Humans vs. Zombies: Nights of the living dead

Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Colin Evans and I had just finished an exam for Introduction to Software Engineering, we were walking past the seal, when I felt someone grab my left shoulder. “Hello friends,” a voice said, eerily. I turned around and there was a girl with a bandana wrapped around her forehead. “Crap,” I muttered under my breath. Colin didn’t notice what had happened at first. “What?” He asked. Then his eyes widened in realization. We were now zombies. It all started out at MegaFair. I was manning the table for an organization I was involved in while Colin...

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Scholars conduct summer research

If you were to ask senior Jada Harris what she did over the summer, she would say that she wrote a play: a play that will, hopefully, be performed as part of the Independent Artists Series on Miami University’s campus in the spring. If you were to ask Bryce Linkous what he did over the summer, he would say he helped create an effective cancer-detection method. More specifically, he would say he studied a type of medical imaging called optical coherence tomography (OCT) that has the potential  to detect bladder cancer. Both Harris and Linkous received these opportunities through the Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS), a program offered by the university’s Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU). Through USS, students are paired with a faculty mentor who guides the student through the research process of a project of their choosing. They work together throughout the whole summer, with most projects carrying on into the fall and spring semesters. “When most people think of research, they think it has to be scientifically related,” said ORU director Martha Weber. “But that isn’t always the case. Research is an important skill that spreads across all disciplines, whether that be chemical engineering or creative arts.” Every year, 100 students are accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, these students receive a $2,600 fellowship award, $400 project expense and a tuition-only waiver for the six credit...

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Short-term options increase participation but limit immersion

Miami University has long been known for its dedication to study abroad programs, but students’ increasing preference for short-term trips over summer and winter may hinder their ability to immerse themselves in the local culture. Assistant Provost of Global Initiatives Cheryl Young said that Miami has seen a 61 percent increase in the number of students studying abroad in the past 10 years. Additionally, in each of the past ten years, Miami has been ranked in the top three public doctoral universities for percentage of students participating in study abroad by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report. Young’s colleague Kevin Fitzgerald, Global Initiatives’ primary study abroad advisor, attributes that rise to students participating in short-term study abroad programs in the summer and winter. (Winter-term courses were first offered during the 2012-13 school year.) “We’ve tapped into an entirely new segment of the population,” Fitzgerald said. “Students who would never consider studying abroad for a semester will study abroad for a few weeks.” This academic year, according to a report compiled by Young, Miami students participating in a short-term program account for 71 percent of students enrolled in study abroad. But, Young said, short-term programs have some disadvantages. “There’s less cultural immersion [in short-term programs],” Young said. “When you’re only at a place for three weeks, it’s harder to get a true grasp on the culture and the...

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Humans of Oxford: Brad Hoblitzell: Coaching on and off the field

Hobbs started off the meeting by walking around the room with another member on staff. Forty college students surrounded them. Out of nowhere, he turned to one of the students and blew the whistle in their face. The screeching noise resounded in everyone’s ears. His expression didn’t change as he continued to walk around the room. “Are you guys ready for this?” he yelled, acting out the role of a head football coach. “Today, we’re not only going to train your bodies. We’re going to train your minds, we’re going to train your hearts and we’re going to train...

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Humans of Oxford: Sierra Whittemore: To coach and be coached

“I just love being upside-down,” Sierra Whittemore said. As a kid, Sierra tried to play sports but always found herself doing flips more than kicking the ball. “When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do, I started to realize that I did cartwheels literally everywhere,” Sierra said. “I did cartwheels in the field playing soccer. I did cartwheels in the outfield playing baseball. I was always doing cartwheels.” So Sierra found her sport: gymnastics. She started competing in fifth grade and has been a part of a number of teams since then, including Miami’s club...

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