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MUPD increasing patrols, expanding staff

  The Miami University Police Department has increased its bike and foot patrols with a focus on weekends and evenings. MUPD has also expanded its staff, adding three new officers this year. The increase in patrols began last spring, with student safety and police visibility being the main goals. “Being on foot and on a bicycle is a much more approachable means of patrol for an officer than being in a car,” said MUPD Captain Benjamin Spilman. Much of Miami’s campus does not face a drivable street, meaning a significant amount of the population can be missed by a...

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200 walk to bring suicide awareness ‘Out of the Darkness’

Over 200 people gathered at Uptown park Sunday, Oct. 1 for Miami’s second annual Out of the Darkness Walk, the signature suicide awareness campaign and fundraising event of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). “The purpose of the walk and the reminder for you today as we put one foot ahead of the other is to remember, consistent with the Code of Love and Honor…that every one of us is the Miami community, that every one of us can make a difference,” said dean of students Mike Curme as he addressed the crowd before the walk. Walkers included people of all ages, some young enough to be pushed in strollers. Some were Miami students, and others members of the Oxford community. Many sported matching t-shirts with their team name. Most of the teams were named after lost children, spouses, parents, siblings and friends. Miami president Gregory Crawford and university ambassador Renate Crawford were also among the participants. The walk marked the end of Suicide Prevention Week 2017 at Miami, which began Monday, Sept. 25. According to the CDC, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for college-age students. AFSP’s goal is to reduce the annual suicide rate by 20 percent by 2025. According to the AFSP website, 44,193 Americans commit suicide each year. Many of those who participated in the 2-mile walk through Uptown and campus see beyond...

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Fake facts fought at forum

Fake news. Over the past several months, the buzzword phrase has been scrutinized by politicians, scholars, journalists, television commentators and media consumers alike. Today, from 5 to 6 p.m., King Library and the Rinella Learning Center will be hosting a “Know Your News” workshop designed to provide students with resources and strategies for evaluating news sources in order to distinguish “fake news” from reliable reporting. The session will be held in King Library room 134 (the Advanced Inquiry Space). Participants will discuss journalism, learn how to recognize authentic journalism and practice identifying fake news articles with provided examples. Facilitating the workshop is Nate Floyd, a librarian for Miami’s Media, Journalism and Film department. “Fake news is certainly a problem, but I think what’s even more alarming is the way fake news has been mobilized as this political weapon,” said Floyd. “It seems to me the problem isn’t really fake news. The problem is people just calling any news they disagree with ‘fake.’” Floyd also wants students to recognize the difference between fake news and biased news. “Breitbart is biased, but it’s not fake,” Floyd said. Fake news articles are often posted just for clicks, Floyd explained, which can bring in revenue for the people posting them. “The story doesn’t matter. You click on it, the ads load and that’s the magic moment,” Floyd said. “The ads load, money changes hands.” Floyd...

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