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VOLUME 137 NO. 55


Friday, April 23, 2010

In 1963, The Miami Student reported on a $25 increase in fees for all Miami University students. This increased a semester of in-state tuition to $125 and out-of-state tuition to $200. Summer fees increased to $30 for three credit hours or less.



Off-campus party raises tensions among groups

By Amanda Seitz Campus Editor

drag show Saturday night. “I was stunned,” Williamson said. “I was really ashamed this would happen in our community.” Brian Rice, who helped organize the event, said the alleged hate bias was a main reason for the rally. “Unfortunately a big reason why this whole thing is put together is because lately there have been a lot of very noticeable incidents of hates on this campus,” Rice said. “First with the naming of Ghetto Fest, which regardless of what the events are, is a very racist term and

The word “ghetto” has different meanings to students, faculty and staff at Miami University. Several students gathered at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Shriver Center Heritage Room to discuss the use of the word ghetto for an off-campus party. “The Annual Ghetto Fest” event spurred a town hall meeting to discuss theme parties with degrading names. The Ghetto Fest will take place starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Senior Sam Brewer, one of the organizers of Ghetto Fest, said the party gathers several houses located on the streets of North Campus Avenue and Homestead Avenue. “Ghetto Fest is essentially like any other party on campus,” Brewer said. “It’s supposed to be about community and opening our doors to people.” Brewer said the party name has been in use for several years. “To me Ghetto Fest is a term because it’s been going on for 15 years,” Brewer said. “The meaning of ghetto is supposed to be a lower income, secluded part of town. The houses are notoriously much cheaper down there so it’s been termed ‘the ghetto.’” Sophomore Sierra Hughes, who hosted the town hall meeting, said she is offended by Ghetto Fest. “I’ve been hurt and I don’t feel comfortable on this campus,” Hughes said. According to Ron Scott, interim associate vice president for institutional diversity, the event page had once had a picture of an African American. “You can’t claim innocence when there was a photo up of an African American,” Scott said. Brewer said he was not aware of the alleged picture. “That has never been connected with the events that I made or am hosting,” Brewer said. “The picture on there right now is the picture that has always been on there.” Scott said the party’s name could be especially offensive because the area of North campus and Homestead region was once historically a low-income, African American housing region.

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Members of the Miami University community congregate Thursday evening outside the Shriver Center as part of the No More Hate Rally.

Rally brings attention to discrimination issues at Miami By Amanda Seitz Campus Editor

Thursday, April 22 members of the Miami University community made it clear there’s one thing they do not want to see on campus: hate. Around 7 p.m. approximately 250 students gathered outside of the Shriver Center to rally against recent events that displayed discriminatory actions. Members of Spectrum teamed up with those hosting the town hall meeting to plan a rally following the discussion on themed parties. Wende Nichols, a graduate student,

was happy supporters of the gay community and attendees at the town hall meeting worked together. “I think both groups are oppressed groups in society and Miami University, we go through the same things,” Nichols said. “We need to support each other so we can show, together that we have similar issues that need to be addressed by the university.” The rally was a reaction to recent discrimination acts, including an alleged hate bias assault outside of Stadium Bar & Grille that took place after a Spectrum drag show, Saturday, April 17. Senior Jane Williamson attended the


ASG passes resolution against bigotry to students, supports acceptance

By Dylan Tussel Senior Staff Writer

Following last Friday’s drag show, two male Miami University students were assaulted across the street from the Oxford Police Department (OPD). This attack prompted student senate to unanimously pass a resolution Tuesday condemning violence and discriminatory behavior against Miami students. Student Body President-elect Heath Ingram, an author of the resolution, knew the victims personally and felt very strongly about having Associated Student Government (ASG) speak out against this type of aggressive, discriminatory behavior. “On Friday night, a close friend of mine and former roommate was physically attacked outside of Stadium Sports Bar & Grille after the drag show took place,” Ingram said. “He was beaten so badly his cheek bone was fractured, his eyes were swollen shut, he had multiple lacerations on his face and bruises across his body. I spoke with him Saturday, and on Sunday

I immediately took action.” Ingram partnered with Una Hrnjak, outgoing secretary for diversity affairs; Lidija Gnjatic, secretary for diversity affairs-elect and David Morgan, co-president of Spectrum, to author the resolution. “The problem is there is a lack of reporting of this type of incident,” Hrnjak said. “I don’t think this is the first incident, I definitely don’t think it is, but we do have a very strong commitment from the university to support our students.” Gnjatic said she did not expect something like Friday’s assault to happen. “There’s a big difference between a lack of acceptance and actual outward violence,” Gnjatic said. “I was kind of surprised by the severity of this incident … this is not something we want tolerated on our campus.” Although OPD has chosen not to label the incident a hate crime, Morgan felt the attack was fueled by the victims’ sexuality. “I think it was a hate crime,” Morgan said. “I think the instigators attacked the victims because they knew they were gay.”

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Hrnjak said the resolution is ASG’s way of showing its support for all students and publicly announcing that ASG will continue to take more steps toward ensuring student safety. “This piece of legislation shows we will not sit in silence to things like this,” Hrnjak said. “In the future we will work together to make sure further legislation is developed off of this resolution. This is really our statement saying this conversation is just starting. It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances, but the passage of this resolution really put this on the agenda for next year.” Ingram agreed, saying he supports every student on Miami’s campus. “It was important for me to make sure this legislation went through because as student body president, I am

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April 23, 2010

Editors Courtney Day Hope Holmberg Amanda Seitz

News Volcano effects Lux students BRIEFS By Matt Levy For The Miami Student

event Showcase features top student speeches Top speakers from Miami University’s Public Expression and Critical Inquiry classes will compete in an end of semester speech showcase April 28. The students were chosen to present outstanding speeches they have delivered throughout the semester in their COM 135 course. Featured student speakers include Scott Hovest, Kristen Thomas, Amanda Caspar, Jay Conroy, Brigette Meyers, Rebecca Hammond, Mallory Kaufman and Ander Duberstein. Each of the showcase participants will be awarded certificates and prizes donated by Pearson Education. The showcase winner will receive a prize valued at $500. The department of communication encourages both students and faculty to attend the showcase. The showcase will be at 8 p.m. April 28 in the Taylor Auditorium, room 1000 in the Farmer School of Business.

fyi IT announces winners of Ideas Campaign The winners of the IT@Miami Ideas Campaign have been announced by IT Services. Jinie Chin and Rocer LaFrance were selected to receive a $100 University Bookstore gift certificate for the ideas they contributed to IT Services. Chin’s idea called for a myMiami to be available to be used on cell phone and mobile devices. LaFrance submitted an idea for IT services to improve wireless network services in residence halls. Ideas will be accepted at the IT@ Miami Ideas website for another round of awards until midnight August 9. Winners will be announced again April 19. To submit an idea for the IT@Miami Ideas Campaign please visit the website at

The volcanic eruption in Iceland interrupted the weekend plans of thousands of travelers last week, stranding many students from Miami University’s Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg both in and out of the country. Beginning April 14, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted and sent an ash cloud thousands of feet into the atmosphere, effectively shutting down all air travel throughout Great Britian, Ireland and most of Western Europe. As of Tuesday, April 20, airlines in Europe were slowly beginning to re-fly, but the five days of downtime heavily impacted the industry, with economic losses reaching $1 billion, according to Yahoo! News. Among the thousands of travelers affected were dozens of students from MUDEC, most of whom had their weekend plans canceled before they even began. The ash delays also left 14 students stranded where they had already left to earlier in the week. “We left Wednesday morning to fly to Oslo (Norway), and from there we were supposed to fly to Copenhagen



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with her, Miami sophomore Amelia Kinsella, had to wait for spots on a ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen to open up. “We had no knowledge of how we would get back to Luxembourg from Copenhagen,” Boddy said. The trip back to their host family’s house in Differdange, Luxembourg involved a 14-hour train ride, putting them into Differdange at 9 a.m. April 20. The volcano caused them to stay in Oslo for an extra three days. Only a handful of students were actually stranded out of the country over the weekend because most students’ flights were not scheduled to leave until Friday afternoon, and all flights had been canceled by then. Junior Emma Leedy, a student from University of Central Florida studying at MUDEC, said her flight was canceled before she could travel out of Luxembourg. “I was planning on going to Warsaw but my flight was cancelled,” Leedy said. Students who found themselves with an extra weekend in Luxembourg attempted to make the best of the situation. “It was our first weekend staying in

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Crepe cart offers after-hours snack option By Amelia Carpenter Features Editor

“Have you tried the crepes?” “What are you talking about?” And sophomore Ellie Reason was spontaneously dragged to Crepe a la Cart. Two current Miami University students proposed an idea for crepes as a dining option in February after hearing the idea from a university in California, according to Chris Fields, manager of commissary operations in the Demske Culinary Support Center. Fields said it took a week and a half to two weeks to launch after the necessary equipment arrived. “Once we get an idea that we think will work, we’ll run with it,” Fields said. Crepe a la Cart launched Wednesday, April 14 outside Market Street at McCracken. Wednesday night drew 130 customers within the four hours. Crepe a la Cart has been operating from 8 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday evenings.

award Mock trial team reaches national rankings As a result of their success at this year’s national championship performance, the Miami mock trial program has moved up to third place in the nation in the BBR (bonus bid rankings), the three-year performance measure of collegiate mock trial programs. During the Mock Trial National Championship tournament, which was held April 16 to 18 in Memphis, Tenn., two teams from the Miami University James Lewis Family Mock Trial program placed in the top 10. Out of more than 350 colleges and universities, Miami is among only four programs in the nation to place two teams in the final top 10 at the national championships. Miami’s first squad tied for first place with Harvard, New York and Northwood universities, while Miami’s second squad placed seventh in the national tournament. Mike Woeste, a first-year political science major, earned the highest All-American witness honor. He was the national championship tournament’s only perfect-scoring witness. The first squad’s closing attorney on both prosecution and defense, Gus Lazares, was named one of the top 20 mock trial attorneys in the nation. He also achieved All-American status.

(Denmark) Friday and fly back to Lux Sunday,” Heather Boddy, a Miami sophomore, said. When the volcano erupted Wednesday afternoon, Boddy found herself stuck in Oslo for an indeterminate amount of time. “We went shopping, walked along the coast, took mini-cruises, ate at nice restaurants and rode the trams,” Boddy said. “It was really fun but I did want to come home.” To get home, Boddy and the student traveling

“It’s proven to be pretty popular so far,” Fields said. Fields said Crepe a la Cart has been serving between 100 and 125 customers each night. “(The crepe) was really good,” Reason said. “People started to line up at 7:45 p.m. for (the Cart).” Sophomore Shobha Topgi agreed. “It was so good,” Topgi said. “I thought it was kind of pricey but I thought it was really good. I went the next day, but I just don’t like how it’s open Wednesday through Saturday. I would’ve gone on Sunday.” The cart would be operating outside King Library starting Wednesday, April 21 through Sunday evening. The cart is now located outside King Library at various locations and will be open until 1 a.m. during finals week, according to Fields. “We’re trying to meet students where they are,” Fields said. Topgi said service was generally fast, but there were difficulties. “It’s really fast, generally,” Topgi said. “But when I went the next day the crepe kept ripping so I waited in line for 10 minutes, but it was


worth it.” Crepes vary in price between $4.50 and $6.75. Text message alerts and a Miami Dining site were launched around the same time as well. One text “blast,” as Fields calls them, offered the DVD “Julie and Julia” to the first five customers at Crepe a la Carte one night. Students who text ‘DINING’ to 313131 receive text alerts for dining deals. Karen Recker, associate director of dining and culinary support center, said within five minutes of the first text, 68 more students joined the text messaging service. Housing, Dining and Guest Services had an existing trailer that wasn’t being used at the time, so equipment was ordered and crepe recipe development began. After tastetestings by selected students, dining services chose the popular 10 crepes of about 20 recipes for the initial launch. The Crepe a la Cart menu includes five savory crepes and five sweet crepes. Some beverages are also offered. Crepe a la Cart accepts student meal plans as well as cash and credit cards. Dining services is marketing at all dining locations in addition to Facebook and text message alerts, Fields said. “We could hang posters all over, but it’s your reputation that precedes you,” Fields said of marketing efforts. Miami dining will be launching a Twitter account in the fall as well. “Mobile food services is growing across the nation,” Recker said. “We wanted to get in on it before summer hits because our business is so seasonal.” Recker said dining services is brainstorming to add the possibility of guiros, fresh cut French fries and a campus ice cream stand. “It’s an exciting, exciting time,” Recker said. “We’re building popularity for the program.”

Graduate student collects textbooks for Kenya By Natalie McKerjee Staff Writer

With so many opportunities readily available to students at Miami University, it is easy to overlook the fact that students around the world are without even the most basic resources. Samuel M. Mwangi, a graduate student and teaching associate in the department of sociology and gerontology, is acquiring donated textbooks to be utilized by his alma mater, Kenyatta University, located in Nairobi, Kenya, to help expand the gerontology degree to a Bachelor of Arts degree. “I have been aware of their lack of learning materials for some time now and I knew I will definitely do something about it,” Mwangi said. Mwangi said a small handful of professors at Kenyatta University generated the idea of finding textbook materials outside of Kenya and Mwangi was contacted to assist in this effort and gladly accepted in hopes of

establishing a more understanding of aging societies in the area. “Students, staff and faculty at Scripps Gerontology Center and departments of sociology and gerontology, and statistics generously donated books to the first phase of the project, where we received 500 books on aging, research methods and statistics,” Mwangi said. Along with the donations, Mwangi has also found assistance from colleagues. “Two colleague graduate students, Taka Yamashita and Phil Sauer, were very helpful throughout the process, by collecting the books and packing up boxes with stack of books,” Mwangi said. Mwangi said Miami has also contributed to the shipping costs of these 500 plus books, which is far from cheap. The second phase of this project is currently underway as the call for book donations is still open. Mwangi said he is interested in the individuals living in these improvised areas.

“My inspiration is from gerontological and demographic facts that populations and individuals are aging, and most of them will be living in the developing nations,” Mwangi said. “However, we have not sensitized populations about this fact and more especially where gerontology programs are not well developed. I strongly believe in the potential formal education has in changing people’s attitudes and perceptions about a phenomenon, and in this case aging in the African context.” Miami junior Kellie Nadler believes a philanthropic international connection is beneficial for Miami to have. “It will be good for Miami to connect with communities outside of our secluded one,” Nadler said. Nadler said many students have books not eligible to be sold back for cash at the end of the semester that would be perfect for donating. Any student with books on aging, social science research methodology and statistics can bring them to 396 Upham Hall .



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National organization recognizes business fraternity for charity By Adam Giffi For The Miami Student

Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity with its headquarters in Oxford, has been awarded $10,000 for their organization’s efforts on national “Make a Difference Day” (MADD). The Miami University chapter was instrumental in this accomplishment. Angela Lukic, president of the Miami chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, said the organization was honored to be recognized. Lukic said the award is presented for exceptional service by the founder of MADD, USA Weekend, a weekly magazine from the creators of USA Today. She said the work done on MADD was a nationwide effort for the fraternity. “We participate through the national

fraternity, which has more than 290 chapters throughout the country,” Lukic said. “This year was probably the biggest response rate yet throughout the entire organization.” Lukic said the national Delta Sigma Pi organization decided which charities to donate the entirety of the $10,000 award to with the input of all of the chapters. This included organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. Delta Sigma Pi does not profit from this award. Patrick Watkins, current vice president of professional development, who was the vice president of service on MADD, was largely responsible for getting the Miami chapter involved in the day’s charity festivities. “I polled the chapter on who was interested in participating and had an overwhelming response,” Watkins said. “I had planned on just one event but there were so many volunteers

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we expanded it to two: one was to the Animal Adoption Foundation and the other one was Habitat for Humanity.” Watkins said at the animal shelter, they helped out with taking care of all of the animals, including cleaning the cages and taking the animals for walks. For Habitat For Humanity, they helped renovate a run-down house to revive a local neighborhood. “They’re actually going to have an entire neighborhood of Habitat For Humanity houses and we helped contribute to one of those,” Watkins said. Overall, Watkins is proud of their work on MADD. “To be honored for something that is not business related is a huge honor and morale boost for the fraternity,” Watkins said. National recognition for acts of kindness certainly isn’t common. However,

according to Brad Mulvey, current vice president of service, it should come as no surprise Delta Sigma Pi has been recognized. Mulvey said service is one of the major purposes of the fraternity. “We pride ourselves in being able to consistently go out there and help out people in Oxford, and not just on the Miami campus,” Mulvey said. “We don’t do it for the recognition, in fact that came as a surprise, but rather we do it because our members feel strongly about service and we love being able to help out people in the community.” Bryce Jones, member of the board of executives for Miami’s chapter, is excited by this honor and the impact it has on the fraternity. “It’s really great,” Jones said. “It is great that we can be recognized (at Miami) for our service and it brings recognition to the fraternity at large.”

Graduate programs rank in national listing By Mary Kate Linehan Senior Staff Writer

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Gabriel Craig creates eco-friendly jewelry and distributes it to onlookers Thursday afternoon outside the Shriver Center.

Miami University’s Farmer School of Business (FSB) and School of Education, Health, & Society were both ranked on two “best graduate schools” lists released Thursday, April 15 by U.S. News & World Report. The Farmer School of Business ranked 97 in the “Best Business Schools” category while the School of Education, Health & Society ranked 113 in the “Best Schools of Education” category. Among the fellow universities and colleges in the “Best Business Schools” category, Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business ranked 21, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business ranked 23, University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business ranked 31, and Harvard University ranked first. Alan Oak, assistant dean for external

relations at FSB, said they’re pleased with the results of the newly redesigned MBA graduate program. Oak said the MBA program was reinitiated a couple years ago and became a non-traditional 14-month accelerated graduate program. “Our program is not a traditional twoyear MBA,” Oak said. “We are not in the two-year convention MBA market, therefore the U.S. News & World Report rankings are not as indicative in the quality we believe we are providing in the markets in which we compete.” The U.S. News & World Report ranking of FSB’s graduate program neither surprised nor disappointed Miami’s President David Hodge. “Personally, I think the programs are better than the rankings,” Hodge said. Oak said because the

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Class offers hands-on experience in documentary production By Hope Holmberg Campus Editor

Students can now immerse themselves in the art of the production of a documentary through communication (COM) 414, a documentary class being offered to seniors in fall 2010. The class will be taught by Professor David Sholle and will revolve around the planning and production of documentary video. The documentary will be produced through the Humanities and Public Engagement Documentary Unit, which is a new unit funded by a grant from the President’s office and headed by Sholle. As a result of the grant, the

President’s Academic Enrichment Award, the class will have access to advanced equipment including cameras, lights, tripods and an advanced edit station, which will be used in the class. “We have our own room in the building that they can edit in and so forth,” Sholle said. Every year, the grant is awarded to either individuals or an organization. In addition to new equipment, the $75,000 they received from the grant provides funding for the travel and expenses the production of the documentaries requires. Sholle is individually working on two documentaries right now. “Since I love making documentaries and teaching, it’s exciting to have

students working on projects and seeing them through,” Sholle said. Sholle said this class has been a success in the past. “Doing a documentary is like doing a good essay in a class but your doing it in the form of film,” Sholle said. Junior Jesse Couch, a mass communication major, applied for a spot in the class. Since he enjoyed COM 211, a different documentary class taught by Sholle, Couch said he is enthusiastic about the idea of taking COM 414. “I’ve always been interested in film making and that is what I kind of want to do,” said Couch. “My main interest is cinematography.” Eager to gain more experience

behind the camera, Couch is pleased that the class would give him an opportunity to focus on one big project opposed to the several smaller ones had to work on for his COM 211 class. “If you are working on a larger scale project, you definitely get more time with the camera,” Couch said. Senior Meg Schneiders, a mass communication major, also applied for a spot in the class. Schneiders likes the concept of working in small groups in the class. She said it would enable her to have a more hands-on experience through the whole process of making a documentary. “I thought this would be a really great experience as far as

production before getting into the field,” Schneiders said. Schneiders looks forward to having more in-depth experience with using the camera, directing and producing. “I think it’s a good class,” Richard Campbell, director of Miami’s journalism program said. “I would recommend it.” Campbell said the class gives students a chance to exercise their abilities in both writing and telling a story. “I think in this day and age, if you are interested in being a writer at all and telling stories it’s good to be able to tell stories on different media platforms in different ways,” Campbell said.

Photo exhibition illustrates history of relations between China, U.S. By Scott Schubert For The Miami Student

A new photo exhibit that opened April 12 in MacMillan Hall highlights the progression of diplomatic relations between the United States and China over the past 40 years. The exhibit is on display until April 30 and is being put on by the Confucius Institute and the Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC). Pictures in the exhibit, provided by Hanban/The Confucius Institute, document early relations in the 1970s and stem all the way to current trade and cultural interactions between the two countries. Each of the pictures includes a caption describing the event taking place as well as an explanation about how it was important in shaping diplomatic ties. Parallel to the strengthening of political ties, the exhibit’s pictures also track the cultural and educational transfers that became a part of the United States’

relationship with China. According to Xingyun Song, associate director of the Confucius Institute, 78 pictures were chosen from a pool of 370 to be used in the exhibit. “It will give students an idea of the history, and how these two countries established diplomatic relations,” Song said. “It will give students an idea how long these relations will go on because there are mutual benefits.” Jacqueline Rioja, assistant director of CAWC, thinks the exhibit will be a very positive learning experience for those who visit. She said the exhibit is open to the public, not just Miami students. “It is an opportunity for Miami to create a better climate for not only our domestic students but particularly our international students,” Rioja said. “We created a space for our students to learn more about each other.” The exhibit itself is composed of

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Photographs are displayed on the walls of MacMillan Hall throughout the month of April.



April 23, 2010


Editors Kelsey Bishop Erin Fischesser

County reviews dispatch plan By Jenni Wiener Staff Writer

Student drives without headlights, receives OVI At 2 a.m. Wednesday, police observed a car driving without headlights illuminated. The officer reportedly stopped the 2006 Jeep, approached the vehicle and smelled a strong odor of alcohol. The driver was identified as Miami University student Benjamin J. Jacobs. Jacobs was reportedly wearing two wristbands, one from Brick Street Bar and another from Sky Box reportedly. Jacobs told the officer he was coming from his girlfriend’s house and was heading to the Pike fraternity house. Jacobs reportedly said the wristbands were from Brick Street Bar earlier in the night. Jacobs told the officer he had not been drinking, according to police. Police said Jacobs later told him he had a vodka lemonade with dinner around 7:30 p.m. Jacobs reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken to OPD and cited for operating a vehicle intoxicated, according to police.

Senior enters apartment, passes out on couch At 2:30 a.m. Thursday, police were called in reference to an unknown male, later identified as Miami University senior Michael Puthoff, who forced his way into a home, sat on the couch and refused to leave. Officers said when they arrived on the scene, Puthoff was passed out on the couch. According to police, Puthoff told the officers he would destroy the apartment. Puthoff was arrested and taken to OPD where police said he was very difficult and uncooperative. Puthoff was cited for burglary.

Females report home damage, stolen sign At 11 a.m. Tuesday, a female Miami University student reported that she and her housemates woke up to people pounding on the doors and chanting “Theta Chi” at 2:30 a.m. outside of their house. chanting “Theta Chi.” Police said later in the morning the students found that the window trim on the side of the house was damaged and the house sign, green with “Corner Pocket” in pink writing, was stolen. Rumpke recycle bins were reportedly left in the yard along with an orange traffic cone. The siding on the house was also damaged when the sign was removed, according to police. Costs for the damages were reportedly estimated to be hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Ex-boyfriend threatens to harm animals At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a female Miami student reported her exboyfriend had been stalking her for the past two years. Her ex-boyfriend has reportedly assaulted her, damaged her property and threatened her and her animals. The victim reportedly said her ex-boyfriend had threatened to poison her dog and horse with antifreeze, took her cell phone and car keys, broke her wrist, punched her vehicle, entered her house without permission, harmed himself with pills and slit his wrists, amongst other incidents. The victim did not want to go to court, but inquired for a detective to tell the ex-boyfriend to stay away, according to police. According to police, the detective called him, advised him to have no further contact and the ex-boyfriend said that he understood.

Butler County has decided to reconsider combining nine of its emergency dispatching centers after the idea was rejected three years ago. The 911 Committee of five commissioners has voted to study how the merging could affect county residents, said Jeff Galloway, director of the Butler County Emergency Management Agency. “I have been pushing this idea for a couple years,” Commissioner Greg Jolivette said. “There are nine dispatch centers that all have the same equipment and I see there is a possibility to provide service by having only two or three centers.” Jolivette said the costs of maintaining the equipment and personnel costs are over $1.5 million each year. He said by combining these dispatch centers, the money, which is paid by taxpayers, could be saved. If the idea passes, the dispatch centers in Hamilton, Miami University, Oxford, the sheriff station, Trenton, Middletown, West Chester, Fairfield and Monroe could be combined, Jolivette said. “Both Oxford and Miami have dispatch centers,” Jolivette said. “If a student wants to call the Miami dispatch and dial 911, they have to first go through the Oxford dispatch and then be transferred over to the campus center. It doesn’t make sense to have both centers.” Galloway, however, said the process would involve a lot of time and money. “Fifteen years ago, when times were good and money was plentiful, I lived in Florida where a similar merging took place,” Galloway said. “They combined the dispatching of fire stations and ambulances, but

police departments were separate. It took three to four years to make it happen.” Greg Yingling, head of technology and communication at Oxford Police Department (OPD), said this has been an idea for a number of years and has always been shot down. The reasons for combining the dispatches would be for cost savings and to have all the technology and dispatchers in one place, making it easier than having to travel to or call all of the different centers, Yingling said. “There are a lot of pros but also some cons that come with them,” Yingling said. “If the centers combine, they are going to have a lot of redundancy and not much room. Also, there is a big worry about the quality of service for the residents. Having people who are not familiar with an area trying to help someone in that area could cause a lot more headache.” Yingling said the Oxford dispatch currently has no plans of being involved in this potential merging. However, Yingling said they would be interested to see the outcome of the study. “I’m not surprised this idea keeps coming up,” Yingling said. “The county wants to study it to see if the idea can help offer the best service possible for their residents.” Galloway said the merging in Florida was a success. “But I have also heard of many horror stories,” Galloway said. “The commissioners really need to do their research and look at it. Combining centers doesn’t work everywhere.” Jolivette said the commissioners are currently working on requesting proposals from companies who have ideas about how to go about conducting the study.

Debates about fiber-optic network continue By Ty Gilligan Staff Writer

Whenever you send e-mail in MUConnect, call someone using an on-campus Cisco IP Phone or access your remote hard drive on MyMiami, you are utilizing Butler County’s fiber-optic network. This network is essential for Miami University as well as many Butler county companies and government agencies but so far it has proven to be a financial drain for the county. “The county intended to create opportunities for private businesses to provide services to county residents via the fiber-optic background,” Greg Sullivan, director of information technology for Butler County, said. “(The hope was) businesses would relocate to Butler County because of access to the fiber-optic network.” Hoping to meet these goals, Butler County constructed the 120-mile network of fiberoptic cables. Fiber-optic cables are strands of glass as thin as human hairs that carry digital information, such as Internet, telephone and television signals. Butler County built a network of cables with 96 such strands. Bob Lowery, financial director for Butler County, said the total cost of the network was

just under $5.7 million. “If we did not have our own network, we would be paying Cincinnati Bell (or another telecommunications company) for that service,” Lowery said in reference to the large initial investment. However, the funding of the network has not been so simple. The Dynus Corporation, the company hired to install the network, took out $6.5 million worth of loans in Butler County’s name without the county’s knowledge or approval. Butler County is still making debt payments of $350,000 a year to the system, according to Lowery. As of now, the county still has around $4 million in debt for the network. Lowery said in addition to the debt payments, the county pays Cincinnati Bell just under $214,000 for maintenance of the network. Although the county does receive payments from leasing strands of the network (such as those leased to Miami), Lowery said between debt payments and maintenance costs Butler County is losing about $274,000 annually. Sullivan said the county uses the fiber-optics network for the support of 38 different government sites with voice, data, video and Internet. Sullivan said the network enables the county to support county offices in a high-speed,

high-bandwidth network solution and they are taking full advantage of the network. “Initially there was a great deal of interest in connecting all of the Miami branch campuses,” Sullivan said. “Miami was part of the initial reason we went down this path.” Sullivan said Butler County owns 36 of the 96 of the fiber optic strands, and Miami currently leases 12 of those strands. Lowery said Butler County receives $300,000 from Miami annually for the lease of the strands. These strands provide Miami with almost all voice, data and video services. “$300,000 is worth the services Miami receives,” first-year Adam Stricker said. “Having fast Internet is very important, especially for getting work done.” Currently, it seems Butler County’s best option is to continue making debt payments to the network and possibly look for other opportunities to lease strands of the network. “There’s still ongoing discussion within our commissioner’s office with what is the best path for our fiber-optic network,” Sullivan said. “Any public private partnership to create additional economic development would certainly be considered by our commissioners. Any other type of offer from private business would be considered as well.”

Local Tea Party development perseveres By Caitlin Varley For The Miami Student

More than 200 years after the famous Boston Tea Party, the tea party has reformed with new goals. The new tea party is bigger than the original, with hundreds of local groups across the country. Its official name is Tea Party Patriots and the party labels itself as a grassroots movement. Nonpartisan Party Justin Binik-Thomas, vice president for national affairs and strategy for the Cincinnati Tea Party, said the national movement has local chapters, but each group shares the Tea Party’s main vision: limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets. Each chapter is its own individual group. Binik-Thomas said the end goal would be to have a Tea \ Party group at every precinct level to engage in local politics. “Just like in politics, we believe the tea party is best done as local as possible,” he said. The Tea Party gained notoriety last summer while protesting and rallying against Democratic programs like the health care bill and cap and trade. Binik-Thomas said the tea party aims to engage on the appropriate level. For federal issues like the health care bill they engaged on a

federal level, but they also engage on state level issues. In addition to engagement, the Tea Party is involved in educating its members, specifically teaching them about the Constitution. “You can’t defend something you don’t know,” Binik-Thomas said. Binik-Thomas said the third facet of the Tea Party is voice. This element includes teaching people how to be heard and different appropriate methods to be heard. The Tea Party also provides candidate information to its members. “As a Tea Party we find it extremely vital to provide information necessary to make their own personal decision,” he said. Because the Tea Party’s core values are conservative ideas, many people affiliate the group with Republicans, but Binik-Thomas said conservative does not necessarily mean Republican. He said nationally the party is mostly Republicans only because that is the party that claims to be conservative. Tea Party member Billy Harper agreed. “It’s not Republican or Democrat,” he said. “It’s about constitutional beliefs.” The Cincinnati Tea Party has membership from every major party, including the Libertarian and Constitution parties, Binik-Thomas said.

He added that the leadership in the Cincinnati Tea Party is actually mostly made up of libertarians. Frank Cloud, chairman of the Butler County Democratic Party, said he thinks the tea party is 95 percent Republicans or independents with very few Democrats. He also said he thinks it is mostly made up of white educated people over the age of 50. Tea Partiers in Action The Tea Party is also involved in elections. “Certainly we want to impact elections by getting conservatives elected,” Binik-Thomas said. He said some members of the Tea Party have chosen to work for a candidate or run for office themselves. The Tea Party has members at almost every level of government, including many who are running for precinct representative in Southwest Ohio. One of these candidates is Betty Kellum, who is running in Fairfield. She believes the Constitution is being diminished by the White House and other institutions. She thinks the Tea Party can help point the party — and the country — in the right direction. “In the ideal situation, we would live by the Constitution,” Kellum said. Binik-Thomas said the

community groups have regular meetings, mostly revolving around the education component. Tea Party meetings open with “Four Minutes with Forefathers,” a lesson about the Constitution. Member Mike Gardner said everyone at the meetings is willing to help other people become more educated. The Tea Party is better known for its large rallies than its meetings, though. The Cincinnati chapter held a rally April 15 called “Tax Day Tea Party 2010: Freedom Rings in Cincinnati.” The event included speakers like conservative author Jonah Goldberg, Sonja Schmidt of “Left Exposed” on and Bill Cunningham, radio host on 700 WLW in Cincinnati. Binik-Thomas said their biggest event was in September 2009 when they held a rally and town hall meeting in West Chester in front of an audience of about 18,000. People submitted questions for the elected officials that attended — from all parties — to answer. “Quite frankly, none of them did very well,” he said. “Some of them got booed.” Despite their performance, Binik-Thomas said he had to give them credit for listening to their constituents.

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Obama to mandate same-sex visitation policy By Bethany Bruner Staff Writer

While it still may be a few months before a firm policy is formed, local hospitals are double-checking their policies to make sure they will be in compliance with President Barack Obama’s new requests. Last week, Obama mandated that hospitals grant visitation rights to same-sex couples and domestic partners. This mandate would require hospitals with immediate family only visitation policies to allow partners of same-sex couples the same visitation rights a legal husband or wife would have. Ohio has not had issues with visitation policies, according to Scott Knox, a Cincinnati attorney. Knox said most issues come with intensive care units (ICU) that restrict visitation to family and significant others; however, Knox also said visitation could not be denied based on sexual orientation. “I would doubt hospitals are really enthusiastic about monitoring (who visitors are) closely,” Knox said. Bryan Hehemann, president and chief executive officer of McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, said his hospital has no restrictions on visitation. “The only restrictions we have are those for the best care of the patient,” Hehemann said. Marielou Vierling, spokeswoman for Fort Hamilton Hospital, said they have the same policy. “We don’t ask about family members,” Vierling said. Hospitals may have non-discriminatory policies in place, but that does not mean there are not problems with visitation policies in Ohio. First-year Stacy Snowden said when she was in high school (in Ohio), her girlfriend had to pretend to be her sister in order to visit her.

“I was independent at the time, so my parents weren’t coming to visit me,” Snowden said. “If I was in the hospital again, it’s relieving to know my partner could come visit me now.” Knox said visitation is never really an issue, but end of life decisions can be. According to a law commonly called the Defense of Marriage Law, homosexual couples do not have the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples. This can create confusion at hospitals if there is not a medical power of attorney or other legal documentation of the patient’s wishes. Hehemann said McCullough-Hyde follows the wishes of the patient and the Ohio Revised Code when it comes to legal or end of life decisions. Knox said no legal action could be taken in most instances if there is no medical power of attorney in place. “I’ve never heard of a case in Ohio where power of attorney has been denied,” Knox said. While President Obama has mandated visitation rights, it could still be a few months before the Department of Health and Human Services has specific guidelines for hospitals to follow. Those regulations could address end of life decisions as well as visitation, but the coverage will not be known for some time. Vierling said the bottom line at Fort Hamilton is what is best for the patient. “We don’t discriminate against anyone,” she said. “We balance the patients’ medical, emotional and social needs.” Snowden is pleased to see there were some changes being made at the national level, but said changes at the state level need to happen first. “It is kind of a big deal because a lot of issues with gay rights are hitting the fan right now,” Snowden said. “To see that Obama is trying to push rights on some level is relieving.”

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Construction on Talawanda High School continues Wednesday. Fundraisers hope to reach their goal in order to include an artificial field in the initial development.

Talawanda fundraising for “The Field of Dreams” nears goal By Tom Segell Senior Staff Writer

Talawanda High School’s fundraising efforts to finance a new artificial turf field dubbed “The Field of Dreams” is close to reaching its $550,000 goal. Talawanda Athletic Director Chris Weaver said the committee has collected about $330,000 of the designated goal, thanks to overwhelming support from private donors and Oxford businesses. With a looming June deadline, Weaver hopes to see the target amount reached so construction can begin to install the field in time for the upcoming academic year. “We hope to wrap up the fundraising goal and make a presentation to the school board in the middle to end of May or sometime in June,” Weaver said. Ideally, the field will be constructed in conjunction with the building of the new high school. “The reason we’re doing it is to actually get it in when the new high school is being constructed,” Weaver said. “The new high school had designs of a natural grass field, and our committee formed to bridge the gap to raise

monies for an artificial turf.” Weaver could not speculate on the future of the field if fundraising contributions fall short. “I can’t say for sure right now what would happen,” Weaver said. “If we don’t meet or reach the goal, there will be discussion with the school board.” Weaver said the sluggish economy is partly responsible for the rate at which fundraising is coming but is pleased with the enthusiastic efforts regardless. “In this economy, we’ve done pretty well,” Weaver said. “Outside fundraising through commitments through the school organizations and private donors have helped.” Mike Wright, Talawanda High School football coach, serves on the fundraising committee and remains optimistic, eagerly anticipating a fresh football season on a new field. “We’re 60 percent done and the community is supportive,” Wright said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll meet our goals.” Wright is one of the many advocates of the new turf field, which will increase the quality and performance for the vast amount of sports and physical activities played — soccer, football,

middle school and high school physical education. The current grass field does not lend itself well to the high amount of activity, which Weaver said held more than 50 sporting events last year. “By and large, the number one reason was for programming purpose,” Weaver said. “We don’t have a surface that can accommodate our need with the amount of activities. The fact that having a surface that is unplayable results in injuries and lost opportunities for our athletes.” And while the installation of a synthetic field is costly, Wright believes the field will pay for itself. “Initially when you put the surface in it does cost more, but you don’t have to maintain it like a grass surface,” Wright said. Wright also said the field can generate money via rentals — traveling Miami University sports clubs, for example. Wright envisions the field will become a popular community pastime for families who want to exercise when the field is not occupied. “We call it ‘The Field of Dreams’ so it can be used by all,” Wright said.



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Navigating Miami dining is easier than before with technology, but should, eat. healthier isn’t Karen Recker, manager of culinary services, believes nutritional charts were not the best solution to always more con-campusthe nutrition. “The pie-chart took up a lot of space,” Recker said. “As invenient in students’ gredients would change, it would be difficult to update them.” busy lives Replacements for the pie charts are currently

By Thomasina Johnson Editorial Editor

Many food faux pas are evident as you peruse Miami University’s dining hall nutritional information. Hydrations’ Chocolate Peanut Butter milkshake has 1,092.2 calories and the roast beef BLT sandwich is loaded with 1,111.7. Wake up to Bell Tower’s Sausage ‘n’ Egg Bagelwich, which weighs in at 673.9 calories. One of the worst choices (nutritionally speaking) is Dividends’ Apple, Pork and Bleu Cheese Panini, with 4,549.8 calories and 136.7 grams of fat. There are, of course, healthy choices at Miami. But often, these items are hidden by more appealing, easier choices. Why wait in line for a healthier sandwich when you can grab a piece of pizza in 10 seconds? “Students often only look at the food in front of them,” senior Ian Merkel said. “If it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.” Merkel worked at Alexander Dining Hall and the Greystone Market for three years. Merkel said popular, inexpensive, and often times nutritionally lacking items — like pasta and macaroni and cheese — were placed front-and-center at the dining halls. “Many items are self-serve, so people will take as much as they want or think they want,” Merkel said. Sophomore Sarah Unser has worked at La Mia Cucina for two years. Unser said a combination of mostly frozen, pre-packaged food and the cost-saving reduction of the quality of ingredients may make it harder for students to make healthy eating choices. According to La Mia Cucina’s online nutritional information, 13 menu items are more than 1,000 calories. “It’s a business, and I understand they try to get the best deals,” Unser said. “Things taste different from last year, not as good.” Unser said she would like to see La Mia Cucina switch some of its pre-packaged, sodium-heavy ingredients with fresh, homemade items.

under discussion. “They could print out a nutritional sheet or poster for the entrance of each dining hall, but people might not use it,” Merkel said. Chad Budreau, manager of computer systems and marketing at the Demske Culinary Support Center, said the customized nutritional kiosks would eventually be located in each dining hall. “The costs (of setting up this equipment) were minimal compared to the benefit,” Budreau said. “We saved a lot of money with internal programming.” Another new merging of technology and dining services are the offers, discounts and promotions application (app) for Smartphones. Recker said students can text DINING to 313131 and receive further information about dining events on campus. Currently, these texts are limited to special offers from dining halls, and do not include nutritional information. “We could eventually add apps for phones that would be similar to the kiosks,” Budreau said. “There just are not a lot of road maps. Not many universities are doing these kinds of things. This is uncharted territory.” Sophomore Sam Johnson, a student manager who oversees marketing to find new ways to reach students, said the only other school that has a dining hall texting service is Stanford University. “It’s important to have a website, to embrace technology and stay at the cutting edge,” Johnson said. “(The texting service) is creating conversation. If people are talking about our dining halls, it’s a good thing.” Merkel believes students who use the dining halls would find a nutritional application for their phones very useful. However, a nutritional app for Smartphones would take a lot of time to adequately develop and test. Recker said the process for creating a dining hall texting service took months. “We started researching different companies from all over the word and meeting with legal representatives in September,” Recker said. Budreau said safety was the reason for the lengthiness of the service. “Safety is a top priority,” Budreau said. “Our goal is to protect students and have clear guidelines with no spam. We want to make it easy for students to opt in or out (of the texting program).” The future for Miami dining hall nutritional information is still undecided, but it could hold many new methods of incorporating technology into the lives of students. “The smart phone generation is growing so fast,” Johnson said. Johnson thought the new dining hall phone application would be a unique way to reach people more easily than the multitude of posters and table tents that bombard students every day. Budreau said in the future, Miami, taking a cue from other universities, might begin a nutritional system where students take a picture of a barcode with their phone camera. The picture of the barcode is processed and nutritional information is given for each specific item “scanned.” Times have changed not only for students, but for the dining halls. With these new technological advances being incorporated into the lives of students, the future of merging nutrition and technology looks bright. Moving away from paper advertisements to text messages is another way dining services is staying committed to students, Recker said. “We work to keep them happy,” Recker said. “When they’re here, they’re home. Students are everything.”

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Oxford organizations encourage residents to dispose of drugs By Erin Fischesser Community Editor

Oxford residents and students will have an opportunity to turn in prescription drugs to local law enforcement this weekend with no questions asked. Medication Disposal Day, sponsored by the Oxford Coalition for a Healthy Community, Butler County Coalition for healthy, safe and drug-free communities, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, Kroger, Oxford Police Department (OPD) and Miami University Police Department, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Kroger parking lot. The day is the second of its kind to occur in Butler County, but more are expected to happen throughout the summer in various communities in an attempt to take dangerous and expired prescription drugs off the street and dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way. Sharon Klein, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital director of community and employee wellness, said the day is a combined effort that grew out of discussions amongst all of the included groups. Throughout the day, community members and students can drop off prescription medication. Klein said the process will be

TEA PARTY continued from page 4 Seeing Success Binik-Thomas thinks the movement has been very successful. He cites the significant delay and slight improvement of the health care bill as one example of their success. Another can be found in campaign literature where candidates are claiming to be “born again conservatives.”

done mainly by drive-thru. OPD Sgt. Jim Squance said the department has no idea what to expect because this event is the first of its kind in Oxford. “Since it’s never been done before, we don’t really know what to expect,” Squance said. Klein said similar programs in other communities have garnered results. “They did this in Columbus and they got hundreds of pounds of medicine,” Klein said. According to Squance, the program may be a way to prevent dangerous activities and situations that are related to prescription drugs. He said, for example, thousands of teenagers use prescription drugs to get high. “If we can get some unused and unwanted prescriptions out of the medicine cabinets, we may be able to put a dent in (the number of) teenagers that use those drugs to get high,” Squance said. According to Squance, prescription drugs can also result in unintentional poisoning. According to the Oxford Coalition for a Healthy Community, more Ohioans die from unintentional medication poisoning than from motor vehicle crashes and suicide. “If we eliminate some of the teen drug use and poisoning

Binik-Thomas also said the number of people running for office for the first time has jumped. More people are attending city council meetings and contacting their representatives. “That’s a level of engagement that hasn’t happened for almost 200 years in this country,” he said. “I see that as a win.” Cloud said he thinks the Tea Party is just a small group of people nationwide venting their anger with the current government. “I think the effect that they will have, if any, will be more on the Republican Party,” he said. In a Gallup poll released April 5, 28

deaths from prescription drugs, we’ll consider this a success,” Squance said. While the event is mainly targeted to get rid of prescription drugs, Squance said some illegal substances may also be collected in small amounts without questioning to a certain extent. “If somebody brought a small amount of illegal narcotics that they weren’t sure what it was, we would dispose of it for them,” Squance said. “But we’re not going to just dispose of a pound of marijuana or a brick of cocaine.” After the event, Squance said police will dispose of the drugs in a legal and safe Drug Enforcement Agency-approved manner in order to ensure the drugs do not end up in the water supply. Squance said this will most likely involve burning them. Junior Grant Foglesong said the idea sounds like a good one in theory, but believes students may not be very interested. “I’m not sure if it would be that great for students because I don’t really know many people who take prescription drugs,” Foglesong said. “I’m not sure many students would show up.” Foglesong said the students who may be abusing drugs are not likely to turn them in on their own accord. “There’s an underlying problem they would need to address first,” Foglesong said.

percent of Americans said they support the Tea Party movement while 26 percent opposed. Supporters included Republicans and independents as 43 percent of independents and 49 percent of Republicans said they support the Tea Party. “The Tea Party movement isn’t looking to change or overthrow or become a third party,” Binik-Thomas said. “Instead the Tea Party movement is looking to return the United States to its Constitutional basis.” Additional reporting by Peter Beecher, Annie Carter, Jeremy Miner, James Murphy, Jack Nelson and Lauren Regueyra.

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How to pub crawl your way uptown Liz Caskey

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There are two weeks left of school and you know what that means … pub crawls. I’m not sure what it is about the blossoming tulips and the shining sun that makes all (of age) Miami University students want to hop from Oxford bar to bar, sipping on delightful beverages of varying colors and sizes. The best part is these bar crawls aren’t just reserved for the usual hard partiers … the crawls bring out a plethora of crawlers. Yeah, every year the frat boys will be out there BUT so will the early education majors … and who doesn’t want to see some teachers gone wild? Even math, economics and business majors all turn up for a little end of the year barring. Hey, we deserve the break after a semester of work and misery. For those of you new to the pub crawling scene, you should be aware of a few rules. These rules are not meant

to hinder fun but rather help you get the most out of your celebratory evening. These rules will make you the coolest kid on the crawl. Rule No. 1: Pace yourself While it will be challenging to derail your excitement for consumption at the first stop along your crawl it is crucial you pump the brakes and take it slow. You don’t want to be the guy that peaks too early and is done eight bars before the rest of the group. Good times are to be had along the journey, and going down after the first bar will put you out of the running. Rule No. 2: Carry a Sharpie Do you want to single-handedly save the bar crawl? Of course you do. The best way to do this is to come prepared with a Sharpie. Everyone intends to bring one to check off bars on the backs of their T-shirts, write profanity on CJ’s tables, draw on the first person to go down’s face — see rule one — and you need to be the savior wielding that permanent ink-filled Excalibur.

Rule No. 3: Keep your ID and credit cards on hand These are the two most important things to have on your person on the big crawl day. Without these two pieces of plastic you will be denied entrance and denied drink … and that sucks. My suggestion: Do what you did as a first-year. Hole punch two holes in the corners of the cards and pop those suckers on a lanyard. Yeah, you’ll look like a tool … but you’ll be a smart tool. Others will follow when they see your great success. Rule No. 4: Save your wristbands One day when you’re old, grey and one beer makes you drunk, the 10 wristbands you accumulated in one night will be collector’s items. Frame those suckers, post them on the wall, show them to your grandkids and make sure to pass them on to a reliable relative in your will. These are your war medals … treat them as such. Follow these rules and you are sure to have an excellent crawl riddled with silly, Sharpie-filled fun.


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South Jordan serenades MU

Rome-sick, homesick

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Campus Activities Council’s latest activity, SpringFest, brought a new splash of AWESOME to Miami University yesterday afternoon at the Phi Delta Theta gates Most of this awesome can be attributed to the band South Jordan originally from Bloomington, Ind. They spend their weekends touring Midwestern universities and Miami is near the top of their list. “We love coming here,” Michael Hall, lead singer, said. “And we look to keep booking shows here and getting the word out about their music.” This music can be described as the love child of The Fray and One Republic, drawing on inspiration from the pop rock bands of South Jordan’s six members’ youth. It was this inspiration that first made the connection between the members. “We met at Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington and it just felt really good, really special,” Hall said. “That kind of chemistry doesn’t happen very often, and we knew right away.” Sounds like quite the love story, right? Hall went on to say that being in such a cohesive band is like a marriage. “People get married and they stay married,” Hall said. “That’s what a band is — like a marriage with no sex.” No sex? That sucks… “I guess the sex would be like the record deal,” Hall added. “So if we got a record deal,

With about two weeks left in Rome, no water pressure (or hot water), a broken washing machine, a non-functioning Internet connection, and the continual feeling I need to wear a pollen-resistant face mask in order to breathe while walking along the Tiber River, I have finally begun to miss home. I think it hit me last week while walking back from class when I had a very unpleasant and embarrassing experience that included a pair of broken sandals, barefoot street-walking and stepping in a nasty pile of dog poop. I know it’s probably not very “cool” or whatever for a college kid to admit they miss the little things while they are studying abroad, but I think I hit a low point when the bums laughed at me walking with my bare feet covered in feces, so I am not ashamed to admit that yes, I finally miss the homey commodities I once took for granted. After wiping the dog poop off on my sweatshirt and buying some new shoes, I compiled a brief mental list of these things I miss oh so much. No. 1: A Coffee Machine. I hope most of you will understand where I’m coming from, but just think for a second how awesome it is to be able to make a huge, roasting pot of Starbucks in the morning that

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our marriage would be complete.” Managed by Union Entertainment Group (UEG), (Nickelback and Hinder are examples of other bands UEG manages) South Jordan is well on their way to getting that sex/record deal/ complete marriage. “We’re going to do well because we’re a young band that takes music really seriously,” Hall said. “We spend a lot of time doing we do because we love it and we have so much passion. It means a lot when people give us the time and listen to us.”People listening to them are mostly college students, as that is the band’s target demographic. With five of the six members in college at IU-Bloomington, their peers have always been number one for listening priority. South Jordan’s music is most accessible and applicable to this demographic and since you’re part of that demographic, you should check them out.

you can actually use to pour MORE than one cup of coffee. It’s an unbelievable invention really, and I think the Italians might enjoy it over their one-serving mochas. No. 2: Water Pressure. Although I’m told by other study abroad students that I got really lucky with my apartment here, I have to say the thin stream of water that comes out of the shower head in the morning just isn’t doing it for me anymore. I find myself going longer without showering and I now actually look forward to staying at hostels because they have EXCELLENT water pressure (and most even have hot water!) No. 3: Personal Space. Without question, this is what I miss most. I have grown accustomed to falling asleep to the rumbling metro and constant honks and ambulance sirens outside my bedroom window. I have learned to ignore the strange men touching my butt and smelling my hair in the buses. And I have stopped noticing the thick smell of city smoke that leaks into my nasal passage while I’m running. I have not, however, been able to remember the last time I sat in complete silence, alone, breathing nothing but fresh air. So to all you coffee machine owners, hot water pressure shower takers and personal spaces, despite the fact that I envy you greatly, I ask next time you are enjoying any one of these commodities, please take a minute to truly enjoy them for me.

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Ghetto Fest controversy requires open discussion


flurry of attention and controversy has been stirred up around Ghetto Fest, a party which takes place every year in Oxford’s north end. A town hall meeting held Thursday in the Shriver Center focused attention on what meeting organizers feel is the offensive nature of Ghetto Fest and other named or themed parties. The editorial board of The Miami Student urges all involved to take a more judicious, contemplative, inquisitive approach. Rather than stirring up a storm of controversy, those offended by the theme of the party should attempt to engage the party organizers in a useful dialogue. The propagation of myths about the party — such as claims attendees show up in blackface — is counterproductive to either raising awareness or addressing the underlying misunderstandings. The planners of the party seem to be in earnest when they say they do not mean for the name or any aspect of the party to be hateful or marginalize any group. Those offended by Ghetto Fest and other parties should not assume the worst of organizers. Rather than demonizing organizers, they should mount an effort at education and dialogue. At the same time, party hosts should be more mindful of how others could interpret names and themes.

To the organizers of both Ghetto Fest and the town hall meeting: think before you speak. Don’t make quick, easy judgments about other people. Don’t immediately assume people are out to get you. The town hall meeting seemed, at times, to be less of a dialogue and more of an echo chamber. It is unhelpful for either side to meet without the other present. More effort at real dialogue is needed from both sides. Also questionable is why the university is involved to such an extent. Ghetto Fest is an offcampus party unaffiliated with any student organizations. While the university should continue to work with Oxford and the community at large to make the Miami University community an inclusive and safe place, events such as Ghetto Fest seem to fall outside the core constituency of the university. However, the university should act to make sure no events taking place on campus or associated with student organizations are patently offensive. The controversy surrounding Ghetto Fest this year has started what could become a fruitful discussion on campus. This board hopes a distinction can be made between what is merely poorly worded but innocuously intentioned and that which is truly hateful or offensive.

Dispatch center merge must focus on safety


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Step up to stamp out hateful rhetoric

Ironically, the most sobering events of one’s college experience can happen at a bar on a Friday night. Unfortunately, at the most recent drag show students were the target of hateful speech and physical attacks. Specifically, an individual repeatedly said, “Faggots do not belong in society,” according to an anonymous source (for reasons of emotional distress). The verbal altercation reportedly escalated into a physical fight, with students ending up in the hospital. It is both saddening and disturbing to hear such things happen in Oxford. Yet, it did happen, and thus, the Miami University community must do what it can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. First, I’m angry; belligerent even. I’m angry about the dialogue and its orators. I’m angry students ended up in a hospital for such abhorring circumstances. It’s my opinion that everything concerning the gay rights movement comes down to one fundamental issue: making the world a better place for our children. It’s certainly a platitude but an effective and logical one. If you’re not a member of the LGBTQ community or aren’t close to someone who is, then you may see no vested interest in creating a more accepting world. But imagine this … not that you are gay and experiencing hate, but that your own son or daughter is. My heart goes out to the victims but it goes out to their parents as well. Imagine finding out your child was told they shouldn’t be a member of society because of who they are and were then physically assaulted. What’s more, imagine that happening weekly to your eleven-year-old. This affects everyone. Our goal is to prevent it in the future. I call on everyone to take simple, everyday action. It comes down to dialogue. When you hear others, even your good friends, say offensive things, call them out and tell them it’s not okay. That applies beyond language geared against LGBTQ individuals. Engage people who flippantly use the n-word or the r-word. It’s awkward, but it outweighs the consequences of inaction. Contextualize it. Tell them about your gay friend and their experiences with being harassed with the same rhetoric. If you don’t know anyone, then tie it back to that person like I said before. Imagine if your child was gay and you heard someone say to them, “faggots do not belong in society.” David Morgan


Community should unite against hateful acts I would like to applaud you on your courage to print “Miami Community Must Unite Against Violence, Intolerance, Hateful Acts,” April 21. I was genuinely distressed to hear of this “biased incident” which occurred at the Stadium Sports Bar & Grille. It appears this confrontation was not just a bar brawl, but a fight directed toward a targeted class of individuals. As a mother of a Miami University student, it deeply saddens me this type of narrow-minded bigotry did not end with my generation. Acceptance, not just tolerance, should be taught within the home, at schools and in the community. I pray for a speedy recovery of the victims. I look forward to the day when everyone embraces diversity.     Paula Swiner

Community must recognize details of Stadium incident

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As a 2009 Miami University graduate and member of the GBLTQ community, I am frustrated. I am frustrated with the lack of information surrounding what looks to be a hate crime committed against members of my community after Spectrum’s spring drag show Saturday evening. It’s bad enough I learned of the attack through a letter to the editor rather than a proper news story, but now the attack has been made public

I am frustrated The Miami Student has not published any follow-up or context to the letter. I know the next paper edition is not published until today, but there are a number of ways, including the Student’s page or website, the editors could have released some sort of information with a promise to provide more in-depth coverage today. Although the attack took place off-campus, if there is such a thing in Oxford, I am also frustrated the administration has not said a word about it. When I was a student at Miami, I felt the administration was embroiled in a culture of fear where “no news was good news” and burying their heads in the sand seemed like a better option than facing the problems on campus and in the community head on. It seems nothing has changed. This hide-and-hope-for-the-best culture has to end. Miami’s administration can no longer afford to delegate “diversity” and “inclusion” responsibilities to the marginalized groups. Clearly, students outside those groups are not getting the message. At one point, Miami stood for justice when it hosted Freedom Summer in 1964 and taught 800 volunteers how to register blacks in the rural south to vote. Miami needs to stand for justice again and make true diversity a priority. It may not be a popular idea among undergraduates, just like Freedom Summer was not well received at first, but with Miami’s administration backing the effort I believe it can be done. Katherine E. Booher

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Graduation consternation ERIN BOWEN

For graduating seniors, the last semester is like the slow pull of a Band-Aid. It’s a build up of lasts and the slow, hyperventilating dread of the diminishing number of months, weeks, days and hours spent in Oxford, Ohio. To put it not so eloquently — it’s scary. Statistically, it’s scary, too. An April study conducted by Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas, Inc., reported roughly half of 100 surveyed human resource executives said the job outlook for 2010 college graduates is unchanged from the class of 2009. Twenty-eight percent said the outlook is “slightly better,” 13 percent said “much better” and 10 percent said employment opportunities are “worse.” From another source, the National Association of Colleges & Employers’ (NACE) Job Outlook 2010 Spring Update reported that 5.3 percent more of 2010 graduates will be hired than in 2009. Additionally, the NACE’s spring 2010 Salary Survey reported employers will offer starting salaries at an average of 1.7 percent less than those offered in 2009. The national effects are present at Miami University, too. An Oct. 1, 2009 The Miami Student headline even reported, “Career Fair sees record attendance despite lack of employers.” For those not entering employment and moving on to graduate school, competition was fierce as well. The New York Times reported in January the number of people taking the LSAT rose 20 percent and the number of GRE takers increased 13 percent. With so many looming percentages and implications affecting life post-college, it’s enough to make anyone afraid, especially with that May 8 deadline stamped on every senior’s brain. A self-diagnosed planner addict, I felt this acute fear upon noticing the abrupt end in my Miami Memos student planner. There’s something so subtly comforting about being able to pencil in an activity, due date or commitment a month or more in advance. I like knowing what I’ll be doing when and where. I like being able to physically see how far ahead an event is, a sort of bizarre control-freak soothing

mechanism. But the problem is, my Memos is quickly running out of crisp white pages to fill. Although the Memos staff was kind enough to include an additional week following the weekend of May 8-9 (a sort of tourniquet to the initial bleeding that will occur once the mortarboard cap has been tossed and the fake diploma tucked into my palm), my ability to plan stops there. I can’t pencil in a quick visit with friends in mid-June let alone next September. I can’t help but juxtapose the metaphorical end of my planner with the end of college, the end of the safe and familiar and the beginning of the big, wide, real world. It took me a bit to admit it, but I’m afraid of my lack of control following my graduation from Miami. Once I admitted this fear, the proverbial string of words — “There is nothing to fear but fear itself” — pretty much cued itself. It’s cliché, I know, but isn’t so much about graduation? Bucket lists, senior pub crawls, sappy songs like “Closing Time” and Vitamin C’s “Graduation,” and taking pictures of you and friends finally stepping on the oh-so sacred and GPA-impacting seal at the hub. Fearing graduation shouldn’t be about the fear of failure. It’s not failure if you don’t have a job immediately lined up. It’s not failure if you have no idea what challenges graduate school will bring or what living in a completely new place is like. It’s not failure if you are trying something new and are experiencing doubt about the decision. I’ll volunteer to be the cheerleader for the class of 2010 and say I know it’s hard to graduate and move on. When the recession hit, we were still knee deep in term papers, projects and Miami Plan exams. We didn’t have time to worry about the what-if’s that weigh on us now. The class of 2010 has braced itself for challenges, and fear of the unknown will undoubtedly serve as a shield and proof of our strength. It’s almost time to jump into the real world. We’re ready. Bowen is news editor emeritus for The Miami Student


College allows for new opportunities The End As columns of prospective students snake their way neatly through a sea of bright pastels, blossoming trees and oversized sunglasses, it is clear spring has arrived. It also marks the end of the school year and, for me, my time at Miami University. So in the spirit of spring and all that is good, I will depart from Will worldly events for my fiHoyt nal piece, and instead offer my humble reflections and wisdom from four years well spent living at the end of the red brick road. This applies primarily to incoming first-years and underclassman. For the rest, enjoy it because it’s almost over. There are endless ways to spend your collegiate career; there are certainly enough institutions willing to take your money. Once you decide on your university, the real decisions begin. Here are a few tidbits of collegiate wisdom that if used, I believe will surely enhance your experience. Keep your door open. Those little bricks you paint at the beginning of your first

year? They serve a purpose. You are never going to meet people if you have a closed door. With an open door and an open mind you are bound to enjoy more out of every day. Do something you have never done before. College is filled with new opportunities and people who will provide you with unique experiences. Take that weekend trip, stay up late and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Study abroad. If you are able, this is a must. There is no greater education than having a greater world-view. Miami has new programs each year in different parts of the world so there is no shortage of finding one that suits your interests. You won’t look at the world the same way. Read the newspaper. It is integral to include current events into your everyday life. College students have long been the instigators of social change, from Tiananmen Square to Freedom Riders who trained on Western Campus in the 1960s. College students have a responsibility to be politically and socially conscious and voice their opinion. In order to do so, students first need to be informed. Remember that you are fortunate to be here. We are a part of a very small percentage of people who are able to attend a

four-year university in the United States, an even smaller group worldwide. Whenever you feel like slacking on your studies, remember what a unique opportunity you have been offered. Take full advantage. Go to every class and sit in the front. Remember, college is as much about life experience as it is about work experience. Pursue what interests you with intensity and passion. The same goes for life experience. Internships, grades and references are all necessary to finding your dream job. Equally important, however, is to satisfy your personal goals and enjoy one of the last times in your life where the focus is on you. Be careful to maintain a balance between the two; you’ll thank yourself down the road. We’ve all heard it, “College is the best four years of your life.” It’s true; college is an amazing four years. There is no other point in your life where you are in such a unique position between adulthood and adolescence, gaining the best of both worlds. However, it would be foolish to say with certainty that it is the best four years of your life. Rather, it is the four years that prepare you for the best parts of the rest of your life. At least I’m counting on it. Live well, enjoy, and stay curious. The Beginning


Pope must awaken to Catholic issues Sleep walks in without knocking, literally making itself at home at any given time. Our bodies decide they can no longer handle remaining alert and awake, so they don’t. We have the power to tell our bodies to do many things but staying awake at times isn’t one of them. Sleep does not discriminate between a vital lecture and a mind numbing mass. It comes when it wants and enters our minds like a virus. Suddenly, keeping our eyes open is akin to lifting a semi truck with our pinkie. Our thoughts begin to revolve around sleeping, from the simple dream of just lying down to the image of a cozy bed. Since lying down in the middle of an event Abby is about as unlikely as transporting a bed into the Haglage room, we do the next best thing: doze off. The voyage to the land of dreams is first perceptible through our eyelashes. Our tiny eyelids, once weightless, seem to suddenly weigh as much as two hippos. Staying awake becomes not only agonizing but also nearly impossible. Our eyes are dying to shut as our minds fight to keep them open. Instantly a war against our body is waged. Winning usually feels good, but in this instance nothing feels better than surrender. So we take the leap. We give in to the urge and let our eyes lids fall sweetly like syrup on a pancake. Dick Cheney knows what this little journey into dreamland is like. As George Bush discussed his plan to help alleviate the damage caused by the California wildfires in a Cabinet meeting on October 27, 2007, a close up of Cheney shows him catching a catnap. Bill Clinton is equally familiar. He can be seen snoozing during a speech by Martin Luther King III January 21, 2008, the anniversary of his father Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. Sitting directly behind King, Clinton claimed of the incident that he was “deep in prayer.” If the gigantic lies he told during his presidency aren’t enough to prove the falsity of this statement, his head drooping to his chest at least three times during

the clip will suffice to prove it wrong. Politicians have long been known to fall asleep at important events, hence the common phrase, “Old politicians never retire, they just doze off.” While this is no more acceptable than the affairs they feel entitled to enjoy, it is also nothing new. An actual rookie to the idea of the public slumber party is arguably one of the most significant figures in the world, Pope Benedict XVI. Last Sunday, April 18, Pope Benedict arrived in Malta for a short pilgrimage to honor the anniversary of the shipwreck of St. Paul and to meet with victims of sexual abuse. He presided over a mass in front of tens of thousands of people. Joining millions of Catholics who spend their Sundays snoozing through mass, the Pope slipped into a quiet slumber. In photos of the mishap he can be seen slumped over receiving gentle prods from Bishop Guido Marini in an effort to wake him up. The Pope just a man. Recently, he celebrated turning 83. Maybe he was simply exhausted from an enormous celebration he had to ring in the big 83. However, his election to the position of Pope came with responsibilities far greater than keeping his eyes open. His inability to stay awake in a mass in front of tens of thousands of people may prove him unsuitable for the position he holds. The Catholic Church is going through one of the greatest scandals the world has ever seen, and the damage is only beginning to be unveiled. If those who have suffered are to receive any sort of relief and the Church to regain any kind of positive image it must have a leader with the stamina to do so. At the age of 22, I know how hard it is to stay awake when exhaustion calls. I can’t bear to imagine how much harder this will be at the age of 83. However, falling asleep during class as a college student is one thing, and falling asleep at a mass as the Bishop of Rome is entirely another. Until a leader who can keep his eyes open to the problems of the Catholic Church is elected to the position of Pope, the problems will remain simply problems.

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Education extends beyond classroom

Writing a farewell is an inherently vain act when it assumes anyone cared you were there in the first place, as it does here. But there’s something about leaving a thing behind that prompts reflection, and mine has left me with something worth saying. Near the beginning of his poem “In Lawrence Memoriam A.H.H.” Uebel Alfred Lord Tennyson addresses God, saying, “Forgive these wild and wandering cries/Confusions of a wasted youth/ Forgive them where they fail in truth/ And in thy wisdom make me wise.” It’s a statement of humility; a recognition of personal fallibility. And it’s something you’d never see in modern writing. During a recent episode of “South Park,” Stan complains, “Just because a guy’s voice is on the intercom and his words are in a book doesn’t mean he has any idea what he’s talking about.” The idea that a piece of writing necessarily reflects the truth is probably the most poisonous concept in written culture. It provokes irrational hatreds and often obstructs communal efforts at figuring something out. I wrote a while back about the root of the term “essay,” the French “essayer,” meaning “to try.” But trying can be expanded beyond a single author writing a piece to include multiple writers covering similar topics. Writers and their readers in all fields would benefit immensely from taking up the scientific philosophic position — looking at what’s been said and studied and telling themselves, “Here’s what we’re pretty sure about, here are some debatable ideas, but all of it is always subject to revision. Now I’ll try to take us further.” Debate is necessary because it fuels intellectual progress, but we should constantly guard against it devolving into a shouting match between different faiths. That’s one parting thought I’d like to leave here at Miami University. The other is this: I can’t remember the source, but I believe it was a comedian who said, “I don’t remember much of college, which I guess means I did it right.” It’s funny and true, but it’s also scary. I have great memories of this place — sitting on the roof of my house with friends during spring, Heritage Commons my sophomore year, Green Beer Days, lunch with professors, talking on the way back from uptown in the dead of night and yeah, even classes. But for each one, weeks and even months of my life are missing. When I pack up my things and move out in a few weeks, I’m going to wish I could pack up every experience and memory I’ve had here but the collection is fragmentary. I’m sure many of the days were meaningless — spent hammering out busy work or playing video games or something. But I know there are things I would have liked to remember that I never will. I’m going to start writing more things down, and I’d encourage anyone staying here to do the same. It might not seem worth the effort now, but sitting here today, I can tell you that it will be. I don’t leave feeling cheated, though. I still leave with the person I’ve become. It’s weird to realize you’ve actually changed. I still feel like the same person I was four years ago, but I know I’m not. College is supposed to be about growing up. I’m not an adult yet — nor do I want to be — but I’m more prepared to become one when the time inevitably comes. How much of that is due to the school itself is arguable, but either way, change occurred here. For that reason, I will always remember it as part of being here. What I said earlier about writing might have seemed like an abstract criticism, but I think it applies as much to my own writing as to our written culture in general. During my time at The Miami Student, I wrote good things, but I also wrote a handful of irrelevant, misinformed and stupid things. I hope and believe there were people out there who found the good worthwhile enough to stomach the bad. To those people, and to anyone who ever spent a bit more time reading the paper because of something I had in it, thank you and goodbye.

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MBA program is still under development and is not the same as the other graduate programs it was compared to, the ranking did not represent the quality that FSB’s graduate program offers. Oak also said the U.S. News & World Report ranks school differently than the previous ranks Miami has been considered in such as Business Week. “The key thing to keep in mind with U.S. News & World Report rankings is that their methodol-

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Luxembourg, and it was actually a really good experience,” Leedy said. “We ended up hanging out with


continued from page 3 three sections. The first section focuses on the history of relations prior to and after President Richard Nixon’s visit to China to meet with Mao Zedong in 1972. Song said relations before and even during the 1970s were stressed in the wake of the political differences arising from the Cold War era. Direct military confrontation between the two countries in the Korean War was a major factor in the lack of negotiations before the 1970s, as well as China’s status as a communist nation. 

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ogy tends to be more narrow in that most of the input in determining rankings comes from Deans and overseeing faculty of other institutions, so we don’t put a lot of, or as much emphasis on how U.S. News goes about ranking as we do how Business Week ranks,” Oak said. In the past, Miami had been ranked sixth among undergraduate business programs. In the Wall Street Journal, Miami was ranked ninth globally and third nationally among accelerated MBA business programs. As for the School of Education, Health & Society at Miami ranking 113, Colleen Luce, a sophomore education major, disagreed

with her program’s standing. “I think it’s hard to rank a school if you haven’t been through the program, I think our program has extreme perks compared to a lot of schools in Ohio,” Luce said. “We get out of here in four years and we have field experience every single year, I think we should probably be ranked better than 113.” With the U.S. News & World Report, Hodge assured both programs are constantly working on improving and better responding to the needs of graduate students. “We are continually working to improve all of our programs, graduate and undergraduate,” Oak said.

friends in the Gründ (a bar area of Luxembourg) Friday night and then Saturday we made mimosas and laid out in a pasture and ate chocolate. It was really nice.” Leedy’s experience staying in the country echoes that of many students who had a similarly relaxing weekend in Luxembourg.

Boddy was pessimistic about being stranded in Oslo and how the long trip back had affected her travel plans for the rest of the semester. “I am broke now so I will not be traveling anywhere until I am home,” Boddy said. Students remained stuck in Spain and Ireland until April 22.

Normalization of diplomacy was established with China after Nixon’s visit, and the United States has made cultural, political and educational exchanges with China ever since. The exhibit is extremely up to date and features pictures of President Barack Obama and his cabinet in negotiations with the Chinese during his first year of presidency. Pictures and captions in the second section highlight the cultural and educational exchanges made between the two countries. The section focuses on people-topeople friendships between the Chinese and Americans rather than the political agreements that made travel between the two nations possible. In the third section of the

exhibit, the pictures focus on the economic aspects of the United States’ relationship with China. Currently, the United States has the largest economy in the world and second is the People’s Republic of China. The section follows the amount of imports and exports from each country and the policies that make trade agreeable between the nations. First-year Raleigh Pearson has heard about the exhibit and plans to visit. “I think it sounds interesting,” Pearson said.  “The relationship between China and America at this time period is really important because we rely on each other so much, so it would be a great opportunity to learn about the history that made it possible.” 

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support. It’s not just the individual students who were targeted — an incident like this really affects the whole GLBT community and continued from page 1 its allies.” During her first year here, Woolgoing to defend every student on way has implemented a Safe Zone this campus, and it doesn’t mat- Training program to educate people ter to me whether it’s an issue of about the GLBT community and sexual orientation improve the camor race,” Ingram pus climate. She “We are not going to is looking at creatsaid. “I am not going to sit by and stand here and be silent ing a bias incident watch other stu- as a student body when reporting system dents — our peers to provide people these types of issues — be treated this a way to report all come up.” way and not have types of discrimisome kind of renatory attacks. HEATH INGRAM sponse from the “It can be as very individuals STUDENT BODY PRESEDENT-ELECT small as someone who are supposed yelling a slur out to be speaking on of a car window,” their behalf.” Woolway said. Demere Woolway, coordinator The Office of the President and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans- the Office of the Dean of Stugender, questioning (GLBTQ) dents have also been offering supservices is one of the numerous port to the victims in this incident. sponsors of the resolution. She President David Hodge and Susan has been working with Spectrum, Mosley-Howard, dean of students, members of the Oxford commu- formally expressed their support nity and Miami faculty to address for the resolution by signing on various concerns people have about as supporters. the incident. Ingram wanted to reassure the “I have been trying to help Spec- community that incidents like this trum figure out a direction they would not be tolerated. want to go with it,” Woolway said. “We are not going to stand here “And I have been taking calls from and be silent as a student body when community members and faculty these types of issues come up,” Inwho expressed concern after the gram said. “We will not be tolerant incident and want to show their of intolerance and ignorance.”

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to be racist,’” Lyttle said the hosts of the party responded with. Brewer said he was upset about e-mails sent out concerning the off-campus party. continued from page 1 “It’s ignorant that faculty members with PhD’s, are sending out e-mails saying we do According to research at Smith Library of (black face),” Brewer said. Regional History, during the mid-20th century In an e-mail sent to several organizations property values of North campus and Home- and faculty, including The Miami Student, the stead areas were relatively low due to smaller sender alluded to the possibility of black face lot sizes, smaller houses and fewer amenities activities at the party. such as municipal sewer connections. Because “How many of you would agree that this is of this, a higher proportion of African Ameri- Black face by definition???” the e-mail asked. cans lived there since their employment opporBrewer said he felt he had been labeled a racist. tunities were still limited. “Faculty and students think were running this Brenda Allen, customracist fest in Oxford,” Brewer services assistant for er said. “We want to defend parking services, grew up After learning origination of our names.” on Sycamore Street near the fest is racthe term ‘ghetto’ used today, istWhether North campus. or not, panelist Alysia Allen said she could see “(The name) was kind Fischer, a visiting profeswhere the correlation of derogatory to me, only sor, said the event would be because that part of town closely watched by the city. would come from. back in the ’60s and ’70s “You want to have a huge was the black community police presence at your parof Oxford,” Allen said. “There’s a lot of history ty, call it Ghetto Fest,” Fischer said. “This is involved. I’ve just always been very concerned being very highly watched and people are payabout they call it the Ghetto Fest.” ing attention to it. That’s how we got rid of it Allen said she had heard rumors about the before.” Ghetto Fest taking part in “black face” acStudents at the forum expressed want for tivities. After learning origination of the term more action and dialogue. “ghetto” used today, Allen said she could see Although police may attend the event, where the correlation would come from. Hughes does not want students to protest or Town hall meeting panelist Brent Johnson, rally at the party. a teaching associate, said racism is underlying “Our purpose here is to educate peothe name of the party. ple,” Hughes said. “We’re not going to be “Institutional racism can be disguised in a at the Ghetto Fest because it’s not going to cloak under tradition,” Johnson said. be constructive.” Sophomore Chris Lyttle, member of the panHughes said the discussion and change would el, said the Ghetto Fest party did not understand not end Thursday night. the implications the name. “This obviously is not the end of this,” “Their attitude is indicative of Ghetto Fest Hughes said. “This obviously is just and what a lot of their themed parties represent, the beginning.” ‘no one else is upset about this,’ ‘we don’t mean


continued from page 1 then also with the events on Saturday with the drag show, also there have been a lot of incidents of increased hateful things written on bathroom walls.” Rice said he needed to organize an event to take a stand against these recent actions. “Enough is enough,” Rice said. “Eventually we have to get something done about it.” Madelyn Detloff, director of women’s studies, rallied students to change the community. “I’m glad to see you here because you’ve made the commitment to say, when these things happen I will not stand by and doing nothing,” Detloff said. “We happen to be for a long time,

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the silent majority … what I want to say is we will be silent not longer.” Following speeches from the Miami community rally attendees carried pickets and chanted down Spring Street and past Roudebush Hall, back to the starting point at the Shriver Center. “No hate on my campus,” Miami members chanted around the campus. “People show up and spew their hate, we don’t tolerate it,” Detloff said.

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Musketeers get best of ’Hawks; Brenner steps up By Alex Butler Senior Staff Writer

The bases were juiced in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and the Miami University RedHawks looked down the barrel at a two run deficit. McKie Field at Hayden Park boasted a capacity crowd that came alive when it mattered, but the RedHawk rally fell flat as the Red and White swung and missed at a winning chance to the Xavier University Musketeers (13-25), falling 10-8 Wednesday. Head Coach Dan Simonds’ RedHawks (17-20) looked poised to pounce on the Musketeers for a third time this season, holding leads of two runs three different times in the contest. The sour story for the Red and White was leaving a season high 17 runners on base, and that was no way to win a ball game, according to Simonds.


continued from page 16 down periods in the last 20 years. In 1994 when the U.S. hosted the Cup, many thought it would be the defining moment of soccer exploding in this country, and it partially did. We had the formation of Major League Soccer, which is currently in its 15th season, and was actually a condition imposed by FIFA (the governing body of international soccer) for granting the Cup to America. Then we experienced the disastrous showing in France in 1998 when U.S. failed to record a single victory and managed only one goal. Of course most should remember 2002 in Korea when the Yanks made it to

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Simpson said. “It was awesome to be able to contribute to that moment during my freshman year.” The crucial decision to attend Miami was an easy one for Simpson to make. “I grew up knowing about Miami because both of my parents went here,” Simpson said. “But

“With the atmosphere here, I wish we could have put out a little better, not necessarily effort but a little better result,” Simonds said. “Leaving 17 guys on base you aren’t going to win many baseball games that way. We’ve got to do better in those situations of being more aggressive but smart aggressive. That’s something we didn’t do really well tonight.” One guy that didn’t leave many men on the bags was sophomore Ryan Brenner. Brenner saw his average rise from 0.176 to 0.214 in a single game. The centerfielder shined in the spotlight with a trio of hits and a trio of RBI. Junior Kyle Weldon mirrored Brenner’s bat with three hits as well. “It’s one of those nights where I didn’t really hit anything solid but they were just falling for me,” Weldon said. “It’s like when your hot you’re hot and stuff just goes your way.” Simonds gave some of the big bats a rest Wednesday, originally including Weldon. “Going into a weekend at this point in the season, I wanted

the quarterfinals with huge wins over Portugal and Mexico, before losing a close 1-0 battle to runner up Germany. It was the Stars and Stripes’ best finish since 1930 and seen again as a point which would spark nation interest in soccer. Can you guess how the Americans performed in 2006? Slightly better than 1998, managing a 1-1 tie with eventual champ Italy in the pool stage, but suffered embarrassing 3-0 and 2-1 losses to the Czech Republic and Ghana respectively. The poor showing lead to the firing of coach Bruce Arena, who had managed the team since ’98 and could not capitalize on the success of 2002. Last summer though Americans started to make a name for themselves again. The team played in the Confederations Cup, which is usually seen as a tune-up the summer before the next World Cup, and boy did they make

ultimately meeting the coaches and the girls on the team is what influenced me to choose Miami over other schools.” Simpson was recently acknowledged as the top collegiate softball player in the area by the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association. Senior pitcher Meredith Linch, a talented pitcher herself, has extreme confidence in Simpson’s ability to go down as one of the best pitchers Miami has ever had. “I strongly feel (Simpson) has

to give Wise (Adam Weisenburger) a night off behind the plate but I also wanted to give Nate Bowles a chance to get back and I thought he did a pretty good job,” Simonds said. “Kyle Weldon was more of just a matchup.” The mix also included sending seven RedHawks from the nest to the hill. “It was a tough loss,” Weldon said. “Our mission was to get work in. We got a lot of pitchers in there. We just need to get ready for Akron this weekend is what we were trying to do. It stinks we didn’t win but its not going to happen every night. We really appreciate the crowd and it helps us play well. That’s something that we like to see a lot.” Weldon and the rest of the RedHawks hope to look up from the dugout and see another large turnout when they host the University of Akron Zips for a weekend series. First pitch of the Mid-American Conference duel will be tossed at 6 p.m. Friday.

some noise. After losing 3-1 and 3-0 to Italy and Brazil, respectively, the team needed to win against Egypt and win by at least three goals. They did and they did, winning 3-0 and advancing by goal differential to the semifinals to face off against FIFA No.1 ranked Spain. The Red Fury was on a record run of 15 straight wins and held a 35 game unbeaten streak. Despite facing a barrage of 29 shots and granting Spain possession for almost 60 percent of the match, the Americans advanced past the world’s best to face Brazil in the final. While they did lead 2-0 at halftime, the Samba Kings showed why they are considered one of the most elite futbol teams in the world, scoring three second half goals to take the Confederations Cup 3-2. But let’s look at this closer — Spain and Brazil — the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in all of soccer. They have names such as Fernando

more than enough talent to hold every pitching record there is at Miami by the end of her senior year,” Linch said. Simpson gives much credit to her teammates and the coaching staff for helping to mold her into the player she is today. “I have learned so much about the game from my teammates and coaches that I didn’t know before,” Simpson said. “Even with pitching there are so many details and strategies I never thought about before I started playing at the

Torres, David Villa, Luis Fabiano and Robinho. And a bunch of American men were playing with these guys? I’d say we’re on our way to being thought of as contenders and not pretenders, if we can hang with these gents. So now the Americas face a crossroads in terms of fan interest. No doubt soccer is more visible now than 16 years ago. ESPN has devoted nonstop coverage to this year’s Cup and has been promoting it unlike any other event before. I think I’ve been seeing World Cup commercials for almost a year.  Soccer may never and probably will never be as big as football, basketball or baseball, but we have a legitimate shot to further make a name for our country in South Africa. June 10 we will find out whether or not we take one step forward into world futbol prominence or two steps back to the mid-ranked club everyone thinks we are.

college level.” Away from the softball field, Simpson is always one to give the other girls on the team a good laugh. “Jessica has quite the humor off the field,” Linch said. “We always joke around with her about her Napoleon Dynamite-type of monotone voice and how expressionless she can be. It’s super funny and we love her for it.” Schoenly echoed Linch, expressing how the team loves Simpson’s type of humor.

“Jessica is an extremely clever girl,” Schoenly said. “Her humor is dry, and her timing is spot on. The team cracks up at her monotone speech. It helps when people don’t take themselves too seriously, and the team appreciates her humor.” Of course, there’s also the fact that Simpson shares her name witha certain celebrity. “We always call her ‘The Jessica Simpson,’” Linch said. “That’s more because of her talent with our team than the celebrity aspect though.”

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Junior Cara Wald prepares to make her next move against her opponent.


RedHawks remain undefeated in MAC

By Michael Solomon Staff Writer

With only two weeks left in the season, the Miami University women’s tennis team entered last weekend knowing their two road matches would be a big indicator of who won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season title. They came out of it still unbeaten in conference and confident a second successive MAC title was just around the corner. “Last weekend was a really big weekend for us,” junior Megan Martzolf said. “We all went out there and played really well. Although both of the matches were 4-3, these wins will give us motivation heading into this weekend.” Arguably playing in two of their toughest MAC matches, the women first headed to Buffalo, N.Y. Friday night to take on the University at Buffalo Bulls. The Red and White fell behind early after Buffalo took the doubles point, winning at the No. 3 and No. 1 positions. Buffalo eventually took a 2-0 lead over the RedHawks, after sophomore Laura Grace Mezher lost at the No. 6 singles position. Miami fought back, winning the two points back via Martzolf and sophomore Stephanie Danesis. Martzolf defeated Buffalo’s Diana Popescu at the No. 3 position 6-4, 6-2, extending her spring singles winning streak to 18 matches. Danesis followed suit, taking care of Aleksandra Petrova 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. The RedHawks clinched

World Cup gives America new hope Jordan Furbee

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ednesday marked 50 days until the world’s best footballers descend upon South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. As a nation not thought of as the biggest soccer enthusiast, I must say this year will be different. As my buddies and I play more and more FIFA 2010 on XBOX, I can’t help but get extremely stoked for the month-long coverage of soccer on ESPN. Soccer has gone through many up and

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the match 4-3 when juniors Cara Wald and Anastasia Dracheva won at positions No. 5 and No. 1 respectively. After the comeback win Friday night, the RedHawks hoped for the same result Saturday, when they traveled to northern Ohio to take on the nationally ranked University of Akron Zips. The match had big implications on the MAC title race, as Akron and Miami were both undefeated atop the MAC standings. Although Akron won one of the doubles matches, Miami earned the early point by winning the other two. Danesis and Martzolf earned an 8-5 victory at the No. 2 position, and Dracheva and junior Sydnee Bridger won at No. 3 by the same score. After Akron tied the score at 1, Miami opened up the lead to 3-1 when Bridger and Martzolf both recorded victories in their matches. Martzolf won her 19th straight game, winning by a count of 7-6, 6-4 at the No. 3 singles position. Wald closed out the match for the ’Hawks winning at the No. 5 position 7-5, 6-0. “Last weekend were two of our hardest matches in the MAC this season, and we won them on the road,” Bridger said. “Those wins gave us confidence heading into this upcoming weekend and the conference tournament in two weeks.” With the 4-3 win over Akron, Miami (13-6, 6-0) earned their 14th straight victory in MAC play dating back to last year, and took a step closer to winning the regular season title. The RedHawks can clinch the title outright this weekend on the road against Eastern Michigan University and University of Toledo with two wins, or earn a share of the title with a split.


Junior Megan Martzolf waits for the return.


Standout pitcher Simpson aims high

By Nick Bonaventura Staff Writer

Standing in the pitcher’s circle, Miami University softball pitcher Jessica Simpson is an intimidating force. Standing at 5-foot-10, Simpson is a daunting opponent for any batter in college softball. It’s her focus and determination that have molded her into such an effective pitcher today. As a freshman starting pitcher last season, Simpson stepped right in and was dominant. She struck out 189 batters on the season, good for third in Miami’s single season record book, while amassing a 24-12 record with a 2.17 ERA. “I don’t really remember how nervous I was (for my first game) but I’m sure I

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Sophomore Jessica Simpson warms up for Kent State on April 16 . was,” Simpson said. “I mostly just remember wanting to win that game so bad so I could

start my college career off on the right foot.” Miami softball Head Coach

Kelly Kovach Schoenly described what Simpson meant to the team during her first season in Oxford. “What Jessica brought as a freshman was she was ready to compete the day she stepped on campus,” Schoenly said. “She may have had to work to get ready, but she wanted the ball. She wanted to compete and win for Miami.” Simpson had no problem winning games for Miami, especially in the 2009 MAC Tournament. In the event, she posted a 4-0 record with a blistering 0.50 ERA. “I think any of my teammates would say winning the MAC Tournament last year was the most exciting thing, and I would have to agree,”

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