Author: Emily Williams

ASG passes amendment to constitution

ASG passed a brief amendment to their constitution last night, adding spots on the executive council for the president of the Residence Hall Association, the president of the Diversity Affairs Council, a representative from The Miami Student and two at-large members chosen by the president and confirmed by the senate. The amendment also corrected minor grammatical errors. The executive council is responsible for “nominating candidates for student positions on the Board of Trustees and determining the eligibility of Associated Student Government for funding,” reads the constitution. Constitutional amendments must be voted on by the student body, with a majority...

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ASG presidential tickets share campaign platforms during debate

  Conversations in the packed Room 125 of the Psychology building were silenced by a smattering of knocks, echoing throughout the room as the audience readied themselves for the 2017 ASG Presidential Election Debate. ASG senators, campaign supporters, future voters and even Renate Crawford gathered for the debate at 6 p.m. on Tuesday night. Secretary for communications and media relations, Amy Berg, opened the floor by introducing the five tickets for student body president and vice president, respectively: juniors Austin Worrell and Haley Olvera, sophomores Nick Froehlich and Bradley Davis, juniors Maggie Callahan and Luke Elfreich, juniors Hannah McCarthy...

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Humans of Oxford: Nate Floyd: Turning a new page on punk

Nate Floyd sits at the table closest to the window in King Café, his headphones draped around his neck, sifting through his Spotify playlists while taking sips of his coffee. The quiet, soft-spoken librarian sports a collared shirt buttoned all the way up with a dark green sweater hanging loosely around his shoulders. Nate is a visiting assistant librarian from Indiana University (IU) at King Library. His Ph.D. is in Mass Communications with a dissertation in the Development of Journalism Education. Nate focuses his studies on how others perceive the usefulness of journalism and the way in which the...

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Miami hosts Good Samaritan Policy panel

Miami, law enforcement educate students about alcohol emergencies Many Miami students don’t know when drinking has gone too far and medical attention is required. Miami’s HAWKS Peer Health Educators along with with Greek organizations, OESCR, MUPD and OPD hope to change that. This Wednesday, March 8 at 8 p.m. in Wilks Theater, representatives from the university and several law enforcement agencies will hold an informational session and forum for students to learn more about Miami’s Good Samaritan Policy, which allows students to call for medical attention in drug-or-alcohol-related situations while minimizing or removing disciplinary consequences. Morgan Rice, a junior and volunteer EMT for the Oxford Fire Department, said she hopes the event will help students make safer choices when they drink. “We’re not telling students not to drink. We just want students to be able to drink responsibly and safely,” said Rice. During her time at Miami, Leslie McNeill, the assistant director for peer education and substance abuse prevention, has seen the severe consequences that high-risk drinking can have on students. “Sometimes people talk about being afraid to call [police], but there’s nothing worse than somebody losing their life,” said McNeill. McNeill said the implementation of Miami’s Good Samaritan Policy came from a push from the students themselves. “Good Samaritan came about because students advocated for it, and when I look at major changes that have happened on campus,...

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‘Scaling up’ the dropout rate for Physics department

Students and faculty hold contrary opinions on ‘weed out’ course The class average is an F, over 10 percent of students have dropped and even those who dedicate their lives to studying end up failing the exams. That’s Physics 191. It’s the first of a two-class series  that every Engineering major at Miami University is required to take: PHY 191 and PHY 192. It’s a class that impacts even the non-Engineering majors. They are the ones forced to listen to their friends weep for hours on end after getting their exams back. Sound like a weed-out course to you?                A student in the class myself, I decided to investigate this issue. Why? Because in high school I was a straight-A student. In my one year at community college, I was a straight-A student. In fact, my final grade in Calculus 2 was over one-hundred percent. And yet, for some reason, I came five points away from failing my first physics exam. It didn’t add up to me. So I wondered: are Miami’s Physics professors intentionally making their classes unreasonably hard? Are they trying to weed people out? History Three years ago, the set-up of PHY 191 was completely different than it is now. Back then, all the students taking the course would come to the large, lecture-style classroom with their notebooks and pens, only to sit there and...

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