The Miami Student Oldest university newspaper in the United States, established 1826
VOLUME 139 NO. 16
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
MIAMI UNIVERSITY OXFORD, OHIO
TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1993, The Miami Student reported the 10th Appellate District Court of Appeals had ruled Miami University wrongly dismissed a tenured history
professor for sexual harassment. The professor reportedly told a female Chinese graduate student that he would give her an ‘A’ if she would be his girlfriend and when she declined threatened to send her back to China. The court ruled the professor should have been disciplined according to procedure for tenured faculty.
NCAA may allow increase to scholarships By Lauren Ceronie Campus Editor
The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) is weighing a new cost of attendance scholarship that would allow universities to divert more money toward student athletes. The new scholarship would come closer to covering the actual cost of attending college, above the traditional tuition, room, board and books costs, according to Jason Lener,
deputy director for athletics for Miami University. If the new scholarship were put into place, the NCAA would put a cap on the amount of money a school could pass on to the athlete. Although the NCAA is still discussing the scholarship, the cap is expected to be around $2,000, according to Lener. “This is still in discussion mode, nothing has been decided yet,” Lener said. “If and when it does pass it will have a significant impact on financial aid.” If passed, the
scholarship would be available to athletes in all sports, according to Lener. However, the scholarship will not be mandatory for every university. Miami will most likely follow what other universities in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) choose to do with the scholarship, Lener said. “When the decision is made, it will filter down to the conference level and the universities in each conference will decide what kind of impact this would have on the budget,” Lener said.
“It’s a lot of discussion.” While Miami plans to follow the MAC’s lead on this issue, representatives from the MAC are still not sure what to make of the new scholarship either. “We’re going to wait to see what the NCAA says,” said Jackie Mynarski, MAC associate commissioner of institutional services. Both Lener and Mynarski stressed that nothing can be decided until the NCAA board of directors discusses the issue again Oct. 27. However, Mynarski said she thought the cost of attendance scholarship would probably be financially feasible for schools in the MAC. The NCAA needs to thoroughly discuss the issue because the semantics of the scholarship are extremely complicated, according to Mynarski. Part of the
problem is that not all sports deal with regular scholarships in the same way. Each sport is given a certain number of scholarships. The NCAA has determined that some of those sports, called “equivalency sports” can break up their scholarships and give athletes partial scholarships. These sports include baseball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, swimming and diving, soccer and track and field. Other sports, called “head count sports,” cannot break up scholarships and can only give athletes full scholarships, according to Mynarski. These include, basketball, football and women’s volleyball. For those sports that only give full scholarships, the cost of attendance money really would go toward the cost of attendance. However, the
same guarantee is not present with the sports that can break up scholarships. “If you’re on a half scholarship, how do you get the extra $2,000 without it just going toward tuition? And when you do that you start to have problems with scholarship limits and such,” Mynarski said. “It’s complicated.” The NCAA is also running into complications with student athletes who receive government financial aid, such as Pell Grants, and how a university would supplement the financial aid, according to Mynarski. Non-student athletes are able to receive Pell Grants and other scholarships up to the cost of attendance, while athletes are not. “The devil is in the details
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Miami removes questions about suicide from faculty health survey By Adam Giffi
Senior Staff Writer
JULIA ENGELBRECHT THE MIAMI STUDENT
STRIKE UP THE BAND Miami University’s Wind Ensemble rehearses Monday night in Presser Hall.The Wind Ensemble will host a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hall Auditorium.Tickets are $3 for students and seniors and $5 for adults.Tickets available at the Shriver Center Box Office.
Women’s studies offers section exclusively for sorority members By Chelsea Davis
For The Miami Student
Next semester, Miami University will offer a section of the “Introduction to Women’s Studies” course that will be comprised exclusively of sorority members. The section was originally developed for the sorority Living Learning Community, with help from the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership. However, the class was broadened to include all sorority members, when the fact that not all sororities are part of the Panhellenic Association was mentioned. According to Madelyn Detloff, director of WGS, the section was created as a way to generate more contact between the WGS program and
Miami’s Greek community. “We have wanted to find a way to do a little more outreach to the sororities,” Detloff said. “Especially because of the stereotypes surrounding sororities and women’s studies, it makes it a really good time to do some work together.” Topics for the other five WGS 201 sections can range from challenges women face in employment to women’s health to issues of self-esteem. “[In class], we talk about a lot of different life situations, experiences and issues that apply to women throughout time and around the world,” Ann Fuehrer, the professor in charge of this section, said. The only difference is that topics, discussion and readings will be looked at from the perspective of women in Greek life and provide them with a
comfortable environment. “Many of these [topics] will apply to women in sororities,” Fuehrer said. “Stereotypes affect women everywhere, but hearing from women who share that identity would lend some support.” It is not unusual for sections of a course to be group specific. Whether it is a section for a LLC, major specific or a class/section only offered to honors students. The course is not designed to separate women – Greek and non-Greek. In fact, according to Detloff and Fuehrer, students in all sections have opportunities to interact with one another throughout the semester. The section isn’t being met with a lot of opposition from non-Greek women, but those women aren’t exactly singing
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Students are often asked some difficult questions: What are the four bases in DNA? What are the three main forms of rhetoric as classified by Aristotle? How do you calculate the amount paid for goodwill? One question that is not usually on the list: Have you contemplated suicide lately? The same could not be said for Miami University faculty and staff, who, until recently, were asked a very similar question as part of Personal Wellness Profile, an element of the Healthy Miami Program. The program was introduced in January 2010. Under this plan, faculty members that complete the profile, a health risk assessment survey and visit a physician receive a $15 deductible off their insurance. Those that choose not to comply are required to pay this $15 in their rate. Faculty and University Senate member Lisa McLaughlin, associate professor of mass communication, said university employees have been discussing their displeasure with the nature of the profile since its introduction. Yet it was not until this summer that a faculty member formally complained that the questionnaire was personal and inappropriate. This prompted university officials to remove what they deemed as the most sensitive and personal questions. These are: “Do you have a
history of depression?” “In the past six months, have you thought of hurting yourself?” “Do you have a suicide plan?” Carol Hauser, senior director of human resources, was part of the decision making process to remove the questions. “Certainly, if someone was contemplating suicide, we would want somebody to contact them about where they can get help. But we try to be very sensitive to our employees’ concerns and one of our employees found that offensive, so we removed them,” Hauser said. “This would have just been one more thing to encourage people to get help.” McLaughlin said questions still remain that hint at the issues that prompted concern, such as asking if faculty and staff have recently been downhearted, sad, angry and hostile. “There are still very, very personal questions and I don’t understand why they decided some were personal and some were not,” McLaughlin said. “All of the questions on this survey are personal and potentially highly sensitive.” McLaughlin said the primary reason faculty and staff have been so upset by the questionnaire is privacy concerns. “In a manner of speaking, the questions are really none of the university’s or anyone’s business,” McLaughlin said. “The individual that complained was really complaining about privacy. What was done in response
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to that, in my opinion, has done nothing to respond to the privacy issue.” McLaughlin said that truthfully answering questions on topics that are so stigmatized by society, such as mental health issues, and so personal, could very well be jeopardizing to an individual’s right to privacy. There is a fear that the answers to these questions, especially as they are being filled out electronically, could be purposely or inadvertently leaked to those at Miami and third parties. Hauser, however, assures that privacy should not be a concern. “I can assure you 100 percent that Miami never sees that data,” Hauser said. “McCullough-Hyde, the vendor that puts this together, is held to extremely high privacy standards. That data is as secure as anybody’s data that goes to a hospital to get a test. But laws prevent them from telling us, or anyone, anything about a specific employee.” Hauser said that, from the data, Miami merely sees the full picture of how many faculty members are affected by a certain ailment, such as thoughts of suicide. With this data, the university then focuses on targeting programs to the health areas that faculty in general most need. The doctors at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, who do see the information by individual, would contact
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Editors Lauren Ceronie Jenni Wiener
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
MU launches form to report ‘bias’ incidents By Hannah Stein Senior Staff Writer
Students who experience harassment because of bias now have the option to submit the Bias Incident Reporting Form on Miami University’s website. Incidents may include bias directed towards age, skin color, religious beliefs or sexual orientation through incidents such as graffiti, vandalism, harassment, stalking or assault. This form, which was launched in September, allows incidents involving biases that typically go
unnoticed to be addressed by Miami administrators in the Institutional Diversity Office of the President. Any incidents that are not categorized as criminal, involved in Student Affairs or Student Ethics can be addressed with this form. “This lets us deal with the everyday hurt that doesn’t get addressed and it would be nice for us to,” said Ron Scott, associate vice president of Institutional Diversity. While similar to EthicsPoint, the Bias Incident Reporting Form is for students who experience
bias themselves whereas EthicsPoint is anonymous and is for people who observe misconduct such as cheating, said Claire Wagner, associate director of university communications. “The form is designed so if you have an incident and you believe it’s a bias incident against you, you would be the person who filled out the form and you would tell who was involved,” Scott said. “If it’s a group of people who are shouting names at you, and you know who they are, you would write their names down [on the form]. It would give the
people seeing the report more information in order to take action.” Not all cases will enable officials to take action towards the people committing biased acts. “In some instances, there might be nothing we can do,” Scott said. “What it allows us to do is to talk to the student and see if they’re okay. But sometimes, bad things happen and there’s not much we can do. We’re assuring folks that someone cares.” Instead of needing to discuss the incident in person, this form allows students to
easily write down the experience in a more comfortable mode of communication. “We find that people are comfortable sending notice by an email and/or Smartphone and you can be anywhere to send it,” Wagner said. Officials said they hope this will encourage people to report incidents and will allow them to target issues that may be a problem on campus. “I think it’s another way of capturing any incidents out there and it gives faculty and staff a chance to keep an eye on what’s going on
on campus and it’s a way for students to know the institution cares and fix anything that make this campus uninclusive,” Scott said. Students said they think this new way to report personal incidents related to bias will make the Miami community more accepting. “I think it should be very helpful,” sophomore Aimee Yeager said. “It’s pretty common knowledge that Miami isn’t the most diverse, so anything that can be done to help reduce prejudice will strengthen the community and make Miami a more accepting place.”
Physical facilities department Discussion of calender changes adds new sustainability director continues at ASG meeting By Molly Leasure For The Miami Student
Miami University continues to work on energy conservation and waste reduction with the hiring of a new sustainability professional in the physical facilities department, Yvette Kline. Kline is serving as Director of Sustainability and
Sustainability Cherry Hill, which worked on positive engagement. Her new job at Miami includes engaging with the university and beyond from both a system perspective and a personal perspective to help meet sustainability and energy conservation goals. This will include work with Miami’s
The [sustainability] committee is a great way to track Miami’s progress and opportunities in developing a higher environmental standard.” Carlos Suarez
ASG ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE CHAIR
Energy Conservation. “This is my dream job,” Kline said. “Sustainability is a part of the job for all physical facilities staff but a full time person is needed to coordinate and promote more sustainable operations.” Kline has had a long history working with sustainability groups. She worked in the facilities department in a public school district in New Jersey, where she was the director of capital outlay, energy management, long range facilities planning and also manager of recycling. She was involved with a dynamic community organization called
sustainability committee. “Where challenges exist, so too does the possibility of innovative and even entrepreneurial solutions,” Kline said. Started in 2011, the sustainability committee was founded to contribute to a healthier environment and reduce bottom line expenses. It is chaired by David Prytherch, the sustainability coordinator and is composed of a number of students, faculty and staff. This year, the committee is working on several projects including Recyclemania – which Miami helped found – and
Unplugged, a competition in the planning stages for next semester. The goal is to get Miami’s campus to focus on energy conservation and waste reduction, according to Kline. Recently, Miami has been designing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits into new construction projects. “Miami is planning a ground source geothermal field for planned construction on Western Campus and master planning transportation and storm water management with an environmental perspective,” Kline said. Miami also now offers a new co-major in sustainability. It replaces the environmental principals co-major, within the newly restructured Institute for the Environment and Suitability (IES). There are many small things students can do to help with Miami’s sustainability. “The committee is a great way to track Miami’s progress and opportunities in developing a higher environmental standard, whether it’s through academic, structural, or energy-related approaches,” said Carlos Suarez, sophomore and ASG Environmental Committee Chair.
By Matt Levy
Senior Staff Writer
From how long classes are to how many weeks are in a semester, the academic year has a particular rhythm that
dictates a great deal about students’ lives. At their weekly meeting Oct. 11, Miami University’s Associated Student
CORRECTION An article in the Oct. 11 issue of The Miami Student, ‘Miami hosts information security awareness week,’ incorrectly identified the dates for the event as beginning Oct. 25. The event actually began Oct. 8. Fourteen people took part in shredding 700 pounds of documents at an event called ShredFest on Wednesday afternoon. “We were very happy with the turnout at
For The Miami Student
For students who aspire to a career in the writing world, whether in the field of business, editing or professional writing, the new professional writing major that began this fall might be an excellent place to start. In this major, students learn how to write in a variety of public and professional contexts. Students also gain the necessary knowledge to persuade audiences through rhetorical theory, according to Heidi McKee, director of the program. “Rhetoric is the art of effective communication,” McKee said. “It’s finding the available means of persuasion so you know what you are communicating, to whom, how you want to communicate it and what are the ways to say it.” The major consists of 42
credit hours and would work as a second major for students, although it is offered as a single major as well. “In journalism, we require students to have a second major and professional writing would make a good pair with any communication or journalism major,” Richard Campbell, director of the journalism program, said. “I was originally a literature major, but I switched to professional writing because I wanted to learn how to read, write and speak well, learn how to construct arguments and persuade more with my writing,” said Kevin Drake, sophomore professional writing major. Drake hopes to take his skills from professional writing to seminary school after graduation. “We wanted to create a writing major with more diversity for students all across the spectrum of writing studies,” McKee said.
This major is designed for anyone who wants to write and communicate well or improve their communication skills.” Heidi McKee
PROFESSIONAL WRITING PROGRAM DIRECTOR
The 42 credit hours in this course are made up of five core courses (15 hours), five specialty track courses (15 hours) and four open electives in the English Department (12 hours). “We overlap with all the other areas of English studies,” McKee said. “This enables students to tailor their course of study themselves.” Professional writing consists of several tracks that students can choose between to see what best fits with their own goals. These tracks are editing in professional contexts, digital and technical
questions from student senators during their presentation. Many senators were curious as to how current logistics, such as dining hall hours or extracurricular activities would be impacted by the new class time structures, which tend to push later in the day. Cronley responded that in most cases, schedules would be adjusted accordingly. Cronley also explained the concept of a separate block of four weeks at the beginning of Miami’s summer term which would begin on the Tuesday following commencement, rather than taking a week off
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It is the policy of The Miami Student to publish corrections for factual errors found in the newspaper. ShredFest and hope to build on that for the future,” said Randy Hollowell, senior communication and web coordinator of information technology services. “We are already planning another similar shred event for the spring.” At the two information booths 29 students took part in a bonus question, “What is your MUnet password?” Four students failed by actually giving away that information.
Special Agent Cynthia Cronin of the FBI presented about career paths in her field. JD Rogers, the Director of Information Security, Great American Financial Resources, Inc. spoke about the latest trends and strategies of security and hacking. Chris Bernard, Director of Network Engineering and Telecommunications at Miami presented about the future of chat technology on Miami’s campus.
New statues join Cradle of Coaches collection
Professional writing major to teach students effective communication By Rebecca Peets
Government (ASG) focused on changes that may be made to the academic calendar by the time current first-years are juniors or seniors. The meeting began with a detailed presentation from Dave Sauter, university registrar, and Maria Cronley, a marketing professor and member of the calendar subcommittee of Miami’s Academic Policy Committee. Their presentation outlined many of the proposed changes to Miami’s academic calendar, including shorter semesters, a shifted fall term, longer classes, more two-day-per-week classes and the introduction of a winter “J-term.” Cronley and Sauter took
communication, public writing and rhetoric and a selfdesigned track, where students work with an adviser to design their own emphasis within the major. “The best part (or parts) of the major are the classes and the flexibility,” first year major David Mulford said. “You are able to choose your own ‘track’ and the classes that are offered are very interesting and fun and really help you connect with the real world through [both] in and out of
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By Josh North
For The Miami Student
Four new statues representing the famed Cradle of Coaches were unveiled last Saturday before Miami University’s football game against the U.S. Military Academy. The statues of Bo Schembechler, John Pont, Ara Parseghian and Red Blaik were introduced to the crowd and will be placed in the Cradle of Coaches Plaza by Yager Stadium. These four statues will join the statues of Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel and Weeb Ewbank, which were revealed in 2010. A sculpture of Thomas P. Van Voorhis was revealed in 2009. He was a coach, physical education instructor and athletic administrator at Miami from 1921-1956 and taught many of the
Cradle members. Voorhis’s family, notably his grandson Daniel T. Van Voorhis, donated $1 million and that is being used to create the sculptures. Parshegian, the only one of the four still alive, was in attendance while the families of the other deceased coaches were all in attendance. “It was really a great experience,” said Project Manager Randy Stevens. “It was really special to have all of the families there and there were close to 1,000 people along with President Hodge.” Stevens also thought it was special to have the Blaik family in attendance, considering that Blaik used to coach at Army when they won national championships in 1944
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FROM PAGE 2 which is the current practice. “We think this is a nobrainer,” Cronley said. “Research shows us that there’s a constituency that doesn’t want to go home for a week. They just want to go to class and get it done.” JonathanWheeler,secretary for Diversity Affairs, asked how having students, faculty and staff around would impact “steam shutdown week,” or the week of downtime that usually accompanies the end of the semester. Cronley replied that Physical Facilities has already drafted alternative plans for that time. One senator asked how the winter term would affect Miami’s sororities during their traditional rush time. Cronley responded that the J-term would not interfere with the process at all. “There’s 3-4,000 (Greek) women on campus, so we want to make sure the opportunity is not limited for those women,” Cronley said. “[We’re] working with sororities to restructure so that if a woman wants to participate in
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011 a class or study abroad [during J-term], she can do it.” Cronley and Sauter both said that once implemented, the new calendar would not be too different from Miami’s current calendar. According to Cronley, the new academic calendar would ideally be implemented in 2014. Cronley, responding to the multitude of questions from student senate, suggested meeting with ASG at a later time to discuss the proposed ideas further. She thanked the senators for their input at this early stage in the process. Following the presentation, ASG elected first-year senator Ty Coleman to the Student Affairs Council. Coleman also recently won the election for representative to University Senate. ASG also unanimously passed two resolutions expressing thanks to the university library system, as well as approved an amendment to their Oversight Committee bylaws affecting their internal administration. The meeting concluded with the introduction of a bill expressing ASG’s commitment as the university begins to reexamine the class registration process.
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class assignments.” Mulford hopes to apply his major to social media after graduation. The new major offers courses in a range of departments including English, journalism, linguistics, communication and interactive media studies. Students can learn to use print and digital communications in an assortment of genres and styles. “This major is designed for anyone who wants to write and communicate well or improve their communication skills,” McKee said. The variety of courses and tracks offered within the major mirrors the variety of applications within the career field. A major in professional writing prepares students to work as writers or editors in business, government or education positions. It can also be used as preparation for graduate or law school, McKee said. “This major can benefit students in engineering, science and business in writing articles and papers, even
marketing where persuasion is involved to market a product,” said Jean Lutz, assistant director of the professional writing program. The professional writing program also allows students to do client-based projects for real world people, according to McKee. McKee and Lutz have high hopes for the expansion of the program. “We hope to continue to see it thrive and grow and keep building internship programs and client bases so students can have as much real world application as possible,” McKee said. They also hope to expand the program through a study abroad opportunity in Italy and Greece and visit ancient sites where rhetoric was practiced, according to McKee. “No matter what your profession or what you do you need to know how to communicate,” McKee said. “Whether you’re a mother and need to write letters to your children’s teachers or you need to write a 25-minute business proposal. Writing is in all aspects of our lives.”
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and 1945. Blaik was also an Army officer who was honored this weekend at Miami for his service. The sculptures were made by artist Kristen Visbal. Visbal has done many works around the US. Miami’s Art Museum is helping with the project. “I think the entire process was very intense at certain times,” said Bob Wicks, the director of the Miami University Art Museum. “We really worked hard to please the families and capture the real personality of the coaches.” The ninth and final statue will be in honor of Paul Brown, a former college and professional football coach who helped create the NFL from the beginning. Brown is well known as one of
FROM PAGE 1 [the NCAA board of directors] is working out,” Mynarski said. Junior Lisa Werwinski, a diver on Miami’s swimming and diving team, said she can see the justification for the cost of attendance scholarship in some respects. “To be completely honest, a full scholarship does not pay for the costs of attending college, such as traveling back home to see family members, miscellaneous expenses related to school supplies, laptops,” Werwinski said. “Many athletes are recruited to compete for schools far from their hometowns, so the expenses associated with traveling home are often a concern. For phenomenal student athletes who may come from less affluent backgrounds, everyday expenses that we take for granted are likely a serious burden.” Werwinski said she thought if the cost of attendance scholarship were used for only its intended purpose, the underlying motives would be reasonable and well intended. However, she said she is concerned the cost of attendance scholarship is vulnerable to misuse. “The definition of cost of attendance is ambiguous by nature and therefore subject to abuse,” Werwinski said. “Defining which expenses are covered under cost of
the great innovators of the sport and had great success at every level as a coach. The statue will be unveiled next fall. Another famous coach who previously coached at Miami and went on to have an exceptional career after he left the University was Woody Hayes. Hayes won multiple national titles at the Ohio State University, but will not be given a statue for undisclosed reasons. Hayes is still an official member of the Cradle of Coaches. “He probably should be there because he had a legendary career at Ohio State after being with Miami’s coaching staff,” said Miami junior Andrew Tonne. The date for Paul Brown’s statue is not set at this point. There aren’t any other statues planned at this point for Cradle of Coaches after Brown’s. attendance well enough to prevent the misuse of the phrase will be a large responsibility for the athletic administrative staff to take on. If this policy is implemented, I think a cap on the extra money is absolutely essential. Without this, anything and everything could begin to be classified as a cost of living expense.” Werwinski said she thought having a full scholarship to any university was a “blessing.” “From my experiences as a resident assistant, I have come to understand just how hard it is for some students to pay for school,” Werwinski said. “These students would kill for anything close to a full scholarship, even if it does not cover the true expenses associated with college. From this perspective, I find myself wondering how one could even venture to say that a full scholarship is not good enough. I would hate to see college athletics turn from athletes who love the sports they play to athletes who are simply playing for money and other benefits.” While nothing is certain about the scholarship yet, Lener said he hopes Miami can do what is best for the student athletes. “I think anytime you’re given the opportunity to provide benefits we’re always looking out for the best interests of the athletes,” Lener said. “We never want to shortchange our students.”
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BEAT ‘Neuterville Express’ provides low-cost solution for cat owners Warrant leads to marijuana bust, arrest for student
Around 1 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to Arrowhead Drive in an attempt to carry out an arrest. Officers were seeking Miami University senior Catherine Wallace, 22. Wallace had a warrant out for a traffic violation. When officers arrived, they smelled fresh marijuana. The door to the apartment was unlocked and when officers entered, they observed water pipes in front of the television. Wallace confirmed there was marijuana. While in her living room, officers saw four water pipes with residue, five glass pipes with residue, one glass bowl with residue, one silver grinder with residue, three glass jars filled with marijuana, two straws with white powder residue, a metal spoon and four plastic bags filled with marijuana. Officers took Wallace back to the station where she claimed she didn’t know where any of the marijuana came from. She said she just suffered two concussions from club soccer and was on six prescription medications. She also claimed she didn’t know what the white powder was in the straws. Officers got a search warrant and went back to her apartment again. When they went back, they found more marijuana and pills that Wallace said were her boyfriend’s. Wallace was charged with drug paraphernalia and possession of drugs.
Male arrested after urinating near Speedway Around 12 a.m. Saturday, an Oxford Police Department officer noticed a group of males behind Speedway “messing around.” The officer was around the corner and monitoring their activities. The officer witnessed one of the males urinating. The officer then went to talk to the man urinating. The man was identified as Miami University first-year, Matthew Corder, 19. Corder wasn’t of age and claimed he wasn’t drinking. When Corder walked, officers claimed he was walking “loose.” Officers took him to jail and put him in a holding cell. In the cell, he fell asleep on the toilet. He fell off with his pants around his ankles, according to reports. After the citations were processed, police went to let him know and he was passed out again on the toilet. After they woke him up, he vomited for five minutes. He was released and cited for disorderly conduct and underage intoxication.
By Sarah Sidlow Asst. Community Editor
Cat overpopulation is a continued problem in our community and across the country. The Animal Friends Humane Society, the only open admission shelter in Butler County, takes in over 5,000 cats every year, according to Meg Stephenson, the director of the shelter. Cats can reproduce at as early as six months. They may reproduce up to three times a year, bearing between four and six kittens each time, according to Stephenson. The Ohio Alleycat Resource and Spay/Neuter Clinic is taking measures to address Oxford’s cat problem. Their project, “Neuterville Express” has been in action since this summer, but now the organization is reaching out to Miami University students. The program is a low-cost transportation initiative, which takes cats out of Oxford to be spayed or neutered in their clinic in Madisonville near the Kenwood Towne Center. “That’s kind of a haul from Oxford,” said Charlotte White-Hull, director of outreach and marketing. “People from all over greater Cincinnati face that issue.” Registered owners can drop off their cats at Whistle Stop Drive Thru, 304 W. Collins St., between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. and pick them up in the same place the next day around 9:00 or 10:00 a.m., White-Hull said. The bus comes to Oxford once a month. The service costs $35, plus an additional $10 if the cat needs a rabies vaccination. However, the price can be lower. The clinic provides vouchers for interested patrons who need help. If students book at least two weeks in advance, the
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The “Neuterville Express” (purely metaphorical) provides transportation for cats to and from the spay/neuter clinic in Cincinnati clinic can provide a voucher that may take $25-30 off the cost. “I know having been a student I didn’t have very much discretionary income,” White-Hull said. “We try to make [spaying or neutering your cat] as easy as possible. It’s so easy, it’s almost hard not to do it.” The clinic is operated by fully licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians. It is accredited by the Humane Alliance, which allows them access to special surgical techniques to safely and quickly perform the operation. The clinic performs about 9,000 surgeries per year and can treat up to 50 cats a day, according to White-Hull. “We only do one thing, spay and neuter, and vaccinations. This keeps prices low and allows us to spay and neuter quickly,” WhiteHull said. This is the first time that the clinic is reaching out to students. “Off-campus students have a lot of cats that they’ve taken in. This is something
they might be able to use,“ White-Hull said. “It’s not anything glamorous, but it’s necessary.” Junior Vincent Kuertz said sometimes it is hard as a cat owner to spay or neuter their cat. “Even though it’s the right thing to do, doing that to an animal that you really love and often humanize, is hard. I wouldn’t want someone doing that to me,” he said. Stephenson said spaying or neutering is the best thing a cat owner can do. “There are plenty of cats and kittens in this world,” Stephenson said. “Bringing more into this world is not helping animal welfare at all.” According to WhiteHull, the clinic held Monday had been sold out, but the bus will return to the Whistle Stop Drive Thru on Monday, Nov. 14. Students can get more information or reserve a spot for their cat on the Neuterville Express by calling (513) 871-0185 or visiting www.neutervilleexpress.com
Dog warden might face change By Christine Graffy
For The Miami Student
Ideas to merge the Butler County Dog Warden’s office into a unit of the sheriff’s department have re-emerged. Initially proposed in 2008 after the economy collapsed, the idea was suspended when more pressing subjects arose. The idea resurfaced earlier in October after The Oxford Press investigated the deferred proposal. Despite open communication between the sheriff’s department and county commissioners, the consolidation isn’t currently underway, according to Butler County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer. “Our animal control officer has extensive capabilities,” Dwyer said. “Should the warden’s office connect with our department, they could absorb our abilities.” The question isn’t whether the sheriff can be the dog warden, instead whether the two services can combine amidst lower funding, according to Dwyer. By consolidating the separate offices, which often function together, the county could save money. But this doesn’t mean that animal control units throughout the area will be affected. Oxford, for instance, still has it’s own
animal control officer, but due to ongoing budget cuts, Hamilton and Middletown have already gotten rid of theirs, according to Dwyer. “When the economy is tough, police agencies consider consolidating all similar services,” Dwyer said. “But this issue isn’t on the table for us per se, it’s up to county commissioners to make the final decision.” Butler County Commissioners manage the Dog Warden office. Chief Dog Warden Julie Holmes and three deputy wardens, Tonya Henson, Kurt Merbs and Julie Flanagan regulate animal control in townships, while most cities manage their own units. Fairfield and Oxford remain the only two cities in the county to still staff animal control officers. If the county changes, it shouldn’t affect either city in the least, Oxford’s lone Animal Controller Wayne Phillips said. “I don’t work for the county, I work for the city of Oxford,” Phillips said. “It would be a choice of the city manager if he wanted to bring in the county to do what I do now.” Since full time animal control isn’t necessary in a city of Oxford’s size, Phillips carries out many different jobs. “One day, I could be tending to a dog violation and the next taking a city vehicle to
get worked on,” Phillips said. While Philips said animal control issues aren’t much of a problem in Oxford, he still has a great deal of stories to share after 27 years of work within the city. Perhaps the most shocking involved a 30inch alligator that was simply handed over to him after a student complained it was becoming too large to manage. “I think many students come from structured homes,” Phillips said. “If their parents restricted them from having a pet, often times they run out and get one as soon as they get to school.” Regardless of the county’s direct involvement in Oxford’s unit, it has been important for Phillips to maintain strong ties with units of similar services. He holds positive working relationships with Butler County’s Dog Warden, Julie Holmes, who has lent a hand on more than one occasion “It’s nice to know that if anything bizarre were to happen within the city, not only would Oxford’s animal controller be able to facilitate but the County’s dog warden, as well,” said Miami University junior Jane Heistand. Despite separate offices, the various divisions of animal control services utilize each other’s unique certifications.
Local hospital plans to renovate, expand By Justin Reash Community Editor
McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital (MHMH) is in the final planning stages of extensive renovations and expansion. After three meetings with the City of Oxford Planning Commission, the hospital is preparing its official proposal for Oxford City Council. MHMH’s official proposal is expected to come in November, according to hospital President and CEO Bryan Hehemann. According to Hehemann, the hospital created a strategic long-term plan as early as 2009 to address internal issues. An outcome of this plan was the necessity of updating some of the hospital’s operations and buildings. Chiefly, the hospital wants to renovate their emergency, laboratory medicine and IT departments and their community education office. However, their chief renovation will go towards updating the offices of visiting specialists. “We have many specialists who come to our hospital for a few years, and we want their offices to become more patient friendly,” Hehemann said. Amongst these renovations is the hospital’s desire to expand their property. Specifically, the hospital is interested in shutting down and adding onto Poplar Street, which would effectively reroute traffic throughout Oxford. There is no timetable set for this expansion, as it is still in the planning stages, according to Hehemann. “We still need to figure out financing and phasing, as well as the proposal to the [City] Council,” Hehemann said. “I am optimistic our
plan will be approved, and I have no reason to think the council will turn it down.” David Prytherch is an associate professor of geography at Miami University and also chairs the Oxford Planning Commission. He believes residents will be in favor of the proposed changes. “I think in general what the hospital is proposing is an expansion that everyone in Oxford supports,” Prytherch said. The only issue the Planning Commission has, and what Prytherch believes the City Council will have the only objections to, is the potential closure of Poplar Street. “Ideally, we would like the hospital to expand, at the same time keeping these streets open to public traffic,” Prytherch said. Nevertheless, Prytherch believes the proposal is solid and the compromise the two parties reached in a span of three meetings since June is adequate. “To boil it down, everyone supports the expansion, but the question for the planning commission thinks it should expand and whether or not that brings about the closure of Poplar Street,” Prytherch said. The thought of renovation to McCulloughHyde is exciting for students, but expansion raises some issues. “I think renovation needs to happen and it will only benefit the community,” Senior Emily Cameron said. “Expansion onto Poplar Street, on the other hand, is definitely a more difficult idea to propose. The street is used very often and its closure would affect all of Oxford.”
Small fire occurs in Morning Sun Café Fire trucks and police cruisers blocked off a section of High Street Oct. 11 to put out a stove fire at Morning Sun Café. The call came in at 9:32 p.m. and the fire department was on the scene within five minutes. According to Fire Chief John Detherage, restaurant owners were seasoning the griddle, which requires the
stove to get very hot. Subsequently, the material in the grease drip tray underneath the burners caught fire. No one was injured. In fact, there was no one in the building when the fire started. The owner of the restaurant also owns Stella on Beech and he came back to Morning Sun to report the fire.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
Wind Ensemble hosts famous composer By Lauren A. Kiggins For The Miami Student
Wednesday, the Miami University Wind Ensemble will be performing a concert consisting of works by two dead composers and one who is very much alive: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gustav Holst and John Mackey. Mackey is the featured composer on this program and is currently at Miami, working directly with the musicians of Wind Ensemble prior to the performance. “In a way, this concert is about juxtaposing older classic wind music with the hottest compos-
er of today,” Professor Gary Speck, conductor of the Wind Ensemble, said. Mackey holds both a Master of music degree and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, respectively. His works have been performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. From his frequent blog and Facebook updates to “inventing” instruments, Mackey is the true definition of a modern composer. “A percussionist literally picks up a trash can filled with hammers, nails and bolts and slams it on the ground,” said Miami
clarinetist and Wind Ensemble Manager Sheridan Monroe in reference to one of the three Mackey pieces being performed. Speck was responsible for contacting and bringing Mackey to campus. “He was my first choice,” Speck said. “The great thing about Mackey is that he approaches each new piece as a new and different challenge, so you can’t put him into one stylistic category. He’s too good, too smart.” Pieces on this program emulate anything from a New York City cab ride to a peaceful hymn. The musicians that comprise Wind Ensemble agree with their con-
ductor. They realize the significance of Mackey’s visit and appreciate his compositions. “I don’t think there is a single piece by Mackey that we don’t love,” Monroe said. Mackey’s presence is a milestone for the music department. Not only are students working with and learning first hand from a world-renowned composer, but they are also broadening their musical horizon by encountering Mackey’s unique music. This is not a performance to miss. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Shriver Center Box Office or directly before CONTRIBUTED BY JOHN MACKEY the 8 p.m. concert at John Mackey is a prolific composer of band music. Hall Auditorium.
Club and Chorale to ‘Scalp Song’ replaced by AC/DC classic perform this weekend By Lisa Reymann
For The Miami Student
By Megan McGill
Arts and Entertainment Editor
Miami University’s Glee Club and Collegiate Chorale will continue their legacy of bringing students together through beautiful music in their joint concerts Friday and Saturday night. Jeremy Jones, who was recently hired as professor of music after a year-long temporary position last academic year, will conduct both groups. According to sophomore Glee Club member Billy Rafael, Club’s most striking selection for this concert is a Gaelic piece. “This piece is going to impress people a lot,” Rafael said. “The language goes so fast and sounds made up. People are going to be surprised.” Rafael said there are many languages and cultures represented in this concert, and the repertoire includes a spiritual. Both male a cappella groups, The Remnants and The Cheezies, will perform short sets. Junior Collegiate Chorale member Reina Dickey looks forward to performing many different styles of mu-
sic in Chorale’s portion of the concert. “We’re doing a really cool processional piece that will be very impressive. And we’re doing a piece called ‘It Takes a Whole Village’ that has kind of a tribal feel to it,” Dickey said. Dickey looks forward to accompanying the group with fellow pianist Jessica Hoffman on a fourhand piano piece called “The Promise of Living” by American composer Aaron Copland. Senior English major Leah Logan said she would not miss the concert this weekend. “I have missed a few concerts and I always try to bring new people to them because I think it’s an awesome experience everyone should have at least once. Anyone who goes wants to go back,” Logan said. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Friday in Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and are available at the box office. Saturday’s performance will take place at 7 p.m. Uptown at Oxford United Methodist Church. The Saturday performance is free of charge, but a goodwill offering will be taken.
A return of hockey season dawns a new tradition this year. The “Scalp Song,” commonly used during an opposing team member’s sentence to the penalty box, is being replaced by one of an original two choices. To assist in the selection process, a poll was conducted on Swoop Red Hawk’s Facebook page in order to determine the opinion of students and narrow down the song options. According to hockey band director Stephen Lytle, “Dirty Deeds” by AC/DC and the “Imperial March” from the Star Wars saga were the top two contenders. According to Lytle, sports marketing for the Athletic Department was involved in deciding which song to ultimately choose and had to make a selection by the end of the first two games. Last year when the “Scalp Song” was officially banned, many students got caught up in the bitterness of the ordeal, but Lytle says the subject isn’t nearly as sensitive now as it was a year ago. After the opening weekend, in which the Brotherhood played Bemidji State University, “Dirty Deeds” was dubbed as the final selection. “We used it during both hockey games and it went over pretty well. Nothing can ever replace the previous tradition but the band feels that
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Miami hockey fans cheer on the Redhawks during the October 7 game agaisnt the Bemidji State University Beavers. this is an appropriate alternative to serve the students and fans,” said band graduate assistant Mark Quintero. The “Scalp Song” had been around for approximately 90 years, but even some traditions must be broken to make way for new ones. “The student body had a ritual, which is nice and was encouraged. We’re
hoping something similar will emerge out of the new one and trigger something the fans will do,” Lytle said. With enthusiasm and optimism running high, the sport’s collegiate fan base is ready to bring on the year. The new addition to the band’s repertoire will hopefully add to the already increasing ex-
citement to showcase love and honor for the varsity team, as well as the proud alma mater of both the athletes and spectators. Until the next hockey game, students are suggested to brush up on their AC/DC and partake in the song to incite the motivation and animate the student section, as for what tradition really calls.
GLOWfest brings electronic music to college campuses By Zoe Hesp
For The Miami Student It is nearly impossible to be a college student and to not realize the recent overwhelming interest in electronic music in popular culture, especially on university campuses. From ‘Dubstep Wednesday’ at Decibel to an exponential increase in festival wristbands seen in class, this genre – which prior to 10 years ago was still considered to be an underground society – has exploded into a new musical culture, propelled mainly by college-age listeners. But the main difference between electronica and other pop sounds is the activity and physical involvement associated with festival life that has not been seen since the days of Woodstock. One such example of this ever-growing ‘festival’ interest is GLOWfest – a single day mini electronic music festival that tours college
campuses each year. Unlike most music festivals that are hosted entirely by independent organizations, GLOWfest partners with universities for promotion, charity fundraising and general student empowerment. GLOWfest’s co-founders Jack Shannon and Deuce Thevenow began their musical mission with philanthropy in mind. Each student organization involved gets a percentage of their tickets sold donated to their chosen cause. In exchange, GLOWfest itself is put on in an area close to the chosen university and bus services are provided for student transportation. The goal of such organizations like GLOWfest is to give college students – who make up one of the largest populations of festival attendees and electronic music consumers – easier access to the live music experience while still being able to accommodate such events into their school
year schedules. “Europe has always had large scale electronic concerts; this is just now gaining a hold in the States. It’s about the whole experience: the clothes, the lights, the music.” Shannon said. And now through GLOWfest, Shannon feels as if they can expand that level of listener involvement even more. “We’re not LiveNation, we’re not Ticketmaster … we’re just a couple of guys right out of school, and we’re looking to help students who want real world experience for their resumés,” Shannon said. “This is serious entertainment. It is amazing that students [from the hosting universities] can organize something of this caliber that would normally take an entire professional organization to accomplish.” GLOWfest will be hosting its next show in conjunction with Indiana University
from 4:30 p.m. until around 11 p.m. Wednesday at Pic A Chic Farms in Bloomington, Ind. This is GLOWfest’s third appearance at IU, pulling thousands of students to its sounds. This event is
Armin Van Buren. His iconic ‘mouse head’ costume has certainly helped to single him out as one of the most recent influential electronic musicians in pop culture.
Europe has always had large scale electronic concerts; this is just now gaining a hold in the States. It’s about the whole experience; the clothes, the lights, the music.” jack Shannon
part of Deadmau5’s Meowingtons Hax Tour, featuring Deadmau5, Excision, Feed Me and Le Castle Vania, with advance general admission tickets set at $40. Deadmau5, who exploded into the electronic dance music scene in 2006, was ranked fourth in the 2010 DJ Mag’s TOP 100 DJs, following just behind David Guetta, Tiesto and
While GLOWfest has found its ticket-selling success by booking headliners such as Deadmau5, it also allows them to highlight upand-coming local talent at their shows as well. The college atmosphere lends itself to a more open crowd who is accepting of new and experimental sounds. One Miami University student,
sophomore Charlie Boggs, who will be attending GLOWfest at IU next week said, “I’ve been to a lot of festivals, but I’m really excited for GLOWfest because of the diversity of electronic music being represented … GLOWfest also is the perfect setting for first-time concertgoers who can feel more comfortable in an environment of peers.” Once again, GLOWfest truly embodies this college student-driven trend in popular electronic music, specifically by rewarding colleges with their sponsorship for upcoming events. GLOWfest is currently in the process of organizing a 20-day spring college tour for April 2012. They are looking for interested universities to be hosts. Miami students can vote to have GLOWfest come to our campus and learn about becoming a campus representative at the GLOWfest website (www.glowfesttour.com).
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Miami must realign priorities to enhance undergraduate education
PATRICK GEYSER THE MIAMI STUDENT
MADELINE HRYBYK THE MIAMI STUDENT
EDITORIAL The following pieces, written by the editorial editors, reflect the majority opinion of the editorial board.
Sorority-only course should be broadened to include all students Miami University will offer an Introduction to Women’s Studies course section aimed at sorority members. The class, comprised of sorority members, will focus at women’s issues and leadership from the perspective of sorority members. The course aims to support women and study the stereotype of Greek women. The editorial board of The Miami Student believes that educating women about important leadership roles will help them and the university succeed. The topic is certainly worthy of discussion and can easily be incorporated into an academic setting. Women’s leadership must be studied and promoted on campus. However, by separating the course from other Women’s Studies courses by requiring each student to be a member of a sorority only further separates Greek and non-Greek women and
may further promote the stereotype that sorority women have more problems and have radically different lives than non-sorority women. The creators of the course say it is excluding non-Greek women and males in order to provide a “safe environment” for the Greek women to discuss issues. This board would like to point out that all academic settings are supposed to be safe environments for academic inquiry. We wonder what would be so dangerous about allowing some Y chromosomes in the classroom. If the course focuses on issues that would better be addressed in counseling sessions, an academic course, paid for tuition, is the wrong way of addressing these issues. Students should not get academic credit for a counseling session. A good portion of students are members of sororities, however, this course
section may create a slippery slope for dedicating courses to only certain groups of students. The sorority Women’s Studies course should not be closed off to non-sorority members because there should not be any need to do so. While there are a number of acceptable reasons to make a section of a course exclusive – such as prerequisites – we feel the particular requirements to get into this section fall into a dangerous gray area. The course can certainly discuss sorority issues, but the broader topic of women’s leadership in a changing world is a much more relevant topic to discuss. If the course focused on this issue, rather than just closing it off to nonsorority members, Miami could continue to promote inclusive, critical discussion into its high-quality undergraduate courses.
NCAA cost of attendance proposal may set RedHawks back The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) is discussing a new attendance scholarship that would further decrease the cost of attending college for student athletes. The higher ceiling on money beyond tuition, room and board, which is expected to be around $2,000, will cover costs not included in traditional athletic scholarships. The NCAA is still working out the details. The editorial board of The Miami Student supports the good-hearted intention of the new framework. Making college more affordable to students is very important for
helping students succeed. However, the new scholarship may hurt Miami University and other NCAA schoolswithmediumorsmall athletic programs. The scholarship may give unfair advantages to the few schools, like Ohio State University (OSU), that make money off athletics and can afford to pay the extra money for the scholarships. It is not fair to give full ride scholarships to athletes, like some football players, who never play on the field, yet are still paid. The new scholarship only encourages the perception of the general public that student athletes are only here to be athletes, and
not scholars. Student athletes are not only here to further their athletic careers, but to become educated members of society as well. The timing for this new scholarship is very poor after the numerous student athlete issues, such as the recent OSU football memorabilia scandal. Although most athletes are very hard working and bring a lot of talent to the program they play for, the scholarship will only make the great programs greater because they will not only be able to afford and support the scholarship, they will also be able to attract the best athletes.
We salute President Hodge’s call to embrace change in his recent state of the university address and suggest the following changes for him to embrace. Start making quality of undergraduate teaching the most important consideration for faculty in tenure, promotion and salary determinations, instead of just paying lip service to it. De-emphasize college as “edu-tainment” and “Club Med Ed,” and re-emphasize that while teaching is the professor’s responsibility, learning is the student’s responsibility requiring effort and persistence. Stop treating class time as a trivial, unimportant thing to be cut back in order to promote every conceivable extracurricular activity. Start promoting the quality of undergraduate education by reducing class sizes; by raising — not lowering — academic expectations for first-year
students (in important part by encouraging more exams of the essay-really-thinking kind rather than the colorthe-bubblehead kind); and by not admitting ever-more students to be crammed into ever-larger class sections. End a university honors program that is an embarrassingly dysfunctional mess and instead provide an honors-quality education for every undergraduate student in every major in every division. Build fewer new buildings and build more student minds and character. Stop the hugely expensive bureaucratic bloat on campus, as reported in the Student this fall. Stop appointing lavishlypaid outside administrators when there are plenty of qualified people already on campus (us excluded) who would do no worse and at far less expense. Stop constantly boasting about increasingly meaningless college rankings.
Start requiring our trustees to interact directly with rank-and-file faculty and students, instead of sequestering them and pumping them full of pork and propaganda. President Hodge calls for us to embrace change. We say, “Let’s go!”
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ASG’s anti-protest pledge must not passively ignore unwanted WBC visit I had never before felt the need to write The Miami Student before the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) issue arose, and after reading your piece about the pledge being circulated by Associated Student Government (ASG), I simply must write. It’s quite shameful that our student government is urging students to practice ignorance and apathy in the face of a challenge. A problem doesn’t go away because
you disregard it; it goes away because you do something about it. Now, I’m not suggesting a counter-protest is the proper action, because indeed it is not. If one really wants to make a dent in the WBC’s hatred, the answer is simply to do the opposite of that, namely, love. Personally, I will be at their protest doing everything in my power to balance out their hate by showing them
and anyone else there as much love and goodwill as possible. Hell, I might even bake them a cake and (even though I’m not Christian) write Matthew 22:37-9 on it. Which community would you admire more: the one that deals with hatred by ignoring it and letting it be or the one that stands up to it with kindness and love?
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Cain’s financial success demonstrates substantial leadership ability, credibility I wanted to offer my thoughts on the essay written about presidential candidate Herman Cain. Mr. Bowman has written an essay that attempts to undermine the values of Cain’s overall ability as a leader instead of pointing out balanced facts and acknowledgements. The article states, “The guy who has dabbled in just about everything now wants to be president again. And for some reason, people are taking him seriously.”
Since when is it a crime or any wrongdoing to explore various interests? Looking at Cain’s track record, he has successfully turned his unsuccessful region of Burger King stores into the most profitable region in the country. In addition, he was able to convert Godfather’s Pizza from a failing chain into a profitable one before selling the company to allow his parent company to make a strong profit. Let’s compare these financial statistics with that of President
Obama, who has contributed to the continued rising of our national debt (almost $15 trillion) while bailing out industries across the board which has simply put band aids on an already fragile economic market. Maybe instead of electing a political interest leader, we should consider a true businessman who knows how to get our country back on track financially.
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AP, PC, PCP, it’s all kosher to me: Words deserve to be used wisely
Post-grads should rethink value of higher education
Thinking back to freshman year, it’s hard to believe how much we’ve changed. We conned ourselves into believing that living in a dorm was normal. We went to Skipp’s for food instead of vodka/red bulls. We went to Brick to dance. And oddest of all, “Shadium” was still the place to be on Friday night. The Rec was a frequent destination rather than a distant memory, and cases of Natty were furtively purchased off upperclassmen stuck in the same Miami Plan class as you. As far as anecdotes go, this one isn’t going anywhere. If I may request a little audience indulgence, please read the first paragraph again and see if you can’t spot some irregularities. With gracious latitude given by my editors, I’ve requested that they leave this column completely alone — to, and it surely pains them, print this with fixing so much as a comma. In my years writing for the Student, I’ve struggled to keep true to my narrative voice, while still conforming my sentences to
AP formatting and PC terminology. I’m guessing none of you had trouble deciphering my colloquial and general description of a freshman experience at Miami, and yet fixing a paragraph like that is pretty much an editor’s wet dream. Today’s thesis, which I promise is coming kids, just hold on a sec, came to me last night when one of my girlfriends texted me, asking if I knew that ‘porch monkey’ was a derogatory term. As a back-story, involving an extremely obscure quote from “House Bunny” and a bottle or two of wine, my roommate— and by extension our group of friends—adds ‘monkey’ in phrases it does not belong. Examples including: sad monkey, hungover monkey, crabby monkey, horny monkey, gross monkey—and I had completely forgotten about this one, porch monkey. Yes, I have in fact called my incredibly white, incredibly PC friends porch monkeys before, literally without remembering how heinously racist the phrase is. Well,
The job market is a problem for any recent graduates and graduating Miami University students. With so much animosity in the air from the economic recession and the continuously unsuccessful efforts made by the federal government, fewer numbers of companies are inclined to hire untrained and inexperienced college graduates. Instead, they need to be pampered. There is a financial burden for companies to educate new employees when current operations fail to yield significant profits due to uncontrollable environmental forces. I believe this quote from an article from CNN in August 2009 describes the situation very well. “A recent college graduate is
Alternative plan to social security may be hidden in the private sector
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I received many email responses from my August opinion piece entitled “Big Government is the root of London’s riots.” Some were kind and supportive while others, as I expected, were oppositional, but what I didn’t anticipate was an overall vitriolic tone. There were also two rebuttal articles published, which actually proved my point that under social democracy, the government ultimately runs out of other people’s money. One email linked my article to social security and wrote: “Would you suggest we just shoot everyone over 65 or 75 or 85? Let them die in the streets? Let them pick through garbage to find food?” I hope that we can elevate the conversation beyond emotional pleas because no rational person would ever suggest such actions and it hampers the productive exchange of ideas. People should realize that there are basically two philosophies with similar goals, but offer different approaches. One approach relies on government and the other on the private sector and personal responsibility. Social security
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It’s interesting that while at times life consists of repetitive, monotonous and seemingly mundane day-today, it never fails to bring those occasional glimmering moments that become integrated into our more permanent selves. Looking back, there seems to be a correlation between the memories that stick and the unexpected curve ball life threw at that particular moment in time. Curiously though, many of the pervasive, recurring thoughts manifesting themselves in my consciousness on the regular share a commonality of having derived meaning over time. An undergraduate mentor of mine once said that if you want to get something done, just
has been described as being similar to a Ponzi scheme because it takes money from current workers and gives it to retirees and there are no separate personal accounts like regular formal pensions. Ponzi schemes ultimately collapse, but because of government backing, social security is sustained and simply becomes more inefficient and increasingly expensive. Three counties in Texas have demonstrated an alternative private-sector plan for workers to receive retirement, death and disability benefits. In 1980, Galveston, Matagorda and Brazoria counties opted out of social security for their public employees and implemented an alternative plan, and now 30 years later, we see their success. Employees retire with more money and have better death and disability benefits. They face no long-term unfunded liability pensions like others do. It takes 6.2 percent of the worker’s income — similar to social security — and the county matches it. Once the county makes its contribution, its obligation is done and
my bad. There are words that exist in our lexicon as young adults that strike terror into the hearts of anyone even remotely affiliated with theACLU. Okay, I’m middle-class-white enough to rarely if ever drop the dreaded ‘n-word.’ But I cannot pretend that gay, retarded, whore and faggot haven’t crept their sneaky ways into my vocabulary. I have gay friends, I have black friends, and I have mentally disabled relatives. I get it — these words are hurtful. But the post-structuralist in me is conflicted over usage versus intention, habit versus target. Language is integral to our understanding of modern human evolution. Literally, the divide between history and pre-history is the existence of written language. We experience language drift practically monthly, as words take on new meanings, new spellings, and new applications all the time. And yes, I just finished my linguistics chapter for a geography class — thank you, LibEd. The point is, to those of us looking beyond simplified social constructs,
it avoids unfunded pension liabilities. Unfunded pension liabilities occur when the government promises to pay the employee in the future (as social security promises) but does not have the funds, and therefore, the employee never gets paid or receives a reduction in benefits. Under the alternative plan, the life insurance is four times the worker’s salary tax-free up to $215,000. That’s nearly 850 times the basic amount of social security’s death benefit, which is only $255. Also, if the worker dies before retirement, under the alternative plan, he owns his account and it belongs to his estate – his family. Under social security, the majority of the money would return to the government, leaving little to help his family. With the alternative plan, if the worker gets injured, he receives benefits immediately instead of having to wait six months. Other results/facts: Lower-middle income ($26,000 salary) worker at retirement would receive $1,007 a month (social security), but $1,826 a month (alternative
words should only have the value that we place within them. Only foolish people underestimate the power of words. But it’s so hard drawing that line between acceptable and not. Words used for hate are a matter separate from words in general. I don’t support hate speech, but I certainly support the freedom of expression that is our right as individuals. Be it calling my roommate an asshole when she hides my MASH DVDs, or calling a bro an ignorant, steroidenhanced d-bag for mocking an openly gay couple, I never take for granted a well-chosen phrase. So my point today is this: finding the line between PC and self-expression is your call entirely, so long as you know you aren’t causing damage to another person. Expand, express, exhilarate — maybe try the thesaurus feature on Word. Just remember that your words are something that you should be able to control, and harnessing power like that can move mountains, glaciers, and stodgy tenured professors.
plan). The alternative plan provides 84 percent of his preretirement income versus 46 percent under social security. Middle income ($51,200) worker would get $1,540 a month (social security), but $3,600 (alternative plan). The alternative plan provides 84 percent of his pre-retirement income versus 36 percent under Social Security. High-incomeworkermaxed out on his social security contribution every year would receive $2,500 a month (social security), but $5,000-6,000 (alternative plan). Our ever-expanding government has become inefficient and mediocre, which is reflected in our social security system. Its original good intentions cannot mask its problems with insolvency. Good intentions cannot replace results. Our generation will have to pay not only for the babyboomers but also for ourselves. Every American should be willing to have a discussion about having retirement choices, including the concept of a personal trust account, and should demand solutions with positive results.
“super-seniors” or people studying to apply to graduate school, but is this a reasonable choice? Not to sound discouraging, but The Economist stated, “In 2008, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, over 10,500 Americans with Ph.D.s or professional degrees were employed as ‘cashiers,’ over 27,400 as shop assistants and over 4,700 as hairdressers, hairstylists or cosmetologists.” As vague as the job description of cashier is, I am willing to assume that most of those doctorates were not looking to be cashiers. The Economist’s Adrian Wooldridge describes education as an arms race. There is a significant diminishing return for education. An ‘education bubble’
The only entities that are benefiting from this educational boom are colleges and professional schools that house these students. suing her alma mater for $72,000 — the full cost of her tuition and then some — because she cannot find a job.” Yes, 2009 was the year right after the financial crisis took place, but has anything really gotten better? Analysts thought 2008 was rock bottom for the economy, but with several European nations having trouble staying afloat with fatal budget deficits, is it a sign that there is still more to come? I think everybody, at least once in their college years, has had the thought of what they could do or have done with their tuition money. If you absolutely had to put a price on your education, how much would you rate it? It better be higher than the total sum of the four years tuition, or you shouldn’t be here because you’re making a bad investment decision. You may be earning interest with that lump sum in the bank right now. Are you getting a diploma because it is a requirement just like high school diplomas were 10-20 years ago? I notice many more
might be occurring, there are a whole lot of highly educated individuals that have nowhere to go. The Wall Street Journal wrote on Oct. 10 that there are companies that are changing their MBA and undergraduate hiring ratio. Jobs that were exclusively open to MBA are now open to undergraduates. A Master’s degree is no longer appealing in the job market. The only entities that are benefiting from this education boom are the colleges and professional schools that house these students. What’s more surprising is that these academic institutions might be teaching out of date or generic material that adds no significant value. Therefore, companies have to internally educate their employees to fit their job description, and they are able to do it in much less time and resources. It’s a good thing to keep a learning fervor, but I want to warn my fellow Miamians to be cautious of the growing bubble ahead of us. Our youth is not eternal, and it shouldn’t be spent sitting at a desk behind books.
Pursuit of higher education amounts to more than diplomas do it, because days turn into weeks, turn into months, turn into years. There was nothing special about the occasion, nothing particularly austere about the conversation, but for some reason that comment must have struck a chord that day, because I still think about it from time to time. Perhaps an affinity for aphorisms is responsible for making this statement memorable, but probably the zeitgeist on social and personal levels contributed as well. The educational process is very much a transition from amateur to professional, and in any context, professionalism is about getting the job done efficiently, regardless of circumstance; just doing it. As a new graduate
student, I try to motivate myself with that mentality compounded with the knowledge that the current global economy adds a bit more gravity to the situation. Rolling up the metaphorical sleeves and getting to work is becoming an increasingly important mindset to adopt in order to live as we have grown accustomed. With the unemployment rate at the national level hovering around 9.1 percent in September, an amount unimproved from last year’s 9.7 percent average and a rate unseen for over twoand-a-half decades, it seems everybody could use some motivation. But of what concern is this to us, you might ask. Surely a post-secondary
education such as the one we are in the midst of receiving will negate such trifles? I’m not so sure. The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences’ Digest of Education Statistics: 2010 reports that during 2008-2009 academic year, universities in the U.S. produced 33 percent more bachelor’s degrees, 49 percent more masters degrees and 54 percent more doctoral degrees than they did just a decade prior. Furthermore, the 2009-2010 academic year saw rises in prices of undergraduate tuition, room and board of 37 percent and 25 percent at public and private universities, respectively. These price hikes were allegedly
adjusted to account for rise in inflation. So, not only is expense of post-secondary education increasing, but the competition for jobs after completion is fiercer due to higher output. While working harder for less may unfortunately become a more common trend, these days will eventually be cast among those recollections that only assume their most pure and meaningful form as time whittles them into maturity. Probably a million times in our lives we have all heard a comment about life being short and not wasting time. I find it irritating that such a trite expression can embody such truth, but as I think about the to-dos that have been on my
list for a few years now, I realize that those days turned into weeks rather quickly. Especially while we are here at Miami University and have an abundance of resources and opportunities at our fingertips, maximizing productivity is in our best interest. As I try to be proactive and make the most of my tenure here, it is my sincere hope that you will do the same. Though complacence is often easy, and classes, research, and teaching can at times be repetitious, I am confident that as we share this educational experience we will encounter myriad glimmering moments that we will one day look back upon and smile.
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Wheldon will be missed greatly Last night, I was swamped with work, finally sat down about an hour before my deadline and I got my creative juices flowing, excited to crank out another column. Then I read about Dan Wheldon. I know that the Indy Racing League isn’t the most popular sport in the world, especially in the United States, but there needs to be some sort of appreciation for the brave men (and women) who travel at speeds sometimes over 250 miles per hour in very close quarters. Despite all the safety gear these drivers have, they are in an environment where one minor miscue can lead to tragedy. Wheldon won the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and also earlier this year. He was looking to build on his second victory in the League’s most prestigious race, but at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he was involved in a 15-car crash that many racers said was “indescribable.” The other drivers came away relatively well. Wheldon did not. Wheldon had injuries that were deemed “unrecoverable” and he was pronounced dead while being flown to the nearest hospital. He was only 33 years old. This whole experience of being all jacked up for writing a column to reading about Dan Wheldon essentially allowed me to reflect on a number of things, one of which is the fragility of life in general. Sometimes I forget about that, being a college-aged kid, focusing on my future and family and friends and whatever else I may be doing. Fellow drivers were imaginably devastated by
Wheldon’s passing, but what really stood out was how adamant they were about how wonderful of a person he was. Graham Rahal took to Facebook to express his support and sorrow for Wheldon’s tragic, sudden passing: “Thanks for all the kind words. It was a very tough day. I can’t believe that we have all lost such a great friend as Dan. He had a heart of gold, just crazy to think life is just that fragile. Hope everyone keeps the Wheldon family in their prayers.” This whole story was a real gut check for me and I couldn’t quite figure out why. The fact that Wheldon was such a good person was sad enough, but I thought more about it from the perspective of a fan, and I realized what made me cringe in this situation more than most I encounter in sports. I am guilty of this as well as countless other fans. You know when you “hate” someone in sports? There’s no rhyme or reason for it, but you just hate a particular player or root against him? It’s part of the fun, for sure, and it’s fun sometimes to just wail on an athlete who is miles and miles away and can’t hear you at all through the TV. However, in situations like these, I think it’s important to remember that these athletes are human beings too. Sure, they make millions of dollars in many cases and have countless endorsements and celebrity status. The pressure of that fame, though, can be heavy, and the way that Wheldon carried himself with such grace and class, according to his fellow drivers, it really is a shame to see him go. RIP Dan.
’Hawks win second straight
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Sophomore wide receiver Nick Harwell strides into the end zone for one of his two touchdowns Oct. 8. Harwell was held to one yard receiving on three catches against Kent State University Saturday, but Miami managed a 9-3 win.
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The Miami University football team survived a defensive struggle to squeeze out their second win of the season Saturday, defeating Kent State University (KSU) 9-3 to improve to 2-4 (1-1 Mid-American Conference) on the year, while the Golden Flashes fell to 1-6 (0-3). Despite only racking up 166 yards of total offense, their lowest total of the season, the Red and White were able to shut down Kent State’s offense, holding them to 244 yards on the day, which kept the RedHawks in the game. “We knew that their defense was tremendous and [KSU Defensive Coordinator] Heacock, we knew he was going to do a great job and he didn’t let us down,” Head Coach Don Treadwell said. “It just took us a little bit
to get on track on offense.” After sophomore wide receiver Nick Harwell fumbled the ball just 14 seconds into the game, giving the Golden Flashes the ball deep in Miami territory, the RedHawks shut down the Kent State offense, holding them to a field goal and their only points of the game. Both teams struggled to move the ball down the field throughout the rest of the first half, and Kent State led 3-0 at the half. KSU held their three-point lead until late in the third quarter, when redshirt junior quarterback Zac Dysert hit redshirt senior wide receiver Chris Givens for a 16-yard touchdown pass with just over one minute remaining, giving Miami a 7-3 lead. “All day, Kent State’s defense was solid [and] very strong,” Givens said. “[KSU Head] Coach Darrell Hazell
has a great defense, a great front five, great DB’s in the back half and I was just in the right place at the right time.” A safety by redshirt senior C.J. Marck gave the RedHawks a 9-3 advantage midway through the fourth quarter, and the Red and White were able to shut down KSU’s offense to give Treadwell his second win of the season. Dysert was 13-27 for 125 yards and had one touchdown through the air, while redshirt sophomore running back Erik Finklea finished the game with 68 yards on 18 carries. After four-straight 100-yard receiving games, tying a Miami record, Harwell finished the game with one total yard receiving. The ’Hawks dominated the game defensively, holding the Golden Flashes to one red zone appearance the entire game.
Redshirt senior safety Anthony Kokal led Miami with eight tackles, while redshirt senior linebacker Jerrell Wedge had a second-straight strong performance, racking up seven takedowns. Marck finished the game with six tackles including two sacks. Miami will now look to continue their success this week when they travel north to take on the Toledo Rockets. The Rockets are undefeated in Mid-American Conference (MAC) play this year and will be one of the toughest games for the RedHawks this season. “We have a tough game next week,” redshirt senior linebacker Ryan Kennedy said. “Anytime you get wins in this conference, you never know what’s going to happen in the MAC. In the East right now everyone has a loss, so we gotta play forward and see what happens.”
Miami volleyball drops 2 MAC RedHawk runners place in top 10 at Penn State National Meet matches on home court By Tom Downey
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The Miami University RedHawks women’s volleyball team played two home games this weekend, against the Central Michigan University Chippewas and the Eastern Michigan University Eagles. The first game was against Eastern Michigan. The RedHawks lost the match 0-3 (21-25, 18-25, 23-25). Miami jumped out to a 6-4 lead to start the first set. The Eagles would fight back until the set was tied at 13. The ’Hawks then went on a 5-1 run to push their lead 18-14, but the Eagles responded with an 8-1 run to take a 19-22 lead. The RedHawks were never able to get closer than 20-22 after that and ended up losing the set 21-25. The Eagles took a 10-5 lead at the start of the second set. The Red and White would manage to trim the lead to 15-18, but the Eagles would go on a 5-0 run to push the lead to 24-16. They would eventually take the set 25-18. The third set also saw the Eagles take an early lead as they went up 7-2. The RedHawks would fight back and tie
the score at eight all. The Eagles would eventually take an 18-13 lead, but Miami fought back to tie the game at 20-20. The teams battled until the set was tied at 23. Eastern Michigan would then take the next two points to win the set 25-23 and win the match. “We didn’t play well,” Head Coach Carolyn Condit said. “We didn’t pass well and didn’t play defense well.” Jenn Caylor led the team with 12 kills and Madison Dodd had nine of her own. Madison Hardy once again led the team in digs, with 21. Amy Kendall had 19 assists for the team, while Meg Riley chipped 14. The second match was against Central Michigan University, which the RedHawks lost 1-3 (13-25, 25-21, 20-25, 12-25). Central Michigan dominated the first set, jumping out to a 17-4 lead. The RedHawks would fight back to trim the lead to 10-22, but the Chippewas would end up taking the first set 25-13. The second set saw the Chippewas take a 13-12 lead. However, the Red and White would go on a 4-0 run to take a 16-13 lead. The team would
increase their lead to 21-14, before a run by Central Michigan would trim the lead to 23-20. The RedHawks prevented the Chippewas from getting any closer as they would go on to win the set 25-21. The third set started as a 7-7 tie, but Central Michigan would go on a 6-3 run to take a 13-10 lead. The ’Hawks would manage to tie the set at 19, but Central would take the set 25-20. Much like the first set, the Chippewas jumped out to big lead early, taking a 14-5 lead. Central Michigan would eventually take the set 25-12 to win the match. “We passed well in game two, which was the reason we were able to win the game,” Condit said. Amy Raseman led the team with 11 kills, while Caylor contributed nine. Kendall again led the team in assists with 30. Hardy matched her dig total from the first match with 21. Losing both games drops the RedHawks record to 12-10 overall and 3-5 in the Mid-American Conference. The team will look to bounce back when they travel to Ball State University Friday and the University of Toledo Saturday.
By Josh North
For The Miami Student
In their last meet before the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship, the Miami University men’s and women’s cross country teams finished sixth and ninth, respectively, at the Penn State University National Meet Friday in what turned out to be a very muddy and rainy race. However, both teams are looking to rebound at the MAC championships. The women’s team finished with 211 points while 19th ranked West Virginia University finished first with only 45 points out of the 29 teams competing. Miami still beat all of the MAC opponents who were at Penn State this weekend. The University at Buffalo and the University of Akron finished 19th and 21st, respectively. The RedHawks were led by seniors Kelley Miller and Maggie Bingham, as they have been all season. Miller finished 26th with a time of 22:16 and Bingham finished only five places behind with a time of 22:22. The rest of the scoring was done by freshmen. Jessica Hoover, Elisa Frazier and Alex Chitwood finished 41st, 55th and 58th to round out Miami’s
top five. Head Coach Kelly Phillips believes the team has “really worked well as a team and is ready for conference.” Phillips also believes the team’s greatest competition for the MAC title is Central Michigan University, Ohio University and the University of Toledo. “We will be looking to work together more during the race,” Hoover said, who has scored in every race this season. “We belong at the front and we will really be focusing on Toledo.” The men’s team, which has yet to be fully healthy all season, finished ninth and totaled 248 points in the 21-team race. Host Penn State came out on top
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by totaling 47 points. After missing the last two meets, sophomore David Wing was the top finisher for the Red and White; finishing 31st with a time of
27:26. Junior Jarrod Eick finished 33rd only three seconds after Wing crossed the finish line. Sophomore Matt Marol was the third ’Hawk to cross the finish line in 55th place. Junior Brett Wagner and freshman Ryan Moncrieff finished the RedHawks scoring and finished in 61st and 68th place. The RedHawks were without junior David Eichenberger, who is day-to-day according to head coach Warren Mandrell. Eichenberger had scored in every meet this season. “That played a major role on how we ran,” Mandrell said on Eichenberger sitting out. “Hopefully we can get him back here soon. We will have to see if he can make it back for the MAC.” Mandrell doesn’t see a clear favorite for the MAC title this season. He believes all the teams are “running pretty equal right now.” Eastern Michigan University, the defending champion, Kent State University, Akron and Buffalo appear to be Miami’s top competition for the MAC title. Both teams have the next week off before the MAC championships at Ball State University Oct. 29.