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Fall back into the semester: What to look out for in Oxford this autumn

Welcome, welcome back, or hello again! Whether you’re an upperclassman, the new kid in town, enjoying retirement, or somewhere in between, these events will help you find your place at Miami and around Oxford. Newcomers or late sleepers, don’t miss Oxford’s very own Farmers Market. A favorite for students and locals alike, the market is a chance to see what Oxford has to offer. Stroll through stalls of fresh fruits and vegetables, pottery, vibrant flowers, handmade jewelry and more. There are always friendly faces and vendors eager to tell you their story. The Farmers Market is a great place...

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Smiles in the midst of stress

By Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor Somehow I managed to accidentally leave all three tubes of chapstick that I own back in my dorm room. And it was chilly with a slight breeze. It didn’t take long before I could feel my lips turning bright red. Emporium probably has some, Devon said in response to my complaining. But I don’t want to buy new chapstick when I have enough, just not with me. I had resigned myself to stinging lips for the rest of the night when Devon came back a few minutes later and threw something on the...

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ brings back the magic

By Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor After 13 years filled with books and movies, our Harry Potter generation was forced to go five more before the thrill of new material. Of course, I was overjoyed — I may have cried seeing the trailer. But I was also worried about returning to the wizarding world. Would it (could it) ever be the same? But the wait was worth it, and I wasn’t disappointed. After four successful Harry Potter films, director David Yates has conjured up magic once again with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Based on the “textbook”...

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Symphony orchestra to feature American premiere of ‘Chimera’

By Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor The hallways in the basement of Presser Hall start to buzz with activity — students in conversation, weaving in between the growing crowd and getting instruments out of the lockers. A few are already inside room seven. The percussion players set up their drums and cymbals. The harpist plucks at the strings, adjusting the knobs for tuning. Others blow notes to tune or play up and down a scale. In the middle of this slight chaos, Ricardo Palmezano practices a section of his piece, his violin’s slow, melodic tune rising above the random...

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Free hugs: Spreading a message of love and hope

Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor Wind blew, making the air chilly, the sky was already beginning to fade and not many students were still walking the sidewalks. But despite all of this, Emma Shibley stood where she had been all day, on the corner of Maple and Spring Street with a smile on her face.  She stood next to a sign that read “FREE HUGS” in blue and red dry-erase markers and offered one to anyone passing by.  Around 11:15, as she was leaving her 10 a.m. class, she had decided that if no one was at the corner,...

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