Miami announces finalist for president

Miami University announced the name of its presidential finalist today, concluding a controversial, six-month-long presidential search that was conducted behind closed doors. The sole finalist, Gregory Crawford, is the current vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame. He is also the former dean of engineering at Brown University. Originally from Ohio, Crawford received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Kent State University. Crawford will be visiting Miami’s Oxford and regional campuses next week to hold open forums, where he’ll meet with faculty, staff and students. The forum schedule is as follows: Faculty forum: 3:30...

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In West Virginia, coal industry reshapes mountains, culture

KAYFORD MOUNTAIN, West Virginia. — Here, Junior Walk lives off the land. He travels the same trails his grandfather once did. His great-grandparents are buried up here. He doesn’t bother with a cellphone — where he lives, it won’t get reception — and he loves his guns. But coal mining, he says, is threatening that existence. What’s more, mining — and, in the last 25 years, a particularly nasty brand called “mountaintop removal” mining — is desecrating Appalachia, its environment and its people. A brief explanation of Mountaintop Removal When Junior stands atop one side of Kayford Mountain,...

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iHate: Tech obsession leads to a dehumanized U.S. population

Reis’ Pieces By Reis Thebault, Editor-in-Chief Another hit, another drag, another drink. Yeah, that all sounds familiar. But, what about another “yak,” another text, another tweet? Technology addiction is real. And, at Miami University, we have a lot of junkies. They don’t keep their problem in the dark, either. They aren’t holed up in an iDen, sleeping on a stained mattress and obsessively checking news feeds and timelines, keyboards and styluses strewn about. They’re just walking around campus. They’re texting, they’re sharing, they’re “liking,” but, no matter what they’re doing, it just can’t wait. So, they do it while...

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President Hodge announces retirement, university looks to the future

Miami University’s 21st president, David Hodge, announced his retirement effective June 30, 2016, prompting the university community to reflect on his tenure and consider his replacement. Hodge made his announcement today at the Board of Trustees meeting, but he said he has been planning it since early last fall. When he first arrived at Miami, he didn’t expect to be here longer than seven years — which, according to the American Council on Education, is the average length of a college presidency. But, he said, the extra time has allowed him to further some of his goals. “When we...

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President Hodge to retire after next school year

At today’s Board of Trustees meeting, Miami President David Hodge announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2016, after he completes his 10th year at the school. “Valerie and I feel honored to have been able to serve alongside the most committed and talented faculty and staff imaginable,” he said in a university press release. “We have enjoyed the energy of our students and the affection and loyalty of our alumni.” Miami’s Board of Trustees will conduct a national search for Hodge’s replacement. “Throughout his time as president, President Hodge has displayed exceptional dedication and vision, and a...

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