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


VOLUME 141 NO. 1


TODAY IN MIAMI HISTORY In 1960, The Miami Student reported that a two-night pajama party was to be held in the University Center Ballroom following the All Campus Musical Show’s production, “Pajama Game.”



Miami University senior Saurabh Mehta (left in uniform) and junior Jason Milliken (second from left in unifrom), stand on the US Capitol Building Lawn in Washington, D.C. after riding their bikes from San Francisco to DC for Push America’s Journey of Hope.

Aiding student health

Former Miami students sentenced in grade scandal




McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital and Miami University are merging resources to create greater healthcare services for students. After the assistant vice president of Health Services resigned this past February, Miami reviewed the current healthcare model and strategies of other universities to see what services and resources are most beneficial for students, according to Carole Hauser, senior director of human resources at Miami. “Healthcare is becoming very complex, and the Student Health Center wants to serve all students’ needs, “ Hauser said. “After the assistant vice president of Health Services resigned, we had to decide whether to hire a replacement or outside expertise.” After a third-party research study was performed regarding healthcare at Miami as well as other universities, Miami determined that their healthcare program was not benefiting the students as much as it could be, Hauser said.

“The Student Health Center previously used McCullough-Hyde’s X-ray technicians ... a partnership with this hospital was just a natural fit,” Hauser said. “A medical director and practice coordinator from the McCullough-Hyde staff will work with Dr. Walter (Miami PhD and associate vice president of student affairs).” Hauser described the medical director position in more detail. “Dr. Shelly Naegele, Medical Director, will provide expertise in additional levels of quality assurance,” Hauser said. “This includes working alongside the doctors and nurse practitioners to review complex cases and make sure the needs of students are met.” Hauser then gave more insight into the practice coordinator’s role. “Janae Arno, a Miami graduate and practice coordinator, will make sure the administrative side runs smoothly, including a student’s ability to schedule appointments easily and having enough appointments for everyone to be served,” Hauser said. “Arno also works with billing and coding, confirming the

university’s reimbursement from the insurance company that will help improve efficiency.” Miami’s PhD and associate vice president of student affairs, Scott Walter, shared his enthusiasm about McCulloughHyde assuming management of Student Health Services. “I’m excited about the opportunities this partnership will bring,” Walters said. “Miami and Oxford are one in the same. We are one community that shares the same resources. This partnership will benefit the students, faculty, staff and community members.” Sophomore Kyle Anderson, who was ill last semester with pneumonia and bronchitis, said he is thrilled to hear of the new partnership. “When I was sick last year, I was very fatigued, which made it very difficult to commute back and forth between both treatment centers for consultations,” Anderson said. “It is great to hear that McCullough-Hyde and the Student Health Center are combining their resources to make a student’s experience more beneficial, informative and convenient.”

Suspected Fiji arson remains unresolved BY REIS THEBAULT


On May 25 officials entered the charred remains of the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) house and, upon inspection, fire officials alleged that arson ignited the historical building. As students move back to Oxford and the 14 Fiji brothers who were living in the house during the summer find themselves displaced, there is no new information. “I spoke with the investigators and there is no new information

to be released at this time,” John Detherage said, Chief of the Oxford Fire Department. Outside of the house, officials posted a sign announcing the suspected arson advertising a reward of up to $5,000 for any information regarding the case. According to Detherage, this is the standard reward that the Ohio Fire Marshal starts with. Until the fraternity’s house can be reconstructed, Fiji members were forced to seek alternative housing. According to senior Fiji brother Ethan Kaplan, they

found refuge in another vacant fraternity house. “As our chapter begins preparations to rebuild our house on high street, our brothers will be living in the Sigma Chi house until construction on the property is completed,” Kaplan said. Construction has yet to begin but, according to Kaplan, it will take two years to complete. The State Fire Marshal’s Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau is encouraging anyone who may have any information pertaining to the fire to come forward.

WEB DROP DEADLINE CHANGES The typical five-day window in which students can drop and add classes to their schedule online has been shortened to two days, expiring tonight at 11:59 EST. Those who took the time to

read the letter from the Dean of Students, sent out on Aug. 23, will find this no surprise. But for those who are just discovering this news now, take heart: students can still add and drop courses after Tuesday. It will

just require the approval of the course instructor and a trip to the registrar’s office. The Academic Policy Committee (APC) of the University Senate decided on this policy change primarily because the se-


Former Miami University student David Callahan, 22, was convicted in Butler County Area 1 Court of three charges of attempted unauthorized use of property, a first degree misdemeanor, for hacking into school computers and tampering with grades. Callahan pleaded guilty to all three charges. He will pay $3,000 in fines, forfeit a computer external drive and key logger and serve one year on probation, according to court records. The other former student involved in the grade changing, Beckley Parker, 22, convicted of six charges of attempted unauthorized use of property in June, and was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and two years on probation. He must also forfeit his computer and iPad and pay $1,500 in fines, according to court records. Parker and Callahan were both members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity separated both Parker and Callahan from the organization following the grade changing scandal. Miami University communications director Claire Wagner said a key logger device had been used on classroom computers to record keystrokes made on the keyboard and obtain faculty unique IDs and passwords. Parker and Callahan used faculty login information to change their grades and those of other students. “About fifty students had at mester terms are being shortened from 15 weeks to 14 weeks, according to University Registrar David Sauter. “The shorter semester means a slightly shorter time frame for instruction so each day must count,” Sauter said. “Prior policy enabled students to miss an entire week of class.”

least one grade changed, plus one of the students, Beckley Parker, changed [grades] in 17 of his classes,” Wagner said. According to Wagner, Miami disciplinary actions separate from the court proceedings included dismissal of both students from the university. Wagner said IT Services implemented changes last spring to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. Changes included a two-step email notification process that will alert instructors to grade changes. A weekly email report of all grade changes made in the previous week will also go to faculty members. IT can also now perform a thermal scanning of classroom keyboards to detect one form of the key logger device that can be placed inside the keyboard, Wagner said. All of the grades changed by Parker and Callahan were corrected, according to Wagner. “We feel thoroughly confident that now people can have confidence in our grading system,” Wagner said. Miami University Police Department (MUPD) Chief of Police John McCandless said in his nine years at MUPD, he has not seen anything like the grade changing scandal. “I’ve been here nine years and I can’t remember [a similar incident],” McCandless said. “[But] student academic dishonesty isn’t necessarily a criminal offense, so they certainly may catch students who cheat. That doesn’t necessarily come to the police’s attention.” Wagner confirmed that this is the first incident of its kind at Miami. This new system allows faculty to decide whether a student has missed too much of the class already to be able to join on or after the third day of the semester, Sauter said. As normal, students can drop a class without receiving a ‘W’ on their transcript until Oct. 28, with the approval of the instructor.






ShopMiamiOH suits up to find MU merchandise BY ASHLEY LAUGHLIN FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT

A new merchandise website,, allows RedHawk fans to locate retailers who sell officially licensed merchandise. The university has undergone many changes recently, especially in the branding realm. From the new block “M,” to phasing out the Miami Lantern, the website is another tool to promote the Miami brand in the commercial landscape. Samantha Stevens, manager of university trademarks and licensing, developed the site and design alongside the web team in communications and marketing

for the university. She is also responsible for handling updates and making sure the retail lists are accurate. “My area is focused on growing licensing revenue to support the university’s scholarship fund, and promoting the university’s commercial image and reputation,” Stevens said., launched Aug. 15, is a site that enables people to type in their address and locate a store that sells official Miami merchandise near them. The website also lists external websites that sell Miami products. The site does not allow for direct purchasing. “The constant complaint we

hear is, ‘We can never find Miami stuff!’” Stevens said. “We wanted to make it easier for people to find Miami products. They exist, and we are working diligently with retailers to expand Miami products in more retail locations throughout the region.” Senior Courtney Wilke said she thinks the website will be beneficial to students and alumni, but also recognized its drawbacks. “I think the overall concept is great, but for people who don’t live near a Miami retailer, or who prefer to shop online, it doesn’t provide a solution for them,” Wilke said. For more information on what licensing means to the university, visit


Students hunt for textbooks as they prepare for the start of classes.

Governor selects student for the Board of Trustees BY REBECCA CLARK         FOR THE MIAMI STUDENT



Construction continues as the finishing touches are put on MapleStreet Station Hall. The hall opened just in time for students’ arrival and now houses 90 upperclassmen.


Miami University junior Graham Bowling was appointed in July by Ohio governor John Kasich to serve on Miami’s Board of Trustees as a student trustee.  Bowling, a business major and marketing minor, will serve as a part of the Board until Feb. 28, 2015. According to President of the Associated Student Government (ASG) Student Senate Nicholas Miller, the two-year-long position as a student representative on the university’s Board of Trustees is a very important one, as the student trustee is able to give a Miami student’s perspective on different issues and serves as a voice for the student body.   “Quality candidates possess a strong sense of passion and service to Miami University and can advocate for the student body,” Miller said.  Miller also said student trustees should be mature and understand the university. “We want student trustees to be able to approach issues from diverse perspectives,” he added. According to Miller, ASG begins searching for a new student representative in November by holding an advertising campaign for the entire student body. Potential nominees must first fill out an application, and they are required to meet several areas of criteria.  The

application calls for students who are in good academic standing with the school, at least 18 years old and a permanent resident of Ohio. They must also attach a list of their leadership experiences.   Then, from the pool of applicants, ASG selects a group of students who they believe would be good representatives for the Miami student body and interview them.   “The Chief of Staff to the Student Body President is responsible for the search and chairing the Executive Council which interviews the candidates,” Miller said.   After the interviews, the Executive Council selects five candidates, whose names and applications are given to the governor’s office, and the governor makes the final decision, according to Miller. Miller said Graham Bowling is a fitting candidate for the esteemed position. “Graham Bowling definitely demonstrates these qualities and will bring many high quality leadership experiences with him to the board,” he said. “He has my full faith and trust as he embarks on his new position and will serve the student body well over the next two years.”   Ted Pickerill, secretary to the Board of Trustees, looks forward to working with Bowling on the Board.  “I very much enjoy working with all the student trustees and look forward to meeting and working with Graham,” he said.

Astronaut scholarship helps Construction continues: residence halls senior reach for the stars and student center still in the works BY KAILA FRISONE


Miami University senior Dirk Auman was rewarded a $10,000 Astronaut Scholarship by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) for this academic year. Space shuttle astronaut Charles Precourt will present the scholarship to Auman 7 p.m., Wednesday Aug. 28, in Hall Auditorium. Precourt will also share his experiences from his 15 years in the space program at the event, which will be open to the public. Auman is one of 28 students nationwide to receive this scholarship. According to the foundation’s website, candidates must be nominated by faculty members and have intentions to engage in research or advance their field after obtaining a final degree. Auman does not intend to pursue a career in the aerospace industry, but it is a subject he enjoys learning about as much as possible. “Not necessarily from the career side, but I definitely have a personal interest [in aerospace engineering],” Auman said. “It’s partly the reason why I picked up physics.” Auman is a biochemistry and engineering physics double-major and a computer science minor. He began independent study research his first semester at Miami, and he is also a Beckman Scholar conducting research on protein activity in Arabidopsis Thaliana with Dr. Christopher Makaroff,

associate dean of the college of arts and science and professor of biochemistry and chemistry. “Dirk is one of these exceptional people,” Makaroff said. “He’s really book-smart, but he’s also very good technically and a critical thinker.” After graduation, Auman intends to pursue a Doctoral degree in biochemistry or biophysics. Auman said he wants to apply protein research to improve treatments and discover mechanisms of disease Kuntal De, a graduate student who works with Auman on Dr. Makaroff’s research, said he is confident Auman will succeed in his career ambitions. “He really is a bright candidate and hard-working,” De said. “He thinks before doing any experiments.” The Astronaut Scholarship is one of many awards and recognitions Auman has received while studying at Miami. He received a Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention in 2012, as well as the Beckman Scholar Award that amounted to $19,300. Auman also actively participates in many organizations on campus, including the Miami Chemical Society and Alpha Lambda Delta. Makaroff said Auman has presented his work twice at the American Chemical Society’s national meetings. Markaroff also said he presented his work at the Beckman Scholar and Young Investigator Symposium in Irvine, California this past July.


From bulldozing to laying bricks, much of Miami University’s campus turned into a construction site while students were away this past summer. Several alterations were made to areas on campus, including ongoing work to the Armstrong Student Center and the finishing touches on two brand new buildings, MapleStreet Station and Etheridge Hall. The newest addition to the MET Quad is Etheridge Hall, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified residence hall. First-years moved into Etheridge, on Aug. 23 and Resident Assistants (RAs) moved in on Aug. 21, according to RA, Lauren Siegler. Although both buildings are now open, Etheridge is still working out the kinks, said Siegler. “The hall was deemed unlivable, so we stayed a week and a half in MapleStreet Station before moving in,” she said. Siegler also noted that common areas and some kitchens are without furniture, there have been several problems with outlets and cable not working and the air conditioning has been temperamental. “It only goes down to 70 degrees and, to me, that is not considered a comfortable temperature to live or sleep,” she said. Next to Etheridge Hall is MapleStreet Station, Miami’s brand new dining facility with residences on the second floor. MapleStreet

Station is replacing Hamilton and Scott Dining Halls. The building opened up right on schedule, but still has a few pieces of furniture to move in and other details to finalize. Overall, Siegler said the halls are in great condition and offer a unique setup, including houses in each corridor with their own kitchenette, bathrooms, living room and eating area. “Etheridge is absolutely beautiful and most definitely is not comparable to other dorms because it is so different,” she said. Perhaps the most highly anticipated addition to campus is the Armstrong Student Center, located across the street from Shriver. According to Katie Wilson, director of the Armstrong Student Center, the area has been a very busy with construction all summer. “As you can see by walking by, there has been a lot of progress on the exterior sidewalks and courtyards,” she said. Some of this work affects walkability around that area. According to Rick Russell, project manager for the Armstrong Student Center, the pedestrian restrictions around the building shall remain the same as they are now through the completion of the project, which will be in October. This includes closed sidewalks on Spring Street and limited access around the building’s perimeter. Other than that, Russell said construction to the Armstrong Student Center is progressing without a hitch. Wilson explained the updates have

been made to the first building at Miami designed solely for students. “If you look closely at the east side of the old Rowan hall, you can see the chimney for the new fireplace that will serve both indoors and

Etheridge is absolutely beautiful and most definitely is not comparable to other dorms.” LAUREN SIEGLER


outdoors,” she said. “Inside, the walls have all been built and many have been painted, tile is being installed, light fixtures, doors and ceilings.” Construction is scheduled to be finished in early October and other interior work like installing all of the furniture, audio-visual, kitchen equipment and graphic design packages will take place throughout the fall semester. After that, student organizations and departments with office space in the building will move in during the winter semester.   “The Armstrong Student Center will begin 24-hour operation on January 27,” Wilson said. “There will be two weeks of events and activities designed to introduce the campus and community to the exciting new space.” The Armstrong Student Center will celebrate its opening with a campus-wide celebration scheduled for Feb. 7, 2014. 






POLICE Miami alumnus inspires new film



Lee Daniels’ latest film, “The Butler”, premiered on Aug. 16, and is based on an article written by Miami University alumnus Wil Haygood. “The Butler” chronicles the life of Eugene Allen, portrayed by Forrest Whittaker: a black White House butler who served throughout six presidential administrations and who bore witness to a very intimate side of history. Haygood, Class of 1976, is the discoverer of Allen’s remarkable story. Miami junior Caitlyn Threadgill watched Haygood speak at last spring’s commencement. “Hearing Haygood speak was incredibly inspiring,” Threadgill said. “It’s cool to think that someone like that started his adult life at Miami.”

Currently writing for the Washington Post, Haygood credits Miami for providing him with motivation and the necessary skills to succeed in life. According to Haygood, his upbringing in a rough side of Columbus triggered his drive to complete his college education. “During my time at Miami University,” Haygood began, “A lot of the professors knew that if my college education did not work out, I had a very bleak environment to return to at home.” “When I realized that my two choices were either to make it at Miami or return to that environment,” Haygood said, “I wanted to succeed with every fiber of my being.” Although focused on academics, as was important to his stay at Miami and success in life, Haygood said he still experienced all else

Miami and Oxford had to offer. “School was fun with the Saturday morning football games, King Library studying, and occasionally going uptown.” Haygood said. “There wasn’t as much to do Uptown, but I enjoyed taking a study break to go get a toasted roll once in a while.” After graduation, Haygood began the unpredictable search for a meaningful employment and life path. “I fumbled around for a bit after college and went looking for the career choice that would mean more to me than any other job.” Haygood said. “Eventually, I finally anchored myself in newspapers.” After working at various newspapers in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Haygood soon found himself at the Boston Globe and, subsequently, the Washington Post.

Haygood said these newspapers allowed him to write in a narrative style, awakening him to his true calling. “Being able to write how I wanted to allowed me to fully express myself and has given me wonderful opportunities to spread my wings and study fascinating stories all over the world,” Haygood said. Haygood said he is currently working on his seventh book, which is about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court. However, he mentioned his experiences with the now-famous butler have left an impact on him. “Eugene Allen taught me that there is power in being consistent,” Haygood said. “He represented the best definition of a true patriot. He loved his country even when he must have wondered if his country loved him back.”

City Council elections: serving the student body BY LINDSAY CRIST


Miami University students may be seeing some new faces on the Oxford City Council and Board of Trustees after the Nov. 5 election. Four new spots are available on the City Council, according to Richard Keebler, mayor of Oxford. Five candidates filed petitions for the four available openings prior to Aug. 22, according to the Butler County Board of Elections website. Kevin McKeehan and Robert Blackburn, two of the candidates, are incumbents. Candidates Edna Southard, Michael Smith and Vicente Mira will appear on the Nov.

5 ballot as well, according to the Butler County Board of Elections’ records. In the past, Oxford City Council has placed emphasis on efforts to work closely with the Miami student-population, according to Keebler. “We have increased the membership in our studentcommunity relations committee and made appointments from the Miami student government,” Keebler said. “This is important because, in some ways, everything we do affects the students.” Miami sophomore and political science major, Sam Creech, agreed that communication between the students and local government is important.

“I think local government is more effective at solving problems than any other level of government,” Creech said. “Making decisions on a local level is really important to the community.” The race for township trustee positions is also heating up. The deadline to file petitions was Aug. 7, according to the Butler County Board of Elections website. Three candidates are running for the two open positions on the Board of Trustees, according to Larry Frimerman, board president. “I want to serve the community and continue the work that we have been doing to serve the township,” Frimerman said. “It provides an opportunity to bring

people together.” Miami students are also affected by the decisions of the township. Issues such as emergency management services and road improvements are subjects that have an influence on any Oxford resident, according to Frimerman. “Since Miami students are so connected to Oxford, any decisions made for the community will affect them,” Creech said. Oxford will have to wait until the Nov. 5 election to determine who will be on the City Council and Board of Trustees. Creech has already marked his calendar. “You better believe I will be voting,” Creech said. “As an American it is my civic duty.”

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New restaurants offer hibachi, cookie delivery BY BILLY RAFAEL


Although the closing of The Pita Pit may have several Miami University students temporarily distraught, the City of Oxford is at no loss for new dining experiences. Fuji Express Japanese Restaurant, located at 5 West High Street, boasts a hibachi grill and sushi menu. The in-house dining experience is very much like fast food. You place your order at the counter and wait to be called up when it is ready. Entrees can be whipped up fairly quickly, but be prepared to wait a bit longer for sushi, as they cook it to order, so you can be confident that it is fresh. In addition to your traditional rolls, they also offer a variety of specialty rolls if you’re willing to spend ten to thirteen dollars. Try the “Dragon Roll”, a blend of crab, eel, avocado and fried shrimp, or the “Oxford Roll,” a heap of snapper tempura, avocado, cream cheese, spicy crab and shrimp.  They also have fried rice and lo mein meals for those seeking something a bit simpler. “It’s a nice change of pace from some of the other Uptown restaurants, and the entrees are nice and

fairly priced,” senior Eythan Gregory said. “But it really is no competition for Sushi Nara when it comes to the rolls.” Also a new edition to the Oxford delivery scene is Baked Sweets, offering exactly what their name implies. Located at 32 West High Street, tucked in the alleyway across from the hookah bar, directly behind Quiznos, it sports a simplistic setup with a counter, a menu and an oven in the back. “We saw the lack of any kind of a bakery in Oxford, so we started coming up with an idea as to what we could do,” Justin Craney said, co-owner of the shop. “It slowly developed into what it is now.” After a soft open August 12, business has been picking up for the bakery as life slowly returns back to Oxford. “We’ve definitely sold over 1,000 cookies within three weeks,” Craney said. According to Craney, while delivery orders are baked fresh, they will keep cookies warm for walk-ins. Don’t let that deter you from stopping by though; they cycle them every few hours and even after being warmed for a while they still taste like they just came out of the oven.

“The cookies taste great and the delivery didn’t seem to take long at all,” senior Alex Busch said. “Whoever came up with this idea was genius. I’ll definitely be giving them some business.” In addition to a variety of different cookies and brownies, they also offer cookie cakes and package deals. Those interested in a snack can get three different cookies and milk for five dollars. Baked Sweets has plans of offering gluten-free options within the next few months and hopes to keep expanding the menu with frozen cookie dough pops, hot chocolate and ice cream sandwiches, according to Craney. The businesses of Oxford undoubtedly still have more tricks up their sleeves. Along with the major renovations at Brick Street Bar & Grill, including a new upstairs dance floor, redone main floor and a phone charging station, there is also a wine bar currently under construction directly next to Patterson’s. A glance through the window shows a sleek lounge area, upscale bar and grand piano. Also, students with meal plans can look forward to the opening of MapleStreet Station in a few weeks, which will offer seven unique new dining experiences.

All-male a cappella groups open auditions to campus BY LAUREN KIGGINS STAFF WRITER

The members of Miami University’s two all-male a cappella groups, the Cheezies and the Remnants, which were previously affiliated with the Men’s Glee Club, are now performing under the names Open Fifth and Soul2Soul, respectively. This decision comes with a restructuring of the groups as official student organizations. While both groups became student organizations around the same time, the decisions to do so were made independently, according to Kyle Motts, president of Soul2Soul. Restructuring the a cappella groups allows the entire male population to audition, as compared to limiting auditions to the 80-100 person glee club. “We want to give the opportunity to everyone on campus,” Jake Menker said, president and business manager of Open Fifth. “Opening the audition pool will take the group to the next level.” This parallels the all-female a cappella groups on campus, the Treblemakers and the Misfitz, who have had access to the entire female population at Miami as student organizations in previous years. Both groups recognize the need to start building their own publicity. “We need to market and sing as much as we can,” Menker said. “The Cheezies had campus recognition since 1989.” The group will be advertising

open rehearsals and pop-up performances throughout the semester via social media. Open Fifth can be followed on Facebook at and on Twitter at @Open_Fifth. “The guys are trying to see where they can get their name out authentically,” advisor for the group Kelly Bennett said, “We want to get people to hear them as Open Fifth.” Soul2Soul, named after a lyric in a familiar song to current and previous Remnants members, is also using social media to promote itself. Soul2Soul can be found on Facebook at Facebook. com/Soul2Soulacappella and on Twitter at @Soul2SoulMU. “I love a cappella and glee club; both add a lot of value to Miami’s campus,” Motts said. “Singing, sharing music and brotherhood are the goals of each group at the end of the day.” The majority of the a cappella men have remained in glee club, according to Menker. By separating the entities, the groups are simply able to focus on their own goals. “We are all still committed to the glee club,” Menker said. “It’s a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone.” Joint auditions for Open Fifth and Soul2Soul will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 2 and Wednesday Sept. 3, in 102 Benton Hall. Those interested in signing up for an audition time can check out either group’s Facebook page for a link.

Director’s previous work hinders appeal of “Elysium” BY JOE GIERINGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER



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It’s hard not to compare a director/writer’s freshman and sophomore efforts, especially when the subject matter is so intertwined, and that’s exactly how most critics are sizing up Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium”. First, let me say this: “District 9” is better. Blomkamp turned the science fiction genre on its head with his breakout 2009 darling, which dealt with social issues like racism, xenophobia and late 20th century apartheid and segregation. This time, Blomkamp turned his focus to much more pointed and immediate issues, such as immigration reform, wealth inequality and health care. While its themes are broader in scope and more controversial in nature, they are generally more caustic and heavy-handed in tone. “Elysium” knows where it stands, and refuses to compromise either way. “Elysium” might force the issue a bit with its in-your-face social justice, but it works pretty well as a sci-fi thriller. Much in the way that “Blade Runner“ turned Los Angeles into a film noir, dystopian nightmare, “Elysium” captures the future L.A as a gritty, overcrowded slum, largely Latin-based in culture and eerily plausible. The actual look of the movie is uniquely possible and Blomkamp delivers action at just the right pace to keep those less interested by mise-en-scène and motifs satisfied. Sharlto Copley is once again enjoyable, though he plays quite the foil to sympathetic Wikus van

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de Merwe of “District 9”, which was his feature film debut. Matt Damon’s social activism made him an obvious choice for the protagonist, Max, and Jodie Foster was great as the vicious and calculating Secretary of Defense Jessica Delacourt. So far, “Elysium” has enjoyed generally favorable reviews and has made back its $115 million budget, but has largely been thought of as a step down for Blomkamp. This was my most anticipated movie of the year, and I can’t say that I was completely satisfied with the experience. But I can say that as a stand-alone film, it was great. The ending was predictable but it made sense, and any gripes that viewers have had with “Elysium” have been largely fastidious. It seems that everyone wanted another “District 9,” which was unfair and impossible for Blomkamp to deliver. If one takes the time to watch “Elysium” on its own terms, they’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how enjoyable of a film it is. Many films that are now sci-fi staples were once in the same mediocre category that “Elysium” finds itself. “Blade Runner” and “Dark City” were misunderstood upon the time of their release, and it took years for them to find their place among the annals of cinema greatness. So, too, will “Elysium.” The way we look at the world and its issues changes much more rapidly than we think, and 30 years from now I believe “Elysium” will be looked back on as way ahead of its time. For now, Blomkamp will have to be content with his sophomore effort labeled as “good enough.”









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

Winning back trust in Student Health Services will take time Student Health Services at Miami may be trying to step up to the plate to serve students needs. Miami University and McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital merged in July to enhance Student Health Services. Too many students at Miami have written off the health center on campus because they have experienced poor service and treatment. This has been a brewing issue for quite some time underneath rumors of misdiagnosis, poor treatment and inadequate services, and Miami is finally making a positive step forward with this decision to merge with McCullough-Hyde. The Editorial Board applauds Miami for addressing the issue of inadequate health services and we hope to see change, within the coming year, where students can leave the health center confident they are going to get better and feeling that they were treated correctly. But why has it taken so long for Miami to fix this problem? Other areas of life and education at Miami have more than enough time and money allocated to them, and Student Health Services should be a top priority for ensuring the safety and well being of it’s 16,000 students. One main complaint from students concerning the health center is how ineffective scheduling is and how it usually takes the health center a couple days to get students in because they are overbooked and have inconvenient hours for students. Now, with this merge, the health center has expanded its hours for the 2013-2014 academic year from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last year the health center was not open at all on the weekends for students, so this is a great first step towards change. The hours were difficult for students to fit into their busy schedules, and sometimes the weekend would be the only time students could see a doctor. It forced some students to even go to the emergency room at McCulloughHyde for just a general sickness, which would result in a huge fee just for getting an opinion. Medical experts from McCullough-Hyde will now be working with nurses and doctors at the health center to ensure students are getting correct diagnosis, while also providing second opinions to illnesses. There have been too many complaints from students about being misdiagnosed, not having

thorough check ups and not being able to get the right prescription, or a prescription at all. With these experts working alongside nurses and doctors at health services we hope this will improve doctors visits for students so they can feel confident about health care at Miami. Too many students have lost faith in Student Health Services, and to some, it is even a common joke. We hope this merger can actually provide students with the proper care they deserve and need so they don’t have to look for other medical services outside Miami. Many students won’t even visit the student health center at all because of how other students portray its services. This merger may give students a more positive outlook on student health services and it may repair the damaged reputation its students see. For some students at Miami it is confusing why such an amazing, reputable school has such poor health services for its students. Why has Miami put money into other aspects of life in Oxford, and not student health? Why in the 20122013 Oxford Campus General Fee Budget, which is a break down of what students pay in general fees for every year, has only .8 million been spent on Student Health Services, while Athletics gets a whopping 15.4 million, and the Goggin Ice Center is 2.3 million? To bring that closer to home, that means each student paid in their general fees for 2012-2013 $950 dollars for Intercollegiate Athletics, $283 dollars for the Rec Center, $141 dollars for Goggin, and then a measly $46 dollars for student health services. This is actually a decrease from 2011-2012, where 1.1 million was spent on Student Health Services and each student paid $65 dollars in their general fees. These numbers sound an alarming issue. The issue that Student Health Services lost most students trust in the first place is unacceptable, and it needs to change. This merge may have positive effects, but only time will tell this year. If it doesn’t work, Miami simply needs to do more. Students need health services that they can go to any day, any time, especially in case of an emergency. There is no question about it; students at Miami require adequate, reliable and trustworthy service when it comes to health services, and currently, health services are only halfway there for most students. The board hopes to see positive changes this year and for years to come.

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Gaga is always getting weirder, Miley can’t stop twerking: lessons learned from Sunday’s VMAs If you haven’t watched Miley’s performance of “We Can’t Stop” at the VMAs you may want to get on the Internet or turn on MTV, especially if for some reason EMILY you’re ELDRIDGE interested in seeing a 20-year-old “twerk” on a 36-yearold man dressed like Beetlejuice (Robin Thicke). Besides the Miley number, there were a lot of “interesting” performances, for lack of a better word. Kanye West sang “Blood On The Leaves” in a minimalist, black-out fashion and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis delivered an amazing and passionate performance of “Same Love”. In case you missed it, here’s a brief play-by-play of what happened Sunday night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center: Lady Gaga: Her act kicked off the award show with a performance that does not fall short of Gaga standards. We heard her new single, “Applause,” which was unfortunately leaked online a week earlier than planned. For TV viewers, she appeared to be a floating head in white box framming her minimally made up face. She sung while her expressions continued to reach more and more “theatrical” levels (see snapshot of Will Smith and children’s reaction to Gaga’s preformance). The camera zoomed out and the audience saw her full costume, which resembled a white nun get-up with a signature Gaga twist. My favorite part was witnessing Gaga go through five onstage costume changes…wigs, face paint and all. Though the song, in my opinion, is nothing fantastic, the performance and recently released music video of “Applause” is what brought the song to life. In an interview with Sway Calloway before the VMAs, Gaga said, “Every year MTV wants me to one-up myself and they make sure to let me know that.” And with much enthusiasm, Gaga lived up to her name. Hopefully we will be seeing more of her via her new album “ARTPOP”.

Miley Cyrus: Sporting the always-attractive bleach-blonde-middle-part-minibun, she instantly screamed ‘90s grunge/Gwen Stefani wanna-be. During the first half of the performance she came out in what resembled a one-piece bathing suite, sneakers and her signature red lipstick and danced with oversized teddy bears. I wouldn’t call it “raunchy,” that best describes her “Blurred Lines” melody with Robin Thicke when she tore off her one-piece to reveal a barely-there ensemble and slipped on a foam finger which made its way to places we really didn’t expect to see a foam finger go… Katy Perry: She sang her new single, “Roar”, live, off-site in Brooklyn with the bridge in view as her backdrop. Perry wore an animal print sports bra as part of her boxing ensamble with French braids, knee-high socks and gold shoes. Her background dancers were wearing grey sweat suites and sneakers. This was an odd transition from the typical candy-princess, fairy-tale look we have seen Perry sport in the past. She also wore a diamond grill on her teeth. Despite her different approach to fashion on Sunday night, her songs are still inspirational and tween appropriate, though nothing to raveabout from this performance. She sounded fine but it is almost impossible to compete with the other jaw-dropping performances we saw last night. Cyrus and Gaga seemed to hog the stage when it came to female solo performances. ‘N Sync/JT: We have an ‘N Sync reunion to gawk at, finally. They sung a compilation of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye”. Being a big ‘90s pop fan, I wish the performance would have lasted longer than a minute and fourteen seconds. But the real question on my mind is what prompted the reunion? In an interview with Radar Online Aug. 23, Joey Fatone’s dad leaked the surprise and says, “It’s more to the fact that MTV has made them all somewhat of stars and also made Justin a star,” so I guess they feel like they owe the network a big “thank you”? Regardless, this performance had the entire audience begging for more and I’m definitely not complaining. After the ‘N Sync reunion, JT broke off

into a solo performance of his single “Suit and Tie”, walking the isles of the Barclays Center and serenading every member of the audience. I was glad to see him perform at this year’s VMAs; it has been a great year for him so this performance seemed appropriate. List of this year’s winners: Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Justin Timberlake Video of the Year:
 Justin Timberlake: “Mirrors” Best Hip-Hop Video:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton: “Can’t Hold Us” Best Male Video:
Bruno Mars: “Locked Out of Heaven” Best Female Video:
Taylor Swift: “I Knew You Were Trouble” Best Pop Video:
Selena Gomez: “Come and Get It” Artist to Watch:
Austin Mahone: “What About Love” Best Collaboration:
 P!nk feat. Nate Ruess: “Just Give Me a Reason” Best Video with a Social Message:
 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: “Same Love” Best Rock Video:
Thirty Seconds to Mars: “Up in the Air” Best Art Direction:
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu: “Q.U.E.E.N” Best Song Of the Summer:
One Direction: “Best Song Ever” Best Choreography:
Bruno Mars: “Treasure” Best Cinematography: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton: “Can’t Hold Us” Best Direction:
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie” Best Editing:
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors” Best Visual Effects:
Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”

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RNC continues to maintain control, pleases their base with primary debate move The Republican National Committee (RNC) finally found a way to push back against the liberal mainstream m e d i a without looking too petulant to the average American. C N N and NBC announced ANDREW plans to run a GEISLER documentary and miniseries, respectively, on the life and times of former Secretary of State, failed Presidential Candidate, carpet-bagging Senator, scandalruined first lady and lately object of much affection for the mainstream

media, Hillary Clinton, in late July. On Aug. 5th, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus jumped at his chance to reassert some RNC control over the often-messy primary debate process and stick it to the mainstream media. “It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives. Their actions to promote secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing,” Priebus said in an RNC press release, with letters to executives at NBC and CNN attached making the party’s plans clear—either stop production, or pre-production as the networks have now said, on the Hillary propaganda or lose out on the chance to

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host any GOP primary debates. Both networks have reacted with some surprise, given how early they both are in the execution of the programming in question and how soon Priebus is asking them to pull the programs by, an Aug. 16th RNC meeting in Boston. But the appointed date came, and with much joy to the GOP grassroots and most of the establishment, the committee approved a resolution making good on the Chairman’s promise—NBC and CNN will not host any officially sanctioned GOP Presidential Primary debates. The move has been praised nearly universally as “savvy” by close observers of political media, especially since NBC’s argument against Priebus boils down to a highly important distinction

of which the average viewer of the peacock has nary an idea. It is as follows, NBC entertainment and news are completely different, sectioned off entities within NBC’s corporate structure; the mini-series has nothing to do with the news division’s coverage. Well bully for you, NBC, thanks for the lecture on the nature of major media corporation’s structure. Now as Priebus often does in interviews, let’s talk about how the average person sees this distinction. At 6:30 p.m., they might watch the relatively down the middle “Nightly News with Brian Williams”, eat dinner, get on with their lives and then flip on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” as they drift off into dream land with the stresses of daily life weighing on their mind. 


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Does this person really make a strong distinction between the internal distinction and wall of separation between these two programs? I’d say they just see that multi-colored peacock and call it a day, a sentiment echoed by NBC’s own political director, Chuck Todd. And when a TV show is on in prime time giving positive coverage to Hillary Clinton, that reflects on the brand as a whole. It doesn’t matter which executive oversees the production. CNN’s argument, while less elitist, is much more pathetic. They say, in short, “it’s just a documentary!” You know, kind of like the documentaries mainstream press entities have been refusing to show at party conventions for the last 25 some odd years. Including the deeply humanizing and truly moving piece on Mitt Romney shown on CSPAN and CSPAN only last year. Sure the argument is weak, but then again, CNN doesn’t exactly boast a history of playing it fair and balanced when it comes to their political coverage, so what should Republicans expect? But herein lies the genius in Priebus’s move.  We Republicans for years have just looked plain whiny when complaining about deeply biased media coverage in the abstract. And the argument mainly becomes that the Washington press corps, who back in the 90s outed themselves as overwhelmingly liberal Democrats (after this statistic’s ad-naseum citation in the years following, I guess they decided to no longer admit such things). But now, there’s a concrete institutional bias to point toward. We all have always known the press is biased, but now these companies are giving up the game.  No longer must we search for small biases in the news stories or TV packages or by the headline writers – although we’ll probably complain about that still. Two major American television news institutions are working on films that will clearly devolve into promotional material for a Democrat who the New York Times public editor recently deemed, “as close as we have to an incumbent heading into 2016.” We can all admit that’s much more powerful than a skewed headline, or Today’s decision to cover Representative Steve King’s idiotic comments on immigration reform But really, who can blame our dear friends in Washington? It’s clear they can’t contain their glee at the prospect of a third Clinton term. Bill is so charming as first husband/ ex-president (seriously, what will they call him?)! Redemption for Hillary! The stories write themselves;  liberal and lazy—just like far too many media elites like it. The funny thing about all of this is the networks are just (chasing?) after ratings. They honestly think 18-49 year olds in the Midwest that buy the products advertised on both CNN and NBC will just love the Hillary story two years before her final lurch toward power for power’s sake. She’s originally from Illinois, right? It’s all pretty laughable, but that’s the nature of our self-righteous and self-promoting media environment.

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The sports world at Miami University does not slow down just because its summer. So, below are a few notable events that occurred over the summer that you may have missed or forgotten about. Several have full stories online at, so check them out for more details. General Athletics Miami closed the 2012-2013 year by winning the Jacoby Trophy, which is awarded to the best overall women’s athletic team in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Miami won the award for the fifth time in school history. On the men’s side, the RedHawks finished in last place in the Reese Trophy standings, given to the best overall men’s teams in the MAC. The ’Hawks haven’t won a Reese Trophy since 2005. Soccer Coming off a MAC Championship and a victory in the NCAATournament, the RedHawks were picked as favorites to defend their title. Miami was also picked No.34 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll. The ’Hawks season is already under way. Football Star wide receiver Nick Harwell left Miami and transferred to Kansas University in May. Harwell, who had previously been suspended by head coach Don Treadwell following his fifth arrest in Oxford, will redshirt the upcoming season at Kansas, as he didn’t have the credits to graduate from Miami. Harwell was in position to set multiple school records before his transfer. Miami released new football uniforms in July. The Adidas-designed uniforms are unlike any in the college world, featuring “MIAMI” written on both the shoulders and back of the helmet. Chrome is also featured extensively throughout the new uniforms. Miami will wear the jerseys for all away games and several home games this season. Tennis Head coach Anca Dumitrescu signed a contract extension in July. The new deal will keep Dumitrescu at the helm of Miami ten-

nis through the 2015-2016 season. The new extension will add three years to her current deal. She has been at Miami for three years and the tennis team has lost just one MAC game under her guidance. Men’s Basketball Former head coach Charlie Coles died at age 71 in June. Coles was a staple for Miami, becoming the school’s all-time winningest coach in any sport and is the career leader in MAC basketball victories. Coles’ replacement, John Cooper, will enter year two at the helm with a revamped roster. Allen Roberts, Jon Harris, Drew McGhee, Jared Tadlock and Josh Sewell will not be returning to Miami. Roberts was the team’s leading scorer and Harris was the fourth leading scorer and second leading rebounder. The RedHawks add forward Blake McLimans, a transfer from Michigan, a pair of true freshmen guards in Joshua Oswald and Jaryd Eustace and will hope for a healthy season from former Penn State transfer Bill Edwards. Cooper will have to wait a year for a pair of guards in Oregon transfer Willie Moore and Presbyterian College transfer Eric Washington to play for the RedHawks. They will sit out a year in accordance with NCAA rules. Cooper has received verbal commitments from two recruits for the 2014-2015 season in forward Roderick Mills and guard Zach McCormick. Mills hails from St. Xavier High School and McCormick from Turpin High School. The 6-foot-1 McCormick averaged 26.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists for Turpin last season, and made it on to Sportscenter’s Top Ten plays thanks to off-the-backboard alley-oop dunk. Baseball Former Miami head coach Dan Simonds left the school to take an assistant coaching position with Indiana University. Athletic director David Sayler hired former Xavier University assistant coach Danny Hayden to replace Simonds. Hayden, who is just 29, has several ties to Miami. He is both a former player and coach. The baseball field also bears his grandfather’s name.



RedHawks split road matches to begin season


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The first two games of the season for the 2013 Miami University women’s soccer team are in the books. After suffering a close loss at Illinois State University (ISU) in the season opener 3-2, the RedHawks (1-1-0) rallied to defeat Valparaiso University 1-0 Sunday afternoon in a match that was decided in the 87th minute on a penalty kick by junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges. The ’Hawks earned the spot kick when freshman midfielder Rachel Marble threaded a through ball in the box ahead of senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski, who was fouled by Valparaio senior goalkeeper Kristen Manski. Dinges then stepped up to the line and pummeled the ball into the back of the goal. “I stepped up and found the back of the net,” Dinges said. Head coach Bobby Kramig said he knew before the Sunday bout that it would be a struggle for his team to muster much energy after their loss to ISU just two days prior. “I knew going in we would be depleted,” Kramig said. “Physically it was a challenge. [It was] very hot out here. It was a classic Sunday game. Sunday games are always difficult [due to the quick turnaround].”


Kramig’s prediction that the ’Hawks would struggle held true throughout the first half, and he was forced to look towards his reserves to salvage any hope of leaving Indiana with a victory. Kramig used 19 players in the match, an increase from the normal 14 he said he usually uses in a low-scoring affair. “You could see as the [first] half went on we were struggling with our concentration, which is usually a sign that [the players are tired],” Kramig said. “At halftime I told the team we were going to have to rely on the bench. All of the credit [for the win] goes to the bench.” Kramig said he wanted to praise the efforts of the younger players on his team who came off of the bench. “I was really pleased with all of our younger players today,” Kramig said. The ’Hawks win Sunday grants them a temporary reprieve from their opening loss Friday to ISU. It is the first time the RedHawks have lost a season opener in three years. In Friday’s match, the ’Hawks managed to score twice, but their offensive success was mitigated by a porous defense that allowed 18 shots and three goals. “The first weekend [of the season] is always educational,” Kramig said. “We learned a lot from the Illinois

State game. They exposed us.” Dinges said she agreed with her head coach’s thoughts. “I don’t think they’ve been our best games,” Dinges said. “They’re good stepping stones for the rest of the season.” Both ISU and Valparaiso are high quality opponents who presented tough challenges to the RedHawks. ISU won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament last year, while Valparaiso finished third in the Horizon League. But the RedHawks are no slouches themselves; Miami was picked by the league’s coaches in a preseason poll to finish first in the MAC for a second straight year. Dinges said she believes the team’s play will be completely different by the end of the season, as the young players Kramig singled out for praise will hopefully improve their chemistry with the established veterans on the roster. “We’re new,” Dinges said. “There’s a lot of different people on this team. We just have to mesh. We’ll get there.” The RedHawks’ next opportunity to see just how well they “mesh” in a game will be their home opener 5 p.m., Friday against Belmont University (1-1-0).


Miami enters third year under Treadwell Young ’Hawks hope to hit the ground running BY JOE GIERINGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

With summer camp behind it, the Miami University RedHawks are ready to get back on the gridiron. Coming off back-to-back 4-8 seasons, Miami has a lot on the line this year, and no one knows more than head coach Don Treadwell. Treadwell’s focus is not on the past, but rather only on the future.

the first week of play. According to Brown, the mood of the team is determined, but hopeful. “It’s very intense,” Brown said. “Offense and defense both, we’re getting after each other on the field, and we’re really anxious to get out there for our first game against Marshall, and we’re ready to go.” Brown also said the defensive line has been working extra hard this off-season, as they intend to up the ante around the

There’s no question, every season is a new beginning. The enthusiasm is always going to be high. From that standpoint, we know we have a job to do.” DON TREADWELL


“There’s no question, every season is a new beginning,” the third-year head coach said. “The enthusiasm is always going to be high. From that standpoint, we know we have a job to do.” That excitement and positive attitude is reflected in Treadwell’s team, from the practice squad right on up to group of four captains, to which redshirt senior defensive lineman Austin Brown was just named. Brown was injured in the second game last year and sat out the rest of the year as a medical redshirt, but remains a vocal leader on defense entering

line of scrimmage and improve their conditioning. “As a unit, the whole D-line has stepped up their game,” Brown said. “We’re doing some ‘overtime,’ trying to work on mechanics and keep our conditioning up, and try to make some good plays out there.” With the loss of wide receiver Nick Harwell over the off-season, Miami has been forced to recalibrate their offense. This starts with leadership up front from the likes of redshirt seniors Austin Boucher and Steve Marck, the latter of which caught 27 passes

for a total of 299 yards in 2012. Marck said over the summer, the players have grown closer together, both as friends and teammates, strengthening their resolve for the upcoming season. “Coming together and bonding and getting that team feel is really what you want to come out of camp with,” Marck said. “You stay in the dorms together, and you’re bunking with three other dudes, so you become pretty close. I think this year we did a great job of coming together as a team, and I feel good with where we are coming out of camp.” As the final week of practice comes to a close, Treadwell said he knows he has to have his team in top shape for their first evaluation – a road game against pass-heavy Marshall University, a team that averaged the most passing yards per game in the NCAA last season. Fundamentals, Treadwell said, are where Miami is keeping its focus. “You can never get away from fundamentals and technique,” Treadwell said. “We’ll spend a lot of time in that regard. And the hope is that that will carry over into full-time performance, as we typically graduate into individual drills, unit drills and just flat-out conditioning.” With their opening test Saturday, Sept. 1 at Marshall’s Edwards Stadium, the RedHawks fully expect this hard work to pay dividends.



With September drawing near, the Miami University men’s and women’s cross country season is nearly here. The first meet for the men’s team, the Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge, takes place Saturday,Aug. 31. The women begin their season by hosting the Miami Invitational Saturday, Sep. 7. As head coach Warren Mandrell enters his 20th season with the men’s team, the RedHawks look to build upon last year, which saw them narrowly miss out on a NCAA Championship birth. Miami will be returning senior standout runners, Matt Moral and Dave Wing. They were Miami’s top two runners last year, but both have had their eligibility expire. After nearly a week of preseason workouts, Moral said he feels good about the Red and White’s chances. “I’ve had a tremendous summer,” Moral said. “I feel the strongest I have in four years; I’m hungry.” He also stressed the importance of beating schools that will impress the NCAA selection committee. “We need to beat bigger teams and we need to gear up for the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship, which has eluded us these last couple of years,” Moral said. Miami also returns the 2012 Ohio

Cross Country Freshmen of The Year, Joe Stewarts, as well as key redshirt junior Dan Garleb. Mandrell had praise for junior Ryan Moncrieff., who was a top-5 runner his freshman year. “He is looking very good in workouts after coming off injury,” Mandrell said. Miami may have graduated a lot of its core runners, but Mandrell said he is still hopeful his young group can step up and contribute. “If we’re going to be successful, the young guys have to produce, which I think they’re capable of,” Mandrell said. With only two seniors, it’ll be up to the youth of the men’s squad to maintain their tradition of finishing in the top four of the MAC, a feat they have managed 16 out of the last 19 years. The Miami women’s team enters the season with only two seniors on its roster however, they only graduated one last year. The team put together a successful season last fall with strong performances from juniors Jess Hoover, Alex Chitwood and Melissa Girgis. Head coach Kelly Phillips and her youthful team managed to finish second at last year’s Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge as well as at the MAC Championship. They finished 10 at the Great Lakes Regional Championship, narrowly missing out on an NCAA Championship birth.

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