ASG fills eight senate seats with special elections

Miami students will see eight new representatives speaking on their behalf in the Miami University Associated Student Government (ASG). The current board elected eight new Senators in a series of special elections in its Tuesday Feb. 13 session in 304 Harrison Hall. A total of seven candidates ran for Off-Campus Senator, and three were elected. The first elected off-campus Senator was junior Monica Venzke. She is fundraising chair of her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, and is also Resident Assistant (RA). Senior Heteng Xu also won an off-campus seat. An international student double majoring in economics and arts management, Xu...

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OESCR director Vaughn runs for state rep

Until 2016, Susan Vaughn, Miami’s director of the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution (OESCR), had no aspirations to run for public office. Now, she’s seeking election to the Ohio House of Representatives in November 2018, as representative of Ohio’s 51st district. Vaughn, who has worked at Miami University for 33 years, is running as a Democrat. At 67 years old, this is her first time running for public office. One main objective of Vaughn’s campaign is reducing the role of large companies throughout the district and pushing resources toward small business development. “I think there’s been real attention to big corporations, and the people who support those corporations are the ones who benefit from it,” Vaughn said. “And we gotta get back to bringing life to our smaller towns.” Vaughn believes that shifting focus towards sustainable jobs for the lower and middle classes will bring prosperity throughout the county. “I think it’s, to some extent, rigged, so that the people who are the supporters of the big business are the ones who are going to benefit from it,” she said. “And towns like this don’t prosper in circumstances like that.” Although Vaughn is a registered Democrat and is receiving money and campaign support from Ohio democratic organizations, she is trying to take a nonpartisan approach to her campaign, she said. “I have no platform,” Vaughn said. “I...

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College Dems and Republicans debate Ohio race for governor, tax bill

Dozens of Miami University’s most zealous political activists filed into the auditorium. The air was filled with an unmistakable tension. A student wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat walked past one wearing a “Make America Gay Again” hat, matched with a pair of rainbow socks. On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Miami University College Democrats and College Republicans faced off in a debate in Shideler Hall from 8:15 to 9:30 pm. The debate was sponsored by the Janus Forum and moderated by Madeleine Zick, the president of the Janus Forum. The College Republicans were represented by graduate student Caleb...

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Mike DeWine visits Oxford on ‘Fight the Crisis’ tour

Miami alumnus and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine visited Oxford last night, Nov. 14, to discuss his plan to tackle the opioid crisis as a part of his three-day “Fight the Crisis” tour. The major emphasis of his speech was on jobs, public education and the opioid abuse in Ohio. DeWine, who is seeking election as the governor of Ohio in the 2018 gubernatorial election spoke to students and community members from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Oxford Community Arts Center. DeWine will face three other candidates in the Republican primary for the 2018 gubernatorial race. Incumbent governor...

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New initiative aims to prevent sexual assault, harassment at bars

Butler County’s Women Helping Women activist organization is looking to implement the Cincinnati chapter’s bartender training program with regards to sexual assault and harassment. The program is meant to provide victims or potential victims of sexual assault with help to get out of uncomfortable situations in bars. Women Helping Women is hoping to address this issue to the fullest extent in the Oxford bar community. “When we met with people who work in the bar industry in Cincinnati, they very much felt this was a pressing issue,” said Kendra Massey, vice president of programming at Women Helping Women. Massey...

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