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

TUESday, NOVEMBER 6, 2012

VOLUME 140 NO. 21


TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1912, The Miami Student reported on the four-party national political campaign. One headline read: “Socialists start matters Wednesday night, followed

by Bull Moosers Thursday night and Democrats Saturday night.” Another said, “More interest taken by students in Presidential campaign this year than ever before. Clubs active representing all parties.”

Michelle Obama Championship weekend speaks at Miami Miami wins conference titles in record fashion


First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama spoke to a crowd of 2,600 in Withrow Court Saturday.

BY the Miami student staff First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama spoke to a crowd of 2,600 at a chilly Withrow Court Saturday. “You have a really beautiful campus I hope you realize how lucky you are, it’s really beautiful,” Obama said. Mrs. Obama wasn’t the only famous person in Withrow Court. Celebrity artist Will.I.Am made a surprise appearance as well. Obama said Will.I.Am has been a supporter of her husband from the beginning and is campaigning in Ohio along with President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama. Students and community members waited in line in wintry weather for over an hour to see the First Lady and earlier Saturday, students were posting on Facebook they would pay for a ticket to the speech. Obama was introduced by firstyear and College Democrats member Alex Ponikvar, who joked in an interview after that his college career could only go downhill from there. “She is an inspiring woman,” Ponikvar said. “She was so warm and welcoming.” Ponikvar said he was too excited to be nervous before his introduction. “It was amazing, absolutely a once in a lifetime experience,” he said. Student Body President John Stefanski attended the speech and obtained a prime seat near the stage. Stefanski said he thought the speech was a success. “It was really cool and her speech was awesome,” Stefanski said. “She really hit home all the points of why we have to keep moving forward as

a country, why we have to get out the vote, get people ready.” Laura Kretz, president of College Democrats, said she was delighted with the event turnout. “It was fantastic,” Kretz said. “The enthusiasm was great, everybody had an amazing time.” John “Baylor” Myers, chairman of College Republicans, said while the First Lady is a national figure, he did not encourage people to attend the event. “Perhaps [if it were] not an election year I would encourage students to see the First Lady as a national figure but at this time Michelle Obama came to this campus to support the Obama campaign and [President Obama’s] policies,” Myers said. “So, I would not have encouraged people to go. I would have said ‘see you at another venue because right now you are supporting an agenda that has failed our country.’” The first lady also addressed the closeness of the Presidential race. “This election is going to be closer than the last election; that is the only guarantee, so we need to brace for it,” Obama said. “And it will all come down to what happens in a few key battleground states, especially this state; right here in Ohio. So, especially for our young people let me put this in perspective…back in 2008 Barack won Ohio by about 262 thousand votes. And while that might sound like a lot, when you break that number down across precincts throughout an entire state, that’s just 24 votes per precinct. That’s how these races work.” Miami University President David Hodge said he is not surprised Miami has received so much



LEFT: Miami University won its fourth MAC title in school history Sunday. RIGHT:The Miami University field hockey team won its first MAC Tournament Championship in school history Saturday.

Soccer wins first MAC title since 2002 By Win Braswell Senior Staff Writer

The top-seeded Miami University soccer team rebounded from a disappointing 2011 campaign to capture the 2012 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship defeating second seeded Central Michigan University 2-1 Sunday. With the win, Miami heads into the NCAA Tournament with a school record 15-game unbeaten streak and a 19-2-1 mark, tying the most wins in program history. The RedHawks clinched the MAC regular season title as well, finishing at 10-0-1. Miami’s victory snapped a sevenyear MAC Tournament Championship streak held by the University of Toledo and Central Michigan, and is the fourth conference title for the RedHawks, the first in 10 years. The program’s first two conference tournament titles came in 2000 and 2001. The ’Hawks and Chippewas were the top two MAC teams all season, with Miami topping Central Michigan 1-0 in double overtime Oct.19. Miami got out to an early lead when freshman forward and MAC Freshman of the Year Haley Walter scored her ninth goal of the season in the fifth minute of action off an assist from senior captain and MAC Offensive Player of the Year Jess Kodiak. “It’s a lot like the first goal I scored against them earlier in the season,” Walter said. “I saw I could get behind the defense, and I knew I had to hit it on the first try.” Central Michigan kept offensive pressure on the RedHawks though,

and capitalized in the 32nd minute of play when junior midfielder Kaely Schlosser sent in a 20-yard cross, which was tapped in by freshman forward Danielle Rotheram. The game remained tied at the half. Central Michigan continued its pressure in the second half, firing three shots on goal in a 10-minute span. However, Miami grabbed the momentum as sophomore forward Hailey Pleshakov scored 14 minutes into the second half. Pleshakov, who has played sparse minutes throughout the season, scored her second goal of the season to put the ’Hawks up 2-1.

This whole season has been a dream come true.” JESS KODIAK


“[Pleshakov] hates heading the ball,” Head Coach Bobby Kramig said. “She’s honestly not very good at it and she’ll be the first to tell you that. So for her to score that goal, at that time, in that game is just absolutely remarkable ... to come in and rise to the occasion like that, what a testament to her character.” Miami’s defense steadily increased its pressure, holding Central Michigan to one shot in the final 30 minutes.

“I know our attack has gotten a lot of press, publicity and recognition, but the fact of the matter is, when we’ve needed them, the defense has been there,” Kramig said. “Certainly that was the case today. The way we killed off the game at the end – those last 10 to 15 minutes – that was professionally done.” When the final horn sounded, the team stormed the field and Miami’s crowd of more than 530 fans erupted. Central Michigan outshot Miami 9-7, but the ’Hawks held the advantage in corner kick opportunities, 3-2. However, its first corner opportunity did not come until the 75th minute. For Kodiak, the chance to get back to the MAC Tournament Championship was a special opportunity. “This whole season has been a dream come true,” Kodiak said. “Being here freshman year and losing in the [MAC] championship to Central [Michigan] and then getting a second chance in my four years and to be able to win it, it’s just been amazing. We have such a young team, so to be able to grow and mature through this season has been awesome. We’ve always had the talent, and finally this year everything clicked.” Walter and Kodiak were named to the 2012 All-MAC Tournament team, along with junior forward Kayla Zakrzewski and sophomore defender Courtney Zanotti. Zanotti, along with junior defender Sam Parrish, were integral in the RedHawks’ back line all season, anchoring a defense that has given up just 19 goals


Field hockey captures first MAC tournament title By Kennan Belau For The Miami Student



Miami has hosted both Michelle Obama and Vice Presidential candidate and Miami alum Paul Ryan this year.

The Miami University field hockey team (12-9, 4-1 Mid-American Conference (MAC)) won its first MAC Tournament Championship in school history defeating Ohio University in the semifinals and Kent State University in the championship game. With the win, the RedHawks now face NorPac Conference Champion Stanford University in an NCAA Tournament play-in game 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Cardinal defeated Miami 3-0 Sept. 1 in a neutral site game in East Lansing, Mich. Longwood University in Farmville, Va., the site of the NorPac Tournament, will host the game.

The Bobcats controlled play early Friday, recording five shots and three penalty corners in the first 26 minutes. Big saves from junior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller, the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, kept the game scoreless, including a diving stick save in the 26th minute. Miami struck first in the 30th minute as junior forward Emily Gruesser scored off a penalty corner. Senior midfielder Olivia Miller, who was named the MAC Player of the Year, recorded the assist for the RedHawks. Ohio scored as time expired in the first half to even the score at 1. “Ohio controlled the first half,” Head Coach Iñako Puzo said. “We






ASG to pursue medical amnesty in 2013 Amanda Hancock Senior Staff Writer

Miami University Student Body President John Stefanski and Associated Student Government (ASG) continue trying to implement an official Medical Emergency Assistance Program, a bill that ASG first introduced late last year but has since been stalled. According to Stefanski, this sort of “Medical Amnesty” policy allows a student who is intoxicated or needs medical assistance to call the police without worrying about the consequences from the university or police. “I definitely feel that people do not call for help because they’re afraid of the ramifications,” Stefanski said. He said students opt out of calling the police because they want to avoid potentially being fined or cited and even being confronted by resident assistants. Under the policy Stefanski has in mind, he said students would be allowed to seek help from their resident assistant (RA), Miami University Po-

lice Department (MUPD) or to call 911 and not be cited by the university. Stefanski favors a policy that is more closely aligned with the Oxford Police Department (OPD). OPD has a written medical amnesty policy and it officially went into effect Sept. 6, 2011. “My legislation is written, it’s ready to go,” he said. But after being met with opposition from members of administration, Stefanski said he personally stalled the bill. According to Dean of Students Susan Mosley-Howard, currently the university and the Miami University Police Department (MUPD) do not cite students if they make it to the emergency room without the notice of their RA or MUPD. Mosley-Howard said she was unaware of ASG’s efforts to pass a medical amnesty bill, but suggested it consult MUPD, legal council, and other offices if it wishes to see a harsher or firmer practice. “ASG needs to recognize that Miami police officers are foremost officers of the state, I’m not sure how

much ASG can impact them,” she said. Mosley-Howard said the MUPD and OPD forces put the safety of students first when they call seeking medical attention. There is at least one distinction between the two police departments though. MUPD does not have a written Medical Amnesty policy and OPD does. According to OPD’s Chief of Police Bob Holzworth, officers will generally not penalize a person in need of medical help or someone who calls for help on their behalf. MUPD Chief John McCandless said his officers treat these situations similarly. According to McCandless, however, after an incident, MUPD officers oftentimes return to the case to investigate the students, whereas Holzworth said he is not interested in doing that for a case solely involving intoxication. “When people to drink themselves unconscious, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for them to be punished in some way,” McCandless said, stating that students who repeatedly put

themselves in an unsafe situation should not be let off the hook. He also said a student who gets penalized might receive counseling or other long-term help, which would benefit them more than the police simply turning the other way. Both Holzworth and McCandless said the safety of Miami students is their highest priority in these cases. Holzworth said that when his officers respond to back up the Emergency Medical Service or render medical assistance, the officer’s primary purpose is not investigating crime, and citations will generally not be issued on those types of calls. “Even if they are drinking or underage, we’re not going to penalize them for being a Good Samaritan,” Holzworth said. McCandless echoed Holzworth’s statements. “Our number one job and goal is getting that person to a hospital if they’re in a medical emergency,” McCandless said. When he arrives to a scene, McCandless said the safety of the student is the primary objective even if

there is underage drinking going on. “We’re not interested in carding everybody in that situation,” McCandless said. Also, according to both Holzworth and McCandless, if people around the scene disturb the officers’ process or if officers learn of other illicit behavior, such as drug possession or assault, they have a legal duty to investigate and there is no amnesty given to other criminal activity found, they said. “If there are other things going on in that situation, we’re not going to ignore it,” Holzworth said. Because students don’t want to be penalized, Holzworth said he is sensitive to the fact that many people are not going to call the police. But he urged students to not worry about getting in trouble. Stefanski plans to pass the bill through ASG again; he anticipates fewer problems this time around. If the bill is passed, it will go to Student Affairs Council for a vote and then



Miami seeks to increase endowments Payroll services delivers the dough 3 days earlier By Libby Mueller Senior Staff Writer

Miami University’s focus on increasing revenues and cutting costs under the recommendations of the Strategic Priorities Task Force (SPTF) has led the university to step up efforts to generate endowments to provide more financial aid to students. Scholarship endowments are financial gifts from donors which are then invested. Scholarships are then funded from the interest earned on the principal donated. Brent Shock, director of student financial assistance said scholarship endowments save Miami money. “Because there are some scholarships that are awarded from the university’s budget, we would instead utilize scholarships from donors to offset that figure,” Shock said. According to the SPTF’s final report, the university’s campaign for capital gifts has resulted in the addition of facilities to the university that benefit students. However, capital gifts require a match from the university (which includes operating costs) while endowments provide long-term support, according to the report. Associate Vice President for University Advancement Brad Bundy said capital gifts and endowments, serve different purposes. “Capital gifts are those that are

used for current needs of the university, everything from money that is used to help build buildings, renovate facilities or used for equipment,” Bundy said. “It is money that is given for the purpose of spending immediately for the pressing needs of the university.” Bundy said endowed funds are different than capital gifts. “Endowed funds are gifts that are given that are then invested and then annually, a percentage of the income that is generated is spent on the needs of the university,” Bundy said. The SPTF’s final report specifically recommended the university focus on expanding endowments for scholarships. Bundy said the SPTF wanted University Advancement to address what it considered to be the most pressing need, which was providing scholarships to students. “[The SPTF] wanted us to raise approximately $50 million over a five year period of time (by 2015) for endowed scholarships,” Bundy said. Bundy said the university relies heavily on alumni for this kind of support. According to Bundy, University Advancement is on track to meet that goal by 2015. Miami is also on track to meet the year three goal of $9.6 million. Shock said so far this year, grants, loans and scholarships from federal, state and institutional

programs total about $95 million. Shock said scholarships come from different sources, including alumni, donors and the university. According to Bundy, 55 percent of all of the outside money that comes into Miami in terms of private gifts comes from alumni. Bundy said there is also a training program for faculty to involve them in the fundraising process. “On Monday [Nov. 5], we have actually brought in an outside fundraising training organization to help us train about 70 faculty and deans at the Marcum Center,” Bundy said. “What we’ve done is work with the provost and the deans to identify that top faculty and administrators that would have the most impact to help fundraising efforts.” The SPTF’s report also said the ability to offer more financial aid increases Miami’s competitiveness with other schools and allows it to successfully compete for the best students. Sophomore Eric Lee said he thinks the university’s effort to provide more financial aid to students does give it a competitive edge. “Miami’s one of the more expensive public schools in Ohio, so more scholarships is a good thing,” Lee said. “It really encourages the best and the brightest to come to Miami because scholarships can be a determining factor for a lot of people.”

Melissa Girgis

For the Miami Student

Due to a team within the human resources department, students employed by Miami University will now be paid three days earlier than they were previously. According to Anne Wheeler, manager of payroll services, the initiative began last March with the goal of reducing the time it took to process student payroll. The result was that students now get paid on alternating Tuesdays instead of Fridays, a 21 percent reduction in processing time. The team examined the payroll process from beginning to end then implemented the improvements they were able to identify. With over 4,000 students employed by the university, many of whom hold multiple jobs, processing student payroll was especially time-consuming. The payday change applies only to student employees, rather than all faculty and staff, in an effort improve this situation. Wheeler said the change was also a matter of convenience. “Now when students are graduating or relocating at the

end of the semester they can be sure to get their paycheck before they leave,” Wheeler said. “This should be especially helpful for international students.” Student employees received an email alerting them about the new Tuesday payday and continue to receive email reminders the day before each payday to help them adjust to the change. Wheeler said student feedback has been positive. “Only one student expressed concern that their money would be gone by the weekend,” she said. Juniors John Frahm, a student employee in the print center, and Anna Wilson, who works at Dividends, said they are pleased with the change in payday. “Getting paid on Fridays can be a hassle if you have any problems with your paycheck or with setting up direct deposit,” Wilson said. “By getting paid on Tuesdays we can resolve those kinds of problems before the weekend.” “Personally, I think getting paid on Tuesday is more convenient,” Frahm said. “I’m less likely to spend my paycheck during the week compared to over the weekend.”

MU marching band implements technology to take its sound ‘Uptown’ By katie sallach

For The Miami Student


First-year Amy Roth plays her mellophone near Millett Hall before taking the field at a football game.

Fans at the last few Miami University football games were treated to a surprise from the Miami marching band: a new halftime show it calls “A Night Uptown.” The halftime show aims to tell the audience a story and walk them through an evening Uptown, according to the director of the marching band, Stephen Lytle. The band had been considering a Miami-themed show for a while when it decided on an Uptown theme, Lytle said. “We wanted a show that was very Miami-centric and could be uniquely tied to us, so we looked at what sets Oxford apart and went beyond the classroom to where students hang out outside of class,” Lytle said. After seeing the new halftime show junior Megan Ollier was impressed with the idea for an Uptown theme. “Going Uptown on weekends is definitely something that is distinctly a Miami tradition, and I really enjoyed seeing what the band did with it,” Ollier said. According to Lytle the band received a grant for $19,424 from the student technology fee program allowing it to purchase some

music mixing equipment to use in its new show. The band used the grant money to purchase a laptop, mixing board, drum pad, speakers and microphones which allow them to include live sounds and samples from the actual songs in the show. The show begins with the sound of someone’s phone ringing and then a student talking about his or her plans to go Uptown. It then features a sample of Rihanna singing part of her song “We Found Love,” and transitions into the band’s performance of the song. Next the band uses the new technology to play the sound of students discussing the next move in its night Uptown and continues into the second number, featuring Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby.” Right before the last number of the show the voice of a student is heard quoting some of the lyrics to Semisonic’s song “Closing Time” to symbolize closing time at the bars Uptown, according to Lytle. The final number features “Closing Time,” Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” and ends with Fun’s “We are Young.” At the end of the show the band plays a clip of the song “We are Young,” which Lytle said was fitting to represent the end of a night Uptown. According to Lytle the technology provides a lot of new opportunities

for the band to explore new styles and genres of music, including the more current songs featured in its Uptown show. Since the new technology allows the band to use more variety in its music, the band decided to use some more current music that it thought would be more relatable to the audience so that listeners could actually imagine a night Uptown, according to Lytle. The new technology offers new opportunities for band members and for students outside of the band, Lytle said. While some of the band members are involved with the technology because their instruments are wired into the equipment for live sounds, students outside of the band were asked to act as the audio engineers for the show. Senior band member, Kristen Bartholomew said she thinks the new technology gives the Miami band a unique style. “It’s definitely a new spin on college band,” Bartholomew said. “A lot of bands have their own styles, OU has their dancing style, OSU is a more traditional military style, and I think this technology really helps us stand out from other bands.” The band will perform its new halftime show at the last two home games of the Miami football season.





POLICE Students grow ‘beards for boobs’


By Megan Thobe Staff Writer

The Beards for Boobs organization began as a simple dorm room idea a month ago, but has grown into an organization that has already raised over a thousand dollars for breast cancer research. Beards for Boobs raises money through sponsors who pledge to donate money to the organization based on how long the sponsored waits before shaving. The organization also raises money by selling t-shirts and bracelets that allow the wearers to show their support. The idea that sparked it all came from first-year Alex Belman. Belman and a group of his friends in Wells Hall began to make plans in early September for their organization and decided to offer support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. According to Kenny Ness, who is the vice president of the group the initial idea evolved quickly.

“For two days after he pitched the idea all of us contributed ideas and worked to make them happen,” Ness said. Will Damas, Conner Flynn and Sean Kelly also heard Belman’s pitch and contributed to its development. According to Okello Wilson, the Wells Hall Academic advisor, the entire group has “taken some incredible initiative.” “They had an idea that they have been following through with it ever since,” Wilson said. “They saw a need and recognized that students would want to get involved something meaningful to address that need.” Wilson said the Beards for Boobs organizers have attempted to use all outlets to gain support across campus. They began a Facebook group and began accepting donations through their website at www. Ness connected the organization to a group project for his business class. The group was assigned to

create a business plan for a nonprofit organization. Project group member first-year Jake Henderson said connecting the project to his class helped to solidify the idea and make it a reality. “I wasn’t one of the original founders of this group, but I think it can be seen through me how quickly this organization has grown,” Henderson said. “I’ve only worked on [Beards for Boobs] since that project in business class, but I’ve already seen it expand so much.” Since it began accepting donations in September, Beards for Boobs has collected $1,601.00 for the cause. Last week, Beards for Boobs became registered with The Hub, which has allowed it to plan for more visibility on campus. By the end of November the goal is to bring in $5,000. According to Belman, the group backed off of spreading the word about the organization through October so that it could return in fullforce during November. The group

hopes to raise money through donations and by having men grow out their beards during November for pledged donations from area businesses and student organizations. Near the end of November, the Beards For Boobs organization plans to host a finale event which Belman said is expected to be the biggest source of donations. The group has connected with both the men’s hockey team and the women’s synchronized skating team for additional support. Members from the team have purchased the “Beards 4 Boobs MU” pink bracelets and Kelly, the Beards For Boobs marketing director, said they hope they will be able to raffle tickets for a hockey game. Throughout November Beards for Boobs will have a table set up near the hub to nurture campus support and distribute t-shirts, cup coolers, and pink bracelets. T-shirts may also be purchased online at

West Chester theater obtains liquor license

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By Lauren Williams

Community Editor

Senior Staff Writer

Rave Motion Picture Cinemas, 9415 Civic Centre Blvd. in West Chester was approved for a liquor permit to serve alcoholic beverages in the movie theater. At the West Chester Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 23, trustees George Lang and Lee Wong voted to approve the permit request made by the theater. The permit was later issued to the theater by the State of Ohio Liquor Commission. The Rave has yet to start selling alcoholic beverages or announce when this will begin. “Most people know that if you go out to entertainment venues, even family-oriented venues, there’s alcohol available, [like] Dave and Buster’s,” George Lang, West Chester trustee, said. People will find cause for concern once the Rave begins selling alcohol and creating regulations, according to Lang. “For the most part, most people are not going to care as long as the Rave theater has policies in place to mitigate the possibility of a minor coming in contact with alcohol.” Lang said. Barbara Wilson, public information and marketing officer of West Chester, said the Rave Cinemas hires an off-duty officer for added service at its business on a regular basis at its own expense and she assumes this will continue. “The Rave will have an obligation and will be responsible for monitoring the requirements of their permit,” Wilson said. Other Rave theaters in the United States have served alcohol and put

specific policies in place, Lang said. “For example, when you buy your ticket, you have to show an ID that you’re over 21,” Lang said. “No one can go into Theater 7, for example, where they’re going to serve alcohol. They’re only serving it in that theatre. They’re not serving it in a place where you can walk around with it.” Miami junior and West Chester resident Joseph Macke does not see the need for alcohol in a movie theater. “I don’t know why anyone would want to go to the movies and have a margarita,” Macke said. “It seems weird.” Macke said offering alcoholic beverages could change the image of the theater. “I think it will be more for adults, less like a movie theater and more like a club,” Macke said. Lang said this will provide an opportunity for the Rave theater to compete with other movie theaters in the community, such as Springdale Cinemas that already sell beer, wine and hard liquor. “It will attract more people that otherwise would go to Springdale, and that’s going to have a big impact on all of the businesses in and around the Rave theater,” Lang said. This will also affect the image of West Chester as a community that does not try to dictate how businesses should be operated, Lang said. “It’s going to show other businesses looking to locate their businesses here in West Chester that, for the most part, we as a township will allow them to operate their businesses in the way they see fit so that they can maximize their profit,” Lang said.

By Hannah Stein The City of Oxford and Oxford Township have several polling locations available on Election Day to students and residents. Polling places will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The polling locations include Miami University Shriver Center, 701 E. Spring St., located in

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the Heritage Room on the third floor (1); Talawanda Middle School, 4050 Oxford Reily Rd. (2); old Talawanda High School, 101 W. Chesnut St. (3) and Kramer Elementary School, 400 W. Sycamore St. (4) If you are unsure of your polling location you can search it on the Ohio Secretary of State website by inputting your last name and registered voting address.

How to help Hurricane Sandy victims By Hannah Stein Community Editor



Saturday, Nov. 3 for Michelle Obama’s campaign rally, people stood in line outside Withrow Court and waited to pass through security.

Hurricane Sandy has left many people in need of assistance and the best way for people to help is to make donations to relief organizations such as The American Red Cross or The Salvation Army. According to Soteria Brown, regional communications officer, The American Red Cross can benefit the most from donations. Donations can be made by texting the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation, calling 1-800-red-cross or by visiting to make a donation, Brown said. “You can hold a fundraiser if you like and collect money and send it in,” she said. “Financial contributions are a big thing.” Another way to help to Hurricane Sandy victims is to donate to The Salvation Army by visiting





Censorship inspires film By Emily Ketterer Senior Staff Writer

For decades the Chinese government has censored its people, but one internationally renowned artist, Ai WeiWei, has been proactively trying to breach that censorship. A documentary about WeiWei’s story is being screened Thursday at Miami University. First-time director and journalist Alison Klayman filmed Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry after gaining unprecedented access to the artist. The film explores contemporary issues in China as well as one of the country’s most prominent critical figures. Ann Wicks, Professor of Asian Art History is responsible for bringing the film to Miami. “This particular film is kind of a hot item on college campuses right now,” said Wicks. “It’s a beautifully done film and it brings up so many issues important to college students today. Issues about art, its place in society, freedom of speech, contemporary China, the government, business and so much more.”

WeiWei is most notably known for filling London’s Tate Modern with 100 million hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds and designing the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. In China, WeiWei’s art and activism are controversial. According to junior sculpture major Jesse Thayer, he often utilizes and destroys historical artifacts like centuries old furniture and vases in his work, often to mixed reviews. “I am sure some of the people are like ‘no you shouldn’t be doing that, why would you break centuries old artifacts, they are precious,’” Thayer said. “But then there are some people who are saying he has to do it as some sort of profound statement for human rights.” Thayer has been examining WeiWei’s work in order to determine what motivates him as an artist. “It is all based on the rights that China is still not getting today,” said Thayer. “His dad was a poet during the Cultural Revolution, and he was shut down and couldn’t

write anymore. I think he grew up with that negative vibe for the government on not having these freedoms that the rest of the world was having.” According to Thayer, WeiWei has been through a lot for his art. In 2011 he was arrested during a government crackdown in which dozens of bloggers, human rights lawyers and writers were swept up. He was filmed every day in his cell for three months. Once he was released, he filmed himself in his room in the same fashion and posted it to a blog in a form of rebellion against government censorship. The blog was quickly shut down. “People should see the film because it’s current,” said Wicks. “It has to deal with art worldwide, what artists are thinking and how they are connected with social issues. Plus it is interesting and funny.” Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry will screen 7 p.m. Thursday in room 100 of the Art Building. Admission is free and open to the public. To learn more about the film you can visit



First-year Pat Esareay plays bass in the Morpheus Chamber Ensemble Saturday, an extracurricular group composed of students and faculty.

MU Opera to feature three shows in one music-filled evening By Lauren Kiggins Staff Writer

The Miami University opera program, known for putting on top-of-the-line productions, is making changes. This year’s production is different in that it features three smaller shows as opposed to one multi-act performance. The evening will include the operetta Trial by Jury and two short operas, The Face on the Barroom Floor and Trouble in Tahiti. The reason for the new style is to give more students the opportunity to perform, according to associate music professor Mari Opatz-Muni, who is producing the opera. “In choosing an opera, we strive to find an

appropriate piece that is challenging but also provides a positive, educational experience,” Opatz-Muni said. “With three contemporary pieces we were able to give opportunities to a wider range of students.” The most challenging aspect of presenting three different operas on the same evening was linking each piece. Production designer Nicholas Muni achieved cohesion by means of a common time setting as well as weaving characters throughout all three operas. The only piece with the intended setting in the 1950s is Trouble in Tahiti. Muni updated Trial by Jury and backdated The Face on the Barroom Floor. “The 3-piece production is a


Cloud excels in storytelling By Joe Gieringer Staff Writer

“Our lives and our choices, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. Yesterday my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Fear, belief, love – phenomena that determine the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue long after we perish. Yesterday, I believe I would never have done what I did today … Is this possible?” -Tom Hanks as Isaac Sachs Cloud Atlas is not an easy movie to describe, nor is it an easy movie to watch. The official synopsis of the film regards it as “an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.” It is symphonic in the way that a complex concerto is, seamlessly intertwining each movement until the audience is left in an inspired awe, recounting the tale that was just told to them in a language they struggle to understand. Cloud Atlas’ beauty can only be enjoyed after the sum of the parts has been experienced, but in doing so each part is not appreciated fully and the connection to its neighboring pieces is not always blatantly apparent. On a mere $102 million budget, this independent anthology was adapted from David Mitchell’s 2004 award-winning novel of the same name. Encompassing six separate plots spanning from the Pacific Ocean circa 1849 to an island on distant post-apocalyptic Earth is no easy objective, even with a run time of 172 minutes. So daunting a task was Atlas that

acclaimed German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) employed the help of the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix). The team of directors filmed parallel to each other using separate camera crews and recruiting A-list actors such Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent, Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving to play leads in the multiple narratives. Each tale is played out in tandem, employing a unique collage type of filmmaking. Each time one story begins to draw you in, Atlas throws you into another time and place. Lines are often repeated in each narrative, and small things such as a pebble, a comet shaped birthmark or a fleeting line of music help tie them together in a meaningful way. However, because of the startling contrast of each story these devices sometimes fail, and the viewer is left feeling detached from a movie that is trying so hard to be profound and unique that it occasionally misses the mark. Each timeline lacks in one way or another, be it direction, dialogue, or relevance to the plot – especially the farfetched post-apocalyptic sequence. Connecting these deep stories is ultimately an impossible effort. Yet the cast and crew deserve praise for such a brilliant attempt that comes close to doing so. Like the haunting melody of the “Cloud Atlas Sextet” that is echoed throughout the years of the film, the connection between the narratives is like the ghost of a memory, something we know is there but can’t quite put our fingers on. The characters contribute to it, know it, and are shaped by it the same way that we the viewer are as we watch the events onscreen unfold, and that’s what makes Cloud Atlas one of the year’s best.

contemporary musical idiom,” Muni said. “The themes are complex enough that it is intriguing while basic enough for everyone to enjoy.”

...We strive to find an appropriate [opera] that is challenging but also provides a positive, educational experience.” MARI OPATZ-MUNI ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury is a light-hearted tale of a bride suing her groom at the altar for a breach of marriage in which

the judge and legal system are objects of satire. It is an unusual trial in that the case is held at 10 p.m. To settle the dispute, the judge decides to marry the bride. When it debuted in 1875, it was an immediate success among audiences. Henry Mollicone’s The Face on the Barroom Floor, written in 1978, is one of America’s most popular cabaret operas. The story revolves around a love triangle based on a tragic legend involving the painting of a woman’s face on the floor of a barroom. The 25-minute act contains a flashback of 100 years to tell the haunting story behind the beautiful painting. Known for his composition of West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein takes a look at the ups and

downs of a 1950’s suburbia marriage in his lesser-known Trouble in Tahiti. It features music that is the epitome of American jazz. Students performing in the operas feel positive about the show as they approach opening night. “The production is really solid,” graduate student Kristopher Jordan said. “We are so meticulous that the production has reached a professional level.” Miami Opera: Triple Bill will take place 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for students and $13 for adults and are available through the Shriver Box Office. More information about the Miami University Opera can be found at

Brick Street keeps the country coming Claire Krieger

Senior Staff Writer

Miami University students and Oxford community members have the chance to see on-the-rise country singer Thomas Rhett perform at Brick Street Bar & Grill Wednesday, Nov. 14. This will be Rhett’s first time performing in Oxford, but singer Clayton Anderson, who will be making his fourth appearance at the bar, will join him. “I’m absolutely pumped to [come back to Oxford],” Anderson said. “It’s feels like its been forever! “I’m telling you there’s nothing like Oxford, Ohio. I’m brining my dancing, party shoes.” Along with excitement over his return to Oxford, Anderson is also pleased to announce the release of his new smartphone app. The app can be found by searching “Clayton Anderson” in the app store. Through the app, Anderson will release songs for fans to listen to. They will be responsible for choosing which of those songs will make it on to his upcoming record. While this is Anderson’s first foray into digital engineering, it is not the first time that Anderson will open for Thomas Rhett, and he has been preparing his friend for the Oxford-experience. “I’m really pumped to play with my buddy Thomas Rhett,” Anderson aid. “We’ve been hanging out in Nashville a lot so it will be a good time. I’ve been talking it up, telling him he’s going to have a blast.” Anderson is not the only one looking forward to the show. Miami University students are already anticipating the concert. “Thomas Rhett is an up-andcoming country singer,” senior Doug Liber said. “I am definitely excited to hear his future albums

and to enjoy his show in Oxford.“ Although Rhett has never played a show in Oxford before, his previous experience with gigs in college towns, along with Anderson’s recommendation of Oxford, has prepared him for a great show. “I love playing college towns,” Rhett said. “It’s always fun to just go in there and entertain [the students]. We have just as much fun as they do. It’s smaller and the kids are rowdier, so it’s always a good time.” Rhett’s love for music and performing stems from his musical upbringing, his father being country singer/songwriter Rhett Akins. He also has vivid memories of attending concerts in his youth.

music that’s being put out and that’s what I’ve kind of grown up listening to,” Rhett said. “When I made my first record I was like, ‘This is totally opposite of what I ever imagined my record would sound like.’” Rhett has been playing shows and making music for the past five years and signed his first record deal in 2010. He toured with Toby Keith last summer and is currently on tour with Chris Young. Rhett also recently got married. He explained that between touring and being a newlywed, he is a very busy man. Despite this busy schedule, he is working on his first full-length record and plans to release it on March 6, 2013. Along with looking forward to the release of his album, Rhett is also excited

I love playing college towns. It’s always fun to just go in there and entertain [the students].” THOMAS RHETT


“The first concert I ever went to was a Rolling Stones concert and I used to think how awesome it would be to be a rock star like that,” Rhett said. “I used to go to a bunch of concerts with my dad and every time I’d go, I’d just be so amused at the production and lights and just the rocking sounds. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.” Although his father played a big role in Rhett’s interest in music, Rhett chose to approach his music in a different way than his father had. He explained that his record was different than even he would have imagined. “My dad had kind of what you hear today, this ‘tailgate and tanline,’ ‘drinking beer’ kind of

to begin touring with Jason Aldean and Jake Owen in January of next year. When asked about his plans for the future, Rhett said that he just tries to take every day as it comes. He loves being able to tour and write songs and says that, while he hopes to be doing the same thing for a very long time, he is currently just trying to enjoy his daily life. Tickets for Rhett’s performance at Brick Street on Nov. 14 can be purchased at the bar or online at www.brickstreetbar. com. More information about Thomas Rhett is available on his website (thomasrhettmusic. com), his Facebook page (search Thomas Rhett Music), and on Twitter @ThomasRhett.





get stops,” Osborn said. “You just have this sense of urgency that you want to win this game.” The Miami defense held strong after the 12-0 run, only allowing six points over the last 5:35 to preserve the 80-70 win. Five RedHawks finished with double digit points, led by Osborn’s 23 points. Rupright finished her debut with 17 points and five rebounds. Robertson had 11 points, while Olowinski and junior forward Erica Almady finished with 10 points. Senior Tiffin guard Karli Mast led all scorers with 24 points. The RedHawks shot 58.3 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from beyond the arc. However, Miami was outrebounded 35-29. “I think it’s still a team that’s going to be focused on continued development,” Fantanarosa said. “I still feel positive about this team.” The RedHawks open the regular season Nov. 9 at Eastern Kentucky University.

hopefully be effective at the start of the 2013-2014 school year, he said. Until that point, sophomore Elisa Frazier agrees that students need to feel more comfortable calling the police. Frazier said she is in favor of implementing a campus wide medical amnesty policy. “Because we’re in a college town, and binge drinking is so common, you would hope they would be more focused on safety,” Frazier said. From all sides, student safety is the main goal, according to Holzworth. He said no matter how medical amnesty is practiced; it reflects an overarching message: drink responsibly. “When a person is so intoxicated that they cannot care for themselves, it is a terrible concern,” he said, adding that it can easily be prevented if they are smart about drinking. “Alcohol is our single biggest problem on campus; it’s a catalyst for so much of our crime,” he said.

the net – I wasn’t going to let that one go by,” Kuraly said. “But I’m glad. The guys did a great job on the power play and they ended up feeding me right in front of the net. It was a big goal for us; we needed that.” Miami made it a two-goal game early in the final frame when sophomore center Austin Czarnik buried the eventual game-winner on a feed from Barber. Though FSU cut the deficit to one with just over five minutes remaining



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in the game, Williams stood strong in net late. The Bulldogs pulled their goalie in favor of an extra attacker, but Czarnik turned the tables and scored an empty net goal for his second of the night and fifth on the season to secure the RedHawk win. “We did a great job bouncing back,” Kuraly said. “We used some new strategies to counteract what they were doing and it all worked out for us. Losing on Friday and then coming back to win at Yost and at Ferris Saturday nights is definitely huge for us going forward.” Miami returns to action Nov. 9 on


home ice, taking on the Wildcats of Northern Michigan University. The puck drops 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Goggin.




Red and White tourney hopes run out By Jordan Rinard Staff Writer

The Miami University volleyball team is now officially out of the running for a bid in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament after being swept on back-to-back nights at the hands of MAC East opponents University of Akron and University at Buffalo (UB). “We were out of sync this weekend,” Head Coach Carolyn Condit said. “Our setters were more confident and our hitters were creative with their hitting, but we struggled with our passing, didn’t judge the deep ball well and we lost our chemistry at some point.” The RedHawks had plenty of opportunities against the Zips. Senior outside hitter and co-captain Amy Kendall recorded a double-double with 15 assists and 10 digs, while redshirt freshman middle blocker Jenny Ingle had a solid performance with a .438 hitting percentage, seven kills and 1.5 total blocks. Despite this, the ’Hawks struggled on offense with 13 service errors and registering a team hitting percentage of less than .100 in two of the three sets. Akron continued to assert itself as a threat in the MAC East with the play of redshirt senior middle blocker Tina Dimitrijevs and freshman middle blocker Kelsey

Wilson. Dimitrijevs had a .350 hitting percentage along with nine kills, while Wilson had a good allaround match with eight kills and 2.5 blocks. As a team, the Zips outhit and outdug the RedHawks .241.134 and 55-44, respectively. The RedHawks (9-18, 4-10 MAC) dropped their second match of their last three after being swept by Akron 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 2521). In the first set the Zips (15-11, 8-6 MAC) started things off on a 6-1 run that the ’Hawks could not recover from, picking up the match point. Both teams traded blows at the start of the second set, until Akron went on a 10-4 run and coasted to push its lead to 2-0 in the match. Miami fought hard in the third and final set, but Akron ended the set with a 5-1 run to pick up the sweep over the Red and White. On Saturday evening, the RedHawks put up a valiant effort against Buffalo (9-17, 3-11 MAC) but could not make the plays they needed in a 0-3 (20-25, 16-25, 2225) loss. UB went on a 9-4 run to end the first set and take the point. The second set started with both sides matching each other point for point until the Bulls got on a 6-1 run that the Red and White could not come back from. After they got down 12-18 in the deciding set, the ’Hawks fought hard to get within one of Buffalo’s lead at 22-23 but

UB came up with the final two points to sweep the RedHawks on the season. “It didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to,” sophomore setter/ outside hitter Meg Riley said. “We played hard and we found some things that we need to work on.” Miami has plenty to draw on from the match. Riley compiled 11 kills, 11 assists, six digs and 2.5 total blocks on the night, while senior outside hitter/middle hitter Christina Menche made contributions as well with eight kills, two digs, 1.5 total blocks and was second on the team with a .261 hitting percentage. The ’Hawks offensive struggles continued as they were unable to hit .200 in last two sets of the match and committed six return errors, while Buffalo had none in the match. The Bulls were powered offensively by junior outside hitter Dana Musil and sophomore outside hitter Liz Scott, accounting for 28 of Buffalo’s 47 kills. They also combined for nine digs and two total blocks. These contributions helped defensively as UB had 60 digs and seven total blocks. The RedHawks host Bowling Green State University 7 p.m. Thursday on senior night and make their way to Western Michigan University to wrap up the MAC regular season Saturday.






Campaign funds, advertising should educate voters On Aug. 4, 2011 Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois was asked in an interview on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”s what he would fundamentally change about the American political system in order to make it more efficient. His answer without hesitation… “Campaign financing.” After the election today, the political debates are obviously not going to go away, but it will be nice to be able to watch a television show, visit a website or drive down the street without encountering an onslaught of campaign advertisements. This year they have been inescapable. It has not always been this way, and there seems to be a lot of truth in the sentiment that reform in the way campaigns are financed could go a long way toward fixing a political system that has become more interested in finger-pointing and partisanship than solving problems. Around $6 billion was spent on campaigns this year, an amount that broke the 2008 record-setting amount of $5.4 billion. You might ask, what is the problem with being able to donate directly to a group that funds political campaigning? The problem is that this is creating a political marketplace in which politicians necessarily need to sell their souls to special interest groups that fund their campaigns, because the importance of raising money for political campaigns has been well documented. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, outspending other congressional candidates in 2004 resulted in victory rates of 90 percent and 80 percent for the House of Representatives and Congress, respectively. Unfortunately, it seems like things may get worse before they get better. The 2010 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that now allows groups and individuals to donate to campaigns without limit has led to the formation of several super PACs, and they were significant contributors to both campaigns this year.

By mid-summer, Restore Our Future alone had spent more than 50 million on Romney’s campaign. As of last week, super PACs had spent upwards of $530 million cumulatively according to The Wall Street Journal. While the Supreme Court deemed it a restriction of freedom of speech to limit the amount of money that can be spent on campaigns, this seems to only drive the country further away from the democracy that the government is supposed to be upholding. With access to media and spreading of political propaganda already controlled by those who have the money for it, it’s not difficult to argue that continuing trends of uncontrolled spending on campaigns only perpetuates the problems of an already plutocratic system. I’m not sure what the answers are, but as always, the first step towards solution is clearly identifying problems. Along these lines, there is an upside to the massive campaign spending, and that is that it promotes discourse and public awareness about social and political issues. As much as I dislike the relentless campaign ads, it’s great to see passionate political debates on Internet forums and elsewhere because that means we are hopefully reasoning our way toward something better. Expectations are that voter turnout for this presidential election will be high, and surely the in-your-face campaigns have played a role in that. However, there has to be a better way of going about educating citizens on such issues, engaging them in politics and encouraging them to cause change rather than stirring up emotion by turning politics into an “us and them” struggle. There is something to democracy, and there is a reason to work together. Having an electoral system in which it is necessary to raise more money than the other candidate is not democratic, and it doesn’t seem like a road we should be traveling down as a nation.

Rule of Thumb Battleground Campus It’s exciting that Miami has gotten national attention this election! 1

Socializing in the library You’re there to study, not chat with friends, so please be quiet.

Soccer & Field Hockey Congratulations on winning MAC Championship titles this weekend! 1

Daylight Savings We loved the extra hour of sleep, but now it gets dark so early!



Students should abandon ideas of perfection, instead focus on learning to ‘manage gracefully’ “How’s it going?” “So how are things?” “How’s Miami treating ya?” Questions like these are frequently confronted by Miami students, especially during road marker events like parents’ weekend. How a person answers questions like these relies largely upon the nature of the relationship between himself or herself and the asker. Like a lot of students, when I know my parents are worried about me making my way in the big scary college world, I’ll fudge the truth a bit and tell them everything is fine, even if I’m having trouble. I’m fortunate to have a family who genuinely cares about my happiness and well-being. That said, I know the answers that most every member is looking for when they ask these kinds of questions include positive sentiments, funny anecdotes and a few half-hearted complaints about things like tiny rooms and doing my own laundry. No one wants to hear that I’ve perhaps bitten off more than I can chew by taking eighteen credit hours while trying to hold a job, compete in mock trial, juggle other extracurriculars, assimilate to life on my own and make a meager attempt at having a social life. And even if I’m telling other people I’m “just fine!” I definitely don’t believe it myself. Because the “do it all, have it all” ideal has infiltrated the recesses of my

mind, I’ve established certain (high) expectations of myself. Like many Miami students, I came here with lofty goals to get perfect grades, create a stellar resume full of activities, make tons of friends and just be incredibly happy. If I didn’t accomplish those goals, I believed I would be a failure. The problem I see in my and many other young students’ attitudes is that if we aren’t accomplishing all our goals immediately, and without subjecting ourselves to undue stress, we think we have failed. This flawed state of mind leads us nowhere positive. What we oftentimes fail to realize is that we are holding ourselves to an impossible standard that few—I’d wager, none—of our peers are attaining. In Sylvia Boorstein’s book “Its Easier Than You Think,” the first chapter of which is called “Managing Gracefully,” she reflects upon a gathering of American Buddhist meditation teachers. As the group mills around discussing the past year’s significant events, Boorstein hears many offer answers like “I’m pretty content,” and “I’m doing all right.” Boorstein notes that many around her had suffered significant losses and all had run-of-themill problems, and though they were perhaps struggling or dealing with pain, they were okay. One doesn’t have to pursue Buddhist meditation as a

vocation to see the merit of Boorstein’s idea. Perfectionism rarely leads to personal satisfaction. The pursuit of academic greatness often puts a strain on interpersonal relationships. The quest to destress might require the sacrifice of a night of studying and cause a lowered grade. Indeed, the idea that the important aspects of college are academics, social living and sleep, and that a student must choose two at the expense of the third, is quite often proven true. What we must realize is that no one person is perfect. We must acknowledge life’s learning curve and accept that pain and concern are intrinsic parts of life. As we do so, we can accept the idea that though we are stressed or concerned, we are doing all right. We must believe ourselves when we answer concerned family members with assurances that we are “okay” even if our lives are less than flawless. The key is to remain calm, maintain perspective, and cope while remaining poised. As students approach the final half of the semester and the beginning of an often-stressful holiday season, we should take Boorstein’s sentiment to heart: “Managing gracefully is not secondrate…Managing gracefully or even semi-gracefully is terrific.”






Romney, Ryan provide better record of leadership that America needs now Governor Mitt Romney has had real-life executive experience in the private sector and the public sector. He was a founding partner of the investment firm, Bain Capital, which helped turn around mismanaged companies, and when he stepped in to lead the troubled 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, he made it into a success. From his experience in both sectors, he has an understanding of how the government can either aid or impede prosperity. President Barack Obama’s prior executive experience was nonexistent. He first served in the Illinois State Senate and then less than one term as a United States Senator. Today, his inexperience is evident. The promises he made at the beginning of his presidency are unfulfilled. In 2009, he said, “Today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office.” It is nearing the end of his first term, and not only is this pledge unmet, the deficit has increased. An increased deficit and debt means higher living costs and lower incomes for our generation. Public officials are ‘hired’ by us, the

people of the United States. President Obama hasn’t done what we ‘hired’ him to do, so it’s time for a new president. President Obama has no record to run on. He knows that voters will usually stick with the incumbent when there is no viable alternative, so he has been demonizing Governor Romney as an

image during the debates. After his lack-luster first debate performance, he stepped up his aggression and became combative and even smarmy during the third debate. For instance, President Obama appeared less presidential and more like a challenger than an incumbent when he ridiculed

The presidential debates revealed and confirmed to the voters that Governor Romney is personable, competent, composed and presidential—not the villain painted by the Obama campaign. out-of-touch, uncaring capitalist. But he could not avoid the presidential debates. The presidential debates revealed and confirmed to the voters that Governor Romney is personable, competent, composed and presidential—not the villain painted by the Obama campaign. Furthermore, President Obama seems to have lost his nice-guy

Romney and said, “We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go under water called nuclear submarines.” While it is arguable if the debates served their ideal purpose of issue-discussion, the debates were still useful in analyzing the leadership abilities of the candidates. For example, Vice President

Biden interrupted Congressman Paul Ryan’s explanation of how lower tax rates actually increase revenue to the government without cutting tax deductions for the middle class by stating that it was impossible and had never been done before. When Congressman Ryan mentioned that President Kennedy lowered tax rates and increased revenue, Biden interrupted with a laugh and said, “Oh, now you’re Jack Kennedy!” Not only does this reveal Biden’s lack of professionalism and leadership, but it also doesn’t help the voter who wants to learn about the candidates’ stances on issues, and Biden is factually wrong as John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan cut tax rates, and by doing so increased gross domestic product, which raised revenue to the government. The behavior of the President and Vice President during the debates was not only un-presidential, but also revealed a hint of desperation. The President’s desperation became most evident in his recent website ad to try to get the young woman vote. This controversial and belittling ad equates

voting for Obama with sex. The ad says, “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy someone who really cares about and understands women. My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand; before I was a girl, now I was a woman.” This ad belittles women as it reduces us to nothing more than uteruses that will be content as long as there is birth control and that we should not worry our pretty little heads about complex political issues. This ad reduces our generation to creatures who only think in terms of sex. This ad diminishes the office of the presidency. I am a woman who cares about my generation’s prosperity and our nation’s success. I have high expectations and standards for our leadership and our future, and we as Americans should not settle for anything less than a competent and experienced leader such as Governor Mitt Romney.

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Escapism is not the best way to deal with life’s curveballs

Students should remember the importance of optimism, despite election, economy, school

A few years ago, country music singer Kenny Chesney, an artist whom I normally enjoy, came out with a song that troubled me. The song “Reality” is a seemingly harmless song that, I’ll admit, is fun to listen to while driving around with the windows down in the summertime. However, there seems to be an unsettling message that Mr. Chesney conveys to his listeners: escape reality. While perhaps I’m reading too much into the lyrics, I do think that this message of escapism is a danger that is running rampant not only on college campuses, but also in our society as a whole. According to Oxford dictionaries, escapism is the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy. In other words, it’s when people try to distract themselves from the suffering going on in their life with noises and comforts. Escapism can range anywhere from abusing drugs and alcohol to shutting the rest of the world out and snuggling up alone in your room on a Friday night to watch a TV series. Either of these examples, although the former is much worse for your health, are escapism. I would however make one exception: the company of friends and family is not escapism. There is a difference between persons showing comfort and compassion for another’s suffering, and the excessive use of things to divert attention away from suffering. An example of this provision of comfort is the tradition of having a wake when someone passes away to allow friends and relatives to pay their respects for the deceased, as well as show comfort and support for the family. This behavior begs the questions: Why do we indulge in escapism? What suffering is so great that we feel the need to distract ourselves in diversions and comfort? I would answer with the statement that almost no situation is worth escaping. Maybe it’s the macho-cowboy in me, or maybe it’s because I haven’t had a very rough life, but I love life, and I think that suffering, although by definition painful, can be beautiful. How can it be beautiful? Suffering breeds maturity. It makes us wise (we will not touch the hot stove again after we are burned the first time). It allows us to look at the deeper meanings of life when we ask: Why me? What is this suffering for? Suffering can also bring us closer with those we suffer with. There’s a bond that forms

No doubt, this year has been a rough one. The dreary economy still looms over our heads, as the unemployment rate tugs at our heartstrings and Hurricane Sandy blows in our faces. It’s completely understandable to feel as though the coming year seems incredibly dismal, three hundred and sixty-five more gloomy days to come. As we face what some are referring to as a modern day Great Depression, coupled with news of violence across the globe and the blustery, winter months ahead, it’s getting more and more difficult to roll out of a cozy bed in the morning. So yes, I can understand the pessimistic outlooks that many have developed. When Border’s Booksellers went out of business, I could have wept for a month. However, isn’t viewing the glass half-empty the worst possible thing we can do? Wallowing in self-pity and despair will never get anything accomplished! Americans must pick themselves up, brush themselves off, and clear their heads. After all, who is to say that 2013 isn’t a wonderful year to look forward to? Today, Americans must, or more appropriately, get the chance to vote in the presidential election. To both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the economic problems of the country must seem daunting, but whoever is elected could potentially turn this great country around, and if he fails, we will simply try, try again. Though stable stocks and a natural unemployment rate are still far from present, the economic fog over America appears to be slowly clearing. “It’s only been a day, but November on Wall Street is already looking a lot better than October. Strong economic data and corporate news converged Thursday to give U.S. stocks their best day since midSeptember,” wrote Daniel Wagner of the Associated Press. Additionally, job creation isn’t entirely bleak. “Nearly 1 million people have reentered the labor market since

between people when they both have gone through the same suffering together. It’s almost an unspoken glimpse into the other person’s soul. Furthermore, escapism is, by definition, temporary. At some point, we will sober up; at some point, the TV series will be over. Like a child who runs away from his parents’ home, we will eventually have to come back to face the harshness of reality with an increased sensitivity that contrasts reality to the glamour of our daring escape. On occasion, people can escape for a long time by moving far away, or drowning their sorrows in alcohol, but that just makes the homecoming to reality all the more bitter. It’s best not to jump out of the canoe when we hit the rapids – for that will only mean we have to swim through the rapids to get to our canoe! Now we zoom out, so to speak, and look at the macrocosm of our culture in general. It seems like everywhere we turn, people are trying to escape their lives. Whether it’s escaping from the monotony of everyday life, or a particular personal suffering, people want to be anywhere but here and now. We have celebrities who end their marriages after weeks, when the slightest discomfort rears its ugly head, and college students (literally some of the most blessed people in the world, when we think about it) who recreationally take drugs on the weekends to unwind from their class work. Obviously, this is unhealthy behavior. I personally take the approach that is that of G. K. Chesterton, who said, “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” I believe that nothing is so bad that good cannot come from it. I believe in the words of Pope Benedict XVI when he said, “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness!” I’d rather become great through suffering than spoiled and pampered through escapism. I’d rather face this storm that is life standing up than huddled in the fetal position. I’d rather say to life, “Bring it on! Give me everything you’ve got! You may be painful, but my God, you are beautiful!”

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September, a trend that contributed to the slight rise in the unemployment rate last month, to 7.9 percent, the U.S. Labor Department reported Friday. While no one welcomes an increase in the jobless rate, economists said a growing labor force is a component of a healthy job market,” wrote Megan Woolhouse and Katie Johnson of the Boston Globe. Along with this possible economy turn-around, health and technology innovation is sure to blossom. “Many aspects of health care and disease management will become cheaper and more effective as our mobile phones and other, similar technology platforms become smaller, Web-enabled and interconnected. In essence, these smart phones will become health platforms,” wrote Vivek Wadhwa, a

Clearly, optimism is not only the easiest way out of a dismal mindset, but also the healthiest choice, and the most beautiful. columnist for the Washington Post. Wadhwa also sees a future in newly discovered, induced pluripotent stem cells. “IPS cells can replace embryonic stem cells for some applications and are, for example, being used to develop neurons from patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease in order to better understand the disease and develop new therapies,” wrote Wadhwa. Whether medical or financial, big changes are sure to come in 2013. Perhaps they may even be popculture related. This may be a year of new, brilliant literature, unique fashion, or expressive art, music and theatre. Perhaps Prince William and

Kate Middleton will provide Britain with a royal heir or the Kardashians will do something so outrageous that the United States can’t help but laugh. Apple could create the latest and greatest iProduct, soon to sit atop everyone’s birthday wish lists. Such news is small and may not change anyone’s outlook on life, and occasionally pessimistic attitudes will pervade, but such small and humorous bits of news only serve to provide fodder to foster growing optimism, an attitude that even science praises. “Optimists in general work longer hours and tend to earn more. Economists at Duke University found that optimists even save more. And although they are not less likely to divorce, they are more likely to remarry,” wrote Tali Sharot of Time Magazine. “You might expect optimism to erode under the tide of news about violent conflicts, high unemployment, tornadoes and floods and all the threats and failures that shape human life. Collectively we can grow pessimistic about the direction of our country or the ability of our leaders to improve education and reduce crime. But private optimism, about our personal future, remains incredibly resilient,” wrote Sharot. Clearly, optimism is not only the easiest way out of a dismal mindset, but also the healthiest choice, and the most beautiful. It’s absolutely heartwarming to see New York residents, as well as those that traveled by plane, train or automobile to the city, jogging side-by-side, running a non-existent race. Though the New York City Marathon was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, thousands arrived in Central Park on the scheduled morning, ready to run despite opposition. This drive and perseverance is innate in all of us and should be expressed as much as possible! After surviving the roller coaster of the past few years, smiles and hope are undoubtedly well deserved.

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attention during this election. “Miami does have a robust political range,” Hodge said. Hodge said he believes the attention Miami has received during this election has been positive. “This has been a very positive thing for Miami and for our students,” Hodge said. “Students understand that civic responsibility is very important.” Mrs. Obama urged attendees to use the next three days before the election to get involved in the ‘get out the vote (GOTV)’ movement. “One vote in a neighborhood, just a single vote in an apartment building could make the decision,”

Obama said. “Just one more vote in a dorm room could change the direction of a nation.” Questions arose over why Withrow Court was chosen as the venue for the First Lady. According to Claire Wagner, Associate Director of University Communications, Obama’s advance team chose the venue. Miami offered Goggin Ice Center (the ice can be drained), but the advance team did not want to disrupt any usual activity, according to Wagner. Like at the Paul Ryan rally earlier this year, Miami did not sponsor the event, Wagner said. The university helped with logistics of the event only—things like connecting the advance team with security and making sure the




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in 22 games. Miami scored 58 goals this season. With the win, Miami clinches a berth in the NCAA Tournament and faces No. 19 University of Tennessee 2 p.m. Sunday. venue had wireless Internet. Miami’s non-partisanship extends to Hodge as well. At the Paul Ryan rally in August, Hodge said he greeted Ryan privately, but did not attend the event itself. Hodge was out of town over the weekend, but said he would have done the same for the First Lady. Hodge said while it is the university’s duty to greet and welcome political guests, he feels it would be “inappropriate” for the university president to publicly attend one of the events. While Miami has not been directly involved in planning any of political events on campus, Hodge had some advice for students on Election Day: “Get out and vote. Do your homework and go vote.”

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sophomore midfielder Abbie Carrico’s save to kept the game scoreless. The Golden Flashes capitalized in the seventh minute, as sophomore midfielder Hannah Faulkner scored off her own rebound to put Kent State up 1-0. Miami evened the score in the 31st minute when Gross found Miller for a one-timer. Miami earned its second penalty corner of the half in the 44th minute, and the RedHawks capitalized as Froede found Dechant to make the score 2-1. “When we scored the second goal, they really came for us,” Puzo said. “They had urgency and really put us under a lot of pressure.” Over the next 25 minutes, Kent State recorded four penalty corners and eight shots but Mueller made four saves to secure the victory and the championship for Miami. “The last 15 minutes were really shaky, but we made it,” Mueller said. Kent State outshot the RedHawks 18-12 and had a 6-5 advantage in penalty corners. Dechant was awarded the Tournament Most Valuable Player for her two gamewinning goals, and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Mueller, Froede and junior midfielder Jordan Long.

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With a simple 13-yard pass to wide out Nick Harwell, redshirt senior quarterback Zac Dysert passed Ben Roethlisberger as Miami University’s all-time passing leader Saturday. It was a routine pass that Dysert has likely completed thousands of times in practice and in games, yet it etched his name into the record book. Dysert is just three yards shy of 11,000 career passing yards, an incredible accomplishment. Dysert is 41st on the NCAA’s all-time passing list, ahead of names like Eli Manning, Drew Brees and now Roethlisberger. He is third all-time on the MidAmerican Conference list. Dysert has been through more than most quarterbacks at this point in their careers. He’s dealt with multiple coaches and a new offensive coordinator nearly every year. He even suffered a lacerated spleen during his sophomore year. After that injury, he had to win his job back in a battle with redshirt junior quarterback Austin Boucher. Despite all of that, he will still go down as one of Miami’s greatest players. The most admirable part of Dysert is not his physical skill, as talented as he is, but his leadership and his humbleness. Dysert will always give credit to the rest of team first. The number of times he has praised his offensive lineman are too many to count. He conducts himself the right way and never comes off as arrogant. Dysert is the epitome of a leader. To be frank, Dysert acts like the record does not mean that much to him, as least not right now.

After the disappointing loss to Buffalo, Dysert was not happy in the press conference. He looked disappointed, even knowing he got the record. As Head Coach Don Treadwell said, Dysert would trade the record for a win any day. Dysert has said many times the record is something that will probably mean more to him down the road. Right now, he just wants to win. It is great to see that out of a star quarterback, as too often some players get caught up in being the big man on campus. Yet Dysert is just about as down to earth as they come. Dysert said the week before the Buffalo game that he didn’t know how close he was to breaking Roethlisberger’s record. He didn’t know he needed just 75 yards. He isn’t interested in personal records. He thinks if the team does well, the individual stuff will come, not the other way around. Given the way some athletes act, it is refreshing to see Dysert handle himself the way he does. Dysert has all the tools to be a very good NFL quarterback. He has prototypical size, solid arm strength and very good accuracy. He also shows an NFL caliber ability to read defenses and make the correct read. His ability to escape the pocket is eerily reminiscent of the player whose record he just broke. Given the way Dysert conducts himself on and off the field, it would be surprising to see him fall any lower than that. Miami’s all-time passing record could not have gone to better player and person.

The fourth-ranked Miami University men’s hockey team (5-2-1) continued in-conference play over the weekend against Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) foe No. 18 Ferris State University (FSU), splitting the series. Freshman forward Riley Barber was named National Rookie of the Month by the Hockey Commissioners’ Association (HCA) Saturday, making him the first RedHawk since Andy Miele to receive HCA honors. The Bulldogs (3-3-2) came out strong Friday as defenseman Brandon Anselmini opened up the scoring halfway through the first period on the power play, beating freshman goalie Jay Williams with a snipe from the blue line. Miami rebounded and created scoring chances late in the first and into the second frame, but the RedHawks had trouble finding the back of the net thanks in large part to the play of Ferris goaltender CJ Motte, who finished the night with 25 saves and a shutout. FSU finished out the game scoring twice in the span of four minutes, including another power play (PP) tally. The Bulldogs came into the game with the most efficient PP in the league, converting 40 percent of their man-up chances. Miami was outshot 31-25 overall and 14-6 in the first period alone. “Friday we just didn’t come to play really, we didn’t win the battles one-on-one,” sophomore forward Austin Czarnik said. “We had no flow whatsoever. But Saturday we came out with a new mindset.” The RedHawks looked refreshed Saturday night and came out swinging early. Senior forward Curtis McKenzie was tripped up on a breakaway chance just two minutes into the game and was awarded a penalty shot. Though he could not



Miami University freshman forward Austin Czarnik celebrates with teammates during Miami’s shootout win over Providence College, Oct. 23. net an early goal, freshman forward Kevin Morris stuffed the puck in on a rebound attempt later in the period to put Miami on the board first. That lead did not last long however, as Ferris State’s leading assist-getter Jason Binkley upped his year’s total to six on a pass to sophomore Justin Buzzeo, who redirected the puck past Williams to tie the game at one. As the second period rolled on, Miami’s freshman class stepped up

yet again when forward Sean Kuraly scored on the power play to give the ’Hawks the lead. Classmate Matthew Caito earned the assist on the play, giving the son of Miami alltime leading goal scorer Rick Kuraly his first collegiate goal. “I was lucky that it was sitting right there, so I put it in the back of



Dysert sets record, Miami falls to Bulls RedHawks slay Dragons, prep for season opener By Tom Downey Senior Staff Writer

Despite becoming Miami’s alltime passing leader Saturday, redshirt senior quarterback Zac Dysert and the Miami University football team (4-5) fell to the University at Buffalo Bulls (2-7) 27-24 on a field goal as time expired. Dysert passed Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter as the school’s leader in passing yards. Dysert now

“You got to work through that and the good thing is we still have a few games to play.” The Bulls were led offensively by a strong performance from redshirt junior running back Braden Oliver. He picked up 199 yards and one score on 32 rushes. It is the most rushing yards to a single player the ’Hawks have given up since 2008. “I feel that was an average performance for us,” sophomore safety Brison Burris said. “I think we are a

I feel that was an average performance for us. I think we are a better defense than what we showed out there” Brison burris


has 10,997 yards in his career, ranking 41st all-time and sixth in the MidAmerican Conference (MAC). “Right now it doesn’t feel like much,” Dysert said. “But like we talked about earlier in the week, it is something that I will admire a little bit more down the road.” Dysert drove the RedHawks on an impressive 16-play, 75-yard drive to tie the game at 24 with just 23 seconds remaining. The Red and White converted two fourth downs, including a fourth and 20 at the Buffalo 27 on the drive. However, Buffalo freshman running back Devin Campbell returned a squib kick 47 yards to the Miami 35, setting up the game winning 45yard field goal by sophomore kicker Patrick Clarke. “That’s part of the game of football and part of the game of life,” Head Coach Don Treadwell said.

better defense than what we showed out there.” Dysert was 25-44 for 242 yards and three touchdowns. He also led the RedHawks in rushing, picking up 42 yards on 13 carries. Junior wide receiver Nick Harwell had an impressive game for the Red and White, scoring all three of Miami’s touchdowns. Harwell caught 10 balls for 62 yards. Harwell is now third all-time in receiving yards and fourth in receiving touchdowns in school history. Brison Burris was a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball, picking off his second career pass and recovering his first career fumble. “That was a little gift,” Burris said of the fumble that bounced right into his arms. “A little early Christmas gift.” Junior linebacker Chris Wade continued his breakout season with a

game-high 13 tackles. It is the eighth straight game Wade has had double digit tackles. Wade now has 99 tackles on the season. The RedHawks took the lead first on freshman kicker Kaleb Patterson’s 29-yard field goal, but that was the only lead they would have. Buffalo’s Clarke made a 49-yarder to tie the game in the second quarter for the only other scoring in the first half. “I don’t think anyone would have predicted a 3-3 halftime, but you’ll take that,” Treadwell said. “That still puts you in even situation.” The Bulls took the lead on an Oliver touchdown early in the second half, but the RedHawks responded on a scoring drive where Dysert broke Roethlisberger’s record. Miami had a chance to take a lead with the score knotted up at 17, but senior wide receiver Andy Cruse fumbled to give Buffalo great field position. Cruse finished the game with six catches for a game high 87 yards. “We didn’t make enough plays early,” Dysert said. “They made plays at the end and we couldn’t match them.” Buffalo took a 24-17 lead on a drive where a botched field goal snap resulted in a desperation pass completed for a first down. Dysert tied the game later, but the great kick return allowed the Bulls to pull the upset with the game winning field goal. “I’m very upset about the game,” Burris said. “We should have stopped [Campbell] way back there. It was very disappointing.” The RedHawks return to action against MAC East leader Kent State University 1 p.m. Saturday at Yager Stadium.


By Kennan Belau For The Miami Student

The Miami University women’s basketball team opened the 201213 season with an 80-70 win over the Tiffin University Dragons in the team’s only exhibition contest of the season. The RedHawks started the game on a 7-0 run, but Tiffin responded with several three-pointers to draw within one at 19-18 with 11:22 remaining in the first half. “It’s good to get the jitters out,” Head Coach Maria Fantanarosa said. “Our upperclassmen were hesitant with their new roles and responsibilities.” A mix of youth and experience carried the RedHawks in the first half, as senior guard Courtney Osborn and freshman forward Jessica Rupright scored 23 of Miami’s 44 first half points. Miami finished the first half on a 15-4 run over the last 5:10 after Tiffin tied the game at 29, keyed by three layups from Rupright. “It felt great to finally be at this level,” Rupright said. “I’ve been working hard and have great senior leaders helping me with the transition.” The freshman class for Miami continued its strong contributions early in the second half, as freshman forward Hannah McCue and

freshman guard Maddie McCallie helped increase Miami’s lead to 53-40 at the 16:30 mark of the second half. “Our freshman class is extremely talented,” Osborn said. “We have a lot of people who can score and step up.” But the RedHawks showed some inconsistency and defensive weakness over the next eight minutes, as the Dragons went on a 24-4 run to take a 64-57 lead. “The bad from this game definitely was the defense and rebounding,” Fantanarosa said. “With two ball-pressuring, quick guards out, we’re asking our forwards to guard guards, and they’re not used to that.” Miami showed resiliency though, going on a 12-0 run of its own. Rupright and senior forward Kirsten Olowinski started the run, then Osborn tied the game by converting a three-point play after a steal at midcourt. She then found junior guard Haley Robertson for a layup on one of her 13 assists, and converted another three-point play to put the RedHawks up 69-64 at the 5:41 mark. “When we were down seven, we knew that it was all going to start on the defensive end and we had to


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FOOTBALL EAST Kent State Ohio Bowling Green Miami Buffalo UMass Akron

WEST 5-0 4-1 4-1 3-2 1-4 0-5 0-6

Nothern Illinois Toldeo Ball State Western Michigan Central Michigan Eastern Michigan

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