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VOLUME 138 NO. 10
Friday, September 24, 2010
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Miami to phase out passport meal plan
By Shane Corcoran For The Miami Student
As a vast majority of students abandon the passport meal plan option in favor of the more flexible diplomat option, Miami University has proposed eliminating passport altogether for the 2011-2012 school year. Currently, there are 850 students on the passport plan and 6,025 students with diplomat, and these numbers continue to change each week as more students convert from passport to diplomat meal plans, according to Lucinda Coveney, director of housing contracts and meal plans. Coveney said Miami expects 200 to 300 students to change their meal plans by spring semester each year. She said an increased number of students have reported difficulties purchasing full meals with the basic passport
meal plan at à la carte dining locations like Bell Tower and La Mia Cucina. Unlike buffet-style dining halls where students are charged one flat fee, food items at à la carte locations are priced individually. This difference makes it more difficult for passport users to purchase full meals while staying under the assigned cash allowance. Even with additional snack accounts, students with passport still do not wield the same freedoms as those with diplomat. Sophomore Cameron Mokas is forced to dine at à la carte locations because of his busy schedule. “I went to Bell Tower for lunch and couldn’t even get a spicy chicken (sandwich), a small fry and a drink without going over (the price limit),” Mokas said. “I had to stand there extremely embarrassed until the kid behind me in line offered to pay for me with his diplomat.”
According to Coveney, the base rate for the passport plan is re-evaluated each year in accordance with the re-evaluation of all food-associated costs. Fluctuating with supply and demand changes and ingredient costs, prices also depend on labor, maintenance and utilities. “The passport plan is priced with a balance between the cost of the food served in all-you-care-to-eat buffets as well as à la carte services,” Coveney said. She said the overall price of passport is based upon the adjusted prices of breakfast, lunch and dinner, which are currently priced at $5.50, $6.95 and $7.85 respectively. While Coveney said she regrets problems students with passport face, she said an overhaul of dining locations has largely contributed to problems with passport.
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MU prepares for smaller first-year class By Melanie Rybar For The Miami Student
Miami University may be expecting a smaller class in 2015. While Miami’s current firstyear class is made up of 3,635 students, the class of 2015 is expected to be approximately 3,450 students. The Strategic Priorities Task Force proposed the suggestion. “Even though the decision is still just a proposal, it seems as if there is strong support throughout the university for lowering the enrollment … a definite decision has not been made, but it seems to be generally accepted,” Associate Provost Michael Dantley said. Dantley said the smaller class size would have beneficial impacts on all students. “(This would) allow the university to maintain a steady state, and by that I mean this would provide the student body with better access to the resources the university has to offer such as the housing, dinning, smaller classes and professors,” Dantley said. “The smaller class size allows us to keep a steady state without having to increase anything in those areas and
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First-years Anna Karwowski, Quinn Butler, Sammie Arundel and Lauren Wenstrup enjoy Miami four weeks in. given the financial situation, maintaining status quo makes good financial sense.” Sophomore Casey Wyckoff said she did not agree. “Honestly, I’m worried about this decision,” Wyckoff said. “Lowering the class size could lead to an increase in tuition or a decrease in the budget. I believe that Miami needs to work on solving the housing problem, but I’m not sure what to think about this.” A smaller class size would not necessarily create a hole in the university budget, according to David Creamer, vice president of finance and business services. “You must understand that new revenue for the university is looked at as a five year period of time, we are not looking at a single year,” Creamer said. “No
immediate financial shortfalls (or) changes in revenue are expected for next year.” Wyckoff wonders what would happen to upperclassmen who want to live on campus. “The fact that the university is cutting the number of beds available to upperclass students is crazy,” Wyckoff said. “I can’t believe they are going to turn away upperclassmen. A university should be able to house all of its students that want to live on campus. Although I am skeptical about some of these decisions, I am confident that eventually everything will work out with the housing problems Miami faces, even though they may not happen as rapidly as we would like.” While Miami will still be offering upperclassmen the option of living on campus, Creamer said not all students will be satisfied.
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“I expect that there will be some juniors and seniors who would prefer to live on campus that won’t be accommodated,” Creamer said. “The housing plan is already very expensive and the cost and risk of the plan would increase if we built enough beds to respond to the maximum demand that we might experience in any given year. The university’s residential experience is primarily designed around the needs of freshmen and sophomores.” This decision will require an effort from all parts of campus. “Lowering the class size will no doubt increase the quality of the class, even though we can’t complain about the current quality — it will make the application process a more challenging effort for students,” Dantley said. “Making a class takes a university effort, it is not just about admissions, it is the entire university’s responsibility.”
GETTING THE GOLD
The only Miami student to receive an Olympic medal as a student reflects on his experience.
FEATURES, page 6
CHANGING IT UP
The Miami University Bookstore begins renovations at the Shriver Center.
COMMUNITY, page 4
MOVIN’ ON UP
CAMPUS, page 2 Butler County receives funding to redevelop struggling neighborhoods.
COMMUNITY, page 4
By Kristen Grace Senior Staff Writer
Student organizations that have trouble staying in the black when it comes to budgeting will have to be a little more careful with their spending habits. Tom Foster, vice president of student organizations, will soon be introducing new legislation to student senate that will close the debt relief program and change the way Associated Student Government (ASG) handles the funding of organizations that fall into debt. Currently, student organizations that are in debt to the university have their accounts frozen and are no longer able to access additional funds. These organizations have the option to enter the debt relief program, which was established by ASG two years ago. In this program, ASG takes on an organization’s debt to the university and then the organization is indebted to them, Foster said. The organization is then expected to raise funds to repay their debt, which ASG matches 200 percent, hopefully pulling the organization completely out of debt. “We essentially cut that debt by a third,” Foster said. Foster’s new legislation proposal will close the debt relief program, no longer offering a fallback for student organizations. He said while the program helps to relieve organizations in debt, it does not help prevent them from getting into debt in the first
place, which is what he hopes his new legislation will do. Foster said he plans to include in the legislation that any student organization that falls into debt will not have access to certain university privileges such as table tents and reserving rooms for meetings as part of a deterrent. In the past, organizations have had trouble keeping track of their budget because of a difficult to read monthly statement, Foster said. But now, they will be able to check their available balance online any time they want. “Organizations have the tools now to know how much there is in their accounts and not go into deficit,” Foster said. “Now it’s going to be on organizations to check that beforehand and make sure they have enough money.” Up for approval is potentially the last round of organizations that will receive assistance from the debt relief fund. This includes the glee club, which two years ago was over $100,000 in debt after the money for the club’s tour to China was not responsibly collected, said current glee club president Chris Greenland. “Our then-treasurer decided to just trust that everyone would pay for the trip rather than keep track,” Greenland said. The glee club initially decided not to enter the debt relief program. “We had so much debt originally that
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CAMPUS, page 2 Hospital cuts hours and employees in a tough economy.
ASG may cut debt relief
THREE’S A CHARM?
Miami football takes on Missouri in an attemept to win three games straight.
SPORTS, page 12
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NEWS GRE to experience changes BRIEFS By Jenna Yates
For The Miami Student
AWARD Professors win award for achievements Professors Katie Johnson and Marguerite (Peggy) Shaffer have been named 2010 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Educators. Johnson, an associate professor of English, and Shaffer, an associate professor of American studies and history, will receive a $2,000 professional expense account. Each professor will also present a lecture during the academic year. Johnson specializes in theater, film and gender studies and is the author of Sisters in Sin: The Image of the Prostitute on the New York Stage. She is working on Sex for Sale: American Brothel Plays, 1909-1926 and on a book project called Razing the Great White Way: Toward a New Genealogy of Broadway’s Golden Era. Shaffer specializes in U.S. cultural history with an emphasis on conceptions of nature and the construction of public culture. Her research focuses on the expressions and activities of popular environmentalism. She has written See America First: Tourism and National Identity, 1880-1940 and edited of Public Culture: Diversity, Democracy and Community in the United States.
FYI Entrepreneurship ranks in top 25 programs After evaluation of over 2,000 programs, Miami University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship has recently been named the 20th top undergraduate program in the United States. The ranking and evaluation was conducted by both Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review. The Miami program, which is located in the Farmer School of Business, has been ranked in the top 25 nationally four times in the last five years. The assessment analyzed Miami’s success in entrepreneurship fundamentals, success of instructors as an entrepreneur, staff and student relationships and experimental or opportunities involving entrepreneurship outside of the classroom.
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EVENT Whole Foods CEO to speak at FSB John Mackie, co-CEO of Whole Foods, will launch Miami’s 2010-2011 Executive Speakers Series when he visits the university Tuesday, Sept. 28. Hosted by the Farmer School of Business (FSB), the lecture series will kick off with Mackey’s lecture, Conscious Business and Conscious Capitalism: New Paradigms for the 21st Century, at 5 p.m. in FSB’s Taylor Auditorium. As co-CEO of Whole Foods, Mackey’s company is the leading purveyor of natural and organic foods. Named 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, Mackey represents the future of health food in the global marketplace. After opening a small Texas-based health food store in 1978, Mackey helped merge his store with another natural food store to create Whole Foods. With over $8 billion in annual sales, Whole Foods currently has 270 locations in North America and the U.K. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Educational Testing Service has made changes to the GRE that will impact college juniors and seniors applying for graduate school. According to Dawn Piacentino, director of GRE communications and services, the most significant changes are being made to the verbal section. “We’re going to have more emphasis on text-based material, and we are removing antonyms and analogies from the section, and we will have some new question types,” Piacentino said. “All of the sections are being revised to more closely reflect the kind of thinking that students do when they’re in graduate or
business school.” According to Piacentino, the analogies test vocabulary. The GRE will still will be testing vocabulary on the verbal section, but it will include more reading material. According to Miami University junior Alex Birdsall, the verbal analogies in the current version add some personality to the test. “The verbal analogies were a valuable way to assess the well-rounded knowledge of each test taker and by taking that away I feel as though they are taking the personality out of the test,” Birdsall said. Senior Chris DeFranco, who will be applying to graduate school for psychology, disagrees. “Personally, I don’t like analogies,” DeFranco said. “I think analogies can be confusing because
they’re so open to interpretation, especially when you’re timed.” According to Piacentino, the GRE is making test taking a much friendlier experience for students. Within a given section, the computer will allow students to move forward, omit questions, go back and change answers and mark questions that they want to come back to for further review. The new test design will allow studens to use more of their own personal test-taking strategies. Piacentino said there will be a new on-screen calculator on the test. “The reason for that is to reduce the emphasis on computation,” Piacentino said. “The point of the quantitative reasoning of that feature is not to
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University bookstore undergoes renovations By Mandi Cardosi Staff Writer
Students may have noticed the new location of the Miami University Bookstore next to Haines Food Court- the first step in major renovations to the university bookstore. Beginning in October, the university bookstore will undergo dramatic renovations. According to Frank Koontz, director of the Miami University Bookstore, the changes will allow for more space and increased flexibility. Koontz said funding is coming from the saved earnings of the bookstore itself, and when all is accomplished, total costs are expected to remain under $1 million. The ticket center and bathrooms will be taken out and
SPT plans graduate cutbacks By Stephen Bell Campus Editor
Miami University’s Strategic Priorities Task Force (SPT) held its much-anticipated student forum last night, where they reviewed suggested cuts to the university’s graduate program. Looking to cut graduate assistantships in non-academic areas, the SPT targeted graduate students working in non-academic buildings like King Library. The SPT suggested Miami fill the library and other such positions with regular hires, rather than grad students operating away from their home departments. Furthermore, the committee is looking to decrease the number of academic departments and subsequent majors in an attempt to prevent an estimated $20 million debt Miami could face by 2015. For some graduate students, the thought of scaling down departments is terrifying. Robert Tolley, a graduate student in the physics department, questioned what Miami would do with graduate students whose majors are cut. “What are we doing to people who already chose those majors?” Tolley said. “What are they going to do with people who have put their work into a degree Miami already offers? Sorry you missed out?” In addition to proposed
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included as part of the bookstore, according to Koontz, allowing for an expansion of the overall space. “It’s going to look really good,” Koontz said. “We believe the customers are going to like it a lot in the long run.” Koontz said the bookstore’s upper floor will be the first to undergo changes and the merchandise located on that floor will be transferred to the basement and swing space, the previous TV area near the Haines Food Court. Once the top floor is renovated, everything from the basement section will be moved to the new main floor. There are also plans to expand the computer portion of the bookstore, Koontz said. He said the separation of Apple and Windows products will bring about
more productivity for a customer-friendly atmosphere, allowing for a more “techy” look. “We have needed to make these changes for years,” Koontz said. “There have been no major renovations since 1990.” Additionally, Koontz said the bookstore’s existing stairwell will be rotated 90 degrees. A Clinique counter will also be added once the updates are made. Koontz said the counter will be in the center of the store, and when customers come up the stairs it will be the first thing in sight. “I’m telling you, when everything is done it will be unrecognizable,” he said. Junior Amber Billock said she is not surprised by the renovations. Billock said compared to other schools she has visited, Miami does not effectively meet its students’ needs.
“I know at the University of Kentucky (UK) they have makeup, iPod and even condom vending machines,” she said. “I guess it seems like other schools have already tried to adapt to the students more efficiently.” Billock said UK has these machines located in places such as the student center and dormitory basements. However, not everyone is excited about the new changes. Senior Nick Plummer said the project is a waste of his tuition money, especially when the university is laying off employees. “They’re asking for more money while people all over campus are being laid off and expected to do the same work for a smaller income,” Plummer said. If everything goes as planned, the entire process should be complete by spring 2011.
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Hospital cuts jobs, hours By Melissa Tacchi Staff Writer
Suspicious males solicit student at Wal-Mart At around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers spoke with a Miami University senior regarding solicitors working outside Wal-Mart on College Corner Pike. The female student told police she was walking out of the store when a male approached her and began asking her personal questions. He reportedly told her he was a non-traditional Miami student who had trouble making friends, but he was selling magazines for a class in order to win a trip to Italy. When the student refused the offer, he reportedly continued to try to persuade her. In order to get him to leave her alone, the student eventually agreed to purchase a magazine. He reportedly asked her to get money from the ATM inside the store and followed her there. According to police reports, at the ATM he changed his original price from $20 to $34, reportedly admitting that there was a large tax. The student told police she didn’t argue over cost in order to get rid of the suspect. Once she got money from the ATM, the male reportedly took her to another heavyset male in order to get change. The second male reportedly asked the student for her address because he said the money would be donated to a hospital and they would be sending a thank you card. After the transaction, the student reportedly left the store and went to class. After her class, she reportedly called the store to report the men and they told her to call police. The first male was reportedly a husky white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall with brown hair. The second male was reportedly heavyset with short, white fuzzy hair. No arrests have been made in the case, but police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Senior reports stolen wallet On Tuesday, Oxford police met with a Miami University senior regarding the theft of her wallet. The student’s wallet was reportedly left on the driveway of a residence on High Street when she went inside after playing with her friends and their dog. When she returned, the wallet was reportedly gone. There were reportedly no witnesses or suspects related to the incident.
Sophomore reports stolen laptop, charger At around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, a Miami University sophomore reportedly told police her laptop computer had been taken from her parked Dodge Neon on Wells Mill Drive. The student reportedly told police she had locked her doors that night, but when she reached her car the next day, her driver’s door was reportedly unlocked. Her HP laptop computer and charger were reportedly missing. There are no leads or suspects at this time, according to police.
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In an effort to save an estimated $1.1 million annually and improve financial stability, Oxford’s McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital (MHMH) is eliminating 22 full-time positions and cutting hours. The 36 employees who were directly affected by the cuts were either offered a different position, a scheduled hour reduction or will be collecting unemployment, according to Brian Hehemann, CEO of the hospital. This accounts for 4.8 percent of the hospital’s annual total man-hours budget. “It is unfortunate for those who are affected by the cuts, but it was either that or be without a hospital,” said Dr. Bruce Gray, head of the anesthesiology department. “In sight of the big picture they were necessary and hopefully when the economy is better then we will re-hire.” According to Hehemann, the general economic conditions, lower than expected patient activity levels and rising costs are responsible for the recent cutbacks. Additionally, the hospital is facing Medicare and Medicaid payment cuts while continuously paying the State of Ohio Hospital Medicaid Tax. As of Sept. 20, certain department hours and practices were altered. According to Hehemann, the immunotherapy clinic has experienced a 25 percent cut in available weekly hours. In addition, the Brookville location will be eliminating X-ray services and will limit mammogram availability. “The overall changes to our service hours were
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Dawn Rupp, registration representative for McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, sorts through forms Thursday. relatively small,” Hehemann said. “We do not foresee any impact on bedside care, customer service or family support.” For Miami University junior Patrick Gray, son of Dr. Bruce Gray, the issues surrounding the hospital are often brought into his home life. “The economy is hitting everywhere, not just Oxford,” Patrick Gray said. “I am sure it was difficult for my dad to cut people who have worked for him for eight years, but his hands were tied and he did what he had to for the benefit of the hospital.” According to Hehemann, in the event that
patient volumes return to a profitable measure, nine individuals have been granted preference for re-hire. For those employees who will not be returning or re-positioned, benefits will be remaining intact for 90 days per hospital policy. “We will continue to carry out our community mission to provide premier health care services for years to come, as we have for the first 53 years of our existence,” Hehemann said. “Our staff stands for excellence, and these cost adjustments will not affect the collective commitment, dedication and pride always in existence here.”
County receives funds for neighborhood restoration By Castle Arnold For The Miami Student
Butler County was recently awarded $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help deal with foreclosed homes and vacant buildings in the area. The money is part of the third round of HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and Donna Everson, community development director for Butler County, is very excited to get the process rolling. “The money is supposed to address foreclosed and abandoned properties that are in unsafe conditions, are home to criminal activity and ultimately bring the neighborhood down,” Everson said.
“Through NSP we can acquire the property, build new and resell it.” Butler County received $4.2 million back in 2008 when the first round of NSP, NSP 1, took place, according to Everson. NSP 2 was much more competitive, whereas NSP 1 and 3 were formula based, looking at areas that needed it the most. “There is a huge spreadsheet outlined by each census block and each one was given a number one through 10, 10 being the worst that needed to be addressed,” Everson said. “So what we did was take the 10s through the sevens and look at how many homes are vacant, unemployment rates, loans, foreclosures and based on that each area was given a ranking.”
Oxford was not given any of the money because they did not achieve a ranking of at least seven out of 10. “The NSP 3 money is still being decided because it was just awarded a couple weeks ago,” Everson said. Everson is guessing the requirement will be similar to NSP 1, so the county is planning to continue its demolition program. Successful projects that took place during NSP 1 included an abandoned gas station turned into a park and a vacant building turned into a library and community center in Monroe. At least eight properties were reconstructed and approximately 30 were demolished. “I think it sounds like a good thing because it’s cleaning up neighborhoods and making them usable again,” Miami University senior
MetroPark levy to appear on November ballot By Kelsey Bishop
the money would also be used to protect existing park areas from further deterioration. Oxford voters will be voting on a “Unfortunately one of the things levy to support the MetroParks of we’ve had to do in this downturned Butler County Nov. 2. economy is close a few small parks,” The 0.5 mill levy will cover a he said. “We’ve also had to use minisix-year period. If the levy passes, it mum maintenance and increase fees will cost $15 per year for the owner around the park.” of a home with According to a tax value of Granville, the larg“The dollars are $100,000, accordest source of degetting a little ing to MetroParks pendable income scarcer than normal.” for the MetroParks Executive Director Jonathan Granville. is earned revenue JONATHAN GRANVILLE Granville said from educational EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR the MetroParks of programs, lodge METROPARKS Butler County are rental and sales. He projecting approxisaid approximately mately 18 percent less income from 40 percent of the operating income local governments in the next year. comes from earned dollars. “Projections aren’t really positive The MetroParks also receive funds from that source in the coming year,” from county commissioners and priGranville told Oxford City Council vate grants and donations. Sept. 21. “The dollars are getting a Granville said the MetroParks have little scarcer than normal.” been working to promote healthy lifeIf the levy passes, the funds allotted styles for Butler County residents. to the MetroParks will be 4 cents per “Without places where you can day for each person. practice healthy lifestyles, we’re less Granville said the City of Ox- likely to be active,” he said. ford does not currently fund the Miami University first-year Ashley MetroParks of Butler County. Hamway agreed parks are important “We have some long-standing rela- for the health of communities. tionships with some non-profit groups “Especially with obesity rates, I and some units of government,” he think parks are very important for prosaid. “We’re hoping we can add the moting outdoor activities and healthy City of Oxford to that list.” lifestyles,” Hamway said. “I hope that The funds from the levy would voters will be willing to put forth a go toward improving and provid- little extra money to fund the parks.” ing more recreational facilities and The MetroParks manage apeducational programs. proximately 55 acres throughout Granville said if the levy passes, Butler County. Community Editor
Matt Cardone said. Hamilton was given money during NSP 1, and senior Madison Peterson, a Hamilton resident, thinks they would definitely be able to make use of it again. “I do know that it sounds like a really good use of the money because Hamilton is not the nicest area,” Peterson said. “There’s a lot of old houses and everything has gone out of business, nothing is there anymore.” According to the HUD website, Ohio was awarded $51.8 million that was split up through 19 different areas. Along with demolishing foreclosed homes, NSP is giving families receiving homebuyer assistance housing counseling in order to prevent future foreclosures.
Butler County citizens may vote early Those who want to show their county pride can cast their votes early for the 2010 general election starting Sept. 28. Last year, early voting accounted for 25 percent of the votes cast in Butler County. Deadline for voter registration is Oct. 4. Applications sent by mail for early voting ballots must be received by noon Oct. 30. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Election Day. Voters must bring a state ID to vote. The Butler County Board of Elections will extend its hours for early voting: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays until Oct. 27 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 23 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 and until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 Reporting by Kelsey Bishop
City Council approves parking meter price increase Oxford City Council approved a price increase for prime parking spots uptown at its meeting Sept. 21. The 5-0 vote redefined short-term parking from 15 to 20 minutes and increased the price at short-term parking meters from 10 to 25 cents. The number of short-term parking meters will increase from five to 16 meters. “Our goal is to generate some parking turnover by providing more short-term parking for over 100 businesses uptown,” Lt. Bob Holzworth of the Oxford Police Department said at the Sept. 7 meeting. The ordinance also applies to meters in high-density parking areas uptown, which will increase the price from 25 to 50 cents per hour. High-density parking zones include the two-hour meters on High Street between Campus and College avenues, East and West Park Place and the south portion of Lot 52 (the parking lot adjacent to The Lofts of Bella Place). The new prices will go into effect Oct. 21. This is the first parking meter rate increase since 1993. Reporting by Kelsey Bishop
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Ren-Fest a dream come true
By Anna Turner Amusement Editor
I rode a camel this weekend. That’s right, I rode a f#$*ing camel. At what wonder of wonders did I ride this humped beast? Well, the Ohio Renaissance Festival, of course. In case you cannot tell by the hearty spread about Ren-Fest, we at Amusement are extremely excited to have taken part in this timeless display of medieval merriment. As enthusiastic as we we are about partaking in the festivities, nothing could have prepared us for the enchantment of that world. As soon as you enter the castle gates, you are engulfed in another universe and can suddenly better relate to the little girl in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe when she discovers Narnia. Costumed hooligans greet you, but you pay them little attention. You are mesmerized by the sheer magnitude of the grounds — there is building after building in Renaissance-esque architecture lining the gravel path that winds through Ren-Fest, creating the semblance of a village straight from the Middle Ages. It was like being caught in a time warp where nothing aged besides the ale and mead. Our first stop was at the stone carver. The mason and his daughter were using tools of old to carve mushrooms and trees, useless trinkets that would someday be thrown at the village drunk’s head. We moved on to the weaponry, where sword after sword sat menacingly in scabbards, awaiting their glorious moment in the heat of battle. But it wasn’t just swords. There were whips and axes and battle flails (the clubs with the spikes on it), oh my! I was lucky enough to wield one of the swords, despite it being taller than me and weighing four times as much as the camel I rode. Yeah, I’m a badass. With the weight of the valiant sword still tingling through my arms, we
departed the weaponry in order to visit a much more quaint shop — that of a jeweler. Yeah. That was pretty boring, to be honest. We next visited the Theatre in the Ground (a clever play on Queen Elizabeth’s Theatre in the Round), where we saw a reenactment of Beowulf that involved a mud pit and a shirtless man. Referred to as “the mudde show,” this version of Beowulf involved mud flinging, mud splashing and mud body painting. A true display of theatrics. Then there was the jousting! Sir Timothy and Sir Robert battled it out, shattering lances and ribs in the process. I don’t remember who won, but I do remember that Sir Timothy was a pansy. So I’m guessing Sir Robert won … But neither of those are real people, so I guess it doesn’t matter. The human chess match was next. The Queen declared this chess match would determine the leader of her royal navy, and a band of Renaissance clothing-clad villagers marched onto the large chess board, prepared to fight to the death. And that they did. The first duel was between a bishop and a knight. It was quite violent and went on for far too long, but was still entertaining. They knew how to party in the Renaissance, I’ll give ‘em that much. Our final stop of the day was the Vikings’ Horde, a shop filled with animal pelts and barbarianism. Exploring the Viking paraphernalia made me ache to pillage a village, but I’m kind of a pacifist and probably wouldn’t be too good at that … but hey, I can dream. And that’s what Ren-Fest is all about: a dream. A dream that somewhere in the world you can buy overpriced medieval clothes and jewelry, or watch children throw tomatoes at someone’s face, or catapult frogs into a poorlydyed pond, or eat a turkey leg the size of your face. Or, if you really dream big, you can ride a camel.
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Jousting tournament sexually arousing 400 years later By Curtis Waugh Senior Staff Writer
Held annually in Harveysberg, Ohio, the Ohio Renaissance Festival is a place where a man can go to see the clear evolution of our testosterone-driven madness: It is portly women in corsets, leather mugs of expensive ale, turkey legs, swords, scabbards, archery and yes, jousting. In a day and age when an effeminate male is thought of as “socially cool,” one can learn a thing or two from how it used to be done in the 16th century. If you have never attended a Renaissance Festival, what are you doing with your life? The second you walk up to the castle walls (yes, I said castle), you are immediately heckled and accosted by the drunken festival carnies and their abysmal English accents. If you’re a female, you will likely be hit on by more than one man fully equipped with a large weapon (the weapon of choice varies a
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great deal) and scraggly facial hair. What’s that stench, you ask? Probably the potent mixture of Viking body odor, horse manure and stale bread bowls. In other words, these workers are people you need to be around. But I digress. The real point of the Ren-Fest, as the locals call it, is the manliness of the games. Jousting was the popular spectator sport of choice during the reign of Henry VIII. In case you don’t know, jousting is an activity in which two men on horseback ride toward each other with large lances with the goal of hitting the other. Points are awarded for striking your foe, breaking your lance and knocking the opposition off his steed. Jousting was also the focal point of the excellent Heath Ledger movie (yes I said excellent), A Knight’s Tale. I really cannot think of a better way to tell another guy you want to kick his ass than to challenge him to a joust. Duels are out of
style and, frankly, overrated. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer the duel over being judged in a fair trial by a jury of your peers, but jousting is a more emphatic way of getting your statement across. But when is it appropriate to challenge someone to a joust? Oh, let me count the ways: accosted by a bro at Brick Street? Let’s joust. Docked a third of your grade by a professor because of attendance? Let’s joust. In a group project with a slacker that does zero work? Let’s joust. Want to win over a girl that’s at a party with her boyfriend? Let’s joust. And let’s not leave out the females who want to prove their worth in society. Ever been forced to do the walk of shame and the guy never called you? Yup, joust time. These brave men at the Ren-Fest, however, don’t do this awesome deed for any
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16th century offers true love By Julianna Roche Senior Staff Writer
There’s just no better turn-on than watching a steadfast knight joust his longsword, and at Ohio’s Annual Renaissance Festival it is a single girl’s fantasy come true. The festival, which started 16 years ago in Harveysburg, Ohio, has been one of the most ideal places to meet other singles for nearly two decades. Forget cities like Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Jose, ladies. The best place to meet your match is just a little more than an hour’s drive away. After a trip for pirate’s weekend a few days ago, I was able to scope out some possible prospects and narrow it down to what I consider to be the three hottest, most eligible bachelors of pretend 16th century England. No. 1: Sir Timothy, the Valiant Knight: Sure, he can’t always get his joust through the hole or hit the target, but don’t let this guy’s old age fool you. Sir Timothy has dueled some of the greatest knights in all of England’s history — he’s got the wisdom and the experience that only the noblest of knights have. Plus, if you’re one of those gold-digger types, don’t worry — he’s got a bag full of gold coins! No. 2: Cast of the Mudde Show: Three hairy, half-naked men looking for one single lady. They like doing it dirty (“it” as in theatre) in the mud and preferably in front of an audience. They’re especially into role-play, one of their favorites being Beowulf. Dress up like Grendel and you’ll have them screaming your name (Grendel, that is). No. 3: Thomas Wood the Pyrojuggler: Juggler. Fire-eater. Comedian. Adventurer. Wood’s got everything you’re looking for in a man: passion, a good sense of humor and a wild streak. He describes his performances as being flexible and versatile, so no matter your age, you’re sure to have a good time with him. Much to my dismay, I wasn’t able to find my true love, but with one more ticket left, I have high hopes that if I get some sexy wench gear, I might be able to find my soulmate.
Ways to woo a wench ... 7. Unlocketh her chastity belt with your golden key 6. Make her bosom your bosom friend 5. Bestow upon her a pox of love (i.e. syphillis) 4. Plow her barren field 3. Pierce her with your lance (5 points, 10 if she be a fair maiden) 2. Feast upon her cabbage garden 1. Pour your creamy porridge down her gullet
September 24, 2010
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By Hope Holmberg For The Miami Student
Bill Mulliken did not spend his 21st birthday at a bar on High Street. Instead, he spent it churning away in a swimming pool, preparing for his final race in Rome during the 1960 summer Olympic games. Mulliken did not celebrate his birthday with friends, but he did walk away with a gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke. His time was 2:37:4. “It was just another day as far as I was concerned,” he said. “I worked out.” Mulliken is a Miami alumnus and graduated in 1961. Fifty years later, Mulliken is the only athlete who has won an Olympic gold medal during his or her time as a Miami student, according to Michael Pearson, assistant athletic director of communications and technology at Miami. With the 50th anniversary of the 1960 summer Olympic games upon him, Mulliken said he can still vividly remember the events that took place that summer. “I can remember all my Olympic races,” Mulliken said. “There was such a long time before the ‘get set’ and the gun in every race in Rome.” After departing from Rome, Mulliken returned to Miami, where he spoke to the firstyear students at convocation about representing his country. Continuing to swim for Miami and finishing up his studies in both economics and philosophy, Mulliken completed his senior year like any other Miami student. Being voted homecoming king that year, however, was a perk. His coach during his time at Miami was Raymond Ray, a member of Miami’s Athletic Hall of Fame. “(Ray) was a real calm guy,” Mulliken said. “He was wonderful.” Ray Essick, executive director of USA Swimming from 1976 to 1997, said Raymond was a great coach for Mulliken. “He and Bill were made for each other because Ray was a very low pressure guy and Bill was not easy to push,” Essick said. “Bill was a special kind of guy because he is so selfdriven and individually motivated.” Essick said Mulliken’s high school in Champaign, Ill. did not have a swim team, but this did not stop him from training himself. He won the state championship meet and then went on to swim at Miami, Essick said. “Bill’s one of the great stories in American swimming,” Essick said. “To become an Olympic champion the way that he did is quite surprising.” Essick said Mulliken is still a great friend of USA Swimming. “He has been very active and very helpful in reconnecting with international team alumni in USA swimming,” said Mike Unger, assistant executive director at USA swimming. Mulliken also continues to support Miami’s swimming program. “Bill has been a giant supporter of Miami for as long as I can remember,” Miami men’s swim team Head Coach Pete Lindsay said. Lindsay said Mulliken’s swimming success during his time at Miami helped Miami in terms of a national presence. “Miami had the right level of dual meet competition for me,” Mulliken said. “We swam a dual meet against Ohio State, which was huge.” Since Mulliken, who went on to Harvard Law School, spent a great deal of his time balancing his studies and swimming, penciling in time to sleep was not always easy.
In order to make sleeping between classes more comfortable, Mulliken painted the walls in his bedroom at the Phi Delta Theta house black. One development he feels has advanced the sport of swimming since his time in the pool at Miami is the invention of goggles. “My eyes would hurt,” he said. “Everyone in the library probably thought I was an alcoholic because I always had red eyes, and I saw rainbows around the lights.” Crediting his Olympic gold medal to, “the light of Zeus,” Mulliken is still surprised that he, who was ranked 17 in the world at the Olympic trials, ended up winning the gold medal. “My goal was to just be on the team,” he said. “If I had just made the semi-finals, my coach would have been ecstatic.” Swimming in a lane right next to his biggest competitor, Yoshihiko Osaki from Japan, in both the semi-finals and the finals during the Olympics, Mulliken was committed to winning. Beating Osaki in both races was a triumph for Mulliken. “It really rocked his ship,” Mulliken said. “He was upset.” Some of his motivation was a result of the fact that his father had fought in World War II. “I went into the zone for sure during the semi-finals,” Mulliken said. In the midst of the Cold War, Mulliken knew allowing the Russians to beat him was not an option. “My dad said, ‘Son, you might not do much over there, but beat the Russian,’” Mulliken said. To his relief, no Russians advanced to the finals. “They showed my race three times in a row on the Jack Paar Show (an NBC late night talk show),” he said. “It was uplifting because Russia really kicked us in the medal count in Rome.” Mulliken’s confidence was heightened while waiting in the “ready room” right before his final race. Terry Gathercole from Australia, the world record holder in his event at that time, approached Mulliken and successfully scared him. “He said, ‘You work your ass off for four years and it all comes down to two and a half minutes,’” Mulliken said. “It was a good sign. I thought, ‘Is HE trying to psych ME out?’” In addition to confidence motivated by fear, Mulliken had strategy for his final race. “I had a mark at the bottom of the pool where I was going to give it the ‘kick,’” he said. “I missed the mark, realized, then picked it up.” Because it reminds him of standing up on the Olympic medal podium, Mulliken said the Star Spangled Banner still brings tears to his eyes. As a father of six and grandfather of two, Mulliken now lives in Chicago where he is the president of the Chicago branch of US Masters Swimming. He was the chairman of fundraising for the bicentennial for Miami Libraries and is also a member of the Miami Alumni Board of Directors. As he celebrates the 50th anniversary of his Olympic victory, Mulliken remains grateful for the experience he had on the US Olympic team. “(The Olympics) is the greatest movement for peace that mankind has ever known,” he said.
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continued from page 2 measure the skills of computation, but it’s to measure reasoning skills, and so we will have an on-screen calculator that a candidate can use during the quantitative section.” According to Piacentino, the test will be launched Aug. 1, 2011 and anyone who takes the revised test in either August or September will receive a 50 percent discount on the test. DeFranco said the test is $150, so the discount would give people an opportunity to take it more than once if they couldn’t afford it. “It might open it up to more people,” DeFranco said. According to Piacentino, scores from tests taken in August, September and October will be reported in November. The important point for
students to remember is if they need their scores before November 2011, they need to take the current test before the new test is administered. Individuals who think they will be taking the test within the next year need to plan ahead and think of the application deadlines for the graduate and business schools for which they will be applying. “There’s over 400 MBA programs that are accepting GRE scores, and that list continues to grow every day,” Piacentino said. “It’s really a great way for them to increase and to diversify their applicant pool.” According to Piacentino, the GRE has had free test preparation online for many years. There is free software on the website for the current test in July. They have also added new software for the revised test. “We don’t want cost to be an issue, and so we make that available to anyone who wants to download it,” Piacentino said
continued from page 2 cuts, the SPT said it would like to shift focus toward external research.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 ♦ 7 The committee suggested Miami identify and support graduate programs that generate external research funds, thus taking financial burden off the university. Committee member and Interim Provost John Skillings said graduate students will
THOMAS CALDWELL The Miami Student
Stephen Wyatt, co-chair of the Strategic Priorities Task Force, speaks to a nearly empty room at the student forum Wednesday, Sept. 22.
still be able to complete their programs as planned regardless of cuts. “We made commitments to students who are here,” Skillings said. “We owe it to them to complete a program in a way they started that program.” Skillings clarified his commitment to honor cut graduate programs would only remain valid should students complete those programs in a “reasonable” amount of time. While Skillings’ promise may comfort some, concerns still exist about the value of cut degrees. Tolley said he is concerned for graduate students with respect to future employment. “It’s kind of two-fold, when you graduate, your degree will not exist anymore,” Tolley said. He said once a student graduates after completing a cut program, employers may not hold their degree in high regard. Despite concerns, the SPT stressed proposed cuts are simply recommendations. President David Hodge will take all recommendations into consideration before making a final decision.
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September 19 to September 26, 2010 Anti-Hazing Hero Pledge I recognize that hazing – as defined by the State of Ohio, Miami University, and/or my national organization – is wrong and violates state law and university and organization policies. I will empower my organization to develop new members through shared positive experiences. I recognize that hazing and unnecessary activities and requirements for new members detract from my organization’s ability to build members who are focused on living the values and mission of our organization. I will encourage my organization members as well as friends and acquaintances in other organizations to confront bystander behavior and indifference in regards to hazing. I recognize hazing not as a fraternity/sorority issue, but an issue for all groups at Miami. I agree that neither history nor tradition is a valid reason to haze members joining an organization. I agree that my organization was founded to empower and develop its members while hazing belittles and tears them down. I will report and will encourage others to report acts of hazing to appropriate personnel. I see President Hodge’s vision for Miami as one that does not condone hazing. I want it known that my organization does not support or condone hazing at Miami University.
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Friday September 24, 2010
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The following piece, written by the editorial editors, reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board.
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iami University’s 2011 incom- first-year students. ing first-year class will be apThe board believes there will be proximately 185 students less than “financial shortfalls” and a change the 2010 first-year class. The 2010 in Miami’s revenue. A decrease of incoming class was 3,635 students. at least 135 students will affect not The decreased class only the universisize, which was proty’s tuition revenue, Contrasting posed by the Stratebut also the finances gic Priorities Task of other Miami and administrative Force (SPT), was Oxford services opinion and facts implemented as a used by students, given for first-year such as Housing, method of maintaining a steady rate of Dining and Guest enrollment must student growth. Services (HDGS) be clarified. Contrasting adand the Miami Uniministrative opinversity Bookstore. ions and facts Although the SPT given for first-year enrollment said the smaller class size will keep must be clarified. An article in the the residence halls at 99 percent Aug. 25, 2009 edition of The Mi- capacity, the residence halls are ami Student quotes both President successfully housing all students David Hodge and Vice President of who either must live on campus Finance and Business Services David or chose to live on campus now. Creamer as being worried for keeping Money recently used to make more enrollment interest up and building living space for the first and seconda bigger class size. year students was poorly allocated. One year later, the tables have If fewer students will be living on turned. Instead of trying to build or campus, why was money spent on maintain Miami’s 2011 incoming creating more living spaces for not class, the SPT has decided to lower only current, but also future stuthe number of accepted students. dents? With the decreased class size The editorial board of The Miami and therefore decreased residents, Student does not support the de- will HDGS spend even more time crease of 2011 first-year students. and money tearing down unused Miami must not decrease, nor residence hall rooms? increase the amount of accepted To promote smart spending, the students, but maintain a steady SPT should consider all factors of number. A steady, reliable incom- student life that will be affected ing first-year class size will help by a smaller class size, from livkeep Miami competitive for the ing arrangements to the financial best students. The best class size future of the many other services should be around 3,450, which is used by students during their years the number of the 2010 enrolled at Miami.
Student groups must be financially responsible A
ssociated Student Government where financial responsibility is (ASG) may no longer provide crucial. Students must learn how debt relief to student organizations in to deal with money independentfinancial trouble. ly and understand the impact of New legislation introduced by reckless spending. Tom Foster, vice president of student By implementing consequences to organizations, will close the relief those groups who cannot control exprogram offered penses, the unithrough ASG versity will help College should serve and implement convey the imuniversity reguportance of monas a transition to lations regarding itoring budgets the real world, the privileges of and managing table tent use and debt effectively. where financial room reservations Faculty advisresponsibility for those groups ers of student oris crucial. in debt. ganizations must Foster hopes also use the new the new legislalegislation to tion will motivate groups to bet- teach the necessity of sensible financter monitor their spending habits in ing. Student organizations provide a order to stay out of debt rather than learning environment and advisers having to seek assistance to settle se- must act as facilitators in fostering rious financial trouble. student skills. The editorial board of The Miami Understanding the importance Student believes the new legislation of responsible money manageis fair and provides accountability for ment is a vital life skill and must student organizations. College should be emphasized in the regulation of serve as a transition to the real world, student groups.
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ELIZABETH YOUNG The Miami Student
Turner’s article childish I’m writing regarding the Sept. 20 article “Sidewalk etiquette 101.” To me, this article shows exceptionally poor taste and exceptionally bad journalism. The author’s use of pejorative terms such as “jerk-off,” “prego” and “uggo” make me not want to take this piece seriously, but the comments that she proceeds to make cannot be ignored. First off, the vitriol displayed in this article is childish and unprofessional. It’s one thing to state your opinion, but quite another to insult your audience. I am unsure if this is an attempt to be humorous, but it certainly did not strike me as such. It just sounds like she considers her fellow students to be stupid. More disturbing than these off-putting digs is the section of the article in which the author offers her opinion of pregnant women on the sidewalks. She refers to these women as “uggos” and “bloated sex maniacs.” This is absolutely appalling. As a son, uncle and relatively soon to be father, I am personally offended by these remarks. Pregnant women and all special needs people have the same rights to the sidewalk that everyone else does. Is it so much to ask that you walk around someone who’s carrying their child and trying to work or go to school? Furthermore, is it truly necessary to call them ugly in the process? Also, referring that all pregnant women are sex maniacs is just so inappropriate, one wonders where to begin. If this was an attempt at humor, it sorely missed the mark. I think an apology is warranted for these remarks. This type of article only takes away from any quality reporting done by The Miami Student staff. Rick Ohl
“Sidewalk 101” inappropriate I have been very encouraged and impressed by the quality and diversity of The Miami Student’s opinion page since arriving to campus in fall 2006. Diversity of opinion and thoughtprovoking writing that informs students and the community in a respectful way is a characteristic of Miami’s newspaper that makes it more professional than other student-run papers. I consider this week an “epic fail” courtesy of Anna Turner’s “Sidewalk etiquette 101.” As a journalism student and a university tour guide, I feel the article was not only embarrassing to the journalistic profession, but also misrepresents the feelings of current students. We know the sidewalk can be a frustrating place when you have somewhere to be: the bikes, people texting and people stopping to chat. Perhaps Turner’s article was meant to exude sarcastic humor, shedding light on the pedestrian traffic flow issue, but there are kinder ways to write about it. Congested sidewalks equate to a vibrant social community — I’d rather see people talking, interacting, even biking, than stomping on to the next class silent and miserable. Unfortunately, I picked up my copy of Tuesday’s paper in the Office of Admission, where I saw families and potential students reading Miami’s “news.” People in the community read this publication, as do visitors. The last thing we should be doing is discouraging bike riding when environmental awareness is so popular, or make women feel unwelcome to study at or visit Miami because they are pregnant. Calling pregnant women “pregers,” “pregos” and “uggo” is
unbelievably intolerant, inappropriate and offensive (not to mention pregnant women aren’t a common sight around campus, either). Kaitlin Walter
Task Force must not be authoritarian I attended the Strategic Priorities Task Force’s final open budget forum on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 22, and was incredibly disappointed by the ways in which members of the task force behaved toward the audience. Many of us went to the forum seeking leadership on issues of workers’ well being under recession. What we found instead was authority. There is a difference. At the close of the task force’s 70-minute PowerPoint presentation, Co-Chair Chris Makaroff asserted that he didn’t just want to hear about what we didn’t like — he wanted to hear suggestions for how to do things better. He then proceeded to sit on the stage and laugh with his neighbor when audience members actually did offer suggestions. Leadership would have meant respectfully considering and responding to the actual comments of these attendees. What Makaroff showed us was only authority. The task force also insisted throughout the session that its mission was to find ways in which the university could operate more efficiently through reducing costs and increasing revenue. Yet many audience members’ opposition to sacrificing small classes, small programs and workers’ voices suggests that while efficiency might be an appropriate goal for a private firm, public educational institutions may have other important goals (like equity and community building) that are not being adequately considered by the task force. Leadership would have meant considering that the public may be requesting a change in the fundamental questions that we ask about how to run a university. In refusing to change the terms of the debate, what the task force demonstrated was only authority. President David Hodge, this is a moment at which the university needs leaders who can bring together different university populations and come up with solutions that address the needs and thoughts of all. Please seek the counsel of people who can provide leadership, not just authority, as this phase of budget discussions comes to a close. Aliya Rahman
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Students must stay informed “The United States has never entered a real war; not in Vietnam, nor in Afghanistan, nor even WWII. War is not just bombing someplace. When it starts it has no limits.” Reading this in a New York Times article, I slosh a significant amount of coffee down my chin. At a breakfast Karli press conference in Kloss New York City Sept. 21, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed this sentiment amongst other equally inflammatory remarks about U.S.Iran relations. I read the paragraph to two of my friends, and though I got a reaction from them, they weren’t quite as shocked as I had anticipated. I replied with a casual, “Well you know how crazy Ahmadinejad is…” and surprisingly, I got blank stares back. I tried again with an “I mean, at least they’re limiting the stonings this year to only adulterers.” Nada. My roommate shrugged and asked me if Ahmadinejad was the dude Andy Samberg spoofs in his SNL song and skit Iran So Far. Face-palm. So I realized it’s time for my annual lament of how disconnected the majority of our student body is with current affairs. Last year, I wrote a piece on almost this exact topic, but I’ll try to tailor it a little more specifically. Fortunately, more students are (at least in part) generally aware of our continued efforts in the Middle East. For those of you who aren’t, I’ll make it quick: we’re still in Afghanistan, but with a bunch more soldiers and a decidedly less vocal and insulting commander. We’re starting a troop withdrawal in Iraq, but we’ll see how long that takes. We’re also mediating 32,846 rounds of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. These are three of the biggest concerns for the U.S. in the Middle East and Asia. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that is all that is going on. Ahmadinejad has certainly got his back up over the fourth round of U.N. sanctions on Iran passed in June. He still refuses to allow U.N. inspectors in, but is maintaining his non-military stance behind the uranium enrichment and is not-so-subtly threatening the United States for continuing this hard-line stance against his regime. Yeah, that’s smart. Next week North Korea will officially announce that Kim Jong-il’s youngest son (Kim Jong-un) will succeed his father as supreme leader of the country. A dynastic totalitarian system with nuclear weapons capabilities? Fantastic. Secrecy concerning the North Korean leader and his family is so intense, the government doesn’t even have a dossier on Kim Jong-un. They don’t even know his exact age or if he speaks English. Violence has finally calmed in Kashmir, but not after more than 100 civilians were killed by Indian security forces quelling unrest stirred by Kashmiri citizens seeking self-determination. Does Pakistan have a hand sneakily pulling strings in the background of this Muslim region resentful of Indian control? These are two more nuclear powers with short tempers and hair triggers. I’m not trying to scare any uninformed readers into thinking there is a impending nuclear holocaust on the horizon, but I would like to stress how important it is to pay attention to these other players on the world stage. The U.S. has a delicate, constant role in mediating and maintaining some form of public policy toward each and every one of these situations as they arise. It’s not an easy task, and people can lose sight of just how detailed and frankly how complicated U.S. foreign policy is. As always, I encourage Miami University students to stay up-to-date with current affairs because there is a lot more going on than just the war in Afghanistan, and it is our duty as voting-age citizens to keep an eye on what other governments are doing and what our government is doing in reaction.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 ♦ 9
➤ A GRAIN OF SALT
Children need healthy home life Solicitors
Remember the video posted on Gawker.com of Ardi Rizal, who at just two-years-old was smoking two packs of cigarettes a day? Ardi’s parents didn’t seem too phased by his two- pack-a-day habit and told the government, after they were offered a car if Ardi quit, he is addicted because he throws a tantrum if he cannot smoke, as stated in an MSNBC online article. Well, if you didn’t think it could get any worse, it can, and this time it has hit close to Miami University’s campus, and for some, close to home. Monday, Sept. 13, WLWT. com reported police arrested a Springfield Township mother who had been accused of teaching her two-year-old daughter to smoke pot. Seriously? Not only did this 21-year-old mother provide her daughter with marijuana in June, but she also captured the event on her cell phone, according to the article. Why would any mother want to expose an impressionable and developing child to marijuana, and on top of that, make it into an event that needed to be captured forever? Did she not think she would ever get caught? It’s hard not to think to myself in this situation, “Wow,
there are just some people who should never be allowed to have children.” I saw the video online and it was hard to watch. The little girl was standing in front of the television and she looked like a pro, holding the joint and taking puffs of it. You can hear her mother in the background giving instructions like, “Don’t blow on it.” The mother doesn’t appear concerned at all — she even laughs and asks her daughter what the joint is, so it is obvious she is trying to teach her daughter. This story made me wonder what else this child had been put through. What are other children across the country dealing with at home? Home is always thought of and linked to the idea of a “safe zone,” but this example is a great reminder that it isn’t that way for everyone. This story is also a great reminder of the fact that everyone in society isn’t a privileged college student who is still supported mostly or entirely by his or her parents — it was definitely an eye-opener for me. Of course we all know there are people less fortunate than us, but sometimes it takes a few real life stories for it to truly hit us. It’s also sad to realize there
are probably many more kids out there with parents exposing them to harmful environments and lifestyles. Children put into these kinds of situations are usually taken by child protection services and put in foster care. But is foster care really any better? John Hopkins University did a study that found up to 75 percent of foster children are sexually abused. I guess it could be argued foster care isn’t really benefiting the child either. It’s a sad realization to come to, but foster care isn’t always a better option. At the least it may be a step in the right direction. Every child deserves the right to grow, prosper and develop in a healthy environment. Not every child has that opportunity. However, there’s almost some good that comes from this story. At least the video was found and turned in so the problem could be addressed. If the video was never found, we can probably assume the twoyear-old would still be smoking pot with her mother’s help. Now, she will at least get a second chance at a better life. Samantha Friedman firstname.lastname@example.org
Secret lives thrive on Internet Imagine a day without using the Internet. Your computer can’t connect you to Facebook, you have no e-mails to answer, no tweets to read, no songs to download and you definitely can’t get any Wi-Fi on your fancy new cell phone. You’d feel like a part of you was missing, right? The answer is probably yes. These days, our lives are so inextricably linked to our Internet identities that suddenly cutting that part out of your life would be like suddenly removing your sense of humor. But what does it mean that we have so many ways to express ourselves as people via the Internet? And how does that affect our (what I’m going to call) “real” lives? To be fair, it seems that on Facebook at least an individual’s representation of themselves is pretty similar to the way in which they want people to think of them in real life: we “un-tag” pictures, choose interests that will show up on our pages and write on people’s walls, all while keeping in mind that everyone we know is going to be able to look at whatever we put out there. But what about blogging? There seems to be a stigma that is tied to blogging that causes most people to feel ashamed of their blog. At the beginning of the summer, my little sister mentioned something to me about a website called Tumblr on which people form blogs that focus on things they’re interested in, which sometimes means a specific topic, but can also just be assorted personal interests. Like Twitter, once
you’ve joined and signed in, the homepage of the website becomes your personal dashboard and shows you all the updates of the people you’ve chosen to follow. You can post anything you want: video clips, quotations from a favorite movie or book, songs, pictures, gifs, opinions, et cetera. There are Tumblr pages for almost everything you could imagine. Some are geared toward fans of a show or movie and feature posts almost exclusively relating to that topic. Others, like a blog called Dead Presidents (deadpresidents.tumblr.com) feature historical information and opinion, professional portfolios or journalistic work. Even some celebrities like Aziz Ansari, John Mayer and Diana Agron (Quinn Fabray on Glee) use Tumblr either for their own personal amusement or to promote projects. Tumblr also allows you to create your own theme for your webpage, organize your posts in a variety of different ways and create a queue for your posts so that if you want to post several things they can be spaced out rather than one after the other. Sounds pretty cool, right? But the majority of people I know who use Tumblr don’t tell their friends about it. I used Tumblr’s “Ask Box” feature to ask a popular Tumblr blogger, Oh-Potter-YouRotter, why she had gotten into Tumblr. “I wanted to make a blog and my (Internet) friend suggested that I start with Tumblr, so I did,” she said. “I loved mostly the freedom to mess with the coding and I spent forever fixing it
before I showed anyone.” Starting with what is referred to as a “personal” Tumblr and then transitioning to one focused on her interest in Harry Potter, Oh-PotterYou-Rotter has built a large following of fans with similar interests. She said when she started the blog she “loved almost everything about it.” At the same time, however, in a post from August titled “It’s true — don’t tell your real life friends about Tumblr,” she expressed embarrassment over her friends finding out about her blog and seeing something she had posted a few days earlier. This sentiment seems common among people who run personal blogs. A few weeks after I started using Tumblr, I confessed to one of my friends that I was, in fact, blogging and discovered she had been using Tumblr for almost a year. Of the people I know who have blogs, there are very few who are willing to advertise them to people they know in an attempt to gain readership outside of perhaps a link hidden at the bottom of their info page on Facebook. The point is, on the Internet we are free to create whatever image of ourselves we choose. We can hide behind usernames and preserve our anonymity in order to talk about things that we’re truly passionate about. But why should we? If anything, we should feel more comfortable sharing our passions and opinions with our friends than with strangers on the Internet. Alice Ladrick
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Every year, I wake up to find past middle-aged to old men standing around campus handing out New Testaments. “I guess it’s Gideon season,” I think to myself as I take the small green book. It’s like seeing a relative for the first time John in a long time. Luckoski I always seem to forget they even exist right up until I see them again. Even though I may not buy into their brand of salvation, I certainly hold a level of respect for the work they do. Any member of a campus group has probably handed out pamphlets, information, candy or anything else his or her group may feel the need to distribute amongst the student population. The work is not exactly rewarding. Trying to reach the student body is no easy task. Who can blame them? According to numbers that my instinct tells me to make up to sound official, 50 percent of the pamphlets handed out are not very applicable to the audience that receives them. The other 50 percent gets broken down fairly quickly as well. There’s the 15 percent who are simply overwhelmed by everything else, (probably busy passing out pamphlets of their own) there’s the 20 percent who are genuinely apathetic and there’s the 10 percent who commute anyway. If you’re lucky, the other 5 percent will take your pamphlet within genuine interest and concern, and may even promise to be there. But even then you haven’t won half the battle. Even within the well intending 5 percent, you’ll be lucky to get a quarter of them to come. So, essentially, you end up getting 1.25 students for every 100 pamphlets. I’m not here to simply cast down judgmental claims. People are busy. It’s tough. There’s no real need for an in-depth analysis into an imagined crisis of low student involvement. In the end, it’s about attitude and approach. That’s why I respect the Gideon men. I have yet to see one of them with a surly look on their face or an expression of frustration at the kids who feel the need to collect as many New Testaments as they can. They’re pros at what they do. Organizations should take notice of that. Handing out free Laffy Taffy to further their cause just comes across as disingenuous, and then any group who genuinely just wants to hand out Laffy Taffy without a catch (MU Smiles Day, anyone?) ends up coming under suspicion. The organizations alone are at fault here. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve watched pass by with a hardened stare at the ground, headphones firmly placed in their ears. Even worse are those who simply reserve themselves to flat out ignoring any attempt at interaction. It doesn’t take much to say “No thank you.” Who knows? Maybe you’ll find out about something you’re actually interested in. Or even worse, maybe you’ll be able to hold basic conversation with another human being. It’s likely the person trying to solicit you doesn’t want to be there either, and the less sympathy you show, the more blame falls on you for not being a decent human being. It’s easy to forget we’re all in this together. The friendly looks on the Gideons’ faces remind me every time they have their own lives to live. In the end, they’re simply offering something they think will help people get along. If they have to canvass to do it, then so be it. There will always be groups on campus to solicit and there will always be only a small target of people that end up taking notice. You’re better off accepting the system as it stands and trying to be friendly to those stuck with pamphlet duty. They’re people too.
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continued from page 5 of those reasons. They do it simply because they believe in swift and painful justice. They do it to show chivalry is not dead and problems can be solved without
continued from page 1 glee club decided to opt out of the program until we were able to get our debt to a responsible level,” Greenland said. The glee club was able to reduce its debt to approximately $18,000, at which point they entered into the debt relief program that student senate will vote to approve next week. According to Michael Sinko, student
consulting the worthless bureaucracy. And they do it three times a day. Nevermind that jousting was a sport of nobles and aristocratic types. Today, it could mean so much more. It’s a chance for the little guy — the guy who is trampled on and made fun of and never gets the hot girl. He can finally show society once and for all that when he is on his trusty mustang and galloping toward his enemy at 30 miles an hour, mustering all the power in his scrawny arms, legs
senator for Emerson Hall, all funds for the debt relief fund are expected to be approved. “That program was set up at least two or three years ago, and it’s part of our agreement to follow through with this bill,” Sinko said. “I definitely see it passing.” Foster said the glee club’s work to reduce its debt is what he hopes his new legislation will encourage other organizations in debt to do. “I want glee club to be the model to how student orgs move out of debt,” Foster said. “They’ve done it right.”
chafing in his skinny jeans, ear-drums pulsing to the sounds of Adam Lambert, that he will be obliterated by the real man galloping across from him. This man, in the spirit of Achilles and Ajax, can reclaim his spot atop the social hierarchy. Real machismo is not dead. It merely lies dormant in the spirits and muscles of the jousting men at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. To you, sirs, I send a hearty nod of the head.
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“Passport no longer caters to the average student’s lifestyle as the majority of the school’s dining locations are being converted to à la carte food service locations in an attempt to keep up with our students,” she said. She said eating three set meals a day has gone by the wayside as students take advantage of the flexibility à la carte dining provides. “Passport was a great fit when all our dining
locations were buffet-style, but as we continue to streamline our (dining and meal plan) system, passport isn’t as compatible,” Coveney said. If the board of trustees approves the proposal to cut the passport meal plan, diplomat and attaché (or snack) will replace all other meal plan options. However, the change is not yet set in stone. Coveney said discussion is essential to the decision-making process — no recommendations for changes are made before careful consideration. The recommendation for discontinuation of the passport plan effective fall 2011 remains tentative until its official presentation to the board of trustees Friday, Sept. 24.
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The Miami University football team will face one of the toughest teams remaining on their schedule Sept. 25 when they travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers. Missouri enters the game with a 3-0 mark and ranked No. 24 in the Coaches Poll, while Miami enters Saturday’s matchup coming off back-to-back wins for the first time since 2007 with a record of 2-1. The Red and White only allowed one total rushing yard against Colorado State last week, but they allowed the Rams to throw for 305 yards, which will be a major focus for Miami this week. The Tigers are the strongest offensive opponent the RedHawks have faced this season statistically, ranked 39 in total offense. In addition, Missouri is 16 in the nation in passing yards per game, and Miami will have to slow down their air attack if they hope to knock off the Tigers.
“We need 11 hats to the ball every play,” sophomore safety Pat Hinkel said. “We need to play our game and not play their game. They are a passing offense and they run a spread offense and their quarterback is really good. We need to stop the passing game.” Junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who threw for over 3,500 yards last season to go with 24 touchdowns, leads Missouri. He has four touchdowns on the year along with two interceptions, both of which came last week when the Tigers squeezed out a last second victory over San Diego State at home, 27-24. “They are a good football team,” Head Coach Michael Haywood said. “They like to sling it and throw the ball downfield. The best thing we can do is to stop the run. It is not a good matchup (for us), but we have to create it to level out the playing field.” Meanwhile, Miami looks to take advantage of a Missouri defense that has struggled defending the run this year. The Tigers
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Senior captain Jordan Gafford and senior Brandon Stephens crush a Colorado State player Sept. 18. are 81 in the country in rushing defense and they allowed San Diego State to rush for 250 yards last week. However, the RedHawks will still try to maintain the balanced offensive attack they have had the past two weeks. Senior running back Thomas Merriweather and senior wide receiver Jamal Rogers will both be back this week, but senior left guard Bob Gulley and junior offensive lineman Brandon Brooks will likely miss their second straight game. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Luke Kelly will not play against Missouri, but is expected to be back in the lineup within the next couple of weeks, as he
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was scheduled to participate in some individual practices this week. Look for Miami to use their rushing attack led by Merriweather and freshman tailback Tracy Woods to open up the passing game. Missouri is 22 in the nation in passing defense, and the running game will be essential for the Red and White this week. “(Missouri’s) corners are really athletic,” Haywood said. “Their safeties like to come into the box a lot (to stop the run). They are run stoppers. Their defensive ends are really good and they are going to cause us some problems.” Miami will likely use sophomore offensive lineman Joseph
Williams and redshirt freshman offensive lineman John Anevski to fill in for the injured Gulley. Both players had limited reps last week in practice, but they should be prepared this week. Five RedHawks return to their home state this weekend, including Thomas Merriweather, junior wide receiver DeMarco Paine and Defensive Coordinator Carl “Bull” Reese, who graduated from Missouri in 1966. “(The game) is very important to Coach Reese,” Haywood said. “He keeps saying, ‘I can’t wait!’ and, ‘We’ve got to take it to them!’” Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in Columbia.
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the win. Additionally, under par scores from four of the five teammates contributed to the team’s Toughness was the key for the Mi- final seven-under-par score and ami University golf team in its first three-stroke victory. place finish at the Cardinal IntercolTaking from the experience of legiate, finding its first victory of the this win, the golfers look to con2010-2011 season. tinue their success in future tourAfter struggling at the Mar- naments. Sutherland explained the shall Invitational, the RedHawks process it takes to become one of showed signifithe nation’s cant improvebest programs. “Last week’s final ment Sept. 20 “I think and 21. we’re building round was a good Head Coach momentum, I learning experience Casey Lubahn mean you can’t for us and I was glad to see become a nathink we learned his team get tionally comthe victory. petitive team pretty quickly.” “We played overnight, but with a high we’re slowly NATHAN SUTHERLAND level of effort getting there,” SENIOR and we had a Sutherland belief in oursaid. selves going into the last round,” Lubahn saw the intercollegiate Lubahn said. “And after being as an important step for the team. in contention and not handling it “I do think it’s another step in well last week, it was nice to go the building process to continue to in relaxed and confident and close get better and learn the skills that the deal.” come with winning, especially the Senior Nathan Sutherland ex- mindset that comes with winning pressed satisfaction at the jump and playing well every week,” made from last week’s disappoint- Lubahn said. ing result to this week’s win. Even though he is proud of “It was a little bit of redemption,” his teammates, there was another Sutherland said. “Last week’s final reason Sutherland wanted to get round was a good learning experi- the win. ence for us and I think we learned “I was really happy to win pretty quickly. It was good to one for coach,” Sutherland said. play well yesterday and get the “He works so hard for us. He’s a victory - it gives us confidence, good guy and his wife’s about to we’re beginning to believe we’re a give birth, so he’s been stressed. good squad.” Winning one for him made me The RedHawks played well really happy.” through the first two rounds of the The golf team is back in action Cardinal Intercollegiate, but the Sept. 27 and 28 at the Fighting Irish continued effort in the final round Gridiron Golf Classic in South is what put them in contention for Bend, Ind. Staff Writer