How tired are you?: The consequences of sleep deprivation

It took a burst appendix for senior Caroline Pritchard to realize she needed sleep. She powered through a broken hand, salivary gland problems, lingering illness, constant dehydration and plummeting grades. But in the hospital bed, after an appendectomy, Pritchard decided she needed to make a serious lifestyle change. Before her appendix burst, Pritchard juggled both a full course load and frequent games and practices as a member of Miami University’s field hockey team. Because she was staying up later, she found she was taking too much medication for her ADHD, which caused her to feel dehydrated. To succeed on the field and in the classroom, she thought she needed to sacrifice sleep. Dr. Susan Bantz, a full-time physician at Miami’s Student Health Services, says that pulling all-nighters can weaken the immune system, making a person more susceptible to illness. “Your body is constantly fighting infection,” Bantz said. “If your immune system is weak because of increased stress and lack of sleep, your body might be too inadequate to fight off an infection, like one in your appendix.” Pritchard wasn’t the only one on her team losing strength because of a hectic schedule. “I saw a lot of my friends and other athletes struggling with trying to do everything. On my team, a girl had torn her ACL. During her recovery, she went to practice after four hours of sleep...

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Miami ASG: Year-in-review

The new era of ASG was trumpeted by a bench. Under public pressure about the ASG executive cabinet’s meals and gifts fund (a longstanding stash for rewarding ASG’s top leaders), student body president Maggie Reilly decided to donate the entire budget item ($1500) to build two benches; one outside Armstrong Student Center and one outside Shriver Center. ASG’s “new era,” as the incoming secretary of communications and media relations Gaby Meissner described it, is the time for ASG to refocus on helping students. And it’s a rejection of old ASG, in multiple senses of the word. The new cabinet is leaving behind vestiges of past administrations, like meals and gifts. The 14-person cabinet is also young: five freshmen and four sophomores were elected in 2017, compared to three of each in 2016. The bridge year between old and new ASG was led by Reilly, her vice president, Stuart Coulston, and the rest of the executive cabinet. What did Reilly and Coulston hope to accomplish when they sought their positions in early 2016? A lot, according to their still-running campaign website. The first — rec-center reform. Reilly hoped to replace the demolished Withrow Courts with a “res/rec,” a dual residence-hall/recreation center. There is a new building being constructed on the space (dubbed “President’s Hall”), but there is no indication that it will be a res/rec. There is a rec center attached...

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ASG fills next year’s cabinet

Miami’s Associated Student Government elected representatives for the five remaining 2017-2018 executive cabinet positions last Tuesday at its penultimate senate session of the 2016-2017 school year. Juniors Alex Wortman, Sean Perme and Quentin McCorvey were elected by the senate to serve as secretaries for infrastructure and sustainability, off-campus affairs and diversity affairs, respectively. Senate elected two first-years to the cabinet: Secretary for Communications and Media Relations Gaby Meissner and Secretary for Academic Affairs Annika Fowler. Perme, Meissner and Fowler all served as ASG senators for the 2016-2017 school year. Wortman served on the senate during his second year at...

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32 senators elected to Miami ASG

32 Miami Associated Student Government senators were elected Monday, April 24 for the 2017-2018 academic year. 16 of these senators are designated “off-campus,” meaning they are charged with representing the interests of students who live off-campus. There are 16 regularly available off-campus seats, leaving no vacant seats. The other 16 elected students are labeled “academic” senators and represent the interests of the school or college to which they belong. There are 16 regularly available academic seats, meaning all slots are currently filled. These recent senator-elects make up the majority of the 51 voting-enabled senatorial seats available in Miami’s ASG. Come fall 2017, they will be joined by 16 elected on-campus senators, as well as a commuter senator, a resident assistant senator and the recently elected parliamentarian, former Speaker of the Senate Jack Fetick. The Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker Pro Tempore are classified as members of the senate, but do not have the power to cast votes except in the event of a tie and are not included in 51-seat total. Below are names of the victorious senators from Monday’s election. College of Creative Arts Isaac O’Bryan, architecture, junior College of Education, Health and Society Conor Daly, sports leadership and management, first-year Julia Koenig, social work, sophomore Trenton White; integrated social studies education, middle childhood education, history; junior College of Engineering and Computing Kiril Kolev, bioengineering, sophomore Adam...

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Miami students in Luxembourg celebrate Easter

Well, it’s not the same as painting eggs with my family, but it’s pretty close. It’s a close second. I am sad that we’re going to miss Easter at home. This will be nice, we get to feel a little bit of the Easter spirit. Seeing the kids being happy when they get chocolate, that will remind me of my little siblings. Kendall Wolfe and Brittany Talbott went back and forth as they colored in Easter designs, reminiscing on their childhood Easters and how this year will be different. They were helping prepare for the Easter egg hunt that...

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