Ronald Tammen, Jr. was a 19-year-old student at Miami University in Oxford Ohio when he disappeared.
On April 19th, 1953, Ron was in his dorm at Fisher Hall. At 8:30 PM, Ron went to the dorm Mom to get bed sheets that he had requested earlier in the day, then he went back to his room to study psychology. When his roommate returned later around 10PM, Tammen was nowhere to be found. The radio was playing, Ron’s desk light was on, and his psychology book was open on his desk. His wallet, clothing, and car keys were still in the room, and his car was in the parking lot where he left it. His money in his bank account went unclaimed. Though it was snowing outside, he did not take his coat. When his roommate found him gone, he originally did not report him missing because he figured he went to spend the night at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity where he pledged. He was finally reported missing the next day when he didn’t return.
Ron has never been seen again.
This case gets a little weird as Ron had specifically requested new sheets because someone had put a dead fish in his bed earlier that day. A few weeks before, he went to a doctor’s office, and randomly asked to have his blood type tested. The place he was residing- Fisher Hall- was the former site of a mental asylum, leading some to believe something paranormal happened to him. Theories of Ron’s disappearance range from abduction to amnesia, to ghostly activity, or even his fraternity or the government being involved, but authorities say there is no evidence leading them to believe anything concrete.
When Ron went missing he was 5′10″, and 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He had a muscular build, and was on the wrestling team at his university.
Anyone with additional information or questions regarding this case should contact Butler County Sheriff’s Office at (513) 785-1300.
In 1981, the corpse of a young female was discovered in Miami County, Ohio. She would later become known as the Buckskin Girl and she has gone unidentified for 36 years.
This Jane Doe was between the ages of 18 to 26 and she died on the 23rd April 1981 due to strangulation. She also had a trauma to the head. Her approximate height was between 5′4 to 5′6 (1.63m - 1.68m) and she weighed 125lb to 130lb (57kg - 59kg). No signs of sexual assault, rape or any other sexual activity were found which therefore ruled her out as a possible prostitute. Her teeth were described as being in good condition, her nose as being very pointed, her eyes as being light brown and she also had freckles.
Her body was discovered within thirty-six to fifty hours after death and police believe she may have been the victim of a serial killer or an abusive partner. It’s believed she was killed elsewhere before being dumped on the side of the road. When found, she was lying face down and her feet were bare and no socks or shoes were found at the scene. However, she was wearing an orange and brown turtleneck sweater, a pair of Wrangler jeans and a handmade buckskin poncho with a purple satin lining.
If you have any information on the true identity of The Buckskin Girl or her killer, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, please get in contact with the relevant authorities.
You know the drill, we’re looking at the 5 best MAC games in the regular season. The games that will most likely decide who is going to win the conference and who might make a New Year’s Six Bowl.
5. Miami at Ohio Tuesday, October 31
Last season, Miami and Ohio were the only teams that mattered in the East Division. Barring a turnaround by one of the other four teams, there’s a good chance these two will once again decide who goes to Detroit. I can’t imagine anybody will be watching on TV or attending the game because it’ll be played on Halloween (and on a Tuesday), but maybe try to look up the score on Wednesday morning.
-It’s your cousin’s wedding. You’re twelve. You greet your grandmother and she wraps your wrist in her wrinkled claws. “You’re next.” Her smile is too wide as she looks through you. “I know a lot of nice doctors.” She releases your wrist and you hurry over to your mother.
It’s your grandmother’s funeral. You’re twenty-five. Viewing is only for the family. Your sister can’t look. You step behind the velvet curtain separating her lifeless form from the rest of the room alone. When you peer into the casket it seems like her lips move. You lean over the coffin and place your face closer to hers. “You’re next.”
Your cousins don’t understand why you don’t want any of your grandmother’s jewelry.
-Your best friend invites you to tailgate the OSU/Michigan Game. “We’re going all out this year,” she tells you. “This game is really important.” You dress in scarlet and gray. Your friend is painting your face for the game. When she streaks some paint down your nose, some drips onto your lips. Without thinking, your tongue darts out. The paint is salty and warm. “We’re going to kill them this year,” your friend states vehemently as she continues to cover your face with red.
-When you first moved to Ohio, everyone told you it was a test market. What are they testing? Who are they?
-Everyone from your high school goes to Ohio State, Ohio University, or Miami of Ohio. You don’t apply to any of those schools. It’s November of your senior year of high school when the calls start. “Have you considered Ohio State University?” You politely decline. The calls continue for two weeks, then stop abruptly. The phone rings at 3 am one night in December. After 5 back to back calls, you pick up, coughing to dislodge the sleepy crackle in your voice. On the other end of the line you can hear them panting. “… Have you considered Ohio State University?” The voice breathes into the phone.
Hi, Kimberly! Do you have some tips on what to consider when picking a university? Thank you, and have a nice day, sweet pea!
1. Admission Rate Depending on how you performed in high school and on the SAT, you may want to apply to schools with higher or lower admission rates. If you aced everything in your academic history, you have a better chance for acceptance at the schools with lower admission rates. On the other hand, if your academic history is less than perfect, make sure you apply to some schools that have a higher admission rate, just in case.
2. Graduation Rate Graduating from college is definitely more important than getting accepted. Without graduation, what’s the point of being accepted in the first place? When considering a college, review the percentage of students who complete the full program.
3. Freshmen Retention Rate Another metric to consider is the freshmen retention rate, which explains what percentage of freshmen return for their sophomore year. A high retention rate indicates overall student satisfaction with their first year experience at that school. It also indicates that few students failed their freshmen year, a crucial time for students trying to adjust to college life.
4. Student to Faculty Ratio There were 700 students in my very first class at the University of Florida. Needless to say, I never actually got to meet the professor, or get any personal attention or help. Luckily, most of my other classes had fewer students. If I had known that the average class size at the University of Florida was much less than 700, I probably wouldn’t have been so unnerved during my first day at school. If you want or need one-on-one assistance from your professors, examine the student to faculty ratio very closely.
5. School Size Even if the student to faculty ratio is reasonable, analyze the overall size of the school. This can play a huge role in your comfort level, and in how well you fit in. A large school may be overwhelming for some students, but a small school may be underwhelming for others. Do you want to recognize everyone on campus, or do you want to have more privacy?
6. Graduate/Professional School Options If you have high aspirations of going on to a graduate or professional school, such as law school or medical school, investigate what percentage of four-year college graduates pursue another degree. This metric gives you some insights about whether the school adequately prepares students for continuing their education, and insights into the probability of follow-through for your academic goals.
7. Jobs Right Out of School If you worry about finding a job when you finish school, consider the percentage of students who receive a job right after graduation. Some schools have excellent job placement programs, assisting their students in making the transition from student to employee, and helping them find jobs after graduation.
8. Curriculum Different schools offer different programs with their curriculum. For example, as an Engineering student, I had a set of classes that I was required to take, with little deviation apart from electives. Some other schools, such as Brown University, have a more open curriculum, allowing students to have much greater flexibility with the courses they take.
9. Course Availability I often see advertisements for schools that provide night and weekend courses. Depending on your availability, you may need to choose a school that has those options. These types of schools make it possible for those who must work full-time jobs to also pursue an education. Taking classes at night, on the weekends, or online, is also an excellent way to earn a graduate degree (e.g. MBA business degree program)
10. Quality of Professors Does the college have highly qualified professors, or do the professors seem to be amateurs? To make sure you are getting the best possible education, you need to study with highly educated professors that not only have experience teaching, but also real-world skills.
For example, a large number of professors at Miami University in Ohio attended Ivy League schools. Many professors at the university also have real-world training, and at least one urban planning professor works for the city government. Students in his class created a project that mimicked a project the professor had worked on for the city.
11. Quality of Department of Study In addition to investigating the quality of professors, review the quality of the department for your area of study. I majored in Industrial Engineering when I was in college, and it was important for me to attend a school with a well-established Engineering department. I wanted a program with a great reputation and impressive research opportunities, as opposed to a program that was mediocre or brand new.
12. Teaching Assistants Since I attended a large school, many of my courses were taught by graduate assistants or by other types of teaching assistants, known as “TAs.” This can be a great situation, depending on the knowledge or enthusiasm of the teaching assistant. It can also be frustrating, if the teaching assistant lacks teaching experience.
If you hope to become a teaching assistant during graduate school or upon graduation, make sure to attend a school where you have the opportunity to work as a TA.
13. Study Abroad Opportunities Studying abroad is a unique opportunity that only a fraction of students get to experience. If you want to study abroad, consider how many study abroad programs are offered at a specific school, and which countries are included in the programs. In addition, determine whether the university supports students who study abroad. Some schools make it extremely easy for students to study internationally by allowing them to transfer credits.
14. Accreditation Review the school’s accreditation. In order to get into graduate or professional school, your undergraduate studies may have to be completed at an accredited institution. Students who attend unaccredited schools are not eligible for financial aid.
For well-known universities and colleges, accreditation is almost a given. But with smaller colleges and online schools, this isn’t always the case. Even if an online school is accredited, research graduate schools and professional schools of interest to ensure the schools accept the accreditation.
15. Course of Study While some student life metrics are important, like size of campus, and proximity to jobs, selecting a school that offers a course of study that’s right for you is critical to school selection. If you want to study English, a business school likely won’t offer all of the classes you need. Some schools are known for their engineering programs, and other schools offer the top nursing programs in the country.
In addition, some schools provide a traditional course of study, where students attend classes, write papers, and take tests. Other schools, like Reed College in Portland, Oregon, focus on independent study and laboratory research conducted by small study groups. Seniors at Reed College must also complete a thesis before graduation.
16. On-Campus Living As important as academics are when choosing a college, student life can be just as important for some young adults since there are other reasons why you should go to college. For the most part, student life begins and ends in dorm rooms. If you want an active student life, you need to live with other students. Look for the schools that have a high percentage of on-campus living if you want an active student life.
Additionally, if you really want on-campus living, make sure there is availability in the dorms. If you plan to go to school in a larger city, “on-campus” living may be more loosely defined. For example, George Washington University in Washington, D.C. has residence halls spread throughout the city.
17. Greek Life Participation Sororities and fraternities play a huge role in the social lives of students. For some, getting into the right house is an essential element to being a college student. If this is you, make sure you do not limit your options by applying to a school that has low Greek life participation. For example, Harvard has no Greek life at all.
18. Location Location is most likely a factor for every potential student. If you need a school close to home, use the metric of miles or traveling distance to find the best fit for you. In addition, you’ll have to decide whether you want the bustle of a big city, or if rural, small town living will be a better fit for you. If you abhor long winters, you’ll want to look for schools on the west coast or in the sunny southern states.
If your concern is a job upon graduation, make sure you are at a school located near potential employers. For example, if you want a career in investing, you’ll likely be better off at a school in New York City rather than a school in Kansas. If you plan to stick close to school in the summer months, determine if internship opportunities exist in the area.
19. Size of Campus In addition to the location of the campus, consider the geographic size of the campus. Do you want a school where you might have to trek from building to building, taking trains or buses to reach some of your classes? Or do you prefer a small campus, where all the buildings are in close proximity? These are important lifestyle questions that can significantly affect your day-to-day life as a student.
20. Meal Plans Do the schools offer affordable meal plans? Do students partake in these plans and enjoy the food? Are the meal plans required? Schools located in metropolitan areas, like George Washington University, allow students to set up accounts for debit cards. The debit cards can then be used in campus dining halls and at restaurants throughout Washington, D.C. The students’ meal plans are required at the school, and food purchased at on-campus venues using the card is exempt from sales tax.
21. Extracurricular Activities Consider a school’s extracurricular activities, in terms of both number and variety offered. These activities may include clubs associated with a field of study, recreational sports, volunteer groups, and religious organizations. The more groups that a college provides, the more likely you will find one that’s right for you.
22. Sports Participation There are many metrics to consider when thinking about college sports: percentage of student athletes, fan participation, and team rankings. I definitely considered fan participation when I decided to go to the University of Florida. There is nothing like cramming into a loud and spirited stadium every Saturday in the fall with 90,000 of your closest friends!
23. Safety Statistics Safety statistics are an important metric of campus life. How well are students protected from crimes? How many college police officers are there compared to the number of enrolled students? When you visit a school, do you see evidence of campus security’s presence?
24. Party Life Let’s face it. Some students go to college to party, and hope to get an education on the side. If going to a party school is important to you, check out rankings on The Princeton Review, which currently lists Ohio University as the biggest party school in the U.S. Arizona State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Wisconsin in Madison are also perennial party schools.
25. Alumni Network If you want to stay connected to your fellow alumni no matter where life takes you, consider the size of a school’s alumni association. If life takes you around the world, it will be nice to know that you have connections, no matter where you go.
Additionally, a strong alumni network can help you find a job, and the network is essential in the job hunting process for some great career fields, such as finance. A strong alumni network can also help graduates find an apartment for rent in a new town, and provide advice on where to live or where to dine when you’re moving to a new city.
26. Demographics Schools always publish demographics information, such as gender, race, and religion. If you have a particular preference, you won’t have to do much research to figure out what school would best suit you.
27. Transportation Do the schools offer transportation around campus, as well as transportation to off-campus locations such as bookstores, apartments, and shopping? Consider the number of students who have cars on campus, as well as the costs and availability of campus parking. Parking can be a huge ordeal at some schools, causing many students a lot of frustration. On some campuses, first-year students cannot have cars on campus at all, without special permission.
28. Spirituality If attending a school that follows your religious beliefs is important to you, closely study schools of interest to determine their level of involvement with students’ spirituality. Some schools require that students sign agreements related to their spirituality, or follow some sort of honor code, which might require that students abstain from drinking, or regularly attend church, among other things.
These schools will be staffed with professors and faculty who are like-minded, sharing many common religious beliefs. If you are not religious, you may not be comfortable signing a morality agreement or following an honor code, but you may still find a place in a school that has close ties to spirituality.
29. Cost Unless you already have a large college savings fund, cost is probably an important metric for you. Some prospective students may look at pricier schools, but for others, it’s important to afford college without taking out student loans. Remember to include room and board, along with tuition, when calculating the total costs for attending a school.
30. Financial Aid Qualification Some schools are more likely to hand out student aid than others. If you know you will need help paying for college, look for schools that meet the needs of students requesting financial aid.
If you will need financial aid, closely examine the types of financial aid packages available to enrolled students. The school’s website may also provide details about the percentage of students who receive financial aid, and the average amount of financial aid students receive. Also, consider the number of students receiving college scholarships and grants, and review scholarship opportunities for schools to determine eligibility.
31. Working Students Many college students work while they attend school, but some schools have a higher number of working students and encourage work more than others. Many schools also offer work-study opportunities for students in need of financial aid; the jobs offered by the schools can supplement loans and grants.
For example, Berry College in Northwest Georgia is known for having a large number of students who are employed, and offers hundreds of different jobs to students. On the other hand, some schools emphasize education first, and have no sympathy for students who also have to work.
32. Application Fees Application fees can add up, especially if you plan to apply to a lot of schools. If money is a factor in the application process, you may want to pass on applying to a school with a high application fee, especially if the chances that you will get accepted and attend the school are small.
33. Graduating Class Indebtedness The national average amount of debt for the graduating class of 2011 was $22,900. This is an ugly statistic, but be sure to look at how much debt the average graduate has accumulated for a particular school.
When designing buildings, Walter Netsch used a technique that he called “field theory,” a highly versatile approach to the geometric generation of architectonic structures intended to be uniquely suited to their purposes and environments. In the images above, a series of field theory lattice studies shape into their ultimate form: the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio. Today, we published a longform interview with the legendary designer from 2001. He would have turned 95 this week. Read it here