Student counseling services director retires after 33 year career at Miami

Erik Craigo A little over 40 years ago, Kip Alishio spent his days walking through Earlham College’s campus, in Richmond, IN, listening to The Moody Blues, his favorite band. And up until last week, he wandered Miami’s campus, working as an administrator and a counselor rather than a student. Kip, Miami’s director of Student Counseling Services for the past 26 years, retired from Miami March 1. Nights in white satin/never reaching the end/letters I’ve written/never meaning to send At Earlham, Kip spent a lot of time listening and thinking deeply about what kind of career he wanted to pursue,...

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City council passes SPIN bike share, university support for program undetermined

After a series of back-and-forths and requests to table the discussion, Oxford’s city council moved to pass a resolution allowing a six-month pilot bikeshare program with SPIN — a San Franciso-based dockless bicycle sharing company. Council voted unanimously to pass the resolution at their last meeting on Feb. 20, but, several concerns were raised as council members debated the proposal. City manager Doug Elliott requested to table the discussion after informing council that he had received an email from Miami University’s general counsel stating that “SPIN has no right to commercial access” on Miami’s property. Members of Miami’s Associated Student Government (ASG), including student body president Maggie Callahan, spoke on behalf of the pilot program which ASG helped to develop. “There is no liability on the university’s end, but general counsel says we need to find a home [for this program] in the city,” Callahan said. Council member Glenn Elerbe countered Elliott’s suggestions to table the issue by arguing that Miami students who try to solve problems are often presented with “a smile and an obstacle” from the university’s administration. “If we table, we’ll provide you with another obstacle, and I don’t want to do that,” Elerbe said. Kyle Rowe, SPIN’s liason for the Oxford pilot program, explained that the bikes are tracked via GPS. The program would be open to all Oxford residents including, but not limited to,...

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OFD sees recent jump in alcohol EMS runs

During a weekend jam-packed with events — the conclusion of sorority recruitment, Miami University’s 2018 Charter Day Ball and Brick Street Bar & Grill’s 6 a.m. opening for the Winter Olympics U.S. v. Russia men’s hockey game — 24 individuals were transported to the hospital for alcohol-and-drug-related EMS calls. That’s more substance-related calls than the Oxford Fire Department (OFD) had seen in the two previous weekends combined. The calls occurred from Thursday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 18. Eighteen of the alcohol-and-drug-related calls were for underage individuals, according to the OFD’s count record system. There were 53 total EMS runs that weekend, said OFD chief John Detherage. Of the 24 alcohol-and-drug-related runs, 14 were male and 10 female. In comparison, the department responded to 14 alcohol-and-drug-related calls during the first weekend of this semester and just five substance-related calls from Feb. 8 to Feb. 11. Last year, President Greg Crawford called for an emergency meeting among fraternity and sorority leaders after 21 students were hospitalized from Thursday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 12 — the weekend that followed Greek recruitment season for the 2016-17 school year.  Of those 21 hospitalizations, 17 were females and four were males. This year, no such meeting was called. On Tuesday, amid reports of hazing allegations, Miami University’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) decided to suspend all fraternity activities and ended the new member initiation period...

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NIOT leaders start to organize initiative

Oxford’s Senior Citizens building was open briefly on Sunday afternoon, a rarity for the center, which is usually closed on the weekends. Inside the main room, long tables were pushed together and latecomers sat in circular tables in the back. The second meeting to organize Oxford and Miami University’s involvement in the national Not In Our Town (NIOT) initiative was about to begin. At one of tables, two of the Kramer Elementary third graders who spoke at last week’s meeting, Noel and Oliver, scribbled intently, quietly whispering to each other about whether or not their motto should be “Love....

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Oxford holds ‘Not in Our Town’ interest meeting

On Sunday afternoon, three students from Ms. Pearson’s third-grade class in Kramer Elementary — Noel, Oliver and Paul — stood in front of a group of mostly strangers. The boys shuffled back and forth in front of the crowded community room of the LCNB National Bank but spoke with passion and wisdom beyond their years. Noel waved his hands together with enthusiasm, sporting a “Black is Beautiful” t-shirt, and spoke in front of a group of Oxford and Miami University leaders including Mayor Kate Rousmaniere, Renate Crawford and city council member Chantel Raghu. “I first heard about white nationalism on the radio and thought that was something I didn’t want to happen to anyone else,” Noel said. “You know, my dad immigrated from Cuba and married my mom, and then they had me, but I don’t want white nationalism to stop anyone else from being able to do that.” The boys explained that, throughout the past several months, they created a series of videos and surveys and a website dedicated to educating their fellow classmates about the perils of hate speech, racism and prejudice against people who are different from themselves. Rousmaniere, alongside Miami’s director of the Office of Community Engagement Services (OCES), Christie Zwahlen, and Oxford residents Sabrina Jewell and Ellen Weisman organized for the boys to speak Uptown on Feb. 11 during a “Not In Our Town”...

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