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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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Internship gives view of real world

Elizabeth Miller As a result of my summer internship in a large corporation, I am now the greatest coffee brewer I know. I am also an expert paper filer, speedy envelope stuffer and phenomenal data inputer. I’m now BFF with the copy machine and I’m convinced that those fax machines never had someone push their buttons so well. I wonder how my employers could have ever survived without my diligent work! This summer I interned for a Christian publishing company in Colorado. Inevitably, there was grunt work. It’s an intern’s right of passage. And sometimes you have to just laugh at the ridiculous things they ask you to do. Otherwise you would want to shoot yourself. I had a friend who was working in an engineering internship this summer. His first assignment involved a handful of keys and a box full of locks. The assignment was to figure out which keys matched which locks. I believe his phrasing was, “a monkey could do my job.” Yes, interning can be a quite the humbling experience. When I wasn’t doing grunt work or taking advantage of free company coffee or checking out the cute young guy in human resources (no, he wasn’t married, I checked), I truly got to see the good, the bad and the ugly of the business world. Mostly the good, but the occasional glimpse of the ugly...

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MU entrepreneurship program ranks 19th

Jonathan Williams, Senior Staff Writer With the announcement last week that Miami University’s Thomas C. Page for Entrepreneurship has been ranked as the 19th best program of its kind by Entrepreneur magazine, the center is already working on plans to diversify the program. “Our goal is to have 50 percent of the students enrolled in the program to be non-business majors within the next 18 months,” said Joseph Kayne, director of the Page Center. “We’re at about 30 percent right now.” This announcement came on the heels of the April issue of BusinessWeek, which ranked the Richard T. Farmer School of Business 17th among undergraduate business schools in the United States. With this recent ranking, Miami is now one of two undergraduate institutions in the country to have a business school ranked in the top 20 by BusinessWeek and an entrepreneurship program ranked in the top 20 by Entrepreneur. Brigham Young University, located in Provo, Utah, is the other institution. The Page Center was endowed in 1994 and has experienced rapid growth since its inception. It has evolved from the offering of a single entrepreneurship class in its infant stages to its current state, in which a minor and a thematic sequence are also offered. One of the reasons for the success of the Page Center; said Susan Thomas, director of integrated programs and arts management for the School...

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Kent steals MAC opener

Jonathon Angarola, Senior Staff Writer Miami receiver Pat O’Bryan is dragged down by Kent State’s secondary on his only reception of the day. Miami only mustered 167 yards through the air. (Alex Turvy) On a day labeled college football’s “Separation Saturday,” the Miami University football team (0-3 overall, 0-1 MAC) was separated from garnering its first win of the season as the RedHawks fell to Kent State University, 16-14, at Yager Stadium. “I’m very disappointed in the loss,” Head Coach Shane Montgomery said. “I thought we played, obviously, one of our worst first halves in a long time.” For the second time in three games, the RedHawks were shut out in the first half at home as the ‘Hawks only mustered 167 passing yards all game after gaining 386 last week against Purdue University. Miami has yet to score a first half touchdown in 2006. “We killed ourselves offensively,” Montgomery said. “Too many penalties. Too many turnovers … We just can’t do that. It doesn’t matter who we play.” The Golden Flashes entered Yager hailing an 0-2 record and ranked No. 2 on ESPN.com’s national Bottom Ten. Kent State’s win gave the Golden Flashes their first win at Yager since 1988. “In the first half we were getting ourselves in all types of third-and-longs and second-and-longs,” junior quarterback Mike Kokal said. “They take away the deep ball and all...

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