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


VOLUME 141 NO. 24


TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1963, The Miami Student reported that classes were canceled to allow students to honor the memory of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the day of his funeral. University president at the time, John Millett, recalled visiting Washington the previous June. Kennedy approached him and said, “Yours is a fine institution.”


Turkey, stuffing and pie, oh my! The feast is right around the corner. Happy Thanksgiving from The Miami Student staff.

Foreign students join in Thanksgiving feast BY JIN JIAJIE


November is here and students have begun getting excited for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. While most Miami University students are looking forward to the traditional family dinner, complete with the turkey, international students have their own diverse ways to celebrate the holiday. Thanksgiving day, for the country’s non-natives, is always a time of home-sickness, according to sophomore Thu Nguyen from Vietnam. “On Tuesday night, you will see all the cars leaving the campus. At that moment, you just want to come back home, but you cannot,” Nguyen said. “So I plan to cook food with my best friend and spend our private chatting time for the Thanksgiving.” To relieve homesickness, some Miami families open their doors and welcome international students to share their turkey together. “My professor has invited my roommate and me to have dinner with his family on Nov. 28,” Iranian graduate student Sanan Moradi said. Moradi and his roommate are not the only ones who can enjoy a decent meal on Thanksgiving night.

Junior Jessica Lemond also invited her new Finnish friend, Saara-Sofia Eveliina Pasi, to her home in Columbus to spend the holiday. “Personally, I am a Native American, so Thanksgiving is a very important holiday for my family,” Lemond said. “I just want to share my culture with Saara who has taught me so much about Finnish culture.” Instead of staying at home like most Americans, some newcomers take advantage of the time to travel around. Chinese sophomore Lulin Wang said she is excited for her trip to New York City with her Chinese and Korean friends. “I’m looking forward to the time at NYC since I will see the amazing parade and enjoy the valuable black Friday,” Wang said. To help international students gain a deeper understanding of Thanksgiving culture, the International Office of Education (IOE) organized a big Thanksgiving dinner event with the community members Nov. 15 at the Talawanda Middle School. Students were treated to a bountiful feast including traditional dishes, like carved turkey and pumpkin pie. During the dinner, they also interacted with the local residents through a series of cultural activities. “I am new here with little connection with the local

community,” graduate student Ramakanta Chapai from Nepal said. “The local Miami faculty I met today told me a lot about Thanksgiving Day history and I really enjoy talking with him.” Holidays like Thanksgiving are not exclusive to America. Many other countries also have their own traditional holidays that involve a big family reunion and the giving of thanks, like the “Chuseok” in Korea. “The similar thing between American Thanksgiving and Chuseok is that we all have family gathering and pay gratitude to what we have,” Korean exchange student Sunha Hwang said. Every country has its own traditions that celebrate the blessings of the year. One of America’s strengths is its diversity, that allows people to experience different cultures. “International students can participate in the celebration by having dinner with U.S. students and reflecting on the many positive things in their lives,” Director of Divisional Initiatives from Office of Diversity Affairs Juanita S. Tate said. “They can also celebrate Thanksgiving in their own way by having dishes desired in their cultures. A combination of different cultures sharing Thanksgiving is even better and certainly promotes diversity.”

Miami community attends service, remembers Wulf BY EMILY CRANE NEWS EDITOR

Ashton Spann, a sophomore Resident Assistant from Swing Hall called Miami University Police Department (MUPD) at 8:39 a.m. Sunday morning, reporting a non-responsive female on the first floor, according to the recording of the 911 call. “Last night, she had a lot to drink ... ”  Spann  said before the dispatch cut her off, asking for the girl’s room number. “Room 122,” Spann said. The dispatch sent the Oxford Life Squad to the scene where they transported sophomore Jaclyn Wulf to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, where she was declared dead at 9:42 a.m. The Butler County Coroner’s office performed an autopsy Tuesday morning but has yet to declare a cause of death. Director of University News and Communications Claire Wagner said authorities do not suspect foul play. Wulf, 19, was from Westlake, Ohio, one of the four children of Clark and Amy Wulf. “Jaclyn was such a beautiful person and took such pride in being a  Redhawk,” Jaclyn’s brother, Tyler Wulf  said in a letter to Miami University. Wulf was a psychology major and a member of Alpha Xi Delta

women’s fraternity. “She was a beautiful, awesome woman,” President of Alpha Xi Delta Caitlin Lavon said. “I’m extremely proud to call her my sister. Her death was so sudden. We’re all just happy she was able to be a part of our lives.” Approximately 100 students and community members attended the serviced dedicated to Wulf 9 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In the homily, the priest encouraged those in attendance to come together in telling Wulf’s story. “It’s only the community as a whole that can tell Jaclyn’s whole story,” the priest said. “Tell your stories to each other and give others a chance to give thanks for Jaclyn.” There has been a memorial fund started in Wulf’s name for the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance (S.P.E.A). Donations can be sent to the Jaclyn Wulf Memorial Fund C/O S.P.E.A of North East Ohio, 29425 Chagrin Blvd., suite 203, Cleveland 44122. Her funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Nov. 22 in Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park, Ohio. Wulf’s death marks the fifth Miami student passing in the last 12 months.

Additional reporting by Reis Thebault, Katie Taylor

Miami football focuses on the future BY JOE GIERINGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

It’s 10:30 a.m. on game day morning, and everyone is huddled around a modern-looking common room with stone walls, a fireplace and several couches of varying colors and size. Dressed in their matching, all-red warmup jumpsuits, the players are easily distinguishable from the drab grays and faded camo jackets of several of this house’s residents. The team huddles around the residents much like they would a coach in a pregame, listening to their stories. This is a house for homeless veterans in the Cleveland and Akron area, and the RedHawks are taking an hour out of their day to spend time with them. Some players are shy and take a while to fully engage, while others jump right in and listen with keen ears to the stories of men ranging from 22 to their upper 80s. The residents are truly appreciative of their short time with the RedHawks, and it shows on their lit-up faces and in the laughter they share with complete strangers. Community service is something the team has engaged

in every week this season, and their stop by the armed services homeless shelter fittingly came a few mornings after Veterans Day. One of the players who was most notably active at the shelter was freshman cornerback Heath Harding. The 5-foot-10 Englewood, Ohio native likes to think of Darrelle Revis as the model for his game, and spoke at length with a grizzled vet with a smile on his face and an enthusiastic voice. “He’s always smiling,” Smitty says. “I don’t think I’ve ever not seen him have a good day.” Harding laughs. He insists that he’s not that happy, but he definitely tends to stay positive. “I’ve always been like that, on and off the field,” Harding says. “I try not to smile too much on the field – you don’t want to look soft – but that’s just how I am. I don’t like to dwell on things too long, I just go out and make the next play.” It’s an approach that’s now necessity at this point for a RedHawk that hasn’t yet tasted victory at the collegiate level. Though only 18-years old, the bench feeds off of his play. When Harding is having a good game, it clearly boosts the boys. And in turn, that support goes a long way for the freshmen, who look to the seniors for guidance. It’s just another

example of a connection that these boys share that’s not readily noticeable from the stands, but is apparent through events like community service at the shelter. Given a glimpse of the locker room, the relationship between these young men is more easily ascertained, according to Marck. “You bond so quickly and these guys become your brothers,” the senior explains. “You do everything together. Just sharing these experiences with this group of guys, creating those relationships with coaches and teammates that you’re going to have for the rest of your life, it really shapes you as a man. It’s an experience I wouldn’t change for anything.” Harding couldn’t agree more. “When I came on my official visit here, I felt that connection, a brotherhood,” the freshman explains. “That’s why I decided to commit, because [these guys] felt like an extended family that I hadn’t met yet. “We just come out there and play hard and try to get a win for the seniors, because obviously they’re not going to be here next year; we are. We’re just trying to go out there and not take it for granted because they trust



REMEMBERING JFK Geyser created this abstract oil painting to honor the legacy of JFK. The image of the painting was modeled off his presidential portrait with the colors of fall.






‘Miami Makeover’ turns into parking takeover BY OLIVIA BRAUDE


It is survival of the fittest, the fastest, the most efficient, and often the luckiest when it comes to nabbing a convenient parking spot on Miami University’s campus. Include the addition of a few construction vehicles and the numerous workers required to help with the “Miami Makeover” and the faculty, staff and students find themselves in the midst of a parking takeover. “Parking has been a nightmare, it’s kind of disappeared,” English professor Joseph Squance said. According to George MacDonald, assistant director of Parking and Transportation Services, faculty are overwhelmingly affected by the lack of parking

due to construction. Miami’s 20-year plan for building and renovating campus, coined the “Miami Makeover”, includes four new residence halls, two new food service facilities, the Armstrong Student Center, Maplestreet Station and Etheridge Hall. The Armstrong Student Center demolished the Gaskill Hall parking lot, removing approximately 75 faculty spaces, Lt. Ben Spilman, director of parking and transportation services, said. Another 220 spots were eradicated by Maplestreet Station and Etheridge Hall, MacDonald said, but to compensate, Spilman said several spots were added to the eastern part of the Center for Performing Arts lot. Construction of three of the four new residence halls and a new

dining facility located on Western Campus has closed Western Drive until July 2014, according to the Physical Facilities Department. MacDonald said parking at Bachelor Hall, formerly accessed by Western Drive, has been affected by the construction on Western, but there are ample spots available if drivers follow the detour. Spilman acknowledged that a detour is not convenient, and said there is no incentive for faculty to look for anything other than proximal parking. Squance, whose office is in Bachelor but teaches in Culler Hall, said he tries to park close to Bachelor but sometimes has to travel through Western and its


MU discusses bike sharing program BY CHRISTINA FERRELL FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT

Several universities across the country have begun implementing bike sharing programs, wherein members of the university community can rent a bike for a certain allotment of time and return it when they are finished. Seeing programs like this in his home state of Colorado sparked an idea in sophomore Hunter Leachman. Leachman wrote up a petition last year for an assignment for his English 111 class and since then his idea has grown into a full-fledged effort to begin implementing a bike sharing program at Miami. “Walking around campus I noticed there’s not really much of a biking scene, even people with

their own bikes,” Leachman said. “I realized last year as a freshman it was really hard to get around when you’ve got classes everywhere, and the bus system isn’t really the best.” For city-dwellers, bike sharing is becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation, according to David Prytherch, associate professor of geography and former sustainability coordinator at Miami. “Bike sharing is an idea that has grown rapidly, particularly in large cities,” Prytherch said. “It has grown across the United States as an alternative to cars, mass transportation or individual bike ownership.” One bike sharing program of note is New York City’s Citi Bike, which, according to its website, provides residents and

tourists of the city the opportunity to rent a bike for 30 to 45 minutes at a time, offering annual memberships for those who frequently ride a Citi Bike. The premise is simple: members pick up a bike at one of the hundreds of locations throughout New York, they ride for their allotted time, and they return the bike to any location. Other universities already have these kinds of programs in place, notably Kent State University’s Flashfleet program. Those at New York University, University of Colorado Boulder and Cornell University’s Big Red Bikes are just a few. Leachman is interested in helping Miami become a more





Women’s basketball team makes an appearance at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s newly-opened Seacrest Studios.



Patrick Kinney fights for a rebound during an intense matchup in a high stakes regular season game, the last before intramural playoffs.

Master debaters from the left and right clash on ACA CONNOR MORIARTY FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT

College Democrats and College Republicans held a debate Wednesday night to discuss the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) and the effects it has on the United States. According to College Democrats secretary Jace Smith, the debate was the first debate between the two college parties since 2008 and party representatives agreed the meeting went very well. “It has been so long since we have had a debate together,” College Republicans President Katey Papin said. “So it was fun to discuss an important issue while raising awareness to others.” Five members represented each side at the debate. The Republicans had Katey Papin, Bobby DeJohn, Charlie Meyer, Bethany Nye and Riley Cook. The Democrats had Jace Smith, Greg Baumgartner, Eden Thompson, Keary Jarussi and Matthew Rieger. Moderated by political science professor Brian Danoff, the debate consisted of opening statements from both sides, four total topics with opportunity for rebuttal, closing statements and audience questions. After a quick overview of what Obamacare is, Democrat Smith began his opening statement with a personal story representing how the topic of health care has and will affect people for generations. “What we are debating, everything we say affects real people

with real lives,” Smith said. Republican Papin began her opening statement with examples of how Obamacare is full of false promises and fails to fix the problems the U.S. is facing. “The law itself is rooted in a far deeper problem that our country is facing: Obamacare represents the crisis of big government,” Papin said. The first discussion topic was about why health care reform was necessary and what alternative solutions would be beneficial to the healthcare system. Democrat Thompson began the debate by arguing how inherently unfair the old system was because of its enormous cost and factors such as preexisting condition policies. “The old health care system accounted for 17.7 percent of the US gross domestic product (GDP), more so than any other country,” Thompson said. “And people were being kicked from their health care plans for reasons such as their age.” Papin responded by explaining that an alternative solution to fixing the health care system is to give the power to the states, not federal law. She said she thinks with less federal regulations there are more opportunities for competition, which, in turn, will lower premiums. “The solution lies in creating more choices for the consumer,” Papin said.


College of Arts and Science signs off on ASL as foreign language option BY GRETA MORRIS


Miami has expanded the American Sign Language courses offered to students. Previously offering only an introductory American Sign Language (ASL) course, Miami will now offer enough courses to complete the foreign language component for the College of Arts and Science. Speech pathology and audiology professor and ASL class coordinator Kathleen Hutchinson Marron and two graduate students began working in the fall of 2012 to expand the courses. They were required to compile a curriculum for ASL that would fulfill the same requirements as any other language program, according to Brook Bonner, a Miami graduate student in speech pathology and audiology and ASL professor. While the process took almost a year to complete, Miami showed great support for developing the courses, Bonner said. “It’s been a process, but we’ve

had great support,” Bonner said. “We’ve had support from the College of Arts and Sciences as well as from professors.” Miami has offered the first course in ASL for the past 15 years, Bonner said. However, Miami is one of the last public universities in the state of Ohio to offer it as a foreign language possibility. “Previously, it didn’t get a lot of university support to offer more courses,” Marron said. “Miami was one of two public universities in Ohio that didn’t offer sign language as a foreign language option, so we were really behind on that,” Bonner said.  Ohio has recognized ASL as an official language since 1992, and, while Miami acknowledged this, they had never offered courses beyond the introductory level, Bonner said. The expansion comes after a rise in students taking ASL courses nationally as well as a promising demand from students. “Nationally, there is about a 400 percent increase at public universities

of students enrolled in sign language classes,” Marron said. “We surveyed students around campus, asking them if they would take the classes if they were offered and 98 percent of students said they would.” Before, many students would take the introductory course and continue with the language at other colleges and universities in the area. Marie Fisher, a Miami graduate student and professor of ASL, did this in her undergraduate days at Miami. “As an undergrad at Miami, they didn’t offer the courses, so a group of three of us students would go to Cincinnati State every Thursday night to take the class,” Fisher said. “It was a process to get there and even a process to get it approved as a foreign language by Miami.” The demand and interest in ASL has proven high, as all spots in the class were filled for the fall semester, with a total of around 90 students enrolled, according to Marron. A large return for the next course in the sequence is expected in the spring. “There are four sections of the

class offered and all of them are full. Two sections are offered at the VOA campus and two are offered on the Oxford campus,” Marron said. The introductory course is also available over J- term for those wishing to start the language. First-year speech pathology and audiology major Haley McCarthy said she is planning on using these new courses to both fulfill the College of Arts and Science’s language requirement and further her in her future career. “I am going use sign language for my language requirement,” McCarthy said. “For me, it’s a good compliment to my major because I could be working with children with language disabilities who may not be able to communicate verbally.” Most students in the introductory course now also plan on continuing with future courses. “At the beginning of the year, I asked who was taking it as their foreign language,” Fisher said. “After I have talked to them about it, I think a good 80 percent of my class has

decided to take it further.” Along with learning how to speak ASL, the courses put an emphasis on learning about deaf culture. There are around 70 million deaf people worldwide, according to the World Federation of the Deaf, and deaf culture is a large part of learning the language. “I hope that students experience a different culture that is not relatively well known,” Bonner said. “A lot of people don’t realize that there is a deaf culture. Deafness is not seen as a disability, it is seen as a way of life.” A common misconception about ASL is that it is just a series of gestures; however, the language is just as difficult to learn as other foreign languages. “It’s as hard as learning any other second language,” Marron said. “You have to learn the vocabulary and grammar and word order.” Students are encouraged to learn more about deaf culture and improve their signing by attending events in the deaf community and interacting with those who us sign language to communicate.






POLICE Pedal pushers make way for bikes

BEAT Female claims trailer turned into drug den

At 3:45 p.m. Monday, OPD officers responded to College Corner Mobile Home Park in reference to a theft. The complainant claimed to have once lived in a rented unit before her electricity was shut off by the power company in August because she had failed to pay her bill. She then left that unit and found another residence. However, she claimed she would occasionally return to the first unit to “check up” on things. She claimed to have heard a rumor her landlord was allowing her original rental, still without power, to be used as a “crash pad” where people would take drugs. In September, she moved back in and found that her clothes were missing, along with children’s’shoes, an Xbox 360 and a Blu-ray player. The victim claimed she first tried to resolve the issue with her landlord in an effort to recover her allegedly missing items. However, when speaking with the officer, she said she called OPD after the landlord stopped answering her calls. The officer spoke with neighbors who confirmed females frequently coming and going from the residence while it was “vacant.” The matter is under investigation, according to OPD.

Stop: In the name of love (of stop signs) Around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, an officer was stopped at the intersection of Spring and Main Streets when she saw a female in a deep embrace with a stop sigpost across the intersection. The female lingered for several seconds with her arms wrapped around the pole as she rested her head against it. She then pulled herself away and began stumbling eastward down Spring Street before losing her balance and catching herself with her hands, OPD said. The officer approached the female to ask if she was alright. The girl answered with slurred speech that she was fine, according to OPD. The officer grabbed the female’s arm to keep her upright. The officer was completely unable to understand the female’s response to where she lived. When asked for her ID, the female reached into her already open purse and said, “Didn’t know!” The officer looked in the female’s purse, which was completely empty, and looked back at the girl questioningly. The girl just shrugged her shoulders. The officer could make out the girl’s first name, but could not understand her surname, as her speech was so slurred. She said she was 20 years old and was taken to the station. Despite a lack of ID, officers were able to identify the girl as a Miami student, according to OPD. The officer then asked the female, who was wearing a Brick Street bar wristband, if that was where she had been that night, which the suspect confirmed. The female was cited for sales to and use by underage persons and disorderly conduct. She was poured into the custody of a sober friend.



The City of Oxford and Miami University have been working together to create a bike and pedestrian plan that will benefit both students and the community members. Among the proposed changes is a bike route that may eliminate some parking along McGuffey Avenue. “We need to start looking at how to connect locations [for bicyclists and pedestrians] from one spot to another in a safe and convenient way,” Oxford Community Developer Jung-Han-Chen said. According to Oxford Mayor Richard Keebler, the bike path would also increase pedestrian safety. “We had issues with some serious pedestrian accidents,” Keebler said. “So the question has become what the city and university can

do to make bicycle and pedestrian traffic safer.” According to David Prytherch, chair of the Oxford Planning Commission, a broad outline of how the bike and pedestrian system might look will be delivered to the Community Council in February. Meanwhile, Prytherch said he aims to enact some short-term policies. “People have been talking about bicycle lanes for a very long time,” Prytherch said. “But, in the 21st century, it is a big priority for Miami and Oxford. It’s time to address it for the sake of public safety.” In the short-term, Prytherch said he expects better signage, more crosswalks and bike racks, handicap-accessible ramps and bike paths. “My guess is, by next spring or summer, you will see some aspects of the shorter term efforts,” Keebler said.

According to him, it is important to justify and negotiate the loss of parking to accommodate projected bike lanes. Keebler said he is worried this may stir up controversy in the community, which is already pressed to find available parking. “Balancing auto traffic, pedestrian traffic and biking traffic is not an easy thing to do,” Keebler said. “You’re talking about eliminating parking. Most people would tell you that our biggest issue in town is parking.” Prytherch acknowledged that making space for bicycles will not be an easy task. “Removing some parking space might be a necessary trade-off to improve pedestrian safety as a whole,” Prytherch said. Some students who use their bike as a primary source of transportation welcome the idea of expanded bike lanes. Miami first-year Joe Vattimo said he

frequently uses his bike to get around campus. “The sidewalk is too crowded so I usually just ride in the street,” Vattimo said. “I would absolutely use a bike lane…it would definitely be a lot safer.” Doug Hamilton, owner of BikeWise Oxford, said bike lanes would be very beneficial. Hamilton said that if one is using a car to get around campus, he or she is “doing it wrong.” “I think that the addition of bike paths around campus and toward the high school would benefit everyone in the community,” Hamilton said. “A nice bike path would be hugely beneficial in attracting potential Oxford residents.” Until these effects of the bike and pedestrian plan are put in action, students are encouraged to ride on the streets or sidewalk as long as they cooperate with the flow of auto and pedestrian traffic.

Oxford residents rewarded for rescuing man in park BY KATE GROTON


At the City Council meeting Nov. 18, Mayor Keebler gave a certificate of recognition to Oxford citizens Kayla Ponder and Dee Fisher. Director of Oxford Parks and Recreation Gail Brahier recognized the two individuals for their efforts that saved a life at the Oxford Park in September. “I’m pleased to honor and recognize Dee Fisher and Kayla Ponder,” Brahier said. “When an Incident at the Oxford Community Park took

place where a volunteer working collapsed, Fisher and Ponder rendered assistance and started CPR on the individual.” When they saw the volunteer collapse, Ponder and Fisher were able to help the man stay alive using CPR followed by an AED until medical assistance arrived. Their efforts ultimately saved the volunteers life, Brahier said. Had they not taken action, the man could have died. “Studies have proven cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED)

significantly impact the outcomes of individuals,” Keebler said. Last April, a grant was put into place that allowed the Oxford Community Park to invest in AEDs and put them in the park. One such AED was at the park and was used in Ponder and Fisher’s effort to give assistance to the victim. Brahier presented Dee Fisher and Kayla Ponder with a gift consisting of a glass cube inscribed “as one we can do little, together we can do so much more,” as a small thank you for their life-saving efforts. “I personally would like to see

Oxford make the small investment and put AEDs in every building in town,” Keebler said. According to him, it is a small but important measure in which to invest. Miami University sophomore Allison Van Horn said having AEDs in every building would make the town a lot safer and prevent incidents from becoming fatal. “I think that every building in Oxford should have an AED, I think that is a little silly that we do not already have that luxury,” Van Horn said.

Neighbors tap neighbors Off-Campus ‘open-door’ to be ‘Citizen of the Year’ mentality comes with risks BY SANAM SAHNI


It is that time of the year when Oxford residents are nominating other citizens who have contributed significantly to the community. The nominees go through a careful review process and achieve what is called the “Oxford Citizen of the Year award.” Created in 1952 by Avis Cullen, who was the editor of the Oxford Press at the time, the community continues to keep the award alive. Today, the Oxford Press sponsors the award in collaboration with the Oxford Kiwanis Club, according to member and former club president Mike Rudolph. “These awards are given for things that people do from the heart,” Rudolph said. People are welcome to nominate anybody who has impacted the Oxford community in any way. From raising funds to being a part of a board like the Community Foundation Board, people could have contributed in several different ways. “This is well above and beyond their employment time,” Rudolph said. Every year, four to five people are awarded, according to former winner Rudolph. The award had been extended in recent years. Residents who have significantly contributed over a number of years may receive “Citizen of the Years” award. Couples who have made the effort to get involved are also recognized with the “Couple of the Year” award, according to Rudolph. Everybody is welcome to nomi-

nate a citizen to the editor of the Oxford Press, Ken Paxson at “Nominations are being submitted by the people to the Oxford Press,” Rudolph said. The nominees will carefully be reviewed in early December. “The nomination team is made up of former, past recipients of the award,” Rudolph said. The winner of last year’s award, Bernadette Unger, said she was honored when she was awarded. Unger said she put in nine years of community service to open a cooperative grocery store in Oxford called the Miami Oxford Organic Network (MOON) Cooperative. “It is an cooperative committed to bringing as much wholesome and local food into the Oxford marketplace as possible,” Unger said. Awarded for her volunteer work, Unger said there are many people in Oxford who work hard for a good cause. Senior Alyssa Reck said it is important to recognize individuals who have contributed to the Oxford community. “I think that this is a great tradition to continue because it allows the community a chance to thank those who have volunteered,” Reck said. Award recipients are given a print of a painting by Majorie Bowers that depicts Uptown. “The only way to receive this print was to be a citizen of the year recipient,” Rudolph said. The award is limited to people who live within the Talawanda School District and have contributed to the Oxford community only.

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Junior Joann Boduch lives in a house with 11 other girls on West Church Street. She said she has experienced multiple security problems at home and does not feel safe. “Although most of the incidents that take place in Oxford are relatively harmless, our house still considers it extremely disrespectful and offensive when our things get stolen and vandalized, even if the people doing it are people we know,” Boduch said. “Boys in multiple fraternities try sneaking into our house every single weekend and try to steal things from us, such as our artwork, furniture or food from the freezer.” Local Coldwell Banker real estate

agent Christopher Owens said most houses are not completely secured. “Larger houses of ours may have security systems, but most do not,” Owens said. “Students just need to lock their doors and windows.” Miami’s off-campus affairs website advises students living in Oxford to use the buddy system, not trust strangers, not walk alone at night and always be aware of one’s surroundings. “Crime is everywhere, even in a quiet community like Oxford,” the City of Oxford’s website reads. “Recognizing this unfortunate truth is your first step toward crime prevention. Integrating this awareness into your dayto-day lifestyle is a practical matter.”




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locker room 25 minutes prior to mouth. The temperature reads 30 to ease the sting of Miami’s 14th process, and they’re buying into FOOTBALL FUTURE, game time. Some prefer to be vo- degrees, but with the windchill straight defeat. It wasn’t the over- that,” Bath explained before the FROM PAGE 1 50210003 C11806B FTM Thrill cal, 9.888x10.25 NWSPRNT_1.indd like junior defensive lineman makes it feels about half of that. powering of the RedHawks by game. “I’m proud to see that, Cyan Magenta Yellow Black

in us to go out there and perform, and being a freshman isn’t an excuse anymore.” When asked about the winless season and if he would want to be anywhere else, Harding politely but firmly cuts off the question. “No, I love Miami,” he interjects, flashing a quick smile. “The only thing on my mind is helping us to get to 10-0.” Motivating the Men The players file onto the buses like soldiers, stoic in appearance and identical in uniform. Not a word is spoken as the vehicles shove off, and each player is now lost in his own world of music blaring from giant headphones. This isn’t like the ride up; the focus is more intense now. There’s an air of confidence, tinged with minimal parts desperation and uncertainty. It’s not a business trip anymore. This is more like war. The field is available to the players at 7 p.m., and the different units take the field in five-minute intervals. They reconvene in the

Mwanza Wamulumba. Others, like captains Austin Brown and Wes Williams, are more internal in their preparation. As the clock ticks closer, the collective attitude becomes more frenetic. Coach Peterson ignores his ankle injury and crutches and gathers his defensive group. “You’ve earned this! … Great communication – trust your eyes, trust your technique! Discipline! Physicality! … Run downhill, all you’ve got! … You’ve earned this win, but they’re not going to give it to you! TAKE VICTORY!” Strength and conditioning coach Paul Harker helps the locker room reach a frenzy; running around, slapping helmets and riling up each individual player. Coach Marlatt calls out last minute instructions and adjustments. Coach Bath takes the reigns as he leads the team out in a fever pitch of pump ups and pure excitement. The team bows their heads in a quick prayer, and they’re off. The air hits the players on the way out of the heated dressing room like an icy fist to the


Each RedHawk’s breath billows out of their facemasks like an industrial smokestack. None of them take notice. Many of them are wearing short sleeves. All of them enter the opposition’s field with the resolve of a team competing for a National Championship. The Long Way Back

The bus comes to a halt in front of Yager Stadium under the cover of an intense darkness that is pierced only by the occasional streetlight. It is perfectly still as the doors open and each passenger shuffles into the cold Oxford morning to retrieve their luggage. It is 4:23 a.m. Thursday morning, and the only thing on every player’s mind is the warm bed that awaits them at his respective dorm or house. Roughly five hours earlier, the RedHawks returned to the locker room disheartened and dogged by the weight of their tenth dropped game of the season. The coaches offer encouraging comments, but it did little

a superior opponent that led to the 24-6 loss, but rather mental error and mechanical mistakes – self-inflicted wounds, as Coach Marlatt explained earlier. “I hurt for you guys,” Coach Bath told his group of battered footballers after the game. “But this program is about the right things, and when it’s about the right things, things do not stay broken for long. They don’t. This program is going to build in the next decade because of things that you have done. I hope you understand that, and I hope you believe that.” Belief. It’s a difficult concept to buy into when you’re 0-10, not only for the players, but for a coaching staff whose jobs are in question. It’s easier just to check out, to hang up the cleats and go through the motions for what little remains of the season. But hidden behind tears, feigned apathy, and anger in that locker room, you could see it on the RedHawks’ faces. A spark of recognition, a registering of their coach’s candid words as truth. “They have a belief in the

because I don’t look into any of those guys’ eyes today and sit there and say, ‘Wow, I don’t think they believe it,’ because they do.” So if you’re Bath, how can you or the other coaches look your players in the eyes and tell them that you’re proud of them, that there’s a lot left to play for, that the next game is the most important one of the season? You can because this program is measuring the growth in its players every single day. Bath and the rest of his staff can tell their players these things in the locker room after every defeat because they are true, and because Miami football is committed to assisting in the formation of young men, on the gridiron and off. They believe in the process. They have to. Miami isn’t judging its success by wins right now, because they know that being about the right things is what’s important. But the wins will come. And when the do, future squads will look back at this particular group of RedHawks and have them to thank, because this 0-10 team aspired for something greater.

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TMS calls on administration to address recent student deaths As parents, siblings, best friends, classmates and professors, it’s never an easy process to say goodbye to someone who has made a lifelong impression on your life. Within the last 12 months at Miami, we have had to endure this painful goodbye to our peers far too many times, and it isn’t getting any easier. In regards to the recent death of sophomore Jaclyn Wulf, those of us on The Miami Student Editorial Board send our thoughts and condolences to her family, friends and those close to her. The board encourages those affected by Wulf’s passing to contact the university’s emotional support services at 513-529-2222 and to reach out to friends and family. Wulf’s death marks the fifth Miami student to pass away in 12 months, three of which died this semester. Writing about death is hard for any journalist, but it’s been particularly difficult for us as students when the people whose stories we are writing are our fellow classmates and peers. We are saddened and weary. This has to stop. How can we, as students and the Miami community, work to prevent further students from getting hurt? It’s scary to think these deaths may have been preventable. Especially if they involve outside factors including alcohol, drugs and prescription pills. Of the five students who have died, three have been substancerelated. Last December, junior Andy Supronas died of a substance overdose and firstyear Nicole Sefton was found to have been drinking before she died in a car crash last January. This semester, the Miami community suffered the loss of Sean VanDyne, who died in a fatal car crash, killing one UC student and though we don’t know the results of his toxicity report, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office suspects he had alcohol in his system. The other two deaths this

semester include Jacob Jarman, who was hit by a train, whose cause of death has yet to be determined. Both Jarman and Wulf’s cases are undergoing toxicity tests. It’s a tough dose of news to swallow, but these three incidences are examples, a wake-up call. We students need to do a better job of having each others’ backs. Walking friends home, picking them up from a party when we know they can’t drive—these small acts could possibly prevent the unknown and unthinkable. Ask your friends and classmates about their day and what they have going on in their lives. You never truly know if something serious is going on if you don’t provide them a platform to tell you. Even if you didn’t know any of these students, you have more in common with than you think. They all went out on the weekends just like us, thrived in student organizations, crammed for exams, laughed with their best friends over coffee at King and worked toward their goal of graduating. These deaths are not just numbers. We cannot let them become nothing but news clippings that fade away with time within the archives. We have to let them affect us, to remind us that something needs to be done. Right now, we need to hear from our university administration, and preferably something longer than 140 characters. These circumstances can no longer be ignored. No matter how many talented PR strategists are employed at Miami spreading images of safety, awareness and a student body that helps each other, they cannot cover the fact that there are reoccurring issues within the student body involving alcohol and substance abuse at alarming rates. The board believes the loss of five students in 12 months is five too many. We expect the university to answer these issues with better solutions.

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Sexual assault in the military: Reforming the military justice system long overdue Reports of sexual assault within the United States military are on the rise and the Senate is scheduled for a debate on potential solutions. Between October and June 2012, there were 3,553 sexual assault complaints BRETT reported to MILAM the Defense Department. According to Pentagon figures, this is a 50 percent increase over the same period the year prior. While those in the military have argued an increase in reports is a good indicator of service members’ willingness to come forward, the numbers ought to give us pause. The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office records claims and the number of sexual assaults. When looking at those latter numbers, 26,000 men and women were sexually assaulted in the military in 2011, according to the New York Times. In a defense bill to be debated this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) have offered up solutions to this vexing problem. Gillibrand’s proposal is the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), which would move sexual assault cases out of the chain

of command where they currently reside to impartial military prosecutors. To Gillibrand, her proposal means accountability, which she sees as absent now. “The trust that any justice will be served has been irreparably broken under the current system, where commanders hold all the cards over whether a case moves forward for prosecution,” she said. On the other hand, McCaskill’s proposal is more modest, as it allows for cases to remain within the military chain of command, but an outside civilian panel would possess the power to review those cases commanders did not prosecute. Moreover, her proposal would mandate dishonorable discharge for anyone convicted of a sexual assault and it would criminalise retaliation against a victim, according to Mother Jones. McCaskill’s goal is to make the military the most victim-friendly organization in the world, but the issue of how to prosecute sexual assault cases divides the two female Democratic Senators. “I think we’re all trying to help victims. There’s just a strong fundamental disagreement about which way does a better job of that,” she said. Currently, according to USA Today, a high-ranking officer who is the defendant’s superior decides whether to bring charges, who sits on the jury and whether a conviction or punishment can stand. However, according to CNN,

only 8 percent of sexual assailants are referred to military court, compared to 40 percent of similar offenders prosecuted in the civilian court system. One painful example of the military’s failings in handling sexual assault prosecution is that of Army Spc. Andrea Neutzling of Ohio. In 2002, while serving in South Korea, she was assaulted by a fellow soldier. She then reported the assault to her commanding officer and the perpetrator received five days of base restriction. Three years later, she was sexually assaulted again, but this time she did not report the incident. A month after that, she was raped by two soldiers in Iraq; they had reportedly showed a video of the rape to others. Her chaplain said she “didn’t look like a rape victim” and threatened to charge her with adultery since she was married at the time of the incident, according to CNN. Moreover, as should be obvious to anyone, men are sexually assaulted, too. In fact, in the military, 56 percent of sexual assaults involve male victims. Since women make up just 15 percent of active-duty forces, it could be easy to frame the issue as a smaller problem, but First Lt. Adam Cohen gets it just right. He said, “No one wants to admit this problem affects everyone. Both genders, of all ranks. It’s a cultural problem.” I fully support MJIA and moving sexual assault cases beyond the purview of the chain

of command. Most assuredly, sexual assault is a problem of society as a whole. For instance, a new study from the National Research Council found that 80 percent of sexual assaults go unreported, but yet, the problem of unreported sexual assaults is made much worse with the way cases are currently handled by the military. As the New York Times notes, there is a built-in conflict of interest. Any concern for MJIA undermining command discipline appears unfounded. Command discipline and military readiness

support MJIA. To be clear, though, whichever Senator’s measure passes, it would be a major win for sexual assault victims in the U.S. military, as their proposals are 95 percent identical and would “represent the most significant overhaul of the issue in Congressional history,” according to Time. An overhaul of the military’s broken justice system in dealing with sexual assaults is long overdue. Whatever the outcome, I am glad to see Congress working toward providing much needed reform.

However, according to CNN, only 8 percent of sexual assailants are referred to military court, compared to 40 percent of similar offenders prosecuted in the civilian court system.

(buzzwords we heard against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”), is built upon trust, which is sorely lacking for survivors of sexual assault. According to Mother Jones, McCaskill’s proposal has the backing of most of the top military brass, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff. However, The Vietnam Veterans of America, the Service Women’s Action Network and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

For those interested in learning more about this issue, I would highly recommend the brilliant documentary “The Invisible War” directed by Kirby Dick, as it offers an illuminating and personal accounting of how pervasive and troubling sexual assault is in the U.S. military. The documentary is available on Netflix instant streaming and YouTube. SENIOR, PHILOSOPHY MILAMBC@MIAMIOH.EDU


Right must proactively define next era of conservatism or risk continued reign of left It is often said that you can tell what type of a conservative a person is by what year they want to go back to. Some conservatives accept the New Deal but not the Great Society—so they yearn for the 1960s. ANDREW Others acGEISLER cept both, but wish to avoid the sexual revolution, so they’d be glad for it to be 1959 forever. And then there are some who think fondly of the days of the original Dr. No, Calvin Coolidge, and wish to take our country back to the 1920s. Another favorite of the political class is to discuss which year in the past most resembles our current political situation. Was the 2012 election the Republican Party’s 1988 when an adrift Democratic party nominated the historically weak candidate Michael Dukakis? Or was it 1976, when establishmentarian President Gerald Ford narrowly edged out the insurgent Ronald Reagan? Is the party adrift, or is it on the cusp of greatness? No matter the answer to that question, it’s obvious what’s missing among most elected Republicans. That’s a clear answer

to what conservative policy prescriptions need to look like for the coming generation – because it can’t just be about tax cuts and opposition to the Affordable Care Act. The current crop of Congressional Republicans should channel 1994, when they took back the House for the first time in a generation running on their Contract With America (a set of specific policy prescriptions led by Newt Gingrich). A healthy sense of American political history is beyond a virtue for any political actor in our system, but as William F. Buckley often said, conservatism is the politics of reality. The current reality is that progressivism runs D.C., and conservatives need an agenda to combat this and win elections. Last month, Utah Senator Mike Lee gave an excellent speech at the Heritage Foundation, laying out where conservatives have been and where they should head. Senator Lee is critical of the establishment, saying in part, “as the decades pass and a new generation of Americans faces a new generation of problems, the party establishment clings to its 1970s agenda like a security blanket.” He calls a shortage of opportunity our generation’s greatest challenge and says “it presents itself in three principal ways: immobility among the poor,

trapped in poverty; insecurity in the middle class, where families just can’t seem to get ahead; and cronyist privilege at the top, where political and economic elites unfairly profit at everyone else’s expense.” Instead of stopping at the indictment, like many politicians love to do, Lee takes us through four proposals he’s working on to deal with “the cost of raising children; the difficulties of work-life balance; the time Americans lose away from work and home, stuck in traffic; and the rising costs of and restricted access to quality higher education.” We need more of this. Conservatives have to get their act together. Tacking eight more years onto the current reign of progressivism is a scary prospect. The ideas are out there, the House is ours and the Senate could be soon as well. Using Congress to set out the principles of the next era of conservatism is possible. We just need more Mike Lees willing to step out, get specific and make it clear that our party is less about blind opposition and more about reform designed to help the middle class. The way to make the party more about ideas and less about opposition is to run on these ideas instead of channeling 2010 and running campaigns largely about the evils of Obamacare. It’s fine to discuss the evils of

Obamacare—there are plenty— but candidates should get conversant on the litany of replacement ideas percolating on the right. Instead of voting to repeal the bill over 30 times, the House should pass a conservative health care reform. Instead of banking on the political gold that is the Obamacare rollout, House leadership should get behind comprehensive tax reform. And instead of just talking about it, they should

two-thirds of the federal government and forcing President Obama to become a veto machine. If conservatives can make the case that the president is harming middle class Americans with his tendency toward the technocratic and his refusal to listen to conservative ideas, then the conversation in 2016 will be a lot different than it was in 2012. POLITICO reports House majority leader Eric Cantor under-

The way to make the party more about ideas and less about opposition is to run on these ideas instead of channeling 2010 and running campaigns largely about the evils of Obamacare.

actually make a move on immigration reform. After that, why not use the House as a laboratory for conservative ideas instead of letting it become exhibit A for Republican infighting? With six highly winnable Senate seats, the Democratic majority could either be greatly eroded or Mitch McConnell could narrowly become the new majority leader. And it’s difficult to see a path to a new Democratic majority in the House. Conservatives could be on the cusp of controlling


stands that the debt and repeal votes only go so far, and is working on a 2014 agenda that would help Americans more in their everyday lives—this is a great sign. In order to lead, conservatism has to get relevant. The way to do this is to pass policies that help middle class families who feel left behind by the political system. Opposition is fine, but in the end, it doesn’t get you anywhere. New ideas do. JUNIOR, POLITICAL SCIENCE GEISLEAJ@MIAMIOH.EDU

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improve from the mistakes we made in the game before,” Anderson said. “We’re looking to put together more minutes of good basketball so we can get another win on Saturday.” Anderson said her teammates and coaches have made the transition to college basketball easier, and she hopes the team can improve moving forward. “I hope we can improve as a team,” Anderson said. “I’m not really concerned with my own personal


The City urges students to lock their doors, to always carry a key (and use it) and to be very aware when smoking, using space heaters and electricity safely. Oxford Fire Department (OPD) Chief John said he urges students to be very aware of fire safety. Detherage said there need to be working smoke detectors on every level, a working fire extinguisher and a carbon monoxide detector in every house. According to Detherage, three student deaths in a 2005 house fire comprise all fire-related fatalities in Oxford over the last 10 years. The 100-year-old Fiji house was burned down in late May, but was suspected arson, accordng to Detherage. However the age of the home meant it was completely destroyed. Fiji was not alone among Oxford’s many historic homes. According to Owens, it is common for students to live in houses that

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Dooley led the team with 13 tackles. It’s easy to focus on the 0-11 record, but the RedHawks are keeping a positive outlook heading into their final week of play. Redshirt senior tight end and captain Steve Marck puts emphasis on the fact that though he likes to win, there are other important achievements to be had in the game he loves. “Coach Bath, and Coach Treadwell when he was here, they put a large emphasis on life outside of football,” Marck said. “Anybody can do the right thing on the

football field and people are going to love you on Saturday, but when your time is up here, what will you take away from that? When they’re teaching you about becoming a man and having that character, that sets you up for success.” The long ’Hawks season is almost at an end, and they face a perfectly imperfect 0-12 season barring a spectacular performance against 9-2 Ball State University Friday, Nov. 29. A loss to Ball State would extend the Miami losing streak to 16 games.

stats. I just want to help the team get better and I hope the team does good this year.” Wright said he hopes to work on defense, among other things, during the week break. “Our goal is to get better every day,” Wright said. “In practice and in every game we want to get better.” The Flames of UIC (2-2) are led by redshirt sophomore forward Ruvanna Campbell. After the first three games, the transfer from La Salle University was averaging 15 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. Also contributing for the Flames

is redshirt senior center Katie Hannemann, who is averaging 10 points and nine rebounds per game. The ’Hawks have been practicing since Sept. 30, and Wright said he plans to take advantage of the time the RedHawks have to improve. “Habits are not created in a couple weeks,” Wright said. “We’re roughly about six weeks in, and this will give us another seventh week to solidify what we’re trying to teach.” The ’Hawks have an opportunity to improve to .500 Saturday, before they return to Oxford for two home games.

are at least 95 years old. “This town is absolutely full of old homes,” Owens said. “We have a property on North College that was built in 1865.” It is no surprise that old homes require upkeep. According to Owens, the quality of upkeep depends on who owns the houses and how the tenants take care of their temporary home. “Each house requires different upkeep, depending on how it was built,” Owens said. According to Owens, Oxford’s Building Department is partially responsible for maintaining these properties; they issue permits and inspect homes. This inspection process includes the determination of maximum occupancy and enforcing fire code. According to Owens, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to install fire alarms, not that of the real estate company. “Students tamper with the fire alarms all the time, there’s nothing we can do about it,” Owens said.

Break-ins also happen from time to time, but they are mostly due to students leaving windows and doors open, Owens said. According to Boduch, the girls stay safe by locking their individual doors and when they remember, their main front door. “When you live in a house with 11 other girls who are always forgetting their keys, it’s hard to keep the doors locked,” Boduch said. Park Place Real Estate, their property manager, recently added locks to all of their windows. Boduch said she feels lucky no one completely unknown to them has tried to sneak in, but she is frustrated by the open door policy that has been established without her or her roommates’ permission. This semester, four of the girls’ cars have been vandalized in their driveway. The girl’s front and back plates were stolen. Additionally, the house was hit by a paintball gun and now needs to be repainted, according to Boduch.

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construction. There is no clear walking path through the area, he said. “In general, it’s an added pressure, added stress, and a big challenge just to get to class, just to do my job,” Squance said. MacDonald, who has handled faculty complaints about parking, said Parking and Transportation Services empathizes with the professors and staff. “We feel their pain,” he said, “if I’m in the Campus Avenue Building and I leave my spot, I’m probably not finding it when I come back.” One thing they have done is try to provide an efficient busing system, and to enhance Miami’s already walkable campus, according to Landscape Architect, Vincent Cirrito. He holds the Campus Master Plan, which lays the foundation for how spaces on campus are to be utilized and includes information about on-campus transportation. Within the next two years, Cirrito said, Miami plans to distribute parking. Until then, pedestrian safety and mobility are the Physical Facilities Department’s number one priority. “What’s interesting about parking on campus is that we have a really good walking campus and a city around us that is a really good walking city,” Cirrito said. Walking is not possible for all Miami faculty and construction poses a potential problem to the handicapped. Andrew Zeisler, director of the Office of Disabilities, said his office works closely with the Physical Facilities Department

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2013 and Parking and Transportation Services to ensure the university has the proper ratio of handicap spaces. He has been impressed with their efforts to provide disabled parking in central locations during construction. According to Spilman, construction added several handicap spots to Bishop Circle to accommodate those who need closer parking. However accommodating the university tries to be, it cannot please everyone. Students affected by the loss of parking due to construction have a lot to say on the subject. According to sophomore Taylor Groeschen, construction has caused a shift in parking availability, resulting in student spots being encroached upon in Ditmer and Millet. “The spots for students are really inconvenient,” Groeschen said. There is nowhere else to park on campus and if you park illegally, even for a few minutes, Miami University Police will stick you with a hefty fine, Groeschen said. “I was gone for literally two minutes,” she said about the $75 ticket she received when trying to unload her car after switching dorms during the semester. According to Spilman, construction workers park in Ditmer and Millet to alleviate congestion in the center of campus, but students who park in Ditmer or Millet must compete with them to find an open space. “When they originally built this lot,” Spilman said of Ditmer, “I never expected to see it full all the time like it has been this year.” Miami student Eric Moenich is frustrated by the price students pay

for violating Miami’s parking laws, even though the university knows parking is reduced this year. “I could park illegally on the streets of Oxford seven and a half times to equal getting one parking ticket on campus,” he said. As for parking fines, Spilman said, “Our enforcement efforts are not intended to try to get as much money out of everybody as we can, our enforcement efforts are an attempt to manage a very limited amount of resources we have.” University faculty have also found the cost of parking tickets disturbing, especially in a period of reduced parking accessibility. “One day I was almost late to class and out of desperation I parked in the metered lot at Shriver,” Squance said. However, Shriver meters only last for one hour and his class was one hour and 20 minutes, so he got a $10 parking fine for going over his meter time, in addition to the meter’s $1 fee. That day, Squance spent $11 just to teach class. The university understands why faculty, students, and staff are frustrated by the construction and lack of parking. That is why, according to MacDonald, they try to communicate when and where parking will be affected. Parking and Transportation Services sends emails to permit holders and puts updates on Facebook and Twitter, alerting them when changes happen to available parking. “I think one of the biggest things to take away is that parking and transportation recognizes the pressure that the construction on campus is putting on parking areas for everybody,” Spilman said.



Jerome Conley presents what he has learned as interim dean of libraries at Miami University in Lessons in Leadership. The Wilks Leadership Institute hosted the event.



environmentally sustainable campus and is a member of Net Impact, an undergraduate student business organization. “Our goal is to make business more sustainable. We focus on three key areas: economics, the environment and social responsibility,” Paul Salvado, public relations and marketing chair said. Salvado said a potential bike sharing program at Miami would be a step in the right direction. “Really it’s all about putting convenience at the forefront, for the students, the university and the environment,” Salvado said. And according to Salvado, this program would do just that. Prytherch said one obstacle facing the implementation of a potential bike sharing program is the logistics of the infrastructure. “The first basic thing is that there are safe, convenient pathways for people to get from point A to point B,” Prytherch said.


The next discussion topic addressed how Obamacare affects specific groups such as age groups and gender. The Republicans argued that higher health care costs (due to Obamacare) that companies are required to pay lead to the firing of employees or to the cutting of the amount of hours they work. In turn, this could make people ineligible for certain health plans. The Democratic rebuttal argued that numbers do not support the job killing narrative. Conversely, they said they think that women and elderly people benefit greatly from the new system because more care is now available to them for little or no cost. The third discussion topic asked the Democrats and Republicans what the economic effects of the Affordable Care Act are. The Republicans first answered by arguing that Obamacare will add to the national debt, using about $10.8 trillion for deficit spending over the next 10 years, which is the last thing this country needs during a recession. “Obamacare comes to the table during one of the most vulnerable times in U.S. history,” Republican Bobby DeJohn said. “We had to pass the law to find out what was in it, and we now see that it is not right.” College Democrats responded by saying, “If you are concerned about the national debt, you should be supporting Obamacare.” They argued that because more people will be buying health insurance, the GDP will increase. “According to the National Congressional Office, in two years the national debt will be reduced by $1 trillion overall,” Democrat Rieger said. The final discussion topic asked about both side’s opinion of the current state of the implementation process of the Affordable Care Act. The Democratic response


He said Miami has been developing and implementing a master plan that focuses on alternative transportation and overall sustainability. “The result of what you can see are all the new and wider multi-use paths and sidewalks on campus, like along Patterson [Avenue],” Prytherch said. “Miami is investing millions of dollars in creating a safer place for people to ride.” Prytherch said a bike sharing program specifically is not on the agenda for the university’s effort to attain President Hodge’s Sustainability Commitments and Goals, however, Prytherch said he believes this kind of program at Miami is very possible. “I think that in the next few years, we’ll have the bicycle safety infrastructure that will make biking a far more attractive option than it is right now,” Prytherch said. “And I think that a bike-share program is something the university will probably consider in the near future.” argued that a website for such a new and serious law is bound to have problems, and that the government should not be held to such high standards. “But the toxic representation of the product made by the Republicans sure doesn’t help,” Jarussi said. Papin responded arguing that when people cannot sign up for plans and are being dropped from their current plans, the government is held to a high standard. “The government spent three years and was allocated $176 million on the site,” Papin said. “If the government isn’t fit to make a website, they aren’t fit to pass this law.” Both sides concluded the debate with closing statements. The Democrats ended by arguing that Obamacare will positively affect much more people than the previous system did, and that it is a huge step forward for the country. “The Affordable Care Act will help people for many generations to come,” Smith said. The Republicans ended by saying that Obamacare is not a suitable fix for the situation at hand. “[Republicans] are not claiming that the past system was good, but The Affordable Care Act is not the answer we were looking for,” Papin said. Many audience members felt strongly about the debate. Senior Russian Studies Major Austin Davis loves to hear what the two sides have to say, especially because of how much Obamacare affects her family. “My mom is a nurse and my dad is a small business owner, so the issue is important to me,” Davis said. “Plus I like to come to make sure both sides play nice.” President Smith was overall very happy with the outcome of the debate. “[The debate] was productive, we covered some good information, and we got great audience feedback,” Smith said. Both clubs hold weekly meetings open to anyone.



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The NHL season is already one fourth of the way over and it’s hard to believe. Here’s a look at how some former RedHawks are doing in the NHL and other leagues this year, as of Wednesday, Nov. 20. Andy Miele Miele, who was with the RedHawks 2007-11, is currently playing for the Portland Pirates, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. Miele saw time with the Coyotes this season, recording two assists and five penalty minutes in four games. In 11 games this year with the Pirates, the former Hobey Baker winner has five goals and 11 points. Carter Camper Camper played for the Brotherhood 2007-11, and is second on the all-time scoring list for the RedHawks with 183 points. Camper is currently with the Boston Bruins’ AHL team, the Providence Bruins. The former Hobey Baker finalist has two goals and 11 assists in after the first 15 games of the season. Jeff Zatkoff Zatkoff played for the RedHawks 2004-08, and is currently the backup goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Zatkoff recorded his first career NHL shutout Nov. 2 when he stopped 19 shots as the Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0. Zatkoff is 1-2 on the season with a 3.35 goals against average and a .865 save percentage. Connor Knapp Knapp was with the RedHawks 2008-12, and was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres organization. Knapp is currently with the East Coast Hockey League’s (ECHL) Greenville (SC) Road Warriors where he holds 2-4-1 record in seven games. Knapp is posting a 2.44 goals against average and a .930 save percentage

for the Road Warriors.



Buffalo bowls over MU behind Mack and Oliver

Curtis McKenzie McKenzie, who played for the RedHawks last season and was one of the team’s enforcers, is in the Dallas Stars system now. He is playing in the AHL for the Texas Stars, and has 13 points in 17 games on five goals and eight assists. McKenzie has spent 29 minutes in the sin bin this season. McKenzie appeared in his first career game last April, and in the same game, recorded his first professional fighting major. Chris Wideman Wideman was with the ’Hawks 2008-12, and is playing for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators. The Senators are the AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators. Wideman has played 13 games this season and has eight assists, 10 points and 24 penalty minutes. Will Weber Weber, who was with the RedHawks 2008-12, is with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons this season. The Falcons are the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Through 13 games, Weber has one goal on 13 shots, along with 30 penalty minutes. Pat Cannone Cannone was with the RedHawks 2007-11, where he played 166 games. Cannone was traded from the Senators organization to the St. Louis Blues organization in July. Cannone is with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves this season and has two goals and four points in 15 games. Vincent LoVerde LoVerde, who played for Miami 2007-11, is with the Manchester Monarchs this season. The Monarchs are the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. LoVerde has recorded four assists and 12 penalty minutes in 17 games this season.



Buffalo running back Branden Oliver plunges in from one yard out during Buffalo’s 44-7 victory over Miami. Oliver had 156 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Buffalo had 311 yards on the ground during its victory.


When it rains, it pours, and this one was a Category 5 storm named Hurricane Mack. Redshirt senior linebacker Khalil Mack, a potential top-five NFL draft pick recorded three sacks and three forced fumbles in the first half alone, helping the University at Buffalo to improve to 8-3 with a 44-7 smashing of Miami University. In the win, Mack broke the all-time NCAA forced fumbles record. The previous record of 14 was held by five separate players, including current Baltimore Raven Terrell Suggs. The outside linebacker passed that in the first 30 minutes, raising the bar to 16. He’s now also 4.5 tackles-for-loss behind all-time leader Jason Babin, who recorded 75 during his years at Western Michigan in the early 2000’s.

“We made him look like the No. 1 overall pick tonight,” interim head coach Mike Bath said. “It was disheartening. But he’s a dude, there’s no other way you can really put it. I remember seeing A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter on the field at the same time at Ohio State, and he was more impressive on film then what I remember those guys being. He’s clutch, and he showed it tonight.” Buffalo outgained Miami 517 to 200, with 311 of those yards coming on the ground. After the game, which was Miami’s senior night, Bath gathered his team around the block ‘M’ at midfield and delivered an emotional address to his ‘Hawks. “I told the seniors I’m sorry that their last game at Yager Stadium turned out the way it did,” Bath said. “But also told them that I thank them, because again, those guys really did

play to that last whistle. And I respect that, I really do.” A few seniors even stayed out at midfield a bit longer, soaking in the icy evening air one last time on the turf they have called home for the last four years. Though the RedHawks were blown out, it was a 0-0 tie for the better part of the first half. But Buffalo pulled away in the second quarter, as it totaled 28 points in the quarter. That quarter included a demoralizing fumble by redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Gearing in Bulls territory that senior defensive back Okoye Houston scooped up and took 60 yards to the house with less than a minute on the clock. Miami’s lone score came with 3:04 remaining in the contest on a




’Hawks head to Omaha Muskies shut down RedHawks’ offense for NCHC showdown BY ZACH MACIASZEK FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT


The Miami University hockey team is on the road again. This time, the RedHawks are traveling 605 miles to square off against National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) opponent, the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The Mavericks (6-6-0-0, 3-1-0-0 NCHC), who split with No. 5 University of Michigan last weekend, are looking to shake things up in the Top 20 USCHO poll once more against the No. 8 RedHawks (7-4-1, 2-2-0-0). The Mavericks are three spots outside of the top-20. “Watching them on video, they’re playing really well right now and they’ve got some key forwards that we’re going to have to pay attention to,” head coach Enrico Blasi said. “Their D-core is very mobile and very capable and we’re going to have to, again, make sure like any other week that we’re preparing very well. “And the one thing I know about Dean Blais’ teams is they’re going to play hard and be in your face. Your gonna have to be ready to compete for 60 minutes, so that will be the focus this week … it’s back to work today, and hopefully we can eliminate some of those sloppy mistakes.” Miami is 2-2-1 on the road so far this year, and four of those five games were against teams ranked No. 6 or better at the time of competition. The ‘Hawks have been more of a finesse type team the past year, but this squad isn’t afraid to lay the lumber if need be. Their previous series against the University of Wisconsin prepared them well for Nebraska-Omaha’s brutal brand of

punishing play. “There’s no question it will be physical,” Blasi said. “They play a tough game for you to play against because they work hard. Their coaching staff does not allow them to not work hard, so we know we’re going to have to compete and play our best, and that will be the message today.” Nebraska-Omaha boasts three players with 10 or more points, including leading scorer junior forward Josh Archibald, who leads the team with nine goals and four assists. The Mavs have also outshot their opponents 422 to 324 this year. However, they struggle on the powerplay. They have netted 12 goals in 71 opportunities, good for just a 17 percent conversion rate. The ’Hawks match up favorably, and have killed off 85 percent of their man disadvantages, good for 17th in the country. Miami’s power play is vastly improved over last season, and they rank sixth in the NCAA with a 25 percent conversion rate. Sophomore forward Riley Barber and junior captain Austin Czarnik are among the top-10 point-getters in college hockey. Barber looks at the past few weekends as the best possible practice his team could hope to have, which will come in handy, he said, moving forward. “We’ve been playing some tough teams lately and I think we’ve been playing pretty well, so we’ve just got to keep it going there,” Barber said. “We’re playing away at their barn so it should be a fun weekend.” The ‘Hawks and Mavs face off Friday, Nov. 22 at the CenturyLink Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:37 p.m.

The Miami University men’s basketball team (0-3) finished up its season-opening three game road stand with a 77-51 loss to Xavier University (4-0), the 100th meeting between the two teams. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight led the RedHawks in scoring with 10 points. He was the only MU player to surpass double digits. Senior forward Will Felder and freshman forward Joshua Oswald finished tied for second on the team with eight points a piece. The game was tight during the opening minutes of the first half as the RedHawks and the Musketeers matched each other basket for basket. The game was tied 15-15 with 12:34 left in the first half when XU went on a 21-9 run to close the opening frame with a 36-24 advantage. Xavier went on to outscore the RedHawks 41-27 in the second half. McKnight said in the second half, Miami did not play with the energy they displayed in the first half.

“The first half, we came out with a lot of energy,” McKnight said. “In the second half, we didn’t have the energy we needed. We just have to be able to execute … even though our scoring wasn’t there we still could have played with [more] energy on defense.” The offensive side of the court continues to be a struggle for the RedHawks in this young season. For the game, Miami shot 37 percent from the field and 22 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Through three games the ’Hawks are shooting 38 percent from the field. Head coach John Cooper stressed the need for his team figure things out offensively, which will ease the pressure on their defense. “The game of basketball, I don’t care what team you are, at some point you’ve got to be able to make shots,” Cooper said. “You can run as many actions as you want, as many set plays as you want and get the look that you want but if you don’t make it, well it [the offense] doesn’t look so good.”

The ’Hawks are going to struggle to score if sophomore guard Reggie Johnson has an off night, which he did against Xavier, going 2-9 from the field en route to five points. Coming into the game, Johnson had been averaging 23 points per game. He did not score his first point until 12:29 remaining in the second half. Cooper said Johnson’s struggles were due to a combination of factors. “One, I think he had foul trouble early,” Cooper said. “I don’t know if he really got into the rhythm of the basketball game. Two, we did not shoot the ball well again, so that’s going to affect you … Trying to do too much and really not letting the game come to you.” The ’Hawks look to earn their first win of the season against Wilmington University Saturday. Wilmington finished 14-13 last season. Their leading returning scorer is senior forward Malcolm Heard II, who averaged 16.6 points per game last season. Tipoff for Miami’s home opener is set for 3 p.m.



The Miami University women’s basketball team is heading to Chicago to take on the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) 4 p.m. Saturday. The RedHawks (1-2) look to continue their winning ways after they earned their first victory last Saturday over Chicago State University. The RedHawks return to action

after a one week break, and head coach Cleve Wright said the week allows the RedHawks to improve. “[The break] allows us to iron out some issues we’re having and maybe install a thing or two that we’ve been trying to get to,” Wright said. “I think in a week you can get better in a lot of things. It gives us another week to work on our fundamentals, another week to work on our offense, another week to work on our defensive rotations.”

Freshman forward Nicole Anderson, who is averaging a doubledouble with 12.3 points and 11 rebounds per game, said she hopes the RedHawks can get better as a team during the break. Anderson leads the Red and White in minutes per game, averaging 28 per game. “We’re just trying to get better every day in practice so we can



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