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Mayor Wiehl’s comments about sexual assault are misguided, discouraging

When speaking with a Post reporter about the Athens Police Department’s recently released 2014 annual report, Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl seemed to miss the point regarding the increase in calls for service relating to sexual assault.Wiehl said his office hasn’t researched programs that could combat sexual assault and cited how the Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program was doing well on that front.But in the same conversation, he seemed to place the blame on survivors of such crimes.“We can only put so many officers on the street,” Wiehl told the Post reporter. “It’s not a case of lighting; it’s not a case of behavior; it’s usually a case of a lot of people running around and not paying attention (to their surroundings) for the most part.”We vehemently disagree with that logic.It’s the classic “don’t walk late at night alone; it’s your fault for being dumb,” argument. We’re especially discouraged to hear that our city’s top government official harbors that opinion about a topic that is so important to many of his constituents.No survivor of sexual assault is to blame for what happened to him or her.A lack of that fundamental understanding can prevent prosecution, as many survivors are afraid to come forward with information implicating their perpetrators.It’s noteworthy that Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle said it’s his department’s goal to “provide department wide training in the area of sexual assault investigations,” and “partner with victim advocates to develop training to enhance understanding and support between advocates and law enforcement officers,” by the end of 2015.Based on Wiehl’s comments, we think our mayor and his office could benefit from similar training.Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Post's executive editors: editor-in-chief Jim Ryan, managing editor Sara Jerde, opinion editor Xander Zellner and projects editor Allan Smith. Post editorials are independent of the publication's news coverage.

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Miami-OU rivalry should be kept above the belt

An anonymous writer claiming to be a Miami University student wrote a blog post Monday for The Drunken Undergrad — a blog presumably dedicated to the drunken debauchery of Oxford — arguing that Ohio University students should be ashamed for celebrating Green Beer Day.

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Editorial: Administration should be more transparent

We would like to tell our readers why Greg Emery took a paid “leave of absence” from his position as director of the Global Leadership Center.He’s been out of the job for more than four months now. But we know just about as much now as we did when we first reported that he was under investigation in November.That’s an inefficient way for the university to communicate to the press and its students. We should know more.What are the results of the investigation?The university told a Post reporter this week that his contract was “not renewed.” We’re assuming that means he was fired, but we’re waiting on a clarification of that detail, among many others.When is his last day? Will he be paid until that point? What did he do for the university to decide to not renew his contract?We also don’t know the finer details of other university decisions so far this year, including: if both McDavises are living at the Ohio University Inn and who is footing the bill; why Linda Daniels was fired; and the exact reasons why construction companies didn’t want to bid on demolishing the President Street Academic Center.We’ve worked with the university’s media relations office to get answers to our questions and filed several requests for records with the university’s legal office related to Emery’s work at the university.We as reporters, and you as readers, deserve to know what happened. What kind of conduct was supported by taxpayer funds?The university should step up and answer our inquiries. Why not be transparent about whatever led the university to “not renew” his contract, as we were told, instead of acting as if it’s in their best interest to keep whatever led to Emery’s falling out with OU in the dark?We’re still going to press for more information until our questions have been answered.We’re not going to let this subject die as much as the university avoids the topic.We’re still going to do our jobs.We hope someone in the university communication department will learn how to communicate more effectively.For Print: Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Post's executive editorsFor Web: Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Post's executive editors: editor-in-chief Jim Ryan, managing editor Sara Jerde, opinion editor Xander Zellner and projects editor Allan Smith. Post editorials are independent of the publication's news coverage. 

Women's Basketball

Best of luck to women’s basketball team

After winning a combined total of 15 games during its previous two seasons, the Ohio University women’s basketball team has managed to capture a conference tournament title, a spot in the NCAA Tournament and a school record 27 wins — and counting.

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Change coming to ‘Post’ website next month

We have made a host of improvements to our web presence over the past four years, perhaps the most significant being the launch of our current website in August 2014. But one question has haunted us — and the rest of the journalism industry — during that time: How can we monetize our website?

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