Alonzo Mourning becomes spokesman for Miller program

Retired Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning is the new spokesman for the Miami Transplant Institute, a joint program of Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

In Sept. 2000, Mourning was diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis, a genetic kidney disease, and after three years of medical treatment he had to receive a kidney transplant in Dec. 2003.

Jackson Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in South Florida to perform all solid organ transplants and is ranked fifth for transplant programs in America.

Balloons to predict hurricanes launched by Rosenstiel scientists, students

To better predict hurricanes three to seven days in advance in the Atlantic Ocean, scientists and students at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, along with personnel from Mississippi State University and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology, released a “super-pressure balloon.”

The launch was part of a training program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather In-Situ Deployment Optimization Method employees.

The balloon was released on Sept. 26 and can stay airborne for two to five days. These balloons are placed in areas where information about an approaching area is thin, and will track weather information in the location it occupies.

Wellness to close early on Saturday

The University of Miami Wellness Center will close at 1:30 p.m Saturday due to the University of Miami vs. Florida State University football game. The center usually closes at 10 p.m. on Saturday.

The Wellness Center will open at its usual time on Sunday which is 8 a.m.

Thursday night Ibis Ride will not shut down yet

The Ibis Ride that shuttles students to Coconut Grove on Thursday is not in imminent danger of being shut down. No major incidents have been reported.

Last year, the Dean of Students office threatened to stop the service if student behavior did not improve. Over ten major incidents were reported including vomiting and fighting.

Hispanic Heritage Month underway

The University of Miami began the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. on the UC Patio.

“We notice that a lot of students on campus stay in their own world. We want to bring Hispanic culture on campus so that they can see the culture around them,” said senior Lala Jackson, the chair of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event included latin cuisine, such as roasted pork, as well as live music by DJ Sage.

The last event, which will take place on Oct. 30 in the Lowe Art Museum, is an open forum called “Vivo,” which will feature a discussion with Hispanic artists.

Hispanic Heritage Month is presented by Multicultural Student Affairs.