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Sept. 18: Every Wednesday, complimentary tea served at the Law School courtyard 

The key to success not only lies in hard work and effort but also in happiness and wellness. The Law School at the University of Miami is a firm believer of this, and as a result, it has created an organization called “Insightful Mind Initiative.”

The IMI is an organization in charge of hosting wellness events year-round so students can perform well academically. The organization has been around was established in 2008 by Scott Rogers, a mindfulness professor. One of the organization’s popular events is the “Green Tea on the Bricks,” which is held every Wednesday at the school’s courtyard from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Rebecca Ramirez, a second-year law student and a first-year in Master’s of Professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, runs the booth with other members of the organization’s executive board.

“We are planning on asking student members of the Insightful Mind Initiative to help serve tea in the future,” said Ramirez

At the booth, there are two metal containers in which the complimentary hot and iced tea is held. All beverages are served in eco-friendly cups.

The organization chose to serve tea because research shows it improves general health, focus and concentration.

— Victoria Anzola

Sept. 16: Study Abroad information session at 2 p.m.

Carve out an hour of your day to spice up your school life with a study abroad information session at Dooly Memorial 125 on Monday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

You can count on learning about life abroad from Terra George, who will be leading the 101 sessions. With over a decades worth of traveling experience, George will be able to answer any questions or concerns and will have loads of information on the many different program options.

In case you can’t make it to the session, there will be another on Sept. 27 at 11 am. There are usually 2 to 4 sessions per month in Dooly Memorial 125 (unless otherwise indicated).

All students are encouraged to participate in a semester abroad. Financial aid is covered and students do need to worry about classes being in another language. There are many program options where classes are in English and the credits earned abroad do count to your University of Miami GPA.

Don’t miss out; be sure to check out ​​ for more information. Find a few programs that stick out most to you and come with some questions!

Madelyn Werder

Sept. 14: Discounted tickets for educators who attend the first UM home football game

The University of Miami’s Athletic Department and the School of Education and Human Development are offering a tri-county discount for local educators to attend the ‘Canes first home football game on Saturday, Sept.14.

Tickets will start at $20 for teachers, administrators and staff from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The game, which pits UM against Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, begins at 4 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. This is UM’s first Educators day and the goal is to show appreciation for all the teachers, staff and administrators 

The event is organized by Sam Wind, a senior account executive of ticket sales, and Mackie Feierstein, the assistant athletic director of ticket sales, in conjunction with Gigi Gilbert, the School of Education’s Schools, Community and Diversity liaison. 

Tickets are automatically assigned so all educators will be seated in the same section,” said Wind. ” Educators are also welcomed to invite family and friends for the same discounted price.”

Whichever school has the most attendees from all three counties wins a pep rally, including a visit from UM’s mascot Sebastian 

Anyone wanting more information may email Mr. Wind at 

— Brittany Burnette 

Sept. 14: Frost School of Music welcomes Gerard Schwarz.

Internationally acclaimed symphony conductor Gerard Schwarz will lead the Frost Symphony Orchestra debut performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the University of Miami Gusman Concert Hall.

The night will open with the works of the Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, who is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 20th-century. The show will later transition into a display of classic masterpieces by German composer Johannes Brahms. The concert will also feature Frost faculty tubist Aaron Tindall, who is the associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the Frost as well as the principal tubist of the Sarasota Orchestra.

Continuing with the Frost Music Live! Signature Series, which first launched in 2017, more than twenty-five concert performances and music lectures are expected between the months of September through April. The performances include Frost Music Classics, Frost Jazz, Pop, and Beyond, Frost Faculty Recitals and Frost Musicology Lectures.

Tickets can be purchased at: Price for general admission is $25 and seniors $20.

For questions about the event, call the Frost School of Music at 305-284-2241.

— Cinthya Franco

Sept. 13: School of Nursing and Health Studies Monthly Lecture Series

The School of Nursing and Health Studies will begin its monthly lecture series on Friday, Sept.13 at 9 a.m. to 11a.m.

The lecture series, held September-October, serves as a way for students and staff to learn a variety of topics, such as patient safety and family caregiving. Each month SONHS presents a new speaker and topic.

This month’s speaker is Kevin E. Kip. Kip is an epidemiology health professor at the University of South Florida. Kip will be speaking about accelerated resolution therapy. ART is a form of therapy that helps soothe patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to the School of Nursing’s website, attendees can expect “innovative and exciting lectures this fall.”

The monthly speaking events are free, but a ticket is required for entry. Claim your ticket for this week’s event at the School of Nursing and here:


WHO: Kevin E. Kip, speaker, and University of South Florida professor.

WHAT: School of Nursing September Lecture Series.

WHEN: 9:00 a.m.- 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 13, snacks and drinks will be provided.

WHERE: School of Nursing and Health Studies simulation hospital auditorium, 2nd floor.

— Jabria Roscoe

Sept. 12 Sorority recruitment application is now open

Registration is now open for sorority recruitment at the University of Miami. The application will be available online until Nov. 22.

There will be an application fee of $75. A portion of each registration fee will be donated to the panhellenic philanthropy, Circle of Sisterhood, a foundation that educates girls facing poverty and oppression.

Recruitment will begin at 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 and will end on Sunday, Jan. 12, the day before classes resume for the spring semester.

Why register?

Olivia Ostermann, a UM senior and the vice president of recruitment, said joining a sorority helped her find a community of women that support each other both academically and emotionally.

“I think that it is a really important thing for people to have the support and that’s why I encourage people to go through recruitment, and for people who find it more difficult to make friends it is a really great opportunity,” Ostermann said.

An important part of being in a sorority at UM is being able to raise money for philanthropy.

Every sorority at UM has one or more philanthropies that they help support. Throughout the semester, each sorority holds different philanthropy events, such as fashion shows and sporting events.

Some of these philanthropies include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald house.

“You get to make this incredible donation that can change people’s lives,” Ostermann said.

To apply, one must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and must have completed at least 12 college-level credits. More information can be found on the enrollment disclaimer at the beginning of the application.

The registration application for Spring 2020 sorority recruitment can be found here:

— Alexa Binday

Sept. 11: “Pancakes with Pat” Returns to Hecht Residential College Tonight

Students will have a hard choice deciding between chocolate chip, strawberry and sliced banana toppings Wednesday evening, Sept.11 at “Pancakes with Pat” with the Vice President of Student Affairs Pat Whitely.

“It’ll be a quick pick-me-up to keep me sane,” said sophomore Marisa Annunziato, who plans a late night of studying at Otto Richter Library prior to the event.

Patricia Whitely sponsors this free event a couple of times throughout the semester with the help of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, student government and ‘Canes Care for ‘Canes, a division of student affairs that promotes a caring campus community.

Annunziato said she attended almost all of the events last year. She remembered once the pancake line was so long that it wrapped around the bridge at Hecht Residential College.

Hecht will be the site of Wednesday’s feast, which begins at 9 p.m.

And, by the way, the toppings also include chocolate sauce, hazelnut spread and whipped cream.

— Gabrielle Lord

Beginning Sept.11, UMPD will be offering self-defense classes for female students, faculty, and staff.

The University of Miami Police Department is offering six self-defense class for the campus community, starting Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The free events are open to the entire UM community – students, faculty and staff – to promote awareness and defense.

The Sept. 11 class for women is designed to familiarize participants with the different types of crime that target females. The two-hour class also will demonstrate how women can physically defend themselves. Participants are encouraged to wear loose fitting clothes as they will be moving around throughout the class.

All S.A.F.E classes for women will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Eaton Residential College, Room 148. Participants must be at least 18-years-old to enroll. Registration is required through UMPD’s Eventbrite page.

In addition to the six classes this semester designed for women, UMPD is also offering a “Men’s Sexual Assault Prevention Class” later this month and in October. Registration for the Men’s class is also through the department’s Eventbrite.

— Shawn Fortune

Sept. 11: Former President of Mexico to speak at Miami Business School

Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, the former president of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, will be speaking at the University of Miami business school on Wednesday night, Sept. 11. He is one of Latin America’s most remembered leaders and is globally recognized for repairing the economy of Mexico. TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people.

Before these accomplishments, he was a local and federal congressman, general secretary and national president of PAN: National Action Party. He has a degree in law from Escuela Libre de Derecho and a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The United Nations called him “Champion of the Earth.” His drive, ambition and progress are what took Mexico from being the ninth exporter of vehicles worldwide to the fourth largest.

“The Finker-Frenkel Forum brings former heads of state to the Miami Business School and facilitates dialogue on key issues affecting our society,” said Eugene Frenkel, director at the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundatioon. “This platform is designed to foster understanding and academic engagement across international borders.”

The Finker-Frenkel family foundation is a family-run organization that is centered around the Jewish faith’s idea of righteous giving. The organization is holistically trying to give back and helping to connect those who strive to do the same thing.

According to the foundation’s website, they “believe that every good deed, no matter how small, has the potential to create a ripple effect of positive opportunity for the next generation. By focusing primarily on funding medical, educational and child wellness initiatives, the Foundation is investing directly in the future of our communities.”

The small, yet profound actions they do range from giving low-income deaf access to free hearing aids to helping children battling critical illnesses. With the help of the Finker-Frenkel family foundation, this event was made possible.

When: Wednesday, Sep. 11 6-7 p.m.

How to attend: RSVP online at and for more information visit

— Isabel Tragos


Sept.10: School of Architecture launches exhibit on the history and evolution of Havana

The School of Architecture research associate professor and Director of the Center for Urban and Community Design Sonia Chao will discuss the evolution of Havana, Cuba, as well as its History during the exhibit “Havana500: Five Centuries of Evolving Urban Form and Urban Codes,” on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Chao graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in architecture as well as a master’s degree of science in architecture from Columbia University. She is an awarded professor from the National Science Foundation, W.K Kellogg Foundation, Barr Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. Chao worked in New York as well as Venice before starting her research on sub-tropical architecture and urbanism in Haiti, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Cuba. She now teaches at the UM the sustainable architecture and urbanism, resilient design and historic preservation in the subtropics.

The exhibit will take place in two exhibitions spaces and will include maps, engravings, oral histories, historical photographs and documents of the development of the city’s urban form from the past 500 years to show the physical transformations of Havana. It is a partnership between the Cuban Heritage Collection, the School of Architecture and the Center for Urban and Community Design. The exhibition will highlight some of the work produced by architecture students and faculty as well as a selection of objects from Chao. The exhibit is open to the public and free.

“The expedition essentially is intended on tracing the evolution of Havana’s urban form and the codes, which led to its design over the past 500 years,” explained Chao. “And that should be able to make evident for everyone the formal and the informal physical prescriptions, so to speak, which have resulted in what, we as architects and urban designers feel is a very legible and cohesive and well defined urban character that’s quite unique, in particular, because it remains intact.”

The event will start at 6 p.m., and visitors are encouraged to join for a brief cocktail between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Over 300 people are expected to come, and it will take place at the Richter Library on the Coral Gables Campus, Roberto C. Goizueta Pavillion.

“One of the reasons why I chose to do it was that I wanted people to understand that although Havana seems very disabled, and in some cases, of course, greatly deteriorated, but from an urban design point of view, it remains very integral,” said Chao. “Paradoxically, that’s because of a lack of development and infrastructure interventions that have occurred over the last six decades.”

Chao added that preservationists try to protect that beautiful patrimony. “That’s why we would hope that this exhibition would shed light on the importance of the work of those design of urban designers and preservationist that continue to want to protect that beautiful city.”

For more interest, another conference will be held about the same topic Nov. 23-24 at the School of Architecture, including a series of visiting scholars and the viewing of a documentary. A round-table chat will also take place during the Spring semester. For more information go to

For questions about the event, contact the UM libraries at 305-284-4026 or by email

— Joanna Ugo

Sept. 9: Butler Center’s “Canes for a Change Week” kicks off, more events to follow

The Butler Center for Service and Leadership’s annual “Canes for a Change Week” begins Sept. 9, aiming to help students become more familiar with the center’s programs and encourage them to get involved in community service.

Sydney Pincus, student experience coordinator at Butler, said this week promotes the center and the many programs it offers for students to get involved in community service on and off campus.

“This allows students to gain knowledge and get involved in our communities,” Pincus said.

Here is a schedule of this week’s events:

On Monday, Sept. 9, students can go to the Breezeway from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., where the staff of the Butler Center will be tabling to greet students and dispel information about their programming.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, students may attend a civic scholar coffee hour with the civic scholar coordinator, Gabrielle Perez. Perez will speak about civic engagement courses, what it takes to be a civic scholar and the benefits of being a civic scholar. This event
will run from 2-3 p.m. in the Shalala Student Center Vista Room.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, there will be a 9/11 memorial service for the victims and heroes who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of 2001. Students will be able to pay tribute as they come together to put American flags on the green. There will also be a donation drive supplies that will benefit overseas troops and local veterans. The event will run from 2-2:30 p.m. in the Rock Plaza.

On Thursday, Sept.12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., students will have the opportunity to meet the Butler Center’s student organizations and other local nonprofit agencies. Using a “passport,” students can collect signatures from each table and keep track of who they’ve spoken to. When students visit all the required places, they will be rewarded with barbecue food.

— Joseph Brandon Cid

Sept. 6: UM School of Communication Welcomes New Dean

A warm Florida welcome was extended to the new dean of the School of Communication, Karin Gwinn Wilkins, on Friday Sept. 6 in the Shalala Center.

Sam Terilli, chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Management and a member of the search committee that selected Wilkins, introduced her to a crowd of more than 60 SoC faculty and staff.

Wilkins was most recently at the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin where she served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement and Strategic Initiatives.  She had previously taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Drexel University in Philadelphia.  She received her Ph.D. is from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.  She had also studied at the American University in Egypt and the University of Edinburgh.

“I’m really excited to have the first female dean for the SoC,” said Susan E. Morgan, the associate provost for research development and strategy and professor of communication studies, said. “She brings a clear vision for community engagement,”

Wilkins said she was impressed by the school’s efforts for Hurricane Dorian relief to the Bahamas spearheaded by Vivian Orellana, an administrative assistant in the SoC Office of Academic Affairs.

“I’m excited to see the school move to another level,” said Michelle Seelig, an associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media.

Wilkins will host a student meet and greet on Thursday, Sept. 19, 4 – 5 p.m. in the Frances L. Wolfson Building, Studio C.

— Greta West

April 17: FSA shares Filipino food, culture with the student body

The weeks leading up to finals are always packed with tests and assignments. This Wednesday, the Filipino Student Association offered a brief escape from studying with the help of SAFAC’s Late Night Programming Grant.

Salu-Salo, a Filipino term meaning soiree, was the title of FSA’s late-night event held on the Moss Terrace. Beginning at 9 p.m., FSA served up an assortment of popular Filipino dishes. Mart Francisco, FSA’s current president, said he wanted to spread more awareness of the culture through Filipino food.

“We decided to have this event with foods from different regions in the Philippines,” said Francisco, who is a junior studying computer engineering. “Our goal is to let them know where its from and learn more about the Philippines in general.”

Manila Grill, a Filipino restaurant in Miami, catered the event. FSA e-board members served traditional varieties of pork, fish and dessert, providing students with an enjoyable yet educational study break. To add to the ambience, throwback hits, such as “Yeah!” by Usher, got everyone on their feet and dancing.

Sophomore Emilie Villaverde, FSA’s current vice president and next year’s president elect, said she was happy to see everyone having fun.

“Our goal of this event is to raise awareness for the Filipino culture, and more so, Miami’s mission of embracing cultural diversity so we invited everyone,” Villaverde said.

People from all branches of the student body were in attendance, including members of the Student Government, Category 5, Rho Rho Rho. There were even a few students from Florida International University. The ethnic diversity of the attending students was just as impressive.

“We are a club that wants to spread awareness about our culture,” Villaverde said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re Filipino or not; we accept everyone.”

The event concluded with everyone presenting a Filipino folk dance to “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire, a fitting end to a night that was created to be inclusional, educational and delicious.

— Veronica Lucchese

April 16: Trivia Tuesday’s sex education edition

An enduring sanctuary to University of Miami students, the Rathskeller is also the home of weekly Trivia Tuesdays. Faculty and students team up with their friends to answer questions and compete for a $30 Rat gift card.

This Trivia Tuesday, the theme was sexual education. Sponsored by It’s On Us, a University of Miami organization, this week’s questions were fun and interactive ways to educate the UM community about sex, sexual assault and the resources available to victims.

Although the event started at 6:30 p.m., any available seating in the outdoor area of the Rat was completely gone by 6:00 p.m. Claiming a glider during trivia is a highly competitive race. Groups of students were scouring the patio, ready to pounce on the first glider that became free.

Students from different UM colleges, including the School of Engineering, the School of Communication and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, were in attendance. One team, the “Wincesters!,” was a diverse group comprised of a business school alumn, engineering school students and RSMAS students. Each group was quite the melting pot of majors.

As the clock tolled 6:30 p.m., the announcer began the game and implored the crowd to act ethically. With all the world’s knowledge available to us at the swipe of a finger, it is easy to Google the answers to trivia questions. “No freakin’ cell phones,” the announcer emphasized. “This is university trivia. No one likes cheaters; it’s lame.”

Trivia questions explored topics ranging from sperm to women’s history. Questions pertaining to the physical act of sex received rapid responses, but players had a harder time identifying the female activist who coined the term “birth control,” Margaret Sanger.

Besides sexual education, It’s On Us continued their mission of awareness by passing out pamphlets, condoms, bags and “Consent is Sexy” bracelets to the groups in the gliders. The pamphlets presented a myriad of resources available to students who want help dealing with the effects of sexual assault. One resource, the Sexual Assault Resource Team, commonly referred to as S.A.R.T, was highlighted in a trivia question as a 24-hour anonymous hotline (305 798-6666).

As the game rolled into its third round, many groups began to leave as talks of studying filled the air. It seems the threat of finals cannot be ignored forever.

— Veronica Lucchese

March 26 preview: Genderchill fashion show encourages individuality, acceptance 

Jessica Osborn, chair of University of Miami’s LGBTQ student graduate organization Gradout, beamed as she looked at a flyer for her upcoming event.

Genderchill is a queer fashion show, focused on raising awareness of body and gender diversity. Students from UM, Florida International University and Miami-Dade College come together Wednesday to host this event at the Grand Ballroom of the Shalala Student Center.

Along with these students, UM’s LGBTQ Student Center, Outlaw, Spectrum and the Greek Ally Unity have been working diligently to bring this project to life.

“I hope this event will allow people to form connections and start a legacy of acceptance and education,” Osborn said, “This will be groundbreaking for the university.”

Various organizations and clubs will be tabling during the community reception portion of the event at 5:30 pm. During this time, raffles will be held for attendees to participate in. Portions of the donations made will directly benefit Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays South Miami.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and will consist of various segments. The “Come As You Are,” portion will feature models who can show up in whatever makeup and clothing they feel best in. “It will feel like a great big hug from the audience as the models walk down the stage,” said Osborn.

Local designers, models, artists and spoken word poets will be participating in the event as well, highlighting the diversity of their community.

“This event should empower the community of people who are discriminated against based on their gender identity, race and body,” said Osborn. “It will let these people know that gender diversity does exist and it is not a bad thing.”

Sammi Daugherty, co-chair of the event, spoke highly of the fact that they have received tremendous support from various university facets.

“This has been a huge step in faculty and staff support for an LGBTQ event,” said Daugherty.

Genderchill is free to all students and attendees but a $15 donation is encouraged.

— Alexis Hurwitz

March 22 preview: ‘Burgers and Baseball’ offers fans food and drinks prior to first pitch

The excitement is mounting for University of Miami baseball fans as March 22 approaches. This Friday, at the Alex Rodriguez Park in Mark Light Field, the UM Alumni Association and the Iron Arrow Honor Society will host “Burgers and Baseball.” The event, held right before the face off between the UM Hurricanes and the North Carolina State Wolfpack, aims “to engage alumni and supporters of the university,” said Andy Vittor, director of alumni engagement.

Vittor said he believes hosting the event alongside the Iron Arrow Honor Society is “a win, win.”

The Alumni Association is expecting several guest appearances, including head baseball coach Gino DiMare, in-stadium announcer Jay Rokeach, the Miami Maniac mascot and Sebastian the Ibis. The organization is “trying to bring people back to campus, get people involved and keep them involved,” said Vittor.

Due to the popularity of the event, Burgers and Baseball has become somewhat of a tradition. It has occurred every year since the Robert and Judi Prokop New Alumni Center opened in 2010 at a location right across the street from the UM baseball stadium.

Burgers and Baseball will take place between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Roper Plaza in front of the Newman Alumni Center. General admission is $15, children 12 and under are free. Attendees can purchase discounted game tickets at

— Anthony Kean

March 7: Lowe After Hours returns with new food, music, art

A live DJ, cocktails and food provided by Bacardi evoke images of a fun party scene. Now, think of a party complete with art galleries and exhibits.

The Lowe Art Museum is preparing for their second spring installment of Lowe After Hours this Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 7 p.m. The event is open to students, faculty and the general public.

Yina Balarezo, Lowe Art Museum event planner, said that the event is meant to increase exhibitor attendance.

“The purpose is to bring in the UM community and general public to visit the museum in a relaxed, fun atmosphere,” Balarezo said.

Caitlin Fryer, an assistant to the events planner and membership coordinator at the Lowe Art Museum, said that the event has recently been targeting students at UM.

“We hope to get more UM students to come to the art museum and immerse themselves,” said Fryer, a senior majoring in advertising. “The museum only exists because of our students, so we want them to enjoy their museum. “

Fryer said the event, known as the LoweDown, had previously brought in upwards of 300 people. The Lowe’s last event that took place on Feb. 7 brought in 350 people.

“So many UM students were there and we actually ran out of food,” said Fryer. “This week we will be getting more food because we anticipate a high attendance again.”

Alexis Lacey, a sophomore nursing major that attended Lowe After hours, said she attended the past event and enjoyed being able to take a break from her STEM classes to do something that involved her passion for art.

“The atmosphere was really cool, it felt like a gallery opening,” said Lacey. “I loved being able to go to the museum after my classes and relax while seeing art and listening to the music.”

— Olivia Ginsberg

March 5- May 8: UAstronomy Club members share photography in the library

Along the walls of the Creative Studio’s gallery space on the first floor of the Otto G Richter Library hang images of the diverse landscapes that exist in Iceland– from the star filled sky highlighted with the Northern Lights to frozen waterfalls cascading down mountains.

The exhibit, titled “Ferðalangurinn í Íslandi: Images from a Journey Through Iceland,” showcases more than a dozen photographs that members of the University of Miami Astronomy Club took during their 2018 spring break. Featured student photographers include Sihan Chen, Bhargavi Pochi, Reese Pitts, Dünya Bulut, Josh Katz and The Miami Hurricane editor-in-chief, Rebecca Goddard.

The exhibit opened Tuesday, March 5, at a reception in the flexible program space of the library, during which club members shared their personal experiences from the excursion.  

Senior Alexander Berne, who co-founded the club his sophomore year, said due to a detailed itinerary, the trip provided many examples of breathtaking scenery.

“This trip had a huge number of really good experiences just randomly interspersed,” Berne said.

What started as a joke when a member saw an advertisement for $99 flights from Icelandic carrier WOW Air, soon became a trip filled with unforgettable experiences, Berne said. In just seven days, the group visited the largest waterfall in Europe, walked on a frozen section of the Atlantic, crossed into the Arctic Circle and gazed upon the Northern Lights.

Despite frozen cameras and $8 per gallon gas prices, junior Dünya Bulut said she was more than happy with her decision to go on the trip. The creative advertising major said her passion for capturing the stars led her to join the Astronomy Club.

“We had this amazing trip to Iceland, and I got the opportunity to experience real astrophotography,” she said.

The club will travel to Chile in early July to witness a solar eclipse.

Student photographs from the University of Miami Astronomy Club’s trip to Iceland hang on the walls of the Creative Studio located on the first floor of the Otto G Richter Library. The exhibit opened on Tuesday, March 5 and will be up for the rest of the semester. Photos credit: Damaris Zamudio.


What: “Ferðalangurinn í Íslandi: Images from a Journey Through Iceland” is a collection of over a dozen photographs taken by members of the University of Miami Astronomy Club.

When: The exhibit, which opened March 5 runs through Wednesday, May 8.

Where: Creative Studio, first floor of the Otto G. Richter Library gallery until the end of the semester. 

— Damaris Zamudio

Feb. 26: UM’s historically-black Greek organizations to attend Miami Heat Black History Month Challenge

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the University of Miami’s National Pan-Hellenic council will be attending the 10th annual Miami Heat Black History Month Challenge. The NPHC oversees the five historically black chapters on UM’s campus: Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta.

Throughout the month of February, the Miami Heat basketball team recognizes notable achievements of African-Americans who have helped change the course of history through contributions in sports, literature, arts, community, education, music and military.

During the event, two high schools compete in black history trivia in a game-show-style competition. The winning high school wins a $4,000 grant and a Heat prize pack.

This is the first year NPHC has been invited to attend the event. UM organizations will perform a step and a stroll during intermission and lunch. Strolling is a tradition practiced by many black organizations. Members of a particular Greek organization line up one after another and dance special motions in sync with one another.

Senior D’Andre McIntyre, a journalism major and president of the Iota Chi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, said he is excited to represent NPHC during Black History Month.

“It is important for NPHC to participate in this event because we are black history,” McIntyre said. “Members of the nine black fraternities and sororities that make up NPHC have contributed so much to America. This event gives us the platform to educate people who may not know much about us or these contributions.”

NHPC’s primary focus is to serve the black community, and Black History Month provides organizations with numerous opportunities for members to accomplish this goal, said Kyla Cook, a senior psychology major and the corresponding secretary for the Tau Rho chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

“It’s amazing to be able to represent a black organization during Black History Month with the Miami Heat, especially for a good cause involving black high school students” Cook said. “I’m proud and honored that the Heat invited UM NPHC to perform and be a part of this event.”

It is unclear exactly which Heat players will be in attendance, Cook said. The event, presented by PepsiCo, will be held at the American Airlines Arena. Members of NHPC will be in attendance from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Alanna Cooper

Feb. 24-March 1: Greek Week returns

Greek Week is returning to campus, this year with superheroes as its theme. But while the team names and rosters are different, the event’s goal remains the same: to bring fraternities and sororities together to raise money for charity.

From Sunday, Feb. 24 to Friday, March 1, the University of Miami’s Greek organizations will participate in various activities as part of the annual Greek Week festivities. Sororities, fraternities and councils are grouped together to make up the teams that will compete against each other. This year, there are 6 teams participating, each named after a popular superhero: Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and Supergirl.

Teams earn points based on event participation and monetary donations. The team with the most points will win. Members earn points by representing their teams in a range of events including the “O Cheer” cheering competition, the “Greek God and Goddess” talent show and the kickball tournament.

In addition to a trophy, the winning team will receive first choice in philanthropy dates for the Association of Greek Letter Organizations philanthropy date draft. The Greek Week executive board is also looking to plan a celebratory event at The Rathskellar in recognition of the winning team.

Jess Rubanich, a sophomore studying biomedical engineering and member of SDT, is the Greek week representative for Team Supergirl.

“The goal of Greek Week is to show how much of a positive impact Greek life can have on and off campus,” Rubanich said. “We donate to numerous foundations and raise as much money as possible towards all different causes.”

In 2017, Greek Week raised $50,000 for the United Cerebral Palsy charity. Last year, Greek Week raised $45,000 for Direct Relief, a nonprofit that helps survivors of poverty and natural disasters. This year, Greek Week will be raising money for sexual assault awareness, education and prevention.

Greek Week has partnered with the local restaurants Whip n Dip, Chipotle and SweetBlendz to fundraise for the national and UM chapters of “It’s On Us,” movement created by Barack Obama and the White House Council on Women and Girls to raise awareness and fight against sexual assault on college campuses. Fundraising for Greek Week will also benefit Kristi House, a nonprofit organization in Miami dedicated to healing and eradicating child sexual abuse.

The chair of Greek Week, Caroline Smolkin, is a senior majoring in biology and a member of Alpha Delta Pi who will be competing on Team Wonder Woman.

Smolkin and the rest of the Greek Week executive board select the charities that will receive donations from week-long event.

“We wanted to support sexual assault awareness because we think it is an important cause that everyone should be aware of,” Smolkin said. “College campuses all around the country are plagued with a lack of awareness of the resources available to those in need. With our efforts, more people will have the necessary knowledge and the organizations that are helping will be better able to do just that.”

While the majority of Greek Week events are exclusive to UM Greek life participants, the general public is allowed to attend the art show and food fundraisers.

“We will be selling donated art from student artists, alumni and professionals,” Smolkin said. “We also encourage anyone and everyone to attend our food fundraisers around the Coral Gables area.”

In addition to the food fundraisers, anyone interested in directly donating to the charities can donate on Greek Week’s Gofundme.

Smolkin provided a list of the teams, listed below.

Team Batman: ZTA, Pi Kapp, Phi Delt

Team Wonder Woman: ADPi, AEPi, Sig Chi

Team Iron Man: ChiO, Kappa Sig, Sammy, Pike

Team Black Widow: DPhiE, SAE, Alpha Sig

Team Hulk: Tri Delt, Sig Ep, Lamda, MGC/NPHC

Team Supergirl: SDT, Beta

— Alanna Cooper

April preview: First-ever Panhellenic prom coming to UM

For the first time in University of Miami history, the Panhellenic Association will be hosting a prom. The event will be held on April 27 in the Watsco Field House and all of the proceeds will go to Circle of Sisterhood, a non-profit organization founded and powered by sorority women who work to remove educational barriers for all women facing poverty and oppression.

Amanda Beyrer, a junior studying biomedical engineering and member of Tri Delt, is planning the prom. Beyrer, who is the vice president of philanthropy for Panhellenic, conceived the idea when she was brainstorming philanthropic events over winter break.

“I really loved prom in high school and I’ve also been to some galas that raise money for charities,” Beyrer said. “So, I did a little twist and came up with a philanthropic prom. I presented it to the rest of my executive board and Dean Wilson and they liked the idea, so we started planning.”

The prom committee is in the process of planning the event, which will have a 007 James Bond theme.

28 student members of the Panhellenic Association make up the general prom committee as well as four subcommittees: set up and clean up, sponsorships, decorations and logistics.

Panhellenic and recruitment dues will partially fund the prom, donations and sponsorships will be the primary financers. The sponsorship committee is working to secure more monetary, food and gift donations that will be raffled off at the prom.

Tickets for the prom go on sale online one month before the event on March 27. Students will receive a link to the signup page at that time. Tickets will be $10 for Panhellenic members and $15 for non-Panhellenic members. Any student may buy a ticket to attend the prom regardless of Panhellenic affiliation.

“The prom is open to everyone,” Beyrer said. “We are attempting to raise over five grand for Circle of Sisterhood.”

In Style Catering, a catering company that is located on UM’s campus, will cater the event. One or more student fraternity DJs will provide the music and there will also be a photo booth for guests to use.

The prom committee will be attending Panhellenic and IFC chapter meetings and putting up graphics around campus to raise awareness for the prom, but many people are already excited.

“Panhell prom is such a cool concept,” said Brenda Combs, a member of Zeta and a senior studying business management. “Every frat and sorority has its own philanthropy and spends a lot of time and effort to raise money and awareness. This is an opportunity for all of us to come together and help a cause we’re passionate about.”

Although the committee has been formed, anyone who wants to help is encouraged to do so.

“If people want to help out or have contacts for potential donors, we would love to have them,” Beyrer said.

Anyone interested in helping can email

— Alanna Cooper

Feb. 17-18: LGBTQ+ Symposium brings inclusivity to campus 

The University of Miami is hosting a two-day human rights symposium that will focus on inclusivity and human rights issues within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and intersex community.

The first-ever 4WARD Americas LGBTI Human Rights Symposium will take place Sunday, Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 18 at the Newman Alumni Center.

Gisela Vega, UM’s new LGBTQ Student Center director, has encouraged the UM community to attend the free event.

“This symposium is in line with the UM president’s mission to become a hemispheric hub for the world,” Vega said. “I have only been here for a month, and I would love to work to get more students engaged in events like this.”

4WARD Miami, which was founded in 2015 to promote civil rights for members of the LGBTQ+ community, created the symposium to connect communities through education and advocacy. It also seeks to create national collaborations through networking.

Vega said she hopes the “event will allow our school to make a difference not only locally but globally.”

The symposium, which begins Sunday, includes speakers and participants from throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Speakers and panelists represent leaders in government, business, education, LGBTQ advocacy and research.

United Nations Human Rights Officer Fabrice Houdart will deliver the keynote address, titled “The Role of Business in Confronting the Backlash Against Human Rights of #LGBTI People.”  Houdart works on the Free & Equal campaign, a UN global public education campaign for LGBTQ equality.

Jessica Ashley Osborn, an administrative assistant at UM’s LGBTQ center, will moderate a panel that focuses on the sports industry.

Osborn said she plans to ask panelists about their experiences in the sports industry as someone who identifies as queer, a person of color or an ally of the LGBTQ+ community. She said she hopes to increase awareness of injustices in the sports industry.

“This will not just be hitting a like on Facebook,” Osborn said. “This is about actually educating people, meeting together, and starting those important conversations.”

To register for the symposium, visit

— Alexis Hurwitz

Feb. 9: Intramural supervisors keep football orderly

The field lights were bright Saturday night as rival residential colleges played flag football on the intramural fields. The teams competed to earn points for their residential college’s overall tally in SportsFest.

The “Pearson Magikarps,” one of the two teams representing Pearson Residential College, claimed the men’s championship title, while the “Eaton Spaghetti” won the as women’s tournament.

With constant cheers from the crowd and choruses of “Let’s go!” ringing in the air, it was successful night for student workers at the Wellness Center.

Monét Bennet, an intramural supervisor in her senior year studying ecosystem science and policy, was running between the Wellness Center and intramural fields all afternoon. As one of the head intramural supervisors, she helps organize SportsFest and strives to maintain smooth, orderly transitions of events throughout the day.

Even among all the chaos and energy, and despite a slight concussion she sustained earlier in the day, Bennet was relaxed.

“It’s been running fairy smoothly compared to years past,” she said. “We have much better staff this year. They’ve helped a ton with preparation.”

Although rain had poured onto the field before the tournament, the crowd’s excitement was rampant. “

The rain hasn’t affected flag football,” Bennet said. “But the field conditions aren’t what we want them to be, so we’re on the lookout for ankle injuries.”

Michael Aaron McCune, a facilities supervisor in his junior year studying quantitative economics, said this was the smoothest SportsFest he’s seen in 3 years.

“Intramural supervisors have done a great job at staying organized,” McCune said. “They’ve been a great help to everyone.”

— William McNeill

Feb. 8: SportsFest starts with a splash

The University of Miami’s annual SportsFest began with a game of battleship between competing residential colleges on Friday afternoon at the Herbert Wellness Center pool.

Unlike the board game, this version of battleship involved three teams, each with three people sitting in canoes, throwing pales of water in an effort to sink their competitors’ boats.

The tournament was divided into two sections, men and women. “Welcome to Chilis,” the men’s team from Pentland floor 11 won the final game of their tournament. Afterwards, the women of McDonald floor 5, known as “The Swamp,” claimed their title as female battleship champions.

The teams who won the finals earned points for their residential college in the overall SportsFest tally.

The men’s tournament began at 4 p.m and the women’s at 4:15 p.m with games interchanging every fifteen minutes until the finals at 9:45 p.m and 10 p.m., respectively.

SportsFest is a time of competition and celebration, it can be overwhelming for intramural supervisors. They’re overseeing nearly every event this year, which means events are held back to back almost all day long, said intramural supervisor Will Sickle.

Despite the chaotic scenes, for some employees at the wellness center, SportsFest brings a little leisure.

“I think it’s great, it’s so much fun,” said lifeguard Juanfelipe Cabrera, a junior studying finance. “It’s not much responsibility as a lifeguard because not many people want to swim in the pool while SportsFest is going on.”

— William McNeill

Jan. 30: Donuts with Duerk

The first idea was “Pizza with the Provost.”

“But donuts rolls off the tongue,” said University of Miami Provost Jeffrey Duerk at his informal greet-and-eat session with students Wednesday, Jan. 30.

“Donuts With Duerk” attracted several students who chatted briefly with the provost and received a Krispy Kreme cane-colored donut.

During the two-hour session, students entered the Citizens Board Suite in the Shalala Student Center, signed in and stood in line for their personal chat with the provost.

Giselle De La Rua, a sophomore neuroscience major, said she came up with a question to ask Duerk while waiting in line.

“I asked him if it would be possible for academic advisers to be available over the summer,” De La Rua said. “I worked here over the summer, and it was a huge issue with admissions because students who have been admitted come to tour the campus and they want to meet with their advisers but the advisers have very tight schedules, so it is hard to send students to them.”

The provost said he would look into her suggestion.

Duerk, who stood while he talked with each student, said he was impressed by students’ “passion about the University of Miami and how much they love it.” Students, he said, “share a commitment with the staff and faculty to improve the university.”

Duerk said he learned one other important fact about students:

“How much they love donuts.”

– Erica Jones

February preview: Black Awareness Month

The University of Miami’s United Black Students organization is offering a month of events and activities in celebration of Black Awareness Month. The festivities begin Friday, Feb. 1, with a family-reunion themed cookout on the Foote Green.

A long revered summer tradition in African-American communities, family reunions serve up barbecue ribs and other soul food favorites. Reunions typically include a card game of spades, as well as a “Soul Train” line and other popular dances.

While Black Awareness Month has an entertainment element, it mostly serves as a recognition and observance of black achievement.

Observed primarily in the United States since 1926, the celebration was started by African-American historian Carter G. Woodson. He selected the second week of February for the remembrance since that week marked the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation and freed African-Americans held in slavery.

The week also recognized the Feb. 14 birthday of Frederick Douglass, a noted orator who became a prominent leader of the 19th century abolitionist movement.  The week was extended into a month-long observance in 1976, when it also gained the title Black History Month.

At UM, the UBS sponsors activities each year in a celebration they call Black Awareness Month.

“Some of the events that we chose to accomplish this is with our forums, community service and gatherings that show off our interests,” BAM chair Jory Opara said.

The scheduled events include an open mic night with the Speak What You Feel Poetry Club, the “House of Black Culture,” which will celebrate different cultures from throughout the African diaspora. There will also be a Sunday morning church service.

– Glen Howard








Jan. 27-28: Greek Life New Member Symposium

In an effort to explore and dispel stereotypes about sorority and fraternity members, David Stollman, an alumnus of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, told a joke at the recent Greek Life New Member Symposium to illustrate just how poorly society
views college students involved in Greek life.

“How many sorority girls does it take to screw on a light bulb?” Stollman asked.

“One hundred one,” he said. “One girl to screw it on, and 100 girls to wear a T-shirt showing off the event.”

“The joke was not meant to be funny but rather to challenge the University of Miami’s newest sorority and fraternity members to “buy in” to the true meaning of Greek Life,” said Cristina Luna, dean of the Association of Greek Letters Organization.

“There is much value and benefit in joining a Greek letter organization, and we wanted to prepare our youngest members to understand the standards of excellence set by those who joined before us,” Luna said. The alternative, she said, is “to get out now if you were not committed to living out our values.”

Dispelling stereotypes was not the only focus at the three-hour mandatory symposium, which took place Sunday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan. 28, in the Shalala Center. Sponsored by AGLO, the information session reviewed key aspects of Greek
life, including the organizations’ standards, leadership and values. The symposium also emphasized what it means to be a part of the Greek community and taught students the importance of taking pride in their Greek letters.

Freshman Leyla Shapiro, 18, and a new member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, said societal stereotypes about “frat boys” and “sorority girls” is frustrating.

“There is clearly a reason for all these stereotypes, and they keep evolving every year,” said Shapiro, a business major. Shapiro said while stereotypes cannot be abolished, more needs to be done to educate the community about the positive aspects of Greek life.

“Greek Life is more than parties, booze and T-shirts,” Luna said, “This session served as the first commitment to their new journey.”

Ethan Terp, 20, a second-year member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, said he was glad to see that Luna and other members of the administration had come out to support the new members.

“The fact that our Greek administration here on campus hosts this mandatory event shows how proud they are to be UM Greeks and how important it is to maintain a respectable community,” said Terp, a sophomore biomedical engineering major.

Terp said he supports the idea of making the symposium mandatory for new members.

“It is easy to lose sight of the priorities in Greek life, so it is very important that the new members attend this session and learn about what the Greek community truly values,” Terp said.

– Erica Jones 

Jan. 28: UM’s College Democrats and Model UN team hosts documentary screening

The University of Miami’s College Democrats in conjunction with the Model United Nations team will be hosting a documentary screening on criminal justice from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 in the Storer Auditorium.

“Model United Nations is an organization that strives to research, discuss and debate about complex and pressing issues,” said Kinnon McGrath, president of College Democrats and a member of the Model UN team. “I believe that the movie’s message is an important topic that anyone, regardless of political affiliation, should learn about.”

“Life after Life,” a 2018 film directed by Tamara Perkins, follows the lives of three men in their pursuits after serving time in prison. The documentary highlights controversial issues within the criminal justice system and hones in on possible reforms.

“We hope that by the screening the movie, it will bring attention to our criminal justice system’s policies and practices that contribute toward racial inequality,” said McGrath, a sophomore majoring in international studies. “Our goal is to bring an important and frank issue to campus about the holes plaguing our prison system.”

The event is free and open to the UM community.

Andrea Wright, a senior majoring in marine science and geology, said that as a member of the Model UN team, it encourages students to be aware of social and criminal justice issues and become involved.

“I think it will be a very fun and exciting event, and I’m glad that I have the opportunity to attend,” Wright said. “Moving forward, I feel that more organizations should collaborate like this in order to foster new ideas and perspectives.”

– Esther Animalu