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

TUESDay, FEBRUARY 19, 2013

VOLUME 140 NO. 39


TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1932, The Miami Student reported a story called “Vac Twists Hat Into Odd Shape, Draws Crowd, But Wins Dinner Bet From Pal.” The piece recounts

the story of Vac, who fidgeted with his hat while he waited for a friend to join him for dinner. “The brim was folded vertically upward in the front, and downward in the back. The crown was indented in four places coming to a point at the top, a-la-cowboy style,” The Miami Student reported. Vac’s friend bet him that he wouldn’t walk through the Christmas shopping crowd to East Ninth Street, five blocks away. As he walked, Vac accumulated a crowd of onlookers. By the time he reached his destination, his friend struggled to find him to settle the bet.

Windy City grounds ’Hawks in split series


More than 52,000 hockey fans filled Soldier Field for the Hockey City Classic Sunday (top left). Senior forward Curtis McKenzie goes after the puck (top right). Sophomore forward Jimmy Mullin and freshman forward Sean Kuraly fight for the puck in front of the Notre Dame net (bottom left).The RedHawks lost the series 2-1.

By Joe Gieringer Senior Staff Writer

Excluding the Frozen Four, it was arguably the biggest college hockey event of the year. More than 52,000 fans attended, a plurality of which were Miami faithful. But when the final horn sounded for the first matchup in Chicago’s Hockey City Classic, the RedHawk hockey team found themselves on the wrong side of a 2-1 contest at the 50 yard line of historic Soldier Field. “It was a great atmosphere out there,” head coach Enrico Blasi said. “I think the people at Intersport did a great job of organizing the event. Unfortunately, we didn’t play our best, and Notre Dame played really well … they took it to us, and we just didn’t have an answer for it. We

weren’t ourselves because of what they were doing to us, so all credit goes to Notre Dame.” Two nights prior, the exact opposite was true. Miami, now 19-8-5 overall and 14-6-4-4 in conference play, controlled the majority of their first clash with Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) rival Notre Dame. The Red and White secured a first-round bye and second round home ice advantage in the upcoming CCHA tournament, while maintaining sole possession atop the league standings. Friday saw the No. 3 RedHawks and the No. 12 Fighting Irish duke it out in a scoreless first frame and a half until the tie was broken by senior captain Steven Spinell. The defenseman registered his first goal of the season on a laser of a shot from

the point with 6:36 remaining in the second period. Senior forward Curtis McKenzie and freshman forward Kevin Morris assisted on the play. “We weren’t getting anything

It was a great atmosphere out there. “ ENRICO BLASI


going in the first,” Spinell said. “We were working hard, but you get a break, the puck goes in and the building erupts.”

Just thirty seconds later, the Goggin Ice Center swelled to an even higher decibel when sophomore forward Blake Coleman looked off linemate Jimmy Mullin during a 2-on-1 rush, freezing junior goaltender Steven Summerhays as he buried his seventh goal of the year, and a beauty at that. Notre Dame cut the deficit in half with a late third period tally, but senior Marc Hagel ended any hope of a comeback with an empty net goal in the final period, securing the 3-1 victory. Freshman netminder Ryan McKay turned aside all but one of the 21 shots he faced, adding to his already-impressive numbers with win number eight of his freshman campaign. A late night bus ride ensued after the game, and a light practice in

14-degree weather was held on Saturday for players and coaches alike to take in the venue and experience. After that, it was all business as the RedHawks turned their attention to the outdoor game, one in which choppy ice and sunny conditions affected the overall tempo. “We both had to deal with [the conditions],” Blasi said of Sunday’s setup. “I think they found a way to make plays and they had better energy, a little bit more jump, if you will.” Indeed, the Fighting Irish, who ran a militant, professional practice the prior afternoon, looked fresher and more alive. They dominated play in the first two periods and adapted to the unfriendly ice surface more


Athletic spending increases while academic spending remains flat By JM Rieger

Editor at Large

The following article reports information assessed by The Miami Student and uses Miami University data. Miami University is projected to spend more than $43,000 per student athlete, compared to more than $15,000 per general student this year, according to analysis by The Miami Student. The analysis follows a series of reports from the Delta Cost Project at American Institutes for Research tracking how academic spending at public and private universities has remained flat or decreased, while athletic spending has continued to rise. The Project released the reports in partnership with the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. At Miami, athletic spending increased more than 13 percent from 2008-2012, while academic spending increased 0.14 percent, before adjusting for inflation. Academic spending includes five

metrics outlined by the Delta Cost Project: Instructional and Departmental Research, Academic Support, Student Services, Institutional Support and Plant Operation and Maintenance. The projected $28,600 gap in athlete to student spending is based off Miami’s self-reported number of student athletes and the number of total undergraduate and graduate students in the university system. Athletic spending is determined by the budget for Miami’s Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA). The Oxford campus student General Fee funds much of Miami’s athletic budget. This year the General Fee is projected to make up 66 percent of ICA’s budget and the Fee has funded at least 61 percent of the budget since 2008. However, that number has fallen nearly 5 percent from 2008-2012. Oxford campus students have paid more than $900 per student each of the past three years to fund the athletic department, more than half of the total

General Fee and the highest percentage in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 2011,

do it in a way that diminishes our ability to even be competitive in those programs,” David Creamer,

The only way to dramatically change the cost structure is to no longer compete at the Division I level, and at this point in time that’s not been a decision that our [Board of Trustees] or anyone has wanted to endorse.” DAVID CREAMER


according to a study by Kent State University. This year students are projected to pay $950 to fund athletics of the nearly $1,800 projected Oxford campus General Fee. Miami’s athletic department lost more than $16.5 million last year and has lost nearly $60 million since 2008. “If we’re going to continue to offer Division I programs, there’s a certain cost to doing that, and we need to do that efficiently, but it doesn’t do us any good to

Miami vice president for finance and business services, said. “The only way to dramatically change the cost structure is to no longer compete at the Division I level, and at this point in time that’s not been a decision that our [Board of Trustees] or anyone has wanted to endorse.” According the Delta Cost Project’s “Academic Spending Versus Athletic Spending: Who Wins?” report, MAC schools spent more than $52,000 per athlete in 2010, four times what conference

members spent per student. The average Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school spent nearly $92,000 per athlete, more than $78,000 what institutions spent per student on average. The Southeastern Conference had the largest disparity, spending 12 times more money on athletes than on students. According to Creamer though, athletic spending will inevitably be higher than academic spending due to the resources required. “I think [the report’s] approach was reasonable, I’m not so sure the question they asked was very reasonable,” Creamer said. “It was known going in that when you have all the expenses associated with an intercollegiate athletic sport, and you associate that as spending on the student only that is participating in that, I think is mischaracterizing what intercollegiate athletics are about. It’s both for the athlete … but it’s also there for the






Event highlights need for alumni donations By Reis Thebault

for the miami student

A Day Without Donors and the Senior Class Gift campaign kicked off, celebrating donors, emphasizing their impact on Miami and encouraging graduating students to follow in donors’ footsteps. A Day Without Donors, which actually occurs for ten days, from Feb. 14 to 23, is an effort by Miami’s Office of Advancement, Senior Class Gift Committee and Miami University Student Foundation (MUSF) to thank donors for contributions and shed light on their widespread influence in an effort to encourage more students to give. Caroline McClellan, assistant director of development and annual giving, accentuated the importance of private donations. “We certainly wouldn’t have beautiful green spaces, we certainly wouldn’t have the Farmer School of Business or the new Armstrong Student Center, the inside of the Shriver Student Center would not be nearly as nice, we probably would have half as many professors and we certainly wouldn’t be third in undergraduate teaching,” McClellan said. Donations affect Miami in a plethora of unrecognized ways, according to McClellan. “I think every part of this

university, in some way, is touched by private donations,” McClellan said. “The cost of running a university is just more than people realize.” One reason these donations are so important is Miami’s tuition only covers the cost of attendance until around this time of the year, leaving the remainder of the semester to be covered by state appropriated funds and private donations. According to the Miami University Foundation website, over 2,900 students benefitted from scholarships this year, scholarships that were funded by the $39 million dollars that donors pledged in 2012. A Day Without Donors is timed to go hand-in-hand with the kickoff of the Senior Class Gift campaign, which starts Feb. 19 and carries on three weeks after graduation. Funds raised for Senior Class Gift will go to room 2013 in the new Armstrong Student Center, an actual room in the new student center which happened to be one of the last available for dedication. McClellan said the timing was just right. The remainder of funds will go to the 2013 Class Scholarship. The Senior Class Gift committee will approach fundraising from several fronts. According to seniors and

co-presidents of Senior Class Gift, Erin Helfrich and Kathy Schauer, the committee will be holding multiple events, the largest taking place at Grad Fest, to make themselves available to seniors who will potentially give. Other methods include peer-to-peer solicitation and phoning from TeleHawks in which students call alumni, parents and friends for fundraising support. Helfrich is adamant--giving to Senior Class Gift is an essential part of making the transition from student to alumnus. “We love Miami, and I don’t know many people that don’t love their four years at Miami,” Helfrich said. “And with how much Miami gives to you, the last thing you should really do before you leave Miami is give back. It is like giving back to Miami for all they’ve given to you.” McClellan, Schauer and Helfrich’s hope is that these two events will raise awareness of the importance of private donations and encourage future alumni to give back to Miami. “You are part of our Miami Alumni family for the rest of your life and we hope that you’ll stay engaged, not only giving back monetarily, but your time and your talents and this is just the first way to get engaged,” McClellan said.

Miami prohibits gun possession on campus By Catherine Monceaux

For The Miami Student

According to Ohio’s concealed carry law, universities are one of fourteen zones in which having a license doesn’t allow one to possess a firearm. As stated in the Miami University Policy and Information Manual (MUPIM), faculty, staff, students and visitors are prohibited from possessing firearms or any other weapon on campus. This policy also includes explosive devices, fireworks, BB guns and paint ball guns. According to Chief John McCandless of the Miami University Police Department (MUPD), many students are unaware of what qualifies as a weapon. “We’ve had people have [BB and Paintball guns] in their residence hall rooms, and typically when we contact them or RA’s it’s kind of a case of them not really knowing …” McCandless said. “With the paintball guns, typically it’s the case of them just not understanding they couldn’t do it.” According to McCandless, if a student has a weapon they would like to bring to school, the police department will store it in a safe, free of charge. Most commonly, students store paintball guns. MUPD only asks they be given proper warning

prior to students dropping off or picking up a weapon. Susan Vaughn, director of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution, said that Miami University no longer gives a “code one” or “code two” as punishment and that penalties are case dependent. Vaughn said she believes it has always been university policy to not be able to carry weapons on campus and that the policy has not been reexamined are added to despite recent tragic events. “To the best of my knowledge, it has not been considered to change it in recent years,” Vaughn said. “I’m responsible for reviewing and writing code for each year and it’s never been reconsidered.” According to McCandless, there have always been members of Miami interested in being able to carry weapons on campus. In the past, Miami students have protested on campus as part of the nationwide organization, Concealed Carry on Campus. According to McCandless, the protests involved some wearing empty holsters around school in hope of renewing a push to change state legislation. “There is a faction trying to get the legislation changed,” McCandless said. “But it’s a whole political process that has to happen.” As a police officer, McCandless said he doesn’t think students

should be allowed to posses any sort of weapon on campus, but he understands the passion of those who advocate for that right. President of Miami’s Pistol Club, senior Sean Crumley, agreed. “Not everyone is knowledgeable of firearm safety and the possibility of some sort of accident due to ignorance is too great for me to justify having a legal firearm on campus,” Crumley said. “Even if such a policy was changed to allow legal carry, I personally would not have a firearm on campus. It’s just something I do not feel is necessary.” Sophomore Rachel Dawson agreed with having restrictions at Miami but believes students should have the ability to defend themselves. “I think that there should be some restrictions as to what kind of guns should be allowed on campus,” Dawson said. “I think it is a fundamental right that people should have to protect themselves in a dangerous situation.” McCandless said MUPD trains with other departments and organizations frequently to prepare for various scenarios, including shootings. “Unfortunately, every time a tragic thing happens we try to make it a learning experience,” McCandless said. “Even though it’s unlikely here, we try to make sure we’ve thought about it after tragedies occur.”

Students seek skills to navigate ‘the real world’ By Samantha Wargolet

for the miami student

From changing a flat tire and paying the bills, to cooking meals and doing laundry, there are a number of skills students are expected to have acquired upon entering the “real world,” though many Miami University students have yet to do so. First-year Rachel Rodrigue said she thinks it’s important to know how to manage money. “I know that I usually let my dad manage how much I spend and all of that, and I should be able to learn how to do that on my own by the time I graduate,” Rodrigue said. Her two older sisters, age 22, have faced situations where they don’t know how to handle money appropriately, and had to have their parents do it for them. “They will have to wire money or split a rent payment and they didn’t know how to deal with it,” Rodrigue said. Sophomore Katherine Amato had a different idea of what she needs to know. The first thing she listed: being able to take care of a house. “It’s important to be able to grocery shop, cook, clean, etc.,” Amato said. “I know how to buy snacks, but my mom will buy things like parsley—I don’t know what to do with that!” First-year Michael Gehring said he believes he will be prepared for the real world when he reaches graduation. “Miami will help me because I’m living on my own,” Gehring said. “I think college is the transitional step between living with your parents and being completely on your own. You are slowly being weaned off of your parent’s support.” Many students rely on their parents for simple tasks, and feel the process will take some time. First-year Sarah Forbes struggles with driving directions. “My mom always writes out directions for me or tells them to me over the phone,” Forbes said. “Until college, I had never driven with a GPS.” Direction difficulty doesn’t only apply to driving, according to firstyear Rachael White. “I know it’s a broad statement, but


following directions comes up in a lot of situations in life,” White said. White listed other necessary skills including putting together a cabinet, cooking meals and washing clothes. In general, critical thinking skills and patience are vital White said. First-year Jake Zalac said he thinks there are still a lot of skills to be learned before graduation. “I can barely make popcorn without burning it, so I don’t think I would be ready to live on my own just yet,” Zalac said. In addition to cooking skills, Zalac listed removing stains as an area in need of improvement. Cindy Lucas, a Miami graduate of 1983, said she believes Miami prepared her well for the real world. “In trying to balance studies, organizations and sororities, there is so much to offer and you have to pick and choose,” Lucas said. Lucas immediately cited organization as an important life skill for success. “In their first apartment, their living skills, their daily life and getting your life in order,” Lucas said. “[And] being able to make lists and then cross things off is important.” Lucas’ husband and Miami graduate from 1984, John Lucas, also mentioned organization among the things he learned at Miami. Their daughter, Maddy Lucas, is a first-year at Miami. “I would hope that she comes out with a great education that allows her to pursue her career, whatever that may be, landing a job and a profession that keeps her passionate,” John said. One item John Lucas gives Miami credit for is friendship. “You make some great friendships along the way, and use your relationships to help you grow and network,” he said. “When I travel for business I have friends from school that I can still call and reach out to.” Cindy Lucas said she believes Miami students will have the skills to thrive in the real world “There are so many more organizations, clubs, and athletic organized activity,” Cindy Lucas said. “I think they learn how to balance their time really well; I don’t think it will be a problem, and the computer now—which leads to so much more organization, that helps, too.”


It is the policy of The Miami Student to publish corrections for factual errors found in the newspaper. In the Feb. 15 issue, of The Miami Student it was reported Marie Freeman was in Rowing Club (Crew) in “MU mentor matchmakers help students pick clubs.” She is actually in Cru, formally Campus Crusade for Christ.


Fortune 500 Miami marketing alumni returned Feb. 15 to Farmer School of Business to engage students and give back.

Student offenses dictate consequence after Code One legacy ends By Emily Glaser Senior Staff Writer

Most upperclass students at Miami University have heard of a Code One: it’s the violation received when a student is caught with alcohol in the residence halls. However, according to Susan Vaughn, director of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution at Miami, a range of consequences can follow a code one. Any offense ranging from alcohol to sexual misconduct is considered a code violation, and the punishments for these violations vary. “They are all critical to the success of a student,” Vaughn said. “We want students with high integrity and we

value that so it’s expected that these codes will not be violated.” The different violations listed in the Code of Student Conduct include interfering with a university function, dishonesty, sexual misconduct or other physical or mental abuse, damage or theft of university property, alcohol abuse, possession of weapons, hazing, discrimination, failure to comply or giving false reports, abuse of computing resources and unauthorized use of keys or access cards. Guilt is determined by a morelikely-than-not approach, and punishments vary depending on the severity of the offense. Punishments can include dismissal from the university, suspension from the

university, disciplinary probation or certain restrictions and written reprimands. Alcohol, dishonesty and hazing violations have different sanctions depending on how many times the offense occurred, with a mandatory minimum sanction. For example, for the first offense of using alcohol, the student will have to attend a two-hour substance abuse program as well as pay $150. The second offense will include a $250 comprehensive substance abuse class. The third offense will result in suspension from the university. Similarly, the first violation of dishonesty, which includes academic dishonesty or fraud like using another

student’s identification card, results in a $200 ethics class. The second offense of academic dishonesty results in suspension from the university. In contrast, sexual misconduct violations do not have mandatory sanctions, but usually result in more severe punishment. Sexual misconduct is defined in the Code of Conduct as any sexual conduct directed against another person forcibly or against that person’s will. According to Vaughn, in cases of sexual misconduct the university consistently recommends suspension of at least one semester, possibly several years, or in some cases, expulsion from the university. Barbara Jones, vice president

of student affairs, also recognizes the importance of a student code of conduct. “I think its important for all students to understand what the university’s expectations around student behavior are, and that’s what the code of conduct does,” Jones said. First-year Melina Hazzard said that she is most familiar with the alcohol violations and their penalties because residence hall advisors discuss them frequently. “I think it is important that each of the different types of violations be individualized because different actions should have different consequences,” Hazzard said.





POLICE Oxford locals discuss Papal legacy


By Chris Curme Staff Writer

Last Monday, Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the Catholic Church and over one billion Catholics worldwide, announced his intent to abdicate the papacy Feb. 28. He is the first pontiff to resign in over 600 years. “[I]n today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith… both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,” Pope Benedict said in a statement released by the Vatican Monday. Peter Williams, professor emeritus of comparative religion and American studies at Miami University, said Benedict XVI’s move carries more weight than just historical precedent.

“Benedict’s nod toward his own mortality may well be interpreted as humanization, which, in a way, undermines papal uniqueness,” Williams said. “[The pope’s resignation] indicates a crack in the mystique of the papacy.”

slowing down: the world doesn’t,” Silver said. “And to keep on top of one of the largest organizations in the world you have to keep on top of yourself.” Silver characterized Benedict as a scholar and a bookish man

There’s a cultural shift going on. It’s going to take another generation for us to perhaps find more stability...” rev. jeff silver


He added that Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope elected since 1522, which upset another enduring tradition, further broken by German-born Benedict XVI. Rev. Jeff Silver of St. Mary Church in Oxford said the pope’s decision was a responsible one. “As much as I admire [Pope] John Paul for dying with his boots on, if you’re already

who was reluctant to forego an isolated, scholarly life in order to lead the Church. “I’m not surprised, given some of Benedict’s lines in the past— including before he became pope—that he was willing to step down,” Silver said. The shortlist of papal successors is an object of great interest and speculation, not unlike the treatment of presidential

candidates in the United States, according to Williams. “[To Catholic clergy], the cardinals are moved by the Holy Spirit [when electing a papal successor], yet to the outsider, it is a political process,” Williams said. Silver said no result of the conclave of the College of Cardinals would surprise him. “If it’s difficult to read the mind of a pope, it’s even more difficult to read the minds in a room full of cardinals,” Silver said. “All of these electors were elected by either John Paul or Benedict, so you can imagine they’d have a very similar mindset to those two popes.” Williams, also mentioning the conservative nature of the cardinals, cited the College of Cardinal’s overwhelming Italian makeup as further reason he doesn’t expect a radical



Chinese alumni opening Oxford’s first modern bubble tea restuarant wine bar coming next fall By Lauren Williams Senior Staff Writer

Teapioca Coffee and Coffeehouse, 19 W. High St., is a new Uptown restaurant run by Miami University undergraduates and alumni specifically geared to the Chinese international student population at Miami University. Teapioca will tentatively open Wed., Feb. 20, after the health inspection is conducted. This new business takes the place of the Thanksgiving food restaurant, TGD, which closed in December. Senior Jason Pan, manager of Teapioca, collaborated with three other international students, two graduates and one current student to find out what students from China would want in a new restaurant. To cover the variations in regional tastes among Chinese students, Pan and his team created a menu that offers traditional beverages and appetizers that are familiar to China. “It’s like a Chinese Starbucks,” Pan said. “You can have it anywhere. It’s not from a particular region.” The goal is to promote a place for Chinese students to study and socialize while eating great food, Pan said. The menu items range from café mochas to Mala Tang, a spicy hotpot dish. Pan said the drink that will be featured on the menu is bubble tea, a shaken blend of tea, milk and tapioca pearls. Chinese will be the main language spoken in the restaurant. “When the Chinese student comes here, they can feel comfortable to speak Chinese without having to translate,” Pan said. Though they are concerned with welcoming everyone to the restaurant, it’s important for these young Chinese entrepreneurs to stay true to Chinese flavors, Pan said.

“We will not be one of those Chinese restaurants that changes to meet domestic needs,” Pan said. “We’re trying to stay original.” Over the course of his undergraduate program, Pan said he noticed the growing need for Chinese students to have a place of their own. According to the Miami University Office of International Education, 808 international students from China were enrolled at Miami in the fall of 2012, a 18.6 percent increase from the previous year. Miami economics professor and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Brett R. Smith, said the increased need for new outlets for international students could be enough cause to sustain such a unique business as Teapioca. “The growing population of students would suggest that now would be the time that you might have enough critical mass,” Smith said. Smith said problems may arise from carving a niche too thin but the specialty of the restaurant could be enough to satisfy that particular segment. “The positive is that they have the ability to differentiate while other businesses that have failed in Oxford try too hard to appeal to different groups of customers without creating a base,” Smith said. Miami junior Siyang Zhang from Beijing, China likes to eat out often at the Chinese restaurants Uptown, but she said the food has become predictable and expensive. “For the weekend, we always think, ‘Which one are we going to go to?’” Zhang said. “Wild Bistro is a little bit expensive, and all those are getting old for us.” Zhang said she misses authentic Chinese food and is excited for a new place.“There are not too many Chinese restaurants around here, so if there’s one more, we will have more of a choice,” Zhang said. “And we love bubble tea.”

By Lauren Williams Senior Staff Writer

Cru Wine Bar and Shop, 105 E. Spring St., will establish another first for Oxford with a venue dedicated to selling wine instead of liquor or beer. The shop is projected to be constructed during the summer and will be open during the fall for the beginning of the school year, according to Scott Webb, the architect of the new bar. Webb said on his website that the bar will feature wine, music and food in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Webb, who designed the adjacent restaurant, Patterson’s Café, and several other residential and commercial buildings in Oxford, has blueprints of a modern, sophisticated bar. Shelves of wine bottles line the walls that surround wood tables, parson’s chairs and a baby-grand piano. It was more important to create the ambience of a comfortable and contemporary wine bar than to change the design to fit the mold of a college town bar, Webb said. A positive about the space is its high ceilings that create an open look. Webb said he wants to add ladders to create a larger area to store the wine. Miami director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship Brett R. Smith said though the new wine

bar will meet a segment of the population that love wine, it will be interesting to see how the new bar balances its appeal towards both older residents of Oxford and college students. “It’s difficult for Oxford businesses, after finding a way to solve the problem and serve a need of the population, to become too general and not appeal to the one particular market segment that wants their business,” Smith said. Miami senior Katie Lindauer takes a botany course in viticulture and enology. She has participated in wine tastings with the class and would like to test her knowledge at the new wine bar. “I’ve learned from doing wine tastings in this class that a really good way to taste all the subtleties of the wine is to try different wines at once, so having a bar would be great for people who want to find the wines they like,” Lindauer said. Lindauer learned about the growing market for wine bars among college-aged students in Miami professor John Keegan’s lecture. “Right now, Americans in our age group are loving wine the most they ever have in history,” Lindauer said. “They are drinking wine at the same rates as sixty and seventy-year-olds, which is an unheard of trend.”




Seniors Kirsten Colb and Derek Mahan sakte together, Saturday Feb. 15, at the Goggin Ice Center during a free public skate event.





F-Week includes ‘Vagina Monologues’ By Christina Casano Senior Staff Writer

Vagina. Despite being an anatomical term it still seems to make people uncomfortable, so The FWord is setting out to change that frame of mind. This weekend The F-Word is presenting The Vagina Monologues, a series of monologues and ensemble pieces discussing issues that women deal with throughout their lives. The Vagina Monologues was written by Eve Ensler in 1996 and has been performed every year since. Various theatre companies and activist groups have performed the show in a number of venues in order to raise awareness and do philanthropic work related to women. Tammy Atha, a senior English major with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, is directing the show at Miami University this year. According to Atha, the show tackles the many stories of the vagina, presenting the perspectives

of women across the globe. “It’s a funny show and a great experience, but it also opens your

“I got involved in the show and why it’s important is because it gives diverse women’s experiences to a

The reason this show is so important is because it’s about women across different aspects of the campus. It’s to educate, we’re all here to server a greater purpose.” KIAYA WHITE


eyes to [women’s experiences] and the unfortunate aspects of vaginarelated incidents,” Atha said. The executive board of The FWord sat down to discuss its purpose and why The Vagina Monologues is important. According to Co-president and senior Tamika Turner, The F-Word is a feminist organization focused on education through activism.

campus focused on homogeny,” Turner said. “It brings more stories into the fold.” Atha feels that this campus is an appropriate place to put on the show in light of recent events. “Miami has come under fire recently because of the rape flyer, attitudes towards women and rape culture, and it’s important that there are people here that will stand up for

women,” Atha said. Junior Kiaya White, community outreach chair for The F-Word, discussed the recent focus of the group on consent and victim-blaming. “We’ve done Take Back the Night, Speak Outs for survivors and friends of survivors and other programming about consent,” White said. The Vagina Monologues is a part of “F-Week,” a way to promote sexual health awareness and feminism. According to Turner, The F-Word sponsors programs for each day of the week to familiarize people with feminism. “Feminism is considered another F-word, a dirty word,” senior Taylor Slayback, vice president of The F-Word, said. “F-Week is a way to demystify it.” Slayback discussed the more personal reasons the show is important. “[The F-Word] is a very accepting place,” Slayback said. “As a trans woman, they were very open to me, and that’s also really important for the actresses. They

all come to the show for a reason within themselves.” The show involves about 35 women and is a part of the activism the group does. All proceeds go to the Cincinnati Union Bethel Off the Streets program that helps women who had been involved in prostitution. The program includes help with childcare, health care and job searching, among other services. “The reason this show is so important is because it’s about women across different aspects of the campus,” White said. “It’s to educate, we’re all here to serve a greater purpose.” The Vagina Monologues will take place 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Leonard Theatre on Western Campus. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 and are available through the Shriver Box Office, as well as a table inside Shriver run by The F-Word. They will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and feminine and personal care items at the door.


Oscar nominees sure to provide a tight race By Joe Gieringer Senior Staff Writer

Nearly a month and a half after the nominations were announced, the Oscars are finally a few days away, and this year will prove to be no less controversial than any prior. Don’t have time to educate yourself before Feb. 24? No worries. Here’s a list of the films you can expect to win their respective categories. Best Picture Three months ago, I would have told you Lincoln would be a shoo-in. But after Ben Affleck got robbed of a nomination for Best Director – not to mention his film’s BAFTA and Golden Globe wins – Argo has been the movie with the hot hand heading into Los Angeles. It really is a fine film, one that has grown on me since I reviewed it in October. The Academy isn’t one for surprises, so if Affleck’s third feature film is the favorite going in, there’s no reason to doubt it won’t come away with the win. Best Director As I mentioned, Affleck was left off the list for this one. And so was Kathryn Bigelow, and so was Quentin Tarantino. See a pattern here? The Academy really dropped the ball in the Best Director category, which is going to make it much easier to predict the winner. Look for Steven Spielberg to nab his third Oscar for Lincoln, adding to his wins for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. But don’t count out Ang Lee – his visual treat Life of Pi was largely overlooked this year, and he might just pull of the upset. Best Actor in a Leading Role Daniel Day-Lewis, no doubt. If you disagree with this obvious pick, then you certainly didn’t catch his uncanny portrayal the 16th President of the United States. Best Actress in a Leading Role Popular consensus is that Jessica Chastain’s got the edge for her portrayal of Maya in Zero Dark Thirty, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I was unimpressed by her. Don’t get me wrong, Chastain is brilliant in most things she touches, but her character was largely underwhelm-

ing for the first half of Bigelow’s Bin Laden hunt. I think 22 year-old Jennifer Lawrence is much more deserving for her turn in Silver Linings Playbook. Her stock is on the rise, and her attitude is infectious. She’s my pick, but don’t hold me to this one, as the category is too close to truly call. Best Supporting Actor I’ve got to go with Tommy Lee Jones here. His powerful performance as Thaddeus Stevens, the sullen and surly congressional leader in Lincoln might just earn him his first bald statue since The Fugitive. Robert De Niro is a viable option for this category as well, and he’s gone 32 years since winning his only Oscar for Raging Bull, and the Academy could be sympathetic toward the A-lister’s plight. Best Supporting Actress I wish I could say with confidence that Sally Field could pull off her first Academy Award win since 1984’s Places In The Heart, but her role in Lincoln as the titular character’s wife didn’t demand enough time on screen. Anne Hathaway’s performance in Les Misérables is the frontrunner, but I’m going to have to toss in my vote for dark horse Amy Adams. She’s brilliant in The Master – a movie everyone is deciding to forget come awards season – and Adams is one of the few actresses in the mix that has proven she’s every bit as good doing a ditzy comedic turn as she is in her serious roles. Best Foreign Film Amour – don’t even argue with this one. Best Original Screenplay It’s a long shot, but Moonrise Kingdom was one of my favorite flicks of the past 12 months, and my pick to win in the screenplay department. This may finally be the year that Wes Anderson adds an Oscar to his collection, as his indie darling dazzled audiences and critics alike. He’s been building towards Moonrise Kingdom for his entire life, and he knocks it out of the park with an A-list cast and honest performances from his young leads on the back of a screenplay that’s as deserving as any for this year’s Academy Award.




Comedian Jim Tavare from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban pulls in laughs Friday night in the Shriver Center. The comedy show was put on by Miami Entertainment’s AfterDark program.

Music department aims to draw in new audiences with afternoon recital series By Emily Hanhart For the Miami Student

The music department has begun a new program named the Brown Bag Recital Series taking place at noon on Tuesdays in Macmillan Hall. This lunchtime series is something new the department of music hopes to use to reach out to people in the campus community that may not have time to see a performance on the weekend. This week’s recital will consist of several string pieces and two selections from a recent PostSoviet recital put on through the voice department. The informal recitals are designed for students and faculty to drop by in between classes and meetings to eat their lunch while enjoying some great music. Each recital lasts about 40 minutes, but people are free to come and go as they please. The students and faculty producing the series are aiming to create an environment on campus where students can expect to attend

regular musical performances at their leisure. “We would like nothing more than for people to make it a regular habit to patronize the arts,” music professor Christopher Tanner said. Tanner is in charge of coordinating the recitals each week alongside a group of talented student musicians. Eventually, he hopes to turn his duties over to his students so they can experience what it’s like to run a recital series on a professional level. Although Macmillan Hall seems to be an unexpected place for a recital, according to Tanner, its convenient location will hopefully attract a different type of audience. “We are hoping to reach out to people who might not otherwise go see recital performances,” Tanner said. According to Tanner, the idea for the series came from Bruce Murray, the chair of the music department, who is passionate about promoting the arts on campus.

Most importantly, the series was put together to provide another opportunity for music students to do what they love in front of their peers and respected mentors. “This is a great opportunity for music students to perform new repertoire and showcase their work more frequently,” senior Emily Syring, who is performing in the series this week, said. “I’m particularly excited for another chance to sing the Russian pieces I spent so much time and effort putting together.” Senior cello performance major Molly Jones performed in the first week of the series. She hopes the accessibility of the venue will encourage students and faculty from other departments to come to recitals. “I love communicating through music and this is the perfect opportunity to do that,” Jones said. “It’s meant to be a fun break in the day. It’s important for us to spread the arts and the series allows people to hear our voice on campus.”

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Charter Day Mix & Mingle

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 | 7 p.m. | 322 McGuffey Hall Celebrate Miami’s birthday with MUSF! Honor the 204th anniversary of Miami’s founding over hors d’oeuvres at the Charter Day Mix & Mingle, where guests will include Dr. John Clover, Cheryl Heckler, Peg Faimon, Rocco Manzo and Todd Bailey. Brad Bundy, associate vice president and campaign director for the Office of Development, will be the featured speaker.

Our Miami, Here’s to Thee! Visit one of these five campus dining hall locations for dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and enjoy a free piece of cake specially prepared for Charter Day by Housing, Dining, Recreation and Business Services:

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

Miami athletics faces a difficult funding decision


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According to analysis by The Miami Student, Miami University is projected to spend more than $43,000 per student athlete, an increase of 13 percent from 2008 to 2012. The university will spend more than $15,000 per general student this year, increasing 0.14 percent over the same time period. The projected $28,600 gap in student-athlete to student spending is based off the number of student athletes and the number of total undergraduate and graduate students at the university. Much of the athletic budget is funded by general student fees, which are projected to make up 66 percent of the budget for Miami’s Intercollegiate Athletics this year. The Miami Student editorial board feels the disparity on spending between student athletes and general students is a systemic issue among all Division I schools. Over the years, we have seen colleges devote more and more money to athletics. Universities with Division I athletic programs find

themselves in the situation where they must spend more on athletics to stay relevant and competitive. However, not all schools have the means to spend enormous sums on athletics. These schools, including Miami, find themselves facing a Catch-22. To have teams that are successful, schools need to spend money. But to make money from athletic programs, a school needs successful teams. The editorial board realizes that the only way Miami’s athletics program can hope to compete with other Division 1 schools is to get caught up in the spending game that attracts talented recruits and improves athletics campus-wide. Yet, this may be something the university cannot afford to do. The board recognizes the delicate position that the university is in. On one side, the pressure to spend on athletics is due to a long-standing systemic problem in college athletics, which pressures universities to spend large sums in hopes of recruiting talent on the field. However, given the major financial losses

reported by Miami’s athletic program, and the relatively minor success of some of the university’s largest sports programs, this may not be the most efficient investment of student fees. This brings us to the $28,000 gap in spending among student-athletes and students. The board understands that student-athletes require more funds than a general student due to the athlete’s use of university equipment, coaching and academic resources. At Miami, student-athletes are truly students as well as athletes as has been shown in the athlete’s consistently high GPA. These athletes use Miami’s resources to become leaders in the community and after graduation. However, many non-studentathletes are heavily involved in the community and become wonderful leaders. But these students are not financially supported in the same manner as student-athletes. Miami produces superb student leaders, and we believe all these leaders should be equally supported by the university.

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Out alumnus discusses ‘Queer Spawn’ of Miami On the premise that one in 10 people is gay, I began telling my classmates at Miami University, one by one, that I was a “homosexual” — I could not yet bring myself to use the word “gay.” This was 30 years ago — February of 1983, to be precise. I was a sophomore at Miami. I didn’t know any gay people. There were no gay organizations at the university. None. This was 20 years before the Supreme Court would de-criminalize sodomy. This was a decade before the term LGBT came into vogue. Homosexuality was bad, very, very bad.  I squirmed through several uncomfortable coming out conversations. In one of the most chilling exchanges, my best friend, a very good Catholic boy, stared at me for what seemed an eternity before saying, “Now I understand why generations have to die in order for society to change. I don’t think I can change my belief that it’s wrong.”  I think my friend Christine was no. 7 on the list. Over ice cream, she confided that she had a girlfriend back home in Ashtabula. Christine took me to my first gay bar. And the rest is, well — it got better for me. Even as it got better, Miami back then was not a particularly safe place to be openly gay. Gay activist groups had come and gone at Miami since the 1970s, but none of them lasted long. In fact, the following year, 1984, a new gay/lesbian group sprang up on campus. All I recall about it was that most of the members wore black, and they paraded around campus yelling. People yelled back. It wasn’t

pretty. It wasn’t my style. Christine and I never bothered to connect with any of them. The group fizzled out. Christine and I felt alone. On a campus of 15,000 people, surely there were more gay people than the two of us. So she and I decided to try something different. Rather than organizing an activist or political gay/ lesbian rights group, we decided to create a secretive club. We coordinated with some wonderful and helpful Miami administrators who arranged for us to meet in a room in the basement of the counseling center. They gave us space, time and resources, and they never interfered with our activities. Students could only find out about our group if they mentioned something about being gay or homosexual to a counselor or an R.A. or to another student services representative. Only then would the student be provided with the meeting time and location. It was all very clandestine. We called ourselves “Chameleon” because, like a chameleon, we felt we had to change our appearances to fit into our surroundings. Only three of us gathered at our first meeting. By the end of the year, there were a handful. We shared stories, supported each other, organized road trips to gay clubs in Dayton and Cincinnati, and slowly built a healthy, queer family at Miami. Miami has never lacked for an GLBTQ student organization since. Now, I count eight on the university’s website. Wow! Over the past three decades, I have been a participant in and witness to some of the great queer

moments in our nation’s history, including reporting on our country’s first civil marriages for same-sex couples in Massachusetts. I demonstrated in New York City in the wake of Matthew Shepard’s death. I spearheaded gay corporate affinity group actions as a vice president at Bear Stearns and Citibank on Wall Street and at internet startup Razorfish. I confronted Iranian clerics about their views on homosexuality and lived to write about it.  I have been struck over and over again by how the quiet, persistent, and loving approach of Miami University staff, faculty, administrators and several fellow students shaped my ability to contribute powerfully and positively to the queer transformation happening in the world today.  I will be back at Miami Thursday, Feb. 28, to share more about what Miami has meant to me as a queer activist and journalist. I will also be listening to what new forces for transformation may be percolating at my beloved alma mater. The session’s title pretty much speaks for itself: “Queer Spawn of Mother Miami: Why the World Needs More of Them.”  Most importantly, I look forward to being what I could never be on Miami’s campus 30 years ago — out, really out! Queer Spawn of Mother Miami: Why the World Needs More of Them. Talk and discussion. February 28, 4 p.m. Upham Hall, room 163, Miami University, Oxford, OH. 



Single group should not be discriminated against Last week on Valentine’s Day, Tim Miller performed his hilarious and heart-warming one-man show ‘Glory Box.’ In it, he describes the various legal discriminations that he and his partner face under the federal Defense of Marriage Act. At one point in the show, Miller makes the claim that straight couples in states where same sex couples cannot marry should protest themselves by not marrying. He calls it a moral decision. Miller asks the audience at one point whether they would feel comfortable going to a restaurant that had a discriminatory “whites only” policy, then compares such a policy to Ohio’s constitutional ban on same sex marriage. For me, marriage isn’t a legal thing necessarily. I’m an English student for whom financial success very well might not be an option. The thousand or so legal privileges that straight couples have access to

that aren’t a concern for me, since most of them are tax benefits and I don’t make enough to even know how to qualify for those. For me, it’s about the right to be able to say “my husband” without it being a strange or even disgusting phrase. My hope, and the hope of others, is that when there stops being a legal means for discrimination, the social means of discrimination will slowly erode. Over time, the laws of our nation have begun to stop discriminating against LGBT people. Anti-sodomy laws—which were on the books in states across the country—as of 2003 can no longer be used to punish queer men for being who they are. Hate crime laws involve the federal government in places where being LGBT may not be acceptable, and ensure that violence against an LGBT person is never a socially permissible action anywhere in the US.

Ten states now have followed the lead of other modern nations around the world and passed legislation to ensure that a person’s sexuality does not limit their access to marriage. This is the future. This is the eventuality of the United States, a country where any person should be able to grow up and carve out the life they want to live. As we push for same sex marriage, we’re also building a coalition that can fight for equality for all people. Hunger and poverty and unequal access to education and physical barriers for people with disabilities are all limits to equality. As we continue to modernize our nation, what will our future selves say about the legal discriminations we once had? What will future generations say about an amendment to our state’s constitution that explicitly discriminates against a group of people?






Teach for America not solving education crisis Rejecting the inaccurate ‘don’t At the end of my last column, who through any extraordinary members, who decide to commit tread on me’ generational tag I briefly touched on the impor- efforts was able to truly inspire to a greater service (or at the very

tance of moving past entitlement and working on helping others and improving our own characters by citing people joining organizations such as Teach for America. I was unRACHEL sure about SACKS including that particular group though, as I have some qualms about the program but had yet to be able to figure out what they were. Teach for America is a nonprofit organization that serves to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting recent college graduates to serve for at least two years in underprivileged communities across the United States. That mission, on the surface, does not sound like such a bad idea at all. In fact, it seems like an exact solution needed for the larger problem with education that we are facing in the U.S. What could be wrong with that? Recently though, the nagging feelings I had about Teach for America, or TFA, were finally brought to the surface through a like-minded acquaintance highlighting one of the exact problems I had been struggling to realize myself. Not to take a shot at TFA, as I have some great, talented friends who have or are about to go through the program themselves, but there are some deep flaws that go unaddressed. The choice of educators who are hardly qualified for the task at hand, the impermanence of these educators in the communities that they serve and the fact that it is merely a temporary band-aid for a much larger dilemma are some of the faults to be found. While the program does have required qualifications and certain expectations of its applicants and puts them through several rounds of interviews, it is not the achievements or character of TFA candidates that I am at odds with, but their experience in this particular situation. If you have ever had a teacher

you, there is a very good chance they had years of teaching experience under their belt. Education was something they most likely wanted to do: they went to school for it or studied the subject which they taught and saw teaching as a long-term occupation for themselves. TFA members undergo a fiveweek crash course in “how to become a teacher,” and some may have had previous experience as a counselor or some similar position at a summer camp or program. These experiences alone do not make a teacher who can undo the crisis we are witnessing in today’s education system. Speaking as someone who is not going into education but who is concerned with the management of classrooms in underprivileged areas, this training cheapens the profession of teaching as a whole. While TFA members still have to interview for teaching positions in their assigned city, this does not undermine the fact that they only initially sign on to stay for two years. A 2008 Harvard doctoral thesis by Morgaen Donaldson stated

least, the idea of a greater service), leave or rarely stay more than an additional two years after their original contract length. Imagine how fast two years of your elementary, middle or even high school education went by. How can someone who will be replaced within a relatively short period of time expect to make an impact? In order to really help change the way classrooms are run, students succeed and to become more than an extra perk on someone’s résumé, TFA should extend the time period a member is required to serve. The amount of “commitment” given to the community and to this service becomes nothing more than an résumé builder for corps member’s future ambitions, and in an economy where jobs are scarce for college graduates, non-profit organizations that seemingly give back to the community look extremely promising for after college plans. TFA seems to be a program that will have more of an impact on the members and their views of the communities they serve, as opposed to the students

In order to really help change the way classrooms are run, students succeed and to become more than an extra perk on someone’s résumé,TFA should extend the time period a member is required to serve.

that 61 percent of members stay beyond the first required two years, a figure also cited in a TFA press release. However, what the press release doesn’t cover but the thesis went on to state is that few members even remain in the same profession of teaching after four years. University of Texas professor Julian Vasquez Heilig conducted a study in 2010 that found 85 percent of TFA teachers left after four years in the New York City schools. It doesn’t help that these

they will be teaching. I don’t disagree with the fact that something needs to be done for the future of education, and that in some situations and cities temporary solutions are found through TFA members who are used to fill empty teacher positions in schools where there are no teachers. But that is all TFA currently is—a temporary solution, nothing more than a band-aid that merely solves a much larger, recurring problem in need of a larger solution.

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We millennials are often pegged as a fiscally conservative, but socially liberal political generation, a generation that doesn’t want to be told what to do in any context, one that views any sort of authority with revulsion. And at its most basic level, these ANDREW “don’t tread GEISLER on me values” are also the values of libertarianism. So when Sen. Rand Paul told Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday that the country is “really ready for the narrative coming – the Libertarian Republican narrative,” some may be inclined to think he’s right, but we have to prove him wrong. Folks like Sen. Paul are trying to stoke the anger over unstable entitlements and our massive national debt to drive their extreme and insane agenda. Our generation won’t get any Medicare or Social Security if structural reforms aren’t made to both programs, but that doesn’t mean we have to slash and burn the entire federal budget to get there. It certainly doesn’t mean cutting investments in education and infrastructure that have always made our country great like Paul’s five year balanced budget proposal would have to do. If William F. Buckley instructed a generation of conservatives to stand athwart at history yelling stop, then Senator Paul and his radical friends are asking their brand of conservatives to stand athwart at history, holding a grenade launcher yelling stop, or else we’ll burn the whole place down. Is the country really ready for that brand of politics? And does our generation want to be the one to institutionalize these fringe views? The Great Depression and the New Deal forged a long consensus for an activist government. The Great Society helped drive this home and expand the scope. And while the Reagan Revolution talked a big game, it did next to nothing to actually scale this massive government back. But it did bring about huge tax cuts. Clinton balanced the budget with his balanced approach, and President Bush squandered a surplus on tax cuts, wars and increasing spending. If this president has made any mark on our countries fiscal future it’s been a mark of kicking the can down the road, leaving the big decisions to the me: first gen Y-ers who supported him to the tune of 60 percent for re-election. And given his increasingly sour relationship with Congress, the grand bargain he and Congressional leaders is likely dead for the next four years. That leaves us millennials in a precarious position. We have to stabilize our debt, and if we don’t soon, the results could be disastrous. Such dire

circumstances make the extremism that’s cropped up as the mainstream quite understandable—it’s easy to cling to dogma in times of crisis, it’s much harder to step outside of yourself and make the tough, but right decisions—and the gerrymandered House districts that make relatively few members of Congress really fight for their reelection makes the extremism worse. However, if we want to be the generation that puts America back on a sound fiscal trajectory, then we must be the generation of radical centrism, not the radical libertarianism or the equally as radical social democratic view espoused by so many of the House Democrats. A radical centrist is not obsessed with the dogmas of conservatism or liberalism; instead he is obsessed with finding workable solutions. The national debt currently sits right around $16.4 trillion. Current Republican orthodoxy would tell you that the only way to close this gap is through deep reductions in discretionary spending and a radical restructuring of our mandatory programs. Current Democratic orthodoxy (espoused by people like Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi) says the only way to close this gap is to jack up taxes on the richest Americans, and continue to pour money into failing and bankrupt social safety net programs. Everyone but those holding a radical leftist view understands the dire straits our massive debt could put us in, but there’s not much agreement on how we should get there. However, commission after commission and gang after gang has told us how we could get there. They’ve given us the radical centrist way forward. Get more revenue with smart tax reform and cut down spending by restructuring unsustainable entitlement programs. This is politically painful. There’s no doubt about that. After all, it runs counter to the basic dogmas governing our country today, but it’s the only way we’ll get back to fiscal sanity and as such, our generation must get behind such proposals. If we stay silent, if we continue to be unwilling to engage, the country our children and grand children grow up in, and the country we grow old in just won’t look the same as the one we have today. America is the greatest country on Earth. I have no qualms about admitting that. The beauty of our country flows from the institutions that have endured the test of time. But these institutions are only as good as the people we send to run them. We have maintained our greatness by identifying great people to hold the line. Extremists on the right and left that have gained such prominence are not such people. Generation Y must recognize this or give in to an inevitable decline of the American way of life. Let’s embrace the radical centrists and reject the extremists before it’s too late.

LETTER TO the editor

Re-inauguration requires specific attention to national debt, unemployment The re-inauguration of the president is a sacred tradition that should make any American proud of our country’s exceptional history. Not every nation has such a peaceful legitimization of power, and even fewer do it with such pomp and circumstance. Now, President Obama has to turn his attention to the pressing issues he has neglected thus far. These issues include massive debt and entitlement reforms, both of which will inevitably bankrupt America. We call on the President to address these mounting fiscal issues and to tackle our fragile financial and entitlement infrastructure. We call on him to follow the examples of prominent leaders in the Conservative Movement such as Congressman Paul Ryan and Governor Chris Christie, to name a few. We must not ignore government’s untamed addiction to spending. First, the president and Congress have yet to seriously

consider proposals that alleviate our country of the annual deficit and a threatening $16 trillion national debt. What is even more vexing, however, is the White House’s refusal to name entitlement programs as a reason for budgetary imbalance. Last November, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney transmitted the president’s view: “We should address the drivers of the deficit, and Social Security is not currently a driver of the deficit — that’s an economic fact.” We insist that the administration is mistaken. According to the Congressional Budget Office, Social Security and Medicare make up 40 percent of the federal budget, and in the case of Social Security’s expenditures, the CBO reported last year the benefits exceeded the revenue generated by the payroll tax in 2010. Because of this revenue shortage, the program ran a $50 billion deficit in 2011 and is

projected to run an $86 billion deficit. As more and more retirees collect their benefits, our leaders must find a solution that makes Social Security and other entitlement programs affordable for future generations. Reform must come quickly, and those representatives who have displayed the courage to offer credible solutions, such as Miami alumnus and House Budget Chairman, Paul Ryan, must not be criticized by the president. Secondly, President Obama must consider policies that restore our employment and economic output. While the 2012 election was focused on the economy, according to USA Today exit polling, there has been very little indication by the president that he has serious proposals to spur incentives for job creation and business-friendly reforms. Just as the president is re-inaugurated, the GDP has reported its first

contraction since 2009, and the January jobs report showed a stalled hiring market and unemployment at 7.9 percent. Reasonable solutions the president should consider include overhauling the tax code, eliminating existing massive loopholes, and lowering taxes to competitive rates. President Obama promised to change the way Washington functions, but like so many politicians before him, he has become entrenched in realpolitik and palace intrigue, preventing bold reforms that are required in dynamic times. Those in Washington can take heed to the many conservative state leaders that are tackling their respective challenges. Chris Christie, in his three years as the governor of New Jersey, has scaled back the presence of government in his traditionally blue state, as well as worked with the opposition to overhaul the massive shortfall in the state entitlement

system. Bold conservative moves such as this are not something to shy away from – the public accepts the necessity of reigning in budgets, and after three years of advancing fiscal responsibility in New Jersey, Governor Christie holds over 78 percent approval from his constituents, a contrast to the president’s 51 percent average. Christie is considered a frontrunner of the 2016 Republican candidate pack, and we look forward to him bringing his fiscal resume to the national dialogue. Until then, action must be taken in the short term to stave off long term financial malaise. We call on the president to do what is required in all cash-strapped times, to get America on a path of fiscal restraint, and to provide responsible American leadership.

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‘Modifying tradition: The inevitable future of miami football’ rebuttal

By Jordan Rinard


Doubles teams shine in win over MTSU Staff Writer

After dropping consecutive games for the second time this season, the Miami University women’s tennis team stopped the bleeding with a hard-fought 5-2 decision against Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Sunday at the Riverside Athletic Club in Hamilton. With seven matches to go until the start of Mid-American Conference play, the RedHawks are continuing to make strides in their game. The ’Hawks (3-5) got their first doubles sweep of the season to start off the match against the Blue Raiders. The team of junior Christiana Raymond and freshman Chloe Heerden earned an 8-1 decision over junior Flavia Nagayama and freshman Alexandra Torres of Middle Tennessee State (3-5) to start things off for the ’Hawks. This was followed up by the duo of junior Nimisha Mohan and freshman Ana Rajkovic getting an 8-2 victory over freshman Irina Constantinide and sophomore Nayara Moraes to earn the doubles point for Miami. To complete the sweep, the tandem of sophomores Chris-

Miami University is full of countless memories and traditions; traditions that many current students, faculty, staff and alumni hold near and dear to their hearts. Athletics is no exception. Miami has a rich history of athletics, from the men’s basketball team winning the most MAC games in conference history, to being home to coaching legends like Bo Schembechler, Charlie Coles and Paul Brown. Admittedly, Miami athletics has recently lost its shine, consistently performing subpar in various sports, but most notably football. While many speculate and are proponents for a complete and quite literal undertaking of the football program to the ranks of the Football Championships Subdivision (FCS), I believe that the issues involving winning, campus-wide interest in sports and the monetary issue can all be resolved with the right way of tackling the situation. While Miami has steadily lost money at the fault of the athletics, more specifically football, there is more to the mess than money. Before former Miami Athletic Director (AD) Brad Bates made his way to Boston College, I had a chance to sit down and talk with him about the athletic department as a whole…a possible conference switch, revenue, etc…and he made it clear that Miami must not focus on what bigger conferences are doing and spending money on. He vehemently stated that Miami must focus on being the best mid-size school, and then possibly look to the broader future. The news is not all bad for the football team either. Of all current MAC teams, Miami holds the second highest winning percentage in MAC Championship games. As far as tradition goes, the uproar and resistance from the name change from Redskins to RedHawks would pale in comparison to the outrage that would lie ahead, should Miami lower its standards and go to the FCS. It’s no secret that the apathetic attitude towards sports by our campus as a whole exists, and it’s also no secret that the 63 percent attendance at football games is overwhelmingly alumni and

“townies,” who love Miami. Yes, the money has not been up to par, but the money that does come in (not through student fees) is all people who would hate to see expectations lowered to a class of football that doesn’t provide the same enthusiasm or hype that the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) does. I would hate to see us win consistently, or even dominate a lower division of football. It’d be like cheating our way to victory. I propose that this is the perfect time for Miami football to rebrand itself through the new AD, David Sayler. Instead of immediately abandoning FBS, Miami needs to reallocate funds to various other sports and university-related functions, clubs and issues, but it also needs to market the team in a way that will get students excited to attend. And yes, it still boils down to more marks in the “W” column, but it can’t all be on the players and coaches. If the efforts to create a winning culture are put towards becoming a consistent MAC contender, that will lead to better rated recruits and more publicity … thus more money. What little money the football program brings in would be gashed, should the easy road be taken to get to the pinnacle of “success.” The integrity of the program would tarnished, in my book. And it definitely matters to me, attending an FBS university as compared to a lower tier level of football. It’d be wrong of me to act as if I’m not frustrated with the recent ineptitude of the football program, but Head Coach Don Treadwell needs a chance to get his players in, then given an ultimatum for legitimate and gradual success. And while the financial side of the issue troubles me, it can all be solved with weighing several options and of course, winning seven to nine games on a yearly basis. Tradition dies hard, and the potential upheaval and cumbersome process of a possible move could be the detriment of not only the football program, or athletics, but also the pride, love and honor that so many hold on to so tightly. Losing the base of the football support, just won’t work.


Roberts lamented his team’s defensive effort on Watson. “Once a shooter like that gets going making shots, it can be a long day,” Roberts said. Miami’s senior center Vince Legarza tied a career high with five assists in the first half. He first accomplished the feat in the Jan. 12 meeting. Junior guard Quinten Rollins also added five assists, five rebounds and a career high-tying five steals. “We get to the last few minutes and we lose our heads and we lose out wits,” Cooper said. “I’m the only person you can blame that on. As much as we talk about it and work on it, I still haven’t gotten the message across to this group on how to close out a game.”


pole during the meet. Senior Monica Fischer finished 2nd in the one mile run with a time of 5:04.63 and finishing a halfsecond later was teammate junior Erica Howes in third place with a time of 5:05.04. “The one mile race was more of a workout for Fischer and Howes,” Phillips said. “They competed well.” Phillips viewed the Quadrangular as a way to get the ’Hawks back in the swing of things before the MAC Indoor Championships. “We don’t get too fired up about the Ball State meet,” Phillips said. “Hopefully next weekend is more exciting.”

defense but our struggle was missed free throws and being outrebounded,” Fantanarosa said. Miami was outrebounded on Saturday 50-36. The ’Hawks have outrebounded their opponents by an average of three boards this season. “We are getting better, but we need to improve on the little things,” Osborn said. Also leading the RedHawks in scoring Saturday was senior forward Kirsten Olowinski who scored 15 points and had eight rebounds. Junior forward Erica Almady had 12 points and snatched six rebounds for the ’Hawks. Five


Geovonie McKnight scoring five consecutive points. The ’Hawks got within a point, 70-69, but were plagued with bad shots and undisciplined defense down the stretch. The loss ties a season high four straight for Miami, as it had three prior four game losing stretches. Redshirt junior guard Allen Roberts and redshirt junior forward Will Felder each added 10 points as well. Miami shot the ball well, making 50 percent from the floor, 33 percent from three and 78 percent from the line. The RedHawks were outrebounded for the first time in five games, and suffered 12 turnovers.


took home their 9th straight first place finish at the meet. Northern Illinois finished second, followed by Miami in third and host Ball State in fourth place. Miami Head Coach Kelly Phillips is far from worried about the third place finish. “[The third place finish] doesn’t matter,” Phillips said. “We only had about a third of our team competing; we rested a lot of the team.” Sophomore Taylor Brown came in first place for the pole vault with a height of 3.58 meters. Phillips said that Brown was using a new

tine Guerrazzi and Alix Thurman triumphed over redshirt senior Carla Nava and senior Yuiri Nomoto 8-7. “I think we did a great job coming out to a good start in doubles and sticking with the game plan,” Head Coach Anca Dumitrescu said. “I was also happy to see that we improve the way we competed in singles.” The RedHawks would go on to extend their lead to 3-0 in the match with Thurman and Heerden winning their respective matches against Constantinide and Torres each with a score of 6-1, 6-1. Thurman’s victory extends her current winning streak to four matches in singles. MTSU would not relent, however, as it reeled off consecutive wins to put the score at 3-2, with Nava earning a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Rajkovic and Nagayama getting the edge over Mohan with a 6-4, 6-4 decision. The matchclinching point went to Miami as Guerrazzi defeated Moraes at No. 4 7-5, 7-5. “Christine did a great job coming back in her match and clinching the overall victory for us,” Dumitrescu said. “We made a step forward today as a team

towards reaching our potential and we have to continue to move in that direction.” To close out the match, Raymond snapped a two-match losing streak by getting a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Nomoto. “We all came together well today and worked hard for every point,” Guerrazzi said. “Doubles was a great way to gain the momentum and we carried it through until the end. We would like to continue our fighting attitude and desire to our match against UK.” The RedHawks will now face the University of Kentucky 4 p.m. Tuesday. Kentucky (4-2) recently snapped a two-match losing streak as it defeated No. 55 Ohio State University in Columbus 4-3. In that match, the Wildcats got four straight singles wins from the 67th ranked singles player in the country freshman Nadia Ravita, senior Jessica Stiles, sophomore Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff, and junior Caitlyn McGraw. Ravita and McGraw combined to earn the lone doubles win on the day. The tandem has a record of 4-1 so far this season. The ’Cats also defeated 54th ranked Indiana University 4-3 Sunday.


Miami University freshman Chole Heerden warms up at Riverside Athletic Club. Heerden is 4-3 on the season in singles matches and lost her lone doubles match.


Jackets just edged Miami out by scoring 10 runs. Even though the RedHawks lost by two, they put up three homeruns, two of which were from junior catcher Kayla Ledbetter, a career-high for her. “We knew that we needed to be on the ball, especially against these tough teams, but we competed this weekend and that’s what we wanted to do, and we have to keep playing Miami softball,” Mattera said. Saturday Miami faced off against Georgia Tech again and Marshall later in the day, where they fell


short of Georgia Tech again by two runs (6-4) and defeated Marshall by six (8-2). Junior pitcher Paige Myers tied her career high of 10 strikeouts and held Marshall to one earned run. The RedHawks, however, were held scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, where they were able to post four runs to finish out the inning. The RedHawks beat Marshall with a total of six hits and Marshall made seven errors in the game. The RedHawks faced off against Marshall for a rematch on Sunday and to conclude the tournament where they lost 11-6, and were almost held scoreless until the

bottom of the fifth with two outs. The team rallied, scoring six runs and prevented a run-rule defeat to extending the game to the final two innings, where both teams held the other scoreless. Crowell is pleased with how the team performed and she feels they showed they could compete as a team. Crowell is excited for practice as they will be able to continue to focus on improving their defense and pitching skills. “We just have to get one percent better every time, if we get one percent better next weekend I know we will have a successful weekend,” Crowell said.

of Almady’s six rebounds were offensive rebounds. After a week of practice in which Fantanarosa challenged the RedHawks bench players to “earn the respect of the coaches and the starters,” the bench accounted for one of the ’Hawks 60 points. Central Michigan’s bench also struggled, only scoring five of the Chippewas’ 72 points. With Osborn’s 19 points she came even closer to becoming the all-time scorer at Miami University, but that was the last thing that Osborn was worried about after the ’Hawks dropped their third straight MAC game. “The scoring record is not a focus for me or the team,” Osborn said. “I want to get a win.” Osborn has taken a teamfirst mentality with regards to

the scoring record. The ’Hawks fell into a third place tie in the MAC East Division after Saturday’s loss. Before the RedHawks began their three game skids they were tied for first in the MAC East. They are now two games back of the University of Akron and two games back of Bowling Green State University. The ’Hawks will travel to New York for a battle for third place against the University at Buffalo Bulls (8-16, 6-5) Wednesday. The Bulls are also tied for third in the MAC East. Courtney Osborn is likely to break the scoring record, but she is not concerned about personal accolades. “The number one priority is getting a win,” Osborn said.


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readily, capitalizing on a broken faceoff play in Miami’s zone to notch the opening tally in the second period. The Golden Domers extended the lead to 2-0 halfway through the third off of a well-timed rebound, as freshman forward Mario Lucia and junior forward Jeff Costello found the back of the net in that order, respectively. The RedHawks came alive in twilight of the third period on an unlikely goal by freshman forward Kevin Morris, but that would be the extent of the comeback as Summerhays stopped 22 shots en route to the 2-1 win. Even in the wake of defeat, the Hockey City Classic is something the Miami program and those who are a part of it will cherish for the rest of the their lives. “It was an incredible experience obviously, even though losing took away from it,” sophomore forward Cody Murphy said of his first, and most likely only, outdoor competition. “But being from Chicago and being able to play in front of my family, it’s something that I’ll always remember, and I’m very, very fortunate to have an opportunity such as this.” The RedHawks take to the road again Friday, Feb. 22 as they head to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. , in a two-game series against the Lakers of Lake Superior State University, a team Miami is 1-1 against this year. The puck drops 7:35 p.m. Friday evening and 7:05 p.m. Saturday. that are aligning in ways that helps the student athlete grow over their four or five years, I think we’re aligning with the mission of the university,” Fenton said. “And I also think there’s a sense of school spirit, school pride that transcends beyond who the athletes are today. The spending, right wrong or indifferent, ultimately needs to go back to how does this help our student athletes grow into becoming better people in society.” Former Miami Athletic Department Intern Nick Miller said intercollegiate athletics still add to the student experience. “I think the value added that it gives the university is still higher than the cost it is to students,” Miller said. “[However], is it fair to ask students to pay this large percentage of money to the athletic budget and kind of supplement their budget if the students aren’t getting their return on investment that we’re asking for from intercollegiate athletics? Right now it’s hard to say if we’re succeeding or failing in that aspect.” According to Creamer, there are no plans to reallocate athletic resources.




change in the papacy. However, one can never be certain of how a man will use the papacy, according to Williams. Pope John XXIII was elected in 1958 as a seemingly docile pontiff, yet upturned the Church when he unexpectedly convened the Second Vatican Council, Williams said. “Often, when the Church is in a time of great change, it seeks stability,” Silver said. “It doesn’t always get it. When John XXIII was elected, they thought he was a caretaker and he upset the whole apple cart.” In the mire of sex scandals and threatened Catholic allegiance in Latin America, specifically, much rests on the shoulders a current pope, according to Williams. “Talk about—in a sense—an unwanted promotion,” Silver said, referencing the enormity of a current pope’s duty. Considering increased demands on the papacy in the modern world and blossoming Catholic populations in Africa especially, Silver said he would personally like to see a fresh pope chosen from an under-developed, under-represented part of the world. Young Catholics, a demographic Williams and Silver said the Church is trying to reach, are feeling energized by a change in leadership. “I would love to see a pope elected from a burgeoning part of the Catholic world,” Miami University first-year Eric Whitley said. “Especially if he were relatively young—I don’t feel as if many people felt a connection with Benedict.” Williams and Silver said that a new pope must be pragmatic in dealing with problems that arise in a fast-paced world. Williams said he would not describe the Church as ever having been particularly pragmatic, and links that aloofness and

hierarchical Euro-centrism to slowly shrinking Catholic populations in Latin America. “There’s a cultural shift going on,” Silver said. “It’s going to take another generation for us to perhaps find more stability, or we may find less find less stability, depending on how the world culture changes.” Regarding how a papal shakeup affects American Catholics, both agree that little change is likely to be seen. “If the new pope is ideologically a replica of his predecessor, business as usual will continue,” Williams said. “American Catholics, since Vatican II, have become independent of the institutional Church.” “People do not feel the sense of obligation they used to,” Silver said. “There isn’t the sense that the faith community is my only community.” Until the mid-20th century, communities almost completely revolved around churches, especially among immigrant populations, in a time when people didn’t often travel far from home, according to Silver. Echoing Williams’ musings on an out-of-touch Church, Silver said Catholicism’s future hangs on its ability to meaningfully engage the individual. Today, participants in the faith are more educated than ever, and must be allowed access into a somewhat removed Church, according to Silver. “We need to find a more cogent way of stating our teaching than just ‘Father said so,’ ‘the bishop said so,’ or ‘the bishop of Rome said this is what we must believe,’” Silver said. “We must find a way to bring people to that more profound thought. That’s also a change.” Whether Benedict’s successor will act to advance such change from an enclaved citystate buffered from time—God only knows.


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In Friday’s edition of The Miami Student my esteemed and respected colleague, JM Rieger, made an argument suggesting that Miami football is down for the count. I could not disagree more whole heartedly.  I am on record in this edition of The Miami Student and in the Oxford Week in Review as saying that “money drives intercollegiate athletics” and I stand by my statement, but to suggest that money be a driver of the future of athletics is an unbelievable and incomprehensible statement. As Rieger pointed out, when Miami wins, revenue goes up. The fact is that the Miami football program loses money because we do not field a winning team. If the university makes a commitment to the future of athletics and the future of football, then the losses will be much easier to stomach.  Miami football spends so much money for a few simple reasons. Reason number one being the sheer size of the football program. Every Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program fields a bare minimum of 53 players on a roster, while many have ballooned to well over 80. Nearly all of these athletes are on scholarship, and every FBS program must maintain a minimum of athletes on scholarship in order to qualify as a program. According to NCAA Bylaw, the institution may allow up to 85 scholarship athletes in football alone in any given year. Assuming that Miami has only 50 scholarship athletes in Football and 30 of them come from Ohio that means simply in tuition and fees, Miami athletics spends $1,588,430 on those 50 scholarship athletes. In the grand scheme, comparable to the overall Miami budget of $644,437,495, this is chump change. Reason number two is travel. Miami must charter busses and planes and hotel rooms for nearly 100 people every time they travel (which is 50 percent of a football season). This year Miami football travelled to Boise, Idaho, which alone cost around $130,000 but the game was featured on national television which for a simple 30 second ad would cost around $10,000...Miami played three hours displaying its logos and

colors which could be valued at $3.6 million. Yes, Miami spends a lot of money on football ... it is a simple fact. But Miami will make much more money in the long run staying as a FBS program. I know many students made it a requirement that their institution of choice for college had a FBS program. How many students would not come to Miami without the draw of major college athletics? I grew up with the understanding that Saturdays in college were for football. If Miami was to drop to an FCS program, how would that affect budget decisions then? Miami would still be forced to travel, Miami would still be forced to field 50+ scholarship athletes, where do we all of a sudden make leaps and bounds in budgetary decisions? We as a university student body must decide if football is important, if that is true then we MUST demand a WINNING program. The issue with football is not the amount of money they spend, it is the record at the end of the season. If football is to be successful when it comes to dollars then it must be successful in the wins and losses columns. There is a reason that Ohio State can raise a billion dollars in a single fiscal year, it is because people can connect back to their school when they have an outlet for that connection. If it was up to me, Miami would spend MORE money on football. We clearly need a renovation of Yager Stadium because no five-star recruit wants to play in a glorified high school stadium. Boom, $100 million for a new stadium. I’d also hire the best coaches money can buy. Clearly Coach Treadwell’s staff needs some sort of shake up, as two straight 4-8 seasons simply does not cut it today in major FBS athletics. I’d hire the best coordinators away from the best schools with an exorbitant amount of money. Football has the potential to make the school MILLIONS of dollars in alumni donations. Many alumni don’t give because they do not see the results. Collegiate athletics is the easiest way to show this. Miami is one of the winningest programs in NCAA history, why give up now?


’Hawks run faster, jump higher in opening meet By Justin Maskulinski For The Miami Student

Both the Miami University men’s and women’s track and field teams were in action Friday at indoor track meets. The men traveled to Columbus, Ohio where they met 13 other teams for the Buckeye Tune-Up. The meet was not formally scored, so no team was named the winner. Senior Jarrod Eick won the 1000 meter race for the ’Hawks despite not even planning to compete in the event. Eick defeated the rest of the field with a time of 2:29.68 “It was a nice race for Jarrod,” Head Coach Warren Mandrell said. “He ran in the mile race just before and he was leading until he got stepped on and lost his shoe; he was angry so he wanted to run another race.” Also leading the ’Hawks was junior Kevin Brown. He and freshman Joey Comisford finished second and fifth respectively in the 600 meter run. “[Comisford] was only a second or two behind Brown, that was a great race for a freshman competing in a Big Ten venue,” Mandrell said. Junior Sam Spallinger led the

RedHawks in the long jump with a 7.29 meter jump. “Sam had an indoor personal record and nearly an overall personal record; he did a great job,” Mandrell said. Mandrell was also impressed with freshman Peter Stefanski’s second place finish in the high jump. “[Stefanski] had an impressive performance, especially for a freshman and [he] just missed first place,” Mandrell said. Both Stefanski and the first place finisher, Eugene Cannady from Tiffin University, jumped 2.09 meters in the final but because Cannady jumped it on his first attempt he earned the first place finish. Overall, Mandrell said he saw a lot of good races Friday. Miami’s women’s team was also in action Friday. The women traveled to Muncie, Ind. for the Ball State Quadrangular Meet. The ’Hawks faced Mid-American Conference (MAC) foes Western Michigan University, Ball State University and Northern Illinois University. The Western Michigan Broncos

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Miami University redshirt junior guard Allen Roberts drives for a lay-up in a recent game against the University of Akron. Roberts leads the team with nearly 13 points per game.

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When the Bulls from the University at Buffalo came to Oxford Saturday, revenge was definitely on their minds, as they edged Miami’s men’s basketball team 79-71 in their second bout this season. Both teams desperately needed the win, but Miami could not complete the season sweep of Buffalo, after a 58-57 victory at Buffalo Jan. 12. The RedHawks now hold an 8-16, 3-9 Mid-American Conference (MAC) record. Despite three RedHawks scoring in double figures, and a late rally, Miami was unable to stop Bulls’ senior guard Tony Watson II, who scored a career high 31 points. “I thought Tony Watson, from

beginning to end, controlled the basketball game,” Head Coach John Cooper said. “He was just unbelievable, as far as being able to knock down shots and some of the decisions he made.” Watson did not score one bucket in the Jan. 12 meeting, but was 10-14 from the field, including six three pointers. Along with Watson’s big day, Bulls’ junior forward Javon McCrea added 20 points and six boards. “Tony Watson and Javon McCrea were better than we were,” Cooper said. Just as in the first meeting between these two teams, the first half was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team able to create substantial breathing room. Buffalo started the game fast, taking a quick five point lead, before

surrendering a six-point spurt to Miami. The balanced scoring from both teams and several scoring runs resulted in Buffalo taking a 39-36 advantage into the locker room after the first 20 minutes of play. Redshirt center Drew McGhee, who led Miami in scoring with 13 points, tied the game at 41, after scoring the first six RedHawk points of the second half. After more basket trading, Buffalo was able to create some space by completing a 15-4 scoring run that put the Bulls up 63-51 with 8:15 to play. Just 10 seconds later, McGhee added two more points to his total, while sparking a 9-0 run that featured freshman guard



Miami drops third straight MAC game, Osborn gets closer to school record By Justin Maskulinski For The Miami Student

The Miami University women’s basketball team entered Saturday’s game trying to end a two game Mid-American Conference (MAC) losing streak and improve its defensive play. The RedHawks (14-10, 6-5 MAC) lost their third straight MAC game 72-60 to the Central Michigan University Chippewas (15-9, 9-2 MAC). Miami had allowed 80 points in each of its previous two MAC losses. “Central Michigan is a great team,” Head Coach Maria

Fantanarosa said. “Our defense improved a lot today.” The Chippewas have the second best record in the entire MAC trailing only the University of Toledo (22-2, 10-1). Senior guard Courtney Osborn led the Red and White on offense with 19 points and eight assists, but she also was impressed with the defensive improvement. “The defense did a really good job today against a great Central Michigan team,” Osborn said. The Chippewas average 75 points per game as a team. They were led by sophomore guard Crystal Bradford who recorded a double-double with

16 points and 10 rebounds. The ’Hawks lost the game by twelve points but they only trailed the Chippewas by six points with 3 minutes remaining. Both Fantanarosa and Osborn agreed on one of the differencemakers in Saturday’s game. That difference was foul shots. The RedHawks shot 56 percent (14-25) from the charity stripe on Saturday. This is substantially lower than the RedHawks 70 percent season average. “We were improving on



Red and White struggle defensively in season opener at Georgia Tech Classic BY Alyssa Zediker For The Miami Student

The Miami University softball team competed at the Georgia Tech Classic in Atlanta Ga. from Feb 15-17, and finished their opening weekend with a record of 1-4. The team played 24th-ranked Georgia Tech and Marshall twice and Indiana University once, and defeated Marshall the first time they faced off. “We still have a lot to work on, but we are coming together and working on the things we need

to work on, specifically defense and making the plays,” sophomore pitcher Megan Mattera said. “Overall we still have a lot to work on and we know that we are going to get better.” The RedHawks suffered a nohitter against the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday morning and lost by run rule in the fifth inning 10-0. The first inning of the game was tough, as the Hoosiers put up seven runs. Two errors by the RedHawk defense also hurt the team because the Hoosiers only earned one of their runs.

“I tell [the team] the defense can’t take days off, but we just have to get better and that is going to come through time,” Head Coach Clarissa Crowell said. “I don’t expect to be at their best right now and these preseason games are meant to prepare us for conference.” Following the loss, Miami played the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, where its bats came alive posting eight runs, but the Yellow


February 19, 2013 | The Miami Student  

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