Alison Block, For The Miami Student When it comes to scholarships, students often settle for what Miami initially gives them when they enroll. That should not be the case, as Miami has a multitude of scholarship opportunities for current students, usually based on a combination of merit and financial need. In 2013 alone, Miami gave $53 million in scholarships. Miami’s financial aid office reviews student records when choosing to award scholarships for the upcoming semester. The criteria for many of these awards are often related to students’ Miami GPAs. For donor-created scholarships, criteria can be based on other, more specific factors, often dealing with aspects such as financial need or the student’s major, Director of the Financial Aid Office Brent Shock said. “Miami looks for some level of academic achievement, but they are also based on a level of financial need,” he said. Students often receive these awards without applying for them, but there are many additional scholarships students can seek out and apply for as well. Shock said a smart place for students to start looking for scholarships is within his or her own department at Miami. Colleges, departments and programs within the university often have annual scholarships for which their students can apply. For more information about these scholarships, students should check with the department chair, his or her academic advisor, the administrative staff that work in the department or even on the department’s website, Shock said. Students can also visit the Office of Financial Assistance in the College Avenue Building (CAB) for help with scholarships. Miami publishes a list of trusted outside scholarship opportunities on the Financial Aid website, and there are useful search engines that match students’ criteria to outside scholarships, such as schoolsoup.com and iefa.org. Students should be wary though, Shock said, as scholarship searches should always be free and anonymous. “Never, ever pay for a search service,” he said. The Office of Financial Aid also assists students in compiling applications for scholarships with more extensive requirements. “We do our best to provide help,” Shock said. “Counselors are available every day, Monday through Friday, except Wednesday mornings. Students need to know what they’re looking to apply for when they come in.” He also encouraged students to utilize other resources at Miami when preparing applications. “Use the Howe Writing Center,” he said. “It’s a great resource to use for essays.” In addition to scholarships, Shock mentioned several other ways students can alleviate the financial burden of college expenses. He stressed the importance of planning ahead, working and saving and creating and sticking to a budget. “Every choice has a dollar associated with it,” he said. There are also many options for students studying abroad. Associate Director of Global Initiatives Karla Guinigundo explained how students can make their study abroad experiences affordable. “One of the keys to making study abroad as affordable as possible is to really plan ahead,” she said. With the help of her office and Miami’s study abroad advisors, students have several resources available to help them do this. There are multiple scholarships available for students going abroad, both from endowed scholarships within Miami as well as outside scholarships. Miami offers a variety of scholarships, usually by academic departments or the student’s study abroad program itself. “We have some scholarships available that are specific to some departments or programs,” Guinigundo said. “The Luxembourg program has scholarships, for instance; the Farmer School has pools of scholarships that are just for Farmer students. We have some scholarships that are specific to exchange programs, which are a specific type of study abroad program, and then we do have some that are general and can be used on different types, like the Havighurst minority scholarship, the Moloney, Ostberg, and Saylor Scholarships, and the Western College Alumni Association also has some support available from time to time.” The Global Initiatives office provides a list of common non-Miami scholarships students apply for and receive, as well as recommended scholarship search sites students can utilize, found on the “financing” tab of the Study Abroad website. Guinigundo encouraged any students preparing to go abroad to come to their office, where advisers can work with them directly to maximize the students’ chances of receiving a scholarship. They have done this already: nine Miami students have been chosen for the Gilman International Scholarship this coming summer, which Guinigundo said is a major achievement. “It’s absolutely phenomenal,” Guinigundo said. “Miami students actually do win these.”
Audrey Zimmerman, For The Miami Student Monday afternoons begin with an apron, art supplies and a 3:30 p.m. meeting at a local retirement community for students in the Opening Minds through Art program at Miami University. Opening Minds through Art, or OMA, is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is offered as a service-learning course through the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami and gives students the opportunity to help elders create pieces of abstract artwork, while earning credits toward their degrees. However, many of these student-volunteers have realized that OMA goes much deeper than just being a fun way to fulfill course requirements. Miami University senior Jeremy Ferlic is paired with Marge Mackey at The Knolls of Oxford in Oxford, Ohio. “I can honestly say that OMA is the reason I now look forward to Mondays instead of dreading them,” Ferlic said. “Helping Marge isn’t hard work, but it makes a difference, in her life and in mine.” Once a week, Ferlic – along with 14 other student-volunteers – spends an hour and a half with his partner, helping her create her own artwork and getting to know her better over the course of the semester. “She’s very quick to pick up on my emotions and how I say things,” Ferlic said. “When I’m excited about the art project, she feels it too and it translates into her attitude.” Student-volunteers aren’t the only ones who notice the meaningful partnerships OMA creates. OMA’s Assistant Director and Senior Research Assistant Beth Rohrbaugh is actively involved with several of the volunteer sites in the local community and observes the friendships that form between students and elders. “Many students enroll in the class expecting to fulfill a credit obligation or with the intent of giving of their time and talent to another individual, but they come away with so much more than they ever expected,” Rohrbaugh said. “In addition to learning about people with dementia, students get the opportunity to experience a real relationship with the elderly, something so many of that generation don’t have.” OMA was founded in 2007 by Dr. Elizabeth Lokon and now serves 200 pairs of elders and volunteers annually at several locations in nearby communities. “Through their service to people with dementia, students’ beliefs and opinions regarding the elderly are most often transformed in a very personal way,” Rohrbaugh said. OMA’s mission is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art and so far, they are doing just that. “I’ve gained an appreciation for just how much something as simple as time can mean to someone,” Ferlic said. As the week’s session came to a close Miami University senior, Bryn Wilkin, spoke and laughed with her partner – Knolls resident, Flora Burrows. “I enjoyed today very much,” Burrows said. “We had a lot of fun,” Wilkin said. “We usually do.”
Emily Crane, Graduating News Editor I wasn’t sure what to expect from Jose Antonio Vargas’ film “Documented” when I attended a screening here at Miami last Monday. I knew he would be using the film to generate discussion on the topic of immigration reform, probably drawing somewhat from his own personal experiences growing up as an undocumented American. From what I knew of him personally, I guessed much of his passion would probably seep onto the screen and I knew he wouldn’t dance around messy subjects. I anticipated something powerful and poignant, but “Documented” was more than that; it was intensely personal. There are a dozen different ways Vargas could have gone about raising the issues facing undocumented Americans, but he chose to do so by turning the camera on himself and telling his own story. Some might argue a journalist couldn’t possibly tell his own story while maintaining any semblance of objectivity. And they would be right. But Vargas doesn’t pretend to be objective. He’s real and raw and unfiltered. “Documented” follows Vargas’ story from the time his grandfather paid a smuggler to bring him to the U.S. from the Philippines at age 12 to the present, where he continues to live without any form of U.S. identification and no path to citizenship in the country he calls home. He tells of the years spent living in fear and hiding after he discovered at 16 that his green card and social security number were forgeries, all the while rising in fame and prominence as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He brings the camera into his grandparents’ modest home in California to show us his grandmother in curlers cooking in the kitchen and to hear her speak of the devastation and fear she felt when she heard of his decision to “come out” as an “illegal.” And he documents the pregnant silence on the part of the Department of Homeland Security after he announced in a column in the New York Times that he had come to the U.S. illegally as a child. But where the film truly shocks is when Vargas allows his audience to look in on his personal relationship with his mother whom he has not seen since she bid him goodbye at the airport two decades ago. He crosses a line, bringing the audience into moments so intimate they’re uncomfortable. I couldn’t help but squirm as I watched the tears stream down his mother’s cheeks the first time she saw his face over Skype. I felt as though I were intruding. And I was shocked by Vargas’ candor as he told the camera of the ways in which his separation from his mother all these years has wrecked him emotionally. By the end of the film, Vargas has laid all bare, he has held nothing back from his story of what it is to be undocumented, and the viewer is left shaken by the rawness of it all. To see so deeply into a stranger’s heart and life is a jarring thing. It’s a powerful thing. It accomplishes what Vargas set out to do: force people to have uncomfortable conversations. It takes a political talking point and turns it into a personal narrative. There are a dozen different ways Vargas could have chosen to spread the message of “Documented,” each with its own merit. This choice was unconventional, unexpected and at times, downright unpleasant. But all who watch it, either in theaters over the next few months or when it premiers on CNN this summer, will not leave the same.
Libby Mueller, Senior Staff Writer Students ringed the Uptown Park Friday night, perched on the curb with legs sprawled and heads nodding to the music. A small throng of people watched and danced on the grass. Students and locals smiled as they passed on the streets, lingering to listen to the live music floating on the cool May air. The free concert in Uptown Park was Roxford Music Fest and featured local musicians Corey Bush, RED samantha, LΔst Lights and Crossinova. The inaugural event was hosted by the Miami University Audio Engineering and Music Production (AEMP) organization. Sophomore Spencer Wood started the organization last year, and already it has worked with local artists to record their music and participate in campus events such as Battle of the Bands. AEMP plans to host Roxford Music Fest annually, according to booking agent Julie Mullen, who deemed the concert a success. “We had four great musicians and they all performed really well,” Mullen said. “The people who were there seemed to be having a great time. We plan to make the Roxford Music Fest an annual event. We hope that it will grow and get more bands and more fans.” Singer and guitarist for RED samantha Joe Murray said the Friday concert was fun for him. RED samantha is a fairly new alternative rock band, so Roxford Music Fest was a good way to gain visibility on the MU campus. “We’ve been playing together in that arrangement for just about a year, but we’ve been friends since kindergarten,” Murray said. RED samantha likes to write music that speaks to issues many college students face. “A lot of it is stuff that’s happened in the past that seems to be fitting for people in our age group,” Murray said. “Relationships, changes in lifestyle going from high school to college, dealing with being on your own and interpersonal relationships that either get stronger or fade away.” RED samantha will be recording music this summer and playing near the University of Cincinnati (UC) May 10 and June 14 at The Mad Frog. For Murray personally, a love of music was born far before RED samantha. Murray said his inspiration for playing music came from his father, who was in a rock band growing up. Now Murray cannot imagine life without music, he said. “He learned how to play guitar when he was young and he taught me how to play,” Murray said. “I think it’s a big enough part of my life now to where I don’t think there will ever be a time it’ll be put on the shelf.” Singer-songwriter Corey Bush, who also began playing music at a very young age, was another performer at the concert Friday night. “Overall, I think it went really well,” Bush said. “I was glad to see a lot of people come out and support the artists.” Bush played a mix of original songs and covers by artists such as Matchbox Twenty and Daughtry. Bush said Daughtry is one of several artists he looks up to as a musician. “I really look up to the lead singer of Lifehouse Jason Wade. That’s probably the biggest influence,” Bush said. “And Daughtry. I love Chris Daughtry. They are big influences on my sound. I kind of learned from them.” Bush will graduate from MU at the end of May. Moving forward, he said he hopes to gain more experience performing his music. “My goals would probably be getting more experience playing in front of a live audience and getting as much exposure as possible,” Bush said. “I would love to get signed by a record label and form my own band.” These local artists are only some of the many talented musicians in Oxford and surrounding areas: singer-songwriters, bands, DJs and more. As AEMP wraps up its first successful concert, students who enjoyed the live music Uptown will eagerly anticipate future shows featuring these and other artists.
Staff Tuesday May 6 Get ready for finals week at “Finals Preparation,” a workshop with an all-encompassing look at studying and test taking. Register at http://tinyurl.com/finalspreparationrlc2 for the 5 p.m. event at 13 Campus Avenue Building. Wednesday May 7 The Miami University Symphony Orchestra will close the 2013-14 season with a concert at Hall Auditorium featuring the winners of this year’s concerto competition: Phoenix Deng, violin; Bobby Fisco, trombone and Lizabeth Malanga, voice. The 7:30 p.m. performance is free and open to the public. Thursday May 8 Explore the basic principles and practices of Taichi through Beijing Short Form at The Oxford Community Arts Center. The $10 class begins 10 a.m. Friday May 9 The Oxford Community Arts Center is hosting Second Friday, a celebration of the arts, starting at 6 p.m. This free event features live music from local musicians, new art exhibits and one-of-a-kind artwork for sale. Saturday May 10 The Oxford Farmer’s Market will be open Uptown from 8 a.m. to noon, offering fresh, local food and cooking demonstrations. Sunday May 11 A capstone film presentation, “Blood Is Thicker Together,” will show 7:30 p.m. in Irvin Hall Room 40. The free event is open to all faculty and students. Monday May 12 Kick off your week at “The Art of Yoga,” focusing on relaxation and deep release through the mind and body awareness. The $10 class begins 10:30 a.m. at the Oxford Community Arts Center’s North Parlor.
Britton Perelman, Staff Writer One of the best things about college is not having to do any summer homework, and the movie theater is the perfect place to spend all that extra time. With plenty of movies in every genre hitting theaters this summer, there’s bound to be something at the box office for everyone. The summer movie season, typically chalk full of blockbuster superheroes and explosion-filled actions, kicked off last weekend with the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx. It’s a sequel to the 2012 hit and a remake of the 2004 version. If, like me, Spider-Man isn’t exactly your favorite superhero, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” will hit theaters May 23. And, though this summer offers at least eight superhero or action movies, including sequels from the “Transformers” and “Planet of the Apes” franchises, Disney will be offering its own brand of thrill when “Maleficent” hits theaters May 30. With Angelina Jolie in the lead role, Disney reinvents the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty” and delves into the story behind one of its most intriguing villains. Or, if you loved the 2012 summer hit “Ted,” you won’t want to miss Seth MacFarlane’s newest comedic venture, “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” which also comes out May 30. MacFarlane stars alongside a packed cast that includes Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Neil Patrick Harris. It looks both ridiculous and absolutely hilarious. Other comedies coming to theaters this summer include the sequel “22 Jump Street” June 13 and “They Came Together,” a quirky rom-com starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. If you need a break from hard-core studying for finals, check out “Neighbors” on May 9. It stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as new parents who are in for a surprise when they move in next to a frat house run by Zac Efron. Fans of a certain youth adult novel by John Green will want to check out “The Fault in Our Stars” June 6. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are the cancer-ridden star crossed teenagers who fall in love after meeting at a support group. I’d be sure to pack the tissues for this one if I were you. Personally, I always look forward to seeing the indie films from summer festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final two movies “God’s Pocket” and “A Most Wanted Man” will be released May 9 and July 25, respectively. Both are dramatic thrillers that have garnered praise for Hoffman’s last roles. Out May 9, Jesse Eisenberg stars in “The Double,” a comedy/drama/thriller about a man who comes face-to-face with his exact double. It’s intriguing and looks just as dark as it does funny. “Third Person,” another drama I’m looking forward to seeing, stars Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, James Franco and Olivia Wilde. Slated for a June 20 release, it weaves three love stories together in a way that looks much like “The Words” from two years ago. Finally, perhaps the most anticipated indie film of the season will hit theaters on July 11, after being in the works for 12 years. Director/writer Richard Linklater wrote a story about a young boy, and continually hired the same actors for the 12 years he spent filming. The result is a moving portrait about what it means to grow up, featuring the actual coming of age of the main actor Ellar Coltrane. Whether you’re seeing a box office smashing action or a heartfelt indie, I hope you spend some of your summer at the movies.
Alexis Clifton, For The Miami Student Getting dinner with friends on Miami’s campus is no easy task for first-year Siv DeBoom. For her, every meal comes with frustration, impatience and uncertainty. DeBoom is one of many Miami students on a gluten-free diet. It is estimated that 25 percent of the allergies registered through Miami’s Culinary Service are gluten-free. Whether it be a minor sensitivity to gluten or celiac disease – a condition that affects one in 133 Americans – these students have found eating on campus to be one of the most difficult adjustments to college. “One time I went to get lunch at Armstrong between classes,” DeBoom said. “When I went up to the guy at the pizza place to see if they had gluten-free pizza crust, he said he did not know what gluten-free was so he did not have any.” Gluten is a protein found in mostly wheat, barley and rye. When consumed, those with the allergy get very sick. The only treatment for both sensitivity and celiac disease is to be on a completely gluten-free diet. Someone with gluten sensitivity will find themselves with cold-like symptoms, headaches, stomach aches and vomiting, whereas a person with celiac disease has a condition which triggers an autoimmune attack in the small intestine. The attack damages the villi, which will then prevent the absorption of nutrients into the body. With such costly and undesirable symptoms, students with the allergy try very hard to avoid the substance at all costs. But many, like DeBoom, are having very little luck at Miami. “A lot of the student workers are not educated enough to make gluten-free food,” DeBoom said. “They do not know to change their gloves or use a separate knife to cut things because of cross contamination, which then leaves me sick for days because of a simple sandwich.” At the start of the school year, student workers in the dining halls are not fully trained for their jobs until halfway through the semester. With more and more students in need of gluten-free options, student workers must have as much knowledge as managers about the dietary differences. McKenna Meath, a first-year recently diagnosed with gluten intolerance, has found the same troubles of living a gluten-free lifestyle at Miami. “I had a student worker not know what gluten-free pizza crust was, so they put the cheese on a flour tortilla instead, which still is not gluten-free,” Meath said. As for the student workers, serving gluten-free can be just as difficult for them. In Phil’s Deli, if the bread is frozen in the freezer, the student must thaw it out and toast it. This process can take up to several minutes, creating a long line of hungry students and a particularly impatient gluten-free student. “When the lines start to get really long, we are trying really hard to move as fast as we can to make it less crowded,” Scoreboard student-worker Maili Morales said. “Asking for gluten-free breads at busy eating hours makes it harder for us to follow all the protocol of handling gluten-free food.” Gluten-free students have found it is easier to avoid eating on campus all together with so few options. Walking into Martin Dining Hall, the gluten-free options provided up front at every meal are grilled chicken breast and white rice. “Eating grilled chicken and rice for every meal gets really redundant, and the few options they have in the back kitchen for gluten-free students is all the same, we either get pasta or a bagel,” first-year Julie Blumenfeld said. When planning to eat in the dining halls, gluten-free students are asked to call the kitchen an hour in advance if they want something prepared from the back. The chefs can prepare gluten-free pasta, grilled cheese, bagels, waffles or pancakes if ordered in advance. With several options to choose from, students are still having difficulty eating at these dining halls. Beverley Rambo of Miami’s Demske Culinary Support Center suggested students make appointments with culinary support in order to talk about providing and finding gluten-free foods on campus. Making appointments helps the student and dining hall staff become familiar with each other and the foods they request. By reaching out to culinary support, students can also request personal gluten-free items that culinary support will get at local grocery stores, Rambo said. “Food services say that they will prepare gluten-free students anything students want, but the kitchen is always running out and not restocking in a timely matter,” Blumenfeld said. Meath shared similar frustrations, specifically with the call-ahead protocol for gluten-free students. “Calling an hour in advance for food is one of the biggest problems about eating at dining halls, I do not know an hour ahead of time when I’m going to eat,” Meath said. “If you ask for the food from the back when you are at the dining hall, they get really angry, making me not want to eat at all.” Despite the chaos of being gluten-free free on Miami’s campus, students have one go-to that never fails: MacCracken Market, located in Central Quad. The market is sacred to gluten-free students. The market keeps stock of an endless supply of gluten-free granola, pretzels, frozen meals, fruits and vegetables. “The options at MacCracken are endless,” DeBoom said. “I can get a huge variety of food without the contamination, waiting, and frustration by the dining halls.” To the culinary services at Miami, Meath offered some suggestions. “Miami needs to improve the way in which it serves gluten-free students,” she said. “They need more variety and a better strategy for serving students at busy hours. Even though we are gluten-free, we still have to eat.”
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