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The Mark Richt era has begun at the University of Miami and it is looking pretty damn cool.
Well at least this hype video remix from the first day of Spring Practice does:
Posted by Miami Hurricanes Football on Tuesday, March 15, 2016Richt also spoke to reporters after the practice:
Coming off a disappointing 8-5 season which saw the firing of Al Golden, the Canes are looking for some new energy from its new head coach.
Richt indicated in a post practice press conference that he was excited about the opportunity to lead his alma mater on the field and to coach quarterbacks (his old position at the U) again.
The Canes will hold another 14 Spring practices before their Spring Game on April 16th. That game will be free to attend and will be held at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
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By Lily Gu
The Civil War is inarguably full of badasses.
From generals like Ulysses S. Grant to spies and medics like Harriet Tubman and Clara Barton, they’re spread out all over the battlefields, like coffee cups in a college library during Finals Week.
With all these candidates, it’s hard to say any one of them is the bravest or most accomplished.
But this isn’t about any quantifiable accomplishment.
It’s about fancy battle shenanigans that would look awesome if they were adapted into a movie (which they were).
It’s about explosions and bloodshed and battle-lust and glory.
Which brings us to our biggest badass of American history: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
This dude was a college professor from Maine who heard there was a war going on, so he saddled up and volunteered to join the Union army.
Said Union army was only too happy to get him, and made him lieutenant colonel, which is a phrase that usually refers to people who’ve had at least some experience with military strategy, with the exception of our man Joshua.
Luckily, Chamberlain was a fast learner, and after scanning every military work he could get his hands on and going through a steeper-than-Everest learning curve, he was all set to be second-in-command of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
Fast-forward to the Battle of Gettysburg.
While the Union forces were suffering setbacks, Confederate soldiers attacked their left flank.
The 20th Maine happened to be at the far left, next to a small hill called, appropriately, Little Round Top.
They hold position, and after a period of harsh fighting, Chamberlain orders a bayonet charge on the Confederates.
They run down the hill, the entire line swinging nonstop, until finally Chamberlain gets to the guy leading the assault.
He orders the Confederate officer to surrender, and the officer whips out a pistol and shoots him in the face.
And actually misses, but Chamberlain doesn’t even flinch, just puts his sword to the guy’s throat until he gets an official surrender.
They take 101 Confederate soldiers prisoner.
Chamberlain gets a Medal of Honor for this, and goes on to top that at Petersburg.
And that’s saying a lot considering that he probably saved the Union from defeat at Gettysburg and therefore the country from splitting in two.
Unfortunately, there’s no Medal of Superhonor, but if there was, he’d totally have earned it.
If you imagine a storm with bullets instead of raindrops, that might look something like Petersburg – Chamberlain’s directing the action, the bullets are flying, and all of a sudden a Confederate bullet tears through his side, crushing his hipbones and ripping into his bladder and urethra.
So Chamberlain’s suffered what’s basically a mortal wound, by the standards back then (and also, probably, by our standards, just from the sheer pain factor).
Surprisingly, his first thought isn’t “oh, jeez, I’m gonna die,” but, rather, “dying right now would be bad for morale, so I’m just gonna walk it off.”
Which he does.
He uses his saber as a crutch to stay upright, while blood is POURING from his vitals, and continues to direct the assault.
He holds himself up by spit and stamina until he can’t anymore, and he collapses, and when the surgeons get to the field he yells at them to go and save his men instead.
Now that’s badassery.
But, of course, the surgeons don’t take orders from commanding officers, so they go ahead and treat his wounds anyway.
He survives, continues to survive for a bunch of other battles, literally getting his horse shot out from under him a few times, and goes on to preside over the surrender at Appomattox.
Proving that he’s a gallant winner as well as a badass, he orders his men to stand at attention and carry arms in a show of respect for their defeated countrymen.
A general would later call him “one of the knightliest soldiers of the Federal Army.”
Now here’s the part where it gets gross.
The Wikipedia article states that he suffered from complications due to his wounds in the Battle of Petersburg, but that doesn’t even begin to describe how much it just. Sucked.
To get shot in the Civil War era and have to live with a hole in your bladder burning like the fires of hell for decades.
He had to wear a Civil War era catheter, which was like a modern-day catheter except ten times worse.
Because sanitation at the time was not exactly the greatest, his wounds got infected, and left him in what he described as “unspeakable agony” for almost fifty years.
Still, he kept going, running for governor of Maine and getting elected with the support of the Republican Party – this was back when the Republicans were the guys up north – giving speeches at soldiers’ reunions, and even helping to found the Maine Institution for the Blind.
His later years lacked the glory and excitement of his battlefield, but were at least as commendable, if not more so.
At 85, in 1914, he died as he lived – a major badass.
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By Leslie Ovalle
In 1977, after one year in prison for discussing his political beliefs, Jean-Claude Exulien—a secondary school history professor—decided to flee his home in Haiti.
Exulien said that there are times in history when a government cannot be criticized, but he is also quick to remind that as an intellectual and educator, it is impossible to suppress critical discussions.
Exulien fled Haiti during the rule of the dictator “Baby Doc”, or Jean-Claude Duvalier, seeking his own and his family’s safety. He said that if it hadn’t been for Haiti’s suppressive regime many Haitians, including himself, would not have fled the land they feel such patriotism for.
His office in North Miami, decorated with Haitian flags and cultural photographs, is evidence to his love of country.
“I’m a big witness, I would say, of what happened in Haiti during the dictatorship of Francois Duvalier and Jean-Claude Duvalier,” said Exulien, “Haitian intellectuals were obliged to leave the country to save their lives.”
Many Haitians fleeing the regime of the time decided to migrate to Montreal, Canada. This is something that crossed Exulien’s mind, but a summer school teaching opportunity and family here in South Florida is what pushed him to make this city his new home.
“Some friend told me one time ‘it’s not difficult for you, because you used to teach at a higher level.’ I said ‘no it’s not a problem because I love these people, they are my people’. Until today that is my job, to teach them how to write in French, Creole, and English,” explains Exulien.
Knowing Creole, French, English, and Spanish, Exulien embodies the importance of knowing multiple languages in a place as diverse as South Florida.
On his office desk lays an ocean of newspapers—which he refers to as his tools—and in this ocean you can find all four languages. He jokes, although in a serious manner, saying that nowadays if you speak only one language you are handicap.
“Sometimes there are news in El Nuevo Herald or Las Americas and you cannot find the same news in The Herald, for example, so we have to read more than one newspaper and in more than one language,” he said.On the side of his office cabinet hangs a quote by John Dewey, the liberal philosopher that reads, in all caps: “education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”
Exulien takes education beyond the classroom, besides teaching literacy, history, and anthropology he has a radio show on 1700 AM Radio Mega every Saturday at 11am.
“This is a class, it’s not a radio show,” Exulien said.
His radio segment is 90% Creole and 10% English; where he discusses current events, ideas, and history with his listeners.
A very proud man of his country’s history, he is one of the founders of the Haitian American Historical Society—a non-profit organization seeking the recognition and accuracy of historical events pertaining to Haitians and those of Haitian descent.
In 2007, the organization erected a monument of Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue in Savannah, Gerogia. Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue was a group of Haitian free men who volunteered to fight in The Siege of Savannah on October 9th, 1779 against the British.
“Haitian people died there, in Franklin Square, for the independence of the United States,” said Exulien.
The organization is now working on erecting yet another monument, in St. Augustine, Florida, commemorating General Georges Biassou—a Haitian forefather who fought with Spanish royalists.
Exulien is also the president of the organization Haitian League for Human Rights, INC.
“We created this organization one year ago, because of the situation of [our Haitian] brothers and sisters in Santo Domingo,” said Exulien.
This article was originally published on Rise Miami News.
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