With Pi Phi shut down, newest members pay but miss out

It was a warm spring day in Oxford and Sophie Maness, then a first-year student, was anxiously awaiting initiation. Following the initial ceremony with the rest of her pledge class, she and a few other girls whose last names started with the letter “m,” sat excitedly in Minnich Hall counting down the minutes until their names were called. On April 8, Maness officially joined Miami University’s Pi Beta Phi chapter, or “Pi Phi,” along with 59 0ther new members of the 2017 pledge class. Four months later, on Aug. 8, the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women international organization issued a press release announcing that Miami’s chapter was closed, effective immediately. For Maness and her fellow sisters, the decision came as a shock. “Before we were initiated, we had a meeting where we were told our nationals was going to be deciding if we were at risk of losing our charter,” Maness said. “[We were told] it would be decided within a week and if that were the case we were not going to be initiated.” Former Pi Phi member sophomore Julia Edie said their president, senior Elizabeth Glover, read aloud to the chapter a letter from headquarters’ Grand Council that claimed the organization would not give the “go-ahead” to initiate the 60 girls in the 2017 pledge class on April 8 if they believed the sorority was going...

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Uptown bar and restaurant 45 East closed

Lease agreement cause for shutdown, owner says   One of Oxford’s most popular Uptown establishments, 45 East Bar & Grill, closed its doors this week. Owner Will Weisman sent an email to the 45 East employees explaining that, despite both he and his brother Mark’s best efforts, they were unable to negotiate terms with the property owner to extend their lease on the building. The property also includes the second story bar Decibel and its dance floor space. “We were simply unable to finalize a lease extension and decided to look for other locations,” Weisman said. “The relationship with...

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Recipe: Pumpkin bread for any season

Ingredients: 3 cups of sugar 1 cup of vegetable oil 4 eggs 3 cups of all purpose flour 1 tsp of cinnamon ½ tsp of salt 1 tsp of nutmeg 2 tsp of baking soda 1 tblsp of baking powder 2/3 cup of water 2 cups of mashed pumpkin (15oz can) Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar and oil then beat eggs in one at a time. Sift all dry ingredients together. Add these alternately to sugar/oil/eggs with water. Add mashed pumpkin. Stir well. For 2 5×9 pans bake for 50 minutes approximately. I remember crossing the...

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