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Miami U. to increase room and board rates


Miami University’s room and board rate increase for the 2014-2015 academic year will be the university’s lowest increase in 18 years, according to school officials.

The university’s board of trustees recently voted to approve increasing the school’s room and board rates for the 2014-2015 academic year by 1.64 percent. Students will pay $11,058 per school year for most common room and meal plans, officials said.

Last year students paid $10,900, according to Claire Wagner, school spokeswoman. Other plans will also increase slightly, according to school officials. This marks the university’s lowest increase in 18 years, according to school officials.

Room and board rates increased due to the actual cost for labor and supply, which went up five percent, Wagner said. A recent student satisfaction survey showed 92 percent to 98 percent of students were pleased with the cleanliness of halls, the custodial staff’s performance and the quality of the food. Some renovated halls next year will be heated and cooled by geothermal technology, according to Wagner.

NAACP president to visit university

Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, will give a lecture at Miami University on “The Civil Rights Movement and the Humanities.”

Jealous is the youngest person to lead the NAACP. He was appointed in 2008 at the age of 35. Jealous is a Rhodes scholar and a graduate of Columbia and Oxford universities.

During the past two decades, Jealous has worked to organize campaigns to abolish the death penalty for children and prevention of prison rape.

“Creating a just society has long been a pillar of the humanities. I am thrilled that Mr. Jealous will be here to help students connect central values of their liberal education to the real human struggle for justice and equality in the United States,” said Tim Melley, director of Miami’s Humanities Center and professor of English.

The lecture will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in 102 Benton Hall. The event is open to the public, however, only 300 seats are available.

The public lecture is presented by the Humanities Center, office of the president, department of history, Center for American and World Cultures and Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies program.


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