The Miami Student VOLUME 138 NO. 55
Oldest university newspaper in the United States, established 1826
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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Remembering ‘Uncle Phil’
Phillip R. Shriver 1922-2011
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By Sam Kay Editor in Chief
President Emeritus Phillip Raymond Shriver (1922-2011) died Saturday evening in Oxford at the age of 88. He was Miami University’s second-longest serving president and oversaw a remarkable period of growth for the university. During his 16 years as president from 1965-1981, Miami opened campuses in Middletown, Hamilton and Luxembourg. Thirty new buildings were constructed and the Western College for Women was merged with Miami, adding another 12 buildings. Miami’s first 10 doctoral programs were introduced and enrollment was nearly doubled to approximately its current levels. Shriver was born in Cleveland, Ohio, August 16, 1922 to Raymond Shriver and C. Ruth Smith Shriver. He graduated from Cleveland’s John Adams High School, graduated from Yale University in 1943, earned his Masters at Harvard University and his Doctorate from Columbia University. He saw action as a junior officer aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Murray in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2009. Shriver began his career as a teacher in 1946 at Kent State University, eventually becoming dean of the College of Arts and Sciences before becoming Miami’s 17th president in 1965 at the age of 42. He authored or co-authored seven books and more than 200 articles. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Cincinnati, President of the Ohio 50 years of teaching, “Many a time Historical Society and the Ohio he has explained that continuing to Academy of History. He was an ac- teach at least one course each year has tive member of the Oxford Rotary served to maintain communication Club and Presbyterian church, and with students and to preserve his feel had a lifelong association with the for the classroom. The more nearly those two goals can be achieved … Delta Upsilon fraternity. He is survived by his wife of the more fully the entire campus is a classroom.” 67 years, Martha Professor of hisDamaris Nye, their “He had this tory Curt Ellison, five children, Caroamazing ability to editor of Miami lyn Shaul, Susan, Melinda Williams, tell stories ... (his University: BicenDarcy and Raystudents) hung on tennial Perspectives said Shriver always mond Scott II, eight every word.” placed great emphagrandchildren and sis on understanding four great-grandGREGORY MARRKO the classroom. children. STUDENT OF PHILLIP SHRIVER “He believed The family plans CLASS OF 1978 that administrators to have a private should be in the burial and a public classroom,” Ellison said. “The deans memorial service will be held at a he appointed would teach regularly.” later date. Before he took over the history of Miami course following Shriver’s re‘His greatest joy was tirement from teaching in 1998, Ellithe classroom’ son sat in on one of Shriver’s classes. “The room was filled, he drew Shriver was a lifelong educator. He people from all over the campus,” Eltaught a class in each of his 52 years lison said. “On one occasion, Shriver but one in higher education. Even read stories and aphorisms from the during his 16 years as president of McGuffey Reader,” hardly edge-ofMiami, he taught courses on Miami seat material. But Ellison said the and Ohio history. class sat in rapt attention. “His greatest joy was the class“You could hear a pin drop,” room. He was a teacher,” said his Ellison said. daughter, Darcy Shriver, class or “He was a storyteller with a talent 1975. “He loved students, and he or a genius for putting together a story was here for all of you, because you that captured a distinctive identity for are Miami.” the campus and made you feel like Those who knew him say his abili- you were a part of that legacy.” ties as a historian and a storyteller set Gregory Marrko, class of 1978, him apart as a remarkable educator. took Shriver’s Ohio history course, Robert Howard (d. 1998) wrote in which met once a week for five hours 1997, for an event marking Shriver’s when Marrko took it.
“He had this amazing ability to tell stories,” Marrko said. “He was so good that at the end of a very long lecture session, he would start one of his stories about five minutes before class was supposed to end, go on for 20, 30 minutes, but nobody would move. They hung on every word.” Marrko said Shriver was down to earth as a teacher and tolerated the occasional practical joke. Once students had pizza delivered to class. Another night, students covered the map of
Ohio Shriver would pull down at the beginning of every class with a Playboy centerfold. When Shriver pulled down the map that night, realizing what had happened, he blushed a deep red and immediately put the map away. “Well, you certainly can’t say we haven’t covered Ohio well tonight!” he said. Shriver began teaching Ohio
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Shriver fishing with John Aigler (right) July, 1981. Shriver caught two fish, the larger of which weighed five pounds and was 26 inches long.
April 26, 2011
MU localizes dining hall food Part one of a two-part series exploring ethical food choices
Professor speaks about battling germs
By Allison McGillivray
Professor at the University of British Columbia and researcher of microbiology, Brett Finlay, will present “Battling the Bugs: Confronting the Microbial Menace” for the annual Orton Stark lecture Wednesday. Finlay is internationally recognized for his research and work in host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level. His laboratory studies pathogenic bacteria, especially Salmonella and E. coli interactions with host cells. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada as well as the University of British Columbia Peter Wall Distinguished Professor. Numerous awards have been given to him including the E.W.R. Steacie Prize and the Canadian Killam Health Sciences Prize. The event is 4:15 p.m. in 116 Pearson Hall and is free and open to the public. Finlay will also give a research seminar called “The Role of the Microbiota in Enteric Infectious Diseases” 11 a.m. Thursday in 218 Pearson Hall.
For The Miami Student
Some Miami University students are becoming more conscious of the food they consume and campus dining halls are trying to keep up with this trend Miami has always purchased from local farmers, but buying local has become an even larger focus, according to Jon Brubacher, manger of purchasing at the Demske Culinary Support Center. “There has been more of a focus on local purchasing over the past four to five years, especially in the area of fresh produce,” Brubacher said. “I think this is a trend that is being seen across the entire food service industry including restaurants, grocery stores and university food service. To many people, buying local is a win-win in the fact that it not only decreases their individual carbon footprint, but at the same time, it helps to boost their local economy” Miami is a community that sees value in this increased awareness of environmental, ethical and nutritional food issues, said Nancy Parkinson, a professor and registered nutritionist. “I think (Miami)’s a pretty health conscious university,” Parkinson said. “Our fundamentals of nutrition classes are always full every semester and we are having more students outside the department, outside of the major, wanting to take nutrition courses.” Interest in food health is evolving and Americans are becoming more aware of the food they eat at an earlier age said junior dietetics major Elizabeth McEwen. “Even going to the elementary schools you are even
Firm gives second grant to business school KMPG, a global audit, tax and advisory firm will be giving Miami University’s Center for Business, Excellence, located in the Farmer School of Business a three year grant of $120,000. This is the second grant from KMPG designed to support curriculum development and brings KMPG’s total commitment to Miami to $240,000. The grant will fund the development of course modules that include course notes, slides, case studies, suggested speakers and activities for classes. The grant will fund a new administrative position to implement the modules within and outside Miami.
The James Lewis Family Miami Mock Trial team placed sixth in the nation at the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament held April 15 through 17 in Des Moines, Iowa. Miami junior Pavel Gurevich won the All-American Witness Award. Forty-eight teams competed in the national tournament, narrowed down form the original 550 teams that began in the competition. Before moving on to the national championship, the mock trial team won its 13th consecutive regional championship in February. The team is directed by Daniel Herron, professor of business legal studies.
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Local companies Miami University purchases from*
Walnut Creek Foods (Deli Meats and Cheese)
Rolling Acres (Fresh Produce)
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Young’s Jersey Dairy (Tuffy’s Ice Cream)
Midwest Juice (Fountain Juice Drinks) Butterfield Farms (Gourds, Apples)
John Morrell (Hot dogs) Pierre Foods (Burgers)
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surprised about how much the little kids want to know about it,” McEwen said. “Everyone is always talking about ‘oh I need to eat healthy.’”
Ethical food issues With Miami students being conscious of their purchasing decisions, the Demske Culinary Support Center, in turn, also attempts to buy ethical food for students, according to Brubacher. Miami’s beef is pasture-raised and both their beef and dairy products are hormone and antibiotic free. The Culinary Center purchases from All Trauth Dairy, an Ohio company, which pro-
vides most of the dairy products seen in the dining halls. The Culinary Center purchases vegetarian foods, like the vegan nuggets in the dining halls, from United Natural Foods. “We buy from United Natural Foods,” Brubacher said. “UNFI is a company that specializes, they’re not strictly vegetarian and vegan but they do carry a lot of items that are vegetarian, vegan, kosher, organic.” According to both Brubacher and Elliot, the dining halls also serve vegetarian options. However, one area that is lacking in Miami’s ethical production practices is a large portion of the eggs they use are not cage free.
Brubacher said the cost of purchasing cage-free eggs stops the university from providing them. “The whole eggs that we use are from a local egg farm, Morning Fresh eggs. If you go to a dining unit for over medium eggs or any eggs that we use that are shell eggs those are from a local egg farm too,” Brubacher said. According to Josh Balk, a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States, the number one ethical concern for university dining should be the use of cage-free eggs. “As long as the eggs are labeled cage free at minimum it
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Miami requires organizations to have event insurance By Rebecca Zemmelman For The Miami Student
Until recently, extracurricular clubs not affiliated directly with Miami University, but recognized as on-campus organizations, were not required to purchase insurance for big events, according to Paul Allen, Miami’s director of business services. According to Allen, this can and has (at other universities) created million dollar lawsuits against officers of organizations, if there are damages or injuries during an event hosted by this type of organization. “To protect the RSOs (Registered Student
Organizations) and their members, Miami University may require organizations to purchase liability insurance for events held on a Miami campus,” Brianna Picciuto, vice president of campus activities said. “Events involving physical activity or competition, attendance by large numbers of students, attendance by persons who are not Miami students and use of games, rides or other amusements will require purchase of a policy of insurance.” According to Allen, this rule will not only protect the organizations and their leaders, but also the university. To purchase insurance, Miami’s insurance broker set up a website,
Renovated bookstore opens in Shriver Center By Michelle Rowley For The Miami Student
Wednesday, the Shriver Center Bookstore will premiere its newly renovated store, after months of renovations. The upper level officially reopened Jan. 31 while the lower level opened April 18. The last time the store was redone was 18 years ago, making it outdated and in need of new floors, light fixtures and a new layout, according to James Simpson, assistant director of the bookstore. Simpson said the once cramped textbook section in the lower level is now more open, with much wider aisles. On the first floor where Miami University paraphernalia is sold, windows that had been sealed since the last remodel 18 years ago are now reopened, creating a lighter, more inviting space. According to Simpson, the newly renovated store will improve students’
shopping experience. “It gives the students something to be proud of and a nice place to shop,” Simpson said. He said the newly opened windows on the first floor and the new entrance in the basement level will draw more customers in. Simpson also believes the new design aesthetic is much more pleasing to the eye and the layout opens up a considerable amount of space on both floors. On the basement level, the main entrance reveals many Apple store-like qualities. The computer center has more space for customers to walk through since display counters have been replaced with modern, round, wooden tables. Simpson said to celebrate the grand reopening, the bookstore will be offering a number of deals on Apple products Thursday. Although the shelves have yet to be stocked with textbooks, the vast ma-
jority of the items are moved back into the store. According to Simpson, among these items are many new products ranging from school and art supplies to an entirely new art and architecture section. Though many changes have been made to the store itself, Simpson believes as of now the staff will remain the same. According to Robert Keller, vice president of facility planning and operations, the budget for this project came from several different sources including the Housing, Dining, Recreation and Business Services, which funds capital renovations and replacements. Keller said part of the budget also came from a surplus of revenue from the bookstore itself. Fully completed, the renovation cost a total of $1.5 million.
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www.marshcampus.com/muohio. This site is a web-based application that requires answers to a few pages of questions about the potential event. The website will then estimate a quote which will be taken out of a university account, and will later be charged back to the organization, according to Allen. The cost of the insurance is dependent on the event and the number of participants, according to senior member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, Andrew Cramer. Cramer said the decision for this requirement began at the start of this academic year but will go into full effect in the fall with some clearer guidelines and definitions. According to Allen, however, there has been a longstanding requirement for insurance with Greek life events. Many fraternities and sororities get their insurance funded by their national organization. Cramer said he had experience with the insurance policies through Miami with the need for insurance during his fraternity’s annual philanthropy, Puddle Pull, a physically intense event similar to tug-of-war. “My one complete experience of the insurance policy is with Puddle Pull for Delta Upsilon,” Cramer said. “First we tried to use the university’s service, but when we received a quote back of $1,300 we knew that we needed to find a different option. Puddle Pull does fall into the highest risk category so I think this is the absolute highest price. Luckily, our national organization was able to help us out and cover us under their policy.” Miami sophomore Brooke Berka thinks this new rule is very necessary. “There is liability for anything and everything these days,” she said. “We need to protect the leaders of the organizations and the school itself, and prevent them from problems if something were to ever happen at an oncampus event.”
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Weather plans vary Uptown By Sarah Sidlow Senior Staff Writer
Police catch males stealing furniture At around 1 a.m. Friday, Oxford Police Department officers were dispatched to 115 N. Campus Ave. in response to a theft in progress. Two males reportedly stole porch furniture from the residence and attempted to steal a porch swing from another house on Withrow Street. When officers arrived, they reportedly spotted two males carrying a chair and a bench. The males reportedly dropped the items and continued walking when they saw the officers. The officers reportedly stopped the males, later identifying them as Miami University sophomore Michael O’Brien, 20, and Miami University sophomore Samuel Cagle, 20. When Cagle reached for his ID, a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license reportedly fell out of his pocket. The ID reportedly appeared to belong to a 22-year-old male, but when officers ran the license it returned to an 89-year-old woman. Officers also reportedly located a fake ID on O’Brien, identifying him as a 22-year-old male. Both men reportedly had the strong odor of alcohol on their breath. When asked about the stolen property, O’Brien reportedly told the officers the furniture had been stolen from him and he was only taking it back. However, when asked why the two dropped the furniture, O’Brien reportedly did not respond. After eventually admitting to stealing the furniture, O’Brien reportedly told the officers that property gets stolen “all the time” and “eventually it would be stolen from him.” O’Brien also reportedly stated that stealing is an “accepted practice” in Oxford and the entire event was being “blown out of proportion.” O’Brien and Cagle were cited for receiving stolen property and possession of a fake ID and released.
While many students camped out in residence hall basements, others were caught uptown during the tornado warnings April 19. The Oxford Police Department (OPD) and Miami University Police Department (MUPD) sent out texts and email alerts telling residents to seek shelter until further notice, according to Miami sophomore Brooke Warren. Still many of Oxford’s businesses stayed open as the tornado sirens blared. “We’re always open,” said Ned Stevenson, owner of Bagel and Deli. “If we say we’re going to be open until three, we’re open until three.”
Stevenson said the bagel shop is a relatively safe place to be, as it is enclosed in cement walls and has very few windows. However, Bagel and Deli stopped delivering and ceased all outgoing deliveries as soon as the sirens started. “(The tornado warning) killed our business,” Stevenson said. “We were doing really good until that happened.” Warren was celebrating 90s Night at Brick Street Bar and Grill when the tornado warning sounded. “They didn’t say anything about it,” Warren said. “The only people that knew anything were the kids that were getting the text alerts.” According to Warren, many
residents stayed at Brick Street through the storm. Some uptown employees did take shelter. Three employees of Pita Pit went to the basement that they share with eight other businesses in the Masonic Building, according to Kathy Brown, a manager at Pita Pit. Brown said when they hear the tornado siren, they verify with the city that it is an emergency before they seek shelter. Brown also said if deliveries had been running, she would not have stopped them, but she would not have let any new deliveries leave. Two employees of Bruno’s Pizza were down in the basement with those from Pita Pit. “We follow the guidelines for the
weather service,” Bruno’s owner Roger Perry said. “If they tell us to seek shelter, we seek shelter.” He said it was easy for them to close up and take shelter because the Bruno’s building was not open at the time the tornado sirens started on April 19. The only thing Bruno’s employees had to do was take in the outdoor table and head down to the basement. According to the City of Oxford website, Oxford follows the safety precautions laid out by the Red Cross. If a tornado warning is issued, you should seek shelter from glass and flying objects. If you are outside, you should hurry inside or lie flat in a ditch or a low-lying area.
Cincinnati hosts Senate Bill 5 protests Friday By Shannon Pesek Senior Staff Writer
Protests against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the legislation and conservative policies they write and champion will be held April 29 at Fountain Square in Cincinnati. The event has been dubbed “See You in Cincinnati.” Scott Gabbard Seedorg, a member of the protest’s press team, said “See You in Cincinnati” will be an organized day of resistance against ALEC, which is a right-wing leaning group of unelected officials who collaborate to protect corporate interests. ALEC creates and drafts legislation that favors oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, and other big name corporations, for use by conservative state representatives, Seedorg said. “The protest will be held in Cincinnati because the think tank will be having a strategy session in the city,” Seedorg said. Some of the issues that will be protested at “See
You in Cincinnati” include anti-immigration laws, environmental protection, healthcare, voter suppression laws and Senate Bill 5, Seedorg said. “Senate Bill 5 (SB 5) is a comprehensive bill addressing public employees paid through the state of Ohio through taxpayer dollars,” Rep. Lynn Slaby (R-41) said. This bill clarifies the percentage that an employee would pay to their retirement program, as well as what can and cannot be bargained in a collective setting, Slaby said. “Typically, public employee unions bargain for salaries and wages.” Slaby said. “With SB 5 they can still bargain for wages, but they can no longer strike if they cannot get their benefits.” Slaby said the bill is under protest because of “misinformation.” “Unions believe that they have the right to strike and the consequences of the bill are misunderstood,” Slaby said. Seedorg said SB 5 was passed and signed by Governor John Kasich and there is an effort to revoke it using a citizen repeal on the fall ballot.
“Citizens were not aware when they voted in their republican representatives that these anti bargaining and collection laws would be the result,” Seedorg said. Seedorg also said the majority of the organizers of the event are students. “I encourage students to get involved because students will be inheriting the policies of ALEC, especially for Ohio because of the lasting impact on the state,” Seedorg said. “Ohio has a hard time keeping students in the state and the policies created by ALEC are not helping.” Miami University senior and Co-President of College Democrats, Stephen Kostyo, recommends students attend the protest in Cincinnati. “I encourage students to go and have an open discussion to expose groups such as ALEC,” Kostyo said. “It is a way to assess our influences, as students.” Seedorg said the people of Ohio can do better than the ALEC legislation and that a part of the “See You in Cincinnati” protest is to educate and empower the people, not just corporations.
Alumni help Oxford Copy Shop go digital
Miami sophomore tries to outrun officer At around 1 a.m. Saturday, Oxford Police Department officers were dispatched to 112 ½ S. Poplar St. in response to a trespasser. Officers reportedly noticed a tall male in a black shirt on the porch of the residence. The male reportedly ran when he noticed the officers, who pursued the suspect. The male, later identified as Miami University sophomore Charles Scharfen, 19, reportedly jumped down a retaining wall before he was found hiding outside a garage. Scharfen was reportedly taken into custody, where officers noticed the strong odor of alcohol on Scharfen’s breath, along with slurred speech and bloodshot, glassy eyes. Scharfen reportedly apolgized, and told the officers he was scared because he had too much to drink. He also reportedly said he was on the porch of the house because he thought it was his fraternity house. Scharfen was cited for underage intoxication and obstructing official business before being driven back to his residence in Porter Hall.
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The Oxford Copy Shop will be offereing digital copies of Miami University course packets for a fraction of the hard copy price.
By Amelia Carpenter Online Staff
Along with warmer weather this summer, Miami University students can expect to save money, support local business and be more environmentally friendly. VirDocs.com, a Miami alumnus’ start-up business that distributes documents online, recently partnered with Oxford Copy Shop to offer digital copies of course packets, lab manuals and other academic materials. VirDocs co-founder and 2010 graduate Greg Fenton and his
college roommate Tim Haitaian started experimenting with websites and classifieds during their freshman year at Michigan State University and when a professor asked if Fenton could sell his lab manuals online for him, he instantly became an entrepreneur. “We figured we’d go to the local businesses (in college towns), give them the tools to do (digital distribution) and that way we’d be able to grow faster (while) supporting local businesses and in turn, catch our flank and keep us up-to-date with everything,” Fenton said.
VirDocs provides a digital resource for course packets that saves students money when production costs are factored out. Students will be able to purchase digital course packets online through VirDocs.com and combination/ print-only course packets will still be available at Oxford Copy Shop. “For college students, price is a big deal,” Fenton said. “If you can get something for $30 that was $60, a lot of students are happy to save that $30.” Senior Ewa Cabaj identified additional incentives aside from
saving money with VirDocs. “I’ve been looking for a way to save paper,” she said. “I feel bad having these really thick course packets and then not reading them or even using them and everything we do right now is on the computer … it’d be so much handier.” Oxford Copy Shop Owner JC Rupel explained how the partnership with VirDocs was beneficial. “It’s just a win-win for everybody,” Rupel said. “Low cost for some, more revenue for us and
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Talawanda schools collaborate with University to go green By Mary Daly
For The Miami Student
Friday marked the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, a holiday that has been celebrated around the world since 1970. The theme of this particular Earth Day was “A Billion Acts of Green” which matches nicely with the work the students of Talawanda High School have been putting together. The students are preparing for their new green high school by putting an emphasis on being green in their current high school. The Go-Green Club at the high school experienced a period of closure after its adviser left, but has recently
been re-opened. According to Phil Cagwin, Talawanda superintendent, club members have been pushing the importance of recycling to their fellow students and their families and recycling has been growing throughout the district for a few years, according to “We have been doing a lot of recycling in the district for the past couple of years now with the cooperation of Rumpke Recycling,” Cagwin said. “Student volunteers go around each week collecting the bins from classrooms. We have the large recycling containers at all of our schools so that community members can use those.” Recycling containers have also been placed at athletic venues so more
recycling can go on there. Miami University geography professor and Vice-Chair of the McGuffey Foundation School Board Tom Klak are working with students from Talawanda and Miami in efforts to maintain native shrubs and plants. “The Partnership idea is key”, explained Klak in regards to Miami and the Talawanda school working together, “groups come together with overlapping interests and skills, and work out ways to collaborate to achieve exciting outcomes they would not be able to do on their own. Everyone helps, grows and native is made more healthy”. Cagwin said the preservation
joint effort they have with Miami students is called the Erik Sustainability Initiative. Cagwin also said the students are trying to restore a stream that runs through the property. “This is a wetland restoration project,” Cagwin said. “A stream is going through the area that is suffering from erosion and Miami students and Talawanda students are doing work to restrain that.” According to Cagwin, Talawanda students are given the opportunity to learn the importance of keeping the land natural and pure while taking part in a hands-on experience. Students in botany classes have
been regularly visiting the district’s wetlands and observing the land that is being replenished for them to use for environmental study. “I think a great deal of progress has been made,” Cagwin said. “Miami students have positively influenced our high school students.” Holli Morrish, Coordinator of Development and Community Relations of the Erik Sustainability Initiative project, said the efforts should never end. “I hope there will be conservation work that will last forever at the site,” Morrish said. “I think this is a great opportunity for the Talawanda community for living a greater life.”
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Concert to showcase student talent By Dan Hamlin
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Fresh off of winning the Associated Student Government’s Outstanding Performance Organization for the second year in a row, the Miami University Symphony Orchestra (MUSO) will present a concert featuring the talents of three soloists and the combined power of the entire group 8 p.m. Friday in Hall Auditorium. The concert includes the famous Modest Mussorgsky piece “Pictures at an Exhibition,” transcribed for orchestra by Maurice Ravel. Ricardo Averbach, orchestra director and recent recipient of the American Prize in Conducting, said this concert is “the climax of the entire year.” “Pictures at an Exhibition” is widely considered one of the top pieces in the orchestral repertoire. According to Averbach, it contains contrasting sections and highlights the entire group. Aside from the orchestral classic, this concert also highlights the talents of three individual soloists. These soloists, the winners of the music department’s annual Concerto Competition, were chosen by an outside jury to perform with the MUSO. The winners for 2011 are sophomore piano performance major Jessica Hoffman, sophomore vocal performance major Daniel
Moody and senior vocal performance and music education major Emily Moses. Hoffman will be performing Edward Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. Averbach describes this piece as one of the most performed piano concertos. MUSO President Kristin Hill said, “The piece is fun to listen to and to play.” Moses will be singing arias from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. Moody will be performing various baroque arias with the Oxford Chamber Orchestra (OCO), an orchestra comprised of faculty and students playing side by side. When asked why the OCO will be performing with Moody, Averbach said, “It would be out of style with a bigger orchestra.” Working with the soloists presents MUSO with unique and different challenges each year. “It is always a challenge because for many (soloists) it is their first time performing with an orchestra,” Averbach said. This year is unusual because all three soloists are undergraduate students. “It is the first time since I have been at Miami when this has happened,” Averbach said. Averbach invites all students to “celebrate the end of classes in a fun way.” This concert is free, provides great repertoire and will showcase the talent of the entire orchestra and individual soloists.
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Competition winners Jessica Hoffman, Daniel Moody and Emily Moses are to perform with MUSO.
Glee Club welcomes 13th permanent director By Megan McGill
Arts and Entertainment Editor
Over 100 years ago, the Miami University Men’s Glee Club gave their first ever home concert in dedication of Hall Auditorium. This April, 104 home concerts later, the group sang for the first time under their 13th permanent director, Jones Jeremy Jones. Clubbers of all generations shared in the concert earlier this month. Alumni both young and old fled to the stage to join current members in traditional songs, including “Johnny Schmoeker” and “Java Jive.” George Beverley, a 1970 graduate and the first ever winner of Glee Club’s prestigious Scott Alexander award, traveled all the way from Texas for the concert. “Hearing the group brings back memories,” Beverley said. “We know what they’re going through and we want to support them.” According to Chris Walsh, sophomore student conductor of Glee Club, performing under their new conductor was a
great success. of Music where he completed his “Club is in good shape,” Walsh doctorate in conducting. said. “We’ve been through a lot in According to Kevin Kuethe, histhis transition year, but everything torian of Glee Club, Jones gave his has definitely come together in the dissertation on Glee Club History. past two weeks. The spirit of club is “Dr. Jones has the grounds to apat least as good if not better than it’s preciate Glee Club’s storied history,” ever been.” Kuethe said. Jones came to Miami this past fall According to Kuethe, Miami Unias a visiting professor. The position versity’s Glee Club’s rich tradition was created last spring after conduc- runs as deep as those of other historitor Ethan Sperry left for Portland cal schools like Yale University and State University. Harvard University. Jones became one “It’s great to be “I want us to have of the four candisomewhere where our own voice dates for the perso many students throughout the manent position love singing and during his time as where passion for United States.” visiting professor. music can be shared According to among students of JEREMY JONES Judy Delzell, chair MIAMI UNIVERSITY MEN’S GLEE so many different CLUB PERMANENT DIRECTOR of the departacademic disciment of music, the plines,” Jones said. candidates were Jones plans for very competitive. both Collegiate Chorale and Glee “Being an internal candidate is Club to continue to be travelers and only an advantage if you do an excel- performers at state, regional and lent job,” Delzell said. “Dr. Jones was national conferences. in a tricky situation following some“I want us to have our own voice one as popular as Ethan Sperry. His throughout the United States,” students and colleagues have come Jones said. to appreciate his commitment to the This summer, Jones will work university and to his students.” toward these goals, leading the Jones attended the University of Glee Club on their summer tour Cincinnati’s College Conservatory through Europe.
Groopease.com offers way to find new music By Lorraine Boissoneault For The Miami Student
Along with beaches, bonfires and other summer fun, the end of the school year will usher in the beginning of concert season – and students looking for the best new music will have an easier time than ever finding emerging bands thanks to the start-up website groopease.com. “For most new bands, they’re really local and at that level they have to work day jobs. The music, as good as it is, is like a side project,” Andrew Bratt, one of the founders and chief operating officer and general counsel for the website, said. “We want them to make (their music) a full time job and this system benefits consumers and producers.” Bratt said the idea came to fruition through the combined brainstorming of Damien Amey and Matt Firlik. They realized there was an online niche that needed to be filled: a site for music-lovers looking to expand their iTunes library without getting lost in the endless new music online.
Contest names next ‘Miami Idol’ By Christi Mueller
Matt Firlik, a 2002 Miami University alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in finance, said his meeting with Amey and the creation of groopease.com was one happy coincidence after another. The two first met in a hostel in Barcelona in the spring of 2010 when Amey was stranded due to the Icelandic volcano eruption, then later crossed paths in California. “Damien and I went to a Dave Matthews concert and afterwards we were hanging out,” Firlik said. “We hadn’t stopped talking about things and at that point there was an ‘ah-ha’ moment for the two of us. (We wanted) to latch on to something we really loved and were passionate about.” Several months later, groopease was born. The site was launched April 4 and since then has offered members the inside scoop on seven different bands. He added that another part of the inspiration for the site came from sites like Groupon and
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After four days of auditions, 44 contestants were narrowed down to 15 finalists, all hoping to win the title of Miami University Idol. Jeremy Myeroff, Evelyn Duskey, Alex Tyree, Nikki Tesino, Phillip Iscman, Molly Pesarchick, Brian Rice, Anne Chestnut, Kyla Mainous, Tony Ramstetter, Marian Gbenro, Josh Carey, Amanda Smith, Haley Flynn and Andrew Yun competed for the title in the Miami Idol Finale held at Alexander Dining Hall earlier this month. Many audience members arrived early to the event and eagerly waited in line for the doors to open. Audience members received a free t-shirt that read, “Do you have what it takes to be Miami’s next star?” So many people came that the performers had to give up their reserved seats. The crowd hushed as the host announced the first performers should take the stage. While all the performers were charming, some were definitely better-liked than others. The judges did not show any bias, however and gave only kind comments to every performer. At one point, a screen upstage of the performers where messages could be texted read, “We want a Simon Cowell judge.” Chang Han Ryu came to the show to support his friend. “There are lots of talented people, but it could be better,” Chang Han Ryu said. “If there were more contestants and more publicity of the event, I think the talent would be even
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Performing Arts Series presents ventriloquist Jeff Dunham.
Fall: MU Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance MU Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s As you Like it
PAS presents I Musici de Montreal featuring Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition MU Theatre presents Thorton Wilder’s Our Town
Fall-Spring: MU Art Museum presents Out of the Shadows: The Rise of Women in Art
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Evelyn Duskey shines as the winner of “Miami Idol”.
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Living Social. “It’s hard to determine what’s good from what’s just out there and new,” Firlik said. “We wanted to simplify exposure so it’s just one thing to listen to – like when you look at what Groupon and Living Social have done, simplifying the offer and offering things that are unique and cool.” According to Bratt, bands are chosen based on “certain statistical metrics” such as the albums they’ve come out with and how new they are. “Ultimately it comes down to the music,” Bratt said. For Miami students, groopease might just be the next big thing. Then again, it may be nothing new for those who already have
continued from page 6 more amazing.” What at times seemed like an average karaoke night had a few gems. Several performers played guitars and others performed original songs. The audience “aaw-ed” at Andrew Yun’s original song “Can I Call You My Girl?”which he dedicated to his girlfriend. Both the audience and the judges were impressed with Anne Chestnut’s powerful “Mama Who Bore Me” from the Broadway musical Spring Awakening. The judges begged for more after hearing Brian Rice’s medley of pop songs with an acoustic twist.
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extra-legal methods of finding and obtaining music. “I think college students are reluctant to hand over their credit card,” senior Evy Duskey said. Duskey said she finds new music by sharing with friends and reading several blogs. She also uses 8tracks.com, an Internet radio station that allows users to share mix tapes with other users based on common tastes. “Being a member is a key aspect of groopease, since existing members can invite their friends and receive credit towards their purchases,” Firlik said. Firlik’s site features two to three “groops of the day” per week. Being featured means one free download and up to 75 percent off on the band’s album for site members. Miami students who wish to join groopease should use invitation code “Miami” to become members. After all the finalists performed, it was time to choose the winner. The judges chose the top three: Kyla Mainous, Jeremy Myeroff and Evelyn Duskey. The audience then voted and Evelyn Duskey was selected to be the winner. “I’m surprised and really happy,” Duskey said. Evelyn had performed an original song, displaying a unique voice that captured the audience’s heart. When asked about the Xbox 360 with Kinect that the senior had won, she said, “I don’t know much about them. My boyfriend really wanted one, so I’m glad I’ll be able to give him one.” Duskey’s plans for after graduation include moving to Argentina and probably amazing audiences there with her captivating voice and personality.
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midst the tornado warnings and leaving or entering their business to student evacuations to shelter take appropriate measures and seek April 19, several area businesses shelter. The liability risk is too great stayed open for business. Both the for establishments to not do everyOxford Police Department (OPD) thing in their power to keep customand the Miami University Police ers safe. Customer safety should Department (MUPD) sent out text be the number one concern in any and email alerts to notify citizens situation. Bars and restaurants must to take shelter and create and impleavoid glass and ment a plan for torKeeping customers nado warnings or flying objects. in the dark about The editorial evacuation in case board of The Miami of an emergency. tornado warnings Student applauds loThe benefits of dois dangerous and cal businesses, like ing so far outweigh a liability. Bagel and Deli, that any inconvenience. Establishments put customer and Because so many employee safety should at least tell tornados occur durfirst by encouraging ing peak business them to take them to take shelter hours for establishmeasures and and follow Oxford ments uptown, the seek shelter. tornado precautions. board recommends However, putting MUPD and OPD customers at risk by constantly patrol keeping them (literally) in the dark the High Street area and instruct about the tornado warnings is both citizens on how and when to seek dangerous and a liability to their shelter. The city of Oxford must also business. This board understands make sure all warning system, like businesses like Brick Street Bar text messaging, emails and sirens and Grill may want to keep panic are timely. to a minimum when a natural threat By having emergency plans and warning is issued, but for the benefit the ability to educate and protect of the safety of all people, business- customers, Oxford bars and restaues must clearly and systematically rants can easily keep their business communicate to their customers. In safe from any legal action. Just a the future, establishments like Brick few simple steps may save much Street should at least tell customers more hassle and money.
Rule of thumb Tornados Unfortunately, they won’t sweep us away to the Land of Oz.
Summer just around the corner Thoughts of beach balls, grilling and camping have us dreaming of vacation.
Excessive rain April showers ... blah blah blah. Where’s the sun?
University of Massachusetts joining the Mid-American Conference (MAC)! UMass will bring more talent and excitement to Miami University’s athletic conference.
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We must serve by listening I appreciated The Miami Student’s April 22 update on the chilling story of Rob Tammen, the Miami University student who disappeared in 1953. Since I first read about it several years ago, the whole thing has always struck me as eerie and bizarre and leaves me wondering what possessed Tammen to disappear from life the way he did. What I find very disturbing is the fact that this young man appeared to be a completely normal college student — he was active on campus, pledged a fraternity, played in the Campus Owls and so forth. He certainly did not seem like some marginalized member of the student body, and as the article indicates, he was well-liked by friends and classmates. Nobody knows if Tammen’s disappearance was suicide or otherwise or exactly where he went or why. Furthermore, the hours and minutes leading up to his disappearance seemed nothing other than normal to the people who last saw him. He was apparently going to his room to study for a history exam and gave no indication of leaving. However, what struck me from the story was the idea that he left because he was struggling with some kind of personal issues. While we still do not know whether this was the case or not, its possibility reminded me of another event, recent and equally (or more) chilling. Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, an aspiring violinist, committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge in September 2010. Clementi was homosexual, driven to despair when his roommate posted a video online of him kissing another man. The pain, anguish and betrayal he felt drove him to take his own life by drowning himself in the Hudson River. While these two incidences are unrelated, their implications are pertinent to all of us. There are a great number of people in our midst who struggle with personal difficulties, emotional problems, mental disorders and the like. We may be completely unaware of them because these people appear “normal,” but the truth is, even our closest friends could be struggling with depression, personality disorders, loneliness, etcetera, that they do not wish to reveal to anyone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 26.2 percent of U.S. adults suffer from some type of mental disorder in a 12-month prevalence, while 46 percent of U.S. adults will experience some type of mental disorder during their lifetime. That’s huge and the numbers only indicate reported cases. A statement on the bathroom wall of Kofenya put it so eloquently: “Be kind to everyone, for they are all fighting a hard battle.” The more people I get to know, the more I see that everyone struggles with something. One of the ironies I have noticed in college is that people are usually very willing to help with a service project, fundraising or philanthropy event (which is great!), but they sometimes overlook the person next to them who is in need. Granted, most of us don’t have to worry about food, water, sanitation, clothing or shelter, and of course we have an obligation to help those who lack those things. However, we are also obliged to serve of the mental and emotional needs or our friends and colleagues in what ways we can. This means being a good listener as well as knowing when to give a person space and alone-time. This can actually be difficult and time-consuming, as it requires being sensitive and attuned to people on a more abstract level. Saying a kind word goes a long way, but I think we need to be doing more than that. I am talking about answering the friend who calls late at night because she is lonely and sitting with the guy who comes to your door because he needs to “talk it out” with someone. Some of us can have a far greater impact on the world by serving those in our immediate vicinities.
Sincere attention and caring we give to others can do more good for the world than we will ever know. Christine Barilleaux
Organizations need wariness of irresponsible rhetoric In President Obama’s administration, the political climate continues to grow more divisive and malicious as our leaders struggle to resolve our nation’s most pressing issues. Rhetoric that was once dependent on providing compelling arguments concerning policy has transformed into antagonistic and oftentimes irrelevant attacks on character. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of this irresponsible rhetoric and we should demand higher standards from those we elect to operate our government. Unfortunately, similar toxic behaviors have infiltrated our campus, creating serious concerns regarding how organizations grapple with their differences. Last Thursday, Miami University College Republicans distributed handouts advertising the College Democrats’ current deficit. While the numbers provided by the College Republicans about our deficit are factual, the contextual implications take no stride toward ending the inflammatory dialogue seen at the national level. Not only is this damaging to the political climate on our campus, but it is also distracting from real policy issues and what our organizations aim to achieve. The College Democrats organization recognizes our debt is a serious problem and we hold ourselves accountable for eliminating this deficit, even though no current member had any part in accumulating the debt. Under university policy, funding provided by Associated Student Government (ASG) cannot be used to eliminate outstanding debt. We have complied with all of ASG’s requests for debt relief and have been spending our current funds responsibly. Despite this, the College Republicans chose to attack us as an organization rather than on the candidates and issues we support. Both the College Republicans and the College Democrats work to achieve one goal: spreading campus-wide awareness of political issues. However, the College Democrats spread awareness without resorting to libeling the College Republicans. As an organization we seek to heighten awareness by distributing flyers focused on candidates and policy issues. Members of both organizations are energetic, articulate leaders with strong convictions with the determination to make a difference. The similarities we share are stronger than the contentions that divide us. Prior to this event, members of both the College Republicans and the College Democrats discussed planned to collaborate on joint events. We are frustrated and disappointed by the College Republicans’ actions. However, we are still open to working with their organization if they stop their needless mudslinging attacks. Not only should government officials rise above petty politics to resolve what has become a political reality, but also so should Miami’s student organizations. Regardless of our differences, we are a collective student body that needs to respect the individuals that compose our organizations. Jimmy Jordan
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➤ PERCEIVING REALITY
Course choice calls for smart selectivity
Self-ideology should trump political party
Class registration is often synonymous with stress and frustration; students are sometimes unable to get the classes they want, confused over what Miami Plan credits they still need and are finalizing their majors, minors and thematic sequences. However, I feel many students focus on the wrong things when Ty picking classes to regGilligan ister. They choose ease and convenience over interest and potential benefits. Having just completed my seventh class registration at Miami University, I have learned several key things regarding picking classes. The most important thing is to schedule classes around times when you are most productive. Some people are morning people and retain information better in morning classes and some people are night owls and don’t think twice about taking a three-hour night class. Furthermore, if you have a shorter attention span or tend to get bored easily, take a Monday – Wednesday - Friday class with a shorter meeting time, versus a Tuesday - Thursday class with a longer meeting time. Something else I have learned in regards to picking classes is do not take “easy classes.” “Easy” is a subjective term and means something different to every person. In my experience, classes which I was told by other people are “easy” tend to just be plain boring. So don’t take a class which is “easy” if you are not interested in the material or subject matter because you will get frustrated and feel you are wasting your time if the material is too “easy” or doesn’t interest you. It is also important to make sure that a professor who is said to be “easy” is not easy because they are disorganized, which I have found too often be the case. It doesn’t matter how “easy” a class is; if the professor is constantly changing due dates, assignments and losing papers you are going to get frustrated quickly and wish you hadn’t taken the course. Another strategy I utilize when selecting classes is doing some research on the professor teaching the course I plan to enrolling. Try to take professors whose teaching styles match your learning style. I personally learn best through lectures with PowerPoint presentations so I try to take professors who utilize lectures versus small-group work or group projects. RateMyProfessors.com can also be a helpful resource for information on teachers and the structure of courses, however it is important to keep in mind those reviews are often left by students who either really like the professor or really hate them; there’s hardly ever any “in-between” or neutral ratings. Therefore, I tend to take this advice with a grain of salt. Another registration tip I always adhere to is registering for an “extra” course in addition to the ones I need. This provides some flexibility in case you end up needing to drop a class. I usually register for an extra course so that in the event I hate one of the classes I can drop it and not be left with too few credits. If you only have 15 credits and drop one class, you are going to have 12 credits and will likely need to take a heavier course load the next semester to make up for it. I also always try to take classes that interest me for my “electives,” not random stuff I have no interest in. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should only take classes in your field of study. If something interests you in another field, branch out and try new things! You may find an additional major, minor or thematic sequence which interests you. The last thing I have learned in regards to class registration is don’t fear the force add. Force-adds are everyone’s worst nightmare but you will inevitably have to do at least one or two per academic year. I always make sure to be honest and polite when contacting an instructor for a force-add. Just explain your situation to the professor and express your interest in the course and they often will work to accommodate you. If they can’t help you, they can sometimes direct you to another course which is still open. In my experience, doing research on future courses and professors always pays off and it is worth the time to ensure a successful semester.
➤ THIS AND THAT
AMANDA SEITZ As a nation, we’ve become increasingly polarized toward either end of the political spectrum. This increase in political affiliation has caused a number of setbacks for political debate in the nation. Although obnoxious pundit shows and nonsensical rallies are just some of the setbacks I can name, the most alarming is the rapid rate at which we are willing to give up our own positions on an issue for the sake of the political party. The word “winning” has been an increasingly popular term of late, not to discredit Charlie Sheen, but it seems the focus on “winning” was very popular before Sheen descended upon the Twitter world. As a people, we’ve become more concerned with ensuring that our own political party is “winning” whether it be in political opinion polls, elections or on god-awful shows such as The View, instead of ensuring the politician or legislation we so aggressively bolster up actually executes policy that we believe in. Being a conservative doesn’t automatically commit one to a lifetime pledge to fight against gay marriage rights, abortion and the poor. Yet in today’s world, if a conservative doesn’t support one of these stances it’s seen as a weakness or a “win” for the other side. The same goes for the liberal viewpoint. Instead of simply championing these stereotypes commonly identified with the political party, we should challenge our own political party to meet our standards. Just because a candidate has a (D) or a (R) next to his or her name, doesn’t mean his or her views are aligned with your own. Similarly, just because someone of your particular political party backs legislation does not mean you should automatically support that proposal. When was the last time you took a moment to actually read over a senate or house bill? When was the last time you did that before engaging in a political argument with someone
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about said bill? Or did you simply rely on whatever bits you overheard on the evening news? Too often, in today’s society, we are willing to tell others what their political ideology should be yet we’ve done so little to educate ourselves about our own claimed ideology. It’s up to our generation to challenge today’s traditional view of “liberal” or “conservative.” Study after study has shown that as a people, Generation Y is more accepting of social issues. On the opposite end of the scale, according to a March 2 article in US News and World Report, other studies suggest Generation Y is extremely frugal, out of concern for the debt that our parents did such a good job of making for us. Generation Y’s mindset is a challenge, not to American values, but to the traditional political party alignment. Our generation should bask in these ideals, not conform to please the party. Instead, We should push legislation that is molded to our indvidual logic. Politicians will gladly bend, after all, it’s your vote that keeps them #winning. SEITZ is the special reports editor for The Miami Student
Mafia groups seek acceptance in modern day society It all started with Charles “Lucky” Luciano. Born in Sicily, Italy, his family moved to the Lower East Side of New York City in 1906. In just under a year, he had his first arrest on his record. By 1925, after years of working with Al Capone and Joe Adonis, Luciano had total control of the prostitution market in Manhattan. Being a prominent member of his gang led to Luciano being kidnapped. He survived by keeping “omerta” on his side. “Omerta” basically means to never spill any secrets even when under torture. It is a very important concept passed down in families still in mafia groups. By the early 1930’s Luciano along with Salvador Maranzano wanted to control the New York underworld. Bringing families together, the men explained to all how the families would operate and then assigned a leader to five families. Eventually Luciano killed Maranzano for two reasons. First, Maranzano wanted Luciano to be killed and second to bring in mobsters from other countries. Marazano had established that only men from Italian descent could become a member. Luciano had Jewish and Irish mobsters join and created a nationally syndicated crime unit. This is how the Italian mafia, one of the most famous syndicated crime families, started in the United States. Five families run the mafia currently in the United States: Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno. The families rein over Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and other areas of New York and New Jersey. They have since expanded to places such as Detroit and Chicago. According to the FBI, the mafia is involved in illegal gambling, drugs, extortion, fraud, murders, weapons
trafficking and much more. With 2,500 Sicilian mafia affiliates, the mafia is the most organized, active and powerful Italian crime group located in the United States. They make around $100 billion annually and they get away with it. The mafia is like a disease that keeps spreading around the United States and the world. They control major industries the government tries to bring down, but parts of the mafia controls government officials as well. For example, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly associated with the mafia. That makes problems such as the toxic waste in Southern Italy an issue to resolve. The Camorra, a branch of the mafia, is responsible for moving the toxic waste from the affluent parts of Northern Italy to the poorer regions of Southern Italy. Based in Naples, the once cigarette smuggling prison gang turned into a drug smuggling mafia with the help of the Sicilian mafia. The Camorra Wars, well known around the country, started when a few Camorra leaders decided they did not want to join forces with the Sicilian mafia. 400 lives were lost. Blood relationships and marriages is what keeps this disease going. The mafia destroys families, careers and people’s livelihoods. Gomorrah, a famous work by Roberto Saviano, publicized portions of the Camorra’s inner workings. Saviano has been forced to be secluded and protected by police because if found, the mafia will torture or kill him. This is the amount of strength, control and ties the mafia has on lives. They are anywhere, everywhere and keep growing. Recently, VH1 produced yet another reality television show, but this one focused on the mafia in America. Mob Wives
follows daughters and wives of mafia affiliates. When Renee Graziano (her father according to the government is a high ranking member of La Cosa Nostra) was asked what she thought about the mob, her answer was simple. “What mob?” These families are thick as ever and whatever the head of the household says, you follow. For example, Renee was told by her father that she was not be around Karen Gravano once her father Sammy “The Bull” Gravano worked with the government to bring down the Gambino family, specifically John Gotti. Renee still keeps to that word once Karen came strolling back to Staten Island in the pilot episode. But do all the secrets, killings and backstabbing really work? How far will some people go not to upset the mafia or how far will they go to become a part of it? It keeps growing, secrets keep getting hidden and people keep getting killed. In Italy, about one person is killed every three days to mod related activities. That could be your brother, your mailman or it could be you. Since the years that Luciano came to the United States, the mafia has gotten more powerful, broader and complex. Organized crime has even expanded to parts of Russia, Romania, Nigeria and Asia. Will organized crime ever end? As much work as the government puts into stopping it, it will take an army of people like Saviano and Sammy “The Bull” to bring down one of the biggest family businesses in the history of the world. Just remember that next time you are watching an episode of The Sopranos and remember the show is based off a real mafia family. Michelle Ludwin
What does forgiveness mean to you? Holy Week has once again passed us. I found myself going to church the most this week than I have maybe in an entire year. Maybe it was guilt. Maybe it was that yearning for an absolution. Regardless, I sat in a pew and listened to the stories that have lasted through cenOriana turies of time. And Pawlyk these stories are still valid explanations to how we feel, why we choose to shut down and whom we choose to hurt. I suppose because it is the end of the year, everyone has a bucket list of things they want to accomplish before they leave next year … unless they’re leaving for good. On Good Friday, the priest gave a sermon that was particularly moving. It stemmed from the “Passions” Christ endured before he bowed his head and died. As he was being condemned for death, he said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” referring to the shouting crowd persecuting him. And as he died — for those who turned away from him — he did forgive. This year, there have been those moments and hardships with friends, family and those close to us that we cannot seem to let go. Even if it’s something petty and
It’s a habitual act that asks us to look beyond the things that make us feel down about ourselves because of another’s unkind action. It takes strength to apologize. It takes strength to accept the apology. stupid, holding a grudge seems easier than confronting the person you love and respect and saying “I’m sorry.” Your personal mantras may differ from the person you care most about, but one thing holds true: regardless of who’s hurt you or how they’ve hurt you, forgiveness is forgiveness. Forgiveness may produce different results or change relationships around, but it stands alone. It works the same way: to push you beyond the trivial fights and to make you stronger. It’s a habitual act that asks us to look beyond the things that make us feel down about ourselves because of another person’s unkind action. It takes strength to apologize. It takes strength to accept the apology. But if this mutual exchange doesn’t happen, you can say goodbye to some people this year that could have made an impact. Make these last two weeks count. Go out there and be better people to those who you care about. If you come across one of those trivial moments, try to come to an agreement. Compromise. But don’t necessarily “forgive and forget.” Forgetting should never be the goal. Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” And that’s where forgiveness comes in; once you see that humility in another person, you can forgive. You can empathize and accept their, “I’m sorry,” because you know that until you forgive, you don’t know how free it feels on your soul and on your heart. Forgiveness lets us move on. So as we move on into our summers, whether we’re graduating or not; value the relationships you have. Fix the ones you’ve broken. Because once you do whatever it takes, it’s quite simple: you cannot fail if you don’t give up.
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history as a professor at Kent State and valued history education very highly. Shriver was a preeminent scholar of Miami and Ohio history. William Pratt, emeritus professor of English, and editor of Miami University: A Personal History by Shriver, said Shriver could speak volumes about Miami and Ohio history without the need for notes. “It was all in his head, any aspect of it,” Pratt said. “It was all there. He had a remarkable memory.” Shriver saw Miami’s history as vital to its present, according to Ellison. “He had a very active sense of Miami’s past and how it played a role in the present, and how it affected the decisions he made as the leader of the institution,” Ellison said. Ellison said Shriver changed the very nature of teaching at Miami by encouraging a strong commitment to undergraduate research, interaction between faculty and students and specialized programming. “He saw Miami as a family,” Ellison said. “A collegial extended family of students, their professors, the alumni, the administration of the university, and the thought of that had a vey positive influence on the quality of the school.” John Dolibois, vice president for development and alumni affairs at Miami before becoming American ambassador to Luxembourg, for whom Miami’s center in Luxembourg is named, said Shriver’s teaching received royal praise from the future Grand Duke. “We had a visit on campus in 1979 with his royal highness the Crown Prince (of Luxembourg) and I took him to one of Dr. Shriver’s classes,” Dolibois said. “He thought listening to Dr. Shriver’s lectures in that class was the highlight of his visit.” With Shriver’s 52 years of teaching, he and his father, Raymond Shriver, together taught for over a century. In remarks to a 1997 event marking his 50th year of teaching, Shriver credited his father as an inspiration for his career. “This evening really began 94 years ago, when a young 18-year-old by the name of Raymond Shriver began to teach in a one-room country school,” Shriver said. “In all he taught 49 years … he was a role model.”
‘A person of boundless goodwill’ Shriver was well known for his kindness, even temperament and remarkable ability to remember people. Lloyd Goggin, vice president for finance and business affairs under Shriver and namesake of the Goggin Ice Arena, said Shriver “is one of the finest persons I have ever met.” “He had a great way of working with people, asked a lot of questions and was very kind,” Goggin said. “He had a great ability to try to work through a problem with students and with all of us, for that matter.” Shriver was known as a visible presence on campus, easily accessible to students. “He was never the aloof kind who just stayed in his office. He was out on campus, seeing people, and he liked to spend a lot of time with faculty and students,” Pratt said. “He let himself be a target and many other presidents simply would not have endured it.” Todd Bailey, class of 1973 and visiting professor of finance, said Shriver’s benevolent personality had a positive impact on the campus. “Dr. Shriver was a person of boundless goodwill, he was just a positive force of nature,” Bailey said. “I’m sure he had his bad days, but I never saw them.” Bailey served as Student Body Vice President in his junior year and as an assistant in Roudebush Hall his senior year. Bailey credits his return to Miami to teach to Shriver’s influence. “When you make that connection to what Shriver’s university contributes to today’s university, it’s not bricks and mortar, it’s not a new stadium, or the student center,” Bailey said. “It’s the spirit of what we do here. That’s what he built and what is sustained.” One of Shriver’s most remarkable traits was his remarkable ability to remember people, according to Dolibois. “He remembered names, he remembered incidents and especially if alumni were former students in his classes, he had that knack, that personal touch, that really established him in The Shriver family has asked that Phillip Shriver be remembered with a donation to any one of the following: Miami University Phillip R. Shriver Scholarship, the Miami Glee Club Director’s Fund, the Lakeside Association or the Oxford Presbyterian Church. Darcy Shriver explained the family chose these specific groups with her father’s wishes in mind. “First and foremost, the scholarship was chosen because it goes to students, giving opportunities for kids to be at Miami, and that is huge for us and for dad, because students were at the center of his life.” “The Glee Club was special because he had sung in the glee club at Yale … the glee club is very, very special to him. He would just
the hearts of a lot of people,” Dolibois said. Randall Listerman, who taught at Miami for 34 years and wrote a book about the Shriver presidency, said Shriver’s abilities were nothing short of miraculous. “It was an absolute gift, it was a miracle. It was absolutely stunning. He’d meet you once and never forget you,” Listerman said. “I don’t know how he did it.” Shriver treated everyone he met with respect. “He went across all spectrums, from the governor to the gardener and he treated everyone with the same respect and honor and courtesy,” Listerman said. Current Miami President David Hodge said alumni have repeatedly told him about Shriver’s outstanding character. “His basic humanity, his love for the university and for people, it made Miami more human, more personal,” Hodge said. “He had a wonderful supportive spirit.”
Connor, starts looking at universities to attend in 2013.” Shriver replied a week later thanking Gilgen for her letter. He wrote that he remembered Gilgen’s father and that teaching both father and daughter made her family special to him. Shriver expressed pleasure that another
generation of Gilgen’s family could be headed to Miami. ‘Uncle Phil’ loved that sort of thing. “Regrettably,” Shriver wrote, “I shall not be teaching at that time, but there will be other instructors who will be able to claim both you and your son as students.”
‘Phil Shriver saved the university’
Shriver’s presidency coincided with tumultuous times in higher education, including Miami. In Miami University: A Personal History, he wrote: “The spring of 1970 was the low point of student morale and the high point of student distress during the Vietnam War.” The period of wartime tumult at Miami is remembered primarily for the student sit-in at Rowan Hall, which nearly turned violent, and a “flush-in” in which students turned on all the faucets, flushed all the toilets and turned on all the showers at precisely 6:00 p.m., draining Oxford’s water supply in 25 minutes. Bailey credits Shriver and his administration with exceptional handling of student protest at Miami. “At the core of his being, he understood that we as a community of students were well-intentioned in our objectives and our values, but we were at times misguided in our efforts,” Bailey said. “He also understood as a dedicated educator that we would learn more from our mistakes than we would from our successes.” Doug Wilson, class of 1964 and later vice president of university relations, credited Shriver with preventing serious violence. “I watched him play a tremendously important role in keeping things as quiet as they could possibly be under the circumstances,” Wilson said. “I have the feeling that the empathy and compassion that he had working with the students at Miami in that very difficult spring would’ve probably diffused the situation at Kent State University.” The confrontation between students and the National Guard at Kent State escalated to the point where guardsmen fired on the protestors, killing four students. Dolibois said Miami owes Shriver a debt of gratitude for avoiding a similar situation at Miami. In Pattern of Circles, Dolibois wrote: “Phil Shriver saved the university. He endured abuse, stress, strain, and almost single-handedly reestablished a sense of unity on the campus. Miami University is deeply in debt to him.”
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The Shriver family. Top row (left to right): Susan, Mindy, Carolyn, Darcy and Scott. Bottom row: Phillip and Martha Shriver.
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Members of Phillip Shriver’s cabinet (left to right): John E. Dolibois, Robert F. Etheridge, Lloyd A. Goggin and David G. Brown.
A Miami Man for life After his retirement in 1998, Shriver continued to accept invitations to speak to various campus, alumni and community groups. Together with his wife Martha, he attended numerous athletic events and concerts. Stephen Gordon, class of 1975 and curator of the McGuffey Museum, said Martha was a constant influence and presence during Shriver’s tenure as president and continued Miami involvement following his retirement. “They were really a team. I would bet that Dr. Shriver has been to more Miami athletic events than any person,” Gordon said. Martha was almost always with him. “Mrs. Shriver is beloved by Miami students,” Gordon said. “She was always there – equally friendly, and equally loved by the Miami community.” Shriver also kept up correspondence with many former students and colleagues. In 1997, Lisa Gilgen, class of 1988, wrote Shriver a letter congratulating him on 50 years of teaching. Gilgen’s father, William Martin, took Shriver’s Ohio history course at Kent State and Gilgen later took Shriver’s history of Miami course. Gilgen wrote, “Maybe some of my professors will be around when my son, tear up when we’d go to glee club concerts, and he rarely missed one. He and mom just loved the Miami glee club.” Darcy Shriver said she and her mother Martha attended the Miami glee club concert April 15, the Shrivers’ 67th wedding anniversary. “The Lakeside Association is a wonderful community up on Lake Erie … it’s near and dear to all of us, and dad.” “Lastly, his church: dad was a very strong Christian man and always walked the faith. He didn’t always talk about it, but he was a very, very, faithful man. To pass away on Easter… Easter was a very special time to him.” The family plans to have a private burial and a public memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Phillip Shriver (center) and Lloyd Goggin (far right) break ground at the site of the old Goggin Ice Arena, June 1975.
continued from page 17 campus, as well as in the Oxford community, according to Sweeney. “I think it’s great that MUTV is online, more people have access to it online so I think we’ll get more viewership,” Sweeney said. “The show is about the community so it would be nice for people off campus and people in the community to be able to access it.” The project to put MUTV online began about a year ago when a request for $9,100 was submitted to the IT technology fund to buy a video encoder that would allow
MUTV to be accessed online, according to Sampson. After the device was purchased, Williams Hall Chief Engineer Steve Beitzel helped install it and get MUTV up and running online. “The video encoder allows a high resolution stream that’s identical to what you see on TV,” Beitzel said. Beitzel said he and IT Services are working on purchasing a new video encoder that will allow access to MUTV online off campus. Currently, students on the Hamilton, Middletown and Voice of America campuses can access MUTV online as well. Students interested in getting involved with MUTV can contact Sampson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Red and White compete in multiple meets By Melissa Maykut Staff Writer
The Miami University womenâ€™s track and field team had solid performances in three meets in three different states April 22 and 23. The majority of the team competed in the Mississippi Open, while a handful of athletes participated in the Polytan Invitational. Three RedHawks competed at the Jesse Owens Classic, while another RedHawk ran as an unattached athlete. â€œThe highlight of the weekend was the group that went to the Mississippi meet,â€? head coach Kelly Phillips said. â€œThe girls had good
weather and they really took advantage of it.â€? Freshman Ariel Johnson had a personal-best time of 12.22 seconds in the 100-meter dash, earning a 12th place finish. In the 200-meter dash, junior Diona Graves had a personal-best time of 24.42 seconds. It earned her 10th place and ranks her fourth in school history. In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Layne Baggett and freshman Xerina Hughey finished ninth and 11th. Baggett had a season-best time of 14.14 seconds and Hughey had a personalbest time of 14.24. In the 400-meter hurdles, redshirt freshman Ashley Zaper notched a 13th place finish with
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a personal-best of 1:03.97. In field events, junior Sarah Kinnaman placed sixth in the pole vault with a season-best 3.57 meters/11-8.5. Despite lightening delays at the Polytan Invitational hosted by Indiana University, freshman Tori Pattera kicked things off for the Red and White in the javelin throw. Pattera, Miamiâ€™s record holder in the event, placed second. Junior Hannah Tabler then placed 10th in the pole vault with a season-best 3.56 meters/11-8. In the shot put, junior Alexandra Roberts finished fourth, while junior Samantha Gable
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Broken Heritage Commons parking barrier becomes routine By Trent Marion For The Miami Student
Ed Butch, the apartment director of Miami University’s Heritage Commons, is a full-time employee who serves as a resource for the community and aides in crisis management. This year, Butch has had to deal with a frequently occurring crisis: an estimated 50 times (and counting), he starts his day by calling the Maintenance Repair Technician for Heritage Commons to replace one or more parking lot barriers. Butch said access to the Heritage Commons parking lot is intended to be exclusively for students who live there and purchase a specific permit. Before entering the lot, students must swipe their Miami IDs, which raises the yellow barrier guarding the lot, according to Butch. “I’m not sure why it is broken so frequently,” Butch said. “This is my second year as apartment director and it has definitely happened more often this year than last, but this has been an ongoing problem for Heritage Commons.” With no concrete knowledge of its source, managing this crisis is no easy task. For others, the reason for the destruction is easy to pinpoint. Chris Hopkins, a sophomore resident of Heritage Commons, has witnessed intoxicated students break the barrier on multiple occasions. “It’s an easy target for drunk kids,” Hopkins said. “People like to break stuff when
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The parking barrier at Heritage Commons has been broken more than 50 times this school year. they’re drunk. A couple times I’ve seen kids get a running start, jump on the barrier and run away.” According to Sgt. Jim Squance of the Oxford Police Department, these offenders risk fines and jail time for the sake of what they may see as an unadorned prank. “They would be charged with criminal damaging,” Squance said. “Criminal damaging is a fourth degree misdemeanor, which requires a court appearance and can result in up
to a $250 fine and 30 days in jail.” Despite notifying law enforcement each time a barrier is broken, police involvement is usually unproductive. “(Miami University Police Department) is contacted about the gates whenever they are reported,” Butch said. “The issue is they can only do something about it when there is a suspect or the few times we have actually caught a student breaking the gate.” He also has been working closely with
others in the Office of Residence Life to explore different options to deter this act of disobedience. “Some solutions that have been talked about include stronger gates and installing video surveillance,” Butch said. “There are many positives and negatives to each of these solutions – the most striking negative being the cost of installation for each.” Until a solution is agreed upon and put into action, the outlook remains bleak.
Law school applications decrease nationally, return to normal rates
MUTV streaming online, hopes to expand access
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The number of law school applications has dropped nationally by 11 percent from last year according to the Law School Admission Council. The decrease in applicants, however, may be showing a return to the average number of applicants after a peak was shown in the past two years. According to the Director of PreLaw Programs at Miami University, Yvette Simpson, the drop is not actually a drop, but a return to the normal number. “It’s a stabilization of really high increases that are leveling off,” Simpson said. “I think as the economy drops, students start to think more critically about their future.” Andrew King, a senior attending law school next year, said he thought the number of applicants showed a return to the status quo also. “I think the number is really just going back to what it was,” King said. “It also may be students who
are deciding to get a job for a few years before going to law school because it’s more competitive.” Simpson said the competiveness of law school could factor into the lowering rates of law school applicants as students consider how they will fare in the applicant pool. “Very few students realize how competitive law school actually is,” Simpson said. “Some students may not be competitive enough as an applicant and need to take a few years off to gain more experience.” The cost of law school remains an important factor for students to consider before applying and according to Simpson, the drop in applicants results partly from more students realizing this huge investment. “Going into a graduate studies program is not the same as law school, you are going to learn to be a lawyer,” Simpson said. “We don’t encourage students who are trying to ‘find themselves’ to go because it’s a big investment.” King agreed cost could cause the dropping number of applications also.
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means that the hens are not confined in cruel and inhumane battery cages,” Balk said. “For universities that’s the first thing they have to be concerned with.”
Demske Culinary Center adjusts to student demands Deciding what to purchase — such as cage-free eggs or not — is the job of the Demske Culinary Center. “We have to offer products that the students are looking for,” Brubacher said. “We find out we make those decisions numerous ways. One way is we do follow the Miami Expressions, the online comment system. We take those to heart. Our large November survey that goes out every year to all on campus students, then just individual feedback to what our students give to our dining unit managers.” The center began using a group purchasing organization called Provista in 2008 in addition to purchasing from local and state suppliers. “A lot of our local farmers that we deal with, we wouldn’t be able to buy from them,” Brubacher said. “That was one of the selling factors for us with Provista was that we are not locked in, we can pick and choose to participate as much or as little as we want to.” Provista membership also gives Miami more power in the market. “There is over $40 billion in combined purchasing power,” Brubacher said. “By Miami being a member of Provista, the budget that I work with on an annual basis is about $10 million for food, instead us looking for a supplier and going in with our $10 million to spend, by being part of this group we are working with a combined $40 billion in purchasing power.”
“Law school is a full time job,” King said. “It’s hard for students to work and go to law school, so it’s basically three years with no income.” Although cost may be considered a disadvantage of going to law school, Simpson thought it is necessary for the legal profession. “If you want to be a lawyer, you have to go to law school,” Simpson said. “It gives you the ability to practice what you want to do and you’re going to learn.” Simpson also said the economic problems have affected the legal profession and attending law school does not guarantee a job. “We encourage students to think more critically before going to law school,” Simpson said. “Students with more life experience are better able to handle the challenge of a law school as a professional school.” Miami will not know the change the number of Miami students applying to law school until next year, but Simpson expects a similar drop, as Miami tends to stay close to the national number.
Students can now watch Miami University Television (MUTV) anywhere on campus, not just where there’s a television. MUTV, channel 15 on campus cable, is now streaming online where students can watch it any time, according to Joe Sampson, clinical faculty in journalism and communications. “The idea behind doing this is that we know students like TV, but they don’t like watching it on TV,” Sampson said. “Now they can watch in Shriver, their dorm rooms, anywhere on campus.” To access MUTV online, students can go to www.muohio. edu/mutv and select MUTV from a list of programs, according to Sampson. Students can then watch whatever is currently on MUTV, but streaming online. MUTV is currently available only on campus due to the type of
This is one of the “smart business decisions” Brubacher said he has to make. “We are an auxiliary of the university meaning Housing Dining and Recreation services,” Brubacher said. “Our money is generated through the sale of meal and board plans. We are not receiving tuition, so all of our dining services on campus, we have to make smart business decisions.” But the purchasing doesn’t happen just inside the confines of the building. Brubacher’s job focuses on getting familiar with the farms and companies Miami purchases food from. “We make sure that we know these people,” Brubacher said. “We make sure that we’re there when they deliver product. If it’s a product that needs to be refrigerated then they need to get it here under proper storage conditions.” Senior dietetics student Chloe Berdan said she wishes the center advertised their efforts more. “A lot of this is stuff I didn’t know,” Berdan said. “I feel like just letting the students know more about this is really important with what food Miami is providing and what food you can get outside Miami too.”
Organic Vs. Local Food With the word organic often equated to healthy in terms of food, why isn’t Miami purchasing more organic food? For Parkinson, the answer may be that organic isn’t necessarily better than other food. “There is not a major nutritional difference between organically produced and regularly produced foods,” Parkinson said. “We can say that there are minimal nutritional differences in organic versus non-organic foods based on research from the Mayo Clinic and the American Dietetic Association and Tufts University and also the USDA.” According to McEwen, the organic label may not be as solid as it seems. “The label ‘organic,’ there is a lot of wiggle room to it,” McEwen said. “A lot of the companies do the least that they have to in order to be labeled organic and an organic farm
video streaming device MUTV has, but the goal is to eventually have it available anywhere in the world, according to Sampson. “One of the things we want to be able to do is allow alumni who may have worked at MUTV and prospective students who want to see Miami to be able to access this and see what kind of opportunities they have,” Sampson said. Senior Meghan Sweeney, president of Miami Television News, a bi-weekly show, agrees that MUTV could be a good tool to attract prospective students. “I think it would be great for prospective students who are interested in TV or broadcast journalism to see that students have successful shows,” Sweeney said. “They would also get to see positive aspects of campus through the shows.” Miami Television News reports on things on
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doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not commercialized, so even though it is labeled organic doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a family farm.” Miami utilizes organic produce in the salad bars but Brubacher said the focus for dining halls is more on purchasing local foods. “A lot of the local farmers that we use are not certified organic while they may follow organic farming practices we can’t advertise them as being organic because they don’t have that certification,” Brubacher said. “If we can buy from a farmer 10 miles from here that doesn’t have that organic certification it’s still a lot smaller carbon footprint than buying from a farm a large mass-produced farm in California that might have that certification.” According to Parkinson, farmers may be discouraged from registering their products as organic because they have to pay a fee. Instead of focusing on organic items, the Culinary Center tries to buy as many local and Ohio products as they can. “Some of the local farmers we buy from do participate in the Farmer’s Market,” Brubacher said. “We don’t go to the Farmer’s Market itself, but a lot of the people we buy from set up at either the uptown market or the Talawanda market.” According to Brubacher, location was a factor in the decision of where to purchase deli meat. “We decided to use Walnut Creek Foods which is an Ohio company which was a plus,” Brubacher said. “We try to use as many Ohio and local companies as we can so that was a plus there in the fact that it was an Ohio company and it was the overwhelming favorite of all of the deli turkey’s we sampled.” McEwen approves of Miami’s decision to purchase food from local sources. “I had no idea that Miami purchased local stuff so that’s awesome,” McEwen said. “Maybe if they could continue that, maybe expand it and help the local community that would be awesome.”
Tuesday April 26, 2011
No steroids in play for this record Brian Gallagher
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egend has it that, around 500 B.C., a Greek messenger named Pheidippides ran 25 miles from a battle at Marathon to Athens to announce a victory over the Persians. After gasping, “we have won” he collapsed and died on the spot. While the veracity of this story may be questioned, the epic run served as the beginning of the event named after the battle rather than the famous messenger (because running a marathon sounds better than running a “pheidippides”). Although it had auspicious beginnings, the marathon does not enter into the public spotlight very often, outside of the Olympic Games. I could probably make it halfway through the Miami University Directory before I found someone who knew who the world record holder in the marathon is. For the record, it’s Haile Gebrselassie, who ran 2 hours, 3 minutes and 59 seconds in 2008. Even though the marathon is a popular event (thousands of people run one each year) it’s easy to see how the Attention Defecit Disorder-driven American public gets turned away from watching people run for over two hours. ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser once said he loved covering the marathon because he had time to eat a full meal, come back and not have missed anything. However, last week, something happened in the marathon that deserves the public’s attention, if at least for a few minutes. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya not only broke the world record at the Boston Marathon, he shattered it, beating the previous best by nearly a minute and running 2:03:02. He averaged 4:42 per mile, a time which would have earned a letter jacket at most high schools, except he did it for 26 miles. The only problem was that Mutai did not get the world record. The fastest time by a human being over 26.2 miles will not be recorded in the annals of history. You might be asking yourself, how could such an injustice occur? The governing body of track and field, the International Association of Athletic Federations, mandates marathon courses eligible for record-setting purposes must be loop courses (Boston is a point-topoint course) and the course must not drop more than 170 feet over the entire race. Boston is notoriously known as one of the toughest marathon courses, where the hills are so tough they have names like “Heartbreak.” But since it drops 495 feet over the course of 26.2 miles it is not eligible for a world record. The weather was also in favor of a fast time, with cool temperatures and a “nor’easter” blowing at the runners’ backs the entire way, adding to the “advantage.” In today’s world of ego-driven, steroid-pumping, media-seeking professional athletes, you would have expected Mutai to throw a tantrum after finding out his time was not a new world record. Imagine what Barry Bonds would have done if baseball told him that his homerun record would not stand because too many were hit with the aid of a tail-wind (not to mention steroids). Or Tiger Woods being told that his score would not count because a tree gave him a lucky bounce. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be the one that had to tell them. When Mutai was told about the technicality, he simply said, “I see this (race) as a gift from God, I don’t have more words to add.” While he may not get his 15 minutes of fame and the record that he deserves, his humility should remind all athletes that being a good sport isn’t a bad thing.
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MU prepares for home invite By Melissa Maykut Staff Writer
The Miami University men’s track and field team had one individual victory at the Polytan Invitational hosted by Indiana University April 22 and 23, while four runners from the team competed at the Jesse Owens Classic hosted by Ohio State University. The RedHawks’ single victory came from senior Michael McCarty, who jumped to a first place finish in the long jump. McCarty had a season-best jump of 7.25 meters/23-9.5. For field events like the long jump, athletes must jump three times in their seed, then three mores times if they move on to the finals. McCarty had to jump six times, but he said having the team camp at the end of the long jump pumped him up. “When you’re on your sixth jump, you’re tired and don’t want to go, but when you hear cheers from your team, it motivates you,” McCarty said. Alongside his long jump victory, McCarty placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 54.27 seconds. The rain and lightening delays didn’t stop the rest of the RedHawks from posting season and personal-best times, jumps and throws. “We had a few things that went really well at Indiana,” head Coach Warren Mandrell said. “ One really big thing was Hargrove qualified for the U.S. Junior National Championships.” Freshman Jahquil Hargrove placed fourth in the 400-meter dash in a personal-best time of 47.69 seconds. In field events, freshman Taylor Celestin had a personal-best throw of 53.20 meters/174-6, earning him a third place victory in the javelin throw. Senior Adam Ruiz then had a personal-best throw of 52.21 meters/171-3 in the hammer throw, placing sixth. Freshman Sam Spallinger placed third in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 6.96 meters/22-10. Spallinger also had a personal-best time of 22.62 in the 200-meter dash, placing him in 12th. Redshirt junior Matt Rudin and sophomore Sam Wildeman both matched their season bests in the pole vault. Rudin finished fifth and Wildeman placed seventh. In the triple jump, Matt Losi had a personal-best jump of 13.79 meters/45-3, earning him a fifth place finish. At the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio, freshman Daniel Garleb, junior Jarroed Eick and seniors Michael Perry and Robbie Fisher were the four competitors for the Red and White.
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Freshman Jahquil Hargrove competes in the Miami Invitational April 9 at Miami University’s George Rider Track. Fisher finished 11th in the 3000-meter steeplechase and Eick placed 10th in the 1500-meter run. In the 5000-meter race, Garleb had a personal-best time of 14:54.09, finished in 10th, while Perry finished the race in 19th.
“It’s shaping up to be a really good season,” McCarty said. “This is the time of the season for us to have personal records.” The Red and White will compete in their second and final home meet of the season Saturday at George Rider Track.
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RedHawks place eighth in Columbus By Hannah R. Miller
“We’re playing okay but we need to play a full 18 holes. We didn’t do that every round which is why we ended up where we did.” At the Kepler Intercollegiate Tournament, the final tournament Sophomore Brett Tomfohrde finished at 14-over par, tying for before the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships, the 37th place. Freshman Austin Kelly tied for 39th place at 15-over Miami University men’s golf team had trouble keeppar and sophomore Ben Peacock tied for 42nd at ing their scores down. With rainy conditions and a 16-over par. The final golfer for Miami was senior lengthy weather delay, Miami finished in eighth Michael Drobnick finishing in 51st at 18-over par. “We played better place, shooting a 46-over par. The University of IlIn order to compete in the MAC Championships, than our scores in- Lubahn knows what the team’s focus needs to be. linois and Kent State University tied for first out of the 11-team field, shooting an overall 5-over par. In dicated ... but we’re “We have to stick to the things we’re good at and the three round tournament, the ’Hawks had team play the shots we’re comfortable with,” Lubahn excited about the scores of 307, 298 and 293, showing improvement said. “We need to focus on leaving it all on the way we’re starting course, battling as hard as possible, not worrying each day but not gaining enough ground to stay to strike it. ” in contention. about expectations or consequences, and playing Head Coach Casey Lubahn noted some positive aswith deep down passion and determination.” CASEY LUBAHN pects from the weekend. Preparing for his final tournament as a ’Hawk, HEAD GOLF COACH “We played better than our scores indicated,” Sutherland agrees with Lubahn about leaving it all Lubahn said. “We struggled to finish some rounds and on the course. kind of had multiple guys play poorly on the same “We have nothing to lose so if we have that menday, but we’re excited about the way we’re starting to strike it.” tality every day out there and play with that, it will be easier to Senior Nathan Sutherland was the top finisher for the Red and shoot full rounds,” Sutherland said. “I know we’re capable of doing White, tying for 14th at 6-over par. Sutherland was consistent in his that and I think we believe that it’s possible. And we have to stay play, shooting 73s in each of the three rounds. He is optimistic that relaxed, that will help us.” with increased consistency his team will be in contention in their The RedHawks will battle for their 13th conference title as they final tournament. host the 2011 MAC Tournament at TPC River’s Bend starting April “Everyone played okay and had potential in their rounds but 29. There will be two rounds Friday followed by a single round both didn’t finish well or had a bad stretch somewhere,” Sutherland said. Saturday and Sunday. Senior Staff Writer