Prospective president earns high praise

By Megan Zahneis, Senior Staff Writer Brett Milam | The Miami Student Gregory P. Crawford’s friends and colleagues say he’s energetic, innovative and ambitious. He stood out as an administrator and professor at the University of Notre Dame and, before that, at Brown University. Now he’s returning to his home state of Ohio to be Miami University’s next president. The Board of Trustees announced Thursday morning that Crawford had been named as the finalist to succeed current president David Hodge. Crawford comes to Miami from Notre Dame, where he most recently served as Professor of Physics and Vice President...

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AAUP faculty voice concerns

By Megan Zahneis, Senior Staff Writer Members of the Miami University advocacy chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) are circulating a faculty survey to gauge faculty morale and gather information about the issues faculty members are most concerned with on campus. The survey, which was opened in the fall and had received 200 responses by the end of January, drew feedback on a number of faculty issues, including health and welfare, a perceived lack of transparency and shared governance at the administrative level, salaries and the university’s overall mission. Miami’s AAUP Advocacy chapter secretary, Deborah Lyons,...

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Roommate to roomhate: Fear and loathing in Dennison Hall

By Megan Zahneis, Senior Staff Writer Roommates. They’re either your best friend or your worst enemy — and sometimes, a little bit of both. Abby Smith, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, ought to know. The senior strategic communications major’s experience living in Dennison Hall during her freshman year is the stuff of horror stories. Abby was originally randomly assigned as one of three girls in a triple. But midway through first semester, she was asked whether she’d mind if one of the girls in a triple across the hall swapped places with one of her...

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Senate votes on regional campus restructuring

By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student Miami’s regional campuses are set to be reorganized into six new academic departments, as per a University Senate vote Monday afternoon. Starting next fall, an umbrella “regional system” will consist of the following departments: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education and Society, Biological Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts, and Languages, Literature and Writing. Administrators say the restructuring plan will facilitate the development of new bachelor’s degrees on Miami’s regional campuses. The long-term goal of offering between 18 and 21 regional degrees is a response to a 2008 mandate by...

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Regional students wary of changes

Students respond to upcoming vote By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student With University Senate’s vote on regional campus restructuring fast approaching, the students affected are still leery of change. Senate is scheduled to begin voting on restructuring issues Monday afternoon, with its Nov. 30 session earmarked to wrap up the process. If passed, the legislation would rename and reorganize many academic departments on the regional campuses in order to house new bachelor’s degree programs. The proposed new departmental structure has drawn the ire of some faculty, who feel that they haven’t been given a fair say in the...

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