Miami heads ‘Into the Ivy’

With nearly 3,000 tickets sold, around 3,500 people will flock to Millett Hall Saturday evening for Miami University’s tri-annual Charter Day Ball. Miami was chartered in February 1809, but it wasn’t until 1959 that the university began to hold a celebratory event. This year’s ball will begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30. It’s theme, “Into the Ivy,” focuses on the idea of Miami as a “Public Ivy.” This year, the Charter Day Ball Organization is especially focused on inclusion. Marketing chair Emily McAlister said that, because of this, they are promoting all kinds of dress. “In...

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Lecture highlights impact of tourism in Oxford

Red-brick streets, small businesses and a constant flurry of people are all things that made Oxford, Ohio the number one college town as cited by Forbes in 2016. Jessica Greene, director of Enjoy Oxford, the local destination marketing organization, spoke about the implications of travel in Oxford on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Her lecture, “Sleepy Towns or Thriving Community? How Tourism impacts Oxford, Ohio,” focused on what keeps Oxford from being a “sleepy town.” “From our very inception, we have been a college town,” Greene said. “There are not many towns like that.” Greene went on to describe the different markets that bring in business to Oxford. The two biggest markets outside of Miami University parents for Oxford are youth sports groups and educational, religious or fraternal organizations. “In our market, the leisure market, the weekends are the busiest and the middle of the week is slow,” Greene said. The nine months out of the year that  students are on campus bring in some of the most business for Oxford. With family weekend, homecoming and other events hosted by Miami, the uptown establishments usually see the most business. However, there are some challenges to being a college town. Recently, the uptown restaurant Kona Bistro shut its doors for good. They cited the university’s attempts to lure students back to campus by providing more events with free food. Cheri Corcoran, owner...

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Untold stories come to light during library’s Ohio Archives Month lectures

In 1932, Stella Walsh, a Polish-American sprinter, won gold in the 100-meter dash at the Los Angeles Olympics and became a pioneer in women’s athletics. Her successful career landed her a spot in the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1975. Five years later, Walsh was murdered in a botched robbery. Her autopsy revealed she had a Y chromosome and was intersex. On October 4, Sheldon Anderson, a professor in Miami University’s history department and author of “The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh,” told Walsh’s story. Throughout the month of October, Miami’s libraries will be hosting lectures...

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Who to thank for Miami’s ‘most beautiful campus’

Poet Robert Frost once called Miami “the most beautiful campus that ever there was.” The Physical Facilities Department, located in the Cole Service Building, covers any sort of beautification needs around campus. There are about 550 people that work for PFD. That includes administration, custodial, maintenance, construction, trucking, event planning and others.  Jeremy Davis, senior director for operations for PFD, spends his days planning and approving new buildings, trees and other projects. Many students spend their time here enjoying the nature trails, their dorms, the Armstrong Student Center and many more assets the campus has to offer. All of...

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