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Inclusion series discusses free speech

On Wednesday, Miami will kick off a series of four interactive discussions, open to students, staff and faculty, that are designed to facilitate scholarly understanding of national and global issues. Dubbed the “Inclusion Series,” the initiative was conceived by Miami’s senior leadership in the fall, and Provost Phyllis Callahan sought proposals on session topics from faculty members. One such proposal came from political science department chair Patrick Haney, who along with dean of students Mike Curme will be moderating Wednesday’s panel discussion, “Free Speech and the Path to a More Perfect Union”, in the Shriver Dolibois Rooms at 5...

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What If DAR now open to students

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Miami University has just launched a new BannerWeb functionality aimed at helping cure students’ academic crises. As of this week, students can use their BannerWeb portals to run a “What If” version of their Degree Audit Report (DAR), allowing them to analyze how the courses they’ve taken correspond to a major in any degree program the university offers. Ted Peters, an academic adviser for the College of Arts and Science, said the program lets students view their curricular progress in any major and become more informed on their academic possibilities. “I think one of...

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Board of Trustees to meet this morning

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Miami University’s Board of Trustees is expected to approve $13 million in funding for renovations to Shriver Center and the Campus Avenue Building (CAB) during its meeting Friday morning. Also on the docket is a proposed 2 to 3.5 percent increase in room and board charges that would apply to current sophomores and juniors as well as the Class of 2021. $9.5 million in construction costs will be allocated to Shriver Center, which has been undergoing an initial round of renovations this semester that will allow Student Disability Services and the Rinella Learning Center...

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With email, MU leadership pledges devotion to inclusion

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Last Tuesday, Miami’s senior leadership team — including President Gregory Crawford, Provost Phyllis Callahan and college deans — issued a statement via email to the university community reiterating the institution’s commitment to inclusion. “At Miami, our individual and collective responsibility is to create and maintain campuses that are welcoming and inclusive for all,” the message read in part. “Harassment and discrimination based on one’s race, ethnicity, nationality, political beliefs, religion, gender or sexuality, or on any other characteristic which makes us unique, are antithetical to Miami’s core values.” The statement came nearly a month after...

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Report details dangers to college media

Dependence on university funds leaves newspapers vulnerable By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Four major players in the university media community released a joint report Thursday detailing what they view as dangers to the independence of student media organizations. A committee of representatives from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the College Media Association (CMA), the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) collaborated on the nine-page report, “Threats to the Independence of Student Media.” The document details the role student media play in university communities, citing recent examples in which student media faculty...

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