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Emily Williams

Another day in Venice

Gondola rides, watercolor sunsets and trying to say ‘sorry’   It’s our third day in Venice. We are cold and miss Santa Croce square and via dell’Agnolo. We go to a fancy cafe on San Marco square for lunch and order the cheapest items on the menu – penning ourselves in on the “snacks” page – and nothing to drink. An espresso here costs 6 Euro 50. I wear the dark but plain jeans that I have been wearing since Friday because my backpack only had room for one pair of pants and dark but plain jeans are universal....

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Outside Oxford: A day in the Village of Yellow Springs

  Many of us call Oxford home, whether it’s where we’ve always lived, where we’ve settled down or the place we miss during the weeks of winter break or months of summer. While most Miami students can wax poetic about the small-town charms of Oxford, we all have those days when the confines of the Mile Square seem more constricting than comforting — when it’s time to get outside Oxford, even if it’s just for the afternoon. Every month, in Outside Oxford, we’ll give you recommendations on where to go on those days when you need a change of...

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Trump’s Inauguration: GRN student reports from Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – Welcome to The Swamp. In a town normally filled with career politicians, lobbyists and other governmental elites, the demographics on Jan. 20 were different. Because on this day, the most prominent right-wing outsider in U.S. politics, then-President-elect Donald Trump, brought in a crowds of supporters and protesters as he was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. I was fortunate enough to get a up-close seat. Inauguration travels started early in the morning. In anticipation of long lines and tight security, my group—the Governmental Relations Network, a bipartisan bunch of Miami students—left our Alexandria hotel just before 8 a.m. We boarded a moderately busy metro car and rode the yellow line to the heart of the capital. Security was heavy in the metro station; police officers were numerous, some armed with rifles and others handling K9 units. Federal officers and national guardsmen also made their presence known. As I emerged from the metro station escalator into the morning cool, I was greeted by raindrops and the bullhorn shouting of a protester. The protester and his group were dwarfed by the crowds moving past. On the nearest corner was a street vendor selling inauguration memorabilia. He had scarves, shirts, sweatshirts, flags, and of course, hats. Bright red “Make America Great Again” caps were marked up to $20 each. No thanks. The security and organization was...

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Crawford issues statement about student death

Miami University President Gregory Crawford emailed the Miami community Thursday morning expressing his devastation with the death of first-year Erica Buschick and suggesting that high-risk alcohol consumption was to blame. Buschick, 18, was found dead in her room in Morris Hall on Jan. 20. “When I became President of Miami, Renate and I quickly learned that we were joining a very close knit community,” Crawford wrote. “That is why this message is so difficult for me, both as President and as a parent.” Buschick’s death has been devastating to the entire Miami community, who “lost a vibrant young woman...

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Daryl Baldwin to speak at graduation

Daryl Baldwin, director of Miami University’s Myaamia Center and 2016 MacArthur fellow, will give the commencement address for Miami’s 2017 graduating class. Baldwin was chosen by a committee of students, faculty and staff members from Miami’s Oxford and regional campuses. The university’s president, Greg Crawford, announced their selection while in Miami, Okla., where he was participating in the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s annual Winter Gathering and Stomp Dance. Crawford shared the news with Baldwin’s family and fellow tribal members at the home of Douglas Lankford, chief of the Miami Tribe, in Miami. “I was so pleased that we could...

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