Page 1

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

VOLUME 137 NO. 52

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


In 1962, The Miami Student reported on a statement by President John Millett on increasing student enrollment. Ideas mentioned were expanding university branches, municipal university financing and the expansion of medical education.


Election winners discuss goals


By Patrick Wolande Senior Staff Writer

The Experienced Party’s clean sweep of the 2010 student body elections was capped off by a record-setting margin of victory by presidentelect Heath Ingram and vice president-elect Tim Hogan with 73 percent of the vote. This year’s election was the first time president and vice president ran on the same ticket. Adam Harris, current vice president of the student body and chair of the election committee, explained the change. “Miami (University) was the only public school in the state of Ohio that didn’t have the president and the vice president on the same ticket,” Harris said. Harris said the change has many benefits. “Just the continuity and the camaraderie of being on the same agenda,” Harris said. Ingram spoke about what it took to win in such convincing fashion. “I’m very excited, and I’m so proud of our campaign staff,” Ingram said. “You really can’t win without the kind of support we received.” Part of Ingram’s role as president will include working with the budget since Miami has cut an additional $5 million next year. “I’m going to sit on the strategic priorities committee for the university,” Ingram said. “One of the big goals here is that the student agenda is present in that room.” Ingram stressed he will be a strong advocate of making sure student needs are at the forefront of budget decisions. Hogan spoke about what he is going to do as vice president. “I really want to increase the exposure of student government,” Hogan said. “I want to meet individually with student originations that are affected by things ASG (Associated Student Government) does because 85 percent of the student body is in a student organization.” Hogan also spoke of his and Ingram’s vision. “We want to take what is done internally (ASG), and expand it to the entire campus,” Hogan said. Ryan Horvath, the other presidential candidate, gave his reaction to the results. “I’m disappointed, but disappointed in the numbers only,” Horvath said. “I don’t think it reflected how much work was put into this election.” Horvath also responded to murmurs of his campaign acting only as a boost for next year’s election. “I haven’t even begun thinking about next year ... to think about next year at this point would just be ridiculous, especially two days after the election,” Horvath said. Mike Emling, vice president-elect of campus activities council (CAC) won with 61 percent of the vote. “I’m honored and humbled to win,” Emling


Miami University students released balloons Saturday afternoon in central quad in remembrance of the three Miami students who died in an off-campus house fire in 2005.

Legacy of house fire victims continues By Erin Fischesser Community Editor

Five years after an off-campus fire that resulted in the deaths of three Miami University students, friends, family and community members continue to remember Stephen Smith, Julie Turnbull and Kate Welling. While current students were not on campus for the event, many of their lives are touched by the tragedy of April 10, 2005 on a regular basis. At 4:30 a.m. that day, smoke

billowed from the home at 122 N. Main St. after a lit cigarette caught a couch on fire, causing the blaze. Of the projected 13 students in the house that night, 10 were able to evacuate. Kate, a junior and Julie, a senior, both died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation, while the cause of death for Stephen, a senior, was never determined. Julie’s father, Doug Turnbull, has begun a crusade in honor of his daughter to require more

Student evaluations to be partially standardized

By Hannah Poturalski

The six common questions and their categories:

News Editor

In two to three years, student evaluations of teachers will begin to look somewhat similar across majors and classes with a recent passage by university senate. University senate passed a resolution March 15 endorsing six common questions to be asked on student teaching evaluations of all courses. Provost Jeffrey Herbst discussed this at the April 7 meeting of the board of trustees’ academic/student affairs committee. Different divisions, departments and instructors will still be able to ask individual questions. “This will take us to a very different place in terms of the evaluation of teaching,” Herbst said. Herbst said this is the culmination of four years of work by Ann Frymeier, professor of communication. According to the March 15 university senate minutes, Frymier said, “Teaching standards vary across the university. A common standard does not exist across academic divisions and departments/programs.” These standard six questions will help quantify norms

Classroom Climate questions: • My instructor welcomed students’ questions. • My instructor offered opportunities for active participation to understand course content. • My instructor demonstrated concern for student learning. Student Learning questions: • In this course I learned to analyze complex problems or think about complex issues. • My appreciation for this topic has increased as a result of this course. • I have gained an understanding of this course material.

wSee EVALUATIONS, page 7




A Cleveland State University professor publishes an e-book on planning for college loans.



Gov. Ted Strickland and Chancellor Eric Fingerhut discuss Third Frontier grants.


CAMPUS, page 2


An in-depth look at the artists who make up the Jess Lamb Band.

FEATURES, page 6


Bald eagles are making a comeback in Ohio skies.



wSee FIRE, page 7


wSee ELECTION, page 7


reliable smoke detectors in homes across the state of Ohio. “I’ve spent the last two years educating fire chiefs in Ohio about the difference between smoke detectors,” Turnbull said. Turnbull said he is continuing to lay groundwork for an Ohio Senate bill to be proposed near the end of the year that will require homes to contain photoelectric smoke detectors, which detect smoke in a different way


Miami’s baseball team wins their three game series against Northern Illinois University.

SPORTS, page 14

HOUSING CONUNDRUM Read an update on the 15-20 year housing master plan.

STUDENT EVALUATION TALKS Read the March 15 university senate minutes including debate from many senate members.

Miami’s steam plant on western campus is having new pipes installed.

CAMPUS, page 4


76 q 51 p



82 q 58 p


73 q 45 p

Check out pictures from the baseball, football, softball and hockey games.




April 13, 2010

Editors Courtney Day Hope Holmberg Amanda Seitz

Program funds may change News BRIEFS Federal financing for Teach for America could decrease

events Trio to offer free piano concert Friday The Rawlins Piano Trio will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in Souers Recital Hall. Hosted by the Miami University Department of Music, the event will highlight the Ohio premier of “Opposites Attract” by award-winning composer James Lentini, professor of music and dean of the School of Fine Arts. The group will also present a piano master class at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 15 in Souers Recital Hall, where they will perform Trio I Opus 8 by Johannes Brahms and piano trio in G major by Claude Debussy. The trio, which was formed in 1987, performs a wide range of both standard and original works. Both events are free and open to the public. Contact Jeanne Harmeyer at (513) 529-1482 for more information.

Crusaders to address human trafficking Campus Crusade for Christ’s social justice team and Associated Student Government (ASG) have partnered for a day of learning about the state of human trafficking in Ohio. On April 14, “Human Trafficking in Ohio: Modern Day Slavery Close to Home” will offer two events. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., three advocating stations will be set up throughout campus to inform students and host a call-in party to advocate for a new Ohio bill to combat trafficking. At 8 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium in the Farmer School of Business, Dr. Jeffrey Barrows, president of Gracehaven and member of the Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission, will speak about the state of trafficking in Ohio.

award Journal publishes MU psychology findings Miami University psychology research was featured in the January issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. The study showed videos of people who were smiling to participants. Half of the smiling individuals in the video were genuine while the other half were sporting fake smiles. After watching the videos, participants were asked which individuals they would prefer to work with. According to the research, participants were able to tell which smiles were genuine or fake without being told. Those participants who had been rejected were able to distinguish fake smiles from real ones significantly more often. According to Michael Bernstein, lead research and psychology graduate student, this study proved that those participants that had been rejected in life are able to note which people make real smiles and therefore, who would be a better individual to work with.

workshop Info sessions to inform students on housing The Office of Campus Affairs and Associated Student Government (ASG) will be hosting sessions to inform students about housing options for the 2011-12 school year. A session will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 in the basement of Morris Hall as well as at 8 p.m. in the basement of Stanton Hall. A session will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15 in the Blue Room in Clawson Hall as well as at 8:30 p.m. in the basement living room of Havighurst Hall. On Monday, April 19, a session will take place in the basement of Wells Hall. A final session will take place at 8 p.m. in the living room of Collins Hall. Addressing the wide array of components that signing a lease entails, these information sessions will assist students who have concerns about their living situation for the 2011-12 school year.

By Taylor Dolven Senior Staff Writer

The new budget proposal from the Obama administration could cut federal funding for Teach for America (TFA), limiting the program’s ability recruit from universities including Miami University. TFA is a program recruiting top college graduates across the country to become teachers in public schools. In previous years, TFA has received $21 million in federal funding, according to spokeswoman Katilin Gastrock. The proposed budget includes a new competitive grants program called Teacher and Leader Pathways that would force organizations from all over the country to compete for funding. Because programs like TFA would

have to wait through this com- does not allow TFA to affect as petitive process to find out how many children as they would much funding they would receive, like, according to Courter ShimeTeacher and Leader Pathways all, TFA recruitment director for would impair the Ohio universities. ability for schools “We want to “We want to to plan ahead. affect positively affect as positively Gastrock estias many kids as many kids as we we can,” Shimemates TFA would lose the ability can. Anything that all said. “Anyto reach an esti- hinders that is not a thing that hinmated 86,000 adders that is not a good thing.” ditional students good thing.” in the 2011-12 Miami graduCOURTER SHIMEALL school year. ate LaToya Irvine RECRUITMENT DIRECTOR “Witout the fedworks in Dallas, TEACH FOR AMERICA eral contribution Texas teachcommunities,chiling third grade dren all across the country would reading through TFA. She met lose out on this leadership pipeline Shimeall at the career fair. and will feel the consequences for “I couldn’t imagine doing years to come,” Gastrock said. anything else right now,” Irvine The cut in federal funding said. “It has been very positive

for me.” She worries the cut in funding could hurt the program’s ability to recruit and train volunteers. “It is vital that organizations such as Teach for America get the funding they need to support these very dedicated teachers,” she said. Although the program only has a two-year commitment, Irvine is planning to take on at least two more years after she has completed her time. While applications from volunteers are on the rise, so is the demand for TFAvolunteers in schools across the country, Gastrock said. According to Gastrock, more than 46,000 people applied for teaching positions in the 2010 corps, but there is still a large waiting

wSee FUNDS, page 8

E-book teaches how to calculate, manage debt By Kristen Grace Senior Staff Writer

Student loans and debt after graduation are uncomfortable topics for a many students, both in college and high school, because of the uncertainty and guess work that goes into borrowing the right amount. But Steve Talbott, a professor at Cleveland State University, has recently come out with an e-book aimed directly at answering the question: “how much money should I borrow?” In his e-book, “How Much Should I Borrow For College?” Talbott uses government research about the current job market to determine how much a person can make within the first year of a specific job. These jobs are separated by applicable majors available for students to take in college, Talbott said. By understanding the projected amount of money they can expect to make with a job from their intended major, students can use Talbott’s special calculator to estimate how much

money they can afford to borrow for college and pay off in a reasonable amount of time after graduation. “It’s not to say the government’s projections are just in stone, but they are statistical projections of what’s been happening in recent times,” Talbott said. Both students entering college who need an idea of how much to borrow as well as students trying to decide on a major might be interested in will find this book helpful, Talbott said. “You can get an idea of what you want to do and what it can translate into,” Talbott said. “Once you find out what you want to do, what kind of job you’re interested in, you can find out what those jobs pay.” According to Talbott, this is the only book of its kind out right now. He hopes it will allow students to understand what their options are and be realistic with their money. “I really hope this helps students get an idea of where they are going and sort of match their

Associate professors to receive more precise evaluations By Hannah Poturalski News Editor

After eight months of discussion, university senate recently endorsed a new system for evaluating associate professors looking to be promoted. Provost Jeffrey Herbst spoke of the recent approval at the April 7 board of trustees’ academic/student affairs committee meeting. Herbst said associate professors in their third year of rank, and every three years after, will receive letters of evaluation from their department leads, the division dean and the provost’s office. According to a Feb. 22 university senate agenda item, “these letters should be detailed enough to provide associate professors with valuable guidance for achieving promotion.” Herbst said in the past he’s met with hundreds of assistant and associate professors. While assistant professors cited an understandable system of mentoring and path to tenure, associate professors had a different story. “They said it wasn’t clear what had to be done to be full professor,” Herbst said. “There was no mentoring and they were expected to switch from mentee to mentor.”

Eric Bachmann, associate professor of computer science and systems analysis and a member of university senate, doesn’t think the extra administrative work will help. “Most associate professors already know what they need to do (for promotion), they just don’t do it,” Bachmann said. Herbst said associate professors usually stay in their rank eight years before being promoted. The triennial evaluations will begin over the next three years. Bachmann hopes this new procedure will speed up the promotion process. “People who will be evaluated next year have already been notified,” Herbst said. “Those people are at nine years or more in rank.” University senate decided associate professors with 15 years of rank or more can opt out of this evaluation system if they so choose because they likely will be terminal associate professors. “The prospect of getting endless letters saying ‘there’s no prospect of promotion’ would not be the best thing,” Herbst said. Herbst said overall it’s very important to focus on the professional development of faculty that will be here for decades to come.

hopes and wishes against the reality — get a reality check,” Talbott said. Mary Krasner, the mother of two Miami University students, would have liked to have had something like this when her children were starting school. “I would buy something like that,” Krasner said. “School is just so expensive now. You need to do a risk/reward analysis.” This book could be especially helpful for students who fear they will be will be paying off their students loans for years after they graduate. Junior Emily Sullivan, a strategic communications major, would like to know what she can expect to make in the jobs that her majors opens her up to. “Going in, you don’t really know what different majors are going to make,” Sullivan said. Talbott’s book, “How Much Should I Borrow For College?” is available online at http:// and can be purchased either in full or individually by chapter.

Fierce competition


Team Bayside Tigers competed in the Pop Culture Playoffs Monday night in the Shriver Center.



TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 ♦ 3

Office of Admission director resigns to work with new school By Mary Kate Linehan Senior Staff Writer

In the midst of accepted students visiting campus and confirming enrollment for fall 2014, Laurie Koehler, director of admission, announced her resignation April 7. John Skillings, special assistant to the president for enrollment management, said this was the perfect time for Koehler’s exit. “The time is natural for people to move for admissions jobs, because its near the summer time after their recruitment season is over and they are getting ready for the recruitment season for fall 2011,” Skillings said. “While we are not happy to see Laurie to leave, we wish her the best, we will miss her and if there is a reasonable time to leave I think this is the right kind of

time frame.” Koehler, who was not available for comment, will not be leaving Miami University until the end of the 2009-2010 academic year in order to conclude the recruitment season for the class of 2014. She has served as director of admission for Miami since 2007. “Laurie is going to be here for the entire process and we are very grateful to her for that,” Skillings said. “I want to assure people we are on top of our recruitment season and Laurie will be here for that entire situation.” Claire Wagner, associate director of university communications, said Koehler submitted a note concerning her new position at another school. Koehler will be moving to Byrn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Penn. to become the dean

of admissions. we met with a number of really Jenny Rickard, the chief enroll- terrific candidates and when it ment and commucame down to it, nications officer Laurie’s initiaof Bryn Mawr tive and creativity “It is a wonderful College, said the opportunity for her and her commitschool had released ments to diversity to go to another an advertisement and excellence school that will be in all things, refor the position November 2009. challenging in many ally stood out,” “We had a very different ways to her Rickard said. large number of Rickard said skill set.” resumes submitKoehler was a ted, there were perfect match ANN BADER more than 100,” SENIOR ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR with what Bryn Mawr was lookRickard said. OFFICE OF ADMISSION ing for in the next Rickard said the several years in national search for terms of their a new dean of admissions left the search committee admissions program. “She was just terrific, we just rewith a large number of candidates, and out of the justly certified candi- ally enjoyed meeting her and very much wanted her to be apart of our dates, Koehler stood out. “We did a national search and community,” Rickard said.

Koehler’s last day at Miami will be June 4, according to Ann Bader, senior admissions counselor in the Office of Admission. Bader said the admissions office staff is very surprised at Koehler’s announcement of resignation but are excited at the opportunity she has at Bryn Mawr. “It is a wonderful opportunity for her to go to another school that will be challenging in many different ways to her skill set,” Bader said. “She is awesome at organizing and developing.” Skilling said he would be meeting with the admissions staff to seek their advice and council in terms of individuals they think will be appropriate leaders for their group. Skillings is looking for someone to serve as an interim director in order to be prepared for the recruitment season for fall 2011.

Political analyst to lecture on political climate, experiences By Hope Holmberg Campus Editor

Outspoken political strategist Paul Begala will speak at Miami University in an effort to raise awareness during the Miami University College Democrats’ Progressive Week, which began Monday, April 12. “We are trying to make our position known about important issues of our day,” said Ben BEGALA Lockshin, vice president of the Miami College Democrats, in regard to Progressive Week. Begala will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15 in 115 Shidler Hall. Aaron Bly, president of the Miami College Democrats, said Begala was on the top of their list when it came to choosing a Washington speaker to come talk for Progressive Week. Begala is currently a political analyst for CNN. “He’s really just mostly looking at the midterm elections in this upcoming year as well as the current political climate,” Bly said.

Bly is excited about the question and answer session Begala will hold after his lecture. “I really hope they (the students) can see an insider’s perspective and come with some good questions,” Bly said. Lockshin thinks Begala will address current issues about both the health care reform and Iran. “I think students are well-prepared for this and will bring some great questions,” Lockshin said. Since Begala has a great deal of experience, including being instrumental in getting Bill Clinton elected in 1992, Lockshin is enthusiastic about hearing what he has to share. Paul Struebing, an at-large member of the executive board for the Miami College Democrats, said it is important for as many people to come as possible. He believes it is important for students to know what is going on if they are going to vote. “He has a wealth of knowledge,” Struebing said. “He’s a really powerful political consultant. I think the whole thing will be pretty interesting.” Struebing thinks the vast majority of Begala’s lecture will be about the political environment going into the campaign. However, he feels confident one topic in particular will

be addressed. “I can guarantee he will get asked about getting yelled at by John Stuart on Crossfire,” Struebing said. Since elections are approaching, Bly thinks the lecture will be an informative resource for students. In addition to Begala’s lecture, John Kiriakou, the author of “The Reluctant Spy,” will speak at 7 p.m. in the Psychology Building 125 about his experience working as a CIA officer. “I hope students can take advantage of this opportunity,” Lockshin said. “They (the

speakers) can provide perspective you don’t usually see in the media.” During progressive week, health care was the focus Monday and the education system will be the focus Wednesday. “We are trying to let people know what is being done and what needs to be done,” Struebing said. Free food will provided at a cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Phi Delt Gates. “We are renting out a video camera and we want to ask people why they are the political affiliation that they are,” Bly said.

College Democrats’ Progressive Week What: Political strategist Paul Begala, guest speaker during College Democrats’ Progressive Week. Hosted By: Miami University College Democrats When: Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 7 PM Where: 115 Shidler Hall For more information about Begalas’ lecture of Progressive week, contact Aaron Bly at or (440) 935-1024.


Construction crews work to replace water pipes on western campus near Peabody Hall. Construction began March 1 to increase water capacity.

MU replaces water pipes to improve steam distribution system By Lee Jones For The Miami Student

In these early spring days, the newly green grass and budding flowers on Western campus have to compete with plastic, orange construction barricades for the average passerby’s attention. Since March 1, construction crews have been working on a major overhaul of Miami University’s steam distribution system, powered by a plant behind Peabody Hall. All hot water, humidification and

winter heating come from the steam power produced by this plant. “This project is a replacement of the water supply means, as well as steam distribution means,” said Doug Hammerle, senior project manager for Miami’s Physical Facilities Department. Hammerle said 95 percent of campus is heated by steam. He said if the waterline or steam line would spring a leak, nearly all on-campus heating would disappear. The plan for this project is both to enlarge the pipes to bring in water and

ensure that the steam distribution system will always be functional. The current water supply line is a six-inch pipe, but when the project is finished a 12-inch pipe will replace it. This will allow for a lot more water to come into the plant and more potential steam output as well. Hammerle said the new pipe will “improve hydraulics for fire protection.” Construction workers Jason Wullenwebber and Dalton Folsom have been on the project for

a month. They were fixing a leaky pipe in front of McKee Hall Friday, April 9. Folsom was working in a nearly six-and-a-half foot hole to loosen a segment of broken pipe, which Wullenwebber was going to pull out with the use of a backhoe. When asked what they were working on at the moment, Folsom grinned and said, “Well, I’m the only one working here,” and looked up from the deep hole at Wullenwebber, who was chuckling as well.

According to Hammerle, the above ground work will be finished by August, just in time to welcome students back to campus, but the updated heat distribution system will not be fully functional until winter, when buildings will need to be heated. First-year Angela Brito-Silva, a Spanish education major, said making the heating process more efficient is a good idea. “If it will help the students, let’s make it happen as soon as possible,” Brito-Silva said.



April 13, 2010


Editors Kelsey Bishop Erin Fischesser

Issue 1 to aid Ohio economy By Erin Fischesser Community Editor

Senior cleans gun, shoots himself in leg At 9 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to the emergency room at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital regarding a Miami University senior who had a gunshot wound to the leg. Police reportedly met with the male student, who had a hole in his upper, inner calf and another in his right shin. The student reportedly said he had been cleaning his revolver in his residence around 11:30 a.m. when the gun suddenly went off. The shot reportedly entered through his calf and exited through his shin before going into a wall of the house. The student reportedly told police he waited to come to the hospital because he was embarrassed. Officers are continuing to investigate the case.

Males attempt to rob ambulance At 1:10 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a call from life squad emergency medical technicians (EMT) regarding two males attempting to steal from the back of the ambulance. When police arrived, they reportedly found the EMTs holding two males on the ground. The squad members reportedly told police they had parked the vehicle for a call and as they got out they noticed a male standing near the rear passenger side that used profane language to address one of the EMTs. Once the squad members went to the emergency, they reportedly came back to the ambulance to get more equipment and heard yelling from the back of the vehicle. Then, two males reportedly came out of the back of the ambulance and ran north on Main Street toward West Park Place. The squad members reportedly chased the suspects and caught up to them when one stopped to help the other who had fallen on the ground. The squad members reportedly told police they were not sure if anything had been taken, but items in the vehicle had been tampered with. The males reportedly told police they had been drinking earlier in the night and made stupid decisions as a result. One of the males reportedly said the pair had gotten in a fight earlier in the night and had a bad night since. Both reportedly had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on their breath. The males were identified as Collin McCanna, 21, and Nathen Kontny, 21, from Wisconsin. McCanna and Kontny were both charged with breaking and entering and criminal mischief and taken to Butler County Jail.

First-year assaults student, runs away At 2 a.m. Saturday, officers met with a Miami University sophomore in front of Ogden Hall regarding a possible assault. The student reportedly told police he was walking back to North quad with his girlfriend and her mom when another student, later identified as first-year Conner Earley, approached him. Earley reportedly asked the student and the group he was with if he was fat and then tried to start a fight with the student. Earley punched the student in the face and then tried to shake his hand when a friend pulled him back. When the student told him to go home, Earley reportedly tried to punch him again each time it was suggested. When the student told Earley he had called the police, Earley punched him in the eye and ran down Bishop Street. Police reportedly found an Ohio driver’s license in Earley’s pocket that he admitted he had stolen from his brother. Earley was charged with assault, underage intoxication and certain acts prohibited.

Voters in Ohio will have many decisions to make on the May 4 ballot, but the first they will encounter deals specifically with the future of Ohio’s economy and its presence in a new technological era. Issue 1 deals with the renewal of Ohio’s Third Frontier economic development and jobs program. The ballot issue will add $700 million to the program. The program is scheduled to expire in 2012, but legislators have placed it on the ballot early in order to avoid fears of falling funds. Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Pat-McDaniel said any lax in funding may send a message that Ohio is not as serious as the state had initially appeared in attracting businesses and investors. In particular, Pat-McDaniel said there is concern about losing private investments that create venture capital, something Third Frontier has stimulated in Ohio. “(The program has) attracted a lot more venture capital into the state,” Pat-McDaniel said. Typically, this type of capital is concentrated on the coasts and without programs like the Third Frontier investors require

businesses to move closer to them in order to receive funds. “We want all the innovation here in Ohio to grow here in Ohio,” Pat-McDaniel said. “It’s using a small amount of public dollars to invest and leverage much more in private dollars.”

“The goal of the program is to create businesses. It is our goal to have these businesses and these grants made in every part of the state.” ERIC FINGERHUT


In addition to attracting new businesses to the state and encouraging further growth in Ohio’s fastest growing economic sectors, Third Frontier also helps combat “brain drain,” the phenomenon of Ohio graduates leaving the state after completing their education. Gov. Ted Strickland said internships created and partially funded by the Third Frontier are important in keeping students in Ohio because of the direct involvement in the economy. “It’s one of the things that can help set Ohio apart,” Strickland said. “One of the ways I

believe we can best capture students and have them remain here once they have completed their economic training is to involve them with Ohio’s economy while they are students through cooperative education programs or internship programs.” So far, around 3,000 students have had internships funded by Third Frontier with more than 700 Ohio companies. Pat-McDaniel said the salaries for these students are paid half by the employer and half by the state, up to $3,000. Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut said Third Frontier also helps attract top faculty to the state. “It’s a very significant part of gaining talent and raising the quality of our universities,” Fingerhut said. While the plan has received some criticism about the number of minorities who receive funding and the regions that have received the largest chunk of the money, Fingerhut said the competitive nature of the program has contributed to discrepancies. In the future, Fingerhut said efforts will be made to increase the number applications from underrepresented groups and representatives will work with them to improve their applications to the committee. “The goal of this program is to create businesses,” Fingerhut said. “It is our goal to have these businesses and these grants made in every part of the state.”

State road construction season surpasses record By Vanessa Feigen For The Miami Student

SCOTT ALLISON The Miami Student

Ohio construction workers will be busy this summer renovating a number of roads in various areas.

The state of Ohio will be entering its biggest season of road construction to date starting this month. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin projects enhancing Ohio roads. Approximately 1,600 projects will be taken on throughout the state. Some of these assignments include 130 interstate projects, 300 resurfacing or upgrading projects, 290 bridge repairs, 30 pedestrian bikeway improvements and seven projects along the state’s ports. Sharon Smigielski, ODOT public information officer, said all of the construction is necessary for Ohio. “It will help make the roads safer and enhance the quality of life for Ohio residents,” Smigielski said. ODOT’s ultimate goal for the road improvements is to make all of the roadways safer to the traveling public. Smigielski said ODOT adopted a Target Zero Initiative, which is a plan to assure there will be zero tolerance for any safety hazards on the roads. “Most of the projects are brought about to tackle some of the safety issues that exist,” Smigielski said. “If there is a bad curve on the road, we design a project to straighten it out and modify it. We also reposition traffic signals enhancing the driver’s ability to see it.” Butler County is one of the seven

counties in District 8 that will be presented with 135 new improvement projects to its roads. The other counties include Clermont, Clinton, Greene, Hamilton, Preble and Warren. Ohio will be adopting their very first “Super Street Intersection,” which is a project included in one of the four phases that will refine the Ohio 4 Bypass. Gregory Wilkens, a Butler County engineer, said enhancements to the Ohio 4 Bypass are necessary to help move traffic on the roadway more efficiently. “The Super Street will benefit Butler County by expanding the capacity of the road, allowing traffic to move more safely and smoothly,” Wilkens said. By adding more lanes to the intersection, the gridlock and the bumper-to-bumper chaos seen around rush hour will hopefully be eliminated. Wilkens also said the expansion will improve road safety because it will relieve the common congestion on the roads. The widening of the lanes will allow drivers to travel with a safe distance between other vehicles on the road. “It will make traveling a lot less stressful than it already is,” said Miami University junior Emily Jeffers. All of the state’s projects are funded by state and federal dollars. Road enhancements in Butler County alone will cost approximately $62,993,000.

Health center chooses new name, constructs building By Melissa Tacchi For The Miami Student

The Butler County Community Health Consortium (BCCHC) has constructed a new building with a more self-explanatory name, Primary Health Solutions. “We wanted to erase the picture of being a county organization,” Dena Sherron, administrative assistant for BCCHC, said. “The name change was to give people a better understanding of what the true function is.” The Hamilton West Office, 903 NW Washington Blvd., opened April 8 and will continue to serve Butler County’s uninsured or underinsured patients in need of medical or dental care. The new office, federally funded with a grant of $560,000, is equipped with 15 exam rooms and labs, making it the largest of the Primary Health Solution branches.

The recent expansion in Hamilton was in response to an increased need for pediatric care. In early March 2009, Drs. Scott and Mark Blankenburg, brothers and pediatri-

“The name change was to give people a better understanding of what the function is.” DENA SHERRON ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT BUTLER COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CONSORTIUM

cians, were forced to close their practices and were sentenced to 13 years in prison because of child molestation charges, Sher-

ron said. As a result, the need for pediatric care intensified, as Butler County Medicaid patients, primarily in Hamilton, lost their family pediatricians. The BCCHC acknowledged that “no one wanted Medicaid patients and there was a need to provide them service,” according to Sherron. “Since the close, we saw an increase in calls from patients looking for a place for their children to be cared for that accepted Medicaid,” said Marc Bellisario, chief executive officer of Primary Health Solutions. “We currently have one pediatrician working in the new West office, but we are hoping to add a second by the fall depending on patient demand.” In addition to previously available medical and dental care, the West Office

wSee HEALTH, page 9


TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 ♦ 5

Bald eagles repopulate Ohio region, overcome endangered status By Jenna Yates For The Miami Student

As our national emblem, their majestic presence symbolizes unlimited freedom as they sweep through valleys and soar up into boundless heights. Not only are they prevalent on American coins and seals, but they are increasingly growing rampant in American skies. Bald eagles are making a comeback, especially in the Ohio region. About three years ago, Bill Hoggard, a student birdwatcher, spotted some bald eagles at a state forest located in central Ohio. “About three years ago, I was going down Brush Creek and saw six bald eagles along with three nests,” Hoggard said. According to Erin Gray, a zookeeper at the Cincinnati Zoo, bald eagle sightings have been increasingly more common over the past few years. She has been working at the Cincinnati Zoo since 2008 and throughout the time she has been working there at least 30 more eagles have been banded. According to David Russell, a Miami University lecturer and bird bander, bird banding is a way of keeping track of birds.

“Banding is when you basically assign a so- According to Russell, bald eagles nest at Brookville Lake, located about 30 miles cial security number to birds,” Russell said. The eagles have a lightweight band with northwest of Cincinnati. “There is at least one nest at Brookville,” a nine-digit code. Every individual eagle Russell said. is assigned a specific number so the bandThis nest iners can take data associated cludes a female that with them. Because of bird banders track. banding, bird experts can In 2006, her nest coltake measures to help the lapsed during a storm. With birds prevail. the help of Russell and other “They are off the bird experts, an artificial endangered list,” Gray said. nest was built so the eagle According to Gray, could survive. bald eagles have been “Right now, she’s sitting on off this list for quite ERIN GRAY eggs,” Russell said. some time. ZOOKEEPER Russell said in the 1970s, Eagles can be found in THE CINCINNATI ZOO small concentrations throughthis might not have been out the United States, particuso common. larly near bodies of water. In “(Around) 30 years ago, we Ohio, the bald eagle is most widespread in the had a lot of DDT, organic chlorines and insecmarsh region of western Lake Erie. ticides,” Russell said. “Ohio is the perfect area because there are a According to Russell, these chemicals lot of valleys and a lot of water,” Gray said. have long residual effects and the chemicals According to Gray, marsh bodies of water began to accumulate in the environment, are perfect for eagles to care for their young. affecting wildlife. In fact, there is a bald eagle that can be As a result of their accumulation, small spotted within close proximity to Oxford. insects would begin to consume these

“Ohio is the perfect area because there are a lot of valleys and a lot of water.”

SunCoke Energy breaks ground After many delays, construction recently began for SunCoke Energy in Middletown to produce 550,000 tons of blast furnace coke, according to the company’s profile. SunCoke was scheduled to start construction nearly 18 months ago, but complaints about the permit process caused a major setback, said Gary Corbin, executive secretary and treasurer for the Butler County Building and Construction Trades Council. “Complaints about the EPA project permit caused the delay,” Corbin said. “A little has been done so far. It has been a long time coming.” Corbin said April 12 is the official start date. Employment at the plant will be high to complete the project within the expected time frame. “We are looking at about 500 workers and somewhere between 15 to 18 months to complete the plant,” Corbin said. “Finding workers should not be difficult.” Suncoke has signed a contract with AK Steel to purchase coke. According to the company’s Web site,, AK Steel is “a full-line domestic producer of energy efficient electrical steels for power generation.” “The contract is set for 20 years,” Corbin said. “This will be very beneficial.” Reporting by Jillian Dickman

chemicals and would be passed up the food chain. Ultimately, the chemicals in the environment affected the organisms at the top of the food chain, such as bald eagles. In essence, when smaller organisms get eaten by something else, the predator acquires all the pray had acquired. Because bald eagles were consuming hazardous chemicals, it significantly affected their breeding. “One of the first symptoms was that it would affect the pathway that would allow calcium to be put on the eggs,” Russell said. When a female would go to lay an egg, it would crush. Therefore, when the adults died out, there were no more youngsters coming through and, as a result, bald eagles were suddenly becoming extinct. “When you reached the maximum life expectancy, suddenly they were gone,” Rusell said. This is no longer the case. Bald eagle populations are significantly increasing. According to Gray, people should keep their eye out for bald eagles because they are more common than one may think. “A lot of people might see immature bald eagles and not even realize it because they look so similar to golden eagles,” Gray said.

Shooting at sundown


First-year Brett Freiberg and senior James Gabbard work on their COM 211 project Monday evening in Uptown Park.




April 13, 2010

Editor Amelia Carpenter

boredom,bathrooms, bereavement,


By Anna Turner Amusement Editor


the musical journey of the Lamb siblings

A 6-year-old girl reluctantly sits through a piano lesson in Southwest Ohio, dirty blonde hair pulled back out of her face so she can see the keys, despite her green eyes roaming the room for more interesting things than the music book in front of her. Jessica Lamb is not amused. A metronome mockingly keeps time to Jess’ torturous hour-long lesson. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock … Fast-forward 18 years and Jess is still sitting on a piano bench, but now by choice, not because her mother is forcing her. No longer is Jess accompanied by a derisive metronome, or overbearing piano instructor, but instead by her band mates — bassist Kasey Williams, drummer Corey Carter and guitarist/younger brother Kenny Lamb — the three musicians that, along with Jessica, form Ohio’s next greatest gift to music, Jess Lamb.

From the piano lesson to the bathroom

From the bathroom to the studio Before starting to record, the Lambs needed a full band. Kenny and Jess found bassist Trenton Manning, who introduced them to drummer Corey Carter and the quartet reported to Rick Brantley Studios in Forest Park, Ohio, to record a five-track EP (extended play — not enough tracks to be an album, but more than enough tracks to be considered a demo). That was January 2009. “We’ve really been waiting for this end product to be what we studied and cried about and what we wanted it to be,” Jess said of their stint in the studio. A primary reason for their extended stay in a soundproof room was the unexpected passing of Trenton not a month into the recording process. The tragic car accident that took Trenton struck the band hard, especially Corey, who described Trenton as his musical soul mate. “I didn’t think I was ever going to play with them again,” Corey said. “But Jess and Kenny told me we were going to continue working together, that that’s what Trenton would have wanted.” Persevering in the face of adversity, the Lambs began “writing like crazy,” as Jess puts it, inspired by Trenton’s talent and love of music, and it wasn’t long before that five-track EP became a 12-track album. The influx of new material brought about an influx in hours, days, weeks spent recording, not to mention they still didn’t have a bass player. “We tried to find a new bassist to replace Trenton for pretty much the whole process of recording the album,” Kenny said. “Until then, we were just finding whoever we could. It was a different person every gig, it felt like.” It was while playing bassist roulette that Kenny took a job traveling across the United States and Canada, reducing his time in Ohio from 30 days a month to none. Jess, already frustrated with making a permanent address of the studio, felt the band sink even lower. “When Kenny took that job, I felt like things weren’t going to be held together, like maybe he didn’t want to do it anymore,” Jess said. “We’ve always had this connection since we were little; we’ve always said we wouldn’t do this without the other. I thought his taking the job changed that.” But quitting was the last thing on Kenny’s mind. “To me, it wasn’t like I was choosing the job over the music,” Kenny said. “I was making good money so we could have some capital to do what we really love, which is music.” After what seemed like decades to Jess (it was 10 months), Kenny returned to Ohio for good, and the recording process was priority on his agenda — after finding a new bassist, that is. And it didn’t take long. In January, the band was introduced to Kasey Williams, a co-worker of Corey’s at Moeller Music. Kenny, Jess and Corey finally found what had been lacking in the other bassists they had worked with, and Kasey, too, found what he had been looking for. “I’ve been in a few bands, but this one is so unique in that the people actually like each other,” Kasey said. “They’re all there for the music and because they care about each other.” Jess said Kasey has been a perfect fit for the band. Kenny agrees, and said Kasey completes their sound. “I don’t know if we’ve ever done better as a band — we do better every day,” Kenny said. “The crappy things that happen, like things that made the recording process so long, those are just stepping stones to where we are now.”

Though Jess never took to the rigid piano lessons, she did take to the piano. Her innate talent was evident every time her fingertips took to the keys, accompanied by her soulful vocals. Like his sister, Kenny had a natural knack for music, his instrument of choice being the guitar. Kathy and Gene, the Lamb siblings’ parents, recognized their children’s inclination at a young age, recalling that it all started with their participation in worship music services. “They would watch and listen to music in church, and then gradually began participating as they picked things up on their own,” Gene Lamb said. “I taught Kenny the basic guitar chords when he was about seven. After that, he taught himself everything.” Hearing them play today, lack of professional training is not evident. Jess’ hypnotic vocals are similar to Mahalia Jackson (considered by some the first Queen of Gospel and one of Jess’ greatest inspirations) and her fingers flying seamlessly across the keys of her piano. Kenny’s guitar playing has been likened to Stevie Ray Vaughan (an American guitar legend whose riffs have influenced Kenny since his first chord). “Some kids play soccer or baseball or what not,” Kathy Lamb said. “My kids just always sat around playing music. It was also something they were made to do, and we really encouraged them to do that. Music is just a natural part of their life — it’s a huge part of who they are and their identity.” Wanting to further his son’s said musical identity, Gene bought Kenny an 8-track recorder when he was 13 (Jess was 15). Kenny and Jess recorded their first song on that little 8-track, locked in the bathroom and surrounded by half-empty shampoo bottles and dirty towels. Jess and Kenny encountered their share of struggles growing up, though. It was their music, and each other, that got them through. “The heartbeat of our work is that we originally started doing our own music to get through what we were going through, what was going on in our home life and in relationships,” Jess said. “We were so close to each other and we had the music, and that really pulled us through.” The strong tie between Kenny and Jess formed a solid foundation for their blossoming music career, which soon outgrew the 8-track recorder. Their first band, Elijah’s fountain, won a talent contest at 93.7 WFCJ, a Christian radio station in Dayton. They completed a full-length, original album and From the Studio to … ? had it mastered and reproduced at Queen City Albums, which was then sold at Currently the band is in post-production of recording, spending most of their church shows they did in the area. These instances and others opened their eyes time polishing and mastering their tracks to be featured on their album (fullto what they could do with their music. “The realization that we could actually become something and that others length album release date TBA). The band is anxious to get their music out to a thought we could become something, too, was when music went from being wider audience. “I’m looking forward to having the album done, but I’m more looking forsomething we enjoyed to something we enjoyed and could make a career out of,” Kenny said. “When we were given the chance to expand ourselves, we did. It’s ward to getting on the road and playing for people,” Corey said. “There’s nothing like a live show to get your music out there.” what we’ve been aiming for and working toward.” Jess is also adamant in getting their music out to as many people as possible. One such chance was a showcase put on by INO Records, a Christian music “I want to reach people,” Jess said. “I want my music to touch someone, somelabel based out of Nashville, Tenn. Elijah’s fountain had disbanded, leaving Jess and Kenny a two-man sibling act ready to wow audiences around the world. But where, who has gone through the same things we’ve gone through and can relate instead of wowing the INO crowd, the young musicians learned a tough lesson to our music. I love that our music can be a voice for people at a low point.” The band’s genre is a combination of everything from classic rock to bluegrass, about the music industry — namely that sometimes the industry part comes before and can’t easily be defined. Lawton Lovely, a Miami University sophomore thethe music. “It exposed us to the business,” Jess said. “By the time the showcase was over, atre major, was just recently exposed to Jess Lamb’s ambiguous genre. “I’d say blues-rock is the best way to define it, but there’s definitely some soul we realized we wanted to own our music, that we could be powerful enough in there,” Lovely said. to make decisions about Kenny also includes jazz, pop and counwhether we should detry in their unique sound. The hybridism of velop this way or that way multiple genres results in something that is and that we knew best. Catch Jess Lamb at 8:45 a.m. Friday, April 16 on Cinstrictly Jess Lamb — something that started Ever since then, we’ve cinnati’s FOX 19 morning news show, or check out with a boring piano lesson and grew into a been developing in a their songs on iTunes. To learn more about upcommusical sensation. different direction.”


ing shows or sample Jess Lamb’s music, visit http:// or http://www.

HANNAH MILLER The Miami Student


ELECTION continued from page 1

said. “I’m excited to get the chance to lead CAC and to get more involved with ASG and the executive cabinet.” Emling’s future plans include creating a master calendar for all student organizations, working with different departments to streamline the event planning process, encouraging more collaboration between different organizations and continuing to bring fresh ideas to CAC. Tom Foster, vice president-elect of student organizations reflected on his 62 percent victory margin. “It’s a great honor,” Foster said.

EVALUATIONS continued from page 1

for various groups of faculty that are currently unknown, according the Frymier. These could include what is the average teaching effectiveness for women, African Americans, full professors, etc. The responses from each set of questions will be averaged to create a score for each category. The passage came to a very close vote. It passed with 24 yes votes and 22 no votes; 23 members were absent. First-year Kelsey Browne, a Spanish education major, said she could see how the idea for six common questions would be a good idea. “As with everything standardized it never usually fulfills what it’s supposed to,” Browne said. “So I could see this not working or backfiring especially when it categorizes teachers.” Herbst also discussed April 7 the possibility of evaluations being online.

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 ♦ 7 “It’s exciting because student organizations bring a lot to campus, and I’m going to be the person representing them within student government, representing them to the administration and working on the issues they face in their day-to-day activities.” Foster’s goals include working with administrators to help make the university system more conducive to student organizations, making sure the funding process is simple and easy to understand for student organizations, working with student organizations on debt relief and being a resource for student organizations in terms of helping them. “We had a good race,” Ingram said. “It was one of the cleanest I’ve ever seen.”

“We’re currently investigating whether this should be partially or fully online,” Herbst said. “Everyone recognizes that it will eventually be online.” Herbst said recent surveys show online evaluations drove down the participation rate. Browne said online evaluations would make it easier for students not to complete them, but it would also allow more anonymity and students might feel more comfortable. “Recently there has been some evidence that there are ways of doing online work while preserving or increasing participation rate,” Herbst said. One possibility is not allowing students to log on to the university system for next semester until completing the teacher evaluations. “That tends to produce junk evaluations,” Herbst said. “Students get annoyed and check off two all the way down. We can’t go there, that’s a pretty strong warning, but we want to figure out a way to do it online.” Browne agreed adding, “That would be a bad idea.”


would be close to Stephen, including the Stephen Smith Spirit Award, which is given to a senior at his high school who reflects his effort to be inclusive of everyone around him. continued from page 1 In the same spirit, the Stephen Smith Senior Lounge was established to provide an area for from traditional detectors and may alert residents up students to bond and spend time together at his to 30 minutes sooner. former school. Stephen’s mother, Edye Smith, has also joined ef“Stephen was passionate about his friends,” forts to encourage Congress to pass stricter campus Smith said. fire safety requirements. She has accompanied camThe Turnbull family returns to Oxford often, and pus fire safety representatives to the nation’s capitol works closely with Julie’s sorority, Pi Beta Phi, to three times. raise awareness about the fire. The sorority hosts Ju“They have made great strides in getting more lie’s Weekend each year on the anniversary of the money for campus fire safety,” Smith said, but fire and raises money for scholarships. hopes more legislation will be set in motion to A memorial in front of King Library and benches protect college students and their families from on campus placed in memory of Kate and Julie are similar tragedies. constant reminders of the tragic event. In addition to fire safety efforts, All of the friends and families families of the victims have coped of the victims have led the call to with their losses with other initiarequire more stringent fire safety tives based upon the passions of requirements, particularly in offtheir children. campus student housing. In honor of Kate, the Welling “The houses up there to be used family established a disability by the students should be scrutilecture series that reflects the love nized by somebody,” Welling said. she developed for the disabled Turnbull and Southard both beafter taking a disabilities class at lieve students and parents should Miami. The lecture is held at Mibe more involved in the process of EDYE SMITH ami every year as close to April 10 renting homes and ensuring safety. MOTHER OF STEPHEN SMITH as possible. “Students and parents need to do “She had an incredible comtheir part,” Southard said. “They passion for those with disabilities, that they should should be taking a closer look.” always be treated equally,” said Helen Welling, Coordinator of Off-Campus Affairs Bobbe Burke Kate’s mother. said students need to remember the fire safety tips The Welling family also established scholarships they’ve been taught throughout their lives and be and fellowships at the schools Kate attended from sure poor judgment caused by outside factors, such nursery school until college, as well as an internship as alcohol, does not hinder safe choices. program for students at her brother’s law school who “In many cases students are their own worst enwork in fields related to disabilities. emies because they dismantle the smoke detectors,” Kate’s friends in Bronxville, N.Y. also started an Burke said. annual Thanksgiving run that benefits her school’s According to Burke, no direct efforts have been foundation because of her involvement in the made to change approaches about fire safety awaretrack team. ness or fire code in Oxford of which she is aware Welling said the efforts stemming from Kate’s since the fire, but informational materials are availdeath are a testament to who Kate was. able for students upon request. “It’s all bittersweet, but she did have an efBurke believes the tragedy of the fire fect on everybody who met her,” Welling said. made a lasting impression on Oxford and “We’re very comforted by all of the things done in Miami’s campus. her memory.” “This town really cried, they cried as a Kate’s friend Katy Southard believes Kate would community,” Burke said. be happy about the efforts that have stemmed from Families and friends of the victims can only hope the tragedy. their loved ones will not be forgotten and the pain “I know she would want people to learn from the campus and community felt that day will be a this,” Southard said. reminder of the importance of fire safety. The Smith family also took up causes they knew “I just hope they remember her,” Turnbull said.

“They have made great strides in getting more money for campus fire safety.”


8 ♦ TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010

Alpha Epsilon Pi remembers the Holocaust with walk By Jessica Down For The Miami Student

You may have seen a group of students sporting black walking silently around campus Monday afternoon. In honor of Yom Ha’Shoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity’s Alpha Tau chapter hosted “We Walk to Remember” to raise awareness about the Holocaust. Participants started their walk at Benton Hall and made a loop around the campus. The event started six years ago at New York University, and over the past years it has spread to other universities across the nation.  This is the first time Miami University took part in the event, and more than 80 chapters internationally held the events. During the walk, the participants wore


continued from page 2 list for school districts that are eager to bring TFA volunteers to their schools. The final decision on the budget is up to congress, so TFA has launched a campaign directed at rallying support from senators. The program is asking for $50 million in federal funding. “That would allow us to grow to a scale where we would be affecting one million children growing up in poverty each school year by 2016,” Gastrock said. Miami graduates have been involved in TFA since it was established in 1990. This year, 3.6 percent of Miami’s senior class applied to join the 2010 corps. “We are really excited about that,” Gastrock said. “We have a lot of excellent candidates.” Gastrock, Shimeall and Irvine are hopeful about TFA’s future.

signs that read “Never Forget” and passed that the ramifications are still being felt.” out pamphlets with basic information exFirst-year Charlie Carson said this is a plaining the significance of great way to get their Yom Ha’Shoah.  “We hope people will point across. “We’re not trying to push “The Holocaust information on anyone,” Eric never forget. There are was such a horonly a few survivors rific event, and Gerson, the Alpha Epsilon Pi philanthropy chair, said. you don’t want to left. We just want “We’re just trying to remind people to know that the forget that history them. It’s something that peocan repeat itself,” ramifications are still Carson said. ple should never forget. It’s being felt.” an atrocity.” Other participants Around 25 people were exof the walk include ERIC GERSON pected to partake in the event, Alpha Epsilon Phi PHILANTHROPY CHAIR but it was meant to affect sorority, members ALPHA EPSILON PI many more.  of the community “The impact we hope this and Hillel, a nationhas is just exactly what we’re doing,” Ger- al organization that promotes Jewish life son said. “We hope people never will forget. on campus. There are only a few survivors left (from the “It’s a professional organization that asHolocaust). We just want people to know sists students in however they want to live

“I am positive it will pass because Teach for America has shown a lot of success,” Irvine said. Shimeall said even if the program does not receive the requested funding, it will still be able to have a positive effect. “No matter what, we are going to be able to affect a lot of kids, but federal funding determines to what degree,” Shimeall said. The response from congress so far has been positive, Schimeall said. Supporting the TFA cause has been made easy, through a simple box on the Web site supporters can click on to e-mail or call their senator asking them to join the campaign. “Even if people aren’t interested themselves in being teachers, a lot of people can agree with the fact that everyone deserves a fair shot at an education regardless of where they are from,” Shimeall said. A full list of supporting congress members can be seen on the TFA Web site ( as well as information about contacting your local congress member.

out their religion,” senior Diogo Metz, president of the Association of Jewish Students, said. Members of the Association of Jewish Students participated in the walk as well, but it is not an official event on their calendar. The association traditionally does participate, but its major focus is what more they can do in the future. They hope to do more events like this one and want to see what they can do to enhance the programs that exist on campus. As for this event, Metz had high aspirations. “I hope (students) feel inspired after they see the strength that people can have to bring on results and change,” Metz said.  “I hope they’ll be inspired to do something themselves and bring on change of their own.”

Peaces of jewelry


First-year Meredith Melvin browses the jewelry selection at the Hippie Hut Monday afternoon outside of the Shriver Center.


TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 ♦ 9


Faithful fans

continued from page 4 will provide women, infant and child (WIC) services. WIC services allow pregnant women to meet with a dietician before delivery for nutritional needs including groceries provided by funding. According to Bellisario, after an infant is born, the funds may continue to serve the newborn’s nutritional needs as well as provide a lactrician specialist to encourage and assist breast-feeding mothers. “Ultimately, we would like to have an obstetrician program,” Bellisario said. Last year approximately 10,800 patients registered for BCCHC care, but with the opening of the new office, Bellisario is predicting a few thousand more. In hopes of assisting many people in need, Primary Health Solutions may

SCOTT ALLISON The Miami Student

Top: Logan and Rich Mears play bubble hockey at a pre-game party hosted by Miami University Alumni Association at Hockey Town Cafe in Detroit. Bottom: Fans of the Miami men’s ice hockey team react to game play at Ford Field during the NCAA Frozen Four.

implement an additional family practice in a previously existing Hamilton office. “I am concerned as a potential future doctor that Primary Health Solutions may have difficulty finding doctors that would be willing to work for a federally funded organization,” said Miami University sophomore Thiennga Pham. “I feel that the pay may not be as sufficient as if someone were to open their own private practice.” Bellisario said Primary Health Solutions tries to stay as competitive as possible. “Everybody is struggling because most doctors out of school go toward specialty,” Bellisario said. “There aren’t enough family practitioners to go around.” Administrators emphasized that Primary Health Solutions is not a free or walk-in clinic. Patients will only be seen after making an appointment, and if a patient is not in need of immediate medical care it may take up to four to six weeks to see a doctor.



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Editors Thomasina Johnson Sam Kay


The following pieces, written by the editorial editors, reflect the majority opinion of the editorial board.

Fire safety must remain a priority for MU, Oxford


ive years have now passed since an off-campus fire claimed the lives of Stephen Smith, Julie Turnbull and Kate Welling. Institutional memory has faded as successive classes have graduated, but the importance of the lessons learned from the fire has not diminished. Now is a time to reflect on what can still be learned and what has yet to be changed. Following the fire five years ago, Len Endress – then Oxford Fire Chief – told The Miami Student, “It’s not a question of if (an off-campus fire will occur), but when and how many fatalities will occur.” Students, landlords, Miami University and lawmakers can all take steps to make fires less inevitable and more survivable. Many of Oxford’s student rental properties are extremely old and have not undergone major renovations in some time. The electrical wiring and furnaces in many houses is decades old, and many smoke detectors are not hardwired into houses but are instead battery powered. (Only in the case of a major renovation is hardwiring of smoke detectors required, and major renovations can be prohibitively expensive for landlords.) As students move off campus and enter the rental market, they need to pressure landlords to take steps to improve fire safety. Students should look critically at leases and ask questions about safety – such as who is responsible for changing smoke detector batteries – before signing. Miami must provide more proactive fire safety education for

students as they leave campus. Off-campus senators should also work with the landlords in their respective districts to rectify fire safety issues. The quantity and functionality of smoke detectors is only part of the solution. The type of smoke detector can also determine how quickly fires are detected and whether residents have sufficient time to escape. Doug Turnbull, Julie’s father, is working to educate fire officials and the public about a type of smoke detector better able to give warning of certain types of fires. Turnbull is pushing Ohio lawmakers to require photoelectric fire detectors – as opposed to ionization detectors – in all homes. Using a different detection method, photoelectric detectors can give earlier warning of smoldering fires, providing more time for escape and potentially saving lives. Miami and Oxford should encourage students and landlords to install hardwired, stand-along photoelectric detectors in all homes. Oxford should also step up fire safety inspections so they occur annually instead of every other year. Although Oxford’s fire department is volunteer-based, the city should hire more personnel for inspections and fire safety training. The danger of house fires is not going away, and rental properties are continuing to age. Only by increasing awareness and requiring more stringent fire safety measures can we hope to avert future tragedies.

Students should utilize e-book to plan ahead


new e-book, “How Much Should I Borrow For College?” aims at helping students decide how much money is necessary to borrow for college. Author Steve Talbott, a professor at Cleveland State University, uses current research about the job market to project how much a graduate can make within the first year of a job related to their major. The editorial board of The Miami Student supports the mission of “How Much Should I Borrow For College?” With the economy struggling to come out of neardepression, more and more students have been burdened with the stressful task of paying for more of the cost of a college education. The board views this book as useful to high school students, current college students and their parents. Because the book shows students how much they can expect to make within the first year of a job, the board believes this book will be a useful resource for students to map out the time

frame it will take to pay back student loans. Because these salary numbers are based on government research, students are given honest facts about what they can expect from a future job. The board encourages students to look at “How Much Should I Borrow For College?” as an opportunity to learn about possible future job outcomes, and not as a source that tells students what they can and cannot choose as a major. Students must see this collection of reliable information as a tool for comparing and contrasting the financial aspects of possible future careers, whether a student decides to become a creative writing major or a finance major. The board recognizes the userfriendly, economically beneficial and environmentally conscious design of the e-book, as compared to a printed book. The board believes purchasing only certain chapters that pertain to a student’s specific needs will not only save the student money, but will save printing resources.

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

EDITORIAL BOARD Catherine Couretas Editor in Chief Hannah Poturalski News Editor Erin Maher Managing Editor Scott Allison Online Editor Thomasina Johnson Editorial Editor Sam Kay Editorial Editor Courtney Day Campus Editor Hope Holmberg Campus Editor

Amanda Seitz Campus Editor Kelsey Bishop Community Editor Erin Fischesser Community Editor Katie Giovinale Sports Editor Amelia Carpenter Features Editor Anna Turner Amusement Editor Samantha Ludington Photo Editor Hannah Miller Art Director

ERIN KILLINGER The Miami Student


Library needs community support The League of Women Voters of Oxford, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages all local registered voters to become informed about the needs of our public library. Lane Public Library, serving the Hamilton, Oxford and Fairfield areas, has had its budget cut by 20 percent since 2005. These cuts adversely affect services, materials and programs that residents rely on. Because of reduced state funding, Lane Library is asking the public, for the first time, to support a five year tax levy. The League in Oxford recently reaffirmed its support for Lane Library. At the board of trustees meeting February 17, League leaders unanimously endorsed support for the tax levy. League members value the role of the public library in their lives and in the lives of other local residents. As a community, we cannot afford to see this valuable resource depleted when the need for its services is so great. Passage of this levy will help protect current library services and resources. Furthermore, the levy will, we hope, eventually restore the full services we as a community need and desire. All registered voters are eligible to vote on the library tax levy. If you are an independent voter, you may ask for an “issues only” ballot. Please mark your calendar for Election Day May 4 and vote yes on Issue 6 to support Lane Library. Sondra F. Engel

League of Women Voters of Oxford

Hockey fans find fellowship in unlikely place: RIT fans For Miami University hockey players and fans alike, the loss to Boston College Thursday felt like getting your heart smashed repeatedly with a sledgehammer. But the brightest spot throughout that awful weekend was the student section. From RIT. Unlike the Miami student section, the students from RIT were allowed – nay, encouraged – to stand the whole game. On Saturday, the handful of Miami faithful who stayed were welcomed with open arms to the Tigers’ “Corner Crew.” In a display unlike any other, both Miami and RIT students stood and chanted “R.I.T! R.I.T” and “Let’s go RedHawks!” throughout the game. Not only did the noise from the orangeand-red corner (mostly orange) drown out anything BC or Wisconsin fans cheered, but it was loud enough to be heard on ESPN. Cheers were exchanged, friendships were made and a fun time was had by all. One thing students from both sections agreed on was the need for games between the two

schools, preferably at a neutral site halfway in-between Oxford and Rochester. Hopefully next time Miami students can stand up and prove that we are the best fans in college hockey. Joe Barnett

Library is a necessity, not a luxury I am writing to urge everyone to vote yes for the library levy on the May 4 ballot. Having lived in the Oxford community and now residing in Hamilton, my family and I have relied on the Lane Libraries for a variety of purposes from checking out the wonderful selection of books and DVDs as well as having a valuable resource tool for story times, crafts and book club discussions. Since the recent budget cuts, gone are the story times for younger children, book club discussions for pre-teen and teenagers and deliveries to nursing homes and senior citizens. Our libraries have so much to offer everyone, no matter their age. It seems a shame that such a valuable resource should have such limited hours and staff. Lane Libraries have worked tirelessly to provide excellent opportunities and resources to the community without fail and if we do not vote YES on the May 4 ballot, then we have failed them. As Henry Ward Beecher once said, “A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.” Please vote YES May 4. Amy Kraushar

Write TMS Letters must be signed with first and last names to be printed. Please send letters via e-mail to:

or mail to: 17 MacMillan Hall Oxford, Ohio 45056 We reserve the right to edit for length, content and clarity. Letters submitted via e-mail have a greater chance of being published.

OpEd Page



Students must respect Oxford At Miami University, we are willing to talk about race, religion and sexual orientation but rarely do we broach the subject of socioeconomic status. Maybe this is because the university’s offices do not stress it enough, but more likely the Brett difference is that Schneider varying levels of family income are more typical, making the risk of an awkward moment with a friend or a classmate more likely. At the same time, those students who benefit from the Miami Access Initiative would prefer to keep that fact private, rather than risk being thought of as lesser for their family’s income. I also think a lot of the hostility Greeks face has less to do with their character or community and more to do with perceptions about money. The manifestation of our latent prejudices about socioeconomic status that stands out as most visible is our treatment of townies. We say they are uneducated, creepy and poor. Most Miami students from Oxford avoid getting tagged as such, because the townie stereotype would then wrongly define their identity. The perception is most easily revealed at parties themed on dressing like a townie, which results in a mix of farm ware and, to borrow from 50 Cent, wangsta attire. The Amusement section of this publication regularly takes shots at townies; that image is an easy target to mock. The word townie itself has come to carry such a derogatory connotation that henceforth I will write Oxford resident instead. Simultaneously, many Oxford residents hold unfair views of Miami students, as though those featured in the police beat typify us. There has been an exodus from the Mile Square. Miami undergraduates do a lot of great things in the Oxford Community. Numerous students are involved at the various levels of the Talawanda School District. Through the Hanna House, we volunteer and fundraise for noble local causes. Plenty of us have gotten involved in Oxford’s places of worship, and as on and off-campus employees, we work side by side with Oxford residents. Given all of these positive interactions, why does the relationship still feel sour? It is easy to hold incorrect perceptions of another person or group of people if you never interact with them. At athletic events, the recreational sports center or uptown, being a student is an exclusive club and most of the time we just do not play well with others. This does not make us bad people, but it allows Oxford residents to maintain their views of us and for us to keep ours of them. However, there are a few simple things students should do differently to both improve our relationship with Oxford residents and break down the nasty picture we may hold of Oxford residents. First, we need to be more respectful of Oxford itself. This is done by not littering and being mindful of noise. Having yards devoid of trash would pacify the biggest pet peeve of those Oxford residents still willing to live near us. Second, we should start going to the events the City of Oxford hosts, like the annual Pig Roast. Just being there sends a message to Oxford residents that we are engaged members of our community. Third, do not support parties that play on the “townie” stereotype any more than you would attend a party that plays on stereotypes about, say, Chinese students or Muslim students. Finally, stop assuming. When you meet someone from Oxford, you know no more about him or her than you do when you meet someone from Lake Forest.

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 ♦ 11



Over the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of a group testing the new e-mail system at Miami University. The new system, called muConnect powered by Google, will soon host all undergraduate students. It is set up in the same format as Google mail (aka Gmail) and will allow students to have their Miami e-mail address for life. As an avid Gmail user for the past year, this change is very beneficial. The Gmail system is very straightforward. It also offers more applications than in the Microsoft Exchange system undergraduates are currently using, including Google documents, which allow Gmail users to post, edit and share documents with one another without the hassle of e-mailing them from person to person. As students begin to migrate their e-mail accounts, there are frustrations they may run into. One option for students is to migrate all saved Miami mail to the Google system, which takes a couple of days depending on the amount of saved mail. Those with mail clients on their phone may see a mass amount of unread mail. Though there is a simple solution of waiting for the all of the mail to migrate by logging into muConnect through myMiami, and marking the mail as read, new mail coming in for hours and hours might throw you off and get a bit annoying. Of course that’s just how it works and it has to happen, but trust me, it’s worth it. Also, students who have not used Gmail will have a new format to get used to. E-mails traveling back and forth between two recipients will continue to appear in the inbox as one

message with a number in parentheses following the senders name indicating the number of messages in the thread. Opening one of these messages you will see the entire conversation and be able to click on each individual message rather than scrolling through one giant email body. This concept makes much more sense because it gives you the ability to jump to a specific message rather than searching through an unsorted string of e-mails. Another frustration may come with not having the option to search through all Miami students, faculty and staff through an address book. Though I was informed this feature is being worked on, it’s something that was offered previously and should be added to the new system as soon as possible to avoid errors in e-mail addresses. I know the feature is more of a luxury than necessity because e-mail addresses can be found through a “people” search on myMiami, but having a feature taken away is confusing. Though Miami has the option of giving students many features of Google mail, they have opted to offer mail, calendar and documents. I encourage the offering of the chat feature to allow students to communicate, for example, for group projects without having to clog each other’s inboxes. The option then gives students the option to chat via video, which can be very beneficial if a group member is at home for the weekend but has access to a computer with a video camera. When it comes to migrating

e-mail accounts, I encourage students to attend one of the drop-in sessions to be assisted in moving the account. Things can get complicated when you have to make changes not only to the e-mail system, but also to your iPhone or BlackBerry and a desktop client like Apple Mail. Instructions are offered online for those who want to brave the change on their own, but with help being offered, it can only be beneficial and you don’t have to worry about a wrong click. If you do choose to attend one of these sessions, do bring your own computer as recommended. Obviously if you have a desktop e-mail client you would have to bring your own computer, but even if you don’t having your own laptop in front of you makes the transition easier than making the change while on a university computer. Overall, the transition will benefit students at Miami. Because the format is easy to understand, more Miami students will want to use their e-mail address for life. This will increase the alumni connection to Miami and also put Miami’s name out there even more when e-mail recipients see “muohio” at the end of an e-mail address.

First session: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 in the Bystrom-Reid Room of the Shriver Center Second session: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 16 in the Benjamin Harrison Room of the Shriver Center

Couretas is editor in chief for The Miami Student


Justice Stevens leaves big robes to fill

It is truly the end of an era. Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who is only a week shy of his 90th birthday, is retiring from his 35-year tenure on the United States Supreme Court. His departure marks the exodus of many things from the court: its most senior member, its single military veteran (Stevens joined the Navy the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor; he has joked that “the enemy responded the following Jensen day”) and its only justice with a Henry quirky fondness for bowties. Although appointed by Richard Nixon to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and then by Gerald Ford to the court in 1975, Stevens has earned the reputation of being one of the more liberal justices, with decisions that furthered equality for gay Americans, protected the constitutional rights of prisoners both in our nation and at Guantánamo Bay and established a greater role for judicial authority in interpretations of legislative and executive actions. While Stevens has admitted to some shifts in his personal views (likening such changes to the swing in public opinion about Prohibition), he still considers himself to be moderately conservative. However, he has vehemently maintained that the court has progressively shifted to the right with the appointment of each new justice; in a 2007 dissenting opinion regarding race policies in schools, Stevens wrote, “no Member of the Court that I joined in 1975 would have agreed with today’s decision.” Stevens was also known for his intelligence and an endearing independence. When he graduated from Northwestern University Law School, he did so with the highest grade point average in the school’s history. He is the only justice to write his own first drafts for opinions, rather than relying on his law clerks. And until he was joined by Justice Samuel Alito in 2008, Stevens was the only justice to opt out of the “cert. pool,” in which the justices combine their law clerks to decide which appeals the court will hear. If I sound a bit obituarial, it is not unintentional. Stevens’ retirement is an enormous loss, especially in many of the behind-the-scenes activities of the court. According to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he constantly and quickly provided revisions or suggestions to the drafts of the other justices’ opinions. Additionally, Stevens was able to

maximize his power as the court’s most senior justice. When the senior justice and the chief justice are on opposing sides (which commonly occurred with both John Roberts and his predecessor, William Rehnquist), the senior justice decides who writes the opinion. Stevens often used this privilege to lock in the swing-vote from Justice Anthony Kennedy (or, in earlier years, retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor) by allowing him to pen the majority opinion. Thus, even the replacement of Stevens with an ideologically similar new justice will not be enough to fill the legendary role of this Supreme Court great. So, the imperative question remains. Who will Barack Obama choose as his second appointment to the Supreme Court? With the addition of a female Hispanic justice, Sonia Sotomayor, Obama added diversity to the court. However, this second appointment may speak even more about the president’s goals. He was visibly angered by the Supreme Court’s recent strike down of limits on political spending by corporations in elections, coyly remarking that he wants a justice who “knows that in a democracy, powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.” The speculations by other groups are already vast. The president of the grassroots Eagle Forum organization is wary of leaving the court without a military veteran serving as a justice, especially considering the current wars in the Middle East. The writers at Slate magazine offered an intriguing choice: Hillary Clinton. Although Clinton can be polarizing, she’s smart and she advocates strongly for families and children; a position on the highest court of the nation may finally satiate her desire to leave a political legacy. My vote doesn’t correspond to a name, but rather an area of expertise: I want to see a justice who has strengths in legal issues involving modern technology. Because things like cell phones and the Internet are recent advancements, there will undoubtedly be a myriad of court cases involving the legality of restrictions on these devices and privacy of information. Our new justice must have the ability to understand the scope of this technology and be able to apply logical legal principles as it becomes even more ubiquitous. John Paul Stevens’ retirement will leave a large hole in the Supreme Court, but hopefully his replacement will be able to navigate the tricky waters of 21st century issues.


Putting the “no” in melanoma Two years ago I almost lost what made me, me. What seemed like an unblessed burden from the moment of my birth until my current age of 21, the large birth mark that was naturally placed at the center of my back was about to be removed due to cancerous cells found within its diameter. The perfectly round dot was my trademark over the years. It allowed my family to spot me out of mobs of playing children on the beach when I was growing up and fooled my second grade teacher who called home and thought it was a tattoo. I couldn’t fathom that my spot which had walked with me my whole life was harboring what could eventually kill me. My naïve lifestyle that lead to this alarming news consisted of our generation’s infamous pursuit to be tan through the use of tanning beds and “SPF-less” sun screen to accompany seven hour beach days, stagnant in the sun. For many of us, the news that tanning beds are now considered a cancer risk on par with cigarettes and asbestos is less of an ‘aha’ moment than confirmation of a truth we’d long suspected: there is no such thing as a healthy tan, at least not one caused by UV rays. However, when I met Katie Ginley, a junior at Miami University, she opened my eyes to a safer, simpler and healthier way of getting the bronzed look we all sacrifice our health for: spray tanning. In affiliation with Tan with Kare, a sunless tanning company which strives to hire talented and certified spray tan specialists to reduce skin cancer, the young entrepreneur started her own personalized spray tanning sector along with friend Sarah Burns, also a Miami junior. After Ginley’s grandfather lost his battle to cancer in 2001, she felt obligated to reduce the rates of skin cancer by offering a healthier alternative to tanning. After receiving spray tans throughout high school by the original founder of Tan with Kare, Karen Ryan, Ginley was eventually trained and certified by Ryan’s intensive training program before she and Burns moved back to school. Since the effects of tanning beds are detrimental to skin health, causing melanoma skin cancer, Ginley thought it would be a good idea to give Miami a personalized alternative to harmful tanning beds; a personalized alternative that had yet to exist in Oxford. Unable to afford their own place or find a room they could rent out, Ginley and Burns were forced to spray tan girls in their own bathroom. It wasn’t until Ginley went to Attitudes for an appointment and talked to her cosmetologist about her small business, that she discovered Attitudes was looking to buy a spray tanning machine. Impressed with Tan with Kare’s mission, along with its hands on approach to spray tanning, Attitudes allowed Ginley and Burns to work in their tanning salon. Since being in their new salon at Attitudes, business has grown tremendously, along with their goals: eventually Ginley and Burns would like Miamians to give up on tanning all together and switch to their alternative that won’t leave wrinkles, sunspots and the potential risk of cancer- just healthy, naturally glowing skin. So far, the clients hooked on Tan with Kare have been Miami’s cheerleading team, members of sororities and fraternities, multiple girls like me who have had signs of skin cancer and friends of friends who have heard about the business through word of mouth. Since I started spray tanning with Ginley and Burns I have no desire to use a tanning bed again. Not only do I know I am protecting myself from melanoma, but I know I am reflecting a healthier looking tan that will not wrinkle my skin, burn me or fade in one week. Since Miami students now have a safer, personalized and believable alternative to tanning, there is no excuse for us to damage our skin any longer. Chloe Esposito

FYI Page



April 13, 2010

The Miami Student Oldest university paper in the United States, established in 1826 News 513-529-2257 Editorial 513-529-2259 Business 513-529-2210 Fax 513-529-1893

Catherine Couretas Editor in Chief

Hannah Poturalski News Editor

Katie Neltner Business Manager

Erin Maher Managing Editor

Joe Gioffre Asst. Business Manager

Scott Allison Online Editor

Carly Huang Finance Director

Courtney Day, Hope Holmberg, Amanda Seitz Campus Editors

Ryan Davidson Advertising Layout Director Derek Biesinger National Advertising Director

Kelsey Bishop, Erin Fischesser Community Editors

Mark Andrea Advertising Representative

Thomasina Johnson, Sam Kay Editorial Editors

Marisa Grindle Advertising Representative

Katie Giovinale Sports Editor Amelia Carpenter Features Editor Anna Turner Amusement Editor Samantha Ludington Photo Editor Hannah Miller Art Director Taylor Brinkman, Carolann Crittenden, Shuwei Jiao, Abigail Offenbaker, Colleen Yates Page Designers Erin Killinger Graphic Designer

Nina Polson Advertising Representative Anna Romano Advertising Representative Lance Armstrong Classified Advertising Representative Cox Ohio Printer WDJ Inc. - Bill Dedden Distributor Sacha DeVroomen Bellman Adviser

Andy Kostendt, Isaac Walker Cartoonists Senior Staff Writers Kristen Grace Abbie Harper Katie Jo Kohls Mary Kate Linehan Tom Segell Jessica Sink Hunter Stenback Dylan Tussel Patrick Wolande

Staff Writers

Noelle Bernard Bethany Bruner Jillian Dickman Taylor Dolven Ty Gilligan Natalie McKerjee Leslie Scott Jenni Weiner

Editorial Columnists Amy Biolchini Blake Essig Abigail Haglage Jensen Henry Will Hoyt Brett Schneider Lawrence Uebel Roger Young

Sports Staff Writers Nick Bonaventura Alex Butler Erika Hadley Hannah R. Miller J.M. Reiger Michael Soloman

Photography Staff Kathryn Anderson Scott Allison Michael Griggs

Web site: E-mail for advertising information:

The Miami Student (Tuesday/Friday) and Amusement (Friday) are published during the school year by the students of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

The content of The Miami Student and Amusement is the sole responsibility of The Miami Student staff. Opinions expressed in The Miami Student are not necessarily those of Miami University, its students or staff. CORRECTIONS POLICY

The Miami Student is committed to providing the Miami University community with the most accurate information possible. Corrections may be submitted up to seven calendar days after publication.

For Rent


Art Workshops--All Levels! Mixed Media Exploration April 29-30; Storytelling with a Paintbrush May 6-7 AND June 17-18; Stained Glass Basics May 20-21. Held at OCAC. Register at www.bohemianartcafe. com/classes.html. 513-226-9470



ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS on campus. Meetings every Monday 8 9 p.m. at Campus Ministry Center, 16 S. Campus Ave. For more information call 529-4634.

Help Wanted Earn Extra Money Students needed ASAP. Earn up to $150 per day being a Mystery Shopper. No Experience Required. Call 1-800-722-4791 Earn $1000-$3200 a month to drive our brand new cars with ads placed on them. Red Brick Property MANAGEMENT is now hiring college student for Part-Time maintenance work. For more info call 524 - 9340

Employment Opportunities Need Cash? Earn up to $1,000 during finals week! Help your friends get more cash for their books and earn money in the process. Better World Books needs your help buying textbooks and collecting textbook donations. Contact Jim at 574-904-9139 or go to

For Rent 2 BR TOWNHOUSE FOR RENT NOW RENTING for fall ’10-’11. Great Location one block from campus: 22 E Central. Well maintained. Large spacious rooms. Off-street parking. Call First Financial Bank (513) 867-5576.

HOUSE FOR RENT 4 Bedroom House, 2 full Baths, 2 car garage, washer/dryer, full kitchen, cable and hi speed internet in every room, large closets, all electric utilities, landlord pays water, sewer, and trash. Less than 4 years old. Call Lou @ (513) 658-2590 Condos for Rent 2010/11 Two bedroom townhouse permit for 4, $1,125 per stu. per sem. & One bedroom flat permit for 2, $1,500 per stu. per sem. Fully Furnished, includes washer & dryer, Private bus service to Shriver Center. 513-255-4100 Pimped Mile Square Housing!! The most Stylish living in Oxford at an affordable rate. See for yourself at or call: 800.575.9486

FULLY FURNISHED CONDOMINIUMS *Off-street Parking *Washer/Dryer in each unit *Private Bus Service *24-Hour On-Site Mgmt.

HARD #20

*Community Clubhouse Excellent Rates for 2010-2011 CALL TODAY! 513-523-7571 HOUSE FOR RENT - 111 BERN ST 3 Bedroom Available June 1, 2010. Located across from campus. Kitchen, dining room living room and full basement with washer and dryer. 513-867-4747 SINGLES AVAILABLE FOR RENT NEXT YEAR Contact Red Brick at 513.524.9340 for more information. Available Uptown Apartment 2010-2011 School Year, 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, all utilities paid. 22-A South Beech St., Next to Stella’s, Very Clean. 513-523-3735


513-529-2210 or fax at 513-529-1893


HOUSE FOR RENT 3 Bedroom House, 2 full Baths, 2 car garage, washer/dryer, full kitchen, cable and hi speed internet in every room, large closets, all electric utilities, landlord pays water, sewer, and trash. Less than 5 years old. Call Lou @ (513) 658-2590

Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.

➤ For information on advertising, call

The Lofts at 1 W High have a recent opening for next year. 4 person unit. Be a part of Oxford’s most desirable building. Contact our office today for a tour 513-524-9340. Hurry! One Room Left! 1 W High Three female students looking for a fourth. Only one more roommate opening for Fall 2010/ Spring 2011 at the new 1 West High Street Apartments. The best location Uptown. Call Mary for a tour! 815-274-0059

House for Rent 2010-11 114 E. Chestnut; 3 bedrooms; washer & dryer; central air; nice yard; great location near Rec.; rent is negotiable 937-548-0249 after 5:00

for rent 2010-2011 Great Properties available for the 2010-2011 school year. Contact OXRE at 513-523-4532

Great 4 Bedroom Includes all appliances including Washer/Dryer. 2 Full Baths Off Street Parking for 4 vehicles. Priced right! 513-756-0780 Furnished Rooms!!! Rooms for rent $675, $750 and $900 for the summer. occ. Groups of 1 to 5. May to Aug 2010, 1027 Arrowhead. Like New, remodeled, 5 bedrooms. 2 baths, Washer/dryer, dish washer, central air, on-site parking. COMPLETELY FURNISHED WITH 40” LCD TV, Free hi speed internet and hi def.cable TV; very low utility cost, wooded yard with access to hiking trails, and lots more. Contact me and I will send pictures. Call 740-862-2043, 740-407-4114 cell, 614-692-0510 work. Email LIVE UPTOWN THIS SUMMER: $1000 Per Person. Contact 524.9340 for more info 2 ROOMMATES NEEDED! loft above CVS: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, huge living room, high ceilings, laundry room, granite counter tops, work out facilities, parking garage; please contact for further information and to see the space 215-534-0199 2010/2011 - 6 bedroom house with 2 baths, washer/dryer hookup, private yard and off street parking for 8 to 10 cars. Call Corso Realty at 523-3520 or 868-9700.

Roberts Apartments 2010/11. Great Location! Close to Uptown/Campus. Laundry Facilities. Off-Street Parking. Well-Maintained. Pet Friendly Units! 513-839-1426 or 513-839-0400 Village Green Apartments 2 bedroom Apartments with 2 baths, & dishwasher. Rent includes Heat, water, sewer and trash. 513-523-4532

THE COURTYARDS OF MIAMI RENOVATED 1bedroom with study $3300. per sem, 2 bedrooms (2 students) $2300. per semester Located on Central Ave, between S. Main and E. Campus Ave., across from the REC Center., group rates, one pet friendly building, off street parking, bus stops, and laundry. Stop by and look around, or Call Carolyn at 513-659-5671. Also, Apartments and Houses for Rent CJ Management has a great place for you to live! Select units have Flat Screen TV, Off Street Parking, 1 to 8 tenants, Special includes Free Summer Rent! Call 513-523-3633 or 513-255-5222 Today!

Houses Mile Square Upstairs of Duplex School year ’10-’11. Great location! Bishop and Withrow, 2 large bedrooms, 1 bath, open living and kitchen area, front porch, off street parking, permit for 4, $2995 per person per semester plus deposit and utilities. 812-350-4357 NEWER CONDO TRENDY 4 BEDRM ~2 FULL BATH ~EQUIPPED KITCHEN ~LAUNDRY ~OFF STREET PARKING ~GARAGE ~CAN HELP WITH FURNISHING Mike 513 266-1685

Roommate Needed

2010/2011 - 4 bedroom house with 2 baths, basement, washer/dryer and off street parking. Call Corso Realty at 523-3520 or 868-9700.

AVAILABLE PROPERTIES LOOKING FOR ROOMMATES 2010-2011: You will have your own bedroom...

2010/2011 - Uptown apartment with permit for 2 or 4. Call Corso Realty at 523-3520 or 868-9700.

17 East Spring Street: Looking for 2 Female for 10-11

Bacchanalia Campus & Vine New Construction 4 bed 3 bath Furnished Ready for this fall! Schmates Rentals 847-274-6600

NEW 4 BDRM HOUSE 2010-2011 306 W. Sycamore; 4 bedroom, 2 full baths, washer/dryer, new appliances, large closets, huge basement, wraparound porch, PET friendly! $1600 deposit PAID for, $2,800 per person/semester, call Meghan at 440-309-5491

Apartments apartments available FOR 2010-2011. 108 South Main St. (behind “Pour House”). Permit for 3. $2000/person/semester. Large kitchen & living room. Really close to Uptown & Campus. Off-street Parking. Call Daniel 513-543-4470

1 W High; Loft #201: Looking for 1 Female for 10-11 112.5 S Main Street: Looking for 1 or 2 Males for 10-11 109 Ardmore: Looking for 1 Female for Spring Sem 2011 219 N College: Looking for 1 Female to share Brand new house for 10-11 330 W Church: Looking for 1 Female for 10-11 112 S Main- All Bed No Breakfast: Looking for 1 or 2 Females for 10-11 119 N College - Looking for 1 Female for 10-11 We also have SINGLES available. **FOR MORE INFO CALL 513-524-9340**

One bedroom left Looking for fun, nice, female housemate; individual bedroom. TWO BATHROOM, four bedroom, laundry, recently built, house. SUPER CLOSE to campus, three other females, cheap utilities. 2010-11 school year. Call Katie 616-502-3315. Male roommate needed 4 bedrooms 2 full baths, kitchen, washer, dryer. On bus line, minutes to class. $1100 dollars semester. I will give you one week free vacation in a condo. 513-821-0937 or 513-259-1374



TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 ♦ 13


Red and White remain undefeated in MAC By Michael Solomon Staff Writer

The Miami University women’s tennis team headed into the weekend hoping to make their last home contest of the season a special one, and looking to continue their recent dominance in Mid-American Conference (MAC) play. The RedHawks hosted Big East foe Louisville Friday afternoon at the Hepburn Varsity Courts, and then headed to Ball State University (BSU) Saturday, continuing their streak of six straight away matches to end the MAC season. “It was good to see the team playing well in both doubles and singles,” Head Coach Ri-

cardo Rosas said. “We need to keep working hard because we are going to be challenged and need to come ready to play for every match this season.” On Friday, junior Megan Martzolf extended her unbeaten streak at No. 3 singles this spring to 16 games with a 6-0, 6-4 win. In the No. 1 singles spot, junior Anastasia Dracheva posted a solid 6-2, 6-3 win. Although hanging tough with the Cardinals, Louisville took the points after junior Cara Wald and sophomore Riekie Honiball both lost in three sets at the No. 3 and No. 5 spots. Louisville captured the doubles points with 8-5 wins at both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Miami won at No. 3 doubles, when Dracheva

and junior Sydnee Bridger posted an 8-2 win. The Red and White dropped the match 5-2 to fall to 10-6 on the season. After falling to Louisville, the ’Hawks got back on track Saturday at BSU, increasing their overall record to 11-6 and their MAC record to 3-0 after a 6-1 win over the Cardinals. Martzolf extended her record to 17-0 this spring with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles, and Dracheva, Honiball, Wald and sophomore Stephanie Danesis also won for the RedHawks, who took five out the six singles matches from BSU. Miami swept the doubles competition, with Honiball and Wald cruised to an 8-1 win at No. 2 singles to give the ’Hawks an early

1-0 lead. The pairs of Martzolf-Danesis and Dracheva-Bridger each won 8-4 at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles respectively to put the match away for Miami. “This weekend was a good start for our conference matches,” Martzolf said. “We played two good teams this weekend, and we are very excited for the rest of our season. Now we have to keep working hard every day.” The RedHawks round out the season with four away contests, the first two coming next Friday and Saturday against Buffalo and Akron, before heading to Eastern Michigan University and University of Toledo the following weekend.

track & field

Teams take first at 25th annual Miami Invitational By Andrew Tonne Staff Writer

The Miami University women’s and men’s track and field teams put on quite an impressive performance in their first home meet this season. Scoring 188 points and earning seven event victories, the women’s team took the title convincingly by 90 points over second place Hillsdale (98) and by 100 points over third place division rivals Ball State University (88) Saturday. In the distance events junior Kelley Miller reached her personal best time of 2:10.16 in the 800-meter run. It earned her a first place finish, and ranks her fourth all-time at Miami. The success carried over into the 5,000-meter run, with sopho-

more Rachel Patterson placing first place in 16:50.31. “I was happy with the result of the race,” Patterson said. “My time wasn’t where I wanted it to be because I had taken the week off prior to this race but it was good preparation for some big upcoming meets we have.” The ’Hawks also claimed the first two spots in the 1,500-meter run, with junior Katie Lenahan taking first with a time of 4:31.66, and senior Amanda Mirochna taking second in 4:32.50. In the sprint events, sophomore Diona Graves finished first in the 200-meter dash with 24.82, which ranks her eighth all-time at Miami. Sophomore Rachael Clay provided

the team with another first place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.70. Miami racked up two more victories in the relays, both with season best times. The 4x100-meter took first with a time of 46.93, and the 4x400-meter crossed in at 3:49.56. The men’s track and field team looked extremely confident in their home opener Saturday. With seven event victories and a point total of 201.5, the RedHawks won the invitational by nearly 100 points over second place Tiffin (109) and third place Hillsdale (82). Junior Michael McCarty had a stand out day for the ’Hawks with three first place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles (14.45 sec-

Not your average practice

onds), 400-meter hurdles (53.68 seconds) and the long jump (23-6.25) respectively. The RedHawks also took the top two spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Senior Ryan Dezso won the race in a time of 9:23.75 and junior Robbie Fisher took second with a personal best time of 9:25.35. Freshman Jack Spilman took first in the 800-meter with a personal best of 1:54.61 and junior Michael Perry took second in the 5,000-meter run in 14:39.29, a personal best. Also victorious was the 4x400meter relay team of Justin Eddie, Jack Spilman, Alieu Sillah and Dan Hull, who ran a season best time of 3:19.00. Sophomore

John Brockman took the title for the javelin with a throw of 190-8 (58.11 meter). Head Coach Warren Mandrell was very pleased with what he saw Saturday and hopes the successes will carry on. “The team is pushing each other in practice and helping each other out,” Mandrell said. “Next week will be a very high quality meet, with the toughest competition we have gone against all year, so we are hoping to carry our momentum from last week into this week.” Both teams will look to continue their winning ways next weekend in Athens at the All-Ohio Championships hosted by Ohio University April 16 and 17.


February but nobody minds working out when the sun is shining. The late inventor of the Frisbee, Fred Morrison, would be proud to know his idea that came from throwing pie plates is well represented on any patch of grass across the campus. So amidst the swirling vortex of chaos that is the last few weeks of school, involving group projects, exams and the agony of sitting in class on a beautiful day, take some time to get outside. Hit a golf ball, throw a Frisbee, catch an obscure sporting event or just enjoy the weather. Besides, I really think this is the Indians’ year.

continued from page 14

Personally, I’m just hoping to play well enough so I don’t feel bad when I keep score and so I lose less than 10 balls per round. Around campus, spring gives people the incentive to simply get outside, whether it is to get out and get back in shape, or simply because it feels like we haven’t seen the sun in months. That New Year’s resolution may have been broken back in

MICHAEL GRIGGS The Miami Student

Junior Jamal Rogers leads the White team to victory over the Red team in Miami’s annual spring game.

Check out our Web site




April 13, 2010

tennis and track & field, page 13 Editor Katie Giovinale


RedHawks reign over Northern Illinois By Alex Butler Senior Staff Writer

SCOTT ALLISON The Miami Student

Junior catcher Adam Weisenburger fires the ball to second before Sunday’s game v. NIU.

MLB and Masters show signs of spring Brian Gallagher

Gallagher’s Going for Two


he dogwoods are in bloom, you can smell burgers and hot dogs and the coeds are flocking out to the sunshine only to return looking like lobsters. Yes, spring is here (note: this was written on Sunday, and by the time you read it there could be snow on the ground, so I would like to absolve myself of any responsibility relating to this matter). With spring comes the hope of new life. Miamians can hopefully shake off the heartbreaking loss of the hockey team in the Frozen Four and look forward to success in other sports. For baseball fans, spring allows them to hope for a few short weeks this is the year their team will do well. The Cleveland Indians are looking more and more like the team portrayed in Major League, Major League II and perhaps most like Major League III: Back to the Minors (a worse sports movie sequel than Slapshot II). The team has traded away most of the talent but owner Larry Dolan says he hopes the team “can compete for a division title every three or four years.” This could be that year! And the team formerly known as the Big Red Machine — the Cincinnati Reds — are also hoping this year they will climb out of the basement of the NL Central where they seem to have taken up residence. Elsewhere, The Masters, which ESPN markets as “an event unlike any other,” seems to be similar to most of the other golf tournaments I watch (except for the fact Tiger is doing his job again). However, it is special enough to have its own theme music on the ESPN, which is an achievement in itself. The questions during the tournament: Who will win? Is that one of Tiger’s mistresses? Where do golfers get those checkered pants? These and other important inquiries provide the background to the first of four grand slams of golf. The Masters serves as the start of the golf season and gives hacks everywhere hope they will be hitting shots like Phil Mickelson once they dust off the clubs.

wSee GALLAGHER, page 13

The sun was glaring and baseball fans were enjoying temperatures in the mid 70s this weekend at McKie field at Hayden Park. They also enjoyed seeing the Miami University RedHawk baseball team edge the Northern Illinois University Huskies (11-19, 4-5 Mid-American Conference (MAC)) for their first MAC series win. “We had a different focus coming into this weekend,” catcher Adam Weisenburger said. “We started playing our game. We started playing good defense and our pitchers pitched well. I think we came together as a unit and hopefully we can keep this going throughout the rest of MAC play.” The Red and White (14-16, 3-6 MAC) handled the bright light above by flipping down their shades and eyeing a 0.500 record going into Sunday after taking Friday and Saturday’s contests against the Huskies 6-1 and 5-1, respectively. Starter Tyler Melling was largely responsible for the win Friday. The junior RedHawk dominated

for eight innings with eight strikeouts and only three hits allowed. Head Coach Dan Simonds’ men had a little extra pop in their step but it was not enough to keep pace with the Huskies as they squandered a lead and suffered a 5-4 setback to deny them a sweep. “I’m not satisfied at all,” Simonds said. “I’m very disappointed today because we played a couple really good games. I thought we beat ourselves today.” Simonds’ men forged four runs in the first two innings Sunday and looked like they would be able to hold on if the bullpen could hold up. The Huskies closed the gap in the fifth and sixth frames with two runs to make the score 4-2 and then knotted things up in the eighth inning at 4-4 and set the stage for an interesting ninth inning. Closer Jordan Jankowski tried to stop the bleeding late but the Huskies plated the fatal run and handed him his second loss of the season as the Red and White lumber fell silent in the bottom of the inning. Weisenburger led the RedHawks at the plate by going 4-5 with three RBI’s and a stolen base. Second baseman Jon Edgington plated the

other run for the Red and White. “I think we came with a sense of purpose today,” Weisenburger said. “We wanted the ‘W’ but we couldn’t come out with it. Hopefully we can take this into next week and pick up a couple victories.” The Red and White are tied for second place in the MAC East with the University at Buffalo Bulls and the Ohio University Bobcats. Simonds hopes his players will stay positive and keep an attention to detail. “You have to learn from that, that’s the biggest thing,” Simonds said. “Everyone is disappointed and I think they realize we kind of beat ourselves but how do you learn from it? We’ve got to make sure that at a minimum we are not making as many mistakes that way and if we are going to get beat it’s going to be because a good team outplays us, not because we beat ourselves.” Simonds’ men will get their next chance to play RedHawk baseball against the Xavier University Musketeers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Oxford. The Red and White defeated the Musketeers 5-3 April 6 in Cincinnati.


’Hawks split series with Chippewas By Nick Bonaventura Staff Writer

Miami University’s softball team split a weekend series with Central Michigan University (CMU), dropping the first game 1-0 before rebounding and winning the second game 8-4. Following the series, Miami’s record stands at 19-16 overall and 4-2 in the MidAmerican Conference (MAC). “We’ve been doing our best to stay aggressive lately and to just remember that anyone in the lineup can come up and get a rally started,” sophomore third basemen Daniela Torres said. “When we get runners on, we have people throughout the lineup that can steal bases and score runs. It’s just very important to stay aggressive.” In the Saturday contest, the ’Hawks were held to just one hit, a third inning single by junior second basemen Meghan Mawn. Sophomore pitcher Jessica Simpson held the Chippewas to just one run despite allowing nine hits. The winning run came in the sixth inning, when junior Amanda Patrick hit a double to score the game’s only run. Sunday’s game was much different for the RedHawks. After CMU took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and knocked Miami’s starting pitcher, senior Meredith Linch, out of the game, the ’Hawks roared back to tie the game with sophomore right fielder Jordan McElroy’s two runs batted in (RBI) hit. McElroy finished with two RBI and a run scored. With Simpson once again pitching, Miami then took charge of the game. The Red and White scored three runs in the fourth, highlighted by Torres’s double that scored two. Torres finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. “We played very well in the second game,” Torres said. “Yesterday and today were both great defensive games. Whenever we play great

MICHAEL GRIGGS The Miami Student

Senior shortstop Sarah Billstrom sends a ball to first in Saturday’s game v. Central Michigan University. defense against such a good hitting team, the defense is always going to win the game.” Miami head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly credited the bottom of the RedHawks’ lineup for the increase in offensive production. “The key to our victory was that our eight and nine hitters reached base every time they were up,” Schoenly said. “That gave us some people on base for our other players, which

is always good. That was the difference between this game and yesterday’s.” Simpson pitched five innings, allowing two runs and striking out four to earn the victory. CMU threatened to come back in the sixth inning with a two run homer by senior first basemen Jill Schulz, but could not muster any offense after the blast. After a rough start to the beginning of the season, Mi-

ami has now won five of its last six games. “We’re playing teams now that we know a lot about,” Schoenly said. “We can prepare better for these teams. We know how to get their batters out. In the preseason, we played some pretty tough teams, and I think the experience against those teams is really starting to help us.” Miami is next in action April 16 for a doubleheader at Kent State University.

Apr 13, 2010 | The Miami Student  
Apr 13, 2010 | The Miami Student  

April 13, 2010, Copyright The Miami Student, oldest university newspaper in the United States, established 1826.