When you use Facebook, know what you’re putting out there

The following reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board. If you want to strap a parachute to your body and throw yourself out of a plane, you have to do some paperwork first. And before you do the paperwork, you have to watch an informational video. When you go skydiving, you’re presented with the potential risks upfront. In fact, the bulk of the experience is spent familiarizing yourself with the safety measures that go into leaping out of a moving aircraft and surviving the fall. You know what you’re signing up for. With Facebook, most people also know what they’re signing up for — to an extent. Joining Facebook is, obviously, much easier than arranging a skydiving trip. You can set up a profile in less than five minutes — trust us, we timed the process on Monday afternoon. Enter your name, email, password, birthday and you have an account. Facebook does not present you with its information policies outright; you have to look for them. When you manage to nail a page down (try facebook.com/privacy/explanation), it’s long enough that your average user isn’t going to take the time out of their day to comprehend it. Last week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about the Cambridge Analytica breach (in which the political data firm accessed over 50 million users’ information while working for President Trump’s campaign). Zuckerberg...

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MU departments pledge support as BAM 2.0 plans continue

Several academic departments and organizations within Miami University pledged their support to the Black Action Movement 2.0 (BAM 2.0) in the last week. BAM 2.0 expressed their gratitude in a Facebook post last Friday, April 13, in which they thanked “everyone who is standing in solidarity with us.” Altogether, three academic departments and three Miami affiliated associations condemned racist behavior and shared their support for BAM 2.0. These groups included the Department of Psychology, the Department of English, the Department of Media, Journalism & Film alongside statements issued by the Howe Writing Center, the Graduate Student Pride Association and the Miami English Graduate Adjunct Association. Additionally, last Wednesday, April 11 BAM 2.0 released their second press release to the Miami community. “Moving forward BAM 2.0 plans to continue meeting with administrators, addressing feasibility of demands, reaching out to student organizations about involvement in the movement, and connecting with faculty and staff members and encouraging them to take a stance against racism and bigotry in all forms,” the organization wrote. BAM 2.0 plans to meet with President Greg Crawford this Friday, April 20 to discuss general updates for the movement, one of the BAM 2.0 founders and junior Aleah Holley...

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Events this Week: April 16-20

Events to catch this week at Miami and around Oxford… Women’s Empowerment Night Wilks Theater in Armstrong Wednesday, 7 p.m. Tami Holzman, advisor and best-selling author of “From C-Student to the C-Suite” and Toumai Kafri, representative for Israaid are the featured panelists for “Boots on the Ground & Words That Inspire,” kicking off a night of empowering women. A meet and greet with the two panelists begins at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion and a showing of “Wonder Woman” at 8:30 p.m. Taylor Tomlinson Wilks Theater Thursday, 9 p.m. Need a night of laughs as we head into the final weeks of the semester? Come to the free comedy show as part of the Map Comedy Series, featuring Taylor Tomlinson. Her self-deprecating charm and conversational wit might just be enough to make you forget about final exams looming in the distance, at least for a few hours. Rockin’ Road to Dublin Hall Auditorium Friday, 7:30 p.m. Rockin’ Road brings together the two seemingly different worlds to create a “rocked-out Riverdance.” You won’t want to miss this spectacle that combines the art of a traditional Irish dance, a hardcore rock concert, and the makings of a dramatic Broadway show. Tickets for the show are $24 for adults, $23 for seniors and $12 for students and children. They can be purchased at the Box Office at 34 Campus Avenue...

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Miami must continue to work with BAM

The following reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board. The Black Action Movement 2.0 (BAM), a coalition of students fighting for a Miami that does not tolerate racism or discrimination, organized four protests in four days last week. These protests, and BAM’s formation, came after screenshots of a first-year’s use of the N-word in a GroupMe message (then subsequent defense of his behavior) began publicly circulating. BAM then issued a list of demands with varying deadlines to the university, including a “considerable uptick” in the amount of racially diverse students and staff, a new building to house the Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA) and a meeting with five top university administrators. Last Friday, they held that meeting in the current ODA office, which is situated in Armstrong Student Center and surrounded by glass walls. During the meeting, students plastered the ODA’s walls with signs — mostly condemning Miami’s attitude toward minority students up to this point and urging them to enact “actual change.” The administrators who met with BAM included: Greg Crawford, university president Ron Scott, associate vice president for institutional diversity Jayne Brownell, vice president of student affairs Mike Curme, dean of students Kelly Kimple, director of the office of diversity affairs It’s important that these administrators did meet with the students of BAM, but it’s even more important that they continue to listen to and support...

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DZ students removed after using racial slur

Four students were kicked out of Miami’s Alpha chapter of Delta Zeta (DZ) sorority Monday after a video of them repeatedly singing the N-word in the song “Freaky Friday” by Lil Dicky and Chris Brown circulated on social media. In the verse the girls were singing, Lil Dicky, a white rapper, switched bodies with Chris Brown and says, “Wonder if I can say the N-word? Wait, can I really say the N-word? What up, my n***a?” In an email to The Miami Student, DZ chapter president Allison Hess said she was “incredibly appalled” by the students’ actions. An official statement from DZ’s national organization called the sorority a “values-based organization that unites our women around a common purpose: to walk truly in the light of the flame.” According to the statement, the individuals are no longer members, as the organization does not tolerate any form of discrimination. “We condemn the discriminatory and hateful language used in a video posted by former members of Delta Zeta, as these actions are inconsistent with our founding values that we strive to uphold every day,” DZ’s nationals said in the statement. Black Action Movement (BAM) 2.0 posted in a statement Monday night on Facebook, applauding DZ’s prompt response. “We expect similar responses from other fraternities, sororities, and organizations when these type of incidents occur,” BAM 2.0 said in the statement. “We have noticed...

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