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

VOLUME 139 NO. 35

FRIDAY, January 27, 2012


TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1972, The Miami Student reported that Miami University security officials had resumed ticketing cars in violation of rules against having cars on

campus. Officials were planning to ticket off-campus violators as well, a change from their informal policy of not issuing tickets off-campus. At the time of print, three Miami students were on the Oxford police force and only one had a permit for a car.

Plan may split campuses Miami branches would get more autonomy By Adam Giffi

Senior Staff Writer


LET IT RAIN Country star David Nail performs for a sold out Brick Street Bar and Grill Wednesday night. Nail has been nominated for a Grammy and was recently nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year award. Nail will be returning to Brick Street March 16 to open for Gavin Degraw. Tickets for that show will be available for sale Friday morning at Brick Street.

Independence day could be coming for Miami University’s regional campuses, as planned functional changes in the near future would make the sites more autonomous. However, a group of faculty is hoping this does not come to pass. President David Hodge said the 2009 Regional Campus Committee, as well as the 2010 Strategic Priorities Task Force, in part, looked at the future of the regional campuses. This prompted the administration to combine the two campuses under a single dean. Since then, the administration has been working towards further changes based on their recommendations. Hodge said it was found that fewer than 15 percent of students relocate to Oxford from the regionals, demonstrating that the locations should not be designed as stepping stones to and offshoots of the main campus. Instead, he said, they should serve students looking for alternative education, whether they want to enter into a specific part of the local workforce or they are time and place bound. To do so, Hodge said the campuses must change. “In order to have them fulfill their mission, we believe that it’s important, as the committee did, that we create a new structure that allows them to have more autonomy,” Hodge said. “Not total autonomy, because they are still Miami and so they need to be coordinated with the rest of what we do.” If the changes occur, the schools will be a separate academic division from Miami Oxford, removing the regional campuses from the disciplinary divisions they are currently in. In other words, they would be their own sovereign college, with their own departments, governed largely by their own faculty, which Hodge said would allow the regional campuses to efficiently respond to the needs of their student body without concern about whether the sister department in Oxford approves. According to Hodge, students that attend the regional campuses would still be able to seek admission to the Oxford campus if they choose. He said Oxford students will likely still have options to take classes on both campuses, but did not comment on the specifics of how or if this process would change.

Traditionally in the past, Miami diplomas were all the same, regardless of where a student took classes. With the possible changes however, the specific campus where the student graduated may be indicated on diplomas, Lee Sanders, regional associate dean for administrative affairs said. A letter signed by 70 faculty members from Oxford and from the regional campuses was sent to Hodge and Provost Bobby Gempesaw outlining concerns about creating a new division. David Berg, a zoology professor at the Hamilton campus and one of the signees, said chief among these is that the new model would allow the regional campuses

any potential campus changes. Sanders said that there will be opportunities for faculty and staff input throughout the process. “We very much value our connection with the Oxford departments, but I suspect there are ways to work with that,” Sanders said. Hodge said a proposal will be available and shared on campus in the coming weeks outlining the specifics. The University Senate Executive Committee and a newly formed regional campus faculty committee will consider the proposal. After this, the general body of the University Senate will be given the opportunity to make

In order to let [regional campuses] fulfill their mission, we believe that it’s important, as the committee did, that we create a new structure that allows them to have more autonomy.” DAVID HODGE


to hire their own staff, a decision he said they are not necessarily equipped to make. “Our belief is that creating a separate division that is defined only by its location will significantly devalue the degrees of all students at Miami University,” Berg said. “Our goal is to provide a Miami quality education to Miami students everywhere. Standards of teaching and research need to be met everywhere for this to occur, and the best way to ensure this is to have the disciplines decide how the disciplines are taught on all campuses.” Berg said that while he is one of three zoologists at the Hamilton campus, he is also part of the department of 30-plus in Oxford; a very appealing aspect of teaching on the regional campuses that will no longer be true. He said that, without this, the kinds of people that take teaching jobs at the regional campuses will change for the worse. According to Berg, the signees are also displeased that they were not notified of any plans for these changes until a meeting of all Hamilton and Middletown faculty Dec. 2. By then, the plan was already well in motion. Furthermore, faculty members have not seen any written documentation of the plans. Berg said that, above all, the faculty should have their say on

recommendations to the President and the Board of Trustees. Finally, the Board of Trustees will decide if a new school will be created. Governor Kasich and the Ohio Board of Regents partially prompted the changes when they indicated that they want Miami’s regional campuses to provide more bachelor degrees for Ohio citizens, according to Sanders. Currently, Hodge said local legislators and the state chancellor of the board of regents have been very supportive of the plan, as they feel this will help prepare an educated workforce for Ohio. Michael Pratt, Dean of the Regional campuses, who responded via email, gave another perceived benefit that would be a result of the change. “By all indications, adding additional four-year degree programs to our current offerings will grow the enrollment of the regional campuses,” Pratt said. While no part of the plan is finalized, Hodge said this is the direction the regional campuses are moving in. “This is a win for the regional students because they will have more options that better suit them on the regional campuses,” Hodge said. “The campuses are different. Their missions are different. That difference is a strength, not a weakness.”

Police searches and probable cause: do students know their rights? By Justin Reash Community Editor

Imagine you are an upperclassman who lives in a house off-campus. You decide one night to have a party with your friends and you provide beer and alcohol for the event. In the middle of the party, you hear a loud banging at the door and you come to find out an Oxford police officer is there regarding the loud music coming from your stereo system. They say they can hear it 25 feet away from the property line and enter the house to give you a citation. Thoughts quickly race through your mind about underage drinkers and a few friends-of-afriend smoking marijuana upstairs. What do you do? What do you say? Are the police even allowed to be entering your house? Many Miami University students have experienced this predicament, or other forms of it, for years. Many times, these students have been

unaware of their rights or have been incorrect in understanding them. Furthermore, the notion of “probable cause” that the police employ when suspecting a crime has happened or will happen in the immediate future has been debated between students, their lawyers and the police an innumerable number of times. So, what does probable cause constitute? What common myths have been formed by students who do not fully understand their rights and the law? For Oxford lawyer Wayne Staton, who taught at Miami for 35 years while simultaneously practicing law in Oxford, there is a gray area when dealing with probable cause. “There is really no definition and it’s up to the courts to decide if an officer had sufficient probable cause,” Staton said. For Staton, who has represented numerous Miami students, it is important for students to understand

their rights when dealing with the police.

Public Information Officer for the Oxford Police Department Sgt.

If an officer stops you out of mere suspicion and without having plain evidence, they are allowed to ask you for consent to search your bag or car. However, any person has the right to refuse a consent search unless the officer has a warrant.” WAYNE STATON LAWYER

“If an officer stops you out of mere suspicion, and without having plain evidence, they are allowed to ask you for consent to search your bag or car,” Staton said. “However, any person has the right to refuse a consent search unless the officer has a warrant.” Staton said the general rule is a search warrant is required unless something incriminating is in “plain view” or the person gives consent to a search.

Jon Varley echoed Staton’s summarization of probable cause and explained the law enforcement perspective of a consent search. “During a consent search, the citizen is allowed to revoke that consent and end the search, unless something is found,” Varley said. “Many people do not know that and at any time during a consent search you are allowed to terminate it unless the officer finds something illegal.”

Varley said, however, if the search is revoked, but the police are still suspicious, they are allowed to obtain an emergency warrant to continue their search. Furthermore, the police are allowed to exercise an “exigent warrant” in certain situations. “An exigent warrant is employed when we believe leaving would be a hazard to someone’s health, that evidence faces imminent destruction or that a suspect will escape,” Varley said. “In those specific situations when we have probable cause and suspicion, as in smelling an odor, we have the right to enter the premises and stay there until we receive this warrant to make sure that no evidence is destroyed and no one tries to flee.” Many situations are circumstantial and each case is different. However, the police are trained to




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Say goodbye to Hydrations’ refreshments By Clare Kiernan For The Miami Student

Although many students enjoy capping off a sweaty jog around the track at the Recreational Sports Center (RSC) with an ice-cold fruit smoothie, rec users will soon find this treat to be a luxury of the past. The RSC only dining facility, Hydrations, is calling it quits. Although no official report has been made, RSC Director Doug Curry said Hydrations will most likely close at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. According to Curry, the decision to eliminate Hydrations arose from a careful examination of students’ needs. With many other destinations on campus selling similar food items, Curry said the small smoothie and snack stand serves little purpose. Senior Kyle Celek, a Hydations student manager, agreed. Celek said due to low sales and inactivity, he has been instructed to

send workers home on days when business is slow. Sammy Kolton, a senior, is not surprised by Celek’s remark. “The last thing I want to do after running for an hour is chug a 1,000-calorie peanut butter smoothie,” Kolton said. “I usually just stick to the water and Gatorade in the vending machines.” Curry said the school is looking to take advantage of this misused space in a way that benefits both the university and its students. Currently, Miami University is in the process of conceptualizing a design and will start working with an architect sometime in the next couple of months, Curry said. The idea is to expand the pro shop by knocking down walls and completely redesigning the front desk area of the building. By the end of construction, the pro shop will be three times its current size, he said. As far as the actual space where

Hydrations stands now, Curry said this area will most likely be transformed into an activity room — either serving as a game center with foosball tables or a space for exercise classes. Senior Alex Russell is thrilled about this proposition. “Although I am a sucker for Hydrations’ freshly squeezed orange juice, I can’t complain about expansion if it means having more space to exercise,” Russell said. “With a 20 minute wait for most machines, the Rec could definitely use the additional room.” There is no need to worry about the lack of food, either. Although specialty drinks will likely no longer be available, Curry said 80 to 90 percent of items currently sold at Hydrations will still be for sale in the new and improved center. ANNE GARDNER THE MIAMI STUDENT Although the expansion project is still in its earliest stages, Curry Students work at Hydrations, located in the lobby of the Recreational said in the next few months Mi- Sports Center.The dining facility will likely close at the end of the school ami will have a better idea of both year due to a number of factors including low sales and remodeling plans. budget and design.

ASG votes to amend elections by-laws Anthropology labs get new teaching technology By Samantha Callender Staff Writer

Associated Student Government (ASG) passed legislation Tuesday night that would eliminate the general election contest from the student body election should a candidate receive more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary. After a brief discussion and some confusion over voting procedure, the amendment to the ASG by-laws passed with only two senators dissenting and not all senators present. This legislation also requires candidates to run as a part of a political party — with the name of the party and accompanying names on the ballot up to the discretion of the candidate. In addition, voting stations will be placed around campus so students can vote at convenient locations. Student Body President Nick Huber said he believes these changes will make future elections easier and beneficial for candidates. “These changes make things easier for those who win by a landslide, and avoids a lot of redundancy in the stages of the election process,” Huber said. ASG Secretary to the Executive Cabinet Nick Miller also said eliminating a general election should a candidate receive 50 percent of the vote in primary makes sense because, “while looking at the trends, no candidate bounces back from a 50 percent loss. Cutting the general will save candidates time and money” For the 2012 Student Body Election, the primary election is set to be held on March 22. Should no candidate

garner 50 percent of the vote in the primary, the general election will take place March 29. At the meeting, ASG also passed two resolutions. The

Honors students is part of our job,” said Senator Tom Hohman. Senator Jacob Westfall agreed. “I think this resolution would allow the Honors students to

These changes make things easier for those who win by a landslide, and avoids a lot of redundancy in the stages of the election process.”

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first resolution dealt with recommending additional courses for Honors Clusters. This resolution supported changes the University Honors Program has made in course requirements for honors students. “This gives students an opportunity to study a broader range of topics and get a better feel for their interest, instead of being filtered into a specific major,” said ASG Off Campus Senator Kristina Jimenez. These recommendations are already taking place inside the University Honors Program, and continual research is being to done to improve and address the concern of those within the Honors Cluster. Question arose as to why ASG was involved in recommending academics for the Honors Cluster. “I think we’re setting a really weird precedent,” Senator Peter Dougherty said. “If these things are already implemented, why are we approving this bill?” Other members saw it fitting. “ASG is here to provide recommendation for and commentary on university policy, and I think us addressing the concerns of the

cover topics/aspects that are outside of their major, yet will still help them in their fields,” Westfall said. “ASG is making a bond between those in the University Honors Program and the students involved in the program, and I think maintaining that bond is important,” Jimenez said. ASG also voted to approve a resolution introduced last week requesting the modification of the roommate search tool. While the tool to select a roommate at random is most commonly used by entering first-years, it was suggested that the option also be marketed towards upperclassmen living in the residence halls. Miami junior Matt Herbst was elected into the University Senate, filling an open seat on the Senate. Herbst, a resident assistant in Clawson Hall, said he hopes to provide a unique perspective on technology renovation and improve the residence hall experience with his seat on the Senate. “I'm very familiar with university policies and graduation requirements, and hope to get students better acquainted with those policies,” said Herbst.

By Kaitlin Schroeder For The Miami Student

College of Arts and Science professors can now teach in new ways from several classrooms set up with new computers and other higher technology. Three high-tech anthropology teaching laboratories were finished during fall semester 2011. The labs will ceremonially open Feb. 3. “We’re all adapting our curriculum to the brand new spaces,” Scott Suarez, assistant professor of anthropology, said. Some of the lab technology includes new Mac computers and new software specific to anthropology. Each lab’s technology is tailored to different subfields: cultural and linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology. “Ideally, [the labs] will also be used for students to gather and exchange information,” Suarez said. Leighton Peterson, assistant professor of anthropology, said he is excited to use the labs and said his students are also looking forward to using them. He said professors have already had some technical training and will receive more training as the labs get new software. “It’s going to take some trial and error and testing with students. You can’t just throw a computer in a classroom and expect it to work,” Peterson said. “It’s way beyond just throwing up a Power Point with some words on it and some music.” Junior Becca Pachlhofer said two of her anthropology classes now have lab days which are held in the new rooms. “I really like that because the labs are hands-on and more than just sitting in the classroom,” she said.

Suarez also currently teaches in a prototype classroom. The prototype classrooms are equipped with dual projection systems, interactive white boards and huddle boards, which are movable individual display screens. He said one of his favorite ways to use the prototype technology is to use multiple display screens while writing on the Smart Board. “I think they appreciate the interactiveness and the things I can do with the different screens,” Suarez said. Other rooms also have gotten a makeover. Upham 316 and 328 have been updated into computer labs. During the summer of 2011, room 328 became a Mac lab and 316 was made into a PC lab. First-year Mary Katherine Febus has class in room 328. She said the room is designed with the Macs around the perimeter so professors can see what the students are doing on their screens. “I think computers are nicer because it’s easier to type than to write it out,” she said. Tim Reisert, manager of classroom technology services, said along with the innovative technology, 95 percent of Upham Hall classrooms are now equipped with what the university considers “standard technology.” This includes a ceiling mounted projector, a resident computer, laptop inputs, a VCR/DVD player and a document camera. Information Technology Services have been working to equip Upham and other halls with standard technology since 2004. “About seven years ago, the Classroom Enhancement Committee began a phased upgrade of all classrooms across campus. We try to upgrade about 10 to 15 percent of classrooms each year,” Reisert said.

Miami University alumnus receives award from President Obama By Thomas Martin For The Miami Student

Miami University alumnus Juan Gilbert has been awarded with the Presidential Award of Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. This award, presented by President Barack Obama, is given to individuals who represent a strong commitment to the mentoring of students in fields such as science and engineering. In 1987, Gilbert arrived at Miami and in 1991 he received his bachelor’s degree in systems analysis. Gilbert described systems analysis as a major which analyzed systems of people and machines using operations research. Since then, Gilbert has

become the chair of the Human Centered Computing Division at Clemson University. Gilbert looks back at his time at Miami as very exciting. “I was able to make lifetime friends and advance my career,” Gilbert said. “What I find interesting is that everyone that graduated with me from Miami is now doing what they wanted to do. Their degrees allowed them to be successful.” Gilbert acknowledged that Miami granted him the experience and the competiveness to excel in the work force. “All my life I was provided with great mentors, and this is what made me want to provide the same level of mentorship which allowed me to be awarded with this honor,”

This award recognizes great achievement and contributions to others. In doing so, it underscores [Miami’s] core values.” David HodgE


Gilbert said. Gilbert was given the Presidential Award of Excellence by President Obama at a White House ceremony Dec. 12. “I’m still speechless,” he said. Among the people who are proud of Gilbert’s accomplishments is Miami President David Hodge. “I often say that the best measure

of a university is the quality of the lives led by our alumni,” Hodge said. “This award recognizes great achievement and contributions to others. In doing so, it underscores [Miami’s] core values.” Hodge sees Gilbert’s accomplishments as great. Nothing matters more to Miami than preparing the students for success, he said. Sophomore Jenna Forester

agrees this award doesn’t just look good for Gilbert, but the university as well. “This shows the high standards of Miami academics and helps to counter many of the stereotypes that we are more of a social school,” Forester said. “We are known for our business school so I think that because his award was for excellence in science, it shows the breadth of an MU education.” Hodge plans to present Gilbert the alumni Bishop Award Feb. 15 on Miami’s Middletown campus. This award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated a lifetime of service to others. Along with this award ceremony, Gilbert will visit Miami’s Hamilton Campus and give a speech at 7 p.m. Feb. 14.





POLICE Voting programs target students


Female finds ‘large penis’ painted on door Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, a female student reported that an unknown person had drawn a large penis in black paint on her front door. She said it occurred sometime overnight Saturday. There are no leads or suspects at this time.

Males follow female home, force entry Around 2:45 a.m. Jan. 20, police were dispatched to the parking lot of an apartment complex on College Corner Pike to respond to a fight. After police resolved the issue, they were dispatched again around 3:30 a.m. to an apartment in the complex. There was a disturbance in the apartment having to do with a female student. The student was at Brick Street Bar and Grill prior to the altercation with her cousins. She and her cousins went to United Dairy Farmers when a group of people made a comment that upset them. The female and her cousins got a ride home to her apartment and the group of people who upset them followed them home. A fight broke out again in the parking lot and continued into the victim’s apartment. Two males began hitting the female so she ran into her neighbor’s apartment to seek help. When the neighbor opened the door, she immediately said to call the police. The two males followed her into that apartment and the victim continued to tell them to leave. After she repeatedly told them to leave, they left and police got the name of one of the suspects. There is now a warrant out for Aarron Mace.

By Catherine Ubry Staff Writer

Officials from the City of Oxford and Miami University are joining together in the hopes of getting students registered to vote for the upcoming March Primary Election, as well as for all future elections. Coordinator for Off Campus Affairs Bobbe Burke said her office wants students to become active voters. “We want everyone to understand the importance of people in democracy so that if a student just turns 18 right now, they can become a life-long voter; that’s what we’re after,” Burke said. Miami Lobbyist Randi Thomas said, “The first thing that is important to note is that this is more of a voter registration drive, we are not trying to get students to vote for a certain candidate, we just want students registered and to just get out and vote.” Thomas said it is part of the university’s mission to engage citizens. “Recently, there have been changes in state law, going back four or five years that revised what it is voters must bring to exercise their right to vote,” Thomas said. Their main focus is to simply educate students on what to bring to the polls, whether here in Butler County or where each student hails from, according to Thomas. “College is unique because students can decide to vote at home or at school, so it becomes more

complicated,” Burke said. “If students don’t live here, they need to understand the process of voting here, we want students to understand that.” Deciding where to vote is one of the largest obstacles college students face when it comes to registering. If students decide to not vote in Butler County, they may decide to vote at home. Voting at home can become confusing especially if home is in another state, according to Burke. “It’s not like everyone can just vote here, because if students don’t vote here, they may go home to an-

30 days before the election. The deadline to register for the March primary is Feb. 6 for all of Ohio. “The most confusing thing is that March 6 is during Miami’s spring break, so many students won’t be here,” Burke said. Another important aspect for students to remember when registering is that their addresses and information must be correctly filled out on the forms. Oftentimes when students move, their information becomes invalid and they cannot become registered, according to Prue Dana, member and leader of the Oxford League of Women’s Voters.

We want everyone to understand the importance of people in democracy so that if a student just turns 18 right now, they can become a life-long voter.” Randi thomas


other state, which can sometimes be a different process entirely,” Burke said. Thomas said the process is confusing. “Sometimes students go to the polls on Election Day to vote and then realize that they haven’t registered,” Thomas said. “Not everyone realizes that it is a process; students still have to do something in advance to exercise their right to vote.” If a student wishes to vote in Butler County, they must be registered

Miami junior and intern for Off Campus Affairs Anne Strychalski said, “Our mission is really just to encourage the process of lifelong voting and to enhance civic engagement whether at home or in Oxford.” There are many issues in Oxford that directly impact students’ lives and wallets, Strychalski said. “The positives for voting at school … are being able to vote for things like off-campus housing, environmental issues, taxes and transportation,” Strychalski said. “They

are all issues on the ballot that will definitely impact students.” In regards as to how Miami plans to inform and help students become registered, Strychalski also said, “We’re trying different ways to reach different segments of students. We want to reach freshman coming in, we want to do skits at orientation so students and parents see the importance of it. Also, ‘Walk About,’ is an off-campus event that informs students about safety and what it is like to live off campus, so we may try to inform students there too.” Targeting student organizations like College Republicans and Democrats and producing brochures to inform students about voting are other ways that the university would like to help students become registered to vote, according to Strychalski. If students wish to become registered to vote locally for Butler County by the March 6 primary, they need to register by 9 p.m. Feb. 6. Students can get a registration form from Talawanda High School, Lane Public Library, the Municipal Building on High Street or online from the Butler County Board of Elections website, although they must print the form off and send it in to the address indicated on the website, according to Burke. Miami University sophomore Alexa Livadas said, “I definitely think it’s important to get registered to vote in the next year, especially with the presidential election coming up in the fall.”

Laptop found missing from fraternity house Around 4 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to Tallawanda Street regarding a theft. A male said between noon and 3 p.m. someone stole a Mac laptop on top of a futon in his friend’s room. He belonged to the fraternity where the laptop was stolen but was just visiting the house. He and his brothers said there were repairmen in the house the time his computer was stolen and they looked “shady.”

Woman suspects her parents in fraud case

Moon Co-op Market celebrated its grand opening this week. The natural food store specializes in organic, locally grown products and services.

Law would require hospitals to offer abortions By Lisa Reymann A bill is currently being presented to the Ohio House and Senate that would require hospitals in the state of Ohio to offer emergency abortions to rape victims. This procedure would be another service hospitals could provide if the victim were to seek medical assistance. Clinical Coordinator of the Emergency Room, Stacy Prater, works for Mercy Hospital in Fairfield. Currently, her company does not have the option of emergency abortions for rape victims, but does have a protocol if a case

of rape is admitted. “We evaluate them for any acute injury or trauma,” Prater said. “Once that’s established, they don’t have any life threatening injuries, we pass them on to a SANE [sexual assault nurse examiner] physician.” McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital also does not offer emergency contraception for victims. According to Karen Miller, director of the Emergency Department at McCullough-Hyde, when victims are admitted, they’re taken to a private room, SANE physicians are notified and crisis counselors wait with the victims until the examiners come in.

“They’re brought in from SANE of Butler County, and are trained in evidence collection and to testify in court if need be,” Miller said. Among Miami University students, feelings on the bill’s pending legislation vary. “I’d be 100 percent for that,” junior Kelly Blake said. “I think incidences of rape are pretty traumatic, although I understand where pro-life supporters are coming from. But I say let them choose to have a baby when the time is right.” Using abortions in situations of rape is a tricky area to judge in matters of pro-life.

Sophomore Elizabeth Nie said, “Religiously everything happens for a reason. That’s how I’ve been taught to see it. But when someone is raped, it’s different than choosing to have sex and then dealing with the consequences. So in that circumstance, I think that’s different.” Miller pointed out with the availability of Plan-B, an overthe-counter contraception administered within the first 72 hours after sexual intercourse, preventative options are out there for victims of rape. Regarding the bill, a decision is still pending on the approval by the Ohio legislature.

they try to give you legal advice,” Varley said. “More often than not, their beliefs about dealing with the police are myths.” There are many common myths that students hold when dealing with the law. Varley cleared the air, and dispelled some of the most widely held. Is it true that if you stand on the sidewalk with a beer, then you can be promptly arrested even if you are over the legal age? “If you step on the sidewalk with

an open container, then you are on public property and are fair game,” Varley said. Is it true that you need to be read your Miranda rights when being arrested or cited? “That is untrue because your Miranda rights need only to be read when you are in custody and being questioned,” Varley said. “If we are just on the street talking, and we saw you blatantly commit a crime and we have no question that you did, then your rights do not need to be read.”

Finally, if you are peeing in public, even on your own property, will you be arrested? “Definitely, you cannot pee anywhere in public,” Varley said. Senior Emily Cameron lives in an off-campus house, and has dealt with the police before regarding a noise complaint, but was not aware of the specific rights she as a citizen has. “I don’t think many students know that when you are confronted by the police, you can say no to a consent search,” Cameron said. “I think it is

very helpful to know that you can revoke a consent search, and it’s helpful in general to know your rights as a citizen.” In any situation dealing with the police, knowing your rights and options is important. Yet, Varley makes a broad statement for everyone. “If you are committing a crime and we have probable cause but can only ask for a consent search, more times than not we will obtain a search warrant sooner or later and we will cite you,” Varley said.

Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oxford police officers met with a woman in reference to a fraud report. The victim stated that in 2007, when she lived in Gates Mills, Ohio, someone took her credit card in her name. Recently, she started receiving statements at her new residence in Oxford. The statements summed together to be $1,834.30. She has been in contact with her credit card company and Gates Mills police. She suspects that her parents might be behind this because they do not have a relationship and they are the only other ones who know her social security number.

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employ probable cause within the legal framework, and they operate on the basis of legal reasoning, according to Varley. It is important to know the differences between legal reasoning, probable cause and mere suspicion when encountering the police in judicial circumstances. Varley does have a piece of advice for everyone. “Don’t listen to your friends when





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Apply to become more involved in the Student Court system When you think about the Associated Student Government (ASG), what comes to mind? You may think of Student Body President Nick Huber giving speeches or the Student Senate attempting to revamp the Miami Plan. However, there is a third branch of Student Government that deserves mention: the Student Court. As the Judicial Branch of ASG, the Court hears cases brought to them by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution (OESCR). Who is the Student Court? The Student Court is (and can be) you. It is a group of 17 students, from


EDITORIAL The following piece, written by the editorial editors, reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board.

Miami needs to be transparent about changes at regional campuses Miami University is planning on changing its relationship with its regional campuses. Currently, Miami has regional campuses in Hamilton, Middletown and at the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester. These campuses are Miami affiliates but they differentiate from Oxford due to student population and needs. In 2009, a committee proposed a recommendation for Miami’s Oxford campus to give its sister branches more independence. This means the regional campuses will not have to rely on departments in Oxford making decisions and policy changes. Instead, the regional campuses will have a distinct administration and faculty hired specifically to work for those campuses. At this time, faculty members are typically hired through the departments on the Oxford campus and spread out across campuses. The

proposed plan will allow each campus to make hiring and academic decisions that reflect the specific needs of the university. The editorial board of The Miami Student is concerned about a lack of transparency in the formulation and execution of this plan. While the initial decision to make changes was in 2009, the process for deciding what changes to make and how to make them has been relatively opaque thus far, to the frustration of 8 faculty who wrote to President David Hodge and Provost Bobby Gempesaw. This board worries the proposed plan has the potential to damage Miami’s brand and complicate faculty hiring. If the recommendation goes through, the prestige the regional campuses receive from their association with Oxford may wane. The more separate Hamilton and Middletown appear from Oxford,

the more high academic achievement could suffer. Moreover, the faculty hiring process may be complicated by these changes because departments in Oxford will be taken out of the equation. Rather than having a successful department to attract high caliber professionals, smaller regional departments will potentially have lower standards and less appeal to potential professors. Many faculty members are shocked by the vagueness of the proposed changes. This is a problem because too many questions are going unanswered and time is running out. Ultimately, Miami needs to be more transparent and deliberate about this process. Only time will tell what exact steps and changes will occur, but the university needs to be more upfront about this proposal’s aims.

Rule of Thumb Short ASG debate over election changes Hopefully they can find a way to make elections matter more to students.

New computer labs in Upham Hall Access to technology is always a step in the right direction for Miami students.

Gavin DeGraw coming to Brick Street “[We] don’t want be” anywhere else besides Brick Street on March 16!

it needs, it goes into a deliberative period. During that time, justices work together to come to a reasonable conclusion. Each justice gives their impression of the case and they work to come to a consensus. Finally, the defendant is brought back into the room and the decision is given. Recruitment for Student Court is also starting soon. Just yesterday, the active application was put up on the Judicial Affairs website. On the Blackboard site, search Judicial Affairs and follow the link to the application. The application involves your basic information as

Being a Student Court Justice is an awesome responsibility. You will be asked to judge your peers and decide whether or not they will face university sanctions.

sophomores to seniors. One need not be interested in law or involved in the pre-law program, and anybody can participate. Currently on the Court, there are English literature, classical humanities, finance, accounting, history, political science and physical science majors. Not only are they involved in Student Court, but they also participate in everything from fraternities and sororities to the Swing Dancing Club, the Mock Trial Program, business organizations and much more. Members are encouraged to be well-rounded and active on campus. The court is divided into two different sessions, each meeting once a week. What kinds of cases do they hear? Whenever a Resident Assistant writes up a student, that student has the ability to appeal the punishment. The Student Court hears those cases that deal with non-suspendable punishments. New powers were added to the court this year, and now they can hear cases involving funding disputes from organizations. For example, should the “insert organization here” feel they were taken advantage of or not given equal treatment by ASG, that organization can appeal the case to the court. This gives the court a more active role in campus activities, making sure each organization receives equal benefits. While not exactly Law & Order, a Student Court session involves opening statements by the defendants, questioning by the justices and a deliberation period. Questions can vary, as justices attempt to understand exactly what went on that caused the student to get into hot water. After the court believes it has all the information

well as a question and answer portion. Those invited to subsequent rounds will be questioned and observed by current Justices and your critical thinking skills will be examined. Being a Student Court Justice is an awesome responsibility. You will be asked to judge your peers and decide whether or not they will face university sanctions. You will be asked to assess the truthfulness or untruthfulness of your peers as well. Justices hold the power over whether or not a student is sanctioned by the university. You would be able to prevent a student from incurring hundreds of dollars in fines for an act they did not commit. Mistakes do happen, and not every student written up by a RA requires sanctioning. Some students are truly in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yet the job of a Student Court Justice is not easy. Facing a fellow student, accused of wrongdoing, will test your ability. But with that challenge comes great opportunity. The Student Court provides an excellent opportunity for members to hone their decision-making skills and leadership abilities while working in a collaborative and fastpaced learning environment. Justices have the ability to right wrongs, and to make sure students are not unfairly punished. You are able to work with a group of 20 other students to make decisions involving sanctions, as well as cases involving campus organizations looking for equal treatment. Giving my time to the Student Court is one of the most fulfilling things I have done through my four years at Miami University and I urge those interested to get involved.

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Silence generates more power than Aid the homeless, not the frivolous words in today’s society Department of Defense “Real action is in silent moments.” When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote these words, he could have been looking at any magnificent natural element Earth has to offer.

Times, The Artist is: “the first silent movie (OK, nearly silent) to be nominated for best picture since Ernst Lubitsch’s 1928 The Patriot. If The Artist wins the award, it will be the first all-

suicide scandals other depictions of that period often exploit. The Artist, essentially a happy film, shows us that we can accommodate, change and thrive.” There’s that word again.

Last week’s guest speaker, Wade Davis from National Geographic, brought up a good point during his speech and it wasn’t even a global topic. It was about an imperative need to fix the homelessness in North America, especially in the United States. Davis explained when a native tribe of South America came to visit Vancouver, British Columbia, they were not astonished by the grandeur of “advanced”

crease taxes, it’s time to cut and redistribute the funds from another sector, specifically the military. The current military budget is nearly three quarters of a trillion dollars. The U.S. military budget is higher than all other forms of discretionary spending in the United States, combined. It is increased every year as soon as a threat can be imagined or perceived. And if a person should hint at the fact it should be cut or

An advanced society cannot judge itself on how well it can drop bombs abroad, but rather how well it can provide food, water and shelter to its people at home.


But this quote, engraved on a necklace I wear often, has a different meaning to me — in an age where people struggle to take over conversations, fail to respect one another when someone is speaking and incessantly ramble words without context or even a common thought, you sit and mull over those silent moments that become more to you than you could ever imagine. In today’s society, we’re surrounded in the public sphere whether you like it or not.

black-and-white picture to win since 1960’s The Apartment.” It seems like this film, set in the 1920s, has created a generational gap by going back in time — but maybe it’s going back to something that was once valuable and most viewers don’t notice: the power to see something for what it really is, not what it’s verbalized to be. In this case, actions do speak louder than words. This movie may or may not play on nostalgia, but it could be more than that.

What The Artist can tell us as Hamrah echoes, it that we can move forward, and by looking back at the past, we can establish the boundaries we never wish to turn to again. They say that actions speak louder than words, but these days, it goes hand in hand. Acting upon sending a text, email, etc. It’s all one simultaneous act, and someone always seeks to get in the last word. This week, the nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced, in which the film, The Artist, received 11 nominations overall. According to the Los Angeles


It obviously received 11 nominations for a reason. In a recent CNN piece by A. S. Hamrah, “‘The Artist’: Why we crave silence,” he says, “… the film’s director, Michel Hazanavicius, connects the film to our time. The key to the film’s appeal is how lighthearted Hazanavicius keeps it. For him, the lost era of the silents was an innocent time, unmarred by the rape, murder and

Change. The world seeks to change for the better but many find themselves retreating into the familiarity of the past because change is, after all, scary. But maybe what The Artist can tell us, as Hamrah echoes, is that we can move forward, and by looking back at the past, we can establish the boundaries we never wish to turn to again. We live amidst a society where tensions are high, but emotion is blundered. You come across those people who are rude, insensitive and believe they are better than others, not through achievement, but because their reassurance preys upon others’ weaknesses. Maybe those who feel sublime to others should feed off silent action to see what their next step should be before they make it. Think before you act. More importantly, think before you speak. Author Leroy Brownlow once said, “There are times when silence has the loudest voice.” It echoes Emerson’s thought many years ago. Maybe this wasn’t the exact thought the producers and director of The Artist had in mind when creating the film. But they brought back to our generation something that was lost and locked away decades ago: the appreciation for the moments that need no words, just silent power.

society, such as the skyscrapers, advanced automobiles or fast food. Rather, the natives were shocked by the fact that such a “developed city” had such a noticeable homeless population. The native tribe did not understand the concept of being without a home. No matter how far Western society progresses, more and more seem to be left behind in the streets. In fact, the current estimation by the National Alliance to End Homelessness reports the United States has more than 643,000 homeless people. The number could reach 1.5 million by the end of the recession and foreclosure epidemic. Nearly a fifth of those currently homeless are people said to be chronically homeless, or people whose current situation isn’t a randomly brought on occurrence, which isn’t easily solvable. Many Americans don’t want to think about the homeless, let alone assume responsibility. It is easy to dismiss the problem as saying it is their fault and that it is an inherent and unfortunate risk of high stakes capitalism. But the population owes some moral obligation to those left behind in society. Even if a person doesn’t want to directly give money to the homeless or volunteer time, all developed countries should be actively trying to end it. The U.S. should especially be trying to solve it because it is supposed to be the prime example for “Western culture.” The solution to the problem involves money, which America doesn’t have. So rather than in-

question where it is going, he or she is instantly persecuted as not wanting to support the troops and letting terrorism win. The fly over during last year’s Super Bowl cost about $450,000. That’s almost equal to nine average U.S. families’ incomes according to the last Census. The cost for gas alone was $109,000. Adding to the absurdity, the roof at the stadium was closed. Essentially, it was for the cameras. There are other examples of questionable military spending. For example, the millions blacked out, even to Congress, about the top-secret projects the military is working on, such as the Aurora Project, for a replacement to the SR-71. There are many other examples, like the illegal drone strikes, the hiring of mercenaries and supporting of dictators. But it takes books the size of The Iliad to accurately bring up all the poor decision-making behind the government’s spending habits in the past year alone. Terrorism, genocide and war will not be solved over night, despite the fact that America continues to recklessly and wildly throw money at the problem. The goal of eradicating homelessness seems obtainable; perhaps even in the near future. A proper redistribution and allowance to the Department of Defense needs to take place. An advanced society cannot judge itself on how well it can drop bombs abroad, but rather how well it can provide food, water and shelter to its people at home.

Limited government is necessary for individuals to flourish

People are becoming increasingly frustrated with politics in part because negativity, gridlock and partisanship are so evident. Perhaps some of this frustration can be relieved by realizing how politics, economics and history are interrelated. As Charles Krauthammer described, politics is “understood as the ordering of society and the regulation of power to permit human flourishing while simultaneously restraining the most Hobbesian human instincts.” The best judge of human flourishing is the health of the economy because the economy is the cooperation of rational self-interested individuals, each flourishing by producing what he or she is best suited for and exchanging this product with others. In order to flourish, the political environment must respect individual and economic liberty. Individual liberty, defined as being able to act according to one’s own plan, is directly dependent on economic liberty, which is being allowed to have self-reliance and personal responsibility in order to follow one’s own path. To follow one’s own path is to have the opportunity to reach one’s fullest potential and

What surprises me is how this interrelationship of politics, economics and history is often overlooked, especially when it comes to the fact that this relationship affects our lives. that is the pursuit of happiness. The other purpose of politics is to protect people’s liberty by restraining the worst of human nature. What is unique about the Constitution of the United States of America is that it has set up such a political environment for human flourishing. The American Founders realized two main things. One, the nature of a government is to grow. Two, tyranny is considered not only the abuse of power, but also a power too much concentrated. This is why we have federalism, checks and balances and three branches of government. Obviously, our country was designed to prevent government from becoming too big as the Constitution grants few specific powers to the central government.

There are two important things to understand about the Constitution: 1) Liberty is not granted to us by the Constitution and 2) The Constitution is the tool and authority for the people to limit government. The Declaration of Independence proclaimed the profound concept of inalienable rights, and the Constitution is the tool in which to protect those inalienable rights from the infringement of the government. The above paragraphs show the interrelation of politics, economics and history. Politics is the organizing of society to permit human flourishing and restrain the worst of human nature. Limited government, which is a political environment for economic and

individual liberty, allows a proper economy to develop and therefore for individuals to flourish. Our Founders realized this and developed the Constitution. Our history brought forth the key for individuals to flourish, but recently it appears that we’re moving away from it. The frustration with politics comes from a lack of understanding the struggle. The struggle today is about whether we are going to be a merit-based society or an entitlement-based society. A merit-based system is a result of limited government, which encourages individuals to thrive and create wealth. An entitlement–based system expands government power and does not create wealth. In order to concentrate its power, the government offers entitlements to lure people into giving up personal and economic liberty. Not only are entitlements a form of indebtedness to the government, but they are also contrary to the Constitutional concept of inalienable rights. Receiving entitlements is like receiving ‘rights’ from the government and when the government grants ‘rights’ it can also

take them away. The outcome of this ‘offering’ is that once the government gains this type of power — it will not allow people to act independently and autonomously. People cannot flourish under an entitlement society. What surprises me is how this interrelationship of politics, economics and history is often overlooked, especially when it comes to the fact that this relationship affects our lives. It astounds me how our generation does not seem to care. The people in political office now are deciding our generation’s future, our fate and our opportunity to flourish. We’ve seen a preview of the results of the bankrupt entitlementbased society in Europe. Let’s take advantage of this preview and not follow Europe’s path. Historically, we’ve known the solution the entire time —limited government and inalienable rights. We can pull ourselves out of this economic mess relatively quickly if we stay true to a political environment that fosters human flourishing. It’s the nature of a government to grow big, but it’s also our job to limit it.



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MU hopes to pounce on Wildcats By Tom Downey

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Paterno’s DEATH marks end of coaching era Joe Paterno died this week and that’s a predictable tragedy. University of Alabama legend Bear Bryant died less than two months after his final game with the Crimson Tide and like Paterno, who lasted just about as long, he lived to coach. However, unlike Bryant, who treated his players like dogs, Paterno seemed to have a keener understanding of the human psyche. He treated players like sons, and while that may not always win as many football games, it builds better men. There was a big feature in Sports Illustrated (by Joe Posnanski, who was in State College this fall to write a biography of Paterno) a couple of years ago and it focused on one major point: to make an impact in life, which was Paterno’s goal that stemmed from his father’s wishes for him. And when that’s your goal, your charge isn’t simply winning games, a philosophy that is lost in today’s “what have you done for me lately” sporting world. It’s sad to think that a man with the deserved historical stature of Joe Pa will have a big fat asterisk next to his name, at least for the time being, and when considering his life, it will be impossible to ignore his tragic negligence in the Jerry Sandusky case. Don’t think I’m excusing him by saying this, but maybe he’s been a bit too vilified for his role; either way though, this mistake still is not worthy of first line significance in his obituary. Consider that no college football coach ever won as many games as Joe Pa. Consider that he stayed in one place for 46 years, spurning the NFL multiple times due to his life long quest to make an impact. There will never be another Paterno. Just like there will never be another Bobby Bowden, Bear Bryant, Tom Osborne or Bo Schembechler. The firing of Paterno marked the end of an era. Coaching college football these days is too hard on the body and the mind for any one coach to have real longevity. The era of the long term icon coach is now long gone. And that’s really too bad because these guys represented everything that’s good about the game. When they preached commitment, it meant something because they had built their program from the ground up and by building it, they had proven their own commitment. Joe Paterno built Penn State’s football program from nothing and made it a powerhouse. He was left for dead in 2004 after winning seven games in two years, but he recovered and put together some excellent teams down the home stretch of his career. I’ll admit he was a bit of a punch line in the end, when he was much too old to be a major college football coach. He was probably not really doing much strategically and the Sandusky scandal certainly illustrates a certain out of touch quality. But the man deserved to coach until he was 85 and without the scandal, he deserved to coach until the day he died, because he’s a coaching icon on a scale that we will never see again. This is because he had a rare quality in a person: he actually cared. And he most definitely made an impact.

No. 17 Miami University will host No. 19 Northern Michigan University (NMU) this weekend, with the Red and White looking for redemption. “We want to get back at Northern Michigan after they swept us and embarrassed us,” junior tri-captain Reilly Smith said. “We need a sweep this weekend to keep the ball rolling. We are going for two wins and won’t be happy with any other outcome.” The RedHawks have rebounded by going 6-2 since being swept by NMU Dec. 2 and 3. “That was two months ago; a lot has changed since then and we are a different team,” Head Coach Enrico Blasi said. “We are just focused on how we are playing right now.” After sweeping the series with Western Michigan University, the RedHawks jumped from No. 5 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) up to No. 2, only two points behind first place Ohio State. “If we don’t win, we can drop down to ninth,” Blasi said. “We just have to stay focused on playing one game at a time.” The RedHawks enter the weekend series ranked No. 17 in the poll and tied for second place in the CCHA. The Wildcats are No. 19, but are ninth the CCHA standings. The RedHawks record stands at 14-10-2 overall and 10-8-21 in the CCHA. NMU enters the series at 11-8-5 overall and 6-7-5-2 in CCHA play.



Miami University freshman forward Jimmy Mullin fights for the puck on the boards during the ’Hawks’ 4-0 victory over Western Michigan University Jan. 21.The RedHawks are now tied for second in the Central Collegiate Hockey Associatiokn standings.. “They are a good team,” senior goaltender Connor Knapp said. “They handed it to us when we went out there, but we have been a different team in the second half. We have a lot of momentum and are running on all cylinders.” The RedHawks are currently tied for 14th in the PairWise rankings, which reflect the selections of the NCAA tournament. Northern Michigan is currently tied for sixth in the rankings. Sixteen teams are ultimately selected for the NCAA tournament in March. RedHawk players took home several awards after sweeping Western Michigan last weekend. Smith won both CCHA Player of

the Week, as well as Inside College Hockey (INCH) National Player of the Week. This is the first time Smith has won the INCH award and the second time a Miami player has won the award this year. Smith has now won CCHA Player of the Week three times this year, which leads all CCHA players. He now has five career CCHA Player of the Week awards. Knapp won the INCH Player of the Week award two weeks ago. Knapp and freshman forward Austin Czarnik also won CCHA awards this week. Knapp won Goaltender of theWeekwhileCzarnikwonRookieof the Week. Knapp now has two career Goalie

of the Week awards, both coming this year. Czarnik has won Rookie of the Week three times this year, which leads the CCHA. RedHawk players have now won a CCHA weekly award a league high 12 times. Puck drop is set for 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Goggin Ice Center. Fans can listen to the game on Miami’s IMG Sports Network or online at The Miami Student will be live blogging this weekend’s hockey games. Follow along at


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Northern Michigan 7:35 p.m. Oxford, Ohio

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RedHawks fall to Rockets, lose third straight By Brian Gallagher For The Miami Student

In a battle between Mid-American Conference (MAC) titans, the Miami University women’s basketball team (15-5, 5-2 MAC) was unable to overcome a University of Toledo team that caught fire in the second half, falling to the Rockets (12-7, 5-2 MAC) by a score of 79-66. Senior guard Maggie Boyer led the RedHawks with 20 points but the turning point in the game came in the second half when Toledo simply could not miss. The Rockets were en fuego as they shot 69 percent from the floor and outscored the ’Hawks 51-37 in the second half alone. “This was one of the top teams in the MAC and we had to play them on the road,” Head Coach Maria Fantanarosa said. “It’s one of those games where you have to learn things the hard way.” From the way the game started, it appeared that Miami was on their way to another MAC victory. Boyer had 12 points in the first six minutes of the game as Miami sprinted out to a 16-3 lead. Things were not so easy from that point on as Toledo quickly answered with a 10-0 run. The RedHawks were unable to pull away again and headed into the locker room at halftime leading by the slimmest of margins, 29-28. Early in the second half, Toledo seized its first lead of the game, and with 17:21 still remaining, the ’Hawks found themselves down 37-31. After shrinking the lead down to five off a jumper by sophomore guard Hannah Robertson, the RedHawks found themselves on the wrong end of a 16-2 run that made the score 60-41 with nine minutes remaining. “Our defense was spotty at times

and they took advantage of it,” Fantanarosa said. “For us to gain things from this experience, we need to stay confident on offense and we need to stay aggressive on defense.” The RedHawks never gave up as they were able to trade baskets and even outscored Toledo 25-19 in the last 10 minutes. In front of a hostile crowd, the ’Hawks were able to keep their composure but fell for the second time in their last three games. In addition to Boyer’s 20 points, junior guard Courtney Osborn poured in 17 and picked up five steals while playing the full 40 minutes. Senior forward Kirsten Olowinski added 10 points and nearly had another double-double with seven rebounds. “This isn’t exactly easy to take in but at the same time I think it will help us,” Olowinski said. “We’re comfortable knowing that we have to step things up as we go forward.” The difference in the game stemmed from fundamentals, an area the RedHawks usually dominate. They lost the battle on the boards 39-33 and were outscored in the paint 38-24. In another uncharacteristic move, they had 16 turnovers, which came back to hurt them.

But don’t expect the RedHawks to hang their heads for too long following this loss. “It’s a good learning experience; we’re going to grow and we’re going to respond from it,” Fantanarosa said. “But this isn’t the end; it’s just one game.” Even with the loss, Miami’s record at this point in the season is one

of the best starts in the program’s 37 years. Only the 1989-1990 team, which started 16-4, had a better record in the first 20 games. The RedHawks must regroup as they return to Millett Hall Saturday to face the Cardinals of Ball State University. Tip-off is set for noon and the game can be seen on STO as well as on ESPN3.

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