Emily Williams

Vinny of ‘Jersey Shore’ to speak at Mental Health Forum

“Jersey Shore” star Vincent “Vinny” Guadagnino will speak at Miami’s second annual Mental Health Forum. The event will be held at Hall Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Though Guadagnino is best known for his stint on the MTV reality show, he also wrote a book, published in 2012, about his struggles with anxiety, “Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool.” The 29-year-old has also been a spokesman for MTV’s “A Thin Line” campaign against bullying. The event is co-sponsored by Associated Student Government (ASG), Student Counseling Services...

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Pi Phi closes Miami chapter: Sorority was ‘plagued with violations,’ nationals say

Miami’s Pi Beta Phi chapter has been shut down, according to a press release Monday from the organization. Known as “Pi Phi” to Miami students, the Miami chapter was “plagued with violations and a lack of commitment from chapter members,” according to Pi Beta Phi nationals. “It is unfortunate that over these years of intense support, Ohio Zeta [Miami University] members continued to prioritize the social aspect of fraternity and sorority life over the core values of Pi Beta Phi,” the release stated. Miami’s chapter was founded in 1945 and initiated over 2,000 women over the past seven decades. Though a Greek organization for women, the organization is referred to as a fraternity since it was established before the term “sorority” was used. “We hold all of our chapters to the same values and expectations, and we will not tolerate or sustain chapters that do not meet expectations,” said national Pi Beta Phi President Paula Shepherd in a press release from the organization. “We understand Miami University and its students are working to affect change on campus and improve the fraternity and sorority experience for students. However, the Pi Beta Phi chapter has not been able to sustain change and deliver the premier membership experience Pi Phi promises. It is never easy to close a chapter, especially one that has been on Pi Phi’s chapter roll call for more...

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Plea hearings for rape suspects delayed again

Three men suspected of raping a 19-year-old female at a Level 27 apartment in February were scheduled to appear in court for a plea hearing yesterday, but hearings for all three men have been rescheduled. Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 21, Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 23, and Elijah Lee Mincy, 21, face a combined 72 charges including rape, sexual battery and kidnapping. They are currently being held at the Butler County Jail. Plea hearings for Mincy and Simpson were originally scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 31 but were rescheduled for this week. Gibson’s hearing was already set for Aug. 8. Now all three are set to appear in court at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28. The 19-year-old female who was assaulted is not a Miami student, Oxford Police said, and was visiting friends in Oxford on Saturday, Feb. 11. She was at a party with her friends when they were separated and she was “lured to another apartment by the three males” where they all assaulted her, according to a statement from Oxford police chief John Jones. According to police records, Gibson’s residence is the apartment where the reported assault occurred. Gibson and Mincy’s bonds are set at $250,000 and Simpson’s at $300,000. On July 28, Mincy’s attorney, Michele Temmel, filed a motion to reduce Mincy’s bond. The motion was denied. Mincy had no prior criminal convictions,...

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Three federal investigations into sexual assault now open at MU

With three open cases, Miami has more active federal investigations into sexual assault policies and procedures than any other university in the state. The first opened November 3, 2016. Two additional cases opened June 9. Details about the June cases are not yet available, but the November case stems from a student’s complaint that the university “failed to promptly and equitably respond to complaints, reports, and/or incidents of sexual violence of which it had notice.” The two June Title IX complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights stem from off-campus incidents, said spokeswoman Claire Wagner. One was reported in 2015 and one in 2016. “OCR is obligated to investigate all complaints filed with it and Miami University is cooperating fully in the investigation,” Wagner said. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Title IX tracker, 345 such investigations are open at colleges and universities across the country. The highest number of active cases is at Cornell University with six investigations. The cases, on average, are open for 1.8 years, they report. Ten other Ohio colleges and universities are being investigated for their handling of sexual assault cases. Two cases are active at the Ohio State University, the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati and Denison University. One investigation is active at Cleveland State University and John Carroll University. Check miamistudent.net for updates on...

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Student suspended for sexual assault files suit against MU

The student claims innocence, says university violated his right to due process A student suspended for violating Miami’s Sexual Misconduct Policy has filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming that the school violated his right to due process. A hearing in late April found the sophomore guilty of sexual assault for engaging in sexual conduct with a female student “on two occasions…without her knowingly being able to consent.” He was suspended until May 2019 and banned from campus. But the student, identified only as “John Doe” in the lawsuit, says the sexual encounter was consensual. He and his lawyer,...

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