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Marince science auction and sale

School accessories sold for charity

The Marine Science Graduate Student Organization will be holding their annual auction and rummage sale this Friday. The proceeds go towards their travel fund. This travel fund is used to financially assist students that go to conferences or do research. The silent auction and rummage sale will begin at 5 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 6 p.m. The cost for entry is $5 a person.

The University of Miami is supporting the United Way by selling orange and green “U” earrings in the Office of the Registrar and sunglasses in the UC Breezeway. The earrings cost $5 while the sunglasses cost $10. The sunglasses will be sold in the Breezeway on Friday This year’s campaign for United Way began on Sept. 15, with a goal to raise $1.2 million, an increase from last year’s total of $1.12 million. United Way is a non-profit organization that locates itself in communities and tries to solve problems by attacking them at their sources.

Alternative Spring Break event

Citations issued at football game

The University of Miami Alternative Spring Break will host Spring Break Showcases next week. The event will take place in the UC Ballroom between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Oct. 15. Information on the sites and issues will be available. Participants are asked to come back from 6 to 9 p.m. to sign up for a site. Sites will be given to students on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no application for the process.

At the University of Miami football game against Florida State University last Saturday, 60 notices to appear in court were issued and four people were arrested. At least 30 of these citations were given to UM students. The exact number of students that made up these 60 citations has not yet been determined. The State of Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco gives UM the reports on these 60 citations. After the university cross checks the names on these new reports with the university’s list of students, the number could rise.

Starbucks extends Sunday hours until 10 p.m.  Check out what’s going

The on-campus Starbucks has extended its hours on Sundays to stay open until 10 p.m. It had previously closed at 9 p.m on Sundays. The closing time for weeknights is 11 p.m., and on Saturdays it closes at 5 p.m. There are no plans to change the weeknight or Saturday hours.

on with your community, as contributing news writer Alexandra Leon covers the Kendall and South Miami beat. Like what you’ve read? Think the writer is a moron? Dislike the font we use? Visit the story in question and leave feedback! You may start the conversation that gets the whole campus talking.

ON THE TRAIL Some Independent voters are starting to swing behind Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin said that Obama is a left-wing zealot with ties to a violent Vietnam War protester on Monday in Clearwater, Fla. -Information from The Miami Herald

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ON THE COVER  Gilded Cartonnage: Mummy cartonnage based on cloth; woman, face and arms gilt, wreath of red flowers in right hand, double headed snake bracelet on both forearms, necklace and pectoral and earrings. Period: EarlyRoman Period (149CE-30BCE). Courtesy of Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London

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Wellness Center to be named following $8 million donation

Shalala explains economic adjustments to SG Senate School aims to tighten budget BY ED S. FISHMAN ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

CHELSEA MATIASH // Photo Editor

CHRISTENING: The student wellness center will be renamed the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center following their donation of $8 million to the university.

Couple met at UM as freshmen BY ERIKA CAPEK ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

The University of Miami Wellness Center will have a new name along with an $8 million gift. The same couple who established an endowment for the Canes Health Assessment and Motivation Program, Patti and Allan Herbert will have their names above the doorway at the entrance of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. The Herberts met the first week of school at UM, fell in love and married. Yet besides this recent donation, the Herbert’s were first recognized for CHAMP in Nov. 2004. Because of that generosity, the bridge in front of the Wellness Center was named the Love Bridge to commemorate the Herbert’ love for the university

and each other. And because of that love of alma mater, the couple donated $8 million this year to be used by the Wellness Center. “We’ve been talking with the Herberts about this opportunity for a number of years now,” said Patricia A. Whitely, the vice president for Student Affairs. “We’re so thrilled and excited about this. It is a tribute to the alums and their love of UM.” The building was initially named the George A. Smathers Student Wellness Center after the former Florida senator; subsequently the senator and the university mutually agreed to remove his name from the building and rename the exterior courtyard after him instead. The unveiling of the name will take place on Oct. 23, when a party from 3:30 to 5 p.m. will celebrate and thank the Herberts for the gift. But even with the planning

for the future expansion of the Wellness Center, Whitely said this gift is a separate decision. “We’ll know what we’re using the money for in the next six months. Hopefully it will eventually help with the expansion,” Whitely said, “But right now, we don’t know exactly what we’re using it for.” Norman Parsons, director of the department of Wellness and Recreation, told The Miami Hurricane in an e-mail that they are all “thrilled to have Patti and Allan Herbert’s name on the Wellness Center.” Erika Capek may be contacted at ecapek@themiamihurricane.com.

To learn more about the previous gift from the Herberts, the “Love Bridge,” log on to TheMiamiHurricane.com and search “Love Bridge Herbert”

In this rough economy, the University of Miami is playing it safe. At a meeting with the Student Government Senate on Oct. 8, university President Donna E. Shalala explained the university’s response to the current economic situation. “It’s not like we don’t have money, we are just trying to save it,” Shalala said. Her strategy to save money is to cut fat from the budget. Money saving options includes raising the temperature in classrooms and converting light maintenance to electric engines. Some bus routes will be cut to save money. Shalala said these bus routes cost millions of dollars and are inefficient at times. “I see the busses bunching up,” she said. “It like they have an affinity for each other.” The bus routes to Coconut Grove will not be affected. Teaching vacancies will not immediately be filled, as academic deans and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc will have to justify filling the empty spot. However, on Oct. 2 UM’s Web site announced eight new teachers were being appointed to the School of Business. Commitments to students will also be honored so students will not feel the squeeze. “Sebastian the Ibis will still be at graduation,” she said. Tuition will not dramatically increase but will rise with cost-ofliving increases. Shalala also assured the SG Senate that students will not be nickel and dimed. “There will be no cutbacks in scholarships and loans already awarded,” Shalala said. “We are going to honor our commitments and recruit freshman and offer them scholarships.” The economic slowdown will not impact upperclassmen scholarships, as that investment will increase in order to attempt to maintain and exceed the school’s October 9 - 12, 2008

90 percent retention rate. Construction on campus is not going to be interrupted. The multipurpose building next to the BankUnited Center will be completed. This building will have two basketball courts and a room that can hold over 1,000 students where lectures can be given. The new Student Activities Center is also on schedule, which means the Rathskeller, where the SAC will stand, is still scheduled to close on Dec. 5. According to Shalala, an impact on the school will come from declining donation in the months to come. She predicts that donations under $1,000 could go down, while larger donations will be spread out over longer periods of time. Donations at this time have not slowed. Allan and Patti Herbert are expected to donate $8 million to the Wellness Center and a $2 million estate gift from the late Warren Johnson developed a new chaired professorship The university has had large expenditures in the past including Cedars Medical Center, a 560bed hospital. However, the profits from the hospital benefit the Coral Gables campus. “When they make money they improve the experience at the Coral Gables campus,” Shalala said. She continued to say that people always get sick no matter what the state of the economy and always need medical attention. The university views itself in a “recession-proof bubble” in terms of enrollment. As the economy weakens Shalala said more students will go back to school to make themselves more competitive in the job market. The school as a whole will not slow down and will continue to rise in the US News and World Report Rankings, according to Shalala. “In the next three years we will be in the top tier,” Shalala said. “The last thing we want to do is cut corners and not continue our progress.” Ed S. Fishman may be contacted at efishman@themiamihurricane. com.

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Old Egypt comes to campus Pair of exhibits are at the Lowe BY RYAN EVAN ROSE CONTRIBUTING NEWS WRITER

Imagine being in the midst of immaculate Ancient Egypt, having the opportunity to witness its wonders first hand. Now, members of the University of Miami’s community will not have to travel across the globe to have an experience such as this; artifacts from Ancient Egypt’s history can be found at The Lowe Art Museum, which is showcasing a unique exhibition until Nov. 2. “Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology” is a traveling exhibition which tells the story of British pioneer and archaeologist Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie and his exploration of Egyptian civilization. Denise Gerson, the associate director of The Lowe Art Museum, called this exhibition “a gift to our community” because this exhibition “is so significant in showing what the history of Egypt has to offer.” “You would have to go to New York or Paris or even travel around the world to see examples like this, and this is the only exhibit of its kind in South Florida,” Gerson said. Petrie is known as the father of Egyptian archaeology for his innovations and contributions to the field. He was also the inspiration for the Indiana Jones movies. “Excavating Egypt” features 221 of Petrie’s most significant finds resulting from his archeological expeditions and many of these have never been seen by the public before. “I really enjoyed coming to the museum, this exhibit is very interesting and I enjoyed learning about the history of Egypt,” visitor Ricardo Monslave said. The exhibit includes excavation notes, journal pages and photos of Petrie’s digs. “All of this material is on loan from a London collection named for this pioneering archeologist,” Gerson said. The exhibit also includes examples of how people lived and died in the Nile Valley and some 4

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Architecture students’ waterfront designs on display through Nov. 7 Ceremony held for opening day BY KELLY VAVRA CONTRIBUTING NEWS WRITER

COURTESY PETRIE MUSEUM OF EQYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LONDON

COSMETIC SPOON: A wooden toilet spoon in the form of an ankh is one item that can be viewed at the Lowe. The stem is a flowering papyrus stalk held by two figures of Bes facing inwards, said to have been inlaid with green paste. of their jewelry, sculptures, pottery and even a mummy case. “This exhibit also sheds light on modern excavation techniques,” Gerson said. The museum is also hosting another exhibit complements the Petrie exhibit. “Eternal Egypt: Photography from the Collection of the Lowe Art Museum,” is permanent and all the material it contains is owned by the museum. These are images of the Nile Valley during a bygone era. They feature the Lost Egypt portfolios produced by The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. “These photos show ancient places where Egyptians built pyra-

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mids and temples and they document an Egypt that doesn’t exist anymore,” Gerson said. The photographs were taken over a century ago, during a time when the government moved several of these monuments. This exhibit shows museum-goers how Egypt looked prior to the alteration.

With an industrial downtown area, it sure would be nice to enjoy the fresh, tropical environment many so often take for granted in bustling Miami. Students in the University of Miami School of Architecture had that idea in mind when designing a potential new waterfront for the area from Brickell to Bayfront Park. We have a history of illusive tropical urbanism,” said Jan Nijman, a professor in the Department of Geography and Regional Studies. More than 400 students in 33 classes put their heads together to devise blueprints for new buildings, parks and monuments that make up a project known as “On the Waterfront: Miami’s SevenMile Promenade.” A selection of exceptional proposals will be on display in Miami-Dade College Freedom Tower at 600 Biscayne Boulevard through Nov. 7. An opening ceremony for the display was held on Monday. Professor Don Olson of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science expressed his dream for Miami to be a city that utilizes its vast waterfront. “The waterfront project challenged both faculty and students alike to expand our realm of influence,” Olson said. Students spent the fall semester of 2007 using elite computer programs to design their plans for the waterfront. Each studio class

of no more than 12 students was assigned a specific area. Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, the dean of the School of Architecture, discussed the unusual task of all the design studios pulling together to devote their semester to the same project. “Its big impact is that everyone worked on it. There was a lot of brain power and over 1,000 hours went into it. It’s that collective approach,” Plater-Zyberk said. Imagine being able to take a taxi from Brickell to South Beach without stepping foot in a car; this is accomplished in several students’ idea of a water taxi system. Fourth-year architecture student Alex Arevalo spent a semester in Architecture Design 305 devising his plan of a potential downtown athletic club that includes a café and a gymnasium. Arevalo said that his project focused around health and having a location where co-workers and family members could interact. “We wanted to show the city, overall, the things that could be done,” Arevalo said. Plater-Zyberk said that the project’s primary objective was to raise awareness in the local population of the fact that many buildings can be improved and deadend streets near the shore could be utilized in a public-friendly way. “I think the goal was the impact on the city and property owners is intended to be one of encouraging action and encouraging improvement,” she said. Kelly Vavra may be contacted at kvavra@themiamihurricane.com.

For more information on these exhibits and the Lowe’s operating hours, call 305-284-3535 or visit www.lowemuseum.org. Ryan Evan Rose may be contacted at rrose@themiamihurricane.com.

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PROPOSAL: A School of Architecture waterfront study created by Olatunde Ogunjulugbe in fall 2007.


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Panel discusses candidates and economy Events McCain hurt in Beats

polls by crisis

Meyer appointed Warren Johnson Chair, professor of marketing

BY NINA RUGGIERO AND CHELSEA KATE ISAACS CONTRIBUTING NEWS WRITER AND NEWS EDITOR

In an interview with CNBC in August, investor and businessman Warren Buffet said, “You don’t know who’s swimming naked until the tide goes out. Right now, Wall Street is a nudist beach.” Buffet was fittingly quoted by Carlos Asilis, a specialist in global emerging market equities and managing partner at Glovista Investments, at a panel discussion held at the University of Miami School of Business Administration Tuesday night. The discussion was titled “The Economic Crisis: How the Presidential Candidates Will Change the Future of Our Economy” and was a part of “A Dialogue for Democracy,” a series of events aiming to inform UM students about the key issues in the campaigns. Panelists included Manuel Santos, professor and James L. Knight chair in economics at the School of Business Administration, who served as the moderator; Asilis; Ricardo Lago, a former senior official of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and Christopher Cotton, an assistant professor of economics. “This is a time of promises and plans,” Santos said. “But there is very little discussion on how these plans are going to be funded.” Cotton, who specializes in game theory and the political economy, which he described as the strategic interaction between politicians, special interest groups and voters, discussed how the economic crisis will change the election. He said that a CNN poll in September showed that 58 percent of voters believed that the economy was the most important issue in the election, and that 47 percent of people polled blamed the Republicans for the current economic situation while only 2 percent blamed Democrats. “It’s clear that the focus on the economic crisis in the media and debates benefits [Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack] Obama,” Cotton said, adding that McCain’s handling of the financial crisis received an approval rating of 6

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The School of Business Administration announced the appointment of Robert Meyer as the new Warren Johnson Chair, a professorship of marketing. He previously spent 18 years at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. A $2 million gift provided by the late Warren Johnson, who earned his BBA from the School of Business in 1950, will fund Meyer’s new position. COURTESY ROBERT C. JONES JR

DIALOGUE: Panelists included, from left, Christopher Cotton, Carlos Asilis, Ricardo Lago and (at podium) Manuel Santos. The group discussed which candidate benefited from the crisis. 33 percent, while 43 percent of voters approved Obama’s methods. While Cotton’s statistics from CNN showed that poll takers placed blame on Republican candidate Sen. John McCain rather than Obama for the economic crisis, studies have shown that Democrats are 23 percent more likely to watch CNN than Republicans, according to a 2006 Scarborough study of national consumer shopping patterns, media behaviors, demographics and lifestyles, so these statistics may be biased. Cotton said that support on financial issues shifted greatly in Obama’s favor with the government takeover of insurance company AIG and that the bailout plan and the presidential debates also had an effect on public opinion. Since the topic of the economy cannot be avoided in today’s debates, Cotton said that McCain’s best strategy would be to focus on non-issue characteristics, such as questioning whether or not Obama is trustworthy or adequately experienced, which many Americans have doubted. McCain is perceived by poll takers to have a better ability to work well with both parties to get things done in Washington, can manage the government more effectively, puts the country’s in-

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terests ahead of his own political interests and is more honest and trustworthy than Obama, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted last month. “The heels are on, the gloves are off,” Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin was quoted as saying, referring to the GOP’s eagerness to take on Obama. As for the bailout plan, Cotton said that congressmen took much criticism for their support. “It wasn’t popular, but it’s what they thought was right,” Cotton said. He noted that congressmen running for re-election were less likely to vote in support of the plan than those who were retiring. “This shows the long-term effects this bill may have on Congressional politics,” he said, adding that congressmen seemed worried about future risks. How will all of this impact future policy? “Either candidate will implement policies to make sure the crisis does not happen again,” Cotton said. “It is going to be increasingly difficult to get Congress to pass any large budget plans, however, which will be most hurtful for Obama.” Asilis predicted that whether Obama or McCain takes over the White House, debt levels will con-

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tinue to rise before a solution is reached. “There is a vicious cycle component to the adjustment process,” he said. Asilis also stressed international relations as a major factor in the economic well-being of the United States. “We have an interconnected economy,” Asilis said. “Development in the U.S. has an important impact on the European continent, the Asian continent, and our Latin American neighbors.” Asilis added that the solutions to the challenges ahead lie in growth from trade with fast growing countries such as India. “It is troubling to see the financial sector suffer on a global level,” said sophomore Mickalina Novikova, a finance major. “It’s important for students to stay informed, as this crisis may greatly affect the job market. I attended the presentation because I am concerned about the impact that the current economic crisis is going to have on my future.” Nina Ruggiero may be contacted at nruggiero@themiamihurricane. com, and Chelsea Kate Isaacs may be contacted at cisaacs@ themiamihurricane.com.

Surfrider UM helps to reduce beach litter Surfrider UM, a student organization that holds beach clean-ups and other eco-friendly events, as well as surf clinics and camping trips, has joined the Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach to help reduce litter on Miami Beach. The club hopes to raise enough money to put ten recycling bins on the beach. A benefit concert was held Tuesday night at the UC Patio which included food and music. Students celebrates Filipino-American heritage The Filipino Student Association kicked off “Flippin’ U Out Week” Oct. 2, a series of events to inform UM students about FilipinoAmerican heritage. Kickoff events were held at the UC Patio and included a fruit sale, performances and prizes. Miami Arnis, a Filipino martial arts group, also performed at MahoneyPearson.


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Working for Invisible Children

HEALTHY CANE BY ASHLEYANN GOSSELIN HEALTHY CANE COLUMNIST

I am very stressed out and work a lot so I have been taking Adderall, a prescription drug used to help combat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) so I can study. I know a lot of people who are taking it but I’m snorting the stuff to make it work faster and I’m kind of scared that I’m going to get addicted to it. What kind of problems come with snorting this drug?

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Okay, drugs are bad and you should not do them. Adderall is prescribed in order to regulate patients’ dopamine functioning, and should only be used by those with a dopamine problem. However, because Adderall is a stimulant, many students take it in pill form or by snorting it as a way to increase their focus and gain energy, be it for a test or for a pick-me-up during times of stress. Snorting Adderall allows for direct entry into the bloodstream which helps it work faster and more efficiently. Many people who abuse Adderall assume it is safe because it is a prescription medication, but this is unfortunately, untrue. Those “coming down” from Adderall are likely to experience exhaustion, tension, radical mood swings and depression. Long-term effects can include high and irregular heartbeat, chronic sleeping problems, malnutrition, anxiety and tension, as well as amphetamine psychosis. And snorting the drug, as with any drug, can damage nasal tissue and deteriorate the nasal cartilage as well as lead to tolerance and addiction. Stay away from amphetamines unless you are prescribed, and if you do have a prescription, then please do not share your pills with anyone else and make sure to follow your doctor’s directions. What you really need to do is to evaluate what is important in your life and focus on those things. If you have to work and get good grades, then that is what you need to be focusing on. Take some time for yourself; sit by the pool, relax and take things one thing at a time. Don’t stress; be confident that you will accomplish all of your goals and you will be a better person by doing it without being under the influence of drugs, which will ultimately harm your mind and your body.

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HELPING HANDS: Members of Invisible Children collaborate on a patch and banner project aiming to raise awareness of the plight of child soldiers in Uganda, who are forced into service.

Group hopes to involve youth BY PRAVIN PATEL OF THE STAFF

“Do more than just watch.” This is the motto that is near and dear to the members of Invisible Children at the University of Miami. Founded last year, Invisible Children (IC) is an organization that strives to spread awareness of the atrocities that are taking place in Uganda – specifically, the young children who are being abducted and forced into carrying arms for the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel army that has taken up arms against the Ugandan government, despite the fact that these children have nothing to do with the rebellion or its cause. “I was first made aware of the situation in Uganda when I read A Long Way Gone, a book about the child soldiers,” said freshman Kaci Dewitt-Rickards, a member of IC. “I try to get involved however I can. We are so far away from the atrocities, but every new person introduced to the situation helps. 8

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This was the specific goal that the IC executive board had in mind at their “Patch Making Party” on Monday. “Patches are the greatest way to spread awareness,” said senior Andrea Whalen, the vice president of IC. “You can put them on your purse, backpack or shirt. Then, when someone asks you about it, you can talk to them about the patch and IC. In my view, more change will come about when more young people know of the situation, as young people are energetic and ready to act.” The event played host to roughly 30 eager and excited students who were ready to help in just about any way possible. Volunteers made patches that featured an image of Africa, in white, with a red heart over Uganda to symbolize their cause. “I saw the video and was moved to act,” senior Brianna Phillips said. “I saw how these children had to journey away from their home just to find a safe place to sleep at night, and then I thought about how lucky I am. I felt I had to do something.” For an organization that had barely 10 members just a year ago, IC is making great strides in terms

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of spreading awareness of the situation and getting people involved in their cause. Their first meeting this year featured over 50 people, and they plan on keeping this trend going in the hope that they can really make a difference this year. “We started out on the right foot this year, appealing on a grassroots level,” said sophomore Ian Hest, the events coordinator for IC. “We want to build a sense of community and create a desire to want to get involved.” In an effort to create this desire, the organization has two screenings of documentaries highlighting the atrocities planned for Oct. 20 and 23, along with a couple of other ideas for the semester, including creating a portrait of Africa out of people, with a heart over Uganda, on the University Green. “It really just takes a small group of people to create awareness about an issue that people did not know about before,” said Janki Amin, the president of IC. “We do what we can to help, and we hope we can make a difference.” Pravin Patel may be contacted at ppatel@themiamihurricane.com.

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Sometimes I notice that I have blemishes in strange places like my butt or between my boobs. Why are they there and what can I do to get rid of them?

Well, one of the joys of living in Miami is that its hot. One of the pains about living in Miami is... it’s freaking hot! I don’t know about you, but I cant go outside without sweating which is especially annoying if you are wearing jeans, shorts or a bra. When it’s hot, we sweat; when we sweat, it gets caught between flesh or between flesh and skin. This is the problem with wearing jeans in 90 degree weather. The best thing to do is to wear loose clothing like a skirt and loose top so that your body can breathe. For cleavage, you may have to take a more direct approach since you’re probably unlikely to go out without a bra on. Use a little cleansing lotion between the twins during your shower once a day – that should help keep the buggers at bay and prevent your chest from looking like a land mine. You can use an astringent just like on your face on those areas, and the problem should clear up in no time. Same goes for the behind, but keep in mind that loose clothing will help a lot. Ashleyann Gosselin may be contacted at agosselin@themiamihurricane. com.


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opinion editorial

‘cartoons for thought’ by charles hanna

Let debates flow, get real answers We’re currently in the process of arguably the most-watched presidential campaign in the world. Around the country – and around the globe – eyes are glued to television screens as Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are currently going through the final hurdle of the steeplechase that is the run to the White House. But something has been lacking from these discussions. In the first debate two weeks ago, in a forum that was designed to get the candidates talking, Sen. McCain refused to look at his opponent. In the vice presidential debate last Thursday, Gov. Sarah Palin openly and blatantly disregarded the questions asked of her. And Tuesday night, both Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain blew right through their allotments of time, drawing the humorous ire of debate moderator Tom Brokaw. With an economic meltdown and two ground wars going on, these debates are important, and provide the one time that candidates really get to answered unfiltered questions from real people. In Tuesday’s town hall debate, those were actual undecided voters asking the questions. Even with the normal two-candidates-behind-a-podium format we saw in the first two debates, those questions often come from curious voters. Shouldn’t the people who have fought so hard and spent so much to lead us for four (and maybe eight) years be forced to answer some questions from us before we hand over the keys? Our idea? Look back to 1988. It was that year that former Nightline host Ted Koppel proposed an open-format debate, with no time restrictions on answers or the debate itself. The one rule was that there were no rules. Nintey minutes is not nearly enough time to shake out who should be the next leader of the Free World, and if you can provide a succinct description of your economic policy in two minutes, it probably ain’t that good. Bob Scheiffer, host of CBS’s Face the Nation and moderator of the final debate should learn the lessons of the first three debates and be eager to throw away the rules of the final debate – and think of his old compatriot Koppel. The candidates obviously want to talk and, as the increased awareness has shown, people are ready to listen. We don’t need a half-hour of post-debate analysis and spin from the networks; we need real answers.

Editorials represent the majority view of The Miami Hurricane editorial board.

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Croc killing shows brutality on campus It is the twilight. After a long day basking and defending your territory, you retire to the depths to prepare for another day. Then, an aroma tantalizes your nostrils. Instinctively you search for its source. As you grow increasingly hungry, you leave the comfort of water for land. The odor is intoxicating and sinister. On shore you are vulnerable to the elements... and people. Suddenly, a sharp pain spears through your neck. Everything goes black. On the night of Oct. 1, 2008, a heinous act took place. One of UM’s honorary citizens – an eight-foot-long American crocodile – was mercilessly decapitated and dismembered under the light of the moon. Who could have committed such a crime? Was it the business of poachers? Could it have been a shameful fraternity prank or an act of retaliation by FSU fans? October 9 - 12, 2008

The latter seems unlikely because most students and faculty marvel at the powerful beasts. However, it is certainly possible that someone killed the creature to prove his or her dominance. The way the animal was beheaded suggests that the murderer kept the crocodile’s skull as a trophy, just like a deer hunter with a stag. The assassin, likely armed with a machete, then sliced off the tail for food. The conflict between crocodiles and people is not new, especially at the University of Miami. Since the first sightings in 2004, authorities have kept a close eye on the reptiles. Since ancient times Western societies have feared and persecuted them. Entrepreneurs trapped them, skinning them for applications in the purse, wallet and shoe industries. Prior to the 19th Century, American crocodiles numbered in the millions, populating the brackish wetlands of the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern United States. Their cousins, the American alligator, occu-

pied a similar range. Years of slaughter for the skin trade and persecution left their populations in tatters. While alligators have rebounded, fewer than 2,000 American crocodiles remain. Every animal matters. Because of the crocodiles’ plight the government gave the species “endangered” status, which guarantees strong federal protection until it significantly recovers. The penalty for killing an American crocodile is up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The murderers have committed both a moral atrocity upon an animal and a federal felony against its species, and must suffer the consequences to the fullest extent of the law. We have lost more than just a croc; we have lost a symbol of the Everglades. Andrew Biltman is a freshman majoring in marine science and biology. He may be contacted at ablitman@ themiamihurricane.com


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“We have lost more than a croc; we have lost a symbol of the Everglades.” –Andrew Blitman, Contributing Columnist

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Live a little - put the phone down! Have you ever been on your way to class with your closest pal and, just before you deliver the hilarious punch line to your witty joke, your friend picks up their phone to talk to someone else or do something apparently much more interesting? Well, know this: it’s not your fault. Rather, it’s the fault of the unbelievable increase in cell phone use at places like the University of Miami. I remember, I was in ninth grade when I got my first cell phone, and I couldn’t have bugged my parents enough to get that small black-andwhite screened Nokia. Now, five years into my cell phone-using life, I am pretty much over it completely. Even though we live in a technological age and cell phones are the most effective and practical means of communication, they’re

taking over our lives more than they’re making them easier. While cell phones came about to help us contact people quicker than by flying pigeon or horseback, the whole idea of contacting has been drowned out by the laundry list of special features on every new phone. Now, I know phones like the BlackBerry and iPhone come equipped with widgets and gadgets and applications that are cooler than “Paper Planes” by MIA, they’re taking people away from being humans! I suppose there is one upside to constant cell phone use by kids at The U - no one is ever lonely because a conversation with anyone in your phonebook is just a few button pushes away. But, at what cost do we placate a fearful aversion to loneliness? Perhaps when we pick up an obsessive addiction to our cell phones? Are we really that worried about walking alone and perhaps not speaking with someone that we

must always be in conversation, whether it be via text, e-mail or phone call? The fact is, people just need to put their fecking phones down and look around! Enjoy what you can’t through technology - palm trees, the sun and even a beautiful boy or girl. So whether it’s just another useless conversation bitching about things that should be kept nowhere else but inside your head, or pseudosexual text chats about favorite indie films, try putting your phone aside and see what a day without it is like. Try chatting with that person you were too scared to spark a conversation with, or sit back and just enjoy not holding a sixinch piece of plastic to your head. Either way, keep the cell phone home! Dan Buyanovsky has thrown away his cell phone and may now be contacted at dbuyanovsky@ themiamhurricane.com.

What do you think of the media’s coverage of the election?

DEREK ZDRAVKOVIC Senior “Obviously it’s biased specific to the news source. I think CNN has a more rounded opinion overall. But its a presidential election so coverage is obviously everywhere.”

letters to the editor As an Alaskan, I urge you to vote against McCain/Palin in the upcoming election. Vice presidents matter; they become presidents and influence policy. If you do not want World War III, do not let a hotheaded poser with no understanding of world affairs to negotiate with hostile nations. Palin’s cavalier attitude when describing what she would do with countries like Russia or Iran is scary. Seeing a stretch of Russia’s far north from afar does not mean that Palin can deal with foreign conflicts. As a vice president, Palin will work

closely with McCain to improve the economy. The economy is not McCain’s strong suit and Palin likes to throw money around like it grows on trees. Contrary to what she says now, Palin supported both “bridges to nowhere.” When Palin became the mayor of Wasilla, the city had no debt. It DOES now. Palin pretends to be an expert on the nation’s energy needs. She has done nothing significant to reduce Alaska’s dependence on oil during her years as governor. She lacks vision, expertise, and the fore-

sight to solve the energy crisis facing the U.S. I believe in God, but do not want a person who is arrogant enough to claim that they know exactly what God says governing my country. Palin assumes that she hears God telling her to send young boys to Iraq. Let her stay in Alaska, shoot moose, build pipelines, and raise children; leave governing the country to someone who has a chance of saving the economy even if they don’t have great legs. Mariya Lovishchuk Juneau, AK

No one disputes that the brutal slaying of a crocodile on our campus was a repulsive act, but The Miami Hurricane’s reporting on the subject requires a fair amount of criticism. Despite the seriousness of the topic, the assertions made by both the newspaper staff and the interviewed students are as ridiculous as they are offensive. For example, the featured reporters apparently thought it was expedient to let our student body know that the killing was not part of a religious sacrifice. It’s hard for me to believe that this idea was seriously entertained by anyone in the first place. Additionally, they cited the always-reliable Juicy Campus message board in their supposition that FSU students were behind it all. However, a preemptive strike on our crocodile

population to demoralize our football players just doesn’t seem to pass muster. It’s astounding that these were the possibilities that made it into print, and it makes one wonder what ideas were cut out by the editors. Why not explore the possibility that terrorists, communists, aliens or Democrats were behind the killing? The absurd conjectures found in the article are an affront to journalistic integrity, but they weren’t to be outdone by the student commentary that was also included in the piece. One student actually said, “I normally don’t think twice about walking around campus at night, but now I’ll be more aware.” Let me get this straight, you didn’t think twice about walking around campus after the as-

saults on humans were reported, but now that a crocodile has been maimed you’re on high alert? Following an equally unimpressive line of reasoning, the opinion article took a cheap shot at the UMPD when it implied that the police should’ve been aware of the crime when in took place. The benefit of hindsight makes assigning blame easy for the newspaper editors, but I fail to see how UMPD is at fault. Police protect people; people don’t congregate in the area in question; therefore, police have no legitimate purpose patrolling that part of campus! Nate Clough Senior

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JASON LECKER Sophomore “It’s biased depending on the channel. I think it’s overwhelming because for every 1.5 hour debate, there’s three hours of coverage.”

LAURA SELVEY Sophomore “There’s too much coverage. They cover every little point in minute detail. It’s been too much coverage though because I’ve been beaten over the head with this since senior year of high school.” compiled by Dan Buyanovsky

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Soho Studio Scares Students brave Miami’s new haunted house BY STEPHANIE SCHARTEL CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

Apparitions, phantasms, possessions and exorcisms a haunted house do make. Not only does the unknown outcome of the upcoming presidential election have Floridians fearful, so too do fear-mongers Psycho Clan. With the help of Steve Kopelman, the entertainment company has brought the essence of blood, guts and horror icons to create your own living nightmare right here in Miami. After asking Web surfers of their most interesting paranormal encounters, Psycho Clan collaborated those they found to be extraordinary and twisted them a bit, creating what they consider the “most terrifying experience possible.” Consequently, AOL Cityguide has rated its frights number one in the country. Those near its New York City origin have gossiped about Nightmare: Ghost Stories tremendously for the past four years. And for the fifth anniversary, it is Miami’s turn to do the judging. Since late September, Soho Studios in downtown Miami has been renovated into 18 rooms, in the hope of having each portray a different spine-tingling thrill. From the legendary Frankenstein to the chainsaw massacre, every real experience has been reenacted with live actors to deliver an interactive experience. However, University of Miami junior Becky Kohberger was disappointed by the not-soscary attractions. “I am from New Jersey and I have heard people rave about Nightmare in the northeast. I was nervous and shaking upon arriving, but I was soon let down by ridiculously fake scenarios,” she said. “The haunted house has to be the most exciting and fearsome attraction to hit Miami in years,” says Nightmare spokesman Charles Cinnamon. “Almost as much fun going through it is watching the reaction of the crowds coming out...” Before dishing out cash for a scare, some college students find it difficult to scrounge together the spending money they need for such an outing. For instance, biology major Mary Wise will be the first to tell you the thrills aren’t worth the bills. She advises not to go for the first time, let alone a second. “There is no way that this is the best haunted house in the country,” Wise said. “I think the main reason that I wasn’t frightened was because I was at the end of my group. I saw everything happen to the people in front of me, so I knew what to expect.” Kohberger agrees, “I may have a different opinion on the production if I had to go in by myself, but in a group fear was not a factor.” Either way, in its second week in Miami, the Psycho Clan can only hope that the attraction’s presence will create a more favorable reaction from University of Miami students. It is possible that the Halloween Bash which Nightmare is throwing on Oct. 31, in conjunction with the haunted house, will attract student patrons. A costume contest and a VIP open bar and lounge will add to the shock and shake at Soho Studios. Visit hauntedhousenyc.com/miami for time details and more information. Stephanie Schartel may be contacted at sschartel@themiamihurricane.com. October 9 - 12, 2008

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fashion 4word BY DANIELLE KASLOW CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

TORY BURCH TAKES UM BY STORM From bags to bracelets and even to flipflops, the emblematic cross logo of Tory Burch is unmistakable and has quite a presence on the University of Miami campus. Described by Ms. Burch herself on her company Web site, Tory Burch items blend “timeless and classic design elements with modern fashion sensibilities…[providing] an original look for style conscious women who might be aware of the trends but [do] not rely on them.” Similarly, students on campus have taken key pieces from the Tory Burch collection and integrated them with other styles, to make something uniquely their own. Most popular among undergraduates are Ms. Burch’s totes. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, each features thick patent straps perfect for carrying heavy books and laptops to class. This month, a special limited edition pink and navy tote (complete with matching cosmetic bag) is available for purchase to benefit the breast cancer research foundation. Despite its steep price tag of $195, ten percent of all online and in-store

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purchases of this canvas bag will be donated to the foundation. If you want to catch on to this hot bag trend, consider buying this stylish version to support a good cause. Also trendy on the UM campus are the Tory Burch rubber flip-flops. Available in 14

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a r e great to spice up an otherwise boring outfit. They are also a less expensive way to take part in the Tory Burch revolution, revolution with each pair costing about $50. While some sport the Burch logo on their shoes, many students can also be seen donning it on their wrists. The ever-popular “Logo Cuff,” is available in gold or gunmetal for $250. This ladylike bracelet has a preppy vibe, but the thickness of the cuff alludes to its more structured, masculine undertones. Great accompaniments to the “Logo Cuff,” are many of Tory Burch’s tops. Students on campus can be seen at night styling her jewel-tone silk creations while waiting for cabs, dancing in clubs, and walking around in Coconut Grove. These tops lend themselves perfectly to Miami nightlife with their style and function, and students have definitely taken notice.

Whether or not the creations of Tory Burch are your style, her flawless execution can at least be appreciated. Any Burch item is well-made and guaranteed to last, and would be a welcome addition to many people’s closets. Join in on the Tory Burch trend, or at least her philosophy of making preppy your own and styling your clothes on your own terms. Danielle Kaslow may be contacted at dkaslow@themiamihurricane.com.


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Entertainment News Rundown Britney’s sis doing it again?! Pop songstress Britney Spears is in the midst of a comeback, with a new album and a tour to follow. But sister Jamie Lynn just won’t let big sis have the spotlight! Just a month after she had her first child, the 17-year-old Jamie Lynn is reportedly eight weeks into her second pregnancy. Stay tuned for updates on who the father is, and why the f she’s having two babies by the age of 17. Duchovny gives up his rated-X files David Duchovny, star of the cult-favorite TV show “The X-Files,” has recently been released from rehab for a sexual addiction. According to reports, Duchovny checked himself in for a 35-day program a little over a month ago and his lawyer claims, “David has successfully completed his rehabilitation.” Is it just me, or is the 48-year-old David Duchovny not the most tantalizing star you’d like to imagine having a sex addiction? Halle the sexiest? In their most recent issue, Esquire Magazine named actress Halle Berry the sexiest woman alive. Though some may not agree with the pick, Halle feels she deserves it - just not now. She joked with the magazine, “I’ve been in the business for more than 20 years, and you decide now, at this particular time, that I’m the sexiest woman alive? Come on. I mean, you couldn’t go with the Bond girl year?”

Weekend Playlist 4.0 “I Hustle” - Y.P.: This street-inspiring anthem is set over a melodic, 1920ssounding beat that will definitely catch you off guard. This song is perfect for a lax weekend moment when you kick back with some wine and perhaps another tool of relaxation. “Let it Rock” - Cash Money’s first rock artist is quickly making a name for himself with this hard-hitting track featuring a (thank the music gods) vocoder-free Weezy. “Body On Me” - Nelly feat. Ashanti & Akon: Darn it, Akon, when will you sing a pseudo-sexual hook that I don’t end up singing to myself for hours on end? Nelly and his boo Ashanti join Akon for a catchy jam that should end in someone rubbing their body on you. Mr. Alladatshit” - Kidz in the Hall feat. Chip Tha Ripper: Turn this up and enjoy a refreshingly positive track from some lesser-known conscious rappers. Not sure yet? Rapper Naledge says this song will have you feeling “higher than giraffe pussy.” What else do you need for a great weekend? “Windows Media Player” - Charles Hamilton: When is the last time you heard samples of computer sounds for an entire track? I’d say the day before never. Either way, enjoy the wordplay and singing that will have you looking crazy and singing “CharlesHamilton.blogspot.com” around campus. “Swagga Like Us” - T.I., Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne: Go download this already!

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“I want to be the greatest player to come through here.”

— TRAVIS BENJAMIN wide reciever

“We are off to a great start, but we also keep it in perspective… we want to continue to play well.”

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Miami looking to get back to winning ways Canes plan to down in-state foe

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With two straight tough home ACC losses against North Carolina and rival Florida State, the Miami Hurricanes will now turn their attention to host their final non-conference game of the season against Central Florida. This will mark the first meeting between the two schools. “It’s our first time playing Central Florida,” head coach Randy Shannon said. “Every game is dangerous with us right now. We’re coming off two home losses. They won 10 games last year, and they’re doing a great job.” Last week, the Hurricanes (23, 0-2 ACC) rallied in the second half only to fall to Florida State in the final minutes, 41-39. True freshman Travis Benjamin accounted for 274 all-purpose yards against the Noles. “It hurts. It hurts bad,” quarterback Robert Marve said. “The North Carolina game we thought was a wrap. The Florida State game everything went our way [in the second half], but we fell short. It’s life. You keep going.” So the Hurricanes are moving forward with the Knights (2-3, 1-1) who are coming off a home win against SMU, 31-17. The Hurricanes yet again have to deal with another mobile quarterback in Michael Greco. But this week, the Canes defense should be ready. They must make Greco pay in the pass and in the run game. In the past week Miami has lost three key starters for a majority of the year. Offensive lineman Reggie Youngblood, linebacker Colin McCarthy and Eric Moncur are all done for a significant amount of time. Redshirt freshman Adewale Ojomo and true freshman Marcus Robinson will have to step up in

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Last week, Miami’s Robert Marve and Jacory Harris both did their job. They delivered the ball to their receivers, which is all they can do. Marve could be in for a career day against a defense that surrenders 258 yards per game though the air. For UCF, Michael Greco does not throw often and is only completing 52 percent of his passes. ADVANTAGE: MIAMI

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FIRED UP: Adewale Ojomo gets pumped during the game against FSU. Miami takes on in-state rival UCF this weekend. Moncur’s absence. Linebacker Sean Spence will continue to start with McCarthy out, and look for freshmen Arthur Brown and Jordan Futch to see more playing time. Injuries and rough losses have plagued Miami so far in the early season. Still Miami has faith they can turn the season around. “[We] play for pride,” Marve said. “That’s how I see it. We have games still left. The reason we all play this game is for pride. We’re going to keep playing, keep at it.” The offensive line really has to get after this week to open holes for running back Graig Cooper and, should he play, Javarris James. The Knights rushing defense is 26th overall nationally, led by leading tackler Jason Venson. “Our run game has to get going, take some pressure off those young receivers and the quarterback,” Shannon said.

Wide receiver Aldarius Johnson has been coming on strong as of lately. Last week Johnson had five catches for 55 yards. Look for more balls to be thrown toward Johnson, due to his ability to shake tackles. Despite the fact that UCF is not FSU or UF, do not expect the Canes to overlook them. “We’re going to go out there and really be ready to play ball.” Marve said. They’re going to have players ready to play and come in pumped up.” Looking for a chance to get his team back to .500, Shannon knows his team must concentrate on UCF. “For us, the players know now not to take Central Florida lightly,” Shannon said. “Our guys will be focused.”” Lelan LeDoux may be contacted at lledoux@themiamihurricane.com.

Javarris James may rejoin Graig Cooper in the Hurricane backfield this week, but even if he does not, Miami has to do a better job of running the ball this week. UCF is a run-heavy offense, averaging 151.5 yards per game. They are led by freshman Ronnie Weaver; however, he only averages 3.7 yards per carry. ADVANTAGE: MIAMI

RECEIVERS UCF definitely has the best name on the field in Rocky Ross, who narrowly edges out Kayne Farquharson. However, that is where the Golden Knight advantage ends. Miami’s receivers were awful for the most part last week, but Aldarious Johnson and Travis Benjamin showed that they are big-game ready. With the possible return of Thearon Collier and the assumed re-emergence of either Leonard Hankerson or Farquharson, Miami has more talent. ADVANTAGE: MIAMI

O-LINE Miami’s line struggled last week, affording the quarterbacks little time and rarely creating holes in the run game. They will have to play better, but UCF will not be a good barometer. They are giving

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up over 100 rushing yards per game to go with the shaky pass defense. Hopefully no linemen have to score this week. ADVANTAGE: MIAMI

D-LINE The Miami front is not generating any pressure, and now they lose their best pass rusher in Eric Moncur. UCF has not been much better, only generating 10 sacks so far, despite the weak competition. Miami has more talent and has at least shown against earlier opponents that they can make the opposing quarterback uncomfortable. ADVANTAGE: MIAMI

LINEBACKERS Sean Spence is Miami’s best player, and Glenn Cook has been solid. Losing Colin McCarthy for the season hurts, but look for Arthur Brown and Jordan Futch to get more snaps. This is a talented group. Lawrence Young has 5 tackles for a loss for the Knights. ADVANTAGE: MIAMI

SECONDARY Miami’s has been bad. So has UCF’s. Jason Venson leads the Knights in tackles and interceptions. ADVANTAGE: EVEN

SPECIAL TEAMS Benjamin single-handedly kept the Hurricanes in the game last week with his electric returns. Matt Bosher has been excellent as well. For UCF, former Cane Darren Daly leads the team in scoring. Better them than us. ADVANTAGE: MIAMI

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Hurricanes sweep FAU Owls

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FOCUS: Hurricane freshman Ali Becker, No. 21, attempts a kill at against Florida Atlantic’s Katie Arvidson during the match Tuesday night. UM won 3-0.

Team bests last season’s win total in first part of five-match home stand BY JUSTIN ANTWEIL SENIOR SPORTS WRITER

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UM is now 7-1 all-time against FAU. This was the eighth time this year that Miami has swept its opponent. Miami improves to 15-2 overall and remains 3-2 in the ACC, and has now eclipsed its win total from all of last season. “Anytime you win in three [sets] it’s a great thing,” head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said after the game. “We are a very good team. When we get focused and determined and play patient volleyball, we are in every match.” The Hurricanes never trailed in the first set, as senior Angelica Ellis won six straight

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service points to propel the Canes off to a fast 14-3 start. The Owls made it close, cutting the lead to 17-12. But from there, serving specialist Maria Andersson carried the team to victory, winning five straight service points, as the Canes ended the first set on an 8-2 run and won the first set, 25-13. The second set started off very competitive as the Owls and Canes kept alternating points. FAU took a 9-8 lead but from then on the Hurricanes turned on the jets and never looked back. They ended the set on a 17-4 run and once again won the set 25-13. The third set was a sloppy one for Miami, as they committed 10 unforced errors, but they were still talented enough to get the win and complete the sweep, winning the set 25-19. For the third straight set the orange and green finished strong, going on an 8-2 run to cap the night. The Canes had nine service aces compared to the Owls’ two, and they had more than twice as many kills as the Owls, out hitting them 44 to 19. Sophomore setter Katie Gallagher orchestrated the offense beautifully, dishing out 32 assists while adding six digs. Junior outside-hitter Genny Mayhew was the only Hurricane to register double digits in kills, finishing with 10. Mayhew credited her play to Gallagher’s ability to set things up. “Katie was putting up some great balls, and we worked on that a lot these past couple of days in practice,” Mayhew said. “We are off to a great start, but we also keep it in perspective. We are not even half way done. We have a lot of ACC [play] ahead of us, and we want to continue to play well.” Mayhew also realizes how fortunate she is to play with an outstanding freshman in Lane Carico, who had another well-rounded game, recording seven kills and nine digs. “It is nice because I can look at and learn from things [Carico] is doing on the court,” Mayhew said. “We both feed off each other and talk about what we each are seeing. And we have that California connection.” The Canes continue their home stand this weekend, as they play host to in-conference foes Boston College on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Maryland on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Knight Sports Complex Both games will be broadcast live on the student radio station of the University of Miami: 90.5 FM WVUM or online at www.wvum. org. Justin Antweil may be contacted at jantweil@themiamihurricane.com.

SPORTS BRIEFS BASEBALL Fall season begins The University of Miami baseball team begins fall practice Thursday. Over the next two months, the players will compete in ten intrasquad scrimmages, the annual alumni game on Oct. 24, scrimmages against Miami Dade College and Indian River Community College, the Orange-Green World Series and Pro Scout Day. Nineteen players return from last year’s team that finished 53-11 and made it to the College World Series. The incoming 13-member signing class was recently ranked seventh nationally by College Baseball Newspaper.

ROWING Good showing at Head of the Oklahoma Regatta Over the weekend, Miami’s rowing team took part in one of the premiere racing events at the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta in Oklahoma City. In the Collegiate Eight night race, the Canes finished fourth behind Stanford, Washington State and Harvard/ Radcliffe in the 500 meter sprint. Sophomore Monika Sajinic won in singles racing by over one minute with a time of 17:06.421. The top Collegiate Four team at Miami, consisting of coxswain Shira Kharrazi, stroke Laura Cordner, 3-seat Nic Saner, 2-seat Frida Schneider and bow Sajinic, won with a time of 15:51.753.

BASKETBALL Open basketball practices Oct. 18 The Miami Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams will welcome fans to the BankUnited Center on Oct. 18 for “Hurricanes Hoopfest ‘08,” an event for fans, and especially those interested in purchasing season tickets for either team. The day will feature an open practice, autograph session with both teams and an appearance by Sebastian the Ibis.

Information compiled by Christina De Nicola and Matthew Bunch from hurricanesports.com.


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Speedy Benjamin looks to lead to the front of the pack Freshman scored two TDs in game against FSU BY LELAN LEDOUX SENIOR SPORTS WRITER

Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali once said, “I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.” Justin Gatlin, an Olympic 100-meter champion, once said, “Rain, sleet, snow? It doesn’t matter. I’m going to come out blazing.” So, where does that leave freshman Travis Benjamin? Benjamin ran a team best 4.26 in the forty-yard dash, the best ever for a freshman. “My strength is my speed,” a humble Benjamin said. “[I have] the ability to make people miss in the open, and when I’m in a crowd, I can get out of it.” Benjamin grew up in Belle Glade, spending his entire childhood focusing on football. Whenever he got a chance, he and his brother would go down to the local field and play ball. Anything that had to do with football, Benjamin was there. “Belle Glade is a big football town,” Benjamin said. “We played football everyday. The first thing we did when we came home from school was play football and do homework later on. It was all football.” Even though he has an enormous amount of love and pride for his hometown, Benjamin knows Belle Glade is taking a huge economic hit. Benjamin wants to be able to support his family and his two-yearold daughter. “My ideal goal is to get my family out of our town,” Benjamin said. “Our town is going through rough things. They are cutting out jobs, and people don’t have anywhere to stay. I know people who go two to three hours to their jobs. I just want them to live well.” To meet his goal, Benjamin is taking advantage of his opportunity at Miami. Currently, Benjamin leads the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranks 10th nationally in kick return average (29.9), while ranking second in the league and 11th nationally in punt return average (17.7). This young man is has seen a vast amount of playing time, especially on special teams. Against rival Florida State, Benjamin combined for 274 all-purpose yards and scored twice. His flashy play has catalyzed comparisons to former Hurricanes such as Santana Moss and Devin Hester, players Benjamin

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SPRINTING AWAY: Travis Benjamin runs against FSU in the Hurricanes’ loss earlier this season. Benjamin, a freshman, had 274 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns in the game, revitalizing the Hurricanes’ hopes for a win. idolizes. “They are great players,” Benjamin stated. “They came from Miami, and I grew up watching them. I believe I’ve got the same things they’ve got. My favorite thing is scoring touchdowns and helping the people around me succeed.” However, even with his extraordinary play on the field, Benjamin is one of the most silent players off it. “Travis is one of the quietest guys ever,” head coach Randy Shannon laughed. “Out of an hour of conversation you may get 12 words out of him.” But that doesn’t stop him from helping his team to the best of his ability. Whenever the Hurricanes are in a bind, Benjamin wants to come through in the clutch. His goal is to see the Canes at the top of the ACC, and more importantly, No. 1 in the nation. “I want to help my team be No. 1,” Benjamin said. “I know I can’t let my team down.” Despite knowing of all the legendary players that have suited up for the Hurricanes, Benjamin has one thought in mind: “I want to be the greatest player to come through here.” He certainly has the quicks and potential to become great, because this rabbit knows: blistering speed kills. Lelan LeDoux may be contacted at lledoux@ themiamihurricane.com. October 9 - 12, 2008

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Midfielder battles back from lost season to contribute Team leader scores in first game back BY LELAN LEDOUX SENIOR SPORTS WRITER

Last season, the University of Miami’s women’s soccer team went 9-6-5 and made it to the first round of the NCAA tournament for only the second time in the program’s history. Times were tough, however, for junior midfielder Paulelett Ricks-Chambers, who had to watch it all from the sidelines. Ricks-Chambers was in and out of the hospital for health reasons that were never fully understood and was granted a redshirt year. In 2006, before her injury, she finished second on the team in goals and scoring. “It was really difficult to watch, but I was really proud of my team,” Ricks-Chambers said. “I wanted to help keep up the success.”

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She and the Hurricanes started this season on a seven-game win streak, a program record. “I saw how much I missed the game of soccer when I was out, so that was my motivation,” the 5’4” California native said. “I wanted to get back to playing and show all the people who said that I couldn’t do it. I trained really hard over the summer.” With her rehabilitation, she was unable to visit her three older brothers. But in the first road game of the season, against Arkansas-Little Rock, all the hard work paid off as she connected on her first goal since her comeback. The Canes went on to win the game 3-0. “It felt great, and I wanted to keep going from there,” RicksChambers said. With senior forward Rachael Rigamat’s nagging leg injury, No. 5 now often plays forward and acts as a spark on offense with her speed. She has started all 14 games and has two goals and two assists. “Paulelett is a special player,” head coach Tricia Taliaferro said.

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“She’s better than she was before the injury, and she feeds off energy and more game experience.” As a teammate, Ricks-Chambers acts as a role model to the younger players, who have adopted her work ethic and desire to improve. “She represents everything this team is about – the hard work and the determination,” Taliaferro said. “Having her back on the field is such a motivator for our team.” Her experience will be needed now more than ever with the team facing a seven-game winless streak heading into Sunday’s home match against 11th-ranked Florida State (9-2-1, 3-1-0 ACC). Despite this, the Hurricanes (75-2) need just two victories to tie last season’s total with, six matches left before the ACC tournament. When asked if she would pursue a career in soccer after Miami, the elementary education and history major seemed to know where she wants her future to be after battling back: “I think I’m going to hang up

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KICKIN’ IT: Paulelett Ricks-Chambers has returned to the Canes despite being in and out of the hospital all last season. my cleats after, hopefully, my five years here,” she said.

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, My boyfriend and I have been dating for nearly two years. We are fairly serious and in a committed relationship. For his upcoming 21st birthday, he asked me if I would be willing to consider a threesome. Always intrigued by the idea I said I would give it some thought; however, he recently informed me it wouldn’t be with any ordinary girl. He wanted the other girl involved to be my OLDER SISTER. I really don’t want to do this, but he might be the love of my life. I don’t want to lose him! – No Way!

Dear No Way, Judging by the way you signed your letter and by the way you said, “I really don’t want to do this,” I would think that it’d be wisest not to do this. I’m no advocate of threesomes, especially in serious, committed relationships such as the one you claim to have, but this one seems to be a no-brainer. You need to take into question a few of the premises of this proposal. First, this is a threesome you’re talking about here. Not role-playing. Not S&M. A threesome. Meaning there is someone else there who is not part of this

“serious and committed” relationship. Your boyfriend is saying that he needs another girl there to make him feel special for his 21st birthday. Basically meaning that what you’ve given him is not enough. Who needs his girlfriend when he could have sisters? When taking this into account, does that translate into true love? Sure, we’ve all heard of people who have and enjoy threesomes, but it usually happens between people who don’t “love” one of the other partners and who can have sex without having emotional repercussions. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I would want is to

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see my boyfriend whom I love and care about having sex with another person. And if he’s so willing to be so ballsy this early in life when things are still so fresh and exciting, who’s to say that he’ll draw the line there if you do end up with him later in life? And let’s not forget the clincher – he wants to have sex with your sister! In front of you! What?! On the most basic level, that just screams incest to me, but on a deeper level, that’s just selfishness at its best. Or worst. Sounds like a sick little ploy to check off “Sister Threesome” on his sexual to-do list. Trust your instincts when

they tell you that this is not good for you. How can you engage in something so meaningful without being honest about how it makes you feel? The point is that it’s a risk not worth taking. Be firm in your conviction and be wary of the “love of your life.” Best of luck V! Have a question for V? Hit up DearV@themiamihurricane.com.

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