Miles for Michael’s memory

On Sunday morning, students, staff and parents gathered in Uptown Park to commemorate the life of former Miami student and Delta Sigma Pi president, Michael Hayes. The mass of purple shirts huddled together and created an atmosphere of camaraderie along High Street. The sun radiated, combating the brisk wind, while the warm feelings of the Delta Sigma Pi family flooded the air. Since Hayes’ passing 14 years ago, Delta Sigma Pi (Delta Sig) has held a 5k run/walk in his honor every spring. Funds raised by the event go towards the Hayes Foundation, which provides scholarships for students at...

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Humans of Oxford: Tristin Leavitt: Finding himself, fighting for others

A chilling wind whips two solid red flags across the faces of the marchers. Adorned in rainbow flags, anti-hate t-shirts and stern faces, Tristin Leavitt and his allies band together in the annual Unity March. The line of chanting students extends down the entire block from Armstrong to the corner of Spring and Patterson. Each protester was armed with a homemade sign or t-shirt declaring war on the injustices they face. Tristin represents his LGBTQ community with a pink, blue and yellow flag draped across the back of his paint splattered leather jacket. “It started with me just seeing...

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Humans of Oxford: Beaker Brothers: William Carson and Samson Zacate pursue research in the Chem Lab

“My seventh grade science teacher was low-key wise,” William Carson said. “She said one day in class — and no one knew what the hell it meant at the time, but now I finally get it — she said, ‘Guys listen, one day you’ll realize science is just failure to disprove something.’” Failing in order to succeed is what Carson and his research partner, Samson Zacate, have been doing ever since. They are both first-year chemistry majors studying under Dr. Wei Liu, looking to broaden their knowledge of the subject through specialized research and lab work. Both students are...

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Humans of Oxford: Brody Flinders: Creating meaning through music

Music has been a part of Brody Flinders’ life for as long as he can remember. His mother, grandfather and uncle exposed him to a variety of artists and genres from a young age and he’s taken an interest in almost everything over the years. “I grew up listening to some of the greats, like Bob Dylan and Stevie Ray Vaughn,” Brody said. “I’ve always been somewhat involved in music, whether it be singing or playing drums or playing guitar or ukulele or whatever, and I just brought it with me to Miami.” Out of all his musical talents...

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The Promised Land: freshmen journey to walmart

It wasn’t until Nick Klinkenbergh and Nathan Connor had walked all the way through the crisp fall night to the bus stop that they realized they didn’t know if the bus was even coming. “I figured one of you guys had it under control,” Nathan said, looking up and down the road as if the bus would appear if he looked hard enough. Their destination was the holy grail of college shopping. The place where two weeks of meals could cost as little as four dollars. Where psychedelic graphic tees in the wrong size could entice a fun-loving, money-blowing, young adult to use that new debit card. These freshmen were headed to Walmart. Eventually figuring out that the bus was, in fact, not coming anytime soon, the pair began the cold walk back the way they came. They would get a ride with a friend’s roommate, who happened to have a car on campus. Lucky break. “Bruh…This place is huge,” Nick said, laughing and gawking as he cleared the sliding doors. “That’s Walmart for you,” Nathan said, grabbing a cart then quickly putting in back in favor of one with nicer wheels. He was clearly the more experienced of the pair when it came to grocery shopping. As the pair began to stroll through the aisles, a realization seemed to set in. They didn’t really know what they were...

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