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Clayton Mullins (9) and Dontae Wright (37) converge on fellow linebacker Joey Hudson (48) after an interception.

'Supermen' in MU's middle

Chris Dierks, Senior Staff WriterClayton Mullins (9) and Dontae Wright (37) converge on fellow linebacker Joey Hudson (48) after an interception. (Michael Pickering)Amidst a sea of red and white practice jerseys, Dontae Wright's plain black jersey stands out like a sore thumb. Opposite Clayton Mullins and stacked next to Joey Hudson - both wearing ragged red jerseys - Miami's three starting linebackers don't all look exactly the same. But watch the way they play and you'll notice a common thread: These boys hit, tackle and play hard, really hard.Coming into the 2006 campaign, the RedHawks' linebacker corps was all but completely decimated by graduation, which took five seniors who all played key roles in 2005, including fifth-round NFL draft pick Terna Nande. Looking to 2006, the coaches and the players knew the task that lay before them - training and preparing a young and inexperienced linebacker group."I think the biggest thing we've done with the young linebacking corps is just have them play hard," said linebacker coach Craig Auckerman. "That's the biggest thing on defense. If you play hard, things will happen ... They're doing a real good job of just picking up our scheme."Auckerman also noted the dedication that his linebackers have shown in game preparation and in the understanding of the defense."They've been very responsive (to the defense). They're young and they want to learn, and that's the key thing," Auckerman said. "Too many guys get in there and think they know everything. These guys want to get in there and learn every single day. I think that really helps them learn the scheme of our defense."Miami defensive coordinator and former linebacker Taver Johnson also feels that his young defense, especially his linebackers, are coming along nicely."I think they've adjusted well," Johnson said. "The one thing about our scheme is that we try to keep it very simple. That way when a guy has been in the system for four or five years, they really have it down ... And we've got some smart guys; not only book smart, but football smart too. The main thing at that spot is just experience."Johnson also hammered home a point that because of his experiences as a linebacker, his linebackers are taught and coached to play like they're superhuman."That's the one thing I tell them, they're not human," Johnson said. "That's a disadvantage they have because I played the position. I was always coached that way, and we coach that way, coach Auckerman and myself. Those guys have to be supermen. ... We truly try to teach them and coach them in a way that they got to be supermen, they've got to make plays, they got to get off three or four blocks at a time and all those things because in a 4-3 defense, your linebackers have to be playmakers."Looking more like Achilles in body armor than Superman with a cape and tights, the linebacker corps of Miami views their task and their future as though it is theirs to mold and nurture. Wright, the lone senior of the group, has been very impressed with the progress and maturity that his counterparts have made in the last few weeks."They're not as young as they were in the beginning," Wright said. "I mean they're already grown up. We've got people that can make plays. That's all that matters to me."Sophomore Mullins knew coming into the season what the situation was, but didn't feel unprepared, thanks to the upperclassmen from the previous year."We just had to grow up quick," Mullins said. "We had to step up and know we had to make the plays and be ready right away."Addressing critics of the defense, the guys take on the censuring and criticism but also see it as a point for motivation."I don't think it's an excuse for us to say that we're young anymore," Hudson said. "We've played two Big Ten teams, and we've stepped up as a defense and we're getting better each week."We try not to listen as much," Wright said. "Yes, we want all our fans base and all that, but what matters is that we believe in each other here."Despite all the pressures, stresses, strains and agonies of being a varsity football player, this linebacker corps goes home at the end of the day loving what they do."I love how I get to line up five yards away from a guy across the line and get to get a running head start and hit him," Hudson said.Mullins and Wright agreed that their favorite part was that they know that they're the best athletes on the field."Being the most athletic players on the field is the best part of being a linebacker," Wright said. "We have to be the best athletes on the field because we have to bang with the big guys, 300 pound linemen and run with the wide receivers and the running backs."Chris Shula, a sophomore who sees regular action in the linebacker rotation, finds that the best part of being a RedHawk linebacker is more about fun."(It's) being out there, having fun, making plays and celebrating with the guys," Shula said. "That's the best part." While the RedHawks have not had the best of luck in their first four games, the linebacker corps wouldn't let you know it. With every snap at practice, someone gets hit. With every pass thrown, all three fly to the ball and hit someone. Every time the scout team tries to run, one of them is in their face and of course they hit. But then again, that is their business - intensity and pain.


Tijuana, San Diego border main subject of architect's lecture

Laura HouserThe blurring of political, architectural, and most importantly, cultural boundaries were the subjects of note for Teddy Cruz, who spoke to Miami University students and faculty Sept. 28 in the Shriver Heritage Room. His lecture, "Border Urbanism: Strategies of Surveillance, Tactics of Encroachment," is another part of the Center for American and World Culture's series, Intersecting Lives: Globalization if Diversity in the 21st Century."How do we, as architects see ourselves as designers of social conditions?" Cruz said to the packed room.Cruz, a distinguished architect from San Diego, outlined his visions for the transcultural landscape between Mexico and the United States - namely, the international border zone between Tijuana and San Diego. Although only a few miles away from the affluent houses of southern California, Tijuana is stricken with low-income housing and destitute poverty."(The border is an) import and export of progress, shaped by two different attitudes of constructing space," Cruz said.Interspersed throughout this dialogue, he showed the audience stark pictures of the long fence that divides the United States from Tijuana, and how that one architectural landmark has radically defined this area.Cruz also discussed how affordable housing and other architectural landmarks such as community centers and commercial areas are able to shape the social and political conditions of a community. He pushed for the plight of nonprofit organizations working within Tijuana, such as his firm, Estudio Teddy Cruz, which collaborates with other nonprofit organizations on housing projects, as well as promoting urban policies that include social and public programs."The future of housing lies in these hands of small, community based, nonprofit organizations," Cruz said. Cruz then outlined many designs for this future, many of them using a new "mixed-use development," a strategy which reuses existing structures, as well as relying on recycled materials, to create new spaces.Responsible for Cruz's visit to Miami was Diane Fellows, an assistant professor in the department of architecture and interior design, who chose Cruz primarily for his prestigious accomplishments."He comes with a lot of experiences, and a kind of pedigree ... including working with groups who are migrating," Fellows said. The philanthropic work with his firm has led to various awards, including the American Institute of Architects' award for his low-income housing designs, as well as the 1991 Rome Prize in architecture. He is also the recipient of the 2004-05 James Stirling Prize for his "Border Postcard: Chronicles from the Edge."While San Diego, California and the Mexican border may be far away, Fellows explained that the issues Cruz discusses are the same across the world."How do people find a home?" Fellows asked. "How do people find themselves? We all ask ourselves these questions."Also during his visit to Miami, Cruz will conduct workshops with the design studio, including Fellow's, which looks at international relations at the Canadian border.


Battle for the Bell next opportunity for win-less RedHawks

Jonathon Angarola, Senior Staff WriterThe Miami University football team doesn't exactly look to be at the top of its game with its worst start since 1989 going into Saturday's rivalry showdown against the University of Cincinnati.But Head Coach Shane Montgomery said that the game has the potential to be exactly the type of game that can turn things around for the RedHawks (0-4 overall, 0-1 MAC). "With the rivalry over the years, it's a special football game," Montgomery said. "I'm glad we have that right now at this at this point because we are coming off of two disappointing losses. ... When you're coming off some disappointing games I think it's very good to have a meaningful game at this point."The Miami-Cincinnati rivalry is billed as "the oldest rivalry west of the Alleghenies" and is the fifth longest in the nation. Saturday's match up will be the 111th meeting between the schools. Miami holds a 59-44-7 edge in the series.Each year, the two teams play for the Victory Bell, where the winner gets to carry the bell back to its campus. The bell is currently housed at Yager Stadium after the RedHawks demolished the Bearcats 44-16 in 2005."We know we're down, but we're not out yet," junior defensive end Craig Mester said. "We have to beat Cincinnati ... No matter how the season is going for either one of us we're going to be coming to play that day."The Bearcats are currently 1-3, but Montgomery said Cincinnati's record isn't indicative of their talent level and believes the Bearcats will be a challenge for the Red and White. In their last two games the Bearcats have been within a field goal and have had the lead at halftime against Ohio State and Virginia Tech, respectively, before their nationally-ranked opponents pulled away late."It's going to be a very challenging game for us to play Cincinnati, a veteran squad," Montgomery said. "(They were) a very young team last year but have a lot of experience back this year."UC returned 17 starters this season, compared to a RedHawk squad that had to replace 16 starters from last year's team and has had 13 players make their first career starts so far this year.Although Miami's young offense has struggled to get points on the board, the RedHawks face a Cincinnati team that has allowed 33 points per game since its season opener.Montgomery said that he hopes to bring balance to the offense and establish an effective rush."We're going to have to try and run the football against UC," Montgomery said. "Even though they're like our defense, they're very aggressive. They are going to try and stop the run first and make us one dimensional."Despite their yielding 33 points per game, Cincinnati brings a capable run defense to the table. The Bearcats allow just 118.5 rushing yards per game and ranked 33rd nationally in tackles for loss.That doesn't bode well for the 'Hawks, as Miami ranks near the top nationally in sacks allowed and has failed to establish any kind of consistency in its rushing attack. Sophomore quarterback Dustin Grutza leads the Cincinnati offense, which is gaining 219.5 passing yards per game, but ranked 112th nationally in rushing offense.Montgomery said that for the most part he has been happy with the RedHawks' defense. Miami's defense has allowed only three first-quarter scores and four first-half touchdowns this season, two of which came in last Saturday's loss to Syracuse University.Miami looks to extend its success against the Bearcats in the Battle for the Bell and, more importantly, end its four-game slide. The game is slated for 3:30 p.m. at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.


MU classes use popular Web site in curriculum

Laura BryantAs mid-semester approaches, tests are beginning to clutter the weeks of college students and term papers are creeping just around the corner. But for some Miami University students, term papers are taking on a whole new meaning. Instead of handing in the usual 10-page paper, never to be seen again, imagine a class collectively writing a term paper that, once finished, is posted online. Or consider the idea of contributing to an online resource that will eventually allow you to become a class of co-authors for a future book.That is just what Miami professors and students are doing, as they begin to explore the use of Wikipedia-like pages. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that provides links to information through a network of pages and allows its users to freely change the posted information.Carl Dahlman, an associate geography professor at Miami, has put together a Web site through Blackboard for his political geography class, GEO378.Dahlman uses the Wiki pages for posting concepts he defines in class that students, in term, expand upon outside of class. Students then make postings and connections through linking Web pages."My hope is that they will get excited about topics they have and take an interest in ways they are writing them," Dahlman said.The students will write three entries throughout the semester relating to political geography: one defining a concept, one discussing a specific non-state territory and one discussing the geography of a specific boundary. Students will then come up with ways to connect each of their entries with one another. Senior Claire Hart, a student in Dahlman's class, is looking forward to using this assignment. "I actually do think it's going to be a good tool," Hart said. "In a class like this, it's so complex with how many terms can be used to define different borders and concepts."As of now, only students within Dahlman's class can access the site, but he hopes to make the site public so users outside of the class can refer to it. Laura Mandell, an associate English professor at Miami, is also using the Wiki idea for her narrative and digital technology class. Her class's site is from the same software as Wikipedia, but has been downloaded into the Miami system.Mandell's class is using the site as more of a place to collaborate notes to help students complete their final project. The class is focusing on the idea of the intersection of literature and game design.Last spring was the first time Mandell used this resource. The students from that class will be named as co-authors of a textbook based on the collaborative notes online. Mandell's current class's Wiki site is accessible to anyone online.Mandell thinks that the use of technology in this digital era is important to education. "Understanding our media environment is best done by immersing ourselves with those who know it best, which is you guys," Mandell said.Both Dahlman and Mandell think this is an excellent tool to allow students to connect what they are learning with one another. The sites can also serve as study guides that are constantly built upon throughout the semester. The students using the sites seem to appreciate the technology as well."I definitely think it'll be worth while using it in other classes too," Hart said. "It's primarily a good place to go to if you have a question outside of class"


Awareness key for kids of Uganda

Elizabeth MillerImagine an 8-year-old child with a machine gun strapped to his chest. He's barely old enough to read, let alone bear the responsibility of a soldier in a bloody war. But that's just what he is. A soldier who murders and not just by choice. He was kidnapped from his home in Uganda, held captive by a rebel army, subjected to horrific abuse, and forced to kill. He watched his siblings slain by machetes, his childhood playmates slaughtered before his eyes. He is desensitized to these atrocities that he is now forced to inflict upon others.There is a raging genocide in Uganda right this minute. Whole villages are pillaged and thousands are dying every day. Nearly 1.7 million refugees are separated from their homes and living in constant fear of their lives.A man named Joseph Kony, the lunatic leader of the rebel group "The Lord's Resistance Army," will stop at nothing to massacre the people of Northern Uganda. Against both the government and his own people, Kony and his brutes steal children from their homes at night and beat them into submitting to their army. The slightest resistance from the children leads to immediate death. These children, the age of fourth and fifth graders, are forced to either kill for the rebel army or be killed themselves.Since the beginning of the war, 30,000 children have been abducted and forced into soldiery. The numbers are not slowing and nothing will improve unless we create awareness. We cared about Rwanda too late. A million people perished in Rwanda in 1994, while we turned the other cheek. Many of us simply didn't know. But ignorance isn't an excuse anymore. We can't afford to not know about Uganda. Once again, there are human lives at stake. The Ugandan war is not new. Blazing like an unstoppable fire, this war has been roaring for almost two decades and for two decades too long. And sadly, the rest of the world barely notices.If we don't speak for the Ugandan children and their war-torn country, nobody will. As a nation, we must be aware. I am ashamed to admit that I didn't even know about this crisis until last week. A friend of mine held a viewing of the documentary Invisible Children which follows three young Americans through Uganda as they search for the voice of the victims. The plea of the Ugandan children was simply that we don't forget about them - that America does not forget about them. They proclaim the statement that "where you live should not determine whether you live." These humans are dying like insects, and for the sake of all humanity, this cannot be tolerated. To take immediate action, help spread the awareness to everyone you know. Bring it up in your classes for discussion, tell your family, and research options for supporting the children. For more information about how you can be a part of the solution, visit


President Hodge joins Team Rowdybush

Kate Liebers, Senior Staff WriterThe sweat on that community broomball helmet might have come from the head of your university president.Initiated and named by Miami University's new president, David Hodge, and including 22 administrative faculty of Roudebush Hall, Team Rowdybush is registered in this season's co-recreational beginners' broomball league.This past Sunday the team played their first of six games. Although the Reinhardt Express first-year team won, it was a "moral victory" for Rowdybush according to Hodge. "We surprised ourselves by being tied 2-to-2 with about two minutes to go," Hodge said. "Then our goalie caught the ball, went to throw it to the side and promptly threw it in the net."Hodge added with a smile, "He's been fired, it's OK." Contributing to the Team Rowdybush sense of humor, Hodge said the goalie went to the other side and high-fived the team.Broomball goals aside, Hodge outlined his larger goals with students as president of Miami. "(I want to) contribute in every way I can to strengthening the sense of community within the students, within the student faculty and staff groups - the whole shebang," Hodge said. He said he decided to play broomball after he saw the "phenomenal" level of participation the sport drew."It is kind of a signature of Miami University, one of those things we do as a community," Hodge said. "... I mean (the sport) stresses that you don't have to have a lot of skill to have a good time, so I thought that was good." Yet the skill level of Team Rowdybush came as a surprise to many."The entire team showed excellent athleticism," said Aaron Gates, assistant director for programming at the Goggin Ice Arena. "Had you not been around when they took their helmets off, you never would have known they weren't a freshmen dorm team."Executive secretary to the president, Deborah Mason, had three or four saves that kept the game tied in the second half, Gates said. Hodge and Staff Auditor Joan Walker scored the two goals in favor of their own team. "The president is extremely aggressive out there," Mason said. "I think everybody was surprised about that too. They were like, 'Gosh, he's all over the place!'""Yeah, and now he's got a pulled hamstring," Hodge noted with a smile. And just as the team is living up to the "rowdy" nickname, the games seem to be living up to their intended purpose of bringing the community together."As president he's at an almost untouchable level because he's so important," said Geoff Reinhardt of the Reinhardt Express team. "But him starting his own broomball team allows him to identify with students and become a more approachable guy. I definitely feel like I could, if I saw him on the street, say 'Hey how are you?' and have a conversation."By building relationships off the ice as well as on, camaraderie has been growing within the administrative faculty also. "Some of these folks that you see everyday or that you walk back and forth to the parking lot with, you just don't really have a chance to do something fun with them and get to know them on a more personal level," Mason said. "It just changes the way that you deal with people and the way you work together ... Now we see each other walking to the parking lot and say, 'Oh my gosh, did you believe that game!'"Mason suspects that Team Rowdybush might be the beginning of a new craze. "We've already had other buildings say, 'if you guys are going to play, we're going to get a team and start a rivalry,'" she said. King Library Special Projects Officer Jason Jackson said there are no current plans of starting a "King Kong" team, yet some staff might be up to the challenge. Gates also mentioned that although adult broomball teams are typical, they are usually comprised of professors or alumni and very rarely of high-ranking administrative officers."I think it's one of the coolest things I've seen at the ice arena since I've been working here for three years," Gates said. "It just shows how open-minded and willing to take challenges the president is and how well he's adapted to the student body ... That's proof right there that he's not just talk - he's action."Action indeed, Team Rowdybush did not let their opponents win without a fight."It was pretty frustrating when the president blocked my shot," Reinhardt said. "The other team didn't have the shoes on and they took a number of pretty spectacular spills. It was quite fun to watch," Hodge recalled. "We promptly tried to take advantage of it, but it didn't help us any."Yet as the players continue to improve (and continue to rent the broomball shoes), Gates and Reinhardt agree that Team Rowdybush could make it to the playoffs.Reinhardt also sees Hodge as having the right skills - on and off the ice."(I'm) excited at how friendly (Hodge) is and looking forward to seeing how he's going to lead the university," Reinhardt said.


Council will form committee to tackle Oxford-MU issues

Christopher Washington, Senior Staff WriterAs another resource for communication, Oxford City Council and Miami University will be collaborating to create an ad hoc University Liaison Committee to address issues directed toward both the university and the city.The new team is currently in the planning stage during which individuals are selected to represent the committee. Subsequent to the selection Tuesday, Oct. 3, the committee will be comprised of three members from Oxford's City Council and three representatives from Miami's Office of the President.Vice Mayor Prue Dana said the committee was suggested due the city's and university's concerns involving students. Following the first weekend of the school year, the city and the university agreed partnership was needed."I do believe that the first weekend before classes started was somewhat traumatic as a city and that had to do with the incident of disorderly conduct and rape and burglary and destruction," Dana said. "So that sort of spurred us to say, 'How can we talk about this and what can we do about it?' And the university was as concerned as the city (was), and vice versa."According to a letter from Miami to Oxford City Council, the purpose of the committee is to meet, investigate, explore and discuss any and all matters the committee determines are of concern to both the city and the university.The committee will also be responsible for making recommendations to council that are relative to legislation or policy and in the best interest of the city and the university. Dana expressed hope that the committee will impact the future decisions of Oxford City Council.Oxford City Councilor Alysia Fischer stated that although the committee will not influence council directly and can only make recommendations, it would have the opportunity to make suggestions to the university."I think there's always been a need for communication between the university and the city and it has already been going on at a variety of different levels," Fischer said. "What's been missing is a specific space for dialogue between City Council and the President's office at the university. President Hodge came in with an interest in Miami as part of the wider community, so it seemed like an appropriate time to bring the idea forward."In addition to student conduct, the committee will also create a space for members to discuss other issues involving long-term building plans, comprehensive and strategic planning, findings and recommendations of study committees, resource identification and shared visions for the future of Miami and the Oxford area."Some of the things we talked about were long-range building issues; other issues involve our two police departments," said Stephen Snyder, Miami's executive assistant to the president. "It's pretty much wide open. Anytime you share communications about current issues and situations and long-term planning, it can only be of benefit."Dana stressed how cooperative the university has been and that this committee will ensure that Miami and the city of Oxford maintain a positive relationship."(The committee will benefit Oxford and Miami) by just setting a positive, proactive tone in living in Oxford," Dana said. "In other words, we won't just be reacting to crisis but we'll be thinking ahead to what makes things better."In agreement with Dana, Fischer also emphasized the importance of collaboration and shared visions between the city and the university."Miami University and the city of Oxford are the two largest entities in our community," Fischer said. "We have shared problems and this committee offers another conduit for coming up with shared solutions. We are at our most effective when we have a shared vision for the future of our community, and this committee will help ensure we have that shared vision"


Hamilton Business & Industry Center wins award

Lisa J. BaldwinAs a break in tradition, Kathy Weber, director of Continuing Education and Business & Industry Center (B&I) at Miami University Hamilton, was recently honored with the Supplier of the Year Award by Wayne Ferguson, the owner of Ferguson Metals.The B&I Center focuses on training for the workforce. According to Weber, the center works with companies, organizations and sometimes individuals to try and keep their skills current and enhance the training they already have. Many participants have been students at Miami at one time. Every year Ferguson Metals honors a supplier. Usually it is someone who supplies metal or other raw materials or services to them. This year, however, they broke with tradition and chose to honor Weber."They wanted to thank me for all the years of service that I had provided to their organization and all the training I had brought to their company for their employees," Weber said. Ferguson Metals is a client company of Weber's and the Hamilton B&I Center. Weber has worked with this company since 1999 and plays an integral part in the development of their employees. "I meet with the human resource directors and several people in their human resource department to talk about and plan the training directions for the employees at Ferguson Metals, and I've been doing that a number of years," Weber said.Among the programs that the B&I Center provides are supervisory training, manufacturing training, customer service training and diversity training.The center functions within the Office of Continuing Education. Miami has three different Offices of Continuing Education, one on each campus. B&I centers are located on the Hamilton and Middletown regional campuses.Cheryl Young is the director for the Oxford Office of Continuing Education and said that Weber's award shows the importance of continued education. "Continuing Education at each of our campuses is a little different; it reflects the complexion and the nature of the campus," Young said. "But still, (the award) is an honor and a way of recognizing and bringing what continuing education does to the attention of everybody - not only at (Hamilton)."According to Jim Huggard, the director of human resources at Ferguson Metals, Weber's recent honor is well-deserved recognition because Weber has helped develop the company's organizational training program.Two years ago Weber was asked to develop and chair a scholarship program for the children, grandchildren and spouses of Ferguson Metal employees. Huggard said the program was a success and that Weber did an extraordinary job in its development. For Weber, the recent honor and award shows the importance of companies and organizations investing in their people and upgrading the skills of their workforce."It (the award) is pretty much validating the service and the quality of the training program that we've brought to Ferguson Metals over a six or seven year period of time," Weber said.Young also sees Miami's partnership as valuable. "This university is so rich with knowledge and resources," Young said. "Continuing education is a way of taking that out to a larger community." Representing Ferguson Metals, Huggard said they value their partnership with Weber and her excellent staff of individuals.


Racial tensions amplified in local media coverage

(Eric Frey)On the weekend of Sept. 15-17, two assaults involving Miami University students occured in Oxford. The Miami Student did not report the assaults for a variety of reasons but had such a story been printed, it would have avoided the racial rhetoric that other local news outlets used in a sensational and irresponsible manner. The first of these assaults involved about seven suspects, identified as black males, who assaulted two students, neither of whom sought medical treatment despite minor injuries. The second incident involved another group of suspects, identified again as black males, who assaulted a student who was taken to the hospital with a concussion but was later released. When reporting on crime stories, The Student attempts to provide information necessary to the Miami community. To achieve this, we use criteria similar to the university's criteria for making decisions to release Campus Crime Alerts. If a crime presents a continued threat to the Miami community, then it serves the public interest to report it in order to increase awareness and safety. The crime would also be reported if it were a serious one, such as a felony, or resulted in a serious student injury. The two aforementioned incidents did not to fit into such criteria. While the first assault did have a racial component to it (the assailants shouted racial slurs at the victims) there is no indication that the crime presented a continued danger to the Miami community. The police do not believe there is any link between the two beatings, reinforcing this opinion. Also, since the beginning of the semester there have been 33 assaults, not including these two incidents, 15 of which involved students. The Student and the university have only reported on one of these 15 crimes, a felonious assault that severely injured a student. Reporting the assault alerted the community and aided in the arrest of a suspect. While the number of suspects and the student injury are possibly newsworthy, local media did not focus on these facts of the recent assaults, but rather seized upon racial factors as the core news value of the assaults and used charged rhetoric such as "police hunt for gangs" and "violent beatings" that lead to startling conclusions.The injury from the second assault, which was not immediately known to this newspaper, would have changed the circumstances of our decision not to report on the incident. The local media coverage of these stories, however, has been irresponsible and insulting to the university. The Miami Student rejects such poor reporting and will continue to hold itself to a high journalistic standard.


Stripping for women

Emily Brown (Dan Chudzinski)Feminism is my gig. I get pissed when a man interrupts me, outraged when rapists are acquitted, and seize all over when I listen to Rush Limbaugh. So when my boyfriend Stanton and his rowdy crew of single males decided a strip club was the place to celebrate 22-year-old Nathan's birthday, I was adamant I would not be joining the party."Come on baby, you won't be the only one there," Stanton cooed 12 hours before the expedition, speaking of our three female friends who had volunteered.I was hell-bent I would stay strong on this point: "No f-ing way."I had no intention of willingly subjecting myself to an evening of debauchery where I would not only feel uncomfortable watching the dancers, but would also vicariously experience what each woman felt as some low-life tipped her a buck to shake his head in her bosom. And Stanton wouldn't be missing out on too much of the action, I was sure. Ten hours later and an afternoon sailing with a box of wine, I was in no position to keep up my staunch refusals and found myself tromping into the liquor store with platform red heels, rhinestone studded hot pants and a hoop earrings down to my waist ready to get down on some booze to numb my soul. We were headed to Diamonds, supposedly the classiest of strip joints. Diamonds, being the refined establishment it is, with full nudity and an 18 and up policy, allows customers to carry in their own beverages. For my friends, that meant keeping the cheap beers flowing. We stocked up for the night, dragged our cases down the 15-minute wait line, and endured stares from fellow patrons who thought the ladies of our group had the "night off." Once the $10 cover charge was paid, my gal friends and I hovered in the back, cracked open a six-pack and wondered why the guys were taking so long at the desk and why we didn't let them go ahead of us. I felt strangely overdressed as I averted my eyes from the full stomach of the woman dancing almost directly over me. Just as I was getting warmed through, Stanton caught up with us. "We gotta go. Now." Now? Jesus, I just got here. "No, we're getting kicked out. Remember that time last December when I came without you?" Those words did not just come out of his mouth, I thought, setting down my beer with finality. What did he do this time? Sleep with another dancer? But no, it was our friend who had been ejected a few months earlier and could only enter for an extraordinary fee. Perfect, considering us femme fatales had already dug into a six-pack and couldn't leave with it unfinished. Instead of risking open container, we made some patrons happier men with our gift of two Coronas. With the designated drivers at hand, we skipped over to a neighboring watering hole, Pazazz, for some old-fashioned stripping. The place was vacant compared to the teeming floor at Diamonds, which meant we had front row seats - literally. Poised on a purple felt chair, I was not at a table nor at the bar, but at the stage. The first dancer up, Layah, proved we had chosen dangerous seats as she catapulted around the pole, dagger heels elevated, blond hair whipping inches from my face. I'd have to watch my drink - and my eyeballs.As Layah preformed her routine, she leaned down in my direction, shimmied a bit, and asked if I wanted a dance. "I love to dance for women," she breathed, but I had to refuse and awkwardly stuffed a dollar into her garter instead. I figured while I was in a strip club, I may as well respect the women working. With a huge pile of bills, I tipped without discretion. The women would lean over to my gal friends and me, whisper their real names - Leah, Gloria, Jessica - shake our hands and give and receive compliments easily. I was surprised and not just a little scared when Jessica pulled me from my seat and led me into the back. It wasn't until 10 minutes later when I stumbled back to my seat, her smell lingering, that Stanton confessed he had bought me a lap dance. The hair, the gymnastics and the perfume were too much for me. My brain was working overtime to assess the situation. Were these women being used? Was I being used? What about the men here, weren't they getting played and willingly? Who's the culprit in this joint, or is there one? Is dancing a service to be rendered and to be accepted or is it a heinous aspect of a male-dominated, misogynistic society?These women were our age, I realized. They could be sitting with my friends and I could be dancing for them if it had not been for one circumstance or another that led us each our own way.As we left the club, it was determined that the females had netted the most action of the evening with two lap dances and breasts in the face for each. The males, save for birthday boy Nathan, had most of their dollars intact, although Stanton was eager to hear more. "So how was it?" he ventured. "You know, the lap dance"


Gubernatorial candidates address jobs, education

Stephany Schings, Senior Staff WriterWith Ohio ranking 47th in the nation for job creation in 2005, the gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Ted Strickland and Republican Ken Blackwell, are making Ohio's job market and the improvement of higher education a main focus of their campaigns.The next gubernatorial debate between current Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Congressman Ted Strickland is scheduled for Oct. 4. It will focus on Ohio's economy, an issue connected to both jobs and education and one that both candidates say is an overarching problem.Strickland and "Turnaround Ohio"Isaac Baker, a spokesperson for the Strickland for Governor campaign, said Strickland is focusing his campaign on the link between education and the overall economy."Ted feels that we need to focus on priorities that are important to all Ohioans," Baker said. "And these really come down to education, job creation and affordable access to health care; and his Turnaround Ohio plan ... identifies the unbreakable link behind an educated and a skilled workforce as the key driver behind economic growth."One aspect the Turnaround Ohio plan would focus on is early childhood education. Because students have the most potential for knowledge at a young age, Baker said Strickland wants to focus on improving education at the earliest levels."For early education, for every dollar you invest, you get at least $1.62 back, and some (studies) show up to $12," Baker said.Baker said the plan also calls for attention to higher education. He said state spending on education has dropped over the last few years while tuition has increased. Strickland hopes to turn this around."(Strickland) is very concerned about the rising costs of tuition," Baker said. "In Ohio, tuition at public colleges and universities is 45 percent higher than the national average."Strickland's plan involves opening a tax-free account for parents and others to save for a child's education.He is also planning to work with colleges and universities so that if they want to continue to get state aid, they have to have "tuition predictability." This is a tuition amount that a college anticipates over the next few years that would allow students to find out if a school is within their means. Using this, students would not be surprised by huge tuition increases every year, Baker said, and they are able to better budget their money.In addition to focusing on education, Strickland's plan calls for building on Ohio's economic strengths and stabilizing health coverage for government and businesses by making health care affordable for all Ohioans.Blackwell and "65 cents"Similar to Strickland, the biggest point in Ken Blackwell's campaign is job creation said Katrina Collins, a member of the communication department for Ohioans for Blackwell. Collins said this job creation would result partly from Blackwell's promise to make college more affordable. "Education is one of our main points, but ... (the plan) basically ties the money to the student as opposed to the institution," Collins said.Blackwell's plan would allow students to get state aid directly while colleges continue to compete for them.Blackwell is focusing on early education as well with what has become known as the "65 cent solution." This solution would require school districts to allocate a minimum of 65 percent of operational budgets to the classroom.Blackwell's plan would also call for decreased taxes - he plans to convert the income tax to a single rate system over a four-year period, with the target rate of 3.25 percent. He also plans to eliminate the estate tax and take the sales tax back down to 5 percent. By giving tax cuts, Collins said, Blackwell is helping support small businesses and keeping them in Ohio, which will, in turn, help keep jobs in the state.On Miami University's campus, leaders of College Republicans and College Democrats have been working to educate voters and promote their parties' respective candidates.College Republicans Executive Director Matt Woody said that Blackwell is a good candidate to help keep jobs in Ohio."Obviously a lot of students are going to go out into the job world ... and it's been hard in recent years to find jobs ... That stuff's not going to change if people keep raising our taxes, and Strickland has always voted for tax increases and that's not a way to keep business in the state," Woody said.But College Democrats Communication Chair Geoff Lane said Blackwell's proposal to reduce taxes to help the economy does not make sense because it hasn't proven to be effective in the past."Republicans have controlled Ohio government for the past 16 years," Lane said. "How many times have Ohioans had their taxes raised"

Buzz Aldrin, a member of the Apollo 11 crew and former Air Force colonel, presented audience members with a slide show about his life and family.

Famous astronaut shares personal anecdotes, presents scholarship

Patrice OsovichBuzz Aldrin, a member of the Apollo 11 crew and former Air Force colonel, presented audience members with a slide show about his life and family. (Michael Pickering)For Miami University senior Gregory Newstadt, this past week might be described as out of this world. Newstadt, an electrical engineering and engineering physics major, was invited to Hall Auditorium to accept a scholarship from former Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, in front of an audience of Miami faculty, family and friends Wednesday.The $10,000 scholarship presented to Newstadt comes from the Astronaut Scholarship Fund (ASF), a nonprofit organization established in 1984 and headed by the six surviving members of America's original Mercury astronauts - including Aldrin.Aldrin is best remembered as one of the first men to set foot on the moon during the first lunar landing mission in 1969. He was invited to present a check to Newstadt on behalf of the organization and speak about his life and career as an Air Force fighter pilot, astronaut and international hero.After an introduction by Miami President David Hodge, Aldrin joked with the audience and told personal stories about his time as a student at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and his life before the space missions."At the beginning of the '60s, President Kennedy said he wanted to dedicate the decade to sending a man to the moon and bringing him back safely," Aldrin said. "I really liked that last phrase, so I decided to do it."Aldrin also presented a slideshow of his life, including family pictures and home video of his walk on the moon with fellow Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Mike Collins."Neil had the camera for most of the trip, so as you can see, all the good pictures are of me," Aldrin said.The speech was followed by a standing ovation for Aldrin and the presentation of the scholarship to Newstadt. Originally from Louisville, Ky., Newstadt holds an internship with NASA's Glenn Research Center where he has developed models of power loads for the International Space Station. "The primary focus of my research has been in the physics department ... on simulating the solar system," Newstadt sad. "In particular, I have researched the likelihood of the existence of extra-solar planets (planets that exist outside of the Milky Way)."Newstadt adds that his time with the research center and at Miami has been highly gratifying. "The $10,000 is obviously a plus, but the most rewarding part of this experience is the honor awarded to it, as well as the chance to meet Buzz Aldrin," Newstadt said. He plans to use the award to continue his education at Miami where he will pursue a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. To date the Astronaut Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $2.3 million in scholarships to students from the 18 ASF supported universities across the country such as Purdue University, Tufts University and Syracuse University among others. Since its establishment in 1984, more than $153,000 has been given to Miami students studying a wide range of science related fields.Aldrin, who is also a retired Air Force colonel, remains a busy man. Since his time in space, Aldrin has written two books about his experiences as an astronaut in addition to a popular science fiction novel, assisted in the founding of an elementary school, traveled to the South Pole, worked closely with the Salvation Army and taken part in submarine excursions to view the Titanic wreckage."I got seasick when I was little, so I thought 'Why mess with ships? I just want to get into the air!'" Aldrin said. "Now I can say I've been up there, out there and down there."For more information on ASF, visit


Memories never fade for Peavy

Emile DawishaSenior Nathan Peavy wears No. 31 to help carry on the dying legacy of a local basketball legend. Some remember this man as perhaps the greatest prep player ever to come out of Dayton. Others remember him as a drug-addicted low-life. But to Nathan, he was a mentor and a best friend whom he worshipped like a superhero.This man was his late father, Terry. By wearing No. 31, Nathan - who's expected to be one of the top players on Miami University's basketball team this upcoming season - pays tribute to the Terry Peavy that he knew: the fun and caring person who was his favorite playmate on a sunny afternoon.Nathan never knew of the darker life his father lived, a life stricken by a crippling addiction to pipes and needles. In 1997, Terry overdosed and was found dead in his car. Nathan was only 13.Shortly after his father's death, Nathan's mother, Nila, sat her son down and explained the family's long kept secret: Terry had been addicted to crack cocaine, heroine and other drugs throughout Nathan's life.Terry had good days and bad. On the good days, he'd take Nathan to the park to walk the dogs or to the local recreation center to shoot hoops.On the bad days, Terry disappeared, keeping the promise he made to Nila - who divorced him when Nathan was 2 years old - to never mix drug life with family life.If his addiction took hold of him when Nathan was around, he'd have to drop him off at his mother's or at another family member's house. This was the family rule. Nathan never knew, never once had any suspicion of his father's debilitating disease.To Nila's surprise, the shocking event left Nathan neither traumatized nor begrudged. Instead, it provided him with a newfound drive to succeed. He thought that if he flourished on the basketball court and stayed out of trouble, he could restore the honor of his father's name.In the coming years, he sprouted to 6-foot-8 - four inches taller than his father - and made the Chaminade-Julienne varsity basketball team in his sophomore year.He still wore No. 31, but no longer as the proud child of a local sports hero. He had become a living, breathing likeness of his hero-turned-fallen father: He walked like his dad, talked like his dad, and dazzled high school gyms all over Dayton just like his dad did 30 years earlier.In his senior year, Nathan earned second-team all-state honors, captaining the Catholic school powerhouse to a 22-4 record and a district championship. But that year, tragedy struck again as his stepfather died of complications from a liver transplant. In 2003, after losing his second father-figure, Nathan left his family in Dayton for Miami University.From day one, Nathan - sporting No. 31, of course - was a pivotal cog in the paint for the RedHawks. Last year, he averaged 11.7 points and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds.His dreams of playing in the NBA will likely not come true (his father had a brief stint in the NBA in the 1979 and 1980); but his talent will probably allow him to play professionally in some capacity, either in the U.S. or overseas.Nine years removed from his father's death, Nathan doesn't like to talk about his dad's drug addiction. He'd rather revisit memories of those many sunny afternoons they spent together. Sure, some may have considered his father to be a low-life. But even in his dying days, Terry always found time for his son. He was a true father-figure, something that's considered a luxury in the African-American community.Through Terry, Nathan is now well-equipped to become a father himself one day. According to Nila, Nathan is already showing paternal instincts with his 13-year old nephew."He has a girlfriend already? He's way too young for that," Nathan said, in reference to his nephew. Above all, Nathan knows that a good father doesn't have to be perfect in the eyes of others, just as long as he's perfect in the eyes of his child. This is why Nathan wears No. 31.

The ad hoc committee analyzing the future of Western College suggested Peabody Hall remain a living-learning community for the program.

Western recommendations released

Sara Stock, Staff WriterThe ad hoc committee analyzing the future of Western College suggested Peabody Hall remain a living-learning community for the program. (Michael Pickering)Recommendations provided by a university senate ad hoc committee regarding the future of Miami University's Western College Program (WCP) and the possible establishment of a Miami University Honors College are now available for public comment.The committee, led by philosophy professor Rick Momeyer, will hold three open hearings during the first week of October to provide students, faculty and other interested parties with a chance to comment on the possible recommendations. However, the Oct. 6 meeting will be set aside for student testimonies only.Miami University senate created the ad hoc committee following the elimination of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies because a majority of senators were dissatisfied with the process by which the suggestion for removal made its way to the Board of Trustees.The Board of Trustees voted in July to eliminate the program in concurrence with both Provost Jeffrey Herbst and former President James Garland's recommendations.The Momeyer committee has met since this past summer and will be making their final report after the open sessions. "We have less than two weeks to sift through all this material and distill out specific recommendations," Momeyer said. "The report is due to be submitted to senate members on Oct 23." By the end of fall semester, university senate will make recommendations to the provost, president and trustees about both the Honors and Scholars Program and Western.However, the ad hoc committee does believe that the WCP should not be merged with the Honors and Scholars Program.They said that while the programs show similarities, they are ultimately different because students elect to join the WCP on the basis of academic interest, while students of the Honors and Scholars Program are selected on the basis of academic achievement."It's no more appropriate for honors to absorb an academic program such as Western as it would be for them to absorb (a program such as) history," Momeyer said. "People go to history class because they're interested in history."Besides the open hearings, the public also will have the chance to respond by posting on the committee's Internet discussion board or by privately e-mailing the committee.The committee has met since July to formulate a list of recommendations for the future of the WCP and the Honors and Scholars Program. "What we're hoping to hear is some enthusiasm for a particular combination of these recommendations and what people think would be the best configuration," Momeyer said. The recommendations include having an interdisciplinary core curriculum concentrated in the first two years of the program, a residential living-learning community based in Peabody Hall, a self-designed major and senior project, and preserving the name of "Western."Kate Guiler, a student committee member and chair of the Honors and Scholars Advisory Board, said that the WCP's strong history and traditions were immediately considered when deciding its future."One of the first steps we took was to talk about Western's values and to read historical documents and past reports on Western," Guiler said. "We came up with a list of 'non-negotiables,' that no matter what program we end up with, we want to preserve what makes Western unique to the Miami community."While key features of the WCP will be maintained in the recommendations, the committee also is also addressing problems with the current program, such as its relative inaccessibility to non-WCP students.Momeyer said that program inaccessibility exists when non-Western students choose to take Western classes and the classes do not readily satisfy Miami Plan foundation courses. However, if the WCP's location is moved to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Momeyer believes that non-Western majors will be more likely to take Western classes."If the curriculum for the WCP can be restructured in cooperation with the Liberal Education Council and the curriculum entity of the CAS, it should better satisfy requirements on a course-by-course basis as well as a package," Momeyer said. "With all the liberal education requirement students have, it would be a much more appealing program for students."The committee's vision of a two-year Western program aims to appeal to incoming students who have an interest in interdisciplinary studies and also to those who are undeclared."We hope it won't attract students who just want an easy preprogrammed way to satisfy requirements," Momeyer said. "But as Western has done in the past, we hope it would appeal to people who want to take a few more risks with their education and don't mind the increased expectation of their independence."In addition, the committee addressed the current WCP faculty and whether they will continue to hold continuing appointments with the university, and if so, for how long. One recommendation would create core faculty within the WCP program who also hold appointments within another department or program at Miami.The committee also believes that the decision on whether the Honors and Scholars Program will become an Honors College should not be made until the program undergoes a thorough and rigorous review."The question about honors is a good, less urgent (question) than the question on the WCP," Momeyer said. He believes a quick decision on the WCP is necessary so a curriculum committee has enough time to devise a new program and market it to the incoming students of 2008."We need to know how Western will be restructured, how it will be staffed, and where it will be located," he said. "That's the issue that's consumed us and that's the most important one"


Former president of Honduras to share business experiences

Samantha PisciottaBoth Honduran business and politics will be coming to Miami University in the form of one man: Ricardo Maduro Joest, the Central American country's former president.Joest will present "Poverty, Democracy and Business" at 5 p.m. Oct. 5, in 100 Laws Hall.Maduro was the sixth democratically elected president of Honduras, serving from 2002-06. "This is an almost once in a lifetime opportunity for students to ask questions of a person who has met with world leaders, who has extensive business experience and who has seen firsthand the costs and benefits of globalization," said Melissa Thomasson, Maduro's daughter-in-law and associate professor of economics at Miami. Both Thomasson and her husband work at Miami and the two often return to Honduras to visit Maduro. They worked with the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati plan this event. Maduro found his inspiration to become president through a family tragedy, after his son was kidnapped and then killed.Prior to the incident, Maduro thought his personal life as well as business affairs would suffer if he ran for president, but he realized the country was badly in need of reform in many sectors, not only crime, Thomasson said. He ran on the platform of reducing crime and he followed this promise by bringing troops out to the streets of large cities and imprisoning gang members.An improvement in economic growth and reforms in government institutions were seen by the nation as his biggest accomplishments in office. "He had the courage to make the right calls for the economy even when they weren't popular at the time," Thomasson said. "He was instrumental to get foreign debt recovered, started agreements with International Monetary Fund (IMF) and signed the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)." He started his career in business after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in economics. In 1983, the Honduran American Chamber of Commerce awarded Maduro their Businessman of the Year award. Then in 1997 he received the Boris Goldstein award from the Association of Managers and Businessmen of Honduras.This success was then followed with an extensive political career, which lasted more than 15 years. During this time Maduro modernized and reorganized the National Party, the party under which he ran his political campaign, and also worked as coordinator of the country's economic cabinet from 1990-94. Recently Maduro joined with former Honduran President Rafael Leonardo Callejas Romeo to deliver affordable wireless and Internet service across Central America through the new commercial venture WiTEL - a source of social services, like distance learning and telemedicine, to underserved and remote rural areas. "Students will learn how they can work in both the public and private sectors and how the two intertwine to help one another," said Deborah Kittner, director of programs at the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati and who was responsible for organizing this lecture. "After the speech, students will come to understand the infinite job possibilities in the overlapping sectors." The World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati works closely with governments, businesses, different cultures around the world and educational bodies to aid in national awareness. They are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is working with Miami because of a grant established by the Richard T. Farmer School of Business. This grant has allowed for teachers from Miami to travel to other countries and lecture at the World Affairs Council. In return, the World Affairs Council helps to bring international speakers to Miami. The lecture is free and open to the public. Maduro's remarks can also be heard on WMKV 89.3 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.


WCP recommendations necessitate student input

A new set of recommendations concerning the evolution of the Western College Program (WCP) and its possible merge with the Honors Program were issued Thursday by the university senate ad hoc committee, termed the Momeyer Committee for its chair, professor Rick Momeyer. While there are many questions left to be addressed, The Miami Student stands by the recommendations of this committee. Additionally, it is critical that students put forth the effort to make their input on this decision known by the committee and the administration.In his press conference Thursday, President Hodge focused extensively on student involvement, the importance of student input in university decisions, and the difficulties posed by student apathy. Here is an opportunity to participate in an administrative decision that has the potential to affect a number of peers and faculty currently at Miami as well as future students. This is the only shot students have to affect change with their perspectives. It would be a wonder if Hodge, who makes the ultimate decision on this matter, was surprised rather than disappointed by the student contribution to this dialogue. In the past months, WCP students have rallied for the support of their program and with good cause - no one would want their beloved program to die hard without a fight ­­- but it is imperative now that non-WCP students step up to bat as well. There are multiple facets through which all students of the university are encouraged to present their feedback on the Momeyer committee recommendations, such as open hearings, online forums and direct e-mail communication (see page 8). While the "Western issue" may not seem pertinent to everyone's agenda, it will have repercussions for the entire university through finances, academic diversity and administrative and structural changes within divisions.The Miami Student supports the Momeyer recommendations for its distinct differentiation between WCP and the Honors Program. The recommendations cite that a "forced marriage" between the two is unwarranted, a sentiment felt strongly by many on all sides of the debate. Additionally, the recommendations are careful to retain integral elements of the "Western" experience, such as the residential living-learning community, the self-designed major and the senior project.The Momeyer recommendations are flexible yet incomplete. Students from the entire university must be a part of the decision-making process in order for the result to be a truly democratic resolution.


The Nigerian Nightmare

Chris Rule, Senior Staff WriterThe nickname "the Nigerian nightmare" conjures, for many Miami University fans, images of former RedHawk football player Terna Nande destroying opposing offenses. For Terna and his brother, current RedHawk team member Tersee, the "Nigerian nightmare" is what they want to wake up from - the situation that has kept them from seeing their mother for the last 17 years.Terna was 6 years old and Tersee was 4 years old the last time they hugged their mother, Veronica. Both understood that they were going to be separated from her. Neither thought it would last this long.David and Veronica Nande were in the United States on student visas when a death in Veronica's family caused her to return to Nigeria for the funeral. Terna, Tersee and their older sister Dooshima all accompanied their mother for the trip. On their return home, complications arose regarding the visas and Veronica and Dooshima, who was not a U.S. citizen, were forced to stay."My dad thinks the reason they stopped my mom was because her student visa was almost up and they were afraid she wouldn't come back to Nigeria (and live in the U.S. illegally)," Terna said. "My parents agreed that my brother and I would have a better life if we went back with my dad to the U.S."Although traumatic, Tersee doesn't remember the departure because he was too young. Terna, however, recalls it all too well."I have these memories embedded in my head," Terna said. In order to make visits to Nigeria more amusing, David would pack suitcases full of toys for the kids to take on their trips. This time, when she was forced to stay, Veronica used the toys as an incentive for the boys to visit her later. "The night before we were going to board the plane, my mom sat me down and talked to me because I was the oldest," Terna said. "My dad had the briefcase full of toys and she told me to come back to her and I would be able to play with them again. I remember her crying as she told me this."Although the boys knew the situation was serious, reality hadn't settled in."I thought it was a temporary thing, that I was going to visit my dad for awhile and my mom would be back with us soon," Terna said.Instead, the brothers grew up with only their father. David worked to support the two growing boys and tried to give them the loving home they needed. The financial stress of being a single parent in America, however, trickled down to Terna and Tersee and the boys worked to take whatever pressure they could off their father.As much as possible, their aunt Julie and the rest of the extended family tried to fill the void of the boys' missing family."On holidays they would always let us come and spend it with them," Tersee said. "They would look out for us and treat us as if we were their own kids."Yet despite family help, the pain still remained - the boys missed their mother. "I missed out on a lot," Terna said, "like just having a motherly figure there to tell you right from wrong. Just her being there to hug you and hold you when things are wrong, to experience everything I have been through. I feel like she missed out, that I missed out."Tersee agrees."I always regret the fact that she could never actually see me grow up, see what I accomplished, see how I've turned out," Tersee said.The boys also worried constantly about their family's safety. Nigeria in the 1990s was fraught with political unrest, civilian violence and poverty. Terna said they continuously prayed for his mother and sister's well-being.However, while growing up the boys saw little progress in their family's return to America. David had attempted to fight the U.S. and Nigerian embassies for years to bring his wife and daughter back to America, but was always given excuses."The question was would we have the financial stability to take care of my mother and sister if they lived here?" Tersee said. "It throws me off a little, because we do and she would have the opportunity to work here because she has a pretty high level of education, as does my sister."However, with Terna's new contract with the Tennessee Titans, the family has been given some clout in speeding up the process."Now that I have been able to play professional ball, we have had senators give us more information that we need," Terna said. "But we are still a work in progress." With the help of the government, the Nandes are on their way to obtaining the correct information, documentation and enough money to bring their family home.Yet the distance between families, that time has caused, may outweigh the distance between countries."I don't know exactly how my sister and mother are like," Tersee said. "I'm pretty sure it will be sort of an awkward to be around them at first, but I still love them. It will probably be an emotional experience, but I just know it will be a good thing."Just like any bad dream, the relief comes from waking up. Terna, Tersee and their father David all hope that that moment comes soon.

Miami students and Oxford residents sip coffee and study at Starbucks uptown, where prices will go up by 5 cents for beverages and 50 cents for ground coffee beans per pound.

Starbucks to undergo national 5 cent price increase

Rachel MacksonMiami students and Oxford residents sip coffee and study at Starbucks uptown, where prices will go up by 5 cents for beverages and 50 cents for ground coffee beans per pound. (Michael Pickering)The Starbucks Corporation, starting Oct. 3, will increase its prices of lattes, cappuccinos, drip coffee and other drinks by 5 cents at each of its establishments - Oxford included. The price increase will not apply to the prepared drinks sold in refrigerated cases. This boils down to an average price increase of just 1.9 percent. This increase will take place at all company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada and will be the first time Starbucks has increased drink prices in two years. Additionally, Starbucks is increasing the price of its coffee beans in 23 out of its 27 brands by 50 cents per pound for the first time since 1997. House Blend, Breakfast Blend, Light Note Blend and Café Verona will be unaffected.According to Bill Moloney, director of dining services at Miami University, the change will not impact the price of Starbucks coffee sold in dining halls or the Recreational Sports Center. He said the corporate increase will not have an effect because as some prices increase, prices on other foods decrease, the differences even out in the end.Abby Hirt of the Starbucks media office in Indianapolis explained the reasoning behind the price raise."Inflation happens," Hirt said. "Time and time again, prices increase and coffee isn't any different. Our costs include a rise in fuel and energy prices. Milk and green coffee bean prices for espresso-based coffee drinks are also increasing, so we needed to do something to offset these costs, especially since we haven't increased prices in two years."Even though the prices at Starbucks stores in, for instance, New York City, are higher than those at the Oxford location, the price hike will be the same across the board. "Although the prices of the drinks at each Starbucks vary based on location, the 5 cent increase will be universal," Hirt said. But the price increase will not affect Starbucks stores overseas because they have a completely different operating structure, one that is mainly in partnership with other companies. While the increase could leave Starbucks patrons searching under the couch cushions for extra nickels, Miami University sophomore Jen Grant said she did not think it would be a problem for most people."I do not buy Starbucks on a regular basis, so the price increase will not really affect me," Grant said. For someone who purchases a Starbucks beverage on a daily basis, the price increase will amount to 35 cents a week, or about $18 for an entire year. According to Hirt, the corporation isn't afraid of losing customers."Records from 2004 show that there was no measurable attrition after that price increase," Hirt said.Miami sophomore Kathee Terrell reflected this opinion, and said that such a nominal price increase would not impact her choice of coffeehouse. "I won't mind paying an extra nickel for my rare beverage at Starbucks," Terrell said. "I don't think there will be a decrease in Starbucks customers in Oxford either because there still won't be a huge price difference between Starbucks and Kofenya. What it will still come down to is a personal preference of atmosphere." Perhaps it isn't the atmosphere, but rather the intense caffeine kick they get from Starbucks coffee that keeps customers coming back. Hirt reported information from a recent study that the caffeine in a Starbucks beverage tends to be higher than that of the competition. "A 16-ounce Starbucks House Blend coffee contained 223 milligrams of caffeine, compared with 174 milligrams in the same size at Dunkin' Donuts, and 141 milligrams in a 7-Eleven coffee," Hirt said. Current prices at Starbucks and Kofenya, the other major coffee vendor in uptown Oxford, are nearly equivalent. Both charge $1.70 for a medium drip coffee and $3.20 for a medium latte. So after Oct. 3, Starbucks will charge 5 cents more than Kofenya overall.

Sophomore Ben Bastel is a master of the short game according to his fellow Miami teammates.

Success birthright for Miami golfer

Trish Engelman, Staff WriterSophomore Ben Bastel is a master of the short game according to his fellow Miami teammates. (Michael Pickering)Powerful, hard working and determined are only a few adjectives that could be used to describe sophomore Ben Bastel, the No. 1 player on the Miami University golf team. Another could be precocious. Born into a family of golfers, Bastel grew up on a golf course in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and began playing when he was just four years old."I remember playing in my first tournament when I was nine," Bastel said. "I shot a 39 (for nine holes), which was fairly impressive, but I lost to a 12-year-old."But Bastel understands what it's like to be second best, even in his own family. His sister Emily, a former All-American golfer at Michigan State University, just completed her rookie season on the LPGA tour. Among her 2005 highlights, she posted a top-ten finish at the Wendy's Championship for Children, scoring a career low 67 in the second round. "My sister has had so much success and she is living my dream right now of playing professionally," Bastel said. "Everyone looks up to her, myself included." However, Bastel has never felt like he was standing in his older sister's shadow."I never look at myself as having to fill her shoes," Bastel said. "She is setting an example for me, and I am hoping that someday I can do the same thing." Named for the legendary golfer Ben Hogan, Bastel has always looked to Hogan as a role model."He was known for his hard work," Bastel said. "They used to say he would hit golf balls until his hands bled. This helped me to get started and taught me to really work hard."His teammates have taken notice of his work ethic."Ben has probably the best short game on the team," fellow sophomore Ben Wood said. "His leadership has shown through his work ethic and he is always looking for ways to improve. I know a lot of other people on the team look up to him because of this."It hasn't been all that difficult for Bastel to emerge as leader in his own right considering the remarkable accomplishments he garnered last year. He made both cuts at the 2005 Ohio Amateur before finishing in 34th place with rounds of 76-74-70-77 and was additionally the runner-up at the 2005 Ohio Junior Championship, shooting 73 and 72. Bastel was the only RedHawk to play in all 12 tournaments in the 2004-05 season, averaging 75.81 over 36 rounds.Continuing his standout play this year, Bastel placed second in the Ohio State Public Links in early August with a birdie on the 72nd hole to send him into a playoff. Bastel lost on the fourth hole of the sudden-death play, but his confidence remains steadfast."As a team, I really want to see us improve, gain some experience and make it to the NCAA tournament to play nationally," Bastel said.Wood put it more succinctly."I think it comes down to simply trusting ourselves," Wood said.But there is definitely room for improvement for a team comprised mostly of underclassmen still adjusting to college golf."From a physical standpoint, putting ... is an area where we need to improve," said Head Coach John Wiler. "Psychologically we need to really try to play without fear, having an aggressive mind-set where we really believe in our talent."While Bastel and Wiler both agree that strides can be made on the green, the coach understands that a player of Bastel's caliber doesn't come around every day."Ben has a rare talent," Wiler said. "I think his game is only going to get stronger through the years"

President Hodge addresses members of the Miami community at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Laws Hall.

President Hodge uses press conference to hear concerns of students

Elizabeth KempPresident Hodge addresses members of the Miami community at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Laws Hall. (Michael Pickering)In a causal and colloquial manner, Miami University's 21st President David Hodge addressed student concerns and questions at a press conference Thursday afternoon.From athletics to the First in 2009 campaign, Hodge clarified to the room of mainly Miami journalism and communication students not only what direction the university was moving toward, but also changes and concerns he shares. Hodge also expressed his enthusiasm at partaking in such an event."That's the single most important thing - what's on student's minds?" Hodge said, explaining that he has attempted to be a "human sponge" on Miami's campus.Questions ranged from the future of the Western College Program (WCP) to the issue of a living wage. As he answered questions, Hodge maintained a theme: the importance of student involvement in co-curricular activities and on Miami's campus.Hodge said that student apathy is a problem throughout this campus - from attendance at sporting events to diversity problems."This is just not about getting an education," Hodge said. "It's about launching your lives."When asked what he hoped to accomplish in one year at Miami, Hodge took up student involvement once again. "I would hope that the apathy question would not be asked (at this press conference in a year)," Hodge said.Hodge also answered questions regarding the university's Task Force on Alcohol Abuse Prevention, saying that the pervasive culture of alcohol abuse takes away from the academic experience."There is no fear greater than that of a middle of the night phone call," Hodge said, regarding his fears for the safety of students at Miami who abuse alcohol and that it is a "vexing problem" across the nation.Hodge said he is working to gain more funding for Miami by traveling to Columbus and Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators. Funding from the state has decreased by 20-25 percent since 2002, but as Hodge pointed out, Miami is working to show legislators that the school is worthy of funding - despite financial problems the state is facing."Ohio is in trouble folks," Hodge said. " ... We are underfunded (in higher education) relative to other states."Yet not all of the press conference was serious in tone. At one point Hodge invited students to join him on his daily run."The one thing I really liked was when he said he goes running at 5 (a.m.) and if you wait outside the Lottie Moon house, you can run with him," said senior journalism major Michelle Cheek. "I think this showed what type of guy he is."Richard Campbell, director of the journalism program at Miami, was pleased with Thursday's press conference and believes such events are important to student media on campus."They provide regular contact with Miami media and journalism students," Campbell said. Ultimately, Campbell said he hopes that the presidential press conferences will become a tradition. Over time, Hodge would like to see Miami develop into a place that has the feeling of a small liberal arts school and offer the opportunities of a larger research university. Hodge said he believes the university is already in that middle-of-the-road position, but needs to embrace and develop more to truly make Miami distinct."We're taking the best of Miami, and making it better," Hodge said, pointing out that it was the best of Miami; the excellence, reputation, and sense of community; is what drew him and his wife, Valerie, to the university."You are the reason we're here," Hodge said.

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