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


VOLUME 141 NO. 48


TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY On April 22 1994, The Miami Student reported Oxford City Council approved 5-2 a resolution authorizing the city service director to bid for a contract to demolish a water tower. The resolution also stated that the site after demolition would be called Oxford Memorial Park.

Cradle of Coaches welcomes Harbaugh BY TOM DOWNEY SPORTS EDITOR

The Cradle of Coaches has a new member. John Harbaugh, a former Miami football player and the Super Bowl-winning head coach of the Baltimore Ravens was inducted into the Cradle over the weekend. As a defensive back, Harbaugh struggled to make the travel team during his time at Miami, but now has his own statue at the Cradle of Coaches Plaza outside Yager Stadium. “There is nothing like Miami, there is nothing like the Cradle of BEN TAYLOR THE MIAMI STUDENT Coaches,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t Miami unveils the statue of John Harbaugh at the Cradle of Coaches Plaza at Yager Stadium Saturday. think there is a bigger honor in coaching. A lot may not understand that, but once you take a look, you was the driving force behind Har- ‘Of course you do, look at that ring proud of his older brother. under stand it. It means a lot.” baugh’s induction. Sayler said Har- on your finger.’ To get him here “I prided myself for a very long Harbaugh joins legends Earl baugh is the link between the Miami and to have him do this for us and time on being the tallest Harbaugh (Red) Blaik, Weeb Ewbank, Paul greats of the past and the incoming be honored this way, it’s just awe- in the family of all the generations...” Brown, Paul Dietzel, Ara Parseghi- and future recruits. However, Har- some for me. It’s beyond my wildest Jim Harbough said. “So, that all an, Carm Cozza, John Pont and Bo baugh originally turned down the dreams as far as how the weekend changed today when they unveiled Schembechler as Cradle members. statue offer from Sayler twice. has gone.” the statue… I’m just so proud. All members are Miami alumni who “John actually said no the first two Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother and There have been so many proud mowon either a national championship times I asked him to do the statue,” current San Francisco 49ers head ments that John has brought to the (or Super Bowl for NFL coaches) or Sayler said. “That’s the kind of man coach, was a surprise guest at Cra- Harbaugh family.” national coach of the year award. that he is. He just [said], ‘Well, I dle of Coaches dinner Friday night. Jim Harbaugh wasn’t the only Athletic Director David Sayler don’t know if I deserve it.’ [I said], The younger Harbaugh said he was notable guest present. John and

6,000 students dish out dirt on newYik-Yak app

$750,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Regents promises internships, innovation BY ALEXANDRIA MOORE FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT



Imagine a world where someone could say whatever he or she wants without anyone knowing who said it. Well, that world is here: Yik Yak created it in the smartphone realm. Yik Yak is an app that allows users to post anonymously and view content posted by others in the user’s geographic area. Recently, the app became popular among several Miami University students but received mixed reactions. “Well, I think people can use it for the wrong reasons and yaks can be particularly cruel,” super senior Joe Gieringer said. “But it can also be used as a forum for off brand or creative humor that you might not want your name attached to on a more mainstream social media site.” Other students are not so pleased with the app, however. Miami’s Social Media Specialist Kelly Bennett said her office and President David Hodge have received several emails the past two weeks urging the university to do something to shut down the app. While there is not much the university can do to shut down the app at this moment, Bennett offers some alternatives. She suggests students use the app to post positive content to overshadow the negative posts that are currently dominating the app. Bennett also believes the app’s popularity will not last long. “I think it will die out over the summer, and I think people will get bored of it,” Bennett said. “It’s just the same thing over and over again.”

Gieringer also said he believes the app is starting to run its course. “Now that it has become more popular at Miami, the feed is starting to become diluted with boring and half-witted responses,” he said. “I feel like the app has peaked.” Senior Julia Engelbrecht said she only looks at the app when she is bored and usually dislikes the posts she sees. She said a majority of the posts poke fun at specific sororities and fraternities or at students not affiliated with a Greek organization. “I think it only continues to support the stereotype of Miami students being stuck up and rude,” she said. Andrew Boehm, Assistant Director of the Office of Admissions, said he is not concerned about prospective students viewing the app when they visit campus. “When students come and see this place first hand and talk to the people here, anything that is an avenue for negative comments about Miami goes by the wayside,” Boehm said. While many negative posts are present on the app, Bennett said it is likely that the same few people repeatedly posting to the app and is not representative of the student body. “Our students are our number one ambassadors and they always do a phenomenal job showing what life is like on this campus,” Boehm said. “With record number of applications coming in year after year, I think they’re doing a pretty good job showing the positive things about Miami as opposed to anything negative.”

Jim’s father Jack, a legendary coach in his own right, was there. Ozzie Newsome, a Hall of Fame tight end and current Ravens general manager was present, along with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. A number of Harbaugh’s former coaches and players were also present, much to John’s delight. “I feel overwhelmed and stunned a little bit that people would take the time to come on down,” Harbaugh said. “That it would be something that they would want to be a part of. It means more to me than I could ever express.” In addition to the revealing of the statue, Miami also broke ground on its new Indoor Sports Center. (LINK 1) Sayler said the facility is long overdue, with plans for the facility dating all the way back to 1998. Miami is coming off its worst season in school history, but Sayler said the future, buoyed by the new facility, looks bright. “The future is so bright,” Sayler said. “I fully expect to be in MAC Championship game in three or four years if not sooner. That’s what we’re about and that’s where we are focusing all our efforts.”

After a competitive application process, the Ohio Board of Regents has awarded Miami University a $748,566 grant for in-state internships. This will serve as seed money for several projects, including the construction of a high-tech interactive media headquarters in Cincinnati, the development of an internship-focused mobile app and the creation of 83 undergraduate summer positions among Cincinnati-based companies. These propositions align with the Ohio Board of Regents’ primary stipulation, which called for a plan to foster the state’s economic development and increased networking resources through partnerships between Ohio-based universities and companies. Grants were awarded to universities on the basis of how well their proposals embodied this goal, with Miami’s endowment sitting at the 90th percentile. Universities to receive comparable grants include University of Akron, Bowling Green State University and University of Dayton, among others that received between $100,000 and $550,000. Director of Career Services Michael Goldman attributes Miami’s grant to the planning of a new facility, the Cincinnati Digital Innovation Center, which will be designed specifically for the Miami students who take part in these internships, which will lend them technological resources to match those in San Francisco and Luxembourg. These positions will cover an array of fields, from manufacturing and human resources to finance and computer technology, Heather Christman, Senior Associate Director of Career Services said. “We proposed replicating the San Francisco [Armstrong Interactive Media Studies] AIMS Center, which will mean that Miami students on a residential basis will participate in internships with local companies four days a week, attend class on the fifth day, and then participate in networking opportunities during the week,” Goldman said. As the AIMS Center model shows, the Cincinnati Digital Innovation Center will provide resources for business, engineering,

fine arts, education, arts and science majors, offering a comprehensive interdisciplinary outpost. Students will also have the opportunity to earn credit for these internships, Christman said. To do so, they will be required to file a request through their department. This center will be a cornerstone project of what the Ohio Board of Regents’ grant aimed to achieve. Its establishment will signify a longterm partnership between Miami University and the businesses of Cincinnati as well as an innovative approach to internships. Whitney Riley, the associate director of Development for Corporate and Foundation Relations, described the competitive edge this may offer participating students. “Cincinnati is really growing and strengthening its base from a techno perspective, and we’ll be near new firms starting up that we’ll be able to plug into,” Riley said.

app, and connecting our faculty with state-wide employers … we feel confident that there will be a longterm return,” Goldman said. Goldman explained that among the 18 companies with whom Miami University will be partnering, there is a mutual understanding that these initial 83 positions will likely give way to more positions in the future, which will require skill sets in all disciplines of study. “They are very interested in pursuing talent from all majors, they are ones who look for an inherent skill-set,” Riley said. “They’ll be interested in the history major as the finance major as the comparative religion major. Their personality and their interests.” Riley worked directly with these companies to procure internship positions for Miami undergraduates, pitching the accolades of both the school’s academic data and the quality of the students themselves.

Building long-term relationships with the business ... and connecting our faculty with state-wide employers … we feel confident that there will be a long-term return.” MICHAEL GOLDMAN


While many universities that receive grants apply them to co-op programs, Miami students primarily choose summer internships, an idea that was incorporated into the design of this new program. Eighty-three positions are now reserved for Miami University students, which will extend through the summer of 2015. Among these employers are high-profile companies like the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Fifth Third Bank, as well as companies like David J. Joseph, whose industry in recycling relies heavily on innovation. All 18 companies are offering these internships with pay, 40 percent of which will be reimbursed through the grant, Christman said. While this goal is a short-term solution, sustainability within these new partnerships is a primary goal in the program Miami is developing, Goldman said. “Building long-term relationships with the business, the mobile

He explained that it was important to enumerate the cross-disciplinary qualities of Miami undergraduates, from the impressive ranking of the Farmer School of Business to the importance of humanity majors in the professional world. “More generally I talked about what President Hodge calls the ‘tshaped’ student, which means not just zeroing in on any one quality, but having breadth and depth in any given subject,” Riley said. The Ohio Board of Regents and Miami University expect interns based out of the Cincinnati Digital Innovation Center to hold the resources necessary to establish their own long-term professional networks, using Ohio-based businesses to build a career over the course of a summer. Applications for these positions are provided directly through each company, a complete list of which can be found in Hoyt Hall’s Career Services department.






Ballot stations: MU dems protest voting restriction BY JAMES STEINBAUER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

As part of the College Democrat’s Progressive Week, Miami’s College Democrats, in coalition with Brickwork, a progressive magazine, and other progressive groups will be holding a voting rights demonstration this Thursday near the seal. Members from the College Democrats, Spectrum, The F Word and Black Women Empowered as well as community members from Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice have banded together in a progressive “coalition” and will hold a demonstration, which will include handing out quarter sheets and a voting booth bearing the label “closed,” in response to the current wave of restricting voting laws passed in Ohio. “This is an issue that affects college students everywhere,” Editor -in-Chief of Brickwork Matt Metzler said. “We have busy lives and schedules and we can’t always afford to stand in long lines on Election Day. We really rely on early voting.”

This February, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 238, which shaves days off the early voting period and completely eliminates “Golden Week,” a brief window when voters could register and vote early on the same day. Another bill, Senate Bill 205, prohibits anyone but Secretary of State Jon Husted from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots to voters. Metzler said the progressive coalition is simply trying to rally all people who have a stake in early voting. “We don’t want to make this a partisan issue,” Miami College Democrats President Keary Iarussi said. “However, the fact is that the republicans control super majorities in both legislative bodies in Ohio and we know that this is a priority of the Republican Party.” President of the Miami University College Republicans Katey Papin acknowledged that republicans across the state of Ohio are simply looking to eliminate all fraudulent voting activities those seen in the 2012 presidential elections.

“Voter fraud is not a real issue and statistically voter fraud just does not happen,” Metzler said. “Nevertheless, supporters of these new voting policies often evoke voter fraud as their reason.” The College Democrats voting rights demonstration seems fitting given Miami’s yearlong focus on the anniversary of Western Campus’ role in the 1964 Freedom Summer, a connection that the College Democrats do not fail to make. “These attacks on voting rights don’t affect affluent middle class Americans,” Iarussi said. “They disproportionately effect poor voters, who more than not happen to be minorities.” Like Iarussi, Metzler believes the recent voting restrictions are paving the way for a new era of activists. “We want to promote student initiated activities to promote freedom summer in our own way,” Metzler said. “We want take the inspiration of student leadership and student activism and put a modern twist on that and see how we can get students involved on this campus.”



Kevin Matthew proposed to April Marie Saturday under Upham Arch as they were cheered on by a passing tour group.

ASG introduces bill to freeze tuition, raises chief of staff salary BY KATHLEEN CLYBURN FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT

The Associated Student Government (ASG) held a formal senate meeting last Tuesday in the Armstrong Student Center’s Harry Wilks Theater. During the meeting, the Senate discussed the Resolution Supporting a Guaranteed Tuition Program and passed a bylaw amendment. With the Resolution Supporting a Guaranteed Tuition Program, tuition will increase initially and will remain at this amount for all four years a student is enrolled, as opposed to increasing more and more each year. According to senior President of the Student Senate Nick Miller, the university has the power to raise tuition up to 3 percent each year.

Schreiber said the bill will help students and families plan for exactly how much money they will need to pay in tuition every year without any surprises. “The support for this bill has been high,” Schreiber said. “Students are supporting a bill that won’t even affect their time at Miami and I think that’s really great.” Miller said with this guaranteed tuition program, there will be an opt-in or opt-out option. “First year or transfer students can choose to opt in to the guaranteed tuition program in which their tuition will be increased a certain percentage and remain at this same amount for four years,” he said. President of the Student Body Charlie Schreiber and Vice President Courtney Bernard used this bill during their platform when

they were running for president and vice president of the student body and they said they hope to see it passed.

Students are supporting a bill that won’t even affect their time at Miami and I think that’s really great.” CHARLIE SCHREIBER


“It’s really heartbreaking when a student has to leave Miami because they can’t afford the tuition,” Schreiber said. “This program will hopefully ensure students can know what to expect when paying for school.”

The bill was seen as old business and will be revisited at tonight’s meeting for approval. ASG then discussed The ASG Internal Capital Reform Bylaw Amendment authored by senior treasurer Nathan Lombardi. This amendment would make several changes to the inner workings of ASG, including a raise in salary for the chief of staff position. It will raise the salary from $1,441 to $3,050. According to Lombardi, salaries are set based on the amount of work each position does, and the chief of staff does as much work as the other secretary positions in the cabinet and deserves to be paid just as much. “The role of chief of staff has evolved into something just as demanding as a secretary position

with not as much pay,” he said. “It has caused conflict in the past. Cabinet has suggested raising the salary of chief of staff.” This bill will also eliminate the director of technology position. Junior senator Kevin Krumpak said he was against removing the director of technology position and ASG should have someone with an extensive knowledge in technology if a problem should arise. “The university already provides the necessary technical resources that ASG would require so this position is not needed at this point,” Lombardi said. Other senators including sophomore Katie Caprez agreed the director of technology position was no longer vital to the organization. Senate took a roll call vote and passed the bill 30-0.

Western dorms nurture eco-friendly living, community atmosphere BY JENNA TILLER



The three new residence halls on Western Campus are set to open this fall after a year of construction. Each hall will feature three floors divided into three separate houses designed to give the space more of a community feel.

After a year of construction, the new Western Campus residence halls are finally scheduled to be completed by move-in day next fall. As the residence hall lottery and room selection process continues until April 23, students can consider the new halls as a viable option for next year. Similar to Etheridge Hall, the new Western residence halls are built around a “house” concept, Director of Auxiliary Construction & Facilities Matthew Frericks said. Each floor will have three houses of approximately 45 people with the exception of the first floor, which will have only two houses. The project began in 2013, and is managed by Robert Bell. Approximately 800 people can be housed in the three buildings combined. The houses are built to have a community feel, so each has its own study and common area, as well as a kitchenette. The rooms in the Western residence halls average around 200 square feet, which is considerably larger than the standard dorm room, Frericks said. The furniture also differs from that found in most residence halls. Instead of a tall dresser and desk, there will be a small dresser, a set of drawers, basic desk and shelves capable of being stored under a lofted bed. This is so students will have many more space-saving ways to rearrange their rooms. Each room also has a two-level light source that can be adjusted based on the user’s needs. Community space is a major

concept in the new Western dorms. The main floor features an expansive common area with a fireplace, TV, study room and full kitchen. A laundry room and indoor bike rack are also located on the first floor. The second and third floors each have their own smaller common area and study room, as does each individual house. Each house also has its own TV. According to Brian Woodruff, the Director of Housing Options, Meals & Events, the price for double rooms is $3,538, single rooms are $4,763 and triple rooms are $2,989. While this is more expensive than other upper-classmen dorms, the halls have the best amenities and have air conditioning. Over the summer, new walkways will be installed so the residence halls will have easy access to both the new Western Dining Commons and Bachelor Hall. The new Western residence halls use some energy saving features and sustainable practices. All three buildings connect to the new geothermal plant and will use solely geothermal energy. Each common area also features very large windows to let in more natural light, reducing the need for fluorescent light during the day. Furthermore, every room is equipped with a vacancy sensor that will shut off the light and lower the heat after the room has been vacant for a certain amount of time. Outside the dorms, there will be a storm water retention pond that collects storm water runoff from the surrounding area. This water will also be used to irrigate Cook Field.







Sauce calls for tomatoes, salt, basil, can of tobacco At 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, the manager of Bruno’s Pizza, 31 E. High St., arrived to find two employees staring contemplatively into a bucket of pizza sauce. When asked why they were doing so, the employees said a juvenile employee had dumped a can of tobacco into the sauce, according to OPD. The juvenile, who was fired the next day, admitted to having done so on a dare. Officers were dispatched to escort the juvenile employee from the premises. The investigation is continuing and charges are forthcoming, OPD said.

Man doesn’t get by with a little help from friend At 1:24 a.m. Friday, two OPD officers were on foot patrol near the intersection of Poplar and Church Street when one noticed a male holding a clear plastic cup containing an orange liquid and brown swizzle stick. The male stood with two others in the southeast corner of the intersection when officers approached. The officer identified the drink as “typical” of mixed drinks from a bar. When the officer approached the young-looking suspect to ask for ID, a second male threw his hand between the two. He said the cup was his, and he would take all charges. The interjecting male smelled of alcohol, according to OPD, and looked as young as did the primary suspect. The male was insistent the officer charge him, not the friend holding “his” cup. When asked for ID, the male sloppily opened his wallet, allowing the officer to see a second driver’s license, which was later found to be fictitious. The first-year male with the cup was cited for open container and sales to and use by underage persons. The first-year who intervened was determined to be intoxicated and was charged with sales to and use by underage persons and certain acts prohibited.

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Clinic puts no price on healthcare BY YING LIANG


With the help of Miami University students, the Oxford Free Clinic will host its inaugural fundraiser on Friday, May 2. The gala event, catered by Kona Bistro, will be at the Oxford Community Arts Center from 7 to 9 p.m., and will consist of live music, a silent auction and a raffle, with all proceeds going directly to the clinic. The Oxford Free Clinic is a community collaboration that began in 2006 involving over 40 volunteers and serving around 400 people every year, according to executive director Marilyn Sasser. Sasser said the clinic has no permanent address; it is set up in donated spaces during the first three Wednesdays of every year, from the McCullough-Hyde Medical Building to the First United Presbyterian Church. The clinic treats many patients with chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. The clinic is unique in that patients often have their treatments entirely paid for, or up to 90 percent covered. Sasser said money comes from the state, which has many requirements to ensure diagnoses and treatments are covered. “The most difficult part of the job is that… there is a defined service area,” Sasser said. “Sometimes, eligibility requirements aren’t met. In certain cases, we can’t refer them elsewhere—it’s very difficult to turn

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them away. Healthcare shouldn’t be a sacrifice.” Sasser, who has been with the clinic for two years, sets appointments, pays bills and fundraises for diagnostic testing, among other responsibilities. Since she began working, the clinic has paired with Prevent Blindness Ohio to offer free eye exams and glasses to residents who meet state requirements. Sasser said there are still plenty of programs and expansions for the clinic in the future and they are looking to educate patients about chronic conditions. Money donated to the clinic helps cover medical costs and diagnoses for patients in need. “I have a great deal of respect [for patients],” Sasser said. “They’re not people who are hiding from society—they’re just sick. Poverty is a full-time job. [It is] not an easy step to reach out and ask for help.” For students interested in helping the clinic, Blake Chaffee, a graduate student at Miami University who has been a volunteer for over a year and has recently become a board member, suggested asking around and contacting the Free Clinic for volunteering opportunities. “One thing I’ve gotten an appreciation for [is] the clinic itself … At first, you feel obligated to volunteer,” Chaffee said. “But then you work there for a while and find a role; you meet a lot of people. It’s rewarding, knowing that you’re part of an organization that really serves the

Oxford community.” As a volunteer, Chaffee said his responsibilities include checking patients in, filling out their flow charts, organizing paperwork and working to set up fundraising events for awareness. “We’re always looking for more people,” Chaffee said. “We want students to be aware—right now, we’re pretty small, and this is our first fundraising gala event. If word gets out, and the students and town [are] aware, it could help us financially and support [us] in the future.”

“It’s hard not to tell them ‘that’s good, that’s bad’, but students must learn for themselves,” Taylor said. “I have to step back and meet with the groups, allow class time to meet and talk about it. [I avoid] a lot of hands on things—I ask them questions about what they’re thinking, why they’re thinking that, and so on.” Taylor’s students have worked to market the fundraising event. She required three deliverables from each group: a mailing list for potential volunteers and donors, a functional website, and a presentation of ideas for the gala event.

It’s rewarding, knowing that you’re part of an organization that really serves the Oxford community.” BLAKE CHAFFEE


Chaffee said he has met with a Miami marketing class to help advertise the gala. Janice Taylor, who teaches the class, originally stumbled upon the opportunity during winter break when a mutual friend connected her with a clinic board member. She has since assigned the inaugural fundraiser work for the clinic to groups in her consumer behavior marketing class.

“By and large Miami students are good at finding research,” Taylor said. “[The project is] more handson right now.” Taylor said that she expects her marketing students to grow with this experience, just as the Oxford Free Clinic grows with their help. For more information about the inaugural fundraiser or the clinic, please visit

Two residents robbed at gunpoint in two days BY CHRIS CURME

At 4:48 p.m. Thursday, OPD officers responded to the Level 27 apartment complex, 3770 Southpointe Pkwy., in reference to an unwanted male on the premises. The 23-year-old man in question was on the basketball court when officers arrived and had been previously served a no trespass order by Level 27 property management, OPD said. When confronted by the officer, the suspect said he believed his no trespass order applied only to the apartment buildings, not the basketball court. He said he was invited by two other friends to shoot hoops that day. The property manager pulled the no trespass order served on March 20 and noted the entire property was included. The manager requested OPD cite the suspect with criminal trespass and remove him from the premises. OPD obliged, and returned the suspect to his residence on Arrowhead Drive.




On both Friday and Saturday around 2 a.m., two men robbed an Asian pedestrian at gunpoint near Oxford Commons Apartments. The suspects, wanted for aggravated robbery, are at large. The first incident occurred at 1:33 a.m. Friday when a female Miami University senior was walking from her vehicle to her apartment at 1804 Oxford Commons Dr. In the 600 block of Erin Drive, two suspects approached brandishing a handgun and demanded her purse, and then her phone, according to police. The suspects left on foot heading north through the parking lot. At 1:43, the victim called the Oxford Police Department (OPD). The Butler County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene with a K-9 unit. The respective campus crime alert described the suspects as two males, one white and wearing a black hat, black clothing and a white rag over his face, the other wearing a black coat and hat. Twenty-four hours later, at 1:55 a.m., two suspects approached a male near McGuffey Avenue and Oxford Commons Drive. The victim reported one of the suspects carried a gun. “I just thought someone was joking,” the male said. “After the

second [man appeared], I knew I was going to be robbed.” He said he had just returned from a trip home, and came to Oxford carrying a “large amount” of cash his father had given him. “I saw someone holding a gun and wearing a mask,” he said, adding the suspects looked young and scared, though not as scared as he, with a gun pointed at him. When approached by the guntoting man, he dropped his luggage and recently-bought food. “I said, ‘Please don’t talk to me.’ ...‘What do you want? Money?’ [I asked.]” According to the victim, when he saw the gun, he knew he had to give up his cash. He first handed a little, then they asked for all. The suspects fled northwest from the area on foot toward the intersection of Erin and Tollgate Drives, a campus crime alert read. Though both victims were Asian, neither police report indicated hate bias. In addition, neither report mentioned assault. The campus crime alert said the female was unharmed, and the male said he was also uninjured. OPD’s public information officer Jon Varley said he believes the status of the investigation will change by Tuesday afternoon. The male victim, who said he always gets food and is out at night gave a warning. “It’s not safe here,” he said.



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Students to strut their style for fashion week BY ABBEY GINGRAS FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT



A professional guzheng player serenades Miami as a part of the Asian Symposium Thusday.

Each spring, Miami University students can take part in a fashion show put on by the Miami University Club of Fashion and Design (MUCFD). This year, the show promises to be bigger and better than ever with events from April 28 to May 2, ending with the largest fashion show to date on May 3. “I’m very excited that this is our biggest show yet, we’ve elevated it a lot from previous years,” junior Abbey Bonadies said. “We’re trying hard to compete with fellow programs like DAAP, and we want to make it less of a club event and more of a Miami experience for all students.” Bonadies, who is in charge of marketing and public relations for MUCFD has been working hard to promote the show on social media and around campus with posters. The goal, she said, is to let as many students as possible know about the show.

To give students chances to experience various elements of a real fashion week, MUCFD has put together events for each day leading up to the show. This year, fashion week includes a trunk show April 30 in the Farmer School of Business Commons. It also features a presentation by former MUCFD president and current designer at Milly, Nikki Martinkovic. “Every year, our program grows larger, especially with the new fashion minor,” senior Elise Masquelier, Design Director for MUCFD, said. “So each year the show becomes more professional and more developed as far as contacts and connections. Its great to better ourselves each year and have the show reflect that growth.” With the production growing larger and more professional each year, coordination of the event can be difficult at times. “It has been very challenging, struggling with getting our show date in February instead of


November,” senior and President of MUCFD Chelsea Hupp said. “Without the date and venue we couldn’t really plan anything except tentatively. There is so much that goes into the event, and the added pressure of the university and sponsors watching us makes the show high stakes. Changing so much in one year is hard because we don’t have time to do trial and error. However, come show night, all of the challenges we’ve faced will be extremely rewarding.” To see the event come together in person, students can purchase pre-sale tickets for $12 online or $15 at the door of the event. Silver and Gold VIP tickets are also available for purchase for those who want to get closer to the action “We’ve already accomplished so much this year that we have a lot to live up to,” Hupp said. “But I think we’ll leave the audience impressed.” The show will be held 7- 9 p.m. May 3 in Millet Hall.


‘Goldfinch’ wins a deserved Pulitzer ‘Transcendence’ does little to transform movie-goers


The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced 3 p.m. April 18 at Columbia University. Prize categories ranged from journalism to books to music. The winner in the fiction category was the grandiose novel “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt, beating out “The Son” by Philipp Meyer and “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” by Bob Shacochis. Published to great fanfare and critical success, “The Goldfinch” has captured readers’ attentions all across the country. The third of Donna Tartt’s novels published in the last twenty years, “The Goldfinch” nabbed the $10,000 prize and the giant boost in sales that winning America’s greatest literary award garners. Donna Tartt is an anomaly in the world of literature. In today’s day and age where author exposure is needed to increase sales in a deflated industry, Tartt has remained something of a hermit. She reached superstar status when her sublime first novel, “The Secret History” was published in 1992. Receiving international acclaim and an unprecedented $450,000 for an advance, Tartt was poised to take over the world of contemporary literature. But then she disappeared. It wasn’t until 10 years later when she reappeared with her lackluster sophomore effort,

“The Little Friend.” After receiving great sales but lukewarm reviews, Ms. Tartt left the stage again until the publishing of “The Goldfinch.” “The Goldfinch” is a complicated novel. At its core it is a story about loss and how people deal with grief. Otherwise, the novel can be viewed as a commentary on American adolescence and the drug culture of the American West. The novel centers on the character Theo Decker. Theo is a precocious youth at the novel’s opening. Raised and educated near the innercircle of New York City society by his single mother, Theo is a child unlike any other. He is full of bravado and steadfast to his beliefs in the way that stubborn children usually are. He lives a comfortable life with his mother until a terrorist attack takes her away and leaves Theo with a small, priceless painting by the 17th century Dutch master Carel Fabritius. This painting stays with Theo as he is shipped to live with his father in the desert wasteland of Las Vegas. When Theo gets to Las Vegas, “The Goldfinch” reads like a completely different novel. The writing pace picks up and the dialogue becomes littered with slang. Theo falls in with his neighbor Boris, a Russian immigrant who’s father’s job has take him all over the world. Boris and Theo are excellent foils; Theo has learned about different places and cultures and Boris has

been there. In Las Vegas, Theo and Boris experiment with drugs and skip school. They are Ms. Tartt’s commentary on America’s youth; lazy and drifting through the desert wasteland. After their joint growing up in Vegas, Theo and Boris splitup only to be reunited at the novel’s shocking conclusion. Throughout the novel, the famous painting stays with Theo. He becomes obsessed with it because of its connection to his mother, not because of its value. The painting shapes his character and leads him to make certain decisions. In Theo’s search for meaning after his mother’s death, the painting is like a lighthouse, keeping him grounded and showing him how to navigate his life that is constantly becoming more complicated. “The Goldfinch” is a very versatile novel. Touching on subjects ranging from unrequited love to desert mob dealings and settings from dingy antiquity dealers to Amsterdam restaurants, “The Goldfinch” is a large novel filled to the brim with characters that carry the novel’s plot. Tartt could have done more with the storyline and the writing slogged a bit in the middle, but overall, “The Goldfinch” is a very satisfying read that is more than deserving of the Pulitzer Prize.

ARTS & EVENTS CALENDAR TUESDAY APRIL 22 Jazz trombonist Bill Gemmer, founding member of Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Big Band, will accompany The Jazz Ensemble in its 7:30 p.m. concert at Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 23 Learn more about Chinese culture at a reenactment of a modern Chinese wedding at 4 p.m. in Armstrong Student Center Pavilion A, hosted by The Comparative Education Club. No tickets necessary.

SATURDAY APRIL 26 Kick off your weekend at The Art of Yoga, focusing on relaxation and deep release through the mind and body awareness. The $10 class begins at 10:30 a.m. at Oxford Community Arts Center’s North Parlor.

THURSDAY APRIL 24 Dr. Don Clarke will share his lecture, “Hydraulic Fracturing and Earthquakes: Ethically, How Do We Move Forward and Do the Right Thing?” The free event is at 7 p.m. in Shideler Hall.

SUNDAY APRIL 27 The Oxford Area Community Theater will perform “The Retreat from Moscow” at 7:30 p.m. at Oxford Community Arts Center. Tickets for the play are $10 students and seniors, $12 adults.

FRIDAY APRIL 25 Stage Left will perform Tony Award-winning musical “Next to Normal” at 7 p.m. in The Armstrong Student Center’s Wilks Theater. Tickets are free and available in the Shriver Center Box Office.

MONDAY APRIL 28 Grammy-nominated violinist Andrés Cárdenes will make his Oxford debut at 7:30 p.m. in the Oxford Community Arts Center Ballroom. Tickets are $10 students and youth, $15 adults.


Is it time for the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie yet? Because Johnny Depp was definitely better suited to the Black Pearl. His latest, a two-hour dystopianesque story, leaves a lot to be desired from the eccentric actor and the rest of the cast. “Transcendence” focuses on Will Castor (Depp), a researcher whose work involves the attempt to create true artificial intelligence. The nature of his work has made him a target for an anti-technology group called R.I.F.T., led by a mysterious woman named Bree (Kate Mara). But their attack against Will and his research only ends up fueling his initiative, and forces him to participate in his own “transcendence.” So basically, Johnny Depp uploads his consciousness into a computer system and chaos ensues when he “goes online” and starts changing things. The basic idea is decent enough: that technology will inevitably bring about the end of life as we know it. It wasn’t all bad. I sort of appreciated the way certain details would be introduced at the beginning and not brought back up again or fully explained until the end. It was a neat way of tying things together. And there’s a really great slow motion shot at the beginning of dew dropping off of a sunflower. But the film was lacking in so many ways that a few interesting elements just couldn’t carry it. Character development was the biggest element that was lacking. Protagonist, antagonist, major character, minor character – it didn’t matter who – I never felt like I knew enough about anyone to fully get on board with anything that was going on. We were never given enough backstory about anyone, a flaw that made it especially hard to care about what happened to Will and his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall). They supposedly had this great love story, but we never heard anything about it. Apparently their friend Max (Paul Bettany) has known them for a long time; he claims to know them better than anyone, but we have no idea how they met or started working

together. We couldn’t even feel anything for Bree – she seemed like the bad guy, then turned out to be a good guy – but we really don’t know what motivates her either. In fact, the only one I cared slightly about was Morgan Freeman’s character and, truth be told, that’s only because he’s Morgan Freeman. There was also a disconnect in the overall premise, I never really understood when any of this was happening. At the beginning of the film, we were dropped into a world without technology, but were never told how far in the future it was supposed to be taking place. At one point, we’re told two years have passed but past that, there is no sense of how much time has passed at all. The transitions were also weird, jarring and very disconcerting. It was full of odd dissolving and fading transitions, but also sudden cuts to bright landscapes or completely white rooms that basically blinded me in the audience. I’d like to say there was some artistic reason for this, but I just couldn’t find it. “Transcendence” was a rather shallow film that tried to be deep and failed spectacularly. There was no impactful message at the end. In fact, the ending didn’t really make sense at all. I couldn’t figure out what the filmmakers or screenwriters were trying to say about technology or artificial intelligence other than, “develop too far, cross the line and you’re screwed.” Honestly, save yourself the money and spend 20 minutes or so thinking about how technology could potentially destroy the world. Imagine how bad things could get if we tried to create a computer system capable of independent thought – you’ll pretty much come to the same conclusion as the film and you’ll still have $11 in your wallet. But, if anyone happens to see it and actually understands the ending, shoot me an email. I wasn’t invested enough for hardcore analysis after the fade to black, but I am vaguely curious about what the last couple shots were supposed to mean.

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Students can’t stop Yaking: new app changes the face of gossip It seems as if the days of public whispers, rude laughter and quiet conversations spreading gossip have now transmitted to the digital frontier. Comments and accusations about others are now faceless and nameless on new apps like YikYak that can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store. Described as “a local bulletin board for your area by showing the most recent posts from other users around you,” it resembles more of a dartboard than any bulletin board at Miami, with users constantly throwing insults at people or groups, quickly gaining “likes” “dislikes” and replies. A glorified gossip app, YikYak allows users to post anonymously or under a fake handle. Other uses can “up” or “down” a post and reply to it. Some of the posts are just humorous, but others slam sororities and fraternities and individual people, usually for being promiscuous or for not being high on the social ladder of Greek life. This isn’t the first app to take a stab at becoming a real life Mean Girl’s “burn book.” CollegeACB, a website devoted to gossip that can be sorted by university, was shut down years ago and has now turned into the website CollegiateACB. Changing the web domain by a couple letters hasn’t actually changed the content however. Threads include sorority rankings and who has the biggest boobs on campus. It isn’t as widely used as YikYak, but it still has the same idea: post anonymously about anything you want pertaining to your university and fear no repercussions of it. The Miami Student Editorial Board cautions users from posting anonymously about other people on these gossip websites and apps. Even though most posts are humorous (or usually just crude), there are other posts that make fun of people, usually female students and sororities, for being “slutty” or not high on the social ladder. After a string of suicides this school year, some relating to alcohol and prescription drug abuse, it is important to remember that not everyone can handle

insults and rumors as well as others can. It may be easy for some students to shrug off gossip, but for others, it usually results in the loss of self-esteem and even creates serious social anxiety for them. They may even turn towards risky behaviors in order to sooth how they feel, including the abuse of alcohol and drugs. And even though posting anonymous gossip on YikYak may not feel like cyber bullying, it really is. Posting anonymous comments about other people, with no way of anyone else being able to verify if the comments or gossip is true, is bullying. Saying something to another person’s face is one thing: hiding behind your iPhone and spouting it off anonymously is another. According to, a social responsibility project started by parents and teachers, about 42 percent of kids have been bullied while online with one in four being verbally attacked more than once, about one third of kids have been threatened online and about 58 percent of kids and teens have reported that something mean has been said about them or to them online. Miami students aren’t a bunch of kids or teens — we are very much adults. All of us also deeply understand what goes online often stays online. Just because YikYak is an app doesn’t mean its threads and content don’t ever reach the immediate web. Imagine someone calling you a slut online or saying you do drugs and are a drunk — it could possibly hurt your career and reputation. Why would you want to do that to someone else? The point is, YikYak and other sites like CollegeACB are always going to be around, but it’s the social responsibility of its users to maintain a quality standard of what should be on these sites and what shouldn’t be. It can remain a funny way to read about what is going on in Oxford and other areas, but it doesn’t have to be one giant gossip forum. The board encourages students to use these apps and websites responsibly with other people’s emotions in mind.

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Transgender community faces rise in sexual assaults Sexual assault and violence against transgender individuals, especially individuals of color, is shockingly high and goes largely unreported by mainstream media outlets. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and as such, BRETT there is no betMILAM ter time to focus on the plight of an oft-marginalized, misunderstood and victimized community. But before I tackle the issue of violence against the transgender community, it is worth clarifying our terms and dispelling persistent myths about transgender individuals. Transgender, as defined by GLAAD, is an umbrella term to signify transsexuals, cross-dressers and other gender-variant people. Transgender individuals may identify as female-to-male or male-to-male. And not all transgender people undergo body altercation or surgery. Such is a point worth stressing more: The media focuses far too much on the potential sex reassignment surgery. How would you feel, if in every interview you gave, someone wanted to talk about your genitals? It’d be uncomfortable, demeaning and rightly seen as objectification. Back in January, model Carmen Carrera, was on Katie Couric’s daytime show. “Your, your, your private parts are different now, aren't they?" Couric said, at one point in the interview. We should rightly see that as an offensive and invasive question because now you have reduced this individual down to their genitals. Which, of course, Carrera politely stated she was uncomfortable discussing. Moreover, a transgender individual does not have Gender Identity Disorder (GID); being a transgender person does not mean you have a mental disorder. For a frame of reference, keep in mind that up until 1973, the American Psychological Association in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) still classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. In fact, it wasn’t until as late as 1986 that they dropped it completely. Yet, as short ago as 2012, GID was in the DSM. Now, there are more myths involved, but I want to attend to the pressing issue of violence against transgender individuals and especially of transgender individuals of color. According to GLAAD, in 2012,

53 percent of anti-LGBTQ homicides were of transgender women and 73 percent of all homicide against LGBTQ individuals was people of color. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey has even more damning information indicating that not only is there an anti-transgender problem, but a racism problem. “People of color in general fare worse than white participants across the board, with African American transgender respondents far worse than all others in most areas examined,” the report stated, among its key findings.

prostitution by your behavior, such as engaging a passerby repeatedly in conversation. Such a vague law enables this discrimination against transgender individuals and equates them with sex workers. “Transgender women of color are often profiled by police as engaging in sex work for simply being outside and going about their daily routines,” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said. Or, as those in the community refer to as, “walking while trans.” Monica Jones, a transgender woman of color and activist, was recently arrested under this vague

Now, there are more myths involved, but I want to attend to the pressing issue of violence against transgender individuals and especially of transgender individuals of color. What I find most alarming is how persistent and constant the discrimination is against transgender individuals from an early age involving school harassment — and by teachers, too — employment discrimination, and even police violence. Again, especially of transgender individuals of color, as they were 2.6 times more likely to face violence from police than white non-transgender individuals. All of which leads to an alarming rate of suicide attempts — 41 percent compared to 1.6 percent for the general population. “Nearly every system and institution in the United States, both large and small, from local to national, is implicated by this data,” the report concluded. Reporting a sexual assault is already difficult enough given the nature of the crime and rape culture, which blames the victim, but for a transgender individual who faces a heightened fear of police harassment – 46 percent of transgender individuals cite being uncomfortable seeking the help of the police – reporting becomes even more difficult. As a start to a solution, the Department of Justice has expanded their Community Relations Service, described as a “cultural training program designed to educate law enforcement about the transgender communities they serve.” Furthermore, it should be illegal to profile based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Many transgender individuals, in police prostitution sweeps, are profiled as sex workers. For instance, in Arizona there is a law called “manifestation of prostitution,” which essentially means you can be arrested for intending

law and found guilty. She will now be sent to a male prison for 30 days. “I have been harassed by police four times since my initial arrest last May. The police have stopped me for no real reason when I have been walking to the grocery store, to the local bar, or visiting with a friend on the sidewalk,” she told the ACLU. Some at this point may be thinking this all just political correctness and sensitivity overload. That there are proper terms to use or certain questions that should be offlimits signals to people that they should be walking on the proverbial eggshells when dealing with transgender individuals. However, that is not the case at all. Instead, getting informed about a greatly marginalized and victimized community should not cause you to recoil. Negating your ignorance about the lives transgender people live and the struggles they experience should be a worthwhile pursuit. All of this is about looking beyond ourselves and gaining a measure of decency with respect to our fellow human being. “Sometimes it helps to think of gender as a spectrum instead of a binary where everyone fits neatly into two little boxes,” Soraya Nadia McDonald said in The Washington Post. I believe people are generally good and in the expression of being generally good, they can be proactive in dismantling the status quo that defines our identities. In doing so, we only serve to be more welcoming and inclusive of our fellow human beings. SENIOR, PHILOSOPHY MILAMBC@MIAMIOH.EDU




Cut the riff frack this Earth Day, hydraulic fracturing hits home By now, most of us are familiar with the term “fracking,” but for those unfamiliar, it is a nickname for a process called hydraulic fracturing. This process is used to extract natural gas from deep in the ground. There is a lot of natural gas contained in the rock in the United States and once this process was discovered and utilized, it created a sort of energy boom in our country. Hydraulic fracturing is a process by which a giant pipe is inserted deep into the ground. After it gets to the shale rock in the ground, the pipe then begins to drill sideways along the shale formations. When drilling sideways, to get the gas, the shale has to be fractured. This is commonly done by pumping out millions of gallons of water mixed with numerous chemicals. Halliburton is one of the largest oil companies and was one of the first companies to begin large-scale fracking operations. Thanks to former Halliburton CEO, Dick Cheney, the fracking process was exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act in something that is now commonly referred to as the “Halliburton Loophole.” Because of this exemption, oil and gas companies do not have to disclose what chemicals they’re mixing with the water during the drilling process.

During the fracking process, the drills also leak methane, a greenhouse gas that traps more heat than carbon dioxide. That way, these companies can deny fault when it comes to health issues and water contamination. However, even with the loophole, there have been several environmental consequences exposed about this process. As environmentally-conscious an idea like pumping hundreds of poisons into the ground sounds, it turns out that it may not be the best idea. There was recently a story published from the Fayetteville Shale area in Arkansas highlighting two personal stories surrounding fracking. One woman denied the gas companies the right to frack on her land, but since the gas company owned the mineral rights to her property, they built wells and fracked anyway. She found dead birds in the leaked frack fluid on her land and whenever she was near the drilling, she got a runny nose and her eyes watered. Another woman used her property as a wildlife sanctuary and

also raised show cats. After wells showed up within a half a mile of her property, she began noticing health problems with her animals. Many had fertility and skin problems and one cat even died due to exposure to butoxyethanol, which can be found in frack fluids. These frack fluids have leaked into ground water supplies on many occasions allowing some people to light their own household water on fire. During the fracking process, the drills also leak methane, a greenhouse gas that traps more heat than carbon dioxide. With water contamination, methane emissions and the massive amounts of water the process requires as well as the truck traffic around the site — one well can require as many as 1400 truck trips — it’s plainly obvious that hydraulic fracturing is a stain on our environment. Need some closer-to-home stories? Recently, a debate sprung up about allowing fracking wastewater to be transported along the Ohio River. Our beautiful brown river is not necessarily the perfect picture of cleanliness, but with the possibility of leakage and spills — this could be disastrous for Ohio. There have also been situations in Eastern Ohio where fracking has ruined the lifestyles of the Amish with noise and traffic accidents, causing them to move out of the state. There was also the relatively well-known instance in Youngstown, Ohio where fracking was confirmed to have been the cause of several earthquakes. Our environment affects every facet of our lives and without a healthy planet, things like the economy, foreign policy, etc. don’t really matter. Oil and gas companies have placed a greater value on short-term economic gains over long-term environmental health. President Obama even said that the United States has enough natural gas to last us nearly 100 years. That means that people being born now could live to see the end of this natural gas boom. Is that short-term gas abundance really worth the harm it’s causing? Today is Earth Day and there is no better time than now to consider our effect on our world. Instead of funneling money into processes like fracking or a project like the Keystone XL pipeline, we need to prioritize cleaner energies. Instead of building millions more wells for hydraulic fracturing, we should be spending money on research and development to make clean energies like wind and photovoltaic more efficient and cheaper, making them a realistic possibility for our future.



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Miami University did not feel like a MAC school this past weekend. The groundbreaking of the new indoor multipurpose athletic facility and the John Harbaugh Cradle of Coaches induction ceremony gave the grounds of Yager Stadium a new energy. It is clear that athletic director David Sayler and President David Hodge are onboard with spending large sums of money to improve the future of Miami Athletics. Big plays are being made, from linking up with a Super Bowl winning coach, to improvements to Goggin Ice Center, McKie Field and the creation of the indoor training facility. My question is: will the interest of the student body follow this monetary movement? Locked in the dungeon of the MAC standings for much of the past decade, the major general interest sports in Oxford have become forgotten on campus. The rise of hockey is an exception to this trend, but after a disappointing, 19 loss 2013-14 campaign, even the hockey contingent in Oxford is concerned. Will winning games, claiming MAC championships and achieving postseason success spur student interest? The answer is unclear. Listening to class of 1984 alumni John Harbaugh speak this past weekend gives new energy to the movement. One of the best and most genuine public speakers was on display. Harbaugh is an example of a high-class individual who is a winner at the highest level of his sport. It was an opportunity Sayler could not pass up. It is only the beginning for the “new” Miami football program, and a coach with the charisma and track record of Chuck Martin shows

great promise for the win column. Looking to fellow MAC football programs, however, the bright future turns bleak. Take Northern Illinois for example. Yes, they made a BCS bowl. Yes, they produced a Heisman candidate in Jordan Lynch, and dominated conference competition for three seasons. What is the end result? The result is Jordan Lynch is gone and the Huskies are still in the MAC. This is college football, where powerhouse teams and more importantly powerhouse conferences will reap the financial rewards for eternity. No MAC football team will ever hold a long-term display of dominance. Coaches, athletic directors and players move on to bigger paydays. It is the nature of the game. My attention turns to a sport like basketball. In the MAC, a basketball program can be sustained financially. Small conference, dominant teams can turn a profit with the opportunity of continued March Madness success. The small program’s first amendment right is the billiondollar March Madness tournament, unlike anything in college football. Why is the basketball team not getting the attention the football team is? For those of you watching, men’s basketball coach John Cooper and the 201314 RedHawks made great strides from just one season ago. Notice the NCAA tournament success of MAC basketball programs. In college hoops, MAC schools can hang with the big dogs. And that means a better chance of financial success. Look long term and think realistically. Before the dollars run out.



RedHawks take sixth consecutive MAC title BY SADIE MARTINEZ FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT

The Miami University women’s tennis team clinched the Mid-American Conference regular season championship this weekend with victories over Western Michigan University and Bowling Green State University. This is the sixth straight MAC regular season title for the RedHawks. “It’s pretty cool getting six titles,” said senior Christiana Raymond. Miami (15-6, 7-1 MAC) swept Western Michigan 7-0 Friday and defeated Bowling Green 5-2. “We played well this weekend,” Raymond said. “It’s weird to think that was my last home match in regulation. As a senior it was pretty bittersweet.” Senior Nimisha Mohan and freshman  Andrea Badileanu crushed their opponents in

doubles, 8-4. Juniors Christine Guerrazzi and Alix Thurman defeated their Western Michigan opponents 8-5. In singles, sophomore Ana Rajkovic beat her opponent 6-3, 6-0 and Guerrazzi beat her opponent 6-3, 6-1. Thurman also won her match 6-2, 6-4, as did Badileanu 6-3, 6-3. Raymond beat her opponent in a three-match effort, 2-6, 6-3, 10-4. Mohan finished the sweep with a 6-4, 7-5 win. The RedHawks battled Bowling Green Saturday, needing a win to clinch an outright MAC title. The ’Hawks went on to knock off the Falcons 5-2. Miami experienced trouble in the doubles matches with two losses, giving the point to Bowling Green. The RedHawks were able to recover in the singles matches later in the day, which secured their victory. Sophomore Ana Rajkovic beat

her opponent 6-1, 6-1, while Thurman defeated her opponent 6-0, 6-3. Guerrazzi won 6-0, 6-3 and Badileanu knocked off her opponent 6-3, 6-3. Mohan and Raymond delivered as well, as they both won their final regular season matches in their Miami careers. Mohan finished with a victory of 6-2, 6-3 and Raymond won 6-3, 0-6, 6-1. Miami will host the MAC Women’s tennis tournament. “It’s nice that we’ll be at home for the tournament this weekend,” Mohan said. “They changed the rules that whoever wins the regular season gets to host. Before they use to alternate, so next year we’ll have it at home too.” The tournament begins 10 a.m. Friday, April 24 at Hepburn Varsity Tennis Court and ends Sunday. The winner of the tournament will receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament.


’Hawks swept by Ohio, split with Akron


After the fiasco over the weekend regarding NCAA president Mark Emmert’s appearance on “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” public dissension about the organization is at an all-time high with cases like the Northwestern football union and Ed O’Bannon slowly chipping away at the current conception of college athletics. But what if college athletics aren’t even necessary to have? If college athletics is nothing more than a feeder system to professional leagues, why not separate sport programs from colleges and spend all the time and effort on developing athletes who want to go to the next level? With all the restrictions placed on NCAA member programs such as time and workload of the athletes, it is difficult for players to reach their potential athletically. This proposed model will not only give them more opportunities to do so but will give them a better quality of opportunities with qualified coaches and higher-grade facilities for talent development. Not only will there be more and better opportunities, the salary for being in a developmental league can offset whatever scholarship is offered at the college level. This is starting to happen in the NBA. A future proposal on the table for the league is that, after raising the age limit of entry by two years, it will expand salaries in the D-League by instituting a salary cap for each team and allowing executives to sign players at their discretion. As it currently stands, lower tier D-League players make around $18,000

per year while top players make slightly over $30,000 a year and high school players can forgo college to go straight to the DLeague, assuming that they have the talent. College athletics, among other things, do much to promote physical activity to a broad range of people but college athletes are perhaps the only demographic that do not need to be encouraged to workout or practice good nutrition. On top of that, eliminating college sports and replacing them with professional developmental leagues would inevitably also eliminate thousands of opportunities for players, coaches, and the support staff. However, doing so would ensure that the best of the best would get the job and it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad tradeoff. Also, why would separating sports from colleges be a bad thing when schools say that they are losing money on funding athletic programs? Couldn’t that money possibly be used get the best possible resources for the students? Obviously, the ties with colleges and sport (and money) go back a long way, so it is hard to see a future where intercollegiate athletics do not exist. However, it is also hard to deny that the current college sports model is highly problematic for many, many reasons. Maybe the best thing that can be hoped for all involved is that a middle ground can be found where there is a sense of justice for all who work in college sports, from the administrators, to the coaches, to the players.


Miami junior shortstop Kylie McChesney tries to turn two against Ohio University Friday. McChesney is hitting .250 for the season with a home run, 10 runs scored and 11 RBIs. She has started 36 games this season.


The Miami University softball team now finds itself in dire straits in the Mid-American Conference as it was swept by Ohio University 1-0 and 4-3 and split a pair of 3-0 decisions against the University of Akron. The RedHawks (18-23, 6-8 MAC) are in last place in the East Division and have lost seven of their last nine games. “We’re disappointed with the weekend in terms of outcomes,” head coach Clarisa Crowell said. “With two conference weekends left, we need to take care of business and focus on bouncing back. [Senior pitcher] Paige Myers had a great weekend on the mound. We just can’t go 1-3 over the weekend, even though Ohio and Akron are good teams. We’ll focus on Morehead State [University] and work to get back on track.” In both games against Ohio (2519, 10-4 MAC), Miami outplayed the Bobcats, but ultimately fell due to untimely defensive errors. In the first matchup, Myers held OU to three hits in five innings of work while the offense edged its foes in hits six to four. However, a pair of defensive errors in the ninth allowed the Green and

White to score the lone run of the game as the ’Hawks failed to muster any more hits. The Red and White took early control in the second contest as junior first baseman Shanyn McIntyre picked up an RBI in the second, followed by another by junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb in the third and yet another RBI in the fourth by junior outfielder Taylor Shuey. Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann was dominant on the mound as she went 6 innings with two hits allowed and never let a base-runner past first base. But things would fall apart for the RedHawks in the seventh as Ohio strung together a couple of hits before hitting a three-run homer to knot it up. A defensive error gave the lead to the ‘Cats as the home team went down in order to close the game. Miami made amends in the first bout with Akron (21-12, 7-5 MAC) Saturday, as senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter scored on a fielding error, sophomore designated hitter Jenna Modic hit a RBIsingle and junior third baseman Remy Edwards hit another RBI in the first inning. That was all the scoring the team needed as Myers shut down the Zips’ offense, picking up a complete game

shutout with nine strikeouts and five hits allowed. But that would be the last time the RedHawks scored during the weekend as Akron recorded an RBI in the first and scored two more off an error and a wild pitch in the second game Sunday. The Red and White had runners in scoring position twice in the afternoon and failed to capitalize on both of them. Logemann compiled a solid start with two earned runs off four hits and registered six strikeouts in 4 and 2-3 innings of work, while Myers did great work in relief by not allowing a hit. “We as a team played well. We just needed to string together a few more runs,” Myers said. “We need to keep our heads up. The games against Ohio were hard to lose. Our pitching’s been better and it helps set the tone for our hitters. We just need to focus on being a better team.” Miami was supposed to travel for a double header against Morehead State University, but the game was canceled due to expected poor weather. The games will not be made up. The RedHawks next games are against Ball State University Saturday and Sunday in Muncie, Ind.

April 22, 2014 | The Miami Student  

April 22, 2014, Copyright The Miami Student, oldest university newspaper in the United States, established 1826.

April 22, 2014 | The Miami Student  

April 22, 2014, Copyright The Miami Student, oldest university newspaper in the United States, established 1826.