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

VOLUME 139 NO. 47



TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1980, The Miami Student reported that Miami University fraternity members and Oxford community members living in the northeast quadrant of the Mile Square met with the Oxford Police Department (OPD) to discuss resident complaints about fraternity parties disrupting the neighborhood. OPD Police Chief Joseph Statum agreed to step up law enforcement in that area and stated both parties needed to communicate more effectively with each other.

IT savings fall short of goal By Allison McGillivray Campus Editor

IT Services at Miami University may not save as much as originally estimated through its Support Services Implementation Program (SSIP-IT), dropping their annual savings estimate from $3.7 million to between $1.5 million and $1.9 million. IT Services brought in the consulting firm Accenture in Spring 2011 for $3 million to help them achieve the savings recommended by the Strategic Analysis of Support Services (SASS) Steering Committee as part of a university-wide need to save $10-13 million according to Scott Campbell, director of technology at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). Originally IT Services was projected to recover the $3 million spent on Accenture during the first year but this decrease in estimated savings means it will take almost three years. Alan Ferrenberg, associate vice president of Business and Infrastructure Services, said while estimates have dropped IT Services is more confident in their ability to achieve their new savings target. SSIP-IT contains four different initiatives called ‘workstreams:’ Portfolio and Architecture Governance, Data Center Consolidation, Application Rationalization and Support Organization and Process Design. It is now estimated the Portfolio and Architecture Governance phase of the SSIP-IT, recently completed, will bring in no annual savings even though the original estimate listed $501,000 in savings by cutting personnel, hardware and software. The goal of Portfolio and Architecture Governance was to develop policies for handling IT projects. In order to meet the original savings estimate for Portfolio and Architecture Governance, IT Services would have to cut its capacity to oversee and implement projects for the university according to Ferrenberg. “Cutting back our capacity doesn’t seem like it’s the best thing for the university,” Ferrenberg said. Senior Director of Strategic Communication Cathy McVey agreed. “We really thought we could identify hard savings,” McVey said. “We realized as we worked through it, saying that we are going to have fewer developers may not be the right thing right away. Over the next few years it looks like we are going to have a lot of work for the developers to do.” McVey is the lead of the governance portion of Portfolio and Architecture Governance. The plan for Portfolio and Architecture Governance may help save money by avoiding costs McVey said. “We are going to identify ‘oh this office wants to do this and this office wants to do that and they are really kind of the same thing so let’s

put them together so we’re buying one product instead of two,’” McVey said. “That’s not really saving money but we are avoiding spending money.” The new annual savings for the data center consolidation dropped from $632,000 to $319,000. The goal of data center consolidation was to move all university servers to a central location. IT Services completed the first of these migrations over spring break and the project is on track to be completed. The new annual savings estimate for Application Rationalization, whose goal is to remove and consolidate applications with similar functions such as netDisk and CashNet, decreased from $1.6 million-$800,000 to $1.09 million$643,000, according to Ferrenberg. The new annual savings for Support Organization and Process Design dropped from $1.1 million to $519,000. The original goal of this phase was to centralize IT personnel and resources by combining the support staff from the academic and administrative portions of the university with central IT Services. However, Feb. 29 President David Hodge and Provost Bobby Gempesaw said this centralization should only occur in the administrative portions of the university. About two-thirds of the overall savings will come from vacant and filled position eliminations Ferrenberg said. However, IT Services is still unsure where and how many positions will be eliminated. “It will be May before we know how it will affect individuals,” Ferrenberg said.

The academic division doesn’t lend itself well to a standardized cookie-cutter position.” Scott CampBell


The decision about which positions to eliminate will be made after IT Services has recommended what they need to do in order to best serve the university to the President Executive Council (PEC) according to Ferrenberg. “We are starting off with what does the university need and that’s the thing that’s driving the decision,” Ferrenberg said. “The who comes at the end.” Getting rid of positions is necessary for savings according to Campbell. “The majority of our expenditures are in people, so we have to get rid of people,” Campbell said. Campbell said he hopes this can be done and affect as little of the service as possible.

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Female student reports off-campus rape A female student reported she was sexually assaulted at the Decibel Bar at 45 East High St. at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The student reported to the Oxford Police Department her friends pulled her away from the suspect who then fled the bar. The suspect is described as a college-aged, mixed-race male about 6 feet tall with buzzed black hair wearing a red polo shirt with a red logo and baggy blue jeans.



Participants of the Nearly Naked Mile fundraiser put on by the Runner’s Club get ready to run across Miami University’s campus to raise money and clothes for Oxford’s Family Resource Center.

Brooks, RedHawks elevate NFL Draft stock at annual Miami Pro Day By JM Rieger News Editor

Over 25 NFL scouts came to Oxford, Ohio in preparation for the NFL Draft April 26-28 to watch Miami University players work out at the annual Pro Day. Senior guard Brandon Brooks headlined the March 1 event for the RedHawks. Brooks is projected to go as early as the third round in the upcoming NFL Draft according to and is slated for the fourth round by “I woke up early like [I would] for a game day and had a little jitters going in,” Brooks said. “There were a lot of scouts and coaches there.” Brooks, who is rated ninth out of 235 offensive guards by www. (draftscout), was selected to play in annual EastWest Shrine Game in January, the equivalent of a college football allstar game, and is valued for his size, strength and speed. According to draftscout, Brooks ran a sub-5.0 40-yard dash and churned out 36 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds, “cementing his status” as a potential third-round pick. Miami Defensive Coordinator Jay Peterson helped organize the pro day. “I’m basically the liaison between the NFL scouts and the football program,” Peterson said. “When they want to come and evaluate a player, they will contact me and I will set them up with video and answer questions about the player’s ability, background and how they are in the program.” Six RedHawks, including defensive lineman Jordain Brown, tight end Kendrick Bruton, linebacker Jerrell Wedge, defensive lineman Na’eem Outler and wide receiver Chris Givens participated in the pro day along with former players including wide receivers Jamal Rogers and Armand Robinson and cornerback Brandon Stephens. The day began with measurements and weighing in, which included players’ heights and wingspans, before moving on to the bench press and vertical jump in the Gross Student-Athlete Development Center.

After moving outside to Yager Stadium, players performed 40-yard dashes, shuttle runs, three-cone drills, broad jumps and positionspecific drills according to Offensive Coordinator John Klacik. “The pro day gives players a chance to hone in their skills,” Klacik said. “[NFL] coaches use numbers from those drills [in scouting]. That’s why NFL scouts run pro days. All professional leagues get these numbers and use them as benchmarks. Once [players] get agents, [coaches] are out of it pretty much.” Some RedHawks will look into other professional football leagues other than the NFL including the Canadian Football League according to Peterson, although the main focus of the pro day was for NFL scouts. “Aside from the physical skills, [a player’s] character [is what scouts are looking for],” Peterson said. “Are they able and willing to learn? And the [player’s] work ethic; all those kind of intangibles — do they take coaching? These things are very, very important to NFL scouts. They want to know about a kid’s motor.” Brooks and Givens both performed well according to Peterson. “I thought [Givens] jumped well, caught the ball well and had a good vertical [jump],” Peterson said. Brooks, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., is know for his toughness, knowledge of the game and runblocking skills according to ESPN. com. However, ESPN scouts question his durability citing Brooks’ past injuries.

Brooks underwent shoulder surgery in spring 2010 and pulled a hamstring causing him to miss five games during the 2010 season. He also sat out during spring drills in 2011 due to injury. The 6-foot-5-inch Brooks was Miami’s Freshman of the Year in 2008 after being redshirted in 2007 and has been working with the Athletic Performance Institute (API) in Arizona since signing with an agent two days after the conclusion of the 2011 season. According to Brooks, API has improved his speed, strength, conditioning and nutrition, getting him in “optimal” strength for the draft. At API Brooks had the opportunity to work out with other football talents including Baylor University’s Robert Griffin III and the University of Alabama’s Trent Richardson. The 346-pound guard’s off-season training coupled with his experience at Miami has improved his draft stock. “Every [offensive scheme] was a little different [among the different coaching staffs],” Brooks said. “Miami really prepared me. I experienced different offenses and this past year we ran a lot of spread offensive and passing plays, [similar to pro-style offenses].” The NFL Draft will take place April 26-28 in New York, and despite the hype surrounding the draft, players like Brooks are still trying to focus on the little things. “It is a real blessing to be in this position and I am taking it day-byday,” Brooks said.


Miami University senior guard Brandon Brooks hopes to boost his draft stock just over a month before the NFL Draft. Brooks is projected to be taken as high as the third round according to

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Editors Allison McGillivray JENN SMOLA


ASG candidates must fund own campaigns

Miami seeks exchange program with Oman By Kaitlin Schroeder For The Miami Student

By Abby Pautz

For The Miami Student

Candidates running in this year’s Associated Student Government (ASG) student body elections are kicking campaigns into high gear as the primary vote approaches Thursday. Despite the role advertising plays in student body elections, however, ASG Vice President Matt Frazier reported candidates receive no funding from ASG. Frazier, who oversees the election process said, “Candidates are responsible for coming up with the funds to run their own campaign and we have a very strict policy that no student organizations — or any university funds for that matter — may spend any money in support of one candidate or party.” The complete elections rules are formally outlined and available to students via the ASG website, detailing rules for campaign expenditures. Candidates must fund their own campaigns through personal or fundraising resources. Depending on the number of people running on a ticket, there is a cap placed on the amount of money candidates can spend on the elections. For a two-person ticket, the president and vice president combined cannot spend more than $2,000. The cap increases if candidates for Vice President of Campus Activities and/ or Vice President of Student Organizations join a ticket — $500 additionally for either of these candidates. A full ticket consisting of four

people has a $3,000 maximum. If the candidates for Vice President of Campus Activities or Vice President of Student Organizations decide to run alone, the cap on campaign expenditures is $800. Party tickets must turn in weekly expense reports that are monitored by the elections committee to ensure the rules are followed, according to the standing elections rules of ASG that were updated this year. Party tickets must provide detailed and accurate receipts and documentation of all purchases related to the election, although the rules

I am voting on their platform, not their posters.” Brooke Widerschein


do not specify any way of monitoring or holding candidates accountable in the event they were not reporting expenditures. While this system allows candidates a flexible amount of money to spend on their campaign, funding a campaign gets expensive and every ticket allocates funds differently. “Make It Your Miami” Party Presidential candidate Meghan Wadsworth is using her own money to fund her campaign rather than fundraising or asking her parents

for help. “So far we have spent just over $1,000 on our promotional materials — the vinyl signs hanging from trees, posters, our website and coasters that we will be passing out this week,” Wadsworth said. Wadsworth is personally using her salary, $4,232 before taxes, from her current position as Vice President of Student Organizations to fund her campaign. “I have taken some heat for this … people seem to think it’s unfair,” Wadsworth said. “But the way I look at it is that I am investing in the organization by running.” In contrast to the “Make It Your Miami” Party, the “#Revolution” Party has chosen to approach campaign funding from their signature grassroots perspective. Vice Presidential Candidate Molly Kenney said of their $2,000 cap, they have barely spent $200. “We are approaching it with the mind-frame that we are ‘one of many’ — we want it to be about the issues, not the amount of money we spent campaigning,” Kenney said. Presidential candidate Colten Kidwell discussed using friends and supporters to fuel their campaign. “Our videos, website — everything — has all been done with the help of friends volunteering time,” Kidwell said. Lizzie Litsow of the Student Voice Party declined to comment. Neither


Updated laws allow student credit union to accept more account holders By Kaler Hazen Staff Writer

The First Miami Student Credit Union (FMSCU) is now able to accept more account holders following an update in credit union laws. According to Randi Thomas, director of Institutional Relations, the ability to receive monetary infusions from entities other than account holders will bolster the number of accounts the credit union is allowed to support at any given time. The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund insures the deposits of credit unions like The First Miami Student Credit Union and functions similarly to the FDIC, insuring amounts up to $250,000. According to Thomas, entities that choose to infuse cash into the credit union look for a return on their investment but are also aware of the risks posed by investing in a lowincome credit union.

The contractual nature of the investment does not guarantee a return for the third-party entity but does stipulate a time limit with which the new capital must be paid back to the investor. The investment does not give the third-party a vote in how to run the credit union, instead functioning as a way for benefactors to gain interest and get a return on their investment. “These infusions will give the credit union more latitude to take in members,” Thomas said. According to Thomas, one unnamed entity has already put up a $50,000 investment. According to Dan Krancevic, chief operating officer of the FMSCU, the organization currently manages assets of roughly $1 million and employs 75 people. Krancevic said the credit union is entirely student run and focuses on attracting financial attention of students, faculty and family members.

Krancevic emphasized the low cost of opening an account with a credit union when compared to a traditional bank and also said since the credit union is not a publicly traded company with stockholders dictating the course of the union, account holders own the business. Krancevic highlighted the experience gained working at an organization like First Miami as extremely beneficial in terms of management experience and financial education. “The nice thing about the credit union from an experience standpoint is that I’m actually able to help manage the money and help students finance their education,” he said. “The fact that we are only one of two student run credit unions in the country gives participants in First Miami an early look at real world experiences and sets our university apart in terms of its self-governance,” sophomore Nick Lewis said.

MUPD, OPD K-9 unit sniffs out trouble By Emily Conklin For The Miami Student

When it comes to ensuring the security of Miami University students and Oxford Township community members, not all threats are obvious. Dangerous substances like illegal drugs and explosives can go undetected by even the most skilled officer. For these special cases, the Miami University Police Department (MUPD) and the Oxford Police Department (OPD) use the best tool available, police dogs. In 2004 Miami University applied and was approved for a grant of $44,000 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help fund the school’s first K-9 Unit. In 2005, Ero, a German shepherd, joined MUPD. He now serves as MUPD Patrolman Keith Hibbard’s partner. Ero is one of two K-9 unit dogs in the county certified at both the state and federal level by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). However, Ero’s

specialty is detecting dangerous weapons and tracking suspects. “When VIPs come in a bomb sweep is needed,” Hibbard said. Ero’s main line of work is being on patrol with his partner, either on slant walk or at football games and guest speaker events. “Ero is a celebrity,” Hibbard said. “[When on patrol] students know him, but not me.” Hibbard said the police dog is one of the team’s most effective community relations tools because he acts as an icebreaker. “It’s great PR, especially with the kids,” Lt. Tom Horvath, supervisor of OPD’s K-9 unit said. OPD’s unit began about nine years ago with one patrol dog. Since then it has grown to two patrol dogs and one bloodhound, regularly coordinating with MUPD. “It’s an amazing tool,” Horvath said. “It’s an expensive venture but it’s been a great investment.” Still many students are not aware of the dogs’ presence in the community.

“I didn’t even know we had a K-9 unit,” sophomore Michael Cavanaugh said. Although Ero works mainly in Oxford, he is part of a larger network of response units called SOSINK (Southern Ohio, Southern Indiana, and Northern Kentucky). This means Ero can be called on to help any of the 12 counties comprising the tristate area. SOSINK is a regional program specializing in preventing and responding to terrorism. Recently, Ero secured a scene in West Chester, Ohio. MUPD confirmed there was reason to suspect a bomb threat at the location in Butler County. Hibbard added that coordinating resources is beneficial to Oxford because other police departments are quick to return the favor. Ultimately, the main objectives for police dogs are proactive education and interacting with the community. This facilitates conversation Hibbard said. MUPD encourages students to meet Ero and get to know the team.

Miami University and Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman are in the early stages of creating an exchange program between the universities. Provost Bobby Gempesaw and Academic Initiatives Director of Development Rebecca Luker visited Oman March 3 and 4. Miami initially reached out to Oman as an effort to network with Miami alumnus Mohammed Al Barwani, 1975 graduate. Luker said the visit went well and SQU is “very enthusiastic” about working with Miami. “Now that we have built this relationship and we’re forming this collaboration with Sultan Qaboos University, we hope by this fall to have Omani students on campus … we also would like to have our students studying there,” Luker said. Miami has 16 international students classified as Middle Eastern. Luker said she hopes this opportunity leads to more Miami students understanding the Middle East and to more Middle Eastern students attending Miami. Students from SQU and Miami previously studied at each other’s universities but Luker said she hopes with the formal program they will increase the number of students exchanged and make the exchange more regular. “I think the Middle East is an area where we should put more emphasis,” Luker said. “Miami wants to become more international. We want our students to study abroad. We’re increasing our international student population, which adds to diversity on campus.” Since the program is in its early stages, with the first formal meeting between the schools taking place the first week of March, Luker said no Omani students have shown interest yet. It will be easier initially for Omani students to come to Miami than for Miami students to go to Oman because many Omani

students will receive scholarships from their government to study in the United States, Luker said. Luker said Miami is working to develop general study abroad scholarships, which could be used for programs like the Oman program. According to Luker Miami also spoke with other alumni in Oman about the possibility of student internships in Oman. She hopes students will have internship and job opportunities there through these networks in the future. Arabic Professor Elizabeth Bergman said studying abroad in the Middle East is a way for students to learn about the region in a way they could not learn through books. “Suddenly these theories that you learnandthenamesthatyouknowtake on a whole new life,” Bergman said. Arabic Professor Saleh Yousef leads a study abroad program in Jordan. “Studying abroad in the Middle East is a good way to learn about the complexities of the region,” Yousef said. “You get to learn about the Middle East in contrast to what you perceived before you went. You go, ‘Wait, this place is a lot more eclectic than what was presented to me.’” While students often have the perception of the Middle East as dangerous, Yousef said it is important to remember it is a very large, diverse region and Miami programs are set up in safe areas of the region. “The standard I use is that I’m a parent. As a parent, would I send someone to somewhere that is not safe? No,” Yousef said. Senior Michael Dashner studied at SQU and enjoyed the challenge studying abroad. He did research on social media use in Oman with a professor from Sultan Qaboos’ Communications Department. “Pushing yourself leads to experiencing growth,” Dashner said. Dashner studied abroad in Oman fall semester and in Morocco in summer 2011. “It gives Miami students a new outlook on everything,” he said. “The study abroad experience helped shape my Miami experience.”

King Library Gaming Lab not just for fun and games By Jasmine Hayes and Allison McGillivray For The Miami Student

The Gaming Lab at Miami University is a classroom where an Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation and Wii are some of the essential educational tools. The Gaming Lab, located in the basement of King Library, was designed for students interested in researching games and for students in digital games studies part of the Armstrong Interactive Media Studies Program (AIMS), AIMS professor Sean Duncan said. The Gaming Lab was funded by two university technology fee grants, which come from student fees according to Duncan. The Gaming Lab is only meant for students enrolled in digital game studies courses or are doing research involving the study of games, Duncan said. The Gaming Lab is used during IMS 211 The Analysis of Play and IMS 238 Narrative and Digital Technology, Duncan said. Students also complete research in the Gaming Lab on topics such as games in education and social media, gaming addiction and the effect of games on mood according to Duncan and Lisa Santucci, associate dean for Instruction and Emerging Technologies.

Santucci was one of the original developers of the Gaming Lab. The Gaming Lab was originally proposed in 2008 to provide a space for students to study games without the need to check out gaming equipment Santucci said. According to Santucci there was an initial negative outcry about the Gaming Lab. “There was a cartoon in The Miami Student that made fun of us,” Santucci said. “People were upset, but it was during a time when the university was eliminating positions and cutting back.” Santucci said she thinks even current students may not realize the Gaming Lab is for serious research and classes. “I know people think ‘why would people research games, they are just playing games,’” Santucci said. “Well a lot of people are studying them for design, addiction issues, all sorts of things.” If the Gaming Lab was open to anyone then it will lose its purpose Duncan said. “If people just viewed that space as a place to come and play Call of Duty whenever they wanted to then that sort of saps the purpose that we have,” Duncan said. “It’s not just a place for people to be playing, it’s for


CORRECTIONS In the March 16 issue of The Miami Student the word “lawsuit” was used in the headline of the story “Miami officials face discrimination lawsuit. “ Though charges and lawsuit were used interchangeably through the interview process, to The Miami Student’s knowledge there has been no lawsuit filed, only an official charge of discrimination with the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity.





POLICE City proposes multi-purpose path


Officers discover female student peeing in public Around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday Oxford Police Department officers were passing Mac and Joe’s Bar when they came across a female urinating behind an air conditioning unit. By the time they reached her she had already pulled her pants up. They observed a purse lying on the ground and asked if it was hers. She told them no in slurred speech as she stumbled over towards them. The officers smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her. They picked up her purse and she then stated the purse was hers. The officer asked her what her name was to see if the identification inside the purse matched what she told them. The name and picture matched the Ohio driver’s license inside. She was identified as Miami University sophomore Shelby Evans. When Evans was asked her age she replied she was 20 although according to her ID she was 19. Evans then corrected herself stating that she was almost 20. The officers issued her a citation for offenses involving underage persons and then Evans was released to her friend.

Boys switch places in car, fail sobriety test Around 2:30 a.m. Friday the Oxford Police Department (OPD) responded to a vehicle crashing into a guardrail at Campus Avenue and Chestnut Street. A witness dispatched OPD and advised them the vehicle left eastbound on Chestnut Street and then turned onto Oak Street. The caller stated he could hear the car in Heritage Commons parking lot. When officers reached the car they saw heavy front-end damage and motioned the driver to stop. When the driver did not stop, the officers shined their lights in the driver’s eyes and yelled stop. The driver stopped and was identified as sophomore Tyler Welki. Officers then noticed a passenger in the back and identified him as junior James Phelan. Welki was asked to step out of the car and officers noticed glassy eyes and an odor of an alcoholic beverage. Welki failed a sobriety test and was placed under arrest for OVI and having a fake ID. Dispatch then called the officers and advised them they had a witness that saw the two males switch places after the crash. Officers then removed Phelan from the back and ordered him to perform the sobriety test, which he failed. Phelan was then placed under arrest for OVI and leaving the scene. Welki had a blood alcohol level of .188 and Phelan .267.

Male covered in blood passes out on lawn Around 2:00 a.m. Friday an officer was sent to the front lawn of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity house because a male was passed out and was covered in blood. When the officer arrived several people were attempting to walk the subject to the hospital. The officer asked what happened prior to his arrival and they stated they were his friends and believed he had been assaulted. The officer noticed the injured subject had a swollen right eye and a swollen upper lip as well as profuse blood on his face. The victim was unable to remember what happened to him and the friends assisting him said when they first showed up they had a chance to speak to two witnesses who observed him being hit by two male subjects. No information was gathered from the witnesses and they had left the scene when the officer arrived.

By Jasmine Hayes

For The Miami Student

The Oxford, Ohio community is working to preserve the area from the Black Covered Bridge to Hueston Woods to create a multi-purpose trail. “Every map that we make involves the focus area of the Black Covered Bridge,” Adam Ruiz, Intern for Three Valley Conversation Trust (TVCT) said. “We all take this project seriously. There is so much time and effort put toward this project and I think it’s kind of incredible.” Three Valley Conversation Trust is a non-profit land conservation trust that works with communities and people to find ways to protect property according to Larry Frimerman, executive director of TVCT. “People work with Three Valley if they are trying to protect the land from being developed,” Frimerman said. “We are helping to save family farms, wildlife habitat and to preserve our streams and drinking water supply. With this particular project we are working with land owners and interested family farmers, MetroParks of Butler County and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to preserve this property.” The MetroParks of Butler County will be constructing the

multi-use path and if MetroParks are unable to find funding they will wait for another public entity to provide funding. “When you think about the private property rights in this area in particular, one recognizes that you can’t take access to someone else’s land,” Frimerman said. “This is not easy and people have to want to do it. You have to have a willing partner to make a deal.” The idea is that a public entity like TVCT will own the historical portion of the property. A farmer would acquire some of the property with the help of a grant TVCT has secured to protect the land. This portion of the land will always remain farmland and has to be available for agriculture, according to Frimerman. “This project can and will go forward with or without the creation of a trail,” Frimerman said. According to Frimerman, if the multi-used path is not created immediately then the land could be used for hiking and fishing in the stream. It would still be available for public access and recreational purposes. TVCT has secured nearly 80 percent of the funding for the project with the farmer and the grant but another 20 percent needs to be secured with the help of public entities and private fundraising according to Frimerman. “I’m excited about the possibilities of a multi-purpose trail but in order to


Oxford’s multi-purpose trail will run from the Black Covered Bridge to Hueston Woods State Park. go forward we need public support. We have to walk before we can run,” Frimerman said. It is important for TVCT to be involved but we need the community on our side, Frimerman said. “We think this project is a good idea for the community,” Oxford Mayor Richard Keebler said. “This path will be a beautiful start to the Black Covered Bridge. Three Valley Trust relies on grants and donations to operate and they need funding. If they have the support of the city then this project will receive funding.” Frimerman believes the project would be a great benefit to the community. “Support from the community is what will make this project

happen. This is a project that Oxford has to get behind,” Frimerman said. “A trial like this would benefit heritage, natural resources, agricultural and ecotourism.” “The idea for this project has been around for over 30 years and now it is time to continue to create awareness, funds and hopefully have students volunteer and donate their time to TVCT,” said Frimerman. Miami University sophomore Brianna Howard said, “The idea of having a multi-purpose path is a great for Oxford. I’m from a busy city and I never get the chance to experience the beauty of nature. I wish the path was complete so I could continue to enjoy this nice weather.”

‘Modern’ Talawanda high Students put on first school nears completion Oxford writing festival By Amanda Vankoski For The Miami Student

The construction of the new Talawanda High School (THS) is nearly finished following the plan’s approval in a 2008 levy. According to Holli Morrish, director of communication and public relations for THS, the new building is now in the inspection process and was granted a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. Faculty and staff are expected to move into the building in June and students will begin next semester at the new location in August. Located off Route 27, the 160 acres of land the school was built on is located in the center of the Talawanda School District. The $44 million building project encountered a few problems causing postponement of its completion according to Morrish. Originally the school was expected to open in January for the second semester this year. However, the construction team working on the school alerted the faculty it would not be ready for students to move in until next school year. The new high school has many features the current location does not, especially in terms of technology. The new building has wireless Internet and more modern computer labs. The current high school building had many problems with its electrical capacity such as a lack of outlets, since the 56-year-old building was not designed for rooms full of computers. “The technology is out of this world. I am excited,” Talawanda Board of Education Member Lois Vollmer said. “It’s going to be a stateof-the-art high school for our students for years to come.” According to Morrish the school is also ecologically friendly. The windows use day lighting so natural light is used rather than electricity during the day. Modern electrical and geo-thermal heating and cooling systems were incorporated in the structure. With this energy efficient system, the water from 300 wells, each 300 feet deep, flow to pipes underground, heating and cooling the entire building using the natural heat storage capacity of the earth and ground water. The green facility now has enough parking for both students and faculty,

modern science labs, an auditorium and an outdoor science lab at the oncampus wetland. “Our teachers have ‘made due’ with poor facilities for years and they have done an outstanding job educating our children,” Talawanda Board of Education Member and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Miami University, Michael Crowder said. “With the new facilities, they can provide so many additional opportunities for the kids to learn.” The construction of the new high school with its modern improvements was directly connected to the mission of the Talawanda School District to challenge all students to achieve their fullest potential. “The purpose of the construction was because we didn’t have the technology or resources we needed,” Morrish said. “It was affecting the opportunities for the students we need to educate. All the neighboring districts have modern buildings. Our competition is friendly competition but competition nonetheless. We need to provide just as good or better learning environment as our neighbors.” Not only were students and faculty positively affected by the new high school but the community was as well according to the President of the Talawanda Board of Education, Darrell Smith. “I do believe the community will benefit from the building of a new high school,” Smith said. “With a high school that has modern furnishings and a state of the art learning environment, this can only help to draw families to our area to live in the future.” The community will not only benefit by attracting new families but also by creating new local leaders through education, according to Miami University first-year Sarah Gootee. “I think it is awesome that the town is using their resources to strengthen education opportunities for current and future residents,” she said. Many community members had pushed for a new high school for years including Morrish, who has been working toward this for the past 13 years when she and her husband joined a committee for the construction in 1999. “I am very excited. Whenever I go out and see the building I can’t wait to get in,” THS Assistant Principal Mike Malone said.

By Catherine Ubry

three were picked so I will be reading during presenter hours,” Rust said. “I’m also helping with a writing For the first time at Miami Uni- workshop for high school students versity, students and community on Monday. “ members will be able to bring out Dincher encouraged everyone in their creative sides at the Oxford the community to come out to the Writing Festival. first writing festival. The festival will take place March “This is the first year that we are 26-29 in Miami University’s Shriver doing this,” Dincher said. “I started Center Multipurpose Room (MPR) the Students for the Promotion of according to the Miami Students for Writing with some friends and we the Promotion of Writing. are excited. And the workshops will “I started all of this from an ex- all be different but most will mainly perience that I had in high school,” be about just opportunities to write junior Megan Dincher, president of and write in different mindsets with Students for the Promotion of Writ- different prompts, feedback from ing, said. “We had a writer’s week, authors and things like that. The which is kind of what we’re trying to presenters will do readings but will do here. In high school we brought also talk about their own experiencin guest writers, faculty and students, es, how they got to where they are and everyone could present their now, etc.” writing. So that’s what we want to The festival is open to the public recreate here at more of a college and events will last throughout the level.” day and attendees can stay for any According to Dincher, Miami fac- amount of time. ulty, students and “It’s totally open guest writers will to everyone; we enall be present at “There is not just one genre courage lots of the the festival. There represented...hopefully community around will be workshops Oxford to come facilitated by stu- there will be something for as well,” Dincher dents and guest everyone.” said. “We have a writers as well. workshop for high A few of the SIOBHAN WATSON school students guest presenters HOWE CENTER FOR too and it’s free WRTING EXCELLENCE for everyone. We in attendance include South Afriwant high schoolcan Poet Laureate ers and everyone to Keorapetse Kgositsile and The Cin- come. We sent information to Indicinnati Enquirer Sports Columnist ana, Dayton and the Cincinnati areas John Erardi. Lyricist Steven R. Cope, as well.” writer, poet and performer Mary According to Dincher, the festival Fons, author of Ella Enchanted Gail will begin around 12 p.m. each day Carson Levine and Book Back Sto- and the last presentations will be 7 ries author Terri Spahr Nelson will p.m. each night. “We all are so excited about it, be attending and presenting alongside Miami University faculty and to just get the word out about reading and writing, not just to students students according to Dincher. Nearly every event of the four- but also out into the community,” day festival will take place in Rust said. Siobhan Watson, graduate assisShriver MPR, although there will be an event in Peabody Hall Mon- tant at the Howe Center for Writday night and some community ing Excellence said, “It’s a great members will perform at the Ox- thing for the Miami campus and is ford Lane Library Thursday night. definitely something to drive home. The full event schedule is posted at It really will help enrich the writing culture at Miami and there are Hannah Rust, student presenter at a wide variety of writers that will the festival and member of Nation- be there. There is not just one genre al Council of Teachers of English represented; there’s poetry, fiction (NCTE), one of the organizations and non-fiction. Hopefully there co-sponsoring the event, is also look- will be something for everyone and everyone will be ing forward to the event. “I submitted three poems and excited afterwards.” Community Editor





DeGraw fills Brick Street with loyal fans By Claire Krieger Senior Staff Writer

Friday night Gavin DeGraw, joined by opening acts Gabe Dixon and David Nail, played his much anticipated sold-out show at Brick Street Bar and Grill. Fans eager to buy tickets, which sold out in two hours, waited in line as early as 5 a.m. the day they went on sale. DeGraw was focused on more than just his musical career while in Oxford, Ohio, spending time practicing for his upcoming appearance on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” premiering Monday night. DeGraw gave a plug for the show, asking fans to vote for him during the concert Friday night. The crowd, comprised mostly of women, was eager to get the show started to the point where people began chanting his name at any sign of the singer coming

on stage. DeGraw’s set included crowd favorites like “Chariot,” “In Love With A Girl,” “Follow Through,” and “I Don’t Want to Be.” He also briefly played a jazzy version of The Script’s “Breakeven,” and covered Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” which DeGraw introduced as a song that was about “making whoopee.” “I have never been to a concert at Brick Street before but I’m glad I chose Gavin’s [concert] as my first. What an outstanding performance,” sophomore Kaitlyn Ireland said. DeGraw’s set was followed by a two-song encore including his current hit “Not Over You.” The show was well received across the board, leaving people excited for DeGraw’s next visit to Oxford. “Getting such a big name artist like Gavin DeGraw was so exciting for Brick Street and Oxford,”


David Nail prepares the fans for Gavin DeGraw’s set. Nail was an opening act, along with the Gabe Dixon Band. sophomore Elizabeth Phillips said. “He is one of my favorite artists and he put on an amazing show. I hope he comes back again.”

Although the semester is coming to a close, Brick Street still has a full line up planned for the remaining school year.

Information on upcoming concerts can be found on Brick Street’s website as well as by stopping by Brick Street.

Grand Night prepares to take audience back to the Big Band era By Lauren Kiggins For The Miami Student

Back for its third year, the Grand Night Ensemble and Orchestra will perform this weekend with Cincinnati Entertainment Award-wining artists Cincy Brass. Grand Night is a compilation of classic show tunes and songs that make up two acts. The ensemble is comprised of 30 vocalists who had to audition as vocalists

and dancers. “It’s a great opportunity for not only music majors, but non-majors as well,” junior Branden Baribeau, a performer in the show as well as dance captain, said. “We all grow as performers and people.” According to Baribeau, this year’s repertoire includes work by Duke Ellington, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter to encompass the Big Band Era in its entirety.

The show is under the direction of Music Professor Ben Smolder and will feature 38 instrumentalists as the Grand Night Orchestra. “Grand Night is by far the show I look forward to doing the most every year,” junior and first violinist James Hogan said. “It’s so much fun to be directed under professor Smolder. His energy conveys right into the music.” The vocalists agree there have been no issues with motivation.

“Everyone loves going to rehearsal; the dynamic of the group is really great,” Baribeau said. In addition to the Cincy Brass, Tedrin Lindsay, pianist and University of Kentucky faculty member, will return to perform with the Grand Night Ensemble and Orchestra. To promote the weekend’s performances, Alexander Dining Hall is holding an event this Wednesday themed around Grand Night. From

5-7 p.m. there will be student performances followed by an art exhibit from 7-9 p.m. “Audience members don’t know what they’re in store for,” Baribeau said. “This is going to be an incredible production.” Grand Night: The Big Band Era begins 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24 in Hall Auditorium. Tickets are available at the Shriver Box Office. For more information visit

Over the Rhine architecture program Laramie Project tackles showcases work for the real world tough issues on sexuality By Julia Munro

For The Miami Student

A quick walk to Alumni Hall now provides much more of a journey thanks to the newest installation in their Cage Gallery. Miami University students participating in the Atelier Program have brought their work from Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine back to

construction boots,” senior JP Luikart said. In the Over the Rhine program, open to most majors, students live and work in Over the Rhine. However, the work is much more hands-on and usually at a faster rate. Architecture and Interior Design Professors Tom Dutton and John Blake, who is also the coordinator of Community Projects, direct both

Being able to build on what I’ve learned in Oxford in an office and in an urban environment like Cincinnati has been a highlight of my time at Miami.” JP Luikart


campus to show the campus the real changes they plan to make in the historic neighborhood. The Atelier Program, specific to Miami’s Architecture Department, is slightly different from the more known and more popular Over the Rhine program. In Atelier, students work for CR architecture + design, an accurately named studio based in Over the Rhine. Here students are involved in real-life work in planning and orchestrating a design. “[Atelier] is much more of an internship than a design-build studio … we have to wear suits, not

programs through the Center for Community Engagement. This year’s Atelier students were tasked with the job of creating more space in the CR architecture + design firm building. According to students and professors alike, this was implemented to accommodate its growing size and to improve the day-to-day running and efficiency of a modern design firm. The design includes a two-story addition to the current structure as well as a reorientation of the interior and repurposing of a neighboring building for more spacious conditions and better lighting.

Inside the Cage Gallery the display is minimalist, allowing the viewer to pay full attention to the few presentation pieces available. First and most obvious is an enormous rendering of the façade of the renovation hanging from the ceiling spreading across four panels. Just in front of these panels is a large model of the renovation built by the students in the program. The model shows how the inside construction of the building will define spaces and create more necessary room for the firm to grow. The entire west wall is covered in organized, detailed analysis, with yards and yards of trace paper illustrating circulation, sun patterns, hierarchy, designation of spaces and more information one takes for granted while walking through any space. In addition to providing an outlet of off-campus experience, the Atelier Program is designed to help expand the skill sets of communityoriented students. “Being able to build on what I’ve learned in Oxford in an office and in an urban environment like Cincinnati has been a highlight of my time at Miami,” Luikart said. Because so much of the modern architectural career base includes a long-term internship, the Atelier Program allows an experience close-tohome as well as one with the guidance of professors and the expectations of professionals.

MU brings in world-famous orchestra By BILLY RAFAEL

ARTS & Entertainment EDITOR

Next Tuesday March 27 the Miami University Performing Arts Series is featuring I Musici de Montreal, a world-famous Canadian chamber orchestra. According to their website, I Musici is made up of 15 musicians who tour globally, performing a wide range of music. In addition they have recorded over 40 CDs.

I Musici’s mission, according to their website, is to promote and contribute to the knowledge, development, composition and execution of music, particularly chamber music. For their concert at Miami, they will be performing pieces by Leos Janacek and Dmitri Shostakovich, but the centerpiece of the program is Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Originally a piano suite, the piece is composed

to feel like an art museum tour, with movements representing specific pieces by Viktor Hartmann, a Russian artist. Accompanying the performance will be a film projection of the paintings that inspired the music. I Musici de Montreal will be performing 7:30 p.m. Tuesday March 27 in Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $9 for students and $18 for adults and can be purchased through the Shriver Box Office.

By Christina Casano Senior Staff Writer

In the fall of 1998, Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered outside of Laramie, Wyo. His murder was a hate crime committed against him because of his homosexuality. This sobering bit of American history is the main topic of The Laramie Project, Stage Left’s first foray into straight play performances, as opposed to their usual musicals. The Laramie Project was created by the Tectonic Theatre Company through a series of about 200 interviews with people from Laramie, court transcripts and news footage obtained by the company between 1998 and 2000. Though the organization has never done a straight play before, senior Luke Williams, the director, approached the president of Stage Left with this play. “It comes off a lot as just homophobia, but to me it’s a look at the national psyche and national attitudes,” Williams said. According to junior Jaime Newman, assistant director, the importance of the play lies in its structure as well as the subject matter. “It takes the emphasis of a plot away – it emphasizes regular people in a regular town where an unfortunate thing happened,” Newman said. “[Miami University] is a bubble; it’s like nothing bad happens here. Laramie was the same way. They said, ‘This doesn’t happen here,’ but it did.” The show is a part of LGBT Awareness Week, emphasizing the importance of the subject matter. As a senior piano performance major that has been with Stage Left for years, Williams is serving as a director for the first time. “I was the music director for three shows … this is the first time I’ve been on the creative team for a play,” Williams said.

“A huge part of it is the interpretation by the excellent cast.” With a cast of nine playing over 60 roles, the actors went through a challenging rehearsal process. They worked on monologues and dialogues pulled verbatim from the interviews and transcripts from Laramie. “I have a great range of characters,” actress Elizabeth Nie said, a sophomore theatre major playing five characters in the show, including the boy who found Shepard’s body. “It was interesting but hard sometimes. In a show you develop a lot for one single character, but we had to do that for each of our characters for this show.” Unlike many of Stage Left’s shows, The Laramie Project is a

There’s a lot of emotion in this show and [the actors] aren’t faking it,” Jaime Newman


very serious production. “It’s really not a happy show. I hope people go to it with an open mind,” Nie said. Newman believes the show has been a learning process for all those involved and commends the great progress the actors made throughout their preparation. “There’s a lot of emotion in this show and they’re not faking it. The actors really believe what they’re saying,” Newman said. “Even though it’s not a comedy, it’s a fantastic play. Just because it’s not singing and dancing doesn’t mean that it’s not an important show.” The Laramie Project will run 8 p.m. March 22 and 23 and 2:30 p.m. March 24 in Leonard Theatre in Peabody Hall. Tickets are free at the Shriver Box Office.

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Taylor Davis nor Drew Dogget of the fourth presidential slate could be contacted for comment. Wadsworth said while financial resources could discourage some from running, those who are truly passionatewouldfindaway.Kidwell and Wadsworth agreed ASG should

not fund the campaigns, which would take thousands of dollars from the budget of ASG and diminish funds for student programming and organizations. Sophomore Brooke Widerschein reinforced this opinion. “Yeah, some of the candidates have professionally-made signs, but I am voting on their platform, not their posters,” she said.


us to be studying, critiquing, learning how to design and learning how to think about what these media mean: what they mean for society, what they mean for industry and what they mean for learning.” Another factor of the Gaming Lab is revitalizing education

Duncan said. “One of the trends in education both in the higher education level and in the K-12 level is games being a potential way for us to really revitalize education all across the board,” Duncan said. Sophomore Lauren Hook took a game studies class in the lab. “It was an organized but unorganized place to explore differ-

ent games and game systems,” Hook said. Hook plans on a career in public relations for a video game company. “I would tell everyone to go to the Gaming Lab,” Hook said. “I just think it’s a really cool place.” King Library will continue to maintain, grow and change the Gaming Lab and collection based on student needs and desires Santucci said.


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Former ASG executive board recommends Stefanski, Litzow ticket Miami Students,


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

The Miami Student endorses candidates for upcoming Student Body election The primary for the next Student Body Elections will take place Thursday, March 22. Issues overlap the platforms of the President, the Vice President and the Vice President of Campus Activities andincludeincreasedstudentinvolvement and participation within student government and a greater synergy within organizations. The editorial board of The Miami Student met with the candidates for these positions Sunday, giving the candidates a chance to explain their platforms followed by questions from Student editors. The following endorsements reflect the majority opinions of The Miami Student editorial board. President, Vice President of Student Body Because of their experience, their proven dedication to student government and their concern for the student body as a whole, this board endorses John Stefanski and Lizzie Litzow for president and vice president of the student body. This endorsement came after a very close vote between the Stefanski and Litzow ticket and the Colten Kidwell and Molly Kenney ticket. Both tickets are very capable of fulfilling the president and vice president responsibilities, but Stefanski’s and Litzow’s experience with campus organizations is necessary to accomplish their platform

goals and sets them apart from the other candidates. This board was concerned at first by Stefanski and Litzow’s membership in the Greek community when the majority of the student body is not Greek. However, Stefanski genuinely seemed to identify himself as a Miami student first and a member of the Greek community second. Stefanski and Litzow’s dedication to student involvement with Associated Student Government (ASG) is notable, and they have tangible ideas and goals for getting the student body as a whole more involved in ASG. This board was also impressed by their commitment to “partnerships with funding” for smaller organizations that need assistance. This idea is both fiscally responsible and beneficial to smaller organizations that have not been able to receive adequate funding in the past. While all candidates said they hope to strengthen alumni relations, Stefanski and Litzow have a plan to improve alumni relations by using ASG to partner with the Office of Alumni Affairs and by bringing more students in to work in the office. This board was also impressed by the Kidwell and Kenny ticket. We felt the two candidates were truly partners in this process and we found their eagerness to reform ASG refreshing. We also appreciate their willingness to reach out to the Oxford community and

believe good relations with the community should be part of any ASG candidate’s platform. Vice President of Campus Activities The editorial board of The Student endorses E.J. Coropran for Vice President of Campus Activities following another very close vote. Coropran’s experience with organizations such as Campus Activities Council (CAC) and Charter Day Ball will benefit him if elected. The candidate said he “feels like CAC has done a really good job so far,” and has “two big initiatives — to create a CAC hotspot and have a point-person inside CAC who can raise awareness.” Coropran’s past experience with several campus organizations will aid and strengthen his ideas for the future, which have the potential to result in a positive change for Miami. Vice President of Student Organizations Mike Trivelli is running unopposed and will hold the Vice President of Student Organizations position next year. Trivelli hopes to work closely with the Miami Administration to improve the fiscal responsibility of organizations.

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It is with great personal pride that we write to endorse John Stefanski for Student Body President of Miami University. We have had the privilege to know John since his first days as a student at Miami. From the beginning of John’s Miami career he has been dedicated to improving our University and bettering the experience of his fellow students. John is a fierce advocate for his beliefs, who also has compassion for those he represents. Confronting challenging situations and subsequently devising practical solutions are two of his greatest strengths. John does not shy away from controversy nor does he ignore difficult problems. This proactive approach and his campaign message to empower all Miami students to demand more out of their college experience is exactly the kind of leadership Associated Student Government (ASG) needs. A Student Body President is responsible for honoring Miami’s past and balancing the needs of students today, while anticipating the needs of future generations of Miamians. To work towards this goal, a president must inspire collaboration amongst his peers and work with the university administration to meet the multifaceted needs of today’s student body. John’s ex-

perience as community leader in his hometown, his previous legislative efforts as a student senator, his leadership on ASG’s executive board, his role as president of a student organization and his dedication to academic excellence, all serve to equip him with the skill set he needs to successfully represent Miami students. John Stefanksi is the best candidate to be your next Student Body President. His abilities coupled with the experience of his VicePresident, Lizzie Litzow, will make him an excellent leader. If you give John your vote, we will be very proud alumni and can be confident that the vision and direction of ASG, the student body and Miami University is in good hands. Please vote for John Stefanski on Thursday, March 22. Love and Honor,

Heath Ingram

Student Body President 2010 – 2011

Timothy Hogan

Student Body VicePresident 2010 – 2011

Lidija Gnjatic

Secretary for Diversity Affairs 2010 – 2011

Collegiate political organizations support candidates Wadsworth, Harrelson, Corporan Miami Community, With the Presidential Election nine months away, we would like to turn our attention more locally and focus on the Miami student body elections. The Miami University College Democrats and College Republicans are proud to endorse Meghan Wadsworth (President), Rob Harrelson (Vice President) and E.J. Corporan (VP of Campus Activities) of the Make It Your Miami Party. Meghan’s involvement on campus and her experience within Associated Student Government has been invaluable in improving Miami University for its students. As Vice President of Student Organizations, she championed the implementation of Miami’s online system, dubbed “The Hub.” Furthermore, she has improved the efficiency of the student organization funding process and various other processes that have been essential to student organization leaders like ourselves. As Student Body President, Meghan wants to focus on bringing new ideas to Miami that will help students to develop a deeper interest in their college experience, including a smart scheduler, which would be an easy-to-use version of the current DARS system. Running for Student Body Vice President, Rob Harrelson is a great compliment to Meghan’s platform. Although he is involved in CAC’s V.I.P. Board, Rob’s knowledge of organizations and the student population outside of Associated Student Government gives the President/Vice President ticket a diverse outlook on campus issues. By enhancing channels in which students can bring forth ideas to significantly improvement the Miami Plan and other

issues students face, we see their platform as realistic and encompassing real initiatives, not just ideas. E.J. Corporan’s bid for VP of Campus Activities is something both our organizations look forward to. His ideas on how to bring about collaboration with other student organizations and events are something that distinctly set him apart from his competitors. E.J. has had a strong background in bringing about big programming that the student body atlarge looks forward to. Serving as co-chair of CAC’s Diversity Programming Board, Global Fusion, and as Vice President of the Latin and American Students organization not only gives him a unique perspective of Miami’s underrepresented demographics, but also has given him the opportunity to make these events more creative and popular amongst the student body. The Make It Your Miami Party is the only party that truly brings substantive ideas to the table, and both our organizations have seen the impact and dedication Meghan can bring to the student body when put in a leadership position. She helped organize a competitive blood drive between our organizations to bring about a mutually beneficial event, and has been an essential resource for making both our organizations successful. Although our organizations differ politically, collectively we believe that the Make It Your Miami Party will best represent the Miami student body and Miami University’s legacy. Love and Honor, College Democrats and College Republicans Executive Boards

TUESDAY, March 20, 2012 OP ED



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Pride, Prejudice, Presumption: The Modern Art of Self- Respect

Republican candidates seem to be alienating rather than inspiring young voters

It is a somewhat universally acknowledged truth that a girl who is violently upset uptown must be crying over a guy. The hunched shoulders, the dragging heels and of course, the omnipresent whirl of concerned friends fluttering about. Romantic comedies and emotional dramas do their best to satirize and explain the age-old question of why can guys be such jerks to girls, but I personally find the conclusions unsatisfactory. After years of playing informal relationship counselor, I have nothing the least bit scientifically legitimate to add to this discussion, with the exception of a few well-reasoned observations. If I may back up a bit, I’ll relate my obligatory anecdote that led to today’s topic. While casually celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this past Saturday, I was told a story about a girl losing her virginity to one of my male acquaintances. The guys I was standing with explained the situation in hushed, albeit rather amused tones. After rolling my eyes at the primitively masculine pleasure they were taking from the situation, I realized the girl in question was standing no more than 10 feet away. When I asked the deflowerer in question about her, he said he had no plans of being with her again.“I mean, of course I’ll say hi or whatever” was the gist of the explanation given over the rim of his beer cup. I consider myself at ease with the boys — probably because I can outcrude almost all of them. But this story really bothered me. I know these guys pretty well, and wouldn’t consider any of them bad people. This tale of bro conquest, however, turned my stomach. It wasn’t that there was malevolence behind the action. It was their utter indifference that broke my heart for this poor girl who had no idea what was being said about her. That being said, I cannot in good faith start burning bras and chucking rocks at frat guys I find disgusting. Something that takes a long time for girls to grasp is another universal truth: guys will treat you as well or as poorly as you let them treat you. Everyone retains the right to a one-night-stand — this is America

after all — but ladies, I’m begging you to listen: giving him the goods the first night will rarely end up in a healthy, long-term relationship. If you have no interest in a relationship, then go get some. But connections forged through alcohol and collegiate lust will probably not stand the test of time. If a guy is treating you poorly after only two weeks, he does not care about you very much. If he only ever texts you to watch a movie (insert lewd wink), he does not respect you. If you only hear from him after 1 a.m., there’s a good chance he has no idea what your last name is. Senior year seems to have brought out a resurgence of freshman-level immaturity in this regard — probably due in large part to the desperation for debauchery that accompanies our last semester. All of us need human connection, and there are just some nights when you can rationalize taking that guy

Something that takes a long time for girls to grasp is another universal truth: guys will treat you as well or as poorly as you let them treat you.

back because it will make you feel good for that moment in time. But when it becomes habitual, you cannot expect to be happy with yourself in the morning. We all carry the prejudice that guys are jerks, but this is because we allow our pride to convince us we don’t care when they start treating us like we’re idiots. Slut and whore are commonplace in our vernacular, but this is due to a lethal combination of male chauvinism and female acquiescence. I’m not nearly jaded enough to generalize that everything with a Ychromosome is a sex-driven sociopath, but I do believe we women have given them entirely too much latitude to behave like that towards us. So delete his number, don’t respond to the booty-call text, and head to the rec center for a long workout with an angry playlist — but do it because you know you deserve better than what you’re getting.


Something has been greatly underreported during the ongoing Primary elections; the absence of young voters from the polling places. Young voters are not turning out for the Republican primary, and the Republicans should be MUCH more worried about it. According to the Tufts University Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), only 5 percent of eligible voters under the age of 30 cast ballots in seven of “Super Tuesdays” Republican primaries. CIRCLE also reported that here in Ohio, just 7 percent of youth voters turned out for the state Republican Primary, compared to 25 percent in the 2008 Ohio Republican Primary. Many pundits are referring to this lack of interest among young voters with the Republican nominees as an “enthusiasm gap.” I would go a step farther and say there isn’t simply a lack of interest in the candidates, but that the Republican candidates are completely scaring away young voters with their extremely conservative social rhetoric and inability to appeal to the concerns of young voters. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum constantly try to “out-conservative” each other by becoming more and more conservative on their social issue stances. This further alienates them from the younger voting base, which is increasingly liberal on social issues. The Pew Research Center reported in May 2011 that 70 percent of Americans ages 18 to 34 support legalizing samesex marriage (not just civil unions- marriages). Both Santorum and Romney are staunch same-sex marriage opponents. Santorum has even compared same-sex relationships to bestiality, incest and polygamy, calling gay marriage “antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family,” according to CNN and the Associated Press. In regard to gay marriage, both candidates are alienating

a major possible constituency. The Republican candidates’ strange fascination with mandating Americans sex lives (abortion, pornography, sodomy laws, etc.) is further going to scare away the youth voters. Do you really think college students are going to vote for Santorum, who wants to essentially make pornography illegal and reinstate sodomy laws? Probably not. Besides social issues, the Republicans are also failing to address major concerns for young voters, and specifically college students: soaring college tuitions,

according to The New York Times. Mitt Romney, who is worth around $250 million, sent almost all his own children to prestigious (i.e.: expensive) universities. All five of Romney’s sons received their bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University. Romney’s sons Taggart, Matthew and Joshua all got their MBAs from Harvard University. His son Benjamin received his medical degree from Tufts University, according to College students are look-

Many pundits are referring to this lack of interest among young voters with the Republican nominees as an “enthusiasm gap.” I would go a step farther and say there isn’t simply a lack of interest in the candidates, but that Republican candidates are completely scaring away young voters with their extremely conservative social rhetoric and inability to appeal to the concerns of young voters. Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are constantly trying to “out-conservative” eachother by becoming more and more conservative on the social issues.

high-interest student loans and insufficient financial aid. The Republican candidates, by sticking with their “small government” narrative, are attacking the idea that the government should intervene in higher education. When Obama stated that he wanted all Americans to be able to go to college, Santorum responded by calling Obama a “snob” at an Americans for Prosperity form in Michigan in February. The fact that Santorum himself has THREE university degrees makes him seem even more hypocritical. When asked about college tuition costs, Romney said, “Don’t just go to one that has the highest price. “Go to one that has a little lower price where you can get a good education. And hopefully you’ll find that … and don’t expect the government to forgive the debt you take on,” Romney said,

ing for a solution to skyrocketing tuition and massive student loans, and having someone as hypocritical as Romney saying, “well, you shouldn’t go to an expensive school” is neither a solution nor a way to earn support among young voters. Unlike the Republican inability to engage young voters, Obama has demonstrated that he knows how to effectively target youth voters and get them to the polls. In the 2008 election, 66 percent of voters under 30 voted for Obama according to the Pew Foundation. Approval ratings for Obama still remain high among young people. If any of the Republicans truly want to win the White House in 2012, they need to completely reorient their strategy, otherwise Obama will have no problem riding a wave of youth support to a re-election.

ESSAY Charles Lee

Lin, Asian-American population deserve greater respect from society, media I am sure that basketball fans and those hailing from New York have been mentioning one name for several weeks, and that name is Jeremy Lin. He was just a benchwarmer from a humble background, just about to be cut from the league, until one game thrust his career into the spotlight. He is now the starting point guard for the New York Knicks and his performance has been phenomenal. He is the first Asian-American player in the NBA and he is also a

Harvard University graduate. Catch phrases such as “Lin-sanity,” “Lin-sational” and “Lin-credible” have captured the attention of the basketball fans. Lin’s autograph used to be $29, but now it sells for over $1,500 on eBay. In addition, Lin is now an athletic brand, raking in $14 million and growing, according to Forbes Magazine. This is good news for the struggling Knicks team and the NBA overall. However, to the Asian-American population, his success story in the

NBA is not just a Cinderella story. It is a story that they have been long awaiting. The representation of AsianAmericans in the public or the popular culture since the time of early immigration has been rather sub par despite the presence of a large population. Lin’s arising presence has created a whole new set of debates across the country. The recent suspension of the ESPN’s anchor Max Bretos due to his statement “chink in the armor,” in reference to Lin, brings the


issue of continued racism against Asians or Asian-Americans to journalism’s frontlines. ESPN has since repetitiously apologized to the Asian-American community publicly for their erroneous and offensive comments. The simple fact is that the AsianAmerican population has been long absent from the mass public, and there is not enough knowledge about the community. Some have used their ignorance as an excuse to shy away from the responsibility, but other people genuinely do not know enough about

the community to understand what is offensive or not offensive. However, that does not mean you can’t ask for an explanation or a simple inquiry, and that is what the U.S. public lacks right now. The U.S. public does not want to know or is not curious about this racial sensitivity pertaining to the Asian-American population. Jeremy Lin is a phenomenal basketball player, but he should not be thrown into stardom just because he is the first Asian-American NBA basketball player. He should be celebrated for his talents.

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“We could run as lean an environment as possible while still providing adequate amounts of service,” Campbell said. One reason for the savings estimate change was the decision to only centralize the support staff from administrative portions of the university rather than both the administrative and academic portions of the university during the Support Organization and Process Design phase according to Ferrenberg. The academic branch of the university is already implementing the new Responsibility Center Management budgeting model based on recommendations by the Strategic Priorities Task Force (SPTF) and a change in their IT support might be too much of a shock Ferrenberg said. With the addition of the academic portion of the university, the total savings estimate would have been $1.3 million higher according to Ferrenberg. “Nearly half [of the savings] could have come from academic areas but it was the right decision to not add that extra change onto them,” Ferrenberg said. According to Campbell the reasons behind wanting to centralize support staff and resources is to maximize efficiency. Campbell said too much centralization prevents the academic divisions to choose what best fits their needs since some divisions may choose to use different software than other divisions to better educate their students. “The academic division doesn’t lend itself well to a

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Miami will be hit hard by super conferences

Third place is the charm MU earns NCAA No. 2 seed after CCHA finish By Tom Downey

When asked by ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi whether the NCAA’s lack of control over postseason play in college football was frustrating for him, NCAA President Mark Emmert simply replied: “That part’s never really bothered me much at all and again this is about serving the will of the membership. We’re a membership association. If that’s what they want to do, fine that’s what we’ll do.” It does not seem Emmert is bothered by conference realignment either, stating he did not like seeing the traditional rivalries blown up while saying nothing about the academic and student side of the equation. With Temple University’s announcement March 7 that it would leave the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and Atlantic-10 Conference and jump to the Big East Conference for football in 2012 and for all sports in 2013, it seems the Owls are not concerned about those factors either. Temple, who competed in the MAC East Division in football since 2007, will pay the MAC a $6 million exit fee while receiving financial assistance through Big East revenue distribution. Once again, it is all about the money. The Big East has gone to extreme measures to maintain its conference legitimacy, pulling in Temple following the departure of West Virginia University starting in 2012 and of the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University starting in 2014. Six additional schools will join the conference starting in 2013, including Southern Methodist University and Boise State University and San Diego State University as football-only members. The Naval Academy will join as a football-only member in 2015. Some conferences, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, have increased exit fees to retain

schools that have become more concerned about whether their conference will remain a powerplayer in the Bowl Championship Series than whether their athletes will be able to manage team, travel and academic requirements. Temple’s move impacts not only Miami University’s football team but also the entire athletic program. The MAC will likely once again have uneven division alignment following the addition of the University of Massachusetts, with seven schools in the East Division and six in the West Division. On top of this, Temple has dramatically improved their football program over the past five seasons, adding legitimacy to a conference that regularly sports multiple teams with sub-.500 records. If Miami hopes to continue to strengthen its athletic program, it must compete in a conference that reflects its values but that also bolsters its athletics, and the Owls conference jump undermines the later part of this equation. Last season the MAC implemented new football-only member exit provisions that included requiring of two football seasons of advanced departure notice and placed a $2.5 million fee on that institution. These provisions were obviously negotiated to a different arrangement with Temple. Miami Athletic Director (AD) Brad Bates, MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and other conference ADs must demand more from fellow MAC institutions. Temple’s jump makes them no better than the University of Colorado, Boise State University or the University of Missouri, but now this conference realignment fad has hit home. The question is how will the MAC respond. We know the NCAA is not going to do anything about it.

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Following a 6-2 loss to Western Michigan University in the semifinals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Tournament, the RedHawks bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to take third place in the tournament. This marks the third time in school history the Red and White finished third, taking third in 2004 and 2010 as well. The RedHawks earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play in the East Regional in Bridgeport, Conn. against No. 3 seed University of Massachusetts-Lowell. “Playing in the CCHA prepares you pretty good for the NCAA Tourney,” Head Coach Enrico Blasi said. “We’ve played a tough league schedule. We’ll take a week to prepare ourselves mentally and physically and we’ll see what happens.” Junior forward Reilly Smith continued his dominant play with three goals and two assists over the weekend, scoring two against Western Michigan and one against BGSU, marking the sixth time this year he has had three or more points. He is currently on a 10-game point streak. His performance earned him a

spot on the CCHA All-Tournament team for the second straight year. Smith, also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award given to the best player in Division I collegiate hockey, has scored 30 goals on the year. “We had a different mindset against Bowling Green,” Smith said. “We focused on slowing the puck down and making Bowling Green come to us then finding the open man. Yesterday [against Western Michigan] we were forcing the puck too much. We’re happy with the result.” Freshman forward Austin Czarnik tied a career-high with three assists against Bowling Green, extending his point streak to a career-high six games. “When you’ve got a guy like Reilly on your team he can change the momentum of the game,” Head Coach Enrico Blasi said. “When Reilly is making plays with Czarnik, it just spreads to the rest of the team.” Freshman forward Alex Wideman and senior defenseman Chris Wideman both scored against Bowling Green, marking the first time the brothers have notched a goal in the same game. Junior defenseman Joe Hartman also scored against BGSU, his first goal of the year. His goal came

with just half a second left in the first period. In the loss to eventual CCHA champion Western Michigan, Miami fell behind early and was never able to recover. The RedHawks were also whistled for 11 penalties in the contest. Senior goalie Connor Knapp entered the game without giving up an even strength goal in his last seven games but gave up four goals before being pulled in favor of senior goalie Cody Reichard. “I don’t blame Connor one bit,” Blasi said. “Every time we got a little bit close they did a nice job of scoring right away and really deflating us. Western deserved to win. They were the better team.” Reichard gave up two goals after entering for Knapp, one of which came on a power play. Reichard also got the start against Bowling Green, his first start since Feb. 11 against The University of Alabama-Huntsville. He played all 60 minutes for the first time since Jan. 28 against Northern Michigan University and only gave up one goal against the Falcons. The ’Hawks travel to Bridgeport to face UMass-Lowell in their first round matchup 6:30 p.m. Friday, and fans can watch the game on ESPNU.

Spider-bite stops Miami in NIT loss

’Hawks fly past Eagles to take weekend series 2-1

Senior guard Maggie Boyer (left) swipes at the ball as junior forward Kristin Judson (right) defends against the University of Richmond Thursday. Boyer had 20 points in the loss to the Spiders in the opening round of the Women’s NIT.

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The Miami University baseball team won its first two games against Morehead State University but the Eagles took the final game to avoid the sweep. Both RedHawk wins came on Saturday’s doubleheader. Miami’s loss Sunday snaps a seven-game win streak for the ’Hawks, bringing their record to 11-8 on the year. “I think the week went really well,” junior pitcher Mac Thoreson said. “A doubleheader is always hard to win. I’m proud of the way the team battled for 19 innings.” The RedHawks were up early in the second game of the series behind the pitching of junior Brooks Fiala who struck out six and gave up two earned runs in six innings of work. However, Morehead State rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to force the game into extra innings. Freshman Scott Slappey entered as a pinch hitter and singled to drive in fellow freshman right fielder Jacob Wolf for the walk-off 6-5 win. The RedHawks won the first game behind the arm of Thoreson. Thoreson went seven innings giving up one run on only five hits while striking out four. The ’Hawks went on to win the game 3-1. “That’s a huge plus for us to get [Thoreson] rolling,” Head Coach Dan Simonds said. “He’s a talented pitcher and one of the leaders on the team.” Thoreson has bounced back from a rough first two outings and has won his past two to improve his record to 2-2. “The first three outings didn’t go

as planned,” Thoreson said. “But it’s getting back into the routine of things and I’m starting to do that.” The Red and White were led offensively by senior outfielder Bryce Redeker who went 5-11 in the series with four RBIs. Sophomore John Crummy also had a solid series, going 4-12 with four RBIs. “Those two are swinging the bat well,” Simonds said. “When we get Kevin [Bower] swinging well, it gives us a very tough middle of the lineup.” With a chance to pull off the sweep the RedHawks started well but could not finish off the Eagles, who won 15-2. Senior pitcher Shawn Marquardt got the start and looked to have the potential to go for his third complete game of the year. Then came the rough fifth inning: Morehead State pushed across seven runs and Marquardt was unable to get out of the inning. Marquardt finished the outing with seven earned runs over 4.2 innings with seven strikeouts, dropping his record to 2-2. The RedHawks managed only six hits in the contest compared to the Eagles’ 19. “We came ready to play but we just couldn’t figure out their pitching,” Simonds said. “We just never got anything going.” The RedHawks have a homeand-home series against Xavier University (6-12) 3 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Wednesday. The team travels to Xavier Tuesday and then hosts the Musketeers Wednesday. The Musketeers won three of their four contests against the RedHawks last year.


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The Miami University women’s basketball team’s journey from 12th place in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) last year to 4th place this season came to a halt last Thursday as the RedHawks (21-10, 11-5 MAC) fell to the University of Richmond Spiders 76-54 in the opening round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). After receiving their bid to the WNIT, the ’Hawks traveled 500 miles to Richmond, Va. on two days notice, but the Spiders (23-8), who finished 4th in the Atlantic-10 conference, were too strong offensively, shooting 51.9 percent from the field while having four players in double figures. The ’Hawks on the other hand, shot just 31.9 percent from the floor and struggled to find an offensive rhythm. “Richmond is a very solid, wellbalanced team and they have a lot of weapons,” Head Coach Maria Fantanarosa said. “So when you stop one player another player would step up. And when you’re playing a good scoring team at home that just gives them another advantage.” Miami was without junior forward Kirsten Olowinski, who in addition to averaging 11 points per game had also been grabbing an average of 9.9 rebounds per contest. Olowinski, who is third on Miami’s all-time rebounding list, suffered a knee injury late in the RedHawks’ loss to Central Michigan University in the MAC Tournament March 8. “Not having Kirsten as well as Haley Robertson was tough,” junior guard Courtney Osborn said. “But

we had a lot of other players step up to the challenge and play well against a physical Richmond team.” Senior guard Maggie Boyer picked up the slack, pouring in 20 points in her final game wearing the Red and White. Boyer finishes her career ranked 11 on Miami’s career-scoring list with 1,245 points and sixth in career three-pointers made with 203 from beyond the arc over her four years. Miami’s two other seniors, forwards Lillian Pitts and Rachel Hencke, each contributed four points in their final game. Pitts also added six rebounds and Hencke picked up two steals. The senior class was part of a turnaround season for the ’Hawks where they went from 3-13 in the MAC to the third-best conference mark under Fantanarosa at 11-5, making their first postseason appearance since 2008. “I’m really proud of this year’s senior class; they had a great season and were rewarded with a postseason berth,” Fantanarosa said. “The three of them had very solid careers that were topped off with a great opportunity. Their part in taking the program forward is going to help our underclassmen because they’ve been there now and they know what it takes to get to that level.” The RedHawks started the game off hot opening up a quick 5-0 lead, but Richmond, as they seemed to do all game, responded with a run and was soon up 27-9 at the 10:47 mark. Miami was able to claw its way back into the game though and made it 39-28 at halftime. “Richmond did a lot of things to affect our game,” Fantanarosa

said. “They pressed us, which took us out of our normal offense, they were scoring on out-of-bounds plays and we had too many turnovers. We wanted to take care of the ball coming out in the second half but the turnovers were the biggest obstacle.” Miami got as close as nine at 45-36 with 14:13 remaining in the game, but the Spiders squashed any hopes of a comeback with an 18-5 run to put the game out of reach, winning their 13 home game of the year. “This isn’t the way we wanted to end things with losing our last two games, but I’m really proud of how far we’ve come from last year,” Osborn said. “It not only reflects on the seniors but it’s also great experience for the younger players going forward.” Richmond was able to hold Osborn, Miami’s leading scorer, to just three points on the night. This performance does not reflect Osborn’s season though as she moved into fifth place on Miami’s career points list with 1,564 and fourth on the all-time assists list with 415 after starting every game for the ’Hawks this season. The 2011-2012 season comes to a close for the RedHawks but not without its bright spots. This year marked the seventh 20-win season in program history helped by a 10-game win streak that began in December and continued through the middle of January. “We’ve continued to improve throughout the year,” Fantanarosa said. “If we would have stayed healthy we would have been able to go a little bit further in both the MAC and the NIT. We just weren’t as sharp as we needed to be.”

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