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Suspicious package closes Stanford Drive Wrapped box left at UM Hillel BY GREG LINCH OF THE STAFF

A suspicious package was found Sunday night at the Hillel building on campus, causing police to shut down Stanford Drive and call the Miami-Dade bomb squad. Dan Yagudin, the student leadership director at Hillel, found a woman leaving the object on a first floor soda machine. When he inquired to what she was doing, the woman replied, “you’ll see.” Yagudin called campus police at 8:40 p.m. University of Miami police responded within two minutes, he said, and were followed in the next 20 minutes by Coral Gables police. The bomb squad arrived around 10 p.m. after a bomb-sniffing dog searched the building. Yagudin said the package was left by an “older” woman who has visited before and previously dropped off newspaper clippings. Police do not think she is a student and had no further information at the time of posting. The package was destroyed by con-

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soccer did on Senior Day against Wake Forest, as Christina De Nicola reports. Read how Dan Stein viewed

Saturday’s win against Wake Forest as a “hinge game.” View an audio slideshow of

Friday’s Hurricane Howl. See if you made our cut! Check out the briefs and “On the Trail” you’d normally see on page 2.

MATT WALLACH // Hurricane Staff

BARRICADE: Police blocked off the Stanford Drive entrance to UM Sunday night following the discovery of a suspicious package at Hillel. trolled detonation at 11 p.m. A loud bang echoed across campus at that time. After inspection, it was not believed that the package malitious. This is first first time such an incident has occurred in at least the past three years, according to Hillel staff. “It’s nice to know that the university takes threats to its religious minorities seriously,” Yagudin said. Besides about a dozen police vehicles on scene, an ambulance was also on the scene as a precautionary measure, said

one Coral Gables officer. There were a few people walking around the area, but it was mostly cleared, with yellow caution tape running from Hillel to Ponce de Leon Boulevard to the Stanford Drive gatehouse. Matthew Bunch contributed to this report. Greg Linch may be contacted at glinch@ themiamihurricane.com.

ON THE COVER Center Xavier Shannon hugs quarterback Robert Marve after Marve’s one yard touchdown run Saturday. Photo by Billy Gilbert, Hurricane Staff.

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Homecoming Howl draws crowd More than 4,500 attend concert on UC green; boat burning cancelled BY CHELSEA KATE ISAACS AND MATTHEW BUNCH NEWS EDITOR AND EDITOR IN CHIEF

Homecoming reached a crescendo Friday night, as the annual homecoming parade and Hurricane Howl brought cheering, moshing and crowdsurfing to the Coral Gables campus. The evening kicked off with the annual homecoming parade as Grand Marshall Russell Maryland, a Pro Bowl defen-

sive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys and an Outland Trophy winner who played with the Hurricanes from 1986 through 1990, rode down Stanford Drive. The parade also featured NBC6 anchor and Alumni Association president Jackie Nespral. Despite the threat of rain, students joined with alumni and community members along the university’s main thoroughfare as floats, cars and organizations rolled down Stanford Drive. The crowd then moved from the parade to Lake Osceola, as they waited for the fireworks show and traditional boat burning. Described as “one of UM’s most cherished traditions,” in a 2007 media release, a boat is sent into the lake and set ablaze. Tradition states that if the mast breaks before the boat sinks, UM will win the homecoming game. However, due to

a “technical malfunction,” the boat burning didn’t take place. The fireworks went off as planned. In a statement released on Saturday, the university announced that they would be investigating the circumstances surrounding the boat burning’s failure. “Preliminary indications are that the Homecoming committee and staff did everything possible to ensure a successful boat burning tradition,” the statement said. “The student-led portion of the tradition appears to be without fault.” The lack of a boat burning apparently didn’t affect the football team, as they defeated Wake Forest, 16-10. As the gathered crowd soon realized that the boat burning was not to be, groups made their way to the University Green in front of the Richter Library, as the main event was about to begin. Kidz in the Hall, a “hipster rap” group that formed at the University of Pennsylvania, opened the concert. In front of a much larger crowd than when they appeared at the Rathskeller last year, the group performed a continuous performance, including “Drivin’ Down the Block,” their best-known song. After a lengthy break between performances, N*E*R*D appeared, fronted by Grammy Award-winning artist Pharrell Williams. Pharrell took to leading the “U” chant, as students threw up the familiar hand signal. Frequently referencing school spirit, he asked the crowd if they were from other ACC schools, which led to vociferous booing. After encouragement from Pharrell, dozens of students began crowdsurfing, leading to a number students on the stage. Approximately 4,500 people attended the concert, besting last year’s approximate total of 4,000. Coral Gables emergency personnel were called to the Green after the concert, after one student appeared to have a bloody head. It was not believed to be a serious injury. The aftereffects of the event could be seen the next day as the normally freshly mowed University Green had turned hazel and disheveled by thousands of dancing feet the evening before. Chelsea Kate Isaacs may be contacted at cisaacs@themiamihurricane.com, and Matthew Bunch may be contacted at mbunch@ themiamihurricane.com.

DANNY BULL // Hurricane Staff

Check out TheMiamiHurricane.com for an audio slideshow from Friday’s Homecoming celebration.

SPAZ: Pharrell Williams dances on a stage packed with band members and UM students during Friday night’s Homecoming Howl concert. October 27 - 29, 2008

Some students irked about politics and Obama support at homecoming concert Many University of Miami students expressed outrage and disappointment as unexpected political discussion and support for Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama crept into a supposedly nonpartisan Homecoming 2008 concert, which featured hip-hop band N*E*R*D and hip-hop duo Kidz in the Hall, Friday night. Both N*E*R*D and Kidz in the Hall have publicly endorsed Obama and showed support for him at the concert by displaying an “O” hand symbol, encouraging youth to vote for Obama, wearing Obama t-shirts and criticizing President George W. Bush. A group of students reacted to the artists’ political messages by chanting, “More rockin’ and less talking,” while others later spoke of their concerns. “I think it’s inappropriate to impose your political views on vulnerable kids who are still indecisive about their political views,” said junior Gabriella Bevilacqua, who added that she was surpised to hear N*E*R*D frontman Pharrell Williams comment about the U.S. economy in the midst of the concert. Jerry DiChiara, a junior, said that he and his friends left the show “as soon as [the perfomers] started talking about Obama.” “I went to homecoming last night to have fun and not to worry about problems like the economy and the election,” DiChiara said. “There was no need for politics at a school spirit event.” DiChiara added that if the event “had been advertised as a political rally,” such as rapper Jay-Z’s rally for Obama earlier this month, then “it would have been okay.” Homecoming, however, was not advertised as such. “With the election less than two weeks away, I think it’s only natural that a band with a large platform would mention their political views. It is also no secret that Kidz in the Hall have been vocal supporters of Sen. Obama throughout his entire campaign, going so far as to record a song, ‘Work To Do,’ that the campaign supported,” said Matt Marcus, the president & CEO of Kidz in the Hall’s management company Major League Entertainment. Some concertgoers, such as junior James Patrick, chose not to pay attention to the political talk whatsoever. “It was still a great show,” Patrick said. “I feel like if you let [the politics] get to you, you’re being overly negative.” Austin Gilbert, a junior, agreed that the show “was a blast,” but still disagreed with the political nature of the performance. “I thought it was the wrong time and place,” Gilbert said. “[To hear about politics] was just not why people came to the show.” – Chelsea Kate Isaacs THE MIAMI HURRICANE

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Spotted On Site: George Kaminis COMPILED BY TANYA THOMPSON “Spotted on Site,” is a new addition to The Miami Hurricane that features charismatic members of the University of Miami community caught off guard. Could you be the next unsuspecting victim? George Kaminis, a senior majoring in marine affairs with minors in art and business, is nearing the end of his stay at the University of Miami as he graduates at the end of this semester. He discusses both his life and his time at the university through the perspective of an international student from Athens, Greece.

TANYA THOMPSON // Hurricane Staff

THE MIAMI HURRICANE: Where are you from? George Kaminis: Athens, Greece. TMH: Why come the University of Miami then? GK: I got in as a marine science biology major and Miami is one of the best. And then once I got here I switched to marine Affairs, business, and art.

UM students compete to perform with Bruce Hornsby and friends Junior selected to open show BY LAUREN YOTHERS CONTRIBUTING NEWS WRITER

On Wednesday night at the University of Miami’s Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, student songwriters shared a sense of nervousness and excitement as they performed their original music at the Songwriter’s Showcase, an event for students to compete for a chance to open at Grammy-award winning musician Bruce Hornsby’s concert. Of 12 performing acts, junior Elaine Maltezos was declared the winner. Maltezos sang an original song, “My Arms Are Not My Own,” playing acoustic guitar with accompaniment from friends. “I was really surprised,” Maltezos said. “I didn’t really think about it as a competition.” Out of 25 candidates, the 12 performing acts were selected by Cat 5 Music Publishing, the first student-run music publishing company in the U.S., which is primarily operated by UM students in the music business program The second and third run-

ners-up were Jahfe, a reggae band that includes three UM students, and junior Bridget Davis. The songwriters received feedback from an experienced panel of judges. The judges included Hornsby, Ramon Arias from PIER Music, Leslie Ahrens from EMI Music Publishing and UM faculty member John Redmond, who teaches International Music Publishing. One of the emcees of the evening and the director of Cat 5, Eric Hafner, found it hard to choose a favorite performance. “The acts were all so good and so different. It’s really hard to compare them,” Hafner said. Reynaldo Sanchez, Cat 5’s faculty adviser and a professor at the Frost School of Music, worked with Hornsby to come up with the idea for the Songwriter’s Showcase. “We are really trying to foster a performing songwriter community,” Sanchez said. Some of the songwriters will be performing at 8 p.m. at the Coral Gables Books and Books on the first and second Saturdays of November. Lauren Yothers may be contacted at lyothers@themiamihurricane.com.

TMH: Why an art minor; what got you interested? GK: It is something I could always get A’s in. Also, art is more hands on. Everything else is tedious and boring. TMH: Do you have any friends or family here? GK: No, I’m all alone. TMH: Can you teach me to say something in Greek? GK: Sure, hello is pronounced “ya-sue.” Tanya Thompson may be contacted at tthompson@ themiamihurricane.com 4

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TRY OUT: On Wednesday, Festival Miami 2008 featured a songwriter’s showcase, where Quinn Carson sang an original.


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University works to shorten voting lines Early voting shuffles offered BY CHRISTINA DE NICOLA OF THE STAFF

On Nov. 2, 2004, 23-yearold Jose A. Martinez waited for two hours in the Miami heat outside of the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center to vote in the general election, along with 1,077 others who battled long lines beginning at 7 a.m. This year, administrators and student organizations are taking measures to ensure a smoother voting process. “I remember how hot it was, but most of all I remember the million and one political debates I had with people in line, as if we could somehow convince each other to vote for our own candidate,” Martinez said. The Miami-Dade Elections Department provided only five voting machines for the 2004 election to the site that was designated for 1,737 registered voters and achieved a 62.06 percent turnout. UM President Donna E. Shalala ordered pizza for the waiting voters, and the university requested extra voting machines from the county. The Department of Elections only delivered additional paper ballots because all of the extra machines had been distributed to other precincts. Polling place and procurement manager Erica S. Trujillo said that the precincts at the BankUnited Center and St. Augustine Catholic

Church have increased the number of privacy booths and optical scanners for this year’s election. Patrick L. McGrew, the general manager of the BankUnited Center, said he is pleased with the improvements this time around. “We’ve alleviated some challenges from four years ago by requesting 10 voting machines,” he said. Yet McGrew recognizes that many first-time voters find the voting process difficult, leading to longer wait times. “I really would like to vote because it’s the first presidential race I get a chance to vote in,” said junior Sean Murray, who added that he is apprehensive about the voting process. “I haven’t heard great things about the last election at the BankUnited Center and if the lines are that long again, I might just let this election pass me by.” In 2004, voting took place in the VIP lobby of the BankUnited Center, which caused lines to spill onto the sidewalks. The Hurricane 100 Room will serve as the voting area this year. “It can contain more people under air conditioning,” McGrew said. Shuttle routes will pick up voters at both the BankUnited Center and St. Augustine Catholic Church, which serve as polling sites for UM and Coral Gables residents. Arrows on the floor of the University Center will direct students to the buses and signs posted around campus will remind students to carry picture identification with a signature.

Early voting started on Oct. 20 to alleviate traffic on election Tuesday. Times before and after work see the longest lines. “We can’t hold places in line for students, so we encourage them to vote early,” Arias said. “Last time, at 7 p.m. [when voting officially closes], one of the representatives stood behind the last person in line and was there until 1 a.m.” From Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 27Nov. 1, Get Out the Vote agreed to sponsor an early voting shuttle for students who wish to vote before Nov. 4. The shuttle leaves from Stanford Circle to the Coral Gables Public Library, the closest early voting site. The option to vote

early began on Oct. 20. Martinez, who graduated from UM this year and was a freshman during the last election, hopes the problems have been resolved for students this time around. “Despite the time I spent waiting, the classes I missed and the countless beads of sweat, it was totally worth it,” he said. “Honestly, it’s barely a sacrifice at all when you realize the reward inherent in voting.” Christina De Nicola may be contacted at cdenicola@ themiamihurricane.com.

UM voter turnout stats Voting site: BankUnited Center (Precinct 640) Nov. 2, 2004 1.737 registered voters 1,078 voted Voter turnout: 62.06% Nov. 4, 2008 2,202 registered voters Voting site: St. Augustine Catholic Church (Precinct 612) Nov. 4, 2008 747 registered voters Early Voting Shuttle Schedule Thursday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31 from noon to until 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov.1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CHRISTINA DE NICOLA // Hurricane Staff

PARTICIPATING: Get Out The Vote sponsors early voting shuttles to ensure students can vote when they’re available. October 27 - 29, 2008

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opinion editorial

by victoria san pedro

Look to the past to honor ‘Skeller’s remaining future

Obama tax policy threatens ‘American Dream’

So what is the real deal with the Rathskeller? According to the their Web site, the last event on the schedule is a regular “tailgate” the day of the Georgia Tech game on Nov. 20. If the reports are to believed, our beloved watering hole will be closing its doors for the last time on Dec. 5. It is true that there will be one final “Last Call” on whatever day the Rat shuts down. While that is good news, there’s an inherent problem in that fact. If there’s a big shebang for the big day (as there should be), it should be publicized ad nauseum. Even though we’re a month away, the university should take the initative to drill it into the student body’s head. Drill baby, drill! But one big event just doesn’t seem enough for such a large part of our collective experience here at UM. It’s almost sad to see this prized possession (for ages 21+) leave us without a huge goodbye. So here at The Miami Hurricane, we’ve thought long and hard about what we can do to take the Rat out with a bang (to compensate for the lack of “bang” at the boat burning). If you were on campus for homecoming and decided to wander away from the concert or the free pizza, you probably made it over to the Rat to watch the fireworks. If you could manage to keep your eyes open long enough, you couldn’t have missed the excitement raging from inside the caged-in ‘skeller. The $2 beers and the “Last Call” pitchers were a hit among alumni and students alike. The party went on until 1 a.m. as waiters and managers had to usher the straggling drunkards along. Isn’t that what we should all want the Rathskeller to be? Our hang-out, our very own special spot to tell generations to come. At one time, the Rathskeller was the place to be, a veritable night club to rival anything on South Beach. In its last month of life, why don’t we try to recapture that one last time? Even if it’s for only one blowout week, something must be done. Our chance for memorymaking is quickly fading away. And if there’s one way we students know how to say goodbye, it’s bottoms up.

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During the one and only vice-presidential debate, Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate, defended his ticket’s taxing policies as a matter of “fairness.” Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, criticized the Democrats’ plan for taxation as being a “redistribution of wealth” which refers to the transfer of wealth from some individuals to the larger group. We’re all college students on a budget, working hard and studying so that when we graduate we can get a reputable job with a decent salary. Upon graduation, some will receive a better salary than others based on skill, knowledge, your degree and the fact that perhaps you went to graduate school. It’s only logical that someone who goes to medical school and graduates with honors gets a higher starting salary than some-

one who studied to be a teacher or a journalist. The doctor may have a salary of $255,000. Under Sen. Obama’s plan, the student who studied over eight years, made greater sacrifices, and went through numerous internships and residencies will be taxed at a much higher rate than his or her classmates in order to be “fair.” Under Sen. Obama’s platform, hard work will not be rewarded. It will be punished. Many argue that the majority of the population will benefit from these policies, but many hardworking Americans will suffer as a result of the many loafers and free-riders the government will support at the expense of others’ hard work and dedication. This is the definition of unfairness and mirrors beliefs held by many socialists. However, our country was based on a “free market” system. Our country’s been able to maximize production, profit and efficiently run our economy under these policies.

Now, we’re on the verge of change – changing the fundamentals of our values and beliefs. The American dream is that you can come to this country, persevere and reap the benefits of your work. Marva Collins once said, “Success doesn’t come to you... you go to it.” Americans treasure the values of hard work, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. By drastically changing the taxation policies, you threaten to change those beliefs. Instead of teaching school children to work hard to realize their dreams, we will tell them to participate minimally because, in our economy, those who work harder and make more will have to pay the price to support those who work less. Before you vote for change, think about the results this change may bring. Victoria San Pedro may be contacted at vsanpedro@themiamihurricane.com.

by richard lyons

McCain succeeding against Anti-Bush tide I have noticed a difference in campaign tactics this year from years past. I have seen very few campaign ads for John McCain. Who knows, it could be the television channels that I watch or just simply a lack of television ads altogether. I have noticed, at least from the McCain side, there are little personal attacks on the Democratic candidate, at least on TV. I have however seen many ads against Barack Obama on John McCain’s campaign Web site, which is quite okay with me. In fact, I praise McCain for doing this; I am tired of seeing attacks on the opposing candidate on TV. When it comes to the McCain/ Palin campaign, I personally believe it has been a successful one. According to the latest polls provided by Fox News, Barack Obama only has a seven point lead over John McCain. Despite the October 27 - 29, 2008

difficult position President Bush has put the GOP in due to his policies, the McCain campaign has still maintained a rating close to Obama’s. We have all heard John McCain and Sarah Palin use the term “maverick” to describe themselves, a characterization the Obama/Biden campaign has repeatedly disagreed with. I do believe that the term applies to them. They have both, in many cases, openly disagreed with their parties on issues concerning this country, or in Palin’s case, her state. McCain, for example, has sided against the Republican party on issues such as in 1995, when he was only one of four Republicans to vote against the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act; in 1996, when he was the only Republican to vote against the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act; in 1998, when he took on the tobacco industry to increase taxes on cigarettes in order to fund anti-smoking

campaigns and reduce the number of teenage smokers; and in 2002, when he teamed up with Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold to pass the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. When it comes to the presidential and vice-presidential debates, I believe that their success has been limited. They are merely treading water at this point. The debates have done little but to keep them closely trailing Obama. But what we all need to keep in mind is that polls show how the general population feels, and not necessarily how the electors will vote. We all know that the popular candidate does not always win, as evidenced by the 2000 election. I do however believe that if the McCain/Palin campaign steps it up, they will be in the White House come January. Richard Lyons may be contacted at rlyons@themiamihurricane.com.


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“Before you vote for change, think about the results this change may bring.” – Victoria San Pedro, Contributing Columnist

by dan buyanovsky

More than weed needed for homecoming concert What makes a good homecoming show? Is it copious amounts of weed and alcohol? Is it mosh pits or crowd surfing? Perhaps the secret behind a great concert at the U is enough compiled crowd sweat to drown three hippopotamuses. Well, Friday’s Homecoming Howl concert with Kidz in the Hall and N*E*R*D had all of those things covered, but still lacked a quality that would have had students walking away from the University Green fully satisfied. For weeks leading up to the show, there was a huge buzz around campus and students simply couldn’t wait to get more inebriated than they did on prom night and check out the seemingly upbeat and exciting N*E*R*D. Instead, those excited fans were provided with a concert at which the opening act outshined the headliner. Somehow, the featured act took the stage and wasted the initial crowd excitement, paralyzing it with an excruciatingly

boring set that had more people walking away than bopping their heads. Just fifteen minutes into their performance, hundreds of students strolled away from the crowd with their heads and spirits dragging. So, in the aftermath of a show that had many feeling simply “bleh,” I was left wondering – what makes a good Homecoming show, and what sort of performers fit the bill? First off, we need an act we’ve all heard of and can easily recognize. It seems as though UM kids listen to songs like “Whatever You Like” more often than the somber and not-socatchy “Love Bomb” by N*E*R*D. And that’s not a bad thing. I’ll admit T.I.’s sugar-daddy anthem has a play count over 20 in my iTunes, and in all honesty if I’d him singing it on Friday I would’ve danced my sweaty Reggie Miller (retro alert!) jersey off. Next, we need an act with enough energy and excitement to match or even exceed ours. As college kids, we’re naturally happy and joyous about most things – and if you throw in some alcohol and drugs, there are few things

that wouldn’t make us jolly concertgoers. So if performers can’t make their enthusiasm resonate with a crowd of thousands, we’re left hanging high and dry. Finally, the U needs an act whose sound can resonate at a venue like the Green. This seems like a given, but it’s pretty apparent that unless you were in the pit directly in front of the stage, N*E*R*D’s sound was just faint enough that you wouldn’t be drawn in to stay and watch. If you were at this year’s Homecoming Howl, you may have left fulfilled, disappointed or too sloppy to know the difference, but there’s no doubt that next year’s show should get a universal consensus that it was the absolute shit, in a good way. If someone listens to the priceless advice above, that shouldn’t be an issue and perhaps next year we’ll all be rocking with the likes of Kanye, Chris Brown or another fitting and worthy performer.

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What did you think of this year’s Hurricane Howl concert?

DREW BLOOMBERG Senior “It was good for what it was. It wasn’t nearly as good as the past three homecomings..”

Dan Buyanovsky may be contacted at dbuyanovsky@themiamihurricane.com.

“student science” by andrew blitman

How much do you really know about the ibis? One of the most recognizable college mascots in the United States, Sebastian the Ibis has long been a symbol of the University of Miami. An icon, we can find him hanging out across campus. He goes to sporting events, pep rallies, important functions and especially student orientation activities. But how and why did a fisheating bird come to represent one of the top universities in the country? Sebastian’s story stretches back to UM’s early days when, in 1926, the yearbook called itself “The Ibis.” The bird, according to Native American and university folklore, is the last animal to seek shelter before a hurricane impact, warning that danger is inevitable. After the maelstrom the ibis is first to re-emerge, a sign of clear skies ahead.

The ibis became the official mascot in 1958, when student John Stormont built, wore and performed in an ibis suit at football games. Sebastian’s appearance was taken from the American white ibis (Eudocimus albus), a longbeaked wading bird found in the Mid-Atlantic States through South America. Standing two feet tall, it has a wingspan of three feet. Ibises are social, living in large colonies with many species of birds. However, individuals tend to hunt alone. During mating season, the beaks of both males and females swell bright red, blending into the white feathers of the face. Like many birds, American white ibises mate for life. Females lay two to five eggs annually. A closely related species, the scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber), occasionally hybridizes with the white ibis. The scarlet ibis is virtually identical, minus the color, to Sebastian’s species. Its red color comes from the crustaceans it eats.

The ancient Egyptians revered the ibis as a symbol of Thoth, the god of the Moon. Priests in the holy cities of Saqqara and Hermopolis raised and sacrificed millions of sacred ibises (Threskiornis aethiopicus) to honor the deity. Each pharaoh was buried along with his holy ibises to ensure safe passage to the afterlife. However, the Egyptians did not worship the ibis; they worshiped the attribute of divinity that characterized its being. Like the ancient Egyptians, we at the U hold the ibis close. After more than half a century, Sebastian continues to be a powerful college tradition that defines what it means to be a Hurricane. Andrew Blitman is a freshman majoring in marine science and biology. He may be contacted at abiltman@themiamihurricane.com

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AARON HELIGMAN Senior “Despite not being an N*E*R*D fan, I thought they were entertaining and were great at getting the crowd involved.”

SHERRY LEVINE Senior “I had a great time. The atmosphere was super chill and the band kicked ass.”

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The sages teach that if romance be the water of life, then porno is the incompatible oil. Kevin Smith, in directing his new film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, tests this assumption, and what he creates can only be referred to as the first of its kind – a pornothemed romantic comedy. Zack and Miri, played by Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, are lifelong friends who live with each other. Together they fall deeper and deeper in debt, and to make some money they decide to make a pornographic video starring them and all of their friends. When asked how he was inspired to create such a film, Smith says it was a “logical progression.” Guy love – the love of a best friend – is a central theme in Smith’s earlier movies Chasing Amy and Clerks, but now Smith felt ready to move on to a movie about the love between a guy and a girl. “I was curious to see what would happen if you added sex to that kind of relationship,” Smith explained. Unlike producing cinematic romance, creating porn was a difficulty for Kevin Smith. He explains, saying he “cannot ask an actor to do something he wouldn’t feel comfortable doing,” so it took a very open and willing cast to make the porn aspect of the movie a success. Smith’s lifelong friend Jason Mewes, who he describes as having “popped out of the womb wanting to fuck everything in sight,” was a large reason the creation of the movie was successful. In the movie, Mewes has a sexual scene with actress Katie Morgan, and the enthusiasm that Mewes brought to that scene enabled Smith to more comfortably film pornography. “Jason got so into the scene that we had to take Katie to a chiropractor,” Smith joked. Traci Lords, who plays Bubbles (named after a little trick she can do), was also an important factor in tying the adult industry into the film. As a former porn star with over 80 films made, the last one having been made about twenty years ago, she brought real pornographic experience to the movie. Lords decided for that for this film she would “embrace her past and make fun of it,” Smith said. Her homegrown, satirical view of the world of pornography helps to keep the sexuality of the film comical. Because this film deals with the risqué topic of pornography, it raised unusual

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difficulties for Smith. Marketing for this film was nearly impossible because citizens and city governments objected to posters or billboard that used the word “porno.” “What porno have you ever watched that has porno in the title?” Smith asked. “And it’s not even a bad word! It’s not like we called it Zack and Miri Make a Fuck Tape.” Achieving the desired rating of R for this movie was also a nightmare. Smith’s movies are generally given their strict ratings based on dialogue, but this was the first of his movies that was criticized for rude visuals. The movie was submitted to the MPAA three times, but only through a final appeals process was the movie brought down to an R rating. One might ask that with Zack and Miri’s new pornographically romantic relationship, will pornography be changed forever? No, believes Smith. “Porno will always be porno, and I don’t think this will change anyone’s mind,” he said. Sam Rotenberg may be contacted at srotenberg@ themiamihur ricane. com.

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CD REVIEW: ‘GOSSIP IN THE GRAIN’

Expanding on emotional folk BY BRITTANY PATTERSON CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

Only four years ago, folk singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne was bearded and dirt poor. On Tuesday, the now-popular but still bearded LaMontagne released his third studio album, Gossip in the Grain. LaMontagne’s story, a tale for all aspiring artists, began after barely graduating from high school. Inspired by Stephen Stills’ “Treetop Flyer,” LaMontagne quit his job at a shoe factory to pursue his passion for music. His mountain man appearance perfectly embodies the raspy, soulful voice that fans all over the world recognize from the first note. His first album, Trouble (2004), sold over 400,000 copies worldwide, with the title song of the album peaking at No. 5 in the UK in 2006. LaMontagne continued his songwriting, releasing another heartfelt album, Till the Sun Turns Black, in 2006. Gossip in the Grain is yet another expansion by the husky-voiced musician. While some songs, including “Let It Be Me” and “Winter Birds,” hold true to LaMontagne’s classic emotion-filled folk, others feature his tendency to explore music combinations. From the bluegrass “Hey Me, Hey Mama”

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to the upbeat rocker “Meg White” and the jazz-inspired “You Are the Best Thing,” LaMontagne manages to incorporate rich lyrics that drip with meaning and passion with his soothing voice. Brittany Patterson may be contacted at bpatterson@themiamihurricane.com.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘SAW V’

Fifth installment packs a punch BY LELAN LEDOUX CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

Its authenticity comes from the visceral gore, but the elaborate traps designed by Jigsaw to test his victims’ willingness to live are really what make the Saw franchise, and Saw V continues to carry the torch. Jigsaw, played by Tobin Bell, is once again spectacular in his work as the legendary killer. Bell is able to bring a chilling and philosophical performance to life, and the terror he instills brings this series together. As Saw IV left off, Detective Mark Hoffman was a secret advocate for Jigsaw’s work. Saw V comes with a straightforward story, unlike Saw IV, and the writers cleverly hook together the previous Saw movies. However, Saw V is less grueling then the previous installments. Flashbacks tie up loose ends that left viewers with questions from the previous films, so Saw lovers will embrace the chance to see the old stuff once again. One problem this movie encounters is Detective Hoffman. The bar is set too high for the character, played by Costas Mandylor, to be the next creepy Jigsaw. Mandylor is too dull to be Jigsaw. This is a big letdown. Saw V goes into more detail than the last few Saw movies; the focus is more directly on dialogue than the actual traps. But Saw V does deliver the goods for those only see Saw because of the gruesome murder de10

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vices. The set traps are better here than the last two sequels, resulting in some vivid and memorable death scenes. Saw V has a shocking ending that will have you grasping for more Saw. Lelan LeDoux may be contacted at lledoux@ themiamihurricane.com.


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“I just try to keep going forward and make a play. I was happy I was able to show my running ability a little bit this game.” – ROBERT MARVE, quarterback

“He did a good job of executing our offense. We have two tough quarterbacks. They look frail but they really aren’t.”

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MIAMI vs. Wake Forest QUARTERBACKS: B

Robert Marve was solid and didn’t turn the ball over. Wake Forest helped him out a little bit, though. Marve was really effective in the running game. His key 43-yard run was the second longest in 25 years for a Miami quarterback. Jacory Harris got his series again but nothing enormous came from it. The Hurricanes could have put on more than 16 points, though.

RUNNING BACKS:

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It’s tough to run on a veteran team like Wake Forest. These linebackers were able to close any gap the Hurricanes opened up. Graig Cooper and Javarris James combined for 42 yards on 18 carries and Marve had 56 yards. It was an average day for the Hurricanes.

The big guys up front opened up holes for the running backs, but Wake Forest did a great job closing the gaps – that’s veteran play for you. They protected Marve and Harris pretty well and gave them time to look down the field.

OFFENSIVE LINE:

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The big men up front opened up holes for Cooper and allowed only two sacks. But Marve did not have as much time in the pocket to make his reads as he did last week. The offensive line played much better as a unit in the first half.

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BREAKING AWAY: Marve manuevers away from the Wake Forest defense and makes a 43-year rush. The play put UM in position to score their only touchdown of the game, in a 16-10 win.

The Hurricanes had a rough first quarter; Wake Forest quickly notched 118 yards rushing. Wake Forest played hard-nosed football to start the game, calling 22 straight running plays. But the Canes adjusted and shut down the run. The Hurricanes were all over Riley Skinner, sacking him twice and putting him on his back every time he threw it. Adewale Ojomo led the way with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

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Bosher has record kick, perfect on day BY CHRISTINA DE NICOLA ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

Freshman quarterback Jacory Harris might’ve led the Hurricanes out of the tunnel before Saturday’s homecoming game, but it was starting quarterback Robert Marve who ran Miami to victory. Marve orchestrated the goahead seven-play, 65-yard drive during the third quarter as the Canes defeated Wake Forest 16-10 at Dolphin Stadium. Two plays after scrambling for 43 yards to the three-yard line, Marve reached the end zone on a quarterback sneak to give Miami (5-2, 2-2) its first lead, 13-10.

The run was the longest by a Hurricane quarterback since Ryan Collins’s 51-yard touchdown dash in 1993 against Temple. “I felt like there were just a lot of fast guys around me,” Marve said. “I just try to keep going forward and make a play. I was happy I was able to show my running ability a little bit this game.” The redshirt freshman finished the game 11-for-20 with 153 yards passing and carried the ball six times for 56 yards rushing. “He looked like Jacory out there,” head coach Randy Shannon said. “He did a good job of executing our offense. We have two tough quarterbacks. They look frail but they really aren’t.” Through the first quarter, however, it looked as though it would be all Wake Forest.

On their first drive, the Demon Deacons (4-3, 2-2) ran a 10-play, 66-yard drive, which resulted in a one-yard touchdown run by junior fullback Mike Rinfrette. It marked the first time Miami had given up a score on an opening possession. Wake Forest controlled the clock for 11:20 and had 118 yards. Sophomore running back Josh Adams ran 21 times for 111 yards over the course of the game. “When they got the ball, Coach [Jim] Grobe was playing field position the whole game,” Shannon said. UM’s defense initially failed to stop the run as Wake called 22 straight rushing plays to start the game, despite having the ACC

Just like the D-line, Miami struggled with the run game in the first quarter. But the group responded and made adjustments. Sean Spence, Glenn Cook, Darryl Sharpton, Romeo Davis and Spencer Adkins all closed holes. The Canes only allowed 68 yards in the second half.

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This group completely smothered Wake Forest’s passing game. Poor tackling allowed D.J. Boldin to get a 45-yard reception, but that’s it. The ACC’s top passer, Skinner, only completed three of eight pass attempts for 57 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

A-

Matt Bosher was the key for the Hurricanes, hitting a career long 52-yard field goal and going 3-for-3 on field goals. On punts, the front line must protect better for Bosher. Opponents still must respect Benjamin on punt and kickoff returns.

COACHING:

B+

Wake Forest surprised Randy Shannon and the coaching staff in the first half, but halftime adjustments for the Canes were spectacular. A different team came out in the second half. They were not allowing anything from Wake Forest. The Canes have to carry this over for all four quarters.

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Win improves UM to .500 in ACC play, Virginia up next FOOTBALL FROM PAGE 11 passing leader in junior Riley Skinner. Skinner completed just three passes on eight attempts for 57 yards. After going three and out, Marve hit freshman receiver Travis Benjamin for a career-high 48-yard pass on the next possession for the fifth-longest play of the season. As a team, the Canes have recorded 16 plays over 30 yards, and Benjamin has accounted for four of the six longest plays this year. The Hurricanes settled for three as sophomore kicker Matt Bosher nailed a 36-yard field goal, his first of three, to make the score 7-3 with 4:11 left in the first quarter. Wake Forest fired right back on third and 10 when freshman running back Brandon Pendergrass ran for 25 yards to set up a 24-yard field goal by freshman kicker Shane Popham. The lead was extended to seven at 10-3. Outplayed in the first 30 minutes, the Hurricanes came on strong with a trick play to start the second half. Benjamin fielded the kick and reversed to junior Sam Shields for a 45-yard return. Another 15 yards were tacked on a personal foul to start the drive at the Demon Deacon 30-yard line. Over three plays, the offense lost four yards and Bosher connected on a careerhigh 52-yard field goal to cut the deficit to four at 10-6. He later added a kick from 33 yards out and is now 12-of-13 on field goals this year. “Each game, each kick is one in its own,” Bosher said. “I just have to go out there and do what I have to do.” In the second half, Miami’s defense held Wake Forest to 68 total yards. “I think our young guys did a lot of great things and our older guys also responded by making some great plays for us,” Shannon said. “I thought in the second half defensively, we did a lot of great things.” With the victory, the Canes tied last year’s win total and need just one more to qualify for a bowl game. It also marked the first time UM has won consecutive league games since Oct. 2006. Last season, however, the Hurricanes started off 4-1 before losing six of their last seven. Miami heads to Virginia to face the Cavaliers (5-3, 3-1) next Saturday at noon. Christina De Nicola may be contacted at cdenicola@themiamihurricane.com. 12

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Six-game winning streak quickly becomes two-game losing streak on Virginia road trip Cavaliers come back from 2-0 deficit, Hokies earn victory in four sets BY JUSTIN ANTWEIL SENIOR SPORTS WRITER

What a difference a weekend makes. The University of Miami volleyball team had its six-game win streak snapped, as they lost to Virginia (13-9, 5-5) in a thrilling five-set match and were defeated by Virginia Tech (17-5, 8-3), 3-1. The road trip got off to an auspicious beginning, as the Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Cavaliers. They won the first two sets 25-19 and 27-25. After an intermission, the Canes were not able to sustain the same success. They lost the final three sets 13-25, 22-25 and 1315. The Canes had a 12-10 lead in the decisive fifth set, but Virginia was able to pull away, ending the night on a 5-1 run. This was the first time since September 2004 that a Hurricanes team has blown a 2-0 lead in a match. Despite the loss, junior outside hitter Genny Mayhew recorded her ninth doubledouble of the season, tallying 10 kills and a season-high 17 digs. With the 17 digs, Mayhew moved into the elusive “500 club,” with over 500 kills and 500 digs in her career. Sophomore sensation Katie Gallagher dished out 51 assists and is now second alltime in assists in UM history, as she passed Mallory James, a member of the Orange and Green from 2001-2004. Freshman outside-hitter and reigning ACC Player of the Week Lane Carico was also strong in a losing effort, registering her team-leading eleventh double-double of the season, totaling 20 kills and a season high 27 digs. Coming into Saturday’s match against Virginia Tech, the Hokies and Canes were two of five teams tied for first in the ACC. Miami was unable to knock off Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, though, as they fell 1825, 25-19, 17-25 and 20-25. The Canes hitting percentage was .149 compared to the Hokies .260. For the third straight match the Hurricanes had at least 20 unforced errors - very uncharacteristic of this team. Junior libero Cassie Loessberg, Gallagher and sophomore outside hitter Maria Andersson each recorded double digits in digs shoveling out 23, 12 and 10, respectively.

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SETTING THE TABLE: Volleyball players Katie Gallagher sets the ball as Ali Becker prepares to attempt a kill in a volleyball match earlier this season. With nine matches left to play this season, every match is critical if the Hurricanes want an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, a sight they have not seen since 2002. UM’s next match is at home on Friday

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You’re better off prioritizing your future Dear Hurriqueen, I’m so busy that I’m on campus about 12 hours every day. By the time I get home, I’m tired and grumpy. I’ve had no time for my friends outside of classes, and my boyfriend is absolutely neglected. I try to make time for him, but I don’t have any time for myself, let alone anyone else. He understands and doesn’t complain, but it sucks and I feel awful about it. Is there anything I can do without giving up everything I’m involved with on campus? - Terribly Busy??

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Dear Terribly Busy, I feel you. No doubt, we ambitious Canes have the tendency to over-book our schedules. Sometimes I’m so tired after a busy day that I can barely muster the energy to work it in the gym, let alone stay awake for my boyfriend to enjoy the fruits of my labor before bedtime. Even though my man bitches about it and says we don’t spend enough time together during the week, I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty for being dedicated to my commitments on campus. And neither should you.

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And as Oprah might say, Stedman is best on the sidelines. Keep me updated. XOXO, The Hurriqueen. Send responses and questions to hurriqueen@gmail.com. NOTICE: This column was originally printed last year; The Hurriqueen is now happily single. He’ll be back next week with something FRESH.

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