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Members of Sigma Alpha Mu, Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Epsilon Pi take a break Saturday morning during the American Heart Association Heart Walk.

Miami students devote weekend to philanthropic efforts

Jane FryeMembers of Sigma Alpha Mu, Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Epsilon Pi take a break Saturday morning during the American Heart Association Heart Walk. (Contributed Photo)At 5 a.m. on a Saturday most students would only be a few hours into the night's sleep, but for others, Sept. 16 was a very early start to a day of volunteering. For about 70 members of the Sigma Alpha Mu (Sammy), Alpha Epsilon Pi and Zeta Tau Alpha (Zeta) Greek organizations it meant it was time to get up and head to Dayton for the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk. The 3.1-mile walk hoped to raise $400,000 toward research, programming and education on heart disease."The goal is that by the year 2010 we will reduce heart disease and stroke by 25 percent," said Barb Rothstein, the walk's director.Rothstein was in charge of the walk for the second year in a row and said that so far $300,000 has been raised, with six to eight weeks left to reach their target. Putting on the walk, which attracted some 3,300 participants this year - including many survivors of heart disease or strokes and their families - is a large undertaking and Rothstein looked to her son Josh for help with the event. Josh, a senior Sammy, organized students to lend a hand with the walk after having great success with it last year. "The majority of the volunteers for the past two years have come from Miami," Barb said. The students set up tables, posted motivational signs, played with kids and cleaned up the site following the event. The Zetas led an aerobic warm-up session before hand to get the walkers ready. "We were all so excited to be there; we had a common goal," Josh said. In addition to the physical aspect of the day, the students did their part to raise $6,000 through the use of, which Josh describes as a user-friendly way to raise money. The program, which can be used for any fund-raising event, asked each student to send e-mails to five people asking for donations. Despite the early start to the morning, Josh said the morale was incredible. After coffee and doughnuts donated by local Oxford businesses, the students were ready to work and had a good time doing it. For Barb, getting to work with her son and the other students in supporting such a cause was a wonderful experience. "They are amazing; they are really dedicated," Barb said.

NEWS election profiles help rock the vote

This midterm election season candidates are trying a different way of connecting with the younger voting demographic. A new election section featuring candidates and issues for users to support has been created on Additionally, candidates in congressional and gubernatorial races can use their profiles to reach out to students and highlight their stance on certain issues. It is admirable to see candidates to reach out to communicate with the young voting demographic through a medium that this generation has become so attached to. Young voters should reciprocate by fulfilling their civic duty, educating themselves on candidates and issues and voting in the midterm elections.Political mobilization of younger voters has long been a goal of both political parties. Political participation for younger voters has been low historically and parties have seen young voters as a potentially untapped group that could turn the tide of an election. Additionally, our young generation has slowly learned that it is important to be involved in politics and that many issues debated within government will directly affect us. This includes issues like funding for grants and loans for higher education or Social Security reform. The candidate profiles provide an easy and low-cost way for us to connect with candidates and learn their stances on critical issues. While using the Internet to mobilize voters is not a new phenomenon, with a pioneer in the area, the election options have the potential to be the equivalent of MTV's Rock the Vote. The candidate profiles do risk lowering the language of debate and simplifying many of the issues at stake this midterm. However, if voters put an effort to educate themselves and just use the profiles as a starting point for their political participation, this problem can easily be circumvented. It is the critical responsibility of the current young generation to participate in this election. Our votes are important and if we do not make our voices heard, the issues that are important to us will forever be delegated to a secondary status. As our Founding Fathers explained, the key to a functioning democracy is a well-informed public and without it, governmental representatives will be unresponsive to the needs of the public and fail them.


Torture and tribunals

Nick D'Amico (Dan Chudzinski)After the United States led a coalition of countries into Afghanistan to drive the Taliban out, it was left with the question of what to do with a number of prisoners captured in that conflict. The U.S. decided to embark on a course of imprisoning these non-state actors and the debate over their final fate is still raging. President Bush is currently pushing Congress to pass legislation allowing aggressive interrogations and also authorizing military tribunals to try the detainees. Whether this will happen or if it is even the correct course of action is still highly debatable. Back during the early days of the war in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda prisoners were divided into two groups. The "high-value terrorists" who were deemed to possess critical intelligence about Al Qaeda's infrastructure were taken by the Central Intelligence Agency. These prisoners would disappear, sent to other states and treated according to that state's laws in a process known as rendition. Since these other states do not keep as stringent watch on human rights abuses, it was thought that more aggressive interrogation methods could be used against them to gain information.The second group of prisoners was less important and left to the jurisdiction of the military. The Bush administration's lawyers began to write briefs arguing that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to these "enemy combatants" who had no status as actual soldiers but were terrorists outside of the law. With this determination, the door was opened to move these prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These policies became even more complicated when the Supreme Court's ruled in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld, which argued that the president had no power to authorize military tribunals for prisoners and that they should be treated according to the Geneva Convention. This forced the White House to go to Congress to pass the new legislation discussed earlier. The two critical questions that arise from this debate are whether torture and rendition are acceptable and useful policies and what should be done with the detainees at Guantanamo Bay.Republicans have been sharply divided over the first issue. President Bush has pushed for a broad interpretation of his war powers while Senators McCain, John Warner, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins, among others, all support applying the Geneva Conventions to prisoners. The Bush administration's primary argument in support of the aggressive interrogations is that it they have yielded important information that has stopped terrorist attacks. McCain makes the argument that aggressive interrogation, essentially torture, is a pointless endeavor because it gives unreliable information. Prisoners will admit anything in order to stop the torture. The PBS program Frontline gave the example of one high-value terrorist, Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi. Al-Libi was rendered to an unknown location from Afghanistan and his name later surfaced in Colin Powell's speech to the United Nations justifying a hard line against Iraq. Powell describes testimony from al-Libi that described Iraqi training camps for terrorists. The information turned out to be false and al-Libi later recanted it all, saying he made it up under duress. The United States should absolutely not use such aggressive interrogation methods that violate the spirit and letter of the Geneva Conventions. It eliminates the international legitimacy of the United States and opens a justification for such behavior to be used against its own soldiers. Also, McCain's point is a strong one, that torture does not yield any useful information. The United States should absolutely interrogate prisoners to gain whatever information they can, but it must draw a line at torture. The question of what to now do with these prisoners is a much more difficult and complicated question. It would be a grave mistake for the U.S. to simply release such hostile forces back into the world to cause further terror. Yet they cannot be held indefinitely without recognition of what crime they committed or why the U.S. has a right to hold them. What the United States should do is endeavor with the United Nations to set up a framework in which to try and hold terrorists. The world was able to rally around a Convention against Genocide and has set up a permanent International Criminal Court to try actors that violate such a law. In the case of terrorism, a crime that is international in character, the solution must be international in character. International terrorists, those who participate in terrorism across state boundaries or in cooperation with entities outside of a state, should be identified as criminals in a comprehensive treaty. Jurisdiction over them could be given to the ICC. Such a treaty could guarantee a right for signatory states to interrogate such terrorists for critical information but a neutral party such as the ICC would best handle the final prosecution of them. This would allow interogation of terrorists in accordance with the opinion of the Senate, while also helping to marshall the rest of the world to participate in the fight against terrorism by placing the responsibilty to fight and arrest terrorists as an international obligation.

Local waste management will continue to dispose of students' computers.

Butler County expands current computer recycling program

Chelsea ChaseLocal waste management will continue to dispose of students' computers. (Paige Sims)The Solid Waste Management District of the Butler County Department of Environmental Services has instituted its first long-term electronic disposal program to ensure that hazardous materials from the disposal of old electronics do not end up in landfills. The electronics drop-off program is being executed with the help of the Butler County Board of Commissioners.Electronics contain heavy metals like lead, mercury and copper along with other potentially hazardous substances. Though not dangerous while in a computer or cell phone, these toxic materials enter the environment when electronic equipment is crushed or incinerated in landfills. "Butler County Commissioners are very excited to provide this service to Butler County residents," said Mary Lynn Lodor, environmental division head of Butler County Environmental Services. "It gets precious materials out of landfills and provides them as resources so they can be reused, refurbished or made into other goods." In the past, this service has been available only during isolated dates once or twice a year. This past year, collection began March 11 and ended Sept.16. It took old computers, cell phones, printers, and ink cartridges off residents' hands at no cost. Every Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon, residents could hand over their electronics to workers at 130 High St. in Hamilton. The program has drawn more than 500 people and collected 57,794 pounds of old electronics.Despite this success, the county is still tweaking the service. In the future, residents will likely have the opportunity to recycle their electronics once a month, instead of once a week. "We feel it's really been a successful program," Lodor said. Although Butler County collects the electronics, it does not do the actual recycling. It contracts the work to the Technology Recycling Group (TRG), a Cincinnati-based company that also caters to private businesses. Because most nonprofit organizations or charities do not accept computers without at least a Pentium III processor, this excludes most discarded computers. However, TRG can occasionally reuse motherboards, but the computers themselves are usually disassembled. Carol Weinstein, CFO and owner of TRG, explained what happens to the computers."We break it down to screws," Weinstein.The toxic materials are then extracted and handled according to EPA regulations. TRG's policy is one of "no landfills," Weinstein said. Miami University also works with TRG, through disposing of university computers. "We have hard drives shredded so that any data that's on the university assets doesn't get out there," said Bob Black, assistant director of the support desk for Information Technology Services. For even more security, Weinstein said, Miami representatives are often present during the shredding. The next opportunity to take advantage of Butler County electronic disposal service is Oct. 21. There will be a drop-off site for old electronics, appliances, and tires at Ross Township High School, located at 3601 Hamilton Cleves Road. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The director of Southern African Affairs for the U.S. Department of State speaks about stabilizing southern Africa Monday afternoon in Hall Auditorium.

Speaker covers African issues

Laura HouserThe director of Southern African Affairs for the U.S. Department of State speaks about stabilizing southern Africa Monday afternoon in Hall Auditorium. (Jeffrey Creech)Stability. That's what Dan Monzena, director of Southern African Affairs for the U.S. Department of State, explained is in the world's collective best interest for southern Africa, on Monday afternoon to an audience in Hall Auditorium. "Our best interests lie in a peaceful, stable, democratic, healthy and prosperous Africa," Mozena said. Mozena came to Miami University through the student-run African School Advancement Program (ASAP). Monzena spoke on the U.S. interest and current policy in southern Africa, touching on the significant humanitarian, democratic and economic issues prevalent in the region.Key in Monzena's lecture were the topics of HIV and AIDS. Monzena said that Africa is the front lines in the worldwide battle against the deadly virus, so Africa - and southern Africa in particular - has never been more important. AIDS, Monzena said, is destroying southern Africa. As he walked about the stage, throwing his hands into each point, Monzena reminded his listeners that in southern African alone, 42.6 percent of the adult population has HIV/AIDS - with Botswana having the lowest life expectancy in the world. It may be easy to speak of AIDS in the abstract, Monzena said, but we should never forget how personal the disease is.Monzena also talked about Washington D.C.'s "transformational diplomats" and their role in preventing political corruption and sanctioning oppressors in Africa. He mentioned the immense investment the U.S. holds in southern Africa, as well as the benefits of the Millennium Challenge Account, which was established by the Bush administration in 2004."(The Millennium Challenge Account) brings serious resources to countries that have shown, objectively, that they are serious about developing (their economies)," Monzena said.Yet problems exist even in the most stable of southern Africa's democracies - including terrorism networks, high unemployment and a crime rate in southern Africa that is ten times that of the United States. With challenges such as these, it is no wonder southern Africa has captured the world's attention, according to Monzena. Meredith Poff, president of ASAP, explained the special importance of Monzena's visit. "We are all connected on a global level, and the actions we take today will have a profound effect on the world of tomorrow," Poff said.Poff also said the global environment even includes Oxford, Ohio."It is not difficult to see how we are connected to China, Japan, India, and Taiwan: You need not look further than the tags on your clothes or the foods we eat," Poff said. "We can all benefit from countries outside the U.S." After being in touch with the Department of State for some time, ASAP representatives chose Monzena to visit Miami because of his impressive career, which includes many years spent in the heart of southern Africa and his ability to communicate the plight of people in southern Africa.Monzena's speech also closely correlates with ASAP's primary mission of advancing education and increasing the awareness of world issues. ASAP will continue to host lectures and dinners throughout the year, as well as their annual fundraiser, which will collect school supplies to send to schools in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Steve Miller Band, with hits like "Fly Like an Eagle'"and "Joker," will perform Oct. 28 in front of a live audience at Millett Hall.

Steve Miller Band to play Parent's Weekend

Jonah HeinThe Steve Miller Band, with hits like "Fly Like an Eagle'"and "Joker," will perform Oct. 28 in front of a live audience at Millett Hall. (Michael Pickering)While some students don't know more than a few of The Steve Miller Band's most popular titles, many are still willing to give them a listen during Parent's Weekend this October. "I don't know who they are, but I am looking forward to seeing them play," said first-year James Deacon. Sounds of the blues-inspired rock 'n' roll group, The Steve Miller band, will resonate through Millett Hall Oct.28."We wanted to do a concert (during Parent's Weekend) this year because the past few years we've had comedians come and perform for Parent's Weekend," said Gary Manka, director of student activities and leadership. "We were torn between the Blues Brothers and The Steve Miller Band, but there was a general consensus to go with the latter. I'm really glad it worked out this way."While stating that she feels the group's music will appeal to all, Patti Swofford, director of the Performing Arts Series, said Miami students may not immediately recognize The Steve Miller Band. Such is the case for senior Matt Kendra. "Steve Miller Band? A bit before our time, but it might be worth a ticket for someone," Kendra said. Swofford thinks students will be familiar with more of the band's music than they realize. "We talked about doing The Steve Miller Band for years, and it's finally worked out that they could be here for Parent's Weekend," Swofford said. "It's going to be a weekend of hits, like 'Joker' and 'Fly Like an Eagle.'"The decision to bring The Steve Miller band to Miami was the result of a long and tedious process of elimination."The Concert Board co-chairs, their adviser and I work very closely with our promoter to develop a list of bands that we think would be fairly successful Parent's Weekend bands," Swofford said. "We went through a rather lengthy process of identifying artists that would cater to both parents and students."Manka agreed with Swofford about the difficulty of scheduling entertainers and elaborated on the process of contracting The Steve Miller Band for a performance at Miami."When we book the big concerts at Millett, Patti (Swofford) works with Nederlander (an outside company that deals with artists for Miami) to negotiate prices," Manka said. "The Steve Miller Band wasn't out first option. It's a great option, but it wasn't our first. It's very hard to get top-notch entertainers like The Steve Miller Band because we're located between two huge markets, Cincinnati and Dayton."When The Steve Miller Band agreed to perform at Miami, it received a payment up front, according to Manka. "The Steve Miller Band's up front payment was $175,000," Manka said. "We were willing to pay a little more to get them to come because we were having a lot of trouble finding an artist to perform. I think it was really important that we got The Steve Miller Band."Swofford explained that the $175,000 will be covered by the proceeds from ticket sales and that she foresees no problem selling enough tickets to cover costs. "Some people might think we paid a lot to get The Steve Miller Band to come," Swofford said. "Some people might see it as not a huge amount. Most of it is based on how many tickets we sell."Both Swofford and Manka stated they expect a strong turnout, possibly even a sellout."We're very hopeful that we're going to get a great turnout," Manka said. "So far, ticket sales have been exceptional. Though you can never be sure, I expect to have a full house."In Swofford's opinion, the concert is a great way for students to bond with parents."College is about creating memories, and I think that's why Parent's Weekend is so popular," Swofford said. "With The Steve Miller Band, there will be great music that both you and your parents can appreciate and enjoy"

Mike Kokal (3) tucks and runs due to the relentless pressure applied by Kent State. Kokal has been sacked 15 times, tied for the most in Division 1-A.

Miami unable to find old spark

Chris Rule, Senior Staff WriterMike Kokal (3) tucks and runs due to the relentless pressure applied by Kent State. Kokal has been sacked 15 times, tied for the most in Division 1-A. (Jeff Creech)The team that traveled to Purdue University for game two of the season was the Miami University football team of old. It was the dominant force that has held a share of the Mid-American Conference East title for the past three years. It was a team to get excited about.The team that played Kent State University at home in the Cradle of Coaches last Saturday was more reminiscent of Duke University football. For those who don't know, Duke football is the antithesis of Duke basketball. In other words, the team that played football on Saturday did not play as a top team in the MAC.How can a team look so dominant one week and then fade so dramatically the next? The difference between Miami week two and Miami week three was night and day. Head Coach Shane Montgomery certainly wasn't happy with his team's performance. "I thought we played one of the worst first halves in a long time," Montgomery said. "Like we did in the first six quarters of this year (when we failed to score a touchdown), we killed ourselves offensively."Killing themselves offensively might be an understatement. The RedHawk offense that dominated Purdue, pouring on 31 points and 386 passing yards was held to a paltry 14 points and 167 passing yards."With the pressure they were getting with the front four, they were able to expand their linebackers and take away all our passing lanes," said junior quarterback Mike Kokal.Throughout the game Miami was stuck in horrid field position. Against Purdue, they were in a second or third and long little more than half of the time. Against Kent State, they were in that position 72 percent of the time."When you have that they can drop eight (players) and you just can't get guys open," said Montgomery. "We are going to have a hard time converting when we have too many penalties (that get us into that situation)."But regardless of the field position, the RedHawks simply played sloppy. Though the defense often recovered from their missed tackles or blown coverages, Kent State still gained more yards than they would have if Miami hadn't made those mistakes."They got a few big plays on us, but we did a good job in the first half of bending but not breaking because (the score) could have been a lot worse," Montgomery said.Worse than the defensive lapses was Miami accumulating 96 penalty yards, the most they have had since last year's 125-yard comedy of errors, despite winning, in the University of Cincinnati game. That 96-yard statistic doesn't tell the impact that those penalties had in negating positive gains for the RedHawks. As Montgomery was quick to point out, the situations that accompanied those penalties stifled the dangerous passing attack Miami showed against Purdue.Though most of the differences between the week two Miami and the week three Miami were negative, not all were. Miami regained the services of running back Brandon Murphy, who showed what he is capable of once he is 100 percent healthy, gaining 92 yards for the game. But Murphy understood that his performance was not indicative of his team's."We're going to have to get back to the drawing board," Murphy said.The two Miami teams that played against Purdue and Kent State were not the same and it wasn't for the better. The drawing board might not be needed, however, as they showed the character and ability to play good football in West Lafayette, Ind. They featured largely the same personnel, yet the outcome was vastly different. More importantly, the performance was vastly different. In order for the RedHawks to get back on track, they need to pull another Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and transform into a squad that resembles the RedHawks against Purdue, not against Kent State.


Sporting fun all around MU, Oxford

Matt Sohn, Sports EditorForty-seven yards away. Down by one. The ball was advanced enough on the first three attempts to be in position to clinch the game right here, but now it was attempt No. 4 and everyone knew the magnitude of the situation. This was it: do or die, sink or swim. Nothing but 141 feet of grass and nerve-rattling tension stood between the ball and that yellow metal pole sticking out of the ground.I lined up and swung. I chunked it. In fact, my divot flew further than my golf ball."Haha! You suck, Sohn!" exclaimed my so-called friend, Chris Dierks, to whom I had just lost the match. It was Friday afternoon and we, along with another friend, Robby Ross, were finishing up nine holes of that anger-inducing game known as golf at Hueston Woods. It's a game I only recommend if you're one of the following: really good at it, or a masochist. I'm the latter. But somewhere on the drive back to Miami University, I realized that despite my triple bogey on the ninth hole that led me to forking more than 10 bucks to Dierks, I actually enjoyed the golf outing. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, the type that's custom-made for surfing and beach volleyball if we lived anywhere near a coastline. I was outside, with two friends talking about everything from football to girls to grills while trying unsuccessfully to pummel a white, dimpled ball.And this is the essence of sport. While the competitive nature of sports dominates headlines, and rightfully so, sport is so much more than winning, losing, doping and firing. Sport is an almost singularly powerful phenomenon that can bring people together for the purpose of having fun, letting loose and bettering yourself both physically and mentally.Later that night was the indoctrination of Friday night skating at the new and oh-my-God- spectacular Goggin Ice Arena. True, the rink (the intramural rink, unfortunately, not the varsity) was more packed than Skipper's likely was, but just the sight of all of Miami's different demographics was a sight to behold. There were old high school hockey players trying to rekindle the past glory, non-drinkers having a good time with a Friday night alternative to the bars, inebriated students having a good time after the bars, first-year couples out on a first date. Yet through all their differences, they were all participating in a common activity, a sporting activity. Scotch isn't the only thing you can put on ice.Saturday it was game day down at Yager. But the RedHawks and Golden Flashes were far from the only ones playing that day. Walking to the stadium you could see students tossing the Frisbee and football around, and every now and then an overzealous frat boy would run and lay out his buddy during a pregame tailgate. Oh, the brotherly love!But therein lies the beauty of sport. Sport isn't just sitting on your couch watching ESPN; it's getting out and taking advantage of all the opportunities we have to participate. Only a select few of us have the talent and dedication it takes to participate on a varsity team at Miami, but almost every one of us has the ability to go on a run through Western campus, play Ultimate Frisbee on a quad or pump some iron at the rec. Heck, even busting a move at an uptown bar qualifies. Granted, I look more seizure than suave on the dance floor, but I give it the old college try.One of the blessings of going to college in rural Ohio over a big city is that we're given more opportunities to get outside and participate in a variety of sports. Take advantage of it. Better yet, take advantage of it with your friends. Nowhere else can you hang with your buddies and get a workout in as well than in the world of sports. On your next date, finish up your cooked fish by going to Cook Field. Run some laps or kick around a soccer ball. There's nothing like getting thinner after dinner.Sports are all around us. Especially in Oxford. Take advantage of them. You'll enjoy it more than you'd imagine. But don't thank me, you'll thank yourself.


Corporatization risks elimination of small town feel

Emily BrownOxford, beware. There's a thick, heavy ball that someone got rolling some time ago, a ball that is strikingly similar to a demolition ball. It's been cruising along at a steady enough pace, wrecking the old water tower, pulling up trees and leaving fast food burritos in its wake. Now it's picked up momentum and there's no slowing it, let alone stopping it, or its destruction. It's cruising straight toward us and all we can manage is a sigh and a shrug as it knocks down and takes out the temptations of Oxford (sweet temptress gone a year, hemp visions crashing down) or zips through our green space, smashing our crops and ruining beautiful Sunday afternoon drives in the country. Country no more, for soon endless parodies of homes will pop up from the earth-like hungry parasites ingesting the bare brown dirt of destruction. This demolition ball has no regard for preserving the sacrosanct. If it isn't apparent, the sacrosanct is Oxford's graceful small town splendor that is hastily metamorphosing into a corporate ghost town. This unstoppable force has tarnished the historic elegance of uptown Oxford, profaning it with the unbeatably hideous storefronts of national fast food chains while simultaneously handing out grievances to one of the few locally-owned businesses left. Too much color, radiant, vivid, appealing color, they claim. Color like that, they say among themselves, will attract too much attention, too much business, it will ruin our plan to obliterate small businesses and sell the town for pennies to Master Lobster and Princess Wendy.Wal-Mart was the beginning. It enticed other national corporate chains to come take a piece of the pie - a pie that belongs (or is it too late for that - belonged?) to Oxford citizens and their small businesses. We see them quietly closing up shop without too much protest, but if hotshots from corporate, purporting "fresh" foods and "healthy" entrees, broach the sanctity of our local businesses, it cannot remain a silent sin. If we allow our unique locales to wink out, we're doing an injustice to this small town, and most surely to ourselves. Who wants to attend college in a ghost town? To learn in a metropolis of empty paper coffee cups and discarded glutton? The small businesses will surely lose out to those with more power, more capital and more flexibility to lose three months of steady business. Then, uptown will clear out and what big business would fit into the narrow lobby of beloved Bodega, Uptown Cafe or Bagel and Deli or desire the unattractive face of Phan Shin, the out-of-the-way locale of Spaghetti's or Paesano's? Where would all the people eat? Where will we go when there's nothing for us but reheated frozen food and no love, care or creativity to keep us hopeful and alive? This cycle of corporate consumerism has no place, no positive purpose in a town like Oxford. When we come to visit in 20 years, none of us will be ready to find a mess of plastic stores with plastic food and plastic people. Now think, would we want that if we lived here?


Online ticket sales get personal

Rachel WaddickWish you could have gotten tickets to the Ohio State University vs. University of Texas game? If you would have checked out FaceTIX, chances are you could have.Two Virginia Tech University graduates, David Gentzel and Nathan Jones, created the Web site, which offers students an opportunity to sell, purchase or swap tickets with their friends or fellow students.According to Jones, in order to access the Web site, a user must log in using his or her account information. Once successfully logged in, is able to obtain a list of the user's friends and connections via Facebook's application programming interface, or API. According to Facebook, the API is a service that provides a way for other applications to access Facebook's content on behalf of Facebook members."But that's it for our relationship with Facebook," Jones said. "FaceTIX is a completely independent site." Gentzel and Jones first came up with the idea as they thought back upon their first year at college, when they struggled to get tickets to any Virginia Tech football game."Dave and I are pretty into college football," Jones said. "It gets frustrating when you can't get tickets to an event that you really want to go to."Jones said that their main goal was to provide a way for any student to attend any sporting event of their choice.The concept for the selling and purchasing of tickets online with the use of a Web site is not a new one; many students are familiar with eBay, a Web site that offers users the ability to post tickets for sale or purchase them from another user.But Gentzel believes that has made the ability to buy and sell tickets a little more private."Mainly it's the whole personal aspect of the site that separates us from sites like eBay," Gentzel said. "It makes the whole process a little more personable."Another aspect of that is absent in the world of eBay is the blunt discouragement of ticket scalping - in other words, making a profit from the sale of a ticket.Jones said he and Gentzel do their best to monitor the site for scalping, yet admits that chances are someone will eventually take advantage of a sale. Jones added that to his knowledge, most universities have policies against turning a profit on a ticket to a collegiate sporting event.The most sought after tickets at the moment are those for college football, but Gentzel believes that the demand will change with the sporting season. "We want to try and get a decent base for football, and then transfer into basketball and other sports," Gentzel said.Sporting events, however, are not the only events that can provide for its users. "While there is a concentration on sports, any kind of ticket can be sold, like for concerts and any other nonsporting event," Jones said. While widely available, is most heavily used by Virginia Tech students, where the site was first introduced. Yet Gentzel says that more and more students from different schools are beginning to access the site. "This is basically one of those things where its word of mouth," Gentzel said. "The key factor is waiting for people to tell other people."Miami University junior Nathan Mix said that is definitely a way that he would try to get tickets to any Ohio State game. "I'd like to get tickets to the Ohio State vs. (University of) Michigan game this year," Mix said. " sounds like an efficient way to get a hold of a ticket at a reasonable price."While is only a few weeks old, Jones is pleased with the usage of the site, which is available to students at any school that is also recognized by Facebook. "I'm very happy with the site, and I hope others are too," Jones said.


MU entrepreneurship program ranks 19th

Jonathan Williams, Senior Staff WriterWith the announcement last week that Miami University's Thomas C. Page for Entrepreneurship has been ranked as the 19th best program of its kind by Entrepreneur magazine, the center is already working on plans to diversify the program. "Our goal is to have 50 percent of the students enrolled in the program to be non-business majors within the next 18 months," said Joseph Kayne, director of the Page Center. "We're at about 30 percent right now."This announcement came on the heels of the April issue of BusinessWeek, which ranked the Richard T. Farmer School of Business 17th among undergraduate business schools in the United States. With this recent ranking, Miami is now one of two undergraduate institutions in the country to have a business school ranked in the top 20 by BusinessWeek and an entrepreneurship program ranked in the top 20 by Entrepreneur. Brigham Young University, located in Provo, Utah, is the other institution.The Page Center was endowed in 1994 and has experienced rapid growth since its inception. It has evolved from the offering of a single entrepreneurship class in its infant stages to its current state, in which a minor and a thematic sequence are also offered. One of the reasons for the success of the Page Center; said Susan Thomas, director of integrated programs and arts management for the School of Fine Arts; is the potential for application of entrepreneurial principles in a number of areas outside of the traditional business world."I see it as a very practical opportunity for arts management students who are always looking for new and creative ways to reach an audience," Thomas said. "The entrepreneurship program really seems to help."Kayne said that some of the more recent developments that have helped the program to branch outside of the business school have included the revamping of the entrepreneurship curriculum so that it can be cross listed with other courses in other disciplines, such as in the School of Fine Arts or the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, which has taken advantage of a social entrepreneurship class offered this semester."What we focus on is behavior," Kayne said. "We emphasize things like risk assessment, team building and resource management, all of which are very important to being successful in the world."The challenge for the program and for schools such as the fine arts school, which utilize the offerings of the entrepreneurship program, Thomas said, lies in getting the message of the strengths of an education rounded by an entrepreneurial-intense aspect. She said that incoming students will be influenced in large part by the characteristics of their inner drives when it comes to an interest in entrepreneurship, and some will be wary of the mindset she feels is necessary for entrepreneurial success."Some students will already have that risk-taking initiative that is needed in entrepreneurship when they come in," Thomas said, "but some will want to go the traditional business route."Cyleigh Brez, a senior interdisciplinary business management major with a minor in entrepreneurship, said the Page Center has provided a particularly unique side to her business education in that many of the professors have actually had practice in the business world."The program has really been growing, considering it doesn't have a large full-time faculty base," Brez said. "Professors have really helped me to network, and have taught me to bring the entrepreneurial spirit both to a small business setting and to a larger corporation."Kayne said that the program sees the possibility of an entrepreneurship major at some unknown point in the future, even though students can already pursue a concentration in entrepreneurship through the interdisciplinary business program.


Uptown volleyball tourney to promote off-campus housing

Emily Atkinson and Lauren MercerAs the scramble to secure off-campus housing for fall 2007 intensifies, frustrated students may want to check out the sand volleyball pit Sept. 23 at 16 W. Sycamore St., for a potential solution. Campus1Housing - a business that runs a Web site posting properties from various realtors around town - and RE/MAX are joining the marketing fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) to sponsor a volleyball tournament, which is open to all Miami University students free of charge. The games begin at noon Saturday. Free food will be provided along with prizes for players. Students are encouraged to sign up online by contacting, and can form teams to play two-on-two or four-on-four. Joe Condit, a 2004 Miami graduate who co-founded Campus1Housing with Jake Burns, a 2005 graduate, said the company has sponsored several promotional events like the volleyball tournament. He referenced last year's "Name that Bar" promotion in which students competed to rename Hole in the Wall bar, and said that Campus1Housing plans to hold several more events this school year."We're always trying to get involved in the community," Condit said.Condit added that the main goals of Campus1Housings's promotional events are to increase housing awareness, familiarize students with Campus1Housing and interact with their target market: students. In order to help students with the housing search process, Condit said they will provide brochures about housing options and information about Campus1Housing at the tournament. As an intern for Campus1Housing, Miami junior Christine Ortenzio said they are hoping for a large turnout at the tournament. "It will be a good time - there will be lots of prizes, and the winning team gets a trophy," Ortenzio said.Jessica Howerth, PSE vice president for public relations, said that the fraternity is trying to promote its client in a manner equally unique to its approach to the housing search. "Campus1Housing was looking for a way to get their name out - with the free volleyball tournament, we're really hoping to reach more people than traditional methods," Howerth said. "How many times do you pass the Hub, get a flyer and throw it away? We're trying to push boundaries and get people's attention."Most of Oxford's more established, traditional housing companies stick to conventional methods of marketing, such as print advertisements and Web sites. Donna Thacker of Century 21 Thacker & Associates said that her company does not host events to attract students because they see no reason to."Our Web site does very well for us," Thacker said. Campus1Housing is a relatively new company in Oxford, making its debut on Miami's campus in 2005, and has since expanded to eight other schools. Condit said they hope to continue growing into a nationwide company and credits the company's primary investor, Tom Petters. Petters also donated $10 million to Miami's Richard T. Farmer School of Business last year. Condit said Campus1Housing currently represents about 45 percent of Oxford's housing market on its Web site, and plans to up that figure to 60 percent by October. "What we found is that the real value (of Campus1Housing) is putting everything in town on one Web site because (this kind of organization) just does not exist at all," Condit said. While many of Oxford's property management companies have expressed difficulty in filling vacancies due to the high volume of off-campus residences available this year, Condit said this problem actually benefits his company."Contrary to what property managers think, Miami is not doubling in size ... with all this building, (property managers) are hoping to fill their vacancies, and to do so you have to market smarter," Condit said.


Gift for writing center will benefit entire school

(Eric Frey)This past week, Miami University received $10.5 million from Roger and Joyce Howe to be used for a comprehensive writing center available to all students with a variety of resources on hand. As journalists and writers, the editorial board of The Miami Student believes the Howes' gift toward improved writing to be of utmost importance to the university community and the furtherance of undergraduate education. Writing is a life skill that aids university graduates in obtaining careers, promotions, recognition and respect. Strong, persuasive writing skills speak more for a person's ability than arbitrary grade point averages or college entrance exams. Establishing a university-wide writing center is a critical advance for Miami students' writing proficiency. The center will provide guidance and resources for a whole range of writing abilities and thereby fill gaps left by former teachers or courses that neglected regular writing assignments. Miami prides itself on its strong liberal arts credentials, but more often than not, liberal arts take second place to the burgeoning and developing departments of business, engineering and computer science, fields that are quickly becoming hot spots of undergraduate activity and are areas that Miami has made an effort to strengthen during the past several years. Attention is needed in these areas, but the students who benefit from such attention are a microcosm of the whole university population. The greatest advantage to Roger and Joyce Howe's multimillion-dollar gift is that it will be available to the entire student population as well as faculty members for a number of different purposes.It is the hope of the editorial board that the center will be utilized often and extensively by students, regardless of writing ability, in order to nurture and expand upon students' writing experiences. Should Miami cultivate a reputation as a university with writing success as a central focus, past, current and future students will benefit, not only in the excellence of their writing, but also from the recognition Miami's writing reputation will offer in resumés. This editorial board commends the Howes' monetary gift to the university and their recognition of the importance of high-quality writing in college graduates.


Internship gives view of real world

Elizabeth MillerAs a result of my summer internship in a large corporation, I am now the greatest coffee brewer I know. I am also an expert paper filer, speedy envelope stuffer and phenomenal data inputer. I'm now BFF with the copy machine and I'm convinced that those fax machines never had someone push their buttons so well. I wonder how my employers could have ever survived without my diligent work! This summer I interned for a Christian publishing company in Colorado. Inevitably, there was grunt work. It's an intern's right of passage. And sometimes you have to just laugh at the ridiculous things they ask you to do. Otherwise you would want to shoot yourself. I had a friend who was working in an engineering internship this summer. His first assignment involved a handful of keys and a box full of locks. The assignment was to figure out which keys matched which locks. I believe his phrasing was, "a monkey could do my job." Yes, interning can be a quite the humbling experience.When I wasn't doing grunt work or taking advantage of free company coffee or checking out the cute young guy in human resources (no, he wasn't married, I checked), I truly got to see the good, the bad and the ugly of the business world. Mostly the good, but the occasional glimpse of the ugly politics of American business that made me want to join the Peace Corps in Africa. In college we take these things called classes that supposedly give us training for the career world. But the career world and career culture are entirely different matters. It's a shame that Management 111 will not actually make us ready for the business world. College classes could never have taught me the art of respecting The Man, the manner of handling myself when I'm the low woman on the totem pole, and the culture of cubicles (apparently cubicles aren't sound proof, and that's a lesson to be learned sooner than later, trust me). I learned that the business world is invigorating and challenging and exciting, but at 20 years old, I'm admittedly not mature enough yet. I proved this when I challenged my fellow interns to a race in the office chairs. But I think I will be ready - eventually. For now I'm OK with not being ready for cubicle life. I'm OK with not being ready to answer to The Man every day. I'm OK with upholstered furniture on my front porch, Raman noodles in my cupboard and spending the weekday in pajama pants. The first internship is always a little rocky in the beginning. It's like playing dress up in your mom's high heels when you're five. But eventually you grow into them, just as you grow into the career world. Now I can go into my next internship with those basic intern skills under my belt. Well, at least the coffee- making part.


Laptop program off to good start

Katie BooherA semester after the initiation of the Miami Notebook program, a collaboration between Information Technology (IT) Services and the Miami University Bookstore, IT Services believes that eventually 100 percent of all Miami students will purchase a laptop through the university."Of the students who purchased (computers), 91 percent of the 2,000 units sold went to first-year students," said Kathleen Brinkman, director of IT Support Services. "We didn't develop the program until November or December of last year, so some folks had already purchased a laptop or weren't in the market or hadn't heard about it, but we will be advertising earlier this year."The program offers lower-priced computers to Miami students, but is not mandatory. IT Services and the bookstore started promoting the new program at the beginning of spring semester last year, which led to a definite increase in sales this year, according to Joe Martin, the Miami University Bookstore computer manager."This year to date we've sold 2,000 notebooks compared to last year's 700," Martin said. "Some of that was because we were able to lower prices and offer kids computers hassle free and some was because IT has been able to step up its computer support."In order to better assess incoming students' computer needs, IT Services worked with a marketing class in the Richard T. Farmer School of Business to study computer trends, Brinkman said."It's their capstone project to help us understand whether were hitting the right models for students and if our message is the right message," Brinkman said.Brinkman also said next year, faculty will have more input into which computers would be better suited to their needs."We'll have greater incorporation of faculty into the choices we make," Brinkman said. "We had them all approved by the divisions, but we'd like to do a bit more in-depth on what would be useful to them."One of the main reasons for the notebook computer push is to better incorporate technology into the classroom."We want students to have (computers) that will help them utilize technology and incorporate it easily without it being a hassle," she said. "We also want faculty to have a consistent environment so they don't have to worry about the mechanics of the laptops not behaving correctly (when they should be focused on teaching their class)."In support of this, 16 English 111 sections are completely digital this semester, and for English 111 graduate assistant Phil Bickel, the change has been a welcome one."I've had students look at videos on the Web and write papers and submit them directly to me online using the wireless network," Bickel said. "The IT support has also been great."First-year business major Matt Freund bought his Dell laptop through Miami and said he is happy with his purchase."It's been good so far," Freund said. "Even though I've had to call IT Services a few times but they were really helpful, so I'm happy."For more information about Miami's Notebook Program, visit miaminotebook.Miami Notebook ModelsApple: All Apple models come with Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), the iSight built-in camera, and the iLife '06 digital suite which includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb.Apple MacBook: White-$1,550; Black-$1,705; starting weight 5.2 poundsApple MacBook Pro-15.4": 2.0 GHz-$1,948; 2.16 GHz-2,314; starting weight 5.6 poundsApple MacBook Pro-17": $2,584; starting weight 6.8 poundsDellAll Dell notebook models come with Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional and a three-year limited warranty with CompleteCare Accidental Damage Service.Dell™ Latitude™ D620: $1,589; starting weight 5 poundsDell™ Latitude™ D820: $1,899; starting weight 6 poundsDell™ Precision™ M90: $2,479; starting weight 8.6 pounds


A Time for Change

Cassidy PazyniakSummer days for most college students are filled with barbecues, tanning, ice cream and relaxing with good friends. But if you ask Miami University graduate student Molly Trauten how she spent her summer vacation, she wouldn't dispute the fact that her summer consisted of spending time with good friends - they just might not be the friends you're expecting."It was sort of a process to make friends at the nursing homes because I was always the new person, But because of age some will not remember our friendship. It made me appreciate the present moment."This past summer, Trauten spent 12 weeks living as a resident in Maine nursing homes, keeping a journal of her experience every step of the way. From a young age Molly had an interest in the elderly. Visits with her grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, made her comfortable in the nursing home atmosphere. She enjoyed spending time with people who had lived their lives and had infinite amounts of wisdom to dispense. Intrigued with the study of human behavior, Trauten attended Vassar College where she earned a degree in anthropology. She then came to Miami to begin a two-year master's program in gerontology, the study of aging. With summer approaching, Trauten had the idea to live as a resident in a nursing home to complete her 12-week observation program. Marilyn Gugliucci, who teaches a course at University of New England's medical school, heard of Trauten's interest. The two met at a convention and plans were made.A summer before meeting Trauten, Marilyn Gugliucci arranged for another medical student to live in a nursing home for a couple weeks. Gugliucci hopes to establish a project like this for future students, in hopes it will encourage anyone who is interested to live the life of an older adult."I think the key to the project is to have students get beyond the physical conditions of the older adults or the health conditions and get down to the essence of who the person is," Gugliucci said. "Often times when a student has the opportunity to interact and move beyond their age and their health they find out they are just like any body. They are real people with a heart, with real feelings."Trauten went into the summer with only a few expectations. Her first was to gain a better understanding of older people, so that once in the field she would have more than textbook knowledge to help her be empathetic. Trauten was mainly focused on ethnography, when an outsider enters into a different culture in the hopes of better understanding his or her situation through his or her own perspective. "The goal is to try to suspend assumptions, to cast a wide net, ask a broad question," Trauten said. "I knew I would never know what it was like to live in a nursing home, but I would try to understand." Trauten divided her summer residency between three facilities: Cedar Ridge Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Skowhegan, Maine; St. Andres Health Care Facility in Biddeford, Maine; and Seal Rock Healthcare at Atlantic Heights in Saco, Maine. She spent more than a month at the St. Andres facility, where she concluded her summer program as an intern."I wanted to have as few preconceived notions as possible. I tried not to expect anything when I went to the nursing homes."Feeling neither intimidated nor worried, she entered the nursing homes with no reservations about the acceptance of her and the project. Upon living there, very few of the residents questioned her project, and once she stopped looking through the eyes of a researcher she became one of them. At the homes, Trauten's concept of time altered and her days revolved around shift changes and mealtime. During her first few nights there, she would spend time on her cell phone and check her e-mail, but as time progressed, she ultimately found it easier to avoid contact with the outside world. Not only did she live in the homes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but at St. Andres they "diagnosed" her with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As a result, she spent four weeks using a walker and had an oxygen mask attached to her. Trauten has yet to go through her field study journal that she kept throughout her experience. She admits that she still needs to sort through the pages and pages of information she recorded, feeling slightly overwhelmed with all she learned and gained from the experience.With the summer over, Trauten said she seemed to understand more of her stay as the days passed. She felt it helped her to appreciate the finer things in life and to take time to relax. "It affected me in so many ways: I miss the environment, I miss the nursing home, I miss the people. It was hard to transition back to school."Upon reflection, Trauten admits that not only did she discover more about her field of study, about nursing home patients and how people are the same despite their ages, but she also learned more about herself."I think the whole summer was very humbling," Trauten said. "It's easy to get caught up in self-important stuff, but spending time with individuals who have lived all their life, they were concerned with things that mattered most. They didn't worry about little things. I hope I can continue to apply that."One of the most surprising discoveries for Trauten was the feedback and all the media attention she has received. She said she finds it a bit ironic that the only reason her situation is so popular is because she's so young."If an 85-year-old woman were to do what I did, it wouldn't be sensational," Trauten said. "Hopefully, people will question their reaction and what that says about how they feel about aging or nursing homes." This is exactly the reaction Trauten's Miami faculty coordinator for the summer practice, Kathryn Mcgrew, felt. Over the summer McGrew visited Trauten in a nursing home, and despite the fact that she teaches against ageism, which is a bias against an age group, McGrew still worried about Trauten and her mental health. "It reminded me that we should be thinking about these concerns for the hundred of thousands who do live in nursing homes," McGrew said. "We should be having that same reaction. It hit me in a way I didn't anticipate."With the project now completed, Trauten has yet to narrow down the specific job she hopes to pursue following the completion of her master's degree. While in the nursing home she discovered there is not a job specifically set for a gerontologist. After graduating she hopes to either create a position utilizing her gerontology knowledge at a place like St. Andres or simply work in a nursing home until she decides what to do. Until then, Trauten carries her experience with her each day."I left pieces of my heart in Maine," Trauten said. "It will take a while to heal"

Miami receiver Pat O'Bryan is dragged down by Kent State's secondary on his only reception of the day. Miami only mustered 167 yards through the air.

Kent steals MAC opener

Jonathon Angarola, Senior Staff WriterMiami receiver Pat O'Bryan is dragged down by Kent State's secondary on his only reception of the day. Miami only mustered 167 yards through the air. (Alex Turvy)On a day labeled college football's "Separation Saturday," the Miami University football team (0-3 overall, 0-1 MAC) was separated from garnering its first win of the season as the RedHawks fell to Kent State University, 16-14, at Yager Stadium."I'm very disappointed in the loss," Head Coach Shane Montgomery said. "I thought we played, obviously, one of our worst first halves in a long time." For the second time in three games, the RedHawks were shut out in the first half at home as the 'Hawks only mustered 167 passing yards all game after gaining 386 last week against Purdue University. Miami has yet to score a first half touchdown in 2006."We killed ourselves offensively," Montgomery said. "Too many penalties. Too many turnovers ... We just can't do that. It doesn't matter who we play."The Golden Flashes entered Yager hailing an 0-2 record and ranked No. 2 on's national Bottom Ten. Kent State's win gave the Golden Flashes their first win at Yager since 1988."In the first half we were getting ourselves in all types of third-and-longs and second-and-longs," junior quarterback Mike Kokal said. "They take away the deep ball and all we have is the underneath ... stuff. We're not going to move the ball (under those circumstances)."The RedHawks couldn't muster any kind of offensive continuity, Montgomery said, as 96 penalty yards marred the Red and White.Penalties coupled with key turnovers broke the backs of the 'Hawks. Kent State ended the scoreless first half when senior wide receiver Ryne Robinson fumbled a Miami punt return to set up a Kent State 16-yard touchdown strike.KSU exacerbated Miami's offensive woes after two Miami penalties hindered an eight-play Miami drive and led to a 60-yard Kent State drive, capped off by a field goal, to give the Golden Flashes a 9-0 lead at the half. "We've got to hold on to the ball better, and then when we had a chance where we held onto the ball, we made some plays that had some huge penalties," Montgomery said. "There's too many negative plays going on to develop any kind of continuity in our offensive scheme."The RedHawks failed to turn it around in the second half, as Kent State tacked on another seven with an 80-yard drive, culminating in a one-yard quarterback run.It wasn't until there was 1:53 left in the third quarter that Miami scored when sophomore linebacker Clayton Mullins intercepted a Kent State pass - his second pick in as many games - on KSU's 23-yard line to set up a three-yard Brandon Murphy touchdown run. After the Golden Flashes ate up nearly six minutes of the clock in the fourth quarter, the RedHawk marched down the field on a six minute, 80-yard touchdown drive. It ended in a two-yard touchdown scamper by Kokal, to put the 'Hawks down two with 1:04 left on the clock.Miami attempted to tie the game with a two-point conversion, but Kokal's pass sailed wide in the corner of the end zone, ending Miami's hopes of a comeback.One of the lone bright spot for the 'Hawks was the return of running back Brandon Murphy, who gained 92 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.The 0-3 start is Miami's worst start since the 1990 season, and marks the first time they've had three straight home losses since 1993."We're basically disgusted," senior defensive back Joey Card said. "We just came out flat. We know we're a better team than that. We didn't play to our potential today."The RedHawks look to salvage the season as they head to Syracuse, N.Y., to play Syracuse University Saturday at 7 p.m.


Campus Crusade assembles group to help combat AIDS

Lindsey WagnerThey can talk the talk, but this past Saturday Miami University students proved they can walk the walk as well, at the Walk to Stop AIDS. Enlisting the help of her friends and other Campus Crusade for Christ members, Annie Milligan, a Miami senior speech pathology and audiology major, organized a group of 11 Miami students to participate in the AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati's Walk to Stop AIDS, in order to help to raise AIDS awareness. According to the Web site of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on major health care issues, Ohio was ranked 15th in the country with 6,722 cases of AIDS 2004 and between 1999 and 2003 Butler County had a total of 71 reported cases of HIV. Those who walked expressed their reasons for participating. "We want to show people that we love them by serving them," said Kimberly Matchett, a volunteer and senior zoology major, about the aims of Crusade's participation.The annual five-mile pledge walk, previously known as Red Ribbon Walk for AIDS, was held Sept. 16 at Sawyer Point's Schott Amphitheater and drew volunteers from across the tri-state area. This year marked the first that Campus Crusade has put together a group to volunteer, but Milligan hopes it will not be the last of its kind. "We don't do things like this very often, but it's really something we are trying to implement this year," Mulligan said. "I want to get people together to do stuff for the community because I think it is really important - showing love through service. Hopefully this will not be the last thing that we do."Milligan's group for the walk broke its goal of 10 members, gathering 11 participants. The group raised $175 in donations. Milligan was inspired to create her own group after participating in the walk last year with a group organized by friends in Swing Hall."I decided making up my own group would be a good idea, so that is what I did," Milligan said. "My goal was to get a bunch of people to participate in the group; outside members from Miami's campus, not just members of Campus Crusade." Milligan sent out e-mails through the Campus Crusade and service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega's listservs to help raise donations for the team. With a goal of raising $200, the team fell just short of its objective. "I wish we could have gotten more people to realize how fun it is to be involved and I wish we could have raised more money, but I think it would have taken a lot more effort to do those things," Milligan said. The walk began along the Ohio River next to Paul Brown Stadium and continued across the river to Covington, Ky., down the Kentucky Riverwalk and ended back at Sawyer Point. The team completed the walk in about two hours. "I really liked being a part of the walk," Milligan said. "You get to walk with your friends and talk and yet still be accomplishing something at the same time. Not only that you get to hang out with friends but you get to help other people too." According to the AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati's Web site, more than 90 percent of the revenues from the walk will go toward supporting the group's programs and services; providing education, housing and counseling to those infected; and to increasing awareness about those infected AIDS and HIV. The group is currently Cincinnati's largest local AIDS and HIV nonprofit organization and resource center.


Letters to the Editor

DeWine's education record was distortedIt seems I will have to again correct the habitually hasty utterances of Geoff Lane in his Sept. 15 letter on education and jobs. Lane begins on an interesting, nonpartisan concept of why graduates of Ohio colleges leave Ohio in search of jobs; however, he quickly falls off the wagon and into his, unsigned, role as College Democrat's Communications Director. There exists no comparison between what Mike DeWine has done for education and the actions of Sherrod Brown. This point is conceded because Brown was a "non-vote" on No Child Left Behind's passage. Why a non-vote? Brown's elitism and penchant for preserving classicism was struck by not taking the first step to reform education, or maybe Sherrod Brown decided not to vote so that he could play either side dependent on the reception the bill received. Even gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland voted resoundlingly in favor of it. Call the NCLB standards drastic or illogical, but do not hide behind vagaries created by the lack of bill references to call them under-funded. The underlying principles of NCLB pursue the idea of high standards such that even if they are not wholly met, those schools attempting are better than they were before. NCLB was a direct response to the "liberalization" of our education system leading to America being unable to economically meet the demands of an increasingly global economy. Even "two-shots" Ted Kennedy realized this and co-sponsored NCLB; and if something is good enough not to have Kennedy drive it off a metaphorical bridge, it ought to be good enough for Brown to weigh in on. Further, there is an interesting idea of socialism raised underneath Lane's letter. Reforming education is a matter of federalism, thus attempting to reform education systems on the national level is a good first step, but in the end must be handled state-by-state for effectiveness. DeWine is at the heart of trying to back up NCLB at its foundations by his introduction of Senate Bill 408. This resolution would provide $200 million in grants over five years to colleges and universities to establish and strengthen training programs for primary and secondary teacher education. Those programs would create a base for future teachers to reinforce the beginnings laid out in NCLB. Lane does get correctly describe a correlation between education and jobs. A failing education system leads to a lack of jobs. Thus, Ohio's failing education system is the cause of Ohio's job-loss position. However, I find it curiously ironic that Lane wants to hold politicians to their actions, or inaction as it may be. When one compares the actions of DeWine to Brown in the realm of correcting education, there is a conspicuous gap in activity surrounding Brown's lack of a position or alternate propositions whereas DeWine was willing to take first step in saving Ohio's and the greater nation's education system and economy. BENJAMIN ALEXANDERalexanbd@muohio.eduNew student union needs examination Plans are moving forward to create a new student union in order to provide adequate space for social activities; a move that has been endorsed, by the alcohol task force in order to create an alternative to going up town and getting smashed. However, instead of constructing a whole new building, spending tens of millions of dollars and likely demolishing the functional buildings that are currently on the proposed site on Spring Street, I have a more practical proposal. Perhaps, with some modifications, the Shriver Center can still be salvaged. First, I propose that the bookstore be confined to the second floor where it would do what it was originally designed to do: sell books and only books. The ground floor could then be converted into an area in line with the recommendations of the alcohol task force. Although this area might not look that big, it actually is. One wing could be made into a pool hall with a small bar or ice-cream parlor, the other wing (where the magazine racks are now) could be a lounge area or an arcade. The long aisles that currently hold textbooks could even be converted into a four lane bowling alley. Sounds nice, huh? Well, this is, of course, how the Shriver Center used to be 25 years ago before a group of wise administrators decided it was more important to make money off of students and their parents by selling them overpriced Miami gear than it was to foster nonalcoholic related social interaction.As someone who remembers the old Shriver Center, the proposal for the new union makes me feel like I have been transported to the land of the Houyhnhnms and Yahoos. If it doesn't sound ludicrous to you yet, think of it this way: There was once a great place within Shriver Center where students could meet and hangout in an informal setting, however the university took that away so they could make money selling stuff that students could already buy uptown. This pushed the students away from campus on weekends - into the bars uptown where, low and behold, they drank, some to excess. Now the university wants its students, alumni and state tax payers to help pay for a new center because its students don't hang out enough in Shriver and drink too much. Well, my modest proposal is this: Why not use some of the millions of dollars the bookstore has made over the past two decades to build the new union? It seems only fair.Finally, we should all be very dubious of an administration that sets out to "wow" us with new facilities, as the recent article stated. One needs only go to a home football game and sit in a half empty stadium to realize that the administration often displays too much largesse when it comes to largeness; sometimes when you build it they don't come. Perhaps, perhaps the answer to excess drinking and alternative social outlets is not a new building.BRIAN NELSONClass of


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