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CHEERS TO FOUR YEARS! A Graduate’s Look Back
The Buzz about BuzzFeed
An Inside Look at ASG Elections Swimming After an Olympic Dream BASEBALL’S NEW LEGACY
08 12 22 24 28 scene 4 Forrest Whitaker 5 Flora 6 ASG Elections features 8 BuzzFeed 10 BOLD: Sri Lanka Swimmer 12 Day Drinking Phenomenon arts & entertainment 16 Summer Music Festivals 17 Monuments Men 19 Uptown Music Act 20 Summer Playlist 21 In vs. Out
sports & fitness 22 Women’s Soccer 24 Spinning Instructor Program 25 Superlatives 26 Baseball’s Legacy Project opinion 28 Graduation: A Look Back 30 “I am Miami” 32 Miami Siblings 34 Women in the Media
the miami quarterly May 2014
In high school, I had a Latin teacher who didn’t teach me much Latin. He taught me something much more important, “We don’t remember days… we remember moments.” As a nostalgic senior I implore you to take a few minutes to reflect on your Miami moments—and I don’t mean the first time you accidentally stepped on the seal, or the day you finally got around to eating that Tuffy Roll.
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 Ellie Conley Justine Daley Aaron Hurd Haley Keyser Mariel Padilla Emmy Silverman
Photographers Rianne VanDervoort Annelise Binnig Ricardo Trevino
I want you to remember the Miami moments that are unique to you. The moment you first discovered lilacs blooming on your weekly trail run. The moment in Bell Tower when you signed an apartment with your three best friends over stir fry. The moment when you and the people you care for most belted out the “Les Miserables” soundtrack together at 3 a.m. These are the moments that define your Miami experience in a way that no tradition listed in an admissions brochure ever could. These are the moments that make Miami yours. This issue of MQ is filled with moments like these. Like the moment senior Ashley VanBuskirk visited Kosovo, a country in Southeastern Europe, and discovered that many women there can’t afford higher education. This moment impacted VanBuskirk with such intensity that she decided to spearhead Flora, an initiative that sells school supplies to fund Kosovar women’s education (p. 5). For another unique Miami moment, flip to page 10. Once there, you can read about the moment Heshan Unamboowe, Miami swimmer and Sri Lankan native, first swam for his country in the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Unambowee describes standing outside the London stadium before the opening ceremony as a dream come true. Or maybe you just want to learn about how one of your favorite moments, a sunny Saturday spent on The Wood’s Bar’s patio, came to be. Check out, “The Day Drinking Phenomenon,” on page 12 to get some back story on the specials that get students out of their beds and Uptown by 1 p.m. Before I sign off, I’d like to thank you for picking up this copy of MQ and accompanying me on my journey as editor-in-chief. Leading MQ this past year was filled with its fair share of stressful moments, but they were always followed by some of the most rewarding. It’s an experience that shaped my Miami, and one I can’t wait for our incoming editor-in-chief Erica Griffith to have when she takes the reigns next fall. Expect great things. Cheers to past moments and the good ones ahead!
Abigail Walters Editor-in-Chief
Faculty Advisor Patricia Gallagher Newberry
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
l a v o r p p a MATRIX high culture U.S. Airway’s explicit Twitter reply
CNN’s 24-hour missing plane coverage
Michael Phelps’ short-lived retirement
theSkimm “The Knot,” wedding magazine’s feature on Miami Mergers
Beyonce & Jay Z’s combined summer tour
“Fast & Furious 7” without Paul Walker
ShareFest Colbert taking over for Letterman
“Blue Mountain State’s” return Yik Yak
James Franco’s attempt to pick up a 17 year-old on Instagram
“Game of Thrones” weddings
Damian Watson’s Uptown photos
Brett Eldredge’s egg hunt on campus
Late night drunken antics at ASC
*These are the opinions of the MQ editors.
Why Whitaker? By Carrie Ellington Forest Whitaker poses in 45th NAACP Image Awards Press Room with two awards. Source: United Press Images
Hollywood has once again shone its light on Miami University, this time through the naming of Forest Whitaker as the 2014 commencement speaker. The star will address this year’s graduates and their families on May 17 at Yager Stadium. Whitaker has an unusual bond with Miami that helps explain why he will speak at this year’s graduation. According to Ted Pickerill, secretary to the Board of Trustees and executive assistant to the president, Miami alumnus Wil Haygood helped the school snag the A-list actor. “It was our desire to select a speaker which fit with the yearlong theme of Celebrating Freedom, and it just seemed to flow naturally out of our ongoing relationship with Miami alumnus, Wil Haygood, whose work was the inspiration for the premier Civil Rights film of the decade—Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”,” Pickerill says. According to Pickerill, Haygood was able to help President Hodge connect with Whitaker, and there was no need for them to look for other commencement candidates. Pickerill also said that because of this special connection, the usual committee that advises the president on the commencement speaker selection was not formed.
Haygood, whose article in The Wall Street Journal inspired Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” expressed his enthusiasm for the actor’s humanitarian work and excitement for Miamians and their families to hear his message. “It’s important to be real, to be authentic,” Haygood says. “That’s the reason that I’m so happy Forrest has been chosen to be this year’s commencement speaker.” Professors on campus agree that Whitaker’s message will blend well with the year of Celebrating Freedom, a university-wide, year-long event that began last fall and focuses on issues like civil rights, immigration, voting rights, women’s rights, gay rights, freedom of speech, and human rights. “Although I haven’t been involved in recent planning (of the Freedom Summer activities), I think his work sits really nicely in that we can draw many lessons from his Butler character as an example,” says Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis, a professor in the black world studies and English departments, “The film fits nicely in ideas conveyed by Freedom Summer.” While known for his various film accomplishments, Whitaker’s humanitarian work is also a matter of great importance. He is a supporter and advocate for Hope North, a boarding school and vocational training school in northern Uganda for escaped child soldiers, orphans and other young victims of the civil war.
In May 2011 Whitaker co-founded the International Institute for Peace (IIP) at Rutgers University. The IIP works to better the world in different ways through community building. Whitaker was also inducted as a United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural, Organization (UNESCO) Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation in June of 2011. He works with UNESCO to help develop initiatives. Whitaker has won several awards and critical acclaim for his acting as well. In 2007 he won a Golden Globe, British Academy of Film and Television Art and Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of General Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.” In that same year he won an Academy Award for the same role, becoming the fourth African American man to win an Oscar. Considering the actor’s diverse background, Haygood thinks that Whitaker’s message will resonate with those in the audience come commencement day. “The very foundation of this man’s life is layered with authenticity,” Haygood says, “And I’m not talking about just his roles on the big screen, but off screen he does a lot of humanitarian work and social activism. He does the things that make our society turn in the right direction. No doubt it will beautifully transcend to the graduates and friends.”
FLORA FOR SALE By Emmy Silverman Photo by Erica Griffith As students at Miami University, it can be difficult to imagine that some parts of the world are decades behind us in accessibility to higher education. In counries like Kosovo, located in southeastern Europe, accessing higher education is a daunting task for impoverished women. For 19-year-old Kosovar Ema Mazreku, this dream of higher education seemed unobtainable. Mazreku’s father died in the Kosovo War in 1999, leaving her mother to care for four children on 60 euros a month in a three-room home. Mazreku’s dream is to go to law school so she can help other women like her live a better life. However, law school costs 250 euros a semester, and on her current income and lack of scholarship, it will take her 12 years to complete the six-year program. “For the past three years, there haven’t been any scholarship opportunities to apply for,” Mazreku says in the “Kosovo Students Talk Back” section of Kosovo 2.0’s website. This is where Miami University senior Ashley VanBuskirk steps in. VanBuskirk met Mazreku one afternoon at a church while studying
abroad in Kosovo. After hearing Mazreku’s story and meeting her family, VanBuskirk became passionate about helping Mazreku and other girls in her situation make their dream of pursuing higher education a reality.
venture as a class project. “I really like the cause of helping women with higher education because it is something I am able to achieve and can relate to,” group member Peyton Allen says.
Despite her good intentions, VanBuskirk soon realized she could not fund Mazreku’s tuition out-of-pocket or even find a scholarship for her. Undeterred, VanBuskirk started a social venture last semester with the help of her twin sister to raise money to help fund college tuition for girls in Kosovo.
The group of five is launching a pilot program and selling the notebooks around campus or online for $12. According to the group’s financial projections, every 40 journals sold can fully support a full semester college education for a girl in Kosovo. The group is working with an organization in Kosovo to help disperse the funds to the young women. At the conclusion of the pilot program, the group hopes to either fully fund one girl for a year and a half or partially fund around seven semesters.
“Mazreku inspired the whole thing because I recognized the low cost of the tuition and realized my success with receiving scholarships here in America,” VanBuskirk says. VanBuskirk developed the idea of selling school supplies to help raise the funds. In order to connect the product to girls in Kosovo, the notebook covers showcase watercolor paintings VanBuskirk received from a Kosovar woman excited about the project. Inspired by the floral print of the paintings, VanBuskirk dubbed her company Flora. VanBuskirk is not the only Miami student working to fund these women’s college tuition. Professor Brett Smith’s Entrepreneurship 464 class split into groups to take on client projects. One group helps VanBuskirk with her social
VanBuskirk recognizes how lucky we are to have the opportunity to receive a college degree. Mazreku is a just one girl out of the thousands of girls in her same position. Kosovar girls want to make a difference in their country, but are unable to afford the upper-level education to help them achieve their goals. But for VanBuskirk, Mazreku instills hope. “I was really inspired because Mazreku is in such poverty and has nothing,” VanBuskirk says. “Yet, she has optimism for the promise of the future. It has inspired me to look at my own life and question who I am living my life for.”
SO YOU WANNA BE ASG PRESIDENT? By Ellie Conley
Tyman and Bata, newly elctected president and VP pose for their official campaign photo.
Ever dream of ruling the world? What about just making major decisions on behalf of the Miami University student body regarding discipline policies, parking, finances and more? That’s the job of Associated Student Government’s president and vice president. Every spring students decide who will fill these positions during the Associated Student Government (ASG) election. But have you ever wondered how the process works? Politician-wannabes look no further. Here’s a breakdown of how to run for office. Becoming a Contender
Running for president and vice president began this year as early as Feb. 26, when the Elections Committee started accepting petitions. A candidate must first fill out a petition stating their name, intended position and running mate, and then acquire 150 undergraduate signatures to enter the running. A candidate for president must run with a vice president and vice versa. In other words, they must run together as a slate. This year petitions were due on March 5, and three slates were added to the ballot. Candidates must also be in good academic standing with the university and have no prior disciplinary probations. Forrest McGuire, former ASG chief of staff, ran for president last spring with running mate Lot Kwarteng. “I first decided I wanted to run the first semester of my junior year,” McGuire says. “I
realized elections were coming up and since I was the chief of staff, the current student body president, John Stefanski, really wanted me to run because he thought I was the most qualified candidate. I decided I would look into it and think about it. Ultimately I decided to do it.”
Pedro from “Napoleon Dynamite” had his friends wear t-shirts during his campaign, and this age-old trick still remains a favorite. But there is more to campaigning than wearing spirited crewnecks. There are three types of campaigning: closed, soft and open. Closed campaigning is privately communicating to friends and peers that one is running. This often occurs when asking for signatures for the petition.
Soft campaigning takes place 2 weeks before spring break. Candidates can speak publicly to student organizations about their platform, but they may not directly ask for support. Open campaigning is what students see every year around campus through the use of posters, t-shirts, websites, social media, videos, events and even bar wristbands. Courtney Bernard, the current student body vice president and ASG Elections Committee chair who ran with current president, Charlie Schreiber, says that the biggest part of the campaign was putting together a team of about 15-20 close friends and supporters. They each had their Greek chapters behind them, which helped, but their team also made an effort to fill important roles. The team consisted of someone in charge of tracking finances, someone in charge of graphic design and media and some-
scene one controlling all of the social media. “That was really helpful because while we had our hands on everything, we at least had someone who was a little more dedicated in one area or another,” Bernard says. “We just came up with some different—I would say more innovative things—like having wristbands at the bar that said ‘Vote Schreiber Bernard’, and we had a rally with the Bengals cheerleaders,” Bernard says.
Campaigns for combined president and vice president slates cannot exceed over $2,000. This may seem like a lot, but all of that poster printing, event planning, t-shirt making and website launching can create a big bill.
demographic. “We literally just got a white board up and we said okay what are our connections, who do we know, and how many votes do we think we can pull opposed to our candidates?,” McGuire says. “We mapped it all out to find our strong points.” Bernard and Schreiber, made sure they were the first to release a video, put up a Facebook page and Twitter page, as well as have their website up and running. “It was very intense,” Bernard says. “It was constantly monitoring what everyone else was doing and saying, and then hopefully beating everyone to the chase on a lot of things.”
“Both mine and Charlie’s chapters donated, and then we did have family contribute [to our campaign], and we definitely used personal funds,” Bernard says. “By the end of if, when you’re just buying little things, it adds up really quickly.”
Attaining a sponsor can also help acquire votes. Last year WMSR, The Miami Student, Young Republicans, the former ASG president and more supported McGuire and Kwarteng. It showed that these organizations had faith in their campaign, which McGuire says he saw as important.
The money spent is tracked each week by the candidates, who must turn in a weekly report with receipts to the Elections Committee. Failure to do so results in a violation.
Schreiber and Bernard’s campaign had individual supporters, but no distinct organizations. In the long run they prevailed, sponsor or no sponsor.
If candidates exceed the $2,000 limit they can receive a violation. Two violations leads to disqualification.
Ready, Set, Vote!
Developing a Strategy
McGuire said that he started developing his strategy with Kwarteng by first going over their
McGuire and Kwarteng pose for their official campaign photo.
The first round of voting takes place in the primary elections, one week before the general election. However, a primary election only takes place if there are more than two slates in the running. So, say there is a primary: if a slate wins more than 50 percent of the votes in
it, they are automatically declared the next president and vice president and there is no need for a general election. No results are revealed to anyone until voting is over. “You are kept in the dark. The only people that can see it are the Elections Committee. They’re not supposed to reveal any of that information,” Bernard says. “We ended up hearing how many votes we won by in the end, but that was at the very end.”
The slate with the highest number of votes at the end wins. The winners receive the title of student body president and vice president. These titles provide them the opportunity to change and influence policies, the chance to meet famous and interesting people visiting the campus, and for the more tangible prizes, a red parking pass and salary. The president is paid about $5,300, while the vice president receives around $4,500. After weeks and endless nights of campaigning, whether a candidate wins or not, both Bernard and McGuire agree that it was all worth it. “There were sleepless nights. It was a lot of effort. There wasn’t a day that went by during the elections when I wasn’t thinking about one part or another,” McGuire says. “It was one of the most highly contested and closest stages of the election that I’ve heard of in the last decade or two, and I think it definitely paid off. We gave it a good run.”
Schreiber and Bernard posed for a photo to accompany MQ’s “Dynamic Duo” feature story last October.
The Buzz About BuzzFeed By Ali Czarnecki Photos by Rianne VanDervoort
Pictured above: Sarah Karlan
Scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter newsfeed, it’s likely that you’ll come across several BuzzFeed articles posted within a few short hours of each other. Whether these postings are goofy quizzes like “How Extreme is Your Devotion to Pizza?” or witty entertainment articles entitled things like “Lindsey Lohan and David Letterman Had a Super Awkward Conversation About Eggs,” they’re designed to catch your attention. Junior Devon Buesking, a self-proclaimed social media junky, spends countless hours browsing through her Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds. She considers BuzzFeed another staple in her daily fix, and she’s not alone. According to Quantcast, a digital advertising company that specializes in audience measurement, BuzzFeed had nearly 9 million unique visitors on Mar. 24, 2014 from mobile web devices alone. “I’m on BuzzFeed a ton, especially in class because it kills time,” Buesking shares. “It’s an easy way to entertain yourself when you’re bored. It pops up on social media accounts everywhere so I am on it daily, usually multiple times a day.” Buesking finds that the easily accessible links
cause her to check the website more often than if she went to the site directly. When other people post BuzzFeed articles and quizzes to social media sites, she’s more likely to indulge. “When I find something really funny I send it along to friends and friends send me stuff regularly that they think I’ll enjoy,” Buesking says. In terms of what makes BuzzFeed so popular in regards to its content, Buesking credits the site’s content and design. “The topics they pick are super relatable to our generation and the generation of people on social media sites,” Buesking explains. “I think it has gained popularity because it’s quick and easy to navigate and a mindless way to entertain yourself when you’re just browsing the web.” Additionally, Buesking gives some warning about when it’s best to scroll through the popular site. “I think BuzzFeed is hilarious,” she says. “It can be dangerous when you’re in class looking at it because it usually makes me laugh out loud.” Senior journalism student, Joe Gieringer, has a different idea about the sites’ tactics. Being
more of a traditionalist, he’s not a huge fan of the ‘pop’ journalism movement. “There’s sort of a dumbing down approach to the news so that it appeals to a wider audience,” Gieringer explains. “This is a pretty cynical approach, but I think most people don’t want to take the time to try to understand and critically think through news,” he says. “They like things served to them easily and quickly…fast food culture.” Gieringer believes that BuzzFeed’s ability to create quick and easy-to-understand content allows for a larger audience appeal. He explains that almost every post comes equipped with a sidebar that allows readers to send out the article to various social media sites that helps BuzzFeed spread its content even faster. Although Gieringer argues that BuzzFeed’s content is boiled down to sound bites, he also gives the site some credit. “The audience just doesn’t really want to think, and BuzzFeed does a good job of handing it to you.”
Sarah Karlan, aka Skar, a 2012 Miami graduate who currently works as an associate editor at BuzzFeed’s NYC headquarters, never had the BuzzFeed experience typical to that of today’s student body. With a degree in Zoology, working for a company like BuzzFeed was never a career she had envisioned for herself. In fact, for most of her college career she wasn’t even familiar with the site. From an insider’s perspective of BuzzFeed, Karlan feels the content is not only original, but also highly unique. Discovering the site post grad, she discusses her own personal experiences with BuzzFeed and how this discovery changed her career path. “Originally, I was heading towards veterinary school after graduation,” Karlan explains. “But with a swift change of direction I plunged into applying to various online outlets in Chicago and New York City.” Karlan saw a job posting for the BuzzFeed Fellowship and knew that she had to jump on the opportunity in the hopes of landing a creative job sans the stuffy office environment.
“I tried to stand out in my application by drawing on my well-rounded skills and unique passions,” Karlan says “I ended up interning with BuzzFeed for three months before starting full time.” Karlan works within the LGBT vertical of the site and explains that every day in the office is a new experience. She spends her days looking for recent, relevant stories and strives to post to the site at least once a day. She also manages various social media accounts. “Our stories are basically a mix of pop culture, news and original content,” Karlan explains. “Some days are slower and we can focus on long-term projects, while other days are so fast-paced I barely have time to breathe, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” In terms of what keeps Karlan motived day-today, she credits the passion displayed within the office and within the content. “The creative atmosphere is amazing,” Karlan says. “Every day I’m surrounded by the most brilliant people who are endlessly passionate about what they do.”
She shares that the creativity displayed within the site, in addition to the broad range of topics, provides a constant challenge. “By creating content for BuzzFeed I get to be silly and creative one minute, then do some serious research the next – but every day I get to create something through my work,” Karlan says. The work not only contributes to her own well-being and happiness, but also allows her to reach out and help others. “Working with the LGBT vertical in particular, I really feel like I’m helping people who might be going through a difficult time in their lives,” Karlan says. “That’s truly unique.” Karlan has some sound advice for those who are interested in pursuing careers that are perhaps outside of their comfort zone or original plan. “Don’t think that just because you didn’t study a certain area in school you can’t pursue a certain field,” she explains. “The important thing is to try as many things as possible, and pursue what fascinates you most.”
A Gentleman Who Swims Meet Heshan Unamboowe, Miami sophomore and Olympic swimmer from Sri Lanka.
By Erica Griffith Photos by Annelise Binnig From the tropical island of Sri Lanka to the small cornfield pocket of Oxford, Heshan Unamboowe spends his time in two of the most demanding programs Miami offers: mechanical engineering and swimming. At age 21, Unamboowe has competed internationally since age 13 and represented Sri Lanka in the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
An Accidental Start
Many Olympic athletes attribute a love of their sport to the start of their careers. But for Unamboowe, swimming was more of a cure than a fun hobby. Dealing with illness and asthma since infancy, doctors prescribed a last resort solution: swimming. After a while, and almost
miraculously, the pool cured Unamboowe’s asthma and he hasn’t stopped swimming since. As a child, Unamboowe didn’t like the water and was scared of the deep end. But his parents and coach noticed his aptitude for the sport. At the age of eight his skill and love of the sport continued to grow. He started swimming in competitions. At age 13, when most American kids were navigating middle school woes, Unamboowe began swimming in international competitions. When the Asian Olympic Committee selected Unamboowe to compete, he simply hoped to make it to the finals. Instead, he ended up
winning a gold, silver and bronze medal. He also broke the Asian age group record in the 50m backstroke. “That was a turning point where I told myself, okay I need to get serious about this. Yeah I just kept swimming,” Unamboowe says, laughing at the understatement.
Disappointment to Accomplishment
As Unamboowe continued collecting medals, he became more enthralled with the Olympics. In 2000 and 2004, he and his sister recorded the Olympics on VCR and would watch the tapes repeatedly.
features “I was so into it that I remember I even memorized all the commentaries of certain events. When it came to the 2004 Olympics, I told myself maybe I could be there someday,” Unamboowe remembers. As his dreams gained momentum, his times improved. Soon enough he found himself in the top three swimmers of Sri Lanka. The media gave him a lot of attention and picked him as a favorite to compete in the 2008 games in Beijing. Unamboowe didn’t even consider the possibility that he wouldn’t be selected. “I remember the day I got to know that I wasn’t picked. I locked myself in my room and I just cried for a day because only I knew how much it meant to me,” Unamboowe says. “I could stop swimming and have more free time, more friends, a better social life. And also I told myself you could do that or you could still work hard and keep trying for the next one.” With the support of his family, he decided to work even harder. Eventually, he received a scholarship to train in Australia. Between Beijing and London, he participated in many international competitions. “In 2012 I got the good news,” Unamboowe remembers. “My dream of ten years came true.” Unamboowe recalls waiting outside the stadium in London right before the opening ceremony as being the most amazing feeling in his life. “When it was time to go in, I started realizing that I was at the biggest sporting event in the whole world and just as I stepped into the stadium, I started having all these flashbacks from my childhood about how I started and the rough journey I had to go through to get here,” Unamboowe says.
the event was recorded at the Malaysian Open, the qualifying event for the Olympics, where he won silver with a time of 57.47. Unamboowe consistently gives credit to other people in his life for his success. U.H. Pemlath, his high school swim coach, is one of his biggest inspirations. Pemlath joined the high school staff as a pool cleaner with no education background and only knew swimming in the ocean. Over the years, he observed the swimmers and 15 years later became the school’s head coach. Five years after coaching the high school team he became the national coach of Sri Lanka and remains Unamboowe’s coach when he goes home.
Getting to America
Applying to college was a little different for Unamboowe. Initially he wanted to apply to as many schools as possible, but his training in Australia and time in London interfered with his application process. Unamboowe had a friend who went to the University of Cincinnati, and decided to streamline his application process by looking at schools in Ohio. He learned Miami University accepted the Common Application and had a swim team and engineering program. He did no other research but received a good offer from them. His first time in the United States was visiting Miami. Unamboowe had never been on a team with other college students until he got to Oxford. He describes the guys on the team as brothers with a lot of team spirit.
As one of the seven athletes from Sri Lanka, Unamboowe was proud to represent his country.
“They just took me for who I am and they didn’t care about where I was from or what color I was or whatever,” Unamboowe describes. “They just didn’t care and as long as I was part of the team that was all that mattered.”
Though he didn’t qualify for the latter rounds of the games, his 100m backstroke time (57.94 seconds) was only five seconds slower than the gold medalist in that event. His personal best in
Pete Lindsay, Miami’s head swim coach since 1985, refers to Unamboowe as soft-spoken and very focused. Lindsay also describes him as an extremely reliable and consistent swimmer, a
characteristic a coach can rely on. “He’s a strong student and he swims,” Lindsay says. “He doesn’t define himself as primarily a swimmer. I think it’s the reverse. He’s a gentleman who swims.” His teammate, Chris Dieter, has enjoyed his time with Unamboowe on the team since they both started during the same season. The two have neighboring lockers and crack jokes often. “Heshan’s extremely driven and not the most vocal guy about it, “Dieter says. “To do that thousands of miles away from home is incredible.” “When you talk to Heshan he looks you in the eye and seems to not care about anything else but what you’re saying. He treats you as a real person and isn’t the typical Miami student,” Dieter further explains. Unamboowe’s girlfriend, Shiny Weerakoon, brings a piece of home to him. A fellow native of Sri Lanka, Weerakoon admires Unamboowe’s work ethic. “He spends literally half his time in the water,” Weerakoon explains. “Every single practice he goes to he pushes himself further. He keeps trying to become the best that he can.” Unamboowe’s biggest goal is to travel to Rio for the 2016 games. In the meantime, he’s looking forward to other swim meets where he’ll swim for Sri Lanka. He’s also excited for Miami’s upcoming swim season because of the strength of the team. He attributes much of his success to his loving parents, Dudley and Priyanga. Coming from the struggles of Sri Lanka’s economy and recovery from a long lasting bloody war, his parents worked very to hard to help their son in his pursuits. “They always want the best for me so I’m really thankful for them,” Unamboowe says. “They haven’t been able to come to [America] yet, but hopefully they’ll be here, maybe next year.”
By Emma Kete Photos by Rianne VanDervoort Day drinking on Miami’s campus over recent years has become a widely known and popular event. Just head Uptown on any given Friday or Saturday afternoon and you’ll see swarms of students outside bars like Brick Street and The Wood’s Bar. But has day drinking always been a popular event even before the creation of drink deals like Beat the Clock and Broken Clock? Nate Welch, a 2010 Miami graduate, gives his thoughts on the reasoning behind the phenomenon. “I think day drinking was always a popular thing,” Welch says, “But there weren’t as many promotional events to get people to day drink when I was at Miami.” Welch defends the day drinking culture during his time at Miami. He says that day drinking was happening, but it didn’t draw attention until promotional events such as Beat the Clock, a weekend drink special at Brick Street, and Broken Clock, a weekend drink special at The Wood’s Bar, were established. Before Beat the Clock was brought to Miami, Welch says that information about day drinking parties was mainly spread by word of mouth. “Facebook was just getting started my freshman year, so people would post a status about
it,” Welch explains. “One friend would go into Brick Street or people would go into a house party and they would bring it up and you would tag along.” With the added popularity of Facebook and other social media sites such as Twitter, Welch believes that those platforms help spread the word for promotional events and greatly assist in getting people to show up on the weekends. Social media also reaches more people than word of mouth did back when he was a student. Welch attributes the current popularity of Beat the Clock and Broken Clock mainly to the game-like element of the events. “As you’re counting down the clock, drinks are getting more or less expensive, so you want to try and finish within the time,” Welch describes. “You’re already there to socialize, so it adds another element to that.” Kevin Krefting, a bartender at Brick Street, explains the history of Beat the Clock on Miami’s campus and offers an explanation as to why he thinks it’s become such a hit. “Beat the Clock first originated at Ohio State,” Krefting shares. “It was an every other Saturday thing at a bar called The O Patio & Pub. Mark Weismann brought it to Miami because he
knew it wasn’t a big thing here and because he wanted the extra exposure.” Krefting claims that the popularity of Beat the Clock is due to the low prices that come with the promotion. “The deals at Beat the Clock are the best deals students can find on a weekend, night or day, on all of campus,” Krefting explains. He also admits that it is popular because of the college town environment that the bar is located in. “We have such a close community,” Krefting says. “You can go from one bar to the next, and parties are less than a block away.” Krefting differentiates Brick Street’s Beat the Clock from The Wood’s Bar’s Broken Clock: “At Beat the Clock, every hour counts. At 1 o’clock, the pitchers of beer are $1, at 2 o’clock $2, at 3 o’clock $3, and so on. A cool thing about it is you’re trying to beat the clock on the hour.” According to Krefting, not much has changed at Beat the Clock since it started in 2010. “The only way that it has changed since it’s started is that they have incorporated it into other days, such as holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and the Olympic Games.”
THE DAY DRINKING PHENOMENON
These specific holidays bring about special deals that make a big difference. Also, what used to be a Saturday only deal has turned into a whole weekend event. “It used to be only on Saturdays, which I personally think was a lot more fun because it’s a once a week thing,” Krefting explains. “Since it’s Friday and Saturday now, not many people go on Fridays.” As a bartender, Krefting prefers working during the day as opposed to at night. “It’s different because nighttime is structured into a nightclub, while during the days it is structured like a normal college bar,” Krefting says. “I like working during the days a lot more because it is more relaxed and easygoing.” Lastly, Krefting tells of the future plans for Beat the Clock. “I know for a fact that they will try to incorporate food into it more and more throughout the years,” Krefting says. “Also, I know that they are trying to extend it to Thursday afternoons to compete with The Wood’s Bar’s happy hour on Thursdays. At the end of the day, whatever changes they make towards it, they will always be in competition with The Wood’s.”
Broken Clock at The Wood’s Bar started in the spring of 2012. The hours are from 3 to 9 p.m., and its long hours hope to differentiate itself from Brick Street’s 1 to 3 p.m. day drinking hours. Its name derives from Beat the Clock because many students go to Broken Clock after Beat the Clock, and once the clock has been beaten, it is broken. Also, The Wood’s Bar advertises its low prices in comparison to Brick Street’s day drinking prices on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. The price per pitcher of beer is lower at Broken Clock than at Beat the Clock, and that is a special they use to draw customers into The Wood’s Bar instead of Brick Street.
here and they told them about it,” Van Orman says.“It was word of mouth because I knew nothing about it. I heard it from older people from high school that went here.”
Anna Van Orman, a Miami student, gives her opinion on the current popularity of day drinking on campus at bars like Brick Street and The Wood’s Bar.
“There is a big outdoor area, you can go at whatever time, and the prices appeal to people because it’s cheap,” Van Orman says.
“I think college kids don’t have that much else to do on the weekends,” Van Orman says. “No one wants to do homework and it’s a good excuse not to do work, and to go out with your friends and have a good time.” Van Orman explains that she learned about Beat the Clock and Broken Clock in a similar way to graduate Nate Welch.
Even with promotions and social media sites, word of mouth still plays a large role in drawing people to the bars on the weekends. But the now popular question of which bar is more popular resonates with students and alumnae alike. Van Orman believes Beat the Clock is still the most popular.
Van Orman does not know if the day drinking during the week will catch on, citing the amount of work most students have on Monday through Friday. Though the debate between Beat the Clock and Broken Clock continues, one thing remains certain: day drinking on Miami’s campus is here to stay.
“I heard about it from friends who I was rooming with that knew older people that went
The MQ editors weigh in on their hardest workout. Pictured from left to right: Shannon Pesek, Drew Doggett, Ali Czarnecki, Abigail Walters, Amanda Schumaker and Katie Mark
My hardest workout consists of attempting to spell the word “exercise.” Clearly I don’t do it enough for the word to be a part of my daily vocabulary.
I took an individual exercise class at the rec last year. The first day I started the walk to class in the morning, I realized it was 18 minutes from my house to the rec. – that’s a long time. I dropped the class that day, and haven’t been back to the rec since.
During Greek Week basketball my junior year I realized there were muscles I hadn’t put to use since high school. After making it to the championship game, I couldn’t even roll over in my sleep for the next two days because I was so sore. I
made sure we lost fast this year so I could make it back in time for happy hour at The Wood’s.
My high school lacrosse coach implemented a beloved tradition during my senior season: run a full-field suicide for every goal we lost by. Unfortunately for my team, lacrosse can produce some pretty high deficits. For example, the time we lost by ten goals. Yes, we ran ten full-field suicides.
I got talked into playing broomball this year because they needed another girl on the team. Our team captain not only scored a goal for the other team, but also pushed me out of the way to do it. I totally wiped out and I was definitely sore for the next few days!
I strength train 3 to 4 times per week and I’m now lifting 15 pound dumbbells, which is pretty good since most of the guys at the rec are at that level give or take a few pounds. But my hardest workout was when a good-looking guy got on the treadmill next to me one day and I glanced over and tripped. It was the hardest workout…emotionally.
Thea Dellas (not pictured)
For track in my senior year of high school, my coach had us running 12, 400-meter sprints every other day with only one extended break. Needless to say, I’ve since avoided interval training!
Megan Conley (not pictured)
Possibly one of the hardest (yet comical) workouts of all time happened the day
before I was leaving for a figure skating competition. As I completed one last, flawless program, I hit a bump on the ice while trying to stop. I slid headfirst towards the boards and out the open door, rolling off the ice. Let’s just say the practice took me off the ice for a while.
Rianne VanDervoort (not pictured)
“Working out.” I’ve heard of that before. I think my hardest work out is putting pants on in the morning. Or maybe the walk to the fridge... I’m not sure but man, I am seeing results.
Alex Bishoff (not pictured)
My hardest workout is anything that includes using my arms because I am the weakest human alive! Anything over about 10 pounds makes me want to keel over and die. Major props to anyone that can handle arm day!
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Summer Music Festival Lineup By Drew Doggett
The Governors Ball
When: June 6-8 Where: Randall’s Island, NY What: One of the newest festivals on the block is making a name for itself quickly with its great location and consistently solid lineups. It has taken cues from fellow festivals offering lawn activities, food trucks and local features only found in New York. Who: Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix, Skrillex, Foster the People, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Disclosure, Spoon, James Blake, Empire of the Sun, Childish Gambino, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler, The Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt
CMA Music Fest
Where: Nashville, TN When: June 5-8 What: Not into all of the hipster hoopla? Well put on your boots and come down to Nashville. There is no better bill in country music. Period. While the festival sticks to one genre, it features every country artists you’d want to see, young and old. Afterwards, hangout at downtown Broadway and catch all the amazing music playing indoors. Who: Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Luke Ryan, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry
When: June 12-15 Where: Manchester, TN What: Hippies unite! This is the music festival your parents don’t want you to go to because chances are, the guy next to you isn’t smoking a cigarette. What you don’t get with being close to a major city, Bonaroo makes up for it with four days of mud, dehydration, camping, fried foods and usually the best lineup around. Don’t forget about the comedy stages and the signature “Silent Disco.”
Who: Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Vampire Weekend, Wiz Khalifa, Kaskade, Disclosure, Ice Cube, Slightly Stoopid, , Pusha T, Mastadon, Dr. Dog, Sam Smith, Danny Brown, A$AP Ferg
When: August 1-3 Where: Grant Park, Chicago, IL What: Perry Farrell started the festival craze with Lollapalooza in the early 90s as it began as a traveling carnival of bands. It now features primarily alternative rock bands and EDM artists. While it has slowly turned into more of a teenage-bro fest with bands playing underneath a corporate sponsorship, Lollapalooza still offers the amenities of Chicago with one of the most coveted festivals around. Who: Outkast, Eminem, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Lorde, Zedd, Nas, Childish Gambino, Spoon, Cage the Elephant, Chance the Rapper, Fitz and the Tantrums, CHVRCHES, Manchester Orchestra, John Butler Trio, The Kooks
Austin City Limits
When: October 3-5, October 10-12 Where: Zilker Park, Austin, TX What: If you didn’t get enough music from the culture convention of South by Southwest (SXSW) then ACL has you covered. The festival has actually been going on since 1976 and separates itself by airing all of the concerts on PBS. The burgeoning billings have helped Austin become the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Sorry, Nashville. Who: Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Skrillex, Beck, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Foster the People, Head and the Heart, Chromeo, Childish Gambino, Broken Bells, The Avett Brothers, CHVRCHES, AFI, Mac Demarco, Icona Pop, Sam Smith, Cults
Photo by Rebecca O’Neal
By Andrew Doggett
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Miami’s Monuments Man Leaves a Timeless Legacy By Andrew J Gargiulo
Public Domain. Source: The National Archives
“Hold your fire!” A soldier, with a map overlooking a small village, yells to his accompanying platoon, in the heat of World War II. He is making sure American troops do not fire on a Catholic cathedral in Northern France that is known to hold dozens of pieces of artifacts. He is a member of a group known as The Monuments Men. This division of the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas called Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) was responsible for protecting, retrieving and cataloging pieces of art that were salvaged from Nazi occupied Europe. This story hits closer to home than most stories about World War II. Here at Miami University, we have a connection to our own Monuments Man, Walter I. Farmer. Farmer served with the MFAA just after the conclusion of World War II as the Director of the Wiesbaden Collecting Point. He cataloged dozens of pieces of art that were brought to Wiesbaden daily. His contributions to the preservation of war area monuments earned him a Commander’s Cross from the German Government in 1996.
Lynn Nicholas of The Wall Street Journal, in her article “What the Monuments Wrought,” acknowledges that Farmer “performed miracles” at the Wiesbaden Collecting Point. Farmer would move back to Cincinnati after his finishing his duty in Europe. Over the years, Farmer accumulated a great collection of art from all over the world. According to Miami University’s Art Museum’s Director, Robert Wicks, Farmer was known for purchasing any piece of art that caught his eye. He never limited himself to a specific style of art. Walter Farmer, class of 1935, had always considered donating his collection of art to his Alma Mater, but there were a few things that were required of Miami if they wanted to receive the donations. Farmer set specific preconditions the university would have to follow. First, he required the university build a contemporary style building to showcase the artwork. This project started in the mid-1970s with private contributions to Miami. The majority of funding for the Art Museum building was provided by Fred C. Yager, for whom the football stadium is named. The initial art donations came from Farmer and Orpha Webster, a former art professor. Both have galleries named in their honor.
When Farmer died in 1997, he donated his lifelong collection of art to Miami University. “We would not have the art museum we have today without Walter Farmer,” Wicks says. Today, the museum has more than 17,000 pieces of art in its archives and is still accepting donations. The museum offers themed exhibits that are presented throughout the year. The current featured exhibit, “Reality is Broken,” showcases artwork done exclusively by Miami University students. Next time you are bored on a weekday afternoon, or, as senior Courtney Maher suggests, “when you need a pinch of culture,” head over to Miami University’s Art Museum to admire the variety of donations made by Miami’s own Monument Man. The Miami University Art Museum is at the corner of Patterson Ave (Rt. 27) and E. Chestnut St. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is always free to art gazers of any age.
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Q&A with Alex Poteet
A CLOSER LOOK AT AN UPTOWN MUSICIAN By Mariel Padilla Photo by Ricardo Trevino Alex Poteet sits at Cru Wine Bar.
Oxford’s Uptown is a great place for students and locals alike to come together at various restaurants, shops and bars. Alex Poteet, a 22 year-old musician, contributes to Uptown’s lively atmosphere with his voice and acoustic guitar. He performs live at popular locations like O’Pub, Cru Wine Bar, Steinkeller and various fraternity parties on campus. A graduate of Eaton High School in Ohio, Poteet moved to the Oxford to attend Miami. His focus changed from school to music when he found steady work in Oxford and the greater Cincinnati area. “I first met Alex when he was a teenager, and I was impressed by his ability at such a young age,” Poteet’s good friend and fellow musician, Noah Cope says. “Subsequently he and I have worked together on several projects, and it’s always a pleasure. Alex has a strong desire to always be improving musically, and I respect that. He also has a great ear for a good song, and I enjoy his selection of material.” Cope is another local musician, a member of a group called Wingwalkers, who met Alex years ago. Alex’s music can be heard every Wednesday at O’Pub’s “Wine-d Up Wednesday” and every Friday with Smokestack Lightning, a blues/jam band that’s popular with fraternities on campus. He plays at Cru Wine Bar regularly and occasionally Steinkeller. Read on to learn more about Poteet. Q: When did you start getting involved with music? A: I’ve been obsessed with music since I was a child, but I didn’t start playing guitar until I was
13. My mom finally broke down and bought me an acoustic guitar and some lessons and that’s when my musical journey started. Q: What past experiences brought you to where you are now? A: After a lot of practice, my first performances were at coffee shops and small clubs in the area, but once I moved to Oxford when I was 19, I really started to pick up work as a musician: both as a solo performer and as a guitar player for other bands. Q: Do you plan on music being a career? A: It is definitely a goal to make music my career. That’s something I feel I’m working towards. When I spend time playing, practicing and promoting, it is with that goal in mind. Q: What aspect of performing Uptown do you like most? A: I really love that there seems to be more and more places in Oxford that are having live music. It’s great for everyone involved. Places like Cru Wine Bar, Mac & Joes, The Wood’s and O’Pub. Connecting with people through music is awesome. Q: Do you get nervous when you perform? A: If I’m playing a big event or trying out new material I tend to get a little bit nervous, but once the music starts I stay focused on that, and it helps me tremendously. If it’s a regular gig, not so much.
Q: What genre of music do you perform? Do you write your own songs? A: My music is an eclectic mix of genres. It’s really difficult for me to try to classify what I do because I pull things from many influences. It also depends on whom I’m playing with. There are a few bands I play classic rock and blues music with, but mainly in Oxford what I do are unique arrangements of a variety of pop songs from almost every decade, as well of some of my own tunes which fall into the same category. Q: Who or what would you say is your biggest inspiration of support? A: My biggest influences are all the artists, local and national, who inspire me to play music and to keep learning and improving every single day. Amazing musicians and songwriters like Ray Lamontagne, Bob Dylan, Chris Stapleton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bob Marley, just to name a few. Q: What are your plans for the future? A: Future plans for the year include writing some new songs and right now I’m in the process of hopefully doing some recording for an EP at the AEMP recording studio here at Miami. It’s still up in the air, but recording and building a new website are definitely goals in the near future. As for beyond that, I plan to relocate to a music city or possibly a tourist destination to look for more musicians and bigger gigs.
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QGMJ=FGL 9;GDD=?=<JGHGML Kanye West would be proud. Celebrate with this graduation playlist.
By Aaron Hurd
It’s that time of year again. Time to send the graduating seniors off into the real world and hope they make Miami and their grandmothers proud. Hey, if it were easy to graduate, everyone would do it. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why is this freshman talking to us about graduation? Where does he get off?” And to that I say… um…hope you enjoy the playlist!
Center Stage- Capital Cities
For many of us that can’t act, sing or do anything noteworthy, graduation is the only chance we have to be center stage with the spotlight and attention entirely on us. My advice is to take time to smell the roses, wear extra deodorant and maybe even wave to mom, because who knows when you’ll be there again.
How Far We’ve Come- Matchbox Twenty
Ah, the coming of age anthem. The reminiscent, memory-inducing song that made me feel all the feels that one person can feel in his prepubescent youth. Before I tear up, just be proud of how far you’ve come and that you’re graduating from the Harvard of southwest Ohio.
I’m sure a lot of you seniors are thinking about what kind of legacy you’ve left on Miami during your four years. Were you student body president and at the top of your class? Maybe the artsy, creative type with an already impressive portfolio? That weird kid who writes the Miami Quarterly playlist articles? Whatever the legacy you choose to leave here, make it one you’re proud of.
Sins of My Youth- Neon Trees
You’re graduating college and that means it’s time to trade in those Sperry’s for Steve Madden’s and repent the sins of your youth. That time you asked for a cup for water and got Sprite instead? That day you found someone’s wallet and took out a little “tip” before returning it to them? Yeah, start repenting. Then, when you turn 30, you can look back on the sins of your young adulthood.
“On Top of the World” - Imagine Dragons
Since you’ve been reading my playlist for the last couple minutes, it’s safe to assume you’re feeling on top of the world. And I think it’s also safe to assume that graduation’s imminent approach doesn’t hurt. So carry around a 90’s style boombox, play this song loud and proud and put on a smile that will be sure to make parents feel uncomfortable letting their children near you.
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In vs. Out 62% 72%
38% 28% 64% 36% 57% 43% 55% 45% 74% 26% 62% 38% 81% 19% 36% 64% 69% 31% Graduating early Graduating late Batman
James Franco His brother, Dave
Maxi skirts High-waisted Shorts
Living through the cold Living through the heat
Decorating your graduation cap Leaving it alone Moving to the East Coast
Moving to the West Coast
Results based on student survey
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Cleat to Cleat Past the Red Bricks By Justine Daley
Eminem’s “Lose Yourself ” blares through the speakers so loud it can be heard all the way to North Quad. Soccer balls bounce from cleat to cleat as the adrenaline starts to build. The music turns off, and the focus sets in. It’s time to play. Miami’s varsity women’s soccer team has been making history on the field since 1997. Their season commences in August with preseason training. Senior Dani Fraelick describes it as pretty brutal with three practices a day. “It is pretty much eat, sleep, soccer,” Fraelick says. The senior supply-chain major from Chicago is used to that. She’s played soccer
since she was 3 years old. Coming from a soccer family, senior Ariana Kulinczenko is also used to the preseason soccer haze. Between the constant training and playing, the players also take the time to become a team. “Preseason is a really important time to make the freshmen feel comfortable and become a team before school even starts,” Kulinczenko says. “We try to do as much team bonding as possible from the start.” The team has gone white water rafting and participated in intense boot camps. During each preseason, the team spends time together formulating a mission statement. The mission statement changes yearly, evolving based on the new challenges and goals of the season and the players.
Each player has a say in it. “It is a different team every year with different values,” Kulinczenko says. “We try to base it on an overall character of how we want to act and be and how we want to support each other and stay committed.” The team lives the mission statement during the games, at practice and in the locker room. With the locker room appearing as an electric environment filled with loud music and soccer balls kicked around, there is a time when the team watches a pre-game pump-up video made by the assistant coach.
Photo from Danielle Fraelick “The team after beating Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA tournament. This game was a big upset, with us scoring the game-tying goal with 9 seconds left, than winning 3-2 in overtime. (Sun, Nov 11, 2012)”
“Watching the pump-up video gets us focused and really ready for the game,” Kulinczenko says. Fraelick claims the videos are especially invigorating for games against big rivals like Ohio University. The electricity from the locker room continues following game wins when the team chants the fight song. If they are home, the whole team stands on the “M” in the middle of the field and sings it. All fans are welcome to join in. “When we won the MAC on our home field, it was nice to have that tradition to look forward to at the end of the game,” Fraelick says. Senior Katy Dolesh also agrees that the moment they won the MAC was one for the books. “Winning
the MAC championship is a Miami moment I will forever cherish,” Dolesh says. After winning the MAC, the team played in the NCAA tournament. They unexpectedly beat University of Tennessee in overtime. “Everyone went nuts,” Fraelick says. “It is always fun to look back at our reactions to a crazy game like that.” Playing soccer at Miami not only provides memories, but also prepares its players for life beyond Miami’s red brick walls. From learning the lessons of teamwork to overcoming injuries, playing soccer and living as a student athlete prepares the girls for the future. Fraelick hurt her back during her freshman
year and had to sit out the following seasons. She still stuck with the team. “It was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through,” Fraelick says. “There are lots of different hardships that are actually pretty real life that you have to overcome and experiencing them has hopefully prepared me for my job.“ The love and honor continues as the girls visit for an alumni weekend. “It is something that as seniors we all talk about,” Fraelick says. “We are so excited for our alumni weekend to come back and watch the games and be back with everyone.”
Spinning Into a New Job By Megan McTighe Photo by Rianne VanDervoort
Classrooms filled with bicycles, music playing and people profusely sweating can be intimidating. But with the help of an instructor, spinning class becomes an exciting challenge. If you’re looking for a job on campus that isn’t boring and provides a workout to boot, becoming a spinning instructor at Miami University’s recreation center may be for you. The first step in the process of becoming a certified instructor is to go through the Instructor Training Program (ITP), which takes place first semester. “During the ITP, the first semester consists of learning anatomy to have a clear understanding of muscle groups, respiration, personal health, as well as weight lifting and stretching techniques,” certified spinning and total body tone instructor Christine Aaron explains. Aaron also shadowed both a spinning and total body tone class, where she gained firsthand teaching experience under the supervision of a seasoned instructor. “During the spring semester, I gradually took over more aspects of each class and took advice and feedback from my trainers whose classes I was shadowing,” Aaron says. “Once I was able to teach the entire class, I performed a final audition of each class I trained in
for my boss, Mindy Stephens.” The Instructor Training Program is a time-consuming process. Without all the hard work however, Miami University’s spinning instructors would not be as energetic, athletic and passionate. “The ITP is incredibly important for group fitness instructors to go through as it truly gives you the tools you need to become the best instructor you can be,” Aaron says. “Group fitness has achieved a great reputation at Miami over the years and it’s all due to the passion, hard work and enthusiasm from the group fitness instructors and staff.” Becoming a certified instructor means wanting to take spinning to whole new level. “Being an instructor is the most I can be immersed in this sport and activity,” instructor in training Erica Carneglia says. Carneglia has been training for more than four weeks. Every move Carneglia makes is both watched and replicated by the other spinners in the class. Spinners try to match their own athletic goals by keeping up with Carneglia. Aaron has a few rewarding experiences of her own. “When I have regulars and I notice at the be-
ginning they are either new to spinning or just a little bit uncomfortable or more reserved and I see them overtime get to their fitness goals,” she says. Spinning instructors not only work out with their class, but also change participants’ lifestyle. Beginners start the semester feeling uncomfortable with spinning and finish feeling confident and healthy. In addition to the positives, potential instructors have to overcome some challenges before becoming certified. “Being comfortable speaking in front of a group while working out is difficult. You not only feel the pressure of explaining the right thing, but also physically demonstrating it,” Aaron says. Working out while working is not an easy task, but the motivation to be healthy and help students reach their fitness goals helps instructors overcome the challenges. Carneglia hopes to pass her final trial this month and get her name on the schedule for next semester. Aaron says she hopes more students will put in the effort train to become certified instructors. “It’s such a valuable experience, and I’m a bit bias, but I think it is hands down the best job on campus,” Aaron says.
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Four baseball players weigh in on which teammate is most likely… Athlete
…To be at King library studying
Dan Walsh -
Dan Walsh -
Junior Computer Sciences
Dan is determined to go to med school and already spends 17 of his 24 hours a day at the library studying for exams that are a month away.
Probably me -
Senior Exercise Science
Chuck Zubrod Senior Business
He is one of the most driven individuals on the team both in the classroom and on the field. He is a kinesiology major with aspirations of being a medical doctor, and with his work effort it is likely he will realize these aspirations.
Boring answer but I know that’s what the guys would say. I get made fun of a lot for how much time I spend studying.
Charlie Sulch – Bookworm.
…To be …To be the next nominated for an owner of Fiesta Oscar Charra
…To be on “Shark Tank”
Charles Zubrod - Wynston He has a unique McMartin –
personality and is extremely animated. He often displays his repertoire of accents and imitations in the bullpen during games and practices.
That kid lives at Fiesta Charra. I’m pretty sure most of the servers know him by name.
Max Andresen and Scott Slappey -
He has a great sense of McMartin humor and tells awesome He accounts for stories. I could probably half of their busidefinitely see him being ness already. nominated to win an Oscar.
He comes up with a new idea for an app or product every day. Though he doesn’t pursue any of them, I’m sure a backing by Mark Cuban might motivate him to actually complete on his ideas.
As a dynamic duo because they are currently brainstorming a few mobile apps that they claim will make them millionaires.
John Crummy or Wynston Nate Williams - McMartin –
Max Anderson -
John’s got some great hair and Nate has what we call the million-dollar face.
He’s probably one of their most loyal customers and the waiters recognize him every time we eat there.
Ryan Marske –
Scott Slappey –
Just seems right.
Might as well buy it since he is always there.
He’s the smartest guy on the team and a businessman. I could see him and Mark Cuban getting along well.
Kid has got ideas, might not be good ones, but he’s got ideas.
The Baseball Team’s New Legacy By Meredith Hughes Photo by Annelise Binnig
In January 2015, Miami University’s varsity baseball team will walk out of Withrow Court for good and step into the new facilities of the Legacy Project. This April marks the groundbreaking for the Baseball Legacy Project, an estimated $2.4 million building initiative that will usher in a new era for Miami baseball.
locker room is not terrible, but it’s old,” Hayden says. “It’s a very old locker room in a very old building.”
The Legacy Project will move the baseball team’s facilities from Withrow Court to McKie Field at Hayden Park. It includes new locker rooms, offices and training rooms that will encompass more than 10,000 square-feet on two levels and connect to the current baseball dugout.
Sayler and baseball coaching staff, Don Craine and Jude Killy, spearheaded the Legacy Project. “They really pushed this agenda,” Sayler says. “They talked about the need for this kind of thing and got the ball rolling with some donations early.”
Athletic Director David Sayler feels the move from Withrow Court is necessary because of its inadequacy for the team. “In Withrow we’re hitting on gym floors,” Sayler says. “It just isn’t an appropriate place for our varsity baseball team.” Buddy Schultz, a member of the Miami Hall of Fame and former Major League Baseball player, helped with fundraising because he believes a new facility for the team is past due. “This is something that’s been needed for 100 years,” Schultz says. “I played there in the 60s. We were in Withrow Court, they were in Withrow Court before I got there and they’ve been in Withrow Court ever since. It’s time to move.” Head coach Danny Hayden says the locker room is the team’s greatest need. “Our
Sayler says the new locker rooms will positively affect the players, and hopes the efforts made to construct this building will inspire the team.
Donations from alumni made the project feasible. Schultz realized he needed to create tiers for donations, the lowest set at $100, so alumni in all financial circumstances could be a part of this project. “If you went to Miami and you don’t have a hundred dollars, you messed up somewhere along the way,” Schultz says. The Hayden Family Foundation donated the lead gift of $1 million, well surpassing the $100 minimum. The Legacy Project ensures the baseball team has all the resources needed to achieve success. “What we’re about here is our student athletes being able to perform to the best of their ability,” Sayler says. “We think having everything in one location just makes things easier for them to perform.”
Sayler believes Hayden Park will be at the top of baseball facilities in their Mid-American Conference (MAC) league once the building is complete for the 2015 season. Schultz says the project is pivotal to recruiting. “This is what’s necessary,” Schultz says. “You kind of have to keep up with the Joneses.” Hayden is excited for the new recruiting opportunities the Legacy Project will bring. “We will be able to raise the caliber of our team by attracting better players to come here,” Hayden says. “It will be something fancy to show to a high school kid, and I think that goes a long way with them.” Hayden’s goal is to use the new recruiting from the Legacy Project to make the team a more competitive force in the MAC and also in the nation. Sayler believes the Legacy Project will make the team contenders for the MAC championship every year. “I think through a combination of recruiting more talented student athletes to come in and play baseball here, and the day-to-day things it provides the program, further enhance our ability to be competitive at the top level of the league,” Sayler says.
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Once a Redhawk, Always a Redhawk By Amanda Schumaker Photo by Ricardo Trevino Four years ago I climbed down from my top bunk in McFarland Hall. It was 5 a.m. and my first morning at Miami. I couldn’t sleep and I was feeling really anxious. I sat down in the stairwell and called my dad. As soon as he picked up the phone I just started sobbing, as embarrassing as that is to admit. I felt overwhelmed, scared and nervous. When I calmed down a little, my dad started asking me questions: “Amanda, where are you?” “In the stairwell,” I replied, slightly confused. “No… Where are you?” “In my residence hall?” “And where is that?” “Miami University…” “And is this where you’ve been wanting to be for the last year?” “Yes…” “Then why are you crying?” I constantly find myself coming back to this moment from my freshman year, especially now that I’m about to graduate. I would be lying if I said this conversation swept away all of my fears and doubts over the last few years, but it certainly helped me more than my dad ever could have imagined.
As graduation nears, I’ve been feeling the same way I felt that morning – overwhelmed, scared and nervous. I’m facing the same questions that the rest of the senior class is facing: Where do I go from here? What happens next? Am I making the right choices? Now, as I walk across campus I think of how I spent my time at Miami. I’ve made mistakes. I failed a calculus class, had my heart broken and trusted people I shouldn’t have. But I also had a blast. I had my heart put back together, went to 90s night, played broomball and ultimate Frisbee, attended a national journalism conference on the beach in Florida, and as a resident assistant, made a difference in more ways than I probably realize. It makes me sad to think that I’m leaving all of this behind. Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Again this brings me back to my dad’s question, this time about graduation. Why am I crying? Yes, I’m overwhelmed and scared and nervous, but what I also felt that morning was excitement. I felt like I had the whole world ahead of me, with new opportunities and a new adventure. The same stands true today.
Yes, things are going to be different. We’re going to face new places, challenges and people, but we’re also moving forward. The purpose of college is to prepare us for the future. Miami has done that. We might not feel like it, but we’re ready for what happens next. We’ve survived four years of all-nighters at King, campus food, parties and the endless construction. We’ve celebrated hockey championships, walked to class in blizzards and floods and taken a million Instagrams to show off Miami’s beaut. We can do anything. To the freshmen, sophomores and juniors out there… As cliché as this sounds, enjoy the rest of your time here. Make it count and make it something worth remembering. For us seniors, know that we’re ready for the next chapter in our lives. Sure, we’ll make mistakes but we’ll figure it out. We might even get it right once in a while. But no matter what city or job or adventure awaits us, a piece of us will always belong at Miami. Love and honor.
It’s okay to be sad that we’re leaving. It’s okay to miss living with our best friends, staying out all night and walking around the most beautiful campus ever. What isn’t okay is to dread what lies ahead.
“DR. SEUSS ONCE SAID, “DON’T CRY BECAUSE IT’S OVER; SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED.”
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ARE WE MIAMI?
By Thea Dellas Photo by Rianne VanDervoort
I Am Miami. I believe that a liberal education is grounded in qualities of character and intellect. I stand for honesty, integrity, and the importance of moral conduct. I respect the dignity, rights, and property of others and their right to hold and express disparate beliefs. I defend the freedom of inquiry that is the heart of learning. I exercise good judgment and believe in personal responsibility. I welcome a diversity of people, ideas, and experiences. I embrace the spirit, academic rigor, opportunities, and challenges of a Miami Experience, preparing me to make the world a better place. I demonstrate Love and Honor by supporting and caring for my fellow Miamians. And because I Am Miami, I act through my words and deeds in ways that reflect these values and beliefs. With a deep sense of accomplishment and gratitude, I will Love, Honor, and make proud those who help me earn the joy and privilege of saying, “To think that in such a place, I led such a life.” These are the words we’re asked to live by here at Miami University. And these are also words that we can all take with us when we leave Oxford to pursue our dreams.
Miami introduced the “I am Miami” initiative this school year with a major emphasis on the “Code of Love and Honor,” quoted above. This Code aims to provide the students of Miami with an understanding of the values that we as students, community members and human beings should hold true. These values—character, honesty, integrity, morality, respect, responsibility, freedom— are the values that our university hopes can shape the very culture of the school. And I believe with all my heart that we can succeed in ingraining them in our community. But I do not believe that we’ve succeeded yet. I don’t see the values of the Code of Love and Honor reflected in our attitudes and behaviors. I can only implore my fellow students, and especially those not graduating in just a few weeks, to take on the responsibility of giving voice and image to the significance of the words above. Let me examine the simple phrase moral conduct. Morals drive us, as individuals and as a community. Whether you see morals as absolute or as relative, there exists in all of us a certain belief in morals as good. And from the word morals arises an entire set of ideals
whose meanings vary from person to person, but which we almost always define in terms of goodness, even righteousness. But I’ve seen a great rift in my own idea of what moral conduct is—a rift created not only by my fellow students but by myself. We all fall short of our own morals from time to time, but over the course of my Miami career, I’ve come to understand that I’ve become a part of a culture that inverts morality in favor of a set of trivial values that have the potential to cause great harm. For example, Greek life—a worldwide campus tradition grounded in amazing ideals of brother- and sisterhood, friendship and service—is seen here at Miami, to a certain extent, as determinate of status. Many of my closest friends are members of fraternities and sororities, and have found in these organizations an invaluable sense of togetherness. But although I’ve seen the incredible benefit of Greek life, I’ve also experienced a side of it that undermines the values of inclusiveness that our Code of Love and Honor asks us to hold. More than once, I’ve been asked what sorority I’m in before being asked my name. More than once, I’ve
been told that it’s okay, that “geeds are pretty cool.” It’s nice to be called cool, but I think it’s more important to me that my affiliation (or lack thereof) does not define me. Just as I know that my friends don’t want to be defined by the sororities or fraternities they’re in. Another area, entirely separate from Greek life, where we seem to be failing our university with our ignorance of its core values is (and I’m sure if you’re still reading you know what’s coming) our “partying.” In the code that I quoted at the beginning of this article, there isn’t a single word that asks us not to have fun and enjoy our college experience. I’m not asking that we cut ourselves off from the parties and bars with their various delicious mixed drinks. But I’ve allowed myself to lose touch with my “good judgment” and to neglect my “personal responsibility” on too many occasions under the influence of these drinks. And I’ve seen many of my fellow students do the same. So I think that, before we complain about our parents and grandparents interrogating us on the topic of our “Top 10 Party School” status, we need to take a look at our actions and ask ourselves if sometimes we’re taking it too far.
The “I am Miami” initiative certainly calls into question the prevalence of alcohol on and around our campus, and for good reason. And I think it’s entirely possible for us to understand why and how to adhere to the Code of Love and Honor without giving up the fun of college life. We just need to recognize that drinking is a value that we need to place below the more important ones listed in the Code. A third and final area in which we’ve neglected to reflect some serious human values is in the realm of acceptance and inclusion. It’s painful to recognize that American culture’s evolution includes a history of intolerance. And it’s even more painful to watch that intolerance endure here at Miami. And yet I’ve seen racism and sexism and classism in action right here on campus. This is where my inspiration to write this article was really born.
those who believe differently. I’ll admit that when I first encountered the “I am Miami” initiative and the Code of Love and Honor, I laughed at how cheesy it all sounded. But I’ve read the Code a hundred times now and I understand that it’s not just a set of values that the school wants us to demonstrate on campus—it’s a set of values that our school wants us to make our own and to take with us when we leave our campus. It’s so important that we create and feel a sense of unity at school. And what better way to do that than to become Miami, to say “I am Miami” and to hear everyone around us say the same? But I don’t think that We are Miami just yet—and so I’m asking you all to ask yourselves: “Am I Miami?” and to do your best to become Miami.
It hurts me to see young people falling prey to retrogressive ideals and oppressive beliefs. But it gives me a lot of hope to see my university working to show us all the importance of respecting difference, the importance of holding true to our individual beliefs without using them to cause harm to
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Too Close for Comfort? By Maranda Bailo Photo by Ricardo Trevino
Some might say that I have “followed in my brother’s footsteps” by attending the same university, but it has shaped my Miami experience. I’ve found that a lot of my friends have chosen other schools, different from their siblings’, to blaze their own path, but I’ve been able to find my own light while living in the same little town as my brother. When I think about telling my future kids certain college stories, few come to mind that don’t include my brother, Chris. There are few places on this campus where I can go and feel completely myself, but his house is the exception. When I look back on some nights and some conversations, I think, this is what I want to remember. If you think living on the same college campus as your sibling is too close for comfort, I urge you to reconsider. It’s funny to think that if I hadn’t chosen Miami, I wouldn’t’t have the same bond I now have with Chris. There are some things now that I don’t even have to explain for him to understand. Like every friendship, it took time, effort and consistency to get where we are, but I’m so happy we’re here. When I meet someone I think is really awesome, I instantly want him or her to meet my brother. I always look for his approval and acceptance because his way of judging character is complex and particular, and that intrigues me. I always look for the good in people, whereas Chris can instantly pick out their flaws. Together, we make quite the team. On my worst days, I’m stressed out, irritated and lonely. On these days I prefer not to associate with anyone so I can just get through the rest of the day smoothly. But Chris is one of the only people whose phone call can motivate me to drop everything. Without even saying anything, his presence improves my day. Maybe it’s the little feeling of home I get when I’m around him—I’m reminded of lazy days filled with movies and my dogs, my dad’s breakfast and my mom’s constant love and gratitude. I’m
reminded that I’m such a lucky person to have been blessed with such an incredible family. I’m constantly learning and growing from my brother. Understanding the way he thinks, learning from his ways and maturing as a result of his advice. I gain new insight when I’m with him. At times when he’s more over-protective than I’d prefer, I still find myself forgiving him because I know it’s all worth it. He’s always going to be there for me – pushing people out of my life who don’t belong there and appreciating the ones that do. Whether I want him to or not, he’s going to, and this is something a girl without a big brother couldn’t possibly understand. I don’t know if our relationship would be this strong if I didn’t’t go to the same school as him. I don’t know what we’d talk about when we came home on breaks, and I don’t know if we would be able to relate to each other as much. I’ve met some of the best people here through Chris. He’s pretty quiet and soft-spoken, yet set on his ways and worth listening to. He knows what he’s doing, what he wants and shows me the way. He reminds me why I’m here, guides me when I doubt it and protects me because I’m his younger sister. Watching him graduate this May will be a really overwhelming experience for me. I’m prouder and happier than any other sister could be, but I’m not so sure I’m ready to let him go. These past months with him have blurred together so much—the seasons have passed and suddenly a whole year will be gone. I don’t know how I’m going to get through these next years without him, but I can’t thank my brother enough for the amount I have learned from him during our time together at Miami. Attending the same school as Chris has been nothing but beneficial to me, and I suggest every incoming freshman take where their older siblings live into consideration when making their college decision!
Sibling twins, Matt and Ann Stevenson sometimes get on each others’ nerves.
Bringing Feminism to the Forefront By Drew Doggett
This past March, Duke University student Miriam Weeks revealed in an open letter through feminist site, xoJane, how she pays for her college. To cover the $200,000 tuition for four years at Duke, Weeks, using the pseudonym ‘Belle Knox’, turned to pornography. What ensued was countrywide pandemonium. Publications from USA Today to The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal asked questions. Why would an innocent girl turn to porn? How can she feel empowered? Can’t she choose a different means of making money? And then they made their audiences label her as either a feminist or a troubled young woman, a feminist or a sex slave, a feminist or a slut. While being interrogated by the panelists on “The View,” one of the hosts was literally shocked to hear that Knox was exposed to pornography while in the 9th grade. Regardless of your opinion, Knox was thrust into the limelight and forced us to ask ourselves: how do we view women in society today and how should we? All women suffer from discrimination. Period. Many suffer through rape, unequal pay, domestic violence, body image issues, eating disorders or other mental health issues. Some are lucky and endure mild discrimination like sexual harassment, occasional male gazing and frequent ignorance. Being part of a Greek dominated campus sometimes fosters questionable-at-best values. With sites like Total Sorority Move and the
perpetuation of the overall hookup culture, we live in a microcosm of a town that needs a more liberal perspective. Take for instance the male counterpart to the argument preaching, “Well, just don’t get drunk.” This implies that women somehow let it happen on their own by being irresponsible or indecent to the point of provoking a guy to rape them. What crap. The argument takes away all responsibility from men and it doesn’t work both ways as men, primarily, don’t get raped by women. There are obviously lots of creeps out there, but we as men should just universally abide by the principle, “Let’s not rape women,” and stop using any other excuses. It’s amazing how, in 2014, legitimate discussion about sexual assault/rape culture are confined to niche writing and reading. This is why we have so many ignorant views because American media primarily covers these issues on a mainstream scale, catering the stories to a broad audience. The result is a watered-down version of news that should actually tackle tough issues that are important for us to hear. The recent rise in women-centric publications has skyrocketed in the past decade with blogs and other websites dedicated to serving women, although various publications have been around for over a half-century. Women have numerous venues to find news, advice and forums catered just for them. These sites appear to foster a welcoming community for those with common values. But what if the Internet has made discussions more toxic than ever? Is feminist media always pushing the right agenda? What if ‘feminist’ sites today offer a more hostile environment than in real life?
On the Internet, everyone contributes in the way they feel best fit to do so. How many conversations do you have throughout a day? Most of them are one way conversations as we’re spending less and less time face-toface with others. Do you read Twitter every morning? Read YouTube comments but write nothing back? Write a post on YikYak but not engage with those who reply? Our brains can’t process the amount of talk we have throughout the day. Next time you scroll through your Twitter feed, try to remember five things out of the hundred you scrolled past. Today, journalism is fast and furious. Get the info and send it out to everyone. As consumers, we digest countless and countless stories everyday. The average person checks their phone 100 times a day. What does this mean? Print allows reflection. To wait. Read an article, reflect and continue our lives. The medium an idea is expressed in controls the experience of that idea. It dictates how it is sent and how it is perceived. Qualities of every conversation look immensely different depending on the source. The comment sections on the Internet can contain some of the most insightful conversations on complex topics around or they can be cesspools for trolls and bigots. Slate.com published a piece that said, “Social media has turned feminists into a cannibal-like loop where they call out each other on not being extreme enough.” With no room for empathy, we comment nasty quips online we wouldn’t ever dream of saying to someone in person. Feminist sites are no exception.
Many feminist sites such as Jezebel, began with a real sense of fun and possibility in the women’s blogosphere, but eventually morphed into an uber progressive, brittle, pretentious environment with every member just one-upping the other as to how feminist they are. If you disagree with the ultra-feminist piece on why all men are pigs, you better keep your mouth shut unless you want a mob of anonymous commenters coming after you. But I’m not devaluing these sites as a whole, as many have served as catalysts for women-centric movements and pushed discussion further than anyone could have thought. They’ve succeeded in pressuring the Susan G. Komen Foundation to reverse its decision to defund Planned Parenthood and in pressuring Facebook to ban pro- rape content. What we need is an in-between. Many of these niche sites have fragmented groups and polarized us politically to the point where you’re either with them or against them. We should push for more discussion regarding women empowerment. The mainstream media in America, online, in print and on television, needs to tackle heavy issues facing women today so it’s not left to Jezebel, The Hairpin, Rookie, or Feminist.org to deliver the scoop. Was Bell Knox courageous for revealing her work? Is she courageous for being a porn star?
insight, just talk with a girl friend. It shouldn’t be considered niche journalism anymore. But it’s up to us to change it. Disclaimer: After I began writing this article, I was asked on three occasions why I was writing about something that “should be written by a woman” and how I could even do it. No, these weren’t innocent inquiries asking about my process, but they were prodding me in disbelief that a white dude could even think to write about feminism. I’m not trying to display any authority by authoring this piece. I am one of the most privileged people alive and I’m aware of it. But absolutely anyone should be able to explore and learn about any given topic. A black woman can write about white men all she wants until she writes from inside the head of one. I’ve just attempted to deconstruct the media that has proliferated across the Internet today. Media catering toward men, women, black men, black women, gays or gay black women are great. This article was draining to write, but it shouldn’t have been any other way.
These answers are irrelevant. What matters today is finding a healthy place to discuss these topics. They shouldn’t be taboo because when half of the country is female, these issues matter. So instead of Googling a feminist site for new
Top Ten Moments You’ll Miss Miami Most 10.
WHEN YOU TRY TO ORDER A TRASHCAN AND THE BARTENDER STARES AT YOU BLANKLY
you go to take a fall Instagram photo and 9. When McCracken is nowhere to be found
When you go to the library and people are actually studying
When you’re low on money and can’t resort to your meal plan
you get dressed in the morning and have to choose 6. When pants instead of leggings
When college football is in full swing and you don’t have a team to root for (oh, wait…)
4. When you’re at a bar, look around, and realize
people are dressed poorly
WHEN YOU HAVE TO COUGH UP SOME OF YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY TO JOIN A GYM
you’re alone in your studio apartment and just want some2. When one to do nothing with
When you’re at your 9-5 and just think, “to think that in such a place, I led such a life”
Sophomore Michael Taggart takes a study break to read MQ.
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