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Author: Megan Zahneis

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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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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