Free rape kits eliminate medical bill, retraumatization

By Carleigh Turner, Web Designer In the wake of various publicized claims of sexual assault, Illinois is taking a positive step toward empowering victims to report their rapes. As of Jan. 1, 2016, victims of sexual assault in Illinois will not be billed for purchasing a rape kit, allowing those who were unable to afford the evidence for the crime committed against them a voice and a chance to get the justice they deserve. According to an article by CBS News titled, “For some sex assault victims, ordeal carries price tag,” a college student who was raped two nights in a...

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Lost in translation: Texting gets twisted

An extra exclamation point, a deliberate period or misplaced capital letters: all seemingly innocuous grammatical tweaks until placed into a common text message. These ordinary elements of language have the power to turn a friendly message into something malicious. And as texting becomes one of the most commonplace forms of communication, deciphering these subtleties is more difficult and important than ever. Eight trillion text messages are sent every year, according to Bloomberg News. This constant conversation has allowed texters to design their own language to emit a tone of voice through text. Yet, this method is not perfect. It...

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Out cold: Professor leads Antarctica trips

Connor Moriarty, Senior Staff Writer (Amber Siebenaler) Nine thousand miles and one military cargo plane away, there is more than just ice and penguins in the polar desert of Antarctica. Miami University has been leaving its mark there for five years now. After a choppy helicopter ride through the vast Transantarctic Mountains, Miami Associate Microbiology Professor Rachael Morgan-Kiss drills into a frozen lake within an arctic valley. Her goal: to study the microorganisms she finds and learn how they live in the harshest environment in the world. Needless to say, her office hours vary. “It’s the ultimate ‘high’ adventure,” she said with a smile. After growing up in a small town on Vancouver Island in Western Canada, Morgan-Kiss enrolled in the University of Victoria on the same island for her undergraduate studies. She received her Bachelors of Science working primarily in plant biology research, but quickly took a U-turn in graduate school. “I went to the University of Western Ontario to work with Dr. Norman Huner to study crops that handle cold better than others,” Morgan-Kiss said. “But he wanted a student who would study plants in permanent cold environments.” So she worked with Huner and studied such plants. Once Morgan-Kiss finished her Ph.D. project on Antarctica algae, she was hooked on the cold. After working on various projects in many places across the United States, Morgan-Kiss ended up...

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