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TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1920, The Miami Student reported that plans were the works for a new girls’ gymnasium. The story read, “Girls! do you realize that some day we are going to have a reular girls’ gym all for our own? Of course you are thinking, ‘Oh, that’s an old story. Our grandchildren may see that gym, but we don’t expect to live to see that distant day.’”
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Miami University students donate blood to the Community Blood Center Friday in Shriver’s Heritage Room.
Absence policies conflict with health services code By Amanda Hancock
Senior Staff Writer
With the cold season beginning and trips to Student Health Services soon to follow, Miami University students will have to decide whether their sneezing, coughing and sore throat symptoms constitute missing classes. It’s up to faculty members to set an attendance policy for their courses, according to the Miami University Student Handbook, so each professor handles the “I was sick” excuse in slightly different ways. Although Kelly Abshire, a Miami microbiology lecturer, said she tries to work with students one-onone, she said determining whether the excuse was legitimate is a complicated call. “We understand that we can’t have students coming to class with an illness getting others sick,” Abshire said. However, when a student misses several classes with the same excuse, it gets tricky. “It certainly carries a lot more weight when students let us know before they are going to be absent rather than three hours after they miss a test,” Abshire said. Although she said she takes students’ word most of the time, like many Miami professors, she requires some sort of written verification for being excused from an exam.
Miami’s Student Health Services provides students with documentation of being at the clinic and being seen by a physician, however, it is against their policy to write any type of excuse notes for students, according to Gail Walenga, assistant vice president of Student Health Services. “Our policy and our practice has always been that if a student is ill they contact the faculty and they negotiate with them about how the faculty wants to deal with their illness,” Walenga said. Walenga said students should take the responsibility of their absences upon themselves. “Once you hit the university you get to act as an adult and take on some adult responsibilities and the negotiate those with your faculty,” Walenga said. First-year Matt DeMaro said he missed a geography 101 class due to a fever. DeMaro said he went to Student Health Services and they told him he could not go to class that day but they did not give him an excuse note. DeMaro said several of his professors counted his absence as excused but he was not allowed to make up class work for one of his classes. “For one of the classes actually, I missed a quiz during the class and I wasn’t allowed to make it up, but he said at the beginning of the year if you miss class you won’t be able to make stuff up,” DeMaro said. Since Health Services does not provide written notes for students,
professors then cannot ask for them, according to Steve Wyatt, a professor and chair of the finance department. Wyatt noted that because of the HIPPA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information, doctors’ notes detailing any health issues are not allowed. “So a professor can’t demand that,” Wyatt said. However, students can always volunteer health information, which can be beneficial according to Wyatt. “The problem is that some students abuse [the policy] and the rest of students that don’t abuse [it] that pay the price,” Wyatt said. How do professors decide which students are really sick? “That’s where trust comes in,” Wyatt said. If students establish they are honest people, there is less reason to question them, according to Wyatt. However, he has another solution to negate any ambiguity; he doesn’t allow make-ups, so when students are absent for exams he counts their next exam as double the points. “I make my policy so we never have to get into the issue of ‘why’— it doesn’t matter,” Wyatt said. David Pennock, interim zoology department chair, said he does not normally encounter conflicts when dealing with absence matters.
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Sophomore Nicole Smith gives a thumbs up while she donates blood.The blood drive was sponsored by faculty, staff and the 2012 Homecoming Committee.
Greek community revisits, revises disciplinary program By Jenn Smola Campus Editor
After nearly three years of task force and committee meetings and recommendations, Miami University’s Greek community is setting out to raise its standards with the implementation of its new Community Advancement Program. According to Jennifer Levering, director of the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Fraternity and Sorority Coalition Assessment Project came to campus in 2009, and recommended that Miami’s Greek community develop shared community standards. Several committees were formed following those recommendations, and the Cliff Alexander office took recommendations from these various task forces and merged them with the Miami’s already-existing Greek awards program to develop the Community Advancement Program. Levering said the new program more clearly defines standards that Greek chapters have already had in place, as well as implements new higher expectations. “We just tried to create programs that chapters are already doing so that they would get current recognition…and also set some higher expectations to raise the bar of what we hope fraternities and sororities will do on our campus,” Levering said. According to Levering, the new
program establishes set guidelines for the various fraternities and sororities at Miami to all follow and will act as an assessment tool. “It allows students and chapters to have a roadmap for what the expectations are to be a fraternity or sorority on campus,” Levering said. “They get guidelines and road maps form their national organizations but this gives us a way as a campus to say ‘if you’re a fraternity or a sorority, this is what we hope you will do.’” According to senior Alanah Raykovich, vice president of public relations of Miami’s Panhellenic Association, the new program is made up of chapter plans, chapter programs, and data collection. Data collection consists of keeping updated rosters and records, chapter programs consist of programs and events the chapters are required to put on and chapter plans are individualized strategies for chapters to hold themselves accountable to certain standards, Raykovich said. According to Raykovich, the chapter plan is an important aspect of the new program. “[The chapter plan is] individualized within the chapter, but they have to let us know that they’ve thought about this and they’ve thought about accountability on an individual basis.” While there have been other standards laid out for Miami’s Greek
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How do I handle an emergency situation? By Emily Glaser Senior Staff Writer
Students come to college to learn about their passion, whether it be business, politics, or chemistry. Despite the great amount of knowledge they gain in the classroom, they may not know the right thing to do in common college emergency situations. John McCandless, chief of the Miami University Police Department (MUPD), and Rebecca Young, Director of Student Wellness, have answers to some common “what if” situations. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SEE SOMEONE PASSED OUT ON THE GROUND?
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Both McCandless and Young agree that the most important thing to do is call for help. In these situations, McCandless said people can either call 911 or MUPD emergency dispatchers at 513-529-2222. “You’re going to want to do an assessment on the person,” Young
said. “See if they are able to be awakened, check their breathing and stay with them until help arrives.” First-year Melina Hazzard said she knows the right thing to do would be call an ambulance and try to wake the person up. “It’s hard because if someone is drunk and passed out, you don’t want them to get in trouble, but you also don’t want them to have serious alcohol poisoning or die,” Hazzard said. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I WITNESS A FIGHT OR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
McCandless and Young emphasized that calling for help is the most important thing to do. Both also agree that students should not intervene in a dangerous situation. “I think people are good-hearted and want to help when they see violence happening, but they need to be cautious,” McCandless said. “These situations are so unpredictable, it’s better to be the eyes of the police
until they can get there.” Hazzard said she thinks it depends on the situation. “If it was someone I knew I would step in and try to resolve the situation,” Hazzard said. “I’d try to get the girl to talk to the police about it. If it was someone I didn’t know at all and was I just witnessing, I would call the police right away.” WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SOMEONE IS TRYING TO DRIVE DRUNK?
McCandless and Young both said if a friend is trying to drive drunk, students should do everything within reason to take their keys away from them. If the friend cannot be dissuaded, they encourage students to call the police. Hazzard was unsure what she would do if she could not get her friend to give up their keys. “Again, it’s rough because you don’t want to get them in trouble,”
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Faculty, students to fuel university’s 2020 vision By Emily Crane
For The Miami Student
Librarians, professors, marketing staff, regional students, department chairs. All will be a part of shaping the future of Miami University by piecing together the 2020 plan as presented by President David Hodge Thursday, Sept. 6. The backbone of this plan is the coordinating team, headed by Phyllis Callahan, dean of the college of arts and sciences and Jim Kiper, chair of the department of computer science and software engineering. Kiper has been a professor at the university for 26 years. At present, he also serves as chair of his department, and chair of the executive committee at the University Senate. He remains nonetheless involved in the classroom and research field. “I’m a teacher at heart,” Kiper said. “It’s fun to be in the classroom molding young minds.” Likewise, it’s Callahan’s love for teaching and academics that she said continues to drive her in her 25th year at Miami and 6th year in the Dean’s office. She is a faculty member of the zoology department and has taught a variety of courses ranging from the introductory to the graduate levels. “It’s really a privilege to work with young people,” Callahan said. “When that connection is made, you can see it on their faces, when they reach that point of ‘Aha! I get it.’” Both Callahan and Kiper first became interested in serving on the coordinating team for the 2020 plan upon receiving an invitation from President Hodge and the office of
the provost. However, they have developed an enthusiasm for leading the effort because of its unique structure. “Rather than this plan being a top-down plan, it’s being vetted from across the university,” Kiper said. All stake-holders, including students and staff, are involved according to Kiper. The goal of the plan is for the university as a whole to determine what it wants itself to look like by the year 2020 and what needs to be adapted in order for Miami to remain one of the top universities. The result of this commitment is a high level of faculty-student interaction and multiple opportunities for students to get valuable research experience at the undergraduate level, according to Callahan. She believes the access to physical and intellectual resources that these students have is not common at undergraduate institutions. Just as students, faculty and staff are encouraged to collaborate closely in the learning process, they will be working together on teams as a part of the 2020 plan to cast vision for Miami’s future. Junior Christina Harrison is one such student. She serves on a team addressing one of the plan’s target goals: global engagement and inclusive culture. Harrison is a student at the Hamilton campus, currently studying education and is enrolled in the Honors Program. She transferred credits to Miami in the Spring of 2010—after eight years outside the realm of academia. Unbeknownst to her, one of her
professors nominated her for a position on the team and she received an invitation from the Provost’s office three weeks ago. What appealed most to Harrison about the team, she said, was the opportunity she would have to promote diversity in all of its forms throughout campus, a goal that comes from a very personal place for her. “I am a lesbian,” Harrison said. “I am a non-traditional student, I am a regional student, I am a woman. [My goal] is that Miami will grow into a place that provides not only acceptance but appreciation for diverse cultures.” The fact that individuals with such a unique perspective have a say in the plan is part of what makes it so great, according to Callahan. “It will be a very inclusive process,” Callahan said. “And it is very forward-looking.” In terms of their personal visions of Miami in 2020, both Callahan and Kiper said increased involvement and outreach in the wider world are crucial goals that Miami must set for itself. “When you graduate, wherever you end up working will likely have tentacles that reach around the world,” Kiper said. Cultural adaptation and appreciation are therefore critical skills for students to learn while in college. Callahan and Kiper also emphasized a need for the university to adapt to recent advances in technology without losing valuable one-on-
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Student court seeks to spread awareness By Jenn Smola Campus Editor
Miami University students who have broken university rules have the opportunity to stand before a student court of their peers. According to student court member senior Michael Woeste, Miami’s student court hears and rules only on cases for which the student cannot be suspended. “The student court basically handles cases of non-suspendable offenses that occur either on or off campus,” Woeste said. “They usually range from alcohol possession, drug possession, to intoxication or the negative effects associated with intoxication.” Chris Taylor, associate director of ethics and conflict resolution and the student court’s formal advisor, said students who commit non-suspendable offenses at Miami have the option of choosing either an administrative court or the student
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court to hear their case during the judicial process. Senior Kaleigh Lambert said she didn’t know about Miami’s student court, but that she would choose it if she ever found herself in the middle of the judiciary process. “I would much rather go through students than administrators,” Lambert said. “[Students] know what you’re going through.” Because students may not be aware of Miami’s student court, the group is trying to spread the word with residence hall programs and classroom presentations, Taylor said. Woeste, who is serving as the court’s educational outreach officer this year, said the group hopes to make students more aware of the court’s role on campus. “I think a lot of the time students are not aware the student court exists until an incident occurs,” Woeste said. “And that’s what we’re trying to change.”
According to Taylor, members of the student court are well-trained to hear student cases. “They all have received extensive training on how to hear those cases—what our practices are within the university conduct system, what sanctions might apply to different circumstances, if we have any mandatory minimum sanctions—they’re all well-versed in those,” Taylor said. The student court tries to consider all the factors of an incident when hearing a student’s case, according to Woeste. “It’s essentially taking a holistic approach: what happened, why it happened and how we can make the student a better student or get the student the help they need, so they can become a positive member in the Miami University student community,” he said. According to Taylor, becoming
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Miami reflects U.S. trend in international student rates
By Katie Taylor
For The Miami Student
Miami University strives to accommodate an increasing number of international students, which reached a record high across the country in 2011. Data from The National Center for Education Statistics reported 723,277 international students studied in America for the 2010-2011 school year—a 4.7 percent increase from the year before. According to data prepared by Ohio Board of Regents, in 2010 four percent of undergraduate students were from other countries. The only school with a higher percentage in Ohio was Ohio State University with 6 percent. According to the OIR Miami Fact Book, the number of graduate and undergraduate international students on campus has grown dramatically in the past five years—from 360 in 2007 to a preliminary number of 1,088 in 2012. David Keitges, Director of International Education, said he expects the trend to continue. “I think the reason it has increased is because there has been more prosperity in the last few years around the world,” Keitges said. “Of course there are economic problems now, but they don’t affect everybody the same. People come here because they realize that it’s important to send their children to America to learn English, so they will have many economic and other opportunities.” According to Keitges, the majority of international students come from countries in East Asia such as China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan, and pay the same out-of-state tuition any American would—around $40,000 a year. Keitges said the number of students coming from these countries is due to the high availability of quality universities in the U.S. “They’re well-educated people and they want to have a good higher education and America’s famous for that,” Keitges said. “Another reason is that American university experience is viewed very positively in those countries. There are some very quality universities and then there are a lot of not so great ones, so a good alternative is coming to America.” Junior Xinyue Shang is from China. She has been at Miami for two years, and said teachers in America seem to interact more with their students whereas in China they don’t usually offer much assistance. “I took two years in my China college and I don’t think I learned anything,” Shang said. “I think this is the most important thing for us— to come to the United States. It is challenging, but I think it’s worth it.” According to Keitges, the majority of international students at Miami are from China, which provides a great opportunity for the university and its students.
“People believe that China is an extremely important country for the United States now, and tomorrow and in the future,” Keitges said. “We’re very fortunate to have so many Chinese students coming to Miami, and also so many Miami students with some study abroad experience in China.” According to Keitges, Miami appeals to many international students because of its reputation. “[International students] live and die by rankings,” Keitges said. “They believe that academic rankings are very important, and Miami is a highly ranked university in the United States, and the business school is especially highly ranked.” According to the Miami University 2011 CIRP Freshman Survey—which was completed by 3,032 domestic and 117 international students—50.8 percent of international students identified business as their probable career choice as opposed to 30.2 percent of domestic individuals. Shang said she chose to come to Miami for the business school after she did some research into the university’s background. International students play a very important role, Keitges said. “The university believes that we have to provide the best education for students,” Keitges said. “That means an education that will last them for the rest of their lives. Obviously the world is going to be much more globalized than it is today, so an education appropriate for you means you get to meet people from all over the world—we live in a global marketplace.” Though the increasing number of international students is beneficial, according to Keitges, it also comes with a responsibility to accommodate those individuals. “It means a more diverse campus,” Keitges said. “It means we have to provide special services— things to help those students.” According to Keitges, services being provided range from visa and cultural transition programs, to providing globally-oriented menus in dining halls and lots in between. According to Keitges one program being provided to students is the American Culture and English (ACE) program. “We have some international students who want to come to Miami— they’re very good students—but their English isn’t quite good enough to enter the university,” Keitges said. “[ACE] helps students in one semester to improve their English, and then they enter into the university as regular students.” Keitges said the many programs and events for international students were brought about in an attempt to ease their transition. “In many ways they’re treated the same as every other student,” Keitges said. “In a few ways they’re given
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special help. We try to make them feel at home” According to Shang, even with all the programs Miami has to offer, the transition is extremely difficult. “Honestly, for most of the international students, they came and [are] not quite fitting the type of culture— the American culture.” Shang said. “The university assumes that we are able to deal with things like that and we are supposed to get used to everything here since we passed the entrance exam, but it is not like that.” Sophomore Daniela Leibovici is an American student, and said more could be done to connect international and American students. “I feel like many international students are not sure how to approach American students and vice versa, so I think that kind of creates a little bit of awkwardness,” Leibovici said. “That’s why an event or something to bring the students together would be great.”
According to Shang, though the language barrier is difficult, the difference in culture is more of an issue. “Everything is different between the U.S. and China,” Shang said. “Food, language, rules, manners, laws, logic, common sense.” Keitges said that, from what he has heard, making American friends seems to be the biggest challenge. “Americans are friendly, but they’re hard to make friends with,” Keitges said. “They say ‘oh yeah let’s get together’ but they don’t really mean they’ll get together. There’s a lot of superficial friendliness and some people in other countries, their cultures don’t have that.” Leibovici said often American students can come off as insincere, which confuse international students who aren’t used to that. “What frustrates me is when you see someone you know, an acquaintance that you’re even sort of friends with and you say ‘hi’ and they say ‘hi, how are you?’ and they pass you without even waiting for your answer,” Leibovici said.
Shang said the language and culture differences between her and American students create a divide. “Miami is not as [diverse] as many larger [universities], so I think Miami people need to learn how to study and work with people with different [backgrounds] Shang said. “Some people have some bias on Chinese people, and they don’t want to learn more about it—they are rude.” Leibovici said she feels many students don’t even realize they have a bias against international students. “I feel like people are just in their own bubble—they’re not even aware of their own stereotypes,” she said. According to Keitges, Miami students need to be willing to reach out and take the time to understand those who are different. “Miami still has some diversity issues, and many people are trying to make this a more welcoming place, but there are still some difficulties,” Keitges said. “I think we need to keep working on that.”
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one interaction between students and faculty. “Your generation learns very differently from the way Dr. Kiper and I learned,” Callahan said, referring to long hours spent in “the stacks”
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a member of the student court is fairly competitive. With 18 student justices making up the court, about half of the members generally return each year. Usually there are 40 to 50 students applying each year for the nine or ten available spots on the court, Taylor said. Students on the student court must embody various qualities to make them good candidates, Taylor said. “We’re looking at people who are critical thinkers,” Taylor said.
“People who understand the importance of making these hard decisions, people who understand being professional and being compassionate to their fellow students, but again, still holding them accountable.” Woeste said the student court isn’t out to get students who make mistakes, but seeks to help them. “It’s not about punishment,” Woeste said. “It’s about making sure students get the help they need and can walk away from the experience knowing that their university is there for them, and to help them through these difficult situations that all of us are encountered with.”
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POLICE Candidates debate jobs plans
By Olivia Hnat Community Editor
Candidates for U.S. Senate, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) and incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown (D), agree that the economy and jobs are the key issues for college students in this election. However, the candidates have different strategies to tackle these issues. Justin Barasay, communications director for the Friends of Sherrod Brown campaign, said Brown has sponsored legislation to benefit college students and improve the job market in Ohio. “[Brown] supported the largest federal loan increase to students and expanded Pell Grants to help students pay for education,” Barasay said. “He introduced legislation for students with loans from private industries to switch
over to government loans with lower interests rates,” Barasay said. Travis Considine, communications director for Mandel, said finding a job after college is a challenge in the current economic climate. “Josh believes that the jobs crisis is the most important challenge facing graduates,” Considine said. “He wants to do everything he can so that graduates can hit the ground running and join the workforce where there are opportunities available for them.” The Brown campaign focused on his support for Ohio’s auto industry and manufacturing jobs. According to Barasay, the biggest differences between Mandel and Brown are in their plans to protect jobs. “Senator Brown helped protect 150 thousand jobs in Ohio,” Barasay said. “Sherrod is [a] champion for auto industry. One of the
ways our economy is going to turn around is to strengthen our manufacturing. When our manufacturing is strong, other aspects of economy will improve.” The Mandel campaign, which said Brown is the problem in Washington, said the focus should be on the country’s finances. “Josh will go to Washington, help create an environment that helps the private sector go and create jobs,” Considine said. “[He plans to] reform the tax code, eliminate unnecessary regulations that burden small business, and end wasteful spending that racks up national debt.” Laura Kretz, president of College Democrats at Miami University, said she supports the re-election of Sen. Brown. “I think that students should vote for Senator Brown,” Kretz said. “He has done a lot with education.
He is a supporter of college students and his voting record shows it.” Kretz also said the races in Ohio are a good prediction of how other nationwide elections will end. “Because Ohio is a swing state, it is a precursor to other elections,” Kretz said. Meghan Wadsworth, co-chair of College of Republicans, said Mandel will represent Ohio along with other Republican leadership. “On the federal level it is important for Rob Portman to have a teammate in the Senate,” Wadsworth said. “Ohio is on a comeback with John Kasich from the governor’s office and Rob Portman in the senate. Mandel will help Ohio get back on track to improve the economy and job rates in our home state.” The winner of the Senate seat will be determined Nov. 6, 2012 in the general election.
Miami University professors make Oxford home By Hannah Stein Community Editor
Like Janis Ian said in “Mean Girls,” seeing a professor outside of class is like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs. But about 60 percent of Miami University full-time faculty live in Oxford, so students will have to accept that seeing their professors Uptown is a real possibility. This year, Miami’s Oxford campus has 827 full-time faculty, including those who are visiting professors and have one-year contracts. Approximately 500 of the fulltime faculty reside in Oxford. Other top communities include Cincinnati, Hamilton and Westchester, according to information provided by Janet Cox, assistant provost for personnel and director of Academic Personnel Services. Over the years, it is possible the number of professors who choose to reside in Oxford has declined, Cox said. “Anecdotally, over the years I understand that there has been a decline of faculty who reside in Oxford, but I don’t really have the data to support that,” Cox said. “But this has been over something like 30 years not just the last five.” According to Cox, there are many factors that come into play
when professors decide where to live while teaching at Miami. “I think [the reasons] are very personal,” Cox said. “For example, it could be that a spouse or partner is in a career and therefore the need is to find a location to accommodate a dual career couple. Certainly another factor might be the school systems. Finally it’s housing, it’s what’s in Oxford and the surrounding area.” Todd Edwards, associate professor of teacher education, said he lives in Oxford to feel like a part of the Miami community and he would prefer to live here. “It was important for me to be a part of the university community and not only see students in class but outside of class, when I go to Kroger,” Edwards said. “I like getting to know my colleagues and my students less formally by being in the town where they are.” Professors living within the student community are not just beneficial to the professors, but also for students, junior Tyler Fox said. “I think it has them feel more involved and have more sense of community and understand where we’re coming from,” Fox said. “It also puts a good, maybe not directly conscious, but subconscious level for students to behave if they know there’s a chance of running into a professor.”
Sophomore Alyssa Hoffman said professors who run into students outside the classroom might even mention it to their class. “I know I had a professor who called out one of the kids at class and [said] she saw her at Starbucks uptown right before class started,” Hoffman said. “But [the student] thought it was funny, so she took it in a positive way.” Edwards said living in Oxford has a lot of advantages, both for his career and for his family. “I can walk to work every day,” Edwards said. “I feel pretty safe with my kids in the town, my own children; I think it’s a good place to raise kids.” Living in a college town also provides cultural experiences that anywhere else wouldn’t be able to provide, according to Edwards. “My kids went with me to see the Dalai Lama, there aren’t many places I can do that other than a college town,” Edwards said. Although approximately 500 professors live in Oxford that still leaves a large portion who live in outside in neighboring communities. Edwards said he believes it shouldn’t be that way. “Some people aren’t small town country folks and they want more of a city experience,” Edwards said. “[If that’s the case] why don’t you get a job at an urban
university? When people interview here I always encourage them to live in Oxford.” Living in a college community could be difficult because of the typical college student life. However, some professors said it doesn’t bother them. “It’s not annoying at all,” Brenda Dales, teacher education lecturer and Miami University alum, said. “You have to get used to the rhythm of Oxford. Once you understand what the rhythm is it is different from living in another type of community. [For example] I wouldn’t go to the supermarket the weekend before classes start. You kind of have to plan a little bit differently.” Dales said she thinks that the students only enrich the community. While running into professors could potentially be awkward for students, professors who live in Oxford also have to adjust to living in a community of college kids. But the close proximity has its advantages, according to Fox. “Putting up with the shenanigans at times can be a little overwhelming,” Fox said. “It definitely adds to that kind of personal relationship besides just the professor being solely the professor. I’ve always found it easier to learn from a friend than anything else.”
Ohio federal judge extends days for early voting P H O T O G R A P H E R S
By Molly Carroll For The Miami Student
A federal judge in Columbus, Peter Economus of the Southern District Court of Ohio, ordered that the state of Ohio extend the early voting availability in the state an extra three days. The decision to extend voting days has been appealed by Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine. The appeal is currently under review, according to Alexis Zoldan, deputy press secretary at the Secretary of the State’s office.
Friday, Nov. 2 was supposed to be the last day that voters could cast their early ballot but now there is a strong possibility the early voting dates could be extended to Nov. 3, 4 and 5. The fact that Nov. 3 and 4 are weekend days has created another debate, according to Lynn Kinkaid, the director of the Butler County Elections. DeWine commented on Aug. 31 in an address to his staff and public on why he wishes to appeal the decision. DeWine’s said that there will already be a great deal of time for voters to cast
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their absentee ballot, exactly 35 extra days in advance will be set for absentee voting. According to Zoldan, for the first time the secretary of state will send out mail in ballots to every registered voter in Ohio. Attorney General DeWine also said that his job is to defend the state of Ohio’s rights to set its own hours of election and time of election. John Husted, Ohio’s Secretary of State, sent out an email informing voters that voting times on the three disputed days will not be announced until after a decision is made on the appeal. In the email, Husted said that announcing new hours for voting before a verdict is reached would only confuse voters. Husted sent out an early voting form Sept. 4 to every registered voter so that people could have the option to vote through the mail as well. Zoldan reported that the amount of days that absentee voters would have to vote in this election compared to the 2008 election has been cut back. However, the amount of actual hours elected for absentee voting has been increased by 230 extra hours in comparison to the last election due to extended time that the polls will be open. On top of that people would have an extra 750 hours to vote
due to the mail in ballots. According to both the Zoldan and Kinkaid, the mail-in ballots and new early voting days will increase voter participation in Ohio. “More people will vote because of these extended voting hours,” Kinkaid said. “In the past elections we did not have these forms go out, so it should increase voter participation.” In Butler County, along with the rest of Ohio, the times people will be able to cast their absentee ballots are uniform, Zoldan said. People can cast their ballots 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2-5, 9-2, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 15-19 and 2226, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 29-Nov. 1 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2. First-year Alisha Wilk said she thinks these early voting days will increase the participation of voters and that it is unnecessary. “Extending the hours and dates for voting should be enough,” Wilk said. “We should not also have to keep polls open on weekends for the extra three days, because they have already allotted enough time for extra absentee voting.” There has still not been a final decision regarding DeWine’s appeal about extending the three early voting days. Until there is a decision, Nov. 2 still stands as the last day to cast an absentee ballot in Ohio.
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Coming off of three consecutive wins in the Best Western/Sycamore Inn Invitational, Miami University’s volleyball team makes the trip to Bloomington, Ind. this weekend for the Hoosier Classic to face the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Valparaiso University and Indiana University. Despite their recent success, the RedHawks (4-6) are finding ways to improve their overall game before the weekend. “All week, we’ve been working on ball control,” senior outside hitter/middle hitter Christina Menche said. “We’re trying to get ourselves some successful reps in practice so that we’re ready for game situations this weekend.” The ’Hawks kick off the Hoosier Classic against Chattanooga 5 p.m. Friday. The Mocs (5-6) are coming off of a 1-3 weekend with their lone win being a 3-0 decision over North Carolina Central University. They dropped decisions to Troy University, Middle Tennessee State University and Kennesaw State University in the KSU Owls Classic in Kennesaw, Ga. Senior middle blocker Christina Teter and freshman outside hitter Julimar Alvarado, who have combined for 189 of Chattanooga’s kills, lead Chattanooga. Freshman middle blocker Lauren Gainer was named to the All-Tournament Team with 32 kills, 32 digs and 14 blocks due to her efforts in competition this past weekend. Miami then faces Valparaiso (56) 10 a.m. Saturday. The Crusaders went 1-2 with losses against the University of Missouri and Morehead State University (MSU) in the MSU Eagle Challenge, but they have plenty to be excited about with their 3-0 sweep of Savannah State University. Valpo sophomore middle hitter
Morgan Beil is a solid overall player with her 10 kill, 3 dig and 8-block performance against MSU. Redshirt sophomore middle hitter Lindsay Hauch is also a major contributor for Valparaiso and had nine kills and 11 digs against the Savannah State. The Red and White then close out the Classic against Indiana at 7 p.m. The Hoosiers (6-3) are coming into their own tournament on a 1-2 skid in the Butler Invitational with losses against Stephen F. Austin University and the Bulldogs of Butler University. The Hoosiers earned a 3-0 victory over Western Illinois University. Redshirt junior outside hitter Jordan Haverly had 16 kills and 11 digs in the Butler defeat, and freshman setter Katie Gallagher put in some work of her own with 36 assists and 14 digs. The RedHawks have great players of their own that are going to Indiana this weekend. Junior libero Madison Hardy was named the Mid-American Conference’s (MAC) Defensive Player of the Week this week following her 41 digs and three reception errors in the Best Western/Sycamore Inn Invitational. Sophomore setter/outside hitter Meg Riley leads the team with 135 kills this season, amounting to 3.55 kills per set, while senior setter Amy Kendall is tops on the club in assists with 225. The ’Hawks also have the benefit of having young talent, with redshirt freshman outside hitter Sarah Chaney and middle hitter Jenny Ingle combining for 50 blocks in the young season. Miami hopes this week of practice will bring them closer to the team’s goals. “We’re working to improve our team communication in-game,” Kendall said. “It’s important that we get on the same page mentally by this weekend. MAC play is right around the corner, and we need to be at our best this weekend and after.”
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Community Advancement Program aims to hold Greek community to higher standards After nearly three years of task force and committee meetings and recommendations, Miami University’s Greek community is setting out to raise its standards with the implementation of its new Community Advancement Program. The Fraternity and Sorority Coalition Assessment Project recommends that Miami’s Greek community develop shared community standards. The Cliff Alexander office took recommendations from various task forces and merged them with the Miami’s already-existing Greek awards program to develop the Community Advancement Program. The new program consists of keeping updated rosters and records, programs and events
chapters are required to put on, individualized strategies for chapters to hold themselves accountable to certain standards as well as a requirement that 50 percent of a chapter must be involved in another student organization on campus. The editorial board of The Miami Student feels that this is a step in the right direction for the Greek community at Miami. Due to events over the past few years, the image of Greek life needs to be improved and this program could be the improvement. However, the board also worried that new rules might not change the behavior or actions of a few individuals. A rulebook can lay out expectations and standards, but members may choose not to
follow those guidelines. This won’t be the savior from all of Greek life’s problems. The Greek community is a strong one but it needs standards. If members of the community want the national recognition and the privileges that come with Greek life, they need to meet the higher standards that come with that recognition. Although changes or improvements may not be seen right away, the program is a good effort on behalf of all those involved with the Greek community. We should continue to reward those who meet the standards and are doing well, and try to make sure everyone involved in any organization is being held accountable to these standards.
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State Issue 2 will keep elections transparent In response to the editorial in The Miami Student concerning the establishment of an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, the search for an ideal solution to gerrymandering will always be elusive. Opponents of State Issue 2, which will create such a commission by amendment to the Ohio Constitution, state that the Commission invites manipulation, because political novices will go mano a mano against veteran party professionals. It is precisely such veterans who will be excluded from a place on the commission. Indeed, local level politicians will be permitted to serve, so long as they have not been large donors. Drafters of the Commission’s rules purposely left the door open for locally engaged citi-
zens to apply for membership on the commission. Is it a problem that the process of naming members of the commission involves appeals-court judges? A dozen Ohio law professors and the past President of the Bar Association signed a letter emphasizing that judges will serve only as screeners of applicants. The signers of the letter noted that in Ohio and other states judges are already involved in appointments to boards and commissions. Judges occupy the most impartial, non-political branch of government, so they are just the people to play the role of screeners. Criteria that guide the drawing of district lines will be binding upon the members of the commission, whose reason for wishing to serve is fairness in the creation of districts that are
competitive and reflect Ohio’s political balance between the two major parties. Political balance will enable voters to hold elected officials accountable. Unlike the secretive manner in which the legislators drew the maps in 2011, transparency will guide the work of the Commission. The public will have full access to the Commission’s work, and members of the public may submit maps. Attempts by the Ohio General Assembly to reform itself have failed. An independent commission is exactly what is needed to allow voters to choose their representatives instead of the representatives picking their voters.
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To all men out there. Do you realize that in your fallacious attempt to “liberate” women from our makeup and high heels by proclaiming “I love natural/real girls” that you are, in fact, enforcing the same patriarchal ideals you seek to destroy by assuming we do these things for you in the first place? In other words, we don’t always necessarily do these things for you. So please stop trying to help us feel more comfortable or confident by “allowing” us to go without makeup. Only we can build confidence in ourselves as individuals. It’s like that uncredited image that has been flying through Facebook and Tumblr: “You should be offended when someone claims that women should prevent rape by not wearing certain things or not going to certain places or not acting a certain way. That line of thinking presumes that you are i capable of control. That you are so uncivilized that it takes extraordinary effort for you to walk down the street without raping someone. That you require certain dress code be maintained, that certain behaviors be employed so that maybe today, just maybe, you won’t rape someone. It presumes that your natural state is rapist.” What I mean to say is not that the opinions of men should be completely ignored by girls, or that men are the true victims in cases of rape against women. In fact, this is the complete opposite as men can be victims of rape too. But what I mean to say with these two statements is that men pay an equally important role in the evolution of gender equality. While we are not looking to you for approval or justification of any sort, we do need support. Support in ways that speak to women as people, not as interest groups or the warm body you call on a Saturday night. Men need to realize that the reasons why women do things are not always for them. Along with the stereotype that girls who wear short skirts and tight tops are “sluts” or “whores”, these same girls may not necessarily be wearing those to get a guy’s attention. In the interest of full disclosure maybe they are. But maybe they wear them to show off their awesome physique that they work on in the gym. Men also need to realize that the perception of rape and victim-blaming does not fall
entirely on women. But that the actions of men have also been dragged into the discussion of rape in today’s society. What a woman wears or does, whether stone cold sober or under the influence, should never under any circumstance affect a man’s actions towards her. Men, it is up to you to be, not a “true gentleman”, but simply a decent human being and respect that woman and to not judge her, regardless of her choices and her actions and behavior. You should be offended when society claims that you are not capable of basic self-control and that outside factors (e.g. a women’s dress, alcohol or anything else) persuaded you to disrespect another individual. Yes it is true that men do not need to take nearly as many precautions as women do when trying to “prevent rape”. But men do not have the burden of trying to “prevent rape”, as if this act is entirely preventable and that society still places the blame completely upon women. If a man did as much as a woman does to prevent assault he would be diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), one in six women in the U.S. are victims of attempted or completed assault or rape. Only one in 33 men have been victims of attempted or completed rape. Although there is a great difference in the numbers, rape among men still does occur. But do you think men are subjected to victim blame based on clothing or actions as much as women are? Men need to step up to the plate and participate in the fight for equal rights, to allow women to live free of violence, victim blaming and sex shaming. We need to change the message we all send out from one of “don’t get raped” to “don’t rape.” To all men out there. We don’t need your justification for our looks, our actions, our behavior or our choices. What we need is your support and your help in the matter of equality between the sexes, and erasing the social stigma of victim blame placed on women. We need you to speak up when you know or see something that is wrong in the case of victim blaming. To all men out there. You are just as important in this fight.
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Voters need to be skeptical, not cynical regarding candidates Cynicism, believing that our country is too far gone or that one’s vote has no impact, departs from the healthy skepticism of a republic. A lack of information is one cause of cynicism. Bickering commentators and irrelevant reporting seem to overshadow informing the public on true substance. A couple of weeks ago, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan held a rally in Powell, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. This was the first time they spoke together in Ohio and the last time before the Republican National Convention. While The Columbus Dispatch accurately noted that their speeches’ main message centered on the economy, it did not communicate the substance of their message. Instead it chose to focus on campaign humor. The newspaper article did not inform the reader of the economic details of Romney’s speech, but it chose to quote what an Obama Campaign spokeswoman wanted people to think Romney’s message was: “trillions in tax breaks for the wealthy” and “a top-down, backward-looking economic vision that rewards the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.” No one who read this article would gain any substantive information
regarding Romney and Ryan’s message at the rally. Disappointed, I decided to inform myself by watching the Powell rally speeches on YouTube. Paul Ryan began by reminding people of “Joe the Plumber” who in 2008 asked Barack Obama about his small business tax policy and Obama responded by emphasizing the importance of spreading the wealth around. Ryan assured the Powell audience that the he and Romney want to grow the “economic pie” and that it’s not the “government’s job to redistribute the slices of the pie how they see fit.” This shows that they understand that government in America was never meant to interfere with people’s economic and individual liberty. They understand that the government is not the “source of our great strength and economic vitality,” but that the “job of government is to protect the freedoms of the people so that they may build a better life for themselves.” I think Romney’s most important message was his explanation of how “taxes are crushing your small business.” Small businesses provide over half of American jobs. As economist Art Laffer once explained, when you tax
something you get less of it. There should not be such a heavy tax on small business owners when we are trying to increase employment. Romney understands this when he said, “We will champion small business because that’s where our jobs come from.” President Obama wants to raise the federal tax on small business from 35 percent to 40 percent. And this increase is on top of all the other taxes small businesses must pay – state tax, city tax, real estate tax and even a self-employment tax. The government is taking about half the revenues of small businesses! When the Obama Campaign attacks the rich by declaring their taxes should be increased, it is attacking the small businessmen. And by doing so, it is not helping the ‘middle class’ who need the jobs produced by small businesses and who may want to start their own small business someday. The economic crisis of 2008 was prolonged by the Obama Administration’s economic misunderstandings. Government stimulus funds do little to jump-start an economy and contribute nothing towards longterm, strong economic growth. Allowing small businesses to make
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profits by paying fewer taxes enables them to hire more people, produce more and grow and subsequently jump-start the economy. Because businesses are uncertain about what the government is going to do in the future, they will not take risks to start or grow their businesses now. This is why the government shouldn’t interfere with the economy by burdening businesses with more regulations and taxes. Lastly, I would like to point out that Romney clarifies the decision of this election much like I did in my last article. “What we have laid out in America,” Romney said, “is based upon the skill, the capacity, the dream of each individual, and a government that protects their rights and encourages them to be able to realize those dreams. That’s our vision. The president’s vision is one of a larger and larger government that’s taking more and more and trying to provide more and more to you.” It is my opinion that it is essential that we keep ourselves informed. I encourage you to be skeptical, not cynical. Read and watch the speeches of both candidates, form your own opinion and then strive to hold the media accountable.
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Chicago’s public school system should be of interest to presidential candidates: teachers, unions must keep students as first priority For all intents and purposes, Chicago public schools are failing. With a 60 percent graduation rate, only 21 percent of 11thgraders college-ready in reading, 19 percent in math, 11 percent in science, and 38 percent in English, the numbers don’t lie. Chicago’s students simply are not getting the education they need and deserve. But for some reason, the local teachers’ union has decided this failure constitutes a raise, and is bucking any attempts at reforms to improve the schools by striking. And while inconsistency in administration, which leads to muddled procedures certainly plays a significant role in the failure, the raw numbers show the crisis of public education in this country and in Chicago. In any other field, most employees of Chicago’s public schools would be thanking their lucky stars they’re still employed with these results — instead of rejecting a 16 percent raise as insufficient. Yet that’s exactly what the union did when it forced its members to go on strike starting Monday, leaving 350,000 students
and countless parents in a highly undesirable position. Situations like this are the unfortunate reality in the twilight zone of public education. By striking, Chicago’s teachers have abandoned the very students they’ve pledged to serve. The union’s argument for a strike is actually somewhat sound. The teachers feel underappreciated, and their professional quality of life is quite low. They’re doing what any group in their position does: clinging hopelessly to the status quo and hoping that they can still make a difference everyday. Fear of change is natural, but unfortunately for the old institution of public education, change is highly necessary in our brave new world. Today it’s clear that public education must be about more than petty gripes by a group of workers. It’s about the future of our country. Plus, for education reform to ever truly take root, teachers, as Geoffrey Canada said when he visited campus last year, have to stop viewing themselves as workers, and instead see themselves as professionals.
Workers need protection from bosses. Professionals need some, but are held to high standards of success. And even if the union’s ‘beefs’ are somewhat legitimate, taking their ball and going home like they have is not the way to solve the big problems. Though negotiations are ongoing, this is essentially what a strike is. On another note, this strike seems to be a big opportunity for Mitt Romney and his campaign. Republicans have the rare combination of the political high ground and the benefit of being correct on the education reform issue. However, the cautious-todeath Romney campaign hasn’t seized on the issue in the way that they should. And this is sad, not only because Democratic Mayor “never waste a good crisis” Rahm Emanuel will certainly seize the political points gained from this struggle, which is more political malpractice than sad. But it’s also really sad because any Republican who does not make education reform a high priority is essentially running a straw
man campaign destined to make the candidate look like nothing more than a spineless representative for the rich. You see, if you truly believe in the conservative ideological framework of equal opportunity, not equal outcomes, there could not be a more essential issue than education. It’s where we all get our start; it’s where the poor can gain the tools to rise up. It’s easy to forget that fact in the era of tax and spending cuts, but conservatives must never forget about the centrality of quality education to their ideology. Unfortunately Willard Mitt, in his polling-induced state of constantly being scared silly to say anything interesting, will not talk about fundamental education reform. It doesn’t fit in with his singleissue campaign that’s setting him up to go down in history with the likes of Thomas Dewey and Alf Landon. It also doesn’t fit in with the federalist-minded wingnuts that are already so skeptical of another big government Republican. And that’s a shame, because,
though it’s a bit crass, Mayor Emanuel is right, politicians never should waste a good crisis. Especially when it puts them in a situation to lead. And though Republican governors across the country have led on education reform, the party’s standard-bearer has not. Nothing would make a floundering Mr. Romney look stronger than if he got up and said, with more detail, “I understand that education is a great economic challenge, and I will work to make sure every child is given the tools to succeed.” Romney should denounce the strike with words as harsh as the one’s he reserved for the Obama administration’s handling of the situation in Libya before our ambassador was killed there (another atrocious mistake by a weak campaign). He should make a commitment to the American people, as a conservative, to make sure the next generation has the tools to not let America fall behind. It would make Mitt Romney look like a true political leader — something he proves more and more each day he is not.
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“But, I can definitely see where [the conflict] might be a problem,” Penncock said. “I personally wish that Student Health Services would do something like [provide notes for students].” Like Pennock and Abshire, many professors encourage students to use common sense when they have symptoms of illness. “If a student is sick, we obviously don’t want them to come to class to spread the diseases and get sicker,” Wyatt said. So as cold and flu bugs spread around campus, students and professors must tag-team efforts to prevent studies being affected. “I would encourage all faculty to be reasonable and accommodating; we all offer respect for their circumstances and just want the students to get better,” Wyatt said.
community in the past, Raykovich said the Community Advancement Program is more comprehensive. “There have been minimum standards to meet before as well, but these are definitely more detailed and more encompassing, because it reaches out to other aspects that I don’t think our community has really addressed before,” Raykovich said. Some of these new aspects being addressed include an Oxford immersion program for second-year students, as well as the requirement that 50 percent of a chapter must be involved in another student organization on campus, Raykovich said. According to Quinton Heisler, vice president of public relations for Miami’s Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Community Advancement Program brings a sense of community to Miami’s
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various Greek organizations. “The community [advancement] program I think is important because it’s more about the global Greek community as opposed to just, ‘I’m a Chi-O, I’m a Delt, I’m a DG,’” Heisler said. “It’s about, ‘I’m a Greek.’” According to Raykovich, the Community Advancement Program will help develop an improved image of Miami’s Greek community. “The image of Miami Greek life obviously stands for some improvement, we’re not going to pretend like it doesn’t,” Raykovich said. “I think that this program is a great way to build off of things that have maybe happened in the past that have been less fortunate, and use those as a way to catapult ourselves into a new idea and a new way of thinking, because things need to change, and our office is definitely embracing that and trying to be innovative and creative.”
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she said. “I would offer to drive their car.” McCandless said he recognizes that students don’t want to get their friends in trouble. “If you can’t reason with them, [it’s] better to call the police than let them get behind the wheel and injure themselves or someone else,” he said. McCandless, Young and Hazzard all agree if you are behind someone you suspect is driving drunk, you should call 911 and if you are able without putting yourself at risk, give a description and license plate of the vehicle. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SOMEONE IS HAVING A SEIZURE?
Again, the most important thing to do is call 911. “Make sure that the environment around that person is safe,” Young said. “If there are any sharp objects,
tables, those types of things when they can hurt themselves, remove them. Stay with the person until help arrives.” Hazzard said she would make sure there was space around the person and call 911. Both the MUPD and the Office of Student Wellness offer programs to inform students of the best practices in these situations. McCandless said MUPD offers programs for Resident Assistants and fraternities and sororities on any emergency topic. Young said this year the Office of Student Wellness is piloting a program titled, “I’ve Got Your Back”, which is meant to help students in these situations. “It will give students the tools they need to intervene when they witness a situation that they perceive as dangerous,” Young said. “It provides a way for students to look out for each other and creates a community of concern.
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A sampling of Study Abroad Week Events MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 8 am - 12 pm and 1 - 5 pm | Luxembourg Program Walk-in Advising | 218 MacMillan Hall 1 pm - 1:20 pm and 1:30 - 1:50 pm | Got Lux? | 114 MacMillan Hall 3:30 - 5 pm | NationaliTea | 225 MacMillan Hall 4 - 4:30 pm | Study Abroad 101 Info. Session | 225 MacMillan Hall 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Preparing for Healthy Study Abroad | 116 Phillips Hall 7 - 8 pm | Funding Study Abroad | 212 MacMillan Hall TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 11 am - 4 pm | Study Abroad Fair | Shriver MPR 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Literary London 2013 Info. Session | Bachelor Hall Reading Room 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Child Well-Being in the UK & USA Information Session | McGuffey 121 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 8 am - 12 pm and 1 - 5pm | Luxembourg Program Walk-in Advising | 218 MacMillan Hall 4 - 4:30 pm | Study Abroad 101 Info. Session | 225 MacMillan Hall SPECIAL EVENT! 7 - 9 pm | Film Viewing: Crossing Borders | 1000 FSB THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 8 am - 12 pm and 1 - 5 pm | Luxembourg Program Walk-in Advising | 218 MacMillan Hall 10 am - 11 am | IT Security While Studying Abroad - Special FBI Presentation | 212 MacMillan 1 pm - 1:20 pm and 1:30 - 1:50 pm | Got Lux? | 114 MacMillan Hall 4 - 4:30 pm | Study Abroad 101 Information Session | 225 MacMillan Hall 4:15 - 5:15 pm | Study Abroad & Career Connections | Shriver Center MPR-C 5 - 6 pm | Volunteer & Teach Abroad | 222 McGuffey Hall 6 - 7 pm | STEM Majors Abroad Information Session | 217 McGuffey Hall 7 - 8 pm | Funding Study Abroad for Diverse Students | 366 Shriver FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 8 am - 12 pm and 1 - 5 pm | Luxembourg Program Walk-in Advising | 218 MacMillan Hall
Editor JM RIEGER
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 CHRIS HOPKINS FOOD FOR THOUGHT
HALL HONORS BASKETBALL PIONEER EMBRY The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Sept. 6 that Miami alum Wayne Embry would receive the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup in recognition of Embry’s constant support of the Hall of Fame over the years. The announcement came a day before the Hall of Fame enshrined its 2012 class. Embry, a native of Springfield, Ohio and 1958 Miami University graduate, was a basketball star at Miami. He was a two-time AllAmerican Honorable Mention and the team’s MVP in 1957 and 1958. Embry was drafted in the third round (22nd overall selection) in the 1958 draft by the St. Louis Hawks but was promptly traded to the Cincinnati Royals. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, was a fivetime All-Star and won a championship in 1968 with the Boston Celtics while backing up the great Bill Russell. Embry then signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969; he retired the same season. In 1971, the Bucks hired Embry as their new general manager, making him the first African American GM in sports. In fact, Major League Baseball did not have its first African American GM until 1977 and it took the NFL 31 years after Embry’s hire to have its first interracial GM (Ozzie Newsome of the Baltimore Ravens). When the Bucks hired him they were only in their third season of existence. In Embry’s first season with the Bucks he wheeled and dealed his way into building a championship team. He traded for the pride of Crispus Attucks High School, the “Big O” Oscar Robertson. Robertson proved to be a perfect complement to the Bucks new young center, Lew Alcindor, better known as Kareem Abdul Jabar. The 1971 Bucks went on to become NBA champions in the team’s fourth year in the league.
Think about it: the Indiana Pacers are entering their 37th year in the NBA (not including their time in the ABA) and they have never won anything, but Embry was able to orchestrate a championship with an expansion team in its fourth year. He remained with the Bucks until 1977. The Cleveland Cavaliers hired Embry in 1985. During his time with the Cavs he won two Executive of the Year Awards (1992 and 1998), became the NBA’s first black team president and was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. He was inducted as a contributor to the game, not as a player. Not to be confused, Embry is already a Hall of Famer. This honor just acknowledges his illustrious career and what he has done for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Embry is one of the most respected and beloved men in the NBA. Jerry Colangelo, the director of USA Basketball who was also honored by the Hall of Fame this year said of Embry, “[He] established himself as a true pioneer in basketball — who, with quiet determination and great strength of character, made a lasting and historic impact on the game to which he dedicated his life.” It is great to see a former Redskin honored, especially with such praise. As Mr. Colangelo said, Wayne Embry is a pioneer. He has opened the door for so many African Americans. He does not get the attention that Jackie Robinson or Althea Gibson gets, but without a shred of doubt his impact on sports is just as great. For decades African Americans struggled just to play on the same field with their white counterparts. Embry showed that not only could they play in the same arena but also that they can lead teams in the front office.
RedHawk golfers start strong, tee up Wolf Run By Joe Gieringer
For The Miami Student
The Miami University men’s golf team started the 2012-2013 season strong, finishing the Marshall Invitational in fourth place Tuesday. The ’Hawks beat out squads including Ohio University, the University of Toledo, Wright State University and Xavier University. The RedHawks shot a 284 final round score of 1 over par and shot 10 over par as a team for the tournament, just nine strokes out of second place. Senior Brett Tomfohrde led the RedHawks with an even score of 213, good enough to tie for 12th individually. Tomfohrde also shot a 3 under par 68 in the second round Monday, the best round of any RedHawk in the tournament. Junior Austin Kelly shot a 4 over par 217, finishing tied for 24th. Senior Ben Peacock, redshirt junior Mark MacDonald and sophomore Scott Cahill all finished the tournament with an eight-over par 221, tying for 44th overall. Tomfohrde said in addition to a good attitude brought into the tournament by the players and Head Coach Zac Zedrick, the team was really just ready to be back playing as a team. “It feels good to get back out there in competition,” Tomfohrde said. “All of us had that itch to get back on the course. Coach [Zedrick] thought we did very well. [It’s] always nice to beat a rival squad like Xavier [too].” The senior was equally ecstatic about his 11th place finish, though he got off to a rocky start.
“[The] first round was frustrating,” Tomfohrde said. “I made some bad decisions mentally and it cost me a few shots. But the final round got off to a good start, and it was overall a good tournament for myself. And I thought we did a really good job [as a team] finishing fourth.” Peacock agreed with Tomfohrde and said the team is heading in the right direction. “I was a little disappointed with my performance,” Peacock said. “But at the same time, it was good to see our team coming in with some birdies and finishing strong. I’m proud of the guys.” The RedHawks only have a few days to prepare for their next tournament, The Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind. Tomfohrde is confident his team will be ready for their next challenge. “We have an off day today, and then everyone will work on what they think they need to work on from Marshall,” Tomfohrde said. Peacock looks forward to playing a top rated course and seeing what his team can do as they enter the second competition of the year. “I’ve never seen Wolf Run before, and I’m excited to play it,” Peacock said. “A lot of people say it’s one of the best courses in the country. As for us, we just need to keep it up and keep the same mindset. We went into Marshall with more confidence than we did in the spring of last year. We can do some pretty cool things if we play good golf.” The Red and White open play with 36 holes at Wolf Run Saturday, finishing with a final round of 18 holes Sunday.
’Hawks head to blue turf By Tom Downey Senior Staff Writer
The Miami University football team (1-1) travels to Boise, Idaho Saturday to take on the Boise State University Broncos (0-1) on Boise’s famous blue turf. Boise has the most wins of any college program over the past six years, going 63-7 in that stretch. The Broncos have also played in 10 straight bowl games. However, this year they return only seven starters and are without two first round NFL draft picks as well as their starting quarterback from the past four seasons. “Boise is still a dominant team,” Head Coach Don Treadwell said. “They are a traditional powerhouse and quite frankly we respect and appreciate what they’ve done and how they’ve done it. What [Head] Coach [Chris] Petersen has done at Boise is what we aspire to do here. He has presented a road map on how to do that.” Senior wide receiver Andy Cruse has 20 catches this year and is tied for fourth in the nation and first in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in receptions. “It doesn’t mean anything to me,” Cruse said. “I’m lucky enough to be the guy catching the ball.” The RedHawks ran for 110 yards against Southern Illinois University, marking only the fourth time in the past 14 games they have managed to gain 100 yards on the ground. True
freshman running back Jamire Westbrook and sophomore running back Spencer Treadwell got the majority of the work, gaining 18 and 73 yards respectively. They also each rushed for a score. “Right now, I’m assuming [Jamire] Westbrook would start and Spencer [Treadwell] would roll in there some with [redshirt junior running back Justin] Semmes,” Coach Treadwell said. “It’ll probably be
I’m lucky enough to be the guy catching the ball.” ANDY CRUSE
SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER
those three sitting here today.” The only other time the two teams met was in 2009, when the Broncos crushed the Red and White 48-0. It was the last time the ’Hawks have been held scoreless in a game. The game also marked the first time redshirt senior quarterback Zac Dysert made a college appearance. Dysert came on in relief and completed two passes. “The last time we played them they thumped us,” Cruse said. “It is going to be a pretty big challenge and we are excited about the opportunity to play there.” The new Broncos quarterback is junior Joe Southwick, who
completed 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards and a pick against Michigan State University in the team’s only game this year. Boise will likely rely on redshirt senior running back D.J. Harper, who has 24 career touchdowns, nine of which came last season. He struggled against Michigan State, mustering only eight yards on 15 carries. “[Michigan State] presents more challenges than most teams not only because of their multiplicity but because they do it so well,” Treadwell said. “They can be in any formation at any time and do a variety of things.” The Broncos are known for their trick plays, which is something the RedHawks hope to contain. “It is just playing fundamental football,” senior linebacker Pat Hinkel said. “Staying gap-sound and staying home and not worrying about someone else’s job.” On the injury front for the ’Hawks, senior offensive lineman JoJo Williams should be ready to go and has been practicing. However, true freshman guard Brandyn Cook, who started the season opener, is out indefinitely with a finger injury, according to Coach Treadwell. Senior offensive lineman Matt Kennedy will likely be a game-time decision. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. EST and will be shown on the NBC Sports Network. The RedHawks return home Sept. 22 to take on the University of Massachusetts Minutemen in Miami’s MAC opener.
Soccer aims for fourth-straight win
KIM PARENT THE MIAMI STUDENT
The Miami University soccer team faces Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and Indiana State University this weekend, shooting for its best start since 1999. Wins over IPFW and Indiana State would improve the RedHawks record to 7-1 on the year.
By Win Braswell
For The Miami Student
The Miami University soccer team has just two games remaining until it opens Mid-American Conference (MAC) play against the University of Akron. The RedHawks sit at 5-1 heading into their final two non-conference games against the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Mastodons and the Indiana State University Sycamores. Miami plays IPFW 5 p.m. Friday in Oxford and will travel to Terre Haute, Ind. to take on Indiana State 1 p.m. Sunday. Miami has capitalized on opponents’ mistakes thus far and put on an offensive clinic, scoring 19 goals through six games, placing them ninth nationally in offense. The ’Hawks also have posted three shutouts this season, just one behind their 2011 season total. The RedHawks have a chance to surpass their 2011 total, as they will face two teams that have had their offensive woes this season. Neither team has scored more than two goals all season. Heading into its final two pre-MAC tune-ups, Miami faces two teams looking to get their seasons on the right track. IPFW is 2-3, having been shutout 1-0 in each loss. The Sycamores are 3-3-1, and have also been shut out in two of their three losses as well. “I think both games will be difficult,” Head Coach Bobby Kramig said. “IPFW hasn’t scored a lot, but they haven’t given much up either. They defend well, and are a very fundamentally sound team. The same goes for Indiana State.”
Kramig also stressed his team’s need for a stout defensive effort. “We really have to pressure the ball,” Kramig said. “We can’t sit back and catch their attacks. I think if we defend up the field, it puts us in a much better position to attack and break teams down.” Senior captain Jess Kodiak likes where the team is mentally and physically priming up for conference play. She also believes a strong defensive effort can carry the team forward. “I do feel that we need to keep improving with each game,” Kodiak said. “It’s good that we’re winning, but we still have small mistakes to fix with these last two games, because those mistakes in conference play will hurt us a lot more. As far as defense, it is the most important part of the game. That leads to us scoring and taking other teams out of the game.” One of Miami’s strengths has been its speed on its offensive attack, especially from freshman forward Haley Walter and junior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski. The two were a key part of the ’Hawks shutout victory over Austin Peay State University, getting past defenders to find open teammates and eventually wearing down the legs and stamina of the Lady Govs. Kramig touts his team’s speed and quickness, but feels that perfecting other facets of the team identity will take them further this season. “There aren’t too many secrets in these games,” Kramig said. “I don’t think either team will surprise the others in these next two games. There are ways to defend speed, just like anything else. One of these
days, we’re going to run into a team that is set up perfectly to defend that and take that away from us. We can’t afford to be one-dimensional. We need to have a ‘plan B.’ We haven’t had to go to it much, but we’ll be prepared for it when the time comes.” The team’s youth has also been an integral key to its success this season. Freshman forward/midfielder Haley Walter has scored three goals to go with three assists. Walter has added a spark to the team in critical moments. Freshman forward Katee Wensinger also has an assist and tacked on her first collegiate goal in Miami’s 4-0 victory over Austin Peay. “Scoring my first goal was unreal,” Wensinger said. “It all happened so fast. I didn’t really have time to think, just react. It was cool to actually contribute to the team, and put in a goal. I’m glad it came from a team effort, instead of my dribbling up the field by myself. I’m definitely ready to score more goals.” Wensinger also said the team is peaking at the right moment in the season. “The chemistry of the team is very good right now,” Wensinger said. “We communicate better each game and we have gotten used to each other. Everyone knows what the other can do and it has really shown so far. These last two games will be good for us to build on that strong team bond, then test it out in the MAC.” With wins in these next two games, Miami would match its alltime best eight game start since the team started 7-1 in 1999.
Published on Sep 14, 2012
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