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FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
VOLUME 141 NO. 53
MIAMI UNIVERSITY OXFORD, OHIO
TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1972, The Miami Student reported approximately 1,500 students participated in a spontaneous march late one night to protest the revised policies announced by President Richard Nixon, which would restrict the flow of war materials to North Vietnam.
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CONNOR MORIARTY THE MIAMI STUDENT
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Oxford heroin problem persists BY REBECCA ELDEMIRE FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT
Less than two years ago, the death of 21-year-old Miami student Andy Supronas became the first public case of heroin use within Miami University. “That was one of the first publicly-known issues,” said Lt. Jacob Jones of the Oxford Police Department (OPD). “We’ve had more [issues] since then.” March 1 of this year, the Butler County Coroner reported the death of an Oxford man from a fentanyl overdose, a prescription opiate commonly found in or as a replacement for heroin. “When [I] first started police work, heroin was not around here,” Jones said. He said within the past five years, there has been a measurable increase in heroin use in Oxford. Butler County coroner, Dr. Lisa Mannix, verified it is a growing issue. She said within the first quarter of 2014 alone, there were 114 total deaths, 50 of which were
from drug overdoses; 21 of those involved heroin. This is a 139 percent increase from last year. Oxford and Butler County are beginning to mirror statewide statistics as well. The Ohio Attorney General’s office reported that in 2013, heroin killed 12 Ohioans each week, over half of which were young adults aged 15 to 19. In 2010, there were 292 heroin overdose deaths, in 2011 there were 395 and in 2012 there were 606. The Attorney General’s Office reports that there has been a 107 percent increase in heroin deaths in more than half of Ohio’s counties. Yet still, these statistics are incomplete. Jones said many of the overdoses and health issues are largely undocumented. Many group situations exist, Jones said, where one user will overdose, a friend will call 9-1-1, dispose of the evidence and by the time the paramedics arrive, there are no traces to follow and charge. Paramedics also quickly administer Narcan, a drug that almost instantaneously reverses the ef-
fects of heroin in the bloodstream, erasing any traces, which Jones attributes to the low amount of pursued cases and deaths. “More students have overdosed [since Supronas died] and lived because of [Narcan],” Jones said. “[These cases are not] going to be reported because it is a medical issue and there is no evidence
More students have overdosed [since Supronas died] and lived because of [Narcan]” JACOB JONES
left. Narcan is an amazing thing to see work, it’s like a magnet that goes through your body and picks up all of the opiates and flushes it out … I could have sworn that the person was dead, [but] the fire department comes in, shoots that through an IV … and the person wakes up.”
Wednesday, April 23, there was a town hall meeting at Talawanda High School concerning opiate use in Oxford. At the meeting, a panel including Chief Bob Holzworth of the Oxford Police Department, Miami University Police Chief John McCandless and Dr. Joshua Hersh, a staff psychiatrist at Miami University Student Counseling Service, spoke to concerned members of the community about the issue. Holzworth said the fire department has administered Narcan 24 times in 2013. It has been used 11 times in Oxford. “I was not aware that they had made that many heroin-related calls,” McCandless said. “I think based on our not having much contact with it, my knowledge is what I have read in the paper.” He said he was surprised by the numbers shared during the meeting and yet MUPD has not dealt with any reported cases of heroin. “I haven’t seen it on cam-
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Wandering wonder: Miami senior seeks truth, shares stories BY JAMES STEINBAUER CAMPUS EDITOR
The children’s section of the public Haitian hospital was barren. The beds, which just days before were filled with naïve, innocent laughter had been replaced by stagnant, sweating air. “Where are all the children?” Emily asked one of the three nurses, hoping they had been discharged. “They are dead,” The nurse responded, forlorn and listless. “They are all dead.” Emily recalled the nurse’s shouts from the previous day — “Come, come! Dead child! Dead child!” Rushing after the nurse, Emily came to a halt outside the room. There was one bed in the middle with a small lump covered by the sheets. A mother, who could not have been more than two years older than Emily, sat with another child in her arms. Emily walked in and pulled back the sheet to reveal a little girl, Rosemila. Her eyes, deep brown, glassy and fogged by malnutrition, gazed off into something Emily could not see. Emily sat down with the cry-
ing mom and picked up the crying girl. All three sat there, next to Rosemila, and just cried. She left Haiti realizing that if she put pictures to problems like child malnutrition and if she could tell just a few good narratives about the people who deserve it, like Rosemila, then maybe it would produce a reaction for change. Several months later Emily Crane walked into Chair of the Journalism department Richard Campbell’s office and said, “I want to tell peoples’ stories.” Senior Journalism and Anthropology major Emily Crane is the recipient of several awards including the Presidents Distinguished Service Award and the Goldman Memorial Prize, the largest Miami awards a graduating senior. Emily is also nominated for a Provost Academic Achievement Award and will be the student commencement speaker at graduation this May. “Frankly, the reason I’m getting all these cool awards is not because I’m doing anything that other students aren’t doing, but because I’ve made really great relationships with professors,” Emily said. “The reason I’ve gotten
so much out of Miami is because of the professors who’ve invested in me.” Emily’s professors, however, claim it is her ingenuity, experience and willingness to learn that has driven her to success. “It’s a joy working with a student like Emily Crane because if you give pointed or thoughtful critique she runs with it and takes it further than most other students would,” Chair of the Anthropology Department Mark Peterson said. “I’ve had graduate students who don’t operate at the level of imagination and professionalism that Emily does.” Emily’s initiative and articulate understanding of the world around her may be attributed to her unique international family life and experience. Emily moved to Morocco at the age of five where she lived for 12 years and attended an international high school. She is fluent in French as well as both Moroccan and Egyptian dialects of Arabic. Last spring, Miami University faculty watched in awe as Emily, after wrangling her way into a
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EMILY CRANE THE MIAMI STUDENT
Top: Crane poses in front of Egyptian Pyramids Bottom: April 6 Youth Movement marches in Cairo
EDITORS JAMES STEINBAUER EMILY TATE
FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
John Dolibois: An immigrant success story BY REIS THEBAULT NEWS EDITOR
John Dolibois (’42) was 12 when he immigrated to the U.S. in 1931. Arriving from Luxembourg in rural Akron, Dolibois could not speak a word of English. “He was an immigrant and was put in first grade when he was 12,” Dolibois’ second oldest son Bob Dolibois said. “He ended up graduating as [his high school’s] valedictorian.” Thus was his spirit. “He had energy and he had drive and he had intelligence,” longtime friend and former MU professor Charlie Teckman said. The life of one of Miami’s most distinguished alumni came to an end last Friday, May 2 when Dolibois passed away in Cincinnati. “It is difficult to adequately describe John and his accomplishments,” University President David Hodge said. “… He was quite simply one of the most incredible people I have ever known.” Upon his arrival at Miami, Dolibois wasted no time in leaving his mark. As an undergrad, he organized Oxford’s first Boy Scout troop in 1938 — an organization he credited with his Americanization. “He always said his scouting experience had an effect on his whole life,” Teckman said. He remained loyal to the organization throughout his life. “Whatever Dad did that was important to him, he always felt he had to pay back and give back to the organization,” Dolibois’ eldest son Mike Dolibois said. Dolibois was invited back for the 70th anniversary of the Oxford troop spoke at the event — a skill he maintained until his last days. “He was a great storyteller and
great speaker,” Teckman said. As for the storytelling, Dolibois certainly had a wealth of experiences to share. After his time at Miami, Dolibois joined the army during World War II. He was moved to Military Intelligence after it was discovered he was fluent in German. During his time in the military, Dolibois was part of a team that interrogated a group of high-ranking Nazi war criminals. He was the last-surviving member of that team. After his distinguished military service, Dolibois returned to Ohio and — after a working for a short time at Proctor & Gamble — in 1947, he returned to Miami. He held various positions with the university, working closely with alumni, and was eventually named the school’s first vice president for development and alumni affairs. In his work with alumni, Dolibois did a lot of fundraising, helping to raise money for presentday campus staples Yager Stadium, Marcum, Conference Center and the art museum. “In the course of all this, loyalty really created a bond,” Bob said. “He never felt he was just a fundraiser. He really felt his job at Miami was matching alumni’s wishes with Miami’s needs.” This work with Miami was borne of Dolibois’ determination to give back to the school and present future students with the same opportunities he had. “His activities and his tenure included not just raising money but fulfilling dreams,” Bob said. “It was a labor of love and I really think it was reciprocated.” In that same spirit, Dolibois took on the role as advisor to Beta Theta Pi an organization he said helped him to become a man.
CONTRIBUTED BY CLAIRE WAGNER THE MIAMI STUDENT
John Dolibois died at 95. Among his many achievments Dolibois was Miami University’s first director of alumni affairs and development, was appointed the first vice president for development and alumni affairs and later served as vice president of university relations. He was also a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. “He was very committed and felt that he got a total education in how to be an American and a gentleman,” Bob said. “He helped countless students both through scholarships and advising. And developed lifelong friendships.” Teckman, who was also a Beta at Miami, is one of those lifelong friends. “John Dolibois had an impact on my life,” he said. “I know him and I depended on him for a lot
of good advice.” After more than 30 years at Miami, Dolibois retired and, in 1981, Ronald Reagan called him back to his home country, appointing him the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. Dolibois was the first person to be appointed ambassador to his natural-born country. Dolibois served as ambassador until 1985. Today, Dolibois is the namesake of two of the country’s institutions: the American embassy residence,
now called the “Dolibois House” and the Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center. Dolibois and his wife Winnie Englehart Dolibois (’42) retired to Oxford, where, until his death, Dolibois was a staple at alumni events and spoke frequently to students. “The thing that was extraordinary about him was he was a man of great loyalty,” Bob said. “He was loyal to Miami, loyal to his country, loyal to his family.
Student artist brings life to blank walls of Bachelor BY LIBBY MUELLER SENIOR STAFF WRITER
LAUREN OLSON THE MIAMI STUDENT
LIFE’S A BEACH
Saurabh Mehta, Kellie Dinapoli and Evan Amstutz enjoy the warm weather at the REC volleyball courts.
Library’s new 3D printer does it ‘B.E.S.T.” BY ANGIE RIFFLE
FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT
In the silence of an empty Sundaymorning library, a 3D printer hums as a tiny stream of melted plastic is penned into a circle, one thin layer at a time. Soon, a small red bowling pin sits on the printer’s platform. Two hours before, it was nothing more than a digital model. The 3D printing technology in Miami University’s B.E.S.T. Library is being used to create virtually anything, from complex engineering prototypes to simple board game pieces. The technology is available to all students, regardless of their major. “Whatever it is you want, we’ll do it,” John Williams, who is in charge of B.E.S.T. Library’s 3D printing, said. “I’ll print anything for anyone who’s student, staff or faculty,” 3D printing is a form of “additive manufacturing,” according to Williams. A print nozzle is used to place thin layers of plastic onto a platform. Once a layer is complete, the platform lowers and a new layer is created until the object is finished. Products can be created using any computer-aided design program, including Autodesk Inventor and TinkerCAD.com.
B.E.S.T. Library has had MakerBot plastic printers for two years. It also obtained a new Z-Corp powder printer at the start of this academic year. “If you want crisp edges, clean colors, you want to print on the powder printer,” Williams said, as he brushed the chalky white powder from his hands. However, the final product of the powder printer is more dense, making it about 40 percent more expensive than a plastic product. The plastic is also much more durable, making it ideal for prototypes. More students have been utilizing the printers for personal projects throughout this semester, with about seven to 10 students coming in each week. Recently, engineering students have used the library’s 3D printing technology to work on senior design projects and create prototypes for real-world clients. Architecture students have used it to produce abstract designs to integrate into their building projects. Even biology classrooms have used the printers to create 3D models of protein structures. “It really spans from one side of the spectrum to another in what I do and how much I do each day,”
Williams said. According to Jeb Card, an anthropology professor, Miami is one of four major universities using this technology. Others include Louisiana State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. What sets Miami appart from the other institutions is the technology’s availability to relatively inexperienced users. “The big difference between us and them is that I’m using undergraduates,” Card said. “It fits Miami. We’re very strong on both teaching and research.” In 2013, Card used 3D scanning and printing to create replicas of recently stolen artifacts. Now, many of his undergraduate anthropology students are being taught to use the same technology for their own artifact replication projects. Mollie Newton, a junior anthropology major, created a 3D scan of a four to five thousand-year-old axe from Denmark for extra credit in Card’s class. “It’s kind of like replicating history,” she said. In order to print, most students must go through a consultation
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Where others may have seen blank walls, junior Jessica Passen saw a canvas. Passen recently proposed a paneled mural project to the Art Department and the Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) Department to adorn the bare walls of Bachelor Hall, where the SPA Department’s Speech & Hearing Clinic offers speech and hearing therapy to adults and children in the extended local area. The panel project was accepted and students in the SPA Department submitted theme ideas, from which a garden theme was ultimately chosen. Passen, who is majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology and minoring in 2-D Media Studies, will begin painting the mural in the fall. She said the walk from the waiting room to a therapy room in Bachelor is uninviting. The walls are cinderblock, and because the clinic is located in the basement, there are no windows. “I just felt distressed for the kids walking through to therapy because atmosphere’s everything,” Passen said. “If they’re not feeling joyful and cheerful going into therapy, it’s going to reflect.” Clinic coordinator Cheryl Stewart said students and faculty in the SPA Department are excited about the mural. “[It will] brighten up the space because we have no windows at all,” Stewart said. “We want something to grab their [patients’] attention because it gives opportunities for language and facilitates talking about things that are happening and things that they see.” The Speech & Hearing Clinic exists to give clinical training to future speech-language pathologists. “In order to educate future SLPs [speech-language pathologists] and grant a Master’s degree, they have to have clinical training.
Students have to get 400 hours,” Stewart said. “Their beginning experiences are in the campus clinic with our supervisors teaching them the fundamentals.” Both undergraduate and graduate students participate in clinic activities. Undergraduates in the SPA program are able to get great hands-on experience, Passen said. “Miami does a phenomenal job with the undergrad experience in the clinic,” Passen said. “Each year you get more involved.” The panel project was divided into three phases, the first of which is already complete, Passen said. The project is collaborative, involving the SPA Department, the Art Department and the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), an organization for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career in communication sciences.
Honestly, I just want to see the kids’ smiles. I want to know that [my art is] bringing joy.” JESSICA PASSEN
JUNIOR SPA MAJOR/ARTIST
“We’re wrapping up the first phase, which was getting approval from the SPA Department and Art Department and getting supplies,” Passen said. “We just need to finish buying materials and the SPA Department and NSSLHA are both helping to fund it. Phase two starts next semester and that’s when I’m actually going to paint the panels, so I’ll be sketching them out this summer.” Passen will paint the mural as an independent study. Originally, she
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EDITOR SAMMIE MILLER
FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
BEAT BEST OF ’13-’14
Male steps through two apartment ceilings At 10:37 p.m. Friday, OPD officers responded to 1007 Arrowhead Dr. Apt. 9B after a foot had erupted through a third-floor unit’s ceiling. The foot was attached to a junior male Miami student, who had been using a vacant third floor apartment to shower after his unit lost hot water, according to OPD. He had suitable permission to do so. After that shower also proved cold, saying he was tired of cold showers, the intoxicated male clothed himself and climbed into the attic to follow the hot water line. In the dark attic without a flashlight, the suspect missed a truss and stepped through the ceiling. His jeans and boot were visible to a startled Miami student in unit 9B. Attempting to return to his borrowed unit, the male again stepped through the ceiling, this time into unit 10B, occupied by another Miami student. His foot immediately collided with a floor lamp and knocked out the bulb, plunging the room into darkness. He returned to the bathroom and took his shower. He was later identified exiting the laundry room, partly by his boot and pant, according to OPD. He did not appear dirty, but had a rancid tank top stuffed in his pocket and readily admitted to being intoxicated, according to OPD. He was charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief, according to OPD. He was returned to his apartment.
Nude intruder Goldilocks self in bathroom At 1:31 a.m. Friday, OPD officers responded to a report of a burglary in process in the 100 block of South Beech Street. A resident said she was in her bed when she was awoken by an unrecognized, pants-less female standing in her doorway. The resident then roused her sleeping roommates and, upon their return to the bedroom, found the scantily-clad intruder asleep in the bed. The residents attempted to wake the female, but throughout their attempts, they claimed the girl pretended to be sleep while grinning mischievously. Eventually, the residents were successful, and, as the sleepy nudist rolled off the mattress, she sprung up and ran into another room, where she slipped into bed with another sleeping resident. Yet again, the residents returned to the now-Sisyphean task of removing the girl from a bed. Again, after being removed from the mattress, the female ran into the bathroom and locked the door behind her. At this point, residents called OPD. When officers arrived and entered the bathroom, it was empty. While taking residents’ statements, one officer noticed a similarly pants-less female running eastbound down West Collins Street. She was ordered to stop, but continued running until she arrived on a doorstep. The residents of that particular address said they did not know the female, and she was arrested and taken to Butler County Jail. She was charged with burglary and obstructing official business.
MY HUMPS, MY HUMPS, MY LOVELY CAMEL LUMPS
LAUREN OLSON THE MIAMI STUDENT
Abby Cramer pets two six-month-old camels Wednesday afternoon Uptown at Israelfest in Uptown Park. Many students attended the event.
State passes college tuition freeze BY MACKENZIE CLUNE
Creamer, expressed his lack of surprise with the bill, as it reflects the work of Rosenberger and his committee last fall and winter. “Representative Rosenberger and Governor Kasich have had a very open dialogue with Ohio’s public university community about the types of changes that are needed for higher education in Ohio but they also have been open to feedback from the university community,” Creamer said. “Working together with Ohio’s leadership is leading to more success than would otherwise have been possible.”
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College tuition is an on-going issue, not only for students attending large, public universities, but also for those attending smaller community colleges and technical centers. The Higher Education Community banded together with the purpose of modifying the tuition of future students at community colleges and technical centers across the state of Ohio. On April 9, State Representatives Cliff Rosenberger and Tim Brown announced the passage of House Bill 484 from the Ohio House of Representatives and it is now headed to Ohio’s Senate. House Bill 484 authorizes community and technical colleges to create a tuition guarantee program, where schools establish a tuition cost for incoming first-years. Students are promised the cost will not increase over the course of their time at the institution. The bill includes new performance constructed funding formulas for both Ohio community colleges and Ohio technical centers that are centered on student results and ability. Miami University is among six central campuses across the state of Ohio that has existing enrollment limits. House Bill 484 repeals these existing limits. Miami’s Vice President for Finance and Business Services and Treasurer, David
technical colleges were addressed in the budget bill a year ago for Ohio’s public universities,” Creamer said. “An outcome based on a funding formula was put in place first for the universities and universities also already have the authority to create a guaranteed tuition program. Miami’s Board of Trustees began discussing a tuition guarantee last fall and expect to make a decision about implementing such a program during the next academic year.” Unlike the majority of the student body, first-year Evan’s Scholar, Alex Arenkill has a full-ride
Working together with Ohio’s leadership is leading to more success than would otherwise have been possible.” DAVID CREAMER
FINANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES VICE PRESIDENT
Specific to community and technological colleges in Ohio, the topic of tuition at public universities, like Miami University, has never taken a backseat. Creamer said he suspects that at the June meeting, Miami’s Board of Trustees will consider a 2 percent increase in tuition in hopes to remain consistent with their longterm plan of maintaining tuition increases at or below 2 percent, which is below inflation. “The issues that were focused this time on the community and
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scholarship to the institution and is unaffected by any tuition modifications. In regards to House Bill 484, according to Representative Rosenberger, the bill “represents a benchmark Ohio is trying to set for higher education as a whole.” “I think this ‘benchmark’ is a good blueprint for how a college should be run,” Arenkill said. I believe that the amount the average first-year student pays should remain consistent throughout your remaining years in college. Thus,
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a grandfather system, like the one House Bill 484 proposes, would be very beneficial for Miami University and larger public universities as a whole.” Other students who are affected by the modifications also feel like the benchmark would be an effective approach in developing tuition policies. According to Miami firstyear, Frank Borta, knowing a concrete amount would be beneficial to both incoming students, especially those who are out-of-state, and the higher education community. This would give students an idea of their potential debt, while opening the door for students who possibly wouldn’t have had the means to afford higher education otherwise. “Representative Rosenberger is correct in saying Ohio is setting a benchmark, this bill will push other states to pass similar legislation just to continue to attract students to their state universities.” Borta said. The financial policies of both large public universities, including Miami University, and smaller community colleges and technical centers across the state of Ohio are continuously progressing. “I think House Bill 484 probably will have a greater impact on the community and technical colleges this time because these issues were largely addressed in earlier legislation for Ohio’s public universities,” Creamer said.
On a trip to visit family in New Hampshire Gary Milholland, a 2002 Miami graduate, discovered his dream of starting The Music Arcade, a live music venue supported by revenue from arcade games, which provides entertainment for the entire family. Milholland has been rapping since 1992. He started at the age of 13 when a friend asked him to do a rap. It was 30 seconds long, which he memorized and wrote down. From then on the raps just kept coming. His rap name “The Mission Man” came from his goal of changing the way people view hip-hop and removing stereotypical negative aspects such as violence, demeaning of women and materialism. But there is more to Milholland than just his rapping. “Family has always been very important to me,” Milholland said. “It was largely instilled by my mom because she was one of the most driven people I’ve ever known, but still had tremendous love for family.” It was on a family trip that inspiration struck. While visiting his brother and his brother’s family they went to Funspot, the world’s largest arcade. There, Milholland enjoyed the same games he grew up playing, only this time with his niece and nephew. “Watching them enjoy it brought us closer together because we shared that common experience, Milholland said. “It was almost like they
were able to have part of my childhood as well.” Milholland has been playing music live since 1998. However, he is a non-drinker and has been searching for a way to provide family entertainment and a live music venue without the reliance of being supported by alcohol. It was this profound experience at the arcade that gave Milholland the idea for The Music Arcade. The idea will allow him to combine his love of music with the joy he gets from playing video games. Milholland recently started a campaign on Indiegogo, a crowdfunding website, to raise money to help fund the project which he plans to open in Westchester, Ohio. Milholland continues to play live and regularly performs for Miami students at The Hole in the Wall Bar on High Street. In January 2005, Milholland had one of his bigger crowds at the bar. “I have had a lot of positive experiences performing for Miami students,” Milholland said. “I had one show in which 120 people came out. Everybody was shoulder-toshoulder and not moving so it was a completely packed house. That was a pretty incredible experience.” Milholland plays most Sundays at The Hole in the Wall Bar and will be there this Sunday, May 4. To learn more about Milholland and his music, visit missionman.net. To learn more about The Music Arcade, visit www.themusicarcade.com.
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CRANE, FROM PAGE 1
position at the Dailey News Egypt, reported on the Egyptian revolution from the streets of Cairo. “Emily basically walked into a Cairo newsroom and talked an editor into letting her do journalism there,” Journalism professor Patti Newberry said. “The editor just said ‘do you speak the language? — And if you eff up, you’re gone’ and she said ‘yes, I speak the language and I wont eff up.’” It was during her time in Cairo when Emily realized the constant reporting on violence and the revolution did not tell the stories that needed to be told. “There are so many kinds of circumstances in Egypt where there are people just waiting to have their stories told,” Emily said. “I would love to be the one to tell them.” This past fall Emily received her opportunity to follow her dream of telling peoples stories when she was nominated for the Goldman Memorial Prize. One of the largest awards of its kind in the nation, the Goldman Memorial Prize is a $30,000 grant, awarded to a graduating senior, which may be used to pursue independently designed projects in scholarship, journalism or the arts. Potential recipients of the prize must go through a rigorous selection process including an interview with the Honors and Scholars Program Advisory Committee. Emily said one of the most difficult and important times during her path to the Goldman Memorial Prize was preparing for the final interview with Anthropology professor Linda Marchant. “She [Marchant] is like the Mr. Miyagi of interview preparation,” Emily said. “During our first practice interview she was crinkling
www.miamistudent.net papers, glancing at her watch and just being very distracting. It went horrible! I did so terribly!” Emily’s ambition for her project and willingness to take criticism and quickly turn it around was crucial to her improvements during the mock interviews Marchant said. “The person I encountered was so articulate, so focused and at the same time not exuding a massive ego,” Marchant said. “It wasn’t all about Emily, it was about the project.”
“When we found out that she had won the award, we were all actually shrieking with delight,” Marchant said. Using the money she has gained from the Goldman Prize, Emily will be going on to do just what she set out to when she started at Miami — tell peoples’ stories. This August, Emily leaves for Egypt to spend the year collecting personal narratives of the Egyptian revolution and write them into what will one day become a book.
I’ve had graduate students who don’t operate at the level of imagination and professionalism that Emily does.” MARK PETERSON
CHAIR OF ANTHROPOLOG Y DEPT.
After the interview it took the committee a whole agonizing week to decide which finalist would be awarded the Goldman Prize Emily said. “I was sick to my stomach and I wasn’t sleeping,” Emily said. “At that point I didn’t care whether I got it or not, I just wanted to know.” Emily was sitting in her kitchen drinking coffee when she finally received the dreaded email from the Goldman committee, which contained just two congratulatory lines. “I screamed, I fell on the floor and I cried,” Emily said. “I ran up the stairs, I ran down the stairs, I probably went through the whole gambit of emotions within one minute.” In line with her humble character, the first thing Emily did when she won the prize was go around to thank every professor that had a hand, no matter how small, in helping her achieve her goal.
“People in America have a very skewed vision about what is going on in Egypt because they only get a small portion of the picture,” Emily said. “What I want to do is help them expand their views by telling personal narratives of everyday people from all different spheres of Egyptian society.” Emily considers the marriage of her two fields of study — Journalism and Anthropology — the perfect tool to learn and embrace the lives of everyday Egyptians and grow closer to Egyptian society and then tell the stories of the people she encounters in order to bring Americans closer to the reality of revolutionary Egypt. “There are all kinds of stories in Egypt right now that aren’t getting told — that no one knows about,” Emily said. “What I learned from Rosemila four years ago in Haiti is that one single story can completely change the way people think about a problem or an issue.”
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pus and I hope that I won’t,” McCandless said. Jones said students and community residents are likely getting addicted through prescription opiates that someone receives after surgery or for intense pain, but the police department has “cracked down on prescription drug abuse, which has turned the market more toward heroin.” According to Miami’s Alcohol EDU for College 2012 data, about 1 percent of first-year students reported in the previous two weeks they had used opiate-type drugs such as codeine, OxyContin, Darvon, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Demeril, Lomotil, Percocet or Percodan. “Reasons a student or anyone may use opiates include selfmedicating for pain, recreationally and to stop withdrawal symptoms when he or she is chemically dependent,” Hersh said. “Any addiction to a substance is very likely to affect schoolwork.”
ARTIST, FROM PAGE 2
planned for the mural to be done with acrylic paint and NSSLHA to help with the artwork. However, the medium was switched to oil paint, which allows for better detail and durability. Dana Saulnier is the professor with whom Passen will take the independent study. He will be supervising the project. “I will be essentially just offering technical support,” Saulnier said. “The thematic decisions
3D PRINTING, FROM PAGE 2
session at the library to discuss the cost and limitations of their projects. Each print costs 20 cents per gram of the final product, and not all projects are practical. For this reason, Williams said it is important to create a “partnership between us and who we’re working with,” in order to find solutions for projects that may be too big, or that have parts too small to be durable. “It’s a powerful, powerful tool,” Williams said. “This is going to be a part of our world. It’s not going away.” Despite the vast spectrum of possibilities that 3D printing provides, it still has limitations. “It’s not going to be a perfect replica, but it’s still going to be doggone close,” Williams said. Products from the plastic printers often have ridges from the layering nature of the technology, and sometimes a print will fall apart due to a product’s design. Due to the limitations of the technology, the library does not charge
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didn’t go our way. We couldn’t get the timely hits that we needed while the other teams got them. But we fought hard and fought until the final out. It just didn’t end the way we wanted it to.” After the conclusion of the 40th
If students are having issues, Director of Student Wellness Rebecca Baudry said the counseling center offers support groups for students in recovery. “They also have a full time staff psychiatrist that specializes in substance abuse and medically assisted treatment for students with heroine or other opiate-type drug addiction,” Baudry said. “I would like to see continued education about substances of abuse,” Hersh said. “I would like to see continued Town Hall Meetings. I would like to continue to help make people aware that there is treatment available for a substance use problem.” This problem is no longer far away; it is here in Oxford more than ever before. “In this town nothing beats alcohol,” Jones said, “but heroin comes in as a distant second … You may not think you know someone who is addicted but this heroin epidemic we have had in the last few years does not discriminate.” and decisions about the imagery and the way it will work is something she’ll be settling with the folks in Speech Pathology. I’ll help her figure out the nuts and bolts approaches.” Passen said her inspiration for the project came from the patients, specifically the children, who attend the clinic. “Honestly, I just want to see the kids’ smiles. I want to know that it’s bringing joy,” Passen said. “I’ve been blessed with being able to paint and it’s something I can use to bring joy to others.” students for mistakes in the printing process or the amount of time spent on their projects. “It’s all part of the learning process,” Williams said. “We’ve gotten very good at printing.” In the future, Williams hopes to overcome these technological limitations with more advanced tools, such as metal printers, which can make finer cuts and more durable products. “We need a more professionalstyle printer,” he said. The MakerBot plastic printers cost about $3,000 each, but are not made for long-term use. “The challenges that the universities, and especially the libraries, face is the cost,” Williams said. The cost of having an advanced, durable 3D printing center would be about $0.5 million. According to Williams, the library plans on writing for grants to get the technology they need. “Having students know that it is here and available is huge. We’d really like to expand out,” he said. “I want people to understand that we have printers. That’s the biggest thing.” season of Miami softball, Crowell reflected on the season and looked ahead to next year. “We finished second in the division last year and we weren’t as good this year, obviously,” Crowell said. “We have a lot of players returning for next season so we look to be better next year. Right now, we just need a break from softball.”
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Changes and upgrades on the horizon for The Miami Student While waiting in line for a coffee at King Café, you see a lopsided stack of newspapers overflowing from a nearby newsstand. As you walk down High Street, you catch a glimpse of a crinkled copy floating down the sidewalk. And there’s another neatly folded under a hurried professor’s arm. This process repeats itself every Tuesday and Friday like clockwork as freshly printed newspapers, swapped out with different stories and new student perspectives, appear all around campus. This is the routine the Miami community has grown comfortable with. But it’s time to evolve. Seeing the newspaper twice a week may have worked for the past two hundred years, but it’s just not enough today. The editorial board is not settling for the outdated rituals of traditional print news. We realize news is not something that can be put into a box once or twice a week; it is something you interact with daily, hourly. As Oxford’s most prominent news source, we want to not only be available where it’s convenient on campus, but also with the click of a button or a swipe on an iPhone. We want to be a publication that people rely on for fast and accurate facts. A newspaper that doesn’t provide instant coverage of events is not appropriately serving the community of today’s digital age. If you can order a Chipotle burrito online, you should be able to access the latest campus news within seconds. We’ve already put many of these ideas into action. At the beginning of the year, we took an honest look at the role of The Miami Student today and how we can best serve our readership. By ramping up our storytelling techniques and reaching out to our readers more, we are taking huge steps to be the best student-publication possible. The most substantial change is the launch of a brand new website next fall. That’s right, say goodbye to the finicky site we currently
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Schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria:The facts, the situation and why it matters As the furor intensifies over rescuing the nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria, we should apply caution and seek context. We do not want to see #BringBackOurGirls turn into another #Kony2012 BRETT fizzling-out. MILAM The situation is thus: Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group, whose name roughly translates to “Western education is forbidden,” has been ravaging Nigeria for the last five years after the government killed their founder. According to the New York Times, the group has attacked villages, government buildings, police stations, prisons, churches and mosques. In early 2012, a series of attacks occurred on Kano, the biggest city in northern Nigeria, which killed over 100 people. Events changed when the group kidnapped over 250 schoolgirls in a Chibok school April 15. While events, like Boko Haram’s slaughter of 50 boys at a college, went largely unnoticed, this kidnapping manifests a unique grassroots movement from the Nigerian people. They sought justice since the Nigerian government seemed largely unwilling to do anything. Several hundred women marched on the Parliament building in the
capital, Abuja, in driving rain on Wednesday, demanding that the girls be found and criticizing the government’s handling of the situation, according to the New York Times. Their rallying cry was “Bring back our girls,” which then turned into a social media hashtag orchestrated by a concerned Californian mother. And now Western media outlets, pundits and others in the blogosphere are talking about what should be done. However, again, before we assess what should be done, we ought to recognize the complexity involved here. Mainly, that the Nigerian government, when going after Boko Haram, has been excessively violent. Just over a year ago, the military, angered by the killing of one of their own, massacred over 200 innocent civilians in the Baga village. While the scale differs from the past, innocents caught in the crosshairs between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram is nothing new in the last few years. “When you burn down shops and massacre civilians, you are pushing them to join the camp of Boko Haram,” the governor of Borno State,Kashim Shettima, one of the first officials to reach Baga afterward, said of the military. Human rights groups and other officials would like to see the Nigerian military combat Boko Haram in a more measured way that doesn’t put civilians at such peril. As it stands now, the Nigerian military seems unconcerned with distinguishing between militants and civilians. To be clear, Nigeria has the
strongest economy on the African continent and a strong military, but thus far have proven ineffective given their “scorched-earth” strategy and human rights abuses, as the Washington Post stated.
there’s no such thing as a “humanitarian” intervention — there are other geopolitical motivations at play. Cole and others see this as another play in the “Shadow War” in the Global War on Terror, which has
While events, like the slaughter of 50 boys at a college by Boko Haram went largely unnoticed, this kidnapping manifests a unique grassroots movement from the Nigerian people. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry extended their offer to help in the form of law enforcement, military experts, psychologists, hostage negotiators and more to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan has now accepted that offer after appearing reluctant to do so. It remains to be seen exactly how that dynamic will play out once everyone is on the ground. Teju Cole, a Nigerian writer, photographer, art historian and my favorite person to follow on Twitter, has many reservations about the United States’ intervention in this matter. “The protests in Nigeria are democratic. This American ‘help’ will lead the opposite way: more militarism, less oversight, less democracy,” he said on Twitter. As is usually the case with Western intervention, especially on so-called humanitarian grounds — spoiler;
already seen U.S. intervention in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Uganda, Libya and elsewhere. Niger, which borders Nigeria to the south, has a new drone base for U.S. surveillance operations, as President Obama and the military turn their sights to an ever-expanding role in Africa. In other words they — caution as we assess U.S. reasons for intervening in Nigeria — are backed by historical and current precedents. Cole asked, if international intervention is necessary, why not the African Union, ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), or the European Union? The default American presence concerns him, as it does me. “We have imagination,” he said. “Yes, life is difficult, but we can imagine a future that isn’t dictated by the U.S. agenda for a Global War
on Terror.” Events such as the Boko Haram kidnapping are always far more complex and nuanced than hashtags or a click-bait headline suggests on Facebook. Therefore, the insatiable need to “do something” becomes overwhelming. “Do something” can be translated as “don’t think,” because that is the case time and again in these interventions with respect to analyzing long-term ramifications. Libya is still in shambles after our feel-good intervention alongside France and other countries in 2011. Yet, their plight is in our purview. So it is in Bahrain, too, which has seen protests against our alliance with their Sunni monarchy. In short, we want to keep the flow of arms going to our “ally” there. A Sunni village saw heavy protests, which involved the burning of American flags and a sign that read, “The American administration supports the dictatorship in Bahrain.” Buddying up with the United States government usually doesn’t bode well for the citizens of those countries. Strategic interests take precedent over those “humanitarian” concerns. We all want to see these schoolgirls returned home safely, but let us not get lost in the usual need to apply simplistic narratives and rash action that exacerbates the situation rather than helps. SENIOR, JOURNALISM MILAMBC@MIAMIOH.EDU
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Maybe we should be telling more stories of failures and mistakes, rather than successes The smell of fresh turquoise paint wafted through my room as wind from an open window blew in the warm and sticky air, rustling old high school pictures on a nearby bulletin board. It was the summer of 2010, and I NICOLE was lying in THEODORE my bed at two in the afternoon while the rest of the world was at work. My face was half under the covers, only my hazel eyes visible to the bedroom packed to the brim with post-college furniture and garbage bags full of clothes. As I stared blankly at the ceiling my cell phone kept buzzing on the nightstand next to me. I already knew what the phone was trying to say to me. Unread emails were attempting to tell me some sort of disappointing news ranging from “Please send final GPA for scholarship disbursement,” “Scholarship declined,” “MIAMI UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC PROBATION WARNING,” “SCHOLARSHIP AIDE CHANGED.” I rolled over quietly to continue staring blankly at a freshly painted wall, sweating from the summer heat but unable to remove my self from under the covers. I was hiding. Hiding from my parents who were unable to look at me, as they were rightfully confused how I went from fourth in my class in high school with a 4.2 GPA, previous center midfield soccer star and bubbly blonde to the girl lying in her bed mid-afternoon, half dead to the world, all within a year at Miami. Fast forward almost three years later, and I am standing on top of the highest mountain in Kosovo with just an ancient Nokia phone in hand
and a backpack. I looked around me at the lush green mountainside that went on for miles, the wild flowers and the Gorani shepherd trying to make his unrelenting sheep listen to him. He threw his wooden cane at them after they refused to stop drinking water from a pond, cursing in a foreign language and waving his hands around, clearly upset at the lack of respect he was receiving. Laughter immediately took over my entire body. I don’t know if I was laughing so hard at the little elderly shepherd swearing in Gorani or the fact I was in Kosovo, working as an international journalist for a summer and I was just standing on top of a mountain, after I had almost failed out of college. It was so ridiculous because I once was that girl who wanted to hide in self-pity and bad grades. Now, I saw myself wearing my mistakes and my failures on my sleeve as if they were battle wounds I was proud to tell anyone about, equally eager to share them with my successes. The middle of my Miami experience is key to understanding how I got to laughing on top of a mountain in Southeast Europe. I was so lost my first year, rightfully so as I was a pre-medicine and psychology major. I couldn’t study for the microbiology or chemistry exam, couldn’t explain to my Spanish 111 teacher why I missed the first exam. I was a shell. The entire time I filled journals upon journals with notes and letters. Telling my professors that I was sorry … but never telling them in person. I failed because it wasn’t my passion, but all along right on my desk in Brandon hall, was my passion. That damn notebook and pen that I went to every day was trying to tell me something. I saw a flier for UP Magazine at Shriver, which many of you know as that quirky fashion magazine that comes out three times a year. I applied for a writing position in between my classes at Hughes without
even giving it a second thought. Lauren Pax, the editor-in chief at the time and now a Miami alumnus, didn’t ask me about my grades. She didn’t ask me what my major was. Lauren asked me about my writing and if I had passion for it. The rest is history. It was a wide open door that led to four years of writing, photography and web work that developed into something I am absolutely addicted to doing. I added journalism as a major immediately after. The classes instantly clicked for me — everything made sense. Something still kept fear locked in my head though. Whether it was the fear of failing, the fear of staying a fifth year, the fear of someone finding out about my average GPA, I am not sure. But I do know fear held on to me tight through the end of my fourth year, the same stomach-punching sort of feeling I experienced in my bedroom three years before. Tears welled up in my eyes at the 2013 graduation ceremony, right as summer was beginning and I would be making the trip to Kosovo with the journalism department in three weeks. I watched as the class I grew up with hugged one another in a sea of red caps and gowns. I felt jealousy and anger as my best friends of four years laughed and celebrated together. “Why the hell is this happening to me,” I kept muttering in my head as warm tears quietly led their way down my cheeks. “I should be with them.” The booming voice over the microphone pulled me from the questioning, “What if’s?” and “What if I did this differently?” thoughts in my head. It was the voice of commencement speaker Wil Haygood, a Miami alumnus and Washington Post writer. “The truth is that no one can ever really cut away your dream,” Haygood said as my attention shifted in
The actual importance of political affiliations We’ve all been asked the question. We’ve all answered the question, even if we thought it was encroaching on our privacy. So, I’m asking you right now, are you a Republican or Democrat? You’re a Republican? Okay, so you think poor people leach off welfare and don’t contribute much to society at all. In fact, they take your hard earned money right from your pocket. You believe “Obamacare” has plagued our country with socialism and is an enormous financial burden on everyone. You concur our defense budget should be endless and government should be as small as possible. You can’t stand the thought of homosexuals, let alone allowing them to get married and violating the sacredness of a union between a man and a woman. You maintain we can’t let those damn liberals take our guns, and you know God will smite those women who get an abortion. You’re a Democrat? Okay, so you think we should “spread the wealth” and inflate all social security programs to a size larger than the “Good Year Blimp.” You think guns are the bane of our nation’s existence, and you obviously believe a woman has the right to choose. You know the Affordable Care Act is providing all Americans a chance to get the healthcare they need at a price that’s fair.
You are convinced homosexuality is not a choice and anyone who doesn’t believe gay marriage is perfectly fine is simply ignorant. You believe government should be big and regulatory. To you, it’s obvious we should’ve brought the troops home from Iraq years ago, not to mention putting some sort of limit on our defense spending. Regardless of how you identified, I hope reading your respective description irritated you in some way. They are the stone cold stereotypes, and if you register with either party, you are surely aligning yourself with a strict set of unwavering ideals and beliefs. Well, at least that’s what many people think. If you’ve ever voted in an election, you did so based on how closely you agreed with a candidate’s beliefs, ideals and future goals. But if a candidate’s platform must fit a predetermined mold for him or her to represent a specific party, then you’re aligning yourself not only with the candidate but also with the party. Some have no problem saying this is the case. For many others, the choice made in the voting booth is multifactorial, founded on what they think are the most important issues and their opinions on them. In other words, it’s hard to identify solely
with one party on all issues. That being said, why don’t we just do away with political parties altogether? Well, it’s simply not feasible for a number of reasons. Even if parties were abolished, it would still be hard to find a candidate whose ideals and beliefs perfectly aligned with your own. At some point, you just have to make a choice based on the hand you’re dealt. Put simply, just because you vote for a Republican or Democrat it doesn’t mean you identify as one. For some reason, this concept is hard for society to accept. We put labels on people based on whom they voted for in a given election. However, we don’t necessarily know why a given person voted for a given candidate. All we know is people make choices based on how the table is set, which is not, and probably never will be, ideal. So next time you ask someone about his or her political affiliation, you should instead consider asking, “What animal do you prefer, a donkey or an elephant?” The answer would probably be just as enlightening.
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the sticky bleacher seats. “It is lodged deep inside of you. It is a force of nature. When you lose an opportunity, don’t be afraid to circle back. Ask that person for a second chance. That’s exactly what I did. Knock on the door again. Life is about second chances, but only if you ask.” That day I left the fear of failing on Yager field. I went to Kosovo three weeks later with a blank journal and an open heart. I figured out my past mistakes were something I shouldn’t be scared of.
we are often put in as 20-something year olds? Learning how to pick myself up and to keep going is one of the most important lessons I will take away from my Miami experience. I am telling my story because, you know what, there should be more stories like mine told. We don’t hear the failures. The stories that aren’t so beautiful, that don’t look so black and white. Maybe if we told more stories of failure, we as a university and as a student body could be
Explore the world and take every advantage that Miami has to offer you so that one day, you can tell your kids about the amazingly complicated, adventurous, deeply challenging and academic experience you had at Miami. Because in the end that is truly what creates adversity and amazing dreams, not acing an exam or playing it safe because it often seems like the “correct” course of action. Doing well in school is so important, and I don’t advise anyone to fail freshman chemistry or miss their Spanish exam like I did, but you know what, I wouldn’t change a thing about either of those events. Not a single thing. Take risks. Go to a country you have never heard of. Add a major that makes you happy and curious. Explore the world and take every advantage that Miami has to offer you so that one day, you can tell your kids about the amazingly complicated, adventurous, deeply challenging and academic experience you had at Miami. You didn’t just come to this school to be perfect, did you? What about messing up? What about breaking the rules and learning from it? What about bouncing back, about going out of the well-defined box
more accepting of each other’s flaws and weaknesses. I am not alone in these failures and mistakes at Miami and maybe part of my story is part of yours too. I will be going back to Yager Stadium where I left my thoughts and delusions of fear a year earlier, to graduate with the class of 2014. I have never been more proud to say I am graduating from Miami, because I realized Miami had my back all along. I just had to get out of my own way to let them help me see what I had been overlooking all along. Thank you for having me as your co-editorial editor for almost two years now at the paper, and I hope this page will continue to serve as a collection of voices and different experiences that blend into a cohesive forum of respect, adversity and understanding.
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BY TOM DOWNEY
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE
Here it is: the final column of my academic existence. It’s one of those things that always seems so far off, but comes rushing up to you at the last second like a high tide against bare feet. You want to make it special, but that’s a little cliché, isn’t it? I guess so. But clichés serve a purpose and I want to share a story about how I came to be a journalist, someone who inspired me, and what writing has meant to me over my college career, so here it goes. It’s hard to believe that only five years ago I was walking through the hallways of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, angsting over my future and excited at the prospect of the college experience. I exchanged my blue and white spirit colors for the red and white of Miami University and came to campus in August of 2009. After a little too much fun and a poor freshman GPA, I abandoned business and began a twoyear exploration for what major suited my particular skills. Honestly, journalism was the furthest thing from my mind. Throughout my childhood and into high school, my teachers remarked that I wasn’t exactly a very adept writer. I lacked that magical touch that draws people in and keeps them there. “Vanilla” was the applicable term. Yet as I searched in vain for what potential field fit me, I found writing (and its relative ease) to be the one constant in the chaotic major shopping that my academic career had become by my junior year. After taking Journalism 101 in the fall of 2011, former sports editor J.M. Rieger suggested I cover the golf team for The Miami Student. Seeing as how the only activity on my resume was joining Delta Tau Delta, I figured a few months in the newspaper industry couldn’t hurt. I can’t tell you exactly when I started to fall in love with storytelling. Those that know me know I’m opinionated to a fault, but my love of people and sports practically begs for me to enter into a field where I can talk about both. But before I finished a successful stint covering coach Zac Zedrick and Miami’s golf squad, there was one person I met that would become the most influential individual of my journalistic life. Actually, met isn’t really the right word. The first time I spoke with Jessica Ghawi was through Twitter during the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011. She was a cute redhead two years my senior, a self-described Texas spitfire with an affinity for sports, sarcasm, and the Oxford comma, all three of which I shared. Jessica Redfield, her pen name taken after her grandmother, was an aspiring sports broadcaster and writer, and after some casual chatting through tweets I was surprised to see a Facebook friend request waiting for me mid-summer. In a few short months, she quickly became someone I considered a good friend, and her number found its way into my phone not long after. Upon reflection, it amazes me just how crazy and random, but fulfilling my connection to her was. A girl I had never met, who had just moved to Denver to cover the Colorado Avalanche and chase her dream, was already someone I considered close. Even in the midst of her busy schedule, Jessi would find time to read over some of my early blogs, provide constructive criticism, and just talk. We’d share our favorite Third Eye Blind songs and movies. She’d speak about her boyfriend, Jay, and how his east coast hockey career kept them apart more than she liked. I could write an entirely independent piece on my friend, and I have before, but it will suffice to say that she was special to me. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll realize that I’ve been referring to Jessi in the past tense. I had last spoken with her about a month earlier when she narrowly missed being caught in crossfire at the Eaton Centre in Toronto in June of 2012. I texted her to make sure she
was okay. We ended up talking the evening away about how thankful she was for her life and what she hopes to do in the future before she insisted on discussing my pursuit of a journalistic career. As I drifted off one quiet July night I happened to think of my friend, and planned to give her a call that week. It’s a phone call I would never make. The next morning Jessi’s picture flashed up on the homepage of my browser. I was confused until I read the headline. Then sat there, frozen, unable to move or think or speak. I don’t remember how long I sat there but it seemed like forever. I wanted to say something, anything, to try to convince myself I was still asleep. Finally I broke down and wept. The aspiring journalist, the cute redhead, the Texas spitfire - my friend - was one of the 12 fatalities in a movie theatre shooting in Aurora. As spontaneously and quickly as she had come into my life, Jessica Ghawi was gone. I didn’t write for a while after that. Words failed me, fell flat and wouldn’t pop off the page like they used to. The only piece that I produced that summer was about Jessi, the odd friendship we shared, and how one short year with her in my life made a difference. I sent it to her mother Sandy sometime later over the same medium that brought Jessi and me together in the first place, and I received a message in return. She simply thanked me for the lovely post that perfectly described her daughter, and thanked me for being her friend, something that meant more at the time than I realized. As I returned to Oxford that fall, things finally seemed to fall into place. I took a chance and applied as the hockey writer, which I somehow managed to secure (thanks in large part to J.M. and current editor Tom Downey). Over the next year and a half I would cover the hockey, baseball and football teams for the paper, broadcast the hockey games for WMSR, host a radio sports talk show, manage a film review blog, take on an internship with Cox Media, freelance for the Cincinnati Enquirer and join GrandStandU as an NHL writer. In my final months as a fifth year student (I can’t quite seem to leave this wonderful place, so I’m taking summer classes) I’ve started to think about all of the people that have helped me get to where I am today. My family, the staff of The Miami Student, the professors in the journalism department, Miami coaches past and present like Enrico Blasi, Dan Simonds, Zac Zedrick, Don Treadwell, Mike Bath, editors like J.M. and Tom and Ken Paxson and many, many more have all in some way pushed or challenged me to be my best day in and day out, something that isn’t easy in this field. You’ve all contributed to what I’ve accomplished, and what I will accomplish in the future. And then there’s Jessi. I think about her from time to time, look up our conversations and read her last few pieces of work. I understand and cherish what she meant to me as a friend, but it’s only since her passing that I’ve begun to see just how she impacted me as a professional, and continues to do so to this day. She was the first person to tell me that journalism is a labor of love, that the craft of storytelling is thankless and brutal, but also rewarding and exhilarating. Jessi really was the spark that lit the fire, and as everyone around me has supplied kindling my love for this profession has grown to a warm, roaring blaze. Lastly, to family, friends, acquaintances and strangers who took the time to read my work, you’re the final piece of the puzzle. You’re the reason I keep doing this, and hope to keep doing it until the day I die. Miami is just the opening chapter, and I hope you’ll continue to read on in the book of my life. It’s been a pleasure to write for you all, and I couldn’t have imagined doing it anywhere but here.
RedHawks defeat OSU SPORTS EDITOR
The Miami University baseball team grabbed its first mid-week win since April 16 as the RedHawks defeated Ohio State University 3-1. Pitching was strong for the ’Hawks, as senior Charlie Suich (2-2, 5.33 ERA) and freshman Jacob Banks (1-0, 4.97 ERA) gave up a combined six hits in 9 innings of work. “That was a good win,” skipper Danny Hayden said. “I’ll take that one. First time in a while we got a good start on the weekday.” Suich got the start for Miami in its final mid-week game of the year (23-25), throwing a career-high 6 innings en route to picking up his second win of the season. Suich allowed one earned run on five hits and three strikeouts and no walks. Banks grabbed the save for the RedHawks by pitching three shutout innings. He allowed just one hit and one walk. “Charlie did a great job throwBEN TAYLOR THE MIAMI STUDENT ing strikes and keeping hitters off balance today while Jacob took the Sophmore outfielder Reed Schlesner fields a fly ball during Miami’s 16-1 loss to ball and pitched well to close it out,” Indiana April 30. Schlesner has appeared in 32 games, usually as defensive sub. Hayden said. Miami’s bats have been quiet as Conference play. Miami has six The winners of MAC East and of late, but the RedHawks found MAC road games left, starting with MAC West take the top two seeds in enough offense to get past the Buck- the University at Buffalo. the MAC Tournament, with the reeyes (27-22). Hayden said he was Buffalo (22-18) sits in second maining six seeds going to the teams pleased with the RedHawks’ offen- place in the MAC East, with just a with the best conference winning sive execution. half-game lead over the RedHawks. percentage. Miami holds the fifth The RedHawks racked up 10 hits, Miami is two games back of MAC seed currently, and need three wins three of which came from sopho- East leading Kent State University in their final six games to guarantee more outfielder Chad Sedio. Sedio and hold a one game lead over Bowl- themselves a place in the tournament was in the midst of a slump entering ing Green State University, which no matter what. the game, as he had four hits in his Miami took two of three games from First pitch is set for 3 p.m. Friday, last 31 at-bats (.129). last weekend. 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Junior utility player Scott Slappey “Huge one this weekend,” Hayden Senior Seth Varner is the probalso came up big, going 1 for 3 with said. “Buffalo is a really good team, able starter Friday. Junior Nathan two RBIs. we’re right there with them in the Williams, the reigning MAC East With no non-conference games standings. It’ll be a big weekend for Pitcher of the Week, is scheduled to remaining, the RedHawks turn their whoever can get some wins. Hope- start Saturday. Sunday’s starter is to full attention to the Mid-American fully it’ll be us.” be announced.
Miami faces Northwestern in search of first ever NCAA Tournament win BY SADIE MARTINEZ FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT
The RedHawks will look for their first ever NCAA Tournament win as they travel to Evanston, Illinois. Miami will play No. 15 Northwestern University in its first match. Northwestern is the host for the first two rounds of the 64-team tournament. “We’re just excited to be in the tournament and going up to Chicago,” head coach Anca Dumitrescu said. “We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year, which is work hard, and continue to build on our strengths as we prepare for next weekend and continue to build on the confidence that I feel
we’ve earned this year.” Northwestern (16-6, 10-1 Big Ten) will be a challenging match for the RedHawks, as the Wildcats won their 16th straight Big Ten Conference title. Miami is 0-7 all-time against the Wildcats. “Especially since they’re a ranked team, we know what to expect, we know they’re going to be good competition,” senior Christiana Raymond said. “I think just going into it, practicing and being really focused is important. I know what to expect from who I’m going to play.” Miami is entering the tournament with a record of 91-39 in singles play this season and a 32-29 record in doubles. Northwestern comes in with a comparable record of 96-
39 in singles and a 37-22 record in doubles. “We have a very good team so I’m quite excited about the match up, I think its good for us,” Dumitrescu. “Every team is tough, for us it’s important to go out there and play our game, and believe in it and just continue to fight with the determination that we’ve done this past weekend. That’s the most important thing.” The RedHawks match against Northwestern begins at 4 p.m. Friday, May 9. The winner of the Notre Dame-DePaul match, also being played in Evanston, advances to the second round Saturday to play the winner of the Miami-Northwestern match 1 p.m.
’Hawks bounced from MAC Tourney BY JORDAN RINARD FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT
After winning its last three games to make the Mid-American Conference Tournament, the Miami University softball team lost to No. 1 seed Ball State University 7-4 and No. 4 seed Kent State University 4-1. The RedHawks’ season is now over and the team’s five seniors, second baseman Kristy Arbour, outfielder Brandi Hernandez, first baseman Allie Larrabee, catcher Kayla Ledbetter,and pitcher Paige Myers, have played their final game for the Red and White. “This week didn’t go the way that we had hoped,” head coach Clarisa Crowell said. “We played great teams with Ball State leading the MAC and Kent State finishing second in the division. We’re disappointed in the result and disappointed for our seniors. It’s not really the way we wanted to end our season, but not many teams finish their sea-
son with a win. We’re appreciative of our seniors and we just wish that we could have ended the season on a better note.” In its first game of the tournament, Ball State struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and tacked on another run in the second. Miami closed the gap in the fifth with a two-run double from sophomore designated hitter Jenna Modic. However, the Cardinals pulled away in the sixth with four runs. The ’Hawks continued to battle in the seventh as Larrabee and junior third baseman Remy Edwards each recorded an RBI before the Cards shut the door. The RedHawks had their chances early on as they had the bases loaded with one out in the first inning, but failed to score any runs. The RedHawks stranded 11 runners in the game. Myers did good work against the vaunted Ball State attack, holding the team to three runs in five innings before surrendering three runs in the sixth.
The following game had a similar start for the Red and White, as Kent State got a run in the first and extended its lead in the fourth with a two-run double. Arbour kept Miami in the game with an RBI single in the fifth, but the Golden Flashes tacked on another run in the seventh with an RBI single of their own. The ’Hawks had a final chance to score in the bottom of the inning off a one-out double by junior outfielder Tiyona Marshall, but did not do any more damage as the Flashes picked up the two final outs. Miami had several opportunities to get runs across the plate, as it had runners on base in every inning. Myers did a great job in relief, going 3 1-3 innings and allowing one earned run to keep her team in the game. “It was great to get here for the tournament but we planned on winning,” Arbour said. “It just
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Published on May 9, 2014