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

VOLUME 139 NO. 23

FRIDAY, November 11, 2011


11/11/18: Peace overjoys a weary Oxford

By Kevin Kuethe

For The Miami Student

As dawn broke across Oxford and the placid Miami University campus on Nov. 11, 1918, every bell, whistle, and horn told the joyous news: The Great War—the First World War—had ended in an Armistice with Germany. Students and locals alike jammed Hall Auditorium at 9 a. m. to hear the details. The Miami Student of the day reported that after the assembly, “the whole student body paraded the town, accompanied by

the Oxford public school as a body, the Oxford College women, and also the Western women. A band was hastily formed by students, and some of the best and most peppy music of the year was heard. Great American flags were carried by men, women, and children, and a general dance to the music of the fraternity pianos was participated in by all on High Street.” As one youthful participant later described, “the boys were coming home and everyone was so grateful.” The news was sudden and

unexpected. Rumors of peace had come and gone for a year and a half. When war was first declared in April 1917, Miami’s President, Raymond H. Hughes had warned of a struggle that could last for years— possibly a decade. Miami did not fully enter a wartime footing until classes resumed in September, 1917. Already, many young male students joined legions of alumni in the armed forces. By the end of hostilities, nearly 1,000 Miami graduates and students—including 10 women—officially enlisted


Members of Western College for Women’s Red Cross chapter prepare surgical gauze packages for soldiers during World War I.

Truth - remembrance - youth: of these You brood in your ancient reveries; In the flow of universal tides This is the knowledge that keeps you vernal;-Only beauty abides; Youth is eternal.

-- Percy Mackaye, 1923; inscribed on Upham Hall

By sam kay

editor in chief

Oxford, Ohio is a place that has been full of youth since 1826. While the buildings age and students graduate and move on, Miami University is constantly replenished with new waves of college-aged men and women. In 1923, Percy Mackaye, Miami’s poet in residence, observed this and postulated that Miami’s grand trees, ancient yet vernal, are constantly rejuvenated by the eternal procession of beauty and youth through Oxford. Youth is part of what makes college a singular and wonderful experience. Like college, the military is also an institution peopled mostly by the young. Too often, we think of veterans as wrinkled faces beneath oversized ballcaps. It is easy to forget that

throughout history and to this day, most people who serve and die in our nation’s wars are our age. Wars are fought by the young, so it is a fitting task for a student newspaper to recognize the service that young men and women have rendered for our country. This Veterans Day, The Miami Student has undertaken the task of partially chronicling the service of Miamians past and present. The faces found in this issue whether from the 19th century or the 21st could easily be ours, our classmates, our brothers and sisters. Their lives are not so different from our own. They walked the same streets, lived in the same buildings and had the same desires and fears. We are indelibly connected to them through the bonds of place, shared experience and youth. We can learn much from their stories.

for duty. The remaining men on campus were organized into four companies and required to participate in daily military drills at the conclusion of regular classes. In order to provide a modicum of normalcy, Miami still fielded a football team—one of the best in our history—but this squad too fulfilled their military duties after practice while dressed in their gridiron uniforms. Stoddard and Elliot Halls, along with six fraternity houses, were transformed into makeshift barracks supervised under strict military code. A grand review was scheduled for Dec. 7, 1917 where Miami’s future soldiers would demonstrate all they had learned. A freak early winter blizzard dumped six inches of snow during the proceedings, offering a small taste of potential hardships to come. The women of Miami contributed their part as well. Under the auspices of the Red Cross, groups of female students delivered thousands of gauze surgical dressings for the front. In addition, the ladies produced “240 bed shirts, 50 sweaters, 40 pairs of wristlets, 40 socks and five helmets” during the winter of 1918. With each passing week, a steady trickle of students left

Oxford for battle. At the anniversary of Miami’s founding in February 1918, former students Bert Bartlow and Alfred Upham delivered patriotic speeches sharing stories of Miami’s many contributions during the Civil War. Inspired by the addresses, eight more Miami men set down their books, picked up a gun, and were off to the front. In April 1918 word came that Miami’s “most gifted athlete and most popular student” of the class of 1917, Carlos Bear, had died in the line of duty. An Oxford native as well, an emotional funeral held in Hall Auditorium brought the toll of the war to Miami’s front door. A plaque dedicated to Baer still remains on one of the historic ticket booths that surround Yager Stadium. All tolled, 11 Miami men lost their lives over the course of the war. On Oct. 1, 400 Miami men were inducted into the army under the new federal Student’s Army Training Corp. While the immediate ramifications were minimal from the previous year, all who were inducted did so with the understanding they could be called to duty at any time. To make matters worse, October saw the deadly arrival of the

Great Flu Pandemic of 1918. In two short weeks, seven Miami students succumbed to the fatal disease. Thus, the gleeful tidings of Nov. 11, 1918 were a tremendous relief for the entire Miami and Oxford community. Following the spontaneous celebrations of the morning, the whole town prepared for a formal parade in the afternoon. Donning a costume hastily put together by her mother, Helen Keen was one of three girls chosen to represent “the future generation.” Keen described the order of the parade thus: “Heads got together and it was decided that the Civil War Veterans who were still living would lead off with their Fife and Drum Corps, followed by three girls representing the future generation, then the Red Cross; a few returned soldiers, some on horse, training troops of Miami and, lastly, the Miami University Band playing patriotic songs. All of this was followed by anyone who felt like marching.” Later in the evening, The Auditorium once again served as a community meeting place featuring many patriotic speeches and boisterous singing. A

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Service in Iraq, Balkans gives junior new outlook By Justin Reash Community Editor

For students, Veterans Day can be used as time to reflect on the lives of fellow young adults, and the different paths they took from high school. For Stephen Bailey, his time as a Miami student is his second go-around in college and this time he’s got real-life experience to help him put everything in perspective. Born in Athens, Ohio, Bailey excelled in football at his high school and was awarded an athletic scholarship at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. However, after two and a half years of struggling through school, he headed back home and waited tables in Lebanon, Ohio. He then joined the US Army in 1997. After 17 weeks of basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., Bailey was deployed as a tanker in the First Infantry Division stationed in Germany. Known as the “Big Red One,” the 1st infantry has been in service since the onset of WWI. After being in Germany for only a few months, Big Red One was sent to the Balkans to end the Albanian-Serbian conflict in Kosovo. Bailey

was 24 years old at the time and was unsure of what to expect of his first deployment in a conflict zone. “Initially, our battalion commander told us to look at the soldiers next to us and realize that some of them weren’t going to come home,” Bailey said. “That really got me going, but once we were there, we realized exactly what our mission was: to prevent continuous genocide but to not take sides. Being in the Balkans, it felt like I was walking on history.” As a young American

soldier in a foreign land, Bailey learned the harsh and brutal nature of war, even in a relatively discreet conflict. “I remember the first time I was shot at,” Bailey said. “We were on foot patrol and walked into an ambush where guys came up in a truck and shot at us with AK-47s and in an instant they were gone. The biggest thing I learned during my first tour of duty was that you must separate yourself from what your job is. That and not being able to sleep due to incessant indirect fire.” In fact, Bailey and his

unit gave a nickname to a notorious target: the mad mortarman. “This guy would launch mortars indirectly at us from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. which made it really hard to sleep at night,” Bailey said. Bailey returned to the states as a specialist on Sept. 9, 2001. Two days later, his attitude changed about being deployed again. “I was excited and wanted to participate,” Bailey said.



Bailey with two trainees of the Iraqi National Police in 2004 near Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq, 55 miles south of Kirkuk. Bailey was wounded when an IED exploded near his vehicle in 2005.



World War II: Long ago but not a faint memory for local veteran By Noëlle Bernard and Oriana Pawlyk Editorial Editors

Dec. 8, 1941: World War II was declared in the United States. The Miami Student front page “extra” edition gave details of President Franklin Roosevelt’s plan, but it also highlighted something more. “Student Poll Taken on War” read, “A sizeable majority of 85.55 percent of 83 representative Miami men contacted in a hurried poll taken late last night by The Miami Student were in full accord with the government in the belief that the United States should declare war on Japan immediately.” Students embraced that World War II would be a

challenge, but a necessary challenge to defeat America’s enemies and stand by America’s allies. Over the course of the war, 5,000 Miamians would serve in the armed forces. But for Andy Wasmuth, this was only the beginning. World War II was a flash in Allan “Andy” Wasmuth’s life. After graduating from Miami University in 1941 with a degree in accounting, the draft stole him away from his family in Huntington, Ind. But in July 1943, this young man who never experienced firing a gun, let alone holding one left willingly to serve his country. Wasmuth started his military career as a private in the army but after graduating from Officer Candidate School (OCS), he moved up

the ranks to become a 2nd Lieutenant. During the war, Wasmuth was a field artillery man with the 3rd Division of the Seventh Army in France and Germany. His division fought in France and Germany after the notorious Battle of the Bulge, which was said to be the largest and bloodiest battle fought on the American side during the war. “Field artillery was directing fire from the big guns in the back,” Wasmuth said. “It was interesting, it really was.” But it was Wasmuth’s “magnificent courage and gallantry” during an attack near Neider Steinach, Germany that awarded him the army’s third highest decoration, the Silver Star. In an excerpt from the Indiana Herald in Aug. 13, 1945,

his gallantry was described: “April 1, the company to which he was attached was met with intense small arms and machine gun fire. [Wasmuth] found it necessary to rush across open ter-

radio and the ensuing fire missions, handled by his forward sergeant, enabled the infantry to advance and successfully capture their objective.” Wasmuth also received a Purple Heart for the bul-

Field artillery was directing fire from the big guns in the back. It was interesting, it really was.” ANDY WASMUTH


rain under this heavy fire to establish an observation post and in the act was wounded in the legs by machine fire. As an aid man was tending his wounds, he directed his men in the installation of the

let wound he incurred from the machine gun fire. It was this attack that ended his stint abroad. He spent the remainder of 1945 in a hospital in France. The war was a pivotal

experience for Wasmuth. Yet, once the war ended he lost contact with his infantrymen. “There was an amazing spirit in the people,” Wasmuth said. “Everyone seemed to get along and cooperate. It was wonderful.” He currently resides in Oxford, Ohio with his wife of more than 60 years, Eleanor. At Miami, Wasmuth was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity and the business honors fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. He met his wife following the war and the two moved to Dayton, Ohio. But it is Wasmuth’s heroic actions that are cause for honor, as the citation accompanying his Silver Star reads, “The intrepidity with which he performed this heroic act was an inspiration to all those who witnessed his action.”

Former MU basketball player, ROTC member recalls 13 months in Vietnam

Sgt. returns to class after tour in Afghanistan

By Sarah Sidlow

By Jenni Wiener

Ken Babbs was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Before that, he was a scholarship basketball player at Miami University, a member of Miami’s Navy ROTC and a writing major under the instruction of Walter Havighurst. After Vietnam, he was a psychedelic beatnik-hippie and “Merry Prankster” who traversed the country with the likes of Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Neal Cassady, the real-life model for Jack Kerouac’s character Dean Moriarty from On The Road. He is also an author, whose first book, Who Shot the Water Buffalo?, a novel based on his experiences in Vietnam, was published earlier this year. Babbs joined Miami’s ROTC for the perks. “I saw a sign on the board for an ROTC scholarship [which paid] room and board and books and $50 a month,” Babbs said. “I took the test, and decided which school to go to.” The ROTC atmosphere was not the electric environment one might imagine, and no one was thinking about war. “ROTC at Miami was a casual thing. There weren’t all that many [people] in it,” he said. “We would take classes in military history and drill in the drill field once a week. Pretty low-key. I don’t think anybody was objecting much to the draft because there was no war. It was something you had to do, like a rite of passage for some men.” After three years at Miami, Havighurst encouraged Babbs to go to Stanford University and pursue writing. At the end of that year, in the spring of 1959, Babbs joined the Marine Corps. “I took the Marine option,” he said. “The Marine Corps is part of the Navy and I didn’t have any desire to be

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to the shaking of your bed and tent because a grenade has just been shot over the walls of your encampment. This became somewhat of a normal occurrence for Air Force Master Sgt. Anthony Myers during his six months of service in Afghanistan. Myers served in Afghanistan from December 2009 to June 2010, first at the Bagram Air Base and then he was moved to Mazar-I-Sharif in the northern province. Although Myers is in the Air Force, he served in Afghanistan with the Army. “I was a little excited and nervous about going to Afghanistan,” Myers said. “I was unsure of what to expect because you hear things on the news about what’s going on over there and that’s what you expect it to be like. Once you get over there and start training, you go into job mode and you get to know people and watch out for each other. Take it one day at a time.” While over there, Myers was a Technical Sgt. Non Commission Officer in charge of the night shift for the air terminal. He checked in every person who would come in on the planes by identifying them, counting them and tracking where they go. He said he was not involved in direct combat, but there was indirect fire into the bases. “We would be outside letting people come in off the planes while there were people throwing grenades into the flight line,” Myers said. “One time, there were insurgents trying to breach the gates and a truck blew up and some jumped the fence, trying to come onto the base.” Despite the hostile conditions, Myers said the most challenging part of being deployed is removing oneself from comfort zones, friends and family. “Just the separation is the hardest part,” Myers said. “It’s very important to keep in touch with family and friends while abroad so that when you come back you still feel like a part of the family.” People in the Air Force are usually deployed individually, whereas Army members are deployed as a unit. Myers said this is another challenge he had to face. Since he was individually deployed, he said he had to fit into certain units and develop cohesion once he was already

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Taken by Ken Babbs during his 13 month tour of duty in Vietnam, this photo depicts many soldiers’ first taste of Vietnam: a drop into a rice paddy field. aboard a ship.” At the time, there was still no threat of war, but the draft was in full swing. “We had been in Korea, but that ended in 1954,” Babbs said. “They still had the draft going, where you had to go in and do something. So I didn’t mind going in [to the Marines] because I know I’d be going in as an officer and that was better than just being drafted and going through bootcamp.” He went through training and flight school and after three years, he went to Vietnam. He was 25 years old. “It was like a bunch of frat boys going into the military and continuing to be frat boys,” Babbs said. “There was a lot of drinking and running around. I went to flight school and learned to fly helicopters. I got stationed in California and we just ran around California. We would

go up at night and watch the fireworks over Disneyland that they have every night. It was quite nice and wonderful and then they told us we were going to Vietnam. And it was like ‘Vietnam? Where’s that? What’s going on there?’” Quickly, Babbs found himself in the air above Vietnam, far away from the beaches of California. He worked with other pilots his age. Many had just come out of flight school and were 21 or 22 years old. The majority were lieutenants between the ages of 21 and 26. Their job was to ferry the troops, carry in supplies and carry out wounded soldiers. Babbs was in Vietnam for about 13 months, between 1962 and 1963. He was 28 when he left. The war continued to escalate and tensions in America were growing. But the transition to life back in the states was just


Ken Babbs served in Vietnam for 13 months between 1962 and 1963. He was 28 years old when he returned to the United States.

as jarring. “When you’re over there for that long a time, and it’s not a modern country,” Babbs said. “They live like they’ve lived for thousands of years. It’s an agriculture country with their own customs and religions. You get used to it and then we just got on a jet, stopped once to refuel and got to Southern California and it was 1964.” When the pilot came back, people were actively protesting the war in Vietnam. Babbs moved to California and stayed there. Pent up in his home, he sorted through the pages of writing that he had sent back from overseas and organized it into the first draft of Who Shot the Water Buffalo? A week later, on a Saturday, Babbs opened the blinds and looked at his wife. “It was a beautiful sunny day. I looked at my wife and said, ‘come on, we’re going out.’ We went to Newport, an affluent area, and I got over my culture shock, just the magnificence of it all,” Babbs said. “What a transition, but I fell right back in again. It’s even worse now than it ever was. [Soldiers] are coming back from an ancient country and a really brutal war experience and trying to adjust to regular life again, it’s just hell.” Babbs hastened to add that he thinks the Vietnam War was a mistake.


over there. Here at Miami University, Myers is in an administrative position with the ROTC. He takes care of paperwork and makes sure members of the ROTC are fitting into the mindset of the program. “I like [working here],” Myers said. “It can be hectic at times because I’m used to working with computer systems and now I’m more administrative taking care of future officers and Air Force leaders.” While working here, Myers said he plans to begin classes at Miami in the spring. “It’s a great opportunity for me to take classes while in the military,” he said. “Military helps with tuition and so does the GI Bill, so there is a lot of opportunity to pay for college or get a scholarship. Now that I am back, I can focus on my classes and be prepared for a job when I retire from the military.” Myers is a computer science major with a minor in human resources. He said although Miami and Afghanistan are extremely different, soldiers have the abilities to take classes while serving. “They have facilities for college level classes both in classrooms and online,” Myers said. “Some big name colleges send teachers out there to teach classes. Otherwise, there are areas with Internet access, so classes can be taken online.” Geographically there are a lot more trees here in Oxford, Myers said. According to Myers, it’s not very green over there. There is a lot of dust and in the north there are lush green mountains. “It’s pretty nice looking but you have to reflect on the fact that people outside the gates are trying to kill you,” Myers said. When it comes to fun, Afghanistan doesn’t have a High Street for the soldiers to go out to. In fact, there is no drinking at all in the encampment, Myers said. “Certain areas outside of Afghanistan have clubs and bars we could go to,” Myers said. “Sometimes we had nights where entertainers would come in for the military and turn a huge tent into a night club with dancing.” “It’s not all work,” Myers said. “Although the days can be long, there are times to unwind.” Myers said there are quite a few things young people can do for fun while over there. Now, it is Myers’ job to prepare the next generation of Miami ROTC members for life in the service and deployment.



In memoriam: a partial listing of Miami University’s war fallen These are the names of Miami University students and alumni who have died in wars since the university’s founding. This list contains 235 fallen soldiers, including 11 who were declared missing during World War II, and one soldier who was killed by foreign forces not during a war. This list is not comprehensive, as Miami did not become aware of every student who died. Mexican-American War: McLeary, Daniel-1847 Civil War: Baird, John Wilson-1862; Battle, Joel Allan-1862; Beckett, David Crawford-1864; Brown, Robert Stewart-1872; Bruen, Luther B.-1864; Childs, James H.-1862; Dickey, Cyrus Ewing-1863; Dunn, Nathan Palmer-1863; Falconer, Jerome B.-1863; Falconer, John Wods-1865; Foster, Charles-1864; Gordon, Enoch M.-1862; Harter, Joseph Stebbs-1863; Hering, John J.-1864; Jones, Albner Jones-1864; Kennedy, J.M.-1862; Kincaid, James W.-1864; Liddell, William R.-1863; Lough, James Madison-1864; Magaw, William-1862; McKee, John-1882; McLandburgh, Henry Johnson-1862; Miller, John Henry-1863; Miller, William H.-1861; Milliken, Minor-1862; Moon, Robert A.-1862; Newman, Walter-1864; Olds, William Woodruff-1863; Porter, William L.-1868; Price, Michael C.-1862; Reid, Hugh Thompson-1874; Reily, James-1863; Sadler, William K.-1864; Secrist, John H.-1864; Stevenson, Marion Marquis-1861; Stewart, James R.-1862; Strong, Hiram-1863; Wiley, Joseph H.-1862; Wilson,

Spencer H.-1862; Wyatt, James C.-1863 Philippine-American War: Grennan, Lawrence E.-1906 World War I: Baer, Carlos-1918; Barbour, J. Foster-1918; Goodwin, Russell-1918; Landon, Samuel-1918; Mains, Richard-1918; Mattern, Guinn-1918; Myers, Harry James-1918; Ritchie, Kent-1918;Smith,Corwin-1918; Watterson, Dillon-1918 World War II: Adams, Howard Dwight-1945; Anderson, William Albert-1944; Anderson, William Sven-1943; Apple, Richard Lee-1944; Arndt, Lee Warren-1945; Baer, James William-1942; Baker, Harold Francis-1944; Baldwin, Allan Glenn-1944; Barrow, William Robert-1940; Bauer, Harold William-1944; Baughman, Joseph Robert-1944; Becker, Henry Louis-1942; Biser, Delmer Levi-1942; Boehm, Howard William-1944; Brewer, Lawrence LeTulle-1944; Brooks, William E.; 1945; Brucks, Robert Louis-1943; Bryan, Norman Robert-1943; Burk, Robert J.-1945; Bussard, James Robert-1945; Cain, James Robert-1944; Cameron, Donald King-1943; Carnes, John Neal-1943; Cassidy, Robert James-1944; Cherry, David Willard-1946; Christian, Jack-1944; Clulee, Arthur-1944; Collier, John Clark-1945; Collopy, James M.-1944; Cool, Albert Burton-1944; Corson, Dan W.-1942; Covel, Orlin Eugene-1944; Crain, Homer Edward-1945; Debernarde, Arthur William-1943; Denser, Ralph William-1944; Dougherty, Edward Dunn-1943; Dresbach, John William-1943; Dryden, Harry Perkins-1944; DuBois,

Theodore Joseph-1945; Easter, James Lake-1943; Edwards, Frederick Whittlesey-1944; Fisher, William Andrew-1944; Flinchpaugh, James E.-1945; Formanek, George-1944; Gabor, Edward John-1945; Gaston, William Robert-1942; Gehb, Elmer-1943; Gilbert, Howard Ross-1942; Gillespie, Warren Bower-1945; Givens, Charles Edward-1944; Glasgow, Will Wellington-1944; Gleason, Carl Leslie-1945; Goodman, Walter Julius-1943; Gorham, Arthur Fulbrook-1943; Graney, John Gladstone-1943; Gravitt, Emmett-1944; Haag, Richard John-1943; Handyside, Kenneth Day-1944; Harley, George L.-1941; Hautz, William James-1944; Hefner, Frank Willis-1945; Heinbeck, Otto H.-1944; Heintzelman, Charles Edward-1945; Heisman, Charles Frank-1944; Heitsman, Robert H.-1944; Hennigar, David Lewis-1944; Herr, Harry Robert-1941; Hill, Richard H.-1944; Hinkel, Robert Arthur-1944; Hough, Charles Eugene-1943; Hovt, Daniel King-1944; Huffman, John Robert-1943; Hyde, Quentin Douglas-1944; Irish, Keith Leroy-1944; Irvine, Clyde Ernest-1945; James, Bruce Edward-1943; Jerome, Maynard Morgan-1945; Jewett, Harold-1944; Johnson, Thomas H.-1943; Jones, Richard LeRoy-1944; Jones, Theodore L.-1944; Kaufman, Yale W.-1942; Keels, Frederick Hale-1944; Kersting, Richard A.-1944; Kingsley, Charles Keith-1946; Kline, William Allen-1944; Knipple, Warren Kenneth-1944; Kubiak, John Henry-1944; Lehr, Richard Raymond-1945; Lewis, Carroll H. Jr.-1945; Lieberman, Melvin E.-1942; Litwak, Albert-1944; Longcoy, Harry Smith-1944; Loveman,

Donald W.-1945; Magaw, William Alexander-1942; Malafa, Edward Charles-1944; Manthey, Arthur George-1945; Martin, Wayne-1945; McFarland, John Elliot-1944; McMahon, Eugene Francis-1944; McVicker, Donald T.-1944; Meder, Robert

Riddle, Joseph-1943; Ries, George Marin-1945; Robinson, Kenneth Earl-1943; Rogers, Edgar DeLoss-1943; Rogers, Robert Selby-1942; Rose, Kermit Irwin-1945; Rouse, Wildon-1946; Runyan, Joseph Bashford-1942; Rusk, Floyd Daniel-1944; Sarles,

Leitch-1942; Wiant, Joseph Waldo-1944; Willett, John P.-1944; Williams, James Harper-1946; Williams, Lawrence A.-1941; Winglewich,PaulKenneth-1945; Wolfe, Robert H.-1943; Zahn, John Henry-1944; Zant, Claude Lewis-1941; Zugelter, Otto J.-1942; Andrews, Harry J.missing 1944; Baab, Harry Lewis-missing 1944; Bice, Cletus Gene-missing; Brenner, Paul L.-missing 1944; Bullock, Philip Milton-missing 1943; Hurwitz, Julius Nathaniel; missing 1945; Leibolt, Edward J.-missing 1942; Matthes, Chalres H.missing 1943; McKnight, Paul V.-missing 1944; Smith, Kenneth, D.-missing 1945; Trumbull, Wilson Chandler Trumbullmissing 1944 Korean War: Mann, Robert A.-1950; Munday, James Donald-1951

Vietnam War: Bottesch, Richard J.-1966; Bruch, Donald William Jr.-1966; CONTRIBUTED BY MIAMI UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES Davidson, Norman R.-1963; Miami’s “Service Flag” hangs from the stage of Hall AuditoFarris, George Kay; no date rium in late 1917. Each star represents one member in the of death; Ferguson, Lynn armed forces. In time, 11 gold stars were added for those M.-1967; Foster, William Earl, who died while on duty. 1968; Freeman, Jeffrey A.; James-1942; Meeks, Paul Ray- John Edward-1944; Sauer, Paul died 1970; Garret, Leo A.; died mond-1944; Mendelsohn, Stuart S.-1945; Scherry, Eldon-1944; 1966; Hanna, Samuel J.-1968; Bernard-1943 Scheuer, Donald-1945; Scholl, Hanson, Robert Taft Jr.-1966; Menefee, Charles R.-1943; Leland-1942; Seiler, Frank- Jones, George Emerson-1967; Miller, Wendell Clark-1942; lin Carl-1945; Seres, Frank Martin, Michael Joseph; died Miracle, Richard Victor-1944; Joseph-1944; Seyfferle, Wil- 1972; McKinney, Clemie; died Miskell, Robert John-1944; liam John-1944; Smith, Rob- 1972; Morgan, Robert F.-1967; Montaine, Edward J.-1944; ert Lee-1944; Snapp, Myron Petal, John D.-1969; Price, DaMushrush, William Leroy-1944; Philip-1944; Sparkes, William vid Johnston-1972; Ruggles, O’Connell, James J.-1943; Nichols-1944; Stegna, Francis, John Richard III-1968; Ryan, Oberhelman, Robert S.-1942; Daniel-1943; Sweney, Kenneth Joseph R. III-1971; Schroeffel, Onie, Milton Sherman-1945; J.F.-1943; Taurman, John-1942; Thomas A.; 1966; Terrence C. Orman, Max Lee Van-1944; Thornton, Garth E.-1944; Til- Graves-1968 Osborne, Ralph Harrison-1943; ton, Hardesty Hodgens-1944; Overmier, James Robert-1945; Trew, John Elmer-1946; Un- UN-Lebanon Peacekeeping: Petzold, Ray Ellsworth-1942; zicker, Fred M.-1945; Vermilya, Higgins, William-1990 Pheanis, Clifford C.-1943; Dan Beddoe-1945; Wallens, Pierson, Stanley Wilbur-1945; Nathan-1943; Weisberger, Sey- Iraq: Raines, Guy M. Jr.-1945; mour-1945; Whitlock, Douglas Cifuentes, Michael-2005

Enemies on Civil War battlefield, Miamians Miami’s own hero bury fallen classmate with love and honor receives highest honor By Kevin Kuethe

For The Miami Student

On Saturday morning,April 13, 1862, the 150 students of Miami University, along


with a substantial number of Oxford’s concerned citizens, amassed inside the college chapel. From the podium, President John Hall somberly announced the firing upon Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor and the onset of the Civil War. He read from the Bible and urged the young men under his care to return to their studies. The possibility of war had long been a concern for the men of Miami. The weekly debates inside the university’s two literary societies regularly addressed the merits of issues such as abolition, states rights and the expediency of secession. Only weeks earlier, one Southern Erodelphian Literary Society member delivered a rousing patriotic tribute to the United States of America. But with Hall’s announcement, his devotion shifted immediately to his native soil and he quickly departed to fight for the newly christened Confederacy. Miami was a college divided. The news prompted Ozro Dodds, namesake of Dodds Hall, to organize and drill a company of 150 volunteers comprised of both students and local citizens. On April

22, the “University Rifles” paraded from the campus to the train depot. There, Hall presented the troops with an American flag and regimental banner sewn by the local women. To raucous cheers from the assembled throng, a majority of Miami’s student body were suddenly off to war. Over the course of the war, 502 Miami students and alumni participated in the fighting — 464 for the Union and 38 for the confederacy. This was a remarkable number considering Miami’s enrollment averaged around 150 students per year over the previous decades. Miami would later take pride that her contributions were significantly larger than most colleges — including Harvard and Yale Universities. 151 Miami men served as officers, including 54 Colonels, 16 Brigadier Generals and three Major Generals. By the close of the war 26 Miami men — 20 for the North and six for the South — paid the ultimate price with their lives. Scores of others suffered serious casualties in the line of duty. There are countless stories of the valor, bravery and heroism of Miami’s sons from those bloody days. But one poignant tale highlights the true spirit of brotherhood and affection forged in earlier, more peaceful days at Miami touched the hearts of both Northerners and Southerners long after the last shots were fired. Joel Allen Battle Jr. was a Tennessee native who graduated in 1859. During his years at Miami, he was a feisty chap who enjoyed a good fight, whether with fisticuffs or with words debated in the Erodlephian Hall. Despite the

fact that his father owned one of the largest plantations outside of Nashville, there is evidence to suggest that Battle changed his mind about the system of slavery based solely on the power of argument encountered in his beloved Literary Society. Following graduation, Battle married a local Ohio girl, fathered a son and moved to Cincinnati to study law. As the specter of war loomed larger, Battle confided to his best friend from college, John C. Lewis, that “if war broke out in which his State would be involved he could not fight against the flag, or against the people of his birthplace, and would probably go abroad in hopes that the

old friend, John C. Lewis. Lewis soon informed two more of Battle’s best Miami chums, Clifford Ross and John Chamberlain, stationed nearby. From discarded cracker crates, the three friends constructed a coffin and buried Battle with dignity and affection. In March 1907, Lewis recounted the scene for The Miami Student: “The dreadful relics of a great battle were for miles all about us — on both sides some 9,000 dead to bury, and 15,000 wounded to care for. The burial was near our camp, and in the shade of an Oak tree; the means available were rough, but I could not have asked for a brother’s more than we did for his body. I believe no more brave

I believe no more brave and noble soul left its body on that bloody field.” JOHN C. LEWIS


struggle would be brief.” But when his father was commissioned Brig. Gen. of the 20th Tennessee and asked Battle to be his primary aide, Battle accepted his fate without question. In early April 1862, Battle’s regiment encountered forces comprised of many Miami men at Shiloh. Despite a serious chest wound suffered at Mills Creek in February that left him unable to handle a gun, Battle engaged in one of the bloodiest skirmishes on one of the war’s bloodiest days. In a flash, Joel Battle was killed. The following day, an Union Army surgeon recognized Battle’s body and presented his corpse to Battle’s

and noble soul left its body on that bloody field.” The Civil War is remembered as a war that pitted brother versus brother and friend versus friend. But word of this gallant act of brotherhood soon spread throughout the country. As the nation later struggled to heal fierce animosities festered over the course of the war, it was many from the South who pointed to this story for inspirational hope that mutual reconciliation and understnding would once again prevail. Thus the legacy of the burial of Joel Allen Battle has remained a particular source of pride for Miami’s veterans and noncombatants alike for nearly 150 years.

By Lauren Ceronie Campus Editor

Fighting in a war is far from the minds of most Miami University students. We


worry about class, work and friends. Few of us have the responsibility of fighting in a foreign country or protecting the lives of our comrades. Marine Second Lt. Terrance Graves was an exception. Graves, a 1967 graduate of Miami, posthumously received a Congressional Medal of Honor “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a platoon commander with the 3d Force Reconnaissance Company” in the Vietnam War. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award a member of the military can receive. Graves is the only Miami graduate to have received the award. His parents accepted the award on his behalf Dec. 2, 1969. Graves was killed in action Feb. 16, 1968 while on a long-range reconnaissance mission near the Quang Tri Province of Vietnam. The Marine Corps announcement of the award said, “When his (Graves’) eight-man patrol ambushed

seven enemy soldiers and was subsequently attacked by a numerically superior enemy force, Lt. Graves moved through a fire-swept area and called in air support and artillery fire. After attending the wounded, Lt. Graves and another Marine launched an assault against the surviving enemy soldiers. Later, Lt. Graves was wounded as the patrol came under attack a second time. Again, the lieutenant called in air strikes and artillery fire, while directing the fire of his own troops. Refusing medical attention, Lt. Graves led his men to a landing site and skillfully guided incoming aircraft...realizing that one of the wounded had not embarked, he directed the aircraft to depart and along with another Marine, moved to the side of the casualty. Confronted with a shortage of ammunition, Lt. Graves utilized supporting arms and directed fire until a second helicopter arrived. At this point, the volume of enemy fire intensified, hitting the helicopter and causing it to crash shortly after liftoff. All aboard were killed. 2nd Lt. Graves’ outstanding courage, superb leadership and indomitable fighting spirit throughout the day were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.” Graves, born in Corpus Christi, Texas, was just 22 when he was killed. While at Miami, Graves received a Bachelor of Arts in history and English, was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and played varsity baseball. He was also a member of the Inter-Fraternity Council and a commander of the Navy ROTC unit at Miami.



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Faculty flash mob takes over King Café By Adam Giffi

Senior Staff Writer

Sitting in King Café, Miami University students expect to hear the sounds of coffee being brewed and see students chatting about projects. Thursday, at 1 p.m., those at the popular hang-out saw and heard the unexpected: Katy Perry’s popular song “Firework” blasting as faculty members danced around. The seemingly bizarre proceeding began at the seal in front of Upham Hall, where a diverse group of faculty, dressed in their academic robes, marched to King, entered the basement and then broke into a choreographed dance routine. Some other faculty members planted in the café joined in the dance while others still cheered them on. The large group of students present looked on with excitement and

applauded. When the dancing stopped, the faculty began to hand out fliers explaining their presence. The students had just witnessed a flash mob — with a message. Ronald Becker, associate professor in the communication department, and Denise McCoskey, associate professor in the classics department, coordinated the event. The occurrence was the culmination of the mysterious “Are you in?” posters and chalkings some may have noticed around campus. According to both, the event was designed to stimulate conversation about what it means to fit in or not fit in at Miami. “The goal was two-fold; to help students who might not feel like they fit in at Miami, for them to hear that faculty care about them and are interested in promoting a climate at Miami where more and more people feel included,

MU offers faster Internet, for a price By Taylor Dolven Asst. Campus Editor

Ninety students have signed up for upgraded Internet service that became available Oct. 27 in Miami University residence halls. The demand for Internet service in residence halls has gone up 70 percent each year for the past four years, according to senior director of Strategic Communications Cathy McVey. In order to keep up with the demand, IT services has been adding more bandwidth to the Internet capacity, but it has cost Miami $200,000 over the past two years, McVey said. IT also looks at Internet traffic data anonymously to see what kinds of things students are using the Internet for. “The amount that is going toward video download like Netflix and YouTube has grown hugely over the past year or so,” she said. “If you want to watch in high definition, we don’t have enough bandwidth for people to do that.” IT services worked with Housing, Dining, Business and Recreation Services to put together a plan that has a new tier of wireless service called ResNet Turbo; turbo being the extra bandwidth. “I think it has been very positive,” said Larry Fink, assistant vice president of

housing and auxillary services. “The numbers seem to indicate that.” The regular Internet has a maximum bandwidth of 1.5 MB/second, according to McVey. The turbo plan offers a minimum of 1.5 MB/ second and a maximum of 5-10 MB/second depending on how many people are using the Internet. First-year Sarah Balech said the Internet in Symmes Hall is slow. “You can tell at the end of the day it is hard to do your online homework when everyone is on,” she said. Anyone living on campus can purchase ResNet Turbo for $75 per semester. People who purchase it now will be charged $35, McVey said. Balech said none of her friends have heard of the option yet and she thinks $75 is a lot. “But if you need to get all your online homework done, I guess it is reasonable,” she said. The Housing & Meal Plan Office will begin advertising ResNet Turbo though table tents, posters and electronic media. There is also a pop-up that students see when they log into MyCard, according to Fink. Interested students can sign up for the service on MyCard.


topics. He said a flash mob event was tailor made to address this for many reasons. For one, he said, by dancing in public, the participating teachers were demonstrating their own willingness to go outside their own levels of comfort. Both said as many as 40 I never thought I’d see a time where faculty members were inteachers got up and danced in a volved in the event in some flash mob and I think they did it for capacity as part of what is a good reason.” being called “Making it Better at Miami U.” However, ANGELA STROCK the flash mob was not cleared MIAMI UNIVERSITY SENIOR officially by the university. This was partly because the spurred by observations made who do not.” faculty involved wanted to McCoskey said the lyrics communicate directly with daily by faculty. “We see students, for ex- of the song choice are also ap- students in their own voice, ample, who eat on their own propriate to their message. Becker said. According to Becker, Miin the lunch cafeteria, or sit There was an atmosphere in our classes before class ami students are often hesi- of anticipation in the mowho aren’t speaking to people tant to get out of their comfort ments before the event. While while others are,” McCoskey zone and talk about serious some were taken completely said. “We wanted to discuss issues, as demonstrated by the off guard, others still were both sides of that equation small attendance at panel dis- waiting for something to hapto try and join faculty and cussions in the past on similar pen, even if they did not know and to talk to all students at Miami to begin conversations about how everyone can participate in shifting the climate here,” Becker said. According to McCoskey, the message of the event was

students in figuring out why some students might have a more difficult time fitting into Miami and also get students who do fit in comfortably to think critically about how it might feel for those

exactly what. Angela Strock was one of the latter, but was excited by what she did see. “It was fun, it was cute and it was creative,” Strock said. “I never thought I’d see a time where teachers got up and danced in a flash mob and I think they did it for a good reason.” McCoskey and Becker said they hope that all Miami students see the video of the event when it is uploaded online, and perhaps that it will even go viral, so that the discussion can spread and have a greater impact. In the meantime, Becker will be discussing the flash mob Nov. 18 as one of the speakers at the “Networks and Power: A Symposium” event being sponsored by the Humanities Center in the MacMillan Great Room. Further discussions and events are being planned for the future.

ASG censures 2 senators, removes 1 By Matt Levy

Senior Staff Writer

With midterms over and the second half of the semester in full swing, members of Miami University’s Associated Student Government (ASG) took time to address some housekeeping issues during their meeting Tuesday night. Two senators within the organization faced censure and two faced removal from their positions because they had missed too many student government meetings and skipped too many office hours. According to Student Senate President Tom Kirkham, a censure is a formal warning. Student senators begin collecting points when they miss student government meetings and/or miss their office hours. Once a senator reaches six points, he or she is recommended by the ASG bylaws committee for censure. At eight points, the senator is recommended for removal from their position. Bryan Klipsch, an offcampus senator, was the first to be considered for removal. According to Student Senate President Pro Tempore and head of ASG’s oversight committee Brandon Patterson, Klipsch had accumulated a total of 15 points. However, he was not in attendance to defend himself or offer his insight Tuesday night.

“He was warned, and he was warned again. He has refused to respond back,” Patterson said. Klipsch subsequently was removed from his position in absentia by ASG. The next senator to face scrutiny was Senator Jane Heistand, another offcampus senator. According to Patterson, Heistand had accumulated 10 points by missing several meetings and office hours. “On behalf of the oversight committee, if you miss [your commitments], I have to put you up for removal, simple as that,” Patterson warned. Heistand told Student Senate that she was confused as to how many points she had accumulated and did not know how she had reached 10 and said why she had to miss the meetings she did. After hearing from her and holding a lengthy executive session behind closed doors, ASG decided to censure Heistand instead of removing her. ASG then moved on to censures, hearing from Senators Taylor Lewis and

Students reherse for the Pirates of Penzance operetta.Tickets are on sale now for performances Friday and Saturday.

Caleb Picou. According to Lewis, part of the reason he had earned points was because he had to learn his duties first. “I missed training, I missed the last senate meeting and I missed the last two office hours,” Lewis said. “I was not in a funk to do what a senator does, but now I’ve got my feet under me. I think that this is a good thing because I know if I miss another meeting I’m up for removal.” Senator Tom Hohman voiced sympathy for Lewis. “I think it’s pretty reason-

Following the round of censure and removal hearings, ASG continued with business as usual. Secretary for Academic Affairs Tyler Sinclair’s bill supporting online professor evaluations was reexamined after its introduction last week. The bill received almost unanimous support from ASG and was quickly passed. ASG also introduced a resolution thanking the Miami University, City of Oxford and City of Hamilton police departments for their efforts during the Oct. 25 visit of the Westboro Baptist

He [Klipsch] was warned, and he was warned again.”



able,”Hohmansaid.“It looks like he won’t again. It seems pretty straightforward.” After taking a vote, ASG decided 19-14 to not censure Lewis. Picou said he was in a similar situation to Lewis. “I still don’t know what all my missing points are from. I know I missed training and a couple meetings,” Picou said. Senator Peter Dougherty voiced support for Picou, saying that he had seen him in increasing amounts in the ASG office as of late. However, Picou was ultimately given a censure by ASG.

Church to campus. According to the Hohman, the resolution’s author, the bill is intended as a way to acknowledge the work the police departments did during the visit. However, many within ASG objected to the resolution on the grounds that it merely thanks people for doing their jobs. “I think just because it’s their job doesn’t mean it’s not commendable,” Hohman said. “As a result of their work, there were zero Miami student arrests.” The resolution will be further examined during next Tuesday’s meeting.







BEAT Hospital expansion put on hold Student urinates on side of fast food restaurant Around 3 a.m. Sunday, an Oxford Police Department officer responded to a call from McDonald’s. Staff had told the officer that there was a male who got out of his car and began urinating on the property outside of the vehicle. When the officer arrived, he saw the male who began moving towards the rear of the parking lot. The officer followed the male behind a car where he began vomiting. The officer stopped the male and smelled alcohol on his breath. The officer asked how old the male was and the male said he was 21 then 20, then finally, 18. The male was identified as Miami University firstyear Andrew Wilkening. Wilkening told officers he was at Skipper’s Pub when someone handed him a coke. Wilkening said he didn’t know it was an alcoholic drink because he didn’t feel a thing as he continued to go to other bars. He was arrested and taken to the station where he was charged with underage drinking and disorderly conduct.

Theft on High Street leaves residents puzzled Around midnight Thursday, an Oxford Police Department officer responded to a complaint from the 300 block of West High Street. The victim told the officer that cash was taken from a glass cabinet inside of the kitchen in the house. The victim suspects that the cash was taken by a furnace technician Tuesday. There was no forced entry into the house but there was evidence that the technicians had been in the basement to service the furnace. The victim added that one roommate felt that some of their things were gone through. The victim completed a written statement about the incident.

By Sarah Sidlow Community Editor

McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital has temporarily withdrawn their application for expansion. The plan has been removed from the Planning Commission’s agenda while the hospital works with Oxford Presbyterian Church to find a design that both parties can agree to. “There have been some discussions that the design may not work well with the neighbors,” said Jung-Han Chen, Oxford’s

Community Development Director. “They have decided to withdraw [their application] and work out the differences so everyone can be in support of this project moving forward.” Bryan Hehemann, President and CEO of McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, emphasized that the move is temporary. “We’re going to work on some specific concerns of our neighbors at the Presbyterian Church. Some of the leaders and committee members have concerns with the design and we want

to work through them so we can go back to the planning commission sometime soon,” Hehemann said. According to Hehemann, some members of the Oxford Presbyterian Church are worried that the hospital’s expansion would create problems with parking and vehicular flow. The hospital proposed that North Poplar Street be vacated in order for the expansion to take place, according to Chen. This proposition has caused alarm for businesses on the street, including the Presbyterian

Church, which has had a longstanding partnership with McCullough-Hyde, according to Bradley Cronk, president of the Board of Trustees for the Oxford Presbyterian Church. “That’s 28 public parking spaces,” Cronk said. “Think about Quaterbarrel [Bar and Grill] – they could go under because of that.” Hehemann said that he, along with the architect in charge of the expansion plan will be working with the committees from the church to make the proper changes to the design.

The hospital had two options when dealing with their application for expansion. They could postpone the project, which would mean keeping it on the agenda month after month, or they could withdraw their application. Hehemann concluded that because of the upcoming holiday, the better move was to withdraw their application temporarily until the issues are resolved. He was not certain that the plan would be ready within the next 30 or 60 days.

Fraternity fosters K’NEXions with Oxford community By Sarah Sidlow Community Editor

The brothers of Delta Tau Delta hosted a dinner Wednesday designed to allow students to connect with leaders in the Oxford community. It was called a K’NEXions dinner – complete with icebreaking K’NEX puzzles at every table. Miami Univeristy students, Delt brothers and leaders in the Oxford community sat together over dinner catered by The Smokin’ Ox. Bobbe Burke, coordinator of Off-Campus Affairs summed up the theme of the night in her introduction. “The goal of tonight is to have people on our campus meet people not on our campus,” Burke said. Attendees spoke freely with one another, or had the option of discussing one of the many prompts provided by the fraternity. The conversation of the night was heavily focused on the value of philanthropy and giving back to a community that has given so much to the university. Arianne Wilt, a sophomore in Phi Mu, was unaware of the goal of the dinner before the night. She attended to represent her sorority and to see what she could get out of it. “I’d like to meet people and get a broader


Participants answer ice-breaking questions and build connections on Wednesday at the Delta Tau Delta house. understanding of the Oxford community,” Wilt said. Wilt also said it was the kind of event she would love to have her sorority sponsor, however, she did not know how feasible it would be given the fact that sororities on campus do not have houses. Sophomore Forrest McGuire, a member of Chi Psi, had already attended a

similar event previously. “The whole thing is about getting connected with people,” he said. “It’s about integrating students and professors and networking. I loved it [last time]. You meet so man new people that you really do go up to later and say ‘hey I met you at the K’NEXions dinner.’“ Delta Tau Delta President Danny Nicolopolous

was pleased with how the evening went. “I thought it was a lot of fun,” he said. “It was a great experience and everybody learned a lot. The guys who went ended up getting more out of it than they were expecting. They met a lot more people than they expected.” He even made a few connections of his own.

Among the members of his table was the director of the Knolls of Oxford, whose husband works in admissions as the recruiter for the Chicago area. According to Nicolopolous, that man was the one that ultimately convinced him to choose Miami. “It’s a small world,” Nicolopolous said. “That was a cool connection.”

Walker’s shoe store up for sale By Sarah Sidlow Community Editor



Members of Beta Theta Pi sing to Anne Brown, a local Oxford resident, on her 100th birthday Thursday, Nov. 3 at Knolls of Oxford.

After a little less than three years of business, Walker’s Footwear and Apparel in uptown Oxford is for sale. The store, located behind Chipotle Mexican Grill, is being offered as what is known as a turnkey sale, meaning the new owner will take over the Walker’s name, location and inventory, according to Alan Kyger, Oxford’s Economic Development Director. The move is not a result of the economy. Brooke Bales, the sole owner of Walker’s, is a single parent who also works in construction sales and was looking to free up some of his time. The store is on the market for $85,000 and has already received a number of offers, according to Matt Rodbro, the president of Red Brick Property Management, inc., and the agent in charge of Bales’ property. “It is unusual to find a profitable business with this level of prestige at such an affordable price,” Rodbro said. Rodbro also believes the sale could be a great

opportunity for Miami University undergraduates or recent grads. “This is a rare opportunity,” said Rodbro. “It’s the type of business that an undergrad could step into and run. As a Miami alum, this is a business I’d be interested in, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a recent Miami grad or undergraduate stepped in. Plus, there’s no one that

[Walker’s] could be a great reason for someone to stick around Oxford and pick up.” Bales does not anticipate the store closing for any period of time. “I’m hoping for a seamless transition,” he said. “It’s still a viable business.” He also indicated that current Walker’s employees, a total of six, five of whom are Miami students, are

This is a rare opportunity. It’s the type of business that an undergrad could step into and run.” MATT RODBRO


would know the college market better.” Junior business major Tim Good agreed that the business would present a good opportunity for a Miami student. “I think there’s an entrepreneurship minor here,” he said. “I know kids that have recently graduated that have started their own companies, and some people hang around Oxford after graduation anyway. I think

interested in continuing to work there. Bales’ involvement in the store will not cease immediately. He has offered to extend his services to potential buyers for the first month or so to allow them to become acquainted with the inventory and protocol. Though he believes it is a logical move, the sale does not come without some sadness. “I will definitely miss it,” Bales said.


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 letters to the editor

Justifying lawless actions to one’s youth threatens future success I’d be lying if I said I was mildly concerned about Karli Kloss’ opinion on drinking in college, more importantly underage drinking. While I understand that part of college is having fun, it’s hardly the main purpose. It’s saddening to think that the future workers of America can justify illegal acts, such as underage drinking, through the thought process that we will eventually face a “60-hour work week [with] bills and obligations,” so we should have fun during these four years. Does anyone else see a problem with the fact that college is meant to further educate you in something you love so that you can go on to have a happy job life? Sure, the job market is scary, but that’s no reason to forgo your passion



EDITORIAL The following piece, written by the editorial editors, reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board.

Flash mob prompts discussion about welcoming students Miami University faculty members entertained unsuspecting students in King Café with a flash mob performance. The intent was to start a conversation about Miami’s current climate, which encourages alienation. The flash mob symbolizes union and support from faculty willing to make the first steps toward shifting Miami’s tolerance for all people on campus. The campaign, “Are you in?” stemmed from faculty members observing the social pattern of students interacting throughout campus. It was noted that students do not go out of their way to interact with each other. Instead, some students will opt out by eating alone in a dining hall or sit silently in

classrooms avoiding conversations with strangers. Miami faculty members view these forms of isolation as negatively impacting the campus. Moreover, the message of the flash mob to encourage students to move outside of their comfort zones to engage with fellow peers. The editorial board of The Miami Student applauds faculty members for acknowledging Miami students’ need to move beyond their comfort zones. The faculty members’ willingness to dance for students shows that they actually care about making students feel valued at the university. An obvious divide among students is visible on campus. One can walk into the

Shriver Center and see clichés and segregation among students. Students choose to interact with students who look and talk the same. But these symptoms threaten Miami’s efforts to diversify the university. The board suggests faculty members continue this conversation in the classroom. Students need to be made aware of their unconscious alienation acts. Once the flaws of isolation are exposed, then students can engage in self-evaluation. It is unlikely that Miami’s climate will change overnight because people do not want to change what makes them comfortable. But the conversation is starting and it is time for students to start listening.

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and pick a major that will easily get you job security. The idea that your life will suck eventually, so you should be able to break the law now, is absurd. I’m thinking about Machiavelli right now — you know “the end justifies the means” mentality. Regardless if someone underage is able to drink without harming themself, it’s still illegal. Sure, you can claim you aren’t endangering yourself or anyone, but that’s another excuse. By choosing to engage in underage drinking, you are putting yourself in an illegal position — sounds like you’re endangering yourself. By choosing to drink underage, you are also putting your liver in danger. Sure, this also applies to someone over 21. The point I’m trying to make

is that for the 21-year-old, it’s legal. This “intractably symbiotic relationship” Karli mentions is contradicted by the fact that she then goes on to admit that people can go through college sober. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but college is not about drinking underage to avoid “social limitations.” I am by no means trying to tell you to not underage drink, I’m sure there’s no way to prevent it from happening. I’m simply worried that if students are justifying illegal acts now, what will stop them in the future from using the same mentality when under similar circumstances?

Valerie Volkman

Continue to honor veterans and current service men and women When I was in high school, I was unsure of where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do with my life. I felt that I wasn’t ready for college yet. I wondered, what could I do that would have a sense of purpose until I’m ready for school? I started to research the armed forces and ultimately selected the United States Navy. Shipping off to boot camp the summer after high school, I eventually served eight years active duty, three of those onboard the guided missile cruise USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), where I was deployed twice to the Persian Gulf region. After my tour of duty on the ship, I was stationed at the Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC), where I defended the Navy’s worldwide computer networks against attack. After my obligation of service ended, I was honorably discharged in

order to attend school, when I selected Miami University as the choice for my secondary education. I am also continuing to serve my country as a member of the US Naval Reserves. I take pride in the fact that I attend a university that supports veterans and is considered a military- friendly school. I am grateful for the services and support that this school provides, and on days like today reflect on how lucky I really am to be able to attend such a great institution. Joining the Navy taught me life lessons that could never be duplicated. From gaining worldly experience by visiting ports in Rome, Dubai, Croatia, Bahrain to acquiring invaluable leadership skills from military tradition and structure, the military has served me well, just as I have served my country. The impact of my military experience is something that I will always cherish

and remember, as well as the more than one million American men and women that have given their lives for their country since our nation’s founding. I urge everyone to take time to reflect on the sacrifices of those veterans who have gone before us to protect the rights and freedoms that our amazing country provides. Each of those men and women took an oath to defend America, and they upheld that oath with honor and decency. Through the generations, they have humbled dictators and liberated continents and set a standard of courage and idealism for the entire world. Through their blood, service, and sacrifice, veterans have given us freedom, security, and the greatest nation on earth.

Brendan Gillespie

President, Student Veteran Association

Rule of Thumb Veterans Happy Veterans Day to those who served and those who continue to serve our country.

Ellese Meyer on ABC’s Everyday Health Congratulations and thanks for representing Miami.

Butler County as top tier in Ohio layoffs It’s hard to keep college graduates local if job security isn’t an option.

Harry Potter coming out on DVD Harry and friends from the Deathly Hallows Part II make for a great gift for the holidays.

Cold and flu season creeping up on us Stay healthy, students.


the bitter and the sweet

Sometimes, you just need to get away from it all. When the homework piles up and you’ve memorized the phone numbers of Oxford’s takeout restaurants, you realize you need a break. Sure, a trip to the Bahamas, New York City or London would be just what the doctor ordered, but who can do that over the weekend?

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Hueston Woods helps students explore natural side of Oxford

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Although the fall palette was astonishing and walking through the woods seemed almost primeval and pristine, the best part about Hueston Woods is their raptor rehabilitation program. Oxford may be surrounded by cornfields, but don’t let that trick you into thinking the area is boring. Enter in Hueston Woods State Park, conveniently located about seven miles from Oxford. My boyfriend and I recently went to Hueston Woods on a whim — we were looking for something we’d never done before that was also cheap and fun. We had been there before on a fall break camping trip, but had a generally miserable experience that stemmed from being unprepared for the bitter cold. With the past behind us, we drove to Hueston Woods. Little did I know, but this park is pretty big — it’s almost 3,000 acres. It surrounds Acton Lake and has 12 miles of

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Some people follow one of the Kardashian sisters. Some people follow Ryan Gosling. Some people follow CNN. And some people follow The Thought Catalog on Twitter. The Thought Catalog is a group of journalists and other writers that write and post blogs on http://thoughtcatalog. com. Some posts include “6 Things A Twenty-something Needs In Order To Survive” and “What Does The Word ‘Friend’ Even Mean Anymore?” They are provocative, sarcastic and at times, the story of your life. Now while some posts are ridiculous and make me wonder how it even ended up getting published, other times I actually take something away from what the writer is trying to convey to


In the Nov. 8 issue of The Miami Student, the frontpage article was about Occupy Miami University (MU)/Oxford. The article barely scratched the surface about what the movement is all about. Of course, the article would have been drastically different if the reporter stayed for the entire meeting, like I did. And there lies the crux of the problem of why the “Occupy Movements” credibility is fading fast. The media doesn’t know what the movement is all about and therefore misrepresents it by covering it like another story about


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hiking trails and an impressive number of kid’s activities, playgrounds and campsites. Although the fall palette was astonishing and walking through the woods seemed almost primeval and pristine, the best part about Hueston Woods is their raptor rehabilitation program. Part educational zoo, park animal hospital, the program has

been going strong for about 30 years and cares for 60 to 80 injured or abandoned birds each year — from bald eagles to owls, according to the Ohio State Parks Magazine. I had never realized how fragile and majestic birds of prey could be. Usually, if you’re lucky to see one in the wild, you see it for a flash of a second, as its talons grab a field mouse and it flaps away, shrieking off in the distance. Although these birds are in cages, they still seem wild — they hide away in dark corners, relying on their natural camouflaged feathers to keep them safe from humans. However, if you look closer, you can see that several have missing eyes from BB guns or accidents with cars. Some


can’t fly because their wings were broken, either by runins with humans or from natural causes. Yet they still have their dignity. As they peer at you shyly through damaged, saucer-like eyes or sit on their gently-swaying posts, enjoying the warm sunshine and cool breezes, the birds are content with lives that are only shadows of their previous existences. Hueston Woods has done a great job seamlessly integrating tidbits of bird information and animal care facts into a very enjoyable, if somewhat solemn, experience. As you walk around the raptor rehabilitation program, you come to the cages of Cougie the cougar and his big cat friends. A sign outside Cougie’s cage explains that several years ago, Cougie was rescued from a home in Dayton, where he was kept as a pet. Cougie was de-clawed and had been brought up by humans, and therefore never return to the wild. We could barely see Cougie, as he was hidden in the shadows of his cage, like his bobcat neighbors. This small zoo left me with feeling awed at the beauty of these animals that are rarely seen so close up. Next time you’re feeling restless, skip the city or the bars and head to Hueston Woods. Although the raptors and the big cats no longer on display because of the cold, there’s always something to discover in the park.

Nostalgia… When you hear the words high-waist jeans, turtlenecks and Nickelodeon, what comes to mind? I hope you’re thinking the 1990s. A decade characterized by boy bands, bubblegum pop and arguably the best cartoon shows, which may technically be over. But to all the ’90s babies, we have done a decent job of keeping those memories near and dear to our hearts. This Halloween weekend was proof that the ’90s are still very much alive. Helga Pataki, Tommy Pickles and Chuckie Finster all made a comeback. Reference any cartoon of the ’90s to a student on campus and they’ll most likely be able to discuss any character and episode with you willingly. Try suggesting to a housemate to watch an episode of Doug and it’s guaranteed yes. Memories of All That, Figure it Out and Double Dare 2000 will instantly consume the thoughts of those who grew up in the ’90s. We all spent hours of our lives watching Helga drool over Arnold, Kel chug orange soda and Angelica Pickles make life miserable for Tommy and the gang. Along with our hours spent with these fictional, yet somehow very real characters, you probably spent all your other time dancing and singing along to boy bands and really “yuppy”

The ’90s bring back a time in our lives where life wasn’t so ‘complicated.’ Back then, all that mattered was making sure you wiped your shoes on the carpet before dinner and made sure you made the highest pile of leaves in your backyard. pop music. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who dreamed of marrying Justin Timberlake with Britney Spears as my Maid of Honor. I sang along with the Backstreet Boys using the classic hairbrush as a microphone at the top of my lungs along with thousands of other middle school girls. Even though Britney Spears isn’t singing about not yet being a woman anymore, she’s still on the scene and we can reminisce about the way she was before her post-bald days. So why do we have this incessant need to keep the ’90s alive? Why does hearing the Spice Girls at Brick Street Bar and Grill’s “90s Night” feels like Christmas Day? It can’t be because we actually believe these songs and shows were actually good? Or is it more of a deep-seeded need to hold onto our youth? The ’90s bring back a time in our lives where life wasn’t so “complicated.” Back then, all that mattered was making sure you wiped your shoes

on the carpet before dinner and made sure you made the highest pile of leaves in your backyard. We weren’t bombarded with thoughts about our future and culture was something that we embraced as our own. Or is it because ’90s culture is just generally better than today’s? Great sitcoms and cartoons have been replaced with trashy reality and competition shows. Rap has taken the place of bubblegum pop and belly shirts have been taken over by button-downs and blazers. The ’90s seemed like a more carefree time. The media to us in the ’90s just gave us everything we wanted to hear and see. Now we ridicule them for the images they project onto the public and the superficial ideals they are said to hold. Luckily, the ‘90s will always be near and dear to our hearts. The memories of great shows will forever connect us and when all else fails, there’s always “90s Night.”

‘Thought Catalog’ website makes for worthwhile browsing time the reader. “Things From Childhood That Need To Make A Comeback,” written by Michael Fidel Marquez, outlines five things from our childhood that once meant everything to us, but are nominal to our everyday functions now. Here is some of what he has to say along with my input: 1. Pinky promises used to be mean life or death in the eyes of a child. You pinky promise to something, you keep your promise and never doubt your decision after that. If that pinky promise got broken, it meant that other person would hold a grudge for about one recess and then you went back to your everyday life. What happened to those types of

promises? Now all you can do is trust the person you talk to and hope they don’t stab you in the back. 2. Becoming blood brothers or sisters was a big thing back thing. Once you mixed blood with someone, it meant you were connected to him/her for the rest of your life. I personally never pricked my finger and decided to be externally bonded with my best friends, but others took that bond seriously. In The Divine Secret of Ya Ya Sisterhood is an example of best friends becoming blood sisters and forever having each other’s back. Today, it is more a symbolic gesture and an unspoken agreement. Just don’t get the thoughts of pricking your finger and asking your new

roommate to become blood sisters. It might freak him or her out. 3. Pen pals used to be a very popular thing to do. Now the written letter is, in a sense, dead to the world. Besides an occasional post card from a family member on vacation, no one actually has a pen pal anymore. I actually remember getting a pen pal in seventh grade because one of my teachers taught in Ireland for a year and had her students write to students at her old school every year. Now it is just odd to start talking to random people around the world and that is what chat roulette is used for. 4. MASH was the best game to play in grade school. And a lot of people learned about you in

that game. In my group of friends, you always picked one boy you liked to be on the list and then your friends picked the other names. Getting to live in a shack was the worst outcome ever. You always wanted the mansion, the cutest boy, the least amount of kids, the best car, best occupation and most amount of money. This was the game everyone played in school until you learned how to rummy without your religion teacher noticing; it took skill. 5. Field trips are what everyone looked forward to every year. Literally, it was a fight to get to the back of the bus and save a seat for your friends. Sitting with the parents and teachers was the worst thing. Every

time the bus got on I-75, it was a race to see how many trucks the class could get to honk for us, and see how long it would take for teachers to tell us to stop singing “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” It didn’t matter where we went for the field trip. We just wanted to be out of uniforms and not in a classroom for a day. The thought catalog makes you think about stuff from your childhood, high school and present day events. It is has entertaining topics and just another way to stall getting work done at the library. Next time you get online, check them out and browse through a few articles. You might just get hooked as easily as others have.

Media fails to report ‘Occupy’ movement as a legitimate cause a protest. It’s easy to dismiss the movement as a bunch of hippies complaining about the government, by sending a reporter out, getting the baseline facts and sending it to print. While it is true the main complaint of the group is to clean up corruption and influence in politics, there are other important messages circulating in the occupiers rhetoric as well. Prime examples include shaping up business ethics, protecting the environment and fixing the broke educational system. The grand theme of the movement is really about

power. Powerful people, in this era decided by monetary strength, are categorically abusing the average American. This is evident in examples such as corrupting the government and foreclosing homes based on sabotaged sub prime mortgages. The movement is neither left nor right, up or down, Republican or Democratic, peanut butter or jelly. As a reporter for Miami Television News, I went to the first day of Occupy Cincy and interviewed at random, two Tea Party members, a strict conservative, what I’m assuming was a liberal

because his tattoo said “F*** War,” and an admitted socialist. While many Occupiers may be left leaning, in reality, they are a diverse crowd because the cause of cleansing corruption trumps political allegiances. Yet it is not just local misdemeanors by the local media outlets. The New York Times (NYT), perhaps the most well known paper in the world, published two columns accusing anti-Semitism against Adbusters, the Canadian magazine responsible for starting the movement. Now, the NYT won’t let Adbusters publish a proper reply in the paper.

Taking a swipe at the organizers and not letting them defend themselves with an equal opportunity seems like an easy way to destroy Occupy’s credibility. Sadly, the “Occupy” name has lost its firepower as well. “Occupy,” replaces “Watergate” in terms of, well, terms. When once we had Watergate, Plamegate and Weiner-gate, we now have Occupy This and Occupy That. “We are the blank percent” has become an Internet meme. The jokes, from satirists including myself, are endlessly filling the Internet. Truthfully, I made a sign

for hockey games, which says “Occupy Goggin: Yes We Camp,” above a picture of ‘Obamafied’ Coach Enrico Blasi, with the caption, “Line Change.” The Occupy Wall Street movements depend on the media to keep them going, but it seems like the media isn’t showing the same love in return. While, yes the “Twitterverse” is still packed full of pro-occupying sentiments, most hard news organizations don’t care anymore, and it’s trickling down to the consumers. Talking about Occupy is more of a formality, rather than an imperative.



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Activists raise awareness of Bucking national trend, Miami Ohio, global human trafficking doesn’t display grade inflation By Taylor Dolven Asst. Campus Editor

About 10 to 30 million people globally are involved in some kind of modern-day slavery, according to a recent United Nations report. Next week’s Human Rights and Social Justice Week will be devoted to Human Trafficking issues. Toledo, Ohio is ranked at the top of the list of cities in the U.S. experiencing human trafficking, or the illegal trade of humans into modern day slavery, according to Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, assistant director of the center of American and world cultures. “Not many people know about that,� she said. “They have no clue. A lot of people think that it is so foreign to local communities in Ohio.� Students, faculty and community members attended activist training Nov. 8 to learn what they can do to support the efforts of policy makers and communities that are involved to stop human trafficking, Rioja Velarde said. “We want to engage our community in making a difference,� she said. Activist training events are usually offered the second Tuesday of every month in Columbus, led by the Salvation Army. “This is so students don’t have to make the four hour trip,� she said. “What a great opportunity to train our students and community.� Senior Billy Mason is part of the planning committee for the entire program. “The goal is to show how people can get involved and

how people can be activists for this problem,� he said. Activist training is a precursor to the Human Rights and Social Justice Week Monday through Thursday that has been devoted this year to a campaign to stop human trafficking in Ohio, according to Rioja Valarde. There will be an Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Shriver Center multi-purpose room. Senior Jenna Saponaro is speaking at the fair about her Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) 401 capstone project regarding local food economy. She hopes the fair will raise awareness about a lot of different human rights issues around the world and in the U.S. “People hear about global problems and it is hard to take away what they can do as an individual to make changes,� Saponaro said. “Think global, act local. That is a good philosophy to have.� She will be volunteering at the fair before her speech about local organic foods and Oxford’s MOON Co-op. “Students who aren’t a part of these organizations can get a sense of what they can do on a daily basis that doesn’t seem so huge that will make an impact if everybody takes small steps,� she said. “If you think change is possible, it will be.� Senior Sara Elliott will also be speaking at the fair about her capstone project on human trafficking. “It is happening in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo and also in places around the world like the Congo where it is one of the worst places

in the world to be a woman,� Elliott said. Elliott hopes to make students understand how widespread human trafficking is. “If I’m able to raise awareness on how significant the problem is here, then I can raise awareness about how significant it is there,� she said. There will be a presentation and panel held 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Shriver Center multi-purpose room. The presentation will be done be Lilleana Cavanaugh, executive director of Ohio Latino/Hispanic Affairs and Lair Marin, manager for Ohio Latino Affairs Commission. The panelists are Vince Costello, International Services director of the American Red Cross Cincinnati and Maggie Fibbe, who graduated from Miami University and is now an attorney. The presentation will provide expert opinions on human trafficking from the women’s center and the human rights and social action department, Mason said. The presentation and panel will discuss the struggle to end human trafficking and the roles that everyone from victims to policy makers play in that struggle, according to Rioja Velarde. There will be a film festival showing three films about human rights and social justice on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as events throughout the week regarding human trafficking at Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

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While grade inflation has been an issue for other universities in recent years, Miami University grade point averages are not inflated. Over the past 30 years, there has been an ongoing discussion about grade inflation according to Denise Krallman, director of institutional research. Among the national university community, there are periods of highs and lows, she said. In the fall of 2000, the average GPA at Miami was 3.12. In the fall of 2006, the average GPA was 3.13 and in the fall of 2010, it was 3.14. Overall, Miami has not experienced a major problem for one main reason: the caliber of the student body has not changed, Krallman said. “The students who are coming in are similar in terms of their academic credentials today as they were five years ago,� she said. Miami continues to admit students with average ACT scores of 26 and 27, according to Krallman. Professor of political science Gus Jones has been working at Miami for 24 years and said he has not experienced grade inflation at all. “There is academic freedom about how one goes about evaluating the class,� he said.

Professors are evaluated every semester, according to Jones. When a professor is being considered for promotion, the administration looks into their grade distribution. “People look at breakdowns of grades when you submit reports,� he said. “But no one says there is an iron clad rule that you must

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to do a Skype interview and answer questions, then in beginning of August or July, I had found that I had gotten chosen for the show,â&#x20AC;? she said. Meyer got to go home for the entire filming of the show in September. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were four days of filming. We filmed at my house and we also filmed at the hospital downtown to talk to my momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doctor, then the pink out football game was on Friday,â&#x20AC;? Meyer said. According to Meyer, this was a very cool experience and she loved meeting the hosts, especially because Morazcasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mom had also struggled with Breast Cancer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They made the event so much bigger,â&#x20AC;? Meyer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My high school raised $6,000 more then we ever had.â&#x20AC;? The show opened a lot of doors for the foundation and new ideas for the upcoming years according to Meyer. First-year Erin Friedberg said she thinks highly of this cause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of my experience with breast cancer within my family, this fundraiser Ellese started really hits home. Her efforts towards raising awareness are incredible and should be recognized,â&#x20AC;? Friedberg said. Meyer was able to go home and watch this with her family when it aired Oct. 30. According to Meyer, sharing her story with others and showing how you can turn a tragedy into something great was what she got out of this show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The experience was something I cherished the most of the entire thing,â&#x20AC;? Meyer said. Sophomore Ashley Nuemann was also very inspired by Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is so great that she had the motivation and drive from her personal experiences to make such an impact on the entire community,â&#x20AC;? Nuemann said.


University works to be accessible for all By Rebecca Peets

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Accessibility is not something the majority of students at Miami University think about on a day-to-day basis. They use doors, stairs and sidewalks without wondering how getting to the same places would be different for someone in a wheelchair. But for some students that accessibility is a priority and a need. Miami’s undergraduate population is 4 percent students with disabilities, according to Andrew Zeisler, director of the Office of Disability Resources (ODR). While most of these are invisible disabilities, according to Zeisler, Miami is home to many students who require better accessibility in the form of well-kept sidewalks, automatic doors and elevators. “I have a lot of eyes and ears around campus,” Zeisler said. These eyes and ears help alert him to areas that need attention in being handicap accessible.

According to Zeisler, every summer the walks and sidewalks are inspected and repaired to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “When automatic doors or elevators stop working, I make an announcement on our web page and send out an email to alert people and help make other arrangements,” Zeisler said. Students with disabilities can also use the Access Miami Shuttle. According to Zeisler, students can call ahead and it runs when any other Miami transportation is running anywhere within the Oxford city limits. This includes not only classes but also personal errands to Kroger or the doctor’s office, according to Zeisler. “I think Miami is pretty well suited to the needs of students with disabilities,” said firstyear Jonathan Timmons. “I know the chemistry building has an elevator for students as do many of the other buildings around campus.” With Miami being such an old campus, only one third

of the residence halls are currently handicap accessible, including Heritage Commons, which is a newer building, said Zeisler. But, according to Zeisler, there is a plan in place that over the next 10 years all residence halls will have new construction or renovation in order to make them all accessible and up to code. “Physical facilities and Dining have been great in working with our office and I’m very happy at the progress we’ve made,” Zeisler said. He said the dining and recreation centers must also be accessible to be compliant with ADA codes. Yager Stadium recently went through the upgrade on the student side in replacing the metal bleachers. “Now a student can sit with their friends and have an equal experience,” Zeisler said, whereas before the only accessibility was on the parents side. On Miami’s Office of Disability Resources web page, there is also an accessibility map that shows

what buildings are accessible and through which entrances. Upham hall has upgraded its access by adding an accessible entrance on the quad side of the building. What also seems to be a big question is whether people who do not necessarily need the accessible features such as automatic doors or elevators should also use them. “It doesn’t bother me at all when people use the automatic doors,” Zeisler said. “Some people get upset with people who aren’t handicapped using the doors. I think we need to think more about universal design. Things that are good for people with disabilities are good for all,” Zeisler said. With current procedures and plans for future implementation, Miami can be seen as a totally accessible campus for students with disabilities, according to Zeisler. “Everyone seems to be thinking proactively about access instead of reactively, and in my 23 years here, I am very pleased with what we are accomplishing,” Zeisler said.


female refuge, “Mademoiselle Marie Charra of France sang the Marseilles in French, and then the audience sang it in English with more strength and vigor than the auditorium walls had probably ever heard any song sung within them.” Following the assembly, a celebratory dance was held that lasted long into the night. The impact of the war and the day that marked its end produced a profound affect as Miami prospered forward. Perhaps it was inevitable, but the war marked the end of a youthful intimacy of a much smaller university in the pre-


FROM PAGE 1 “Like most people in this country, Sept. 11 gave me a great drive to help out in any way I could.” After the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Bailey volunteered to be reactivated. In 2004, he got his wish and was deployed with the Tennessee National Guard as a Sergeant. After spending three weeks in Kuwait, Bailey’s unit was ordered to make base on a small airstrip in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq. “We were in the middle of the desert, under extremely hot conditions and insurgents throughout the town,” Bailey said. Even though their mission was to occupy the airport and its surrounding towns and villages, Bailey’s unit also improved the basic infrastructure. “We built schools, paved roads and improved electricity,” Bailey said. “We also dug wells in each town we came across.” The overwhelming response by the Iraqi people was positive, but they could not publicly thank the American soldiers for fear of violent reprisals by the foreign insurgents. “Privately, while in their homes, we were thanked for taking out Saddam’s regime,” Bailey said. “Yet, they explained to us that they could not give any public support for fear of the insurgents, many of whom were ex-Iraqi military personnel.” On Feb. 15, 2005, Bailey was traveling in a Humvee when an IED exploded on his


FROM PAGE 2 “The sad thing about it is we’ve learned nothing about it and we’re still doing the same dumb thing today,” Babbs said. “When are we going to wake up?” But the nation’s youth has given Babbs hope. “I feel really good about things, even with the problems the country’s having, economical and everything and not having a set direction anymore. Young people give you a lot of hope. They’re so smart and eager and ready to go and all con-

vious decades, transforming to a much larger, more diverse modern university that followed. Even as the whole nation came to celebrate Armistice Day as a new national holiday, in subsequent years The Miami Student annually exhorted maintaining an ongoing tradition of recreating that first celebration with all the enthusiasm possible. Until the next World War they did so. Indeed, no one who experienced the heady jubilation of Nov. 11, 1918 imagined the day could ever be forgotten. Once again, through the pages of The Miami Student, we honor their fondest memories. side of the car. He was injured and is now 80% disabled in the eyes of the U.S. Army. The lasting effects of his injuries include chronic back, knee and shoulder problems. He was flown to Germany for rehabilitation, but refused to go home before his one-year tour of duty was completed. After a month or so in Germany, he returned to his unit. Bailey received the Purple Heart for being wounded in action. He returned home in October of 2005. He now lives in Germantown with his wife and two children. He is an education major at Miami, with a minor in history. He was motivated to go to Miami because his wife and uncle are both graduates. His first choice was Xavier University, but he was persuaded to come to Miami. “Best decision. Miami’s education is far superior than most colleges, and is the best in Ohio” Bailey said. Bailey said his decision to leave Evangel University after only two years and join the Army, was the best of his life. Even though he is a 37-yearold junior, Bailey wouldn’t have it any other way. “I believe everything happens for a reason, and entering the Army after two years in college really gave me the discipline and experience to figure out what I wanted to do in life,” Bailey said. Bailey currently holds above a 3.5 GPA and expects to graduate in December 2012. He wants to teach history in middle school or high school. On his time in the Army, Bailey believes he served his country for the right reason. nected with social media,” Babbs said. And the veteran had advice for the young people. “Enjoy your life as much as you can. This time is your time. All this stuff that’s going on around you, you just gotta let that slide,” he said. “The only thing that’s important is who you meet and who you speak with. Living in the now is the most important thing. That now is a real good now. [It’s good to] be totally removed from money and war and all the stuff you read about in the paper.”

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RedHawks sweep Nanooks By Ross Simon

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“I wish I had done more.” Those were the words that former Penn State University Head Football Coach, Joe Paterno, used to describe the current scandal surrounding the Nittany Lion football program. As many as eight boys reportedly were molested and sexually abused by former Penn State Defensive Coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, most of whom met him through The Second Mile Program, which was founded by Sandusky in 1977 to help children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The recent series of events at Penn State has contributed to walking this one of the worst years in college football history, filled with NCAA violations, conference realignment and most recently criminal allegations. One of the great traditions in American sports, college football, has become a spectacle, where it seems as if nothing comes as a surprise anymore, and this incident involving Sandusky simply adds insult to injury. Now to be clear, the allegations against Sandusky and any other parties who may have had knowledge of his actions, including allegedly University President Graham Spanier, now one of the subjects of an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, are far worse than any of the other events from this past year in college football. However, this scandal does make you wonder what is happening to college football? Have programs become so powerful that not only coaching staffs, but also university administrators, believe that they can get away with quite literally, anything? Winning, money and power now seem to take precedent over anything else, and nowhere is it more prevalent in college athletics than in college football, the biggest moneymaker for most schools

across the country. Earlier this year, Texas Christian University (TCU) jumped from the Mountain West Conference over to the Big East Conference, which would have meant that at times they would have had to travel nearly 1,800 miles for some games. Now, TCU has made another switch, this time to the Big 12 Conference, while Boise State University has now made the jump to the Big East. The Big East only has two schools west of Ohio and Kentucky: the University of Notre Dame and Marquette University. This means that at times Boise will have to travel over 2,000 miles to face off against east coast schools in conference games. For those of you who don’t know, Boise State is located in Idaho, one of the westernmost states in the country. If that conference jump wasn’t about money, then I don’t know what is. On top of the additional conference realignment, which has essentially led to the creation of superconferences, each of which is about money, the NCAA has been plagued with scandals in college football over the past year at schools ranging from the University of Southern California to Louisiana State University to Ohio State University to the University of Miami (FL). College football has hit a new low in their standards. Nothing surprises me anymore, and I don’t mean that in a good way. It is despicable what has happened throughout the world of college football, and these events from the past year only make it more likely that they will happen again. A recent story on NBC likened the cover-up of the scandal at Penn State to the similar scandal involving the molestation of children in the Catholic Church, and how both groups thought that they were too powerful to be brought down. Well, it is time that the country brings college football back to reality.

Over the weekend, the Miami University men’s ice hockey team traveled a long way for a couple of wins. Miami faced off against the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF) Nanooks in Fairbanks, Alaska and swept the Nanooks, winning both games 2-1. Miami snapped their five game losing streak Friday, led in net by senior Cody Reichard who had a seasonhigh 29 saves. The Red and White struck first with a goal from Alden Hirschfeld, his second straight game with a goal, and assists coming from sophomore Bryon Paualazzo and freshman Tyler Biggs. The Nanooks then answered with an equalizer of their own from Colton Beck, who nailed in an errant pass within the defensive zone from Miami’s Steven Spinell. The tie was not for long though, as junior Reilly Smith lit the lamp just over a minute later. Freshman Austin Czarnik and junior Curtis McKenzie notched the assists. Saturday, Miami continued their newfound win streak by playing physically and tough. The ’Hawks were once again led in net by Reichard in goal as Head Coach Enrico Blasi abandoned the “platoon” goalie system, leaving senior Connor Knapp on the bench. The game was a grinder for all 60 minutes. McKenzie started the scoring off on the power play with assists coming from Biggs and Spinell. The Nanooks got the crowd roaring again by scoring


Patrick Tiesling and Cameron Schilling celebrate a RedHawk goal against Lake Superior State University Oct. 28. The ’Hawks welcome the University of Michigan to Oxford this weekend. with just seven seconds left in the second period. Sophomore Max Cook sealed the deal for the RedHawks by scoring with 11 minutes remaining in the third period and that’s all the lead that Blasi’s team would need. With the sweep, the Red and White improved their record to 4-6-0 overall and are now 2-4 in conference play. “It’s certainly a strange situation for us playing from behind, but we’re starting

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The Miami University field hockey team’s conference playoff run met its closing last weekend against the No. 2 seeded Ohio University Bobcats. The RedHawks fell in the semi-final round of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) tournament after defeating Ball State University in the quarterfinals Nov. 3. Senior midfielder Amanda Seeley concluded her career with two playoff goals, both in Thursday’s 2-1 victory. After Ball State forward Kaitlin Thompson put the Cardinals up 1-0 early in the second half, Seeley scored two goals in the span of six minutes — each off penalty corner shots. Nov. 4, Ohio University defeated the RedHawks in a defensive standoff to win,

1-0, en route to their NCAA tournament game against the nation’s top seeded University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Seeley and freshman midfielder Gabby Goldach fired Miami’s two shots on goal against the Bobcats — both met by conference first team goalkeeper Jen McGill. “[It] has by far been one of the best yet at Miami,” Seeley said. “Despite our record and losing early, I haven’t been so honored to play with the people I did.” The RedHawks finished the season with an overall record of 7-15. With a conference record of 5-7, Miami placed fourth in the Mid-American Conference and sent sophomore forward Emily Gruesser, senior back Kylie Landeros and senior midfielder Amanda Seeley to the All-Conference

University just a few weeks ago. Michigan is heavily favored in this upcoming series against Miami at the Goggin Ice Center. “Playing as the underdog is something new for us, and it will certainly be a good challenge but we still expect ourselves to play well,” Mullin said. Puck drops on Friday at 7:35 and Saturday at 7:05. If you can’t make it to Goggin, coverage will be on WMSR.

Women’s basketball ready to take Mid-American Conference by storm By Brian Gallagher

For The Miami Student

With NBA players and owners in a full stalemate, it appears as if we will not be seeing professional

basketball for some time. But do not despair because there is a better option available, one that does not involve bickering over the distribution of billions of dollars and is within walking distance of all students:

Ohio takes down Red and White in conference tournament to end season By Daniel Wheeler

to put things together and score some goals,” freshman Jimmy Mullin said. The RedHawks have the No. 3/4 ranked University of Michigan Wolverines to look forward to this upcoming weekend. Michigan was the National Runners-Up last year, falling to the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA Championship game. Michigan is currently 6-1-1 falling only to Northern Michigan

second team. “I keep wishing I could be a freshman again because I have more left in my tank,” Seeley said. Head Coach Inako Puzo’s first year in Red and White included countless high points, many of which launched from the stick of junior midfielder Olivia Miller. Miller led the RedHawks in goals and points, scoring 10 and 22, respectively. She scored in four of the team’s six regular season wins, and perhaps most notably scored three combined goals in Miami’s two wins against rival Kent State University. Across the field from Miller crouched another key to Miami’s 2011 success. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Mueller played in all 24 games for the RedHawks. She saved a conference-leading 111 shots for a 70 percent save

percentage. Allowing an average of 2.28 goals per game, Mueller helped Miami shut out the opponent two times. Miami graduates seniors Brittany Branco, Kylie Landeros, Jackie Nguyen and Seeley, who accounted for 35 percent of the team’s shots, 35 percent of the team’s goals and an immeasurable influence of seniority. “We are all on the same page for setting the example of hard work, mental toughness and inner motivation,” Seeley said. Miami returns Miller, Mueller and many more first-class RedHawks, exciting the field hockey community for next fall’s season. In Puzo’s sophomore season, the Red and White will look to return to former conference glory, all the while cherishing that of the 2011 Miami squad.

the Miami University women’s basketball team. The RedHawks start off their season with a trip to Philadelphia to face the Temple University Owls Friday. This will be Miami’s first test after a shellacking of Division 2 Slippery Rock University in an exhibition, winning by a score of 72-32. Temple will certainly offer more of a challenge as they made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last year. Miami returns all of last year’s letter winners and is looking to build off last year’s record of 11-19 (3-13 Mid-American Conference) and return to the top of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Led by a core group of seniors made up of Maggie Boyer, Rachael Hencke and Lillian Pitts, as well as junior and returning leading scorer, Courtney Osborn, the RedHawks look to exorcise the demons of last season and bring a new level of intensity to this year. “Based on last year, we definitely have something to prove,” Osborn said. “We have a chip on our shoulder and starting with Temple, we’re going to try and set the tone for the season.” Miami enters the season ranked No. 2 in the

preseason poll for the MAC East Division. Osborn, as well as junior Kirsten Olowinski, were selected to the East Division Preseason All-MAC Team. The team will look to Osborn, Olowinski, as well as the returning seniors to guide the team to their first MAC championship since 2008. The team returns all of its starters and also has considerable depth, as seen by their evenly distributed scoring output in the victory over Slippery Rock, with nearly all players putting points on the board. Although the offensive stats often steal the headlines, the team will hang its hat on defense this season. “The whole preseason, practice, and even last season, we’ve really been focusing on defense and rebounding,” Osborn said. With this blue-collar mentality, the RedHawks take to the court Friday looking to clip the Owls’ wings in the first step in a new season. As one of the most experienced teams in the MAC, the women will hope to build on last season and add another banner to the rafters in Millett Hall. Miami will play its first game at home Nov. 19 at 2 pm against the University of Massachusetts, and the first conference home game will be Jan. 7 against the University at Buffalo.

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November 11, 2011, Copyright The Miami Student, oldest university newspaper in the United States, established 1826.