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Miami denies gender discrimination allegations

University files motion to dismiss 3 of 4 counts By Reis Thebault and Emily Tate, Editors-at-Large Miami University has responded to the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by two female finance professors in the Farmer School of Business, denying all allegations and moving to dismiss several of the counts brought against it. In the most recent development, the professors’ attorney and the university’s attorney have agreed to a meeting May 27. Robert Croskery, who is representing plaintiffs Kelly Brunarski and Yvette Harman in the lawsuit, said he and Miami’s counsel will confer with the court at the end of the...

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Beta Theta Pi fraternity buys former Evans Scholars house

By Emily Tate, Managing Editor Last month, Beta Theta Pi (Beta) fraternity purchased the former Evans Scholars house on East Church Street for $1 million. This new property will allow Beta, whose national headquarters are located in Oxford, to further influence the culture of the block, according to Martin Cobb, director of communications for the Beta Theta Pi Foundation and Administrative Office. Cobb said Beta intends to lease its new property on East Church Street to a “high-performing fraternity in good standing with Miami University.” Beta is already negotiating with a potential tenant, Cobb said, but he would not...

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NY Times ‘Modern Love’ misses the mark in transition to audio

By Emily Tate, Managing Editor The popular New York Times column, Modern Love, has been pulling on readers’ heartstrings for over decade, and now, it can do the same for listeners. In collaboration with Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR, Modern Love is now available as a podcast, and while it still brings the same pizzazz of the print version, that’s also the problem. It is the print version. After its debut Jan. 20, Modern Love: The Podcast jumped to the No. 1 spot on iTunes, bumping off Serial, which draws more than a million listeners. But just three weeks later,...

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Firm, contract impede transparent presidential search

By Emily Tate, Managing Editor The committee tasked with identifying Miami University’s next president has reviewed resumes and held interviews with candidates, but beyond that, little is clear about the status of the presidential search. This uncertainty, critics say, is because Miami’s use of an executive search firm deliberately masks the process from the public. And, while this serves the interests of the Board of Trustees — who, in September, announced the search would be secret — some believe the approach is harmful for Miami’s students and employees. When Miami officials signed a contract with search firm Isaacson, Miller...

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Two Miami alumni vie for Ohio congressional seat

By Emily Tate, Managing Editor Three Miami alumni have seized new opportunities for public office since John Boehner’s resignation at the end of October. Paul Ryan, a 1992 Miami graduate and congressman from Wisconsin, assumed Boehner’s former position as U.S. Speaker of the House Oct. 29. Now, Ohio’s 8th Congressional District must decide in a special election next spring who will be its next U.S. Representative. Of the eight declared candidates, all are Republicans and two are Miami alumni. State Senator Bill Beagle and State Representative Tim Derickson share a lot in common. Both are Miami Mergers, have children...

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