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‘Canes Make Landfall: A Guide to the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season

One of the more notorious hallmarks of South Florida, aside from swamps, gators and the “Florida Man,” is hurricane season.The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season came into full swing on June 1...

Alix Earle, TikTok Star and now a UM Scholarship

The name Alix Earle has been floating around campus over the past year as Earle’s beauty and lifestyle TikTok gained popularity. Now, her name has become a permanent fixture of the University of...

Wail of the Whale: Life-size whale sculpture makes a splash on Lakeside Gre...

Students were blown out of the water last week at the sight of a 65-ft inflatable sperm whale on display in the middle of campus, demanding the attention of students and professors alike. The sculpture, constructed out of ripstop nylon and brought to life by a positive-pressure fan, was conceptualized by fine arts professor Dr. Billie Lynn and cultivated with the help of her students.

Israel entangled in political crossfire amid judicial overhaul

Harris urged Jewish students at UM to come together to combat antisemitism and empower each other as Israel looks to fan the flames of a political crossfire.

Whitely Women’s Leadership Symposium turns passion into purpose

This past Friday, students came together for the 10th annual Patricia A. Whitely Women’s Leadership Symposium to celebrate and encourage women to live out their purpose through empowerment, wellness and leadership.

Peru’s deadly protests persist amid a deepening political crisis

Peru’s culture ministry has reopened Machu Picchu to the public after nearly three months of political protests that have made a sudden shift towards the capital. Government officials had closed down the tourist attraction after protesters had damaged local train lines, highways, and access to airports. As a result, almost as many as 400 tourists had to be airlifted from the site and relocated from the landmark. On Dec. 7, 2022, Castillo attempted to install a national curfew and temporarily suspend the Congress of Peru just hours before they would vote on a third impeachment against him. Following his announcement, Castillo was promptly removed from office and replaced by his vice president Dina Boularte.

UM’s Cosford Cinema hosts conversation about Mariel Boatlift

Nearly three decades ago, a group of Cuban refugees from the Mariel boatlift took over a federal prison in Talladega, Alabama. The uprising lasted 11 days. Photos from the riot caught the attention of reporters Andrew Beck Grace and Chip Brantley, who would later feature the event in their NPR podcast White Lies. On Monday, Feb. 27, the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami hosted a conversation with Grace and Brantley, along with several other panelists, highlighting stories from the Mariel Boatlift and the Talladega prison riot that have long remained untold.

UM’s Hanley Democracy Center set to transform civil discourse

In the face of unprecedented political challenges that threaten the integrity of democratic institutions, the University of Miami is establishing a democracy center to promote discourse on imperative topics and foster research opportunities for faculty and students The George P. Hanley Democracy Center, instituted through UM’s fundraising campaign Ever Brighter: The Campaign for Our Next Century, was imagined by entrepreneur and philanthropist George P. Hanley. Hanley, a financier who has demonstrated involvement in many successful financial industries in Miami and beyond, is committed to creating a space that invests in the education and mentorship of young adults.

Music amidst turmoil; Russia-Ukraine invasion reaches one year

One year ago on Feb. 24, President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to “denazify” and “demilitarize” Ukraine. Moments later, Russian forces launched a full-scale invasion on Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. Since then, Russian forces have initiated countless missile attacks across Ukraine’s major cities, devastating the lives and property of millions and driving the population into a humanitarian crisis. An estimated 21,293 civilians have died and more than 5.4 million Ukrainians are internally displaced as a result of the conflict as of January 2023. Property damages have totaled to approximately $138 billion and more than 136,000 civilian buildings have been destroyed.

Death toll continues to rise following Turkey-Syria earthquake

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked northern and western regions of Syria and southern and central parts of Turkey, initiating a humanitarian disaster and compounding political tensions that have existed for decades. In the early morning on Feb. 6, the Middle East was faced with a historical natural disaster. With the epicenter just 40 km west of Gaziantep, a major city in south-central Turkey, the event has caused insurmountable damage and devastated tens of thousands of lives across the two countries.

Sydney Billings

Sydney Billings is a senior majoring in International Studies and Spanish with a minor in Portuguese. She started writing for the news section her junior year and is serving as news co-editor for the 2023-2024 school year. Outside of the newspaper, Sydney works for United Wesley as a communications intern and spends her free time reading, traveling, and being outdoors. A fun fact about Sydney is that she studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro her sophomore year!