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PHOTO BRIEF ONE CANE, TWO CANE: The Association of Commuter Students cheer during Homecoming Opening Ceremonies Wednesday evening on the UC Patio. The Dr. Seuss-themed festivities will continue through Nov. 9, culminating with the football game against Virginia Tech. The next Homecoming event is the king and queen competition, which will be held Monday night in the Student Activities Center’s center ballroom.


Cuban blogger returns to campus Yoani Sanchez discusses role of social media in Cuba BY AMILYNN SOTO SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez visited the University of Miami for the second time on Wednesday. Sanchez, who came to campus to lecture students, sat at the front of the room; her long, black hair all to the right side of her head, parted down the middle, the way it is in all the photos. Her smile puts the room at ease. “I have to also talk to you about hope. Because if I only describe to you the sad civic situation, there would be no justification

for why I stay in Cuba, why I need to work there,” Sanchez said. She visited campus to discuss the use of social media and civil opposition. She spoke in Spanish. On her first visit earlier this year, she came to the university’s Cuban Heritage Collection in the Richter Library. A small group of students, along with a few other guests, were able to hear her speak about the restriction of information from independent outlets. She also answered a few questions from the audience. This time, the event was open to all students, many of which are part of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies certification program. “She brings a very unique perspective on the strength of social media,” said Jac-

queline Menendez, vice president of UM communication. “It is a different approach from traditional journalism.” Globally, Sanchez is a well-known voice in the topic of free speech in Cuba. From the beginning of her efforts, Sanchez has had to rely on nontraditional forms of media because of the heavy government censorship. Her biggest tool has been her blog, “Generacion Y,” which describes daily life in Cuba, and was later expanded by “Desde Cuba,” a site that features an array of Cuban bloggers who write about their own experiences within the communist regime.


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The Daily Beast rates campus No. 8 in attractiveness Student opinions determine rankings BY JORDAN COYNE COPY EDITOR

U.S. News World & Report released their annual rankings of colleges revealing that the University of Miami is still the No. 1 institution in the state of Florida. But recently, students have moved on to bragging about UM’s No. 8 ranking in’s recently released ranking of the “Top 20 Sexiest Colleges.” “I think that’s awesome,” freshman Ryan Rubin said. “I wish it were a little higher.” The Daily Beast explained their rankings as a combination of ratings of the “hotness” of both men and women on College Prowler, a site based on student input, and the rankings from Trojan’s Annual Sexual Report Card. The Daily Beast has used College Prowler’s data for multiple years in order to incorporate student feedback, according to Andrew Kirk, director of public relations. “The Daily Beast’s college rankings were created out of a desire to offer a new way to consider schools based on what students have indicated they value in post-secondary education,” he said. “These rankings are designed to inform and enlighten potential and current students, and give them another source of data on American colleges and universities.” However, some students, like Rubin,

don’t think these sorts of ratings should be given much weight when considering what colleges to apply to. “I looked some up, but I never really paid any attention,” he said. “I was just curious what other people thought.” On College Prowler, women are ranked as the 14th hottest female population of 1,345 schools, while men are ranked 7th of 1,334 schools. The overall grade for both men and women is an A+. But, looking further at the breakdown of these grades reveals that women are ranked 1,043rd of 1,350 schools in terms of friendliness. “The whole attractiveness one I totally agree with … Everyone dresses nicely and everyone’s tan,” said freshman Lauren Hutt. “I completely disagree with the friendliness ranking. I think the girls here are really friendly, and personally, I think I’m friendly.” According to Trojan’s report, UM is ranked 61st best in terms of sexual health out of 114 major college campuses. Sperling’s BestPlaces, an independent research firm, compiled the numbers based on the following criteria: hours of operation of the health center, drop-in appointments, quality of sexual health information, availability of contraceptives, condom availability, on-site STI/ HIV testing, lecture/outreach programs, sexual assault programs and overall website quality. An article published by The Miami Hurricane in 2008 reported that UM was ranked No. 44, meaning the university has fallen 17 spots in four years. Still, many students, like Hutt, don’t feel that this ranking accurately represents campus.




FRIENDLIEST 117 of 1,334 HOTTEST 7 of 1,332 MOST ATHLETIC 9 of 1,334 MOST CREATIVE 264 of 1,328 MOST RELIGIOUS 963 of 1,329 PARTY 13 of 1,332 SMARTEST 87 of 1,331

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“I think that might be a little low. At my dorm they had a sex counselor come and give us a presentation,” she said. “I don’t think other college campuses do that.” Hutt added that although she is so far impressed with the sexual health ser-

PHOTO BY HOLLY BENSUR // STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER CROWNING CANES: (Left to right) Alicia Santana and Alina Zerpa, members of the Federacion de Estudiantes Cubanos (FEC), celebrate Homecoming Opening Ceremonies Wednesday at the UC Patio.

PITCH COMPETITION The Launch Pad will host the 2013 Elevator Pitch Competition as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Students who are running a business in South Florida and who are 16 or older and currently attending high school or a degree-granting college may enter the Student Pitch Contest. Community entrepreneurs may also submit in 2



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FRIENDLIEST 1,043 of 1,350 HOTTEST 14 of 1,345 MOST ATHLETIC 44 of 1,346 MOST CREATIVE 406 of 1,345 MOST RELIGIOUS 1,028 of 1,344 PARTY 21 of 1,342 SMARTEST 114 of 1,344

vices available to her, she would like to see an increase in availability of contraceptives. Members of campus administration and the Student Health Center were not available for comment before this article went to print.

the Community Pitch Contest category. Online submissions are due Sunday at

BLOOD DRIVE Beginning Monday, students, faculty, staff, administrators and other employees may donate blood in the SAC Ballrooms from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day until Wednesday.

WATER PROJECT SITE The Net Zero Water Treatment System Public Tour will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday to show the kind of research the university is conducting to develop design principles for low-energy, low-emissions, net-zero water buildings. The tour will take place at the University Village courtyard and the Albenga Garage. To reserve a spot, contact

HOMECOMING The final round of the Homecoming King and Queen competition will at 8 p.m. Monday in the SAC Ballrooms . Eight men and eight women will compete for the “Mr. & Ms. U-Ville” king and queen crowns. Ashley Martinez may be emailed


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Sanchez shares insight on future of communication in Cuba CUBAN BLOGGER FROM PAGE1

During her lecture, Sanchez explained how there are three things affecting the “shredded tapestry” that is Cuba’s civil society: fear, immigration and a monopoly of information. “Little by little, the Cubans most rebellious and the most talented and now, the youngest have left,” she said. “And so that leaves us with a very passive civil society, instilled with fear. Those Cubans who could have been the element and the spark and the call to rebellion are no longer there.” Sanchez then explains how government censorship also led to a diminishing civil society. “How would I let someone know who lives in a small town in central Cuba like Tawayavon or someone in Palmarito de Cauto, that on Sunday at 3 p.m., there is a protest?,” she said. “How can we do it when there is no national infrastructure of information that allows us to convey to someone an idea or an opinion? At that, the Castro regime has 100 points.” In the last couple of years, Sanchez has shared these opinions in many places across the world including her own country, and the Cuban government has noticed her voice. As a result of speaking out against government censorship, Sanchez has been arrested several times and abducted in the last several years. Senior Amanda Pena speaks minimal Spanish, yet came to see Sanchez as she read her book and is an admirer of her work and the length she is willing to go for her cause.

“I’m a journalism student so it kind of gives that motivation of if she can do it, you can do it too. whether its through blogs, Twitter, whatever it takes,” she said. Sanchez nevertheless continues in her attempts to change the channels of information within Cuba, and more recently, she has created a Twitter handle – @YoaniSanchez – where she posts political commentary, daily struggles on the island as well as other varied posts. According to Sanchez, many critics have said that her message does not truly reach the Cuban population, making the movement obsolete. She denies this argument and says that it’s a boomerang effect: the more information other countries learn about Cuba, the more likely the information will return back to the island’s residents. Information is beginning to fall through the cracks, and technology is helping to reduce a fear of speaking out. “In many neighborhoods of Havana there are children that are 10 or 15 years old that have only seen programming that comes from [illegal] dish antennas,” she said. “They are called ‘the children of the antenna’. Those children are not as permeable to the ideological indoctrination in schools. Those children have already seen other faces and they have heard other opinions.” Sanchez is so interested in the power of social media because it has the power to revolutionize the journalistic landscape in the country. She, along with seven others, are attempting to create Cuba’s only independent newspaper that would spread through USB drives and CDs.

CHARLOTTE CUSHING // STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER XXXXX: Yoani Sanchez gave a masters class in conjunction with the Institute for Cuba and Cuban American Studies about the use of social media as a platform for civil opposition on Wednesday night in the Casa Bacardi House.

The publication will feature many topics, including politics, human interests, entertainment and technology. Though the task is ambitious, Sanchez remains resolute. “What we want to make is 21st century

newspaper,” she said. “I wouldn’t want people to say, ‘those poor Cubans. This is all they can make.’ I want it to become a source of reference, a newspaper at the level of the United States and that is hard work clearly.”


Study Lounge dedication marks completion of SAC 24-hour space to open Thursday BY ASHLEY MARTINEZ ASSISTANT EDITOR

As a student studying at the University of Miami’s law school, Susan Fleischner Kornspan was unsure if she would be able to continue her education because of funding. She went to a school administrator who assured her they would help, and because of the gifts from alumni in a scholarship fund, she was able to continue in the law school and graduate in the class of 1990. “I always felt a sense of responsibility to be able to live up to their faith in me,” she said. “I believe that an excellent education transforms your life and so, to me a lack of funds should never be a reason why you can’t get an education. There were people there to make sure that didn’t happen to me and, for me, until the day I die, I want to make sure that that doesn’t happen either.” Twenty years later, she and husband Scott

Kornspan are paying it forward with a donation allowing the Scott and Susan Fleischner Kornspan Study Lounge to open. Scott Kornspan was the first two-time Student Government (SG) president and former chief of the Iron Arrow Honor Society while at UM. “The study lounge is a wonderful addition for the students, the facilities are great,” he said. “I’m anxious over time to hear how the students are making use of it and anxious to hear that they’re enjoying it because really this whole complex, this room it’s all about the students, it really is all about the students.” The study lounge drew inspiration from Ivy League schools and colleges and features sturdy, wooden desks and chairs. The lounge also has several cubicles where students can meet in groups. “It’s definitely a unique study space, a unique look for the University of Miami but I think it fits in well and it fits well with the whole Students Activities Center,” SG President Bhumi Patel said. The opening marks the completion of the

Student Activities Center, the newest building on campus which opened Aug. 26. The threestory building houses new student organization offices, the Rathskeller, meeting areas and now includes the 24-hour study space students have been anticipating. “I think as far as the students having access to spaces, yes it’s 100 percent completed,” said Daniel Westbrook, executive director of the Whitten University Center and Student Activities Center. “We’re still working on fine-tuning some of the lighting and the audio visual and things like that but in general now students can pretty much get into all parts of the building that they’re supposed to be in.” Westbrook also confirmed the study lounge would be a 24-hour study space. Thursday will be the first day the lounge will be officially opened. “I think it’s a huge benefit,” Patel said. “Students more and more are staying up later to study and we are admitting the smartest of students which means they’re working the hardest and college students like to stay up late so I think that it’s great and the fact that it’s attached to the Student Activities Center so it’s in the center of Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2013

campus is really great.” Above all, Scott Kornspan wanted to ensure the growing university had facilities that matched its top-tier status. “The university, on many metrics, continues to be better every year,” Scott said. “The student body coming in is always better than the year before and these are significant things for the University of Miami that it was imperative that the facilities keep up and surpass. The students are good, hardworking, and they need facilities quite frankly to continue work in their academic and student life endeavors.”




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Homecoming celebration to bring campus together Program chair shares insight on events BY EMILY DABAU COPY EDITOR

Homecoming, a campus-wide celebration bringing together students and alumni, kicks off this week. The Miami Hurricane chatted with Karam Alawa, homecoming chair, by email, to discuss this year’s Homecoming and the different events that will be taking place. THE MIAMI HURRICANE: What is Homecoming 2013? KARAM ALAWA: Homecoming, the largest event of the year, is a week-long tradition where our alumni, faculty, staff and students all come together to celebrate our university’s rich history and traditions. This year, the theme is centered on Dr. Seuss, “One Cane, Two Cane, Old Cane, New Cane.” TMH: How long does Homecoming last? KA: Homecoming kicks off on Oct. 30 with Opening Ceremonies and Alma Mater Preliminaries and ends with our football game against Virginia Tech on Nov. 9.

TMH: For freshman experiencing Homecoming for the first time, what are the most popular events to attend? KA: Whenever I’m asked this question, I end up listing every event. Each event has something unique, and I encourage every freshman and upperclassman to attend as many as they can. TMH: What events will alumni be participating in? KA: Alumni are welcome to attend all events; however, the events that usually attract the most alumni are the parade and Hurricane Howl. TMH: What is the Hurricane Howl experience? KA: Hurricane Howl begins at 6 p.m. with food trucks on Stanford Drive and inflatable rides and games on the Green. After the parade, everyone gathers around the lake for one of our university’s most beloved traditions: the boat burning. A wooden boat is decorated with the opposing team’s colors and burned in the middle of the lake. If the mast falls before the boat sinks, we will win our Homecoming football game the next day. Afterward, we sing the alma mater and watch an incredible fireworks show.


Honor Council hosts events Academic Integrity Week ends Friday BY CRISTINA LONDONO CONTRIBUTING NEWS WRITER

Junior Donatella Vacca does not know much more about the University of Miami’s Honor Council than what it says in the Honor Code printed on her syllabus. “The problem extends to making the campus aware that the Council exists,” she said. The Council, in fact, does exist and is connecting with students through Academic Integrity Week, which runs until Friday. Throughout the week, students take surveys to gauge their awareness of the Council and share their thoughts on academic dishonesty. Students earn giveaways like T-shirts and stationery labeled with “UHonor.” Though Vacca claims to have only heard of the Council from her syllabus, Maryam Attia, president of the Council, says the members have made the effort to reach out to students. “Each member of the Council gives presentations to classes to inform the professor of the Council’s proctoring services and make the students aware of the Code they are to uphold,” she said. 4


The Council divides its members into four committees: education, faculty relations, events and professional development. The education and faculty relations committees prepare presentations for students and work with faculty, respectively. According to the UM Honor Council’s website, 57 percent of students have admitted to cheating, 90 percent of students believe that cheaters never pay the price, and 90 percent of students say they do not turn in students who are seen cheating. Those statistics pertain to college students across the country. This lack of honesty is often attributed to the fact that cheating takes places among friends, and the fear of losing the friendship is more important than reporting an abuse of the code. “Most of the responses can be done anonymously so that even the Council is not aware of who sent the report,” Attia said. “We also have not had any cases where students retaliated against others because of submitted violations...” Despite Vacca’s feelings about the Council’s role, Tahreem Hasmi, a Council member, believes that the Council makes a difference because it is student-run. “The Honor Council is student run; it gives a chance for students to feel they can turn to someone,” she said.


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MONICA HERNDON // PHOTO EDITOR COME TOGETHER: Senior Karam Alawa (center) sings the alma mater after the U Statue Reveal on Oct. 12 during Homecoming Week 2012.

TMH: What Homecoming event(s) are you most looking forward to? KA: Each event is special to me in its own way. I’m most looking forward to seeing

all the hard work the Homecoming Executive Committee has done over the past eight months finally pay off.

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Professor evaluations hold value Registration for spring semester begins Nov. 11. Until then, students will lose sleep over their systematic attempts to come up with the ideal schedule: an arrangement of fascinating course topics taught at reasonable hours by the best instructors on campus. Professors can make or break a learning experience, which is why students consult websites like or instructor evaluations on CaneLink. During our searches, it’s disheartening to find a class that sounds so intriguing being taught by a professor who receives consistently poor reviews. Yes, there will always be the whining students who complain on Rate My Professors about instructors who give challenging exams, but the professors who repeatedly receive low scores across all platforms are worth the alarm. These are the professors who students have come to know to

avoid taking a course with. And students try to convey that in the faculty evaluations the university asks us to fill out at the end of each semester. These professors continue to receive poor ratings, and it makes us wonder what the university is doing with our feedback if no changes are being made. In the same way that students use these numbers to determine which classes to take, administrators should take note of the data as well. It’s the responsibility of the university to ensure that its faculty and staff are of the highest quality, and this means both in the lab and in the classroom. A professor is often both a researcher and a lecturer. Not all professors are good teachers, and that’s the problem. We are the university’s customers, and the opinions we voice in these end-of-semester surveys should be taken seriously and re-

flect more heavily on the teachers, whose services we pay tuition for. We acknowledge that some students fill out the surveys halfheartedly because of the incentive to see their final grades early. Thus, they may not sufficiently indicate a professor’s teaching competence, or lack thereof. That is why each department should offer open-ended written evaluations, much like the English and foreign language departments issue during the last week of classes. These would hold professors accountable and make students feel like their voices have been heard. We’d hope that individual departments would then implement curriculum changes, professional development workshops or other solutions to maintain professors who are as top-tier as our students. Editorials represent the majority view of The Miami Hurricane editorial board.

Campus welcomes diverse cultures ransitioning into college, I agonized over how my new classes would be and whether I’d make friends easily. I even tried to mentally map out the next four years of my life. Once classes began, however, I found myself contemplating a problem I’d neglected to account for: assimilating into college life without MELISSA HURTADO leaving my culture behind. CONTRIBUTING My family and I immigrated COLUMNIST to this country 10 years ago, and we’ve managed to adopt American culture without estranging ourselves from our Cuban roots. Coming to the University of Miami was like entering a melting pot of cultures: I found myself surrounded by food, music and languages foreign to me. I started to worry that I’d have to change or omit aspects of my own culture in order to fit in with my new schoolmates. But as I made more friends, I realized that each of us was in the same exact position – starting from scratch, separated from our cultural communities.


However, I realized that UM is as resourceful as it is diverse. I found tons of clubs dedicated to maintaining each culture’s vibrant presence on campus. Beyond that, campus events, such as Hispanic Heritage Month activities, Garba and Chinese New Year, allow students to enjoy aspects of their culture that they may have thought were left behind upon coming to college. After asking peers about how they’ve been able to preserve their culture, I realized that most students joined clubs particular to their culture and even keep mementos to remind them of home and their identities. Perhaps the greatest thing about these campus events is that they are open to every student, regardless of cultural affiliation. This is incredibly important because not only do we get to enjoy our own cultural events, but also we can come to know and enjoy our friends’ as well. Here at UM, I don’t have to disregard my culture at all. Since arriving to campus, I’ve become even more aware of my heritage and feel proud to be able to share that with everyone on campus.


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Shapiro scandal teaches lessons I t’s Halloween, so it’s an ideal time to reflect on one of the scariest times in the recent history of our school: the menacing storm of the Nevin Shapiro scandal. PATRICK It warms my QUINLAN heart to consider that STAFF WRITER our Hurricanes are allowed to play in a bowl game this year, but what should we take away from the saga? Of course, we should all remember the gross incompetence of the NCAA and thank our lucky stars for having coaches Al Golden and Jim Larranaga, as well as the strong leadership of President Donna E. Shalala and the administration that vindicated us. But beyond that, there’s the question of potential Shapiros in all of our lives. After

all, an extra $173,000 in illegal benefits and payments for an athletic department is only the literal role Shapiro played in this process. Shapiro was a booster, basically a fundraiser for the athletic department. As a result, the ways he could’ve and should’ve spent his stolen money were tightly policed. But boosting is something many of us rely on, and there are rarely as stiff or Byzantine rules governing our help as those of the NCAA. Kickstarters, campaign funds, crowdsourcing or even relying on venture capital are essential facets of modern entrepreneurship. The bigger issue of networking, and relying on networks for help and resources, is something that no person, or athletic department, can forgo. When we reach out for help through networks, we tie ourselves and our reputations to them. Here lies the scariest lesson that Shapiro can teach us: We need to main-

tain our diligence to ensure that we keep connection only with those with the highest reputation and commitment to principle. This lesson is already taken to heart by groups with public images. Political campaigns, for example, often vet their “bundlers” (the political equivalents of boosters) and risk serious charges when they don’t. Consider February when President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign returned $200,000 from Chicago brothers linked to Mexican violence and corruption. In the end, none of the NCAA drama was easy to watch, and the outcome was even less certain at times. We should all remember that it was just a sports story though, and the quality of our networks, our sources of money and the company we keep are even more delicate the more we rely on them. Patrick Quinlan is a sophomore majoring in international studies and political science.

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or the record, Miami has a lot more to offer than just beaches, chimichangas and female DANNY NEW chongas. CONTRIBUTING HowevCOLUMNIST er, whenever Northeasterners (myself included) inform an adult that we are attending the University of Miami, all they hear is, “Oh, so you just want to party in college.” Because it’s not like the Northeast has big party schools like Lehigh, Rutgers or any of the 23 Penn State campuses. As a matter of fact, one justified reason to attend college here is that UM is ranked the No. 1 school in Florida by U.S. News & World Report – ahead of the University of Florida. We also have superb academics, exemplary student media organizations and a real community. In fact, statistics show that 100 percent of the time, we are ahead of the University of Florida. Nevertheless, I have received countless complaints and multiple stink-eyes because whenever I mention to teenagers and parents that I am attending one of the most beautiful colleges in the country, the high schoolers start pushing their parents about living out their college experience in Coral Gables. Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2013

It’s a quick process. First, they start wearing orange and green frequently. Then they start improving their Spanish. And in about a month or so, they convert to Judaism. Frankly, I didn’t choose Miami only because of my Jewish roots, but it is quite nice to be living my retired life down here prematurely. Parents hate me for promoting this fine institution because they are frightened about sending their children so far from home, especially to a city fraught with drugs, crime and the Miami Marlins (my sleeper pick for the College World Series). But in actuality, they should be thanking me. I am giving parents every opportunity to come and spend their winters in true Miami fashion. All they have to do is say, “Honey, we really miss you, so we’re going to come down on this fine Tuesday to visit you. By the way, do you have enough Cup of Noodles?” That’s a win-win in my book. The student gets to attend the best school in the world, the parents get to renew their vows in Cuba and everyone gets to share a Costco supply of Ramen. So please, don’t be scared to send your children so far away. It gives them a chance to mature and find themselves, which is better than finding them on your couch. Danny New is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism.


SG builds on completed initiatives appy Halloween! Welcome to the second edition of the monthly Student Government (SG) column. Just like last time, I’ll be talking about what SG is working ADAM ORSHAN SG PRESS on, initiatives we’ve SECRETARY completed and upcoming events. We are starting “Lunch with the President.” Courtesy of the Rathskeller, students can have a free lunch with Bhumi on Fridays. To apply, email sgpresssecretary@ and let us know what you want to talk to Bhumi about. I’m very excited to announce that SG Comes to U is Nov. 14. All of SG will be on the Rock from 3 to 6:30 p.m. You can stop by, learn how the different parts of Student Government work to improve campus, and pick up some giveaways. Then at 7 p.m. in Eaton 106, we are having “Eat ‘n Greet” (see what we did there?), which will be an open forum for students to express thoughts or concerns to SG so that we can work to fix them. There will also be plenty of food. SG elections took place this month, and we’re happy to have a full Senate. Senators work to address the interests, wants and needs of students. Senate is working on an evaluation of the safety of San Amaro Drive by studying driving habits on San Amaro near the University Village and talking to students to determine if any changes need to be made to improve student safety. ECO Agency is working on a High Water Line project, the purpose of which is to show projections of rising water levels in Miami. ECO will put lines on different parts of campus from Nov. 18 to 22 to show how high the water levels are expected to rise in the coming years. Members of ECO and Green team will be standing by the lines to explain what they represent and what we can do about it. On Thursday, the women’s soccer team is playing Clemson at 7 p.m. Category 5 is sponsoring a costume contest for the game. The student with the best costume will win a prize pack from the athletics department. Good luck to the football team this weekend. Beat FSU!


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Halloween is usually about candy overdoses, cheap costumes and crazy nights. But for some people, the holiday means something more. From haunted houses to elaborate homemade costumes to running parties, these Canes take Halloween a little more seriously than most. SPOOKY SPACES Every year at senior Jennifer Castellani’s house, her family hosts a miniature haunted house for the neighborhood children. What started out as an amusing pastime for Castellani’s brother has now grown to a local attraction that attracts more than 500 people and requires more than three Costco-sized bags of candy. This year, Castellani’s brother, who has a passion for special effects, constructed a Frankenstein-themed house and posed as the mon-

ster. Last year, the house was based on the “Pirate of the Caribbean” franchise and included a ship, a zombie pirate and smoke. “My brother loves special effects,” she said. Castellani’s role is usually to hand out candy. She said they have visitors who drive over specifically to visit her family’s haunted house. “We always run out of candy,” she said.

and other items. Sometimes, she also reuses pieces from year to year. The brown boots from the Link outfit were dyed red for this year’s Marceline costume. She usually keeps her costume a secret until she can debut it at a Halloween party. “When I dress up, I like the appreciation people have for my costume,” she said. “I know my friends are going to get a kick out of it.”

COSTUME CRAZE For junior Kim Maples, costume hunting for Halloween begins five months in advance. Since her senior year of high school, Maples has spent each summer building her own costume based on popular TV shows and video games. Her guises have included Link from the “Legend of Zelda” video games series, Korra from the Nickelodeon TV show “Legend of Korra” and Marceline the Vampire Queen from the Cartoon Network show “Adventure Time.” Maples spends between $50 and $100 on each costume, purchasing fabric, clothes, wigs

PARTY PLANNER Senior Jon David works as a party promoter, recruiting people to attend parties at clubs such as LIV and Rokbar. David is spending his Halloween night working at a “Walking Dead”-themed party in Wynwood. The party is being sponsored by AMC. While at the party, David has to tend to his guests, making sure that they’re happy. “It’s a lot of customer service,” David said. He said that he makes sure they have free drinks and introduces them to other people. Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2013

“People that I bring, I want them to have a good time,” David said. But his work starts long before the party. David has to invite people to the party, through Facebook and word of mouth. “It’s a lot of knowing ... which people will bring people,” David said. David also has to coordinate buses to take people from Red Road to the event. He bargains with companies, makes sure there is insurance and that they have all of the details for the event.

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Musician leaves school to pursue singing career BY MARLEE LISKER STAFF WRITER

You may have blasted his hit song, “A Million Lives” when it came on the radio, or heard about his upcoming show at The Fillmore Miami Beach. Or maybe you saw him wandering around campus last year. Rapper Jake Miller is a former UM student. The 20-year-old Florida native spent a semester at UM before going on tour last January. EARLY START For Miller, music began as a hobby in high school. He started recording using GarageBand and posting videos on YouTube. “I had no intentions of pursuing music as a career,” said Miller, who was surprised when his videos received such positive reaction first at his school, then in his hometown of Weston, Fla. Miller quickly discovered his passion for music, putting more and more time into his craft and building an impressive fan base. As he gained recognition, Miller has had the opportunity to perform alongside countless well-known artists, including one of his inspirations, Mac Miller. He has also released three EPs, and his first full-length album, “Us Against Them,” hits stores Tuesday.

“I took it from a hobby to a full-blown career,” said Miller of his success. SEMINOLE TO CANE The rapper began his college career enrolled at FSU. However, during freshman orientation Miller was contacted by a record label, and ended up leaving that weekend for a showcase in New York. Though he didn’t take that deal, the experience opened up his eyes to the opportunities in the music business. In what Miller described as a “crazy risk,” he deferred from FSU, taking the year off instead to focus on music. “My whole life, I just planned on going to college,” Miller said. “My family is all about going to college.” But his parents were supportive, allowing him one year to see where his music would take him. After the year, Miller recalled that though things were going well for him, they were not moving as fast as he would have liked. So, last fall, Miller enrolled as a part-time student at UM. CANE TO FAME Miller studied here in the fall of 2012, driving down three days a week to take classes. He remembered those times fondly, saying that although he didn’t get the chance to become

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involved in campus organizations or Greek life, he met a lot of cool people and enjoyed his time. However, after his first semester at UM, Miller once again had to defer when he booked his first tour in January of 2013. “I didn’t even have time to do one online class,” he said. For now, Miller has no plans to return to school. His sights are set on his career and upcoming tour, The “Us Against Them” Tour, which kicks off Friday at The Fillmore. REACHING OUT Miller’s music stands out in today’s popular scene because his music isn’t just about “catchy hooks,” but about imparting a message. This is true of his hit single, “A Million Lives,” which talks about the impact of his music on his fans and the impact his fans have had on him. Miller admits that he began his musical career trying to emulate other artists he admired. Eventually, though, he began cultivating his own sound and focusing his music on helping others and reaching out. “If you have the ability to reach out to this many people and you don’t use it to spread positivity and spread a good message, it’s kind of a waste,” Miller said.

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Miami and Florida State will face off for the 13th time with both teams ranked in the top 10. The oddsmakers have the Canes as historic 21-point underdogs on the road in Tallahassee, Fla. Seminoles fans know the stage is set to prove they are title contenders. History is on Miami’s side – if it comes down to a kick, that is.

The fabled game is nearly upon us. From Coral Gables, Fla., to Tallahassee, Fla., tensions are high as No. 7 Miami heads north for the annual rivalry matchup with the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles. And now, the stakes are especially high. Both teams bring unblemished 7-0 records to the contest. In ACC play, Miami is 3-0 and Florida State is 5-0. The Seminoles rank third nationally in points scored (52.6 per game) and fourth in points allowed (13 per game). Miami is 20th in scoring (39.6) and 11th in points allowed (17.7). Florida State holds the longest winning streak in the illustrious rivalry: seven straight, from 1962-1972, and the Noles have also taken the last three. However, since the in-state rivals first faced off in 1951, Miami leads the overall series 31-26. Coming off a pair of come-from-behind victories against North Carolina and Wake Forest, the Cardiac Canes have much to prove. 10


Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston has lived up to, and perhaps exceeded, the hype around his freshman year. A Heisman frontrunner, Winston has already passed for 2,177 yards with 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Stephen Morris, Miami’s senior quarterback, has thrown for 1,463 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. On the ground, sophomore Duke Johnson has carried the Canes with 823 rushing yards, averaging 6.7 yard per carry. Florida State’s leading rusher, junior Devonta Freeman, has 561 yards (6.4 average) and six touchdowns. But if tradition tells us anything, Saturday’s 8 p.m. game at Doak Campbell Stadium could come down to the golden foot of the kicker – UM’s sophomore Matt Goudis or FSU’s freshman Roberto Aguayo. The rivalry has been highlighted, at least for Hurricane fans, by a series of errant kicks with the game on the line.


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Florida State’s “Wide Right” curse began in 1991 when place kicker Gerry Thomas sent the potential winning field goal sailing to the right. The misfire gave the No. 2 Hurricanes a 17-16 win on the road over the top-ranked Seminoles. Just one year later, FSU kicker Dan Mowrey followed suit. His directionally challenged field goal went off to the right, handing Miami a 19-16 nail-biting win that kept them undefeated. In 2000, the Hurricanes held on to a 27-24 lead at the Orange Bowl when Seminole kicker Matt Munyon was unable to cap off a last-minute scoring drive. Wide right again. But in 2002, Florida State turned the tables ... sort of. With only minutes to play, Miami took a 28-27 lead, but allowed for Florida State to drive into field goal range for a game-winning attempt. Xavier Beitia broke history, sending his kick wide to the left as Miami escaped.

College football is all about tradition though, so 2004 brought more of the same. Beitia blew his chance at redemption with yet another wide right – an error that cost the Seminoles the lead as time wound down. But the past is irrelevant as the Canes prepare to renew their rivalry this weekend. True to his mantra, coach Al Golden is just taking it one game at a time. He believes Canes can make the necessary adjustments for the strong, physical Seminoles. “We’re blocking better, let’s be fair, let’s be honest – Randy [‘Duke’ Johnson] couldn’t run the way he ran the other day last year, he was 12 pounds lighter. Now he’s dropping his pads and finishing runs. The offensive line is bigger and stronger and better. The tight ends couldn’t block like that a year ago,” Golden said. “So we’re making progress, but it’s all relative. We’re going to get tested on Saturday. It’s a great challenge for our guys and an even greater opportunity.”

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I have a bit of a problem. You see, I like this guy at work, but I’m not sure how to approach the situation. We started working together a few months ago, but we didn’t really talk until a few weeks ago. He’s so cute and funny and nice. I don’t want this to end in an awkward situation, but I want to act on it ... I’m just too scared. Help! Sincerely, An Awkward Mess

How can I put out at work ...

Dear Maggie Jordan, We’ve all seen this situation many a time and every time it’s painful to watch the two lovers teeter in and out of admitting their blatant sexual frustration. It’s a story line that’s so overdone, it almost seems fabricated in real life. The best approach to this situation is to get to know this person outside of the work environment. Engage in some office pal outings and see if the two of you are compatible without computer screens and status reports as a buffer. I’m sure he’s a decent enough person that even if he doesn’t reciprocate, he’ll still be friendly with you at work and won’t make things awkward. I get that putting yourself out there is a risk we’re not always willing to take but it’s important to follow your instincts.

Just stay away from boning the boss - that’s never a good thing and people are just going to think you’re a straight up hussy. And you don’t want to be a hussy. People love attention, so as soon as you start batting your eyelashes and showing some interest, this guy is sure to fall straight into your lap. Just make sure he doesn’t start dating your best friend and then breaks up with her and then takes a “Sex And The City” bus tour and then you kiss him and someone records it and puts it on YouTube. That’s no good. V




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Halloween Bridge Bash

Thursday, October 31 • 9 p.m. • Hecht/Stanford Bridge FYE & Pier21 present the Hecht/Stanford Halloween Bridge Bash. Come out at 9 p.m. with your costume for a chance to win MAJOR prizes! Free food, face paint, caricatures, photo booth pictures & prizes from 9 p.m. -12 a.m.! Don’t miss out on the Halloween fun on campus!

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‘Canes Calendar Thursday, October 31 Category 5: FSU Letter Writing

10 a.m. • UC Breezeway Write a letter of support to your Hurricane football team as they head up to Tallahassee to take on the FSU Seminoles!

son University Tigers! Watch live at

Friday, November 1 Cosford Cinema Presents: CAPITAL 6:45 p.m. • Cosford Cinema

2014 Yearbook Portraits

10 a.m. • UC Lower Lounge Sebastian wants YOU to take your yearbook portraits in the UC Lower Lounge! Underclassmen portraits are free; seniors, reserve a spot at today for your appointment, and don’t miss this opportunity to be remembered! Photos will be taken until November 15, 2013.

COPE Hot Topic Lunch

12 p.m. • UC Patio Join COPE for our Hot Topic Lunch: Coming Out on the Internet. Does social media allow people come out as LGBT more easily to their own community? Join us for free pizza to help us discuss this question!

Patio Jams ft. STOKESWOOD

12:15 p.m. • SCC Patio Start a new Thursday afternoon tradition with HP’s Patio Jams! Take a break from classes, bring your lunch, and enjoy the live band!

Women’s Soccer vs. Clemson

7 p.m. • Cobb Stadium Watch the Hurricanes take on the Clem-

Women’s Volleyball vs. NC State

7 p.m. • Knight L. Sports Complex Watch the Hurricanes take on the NC State Wolfpack! Watch live at

Cosford Cinema Presents: AUSTENLAND 9 p.m. • Cosford Cinema

Saturday, November 2 MBA for a Day

9 a.m. • Alumni Center Join the School of Business Administration for “MBA for a Day.” Sit in on an MBA class, tour the award-winning facility and meet current MBA students and the MBA admissions team. Learn more about UM’s MBA programs, the admissions process, our outstanding student services, tuition remission for UM employees, and more. Breakfast and lunch are provided. The event is free. For more information and to RSVP, call 305284-2510, e-mail or visit

Cosford Cinema Presents: CAPITAL

1:15 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. • Cosford Cinema

Cosford Cinema Presents: AUSTENLAND 3:30 p.m. • Cosford Cinema

Cosford Cinema Presents: HERE AND THERE 5:30 p.m. • Cosford Cinema

UM vs. FSU Watch Party

8 p.m. • Rathskeller Come cheer on your #7 ranked ‘Canes as they take on the FSU Seminoles sponsored by RAB and Category 5. FREE WINGS, cheerleaders, Sunsations, and giveaways!

CAC Presents: Man of Steel

9:30 p.m. • Cosford Cinema Superman soars back onto the big screen with this explosive adaptation from the director of The Dark Knight Trilogy! Finding that the planet Krypton is about to explode, scientist Jor-El sends his only infant son to Earth. Landing in Kansas, he is adopted and raised by kindly farmers. Young Kal-El (now named Clark) lives in fear of his newfound powers and what might happen should his neighbors learn about his extraterrestrial origins, eventually exploring the world in search of himself. But when an old threat from Krypton’s past comes to Earth, the Last Son of Krypton must embrace his destiny

and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Russell Crowe.

Sunday, November 3 Cosford Cinema Presents: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 12 p.m. • Cosford Cinema

Cosford Cinema Presents: AUSTENLAND

3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. • Cosford Cinema

Women’s Volleyball vs. UNC

7 p.m. • Knight L. Sports Complex Watch the Hurricanes take on the UNC Tarheels! Watch live at hurricanesports. com!

Cosford Cinema Presents: CAPITAL 5:30 p.m. • Cosford Cinema

Reminder: in Coconut Grove this Thursday, there will be no Ibis Ride service on October 31st. For a complete Ibis Ride schedule, please visit

Homecoming Hurricanes Help the Hometown

Homecoming King & Queen

Homecoming O-Cheer

Monday, November 4 • Wednesday, November 6 • 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. SAC West Ballroom and SAC Activities Rooms Help save a life by donating blood and plasma/platelets at the Homecoming Blood Drive! Each donor will receive free food and giveaways, as well as a free t-shirt.

Monday, November 4 • 8 p.m. • SAC East & Center Ballrooms

Tuesday, November 5 • 12 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. • SAC Center Ballroom Be a part of one of Homecoming’s longest standing traditions, and give back to the community by packaging meals for those in need!

Wednesday, November 6 • 7 p.m. • SAC East & Center Ballrooms Come watch organizations dance and skit their story as if they wrote it!

rounds to crown the Prince/Princess & King/Queen of Homecoming 2013!

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