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MU department chairs on teaching after Trump

Some graduate students cancel class in wake of election By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Many Miami faculty and staff members have struggled to address last week’s presidential election in the classroom, citing shock, fear and uncertainty. In fact, several instructors, mostly graduate students, opted to cancel classes meeting on Wednesday rather than address political stress, finding it difficult to follow university policy that dictates they’re not to discuss their political beliefs in the classroom. Provost Phyllis Callahan and graduate school dean Jim Oris held a meeting with graduate students Wednesday night “regarding the expectation that individuals with teaching assignments...

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Demand for Bill Nye causes frustration

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor UPDATE Wednesday 10:26 a.m. — Lecture Series officials announced via Facebook that tonight’s Nye lecture will be live-streamed for 350 additional attendees in Pavilion C of the Armstrong Student Center. Space is first-come, first-serve. The committee noted that its contract with Nye would not allow for a larger live-stream setup, and urged students who missed Friday’s ticket distribution to arrive early to Hall Auditorium for a chance at an empty seat in the theater. The Miami University Lecture Series is scrambling to arrange live-streaming capabilities for TV science personality Bill Nye’s visit to campus Wednesday,...

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27 credit hours, five majors, one goal: Andrew Higgins’ Miami journey

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor “Where are you from?” When college students initially meet, that’s usually the first question they ask. Andrew Higgins can answer that one. He’s from Cleveland. It’s the next question that makes him hesitate. “What’s your major?” The response that the Miami University junior offers depends largely on context. In a biology lab? In that case, he says he’s a psychology major. At Glee Club? He’s studying music composition. The thing is, both answers are technically correct. So are three others. Higgins has undertaken the seemingly impossible by declaring five majors, too many to even...

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Miami University 2nd in undergraduate education

AAUP cautions not to ignore problems By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Miami University was recently ranked second in the nation for its commitment to undergraduate education by U.S. News and World Report, behind only Princeton University. The specialty list, compiled by the media conglomerate as part of its annual “Best Colleges” analysis, qualifies Miami as the top public university in the United States. Miami has placed in the top five in each of the past seven years. Being named to the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list, university spokesperson Claire Wagner said, is quite the honor. I don’t know if there’s...

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Equal pay lawsuit undecided

MU unethical, says ally in FSB By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Despite an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit against Miami University, one male professor of finance believes the third floor of the Farmer School still constitutes a toxic work environment for his female colleagues. Kelly Brunarski and Yvette Harman, both associate professors of finance who have been at Miami since 1999 and 2000, respectively, accused the university of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and violation of the Equal Pay Act in a lawsuit filed Feb. 15 in the Southern District Court of Ohio. Both Brunarski and Harman declined The Student’s request...

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