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Faculty, students express mixed feelings about Canvas

Miami University officially introduced students to a new online learning management system, Canvas, this fall. Over 800 colleges, universities and school districts in the U.S. are currently using it. Canvas will completely replace the old management system, Niihka, by fall of 2016. Now that most students have used the program for a week, mixed feelings have risen to the surface. “It’s not more confusing, it’s just inconvenient and unnecessary,” said sophomore Caroline Hellman. “I have to go to two different sites for assignments instead of having them all right there … Miami should just pick one and stick to...

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Pete Rose to visit Miami for Lecture Series

Former Cincinnati Reds player Pete Rose will visit campus this year as part of the 2015-16 Lecture Series. The discussion will be set up as a Q&A, and sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Paul Daugherty, will lead it. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Hall Auditorium. The discussion is titled, “Winning is Everything: The Hit King talks Ethics in Sports.” It will focus on Rose’s time in the game, how he became a role model and the impact of his downfall: gambling on baseball. “This is a big year for Pete,” said Patricia Newberry,...

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RAs to room with first-year residents this fall

By Krista Savage, News Editor At least 150 Miami University resident assistants (RAs) are outraged by a controversial change the university will implement this fall. Many RAs, who have traditionally lived in single dorm rooms, now have to room with their first-year residents until October, at the earliest. This setup is necessary because Miami does not have enough accommodation to support the number of incoming first-years this fall. The number of students who confirmed enrollment was larger than originally anticipated by the Office of Resident Life (ORL) and the Housing (H.O.M.E.) Office. The RAs began receiving emails about the...

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Miami names Makaroff new dean of College of Arts and Science

(Photo contributed by Miami University News and Communications) By Krista Savage, News Editor After launching its search for a new dean in spring 2015, Miami University’s College of Arts and Science (CAS) selected Christopher Makaroff, former Interim Dean of CAS and professor of chemistry and biology. The CAS is the biggest academic division at Miami, offering 59 percent of the university’s credit hours. The department brings together humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and employs approximately 500 full-time faculty and more than 185 staff on the Oxford campus. According to the position description, the dean’s responsibilities include the overall academic...

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Miami ranks among top in university dining survey

By Krista Savage, News Editor Last week, Miami University’s Western Dining Commons ranked 14th in ‘36 of the best college dining halls in North America,’ according to an article published by the national chapter of Spoon University. Spoon University is a national campus publication that serves as a source of recipes and food reviews for college students.  According to co-founders Mackenzie Barth and Sarah Adler, it was created as a way to destroy the stereotype of college being the place where “good food goes to waste.” Molly Barecca is the editor-in-chief of Miami University Spoon, and has eaten at...

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