UM to pay development fees to city

The University of Miami will be forced to start paying impact fees for development on the Coral Gables campus. That’s because the city has now included the university in its program to alleviate traffic issues and increased the cost of providing services due to growth.

After approval from city commissioners next month, the school will start paying to fund road and infrastructure improvements tied to its expansion plan.

The projected cost is as of yet unavailable, but Janey Gavarrete, UM’s associate vice president for Planning, said the process was fair and that UM was satisfied with the amendments.

Airport transportation available

Airport transportation is available to Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport for Thanksgiving and winter break.

The shuttle hours for MIA are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 25 and 26 and from Dec. 15-17. There is a $5 non-refundable fee, which can be paid online at

The shuttles for FLL are leaving the Coral Gables campus three times a day, at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m., on the same dates as the MIA shuttles. There is a $10 non-refundable fee, which can also be paid online.

The shuttles will stop at the University Village, Dickinson Circle, Eaton Residential College and Mahoney/Pearson Residential Colleges.

For questions, call the Department of Parking and Transportation at 305-284-9763.

Borscht Film Festival in Little Havana

The Borscht Film Festival has announced that their fourth annual event will take place Dec. 26-28 at the Tower Theater in Little Havana at 1508 SW 8th Street. The gallery will open at 8 p.m. each night and the films will run from 9-11 p.m., with live music following each night.

The event is always free and open to the public.

The festival is a celebration of Miami’s specific culture and is an annual exhibition of new works by emerging Miami filmmakers.

Roundtable on US policy towards Cuba

The University of Miami’s Center for Latin American Studies will hold a roundtable lunch on U.S. Policy towards Cuba, “Problems and Opportunities for the Incoming Obama Administration,” on Dec. 3.

The lunch and discussion will feature Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, who joined the European Commission in 1992 with foreign postings in Mozambique, Slovakia and Cuba.

The event will be held at the College of Arts and Sciences Wesley Gallery at 1210 Stanford Dr. from 12-2 p.m.

The roundtable discussion will attempt to shed some light on the challenges the new U.S. administration is likely to face when addressing the contentious issue of American policy towards Cuba.

The event is free and open to the UM community. Space is limited; RSVP required at