UM administrators up to the game?
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UM Sports Hall of Fame annual Keys Dolphin tourney a huge success BY LEE STEPHENS
A total of 92 boats were entered in the third edition of the recent University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame’s annual Celebrity Dolphin Tournament at the Post Card Inn in Islamorada. This year’s tournament was the largest fishing tournament the UM Sports Hall of Fame has ever hosted in the Florida Keys. Hosted by former Hurricane and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, more than 75 former Hurricane players attended the tour-
nament and enjoyed the festivities. Also on hand was the popular band Live Bait, guitarist and singer Kevin Hurley, a group of fire dancers and a Junkanoo band. Mike Vera, aboard the boat A-SaltWeapon, caught the winning dolphin, weighing in at 43.6 pounds. The popular Bucket of Bucks pool was claimed by the boat Gotta Love It with a combined three-dolphin tally of 84.2 pounds. Tracy Kerdyk won the Top Female Angler prize with a dolphin catch that weighed 29.3 pounds and the Top Junior Angler was Tommy Smith with a 19.4
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