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Vol. 88, Issue 25 | April. 29 - May. 12, 2010

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Junior brings ‘Wayfarer World’ to the breezeway BY NINA MARKOWITZ STAFF WRITER

Sean Goldfaden always wanted to start his own business, but he just couldn’t find the right idea. First, it was “Fedora Stora,” an online fedora boutique offering a massive selection; it was the perfect idea, except that sizing became too complicated. Looking around for his next big idea, Goldfaden found it right before his eyes. Wayfarer World was born. “I love the sunglasses because they are bright and fun,” Goldfaden said. “I wanted to offer unlimited color combinations so everyone could get the exact pair they want.” The concept: a made-to-order, instant creation of low-cost, customizable Wayfarer-style sunglasses. UM junior Goldfaden, an advertising and psychology major and a brother of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, began to formulate his concept last summer, as well as ways he could incorporate online marketing. “I’ve been really involved with social media and internet marketing for a while and I decided I could take what I know about social media and apply it to my business,” he said. Goldfaden was still in the first stages of forming Wayfarer World in November 2009 when he heard about the Elevator Pitch Competition hosted by UM’s Launch Pad and OfficeMax. With a $25,000 grand prize and judging criteria including enthusiasm and charisma, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. He entered and he won. “I was enthusiastic and energetic,” Goldfaden said. “The success of this business is getting people excited about their colors and making their own sunglasses.” With the funding he needed, Goldfaden’s Wayfarer World took off. First, he ordered wayfarer style frames and earpieces of all different types and colors (Goldfaden assembles each pair to order). Second, he established a Facebook Fan Page with over 1,590 members to date touting the slogan, “They will save your life when you’re hungover in class.” Third, he made a commitment to his mother’s breast cancer foundation through philanthropy. “My mom is an eight-year survivor of breast cancer so I’ve always wanted to find a way I could donate back,” Goldfaden said. “All proceeds from the sales of pink sunglasses go to The Karen Schweibish Breast Cancer Foundation.” Wayfarer World had their official launch mid-April in the UC Breezeway, with Goldfaden and his girlfriend, UM senior Emily Dash, manning a table covered in colorful sunglass combinations. Brothers from Sigma Alpha Mu also stepped in to help Goldfaden assemble custom pairs and collect money from eager student customers. Each pair cost $10, and a 2

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Alessandria Villaamil took photos at FlowFest. Watch their slideshow online. Jessica Delgado has the latest on the student garden by the School of Architecture in her news story. Nina Markowitz highlights the Grove Farmer’s Market that occurs each Saturday. Alexandra Leon caught up with Thomas Balmès, director of the documentary “Babies.” Check out the interview.

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SWEET SHADES: Junior Sean Goldfaden, an advertising and psychology major, started his own business selling customizable Wayfarer-style sunglasses in the UC Breezeway. portion of all proceeds went to Goldfaden’s mother’s breast cancer fund. “Business is going incredible,” Goldfaden said. “We sold over 100 sunglasses on Tuesday and 240 on Thursday. In one week, we sold over 350 sunglasses.” After a successful launch, Goldfaden has returned to collecting orders via the Wayfarer World Facebook Fan page and planning for the future. “I’m trying to expand the business to other campuses,” he said. “It wasn’t until after the campus launch, when I watched over 300 people buy sunglasses and how excited they were, that I realized this is a really big thing on campus right now and I’m glad I got started early.” One student who purchased wayfarerstyle sunglasses thought his item was April 29 - May 12, 2010

great. “I think they’re friggin’ awesome to be honest, what a fantastic idea,” said Camron Ghorbi, a UM junior and Wayfarer World customer. “I think they’re only cool vendors I’ve seen in the breezeway in my entire three years here.” With the support of his friends, girlfriend, fraternity and UM students, Goldfaden will continue to expand Wayfarer World and future entrepreneurial ventures. “They’re really excited that I started my own business and it’s going well,” Goldfaden said. “Now they just want me to finish school and graduate on time.” Nina Markowitz may be contacted nmarkowitz@themiamihurricane.com.

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Hurry ‘Canes shuttle sees changes for Fall Routes revised for improved efficiency BY ALEXANDRA LEON CONTRIBUTING NEWS WRITER

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CULTURE SHOCK: Omayra Torres shows her support for a song about water during a performance at FlowFest. Several artists performed on the UC Patio and sang about issues such as the world water crisis and the devastation in Haiti.

FlowFest benefits Haitian orphanage UMSAA organizes benefit concert, film screening BY NICOLETTE ROQUE STAFF WRITER

The new student coalition UM Student Activist Alliance (UMSAA) partnered up with a local non-profit organization to host FlowFest, a multimedia event in the UC Patio on Wednesday highlighting the availability of fresh water worldwide and donating proceeds to a Haitian orphanage. With the help of Konbit For Haiti, a 501 (c)(3) organization based in Little Haiti, student groups igKnite, Random Acts of Kindness, WVUM 90.5 and the Haitian Student Organization, or collectively UMSAA, organized a free concert and documentary screening with artists like Jahfe, LaGuardia Cross, Michael “Mikaben” Benjamin, Maeva the Artist, Final Second and Sekajipo Genes to benefit Haiti relief efforts and encourage activism. A component of the UM student-led workshop, “Flow: Uniting Children’s Visions on Water and the World,” the benefit concert featured a silent auction of photographs taken by nine middle school children on the subject of water.

“We had a workshop over the weekend at Konbit offices near little Haiti and invited middle school kids from the area and taught them about water scarcity and pollution,” said Gustavo Lang, Jr., president of Random Acts of Kindness. “We asked them to go out and take pictures of water within the context of their community,” Lang said. “Pictures of a drain, a water bottle, or just water itself- whatever represented water to them.” Proceeds of the silent auction will be donated to Shalom Village orphanage in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, as part of UMSAA’s continuous campaign to help Haitian earthquake victims. The photographs, being auctioned for $15 each, were displayed in the UC Patio alongside artisan jewelry, free Haitian food and related student groups who tabled at the event. One student group in particular, Soley Ini, helped raise awareness about their current CGIU-proposed project to build community centers in Site Soley, Port-Au-Prince. “We actually built a community center; it started to get off the ground, and then the earthquake happened so we’re starting all over again,” said Lissette Miller, president of Soley Ini.

“We’re hoping to fund-raise on campus to get our projects off the ground.” You can learn more about FlowFest at igknite.org/projects/f low or watch videos of the Flow workshop in Little Haiti on the School of Communication’s project kozeayiti.org. Nicolette Roque may be contacted at nroque@themiamihurricane.com.

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BEAT OF THE ISLAND: Erich Brylka played his traditional drum during FlowFest on the UC Patio. April 29 - May 12, 2010

The Hurry ‘Canes shuttle routes will be undergoing significant changes beginning in the fall 2010 semester. According to an e-mail sent to The Miami Hurricane, these changes are being implemented to “boost the efficiency of service to the university community while reducing fuel usage and trimming costs.” The university plans to make shuttle rides more efficient for students by changing the current route schedule. The new schedule will include two shuttle routes, the Ponce Garage/Fountain Route and the Ponce Garage/Stanford Circle Route, with 14 stops. There will be four fewer stops along these routes than before, reducing the wait time between buses to five to eight minutes. According to the e-mail, this should improve service to 95 percent of shuttle riders. “I’m glad to hear that they’re doing something about it,” said junior Loubna Turjuman, who is majoring in broadcast journalism and psychology. “I stopped using the shuttle because every time I wanted to use it, I was waiting for about half an hour and I was always getting to class late.” These changes, however, will impact certain groups of shuttle riders more than others. Metrorail riders will now have to switch shuttles at the Ponce Garage to reach stops on the Fountain Route; Mahoney/Pearson residents will use Stanford Circle as their pick-up/drop-off point; and University Village residents, will use either the Brescia stop or the Hecht Athletic Center stop to access shuttles. Both of those stops are a five-minute walk from the farthest UV apartment. While shuttle changes can be an inconvenience for some students, shuttle availability is their biggest concern. “I don’t really care about the changes. As long as I have a shuttle to take me where I need to go, it doesn’t make a difference to me,” said UV resident Nikolaus Rizos, a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and geography. The nighttime shuttle schedule will not be changing. Alexandra Leon may be contacted at aleon@themiamihurricane.com. THE MIAMI HURRICANE

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Young community leader joins Canes Novack’s skills make an impact BY OLIVIA WOOLBRIGHT CONTRIBUTING NEWS WRITER

One family’s long University of Miami legacy will continue when the 2010 Top Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year enrolls for the fall. Allison Novack was recently recognized with this award to celebrate her achievements as the top s t u d e n t volunteer in all of the Miami Dade C o u n t y Public School System. H e r ALLISON father, Paul NOVACK N o v a c k , was the student government president at UM from 19791980. He is also the former mayor of Surfside, Fla. Allison began volunteering because of her interest in politics. She campaigned with city officials and formed a children’s branch of her father’s volunteer group, Team Surfside. Team Surfside is a group of volunteers that participates in many public service projects in the community, including hurricane relief and family fun days for locals. Novack has an extensive list of activities that she has participated in throughout high school that have had positive results for her community. The project she is most devoted to is 1308 Productions. Started by Novack’s older brother, 1308 is a non-profit organization that uses music to attract young people to benefit a philanthropic cause. It helps to provide opportunities for young bands to play and for young audiences to hear and enjoy. Most importantly, the organization is renown for being devoted to public service, music education and supporting 4

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the youth music scene in South Florida. “It is run for kids, by kids,” Novack said. She teamed up with the “Rock the Vote” campaign encouraging youth to register to vote during the 2008 presidential campaign. The organization hosted numerous concerts to get students to come out and vote. “I like to make people happy,” she said. “People in the community need to speak up. If they have an idea, it can happen.” Additionally, Novack organized a show that raised money for the United Service Organizations (USO) to aid American troops in Iraq. She will be graduating from Miami Beach Senior High School this June. While attending UM, she plans on continuing her volunteer service despite the busy workload she plans to encounter. She mentioned that she wants to become involved with Hurricane Productions, a UM organization that hosts numerous acts, concerts and performances for the student body. “She combined skills and interests to produce tremendous results,” Paul said. Novack will be majoring in Communication Studies at the School of Communication. It may seem like Novack is tied down by all her activities and achievements, but she’s still an average teenager. She finds time in her busy schedule to hang out with her friends and go to the gym. “I like to exercise a lot,” she said. In deciding to come to UM, Novack stated that the university’s diversity was a major selling point. “You step on campus and see people from different cultures,” she said. Olivia Woolbright may be contacted at owoolbright@ themiamihurricane.com.

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NEWS BRIEF COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED On Wednesday, UM media relations announced the speakers for the graduation ceremonies this semester. William D. Walker, dean and university librarian at UM, will speak at the graduate degree ceremony at 4 p.m. on May 13. Leonard Abess, CEO of City National Bank of Florida, and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will speak at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively on May 14. Paul Farmer, chair of the department of global health and social medicine at Harvard medical school, will speak at 5 p.m. on May 14 and May 15. Laurence Tribe, a Harvard law professor, will speak at 2 p.m. at May 16. Compiled by Ramon Galiana who may be contacted at rgaliana@themiamihurricane.com.


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Student government promises a good year SG gets a head start, works through the summer BY ANDREA CONCEPCION STAFF WRITER

In a small cramped office room, Nick Cote is writing on a dry erase board. His small handwriting shows three columns titled “To Do,” “In Progress” and “Completed.” The To Do column has the longest list of items. Nick Cote is treasurer of student government (SG). He was relaying what needs to be done for the new administration for the upcoming year under the new president, junior Christina Farmer. For the first time, the majority of SG executive board members will be in attendance CHRISTINA over the summer to deFARMER velop the platforms they promised in their campaign for the next year. Freshman Ryan Aquilina, the SG press secretary, a new position that Farmer’s ad-

ministration created, said that if SG gets its major proposals ready to move, they will be ready to advertise them at the beginning of next semester. “We can use the time to really reach out,” he said. “We want to focus on the new things." Though the newly appointed SG executive board has only been in their UC office for three weeks, they have completed one policy they guaranteed in their campaign platform. During finals, students will not only have a 24-hour library, but also a 24hour C-store. It will be open all day and night on May 5-6 and 9-11; until 4 a.m. on May 7-8; and until 2 a.m. May 12. The hammocks near the Richter Library will also still be around. Also, SG will now initiate a study break where they greet students and give out snacks. Additionally, SG members will be serving midnight breakfast at the HechtStanford Residential Dining hall. During the summer, members will take on some of their initiatives as projects. For example, junior Vice President Valentina Lamas will be in charge of bringing a Fresh Farmer’s Market to the Rock. The market would offer healthier options and welcome local organic farmers to sell their produce

at the heart of campus. “It would be cheaper in price than Publix or Whole Foods,” Lamas said. “It’s something that the students will want.” Lamas said President Donna E. Shalala was receptive to the idea, but she has to figure out where to place it. Junior Nick Cote will not be joining the members staying during the summer, but he will have his own project: improving the pre-professional tracks, like pre-law and pre-medicine. Cote said he wants to secure more advisers for the different tracks. Right now, advisers help with courses students need to graduate, instead of classes that will benefit them in general. “There are so many gateways these degrees afford, [other] than the certified doctor,” Cote said. Cote has talked with Christina Garcia, head of Toppel Career Center, and Dr. William Green, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, about what is next and what is going to be accomplished. Farmer’s main goal is to bring greater student involvement into the SG process. She also wishes to have open meetings on the UC Foote Green for students to ask questions and give feedback.

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“We don’t want people to come to the SG office,” Farmer said. “We want to go to them.” SG is working on hosting an idea generator for their Web site. The members want to have students share their concerns or thoughts on projects they would want done. It will provide resources on where to go and who to go to. All the suggestions will be read at the executive board meetings. “It takes a while to find out where to get things done,” Farmer said. “There are so many administrators.” Additionally, SG wants to work together with the other branches of government. They are giving their legal aid platform to the judicial branch to work on. The idea will give students a chance to gain advice from lawyers and law professors from the UM School of Law and pro-bono lawyers outside of the university. Farmer said they will work on it all summer and hope to have it in the fall, but for now, it’s in the preliminary stages. “We’ll be here,” she said. “Come see us, we’ll come see you. It’s going to be a good year.” Andrea Concepcion may be contacted at aconcepcion@themiamihurricane.com

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Alumnus inspired by father’s achievements Son elected to Board of Trustees, enthusiastic about taking action BY ALEXANDRA LEON CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Marc Buoniconti is following in his father’s footsteps once again. A University of Miami alumnus and former college football player, Buoniconti is joining his father Nick Buoniconti, a former Dolphins middle linebacker, in the UM Board of Trustees. After Buoniconti sustained a spinal cord injury during a football game in 1985, his father, a UM National Trustee, and Barth Green, a UM professor and chairman of neurological surgery, helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis for which Buoniconti is currently the spokesperson. He has also received various MARC BUONICONTI honors from the University of Miami, including the Henry K. Stanford Award and membership in Iron Arrow. This nomination to the Board of Trustees, however, is the most exciting honor for Buoniconti. “This is more hands on which I’m glad about, cer-

emonial things are really nice but getting your hands I hope they will feel comfortable e-mailing me, calling dirty and getting involved in actual operations is me or stopping me when they see me in the library to something I’m looking forward to doing and I can’t share their ideas,” Moore said. “I want to leave the university better than it was when I first got here.” wait to sink my teeth into Board operations,” he said. As the main branch responsible for governing Moore is also excited about working with BuoniUM, the board meets three times a year to vote on is- conti for the following year. sues concerning the university, including whether or “I think it’s great that he got elected. I got a chance not to reinstate the president. It currently consists of to meet his dad, his dad is awesome, and his story is so 12 standing committees that deal with organizational, inspiring,” he said. “He has done so much good for so business and academic many people.” Buoniconti hopes to continue affairs. There are 48 electhelping his community and his I’m going to go in there with alma mater by working on the ed members, three Board of Trustees. alumni representatives, an open mind, very humble 23 senior members, “I think initially I’m going to of course... [to] work to further be a very good listener. I want to four national members, the mission of the university. absorb the initiatives that are gosix ex-officio members, 14 emeriti members ing on right now and get a sense - MARC BUONICONTI, of where the board is headed, its and one student repreAlumnus sentative that serve the going to be a learning process,” board. Buoniconti said. “I’m going to go in there with an open mind, very Next year’s student representative will be second-year medical student humble of course, and anywhere I see that I can lend Joshua Moore. As a full-f ledged trustee with voting a hand and be a part of I’m going to jump at with a lot privileges, Moore’s responsibilities will include at- of enthusiasm and teamwork to further the mission of tending all board meetings and serving as a liaison the university.” between the student body and the board, making sure the students from all UM campuses are considered in Alexandra Leon may be contacted at aleon@ themiamihurricane.com. the voting process. “A lot of undergrad students may not know me, but

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QUEEN OF TRADITION: The Haitian Student Organization presented this year’s Mr. and Mrs. Planet Kreyol Wednesday evening. Representing the strength and pride of her people, sophomore Tashana Lapierre, who was crowned Mrs. Planet Kreyol, introduces herself at the beginning of the show. Daniel Duex Verna was crowned Mr. Planet Kreyol.

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Don’t tear down history It seems that officials in the city of Miami Beach are forfeiting their history for big development. Last week, The Miami Herald reported that city officials will be holding a community forum on May 13 at 6 p.m. to discuss the destruction of the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. In its place: a hotel that would serve as an extension to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Instead of turning the north side of the convention center into a potential hotel site, city leaders and members “believe the southern location would be more attractive.” The article mentions how this plan is still in its beginning steps. It still needs the approval from both the city commission and the county commission. Seeing the destruction of the theater would be a travesty for Miami Beach’s cul-

ture. It was renamed in 1987 in honor of Jackie Gleason, a famous comedian, actor and musician. He hosted numerous episodes of “The Jackie Gleason Show” at the theater after he moved to Florida. The notoriety that the theater has brought to the city of Miami Beach is invaluable. The theater has hosted a number of major artists and performers and has recently underwent a superb renovation in 2007 that has attracted very prominent performers. Major events like the South Beach Comedy Festival regularly use the theater as a location for its comedians. Stand up comedians such as Jon Stewart and Jim Gaffigan have performed at this venue. Not only do comedians perform the Fillmore, but Broadway productions, electric concerts and dance shows take place there too. This summer, the venue is ex-

pecting performances from popular musicians such as Imogen Heap, Passion Pit and 50 Cent. Miami Beach City Manager Jorge Gonzalez stated that the location of the theater is preferable because it’s a block from Lincoln Road and other Miami Beach points of interest. We can only hope that Gonzalez and the city commission receive a stifling opposition at the community forum in May. It seems illogical to us that one of Miami Beach’s most famous tourist locations would be under threat, of all things, by a hotel. Isn’t Miami Beach riddled with those things? Join the Facebook group “Save the Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater.” Editorials represent the majority view of The Miami Hurricane editorial staff.

JUSTIN ANTWEIL Sports Editor “Definitely has to be the weekend ragers. Remember, it’s all about the U!”

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will never forget the moment I crossed through the airport terminal with my overstuffed suitcase and Build-A-Bear and waved goodbye to my family. Only four short years ago, when it was CHELSEA still free to check a bag MATIASH and Twitter didn’t exist, EDITOR IN CHIEF I started as a freshman at the University of Miami. Beyond guaranteed warm weather and scheduling all classes after 11 a.m., I didn’t know what would happen in the years to come. Nights in the Grove that I wouldn’t remember if not for Facebook, and days in the library I wish I could forget were just a routine part of the college experience. Another four years, or twenty from now, what will still be a poignant memory is my first photography assignment for the Hurricane. As a timid freshman, I showed up at an author coffee chat at the bookstore, shooting on automatic and praying I was doing it right. The editors at the Hurricane spent time editing one-on-one and encouraged me to continue

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taking assignments, even if they didn’t always make it in print. Though my first assignment will always stay with me, the reason I became passionate for journalism and The Hurricane was a photojournalism class my sophomore year. Our class had engaged in a harsh critique of the cover image on the Hurricane- an illustration of a dolphin eating an orange. Jim Virga, the professor that influenced me most at UM, challenged us not to complain about it, but to do something about it. I took that challenge as a personal mission. Who has the right to complain unless his or her own byline is on the chopping block? For those of you who have picked up the Hurricane and found it less than exemplary, or seen a problem in any walk of life, I present you with the same challenge. It is so easy to find fault and criticize, but the true task is to make the change you wish to see. My freshman year I could never have imagined I would be the editor in chief of The Miami Hurricane, but today I am on the last deadline of my college career. The last day of classes after 4 years, 8 semesters, 124 credits and over 100 deadlines as an editor at the Hurricane. I will never regret spending Sundays in the newsroom

instead of at the beach, or missing classes because they got in the way of reporting. The editors who came before me will never know how immense their impact was in shaping me into a journalist, so here’s to Matt Bunch and Greg Linch, previous editors in chief and two of the most driven journalists to pass through UM. For those of you lucky enough to have a few more years here, take advantage of the copious organizations, mentors and opportunities the university and your fellow classmates have to offer. Your experience at Miami can be whatever you make of it, so make it count. I am confident that my staff, whom I count as my closest friends, will continue to produce an even better paper next year. Our doors are always open on deadlines in UC 221B, so if you have a change to make, I hope you will be at the first editorial meeting next fall. Thank you for reading our publication and good luck to all fellow graduating seniors! Chelsea Matiash is a senior majoring in visual journalism and art. She will be interning as a photojournalist with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel after graduation. She may be contacted at chelsea@ themiamihurricane.com.


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But what about those ancient relics the world used to turn to for information? By all accounts, newspapers have not kept up with the times. While televisions have gotten larger (and thinner), and computers have gotten smaller and smaller, newspapers remain cumbersome and unwieldy. Furthermore, newspapers often force us to think more deeply and develop our own opinions. Yet, everyone knows we don’t have time for that sort of thing- we’ve got television to watch! Quick- somebody turn on Nancy Grace; there has to be a blonde missing somewhere. In the past, when there was nothing worthwhile to report on, or there was no decent scripted show to display, televisions would simply go black, and Americans would be forced to read, have discussions and sometimes even go outside. Today things are different. We have infomercials for Snuggies, we have balloon boys and we have captivating social experiments like “The Bachelor” to save us from ourselves. Many complain that our news media

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is actually breeding contempt for those with conflicting ideas and hampering our ability to move forward by focusing on persuasion and polemics. While our “salacious” media tends to focus on slogans, some argue, the public misses out on the subtler points of the subject. Then again, who needs subtlety when the best expert is usually the one who can yell the loudest? Maybe we do miss something when we listen to the Glenn Becks and Rush Limbaughs of the world. Should their suspect opinions influence ours so intensely? After much thought- or at least as much as the commercial break allowed- a resolution to our media predicament seems possible. The solution to our problem will come only when we recognize the need for... Oops, a friend just Tweeted that ESPN is interviewing Tiger Woods’ kindergarten teacher. Can’t miss that! Pat Cunnane is a senior majoring in political science and journalism. He may be contacted at pcunnane@ themiamihurricane.

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Looking for a study break? Join the Richter Silent Dance Party next Tues., May 4 at the stroke of midnight on the first floor. Be sure to bring your iPod!

Former Cane turned

Matchmaker BY DANIELLE KASLOW EDGE EDITOR

BY DANIELLE KASLOW EDGE EDITOR

Before her days as Bravo’s glamorous “Millionaire Matchmaker,” University of Miami alumna Patti Stanger studied screenwriting, lived in the MahoneyPearson dorms and frequented Bagel Emporium (for her signature scooped bagel with chicken salad and melted muenster). With a lifelong interest in matchmaking, Stanger recognized it as her true passion and began her own business in 2000 upon moving to California. Becoming the highly successful Millionaire’s Club International, her endeavor caught Bravo’s attention, winning her a hit show, which debuted in January 2008. Viewers ate up her blunt advice and candid remarks; “Millionaire Matchmaker” is currently in its third season. The third-generation matchmaker and UM graduate of ’83 recently sat down with The Miami Hurricane to discuss her college experience and offer advice for those looking for love in Miami. The Miami Hurricane: What first interested you in the University of Miami? Patti Stanger: “[It was] the only good school in the country that had a really good communications film department, other than NYU and USChat was my dream, to be a screenwriter… I learned so much there to be honest with you.” TMH: What is one of your favorite memories of your time at UM? PS: “[I took this] one class with Professor Masterson who taught us about LSD and tripping and stuff, and then the next thing you know we’re on the beach, lying in the sun, having margaritas. School was a party.” COURTESY PATTI STRANGER

TV STAR: Patti Stanger, a University of Miami alumna, is the “Millionaire Matchmaker.”

A GAME OF ASSOCIATION WITH

PATTI STANGER… COLLEGE ROMANCES: “Nonexistent, needs help.”

FRATERNITY BOYS: “Probably the best kept secret, if they would only grow up.”

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GIRLS: “Have the advantage, but don’t always use it.”

FRIENDS WITH

BENEFITS: “No friends with benefits, because it leads to oxytocin-bonding, which leads to falling in love with a loser.” UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI: “American, Syracuse, nobody’s got a candle to us. We have South Beach for crying out loud. USC and UCLA don’t even have what we have; we’ve got it all down there.”

THE LIBRARY: “Wasn’t always my favorite place, but I still had to go there. But I used to make out in the law library all the time. The best guys are in the law library by the way, not the med school, because med students have no time, but that’s the best kept secret. The lawyers are the ones making the money anyway, after all this with healthcare, good luck to the doctors now.”

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Minus the Bear's new album ‘Omni’ fun but long phasizes basic elements such as melody, harmony and structural flow. “Omni” kicks off with lead song and Minus the Bear is one of those longsingle “My Time,” a mid-tempo tune with haired, bearded indie bands that’s not trya funky keyboard riff and call and response ing to be a poser. chorus from singer The Seattle quintet Jake Snider. Next, has been indie bethe summer playlist fore “indie” was “OMNI” must-have, “Sumcool (circa 2001), mer Angel,” melds playing its own Alex Rose’s rhythbrand of evolutionmic synth playing RELEASE DATE: May 4 ary prog-noise-rock with a fitting guiwithout conformtar solo from Dave PRODUCER: Joe Chiccarelli ing to popular Knudson. standards. Minus The only downthe Bear’s fourth LABEL: Dangerbird Records side to “Omni” full-length album, is its length. For “Omni,” takes a a 10-song album, more raw approach “Omni” clocks in at than previous albums, resulting in a recordalmost 50 minutes. Songs on the latter part ing most like their live shows. of the album tend to have extended endBy tirelessly rehearsing songs before ings that become redundant and zone-out recording and cutting down on studio overworthy. Overall though, “Omni” is a fun dubs and post-production effects, Minus record that showcases the band’s evolution. the Bear reemerged with a more congealed Be sure to catch Minus the Bear headlining sound. Subsequently, “Omni” is more at Revolution on Tues., May 11. streamlined than any of the band’s previous three albums. The ten tracks on the album Hilary Saunders may be contacted at retain the synth-pop style for which Minus hsaunders@themiamihurricane.com. the Bear is known, but “Omni” really emBY HILARY SAUNDERS SENIOR EDGE WRITER

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LOVE FROM PAGE 11 TMH: Did you set up any friends while you were a student at UM? PS: “I hooked my best friend up with her husband actually. She was dating an asshole from U of M, and I made her go back to her boyfriend from high school who was at another college nearby. He was the best dude she’d ever find and I made her aware of it.” T M H : How could you tell this was the best guy for your friend? PS: “The way he treated her. He showed up every weekend at school, he gave her flowers on right occasions and bought her gifts. He constantly was calling to check in. If she had a bad day at school she could talk her ear off to him… it was like her best friend plus sex, and you’re not going to get any better than that.” TMH: How can students spot the difference between a loser and a romantic interest with potential? PS: “If he’s seeing you in the dorm, but not during the day, or if he’s just passing by you at the LC building, he’s not your guy. He’s not going to call you at the last minute for a booty call and ignore you during the day. The day[time] is the most critical element, when people’s true colors come out.” TMH: On a college campus the dating scene can be difficult to navigate. What’s your opinion on hooking up? PS: “Women need to learn how to take their power back. Just because [guys are] not asking out and wanting to hook up, and having naked parties in the dorms doesn’t mean you have to say yes. You have to be a boundaries girl and stop the flow… Are you going to give it all away for two margaritas and freaking Olive Garden?” TMH: What is the best dating advice you could give to college students? PS: “Take chances, take risks and if you’re a guy, ask girls out. If 15 girls say no, the 16th is going to say yes. But ask women out. If you’re a girl, be receptive to the invitation and always take the date, because you never know who he

knows… Always pay it forward and play the six degrees game, and you’re more likely to expand your net into new waters. I used to date Miami-Dade guys because my best friend went there and they were better. They were taking me out, taking me to dinner and salsa dancing at night. The U of M guys weren’t doing that. They were lazy and just wanted to smoke pot and eat pizza in the dorm.” TMH: What do you gain personally out of matchmaking? PS: “Every time you hook somebody up, you pay it forward to your next sister and brother. So what that means is God is watching; the universe, whether you like it or not has a credit and debit plan, and your number will come up eventually, and someone will do it for you. It’s called the law of physics. Good energy has to come back to you. Energy has to fly, check your science department on that." TMH: You have such a dynamic personality. How would you describe your approach to life? PS: "My approach to life is to take each minute like it’s your last, to the point where you gotta carpe diem it. You’ve got to take risks, you’ve got to take action and you’ve got to be happy about it. We all have to do stuff we don’t love to get where we want to be, but the bottom line is that you don’t have to be negative about it… People don’t realize that it’s all about your attitude.”

‘Blue Sky Noise’ a must listen album BY DANIELLE PELOQUIN STAFF WRITER

Circa Survive’s new album “Blue Sky Noise” is proof that there is intelligent life in the rock scene once again. “Blue Sky Noise” is the band’s third full-length release and major record label debut with Atlantic. While there is generally the expectation that a move to a major label means a more commercialized sound, “Blue Sky Noise” is a unique, innovative and creative album. The album’s first track, “Strange Terrain,” hooks you with an atmospheric opening and comes in strong with drums and sharp guitar licks. Creative harmonies and melodic shifts make this one of the

“BLUE SKY NOISE”

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highlights of the album. “Get Out” is an aggressive, high-energy rock song. “I Felt Free” is a stand-out track featuring beautifully arranged soundscapes. “Fro-

zen Creek” is a melancholy song with metaphorical lyrics that can be interpreted a number of ways. The final track, “Dyed in the Wool,” features sublime vocal arrangements and clean, simple guitar riffs. “Blue Sky Noise” is an album with depth that will keep you appreciating something new with each listen. Lead singer Anthony Green has an unusual voice, but it blends well with the band’s sound. The album is strong from start to finish, with beautifully written and arranged songs. This album is a must for fans of alternative and rock music. Danielle Peloquin may be contacted at dpeloquin@themiamihurricane.com

Danielle Kaslow may be contacted dkaslow@themiamihurricane.com.

CHECK OUT Patti Stanger's new book, "Become Your Own Matchmaker: 8 Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate" for more advice on how to spice up your love life. April 29 - May 12, 2010

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Comic book turned film BY ALEXANDRA LEON SENIOR EDGE WRITER

Does anyone ever get tired of watching the story of the gangly, voice-cracking teenage underdog turned badass? The answer is no, especially when said underdog decides to stick up for New York’s underappreciated, becomes a real-life superhero and adopts the moniker “Kick-Ass.” Matthew Vaughn’s hilarious interpretation of Mark Millar’s comic book series of the same name, “Kick-Ass,” follows a similar vein as other contemporary blockbusters. Aaron Johnson portrays Kick-Ass’s nerdy counterpart Dave Lizewski, an average teenager with a big comic book collection and a sad inability to talk to girls, while Christopher Mintz-Plasse, also known as Fogell/McLovin’ from “Superbad,” plays the rich loner who is desperate to join in on his mob-boss father’s business. Before you start gearing up for another stoner flick featuring teenagers that just want to get laid, keep in mind that this movie is rated R for a reason. The film’s controversial portrayal of minors doing drugs, dropping f-bombs and using weapons (bazookas included) may leave many viewers in shock. “Kick-Ass” leaves nothing to the imagination during fight sequences; blood sheds everywhere in unusually grotesque ways (humansized microwave, anyone?). What may be even more disturbing is Nicolas Cage’s character,

Jodi Dellaventura: pro-wrestler of the past, set designer of the future

“KICK-ASS”

RELEASED: April 16 DIRECTOR: Matthew Vaughn STARRING: Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse Big Daddy. A crazed vigilante with a chip on his shoulder and an NRA membership, he trains (read: brainwashes) his 11-year-old daughter into becoming a knife-wielding dynamo who assumes the name “Hit Girl” in order to help fight off daddy’s enemies. Yet, the main character himself admits that this is not the runof-the-mill superhero movie, asking the audience, “Have you ever seen ‘Sin City?’” Human cruelty, as gruesome as it can tend to be, is not concealed or euphemized, which is probably what makes this film more believable and therefore worth watching. After all, what leads Dave to don his superhero guise to fight injustice is not radioactivity or super-strength, but his ability to be pissed off enough to do something about it. Alexandra Leon may be contacted at aleon@themiamihurricane.com.

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SPRING HIT: “Kick-Ass” promises an action-packed two hours, pairing hilarity with unadulterated gore, similar to “Sin City.”

KELLY BURNS // The Miami Hurricane

JODI OF ALL TRADES: Jodi Dellaventura keeps her love of performance alive as she builds the set for an upcoming play. She designed the set of “RENT” at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. BY KELLY BURNS CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

Hailing from a Staten Island, Italian family, transfer student Jodie Dellaventura’s road to the University of Miami has been anything but ordinary. A laid-back artist with a love for penguins, Dellaventura began with a job at her family’s pizzeria, continued with a career in the local pro-wrestling circuit and is now culminating her professional career in technical design for various productions in South Florida. “While I always love to build things, I expected to stay in the restaurant business or stick to wrestling,” Dellaventura said. Known as Jodi X in the ring, she wrestled for about seven years, worked as a ringside manager and promoter and co-founded Future of Wrestling Incorporated. Dellaventura had not planned to enter into the world of professional wrestling. “I was doing a little managing and suddenly I was getting hit in the head with metal trash

cans and wrestling 200-pound guys,” she said. “I loved performing and basically that’s what wrestling is, a performance.” It was this love for performance that led to a larger decision to go into theater after her company folded in 2003. “When I graduated from high school I thought I was done with school,” she said. “But I took one class at Broward College in stage crafting and I knew it was something I wanted to do.” After graduating with her associates degree, Dellaventura was prompted by her professor and UM alum Michael Williams to put together a portfolio, and then she applied to the University of Miami for admission in the fall 2008 class. Since then, Dellaventura has dived into the world of technical design, inside of the walls of UM and outside. Her work ethic is astonishing. In this semester alone, she designed the entire set for “RENT.” She also designed sets for “Peter Pan” at the Coral Springs Institute for the Arts April 29 - May 12, 2010

and “Going to see the Elephant” with the Women’s Theatre Project. Simultaneously she balanced a full class schedule and a job in the machine shop. “Jodi is good at what she does because she is passionate about her work and strives for excellence,” said April Soroko, resident scenic designer for the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. “She doesn’t settle for less than what she feels is necessary to tell the story.” Dellaventura will graduate in two weeks with a BFA in technical design, which she says is one of her biggest accomplishments. “Jodi is determined to be a successful designer,” Soroko said. “She is an incredibly hard worker.” The future is still uncertain for Dellaventura. “I’m not sure what’s next, but I’d like to stay in the area, get some consistent jobs,” she said. “I’ll see where theater takes me.” Kelly Burns may be contacted at kburns@themiamihurricane.com.

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Advice from Paris for students studying abroad

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No fretting that Ultra is over- Miami’s hottest pre-finals venue, Club Richter, is open for business, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Open the doors and prepare to be hit by the blinding lights- fluorescent, not strobe. Pop in your headphones and get down to the music (your music that is), but not so loudly that your neighbor can hear you. While this club has its restrictions, that’s no reason for your study sessions to be anything less than a party. Bang your books to the beat and hope for the best on whatever exam you may be facing tomorrow.

BY CLAUDIA CURIEL CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

Traveling to a new place, learning a different language, being out of your comfort zone and meeting new and foreign people may seem intimidating at first, but the experience of studying abroad is worth it. Junior Claudia Curiel, who is currently studying abroad in Paris through the Interuniversity Mission for Coordination of Franco-American Exchanges, offers her advice for others looking to study abroad in the future. 1) Research the programs available to you and ask others’ opinions before you decide. I was told there was only one program available in Paris, however, I found out later you could do a few others that are not always mentioned or encouraged. I would never take back this opportunity, but I would do it differently. My program is completely laissezfaire; there are no living arrangements and you must find housing on your own. It was truly a mission since you are going to classes at the same time, and most places in Paris are tiny, old, dirty and overpriced. I also had to choose my own university and classes; I thought it was very unorganized and unstructured. 2) Have living arrangements sorted out prior to the beginning of your program. I was given a dorm for 10 days and by the end of that I had to find a place to live. I did not know anyone and luckily found my roommate through an acquaintance. Everything ends up working out; don’t stress. 3) Do not over-pack. During your time abroad you will accumulate so much that going back will be even more difficult than getting there. My parents came with me to help me during the apartment search so I was, unfortunately, able to bring an excessive amount of clothes in my luggage as well as theirs. This turned out to be a very negative thing. 4) Do take advantage of traveling. Especially if you study in Europe, everything is so close and there are discounts just for being under 25 or a student. Unlike Miami, where you drive for seven hours and remain in Florida, you

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“SLEEPYHEAD” by Passion Pit Yes, this is that stuck-in-your-head ditty you hear in the Palm Pixi commercial. Play this because the last thing you need while studying is drooping eyelids; the pulsating vocals and techno flair should be enough to keep those eyes wide open.

“SPACE (KLAAS REMIX)” by Micha Moor You may never be in the mood for class, but you will always be in the mood for Klaas. This is one of the best songs about nothing you’ll ever hear.

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“GHOSTS N STUFF” by Deadmou5 feat. Rob Swire

When this comes on you might have to take your fists off the table and pump them in the air. You can’t call this overplayed while it’s still so addicting.

“PILLING ME (KLAAS REMIX)” by Greg Cerrone COURTESY CLAUDIA CURIEL

PARISIAN POINTERS: UM Junior Claudia Curiel is currently studying abroad in Paris and offers tips for survival abroad. can get to another country in just two hours and stay there for the weekend. 5) Don’t go clubbing the night before a trip. I passed out at 4:30 a.m. the night before my trip to Rome. I was supposed to be at the bus stop to go the airport (which was not even in Paris) at 5:45 a.m., but my alarm never went off. I woke up at 7 a.m., ran out into the streets looking for a taxi to go to the bus station, but the last bus had already left. I tried to take a train there and then a taxi, but I went all the way to the wrong train station. I ended up having a severe anxiety attack in a 120 euro taxi with a suicidal cab driver. Do not go out the night before. 6) Do not worry about meeting people. I had a small freak-out right before embarking on my study abroad trip. I knew no one and had no idea who I would live with or hang out with. Despite my worry, I could never have made a better decision in my life. In the past three months I have met so

many amazing people, including two princes, and friends from all over the world. 7) Recognize that we are spoiled in the United States in terms of space and convenience. Everything is much smaller in Europe, and in France there is a protocol for everything. Tasks that are extremely simple back home can be a mission while abroad. Back home you can fix almost anything through the phone or online, whereas in Europe you need to show up in person to get almost anything accomplished. 8) Enjoy your time abroad. You don’t know when you’ll have the opportunity to live in another country again without worrying about major responsibilities. Go see and do everything that is available in your city including going to museums, parks and monuments. Go out, have fun, meet people, establish relationships and travel! Claudia Curiel may be contacted at ccuriel@themiamihurricane.com.

You don’t need the Adderall with songs like this. Pulling an all-nighter is a breeze with “Pilling Me” in constant circulation on your iPod’s shuffle.

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“IT’S TOO LATE” by Dirty South vs. Evermore This one is a classic. It’s also the ultimate song to express your dismay that the weekend is over and a new school week has begun. You’ll be hooked from the intro lines, “Monday morning/hesitate/can’t get out of bed.” We can relate.

“PON DE FLOOR” by Major Lazer So have you heard about that “silent dance party” set to go down in Richter during finals week? This is what you will be playing (that’s an order, not a suggestion). Pump up the volume and get down with your bad self all five minutes long.

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“PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (STEVE AOKI DANCE REMIX)” by Kid Cudi

This is the song of the moment. It's as if Cudi has tapped into the end-of-semester mind frame of college students all over the country with his easy and addicting rhyme: "If I fall/ If I die/Know I lived it to the fullest/If I fall/If I die/Know I lived and missed some bullets." Aoki's remix makes the song a party-worthy wonder.

“OMG” by Usher feat. Will.i.am And finally, something mainstream. “OMG” may be mindless, but that's sort of the point- just get on the floor and dance like "pow-pow-pow."

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Vinyl records making a comeback BY WRITER’S NAME WRITER’S RANKING POSITION

All good things make a comeback, don’t they? Well at least in music, comebacks are a good thing; Vinyl is resurging, and in a big way. For the past few years, the LP sales have increased to levels never expected in the industry. According to The Nielsen Company, in 2009, 2.5 million vinyl albums were sold, up 33% from the 1.8 million sold on 2008. But why would music fans buy a music format that was almost extinct? “People like to hold an object” explains John Echeverria, Chief of Operations for Universal Music Latino.“If you are talking about vinyl, you are talking about an antique.” Since fans previously accepted the vinyl format, it is only natural to want to hold on to something that represented a period of their lives. Echeverria calls this “the nostalgia effect.” Younger generations also want to be a part of music history or be connected with the artist. Echeverria explains there are three markets for albums: First, is the collectionists market, which has boosted the sales of alternative rock, classic rock and Indie artists. There is also the underground or rare albums market, which has boomed, especially in Japan. Third, there’s the DJ market, through which new Hip Hop and House LP albums are released.

Junior Jens Christian Norgaard, 27, a music business major, and producer, thinks the vinyl craze is a fashion statement. “If you are a real fan, you want a vinyl,” Christian said. “Instead of a download you get the sleeves, you get the artwork, you get everything.” For a lot of DJ’s, spinning in vinyl is not only cool but a sign of skill, since it is much more difficult to mix using this format. Additionally, fans seek vinyl because of its higher sound quality. “People still like the warm sound of vinyl, because it’s an analog sound” Nogaard explained. The compressions made to an MP3 file make the songs crisper and brighter, but the lose some of the richness and warmth that vinyl has. This trend also puts local mom and pop records stores in a much better position. According to Billboard magazine, more than 2 out of every 3 vinyl albums were purchased at an independent music store during the year. This might also be a reaction to the perceived monopoly iTunes holds on music sales. For those joining the vinyl craze, independent record stores are the best stop. Miami’s Sweat Records is one of the best local spots for unique music in all formats, especially vinyl. Amazon.com also offers vinyl albums, most of which are rock or indie. xxx xxx

SEARCHING FOR YOUR OWN VINYL COLLECTION? LOOK NO FURTHER… WHAT: Sweat Records WHERE: 5505 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL WHEN: Monday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. COST: Vinyl records vary in cost, ranging from $8 - $80, depending on the album’s year and condition.

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The Rathskeller

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When administration announced plans to knock down the Rathskeller in preparation for a new and improved University Center, panic struck through campus like wildfire. What would students do without their NFL Sunday go-to spot? Where else could you go to enjoy $4.99 pitchers of beer after class and $2.99 specials at lunch? Where else could you drink on campus in shorts and a t-shirt and then stumble back to your room? Imagining campus without the Rathskeller is an undeniable nightmare for any UM student.

Red Road Commons

The recent on-campus housing crisis and the shutdown of the apartment area would be a lot more horrifying for students if it wasn’t for the Red Road Commons apartment complex, which is less than a year old. Located a mere five-minute walk from the nearest HurryCane shuttle stop, the complex offers the benefits of living off campus without the hassle of commuting a significant distance. With its own pool (complete with grills for outdoor barbecues) and a roughly 80 percent UM student-tenant ratio, it’s no surprise that Red Road has become a popular spot for weekends relaxing in the sun and Thursday night Grove pre-games.

BEST PLACE TO FIND A HOT DATE Otto G. Richter Library

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Crazy Piano’s

There’s a time in every UM student’s career when the Grove simply becomes too repetitive. Popular bars like Tavern and Barracuda’s are too crowded to enjoy a pitcher. Once you drop $10 on a Moose Juice at Mr. Moe’s, you start thinking about pre-gaming twice as hard next time. Crazy Piano’s, located on the top floor of CocoWalk, takes care of these woes. The piano bar provides a unique setup with an eclectic mix of music, while the outside patio/bar provides a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a drink and overlook another round of chaos in the Grove.

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Villagio Ristorante

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BY REBECCA FALCON WRITER’S RANKING POSITION

Next time you consider going out to find a date, don’t forget about “Club Richter.” The Otto G. Richter Library is filled with students at all hours of the day who could use a study break and, with so many dark corners, who wouldn’t want

to cuddle up to someone in the stacks? Next time you see someone go from writing their essay to writing on someone’s Facebook wall, invite them for a coffee at the conveniently located Starbucks next door and see if sparks fly.

Villagio consistently serves great tasting food, intimate service and a beautiful setting, whether seated inside or outdoors. You should definitely try the lasagna once (creamy, well-portioned and deliciousness), any cut of veal and either the quattro formaggi (four cheese) or margherita pizza. For dessert, the apple pie will leave your taste buds rejoicing: its thinly-sliced apples, ample cinnamon and an airy puff-pastry crust will end any night on a high note.

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BEST PIZZA California PIZZA Kitchen BY DANIELLE PELOQUIN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

California Pizza Kitchen serves up hearth-baked gourmet pizzas in a trendy atmosphere. With toppings like Jamaican jerk chicken, pear and gorgonzola and carne asada there is something everyone will love. And if you’re not in the mood for pizza, CPK has a full menu of appetizers, pastas, soups, sandwiches, smoothies and unique salads to choose from. You can even call in your order for takeout or have it delivered right to your dorm.

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Whip ‘n Dip may be located a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of downtown South Miami, but it is well worth the walk. The shop is famous for their homemade ice cream and light soft serve. Their whips and dips come in all the typical flavors, as well as mouth-watering monthly specials like brownie batter and cherry pie. Whip ‘n Dip also serves an array of other sweet temptations like chocolatedipped frozen bananas, homemade cookies and custom cakes. With all the tasty treats to choose from, you’ll be coming back for more.


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Monty’s

Once the weekend officially starts and Friday’s disastrous exam is long forgotten, there’s only one place to be when the sun is out. Offering the strongest drinks in the Grove at discounted “happy hour” rates, Monty’s is home to a (mostly) friendly bartending staff and the best outdoor atmosphere in the area. Try a Miami Vice (strawberry daiquiri/piña colada combo) while gazing out at the yachts near the dock, and you’ll think you’re in paradise. But beware: have one too many Painkiller-3’s on an empty stomach, and you’ll think you’re in hell.

BEST PLACE TO SHOP VICTORIA’S Secret BY NANCY OBEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Victoria’s Secret is perfect for women at the U. Pink’s Miami line is great for class or studying at “Club Richter.” The swim line can be seen everywhere at the pool and their lingerie is bound to award you best dressed at your next mixer. Stop in to any of the multiple locations that surround campus and shop your homework blues away.

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GABLES PIZZA and SALAD

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Bursting on the scene last year, Gables Pizza and Salad has gained a reputation for a take-out place where you can stuff yourself silly. The salads, which come in mixing bowls, their New York-style slices and those oh-so-heavenly garlic knots makes it hard for any student to resist walking across U.S. 1 for satisfying takeout. Open until 1 a.m. on weekends and with free delivery, “GPS” is perfect for late night cravings.

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GULF Liquors

Gulf Liquors is the college kid’s equivalent to a little kid’s candy store (moderation, in both cases, is required). Here, instead of jelly beans by the pound, the walls are lined with pretty glass bottles from around the world filled with beer, wines and spirits. The emphasis at Gulf Liquors is on the latter two, so winos and bartender wannabes can find their favorites right across from campus on U.S. 1. UM students get discounts with a Cane Card, but be sure to bring a card of a different sort, too- your license.

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BAGEL Emporium An assortment of bagels? Check. A variety of spreads? Check. Fast and friendly service? Mark that off too. Bagel Emporium isn’t just a run of the mill deli; it’s a breakfast haven with a stellar lunch menu as well. Have eggs done your favorite way, choose from a plethora of hot and fresh sandwiches, or sample the soup and salad duo as a healthy midday filler.

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FIVE GUYS Burgers and Fries

There’s no late night craving more synonymous with college kids than the fast food titan that dared you to think outside the

bun. While you may regret your Taco Bell excursion the next morning, the minute you sink your teeth into the chewy and cheesy Crunchwrap Supreme is worth the subsequent stomach pain.

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Upon entering Nikita Paris, a receptionist sweeps past you to take your jacket and offer you a beverage. Many of the stylists on staff are originally from France, adding a unique European flair to the salon. It is not uncommon to hear French, Spanish and English spoken simultaneously during your visit. Using their Parisian flair to coordinate with your personal vision, stylists create an effortlessly elegant hairstyle upon every visit. Whether you simply want a trim or entire style makeover, you can’t go wrong with Nikita Paris.

BEST AFTER-HOURS SPOT Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill BY JEREMY ROSENTHAL WRITER’S RANKING POSITION

Twenty-one Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill locations dot the South Florida coast. Among these, the Flanigan’s in Coconut Grove is elite: it’s open until 5 a.m., making it a popular destination for University of Miami insomniacs. Students love its rustic, seafaring charm (and by rustic, it looks to be made of wood salvaged from Noah’s Ark) and its high quality food. The ribs here are standouts from a menu filled with delicious sandwiches, pastas and seafood dishes. When you go, in the wee hours of the night or otherwise, be sure to keep your cup- next visit refills are $1.39 and unlimited. FICKR.COM

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If you are looking for a place to rub elbows with celebrities from the Kardashians to Bill Clinton, LIV is the place to go. Located in the Fontainebleau hotel, LIV combines the energy of being one of the hottest clubs in Miami and the allure and elegance of the historic hotel. The big-name celebrities, sophisticated style and fabulous design make LIV stand out from other clubs on the beach.

BEST TANNING AU NATURALE BY DANIELLE KASLOW EDGE EDITOR

What’s the point of visiting a tanning salon when you live in Miami? Students can be found laying out daily on the IM fields, soaking up the sun at the UC pool and tanning between classes. Despite having to study for finals and writing term papers, students pressed for time at “Sunshine U” still know how to achieve the perfect bronze...the all natural way. FICKR.COM

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When you’re craving Mexican or just a burrito the size of your head, Chipotle is sure to please. The options are endless. Choose between a burrito, burrito bowl, taco or salad, and five different meat selections. Add some cilantro-lime rice, beans and salsa, and you’ve got an original Chipotle creation. Even though your stomach might feel like it’s going to explode after a visit to Chipotle, the savory flavors of this Mexican standy-by are well worth it.

If you’ve never tried Thai or Japanese food, Moon is the perfect place to begin your love affair with Asian cuisine. Moon and Stir Moon are both walking distance from the UM campus on U.S. 1, and conveniently stay open until 11 p.m. on most days. The restaurants offer a wide variety of food from their two separate menus of Thai and Japanese, sure to please everyone in your dinner party.

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Bougainvillea’s

Bougainvillea’s is a cozy, laid-back bar located in the heart of South Miami and is known for its live music and friendly crowd. Come in Tuesday through Saturday night to hear a variety of live bands with styles ranging from rock to jazz, and from reggae to R&B. There are drink specials every night of the week but never a cover charge. Ladies drink free on Wednesdays, and Friday’s feature live classic rock.


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The five grittiest student-athletes at UM What makes a winner? What makes someone clutch? What allows a player to put a team on his or her JUSTIN ANTWEIL back? It all SPORTS EDITOR boils down to intangibles, heart and desire. The will to win is something than cannot be measured- it’s innate. It’s something that just flows through an athlete’s veins and allows them to rise to the occasion and produce when called upon. There are a lot of notable student-athletes here at the University of Miami. Here’s a breakdown of the grittiest UM student-athletes regardless of the sport. These five players are winners and leaders and elevate their teammates’ game. 5) Sophomore outside hitter Lane Carico Carico is a natural talent. The volleyball program is fortunate to have an athlete of her caliber. In ALEX BROADWELL ALEX BROADWELL STEVEN STUTS ALEX BROADWELL BRITTNEY BOMNIN 2008, she was named ACC Freshman of the Year, and that was a pre- THE FAB FIVE: (From left to right) Freshman guard Durand Scott, sophomore outside hitter Lane Carico, junior catcher Yasmani cursor of things to come. Despite nu- Grandal, sophomore guard Shenise Johnson and redshirt junior kicker Matt Bosher; the five grittiest players the U has to offer. merous injuries to the 2009 squad, Carico led UM to its first NCAA team All-ACC this past year. He re- an All-American candidate. She is utes. Against Duke in the regular locker room as well. postseason berth since 2002. He is the ultimate competitor corded six tackles which is remark- special because she revitalized and season, Scott registered 19 points She was tabbed First Team Allable for a kicker. Kickers are stereo- gave hope to a struggling women’s on 9-for-13 shooting. Against North who despises losing. He has not ACC and All-American honorable typically known as soft players. He basketball program. Her basketball Carolina in the legendary Dean expanded his strike zone because mention. She led the ACC averagwas 14-for-16 in field goal attempts IQ is off the charts and Miami fans Dome, Scott scored a career-high 29 other teams are hesitant to pitch to ing 4.36 kills per set. The player him since his bat is so lethal. points against the powder blue. including converting all four field should cherish her athletic ability. closest to her averaged 3.78 kills He has learned to hit opposite In the ACC Tournament he goals from 40 or more yards away. per set. When a match would reach showed his ability to drive to the field and consistently gets clutch hit 2) Freshman guard Durand Scott Bosher is a fierce warrior. a crucial fifth set, her teammates If changing positions doesn’t hoop and take over games as Mi- after clutch hit. Grandal is a canknew to get the ball in her hands. 3) Sophomore guard Shenise John- tell you enough about this All-ACC ami upset Wake Forest and Virgin- didate for College Baseball Player She prolonged tough rallies and was rookie selection, I don’t know what ia Tech and only lost to Duke, the of the Year if he keeps up his torson there when Miami needed a point. She led Miami to the WNIT does. A natural shooting guard, eventual national champions, by rid pace. He is also an outstanding Finals this year and her freshman Scott became the team’s point guard three points. Scott was named first defender and is the backbone to the 4) Redshirt junior kicker Matt pitching staff that has the best ERA team All ACC Tournament. year she was the only player in the this year. Bosher in the ACC. He knows how to hanWhat really separated the New country to lead her team in scorIn 2008, Bosher was named dle veterans and rookies and is not ing, rebounding, assists and steals. York City native from the rest of the 1) Junior catcher Yasmani Gran the football team’s MVP. That afraid to call someone out and get The McDonald’s All-American is a competition was his ability to per- dal should say enough about his charGrandal is the epitome of a in someone’s face after a mistake. sensational scorer. She ranked third form in big games. Playing the best acter. Bosher not only does placeleader. He currently leads the ACC Grandal has all the ingredients of a in the ACC in scoring and scored at brought out the best in Scott. kicking, punting and field goals, but In the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in batting average and will be a sure winner. least double digits in every game. he is also a tackler on special teams. She posts triple-double like against Minnesota, Scott recorded a first round pick in June’s MLB AmHe is aggressive and wants to win as numbers every game. She was a team-high 20 points including cru- ateur draft. Grandal not only leads Justin Antweil may be contacted at much as anyone. First Team All-ACC selection and is cial buckets in the final two min- on the diamond, but leads in the jantweil@themiamihurricane.com. Bosher was named second April 29 - May 12, 2010

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The state of the Athletic Department An inside look at the man behind the teams BY JUSTIN ANTWEIL SPORTS EDITOR

June will mark the two-year anniversary of Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt’s tenure at the University of Miami. Hocutt took over in 2008 following Paul De’s resignation after being the face of the athletic department for 16 years. Hocutt has cherished the past two years. “The opportunity to be at the U and be part of its excellence and traditions of championships is something that is inspiring each and every day,” Hocutt said. While programs like swimming, diving, baseball and women’s tennis have been staples for success in previous years, Hocutt feels like all athletic departments are on the rise. “When you play at this level you expect to win and be the best,” Hocutt said. “That is our student-athletes’ goal. They come to the University of Miami to be the best in the country at their sport or even the best in the world at their sport. I truly believe we are on the cusp of returning this athletics program to the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics.” One of these programs which Hocutt is referring to that is on the rise is the football team. The football program has seen a twowin improvement each of its last three years. The question that is in the forefront of every Cane fan’s mind is whether head coach Randy Shannon will receive a contract extension as Shannon enters the final year of his fouryear contract this fall. “I’m excited from what I saw this spring in spring football. We are working hard and diligent on a contract extension,” Hocutt said. “[Shannon’s] going to continue to be our football coach for a long, long time.” While Hocutt stressed how every year the goal is to win a national championship, he realizes building a sustainable program for 12 to 15 years doesn’t happen overnight. “Anything short of winning that sixth national championship trophy would not meet our expectations,” Hocutt said of UM’s yearly goal for football. “For us to win an ACC Championship game and go to the BCS, that is the next step for this program. We are on the right track. We need to focus and worry about getting better each and every day.” Hocutt also addressed women’s basketball head coach Katie Meier’s contract situation. Meier is at the tail end of her initial fiveyear contract and will need a new contract next season. This past year, the women’s basketball team improved nine games from the previous year and reached the WNIT Finals. “We are working on a contract extension for Coach Meier,” Hocutt said. “We’re excited about the success that that program had... I have never seen significant improvement from one year to the next with a team as I saw in our women’s basketball program this

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MAKING PLANS: Two-year Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt has proven to be an important asset for the progress of UM sports. year. The teamwork, tenacity, which I saw on the court, was great to see. That is a reflection of Coach Meier and her positive attitude.” Hocutt said the last five years for UM have been all about change. Since 2004, Miami has moved from the Big East to the ACC, hired a new football coach, got a new athletic director and changed football stadiums. That doesn’t even include the renovations at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field and the new 29,000-square foot Field House adjacent to the BankUnited Center, where the basketball team practices. But the biggest challenge for Hocutt is increasing fan attendance at sports games. “It’s critical that we continue to reach out and engage the student body,” Hocutt said. “I was very pleased with the numbers we had in football this year. I thought our support at men’s basketball was solid until the middle part of January. I don’t have all the answers. I know that working together with Category 5, our student-athletes and our coaches, we can develop strategy and tactics to increase attendance as we move forward.” Hocutt strives for perfection and wants the best for the student-athletes at UM. While improvements have been made under Ho-

cutt’s watch, he wants to see upgrades in the Hecht Athletic Center, a place where studentathletes spend 85 percent of their time. “We’ve significant upgrades that need to be made that will have a profound impact on this department for the next decade,” Hocutt said of the estimated $15-million project. “Those being [an] athletic training facility, which is not adequate. It needs to be improved. Our academic support facility needs to be updated. Our football team facility needs to be upgraded. Particularly the entrance into our football facility. It’s nonexistent right now. Our student-athletes deserve better. We have plans that are in its final stages of being developed to address those initiatives.” Hocutt also addressed the possibility of adding an internet streaming contract with the University of Miami. This year, ACC Select was no longer active. The ACC ends its football and basketball TV contracts after next year, and Hocutt hopes that opportunity will arise for more athletic coverage whether it is on the internet or television when a new contract is set in place. Hocutt has had conversations with Sam Grogg, Dean of the School of Communication, in hopes of give students from the School April 29 - May 12, 2010

of Communication more broadcast opportunities to benefit recruiting and increase UM’s fan base with games streamed via the internet. “There are always financial hurdles and the production is the cost. Hopefully through new ACC relationships or expanded ACC relationships and partnership with the School of Communication, we can get back to streaming athletic events,” Hocutt said. Hocutt is proud to say that the studentathletes at UM are students first and athletes second. “I am firm believer on continuous improvement and building things the right way,” Hocutt said. “Our student-athletes here received the American Coaches Trophy for the highest graduation success rate in the country in February for our football program. Our football program was ranked seventh in the country in terms of Academic Progress Score. Our women’s student-athletes have a cumulative 3.1 grade point average. We have a great story to tell at the University of Miami.” Justin Antweil may be contacted at jantweil@ themiamihurricane.com. THE MIAMI HURRICANE

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Roller hockey team named ‘Most Improved Club’ Strong work ethic leads to success BY ERNESTO SUAREZ CONTRIBUTING SPORTS WRITER

Although it may not be the “Miracle on Ice,” there is one team on campus that has made a dramatic comeback. The UM Roller Hockey Club, after struggling both competitively and financially just one year ago, is now arguably one of the more competitive club sports on campus. The team has a rags-to-richestype story, where hard work and dedication led the team to its most successful season in recent memory and a bright future in front of it. Both juniors, President Bradley Armas and Vice President Alex Lopez’s work ethics have been essential in this resurgence of the club, which recently won “Most Improved Club” at the Club Sports Award Banquet two weeks ago. “The team was pretty much handed to us, so we had to start from scratch,” said Lopez, who has been

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with the club for three years. “We had to meet with Rhonda [DuBord] for hours and hours to try and save the club.” The team currently has about 40 members, of which 12 travel and attend competitions. Practices are held at least once a week and are spent working on drills, recreating game scenarios and participating in team scrimmages. Practice usually starts within the first two weeks that students return for classes. Though classified as a Division-II team, the club faces both Division-I and Division-II opponents from the southeastern region, including state foes such as UF, FSU and UCF. At one point this year, the roller hockey team was ranked as high as No. 10 in the country. This came after going 4-0 against both FSU and UF, beating them twice and then coming away with the club’s first ever victory against UCF, a national powerhouse in roller hockey. “UCF was ranked No. 3 when we beat them, being able to do that for the first time ever was a high point in a season full of them,” said Armas, a finance major in his first

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year as president. Not only was the team able to compete and win games against some of the better teams in the nation, but they were also able to get completely new wardrobes out of it as well. With the help of DuBord, associate director of club sports at the Wellness Center, and Micheal Borok, the club sports accountant and treasurer of the club baseball team, the roller hockey club was able to put together the money needed for new helmets, gloves and jerseys. “Mike, Alex and Brad were awesome,” DuBord said. “I am very proud of them.” All students have the opportunity to join the club, no matter what their level of experience is. “We accept any members, male or female, and we provide equipment,” Armas said. “We just want members to fall in love with the game, just as we have.” Ernesto Suarez may be contacted at esuarez@themiamihurricane.com.

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MAN IN THE CAGE: Roller hockey club President Brad Armas tends goal during the third period of the their 6-5 win over UCF.


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Team bonds and breaks a sweat by busting a move Camaraderie no longer a problem BY JUSTIN ANTWEIL SPORTS EDITOR

It was no secret that team camaraderie is what plagued the 2009 Miami Hurricanes baseball squad. This year’s squad has a new identity. It is loose and meshes well together. Whether it’s the star player or the last player on the bench, everyone cheers for each other. Every team has its own ritual before a game. Some teams silently pray together and gather on one knee while other teams huddle up and say their common goal in unison after the count of three. The 2010 Hurricanes do something extreme. They sing and dance. “[Senior relief pitcher Taylor]

Wulf does a really funny thing,” sophomore third baseman Harold Martinez said. “He does a lawn mower-type move like he’s cutting grass while we are all huddled up around him. This is just a team type of thing that just really happened. He didn’t really plan it out. It just came about, but it’s nice because it gets us focused, and more importantly, relaxed before a game.” Wulf, who is rather large at 6 feet 246 pounds, dances to the Latin song by Daddy Yankee, “Que Tengo Que Hacer.” He hypes up his team by doing the weed eater, a move he randomly did while the team was stretching one day. “The song was playing and I just randomly busted it out one day,” Wulf said of his stylish moves. “Jason Santana started laughing hysterically. He told me we have to do it before the games. I said, ‘Okay.’ We did it for one

game and it was a success because we scored a lot of runs.” The Latin vibes have paid off as the Hurricanes have won 11 home games in a row. The crowd can now enjoy the dance as there is a video on the brand new HD scoreboard of Wulf grooving to the music. “We are all about having fun,” Wulf said with a smile. “The team chemistry is better, which has allowed us to play better.” Justin Antweil may be contacted at jantweil@themiamihurricane.com.

“QUE TENGO QUE HACER” ARTIST: Daddy Yankee DANCER: Taylor Wulf MOVE: The weed eater

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JUST DANCE: Senior Taylor Wulf keeps team spirits up as he does his customary weed eater dance before every home game.

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FANTASY SPORTS

Fantasy baseball a lucrative pastime Diehard fans have built billion-dollar industry BY CALVIN CESTARI ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

The idea of the game is very simple and, though to an average person the concept of playing may seem trivial, fantasy sports are very real and are worth big money. Fantasy baseball is a game where players manage imaginary baseball teams based on the real-life performance of baseball players. Players compete against one another using real world statistics to score points. Stemming from the idea of magazine editor Dan Okrent, today’s format of fantasy baseball has been around for 30 years. In 1980, Okrent organized a league of 10 people in New York which would meet once a week to tally up batting averages, home runs ERAs, RBIs and other statistics to update their standings.

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According to Yahoo.com, today there are over 10 million players in America alone. With such a broad national influence, there is no shortage of players here at the University of Miami. “I started playing my fantasy baseball my freshman year of college,” junior Will Berman said. “Some of my other friends were doing a league and I decided to join.” Many players start playing young and then return to play every year, providing a big market for Web sites to draw from when registering managers and selling ads. According to Forbes.com, the fantasy baseball industry is worth over $5 billion. However, managing a fantasy baseball team isn’t for everyone. Some play one season to try it out and realize that the time commitment is too much for them to manage. “I had always enjoyed fantasy drafts in Madden or NBA2k but fantasy baseball is different,” sophomore Joey Rappaport said of being a manager. “After the first few weeks I started to get bored with the

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team.” There is no doubt that managing a fantasy baseball team takes more time than a fantasy football team, which requires only several minutes a week to set lineups and bench biweekly players. “For me, fantasy baseball is more of a chore than it is enjoyment,” sophomore Jonathan Trock said. “Instead of once a week, there are games every day and there are many more statistical categories.” For others, fantasy baseball is perfect for that reason alone. “Fantasy football is much more random and one injury can ruin your season,” Berman said. “In fantasy baseball, a manager has to play well all season, treating trades and free agent acquisitions like a stock exchange.” There are enough people out there to convince ESPN.com and Yahoo.com to invest in fantasy baseball year after year, and Okrent would surely agree that this fact makes the fantasy sport pretty fantastic.

Calvin Cestari can be contacted at cmcestari@ themiamihurricane.com

TOP 5 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYERS Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis .333 BA, 7 HR, 19 RBI Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida .284 BA, 2 HR, 7 RBI David Wright, 3B, NY Mets .274 BA, 3 HR 14 RBI Ryan Braun, LF, Milwaukee .349 BA, 5 HR, 20 RBI Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia .282 BA, 6 HR1, 15 RBI


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, Dear V, I have been going out with my partner for two years and we are planning to move in together, but one thing threatens to derail our happiness. He has a tendency to mention his ex, whom he dated for a while. She was an extremely difficult and demanding woman, but he’s given me the impression she was always passionate in the bedroom, and I can’t help feeling that he thinks they had better sex than we do. I don’t want to seem haunted and jealous, but I really wish he would drop the subject. What should I do? Sincerely, Fed Up

Oh the ex. Probably one of the most frustrating things about being in a relationship is having your significant other constantly refer to the women in their past. If they’re dating you, they should be done thinking about them, right? Wrong. People never forget their ex’s and will probably always have some feelings for the boyfriends or girlfriends of past. The issue is when it starts interfering with your present relationship. Your boyfriend is allowed to think about his ex girlfriend, but I must agree that it’s disrespectful to bring her up all the time, especially in terms of her bedroom passion (probably the last thing you want to hear). If it’s really bothering you, I would definitely talk to him about it. As far as I know, you don’t tell him about how great a kisser your ex boyfriend was and for good reason: it’s rude! If your boyfriend has any common sense, he’ll understand why this makes you uncomfortable.

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On another topic, he could be purposely bringing this up as a way of hinting something about your current sex life. Ask him if something is wrong. Maybe he wishes you two had a more spicy chemistry in bed and this is his way of hinting at it (not a very good way, but at least he’s trying). You two have been dating for two years now and I’m sure his feelings for you are much stronger than those for his ex. Still, I can see how it hurts feeling like he’s comparing you to his past loves. Hopefully talking things out will get it out of his system and put you two back on track. Good Luck, V Have a question for V? Hit up DearV@themiamihurricane. com.

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