Alcohol’s effect on your mental health

No matter their major, no matter what clubs they devote their time to or what fraternity or sorority they rushed, college students often agree on one thing: They are stressed. In a world where deadlines loom on the horizon, students juggle rigorous academic course loads with extra-curriculars and a social life, stress is a shared experience. Students joke about the “Sunday scaries” as Monday approaches. They take pride in their coffee addictions. When asked how they’re doing, they respond, “Hanging in there.” With these levels of stress, it’s no wonder that mental health has become such a prevalent issue...

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Photo exhibition highlights Oxford’s African-American communities

When Miami junior Raechel Root took the podium at the Oxford Community Arts Center last Friday, she immediately asked former Miami professor Hugh Morgan to stand for recognition. All eyes turned to the back of the room. But nobody stood. “Put your hand up, Hugh,” Root said, eager to celebrate the man responsible for the night’s featured exhibit. But again, Morgan refused to make himself visible. He was here to cast a light on others, not himself. On the second Friday of every month, the OCAC hosts a celebration of the arts, complete with music, food and art exhibitions....

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Earth Fest, sister March for Science combine

A lack of activism at Miami University has been a sore spot in the school’s recent history. In light of the current rhetoric surrounding the field of science and climate change specifically, educational leadership graduate student Dustin Hornbeck decided something needed to give. He created a Facebook event entitled “March for Science Oxford, Ohio” which was originally intended to just generate interest. Now the site is officially the page for students, staff and community members to get involved in a sister march to the national March for Science occurring in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day, April 22. “I noticed...

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Ringing in the Year of the Rooster at the Chinese New Year’s Gala

This past Saturday in Hall Auditorium, Miami hosted a Chinese New Year Gala to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. The event was a collaboration between the Performing Arts Series, the Confucius Institute (CIMU) and the Chinese American Cultural Association (CACA). The Chinese New Year is considered China’s most important holiday, with workers usually taking seven days off work and students having close to a month off of school. “It’s like Christmas in America,” said Evian Lei, president of CACA. The Chinese New Year actually occurred on January 28, but because Miami had only been back in session for...

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M. Night Shyamalan disappoints with “Split”

M. Night Shyamalan is known for his captivating horror movies such as “The Sixth Sense,” “Signs” and “The Visit.” So, I was excited to see how his most recent addition to the world of psychological horror films, “Split,” measured up to his chilling predecessors. However, “Split” ultimately fails to deliver the suspense and thrill promised by this genre, and resorts to using a mental disorder and childhood sexual abuse as plot devices to add shock value. The film begins when three high school girls are kidnapped by Kevin (James McAvoy), a man with dissociative identity disorder (DID), and kept prisoner in his underground bunker. Kevin lives with 23 distinct personalities, ranging from a 9-year-old boy to a glamorous fashion designer. He switches between these personalities instantaneously, and some are more powerful than others. Two of these personalities, Dennis and Patricia, conspire together to kidnap the girls as an offering to a mysterious “beast” that they believe is coming. The plot follows the kidnapped girls and their futile attempts to escape, as well as Kevin’s visits with his psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), which provide insight into his medical history. One reason that this film fails to deliver suspense is the lack of buildup in the beginning. There are about five minutes of exposition, in which viewers are introduced to the high school-aged kidnap victims, until the action immediately begins...

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