Author: Megan Zahneis

Miami seeks exam surveillance software

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor A student walks into a room, ready for her final exam. She takes a seat and racks her brain, willing herself to recall the minutiae of the course material she’d worked an entire semester to master. She sits down at her computer, logs in and allows the software installed to access her screen, webcam and microphone. Before she begins her exam, she’ll pick up the laptop and rotate it 360 degrees, offering a full view of her environment via webcam. She may even flash her student ID at the camera to confirm her identity....

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Humans of Oxford: Gael Montgomery

The free-spirited teacher By Megan Zahneis, News Editor It was a roundabout journey, one that started in Turkey in the 1960s, winding its way through Greece, an Army base near the Panama Canal, southern Florida, New York City, Italy, Philadelphia and Baltimore. But it’s the journey that brought Gael Montgomery to a small, secluded college town in southwestern Ohio to teach Italian. Yet Montgomery didn’t start learning in earnest the language she’s now paid to teach until she was in her early thirties. That’s because, at one point or another, Montgomery worked as a legal secretary, waitress, freelance writer...

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Miami Middletown celebrates 50th

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor On the heels of a restructuring campaign that brought in five new bachelor’s degree programs and its first master’s degree offering, Miami University’s Middletown campus will celebrate its 50th anniversary next week with a full slate of celebratory activities. Monday will mark the date in 1966 when Miami University Middletown (MUM) opened its doors, becoming the first permanent university branch campus in Ohio. But the festivities will kick off Saturday, with an official ceremony, live music, food trucks and an on-site remote broadcast by local radio station K 99.1 FM. Organizers have been preparing...

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EducationCounsel meetings continue diversity discussion

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor In late April, Miami University hosted educational consulting firm EducationCounsel for a series of sessions on diversity issues at Miami. More than 200 students, faculty and staff attended over four days of meetings with 15 campus organizations and committees. The conversations have been a long time coming, said campus officials, and, once EducationCounsel issues a formal report of its findings, changes may be implemented at the university level. Michael Kabbaz, vice president of enrollment management and student success, said that Miami’s relationship with EducationCounsel came about from its participation in the College Board’s Access...

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Contingents’ status impacts quality of education

Lack of job security, academic freedom to blame Professor, second class – Second in a series (see first part here) By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Miami students pay more for their education than nearly any other public-university students in the U.S., yet they are increasingly taught by faculty who enjoy neither the job security nor the academic freedom of tenured college professors. That has subtle but significant effects in the classroom, according to both tenured professors and faculty members called “contingent”—those who work on part-time or short-term contracts who can never be sure how long their jobs will last....

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