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Summer schedule to change By Catherine Couretas Editor in Chief

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Snowy conditions Monday afternoon on U.S. 27 have drivers slowing down. This stretch of road, just south of Miami University’s Oxford campus, will receive improvements if funding is awarded.

How would you like to have the time to take summer classes at Miami University and have time to complete a summer internship elsewhere? With changes being made to the summer term schedule beginning summer 2011, students will have the chance to do just that. The fourth summer term is

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City proposes $20M road project MU to improve

By Ellie Gonso

For The Miami Student

The city of Oxford has sent an application to Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-Ohio) office for a federal grant of $10 million to fund road construction on U.S. 27 South and is waiting for a reply. The funding will be used for road improvements from Chestnut Street to Stillwell-Beckett Road. The Oxford City Council agreed Feb. 2 to submit a direct federal funding request, also known as an earmark. The city has set aside $10 million but the project is estimated to cost around $20 million.

Councilmen also discussed the possibility of receiving no federal funding. If so, the scope of the project would be decreased, rather than use city tax dollars. City Manager Doug Elliot is hopeful Oxford will receive additional funding. “There are a lot of accidents on U.S. 27, and we believe this project would alleviate some of the safety issues by widening the road and adding sidewalks,” Elliot said. If the city receives less than $10 million from the federal grant, they will apply for Service Transportation Program (STP) funds from the

Internet bandwidth

By Dylan Tussel Senior Staff Writer

Waiting in a crowded line outside Brick Street Bar inching forward as people enter one by one is nothing compared to sitting idly at your desk, waiting for your Internet to load on Miami University’s saturated bandwidth. Luckily for students living on campus, Miami’s

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Miami, Kramer develop “nutritional partnership” By Garrett Wood For The Miami Student

In 1965, The Miami Student reported on a WMUB ‘Campus’ Radio show that discussed the “controversy” of women staying in men’s apartments. The president of student senate said a special committee was in place to investigate this and senate recommended liberalizing the regulation.

The value of a good breakfast goes beyond a full belly for third grade students at Kramer Elementary School in Oxford. After a $1,000 grant, the elementary school established a breakfast program complete with new recipes, kitchen equipment and an additional cafeteria line.

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February 16, 2010

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News MU sends text, e-mail alerts BRIEFS By Amanda Seitz

fyi HDGS offers discounted meals to faculty, staff Miami University faculty and staff will be able to purchase a discounted meal from Feb. 16-19 courtesy of Housing, Dining and Guest Services (HDGS). Deals4Meals will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harris Dining Hall. Meals will be discounted during the lunch hour for the price of $6.75. Employees that choose to use payroll will get an additional 10 percent off the discounted meal they purchase. Employees must mention the promotion and show their university ID in order to receive the meal for the price of $6.75.

Group aims to educate Oxford on 2010 census A group of five Miami University students are competing in the Bateman Case Study Competition through the Public Relations Student Society of America. The competition entails planning and executing a public relations plan for the 2010 United States Census at Miami and in Oxford. The students’ goals are to increase awareness and expected participation in the census in Oxford. The students have been working with the Office of the Dean of Students and Associated Student Government to make sure students are informed about the importance of the census and how to fill it out. The students are spreading awareness through a Facebook. com group (2010 U.S. Census at Miami University), Twitter page (USCensusMiamiU), flyers, posters and cable access channel bulletins. The project began fall 2009 in a communication (COM) 359 class taught by Bill Brewer, clinical faculty of communication.

events GLBTQ gala to help raise awareness Students are welcome to join Miami University’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community for a GLBT Gala Wednesday, Feb. 17. The celebration is a project of the LGBT Advisory Group. GLBTQ’s goal is to make the Miami community an open and safe environment for people of all sexualities and gender identities by providing programming, support and resources and by raising awareness regarding GLBTQ issues. The celebration will include dancing and desserts will be provided. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Heritage Room in the Shriver Center.

Musicians to perform at Hall Auditorium Miami musicians are joining forces to perform music by Adolphus Hailstork, an award-winning African American composer. “Capturing the African-American Spirit, A Hailstork Celebration,” which will be presented by the Miami University Performing Art Series and the department of music, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $18 adults, $17 seniors and $9 students/youth. For tickets or more information, go to or call the box office at 529-3200.

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Students shouted with joy Monday afternoon after receiving the sacred text. That text, of course, informed them classes were cancelled after 2:15 p.m. The emergency text messaging system used by Miami University has been sending SMS messages for nearly two and a half years, according to Claire Wagner, associate director of university communications. With the program, students will automatically be sent an emergency message using the communication of their choice — texting, e-mail or both. According to Wagner, most students, faculty and staff have opted for the texting messaging system — 12,984 to be exact. With weather conditions hitting the Oxford region hard in the last week, Wagner said student, faculty and staff registration for emergency text messaging shot up within the last week. “The number of new activations today (are) 161,” Wagner said Monday. “Last week, on the 9 (of February), over 550 people signed up so we are up to 13,300.” Junior Kristen Brand said about half of her friends have the system. Brand said those who have the program don’t find out later about cancelled classes. “There have been some people when school was delayed, I found out before them,” Brand said. “I think it’s a good system.” Wagner said the texting service is the quickest way possible to hear about emergency notifications. “If you’ve got that ability on your phone, the (texting) service is the quickest way we can we can get word,” Wagner said. Wagner said the university also uses the system in case of an emergency. “We don’t send crime alerts through texting,” Wagner said. “If we thought it was a matter of danger within minutes or hours we would put out a text.” The university had the option to update students with extra alerts but decided that only two situations were necessary to text students about. “We set up a policy with the institutional response team and we determined the text alert (would be sent in times of) eminent danger or campus closing,” Wagner said. “Some universities have used it more broadly for events and other notices but we thought the students would not like that.”


A student receives an emergency text from the university Monday Wagner said students could learn of class cancellations through multiple media outlets. “When you sign up you can sign up to get both an e-mail and a text alert,” Wagner said. “We notify the media and they can scroll it on a television and I have a campus status phone line and I update that, MyMiami and then the e-mail.” Students, faculty and staff have the option to sign up for the emergency messaging system for Oxford, Middletown and Hamilton campuses. To sign-up for the texting or e-mailing system, visit

Actor, alumna returns to teach sprint courses By Kristen Grace Senior Staff Writer

There have been a number of successful Miami University alumni who give back to the school, but instead of a sizable monetary gift, Broadway actor and alumnus Steve Wilson returned to campus to teach two sprint courses at the beginning of this semester. Wilson, a 1994 graduate of Miami, has worked as a professional actor for 13 years. He returned to Miami to teach two sprint courses, one on audition techniques for the theatre department and another on public performance and presentation for the department of architecture and interior design. He was extremely enthusiastic about returning to Miami’s campus and hoped his experience would be helpful for students. “I thought back to my days as a student and thought, ‘Imagine how reassuring and comforting to have a Miami graduate come back and if nothing else serve as proof that you can succeed in this business,’” Wilson said. The course Wilson taught for the theatre department in audition techniques was a class directly relevant to the business. “He is doing it right now and brings that

business sense,” said Julia Guichard, asso- rest of the semester,” said junior Aaron Epciate professor of theatre. “He can be a real stein who enrolled in Wilson’s audition class. bridge to the profession.” “It was very relaxed. He created a very good She said that while many of the professors working environment.” in the theatre department have had experiWilson’s second class for the department ence in audition, none are currently out in of architecture and interior design “came up the field actively auditionout of the blue, ” according ing for productions. Since “I hope what I have to Wilson. Wilson is currently working Wilson said while there are been able to get in the business, he brings a many talented architects in the across to them is that department, not all have the fresh perspective. public speaking skills needed “He contributed very posan audition begins itively to the department,” before the actor or to present their designs. He used modified theatre exGuichard said. actress even walks ercises to help the students According to Wilson, the into the room.” be more relaxed and not see class focused on relaxing public speaking as something and preparing one’s self for to dread. an audition in addition to beSTEVE WILSON ALUMNA, BROADWAY ACTOR “I had never taught a class ing professional and taking like that before so it gave more into the audition than me an opportunity to forjust a prepared performance. “I hope what I have been able to get across mulate my ideas about public speaking,” to them is that an audition begins before the Wilson said. actor or actress even walks into the room,” Both courses were only five weeks long, Wilson said. but had excellent results. Enough so that WilThe students who took this class had a son says there is a possibility he may return fall 2010 to teach full time. For now, he will very positive experience. “He is a fantastic professor, I probably be in Cincinnati March through April doing learned more in the five weeks than in the a show at the Cincinnati Playhouse.

Cincinnati art show features Miami student work By Patrick Wolande Senior Staff Writer

An Emerging Artist Exhibition, hosted by Summerfair Cincinnati, opened Feb. 12 and features 13 students and their artwork, three of

which are from Miami University with various styles of artwork. Junior David Armacost has artwork featured, with his favorite piece as, “Life in a Glass House” (LIGH). The piece was a pseudo landscape-based print.


Junior David Armacost stands next to his print “Life in a Glass House” during the Summerfair Cincinnati Emerging Artist Exhibition Friday, Feb. 12.

“(My art) deals a lot with a lot of the depression and bleakness of the Midwest along with the paranoia in today’s culture,” Armacost said. Armacost mentioned the specifics of LIGH, noting other pieces he has done following a particular theme. “It is a sort of cookie cutter, Midwestern home overlaid with a lot of diagrams, and at the side of the house there is a surveillance camera,” Armacost said. “It was part of small series I was doing based on the deterioration of our Fourth Amendment rights, which is the right for unlawful search and seizure.” Senior Leah Kandel also had paintings featured in the exhibit. All three of her pieces featured were part of a series, and all the pieces were “Untitled.” “With this series of paintings, I’m examining the role of perception in landscape,” Kandel said. “So I started this whole series by just observing the landscape, sitting outside the art building at Miami watching clouds go by, just taking everything in. I went back to my studio and started experimenting with sculptural forms, taking those landscape elements and those

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Decorated CEO to speak about leadership, entrepreneurship By Kevin Cullum

According to Steve Kayser, director of PR at Cincom, Nies worked for IBM where they gave away software for free before he started his own company. Miami University will host one of the software indus“He left IBM and started selling against IBM what they try’s biggest players Feb. 23 in the Taylor Auditorium in the gave away for free,” Kayser said. “He started when nobody Farmer School of Business (FSB). knew what it was.” Thomas M. Nies, founder and chief executive offiKayser hopes students take advantage of Nies’ visit and ask cer of Cincom Systems, Inc., will speak to students about him valuable questions about what it took to get where he his experiences in the software industry as well as being is today. an entrepreneur. “Ask him all the challenges he went through,” Kayser Thomas Nies founded Cincom in 1968 and has since turned said. “He is exceptionally open and likes answering questions it into one of the premier software companies in the world. like that.” Nies will be speaking about entrepreneurial leadership and Junior David Krehbiel, a marketing major, is excited for his path to success. Since becoming the first software compa- such a high profile figure to be speaking at the FSB. ny to go global, Nies has been featured at Harvard University “I think it is good to get these big speakers because they and also been recognized by the Prime Minister of England. come and they speak about leadership and that you don’t just For The Miami Student

become successful overnight and it takes time to get where they (the speakers) are,” Krehbiel said. Krehbiel plans to attend Nies’ presentation entitled “Entrepreneurial Leadership” and looks forward to gaining more insight into becoming successful in business. Nies is not the first distinguished visitor to speak at Miami. According to Alan Oak, assistant dean of external relations in the FSB, Miami hosts two to three speakers each semester from a variety of industries. “We’ve been quite successful in bringing to Miami some really outstanding organizational leaders,” Oak said. “Tom is an entrepreneur and he has built a business over a long period of time. He has managed and has grown a significant business that has gone through tremendous changes.” Nies’ presentation will add another successful name to the list of those that have visited Miami.

Theater department to perform controversial play Woyzeck By Sarah Reder For The Miami Student

The Miami University theater department will present Woyzeck, a play that follows the emotional turmoil of a returning German soldier, Frank Woyzeck, as he gradually goes insane from the way he was treated in the military and by various doctors. The play debuts Wednesday, Feb. 17 and will last until Feb. 20. Georg Büchner, who died at the age of 23, wrote the script in the 1800s. When he died, the script was only three quarters of the way finished. The lead role of Woyzeck will be played by junior theater major Aaron Epstein. Epstein said he found out about the show via e-mail from the theater department. The e-mail gave theater students the option of trying out for both Woyzeck and Arabian Nights, which the department will be presented in mid-April. Epstein said although the play was written in the 1800s, it is ahead of its time in both technical elements and content. He described the show as very fast paced and difficult to perform. “I have had to drink a whole Gatorade after every performance of Woyzeck,” Epstein said.

Epstein said he first became interested in theater during his sophomore year at Lakota West High School. He has been in five other shows during his time at Miami, including Down in Mississippi, where he played the lead role, John. Epstein said in the past he has mainly played villains. “They were all really interesting characters.” Epstein said. “The thing about being the villain is you have to find the greater good in what you’re doing, you can’t think that you’re the villain.” Graduate student Matthew Coon will direct Woyzeck. Coon graduated from Denison University in 2008 with a degree in theatrical performance. “I first ran across the show as an undergraduate and thought it was everything theater should be and very challenging acting-wise,” Coon said. “This is one of the most formative pieces in Western Theater.” Coon said this is his first time directing something of this magnitude at Miami. “When I presented it to the selection committee for approval, I expected some resistance because of its controversial nature, but was surprised and delighted when it was embraced the way it was,” Coon said. Coon said he has known he would be doing this show for about a year.

Rehearsals for the cast of 10 began at the start of the semester. Coon said the most challenging aspect of this show has been coordinating the set design. “Originally, we had no one signed up to do set design for the show, so we held a contest in the department so we could choose what worked best,” Coon said. “The four competing designs were phenomenal and I wish I could have used them all in some way, but unfortunately we had to pick one.” Coon said he could not have asked for a better cast for the show. “It has been incredible to go on this journey of discovery with them,” Coon said. “Epstein has had quite a job, being in every scene in the show. I don’t believe anyone else would be better suited for this role.” Coon said directing Woyzeck has been an unforgettable experience for him, but because of the nature of the play some scenes are hard to watch. “Some make you laugh, others make you cry; this show is a mix of every emotion,” Coon said. Senior Erin Lann plans to attend the upcoming play. “This show is really important historically because it inspired the expressionism movement,” Lann said. “It is also supposed to be very surreal so I am excited for that.”


A student prepares to perform the play Woyzeck during a dress rehearsal. Coon said every Miami student should take advantage of the opportunity to attend shows like Woyzeck. “Students at Miami only have to pay six dollars for a level of worldclass theater that one cannot even get in major cities that specialize in theater,” Coon said. “At the least, I can promise you will see something that you have never seen before,” Coon said. “At

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the most, I hope this show completely changes your view of life. That is what theater is.” Woyzeck will be presented at 8 p.m. in Studio 88 Feb. 17 to 19 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 to 21. Tickets are $6 for students, $8 for seniors and $9 for the general public, and can be purchased at the Shriver Box Office, online at or by calling (513) 529-3200.


continued from page 2 natural experiences, moving it into something that’s more tactile.” Kandel then transformed the experiences she created in the studio onto a panel of paint. “It’s really about that cycle of experiencing something,” Kandel said. Senior Nate Greene’s work was the most diversified, including paintings and sculptures where one would look into a peephole and see an image. One image was even 3D. “I really wanted to change the way people were looking at my artwork,” Greene said. “Instead of being able to stand far away and actually see everything, you have to get up close and actually touch the piece to make it even work.” Greene said his two favorite pieces were prints. The prints were of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., and Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, portrayed as superheroes. Students had to be nominated by teachers to be featured in the exhibit. Both Kandel and Greene said they were honored. Sophomore Marcus Monte saw the works of all three artists, and liked Armacost’s LIGH the most. “It does a really good job of portraying a future of America with fewer rights,” Monte said.

Students slip and slide down the hills of Miami’s landscape in the blizzard Mother Nature delivered to Oxford Monday, Feb. 15.

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February 16, 2010


Editors Kelsey Bishop Erin Fischesser

Ohio plans to stop sex trade Study finds legal repercussions “weak,” prevalence high Seniors rob taxi driver, flee scene At 3 a.m. Friday, officers reported to a robbery in progress involving a taxi driver at the intersection of Tallawanda and Vine Streets. When police arrived, the driver reportedly told them a male and two females had been in the car and asked for a ride to 210 Tallawanda St. When they got in the vehicle, the driver said it appeared the females were not with the male and one of the asked how much the ride would cost before she agreed. According to police, the driver reportedly heard the male tell the females to jump out of the car as it turned onto Tallawanda Street. When the females attempted to do so, the automatic lock reportedly continued to lock them inside. The driver reportedly asked what was happening and was hit in the head by an unknown object as he pulled over to the side of the road. When the car stopped, the male reportedly fled westbound on Vine Street and one of the females, later identified as Miami University senior Elizabeth Grenfell, also began to run but came back to the car when the driver stopped the other female, Miami senior Kathleen McClain. McClain and Grenfell reportedly hit the driver and as they did, his cigarettes and cash fell out of his front shirt pocket. Grenfell reportedly tried to grab the falling items. The driver was able to call 9-1-1 and tried to hold the two females until police came, but was unable to do so. He reportedly grabbed McClain’s jacket and pulled it off of her as she ran away. Police reportedly found McClain’s jacket laying beside the vehicle when they arrived and found a Blackberry in the pocket with her name on it. The driver also reportedly had a pair of black high heels and showed police that his lip was bleeding and his glasses had been broken. Grenfell and McClain were each charged with robbery. According to police, the male was not found or identified.

Male stops intoxicated female from driving At 2:30 a.m. Friday, officers reportedly observed a female in the front seat of a vehicle with a male standing next to her on East Church Street. According to police, it appeared the female was trying to push the male out of the door area. The officer reportedly asked if there was a problem and noticed the female, identified as Jessica Meyers, 20, had very slurred speech. According to police reports, it was later learned that the male subject, identified as Miami University sophomore Brendan Jones, 20, was attempting to keep Meyers from driving the vehicle because she had been drinking. The officer reportedly detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on the breath of both Meyers and Jones and both admitted to drinking at a bar earlier in the night. Meyers and Jones were each charged with underage intoxication.

By Tom Segell Senior Staff Writer

A disconcerting study has exposed a troubling issue: Toledo, Ohio ranks fourth amongst American cities with crimes involving sex trafficking of minors. A strategy to combat this issue is underway, Ohio District Attorney Richard Cordray said. “We don’t want to sit around here and study the problem,” Cordray said. “We want to solve it.” Police officers around the state have undergone special training to familiarize themselves with the nature of sex trafficking. “We’ve trained more than 300 officers already on the issue of trafficking because they’ve been telling us they don’t know how to look for it, how to solve it,” Cordray said. Before the crime was brought to full awareness, with help from Cordray, the charges for sex trafficking were minimal. Cordray hopes to remedy this by looking at changes in state law and examining how other states tackle the issue. The Report on the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio, a

study released by the Ohio Traf- are not a lot of safe havens for ficking in Persons Study Com- children in these situations.” mission, concluded Ohio does In fact, finding and rescunot properly address the pres- ing the children after they’ve ence of sex trafficking, calling been immersed in the trade is a the legal repercussions “weak.” difficult endeavor, Cordray said. “I don’t know why they were “That’s something we’ve weak,” Cordray said. “Possibly been working on,” Cordray because we’re in denial; denial said. “Some victims come to that it didn’t exist us through the here, or in broadjustice system, er society, which “We’ve trained more or some from than 300 officers is false.” hospitals. Other The victims of already on the issue times it is word the sex trade are of trafficking because of mouth, or usually females escape.” they’ve been telling they and the ages According to us they don’t know Cordray, runrange from 12 to 17, Cordray said. how to look for it, aways and forAccording to eign children are how to solve it.” Cordray, finding the most at-risk an effective sodemographic. RICHARD CORDRAY lution is difficult Foreign chilOHIO DISTRICT because oftendren are preyed ATTORNEY GENERAL times the children upon because are prosecuted they can be easunder the assumption they are ily manipulated and controlled prostitutes, not victims of a per- by their legal paper work or vasive sex trade. documentation, Cordray said. “It’s a separate but significant The traffickers, usually lowproblem,” Cordray said. “Some- level pimps, use drugs to control times the children get prosecut- others, Cordray said. ed, which is not always approIf they are not thrown into the priate. We try and locate them sex trade, they are sometimes to the child welfare system, not used for forced labor purposes, the child juvenile system. There Cordray said.

Toledo’s high ranking may be baffling to some, but Cordray attributes it to the geographical location of Ohio. “We are in a real crossroads in geography,” Cordray said. “We’re the total crossroads of Midwest and close to Canada.” Miami University sophomore Graham Pickering, a resident of neighboring Findlay, said he was unaware of Toledo’s prevalent criminal activity. “It’s almost surreal knowing that statistically Toledo is equal to major cities when speaking of sex trafficking,” Pickering said. Pickering, like Cordray, also saw the location of Ohio as a potential reason for a blossoming sex trade. “I think the location too is very advantageous for criminal behavior,” Pickering said. “It’s situated in between Detroit and Cincinnati and is very accessible via I-75.” Cordray knows it may not be easy, but he is ready for the challenge of safeguarding Ohio’s children. “It is a difficult task to identify the problem to find ways to address it effectively,” Cordray said. “We want to stamp out the trade.”

Rental companies change marketing tactics By Ty Gilligan Staff Writer


With the sophomore on-campus living requirement and rising costs of off-campus living, many would expect the market for off-campus housing would be in decline. However, Oxford’s property management companies have reported the off-campus housing market has been largely unaffected and the demand for housing is still high. Matt Rodbro, president of Red Brick Properties which manages 60 properties in Oxford, said his company has not had any issues this year. Rodbro said Red Brick Properties are 100 percent rented for 2010-11. “We have a few groups whose plans have changed and are looking to lease their units, but all of our properties were leased Oct. 1, 2009,” Rodbro said. Besides The Lofts at 1 West High St. (above Chipotle), and The Metropolitan Lofts at Church, located at 111 E. Church St., Rodbro said most of Red Brick’s properties are large single-family homes and annexes. CKC Rentals, another Oxfordbased property management company, matched Red Brick Properties’ positive

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CKC Rentals is including some utilities in semester rent CKC Rentals installed wireless Internet and electronic locks Red Brick Properties constantly updates properties for a modern, high-end experience

renting season. CKC Rentals manages The Lofts at Stewart Square located above CVS and Patterson’s Café and several other properties in Oxford. Pan Lindley, CKC Rentals employee, said CKC rents to 251 students with 62 separate leases and properties. CKC was successful in renting almost all of their properties for the 2010-11 school year. Lindley said except for the 12-apartment complex at 301 East Sycamore, they are 100 percent occupied for the 2010-11 term. Lindley said the on-campus living requirement for sophomores has affected the way rental companies market their properties. For example, CKC has included utilities with their properties to entice students to rent off-campus. Now, CKC will pay for

sewer and water at Stewart Square and at 301 East Sycamore for the 2010-11 term. “We always look at the market to see if we are meeting our tenants’ needs,” Lindley said. “We installed wireless Internet and electronic locks last year.” According to Rodbro, rental companies in Oxford are continuously updating their properties to make them attractive to prospective student renters. “We are constantly updating our properties to ensure that students have a modern, high-end experience,” Rodbro said. The sophomore living requirement has had other effects as well. “We actually saw a larger vacancy for this current term, which we believe was directly

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Local artist and author Kris Courtney displays his artwork Friday during open studios at the Oxford Community Arts Center.


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Another commonly quoted issue is the quality of teachers at community schools. “Teachers in charter schools don’t have to meet the same Ohio students enrolled in community schools jumped by highly qualified standards,” Francis said. nearly 8 percent in the 2008-09 school year, according to Francis fears students in community schools are the Ohio Department of Education’s annual report. receiving a lesser quality of education because of this. Although the 8 percent increase was large, it is actuScott Blake, press secretary for the Ohio Department ally a slowdown from increases in the past two years. of Education, voiced similar concerns about community Generally called charter schools, the report uses the schools’ educators. term “community schools” as all public schools in Ohio “The licensure structure and requirements are different,” have charters. Blake said. Miami University senior Alyse Pennington entered MiAccording to Blake, this means the teachers are highly ami with 94 credits. She attributed this success to her high qualified but not subject to specific criteria, meaning school, Dayton Early College Academy (DECA), which is community school teachers could potentially have only a a community school. As a future English teacher, Penning- substitute teaching license. ton would like to teach in an urban, Bill Sims, president and chief exlow-income school in Dayton. ecutive officer of the Ohio Alliance “Most parents understand for Public Charter Schools, strongly “I would consider going back to the school I came from; I want to pay disagrees with what he described intuitively that their child it forward,” Pennington said. has different learning styles as the myth that charter schools are Pennington said the personalless certified. ... so with school choice and ized learning plans and educational According to Sims, the only freedom are reasons to teach at the a variety of schools ... parents difference is that a certified comcommunity school. munity school teacher does not can try to match the right Miami graduate André Partee have to teach in his or her subject school for their kid.” teaches at the Mt. Auburn Internaarea. For instance, a certified Engtional Academy (MAIA). Partee delish teacher can also teach a social BILL SIMS scribed the school as an alternative studies course. PRESIDENT AND CEO for mostly working class AfricanSims outlined some of the other THE OHIO ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC Americans in inner city Cincinnati. differences between traditional pubCHARTER SCHOOLS “The quality of education (the lic schools and community schools. students) receive at this school … He said community schools are (makes) a big difference in the students’ lives,” Partee said. public schools and receive state funding that does not come Partee teaches English-intensive classes, where failing or from property taxes. borderline failing students can learn in smaller classes. “Most parents understand intuitively that their child has According to Partee, MAIA also encourages student to different learning styles … so with school choice and a vabecome involved in non-scholastic interests. One period riety of schools … parents can try to match the right school per day, students attend “Student Life,” an extracurricular for their kid,” Sims said. activity of their choosing. According to Sims, the schools tend to be smaller and However, not all feedback on community schools more specialized with more parental involvement. Howis positive. ever, he believes the number one reason why children are Michelle Francis, a lobbyist for the Ohio School attending community schools is safety. He said parents do Board Association, recalled a recent debacle with Harte not believe that traditional public schools are safe. Crossroads schools in Columbus. Sims thinks traditional public schools and community Francis said the Ohio state audit found that nearly $4 mil- schools need to learn from each other. He looks forward to lion is still owed to the government and former teachers. an end to the charter war as traditional public schools face She added that one of the biggest problems with communi- the reality. ty schools is the lack of fiscal and academic accountability. “Charter schools are here to stay,” Sims said. For The Miami Student



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Junior Brian Hackman (top) clears snow from his car Monday on Beech Street. After the city declares a snow emergency, crews tow a car parked on the Campus Avenue snow route (bottom).


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“It really is the best deal in town,” said Amy Macechko, health and wellness coordinator at Kramer. The third graders will also receive nutrition education for five weeks this year taught by Miami University’s Student Dietetic Association (MUSDA). The two institutions teamed up to form what Macechko calls a mutually beneficial relationship after they received the grant from Healthy Action Kids District No. 6. Five other elementary schools in the area also received grants. The grant allowed Kramer to purchase new equipment, such as blenders that help make the fruit smoothies now offered. Nancy Parkinson, head of MUSDA, worked with Talawanda School’s wellness committee and Macechko to help jumpstart the program. Together, the women worked alongside Karen Taylor, cafeteria manager, to develop healthy, gourmet breakfast meals that students might not have the opportunity to receive elsewhere. One of the options featured at the school, is an English muffin with cream cheese, featuring a smiley face made out of vegetables. According to Macechko, this helps to keep the meals exciting to children that are sometimes uninterested in

nutritional meals. Students are also introduced to items such as whole-wheat pancakes with raspberry applesauce that help to reinforce nutritional value that MUSDA teaches in the classroom. Alison Rudy, president of MUSDA, is one of the students who serves food to students every morning in the breakfast line. “Each day focuses on a certain food group,” Rudy said. “Now more students than ever are being served.” With the new line, students can get their meals faster after getting off the bus. “Now the kids eat more of their breakfast rather than throwing it away, thanks to the new line,” Rudy said. More Miami students than ever are participating in the actual serving line to help get breakfast to hungry elementary students, Rudy said. The plan to develop a nutritional partnership between the elementary school and the university has been in the works for a year. Once Miami dietetic majors and MUSDA members heard about the grant, they went to Kramer and worked with third and fourth graders where the partnership began. Third grade was most receptive to the program and with four different third grade classes this year, 100 students will be reached over the five-week period. They do puzzles and group activities while learning about new foods, Parkinson said. Rudy said in fall 2009 MUSDA also

gave the parents a presentation in order to enlighten them about the positive changes in the cafeteria’s program. “We hope students will convey what they’ve learned in the classroom to their families as they shop for food,” Macechko said. This year, MUSDA gave a nutritional pre-test to Kramer students in order to understand what knowledge the third graders already had about nutritional value in meals. “(Results were) pleasantly surprising,” Macechko said. “The students actually knew the five major food groups. I have been impressed with their overall enthusiasm for health.” Rudy described the lasting impact she feels the new program will have the students’ future food choices. All people involved have noted positive outcomes. “The program has been exciting for everybody involved,” Parkinson said. Macechko said the Kramer staff and faculty have been excited about the program as well. “They can see the students excitement and here them discussing the fruit smoothies,” Macechko said. The grant provides for the program this school year, but plans to continue the positive changes are already being brought to the table. “We’ve got new recipes and menus so I would like to implement them into our regular program in following years,” Taylor said. “The kids are enjoying it.”


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Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments, the metropolitan planning organization for the Greater Cincinnati Area. The STP program has a limit of $6 million. Construction wouldn’t begin until October 2013. The road improvements will increase the shoulder width of the road, add center turn lanes at all intersections and upgrade the intersection at Chestnut Street and Stillwell-Beckett Road. Due to the increase traffic to Oxford, some think road construction is necessary. Leslie Roytek, mother of a Miami University sophomore, hopes Oxford will receive the grant. “I worry every time I let my daughter drive back to school,” Roytek said. “Road construction on U.S. 27 is long overdue.” The addition of sidewalks will help improve the safety of citizens in Oxford. There will be a new high school built that will rely on sidewalks. Also, the influx of business to Oxford has increased traffic and deteriorated the roads. However, others are frustrated at the recent amount of construction on U.S. 27. Sophomore Michael Goldenberg avoids driving on U.S. 27 because of recent detours and construction. “I don’t think road construction is necessary,” Goldenberg said. “It will continue to be an inconvenience for Miami students.” The city of Oxford is hoping to hear back about funding approval from Sen. Brown in the coming months.

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alumni after our match that weekend,” Leahy said. “It was inspiring to to see all those women come back and support us. It’s a lot of fun to catch up with them, especially because our coach has been at Miami for more than 25 years and they Driving in rented station wagons to sporting events and sharing team jerseys is have the best stories.” something our current female student athletes know little about. But for the lady Senior Kasey Carpenter, a member of the Miami swim team, agreed. ’Hawks of 20 years ago, those inconveniences were common practice. “The reunion was a great way to connect the past and the present In October 2009, Miof Miami women’s athletics,” ami University’s campus Carpenter said. welcomed female athletic Eloiza Domingo-Snyder, direcalumni to commemorate tor of Office of Diversity Affairs, the 20-year anniversary works alongside the athletic deof receiving varsity letpartment to market the program’s ters. This special occasion sports teams. brought together female “Miami athletics is definitely athletes from decades of cognizant of gender equality in Miami’s history, as well sports,” Domingo-Snyder said. as the school’s current “They recognize the differences rosters of female student in terms of needs and competition athletes to share their treafor men and women.” She views sured experiences. the marketing efforts as a spotThe mix of old and new light for equitable resources athletes gave the reunion for the athletics program. a shared feeling of exciteDomingo-Snyder seemed ment to share stories and excited about the recLady ‘Hawks celebrate 20-year varsity letter reunion differences that have deognition of female veloped over time. The athletes at Miami. gathering was an eager “I was thrilled response to President to see a celebraDavid Hodge’s cretory recognition ative challenge to of the women’s plan an event that athletics here at would engage Miami,” Doalumni, bring mingo-Snyder them back to said. “It was campus and inexciting to spire enthusiasm hear about about university the event taking place on activities. campus; the The idea of a reunion drew female alumni athattention to an letic reunion at Miessential gender ami was an effort to issue in athletics.” draw attention to the Gilbert feels 20-year anniversary of Title IX opened the the federal decision of door for women athTitle IX and its affects on letes to succeed in a life women’s athletics. of sports. Jen Gilbert, associate athletic “The installation of Title IX director and Miami volleyball created a brand new culture for alumnus, said Title IX was the 1974 women in athletics,” Gilbert said. “It federal legislation that stated any public allowed women to train with esteemed university that receives government funding coaches and qualified facilities — benefits that may not hold prejudice against women’s athletic before Title IX, only men enjoyed.” programs, and the financing must be divided evenly Gilbert said universities are able to afford the coaches and between both male and female sports. This legislation not only equated the playing field monetarily, but also established women’s sports teams at administrators necessary for athletes to improve their skills. “It has given women the chance to exercise their competitive passion,” Gilbert said. a varsity level instead of their previous status as club teams. Gilbert was happy to see the female alumni athletes receive recognition for their Although the federal regulation elevated female teams to varsity level in hard work and accomplishments from the past. 1974, it was not until 1991 Miami female athletes began receiving tangible “It was nice for the alumni, myself included, to be acknowledged in the athvarsity letters. letic world of Miami,” Gilbert said. “It was great to connect the past with the “When I was playing volleyball at Miami, the men received letter jackets and present and see how far women’s white letters to show their athletic involveathletics has come since I was ment, while the women only received It has given women the chance to playing (volleyball).” starter jackets,” Gilbert said. “We were exercise their Senior Maggie Marcum said her never given actual letters to show our associate athletic director relationship with alumni athletes is a school spirit.” bond that has shaped her experience A special edition to the reunion was the at Miami. “Panel of Legends.” This panel consisted of women athletes from evassociate athletic director “I do still talk to past alumni, mostly the girls whom ery decade (mostly 1960 to present), to talk about their past collegiate parI played with since freshman year,” Marcum said. “We have formed a bond that ticipation and compare their disparities. Gilbert said the current student athletes were humored to know their athletic not many get to experience. My experience here at Miami as an athlete has been predecessors of the 1970s used rented station wagons as forms of transportation on of the most memorable in my life. I have learned life lessons that I can use for the future. Playing field hockey at Miami has made me the person I am today and to and from competitions. “It was fun to see the alumni interact with the current athletes and compare I know it will help make me to be successful for the future.” Senior Maria Leahy, a member of the Miami volleyball team, agreed. stories of their past experiences,” Gilbert said. “The reunion produced a common “I’ve learned more about relationships, commitment and perseverance as a bond that was an excited new development between the generations.” female student athlete than in any other experience,” Leahy said. “It’s invaluLike Gilbert, senior Maria Leahy enjoyed the company of the alumni. able to have such an opportunity and I will always remember how “I talked with volleyball special it was.”

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Lady ‘Hawks celebrate 20-year varsity letter reunion


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“Panel of Legends” inspire Miami student athletes and alumni October 2009.


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MU grads to perform at Stadium Bar By Evan Trout

For The Miami Student

The band Cavashawn, composed of four Miami University graduates, will be performing in a multi-act show around midnight, March 4 at Stadium Sports Bar and Grille. Composed of Scott Salmon, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, Chris Hellmann on guitar, Benton Kubicki on bass and Jesse Feister on drums, the band has been making waves in the music scene both in their home of Chicago and throughout the Midwest. They have received attention from surrounding areas and were named one of the top unsigned bands in the country by MySpace Music, according to the band’s official Web site. The band met in high school in Cincinnati and has been together for around nine years. The band has gone under the names Marking Twain and Premium and lost a member upon moving to Chicago. The four current members have always been together, performing as Cavashawn for the past two and a half years. They have two extended plays (EPs) out, Cavashawn (Black) and Cavashawn (White), Feister said. “We’re an indie-realm band, comparable to Weezer and Cheap Trick,” Feister said of the band’s style. “And we’ve definitely been influenced by the Beatles a lot, too. So I guess it’s pop, but a little heavier, a little more like rock. It’s just really fun.” Salmon’s lyrics accompany the songs talking about situations he hopes are meaningful for whomever may be listening. “I try to distance myself personally from my lyrics, it’s healthy … A lot of my lyrics aren’t even real situations at all, but just because it’s not real for me doesn’t mean it’s not real for somebody,” Salmon said. “You just have to make it believable and identifiable.” The mix of music and lyrics got the attention of producer Jim Wirt, who has worked with Incubus, Hoobastank and Jack’s Mannequin, among others. He liked Cavashawn so much, the band flew out to California and worked with him to produce Cavashawn (White), the second of the two EP’s.

The band is excited to get back to its roots in the town where it got its start, Feister said. “Being from the Midwest, we were always taught to keep ourselves humble, so coming back to where we got our start is really exciting,” Salmon said. Other band members agreed it would be a good thing to play at their alma mater on Green Beer Day. “We’re excited to get back; it’s been about a year (since we’ve played in Oxford),” Feister said. “We usually focus on the bigger cities, but it’s really cool that it worked out, especially on such a big day … we’re really excited to get back in front of the student body.” The band had been planning on a small Midwestern tour and had a show in Cincinnati when they decided to stop in Oxford. “It really just came together,” Feister said. Some older students at Miami who have heard the band before are eager for the entertaining group to return. Among those who cannot wait is senior Nick Huebner. “They’re really good,” Huebner said. “I remember seeing them when I worked (at a festival uptown) at the end of my sophomore year. They had a really unique sound. It’s cool that they’re coming back, I hope I get to see them.” First-year Jake Driscoll was not at first aware of the band. “I had never heard of them until I heard about this Green Beer Day show, but I checked them out online and they’re really good,” Driscoll said. “Now that I’ve listened a little bit, I actually hope to get to see them.” Although Salmon said not being on MTV or on the radio, a band can’t expect anybody to really know them, he thinks Oxford will be in for a treat with their show. Along with Cavashawn, the bands The Heyday and State and Madison will be performing. “They’re both really good live bands,” Salmon said. “They’re bands we’ve been on tour with and they’re a lot of really good guys I guess is how I would describe them.” Salmon said they have played with State and Madison a lot before, as both are Chicago-based, and have mutually helped each other’s fan bases grow.


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correlated with Miami University’s new policy to house sophomores,” Lindley said. “We worked harder to reach the current sophomores and juniors early in the fall to be sure they were aware of our property before signing.” Sophomore Zach Adams chose to live in a house off-campus next year. “(I chose it) because of its location and the living arrangements inside it,” Adams said. “It’s close to uptown, which means it’s more convenient for my schedule and weekends.” Adams also said there are benefits of having more space in an off-campus property. “My three housemates and I have our own rooms and they are all nearly as big as a dorm room so the extra space will be great,” Adams said. According to Rodbro, the changes in campus housing have not greatly affected his business. “This has been our busiest year to date,” Rodbro said. “Students are demanding more from their off-campus housing situation and it is our mission to provide it. In the history of our company, we have never had a vacancy.” Rodbro believes Miami’s on-campus housing requirements could cause issues in the future. “(Because of) Miami’s asinine sophomore policy, most students only get two years off campus,” Rodbro said. “We think they should have the best experience possible for those two years.”  Many students are already looking forward to living off-campus next year. “Overall, I think we picked a great house and it will make for a great year next year,” Adams said.

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MU must accommodate growing Internet use


ctogenarian former Senator Ted Stevens once famously attempted to explain the Internet thus: “It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes.” Despite widespread technical misunderstanding of it, the Internet has become a vital tool for communication, commerce and education. As a major institution of higher learning, Miami University should be providing its students and faculty with high quality Internet service. While Miami has increased bandwidth 130-fold since 2000, the growth in the number of students using the Internet and changes in the manner it is used seem to have outpaced Miami’s efforts to keep up. The Internet’s role in the classroom and the demand for bandwidth will continue to increase in the coming years and decades. The editorial board of The Miami Student believes Miami needs to adopt a sustainable, long-term means of funding and meeting the Internet needs of students and faculty. Miami’s Information Technology (IT) Services would like to double bandwidth by spring break, but the funding source for such an increase has not yet been identified. The university is considering several possibilities: a $16 per student per semester increase in housing fees, an increase in the student technology fee or use of the existing budget until fees can be implemented. This board believes further increasing student fees is a short-sighted solution that will prove to be short-lived.

The use of fees suggests Miami views the Internet as a luxury or a bonus for students. Given the widespread use of Blackboard, Internet search databases, video streaming of educational materials and digital means of assignment submission, the Internet is clearly no longer just another service offered by the university. It has become absolutely central to the educational experience, and there is no reason to believe its importance will do anything but increase for the foreseeable future. Increasing fees to fund every increase in bandwidth — and more bandwidth will undoubtedly be needed again within the next few years — is not a sustainable funding solution. Miami needs to build increasing Internet costs into its regular budget. The Internet is used for learning and needs to be paid for in the same manner as other vital learning tools. The increase in bandwidth demand did not sneak up on Miami. It was as inevitable as the increases that will surely be needed within the next several years. Miami should not again allow its Internet service to fall behind student demand. Miami must develop a long-term plan for providing and funding sufficient bandwidth to meet our institutional needs. The Internet is not a truck. And no, Mr. Stevens, it is not a series of tubes. It is an indispensable tool that has defined this century and will likely continue to, and Miami needs to plan for it.

Revised summer schedule encourages flexibility


tarting this summer, Miami University will implement a new summer class schedule that will benefit both students and faculty. The new schedule offers four, six, eight and 12-week courses. The new schedule was devised in hopes of encouraging more students to take classes at Miami over the summer rather than at other institutions. The editorial board of The Miami Student supports the change of the summer schedule. The new time intervals are more compatible with student and faculty schedules. The one-week break between spring and summer courses as well as the two-week break between the summer and fall semesters give students ample time to move in and out, lowering both stress and Oxford congestion. The more flexible summer schedule may attract students that have summer jobs or internships lined up to take classes at Miami, instead of going elsewhere. The board recommends students carefully plan their summer school schedule in order to get the most out of their courses. The four-

week summer course period is a useful, but intense option. Therefore, students who need one more course in order to graduate may find this option helpful. The fourweek schedule should be used by those who want to receive credit in a short amount of time, but also want to work another job or have other plans for the summer. However, material learned in a short amount of time is often forgotten. To avoid the loss of important and relevant material for a student’s major or minor, courses that apply to the major or minor should be taken in the longer summer sessions. The longer, less intense six, eight and 12-week courses should be taken by students who want to study the course subject more in-depth. The board encourages students to remember that certain classes will not necessarily be offered to fulfill requirements. If seniors are planning on taking four-week summer classes, the board encourages these students to meet with their advisers to clarify what will and will not be offered during the summer.

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Article viewed as degrading to women I’m writing in regards to the infamous “Whore-o-scopes” article in the Feb.12 edition of The Miami Student. First, I know I will not be the most important person to write you a letter about this offensive, degrading, demeaning, backwards and ignorant piece that was published in our historic paper, so I will be brief. First, I’d encourage all the individuals up in arms to not point the finger at the editor in chief, though it is her duty take the brunt of your criticism. Remember that she likely relies on the author of the article, who happens to be the editor of The Amusement, to approve all the articles that go in that portion of the Student. As a male I was nothing short of appalled with what I read, I can only imagine how a woman would feel. This is a newspaper that is read by community members, alumni, faculty, staff and our administration, not HBO. As the Secretary for OffCampus Affairs, I spend 15 hours of my week with community members. They have helped shape my Miami Experience and for this paper that is delivered across the city to so blatantly degrade residents of Oxford is nothing short of irresponsible and backwards. The irony in how the author of this piece seeks to use stereotypes in her favor, as she herself completely optimizes every negative stereotype that can be laid upon a Miami University student is something to gawk at. When any of the authors or

editors at the Student touches their pen to paper they speak on behalf of this student body whether they like it or not; and this is the image we are sending our alumni, our professors, our parents, our fellow residents? How about the hundreds of prospective students visiting Miami this weekend … how appealing Miami must be to the young girl or her father who read this piece. Or what about the mother who is leery about the stereotypes associated with Miami University — will she send her daughter here or Ohio State University? Removing the article from the Internet is one thing; the papers should be pulled from every location on campus. Before you draw cartoons defacing the young, inexperienced, ambitions and courageous staff of student leaders at the start-up newspaper The Odyssey look at what is being published in your “newspaper.” With April Fools Day fast approaching I hope your staff gets the message that vindictive attacks on Greeks, community members, professors, women and your fellow students is not humor, nor do the words “whore” and “slut” belong in a newspaper publication. I encourage the student media organization and the editor in chief to have a long talk about the integrity of The Miami Student and what role they see the individuals involved in this piece, and the Amusement in general, playing in the future of our historic and nationally read newspaper. Matthew R. Ciccone

Paper must reflect university image I can’t believe what I just read in the Feb. 12 issue of The Miami Student. The entire section on Whore-o-scopes and the Infamous Top 7 is absolutely disgusting and inappropriate, by Anna Turner and Liz Caskey. These are things that belong in the grocery store checkout aisle in a “rag magazine.” What if a prospective student and his or her parents picked up a copy of this newspaper and read it? Is this what we want to project our university as being all about, especially in this time of low enrollment? I believe in freedom of speech, but I feel this is totally inappropriate trash for a prestigious college newspaper and can’t believe the administration on this campus allows such things to continue to be printed. Let’s grow up and stop printing such childish trash and stick to news stories worthy of our newspaper. Cathy Edwards

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Make a difference locally

Why doesn’t Miami University see more green? Everyday, the oncampus garbage bins overflow with water bottles, beer cans and pizza boxes as a tribute to the lack of outdoor campus recycling bins. On Miami’s Associated Student G overnment’s Thomasina (ASG) suggestion Johnson Web site, many students voted to see more outdoor recycling options available. While walking around campus, students must decide to either throw away their water bottle, or keep it in their backpack and recycle it in an academic building or residence hall. Students may wonder why Miami can’t move into the 21st century and put more outdoor recycling bins outside of King Library, Shriver Center or the Farmer School of Business. Why not make everyone’s lives a little bit easier and encourage environmental awareness at the same time by putting more recycling bins outside? This seemingly simple solution is more complicated than just placing bins outside. There are several logical reasons why Miami doesn’t put more recycling bins outside, most of them relating to lack of funding. Putting more recycling bins outside would mean more work for buildings and grounds employees, resulting in the creation of more positions Miami can’t afford to pay. The bins themselves are also quite expensive. Have you seen the white collapsible bins in uptown park? According to http://www.theparkcatalog. com, an outdoor supply store, a supply of those small, dinky containers can cost $310. More durable recycling bins that may grace Miami’s campus can cost up to a whopping $2,070. Multiply this number by all of the high-traffic areas around campus that need outdoor recycling bins, and Miami’s budget is in deep trouble. Off-campus recycling has also been a confusing issue. If your house or apartment does not have recycling, the best place to bring your recyclables is to the Ditmer parking lot. Ditmer recycling is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Taking time out of your busy life to drive to Ditmer with your stinky recyclables may seem like a drag, but every little bit counts. Why are only certain numbers recyclable and others aren’t? The answer again, trickles down to economics. All plastics can be recycled, but whether the facilities and processing resources exist are another question. Each recycling symbol at the bottom of containers identifies the type of resin used in the manufacture of the plastic. Miami, like most of the country, only recycles numbers one and two. According to the NYC WasteLe$$ Web site, 90 percent of all plastic bottles and jugs are made of #1 PETE and #2 HDPE, two plastics that sell easily. According to a June 2, 2007 article in The Seattle Times, the “reasons for low national plastics recycling rates include the complexity of sorting and processing, unfavorable economics and consumer confusion about which plastics can be recycled.” Container lids cannot be recycled, but plastic bags can … most of the time. The rules of recycling change depending on your location. The best bet is to be a conscientious consumer and pay attention to the local recycling policy. The Miami community can do their part to reduce on-campus waste by supporting the recycling system we have. Sure, it’s not as good as what other schools or areas of the country might have, but it’s better than letting all of our plastic grace Mount Rumpke. The sluggish economy doesn’t help to boost recycling programs, but there still is hope. By making recycling a habit, we can all help make Miami see green, without spending more green.

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Cell phones challenge Constitution Although it comes short of being read as a bedtime story, the United States Constitution is thought by many to be a comfort during troubling times. Regardless of the political climate or international Jensen relations, the Henry document dubbed the supreme law of the land is always present, keeping a watchful eye over federal system and citizens’ rights. Even more heartening is the Constitution’s moniker of a “living document” — a 223-year-old channel through which current Americans can ask, “What would the Founding Fathers do?” However, nothing could have prepared the framers of the Constitution for the society we live in today. While Adams, Jefferson, & Co. intentionally used vague language so it could apply to future generations, they hardly could have anticipated the spread of modern technologies, like the Internet, cell phones and social networking. This brings us to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, which is currently hearing arguments on a case that may have the potential to be heard in the Supreme Court. The Department of Justice is seeking to reverse a lower court’s ruling that banned law enforcement from obtaining cell phone location records without a warrant. What does this mean for you? If the Justice Department

succeeds in overturning the previous decision, your cell phone’s location can be accessed by the government without probable cause. The ruling will have an immense effect on the implications of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures.” As long as your cell phone is turned on, your location history is accessible in two ways: either via the GPS device embedded in your phone or because each phone call is routed through multiple towers that can pinpoint your position to within 150 feet. This information can then be stored or retrieved on a real-time basis. The Justice Department maintains that law enforcement should only abide by the “reasonable suspicion” standard, meaning they can map your location and call length history without clearance from a judge. Justice Department attorneys argue this information can help to establish connections between crime rings, such as robbery, racketeering or drug trafficking, or narrow a suspect list based on whose cell phones were in an area at a specific time. However, even though the government’s intentions are admirable, allowing these cell phone records to easily fall into the hands of law enforcement is an enormous mistake. The Justice Department attorneys argue that because the information obtained falls into the noncontent category, it does not violate the Fourth Amendment. Yet can location information

truly be regarded as non-content? Consider this, a person’s location can potentially reveal if he or she is involved in a protest, political meeting, medical procedure, business dealing, religious service or even an extramarital affair. And as much as we may disapprove of some of these actions, that person still has the constitutional right to do them. We must weigh the rights of Americans, both present and future, against the goals of prosecutors. The vast improvements in technology have made it easy for law enforcement officials to sidestep traditional regulations while pursuing suspects. As a result, it is even more important now that we adhere to due process. If the government truly believes cell phone records will be enough to implicate a suspect, it should have enough justification for a judicially sanctioned warrant based on probable cause. According to David Kairys, constitutional law professor at Temple University, “When it came down to information as basic and personal as where you are, at what time, who you visit and where, the framers thought the government should only have access to that if there is probable cause to think a crime was committed.” The provision of “effects” in the Fourth Amendment should extend to modern devices such as cell phones. The intent of the Bill of Rights was simple — to protect the rights of American citizens against unjust acts by the government. It is true, our technology has changed. But our adherence to the Constitution should not.

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Selective cuts to graduate programs necessary fiscal choice As noted in a recent editorial, the university has decided to end funding for graduate assistantships in the department of comparative religion. Such decisions are always difficult, but they are necessary given the challenges the university faces. Miami University, like most universities across the nation, faces significant financial challenges, and we must reduce our overall spending. At all times, however, our aim is to accomplish our core strategic goal of making Miami’s undergraduate education amongst the best in the country while maintaining selective excellence in graduate education.  It is important to understand how the nature of university funding for graduate education has changed. Decades ago, when many of Miami’s current graduate programs were created, the state paid for much of graduate education. Due to many years of decline in state funding, and a heavy reliance on tuition waivers and stipends, a very high portion of graduate education is now subsidized by undergraduate tuition. We must therefore continually review graduate education and, given current funding trends, reduce the overall size of the graduate program. It is in this context that the decision regarding comparative religion was made even though graduate students do provide valuable contributions to our teaching and learning mission. In keeping with our broad approach to budget reductions across the university, we are not imposing across-the-board cuts for all graduate programs.  Rather we seek to ensure selective excellence in order to make sure the graduate programs we offer continue to be viable and strong. We are also exploring new models for graduate education, including an increased emphasis on students completing both their undergraduate and master’s degrees within five years, with students continuing to pay tuition for the graduate degree.  This could prove to be a very cost effective strategy for many students, and would lead to more of the costs of graduate education being provided by the students themselves.  Changing financial circumstances demand that Miami, like all universities, adopt significant reforms that proactively embrace a very rapidly changing higher education context. Our goal is not simply to preserve what we have had, but to do what is necessary so the university can prosper in the years ahead. Thank you, Jeffrey Herbst


Graduation brings new challenges February is the annual 28-day trip to the Bermuda Triangle of the calendar year: you’re not really sure how you got there, but you know that drifting through the foggy doldrums is no fun. Between the unforeseen snowfalls, threatening Amy icicles dangling Biolchini three-feet off the roof, slush-filled sidewalks, persistent dry skin issues and Valentine’s Day, skipping February would be perfectly fine with me. However, once you’re out of February, March hits you like a ton of bricks. For a graduating senior, March is a perilous heartbeat away from April. April is dangerously close to May 8. And that’s the day when the world ends. Or at least it seems like it right now. What comes next? Moving on from college feels like an impossible task. Going from the constant flow of energy that comes from living with your six best friends back home to a house that’s dead quiet at 9 p.m. isn’t the most exciting option. Starting over in a new city, a new apartment with (hopefully) a new job, is more than just slightly intimidating.

“Moving on from college is an impossible task.” Graduation is the end of an era. Everything does change — you can’t slack off first semester and tell yourself things will be different in the second one. Homework becomes work, and no longer becomes something you put off until 1 a.m. College has been the best kind of playground — a place you can chill for four years under the pretense that you’re supposedly being proactive and productive in pursuing your education and making something of yourself. Really, most of your education isn’t happening during a PowerPoint lecture — it’s in the random moments with your roommates when you least expect it. Watching the Olympics, the utter relief and ecstasy on the athlete’s faces when they finish their event is exactly the kind of feeling I want to have on graduation day. Even if they didn’t place, for many the chance to simply compete is worth more than any medal. I know my performance in college doesn’t deserve first place, but just surviving four years of deadlines, papers, scantrons and allnighters is a victory in and of itself. The grueling marathon is about to come to a close for me in a few short months. Never have I eaten so much Taco Bell for breakfast, or eaten so many eggs in my life. My junky laptop and I have cultivated the kind of intimate relationship some people could only dream of. My wardrobe has dramatically extended only in the sweatpants and sweatshirts category. Even though, as many of my relatives love to remind me, the “real world” is no fun, I’m done being in school. It’s time to do things I want to do, instead of just following a syllabus. I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t feel like the living dead at least twice a week. T-minus two months after February …

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being removed and the entire summer schedule is being redesigned so students will have the opportunity to take classes over a shorter period of time, as short as four weeks, giving the option for them to be able return home at the beginning of June and have time to work or complete and internship that requires the majority of the summer. According to Dave Sauter, university registrar, a task force chaired by Steve Snyder, executive assistant to the president and secretary to the board of trustees, began looking at various calendar issues a few years ago. Calendar changes this task force has already worked on include the creation of a standard time for spring break to occur and holding class on President’s Day to

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Information Technology (IT) Services is working to fix this issue by purchasing more bandwidth before spring break, according to Debi Allison, interim vice president for IT. “(Bandwidth) is like the pipeline that the Internet traffic goes through,” said Cathy McVey, senior director of strategic communication and planning. Miami’s residence halls have a finite capacity of bandwidth that is currently not sufficient for the amount of students connecting to the Internet, McVey said. Since the year 2000, the bandwidth to the residence halls has been increased from 1.5 megabits per second to 200 megabits per second, according to Allison — that’s an increase of more than 130 times




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avoid having a Monday/Tuesday switch day. “One of the big issues that came up in looking at the academic calendar was summer,” Sauter said. “We didn’t really tackle it on the first goaround. There were some other issues in that first go-around we just sort of set aside, one of them being, ‘Gee, what does summer really look like? Does it work?’ It’s a very old model.” The current summer model is made up of four sessions. Summer I and Summer III are back-to-back six week sessions beginning in May while Summer III and Summer IV are back-to-back five week sessions starting later in the summer and ending the Friday before the fall semester begins. Sauter said changes were looked into because many students chose to take summer classes at institutions closer to home, which the university receives data on as students transfer the credit back to Miami.

“One of the things that I had looked at way back when was data from what we would call Summer IV,” Sauter said. “It has some classes in it but the majority of the credit hours produced are thesis, independent studies, flexible things.” Sauter said sessions earlier in the summer were more popular. Senior Kersta Carlson has taken summer classes at Miami the past two years. “I really liked the two six-week sessions,” Carlson said. “It was a short enough time to get the credits done, and the first and third sessions didn’t overlap at all.” Snyder agreed the credit given out for the session was not necessarily completed during that time. “As we looked at the Summer IV session, there were very few classes offered because of lack of demand for them,” Snyder said. “The work that was being done during that time frame would either be special workshops and then people

working on dissertations and that’s not necessarily in-class type of work activity.” Now, summer will be a 12-week model with class options being offered over four, six, eight and 12-week periods. This leaves a oneweek break between spring semester and summer classes as well as a two-week break between summer classes and the fall semester. Carlson said the four-week sessions sounded appealing. Both summers she took classes, Carlson also completed internships, one summer with the Oxford Press and another with WMUB. “It would be nice because I could get more done in the summer,” Carlson said. According to Snyder, the hope is for the flexible new schedule to draw more students to take classes at Miami during the summer rather than other institutions. “We find now that a significant number of students are taking

classes at institutions at other locations over the summer,” Snyder said. “Now, maybe because they’re going back home or maybe because of job requirements, but they’re taking courses at community colleges and other universities and we would like to increase our share of the summer school business.” According to Susan MosleyHoward, dean of students and associate professor of educational psychology, these changes will not only benefit students but the faculty who teach during the summer as well. “As a faculty member, it gives me a chance to offer courses to mental health professionals and teachers in the field in a flexible amount of time,” Mosley-Howard said. She added faculty having the option to choose whether their classes last for four, six, eight or twelve weeks will be advantageous, as certain classes may work better over a shorter or longer period of time than what is currently offered.

the amount available in 2000. McVey said the current goal is to double the bandwidth to the residence halls by purchasing an additional 200 megabits per second, making a total of 400 megabits per second available to them. With television shows, movies and other media content available online, many students have begun watching videos and playing games on the Internet. Allison said video streaming occupies much of the bandwidth. “About half the traffic that comes into the residence halls over the Internet pipeline is for video,” Allison said. Associated Student Government (ASG) has given consideration to this issue, according to Daniel Sauter, technology director of ASG. “It seems like every couple weeks a senator asks about it,” Sauter said. “I’ve been hearing that question a lot and I think there’s pretty widespread frustration with

that problem right now.” Sauter said he had raised the issue at student technology advisory committee meetings and sent emails to administrators to remind them of the issue. He feels confident that IT Services is appropriately addressing the issue, so he did not propose that ASG draft a bill concerning it. “I am obviously looking out for (the entire student body), no matter where you live,” Sauter said. “(Everyone) should have equal access to fast Internet, and currently it doesn’t seem like that’s the situation.” IT Services is considering different sources from which to get funding for the project, one option being an increase in student housing fees. This fee would make the students benefiting from the additional bandwidth pay for it. It is estimated that increasing the student housing fees by $16 per student per semester would double the amount

of bandwidth for residence halls, Allison said. “It’s not going to solve the situation permanently,” Allison said. “We’ve increased the bandwidth to the residence halls since the year 2000, (when the) amount of bandwidth was 1.5 megabits per second.” The residence halls and academic buildings currently have separate bandwidths, but IT Services is investigating technologies that would allow bandwidth to be shared between the two. Sharing bandwidth might increase the Internet connection speed somewhat, but would not resolve the issue of the total bandwidth needed, Allison said. Allison hopes to have the issue resolved before spring break. “I know this is an issue for students in the residence halls,” Allison said. “Once we identify the funding, we can have the bandwidth available very,

very quickly.” The addition of bandwidth can be done essentially overnight, but the lack of funding is preventing it, Allison said. “Part of the reason identifying the funding is difficult is because it would be money paid every year to maintain that level (of bandwidth),” McVey said. Although the slow Internet connection has been an ongoing cause of complaint among students, IT Services has not attempted to increase the bandwidth until now. IT Services had been investigating whether there was something, other than an insufficient bandwidth, that wasn’t working properly. Until recently, they did not realize it was a bandwidth issue, Allison said. Allison said once the bandwidth is increased, both the wireless and wired Internet connections would become faster in residence halls, since both forms of connection use the same bandwidth.




continued from page 16 lead for good on Palmer’s second goal of the night. Palmer sent a shot in and saw it deflected high into the air, but the puck came straight down behind a sprawling Hammond and slid over the line to close out scoring for the night 3-2. The championship trophy was presented to the ecstatic Brotherhood in the locker room as the team celebrated achieving its monumental first goal of the season. “(Winning the regular season championship is) so emotional, it’s so exciting, it’s hard to put into words,” Palmer said. The series opener featured extremely close back and forth play. Saturday’s contest was a different story as the Red and White routed BGSU 10-2. After going one for five on the power play during Friday night’s game, the RedHawks wasted no time in the series finale, tallying their first goal of the night just 2:54 into the contest on their first man advantage. Freshman Curtis McKenzie fed the puck to junior Pat Cannone who was waiting in the crease, knocking it home to give the Red and White their seventh straight 1-0 lead.


continued from page 16 to abide by them. They hold an authority unmatched by coaches, team captains or fans. This authority of course is a social contract to honor the decisions made by the referee’s eyes and mental faculties. More often than not you will observe players, coaches and fans that do not agree with officials who are paid to be loyal and just to the

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Less than four minutes later, the RedHawks doubled their total. Miele dished ahead to Reilly Smith as he exited the penalty box, and Smith streaked up ice on a breakaway and snuck a shot under Hammond’s pads. After struggling to score in the opening period during the first half of the season, Miami has now outscored its opponents 13-0 in the first frame during the last seven games. The Falcons stormed in with a power play barrage of their own late in the period, but sophomore net minder Connor Knapp stood tall, denying rebound after rebound to prevent BGSU from halving the RedHawks’ 2-0 lead. Miami continued to dominate in the second frame and extended its lead to three at 5:24 when junior Carter Camper shot from the point and McKenzie redirected it out front. Forty six seconds later, Palmer put the biscuit in the basket. His goal put the Red and White up 4-0 and spelled the end of the game for freshman goalie Andrew Hammond, as Nick Eno was subbed in. BGSU’s patience and efforts finally paid off when the Falcons broke through with a goal of their own at 11:35 on the power play while junior captain Tommy Wingels and sophomore Alden Hirschfeld sat in the box. Amidst a melee in front of the net, Samuels-Thomas managed to chip the puck in over a sprawling

Knapp to make it 4-1. At 4:10, Brandon Smith picked the puck up between the circles and fired his fourth goal of the season over Eno’s shoulder shorthanded to give the Red and White a cushy four-goal lead. Miami followed one shorthanded lamplighter with another with just 1:01 remaining before the second intermission. Working on a delayed penalty, Miele and Palmer played keep away with the puck, skating circles around the Falcons deep in BGSU’s zone. Palmer, then Miele, put some nice spin moves on the puck, but it was Wideman who finally put it away from between the circles, giving Miami its fifth shorthanded goal of the season. Then, with 37 seconds remaining on the clock, things got ugly. It started when BGSU freshman Max Grover skated in on a rush and collided with Knapp. In a flash, Miami players collided with the Falcons, fists at the ready to defend their teammate. Sticks, gloves, helmets and even jerseys littered the ice in the biggest college hockey brawl to erupt in recent memory. As Hirschfeld and Grover were being escorted to the sin bin, Hirschfeld broke free of referee Kevin Hall and knocked Grover to the ice, garnering one of three ejections that would result from the scrum. In the end, the clash resulted in 67 total penalty minutes and a seven-minute

power play for the ’Hawks. “We’re going to take care of our goalies,” Brandon Smith said. “We’re not trying to be cheap, but if they’re going to take a shot at our goalie, we’re going to send a message.” By the time the final buzzer sounded, the two teams had combined for 166 penalty minutes — 79 for the visiting RedHawks and 87 for the Orange and Brown. Working on a man advantage that would last for roughly one third of the final period, freshman Joe Hartman netted Miami’s second power play goal of the evening at 1:13 of the third with a wrister from the top of the right circle. “(BGSU) just seemed to take penalty after penalty and it really killed them — they never got a chance to get in the groove,” Reilly Smith said. After Ruel was whistled for charging at 8:57 and freshman Devin Mantha was assessed a coincidental penalty, Blasi had some choice words for both BGSU Head Coach Dennis Williams and Hall and was ejected from the game. Blasi exited the ice with a bow in Hall’s direction and a wave to the crowd. Blasi’s dismissal didn’t faze the RedHawks, and Brandon Smith kept the action rolling with another power play goal at 11:15, making it 8-1. Wideman drilled a screamer of a slapshot from the point, but Smith got a piece of it just before it

zipped past Eno. Sophomore Trent Vogelhuber netted Miami’s ninth at 14:40 with Miele and sophomore Cameron Schilling assisting. Ruel winged a power play goal from the point at 17:48 to give BGSU its second tally of the night and marginally narrow an impossible gap. Finally, with just over a minute on the clock, Reilly Smith made it ten for the Brotherhood for the second straight Saturday night. With the win, Miami extended its CCHA unbeaten streak to 22 games. “I think when we’re on our game and we’re executing, we’re capable of (scoring 10 goals), but we’re also capable of winning close games,” Blasi said. Next weekend, the RedHawks will return to Steve Cady Arena for a series v. University of Nebraska at Omaha. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Friday night and 7:05 p.m. Saturday night. The Ohio News Network will provide television coverage, and fans can also tune into WMSR’s live broadcast at “We’re going to be in these games the rest of the way,” Blasi said. “Everybody’s going to play well. We’re going to have teams that want to win and need to win and we’re just going to have to play it out and whether we win 1-0, 3-2 or whatever, it really doesn’t matter.”

regulations of their respective sports. This is very common but neither ease nor acceptability come with its frequency. Regardless of the sport, level or temperature in degrees centigrade it can be very frustrating to disagree with the person who decides where the rules of the game are and are not being carried out properly. There is little consolation in being correct when the officials are wrong because argument tends to merely add to the punishments doled out. This disconnect leads many to an unfortunate bitterness and distrust

toward referees. Referees are not often discussed as friends of the game who just want it to go well — they are variables that can skew things in the wrong direction with their shortcomings. Of course I would suggest the vast majority of officials are truly friends of the game and they always wish to do their best, which is what makes the bitterness and distrust unfortunate as opposed to appropriate. There are a lot of good referees out there and more than this, good or bad; every one of them will fail to make the correct

calls eventually. What I’ve been considering is how often referees are congratulated for figuring out the correct calls, which should be more regular than the wrong calls. We expect that and take it in stride. We also see the mistakes as unexpected and unacceptable. In my most recent game with the awful officials I was certain to share my disapproval with them after the game when they no longer held authority over my team or me. In previous games with worthwhile referees, however, I didn’t go out of my way to tell them I thought they

did a good and decent job, or that I appreciated their effort. It seems very sad to me that if people are like me (and I think at least in this small way they tend to be) they will only see the bad in officials and fail to acknowledge the good. I’m not wise enough to propose a way to fix this issue; I can only hope these pessimistic tendencies don’t pervade every judgment I or we make. I also hope the referees from my last game were doing uncharacteristically terrible jobs and actually do well most of the time, and that they get to read this.

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BGSU knocks Miami out of top MAC East spot By Alex Butler Senior Staff Writer

It was a relationship that lasted for 20 hours and ended with heartbreak on Valentine’s Day. After flirting with first place in the MidAmerican Conference (MAC) for the last month, the Miami University RedHawk basketball team defeated the University of Toledo Rockets to snatch the top spot. Less than a day later, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) sent the Red and White back to Oxford with a 67-64 loss and only a memory of what it felt like to be No. 1. “We should have won,” senior Kenny Hayes said. “We were in first place but we just lost it. It’s kind of heartbreaking but we have to bounce back. We were playing with confidence and going after our goal to be MAC champs. We have to gain that confidence back.” Hayes had the rock in his hands just before the buzzer sounded and threw up a half court prayer that proved to be a symbol of how the ’Hawks effort was just a bit short against

the Falcons. “When you fall short, it’s kind of painful to talk about the good things you did because you know you also did some bad things,” Head Coach Charlie Coles said. “Our guys fought and I’ll give them that. They fought hard. But we have to get better and I think we will. The season’s not over with yet.” The 17 points by Hayes headlined the stat sheet, but an overall team effort was again the story for Coles’ crew. Sharpshooter Nick Winbush got in his groove for 14 points and 10 boards and helped the RedHawks to a 44 percent shooting night from downtown. Hot shooting earned the Red and White an early lead as they looked to extend their winning streak to six games with a solid first half effort. With a 22-13 lead midway through the period, they looked even better, but the Falcons fought back to within one at 24-23 to make the shooters sweat. But freshman Allen Roberts doused the nylon for four straight points before the first buzzer to give his team a 33-27 lead.

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Nick Winbush put up 14 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. BGSU burst to a 14-0 run to kick off the second half using muscle in the post both offensively and defensively and gained a quick 41-36 advantage. The Red and White fought back and grabbed another lead with hustle plays authored by Hayes and fellow senior Adam Fletcher but an easy bucket by the Falcons and clutch shooting from the stripe made it difficult for the RedHawks to stay in the game. Down three points late the ’Hawks had to grab a triple and the Falcons fouled to prevent the attempt. Hayes’ Hail Mary

followed and the Red and White found no love on the hearty holiday. “They outplayed us coming down the stretch,” Coles said. “They had a little more zip. They had more hustle than we had. We showed a lot of determination when we caught back up in the second half. But once we got a lead we didn’t stick together and do that job that we needed to do. We are not pleased with the final result. We were in first place and now we are not — we got to just take it on the chin and try to get better by Wednesday.”

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“Snow Leopard” ready to hit slopes in Vancouver By Adam Hainsfurther For The Miami Student

The Olympics represent everything great about the world we live in. Every four years the world is reminded that sportsmanship matters, cheaters never prosper and that even the little guy has a chance to hit it big. In Ghana that last item has never rang more true as it does today. This year Ghana makes it’s Winter Olympic debut in a sport that until recently no one would have ever guessed. Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, or as he prefers to be called, “The Snow Leopard,” has had a long trip to the top of Whistler Mountain, and there was never a chairlift in sight. Nkrumah-Acheampong, who was born in Glasglow, Scotland and raised in Ghana, only

started skiing six years ago after moving back to the United Kingdom. When he landed at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2004 it was snowing, as if foreshadowing the turn his life was about to take. After two years on indoor slopes, he moved to the outdoor slopes in a failed attempt to make it to Torino in 2006. And although he never made it to Italy, NkrumahAcheampong’s story was enough to get the attention of the sponsors he would need to keep his training going. “My coach told me just to avoid any embarrassment,” Nkrumah-Acheampong told the BBC in 2009 while discussing his first downhill run. “I shouldn’t try to turn, I should just go straight down, so that’s what I did, straight down.” The road to Vancouver was not without its

bumps. In order to qualify for the games a skier’s personal rating needed to fall between 120 and 140 World Ski Federation points. The closer to first you finish in a race the more points are deducted from their rating. Nkrumah-Acheampong’s rating started out at 1,000 points. He finally breached the 140-point barrier in winter 2009 on the slopes of the Italian Alps. “Some people where skeptical, others just did not believe it was possible to train in such a short period of time and try and qualify, but I think now I can stand up and say it’s possible,” he said. But now that he’s qualified, NkrumahAcheampong has no delusions of gold, or even silver or bronze for that matter. All the Snow Leopard wants is to make it down the mountain in his custom tailored, leopard-print suit and to

be taken seriously. “For the Olympics, I want to ski down that mountain and have people and say, ‘Wow, that guy is skiing very well for skiing only six years and he’s not last,’” he said. As for being the first of his countrymen to make it to the Olympics to blaze the snowlined trail, the Snow Leopard has high hopes for the future. Ghana’s government has already promised to help pay for the tropical nation’s first artificial slope, which hopefully will be ready in time for the next Winter Games in 2014, and Nkrumah-Acheampong hopes this is only the beginning. “I have a unique opportunity to open up a special door into the Winter Olympics for Ghana so I hope I go to the Olympics and ski in such a way that people go ‘wow,’” he said.

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Miami’s hockey team celebrates Friday night after beating Bowling Green State University 3-2 and becoming CCHA regular season champions. The ’Hawks won Saturday’s contest 10-2.

’Hawks land coveted CCHA title Friday night win over BGSU makes Miami regular season division champions

By Erika Hadley Senior Staff Writer

Last Friday, for the first time since 2005-06 and the third time in program history, the No. 1 Miami University hockey team (19-1-4-2 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), 22-4-6 overall) claimed the coveted CCHA regular season championship with a tight 3-2 victory over Bowling Green State University (BGSU) (3-17-4-3 CCHA, 4-22-4 overall). One night later, the RedHawks made it clear they were not intending to stop at just one title this season, sending a message to the college hockey world with a frenetic, brutal 10-2 trouncing of the Falcons that featured scoring by all four Miami lines, three different BGSU goaltenders, crowded penalty boxes and the dismissal of Miami Head Coach Enrico Blasi from his own bench.

In total, 14 RedHawks put their names on the score sheet, including senior Jarod Palmer, who had a hand in all three of the Brotherhood’s goals in the series opener, one of which was the game winner. Junior Andy Miele also played an instrumental role in the sweep with six assists to his name, and freshman Reilly Smith and senior Brandon Smith netted two goals apiece in Saturday night’s victory. The Orange and Brown saw two seniors step up to the plate on Friday as goals from linemates James Perkin and Kai Kantola gave the Red and White a run for its money. During the series finale, rookies Jordan SamuelsThomas and Ian Ruel found the net for BGSU, but nothing could stop the RedHawks as they rolled to their second 10 goal victory in as many Saturday night games. The Brotherhood faced an emotionally difficult week following the

Fair officiating rarely praised in sports world Brandon Piteo

Piteo’s Prerogative


uring a recent intramural game with some particularly poor officiating provided, I had a revelation. What occurred to me as I watched these two officials hand out unearned penalties and fail to notice the only puck on the ice enter the goal, hit the back of the net, and pop out was that referees good or bad can’t possibly expect praise. I realized this while participating in a Division 3 league hockey game within the intramural school of sporting, but it applies regardless of the sport or level of competition. A referee’s duty is not to play the sport they work around but to understand its rules and help everyone participating in the sport

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sudden, tragic loss of senior team manager Brendan Burke on Feb. 5. Four days after his death the RedHawks traveled to Burke’s hometown of Canton, Mass. to attend Burke’s funeral. The team donned jerseys bearing black, clover-shaped patches embroidered with the initials “BB” for the funeral and exited St. John Evangelist Church weeping after the service. Nonetheless, there was hockey to be played once the weekend arrived, and the RedHawks channeled their emotions into an indomitable offensive showing throughout the series. “It was hard fought tonight,” Blasi said. “I’m just proud of the guys — it was a tough battle. We wanted to accomplish this right from the get go. It feels real good right now … the regular season championship’s hard because you have to play well over the course of three or four months.” Miami wasted no time in setting

the tempo of Friday night’s contest and netted its first goal of the game just 3:59 into the first frame. Miele had the puck along the boards but was outnumbered and passed it to sophomore Will Weber at the blue line. Weber took a shot and Palmer redirected it behind Hammond to give the Red and White a 1-0 lead. After being held off the scoreboard for the entirety of the opening stanza, the Falcons responded with a goal just 16 seconds into the second period on a rebound. Cody Reichard made the initial save but Perkin picked up the loose puck and aimed high. The net minder rolled over just in time to see Perkin’s shot find the back of the net. After BGSU opened the middle frame with a goal, Miami capped it off, regaining the lead with 58 seconds remaining in the second period. The RedHawks held the man-advantage and, as the power play wound down, sophomore Chris Wideman

drilled a rocket from the point and lit the lamp with the Brotherhood’s second tally of the night. At 6:02 of the third period, the Orange and Brown staged a comeback and came from behind to knot the action for the second time Friday night. Kantola’s shot beat Reichard on his glove side to make it 2-2. “(BGSU) skated well, they were a very determined group, there’s a lot of skill on that team — I liked the way they played,” Blasi said. “Dennis (Williams) has done a great job in making sure his team continues to work hard, so that’s a credit to them.” The tempo of the game increased after the Falcons’ tying goal in the final frame, with both teams posting solid scoring opportunities. Finally, with 3:23 left in regulation, the Red and White retook the

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women’s basketball

Golden Flashes fly past RedHawks By JM Rieger Staff Writer

An early second half run by Kent State University (KSU) was enough to hold off the RedHawks Saturday, as Miami University fell 84-75 to drop to 7-18 overall and 5-7 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Golden Flashes opened up the second half with a 20-6 run on Miami, and the Red and White were never able to recover. Sophomore forward Rachael Hencke led Miami with 19 points, in what has been a fantastic week for her. She also led Miami in scoring in a win this Feb. 10 against a very good Eastern Michigan University (EMU) team. “I have been getting more shots in the gym and have been getting more confident with my shot recently,” Hencke said. “We have been sharing the ball more and we are getting easier shots by making the extra pass.” Saturday’s loss marks a recurring theme for the Red and White, as they still have not been able to win back-to-back games. However, considering how young this team is, they have shown considerable growth throughout the season. “Our post (play) is developing very well,” Head Coach Maria Fantanarosa said. “We

are getting more and more confident each game and all three guards on the court are contributing and are working to take the pressure off of each other. Our rebounding has been a game to game thing, and we need to improve our defensive rebounding.” The RedHawks were outrebounded 44-34 in Saturday’s matchup, but they showed tremendous promise on the offensive side of the ball. The Red and White shot 44.4 percent from the floor, which followed up their 45.8 shooting percent performance against EMU. Four RedHawks scored in double figures including sophomore forward Lillian Pitts who had 11 points. Meanwhile, senior guard Courtney Reed had 16 points to go with four rebounds and three assists while sophomore guard Maggie Boyer pitched in with 15 points. “Boyer had a good game and Reed and Pitts provided great sparks off the bench,” Fantanarosa said. “Hencke (was also) a huge key for us and had big buckets throughout the game. (Kent State) cheated defensively on Olowinski and Osborn, which opened up a lot of opportunities for our guards.” After being down 37-35 at the half, Miami let KSU extend its lead to 57-41 with less than 11 minutes remaining. However, Miami fought back and was able

to cut the lead to single digits with a late three-pointer by Courtney Reed, but it was too little too late as the Golden Flashes pulled out the victory. “I was disappointed with our fundamentals in this game,” Fantanarosa said. “We fouled too much and gave up too many offensive rebounds. We need to continue to be mentally and physically prepared going into each game, especially as we near the MAC tournament.” The MAC tournament is just under three weeks away, but the Red and White still have a few big games left on their schedule, including a rematch in their final game with the MAC East Division leader, the Bowling Green State University Falcons. “Continuing to play hard and being confident are the most important things,” Hencke said. “We are getting more comfortable with each other and we have more trust in one another which makes a huge difference.” The Red and White will face off at home against Buffalo University this Saturday, which is one of the teams Miami has played well against the past few years. The RedHawks have won the past three matchups against the Bulls and will be looking to make it four straight this Saturday. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. at Millett Hall.

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