Carolina Vissers: A home far away from home

When first-year Carolina Vissers was six years old, her family packed up everything they owned and traveled 4,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. They left their small dairy farm in the Northeast Netherlands and arrived at a farm more than 10 times as large in Hicksville, a small town in Northwest Ohio. When Vissers came to the U.S., she was was absolutely terrified and barely knew how to speak English. “I left behind all my friends, and I absolutely hated it here,” she said. Initially, she wanted nothing to do with the U.S., but now she said she’s finally...

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Students speak out against racism at Miami

Sparked by an incident that occurred on social media over spring break, nearly 70 students showed up in force at Armstrong Student Center Monday afternoon to protest racist attitudes and promote diversity at Miami. Last semester, Thomas Wright, a sophomore, used a racial slur in a group message, referring to black students at Miami. Over spring break, Wright jokingly referenced the incident in a Tinder conversation with another Miami student. Both events came to light after screenshots of Wright’s comments were circulated on social media. Students gathered around tables littered with markers and blank posters, while others watched from...

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Officials report decline in GBD activities

Miami University students celebrated Green Beer Day (GBD) this year, just as they have for over 65 years. Students were decked out in and consuming all things green on March 15 from sunrise to sunset. But, compared to last year, the festivities were tame. From 12 a.m. on March 15 to 7 a.m. on March 16, the Oxford Police Department (OPD) cited 63 total offenses compared to 81 during last year’s Green Beer Day.   Similarly, Oxford Fire Department (OFD) saw a drop in emergency calls. Out of the 13 calls to OFD this year, only three were alcohol...

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Ella Cope: Nothing to lose, everything to gain

Talawanda student turns tragedy into action Ella Cope is many things — a golfer, an actress, a singer and a sophomore at Talawanda High School. She’s also a seasoned activist. As a child, Cope hopped around the continental U.S. and Canada with her parents. “I was kinda raised with theatre people,” Cope said. Her dad, Noah, is a musician and her mom, Robin, is an artist and a saleswoman.  “I was raised on a Broadway road show. My dad was the double-bass player for the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ national tour. From five weeks old to eight years old, I...

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Abigail and Steven: ‘So middle school’

Abigail Wenger sat outside of Emerson Hall two and a half years ago on a warm, September evening. She only planned to do homework. She never expected to meet the love of her life. People started filtering in around the table where she was, and Abigail soon realized she was in the middle of a Cru informational meeting. She had been interested in joining Cru, but had found herself part of the meeting by chance. Steven Ruane was standing nearby, and the two struck up a conversation. Both lived in Emerson — Abigail on the second floor and Steven in...

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