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Vol. 89, Issue 8 | Feb. 14 - Feb. 16, 2011

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MARLENA SKROBE // Photo Editor

BACK ON TOP: Freshman Wilson Salvatierra (top left), freshman Mike Anderson (front left) and sophomore Will Saunders celebrate Stanford’s victory Sunday.

CANDIDATE COVERAGE SG TICKETS PREPARE THEIR CAMPAIGNS PAGES 3 AND 8

THUNDER DOWN UNDER “ORGASM INC.” DIGS INTO GENDER MISCONCEPTIONS PAGE 10

Hecht no Stanford snaps nine-year SportsFest streak by 9.36 points

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FunDay returns for more smiles Activities planned by Best Buddies

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BY ALYSHA KHAN ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

A zebra on the Rock? Welcome to FunDay 2011. “The only word I can use to describe it is fun,” said Toni Gormon, a FunDay executive board member. The longest running service event at the University of Miami, FunDay pairs over 350 special needs citizens from the Greater Miami-Dade area with student volunteers for a day of fun, games and food. “You make a friend for a day,” said senior Elyse Feinerman, another executive board member who is in charge of the arts and crafts. “You not only make their day by being their friend, but you also have the time of your life.” FunDay takes place Saturday from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Rock and the UC. No prior registration is necessary. Just show up at the Rock to get paired with a buddy. This year’s theme is “Just Zoo It.” The activities will include themed arts and crafts, a petting zoo that includes zebras, and FunFair, a miniature fair with circus-style game booths sponsored by fraternities and sororities. “We always have a mystery theater and this year it’s a petting zoo,” said junior Emily Packard, the vice chair of the executive board. “I have been spazzing out about the zebra.” Packard, a Best Buddies member, has been hearing about FunDay from her buddy since September. “It’s crazy to be excited about something that far in advance,” Packard said. “But seeing how hap-

Jessica Bryant, Adrianne D’Angelo and Marlena Skrobe caught all the action of SportsFest this weekend. Check out their photo slideshow. CAYLA NIMMO // File Photo

A FUN DAY OF LAUGHTER: Freshmen Alex Crutkaew and Brittney Hutchenson walk hand-in-hand with William Miller and stop to pose for a picture at last year’s FunDay at the Rock and the UC. py it made her and all of the buddies, you can’t say no.” Through FunDay, Packard hopes to influence student opinion. “I hope students here learn how amazing these people are, that they are people,” she said. “They need to make a commitment to not use the r-word.” For Alyssa Laferrera, the president of the executive board, this event hits close to home. “I have family who have disabilities,” Laferrera said. “For the buddies, it’s their favorite day of the year. We want to make it bigger than it has ever been.”

Laferrera’s favorite part of FunDay is getting to see the joy on participants’ faces. “They come back and give you

a hug and a kiss,” she said. Alysha Khan may be contacted at akhan@themiamihurricane.com.

DISABILITIES AWARENESS WEEK Anti-Discrimination Panel: Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. in LC 140. Spread the Word to End the Word: Thursday, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. on the Rock FunDay: Saturday, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.; meet at the Rock to get paired up with your buddy.

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INTERVIEW WORKSHOP

NEIL BALDWIN LECTURE

The Department of Modern Languages and Literature is now offering a new Arabic studies minor. For more information, contact Dr. Christina Civantos at ccivantos@ miami.edu.

The Toppel Career Center will be hosting an Interviewing Skills Workshop on Tuesday at 3 p.m. For more information, contact the Toppel Carer Center at 305-284-5451.

Dr. Neil Baldwin will speak at One Writer’s Journey: From Small Press Poetry to E-Book Novel, with Many and Varied Stops Along the Way on Thursday at the CAS Gallery/Wesley House. There will be a reception at 4:30 p.m. and the lecture will start

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at 5 p.m. Baldwin is an Emmy-nominated writer who has published three volumes of poetry, three textbooks, three biographies and has won several awards for his work. To RSVP, email provost@miami.edu. Alysha Khan may be contacted at akhan@themiamihurricane.com

Can’t get enough of Valentine’s Day? Richard Rosengarten has your cartoon fix. Nicky Diaz has a review of “Pretty Reckless,” a CD by Taylor Momsen who stars in “Gossip Girl.” Missed baseball’s fan fest? Ernesto Suarez recaps the event in an article. Read all about this weekend’s women’s basketball game. Ernesto Suarez has the scoop. Got something to say? Give us a ShoutOut. Subscribe for the e-mail edition of the newspaper at themiamihurricane. com/subscribe.


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SG candidates enter campaign mode Voting begins next week BY STEPHANIE PARRA STAFF WRITER

As the current Student Government (SG) administration prepares to draw the curtain on its term, three fresh faces will be placed on the ballot for this year’s elections. Whether it’s their platforms or their backgrounds that make these candidates distinct, they all have one goal in common: to serve as the next SG president. “Twice a year we give students the opportunity to have a direct impact on our university,” current SG President Christina Farmer said. SG elections take place twice a year; once in the fall for senators, and once in the spring for president, vice president and treasurer. Usually, there are feelings of apathy when voting for candidates that will swear by the red, white and blue. Eighteen to 29 year olds have voted at rates between 10 percent and 25 percent lower than the national average for decades, according to the Seattle Pi, a publication based out of Seattle. At UM, many students are also indifferent when it comes to democratic matters of the orange and green. From about 10,000 enrolled students in spring 2010, less than 20 percent of students voted. “We have more [voters] in the spring,” said Joel Lugones, chair of the SG Elections Commission. “Last spring we had close to 2,000 students voting.” But there are always SG supporters. “[SG] elections are important because they give students an opportunity to voice their opinions on campus matters,” freshman Veronica Diaz said. The past SG administration’s motto, “U First,” promoted student input and sought to implement each student’s individual ideas and suggestions. Projects completed by this administration included implementing ICEE machines in the C-Store and a farmer’s market by Richter every Wednesday. “This election differs in the sense that the candidates are coming off an extremely successful year and there are very high expectations for the next adminis-

Canes lonely no more Students look out for each other BY KRISTEN SPILLANE CONTRIBUTING NEWS WRITER

BRITTNEY BOMNIN // Art Director

ROCK THE VOTE: (From left to right) Juniors Michael Kaplan, Brandon Mitchell and Josh Llano are the three candidates for Student Government president. Their campaigns launch Monday. tration,” SG Vice President Pietro Bortoletto said. Candidates launch their campaigns Monday, and students will have to sift through slogans and platforms to determine which candidates will be most appropriate for the next administration. Despite the impact SG has on campus, many will still choose not to vote. “I think SG elections allow students to select candidates that will represent their opinions on minor campus matters,” sophomore Cristina Aguilar said. “I don’t think I’ll vote because the matters that are discussed don’t affect me in a major way.” According to another student, elections are simply biased. “I feel like student government elections are not treated the way they should be treated,” freshman Valentin Arenas said.

“Instead, they are a popularity contest.” The ballots, which will include candidates and their teams of vice president and treasurer, will give students the opportunity to vote for the most competent trio. Students also have the option of voting a split ticket. “If you make your vote based on platforms, it would be challenging to prove that the president of a ticket is better equipped to run on the same set of platforms than their vice president or treasurer,” said Aaron Esman, speaker of the Senate, on his SG elections blog. Elections for student government senators and executive board (president, vice president, treasurer) will be from Feb. 21-23 in the residential colleges and UC Breezeway. Winners of the senate are determined according to plurality

and only a statistical tie will cause a run-off election. Winners of the executive board will be determined by 50 percent plus one of the votes cast. If none of the candidates receive 50 percent plus one, they will need to go to run-off elections. Results for general elections will be announced at 5:30 p.m. at the Rock. If needed, run-off elections will be from Feb. 28- March 2. “Ask tough questions and do research,” Farmer said. “You want a team that is willing to fight for students and hear your voice.” Stephanie Parra may be contacted at sparra@themiamihurricane.com.

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What would you do for a fellow Cane? During Tuesday’s kickoff event, Canes Care for Canes will encourage students to ask this question of themselves. Canes Care for Canes is an initiative implemented last semester by the Division of Student Affairs to promote a community-wide effort of caring and responsibility. The goal of the Canes Care for Canes initiative is to provide students with the resources they need to overcome life’s challenges. Dr. Patricia Whitely, vice president of student affairs, talked about the many obstacles to success that students face every day. She stressed the responsibility we all have to help and take care of each other. “This initiative embodies caring from the top down,” said Dr. Gail Cole-Avent, university ombudsperson and assistant to the vice president. “Don’t be a bystander, be active in your friends’ lives and in your peers lives… we are never alone if we reach out to one another.” This semester, Canes Care for Canes will launch their second phase to promote their new interactive Web site and anonymous reporting form, as well as motivating students to get involved. Tuesday’s kickoff event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Rock. Students will have the opportunity to sign the Canes Care for Canes pledge. A presentation featuring Dr. Whitely, Dean of Students Dr. Ricardo Hall and SG President Christina Farmer will take place from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Kristen Spillane may be contacted at kspillane@themiamihurricane.com.

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South Miami implements new parking system Coin meters replaced by electronic machines BY ALEXANDRA BLANEY CONTRIBUTING NEWS WRITER

Drivers no longer need to lug around rolls of quarters. South Miami has converted all parking meters into electronic pay for parking stands that accept coins, dollar bills and credit cards. “It’s really easy to use since there are multiple payment options,” said Major Rene Landa, the public information officer for the City of South Miami. The system involves typing in the number of one’s parking space and selecting a payment method. Drivers will not have to return to their car to drop off a receipt because parking enforcement officers will be able to check the time left on a spot electronically. Time can also be added remotely by calling the number on the pay station and entering a credit card number. Drivers have found the system convenient, but some are still adjusting. “The idea behind the new system is

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a good one but the transition was a little confusing,” sophomore Eliana Newman said. “The first time I parked in the lot I didn’t even notice the machines and went to dinner without paying at all.” This confusion is augmented by the lack of signs around parking lots to advertise the new system. “I go to Sunset pretty regularly so I was surprised to see there weren’t meters anymore,” senior Ashlee Hollingsworth said. “I didn’t see any signs around the lot explaining the new system, so when I first parked behind the Chase bank I had to go back to my car and find my spot number before paying for parking.” However, Landa believes that the new system will soon become as familiar as the meters. “There’s going to be a learning curve at the beginning, because this system is kind of new, but people can figure it out quickly,” he said. The one con? The minimum amount of time for parking is one hour. That means every time a person parks the cost will be at least $1.25. “The new system is great because I never carried around coins,” Holling-

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ADRIANNE D’ANGELO // Photo Editor

NO LOOSE CHANGE: Daris Amanzar uses a solar parking machine by Sunset. The new pay for parking machines have replaced coin meters in South Miami. sworth said. “But if I’m running into Panera for 15 minutes it costs me more than a quarter.”

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Common delivers moving lecture INNER GREATNESS: In 2009, UM’s Homecoming performer was hip-hop artist and actor Common. Known as today’s hip-hop “renaissance man,” he has received several Grammy nominations and awards for his influential and socially conscious music. On Feb. 9, he returned to Miami to give a lecture at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, which several UM students attended. Although the topic of the lecture was the effects of hip-hop on modern society, Common focused on the theme of greatness. His overall message was for students to achieve greatness by “finding their path, believing in their path and living their path.” NATALIE EDGAR // The Miami Hurricane

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What are you doing for your love on Valentine’s Day?

DANIEL ABRAMS JUNIOR “She’s studying abroad in Ireland, so I’m going to send a life-size cardboard cutout of me.”

LILY JOHNSON-ULRICH SENIOR “I’m going to an anti-Valentine’s Day party for non-couples.”

Jenny Hamilton, Senior columnist

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Technology helps with long distance Relationships that started over vacations or began in high school are lasting. Studying abroad doesn’t mean it’s the end of a relationship either. Thanks to technology, the tradition of college dating has changed over the past few years. Just like we have equated Facebook pokes with making a friendly gesture and Twitter updates with keeping in touch with others, today’s generation has conditioned itself to accept that love and technology go hand in hand. In fact, communication tools such as Skype have contributed to the growing trend of longdistance relationships. Technology is improving campus-to-campus relationships and it’s never been easier to be in constant interaction with someone across the world. As long as couples have access to Facebook, text, Skype, iChat, BBM, e-mail and a phone, distance is no longer a barrier for couples (or for long-distance sexual play). Not only has it allowed couples to stay in touch on a daily basis, but it also allows couples to peer into each other’s lives. Social media Web sites such as Facebook allow for virtual intimacy, which increases the understanding of each other’s lives. Through mini-feeds, wall posts, statuses, tagged photos and a user’s recent activity on Facebook, one is able to learn who someone

is talking to, what they are doing, what they like, what is on their mind and more. That being said, Facebook is an excellent communication tool to keep in touch with friends and family. But, in terms of being in a relationship with someone, is using Facebook as a resource a good thing? And how much virtual intimacy is too much? Believe it or not, in many relationships fights have sparked over jealousy caused by something posted on Facebook. For example, an ex who posted a comment on a partner’s wall, tagged photos of someone dancing with someone else, or even lack of affection can unfortunately lead to unnecessary arguments. However, think about it like this- if two people are truly committed, are in a healthy relationship and trust each other, then communication tools such as Facebook should only strengthen a relationship. As technology advances, it has potential to make every part of our lives better- including relationships. Thus, technology hasn’t robbed us of what used to be traditional love- instead, we believe it has solidified it.

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Why should you treat me differently on just one day when a surprise day would be far more thoughtful?

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Valentine’s Day is a waste of a holiday AMANDA KREKE FRESHMAN “Going to breakfast on SoBe and then dinner at his house.”

JORDAN BERRY SOPHOMORE “Don’t have time for that.” Speak Up answers are edited for clarity, brevity and accuracy. Check out video Speak Ups at themiamihurricane.com. Compiled by

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alentine’s Day: the most pointless day of the year. It is simply a ploy for couples to argue over whether to buy gifts and where to go for dinner, and for single people to mope over how miserable their single lives are. I find no need for a day in JENNY the year for someone to tell me HAMILTON they love me. Why should you SENIOR treat me differently on just one COLUMNIST day when a surprise day would be far more thoughtful? The whole holiday is a scam. It makes people stress unnecessarily, causes breakups and very rarely goes by smoothly. In fact, it can be a very deceptive day. V-Day should never be your first date with someone. There is too much pressure. It is not a good idea. Just don’t do it. It could trick you into thinking you actually care about each other when really you were both using each other so you wouldn’t be sitting at home miserable and lonely, watching stupid movies and groaning about your failing love life. No one wants to hear it. The game is getting old.

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Valentine’s has just become an excuse for pining singles to complain and couples to be nauseatingly touchy in public. I would rather vomit than go sit in an overcrowded restaurant filled with annoying couples. The biggest point I have not yet mentioned is that it is simply a consumer holiday. There is no meaning behind it other than for stores to scam you into buying some phony jewelry, chocolates that will likely be thrown out and adorable teddy bears that will become dog chew toys as soon as the couple breaks up. So here’s my suggestion for Valentine’s Day: Treat it like any other day and if you are really that miserable being single, get off your can and do something about it. Have a nice dinner with friends if you just can’t stand to be alone and don’t want to wallow in your own self pity. And for the couples out there, stop being obnoxious. Don’t do the typical chocolates, teddy bears and jewelry. Don’t observe it and do something completely random another time. Stop expecting, start surprising. Happy freaking Valentine’s Day. Jenny Hamilton is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and sport administration. She may be contacted at jhamilton@themiamihurricane.com.

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Does your love know no borders? Check out the Miller Center’s screening of “City of Borders,” a documentary about the only gay bar in Jerusalem. Make it a date Monday at 4 p.m. at the Miller Center Auditorium.

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Answers about female orgasms BY ALLISON GOODMAN OF THE STAFF

Sex with orgasm. Sex without. Sex with emotion. Emotionless. Gendered. Genderless. The film “Orgasm Inc.,” showing in Coral Gables this Saturday, encourages discussion about how the medicalization of sex has adversely shaped the way society perceives and addresses female pleasure. An unique documentary about mainstream assumptions, “Orgasm Inc.” screams “You are normal!” to women blinded by typical beliefs about sex. The film opens Saturday and will run until Feb. 24 at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. “I think most people think that good sex is just the achievement of an orgasm, and that’s not necessarily true,” said senior Andrea Venkatesan, who is majoring in women’s and gender studies. Venkatesan believes students at UM are particularly ignorant about this topic, and that sex actually encompasses “everything in those thousands of heated seconds you share with a person,whatever

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their gender might be.” The newly opened theater on Aragon Avenue nuzzles 10 rows of traditional cinema seating between a parking garage and the Colombian consulate in downtown Coral Gables. It is also located close to Books and Books, a convenient stop for lunch. Coral Gables Art Cinema hosts screenings of independent and international films, in the hopes of bringing pictures to Miami that aren’t available for viewing at mainstream venues. Screening “Orgasm Inc.” is one of these attempts. “I think it’s great to have a film… that really focuses on women’s sexuality in a way that isn’t leering or dishonest,” said Robert Rosenberg, the cinema’s director. Brenna Munro, an assistant professor at UM with a focus on gender and sexuality studies, described how biology dictates the ways our society discusses and defines sex and sexuality. “The idea that human sexuality is just about a series of physical mechanisms that can be fixed is a very reductive way of understanding human sexuality,”

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As of yet, no drug for FSD has reshe said. With light and humorous under- ceived FDA approval, although several tones, the film specifically addresses the have come close. However, there is a pharmaceutical industry’s attempt to market for drugs aimed at premenstrual medicalize female sexual disorder (FSD), syndrome. “I think because we live in a culture a condition which doesn’t allow women that, as a whole, has to orgasm, by means this weird relationof attempts at creating ship that’s both hypernew drugs. This begs “ORGASM INC.” sexual and puritaniethical considerationscal at the same time,” is there an economic Munro said. “It’s very interest in creating a difficult for there to new disease? DIRECTOR: Liz Canner be a widespread culUniversity of Miture of open, fun, ami bioethicist Robin WHEN: Opens Sat. nonjudgmental learnFiore explained that COST: $9 or $7 for ing about all of the there is a market for students with ID incredibly varied possexuality, especially sibilities of sex.” for women who are PARKING: Garage “Orgasm, Inc.” is sensitive to criticism parking next door is the exception. about their gender. $1.50 for three hours. “Science and Allison Goodman medicine do not work For a schedule of may be contacted on the things that screenings or for at agoodman@ women want,” Fiore more information, visit themiamihurricane.com. said. “They work on cinemateque.org. the things that men want.”


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Rebellious Amanda Palmer delights again BY EDYNA GARCIA CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

Amanda Palmer’s new album, "Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under," launched Jan. 21 and is dedicated to her current tour in New Zealand and Australia. On the recent album release, Palmer dominates with live performances, covers and a few studio tracks. With her deep, almost manly voice, profound lyrics and exquisite musical ability, it’s no wonder why her second solo album is a total sensation. After the release of her first solo album in 2008, "Who Killed Amanda Palmer," Palmer created a fan base by taking advantage of social networks. Now, with 85,676 Facebook followers and 474,087 on Twitter, her fans embrace her eclectic style and interesting albums that stray from conventionality. With a mix of ukulele-assisted electric pop and a beautiful and moving piano arrangement, "Amanda Palmer Goes Under" is unlike typical CDs. With a hint of a Bjork feel combined with Regina Spektor melodies and musical formulas, Palmer presents an enjoyable album that lets the listener escape into a world of simplistic

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LET’S GO OUTBACK TONIGHT: Amanda Palmer’s unique new album shines. musical arrangements and daring lyrics. Though Palmer emits a sense of fun in her work in collaborations with Tom Dickens of The James Austen Arrangement and Mikelangelo of The Black Sea Gentlemen, her music is definitely an acquired taste; it may turn off some listeners with its experimental structure and lyrics that can be perceived as “a little too out there.” Still, Palmer's songs present a new experience that every listener is likely to enjoy. Her lyrics alone make the songs worth listening to as she discusses unconventional topics such as pubic hair grooming habits in “Map of Tasmania” or the struggles of love that result in running away to Australia, an experience described in her ballad “Australia.” Overall, Palmer’s talent is undeniable and "Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under" is an entertaining album, particularly if in the mood for something a little daring, rebellious and eccentric. The album can be downloaded for 69 cents at music.amandapalmer.net/album/amanda-palmer-goesdown-under. Edyna Garcia may be contacted at egarcia@ themiamihurricane.com.

V-Day takes a digital twist BY REBECCA LATTANZIO CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

A nice dinner and some boxed chocolates make up the classic Valentine’s Day, but in the busy stage of life that college students have, sometimes a Skype date just has to do. For UM senior Laura Selvey and her boyfriend of more than three years, Peter Self, this is the case. This is the first time in a while that the two have been apart because Self just recently moved to Kansas to pursue his Ph.D. “For Valentine’s Day, we will probably just Skype each other like we do every other night,” Selvey said. She doesn’t expect flowers or any grand gesture since they have been togeth-

er for so long, but Skype has turned into the key to keeping this couple close on celebrations like this, as it has for countless other young couples dealing with distance. “I’ve tried to do long distance relationships before and they never worked,” Selvey said. “So it definitely helps.” Rebecca Lattanzio may be contacted at rlattanzio@themiamihurricane.com.

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Ring showcases justice, love, revenge BY CASSIE GLENN CONTRIBUTING EDGE WRITER

An epic battle of the sexes is coming to a ring near you. You don’t need a pay-per-view subscription to catch this match because it is happening on campus at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. The ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” opens Wednesday and alternates with the modern comedy “Big Love” until Feb. 27. Both shows touch on timeless themes of justice, revenge and the ultimate power of love. “Lysistrata” takes place in ancient Greece during the 21st year of its war with Sparta. Focused on fighting, the macho warriors declare no lovemaking until the war’s conclusion. In protest, the frustrated women barricade themselves in the Acropolis, motivating the men to quickly summon peace in favor of love. “Big Love” is also based on Greek tradition but is set in the present day. Based on Aeschylus’ classic tragedy “The Suppliant Women,” 50 brides flee to Italy to escape their

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IF YOU GO WHAT: “Lysistrata” and “Big Love” WHERE: Ring Theatre WHEN: Wednesday to Feb. 27 MORE INFORMATION: as.miami.edu/ theatrearts/ring.html arranged marriages to 50 cousins. They are inevitably found by the deserted men, creating a comedic situation that unfolds with twists and turns. “It won’t look like a show people have seen before,” said senior Heath Saunders, who stars in “Big Love.” “We are doing shows that aren’t done often in interesting ways.” Director Jennifer Vallenga chose the play to draw a contrast not only between Greek drama and Greek comedy, but also ancient and modern theatrical pieces.

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“It’s a good counterpart to see the comparison and similarities, but it also has Greek themes of justice, love and revenge,” Vallenga said. Vallenga and the cast have worked hard to spin these themes in a surprising and shocking way. “I think that we’ve tried to make some real contemporary twists on it and the way that we’ve done it,” Vallenga said. “There’s a lot of sex, lots of skin and athleticism that will appeal to students.” “Big Love” tells the story of a younger generation, something Saunders hopes will help fill the seats with students. He is expecting theatergoers to leave the theater with different opinions. “It’s an unusual show for people our age but I think that’s our target audience,” he said. “I think that both of these pieces will be hard to make sweeping judgments on because I think anyone will come to it and really love certain things and be really turned off by others.” Cassie Glenn may be contacted at cglenn@themiamihurricane.com.

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MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR: Both spring shows at the Ring focus on Greek tradition. “Lysistrata” and “Big Love” start Wednesday.


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King Stanford reclaims his crown, pride SPORTSFEST FROM PAGE 1 BY DARCI MILLER ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

They say that every dog has its day. This day belonged, without a doubt, to Stanford Residential College. With an overall score of 13,035 points, Stanford edged out Hecht’s 12,790 points for the SportsFest championship, snapping Hecht’s nine-year winning streak. “We went in with the right mentality,” said Jacob Sperber, a first-year Stanford resident assistant (RA). “We thought ‘we will.’ And we did.” The win holds special meaning for senior RAs, who now believe they can graduate in peace. “I really wanted to win before graduating,” said Meghan Gunning, a fouryear Stanford veteran and third year RA. “This is a good accomplishment!” The Stanford RAs had their winning mentality from day one of their training in August. Seth Reder and Phil Duventre, the new area director and assistant area director, came in expecting a lot. “I think we won because of the RAs’

effort,” she said. “But the spirit of the residents made it go all the way.” Sperber noted that many members of his floor competed in four or five events. “They really took it upon themselves to make it a priority,” he said. “That’s what made it so special.” Camaraderie was a huge part of the event. Despite Stanford’s elation at their victory, many won’t be rubbing it in Hecht’s face any time soon. “It was a lot of time, but it was time spent well,” Tom Terrill, a Stanford resident said. “I went to most events to cheer on my floor. It’s hard to forget Hecht’s legacy.” Bhumi Patel, a Hecht resident, was optimistic about the loss. “It’s sad to see the streak end, but everyone in Hecht worked their hardest and had an amazing amount of spirit,” she said. The question remains: Is this the beginning of a new streak for Stanford? “I hope so!” said Sperber with a grin. “Now that this staff has tasted victory, we want to continue it.” Darci Miller can be contacted at dmiller@ themiamihurricane.com.

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SKY HIGH: (Left) Stanford residents cheer after hearing that they won SportsFest Sunday, ending Hecht’s nine-year winning streak. (Right) Junior Eric Cobb, an Eaton resident, participates in the obstacle course this past Saturday. The UV took third place, Commuters fourth, Mahoney fifth, Eaton sixth and Pearson came in last. February 14 - February 16, 2011

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Canes fall to the Devils

TRACK & FIELD The Hurricanes competed in the University of Arkansas’ Tyson Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Greg Kaczka broke the school record in the indoor mile run in 4:14.66. Several Canes reached their season-best, improving as they lead up to the ACC championship.

WOMEN’S TENNIS The No. 10 Hurricane women’s tennis team remains perfect on the season as it defeated the No. 15 Florida State Seminoles 6-1 on Sunday afternoon. The victory comes just two days after sweeping Florida International University, 7-0. The Canes will now prepare for the ITA National Indoor Championships in Virginia.

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GET IN THE GAME: Miami head coach Frank Haith shouts instructions to the Canes in the final minute of Sunday’s game. Miami lost to the Blue Devils 81-71, their first double-digit loss in a month. Log on to themiamihurricane.com to read Lelan LeDoux’s recap of Sunday’s loss to the Blue Devils and watch Christina De Nicola’s video of the game.

On Friday, the Hurricanes swept Troy to improve to 3-2. Waylon Chin won his match 6-1, 6-1, nearly blanking his opponent. Despite opportunities, the Canes lost one doubles match, 8-7. Coach Mario Rincon is proud of the team’s performance this weekend, which should give it momentum going forward. Information compiled from hurricanesports.com. Darci Miller can be contacted at dmiller@ themiamihurricane.com.

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I can understand where you are coming from. Like you, my lovely parents have been known to get overly involved in my life. It’s great that they want to be involved, but sometimes I just need to do things on my own, without their input. I mean, we are young adults after all, ruling the school, being the wonderful badass geniuses we are, getting it done. We should be able to do things without our family questioning and meddling their lives away. However, I will tell you, the older I get, the more I appreciate my parents’ semi-nosey behavior. It shows that they love me and care even with me living in Miami, far away from their prized offspring who is no longer the center of their world. Yes, yes I will even call bullshit on myself with that one. As much as you may think you are the only thing your parents focus on, I can assure you that you’re not. They have jobs, bills and their wellbeing to think of too. They love you and you mean everything to them, but you are not it on a stick. So give your family a little more credit. In the midst of their busy lives they want to remain close to you and know what is important to

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