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he roller coaster of emotions that occurred in the final seconds of regulation in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl still creep through the minds of many Hurricane players and fans day in and day out. But vengeance is finally at the doorstep. Now, the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes have to rise to the occasion and show the country the Canes are a perennial powerhouse. Frustration and anger has built inside Hurricane nation for nearly a decade and finally the Miami Hurricanes have an opportunity to extract some revenge in Columbus, Ohio at the Horseshoe against No. 2 Ohio State, Saturday at 3:40 p.m. Head coach Randy Shannon has downplayed the matchup against the Buckeyes since the start of fall camp but is eager to get things rolling. “This is great for us in football season because you have an opportunity to play such a good team in a great place the second game of the season,” said Shannon, whose team is a 9.5-point underdog. “It’s a great opportunity for us. There’s a lot of enthusiasm from the crowd.” In the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, considered one of the best national championships of all time, Ohio State was a two-touchdown underdog to the Miami team that had won 34 straight games. SEE OHIO STATE, PAGE 10


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Craigslist cracks down on Adult Services section Under tremendous pressure from 17 state attorneys general and several public advocacy groups, Craigslist removed their Adult Services section in the United States on Saturday, replacing it with a black bar that says “censored”. The attorneys general stated that this section of the Web site was facilitating prostitution, exploitation and human trafficking. After the jailhouse suicide last month of medical student Philip Markoff, who was awaiting trial in the killing of a masseuse he met through Craigslist, the ad listings were questioned. This dispute is one of the most prominent in the controversy over free speech on the Internet. We ask ourselves, how much responsibility does a Web site like Craigslist have for these illegal activities and for their users’ posts? Instead of seeing this situation as an obstacle to their site, Craigslist should realize the prob-

lem at hand and use it as an opportunity to tackle this ongoing haunting issue. Currently, Craigslist still has 250 other erotic pages globally where children and women are still being sold for sex. If Craigslist is committed to ending human trafficking, the Web site should shut down the other adult services sections that are available worldwide. Blocking all adult ads on Craigslist is the first step in the right direction; however, this action by itself will not solve the major issue. Just because the Adult Services section disappears does not mean the ads will too. This will have no impact on the amount of prostitution that occurs globally because there are many other services out there. These prostitution ads will simply link to other sites. Rather than going after just the advertisements, officials need

to push for law enforcement efforts to use information from services like Craigslist to go after human traffickers and those who profit off of harming others. We severely need to urge sites like Craigslist to work with law enforcement, as well as devise new plans to fight this abusive industry and find more resources to control the visibility of the Web. In order to commit to ending the use of this Web site as a platform for trafficking and the sexual enslavement of children and young women, we must take further action to solve the problem. If we care about eradicating the misery that exploited women and children experience, and want to stop this exploitation, we need to stop disregarding this and be aware of the actual issue. Editorials represent the majority view of The Miami Hurricane editorial board.

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lenn Beck will save this country. I don’t know if Beck’s screaming nationalistic rhetoric and frantic arm-waving conjures up the same images for you as it JOSH KORNFIELD does for me. Still, we STAFF COLUMNIST all know Beck is but a humble TV personality just trying to “awaken” this country, the land we all love. He manages to craft a caricature of liberals who demand reform, painting them as hippies who hate their country, and implying that those who truly love our country understand that we’re in some sort of secular stupor. America has “wandered in darkness” Beck tells us, and only he can lead us out. Luckily, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. All we have to do is watch Beck drop books on his desk and appreciate that this is a man who reads. He reads books! Seriously though, I fear for my country- seeing Beck mischaracterize the words of our founding fathers and knowing that many of his viewers are buying it. Witnessing the Tea Party pick Sarah Palin, a hockey mom who compared herself to Shakespeare for inadvertently coining the word “refudiate,” as their national mascot. Beck

and Palin used to amuse me. Their growing influence over a substantial number of Americans currently worries me. Beck argues that our country needs some sort of awakening. With this, I agree. However, we certainly don’t need a religious or spiritual awakening. Children aren’t malnourished in this country because of a lack of religion. States’ inability to pay their bills, our growing national debt, falling educational standards and our unsustainable American lifestyle are not problems that will disappear if Americans pray more. Dare I say this? Sometimes, I worry that if Americans aren’t enlightened to the fact that our national problems aren’t the result of Mexican migrants and Muslim mosques, our political system may soon cause our eventual demise. A national effort, one I suggest should be borne out of our universities, should investigate practical solutions to America’s widespread problems. Beck argues that our country suffers from “a disease.” He calls that disease “progressivism;” I call it a lack of progressivism. There are inadequacies that need reforming in this country. Palin can “refudiate” that idea till the glaciers start to melt. Josh Kornfield is a junior majoring in international studies and political science. He may be contacted at jkornfield@themiamihurricane.com.

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“[The parody] is a perfect portrayal of the Long Island lifestyle and it’s very entertaining.” – Senior Dana Bornstein

“If you’ve never been to Nassau before, then either watch this video to sum up your [trip] or go and see [the places featured in] the video in real life. I will say that if you are brave enough to enter Nassau’s own little world, you must eat at Marinara.” – Sophomore Tali Shapira

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“I first saw the video on Nash’s Facebook. I’m not from Nassau County but I have multiple friends from there so over the past four years, I’ve been hearing all the jokes and I just think it’s hilarious.”

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WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE OF: Seniors Evan Krumholz (left) and Nash Prince created a parody of their hometown in Nassau County sung to the tune of “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys. BY DANIELLE KASLOW EDGE EDITOR

Forget about “Empire State of Mind.” For two University of Miami seniors, it’s all about Nassau County. In mid-August, Nash Prince and Evan Krumholz created a YouTube video spoof of Jay-Z’s hit, along with two friends who also hail from Long Island, Tyler Gildin and Cody Milch. The video went viral overnight. “We all grew up on Long Island so we were just taking all the different stereotypes... and going with it,” Prince said. New Yorkers, and even those from out of town, connected instantly with the parody, referencing familiar Long Island restaurants, shopping areas and inside jokes. “There are always certain truths- like there is a large Persian population in the

Great Neck area and Matteo’s is the spot to eat; we just put all the things we’ve been saying all along in the song,” said Krumholz, who co-wrote the lyrics with Gildin. “If you’re from the area it strikes a cord on a very personal level.” Once Krumholz and Gildin perfected the lyrics, they approached Milch to direct and Prince to work with the music for the project. The four began by recording the track in Prince’s home studio, where he later produced it. “[The recording] was pretty rough at the time. I just helped smooth it out and lowered Tyler’s voice so he sounded more like a rapper,” Prince said with a laugh. “I also sang on it, added in a few effects here and there and, when we had finished, we started filming.” After three days of shooting and two days of editing, the four posted their finished

product, with a runtime of 4 minutes and 37 seconds, onto YouTube on Aug. 13. “Our main goal was to get 5,000 hits in one week,” Prince said. “Instead we got 200,000 in three to four days; I was just blown away.” The boys were immediately featured on the NBC New York news program, the Howard Stern H-100 radio show and also on many popular blogs and Web sites, like Barstoolsports.com. “YouTube is the best vehicle to get stuff out. We had a feeling it would be popular with our friends, but had no idea how big it would get,” Krumholz said. According to YouTube’s analytic information posted below the video, it has received over 656,679 hits as of Sept. 7, has been viewed on almost every continent and is most popular with people in their early 40s to mid-50s. September 9 - September 12, 2010

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“The biggest surprise has probably been the age demographic of the people who view the video,” Prince said. “It’s a lot of people sending it to all their friends, people who still live in Nassau County and ones that have moved away but enjoy the memories of home.” Senior Dana Bornstein found the same to be true with her mother, who is originally from Long Island. “I sent the video to my mom on Facebook,” Bornstein said. “She doesn’t really know how to do Facebook, so she just kept posting it on her own wall. But all her friends kept commenting on it, that they had either been to all those places to eat or shop or that they thought it was funny and could not wait to post it.”

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Hurricane Bookshelf: September picks BY SARAH B. PILCHICK SENIOR EDGE WRITER

Despite the fact that everyone’s free time just significantly decreased with the start of classes, there’s always time to read for pleasure. Maybe you just want to avoid your assigned reading; maybe you are simply sick of Oprah’s Book Club selections. Here are a few of the book world’s most recent releases.

“The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” (Stieg Larsson; Knopf ) is the last entry in the author’s “Millennium Trilogy.” Released May 25, it concludes the saga of Lisbeth Salander, expert hacker and recent gunshot victim, and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who has made it his personal crusade to prove Salander’s innocence in the face of double murder charges. Starting with Hornet’s Nest isn’t recommended, but Larsson’s world is so engrossing that the series is more than worth your time. The “Millennium Trilogy” is particularly noteworthy for its realistic view of Sweden, proving the country is not all Ikea and ABBA. “The Rembrandt Affair” (Daniel Silva; Putnam Adult) is the latest addition of Silva’s series about Gabriel Allon, Israeli spy and art restorer. This time, Allon follows the path of a Rembrandt painting stolen during the Holocaust that leads to a Nazi fugitive in Argentina all the way to a seemingly benevolent bilFLICKR.COM lionaire. Silva is a worthy successor to John le Carré. The novel, released July 20, is accessible and so engrossing that one does not have to read the series in sequence to have a stake in the outcome.

“Freedom” (Jonathan Franzen; Farrar, Straus & Giroux) was recently the sub-

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ject of a huge publicity blitz during which President Obama accepted an early copy while vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. The story of how a married couple’s idealism gives way to disillusionment and disappointment, Franzen’s novel, released Aug. 31, might just be the book of the year. Also notable and mildly entertaining is the author’s ongoing feud with authors

Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner.

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race” (Jon Stewart; Grand Central) follows in the same vein as “America (The Book),” Stewart’s previous entry in the satirical guide genre. This time writing for any potential extraterrestrial visitors, Earth, to be released Sept. 21, promises to be just as irreverent and hilarious as America.

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While older viewers greatly identified with the video, younger generations still found a humor in the spoof. Sophomore Tali Shapira, who attended high school with Gildin and Milch, had similar sentiments. “Everything they sing about represents my hometown of Hewlett to the tee,” Shapira said. “There isn’t one detail they missed in their rap.” While the four boys have received a multitude of encouraging feedback, not all of it has been positive; some responses include death threats and anti-Semitic comments. “It’s easier to hide behind a computer screen and say those things,” Prince said. “For the most part, I think it’s people who don’t get the joke, that we’re poking fun at all the different stereotypes.” Despite the occasional off-putting comment on YouTube, Prince and Krumholz remain optimistic and find their situation humorous. “I’ve been approached a couple times at parties and have taken pictures with people,” Prince said. “It’s funny actually, one girl came up to me and asked if I was the guy with long flowing hair from the video... and if she could take a picture with me. It’s been a wild ride.” Not only has “Nassau (County) State of Mind” provided Prince, Krumholz and their two friends with a one-of-a-kind experience and newfound fame, but they have also created a platform to further their careers. “We knew [the video] would be funny and definitely a good way to show people what we can do,” Krumholz said. “We are all creative in different ways, like Nash is an aspiring musician, I’m a writer and do standup, Cody wants to direct and Tyler wants to be do standup. The video was just a really good vehicle... And a musical tribute to Long Island was clearly well-needed.”


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The ‘X’ factor: Tight ends Player position could be the difference maker BY JUSTIN ANTWEIL SPORTS EDITOR

Everyone knows the historical implications dating back to the 2003 Fiesta Bowl (or Fiasco Bowl as some Cane fans call it). Everyone knows the Heisman hype surrounding junior quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Jacory Harris. Everyone knows the NFL Pro Bowlers that OSU and UM produce year after year. Everyone knows Buckeye coach Jim Tressel’s traditional game day sweater and Hurricane coach Randy Shannon’s stoic sideline demeanor. But what the common fan does not realize is that the X-factor of Saturday’s showdown will involve two players that have a combined five NCAA catches. The impact players are Miami junior tight end Chase Ford and Ohio State sophomore tight end Jake Stoneburner. Ford is a junior college transfer who was only a target for one play last Thursday during Miami’s 45-0 rout over FAMU. That may have been by design though as Miami didn’t want to expose its game plan to the No. 2 Buckeyes. Ford is expected to thrive in offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s schemes, which features a lot of passes to the tight end especially in the red zone. Last year, Miami receivers caught 25 touchdown passes and 40 percent of those were caught by tight ends. “I love the system,” Ford said. “I like how it works. Good mix of everything. You need to look over playbook every night to make sure you know everything.” Ford is the unknown, while receivers like senior Leonard Hankerson and junior Travis Benjamin are proven. Meanwhile, Ohio State has Stoneburner who is eager to take the field at Ohio Stadium in front of over 100,000 fans on Saturday at 3:40 p.m. “I couldn’t be more excited,” Stoneburner told The Miami Hurricane in an exclusive interview. “There is no way Miami can prepare or has seen an atmosphere like they’ll experience Saturday.” There have been loud speakers blaring at 6 a.m. all week on Green Tree Practice Field in anticipation for the hostile environment.

While Miami is trying to emulate the noise it will have to endure, Stoneburner is trying to emulate the same success fellow Big Ten school Wisconsin had last year against Miami in Champ Sports Bowl. “I’ve watched that game a couple of times and Wisconsin tight ends had a field day and were all over the place. I think they had 13 or 14 catches,” Stoneburner said. “It’s a different year so it will be a challenge though.” Linebackers are going to be responsible for covering the tight ends and need to play assignment football. But UM redshirt senior linebacker Colin McCarthy, who visited Columbus in 2006 on a recruiting trip, has other thoughts. He would love for tight ends to challenge the middle of the field. “We have to stop the run and neutralize the run game and make them one dimensional,” McCarthy said. McCarthy is referring to Pryor’s mobility outside the pocket. The 6-foot-6-inch, 233 pounder was the Rose Bowl MVP last year. “Everyone knows Pryor is extremely athletic and fast but no one realizes how good of a leader he is,” Stoneburner said. Meanwhile redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Marcus Forston says going up against Pryor won’t be a challenge because Pryor won’t POSITION even be the best quarterback on the field come Saturday afternoon. “We go up against the best Quarterbacks quarterback in the nation every day,” Forston said of his longtime teammate Jacory Harris. “So by Running Backs going up against Jacory every day, we can be ready for anybody.” No matter which angle you Wide Receivers/ take, this matchup is poised to Tight Ends be an instant classic, but look for the tight ends to be the difference makers.

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The Buckeyes stunned and upset Miami in a thrilling double overtime win, 31-24. The game was blemished by a late penalty on Miami’s cornerback Glenn Sharpe for pass interference on Ohio State’s Chris Gamble in the end zone on fourth-and-three from the five yard line. Miami thought they won as fireworks exploded and the Hurricane players celebrated the back-to-back national titles. Shannon has previously stated that was the last time he has celebrated during a game when he thought Miami won the national title. But the late flag ruined all of that. Ohio State went on to win after Maurice Clarett’s rushing touchdown in the second overtime. The Hurricanes are still haunted by that call. “I was a little young, but I remember it,” said sophomore defensive end Olivier Vernon, who had a career-high 3.5 sacks against FAMU. “It’s revenge time. Nobody’s forgotten about it. I feel like I was playing that game.” On the other hand, most of the players on the rosters where in middle school when the last time these two schools played. “It is another game on our schedule,” redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Marcus Forston said. “We have to play it. So we’re just going into the game and prepare like any other team.” One goal Shannon has this week is to keep the focus on as a total team, not on the two Heisman hopefuls. It will be hard for Shannon to do that as both sidelines will have elite quarterbacks on them. Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw three touchdown passes last week as they smashed Marshall, 45-7. Junior quarterback Jacory Harris was just as impressive as he completed 12 of 15 passes for 210 yards and had three touchdowns in his first and only half in a 45-0 thrashing against over Florida A&M. Shannon is ready for all eyes to be focused in on his team. “Everyone in the country will be watching this game. It’s not Terrelle Pryor against Jacory Harris,” said Shannon, who has freshman Stephen Morris playing Pryor on the scout team. “It’s players being the best they can be, and understanding the process of the game and staying focused.” The players haven’t forgotten what it would mean to knock off Ohio State. “This is a great rivalry that goes back,” said redshirt junior defensive end Adewale Ojomo, who had two sacks last week after missing the entire 2009 season. “We’re giving it our all. It’s hard to say it’s a normal game week. It’s not important, it’s critical.”

Senior player returns to court McGee embodies Hurricane leadership BY DAVID FURONES CONTRIBUTING SPORTS WRITER

While senior Lici McGee is predominantly recognized for playing above the net on the volleyball court as the team’s 6-foot-3-inch middle blocker, not many are aware of how she excels off it. The redshirt middle blocker has already earned her degree in sports administration and also interned last spring semester with the women’s basketball team as an assistant for dayto-day operations. Her responsibilities ranged from keeping an inventory of supplies for the team, to running pre- and post-game errands, to making sure all the players’ pre-game meals are prepared. “As an athlete, I see how our team works, but when you work in the office, you see how the coaching works, the recruiting, how it all comes together,” McGee said. She explained that the value of

learning everything about the backbone of the athletic department, in addition to the connections she made, cannot be measured. McGee spent her summer recovering from offseason elbow surgery, and the savvy veteran is now prepared to make her final year of eligibility count. “You can see how it’s all clicking together finally. I really have very high expectations for us,” McGee said. Last season McGee registered a team-high 117 blocks and was second on the team with 243 kills. As one of the upperclassmen on the team, she hopes to continue leading vocally and by example. “I’m the loudest person you’d probably ever meet,” she said. “I definitely bring the enthusiasm and the comic relief to the team.” For her efforts, she was selected to the preseason All-ACC team. She is picking up this season right where she left off. Miami is 7-1 and has beat some quality opponents due to McGee’s presence on the net. She is averaging 2.17 kills per set, good for third best on the squad while also tallying 18 total blocks thus far.

McGee’s team leadership doesn’t go unnoticed by head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch. She’s coached McGee since she first walked through the Hecht Athletic Center door as a freshman from Warr Acres, Okla. and has witnessed both her confidence and assertiveness develop. “She brings a great deal of energy into our gym and a lot of fire and spirit,” Lantagne Welch said. “It’s something that’s contagious to the rest of the team.” That kind of enthusiasm transcends her relationships with her teammates on and off the court, and Lantagne Welch has taken note of how it has benefited the team. McGee not only partakes in developing the team’s chemistry, but Lantagne Welch also speaks highly of her athletic abilities on the court. “She can really overtake a game when she gets hot. Her ability to both attack and shut down opponents is something that can be felt and feared,” she said. David Furones may be contacted dfurones@themiamihurricane.com.

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AT THE NET: On Aug. 31, senior Lici McGee prepares to block the opposing team’s spike during the game against Florida Atlantic University. The redshirt middle blocker helped lead the Canes to a 3-0 victory against the Owls.

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dear ... enough. If we want to speed up the process, try spicing things up first thing in the morning before he gets to his phone and starts thinking about the tasks in the day ahead. I’m sure he’d rather wake up to a hand in his pants than an iPhone in his pocket. Best,

I’m sure the iPhone is great and all, but you’d think the novelty would wear off by now. It can do some pretty amazing things, but it can’t offer what you can in the bedroom (unless Apple has come up with an app for that stuff too, in which case I’m ditching my blackberry for good). I have to think this isn’t going to be a permanent fixation. After all, technology changes pretty quickly these days and no one can stay excited about one thing for long. What he SHOULD be getting excited about is YOU, and things should go back to the way they were soon

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