News Briefs 4/13

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Student survivors, Caleb Gonzalez and Lana Chehabeddine (pictured left), carry the banner to the finish of the Survivor Lap, kicking off the Relay to Life. Lana is a 12-year survivor and also an active member of the Relay to Life planning committee. Shreya Chidarala // Staff Photographer

Earth Week

This year’s Earth Week, presented by Student Government’s ECO Agency, will have a week’s worth of activities, free food and prizes. Students who post on social media with the hashtag #UMiamiEarthWeek are entered in a raffle to win a solar-powered watch, solar-powered charger or a $25 Chipotle gift card. More posts equate to more entries in the raffle.

On Monday, art pieces made by recycled items and eco-fashions will be featured with free pizza from noon to 2 p.m. on the Rock. Students can have free “dirt cups” and decorate a cactus pot from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday on the Rock. Later in the evening, students can use a reusable bag for the take-out options from 4:30–7 p.m. in the Hecht-Stanford and Mahoney-Pearson dining halls. Wednesday will feature the ReUse store, a place where students can leave and take items for free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Rock.

On Thursday, there will be free T-shirts and Einstein’s bagels and coffee from noon to 2 p.m. on the Rock. ECO will round out the week with the opportunity for participants to calculate their carbon footprint and learn about solar panels. This event will provide free grilled fish from the Ocenaire Seafood Room and pizza from Whole Foods from noon to 2 p.m. on the Rock.

A World Without Discrimination

Hola Hillel is partnering with the Federation of Cuban Students, the Union Venezolana and the Colombian Students Association to give a presentation titled “A World Without Discrimination.” The lecture will focus on the human rights conflicts in Colombia, Cuba, Israel and Venezuela, as well as  discuss international representatives’ differing points of view.

Panelists include Jose Luis Martinez, the director of Communications for the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba; Margaret Sanchez, the CEO of the Zambrano Foundation; and Gabriel Baredes, the director of Hispanic Affairs of the Consulate General of Israel.

The event is free and open to all students. Snacks and refreshments will be served. The discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Shoma Hall at the School of Communication.

Yoga on the Green

The Association of Greek Letter Organizations (AGLO) is hosting Yoga on the Green at 5 p.m. Monday. Free smoothies and Kind bars will be provided. The first 30 people who arrive will be given free towels.

MTV’s ‘Girl Code’

The Rathskeller Advisory Board and Hurricane productions will host MTV’s “Girl Code” from 8-10 p.m. Friday at the Rat. The TV show opens dialogue about being a woman and covers topics such as “frenemies,” drinking and dating. Female comics, athletes and entertainers will attend the discussion.

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