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Ask Angela: You didn’t ask for it, but here it is

I find myself at an impasse at the start of every semester. This crossroads of sorts is the absolute hell of managing my hectic schedule. I know what you’re thinking, “But, Ask Angela! You have the answers to all of life’s most important questions; your wisdom is infinite!” Well. I like to think a few of you are thinking that. Probably not. But anyway. I don’t really have answers to anything. Truthfully, I can’t even deal with my own life 90 percent of the time. So I want to take a moment to be real with you, my dear Internet friends and devoted newspaper readers, I have absolutely no idea how the hell I’m going to pull off this semester. I’ve been known to bite off more than I can chew in the past. I became a professional “juggler” of sorts when I first came to college because academically, I’m a try hard, and extracurricularly, I wanted to be a part of so many different student organizations. I’m so well known for being over extended that I have a professor who will call me at the beginning of every semester to try and talk some sense into me and help me with time management. God bless ya Professor Tobin. But this year I’ve truly out done myself. This fall – and this fall only – I will be performing...

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Frogs are vital to our ecosystem – and they’re disappearing

Darcy Keenan, The Miami Student You know that moment of pure terror when you spot a huge spider next to your bed before you realize it’s just some fuzz? That feeling might start to happen a lot more, but you won’t get the relief you’re used to.  There is a good chance that frogs might go extinct if we as humans don’t start taking global warming seriously and do something about the way we treat the planet.  Frogs eat many pests, including spiders and mosquitoes.  Not only do frogs eat annoying insects, but they are a large part of the diets of various birds. Frogs are a crucial part of the food chain. John Alroy, a paleobiologist working at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, has been studying reptiles and amphibians for many years and has come to a few conclusions: the population of frogs worldwide has decreased by 3 percent since the 1970s. This includes the extinction of approximately 200 species of frogs. Alroy has estimated that with no other changes to the environment, the remaining frog population will decrease by seven percent within the century. He calls this a conservative estimate for a multitude of reasons, but mostly because if we humans don’t change our behaviors, the environmental threats will only increase. Alroy has also noticed that there are many places in the tropics where the frog population...

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Why the anti-white supremacist rally was needed

The following piece, written by the editorial editors, reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board. Last Wednesday, hundreds of students and community members gathered to unite against white supremacy. We, the editorial board of The Student, believe that in times such as these, it is imperative that communities have discussions about both the recent tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville and the current rise of white supremacist rhetoric and ideology in the U.S. The issue of white supremacy immediately became a national one when Heather Heyer, a counter protester of the white supremacist rally at University of Virginia, was killed in a vehicular attack on a crowd supporting her cause. The incident rose to the national news, sparking outrage across the nation, and in response, marches and rallies sprang up. It is important for us, here at Miami University and in the town of Oxford, to understand that while we may not see threats of white supremacy as we stroll down High Street and Spring Street on our way to class or on our way Uptown, white supremacy can creep up anywhere. In fact, white nationalist fliers appeared on campus last year, advocating for all white “traditional” families. Even if they were simply a prank, the ramblings of some students who thought it’d be funny to hang them in academic buildings and in Armstrong, they should not be treated...

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The case for bold tax reform

Luke Schroeder, Columnist Everyone knows that our nation’s tax code is broken. The code has not been significantly reformed since 1986, the year that “Top Gun” first hit theatres. While “Top Gun” has aged well, our tax code has not. As the president recently outlined, “since [1986] our tax laws have tripled in size… and most of it is not understandable… The tax code is now a massive source of complexity and frustration for tens of millions of Americans.” He continued: “[the code] disadvantages ordinary Americans who don’t have an army of accountants, while benefitting deep-pocketed special interests… this is wrong.” It is clearly time to reform this flawed system. However, this reform can’t just result in incremental changes here or there. In a world of increased economic competition, when China, Japan, Mexico, Europe, and others are threatening American industries, this reform must be bold, sweeping, and impactful. Congress must reform these main areas of the tax code: corporate rates, repatriation, individual rates and loopholes. Modernization of corporate tax rates will rejuvenate American competitiveness in the globalized economy. Compared to all other member nations of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the 35 most industrialized countries in the world, the U.S. charges the highest corporate taxes. According to OECD data, the combined average U.S. federal and state corporate tax rate stands at a whopping 39.1%. By contrast,...

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The ultimate beauty of dreaming

Michael Stemmler, The Miami Student When I was in second grade I wanted to become a clown. At the time, I believed that clowns made people happy, and if I was one, I would be able to do the same. However, I never thought about the fact that clowns have always scared the hell out of me, so – not surprisingly – my dream changed. This summer I worked as a camp counselor for a group of third grade boys, and on the last day of camp my partner and I sat down all our kids and asked each one what they wanted to be when they grew up. The answers ranged from being a zoologist to being a dancer, and an extreme number of them wanted to be professional athletes. Each of their answers were entirely thought through. They knew what team they wanted to play for, what animals they wanted to study, and even what type of dance they wanted to perform. Although I loved hearing their seemingly wild and farfetched ideas, there is a certain fact that as they grow up their passions, hobbies and interests will change – leading to a change in their dreams. Not only will some change, but sadly some will stop dreaming altogether. As students, we have our majors, we have our internships and then once we leave, we have our jobs....

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