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Author: Emily Williams

Dean of Farmer School to leave Miami

Matt Myers, current dean of the Farmer School of Business, will leave Miami University at the end of June to become dean of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Myers said the main reason for the move is for his family. “Our girls are different people than they were when I accepted the Farmer School position back in 2013, and Dallas offers them the kind of environment they need,” Myers said. “This doesn’t mean the decision was easy, though. Miami and Oxford are incredible in their own right.” Myers, who took over for...

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Drinking in Oxford: A history

Since the opening of Oxford’s first tavern in 1816, patrons have packed Uptown’s drinking establishments. There was a time, however, when bar owners in Oxford were not excited to have their establishments filled with upper-class white women: the 1880s. These women weren’t dancing, and they sure weren’t drinking. No, the Women’s Temperance Crusaders were singing hymns, reading scriptures and praying — all in a concerted effort to persuade barkeeps to change their profession and close their shops. Alcohol in Oxford has had a paradoxical relationship with its citizens’ opinions. When residents were most concerned about the effects of alcohol,...

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Cozying up to Russia puts Syria in jeopardy

As we approach President Trump’s 100th day in office, his presidency has been characterized as a pell-mell of big ideas trapped in a malaise of legislative failings. Hanging over this dubious litany of shortcomings is the cloud of Russian ties. It is still unclear to what extent the Russian allegations are legitimate accusations or the Democrats’ attempt to destabilize Trump’s presidency. It is clear though that some members of Trump’s inner circle, specifically Mike Flynn, Jeff Sessions and Paul Manafort had improper and/or obfuscated communication with Russian officials. As such, it is inevitable and fair that Trump will continue to be dogged by Congressional investigations looking to uncover the whole truth. One reason that the Russian allegations are likely to have merit is that Trump is incredibly pro-Russia and seeks a strong relationship with them. Unlike Obama (and all presidents since the 19th century), he does not find that America holds a moral high ground when it comes to human rights compared to our Russian comrades. Trump’s stated goal of a good relationship in Russia is threatened by the recent attacks in Syria. If Trump wants to continue to claim that he is pro-American values, he must stand diametrically opposed to Russia and Assad. The gassing of citizens is outlawed by the Geneva Convention and modern Western political philosophy. America, as the so-called leader of the free world has...

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Faculty must support students in the ACE program

TO THE EDITOR: On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, The Miami Student published a letter to the editor authored by James Brock, an economics professor in the Farmer School of Business. The article, “Miami’s excellent failing ACE program,” was short but had a simple message: The ACE program has failed in its purpose to educate, with the insinuation that the ACE program is simply passing students along. ACE Program faculty hand out A’s to any student who wants one with no regard for the burden they place on the professors of “real” courses. After I read the letter, I felt angry. I felt frustrated and I felt sad because, yet again, here was someone telling an entire population of students on our campus that they were not deserving of an education if their English ability did not match that of their domestic peers. This message is broadcasted consistently from a variety of sources. On the surface this message is a benign one: Language proficiency is important for success in the American classroom, a fact that I will concede. But the underlying theme of this message is significantly more sinister and damaging. We continually equate English proficiency with intelligence and we continually equate whiteness with worthiness. To our students of color, for whom English is not their first language, we are saying “you are not smart enough to be here and...

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Former ambassador calls for improved U.S., Russia relations

With the investigation into the alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election in full-force and Trump’s ordered missile strike in Syria complete, it poses the question — will the United States ever be able to make amends with Russia? Jack Matlock, a U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union during the Reagan-Bush era, isn’t sure. “The possibility is there. But our own politics don’t command it,” said Matlock. In a lecture sponsored by the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Matlock spoke about his perceptions of the past, present and future of the United States’  relationship with Russia. Originally, the event, held on Thursday in Harrison Hall,was supposed to host former ambassador John Beyrle as well, but inclement weather prohibited Beyrle from traveling to Oxford. Walter Havighurst, a former author and English professor at Miami University, made the development of the center possible with an endowment. “Walter Havighurst wanted dialogue between Russia and America to be the center of what his [endowment] went towards,” said Stephen Norris, interim director of the Havighurst Center. Norris organized the event in August of last year, knowing that tensions between the United States and Russia were rising. Tension between the two countries is just what Matlock hates to see. He described himself as “never being a hardliner when it [comes]to dealing with Russia.” Matlock received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and...

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