Not just another Willy Wonka

Winan’s Chocolates factory worker Rita Stevens pours caramel using the same copper kettle (R). By Connor Moriarty, Photography Editor MU alumna brings 100-year-old chocolate business to Oxford Miami University alumna Laurie Winan-Reiser (‘79) scans her boarding pass in the Columbia Metropolitan Airport and steps onto the plane to begin her long stretch back to her  hometown of Piqua, Ohio. Like many of the tourists around her, her baggage is filled with small samples of fresh beans and cacao. But she is no tourist; Laurie’s trip to Columbia with her husband, Joe, was pure business, though she would say otherwise....

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An intoxication retaliation: Businesses employ officers

Connor Moriarty, Staff Writer Due to problems involving publicly intoxicated Oxford citizens and students, various Oxford businesses and Miami University buildings are taking extra measures to ensure safety and good behavior by employing security weekend nights. Three hot spots for late-night dining – Armstrong Student Center (ASC), Skyline Chili and Chipotle – employ Miami University Police Department (MUPD), Oxford Police Department (OPD) and private officers respectively to keep watch over their establishments on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. “These 24-hour-type food places are where everyone seems to stop after a night Uptown,” MUPD Lt. Ben Spilman said. “[Drunk patrons can] present a danger to public safety.” Because of these problems, Skyline Chili, 1 E. High St., approached OPD a year ago and asked if they could hire officers part time to stand in their establishment to keep watch OPD Sgt. Jon Varley said. Skyline had been having problems with intoxicated individuals late at night. Usually, by the time Skyline makes 911 calls, OPD dispatch receives them and officers get to Skyline, situations have already escalated. So, Skyline decided to contact OPD for a more reliable form of assistance. “Intoxicated individuals are deterred from entering [Skyline] if there is an officer present,” Varley said. “If not, the officer will have to approach the individual if they are being hostile. They will also make the arrest if necessary.” Varley said establishments...

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Oxford 5-0: Citizens step into police officers’ shoes

Connor Moriarty, For The Miami Student Students of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) simulate entering a school in search of an active shooter, one of several CPA exercises. (Contributed by John Buchholz) This semester, Oxford residents and Miami Students can see Oxford Police Department (OPD) in a new light – one that is not just red and blue. The OPD is offering a police-to-community awareness program called the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) that will officially begin its 16th season this Monday. Created in 2001, the CPA offers a unique opportunity for people residing in Oxford to get a behind-the-scenes experience of what the OPD does, said OPD Community and Business Outreach Officer John Buchholz. “[CPA] is an opportunity to reach out to the community and to engage them,” he said. “It allows citizens to know a little more about the police, and for the police to know a little about the citizens.” After his service in the military and a 30-year career in law enforcement, Buchholz tackled the task of taking over leadership of the CPA in his retirement. “I work more now than I did before I was retired, but I love it,” he said. His main job is to build a closer relationship between the police of Oxford, and its citizens. According to Buchholz, it offers a chance for citizens to ask and learn about the local...

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Cold front chills Oxford businesses

Connor Moriarty, For The Miami Student Piles of icy snow lining the streets are all that is left to show for the record cold temperatures Oxford experienced last month that forced people to stay indoors and not go Uptown. This record-cold winter has called for Ohioans to adapt in many ways, but the subzero weather is causing even the most popular Oxford businesses to suffer. Throughout the month of January, most of the country saw record-low temperatures, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Columbus reached -7 degrees Fahrenheit, two degrees lower than the previous record, and Cleveland reached -12 degrees Fahrenheit, five degrees lower than the previous record. “To some, it’s just too cold to go outside to walk to class or to go Uptown,” first-year journalism major Alex Abboud said. “Facing the cold is just not worth going Uptown.” But the cold has affected more than just Miami students’ nightlives. Local businesses say there has been a noticeable drop in sales this winter due to the lower temperatures, causing a lack of Uptown traffic. Manager of 45 East Bar and Grill Jeremiah Robuck said sales have been a bit down this winter, which could be attributed to the weather. “People just seem to be going out less,” Robuck said. “The cold makes going outside a lot less appealing.” But Robuck said he thinks it is...

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