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The Rat's Farewell Tour

Get the most out of the last semester

By: Dan Buyanovsky // InSight Editor

Issue date: 7/8/08 Section: Insight
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Students inside the Rathskaller during the lunch hour. The University plans to demolish the popular eating establishment in order to make room for the new expansion of the Univeristy center.
Media Credit: Matt Wallach
Students inside the Rathskaller during the lunch hour. The University plans to demolish the popular eating establishment in order to make room for the new expansion of the Univeristy center.


The University of Miami is all about traditions. Keeping up with the old school feel of UM while creating the new is essential to being a new Cane, and going to the quarter-century old Rathskeller during its final semester is certainly a must.

The Rathskeller, simply called the "Rat" by students and professors alike, has been a hub for good food and fun times for the last twenty-five years. Its location in the middle of campus makes it a hangout spot whether you got out of classes on a Friday afternoon and want to split a pitcher, or you just need to play some pool with buddies in between the library and the gym. Also, the Rat provides nightlife for students who are just not in the mood to go off-campus, such as their comedy shows, spoken word events, weekend tailgates and special concert events.

As a freshman at the University of Miami, I realized that several times I was very late in realizing the importance of several places on campus. For example, the roof of the physics building, the hammocks behind the library and the Rat. Though the first two places provided me with some great refuge from college life, the Rat gave me a place to go and things to do.

I always wrote poetry throughout high school, and I knew I'd enjoy the spoken word events, and thus I performed in all but one spoken word event all year. As someone who loved to laugh and thought good music was a great introduction to a comedy show, I found a place as a DJ for the Rat's Belly Bust comedy shows.

So, remember that the Rat is a place where all are welcomed, interests can always be pursued and most importantly, you can always have a great time. Now more than ever, students should celebrate the Rat in its last semester at its current location (it will be closed starting the Spring '09 semester for construction) and enjoy the assortment of festivities lined up. Just don't get one too many pitchers when you still have a Friday of classes ahead of you. You may just be e-mailing your teachers the next day because you were "accidentally" absent.

Dan Buyanovsky may be contacted at d.buyanovsky@umiami.edu.
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