Elizabeth Hansen

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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Zines: Tiny papers, big words

By Elizabeth Hansen, Assistant Culture Editor Carly Sentieri, the special collections librarian at the Wertz Art and Architecture library, was sifting through items that had not yet been catalogued when a small booklet caught her eye. Its print was faded from multiple photocopies, but the message was still visible. In her hands she held a list of demands from the students of the New University conference to Miami University. The publication date read 1969. “The society invades and corrupts the university in no way more visibly than by the draft or the threat of the draft and by the...

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Humans of Oxford: Colton Rowell

By Elizabeth Hansen, Assistant Culture Editor When Colton Rowell moved to Hudson, Ohio he wasn’t just in a new place; he had a new identity — Dave Franco. Now, what does Colton, who is a member of Cru, MUSA, MUSF, Pi Sigma Epsilon and Delta Tau Delta, and who is also a campus tour guide, have in common with the actor? They look identical. While studying abroad in Spain this summer, Colton was living in a hostel with four other strangers. Two of his roommates were teenage girls visiting from London. “The first day and a half [the one...

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