With email, MU leadership pledges devotion to inclusion

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Last Tuesday, Miami’s senior leadership team — including President Gregory Crawford, Provost Phyllis Callahan and college deans — issued a statement via email to the university community reiterating the institution’s commitment to inclusion. “At Miami, our individual and collective responsibility is to create and maintain campuses that are welcoming and inclusive for all,” the message read in part. “Harassment and discrimination based on one’s race, ethnicity, nationality, political beliefs, religion, gender or sexuality, or on any other characteristic which makes us unique, are antithetical to Miami’s core values.” The statement came nearly a month after...

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Report details dangers to college media

Dependence on university funds leaves newspapers vulnerable By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Four major players in the university media community released a joint report Thursday detailing what they view as dangers to the independence of student media organizations. A committee of representatives from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the College Media Association (CMA), the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) collaborated on the nine-page report, “Threats to the Independence of Student Media.” The document details the role student media play in university communities, citing recent examples in which student media faculty...

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MU department chairs on teaching after Trump

Some graduate students cancel class in wake of election By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Many Miami faculty and staff members have struggled to address last week’s presidential election in the classroom, citing shock, fear and uncertainty. In fact, several instructors, mostly graduate students, opted to cancel classes meeting on Wednesday rather than address political stress, finding it difficult to follow university policy that dictates they’re not to discuss their political beliefs in the classroom. Provost Phyllis Callahan and graduate school dean Jim Oris held a meeting with graduate students Wednesday night “regarding the expectation that individuals with teaching assignments...

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Demand for Bill Nye causes frustration

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor UPDATE Wednesday 10:26 a.m. — Lecture Series officials announced via Facebook that tonight’s Nye lecture will be live-streamed for 350 additional attendees in Pavilion C of the Armstrong Student Center. Space is first-come, first-serve. The committee noted that its contract with Nye would not allow for a larger live-stream setup, and urged students who missed Friday’s ticket distribution to arrive early to Hall Auditorium for a chance at an empty seat in the theater. The Miami University Lecture Series is scrambling to arrange live-streaming capabilities for TV science personality Bill Nye’s visit to campus Wednesday,...

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27 credit hours, five majors, one goal: Andrew Higgins’ Miami journey

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor “Where are you from?” When college students initially meet, that’s usually the first question they ask. Andrew Higgins can answer that one. He’s from Cleveland. It’s the next question that makes him hesitate. “What’s your major?” The response that the Miami University junior offers depends largely on context. In a biology lab? In that case, he says he’s a psychology major. At Glee Club? He’s studying music composition. The thing is, both answers are technically correct. So are three others. Higgins has undertaken the seemingly impossible by declaring five majors, too many to even...

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