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Speaker covers African issues

Laura Houser The director of Southern African Affairs for the U.S. Department of State speaks about stabilizing southern Africa Monday afternoon in Hall Auditorium. (Jeffrey Creech) Stability. That’s what Dan Monzena, director of Southern African Affairs for the U.S. Department of State, explained is in the world’s collective best interest for southern Africa, on Monday afternoon to an audience in Hall Auditorium. “Our best interests lie in a peaceful, stable, democratic, healthy and prosperous Africa,” Mozena said. Mozena came to Miami University through the student-run African School Advancement Program (ASAP). Monzena spoke on the U.S. interest and current policy in southern Africa, touching on the significant humanitarian, democratic and economic issues prevalent in the region. Key in Monzena’s lecture were the topics of HIV and AIDS. Monzena said that Africa is the front lines in the worldwide battle against the deadly virus, so Africa – and southern Africa in particular – has never been more important. AIDS, Monzena said, is destroying southern Africa. As he walked about the stage, throwing his hands into each point, Monzena reminded his listeners that in southern African alone, 42.6 percent of the adult population has HIV/AIDS – with Botswana having the lowest life expectancy in the world. It may be easy to speak of AIDS in the abstract, Monzena said, but we should never forget how personal the disease is. Monzena also talked...

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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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