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Adviser’s departure angers faculty, students
Academics, News

Adviser’s departure angers faculty, students

On the first floor of the Ferre Building, a nameplate next to room 121 reads “Steve Ralph, Director, Student Services.” But the door is locked, and, after more than 24 years working in the department of international studies (INS) as a beloved student adviser and staff administrator, Steve Ralph is not there. “I never envisioned…

Neuroscience Building houses modern technology
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Neuroscience Building houses modern technology

While some may be thrilled about the University of Miami’s new eateries, students and faculty in the psychology department are more excited about a different addition to campus – a magnet that is 60,000 times stronger than the  Earth’s magnetic field. The magnet is the main component of UM’s new Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)…

Controversial overpass cleared for construction
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Controversial overpass cleared for construction

    After several hurdles, plans for a pedestrian bridge that will allow UM students to cross U.S. 1 well above speeding cars and distracted drivers are finally concrete.   All legal and budget issues have been resolved, and Miami-Dade County is now in the process of finalizing the design before construction commences. The Mediterranean-style…

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Music therapy helped tackle Parkinson’s

Victor Trivett, 88, plays on his blue kazoo. The instrument is used to help regulate the breathing of people with Parkinsons. Trivett was a ballroom dancer and a disk jockey for over thirty years, which ended when he began to manifest the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease over a year and a half ago. Now, his…

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Hospital volunteers hit the right notes

The hallway in the Miami Children’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit was quiet one Saturday afternoon, save for the constant beeping of monitors. Suddenly that changed. Nurses danced, doctors peered out of rooms to see what all the commotion was, and one little boy grinned from ear to ear as he bounced up and down. The…

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Jazz professor challenges, inspires students

Few people can say they created the “first” anything, be it the airplane, a dubstep song or a software program. Larry Lapin, professor and program director of studio music and jazz vocal performance at the University of Miami, can. When Lapin came to UM in 1968 to teach theory-composition, there was no such thing as…

Community, News

STEP hosts week to fight poverty

When 19-year-old Charlie came out to his parents in sixth grade, the reaction was less than positive. Eventually, after the loss of his mother to cancer and several altercations, his father kicked him out of the house, leaving him homeless. “He told me to pack my bags and go,” said Charlie, who preferred only to…

Plans for overpass not yet concrete
Community, News

Plans for overpass not yet concrete

As students cross the intersection of U.S. 1 and Mariposa Court to grab a sandwich from Bagel Emporium or meet friends at T.G.I. Friday’s, they may not realize something is missing — the pedestrian overpass that was promised after UM student Ashley Kelly was struck and killed by an SUV that ran a red light…

Grad students construct eco-friendly tents
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Grad students construct eco-friendly tents

  Second-year graduate student Ruslana Makarenko plans on driving down to Everglades National Park and staying in the eco-tent provided at Flamingo Campground sometime in the near future. If she does, she will be intimately familiar with the wooden platform, fabric canvassing and steps of the shelter — she was one of 11 students from…

Music therapy helps tackle Parkinson’s
Academics, News

Music therapy helps tackle Parkinson’s

Each Wednesday in St. Matthews Episcopal Church, the buzzing timbre of 30 to 40 kazoos fills the room. Hands clap, feet stomp and voices join together for musical exercises and warm-ups. But this is more than a music lesson. This is music therapy led by University of Miami graduate and adjunct faculty member Linda Lathroum,…

Supreme Court justice shares journey, struggles
Campus Life, News

Supreme Court justice shares journey, struggles

        Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, will appear Friday at 6 p.m. at UM’s BankUnited Center for a conversation with President Donna E. Shalala. Presented in conjunction with local bookstore Books & Books, the event is one of a…

Garden raises awareness about sustainability
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Garden raises awareness about sustainability

Take a stroll between the Hecht towers and architecture building 48, and you will come across a garden — appropriately painted green and orange with two raised L-shaped beds that form a U. This CommUnity Garden is the brainchild of a group of architecture and ecosystem science and policy students who dreamed of implementing sustainable,…

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