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Find out about local performances of the Broadway hit Forever Tango from Carla Kerstens.

ON THE COVER: Katey Ceccarelli and Jordan Bernstein kiss on capus by Lake Osceola. Like other couples this Valentine’s Day, Ceccarelli and Bernstein have plans this Saturday despite the economy.

Online music provider Ruckus shuts down, takes school by surprise Ruckus, an online music service geared towards students including those at the University of Miami, closed its virtual doors on Feb. 6. The site, which allowed students to stream an unlimited amount of music, was designed to appeal to college students, offering a legal alternative to the piracy that can be found on many campuses. Ruckus, a service that first relied on subscriptions, eventually moved to an ad-supported model with partnerships with dozens of major universities. Eventually it opened to all students with an accepted .edu e-mail address. “We were not notified that they were going to shut down,” assistant vice president for Student Affairs Gilbert Arias said Wednesday. “I received a telephone call from [Student Government President] Brandon Gross. It seems other universities were taken by surprise, too.” The university is now in contact with Ruckus to try and retrieve

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playlist information for students so they won’t have to re-download all their current music. “We are trying to find a new service if there is one,” Gross said. “I welcome student input.” Ruckus did not act in accordance with their contract with the university when they closed down, according to Arias, because Ruckus had an obligation to notify UM before any interruption of service. However, after consultation with the university’s general counsel, the school is not pursuing any legal action. According to Arias, the school is in the process of researching other music services geared towards college use. The beginning of next year is a natural target point, but if something comes up before next August, Arias says the university would “love to have it.” The university plans to inform the student body once a decision has been made. – Erika Capek


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Love may be in the air, but with a bank account at rock bottom, many college sweethearts are planning to spend less this holiday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to find ways to spend less because of the economy,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Danielle Annon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m spending about 90 percent less than usual. My boyfriend and I talked about it; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our plan to go picnicking.â&#x20AC;? This Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, consumers plan to spend an average of $102.50 on gifts and merchandise,

down from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $122.98 per person, according to the National Retail Federationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions survey. Total Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day spending is expected to reach $14.7 billion, down from about $17 billion for each of the past two years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As you saw in our survey, 18 to 25-year-olds are expected to spend less this year compared to last year as this is the first time many college students have experienced a recession,â&#x20AC;? wrote Kathy Grannis, manager of the Media Relations unit of the National Retail Federation, in an e-mail to The Miami Hurricane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative and unique gifts will be popular this year with people really taking the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thought that countsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mantra into account. Some people will opt for quiet dinners at home

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instead of expensive dinners out or choose a gold bracelet instead of a diamond necklace.â&#x20AC;? Some University of Miami students, such as graduate student Simon Gomez, do not expect a change in the amount of spending this Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Alex White, a senior, said that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll spend the same amount he did last year. While a pricey gift could make sparks fly for some couples, others argue that money canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy love. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like gifts that require thought, not money,â&#x20AC;? senior Elaine Fenna said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more about creativity, coming up with things to make the person happy. Spending a lot of money creates pressure.â&#x20AC;? Chelsea Kate may be contacted at themiamihurricane.com.

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New York native found his calling at UM – porno ‘The Gentleman’ of porn recalls his Coral Gables years BY ED S. FISHMAN ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

Randy West, born Andrew Jay Abrams, came to the University of Miami in 1965 to study business. As an incoming freshman he was shy and had sex only once in his life. However, his time at the University of Miami gave him the skills to thrive in the porn industry. West’s timid nature was ended by UM’s diverse student body. This college experience also made him more sexually experienced: a Cuban lady picked him up hitchhiking and took him to Crandon Park. “She threw me behind the trees and we did the wild thing,” West said. Then came his first real girlfriend. “I started exploring my sexuality,” West said. “We started having sex and I realized I was good at it. I turned her inside out.” Eventually, he realized that school was not for him. He started playing music in Coconut Grove and around his home in New York. During this time, he also modeled nude for art classes. Some girls in his class sent his picture to High Society, a pornographic magazine, which responded by offering him a photo shoot. “I was playing a mechanic,” he said of the shoot. “I did not service her car but I serviced her.” During the shoot, he was able to have an erect penis for several hours, something not common in the porn industry before the advent of Viagra. This type of talent is necessary for adult films. “Everyone thinks they can do [porn movies] – get it up, get it in, get it off – but it’s harder to do it with hot lights on you, a director telling you what to do and in between breaks,” he said. West did these movies for the money, not the fame, as he still wanted to pursue his music career, but he soon became very successful in this business.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS Known in the industry as “The Gentleman,” Randy West is concerned about his female co-stars – something he learned from his girlfriend at UM. “In working with Randy…I can tell you that he treats the females of the industry, in all aspects, with the utmost respect,” said Michael Mark, West’s camera man and a former DJ at the Rat. This caring nature made him the de facto choice to work with new girls, and West developed this talent into a producing career. His series Up and Cummers debuted in 1993 and focused on new female actors. This series was responsible for discovering industry legend Jenna Jameson. Overall, West has appeared in 1300 adult films with 2,500 different female co-stars. Ed. S Fishman may be contacted efishman@ themiamihurricane.com.

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A MAN AND A MIC: Sophomore Drew Spears, a motion pictures major, performs at Sweat Records “Casa de HA-ha” monthly comedy show. A head writer for Off the Wire, a comedy show on UMTV, Spears has performed a few times at the show. It attracts a wide range of comics from Miami that perform on the second Tuesday of the month starting at 9 p.m.

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University-owned archaeological site receives $100,000 grant Little Salt Spring donated in ‘82 BY LONNIE NEMIROFF CONTRIBUTING NEWS WRITER

A sinkhole containing several rare and endangered plant and animal species dating back as far as 12,000 years old has recently received a much-needed donation. The William and Marie Selby Foundation donated $100,000 in support of Little Salt Spring, one of the least explored archeological sites in Florida. The University of Miami was notified about the donation in late September 2008, but the official announcement was made Jan. 12, 2009. The donation will be used as seed money toward the $1 million pool the university needs to start developing the Little Salt Spring Archaeological Project. David Conklin, a graduate student at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), said that future funding will have a huge impact on the site. “It will allow us to meet our goals of having a worthy research facility to further study the spring and preserve the archaeological

Giving your heart a workout EXERCISE: Nick Martinez, a brother in Fi Mu Alpha, hops on a treadmill in the Wellness Center in his holiday suit. The Fi Mu Alpha music fraternity puts their talents to work every year on Valentine’s Day, when they offer a “singing valentine service.” A member of the fraternity will sing to the person of your chosing for a fee, whether it be during their class or out on the Rock. Fi Mu Alpha will be in the breezeway for those interested in their unique service. TIFFANY MILAKOVICH Hurricane Staff

material,” he said. Little Salt Spring, which covers approximately 111 acres in southern Sarasota County, was donated to the university in 1982. The site is a sinkhole with a source of water that lacks oxygen, and, because of the absence of oxygen, the sinkhole can preserve organic material such as wood, textile fragments, hair, skin and brain tissue. The spring contains artifacts that date back to early prehistoric times and can aid researchers in learning more about the earliest inhabitants of Florida. The Selby donation will pay for one of four multipurpose buildings on-site with a classroom, a laboratory and a storage facility for artifacts and equipment. The facility will also cater to visitors. John Gifford, an associate professor at the RSMAS and the principle investigator for the project, said the Selby Foundation money is only the beginning in a long process. “This is a start,” he said. Gifford said the gift is a matching grant. That means that the foundation will match dollarfor-dollar for what UM raises from other sources. He added that UM President Donna E. Shalala has been knocking on doors of several foundations

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SINKHOLE SITE: Because Little Salt Spring has a source of water that lacks oxygen, organic materials like wood, textile fragments, hair skin and brain tissue has been preserved there. to raise the $1 million needed to complete the project. “She is an astute administrator and immediately realized the scientific and educational potential of the site for UM,” Gifford said. With more permanent buildings at the site, faculty and students will have easier access to the spring and the information it holds.

“Our goal is to pass this information on to the public,” Conklin said. Douglas Ray, who played a central part in getting the Selby Foundation grant, said the donation will make an enormous difference to the University of Miami and to the scale of archeological investigation at the site.

“I have been planning for the past 25 years [for the spring to become] a major research center for prehistoric underwater archaeology in the Western Hemisphere,” Gifford said. Lonnie Nemiroff may be contacted at lnemiroff@themiamihurricane. com.

Shalala addresses Faculty Senate University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala addressed the Faculty Senate in a meeting this afternoon. In light of worsening economic conditions, she outlined contingency plans that will take the university through the next two years and is geared towards lowering expenses and protecting the university’s in-hand cash. In past years, the university saw unprecedented growth through investments, but this growth has been overturned by the current economic climate. The administration has been trying during the past few months to find ways to cut expenses so as to avoid going to the credit market to borrow money and hurt the university’s cash position. Because of the sensitive nature of the meeting’s content, The Miami Hurricane was asked to defer publication until the Faculty Senate General Welfare Committee has discussed it. “We have already implemented a wide range of measures and are now taking an even more comprehensive look at how it will impact short- and long-term University operations,” said Shalala, in a letter to the university community earlier this week. “We do not know how long this downturn will last, but it would be prudent to define short-term as at least the next two years.” In the letter, Shalala also dispelled fears of across-the-board layoffs. She said that while she could not guarantee that projects won’t close as normally happens at a university, massive layoffs are not planned. – Lilliam Albizu-Campos February 12 - 15, 2009

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University of Miami students participate in multimedia coverage of Special Olympics ACTION: Junior Tia DawkinsHendricks cleans the lens of a camera at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Thirty-two University of Miami students are involved in a multimedia project to showcase the performance of athletes during the games, taking place throughout Idaho. Coverage includes more than 2,500 athletes from more than 100 countries in seven winter sports. From Feb. 5 to 15, teams of student volunteers are assigned to gather video clips of every athlete in each of the events, produce documentary stories, photos, video galleries and news broadcast feeds on a daily basis during the games. The work of their project can be seen at http://live. specialolympics.org.

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Acceptance the key for V-Day It’s the middle of February, so that means it’s time for the most contradictory of holidays: Valentine’s Day. For a holiday meant for love, there sure is a lot of hating going on out there. We all see the couples walking around with a little extra bounce in their step and the single people who can barely pick their head up off the ground. V-Day seems to be the “country club” of holidays. For celebrations like Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah, people come from miles away to gather in large groups, celebrate and generally have a good time together. For the 14th of February, two is the loneliest number if you’re not in a relationship. Of course, there’s a lot to hate about Cupid’s day. Your friends are annoying and shut you out. It’s impossible to buy a good box of chocolate or a dozen roses. You feel obligated to buy a box of those little cards you gave away in elementary school, in case someone gives an “I Choo-Choo-Choose You” to you. But why the vitriol from the single ladies and gentlemen? There are relationships and mushy couples throughout the whole year, but no one raises a stink (except for the most bitter and jaded of us). Ultimately, we think it comes down to acceptance. Whether it’s a “greeting card” holiday or not, it still feels pretty bad to be shut out by a large chunk of society. When you feel like there’s a party going on and you’re not invited, you’re bound to be angry and dismiss the others. But that’s not the answer. Accept what you are. The couples are perfectly happy going around coupling and doing what couples do; accept the awesomeness of singledom. Hit the Grove and try to pick up some singles action. Hang out with your other single friends and just be. We think that when you wake up on the 15th, whether it be with someone or without, you’ll feel a lot better.

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“If [UPrint] is not going to work properly then the loss of productivy...may not be worth the cost.” – Jason Gray, Senior

letters to the editor UPrint should really be named U(can’t) Print. Yesterday, I went to print something before class and was unable to do so because the UPrint system was down. Later that day, after class, I again tried to print. The computers in the business library were not working, so I tried the business computer lab. After an unsuccessful attempt there I headed to the Richter library thinking that

people had to be printing there because, well, that’s the main library. Nope...turns out it was a university wide outage of UPrint. So after wasting 45 minutes trying to get my reading assignment printed I trudged home with nothing in hand. Needless to say this is not the first time the system has been down either. I understand that the university is in a crisis mode and part of the UPrint system is

to reduce costs as well as be environmentally friendly, but at what cost to the student body? If the system is not going to work properly than the loss of productivity to students, and the inconvenience faced, may not be worth the cost savings.

The UN World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) has a name worthy of respect and optimism, as it alludes to the idea of a conference that seeks to generate peace between the different races. But do not let yourself be fooled, the conference seeks to limit our freedom of expression and to promote antagonistic messages towards the state of Israel. The first problem is that the conference will be run by the so-called Bureau of the Preparatory Committee, chaired by Najat Al-Hajjaji from Libya and the rapporteur will be Resfel Pino Álvarez from Cuba. Cuba and Libya are hardly countries worthy of praise for their humanitarian efforts, according to the U.S. Department of State’s annual human rights report for 2007, Libya has a very poor record in the area of human rights.

The committee also includes countries such as Iran, Pakistan, and Russia, all of which are known for violations of human rights. According to the first draft of the conference, some of the main concerns are “...that a most disturbing phenomenon is the intellectual and ideological validation of Islamophobia,” and, “[beliefs] that association of terrorism and violence with Islam or any other religion, including through publication of offensive caricatures and making of hate documentaries, would purposely complicate our common endeavors.” The indirect mentioning of the Muhammed cartoons that were published in a newspaper located in my home country, Denmark, and the documentary Submission, directed by Theo van Gogh (who was shot and almost decapitated as a result of the

movie) is an embarrassment and proves that the conference seeks to limit our freedom of expression. It is essential that all countries that value basic human rights such as freedom of expression boycott this conference and send a message to the participating countries. Tell them that we will not submit to the primitive restrictions of countries where journalists are thrown in jail or even executed because they do not agree with the ideas of religion. Religion should not be treated with velvet gloves, but should be questioned at every opportunity and it should, by all means, never compromise ideals that are essential for a democracy.

– Jason Gray Senior

What is the most or least romantic thing you have seen or done on Valentine’s Day?

DANA WARSHAUER Junior Least: “Last year my mom sent me sunscreen.”

JUSTIN HOUSE Senior

Find life’s joys in Valentine’s Day gloom Fast-forward to two days ago – I was chatting with a girl-pal of mine and she was telling me about some issues she was having with a guy. She was explaining to me that her anticipation of Valentine’s Day was forcing her mind to screw itself, and all she expected by the end of the 14th was a dismal feeling of disappointment. Her Valentine’s Day wishes are simple – she wants her guy to make her feel special. She threw up her hands and asked if she was expecting too much on a day that’s so ridiculously over the top with fake love propaganda. So I thought about what we really expect. I thought about what we really long for on that day. It’s certainly not those tiny candy hearts that say “B Mine” or “Ur Cute.” Nor is it an outwardly cute sentiment like roses that have no real emotion behind it. What we really want is to feel special. We’re all constantly reminded we’re so regular and normal throughout the year, that on one day we just want to be convinced by

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by dan buyanovsky

My first Valentine’s Day alone since I was 15 years old is two days away. Until this week, I’d never really thought that was a big deal, but with the Kay’s Jewelers commercials on heavy rotation and pink things all around me, I’m finally starting to feel helpless against the V-Day hype. Valentine’s Day and I have been at odds for a while now. I’ve gone back and forth on how I’ve felt about the day that’s marked personal disappointment, relief, turmoil and even the loss of a v-card (cliché!). But about a month ago, in a drugged-up stream-of-consciousness writing session, I wrote a single thought about Valentine’s Day that’s been sticking in my mind ever since. The idea behind it was something like “it’s just unrealistic to show your affection for someone every day like you do on a day when everything around you is cute and red and pink and heart-y.”

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someone that we’re so much more. Valentine’s Day is just two days away, and I’ll likely be spending it alone, ideally listening to some mellow hip-hop and playing Madden. In all honesty, I prefer it that way, because for once I can figure my own shit out without a girl telling me I’m adorable or funny or other flattering adjectives over a bowl of alfredo. V-Day doesn’t have to be a sad day. It doesn’t have to be one spent in the bottom of a vodka bottle because that cute guy from French class just doesn’t seem to notice you. If you have a Valentine, enjoy your time spent with them and remind each other how cute and unique you both are. And if your Valentine is a shot glass, try to remind yourself that you’re extraordinary and you will be, whether you have someone there to tell you or not. Dan Buyanovsky may be contacted at dbuyanovsky@themiamihurricane.com.

Most: “My brother proposed to his girlfriend at the end of his singing valentine.”

JASON ZABLUDOWSKI Senior Least: “Breaking up.”

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COISO’s LoveStoned International Dance Competition. Friday, 7pm, UC Patio

The Advantages of Being Single on Valentine’s Day While many students may be busy buying heartshaped boxes of chocolates, composing odes on Hallmark cards and planning their matching red wardrobes, there are those who cringe at the thought of Valentine’s Day. Usually this is the singleton, resentful that they cannot partake in a holiday that seems designed specifically for those who have a special someone to share it with. These people can stop shooting hateful glances at their love-stricken friends, however, because being single can actually be a good thing on Valentine’s Day. Here are some advantages to being single on Feb. 14: Most couples will be subjected to sappy romantic comedies this Saturday, like He’s Just Not That Into You or Bride Wars. Those without dates can take advantage of the fact that almost every other theater will be empty and watch a movie that has previously been packed or sold out. Couples around this time are scrambling to find the perfect gift for their sweethearts. Singles can feel grateful for having been spared the stress of looking for the right gift and paying for something that probably costs more than it is worth. Although most people would consider being bombarded with candy and sweets desirable, being spared the extra calories is an advantage over friends indulging in candy hearts and chocolate truffles. Unlike those that are busy with dates this Saturday, single guys or girls can watch any sporting events going on Saturday or play the sport of their choice with friends without having to worry about being sweaty for a big date. It won’t be necessary to buy a new outfit or dress up for those staying in on Saturday that prefer to hang out in casual sweats or pajamas. This Saturday, singles will not have to feel bad if they want to go clubbing instead of having a quiet date night. Many clubs in Miami are having special events that night, such as DJ Dance Sessions at Spiegelworld, Sexy in Miami at Club Deep, a Hawaiian Luau party at Nocturnal and Eye Candy at Club Dream. This could be a good way to meet other singles in the area. Pizza or other food delivery for those staying in might not take as long because couples usually reserve this night to go out to a romantic restaurant.

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Many think the key to a great date is the amount of money put into it, but a memorable Valentine’s Day is still possible on a student budget. Students can take advantage of various Valentine’s Day events in Miami without having to stretch out their wallets. Here are some Valentine’s ideas for $20 or less. Alexandra Leon may be contacted at aleon@themiamihurricane.com.

LISTEN “Moonlight & Music” Valentine’s Concert What: An outdoor concert under the stars, “Moonlight & Music” will be featuring jazz vocalist Nicole Henry and Country artist Erin Pettit. Guests are wecome to bring blankets and food for a romantic evening by Biscayne Bay. When: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Where: Deering Estate at Cutler Cost: $20 per ticket

Mark di Suervo at Fairchild What: Among its other exhibits, Fairchild Gardens is featuring sculptures from American artist Mark di Suervo including a never before exhibited piece titled Olompali When: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens Cost: $20 per ticket

Coconut Grove Arts Festival What: The 46th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival will feature over 330 artists, live entertainment, and food tastings. When: Feb. 14 - 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Coconut Grove’s McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive Cost: $7 per day

The Sunset What: Watch the sun for an intimate, lowcost date When: 6:14 p.m. Where: One of the few Miami beaches facing west, the beach of Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne is a good spot to watch the sun set across the Miami skyline. Cost: $1.25 to cross the bridge

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Ice Cream on the Beach What: Eat ice cream from Gelateria Parmalat and take a romantic stroll down Lincoln Road. Parmalat offers over 20 flavors of ice cream with a variety of options ranging from sorbet to light milk gelato that has 70 percent less fat than regular ice cream. When: 12 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Where: 670 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach Cost: from $3.69 for a small to $6.37 for a large.

Kayak Rentals What: Rent a kayak at Deering Estate and experience Biscayne Bay’s natural wildlife firsthand. Kayak rentals are available for those 21 or older. When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Deering Estate at Cutler Cost: $10 admission and $10 per hour on the kayak

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‘9 Parts of Desire’ offers perspectives on Iraq BY KEVIN COLEMAN CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

These days, news from Iraq usually arrives in the form of numbing fatality statistics as Americans wait for the withdrawal of combat forces in 2011. The play 9 Parts of Desire brings a human element to the war, though. Opening tomorrow in the Hecht Studio Theater, 9 Parts of Desire examines nine Iraqi women who provide a mosaic of life in and out of Iraq from the first Gulf War to the attacks on Sept. 11. 9 Parts of Desire, written by Heather Raffo, an IraqiAmerican, has become one the most popular productions on college campuses in the United States, according to director Patricia Dolan. The five University of Miami cast members have been furiously rehearsing since Jan. 21 to master the play, which Raffo wrote as a one-woman show consisting solely of monologues in prose fragments. The characters include a doctor conducting research on cancer stemming from chemical warfare, an American living in New York during the Sept. 11 attacks, and a mystic who provides a link between the living and the dead. The play “shows how women weave together and are really the same person,” said Daria DeGaetano, a senior who plays Layal, an artist and curator of the Saddam Art Museum. Patricia Dolan, a veteran director and theater lecturer at UM, had guest speakers from or descended from the Middle East help the actors master Iraqi life, dress and accents. “I think [9 Parts of Desire] really conveys the urgency for people to understand different cultures, beliefs and politics,” Dolan said. While the play is certainly charged, it does not present one overtly political message. “The show is not ‘Hate Bush,’ ‘Support Iraq.’ You’re If You Go supposed to have the compassion to see both sides,” DeWhat: 9 Parts of Desire Gaetano said.

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When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Where: Hecht Studio Theater room 204 on the second floor of Hecht Residential Hall Cost: Free

Kevin Coleman may be contacted at kcoleman@ themiamihurricane.com.

Singer Chana to perform in Bayfront Park BY MACKENZIE GREEN CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

Singer Chana Tavarez describes her sound as “tropelectro-hip-hop.” For those scratching their heads trying to understand what that means, that’s exactly what Chana wants. “I think it’s really interesting that people can identify me as having my own sound. I think really the only way I can describe my sound is if I do it myself,” Chana said in an interview with The Miami Hurricane. “I don’t think it’s something that you can describe easily.” If You Go The singer will be performing for free as part of the Downtown What: Chana Live Miami Concert Series at Bayfront Park this coming Friday. ChaWhen: Friday, na, who moved to Miami February 11, 2009 when she was 9 years old, at 5:30 p.m. said she views this perforWhere: Tina Hilla mance as a homecoming Pavilion in Bayof sorts. front Park, 301 Chana (short for North Biscayne Rosanna) is a dancer, acBlvd. in Downtress, and television show host, in addition to being town Miami a singer. She can rememCost: Free ber her love affair with music starting at a young age. She learned to dance merengue by standing on her grandmother’s feet, and loved belting out songs from the musical Annie. “Anything that had to do with music and dancing captured my attention and my imagination,” Chana said. That her parents cultivated a love of music in their children is also evidenced by her younger brother (and University of Miami alumus) Omar Tavarez, who will be performing in a band that will be opening for her. Those who have heard Chana’s music or are intrigued by the idea of hearing her eclectic trop-electro-hip-hop sound should head downtown for the free show. Chana urged people to take a chance on her sound: “It is its own brand of music...I want them to come and be open and listen.” Mackenzie Green themiamihurricane.com.

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CD REVIEW: ‘IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU’

Lily Allen’s new album pleasantly cheeky, danceable BY SARAH B. PILCHICK OF THE STAFF

The Lily Allen of her highly anticipated new album It’s Not Me, It’s You is not the insolent, nearly vulgar Lily featured in every tabloid from Los Angeles to London. That Lily starts feuds just to have something to do, cries on MySpace about being fat and romances men 20 years her senior. The Lily featured on this CD, while still unrestrained, is introspective and inquisitive. No one is safe from Allen’s wrath: she implores George W. Bush to “look inside [his] tiny mind” on “Fuck You” and declares Creedence Clearwater Revival God’s favorite band 14

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on “Him.” “22,” like Amy Winehouse’s brilliant “Fuck Me Pumps,” tears apart gold-digging cougars, and Allen discusses drug use on the synth-heavy “Everyone’s At It.” The best songs on the album are its first single, “The Fear,” in which she attacks her public persona as a tabloid fixture, and “Never Gonna Happen,” her biting dismissal of an ex-lover. The album is bright and utterly danceable, requiring multiple listens just to catch the songs’ nuances. As a songwriter, Lennon/McCartney she’s not, but Lily Allen succeeds at being her usual cheeky self with flying colors. Sarah B. Pilchick may be contacted at sbpilchick@ themiamihurricane.com.

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One of the things that makes college basketball so special is the support it receives from a school’s student body. Our aim is to ensure that the students are allowed to cheer on the Hurricanes and celebrate in an appropriate way, while ensuring safety. -ATHLETIC DIRECTOR KIRBY HOCUTT on the change in policy which allowed last week’s rushing of the court

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A-Rod should address steroid dangers W h e n I heard the allegations of and subsequent admission of Alex Rodriguez’s steroid use last BY MATTHEW weekend, my BUNCH first thought OF THE STAFF wasn’t about the damage it did to baseball, or to his career. My first thought? “Why couldn’t it have come out next week?” Why next week? Because by then, the letters would be drilled into our renovated stadium, which will soon be named “Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park.” From the moment the story started – when Sports Illustrated reporter Selena Roberts confronted Rodriguez in the Hecht Athletic Center with the allegations – UM has inexplicably been caught in the fray. A-Rod claimed that Roberts had to be removed from campus.

UMPD has declined comment. His first public appearance since his admission will be at the preseason baseball banquet at the Light tomorrow night, where the official renaming will take place. The sad thing is that Friday night was supposed to be a triumphant moment for Miami baseball. The most dominant program UM has to offer had always toiled in the shadow of football. But Friday, the game’s best player will return to the stadium he could have played at in college and see what his $3.9 million investment spawned. Instead, it’s sure to be a media circus (paparazzi have been seen around campus), with all the attention for all the wrong reasons. Should UM return the money and remove his name? I don’t think that measure is necessary. Should Rodriguez address the controversy Friday night? Absolutely. While I doubt he will, he has a unique opportunity. This is a man who is looking to rehabilitate his image, and what better way than to start by addressing baseball’s stars

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A-ROD PARK: The baseball stadium will officially become Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park on Friday. of tomorrow and telling the truth about what steroids can do to you, personally and professionally? While Rodriguez has had his share of faults over the years, culminating in this most recent shame, he’s done incredible things to promote the game and support the people of South Florida. Hell, he never took one class here, still he gave his money to the baseball program, just out of love for UM.

It’s an awkward position to be in, and it’s too late for A-Rod or UM to extricate themselves from the morass. What should be done is to make the best out of a bad situation, and make Friday night a serious night instead of another chance for A-Rod to push his troubles under the rug. Matthew Bunch may be contacted at mbunch@themiamihurricane.com.

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“I guess you can’t take it away – even though it’s kind of empty after the whole steroid thing.”

NENE KAMATE senior “He’s visible to us, he works out with us, he interacts with athletes. He’s actually there. The stadium should be named after him.

Baseball coach Jim Morris: Rodriguez is a guy committed to UM Yankee had signed letter of intent BY JUSTIN ANTWEIL STAFF SPORTS WRITER

J u s t 24 hours after South Florida native and New York Ya n k e e s third base-

man Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003, UM baseball head coach Jim Morris responded to the news. “I am not in a position to talk about that,” Morris said. “The only thing I know about Alex is that he is a guy committed to the University of Miami. He originally signed with us. He is a great player that works hard and is always out here.” Rodriguez recently donated $4 million to UM, 3.9 of which

went specifically to the baseball team and renovations for a new press box, weight room, video room, study lounge and wooden lockers. The stadium is set to be renamed Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park. A-Rod signed a letter of intent to become a Hurricane after playing high school ball at Westminster Christian in Southwest Miami-Dade, but elected to go to the major leagues at 18. In an interview with ESPN, he confessed to using perfor-

mance-enhancing drugs during his time with the Texas Rangers. The University of Miami preseason banquet is still scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday on the baseball diamond, with the 11time all-star expected to be in attendance. “[Rodriguez] spends more time at this ballpark working out and in our weight room than anybody I know of,” Morris said. Justin Antweil may be contacted at jantweil@themiamihurricane.com.

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MICHAELA BARIL junior “I just want my sidewalk back. I thought I was going to get hit by a car last time I ran by there.” Speak Up answers are edited for clarity, brevity and accuracy.

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Freshman steps up after senior leaders injured Taboada emulates Nadal with wins BY CHRISTINA DE NICOLA ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

As the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open approaches, tennis fans from around the world will flock to see the sport’s best compete in Miami. University of Miami freshman Ignacio Taboada is no exception, though he’s not the average spectator – he plays tennis for the 23rd-ranked Hurricanes (4-2) and tries to emulate his favorite athlete, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, on the court. Except for the capri pants. “I love the guy. He’s a good role model. He’s a very humble guy too, so for me, I just base my tennis on working hard and training really hard every day,” Taboada said. “I really look up to him. It’d be my dream to meet him.” Taboada hasn’t done too poorly for himself so far this spring season, maintaining a perfect 5-0 record in singles play. In the season opener against Florida Atlantic, he clinched a 4-3 victory in a three-set battle. With seniors Daniel Vallverdu and David Rosenfeld – who occupied the team’s first two singles positions – absent due to injury, the 6’1” Atlanta, Ga., native has helped fill in the gap and lighten the load on his teammates. “He’s stepped up and he’s got a lot of energy, a lot of positive attitude, brings a good vibe to the team,” sophomore Keith Crowley said. “That’s what’s gotten him to where he is now because he keeps working, keeps working, keeps working. He’s got a lot on his plate and he’s stepped up.” All this comes from a kid who didn’t start playing the sport until he was 11. “My parents were playing and they kind of just handed me a racket and were like, ‘try this out’ because I was playing soccer up until then,” said Taboada, who used to play midfielder because he liked to run. “I just started playing and I loved it.” At one point, he was rated as high as 150 in the International 16

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NACHO LIBRE: Freshman Ignacio Taboada is 5-0 in singles play thus far this season for the 23rd-ranked Miami Hurricanes. Tennis Federation rankings and won five national tournaments. “Ever since I picked up the racket, I really liked the sport. I think probably at 14 is when I started getting really serious,” Taboada said. “Sophomore year I just knew that I really liked the sport and I wanted to do bigger things with tennis.” With his success, word began to spread about him, and UM’s program was more than interested. “Just in recruiting him, when you watch Nacho play, he’s an amazing player to watch,” assistant coach C.J. Weber said. “He has a

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lot of energy and a lot of intensity on the court so that’s obviously initially what drew us to him. When we got him on campus, he immediately fell in love with the school and it sort of worked out on both ends that way.” “Nacho,” as his teammates and coaches endearingly refer to him, tries to flush away previous points – whether good or bad – to keep himself focused on the court. He’ll grab his towel, which is always within close distance, or briefly talk to himself. “I’m superstitious. At a tournament, if I eat something that

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morning and I win, I try to eat the same thing every morning,” Taboada said. “If I put my bag on one side of the bench and I won the last match, I’ll try to put it on the same side.” Besides pursuing a career in professional tennis in the future, he also plans on putting good use to his marketing and finance education at UM. “Ignacio demonstrates an unbelievable amount of maturity on the court for his age. He’s really an amazing leader on the court, he’s a good example for all of his teammates and everybody around

him,” Weber said. “A lot of people just see his results, but they don’t see the hard work, focus and determination that he gives every single day. Every single practice, every weight session, every conditioning session, it’s 100 percent with him.” If Taboda continues to ride the streak he’s on, the first encounter with his idol could very well come on the court as an opponent. Christina De Nicola may be contacted at cdenicola@ themiamihurricane.com.


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Equestrian team makes long strides

FOOTBALL University of North Carolina special teams coach and defensive assistant John Lovett is rumored to be hired as the new defensive coordinator of the University of Miami football program, according to an article in The Miami Herald. Lovett, 58, would be the third defensive coordinator in three seasons at UM and would replace Bill Young, who left last month for his alma mater, Oklahoma State. Lovett has spent 15 seasons coaching, with stops at Bowling Green, Clemson, Auburn and Maine. It was announced that 2009 football season ticket prices have been reduced in 24 sections at Dolphin Stadium, which amounts to around 15,000 seats. All other sections will remain unchanged from last year.

WOMEN’S TENNIS No. 15 Miami (6-0) will face top-ranked Northwestern (3-0) in the first round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Women’s Team Indoor at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis. While four Hurricanes are nationally-ranked singles players – sophomores Julia Cohen (No. 8), Bianca Eichkorn (No. 20), Michaela Kissell (No. 50) and junior Laura Vallverdu (No. 114) – the Wilcats have three players in the top-30, including top-ranked sophomore Maria Mosolova. Each team has a pair of ranked doubles teams and have beaten three ranked opponents so far this season.

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GET ON YOUR HORSES AND RIDE: Cortie Wetherhill, a sophomore at the University of Miami, rides Charlie at the UM equestrian team exhibition clinic in September at Tally Ho Farms.

Club team sends riders to regionals BY CARISSA HARRIS CONTRIBUTING SPORTS WRITER

The University of Miami’s 2008-2009 equestrian team might be one of the best kept secrets in club sports on campus. This team consists of 35 members, 18 of whom participate competitively. Although 10 of them are newcomers, the team is quietly making a lot of noise in the world of horse riding. “I’m a senior so I guess I decided late, but basically I didn’t really know that it existed and I kind of talked to some people,” said senior Jessica Warren, who has been riding since kindergarten. “This is the first year I really decided to look into it and get serious.” Competitive horse riding is unlike popular sports at UM such as football and basketball. “What makes it unique is that, unlike other sports, riding is an individual sport, but you’re with a horse,” sophomore Reba Evans said. “You’re having that bond

with a huge animal and work and compete together.” It all begins when a team arrives at the show and goes through a draw process, where all of the participants’ names are placed on a form in a random order within each class. Each participant gets a popsicle stick drawn for them, which has a number of a horse. A rider has never ridden the horse before and this enables a level playing field. Two classes divide the competition: a jumping class and a flat/ riding class. The jumping class consists of only those who compete on the novice level or above. Judges score riders for their body position and the behavior of the horse. Sometimes riders receive re-rides because the horse may buck, rear or run off. To earn overall points, teams pick “point riders” before they get their horses. Certain can also help the individual rider qualify for regionals and nationals. On Nov. 22 of last year, Miami finished fifth overall at the College of Charleston’s show. Seven individual riders placed in their respected divisions, including

a first place finish for Warren in the Intermediate Flat. A day later, the Hurricanes traveled to Georgia Southern University for its show. Even though the team didn’t place, nine riders received high marks. Sophomore Lily Johnson-Ulrich qualified for regionals by taking first in the Walk/Trot/Canter Advanced and Warren again placed first in the Intermediate Flat. The equestrian team hosted its seventh-annual horse show on Saturday at Tropical Park and came in fourth overall. All 13 girls placed, with Warren receiving the honor of High Point Rider after finishing first in the Intermediate Flat and second in Open Fences, which is a course of eight jumps. “I was tied with another girl so we did a ride off and I won, so I was real excited,” Warren said. “What I love most about riding is it’s a lot of fun, it’s really rewarding at the end of the day and I love the horses. It’s a lot of work, but I’ve met so many people doing it.”

M E N ’ S BASKETBALL Senior guard Jack McClinton was named the ACC Player of the Week after averaging 33 points, three rebounds and 1.5 steals in a 79-52 win against sixth-ranked Wake Forest and 78-75 overtime loss to fourth-ranked Duke. This marks the third time the Baltimore, Md., native has earned the honor. Antoine Allen, a 6’2”, 186-pound prep school guard who is a member of the same AAU team McClinton played for (Cecil Kirk), hopes to sign with the Canes in April, according to The Miami Herald. He is considered a threestar recruit by Rivals and Scout.com, but is from the same mold as Miami’s All-ACC guard.

SWIMMING/DIVING University of Miami National Champion and All-American junior diver Brittany Viola took part in the World Championship Team Selection Camp in Columbus, Ohio over the past few days. She scored two second place and one third place dive on the platform, while receiving first and third on the one-meter springboard.

VOLLEYBALL Junior libero Cassie Loessberg earned Most Valuable Player, while sophomore setter Katie Gallagher was given her second consecutive 100% Award at the annual volleyball end-of-the-year awards ceremony. Senior middle blocker Angelica Ellis took the Most Inspirational Award and three outside hitters were given honors – redshirt freshman Christine Williamson the Co-Most Improved Award, senior Bridget Bomhack the Unsung Hero Award and sophomore Maria Andersson the Academic Award. The Canes collected their best ACC record at 14-6, and just missed making their second-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Carissa Harris may be contacted at charris@themiamihurricane.com. February 12 - 15, 2009

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How do I tell my girlfriend that, uh, I don’t like forestry?

, DISCLAIMER: The following article contains material of a sexual nature which may be objectionable to some readers. If you are not comfortable with this type of content then The Miami Hurricane advises you not read any further. Dear V, There is a situation with my girlfriend that I’m not sure how to handle delicately. To put it gently, she needs a serious trim. She loves to go to the beach, which makes things even more awkward. How can I approach the topic and get her to prune her bush? –Can’t See the Forest for the Trees

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Dear Forest, Just like traffic lights, the news of the day and styles of clothes – things change. When asked, “What has changed after 20 years in the slammer?” an ex-convict replied, “All the women are shaving down there!” It is no secret that this type of grooming is available in multiple forms, either as a do-it-yourself project or through the professional efforts of an aesthetician. I personally think in a beach environment, attention to this particular personal detail is de rigueur. Keep in mind, however, that approaching a female over an issue of grooming or appearances is no easy task. This could be the kiss of death for you. If this is truly bothersome to you, be pre-

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pared to turn on the charm. It’s all in the delivery, my friend: Approach it as a fun project! Tell your gal that a smooth surface is a turn-on for you. Suggest that an offer to de-fuzz her peach could lead to an erotic episode. Just be direct and say what is on your mind. But remember, turnabout is fair play! What’s good for the goose is good for the gander – you may find yourself waxing more then your surfboard before your next trip to the beach. And what would my February 12th letter be without mentioning my favorite holiday? I’d like to point out that many aestheticians attest to an annual slew of male clients who show up to fashion a little below-the-belt heart for their Valentine to… unwrap. So much for chocolates

– now there is some serious food for thought! I always close my letters by wishing my readers the “best of luck.” In this case, you’re really going to need it! Happy Valentine’s Day! –V Have a question for V? Hit up DearV@themiamihurricane.com.

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