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’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair Showcases Special Services Created Just for Students

’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair Showcases Special Services Created Just for Students

By Robert C. Jones
UM News

Resource Fair

Hundreds of students thronged to UM’s Whitten University Center on Wednesday for the first ’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair, where organizations such as UM Police, the Counseling Center, and Pier 21 distributed information on the services they offer.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 29, 2014) – Hayley McPhedran showed up at the University of Miami’s Whitten University Center in search of career information. She quickly found what she was looking for at a table staffed by student ambassadors from UM’s Toppel Career Center, learning about an employment expo that will be held on campus later this semester.

“I’m planning to become a physician assistant, a field where there’s not a lot of shadowing opportunities,” said McPhedran, who graduates from UM in May with a psychology degree. “Perhaps there’ll be an opportunity I’ll learn about at the expo.’’ Continue Reading

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’Canes Care for ’Canes

’Canes Care for ’Canes

From left, sophomore Danielle Landau, Dean of Students Ricardo Hall, freshman Emad Mohammed, and Sebastian the Ibis at the 'Canes Care for ’Canes event.

Danielle Landau and Emad Mohammed had never met each other during their time as University of Miami students. But on Tuesday they came face to face for the first time, standing behind a podium on the University Center Rock with Dean of Students Ricardo Hall, who had summoned the two out of a crowd of students to prove a point.

“Danielle is jogging on the periphery of campus,” Hall said to Mohammed. “She falls, twists her ankle, and is writhing in pain. What do you do, Emad?”

The freshman biology major wasted little time in responding, “I’d help her up.”

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Horses of the Hurricane Boys Racing Stable Honor Hurricanes Past and Present

Shalala, her jockey clad in orange and green silks, powers down the track. Photo Credit: Adam Coglianese.

Shalala, her jockey clad in green and white silks, powers down the track. Photo Credit: Adam Coglianese.

With a swiftness and fortitude characteristic of her namesake, Shalala powered up in the final stretch to clinch a decisive victory at New York’s prestigious Aqueduct racetrack. The April win was a first for the filly, who has been racing for less than a year.

“The tricky thing about naming racehorses,” says Alex Zito, B.B.A. ’04, M.B.A. ’06, “is that if you name one after someone you know personally, you feel bad if the horse doesn’t do well.”

Zito, managing partner of Hurricane Boys Racing Stable, doesn’t know Donna E. Shalala personally, but he had to take a leap of faith when naming one of his horses after the president of his beloved alma mater. All horses fully owned by Hurricane Boys, in fact, have names that honor ’Canes past and present. And every jockey who rides them is clad in orange, green, and white.

With a father who is a legendary horse trainer in New York and Florida, a mother who was an exercise rider and now runs an organization for off-the-track Thoroughbreds, a stepmother who is a Thoroughbred rescue activist, and a stepfather who owns racehorses, Zito knew he’d never stray far from the equine world. In 2006, while still a graduate student at UM, he purchased a mare at auction who later birthed his first racehorse, named Santana Six after former Hurricanes wide receiver Santana Moss, B.L.A. ’01. Now retired, Santana Six won twice at Gulfstream Park and brought in strong earnings.

Santana Six’s younger brother, aptly named Sinorice, has brought in nearly $100,000 in earnings so far, including first-place wins at Gulfstream Park and Saratoga Race Course and second-place wins at Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, and others. Zito and his Hurricane Boys partners—wife Erin Vayo Zito, B.S. ’04, M.B.A. ’07, and father Nick Zito—are anxious to see what their youngest horse, 2-year-old Hurricane Ray, can do. The odds are good, Zito figures, since the horse is named after two generations of football greats—former linebacker Ray Lewis II and Ray Lewis III, who signed with the Hurricanes’ 2013 recruiting class.

Zito juggles his Hurricane Boys duties with a successful career as a market research analyst in the Chicago area. He is also the co-author of a wagering guidebook called Super Screener. His wife, a former Hurricanes cheerleader and Iron Arrow member, is an account director for an advertising agency called Trisect.

“The University of Miami is where I met a lot of my friends and my wife,” Zito says, “and it gives me a lot of opportunities in the business world now.”

Both husband and wife were freshmen in 2001, a football national championship year. From victories celebrated to relationships cultivated through the years, there are many reasons these alumni keep the U in their hearts—and, they hope, in the winner’s circle.


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UM Community Takes A Stand Against Sexual Violence

By Julie L Earl
UM News


Taking a stand: At the University Center last Thursday, a UM student signs a banner in support of efforts to end sexual violence.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 26, 2014) – U Got Consent? Members of the Yellow Rose Society asked the University of Miami community that question last Thursday, as they took a public stand against sexual violence. “It’s something important that everyone should be aware of,” said Guerdiana Thelomar, a member of the student organization dedicated to women’s empowerment. “It’s an issue that’s prevalent throughout universities and is only recently coming to light.” Continue Reading

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Out of the Darkness Walk Sheds Light on Suicide Awareness

Out of the Darkness Walk Sheds Light on Suicide Awareness



University of Miami students and employees from all campuses joined nearly 1,400 “beacons of light” for the Out of the Darkness Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, November 11 on the Coral Gables campus. Walkers joined to remember friends, family members, and colleagues they had lost, and to raise awareness of suicide and strengthen efforts to prevent it.


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