Mario’s biggest stars cruise High Street

Animals of all kinds, TV and movie characters and even a five-foot tall fidget spinner gather in Oxford’s Memorial Park on Oct. 26 for the Uptown businesses’ trick-or-treat. Yet in a crowd full of costumed trick-or-treaters, a woman in a bright pink ball-gown stands out. “Queen” Peach and her husband Luigi gather their children, Mario and Princess Peach, and hand them their trick-or-treat baskets. On any other day of the year, the Walker family usually goes by Betsy, Mark, Liam and Lydia. Liam, 9, sits down in his blue motorized wheelchair and speeds off in front of the family....

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Alumna named National History Teacher of the Year

Sara Ziemnik, a 1999 alumna of Miami University, has been named the 2017 National History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. For the past 17 years, Ziemnik has been teaching history to high school students at Rocky River High School in Rocky River, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. She currently teaches 9th grade world history and 10th grade AP U.S. history. Ziemnik had initially been named Ohio Teacher of the Year which qualified her for the national competition. In early September, she was notified that she was among the top ten. “I was...

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BBC anchor Katty Kay talks Trump and her ‘view from outside’

BBC’s lead anchor, Katty Kay, spoke Monday evening at Hall Auditorium as part of the Miami University Lecture series. As a British journalist covering American politics, Kay talked about her “view from outside” and her take on all things President Donald Trump. “So you try explaining Donald Trump to the rest of the world,” Kay began, “because that’s my job at the moment. Every single paper I read in Europe during the election campaign was incredibly bewildered, dismayed by, curious and concerned about the election of Donald Trump.” Kay addressed a few of the reasons she believes Trump came...

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Hundreds gather for rally against white supremacy on Miami’s campus

As the sun began to set Wednesday evening, around 300 Miami University students and staff members, Oxford community members and others gathered in a protest against white supremacy. People of a range of ages, races and religions stood together in solidarity around the Sundial before marching around campus. The event began at 8:30 p.m., just as Mega Fair was wrapping up on Central Quad. Miami students De’Vante Montgomery and Clara Guerra organized the event on Facebook and had the support of several groups on campus such as F-Word, Spectrum and College Democrats. Speakers at the rally included Spectrum president Hannah Abigail Clarke; Lesley Jones, who lead a similar rally on Miami’s campus in April 1989 and Constance Gadell-Newton, Green Party candidate for Ohio governor. People held various signs from “Black Lives Matter” to “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA” while call and response chants of, “Show me what Miami looks like,” and, “This is what Miami looks like,” rang through the crowd. “We’re gonna start the school year off with a rally/demonstration to the whole Student Body that we will not tolerate white supremacy and hatred on our campus or within our community,” stated the event’s Facebook page. “We’re rallying in support of the Charlottesville counter-protestors, especially those who sacrifice their safety and lives to stop White supremacists/Neo Nazis/KKK etc.” At 9:20 p.m., the group made their way...

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Miami welcomes the class of 2021

Filling the shady grass and walkways of the Hub, the 3,864 members of Miami University’s class of 2021 were welcomed by President Greg Crawford during Convocation 2017 last Friday morning. The class of 2021 was chosen from an applicant pool of over 30,255 students with an average ACT score of 28.3. Over half of the students come from Ohio while the rest span 43 states and 18 countries. The current first-year class is the most diverse class in Miami’s 208-year history with 16.9 percent of domestic students of color. Additionally, 8.4 percent of students are international and 15.2 percent...

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