Author: Elizabeth Hansen

Humans of Oxford: Monnett Hamilton: The American meat-eating Australian vegan

By Elizabeth Hansen, Assistant Culture Editor Monnett Hamilton likes to try new things — she does it all the time. For one month straight, she tried a new thing every day. Some days were as simple as switching up her coffee order. Other days she explored the world outside the so-called “Oxford Bubble.” Although that month has ended, her spontaneity is far from over. Her new goal? Become an Instagram-famous, Australian vegan blogger. “My friend Ali and I always joke about her excessive vegetable consumption,” said Monnett. “So we started joking around and ranting about how all vegan Australian...

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Slice of Life: Pancake pandemonium

By Elizabeth Hansen, Assistant Culture Editor The aroma of fresh pancakes and hash browns swirls in the family room of the Armstrong Student Center. But it is not just the scent of potatoes and batter — it’s the scent of free food. Students line up for pancakes, grumbling that the strawberries are gone but still excited about the chocolate chips. High school seniors participating in the Miami Bridges Program whisper to each other, wondering if free college food is just a legend, or if they are actually witnessing the phenomenon. They decide it must be true as they scurry...

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Appropriation debate surges during Halloween, World Series

By Elizabeth Hansen, Assistant Culture Editor With the passing of Halloween and the recent World Series, which featured the Cleveland Indians and their controversial mascot, the topic of cultural appropriation has become a major conversation throughout America as well as on Miami’s campus. Students gathered in Upham Hall on Halloween night to discuss appropriation and how our generation can understand this ongoing debate. Leading the conversation was Amira Beasley, a senior Latin American and international studies double major. Beasley is a campus fellow for Diversity Abroad, an organization focused on connecting diverse students with international, educational and career opportunities....

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AJ Gatio: Chasing the dream from Oxford to Nashville

By Elizabeth Hansen, Assistant Culture Editor When AJ Gatio graduated from Miami in 2014, he wasn’t completely set on becoming a Social Studies teacher. He wanted to be a songwriter. “I realized I could get into teaching when I’m 30, 32 or 33 and nothing’s happened [with songwriting], but I can’t get my mid-20s back.  [I thought], if I’m gonna do this, this is going to be the only time I can do it,” said Gatio. So, after almost a year of contemplation, Gatio pulled the trigger and moved to Nashville. “I was scared as hell,” he said. “I...

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Slice of Life: The clown of Phillips Hall

By Elizabeth Hansen, Assistant Culture Editor Michaela Hensley was walking across the street to Phillips Hall for dance practice when she received the text. “Clowns are at the rec!” She sprinted. The clowns were on the loose, and she wasn’t taking any chances. Clowns terrified her. Once in Phillips, the captains locked the doors. It was Monday, day two of the clown scare, and they needed to prepare for the worst. As she practiced, every sound made her twitch. What if the clowns broke into Phillips? She kept dancing until it was time for a water break. She checked...

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