Board of Trustees approves $100 million in construction

Miami University’s Board of Trustees (BoT) approved $100.5 million worth of construction projects for the Oxford campus at its meeting Friday. This is the second round of major construction projects approved by the Trustees in recent months. At their December meeting, the Board submitted a Capital Improvements Plan to the state of Ohio, requesting $106 million for new construction over the next six years. As part of Miami’s Housing Master Plan, $70 million will be spent to renovate MacCracken, Richard and Porter Halls. MacCracken market will also be renovated in the process. More than $21 million will be spent...

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Miami responds to paternity leave lawsuit

Answering a lawsuit filed in December, Miami University broadly denies allegations that the school forced former strength and conditioning coach Paul Harker out of a job after he took federally-protected paternity leave. Harker worked in Miami’s athletic department alongside the football team from February 2011 until Miami refused to renew his contract in June 2017. After his wife gave birth to twins in January of 2017, he took just over three weeks of paternity leave protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This sparked a chain of events that, according to Harker’s suit, led to head football coach Chuck Martin — Harker’s boss — telling the young trainer that “his future at Miami was in jeopardy while on FMLA leave” and asking him “whether he wanted to be a ‘football coach’ or a ‘family man.’” The suit claims that Martin and other employees in Miami’s athletic department violated the protections of the FMLA by pressuring Harker to resign before the end of his contract, because they were concerned about what associate athletic director Steve Brockelbank characterized in an email as Harker’s “lack of commitment and communication.” The university’s response to these claims, which was filed Feb. 9 in Ohio’s Southern District Court, denies any wrongdoing on Miami’s part or responsibility for Harker’s situation. Beyond the rejection of the legal claims, the response also flatly refutes most of...

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Chocolate: Not Just for Dessert

Click on the photos to view the stories.  In the words of Remus Lupin: “Eat it. It’ll help.” So often, chocolate is reserved for dessert, but we argue that it’s okay to break out the candy bars before dinner. It’s better than okay. It’s delicious and simple and rich. So, give it a try. Have a suggestion or need some guidance on that promise to make a home-cooked meal for two? Email with your comments, questions and culinary...

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New campaign rules mean fewer dollars, violations in student body elections

This spring, candidates for student body president will face tighter spending caps and more lenient rules for election violations. Miami Associated Student Government (ASG) senate passed the new election guidelines in their Feb. 6 session. Two proposed amendments and a lengthy floor debate pushed the meeting toward the three-hour mark. The most contentious change was the reduction of the general election spending limit from $1,500 in 2017 to $1,000 this year. The decrease was proposed as a way to minimize the impact of a student’s personal wealth on their success in an election, said the authors of the bill, including Speaker of the Senate Cole Hankins and Senator Trent White, who both defended the changes during debate. Some senators, however, felt the cuts didn’t go far enough. Senators Nick Froehlich and Zoe Douglas each floated amendments reducing the spending caps even further. Neither proposal received enough votes to make it to the floor. “By the speaker’s admission, they said that you are at a disadvantage if you are a low income student, and you’re trying to win this election,” said Froehlich, who ran for student body president in 2017. “That’s an understatement.” Froehlich wasn’t the only former student body president candidate to speak up. Senator Austin Worrell, who ran against Froehlich in 2017, also voiced his concerns. “If my VP candidate, Haley, did not have her dad who decided...

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North Main Cocoa

This chocolatey cocktail gets its name from the cozy Oxford house where it was created. It has no house sign and worn wood floors and is usually lit by Christmas lights because the overhead kitchen light has burned out — the perfect place to duck inside for a drink. The cocoa will keep you warm, and the brandy will keep you warmer. Take the measurements as suggestions, and find the proportions you like best. Heat a cup of milk on the stove, preferably whole milk or two percent. Add hot cocoa mix as directed and stir, removing the milk...

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