Mike Anderson: Case closed
Michael “Mike” Anthony Anderson, a former UM music and pre-med student, was arrested last January for entering an unlocked dorm room in Pearson and fondling the sleeping victim. He then left with some of her belongings.
Anderson was charged with one count of sexual battery and one count of burglary with assault or battery, both of which are felonies.
The case was closed Dec. 21. Judge Diane Ward sentenced Anderson to five years probation under special conditions. The memorandum of costs was $609.
According to Ricardo Hall, dean of students, Anderson is not currently enrolled at the University of Miami and the question of whether or not he will return remains unknown.
Hall said that Anderson’s case has not yet been heard at UM, meaning that if and when he came back, his consequences would be determined at that point.
After numerous attempts, Anderson’s attorney, Stephen Goldstein, could not be reached for comment.
Alumni Center construction takes out parking, dance studio
UM’s Facilities Design & Construction Department is constructing a new four-story Alumni Center and offices located at 6200 San Amaro Drive, the site of the former dance studio. The construction will result in the loss of 60 parking spaces.
Since the construction fence was erected Dec. 28, some previously existing parking spaces have been unavailable, said David Voorhees of Parking and Transportation Services.
According to Allen Redmon, program manager at Facilities Design & Construction, plans are underway to compensate for the lost spots.
“There is a parking mitigation plan that is in place to take care of the lost spaces,” Redmon said. “We’re working right now to put that plan into effect, and the new spots will be in the immediate area.”
Redmon added that the Alumni Center’s first two floors will be dedicated to alumni affairs, while the upper floors will contain a sister department that will deal with alumni advancement and communication.
The groundbreaking is planned for Jan.24, and the Alumni Center will be open to the public towards the end of 2010.
According to Nicholas DeCarbo, associate dean of administration and professor of music education, dance classes will be held at the Wellness Center until a replacement for the dance studio, which served 1,200 students a year, is arranged.
“They will not be making a new dance studio yet,” said DeCarbo. “The folks at Wellness have been great; they gave us the space and that’s phenomenal. However, it’s not a strong floor, there aren’t mirrors or a bar which makes it difficult. We have looked and will continue to look for places to have classes. We certainly need to find a home for the new dance studio.”
Knight Center for International Media names chairs
Joseph B. Treaster and Richard Beckman were named the chairs of the School of Communication’s Knight Center for International Media Tuesday at a press conference.
Treaster comes to UM from the New York Times and Beckman hails from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit www.knight.miami.edu.
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