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Vol. 95, Issue 17 | February 16 - February 22, 2017


STANCES As baseball program adjusts to losing key power hitters, freshmen step up. SPORTS // Page 13 Hunter Crenian // Senior Photographer

TAKING THE PLATE: PLATE: Senior infielder Edgar Michelangeli (16) prepares to swing his bat during the Alumni Game as part of FanFest Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.




February 16 - February 22, 2017 CONSTRUCTION

Expansion of arboretum includes road for service vehicles

Check out Isaiah KimMartinez and Cody Brown’s coverage of the men’s basketball game Wednesday night. Religious leaders at UM are on a hunger strike to protest MiamiDade’s compliance with President Trump’s immigration policies. To learn more, read Isabella Cueto’s story this Friday.


Amanda Prats // Staff Photographer NATURAL BEAUTY: The City of Coral Gables, the university and local residents decided to expand the arboretum and place a service road through it.

CORRECTIONS A story published in the Feb. 9 issue titled “Community remembers professor” misspelled the name of a professor in the School of Communication. Her name is Valerie Giroux, not Valeria Giroux.

Another story, titled “ACA repeal could alter professional landscape for students entering health care industry,” incorrectly stated Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. He is the 45th president.

By Nathalie Mairena Staff Writer

Plans are being made to expand John C. Gifford Arboretum behind the Knight Physics Building. This comes as a compromise with the City of Coral Gables after nearly a decade of back and forth on a 2007 proposal to build a road through the garden in the northwest corner of the University of Miami’s Gables campus. Arboretum Director Steve Pearson said a road for service vehicles will be built to help alleviate the traffic many neighbors

complained about in their bid to build a road. “It was a compromise that was reached just with the city in November,” Pearson said. “It’s not going to be for any general traffic. The only thing that will be of any impact at all is this new area where the arboretum will expand into.” Along with the road, Pearson said he is planning two new tree exhibits and a possible aquatic exhibit, which would include water plants. There are also plans to build a sustainable garden to teach students how to grow their own vegetables. Pearson is also

pushing for the installation of a greenhouse for research purposes. “We have a great arboretum – something that’s a big asset – but we also need to have a greenhouse to attract top scientists in plant science,” he said. Pearson said the arboretum contains more than 500 plants, representing every continent except Anarctica. “For study, for research, for education we try to maximize the diversity we can maintain,” he said. A tour through the arboretum will take place Feb. 19 at 1 p.m.

February 16 - February 22, 2017 CRIME AND SAFETY

Stolen vehicle incident causes traffic delays on Ponce de Leon, US 1

Isabella Cueto // News Editor CRIME-RELATED CONGESTION: A 21-year-old was issued multiple charges in an incident that blocked two main roads surrounding campus Tuesday night. By Isabella Cueto News Editor

It was around 6:45 p.m. on Valentine’s Day that several students reported hearing what sounded like gunshots along Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Then the sirens and police lights flooded the road, but nobody really knew what had happened. An automatic license plate reader around the 500 block of South Dixie Highway had identified a stolen silver 2011 Toyota Camry traveling southbound on US 1. Behind the wheel was 21-year-old Richard Grissom-Rodgers. Officers surrounded the vehicle, and that’s when things went awry. Rodgers crossed from US 1 to Ponce de Leon through the lot under the MetroRail and attempted to hit several officers who were in vehicles and on foot. An officer fired his weapon but missed Rodgers. The suspect then hit two other vehicles that were stopped on Ponce de Leon, near the intersection with South Alhambra Circle, and fled on foot into Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on San Amaro Drive, across from the Newman Alumni Center and the University Village on campus. Officers

pursued him on foot, chasing Rodgers as he jumped the fence and exited the park, heading toward Frat Row. It was on Brescia Avenue that officers were finally able to apprehend Rodgers, but not before an officer suffered a broken hand from the struggle. Rodgers was charged with aggravated assault of an officer, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, premeditated murder in the first degree, grand theft of a vehicle, resisting an officer with violence, fleeing police after an incident and driving with a suspended license. The university sent out an alert on its Emergency Notification Network (ENN) about 20 minutes after the first incident occurred. “Police activity in the southeast section of campus. No threat to life safety. Avoid the area,” the first notification read. There was a second ENN alert around 8:30 p.m., which said “campus is safe.” The incident caused closures and traffic delays on Ponce de Leon between South Alhambra Circle and San Amaro Drive, on the southbound right lane of US 1 and on Brescia Avenue across from the baseball field. Jackie Yang and Tommy Fletcher contributed to this report.

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February 16 - February 22, 2017


Provost search committee meets for first time, students seek proponent of multidisciplinary learning By Alina Zerpa Contributing News Writer


The search committee for the next university provost met for the first time Monday. The committee’s selection will replace Thomas LeBlanc, who will leave the University of Miami at the end of this academic year to be the 17th president of George Washington University. The position involves the responsibilities of both the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer. LeBlanc’s replacement will be in charge of funding, student affairs and admissions, and he or she will oversee the 11 schools and colleges. The new provost will also work with UM President Julio Frenk to continue the administration’s “Roadmap to Our New Century,” the long-term plan for improving the university. Arrix Ryce, the student representative on the search committee, said he met LeBlanc twice before – once at a

Housing and Residential Life event and a second time when Ryce was appointed to one of Frenk’s Roadmap committees – and was impressed with the provost’s approachability. “He showed me he wasn’t just a top administrator and that he was invested in whatever he was doing,” Ryce, a junior, said. During his time at UM, LeBlanc coordinated academic programs and helped found new institutes and centers, such as the Center for Computational Science and the Office of Civic and Community Engagement. He also taught in the computer science, electrical and computer engineering departments. Ryce said for the next provost, he is looking for someone who will be there for the students, especially since the provost arguably “has the most influence on campus” because so many administrators report to him, including Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Whitely. “It’s important that their focus is on education, is student-driven, and be-

lieves in education liberty – allowing work across the colleges,” Ryce said. Multidisciplinary work is especially important to Ryce. He is majoring in biochemistry and created an independent major to study religion, medicine and society. Ashley Pittaluga, student government vice president, is looking forward to meeting the new provost before she graduates in May. “I am confident that the committee will make sure the students are prioritized,” Pittaluga said. Before LeBlanc, Luis Glaser was provost for 18 years and also was the director for biological science and directed a research lab. Both candidates who were originally considered for the position alongside LeBlanc also had backgrounds in physical sciences. No interim executive vice president and provost has been named. There is no set deadline for finding the replacement, but ultimately, the decision will be President Frenk’s.

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WHERE: Watsco Center SpectrUM will hold its fourth annual DragOut, an event composed of a drag show, competition and charity fundraiser. The event is aimed at raising awareness about the LGBT community at the University of Miami. This year, the show and competition will be be hosted by Tiffany Fantasia, a drag queen that has performed for over a decade at Palace, a Gay night club on Ocean Drive. According to the event’s Facebook event, half of the net profit made will go to Pridelines, a South Florida organization focused on supporting, educating, and empowering youth members of the LGBT community.

The Toppel Career Center will host its annual Spring Career Expo for students looking to explore internship, job and networking opportunities. The expo brings hundreds of local and national companies from different industries including business, communication, government, and science technology agencies. Students of all majors can attend. Admission is free but professional dress is required.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in conjunction with the University of Miami will be bringing two speakers to share their experiences with the persecution and displacement. The event will feature Alfred Munzer, a Holocaust survivor, and Mouaz Moustafa, a Syrian immigrant and Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency force. Through the speaker’s stories, the event aims at creating a dialogue about current threats to peace around the world. Students interested in attending can RSVP by visiting the USHMM website’s calendar of events.

February 16 - February 22, 2017





CNN producer shares importance of combatting ‘fake news’ By Elina Katrin Senior News Writer

Christina Zdanowicz, a CNN iReport and Social Discovery Senior Producer, spoke to students in the School of Communication (SoC) about her experience with verifying content for news stories in an era where “fake news” plagues media outlets’ credibility. Zdancowicz spends the majority of her workday in the CNN social discovery department that focuses on newsgathering exclusively from social media. In the department, social media specialists search for story ideas from trending online content and assign reporters to

them for CNN digital and social platforms. With the constant flow of information coming through social media, Zdancowicz said she can spend from minutes to days verifying information posted by users. “Sometimes it can take me two minutes to vet something and it’s super easy,” she said. “Other times it can take me hours, and it just totally depends on what the story is. But there’s always this pressure in the news world to get things out quickly. You want to be first but – at least the way that we operate as a company – you want to be right.” Zdanowicz participated in a Skype conference as a guest lecturer in one of Professor Boriana

Treadwell’s classes. Treadwell, a former CNN producer, said she invited Zdanowicz because of the passion she has for her job and the willingness she has to share her passion with young generations of journalists. “She was a pro in social media before social media was cool,” Treadwell said. “Christina has seen tens if not hundreds of thousands of stories that have been posted on social media during her tenure with CNN, and she is an experienced journalist who knows how to distinguish the real from the fake story.” For Zdancowicz, the weeks following the inauguration of President Donald Trump have been “really interesting,” with – among other things – the president and some in his ad-

ministration labeling CNN as a purveyor of “fake news.” Zdancowicz said the accusation will not stop CNN from producing news. “We’ll keep telling stories and keep pushing,” she said. “We’re going to keep digging on stories, lining off the sources. I think it is really important, and we’re going to keep going.” SoC Dean Gregory Shepherd said the insight guest lecturers can share with students is essential to the educational process. Many of the speakers are connected to UM in some way, either as alumni or as professional connections of the faculty. “Students benefit tremendously from these visits, both in hearing the perspective of work-

ing professionals, and in being able to network with people outside the university,” he said in an email. Shepherd said lectures are often a chance for students to turn conversations into internships or jobs. He said Zdanowicz is one of many speakers slated to visit the school this semester but did not give specifics. William Uricchio, principal investigator at the M.I.T. Open Documentary Lab, will be speaking about documentary filmmaking in the digital age 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Bill Cosford Cinema. The event is free and open to the public.


Author Frank Meeink, previously a self-described Neo-Nazi skinhead, speaks to UM Hillel about his journey through life and how he found compassion for other humans. Meeink spent years committing crimes against others and was sent to prison at 17, where he was exposed to people from different backgrounds. Upon being released from prison, he began to work for a Jewish man who owned a furniture store. Meeink began to grow fond of his boss and realized his wrongs and left the movement.

Matt Bernanke // Contributing Photographer




February 16 - February 22, 2017


Unprecedented recruitment participation presents challenges, new opportunities By Dana Franco Staff Writer

This year the University of Miami’s Panhellenic Association (“Panhel”) experienced recordbreaking participation with 789 women registered for formal recruitment. While some Panhel members are excited about the spike in recruitment interest, others are concerned about overcrowded pledge classes. “I think it’s incredible that we had such high numbers,” Emily Bajalia, president of UM Panhel, wrote in an email. “It means that women in our community want to be a part of what Panhellenic has to offer, which is amazing.” According to the university website, about 25 percent of UM students are involved in Greek life. While 789 women registered this year, 654 of them actually participated and 550 were offered bids, according to a statement by former Vice President of Recruitment Samantha Spring. Formal recruitment is a structured week of events before school resumes when potential new members get to meet with the different sorority chapters and find the best mutual fit. Students rushing returned to campus from break on Jan. 9, attended an orientation session the next day and began formal recruitment on Jan. 11. Over the next couple of days, for the first round of recruitment, the girls were divided into three groups to rotate through the Panhellenic suites. The groups were staggered over two days because of the limited space in the suites and the constrained time with the recruiting sisters, which would make accommodating nearly 800 women impossible. During the course of recruitment, potential new members visited fewer sororities each day for longer periods of time. On Bid Day the following week, the participants received formal bids to join a sorority. Bajalia said the first few days were “hectic,” and some recruit-

FILE PHOTO BIG REVEAL: Junior Haley Jones (right) reveals her chosen sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, during Bid Day 2014 on the Rock.

ment participants felt similarly overwhelmed. “Going into recruitment, I heard that there were 800 girls rushing rather than the usual 500 and I was terrified,” said Dominique Rajic, a freshman biology major and new member of Sigma Delta Tau. “I witnessed my friends get dropped left and right from sororities. Now my pledge class contains about 80 girls as opposed to last year’s 60. It’s overwhelming to meet a whole new sorority, let alone 80 girls. Regardless, I actually like having such a large number of new members because I meet new people in my pledge class every day.” Though the large crowds were intimidating to some, more participants meant more diversity. “I got to see the great diversity of girls rushing and realized

that Greek life doesn’t include one ‘type of girl’ but a myriad personalities,” said Kaici Aloupis, a freshman studying psychology and new member of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA). Still, Aloupis noted the consequences of having so many women go through recruitment. She said she wished she had more time in each suite to get to know her potential sisters. With groups of 20 to 30 peers in each room at a time, she said she felt that the rooms were very loud, and it was hard to communicate with some of the women. “One way they could improve the recruitment process is to make the parties more intimate by allowing less number of girls in each suite at a time because the rooms were so loud it was hard to feel like a genuine conversation was taking place but instead a quick speed

dating process occurred,” Aloupis said. To another new ZTA member, pre-veterinary sophomore Allie Margol, the large crowds were comforting. While participants are mostly freshmen, Margol decided to rush after watching her friends enjoy Greek life. “I didn’t expect there to be so many sophomores rushing,” she said. “It actually made me more comfortable knowing I wasn’t the only non-freshman rushing.” Although formal recruitment started with nearly 800 girls, as the week went on, about 100 girls either dropped out of recruitment or were not offered a bid. Xhorxha Hoxha, a freshman from Chicago, decided to go through recruitment to rush with her friends but then chose to drop. She said she did not like the for-

mality of the process and the expectation of perfection in clothing and conversations throughout the week. She felt that the structure of the process did not allow her to best convey her personality. “I’m glad that Greek life exists and it’s there for the people that want it,” she said. “I can see a lot of people being happy in it, but I’m glad that at a school like Miami, I don’t need it to have a social life.” After a spike in interest in Greek life this past year, Bajalia said as long as this increased interest holds in future years, the pledge classes will continually grow. “I do think that if our numbers continue to grow in the way that they did this semester, there will be an increased Greek life presence on campus, which is a great thing,” she said.

February 16 - February 22, 2017

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Make student-athletes more accessible Now more than ever, high-profile college athletes are being treated as university employees, not students. Their status as university brand-builders and revenue-makers separates them from the rest of the student population. At UM, the athletes of popular sports, particularly for flagship sports like football and basketball, are isolated from their non-athlete peers due in part to stringent rules established by not only the NCAA but also the athletic department and team coaching staffs. These student-athletes receive heavy restrictions on what they can and cannot say to media publications. Players, especially the high-profile ones, are trained to give answers that evade truly answering certain questions. They answer the limited media questions with scripted non-answers – “We didn’t execute the way we wanted to,” or “We just want to come out here, practice hard and make sure everyone is on the same page.”

“Because of my era and all that stuff in the ‘80s, there’s an image issue,” said Dan Sileo, a defensive lineman for the Hurricanes football team from 1985-86. “At the end of the day, do you think if a kid gives a bad answer they’ll forgive him? Every time a kid makes a mistake he pays for it with a pound of flesh.” Additionally, the athletic department restricts student journalists from asking questions and talking to athletes in class. While these rules are seemingly a reaction to the sanctions and bad press UM has had to deal with in the past decade, the restrictions end up hurting the athletes for the sake of protecting the athletic programs themselves. The student-athletes are adults and should be able to choose for themselves what they say to the public. These stringent rules damage the quality of reporting, separate the student athletes from their peers and fail to prepare the athletes for potential professional careers after college.

These rules turn the athletes into premature celebrities, isolating them from the rest of the student body. Athletes are almost always walking, eating and hanging out with other athletes. While teammates should reasonably become close, some athletes seem to rarely interact with other students. The athletic department is not helping this insulation with its regulations, and it is not good training because, in the real world, there is no written rule prohibiting someone from approaching pro athletes for questions. High-profile student-athletes should not be hidden away by overprotective practices. Instead, they should be able to practice their own judgment and have the opportunity to candidly interact with peers as UM students. Editorials represent the majority view of The Miami Hurricane editorial board.


Trump administration is playing a dangerous game with Iran policy On Feb. 2, Press Secretary Sean Spicer made the blunder of falsely accusing Iran of attacking a U.S. naval vessel, following a statement by former national security advisor Michael Flynn that Iran was officially beBy Elizabeth Strack Contributing Columnist ing put “on notice.” Spicer’s statement came from the White House following Iran’s missile test and an attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran, on a Saudi naval vessel. Several media sources were quick to pick up the story – including Fox News, which initially misreported that the Pentagon believed a U.S. ship to be the real target of the attack on the Saudi vessel. One can only speculate if the mishap was simply an innocent mistake, or if it was one intended to drum up such a response to sway public opinion in favor of anti-Iranian policy.

It would be irresponsible and naïve, perhaps, to take this incident in isolation; the dissemination of blatantly false information is and always has been how American wars begin. President Lyndon B. Johnson used false accusations of North Vietnamese attacks in the Gulf of Tonkin to urge congressional approval of U.S. military action in the state, and the invasion of Iraq sanctioned by President George W. Bush was allotted by the false claim that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq within months of 9/11. Since the press briefing, both the United States and Iran have begun to engage in a so-called “war of words,” encouraging both patriotism and terror, and warning of “dark days to come” should there be any show of military force, according to an influential advisor to the supreme leader of Iran. Despite Iran’s claims that the medium-range ballistic missile test did not violate UN resolutions nor the 2015 nuclear deal, Trump has stated that “nothing,” including military action, “is off the table.” The

United States quickly followed the comments with sanctions on 13 Iranians and 12 companies. Perhaps more concerning is the fact that among those responsible for tempering President Trump’s irrationality and negligence are Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, chief strategist Stephen Bannon and CIA chief Mike Pompeo — a who’s who in Washington for anti-Iran hardliners. Many now fear that the executive branch’s greatest weakness in dealing with Iran is its apparent readiness to dial up conflict without possessing the levelheadedness to ease tensions. With the president’s alienating executive orders and rhetoric against Iranians, along with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s promise that America will regret military intervention, it is critical that U.S. citizens remain vigilant and be wary of fact versus fabrication. Elizabeth Strack is a junior majoring in political science and English literature.




February 16 - February 22, 2017



The president’s use of Twitter presents benefits, dangers

The Grammys are a celebration of industry ties, not music

It is not unusual for a president to use a contemporary medium of communication to directly address the American By Kevin Bustamante public. Franklin Roosevelt Contributing Columnist D. had his “fireside chats” to reassure and ease the fears of the American people throughout the Great Depression and World War II. John F. Kennedy was the first president to use live television as his way to reach the public. Today, we have President Trump and his Twitter account. The president’s use of Twitter offers valuable transparency but becomes dangerous when he uses the website to spread irrational ideas. Through Twitter, President Trump is able to quickly communicate to millions of people across the world. The tweets give us direct insight into the mind of the president. Through the tweets, we receive messages from the president that are not filtered through messengers like counselor Kellyanne Conway or Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Whenever a story in the media bothers or pleases Trump, he makes sure to let us know. However, according to an NBCWSJ poll, 69 percent of Americans considered Trump’s use of Twitter as a negative thing. In a Quinnipac poll, 64 percent of Americans said that they want the president to shut down his Twitter account. In a country divided, here is one issue on which people can agree. But the president’s prolific use of Twitter itself is not the issue. The issue is when the president uses Twitter to attack companies like Nordstrom or to address delicate foreign policy issues, such as a tweet from Feb. 3 that read, “Iran is playing with fire they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!” Foreign leaders pay attention to what the U.S. president says, and an impulsive tweet has the power to embarrass the United States and cause a foreign policy crisis. Considering how Trump’s tweets are sometimes riddled with typos, it is logical to assume that no one is reviewing the tweets before they are sent. Here is where there is cause for concern. Rather than allowing his advisers to take his thoughts and carefully express them to the public, Trump simply tweets out his opinions on complicated policies in a condensed 140 characters.

Short of causing a crisis, liberals and conservatives benefit from Trump’s use of Twitter. Liberals can use Trump’s tweets as time-stamped evidence of the president’s inconsistencies. Conservatives, meanwhile, can enjoy this direct line of communication to the Republican president. Regardless of

how you feel about Trump’s Twitter use, it does make checking Twitter interesting in the morning. Kevin Bustamante is a junior majoring in political science and creative writing.

Alvaro Baez // Contributing Columnist

The Grammy Awards are not about music but a self-congratulatory congregation, celebrating the labels that have good connections with promotional companies and radio stations. Exhibit A is Drake’s nomination for “Views,” By Francisco Narvaez which was the most underContributing Columnist whelming album released last year. So why was he nominated? Drake sold over a million copies of “Views” the first week, breaking every streaming record imaginable. This means he also lined the pockets of record executives and voting members of The Recording Academy. Solange was snubbed, not even getting a best album nomination despite releasing the best album to come out of the Knowles family last year. Adele winning her second triple crown was both expected and droll. It’s hard not to like Adele. She’s humble and relatable, which translates to boring and safe. In what way does “25” push the envelope or give us anything close to a challenge? It’s a cookie-cutter pop album. Should we not be celebrating the artists that took risks and delivered? For example, Anohni and Mitski both dropped breathtakingly beautiful, innovative and culturally important albums last year in “Hopelessness” and “Puberty 2,” respectively. Reginald Omas Mamode IV dropped an instant classic with his self-titled album. But they never had a chance at a nomination, as they do not have the name recognition sufficient to be recognized by the aging, mostly white members of the Academy. The Grammys are out of touch, and this was painfully evident during the crossover performance of Lady Gaga and Metallica that no one asked for. Really? That’s not even pandering, it’s an insult to the intelligence of the American public. Metallica wasn’t even announced (inarguably one of the biggest bands of all time), and James Hetfield’s mic malfunctioned, forcing him to share with Gaga. This kind of pandering is what the Grammys were attempting to move away from this year. Despite all the hype about the rule changes that allowed independent submissions following Chance The Rapper’s media campaign, not much seems to have changed. Chance was also an odd person to lead this, as he is in no way independent. Chance is technically an unsigned artist, but Apple, one of the largest conglomerates on the planet, backs him. “Grammy winner no record deal” is the new “Platinum with no features” – nothing but a marketing ploy. Francisco Narvaez is a junior majoring in English.

February 16 - February 22, 2017





Trump’s immigration policies are based in security, not bigotr y

President Trump was By Joseph Krupar sworn in Jan. 20, Contributing Columnist immediately enacting new policies to “Make America Safe Again.” During the campaign, Trump promised to build a wall on America’s southern border to keep illegal immigrants and drug trade out. He also promised to put a temporary travel ban on refugees from countries with a high risk of terrorism until proper vetting could be put in place. When he began to deliver on his promises, protests erupted around the country. Trump’s executive orders on immigration have been introduced, however, for the con-

tinued safety of America and not to persecute those who want to become part of our prosperous nation. As the president was taking the demands of his office seriously, others were clogging airport roads and making travel impossible for many people. The protestors called the travel stoppage a “Muslim ban” to portray another Republican administration as bigoted toward anybody that looks different. President Trump has decided to screen everybody that requests asylum in the country to make sure we do not let in people who aim to harm innocents. Other travel bans have been implemented throughout American history, in both the Carter and Clinton administrations

for instance. In fact, the Obama administration restricted travel from the same countries included in Trump’s order several years ago and temporarily halted immigration from Iraq for refugees who had been previously approved to enter the United States. Why do we not hear the history of these immigration orders when we go home at night and turn on the television? Protestors undermine an honorable man who has defeated the left’s ideal candidate. They ignore the facts and seem to avoid mentioning that the nation is under no obligation to let immigrants in when we do not know their full backgrounds. The current administration is in favor of legal immigration

that grants people a path to citizenship and assures safety for all those currently living in the United States. The Republican Party is representing the will of the people, and the people have demonstrated a desire for security. If you support the temporary travel ban, it does not mean that you are a racist or xenophobic, it just means you stand for the protection of American citizens and safety at home. Misguided ideals should not get in the way of concrete action on national security. Joseph Krupar is a freshman majoring in political science.




February 16 - February 22, 2017

Playwright Tarell McCraney discusses Oscar-nominated film “Moonlight,” intersectionality CINEMA CHAT: Playwright Tarell McCraney speaks to UM President Frenk about the film “Moonlight” after its screening at Cosford Cinema in January. By Tristan Niskanen Staff Edge Writer

Tarell McCraney, the playwright whose work inspired the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film “Moonlight,” sat down with The Miami Hurricane last Wednesday, Feb. 8, to discuss the film, the importance of intersectionality and the general importance of film and art to its audience. The Miami Hurricane: Over the past years, there has been more acceptance and respect for LGBTQ. “Moonlight” was not categorized as a gay or black movie but rather recognized as a great movie with no need for any distinction. Does this mark progress? How have things changed since your childhood in Liberty City? Tarell McCraney: We are really excited about people going to see “Moonlight.” It’s not the type of film that normally gets this kind of acclaim. And if that helps people, helps more people get films like it made or films dealing with complicated issues, then that’s great. I would love to know that other young filmmakers can tell stories that are

intimate to them, get them made and get them to a platform where lots of people are seeing them. TMH: Intersectionality recognizes that different identities play a role in describing ourselves. How do you see these identities playing their roles? Are there some identities that are more defining? TM: Those are fundamental questions that I have no answers to. The job of art, really in a weird and strange way, is to draw our eyes to these fundamental questions. We hope science will find ways to make it easier to answer those questions. In the event that they don’t and we are wrestling with the unknown, it’s art’s job to make a frame around it, so everybody knows we’re all asking the same fundamental questions. Yes, we all want to be a part of a community, but we want individual characteristics to help enhance that community. I think intersectionality is the only way to do that. How? I don’t know – I know being aware of it helps. TMH: What do you think is the most important aspect of a film that really captures and keeps the audience’s attention?

Hunter Crenian // Senior Photographer

Do you think it’s the plot, the character development, language, body language or something else? TM: Barry Jenkins, who is the director and screenwriter for “Moonlight,” talks about film as being sound and picture. I work mostly in the theater. Although there’s visual aspects, the theater is a much more oral place. I have to do something with the language of the theater to get you to imagine it. In film, they show you exactly what something looks like. In “Moonlight” specifically, we were showing a part of Miami that people didn’t really know about. In a play, I could tell you what that place looks like, but until Barry actually took a camera to Liberty City, you couldn’t see it. That’s important about film – it can take you to a place that you didn’t know existed. TMH: In one of the most poignant scenes, Juan teaches Chiron how to swim. This scene is strong because so many people can resonate with it. Did you have a mentor or a person like Juan in your life? TM: I’ve had mentors my whole life, but that character was based on a real person. The entire first two-thirds of the movie are

based on actual events that happened in my life. In the original script “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” that character was named Blue because that’s what the person’s name was in real life. He taught me how to swim and ride a bike. He also was a drug dealer and all that stuff. TMH: What has been the most surprising moment following the release of “Moonlight?” TM: I’m definitely surprised with its reception. It’s been a surprising and mostly wonderful ride. I had a clue it would turn out pretty good, and Barry is a genius, but I didn’t know it would reach this level. It’s humbling for sure. TMH: If you could tell the audience one thing about the movie, what would it be? TM: I would tell them that it’s a story of a lifetime. Not every life, not all lives, but a specific life. It zeroes in on a specific life in a way that is very enjoyable. It’s really exciting to chart someone’s life in a way. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

February 16 - February 22, 2017




Traveling art exhibit offers hope, optimism for future during political tumult By Tristan Niskanen Staff Edge Writer

Forty-four life-sized, decorated bronze busts of Barack Obama rest in the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, part of a traveling art exhibit paying tribute to the former president’s legacy. “Visions of Our 44th President,” which runs until Feb. 28 in the historic Overtown district of Miami, was coordinated by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s president, Peter Kaplan. Kaplan’s interest in the Obama presidency began on the campaign trail in 2008 when Kaplan worked on campaign posters. After the concept for the exhibit was conceived, it took four years to create before being debuted at the Charles H. Wright museum in Detroit, Michigan. The busts each feature unique artwork from a different African-American artist. Artists were able to alter the busts in some way to reflect on Obama and his legacy. Most are painted while some have other embellishments, such as in Angelbert Metoyer’s “Tarred and Feathered,” which features a disheveled feather crown atop the bust’s head. “[The exhibit is the] defining of Obama’s legacy of hope,” Kaplan said. And, in a particularly tumultuous political environment following the recent election of President Donald Trump, many people are afraid of what’s to come. “‘Visions of Our 44th President’ will

give hundreds of thousands of people hope as this exhibit travels across the country,” Kaplan said. He believes the exhibit symbolizes Obama’s legacy and that there is great power within the artwork itself. The exhibit is moving and powerful. Each individual bust resonates with the viewer, as if the sculpture is staring back at you. The exhibit functions in several fashions, paying tribute to the past and honoring it. For example, the bust in Preston Sampson’s “Tales Retold” features a Roman gladiator’s helmet, simultaneously depicting the former president as a major historical figure while alluding to the destruction of the once-great Roman Empire. Despite current tumult, the exhibit portrays the state of the nation and looks optimistically toward the future. One of the artists featured in the exhibit, Arthur Bacon, discussed how his past experiences influenced his choice of how to paint the bust. “Having been severely beaten for sitting in the wrong room of a train station just 50 years ago, it didn’t take long to decide how I would paint the bust. Chronological series of images in acrylics pay homage to countless maimed, murdered and enslaved African Americans,” said Bacon in the exhibit’s website, This statement on his piece, “From There to Here,” is poignant, demonstrating that the busts convey sentiments based on decades of experiences. In the current political climate, an exhibit as visually powerful and forward-thinking as “Visions of Our 44th President” is paramount.

IF YOU GO: WHAT: “Visions of Our 44th President” WHERE: Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater 819 NW. 2nd Ave. WHEN: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday COST: Students $15, general admission $20 CONTACT: 786-708-4610

GLADIATOR GARB: “Tales Retold” combines Roman history with Obama, dressing him in a helmet with splattered paint on the bust.

PAST AND PRESENT: “From There to Here” depicts AfricanAmerican history with images of slavery painted on the bust. Photos Courtesy Peter Kaplan




February 16 - February 22, 2017


LASTING IMPRESSION: Actor and comedian Jay Pharoah waves to the crowd at the Rathskeller after his stand-up routine Thursday night. Pharoah was on the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live from 2010 to 2016. He is well-known for his impressions of Barack Obama and has been compared to a young Eddie Murphy. Hurricane Productions, who hosted the event, is anticipating its next event, DragOut, SpectrUM’s annual fundraiser for LGBT charities this Thursday at the Rathskeller. Hunter Crenian // Senior Photographer

WEEKEND WATCH “BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL” A winner of two Tony Awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” is playing at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The musical tells the story of renowned songwriter Carole King and how she broke into the music industry and rose to incredible success. Tickets start at $35. 8 p.m. Feb. 17 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 18 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 19 1300 Biscayne Blvd. 305-949-6722

KITE DAY On its 25th Annual Kite Day, Haulover Park will have skies filled with kites of all sizes, shapes and colors. There will be live musical performances, kite-building classes, kite-flying competitions and food vendors. Guests can purchase a kite onsite. Admission is free, and parking is $7. Noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 10800 Collins Ave. 305-893-0906

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW The annual Miami International Boat Show will take place at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. This five-day celebration will include a plethora of boats, ranging from beautiful race boats to huge yachts, as well as food,water and entertainment. Tickets are $40 for Thursday, and $25 for Saturday through Monday.

COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL The Coconut Grove Arts Festival takes place in mid-February every year, offering the best of Miami’s art. The different crafts are stationed in tents around Coconut Grove and include visual, culinary and performing arts. General admission for one day is $15.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16–20


Feb. 18–20 3390 Mary St.

3501 Rickenbacker Causeway 954-441-3220

“FOR THE RECORD” RELEASE SHOW ‘Cane Records proudly presents its newest compilation of University of Miami artists in its “For the Record Vol. II” Release Show. Go the Rathskeller to get a first-time listen to these amazing artists and peers. There is no charge for tickets, and CDs will be free. 7–9 p.m. Feb. 17 1330 Miller Dr. 305-284-6310

Interested in a career in water resources management, public land management or conservation?

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE The Upright Citizens Brigade consists of a collection of talented comedians ready to make Miami laugh with their improv. Previous members include Amy Poehler, Jack McBrayer and Ed Helms. The brigade will perform at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Tickets start at $25 online or $30 on the day of the show.

Apply now to FIU’s Professional Science Master in Environmental Policy and Management Meet with program faculty and staff at one of our monthly open houses to learn about curriculum and admissions. Visit for the full open house schedule.

7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 18 10950 SW. 211 St. 786-573-5300

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February 16 - February 22, 2017






The Hurricanes made it to the College World Series last year with their second-straight 50plus win season. Miami looks to head back to Omaha in 2017.


UM set to battle Rutgers in first series of season By Josh White Senior Sports Writer

The light is just days away from turning on for the spring. The Mark Light Field that is. With the season opener set for 7 p.m. Friday against Rutgers, the University of Miami will look to start 2017 on the right foot. “Every opening day is great,” Coach Jim Morris said. “Every year is different. This year we have so many new players. A lot of those guys are going to have to contribute to be as good as we want to be.” Given the loss of power hitters Zach Collins and Willie Abreu, the combination in the batting order is anyone’s guess from the leadoff to the ninth spot. “It’s very interesting because I don’t know what the lineup is going to be,” Morris said. “Whatever lineup I put out there on Friday night, that won’t be the lineup in a month from now, I guarantee you.” The first crack to fill the giant shoes left by Collins’ departure will be given to freshman catcher Michael Amditis. “He’s playing very well,” Morris said of the Boca Raton native. “He had a really good alumni game. I felt like he did a great job catching. He swung the bat better than we expected.” Another hole the Hurricanes will have to fill this weekend is at first base. Redshirt senior Chris Barr is battling an injury and could be unavailable against the Scarlet Knights. Freshman pitcher/ first baseman Gregory Veliz

will get a chance to start in place of Barr. Morris sees Veliz as a dual-threat with the ability to pitch and hit at a high level. “He’s got a great arm,” Morris said. “His ceiling is probably in his pitching. He’s going to start on Wednesdays right now. But he is also a very good hitter. I had him hitting fifth in the alumni game playing first base. We’d like for his bat to be in the lineup.” Senior infielder Johnny Ruiz, who hit .342 last season and had a .974 fielding percentage, will be absent from the defensive side due to an injury but could be the Canes’ designated hitter this weekend. The team will rely on junior college transfers Michael Burns and Jeb Bargfeldt to make immediate impacts for Miami. Burns is slated to start in right field, while Bargfeldt will join junior pitchers Jesse Lepore and Michael Mediavilla in the starting rotation. Lepore, who served as UM’s midweek starter in 2016, will lead the Hurricanes on opening night. “Jesse has a lot of pitches,” Amditis said. “His slider is really his go-to pitch with two strikes. He’s very confident. He really attacks hitters.” Bargfeldt will take the mound Saturday night. The southpaw finished with a 4.45 ERA in 58.2 innings with Cisco College last season. Mediavilla will conclude the series on Sunday afternoon for Miami. The Canes’ ace from a year ago recorded an 11-2 win-loss record with

Hunter Crenian // Senior Photographer BACK IN THE BALL GAME: Freshman right-handed pitcher Gregory Veliz (0) celebrates with redshirt senior infielder Edgar Michelangeli after scoring a run Saturday night in Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

a 3.40 ERA in 18 starts last season. He led UM in strikeouts (85) and innings pitched (103.1). “I think the strength of our team is going to be pitching,” Morris said about his team. “It better be defense too. I don’t think we’re going to score a lot of runs.” While the Hurricanes will rely on pitching, they do have junior outfielder Carl Chester

and redshirt senior infielder Edgar Michelangeli who are looking to build on their productive seasons at the plate last year. “It’s different from last year – we had many big hitters and key veteran guys,” Chester said. “This year we’ll have to bunt a little more, steal more, hit and runs, and we won’t have the big guys to come up and hit the big home

run like last year. We need to produce as a team, one through nine.” With the preparation almost all but done, the players, coaches and fans await the first pitch against Rutgers. “Rutgers has a bunch of tough New Jersey kids,” Morris said. “They are hardnosed guys who play the game hard. You better be ready to play, or they will beat you.”




February 16 - February 22, 2017


Miami to count on two pitchers new to the weekend rotation By Isaiah Kim-Martinez Sports Editor

Victoria McKaba // Photo Editor STEPPING INTO THE THROW: Junior right-handed pitcher Jesse Lepore (55) throws a four-seam fastball during the Hurricanes’ win against St. Thomas last season in Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

Players gathered in the outfield of Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field and started rotating their arms in the air, getting ready for stretches. With smiles on their faces, some of the athletes cracked jokes, while others wrestled each other to catch a baseball that had been thrown seconds before. The first practice following media day was about to start for the University of Miami, and the team, with many new faces, appeared to jell quite well on the week of its first series of the season. “How close we are as a team, which is interesting with all the new players,” pre-season All-American Carl Chester said when asked about the team’s biggest strength. “All the guys seem to know their role.” Two starting pitchers will have brand new, bigger roles in 2017. Junior right-hander Jesse Lepore will go from being the designated midweek starter to the first pitcher in the lineup on Friday night, and first-year Hurricane Jeb Bargfeldt will be the Saturday starter after playing last season at Cisco College in Texas. New season, new responsibilities, new opportunities. “We had no idea who was going to take those roles coming into the season,” Chester said. “It was kind of an open slate for everyone.” Lepore had a successful 2016 campaign, pitching a 2.20 ERA and winning all nine of his starts. He struck out 57 batters and allowed just 18 earned runs. Coming into this season, he had increased his throwing velocity and, according to Coach Jim Morris, had been the best pitcher in the fall – and so far in the spring. For the majority of the offseason, junior left-hander Michael Mediavilla was expected to be the Friday-night starter on the mound, but Lepore has exceeded expectations. “He’s always had a great work ethic,” Coach Jim Morris said. “He is locating better and throwing harder. He’s been pitching 93-95 [mph]. He is getting better and better.” Lepore was part of the Miami team that went to back-to-back College

World Series tournaments but did not pitch in either. If the Hurricanes were to make it back to Omaha this year, all signs point to Lepore being one of the main players to rely on for success. “Especially being in a program like this, it’s such an honor,” Lepore said of being the team’s first starter in the lineup. “Ever since I came here as a freshman, it’s been the goal to work my way up. [It is] a different environment, but ultimately it’s the same game and the same mentality.” Lepore said that there was some pressure that came with moving to Friday nights, but that the pressure is a good thing. Having high standards actually gives him confidence that he will perform day in and day out, he said. The journey for Bargfeldt was quite a bit different. The junior left-hander comes from a community college in a compact town. “It’s a small town – two or three gas stations in Cisco,” Bargfeldt said. “You know everyone. It is kind of the same thing every day. Being able to come out here has broadened my perspective on everything, and I was able to try so many new things that I would have never gotten the opportunity to do if it weren’t for Miami.” Despite last playing in a small area, he has played in big situations. With a 12-1 individual record, Bargfeldt helped lead his team to the Junior College World Series last year. He has already shown the Hurricanes coaching staff what he can do, earning a starting weekend spot right off the bat. When asked how he feels going into the first series against Rutgers, Bargfeldt had one word. “Excited,” Bargfeldt said. “You hear that these are the best fans in college baseball. This is Mark Light magic, and there is so much around it and the community backs it so much. Being able to pitch on Saturday night – I’m so amped up.” Bargfeldt says he is not feeling any nerves just yet and hopes they stay away. “Maybe after the first batter, I think I will be settled in,” he said. “I just hope to put my team in a position to win.” Miami baseball will lean on Bargfeldt and Lepore to do just that this season as the quest for Omaha begins.

February 16 - February 22, 2017

Dear V, The other night, I was in my apartment having some “alone time,” if you will. You know, the type with tissues, lotion and ... the internet. Anyway, I was on a fairly obscure porn site that requires a paid subscription. I was getting into it and then, what do you know: there’s my girlfriend, buck-ass naked, bouncing around in a video.

The video was posted a couple of years ago, so this was before we started dating. We’ve been dating eight months. I can’t help but feel this is something she should’ve told me about. Isn’t being in porn one of those types of secrets you’re supposed to divulge to your partner after a while? I mean, I confessed to her that my body count is really high – you’d think that would’ve opened the door for her to tell me. What should I do? I don’t want to start a fight about this, but I honestly feel a bit lied to. Sincerely, Kept-in-the-dark Kevin Dear Kevin, Whoa, that’s a biggie. Now, there’s nothing wrong with being


in the sex industry – it is an industry, after all – and we don’t want to fall down the slippery slope of slutshaming. That said, you’re right. This is one of those things that she should’ve eventually told you, perhaps at the two or three-month mark. That’s not to say she should’ve divulged the dirty details the moment she met you. I can just imagine that first date: “So, what do you like to do in your free time?” “Well, I’m in porn. Y’know, orgy, POV, bondage, stuff like that.” Yeah, no. But, if you’ve opened up to her about your own baggage, she should reciprocate. However, I wouldn’t consider this a bold-faced lie, but rather a lie by omission. Perhaps she really needed the money and was in the video out of desperation, or maybe it’s just a part of her life she’d like to leave behind. I doubt it was



an intentionally malicious lie, so don’t feel that she was hiding it to hurt you. It’s much more likely she was hiding it to protect herself. At some point, you’ll have to talk to her about it. If you keep it a secret that you found the video, you’re doing the same thing you’re upset that she did. But don’t go all-out and confront her angrily. This isn’t the same type of lying as cheating or stealing from you. Just be honest and tell her you found the video, and see where the conversation flows from there. And hey, maybe down the line you two can film your own home video and forget all about this one. –V

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February 16 - February 22, 2017 Thursday, February 16 HP Patio Jams ft. Sunghosts QNt-BLFTJEF4UBHFBOE1BUJP Enjoy lunch by the lakeside and take a break from classes with jams and sounds from Sunghosts, this Thursday at 12:15pm on the Lakeside Patio! There will be free sno cones and more!

year, half of our net profit will go to Pridelines, a local LGBTQ+ youth charity. The show is free and open to all students, staff, and faculty of the University of Miami! Arrive early because seating and standing room will be first come, first served.

Friday, February 17

Architechture Career Fair QNt) 8BUTDP$FOUFS Come network and engage with architecture firms looking to hire for both internship and full-time opportunities! Speak with employers to learn more about career paths, learn which skills and experiences increase your employment potential and how to better brand yourself to potential employers! Most importantly, learn how to build a professional network that may enhance your employment opportunities.

SpectrUM Presents: DragOut 017 QNt$FOUFS#BMMSPPN 4$ SpectrUM is proud to present DRAGOUT, our annual drag show, competition, and charity fundraiser #attherat. This year will be hosted once again by the fabulous Tiffany Fantasia, and will feature professional drag queens from Miami Beach and UM students in drag! This

Live DJ #AtTheRat QNt4$ 4FDPOE'MPPS We’re excited to announce that this Friday, and every Friday, we will be having a DJ at the Rat during happy hour. Come enjoy a great start to your Miami weekend! So grab you friend, stop by the Rathskeller, and rock to great music and good food!

Salsa Craze Weekly Classes QNt6$4UPSN4VSHF SalsaCraze is one of the University of Miami’s largest student organizations. It was founded over a decade ago and our primary objective is to instruct anyone in the ways of salsa dancing. We have a welcoming and friendly atmosphere with a funloving, inclusive culture, and our goal is to enable people to implement what they learn relatively quickly while achieving technical mastery of the dance.

Baseball vs. Rutgers QNt.BSL-JHIU'JFME The University of Miami baseball program

SpectrUM is proud to present DRAGOUT, our annual drag show, competition, and charity fundraiser #attherat. This year will be hosted once again by the fabulous Tiffany Fantasia, and will feature professional drag queens from Miami Beach and UM students in drag! This year, half of our net profit will go to Pridelines, a local LGBTQ+ youth charity. The show is free and open to all students, staff, and faculty of the University of Miami! Arrive early because seating and standing room will be first come, first

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served. welcomed back more than 60 alumni for its annual Alumni Game exhibition Saturday at Mark Light Field, signaling the beginning of Hurricanes baseball season! The Hurricanes open the 2017 season on Fri., Feb. 17 against Rutgers. First pitch for the contest, slated for broadcast on ACC Network Extra and WVUM 90.5 FM, is set for 7 p.m!

rience a fun-filled day, centered around games that will build their literacy skills and black history knowledge. All students must check-in at the Lakeside Patio (near the University Center) at 8:30 am on the day of service. The service day will take place on campus and will be done in conjunction with the Streamline Miami Foundation

Men’s Basketball vs. Clemson NPHC Greek Showcase QNt-BLFTJEF1BUJP The NPHC Greek Showcase serves to promote one of the most prominent cultural aspects of Black Greek Letter organizations outside of community service – Stepping and Strolling. Both of these forms of artistic expression pay homage not only to our organizations’ historical roots in African American culture, but also allude to roots that reach deeper throughout all aspects of the African Diaspora.This year we plan for the presentation of the Greek Showcase to be unprecedented in every aspect of its conception!

Saturday, February 18 Black Awareness Month: Day of Service BNt-BLFTJEF1BUJP Improve literacy in the Community during BAM Day of Service! This year, 40 1st-3rd grade students from Earlington Heights Elementary will come to campus to expe-

QNt8BUTDP$FOUFS Three of Miami’s final six regular season games will be played against teams currently listed in national polls! Of Miami’s six remaining games, three are against teams ranked above the Canes in the current ACC standings: Florida State (9-4), Virginia (8-4) and Duke (8-4). Two are against teams tied with Miami at 6-6: Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. And one is vs. Clemson (3-9), which is ranked lower in the ACC.

HP CAC Presents: Moonlight QNt$PTGPSE$JOFNB A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami! Free admission for students with their CaneCard!

‘Canes Basketball Campout!



‘Beach, please’ are we ready for a break! Spring Break is an exciting time off from classes when many students plan to travel. PIER 21 will be out on the Rock helping students learn about the risky behavior they may encounter during Spring Break. Learn how to keep you and your friends safe during the week. Free t-shirts, food, and giveaways for students every day!

Come join Category 5 as we camp outside the Watsco Center on Larranaga Lawn the evening before the Men’s Basketball game against Duke! We will provide free food, games, activities, prizes, movies, tents....everything you need for an exciting overnight adventure. ALSO, those who spend the night will receive early access and priority seating for the Satruday Afternoon game against Duke. See you there!

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