"Why female students have to keep their guard up" is the 28th episode of The Miami Student's news podcast, This Week @ TMS. This week, your hosts Sarah Grace Hays and Maggie Pena sit down with assistant campus and community editor, Cosette Gunter, and campus and community staff writer, Meghna Santra to discuss the recent uptick of crime in Oxford.
More than a week after rumors of a male stalker following women home on campus began circulating through group chats and on social media, two reported incidents have validated the recent increase in safety concerns among female students.
This school year, Miami University is seeing a decrease in the number of sexual offenses reported by students, a downturn some administrators are attributing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly three weeks after the incident was initially reported to the Oxford Police Department (OPD), four men have been charged in relation to the fight outside the Theta Chi fraternity house that resulted in multiple injuries, according to a Facebook post from OPD.
Tyler Perino stood between his parents, Randy and Laura, while facing the judge in the Oxford Courthouse. A few rows behind him sat several former members of the Delta Tau Delta (Delts) fraternity, and just a few feet to his right stood another: Joshua Plaster, who had just pled guilty to hazing him. Nine of the 18 former Delts charged in October pled guilty to hazing and received their sentences in court on Tuesday, Feb. 25, which mostly consist of fines.
The Butler County Court of Common Pleas decided not to prosecute former Miami University first-year Mark Moraski, who was accused of threatening to kill police.
Miami University first-year student Mark Moraski was arrested for threatening to kill police officers, rape their daughters and mothers, and skin their families alive, according to Butler County court records. Miami University Police Department (MUPD) charged Moraski for retaliation, assault on a police officer, aggravated menacing, underage possession, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct on Nov. 17 at Dennison Hall.
Devon Marion, a first-year at Miami University has been charged with three counts of creating or distributing child pornography and four counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor under the Butler County Circuit Courts.
A Miami University student is facing animal cruelty charges after an Oxford Police Department (OPD) officer said she found the student’s dog starving and sitting in its own urine. Sophomore Zichang Li is being charged with cruelty to animals, a second degree misdemeanor. If convicted, she faces 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.
Eighteen current and former Miami University students and former brothers of the Delta Tau Delta (Delts) fraternity have been charged with a total of 68 counts of misdemeanor assault and hazing. The charges come one month after Miami suspended the fraternity for repeatedly assaulting a new member last spring during a fraternity brother Big/Little Reveal event.
Miami University student Cameron Wallace, is waiting while the Butler County grand jury decides whether they will charge him with a felony.