Junior, International Studies Major
Q: What are the campus issues that people are talking about?
A big topic of discussion is diversity and how important that is and how it’s becoming such a big deal for the university. I think sometimes we commodify the problem to be something ginormous that we actively seek to do, and I think it’s good to diversify our campus, but I think sometimes the people we pick, despite their color, are still homogenous, which is why we’re ranked as a homogenous university. (Miami was ranked as the country’s No. 4 most homogenous university in the 2008 Princeton Review guide.)
Q: What are best and worst parts about your school?
The best thing is the fact that we’re pretty spoiled. I always brag to my friends that go to other universities about how Miami is better because we have better food, better facilities, better cleaning people. You know, I think all the amenities and the beauty of the campus give us a nice advantage. And we have a legit curriculum. Our classes are good, and you get a good education outta here. The worst thing, I think, is the social life. I think a lot of people find it hard to find a network here if they’re not Greek.
Senior, Life Science Education Major
Q: What’s the cyber culture like on campus?
Over five years, I’ve seen it get better.
Just the things that you can actually access online through the Web site get a lot better. The clickers they’re using right now … they have a brilliant idea to use universal ones. More and more professors are now using Powerpoints; you can get them on Blackboard. They’re starting to use podcasts. I’d say its definitely getting better. (Note: The clickers are technology used for teachers to measure class participation and to give quizzes in larger classes.)
Senior, Marketing Major
Q: Is diversity respected on your campus?
I think diversity is respected. I had three cultural study classes so far through Miami Plan (offerings) and a thematic sequence, and I think in each one of them I’ve had at least one diverse student. One of the (cultural study) classes I’m in right now has an African-American girl. I’d like to think diversity is respected, but she told a story about how someone wrote “nigger” on her car after basketball practice, so that really surprised me a lot. I think there are more diverse students now than there were my freshman year. And, for women, I don’t think (diversity) is a problem at all. For GLBT students, it’s not a problem at all. (Note: The Miami Plan is the liberal education curriculum all Miami students have to take. A thematic sequence is a set of three classes that acts as a miniature focus of study outside of a student’s major.)
Q: How healthy is your campus?
As far as exercise and diet, we’re a pretty healthy campus. People live up to the Miami image. I’m sure there are some people who take that a little too far — the Rec rats. In terms of STDs, I’m sure the health center sees more cases after spring break, but we’re not as bad (as some other schools). I think we’re average in terms of drug and alcohol use. I mean, we’re in the middle of a corn field, but people drink in the city, too.
Q: Are safe sex, GLBT and date rape issues discussed on campus?
What’s coming to my mind right now is Megafair, when some organization gave out condoms. The health center has free condoms, but I don’t think issues are discussed. I don’t think professors are standing out on the sidewalk saying, “Hey, have safe sex.” But I think it’s just common sense: Wear a condom or get knocked up. I think students are aware for the most part. If they aren’t, I think they’re freshmen and their high school didn’t have good sex education.