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

FRIDay, FEBRUARY 15, 2013

VOLUME 140 NO. 38


TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1992, The Miami Student reported that budgetary officials agreed to terminate 13 undergraduate and graduate programs in an effort to save money. The move incited little protest from the affected department chairs, leading Associate Provost Joseph Urell to call it “a chop without blood.”

CAC and ME combine, change election process By Amanda Hancock

Senior Staff Writer


OVEN HONOR Kappa Phi members Bria Howard (left) Alyson Monagan (center) and Josie Ridgeway (right) sell baked goods at Shriver for Valentine’s Day.

Enrollment Services goes high-tech, eliminates jobs By Katie M. Taylor Campus Editor

Miami University began a project to move Enrollment Services out of the Campus Avenue Building (CAB) and onto the Internet.

We know over the coming years that as a result of this EC process that it will require less staffing …” MICHAEL KABBAZ ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT

In an attempt to increase efficiency and customer service, the project will transform 90 percent manual transactions into automated ones, making a number of current positions obsolete. Senior Associate Director for

Enrollment Center Operations Mandy Euen described in an email-conducted interview what the final product will be. “The Enrollment Center (EC) is a virtual service initiative for all students, faculty and staff supported by a physical space where best in class customer service is provided on a 24/7 basis to meet the growing business needs and demands of the current and changing student populations across all campuses,” Euen said. Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Michael Kabbaz said the online enrollment center will combine nearly all transactions students would normally travel to various locations on campus to complete. “Right now Miami is really a pretty manually based place,” Kabbaz said. “We produce lots of paper, lots of signatures and what we’re really looking to do


Campus Activities Council (CAC) and Miami Entertainment (ME) are merging to form a new event planning organization called Miami Activities and Programming (MAP). The former organizations, CAC and Miami Entertainment are in the process of consolidating, according to Scott Walter, vice president of Student Affairs. “We had two program boards in the same office doing the same things—it just didn’t make sense,” he said. Because of this, Walter gave them the challenge of restructuring. “I told them I wanted to see one student board and I couldn’t be more proud of what these students have come up with,” Walter said. This organization will be funded in the same way CAC and ME have been in the past and the budget will remain the same, at just under $300,000. CAC’s typical budget was $245,000. Senior EJ Corporan, president of CAC, said he’s happy with the results of MAP.

“There’s no way you can justify having two programming organizations on one campus, if you look at any other campus it’s not what really what it’s like – you have one,” he said. Although it’s been a tough few months, Walter said this was the best decision for Miami as a whole. “I’m extremely pleased with where things are, there were some tough conversations but they were able to look outside their own organizations and I really think they’re happy with it,” Walter said. One change that comes along with MAP’s structure is how positions such as president is chosen. It will no longer be student-body elected as in previous years, but instead chosen internally by the executive committee. “It’s better this way, with the committee deciding it because they have learned what works and doesn’t work,” Walter said. Laura Whitmire, assistant director of Student Affairs, will be the advisor for MAP. She said members of Miami Entertainment and CAC took part in the vote and each candidate that received 60 percent moved on to the interview round. “The candidates were then

interviewed by a slate committee made up of four outgoing seniors of Miami Entertainment and four outgoing seniors of CAC,” Whitmire said. This past week, junior Andrew Grinstein was named president of MAP. He will receive a stipend of $3500, the same as this year’s CAC president. He is now assembling a leadership team to officially begin mapping out the logistics, says Corporan. “This organization is going through a really fragile transition, it’s really important that the right person is in charge to make sure it goes smoothly,” Corporan said. The transition has been a group effort, said Corporan; he has been working with the president of Miami Entertainment, senior Shelby Knostman, to create MAP since the summer. Last semester, five members from each board and met weekly to discuss and construct what the changes would look like. The result is a hybrid of the CAC and Miami Entertainment structures. Before, Miami Entertainment encompassed




THE WHEELS ON THE BUS Stoddard Hall resident Leah Hill wakes up to find a C-Span bus parked outside of Harrison Hall Tuesday.

ASG discusses change to VP of Student Orgs election procedure By Victoria Slater Senior staff writer

The Associated Student Government (ASG) unanimously passed the student organization budget for this semester during its meeting Tuesday. ASG will fund 163 organizations and 434 events with $355,224 after a 10 percent cutback is applied—the lowest cutback in years. A cutback reduces the amount of money awarded to organizations from their original requested amounts. This year, student organizations requested $390,746 from ASG. ASG continued its meeting with another resolution presented by President of the Student Body senior John Stefanksi: Restructuring the Election Procedure of Vice President for Student Organizations. Stefanksi explained that the vice president for student organizations is one of the most crucial positions within ASG, as the VP controls a $1.1 million dollar budget and holds all student

organizations accountable for how student money is spent. In the past, candidates for the position have tended to run unopposed, due to a complicated election procedure. The resolution, if passed, is designed to encourage more candidates to apply for the position, thus ensuring a more capable and experienced VP, by selecting the VP using a bylaw-specified board. Hence, this position will no longer be directly elected by the student body. The board will be comprised of the outgoing student body president, the outgoing chief of staff, the outgoing treasurer, the advisor to the vice president of student organizations, and the four members of the ASG Funding Committee. Stefanski said the new election board will make the election process more practical, which will attract more eligible candidates to the position. “We want more people to get involved and run for this position, and this is a much more

manageable way to be elected,” he said. Student Senate will also vote on this bill at next week’s meeting. Following this, Stefanksi presented A Bill to Continue the Support of a Medical Emergency Assistance Program, also known as Medical Amnesty. The bill is designed to encourage

on student success.” If passed by both Student Senate and the Miami University Board of Trustees, this bill will ensure that underage students who drink to excess and require emergency medical attention will not receive school punishment. Stefanski argued the health and welfare of Miami students should

We want more people to get involved and run for this position, and this is a much more manageable way to be elected.” John StEfanski


Miami University to adopt a Medical Emergency Assistance Program in order to “enhance student safety, minimize risk of adverse outcomes from overconsumption of alcohol, impact immediate and long-term risk behavior, and clarify emphasis

always come first, especially since 17,000 students die each year from alcohol consumption. “You should not be penalized if you need help,” he said. “If you’re getting to the point that you have to go to the hospital every time

you drink, you have a problem, and the university needs to help address that.” Student Senate will vote on the Medical Amnesty bill at next week’s meeting. Also during its meeting, ASG elected sophomore Shahryar Qureshi to fill an off-campus senator seat. Quershi ran unopposed, and stressed that his experience as treasurer with the Student Government Association on Miami University’s Hamilton campus makes him a strong candidate for senator. In addition, he said he hopes to use his position and Middle Eastern background to represent and increase diversity in Senate and throughout campus. He also emphasized the passion he possesses for student government. “I’m very passionate about student government, and I’m sure that many of you that have that same passion know where I’m coming from,” he said. “I really enjoy helping our community to become the best it can be.”





New student affairs structure saves $30K By Adrienne Moncrief

For The Miami Student

Miami University Division of Student Affairs will make changes to its departmental positions to save approximately $30,000. Scott Walter, assistant vice president of Student Affairs, made the decision to reposition within Student Affairs after Katie Wilson, former director of student engagement, became the new director of Armstrong Student Center Jan. 2. “Saving money is a by-product…” Walter said. “We are repositioning responsibilities to fit our needs for the next five to 10 years.” The reason behind rearranging was to find somebody to resume Wilson’s prior responsibilities, according to Walter. “The trigger started when Dr. Wilson got the job, which left her old position vacant,” Walter said.

“Do I fill it, or do I do a slightly different structure?” Instead of hiring another director for Wilson’s previous position of director of student engagement, Walter made the decision to name Jenny Levering as the director of Greek life and student activities. Levering was formerly the director of Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. According to Levering, consolidation in this area makes sense. “Student Activities and Greek Life are doing the same things: more student organization support and training, and advisor support and training,” Levering said. Plans have been made to hire two entry-level Greek Life staff members by this summer. The positions will be posted within the next couple of weeks, according to Levering. These staff members will provide support for student organizations, Greek life, leadership

development and assessments. Reorganization within Student Affairs will prepare the staff for the move into Armstrong Student Center. The Student Affairs offices will be centrally located in the same suite. More repositioning has also taken place within the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute. Eric Buller, director of Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, has arranged the organizational change within the institute. “Wilks should be a central hub for leadership development in terms of student affairs,” Buller said. U-Lead, LeaderShape, Perlmutter Leadership Conference and Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, have been shifted over from Student Activities to Wilks. One of the two graduate assistants working in Student Affairs transferred to Wilks in order to help with the added responsibilities.



Team TransFill, left to right: Brandon Holvey, Sam Von Hoene, JT Fox and Steve Kid, won Start-Up Weekend Feb. 10. with its project: a water bottle fliteration system that fits in any water bottle.

Engineers Week to showcase student skills and spark local youth interest By Doug Miller

For The Miami Student

Miami University, through the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and the Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute, will host several big events during Engineers Week next week. Executive Director of the Lockheed Institute Louise Moorman said while Miami has had several banquets to celebrate Engineers Week in the past, this will be the first one to heavily involve students. The Lockheed Institute was in charge of setting up the week, meaning engineering students had to be heavily involved. The first event of the week begins on Monday with a student showcase, which presents the work done by the students of the engineering school. “In order to celebrate engineering, we need to celebrate the work of the students,” Moorman said. Students will also work with 6th and 7th graders at the Talawanda Middle School to help promote engineering. The students of Talawanda will be learning about the different fields engineers work in through fun activities. By promoting engineering to kids at such a young age, students of SEAS and the Lockheed Institute hope to attract more interest in the surrounding community, according to engineering student Jessica Schmidt. “If we can get kids that age interested in math and science, they may want to become engineering majors in college,” said Schmidt. The rest of week includes guest speakers James Free, the director of NASA Glenn, and Gary Spitnogle from American Electric Power. Engineers Week is also focused on bringing in new groups of students. One of those groups is women, as engineering is generally considered

to be mostly men. Although women are becoming more prevalent in engineering, the field still has a long way to go, according to Schmidt. “There are some departments that are 90 percent guys, but there are others where the ratio is 60-40,” Schmidt said. Engineering students played an important role in bringing a full week of activities to Engineers Week. Members of different engineering student organizations were placed in charge of creating a line of communication among the students. The Lockheed Institute at Miami started just over a year and a half ago. The first cohort consisted of 20 members. One of those members, junior Lauren Saintz, helped set up teams to help organize the week. “Most schools have a year to prepare, we’ve only had since November so we had to continue to work during winter break,” Saintz said. According to Saintz, they were able to take some of the smaller

ideas from other schools who have considerable Engineers Weeks, such as Indiana University. As a member of Lockheed Institute, Saintz and other members help create a level of communication between engineering students. “We are trying to change the idea that engineering majors keep to themselves and don’t participate in activities outside of class,” said Saintz. Engineers Week is not only dedicated to changing the perception of engineering majors. Another Lockheed Institute member, junior Taylor White, said that undecided majors are also a key demographic to the success of Engineers Week. “Those people who aren’t really sure what they want to do yet can come to Engineers Week and see all of the cool projects we are working one,” White said. For more information on Engineers Week, visit the Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute webpage.


Engineering students left to right: Brian Jones, Ben Raab and Alhaji Bah spread Engineering Week awareness in Shriver Center. Engineering week will be from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20.

MU mentor matchmakers help students pick clubs By Katie M. Taylor Campus Editor

The Miami University Office for Student Affairs plans to introduce a system to help students choose the campus organizations that suit them best. Director of Greek life and student activities Jenny Levering said she has just begun playing with the idea. “We are just at the very beginning stages of what that may look like, but we’re hoping to create some type of student mentors that would help students connect to different organizations on campus,” Levering said. According to Levering, Miami’s online student organization center, The Hub, will remain a key aspect in student involvement. “We still have goals to make sure that everybody uses The Hub and that they go to The Hub first because that will always be our database, an online kind of connection system,” Levering said. “But we hope to just couple it with outreach opportunities, for ways to get students connected.” Vice President for Student Organizations for Associated Student Government (ASG) Michael Trivelli agreed. “[The Hub has] already kind of helped students to find out what clubs they should take a look at,” Trivelli said. “I think this program, the advising program, will even further that more.” According to Trivelli, the number of student organizations has made this program a necessary addition. “We have a really good problem here to have on campus and that problem is that we have like 450 student organizations,” Trivelli said. “So it can be overwhelming, especially as a new student trying to sift through all those organizations and find out what ones really appeal to you.” Sophomore Marie Freeman, a transfer student who is currently involved in the rowing club and Spectrum, said such a program would have really benefited her. “I think [an advising program] would be really helpful, especially for a transfer student like myself,” Freeman said. “I know I came from a really small school, so for a big school with a bunch of organizations I’m not really sure which ones are the best for me and I was lucky that I heard from word of mouth these two.” Levering said observations by

Student Affairs staff prompted the idea. “Really just in the past year we’ve noticed, and it was prior to me being in this position, but the staff has just noticed that many people call and students come by and want to know ‘how do I get involved and what organizations would be great for me?’” Levering said. “There’s a need for those consultations and that advising support.” Levering said in addition to staff positions dedicated to the project, student advisors may be utilized as well. “Potentially staff positions helping with this, and, or potentially creating a peer network or peer mentor group that would help do this,” Levering said. Trivelli pointed out that student mentors might also benefit from the program. “I think that would be something that would be a good experience for the person who is acting as a mentor because they would probably be upperclassmen, so they’d have a good grasp of what’s offered at the university, and they’d have a chance to kind of give back to the university by mentoring students who are still looking to get involved with stuff,” Trivelli said. According to Levering, she plans to get the system up and running in the near future. “I’m hoping it’s something that we can put together and work on over the summer to launch in the fall,” Levering said. Levering said Miami’s current involvement rate is very high, but that the mentoring system should help further increase the number of students getting involved. “Right now we have 83 percent of Miami students involved in student organizations on campus,” Levering said. “I hope [the mentoring program will] increase our involvement numbers and help students feel like they have someone to talk to about how they can get involved.” Trivelli said this high involvement rate is what makes Miami, and that he hopes to see a continued increase with the implementing of this program. “We’re now able to track through The Hub who’s involved in what, and I mean there is such a high percentage of students involved in one or more organization on campus,” Trivelli said. “I think that’s something that kind of defines the Miami experience, so I don’t see that going away anytime soon.”

Miami opens on-campus metro routes to the public By Allison McGillivray Campus Editor

Miami University is partnering with the Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA) to provide public transport on former Miami Metro routes starting Aug. 2013, according Miami University Police Lt. Ben Spilman. The BCRTA service will not be exclusive to Miamians. People without a Miami I.D. will have to pay a $2 fare. The Miami Metro was formerly privately owned. First-year Jean Marie Peters said it does not bother her that the on-campus bus routes will become public. “As long as it is still free for students, I don’t think it really matters,” Peters said. The BCRTA took over operation of the Oxford-Hamilton shuttle in Aug. 2012, and as a result the BCRTA has seen increased ridership. This partnership was successful and encouraged Miami to work with the BCRTA to provide transportation on the Oxford campus. “We really saw that partnership work well for us and saw it as an opportunity to open up the Miami Metro system, as we know it now, into a fully public transit system that people in our community will be

able to take advantage of whether it’s residents here in town or people who are coming to town,” Spilman said. With the addition of the Oxford campus service, Miami pays BCRTA $1.6 million, according to Spilman, in comparison to the estimated $1.5 million it took to operate the Miami Metro and Oxford-Hamilton route fall semester. The BCRTA will also benefit from the contract because the more local funding it receives the more eligible it is to receive grant funding, according to Spilman. The BCRTA will also operate services similar to Access Miami and Nighttime Door-to-Door (NDD). According to Spilman the BCRTA is especially prepared for this responsibility because it has a history of offering demand response services and disability accessible vehicles like Access Miami and (NDD). Spilman said he would not be surprised to see the BCRTA offer a smart phone app that shows the realtime location of the buses. Peters said she would use a bus-route app. “Yes, definitely,” Peters said. “Because sometimes the buses can be unreliable.” Spilman said he’d like to see this partnership open the doors to providing a transportation network that covers all of Butler County.




POLICE New taxi owner keeps flat rate


By Freeland Oliverio Senior Staff Writer

For those Miami students who want to safely return to their residence halls after a night of Uptown festivities without having to go on a long walk or wait to be denied by Door-to-Door services, the answer may be right around the corner – literally. Michael Sizemore, the recent owner and operator of Oxford Taxi Co., offers one of two taxi services exclusive to Oxford, according to Alan Kyger, economic development director for Oxford. According to Kyger, the Oxford Taxi Co. was formerly owned by George Burnett, who ran the service out of their current location at 323 W. Vine St. The service currently dispatches four cars, which can be reached at 513-523-9000, according to Kyger. Although taxi services are nothing new to college towns such as Oxford, what makes the Oxford Taxi Co. unique is its use of a flat fee, according to Kyger. “The taxis in Oxford all operate on a flat fee instead of using a meter,” Kyger said. “This is legal, but the only stipulation by the city is that the rates have to be posted on the inside of the vehicles. So, inside the cabs there is a map that has airport run rates, in-town posted rates, and outof-town rates.” Kyger said. Although Sizemore has only

recently become the owner of the Oxford Taxi Co., his involvement in the business has gone back several years. “I worked with the previous owner since about two and a half years ago,” Sizemore said. “However, I’ve recently purchased the company and continue to provide a service for Miami students as well as Oxford citizens.” Sizemore’s business provides transportation to destinations that may be quite a hike for students without a car, such as to Walmart or any nearby airports. “We do keep cheap prices for students; it’s still 5 dollars to travel anywhere on campus,” Sizemore said. “Also, we run the cheapest runs to the airports and bus stations. During the summer, our business primarily goes to townies and the numerous international students that remain oncampus during break.” Although the Oxford Taxi Co. provides such services, the bulk of its business goes to Miami students who want to go to and from Uptown, according to Sizemore. “It’s not too bad dealing with college students,” Sizemore said. “The majority of them are the female students wanting to not walk alone, wanting to get back to their dorms. We treat people with respect and kindness, and most people return that. We haven’t had issues with fighting or anything like


Michael Sizemore, owner of Oxford Taxi Co., provides a $5 flat rate for transportation around Oxford and Miami University’s campus. that. The worst thing to contend with is people getting sick in our cars. Outside of that it’s a pretty good experience.” Junior Eric McKinney has found his experience with the Oxford Taxi Company enjoyable as well. “I’d say I’ve used Oxford Taxi to get uptown at least 30 times,” McKinney said. “I live at Level 27, and it’s easier to get uptown than using the buses. They’re really nice people. They’ve even had a mini-DVD player in the taxi with a

selection of Redbox movies for our viewing pleasure.” When they are not taking calls from the likes of McKinney, Oxford Taxis can be found uptown, usually in an easily visible location near the municipal building. “We like to stay where we’re visible if we aren’t taking calls,” Sizemore said. “We also are going to have all hands on deck for Green Beer Day for those students who don’t want to walk Uptown so early in the morning.”

Local schools implement Fewer Ohio students new teacher evaluations receive subsidized lunches By Jenna Pilipovich For The Miami Student

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) implemented a new teacher evaluation program that will take effect in the 2013-2014 school year. The new program is a response to several legislative bills passed concerning education, said Kathy Leist, assistant superintendent of human resources for Hamilton City Schools. The new evaluation model will be based 50 percent on teacher performance and 50 percent on student growth, according to Carol King, ODE consultant. Certified evaluators will have attended a threeday seminar. Student growth will be measured based on students’ academic improvement during a specific period of time. King said the Race to the Top Initiative is a program that selects schools and gives them grants for education. The new teacher evaluation system comes from this program, including 453 local education agencies. According to Holli Morrish, director of communication and public relations for Talawanda School District, the grant means the state is willing to support the work of their individual school.

She said through this support, schools will be given the opportunity to implement the Ohio standards based on curriculum, new evaluations for teachers, principals and any administrators aligned with students. “I think the feds and the state are very interested in improving our education system throughout,” Morrish said. This Race to the Top grant is a four-year program that began in 2010 according to King. The schools in the program have worked on creating a template for the teacher evaluation system. Template planning for the new evaluations began in the first year and continued into the second year. The program is currently in its third year and the agencies are working on piloting the program. The final year, the 2013-2014 school year, will be the implementation of the new teacher evaluation program, according to King. “The model is based on research and best practice,” King said. King said all of the schools involved in Race to the Top will be implementing the new program next year and if not, they will be expected to implement

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By Jessica Barga Staff Writer

A recent report by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) showed that fewer Ohio students in elementary and high schools receive free and reduced-price lunches this 2012-2013 school year. Children in public and private Ohio schools can qualify for these lunches depending on parent income. In October 2011, just over 725,000 students received free lunches. In October 2012 students qualifying for free lunches totaled just over 710,000. The number of eligible students receiving reduced-priced lunches dropped as well, from around 115,000 in 2011 to 108,000 in 2012. Mary Kershaw, spokesperson for ODE, said the main reason fewer students receive discounted lunches is because enrollment in Ohio schools has dropped this year. “Fewer children are enrolled in schools in [grades] 11 and 12, and that has caused a reduction in the number receiving free and reduced-price lunches,” Kershaw said. Schools base their calculations

on which students receive help paying for meals on a chart provided by the USDA. Families applying for their children to have free or reduced lunches send in their income information and if it is under certain guidelines, they can be eligible. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said she thinks the decrease in students receiving free and reduced lunches will not be a factor for long. “A 0.9 percent decrease isn’t a trend in my book,” Lisa HamlerFugitt, director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said. Hamler-Fugitt said there are several other reasons to explain the drop in students who receive free or reduced lunches at school. “There could be some inconsistencies in the data, and especially for older high school students, stigma can play a role,” Hamler-Fugitt said. “Sometimes students don’t want to sign up [for free or reduced lunches] because they don’t want anyone to know about it.” Needy families can always check their status online to


P&G creates new website for innovation program By Olivia Hnat Community Editor

Feb. 5, Proctor & Gamble launched a new website for its Connect + Develop program that brings external innovators and incumbent P&G product creators together. The website allows people to create usernames and read about current needs of P&G brands. Users can then submit their ideas directly to P&G, according to the Connect + Develop website. Eleven years ago the concept of Connect + Develop was created, according to Lisa Popyk, the Connect + Develop communications and external relations contact. The program is designed to bring more innovation from outside the walls of the company. Using a website to collect ideas from outside networks of innovators is necessary for companies like P&G to bring new ideas to the

marketplace, according to Artie Kuhn, a Miami University interactive media studies professor. “If you study innovation at all, the thing that pops out is that very thing that you have to combine two previous [separate] types of work for something crazy to spring out of it,” Kuhn said. “You have to incubate them and keep them away from the rest of the company. Which is why the P&G example is an interesting one. Their way of incubating is to have a separate outside entrant… come in, incubate it and develop it and then release it to the rest of the organization.” Outside innovators connecting with P&G insiders or incumbents is exactly how many P&G products have been made and introduced to the market. The Connect + Develop website highlights many of these innovations. For example, the Tide Pods

filled with laundry detergent were born after P&G connected with MonoSol, a company that specializes in creating watersoluble technology. This outside partnership with MonoSol and P&G allowed innovators to think outside of the typical laundry detergent box. “The benefit to having either incubated teams inside the company… or external people is that they don’t have to play by the rules,” Kuhn said. “They can come up with totally wacky ideas, ideas that are totally different than anything else that would have happened with the lenses of everyone else.” Through the Connect + Develop website, P&G has expanded the field of innovators connecting to the company. Features of the website sort the ideas by topic and employees can search the ideas based on their needs, according to

the Connect + Develop website. Senior Colten Kidwell, a Miami University business economics major, is starting a position in P&G’s consumer and market knowledge division in June. He said expanding the field of outside innovators will prevent groupthink from occurring within P&G. “If you have a bunch of P&G scientists working on how to alleviate dandruff … they are all there working on the problem together,” Kidwell said. “They have been working in this industry for a long time and they get that group think mentality. It can be harder to think outside the box. Opening this venue for new ideas, new patents and new information is great to reenergize their current thinking.” For information the new P&G Connect + Develop website,visit



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“People know what CAC is and as we lose that name, we are facing a battle to make people aware that we are doing the same things that were done before just under a new name, bringing in a really strong dynamic with Miami Entertainment,” he said. Although it’s a good move forward, dissolving two well-known organizations is not easy. “I think it’s difficult for everyone; I grew up in CAC so I have a lot of affinity for this organization and I’ve worked very hard to make it a strong organization,” he said. “But really, we’re taking the best attributes of each one and putting them together to create something so much bigger and better than my experience at Miami,” Corporan said. A catalyst for the merge was the upcoming opening of the Armstrong Student Center. “It’s all about providing a vibrant student life on campus and with this new space, the organization can together easier,” Walter said.

He said, especially with the student center providing more spaces and opportunities, this is the perfect time to refresh programming and it’s long overdue. “If there’s anything frustrating about this, it is why didn’t this happen sooner,” Corporan said. The ultimate winner, he said, is the student body. “We’re getting two groups of people together here that are very talented in different ways to create a new breed of phenomenal events,” he said. Because MAP, unlike CAC or Miami Entertainment, will allow members to work and collaborate on different boards throughout the year, it will be a more creative atmosphere. “This is defining what programming and events are going to look like at Miami for the next half of a decade, so this is really exciting to be a part of and I’m ecstatic that I had the opportunity to be in charge when this was all happening,” Corporan said.


that make the change necessary. “Students today are much more demanding to be able to do things through technology versus in person,” Kabbaz said. “The idea that students have to fill out a piece of paper to drop and add classes, to change majors, to change minors, to pay their bill, to adjust financial aid—we’re looking through all our processes and finding ways to deliver much more of our services proactively, 24/7 online.” According to Kabbaz, the majority of transactions will be available online, though more complicated ones will be handled in a physical location with handson assistance. “We’re aspiring to be a 98 and two model, that 90 percent of all transactions related to these offices should be able to be done online, 24/7, 365 days of the year …” Kabbaz said. “We envision about 8 percent will require a phone call or some kind of in person visit to some physical structure, and then probably 2 percent of all transactions will require complexity beyond the ability of the Enrollment Center.” To attend to the 8 percent of transactions that require inperson assistance, Kabbaz said manual service will be provided in a centralized location. “Lets say a student comes into this physical setup in the future, they would come to a one-stop enrollment center, and that person that helps them could solve [their] problems on the spot, we wouldn’t be bouncing students between offices,” Kabbaz said. Euen said the online Enrollment Center is to be taken on in steps. “The EC will be introduced in phases, with phase one being the virtual service and phase two being the physical location,” Euen said. “Virtual services will be rolled out incrementally as they are developed, with the expectation that initial virtual services will become available in fall 2013.”


is to ensure that our policies and procedures still fit in place and that the support structures are still there, but that many of the processes and procedures can be moved online.” Kabbaz said some of the services will include that of the bursar, registrar and financial aid offices, and confirmed that staff cuts and attrition will take place over the next couple years as a result. “We know over the coming years that as a result of this EC process that it will require less staffing …” Kabbaz said. “Through this we will identify processes that can be moved to virtual and then as a result of that we should be able to reduce staffing over that period of time, over the next year or two.” Kabbaz said is it not yet certain what portion of staff will be affected, but that they’re calculating the savings it will allow the university. Staff members have been notified, according to Kabbaz. “We’ve been working with staff since early fall to let them know that we are in the process of working through identifying processes that can be more efficient and things we can do more efficiently to reduce overall staff,” Kabbaz said. According to Kabbaz, the LEAN Initiative, a program that works to increase efficiency by analyzing processes, is being put to work. Director of LEAN Initiatives Al Ryan is currently working with Euen and Kabbaz. He said though staff will be reduced, the LEAN Initiative’s purpose is not to make cuts. “LEAN is not about eliminating people, it’s about eliminating waste in the processes, and it’s focused on the customer,” Ryan said. According to Kabbaz, it is this focus on the customer and society’s tech-based transformation



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the program by July 1. Morrish said Talawanda High School will be implementing the new program next school year and this year they are piloting the model. “I believe education is moving in a better direction and that we will once again be competitive with other industrialized countries,” Morrish said. Leist said she thinks the new program will be beneficial. “I believe the new program will provide more rigor,” Leist said. “It’s going to provide more consistency across the state, across districts, as well as from one administrator to another.” However, some people are voicing concerns over the subjectivity of the evaluations. Senior, Emma Clancy, an education major, said it comes down to how the evaluations are handled. “Any sort of evaluation done on student growth is subjective

because I don’t believe in standardized tests, but it’s hard to find another way to measure retention in a district,” she said. “Teacher performance is difficult to evaluate because performance of teachers is based so much on student success.” Based on these two components, teachers will then be given a rating in one of the four categories. The categories are ineffective, developing, proficient and accomplished. According to King, the reason for the evaluation change is a response to a national call for child achievement. Several pieces of legislation have passed that call for this model. “The whole goal is really to help students learn better and help them grow and succeed in school,” King said. “We need to be competitive globally so we’re stepping it up in terms of student learning.” Leist said the Ohio Department of Education is very excited to implement this new program. “Any time teachers are given the opportunity to improve their craft, students benefit,” Leist said.



see what they can qualify for, Hamler-Fugitt said. “If folks are struggling, they can [go online] and in 90 seconds they can find out how likely they would be for a broad array of not only things like free and reduced meals, but other help programs,” Hamler-Fugitt said. Junior Emma Foltz said she thinks the state free and reduced lunch program is important for students in school. “Being a kid on the free and reduced lunch program [when I was in school], it was a big relief for my parents,” Foltz said. “I like the program, and a parent’s income shouldn’t affect whether a child gets to eat or not,” Foltz said. “For a lot of kids, the school lunch might be the best meal they get during the day.”

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ASG, MAP election process change negates student rights Associated Student Government (ASG) and the newly created Miami Activities and Programming (MAP) are taking a new direction in electing two very important positions within both organizations. In previous years, the student body elected the vice president of student organizations. This may no longer be the case. MAP has also made the decision to not have its president elected by the student body, but instead be elected internally by the organization’s members. The vice president for student organizations is a position in ASG that is extremely crucial. The VP handles a $1.1 million dollar budget and is in charge of funding for all student organization. MAP was the result of a merger between the Campus Activities Council (CAC) and Miami Entertainment and controls $300,000. While The Miami Student editorial board understands MAP and ASG want the most qualified person possible in the respective positions, we fear eliminating elections for these positions is not the proper way to do this. The editorial board believes that though these changes may have good intentions, they are actually taking away a process that was important to many students. Students can be disconnected from student government,

which is an understandable reason for why ASG wants an internal election for VP of student organizations. However, student organizations are something with which almost every student is connected. How organizations spend their money is obviously a critical element, and we, as students no longer have a say in who oversees and controls the process. Both organizations have ample knowledge in understanding what works and what doesn’t. They also know who may be the best person for the job. However, the student body should still get a say in who controls and allocates our money. Both organizations could endorse candidates who they know have the correct qualifications for the position and then let the student body vote for those candidates. We believe in ASG and MAP and trust that they will fulfill the expectations of the student body in coming years. But our expectations to be able to vote for important positions in these organizations shouldn’t be erased. Trusting organizations to elect qualified candidates internally does not equal having the choice as students to vote and create change ourselves in these organizations.

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IFC, Greek member offended by insinuated hazing My name is Vince Landreville, and I am a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the vice president of member education of the Interfraternity Council. While reading Friday’s issue of the Miami Student, I was shocked when I saw the cartoon of a fraternity new member asleep in class with “#Pledging” as the description. This stereotype is completely inappropriate. The Interfraternity Council is working hard to rid Miami of hazing and associated stereotypes, and this image only exacerbates the situation. Hazing, including sleep deprivation is not a joke. I am ashamed that the Miami Student would allow this

image to be printed. I find it very demeaning and disrespectful to all Greek members. Miami Greeks have received a lot of negative publicity in the past year, and this only adds to the negative image portrayed by the media. While previous publicity was brought upon us, the decision to print this cartoon was a conscious decision to portray all Greeks in a negative light. One of my responsibilities as vice president of member education is to educate fraternities on how to eliminate hazing from the new member education program. I have been working diligently this semester to ensure that all fraternities are abiding by both

their national organization’s and Miami’s anti-hazing stance. It is very difficult to perform this task when a cartoon in your paper is generalizing hazing. The image sends the message that this situation is pervasive, and it is acceptable to deprive new members of sleep. Nothing could be further from the truth. To generalize from what may be occurring in a small number of fraternities is irresponsible of you and insulting to those of us who do not engage in such immature behavior. I ask that you please refrain from printing such images in future publications.


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Conservatives who oppose all controls on firearms might want to rethink that position. Consider that most gun deaths are suicides and that the largest group likely to blow out our brains is my people: old white men—who tend to vote Republican. Too many of those deaths are rational decisions, religious concerns aside, and that is an issue in itself about the quality of life for America’s old; but many stem from the lethal combination of despair and a gun too close at hand.

Consider the relatively low death tolls in the protest movements of the Depression Era and what we loosely call the 1960s— and the difference a large number of AK-47s would have made at Kent State and Jackson State in May of 1970. If “The Troubles” return, do you really want serious weapons in the hands of people you are likely to loathe? The death of children from gunfire is unspeakably sad, but we Americans tolerate more death and suffering to drive our cars fast and our motorcycles

between lanes. Conservatives should oppose what George F. Will used to call the “coarsening” of life with the fear and anxiety that lead to widespread gun ownership increased  by widespread gun ownership. Conservatives should be appalled by the augmenting of state power from the militarizing of police forces that is a rational response to a civilian population armed to the teeth.



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We should appreciate important people in our All students should put down lives every day; not just one holiday each year Pinterest, and pick up the ‘Post My hands worked through the soft cookie dough as I tried to quickly shape it into a semi circle to resemble a cookie while my iPhone sat molded between my ear and my s h o u l d e r. While multitasking these two things, NICOLE I had one of THEODORE the best conversations with my dad in probably four years. Initially, it was the best because my dad was talking to me about politics, and what the U.S. needed to do in order to fix the economy. We shot thoughts back and forth at each other, agreeing and digging into what we thought was the underlying problem. This was at first why I deeply loved this conversation, because I rarely hear my dad’s point of view of the economy. My dad is a hard working blue-collar kind of guy, who has devoted most of his life to working on the railroad night and day. He travels five out of seven days a week to put me through college, and works in conditions that most wouldn’t believe or tolerate. This is why I loved his perspective about the economy, but as the conversation grew on, I realized I love this conversation because I love my dad. When I first started this column, it was about the conversation that unfolded between my father and I, and all the super smart things and advice he had about why our economy is so terrible. And you know what, I will save that for another column because it is important, but what is more important is that I take the time to acknowledge how important and strong my dad is. We rarely appreciate our parents every day of the year, and no one really expects us to, but we should. Just like Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day comes once a year, and then we remember and appreciate the

dads in our lives that work so hard for us. And then as soon as the day is over, we go back to our normal lives as college students living away from home and forget to simply say, “thank you.” Thank you dad for making the hardest decision of your life when you were laid off when I was in middle school and deciding to travel five days out of seven so that you could pay for me to play club soccer. I know it was hard for me to deal with, but I couldn’t imagine what it was like for you, living out of hotels and driving nine hours straight to get to work. For those of us that have parents that complete physical labor every single day for nine hours, for

sport we play, what play we are in, or what instrument we play in the high school band, our dads simply cannot get enough of it. Thank you for buying me a plane ticket to Mexico three weeks before spring break after you found out my high school boyfriend broke up with me right before Valentine’s Day and my birthday. I didn’t ask for it, and you didn’t have to do that, but all you wanted was for me to have a great first spring break of college and to move on. You only wanted to see me happy and never cry. You may not always say it to me, but I know that is all you have ever wanted for me: to be happy. That is all our parents ever want for us. We may fight their

We rarely appreciate our parents every day of the year, and no one really expects us to, but we should. Just like Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day comes once a year, and then we remember and appreciate the dads in our lives that work so hard for us. maybe ten plus years, what more can you do then say “thank you?” We will never know the sacrifice they make because they do their tough jobs so that we don’t have to have jobs like this. Thank you dad for coming to all of the soccer games that you could manage to come to, even if you had to drive seven hours from work just to get there in time. I know in high school I always hemmed and hawed about how you ran after me on the sidelines with a video camera strapped to your hand. I promise you though that I secretly loved it. Now I appreciate those moments more than I ever have. We will never be able to go back to those soccer games, but I know you loved watching me run down that field more than anything. For some reason, no matter what

decisions for us but in the end, they are hard on us because they know from experience, and they don’t want us to make the same mistakes. The point is, we should appreciate our dads, moms, boyfriends, girlfriends, sisters and fiancés, even our pets more than just one day out of the year. We should say thank you more. We should let our parents give us advice even if we don’t want to listen to it. We should let them always be our parents even after being in college for four years and we think we know it all. Thank you dad for everything you have done. Someday, I will call you on the phone and we will say our hellos, and I will tell you how happy I am, and how it was because of the sacrifices you made for me. Thank you.

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Greetings from Washington. In between ludicrously expensive dry cleaning and deliciously caloric cupcakes, I’ve missed the Oxbox a time or two. I realized this nickname is very aptly chosen for SARAH our colSHEW lege town, and that I don’t ever want to be cozy again, even when I get back to Oxford. I won’t settle back into the blissful routine of classes, organization meetings and parties on the weekends. “This town” (as every politician, lobbyist and judge seems to call D.C.), is a magnificent, horrifying, multi-faceted and ever-moving machine. It churns out decisions and mandates policies that affect everyone in this nation, even down to our quaint little Oxbox. I’ve been blessed to meet with all kinds of governmental influencers here, and the knowledge I can pass on from these meetings is twofold: partisanship is both real and fabricated in this town, and being well-informed requires listening to all the news sources at your disposal, even those whose platforms disagree with your own. So I implore you, Miamians, not to become political powerhouses of news-gathering (unless that’s your thing, then more power to you and let’s meet up in the fall so you can teach me a few things), but to understand how some of the policies play out in D.C. and affect you. Pick an issue that interests you, and follow it. Please. I’m not a numbers person; I don’t understand economics, and it’s the only class in which I received lower than a B+ in college. However, I’ve realized that I need to follow economic issues in our government, because the decisions made, or lack thereof, will directly affect me, the rest of my generation, and my great grandchildren’s generation. Tied to this, I spent a day on Capitol Hill, where I watched the Hurricane Sandy bill be passed on the House floor. Let me tell you something first about the Capitol: it is intoxicating. Seeing the people across the room instead of on a television screen, and walking the halls that so many great men and women have walked, is truly a moving experience.

But watching the bill pass on the floor was even more so, as I could see the politics both within and between parties at work for myself. Congressmen were mingling, searching for final votes and calculating the likelihood of passage. I saw 50 billion dollars pass through the lower legislative body, a necessary 50 billion that adds to an already staggering deficit. If I had been in Oxford, I probably would have known the bill passed a few days after the event. I certainly wouldn’t have been watching it unfold on C-SPAN or refreshing my newsfeeds on Twitter every second to keep informed minute to minute. Here, politics, policy and power are in every discussion. In Oxford, even if you want to be informed, it doesn’t come with the same degree of feasibility. It isn’t easy to stay well informed in a small town; I’m not denying that. But as I’ve said before, and the point that has become increasingly salient in my time in Washington, is that even though it’s hard, or perhaps not of great interest to you, being informed is our responsibility as American citizens. It’s also our responsibility to be honest with ourselves about the information we’re getting, and how we use it. I know Democrats and Republicans in this group who willingly watch MSNBC, CNN and FOX in the morning, and follow BBC, Politico, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal online. Being informed means knowing the beliefs of all sides, and the policy ideas formed from these beliefs, because in order to work with people you must first understand where they come from. If we, the American people, expect people in Washington “to put the nation’s interests before party” as Obama said Tuesday in the State of the Union Address, we must first do so ourselves. If indeed, we believe “that America moves forward only when we do so together and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all,” then we need to make it the task of us all. So take a few minutes a day, and take this task to heart. If you find yourself Facebook stalking your ex or pinning workouts you’ll never do and food you’ll never cook, switch over to CNN. Follow some journalists on Twitter. The decisions made in this town should be known and talked about, even in the Oxbox, so we can be more responsible voters and citizens.


Hollywood elites should focus more on do-gooding, less on lavish goodie bags Rarely is a night so star-studded as the famed Academy Awards. Outside the glitzy Kodak Theater, celebrities and their guests gather on the red carpet, exhibiting their designer gowns and ligaments dripping in jewelry. Just last year, the fun continued at the Vanity Fair after-party where celebrity chef, Cat Cora, served up a five course meal including a sautéed sea bass, beef tenderloin with leek bread pudding and apple-pear tarts while stars laughed over the award show’s turn of events. Naturally, this lavish and exquisitely engineered event draws much attention from the media and general public for its ornate manner that simply screams money, begging the question, why is so much money spent on a night that basically celebrates the expensive eccentricities of our favorite celebrities? Eighty-four years ago, the first Academy Awards were presented in front of a crowd of 270 attendees, who then attended the after-party, tickets costing only $5 per guest. Yet somehow, due in part to both passing time and the

mentality of Hollywood to be bigger and better, the modern awards show has evolved to broadcast to the 39.3 million home viewers and Oscar tickets, though not technically allowed to be sold if unused, are scalped on average for $85,000.

It doesn’t seem to make sense. Why is all this money needed, what with the vast expanse of social networking and news mediums? With heavily followed celebrities and easy movie availability, this “publicity” should be practically free.

Though it is perfectly within the rights of stars and those in the movie-making industry to spend what they choose, I only wish they would make the decision to give the cash philanthropically.

Of course, the stars aren’t the only ones emptying their pockets for the affair. In order for a studio to win an Academy Award, it must first successfully woo the critics and the Academy members themselves. “To that end, studios spend millions of dollars to make sure their projects take home those little gold men,” writes Jo Piazza of CNN.

“But an intricate web of gypsy publicists, rogue party planners, and entire full-service consultancies to generate that all-important buzz that drives a campaign can run more than $2 million,” writes Piazza. Add this cost to the red carpet, which can run up a grand total of $30,000 alone just so our stars can have a traditional setting for photographs and to prevent their

several-thousand dollar heels from touching pavement. However, the cost that really gets my blood boiling is that of the gift bags. Filled with tickets for lavish vacations, jewelry, skincare, gym memberships and various other prizes, the Oscar gift bag, distributed to all nominees totals $75,000. Just like birthday goodie bags, right? This outrageous amount could make such a difference in so many lives, yet the Academy places it in the hands of the already-oh-sofortunate, who truly don’t need another cent to feel fulfilled. This spending stands only to promote stars’ frivolous consumerism and to me, the whole practice seems absolutely disgraceful. Though it is perfectly within the rights of the stars and those in the movie-making industry to spend what they choose, I only wish they would make the decision to give the cash philanthropically. Perhaps the Academy, in lieu of providing the stars with elephant safaris and chocolate jewelry, could allow each star to choose a charity to donate to, with the money provided by

the Oscar sponsors. Or at the very least, they could donate a slice of the pie, which Meryl Streep did last year. “In the aftermath of her unexpected victory Sunday over Viola Davis, Ms. Streep donated $10,000 to a Rhode Island school in financial trouble,” Reuters reported. “She made the donation, through her charity, Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, to the Segue Institute for Learning, a charter school in Central Falls, Rhode Island, in Ms. Davis’s name,” writes Melena Ryzik of The New York Times. However when one views the Oscars, it seems the show always entertains and delights, accomplishing its true purpose. I only wish to describe the true cost of the awards show. Just take a moment when watching this year’s Oscars. Note the glitzy outfits and venue, but also note the cost. Would decreasing Oscars expenditures really take away the night’s spark?

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both Spinell and Czarnik both insisted that Friday’s contest is what’s on everyone’s minds and their coach was no different. “We haven’t talked about the outdoor game [as a team],” Blasi said. “We went through the itinerary earlier in the week and the guys know what’s going to happen after the game Friday. But our focus right now is on Friday. We have to play well here at home … once Friday’s over, then we’ll worry about the outdoor game.” Friday’s contest will begin at 7:35 p.m. at the Goggin Ice Center. The RedHawks will then travel to Chicago for a media and practice day on Saturday, followed by their appearance at the Hockey City Classic on Sunday. The puck drop is set for noon at Soldier Field.

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unproductive they have been,” Fantanarosa said. The RedHawks have averaged 64 points per game this season and the starting five of Robertson, Osborn, junior guard Haley Robertson, junior forward Erica Almady, and senior forward Kirstin Olowinski average a combined 53 points per game. Osborn leads the ’Hawks with 17.4 points per game. Olowinski averages a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds per game. Olowinski holds the Miami record for double-doubles. In the ’Hawks’ loss to Akron, the bench only accounted for four of the 77 points scored. “I told the bench players that they need to earn the respect of the coaches and starters,” Fantanarosa said. The ’Hawks have used this week to prepare for the final stretch of their season. “We all understand the importance of these last few games,”


team (10-15, 5-6 MAC), but has a huge inside presence in junior forward Javon McCrea, who averages 17 points per game. The Bulls’ sophomore forward Will Regan also posts 10 points a game. Rebounding will also be important, as Buffalo averages seven more boards a game than Miami. Despite their record, the Bulls have won two straight. Miami is trying to avoid its third four game losing skid of the season – a mark that would match the 2012 season. The RedHawks were able to steal a one-point victory earlier this year over Buffalo on Jan. 12, 58-57, in Buffalo behind a 22-point effort from Roberts. McCrea scored 19 for the Bulls, but a 2-19 effort from deep doomed the Bulls in the end. A Miami victory would be the third in four games against the MAC-East rival, having edged them 52-51 at home, but falling 8474 in New York last season. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Osborn said. “We need to have a sense of urgency day in and day out.” The RedHawks take on the Chippewas 1 p.m. Saturday in Millett Hall as they try to improve their MAC record. The Chippewas leading scorer is sophomore guard Crystal Bradford who averages 15 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Bradford also shoots 45 percent from the field. The RedHawks’ leading scorer, Osborn, has the opportunity to make Miami history on Saturday. She is 22 points away from breaking the school record for points (1,979) which is currently held by Amanda Jackson who played for the ’Hawks from 2003-08. Osborn hopes to help break the two game skid the ’Hawks are in. She knows that she and classmate Olowinski’s basketball days are numbered. “The leadership starts with me and [Olowinski],” Osborn said. “We know we only have a month or so left in our career.”


’Hawks finish in 5th in MAC match play By Ross David

For The Miami Student

Tiebreakers were the theme this week as the Miami University men’s golf team finished in 5th place at the Mid-American Match Play Championship. The event was played at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Florida. “The course is notorious for its high angulation greens and its demand of a strategically played second shot,” Head Coach Zac Zedrick said. “Sometimes you would rather be putting from 3040 feet uphill than 20 feet down. However, the fairways were wide and manageable.” Redshirt junior Mark MacDonald and senior Ben Peacock led the way for the RedHawks by winning all three of the matches. The first match of day one was played against a solid Eastern Michigan team. Redshirt junior Mark MacDonald finished with a 3 and 1 victory over his opponent where he took an early lead and maintained it through the match making some important putts.


FROM PAGE 10 matches on Sunday, we’re working on having everyone compete at the same high level.” Head coach Anca Dumitrescu also discussed the team’s play in doubles. “We’re really going to focus on our doubles this week,” she said. “Some things that we need to work on are getting better movement and improving our shot selection. The players have their own needs that they are focusing on also.”

Senior Ben Peacock also won his match finishing 2 and 1. Sophomore Scott Cahill and junior Austin Kelly each tied their first matches. Senior Brett Tomfordhe lost his first match of the week 4 and 2, along with freshman Jack Sparling who fell 2 and 1. After regulation, the score was tied 3-3 so the tiebreaker rules had to come into effect. Whichever team wins its match by the most amount of holes, wins. Eastern Michigan beat the RedHawks by one hole in a heartbreaking finish to the first match. “It is hard to judge the team because it was the first tournament back, but a couple holes would have changed everything,” MacDonald said. The second round of day one, the team was matched up against Ohio University. Miami took care of business, winning all six matches against the rival Bobcats. This put the RedHawks into the fifth place match with Toledo on Tuesday morning with a huge wave of momentum. In the fifth place match, Miami put up a valiant effort in yet

another tiebreaker loss. The score was tied 3-3 after regulation. Peacock and Sparling each won their matches 2 and 1. MacDonald capped off a great week by overcoming a four-shot deficit to win by one. Brett Tomfordhe continued his difficult week losing 4 and 3. Meanwhile, Scott Cahill and Austin Kelly both lost, 5 and 4 and by one respectively. The match once again came down to the tiebreaker of which team won by the most holes and again the RedHawks fell, by a combined five holes. “For the first match back, the team played very well,” MacDonald said. “[I] did a great job of staying positive no matter what was happening around [me].” The team is now off until March 10, when it will be playing in the Pinehurst Intercollegiate in Pinehurst, N. C. The team is very excited to get back out on the course as younger players like Jack Sparling and Scott Cahill now have significant collegiate tournament play under their belts. It will help their confidence down the stretch.

Middle Tennessee State (2-4) is coming off of a hotly contested 4-3 triumph at the University of Alabama Birmingham. In that match, the doubles teams of freshman Irina Constantinide and sophomore Nayara Moraes as well as redshirt senior Carla Nava and senior Yuiri Nomoto got the doubles point for the Blue Raiders with 8-3 and 8-5 wins, respectively. In singles action, Moraes, Nava, and junior Flavia Nagayama all picked up the wins needed to clinch the match. Before leaving to take on

Miami, MTSU must first deal with Butler University in Friday, Feb. 15 in Indianapolis, In. The RedHawks start play against the Blue Raiders at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Riverside Athletic Club in Hamilton and will have to make a quick turnaround as they will have to compete at the University of Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon. “Our fitness and conditioning will play a part in the match on Tuesday,” Dumitrescu said. “Having two days in between will help us go out and compete.”


Engaging Chicago!

Forging Sustainable Communities in a Global City


MIAMI UNIVERSITY FACULTY-LED STUDY AWAY 6 Credit Urban Field Experience | August 9 to 22, 2013 Meet community leaders and local activists


Tue., Feb. 19 at 6:00 p.m. in 118 Irvin Hall Wed., Feb 20 at 6:00 p.m. in 118 Irvin Hall

Experience ethnic celebrations, street festivals, public concerts, and art installations Engage the rich cultural diversity of a global city Earn 6 Credits! AMS499F (3 credits) LAS499F (3 credits)

A twelve day field experience in Chicago.

Can be part of a thematic sequence!

Explore the ways sustainability principles have been used by different communities to lay claim to urban spaces. We will examine the experiences of Eastern European, African American, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Chinese, and GLBT (im)migrant through fieldwork in the sustainable spaces they have made their own. The course is organized into a series of day-long investigations of particular Chicago neighborhoods that emphasize the local, regional and global forces that have shaped—and continue to shape—them.

The Grow Station Community Garden in Pilsen

The Interdisciplinary Programs Office and the Office of Second Year Programs are partnering to offer Engaged Sophomore Experiences for the summer of 2013. These are opportunities meant to blend classroom and field studies into a meaningful and engaged learning experience. They are geared toward rising first year and current second year students. For additional information about these course offerings, please contact Mike O’Neal, Director, Second Year Programs, or 513-529-4038 or Leta Roberson, Administrative Assistant, New Student Programs, 513-529-4010

A Declaration of Immigration, National Museum of Mexican Art

Instructors: Damon Scott, American Studies and Geography, and José Amador, Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies, Get details including fees on the web at:






JM Rieger



Flashes eclipse ’Hawks


BY Win Braswell Senior Staff Writer

Miami University athletics, or rather its football program, has become unsustainable. The team can no longer compete at the Division I level, not because of its players or coaches, but because of the system. The Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the Bowl Championship Series reward big spenders, and Miami cannot keep up. Despite efforts to increase funding and revenue for Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA), the university has failed. ICA’s expenditures have increased while more than 50 percent of the student General Fee has funded more than 60 percent of Miami’s athletic program over the last five years. According to USA Today, student funding for athletic departments jumped 18 percent over four years to more than $795 million in 2009 to support 222 Division I public institutions. Last year Miami students each paid more than $900 to fund athletics, which operated at a loss of more than $15 million before student fees. Miami spent more on football than the next three costliest sports combined last year; of the Athletic Department’s $23.5 million budget, nearly 23 percent went to the football program, which has lost an average of more than $3.6 million over the past three years. The program’s revenue has consistently remained under $2 million aside from 2010, when the team won its first Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship since 2003 and made its first bowl appearance since 2004. Football revenue jumped 135 percent that year before falling again the following season. Increased spending in the FBS is making successful seasons even more difficult for mid-major schools. And without success on the field, revenue is often lacking.

The top quartile of FBS schools are spending more than $130 million per year and the expenditure gap between the top and bottom FBS quartiles has grown by more than $25 million over the past eight years, according to the NCAA. On top of this, the median FBS university spent nearly $37 million more than the median Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) institution. While it is unclear if Miami will save money in the short term by switching to the FCS, the university will save boatloads in the long run based on current athletic spending trends. Plus, athletic cuts set to begin next year mean the university is unlikely to increase funding dramatically to keep pace with the national trend. Miami cannot win. However, even more absurd is what the university spends trying to compete in the FBS. This year Miami is projected to spend more than $43,000 per athlete compared to $15,000 per student. Yet this pales in comparison to the nearly $92,000 spent per athlete in 2010 by FBS schools, significantly more than the $13,000 spent per student, according to the Delta Cost Project. Furthermore, it is debatable at best if students care about or benefit from a Division I football program, which filled only 63 percent of its stadium on average last year. Miami is the winningest football program in MAC history, but “The Cradle of Coaches” must make the switch to the FCS; it cannot afford not to. Reduced state funding and cuts recommended by the Strategic Priorities Task Force have forced the university to increase efficiency. The question though, is whether Miami athletics will be held to the same standard.


Miami prepares for N.D. and Hockey City Classic By Joe Gieringer Senior Staff Writer

On Oct. 6, 2001, an event was held at Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium when the home team took on rival Michigan in college hockey’s first outdoor matchup. The game, known as the “Cold War,” drew a then record-breaking 74,554 spectators, and the popularity of these contests has grown in the years since. This Sunday, Feb. 17, the Miami University men’s hockey team will contribute to the legacy of outdoor games as it takes on Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) rival the University of Notre Dame at the first-ever Hockey City Classic. The event will be held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., and is comprised of two top 20 matchups, pitting No. 3/3 Miami (18-7-5, 13-5-4-4 CCHA) against No. 12/12 Notre Dame, and No. 2/2 University of Minnesota against No.18/20 the University of Wisconsin. The rink was constructed in the middle of the football field at the beginning of February, and according to Miami head coach Enrico Blasi, it provides a unique opportunity for the RedHawks to play on a national stage, one in which 50,000 people are expected to attend. “To play in an historic building against a great opponent, Notre Dame, and to have such a big alumni base in Chicago, and fans from our community making the trip, it should be a special event,” Blasi said. Blasi’s players are understandably enthusiastic, but none more so than senior captain Steven Spinell. It will be a homecoming of sorts for the Vernon Hills native,

a town just 35 miles north of the Windy City’s center. “It’s going to be an unbelievable experience,” the seasoned defenseman said. “I know – seriously – between friends, family, coworkers, there will be three, four, five-hundred people there that I’ll know of. My senior year, playing my first outdoor game with this school in Chicago, it is perfect.” Notre Dame (18-11-1, 14-7-1-0 CCHA) has had a rough start to the new year, going 4-7-1 in the past five weeks and dropping from first to third in the CCHA. But the Irish are just three points back from the RedHawks in the standings, and are riding a two game winning streak, thanks in large part to junior forward Anders Lee. Lee has collected seven points in his past four contests, is the leading goal scorer in the league with 17 on the year. He sits at third among CCHA point getters with 29, just a single tally shy of Miami linemates Austin Czarnik and Riley Barber, who top the list with 30 each. Czarnik especially knows the Notre Dame will be gunning for his team, given the late-year situation and all that’s at stake. “It’s a rivalry now … so they’re going to come out firing,” the sophomore said. “They’ve got a couple great guys and their goalies are hot. They’re probably one of the hardest teams to beat in the country.” Sunday’s game will be the RedHawks’ second in a two-part series against the Fighting Irish, with the first being played Friday night on Miami’s home ice. Even with the Hockey City Classic looming,

hockey, SEE PAGE 8

The Miami University men’s basketball team dropped its third consecutive game, falling to Kent State University, 87-70. The 8-15, 3-8 Mid-American Conference (MAC) RedHawks were outplayed from the start, allowing the Golden Flashes five double-figure scorers on the night. Miami’s redshirt junior guard Allen Roberts led the team with 16 points on 5-11 shooting. Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight scored a career-high 12 points, while redshirt junior forward Will Felder scored 10. “We got our tails kicked,” Head Coach John Cooper said. “A good, old-fashioned butt kicking — that’s what that was. We didn’t have enough energy to start the game. They made shots and were better than us tonight. Period. I’m frustrated with our effort tonight.” After taking a three-point lead just 19 seconds into the game, Miami surrendered a quick 6-0 scoring run to lose the lead for good. Kent outscored Miami 21-14 over the next 10 minutes of action. The RedHawks were able to make the game close with six minutes to play in the opening half, cutting the deficit to four points, at 30-26, but would get no closer. The Golden Flashes mustered up a crippling 18-6 run to close out the first half, 48-32. Despite a 16-point deficit, the ’Hawks played a statistically good first half, shooting 46 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the foul line. Kent simply outplayed Miami, connecting on 65 percent from the field and a strong 61 percent from beyond the arc. Miami’s stat line improved in the second half, as the team drained 12-25 field goals, 37 percent from deep, but went just 11-16 from the line. Kent dropped off in all three categories, but still was able to keep the game under wraps. The Flashes went up 19 points just as the second half got underway, but Roberts was able to will his team back to within 14 points at the 13:52 mark, 58-44. The large


Miami University freshman guard Geovonie McKnight looks to make a pass in a recent game against the University of Akron. A student in the crowd holds a face of Head Coach John Cooper. deficit the RedHawks faced all night sucked the life out of the team, as it trailed by as many as 25 points. For the fifth consecutive game, Miami outrebounded the opponent, out-doing Kent 35-26. By game’s end, Kent had posted a 57 shooting percentage, while shooting 45 percent from three, compared to Miami’s 47 percent shooting, 5-17 from three point land and 16 turnovers. Kent State’s senior forward Chris Evans led all scorers with 22 points on 9-14 shooting, despite playing on a bad ankle. Evans also recorded 13 boards, four steals and two assists. “My teammates were joking about it, that maybe my ankle should be injured every game,” Evans said. “When you’re playing, you don’t

really focus on it too much. I wasn’t going to let it affect my energy.” Kent State’s sophomore guard Kris Brewer and senior guard Randal Holt each scored 13 points, while junior forward Mark Henniger and junior guard Bryson Pope scored 11 and 10 points each. “They’re definitely not 20 points better than us, but they played 20 points better than us,” junior guard Josh Sewell said. “Winning isn’t impossible. We can bounce back.” Miami next welcomes the Bulls from the University at Buffalo to Millet Hall for the second half of a women’s and men’s double header Saturday. Buffalo is a struggling

Men’s bball, SEE PAGE 8


MU hopes to bounce back against CMU By Justin Maskulinski For The Miami Student

The Miami University women’s basketball team (14-9, 6-4 Mid-American Conference (MAC)) has had a week to prepare for its MAC matchup against the Central Michigan University Chippewas (14-9, 8-2 MAC). The RedHawks lost two conference games to the MAC West Division leading University of Toledo (21-2, 9-1) and the East Division leading University of Akron (16-7, 7-3) before their week off. The ’Hawks allowed 80 points

in both games. “The break comes at a great time,” senior guard Courtney Osborn said. “Any time you let a team score 80-plus points, you’ll never win those games.” Osborn believes the ’Hawks need to focus on the fundamentals moving forward. “Our offense has been great but we need to focus on our rebounding and defense,” Osborn said. Head Coach Maria Fantanarosa also thinks the timing of the break is great. “The players are starting to get tired mentally and physically as well,” Fantanarosa said.

Junior guard Hannah Robertson also believes that staying healthy and in shape down the final stretch of the regular season is important. “A lot of it is taking care of yourself,” Robertson said. “Having a good attitude is important moving forward.” Fantanarosa said she has and will continue to challenge the RedHawks bench players to contribute. “I challenged the bench players in practice; I showed them stats to show them how

Women’s bball, SEE PAGE 8


RedHawks look to break losing streak By Jordan Rinard Staff Writer

After sustaining its second consecutive loss against Marshall University, the Miami University women’s tennis team hopes to end that streak as they face Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Sunday in Hamilton, Ohio. The current two-match losing streak is tied for the RedHawks’ longest this season, as they fell to 49th ranked Indiana University and the University of Louisville to start off the year. The ’Hawks currently have eight matches to go until the start of Mid-American Conference play. Miami (2-5) has plenty to build on as it prepares to face the Blue

Raiders. Juniors Christiana Raymond and Nimisha Mohan, along with sophomore Alix Thurman, have each won at least 10 sets in singles at this point in the season, with sophomore Christine Guerrazzi not far behind with nine wins. Thurman also has won three straight matches in singles, which is the longest current streak for the Red and White. Mohan and Thurman were the lone victors in singles against Marshall on Sunday in matches that were decided in three sets. “We gained some confidence and had some close matches on Sunday,” Thurman said. “This week, we’re working on keeping our energy going, keeping the leads we have, and just putting more

pressure on the opponent and being more aggressive.” However, the ’Hawks have struggled in doubles play for much of the young season with an 8-13 record thus far. In four of its five losses, Miami failed to get the doubles point and have yet to sweep a team in doubles. The team of Raymond and Thurman got the RedHawks’ lone doubles win against the Thundering Herd on Sunday. “We’re changing up the doubles teams and trying to find an equal balance of underclassmen and upperclassmen,” Mohan said. “Also, after some of us played in three-set



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