Ivy goes public: Miami’s new ‘First Dog’

I walked into Lewis Place, and Renate greeted me with her usual bright smile. But following in her footsteps was the welcoming committee I was really looking forward to: Ivy, the newest member of the Crawford family, pranced into the hallway to see who had come to call. At 13 months old, Ivy is lean and lanky, and her light yellow fur is fluffy and soft as can be. She loves to play but has quickly come into her professional role as First Dog — evident in her perfect posture in her Miami gear in photos. It’s no surprise...

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Rallying a narrative for hope and change

The sun was beginning to set, the color from the sky fading and turning grey. The music from Mega Fair was still booming, but the event was dying down. People began to trickle into the area around the Sundial. Waiting. The crowd grew bigger. People began holding up their signs, and others took pictures. De’Vante Montgomery was nervous. He wasn’t nervous about agitators or counter-protesters. Despite starting at age 15 as a volunteer for the Obama campaign and going on to become the youngest Ohio delegate to the Democratic Convention in 2016, De’Vante was nervous about speaking. Then the...

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Out of place in the Armstrong addition

I was scared to step into the new wing of Armstrong. That sounds a little silly, and maybe it’s a bit of an exaggeration. But it’s true that I avoided the new addition like the plague for the first two weeks that I was back in Oxford. I’m not particularly welcoming of change in my personal life. I don’t like when my routine gets interrupted. So I pledged to stay away from the unknown and stick to the parts of Armstrong that I have, somewhat begrudgingly, grown fond of for the past two years. But eventually I made my...

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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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