This week, we’re introducing a new series called, “Thoughts from Quarantine.” Every week, three of our editors will answer a variation of this simple question: “How are you feeling?” This week’s prompt is, “How are you feeling about the differences between your previously normal routine and new reality?”
We at The Miami Student are heartbroken over how everything has developed in the last week, but — as our staff prepares to transition leadership to a new editorial board and reflect on the last year at Miami — we have hope that good will come in the uncertain future.
We hope that Miami will make the class mandatory for sophomores, as we believe the university has a responsibility to provide students a comprehensive education that creates a culture of communication around sex and prioritizes students’ physical and emotional health.
Our staff wants Crawford to sign the PCLC’s climate commitment. Of the three commitments the PCLC offers, we believe the climate commitment would provide a plan that builds off of the efforts Miami has already made to ensure a long-term, holistic overhaul of sustainability on Miami’s campus.
The following reflects the majority opinion of the Editorial Board. Miami University announced last week that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will be the 2020 Spring Commencement speaker. The decision has divided the campus and put politics at the forefront of graduation — an event meant to celebrate the achievements of those students walking across the stage. Miami extended the invitation to speak at graduation to DeWine shortly after as he was elected as Governor, Secretary of the Board of Trustees (BoT) Ted Pickerill wrote in an email to The Miami Student. In previous years, Miami has consulted a committee made up of students, faculty and staff led by Pickerill before selecting a speaker. This year, however, no students were consulted before DeWine was selected.
The following reflects the majority opinion of the Editorial Board. At a press conference on Sunday, Miami University officials revealed the two Miami students suspected of having the coronavirus tested negative for the disease. This announcement came four days after the university notified the Miami community there may be coronavirus in Oxford. “At a time like this, when you’re facing challenges, the best comes out in people,” University President Greg Crawford said during the press conference. “All around this campus, I really saw love and honor showing through in these challenging times.” Apparently, Crawford wasn’t following the community’s reaction on social media as closely as we were.
The following reflects the majority opinion of the Editorial Board. Happy spring semester, Miami University! It was an eventful J-Term, and we’ve got a lot to catch up on. The Miami RedHawks played (and lost) the Lending Tree Bowl, that sushi place finally opened up in Armstrong and the university announced 39 staff positions will be eliminated as of July 1, 2020. Surprised by that last one? We bet! On Jan. 23, University President Greg Crawford sent an email to Miami faculty announcing 40 staff positions would be eliminated across the Oxford and regional campuses. Since then, The Miami Student confirmed one of the initial 40 positions will not be cut, but there was no follow-up from Crawford or the administration communicating that change.
Well, folks, we’re in the homestretch. Two more weeks until we can kiss this semester goodbye and ride off into the sunset toward holiday cheer and a little less homework. Our staff has been reflecting on the good, the bad and the ugly of this past semester, setting our sights on what we hope to improve come January. We’re drafting our New Year’s resolution, if you will. Going forward, we at The Miami Student hope to see the relationship between our reporters and Miami’s administration improve in hopes to increase transparency on our campus. But achieving this resolution starts with setting some common ground and erasing the idea that our staff is pushing an anti-administration agenda.
Last Thursday, The Miami Student broke the story detailing how former Miami University first-year Nicholas Shaw was expelled for sexual assault by his former university, Indiana University - Purdue University Indiana (IUPUI). Shaw later plead guilty to criminal confinement in an Indiana court and served six days in jail in relation to the sexual assault. Kaite Anderson, the woman Shaw assaulted, resorted to posting this information in the Miami University Class of 2023-Parents Facebook group last week, which is where we first learned about Shaw. Anderson reached out to Miami University’s Office of Admission about Shaw back in early September. She also reached out to The Student around the same time, but we missed the tip. We sincerely regret not being able to hold Shaw accountable and to share Anderson’s story sooner.
It’s the first Tuesday of November, which means citizens across the country are heading to the polls to vote in local elections. And while national media outlets are already laser-focused on next year’s presidential election, it’s our job as your local neighborhood news outlet to tell you it’s important to vote on what’s on the ballot *today*. Federal elections may dominate our national political landscape, but our local government officials are far more accessible than our state or national representatives. This is especially true for Oxford, as our local officials are heavily involved in the community. The officials elected into office today will enact policies that directly impact our day-to-day lives here in Oxford, dealing with everything from parking tickets to long-term sustainability in Oxford.
It’s Miami University’s midterm month, a tradition that should be listed alongside kissing under Upham Arch and failing an exam after stepping on the seal. Ask any student at Miami how they’re doing right now, and they’ll give you the same answer: stressed out of their freaking minds. Currently, there is no standardization between departments or colleges on how midterms are administered. The only requirement from the university is that professors submit their midterm class grades by Oct. 18th. But the inconsistency of midterms often means these grades often don’t accurately reflect how a student is actually doing in the class. The lack of parameters means Miami’s midterm season tends to last the entire month of October, with students facing an overwhelming amount of assignments and — in some cases — multiple midterms for one class.
On Oct. 3, a screenshot of an Islamophobic GroupMe message was followed by the resignation of first year on-campus senator in Miami University’s Associated Student Government (ASG), Maxwell Hessling. In his message, Hessling wrote that “one of my favorite Halloween costumes lol” is a picture of a white child in Islamic clothing with a fake bomb strapped to his chest. We at The Miami Student believe this incident can serve as an example to members of ASG and the Miami community alike as to how crucial it is for all of us to expect far more from our elected officials, from our peers and from ourselves when it comes to taking personal accountability for ignorance, understanding the impact words can have and how to properly apologize and move forward.