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Sporting fun all around MU, Oxford

Matt Sohn, Sports Editor Forty-seven yards away. Down by one. The ball was advanced enough on the first three attempts to be in position to clinch the game right here, but now it was attempt No. 4 and everyone knew the magnitude of the situation. This was it: do or die, sink or swim. Nothing but 141 feet of grass and nerve-rattling tension stood between the ball and that yellow metal pole sticking out of the ground. I lined up and swung. I chunked it. In fact, my divot flew further than my golf ball. “Haha! You suck, Sohn!” exclaimed my so-called friend, Chris Dierks, to whom I had just lost the match. It was Friday afternoon and we, along with another friend, Robby Ross, were finishing up nine holes of that anger-inducing game known as golf at Hueston Woods. It’s a game I only recommend if you’re one of the following: really good at it, or a masochist. I’m the latter. But somewhere on the drive back to Miami University, I realized that despite my triple bogey on the ninth hole that led me to forking more than 10 bucks to Dierks, I actually enjoyed the golf outing. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, the type that’s custom-made for surfing and beach volleyball if we lived anywhere near a coastline. I was outside, with two friends talking about...

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Facebook.com election profiles help rock the vote

This midterm election season candidates are trying a different way of connecting with the younger voting demographic. A new election section featuring candidates and issues for users to support has been created on Facebook.com. Additionally, candidates in congressional and gubernatorial races can use their profiles to reach out to students and highlight their stance on certain issues. It is admirable to see candidates to reach out to communicate with the young voting demographic through a medium that this generation has become so attached to. Young voters should reciprocate by fulfilling their civic duty, educating themselves on candidates and issues and voting in the midterm elections. Political mobilization of younger voters has long been a goal of both political parties. Political participation for younger voters has been low historically and parties have seen young voters as a potentially untapped group that could turn the tide of an election. Additionally, our young generation has slowly learned that it is important to be involved in politics and that many issues debated within government will directly affect us. This includes issues like funding for grants and loans for higher education or Social Security reform. The candidate profiles provide an easy and low-cost way for us to connect with candidates and learn their stances on critical issues. While using the Internet to mobilize voters is not a new phenomenon, with MoveOn.org a pioneer in...

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A Time for Change

Cassidy Pazyniak Summer days for most college students are filled with barbecues, tanning, ice cream and relaxing with good friends. But if you ask Miami University graduate student Molly Trauten how she spent her summer vacation, she wouldn’t dispute the fact that her summer consisted of spending time with good friends – they just might not be the friends you’re expecting. “It was sort of a process to make friends at the nursing homes because I was always the new person, But because of age some will not remember our friendship. It made me appreciate the present moment.” This past summer, Trauten spent 12 weeks living as a resident in Maine nursing homes, keeping a journal of her experience every step of the way. From a young age Molly had an interest in the elderly. Visits with her grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, made her comfortable in the nursing home atmosphere. She enjoyed spending time with people who had lived their lives and had infinite amounts of wisdom to dispense. Intrigued with the study of human behavior, Trauten attended Vassar College where she earned a degree in anthropology. She then came to Miami to begin a two-year master’s program in gerontology, the study of aging. With summer approaching, Trauten had the idea to live as a resident in a nursing home to complete her 12-week observation program. Marilyn...

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Corporatization risks elimination of small town feel

Emily Brown Oxford, beware. There’s a thick, heavy ball that someone got rolling some time ago, a ball that is strikingly similar to a demolition ball. It’s been cruising along at a steady enough pace, wrecking the old water tower, pulling up trees and leaving fast food burritos in its wake. Now it’s picked up momentum and there’s no slowing it, let alone stopping it, or its destruction. It’s cruising straight toward us and all we can manage is a sigh and a shrug as it knocks down and takes out the temptations of Oxford (sweet temptress gone a year, hemp visions crashing down) or zips through our green space, smashing our crops and ruining beautiful Sunday afternoon drives in the country. Country no more, for soon endless parodies of homes will pop up from the earth-like hungry parasites ingesting the bare brown dirt of destruction. This demolition ball has no regard for preserving the sacrosanct. If it isn’t apparent, the sacrosanct is Oxford’s graceful small town splendor that is hastily metamorphosing into a corporate ghost town. This unstoppable force has tarnished the historic elegance of uptown Oxford, profaning it with the unbeatably hideous storefronts of national fast food chains while simultaneously handing out grievances to one of the few locally-owned businesses left. Too much color, radiant, vivid, appealing color, they claim. Color like that, they say among themselves,...

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Gift for writing center will benefit entire school

(Eric Frey) This past week, Miami University received $10.5 million from Roger and Joyce Howe to be used for a comprehensive writing center available to all students with a variety of resources on hand. As journalists and writers, the editorial board of The Miami Student believes the Howes’ gift toward improved writing to be of utmost importance to the university community and the furtherance of undergraduate education. Writing is a life skill that aids university graduates in obtaining careers, promotions, recognition and respect. Strong, persuasive writing skills speak more for a person’s ability than arbitrary grade point averages or college entrance exams. Establishing a university-wide writing center is a critical advance for Miami students’ writing proficiency. The center will provide guidance and resources for a whole range of writing abilities and thereby fill gaps left by former teachers or courses that neglected regular writing assignments. Miami prides itself on its strong liberal arts credentials, but more often than not, liberal arts take second place to the burgeoning and developing departments of business, engineering and computer science, fields that are quickly becoming hot spots of undergraduate activity and are areas that Miami has made an effort to strengthen during the past several years. Attention is needed in these areas, but the students who benefit from such attention are a microcosm of the whole university population. The greatest advantage to Roger...

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