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


VOLUME 140 NO. 48


TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1990, The Miami Student reported the story of Herbert E. Havens, who died in 1986 and saved the lives of a number of people by donating his organs. It was reported that McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital was in the midst of promoting April as orgon donor awareness month. Havens’ wife, Arlene Havens, was quoted saying of her husband, “Being the man he was, he would see it as his final chance to help.”

FSB’s search for a new dean down to two BY KAILA FRISONE


The search for a new dean of Miami University’s Farmer School of Business (FSB) has been narrowed down to two candidates: Mary Gowan from Elon University and Kenneth Kavajecz from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Carine Feyten, Miami dean of the school of education, health and society, is the head of the search committee, which was formed fall 2012. According to Feyten, the committee consists of five faculty members, four appointed by FSB, one by the Provost, one undergraduate student selected by the Associated Student Government (ASG), one graduate student selected by the Graduate Student Association and one representative from the Business Advisory Council. Feyten said the committee conducted seven “airport interviews,” interviews with

candidates in a hotel near the airport. The committee then recommended candidates to Provost Bobby Gempesaw and President David Hodge. Gempesaw and Hodge selected the two candidates to visit campus last week. Gowan, a manage-

inquired about each candidate’s qualifications and what he or she would do to improve areas they thought needed improvement. Talking points included improving academic advising, building more study abroad programs, expanding job and internship

The striking differences in leadership qualities are very apparent.” DAVID WANG


ment professor at the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University, visited campus March 26. Professor and chair in the Department of Finance at the Wisconsin School of Business, Kavajecz visited campus March 28. Both candidates had the opportunity to talk with students and answer questions. The students

opportunities, establishing more corporate partnerships, developing J-term programs and coursework, furthering business-related co-curricular activities and promoting diversity. Junior accounting student Sam Korach attended both sessions last week. He said Gowan had many ideas and goals for the Jterm, but he said he had concerns.

“I just don’t know if she understood Miami’s culture enough,” Korach said. Kavajecz said Thursday there are three duties of a dean that are particularly important: fundraising, setting a strategy and putting a culture together. “There’s strength here,” Kavajecz said. “That’s why I think I can be a good asset to it because I can build off of that. I’ve done some things that I think we can leverage.” He said that it is important for students to realize that the co-curricular activities in a business school, in addition to what happens in the classroom, are vital to success. David Wang, a senior finance student, also attended both sessions last week. He said he noticed significant variation between Gowan and former dean of FSB Roger Jenkins. “The striking differences in leadership qualities are very apparent,” Wang said. According to Feyten, the

committee managed to bring strong candidates to campus and they are giving careful consideration to the comments and concerns students made after attending last week’s sessions. “We didn’t make any comparisons,” Feyten said. “Every [candidate] is different. We tried to find the best person for the position.” Feyten said the Provost and President will make the ultimate decision with some consultation from the Chair of the FSB Board of Visitors, Richard Farmer. It is not yet known when a final decision will be made. Feyten said she is pleased with the commitment of the members of the committee and the challenge always is to bring the best candidates to campus. “It was a lot of work, but was very rewarding in the sense of working with professionals who are really committed to the school,” Feyten said. “The idea was to really build on the success of that already being achieved.”

ASG Elections Committee issues campaign violation BY HANNAH STEIN EDITOR IN CHIEF

The Forrest McGuire/ Lot Kwarteng ticket was issued a campaign violation last Thursday, but it will not affect their campaign. According to McGuire, the campaign lost $100 worth of spending money. “It’s nothing detrimental to our campaign,” he said. Senior Lizzie Litzow, student body vice president and chair of the Associated Student Government (ASG) Elections Committee, said all tickets were issued a warning when they heard from credible sources the campaigns’ volunteers were pressuring students to vote for their candidate on electronic devices while standing in front of them, along with entering residence halls without authorization of Resident Assistants (RAs) or Resident Directors (RDs). However, the McGuire/Kwarteng ticket was issued another warning separately when the Elections Committee received more reports of misconduct. “On election night we got a call from another credible source who was actually an RA and that other things were being violated…the committee voted on giving them a violation,” Litzow said. “Just a slap on the wrist.” According to Litzow, minor violations are common during campaigning, but not on election day, which is why she said she believes this violation has seemed to become a bigger deal. McGuire said the reports that led to the violation were likely due to a volunteer getting carried away after McGuire and Kwarteng told them to get as many votes as possible. “We told [the volunteers] to get as many votes as possible and it just got a little blown out of proportion,” he said. “It wasn’t like Lot or I were in the dorm trying to get votes.” He also said he and Kwarteng have spoken to their volunteers about the reports. “Afterwards Lot and I sent out an email to everybody volunteering…we’re taking a proactive step to make sure it doesn’t

happen again,” he said. According to both Litzow and McGuire, the Elections Committee sends out a list of rules at the beginning of the campaigning so each ticket knows what there are violations for. Each violation already has a set penalty as well. “It was in the bylaw book so we didn’t need to debate that,” Litzow said. Although the violation will not have much of an impact on the campaign, some students said they feel as though it was an invasion of privacy. First-year Connor Moriarty said volunteers for the McGuire/ Kwarteng ticket entered his dorm behind him last week and proceeded to knock on all the doors in the hall. Moriarty said they knocked on his door, asked if he had voted, and when he said yes asked who he voted for, then proceeded to ask him to prove it to them. “I was more shocked… I placed my vote earlier that day and I was just really shocked, I wasn’t offended, just shocked

I was more shocked... I placed my vote earlier that day and I was just really shocked, I wasn’t offended, just shocked because that’s kind of a private thing.” CONNOR MORIARTY


because that’s kind of a privacy thing,” Moriarty said. “At the time I didn’t know they weren’t supposed to be doing that.” If issued another violation, McGuire said there would probably just be another reduction in spending money, and he said if anything serious happened it may be a cause for a disqualification, but he said that would be unlikely. Students can vote between the McGuire/Kwarteng ticket and the Charlie Schreiber/Courtney Bernard ticket on the Hub from 3 p.m. April 3 to 7 p.m. April 4.


FEED THE HUNGRY Junior Liz DeJulius adds ingredients to a pack of food during the Miami University Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Saturday, March 23. Students, faculty and community members teamed up to pack over 100,000 meals to send to children struggling with hunger all over the world.

Student candidates fund own campaigns BY ARIEL WILEY


Students running in the Associated Student Government (ASG) presidential election must provide their own funds for the campaign with a $2000 spending limit. Some said this poses a possible unfair disadvantage, while others said it shows candidates’ dedication. According to Elections Committee chairman and student body vice president, senior Lizzie Litzow, since the school does not directly benefit from the election, they are not obligated to pay for students’ campaigns. “If the school funded the campaigns, I’m sure a lot more people would be more interested in the position, but it shows their commitment to the campaign,” Litzow said. She also said the committee capped the limit at $2,000 because of tradition. “That’s the amount it’s always been in years past, so we kept it that way,” Litzow said. Presidential candidate junior Charlie Schreiber and his running mate junior Courtney Bernard said they have collected funds for their campaign with help from the Greek organizations they are in.

“Some has come out of Pi Kappa Phi, $500, which Charlie is a member [of],” Bernard said. “Alpha Chi Omega, which is my sorority, donated $300.” The majority of the campaign money goes toward campaign advertising, according to Bernard. “Every week we have to turn in receipts for what we pay for,” Bernard said. “Our money goes towards advertising material, such as t-shirts, fliers, posters and cards to pass out to people. Also our rally and the equipment.” In addition, Schreiber and Bernard have each donated $500 personally. Junior Calvin Davis, who is no longer in the running, discussed the price of paying out-of-pocket. “Definitely one of the negatives of drawing funds privately is that candidates that come from more wealthier backgrounds can easily pool their money from a frat, sorority, family or friend,” he said. “If we all received $2,000 from the school for campaigning, then it would truly be a level playing field.” Junior Alexander Nixon, who is no loner in the running added his take on this issue. “It doesn’t make sense for student body candidates to pay

obscene amounts of money when there are other issues to be focused on,” Nixon said. With the spending limit in place, Nixon said he looked for different ways to reach out to the students. “What we have found in using social media, list serve, reaching out to people, which doesn’t cost very much, has tremendously more impact than signs and koozie and t-shirts,” Nixon said. According to him, the student body cares the most about the about the platform being presented. “People, the voters, are way smarter than someone giving them something, they want to see real change happening,” Nixon said. According to Litzow, funds can be a way to get a running candidate’s names out to the people, but there are many other opportunities to reach students on Miami’s campus without pulling money out-of-pocket, according to Litzow. “You have to go out and talk to student organizations, do homework in an academic building, be out as much as you can so that the students see you and see your face,” Litzow said.






MU students speak out about marriage equality BY AMANDA HARR




Seniors Melanie Rybar and Rodolfo Perez dance March 29 at an Association of Latin and American Students event in Alexander Hall.

Community service to be used as retention method BY LIBBY MUELLER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Miami University’s high level of community engagement can be a factor in addressing President David Hodge’s goal of increasing graduation and retention rates of Miami students. Monica Ways, director of the Office of Community Engagement and Service, said Miami has received national recognition for its involvement in the community. “Miami has appeared on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and it is the highest national awarded honor a university can receive for its community engagement work,” Ways said. According to Ways, there are three levels of the award: the honor roll, honor roll with distinction and five or six presidential awards. Miami has appeared on the honor roll for six years straight and was listed on the 2013 honor roll with distinction, Ways said. According to her, last year Miami was also awarded the presidential award. Junior Nick Miller, secretary for academic affairs, said Hodge outlined a goal for Miami to increase its six-year graduation rate to 85 percent from its current 81 percent.

This would also require an increase in the retention rate, a measure of the percentage of students who stay at Miami from first-year to sophomore year. The universitywide Retention Steering Committee is looking at everything involved in increasing retention, including academic policies and co-curricular activities, Miller said. One of these co-curricular activities may be community engagement. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s website, the site for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of the ways Miami is engaged in its community is through a partnership with Talawanda School District, which connects the university to the surrounding schools with programs like Adopt-A-School, America Reads and America Counts, through which Miami students tutor and mentor 600 children. The site reported during the 2010-2011 academic year, more than 1,400 Miami students served as volunteers for these programs. According to Ways, Miami also has the Carnegie classification. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is a leading



Dining services and Associated Student Government (ASG) members are making efforts to bring back smoothies to the Recreational Sports Center (REC) and across campus. For years, Hydrations, a smoothie stand located at the REC, provided smoothies and fruit drinks for students. However, at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, Hydrations was removed from the REC in order to make expansion renovations according to director of recreation facility services, Ron Siliko. “We are converting the former food service area into a multipurpose space in which we can conduct programming for group fitness classes, strength training and drop-in space,” Siliko said. “Coupled with the fact that the smoothie area was not a large revenue and profit center, we felt a strategy change better served our mission and business plan.” However, according to Secretary for On-Campus Affairs, senior Cole Tyman, demand for smoothies from students is still high. He is determined to

satisfy this desire. “If this is something students are constantly complaining about, then I understand,” he said. “For ASG, John Stefanski and I, we are all about serving that student need.” Tyman said the idea to add smoothies to the MU StreEATS truck arose after he approached Executive Chef Eric Yung and Manager of Purchasing and Operations Analysis Jon Brubacher about his concern. He said the MU StrEATS truck is a mobile vehicle that serves unique sandwiches along with sides and drinks around campus. “No changes would be made to the truck other than adding the necessary equipment to make smoothies,” he said. Tyman and Yung said the truck will be parked in front of the REC. They said they believe a mobile truck is more convenient for business because, unlike Hydrations, it can open only during high-traffic hours at the REC, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and around campus. “There are evident good times


Many Miami University students partook in an ongoing, nationwide human rights campaign (HRC) last week, centering around two Supreme Court cases regarding marriage equality. A pink equal sign against a red background has notoriously represented the coalition for marriage equality on students’ social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, in alignment with the HRC. According to Demere Woolway, coordinator for GLBTQ Services at Miami, last Tuesday Proposition 8 was heard in the Supreme Court. Proposition 8 was a bill passed by voters in California that read the state should not recognize same-sex marriages, according to Woolway. This was challenged, deemed unconstitutional and has made its way to the Supreme Court. Woolway said Wednesday the Court held a hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed in 1996. This held that the federal government would not recognize same-sex marriages. Meaning legally married same-sex couples will still not receive the same tax, immigration or insurance benefits as heterosexual couples. While the public will not know the rulings until June, Woolway said this would most likely not directly affect Ohio yet. “There is some possibility they could find DOMA unconstitutional,” Woolway said. “This would still not affect Ohio because Ohio has a separate state constitution.” According to Woolway, the

federal government will still need to recognize same-sex marriages in every state. Senior Billy Price, co-president of Spectrum, an LGBTQ-straight alliance at Miami, said the big impact of these cases is garnishing solidarity and awareness and that societal change is a slow process in the U.S. “We are the LGBT community together, and we get rights by increments,” Price said. “That’s not how our country has ever worked with civil rights.” According to Price, there is an Ohio ballot initiative circulating now, collecting signatures for the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment. It will remove the definition of “marriage equality” and protect religious institutions as well. The initiative needs 380,000 signatures, and could be on the ballot as early as this fall, Price said. Student Body President John Stefanski said Miami, while it is a conservative university, still has a high percentage of students who support gay marriage. According to the 2011 Coopritave Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey, 71.4 percent of students said they agreed either somewhat or strongly that same-sex couples should have the right to legal marital status. “I mean, a lot of people have gone and changed their profile pictures with the red equal signs and you know our generation has come to accept that allowing gay marriage is a no-brainer,” Stefanski said. Price said he thought the buzz on

social media was meaningful and was a visible show of support. “I loved it, my entire news feed is red,” Price said. “The entire chat bar was the same picture. It promoted awareness within social circles.” Sophomore A.J. Searle said he chose not to change his profile picture in support of the HRC because he does not think Facebook is a good platform for discussing political views. “I just don’t think there’s any point, kind of like KONY was, there was a lot of buzz with that,” Searle said. “I think it definitely [raised] a lot of awareness, people discussing it helped.” Junior Matt Couse said he changed his profile picture in support because he said he believes everyone should be allowed to act according to his or her own beliefs. “Individual people make their own choices; they do what they want because they believe in it,” Couse said. “It’s a matter of choice, not a religious argument.” Sophomore Shellera Tarter agreed the government should not be involved in a religious sacrament. Woolway said she thought the social media element of raising awareness of the HRC has been very positive. “I think it’s a really interesting thing to watch unfold,” Woolway said. “I know a lot of LGBT folks feel supported to see their friends change their photo, talk about it, post an article. I think a lot of people were pleasantly surprised. I think its



First-year candidate drops out of race BY REIS THEBAULT STAFF WRITER

During this year’s Associated Student Government (ASG) presidential campaign, Anik Chaudhry became the first first-year in the school’s history to run for president, according to current student body Vice President Lizzie Litzow. Chaudhry’s campaign began in a unique fashion, which he shared openly. “It all just started really randomly,” Chaudhry said. “My friend and I… we got to Beat the Clock and we started ranting off ideas for the school and looked up how to do it and the petitions were due two hours later.” Chaudhry and his running mate, first-year Ben Cederoth, made the decision together while at Brick Street Bar and Grill. The two are friends and dorm-mates, and both serve on Dorsey Residence Hall’s community council. “We’ve had a lot of experience

together, we’re both corridor reps on Community Council and we just spend a lot of time together,” Chaudhry said. According to Cederoth, the two were not naïve to the uphill battle they would face as the

As freshman, we knew we were a long shot.” BEN CEDEROTH


campaign’s youngest and least experienced ticket. “As freshmen, we knew we were a long shot,” Cederoth said. “We really just wanted to take a shot and see what happened.” Chaudhry agreed, but said he became more optimistic as the campaign went on.

“As I got lots of endorsements, it started picking up a lot,” Chaudhry said. “[I] met with tons of organizations and a lot of them put their support around me and then I started to feel I had a high chance.” He denied to comment on which organizations backed him. This optimism lasted until the campaign’s latter days and Chaudhry said he decided to drop out March 24. “I started to look into more what the other campaigns had planned for election day and based on the amount of stuff they had, they had bigger teams and everything so I felt like they had more of a chance of winning,” Chaudhry said. After the Chaudhry/Cederoth ticket dropped out, Chaudhry said that he saw the other candidates’ respect for him. “[They] approached me and congratulated me on how I was able



Dining Services dishes out student recipes BY REBECCA CLARK FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT

Miami University’s Dining Services recently held a contest to find a healthy new recipe, which will be featured at dining halls. The contest called for students to submit pictures and recipes of their favorite foods to Miami Dining’s Twitter page, and the winners have been chosen. According to executive chef, Eric Yung, the contest ran until March 27 and generated numerous recipe submissions incorporating a variety of different foods. “We did an appetizer or salad, entrée and dessert category,” Yung explained. “Not surprisingly, most of them headed for the appetizer or salad choice. We awarded two winners in the appetizer, salad category. Both of the recipes were really good looking choices. We also awarded one winner in the entree category.” The winning recipes, a feta and roasted vegetable quinoa submit-

ted by senior Rose Kaplan, a sliced avocado and onion salad submitted by senior Elliott Batchelder and sautéed kale with onion and mushroom submitted by senior JaMalle Flournoy will be featured the week of April 20 to 26. “The quinoa will be featured for three consecutive days in a buffet location as a composed salad,” Yung said. “We’ll have free samples of the avocado and onion salad at Panache on Wednesday, April 24 and it will be a featured salad the next three days. The sautéed kale will be at Spice of Life.” Flournoy, a nutrition major, said he gets his inspiration from online food bloggers. “Once I get recipes from bloggers, I make them into my own by substituting ingredients and adding my own flair with different spice combinations,” Flournoy explained. Kaplan said she simply created her recipe using whatever she had in the fridge.

“I saw I had some peppers and zucchini, as well as some tomatoes and feta and decided all of that would taste really great combined in a salad with quinoa,” Kaplan said. There were several different ways Yung and his team of culinary staff members judged the submissions. “The recipes themselves have to be ones that we will be able to produce in our operations and be able to produce in a way that we would be okay for the department as a sanitation or food safety,” Yung explained. Another important factor for the team was how the recipe would taste. “There is also an acceptance component to it as well,” Yung continued. “Even if it looks really good, is it something that when we put it together, it would have the ability to impact the highest percentage of students? Is it something that we can recreate and fold into our






POLICE Brick Street limits non-students


Females hide in locked bedroom from intruder


Brick Street Bar and Grill, 36 E. High St., sometimes offers a lower cover charge for students who present a Miami University ID along with their state ID upon admittance, according to Sergeant Gregory Moore of the Oxford Police Department (OPD). Many students may have noticed the sign sitting on the sidewalk in front of Brick Street’s entrance, reading, “Under 21 must show Miami ID.” However, the establishment is now encouraging students over 21 to present theirs as well for a reduced cover charge. Rumors have spread throughout the student body as to why Brick Street has chosen this option, but no students are certain. Moore spoke with the doorman of Brick Street Friday during his late weekend shift. According to Moore, Brick Street is not requiring, but simply encouraging, the Miami ID for students between the ages of 19 and 21. “Anyone of 18 years of age is required to show a Miami ID, that’s

the only requirement,” Moore said. “If you are 18-years-old and you do not have a Miami ID, you will not be allowed into the bar. Anyone that is 19 or above, if you have a Miami ID, you get in for a reduced price, so it’s actually a bonus for Miami students.” Moore said the 18-year-old rule is not necessarily to keep high school students out, though there had been a documented incident involving a student from Ross High School in the past.

establishment is giving students a break from the cover charges that add-up over a night Uptown. The motivation behind this, according to Moore, is to encourage students to stay in Oxford on weekends and cultivate a Miami atmosphere. Brick Street attracts a slew of people from other towns, according to Moore. “They’re going to get a bigger crowd than other places, and of course the more people that you get, the higher the odds that the

If you are 18-years-old and you do not have a Miami ID, you will not be allowed into the bar. Anyone that is 19 or above, if you have a Miami ID, you get in for a reduced price.” GREGORY MOORE


“If there are going to be other establishments that are going to take extra measures to prevent juveniles, high school kids, from entering their establishment, then I’m all for it,” Moore said. “I think it’s wonderful.” Moore said he believes the

police are going to get involved in something sooner or later,” Moore said. “… In relation to other establishments, it does draw more of an outside crowd.” Moore said Brick Street is a focal point for most out-of-town guests, and other establishments

do not have a similar atmosphere, so it seems out-of-town guests are not equally interested in what other places have to offer. However, the Miami ID trend will probably not catch on, according to Moore. He said Brick Street is an individual circumstance, where this appears necessary in order to maintain its desired atmosphere. Although this change was geared towards benefiting students, many have not had a positive response to the change. “I don’t think it’s necessarily the best option, because if your [18-year-old] friends come to visit, then they are stuck,” sophomore Dan Ferguson said. “Just asking for a college ID would be one thing but trying to keep it just Miami students seems a bit unreasonable.” Junior Gracie Rapnicki agreed with Ferguson about the requirement of the Miami ID. “I think charging a higher cover for students without a Miami ID is a little unfair,” Rapnicki said. “There’s more people in the area than just Miami students and it’s their town too.”

Lights, camera, Hamilton: first film festival approaches BY VICTORIA POSTMANTUR


The first Hamilton Film Festival is fast approaching, with five downtown locations showing 32 films contributed by local and global filmmakers, including Miami University students. Film Hamilton, a local group that assists in raising funds to sustain Hamilton’s local television station, TvHamilton, will host the festival according to Mindy Muller, development executive at film Hamilton. “Film Hamilton is just a year old, and was set up as a social enterprise, with the idea of promoting Hamilton as a location for feature film production to help generate the local economy,” Muller said. “We are not directly tied with TvHamilton, but we have structured ourselves to be an ongoing support for TvHamilton through fundraising.” The film festival will honor

Kentucky’s own journalist, anchorman and television host Nick Clooney for his work in promoting the film industry, according to Muller. Muller said 32 out of 50 films reviewed by an executive panel of judges were selected and will be featured in the festival. “There weren’t a tremendous number of local submissions, however, we got three from Australia, and one of them are attending the event,” Muller said. “There were several [intra-]national submissions, including from Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 14 of the 25 filmmakers will be attending the event.” Film Hamilton’s goal is show filmmakers what cinematic opportunities Hamilton offers by allowing them to see for themselves. “Hamilton has a lot of cool structures that can give a city look, but also offers rural areas for filmmakers to chose from,” Muller said. “People can use

Hamilton’s tour buses to get to different viewing locations. Other stops on the tour include areas we would want to highlight to filmmakers, like the sculpture park at Pyramid Hill and the Conservatory at Miami.” Miami seniors Konrad Norris, Bryce Norris and Colten Kidwell, producers and founders of Openview Cinema, create everything from films and TV spots to music and wedding videos. Three of their films were submitted to the Hamilton Film Festival. “Being from Oxford, we have an interest in films from the southwestern Ohio area,” Konrad Norris said. “This is obviously an excellent opportunity to participate in a festival. Hamilton is starting to do great things with film.” Kidwell talked about what this festival can bring to Hamilton and southwest Ohio. “When I found out Hamilton was having a festival, I was kind of taken back because I

didn’t see it as a destination for filmmakers,” Kidwell said. “However, they’re really trying to start that. One point of the festival is to draw enthusiasm from across the state and country. In southwest Ohio, filmmakers can produce cheap films in a variety of venues at low cost. Everything from filming permits and housing for cast and crew is quite less expensive.” One of Openview Cinema’s films, “You Can Play,” made for Miami’s hockey program and featuring Miami students, will be shown at the festival. The film premiered in Farmer School of Business in the fall of 2011. “This film is documentary style and features Miami and Miami’s Hockey team,” Kidwell said. “This film honors Brendan Burke and the fight for sexual equality in collegiate sports, creating an environment where everyone feels accepted. It is exciting to be part of this film and we will see how does in the festival.”

Student on the Street Where do you stand on marriage equality? “I am for gay marriage. I think that we should have equality in marriage and I fully support it. Having gay friends makes me support it even more.”

“I oppose Proposition 8 because I am, in fact, homosexual and also because it seems silly to me that we are arguing over whether two sentient things can get married.”

Sydney Curley

Marcus Holm

“I think that everybody has a right to be happy, and gay marriage is based on the right to get married, and that’s a right everybody should have.”

“If I were voting, I’d vote based on my moral values... and I would vote against [the legalization of gay marriage]— but it would not be because I have anything against anyone who is gay or that I want them to have fewer rights.”


Eric Moenich Sophomore


Evan Pitts Senior

“I consider myself very pro [gay marriage]. I’m a religious person myself, but I don’t look at is as a religious issue.”

“I don’t see a problem with [gay marriage]. Whatever makes someone happy, makes someone happy… Who they are isn’t really affecting me; how could it [negatively] affect someone else’s life?”

Joe Neidhard

Chris Caputo








Stage Left tests spelling skills BY EMILY KETTERER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

“Please spell quirky.” “Could you use it in a sentence?” “Yes. This weekend, Stage Left will be performing the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical comedy about six quirky children and their pursuit of a spelling bee title.” This performance will be Stage Left’s second and final major production this semester. According to senior stage manager Tamaliyapo Mphande, the only student-run theater organization at Miami University has been interested in this musical for a few years. “We have wanted to do this

It’s really a high energy, crazy show. The cast is literally running around the stage, set pieces move and spin around and there’s just a lot happening.” ELIZABETH NIE


musical for awhile, but it never really worked out,” Mphande said. “But we are doing it now. It’s a small production, and not well known, but it has won some Tony Awards and a lot of community theaters perform it.” Mphande also acts as Stage Left’s marketing executive, promoting the musical mostly by word of mouth and social media. “We have created posters with certain character’s pictures and put funny quotes on them,” Mphande

said. “For example, William Barfee’s poster says ‘Wore a fanny pack before it was frat’.” Junior Matt Cramer will be playing the role of Barfee. He said he feels that everyone will find at least one of the characters relatable. “People will be able to identify with at least one character in the show,” Cramer said. “They are from all different backgrounds. Barfee is that nerdy guy with a host of health problems, but he also does his own thing. For example, he uses his feet to spell out the words first, and then says them into the microphone.” Junior Elizabeth Nie, director of the show, said she fell in love with the script because of its audience interaction. “Every night you pull up four people from the audience to be in the show,” Nie said. “The show gets catered towards the audience and you get a different show every night. According to Cramer, this humorous show is about the progression of characters growing up. “After we did Spring Awakening, I think it was time to do something that dealt with issues of life but in a more light-hearted way,” Cramer said. “People want to be happy but also learn and take something away from what they have just been apart of.” Nie said she feels audiences will enjoy the antics of the show. “It’s really a high energy, crazy show,” Nie said. “The cast is literally running around the stage, set pieces move and spin around and there’s just a lot happening.” The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will take place 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances will be at the Oxford Community Arts Center at 10 S. College Ave. Tickets are free and available at the Shriver Box Office.



The Empower Miami University campaign brought the Cincinnati Bengal cheerleaders as well as the Cheezies to perform at a rally Tuesday, at Uptown Park.


3D Jurassic Park to be roaring success BY JOE GIERINGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

“An adventure 65 million years in the making.” That was the tagline for Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, the film that at the time, set the box office record for most money made by a single movie. It dazzled audiences and critics alike back in 1993 and 20 years later it’s still considered one of the most important science fiction movies ever produced. Oh yeah, there’s one more thing April 5, Jurassic Park is being re-released nationwide in 3D. First and foremost, this trip to the prehistoric is flat out fun. Spielberg captures our childlike wonder and imagination throughout the first half of the film, as our love of the unknown and our yearning for knowledge of these lost behemoths is fully explored. Set to John Williams’ beautiful score, the scene in which the dinosaurs are introduced was one of the most magical moments of my movie-going childhood and the reactions of Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are priceless.

Forget the historical inaccuracies– Jurassic Park enthralled its viewers young and old, and was a visual spectacle of its time bigger than anything before, and arguably, anything since. I’m usually pretty skeptical of 3D re-releases. I usually write it off as a production company taking the easy way out; instead of doing its job, it dips into its vault and adds this gimmick to a classic flick in order to swipe more money from the average, gullible movie-goer. This isn’t the case with Jurassic Park. When it was first released, the computer-generated imagery (CGI) was groundbreaking. With an astonishing 25 months of preproduction, Spielberg and company knew they were undertaking an extraordinary task, but I don’t think they realized just how game changing the results would be. Film historian Tom Shone remarked, “In its way, Jurassic Park heralded a revolution in movies as profound as the coming of sound in 1927.” Digest that for a second. This guy is claiming the visuals in a sci-fi movie are on-par with the invention of auditory film capacity– and honestly, I

don’t completely disagree. Because of this film, Stanley Kubrick began work on Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), George Lucas started developing – for better or for worse – the Star Wars prequels, Peter Jackson rekindled his love of childhood fantasy in Lord of the Rings and King Kong and James Cameron could realize his dream of Avatar. Even 20 years later Jurassic Park stands alongside these films and still looks as breathtakingly spectacular as it did when it was first released. As movie lovers, we crave screen productions that excite our senses. The impossibility of the worlds that are created for our enjoyment is surpassed only by the prospect that what we see in a film could in fact be reality. Jurassic Park fulfills both of these wants with equal doses of awe and fear and that’s why I can’t wait to grab a pair of those goofy glasses and watch it in 3D. Not only will millions of people rediscover a Spielberg classic April 5, but also a new generation will be introduced to one of the most innovative and awe-inspiring sci-fi films ever made.

Brick Street to play out the year with concerts of different genres BY BILLY RAFAEL


Over the years, Oxford has established itself as a hot venue for artists making their tours through the Midwest. The students of Miami University have proved that they can show musicians a good concert experience and vice versa. Brick Street Bar and Grill has played a critical role in this reputation, hosting some of the biggest names to have rolled through our city, and they have no intention of slowing down as the semester draws to an end. Brick Street still has

three big concerts scheduled in the next month that span three different genres, ensuring there’s something on the calendar for everyone. First up on the agenda is rapper Joey Bada$$ Wednesday April 10. This 18-year-old New York-based artist has been making headlines and popping up on tracks with some of the bigger names in the game right now all while finishing up his debut studio album, scheduled for release this year. First-year Ed Krulewitch is a Joey Bada$$ fan and said he can’t wait for his show.

“I’m really excited to see someone my age perform in a more personal venue,” Krulewitch said. “Joey Bada$$ is arguably one of the best up-and-coming rappers and is an inspiration to me because he is already so successful at 18. I’m excited to watch him perform, but I’m more excited to watch his career develop.” Joining him will be two hiphop groups, the Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers. Next up is country musician Thomas Rhett Wednesday April 24. Brick Street has been a hot spot for country music this year, hosting

artists such as Jerrod Niemann and Clayton Anderson and starting up Hump Day Hoedown Wednesday nights. This will actually be Rhett’s second show at Brick Street. Then the day after Rhett Brick will be presenting Rebelution, a rock-reggae band out of California, Thursday April 25. They’re coming through as part of their “Spring Greens” tour along with J Boog and Hot Rain. Rebelution released their last CD as part of a three-piece set, accompanying the original album with a stripped-down acoustic version and a remixed dub version.

“I’m stoked for Rebelution and J Boog to head out here to Ohio,” junior TJ Ganser said, who plans on attending the show at Brick Street. “Their vibes from recordings really cool you down after a big day, so I can’t wait to see what kind of energy they bring to the stage. It should be an epic show and a good time.” As the semester starts wrapping up take a study break and rage to some live music. All shows are 18 and up, and tickets for all three concerts can be purchased at Brick Street or on their website

Theater frat shows everyone can benefit from a dose of therapy


The cast of Beyong Therapy (back row from left) Laura Feldmeyer, Daniel Lees, Amber Bryant, Weston Oberg, Woody Hutzel (front row from left) Carly Mungovan, Laura Jewell and Joseph Bushur.


In the intimate setting of Miami University’s black box theater Studio 88, a student-run production of Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy was in its final

preparation stages this weekend. Opening Thursday, this comedy offers a look at love, relationships and pop psychology of the 1980s. According to the director, Laura Jewell, senior theater major, the play is about two adults who are heading into their thirties who meet

through a personal ad in the newspaper. Prudence has a stable career but her personal life is a mess and Bruce has a lover named Bob but thinks he’ll be more fulfilled with a wife as well as his lover. Both are in therapy to work through each of their issues and the play looks at their interactions with each other and their therapists. “The play is a lot about how you need to be willing to let go of your expectations of what love is,” Jewell said. “Love exists in many forms.” Presented by Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary theater fraternity on campus, the play was originally to be co-directed by Jewell and Joseph Bushur, also a senior theater major. “We got everything ready for auditions but in the end we only had three actors for four male roles,” Bushur said. “We wanted to keep the time line so we decided that Laura should take over as director and I went to call-backs with the rest of the actors.” Burshur will be playing Bruce alongside fellow senior theater

major Amber Bryant’s Prudence. Student-run productions face a number of challenges. “[Independent projects are] great for students, figuring out how to direct, stage manage, design, all of it on their own,” Bushur said. Graduate student Laura Feldmeyer, who plays Bruce’s therapist, also weighed in on studentrun productions. “After being able to be out in the real theater community, having the ability to do a lot on your own helps,” Feldmeyer said. “You’re not always going to work on the big productions, but a lot of things where you do your own work.” Having returned to Miami after working in the field, Feldmeyer said she always looks for different opportunities to work on shows. “Alpha Psi started back up when I was an undergrad here and I was the first director,” Feldmeyer said. “I worked with Laura when she was a freshman on Miss Witherspoon and decided that no matter what show [she and Joseph] were working on I wanted to be a part of it. It’s always good

to work on a little show with passionate people.” Jewell discussed that the draw to the show was the writing. “Durang’s writing is so true,” Jewell said. “It’s a fun, light-hearted comedy with characters that aren’t stock. They’re absurd but so truthful. It makes it very compelling to work on, and to watch.” According to Jewell, the play presents a social environment for the events to take place in and explore the issues that the playwright raises. “There are a lot of lines about sexuality,” Jewell said. “It normalizes sexuality so that exploring and displaying sexuality are normal adult things…we don’t have a lot of examples of that [in other media]. The characters’ sexuality is a part of their personality but it doesn’t define them.” Beyond Therapy runs 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. in Studio 88 in the basement of the Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are free and the show is a little under two hours in length including an intermission.


becoming more broadly accepted.” Price said he felt Miami is an accepting university when it comes to LGBT support. “I think Miami has come a really long way since I’ve been here,” Price said. “And we’re seeing more people supporting it, what it comes down to it our campus is very supportive of human rights.


TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013 CAMPUS President and Mrs. Hodge do support us and it feels welcoming and almost progressive.” Price added Miami as an institution is very supportive. Miami was among the first public universities in Ohio to have benefits for domestic partners. “Even in the face of some opposition, there was even a court case, a state senator in Ohio thought Miami was violating the ban on samesex marriages but Miami stood behind their stance,” Woolway said.

However, according to Woolway, due to DOMA’s restrictions, same-sex couples are taxed about $600 a year because the federal government taxes these health care benefits. Price said he is optimistic about the future of marriage equality. “Our community has to focus our efforts on the mantra of equality for all,” Price said. “Right now there’s nothing we can do because the case is in Congress and we won’t hear the verdict until after school ends.”


Fencers participate at the Society for Creative Anachronism’s annual Unicorn Tournament March 27.


accreditation body that develops standards universities have to adhere to in order to be accredited, Ways said. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s website described community engagement as collaboration between higher education institutions and the communities in which they reside to share knowledge and resources and enhance scholarship, creativity and the public good. The Elective Classification on Community Engagement can gauge the quality of a university, according to Ways. Miami was awarded the classification in 2010 in both categories: curricular engagement, which is only for schools that have integrated service into the academic curriculum, and outreach and partnerships, which measures the level of community engagement in the community, Ways said. According to Lot Kwarteng, student body vice presidential candidate and former student trustee on the Miami board of trustees, the board is looking at how to improve retention rates and focusing on initiatives concerning academic advising, living learning communities and


existing rotation of recipes? We may see one or more of the winning recipes next year.” By asking Miami students to submit pictures and recipes of their favorite healthy dishes, Jon Brubacher, manager of purchasing and operations analysis of Miami’s Housing and Dining Services, said he hopes the contest will promote healthy eating. “The contest is focused on nutrition since this is National Nutrition Month,” Brubacher said. Yung agreed, saying some submissions looked like they would taste very good but were not able to be used because of their low nutritional content, including the dessert entries. “A lot of students reach out to us throughout the year and say that


and bad times at the REC to serve food, so the advantage of the truck is we can open or close it whenever,” Tyman said. Tyman hopes that when not outside the REC, the MU StrEATS truck can park outside events, such as hockey games and Spring Fest, and receive plenty of business. “There’s only a few places on campus to get good smoothies, so this adds another way to

academic intervention. Kwarteng also said the board reports most students leave not for academic reasons, but because they do not feel connected to the Miami community. According to Kwarteng, community involvement and volunteer service can improve retention and graduation rates. “Engaged students are happy students,” Kwarteng said. “Working on community service helps students build bridges with others and also faculty and other Oxford residents. When they feel that other people care about them, that there’s a cause to live for while at Miami, that’s what’s going to get them to stay.” According to the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement, 36 percent of first-years and 76 percent of seniors do some form of service. However, Ways said Miami’s goal is to have every student engaged with the surrounding community in some form of service. Miami makes this easy for students, she said. “We provide free transportation,” Ways said. “We’ve also integrated service into the curriculum. Students can now take service-learning designated courses. Students can find these in every division. Our office [the Office of Community Engagement and Service] is now in partnership with Career Services

offering summer scholarships. If a student meets the requirements they can qualify to get a total of $3,000 for their summer service to a not-for-profit organization.” Kwarteng said he and his presidential candidate running mate, Forrest McGuire, have talked about getting students more engaged with the community for the long term. “One of the things we’re going to do with the Armstrong Student Center is facilitate some cross-organization collaboration for service events,” Kwarteng said. “That would boost the number of service events going on campus and make sure they’re maximizing the impact.” Kwarteng also said he would advise students to check The Hub for service events and events going on in the community. “If a student wanted to get involved and didn’t know how to the first resource they need to utilize is The Hub,” Kwarteng said. First-year Bridget Simpson volunteers through Alpha Phi Omega. She said community service has helped connect her to campus and she would recommend it to others. “It keeps you focused on others and it keeps you connected both at Miami and in local cities around Miami,” Simpson said. “I think it gives you more of a purpose.”

they’ve got some ideas for a healthy dish that we can put together and feature,” Yung explained. “So this contest gives us great insight as to what is in the mind of the students right now.” As nutrition majors, Kaplan and Flournoy both felt it was important to partake in this contest. Kaplan is also majoring in dietetics and already has a recipe published in one of celebrity cook, Rachael Ray’s, cookbooks. “I love to cook and love to eat healthy, so everything I create centers around that,” Kaplan said. “When I cook, I load my dishes up with as much vegetables as I possibly can. These add a lot of bulk to a dish for a small amount of calories.” Flournoy also had nutrition in mind when creating his dish. “As a nutrition major, I’ve always wanted there to be healthier options for college students,” Flournoy said.

“I think my dish promotes healthy eating because it’s an unfamiliar food that has recently gotten a lot of attention in the press for its health benefits. The sheer simplicity of my dish also shows students that it can be easy to eat healthy as well.” Along with posters and table tents, social media played a huge role in advertising the contest, according to Mark Andrea, Dining Service’s manager of computing systems and marketing. The recipes and their pictures were submitted online to Miami’s Dining Service’s Twitter and Miami Dining’s Facebook page has been promoting the contest for several weeks. “We have definitely plastered the contest all over our Facebook page and we’ve been fairly successful with social media in the past,” Andrea said. “We see more and more people like our page every day and we see the message getting out there.”

deliver this very popular product to students with the ability to move around campus,” he said. First-year Leah Gray said she would definitely take advantage of another smoothie option on campus. “[Smoothies] are a healthy alternative to lots of the junk food around campus,” she said. Sophomore Maeve Metheny, who was a fan of Hydrations before it closed, said she is very excited to have a smoothie option available again. She said she believes having the truck at events

such as hockey games is a good idea because the truck is sure to have a larger number of customers opposed to serving only those at the REC. “I think the idea of selling smoothies in the MU StrEATS truck is appealing to a wider audience,” Metheny said. According to Tyman, the smoothie addition to the MU StEATS truck is still in the early stages of development, but his hope is that the truck will offer fresh smoothies by the beginning of next school year.


University Senate reviews new Miami Plan models BY JORDYN GRZELEWSKI


The Miami University Senate heard four reports at their meeting on Monday. Carine Feyten, dean of the school of education, health and society, and Cheryl Young, assistant provost, gave a report about e-learning, any course where more than 50 percent of the material is completed online. Feyten said Miami is behind other schools in implementing elearning options, but the university has a unique contribution to make to e-learning. “We feel that Miami has an opportunity defining what e-learning would look like for a residential campus,” Feyten said. Feyten and Young recommended Miami establish an e-learning office, invest in elearning innovation and develop a system of support and incentives for faculty. Young also gave a report about Global Initiatives, an effort at making Miami a more globally oriented university. Global Initiatives plans to expand upon the international education services already provided by Miami and to develop International Student and Scholar Services, Education Abroad Services, Continuing and Online Education services and several outreach efforts. The Global Miami Plan Redesign Team gave a report about four different prototypes it has come up with for the updated Miami Plan. The different plans proposed by the team were the Theme Model, the Badge/ Certificate Model, the Signature Streams Model and the Cohort Cluster Model. According to John Tassoni, director of liberal education, the Theme Model would focus on “Big Questions”. Students would have to take a series of three seminars, complete a set of courses related to specific competencies and have two different immersive experiences such as studying abroad or doing an internship. The Badge/Certificate Model would require students to earn



to hold my own as a freshman, so I guess that implies that in the beginning I didn’t have any shot and I showed that I can actually do stuff within the debates,” he said. Cederoth, however, said he saw things differently. “I personally think that some of the other candidates did not take us seriously at all,” he said. “They just thought we had no chance. They said we had courage to run as freshmen, but I do not think that they really cared.” Cederoth made an exception for the Swartz/Nixon ticket. “We liked their ideas and they took some of our ideas on board,” Cederoth said. “They were really the only campaign that respected us as freshman, so I had no problem joining them.” According to Cederoth, the decision to back juniors Max Swartz and Alexander Nixon was mainly Chaudhry’s. “I thought Max Swartz’ campaign would have the greatest ability to integrate my ideas, simply because there was a lot of chemistry between our campaigns throughout the process and they convinced me that they would be able to do it the best,” Chaudhry said. Swartz welcomed Chaudhry’s help. At the beginning of the campaign, Swartz considered Chaudhry a major competitor. “I was very worried when I saw he was on the ballot, because our whole strategy centered around getting the vote that historically does not care about the election, does not know any of the candidates and a lot of that is first-years,” Swartz said. According to Swartz, the

a number of certificates signifying their breadth of knowledge. These badges could be achieved in number of ways, including with AP credit. The redesign team developed the certificates, which are meant to teach students more specific skill sets based on feedback from employers. Students would have to earn a total of five certificates. The Signature Streams Model has a strong emphasis on liberal arts education. One of the goals of this model is to strengthen Miami’s reputation as a Public Ivy university. Students would have to take classes that build upon each other within a single theme and would be required to complete an immersive experience in their third year at Miami. This model also includes an e-portfolio component. James Kiper, professor of Computer Science, pitched the Cohort Cluster Model. This prototype would focus on experiential learning. It would require students to take a first-year seminar, take a three-course thematic cluster in their second or third year and complete an e-portfolio throughout their time at Miami. Senior Peter Dougherty raised some concerns about the prominence of an e-portfolio component in several of these prototypes. Dougherty asked how Miami would deal with the logistics of reviewing over 16,000 e-portfolios and how the designers are incorporating student feedback given that students in the University Honors Program have consistently given negative feedback about having to complete an e-portfolio, according to Dougherty. The Senate also heard from the Academic IT Planning Committee, Classroom Enhancements Council and the Niihka Advisory Committee. Alan Cady, chair of the Niihka Advisory Council, said the main goal of his committee is to gather input from faculty about ways to improve Niihka. Faculty can give feedback on the Niihka Enhancement Request site. Sakai, the system Niihka runs on, is scheduled to be updated by August. prospect of Chaudhry backing his campaign was exciting, but ultimately it did not work out as well as he initially hoped. “We were very optimistic about the partnership going in, but ultimately we ended up a little disappointed with how it played out,” Swartz said. With Chaudhry’s support, Swartz said he expected his ticket to make the runoff election, but they simply did not get enough votes. Chaudhry took partial responsibility for this. “I think they only came up about 200 or 300 votes short, so I think if we pushed a little harder, they would be in this runoff,” Chaudhry said. Though disappointed, Swartz acknowledged Chaudhry’s effort. “If you look at me freshman year, I think he did a lot better than I would have done,” Swartz said. “I think it was the fact that he followed through with the debates, the fact that even if he wasn’t hitting the nail on the head with his points, just the fact that he had points and was articulating them and participating with four other very qualified and more experienced candidates, that’s what impressed most people.” Chaudhry said he plans on making yet another endorsement for the runoff election but has yet to decide which of the two candidates he will side with. The two former running mates are unsure of their political future. Chaudhry said he is considering pursuing a seat in the student senate, while Cederoth said he has yet to weigh his options. “I do not really know and I’m just seeing where the wind blows me,” Chaudhry said.







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

Candidate self-funding provides a look at the real world of politics “Campaign funding” are two words that certainly aren’t new to U.S. politics, and even when it comes to election season for Associated Student Government (ASG). Since Miami University does not directly benefit from student body elections, they do not donate money to each candidate running. This leaves funding directly up to the candidates. Tools such as posters, advertising space in newspapers and radio stations, endorsements and other self promotion marketing strategies are solely expensed by each team running in the election. Though at first funding one’s self entirely may come off as a rather discouraging trait for those who want to run for election, there are in fact many hidden positives behind what may seem like candidates losing a large chunk of their own money. The Miami Student Editorial Board feels that by candidates having to fund themselves, it ultimately results in seeing which candidate can tap into the most resources, who has the most dedication and what candidate is truly willing to push themselves to get their name out there without having major preempted backup. It takes more than printed T-shirts with a campaign slogan on it to win elections. Having a message and a platform that can be identified by every student doesn’t take $2,000 to do. With the amount of free marketing available within social media, a candidate if they choose to do so may not even have to spend a single dollar to reach different demographics of Miami students. Of course, some self-promotion tactics do require sufficient funding. However, that is how it works in the real world of politics. Politicians and parties must tap into resources, groups, friends and family in order to fund their political platform. It should be no different for student elections in order to gain that experience. Going to alumni, asking affiliated Greek organizations and reaching out to family

members is a first step towards the norm in Washington, D.C. It does get difficult when it comes down to a rather well-off student candidate versus one less fortunate financially. But this is where the candidate should try to overcome this disadvantage. Student government should not be a walk in the park, it should be challenging and at the same time push students to make new connections and to spend the necessary time making an effort to fundraise. As mentioned before with social media as a marketing tool, there are other areas to focus on instead of spending money campaigning. Going to places where a majority of students are such as King Library or Shriver and simply setting up a table and talking with students is one of the best ways to not only get your platform’s message across, but also gives candidates a chance to make connections with students, for free. If Miami decided to fund candidates, what would happen if a candidate decided to drop out of the race before the general election, just as we saw happen in this election? That money would be thrown away, and end up turning into what seems like a messy situation for both the candidate and Miami to figure out. Knowing that in order to succeed in student elections a candidate must dabble in self-funding, may only attract those who are truly committed, and waver off those who are simply attracted to having fundraising money thrown at them to do whatever they want with. When it comes down to it, a candidate who makes an honest connection with a student about something that matters to them has a better chance of succeeding than one who simply passes out “vote for me” buttons and silk screened campaign Tshirts to strangers. To a point, money matters when it comes to student elections, but at the end of the day it is about what the candidates message and platform is, and how they plan to carry it out if elected.

Rule of Thumb Smoothie comeback MU StrEATS brings our favorite fruity treats back to campus. p. 2

Community service There’s no better way to get involved in our community. p. 2

Easter candy coma When you realize you’ve eaten at least two Easter baskets worth of Reese’s Eggs..



Two former student body presidents endorse the McGuire, Kwarteng ticket for 2013 election Student Body Elections season is one of our favorite times of the year at Miami University. During the month or so that students are campaigning to represent the student voice in the Miami community, the student body as a whole has a heightened awareness of the issues that our alma mater faces and, more importantly, the talented group of young men and women that have fresh ideas to navigate them. This year, we are excited to announce our joint endorsement of Forrest McGuire and Lot Kwarteng for the next Student Body President and Vice President of Miami.  Due to their seasoned experience as student leaders and advocates of students to the Miami administration, their thoughtful platform, and their palpable passion for Miami, we are confident that this team has the ability to achieve both longterm Associated Student Government goals, as well as some new agenda items of their own. Having been in a leadership role since his first semester at Miami, Forrest has had ample opportunity to develop and leverage his strengths and fine-tune his leadership style.  One of the first things people notice about Forrest is his ability to generate consensus and inspire a shared vision among groups, and the service that he has provided to the many

organizations that he has been involved with have helped him grow to be a natural leader in the Miami community. Furthermore, McGuire’s tenure as Chief of Staff of ASG has provided him with the opportunity to work closely with current Student Body President John Stefanksi, which ensures a smooth transition into the role of Student Body President and uniquely positions him to tackle issues and pursue initiatives on day one of his tenure.  As a Student Trustee, Lot has sought and seized the opportunity to intimately understand the details of the issues facing the university and has been the mouthpiece of the Student Body to the Board of Trustees.  The institutional knowledge that he has accumulated, the important community relationships that he has built, and the professionalism that he has practiced have prepared him to continue to represent the student body as Student Body Vice President. Aside from their leadership experience and credibility with the administration and faculty, Forrest and Lot have built out a platform that moves initiatives that have been championed by past ASG administrations forward while incorporating their own unique goals.  Medical Amnesty, an issue that has been pushed by ASG for the

past two years, is championed by this ticket, McGuire is a co-author of the bill supporting Medical Amnesty at Miami. They are pushing for an Armstrong Student Center that is completely student-centered a position that highlights their commitment to empowering students, as well as their sophistication with university issues.  They also have taken vocal stances on social issues that have typically been left out of the spotlight in addition to fiscal responsibility policies that demonstrate their commitment to being stewards of student dollars.  Regardless of the outcome, we are excited and impressed by all four tickets this year.  Dedicating the time, thought, and effort to share one’s ideas on how to make Miami the best community it can be is no easy task, and we applaud each candidate running for a position.  We hope that each of hopeful continues his or her commitment to the advancement of Miami, and wish all students health, happiness, and academic success as we look forward to a new academic year. Nicholas Huber Student Body President Class of 2012                                                   Heath Ingram Student Body President            Class of 2011 

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Tax reform policy, a crucial issue that shouldn’t be flying under politicians’ radars The political actors of Washington, D.C. and the press that write about them have a difficult time walking and chewing gum at the same time. That’s why this week the city and corANDREW responding GEISLER press reports were ablaze with talk of gay marriage before the Supreme Court, with a little bit of immigration and gun talk on the Hill mixed in for good measure. And while these three issues may be interesting and important to many, the issue that’s flying far under the radar, but affects us all, is tax reform. Quietly, but not secretly, tucked away on floor one of the Longworth House Office Building, House Ways and Means chairman Dave

Camp of Michigan has convened working groups of staffers who are taking on the grueling task of rewriting our nation’s bloated and complicated tax code. Now clearly, guns and immigration are much more pressing, high profile legislative issues at the moment, so the media should be writing about them. Plus, both issues are easier to understand and easier to write about. The Gang of Eight in the Senate looks ready to release an overhaul of our nation’s immigration system and the post-Newtown gun debate still has yet to completely exit our body politic. But that’s good news for tax reform, which is the most complicated political issue Congress faces. It can go through its difficult first drafts without much media coverage, and while the firestorm will erupt at some point, immigration and guns are providing muchneeded attention cover to this contentious issue for now.

The goal of tax reform is to simplify a complicated tax code and find ways to make the system fairer for all. The problem is, like every utopian goal our central government sets for itself, every person’s concept of a fairer and simpler tax code is different. Each and every loophole enters the tax code for a reason, good or bad, and there’s always someone willing to fight to keep it, whether that’s a member of Congress, a staffer or corporate tax lobbyist. But the basic framework, like the tax code rewrite in 1986 did, is to lower rates for individuals and corporations, but get rid of loopholes—the next step is where the left and right diverge. Republicans will insist the bill not increase the tax burden on the American people or be “revenue neutral” in politician-speak. Democrats see a tax code rewrite as an opportunity to raise more revenue from corporations and top earners stripping

them of many of their loopholes, but not doing the corresponding lowering of rates. The rewrite will be a tough task, but not an impossible one. In fact, during President Reagan’s second

Whether that spirit of bipartisanship can be replicated during the highly polarized President Obama years remains to be seen, but a tax code simplification is a wonderful legacy item for a President deeply

The goal of tax reform is to simplify a complicated tax code, and find ways to make the system fairer for all.

term, Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III and his deputy Richard Darman worked closely with a Democrat controlled House and Republican Senate to do the seemingly impossible, taking our top tax rate down from 50 percent to 28 percent and eliminating $30 billion each year in loopholes.

interested in history and his place in it. It also has the benefit of being the right thing to do. America deserves a tax code that can’t be so easily gamed by every rich person with a good tax lawyer. We deserve a tax code the average person can understand. Let’s hope our political leaders have the will to get it done.


Syria’s tragic situation has become much too comfortable for the rest of the world I was debating what to write about for this week’s column, only my second while being here in Washington. I wanted to write something funny; something about missing Mac & Joe’s fried mac & cheese bites and 90s SARAH nights with my Oxford SHEW friends. I couldn’t bring myself to do that though, not after checking the news. Last week, 15 students died in mortar blasts at Damascus University, according to BBC. These were people just like us; they had majors, families and expectations of a long life ahead of them. They probably went out with their friends and complained about exams or bad professors just like we do. The only difference between them and us is that we go to school in an idyllic little town, and they went to school in the great stronghold of the Assad regime, one of the most war-torn areas of the world right now. In the numbers game of Syrian civil war victims, 15 people are sadly

only a tiny drop in a large bloodstain on the hands of the rebels and the regime. But they make the story more potent, more relatable. An estimated 70,000 people have died in the conflict since its beginnings in 2011, according to U.N. human rights officials, and these people are more than just numbers. They’re brothers, moms, friends, husbands and their story is becoming a stale one. It seems that every day when I check the headlines, one on the Middle East section of the

they apply to the broader topic of world peace processes. In his Easter address, the Pope called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria. President Obama mentioned it on his trip to the Middle East a few weeks ago. But still, people, like these fifteen students, are dying with the end to the conflict not in sight. For politicians, it’s a catch-22. They agree that the Assad regime is on borrowed time, and that the human rights violations must end, but no one can figure out how to get

I feel like it’s completely absurd that I’m sitting here, in my comfortable desk with my comfortable life, postulating on the world while people just like me are dying.

webpage tallies the most recent victims in yet another violent day in Syria. But these stories are no longer on the front page, or even at the top of the section. They’re not covered frequently or for long periods of time on television broadcasts. They’re mentioned as token issues now and again by world leaders in speeches, when

involved without a huge burden on their own country. For the media, it is old news, and old news isn’t news that makes money or gains an audience. It’s a sad story, a perpetual violent, repetitive narrative uninteresting to the American public, particularly with our economic issues at home and interest in being removed from

all Middle Eastern conflicts. I recognize that it’s a tired issue; everyone’s tired of hearing about it and that politicians are tired of talking about it. As tired as we are, think of the Syrians. Think of how exhausted they must be. Their homes, businesses and families have been destroyed. Their country has turned its back on them. Their rebel forces are unorganized, sometimes violent and incapable of protecting them. Their makeshift lives are in small camps in now overcrowded areas of Jordan and Lebanon. All we want is for the issue to go away. All they want is to go home, to get back to their jobs and lives with as much normalcy as they can muster. I watch the news every morning here and listen to the short daily sound bite on Syria as I’m making my coffee and getting ready for work. At my internship with Al Arabiya, I lament with my coworkers the plight of the Syrian people, and the consequences of the conflict on neighboring populations, in between other topics like our favorite restaurants and how our families are doing. Each time the issue is brought up, I feel uncomfortable. I feel like it’s completely absurd that I’m sitting here, in my comfortable desk with my comfortable life, postulating on

the world while people just like me are dying. I think this discomfort is actually a good thing. Neither the media nor the world politicians should let the tragedy of Syria fade from the political conscience. Both should be doing their jobs to educate, to make people uncomfortable about the state of the world and the issues facing people just like us. Because until we are uncomfortable enough about the fact that we wander the campus of a great university while across the world, students die trying to receive their education, we will be a population complacent, not encouraging our leaders to act. I’m not advocating for military involvement in Syria. I don’t know what the answers are for American policy in that country. I just think we should all be incredibly uncomfortable about what’s happening there, and not shy away from this discomfort. The situation is ugly and exhausting to follow, but if you think it’s sad to listen to, think about how sad it is to live through. I’m tired of writing about Syria, but I’m writing this, and I’m going to keep writing about it until the stories of those people, those students, don’t make me uncomfortable. The Syrian people and I are still waiting.



Alumnus believes in “Empower Miami” campaign Former opponents give support Every spring, the Miami University student body partakes in an exercise of maturity and intelligence as it critically examines its candidates for student body president and vice president. The candidates themselves set examples for others to follow as they lay out policy proposals, debate one another and engage the student body. Having known candidates from both tickets in the upcoming run-off election for years, I must say that I am proud to see their growth from freshman year onward and the class with which they have campaigned to this point. This year, I proudly and confidently endorse Charlie Schreiber and Courtney Bernard of the Empower Miami ticket for president and vice president of the Miami student body. The Schreiber/Bernard platform proposes addresses real student needs and offers a path for continuous improvement of the university. Furthermore, these two individuals possess the necessary drive to enact positive change for Miami. After examining the platforms of both tickets, it is clear that Schreiber/Bernard and McGuire/ Kwarteng both have “soft” goals for Miami (e.g., improving the student culture). With that stated, the Schreiber/Bernard ticket successfully has deconstructed the lofty goals we all have for Miami into actionable, “hard” goals that can be implemented during their term. Centralizing and simplifying academic advising,

improving the door-to-door system, offering a women’s-only hour at the rec, supporting Medical Amnesty (which has been pushed and approved by ASG for years and requires action on the part of the university administration at this point), and laying out the foundation for a greener, environmentallyconscious campus, are just some of the actionable planks of the Schreiber/Bernard platform. The thoroughness with which Schreiber/Bernard have examined student needs in order to develop these pragmatic solutions is indicative to me that they will bring the necessary analysis and voice to the larger issues. These issues – these “soft” goals – require cooperation between the student body leadership and the university administration. I understand the biggest critique that some have of the Schreiber/ Bernard ticket is the lack of experience within ASG, and I can understand the initial hesitation that some may feel. Having been a member of ASG, though, I can say that previous involvement is not a prerequisite for enacting change within ASG. Schreiber/Bernard have excellent records of leadership in their existing activities, they have demonstrated a willingness to listen and respond to student concerns and, most importantly, they can offer a fresh outlook to the functionality of ASG and its relationship with the students it represents. Oftentimes,

long-established, comfortable organizations can benefit from a fresh eye to identify issues and offer solutions. Schreiber/Bernard’s performance to this point shows that these two do not view running for president and vice president as something they are “supposed’ to do; rather, they have lived as Miami students, shared experience with each of you and seek to better the university by serving you. In this election – as in all elections – the voters must make the ultimate decision about who will empower their voices, their concerns and their ideas. They must decide who has the right blend of idealism and pragmatism, boldness and cooperation, and identification with the student body as well as with the university administration. Regardless of the outcome, I will still visit Miami, make stops at Bagel & Deli, cheer for Miami hockey and – most importantly – be proud of my Alma Mater. Nonetheless… I hope you share my enthusiasm for Charlie Schreiber, Courtney Bernard and their ideas to Empower Miami when you vote this Wednesday and Thursday. Ian Ferrell Chief Justice of the Student Court Class of 2012



Author Ken Blanchard wrote, “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.” This is a spirit that Charlie Schreiber and Courtney Bernard embody fully and their shared vision for Miami University is one that all students ought to embrace. From the onset of the election cycle, we have been tremendously impressed with the clear, guiding vision that Charlie and Courtney have to help “Empower Miami” students. It is this vision that guides their candidacy and will form the backbone of a tremendous administration. Their four S’s, Scholarship, Social, Safety and Sustainability, touch on the most pressing issues facing student government and the largest opportunities for growth. It is this vision, this focus on the substantive issues of student government that serves as the basis of our support for Charlie and Courtney. Yet, this does not provide the full picture of the leaders Charlie and Courtney will be for our university. They are highly intelligent, motivated and results

oriented. These traits will make them effective within the context of student government. What sets them apart is their personalities. Even when people aren’t looking, Charlie and Courtney exhibit integrity, humility and a willingness to change and adapt that are truly rare. Obviously, we ran in the Associated Student Government (ASG) elections to bring new ideas to the table and new leadership. Now that our electoral journey has come to an end, we know that ideas and spirit of the campaign we brought will be carried forward by Charlie and Courtney. They are the best embodiment of our shared hope for a fresh, responsive ASG. Their efforts to “Empower Miami” will truly make “ASG the Way it Should Be.” Swartz and Nixon ran for ASG President and Vice President against Schreiber and Bernard.




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near the halfway mark of the game. The Huskies scored twice, though, and once in the third period on an empty net with less than a second left, ending the RedHawks’ season with a 4-1 loss. Coleman and senior captain Steven Spinell were named to the AllMidwest Regional Team. McKay managed 18 saves on 21 shots. Though the season didn’t end the way Miami may have wanted, Blasi reminded members of the media that his team had more


FROM PAGE 10 tandem of juniors Christiana Raymond and Ramona Costea finished the sweep with an 8-6 victory over junior Marta Stoyanova and sophomore Laura Fernandez. The Red and White made quick work of Buffalo, as they would take five of the six matches in singles. To start, Raymond would drop Fernandez 6-1, 6-0 and Costea defeated Stoyanova 6-2, 6-1. Thurman would clinch the match for the ’Hawks as she earned a 6-2, 6-2 win against Markovic. Mohan and Guerrazzi would pick up the last two wins for the RedHawks as they triumphed 6-4, 6-2 and 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) over Podlas and Candanoza, respectively. To round out the match, Rajkovic fell to Kapoor 4-6, 5-7 in a hard fought match. Against Akron in doubles, Guerrazzi and Rajkovic were defeated 1-8 by seniors Angelina Jogasuria and Prang Pantusart. The RedHawks would rebound, however, as the duos of Mohan and Thurman along with Raymond and Costea earned 8-2 and 8-4 victories over freshman Madison Cohen and senior Angelika Jogasuria and junior Ksenia Berestetska and senior Olga Shkundina, respectively, to pick up the doubles point in consecutive matches for the


was a good win.” Sophomore outfielder Matt Honchel and senior catcher Nate Bowles each recorded two hits and a run in the outing. Honchel leads the team with 35 hits and 24 runs so far this season. Honchel was named


than its share of success this year, including the last ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association Regular Season Championship. “I’m extremely proud of them, and they’ve done a heck of a job,” Blasi said. “We have a statement in our locker room, ‘you leave the program better than you found it,’ and guess what? They left the program better than they found it. I’m extremely proud of this group.” With the season over, the RedHawks will prepare to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in its inaugural season next fall. second time this season. Miami continued to roll in singles as Mohan, Guerrazzi and Costea each picked up wins in two sets to take the match, defeating Shkundina 6-0, 6-4, Angelika Jogasuria 6-2, 6-2, and Cohen 6-4, 6-2, respectively. Thurman and Raymond earned the final points of the match for the ’Hawks after downing Angelina Jogasuria and Pantusart 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) and 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8), respectively. Rajkovic was close to finishing the sweep once again but ultimately fell in three sets to Berestetska 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 1-0 (10-5). “Getting the doubles point in both matches helped us to gain the momentum for singles,” Guerrazzi said. “Especially against Akron, which in the past have been a rival for us, winning the doubles point was a huge confidence boost. Although after winning the doubles point it can be easy to relax in singles, we instead all went out there with the willingness to fight. I am excited for our matches next weekend. I would like to bring out that fighting mentality for the rest of the season and as we head into our last home matches.” The RedHawks will wrap up the home portion of their regular season schedule when they host Eastern Michigan University 1 p.m. Friday and the University of Toledo 1 p.m. Saturday. MAC East Player of the Week for his performance over the weekend. Miami moved over the .500 mark for the first time this year with the win, as they prepare to enter MAC East play against Akron this weekend, but first, they will have to take on Ohio State University. The game is slated for a 6:35 p.m. start in Columbus Wednesday.

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Imagine for a moment that you are the head coach of a college basketball team. You have a team that competes and sits in the upper portion of the standings in its conference. Your team is led by two outstanding seniors, one point guard and one forward. These two players are without a doubt the best two players on your team. Now imagine those two seniors playing their last game and graduating. Where do you go now? That is likely the question Miami University women’s basketball Head Coach Maria Fantanarosa is asking herself. Senior point guard Courtney Osborn and senior forward Kirsten Olowinski played their final game as RedHawks in a first round Women’s National Invitational game March 21, and they will undoubtedly be missed. The two seniors accounted for nearly 47 percent of the RedHawks’ points this year. Osborn averaged 19.1 points per game and Olowinski averaged a doubledouble with 12.1 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game. No other RedHawk averaged double figures in points. So the question remains; how will this dynamic duo be replaced? Most of the pressure will likely fall into two sets of identical hands. Junior guard Hannah Robertson and her twin, also a junior guard, Haley Robertson will likely have to become what Osborn was for the ’Hawks. The twins contributed significant time for the Red and White last season, as Hannah started in 25 of the 27 games she played in and Haley started all but two of the RedHawks 32 games. Hannah Robertson has proven

the ability to score as she led the ’Hawks in scoring twice last season. Two out of 32 games may not seem like much, but Osborn was the leader in 22 games, and Olowinski led the RedHawks in six games. Hannah Robertson was the only player other than the dynamic duo that led the RedHawks in scoring more than once. I believe the Robertson twins will have to be the main replacement for Osborn, but the replacement or replacements for Olowinski still remains a question. Assuming another post player will average a double-double and become the career leader in rebounds and double-doubles is unrealistic to say the least. I think, like replacing Osborn, this too will be by committee. The committee will likely consist of junior forwards Erica Almady and Kelsey Simon. Almady and Simon did not have particularly astonishing numbers this season, but when Olowinski needed a rest they stepped in and gave what Fantanarosa likes to call, “quality minutes.” This does not necessarily mean that they put up huge numbers like Olowinski did; this means that they contributed in other ways and were hard workers. Olowinski led the ’Hawks in rebounding in all but three of the RedHawks 32 games, snatching 336 rebounds last season. That is 142 more than Almady and Simon combined. Granted, Almady and Simon played fewer minutes than Olowinski, but I’m just throwing out statistics to help answer the question I keep asking myself: Who will replace the dynamic duo? I guess I will just have to wait and see like everyone else.



Brotherhood’s Frozen Four run falls just short BY JOE GIERINGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

It was win or go home in the NCAA Midwest Regional finals this weekend in Toledo, Ohio, and the No. 2 seed Miami University men’s ice hockey team did the latter. After a 4-0 rout of Minnesota State University Saturday night, the RedHawks couldn’t find a way past fourth-seeded St. Cloud State University, who beat the Red and White 4-1 to advance to the Frozen Four. “Coach Motzko did a great job of preparing his guys, and they did a great job,” Miami Head Coach Enrico Blasi said. They took over in the second period and we just didn’t have an answer for it … in the end, they were just up for the task, and they deserve to be where they are.” The No. 5 RedHawks, who finished the year 25-12-5, qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight year. They took the ice at the Huntington Center

Saturday night against an opponent that had not been shut out all year, but Miami did just that to the redhot Mavericks, topping them 4-0. Senior forward Curtis McKenzie opened the scoring for the ’Hawks, capitalizing on one-touch passes from freshman and sophomore linemates Riley Barber and Austin Czarnik during a 3-on-1 rush with 8:56 left in the second period. Senior forward Marc Hagel and sophomore forward Cody Murphy each grabbed a goal in the third period, and junior forward Max Cook finished with an empty net shot to finish off Minnesota State 4-0. Freshman goaltender Ryan McKay recorded 20 saves in his fourth shutout of the year, and the first NCAA Tournament shutout in Miami history. The RedHawks also recorded 28 blocked shots in the victory. “It’s pretty nice to get a win in the tournament again,” McKenzie said. “I thought [Steven] Spinell and Joe [Hartman] have done a good job

trying to lead the team. I think everyone else did a great job as well. We have a lot of young guys in our lineup and a lot of energy going on, so I think we held our emotions pretty well and it’s great to get that first win.” Sunday’s game saw a much quicker start for Miami, as they outplayed St. Cloud State for the majority of the first frame. Even though the RedHawks outshot the Huskies 9-6, freshman forward Joey Benik of St. Cloud ripped a wrist shot past the blocker of McKay to put his team up 1-0 just five minutes into the contest. Miami responded by hitting two pipes in a 20-second span, but could not get the puck past sophomore goaltender Ryan Faragher. The second period contained more of the same for the Brotherhood, though Coleman did find the back of the net on a powerplay



’Hawks handle Bulls and Zips at home BY JORDAN RINARD STAFF WRITER

The Miami University women’s tennis team avenged its loss to Ball State University last weekend and put itself back in the thick of things in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) standings as it earned 6-1 wins over the University at Buffalo and the University of Akron. The RedHawks (6-12, 2-1 MAC) won back-to-back matches for the first time all season and ended a sixmatch skid. They also handed Buffalo (10-1, 1-1 MAC) its first defeat

of the season, got a win over Akron (14-7, 2-1 MAC) for the 21st consecutive time in the regular season and rectified a 3-4 loss to the Zips in the finals of the 2012 MAC Tournament. “We’re very proud of the girls this weekend,” assistant coach Ricardo Rosas said. “We faced tough opponents in Buffalo and Akron and we trusted our game plan. We brought our passion, hunger, and desire to compete this weekend, which is something we have to do in every single match in this conference.” Miami started off the match against

the Bulls by sweeping the doubles matches for the second time this season. The team of junior Nimisha Mohan and sophomore Alix Thurman downed junior Anamaria Candanoza and freshman Gopika Kapoor 8-1, while sophomore Christine Guerrazzi and freshman Ana Rajkovic got the 8-4 win over juniors Miranda Podlas and Tanvi Shah to earn the doubles point, which snapped a sixmatch streak of losing the point. The




Miami continues strong MAC start, take two of three from Rockets BY JOE GIERINGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER


Miami University senior catcher Nate Bowles waits for an incoming pitch in a recent home game against Eastern Michigan University.

After suffering its first MidAmerican Conference (MAC) loss of the season, the Miami University baseball team regrouped and took the three game series from the University of Toledo two games to one. The RedHawks (12-11, 5-1 MAC) got off to a sloppy start on Friday, as the Rockets (10-12, 3-3 MAC) employed timely hitting to bust the game wide open in the middle innings, scoring seven runs between the fifth and the seventh in the process. Senior right-handed pitcher Brooks Fiala (3-3) suffered his third loss of the season and saw his shutout streak end at 28.1 innings. He allowed six hits and nine runs, six earned in the contest, which ended in a 10-2 loss for the Red and White “We got off to a bad start, and that first day we didn’t play great,” Head Coach Dan Simonds said of his

team’s performance. “[Fiala] threw better than his numbers indicate, and we just didn’t play that great defensively, didn’t swing the bats all that well, and we couldn’t really stop the bleeding in that game. It’s unfortunate, but what I liked is the way we … took a punch on Friday and bounced back.” The RedHawks bounced back, as they drove in seven runs in the first two innings alone en route to a 13-4 trouncing of Toledo. Among the highlights of the afternoon was senior first baseman Kevin Bower’s 4-for-6 effort, including three runs and two RBIs. Junior catcher John Crummy also did well at the plate, getting on base three of his five at bats as a designated hitter. Crummy scored twice and helped to drive one run in. Senior right-hander Mac Thoreson (2-3) earned the win on the mound. “We ran the bases well, we executed well, and played much

better defensively, and Mac Thoreson stepped up on the mound for us,” Simonds said, referring to his team’s encore effort. “He did a real good job of throwing strikes, changing speeds and being effective.” Good pitching continued in Sunday’s deciding contest, in which sophomore right-hander Nathan Williams achieved his first career complete game in the 4-1 win. Allowing just four hits and three walks, Williams (3-1) managed the game well and fanned three batters after his team capitalized on three Toledo first-inning errors to go up 4-0 early on. “A lot of it has to do with the defense behind me,” Williams said. “Everyone made plays and turned a lot of double plays when we got the ground balls we needed to. But I felt good, got good run support, and it



RedHawks solid performance takes second in Cincinnati meet


The Miami University men’s and women’s track and field teams did not have to travel very far for the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Both teams finished the twoday meet with a second place finish. Women’s Head Coach Kelly Phillips was not worried about the scores as the RedHawks finished with 146.5 points. First place and host, the University of Cincinnati, scored 216.5 points. “I am satisfied with the performance, we didn’t look at scoring,” Phillips said. “We didn’t go into it looking to win, all that matters is our confidence level.”

The RedHawks were led by numerous athletes Friday and Saturday, including a second place finish in the heptathlon by redshirt junior Ashley Zaper. Some other top performances for the Red and White included first place finishes by sophomore Anna Lamb in the 5000 meter race, senior Layne Baggett in the 100 meter hurdles and redshirt senior Diona Graves in the 100 meter race. “Graves ran very, very fast in the 100,” Phillips said. “The [400 meter relay] also did a nice job.” The ’Hawks 4x4 team of freshman Kala Allen, senior Katie Scannell, freshman Kathie Wollney and anchor sophomore Charlotte Myers finished first in the field of competition. “Scannell and Myers did especially great,” Phillips said.

The ’Hawks 100 meter relay finished second place after being disqualified in their previous meet for dropping the baton. The RedHawks relay time was 46.02. “A little more practice for the [100 meter relay] led to a good performance,” Phillips said. Phillips said she believes the ‘Hawks will improve as they continue through the season. “We need to get more into competition and keep competing and improving,” Phillips said. The men’s track and field team also finished second place and Head Coach Warren Mandrell said he was satisfied with the way the ’Hawks performed. “Well, who wouldn’t be satisfied with a second place finish?” Mandrell said. “We thought that

Cincinnati would be our top competition but Southeastern Missouri [State University] was great. It was a pretty close meet and our guys performed well.” The RedHawks of Miami finished with 189 points, but fell to the RedHawks of Southeastern Missouri who had 196 points. The Red and White had a good week of practice and it paid off with a first place finish in the 400 meter relay. The team of juniors Robert Balzano and Jahquil Hargrove, sophomore Skyler Coburn and freshman Adam Bodrick finished first with a time of 3:17.09. “We’ve had a clear track this week for practice, with the exception of Monday, and last Saturday’s meet [Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational] was a good practice for us,”

Mandrell said. “It was nice to get out and compete in the nice weather.” The ’Hawks had two other first place finishers Saturday as senior Jarrod Eick won the 5000 meter race with a time of 14:35.27, finishing nearly seven seconds in front of the rest of the field. Freshman Peter Stefanski finished first in the high jump, jumping 2.08 meters. The RedHawks had six second place finishers, and eight third place finishers and Mandrell said he believes there is room for improvement. “We want to start getting first and second place finishes instead of second place and third place finishes,” Mandrell said. “The great thing about our sport is that we can measure our performance every week.”

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