Miami Student hosting Oxford City Council Debate Oct. 18

Oxdebate-poster   The Miami Student will be hosting its first city council debate in recent memory at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Wilks Theater. There are nine candidates for four spots on Oxford’s city council. All will be in attendance to discuss their views on Miami-Oxford relations, business and residential development and relevant social issues. The candidates include: Austin Worrell, the first undergraduate Miami student to run for Council in recent history. Worrell — studying political science and business law and set to graduate this spring — is a current ASG senator, as well as former ASG...

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Council approves zoning changes, aiming to improve student housing

City Council unanimously approved sweeping zoning changes to decrease living costs, increase housing availability and move student rentals closer to Miami’s campus in Oxford’s Mile Square. The eight separate ordinances were first read on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and then approved on Sept. 19. In them, the Planning Commission and Director of Community Development Jung-Han Chen lay out a vision for an Oxford that allows high-density student rentals to cohabitate with the city’s historic character. The biggest changes come in density and occupational limits. Council decreased the required lot size and now allows use of accessory buildings — any secondary...

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What happened in Clinton’s ‘What Happened’

After reading some reviews and criticism of Hillary Clinton’s latest book, I was prepared to write a scathingly negative review of her literary recollection of the 2016 presidential election. “What Happened” tore into the media, Bernie Sanders and his loyal, further-left supporters. Clinton is tossing a live hand grenade, I pre-wrote in my head, into a slowly-healing Democratic Party. If she loves the party so much, why would she do this? I wonder if the reviewers and Democratic operatives read the same book I did. Sure, Clinton’s book is a lengthy vent. She’s upset with the media’s scandal-centric coverage....

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Data-driven: How the university uses your information

In 1956, Miami’s 16th President, John D. Millett, suggested that Miami adopt a “selective admission policy” for the first time. Up to that point, all admission had been first-come, first-served. This was the first time Miami considered data from an applicant’s high school record. In the Digital Age, Miami still uses data for admission — and practically every aspect of the student experience. As machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence grow stronger, universities across the country — including Miami — have started to harness the data they’ve collected to enhance student experience and reduce student turnover rate. Michael S....

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