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The Miami Student VOLUME 138 NO. 53

Oldest university newspaper in the United States, established 1826

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


In 1970, The Miami Student reported the Butler County Area One Court had tried 144 people in connection with a student strike and occupation of Rowan Hall. Reports also alleged Ohio Governor James Rhodes asked Miami University President Phillip Shriver to blame the riots on the Butler County Sheriff.

Sororities play bumper boats on river By Jenni Wiener Campus Editor

Ninety-nine years to the day after the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Miami University sororities had their own maritime mishap. Having a formal on a riverboat may sound like a luxurious evening of dinner, dancing and beautiful scenery, but for Alpha Phi and Gamma Phi Beta sororities the evening of Friday, April 15 turned into a wreck, literally. “We were told that because of the rain and the high water, the boat would not be able to leave the dock for formal,” senior Tim Hogan, an attendee of Alpha Phi’s formal said. “The boat was going to stay tied to the dock and we were just going to have formal there. We just got food and everyone sat down to eat when we looked at the stadium in the distance and noticed we were moving.” Hogan went on to say some people started getting excited that the boat was moving and they thought maybe the boat would, after all, cruise down the river. “About 10 seconds later, we felt the whole boat shake,” Hogan said. “The DJ came over the speaker and said that this was not a joke, this was serious.” According to Alan Bernstein, owner of BB Riverboats, one of the ropes that attached Alpha Phi’s boat to the shore broke because of the rainstorm and the height of the water, causing that boat to come around and collide with the boat that Gamma Phi Beta was on. The atmosphere was a little tense after that and Hogan

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April shower displaces Sigma Phi Epsilon house residents By Amanda Seitz Special Reports Editor

The rainy weather was not just limited to the great outdoors this weekend. Thirty-six Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep) members are homeless after the Sig Ep house was drizzled with water from a fire sprinkler that was mysteriously set off. Fire Chief John Detherage believes the burst fire sprinkler at the 224 E. Church St. residence may have been struck at one point, causing it to falsely detonate. “I’m going to guess that there was some type of mechanical damage done to the (sprinkler) head,” Detherage said. The fraternity is still waiting to receive a damage report from the state, according to Sig Ep House Manager Andrew Flannery. The sprinkler head sprayed water for approximately 10 minutes before it was turned off, Detherage said. Sig Ep President Matt Ressmeyer said there is no official damage estimate yet but the house’s insurance company told him the costs could climb to $100,000. “It’s looking like the sprinkler head was just a misfire,” Flannery said. “They’ll fix up finishing repairs over the summer.” Ressmeyer said the fraternity is still unsure of actual dates for repair. The timeframe could be a few days or all the way until the end of the school year. Only one fire sprinkler went off but leaked through several floors causing damage so extensive that those living in the house have been forced to leave, Ressmeyer said. Flannery said he has been trying to place each resident in a new living situation. The university has offered 14 barrack-style spots in Hepburn Hall and College Suites has told the fraternity that they will temporarily house anyone in need for $14 per night. “Everyone is basically camped out at our annex housing or in dorm rooms,” Flannery said. No personal items were destroyed in the flooding. “We were really lucky,” Ressmeyer said. “The first sprinkler went off in the hallway and it stayed toward the hallways. We haven’t found any (personal items) yet that were damaged from

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Andrew Flannery (pictured above in his makeshift bed) is one of 36 Sigma Phi Epsilon members displaced by an apparent sprinkler malfunction this weekend at the fraternity’s house (right). the water.” Detherage said although the sprinkler reaction was most likely caused by mischief, criminal charges or fines will not be brought against individuals or the fraternity. “No fines, they’re going to get enough,” Detherage said. “There’s going to be some significant costs in the drying process.”

ASG clarifies date Associated Student Government (ASG) Off-Campus Senator Elections will take place Thursday, April 21, not Friday, April 22 as the ASG website incorrectly announced, according to Tim Hogan, student body vice president. “We traditionally have all elections on Thursdays since we usually don’t have good turnout with Fridays, especially with this being Easter weekend,” Hogan said. There will be a link under the “Institution Announcements” on Blackboard where students can vote, according to Hogan. The voting will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are 56 candidates running for the 24 open off-campus senator positions, according to Hogan. On the ballot, students will be able to select 13 candidates, Hogan said. “The by-laws say students can vote for 13 candidates to try to avoid students feeling like they have to vote and just picking out names,” Hogan said. “We try to avoid uneducated voting.” Students can see a list of the off-campus senate candidates’ names at Reporting by Lauren Ceronie


Visiting female reports rape off-campus


This screenshot of the Associated Student Government website shows the incorrect date for off-campus senator elections. Elections will be held Thursday, April 21.

A 22-year-old female was raped between the hours of 11:30 p.m. Friday and 2:45 a.m. Saturday at a residence on North Campus Avenue, police reports said. Police reports said the victim was visiting Miami University students for the weekend and after attending a party Friday evening with her friends, she went to bed while her friends went uptown. She later woke up with a man on top of her, police reports said.




April 19, 2011

Editors Lauren Ceronie Jenni Wiener

NEWS Zombies hunt MU students BRIEFS By Adam Giffi Senior Staff Writer

EVENTS Daily Show comedian visit free to public Comedian and correspondent for The Daily Show, Aasif Mandvi will be speaking at Miami University Wednesday. Mandvi will be speaking about his behind the scenes work as a journalist to show the humorous occurrences that go on between politics and race in American culture. His lecture is called “Behind the Scenes of the REAL Fake News.” Campus Activities Council, Associated Student Government, College Democrats, Association of Jewish Students, Sketched Out and Parents Fund sponsor this event. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place 7:30 p.m. in 102 Benton Hall.

Students celebrate Tibetan Culture week The Dalai Lama may be gone from Miami University, but his culture still has a presence on campus. April 18 to April 21 is Tibetan Culture Week, which will host several events that enable Miami students to learn more about Tibetan culture. Tuesday at noon Tibetan monk Ven Khenpo Samdup, director of the Gardolma Buddhist Center, will conduct a prayer flag ceremony near the seal and Roudebush Hall. Wednesday, a film called Seven Years in Tibet will be shown 7 p.m. in 167 Upham Hall. During the film, momos, a Tibetan dumpling, will be served. Thursday a film called Windhorse will be shown 7 p.m. in 167 Upham Hall. Students for a Free Tibet organized the events. The Culture Week is sponsored by the Tibetan studies semester abroad program, the Center for American World Cultures, the Association of Women Students, the office of international education, the office of Lifelong Learning, the anthropology department and the comparative religion department.

CORRECTIONS It is the policy of The Miami Student to publish corrections for factual errors found in the newspaper. ➤In the April 15 issue, the article “Changes to Latin honors to be delayed” incorrectly stated that class rank for the new Latin honors requirements would be further divided in the College of Arts and Sciences by Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science. This information was obtained from the 2010-2011 student handbook, which also incorrectly states that class rank in the College of Arts and Sciences will be divided.

CORRECTIONS It is the policy of The Miami Student to publish corrections for factual errors found in the newspaper. ➤In the April 15 issue, the graphic in the article “Million dollar men: Who gets paid most at Miami?” incorrectly showed that incoming Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Bobby Gempesaw’s salary is $300,000. Gempesaw’s actual salary is $310,000 and is correctly stated in the article.

Over the weekend, Miami University was the site of a spreading infection that turned humans into the living dead. At least, this was the premise of Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ); a game played by Miami students from Thursday to Sunday. The moderating team for the game met Sunday evening to discuss the concluded event and the future of the game on campus. Scott Spalding, a graduate student, was one of the key moderators in establishing the game on campus. According to Spalding, HvZ is a nationally organized game played at over 650 colleges. “I first heard about it probably about a year ago from some friends who had friends that played it at Purdue (University),” Spalding said. “The event has become extremely popular at Purdue: there is a massive game of over 1,000 players every semester.” Spalding and other moderators registered the event officially at the HvZ website. Registration is free of charge and the Miami moderators also chose to make the game free for players. According to Spalding, the game is essentially a modified version of tag. “All the human players have to wear bandanas around their arm and if they get tagged by a zombie player they switch their bandana to their head to mark them as a zombie,” Spalding said. “How the humans stave off the zombies is they just throw marshmallows at them. If a zombie is hit by a marshmallow, they are stunned, take off their bandana and can’t tag anyone for 15 minutes.” Spalding said the game does have various additional complexities in the form of “missions” ranging from escorting a player pretending to be injured to finding an item at point A and using it at point B. All missions are based on

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A zombie looks to infect two innocent humans.

Pedestrian accidents high in 2011 MU moves By Ashley Laughlin For The Miami Student

Have you ever almost been struck by a vehicle while crossing High Street? If you answer yes, you are not alone. According to police records, there have already been three on-campus accidents involving pedestrians in 2011, as well as three incidents in 2010. A pedestrian was hit on Patterson Avenue near Western Drive March 4, resulting in a fractured skull. March 29, a pedestrian was hit near the Engineering Building on High Street. Most recently, a student was struck by a moving vehicle near Shriver Center in front of Western Drive April 14. For what seems like an alarming number of incidents in a relatively short period of time, Lt. Ben Spilman of the Miami University Police Department says accidents like these do not occur often. According to Spilman, it is hard to statistically determine the number of accidents involving pedestrians that happen on a monthly or yearly basis because the numbers are so low.

Spilman said accidents involving pedestrians are relatively rare considering there is a U.S. state route and another major road that dump into the heart of campus. With heavy pedestrian, bike and car traffic, it is actually surprising that accidents like these do not occur more often. Spilman said there is “usually an element of inattention” involved with the accidents, which could be the fault of the driver, the pedestrian or both. Spilman said the cause of the accident can be very hard to determine. Witness observation is taken into consideration as well as if the pedestrian was crossing at a crosswalk or a high traffic area, for example. Accidents such as these are “very situational,” Spilman said. Sgt. Jim Squance, with the Oxford Police Department, spoke about penalties. “Oh wow, there’s numerous penalties,” Squance said. He agreed the accidents are very situational. Lt. Spilman gave some situational examples in regards to

pedestrian-car accidents. If the driver is at fault, the citation could include failing to yield to a pedestrian. If the pedestrian is at fault, their citation could be for jaywalking. According to Ohio law, both of these citations are considered a minor misdemeanor offense. The university does not administer a penalty for those involved in the accident. However, Squance said there is an exception when drugs or alcohol are involved. He said the university will be notified of the incident and those responsible could be cited with a drug or alcohol violation. The Oxford Police Department is investigating the pedestrian accidents that have occurred this year. Squance said for such a small, close-in-proximity town with such a high number of vehicles, bikes and pedestrian traffic, accidents such as these are rare. However, Spilman said one is too many. “We don’t want to see any pedestrians injured,” he said. He said the department is always looking for ways to minimize accidents such as these.

Professor advises students on college loans By Hannah Stein

a particular level of debt,” he said. “That way, they can see if they’ll be able to afford to borrow. It also shows you if you make below a certain amount, the For many students, the troubles and confusion that financial specialists will say you’re going to have come with taking out college loans can be stressful. financial difficulty.” Questions such as “how much?” or “how long will I If a student exceeds 15 percent or more of their be in debt” will arise. monthly income once paying Cleveland State University pro- BY THE NUMBERS back the loans, this is considfessor Steve Talbott wrote a fiveered the danger zone. page e-pamphlet that answers those Average amount of debt a Miami “Ideally you want to get 10 questions titled “The For-Profit percent of your monthly inUniversity student has by graduation come or less,” Talbott said. Reality Check” which teaches students how to calculate the amount For Miami students, the they can borrow in loans and comamount of debt any given stufortably be able to pay off once they dent is in can vary depending have entered their profession. on how much they borrow The average Miami University each year. This money is fedstudent will be in about $26,500 of debt when they eral money that is granted through the Free Application graduate, Interim Director of Student Financial As- for Federal Student aid, or FAFSA. sistance Brent Shock said. Due to the amount of debt “First year students can borrow $5,500 a year, and the average Miami student will be in after graduation, sophomores $6,500, and juniors and seniors can borTalbott’s pamphlet could greatly benefit those who still row $7,500,” Shock said. have time left at Miami. He said the U.S. Department of Education deThe first thing the pamphlet does is tell students to cides the amount of money available for loans visit and search their occupa- by year. tion to find out the starting rate and average salary for “I think they just want to make sure that as students any given profession in any given state. borrow they persist on graduation,” he said. “I think “(This) shows students how to quickly find out what they’re trying to protect the federal tax payers.” real jobs pay new grads, so they can compare that to Even though students are in debt, the average what they’re being promised by recruiters,” Talbott Miami student is able to pay it off in a reasonable said. “The recruiter will exaggerate so you will pay amount of time. more for their high priced school. And the question is, “Nearly all Miami students are paying off their ‘is it worth it?’ and in many cases it may not be.” loans,” Shock said. “They can take up to 10 years to On the last page of Talbott’s pamphlet, he has a pay them off and then based on other plans you can chart called the “Borrowing Limit Chart,” which tells See LOANS, page 8 students, “how much they’d have to earn to support For The Miami Student



up in ranking for recycling By Josh North For The Miami Student

The results for the Recyclemania competition were revealed Friday. Miami University finished 76 out of around 380 colleges in the Per Capita Classic after finishing in the top 10 in the eight years preceding 2008, according to David Miller a first year graduate student for the Institute for Environment Sustainability. Students and faculty cite different reasons as to why Miami is finishing much lower than it used to for the better part of the decade when Miami took part in founding the competition. “I don’t think it was advertised enough on campus,” said first-year Andrew Hogan, a member of Miami’s Environmental Awareness program. “Emails should’ve been sent.” While students and environmentalists here blame the people in charge of Recyclemania for the lack of advertising, Miller cites other reasons for the “fluctuating” results. “There was a rule change in 2008 where Recyclemania counted recycling in the whole campus rather than just the residence halls,” Miller said. “After that, we went from top 10, to 39th and then all the way down to 139th last year. I believe that it is a convenience issue.” Miami plans to begin placing recycling bins in classrooms this summer. Miami has already placed some in Shideler Hall classrooms. “I also think it’s an education issue,” Miller said. “I don’t think all students realize that they can recycle plastics one through seven at Miami. Students also don’t seem to know that when they throw away trash or food in recycle bins, that it contaminates the entire bin and it gets thrown out.” When asked why emails weren’t sent to students about Recyclemania, Miller said those involved with Recyclemania and everyone else on campus are restricted by the communications department and cannot send out mass emails. “I think we did a better job with advertising this year,” he said. “We put posters up everywhere. I also thought we did better because we started counting all kinds of cardboard.” Despite all of the program’s efforts, students still didn’t seem to grasp the idea well enough to make a jump back into the top 10. It was clear that many students didn’t even know that the competition existed. “I think it’s stealing Wrestlemania’s swag,” said first-year Alex Andrews. “All I know is they didn’t advertise it enough because I didn’t know about it.”


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April 19, 2011


Editor Melissa Tacchi

Forum discusses bus routes Open house proposes more efficient transportation methods

Male receives citation for feeling up woman’s skirt Amalan Varatharajah, 21, was charged with sexual imposition for assaulting at least one Miami University female, police reports said. Varatharajah admitted to approaching a female at Brick Street Bar and rubbing his hands under her skirt, police reports said. The female victim told her friend what happened while at the bar and her friend confronted Varatharajah and poured her drink on him, police reports said. Police asked Varatharajah to step outside and he was laughing before showing the female officer what he had done to the victim, police reports said. Police reports said that Varatharajah said this is what he does to meet girls because “it’s too loud to talk” at a bar and he thought the victim “looked interesting.”

Officer cites student for drunk driving Miami first-year Hyn Gik Lee was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and underage drinking 1 a.m. Sunday while driving without his lights on, police reports said. When the officer asked Lee if had been drinking, he replied “Not really,” police reports said. Upon the fifth or sixth time the officer asked, Lee continued to say, “No, not really,” until the officer asked what Lee meant by that, and Lee replied, “I don’t think so,” police reports said. Lee blew a .16 on a breath test while at the Oxford Police Department and was later released, police reports said.

Sophomore sees police, drops vodka It was Miami sophomore Robert L. Chambers’ red jacket that drew the attention of police 3:45 p.m. Saturday, police reports said. Chambers was struggling to stand with another male, while attempting to hide a large object under his jacket, police reports said. Police asked Chambers to come over to the car and he let two large plastic bottles of vodka drop to the sidewalk before walking away, police reports said. Police reports said Chambers was cited for littering and underage drinking.

First-year, 32, denies having marijuana Thirty-two-year-old Miami first-year William Boyd was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia 11:30 p.m. Friday after denying having marijuana in his residence and allowing police to search the apartment, police reports said. Police found marijuana in both bathrooms and a set of finger scales in the half-bathroom, police reports said.

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route. During peak hours, two buses run each way along this route. Parking and Transportation is curious as to whether plans like this are actually efMiami University Parking and Transportation fective, according to Cummings. Attendees were Services hosted a Transportation Open House in the also given a questionnaire to see if people are Great Room of MacMillan Hall Monday. The fo- getting where they want to go. rum allowed the Miami communiThe results will be reported ty to comment on the effectiveness to the sustainability commitand efficiency of the Miami Metro “The Miami Metro tee, so that plans can be made Routes, said Vanessa Cummings, to enact changes based on has other things to assistant director of Parking and community sentiment. worry about, like Transportation Services. “I think it went well today,” running on time, Cummings also said that MiCummings said. “People were ami is working with a consultant before they can talk very helpful.” to study how people are moving Cummings handed out surabout changing or around campus; where they are veys to those who attended the going, where they want to go and increasing bus routes.” open house as well as to students on the street and at the how they want to get there. JULIE BLACKHALL Shriver Center. At the open house, attendees MIAMI UNIVERSITY FIRST-YEAR This initiative is part of a were presented with large maps larger sustainability program. showing the current Miami MetParking and Transportation Serro routes. They were then asked vices is part of a larger committee, which includes questions that helped the consultant gauge how the Butler County Regional Transit Authority, efficient Miami’s bus system really is. the Associated Student Government Off CamFor example, currently the Blue and Green pus Affairs, service-learning groups and the city bus routes run in opposite directions on the same Senior Staff Writer

of Oxford. This committee is a subset of the university’s sustainability committee, whose focus is to increase sustainability, encourage fewer cars, and increase bikers, walkers and buses across the community, according to Cummings. “This is just a piece of the puzzle, this is by no means the whole puzzle,” Cummings said. Miami first-year student Julie Blackhall is skeptical about the program. “I think it’s definitely something that needs to be considered,” she said. “But the Miami Metro has other things to worry about, like running on time, before they can talk about changing or increasing bus routes.” Blackhall has been late to class on a number of occasions because of late buses or buses that haven’t come, she said. Sophomore Brooke Warren thinks that encouraging pedestrianism is a non-issue. “Honestly I just walk everywhere as it is,” she said. “Especially uptown and almost everyone I know does too.” Dana Hutchinson, a student visiting Miami

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Blues band to sing for foster care suitcases By Joanna Galysh

without prom dresses, senior pictures, purses, contacts or glasses, football uniforms, music lessons or basic things that most children take for granted. “It’s going to be great to have the concert in the Miami area,” Imagine spending your childhood in foster care and when your 18th Gabbard said. birthday comes, having nothing to carry your belongings in except a She said the foster children love that Oxford kids tend to have garbage bag. more modern clothing for teenagers with brand names like AbThis is the reality for many children who grow up in foster care, but ercrombie, Aeropostale or Old Navy. Gabbard said the kids also Suitcase Full of Blues plans to change that. Four blues groups will like clothing adorned with the Miami University convene at Martin Luther King Jr. Park uptown for a logo, but they are ecstatic to get any new or gently benefit concert from 1 to 7 p.m., April 30. This concert, “When I heard the used clothing. inspired by Jimmy D. Rogers, has no price for admisstory on the radio, In efforts to draw people to the concert and increase sion — except the donation of a new or gently used it just sounded like donations, Rogers’ own band, Bad Men on a Mission, suitcase or duffel bag. will be headlining the event. Three other blues groups Rogers came up with the idea while listening to the something I could from the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio areas who are radio in his car. He said a story came on that discussed make a friends of Rogers will also be performing. how demeaning it is for children to have nothing to difference with.” “It’s hard to get people to do benefits, but you got to carry their belongings in when they leave foster care or give back every now and then,” Rogers said. are transferred to a new home. JIMMY D. ROGERS In addition to the musical entertainment at Suit“I have no special connection to foster care, but when DEVELOPER OF SUITCASE FULL case Full of Blues, there will be clowns, face paintI heard the story on the radio, it just sounded like someOF BLUES CONCERT ing, balloons and a raffle with prizes and gift cards thing I could make a difference with,” Rogers said. donated by local businesses such as Texas RoadAttendees of the concert are strongly encouraged to house and Wal-Mart. Tickets will be six for $5 or $1 fill the suitcase with items that foster children could each and all money raised from the raffle will go to the Foster Child use, such as new or gently used clothing, as well as nonperishable Enrichment Council. food items. Gabbard and Rogers hope for an excellent turnout if the weather Brenda Gabbard from the Foster Child Enrichment Council emphasized how large of an impact these donations can have on the cooperates. Local artist Kris Courtney has been credited with increaslives of foster children. According to Gabbard, there are many things ing awareness about the concert. At Suitcase Full of Blues, Courtney that foster children want but are not able to get because the state can will begin to paint a canvas to be auctioned off that night. Additionally, Courtney is going to have children at the concert help only afford to contribute the minimum amount of money allotted to each child. Gabbard said it is not unusual for children in foster care to be See SUITCASE page 5 For The Miami Student


Talawanda senior ropes first place in rodeo By Phillip Yung

For The Miami Student

Danielle Ross, a Talawanda High School senior, clinched the All Around Title in the Four States Youth Rodeo, a seven-show series. Held at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio, the Four States Youth Rodeo attracts competitors from Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. “Over 150 kids participated like one big family,” Ross said. “Everyone participating cheers each other on and supports each other even though we are competing against each other for the winning title.” Ross had to compete in a variety of events including Pole Bending, Barrel Racing and Down and Back. In order to obtain the ultimate score of a 10, one must have the quickest time in completing each event. Whoever accumulates the most points becomes the All Around Champion, which Ross managed to accomplish. Ross competed for the title on her 22-year-old Quarter Horse, Tari Mans Shadow. Her competitors were 45 other 16 to 20 year olds. “It was not an easy road,” Ross said. “Throughout the season, there were tears of frustration from

disqualifying from an event, conflicts with swimming varsity for Talawanda and quirky issues with my horse.” It was not an easy task for her, as the competition tested her mentally and physically. Nevertheless, her passion and persistence enabled her to nab the top place in the competition. Ross will be attending Miami University in the fall, with intentions of majoring in Exercise Science and Pre-med. As far as her equestrian career goes, she is still uncertain if she will join the equestrian team at Miami and continue riding. If she does decide to continue, the Western style in the Miami Equestrian team would be ideal. “I haven’t decided, I might go talk to them,” Ross said. “They are more English style. I do more of the Western style.” Ross has significant experience in horse competitions. “I have been riding since age 4 and competing since age 8,” Ross said. The many years of hard work and training served her well. After a very close head-to-head race for first place, Ross came out as the victor.

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Drumming strong


Local residents participate Saturday in Drumstrong, an event that encourages cancer awareness through the playing of aboriginal instruments.

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Talwanda High School senior Danielle Ross rides with her brother Alex in the team roping event at the Four States Youth Rodeo March 12.

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“I had been leading the allaround going into finals, but another girl was extremely close in points to me, so I knew I had to place in the top three, if not first in several of the events both Saturday and Sunday,” Ross said. “The pressure was immense.” Juggling school, varsity swimming and maintaining her horse added satisfaction and relief to her victory. However, Ross, who was uncertain until the awards ceremony, finally received the All Around Title that she was yearning for all along. “I was super excited,” she said. “Finally, after competing for so long, I’m finally recognized.”

from Ohio State University, was surprised by how easy it is to get around Miami’s campus. “This campus is really easy to get around on foot or by bike,” she said. “I’ve visited a few times and I’ve always thought it was interesting that it is almost faster to get to some places by walking than it is even to drive there.” In terms of sustainability, Hutchinson does not think the university will have a problem encouraging walking and biking. Students can take the transit survey online at Checkbox/MiamiMetro2011.aspx. The link can also be found on the parking website:

him finish his painting before it is sold in order to add a “special touch” to the artwork. Despite high hopes for a large crowd, many Miami students are still unaware of the event. Miami sophomore Megan Winter said she had not heard of the concert. “I think it’s a great way for Miami students to connect with the community of Oxford while being entertained and having a good time,” Winter said. “I would definitely take my residents to the concert because not only is it effective community engagement, but it would also expose them to a type of art that they probably aren’t familiar with.” Gabbard wants the Miami University community to know if any organizations or individuals are interested in having a bake sale, selling food or being involved in any way with the Suitcase Full of Blues concert, they should contact her as soon as possible at 513-720-3074. For more information about the event, please contact Gabbard or find Suitcase Full of Blues on Facebook at Suitcase-Full-of-Blues/.

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Tuesday April 19, 2011

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

Student general fees must be explained, justified M

iami University students pay the The SPTF recommendation of addhighest undergraduate general ing a class drop fee also needs to be fee in Ohio; yet also have a high gener- communicated to students when they al fee, which administrators attribute to register for classes. The specific guidelow enrollment. However, the universi- lines need to be posted on BlackBoard ty is trying to reduce its dependence on so again, students won’t be slapped student contributions for areas like In- with surprise extra fees. tercollegiate Athletics to the general fee With the hike in fees, the board bein order to spread lieves students have a needed funds to right to know exactly Once students know where their money is other facilities. The editorial where their money going. If students know board of The Miami where their funds are is going, they will Student supports dollar for be much more likely appropriated, Miami’s effort in dollar, they are more to appreciate trying to lessen likely to trust the unithe dependence on versity and justify the certain services student fees, howextra cost to attend Mithey receive. ever, students will ami. For example, the still be charged “other” area designated with more fees as being funded by stuin the coming years. Fee transpar- dent fees must be explained. If the uniency is a large issue at Miami and versity has nothing to hide, they can needs to be reevaluated in order to surely show exactly where student clearly communicate the needs of money is going. the university. The board believes once students The fee of $215 charged per student, know where their money is going, per year for the Armstrong Student they will be much more likely to apCenter will be another burden to stu- preciate certain services they receive. dents. The board feels Miami cannot Student fees support many necessary claim student fees are low, compared and enriching services at Miami that to other Ohio schools, because Miami allow students to take advantage of retuition is so high. sources, sometimes at a less expensive Another example of added fees is rate than in the past. For example, this the miscommunication about new fees publication is made available to stuimplemented under the Strategic Prior- dents through the help of student fees. ities Task Force (SPTF). More courses Because of student aid, students only will charge an added lab fee and these pay about $2 per year for 58 schoolextra costs must be easily visible for year issues and a summer issue of The students when they register for classes. Miami Student. In the late 19th century, For many students, surprise fees for students had to pay 15 cents for each classes that have new costs are an is- issue. If students know their funds are sue. The board recommends that for not wasted and are spent on projects each class that has an extra lab fee, a that benefit themselves and the Miami symbol designating an extra fee or the community, students will not have to exact amount of the fee be shown when second-guess the administration as students register for classes online. much as they do now.

Rule of thumb Suitcase full of Blues Bring a suitcase, help a foster child.

NOAH CARL The Miami Student


Disability parking spots keep space for those in need To the thoughtless driver who parked in a parking space for people with disabilities outside King Library April 16: leaving your flashers on is not the same as having the appropriate parking permit. The fact that I or anyone else with the proper permit use those spaces is not a matter of luxury or convenience to us; we are given those spaces because tasks like getting in and out of a car or travelling under our own power is significantly more difficult for us than for the TABs (temporarily able bodied) around us. Speaking for myself, walking more than 100 paces is painful and fatiguing. After that, my weakened legs and precarious sense of balance are more likely to cause me to fall and injure myself. Using parking spaces for people with disabilities gives me increased independence. Having to navigate around your illegally parked vehicle made my trip into the library more difficult. What was your reason for parking there? I can imagine several scenarios that might have led you to make the choice you did. But please, next time you feel the need to park illegally on campus, could you do it somewhere else besides a parking space for people with disabilities? Michael Williams

Springfest Free ice cream, a Ferris wheel and inflatables are a perfect way to end an afternoon of classes.

Exams so close to finals Will the professors ever give us a break?

Humans vs. zombies The game that combines the world’s obsession with the undead is creative and intriguing.

Sorority boat accident and Sig Ep house flooding Thankfully no injuries reported, but the Noah’s Ark references are overwhelming.

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Ideology, practice trumps liberal education experience Political columnists have noted that Paul Ryan, U.S. Congressman (R, Wisc.), graduated from Miami University with degrees in political science and economics in 1992. Even though the Miami Plan was adopted in 1992 and would not have been applicable in his case, liberal education preceded the Miami Plan for decades. Its key ideas have been around for a very long time, including what we now call critical thinking and reasoning from the facts of a case. In Ryan’s case, if he picked this up at all, he quickly discarded it, replacing it with ideology that says there are things that are untouchable, such as the free market system, low tax rates and very limited government. He apparently didn’t learn much about either political science (well, perhaps some ideas from Machiavelli) or economics. One hopes that the Miami Plan and other course work will fare better for most of our students than it did for Paul Ryan.   Gene E. Willeke, Ph.D., P.E. (1961-2009)

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everything can be found on the Internet. It is the hands-on experience of reading texts and making arguments that equips one to evaluate the material on the Internet and to make something new of it. And yet, the sadness that creeps into her tone suggests that Kloss understands on some level that a plot summary of those eight cantos is not the same as a deep knowledge of and appreciation for the poetry of Spencer’s Faerie Queene and that even the best translation of Flaubert will never be as elegant as the original French. What is missing from her analysis is any acknowledgement of the market forces that cause people to value mere information at the expense of experience and understanding. At a time when the only things that count are things that can be counted, we are all encouraged to become mere consumers of information, rather than thinkers and creators. When the university makes curricular decisions according to these same criteria, is it any wonder that students learn the lesson? Deborah Lyons Associate Professor of Classics

Does President Hodge hate poor people? Kanye West faced criticism when, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he alleged that President Bush did not care about African-Americans. Although the accusation that the President of the United States is racist may be a bit drastic, he had a point; President Bush’s actions at the time showed a distinct lack of interest for the poor, black residents of New Orleans. Similarly, President Hodge’s interest in transitioning Miami University into a charter university shows a distinct lack of interest for the plight of students who have a difficult time affording education at its current rate. In April 12 article titled, “Miami weighs partial privatization,” the fact was presented that when universities in Virginia switched to charter, tuition jumped up by 24 percent. The same is likely to happen here. Does President Hodge hate poor people? Certainly not overtly, but his proposed actions are those of an individual who is blissfully ignorant to the fact that many in the Miami community struggle to make ends meet, in efforts to pursue an education that will better their lives. The charter university switch is an American dream-killing proposal by the administration of this university and of the state. It will make it that much more difficult for middle-class and working-class students to afford the quality education that Miami has been offering for the last 200 years. This proposal hurts students, parents, graduate students, hourly workers and professors. The fact that it is even being considered as a budget-saving measure calls my feelings of love and honor towards this university into question.

Miami must encourage more critical learners, thinkers Karli Kloss in ‘Going the Extra Mile Benefits All,’ printed in the Tuesday, April 12 issue of The Miami Student seems to confuse knowledge and information, understanding and glibness. She is certainly very glib and writes better than the average Miami Student columnist. But she is naïve in her belief that studying is obsolete because

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Spring increases rude acts

Summer promises different travel

This isn’t going to make me many friends here at Miami University, but I can’t seem to stop myself from being annoyed by the behavior of my fellow students. It seems like as soon as the sun comes out and it stops being 40 degrees or below outside, everybody comes outside and has a contest to see who can be the loudAlice est and least mindful Ladrick of others. Yes, I realize the sun is out, but is it really necessary for you to lay out in your front yard half-naked? It’s not that I have a problem with people wearing whatever sort of bathing gear they want to wear — if you want to wear a Speedo at the beach, be my guest. That is the appropriate location for swimwear and people go there expecting to see more of their fellow man than anyone ever really wanted to. But there isn’t a beach in your front yard and I’m not expecting to see people rolling around in their tiny swimsuits on the grass while I’m walking to class. “But Alice,” you say, “I’m in my own yard. If you don’t wanna see it, then don’t look.” Fair enough, nearly-naked compadre, but if some guy takes a picture of you on his camera phone and posts it to Facebook, don’t come crying to me. And sometimes it’s not your own yard, it’s on campus — a place where people go to learn and not be blinded by your stomach.

Let’s try to be considerate of the people around us as human beings and not embarrass everybody by being ridiculous just because it’s nice outside. However, this half-nakedness is not the least of my worries when it comes to living in Oxford when the weather is nice. Oh no, there are worse things afoot than that. For example, the competition my neighbors seem to be having that I like to call “Who Can Have the Loudest Party on the Least Likely Night for a Party.” Sure, the name’s not quite catchy, but it’s not half bad. Alright, I know the weather is nice and that drinking outside is way more fun than drinking inside — I mean, you can throw your empties into the yard, grill things while unsafely intoxicated and play loud music while standing inside a circle of tiki torches for so long that you’ll feel like you’re on an episode of Survivor. But have you ever considered how annoying this is for anyone who lives on your block and is not at your party? The street that I live on (and probably yours, too) has families living on it, elderly people and just plain normal human beings. These are people who have children and jobs — people who go to bed early. And there are also the people like me, who go to class and do their homework (most of the time) and need to sleep on Wednesday night, when you have decided to play “Teach Me How to Dougie” at full volume. And I know that you’re only gonna break break my break break my heart, but could you at least wait until the weekend to do so? Or maybe take the party inside when it hits midnight on weekdays? I don’t think that’s really too much to ask. Last but not least, the yelling at people walking by thing has got to go. The other day I witnessed a group of “bros”  out on their porch shout “ni hao” at a couple driving by because they appeared to be of Asian descent. Not only is this racist, it’s incredibly rude. I’ve had friends tell me that guys were sitting outside on their porches and rating the women who walked by on scorecards, as though they were in some kind of ridiculous 12-year-old’s cannonball contest at the pool. This is also incredibly rude, not to mention chauvinistic. I don’t know what it is about being male and sitting on a porch that makes you think that it’s okay to shout offensive things at people, but if you feel entitled to be doing so you are incredibly confused about your own importance. So to conclude, Miami students, let’s try to be considerate of the people around us as human beings and not embarrass everybody by being ridiculous just because it’s nice outside and we’re old enough to drink.



ERIN KILLINGER The Miami Student

Summer is approaching fast and roads leading to coveted beaches are awaiting the usual crowd of vehicles carrying vacationers in pursuit of the sun’s stain and heat. Yet, I can’t help but wonder why we continue to gear up for summer road trips when gasoline prices continue to increase. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA)’s daily fuel gauge report, the current national average for the price of a gallon of regular gasoline is about $3.83, which is up about 34 percent from last year’s average of $2.86. And during this summer’s driving season (period between April 1 and September 30) it is not expected to decrease. Yet, even with these staggering statistics and predictions, many Americans have yet to adjust their reliance on vehicle transportation. At Miami University, many students, like myself, are willing to drive to school everyday, paying about $100 per semester to park in a parking garage for a few hours instead of walking to class or riding a Miami metro bus. It seems as if the rising gas prices have

minimal effect on student’s decision for driving to class everyday. Perhaps convenience is the primary factor but losing about $50 a week on gas cannot be a justified tradeoff. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the 2011 projected increase in gas prices suggests that in the average American household vehicle fueling costs per year are about $825 higher than they were in 2010. Even if Miami parents are paying for gas money, at the end of the day the costs for driving a vehicle are exponentially high and people need to consider alternative forms of transportation. This summer presents several opportunities to leave the car keys at home. The other day, a friend told me about The Sierra Club, which is an organization centered in California that works toward protecting neglected communities and wildlife across the United States. Sierra Club hosts what is known as a “nocar pledge” through The Alternative Travel Project. The project proposes individuals to give up driving a car for seven days, boasting the health and

environmental benefits. In 2010, two actors from the ABC drama, Castle, Stana Katic and Seamus Dever, took the seven-day pledge by being car-free in Los Angeles. Upon hearing that they were taking the pledge in LA, I was in disbelief because I’ve been to California and the only way to get from one place to another is to drive on highways. Dever and Katic claimed even though it is easy to fall into a daily routine making small changes everyday could help change patterns, save money and restore the environment. Ultimately, the project promises to restore hope to discouraged people who are realizing the negative effects of rising gas prices and depleting resources. Moreover, Miami students should embrace options of alternative travel for the sake of maintaining healthy lifestyles, saving money and protecting the environment. Consider walking or riding a bike this summer because the less resources people use will result in more for our future. BERNARD is editorial editor for The Miami Student


Don’t be ashamed to rely on friends for support Musician Bill Withers once said “Lean on me when you’re not strong.” Who knew so few words could mean so much. As school winds down, homework and projects pile up. Students spend more time in King Library then their own rooms. Classes seem to become more of an obligation that gets in the way of doing homework and studying. You begin to only see your friends and roommates on the weekends, leaving your textbook as the shoulder you cry on. With so much going on and so little time, the stress and builds up and emotions run high. You stare out the window of your classroom instead of at the blackboard in front of you. While motivation slips away, the work just keeps on coming. Times of stress and sadness are when we most long for companionship. There’s nothing better than a friend bringing home your favorite candy when she hears you did poorly on a test. Or even a friend inviting you home with her for the weekend so you can escape Oxford’s chokehold. In moments like these we have no problem admitting that we need a friend. We expect our friends to pick us up when we fall and to help us see when we’re in the dark. What about the times when we aren’t sad? What about when we’re simply happy? At what level does dependency become hazardous to our health? According to Margaret Paul, Ph.D., from, when we cannot get an inner sense of safety, we look to external sources to find reassurance. We want our friends to reinforce and praise our good qualities when we cannot see them. This however, Paul stresses, can become an issue of

emotional responsibility. Not only may you refuse to own up to your actions but you may also begin to blame them on others. It is important to be able to own up to your actions and take responsibility for what you have done, your real friends will be there for you after all is said and done. If we do not have a strong sense of self, how will anyone else be able to help you? While there is concern in becoming too dependent on other people, dependency is a biological necessity. It is nearly impossible to accomplish anything completely on your own. When you write a paper, you need research. When you apply for a job, you need references. Even when you move into a new apartment, you need movers. Everyone needs help from another in some way. According to ‘Friends for Life: An Emerging Biology of Emotional Healing’, published Oct. 10, 2006 in The New York Times, research has proven a link between personal health and relationships. People who are married have many family members and friends and have active social lives are more likely to recover from diseases. Social neuroscience is becoming a popular field of study, as it studies how the brain reacts to social interaction. Needing people is not as bad as it seems. We all have emotions that run haywire; we all have moments of panic and breakdown. While many try to put a negative spin on feeling vulnerable, admitting that you need a friend is an act of bravery in itself. Sarah Title

You are similar to Rebecca Black Rebecca Black has taught me one thing: you don’t have to have that much talent to become successful overnight. Her song “Friday” was posted this past February on YouTube and it already has over 100 million views, according to a recent USA Today Chris article. Black has DeNicola been hosted on talk shows and been interviewed, while her song has been dubbed as one of the worst songs ever written. It is miserable. Don’t get me wrong, there is pretty much nothing good about that song. However, Black has made me reconsider what used to make me upset. I used to get pissed off about people who got famous for having no talent (i.e. the cast of Jersey Shore). Now, however, I’m taking a step back and realizing that, if I had the chance, I’d probably do the same thing. Think about it. If someone told you we’re going to write you a song and make a music video for you to see if we can’t jump start a singing career, you’d jump right on the opportunity right? I know I would, especially if other people were doing most of the heavy lifting. Black’s mom went to a record company with a few grand and basically said she wanted them to make her daughter a song. Shows what you can do with a few thousand dollars. However, knowing this, you’ll realize that 13-year-old Rebecca didn’t even write the song. All she did was sing it. People have been tearing her apart because of how bad the lyrics are but those lyrics were put together by adults working for Ark Music Factory, a record label in Los Angeles. Black just had to show up and do as she was told. It is pretty much a no brainer. Even if Black did not realize the song would become so popular, I don’t really know who in their right mind would pass up an opportunity like that. It’s very much like how I used to hate the Jonas Brothers (which, musically, I still do) but I realize now that if the Disney Channel had come to me when I was a little kid and said “Hey, we’re going to put you on TV.” I would have said, “Yippee!” There’s no doubt that any parent wouldn’t do the same. Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears came out of the Mickey Mouse Club. Their parents seized similar opportunities and it paid off in fortune and fame. That’s the American way. If you can find a way to make some money you do it, the easier the better. Mrs. Black’s few thousands are paying off big time. Who knows if she’ll fall off the face of the earth? What is guaranteed though is that she is so far out in the spotlight now that anything that she comes out with is bound to be a hit, even if only for the same curiosity that made “Friday” so popular. The only reason I looked the song up is that I thought there was no way the song could have been that bad. That and the fact that everyone and their mother were talking about it. The same thing will happen with her next couple songs. People will listen, even if they shouldn’t. This may make many people upset. But it isn’t her fault. Much like it is completely the American public’s fault that the cast of the Jersey Shore makes six figures an episode for their next season for having absolutely no talent. I would venture to say that Black has more talent than the whole Shore cast combined. But then again, we’re fueling it. We’re watching and listening and giving them our undivided attention while at home we all know people who are much more talented and deserving of fortune and fame. Don’t be mad at Black or the Jonas Brothers, or Justin Bieber or even the Jersey Shore cast. Be mad at yourself and the rest of the American viewers and listeners. In the end some people just walk into the light and if you had the same chance, you would too.


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MU general fees soar past other Ohio public universities By Noëlle Bernard Editorial Editor

This year, Miami University students were charged the highest undergraduate general fees compared to all Ohio public universities of comparable size. Students are paying roughly $1,774 per academic year and the number isn’t expected to decrease anytime soon. Miami’s high general fee cost is directly related to Miami’s small enrollment numbers as an Ohio public university, according to David Creamer, vice president of finance and business services. All Ohio public universities institute a general fee to all students for collecting revenue for non-instructional student services. Miami is not making any dramatic move to lessen its dependence on student fees. Instead, more fees are being added, such as the additional fee for the new Armstrong Student Center. Ohio University charges undergraduate students about $1,062 whereas Bowling Green State University requires undergraduates with roughly a $1,366 general fee. Miami has the highest fees, but one of the lowest enrollment numbers in Ohio, excluding Youngstown State University. As of fall 2010, Miami’s enrollment is listed at 16,359 full-time undergraduate and graduate students whereas Youngstown State University enrolls just over 14,000 students. Yet, even though Youngstown State has an enrollment size of about 2,000 fewer students, the university’s general fee is roughly $1,167 per year. Moreover, Miami continues to add more charges to the general fee without fully removing current fees. Beginning in either fall 2013 or spring 2014, Miami will be adding an additional fee to the general fee for the Armstrong Student Center (ASC). According to Creamer, this fee will be a fixed amount of $215 per academic year and will serve to pay for operating and construction costs for the new facility. “There will be an additional fee that will be added when the student center opens,” Creamer said. “A part of that understanding was that that fee should go into effect at the time the building is available to the students. So there is a clear relationship to the fee they’re paying and the advantages of having the facility.” The ASC fee will follow the pattern of how students pay for other facilities such as fees for Millett Hall, the Recreational Sports Center, Shriver Center and Goggin Ice Center. “The key part of this is that there is 25 years of indebtedness for the half of the building that the students are paying for, and so clearly it has to go on through the life of the debt,” Creamer said. “Then the issue will be revisited at the end of the financing term to ask if the fee is still necessary or not.” Currently, the fee has an indefinite lifespan, but with ASC added the costs for other non-academic facilities will not be eliminated. Instead, the general fee charge for older buildings is said to remain, but level out rather than increase significantly. “Often times what you get is, the building is now 25 years old and students have new needs so typically what happens is that the fee then goes into improving bringing the business up to date,” Creamer said. “Obviously trying to keep the building current and responsive to student needs is always one of the things we work at.” But administrators are working to slightly decrease dependence on the general fee. In December 2010, President David Hodge made his response to the Strategic Priorities Task Force’s (SPTF) recommendations to cut Miami’s budget spending. Hodge modified recommendation 33, which states, “ICA (Intercollegiate Athletics) should decrease its dependence of university support by 2 percent a year for the next five years.” This means that over the next five years, ICA must refine its budget, as the university will decrease the support the department receives from the general fee by $1.4 million. In order for ICA to manage the revenue decrease, they need to increase sports game student attendance and charge attendance for major games. “There are things that we’re confronted with that we have to manage,” said Jason Lener, deputy athletic director. “When you look at our history of what we’ve been able to do in terms of attendance at our events and ticket sales, we have a history that says, ‘This is the most that you’ve ever done,’” Lenner said. “We’re trying to do things differently and trying to generate some different revenue so we can help offset that. The reality is that one of the recommendations of the task force was that we take a $1.4 million cut.” Hodge also accepted recommendation 34, which states, “The Office of Recreational Sports should reduce the proportion of its budget funded by student fees by 2 percent per year for the next five years.” This reduction may help the university lower the recreational sports budget as the new ASC general fee charge emerges. Ultimately, the university will be lowering the recreational sports budget support by $1.2 million. This will be accomplished through a series of actions such as potentially increasing the fees for course and club activities.

Miami is making monetary strides to reduce its dependence on students contributing to the general fee by attempting to generate new revenue. However, the university is not taking immediate measures to lower the

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popular zombie genre stereotypes, Spalding explained. However, while zombie infections are typically fictionalized as spreading like wild-fire, the road to allowing zombies to invade Miami was not an easy one. According to Spalding, last year a group of unprepared students tried to bring the game to campus but were denied by the university. “They had a bunch of concerns about the safety and organization of the event,” Spalding said. “So, in preparation for this year’s game, we looked at other schools that put the game on, what their safety rules were and came up with some new ideas for safety and we came to the administration with those ideas already prepared and started off on a much better foot.” Spalding said players were required to sign a safety waiver, attend one of three safety meetings and follow all of the rules, including: no play-

general fee. Instead, administrators are working to maintain the current costs by slightly reducing departments’ dependence on fees. “I don’t think that the university will become more dependent and that’s because there are limits on how much tuition will be increased going forward,” Creamer said. “If you go back to the Strategic Priorities Task Force’s recommendations it suggests in there that its just really not practical going forward and there has to be new sources that provides these revenues or there has to be reductions in the spending that the university is making,” Creamer said. According to Creamer, the university will be looking at the budget carefully to determine what the future will look like as tuERIN KILLINGER ition continues to rise to meet the needs of students. “If I had to guess looking out, we’re not going to see a sudden major increase in these areas of spending beyond what is kind of the natural tendencies with some modest growth each year,” he said.

ing by doors, no playing inside and no crossing over major roads. He also explained the game normally employs the use of NERF blasters, but the university was apprehensive about these for safety reasons. Therefore, the group elected to use marshmallows. According to Spalding, these proved to be beneficial for an additional reason. “We tried our best to pick up all of the marshmallows but part of the reason why we chose marshmallows and why the university didn’t have a problem with us throwing those around, is that they get picked up by squirrels and other animals and are degradable,” Spalding said. According to the moderators, there was not a single argument during the game and the group also did not run into any sort of alcohol related trouble or other issues that on campus events frequently encounter. They believe that the success of the event will cause the administration to give future HvZ games more flexibility, including, potentially, the use of NERF blasters. Third year Chelsey Fought, who was one of the students that helped


continued from page 2 have longer.” Many students believe that the amount of money to take out in loans is a big decision that sometimes is neglected by advisors and leaves students and parents confused. “I think that many students starting college don’t realize just how much it is going to cost when you add up all four years,” first-year Gabi Jellison said. “I found a majority of the information that I used to make decisions about paying

moderate the event, was happy with the turn out for the game. “Attendance was shockingly great. Thursday night, when we were starting the game, we had about 40 students,” Fought said. “As the game got rolling, we ended up having 71 student players.” Junior Brian Vazquez, another moderator, felt the student body as a whole seemed pretty interested in the game. “As we were playing, people would open their windows all the time and shout ‘are you a human or a zombie?’,” Vazquez said. “People seemed really interested.” The group is confident the university will allow another game to be played in the fall and they hope for an even greater turnout. In the meantime, the student body should be happy to hear that the zombies have been staved off: for now. “Eight human players out of 71 ‘survived’,” Spalding said. “Which means the zombies did not win. But we’re going to hopefully have another game next semester and anything can happen.”

for college online and … I am definitely considering seeing what the author has to say.” Other students who are graduating soon feel they would have benefited from something like this earlier in their education. “I feel like since I’m looking into grad schools I’ve become a lot more aware of my loans and if I had a little more guidance I would be in a better financial position for a graduate degree,” junior Torri Huebner said. “Now I don’t know if it’s financially possible.” “The For-Profit Reality Check” is available online for $1.99 along with Talbott’s e-book How Much Should I Borrow for College for $7.99 on his website

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said a lot of people were uneasy and unsure of what was going on because the crew was running around tossing lifejackets to everyone. Hogan said everyone was fairly calm and cooperative and his biggest concern was the possibility of having to swim in the Ohio River. “I was told by a member of security that there was no captain because the boat was not supposed to go,” Hogan said. “I was in awe and taken off guard when it happened. We didn’t know what we hit.”

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011 ♦ 9 Bernstein denied that a captain was not on board and said there was a captain and a full crew on board. “The captain and crew immediately tied the boat and secured it to the other boat to prevent them from going down the river,” Bernstein said. “Everyone was forced to wear lifejackets and follow the emergency procedures and policies.” Students took the situation in stride, and realizing the timing of the Titanic anniversary, started singing “My Heart Will Go On” while waiting to exit the boat, according to Hogan. According to Hogan, the coast guard came in a tugboat and all the students and staff were escorted off the boat and onto land safely. There were no injuries and only minor

paint damage to the boats, Bernstein said. “There were no other problems that night,” Bernstein said. “Everyone cooperated and the evacuation went very well. The U.S. Coast Guard actually commented on how well it went.” Bernstein went on to say that this was the first incident of this kind in the 30 years he has owned BB Riverboats. “I’m sorry that we didn’t give the sororities a great time,” Bernstein said. “We apologize and want them to come back to have a better time. We really enjoyed doing business with them.” When everyone got to land, buses were waiting to take them back to Miami. The buses arrived back at Miami around 11:30 p.m., Hogan said.

“Although Miami sororities getting media attention brings back bad memories from this time last year, these sororities didn’t do anything wrong,” Hogan said. “They were very fluid getting off the boats and this was an occurrence that was out of their control. The whole thing went well and smoothly. I don’t think it will affect Miami at all.” Both the representatives of Alpha Phi and Gamma Phi Beta refused to comment on the situation. BB Riverboats and the Coast Guard are carrying out a full investigation of how this happened in hopes of avoiding future incidents, Bernstein said. Depending on the results of the investigation, Bernstein said they plan on looking into reconfiguring the boats and docks.

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400-meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 1:01.51. In field events, Erica Mudd won the high jump in 1.73-meters/5-8.00. Alexandra Roberts won the shot put in 15.05 meters. Roberts also placed third in the discus throw. After finishing in fourth the


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career as the second leading scorer in program history with 183 career points and was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award this year. He was named FirstTeam All-CCHA and was the CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He scored a career-best 57 points this season for the RedHawks. “I’ll go to a development camp in Julyand then training camp in September,” Camper said. “That’s

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past two seasons, the men’s track and field team dominated All-Ohio, finishing second with a total of 126.5 points. On the track, the RedHawks had two individual titles. Robbie Fisher won the 3000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:16.36. With his senior year winding down, Fisher is working to earn a regional time in the steeplechase to qualify for NCAA first round. Michael Perry had also

when I’ll try to make the NHL team.” The next day, April 7, Cannone signed an entrylevel contract of his own with the Ottawa Senators. Upon signing, Cannone traveled to Binghamton, N.Y. to play with the Senators’ AHL affiliate Binghamton Senators. In his first professional game, Cannone tallied a goal and an assist in the Senators 4-2 victory over Rochester. “(The goal) came on a give-and-go with the team captain, Ryan Keller, who hit me out of the corner,” he said. “The goalie stopped the shot, but I batted home

run on day one of the meet with Fisher, finishing in second in the 10,000-meter race with a personal-best time of 31:07.87. “It was nice being seniors and finishing first and second at All-Ohio,” Fisher said. Junior Matt Rudin was the second track victory, finishing first in the decathlon with a personal-best 6,452 points. In field events, the Red and White swept the top three spots in the triple jump.

Matt Losi won the event in a personal-best jump of 13.74 meters/45-1. Teammate John Cantwell finished second and John Rees placed third. The men’s and women’s teams will return to action April 23 and 24 as they compete in the Jesse Owens Classic hosted by The Ohio State University. A number of athletes from the women’s team will travel to Oxford, Miss. for the Mississippi Open.


the rebound. It was really exciting, something I’ll never forget.” He scored 133 career points for the RedHawks, placing him in 15th all-time. This season he recorded a career-high 37 points and was Honorable Mention All-CCHA. The ’Hawks co-captain never missed a game while at Miami and his 166 games played is second in program history. All three RedHawks were back in Oxford on Saturday night for the team’s end of the year awards banquet.

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Golfers aim to catch Tiger’s tail Matt Fitzgerald

My Short Athletic Shorts As a huge golf fan, I understand most casual fans’ knowledge stops with two words: Tiger Woods. Everyone loves seeing that vintage Sunday Red and when Tiger is chasing, ratings are rising. I was a Tiger Woods fan and he still draws more viewers than anyone possibly can. But then I grew up. I then asked myself: how can you still root for a man like this? I found myself hard-pressed to come up with a legitimate answer. The man who plays a “gentleman’s game” throws clubs, drops f-bombs and hacks and spits on putting surfaces. The billionaire that doesn’t tip, blows hundreds of thousands of dollars on one-night Las Vegas binges for call girls and so much more unspeakable debauchery that I can’t even mention because it will definitely not get printed. Honestly, what’s to like? With all that power, influence and money, Woods chose to be selfish and outside of his foundation essentially did nothing with it. As Jim Brown said, “(Tiger) as an individual for social change? Terrible … he can get away with teaching kids to play golf and that’s his contribution. In the real world, I can’t teach kids to play golf and that’s my contribution, if I’ve got that kind of power.” However, there is an exciting wave of young, talented players emerging. Rory McIlroy, who blew a 4-shot lead at The Master’s Tournament last week, was unbelievably graceful in defeat. Labeled as the “Next Big Thing”, he has drawn comparisons to Woods because of the immense talent he possesses. Clearly the prospect of winning his first green jacket at the same age Woods won his was overwhelming. McIlroy, after a crushing defeat at Augusta National Gulf Club, flew 30 hours to Malaysia, lost his clubs until hours before his first round and yet was still in contention to win, eventually losing by two. McIlroy lost to none other than Italy’s Matteo Manassero. No big deal, except for the fact that Manassero won two days short of his 18th birthday. He is also the youngest winner ever of the British Amateur Championship, which he won at age 16. He turns 18 this coming week, racing up the world rankings. Imagine being the 35th-best person in the world at your professional job at age 18! My favorite story of all the young guns has to be Ryo Ishikawa, though. He hails from Japan, which has endured such tragedy recently. Amidst this crisis, Japan has encouraged Ishikawa to continue to play golf. Imagine being a 19-year-old kid and, as a single individual, playing in honor of your country. Talk about enormous pressure to perform. The tough life of a professional golfer, I know. But here’s the kicker: Ishikawa is donating all of his 2011 prize money to the relief effort for Japan. How many 19-year-olds have that level of maturity and kindness? Heck how many people in general would do that? I would like to think I would, and I would like to think most people would … but one person who may not? Tiger Woods. Sorry, someone had to keep it real. So the next time you dismiss golf as boring or become disinterested because Woods isn’t being shown and flick past it, I dare you to watch these incredible young players. They are the future of the game on the course and seem to be upstanding individuals off of it, most importantly. Obviously, no matter what Woods does from here on out on the golf course, it’s going to be intriguing. I’m just saying there are other guys to root for.



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NEXT MEET: All day Saturday at Jesse Owens Classic

Miami finishes in top three By Melissa Maykut Staff Writer

The Miami University women’s track and field team had a strong showing at the All-Ohio Championship April 15 and 16, placing third. At the Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) Relays in Walnut, Calif., junior Rachel Patterson finished in the top five of Miami’s region, giving her a qualifying time for the NCAA meet. The Miami men’s track and field team kept up the momentum from the Miami Invitational, earning a second place finish at the All-Ohio Championship hosted by the University of Cincinnati. Head coach Kelly Phillips traveled with four runners earlier this week to California. With schools from all over the country competing, Kate Carter, Maggie Bingham, Katie Lenahan and Rachel Patterson ran season best races. “All of them ran great,” Phillips said. “They all had season personal records. They just came in with a mission and ran very well.” Junior Rachel Patterson ran in the 5000-meter race in a school record time of 16:14.45. “I knew I needed to be running 77 seconds per 400 meters,” Patterson said. “My goal was just hitting the times I knew I needed to run because I wanted to get a time that would get me into the NCAA first round.” Patterson’s time is in the top five in the West Region, which does qualify her for the NCAA meet. Lenahan finished 27th out of 96 runners in the 800-meter


Senior Hope Alexander takes flight during the Miami Invitational April 9. race with a personal-best time of 2:10.09. Bingham also had a season-best in the 3000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 10:59.20 and 15th out of 34 in the race. Carter cut her previous

time in the 1500-meter down 10 seconds, finishing in 4:37.76. At All-Ohio, the women’s team had three individual victories to place them in third behind Cin-

cinnati and the University of Dayton. On the track, Katie Scannell was victorious in the

wSee TRACK, page 11


RedHawk Seniors head to NHL Following the conclusion of their season and collegiate athletic careers, three Miami University ice hockey seniors signed National Hockey League contracts, officially moving to the next level. Andy Miele, Carter Camper and Pat Cannone were all undrafted throughout their careers and because of their free agent status, these ’Hawks could sign with any team in the league. The seniors of the Brotherhood, upon completing their Miami careers, are no longer required to maintain amateur status for the NCAA, opening the door for professional contracts. Miele was the first Red and White skater to go, signing an entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes April 2. By April 4, he was expected to report to the Coyotes’ practice in Glendale, Ariz. Miele began practicing with the Coyotes before the team began its Stanley Cup playoff run. “That was a good experience for me,” Miele said. “It’ll still take a little time

getting used to. It’s hard to step right in at will represent the United States at the 2011 that level.” International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s With his list of accolades this season, in- World Championship April 29 through May cluding the first Hobey 15 in Slovakia. Miele’s teamBaker Award, given to mates will include St. Louis college hockey’s top Blues goaltender Ty Conk“That was a good player, the first in school lin and the Toronto Maple experience for me. history, Miele was the Leafs’ Mike Brown. The It’ll still take a little team will open play April 30 most sought after free time getting used to. against Austria. agent in the country according to Coyotes Shortly after Miele’s signIt’s hard to step right General Manager Don ing, Camper signed on with in at that level.” Maloney. He notched the Boston Bruins April 6. 71 points for the RedAfter signing his entry-level ANDY MIELE Hawks this season, leadcontract, Camper traveled PHOENIX COYOTE FORWARD ing the nation in scoring. to Providence, Rhode Island Miele was also named to start practicing with the the Central Collegiate Bruins’ American Hockey Hockey Association (CCHA) Player of the League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Year, Inside College’s Na- Bruins. In three games with Providence, tional Player of the Year and United States Camper recorded a goal and an assist, College Hockey Online’s National Player of starting his professional career with the the Year. prolific scoring that characterized his colOn Thursday, USA Hockey announced legiate career. Camper finished his Miami Miele would be part of the 16-player roster playing on the 2011 National Team. Miele See HOCKEY, page 11


NEXT GAME: All day Saturday at Kepler Intercollegiate

By Hannah R. Miller Senior Staff Writer


’Hawks place eighth in Iowa City By Hannah R. Miller Senior Staff Writer

The Miami University men’s golf team teed off in the Hawkeye Invitational this weekend, using a Sunday comeback to tie for eighth in the tournament. Miami tied at 36-over par with the University of Nebraska, both shooting a final score of 612. The hosting University of Iowa Hawkeyes won the tournament with a 13-over par score. “It was a tough weekend weather-wise and I think it got to some of our heads a little,” senior Michael Drobnick said. “We didn’t come into the week as prepared as we should have been, we didn’t utilize the time to the best of our ability and you could see that in the scores. We didn’t have a great week.”

In Saturday’s round, the RedHawks struggled, shooting a team score of 29-over par and finishing the day tied for 10th. “It was kind of disappointing. We didn’t play as well as we would’ve liked,” captain Nathan Sutherland said. “We were close but we needed a fourth and a fifth score and we didn’t have that. But we can recover.” On Sunday, the ’Hawks combined for team score of 7-over par, showing significant improvement from the first round of the tournament. “In the practice round we didn’t really get to see the course because it got rained out, so the guys saw it Saturday and came out and played better (Sunday),” Drobnick said. “And I think when we’re in secondto-last place we have nothing to lose, so we swung a little more freely and played a

better round.” Drobnick was the top finisher for the Red and White, shooting a 4-over par 76 on Saturday and an even 72 on Sunday. He finished tied for 10th. Captain Nathan Sutherland finished tied for 20th at 8-over par after shooting a 78 on Saturday and a 74 on Sunday. Sophomore Ben Peacock, playing as an individual, also finished tied for 20th with a pair of 76s. Freshman Austin Kelly finished tied for 37th at 11-over par, while classmate Mark MacDonald finished at 14-over par and tied for 45th. Sophomore Brett Tomfohrde finished tied for 55th at 17-over par. “The good thing is this golf course is

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