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Megan Zahneis


Megan Zahneis is a sophomore journalism and interactive media studies double-major with plans to minor in disability studies. She is from a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio and served as a staff writer and senior staff writer at The Miami Student before becoming a news editor. She hopes to parlay her interests in narrative nonfiction, memoir and in-depth reporting into a career as a writer.

For international students, academic dishonesty numbers don’t tell the full story

During the 2015-2016 academic year, over 40 percent of reported incidences of academic dishonesty involved international students. That number — 43.7 percent, to be specific — seems disproportionately high, considering that Miami’s international population made up just 11.4 percent of its total student body in fall 2015, according to the Office of Institutional Research’s Fact Book for 2015-16. But the numbers aren’t as they seem, said Brenda Quaye, Miami’s coordinator for academic integrity. First, Quaye said, it’s important to understand what exactly a reported incidence of dishonesty means — that is, a case of suspected academic dishonesty reported by a faculty member to his or her department chair and brought to a hearing. These numbers don’t only represent cases in which the hearing found the student responsible for committing academic dishonesty, either — in fact, 104 of the 460 cases reported last academic year found students not guilty. The term “academic dishonesty” can refer to a variety of circumstances, too — most commonly cheating (as on a test or quiz), plagiarism or “unauthorized collaboration” with other students on an assignment. According to the official incidents report for 2015-16, nearly half of the reported cases last year involved “students copying/using others’ work, giving work to others and/or collaborating in an unauthorized manner.” Quaye noted that the 460 cases reported last year are likely “a drop in the bucket” compared to...

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O’Malley, Mac Donald discuss: Can both black and blue lives matter?

The rescheduled version of Miami University’s Janus Forum went on Thursday night amid controversy around the speakers selected. The spring forum, “Can Both Black and Blue Lives Matter?”, was originally scheduled for March with conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald and documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter as the debaters. However, the event was postponed after Porter, a proponent of Black Lives Matter, fell ill. Event organizers secured Maryland governor and one-time Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, as the replacement speaker.  However, some were concerned that the addition of O’Malley, who is white, to the slate was a misrepresentation of black...

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Miami alum lands winning deal on ‘Shark Tank’

Rick Pescovitz wasn’t ready to give up yet. The 1985 Miami alum and Cincinnati-based entrepreneur had submitted a pitch to “Shark Tank,” for his company, Under the Weather, but after a year there was still no word from the acclaimed investment reality TV show. Under the Weather makes portable pop-up tents aimed at outdoor sports spectators. The idea was conceived after Pescovitz grew tired of the suboptimal weather conditions he often endured on the sidelines his three kids’ soccer games — he needed a weatherproof way to watch. The “pod” design Pescovitz dreamed up is made of wind- and...

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Hundreds gather for satellite ‘March for Science’ in Uptown Oxford

Oxford joined over 600 cities in 69 countries in hosting a March for Science event on Saturday, April 22, internationally recognized as Earth Day. The satellite march in Oxford was attended by hundreds and featured a slate of speakers from the university community, including the mayor of Oxford, Miami’s provost and an Associated Student Government (ASG) cabinet member. That guest list was the handiwork of Dustin Hornbeck, a first-year doctoral student in Miami’s educational leadership program. Though the flagship March event occurred in Washington, D.C., Hornbeck was inspired to coordinate an Oxford edition after seeing a friend do the...

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Pedestrian hit by vehicle on High St.

Eyewitnesses report that a female pedestrian was hit by a vehicle this afternoon on E. High St., near Laws and Hughes halls. Miami University and Oxford police departments reported to the scene. MUPD told The Student it received a call at 12:39 p.m, but could not confirm the victim’s identity or the extent of her injuries. The victim was transported to McCullough-Hyde Hospital, where officials have not yet returned The Student’s request for comment. Student Riley Christianson said she was walking on the sidewalk near Pearson Hall when she saw a girl roll onto the ground. Christianson said the...

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