The Miami Student Oldest university newspaper in the United States, established 1826
VOLUME 139 NO. 58
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
MIAMI UNIVERSITY OXFORD, OHIO
TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 2000, The Miami Student reported Miami University male students committed approximately 83 percent of all documented underage alcohol violations. The Student also reported the majority of violators were first-year students, according to Judicial Affairs figures.
Parents contribute to MU underage drinking By Emily Glaser SENIOR Staff Writer
It is no secret students get alcohol from older friends or fake IDs, but a lesser-known resource is their parents. Leslie Haxby McNeill, director
“They don’t necessarily buy the alcohol for me but will give me some to take back to school.” While McNeill said some students get their alcohol from their parents, she said the data shows most students get it from older students. Miami University Police
“When I was under my parents would buy me drinks at bars when they came to visit me at school and when we were on vacation,” Kuceyeski said. “They never bought me a case [of beer] or anything though.” According to McNeill, Miami
A lot of times, when I’m home, my parents will have extra of something they don’t like.They don’t necessarily buy the alcohol for me but will give me some to take back to school.” ARIANA
MIAMI UNIVERSITY JUNIOR
of Health Education at Miami, said some students get alcohol from their parents, either on move-in day or parent’s weekends. “I think there are some well-intentioned parents who unwillingly put their students at risk,” McNeill said. “They give them alcohol to keep in their dorm rooms whether it’s a case of beer or a bottle of liquor.” Miami junior Ariana, who requested to be listed by her first name only, said she got alcohol from her parents when she was underage. “A lot of times, when I’m home, my parents will have extra of something they don’t like,” Ariana said.
Department (MUPD) Chief, John McCandless agreed. “I think it’s less likely in college that students get alcohol from their parents because of the proximity,” McCandless said. “Students aren’t close to their parents.” McCandless also said a lot of parents will buy their underage students alcohol at the bars on parent’s or mom’s or dad’s weekend, but that kind of purchasing is legal in Ohio. This kind of purchasing is illegal in 40 other states. Junior Corbin Kuceyeski said his parents have bought him alcohol at bars.
tries to discourage illegal purchasing of alcohol by parents for students by increasing the number of parents who have conversations about alcohol with their student, or changing the conversation to focus more on the laws. According to McNeill, Miami seeks to find out, through several mechanisms including alcohol.edu, if parents talk to their students about alcohol. “We’d like to see an increase in the
By Brian Gallagher Sports Editor
Just over two months ago, John Cooper made a visit to Millett Hall as the head basketball coach of Tennessee State University (TSU), where his Tigers defeated the RedHawks 68-61. At the time, he did not know he would be back in Oxford soon, not for another game, but as the new men’s basketball coach for Miami University. After spending three seasons at Tennessee State, where he amassed a 43-51 record, this will be Cooper’s second head coaching position. After graduating from Wichita State University in 1991, he spent 16 seasons as an assistant in some of the major conferences in Division I college basketball, such as the Pacific 12 Conference (PAC 12) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). While some might question Cooper’s experience as a head coach or the fact that he does not have a connection to Miami, he is up to the challenge. “I’m not a graduate of Miami, but it means a lot to me that I’m the caretaker of this program and that I do things right,” Cooper said. “I want the guy at my alma mater to take care of the program as if he was a graduate, so I’m going to do the same thing here. For so long Coach [Charlie] Coles was here and did things the right way. He set that example and that’s what we plan on doing.” Cooper inherits a team that went 9-21 last year, the second-worst season in Miami history (the ’Hawks went 5-23 in the 1988-1989 season but that included eight forfeits).
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see State] but it wasn’t because of me: we had good players and a great staff, and in order to be successful in this business you have to have good players,” Cooper said. “First off, they need to be good people, and have character and integrity. But we also want guys who are athletic, who have a good skill set and a good motor.” Regardless of who he brings in for next year, all the players will have to be in shape, as Cooper brings an uptempo style to the ’Hawks. “It’s going a different style of play, and we’re going to play with more tempo,” Cooper said. “We want teams to know that when you come to Millett, you better have your running shoes and you better be ready to play because it’s going to be a fast-paced game and we’re going to be getting up and down the court.” In taking over a program that has won 21 MAC Championships, Cooper said he sees the students and fans as an integral part of the process of getting Miami back to that level. The RedHawks averaged 1,689 fans for each home game last season, and Cooper acknowledged the success of the program depends on more than just the players. “What I learned at TSU is that the success doesn’t make any difference if you can’t engage the students, so
We have to get to the point where people want to come out and support the team.” JOHN COOPER
MIAMI UNIVERSITY MEN’S HEAD BASKETBALL COACH
Sullivan averaged 10.3 points per game and shot 49.9 percent from three-point territory, which was the highest three-point percentage in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) this past season. In addition to the core players returning, Cooper will look to add to the team with the team’s three available scholarships. He will expect the abilities of the incoming players, as well as of the current players, to expand beyond the confines of the court. “We won 20 games [at Tennes-
PUT ME IN COACH, I’M READY TO PLAY
Miami University junior Lauren Flarida (left) and senior Cassie Farrell (right) get their book, Don’t Put Me in Coach, signed by author Mark Titus Wednesday afternoon in the Miami Bookstore.
Trustees to vote on tuition increase, regional campuses By Jenn Smola Campus Editor
A new era begins for Miami basketball However, while “Coach Coop” was at the helm, Tennessee State underwent an incredible turnaround, going from 9-23 in his first season to a 20-13 record this past year. That was the team’s first winning season since 1995-1996 and marked the first 20-win season in 32 years, so if there is anyone who is capable to helping the RedHawks return to their former success, it is Cooper. “You look at my overall record and it does not stand out, but part of what I’m hoping to do goes back to when I took over at Tennessee State,” Cooper said. “[The program] was down and it had not won in a while, but I saw some things there that you could do and believed that we could win there. I see those same things here that you could get better and win.” The ’Hawks return a number of key players from last season, such as sophomore forward Jon Harris and sophomore guard Quinten Rollins, both of whom played in all 30 games for Miami. However, Miami is losing senior forward Julian Mavunga, who led the ’Hawks in scoring and rebounding with 16.4 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game. The RedHawks will also be without freshman standout guard Brian Sullivan who is transferring following a fantastic freshman campaign.
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we need you [the fans],” Cooper said. “We have to get to the point where people want to come out and support the team. There’s a lot of times during the season when your energy isn’t where it needs to be and the fans can carry you through those games … We have a long way to go, but that’s where we want to be.” A new chapter is starting for Miami basketball, but with Cooper at the helm the RedHawks will look to continue the success they have had in the past as they move towards the future.
The Miami University Board of Trustees holds its second meeting of the semester today. According to Claire Wagner, associate director of university communications, the board will be voting on several important issues. “They will vote on a tuition increase for undergraduates,” Wagner said. She said the tuition increase would apply to the main and regional campuses. It would entail a 3.5 percent increase for in-state students and a 3 percent increase for out-of-state students. Additionally, Wagner said the board will vote on the creation of a new academic division for the
regional campuses. Wagner said other issues will be voted on as well. “They also are going to vote on funding for three new residence halls on western campus,” she said. The board will vote on the approval of changing the title of the School of Fine Arts to the School of Creative Arts, as well as on the approval of creating a new Interactive Media Studies Bachelor of Arts degree. During the meeting, the board will hear reports from President David Hodge, the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, the Finance and Audit Committee, the Vice President of University Advancement Brad Bundy, Student Body President Nick Huber and Student Trustee Lot Kwarteng.
University Latin honors create student concern By Jenn Smola Campus Editor
Miami University students recently submitted a letter to the university expressing their concern over the newly implemented Latin honors distinctions. Seniors Alex Underwood, Annie Clark and Traci Kim created a Facebook group to give students the opportunity to sign the letter. The group had about 160 attendees. Previously, Latin honors were awarded to students based on overall grade point average (GPA). All students who received a 3.9 GPA would graduate summa cum laude, students with a 3.75 GPA would graduate magna cum laude and students with a 3.5 GPA would graduate cum laude. According to Lucille Hautau, assistant to the provost, Latin honors will now be determined based on divisional rank. “Latin honors are awarded on a percentage-based calculation within each of the academic divisions within the university,” Hautau said. Hautau said the new implementation of the honors system will award summa cum laude to graduates in the top two percent of their academic division. The next five percent in the division will graduate magna cum laude and the next 10 percent will graduate cum laude.
According to Hautau, the decision to change the honors requirements is not a new one.
Latin honors are awarded on a percentage-based calculation within each of the academic divisions within the university.” LUCILLE HAUTAU
ASSISTANT TO THE PROVOST
“The official change was voted on in April 2007,” Hautau said. “It isn’t new, it’s been out there for five years.” She said University Senate approved the change and since 2008 the new requirements have been included in university documents such as the general bulletin. Though this information has been accessible to students, Kim, one of the authors of the letter and creator of the Facebook group, said she wishes the university would have better publicized the change. “We would’ve hoped the university would have made a bigger statement,” Kim said. According to the letter, the authors and the signers said, “it is incumbent on a university to keep students informed of all
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Editors JENN SMOLA ALLISON MCGILLIVRAY
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
Miami works to implement cost-saving goals By Allison McGillivray Campus Editor
Nearly a year and a half after creating a Strategic Priorities Task Force to recommend cost-saving measures, Miami University is still working to complete those goals. Some of these recommendations include a goal to raise $50 million in scholarship funds, Support Services Implementation Program – Information Technology Services (SSIPIT) and the addition of a January academic term. According to David Creamer, vice president of finance and business services, the goal of the Strategic Priorities Task Force is for Miami to continue to deliver the same level of
education while reducing the cost it takes for the university to run. This goal was the result of a lack of funding from the state of Ohio and the need to slow the growth in the cost of tuition. “We have to find a way to either generate new revenues or to control our cost going forward by providing our services more efficiently, so that we can continue to provide the kind of educational experience that students and families expect but in a way that is more affordable,” Creamer said. The ability to retain the level of education quality is a primary concern of students and faculty, according to junior Josh Kremer. “I’m of the opinion that college should be for education and not for
economics,” Kremer said. According to Creamer, most of the Strategic Priorities Task Force recommendations have been successful thus far. The Strategic Priorities Task Force has been reaching or exceeding most of its cost containment goals, Creamer said. The SSIP-IT initiative has not reached its goal. It was originally projected to save the university $3.7 million but is now only projected to save $1.9-1.5 million. Creamer said the lack of savings is being offset by the fact the university will exceed its goals for this year for energy cost reduction and health insurance cost containment. One of the cost cutting measures is implementing a new budget model,
which if accepted this semester, will be worked on this summer. Sophomore Liz Schwartz said if cuts are made by the university it should make cuts to non-academic areas first. “Students are here first and foremost to learn so cutting it from other areas would make the most sense,” Schwartz said. The goal behind the new budget model is to allow each academic division to have greater control over financial decisions that impact the delivery of the educational mission and also better inform them about how these financial choices affect the university as a whole, Creamer said. Ultimately, this new model will lead to great autonomy for the academic divisions, according
to Creamer. “A lot of [the budget model] is designed to give each of the academic divisions a greater autonomy and hopefully greater flexibility to look at how new revenue opportunities can be generated at the university,” Creamer said. “They will be linked to their success in generating new revenues for their divisions, the more success they have in doing that the more autonomy they have in regard to how to utilize those resources.” Another goal of the Strategic Priorities Task Force is to eliminate redundant positions and activities within the university, according to Creamer. This elimination involves
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Ticket sales prove less than impressive for The Fray concert By Amanda Hancock Senior Staff Writer
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Miami University juniors Kelvin Jackson and Carli Wright perform with The Sultans Swag before The Fray performed last Wednesday. night at Millett Hall.
Student senate opposes creation of new chief of staff position due to pay increase By Allison McGillivray Campus Editor
Miami University Associated Student Government (ASG) opposed amending their bylaws with the creation of a chief of staff position with a vote of 16-16. Bylaw changes require a two-third majority vote rather than a simple majority, according to President of Senate-Elect Peter Dougherty. Student-Body President-Elect John Stefanski and Secretary of Executive Cabinet Nick Miller authored this bylaw change. The creation of the chief of staff would change the secretary of executive cabinet position to include any duties assigned by the student-body president in addition to the responsibilities of the secretary of the executive council. This bylaw change will affect the position of Secretary to the Executive Cabinet Elect Forrest McGuire who was appointed by Stefanski and
approved by student senate earlier this month. The chief of staff would have received a salary of $2,821, which is comparable to senate elected positions such as secretary for alumni affairs rather than president appointed positions such as technology director. Treasurer Mike Trivelli said the current salary for the secretary to the executive cabinet is $2,257 so it is a $564 proposed increase. Technology Director Matt Weber said an appointed officer should not receive the same level of pay as a student senate elected officer. “As an appointed officer I still have qualms about appointing someone to a secretary-level pay raise,” Weber said. Stefanski disagreed. “Nick put in just as much work as anyone on cabinet last year and that’s the bar I set for Forrest and he understands that,” Stefanski said. “I fully believe that there should be a pay
raise for that.” Trivelli said the money will come out of the operating budget, which comes from student fee money collected by the Office of Student Affairs. “The money is there it is coming out of the public relations budget, which is something that is going to be shrunk anyway because they are getting rid of table tents,” Stefanski said. Senators were concerned the money for the pay raise would come out of student fees. Senator Megan Qua said she is concerned the bylaw change does not clarify the duties of the chief of staff. “Just because Nick did a stellar job this year, who’s to say that Forrest will do the same level of work,” Qua said. Secretary for Diversity Affairs
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Miami University’s spring concert featuring The Fray last Wednesday offered a mix of midweek fun, impromptu schedule changes and lessthan-impressive ticket sales. Despite much anticipation, the concert sold less than half the expected amount of tickets by selling an estimated 1,600 of the 5,000 tickets available to students. Miami’s Campus Activities Council’s Concert Board and the Performing Arts Series collaborated to bring The Fray to Miami for the spring concert. Patti Liberatore, director of Miami’s Performing Arts Series, was one of the leaders in the collaborative effort. “We always want to sell every ticket, but it’s hard to do,” Liberatore said. Liberatore also said the goal of the concert was more to bring great entertainment to Miami students than to make a profit. “We expected the concert to be good and it actually might have been better than we thought,” Liberatore said. Sophomore Jessica Watson
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decided to go to the concert at the last minute when tickets were offered at a discount price. “It ended up being an awesome show because the lead singer came down in the audience and made it a great experience,” Watson said. Despite Watson’s positive review, she said the original $40 cost for tickets played a role in lack of attendance. “Tickets were really expensive and I assume some students would rather save their money or spend it on essentials,” Watson said. The price for tickets may have been steep for a college student salary, however Liberatore said the timing of the concert was also a factor. “It’s an extraordinarily busy part of the year for students and there’s a lot of competition for students’ time,” she said. According to Liberatore, despite the number of tickets sold, no funds were lost in the process. This is because the Performing Art Series covers expenses based on previous performance’s profits. Liberatore was contacted multiple times to provide the cost to bring
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TRACY CHAPPELOW THE MIAMI STUDENT
Senior Abigail Offenbaker speaks with students at Taft High School.
MU’s Summer Reading Program seeks Capstone students show to change first-years’ beach reading list off work with film premier By Megan Thobe
For The Miami Student
Summer is a time to relax, hang out with friends and maybe land a job as a lifeguard at the pool. With so much to do, the Summer Reading Program (SRP) seems like a contradiction to some students. After all, summer is meant to be the time when students can enjoy the fact that they do not have to read. “I read the first part of the book,” first-year Jackie Green said. “I didn’t finish it because I got caught up doing other things.” According to Green, the sum-
By Kaila Frisone mer after high school is one of the only times students get a break from their studies. The committee for the SRP sees things a little differently. For them, summer is a time to prepare the incoming class of students for the liberal arts education Miami offers. However, each year the book chosen by the SRP committee is met with mixed levels of participation from the first-year class it is assigned to. Jennifer Kinney 2012 committee-co chair said she usually gets mixed reactions to the book. “We always get those who really get into the book,” Kinney
said. “Then we get the ones who only read parts and pieces, and then there’s always some who don’t touch the book at all.” The SRP has stood as an introduction for the incoming firstyear class to the liberal art education at Miami for the past 31 years, according to John Jeep, professor and interim director of international studies and co-chair of the 2012 summer reading committee. Since then the committee has worked hard to choose books that interest students and encourage discussion. Most of the time,
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As if graduating and planning for life after college was not enough, 23 Miami University seniors took on arguably one of the most challenging capstones offered. The capstone requires interviews to be accepted into the course and has students make a short film using expensive professional equipment. This semester’s film is titled Unbanded and will premiere in Peabody Hall’s Leonard Theater 7:30 p.m. Friday. The film’s main character was a homicide detective until the murder of his wife. He then became a criminology professor until he is asked to
assist in a recent serial killer case. The crew of Unbanded was responsible for organizing every step of pre-production, production and post-production. From writing a 19page script to holding casting calls, preparing wardrobe, planning set locations and everything else involved with the three stages of production, students committed many hours to the project. Junior Hannah Mills, publicist and key grip, said she spent nearly 20 consecutive hours filming at Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub. She said she arrived 8:30 a.m. one Sunday and did not leave until 4:15 a.m. Monday.
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Editors CATHERINE UBRY LISA REYMANN
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
POLICE Retirees open up Ohio job market
By Michelle Rowley Staff Writer
Ohio is anticipating approximately 1.7 million job openings by 2018. However, the open jobs are not new jobs, but rather jobs that open due to people retiring and moving around within their field. Of the 1.7 million openings, only 249,000 will be completely new jobs. Of Ohio’s adult population, ages 25 and above, only 32 percent hold an associates degree or higher. This puts Ohio behind schedule to meet the nation’s projected goal of 44 percent of adult-aged individuals holding a degree by 2025. This may seem like a problem for Ohio’s job market due to the number of projected job openings by 2018, however Lewis Corner, chief of Workforce Research for the Ohio Bureau of Labor
Market Information, said this number is misleading. Although Corner did not have exact numbers, he said these jobs would be mostly technical personnel positions such as radiologists, nurses, physical therapists and technicians. However, Corner said this is nothing new. Rather, these fields are always expanding regardless of the state of the economy because they provide a service that is always in demand. “Green” jobs such as environmental scientists are also projected to be in higher demand. Other jobs that will be increasingly in demand from now through 2018 include computer and mathematical jobs. Corner said statisticians would be in higher demand and generally only take an associate’s degree rather than a bachelor’s degree. Although these jobs are available now, Corner said there are no statistics on them yet since they are
not well established. “A lot of these jobs are at entry level,” Corner said. “Practitioners often only need professional degrees but certainly some need masters. There are plenty for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees though.” Although there are plenty of jobs for those with bachelor’s degrees, it is still hard for college grads to compete, according to Corner. New college grads will be competing against graduates from previous years who have yet to find jobs, and more experienced degree holders who have been laid off. The current unemployment rate in Ohio is only slightly below the national average of 8.2 percent at 7.5 percent. Miami University senior Dan Hodges said he has experienced problems finding a job. “Part of the reason why is because I’m not looking hard
enough,” Hodges said. “I have a job for the summer but what I want to be doing just doesn’t have enough openings.” Hodges, who is looking for a position in field biology, said the jobs in his desired field are hard to get and not many are offered. “If 50 people apply for only two positions, and one of them is a veteran in the field, the chances of me getting the job are pretty bad,” Hodges said. Corner said although there may be 1.7 million openings, they do not apply across the board. Only certain fields of work are seeing an increased number of openings. “As a college student, get as much experience in as many different trades as possible to be able to compete in the workforce when you graduate,” Corner said. “You need to be flexible.”
High-speed car chase ends New Chinese eatery aims in crash, few injuries result to bring authentic dishes By Jessica Barga Senior Staff Writer
SAURABH MEHTA THE MIAMI STUDENT
The Oxford Police Department and Oxford Fire Department work to stabilize the man inside the Camaro that crashed into a tree near Emerson Hall Saturday
By Katie Mark
For The Miami Student
A high-speed car chase involving a Chevrolet Camaro ended in a crash outside Emerson Hall in the early morning Sunday, according to Sgt. Monte Mayer of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. According to Mayer, the incident began approximately 3 a.m. in the front entrance of Marshall Elementary School, located between Oxford and McGonigle. “We had a deputy driving down U.S. [State Route] 27 and he pulled into the school parking lot to see what was going on,” Mayer said. “As he was pulling in, this black Camaro pulls out of the lot at a high rate of speed.” The Camaro fishtailed and was heading toward Oxford. The deputy tried to pursue the vehicle, but was having trouble catching up to it, according to Mayer. An Oxford Township Police Department officer was traveling south on U.S. 27 and as the vehicles approached him, he clocked the suspect vehicle at 127 mph, according to Mayer. Mayer said the Oxford Township police and the Oxford Police Department were alerted the vehicles were headed toward Oxford. “As the suspect vehicle entered Oxford, he lost control, went left of center, off of U.S. 27,” Mayer said. “And wound up going more than 400 feet through a field
and struck a tree near the rear of Emerson Hall.” The lone occupant of the vehicle was 19-year-old Miami University first-year, Luke Sweeney. Mayer said Sweeney was taken to McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries. According to Mayer, the traffic violations included speeding, reckless operation, failure to maintain marked lanes and failure to control vehicle. Sweeney refused to take an alcohol test and subsequently was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI). Mayer said Sweeney was charged with fleeing and eluding defense. “My preliminary report indicated that he was a Miami University student,” Mayer said. “We didn’t confirm it through Miami University, but he told us he was.” As for damage, Mayer said there was a lot of tree bark taken off the car and he might have struck a mailbox on the way into the field. First-year Emerson Hall residents Sam Coman and Amy Pritchard heard the crash outside their windows. “My friends and I went to the window and saw someone being pulled out of the car and into an ambulance,” Coman said. “But
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Timeflies concert sells out in no time By Lisa Reymann Community Editor
An event held Wednesday at Brick Street Bar and Grill brought a milestone for the uptown business during the final week of classes. Brick Street’s final concert of the school year, featuring the band Timeflies, became the venue’s fastest selling concert all year. “It probably took less than an hour [for tickets to sell out],” Casey Fry, general manager of Brick Street said. “The day ticket sales began, I arrived at the bar and there already was a line outside the door.” According to Fry, the time in
which Timeflies sold out was rivaled only by Gavin DeGraw’s show held a month ago. Brick Street allowed a certain amount of tickets to be bought online, but most were sold in advance at the door, Fry said. Timeflies is no stranger to Oxford. According to Fry, this concert was the third time the band has played at the bar. “They performed twice last year, with one opening for the Ying Yang Twins,” Fry said. “One of the guys in the band is friends with a student who went here last year, so that’s how we were able to get them to come.” Miami University junior Louis
Velazquez attended Wednesday’s concert snagging a ticket from a friend the afternoon of the show. “I didn’t really know anything about the band other than a few of their songs,” Velasquez said. “But the concert was really fun. Brick Street was packed, but my friends were really into it and we had a fun time.” While Fry could not guarantee the promise of summer concerts at Brick Street due to the decrease in the number of students, he said there is always a possibility. If it were to change, the students sticking around Oxford for the summer can expect information to be released on the website, Facebook or Twitter.
The plethora of restaurants Miami University students can enjoy will soon grow with the addition of a new Chinese restaurant, tentatively called Yum-Yum, uptown. “Over the past couple of years, the number of international students, especially from China, has gone up, with around 700 Chinese students studying at Miami University,” Qing Tian, co-owner of the new restaurant said. He said he and his business partner, Jing Tian, wanted to provide a place for international students and local residents alike. “There are not too many choices in town for authentic Chinese food,” Tian said. “We are targeting those students and the locals as well by offering authentic Chinese food that’s not easy to get in the Oxford area.” Tian said the menu will be as authentic as possible instead of Americanizing, as is the case with some other local restaurants. “This will be real Chinese food like we’re eating at home back in China,” Tian said. The menu will include items such as Chinese dumplings, noodles and other authentic dishes. “Sometimes dishes like dumplings can be expensive in this area, but we can provide an affordable price,” Tian said. According to Tian, the restaurant
will offer a variety of dishes diners can choose from to eat-in or carry out. Eventually, there will be more of an official menu, but at the beginning, it will be a family meal-style atmosphere, Tian said. The restaurant will be located in the space previously occupied by Darbar Indian Carry-Out Restaurant. “The Darbar Indian restaurant closed at the end of March … so we have one restaurant closing, but another restaurant taking its place,” Alan Kyger, Oxford economic development director said. “Because [the building] was a restaurant and is going to be a restaurant, the turnover time should be fairly quick, since it’s already set up with everything you would need.” According to Kyger, the restaurant’s address will be at 24 Park Place East. The Oxford Chamber of Commerce is also eager to attract new businesses to the area. “The Oxford Chamber of Commerce is a professional organization,” Carol Dockum, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said. “We are here to help market and promote local businesses and provide a liaison between them and the economic development director for the city, and make it easy for them to open and operate here in Oxford.
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Local bar owner hopes to bring new Irish pub to town By Catherine Ubry Community Editor
Throughout the next few months, Oxford will welcome new restaurants and expand its welcoming dining experience. O’Pub, the reported name of a new Irish pub, will be among the new eateries making its way to Oxford, hopefully within the next few months, according to Alan Kyger, Oxford economic development director. According to Kyger, O’Pub will be located at 10 Park Place West, near Chase Bank. The location, Kyger said, is in a building that has been sitting vacant for a few years since the last business in the building left. “The building where O’Pub will be has been vacant for a little bit of time now,” Kyger said. “If you’re looking at the side of Chase Bank, it is the next business to the right. A long time ago it was Austin’s Floor Store but it’s been vacant for awhile.” According to Kyger, the building underwent renovations around 2009 in which the apartments on the upper level were redone, however the first floor, where the restaurant will be located has been empty until local owner of The Wood’s Bar, Ted Wood, decided to open the pub due
to the building’s available space. Wood could not be reached for comment. Miami University sophomore Matt Kohler said the new restaurant will bring something to Oxford that will separate it from the other restaurants and bars. “There is obviously a lot of competition with so many bars here in Oxford, so any new ones will have to provide something unique,” Kohler said. “It sounds like this pub will be able to do just that with both an older audience targeted and with the owner’s previous experience.” Kyger said Wood is going for a low key and relaxed restaurant feel for the pub. “What he’s probably going after is an over-21, more of an adult place and atmosphere, you know a little quieter and more low key than some of the other establishments,” Kyger said. Miami University sophomore Drew McCormick said the restaurant would be a positive addition to the uptown area. “I think it’s a great idea,” McCormick said. “It would give people a place to just hang out and drink casually without the sometimes overwhelming nightlight surrounded by the clubs in Oxford.”
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determining if there is a better way for Miami to deliver a particular service while using fewer resources and staff. “We continue to try to find ways to operate with fewer staff while maintaining the service levels at the historic levels that we have provided,” Creamer said. Creamer said an example of this is registration. “It used to be that the services students received in registration and elsewhere were very paper intensive we have more self-help, self-service kinds of activities today,” Creamer said. “Self-help kinds of services that are more electronic based can replace where we’ve historically
had people involved in delivering those activities.” Kremer said while self-help services are important for everyday activities they can be a detriment for academic issues. “If I had a serious academic issue I would not want to go through an automated thing,” Kremer said. “I would prefer to have someone to speak to.” English Professor Katharine Gillespie said one of the outcomes of the Strategic Priorities Task Force should be to eliminate excess administration in departments. According to Gillespie, universities have moved toward adding more administration positions in academic departments, which result in the creation of smaller programs, which then require the creation of
more administration positions to manage them. “One of the things [lots of administrators within departments] do is proliferate programs and programs require directors, directors require course reductions, so you have fewer and fewer faculty in the classroom,” Gillespie said. Gillespie said there needs to be more faculty who are teaching and researching as opposed to running programs. “I think we need to be teaching students not administrating students and I think a lot of times what is a program could be a concentration could be a specialization but doesn’t need to have a bureaucratic structure that requires staffing and funding, etc,” Gillespie said. “My commitment is to as many faculty teaching and researching as possible.”
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Jonathan Wheeler said even though the duties of this position are not clarified in the bylaw change they are clear to the person elected. “There is no clear idea of what that incoming secretary is going to do but there is an expectation of what should be done,” Wheeler said. Senator Bridget Fleming questioned whether or not it is appropriate to change the position of a person who was elected for a different position after the fact. “Though Forrest will definitely do a great job, I think because this will be implemented after we
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The Fray to Miami and clarify how no funds were lost in the process but was not able to provide the data. The concert provided students with a chance for entertainment and also gave a local band the impromptu chance to open for The Fray. At 3 p.m. the day of the concert, The Fray learned their opening act, Jessie Baylin, was sick and would be unable to perform so they sent out a tweet requesting local bands in Oxford to send in demos via Twitter. The Fray chose Sultans of Swag, a hip-hop and R&B band comprised of Miami students. Junior Carli Wright, a vocalist in the band, tweeted The Fray links to their Facebook page and YouTube videos and within an hour, she
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the author of the chosen book comes to convocation to speak to the new class of first-years, according to Jeep. “I think our list of speakers and the variety of topics we have would hold up to anybodies,” Jeep said. “And ours might even be the best.” Past author/speakers include Caryl Phillips, Barbara Ehrenreich, Tim O’Brien, Cornel West, Taylor Mali and Abraham Verghse. After the author of the assigned book speaks at convocation, students attend discussions about the book led by resident assistants and Miami faculty. The pillars of the Miami Plan are introduced and discussed in the context of the assigned book during convocation. The SRP was designed to, “introduce students to what it means to be a part of an academic community where we can talk about ideas and express our opinions and learn about different opinions,” Kinney said. Jeep said the discussions also feed a social purpose, as it is, “the first thing that the incoming class does together.” Kinney seconded this opinion. “It is also used for students to meet the people with whom they’re going to be living,” Kinney said. “I think students are generally more interested in meeting people than discussing the book.” Statistics from the 2011 Student Voice online survey offered to firstyear students after their first week at Miami show that roughly 62 percent of the students who completed the survey read the SRP book. “I think everyone will agree too few students read the book and the discussions would be better if more did,” Jeep said. First-year Stephanie Pearce said she did not stay for the whole discussion. “We left our group early, only a couple of people had read it and the discussion didn’t have enough structure to be worth our time,” Pearce said. Lauren Sicterman, also a first-year said she enjoyed the discussion groups. “It was a good thing to get us all together and force us to talk to each other at the beginning of the year,” Sicterman said. Kinney said the loss of focus on the reading might be a result of
received a tweet to be at sound check. “The show was phenomenal; performing at such a big venue in front of so many people and opening for a band that I hear on the radio was amazing,” Wright said. As well as opening, being able to meet members of The Fray added to the experience. “They were so nice and they picked us which is beyond cool,” Wright said. Wright said she expects the performance will open doors for the band in the future. “We all have been getting recognized around campus, so hopefully next year we can play regularly and bigger venues,” Wright said. After the Sultans of Swag got a few unexpected moments of fame and The Fray’s one-hour performance concluded, the spring
concert with a dose of drama was over. Blake Johnston, Concert Board co-chair, said the spring concert serves as chance for students to rally together and enjoy great music before the end of the school year. “It was great, and I think it was something that kids will talk about in the years to come,” Johnston said. Liberatore said the Performing Art Series and concert board both commit to providing students with the best entertainment by researching available bands and coordinating dates. Although many did not take advantage of it, this opportunity will continue to be a staple among Miami’s events, according to Watson. “The spring concert is always something to look forward to; it’s definitely one of the better on campus activities,” Watson said.
the presentation of the SRP to the new class. “Even though we try to explain what the SRP is, I think they are overwhelmed in a sense by everything going on during orientation,” Kinney said. “I think that we could do a better job explaining what the program is.” First-year Susannah Carson agreed the program is under-explained. “I think they sent us an e-mail,” Carson said. “I didn’t read (the assigned book) because the e-mail said there would only be a discussion group. I actually thought it was optional.” Kate de Medeiros, first-time Summer Reading Program committee member, is looking deeper into the situation. She said today’s students have a different take on education than past generations and have assembled focus groups to find out more. “I have heard the fear is that fewer students are reading the book,” Medeiros said. “The focus groups are meant to figure out why.” Medeiros and Kinney are in the process of organizing focus groups made up of the most recent class to experience the SRP. The students complete a short anonymous survey and then participate in a discussion. According to Medeiros, the focus groups aim to accomplish two goals. “First we want to know how students perceive the value of liberal education as a whole,” Medeiros said. “Second, we want to know the value of the Summer Reading Program in general. Is it a perceived value thing, a marketing thing or a time thing that stops students from reading?” Kinney said one of the things students say is that the book “disappears” after graduation. First-year Sam Bopp agreed. “I wish the book would have been related to something,” Bopp said. “I felt like they just kind of made us read it for nothing.” Katie Terlop said she also wanted more to do with the SRP book. “My friends at other schools have classes that all freshman take that are based around their summer reading book and I think that would be more useful than the discussion groups,” Terlop said. Current curriculum does not require any use of the SRP book, according to Jeep. “We highly suggest and encourage the professors to include
the book, but we don’t impose it,” Jeep said. The idea of including some sort of comprehension test has been thrown around. This idea may get students to read more, but according to Jeep would not create the desired result. “We could have a test, which would be logistically difficult, but in the end, isn’t college about choice?” Jeep said. Medeiros said there are pros and cons to that idea. “It would be great to encourage more class participation but only if it suits their needs,” Medeiros said. “Academic freedom is important.” A possible idea to involve students on a voluntary basis is to include writing projects. This year Director of the journalism program and Interim Chair of the communications department Richard Campbell plans to use the National Public Radio story core program to extend the summer reading book into the fall semester. According to Campbell, the story core project is meant to encourage students to tell their own stories and to hear stories from others. “Our version of story core is to capture the voices and stories in audio,” Campbell said. Campbell plans to involve the Miami ROTC program in the story core program. This project relates directly to the 2012 SRP book, Shade It Black¸ which is the story about Jess Goodell’s experience as a Marine. Campbell said it is important for students to be informed about war and the veterans who served in it. “The goal is to make the war (in Iraq) more real to people,” Campbell said. Medeiros and Kinney will use the research from the focus groups to find out what else might involve students more. This year they will also use more technological sources of advertising like Facebook and Twitter. Kinney said the most important solution to the issue would be to properly introduce the SRP. She said it is important to make sure all staff and students in leadership positions are on board with the reading program. “A lot of students are overwhelmed by coming to college,” Kinney said. “If we don’t do a good job explaining what the Summer Reading Program is, it becomes one more thing on a big list of unknowns.”
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“I was surprised that as it slowly got in to 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., everyone was still committed,” she said. “The shots at the end were just as good as the shots in the beginning.” The crew spent six days filming, averaging 13 hours per day, according to Mills. Jordan Thornsburg, director of photography, said the hardest part was filming a 19-page script in the time allotted to the crew. However, passion for filming kept him going. “Even at the end of the longest days, I was still hyped on what we were doing,” Thornsburg said. “It’s what I want to do with the rest of my life, so I was happy to be doing it.” Director Ally Seibert said this project is probably the closest college students can get to the filming industry and is proud of the dedication of everyone, from students to professors and outside people. David Sholle and Samuel
have already approved him that we cannot hold him to that level of accountability,” Fleming said. Senator Maggie Reinhart said she supports this bill because it is a precursor to restructuring ASG, which will be proposed next year. Stefanski agreed. “There are going to be changes to all the positions next year, I just wanted to get Forrest in so I could get an extra hand,” Stefanski said. ASG also passed a bill supporting medical amnesty for students when they are seeking help for severe intoxication and a bill advocating the integration of LinkedIn into Career Services Preparation, in addition to meeting Miami Men’s Head Basketball Coach John Cooper. Ribbler instruct the capstone and students have repeatedly said their help and commitment were impeccable. “They were amazingly helpful,” Mills said. “I can’t think of another set of professors who would dedicate so much personal time.” Sholle also teaches COM 211: Introduction to Video Production. Students in this class get an overview of operating a camera, lighting, audio, editing, scripting and working in a studio. “Our capstone is like COM 211 on steroids,” Seibert said. Unlike COM 211, this capstone uses much more expensive equipment obtained from Midwest Grip and Lighting. Seibert said Midwest gave them excellent discounts, which allowed them to save thousands of dollars. The students are hoping the public will enjoy the 20-minute film debuting Friday, which will be followed by an eight-minute documentary of a day of filming. Admission is free and a reception with food will follow the screening.
Two Degrees helps feed children around the globe By Mandi Grandjean For The Miami Student
Miami University’s campus is littered with both men and women sporting the trendy TOMS Shoes. If you buy a pair of TOMS Shoes, the company donates a pair of shoes to a child in need. Two Miami students are doing more than just buying a pair of TOMS to help children in need. Junior Katie Arlinghaus and sophomore Andrew Douglas are campus representatives for Two Degrees Food Company. “It’s not a nonprofit organization, it’s a social enterprise, and it’s a business that does good things and makes money at the same time,” Arlinghaus said. Two Degrees Food Company is the TOMS Shoes of the food industry and Douglas and Arlinghaus said they are hoping to make the bars as popular with college students as TOMS are. For every Two Degrees bar bought, a meal is donated to a hungry child in India, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi or Somalia. According to Arlinghaus, Two Degrees’ mission, “is to empower you, the consumer, to help feed 200 million hungry children through just two degrees of separation.” According to Arlinghaus, the company sells four flavors of nutritional bars that are gluten free, vegan, low sodium, all natural and on top of all that the wrappers are all made out of recyclable material. As of now, the flavors are apple pecan, cherry almond, chocolate peanut and chocolate banana. Later this year, the company will be coming out with protein bars as well. Arlinghaus and Douglas said their goal is to get the bars in as many retail spaces as possible. They have succeeded in getting them sold at
the McCracken Market and Greystone Market. Off campus, Two Degrees Bar is sold at Moon CoOp and True West Coffee Shop in West Hamilton. Miami junior, Molly Tyler has purchased Two Degrees Bars at McCracken Market. “Two Degrees Bars are not only delicious but also help the feed a hungry child,” Tyler said. According to Tyler, chocolate peanut is her favorite flavor. BothArlinghaus and Douglas said Two Degrees Food Company does not distribute the meals themselves but partner with non-profit organizations. This network of non-profit partners are located in developing countries and distribute the meals through health clinics, schools and community groups in areas that are plagued with chronic hunger and malnutrition. The company relies on its partners to tell them where there is a gap between demand and supply of food for hungry children in their work. Some of Two Degrees Food Company’s partners include, Action Against Hunger, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Partners in Health and Valid Nutrition. Douglas said he first got involved with Two Degrees Food Company because he wanted to make a difference in the world and gain marketing experience at the same time. He was told about the company and their mission from one of his friends. Arlinghaus became aware of the company after she found out she was intolerant to gluten and had to change her diet. After she discovered the bars, she learned about the company’s mission to alleviate childhood malnutrition and wanted to become involved.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012 SPORTS
Splitsville: ’Hawks and Hoosiers each win one in weekday series By Tom Downey Staff Writer
The Miami University baseball team (21-21) split its weekday series with Indiana University, with each team picking up its win on the road. The Red and White won the first game 8-7 but fell 6-3 in the second game. “We played well up there,” Head Coach Dan Simonds said. “I thought we played better [in the second game] and still lost.” Junior pitcher Charles Zubrod benefited from a season high 16 hits by the ’Hawks in the opener, as he improved his record to 2-3. Zubrod went seven innings, giving up four runs, one earned on four hits. Senior Matt Rosinski picked up the save, his fourth of the year. Senior center fielder Ryan Curl continued his strong play with two impressive performances. He was 5-8 in the series, with three runs, three RBIs and one walk. Curl also gunned out a runner at home from centerfield in the finale.
“I’ve just been focusing on keep my eyes outside,” Curl said. “And just dealing with the pitches I get.” The top of the order continued to lead the ’Hawks offensively, as senior Ryan Brenner was 3-9 with three RBIs in the series. Freshman Matt Honchel, the team leader in batting average, was 5-10 with two runs and two walks. A six-run second inning by Indiana was all the Hoosiers needed en route to a 6-3 victory. “I thought we played well,” Simonds said. “It was just one of those things where we hit balls right at fielders. We had one bad inning. I like the way we fought and the way we played.” Sophomore Alex Brown struggled as the starter, only going 1.1 innings while giving up five runs, four of them earned, on five hits. However, the bullpen came in and gave the RedHawks a chance to make a comeback. Freshman Ryan Powers went 3.2 innings giving up four hits and one unearned run.
Freshman Clay Cinnamon went two innings giving up zero hits. Freshman Brian Thene and sophomore Seth Varner each pitched one inning and gave up zero runs. “The pitchers did a nice job,” Simonds said. “It was nice to see that out of Powers, Thene and Cinnamon. You’re talking about three freshmen there and Varner is sophomore.” The RedHawks travel to Buffalo, NY to take on the University at Buffalo Bulls in a crucial MidAmerican Conference (MAC) East Division matchup. “The guys know it and the staff knows it,” Simonds said. “We’re prepared and we’re looking forward to the challenge and getting out there and competing. These guys are ready to go.” The Red and White are 6-9 in the MAC and are currently fourth place in the MAC East. The Bulls enter with a 10-26 overall record and are 3-11 in the MAC. The Red and White swept the Bulls in their three game series last year.
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Miami University’s redshirt sophomore third baseman Dan Walsh looks for the throw against Bowling Green University April 20 in Miami’s 7-2 loss.
FROM PAGE 14 Juniors Ben Peacock and Brett Tomfohrde each look forward to participating in their third MAC Championships this year, and both are recommitting to playing their own games in the next week. “Mentally, we weren’t in the right place in the fall,” Peacock said. “We’ve made some real progress.” Looking at the progress the team has made this year, the upperclassmen leaders are excited about the possibility of finishing the season strong. “For me, I’m going to do a lot of range practice and keep it simple,” Tomfohrde said. “My goal for the MAC is not necessarily a resolve to score … I go in playing to win every match, so I guess it would be to win.” As the RedHawks look to end the season on a high note, they are by no means satisfied. In the tune
of their head coach, Peacock admitted though they are proud of what the team has accomplished, there’s much more to do. “Focus on the process and the game will take care of itself. We’re not anywhere close to where we want to be,” Peacock said. “Everyone on the team is fully committed to work hard and keep improving.” Asked what direction he thinks the team will go next year, Zedrick made it clear the season is not over just yet. “We still have our best golf in front of us,” Zedrick said. “Whenever our season’s over, we’ll figure out where to go from there.” It is with that focus and will to win that Miami enters into the MAC Championship, hosted by Northern Illinois University at the Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course in Sugar Grove, Ill. The RedHawks start play with 36 holes May 4, continuing with single rounds of 18 holes Saturday and Sunday May 5 and 6.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
The following piece, written by the editorial editors, reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board.
Parents, students should focus discussion of drinking on responsibility, not source of alcohol
PATRICK GEYSER THE MIAMI STUDENT
Underage drinking on campus is made possible through a variety of sources, including parents. Though it is legal for underage students to consume alcohol in the presence of their parents, The Miami Student editorial board believes responsibility of both parties is key. College is associated with a culture of drinking, and parents should be aware of this culture but also explain to their children what is healthy, legal and appropriate. There is a definite distinction between parents teaching their
young adults to be accountable with alcohol and parents coming to campus to get drunk with their children. Parents should set positive role models for responsible drinking, and find the fine line between ignoring the topic of drinking and trying to be the “cool” parents who “party hard” with their kid. Parents should feel comfortable discussing alcohol with students and helping young adults understand how to drink responsibly, without condoning inappropriate behavior as well as without
condemning drinking as taboo. They are still authority figures for their students and should act accordingly in order to remind students being reckless with alcohol will result in consequences with the law and at home. Ultimately, with or without their parents’ involvement or lessons, students are responsible for their actions and decisions. Students should handle their drinking habits in a way that would reflect well on themselves and their parents, regardless of where their alcohol is coming from.
LETTER TO Miami
State of the student body address: Summing up 4 years at Miami University My fellow students, At Fall Convocation in the beginning of this academic term, President Hodge declared that the 2011-2012 academic year would be the Year of the Arts. The performing arts series, art exhibits, musical and theater performances, and countless other examples of beauty and expression — created by our students and community members, as well as renowned artists — were visible all across campus. Art is so central to what the Miami University education provides students today. Miami’s commitment to a liberal arts education ensures that even though our nationally and internationally renowned programs provide students with the technical, relevant skills that they need to be competitive in a global marketplace, the true value of the Miami degree remains that it teaches students how to think about and approach problems from all angles to find meaningful solutions. The reason that Miami has a strong population of successful alumni is because Miami provides a truly holistic education, including art education. The arts are central to what it means to be human and to what we strive to do at Miami. Even though we intentionally focused on the arts this year, there is another theme that will mark the 2011-2012 academic year — opportunity. Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico, stated in her 2011 commencement address that one simply had to walk around Miami University to see that we were, “on the verge of a blossom.” If we truly are in the process of blossoming — and I think we are — then this past academic year was the spring. The most sweeping change that represents great opportunity for the education provided to undergraduates at Miami University is the revision of the Miami Plan. The Miami Plan was constructed before most of the Class of 2015 was born and has not undergone a holistic, progressive overhaul since. Miami University has a strong heritage of being at the forefront of the evolution of student life and academia, transforming from an institution with recitation-model instruction
and a fixed, common curriculum to an international university with five academic divisions and over 100 areas of studies. The new Miami Plan is being reconstructed from the ground up, engaging stakeholders across the university, with the guiding principles of comprehensive and significant change, best practices and innovation, efficiency, collaboration and inclusivity, and data-informed design. I implore you all to engage in the discussions going on about the Miami Plan to help guide the future of this foundation of a Miami education. Another exciting new opportunity for innovation is the recent change to the academic calendar. The new calendar will incorporate a several-week extension to Winter Break. This will provide a more robust period during which students could explore the world on month-long study abroad programs; hold internships and coops; engage in graduate-quality undergraduate research; and participate in a host of other curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities. These opportunities represent a competitive advantage for attracting and retaining students and will maximize the amount of high-impact experiences that our students will take advantage of. Of course, one could not talk about change and opportunity without citing the groundbreaking and beginning phases of construction for the Armstrong Student Center. The Armstrong Center will revolutionize the undergraduate experience at Miami by providing an entirely different environment that is focused on catering to students, operated and managed by students, and has been designed with the consultation of students over a period of several years. The building will be central to every Miamians experience, and will serve as a testament to student-led initiative to impact positive change. It is also a testament to the collaborative relationship between Miami alumni, administration, and students for generations to come. Amid these opportunities, there are also changes that bring with them threats. Technology has done wonders for student learning in the
early 21st century. Since our seniors have been undergraduates at Miami, iPads have been introduced and are on their third iteration. Laptops now weigh under three pounds, and wireless Internet is available almost anywhere. On the other hand, the constant connectivity that we have to the internet, to social media and to our peers via mobile devices can be daunting to the point of stifling. The lines between learning time and personal time have been blurred with the sharp increase of laptops in the classroom that have been used increasingly more for Facebook and email than notes or class material. Texting in the classroom is not only commonplace but is blatant, and iPads have allowed students to surf the web no more conspicuously than writing on a notepad. I am just as guilty of allowing technology to distract me as any student in certain courses of mine, and I am not trying to put all of the blame on students alone. Some faculty members have used PowerPoints as crutches rather than tools in the classroom. However, we, as students, need to recognize the net impact of the use of personal technology in the classroom has on our learning. Miami is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation for our commitment to undergraduate teaching, and the absorption, retention and application of knowledge shared through the highquality teaching we enjoy should be at the forefront of our minds. I am concerned that social media and personal technology have led to a decrease in classroom engagement that threatens the academic experience we are currently so proud of. These remarks should not be considered as framing students as apathetic. In fact, I think that a much larger challenge — and a great one to have — is that our students are too passionate. We have a huge portion of our undergraduate population that affiliates with at least one of the 435 student organizations on campus. The amount of time, energy and thought that students pour into their organizations, initiatives that they are passionate about and our outstanding co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities are a cut
above what our peer institutions see. The challenge then becomes harnessing that passion to incorporate a broader Miami perspective. At Convocation this year, I challenged all new students at Miami to, “work harder, play smarter and care more.” What I meant by “care more” was for students to see themselves as part of a bigger procession of past, current and future members of the student body and to engage with the issues that impact them as students. I meant for students to support each other not just within their own organizations or academic departments, but between student organizations. Miami students have a tremendous amount of pride in their alma mater, yet this pride does not shine through when we have low attendance at Intercollegiate Athletic events. These remain issues that Associated Student Government is striving to tackle each day, but nothing will change if the culture itself does not. Culture. This is one of Miami’s greatest strengths. Miami has a culture that inspires students to pursue excellence each and every day, expects mentorship from older to younger members of the community, and creates a sense of responsibility to Miami and to the larger Oxford community. The social culture that we have at Miami ensures that our students are sharpening interpersonal skills inside and outside the classroom, which is a feat that few universities can boast. However, Miami — along with all colleges and universities across the country — faces an issue with the unsafe consumption of alcohol. Alcohol is not evil, at least I don’t think so. What it can be, however, is destructive. When individuals abuse alcohol — consuming to the point where they need to be hospitalized or wreak senseless, unprovoked destruction — a lack of personal judgment and self-control becomes a community issue. As a community, we need to send consistent messages as to what our expectations are. Our first priority absolutely must be the safety of our students; the second should be maximizing student success. The burden to achieve this safe yet accountable environment
does not rest solely on the shoulders of the administration and is most effective if pursued at the peer level. It is my personal view that an Emergency Medical Assistance program, also known as a “Medical Amnesty” or “Good Samaritan” program, is key to sending a consistent message of our priorities to students. I believe in the Miami Experience, in the dawn of the next phase of the Miami Experience that we are watching unfold before our eyes. We have nothing to fear on the horizon if we commit to our mission as an academic institution and, as President Hodge urged in his Annual Address this fall, if we are “opportunity obsessed” and “seize and seek opportunity.” To our first-years: grab the next few years and hold on to them ... make them your own. They will pass before you in the blink of an eye, so leave your legacy while you can. To our sophomores and juniors: recognize the role that you play as stewards of the continuum of the Miami Experience. You are the link between the past and future generations of students, and are often times the movers and shakers on campus. With this power comes great responsibility. Use it well. Lastly, to our seniors: thank you for the past four years. The experiences that we have shared as undergraduates have shaped our college experience, but the individuals with whom we shared said experiences are the core of what Miami will always mean to me. Go out into this great big world of ours, stare destiny right in the eyes and watch it flinch. You are soon-to-be alumni of Miami University — the world is at your fingertips and absolutely nothing can stop you. For us, I quote former Miami University President Alfred Upham with the challenge to “stand by Miami, stand by Miami, stand by Miami!”
Love and Honor,
Nicholas S. Huber
Student Body President ’11-‘12 Miami University
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Romney veepstakes: Republican runningmate should be likeable, charismatic counterbalance
Class value: Students should learn both in, out of lecture
It’s important to remember one central truth about Mitt Romney and another truth about the political environment when considering who the man will choose to be his No. 2 come August. Romney is an incredibly plain, boring and personally conservative individual who has constantly surrounded himself with people of the same ilk. No. 2 is that, after the Sarah Palin readiness to be president fiasco, Romney must make his decision based less on politics and more on competence. Basically, team Romney’s vice presidential choice will likely be someone quite similar to Willard Mitt himself. This person will be square, but highly competent, and for political reasons, probably quite a bit more consistently conservative. With these baseline criteria in mind, it’s easy to offhandedly eliminate a couple of popular choices: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). Both would be great choices if Romney himself was not so boring, but he is, and the vice president cannot completely overshadow the man at the top of the ticket.Conventional wisdom among the political elites is trending toward southwest Ohio’s very own, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). However, it would behoove anyone who sees Portman as the number one option to remember the degree to which Portman is a Washington insider (current senator, former congressman, former U.S. trade representative, and former Office of Management and Budget director). Romney’s rhetoric toward the socalled Washington insider crowd has been quite harsh, and to run quickly into the arms of a D.C. insider after railing against them since 2007 would be awkward and politically tone deaf to say the least. No matter how popular and competent he is, Portman’s selection seems unlikely for this reason. It’s unlikely Romney will choose anyone currently serving in Congress because of the anti-Washington sentiment across the country (my apologies to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). This is in conflict with the idea Romney needs to choose for presidential readiness first and foremost, but political implications will always play the largest role in this process.
Plus an experienced governor is probably more ready to be president than someone who has simply represented a congressional district or even served as a senator. The missing element in the 2012 presidential election is populism. Team Obama can pretend like Vice President Joe Biden relates to the common man, but he’s no populist. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama? They are basically both elitists. Both have degrees from Harvard College (although Romney has more), and both worked in an elite field before entering politics (management consulting for Romney and teaching law school for Obama). With these two at the top of the ticket, the populist crowd is still looking for someone to rally behind, and a populist would almost certainly change the game in the 2012 election for the Republicans. That’s why I think Mike Huckabee, who is basically populist-inchief, is Romney’s best choice for vice president. He is a likeable guy and a little goofy, without coming off as a joke. Most importantly, he could not be more popular with the base of the party. The big problem here is these two completely hate each other (stemming from some negativity in the 2008 campaign), so it is a highly unlikely scenario, but there couldn’t be a better option for Romney if he truly wants to win. More likely options to fill this role, though less effective than Huckabee, are politicians like Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who isn’t particularly wellknown nationally, but would quickly shed the Bush stigma after people heard him talk for five minutes, or Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), another conservative darling from the South. The unfortunate truth of the veepstakes is that every prediction is probably wrong. In 1996 Jack Kemp came out of nowhere, same thing with Dick Cheney in 2000 and Sarah Palin could not have been a bigger shock in 2008. But there are always traits the candidate looks for to shore up their weaknesses. For Romney, this will be difficult because of his natural draw toward those similar to him, but if he wants to win, it will be important to embrace a populist Southern Governor, not a safe Washington insider, or he’s almost certainly going to lose in November.
In my last semester of college, I have reached the pinnacle of class absences. Surely to the chagrin of my professors, class was not atop my priorities, only graduating. In the only economics course I took, the professor explained that his interest was not in students’ showing up to class, for it was each individual’s decision to figure out whether or not it was worth being there. I kept that with me. Attendance is not by any real means, a parameter of success in any aspect, unless you really pride yourself on your ability to be somewhere at a certain time. I would never argue that class is hardly worth attending, only that that value varies wildly. The value of class depends not only on the professor, the material and the students, but what I could be doing outside of it. The options in this scenario, even on a humdrum day, are outrageously numerous. You’re probably thinking, at this point, if you don’t want to be in class, why would you bother with college? Quite simply, I never would have been able to experience most of the things I have if I hadn’t been a student. It isn’t that I don’t learn, I love learning and being a student here has done wonderful things for me. But class brings with it a lot of negatives that don’t always guarantee learning. I mean no personal offense, but there are some subjects that professors simply do not play a large role in understanding. I’m looking at you Miami Plan courses. Discussion heavy courses, which most of my classes are, can be even worse than lecture based class time. A central tenet to our education is that we can learn from each other and discussion based courses are a great way to do that. But it simply isn’t true that each and every student brings with him an insight. I’ve been on both sides of it. Sometimes, it makes more sense not to say anything than to try and force some topic of idea
that’s awful from the start. Classrooms are meant to foster each student’s ability to think and then communicate without fear of judgment. That judgment, often fear of being wrong and shamed, ought be exercised a little more. Don’t be afraid to be wrong, but please have tried everything you can think of on your own to figure something out before bringing what you think is central to the table, only to rub every other student the wrong way. Not everyone can see what you think is so important, which is often the case it isn’t. A constant influx of student opinions dilutes what are sometimes really wonderful things that
reflecting this fact. Further, if someone takes you up on the challenge, and heaven forbid disagrees with you, it should not be taken personally. There is a sincere problem with the prevalence of people that are unable to separate an argument from their own person. Simply put, if I defeat your proposition, it isn’t you that I’m dismantling, only the position. If only it were that simple. What is or isn’t worth saying? On the impossible number of things an individual can say in class, there’s obviously no black and white of acceptable or otherwise. I have enough confidence in human beings, that should they
By the time your schedule is comprised mostly of seminars and seniors, classes are often overflowing with each student’s sense of self-worth. It’s only a problem when they choose to express it. You might be in a 400-level class, but that doesn’t mean what you have to say is properly reflecting this fact. Further, if someone takes you up on the challenge, and heaven forbid disagrees with you, it should not be taken personally. There is a sincere problem with the prevalence of people that are unable to separate an argument from their own person.
students can contribute. In this way, class is a lottery. “If I go, will I have learned something I couldn’t have attained or arrived at on my own?” More often than not, the answer is no. Most students are painfully aware of this. The number of passive aggressive sighs, eye rolls and snide remarks are evidence of it. By the time your schedule is comprised mostly of seminars and seniors, classes are often overflowing with each student’s sense of self-worth. It’s only a problem when they choose to express it. You might be in a 400-level class, but that doesn’t mean what you have to say is properly
more critically consider what is about to come out of their mouth in front of other people, they would not likely say the things they do. A more optimistic person would have me believe that this is just part of learning. That’s part what college is for, how to learn to deal with other people. That may be true, I needed my time in college to learn these things. At the end of four years here, a wonderful four years, I wish more people considered this: Your education isn’t restricted to a classroom, so don’t think going to each and every session is the only way to learn while you’re here.
PERCEIVING REALITY KARLI KLOSS
Senior bids farewell: Students should appreciate time in college
This will be the last piece I write for The Miami Student. Those of you familiar with this column are probably expecting some final, scathing commentary about a campus issue and a couple wellplaced jabs at the opponents I’ve picked up over the years. But I’m leaving the Miami Plan and the Farmers School of Business out of it today — my restraining orders notwithstanding — because there are more important things I want to say. When I came to Miami University four years ago, I was a sweat-pantswearing, sharp-tongued, asocial 17-year-old hoping against hope that I hadn’t made the worst mistake of my life by choosing this land of Greeks and prepsters. Today I can look back at an undergraduate career peppered with chaos, spontaneity, joy, anxiety, obsession, intensity and so much joie de vivre I still can’t believe they’re my experiences. The people I’ve known here have taught me so much about who I am and who I can be, I
literally can’t imagine where I would be without them. This school, this town, this institution we call Miami has shaped us in ways we still don’t fully understand. To the students we’re leaving behind, I’ll give my simplest and most important piece of advice: say yes as
When you walk past a building you’ve seen a thousand times before, today it feels slightly different. There’s sense of peace mixed with nostalgia and the faintest overlay of panic. Wanting to stay here forever is not the same as actually doing so. Because these days, these memories, these crazy people and ridicu-
The people I’ve known here have taught me so much about who I am and who I can be, I literally can’t imagine where I would be without them. This school, this town, this institution we call Miami has shaped us in ways we still don’t fully understand.
often as you can. Open your mind to new ideas and new experiences at every chance, because it will only make your time here richer. Don’t graduate wishing you had studied abroad, wishing you had taken that research opportunity, wishing you had dated that guy — just do it. To my seniors the end is nigh.
lous situations are now moments out of time. We have to move on, we have to leave these dorms and classrooms and bars to the next batch of Miamians who will do their utmost to outbusiness school and out-dress and out-Greek every other college in this country — and by God they will do it with class.
Some of you may graduate and never, ever look back. Others will be here every Homecoming weekend from now until your kids attend Miami. Regardless, just know that your time here was important. You mattered to the people around you and you were one more student that made this school what it is. I know that going to college anywhere else would have been a mistake, and as I start to tear up a little now that the finality of this column hits me, I’m more certain of that fact than ever. I’m not trying to turn this essay into free advertising space for the recruiting office. I will easily admit to times when the thought of being in Oxford for a second longer made me want to lace up my sneakers and take off Forest Gump style. Every one of us has had a bad night uptown, a crazy roommate, an impossible professor, a psychotic ex and moments of directionless terror. But that’s all part of
becoming adults. You’re going to take away from Miami what you choose to. You can focus on the negativity that sometimes surrounds us, or you can choose to remember the amazing friends you made in your first dorm and the family you found in your fraternity. There are the professors whose advice I’ll always remember, and the professors I will still wish to perdition twenty years from now. There are the people I’ve already forgotten and the people who will be doing shots with my grandkids at my funeral, telling them the stories they should never hear about me. The point is, I know how important the friends and family I’ve made here will always be and I want to thank every one of you for being a part of my time here. I have but one last request for my readers — Fun. said it better, but St. Ignatius Loyola said it first. To my seniors, my Miami family: go forth and set the world on fire.
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amount of parents who talk to their students about alcohol before college, and not go in with the mentality that they will do it no matter what,â€? McNeill said. In addition, the Miami University Parents Council, a group of representatives that come together a few times a year to discuss issues pertinent to students and parents, have a subcommittee on alcohol abuse. The council will send parents cards before big events where parents might be in attendance, like Parentâ€™s Weekend or Homecoming, encouraging them to not break the law. â€œSometimes itâ€™s difficult for parents to say no when their student asks if they will go out with them, on pub crawls or other events,â€? McNeill said. â€œParents council will send cards to parents encouraging them to â€˜step up when they ask you to step out.â€™â€?
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We’re really excited about [the new businesses] coming into Oxford. The Chamber of Commerce started as a new chamber this year, implementing marketing to grow membership and attract businesses, and to help businesses with operations. We’re also highlighting social media as a way to help promote businesses.” With the recent additions to uptown, Dockum said, “The Chamber is really excited … to promote Oxford as a destination location, and as a place to work and live.” First-year Trenae Johnson said a new Chinese restaurant will be a good addition to the choices uptown. “I think it’ll be a good restaurant to have if it’s authentic because a lot of restaurants that say they’re international really aren’t, and so it will be a good thing to have here [in Oxford],” Johnson said.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012 Brian Gallagher GALLAGHER’S GOING FOR TWO
Everything comes back to sports People often ask me why I write about sports. There are bigger issues in the world: wars, famine, climate change, the presidential election. In the face of all these crises, why do sports matter, even more, why do Miami University sports matter? After all, we are relegated to the back page of the newspaper, and who could have time to keep up with the 17 sports teams Miami supports? But after writing about sports for The Miami Student for three years, I think I finally have an answer in my final column. For one, there are no “do-overs” in sports. Miami University recently instituted a policy that allows students to “re-take” classes in which they have performed poorly. If the student gets a better grade, the failure is removed from their GPA like it never happened. Not so in sports. If you miss the game-winning shot, shank the last-second field goal or drop a touchdown pass, there isn’t the chance to redo the play so people will forget about it. People remember the ball squirting through the Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs in the 1986 World Series, the timeout Chris Webber called ending Michigan University’s championship hopes in the 1993 NCAA Championship basketball game and of course Ray Finkle’s missed field goal for the Miami Dolphins. Miami fans especially felt the heartbreak that accompanied their loss in the 2009 NCAA Hockey Championships. But it’s the unforgiving nature of sports that draws us in. Because even through the difficult moments, sports bring people together. At Goggin Ice Center, 3,000 people come together to jump, cheer and scream for the Miami hockey team. If that happened in any other context, the SWAT team would be arriving to control a riot. But in sports, such enthusiasm is not only embraced but celebrated. Sports teams allow total strangers
to form an immediate bond through their love for their favorite team, whether it’s the RedHawks, Redskins or even Browns. Few things in life give us more pride than rooting for our favorite sports team. Most Miami students aren’t from Oxford, and probably did not cheer for Miami sports growing up, but the moment we come on campus that fact doesn’t matter because we can become fans, and often fans for life, giving Miamians everywhere a common bond. You have to earn your way in sports. There are no handouts and you cannot buy your way onto a collegiate or professional team. In sports, it doesn’t matter where you came from, or how much money you make, or what your parents do for a living, as long as you can play. There’s no free pass onto the Miami basketball team simply because your parents donated a library. Crazy things happen every single day in sports. Overcoming impossible odds? It’s an everyday occurrence in sports. Whether it’s an athlete beating cancer to return to the field or the underdog with a one in a million shot taking down the favorite, sports are where amazing happens. “Little” Miami has taken on some of the biggest names in college sports and come out on top a number of times, such as in the 1999 NCAA Tournament, when Wally Szczerbiak led the RedHawks to victories over big-name programs like the University of Washington and the University of Utah, schools with athletic budgets at least twice the size of Miami. But the outcome of such games did not come down to money or school size because on that day, Miami was better and the odds didn’t matter. Sports don’t give us an escape from life; they allow us to experience life in ways you can’t find elsewhere. So it’s not why sports matter, it’s why don’t they matter more.
Men’s track ready to host RedHawk Invitational By Shannon Whitson For The Miami Student
As the season winds down for Miami University’s men’s track and field team, with just two meets until the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship, the ’Hawks will host the RedHawk Invitational this Saturday. In addition to those competing in the RedHawk Invitational this weekend, junior distance runner Jarrod Eick will be representing the RedHawks Thursday at the Penn Relays, where Eick will run the 5,000-meters for the second time this season. Eick, who ran a personal best time of 14 minutes and 19 seconds at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational held at the University of Cincinnati, is looking to put together another great race at one of the biggest track and field meets in the country. In previous years, the University of Cincinnati, Morehead State University, Xavier University, Cedarville University, Kentucky State University and Tiffin University have all brought teams to attend and participate in the RedHawk Invitational. These same teams are expected to contribute to this Saturday’s turnout at the Red and White’s George L. Rider Track. However, despite the fact about six teams from the area are predicted to travel to Oxford for this weekend’s invitational, a large part of Miami’s team will most likely sit this meet out in order to rest for meets to come. Wade Coffin, who mainly races
the 800-meter event, is a part of the small fraction of ’Hawks who will run in the RedHawk Invite. Those competing along with Coffin will use this meet as a tune up. “I am excited to get back out there,” Coffin said. “It will be nice to have my teammates at the meet, whether they are racing or not.” On the other hand, sophomores David Wing and Kevin Brown will be at the RedHawk Invitational Saturday morning simply to help members of Miami’s athletic staff run this home meet. “Most of the time runners and field participants will either take this weekend off of racing or next weekend,” Wing said. “This helps give some of the guys who have been racing for four or five weekends in a row an opportunity to rest.” Brown, who like Coffin also runs the 800-meter, agreed with Wing. “Racing and competing weekend after weekend really can start to wear track guys down,” Brown said. “It will be different not racing at the meet, but I am definitely excited to go out and watch those who are competing.” As a whole, Miami’s track and field team is made up of a roster complete with about 40 athletes. Senior Jordan Goffena placed first last weekend in the All-Ohio Championships, contributing to Miami’s third place finish in the meet. The RedHawks will look to build on this upcoming meet as they head towards the MAC Championships, only two weeks away.
MU set for Spring Game By Tom Downey Staff Writer
Spring practice has wrapped up and the Miami University football team is looking ahead to the annual Red and White Spring Game Saturday. “There are a couple key areas we always look at,” Head Coach Don Treadwell said. “Number one, we’re going to continue to really focus on fundamentals. Outside of that, we’re excited to keep refining our schemes. The third piece is to evaluate some of the guys who really didn’t get a chance to participate last fall and that’s usually your underclassmen.” The RedHawks return 49 letter winners from last year’s 4-8 squad. However, they will be replacing some key players, the biggest being offensive guard Brandon Brooks. “Overall, I think we’re going to have a better line than last year,” senior quarterback Zac Dysert said. “That’s what we want. [The team as a whole] is getting better every day. We’re definitely improving from last year.” Last year, Dysert and junior wide receiver Nick Harwell carried the
team offensively. Dysert had 3,513 yards and 23 touchdowns while completing 65.8 percent of his passes. Harwell had 97 catches for 1,425 yards and nine touchdowns. Treadwell expects more of the same from the duo this year. “I think that’s one thing you always anticipate and have that expectation because they have proven it in previous years,” Treadwell said. Junior cornerback Dayonne Nunley returns as well, having led the team with three interceptions last season. He is expected to be one of the key defensive players this year. “We look good,” Nunley said of the defense. “We’re playing fast, playing physical. [Miami Defensive Coordinator Jay] Peterson is preaching an effort mentality.” Senior safety Pat Hinkle, a former state champion in high school at Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High School, is the team’s leading returning tackler with 70 total tackles. One of the key areas the RedHawks would like to improve is in the trenches. The team gave up 47 sacks last year while only picking up 25 of their own. “It always starts up front and we put a lot of onus on the defensive
line and offensive line,” Treadwell said. “If those two areas dramatically improve, it will make a big difference in what we do.” The RedHawks will also look to the freshman class, after reeling in the third best recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference, according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com. “The freshman class will always be looked at,” Treadwell said. “If they’re ready to be in there, then away you go.” The Red and White had 15 spring practices and are looking forward to playing in the Spring Game. “We’re all excited to get spring ball over with,” Dysert said. “We can’t really hit anyone in practice, but the spring game is live so everyone is going to be flying around, excited.” Miami’s Spring Game will be held noon Saturday at Yager Stadium. “We’re going to have a lot of fun,” Nunley said. “It is going to be nice to see the families out there to watch us.” Every healthy player is expected to play in the Red and White Game, which is free to the public.
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EYES ON THE PRIZE
The Miami University softball team looks on against Central Michigan University April 20.The ’Hawks head to the University at Buffalo Friday for a doubleheader before going to Kent State University to face the Golden Flashes.
’Hawks head to MAC Tournament with Championship in their sights By Jordan Rinard For The Miami Student
After earning its 18th regular season conference title, the No. 1 seeded Miami University tennis team is set to do battle in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) tournament in DeKalb, Ill. The RedHawks will face the winner of the match between No. 8 seeded University of Toledo (UT) and the ninth-seeded Ball State University (BSU). If the ’Hawks are able to win the tournament, it will be their third tournament title in four years. The ’Hawks are also seeking retribution in the postseason, as their 2011 tournament run ended with a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the University of Akron, who also hold the No.2 seed in 2012. The Red and White concluded the regular season with a 7-0 sweep of the Cardinals, and they also defeated the Rockets earlier this season 5-2 March 30. “I am really proud of this team and their attitude out there through this year,” Head Coach Anca
Dumitrescu said. “We are happy to win the regular season MAC title but more importantly I just want to see the players improve each day and fulfill their potential as players and as individuals. That is more important than any titles, and as long as we focus on that and continue to do that, victories will come.” Miami (12-9, 8-0 MAC) is riding the momentum of a eight-match winning streak this season, due to the stellar play of senior Stephanie Danesis and freshman Christine Guerrazzi. Danesis is rolling on an eight-game run of victories in singles play, while pushing her career wins total to 153, which is tied for the most in program history. Guerrazzi has also put together a tremendous season, going 19-10 on the season as well as winning 9 of her last 10 matches. “Over the past semester, our team has grown closer and stronger. We have been practicing hard and it has paid off so far,” Guerrazzi said. “We are all so ready for the MAC Tournament and hopefully we can bring all the hard work together and end up with the win.”
The RedHawks also have tremendous players in doubles, as senior Rieke Honiball and sophomore Nimisha Mohan earned a 8-2 win against BSU last weekend. Ball State (5-15, 0-8 MAC) went winless in league play for the third time since 1989 in a shutout against MU last weekend. They come into the tournament with high aspirations though, as sensational freshman Courtney Wild seeks to continue her success as she is 20-12 on the season. The ninth-seeded Cardinals will have to face Toledo 1 p.m. Thursday. The No. 8 seeded Rockets (9-12, 2-6 MAC) were defeated 4-3 by Bowling Green State University. In the loss, UT’s lone senior Kelsey Anonsen fought valiantly against the Falcons, as she teamed up with freshman Lexi Pitt for a 8-3 victory and powered her way to a 6-5, 6-2 decision. The RedHawks match starts 11 a.m. Friday on the campus of Northern Illinois University. If they continue their winning ways, they will play again 11 a.m. Saturday in the semifinals for a chance at a MAC championship 2 p.m. Sunday.
Golf regroups heading into MAC tourney By Joe Gieringer
For The Miami Student
As the end of the season draws near, the Miami University men’s golf team prepares for perhaps its toughest challenge yet, the MidAmerican Conference (MAC) Championship Tournament. After failing to finish in the top half of the field the past two weekends, the RedHawk golfers have refocused and retooled this week in practice and plan to use the extra week of practice to their advantage
before they travel to Illinois for the first round of the MAC Tournament May 4. Head Coach Zac Zedrick has watched his team mature throughout the year, and though the results might not be where he would have wanted, he is nonetheless proud of how far the team has come. “There’s been a lot of growth from the beginning of the year,” Zedrick said. “The results don’t show it at all and it’s difficult to have the boys experience this. But for us to create sustainable success
we’re right on track, and I’m really proud of the progress this year.” The first-year head coach said what he has emphasized the past month is focus in the face of adversity. “The more difficult the golf course, the more fearless we need to play,” Zedrick said. “If you’re trying to wish it around the course you’re going to get your butt kicked. You’ve got to be fearless.”
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