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Author: Elizabeth Hansen

Students dine in at Maple Street Starbucks

Stacks of the white paper to-go bags, all branded with the Starbucks logo and soon to be filled with food, sit next to the cashier. Beside the espresso machine, empty cups wait to be filled with warm, frothy coffee or refreshing iced tea. A sign that reads, “Hearty, savory deliciousness,” advertises the reduced fat turkey bacon, egg white and cheddar sandwich — a crowd favorite. Ashley Ryan stands in line waiting to order the usual — a grande dirty chai latte, iced, with two extra shots of espresso. Some days she’ll get a breakfast sandwich, but not today —...

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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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