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

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In 2001, The Miami Student reported that high-proof liquor would not be available in Oxford. A contract had been granted for a state liquor store, but the owner chose not to fight the city over regulations. High proof liquor was defined as anything over 21 percent alcohol by volume, or 42 proof.

Miami University sees record number of international students

Move-in weekend results in 41 drinking citations By Hannah Stein Staff Writer

The first weekend of the year before classes even begin seems like the perfect time to go to parties, but maybe not. This years move-in weekend resulted in citations for 12 unlucky students alone on-campus who were found in the Millett Hall Parking lot, by McGuffey Hall and walking around campus, said Lt. Ben Spilman of the Miami University Police Department (MUPD). Spilman said the reports seem to show most of the 12 citations took place outside and said it is less common for students to get a citation while in their residence halls. In addition to the on-campus citations, the Oxford Police Department (OPD) gave out 29 citations this weekend. “There was one intoxication citation and 28 underage drinking (citations),” Sgt. John Varley said. While the reports don’t keep a record of the students’ year, OPD Sgt. Jim Squance states that most of the students were 18 or 19 years old. The 41 citations given out in total both on-campus and off-campus this movein weekend may seem high, though Squance and Varley agree that this number of citations is average for movein weekend. Although police may say


this is average, some students believe the number is abnormally high. “It hasn’t been this bad in years past I don’t think,” senior Lauren Brill said. “I think freshmen weekend kind of sets the tone for the rest of the year. I don’t know what (the rest of the year) will look like, but it looks like it’ll be more wild and the cops need to have their presence more known.” In previous years, the only tactic that officers used to tackle move-in weekend was to have more officers on the streets, Varley said.

checks, but we’re focusing heavily on house parties.” Officers can enter a property if they have probable cause, which Squance said can range from anything like excessive littering to noise complaints. Once in the house, the officer can determine if anyone is illegally consuming alcohol. “If we see a large gathering at a house, we’re going to watch it for open containers and people who are underage and consuming alcohol,” Squance said. “If an officer (sees) someone with an alcoholic beverage and the person tried to set it

We’re going to try to deter (underage drinking) at the point ...We’re still going to do bar checks, but we’re focusing heavily on house parties. SGT. JIM SQUANCE


However, this year OPD will try a new strategy. “We found last year and years past a lot of young people were doing what you call fire ops before they’ve come uptown so a good majority are already intoxicated before they came uptown,” Squance said. “We’re going to try to deter that at the point, which is the house parties where people are drinking before they come uptown. We’re still going to be doing bar

down quickly or hide it and seemed underage he would ask for an ID.” With this new strategy, police and students hope that the number of citations received will decrease from this weekend’s total 41 citations. “I think it’s a good idea to keep students safe,” sophomore Emily Justice said. “And (checking house parties) is better than bar checks or (a citation for) open container.”


Min Kim, a first-year from South Korea (far left), Ikve Nakagana, a junior from Japan, and Shioh Sugisana, a junior from Japan, enjoy dinner at Alexander Dining Hall earlier this week. Miami University will have around 900 international students on campus this year.

By Jenni Wiener Campus Editor

A record number of international students are attending Miami University this year. International students are still arriving, but David Keitges, director of international education, said the university is expecting around 350 new international students with about 180 of them first years. Keitges said Miami has seen a record high number for

the past five years, so this is nothing new. “What is often missed is that we are in a global age not only of economics and business and culture, but also in a global age of educational preparation,” Keitges saud. “These days, more and more students are getting their educational qualifications outside of their home countries, and they are later working outside of their homelands. Americans are doing this, too.”

Miami is currently ranked No. 1 in the United States among public universities for the number of students who study abroad by graduation, Keitges said. International education at Miami is a two-sided coin: Miami sends nearly 2,000 students abroad a year and will have approximately 900 international students on campus for this year.


Parking garage permit requires purchase of campus pass, prices increase By Adam Giffi

Senior Staff Writer

Economy down, prices up. At least that’s the issue for students looking to park in garages on Miami’s campus this school year. Vanessa Cummings, assistant director of Parking and Transportation Services, explained the policy. “Any student who is eligible for a parking pass can purchase garage access for the North Campus Garage

or the Campus Avenue Garage as well,” Cummings said. “This fall 2011 semester, in order to do so, you must first purchase a colored surface lot pass to be able to purchase garage access.” Miami University Police Department Lt. Ben Spilman said people used to be able to purchase an access card without a registered vehicle. “We saw a lot of issues that came to our attention through the appeals commit-

tee of people appealing parking citations because they believed their car was registered because of their garage access card,” Spilman said. “This is when we started to realize the policy needed to be tweaked.” According to Spilman, the now required purchase of a surface lot pass will result in the vehicle also being registered and receiving a decal or hang-tag. This registration provides Parking and Transportation Services

the ability to identify vehicle owners and their parking privileges. Students can then choose to purchase garage access cards in addition. Spilman said this policy was adopted rather than creating a new class of colored passes solely for parking garages because Parking and Transportation Services wanted to maintain garage access as a separate addition. “We do not want to create more levels of parking


On-campus parking garage permit changes now require students to purchase a campus permit before purchasing a garage access pass.The minimum a junior or senior living on campus would pay for a daytime parking permit with the required blue permit is $265 a semester.

privileges,” Spilman said. “The ones that exist currently for students, faculty and staff have proven to be pretty adequate.” According to Cummings, the garage permits cost $150 per semester for daytime access from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. the following morning, up $50 from 2010-11, and $420 per semester for 24-hour access to the garages, an increase of $120 from 2010-11. In the most expensive scenario, an on-campus junior or senior with a blue pass will pay a total of $265 per semester for daytime garage access, up from the $100 it cost last year. Despite the new rules, Cummings said that demand has been as high as ever since passes went on sale Aug. 1. “The North Campus Garage is on a waiting list level and at the Campus Avenue Garage we have just a few more spaces available,” Cummings said. Senior Andy Miller, who is on the waiting list for the North Campus Garage, is unhappy with the way pass disbursement was handled. “Students were unaware of when passes were available,” Miller said. “I got here a week before school started and they were already taken.

I think there should be a set date and everyone should be made aware of it, and juniors and seniors should have first pick.” Cummings explained that those on the waiting list would receive a spot if any students decide that they do not want a pass, such as if they transfer from Miami. While the North Garage has a total of 660 spaces and the Campus Avenue Garage has 600, according to Cummings, not all of these spaces will be used for permit parking. Spaces will be left open in both garages for anyone to be able to park for an hourly rate, from students to visitors. Beginning July 1, the hourly rate rose from a flat rate of 50 cents per hour to a rate of $1.00 for the first hour, plus an additional 50 cents for each subsequent hour. The daily maximum also doubled from $5 to $10. According to Cummings, the semester and annual rates represent a significant deal for students despite the price hikes. “Realistically, our rates are not very high,” Cummings said. “If you took the hourly rate and apply




Editors Lauren Ceronie Jenni Wiener




New library hopes to be the B.E.S.T.

Mega Fair promises mega fun for students

By Jessica Tedrick

Campus Activities Council (CAC) is sponsoring the fall semester Mega Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in John D. Millett Hall. Mega Fair hosts over 400 student clubs and organizations that are open to new members. Representatives from the clubs and organizations will be available to talk to students about their group. The Miami Student will have a table at Mega Fair, so stop by and sign up to write for the oldest university newspaper in America.

Concert to take audience through space and time The Departments of Music, Theater and Art will present a multi-media “collage concert” 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Gates-Abegglen Theater in the Center for Performing Arts. The event is called “Collage Concert: Dancing Through Space and Time,” and will feature live performances of 21st century composers, projected graphic design and dancing. It is intended to take the audience on a journey through the classical era and into the present day. The collage concert is free and open to the public.

being set up, said librarian Kevin Messner. Messner added that in the It is not immediately near future, they hope to be obvious that you are walk- getting a 3D monitor and a ing into the new Business, 3D printer. Librarian ElizaEngineering, Science and beth Sullivan said that the Technology (BEST) library classrooms in the building when entering Laws Hall. now have Smartboards. “The books are all More than any other lidownstairs on movable brary, this one caters speshelves,” Librarian Kenneth cifically to the business, Grabach said. engineering, science and Artist Giancarlo Calicchia technology majors. Assisdesigned the imtant Dean of pressive piece that Libraries greets students as Jerome ConIt’s nice, but I soon as they walk ley said the in as well as the miss knowning new library plaques designed where in Law Hall to represent the everything is.” compliments disciplines that the other lithe library fo- CHRISTIE LAKIS braries on MIAMI JUNIOR campus. cuses on. Soft It colors meld with has some of brand new techthe perks of nology to create a space that King along with unique is functional and enjoyable features specifically for the to use. BEST students. According to Grabach, The computers are the library has new wide equipped with plenty of screen iMac computers, programs designed for these a copier and a new scan- students such as Geometer’s ner that can scan pages up Sketch Pad, ChemDraw Pro to 11x17 inches. PCs and and puTTY. The new library the wide screen iMacs in- was built as a hub, Conley termingle in front of what said, a “collaborative space” appears to be lime green for the business, engineermesh sheets. ing, science and technology “These are Sling chairs,” students. He added that they Grabach said. “I’ve nev- were “hoping to create a lier seen anything like brary to meet the needs for these chairs.” the [BEST] students.” The main thing students Planning for this library can expect is cutting-edge has been in the works since technology. The new BEST the business school moved library has a 3D scanner out. According to Messner, that is in the process of the early planning began For The Miami Student

in 2007 but didn’t really get going until the following year. Total cost for Phase I of Laws Hall cost $5.7 million, according to Conley. The whole staff of Brill Science Library transferred over to Laws, along with the psychology library staff. Student response to the library seems to be mixed.

When asked if she prefers the new BEST library to the former Brill library, senior Carlee Eversole said she does like the new library. “It doesn’t seem very big,” she said. “It’s nice,” Junior Christie Lakis said, “I miss knowing where everything is.” Confusion seems to be a problem for many students.

A large whiteboard outside the library entrance now directs students to the proper entrances for classrooms. So how does the new Laws library compare to King? “I used to work in King” Elizabeth Sullivan said. “Brill never had the functionality that King had. This one definitely does.”


TOP: Justin Ruble and Claire Crosby enjoy the new chairs in the B.E.S.T. Library in Laws Hall. BOTTOM: Spenser Pruett and John Williams finish the preparations on the most technologically advanced classrooms on Miami University’s campus, located in Laws Hall.

University Archives’ treasures become available online By Lauren Ceronie Campus Editor

Learning about Miami University’s 202 years of history may seem like a daunting task but it’s a task Bob Schmidt, Miami University’s Archivist, seems to relish. Every day Schmidt is immersed in Miami’s history as he tends to the University Archives, located in the basement of Withrow Court. The University Archives are filled with rows and rows of boxes containing everything from manuscripts to photos. Historical treasures in the form of an antique bike and an old white suit with Miami pennant stitched on lean up against the walls. To a student doing research, the contents of the archives may seem like dull, ancient facts, but with Schmidt as a guide, those facts become fascinating and full of life. “It’s neat to look at somebody who passed away but we have their thoughts on paper, it’s rather like they’re still alive,” Schmidt said. Schmidt has been at Miami since 1977 when he became a PhD student and has worked for the university libraries since that time as well. He majored in the history of modern England. Schmidt said he picked up the connection to Miami history while he worked at the


The University Archives in Withrow Court overflow with Miami’s history. university library. “When I started doing college and university history, I thought it would be dull because of the academia,” Schmidt said. “I found the academics and PhDs to be the same as everyone else. Academics can be just as prone to human foibles as anyone else.” In 1993, he was offered a position as Miami’s first Archivist and he took up the work of preserving Miami’s history.

Today, Schmidt is working to preserve Miami’s history digitally by putting his collections on the University Library website. Jacqueline “Jacky” Johnson, the Western College Archivist, has been helping Schmidt transfer the collections online. Putting the collections online involves scanning some material, such as pictures, and listing information by subject or by year, according to Johnson. While the

Archives are not entirely digitized yet, students can access photos, read information about Miami’s presidents and even see early issues of The Miami Student. “I think this is necessary to meet the needs of the digital age,” Johnson said. “This makes the Archives easier to access. Some people may not have the time to come by the Archives so the goal is to let them access it from all over the world.” The digitizing of the Archives may be particularly important to students who are away from Miami’s Oxford campus, Johnson said. “Think about students in Luxembourg, this needs to be not just available for students on this campus but other campuses too,” Johnson said. When the Archives are digitized, they will be available on OhioLINK and ARCHON. While the entirety of the Archives will be available digitally one day, The Miami Student plans to bring readers a taste of Miami’s history through a series on the University Archives. The Student plans to tell the stories of Miami’s former presidents, former students, and, of course, the legendary door with the bloody handprint. Until then, students can visit http://

Kenyan orphan defies all odds to become graduate student at Miami BY Jenni Wiener Campus Editor

This year, the first-years were welcomed to Miami University with some inspirational words from convocation speaker James Muruthi, one of two keynote speakers. Muruthi is a Miami graduate student in the department of sociology and gerontology. He earned his Bachelors from Miami in 2010. He is also from Kenya and has come a long way to get to where he is today. “Like William Kwamkwamba, life has not been a bed of roses for me,” Muruthi said. William Kwamkawaba’s story of bringing electricity to his village in Malawi is told in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which was the summer reading book for the first-years. “I decided to relay, what in my eyes is a miracle, to the freshmen

and women in a bid to encourage them to take full advantage of the opportunities that Miami presents to them. In short, the committee and people who knew me thought that my story would encourage people to do well in school and take advantage of opportunities.” He was orphaned at the age of eight and he and his sister were taken to live with two different aunts in different cities. According to Muruthi, he was basically treated as a slave by his aunt, being forced to quit school to focus on doing daily chores. “As you can believe, I was always under a lot of pressure and supervision,” Muruthi said. “One day, I received a thorough smacking because of unclean dishes.” After experiencing the mistreatment and

torture, Muruthi decided he would rather live on the streets, where he stayed away from drugs and stealing and earned money by helping women carry luggage. Muruthi was lucky enough to find a couple who decided to take him off the streets, educate him and legally adopt him. “I proved to be good at school and was ranked seventh in national exams that all Kenyans do at eighth grade to allow for their admission into high schools,” Muruthi told first-years in his convocation address. “I went to the best high school in Kenya, where I did well enough to gain admission to Miami of Ohio with help from a personal friend, Dr. Allan Winkler. I have been careful not to disappoint the people who have given me so many opportunities in life. Given this life and the experiences I have

been through, I do not take opportunities for granted.” This year, Miami wanted current students and Miami alums to speak at Convocation. Jennifer Kinney, Muruthi’s undergraduate advisor, knew his background and encouraged Muruthi to submit his bio to the committee. Muruthi said he was honored but a little anxious to make his speech. “It was nerve-racking especially at the start but after realizing that it was my moment, I relaxed and had a lot of fun with it,” Muruthi said. “Yes, it was exciting. It is not normal that a grad student is one of the keynote speakers at a Convocation. I felt important because all these new students, professors, some parents, my friends and

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BEAT Sheriff encourages Butler County to ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Junior uses sister’s driver’s license

One Miami University student made an attempt to get out of parking fines, fees and a boot around 8 p.m. Tuesday. Junior Mary Caroline Christensen, 20, told a parking attendant she was her sister, police reports said. The student was escorted to Oxford Police Department where she admitted to police that she had misidentified herself. Mary Caroline had her sister’s operator’s license, which police confiscated, police reports said. Christensen was issued a summons in lieu of arrest for obstructing official business.

Local man hands officers white pill Police received a call from a concerned person around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday about a possible drug deal they witnessed. Police were told a man walked up to a second man in an orange Pontiac before exchanging unknown goods and going their separate ways. Police found the orange Pontiac in a mobile home park along with 27-year-old John Swem, the man who was described walking up to the car. Police asked Swem if he had anything on him. He responded, “Well actually I do,” and pulled out folded aluminum foil with a white capsule inside, police reports said. Police asked Swem what it was and he replied, “Nothing, but I don’t know what the foil is.” The white capsule tested positive for methamphetamine and the man was arrested on a charge of possession of drugs, police reports said.

By Shannon Pesek

Senior Staff Writer

Impaired driving is not a new problem for the city of Oxford or for the inhabitants of Butler County. What is new, however, is what is being done about it. A Miami University sophomore (name withheld to avoid self-incrimination) knows first hand the dangers of driving drunk and the importance of it being enforcement. “One night when I was pregaming at a friend’s apartment, I found myself blacked out drunk before leaving the apartment. When we walked to a house party, I made the poor decision to drink more at the party, as well as smoke marijuana. At this point, I knew I had to go home, but

I had promised my friends, who knew how much I drank, that I wouldn’t drive home,” she said. Later in the night, after convincing her friends that she was fine to drive, she got into her car to drive home. The memory of the car ride is still completely lost to her. “Since nothing happened, I consider myself extremely lucky. I could have killed someone, or myself. It still haunts me, all the things that could have gone wrong,” she said. “I don’t plan on putting myself in the situation again, where drinking and driving is even possible.” This year, from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, the Butler County OVI task force is introducing the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to encourage safety

while drinking. According to a news release, administered by the Task Force and presented by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the amount of fatal OVI-related crashes increased from the years 2009 to 2010. A number that is closer to home with the citizens of Oxford, however, is that Oxford is ranked seventh among Butler County cities, big and small, according to Sgt. Reising, of the Oxford Police Department, a number which is very concerning to him. “Since January, Oxford has had 60 total OVI arrests. We are a small city being compared to other cities that are huge, and we are way up there on the list,” Reising said. Sgt. Jim Squance, also of the Oxford Police

Department, reinforced these statistics by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, stating that drunk and impaired driving is a fairly large issue in Oxford. “In most college towns you have a lot of young people who consume a lot of alcohol because they have the opportunity and make the bad decision to get behind the wheel,” Squance said. Squance stressed that the most important issue is to get impaired drivers off the road, which is the main purpose of the OVI Task Force and the use of sobriety checkpoints. Reising, who is involved hands on with the Butler County OVI Task Force, explained that the Task Force is receiving a state grant that will be used for OVI enforcement, traffic

OPD focuses on house parties in effort Parking to curb underage drinking uptown changes to take effect By Amelia Carpenter Online Staff

The return of students to campus this year saw a slight decrease in underage drinking citations compared to past years and a change in enforcement strategy on the part of the Oxford Police Department (OPD). Fiftyseven total citations were issued compared to 82 between Thursday and Monday before classes in 2010. OPD felt the drinking scene was out in force despite the lower number of citations.

“It was a very active weekend,” Sgt. Jim Squance of OPD said. “Our officers this past weekend were actually concentrating on house

It was a very active weekend.” Sgt. jim squance


parties so we had extra officers that were working on

trying to deter the underage drinking and vandalism and assaults that go along with it.” Squance said many of the citations over the weekend were issued to 18 and 19-year-old students at private house parties. Twenty-three underage drinking citations were issued between Thursday and Monday compared to 25 underage drinking citations issued the year before. In 2009, three underage citations were reported. Some citations have been expunged since they were

issued in 2009 and 2010 and numbers may not reflect the total number of citations issued. “Our strategy this year as it unfolds so far is we’re really going to start working on underage drinking off campus at private house parties,” Squance said. Last year, 262 underage drinking citations were issued between Aug. and Nov. 1. In 2009, there were 104 underage drinking citations. Additional officers typically work overtime through Thanksgiving.

Seaview Outfitters sets sail By Bethany Bruner News Editor

Jack and Steve Thomas wanted to go to Alaska during the summer since they were little. Their aunt, who owns a restaurant and bar called the Seaview Café and Bar about an hour and a half from Anchorage, told them after all the siblings were over 16, they could go. “We’re naturally outdoorsy people who like outdoorsy stuff,” Steve said. “We’re do-it-yourselfers and the type of people who didn’t want to work somewhere where our work didn’t have an impact or got lost in the bigger company.” Over the course of several summers spent in Alaska, Jack and Steve said they got interested in the intricacies of their aunt’s business. The interest grew until the summer of 2010 when the brothers decided to look into developing a business. That business turned into Seaview Outfitters, an outdoors equipment and apparel shop located at 22 W. Park Place. The store had its grand opening Aug. 20. Over the course of the 2010-11 school year, the brothers, Cleveland area natives, developed a plan to fill a need they saw in Oxford. “We don’t need another sub shop or Indian restaurant,” Steve said. “We looked at the town and there wasn’t a lot of retail for students or for locals. There really wasn’t anything that is brands that students want.”

stops, and, most importantly, getting drunk drivers off the road. “The money comes from the state, through federal agencies. Citizens are not paying for it,” Reising said. Squance also stressed the importance of education, especially on the Miami campus. “Part of our alcohol enforcement strategy is engagement; educating sororities, fraternities and groups on campus. We give presentations on alcohol and safety,” Squance said. On top of the state grant received for the task force and the education of students to the dangers of impaired driving, Squance also said the visibility of the officers on campus will be greatly increased, especially during the earlier months of the school year.

The brothers have worked hard to get to the store opening. Getting “real-world” business people to take two college students seriously was a challenge Jack and Steve knew they were facing. “We had to create something that would give us legitimacy,” Steve said. The brothers spent a majority of last school year developing a 28-page business plan outlining the culture Seaview Outfitters is attempting to create and why there is a market for the kind of store it is. “The business plan really opened so many doors for us,” Jack said. Gaining legitimacy was a concern for the brothers because both of them are continuing their studies at Miami University while working on the store. Jack, 20, is a sophomore pursuing an accounting degree and Steve, 22, is in the masters of accounting program. Both brothers say having strict discipline and time management is key to being able to balance their coursework and keeping a presence at the store. “Certainly there are sacrifices we’re making,” Jack said. “But I still get to see my friends almost every night.” Jack said he designed his schedule to have all his classes in the morning on Mondays and Wednesdays. “[My schedule] frees up other days to dedicate to the store minus time for studying and homework,” Jack said. The brothers contribute being able to pursue their degrees and live their dream in part to

the environment at Miami. “Miami really inspires its students to dream and follow their passions,” Steve said. “If we were at a different college or not in the business program, this probably wouldn’t have happened.” Seaview Outfitters is hoping to have a mutually beneficial relationship with the university as well. So far, they have partnered with the Outdoor Pursuit Center, where Jack helps teach some classes, to help outfit students for trips. Also, they hope to help outfit study abroad students before they go overseas. Steve said having the store open is the brothers’ dream job and they have no plans to abandon the store post-graduation. “Long term, we really want to get into outfitting,” Steve said. “Whether that’s in Cincinnati or being a name in the Midwest, we don’t know. This is something we’re in for the long run.” The brothers said they have no plans to leave Oxford and hope to expand and develop their online presence. Currently, Seaview Outfitters carries Vineyard Vines, Columbia, and Mountain Hardwear, and Ray-ban and Oakley sunglasses. The brothers said they hope to have North Face by the end of September and Patagonia by January. The store’s website, www.seaviewoutfitters. com,features all apparel that is in the store with the exception of Vineyard Vines. Deals of the week will be featured both in-store and online.


TOP: Steve and Jack Thomas opened Seaview Outfitters while attending Miami University. BOTTOM:The interior of Seaview Outfitters.The store carries many brands popular with Miami students. Jack and Steve know that these brands play into many stereotypes about Miami University students and they don’t shy away from addressing the issue. “Our strategy is somewhat obvious,” Steve said. “Those brands carry certain recognition and that label is important to the Miami student. We know what will help business. A lot of people say we carry those brands because that’s what sells here and yes that’s true, but they’re dedicated to the outdoorsman.” The brothers said their goal is to get people to really enjoy the outdoors and return back to the basics of life. Starting a business in a small town like Oxford has been a positive overall

experience for the brothers. “We’ve really been overwhelmed and blown away with how welcoming other business owners and the community has been,” Steve said. “We’re hoping to get more involved in the community in the future too.” The brothers said business so far has exceeded expectations. They said the return of students and word of mouth has helped spread their name. For now, Jack and Steve are looking to continue to build the small business they have and living their dream. “This is the fun part,” Steve said. “This is our dream job and we’re blessed and lucky enough to experience it sooner rather than later.”

By Bethany Bruner News Editor

New overnight parking changes will be taking effect in the next few weeks. A resolution was passed at the Aug. 2 city council meeting which extends overnight parking restrictions in the uptown area. Originally, according to City Manager Doug Elliott, no overnight parking had been permitted on High Street. Now, the new restrictions extend to the area bounded by the west side of College Avenue, the south side of Walnut Street, the east side of Campus Avenue and the north side of Church Street. No parking will be permitted from 4 until 5:30 a.m. on these streets. Elliott said the original proposal for the overnight period extended farther away from the core of uptown, but Oxford City Council chose to narrow it down to about eight blocks. The reasoning behind the overnight parking restrictions, according to Elliott, is to help city workers clean the streets of litter in the early morning hours. He also said this will help clear snow and ice during the winter months. Elliott also said one council member had expressed concern over residents not being able to find parking spaces near their churches Sunday morning. The resolution will go into effect September 1, 30 days after the resolution was passed. Elliott said for the first week, warnings will be issued. After the first week, tickets will be issued to those violating the new restrictions. Tickets will be $25. Elliott said there are no plans at present to extend the overnight parking restrictions further away from the core of uptown. Stickers on parking signs around the affected areas will be changed in the near future.

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I’ll stand up for London’s rioters I will preface my response to Olivia Brough’s essay, “Big Government is the root of London’s Riots” with the admission that, yes, we can all agree the riots were unacceptable, unjustifiable, etc. However unacceptable they may be, we must accept that they did happen and ask why thousands of people felt that their only remaining means of expression was through violence and taking. The economy of Britain is in shambles. Like much of the western world, it has suffered greatly during the securities and housing crash of 2007 and has not recovered since. To balance the country’s spiraling budget, their Parliament passed a series of austerity measures to bring the budget under control. While an admirable goal, these cuts entailed layoffs of public sector workers, drastic cuts to social services, tripling tuition at public universities and raised taxes for the lower and middle classes. The cuts have hit the most vulnerable in Britain — the poor, the young, the old and the sick. Students, workers and public employees have been protesting these cuts since January of this year, but their voices have gone unheard. Where rioting first broke out, we find the highest rates of unemployment in all of London, according to governmentsourced data. The situation is so bad that for every available job, there are 24 candidates competing for the position.

And this is only among the general population, which includes older unemployed professionals and those with advanced technical skills. For the young and poor, who are generally less educated, less skilled and less experienced, the outlook is even bleaker. More troubling is that the income disparity between the wealthiest and poorest in London is approaching record highs. According to The Guardian, April 21, 2010 article, “London’s richest people worth 273 times more than the poorest,” as of 2011, the top 10 percent of Londoners take in over 270 times more than those in the bottom, 10 percent. Does this indicate laziness between London’s poorest, or shameless profit mongering and theft by those at the top? You can probably guess my answer. At the same time, the British government has refused to prosecute or even admonish the banking elites who precipitated this crisis through investments in fraudulent assets, shadowy and unaccountable derivatives and outright corruption of government officials. The message the government is sending is clear: steal a hundred pounds and you’ll go to jail. Steal a hundred billion pounds, and we’ll offer you a ministry job. But these underlying economic inequalities can be abstract and difficult to conceptualize. Much more accessible for the average person, especially

disaffected urban youth, is rampant police profiling and brutality. Under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, British police have been endowed with broad stop-and-search of private citizens on public streets. According to government data of Section 60 searches, blacks are over 26 times more likely to be stopped and searched than whites. When the police gunned down Mark Duggans, a black man, under dubious circumstances (the infamous bullet lodged in a police radio turned out to be police issue), we should not be surprised when the population responds in kind. This kind of inequality and hypocrisy cannot last forever. When a population feels it is being bled to death in a recession it did not create, is being ignored by officials who are more interested in coddling their buddies in Big Business and Big Finance than aiding their suffering constituents and is being racially profiled, harassed and targeted for violence, they will react. The people of Britain tried to act peacefully, as the ongoing protests since January have evidenced. Politicians, business and the society ignored them and they won’t stand for it any longer. In a speech delivered at Point Grosse High School in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King warned: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” CHRIS BUCHERT

London rioters must be considered without distortion As a student, a scholar and a former resident of the U.K., I was shocked by the blatantly ideological tone and self-serving moralizing of Olivia Brough’s recent editorial “Big Government is the root of London’s riots.” Miss Brough, while rightly condemning the criminal activity and general lawlessness witnessed during the latest riots, manages to weave herself a narrative so distorted by bias as to be fitter for Fox News punditry than for the critical journalism of The Miami Student. Miss Brough’s piece articulates that ‘Big Government’ a.k.a. the British welfarestate and social democracy have created a culture of entitlement so perverse as to elevate wanton crime to the level of human rights. She draws a picture of wholesale moral decline and general listlessness; a country trapped by a coddling big brother who has taken away the meaning of life. Unfortunately for her, the facts simply do not add up. The United States, which has a much less-evolved welfare system, is no stranger to riots

or looting. The 1977 New York City blackout is notorious for producing rampant larceny and rioting, often at the hands of otherwise upstanding citizens. The Rodney King riots of 1992, like London’s in that they were instigated by police brutality and began with initial outrage over a poor court verdict, quickly devolved into a similar tale. Damages here were estimated at between $800 million and $1 billion. Again, when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2005, many took the opportunity to loot and steal ‘electronics and other non-essentials,’ even some policemen got in on the action. Riots and looting are serious sociological problems that should provoke intense questions about society, the rule of law and human nature, but they are clearly a cross-cultural affair and should not be dismissively attributed to European social democracy. As for the U.K.’s moral decline; the negative drug abuse, STD and reproductive statistics cited in her editorial, place the U.K. in a European context, i.e. the

continent of social democracy; many nations of which have more robust welfare states and governments than the most radical Labour Party member could dream of. This is an argument against welfare? Again, the facts don’t add up. We can debate the relative merits of government social programs and the redistribution of wealth. Miss Brough declares that social policy and high taxation kill dreams, but one could argue (as most social democrats do) that such policies are necessary to protect the dreams of others. It is an open question, but we should approach it critically and with integrity rather than appealing to speculative and ignorant ideological platitudes. Miss Brough’s editorial is nothing more than rosetinted, glassy-eyed American exceptionalism and demonstrates precisely the wrong way to think about sociological issues and current events. In brief, short on facts, high on ideology and damn sloppy journalism. CHRISTIAN ADAMS

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New on and off-campus parking rules pose challenges City parking ban holds unintentional safety risks


he City of Oxford will mandate a new overnight parking restriction starting Sept. 1. The restriction will not allow vehicles to be parked uptown between 4 and 5:30 a.m. City council passed the new resolution as a plan to help city workers clean streets and effectively clear snow in the winter. During the first week the new resolution is in effect, violators will only receive warnings to help ease the transition for students and residents. The editorial board of The Miami Student understands the need to have streets clear for the winter months but views the new resolution as problematic for Miami University students and late night uptown workers. As Butler County currently works to reduce drunk driving, we see the overnight parking restriction creating compromising situations for intoxicated students and residents. The ticketing times allotted by city council are when people drive home drunk; this is a reality that unfortunately happens. With the new resolution placed into effect, students should not have to choose between driving home drunk and receiving a ticket. Individuals do need to plan ahead for such

situations because if you’re driving you need to be responsible. However, factors like poor weather conditions should be taken into account. What are students supposed to do with their vehicles during the overnight hours if they find themselves in a state not suitable for driving? While we understand the need for personal responsibility, this is the real world where situations change fast, and lawmakers should take every opportunity to disincentivize drunk driving. This new ban unintentionally does the opposite. The new law may also cause trouble for house residents living on the streets surrounding the eight restricted blocks. The restricted zones are where the city is heavily populated with university students and they need a place to park near their residences. The streets will be overcrowded and this will limit overnight street-side parking. If the city is willing to take away parking for those who park uptown, new parking areas that are reasonably priced and near the populated areas need to be identified. Oxford’s overnight parking tickets will be $25 for now, but these financial penalties have a tendency toward buoyancy. The editorial board understands that the city is looking for ways to increase revenue

but they need to be wary of the potential consequences of the new decision. Finally, the suggestion by one city council member that the ban will help churchgoers find parking on Sunday morning reflects a viewpoint that is illegitimate as far as government is concerned. It is not within the purview of Oxford’s elected officials to distinguish between someone looking for a parking spot to go to church, someone who walked home the night before instead of driving drunk or someone who wants to buy a piñata. City council has no place making a parking ban a moral issue.

New rule for campus parking garages double charges students


iami University parking services has increased the cost and barriers to parking in a campus garage. Students wishing to purchase a pass for a garage must now already have a campus parking permit. It’s true that the Parking Services experienced budget cuts but double-charging students to park is not reasonable or fair. Students choosing parking garages have experienced a significant price increase. The university has also raised ticket charges from $65 to $ 75 per offense.

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Five ways to have a successful freshman year Tougher Facebook rules may help and hinder users Social media follows everyone everywhere. Almost anyone on a college campus has a Facebook or Twitter account. They are most likely tweeting right now about something only a first year would do when they start college or how they already have homework during syllabus week. Either way, whatever you post, tweet or comment about is seen by a lot of people. More than you would like to know. And sometimes, trying to cover up your tracks can be harder than it looks. Most people in the college setting have been told on numerous occasions to watch what they post on social media sites because future employers will find their accounts and try to notice anything alarming about it. Probably the first thing they look at is your profile picture. Does it look normal in a way that this company wants to hire or are you taking tequila shots during spring break last year?

others can view. Now if you add a picture, comment or add any other information to their profile page, they can specify who can see it. These new settings help tweak Facebook’s more complicated privacy settings, which most people forget what they are. Additionally, setting privacy settings to your individual account will be easier because users will not have to go to a separate page to do so. Icons will be placed on your profile page to help make the process easier for choosing your settings. Facebook said these changes will help people have more control over what they want others to see and save them any embarrassment from sharing too much on their social media site. So how much of an impact will this have on social media sites? Now that we can control our privacy more than ever and in a quicker way, this could cause other social media sites to

Over the next few months as social media continues to evolve users should watch how their friends potentially begin to utilize privacy settings.”

Welcome to Miami University and the best four years of your life! As you begin your rarely sober, often frustrating journey through a paid vacation your parents call college, here are a few ways to make the most of your first year. You may feel like your class load is overwhelming and that you’re around people that are a lot cooler than you, but I’ve got a little secret for you — all of that is true! You can’t change it, so embrace it! What I mean by that is: don’t look so timid. Be confident in the way you walk and talk, then you’ll start looking like a real college student in no time. By now you’ve been here for more than a week and there is no excuse for looking at a campus map while out and about. If you must look at one, check twice like you’re crossing an interstate turnpike to make sure no one is around or risk the ultimate in ridicule. If you have a smart phone, download the digital version at or get the Miami University iPhone App. Soon you will figure this out, but ditch those lanyards!

Sure, they make it easy to keep track of your stuff, but this isn’t summer camp. Lanyards worn around the neck are just plain tacky and it screams freshman. If you don’t have a wallet — buy one. It does wonders to keep your student ID from walking away and it’s a baby step towards becoming an adult. If you plan on taking the Miami Metro, figure out the schedule before you get to the bus stop. It’s awfully easy to stare at those metro signs for a solid 20 minutes if you’re trying to figure them out for the first time. Just don’t get caught looking like a deer in headlights. You can find the full bus routes and schedules by going to Don’t just roll up to a party with your new dorm clique and stand around talking amongst yourselves. You’re just going to look awkward and that’s no way to make friends. Chances are you won’t be so close to your first-year family by next year anyway. Branch out. Make some new friends, preferably friends who are 21

and live in a house. Another college and it’s going to make good way to make friends is your life a living hell. Make by getting involved in extra sure you get plenty of rest becurricular activities or writing fore an exam, too. It’s worth it. ly, don’t get for your student newspaper! Lastby a car or a Now, here’s some bo- hit bus. That’s nus tips for you. a rookie The wristband from that bar move. that you were oh so lucky to get — take it off before walking home. That’s an open invitation for cops to hassle you, and you don’t want to end up in The Police Beat. Turn to the Community section. Thank me later. Don’t believe the ghost stories — they’re not true. Throw away those free drawstring bags you got at orientation, and don’t wear more than one thing that says “Miami “ on it. This is a fairly obvious one, but don’t wear your high school senior T-shirt. More importantly, don’t wait until the night before to study for an exam. Cramming rarely works in ERIN KILLINGER THE MIAMI STUDENT


Are political, digital sex affairs the new norm? Who would want to have a social media site, or let alone a picture, stand between you and a dream job. I always heard that speech about protecting my social media pages, but I really did not think employers would actually take the time to find my Facebook page. One day at my internship this summer, myself, another intern and a couple of our superiors were talking about Facebook. At one point, someone raised the question if our superiors tried to find us on any social media sites. To my surprise, for such a small company, they did try to find us. However, most of us had secured our privacy settings so no one could find anything until we accepted their friend or following request. Even within companies, co-workers will not become friends with other co-workers on social media sites because of privacy issues and preferring them to not see what they post or tweet. Now, Facebook is tackling this issue. There has always been a battle with social media sites and viewers having particular types of privacy. During this past week, Facebook users have more access than ever to controlling what

follow in the same way. These new settings could also cause greater issues. For companies, this could mean trying to check out potential new employees could become more difficult. Users will be able to hide essentially anything they would not want employers to view. Now those incriminating photos will not be the only thing standing between you and your dream job. However, there could be some backlash to these new settings. The issue of cyber bullying exploded over the last few years and now there is more ammunition for people to get away with it. It can be more difficult investigating legal issues if these privacy settings are truly taken advantage of. For now, these settings are a trial run to see how Facebook users respond to yet another change. But over the next few months as social media continues to evolve, users should watch how their friends potentially begin to utilize privacy settings. So by this time next week, you are just another young college student trying to not let mom and dad know what happened last weekend uptown. Thank you, Facebook.

So far, 2011 has been America’s year, despite the budget crisis flare-up. The year started and continues with democracy spreading all over the Middle East and North Africa. Tunisia led the way, followed by Egypt and Libya, thanks to the American based social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. Yemen and Syria are most likely soon to follow. Next came the elimination of Osama bin Laden, thanks to the best of the best: the U.S. Navy SEALs. Ten long years since 9/11, the United States got one step closer to closure, which always seems to be off in the distance. The U.S. Women’s soccer team nearly took it all home at the World Cup this year. Americans didn’t just cheer for international futbol or soccer, but for only a brief moment, a women’s team took center precedent in this patriarchal and male dominated country. Yet none of these compare to the most truly American thing that has

happened. Watching Rod Blagojevich lie was fun, but this year, the U.S. government has perfected the sex scandal. It is true that the political sex scandal is not inherently an American tradition. The most recent example is Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. It was leaked he hosted “bunga bunga” parties, where many of the guests were nude and enjoying each other’s company. The Italian stallion, Berlusconi, was linked to having sex with then 17-year-old Karima El Mahroug a.k.a Ruby Heartbreaker, and paid her with jewelry and cash. It was the second time he was linked to having sex with a teen. That was shocking, but Americans take the grand prize because all levels of government have started to take part in the most bizarre sex scandals to date. Now, Uncle Sam had some scandalous episodes many years before this. President John F. Kennedy was linked to blonde bombshell Marilyn

Monroe. All of us were alive to see President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, sittin’ in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-ng. Those are mild though. Since then, the scandals have gotten so breathtaking, Hollywood couldn’t make up better scripts. Actually, they resemble Ron Jeremy’s scripts more than anything. The past decade is the naughtiest. In 2005, Mark Foley sent lewd emails and texts to congressional pages. Then, in 2007, Senator Larry Craig was caught in an airport bathroom trying to solicit sex from an undercover male cop. Later, in 2008, former presidential candidate John Edwards admitted to cheating on his wife while she was battling terminal cancer. The same year former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer was linked to high-priced prostitute Ashley Dupre. Still, 2011 tops them all because the sex scandal has gone digital. The year began with Congressman Chris Lee, who sent shirtless pictures to a woman he

met over Craigslist. Next, David Wu, the first Chinese-American elected to Congress, admitted to having sex with an 18-year-old, the daughter of a friend, which isn’t that shocking until you find the picture of him in a Tigger costume. By the way, he is eligible for over a million bucks in pension benefits. The number one sex scandal, so far, this year has to be Weiner-gate. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s Blackberry and Twitter pictures are the new norm for the 20th century political sex scandal. According to the Pew Research Center, 64 percent of young adults reported receiving picture sexts. Perhaps the sex scandal is as American as apple pie, even more so than democracy or sports, since we all, including our politicians, seem to do it. Adding the digital component is just the next step. Maybe from now on we should sing Lee Greenwood’s “I’m Proud to be an American,” with porn music in the background.



College independence serves as a stepping stone to the ‘real world’ Upon my arrival back to Miami University, I drove through campus and watched as hundreds of first-years and their parents unloaded their cars full of storage bins, bedding and junk food. Seeing this as I drove in my own car, I began to feel slightly nostalgic. It had been exactly two years since I had done the same thing with my mom. Shaking as I walked into my residence hall room, I had no idea what to expect throughout my next four years. I unpacked my room and dreaded the moment when I knew my mom would leave me on my own. Who would make sure I had a

sufficient dinner? Who was going to hold my hand and help me read the map as I searched for my first class? The idea of this kind of autonomy scared me and I didn’t think it could get any more independent than that. I longed for dinner to be served to me, rather than having to decide where to swipe my ID every night. Bottom line, I didn’t want to be left alone and I thought I needed someone to help me make small decisions. My fear of independence has been washed away since then and been replaced with an excitement for the unknown. Showing up to a house I could

call my own was much more exhilarating than showing up to a room smaller than a two by four Shopping for my own

what I want on a daily basis, as all college students do, how much independence do we really have?

Shaking as I walked into my dorm room, I had no idea what to expect throughout my next four years. I unpacked my room and dreaded the moment when I knew my mom would leave me on my own.” groceries, driving my own car around Oxford and cooking for myself were true symbols of autonomy. While I know I make my own rules and do

For most of us, our parents are giving us some kind of monetary help. Some of us may get summer jobs to finance the social part of our

college career, our parents are keeping us in school and even paying for our rent. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to have the independence we do. We also don’t have full days to do whatever we please, in fact, at college it seems like we don’t have enough time. Our schedules require us to spend our days sitting in class or sitting in meetings. They require us to work or intern in order to prepare for our postcollege lives. With this being said, there are more outside forces than we realize controlling little aspects of our day. College seems like a halfway point for full-time

independence. While we’re left to roam free on our own accord, we do have the help that’s required at this age. We haven’t had enough time to build up a fortune or an education, therefore our parents and the university are helping us to achieve that kind of autonomy. We’re given the gift of some grown-up responsibilities, yet still holding on in spots we need. Freshmen who are first adjusting to the college culture may feel overwhelmed by all the choices that are left up to them but they will soon come to realize they have the perfect amount of independence they need to succeed.


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Study shows ‘man’s best friend’ helps man make friends By Kaler Hazen Staff Writer

A study conducted by Miami University professor Allen McConnell has shed new light on the benefits of pet ownership. According to McConnell, pet owners were, on average, happier and healthier than their non-pet owning counterparts. “As far as measuring health, we used standardized measures of depression and self esteem,” McConnell said. The team responsible for the work

I find it surprising that people who are socially connected also rely on pets to fulfill their social needs.” Ian Free

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included two graduate students and two undergraduates, as well as McConnell himself. The team noticed that in addition to psychological benefits, pet owners reaped greater rewards from their animals when they reported that the animal fulfilled their social needs. “The pets tend to give people a sense of belonging,” McConnell said. The team began working on the project nearly two years ago and compiled their data from roughly 300 people in the surrounding area, as well as 100 Miami undergraduates. “We have been conducting research on the self for around 15 years, which includes health benefits arising from different views of the self,” McConnell said. “People tend to spontaneously mention pets as an important part of who they are.” McConnell stated that his department has been examining the views of an individual regarding him or herself

for an extended period of time, and that this experiment fit naturally into that realm of psychology. According to McConnell, the undergraduate research assistants were also able to use the published study as credit for their senior thesis. McConnell emphasized that it wasn’t just people with unhealthy interpersonal relationships who relied heavily on their pets for support. In fact, the study found people with stable social connections to other people actually tended to reap more benefit from their pets. “I find it surprising that people who are socially connected also rely on pets to fulfill their social needs,” said Miami sophomore Ian Free. “You would think that less socially connected people would be more reliant on animals, not vice-versa.” According to Leonard Mark, Miami University professor of psychology, a large part of this study’s success rested on the shoulders of McConnell’s two undergraduate assistants. “One of the undergraduates I know took time out of her schedule to go into Cincinnati and talk to pet owners in parks,” Mark said. “It’s indicative of how our department works, we have undergraduates who are integral parts of the functions within the department.” According to Mark, much of the idea for the study actually originated with undergraduate research assistants, and the findings of the study were published in, one of the most influential journals in psychology. “We have a number of examples of this, but this is definitely one that stands out due to the nature of the journal the work was published in,” Mark said. The work performed by the research team reflects not only the department’s philosophy on undergraduate work, but also the university’s work, in that undergraduate research assistants have the potential to be an invaluable part of any project in any department.


President Hodge were all sitting waiting for some wise words to spew out of my mouth.” Miami has changed Muruthi’s life and, therefore, he wanted to encourage the new students to take advantage of everything Miami has to offer. Not only has Muruthi benefitted from the opportunities such as the honors program, being a Resident Assistant, Miami African Students’ Union, coaching peer mentoring and junior scholars, but he has also learned professional etiquette. In the future, Muruthi hopes to help make a difference in the lives of other Kenyans.

“I am interested in issues of income security for older

graduate and head on to an established PhD program for another degree is gerontology. The ultimate goal is to have enough experience for a policy researcher position in I proved to be good at analyst, an aging NGO/government or school and was ranked a teaching position at a universeventh in national sity. At the end of the day, I inexams that all Kenyans tend to change the lives of older Kenyans and their dependents do at eighth grade through changing existing to allow for their social policies.” admission.” Chris Clark was the other keynote speaker. Clark gradujames muruthi ated from Miami in 2008 and CONVOCATION SPEAKER went on to found an international company that sells solar power units to communities in developing areas. The Miami Kenyans and their families,” Student will profile Clark in an Muruthi said. “I intend to upcoming issue.


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According to Keitges, international students come to Miami for a number of reasons including Miami’s high national rankings among “public ivy institutions,” the high ranking of the Famer School of Business, the safe location Miami is in with a comfortable environment, as well as the high number of students wishing to obtain a college degree. Approximately 70 percent of the new and continuing international undergraduate students are from China, but there are also many from India, South Korea, Kenya, Japan,

undergraduate enrollment. Many US private/independent universities are now enrolling 10 percent of their students from other countries. I believe that 6 to 8 percent of enrollment would be appropriate for Miami.” The enrollment of international undergraduates has continued to increase even though they have to pay a much higher non-resident tuition and they cannot apply for government loans or grants. “Enrolling international undergraduate students is helping Miami to increase its number of non-resident students from the last year’s 33 percent to the targeted 40 percent level,” Keitges said. “Nonresident

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students pay higher tuition than Ohio-resident students and thus help the university to keep resident tuition lower than it would be otherwise. So, enrolling international students is very good financially for the university, as is enrolling students from New York, California, Texas and other states.” Senior Kim Rich is glad to see more diversity on campus. “I think it’s great to see more international students here at Miami,” Rich said. “With the world becoming smaller and smaller, it is fun getting to know people from other cultures. I hope to see more students coming here in the future.”


charged for the first hour every time I enter the garage, I’m essentially stranded at the business school for an hour and a half.” Ultimately, Cummings said that Parking and Transportation Services strives to be accommodating and that parking is a unique consideration for each individual. “People truly like the convenience of our pass options,” Cummings said. “But you have a choice on what you purchase and therefore what you pay on parking and you can also choose to park legally or not. We do not force passes on anyone but we do encourage students that do drive on campus to park legally and choose the parking permit option that best suits their needs.” For Miller, that may mean avoiding parking on campus at all. “It’s unfortunate that off-campus students who really need the passes to get to class are not given a fair opportunity to get them,” he said.


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011 By Ross Simon SIMON SAYS

Is Miami Truly a ‘D-I’ school? I went to high school in Boca Raton, Fla. A lot of my friends from high school went to the University of Florida, Florida State University or the University of Miami (although consistently, I remind myself that I go to the REAL Miami University). Over the past summer, arguments about college football and basketball would consistently emerge amongst our group of friends. “Tebow is the BEST College Football player of all time.” “Al Golden came into a garbage situation, but he’s still going to bring it back to the tradition of ‘The U.’” “I’d take Bobby Bowden over Steve Spurrier any day of the week in a Nat’l Championship game.” All I could chime in was “We have the Cradle of Coaches!” (to which they’d respond “so all of your coaches learn the game at your school and win elsewhere?”) Then arguments would erupt about which school has the best rivalry. “UF v University of Georgia is the BEST college football game of the year.” “FSU v. UM has always been one of the most important games of the college football season.” Of which I’d bring in the “Battle of the Brickyard” (Miami v. Ohio University) to which my friends would ask “is OU a regional campus of Ohio State?” It got me thinking: is Miami a division one school? Can we compete with the big guys and consider ourselves a “true sports school?” Well, we’re not in a “BCS” Conference. We don’t pack our basketball arenas with rowdy fans every night (like Duke or North Carolina Universities). And we have never won a National Championship in any NCAA sport (including hockey, our pride and joy). Well what do we have? We play in the “best MidMajor” conference (the Mid-American Conference). Miami is the only college

football team in history to go from double-digit losses to double-digit wins in back to back seasons (the past two years). We were one of the first schools to forego an offensive Native American mascot and switch to a more politically correct team name. We have a Super Bowl winning quarterback, an NBA Finals winning Point Guard and quite a few Stanley Cup winning NHL players. Our athletic facilities are truly superior to many other schools in our “class” and simply we compete with other “powerhouse” teams (in case anyone forgot, we were beating the No. 4 ranked Florida Gators last year through the first quarter, and we certainly competed through the final quarter). We won the CCHA Tournament (the best college hockey conference) last year. And we lost by only two to the John Wall (who hit a game ending buzzer beater) led University of Kentucky basketball team just a couple of years ago. How do we cement our place in Division I athletics? We need to pack Yager Stadium this year, especially on our “ESPN” games. We need to fill Millett Hall to the brim. We need Goggin Ice Arena to be as rowdy as ever. But most importantly: we need to want to win. The difference between Miami and a “major” school is that anything short of winning it all is unacceptable at the “majors” whereas at Miami, losing seems to be part of the culture. The University of Michigan is on its third football coach in five years because losing is unacceptable. Can you imagine if Duke didn’t make the NCAA Tournament for a few straight years? Coach K, considered to have the most job security of any NCAA coach, would most certainly be on the hot seat. Is Miami a Division I school? Yes. Are we here to stay? Only if we want to.

RedHawks ready to tee off season By Ross T. Simon

For The Miami Student

The Miami University Men’s Golf team is one of the many successful programs in the Miami athletic department, and this year doesn’t look to be any different. The new look ’Hawks have a new coach and a few new freshmen added to their squad. Former Head Coach, Casey Lubahn, is now in East Lansing, Mich. leading Michigan State University, while the Red and White are now lead by Coach Zac Zedrick, who has come to Oxford from Wichita State University (WSU). While at WSU, Coach Zedrick helped lead the Shockers to the Missouri Valley Conference Championship each year. This year the ’Hawks trot out a diverse roster in terms of age. There are no seniors on this year’s roster. The ’Hawks lead with juniors Ben Peacock and Brett Tomfohdre, Sophomores Austin Kelley and Mark MacDonald and freshman Scott Cahill, Brantley Kushner, and Luke Shaughnessy. The Red and White are going to be focusing on hitting well inside 100

yards of the pin. “Having the ability to turn three shots into two can make up for so much in this game,” Zedrick said. “We seem to have a group that can find the fairway often and hit a lot of greens, but I really think we can find a way to get it in the hole a little quicker when we’re around and on the green.” The ’Hawks tee off this year Sept. 10 in Sugar Grove, Ill. at the National Intercollegiate. Miami is not hosting a tournament this year but instead will be travelling far and wide for their season. After the Intercollegiate, the RedHawks will try to take on the field in South Bend, Ind. at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic. The Red and White will travel as far as Dade City, Fla. this year. They also look to take the Mid-American Conference title in the Conference Championship, also held in Sugar Grove, Ill. “It’s a shame that we don’t play any tournaments near Oxford this year, but you can follow the Men’s Golf Team via the new Twitter feed (@MURedHawksGolf) or the Facebook fan page,” Zedrick said.

Red and White look to continue hot start


Sophomore Katy Dolesh scores on a penalty kick Sunday against Morehead State University. Dolesh scored three goals on the weekend en route to being named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week.

By Michael Solomon Sports Editor

The season couldn’t have started any better for the Miami University women’s soccer team. After a shootout victory over Wright State University in an exhibition match on August 12, the RedHawks opened their season last weekend with backto-back shutout victories against Indiana UniversityPurdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Morehead State University. “While we are delighted with two wins this weekend, there were other aspects to it that I was even more pleased with,” said Head Coach Bobby Kramig. “Two shutouts was really big for us. We are having to rebuild our defense a little bit, we graduated three of four starters last year and we had some injuries in preseason to our back four, so I am absolutely delighted that we posted back-to-back

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shutouts. We really didn’t allow much in the way of chances for the other teams, so pleased with that, but it needs to get better.” It was the tale of two sophomores in the opening match of the season against the Jaguars of IUPUI. Second years Katy Dolesh and Kayla Zakrzewski each scored twice for the Red and White, which impressed on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball in a 4-0 win. The ’Hawks took the lead at the 23 minute mark when Zakrzewski took advantage of a failed IUPUI clearance and put the ball past the Jaguar goalkeeper to score Miami’s first goal of the season. It didn’t take long for Miami to double its lead, as just over three minutes later, Dolesh put in her first goal of the season off a cross from freshman Amanda Filian. The RedHawks continued to control the game in the second half, as Zakrzewski (70’) and Dolesh (75’)

doubled their tallies to give the RedHawks their first win and first shutout of the season. Two days later, it was more of the same for the RedHawks. For the second straight game, the Red and White dominated play on both sides of the ball and emerged with back-to-back 4-0 shutouts. Another early goal got the RedHawks going, as freshman Kelsey Dinges put Miami on the board just after 11 minutes for her first career tally. The next three goals came in the second half, as junior Jess Kodiak (63’), freshman Emily Hyde (74’) and Dolesh (pen. 79’) each found the back of the net. Dolesh’s third goal of the campaign came on a penalty kick drawn by senior Courtney Clarke. Dolesh’s superb weekend didn’t go unnoticed, as she was awarded with the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week and with the Miami Athlete of the Week award. “It feels really good

actually [to win the awards],” Dolesh said. “I think preseason really paid off. I worked really hard over this past summer doing what they asked me to do, so it was great.” The RedHawks finished the game against Morehead State with a 26-5 shot advantage and made sure redshirt freshman goalie Allison Norenberg (three saves) didn’t have too many scoring attempts to deal with. Already, it is evident that there is something different about this team. “I think we are ready to go a lot earlier,” Dolesh said. “It took us a little longer last year to get going and the freshman group that came in here has learned really quickly our style of play. So we have been a lot better earlier.” The RedHawks take to the road for the first time this season when they take on Xavier University 7 p.m. Friday in Cincinnati and Eastern Kentucky University 1 p.m. Sunday.


Redshirt junior wideout Andy Cruse makes a catch and looks to turn upfield during football training camp.

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