I’m passionate, not just angry

This past semester, I screamed at someone so loudly for so long that I lost my voice for a week. Since arriving on campus last fall, I have tried to fight at least 50 people. I’ve gotten so worked up over the lack of pie in the dining hall that I have actually burst into tears, leaving my friends clueless, uncomfortable and slightly amused — a mix of emotions that they would soon come to easily recognize. From that small description alone, it’s easy to see why so many people have the same idea of me: angry. But I’m here today to set the record straight — I’m not angry, just passionate. I know what you’re thinking. “Passionate” is just a word angry people use to feel better about themselves. I might not always be a joy, especially if I don’t have my daily afternoon snack. But solely defining a person to just one range of emotions, especially someone like myself who has so many of them, isn’t really doing that person any justice. Allow me to broaden the image I created above. Yes, I am just as snappy as a chihuahua that hasn’t been let out to pee in over an hour, but there is more to me than just negative emotions. An entire drawer in my too-small dorm room is dedicated to birthday party supplies for my...

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Miamians ‘Take Back the Night’

On Monday night in Armstrong’s Wiikiaami room, over 30 people sat in a circle, laughing and joking about their days. The room was open, comfortable and brightly lit. Each time someone entered the room, they were greeted with a smile. No one could guess that this room was a support group, and that almost every person in that room had experienced some form of sexual- or gender-based violence. The support group, called Survivor Speak Outs, was one of many events put on by Feminists Working On Real Democracy (F-WORD). These events were all leading up to a march from...

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ASG supports student agriculture movement

Behind Miami University’s Marcum Center are two greenhouses. Both look old and worn down. Grimy windows are covered with declarations of love and graffiti written in sloppy handwriting. Behind locked doors are empty flower trays — the metal crates which used to hold green foliage  are now home to spider webs and excess tools left behind. In the weeks ahead, one of these buildings is scheduled to be destroyed. The other was saved by a push from ASG and a handful of student farmers. At the end of last semester, Kyle Chance, director of the Miami Farm Market (MFM)...

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A Friday night in the esports lounge

Sitting outside of Miami University’s King Library after dark on a Friday night, one can see all types of people headed Uptown for the night. However, amid the sea of people making the trek up slant walk, another group emerges. Instead of heading toward Uptown, this group makes a beeline for the library, straight to the back. The Esports lounge is located on the first floor of the library and can be seen from afar by the bright red wall surrounding it. Inside, the room is dark, mainly lit by the screens lining the perimeter of the room. State-of-the-art...

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Campus Climate Survey fails to gain response needed

The Campus Climate Survey closed on Nov. 3, after an extended deadline due to lack of participation. Despite the extended time, the survey only received a 24.2 percent response rate, making it ineligible for an official analysis. The survey was created to judge both the faculty and students’ perspectives of Miami’s campus climate, according to Denise Krallman, co-chair of the Campus Climate Working Group. “Campus climate is how we perceive our comfort level, our relationships with each other,” said Krallman. “It’s part of the experiences we have, and our relationships we have, and is a much broader perspective.” This...

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