Emily Williams

Show some respect for our ‘most beautiful campus’

By Emily Williams, Managing Editor Early Tuesday morning, Miami horticulturist Bill Zehler got a call from one of the university’s maintenance workers. Someone had defaced the floral “M” outside of Pearson Hall. That “M” is the most photographed flowerbed on Miami’s campus, Zehler said. Most people will stand behind it, to the side or in front. But others feel the need to get right in the middle of it. Zehler has worked at Miami for 20 years, designing and maintaining the over 20 flower beds on campus, including the university’s Formal Gardens. Every year, Zehler and a team of...

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Cowboy boots for Crawford

The Miami president’s unique fashion choice “This is my best pair.” Miami University’s new president, Gregory Crawford, kicked his heels up, slightly lifting the leg of his black dress pants to admire the shiny, dark brown cowboy boots. Crawford didn’t always wear cowboy boots. It started when he was at Notre Dame University, where, from 2008 through spring of this year, Crawford served as the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science, a professor of physics and vice president and provost for the university. He had been recruited to volunteer for a charity event to...

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Understanding Gregory Crawford

The Student’s exclusive conversation with Miami’s 22nd president By James Steinbauer and Emily Williams, The Miami Student On Oct. 10, Gregory Crawford and a cadre of students, faculty and staff will march from the Hub to Millett Hall, where he will be officially inaugurated as Miami University’s 22nd president. During the ceremony, Crawford is expected to give an inaugural address, laying out his platform and goals for his time as president. Based on his letters to the Miami community (which can be found here and here),  blog posts and his convocation remarks, it’s safe to say that shared governance,...

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Daryl Baldwin named MacArthur Fellow

By Emily Williams, Managing Editor How do you measure genius? Exceptional creativity, promise for future advances and the potential to stimulate others’ creative work: this is how the MacArthur Foundation distinguishes the recipients of its “genius” grants — annual awards given to individuals to help them pursue artistic, intellectual and professional visions. This year, Daryl Baldwin, director of Miami University’s Myaamia Center, has been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow for his work in the preservation and revitalization of the Myaamia language and culture. Baldwin is one of 23 recipients, including a graphic novelist, a human rights lawyer, a long-form...

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Miami takes steps toward diversity

EducationCounsel recommendations considered  By Emily Williams, Managing Editor Miami University is making steps to implement recommendations from EducationCounsel, an education consulting firm that visited Miami’s campus last April. The firm interviewed about 200 students, faculty, administrators, athletic coaches and staff about their experiences related to diversity and inclusion at the university and asked them for ideas on how Miami could improve. Based on those interviews, as well as additional research about Miami’s population and practices, EducationCounsel provided the university with a document of their findings and recommended actions. The report was also informed by Miami’s 2020 Plan and the...

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