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Hazing survivor wants to be voice for others: 10 former Delts sentenced, but most avoid jail time

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.


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Through injustice, Black Miami students prevail

Since the era of Nellie Craig, the first black student to enroll at Miami in 1903, black students have been fighting for equality while also making history.  Jerry Williams ’39 and Myldred Boston Howell ’49, two of Miami’s earliest black students, are no exception.  Though they faced many obstacles, both prevailed and created a lasting impact on the Miami community.


NEWS

The man behind the music

Since its construction in 2001, walking past and listening to Pulley Tower's tunes has become an everyday experience for students, professors and staff alike. Yet the tower’s history and how songs are selected to be played remain a mystery to many.


Sarah Strack met with Governor Mike Dewine to advocate for anti-distracted driving legislation.
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Miami student advocates against distracted driving

After the accident, Sarah and Kathy also became more aware and constantly noticed people on their phones while driving. They would notice people checking messages at a stoplight and continuing to look down once the light turned green, and Sarah would receive Snapchats from her friends while they were driving.  Sarah got annoyed when friends would say, “It’s not a big deal.


Sparks will be moving back to Kentucky, her home state.
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Chief marketing and communications officer resigns

During her time at Miami, Sparks is proud of the impact she’s made in organizing the UCM department and the restructuring of Miami’s website that will be revealed later this year.  In addition to these projects, Sparks has also led the charge in creating the “From Now On” commercial campaign, which involved rebranding Miami for prospective students and alumni.


CULTURE

Cruising through the evolution of Miami’s LGBTQ dating scene

On the third floor of Miami University’s Shriver Center, tucked into a corner office, is the Miller Center for Student Disability Services (SDS). The space is decorated with art from local disabled artists and soft, flowing music fills the room. “Who are you here to see?” asked the woman sitting at the reception desk.  The three of us looked at each other. “We have a meeting with Andy Zeisler,” Tim replied.


Melissa Thomasson is looking forward to leading new initiatives as the first female chair of the economics department.
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Miami appoints first female economics chair 

Before making history here, Thomasson began her career at a small liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, called the University of Puget Sound. There, she remembers being one of two women in classes of only seven students.  “Everyone talked about that picture of Nancy Pelosi in the cabinet where she’s the only woman, and I think I know what that feels like,” Thomasson said.  “I’ve gotten used to it,” she added.  


Fraternity potential new members say they aren't concerned about hazing.
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Fraternities take new steps to move past Delts hazing and build trust

“We can't just sit in an office and make rules,” Vance said. “We've got to provide education and hear the voices of the students, the alumni, the various stakeholders in the community, and bring people together around common ideals. [We have to] help people focus on the fact that we’re values-based organizations, and what is it that we really value?”


When Perry Gordon found out about the recent 39 layoffs, he was reminded of his own painful layoff experience.
NEWS

‘It gets better after 10 years:’ Former Miami employee recounts his 2010 layoff

When he got the call, Perry Gordon was walking down Oak Street, braving the cold winter weather to write parking tickets on Miami University's campus. This wasn’t typically part of his job as the director of parking and transportation services, a position he had held since September 2007.  That day, though — Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 — was a slow one.  “You need to get to HR,” his wife, Kate Stoss, said, on the other end of the line.  “You need to get to Roudebush right away.” 

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