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Author: Megan Zahneis

27 credit hours, five majors, one goal: Andrew Higgins’ Miami journey

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor “Where are you from?” When college students initially meet, that’s usually the first question they ask. Andrew Higgins can answer that one. He’s from Cleveland. It’s the next question that makes him hesitate. “What’s your major?” The response that the Miami University junior offers depends largely on context. In a biology lab? In that case, he says he’s a psychology major. At Glee Club? He’s studying music composition. The thing is, both answers are technically correct. So are three others. Higgins has undertaken the seemingly impossible by declaring five majors, too many to even...

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Miami University 2nd in undergraduate education

AAUP cautions not to ignore problems By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Miami University was recently ranked second in the nation for its commitment to undergraduate education by U.S. News and World Report, behind only Princeton University. The specialty list, compiled by the media conglomerate as part of its annual “Best Colleges” analysis, qualifies Miami as the top public university in the United States. Miami has placed in the top five in each of the past seven years. Being named to the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list, university spokesperson Claire Wagner said, is quite the honor. I don’t know if there’s...

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Equal pay lawsuit undecided

MU unethical, says ally in FSB By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Despite an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit against Miami University, one male professor of finance believes the third floor of the Farmer School still constitutes a toxic work environment for his female colleagues. Kelly Brunarski and Yvette Harman, both associate professors of finance who have been at Miami since 1999 and 2000, respectively, accused the university of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and violation of the Equal Pay Act in a lawsuit filed Feb. 15 in the Southern District Court of Ohio. Both Brunarski and Harman declined The Student’s request...

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Board of Trustees to meet Friday

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Miami University’s Board of Trustees is expected to approve several resolutions in its meeting this Friday, including the allocation of $150,000 in unrestricted funding as quasi-endowments for the Pre-Law Center and Student Affairs, the sale of bonds to help finance construction, and the renaming of the Department of Family Studies and Social Work. Occasionally, the University allocates funds from large private donations that are unrestricted — meaning donors don’t specify a specific use for their money — as long-term financial support for strategic initiatives. Two of these quasi-endowments, pending approval Friday, will be awarded...

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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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