Emily Williams

Former Miami student Nicolas Cristescu sentenced to five years in prison for sexual imposition

Former Miami student Nicolas Cristescu was sentenced to five years in prison for a felony charge of gross sexual imposition Monday in the Butler County Court of Common Pleas. Cristescu, 20, was originally indicted for rape, sexual battery and 11 counts of voyeurism after allegedly drugging, raping and filming an unconscious woman in his Heritage Commons residence in the hours between Oct. 11 and Oct. 12. As part of a plea bargain, Cristescu pleaded guilty to the amended charge of gross sexual imposition in December. The charges for voyeurism and sexual battery were dismissed. The five-year sentence which Judge Michael Oster ordered is the maximum sentence for gross sexual imposition, a third degree felony. Oster also ruled that Cristescu be registered as a Tier I sexual offender, requiring Cristescu to register every 12 months for a period of 15 years. As part of the plea bargain, Oster said, he was directed to view and watch the photos and videos of the victim. After seeing the footage, he said, he knew he was watching someone being raped. “This perpetrator knew exactly what he was doing,” Oster said. During Cristescu’s allocution — the formal statement a guilty defendant is allowed to make before being sentenced — he cited the events of Oct. 11-12 as the “biggest mistake of [his] life,” and said he had consumed alcohol and Xanax the night of...

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Miami Tribe steps forward in stomp dance

MIAMI, Oklahoma — At the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s Winter Gathering on Saturday, Jan. 27, Jarrid Baldwin and George Ironstrack — both Miami Tribe members, Miami University alums and Myaamia Center staff — led its annual stomp dance. This was the 22nd year the tribe hosted its Winter Gathering but the first year Miami Tribe members led the stomp dance. For Myaamia people, the stomp dance is a social, not a sacred, dance, so all guests — not just tribe members — are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Each dance proceeds in the same way: A male “caller” leads...

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Miami names Marc Rubin dean of Farmer School

Accountancy professor Marc Rubin has been named dean of Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. Rubin has served as interim dean of the Farmer School since July of last year. Rubin was appointed interim dean after former dean Matthew Myers left Miami to serve as dean of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A Miami graduate himself, Rubin received his bachelor of science in accounting in 1975. During his time at the university, Rubin met his Miami merger wife, served as a resident assistant in Symmes Hall and studied under the late accountancy...

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