Taylor Duckett

Motivation leads to fond memories, personal growth
Opinion

Motivation leads to fond memories, personal growth

Four years, sometimes five, is all you get to make that transition from teenager to semi-functional adult. As my time at the University of Miami comes to an end, the word that best describes how I feel is grateful. I’m grateful for everything I’ve experienced these past four years, the good, bad and unusual, because they’ve…

Seek personal goals, not public honor
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Seek personal goals, not public honor

Colleges and universities across the country have established honor societies to recognize outstanding members of their community. The University of Miami is no exception. While the various schools and departments may have their own honor societies, a handful stand out with respect to prestige and visibility. The biggest and, at times, the most mysterious honors…

Majors should be gender neutral
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Majors should be gender neutral

In my business classes, I’m often the only African American woman in the room. Though there are usually equal numbers of male and female students, this ratio is not reflected in the faculty. Out of the 23 business classes that I have taken, only nine of them have been taught by women. The University of Miami…

Expand cultural boundaries with campus events
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Expand cultural boundaries with campus events

Upon entering the University of Miami, students are encouraged to diversify their college experience. Numerous student organizations and events at the University of Miami provide the opportunity for us to do so. Cultural celebrations on campus increase the awareness of diversity within the student body. Such examples include the Lunar New Year, Hispanic Heritage Month…

Setting goals paves way to successful year
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Setting goals paves way to successful year

At the beginning of every year, our timelines become congested with posts declaring “new year, new me.” Many see these posts and roll their eyes or scoff at the poster because he or she says the same thing every year. Every year, millions of people create New Year’s resolutions that they are determined to stick to,…

Open dialogue leads to cultural understanding
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Open dialogue leads to cultural understanding

On UMiami Secrets and Yik Yak, there have been several posts directed at minority and cultural organizations, questioning their purpose on campus. Some of these posts have advocated for the formation of a “United White Students” organization. In the wake of the Ferguson decision, and subsequent protest on campus, there has been an increase in…

Millennials should express style with class
Opinion

Millennials should express style with class

One benefit of coming to college is that people treat you like an adult and allow you to dress yourself. There is no formal dress code, and students are allowed to wear what they please. While a person has the right to express his or her individuality, some people take the lack of a formal…

Two license plates are better than one
Opinion

Two license plates are better than one

Last year, the phrase “Out with the old, in with the U” informed the community that the University would be discontinuing the UM license plates featuring our beloved Sebastian the Ibis. Instead of replacing Sebastian, the new license plates should have lived alongside him. The webpage for the Alumni Association states that, with the new…

Ban Ultra Music Festival for safety
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Ban Ultra Music Festival for safety

Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has been coming to Miami for the past 16 years, attracting thousands of people from all over the world. This year, a security guard was trampled after a group of people stormed the fence. As a result, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and city commissioner Marc Sarnoff have called for an end…

Date auctions devalue participants
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Date auctions devalue participants

It’s like human trafficking, but it happens on our campus. From time to time, student organizations will hold date auctions as a means of fundraising. Until recently, I had never witnessed one. But a few weeks ago, I came across a date auction by chance. In the brief while that I watched, I was embarrassed…

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