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Miami students devote weekend to philanthropic efforts

Jane Frye Members of Sigma Alpha Mu, Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Epsilon Pi take a break Saturday morning during the American Heart Association Heart Walk. (Contributed Photo) At 5 a.m. on a Saturday most students would only be a few hours into the night’s sleep, but for others, Sept. 16 was a very early start to a day of volunteering. For about 70 members of the Sigma Alpha Mu (Sammy), Alpha Epsilon Pi and Zeta Tau Alpha (Zeta) Greek organizations it meant it was time to get up and head to Dayton for the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk. The 3.1-mile walk hoped to raise $400,000 toward research, programming and education on heart disease. “The goal is that by the year 2010 we will reduce heart disease and stroke by 25 percent,” said Barb Rothstein, the walk’s director. Rothstein was in charge of the walk for the second year in a row and said that so far $300,000 has been raised, with six to eight weeks left to reach their target. Putting on the walk, which attracted some 3,300 participants this year – including many survivors of heart disease or strokes and their families – is a large undertaking and Rothstein looked to her son Josh for help with the event. Josh, a senior Sammy, organized students to lend a hand with the walk after having great...

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Miami unable to find old spark

Chris Rule, Senior Staff Writer Mike Kokal (3) tucks and runs due to the relentless pressure applied by Kent State. Kokal has been sacked 15 times, tied for the most in Division 1-A. (Jeff Creech) The team that traveled to Purdue University for game two of the season was the Miami University football team of old. It was the dominant force that has held a share of the Mid-American Conference East title for the past three years. It was a team to get excited about. The team that played Kent State University at home in the Cradle of Coaches last Saturday was more reminiscent of Duke University football. For those who don’t know, Duke football is the antithesis of Duke basketball. In other words, the team that played football on Saturday did not play as a top team in the MAC. How can a team look so dominant one week and then fade so dramatically the next? The difference between Miami week two and Miami week three was night and day. Head Coach Shane Montgomery certainly wasn’t happy with his team’s performance. “I thought we played one of the worst first halves in a long time,” Montgomery said. “Like we did in the first six quarters of this year (when we failed to score a touchdown), we killed ourselves offensively.” Killing themselves offensively might be an understatement. The RedHawk...

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Steve Miller Band to play Parent’s Weekend

Jonah Hein The Steve Miller Band, with hits like “Fly Like an Eagle'”and “Joker,” will perform Oct. 28 in front of a live audience at Millett Hall. (Michael Pickering) While some students don’t know more than a few of The Steve Miller Band’s most popular titles, many are still willing to give them a listen during Parent’s Weekend this October. “I don’t know who they are, but I am looking forward to seeing them play,” said first-year James Deacon. Sounds of the blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll group, The Steve Miller band, will resonate through Millett Hall Oct.28. “We wanted to do a concert (during Parent’s Weekend) this year because the past few years we’ve had comedians come and perform for Parent’s Weekend,” said Gary Manka, director of student activities and leadership. “We were torn between the Blues Brothers and The Steve Miller Band, but there was a general consensus to go with the latter. I’m really glad it worked out this way.” While stating that she feels the group’s music will appeal to all, Patti Swofford, director of the Performing Arts Series, said Miami students may not immediately recognize The Steve Miller Band. Such is the case for senior Matt Kendra. “Steve Miller Band? A bit before our time, but it might be worth a ticket for someone,” Kendra said. Swofford thinks students will be familiar with more of...

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