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The Miami Student Oldest university newspaper in the United States, established 1826

TUESDay, JANUARY 15, 2013

VOLUME 140 NO. 29


TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1930, The Miami Student reported on a talk given by Edward Sapir, a University of Chicago professor. His address in Benton Auditorium was called

“The Reality of Marriage.” “The wave of sexual freedom that is sweeping America today is the inevitable result of the persistent teaching that every and all things having to do with sex conduct are vile and unholy,” he said. “Children are brought up under the idea that the subject of sex is one to be tabooed and then are thrust into the institution known as marriage and expected to be fully cognizant of its great responsibilities.”

Risk vs. reward: students discuss drug use By Katie M. Taylor Campus Editor


Most recent Campus Security Act Reporting shows a 60 percent increase in drug law violations on Miami’s Oxford campus from 2009 to 2011.

Beer and booze, drugs and dancing, partying and passing out—some students view college as an acceptable time to cut loose and experiment before going out into the world. Others address the life-altering consequences of substance use. Recently, the Miami University community was rocked by the worst consequence of drug use-the death of a student. Sgt. Jon Varley of the Oxford Police Department confirmed that the death of 21-year-old Miami University student Andy Supronas in December was the result of a heroin overdose. According to Varley, increased prevalence of the drug is not exclusive to Miami. “Talking with other officers from other agencies, it seems that everybody is seeing an increase in [heroin],” Varley said. “It’s not just here in Oxford at Miami; it seems to be everywhere.” In addition to the recent tragedy, the university was reminded

of students’ substance use in 2011 when The Daily Beast ranked Miami 18 on the list of the country’s 50 “druggiest” college campuses. According to the Campus Security Act Reporting, the number of drug law violations on Miami’s Oxford campus increased from 60 in 2009 to 96 in 2011. Varley said these statistics accurately reflect his observations. “It doesn’t surprise me because it just seems that we’ve been seeing a rise in partying in general, and typically drug use goes along with that,” Varley said. A survey conducted by The Miami Student pooled the responses of 103 Miami students. Of those 103, 84 percent drink alcohol, 63 percent have smoked marijuana, 46 percent have taken prescription drugs without a prescription, and 31 percent have done all three—94 percent of those 32 students who do all three have done so regularly. According to survey responses, students justify the use of certain substances—particularly marijuana and alcohol-- saying it’s common practice in college.

Miami senior *Eric Metcalf agreed. “I feel like college is basically your last hoorah of being young and free before going out into the real world,” Metcalf said. Miami Senior *Wanda Golden agreed. According to her, college has introduced her to many new experiences and exposed her limits. Addressing students who experiment with harder drugs, Varley said even people with years of experience with substance use can’t eliminate the risk of overdosing. “A lot of [students] think that, when it comes to drug use, that they know what they’re doing, that they’re able to handle this or that,” Varley said. “We have people who have years of experience with drug use and still [overdose].” Golden said that students see substance use and experimentation as acceptable during college, but many plan




Students participating in the Farmer School of Business 2012-2013 Southeast Asia Winter Break Program. The program included travel to Vietnam, Cambodia and Hong Kong. Left: Students stop in a Cambodian village for a game of volleyball. Middle: Riding an elephant in Siam Reap, Cambodia. Right: Visiting a school in Cambodia.

NEWS WHILE WE WERE GONE David Sayler tabbed as new Miami AD, MU marching band to identifies fundraising as a top priority play in inaugural parade By Tom Downey Sports Editor

David Sayler was named Miami University’s 16th Athletic Director (AD) in early December, replacing Brad Bates, who took the same job at Boston College. Sayler came to Miami after serving as AD at South Dakota State. He also spent time at Rice University, Oregon State University and Bowling Green State University. Miami University President David Hodge introduced Sayler as AD during a December press conference. Hodge said Miami looked for a good business background, the ability to enhance revenue streams as well as the ability to attract and develop coaches during their search for a new AD. “During all of these times that he’s been at these different

places, he’s been developing the qualities that I think will make him a great athletic director,” Hodge said at Sayler’s introductory press conference. Sayler praised the current staff at Miami University, as well as the previous ADs at Miami. He said he thought the groundwork for success had already been laid at Miami. “Nothing here needs to be majorly reworked, we just need to tweak a few things,” Sayler said. “I think we need to pay more attention to the external side of the house. I think we have some great potential and some great building blocks to spring forward.” Saylor said he was attracted to the job because Miami’s athletics were is solid shape. However, there is always room for improvement. “We’ve got to develop the attitude that we are going to win

and we aren’t going to settle for things,” Sayler said. “That’s something I’ll be working with the coaches on.” Sayler thrived at fundraising during his time at South Dakota and hopes to do the same at Miami. While at South Dakota State, Sayler was able to secure a $20 million private donation, the largest in school history. “I think what has happened here at Miami before was that we’ve waited for a donor to kind of come forward and then we pursue something,” Sayler said. “But then the donor losses interest or something changes and it never gets done. Or we wait for a coaching change and the coach wants something different than the last coach and we just change.



By Lauren Ceronie Editor in Chief

Miami University’s marching band has been invited to play at the 57th Presidential
Inaugural Parade Jan. 21, 2013. Miami’s marching band was chosen to represent Ohio by
the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Athletic Band Director Stephen Lytle said he talked to Miami’s administration about
applying to play in the parade in October. Lytle said he decided to apply even though he
believed being chosen was a bit of a “long shot.”

 “Then Tuesday morning I was sitting in my office getting some work done and low and
behold I got a phone call,” Lytle said.

 After checking with Bruce Murray, chair of the Music Department, James Lentini, dean
 of the School of Creative Arts and

the President’s Office, Lytle accepted the offer to play
at the Inaugural Parade.

Lytle said he is not sure what songs the marching band will play at the parade, but he
plans to play Miami’s fight song and one other school song along with one or two other

 This is the third high profile event Miami music groups have been involved in recently.

Miami’s marching band played in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Miami
 students preformed at Carnegie Hall Oct. 7.

 “I feel really thankful we are in a place that values such experiences and works to make
them happen,” Lytle said. “I’m proud of the work the students do day in and day out.”

Lytle said







TOMS Shoes: the costs of giving back By Sarah Sidlow News Editor

As a consumer, choosing a charity or identifying a good cause can sometimes be confusing. Many charitable organizations utilize a business model that pairs the emotional gain of giving back with a tangible gain – something like a water bottle, backpack or pair of shoes. The popular brand/social charity TOMS Shoes has made a big business out of striking the balance between giving and receiving. Its trademarked one-for-one model promises consumers that for each pair of shoes they buy for themselves, another will be placed on the foot of a child in need. TOMS employees and volunteers currently drop shoes in more than 50 countries, from Angola to Zambia, according to the TOMS website, and as of September 2010, TOMS has given over one million pairs of new shoes to children in need. But does the one-for-one charity model really help people in need? And how should sociallyconscious consumers choose to give back? Miami University economics professor Dennis Sullivan said TOMS is exploring a

relatively old business idea that focuses on uniting doing well and doing good. “[For] TOMS Shoes, the connection is particularly close, because of the one-for-one element,” Sullivan said. “One-for-one is actually a trademarked term, showing how much they want to deploy that as a way of connecting doing well and doing good.” Brett Smith, founding director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, was responsible for bringing TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie to Miami’s campus in 2009. He said there are elements of the company’s model that are extremely positive. “What [is TOMS] trying to do?” Smith said. “What they’re trying to do at the end of the day is generate social value through shoes. That’s the way they would describe it. I think one of the things they’ve been incredibly good at is making it transparent to the consumer what difference their purchase makes. One for one.” Sullivan said the one-for-one model helps the company sustain itself as a business, rather than just a charity. According to Sullivan the model itself is neither good nor bad; it is simply a model that costs consumers a lot of money. “The question is whether [the

model] works all the time,” Sullivan said. “Probably not. We don’t see Pizza Hut saying ‘we’ll deliver pizzas to poor people when you buy a pizza, all you have to do is pay an extra two bucks for the pizza.’” Sullivan said TOMS’ popularity could just be a fad, and that it is just too obvious that customers are paying more than they need to pay. There are also problems to consider on the receiving end of the one-for-one model. Recently, TOMS Shoes has come under fire in some Internet and radio communities, including, which dubbed TOMS’ “A Day Without Shoes” “A Day Without Dignity.” Many, like blogger Cheryl Davenport of Fast Company and Amy Costello, host of the philanthropy podcast Tiny Spark argue that TOMS Shoes cripples local shoemaking businesses in the developing economies where they distribute aid. According to Sullivan, there is always tension between a “hand out” and a “hand up,” or giving people a fish and teaching them to fish. But he said shoes can be both. “Clearly, the shoes have some immediate benefit, but they’re also in effect an investment in

Committee eyes progress of 2020 vision By Emily Crane Staff Writer

Since August, the members of the 2020 planning committee have been working behind the scenes to begin giving shape to the 2020 plan: a set of ambitious goals for what Miami University should look like in the year 2020. The committee is made up of students, faculty and staff from a variety of divisions across the university and led by Jim Kiper, professor of computer science and software engineering and Phyllis Callahan dean of the College of Arts and Science. The committee has divided into five teams to tackle the plan’s main target areas: Innovative Learning and Discovery, Transformational Work Environment, Global Engagement and Inclusive Culture, Dynamic Organizational Design and Effective Partnership and Outreach. These teams’ first task has been to define objectives for their target area and establish metrics for tracking their implementation, according to Kiper. “The Board of Trustees wants to monitor whether we’re making progress we need to be able to say, ‘Here’s evidence that we’ve

achieved or not achieved our goal,’” Kiper said. The teams have been collaborating to create two levels of measurable outcomes, Kiper said. There need to be both higherlevel metrics that President David Hodge can use to objectively evaluate the success of the plan with the Board of Trustees over the next seven years, and lower-level metrics that measure the progress made within the various divisions of the university. However, all members of the committee, including students, have remained involved in discussing both higher and lower level metrics, according to Kiper. Student Body President, John Stefanski said he couldn’t agree more. “There was definitely a concerted effort on the part of faculty to listen to all I had to say,” Stefanski said. “We did a great job of representing the student perspectives on what Miami should be aiming for in the next six years. In these meetings, I wasn’t treated as a student; I was treated as an equal.” The teams have received some initial feedback from the Board of Trustees and are preparing final

drafts of these objectives and metrics that they will soon release to the wider university community for feedback, according to Kiper. Deedie Dowdle associated vice president of University Communication and Marketing has been helping the committee coordinate its communication with the public and set up forums for input from students, faculty and staff. “We’re there as a resource to encourage communication among the different audiences,” Dowdle said. Among their significant contributions has been the creation of a website: Students can visit this website for a complete list of the target team members, the minutes from their meetings, as well as a rough timeline for the creation and implementation of the 2020 plan. The website also has contact information for providing feedback throughout the process. As the plan takes a more concrete shape in these next few weeks, the committee will begin to set up forums to more intentionally seek input, Kiper said. Look in the Dec. 18 issue of The Miami Student for more information about the 2020 plan.

Howe Writing Initiative offers writing assistance, workshops for FSB students By Allison McGillivray Campus Editor

Miami University students are familiar with receiving help with their writing assignments from the Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HWC) in King Library, but many may be unaware that HWC was founded because of the success of the Howe Writing Initiative (HWI) in Farmer School of Business (FSB). Unlike HWC, which offers writing assistance and resources for students in all majors, HWI focuses on business majors or students enrolled in business classes. Roger and Joyce Howe, who later founded HWC, founded HWI in the mid 1990s, according to HWI interim director Heidi McKee. Roger Howe, who graduated with a B.S. in business from Miami, wanted to create a resource for business students to help them improve their writing skills. “[Roger Howe] as a successful business person himself he knows about the importance of writing in

all sorts of fields, and he recognized that business students need to be strong writers,” McKee said. The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) listed writing among the top three most important skills that employers are looking for in applicants in their 2012 job outlook survey. HWI provides one-on-one consultations with students to help them improve memos, letters, job applications, cover letters, resumes and more. It also hosts several workshops a semester on business related topics. These workshops are open to all students, according to McKee. HWI also provides faculty with online and material resources and the option to consult with HWI about how to improve their teaching of business-related writing. While HWI consultants were only graduate students in the past. This semester HWI has added two undergraduate students to the staff, senior Ryan McHenry and sophomore Nicole George. George and McHenry will not only consult with students about their writing,

they can also help design some of the workshops. George said she is excited about her new position. “I’m just really interested in writing and helping out people,” George said. One of the focuses of HWI this year is to connect with business alumni. “We have thousands of FSB alumni out there who are so well placed in so many fields, both in the corporate and non-profit sector,” McKee said. HWI would like to do interviews with these alumni to talk to them about what communication skills they have needed in their profession and which skills they wished they had studied more in college, according to McKee. In addition, HWI would like to start to an alumni speaker series for FSB students. McKee said HWI would appreciate any student feedback on its programming, consultation, resources and other services. Students can find contact information at

HEY READER! LIsten to the TMS audio version of this story here! Just scan this QR code with the QR code reader on your smartphone or tablet. the wearer because of the public health aspect,” Sullivan said. “The fact that they’re onto something that has a public health leverage; it’s not like delivering too many pizzas that you made.” In terms of TOMS displacing

local production, Sullivan said that is hard to assess from our perspective. But TOMS, like any charity, is likely to have some



Judge dismisses rape flier case By Allison McGillivray Campus Editor

News sources The Cincinnati Enquirer and TV channel WCPO reported that charges were dropped in the case against a former Miami University student who posted a flier discussing “Top 10 Ways to Get Away with Rape.” The former student previously plead guilty to disorderly conduct, but the case was dismissed following a suit by The Cincinnati Enquirer against Butler County Area I Court Judge Robert Lyons, who was overseeing the case. The Enquirer is suing with the belief that Lyons should not have sealed the case, thereby preventing the former student’s identity from being reported. After the charges were

dismissed, Lyons sealed the case again, according to news sources. There have been no new developments in the internal judicial process of the university, which is different and separate from the case that was heard by the Butler County Court, according to Claire Wagner, associate director of university communications. “The culpability on campus – the level is higher, where as in the court system for an infraction, in general, there is beyond a reasonable doubt,” Wagner said. “It’s happened before where a student might face consequences for an action; different outcomes happen on campus versus in the courts.” Attempts by The Miami Student to obtain information from Butler County Courts and the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office were unsuccessful.


Fantasy football ‘fad’ finds fame with Miami students BY Joe Gieringer STAFF WRITER

Given Miami University students’ low attendance at football games, one might think that the pigskin sport gets no love around campus. But nothing could be further from the truth, as NFL and college jerseys abound in Oxford on gameday, and the imaginary gridiron is always hot in fantasy football leagues. With the advent of the Internet, fantasy football has become an American pastime of its own, though the game came from humble origins as a gambling fad in Oakland during the 1963 season. Whether it’s a high school football player that recruits the players he looks up to or the crazy cat lady across the street, millions of people from different backgrounds now check their fantasy rosters instead of paying attention at work or school. There are multiple variations of fantasy football, and leagues can range from just a few players to dozens of competitors. Each league has different team makeups, determined by how many players at each position are required to field a team. On Miami’s campus, hundreds of students compete in dozens of fantasy football leagues that range from just the fraternity

house to including people from all over the league. Some are casual players that join for the social value and bragging rights that a winning team can yield, while others put hundreds of dollars on the line, trusting the analysts that told them who to pick up that morning. I myself was in a head-tohead fraternity league, one in which each participant’s team would play another participant each week for the full 17 weeks of the NFL season. I’m a fairly avid sports fan, and have played in friendly fantasy leagues since high school. I “won” the live draft by selecting the team with the highest potential point output. However, I quickly found out that I was among the casual group participating in this league, as I limped to an abysmal 1-5 start, getting beat badly by sophomore Josh Udelhofen in that span. After switching my strategy to checking daily and rotating wide receivers on a week-to-week basis, I finished the last eight weeks 7-1 to steal the fourth and final playoff spot. In the first round of the playoffs, I fell once more to Udelhofen, who went on to win it all. According to Udelhofen, a Chicago native,

fantasy, SEE PAGE 10




POLICE Child cancer research gives hope


By Jenna Pilipovich For The Miami Student

No parent likes to see his or her child hurt, whether it’s after they’ve fallen off their bike or been injured during a football game. After those moments, mothers put some Neosporin and a band-aid on their child’s knee, wipe their tears with a tissue and go about their day. Unfortunately, some parents are forced to deal with a much bigger “boo boo” than that. Marina McKelvey picked her daughter, Stefanie, up from school to take her to Suburban Pediatrics for what she thought was pneumonia after a few months of on and off viruses. They waited in the doctor’s office, had some blood work done, an X-ray and Stefanie was then dropped back off at school. When McKelvey went home, she received a phone call saying something was very wrong, and Stefanie needed to be taken back into Suburban Pediatrics. “We didn’t know that the symptoms she had been having would lead up to this,” McKelvey said.

When they returned to Suburban, Stefanie was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 13. “I was shocked and confused,” Stefanie said. “I thought my life was about to change drastically.” She went through chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and several doctors’ appointments at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The hardest part for her was having such a bad immune system that life couldn’t be completely normal. Instead of talking with her friends every day before class started, she was talking to nurses at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. It wasn’t her normal life, but now it was her new normal. Childhood cancer is the leading fatal disease in children. Today, one in every 300 people will be diagnosed with cancer before the age 20, and one in five children will die of pediatric cancer. Despite these numbers, less than 2 percent of all federal funding goes towards pediatric cancer research. There is a strong effort from oncologists and other health care facilitators for more

money to cure this disease. Dr. Rajaram Nagarajan, an Oncologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, said there is a strong push to increase funding. “On the plus side, we’ve done better and better over the past several decades with some cancers responding to treatment better than others,” Nagarajan said. “However, there’s a portion of the cancers where we still aren’t sure.” Over 12,000 Americans under the age of 20 are diagnosed with pediatric cancer every year. Nagarajan said while this number seems extreme, 1.4 million adult cancers are diagnosed per year; this partly explains why adult cancer research receives more funding. Nagarajan said 50 percent of childhood cancers are leukemia and brain tumors. The other 50 percent are cancers like bone tumors, neuroblastoma of the eye tumors, etc. The Children’s Oncology Group is a national organization that works with research and studies to better treatment for children. Children’s Hospitals in

Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Lexington and Louisville work together under a specific subgroup. Nagarajan said there will never be enough patients with one type of cancer at Cincinnati Children’s for doctors to find a cure. That’s why they work with several other hospitals to collaborate research. Organizations that work to raise money solely for research are helping to make hospitals’ jobs a little bit easier. Cancer Free Kids (CFK), an organization in Loveland, Ohio, is home to a staff dedicated to raising as much money as possible to be sent to Cincinnati Children’s Oncology Department for the sole purpose of research. Rose Eckhoff, the former Development Chair for CFK, said events are held several times a month by different organizations to benefit CFK. There is an annual banquet dinner to honor survivors and “caregiving” families, partnering with the Cincinnati Flying Pig

cancer, SEE PAGE 13

Local farmers’ markets merge to single location By Freeland Oliverio Senior Staff Writer

In December, the Talawanda and Oxford Farmers’ markets merged and all vendors will join the Uptown location. The merger was announced by Larry Slocum, president of the Oxford Farmer’s Market Council Dec. 4, 2012 to the Oxford City Council. Slocum celebrated the merger at the meeting as he played his guitar and passed out local produce to the councilmembers. The merger is the result of a change in the Talawanda market’s rules, according to Slocum. Since the original market split in 2004 the farmers’ market uptown and the farmers’ market on Tallawanda Rd. competed in Oxford. “The Uptown market has always been interested in merging with the Talawanda market, but the Talawanda market had a rule that only venders who lived in the Talawanda school district were allowed to work there,” Slocum said. The Talawanda market has since dropped this rule, allowing the merger between the two markets. Joining the Uptown market will be four produce venders, three farmers, one baker and four local honey venders, according to Slocum. “Having two farmers’ markets in a small town such as Oxford just didn’t make any sense,” Slocum said. “Now, both residents and students can do all of their shopping at one location.” Miami University sophomore Caitlyn Threadgill frequently visits the farmers’ market. “I’ve always loved going to the farmers’ markets, and I began to like different stands and vendors

from the two different markets,” Threadgill said. “That would be great if they combined forces!” Alan Kyger, economic development director for the City of Oxford, said the merger will also have a positive impact on local businesses. “One market operated in the [Talawanda] High School parking lot with no other retail businesses nearby,” Kyger said. “The other market operated in the center of the Uptown business district. Having all the market customers in the Uptown district will be good for the surrounding retail businesses. As market customers visit the market they can also visit all the great retail shops and restaurants nearby.” In addition to the merger, Slocum revealed that local farmer Brian Wolford received a $7,000 grant from the National Soil Conservation Service to build a greenhouse. “In receiving this grant for a greenhouse, we can cultivate produce such as strawberries and peppers out of season,” Wolford said. “Also, the enclosed structure allows for us to cut back on the use of fungicide and pesticide on the crops.” Oxford’s farmers’ market, which was ranked No. 2 in Cincinnati Magazine’s “Top 5 Summer Farmers Markets,” has nowhere to go but up following the merger, according to Kyger. “Oxford has one of the best farmers’ markets in the greater Cincinnati area,” Kyger said. “Now, the best is only going to get better.” The new Uptown farmers’ market will be open at the parking lot on East Park Place from 9:30 am until noon on every 3rd Saturday of each month through April.

OPD house checks slow crime By Olivia Hnat & Christina Lundin For the Miami Student


According to Sgt. Jon Varley of the Oxford Police Department (OPD), students and Oxford residents took the necessary precautions to avoid break-ins and burglaries in their vacant homes over winter break. “Over 300 houses signed up for vacant house check and not one of these homes were broken into over the break,” Varley said. “From what we can tell the number of breakins was about normal for winter break and it seems that precautions were taken.” OPD is still investigating a

burglary at Hawks Landing on Brown Road where the intruder may have gained access through the front door, according to Varley. As students returned to campus over the weekend, many victims reported damage to their cars to OPD. “In the north end of Oxford, some people that seem to think that damaging people’s vehicles on their way home from Uptown or wherever they were, is a fun thing to do,” Varley said. “We have received reports ranging from broken windows, damaged doors, slashed tires and outside mirrors being broken off.” Varley reminded everyone to lock their doors and windows when they are away from home.



High Street glistens as students return to Oxford from break.

Flu shots available in Oxford There are several places in Oxford where students and members of the community can go to receive their flu shots. According to Pam Collins, vice president of patient care at McCollough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, people can get flu shots at the hospital during special hours,

at the urgent care center in Ross, at the university health center and at local pharmacies such as CVS, Kroger and Walmart. “You don’t need to make an appointment [with local pharmacies],” Collins said. “Just walk in and say you want the [flu] shot.”







Art exhibit features dozens of mediums By Billy Rafael

Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Miami University Art Museum is kicking off this semester’s main exhibit with a studentonly reception Wednesday. The Department of Art Faculty and Alumni Exhibition features work from current, visiting and emeriti faculty as well as alumni of the department of art. This biennial exhibit alternates between the Heistand Gallery and the Art Museum, but always features unique works. Alumni are contacted by faculty and asked to submit three pieces, of which one is then selected by a jury to

be a part of the exhibit. “People often think that this is just an opportunity for any alumni to present what they’ve been working on, but there’s actually a comprehensive selection process,” Sherri Krazl, Coordinator of Marketing and Communications for the museum, said. This year’s exhibit features 68 works from 52 contributors and spans dozens of mediums. Many of the works are difficult to describe, due to their uniqueness, such as an intricate floor piece no more than an inch high or a 20foot tower of clothing that you need to see to understand. The opening of this exhibit is

being complemented by a reception for students that will have music, food and non-alcoholic

booth with an oversized picture frame and dozens of props to choose from.

We want students to come check out what we havee to offer. Admission is always free, and you can even come sit in the gallery and study.” Sherri Krazl


drinks. Attendees will get to check out the exhibit as well as the museum’s other galleries and can take part in a photo

Krazl said the museum is always trying to reach out to students. “We want students to come

check out what we have to offer,” Krazl said. “Admission is always free, and you can even come sit in the gallery and study.” The Art Museum has several other offerings throughout the semester, including a contemporary art movie series and several lectures from artists being featured in the exhibit. The free student-only reception will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Miami University Art Museum located at 801 S. Patterson Ave. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 12 to 5 p.m. Saturdays from 12. Admission is always free.

Stage Left’s sold out Spring Awakening covers controversial topics By Billy Rafael

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Stage Left opens its latest production this Thursday. The cast of the highly anticipated Spring Awakening has been rehearsing since the beginning of the academic year for a one-weekend run of five shows. This rock musical by Duncan Sheik is an adaptation of a German play from the late 1800’s. The Broadway production premiered in 2006 and won eight Tony Awards that year. The original cast included several soon-tobe big names, including star of the musical television show Glee, Lea Michele. “The show is about a group of children in Germany in the late 1800’s who live in a society that represses information, mainly about sex and reproduction” senior Jarod Garel, who plays Moritz in the show, said. “They have to deal with these consequences of being uninformed and

go about it in very different way.” Spring Awakening has received criticism for its portrayal controversial topics, including sex and pregnancy, homosexuality and suicide, all involving kids. Despite all this, it has a very strong fan following, and Miami University students were excited for a chance to see it done on their campus. Anticipation for this production was so great that tickets for all the scheduled shows were taken before classes resumed, leading to the addition of a Sunday matinee show. Unusual for most Stage Left productions, the group decided to wait until after winter break to premiere. Not only did this mean it would have four weeks without rehearsing, but it also would have less than a week upon returning to school before opening night. “Even though we were away from the show for over a month, we still were thinking about it,” Garel said. “The directors

gave us all assignments to keep us focused.” Another first for the organization is their venue choice. Instead of Stage Left’s usual use of Leonard Theater in Peabody, Spring Awakening is being put on at the Oxford Community Arts Center. “(OCAC) has a lot of benefits as a venue,” senior Tamaliyapo Mphande, technical director for the show, said. “It’s smaller and more intimate, yet allowed us to build a 3/4 thrust stage, meaning it goes out into the audience on three sides. These elements combined make the audience feel more a part of the show, rather than just observers.” Spring Awakening runs 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday. All shows are at the Oxford Community Arts Center located at 10 South College Avenue. Although tickets are sold out, those who want a chance to see it can show up early and wait in line, as empty seats will be given out right before curtain.


Christine Grady and Robert Stimmel share an intimate moment at Monday night’s Spring Awakening rehearsal.


Artists should experiment By Claire Krieger Senior Staff Writer


The crew has transformed the Oxford Community Arts Center’s stage into a “3/4 thrust stage”, so the actors will be surrounded by audience members on three sides.


Tarantino’s Django Unchained gets it right By Joe Gieringer Staff Writer

Simply put, Django Unchained was the most fun I’ve had at the movies this year. Quentin Tarantino’s slavery epic apologizes to no one and is raw in an unabashed sense that I, as a viewer, appreciated. Of course, Django isn’t without controversy. The film has been met with disdain for its gratuitous use of the N-word and hyper-violence in the midst of tragic shootings that question gun portrayal in modern media. Yet audiences and critics are, for the most part, willing to overlook those things. The film has made $125 million worldwide as of this past weekend, and at the Golden Globes Django Unchained nabbed trophies for best screenplay and best supporting actor. This is Christoph Waltz’s second win in this category, having also won for his portrayal of Hans Landa in 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, which is considered by many to be one of the most important roles in recent history. Though the story might be focused on Jamie Foxx’s title character, Waltz

steals the show as Dr. King Schultz, a German bounty hunter. It is he who moves the narrative forward, needing Django’s help to procure a group of men that have made his bounty list. As King mentors Django, the newly-freed man proves worthy of the profession, and eventually makes his way to his wife’s plantation to set her free. Leonardo DiCaprio was spot on as the twisted plantation owner Calvin Candie, and Samuel L. Jackson was nothing short of spectacular as Stephen, the white-loving African American servant. Don Johnson and Jonah Hill also have a great scene together as members of a pre-KKK raiding party that can’t decide on whether to wear their hoods during the raid. If that sounds absurd, don’t worry – you’re right, and you’ll love it. But it is Tarantino’s directing that is the real winner here, as he lays out the 19th century South in a surprisingly accurate, if not over-the-top manner (which is Tarantino’s bread and butter if you’re familiar with his other films). Really, Django Unchained is a spaghetti western set mainly in Mississippi, something

that was stylistically engaging and entertaining, in addition to being quite daring. Not only were the visuals bold, bloody, and fun, but the soundtrack was a breath of fresh air, paired with its subject matter. The use of hip hop in a slavery/western context was risky, but as Tupac accompanied a slow-motion shootout towards the end of the film, I couldn’t help but smile, knowing that it paid off. Unfortunately, the end of the film was also its weakest segment. Django would have been a much stronger and more concise film had it just ended thirty minutes earlier. Without ruining anything for those who have yet to see it, the ending is a whirlwind of violence that could have just as well been left out of the film. But hey – it’s Tarantino. He does what he wants. Had the ending been trimmed down, I would have easily given this film a perfect score. But Tarantino’s most ambitious and successful film to date was still a visceral and entertaining thrill ride, and one of the best of the year.

The other day I revisited Alex Ebert’s—of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros—debut solo album. Upon listening to the album’s single, “Truth,” I began to reminisce about the first time I listened to the track and the slight disappointment that I felt. I had been expecting the jovial clapping and all-around hippie feel-goodery of Edward Sharpe or the underground, robotic sound of Ebert’s other band, Ima Robot. However, I was instead presented with a much more laid back beat, complemented by Ebert chant-rapping about love and truth. This shock led me to a revelation: side projects should not be expected to sound like a slightly altered version of their original band. Side projects should explore a completely different facet of the artist’s musical tastes. We as music listeners are each allowed to like completely different kinds of music so why shouldn’t one artist be expected to create varying types of music. The best examples of the former—the artist who just slightly varies the music he is already making—would be members of The Strokes. Julian Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr., and Fabrizio Moretti all released side projects during The Strokes’ hiatus a few years ago. Moretti’s band Little Joy is what you would expect to hear if The Strokes had been strongly influenced by a vacation to Hawaii. Hammond Jr.’s album Yours To Keep gives the listener a taste of what The Strokes would be without one of its most prominent assets: Casablancas.

Casablancas’ solo album Phrazes For the Young encompasses many of The Strokes’ melodies and ideas and then simply adds a keyboard to the mix. While I am a fan of all of these albums, why would these talented artists not use their total creative freedom more liberally? There is obviously a reason one wants to do a solo project in the first place. Please don’t make the listener think that maybe it’s just a cry for help to your old band mates. Jack White is a man who has mastered the art of the solo project. The complex simplicity of The White Stripes, the southerninfluenced raw rock of The Raconteurs, and the dark, heavy drone of The Dead Weather provide listeners with three completely different sounds. And the best part perhaps? White trades in his beloved guitar to step out of the spotlight and behind a drum set for The Dead Weather. White’s 2012 solo album combines all of these sounds, while continuing to further progress his sound. Who knows what super group concoction he will jumble together next. White explores every facet of his musical tastes and brings listeners along for the ride in each of his bands. So the next time you are introduced to a favorite artist’s side project, don’t settle for a watereddown version of his original music. Instead, applaud those who are willing to take a chance by introducing listeners to a completely different side of their musical tastes. At least that way we know there is a legitimate reason they aren’t making the same record with their pre-existing band.




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Combined farmers’ markets beneficial for entire community At a meeting Dec. 4, 2012, Oxford City Council decided to merge the Talawanda Farmers’ Market and the Uptown Farmers’ Market. The two markets will now sell seasonal produce and other goods in the Uptown Park during the same schedule. The Miami Student editorial board feels this will be a beneficiary change to all those involved and affected. The two markets will no longer have to compete for business, and can collaborate for business. This move Uptown will put the market within walking distance for all students and will hopefully entice more students to purchase fresh, local goods. The decision to merge will be good for community farmers, as it will bring a chance to expand business. Formerly, only vendors who lived

in the Talawanda school district were allowed to sell products at the Talawanda school market. But with the revision of this rule all local farmers will be able to sell in the same location at the same time as everyone else. Having one farmers’ market will be helpful for the farmers, shoppers and others who are interested. The two farmers’ markets could also raise awareness among Miami students, who make a significant impact on the local community and businesses in Oxford. Students will now be able to stop Uptown on the weekend and make purchases that will support local businesses and local farmers. By participating in the farmers’ markets, students can also get to know members of the community better and help to support them.

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Rethink, research charities before becoming involved Charities like TOMS Shoes are in the business of pairing good intentions with smart business models. TOMS’ one-for-one model promises that for every pair of shoes purchased, another will be donated to a child in need. By equipping children with shoes, TOMS is fighting the risk of soil-borne illness. However, charities like TOMS often come under fire for the negative and unintended consequences of aid. For example, many warn that TOMS Shoes may be harming local economies by reducing the ability for local shoemakers to make a profit and maintain a livelihood. It can be confusing as a consumer to be inundated with so much information – both positive and negative – about a product you may be interested in buying, especially when it will also affect another person. It is important to remember that many of these messages represent the extremes of a situation, and often this information swings on a pendulum: at first, people may be


Reconsidering what being truly special means

exceptionally supportive of a charity initiative, and be just as quick and fervent in dismissing it. The Miami Student editorial board urges consumers to remember not to take things at face value, be it the message of the charity as advertised, or the arguments against it. Do the research – the same research you put into buying groceries, clothes or cars. Find a charity that upholds the same values you support, and use tools like to assess how your charity dollars will be spent. Ask questions. Remember that it is a gift to be able to give back to other people, and that it is a wonderful human trait that urges us to do so. Sometimes it is easy to get swept up in the details, or yanked onto the bandwagon, but the way you choose to give back is your own: whether it is through volunteer efforts, collections or monetary donations for education, awareness, research or aid both foreign or domestic.

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Come May, there are always those commencement speeches that go viral on the Internet and get publicized by the media. The speeches usually are those that are given by past or current United States presidents, celebrities or the owners of successful corporations. However, there was one commencement speech last year that garnered widespread media attention. The speech was given by David McCullough Jr., an English teacher at Wellesley High School in Boston, Mass. The reason that his speech was put in the limelight was because of its simple message that no one is truly special. He claimed, “We have to late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement. We have come to see them as the point, and we are happy to compromise standards or ignore reality if we suspect that’s the quickest way or only way to have something to put on the mantle piece, something to pose with, crow about, something with which to leverage ourselves into a better spot on the social totem pole.” Listening to his words, you realize that there is some legitimacy to his argument. Yes, you and I are, according to the United States Census Bureau, just one of the 7.058 billion on the planet, one of the 315 million living in the United States, and, if you are an undergraduate, one of probably hundreds of thousands pursuing a bachelor’s degree in your chosen field. That being said, we naturally try to set ourselves apart by involving ourselves

in different organizations, getting involved in research, writing, developing our skill in a sport, playing music and pursuing many other endeavors all while trying to maintain a high level of scholarship. In the end, the objective is to have a great number of “accolades” that shine brightly on our résumés, CVs and transcripts. These are the things that we want the job recruiters and the graduate schools to see, and they are the things that make us competitive. At the end of our educational careers, we will look at all of our achievements and think that we did it right, we set ourselves apart, and we are truly “special” as we are sitting in that new office or grasping that graduate school admittance letter with all the pride in the world. So, how can Mr. McCullough think we are not special? Is he ignorant to all these things that make us stand apart? He said in his speech, “If everyone is special, then no one is.” It seems hard to believe that his words are accurate when we think about all the achievements we individually procure. In an introductory psychology course last year, I learned from my professor that it is healthy to feel like you are individually special. Knowing that you are unique is beneficial to your psychological wellness. So, why is it that Mr. McCullough’s words were held in such high regard? Could it be that they stimulate our drive to reach our full potential through striving to be different? Could it be that we are fascinated by such a contrasting point of view? Could

it be that we actually believe him? No matter what perspective you take, it is hard to simply disregard Mr. McCullough’s words. What I think the whole argument comes down to is the difference between statistics and context. If we view ourselves in terms of statistics, I think Mr. McCullough’s words carry a much higher level of validity. Yes, I probably am quite similar on paper to someone sitting three rows behind me in my 100-person lecture hall. Yes, I probably am just another premedical student staring at the cover of an MCAT prep book thinking that I must have more drive to get a good score than someone sitting around me. However, when I think of myself contextually, I begin thinking about those little deeds that impacted people and made them smile for just a little while. I think about what I have done to make others feel good, the fun times I have spent with the people I love, and all the other things that you won’t find on a résumé. When I listen to Mr. McCullough’s words, I absolutely do not think of them as being accurate. However, I do think of them as a reminder describing the difference between what sets us apart on paper and what sets us apart as people. So, thinking less about statistics and competition, ask yourself if you think you’re truly special. My guess is that the answer will be very clear.

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School security and “the hidden curriculum” Educational reformers back in the 1960’s talked about “the hidden curriculum,” the idea that the most important lessons schools teach are the ones repeated in each class and in the school generally, in the methods of instruction and the way school life is managed, in what values are inculcated silently, throughout the school day. So you have to consider what’s being taught by the method of lecturing and grading by Scantron exams, by dividing knowledge up by disciplines, by punishing kids

for arguing their points of view. For the next few weeks, we should consider what’s being taught by school security. It’s a fact that school shootings are rare and that “lockdown” is an expression from prisons. It’s a fact that “freedom isn’t free” and that a major question is who pays what. What values does it teach kids if we restrict their freedom greatly for marginal increases in safety? What does it teach if we make school campuses more like prisons or armed camps so that

some adults are free to buy whatever semi-automatic rifles and rifle magazines they want? What are we teaching kids about dealing with the world when it’s taboo—“insensitive”— to talk about risks and statistics and suggest that liberty even for children might be worth asking them and their parents to risk catastrophes that are horrific when they happen, but really, really unlikely to happen?


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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, women’s rights is an ever-present issue. Yes, even now in the 21st century not everyone is considered equal. Yes, almost 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, not everyone—regardless of race, gender, RACHEL sexual oriSAcks entation, et cetera—in this so proclaimed “land of the free” where “all men are created equal” is, in fact, free and equal. Well, yes all men who are male are created equal, in the sense that they can do many things in society without their gender being used as blame or reason. However, women and non-cisgender people are merely one fraction of people who do not have this basic privilege. Cisgender means having a biological sex that matches your gender identity and expression, resulting in other people accurately perceiving your gender. Cisgender privileges are benefits of having a biological sex that aligns with your gender identity. The majority of the world would declare themselves cisgender; however those of non-cisgender identity are, of course, an important and ever growing presence in society. And of course, women are not still considered equals. But when it seems that there are so many women present in high positions in society, haven’t we achieved equality? Not quite. When I say equal, I mean being treated on par with what should be the basic standards of society- treating everyone how

they would want to be treated individually. Treating everyone with respect and as—novel concept—human beings. Nobody should buy into preconceived notions or subject to labeling stereotypes. The stereotypes that follow women around are not only given to them by the male population but are also astonishingly by some of their female counterparts. How often have you heard women putting other women down by calling them “sluts” or saying they don’t like “girly” things, such as wearing make up, or maybe they think like a guy and call all other women catty. They think of themselves as “different” or as some sort of special snowflake, different not from anyone else but specifically from other women. Bad news, but this doesn’t make them special—it’s made them perpetuators of misogyny. By categorizing all women as catty or only those who participate in stereotypical “girly” activities, they are assuming that all females are the same. Despite whatever gender norms you may believe that all women think the same, all women are different. Some like football, some like reading, some women are emotional, some speak three languages and there are some who are various combinations of these traits. Some women have boyfriends, some have girlfriends, and some wear lipstick, while some don’t shave. Some women have kids while others of us are worried we’ll drop our friend’s baby. So, please stop claiming you don’t act like a women, or begging all females to act like real women because there is no one, clear universal definition of what a woman is. The point is that all women are different. Everyone is

different. The only true thing we all have in common is that we are human beings. If the one thing we all (the entire population; let’s think big here readers) share is that we are all human beings, which alone should (arguably and in a perfect world) make for equality. Obviously this is not the main issue of which we are forced to deal with; it is, I feel, however a start. By taking on one issue at a time, such as the rights of oppressed humans, non-cisgenders, equality for homosexual and heterosexual or equal treatment

But when it seems that there are so many women present in high positions in society, haven’t we achieved equality? Not quite.

for women and men, it leads us toward a better understanding that all humans are created equal and that we are all essentially the same, if only in a general manner. But it means that yes, all humans have emotions, wishes, goals, fears, desires, et cetera. Yes, women are not quite equal to men, in several aspects. But this is not our only issue. (If anyone has been paying attention to recent political and social matters going on in this country, this should warrant an “obviously”.) Treating everyone as though they are the same—as though they are human—is a good start toward equality. It is not the only solution though.

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Hollywood may have overstepped several boundaries with Zero Dark Thirty As I sat in the dark, crowded theater watching the new film Zero Dark Thirty play before me this past Friday, I felt uneasy and unsure about something. The controversial film depicts the “true” story nicole of how the theodore infamous Osama Bin Laden was found and killed by American forces back in May of 2011. As my fellow moviegoers cheered when the screen showed U.S. forces raiding the compound at which Osama Bin Laden was hiding, I could not help but think to myself, is this actually benefiting our country? The scenes of the CIA waterboarding prisoners were hard enough to watch, but what was harder to watch was the way the movie was filmed and told. It was filmed documentary style, showing the director’s point of view of what life is like in Pakistan and Afghanistan when U.S. forces and the CIA were present. Most people sat there complacent, accepting this view face value. Many people, including myself,

do not know what life is really like there. Some would rather just accept this view even though it may not be accurate. Original phone calls from the Sept. 11 attacks were played, and a wave of sadness and unrest hit me and the rest of the room suddenly. This is when I realized that Zero Dark Thirty might become a catalyst for hatred and further violence involving racism on both the American side and the Middle East. My thoughts raced as I remembered how the Middle East reacted to the anti-Islam film in September. Zero Dark Thirty could upset the Middle East with its graphic scenes of their men and women being killed by U.S. soldiers. We are often so quick to buy into the hype of movies that are “based on a true story” that we don’t often question the consequences of their wide spread popularity unless it directly affects us. To Americans, seeing people being murdered or killed is quite the norm in Hollywood movies, but to more conservative countries this may not be the case. Many Americans who will watch this movie will possibly feel hatred towards those who attacked us as they listen to the frantic 911 calls from those trapped in the towers on 9/11. I did; it was impossible not to. Is

it actually healthy for our country to essentially rehash what happened in a graphic, documentary style movie? We should always remember what happened and honor the victims and families of 9/11 and those who fought in the Iraq war, but Hollywood should be careful not to cross a fine line. Where I just felt angry and sad during the movie, another normal citizen may act upon their perpetuated hatred and take it out on innocent people, as events have shown quite recently in the United States. Hollywood is not the reason violence occurs, but we cannot deny it may be a catalyst. When something as delicate as the relationship, or lack of, between Americans and people of the Middle East is depicted in Hollywood, there is of course going to be discussion on either side or possibly violence. I have consistently heard those around me call people who may look or act like they are from the Middle East derogatory names or worse, say they are probably “terrorists”. Zero Dark Thirty may possibly reinforce this racism, because it is in fact racism. Some will leave the movie feeling hopeful for the future and others will be leaving with more hatred for the Middle East and


Al Qaeda than ever before. To fix the perception of average Americans from a Middle East standpoint, and to fix the perception of the Middle East from an American standpoint since 9/11 may be impossible. However, movies, literature and television can educate both sides and stop reinforcing biases. Not every person from the Middle East is in Al Qaeda and agrees with terrorism,

director of the CIA, released a statement on the agency’s website stating that the “CIA interacted with the filmmakers through our Office of Public Affairs but, as is true with any entertainment project with which we interact, we do not control the final product,” according to a TIME Magazine article. Movies like Zero Dark Thirty will not stop being produced,

We are often so quick to buy into the hype of movies that are “based on a true story” that we don’t often question the consequences of their wide spread popularity unless it directly affects us. which many Americans do not understand. Imagine someone with this ideology being essentially armed with a Hollywood movie like Zero Dark Thirty; it is a recipe for further discrimination and hatred. There is also a clear difference between a documentary, and a movie filmed like it is a documentary. Though the filmmakers were in contact with the CIA, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is completely accurate. Mike Morell, acting

but what Americans can do is research and educate themselves on such topics beforehand to decrease discrimination and realize what is true and what isn’t. As citizens, it is our responsibility what we do with the media that is presented to us. By asking questions and doing formative research this may help eliminate biases, discrimination, and essentially inform consumers of what they should expect from the media and what they shouldn’t.

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downsides, according to Smith. “If you want to call it the dark side or the negative side of aid, there are some,” Smith said. “And I think one of those is, one of the potential and generally unintended consequences of aid is it does have a negative ramification on building emerging economies to a certain degree.” But Smith said criticism of TOMS Shoes is to be expected. He said sometimes people are just too quick to fall in love with a charity, and then just as quickly dismiss it. Junior TJ Lane, president of Miami’s TOMS Shoes student organization said the group has adopted the principles of TOMS Shoes and applied them locally. Throughout the school year the group hosts events that are sponsored by the national TOMS brand like a “style your soles” party and “a day without shoes.” But the organization also works with Cane Ministries outside Cincinnati for its own

version of a TOMS-inspired shoe drop. Over the last two years the group has donated at least 300 pairs of shoes to the homeless shelter and food pantry and then spends the day volunteering there. “It’s obviously something that makes you feel good,” Lane said. “You feel like you’ve accomplished something because when you see all the shoes there you know those are going to go to those who really need them and they came from people who probably have plenty of shoes and don’t need so many pairs anymore, it’s just a really good feeling.” Sullivan and Smith agree that the best thing smart consumers and philanthropists can do before they donate is research. Smith recommends tools like, which evaluates how donated dollars are used by charities. In addition, Sullivan pointed to New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristoff, who publishes lists of charities and humanitarian groups that do well at doing good.


knowledge of his favorite teams was sufficient enough to field a winning product. “I really don’t do any research,” Udelhofen said. “A lot of it is I just look at their team, and see, even if they’re one of the best wide receivers in the league, how good is their quarterback? I also know how well Bears players play in their systems, being from Chicago.” Udelhofen also acknowledged luck as a factor, as poor performances from my running backs and wide receivers, coupled with 20-plus point performances from his wide receivers Andre Johnson and James Jones helped him best me in the week 15 playoff game. “I had one of the highest scoring teams, but I think I just got lucky, because my opponents had

the fewest points. I think a lot of it was by chance, not really by skill,” Udelhofen said. On the other side of the coin, sophomore Jim Bennett takes a much different approach to his fantasy football experience. Bennett played in a high-stakes league this past year, one in which roster changes would cost five dollars, and losses even more. In order to make money, you had to put a consistent, winning product on the fantasy field, and that took dedication. “You definitely have to work the waiver wire to have a chance at winning,” Bennett said. “Most of the teams that win in these leagues will only have two or three players that they originally drafted … In whatever class I had on Tuesday mornings, I would read blogs and ESPN who was worth picking up, especially because in that league it would cost

money to make roster changes.” Even though his teachers might not be happy to hear that, Bennett’s wallet was, as it was one hundred dollars fuller when he claimed second place at the end of the season. As for his strategy, Bennett acknowledges information over intuition as an essential lesson to learn in fantasy football. “Ah, personal intuition can really help you sometimes, but it can really hurt you,” Bennett said. Intuition is more just luck, and I think the reading and researching can really help you.” . Though a third place finish is nothing to complain about, I, along with other fantasy owners that came up short of the championship, will ponder advice and lessons learned from those such as Udelhofen and Bennett as we look forward to next year’s fantasy football season. Or until fantasy hockey starts next week.


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What we are going to do now is we’re going to get a master plan for athletics that I’m going to go out and sell to people. It is not going to be waiting for them to come to us.” One of the long-term goals that Sayler mentioned was improving the current athletic facilities at Miami. “The indoor practice facility is certainly one area we are certainly looking at,” Sayler said. “An end zone type facility is another one, a student performance center. Some things out at the hockey rink that were not done when we built the beautiful facility, there are a few things taken out that maybe we want put back in, tennis bubbles, those kinds of things that are going to be on the list.” The indoor practice facility is something Miami drastically needs, especially considering it is one of the few schools that lacks one. “That is a facility that virtual every athletic team would benefit from,” Assistant Athletic Director of Communication and Technology Mike Pearson said. “We’re anxious to see what the capital campaign will be. And hopefully we’ll be moving some dirt around soon.” Sayler has already met with architects to discuss potential facility plans. Improving Miami’s visibility is something Sayler has in his sights. He mentioned the February Hockey City Classic that the RedHawks will participate in as a great example and wants to continue it. “I already have some people in Chicago who want to see us continue to play the outdoor game and are willing to help make that happen,” Sayler said. “Hopefully we can make that more of a permanent thing.” Sayler said he wants to find ways to get the student body more involved with athletics. He mentioned creating a student organization as well as possibly giving away food and shirts. Sayler hopes these, as well as other ideas, will be able to increase attendance at Miami. Academics will remain a priority under Sayler, as Miami University student-athletes achieved an all-time high GPA for the fifth straight semester. “I’m really excited about his spirit and gumption to go get things done,” Pearson said of Sayler. “That’s exactly what we need at thing point. We need someone to lift everybody up and put some Ws on the board.”



he has received much positive feedback from members of the marching band.

“We’re very excited but there is still a lot of planning to do,” Lytle said.


to quit post-graduation. “Once I go do whatever else I’m doing in life, [my substance use] will be less,” Golden said. “It wont be the time and the place for it—this is the time and the place for it.” 26-year-old Jordan Rice of Chicago, IL feels students are fooling themselves. Rice, who suffers from drug and alcohol addiction, travels to Chicagoland high schools telling students his story. According to Rice, many don’t consider the fact they may be genetically predisposed to addiction. That, along with pushing their substance use to the limit, sets them up for a life-long struggle, Rice said. “Alcohol was my gateway drug,” Rice said. “I started smoking pot, and after that I experimented with a lot of things. Went off to psychedelics, and ecstasy, and mushrooms, and eventually that led me to cocaine. That was pretty much my downfall.” Rice warned students who think they can party hard for four years and then simply quit; he knows from experience that isn’t always the case. “In the back of my head I always thought that, you know, I’m going to have fun now, drink, smoke pot, experiment and do what I want, and then I’ll just quit,” Rice said. “But I couldn’t even stop for a little while. I’d say tomorrow’s going to be the day, but tomorrow never came.” After graduating in 2011, alum *Alex Lark also found cutting back to be difficult after his frequent consumption of alcohol and marijuana at Miami. “Going to a school, especially like Miami, you’re going out every weekend and once or twice during the week, and now six months down the road you’re not

going to school anymore,” Lark said. “You’re just slowly cutting back, you’re slowly cutting yourself off. It’s still a challenge even though it has been six months since leaving Miami.” According to Lark, he has begun to adjust, and feels that the majority of students are able to do the same. Golden said she feels similarly. She acknowledged the tragedy in cases of overdose and addiction, but said they seem to be a rarity at Miami. “You’ll see people who will try things and not like it, you’ll see people who will try things and like it, but it’s always just an ‘on occasion’ thing,” Golden said. “There’s always that person who’s going to get addicted, there’s always that person who you can put on a pedestal and use as an example, but there’s an example for everything out there.” Some students will walk away from college with no addiction or lasting effects of a substance, but others, like a close friend Rice spoke of, aren’t so lucky. “He was the type of guy—and everyone knows this type—the type of guy that has so much charisma and energy in him that you think this guy’s going to the top,” Rice said. “I watched my best friend kill himself slowly.” According to Rice, although it’s uncommon for students to become addicted or overdose, it is not worth taking the risk. After his lifelong struggle, he can only hope that others don’t make the same mistakes. “If I could go back in time I would change a lot of things,” Rice said. “When you’re young, you feel like you have the rest of your life ahead of you and that you have a million second chances,” Rice said. “You don’t stop to think maybe this is something that could affect you for the rest of your life.” Additional reporting by Trevor Jordan.

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children who are now in the Survivor Clinic. “The best part of my job is to see all the patients who had treatments within the last 5 or 10 years come back and tell us about these amazing things they are doing for cancer research,” Nagarajan said. “Some run marathons, some put on fundraisers and some even do research. It’s amazing to see how these people have transformed their hardships they went through and turned it into something positive.” Stefanie McKelvey is now a first-year in the Nursing Program at Xavier University. Nursing wasn’t always something she had planned on. “If you asked me four years ago I would’ve said no to nursing,” McKelvey said. “However, I’ve realized over the years how big of an impact my nurses had on me and they were my inspiration.”

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Marathon, where they put on “the piggest raffle ever,” and CFK even receives help from the Cincinnati Reds. “Kids’ cells are so much cleaner and haven’t been exposed to the ‘nasties’ of the air, so if they can find a cure for kids’ cancer they can do it for all cancers,” Eckhoff said. “That’s the main reason we want to keep the money going to childhood cancer.” Instead of sending the money to Cincinnati Children’s in an envelope marked “research,” CFK meets with oncologists periodically to learn about new research. Courtney King, an annual donor to CFK, said she donates for many reasons. A neighbor of hers passed away from cancer as a child, and a friend of hers had a daughter with cancer. Ever since then, it’s always been something

near and dear to her heart. “Donating to Cancer Free Kids isn’t like donating to a large organization where I’m not sure where exactly my money goes,” King said. “I know the money I donate goes directly to help the children and their families at Cincinnati Children’s, which is 30 minutes away from my home.” Nagarajan said there have been several improvements in cancer research in the past decade. Research has found that biologically targeted agents are being used to better the treatment for leukemia patients. The second is improving treatments for neuroblastoma, which is cancer of the eye. Research has shown that Accutane, an acne medicine, helps differentiate tumor cells to make them less malignant. Nagarajan works with inpatient children going through treatment days at a time, and in the outpatient clinic, and sees


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Pair of RedHawks capture gold at World Juniors

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Despite the fact Miami University athletics does not have a national championship in any NCAA-recognized sports, the athletes have accomplished tremendous feats in their respective sports. The men’s hockey team has collected a significant amount of hardware through its history. Former hockey players, such as Alec Martinez, have gone on to win the most coveted trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup. Inevitably, the success has improved the reputation of RedHawk hockey. At the recent 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship (WJC) in Ufa, Russia, Miami freshmen forwards Riley Barber and Sean Kuraly captured gold as members of Team USA. Tyler Biggs, a member of last year’s Miami squad won gold as well. The Americans defeated Canada 5-1 in the semifinals and met defending champion Sweden in the finals, who beat Russia in a shootout. In the finals, USA defeated Sweden 3-1. With the victory, Barber and Kuraly became a part of the history books as the first RedHawks to win a gold medal at the WJC. The team was comprised of the best players (U-20) in the United States. Considering the fact only a few Miamians have made the roster throughout the tournament’s history, including current sophomore forward Austin Czarnik, having two freshmen competing on this year’s team shows how strong the Class of 2016 is. The WJC has always provided hockey fans an opportunity to witness the up and coming young talent of North America and Europe, especially with the now over NHL lockout. While the time differential made it hard for some people to watch each game, I was up early to see Team USA compete. This

year’s tournament was impressive throughout. The Americans originally lost to Canada in a tight game 2-1. In the semifinals, they handled the Canadians and never looked back until the gold medals were placed around their necks. Playing on the second line with Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia Sting – OHL), Barber and Kuraly contributed when they were on the ice. Though they had limited ice time during some games, they were exciting to watch throughout the tournament. It is clear Kuraly has learned to use his size and impressive speed to his advantage. His ability to apply pressure in each zone provided many opportunities for the Americans in each game. One aspect of his game that remained strong and consistent during the tournament was his ability to win faceoffs. He played with energy and was one of the most effective top-six forwards in the defensive zone. Kuraly recorded one goal and two assists, finishing the tournament with three points in seven games. Barber was a solid offensive contributor during the tournament, tallying six points on three goals and three assists in seven games. Barber has been a standout player for the ’Hawks all season and currently has the most points of any freshman in college hockey. He consistently put pucks on the net while on the ice and created opportunities on a regular basis. Given his strong offensive zone presence, Barber has the potential to be a leader for the Americans next year. Overall, the 2013 WJC offered a great deal of entertainment for those who watched. With the college season providing excitement on a weekly basis and the return of the NHL after a brutal lockout, the future looks bright as ever for hockey fans.


Miami University freshman forward Sean Kuraly looks to cross the puck in a previous game against Michigan State University. Kuraly has recorded five points on three goals and two assists for the RedHawks. Kuraly was also a member of the gold-winning USA team at the World Junior Championships.

By Joe Gieringer Senior Staff Writer

The Miami University men’s hockey team snapped a two game losing streak Saturday night in Marquette, coming back from a two goal deficit to tie Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) foe Northern Michigan University (NMU) 3-3. The RedHawks won in the resulting shootout. The RedHawks (12-5-5, 8-4-4 CCHA) are ranked No. 8 in the country, despite losing two of their last three games, and forcing a shootout win in the most recent one. The Red and White have struggled offensively as of late, scoring just two goals in the three contests leading up to Saturday night’s game. Friday saw the RedHawks open CCHA play for the first time in the new year, as they outshot the Wildcats of Northern Michigan (9-10-4, 3-9-4 CCHA) by a wide margin of 44-24. Miami could only find the back of the net once in the 2-1 loss, on sophomore forward Austin Czarnik’s early second period strike, due in large part to the stellar net minding by Wildcat junior Jared Coreau. Though Coreau is second-to-last in CCHA win percentage and goals against average (GAA), he still carries a

healthy .917 save percentage. “They’re a really tough team,” said Miami senior captain Steven Spinell. “They compete hard and they have a solid goaltender. Right now, we haven’t been playing our best hockey. But there are ups and downs in every season and right now we’re in a little bit of a lull. We’ll work through it.” Miami’s offense returned in style on Saturday, as it battled back late in the second period, scoring both goals in special teams situations. The first was a rebound blast from freshman defenseman Matthew Caito that put Miami on the board. Less than three minutes later, freshman forward Riley Barber scored on the penalty kill to make the game at two apiece. It was Barber’s first shorthanded goal of the year, and Miami’s 6th. With just under five minutes left in regulation, Caito found the back of the net for the second time that night, giving Miami the 3-2 lead and Caito’s first multi-goal game of his Miami career. The lead didn’t last long however, as Ryan Daugherty picked up the shorthanded equalizer, beating freshman goaltender Ryan McKay on a backhand shot. After a fruitless overtime session, both teams traded multiple attempts in the shootout to no avail, as both

goaltenders brought their A games. In the fifth round of shots, sophomore forward Jimmy Mullin beat Coreau cleanly on a five-hole shot to earn Miami the extra point in CCHA play. “After Curtis [McKenzie] took out one of their players [on a big hit], I think that sparked us a little bit,” said Czarnik, who recorded two points on Saturday night. “We were able to fight back, and Jimmy [Mullin] burying it for us in the shootout was huge.” The RedHawks, who have not won in regulation since their Dec. 28 win over Ohio State University, face the Wisconsin Badgers next weekend. Wisconsin is riding a six game winning streak heading into the series. If Miami wants to get back on track, the CCHA’s leading scorer says it must get its offense back in gear. “We’ve been doing a lot more scoring drills because we’ve been struggling a lot with that lately,” said Czarnik. “We’ve got to start winning the battles one-on-one, we lost too many battles this weekend. Once we start doing all of that, we’re going to be pretty hard to beat.” The RedHawks will travel to Madison, Jan. 18 to take on the Badgers in a two-game series. The puck drops 9 p.m. Friday.


Red and White stay focused over break, start conference play


Miami University freshman guard Maddie McCallie takes a three in a game against Nothern Kentucky University.The RedHawks split their first two Mid-American Conference games, and are 9-6 on the season.

By Justin Maskulinski For The Miami Student

While many Miami University students went home after finals in December, the women’s basketball team was getting prepared for a six-game stretch that included

a trip to Mexico. Staying focused was the goal for the RedHawks, according to Head Coach Maria Fantanarosa. “Keeping the players focused is definitely a challenge,” Fantanarosa said. “We combine practice with film breakdown and

focus on individual drills. We balance it with team bonding and other activities.” Senior forward Kirsten Olowinski has become accustomed to the break. “Freshman year I would have said it was hard to stay focused but now I am used to it,” Olowinski said. The ’Hawks (9-6, 1-1 in the MAC) began their six-game stretch with a 71-37 blowout win at Chicago State University (1-16) where Olowinski led the team with 12 points. The RedHawks then took a trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for the Caribbean Classic where they fell to Creighton University (13-3) 66-57. The RedHawks faced the Nevada University Wolf Pack (6-9) in their final game in Mexico and won 62-49, led by senior guard Courtney Osborn’s 30-point performance. “It was our second game of the tournament and we had a mindset that we had to beat Nevada,” Osborn said. Fantanarosa thought Osborn’s performance against Nevada was huge for a ’Hawks team that was struggling with injuries. “Nevada was a good win for the team, it was the next step with a new line up,” Fantanarosa said. In the very next game at Duquesne University (12-3), the ’Hawks defeated the Dukes 5449 and Osborn broke the Miami University three-point field goal record previously held by Jenna Schone (2005-09). “It was a great accomplishment, [Osborn] is a great leader,”

Olowinski said. “We were all very happy for her.” Osborn did not take any of the credit for her record, crediting her teammates for passing the ball when she is open behind the arc. “The record just means I have had great teammates and coaches over the four years,” Osborn said. “I have never had a lack of trust in my teammates and coaches.” Fantanarosa noted Osborn’s consistency behind the arc, but wants to shift focus to the team as they entered the MAC season. “It is tough to stay focused over break but [the team] knew the MAC season was coming and we need to stay focused,” Osborn said. The RedHawks began their 2013 MAC campaign in Muncie, Indiana against the Ball State

University Cardinals (6-10, 2-0) with a 62-59 loss. Olowinski led the ’Hawks with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The double-double was Olowinski’s second in the six game stretch. “[Olowinski] just tied the double-double record,” Fantanarosa said. “She does it consistently, it is a testament to her hard work.” The RedHawks finished the six-game stretch with a 73-47 win at Western Michigan University (4-10, 0-2). Osborn led the way with 22 points and junior guard Haley Robertson set a career high with 19 points. The ’Hawks finished their six game stretch with four wins and two losses. The team faces archrival Ohio University (5-9, 0-2) 7 p.m. Thursday at Millet Hall.

Men’s Basketball Previous MAC Games Northern illinois...82 Miami University.........................59 Miami University...58 University at Buffalo...............57

Upcoming MAC Games Miami University vs. Bowling Green, 7 PM Wednesday Miami University at Eastern Michigan, 2 PM Saturday

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