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Miami still ranks low for diverse interaction, but shows improvement

  College admissions company The Princeton Review recently ranked Miami University as having one of the lowest levels of interaction between students of different races and economic backgrounds. Miami is listed ninth out of more than 380 national universities on the 2017 ranking for “Little Race/Class Interaction.” On the same list, Miami ranked sixth in 2011 and second in 2009. “Miami is known as a preppy, white school in the Midwest, so for minorities to come here, they are kind of taking on the academics and the rep of Miami,” said senior Quentin McCorvey, the ASG secretary for diversity affairs. “Seeing this stat come out is not surprising, but I know there’s a lot to be done and a lot we are doing already to make the change.” It’s that “rep” that some on campus, like Ronald Scott, associate vice president of institutional diversity, are dead-set on changing. “The good news is we are getting better and we have clearly been working on it,” Scott said. The Bridges Program, Cincinnati Public School pipeline and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation are all programs aimed to bring minority students to campus, Scott says. The data show these programs do have an impact — Miami’s diversity enrollment has been steadily climbing. This year’s incoming first-year cohort has the largest number of domestic students of color yet — both in percentage and...

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Smierciak dismissed from Miami University, on probation

Former Miami student and varsity football player Zach Smierciak was recently dismissed from the university after pleading guilty to a charge of reckless assault. Smierciak’s conviction sprung from an incident on Nov. 8 of last year when he exited Brick Street while intoxicated and knocked over a ladder that was supporting Robert Null, Miami student and employee of Brick Street Bar. Null crashed headfirst to the ground and required emergency medical transport to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital before being airlifted to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A brief moment on the helicopter is the only fragment of the night Null...

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Controversial Breitbart editor speaks to Miami students at Wilks

Jack Evans, News Editor Technology editor of the alt-right publication Breitbart, Milo Yiannopoulos drew a crowd of over 250 people to the Harry T. Wilks Theater Monday night with his controversial rhetoric. Introduced as “our most dangerous faggot,” Yiannopoulos, clad in gold zebra-print sport coat, proceeded to speak on a range of subjects from the “fat faggot” professor Daniel Brewster at West Virginia, to the “Trumpen Reich,” to radical Islam (“or as I call it: Islam”), to the recent attack at Ohio State. “If there was something he should have driven his car into, it should have been the...

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Survey says faculty and staff believe they can change Miami’s drinking culture

By Jack Evans, News Editor Most Miami University faculty and staff believe that they can change Miami’s student drinking culture, according to a recent survey published by the Alcohol Coordinating Committee. The survey, which was conducted last spring, shows that 67 percent of the 1,121 employee respondents believe that “faculty and/or staff can impact the alcohol culture on campus,” and 60 percent “are comfortable talking with students about high-risk alcohol or drug use.” These results are sparking increased exploration into faculty-and-staff-led “evidence-based solutions” to high-use student drinking issues on campus, says Aaron Luebbe, an associate professor of psychology. “I...

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Coping with President Trump

At Crawford’s request, Student Counseling Services holds post-election event By Jack Evans, News Editor Miami University Student Counseling Services (SCS) and the Office of Community Engagement and Service (OCES) held a post-election counseling event in Armstrong’s Community Lounge early Thursday evening. Almost 50 students, staff and faculty filled the room to discuss their feelings about Donald Trump’s presidential victory as well as coping and organizing strategies for the next four years. This event mirrored a national trend of educational institutions offering counseling support to students across the country, from high schools in Boston to the University of Michigan and...

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