New UM trustees appointed

The University of Miami Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of five new members: David L. Epstein, managing partner of Presidential Capital Partners and minority owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team; Dr. Roger J. Medel, President, CEO and co-founder of Pediatrix Medical Group, the nation’s largest provider of maternal-fetal-newborn care; Alex Rodriguez, professional baseball player for the Texas Rangers; H.T. Smith, a personal injury attorney who owns his own practice in Miami; and Steven Sonberg, a senior partner at the Miami law firm of Holland & Knight. The Board is responsible for governing the University of Miami, the largest private research university in the southeastern United States.

Loans for textbooks available

The Department of Multicultural Student Affairs is offering book loans to undergraduate African, Asian, Hispanic and Native-American students. The loans will be offered to assist with the purchase of textbooks only. These loans must be repaid within 60 days of the date in which the loans are issued. In order to qualify for a book loan, a student must meet the following criteria:
– Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or better
– Must be a second-semester freshman, sophomore or junior
– Must submit completed loan request form
– Objective evidence of financial need as indicated by a copy of the student’s FAFSA
– Ability to repay the loan within 60 days
– Good academic standing (not on any University probation)
If you have any questions regarding a book loan, please contact the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs at (305) 284-2855, Building 21-P. ** The funds for the book loan program are provided by private donors to assist the students identified above.
Athletic training major offered

Undecided or undeclared? Looking to change your major? Do you enjoy athletics? Are you interested in the medical field? Then Athletic Training may be the major for you! Learn how to provide healthcare for athletes and enter a profession that offers a variety of opportunities and experiences while enjoying the world of sports. To get more information regarding the Athletics Training Education Program, visit or contact Jenna Doherty at 305-284-3024 or 305-284-4528.
Organization photos ending

Organization photos for the Ibis yearbook will be taken for the last time the week of Jan. 26 – 30 from 6:45 to 11 p.m. in Mahoney/Pearson Room 103. To confirm a date and time for your organization to have its picture taken, please email the Ibis at You can also contact Tiffany at 305-284-6385 to schedule an appointment.

Love acting? Have talent? Then come down to the UC Ballrooms (second floor) from February 3 through 6 in between 5 and 8 p.m. and audition for Quantum Entertainment’s production of West Side Story. Prepare a one-minute, serio-comic monologue and 16 bars from a musical that best shows off your voice. Walk-ins are welcome during any of the hours listed, or reserve an audition appointment by sending an e-mail to or call 305-284-4606. Appointments are six minutes in length. Dance auditions are held at 9 p.m. each night.

Here’s your last chance to take Senior and Underclassmen yearbook photos, from January 26 through 30 in the UC Lounge. Seniors must make their appointment online at, password: ibis. Senior sitting fee is $20.00 and portraits include cap and gown. Don’t miss out on being part of this year’s yearbook. Furthermore, the Ibis is still looking for candidates for “Senior Spotlight”, features on outstanding seniors in the 2004 yearbook. In order to nominate or apply, pass by the Ibis office, UC 229, and pick up a form. Forms are due in the office by February 13.

The Ibis yearbook is in need of writers. The theme of the book this year is school spirit, and they want to include as many voices and reactions as possible in the book. The Ibis covers anything and everything that takes place on campus, and even things off campus, like summer blockbusters, or the World Series. Everyone is encouraged to submit their stories, even if they think it’s not something that would be included. The stories are usually 250 through 300 words, but it is also okay if the articles are more, as that is something that can be worked with. There are plenty of assignments that need to be covered, and stories that are printed in the yearbook are considered published work, so it looks great on resumes! The Ibis yearbook wins awards every year, why not be a part of it? All quotes and stories can be sent to or dropped off at the yearbook office in the UC 229. Include your name, year, and an e-mail address.

Women’s Basketball & Free Tailgate! What more could you ask for? Come support our women as they take on the fighting Irish of Notre Dame January 28 at 7 p.m. Category 5 is hosting a tailgate event for all students in the Hurricane 100 Room at the Convocation Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy free food and drinks and visits from President Shalala and Coach Labati before the game! Mark your planners: January 28 at 6 p.m.!

In response to requests from students and faculty, the Otto G. Richter Library will stay open until 10 p.m. on Saturdays during the Spring Semester. Throughout the semester, use will be analyzed to determine whether Saturday hours need to be expanded on a permanent basis. For information about hours over breaks and at other University of Miami Libraries, please see

University of Miami, College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies is proud to host “Freedom in the Florida Territory: American and Caribbean Connections to the Underground Railroad” from January 29 through 31. FREE for students! This extraordinary conference is devoted to exploring the resistance to enslavement through escape and flight in Florida and the Caribbean. Topics will include various forms of marronage, known in the United States by the term “Underground Railroad.” Register ASAP on-line through or call 305-284-6340 or 305-284-2017.

The University of Miami will sponsor events for the 21st Annual Miami International Film Festival including film industry panels, roundtable discussions, and educational seminars, as well as screening 16 of the acclaimed festival’s 63 films from 34 countries, on its Coral Gables campus. Fanning out across the city, screenings will take place in five locations: Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami, Regal South Beach Cinema 18 on Lincoln Road, Tower Theater in Little Havana, Sunrise Intracoastal Cinema in North Miami Beach, and the Bill Cosford Cinema on UM’s Coral Gables campus. Tickets to films are $7 students, $9 members, $10 seniors, $11 general public, will be available to purchase by phone: 1-877-888-MIFF (6433) or through the Festival website at 21st Annual Event held from January 30 through February 8.

The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies is hosting from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, Dr. Mitchell G. Bard on “Myths and Facts Surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”. This program is sponsored by the Futernick Family Foundation at the Miller Center, 105 Merrick Bldg. We invite you to be our guest for lunch. Please R.S.V.P. by January 30 in order to have lunch ordered for you. If you do not make a reservation, you are still welcome to attend the lecture, but without lunch. To RSVP, send an e-mail to, call 305-284-6882 or send a fax to 305-284-5274.