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VOLUME 139 NO. 54
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
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TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1970, The Miami Student reported approximately 150 students stormed Rowan Hall, home of the Naval ROTC building, protesting the program and racial tensions on campus. The Student reported police, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, were called to disperse the crowd, using Mace and police dogs. Later, The Student reported about 3,000 students protested the Miami University administration in front of Roudebush Hall.
Health Services lowers STI testing cost By JM Rieger News Editor
A blood and urine test. This was all that was required for Miami University’s first-ever “Get Yourself Tested” (GYT) day 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Health Services (SHS) building. The event, sponsored by SHS, offered students non-invasive asymptomatic screening for $55, meaning only urine and blood tests would be used. SHS Nurse Practitioner Amanda LaManna got the idea for the event through MTV’s “It’s Your (Sex) Life” campaign, which began in 1997 through a partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation and MTV. “I just had the idea one day that it would be really great as an outreach event to have this GYT event and promote it across campus and break down some barriers about testing,” LaManna said. “There’s a need for it. Miami isn’t really protected from infections.” MTV allows health centers to customize the events for their campus through free materials available on their website, according to LaManna. Every year 19 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur in the United States, more than the diagnosis for cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. However, most STIs go
undiagnosed every year, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Gail Walenga, assistant vice president for SHS, said LaManna championed and helped organize the event. “This is part of the fun, if you will, of working in a college health environment: you get to do things that are different than working in regular health care,” Walenga said. “When we first talked about it, I knew that if we were going to offer the testing, we had to make the cost reasonable.” The reduced screening price could be paid in cash, with a credit card or through students’ Bursar, where it would be listed as a miscellaneous charge, according to LaManna. “If you pay out of pocket for the visit and all of the tests it can add up to over $150,” LaManna said. “We take for granted how much insurance covers that for us. So we decided to offer something at a discounted rate so that students who were most concerned about confidentiality between them and their parents or them and their insurance companies could have something that was appropriate for them.” LaManna said SHS absorbed the cost of office visits for the event. According to Walenga, SHS lost money on each visit, but the lost revenue will not significantly impact SHS and will be made up in other ways.
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“I thought it was important enough to offer the service,” Walenga said. “If you are sexually active, it pays to get tested. You never know where your partner has been, and you want to be sure that you’re not infecting someone else.” Junior Jake Westfall agreed. “It’s really great the cost was that much cheaper than the [original estimate],” Westfall said. “Getting tested [for STIs] is very important. Hopefully [this event] improves people’s awareness of what they have and what they’ve encountered.” Walenga said 15 students were tested Wednesday. “We had hoped for a number around 30, but I’m happy we had 15,” Walenga said. “These programs take time to build. It takes word-of-mouth to get those messages out.” SHS targeted a variety of groups for the event, including residence life, Spectrum and Greek life. LaManna said this was an important event because of the recent trends on campus. According to LaManna, 4-5 percent of all Chlamydia tests performed in 2009 came back positive, making it the most prevalent STI at Miami. “We thought a testing campaign would be helpful, particularly because there are a lot of infections that don’t have symptoms,”
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Alfred Joseph, 56, associate professor of social work and family studies at Miami University, died April 1. William Gracie, retired professor of English who spoke at Joseph’s funeral, said Joseph was always focused on his students. “I think what always impressed me about him is that he was always thinking about them first,” Gracie said. “I never heard him talk about his scholarship or his interest in being promoted to full professor; it was always, ‘what can I do for students to open their minds to the variety of societies and cultures that are out there?’” Joseph’s goal, according to Gracie, was to create open-minded students. “That interest in putting students’ learning, students’ expansion and students’ understanding of the variety of cultures and races and populations that are out there that you never see in southwest Ohio, that’s the kind of guy he was,” Gracie said. According to Gracie, Joseph was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphocytes, while teaching at the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg. Gracie said Joseph was interested in giving his students new experiences while teaching in MUDEC. “He wanted to take his students
to England on a field trip to the east end of London so they would meet with social workers,” Gracie said. “They would in many ways experience a part of the world that most Miami students are unaware of and as a consequence I think those students’ lives were profoundly changed.” Both Gracie and Carla Pestana, professor of history, said Joseph’s funeral in Kumler Chapel was filled with faculty and other members of the Oxford community. According to Pestana, the Joseph family played an integral part in the Oxford community with each of the Joseph sons attending Talawanda [School District] schools and the family’s involvement in Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice. “The Kumler Chapel was full and there were people standing in the back,” Pestana said. “It was a very nice mix of faculty and a lot of people from the Oxford community. They’re a really wonderful family that a lot of people feel close to.” Gracie was impressed with the show of emotion at Joseph’s funeral. “There was more than one person weeping, which is always a tribute,” Gracie said. Pestana said Gracie gave a “beautiful speech about Alfred.”
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John Foster, Hulu senior vice president and Miami alum, discusses the development of Internet and entertainment with AIMS students.
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MEETING OF THE MINDS
President David Hodge joins TED Talks speaker Fabian Teeters Monday.
Businesses turn to unpaid internships By Kaitlin Schroeder
By Allison McGillivray
Internships are a rite of passage into certain fields of work, but as the economy continues to struggle, previously paid internship positions in other businesses are turning into unpaid positions. However, interns for for-profit businesses legally must be paid in most circumstances, according the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division’s website. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, interns at for-profits qualify as “employees” and must be paid minimum wage and overtime provisions unless the main purpose of the internship is for teaching the intern. Nick Cattin, director of career education for Miami University’s Farmer School of Business (FSB), said in most scenarios, Miami students working for for-profits should be getting a paycheck. “Most people in Career Services would say that for a for-profit industry, you really should get paid,” Cattin said. “Ideally would everybody pay? Yes definitely.” In New York, two unpaid interns are suing for pay in a highprofile case, but Cattin said until the court rules on the case, Miami students hoping to break into certain industries can expect to take unpaid internships. “This is going to be really decided by what the court rules in October,” Cattin said. “At this point, without the legal deciding factors, a student should ask ‘How will this benefit my education?’ Currently, as things stand, in some fields you have to have the experience.”
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the two unpaid interns have filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York against Fox Searchlight Pictures for their unpaid work done on the set of Black Swan and for all unpaid wages allegedly owed to all other Fox Searchlight interns since 2005. The Fair Labor Standards Act defines an intern can only legally be unpaid if the intern is not doing necessary work for the company. The unpaid intern must not be an employer’s budget solution for not being able to afford a paid staff member. The intern must also not be working unpaid because of a guarantee of a job at the end of the internship. According to the act, unpaid internships are supposed to be, “for the benefit of the intern” and, “similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.” Robin Parker, general counsel for Miami, said students are not legally required to get academic credit for an unpaid internship. She said employers will sometimes require students get credit for their internship or register it as an independent study in order to create proof the unpaid internship was for educational purposes. “But that’s the employer’s decision because they’re the ones who would have to demonstrate that their internship met the requirements of the law,” Parker said. Jeff Billiel, executive editor of the Sidney Daily News said his paper used to offer paid summer internships but now offers only
unpaid internships because of the company’s financial hardship. “When the economy went south we no longer had the resources,” Billiel said. “If I had my choice I would still offer paid internships, because it allows us to draw [interns] from a broader geographic range.” Billiel said his last two interns have been Miami students. Interns were given real world experience under the supervision of the staff and helped cover employee assignments when the regular staff members are on vacation, according to Billiel. “We need real reporters,” Billiel said. “We don’t bring people in for filing and making coffee.” This type of experience is needed to get a job in this competitive job market he said. While the paper cannot afford to pay, Billiel said they try to show their interns they appreciate them in other ways. “We try to include them,” he said. “We always offer to give them references when they are seeking jobs.” According to Cattin, unpaid internships can lead to great job offers but can create a disadvantage for poorer students. He said he knew a former Miami student who took out $12,000 in loans as an undergraduate to take an unpaid internship with Katie Couric. “When he graduated he literally had job offers from five different
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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
IT Services hires interim AITS director By Amanda Hancock Senior Staff Writer
Amidst ongoing changes in Miami University’s Information Technology (IT) Services, Micah Cooper was appointed interim senior director of academicinstitutionaltechnologysupport (AITS) April 3. Cooper’s appointment came with the departure of former Assistant Vice President for AITS Robert Howard. After seven years at Miami, Howard took a Chief Information Officer (CIO) position at Armstrong Atlantic State University in his hometown Savannah, Ga. “It all lined up from a personal standpoint, as well as the opportunity to get more experience professionally,” Howard said. Howard said IT Services’ changing climate due to a partnership with the consulting firm Accenture also played a small part into his decision. “We knew that a possible outcome [of Accenture] was that some positions would go away,” he said. “It
was a bonus for me that by leaving, it could maybe help someone else keep their job.” Typically with this vacancy, IT would conduct a national search to refill the position. Instead, they appointed Micah Cooper. “I’m excited for this new opportunity and for the next three months to ensure that we meet the needs of students, faculty and staff,” Cooper said. Senior Director of Strategic Communication Cathy McVey said the appointment coincided with an Accenture initiative focused on organizational redesign. “We figured we don’t want to fill Robert’s position and then turn around in a month and totally change the organization,” McVey said. “Micah was a natural fit and will handle most of the day-to-day responsibilities for the time being.” Typically, filling a position like Howard’s requires a national search, according to McVey. As McVey said, Cooper’s interim position is temporary. The fate of that
position as well as the fate of the organization’s entire structure is based on how Miami implements Accenture’s recommendations, McVey said. The organization’s design has been in flux since partnering with Accenture in Spring 2011 after the university decided to hire the firm to help meet the recommendations made by the Strategic Priorities Task Force (SPTF). Since then, IT Services has undergone an effort called Support Services Implementation Program (SSIP-IT), which is estimated to save the university between $1.5 million and $1.9 million annually. This annual savings dropped from the initial estimate of $3.7 million after the decision was made by President David Hodge and Provost Bobby Gempesaw to keep AITS separate from Central IT and Administrative IT. According to Alan Ferrenberg, associate vice president of Business and Infrastructure Services, this decision was a necessary trade-off since it looked at how AITS might
be negatively affected. Since AITS is comprised of many separate divisions, such as the College of Arts and Science and the Farmer School of Business, centralizing those unique areas would have caused too much academic disruption, Ferrenberg said. “The university doesn’t save as much money but we don’t endanger the academic mission,” Ferrenberg said. “In the grand scheme of things, the academic part is the most important and you can’t put that at risk.” Accenture’s consulting expertise came with a price tag of $3 million in order to help IT Services cut costs in the future, however upon reflection, Howard said he questions Accenture’s worth. “I think they went into the Accenture partnership looking for a lot of change and then when a lot of things were changing, I’m not sure Miami was prepared for it,” Howard said. “I don’t know if we got the full value out of it.” And although maintaining the
academic mission is a priority, Howard said staying focused on that among the redesign efforts could be challenging. “It’s always a stretch to keep in mind the academic process, but it’s a necessary struggle,” Howard said. Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Debra Allison is currently doing work with Accenture employees in organizational redesign particularly in looking at how positions could be organized more effectively. She said saving money is the priority, but they are also focusing on the core mission of Miami: academics. “Support for academic IT is crucial, but we have to be careful that there are no adverse impacts on academics,” Allison said. The result of this balancing act between academics and saving money will be determined when IT leaders propose Accenture’s recommendations at the Presidential Executive
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Miami undergrads show their stuff at research forum By Jenn Smola Campus Editor
Miami University students gathered in The Shriver Center Wednesday to show off their research at Miami’s 18 annual Undergraduate Research Forum. Hundreds of students presented at the forum, covering topics that included psychology, education, breast cancer and stem cells. According to Undergraduate Research Director and Assistant to the Associate Provost Martha Weber, there are nearly 2,000 students involved in undergraduate research at Miami. “They find different ways of getting involved in undergraduate research,” Weber said. According to Weber, there are different ways to get involved with research, such as Miami’s First Year Research Experience (FYRE) program, opportunities within the Honors Program, the Summer Scholars Program and the College of Arts and Science Dean’s Scholars Program. Through working on research projects with faculty advisors, Weber said students can gain a valuable learning experience. “The students are learning to become a researcher by working with a researcher,” Weber said. Chair of the Board of Trustees Donald Crain attended the forum and said it is one of his favorite Miami events to attend. “It’s very impressive,” Crain said. “It’s a wonderful way for
students to display their work and what they’ve learned in a competitive forum. It makes me feel really happy that we’re providing these opportunitiesandproducingthesekinds of results.” Senior psychology major Jennifer Lehman presented her research about the effects of different types of regret. Lehman said her experience with research is extremely valuable considering her major. “For psychology it’s very important for getting experience for grad school,” Lehman said. Senior geology major Mindy Homan said she got involved with research when some geology graduate students needed a field assistant and she volunteered. Homan said she’s been able to work out in the field in Utah during the summers and her research experience earned her an internship. “I got to learn what it means to be a geology major, what you do in the field,” Homan said. “I really think undergraduate research is something anyone should do. Honestly, you learn so much.” Senior Bryan Ross said his research experience started out as a résumé-builder, but said he later became very interested in research. Ross’ research dealt with testing ways to see how genes turn on in smooth muscle. Ross said his research has given him the chance to “contribute back to the science field.” “Being in a lab, I’ve become as close to an expert as I ever thought I would have been,” Ross said.
Miami University Associated Student Government’s (ASG) student senate approved three new cabinet members, president of executive cabinet, treasurer and secretary of on-campus affairs, at their meeting Tuesday. Student Body President-elect John Stefanski nominated junior Forrest McGuire for president of executive cabinet. “I couldn’t be more confident in nominating him to fulfill this position,” Stefanski said. Student senate approved McGuire through unanimous consent. McGuire has previously served in ASG as a senator. Sophomore Alex Busam was approved for treasurer by student senate. Busam ran against sophomore Nate Koska and junior Justin Hucke. Busam said he would like to increase communication with Campus Activities Council (CAC), simplify the funding process for student organizations and increase random audits
for student organizations from 50 to 100 audits. Busam also said he would like to set aside a portion of ASG’s funds to create a senator initiative fund so senators would have resources to research legislation. Student senate approved Senator Cole Tyman for ASG secretary for on-campus affairs. Tyman ran against current Secretary of On-Campus Affairs and Residence Hall Association President Jessica Easterly. Tyman said he would like to extend extracurricular outreach by bringing student organizations to first-year residence halls in addition to having mega fair, work on on-campus parking for off-campus students and increase repair response rates. Tyman also said he would like to create a program to encourage oncampus students who would like to live off-campus in the future to seek advice from off-campus students. Tyman said he would make a good secretary of on-campus affairs because he has the drive to meet with university officials about student problems. “I feel that expressing the concerns
of students is the most important role of this organization,” Tyman said. “That’s why I feel that eagerness, that willingness and that trait about myself to get to know people, would really help me in creating these new relationships that ASG might not have at the moment.” ASG also discussed a bill to support the creation of a new student judicial guidance program. This program would work with the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution (OESCR) to create and train guides who would offer advice and explain the judicial process to students who have been accused of violating the University Code of Conduct. Guides are not the same as Student Legal Services (SLS) lawyers, but may recommend that students contact an SLS lawyer. This bill also requires OESCR to advertise the program in the initial accusation notification email and in a follow-up email. According to Student Body President Nick Huber, ASG would also like to expand this program to apply to academic dishonesty cases. This bill will be discussed again at the next ASG meeting Tuesday.
Transfer and international students experience a different kind of first year By Mekenna Sandstrom
For the Miami Student
Every year students who transfer to Miami University from other institutions and countries have a whole different first-year experience. Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Science Sara Speh helps several students on a day-to-day basis with scheduling, degree information and other academic concerns. “Transfer students have an orientation separate from the first-year student’s orientation,” Speh said. “It’s around the same time, but they do not associate together.” Transfer students make an appointment with a transfer advisor in August to schedule for classes the following semester, according to Speh. They also discuss concerns the student may have in regards to their transfer credit and what they will study. “After the student has had the time to settle in here at Miami, we keep in contact with them to check how their experience has been so far and to tie loose ends on anything they are concerned with,” Speh said. Sophomore Kim Hill said her experience at Miami has been much better than the one she had at Ohio
University this past year. “I transferred here because I believe Miami has better academics and a great atmosphere for me,” Hill said. “It’s also closer to home and I thought transferring here was a better decision overall.” International students at Miami also have a unique experience. Jennifer Ward, international program coordinator and advisor at the International Education Office, explained how international students’ experience differs from a typical first-year or transfer student’s orientation. “After we bring them to Miami from the airport, the students are required to provide their legal documents and go to the health center for tuberculosis screening,” Ward said. International students are also able to socialize with other international students and are greeted by Miami’s “best” faculty speakers, according to Ward. Chinese first-year Fanyi Wang said his arrival to campus was very welcoming. “The environment is beautiful and the people are nice,” Wang said. “The staff was very helpful.” Academically, international students are given advisors to talk to about their studies. Before students begin their studies they must meet
English requirements. “[International students] are required to take a standardized test for their English ability,” Ward said. “If students do not meet the minimum score, they are required to take English classes on campus.” Although the typical first-year, transfer and international students are all new to Miami, they all are welcomed to the university in different ways, according to Ward. International students for example, arrive to campus a few weeks before the transfer and first-year students arrive to campus. At this time, international students live together in one residence hall before they move into their assigned residence hall for the rest of the school year. Transfer students schedule their classes later than first-year students, sometimes as late as August. All Miami students are provided counseling by the Student Health Center, but there is at least one Chinese-speaking counselor for international students, according to Ward. Tuition prices between transfer and first-year students are similar according to Miami University’s website. However international students pay $42,339 in tuition, more than in-state and out-of-state students.
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LaManna said. Rebecca Young, director of Student Wellness Programs (SWP), which co-sponsored the event, said
SWP’s education and awareness programs coincided with this event. “We know that people in the age group between 18 and 25 are at the highest risk for sexually transmitted infections and that alcohol consumption lowers the prevalence of
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condom use, so given the drinking rates on our campus and other college campuses, it’s really an important factor when looking at college student health,” Young said. LaManna said she hopes to hold this event at least once a semester and possibly once a month in the future. Walenga said she hopes to establish at least two GYT events per year during strategic times in the semester, such as after spring break. This would also give clinicians the opportunity to
“On a regular day anyone can come in and have an STI screen with symptoms or without symptoms and traditionally what happens is these tests are billed to your insurance,” LaManna said. However, Walenga said even visits billed to students’ insurance plans are listed simply as a visit to SHS. Students can learn more about GYT and STIs online at www.itsyoursexlife.com or at SHS website www.units.muohio.edu/saf/shs/.
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tell students visiting SHS about this event. “The real driver here was it was just a screening and it was a short visit,” Walenga said. “If someone thinks they have a sexually transmitted infection they typically get an exam at some level. If it’s a female they’ll get a pelvic exam, if it’s a male they’ll get a penile check.” Walenga said after every screening students are told the importance of using condoms and how to prevent transmitting STIs.
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Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) HPV is one of the most common STIs with 20 million people infected and 6.2 million new cases each year. Most people infected with HPV do not show symptoms. Even when HPV causes cervical cancer, symptoms do not appear until the cancer is advanced. HPV can be passed through anal, oral and vaginal sex and through skinto-skin contact. There is no way to cure HPV. Trichomoniasis Trichomoniasis is an infection of the genital area that has about 5 million new cases each year. There are often no symptoms but women may experience genital discomfort and men may have irritation in the penis. Trichomoniasis is spread through vaginal sex and can be treated with antibiotics. This STI can increase risk of getting HIV and can cause complications during pregnancy for women. Chlamydia Chlamydia is a bacterial infection of the genital areas that infects 1.2 million new people every year. There are often no symptoms but symptoms can include abnormal vaginal discharge, bleeding and painful urination for women. For men symptoms can include painful urination or itching around the penis. Chlamydia is spread through anal, oral and vaginal sex and can be passed from mother to child during childbirth. Contracting Chlamydia can lead to heightened risk of contracting other STIs. This STI can be cured through antibiotics.
Genital Herpes About 45 million people are already infected with herpes and about 1 million new cases occur every year. Herpes is a viral infection of the genital areas and, like the preceding STIs, usually has no symptoms. There are two types of herpes. Herpes 1 causes sores and blisters around the mouth. Herpes 2 causes genital sores or blisters. During the first outbreak, herpes can lead to flu-like symptoms. Herpes are spread through anal, oral and vaginal sex, through sexual skin-to-skin contact and more rarely through childbirth. There is no cure for herpes but there are medications to treat the symptoms and reduce the frequency of outbreaks. Gonorrhea Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection of the genital areas that infects about 650,000 new people every year. This STI is most commonly seen in women ages 15-19 and men ages 20-24. Gonorrhea often has no symptoms but when symptoms do occur they can take the shape of painful urination, vaginal bleeding and unusual discharge in women and painful urination, unusual discharge and swollen testicles in men. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) HIV is the virus that causes AIDS and infects about 56,000 new people each year with about 1.1 million cases already existing. Most people with HIV do not display any symptoms until their immune system has weakened. HIV usually takes about 10 years to develop into AIDS. HIV can be passed through anal, oral and vaginal sex and by sharing contaminated needles. There is no cure for HIV or AIDS.
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As most Miami University students know, the Oxford Walmart is a hot place to go and now students can make the trek out to the store twice a week on the Miami Metro. The route out to Walmart will run 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, according to Miami University Police Department Lt. Ben Spilman. The route, which started Wednesday, takes about 45 minutes to complete. “We really think it’s (the new route) going to meet the needs of people on campus,” Spilman said. The new route is a test and if it is well received, Spilman said Parking and Transportation services will make the route permanent fall 2012. Walmart
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The Miami University Metro will offer a Walmart stop twice per week. The route to Walmart will run 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays, according to Miami University Police Department Lt. Ben Spilman. The route, which started Wednesday, takes about 45 minutes to complete. “We really think [the new route] going to meet the needs of people on campus,” Spilman said. The new route is a test and if it is well received, Spilman said Parking and Transportation Services will make the route permanent fall 2012.
TJ Maxx examines store locations in Oxford By Rebecca Zemmelman
For The Miami Student
Oxford is known for being a small town with friendly local businesses but there are very few places in the city to shop for clothing, especially for men. According to Alan Kyger, Oxford economic development director, TJ Maxx is looking into opening a branch in Oxford. Kyger said TJ Maxx allowed their realtor, OnSite Retail Group, to search for potential locations for a store in Oxford. However, the location they are looking into cannot be released yet and the plans have not been set into stone, according to Kyger. Scott G. Saddlemire, licensed real estate agent in Ohio and Kentucky as well as a principal for OnSite Retail Group, confirmed TJ Maxx’s interest in Oxford, but said there is a line between interest versus actually coming. Close to seven years ago, OnSite looked into potential Oxford locations for Sears. OnSite has also set up two Fiesta Hair Salons one located in Tollgate Shopping Center by Kroger and one located uptown. OnSite represents between 42 and 43 retailer stores, according to Saddlemire. “OnSite functions much like a realtor to help individuals find homes,” Saddlemire said. “You give us a potential area and a price range and we help make a match. That is what we do with retailers. Whether it is buying land or negotiating leases for shopping centers.”
Saddlemire said Oxford is an interesting community and economy to work with. “It is a nine month market with a three month lull,” Saddlemire said. “Most national retailers only look at the population and income of the community. There is uncertainty with this, however. Are students filling out the censuses in their houses? Are they including student incomes? The best thing we can do is just to come up with a range.” Kyger said he believes TJ Maxx could be a positive asset to Oxford’s community. “Anything to keep people in town,” Kyger said. “When you have more selection, you have a better opportunity to capture sales.” According to Kyger, the initial feedback from residents is enthusiastic, but some retail stores around Oxford have been more hesitant in fear of losing business. Miami University junior Julia Byers said she thinks it would be convenient for TJ Maxx to have a location in Oxford but does not think it would be good for the economy or community. “Oxford thrives on the success of small businesses and a large corporation like TJ Maxx would be a large threat to locally owned stores such as Juniper and The Apple Tree,” Byers said. Byers said she believes she would still go into other communities such as Cincinnati if she wanted to go on a longer shopping trip, regardless of if TJ Maxx came to Oxford. There is no timeline for the decision at this point.
Activist Erin Brockovich to give lecture at university By Kaila Frisone
For The Miami Student
Erin Brockovich, environmental activist and subject of an Academy Award-winning film, will visit Miami University Monday. She will give a lecture 7:30 p.m. in Shriver Center Multi-Purpose Room on “Environmental Justice and Activism.” Brockovich is the subject of the award-winning movie Erin Brockovich, which came out in 2000 and starred Julia Roberts. The film is about the case Brockovich was able to construct against Pacific Gas and Electric Company as a legal clerk. She has played a key role in many other legal cases related to environmental issues.
Brockovich will also give a Leadership and Development Workshop through the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute in the afternoon. The workshop is open to the public and will be offered 2:30 p.m. in the Ogden Hall Great Room. This will be an opportunity to ask Brockovich questions and generate discussions on environmental issues. Student environmental group Green Oxford is bringing Brockovich to Miami. Ian Winner, Green Oxford president, said they are bringing Brockovich to raise environmental awareness. “Each and every one of us can play an important part in this larger environmental movement,”
City of Oxford attempts to acquire Amtrak stop to alleviate travel frustrations By Amelia Wester
For The Miami Student
Affordable transportation to and from Oxford can be a challenge for students. A train or bus stop in Oxford would be one affordable way to travel but according to Alan Kyger, economic development director for the city of Oxford, the nearest Amtrak stop is in Connersville, Ind., about 45 minutes to an hour outside of Oxford. In order to alleviate student’s transportation woes, the city has been trying to get Amtrak to move its Connersville stop to Oxford, according to Kyger. However, Kyger said this move would have positive and negative consequences for Oxford. Kyger said it would benefit the community because it would attract more tourists to Oxford. But he said he also believes the inconvenient times Amtrak tends to stop, 2 a.m. for example, would result in a loss of ridership.
Kyger said the lack of trans- friends. O’Neal said she has not portation has not always been the had any trouble getting home and case. Half a century ago, there was has friends who drive and are willa railroad stop in Oxford. Howev- ing to give her a ride. er, this passenger service was halt“The university already has ed in the 1940s or 1950s. Kyger is the bus [the charter bus service not exactly sure to Cleveland/ why this service Akron and Chiwas terminated; cago areas] and I believe there should be transport to airhowever, he a free shuttle to the said it was probport,” O’Neal nearest train or ably because at said. “As long some point the as they have bus station.” route ceased to Alex pettiford that, I think it’s be profitable. MIAMI FIRST-YEAR good enough.” Kyger said On the conthere was a time trary, first-year in Oxford’s hisAlex Pettiford tory when there was a bus stop in said he has had a hard time finding front of The Den, located on High transportation home to WashingStreet, which provided transporta- ton, D.C., even for breaks. He said tion out of the city. every time he wants to go home he Miami University students had has to pay someone to take him to mixed reactions to the lack of pub- Cincinnati and then get on a plane lic transportation in Oxford. or have his parents drive 10 hours First-year Erin O’Neal said she to pick him up. uses other ways to get home for “I believe there should be a breaks, including the charter bus free shuttle to the nearest train or service and getting rides from bus station,” Pettiford said.
Winner said. “We should all care about clean water and clean air for ourselves and future generations.” Chase Yeakley, Green Oxford vice president of communications, said the event started off as a dream and eventually became a reality. Yeakley said Brockovich’s expansive list of legal work for environmental causes is impressive and should be of interest to all Miami students. “In a way, it’s really a once-in-alifetime event,” Yeakley said. “You can hear the journey she has taken and how she is able to accomplish the things that she does.” Sophomore Kat Davies said she enjoyed the film and plans to attend the event. “It was really inspiring and I
would love to see what she is like in real life,” Davies said. According to Winner, it cost $20,000 to bring Brockovich to Miami. Green Oxford was able to receive funding through Associated Student Government’s “Unity Funding.” ASG offers Unity Funding if at least two student organizations registered with ASG to collaboratively plan an event. The event is also co-sponsored by Renew M.U., the National Association of Environmental Professionals, Student Diversity Fund, Special Events Fund, Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, Parents Fund, Department of Anthropology, Department of Architecture, Social Action Center and the School of Education, Health, and Society.
State park caters to canines By Lisa Reymann Community Editor
Hueston Woods State Park, north of Oxford, offers various year-round recreational activities to both students and city residents.And as of last summer, dogs can get in on the fun as well. The state park opened its own dog park in June last year that has been quite a hit since. Chad Smith, Hueston Woods’ naturalist supervisor, said the park has a total of three acres, ample shade trees and plenty of benches for owners while their canine friends frolic. According to Smith, the area used to house five captive white tailed deer. The park had them for education purposes before an unknown incident occurred where they all ingested something fatal and died. “A great deal of land had opened up, but we didn’t know how we wanted to use it,” Smith said. “Dog parks have been very successful at other state parks so we decided to follow suit.” Hueston Woods collaborated with the Oxford Dog Park when
plans were being developed, Smith said. The operators of the Oxford Dog Park provided key insight into what people look for and enjoy when using a dog park. Senior Justin Reash has been to the state park multiple times with his dog Wilson. “When I go, I usually see about three or four other people enjoying the area as well,” Reash said. “It’s awesome to go there because it’s much bigger than the Oxford Dog Park.” Smith said not only is Hueston Wood’s Dog Park well maintained, planting new grass as needed, but they also have several plans for future improvements and developments. “We would like to add agility equipment and have competitions sometime in the future,” Smith said. “As for plans for this year, we’re hoping to put in new water fountains and make fence improvements. Overall, we would just like to expand the opportunities for people and their dogs.” The Hueston Woods Dog Park is open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week all year.
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Council in June to decide what will be implemented. Although the future of IT services is uncertain, McVey said Cooperâ€™s position and several other IT positions would be eliminated. â€œI donâ€™t know where any of us will be in a few months,â€? McVey said. According to Howard, if these cuts are made AITS will see an impact. â€œItâ€™s absolutely going to be affected,â€? he said. According to Scott Campbell, director of technology at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the economic reality requires some change, but there are ways AITS can take advantage of them. â€œThere is a lot of potential coming out of the work with Accenture that will be helpful,â€? Campbell said.
Campbell also said he predicts negative effects. Campbell said cutting costs and positions would affect the academic side of the university. â€œIt means that there will be fewer people, less development work and fewer opportunities to try out new things,â€? he said. Since Cooper began his interim responsibilities, he said he came across several innovative ideas for AITS he will most likely never get to explore. â€œAcademic IT is the most exciting part of IT service and has the most potential to affect students,â€? Cooper said. Despite speculation about what the Presidential Executive Council will decide, Allison said one thing is certain. â€œWe have to stay focused on what our university mission is and how we can best support that through technologies,â€? Allison said.
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Texting and driving: safety, not conversation, comes first
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Students should get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, educate themselves Miami University, in partnership with Get Yourself Tested (GYT), hosted a day devoted to educating students on sexually transmitted infections (STI) Wednesday, which included offering reduced priced STI tests for students. From 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. students could go to Miami’s Student Health Services building and receive an STI test for $55, approximately $100 less than the normal price for an STI test. MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation with the Center for Disease Control and Planned Parenthood originally started the GYT initiative in 1997 to support young people in making responsible decisions about their sexual health. The editorial board of The Miami Student commends the university for addressing a growing need for more sex education. The board recommends the
university invest in more awareness in the future for students to benefit the most. There is a need to ensure more STI testing options for students since general knowledge about sex is lacking on Miami’s campus. Many students are unaware of the prevalence of STIs among the student body. Of students tested for Chlamydia at Miami, 4-5 percent test positive, an STI with approximately 1.2 million new cases each year. The board urges students to be proactive about getting tested on a somewhat regular basis. If we are responsible enough, mature enough and old enough to have sex, then we should also be smart enough to check for any potential dangers to our own health. While it is not realistic for Miami students to ask every partner about his or her sexual
history, if they always use a condom or if they have been tested recently, we owe it to ourselves and to others to take these protective steps. Yes, going to the health center or even McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital for an STI test may be embarrassing. But hooking up with a random person from the bar, walking home the next morning and later finding out you have Chlamydia or Syphilis is more embarrassing. Moreover, the board urges all students to take the time to get an STI test and to research STI symptoms. Even if you are in a monogamous relationship, or have had multiple sex partners, remember STI’s can occur in anyone and many have no symptoms. Because at the end of the day, there should be no lovin’ without the glovin.’
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It’s a cliché by now: don’t text and drive. If you think it’s not a problem, you’re kidding yourself. This isn’t an opinion statement and there’s no argument about it. Peer reviewed, scholarly research has shown that texting while driving diverts attention away from the road and significantly reduces reaction time, thus increasing the likely hood of an accident. The motivation for writing this article came on April 2 when I was attempting to cross the High Street crosswalk at Benton Hall. It was a busy time, there were students everywhere and traffic was stop and go. I stepped into the street, a white SmartCar did not stop for me and I observed the driver was distracted texting on a cell phone. If I wasn’t aware of my surroundings or if I had been distracted by my own cell phone, I could have been hit and injured. I was so angry; I lost it and screamed at the driver. I wanted to make them aware what they were doing was dangerous and wrong. In retrospect, I was wrong in the way I handled the situation, and if the owner of that white SmartCar is reading this, I’m sorry for embarrassing you and losing my temper. But I digress. This is a growing problem in society and I feel this is a huge problem at this school. In 2010, the National Safety Council reported that 1.6 million traffic accidents (28 percent of all accidents) were caused by drivers distracted by their cell phones. These days, we are so ‘busy’ and in such a hurry to get things done and be ‘productive’ that we put our own personal safety and the safety of others in harm’s way. Our priorities are so far out of whack that we are texting friends rather than yielding to pedestrians in a cross walk or
watching the road. Pedestrians absorbed in their cell phones are just as guilty. A crosswalk is not an open invitation to cross the street without looking both ways, but it happens. I see it every single day. The answer is so simple, put down your cell phone. But why is it that the simple answers are so hard to implement, enforce or get people to follow? How do we get through to this population? I propose several solutions: The first solution is to pass a law that prohibits texting while driving. Ohio is lacking any such legislation and is falling behind the rest of the U.S in this respect. Solution two is stepping up enforcement. Finally, solution three is to drop the hammer on offenders. South Carolina’s House of Representatives bill 4189, proposed that punishment for first time offenders of texting while driving would be a $2,500 fine, two months in jail and a suspended license. I would be in favor of this because you wouldn’t catch me dead texting on a cell phone while driving. This may seem harsh to many people, but hitting, injuring or killing someone because of distracted driving seems harsh to me. I’ll bet a punishment like that would make you think twice about texting while you drive. Slow down your life, get your priorities straight and put down the cell phone. Don’t put the lives of others in danger. You’re not in that big of a hurry, I guarantee it.
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Our generation should find its own ‘American Dream’ Looking back to the history behind the “American Dream,” I can only wonder if this term can be a reality for my generation. As defined by Reference Answers, the American Dream is “an American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire: ‘In the deepening gloom of the Depression, the American Dream represented a reaffirmation of traditional American hopes’ (Anthony Brandt).” But these days, looking into prospective jobs feels as if the ground is crumbling from right under the “Millennials,” or the children of the Baby Boomers born between 1982 and 2000. When and how can we reaffirm the “traditional American hope” for a happy and successful future? In a recent CNN.com article, My life as a Boomeranger, former student Cassie Owens says, “My generation has been called the ‘boomerangers,’ meaning that young people like me and my friends are nesting with our folks again when we are expected to be independent.” According to Owens’ Pew Poll research, “Thirtynine percent of 18- to 34-yearolds are living with their parents or have moved back in with their parents temporarily because of the sluggish economy. Sixty-three percent of 18- to 34-year-olds know someone who has moved back home.” Talking with some students at Miami University has shed light on this statistic. Some seniors I’ve conversed with still remain in the job-hunt limbo. And it isn’t easy when parents keep fueling the, “what-are-you-doing-afterschool” question. There is never an easy way to answer, “I don’t know” without feeling hopeless. The Baby Boomer generation, or, “individuals born in the postwar years between 1946 and 1964” as defined by historians William Strauss and Neil Howe, need to understand there is a divide between how they used to get jobs and how we are fighting our way to simply lock down an interview. In the article, Millennials And Baby Boomers Millennial Rage: Have Our Parents Ruined Our
Chances At Success? the author Ian Lang opens with this harsh, but interesting statement: “There’s a quiet but growing rift in America that’s affecting us all. I’m talking about the divide between Baby Boomers and Millennials, specifically the Boomers’ ability (and apparent desire) to use their influence to continue to tip societal scales in their favor despite their ever-eroding relevance. In a world with decidedly finite resources, the Boomers steadfastly (and selfishly) exploit laws and societal norms to their advantage, and when they can’t, they use their power to create new ones. As members of my generation continue to struggle to reach ‘real’ adulthood (billpaying, job-holding adulthood), the issue is only going to grow in significance.” But later Lang concludes his article saying, “We might not have financial control yet, but if history as viewed by Strauss and Howe is any indication, the next 10-20 years are going to be very good to us. Our parents exploited every advantage they had to make a prosperous life for themselves and their children. It’s only natural that we find a way to do the same.” I can only say that even with Lang’s argument, the road isn’t paved to guarantee our successes, regardless of our parents’ advantages. Our generation is ready to move on, but we cannot rely on what happened in the past to dictate our specific futures. Is the “American Dream” attainable for the Millennials? Well, in order to answer that we must question the ambiguity of the term “American Dream”… what does this even mean for us? How will we, “find a way to do the same?” Well, we must remember we are still strong, culturally and academically enriched individuals that will not settle for less. Otherwise we might as well throw in the towel now and say, “I guess that’s that.” Never find yourself settling. Because in 20 years or so you will sit there and ask yourself, “Where has my life gone?” Find your own American Dream, as it is defined on your own terms.
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Addressing critiques, discussing high cost of oil: national debt, government spending both responsible for increasing price at the pump In regard to my opinion piece in the April 6 issue of The Miami Student, I received both positive and negative feedback. In examining the negative feedback, it seems I must clarify the main point of that article, which is the infringement of “Obamacare” on the First Amendment and the importance of the separation of church and state. People seem to overlook the separation of church and state also means keeping the state out of the church. The controversy surrounding Sandra Fluke and the illusion of a “war on women” are distractions from this real issue. The fact individuals are willing to abdicate their First and Tenth Amendment rights concerns me. Also, whenever I mention the possibility of totalitarian acts, such as mass sterilization and eugenics, I am not doing so with the intention to incite paranoia, but to point out that such extreme acts blossom from smaller government encroachments on liberty. When the government has freereign to operate without any restrictions or controls, it has the potential to become a totalitarian government, and sterilization and eugenics taking place is not impossible. It gives me little comfort to know the last forced sterilization in America occurred as recently as 1981. America has a history on this issue; I encourage you to learn more about it. Another critique of my opinion piece focused on my assertion that President Barack Obama and his administration can influence gas prices, which coincidently is what I had planned to focus on today. I don’t care under which president gas prices were higher, whether under President George W. Bush or under Obama. But I do care that nothing was done about it then and nothing is being done about it now. I do not wish to discuss the typical issues. I do, however, want to illustrate how the Obama administration’s weak dollar policies contribute to
increased gas prices. Since oil is traded in dollars, whenever the dollar is weak oil costs more. A good indicator of the dollar’s strength is its relationship to the price of gold. When President Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009, gold
which was ineffective because it wasn’t given to entities that would magnify it. The best type of stimulus would have been a tax break for businesses, which would have enabled them to hire more people and create more products and services, thus creating wealth.
This trend continues today due to President Obama’s increased spending. When spending increases, our debt monetizes, more money is printed and the dollar buys less. As a consequence, foreign oil producers demand more dollars for the same barrel of oil. We must lower our spending and debt. It is becoming unsustainable and our generation will be buried in it beyond repair.
cost $853 an ounce, according to usagold.com. On April 5, 2012, gold cost $1,631 an ounce, nearly double the 2009 cost. To show the correlation, during the same time period, gas more than doubled from $1.90 to $4, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This trend continues today due to President Obama’s increased spending. When spending increases, our debt monetizes, more money is printed and the dollar buys less. As a consequence, foreign oil producers demand more dollars for the same barrel of oil. We must lower our spending and debt. It is becoming unsustainable and our generation will be buried in it beyond repair. The Obama administration has borrowed $5 trillion in less than four years. If you are thinking about the statistics under previous presidents, you are missing the point, which is we need a president who will stop spending us into debt and economic decline. A major portion of spending began with the stimulus package,
Instead money was given to cronies like Solyndra for example, which went bankrupt, ate up all those tax dollars and left us with debt. This debt will only get worse if “Obamacare” is upheld. One of many deceptions by the Obama administration concerns “Obamacare’s” cost. President Obama claimed that in 10 years “Obamacare” would cost $900 billion by dishonestly calculating 10 years worth of taxes for six years worth of care. The actual cost would be $1.7 trillion and possibly $2 trillion, nearly double his claim. Not only would “Obamacare” catapult our debt beyond repair, but it has been dishonestly “sold” to the American public. We need a healthcare strategy that utilizes free market principles. We never had and do not have that under our current healthcare system. Furthermore, we need the kind of presidential leadership that would strengthen the dollar by limiting our spending and debt, which would lower the cost of oil and put our generation on a path of prosperity.
NOëlle’s NOTIONS NOëlle Bernard
Post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury need to be addressed in military personnel to prevent tragedies Lately, the military has faced much scrutiny relating to drone attacks, job availability for veterans, crimes against civilians and even crimes involving soldiers hazing fellow soldiers. Yet, one of most controversial topics revolves around understanding the medical conditions of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The media and families around the dinner table throw around these acronyms as a means to reconcile the recent case building up around Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. If you’ve lived under a rock for about two months, the name Army Staff Sgt. Bales might not ring any bells. Carly Rae Jepsen’s song Call Me Maybe is the most talked about news at Miami, while the name of the man accused of committing one of the worst U.S. crimes in a decade-long war goes unrecognizable.
As a refresher, in early March Bales was charged with 17 counts of murder after killing civilians in the Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan. At this time, Bales’ alleged outbursts are speculated as a result of TBI and undiagnosed PTSD. The Seattle Times reported Monday within the next four to six weeks Bales will be examined by, “an Army panel of doctors to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial on charges of murdering 17 Afghan villagers, according to an Army official briefed on the case.” Both medical conditions affect tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel across the board. But the problem is many soldiers suffering from PTSD, for instance, may be living undiagnosed. According to The Washington Post, Bales told his legal team, “he has long woken up with night sweats, often replaying memories of a grisly episode that he and his infantry company witnessed in Iraq
several years ago, according to John Henry Browne, a civilian lawyer.” Does this mean, the tormented Army soldier showed signs of PTSD symptoms leading up to his shooting rampage? Or is he just using the medical condition as an excuse and easy way out of a court martial hearing? PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after an individual goes through a traumatic event, such as, war, assault or a disaster, according to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ National Center for PTSD. Apparently it is normal to experience levels of stress following a trauma, but if the stress ensues and begins disrupting the comfort of daily life, the possibility of PTSD increases. If an individual suffers from a traumatic event, he or she may experience difficulty sleeping and upsetting memories. The National Center for PTSD encourages any victims to seek help if such reactions worsen or do
not go away. There are four types of symptoms: reliving the event, avoiding situations that are reminders of the event, feeling numb and feeling hyper-alert. Bales was on his fourth deployment and seemed to fit the description of a distressed soldier suffering from PTSD from what he told his attorney. The Army has 67 percent of PTSD cases, the Air Force has 9 percent, the Navy has 11 percent and the Marines have 13 percent, according to the U.S. Army Office of the Surgeon General. Moreover, could traumatic brain injury be another factor to justify the massacre? Bales did experience a minor head injury during one of his tours in Iraq. According to The Washington Post, “Browne said Bales also attributed his headaches to a concussive brain injury he suffered in Iraq when the Stryker vehicle he was riding in hit a roadside bomb and flipped over. No one was killed,
but Bales was unconscious for an unspecified period.” Does this injury constitute a TBI status? Unlike PTSD, TBI occurs during, not after, some type of trauma like an accident, blast or fall, according to The National Center for PTSD. A TBI relates closely to a concussion and it may vary in severity. Consequently, many people who have a TBI also develop PSTD. But both medical conditions are difficult to diagnose because there may not be any physical signs of a TBI and some people do not seek help when they experience PTSD symptoms. Ultimately, with tens of thousands of American military personnel suffering from these conditions, how many of them are actively seeking treatment so events like Bales’ shooting sprees don’t happen? But more importantly, sustainable protocol is needed to ensure soldiers are receiving the proper medical care to do their jobs effectively. So who is to blame?
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television stations,” Cattin said. “At the same time, he could afford to do that while another student might not be able to afford that.” Sonia Melendez, director of media and special assistant to Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis at the Department of Labor, said the department will investigate any unpaid internship complaints. “Complaints about unpaid interns are rare, still, to the extent that the division receives such complaints, we intend to investigate them,” Melendez said. “Our investigators target industries where historically we have found high incidences of violations and where the most vulnerable workers are employed – industries such as construction, janitorial, agriculture and restaurants. That will continue to be our focus.” Cattin said the challenge is students who confront employers with the regulations for unpaid interns can be easily replaced with other student interns. Senior Kristen Whaley worked a full-time unpaid internship in New York City in the summer of 2010 for Condé Nast, a publishing house for magazines such as Vogue. In housing alone, she said she spent over $3,500 for her 10-week internship. Whaley said she heard interns talking about how frustrated they were that this was the first year interns were not paid, despite working full-time. “But it’s not like anyone would say that because the internship is very competitive,” Whaley said. “It’s hard to make a case when someone is willing to work your job for free.” Miami employs unpaid interns but is a non-profit and not held to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s regulations for interns with for-profit companies. Cattin said this is in part because the Department of Labor
considers for-profits to be more capable of paying interns. “If you’re getting profits it’s assumed you can pay people to work for you,” he said. Cattin said this is also because non-profits like hospitals and shelters work with large numbers of volunteers. He said non-profits traditionally classify their unpaid interns as one of their volunteers. Senior Lauren Romano had an unpaid graphic design internship with the Miami Recreation Center. Romano did graphic design work under the marketing director, and said she learned a lot at the internship and received academic credit. “I was also a sophomore so an unpaid internship for me then was a good way to get ahead and get started,” Romano said. Cattin said he and other staff in Career Services do not specifically hold employers who recruit at Miami to the criteria in the Fair Labor Standards Act. However, he said he has told businesses offering an unpaid internship they should offer a paid internship and they would get a better candidate pool if they did. “Often, if we make those statements they’ll come back and be able to pay,” Cattin said. Parker said internship recruiters at Miami must comply with labor laws in the same way they are held to other employment laws like anti-discrimination laws. “All recruiters at Miami must comply with the law,” Parker said. In 2011, 46 percent of outgoing seniors reported interning while at Miami, according to a survey by the Office of Institutional Research at Miami. Cattin said students with certain majors, like students he works with in the business school, traditionally can expect paid internships while other cannot. “It depends on the industry and also depends on your skills and experience,” he said.
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Editor BRIAN GALLAGHER
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 BRIAN GALLAGHER GALLAGHER’S GOING FOR TWO
Miami looks for Cooper to win the right way It seems with every week that goes by, the sporting world is rocked by another scandal. Whether it’s the Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen supporting Fidel Castro or Bobby Petrino lying to the University of Arkansas about his improper relationship with an employee, successful coaches seem to make an awful lot of mistakes. But the one thing they have in common is that it often does not matter what they do, as long as they can still win games. Often when teams are looking for coaches, the question of “can they win?” is more important than “how they win.” Thus, when Miami University was searching for its 23rd men’s basketball coach — a process they have not gone through for 16 years since the hiring of Charlie Coles — they had to decide between the price of winning and doing things the right way. Miami could have picked former Indiana University (IU) basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, who was able to win, but in a way that came back to bite him. Sampson was forced to resign at Indiana because of recruiting violations stemming from the fact that he could not put his phone away and was illegally calling and texting recruits. Nevertheless, the Hoosiers knew what they were getting into when they hired Sampson, who was under investigation by the NCAA for recruiting violations from his time at Oklahoma University while Indiana was hiring him. But IU could not resist hiring a “winning” coach to a program that, according to Forbes. com, brought in $16.1 million in 2008, the year Sampson resigned. There are other successful basketball coaches still searching the classifieds, looking for the chance to get back to the top of the NCAA after leaving a trail of violations at other programs. Former University of Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl who
was fired for lying about NCAA violations is available. As is former Ohio State University coach Jim O’Brien, who was let go amid allegations of providing financial support to international recruits and even banned by the NCAA in 2006, but has resurfaced at Emerson College. So when Miami had the opportunity to make a splash with their hiring they could have gone after a big fish like Sampson, Pearl or O’Brien. After all, each showed he could win at his respective institution with 20 NCAA Tournament appearances between them. Instead, the RedHawks went with a relatively unknown name, John Cooper, who had only one winning season in his three as a head coach at Tennessee State University. Why? Because he took a nine-win mid-major team and had them one game shy of the NCAA Tournament. Also, his success was built on a solid foundation consistent with Miami’s, a school that has never had a major NCAA violation. Duke University went through a situation similar to Miami’s in 1980 when it hired an unproven coach who had just gone 9-17 in his final season at Army. That coach, Mike Krzyzewski, has gone on to win four National Championships as well as lead the United States Olympic basketball team to a gold medal. While those expectations are a bit lofty for Cooper, his hiring shows Miami is committed to winning in the future but also winning the right way. Success will probably take time but it will be more welcome than NCAA violations. None of the programs Cooper previously worked with received penalties from the NCAA while he was coaching there, and he will be expected to continue that trend. So the only thing left to do now is follow Cooper’s advice and “get on now” because it’s going to be a fun ride.
NEXT HOME GAME: 6 p.m. friday, vs. northern illinois
MU falls in Nuxhall finale
JESSI THORNE THE MIAMI STUDENT
Sophomore Charles Zubrod brings the heat against Xavier University Tuesday in the Joe Nuxhall Invitational. Zubrod threw six shut-out innings in the RedHawks’ 1-0 win over the Musketeers. Miami, however, fell in the championship game to Wright State University of 2-1.
By Tom Downey Staff Writer
The Miami University baseball team (17-16, 3-6 MidAmerican Conference (MAC)) hoped to capture their first Joe Nuxhall Invitational in the four years the team has been hosting it, but fell 2-1 to the Wright State University Raiders in the Championship Game. Despite solid pitching throughout the tournament, the Red and White were unable to get enough offensive support to win the event, mustering only nine hits in both games combined. “We have to continue to make adjustments and do a few things a little bit better,” Head Coach Dan Simonds said. “We failed in areas and in close ball games you can’t do that.” Freshman outfielder Matt Honchel continued his strong year, going 3-7 with one run and one RBI. He was the only Miami hitter to have a hit in both games. “I’m seeing the ball well,” Honchel said. “We’ve all been hitting the ball hard, we just
need to get more run support for our pitchers.” The RedHawks and Raiders were tied entering the ninth inning, but senior second baseman Ryan Brenner had a line drive bounce off his glove, allowing the go-ahead run to score. The RedHawks then failed to register a hit in the bottom half of the inning and lost 2-1. “Their whole staff did a good job,” Simonds said. “They have a good program and a good team.” Freshman pitcher Clay Cinnamon picked up a no-decision against Wright State, pitching 4.2 innings while giving up only one earned run off four hits. “All the guys threw the ball well and they gave us a chance to win,” Simonds said. The team won the opening game against Xavier University (XU) 1-0, behind a stellar performance from junior pitcher Charles Zubrod. Zubrod threw 6.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Senior Matt Rosinski pitched the other 2.1 innings and picked up the win. It was the RedHawks second shutout of the year. “It was a huge win and XU is a big rivalry,” freshman outfielder
Jacob Wolf said. Wolf was the hero of the opener, driving in the game’s only run. Wolf came in as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning, driving in Honchel on a groundout. “It was huge because we weren’t getting anything going,” Wolf said. “With two strikes, I was just trying to get the ball in play.” The RedHawks stay home over the weekend when they host Northern Illinois University in a three game MAC series. The Red and White enter the series fourth place in the MAC East Division. The Huskies have lost four straight and enter the series 8-24 overall record and last place in the MAC west at 2-7. They lost their last contest to Illinois State University 22-3. NIU took two of three games, both of which were shutouts, from Miami last year. “Hopefully we can take the weekend,” Honchel said. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Fans can listen to the games on www.redhawkradio.com.
’Hawks hope to keep conference record spotless in homestand By Jordan Rinard For The Miami Student
BLAKE WILSON THE MIAMI STUDENT
Senior Stephanie Danesis smashes a backhand shot against Western Michigan University Saturday. Danesis won both her singles and doubles matches, helping the ’Hawks to a 5-2 victory.
The Miami University tennis team has its last home matchup against Northern Illinois University (NIU) Friday for a shot at the Red and White’s fourth-straight regular season Mid-American Conference (MAC) title. The RedHawks (11-9, 6-0 MAC) have 31 consecutive regular season wins in conference play and are on a six-match winning streak, with Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and Western Michigan University (WMU) being the most recent victims. The victories against BGSU and WMU were also a part of Miami’s 6-0 run at home this season. “The team is getting better with each and every match and we are looking forward to hosting Northern Illinois on Friday and
getting closer to our goal of winning the MAC,” Head Coach Anca Dumitrescu said. Senior Stephanie Danesis is on a roll of her own, winning sixstraight matches in singles play, as well as teaming with freshman Christine Guerrazzi in doubles for a 9-7 decision against WMU for the doubles point. Guerrazzi is putting up a tremendous season, going 18-10 in singles play on the year and getting victories in eight of the last 10 matchups. Fellow Senior Rieke Honiball is also picking up her game, snapping a four-match skid in singles with consecutive victories over the weekend. Against the Falcons, the ’Hawks reeled off five wins in singles play to defeat Bowling Green 5-2. The following day, the Red and White continued their success in singles while establishing a prescence in doubles for a 5-2 victory over the
Broncos of Western Michigan. “As a team we are looking forward to playing the NIU Huskies at home this Friday, and continuing our quest to complete the MAC regular season with an undefeated record,” Danesis said. The Huskies roll into Oxford with plenty of momentum, coming off their 10th win of the season and their first in the MAC against the University of Toledo, 4-3. NIU (10-8, 1-3 MAC) is bringing hot rackets with them, with sophomore Haley Dekkinga on a four-match winning streak in singles play. The freshman duo of Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre are hoping to continue their recent success after picking up a clutch victory to clinch the doubles point against the Rockets last weekend. The match takes place 1 p.m. Friday on the courts behind Hepburn Hall.
Simpson leads Red and White into series against Ball State University By JD Prewitt
For The Miami Student
After picking up four conference wins last weekend, the Miami University softball team (23-12, 6-2 MidAmerican Conference (MAC)) faces Ball State University this weekend in Oxford. Miami reached the top of the MAC after defeating Akron University in a doubleheader Friday and Ohio University Saturday and Sunday. The RedHawks now stand atop the MAC East Division in a three-way tie with Bowling Green State University and Kent State University.
Senior pitcher Jessica Simpson had Simpson threw 24 innings over the an excellent weekend and picked up weekend with a 0.86 earned run averthe MAC East Diviage and 31 strikesion Pitcher of the outs while earning Week award, while We feel pretty confident three wins, which also tying the MAC brought her career because we’ve been on total to 85. record for all-time a roll lately.” career wins. “Clearly Jessica “It’s a really great is an elite player,” honor to have won jessica simpson Head Coach Kelly MAC Pitcher of MIAMI SENIOR PITCHER Kovach Schoenly said. “She works the Week 13 times hard and improves in my career,” every year.” Simpson said. “I’m The ’Hawks four wins last weektruly lucky to have been given this end also gave Schoenly 170 for her opportunity and to play with such career, putting her two away from great teammates throughout my tying former Red and White softball career. I wouldn’t be able to do it coach Angie Jacobs’ 172 wins, the without them.”
most all-time at Miami. The RedHawks are ready to play after last weekend’s sweep heading into their matchup with the Cardinals (24-11, 4-2 MAC) this weekend. “We feel pretty confident because we’ve been on a roll lately,” Simpson said. “But at the same time we can’t take any game for granted.” The Cardinals are tied for first in the MAC West Division with Western Michigan University and also lead the conference in batting average with five players hitting over .300. To prepare, the ’Hawks are going back to the basics. “In general, we’ve gotten better
through the year but the teams we’re playing improve too,” Schoenly said. “We need to execute and do what we need to do to win.” Saturday’s game will offer deals and giveaways to draw a large crowd and beat last year’s attendance at “Spread the Word to End the Word.” The game will have shirt tosses, a raffle and concession discounts. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the Miami Softball Stadium. Miami swept its doubleheader against Morehead State University Thursday, winning 5-2 then 7-5.
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