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October 2013

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The FIJI Fire: Sorting through the ashes

Meet ASG’s Dynamic Duo: Q&A with Antonia Ellis:

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Sex and the City Producer turned Professor

UPTOWN’S NEW BUSINESSES:

LASHES, LINGERIE AND LATE NIGHT SWEETS

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4 10 20 28 38 scene 4 Winter Term Offerings 6 FIJI on Fire 9 Transportation Changes features 10 New Businesses Uptown 13 Branding Yourself 14 Miami BOLD 16 Editors’ Worst Fall arts & entertainment 18 Producer turned Professor 20 Halloween Costumes 22 Sweater Song Soundtrack 25 In vs. Out

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the miami quarterly October 2013

October 1


Dear Readers,

Editor-in-Chief Abigail Walters

As MQ’s new editor-in-chief, the first thing I must admit to you is that I, Abigail Walters, have never finished an episode of AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” When 10.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the series finale earlier this fall, I sat in an empty apartment watching my Twitter feed fill with tweets I couldn’t understand. Walter White, Heisenberg – those names meant nothing to me. Somehow I had missed the memo that “Breaking Bad,” was, as many have called it, “The Best Show Ever.” I was out of the loop, and it felt surprisingly lonely.

Business Manager Brooke Widerschein

Art Director Alexandra Bishoff

Managing Editors Shannon Pesek Amanda Schumaker

Section Editors Megan Conley Ali Czarnecki Thea Dellas Drew Doggett Katie Mark

Photo Editor Samantha Kermode

Writers Maranda Bailo Jane Blazer Justine Daley Carrie Ellington Nicole George Hailey Gilman Erica Griffith Katie Harris Meredith Hughes Megan McTighe Jordan Rinard Carsyn Rodriguez Megan Walsh

Photographers Jeffrey Salomon Rianne VanDervoort

Faculty Advisor Patricia Gallagher Newberry

I never want you to feel this way, and that’s part of the reason MQ’s staff has worked so hard to bring you this issue. We want to keep our readers up to date on all of the latest happenings at Miami, in Oxford and beyond. We hope the stories we included will help you enter conversations about what’s happening on campus, and keep you connected with the other Miamians around you. Or at least help you find a topic that can break the ice in an awkward class partnership or dreaded group meeting. Never heard of Hush, the new lingerie boutique opening Uptown? Flip to page 11, to learn about owner, Annie Martinez’s, vision for the store, and her plans to join forces with Blink, another new store Uptown, for a promotional event. And nothing goes better with lingerie than late night cookies. You can find Baked Sweets’ hours and delivery number on page 12. Feel free to save that information in your phone, because you never know when that sweet craving will hit. A rapidly approaching Winter Term also brings new programs and courses for you to learn about. This issue spotlights four of the most innovative offerings on pages 4 and 5, so that you are fully aware of the students traversing the globe and writing their first novel as you click “Watch next episode,” on Netflix for most of break. Don’t worry, they’re probably secretly jealous of your TV series binge. And you can’t forget to stay up-to-date on the latest fitness trends. Miami’s recreation center is offering two new group fitness classes this semester: Indorow and Shockwave. Check out one writer’s experience on both on pages 30 and 31 so that you know what to expect when you go to work off those cookies. So even if you’re swamped with midterm studying, I urge you to take a break from your textbook to page through this MQ. Read these stories to stay connected with the 15,000 other students who call this school home. If nothing else, read them so you can properly understand your Twitter feed. Happy reading! Abigail Walters Editor-in-Chief

Miami Quarterly is a student-run magazine at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Our mission is to entertain while being informative. MQ is released twice per semester. It can be picked up at various locations on campus and Uptown. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the magazine or are interested in becoming a staff member, please contact us at MQMagazine@gmail.com

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l a v o r p p a X I R T A M high culture

Alex Rodriguez

Drake’s new album because… Nothing Was the Same MapleStreet Station

The government shutdown. Get it together Congress.

iOS 7 update

iOS 7 Battery Life

Kanye West’s ALL CAPS Twitter rant at Jimmy Kimmel

I’M SCHMACKED TOUR

10 minute breaks between classes

Miami’s rendition of Broadway’s RENT

Endless Buzzfeed lists

“Breaking Bad” season finale

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Fifty Shades of Grey casting

The Odyssey’s return to campus Hole in the Wall @MU_Banana

Miley Cyrus and twerking

Suave, fit KIA hamsters Princess Theatre renovation plans Wacky Wednesdays at Will’s -- it’s Beat the Clock, but with pizza

low culture

*MQ’s Approval Matrix is based on the decisions of its editorial board members and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of its full staff.

October 3


SEIZE

THE WINTER BY CARRIE ELLINGTON PHOTO COURTESY OF LEE LUX

Miami students have seen many changes this year, and one of the biggest is yet to come. Starting in January the university will implement the new winter term. While there are countless options for this new semester, Miami is offering classes and study abroad trips for people of all majors. Check out these four exciting offerings that Miami has for you to explore and learn.

LETTERS FROM LUXEMBOURG If you dream of studying at Miami’s Luxembourg campus but can’t imagine staying for a whole semester, there is a special four-week course for you. Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis, professor of linguistics, and Jacqueline Johnson, archivist for the Western College Memorial

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Archives, are offering a unique class focusing on women’s writings from various colleges. According to Johnson, the course entitled “A Way with Words” will focus on journals and diaries from the Western College Memorial Archives. “The students will craft their own diaries and journals for use in the classroom and be challenged to produce thoughtful journals that give an accurate account of their lives,” Johnson says. “Kind of like keepsake journals.” Etter-Lewis says it is a good way of looking at both the past and the present.

“We will look at blogging, letters, diaries and oral histories. It is a good way to blend both the past with the present in a really interesting way,” Etter-Lewis says. The course takes place over the four weeks of winter term, with one week in London and three weeks in Differendege, Luxembourg. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with afternoons reserved for one-on-one instruction, programs and local exploration. The trip is open to all majors and counts as credit for a Miami Global Perspectives or as a student’s thematic sequence. There are no prerequisites for the class. The trip will also include side trips into cities and towns so students can


scene two Miami Plan classes at once.” The course will give credit for both Spanish 202 and Geology 111, led by both Motta and Brian Currie of the Geology department. The class will visit three different areas of Argentina, studying both the geology and the culture of the Spanish-speaking nation. The class does require students to have completed Spanish 201 or to have tested into 202. “We’re hoping that the class will work in a way where we might be visiting a geological structure and working on Brian’s field, and then on the way home run into some market or festival that will kick in the Spanish aspect of the trip,” Motta says. Students will visit San Juan, Mendoza and Córdoba, staying with different host families in each city. Each class will meet for about two hours each day, with the rest of the time devoted to exploring and various other activities. Students will have the chance to explore the great Andes Mountains, the beautiful, tiny towns and participate in everyday Argentinian life. We just want students to immerse themselves in and out of the classroom, guided or not,” Motta says.

robots in the Cold Engineering students often have a hard time finding time to study abroad, but Peter Jamison, a professor in the engineering department, hopes to change that with his Robot Design winter term course in Canada.

John E. Dolibois Château in Luxembourg as it appears in winter.

experience all that the regions have to offer. “I think it’s an exciting way to get hands-on experience,” Etter-Lewis says. “We will be doing everything from blogging to the quill in hand of old.”

GEOLOgy witH a Latin Flair It’s not often that two courses from two completely different fields will join forces, but that’s exactly what David Motta, a professor in the Spanish department, is hoping makes the Spanish and geology trip to Argentina a success. “Really more courses should try and combine like this because it gives the experience that much more,” Motta says. Plus it takes care of

“One of the problems engineering students face is that so many of them do summer internships that it can be hard for them to study abroad which is why I created the class,” says Jamison. Jamison will lead the class as they travel throughout Canadian cities including Quebec, Ontario, Toronto and Montreal, to look at the engineering culture and note the difficulties that colder weather presents when building. “One thing that people don’t necessarily consider is how building things in the cold can affect how you build,” says Jamison. Students will build robots as a way to experience the difficulties that the cold will bring. This program also gives students the opportunity to share ideas with students from different universities.

“Students will get to meet and exchange ideas with students from schools in that area, and also see the difference with the British influence on engineering,” Jamison says. The trip requires the completion of EAS 101, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a disciplinary history review. Any major within the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences are welcome to apply for the program. This workshop will satisfy six credits for ECE majors and a Miami Plan Foundation III requirement.

A Novel Experience For those who wish to stay in Oxford, Miami is offering a unique course for writers ran by Eric Goodman, professor in the English department. Two different courses will be offered at this time: Intensive Novel Writing and Intensive Screenwriting. Students can choose to do three credits over two and a half weeks or take both classes and earn six credits over three weeks. Classes will meet for two hours, six days a week on campus. “It’s really a golden opportunity for writers to just sit and write,” Goodman says. “Miami doesn’t offer this kind of class during the regular semester too so it’s a chance to really just dive into something you love and really focus in on it.” While classes may only meet for two hours each day, students are expected to spend the other time outside class writing, and have a substantial amount written by the end of the first week. Goodman ran a trial program back in January of this year for 11 days, and says that the result was a great program. “We want to really start focusing in [by the end of the first week], giving feedback and critique early so that students have a chance to really shape their writing,” Goodman says. The conference will also feature a writing festival featuring noted Miami graduates like best-selling young adult novelist Margaret Peterson Haddix, novelist Christopher Coake, winner of the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for the best first book of fiction, and playwright and screenwriter Rajiv Joseph, who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2010 — all of whom graduated with a degree in creative writing from Miami. “It’s really exciting to have a class like this and be surrounded by like minds who really just motivate you to write,” Goodman says.

October 5


Fiji on Fire BY MEGAN WALSH PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA KERMODE

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WHAT HAPPENED?

says. “But there was so much burning in that back room that there was no way they were going to stop it.”

Ethan Kaplan, president of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), ran into the almost 200-year-old fraternity house on the night of May 24 to make sure that all of his fraternity brothers made it out safely.

With the assistance of several departments from surrounding areas OFD worked to contain and control the scene until dawn.

He ran into the burning building because he had to make sure.

“There was a group of us that went out that night,” Kaplan says. “We were just a couple of blocks away and we could see the black smoke coming up over the trees.” Oblivious to anything else, Kaplan rushed up the steps and through the front door but could not get more than a few steps in before hitting a black wall of smoke.

“When I saw we weren’t making any headway on it, I called all the guys out,” Detherage says. “We took a defensive stance and made sure it didn’t damage anything else or injure anyone… the building is not worth getting hurt over.” With the fire as intense as it was coupled with the rate that it spread, this fire could have ended like the 2006 fire on North Main Street, Varley says.

“By the time our officers got there, there was fire coming out of the windows and it was engulfed,” Sergeant Jon Varley said. “It spread very quickly.”

According to a Miami University press release, a fire in the early hours of April 10 took the lives of three Miami University students at a student residence just north of Uptown. The press release later identified the cause of the fire as accidental and attributed its start to smoking materials igniting the combustible components in a couch.

The only two people who were in the house when the fire began safely escaped before emergency services arrived.

OFD responded to that fatal fire within one minute, but much like the FIJI house, it was already engulfed when they arrived.

Five fire fighters from the Oxford Fire Department immediately began the initial fire attack after arriving on scene. But according to Fire Chief John Detherage, their efforts were futile.

“A lot of these houses [Uptown] are old and if they do catch a fire, they’re going to go quick,” Varley says.

First responders, members of the Oxford Police Department, also failed to enter the house.

“They were able to slow it down,” Detherage

Kaplan was very aware of what could have happened with the FIJI house.

The FIJI house stands vacant and burnt at the corner of High and Campus.

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scene

On Memorial Day Weekend, there were 14 brothers settled in for the summer. “If it had happened on a Tuesday, guys are going to bed earlier because they have jobs and classes the next day,” Ethan says. “Even one night before, we could be having a very different conversation right now.” Another similarity with the 2006 tragedy is the reason why the fire spread so quickly. “Part of the reason why it moved so fast was because of all the items being stored in the first floor room,” Detherage says. “Mattresses, couches and clothes that were there for the summer.” Kaplan says that almost all of the bedrooms were completely destroyed. Only a few of the brothers had salvagable items. “I can’t put a price tag on how much we lost,” Kaplan says. “A lot of that stuff is invaluable.”

WHAT’S GOING ON NOW?

The cause of the FIJI fire is still unkown, and the investigation is ongoing. However, there is speculation. “Fireworks may have had a role in this fire and it may have been a prank gone bad,” Varley says. “Sometimes people take things too far and you’ve got to think of what can happen.” The monetary reward for any information pertaining to the investigation began at $5,000 but it was recently doubled. “The reward has been increased in hopes that students returning to Oxford for school are motivated to come forward,” Detherage says.

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Varley hopes that someone who has known something, or realizes now that they know something, will come forward. Both Detherage and Varley admitted that a few tips have been called in and that the information is being evaluated seriously.

fraternity for current FIJIs to live in the empty East Sycamore house.

Once the severity of the fire settled in and initial investigations began, the case was turned over to the State Fire Marshall’s Office. They brought the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) with them to investigate.

Kaplan expects his brothers to respond in a positive way from this loss.

“With the fire being such a large dollar loss, we have to report that to the Fire Marshall’s Office,” Detherage says. “[OFD] just doesn’t have the resources to investigate a fire like that.” For three to four days following the incident, officials from ATF brought a truck down from Toledo to assess and investigate the scene. After collecting all the evidence needed, the property was turned back over to the owner.

MOVING FORWARD

“Our initial reaction was how to respond to this but also move on and operate as an organization,” Andrew Bell, treasurer of FIJI, says. The historical front wall of the house will hopefully be able to stay but the whole rest of the house will have to be rebuilt. FIJI had plans in the works for re-modeling the house that were never approved. As a result of that initiative, the fratnerity already has floor plans drawn up that they will use to rebuild the new house. They are asking alumni for donations to cover the costs that the insurance company cannot provide. Until then, Miami FIJI housing alumni have worked out a rental agreement with Sigma Chi

“That went smoothly and we moved in before classes started,” Kaplan says. “It’s allowed us to keep moving forward despite what’s happened.”

“A fire is a devastating thing and it takes losing everything to realize what’s really important,” Kaplan says. “If we prided ourselves on brotherhood before, we’re an even closer family now because of it.” Now they can act as advocates for fire safety, and intend to do that if needed. Bell says to take the fire alarms [in the residence halls] seriously because you never know when a fire could happen. “This is going to be a wake-up call for everyone,” Kaplan says. “It can happen to anybody.”

Fire safety tips from Chief Detherage and Sergeant Varley:

• Make sure fire safety equipment is always functional • Do not cover fire sprinklers with clothes or posters. • Do not remove batteries from smoke detectors • Every residence should have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers • Do not prop open fire doors that are supposed to close on themselves because these prevent spread of fire and smoke in a fire • Stay out of any burned down buildings because it is not secure and serious injury can occur


Don’t let the cute little green trollies deceive you. While the aesthetics might be spot on, there are some definite flaws with the new system. Between the hard-to-find schedule and limited pick-up times, are the benefits worth the change? Although the new bus system may be an adjustment for students, Lieutenant Benjamin Spilman of the Miami Police explains the rationale behind the switch. The previous bus system, First Transit, is based in Cincinnati and had provided transport for students on campus since 2006. “The change is driven by our efforts towards our sustainability commitments and goals,” Spilman says. Spilman explains how the new busing system not only encourages students to use public transportation on campus, but also connects Butler County. Now residents have a single public transporation system that did not exist prior to the change. “The bus system is more efficient and has expanded transportation within the County,” Spilman says. As a commuter student from Hamilton, junior Caty Lamb relies heavily on the bus system. “For the most part, I like the bus because it’s convenient and I save gas money,” Lamb says. The buses and drivers from the previous bus system have found new jobs as well. Each First Transit driver was offered to work for the new Butler County bus system, which proved helpful because they were already comfortable with the area and routes. First Transit has redistributed the red and white Miami buses that students were used to seeing.

Missing the Miami Metro BY KATIE HARRIS PHOTO BY JEFFREY SALOMON

frustrating issue. For Lamb, missing one bus means the difference between getting home at 8:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. “I don’t like the hours they cut out, [since] it mostly only runs every other hour,” Lamb says. “It’s hard for me when I have to get home so late and then leave early the next morning. I also think the school charges us way too much for the buses.” Buses are not the only cause for transportation stress among students this school year. The students who drive on campus are noticing a lack of parking spaces this semester. According to Spilman, many parking lots on campus have been sacrificed for bigger construction projects, and have not been replaced due to cost. Students may have also noticed that there are new parking meters in different locations on campus, such as at the Shriver Student Center. Spilman says that like the new bus system, these too are designed to help make parking easier for students.

junior to get a parking pass.” Spilman says the reasoning for the current parking pass structure is to make parking less confusing. “It is easier for off-campus students to park [at Shriver],” Spilman says. “People got confused thinking it was one or the other. Now you just have to pay the meter and students who live off-campus can park easily at the student center.” The lack of new parking space and availability to parking passes also encourages students to drive less and walk more. Less traffic will hopefully lead to fewer accidents on campus, particularly between vehicles and pedestrians. But are all of these changes worth it? As the cold weather rolls in, be sure to know the bus schedule because if you are stranded, shivering on the sidewalk, efforts toward sustainability and safety will do nothing to keep you warm.

“Students used to be required to have an on-campus parking pass and pay the meter, and they’d often assume that they only had to use one to park on campus,” Spilman says.

However, the system might not be efficient enough for students to rely on as their sole transportation to and from campus.

On campus, students seem to disagree. Sophomore Sydney Crawford, who keeps her car on campus, finds the new parking system to be too expensive.

On campus, students complain about limited pick-up times for the new buses on campus. From a commuter’s standpoint, this can be a

“It costs a lot of money to be able to park in only two available parking lots that are near campus,” Crawford says. “Also, you have to be a

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Lashes, Lingerie, and Late Night Sweets

features

Profiling Uptown’s New Businesses

BY ERICA GRIFFITH PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA KERMODE In addition to unseasonable warmth, fall brought three new businesses to Uptown. Miami students are now able to try eyelash extensions, be fitted for lingerie and have cookies delivered to their doors until 3 a.m. on the weekends. With many businesses coming and going, Blink, Hush and Baked Sweets have agreed to share their new business strategies with Miami students.

BlINK

It’s not every day an eyelash boutique opens up next to a Mexican restaurant. Amy Young, former Talawanda English teacher, brought this idea to Oxford. “[Six years ago] I talked to a girlfriend in California and she had sent me a picture of herself all dressed up. As she was telling me about her dress, I could not stop looking at her eyelashes,” Young says. Her friend continued to explain this West Coast craze and raved about how much she loved it. Inspired by this trend and wanting an outlet outside of teaching, Young began training for four years in apprenticeships. Through this experience, she won a second place national award for eyelash extensions. She was also featured in Modern Salon Magazine and Beauty Launchpad Magazine because of her high quality technique. The chandelier-strewn ceilings and modern chic feel provide an atmosphere akin to that of an upscale urban boutique. For waiting clients, she offers complimentary mimosas, coffee or sparkling water. Inspired by thriving boutiques in large urban areas such as Cincinnati or even Los Angeles, Young decided Oxford needed something with this kind of feel. Young moved Blink Uptown from Trenton, Ohio after a client suggested an Oxford loca-

tion. Since the move, business has continued to grow. Currently, Young has 600 clients. Her clientele includes a playboy model, a country music star and a Vegas showgirl. “They come back because of the quality, service and experience,” Young says. “That’s what anyone would get here; whether they’re a college student, community member, stay-at-home mom, a celebrity, whatever.” Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director, agrees with Young that quality service is one of the keys to success in business. “In general, a business needs three things: a product that people want, it has to provide you confident friendly service and to a degree has to be in the right location,” Kyger says. Kyger also weighed in on the difficulties of opening a business Uptown. Finding a location and having the financial backing to run a startup is especially difficult in Oxford. “We are a resort town in reverse,” Kyger says. Business owners need to be able to pay rent for 12 months on 8 months’ worth of income. Many companies have found that business can be difficult to maintain in Oxford. According to Kyger, since August 2012, 10 businesses have either closed or been sold in the Uptown zoning district. Young’s situation is unique because she doesn’t have to worry about acquiring a client base, since most commute from as far as Nashville or Indianapolis. Since the store opened Sept. 7 she hasn’t marketed her product to Miami students. Young took time to explain the mysterious process of eyelash extensions. The process takes 150-300 individual hairs and places them one

The interior of Blink features a wall of mirrors and an array of cosmetics.

millimeter away from the skin on the eyelid. This makes it possible for the extension to mimic how the eyelash grows. The procedure can adjust length, thickness and curl of lashes. Young claims 99 percent of her clients never wear mascara again. “The eyes are so important. What I feel like I do is decorate that so that people can feel confident, so that people feel good, so that people really like the way that they see themselves and that others see them,” Young says, drawing attention to her own eyelash extensions. Currently, Young is the only one doing lashes but she has three girls in apprenticeship. In addition to lash extensions, Blink offers high-end cosmetics, spray tanning, teeth whitening and massage therapy. Young hopes to have educational sessions with groups on campus about the waning popularity and dangers of UV tanning. Young also explains how her process uses an organic sugar base leaving skin golden rather than orange. She also hopes to provide mobile tanning sessions sincher spray tans are hand sprayed. “Even though I have a great business, not being a chain you just have to do things a little bit differently,” Young says, reflecting on the difficulties of opening a business. “Especially in Uptown Oxford.”

HUSH Opening in October, Annie Martinez is eager to unveil her new lingerie shop right around the corner from Blink. Plywood and fresh paint are the only garnish of the interior but give the promise of more

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features chandeliers and an elegant environment. Currently working in media sales, this is Martinez’s first time starting a new business. Though establishing Hush was a time consuming experience, Martinez gratefully pulled on the helpful resources of Kyger and the Small Business Administration in Hamilton. Her idea came from a midnight Friday drive through Uptown last year. “The sidewalks were covered with beautiful girls in beautiful outfits,” Martinez observed. So she asked herself, “There are all these boutiques here. What’s missing here that girls like?”

unique night of shopping for women in Oxford. Though Young is already swimming in clients, both anticipate student events to include birthday parties, bachelorette parties, sorority functions and other group events.

BAKED SWEETS Though he doesn’t specialize in any type of women’s apparel, Justin Elgie still has something to offer Miami students: baking and delivering cookies.

Knowing that one of her clients owned a lingerie shop, she decided to craft the idea into a reality.

In May, Elgie sat down with Jen Ward and Justin Craney and they decided to open Baked Sweets, currently located inside Quiznos. Self-proclaimed quick learners, their concept is very delivery-based and they recognize Insomnia Cookies as their main competitor.

Following a similar outline from Kyger’s successful business plan, Martinez plans to carry youth relevant lingerie lines, but thinks location will be one of her best selling points.

“Competition is good for us and it’s good for [Insomnia] too. We’re looking forward to it,” Elgie regards on the recent opening of Insomnia Cookies.

“The key to differentiating myself is simply by location,” Martinez says.

Though the set-up isn’t flashy, Baked Sweets never stops making cookies. It also helps that Elgie is the owner of Quiznos, a factor that gives him greater confidence.

As an Oxford resident, Martinez looked around Cincinnati and the Oxford area for other lingerie shops that may present competition. After determining Oxford didn’t provide any service like this, Martinez gained more confidence. As the days pass and she continues piecing together her storefront, she anticipates meeting people who are curious about her store. Martinez and Young are in talks of cross promoting for events to market themselves. With their combined products they hope to create a

Hours & Info: BLINK

http://www.nomascara.com/ Hours: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday 11a.m.-5 p.m.

HUSH

http://www.hushoxford.com/ Facebook page: Hush Intimate Apparel Hours: TBA, contact Annie Martinez for info

BAKED SWEETS

http://www.bakedsweets.com/ Hours: Thursday - Saturday 11a.m.-3a.m. Sunday - Wednesday 11a.m.-11p.m.

“It’s like changing a tire,” Elgie says. “Once you’ve done it the first time it’s much easier the second time.” The only struggle Baked Sweet has faced so far is making cookies faster. “This might just be the year of the cookie,” Kyger jokes.

Hush’s display window remains covered until its opening.

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Who Are YOU? BY MARANDA BAILO & ABIGAIL WALTERS

A Guide to Personal Branding

Ben Swofford, Dr. Friedman’s former student, created this visual identity during his personal branding process.

What are you passionate about?” is a clear, straightforward question. Yet when asked, some may find it difficult to answer. A person’s passion often defines what they love to do, and better yet, helps define their identity. Once you understand your passions and your identity, you can use them to develop your personal brand.

“You must relate your past into your present, and evaluate your skills and values,” she says. Begin your personal branding journey with a free writing exercise. Take ten minutes to jot down the traits and characteristics you feel define you. Also consider past experiences, and record what you learned from them.

A personal brand is a verbal and visual identity designed to help communicate your personality and strengths to employers and differentiate you from other candidates. Think of it as a quick summary of who you are and what makes you valuable. Developing a personal brand can help you stand out to employers and gain a better understanding of what you bring to the table.

2) Choose three words that best capture your personality and communicate your strengths to potential employers.

Begin your personal branding journey with these four steps!

1) Reflect on what makes you, you. According to Dr. Jim Friedman, Clinical Professor of Creativity, before you begin to develop a personal brand, you must discover who you are. Friedman believes that personal branding requires soul searching and introspection. “Your brand is who you truly are and how you show up in everything that you do,” Friedman says. “Theoretically, the way you do anything is the way you do everything. If you can figure out what that is, then you can live your brand.” Dr. Mary Beth Barnes, Assistant Director of Career Services, also urges students to look inward and draw on past experiences when developing their brand.

Look back at your work from the writing exercise, and choose three words that best summarize your strengths. These words will work as your personal slogan. Combine these three words in different orders until you find an arrangement that clicks and sounds good to the ear. For example, an aspiring teacher might try, “ Positive. Enthusiastic. Patient.” But later revise to, “Positive. Patient. Enthusiastic.” A thesaurus may prove helpful to find synonyms for words that do not work well together. Think of your personal slogan as the qualities and traits you wish to emanate to employers.

3) Design a logo that complements your personal slogan and conveys something about your personality. A logo is a visual identity that communicates your brand through graphics and imagery. Successful logos call a business or person to mind without any accompanying words. For example, it’s second nature to see the red Miami “M” and think Miami University. Your logo should complement your chosen slogan, and work

with it to help communicate your personality and strengths. Read your personal slogan aloud, and consider what comes to mind as you hear each word. Try to capture the essence of your slogan in an image. Take a look at some of the personal branding examples in this spread for ideas and inspiration. If you have a design savvy friend, you can ask them to help design your logo in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop. If not, consider using a photograph like the examples shown. Remember to incorporate your name! Bonus points if you can find a clever way to tie it into your logo.

4) Incorporate your personal brand into your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and elevator speech. Personal branding is essentially a marketing strategy in which you create a brand to help sell yourself to employers. Successful marketing strategies use all means available to promote a product, and so should you. Incorporate your brand into any medium an employer may encounter – the more cohesive your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, elevator speech and even web presence – the stronger your brand. Friedman supports this strategy. “It’s the way your business card is laid out, how you answer your cell-phone, the signature line of your e-mail and your voicemail message,” he says.

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A Meeting at 45 East Started It All They call themselves the dream team, but seniors Charlie Schreiber and Courtney Bernard, respective president and vice president of Associated Student Government, didn’t meet until their junior year. “We had 150 mutual friends on Facebook and never met,” Schreiber says with a laugh. Bernard says a mutual friend told her that Schreiber wanted to run for ASG president. The friend knew Bernard had been class president in high school and thought they would be a good fit. “We went out to dinner at 45 East, and I think we had a three hour dinner and just clicked,” Schreiber says. “We balance each other very well,” Bernard says. “He’s very big-picture and I’m very detail-oriented.”

All About Charlie This year, Charlie Schreiber’s main goal for ASG is to help students understand that they can, and should, play a part in student government. Schreiber and Bernard want students across campus to get involved. They’re beginning their campaign to draw students to ASG by hosting “Tuesdays with Charlie and Courtney.” “One day a week, we’ll be an honorary member of a club,” Schreiber says. “Afterwards we’ll have discussion like questions and answers.”

From Strangers to A Dynamic Duo Getting to know ASG’s President and Vice President: ,

Charlie Shreiber and Courtney Bernard BY NICOLE GEORGE PHOTO BY SAMANTHA KERMODE 14 October


features The passion to reach students across campus began last year when he tried to visit as many student organizations as possible during campaign season. “I can walk down the street and people still remember we came to their meeting,” Schreiber says. “We really did want to make the student government the students’ government.” Schreiber says he also wants to bring a diverse group of students into ASG by forming new committees with students representing different groups on campus. “There’s not a concentration of any type of students on these committees now,” Schreiber says. Besides bringing new students into ASG, he wants more students to be present at ASG meetings. “No student really realizes that during student senate, anyone can come in,” Schreiber says. While Schreiber’s used to seeing one or two students sit in on a Miami University Senate meeting, he wants to see 25 or 30. Schreiber wants students to feel like ASG is open to them. “Now that we’re making it about you, we want you guys to bring those concerns to us,” Schreiber says. Another part of “Tuesdays with Charlie and Courtney,” is getting to know the two leading members of ASG personally. Before attending “Tuesdays” though, there is more to know about Schreiber. He is a senior political science major. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio. He plans on going to law school. “My secret passion, which I guess now is a public passion, is singing, particularly country” Schreiber says, laughing. Before returning to Miami University for his senior year, Schreiber spent his summer in Nashville, Tennessee recording music and living his music dreams. Schreiber continues his love for music on campus in Miami’s Men’s Glee Club. Schreiber is also involved in Pi Kappa Phi, which he says is his best freshman memory. “Joining Greek life [was] something I did not think I wanted when I came to campus,” Schreiber says.

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He says the bonds made with his fraternity brothers have turned into his closest friends. “Joining a brotherhood is definitely an aspect of campus that changed me.” Schreiber loves his experience at Miami, but as a senior, he would give his freshman self one piece of advice: don’t take dining halls for granted. “Eat on campus more, because you’ll miss meal plans,” Charlie said.

All About Courtney Daughter of Miami mergers, Courtney Bernard is a journalism and strategic communications double major with a minor in French.  She spent this summer with Miami’s Inside Washington program and came back for her senior year ready for her future. “After Inside Washington, I knew that’s where I want to be,” Bernard says. “I plan most likely on taking the Foreign Service officer test.” Before graduation though, Bernard wants to embrace her role as ASG vice president and help Miami students. She loves Miami’s I AM MIAMI campaign and is enthusiastic about ASG promoting I AM MIAMI, a program emphasizing Miami’s code of love and honor. “We are partnering with administration just to promote overall personal responsibility,” Bernard says. She feels a major part of promoting personal responsibility is to push administration to recognize medical amnesty, or the Good Samaritan Policy. Bernard feels that the policy is important for the safety and health of the students. In terms of promoting personal responsibility, Bernard says, “Another big thing…is making students understand they have access to student government.” Like Schreiber, Bernard really wants students to feel like they can and should participate in ASG and have a part in decisions on-campus. Part of Bernard’s plan to let students know about ASG’s accessibility is making her and Charlie seem accessible as well. “We want to be student body president and vice president who people recognize and say hi to on the street,” Bernard says.

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Part of being accessible to students is being highly approachable. Amiable and easy to talk to, Bernard is ready to tell stories about Miami and explain her love for the university. Even though she doesn’t live on campus, Bernard is really excited for the Armstrong Student Center. Bernard loves the idea of having a variety of students under one student center to meet one another. She is also excited to make sure she ends her college career by getting the full Miami experience. She’s currently making a Miami bucket list with friends, and plans to include a favorite Miami pastime. “I haven’t played broomball and that’s embarrassing,” she says with a laugh. A surprising fact about Bernard is that Miami was never her first choice. “Miami was actually the last place I wanted to go…but essentially every school I looked at, I compared it to Miami,” Bernard says. Once she came to Miami, Bernard was hooked. “I lived in Morris and I immediately became great friends with people from all over the country,” Bernard says with a smile. Bernard rushed Alpha Chi Omega her freshman year and says it was a great thing to happen to her. Since freshman year, Bernard says she has changed little, but her views have expanded. “I would say I have the same values, but I’ve been exposed to more,” Bernard says. “I’ve definitely grown from coming in freshman year to being exposed to certain new things.”  

Halloween Goals: “I will try harder this year and dress up,” Charlie says. You may just find him sporting a suit and tie. “I’m very competitive with Halloween. But I don’t like buying costumes,” Bernard says. “Like freshman year, I was a street. I had yellow electrical tape and a black leotard.” Her plans for this year are still in the works.

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In honor of Autumn, the MQ editors present their most embarrassing fall. PHOTO BY JEFFREY SALOMON

Alex Bishoff: Art Director (Not pictured) When I was in high school, I was walking downstairs into the locker rooms to change for volleyball practice and my shoes slipped on the stairs. I fell on my butt and slid down the entire set of stairs. School had just let out, and everyone saw. Samantha Kermode: Photo Editor (Not pictured) One very busy day I was running from a rock climbing class to my next meeting while lugging around camera equipment. I lost my balance and fell down a few stairs right in front of the window of treadmills. I was fine, but walked away red in the face.

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Abigail Walters: Editor-in-Chief I lost my footing and slipped down every single one of Decibel’s stairs. Those things are a death trap, and I am proud to call myself a survivor. Amanda Schumaker: Managing Editor We were baking cupcakes for our residents and I had a whole container of ones that we had just decorated. Another RA came up behind me and scared me and I fell down, with the cupcakes landing on top of me. Icing went everywhere and I looked like a rainbow. Shannon Pesek: Managing Editor My embarrassing fall occurs almost every day of class. While I’m walking home from class, I trip in the same place in front of Schiedler and almost fall forward. You would think I would have learned after the 40th time it happened.

Ali Czarnecki: Scene Editor Junior year I was so excited to try a new bagel from Bagel & Deli that I decided to sprint home from Uptown. Inevitably, I ended up tripping on a sidewalk crack but felt it more important to protect the bagel than myself. I still have scars on my hand to remind me of my first Sara’s Secret experience. Thea Dellas: Opinion Editor I completely wiped out getting out of the car on the day of my high school graduation. Even though only my family saw me fall, I had to sit on stage for the whole ceremony with a huge, bloody gash on my knee. Megan Conley: Scene Editor Growing up a competitive figure skater, I was a part of the “Nutcracker on Ice” cast each year. On a morning in December we got to the rink at 5 a.m. so the news could do a segment on us. As I sped around the rink preparing to go into a spin, my blade slipped from under me and I crashed onto the ice, my head hitting first--all on television. Yes, we still have the tape. Katie Mark: Sports & Fitness Editor My sophomore year I was at 90s night and I slipped and fell in front of the guy I liked. Not sure if he saw it, but, needless to say, 4” stilettos and Brick Street’s floors equals a bad combination. Drew Doggett: Arts & Entertainment Editor When I visited Brick Street for the first time, a friend handed me two of their signature ‘Trash Cans,’ one for me and one for a girl I was trying to talk to. I tried to walk towards her on the other side of the dance floor, but got pushed over and fell straight on my butt, spilling both drinks on top of me. I was so embarrassed that I ran back to Dennison Hall and went to bed. From left to right: Drew Doggett, Megan Conley, Ali Czarnecki, Abigail Walters, Katie Mark, Shannon Pesek, Amanda Schumaker, Thea Dellas

October 17


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Antonia Ellis: “Sex and the City” Producer Turned Professor BY DREW DOGGETT PHOTO BY SAMANTHA KERMODE

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arts & entertainment Professor Antonia Ellis has made quite a name for herself across campus and across American television. After graduating from Miami in 1985, Ellis left the quiet town of Oxford in exchange for a busier lifestyle working in TV. Having produced, co-produced and written for several successful television shows and movies, Ellis is best recognized for her work on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” A local Ohioan, Ellis received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications at Miami before earning her Masters in Literature and Creative Writing at Harvard. Her career has taken her from Florida, to Los Angeles New York, Vancouver, Miami, Sante Fe and Germany. Ellis is currently a full-time producer for the popular USA Network series, “Royal Pains,” who is also making time to teach Advanced Creative Writing: Screenwriting Workshop and Developing and Pitching a Television Series to Miami students this semester. Here, Ellis tells of her rise in the entertainment industry, and offers tips to students looking to find some success of their own.

HOW DID YOUR TIME AT MIAMI PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER IN MEDIA (SPECIFICALLY TELEVISION)? Miami offered a great, overall view of the television industry with both aesthetic classes, as well as practical al classes. I remember my class, especially, with Dr. Howard Kleiman when he brought in a lobster for my “Lobster and Lowenbrau” commercial which we shot on the stage in Williams Hall. Additionally, Miami helped me obtain an internship at a small production company in Cincinnati, which was my first foray into the real working world of TV.

WHAT PARTICULAR ORGANIZATIONS, CLASSES, PROFESSORS, EVENTS, ETC. WERE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO YOU? Miami prepared me for the entertainment business through getting a position on concert/tech board. It gave me practical, working experience in both college and outside of college as a production assistant for those concert promoters I met through Miami. My fellow student, Hadden Hippsley, gave me the initial opportunity to be involved on tech board, and our working bond came full circle on Bonnaroo music festival. Hadden produced the live concerts while I produced the televisions shows for Fuse TV.

HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO ‘CLIMB THE LADDER’ OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY? It’s a humble, never-ending climb! I feel quite fortunate that I have met wonderful people and mentors along the way, especially in my 20’s and 30’s. I went from Miami University to working in entertainment at Belkin Productions in Cleveland to a job at the BBC in London, then to Miami, Florida, to work in entertainment as a concert promoter, disc jockey and in production on movies in Los Angeles. Now, I travel and work between L.A. and New York City.

HOW DIFFICULT HAS IT BEEN TO MOVE SO OFTEN? Very difficult! At one point, I think I had three or four residences simultaneously. I have paid dearly not only in storage facilities, but also, at times, emotionally by going where the work is rather than staying grounded in Los Angeles. It’s the nature of being in the entertainment business and it’s not for the faint at heart.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN YOUR CAREER THUS FAR?

and perks in NYC were quite nice and unexpected. Lets just say getting a key to a rooftop hotel bar or a restaurant reservation at a topnotch restaurant become much easier!

ARE YOU MORE OF A CARRIE, CHARLOTTE, SAMANTHA OR MIRANDA? Probably more Carrie, although I always hope to have my somewhat ‘wide-eyed’ Charlotte hopefulness which I’ll attribute to my Ohio upbringing!

WHY DO YOU THINK THE SHOW BECAME SO SUCCESSFUL/ICONIC? It may sound esoteric, but it was the right place, right time. Women were ready to hear what was written.

WHAT ARE SOME TELEVISION SERIES ON TODAY THAT YOU FIND PARTICULARLY EXCEPTIONAL? I love “Downton Abbey!” Maybe it reminds me of my days spent in England, but the drama is palpable and the themes, timeless.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TEACH AT MIAMI THIS YEAR?

Working on “Sex and the City” as a producer was quite wonderful with its success that could not have been predicted. When one signs onto a series, it’s a lot of hard work and luck whether a show will take off or not. That being said, my proudest work is on the current show I’m on, “Royal Pains.” I co-wrote the story for the season finale of Season 4, which was such a wonderful collaboration with the “Royal Pains” writers’ room and executive producer, Andrew Lenchewski, who wrote the screenplay.

I wanted to give back to students especially by sharing my own experiences and real anecdotes of the business. Not only the exciting stories, but mostly the forewarnings about the hardships and challenges of living this kind of lifestyle -- the difficulty of maintaining a balance between work and personal life.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE MIAMI STUDENTS PURSUING A SIMILAR CAREER?

Producing my own projects…ones that I write!

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?

Take as many classes as you can in production and writing, then network! Please also try to get an internship in the entertainment industry, as that is key to a position after school.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING ON SEX AND THE CITY DIFFERENT FROM YOUR OTHER PROJECTS? When you sign onto a project, you never know if it will be a hit or not. The work is the same, with the same dedication. When Sex & the City started taking off in the ratings, the publicity

October 19


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Wicked Good

HalloweenonCostumes a College Budget

BY JANE BLAZER PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA KERMODE

Minion from Dispicable Me

Heisenburg from Breaking Bad

Who doesn’t love a classic Disney Pixar movie? Those little yellow pill-shaped creatures are adorable. Why not dress like a minion from “Despicable Me?” Suiting up like one would be a cute, easy costume for Halloween.

Break the bad costume trends with a Walter White costume from the show everyone is talking about, “Breaking Bad.” Who doesn’t want to be a true mastermind chemist for a night? Heisenburg would be an ideal costume for a male, and only requires a few items to complete the look.

1. Put on any yellow top in your closet. 2. Put on some jean shorts from the summer. 3. Pull out the black winter gloves and slip on any pair of boots (because let’s be honest, what girl doesn’t have UGG, combat or or riding boots). 4. Here comes the crafty part of the assemble: Find a black sweat headband, make two eyeballs out of white paper and glue them on. *Bonus: overalls or suspenders. Bam, you’re ready to look cute and take over Miami’s campus with Gru. Don’t forget to practice your gibberish before hitting the streets.

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1. Walt, or Mr. White, wears a dark pork pie hat every time he dresses as Heisenburg. Find something similar and throw it on. 2. Put on some specs. 3. If you know you will be Heisenburg in advance, grow out a ‘stach, goatee or whatever you can get. If not, sketch on some facial hair. 4. Every guy has jeans or khakis, a button-up dress shirt and a jacket. Slide those on and you’re ready to run the streets as the craziest drug dealer on television.


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Don’t have a fright if you’re on a limited college budget and looking for a fun, exciting Halloween costume. Here are some of the best television and movie costume ideas that are cheap, easy and creative.

Vampire from Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, or True Blood

Harry Potter and Hermione Granger

Girls, leave last year’s cat and bunny ears behind! Instead, get freaky with some vampire teeth. “Vampire Diaries,” “True Blood” and “Twilight”: Vampires are always in style for Halloween.

“Slytherin” some wizard attire to dress up as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger for Halloween. These Hogwarts wizards make for a perfect couples costume and will draw attention. Girls 1. Wear any white top you have (preferably a button up) and slip on a skirt. 2. Borrow any friend’s tie 3. Put on some long socks and a robe. 4. Craft a wand! It’s super easy to cover a pencil with brown paper. 5. Drape a long scarf over your shoulders. Boys 1. Put on a button down shirt & some pants. 2. Wrap a long scarf around your neck. 3. Throw on any pair of black shoes. 4. Wear a robe and wave a wand. 5. You can’t be Harry Potter without the glasses and scar!

1. Dig through your closet for any black dress you have. 2. Color on some dark, smoky eye make-up. 3. Puff on some powder to make yourself look even more deadly than you would after an all-nighter. 4. Buy cheap vampire teeth at any store selling Halloween accessories. 5. Smooth on some red lipstick and bring out your sultry attitude.

Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby Even if you don’t have a million bucks, you don’t have to look like it. Just dress classy if you want to look like the great Jay Gatsby! One of the best movies of the summer, “Great Gatsby” would be a stylish Halloween costume for any male. 1. Wear the fanciest black and white clothes you own. If you don’t have any, get a white shirt and draw on a tuxedo with permanent marker. 2. Have hair? Go ahead and comb that over. 3. Borrow a martini glass from your parents (fill it up with water of course) and carry it around all night. 4. Walk with swag using a cane, available for cheap at your local CVS or Wal-Mart.

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The cool breeze, pumpkin spice lattes, and leaves falling all around…and all you want to do is snuggle up in your favorite sweater. Yup, Fall is here! It’s time to trade in the bikinis and sand for North Face jackets and crumpled leaves. Sure, we loved our summer anthems this year like Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and the shenanigans from Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, but those tunes weren’t made to live on past August. We’re now through with the ‘Beach Party!!’ playlists and ready to move on to the sophistication that is autumn. How about listening to a soundtrack with your favorite cuddling and fall themed songs? MQ has the perfect “Sweater Song Soundtrack” for you.

Colder Weather: Zac Brown Band

“Colder Weather” is a sweater song for teenagers and parents alike. This song can be played in the car on a way to a football game or when sitting around a cozy bonfire with friends. “He said I wanna see you again/But I’m stuck in colder weather/Maybe tomorrow will be better/ Can I call you then?” “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band is a chilling, yet fall appropriate song.

Chasing Cars: Snow Patrol

For a more cliché and crushing sweater song “Chasing Cars,” by Snow Patrol is a heart warming song to hear. “If I lay here/If I just lay here/Would you lie with me and just forget the world?” This song was listened and slow danced to at a junior high dances, and can always bring back memories of a first crush. It recalls days when girls just started applying makeup, boys thought they were “too cool” to dance and everyone had their parents drop them off around the block. This song will bring back those old crushes and memories of growing up.

Sweater Weather: The Neighbourhood

“These hearts adore/Everyone the other beats harder for/Inside this place is warm/Outside it starts to pour.” The song “Sweater Weather,” by The Neighbourhood sets the tone for cool weather and fall romances. “ Sweater Weather”

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is the perfect song to play when drinking hot apple cider, and taking a long walk around campus. This song is about finding love in this happy fall season.

22: Taylor Swift

MQ will not forget our die hard Taylor Swift lovers! Every student, parent and teacher wants to spend their weekends letting loose and having fun with their friends and family. Whether it is bobbing for apples, baking a pumpkin pie or journeying to a Haunted House Taylor Swift’s song “22” complements any weekend activity. “It seems like one of those nights/We ditch the whole scene and end up dreaming/Instead of sleeping.” This song is made to make people have a good time and sing and dance like a six year old girl in her favorite pink sweater.

A Lack of Color: Death Cab for Cutie

The relaxing song that makes no one want to move out of his or her bed is the song, “A Lack of Color,” by the Death Cab For Cutie. “But I know it’s too late/I should have given you a reason to stay/Given you a reason to stay.” This is no cheesy song to sing while driving in the car. It’s a song to sing on a calm fall Sunday morning. “A Lack of Color,” gives the feeling of excitement, nervousness and uncertainty. What better way to spend Sunday morning than to lay in bed and relax to this song?

Wake Me Up When September Ends: Green Day

We hope this last song on the “Sweater Soundtrack” leaves our readers feeling cozy and comfortable in their favorite sweaters. Whether he or she is driving in the car, on a walk, dancing with friends or just lying in bed, this soundtrack will provide a just the right feel for fall. In the lasting words of Green Day, “Summer has come and passed/The innocent can never last/Wake me up when September ends.”

sweater song soundtrack BY MEGAN MCTIGHE PHOTO BY RIANNE VANDERVOORT


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October 25


RedHawk Football's New Identity From The Man Who's Just Pushing Buttons

BY KATIE MARK

“Darrell brought me into his office, sat me down, locked the door and said, ‘Hey, get a loadof this.” Miami University Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Services Darrell Hallberg called football videographer Kyle Kron in April 2013 to disclose a big secret: Miami University and adidas approved the new football uniform. “I’m sure he was scared when I said I needed to talk to him,” Hallberg says. I had samples and I told him when I got [the uniforms] in I needed him to drive back to Oxford to film it.” Kron returned to Oxford in June to film the uniform unveiling video. “The equipment people knew, but I was very secretive about it,” Kron says. “I did it very sly.” Hallberg’s plan commenced after the RedHawks won the 2010 MAC Championship. “There was always that stigma, ‘I want to do something cool,’” Hallberg says. “I wanted to do a red helmet because we’ve never had one in the history of the school.” Due to the short turnaround for the bowl game, the approval for a red helmet happened too late. However, Hallberg was approved to design a ‘throw-back’ helmet for the bowl game. “We went with the old school original Miami “M” and the number on the other side and we added a stripe,” Hallberg says. Hallberg says the design was a combination of three historical eras of Miami football. “When they had the “M” they won this many championships,” Hallberg says. “When they had the stripe, they won this many championships. When they had numbers on the side, they had this many championships. So we thought we’d honor them all.”

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PHOTOS BY JEFFREY SALOMON

After the 2011 season, Hallberg and Athletic


sports & fitness Equipment Manager Chad Burns sat around the white board in Hallberg’s office drafting new helmet designs. “Chad is an artist and I said, ‘Chad, I want to do something cool. I want to go and be different because I think we’re different as a whole in the university. I think we’re great and this place is special,’” Hallberg says. “So Chad starts drawing.”

equipment managers knew of the clandestine uniform operation. After the university and adidas approved the design, the decision was made to plan an event to unveil the uniforms. “They wanted to surprise the team and school,” Kron says. “We added chrome and nobody had any idea this would be our third color.”

Tomahawks and arrowheads were some of the ideas suggested, but ultimately they decided on feathers to grace the red helmet, a never before used helmet color in RedHawk football history.

Kron shot the nighttime, smoke-filled video by the Cradle of Coaches sign and created the video within hours to show Hallberg the following day.

“A feathered helmet has been on the docket for almost two years,” Hallberg says. “In late December 2012, adidas came to me and said, ‘Hey, you guys are killing it as a partner and your bookstore is doing great things. So we want to treat you like one of the big boys.’”

“It was awesome just seeing his reaction because he wasn’t there for any of it,” Kron says. “They told me July 24th as the day that everything would be revealed and not to say anything.”

Adidas wanted to help design a uniform that would make Miami standout and claim the name ‘Miami.’ Yet, Hallberg specified one restriction: no black because University of Cincinnati has black. “I flew to Portland, Oregon in February [2013] to design a cleat that I’m working on for the 2015 season,” Hallberg says. “When we went to dinner that night there were some designers that came to show me stuff.” Hallberg was presented with a book containing a uniform design that left him flabbergasted. “We started tweaking it, filling colors in and I didn’t like the sleeves,” Hallberg says. “They said, ‘We want to do something special for you. No team in NCAA history has had their name up here.’” The adidas designer pointed to the shoulder of the jersey to where it would say “MIAMI.” Miami is also only one of 12 schools in the country to have the adidas ShockWeb technology. “Our uniforms are actually something all BCS schools and big time programs have and the material itself to some people is not a big deal, but to these 105 guys here, they love it,” Hallberg says. “It’s lightweight.” Hallberg says he kept tweaking the design from the February adidas meeting until April. Only Hallberg, Burns, Kron, President Hodge, Athletic Director David Sayler and a few of the

Kron says the team was told to attend a meeting at the Farmer School of Business regarding how to use social media. Director of Broadcasting Steve Baker first spoke about social media and Miami’s new marketing campaign. Following Baker, Football Head Coach Don Treadwell discussed how he appreciated the team and their community service and therefore Miami would like to give back to them. “That kind of confused them,” Kron says. Kron’s video began with the history of Miami and then transitioned to football highlight footage. “They start thinking something’s fishy,” Kron says. “And you start to see smiles because they know something out of the ordinary is happening.” After a minor dilemma involving a computer crash, the video was replayed and as the new jerseys faded in, the players erupted in elation. “They stopped watching my video once the mannequins behind the curtain were revealed and they ran down and started taking pictures,” Kron says. “Later, I posted the video on YouTube. It went viral, and currently reached 55,000 views and it was featured on ESPN and CNN.” Sophomore football player Kent Kern says no one knew of the new uniforms, but he loves how they gave RedHawk football a unique touch.

“We went from such a classic look with not much flair to something unique that no one else has,” Kern says. Hallberg says there was one scare in the whole operation. “This was kept under wraps and the EA SPORTS video game got hold of it,” Hallberg says. “I told them we want the new uniforms in the video game, but they had to wait because we hadn’t released it to the team yet.” Despite the potential slip, the three-year process was critical to contemporary recruiting. “This day in age with recruiting, media and publicity, you gotta be different,” Hallberg says. “We have a double factor that if you come here, you’re going to get one of the best degrees in the country and we have the coolest gear in the country.” At the first game of the season against Marshall, the CBS Sports Pregame Show did a side-byside comparison of both team’s helmets. “Ten to 15 Marshall recruits walking on the sideline stopped and picked up our helmet and took pictures with it,” Hallberg says. “To me, that sends a shot right there and some Marshall coaches weren’t too happy about it, but it is what it is.” Hallberg says the Miami football alumni he’s spoken to love it, including alumnus Zach Dysert. “That July 24th, we were trending for good or bad,” Hallberg says. “You knew who Miami University was and it wasn’t Miami, Florida. It’s attracted viewers.” Sophomore football player Mitch Winters says his favorite part is the grill on his face mask because it goes from chrome to red. “Everything Darrell puts together is great,” Winters says. “He ultimately gave us a new identity.” Now, all RedHawk football can do is wait for Hallberg’s next surprise. “I’ll say it probably slipped out at some point and they knew something was coming, but not to the magnitude,” Hallberg says. “And without Mr. Sayler, Dr. Hodge or adidas, this doesn’t happen. I’m just a guy pushing buttons. Those guys made it all happen.”

October 27


Off the Beaten Path Running Through Miami’s Nature Trails

BY MEREDITH HUGHES PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH WAGNER Runners tired of pounding pavement can look to the cross-country team to learn some more scenic running routes. Miami University’s Natural Areas Hiking Trails provide paths that stretch for 15 miles, and reveal a myriad of breathtaking landscapes and wild animal sightings. The cross-country team uses these trails to train every year, but they are also open for the public to visit and enjoy. According to senior men’s cross country runner Matt Marol, the Western Woods trail, also known as the Bluffs, holds the best views. “[The Bluffs] are absolutely beautiful. It’s like a 60 or 70 foot drop, and you look out into Peffer Woods,” Marol says. “We always take our freshmen out here to see it.” While he votes the Western Woods most beautiful, Kramer Loop is Marol’s favorite trail for running. “There’s one point in the Kramer Preserve Loop, and it’s kind of hard to find, but you come out into this prairie grass field, and… out of the trees and it’s just surreal,” Marol says. “You pop out and there’s a bench where you can just sit.” Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Kelly Phillips observes the squirrels during her trail runs every fall. She has noticed skinny squirrels signify a mild winter and fat squirrels mean a harsh winter. “This year and two years ago the squirrels were really skinny,” Phillips says. “And two years ago was a really mild winter, so I’m banking on that this one is going to be mild.” Men’s Cross Country Head Coach Warren Mandrell often finds deer on his runs, seeing as many as 29 on one run. Senior women’s track

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and field member Kate Carter has also spotted wildlife on her journeys, and says deer and squirrels will appear at random. “It kind of freaks you out a little bit, but it’s fun,” Carter says. Carter also describes the trail scenery as beautiful, especially when the leaves change colors in the fall and icicles form on the trees in the winter. “With the constant changing of the seasons it just feels like a whole new experience,” she says. Carter recommends the Ruder Preserve, her favorite trail, for hot summer days. It’s located beside Four Mile Creek and mostly covered in trees, providing good shade and wind. “Ruder Preserve is the starter point for all of the trails,” Carter says. “All of the trails interconnect, so there’s about 15 miles worth of trails and you can go a long ways on it and not be bored.” For junior women’s cross-country runner Jess Hoover, the long climb up the Bachelor Preserve East Loop to Bachelor Pond elicits her pensive mood. “It just gets prettier and prettier the farther that you go, and it takes a while to get up there, so it is really nice for thinking,” Hoover says. For hills, Marol likes to run along the Bachelor Preserve East Loop. While Phillips has the women’s cross country team do continuous hill repeats in Peffer Park because it has secure footing.

“When you get up to Bachelor Pond it’s like you pop into this oasis and it’s really beautiful,” Marol says. “You can go to different trails from there, but it’s wonderful for a dog just to romp around. Actually what is really cool is when you get back down to the river there’s a swinging bridge, like one you’d see in “Indiana Jones.” Phillips and Hoover both suggest the Cinders Trail, right above the Ruder Preserve, for walking a dog because it is wider than other trails. This feature also makes for a comfortable walk with a friend. Changes in the trails over the years have surprised Hoover because some areas are becoming sandier. “You wouldn’t think that they would change a lot, but honestly I notice things every year,” Hoover says. Marol echoes Hoover. “Whenever something happens, like a tree falls, over a course of several weeks people will just start making new trails, so none of the trails are different but little parts of it form different loops or ways,” Marol says. “You come back next year and it looks like that’s always been the way.” Marol believes the trails define his personal running experience. “I’ve kind of been spoiled here because the trails are so nice,” Marol says. “There’s nothing like it, I don’t think, at any university that I’ve been to where there are this many trails so close to campus.”

For those who have dogs, Marol also recommends exploring Bachelor Pond.

A drawbridge near Bachelor Pond connects one of Miami’s many trails.


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sports & fitness

Add Some Waves to Your Workout

Indo-Row instructor, Libby Peters, leads the class in proper form.

New group fitness classes at Miami University’s Recreation Center offer participants the chance to row their way fit!

BY JORDAN RINARD PHOTOS BY RIANNE VANDERVOORT 30 October


sports & fitness Splashing noises. Racing heartbeats. Dripping sweat. The culmination of these experiences led to complete exhaustion after an exhilarating, fun workout at both the Indo-Row and ShockWave group fitness classes at the Miami University Recreation Center. Both of these classes are new to the group fitness lineup, and both utilize the Indo-Row rowing machine, a rowing simulator that requires users to perform a full-range of motion using “legs, core, arms; arms, core, legs.” After receiving a partner, I secured my footing in the straps, grabbed the handlebars, leaned back and pulled the handlebars to my chest. I was rowing against a dish of water that simulates the same water resistance experienced when rowing in a lake or river. We repeated this motion throughout the 45-minute class, at various speeds, with few intermissions. At the end, the cumulative distance was tallied to determine which team rowed the farthest. Despite delivering a good amount of effort, the class did not leave me completely worn out. I realized rowing requires a tremendous amount of endurance, but is relatively low impact. I

was able to get an adequate total-body workout without the soreness and aches that typically follow many fitness classes. Indo-Row instructor Libby Peters says the purpose of her class is to foster competition. You race with your teammates so you can put your best effort into it,” Peters says. “It’s a great workout for anyone because it’s such a low-impact exercise. Since it’s 84 percent body impact, you don’t feel completely thrashed after the workout.”

class to Miami and says the program has been a hit with students, attracting an average of eight to ten people per class. Newson also says no prior rowing experience is needed to attend the high-energy workout. “It tends to take a little bit of time for new classes to really catch on and become consistently full,” Newson says. “I would recommend the class for someone who is looking for a high intensity workout, someone that really wants a good and exciting physical challenge.”

Some aspects of Indo-Row appear in the ShockWave program, but overall it is a completely different workout. ShockWave is a circuit program in which a partner and I completed the same series of exercises for the entire class duration. We went from the arm workout, a bicep curl with dumbbells, to a session on the Indo-Row machine, to a leg exercise that required us to squat with a dumbbell against our chest, and explode into a jump.

Senior Caroline Bennett says the ShockWave program was nothing less than an enjoyable experience and she looks forward to participating again.

The ShockWave circuit concluded with a core workout in which we performed a series of mountain climbers and bear crawls on all fours. The intensity of the program made it an efficient way to get a total body workout in just 45 minutes.

After a firsthand experience, I understand why these classes are gaining in popularity. With programs like yoga, spinning and dance becoming more commonplace, it is refreshing to see new ways of working out make their way into the Miami lifestyle. At this rate, students’ fitness levels may undergo a quicker transformation than the Recreation Center itself.

Aishah Newson introduced the ShockWave

“I was hoping that it would give me a good workout and it would be enjoyable,” Bennett says. “The instructors were energetic and the interval training gave a great workout in a team-like atmosphere.”

Indo-Row participants row together during a class.

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sports & fitness

Four Football Players Weigh in on Which Teammate is most likely to... Athlete

…To be America’s Next Top Model

…To be on a Reality TV Show

…To be the next Scott Disick

…To be part of Ocean’s 11

Austin Boucher Senior Interdisciplinary Business Management

Austin Brown – He’s got a great out going personality to compliment his looks.

John Anevski – He could be on “Survivor” because he loves making deals. He would have alliances with everyone and he’s big boned so he would be okay with lack of food intake on the show.

Joe Donlan - Joe Donlan does what Joe Donlan wants because Joe Donlan is... Joe Donlan. Scott does what Scott does because he is Scott.... Enough said.

Wes Williams – He knows how to get out of things under the radar. He can trick someone into doing something that works to his advantage, and he knows how to watch his back and not get burned.

Collin Boucher Senior Interdisciplinary Business Management

John Anevski – He has innate passion for looking in the mirror for hours. He has perfected the beard, and his wardrobe rivals most women’s.

Allen Veazie – He could be on “Flavor of Love” because he is so entertaining, nice to everyone and always has good insight on things.

Austin Boucher – He loves being dressed and styled and loves the camera. He loves the glamorous life.

Wes Williams – He’s always lucky. If he were to pull off a heist he could scheme through it with his luck.

Steve Marck Senior Management and Leadership

Austin Boucher – The guy is always shopping at an alarming rate. Sometimes it feels like I live with a sorority girl based on his fashion knowledge. The guy dresses well…I’ll give him that.

Dayonne Nunley – He could be on “Dancing with the Stars.” He’s almost as good of a dancer as he is a football player. Honorable mention would be Mason Krysinski on “Jeopardy” because he has a 5.15 GPA in biomed engineering or something.

Collin Boucher – He used to have the hair to go with this. He’s very sarcastic and witty. I could see him marrying a Kardashian, probably Kendall.

Spencer McInnis – He’s very cat-like and sneaky. He would be the guy to sneak through a vent system to unlock a door or something. He would have a phenomenal assortment of disguises. He loves to dress up.

John Anevski – He could be on “Jersey Shore” or one of the MTV reality TV shows. It’s really easy to get under his skin so he and Snooki would have a great time going back and forth with each other. He has an awesome fist pump and would fit in with Mike, Vinny and Pauly D.

Steve Marck – Disick is a super sarcastic guy and never lets anyone get in the way of what he has planned. Steve is just like him and loves coming back with quick, witty answers

David Frazier – He comes out on top with many situations so with his luck the guys from Ocean’s 11 could use him.

Austin Brown Austin Boucher - His Senior wardrobe can tally up Kinesiology and Health to the worth of three girls from any sorority on campus. He literally will critique his own clothes and then the rest of everyone else’s in the house before we go to a dinner or go out somewhere. It’s unbelievable.

October 33


opinion

BY THEODORA DELLAS

Medical Amnesty at Miami University

Drunk or not, there’s never a bad time to be a Good Samaritan.

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PHOTO BY RIANNE VANDERVOORT


opinion There’s one question that both college-bound students and their parents ask: What’s the drinking like at this school? No matter how identical the wording, however, the tone of a parent is almost always wildly different from the tone of an 18-year-old son or daughter. Picture a mother, eyebrows knit in concern as she asks the question at the admissions office, firm in her need to know that her son won’t get himself into trouble. Picture that son, ready to get out of his parents’ house and into a college party, asking his older brother the same question, obvious in his excitement. This excitement is what leads students of all ages to overindulge in drugs and alcohol year after year. These indulgences have become a reality at universities across the country, including our own beloved Miami. How many Friday nights have you spent Uptown or on campus without seeing an ambulance rushing to rescue an over-intoxicated student? How many of your own friends and acquaintances have woken up at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, dazed and confused? And how many of these friends have wondered at the expensive, draining consequences of these mistakes? How many of them have asked why they are being fined when their regret alone feels taxing enough? I know from experience what it feels like to be in that situation. I know what it’s like to wake up to the hum and buzz of a hospital and wonder for a moment where I am before tearing up. I know what it feels like to spend hundreds of dollars to redeem myself, and to ask why the school wants my money when I’ve already spent hours torturing myself over how stupid and irresponsible I acted. Maybe it’s this experience and the knowledge that it gave me about the dangers of excessive

binge drinking. It makes me happy to know Miami, thanks to the hard work of its student government and the understanding of its administration, has finally approved and enacted a policy of medical amnesty for students seeking medical attention after becoming dangerously intoxicated. Miami’s Good Samaritan Policy is long overdue, but has finally worked its way into reality. It was approved at the beginning of this semester. The policy is designed to protect students who request help for themselves, as well as students who call for help for their friends. It ensures that students on campus who know they have gone too far in their consumption of drugs or alcohol can call for assistance without facing formal disciplinary measures from the school. It also establishes that the friends of this student will not be punished for their own intoxication if they ask for help. The policy will put an end to drunken students facing incredibly dangerous situations because their friends are too scared to act. It will give students the opportunity to help themselves and others without worrying about facing severe punishment for their behavior. I look at this policy as a potentially life-saving piece of legislation, and I can’t help but wonder why it was only approved a few weeks ago. The policy’s two-year battle was largely the result of skepticism on the part of the school’s administration—was the Good Samaritan Policy going to be seen as an endorsement of underage drinking? Would it encourage students to go all out, Animal House-style, with drugs and alcohol? What would those fearful, nervous parents think if the school was to approve a policy of medical amnesty? These concerns are by no means insignificant.

Of course it seems reasonable to worry that 18-year-olds with no fear of punishment will take advantage of the opportunity to get wasted. And yet, I can’t help but think back to my freshman year and that first weekend of the spring semester—I knew that I could be punished, but I still made the string of choices that led me to McCullough-Hyde. I remember feeling that I had learned my lesson from the regret that followed me for months to come. The extremely strict measures taken by the school after my violation only made me wish that I hadn’t been taken to the hospital. I feel overwhelmingly thankful that no other student will wish that he or she hadn’t sought medical aid in the face of a potentially fatal alcohol or drug consumption. The Good Samaritan Policy is Miami University’s commitment to provide protection and assistance to students. No longer will the school’s policies frighten students into making potentially life-threatening choices just to avoid trouble. The policy provides the means for lessons to be learned, as they should be. Students who are given medical assistance due to drug and alcohol consumption will be required to take courses or meet with specialists. Their parents will be informed. Additional violations will not be ignored. The policy does not, obviously, forget the importance of teaching students how and why they must learn moderation. It seems that at last Miami has recognized strict disciplinary action for dangerously intoxicated students does not make the realities of drinking less true. Nothing could be better for the safety and well being of the school and its students.

October 35


opinion

The Collegiate Learning Assessment:

The SAT, Again? BY HAILEY GILMAN

For me, as for most high school seniors, graduation came with a wave of relief. Gone were the days of hall passes, impossible-to-open lockers and regimented lunches. But more than anything, I was thrilled that my experiences with strict, systematic, standardized testing were over. Or at least, so I thought… Recently, the Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin reported, “Next spring, seniors at about 200 U.S. colleges will take a new test that could prove more important to their future than final exams: an SAT-like assessment that aims to cut through grade-point averages and judge students’ real value to employers.” After years of trusting universities across the country to prepare students for life based on differing standards, class requirements and policies, employers have admitted to finding grades misleading and harder to use as indicators of a graduate’s ability to succeed in the workforce. This prompted the introduction of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+), a standardized exam that allows institutions to “benchmark value-added growth in student learning at their college or university compared to other institutions,” according to the Council for Aid to Education. The test is an online assessment that attempts to measure a students’ ability to critically think, reason and problem-solve to determine their work-readiness. Sound familiar? I do recall the SAT claiming to be “a trusted, globally recognized indicator of your academic readiness for college.” Yet numerous students freeze up on exam day, or score far better on the SAT’s counterpart, the ACT. What then for students who possess worldly skills and the ability to critically think, but cannot prove their worth by taking an assessment?

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How can one’s “workforce worth” be so easily quantified? The CLA+, while an honest attempt to aid employers in their search for the perfect job candidates, can surely be no more effective in determining one’s measure to succeed than a school report card, which many a CEO, movie star or inventor can point to as inaccurate. What seems most discouraging, especially for employers frustrated with the inconsistencies with each graduate’s university, is that the CLA+ leaves almost no room for interpretation. Either a student has a top test score or not. There is no wiggle room. When will this structured way of thinking end? It seems as though employers will soon act like colleges, releasing their average CLA+ scores accepted, preventing truly qualified employees from applying, simply because of a number. And what will happen to universities who are producing students with low CLA+ scores? Will universities be required to post their average graduate’s scores? This will only deepen the discrepancies when high school students begin determining where to apply based on a university’s CLA+ ranking. I believe that no standardized test can ever accurately predict one’s ability to succeed within the workplace. And employers must know this. No master’s degree can indicate one’s ability to cooperate and collaborate. No net worth can measure one’s intelligence. And no number, derived by a bored, tired test grader, can determine one’s value within the workforce. As a potential future employer, I fully understand the confusion and lack of uniformity that results from various universities touting different priorities, but a standardized test seems far from the best method to understand a student’s

culmination of college learning. It seems too early to determine whether the CTA+ will become a staple for every college graduate to endure. However, if down the road, college seniors must place their CTA+ score alongside their GPA on a job application, I can only hope that it is viewed as a small piece of the person- a mere statistic amongst their goals, skills and experiences.


opinion

A take on the stresses of finding off-campus housing years in advance

sign

the pressure to BY CARSYN RODRIGUEZ If a professional athlete asked for a contract extension after his first game, the general manager would laugh in his face. If your friend asked you if you were getting married after one date, you’d think she was a little crazy. If someone asked you on your first day at Miami if college was the best four years of your life, you might not have enough experience to give a definitive answer.

issues to worry about. And yet, I hear stories of students signing leases for their junior year in April or May of their freshman year. The time frame for signing leases for offcampus housing gets earlier every year, and it just isn’t right. Students should not have to decide within one or two weeks of living in a house or apartment if they want to stay an extra year.

Big decisions like these require thought and consideration. However, when it comes to offcampus housing, most students must compete with other students, landlords and time to make fast decisions that affect their Miami experience.

This is especially true for first-years who meet so many different people during the year. Friend groups change as first years join clubs and activities, and as people try to find themselves. Some are lucky enough to find their best friends freshman year, but for others it’s impossible to know who their friends will be a year from now. Still, students are pressured to sign leases with new friends years in advance. Changing academic situations also pose a problem. Some students do not plan on early graduation or studying abroad until a year or less in advance. These unforeseen events lead to posts begging for lease takeovers on Miami Facebook pages.

Many upperclassmen love the idea of living off-campus—no more RAs, small rooms or dining halls. However, what most students do not realize are the problems and headaches that accompany signing a lease. Not only do students have to worry about things like price, location and roommates, they must also compete for offcampus housing. Many students find themselves signing leases a year in advance. I had several experiences in the first few weeks of school this semester that made me think I was already behind in the housing game. During the first week of class, I received an e-mail from Off-Campus Affairs that explained what to do if I was still looking for a place to live next year. I had been in my apartment for less than a week, and felt as though I should be packing up to move for senior year! When I did start my search for next year’s housing, I came across a property website that read, “Now renting for the 2015-2016 school year!” For those who struggle with math, that’s two years away. College students should not have to worry about these early sign dates when they already have academic, social and personal

Who is to blame for this problem? The landlords, for trying to fill their properties as fast as possible? Or the students, for racing to make important decisions in their lives and careers at Miami? Students need to slow down and take the time necessary for such an important decision. Landlords should be aware that students, even college ones, are growing and changing. I am not saying that all landlords are bad—I have had experiences with some who really put the students first. But for the majority of experiences with off-campus housing, early signage of leases has become the norm.

October 37


Brick Street or no street. New bar or no bar. Black out or back out. These coined phrases are consistently uttered among students at Miami University. As a Princeton Review Top 20 party school, we maintain the reputation that we can both work hard and play hard, and we do both exceptionally well. It is no wonder Barstool Blackout is such a hit on our campus. Barstool Blackout is a rave-like “concert” tour that makes its way across the country, selling out arenas and bars. Here in Oxford, the multiple day phenomenon sold out in mere minutes. During Barstool Blackout, hundreds of students drink and pack themselves like sardines into Brick Street. The name of the rave itself dictates what you are supposed to do: black out, drinking as much as possible so that if and when you wake up the next morning you do not remember anything. The only evidence that you went out will be the wristband, the sweat stains on your clothes and possibly a picture of you making out with your best friend on the infamous “Miami Makeouts” Twitter account. This drug and alcohol motivated scene provides the perfect setting for students to let off steam from that grueling finance exam, perturbing roommate or infuriating group project, but the ways in which they are doing so are not exactly mom and pop approved. Modesty has been out of style since Britney

Spears recorded her “Baby, One More Time” video. Sobriety has not been a trend since long before the Beatles first blasted, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” but has safety and common sense gone out of style? These actions may happen on a normal Tuesday at 90s night or even in the basement with your high school friends over Thanksgiving break. However, these activities are so encouraged by Barstool Blackout that I sit back and wonder what actually is the payoff of attending. You could have the kind of crazy night that you thought only happened in places like Ibiza and Amsterdam. But, you could also earn an evening spent witnessing your best friend’s embarrassing dance moves on the bottom floor of Brick Street. Yes, Cindy Lauper, we do just want to have fun, but since when do we have to black out to have a good time? Barstool Blackout promotes that crazy, once in a lifetime, spring break kind of fun. However, it also promotes people making decisions they might not make if the dangerous combination of drugs and alcohol was not involved.

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Is the fun worth the risk?

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