Emily Williams

Illogic brings poetic hip-hop to campus

Before Jahwar Glass started rapping, he wrote short stories and poems. His mother played rock and soul albums and taught him new words that he collected in his stanzas and paragraphs. At 9, he wrote his first rap. “I haven’t stopped since,” said Glass, now known as Illogic, the Columbus-based hip-hop artist who has produced six studio albums and collaborated with many of rap’s underground favorites like Aesop Rock, Vast Aire, Eyedea and fellow Columbus native Blueprint. He started performing Christian rap in churches when he was about 12. Before he was old enough to legally go to clubs,...

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Swing Hall reopens, students move in after June fire

By Emily Williams, Assistant News Editor Students have moved into Swing Hall after the completion of building repairs that followed a fire in June. The fire, whose cause is still under investigation by the state, had left the building’s roof partially collapsed in the hall’s north wing. Claire Wagner, communications director, said Miami began restorations on the hall immediately following the incident. “Architects, engineers and a construction manager worked to determine how to repair the roof, remediate the smoke and water damage, and repair and restore the building to its full function,” Wagner said. The Oxford Fire Department was...

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Miami freezes in-state tuition for upcoming term

Tuition for Miami’s in-state students will not increase for the 2015-2016 school year due to an anticipated increase in state funding to the university. This decision was confirmed by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on June 26. Out-of-state students will now pay $30,233 for tuition at the Oxford campus, a 2 percent increase from the 2014-2015 tuition rate, while in-state students will continue to pay $13,533 for tuition and fees. For the 2014-2015 school year, the university implemented a 2 percent increase for both in-state and out-of-state students. The previous year, tuition was raised by 1.5 percent...

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Chair appointed for new department

Dr. Jana Braziel, a professor of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati, has been appointed to join Miami University as Chair of the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies this fall. The recommendation of Braziel for the position will be presented to the Board of Trustees at their meeting this week. The upcoming term will be the inaugural semester for the new department that will incorporate the existing programs of American Studies, Asian/Asian American Studies, Black World Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well as a new Global and Intercultural Studies...

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Impressions of the Fallen

“War is hell. But don’t blame the warriors,” he says, readjusting his cap that reads, “Vietnam Veteran.” It’s about four in the morning at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The granite wall is illuminated by dim lights that line the pathway. Two panels on the west wall are covered by 10-foot sheets of white paper which, for the past few hours, we’ve been covering with our thick granite pencils by the light of our phones and a couple headlamps. For the late hour, a surprising number of people have walked past, some stopping to ask what we’re...

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