Standing tall on trails, track

Brad Culp Pat Sovacool, seen here at the Miami Invitational, has finished in the top three in both of the Miami men’s cross country meets in 2006. (Bob Dickerson) Miami University sophomore Pat Sovacool really stands out from the rest of the cross country team. It’s not only because his last name makes him sound like a villain from a James Bond film, or because he can run a mile more than twice as fast as the everyday Miamian. Sovacool literally stands out on the pint-sized cross country team. He stands at well over six feet tall and looks like a behemoth compared to his teammates, as they pound the trails for up to three hours a day. “I think Pat is finally starting to grow into his body,” said men’s Head Cross Country Coach Warren Mandrell. “It tends to take tall runners a while to progress, but once they do, there’s tremendous potential.” Sovacool’s potential seems to be reaching new heights as he enters his second year on the cross country and track squads. He appears to be following in the footsteps of former Miami stars Dan Huling and Chris Swisher – both tall runners who blossomed with age. Huling is now running professionally with a contract from Reebok – not a bad pair of shoes to follow. While Sovacool’s success on the trails is beginning to develop,...

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A Sweet Cheat

Vanessa Casanova Since Miami University formed the First in 2009 Academic Integrity Subcommittee last year, the university has held a stronger magnifying glass on cheating at the university level. The subcommittee made several recommendations last April, including having faculty use new software and machines to help combat plagiarizing and cheating. SafeAssignment and are two services Miami is considering using to detect plagiarism. SafeAssignment is a program through Blackboard Learning System. Faculty can submit all their class papers through the system, where the papers are then submitted to a database of previously submitted papers and Internet sources. “The program will tell professors where the content is from,” said Ibrahima Poda, an instructional technologist specialist in Information Technology (IT) Services. “If you got a chunk of information from a Web site it will show up in red. If you change one word that word will be black and the rest red.” is a Web site similar to SafeAssignment. It allows professors to compare their students’ papers to those from other institutions. This site does not require that all papers from a class must be submitted. According to Poda, many universities and elementary schools use programs like these. As of now, Miami is in the testing phase of these programs and will decide by the end of the year which one is the easiest and most effective. Poda said 40...

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Author’s struggle out of poverty topic of upcoming speech, book

Cassidy Pazyniak An average day at Miami University is graced with Ralph Lauren polos, Lacoste hats, and when it rains, Coach umbrellas. Author Mary Childer, on the other hand, had quite different attire growing up. Childer will read excerpts from her personal story, Welfare Brat, at 4 p.m. Sept.26, in 212 MacMillan Hall. Welfare Brat is the story of Childer’s struggle out of poverty. As a child living in the Bronx during the 1960s, the story follows her from the age of 10 to 17 and the obstacles she faced along the way. Mary Jean Corbett, a Miami English professor who is a personal friend of Childer’s, booked her to attend Miami. “(Mary) is remarkable, she breaks the stereotypes that people on welfare wind up on welfare,” Corbett said. “… It’s the typical American success story, but I don’t think she believes everyone has equal access to what she made for herself.” Despite her drug-addicted mother or having to pass on food for the day, Childer still graduated high school at the age of 16 and went on to earn her Ph.D. Now, years later, she has taught at universities ranging from Dartmouth to Vanderbilt. Childer is currently an independent consultant specializing in discrimination prevention training, grievance investigation and conflict mediation. When reading from her work, Childer said that at times it seems odd, but once she focuses on...

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U.S. torture viewed as intolerable

Michael Bain The United States has reached a rare historic crossroads at which the integrity and moral character of our nation is in jeopardy of being dangerously undermined. The current debate regarding the legalization of torture in CIA detention centers carries with it implications of great importance. The president’s agenda to legalize torture is a mistake second only to the Iraq War and is equally unjustified. Currently, the United States is holding more than 14,000 detainees at international facilities, many of whom have been held for months or years without being charged or granted access to an attorney. While the Bush administration employs the rhetoric of fear to justify their detention, the facts don’t line up. According to the Associated Press, American commanders told the international Red Cross, “Seventy to 90 percent of the Iraq detainees in 2003 were ‘mistakes.'” This number is all the more sobering when one considers that criminal charges have been brought against only 10 Guantanamo inmates since 2002. In other words, thousands of innocent people are being arrested, held without charge for extended periods of time, brutally interrogated and then released back to the street. Such a policy is not only morally reprehensible, but also ineffective in procuring useful information. Last week, General John Kimmons stated in a Pentagon press briefing that, “No good intelligence is going to come from abusive practices. … Our...

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Campus Crusade assembles group to help combat AIDS

Lindsey Wagner They can talk the talk, but this past Saturday Miami University students proved they can walk the walk as well, at the Walk to Stop AIDS. Enlisting the help of her friends and other Campus Crusade for Christ members, Annie Milligan, a Miami senior speech pathology and audiology major, organized a group of 11 Miami students to participate in the AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati’s Walk to Stop AIDS, in order to help to raise AIDS awareness. According to the Web site of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on major health care issues, Ohio was ranked 15th in the country with 6,722 cases of AIDS 2004 and between 1999 and 2003 Butler County had a total of 71 reported cases of HIV. Those who walked expressed their reasons for participating. “We want to show people that we love them by serving them,” said Kimberly Matchett, a volunteer and senior zoology major, about the aims of Crusade’s participation. The annual five-mile pledge walk, previously known as Red Ribbon Walk for AIDS, was held Sept. 16 at Sawyer Point’s Schott Amphitheater and drew volunteers from across the tri-state area. This year marked the first that Campus Crusade has put together a group to volunteer, but Milligan hopes it will not be the last of its kind. “We don’t do things like this very often,...

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