the collective: An open letter to Crawford

Greg, Organizers and activists from all walks of Miami, be they workers, faculty, students or Oxford residents, are engaged in mass action against the institution you represent. Whether an action centers around anti-racism, combating sexual assault, fighting classism, workers’ rights or student issues, our struggles are tied to each other. This institution is failing our communities. Sexual assault is an epidemic affecting students at universities across the nation and it is greatly affecting students at Miami University. Miami is complicit in contributing to a culture that re-traumatizes its student survivors and negatively impacts their lives. There must be an end to rape culture. There must be an end to silencing victims. And there must be an end to sexual assault running rampant on this campus.   Miami University is currently under investigation by not one but three separate Title IX investigations. That makes our university the most federally-probed school of the entire state. However, this is hardly a surprise when Miami is also one of the few universities in the nation to have been fined twice for violating the Clery Act, which mandates that all universities report their crime statistics to the federal government,   Miami University has and continues to fail its survivors over and over again, and the Title IX investigations are only one example of this. The support services that are offered are minimal and understaffed. Survivor...

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Black Action Movement 2.0: We demand more than recognition

Since its founding in 1809, Miami University has failed to cultivate a culture that is welcoming and receptive for its Black students. Historically, the actions taken by administration, while recognized, simply are not enough. We, the Black Action Movement 2.0 (BAM 2.0), on behalf of Miami University’s Black community, are holding administration accountable for effectively combating the issues plaguing its Black students. Therefore, these are our demands. 1. We demand that Miami University identifies space on campus for the construction of a new building to serve as the Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA) that will be open and welcoming to all marginalized student groups. This space must be identified by August 31, 2018. 2. We demand a considerable uptick in the number of racially diverse students, faculty, and staff populations of Miami University’s Oxford Campus through: The student population reflecting the demographics of comparable Ohio public universities: six percent Black students, six percent Hispanic, four percent Asian (domestic), two percent Native American by 2025. Increase the percentage of ethnically diverse faculty to 25 percent by 2028. The expansion of the Cincinnati Scholars Program to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Chicago by 2022. The reconstruction of the Bridges program by implementing qualifications for attending the program based on marginalized identities, including first generation for academic year 2018-19. 3. We demand a comprehensive report from Dr. Ron Scott, Associate Vice President for...

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Letter to the Editor: In response to the pro-life vandal, you can’t silence us

Letter to the editor: While I appreciated The Miami Student’s article “Students for Life Anti-Abortion Displays Vandalized,” I don’t believe it drives at the heart of the matter and what makes this event important for the whole community. Last Friday morning, our young Students for Life club put up a table and a tri-fold outside the seal, asking passersby to take a vote on when they think human rights should begin. Many people stopped, took a post-it note, and pasted it on a laminated slide outlining one of the stages of fetal development in pregnancy. This sparked a conversation and an exchange of opinions and ideas. People ascribing to both the pro-life and pro-choice cause shared their ideas and stopped to reflect on them. In the middle of all this, our antagonist, with a calm fury, entered the scene. With surest hands, he swiped the sign. He tore it, stomped on it, and scattered the remains by the time someone got a camera out to try and record the act. The man turned and started off as if the whole ordeal made him mildly late for class. Unfortunately, this is not the only time one of our displays has been disrespected and it was not even too shocking that it had happened. Barely anyone knows about these acts of vandalism and violence when they happen. They aren’t treated like...

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Criminalizing disease is an ineffective public health strategy

Letter to the editor In response to Darcy Keenan’s Oct. 31 op-ed, “Efforts to Decriminalize Spreading of HIV Are Wrong,” we write to offer an alternative perspective. On Oct. 26, the Ohio Supreme Court voted unanimously to uphold statutes that criminalize the nondisclosure of an HIV positive status as a felony, punishable with up to 180 days in jail and $1,000 in fines. Ohio’s Revised Code § § 2903.11(B) refers specifically to HIV, however, other sections are vague enough to bring assault charges for the transmission of infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis and herpes. Transmitting any STD after hooking up with someone at Brick Street could land you in a courtroom by the next weekend. Knowing your HIV and STI status is key to reducing transmission and prolonging life. A painless, 20-minute test is all it takes. HIV can be transmitted through contact with blood, semen, breast milk, vaginal secretions, sharing needles, vertical transmission and contaminated blood products. Even though new HIV diagnoses are falling nationwide, there are still approximately 1.1 million US citizens living with HIV. Closer to home, health departments along the Northern Kentucky-Cincinnati-Dayton corridor predict thousands of new infections, primarily from injection drug use and sharing contaminated drug paraphernalia. Further criminalizing HIV will continue to increase infections. According to Raymond Faller, a public defender in an ongoing HIV nondisclosure trial in Columbus, “The targeting...

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