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Hurricanes recruits look promising at spring scrimmage SPORTS // Page 12

Care for earth and let it care for you OPINION // Page 6

Stay hot with sustainable wear and keep the Earth cool EDGE // Page 9

Arboretum future foggy as director steps down NEWS // Page 3

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Hug the Lake holds deeper meaning for UM community By Elina Katrin Staff Writer @linakatrin

There is a reason why hundreds of people encircle Lake Osceola and hold hands each April. It’s not some cultish ritual; this is Hug the Lake, a University of Miami tradition. “We do this to honor and recognize various sustainable and eco-friendly practices,” said Lindsey Woods, assistant director of the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development. “While it’s a very short event, it’s very meaningful and impactful just to remind our campus community essentially that Earth Day is something that we should care about ... Our ecosystems on our campus are something that we should care about.” It’s been 13 years since Random Acts of Kindness, a UM student organization created to “brighten the lives of students,” presented its idea of surrounding Lake Osceola to celebrate Earth Day. When members of the Butler Center heard the idea, they loved it. Hug the Lake then became an annual event, where approximately 700 members of the campus community gather for a symbolic hug and singing of the UM Alma Mater. In the past two years, the tradition has expanded to include an educational component. The Butler Center has partnered with Green U and UM Student Government’s Energy and Conservation Organization Agency. Both organizations have focused on bringing in various community businesses and local agencies that have some environmental or sustainable practice as their mission. These local businesses and agencies table out on the Lakeside Patio in conjunction with Hug the Lake. The student committee has also introduced various eco-friendly activities that take place before Hug the Lake. This year, one of the

Hunter Crenian // Photo & Visuals Editor COMING IN FOR A HUG: Hundreds of University of Miami students are expected to encircle Lake Osceola April 20 as part of the annual Hug the Lake event. Hug the Lake started 13 years ago when Random Acts of Kindess created the event to celebrate Earth Day on UM’s Coral Gables campus.

booths will ask students, “What is trash?” and educate them on which receptacle certain items should go into; another will teach students how to turn old T-shirts into reusable grocery bags. Alec Jimenez, the outgoing chair of SG’s ECO Agency said this year and every year, Hug the Lake is about celebrating the environment. “We are partnering with the Hug the Lake Committee to celebrate the Earth, Lake Osceola and all the efforts individuals and organizations have done to protect their environments throughout the year,” Jimenez said. For junior Stefanie Getz, this

event is an opportunity for students to take a few minutes out of their day to appreciate the beauty of the nature around them. “Since we do the event on campus, and we have such a beautiful campus, it also resonates with students because we’re living in this place with such amazing nature,” said Getz, an environmental engineering major. “I admire the lake, UM’s campus and the nature around me all the time, and I think this event helps other people to remember to do the same.” Woods said the goal is

always to increase the number of participants. With the expansion of newer campus areas, such as the Fate Bridge, there’s an opportunity for more people to come out and participate in the event. “I could very well see it turning into a 1,000-person event,” Woods said. “And how amazing would that be?” To Woods, this is a unique UM tradition that is unlike any other event on campus. It’s not only an educational opportunity to learn more about Earth Day but also a program of community. She said Hug the Lake gives students an opportunity to hold hands

with a stranger in celebration of something meaningful. “At the end of the day, it’s still very representative,” Woods said. “We’re one U, we’re one campus community, all coming together for one common purpose.” Hug the Lake will be held 12:05-12:20 p.m. April 20. Ecofriendly activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the “Green Fair” will end at 3 p.m. The Butler Center gives students an opportunity to sign up for a preferred zone on OrgSync but also encourages people to come even if they haven’t registered.


April 17, 2018 - April 24, 2018


Gifford Arboretum grows despite setbacks By Annie Cappetta Managing Editor @ACMCappetta

Hurricane Irma was just one of a slew of obstacles to pummel the John C. Gifford Arboretum over the past year. However, the setbacks haven’t stopped the small but tenacious group of faculty and students who contribute to make sure the collection of more than 500 plants can flourish. The arboretum was one of the most severely affected areas of campus by Hurricane Irma. In an interview with The Miami Hurricane in October 2017, Arboretum director Steve Pearson said that about 15 species were killed and many others were damaged. The irrigation system was also knocked out by the storm, leaving the arboretum without water for more than five months. “Steve and I had to go in manually and water a lot of the trees ourselves with just gallons, filling up gallons of water and going out there,” said Christine Pardo, the Aldridge curator at the Gifford Arboretum and graduate student at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Adding to the damage, hurricane recovery crews, who sought to quickly clear out the area of debris, slashed plants that may have been able to survive with better care. “They just would see a plant that could have been salvaged and they’d just bulldoze over it, throw it away,” said Talula Thibault, a student ambassador for the arboretum and sophomore majoring in ecosystem science and policy. “But a lot of the plants that we lost were rare and exotic species ... so that was difficult.” To help recover, biology professors Michelle Afkhami and Carol Horvitz took their classes to the arboretum after the storm to help in restoration efforts. Other students got involved through the university-wide Magic of Service Day in October.

Pearson also said there is going to be a workshop in late April for facilities employees to learn strategies for storm recovery specific to the arboretum. Nearly seven months after the storm hit, the wave of student volunteers has all but died out, and Pearson, Pardo and Thibault are still dealing with stressors. While the irrigation system just got back up and running, many replanted species did not survive without consistent watering. Miami is now in the midst of a severe drought. The city received less than half as much rain as it should have over the past month as of April 14. The future is even more uncertain as Pearson, a retired attorney who took on directing the arboretum as a second career about six years ago, is leaving the position. Pearson, 65, said he plans to retire this summer as the work has placed an increasing physical strain on him. “That’s going to be very

troublesome when the arboretum loses him because he is so knowledgeable and so passionate,” Thibault said. “I really hope that we get someone who’s certified and suits what the arboretum needs.” Pearson’s replacement remains a big question going into the summer as he has not heard of any search for a replacement. However, the arboretum continues facing new projects. As part of a compromise reached in 2016, an internal service road was built through the arboretum in 2017 in exchange for an expansion of the land reserved for the arboretum to a plot behind the Knight Physics building. Construction of a new greenhouse is planned for that plot. Afkhami, who studies microbes in the Florida scrub ecosystem, will be using part of the greenhouse for her research activities. “It’s part of building that critical mass of knowledge and

resources that allows us to start to build a stronger program for students who might be interested in plants and the broader community that cares about the arboretum,” Afkhami said. “It’s really exciting.” While the arboretum has struggled this year and nonetheless survived and expanded, many students still know very little about the arboretum. Thibault said her biggest struggle is “getting people’s attention and then getting them to care” about the arboretum. “The arboretum can be used for everything from culinary interests to spiritual to even architectural,” Pardo said. “There’s a lot of different things that could be applied to a collection of trees from the tropics.” In celebration of Arbor Day, Pearson will be giving a tour of the arboretum’s edible pants at 4:30 p.m. April 18, followed by a performance by contemporary singer/songwriter and UM senior Nina Guerrero.

Hunter Crenian // Photo & Visuals Editor SURVIVING THE STORM: The John C. Gifford Arboretum is located on the northern edge of campus and holds over 500 species representing plant native to every continent except Antarctica. The canopy is sparser than it used to be after Hurricane Irma damaged many trees in September.






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Environmentalists sue UM over Pine Rocklands By Amanda Herrera News Editor @_AmandaHerrera

The University of Miami is back in court over the pine rocklands deal. The university is under fire again for a 2013 transaction – selling 88 acres of its nearly 138 acres of intact pine rocklands ecosystem land to developer Ram Realty Services for $22 million. The developer wanted to transform the area into “Coral Reef Commons,” a complex that would include a shopping center with a Walmart and an L.A. Fitness. Al Sunshine, former WFOR investigative journalist and founding member of the Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition, has sued Miami-Dade County, the University of Miami, Coral Reef Retail and Coral Reef Res PH 1 for failing to

give “proper” notice to the public, its neighbors and residents of MiamiDade County of the rezoning of the 137.89 acres of the Richmond Pine Rocklands. Sunshine, alongside rocklands neighbors Cully Waggoner, Maria Belen Valladares and Ross Hancock, filed the suit in October 2017. Sunshine said the suit is a “challenge” to the way UM and developer Peter Cummings rezoned the land without giving notice of its special legal status as home to “endangered and rare species.” “They went from a small academic village to a big major shopping center without neighbors being given adequate notice of all the changes,” Sunshine said. A UM spokesperson released the following statement to The Miami Hurricane: “After multiple community hearings and extensive consultation with Miami-Dade County officials,

the University of Miami, along with Ram Realty, complied with all the statutory notice provisions and obtained the necessary permits from Miami-Dade County. The University of Miami is and will remain respectful of the judicial process and will continue to support the position asserted in the litigation that the required notices were both timely and adequate in their description.” However, Sunshine alleges this is simply not true and UM administration knew about the sensitivity of the ecosystem. According to an article from The Miami Hurricane in November 2006, UM applied to rezone the land and planned to build a residential and educational community, called the South Campus Village. In 2006, the university was crafting a plan to build the community while preserving and maintaining the

forest with the help of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens and Miami-Dade County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management. “We wanted to demonstrate that you could protect the environment and build a town,” former UM President Donna Shalala told the student senate in October 2006. According to the lawsuit, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service had published a notice in the Federal Register proposing pine rocklands should be declared “critical habitat for identified threatened and endangered species of fauna and flora.” The Richmond Pine Rocklands is home to the endangered Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak butterfly and the Florida bonneted bat. For these reasons, 2017 graduate Zac Cosner said the university “failed” to properly manage and utilize the land.

“If we had used this land responsibly and we established some sort of research institution and used it on any of these endangered species and communities of this type, it would have been a major move from the university,” said Cosner, who triple majored in biology, ecosystem science and policy and history. Cosner, secretary of the Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition, said students should care that “their institution” is responsible for the “obscene destruction” of the land. Sunshine, a UM alumnus, lives across the street from the land and said the purpose of the lawsuit is simple: to stop the development in its tracks. “We want to kill the project,” Sunshine said. “Period. End of story. We don’t think it’s appropriate to put hundreds of apartment units, a Walmart, a shopping center and new roads in the middle of an imperiled habitat.”

NEWS BRIEFS Make the Magic The University of Miami community is welcome to join Camp Kesem Miami for its fifth annual Make the Magic Gala. All funds raised will be donated to the organization, which caters to children who have or have had parents suffer from cancer. Camp Kesem puts on a camp specifically for them each year. There will be catered dinner and entertainment throughout the night. Tickets cost $55. WHEN: 6-9 p.m. April 22 WHERE: Shalala Student Center

Art Showcase and Sale Arts for Kids, a student organization that strives to connect leadership, creativity and service, will be selling artwork to support Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The artwork is created by UM community members, including students and professors. WHEN: 4-8 p.m. April 20 WHERE: University of Miami Rathskeller

Pride Awareness Speaker Octavia Yearwood on “Libations: Let’s Meet Here” Octavia Yearwood, an educator who uses art to connect community and academia, will be one of the speakers in the LGBTQ Student Center’s Pride Awareness Speaker Series. The series is called “Libations: Let’s Meet Here” and described as a performance art interactive event that will navigate different LGBTQ communities’ experiences. It will also touch on how adversity is doubled when factors such as race and culture come into play. Participants will take part in the live simulation. WHEN: 3-5 p.m. April 17 WHERE: Shalala Student Center Ballroom East


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Single-use plastic bags a thing of the past in Coral Gables By Kylie Wang Contributing News Writer

Say goodbye to amassing all those plastic bags from grocery shopping and takeout orders. After a year of “education” for local retailers, the City of Coral Gables’ restriction on single-use plastic bags will be implemented in May. UM began looking into opportunities to find alternatives to plastic bags as soon as Coral Gables introduced the ordinance. Chartwells School Dining Services, the university’s dining service provider, replaced its plastic bags with paper bags more than six months ago. “We wanted to give our retail establishments a full year to transition to the sustainable alternative products,” Senior Sustainability Analyst for Coral Gables Matt Anderson said. “However, for our special events, enforcement began immediately with all new applications.” In an October 2017 interview with The Miami Hurricane, Anderson said the city commission and mayor are “interested in becoming more sustainable and becoming a sustainable leader” in the nation. The ordinance was passed in May 2017, but local businesses were given a full year to finish using existing plastic bag inventories and receive education on sustainability measures. Retailers’ education included information on sustainability and the positive effects of the switch to reusable bags over the last year through ads, emails, social media and newsletters.

Alternative options such as reusable bags, recyclable paper bags with a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled materials and compostable carry-out bags that resemble plastic are all highly recommended by the city.

pollute the environment. More than one million birds and 100,000 turtles die each year from ingesting plastic. The plastic bag ordinance is only one of 24 measures that Coral Gables has been gradually

“What we should do is make sure we use natural resouces in a smart, sustainable way.” Teddy L’Houtellier In a 2017 interview with The Miami Hurricane, Green U Sustainability Manager Teddy L’Houtellier said the move away from plastic products is necessary for humans and the environment. He said though recycling plastic bags is a good alternative to simply throwing them away, banning plastic bags altogether is the best way to ensure plastic debris does not end up in the ocean. “Recycling bags is really energy intensive,” L’Houtellier said. “What we should do is make sure we use natural resources in a smart, sustainable way. Plastic is the opposite of that.” According to the Center for Biological Diversity, Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, and it takes 500 or more years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill, where they eventually turn into microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to

implementing over the past year as part of a “Sustainability Master Plan.” The city aims to divert solid waste from residential and municipal operations by 75 percent by 2020, aided by the singleuse plastic bag restriction. Other projects focus on upgrading the city’s irrigation system, adding a f leet of entirely electric vehicles for certain city employees, increasing energy efficiency inside and outside, explor-

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ing renewable energy and waste diversion tactics, assessing the threat of sea level rise and creating a more pedestrian-friendly city with the use of bike and pedestrian pathways. Anderson said the city expects a positive return on investment over the next 10 years. Though most of these projects have been met with approval from the residents of Coral Gables, the plastic ban has received mixed reviews. Cindy Hutson, co-owner of Ortanique on Miracle Mile, a Caribbean restaurant just blocks away from the Coral Gables City Hall, is not pleased with the new plastic bag ordinance because of a rise in expenses for businesses having to purchase the more sustainable bags. James Neuweg, manager

of Fritz and Franz in Coral Gables, said it was costing him some but it was also good for the environment. Fernando Orms, the managing partner of Seasons 52, another restaurant on Miracle Mile, said the ordinance aligns with the restaurant’s priorities. “Seasons 52 is already focused on sustainability efforts,” he said. “For instance, our servers only give out plastic straws if requested, and many of our signature drinks and dishes are infused with natural ingredients.” Businesses that feel the restrictions are unfair are welcome to submit sustainable alternatives of their own innovation to the city. Coral Gables will then review each situation on a case-by-case basis.





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Going green is for you, too On Earth Day, “going green” is a phrase as polarizing as it is vague. Since we don’t have a clear consensus on what it entails – is it enough to reuse your shopping bags, or should you grow all your own food, too – it’s easy for us to cling to whatever fuzzy definitions float our way, such as the ones that tie elitism to environmentalism. In 2015, one RetailMeNot survey suggested that 81 percent of shoppers considered green products to be more expensive. That some of the most visible proponents of environmentalism are incredibly wealthy doesn’t exactly quash the association between going green and having green. Sometimes, it’s true. It’s often easier to bike to work if you live

in a central (read: pricey) part of the city, for example. But to write off this kind of lifestyle as a purely wealthy pursuit tricks us into thinking we can’t all do more. We can. In fact, some of the simplest ways to reduce your footprint are free: swapping paper towels for cloth ones, for instance, or taking shorter showers. Simply using less paper in class (and asking your professors to do the same) is worthwhile. These changes certainly won’t save the world but can at least help to normalize a way of thinking that’s long been seen as us (Gwyneth Paltrow types) versus them (everyone else). Similarly, one’s choice to be vegan or not can be seen as a polarizing lifestyle decision –

you either love the Earth and its animals and are “committed to the cause,” or have a cool disregard for all things living. But when we brush off the other side with absolutes like “Vegans/meat eaters are always so …” or “I could never do that,” we distance ourselves from the kinds of conversations that could help us better bridge the green divide. Weekday vegetarianism is a happy medium, for example. If we took the time to listen, we may realize we all pretty much want the same thing – namely, a healthy planet. We should want the same thing, anyway, especially in a county so seriously threatened by the changing climate. Some projections call for a sea-level rise

as high as 12 feet by 2100; this could sink significant chunks of Miami and turn Stanford Drive into one big swimming lane. As students, though, we’re uniquely able to run with campuswide causes. ECO Agency’s solar-powered charging umbrellas embody the sort of initiatives we can rally around: Though small, they benefit the whole school and serve as the perfect starting point for a less polarized way of thinking, a commitment to embracing your green side no matter who you are, or think you aren’t. Editorials represent the majority view of The Miami Hurricane editorial board.


Care for the Earth as it cares for you

R e c e n t l y, I had a bit of a breakdown. It was your classic college “am I going to pass such and such class?” and “what do I even want to do By Sophia with my life?” and Constantino “what if I end up Contributing jobless and alone Columnist and miserable? – I should probably just start planning my train hopping route now” routine. I went to the gym, I had a cup of coffee, I read a book, but still the weight sat resolute on my chest. As I walked by that one towering banyan tree by the school of architecture, I had an overwhelming need to climb it. I thought of all the time I spent as a child, climbing trees in the woods

behind my house and that rush of desire to keep going up that always came with it. I took off my shoes, dropped my backpack, ditched my phone and felt the weight on my chest lift as I pulled myself higher. The positive correlation between exposure to fresh air and mental health has been proven through extensive research. More importantly, though, it’s something we can all attest to if we stop to think about it. From the smallest benefits of fresh air, such as when we feel nauseous or faint and step outside to breathe, to the larger scale benefits, like being a kid and feeling endlessly energized throughout a summer spent playing outside, a vast majority of people could probably vouch for the calmness that overcomes us when we step outside. Similarly, we can expect to feel a rush of oxytocin, which triggers

the happy hormones serotonin and dopamine, when we do something to help others. When we combine those two feelings – being in the environment and giving to others – we experience a wonderful combination of satisfaction, inner peace and appreciation for the world around us, all of which contribute to positive mental health. I am able to experience that small rush of purpose by making an effort to clean up around me as I walk from class to class. If I see recyclable containers in the wrong basket, for instance, I put them in the recycling bin. Similarly, if I see a piece of balloon on the ground that a small animal could choke on, or the connected plastic rings from a six-pack of soda that could strangle a sea creature, I properly dispose of the balloon or rip the plastic rings apart before throwing them away.

It’s a small effort and admittedly not life-changing, but that tiny release of satisfaction by going out of my way to help the life around me makes me feel that much better. These acts are not saving the world, but they take about 30 seconds and could potentially save the life of a bird or a turtle or a dolphin. Given our campus’ proximity to the ocean, it’s not unrealistic to think picking up one piece of plastic could actually save a sea creature. Knowing that makes me feel as though I’m contributing something good to the world. It makes me feel connected to something greater and forces me, if only briefly, out of my preoccupied bubble of ego to look around and take care of our home. Sophia Constantino is a freshman majoring in journalism and ecosystem science & policy.


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What I learned from a chance meeting with a manatee

BIG GRAY BLOB: A manatee grazes and swims in the canal near the UM Business School.

A neat thing happened on the way to Mahoney Residential College the other day. As I trudged to lunch, I caught a whiff By Grace of my favorite Wehniainen campus smell Opinion Editor – the salty ocean, being carried over through the canals – and was prompted to look at its source, the water beneath the footbridge I was crossing. At that second, I saw a big gray blob moving below me. In another second, it started to take shape, and I realized there was a manatee a few feet away. I walked down and watched it move from the grass outside the Business School, then followed it back again as it reversed course. I watched the manatee lift up its nose for air and munch on the waterfront plants (these animals

are basically big dogs in aquatic form). I followed it around until I ran out of grass to walk on, watching it meander away. The sighting surprised me on a few levels, the first being, “Wow, there’s a manatee on campus?” And then there was the serendipity of the whole encounter. Had I walked by a few seconds too soon or too late, or had my head hung low, looking at my phone or my feet as usual, I would not have noticed the elephantine oddball moving just at the edge of my peripheral. It was a reminder not only to look around a little more – even on routine walks to the dining hall, since you never know what you might spot – but to see campus for the teeming zoological Petri dish it really is. I regularly whip out my phone to take pictures of cute dogs, campus cats and graceful ibises, but this latest sighting took me all the way to the edge of the water, or as far as my flip flops would

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go, at least. As students, we’re not always confronted with the importance of knowing and caring for the flora and fauna that surround us unless we’re actually studying it. For tunately, our campus provides plenty of opportunities to practice, even outside of the classroom. If you see a manatee or some other unique creature that just so happens to be passing by, get a little closer, take some photos and get a visual sense of what we mean when we say “Florida wildlife” – safety permitting, of course. At the very least, it might serve as a reminder to be diligent about keeping trash away from the water, or slowing down your wake in the unlikely event that you ever travel Miami by boat. Unless you see an alligator. Then maybe just run the other way. Grace Wehniainen is a junior majoring in motion pictures.




Coughs, sniffles and ways to deal with being sick in college As a child, I was never one of those kids who was always sick. As I grew up, I became aware of this and took pride in it, reassuring By Andrea Illan everyone around Contributing me that “I only Columnist get sick once a year.” This would usually happen every December when temperatures in South Florida went down slightly. It wasn’t until a few days ago, when one of my friends joked that there is something wrong with my immune system, that I realized that I am constantly sick as a college student. Almost two semesters after coming to college, I can safely say that my “only getting sick once a year” streak has been long broken. I’ve had strep twice this semester and a cold a few times this school year, so going to the health center is an activity I am more than familiar with. And as I recently sat in the waiting area, I realized that the place is always filled with sick students – and that my poor state of health is definitely not unique. In college, illness spreads rapidly. Whether you get it from your roommate, from sharing drinks with your friends or from the poor ventilation in the dorms, we unknowingly put ourselves in endless scenarios that expose us to sickness. Most of us don’t have our parents around to remind us of the basics, so here’s a reminder of how you can lessen your chances of getting sick. It’s important to eat well and make sure you’re getting all the necessary nutrients. Having cereal available to eat in the dining hall everyday, for every meal might make this harder, but it’s important to keep nutrition in mind anyway. It’s also good to be conscious of the people around you and how they might affect your health. If

your friends or your roommate are sick, take precautions against that. Spend less time with them while they get over their illness and definitely don’t share food or drinks with them. Kindly ask them to wear a mask if they are contagious and to wipe down surfaces they come in frequent contact with. We’re college kids, however, and living in close quarters means illness will still come around. So when you wake up one Sunday morning and you suddenly have a cough or a sore throat, get help and go to the health center. The “it’ll go away by itself” mentality doesn’t work all the time. Getting checked at the health center will help nip whatever you have in the bud and better yet, it is free for students. Other than this, you should find what works for you. When I get a cold, for example, I try to drink as much OJ and water as possible. It might not get rid of the cold right away, but it definitely helps me get better faster. It’s also important to get rest. Between striving for that 4.0 and going out every weekend, balancing academics and social life at the U can get extremely tiring, so make sure to get that nap in or pass on a night of barhopping every now and then. Both the library and the frat parties will be there when you wake up. Also, don’t make out with people who are sick. When fighting against illness, it is also helpful to take advantage of the Miami weather and go outside. Whether you choose to sit by Lake Osceola, tan by the pool or spend some time at the beach, there is nothing better for a cold that getting some sun and fresh air. In order to do great, we must also feel great. So as finals approach and the semester comes to an end, let’s take care of our health to make sure we finish strong. Andrea Illan is a freshman majoring in journalism and political science.




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April 17, 2018 - April 24, 2018


Thrifting tips: Earth Day edition 1.


By Haley Walker Edge Editor

From unethical working conditions to industrial pollution, our contemporary, quick-flipping fashion industry has some major setbacks. “Fast fashion” retailers such as Forever 21, Zara, H&M and TopShop stock their stores with new micro-trends every week, meaning that billions of nonbiodegradable pieces end up in landfills when they are no longer in vogue. You can do your part to lessen clothing waste by shopping second-hand, and since most trends are recycled,


you can often find those lookof-the-moment pieces at a thrift store. In honor of Earth Day, my friends Anh Le, Ben Youngblood, Chris Shreck, Sam Bierman and I hit the Goodwill Superstore in Kendall to see what we could find. At an average price of $2 per item, we put together six looks that break the destructive fast-fashion cycle without breaking the bank. Here are our looks and tips for reducing your fashion footprint:


Photos by Jordan Lewis// Contributing Photographer

1. STICK TO BASICS AND STATEMENT PIECES. Denim is a perennial fashion favorite – you can build almost any outfit around a good pair of jeans. Youngblood and Bierman add interest to their signature black skinnies with bold patterned button-downs. Pictured: Ben Youngblood and Sam Bierman, seniors

2. UPDATE THE DATED. This coat might have belonged to some ‘80s matron, but Le gives it a contemporary twist with her midi skirt and high-top kicks. Pictured: Anh Le, senior


With a pair of scissors, I turned an XL tee and men’s jeans into a crop top and kick-flares. Shreck and Youngblood fixed the fits of their shirts by cuffing the sleeves. Pictured: Chris Shreck, Haley Walker, Ben Youngblood, seniors

4. SHOP IN THE WRONG SECTION. I copped this ‘90s ensemble from the children’s section. If you’re on the smaller side, you can make a little girl’s tank and uniform skirt look like a much pricier outfit from UNIF or Goodbye Bread. Pictured: Edge Editor Haley Walker, senior To get looks like this and do something good for the environment, visit the Goodwill Superstore at 7101 SW 117th Ave.




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ANN E’S GOTTA EAT: What’s good for the earth By Annie Cappetta Managing Editor @ACMCappetta

You already know that I’ve gotta eat, but you might not know that I was the president of the CommUnity Garden Club for three years and an ecosystem science and policy major. Loving food, especially freshly harvested food, was the reason I got into environmentalism. I even toyed around with going to University of Illinois and majoring in agricultural policy. “Agroecology,” or how the way we grow food impacts the environment, has basically been the bread and butter (I need a food pun in the intro of every column) of my college career as an ecosystem science and policy student, gardener and food lover. There are tons of ways to eat green, and if you’re feeling befuddled by it all, just pick one accessible thing on this list to do. Don’t give into the obnoxious eco-crusaders who say you need to do everything or else you’re destroying the world. Every bit helps, and incrementalism is key to avoid feeling like you’re sacrificing anything, just changing your lifestyle.

EAT LESS MEAT. You’ve heard it before: Cow farts are causing global warming. While that obviously isn’t the only cause, you definitely get the most carbon foodprint reduction bang for your buck by reducing or eliminating meat from your diet. Eating less meat is something I’m really passionate about, but I’m basically the opposite of those vegan crusaders you hate. I love meat, and I’ve written before about how meatless Mondays, weekday vegetarianism and not cooking meat at home are great ways to start. You don’t have to give up pulled pork forever to do something good for the environment. I know if I had to, there would be tears for days. Steer clear of vegan foods that are made to represent familiar meaty and cheesy foods you love. They will always disappoint. I tested this hypothesis at Eden in Eden vegan French cafe with TMH’s resident vegan, Senior Editor Elizabeth Gelbaugh, and some friends. One of us got a croque monsieur – the classic fried sandwich of ham and cheese. The peak of meaty decadence.

Hunter Crenian // Photo & Visuals Editor GROWING GREEN: The CommUnity Garden is a student organization that manages this garden in the School of Architecture courtyard. It allows members to plant, grow and eat the crops grown there.

This vegan croque monsieur definitely did not live up. “Chewy” pretty much sums it up, from the fake, sponge-tasting meat to the bread and yucca-based cheese. I got the crepe fromage, which is supposed to be supremely cheesy, but tasted like yucca mashed with way too much olive oil. But Elizabeth got a “Crepe Sergio,” filled with kale, mushrooms and spinach. It was about elevating the veggies, not faking meat. Dishes that are meant to be vegetable-centric and cooked by people who love veggies so much they don’t eat anything else can make for some vegan magic. My recommendation close to campus for a plant-based, delicious meal is Amsterdam Falafel Shop – think crunchy falafel and fresh pita, plus a great toppings bar – and they’re open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Vegan drunk food FTW.

GROW YOUR OWN FOOD. Gardening can be scary and seem like an inaccessible hobby for anyone who isn’t an 80-year-old woman too spry for her age and reliving the enjoyment of planting a Victory

Garden with her mom during World War II. I call myself a gardener extraordinaire, but 80 percent of my time in the garden is spent reeling over what’s making my tomato leaves turn brown or exactly how much to water my cranberry hibiscus versus my lemongrass. Plants have died at my hands – between my only very slightly green thumbs. But that’s OK. Gardening isn’t about perfection; it’s about trial and error, getting advice from other gardeners and lots of Googling. There has been research that shows how beneficial spending time in nature can be, even if it’s just a short walk. You can disconnect from hectic daily life by getting your hands dirty and growing a baby plant. Gardening is healing and not in a gross hippie-dippy way, but in the fact that if you put the work and love into growing a plant, you will appreciate eating that food, even if it’s just herbs you sprinkle on your $0.99 ramen packet. It brings a level of freshness that’s unattainable in a grocery store and offers a sense of accomplishment beyond cooking. You can start out

small, even with a little pot of basil in your dorm windowsill. My top recommendations for starter plants are lemongrass, chives and sweet mint.

BUY SOME BEAT, BUTTERFACE, WORN-LOOKING PRODUCE. About half of all produce in the United States is wasted, in large part because perfectly edible food is being thrown away because it looks weird and people don’t choose it at the grocery store. Wasting half of our produce means that half of the environmental resources put into growing food, such as land, fertilizers and transportation emissions, are also wasted. The ugly fruit movement has brought attention to some pieces of produce that are so ugly and twisted that it brings them back to being beautiful. Anyone remember the viral image of a split carrot that looked like sexy crossed legs? A thicc, juicy snacc. Embrace the uggo, and you can even get cheap produce delivered to you by services such as Imperfect Produce. You can make trying new fruits and veggies an event. Maybe gather your friends each week for a sampling of something they’ve never tried.

DITCH THE PACKAGING. Consider asking your parents for a Costco or Sam’s Club card for your next birthday. Buying in bulk means fewer layers of completely unnecessary plastic that you have to cut through before devouring your snacks. The recently started #Miami IsNotPlastic movement encourages us to end our drink orders with “and no straw, please.” But if you’re anything like me, you’re probably too socially awkward and afraid of being judged for your needy, overly specific ordering to do that every time. What’s better is to ask the managers at your favorite restaurants to consider ditching the straws. If you hate drinking from glasses, invest in your own stainless steel drinking straw you can take with you and reuse. If you’re still using plastic bags, just stop being lazy. I will be an obnoxious eco-crusader on this one because I know you get free tote bags from campus events, and it’s just so easy. Bring them to the store. Every time. Don’t care about plastic bags? You will after watching this dramatic Werner Herzog film.

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Miami’s defense dominated the offensive line and consistently put the quarterbacks under pressure.


Takeaways from spring game By Isaiah Kim-Martinez Sports Editor @isaiah_km

All eyes were on the early-enrollee freshmen and the quarterbacks as the Miami Hurricanes put on their pads and cleats to participate in the annual spring game April 14 at Hard Rock Stadium. For the first time in 2018, the public got a taste of what the U is cooking. The Canes played white versus orange in a glorified, in-house scrimmage for 15,875 fans to enjoy. Quarterbacks Malik Rosier – who started all 13 games for Miami last season – N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams, who were not allowed to be tackled, all had their highlight moments in otherwise inconsistent performances, but freshman receiver Brian Hightower stole the show with four catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Hightower’s performance led Team Soffer to a 17-0 victory over Team Carol. Both scrimmage teams were named after Carol Soffer, who donated the $14 million lead gift for the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility that is expected to be ready in the fall.


1. No quarterback stole the show ... So it’s still Rosier’s job to lose.

After Miami’s first scrimmage just a week prior to the spring game, head coach Mark Richt told media that Rosier is ahead of everybody in the quarterback competition so far, and from the looks of it, that didn’t change at Hard Rock Stadium Saturday, April 14. Rosier went up against the Hurricanes’ toughest defense – the first unit – and with inconsistent protection, he was sacked four times and had to constantly scramble from pressure each snap. Outside of an

early 36-yard bomb to redshirt junior Lawrence Cager, he didn’t do anything particularly outstanding, but given the circumstances, he held his own. Rosier finished 9-of-14 passing for 105 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. “Malik really didn’t get much of a shot to really stand back in there and sight some things up and make some throws,” Richt said. “He did pretty well with what he had.” Perry showed off both a strong arm and the ability to run with the ball, but his accuracy remained erratic. The 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman completed 11 of his 25 passes for 166 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 45 yards on eight carries to lead the rush attack. Williams had his own issues getting the ball out quickly, which is expected from a true freshman, but against the second-string defense, he proved his capability to extend plays with his feet and the arm strength to make all the necessary throws in college football. The 6-foot-2 freshman completed 9 of 14 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. “They had some good moments and had a little excitement here and there ... They did a nice job,” Richt said about Perry and Williams. “They have the skillset that they need to compete at this level, and they just have to keep learning and knowing what to do and they’ll continue to push Malik.”

2. The defense is miles ahead of the offense.

In 2017, it was UM’s defense that kept games competitive when the offense would go through headscratching lulls of production. During the spring game, it was much of the same, especially from the first unit. The defense racked up nine sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, one interception and a forced fumble. Led by

Photo courtesy Miami Athletics MAKING AN IMPRESSION: Redshirt freshman quarterback N’Kosi Perry scans the field during the Hurricanes’ annual spring football game Saturday, April 14, at Hard Rock Stadium. Perry finished throwing for 166 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

sophomore Jonathan Garvin, junior Joe Jackson and freshman Greg Rousseau, the defensive line dominated, rushing the passer and giving the quarterbacks very little time to make throws in the pocket. “Obviously, a goal of ours is to put pressure on the quarterback every play, whether it’s a run or pass,” Jackson said. Even though the defensive line deserves credit for its overall performance Saturday afternoon, it clearly exposed an offensive line that is still trying to find its footing. Both Tyree St. Louis and Navaughn Donaldson have switched positions this spring, moving to left and right tackle, respectively. “Our edge players so far this spring have been a little too much for our tackles right now,” Richt said. That will clearly be one of Miami’s

focuses going into the summer and fall.

3. The receiving core is going to be dynamic.

It doesn’t necessarily show in the stats – a big part of this having to do with the quarterbacks’ lack of time to throw in the pocket – but the Canes’ receivers will wreak havoc on opponents next season. Even without star receiver Ahmmon Richards, who is recovering from surgery to a torn meniscus in his left knee and did not play, the depth at the wideout position is impressive. The Canes return 6-foot-5 Cager, 6-foot-4 Darrell Langham and the explosively quick Jeff Thomas from last season. They also have speedy Mike Harley, who runs some of the better routes on the team. This is all not even including

Hightower, who looks to be settling in nicely with the offense, as well as freshmen Mark Pope and Brevin Jordan, who will arrive in Miami in the fall. “Brian Hightower did phenomenal,” Cager said. “With the young guys, it is all just about the nerves. They have to stop stressing and just go play.” Langham recorded three catches for 66 yards, including a 41-yard reception that he caught over two defensive backs, and Cager had two receptions for 48 yards. Thomas reeled in three catches for 29 yards, while Harley recorded four catches for 23 yards. The Canes have three spring practices remaining, including the team’s final spring scrimmage set for Saturday, April 21.


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Senior Erykah Davenport turns to next chapter By Isaiah Kim-Martinez Sports Editor @isaiah_km

When three Miami women’s basketball seniors – who also happened to be the team’s three leading scorers – graduated in 2017, Erykah Davenport knew she had big shoes to fill. During her senior year, she rose to the occasion as the Hurricanes’ captain and best player, doubling her averages from 6.8 to 12.5 points per game and from 4.9 to 8.6 rebounds per game during the 2017-18 season. Now, Davenport is looking to turn professional, no matter where that leads her. She was not selected in the WNBA Draft Thursday, April 12, but she is aiming to make a training camp roster or possibly sign a contract to play overseas. “Regardless of the outcome, I’m going to stay hungry and not get discouraged by anything that goes unexpected,” Davenport said. “Delayed does not mean denied.” The 6-foot-2 forward/center from Decatur, Georgia, brings a mix of skills to the table for any team that chooses to sign her. She’s a versatile player who affects the game on both sides of the f loor with her ability to score in the post and protect the paint on defense. But Davenport’s most unique strength may be in the way she communicates with teammates, something that can’t be found on a stat sheet. This gift might be the one that secures her a spot on a pro team. “She’s very vocal, and she can see things that others can’t on the court,” rising redshirt senior Khaila Prather said. “Her basketball IQ has improved a lot, and she can pass that on to her teammates and force them to follow and see the plan of what coach wants.” And for professional teams scouting players, intangible skills matter just as much as athletic talent. Davenport has shown

Josh White // Staff Photographer TUNNEL VISION: Senior forward Erykah Davenport battles for the loose ball against Florida State. The No. 12 Seminoles beat Miami 91-71 Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Watsco Center. Davenport notched her ninth doubledouble of the season, finishing with 21 points and 12 rebounds. She finished with 11 double-doubles on the season.

substantial growth in this area from the moment she stepped foot in Coral Gables. Davenport said that enhancing her mental toughness over the years has improved her physical performance on the court. “It was just about really being confident in what I’m capable of despite being doubted on all cylinders in my life,” said Davenport, who was a Second Team All-ACC selection this past season. After initially growing up as a track athlete, Davenport started playing basketball in elementary school. She was lanky, often a bit uncoordinated and faced many

struggles making the change. In time, however, she grew more secure in her body of work. That confidence molded her into the leader of the Canes, culminating in a 21-11 overall record, including 10-6 in the conference and a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. In many ways, the team overachieved, finishing sixth in the ACC standings. Much of that success can be attributed to Davenport’s production. “It’s really been a stepping stone for me, having to be that go-to player,” Davenport said of her time at UM. “Being a leader has become natural to me and is

a way for me to express myself on and off the court on the next level. It has become one of the main ingredients in my repertoire.” And her teammates said this experience gives her the necessary tools to make an impact wherever she elects to take her talents. “She’s still growing, and that’s a big part of it,” rising senior Emese Hof said of Davenport. “She will always keep pushing. And she is a chameleon. When it comes to any team, she will do what is needed of her, not what she wants to do. She will always put the team first, and that’s one of the best things you can have in a player. She’ll do the dirty work, and she’ll score 20 points.”

Prather said it takes a special determination and passion to hold a lead role on a team. Davenport f lourished in it. “Nothing is getting in her way, at all,” Prather said. “The sky is the limit for her.” Davenport will graduate May 11 with a degree in broadcast journalism. “It has not hit me yet,” she said. “It probably won’t hit me until I walk across the stage. It is surreal. I’m just trying to enjoy every moment here on out until I graduate.” And by that time, Davenport is hoping to be on a pro team roster.




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Keep it hot for Earth Day Follow these recommendations and the only blue ball this week will be beautiful mother Earth. In preparation for Earth Day, V has got you covered on how to make this crunchy holiday into the sexiest one of the year. Follow these recommendations and the only blue ball this week will be beautiful Mother Earth.

Order some green condoms to feel totally eco while you’re chowing down on that good meat. Just remember, even though condoms are definitely not recyclable, sometimes it’s better to be safe than sustainable, and unplanned pregnancies lead to population growth, which is one of the biggest threats to the planet’s dwindling resources. Use and toss the condom.

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Who needs industrially raised, greenhouse gasemitting pork? Bae’s pork is just as delicious and totally safe for the environment.

Once I’ve settled into a relationship, it’s rare that I ever want to leave the couch. Staying in and snuggling on my boo while we binge “Breaking

Bad” is all the activity I need. When it comes time for dinner, it’s hard to get the momentum to cook or go out to eat, so we get delivery way too often. It’s a serious waste, not only because we’re paying that delivery fee as a tax on our laziness but because the food comes in tons of excess plastic and styrofoam packaging that we just trash after gorging ourselves. Getting your sexy housewife or househusband on and cooking a nice meal for your S/O is a great way to save on that waste. If you’re anything like V and Kraft mac n’ cheese is as domestic as your meals get, carpool out to eat. Remember to ask for “no straw, please.”

Feel good about sex on the beach with a postcoital trash cleanup I can’t explicitly recommend sex on the beach because we all know it violates obscenity laws. Pero like, this is Miami, and I know you’re all doing it anyway. To clear your conscience after your wild toss in the sand, combine a long walk on the beach with picking up trash that has washed up. Who’s to say litterers aren’t as bad as public sex fiends? They’re causing a giant pile of trash in the Pacific Ocean twice the size of Texas, so you tell me who really did the nasty.


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phone charging solar umbrellas install

hurricane food court anti-contamination recycling bin covers & Education

farmers market uthrift store expansion & upgrade

reflective window film beta test site for data collection

established relationships with athletic’s facilities department

gifford arboretum post-irma repairs & support

new grow wall in ungar building (in-progress)

Established housing eco representative program with green U

school of architecture new murphy design studio roof pv solar panel system

student senate bill to recommend more staff resources to the office of Sustainability


green athletics CONFERENCE

increase in “green” event co-sponsorships

monthly events

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august - sustainable coffee habits september - replanted eco tree november - green athletics conference october - america recycles day december - 60 years of sebastian

january - spring orientation water bottles february - “donut” Contaminate the recycling march - world water day april - earth day events may - study break with eco agency


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