Students celebrate writing through literary festival

Writers, readers and fans of the written word gathered in Oxford last week to celebrate Miami’s seventh annual Oxford Writing Festival. The festival, hosted by Students for the Promotion of Writing (SPW), a campus group that works to bolster interest in writing of all kinds here at Miami, consisted of a flurry of events held between Wednesday, April 11 and Saturday, April 14. Talks and book signings from professional authors, upbeat concerts from local bands and flash fiction contests were highlights of the festival’s run, which encouraged students to come out and join in the literary fun. Jamie Ford,...

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Students speak out against racism at Miami

Sparked by an incident that occurred on social media over spring break, nearly 70 students showed up in force at Armstrong Student Center Monday afternoon to protest racist attitudes and promote diversity at Miami. Last semester, Thomas Wright, a sophomore, used a racial slur in a group message, referring to black students at Miami. Over spring break, Wright jokingly referenced the incident in a Tinder conversation with another Miami student. Both events came to light after screenshots of Wright’s comments were circulated on social media. Students gathered around tables littered with markers and blank posters, while others watched from...

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Faculty to discuss religious beliefs in week-long event

They both stand in front of an amassed congregation, trying their best to impart what they believe to be vital information into the minds of people whose levels of interest in what they’re saying vary greatly. There seems to be more than a few similarities between preachers and professors. One key difference, however, is that while religious figures may freely speak their minds to their congregations, professors must leave their opinions at the doors of their classrooms for the sake of objectivity and to satisfy university policy. But, although university faculty must check their personal beliefs while they teach,...

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Shinnenkai Festival Takes Students on a Tour of Japan

Decked in paper ribbons and filled with people in ornate robes of pink and gold, the Shriver Center Heritage Room was unrecognizably festive last Saturday. It played host to a celebration called Shinnenkai, which roughly translates to New Year’s Party. The event was a collaboration by Miami’s’ Japanese Culture and Language Club, Taiko Drumming Club and Anime Club. Booths adorned with delicate calligraphy and vibrant trifolds each boasted a different attraction, from origami to dress-up stations where visitors could try on traditional Japanese clothing. Attendees were given a “passport” as they entered, which served as both a guide to...

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traveling the world through tea

People began to gather in the atrium of Armstrong around 6 p.m. on Friday. They brought a dozen tables, several trays of food, signs and banners and enough cups to hold an ocean. The Tea Tasting event was set to begin at 7 p.m. Hosted by Miami Activities and Programming and the International Student and Scholar Services, the event, happening for the second time ever, brought various student organizations together under the banner of brewed beverages. Tables representing various countries sat in a semi-circle in the atrium, and participants were encouraged to make their way from station to station,...

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