Miami spares Patterson Place site

By Krista Savage and Maddie Wood, For The Miami Student After an outpouring of dissent, President David Hodge announced yesterday the university will abandon plans to build a new residence hall on the site of historic Patterson Place. At their latest meeting Friday, the Board of Trustees reached a unanimous decision to construct Patterson Place Hall, in response to  the growing needs of the university. However, around 4 p.m. yesterday, Hodge announced that, following overwhelming feedback from community members objecting the demolition, Miami will instead search for an alternative location to build. “It just didn’t feel right,” Hodge said....

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Local store closes, leaving art students empty-handed

By Krista Savage, News Editor Bill’s Art Store is closing its doors after a year of struggle. The business was located in Uptown Oxford, before it moved two miles away on College Corner Pike. At the new location, the store was out of walking distance for most students. As a result, the business took a huge hit.  The store’s founder, Bill Berry, died four years ago. Barbara Berry, his sister, has since owned and managed Bill’s Art Store as a tribute to his legacy. In May 2014, Berry received a four-month notice through Oxford Real Estate from the Sigma...

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Miami Panhellenic reviews new sorority selection for fall

By Krista Savage, News Editor Miami University is adding a new sorority next year to support the growth of Greek life on campus. This week, three new sororities were presented to the Miami Panhellenic community in order to be considered for admittance to Miami’s campus next year. The sororities are Sigma Delta Tau (SDT), Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sig) and Phi Sigma Sigma (Phi Sig). Miami’s sorority involvement has increased 25 percent over the past five years. In 2010, 734 women accepted bids to sororities and, this year, 970 did so — the most Miami has ever seen. Miami’s...

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Former Oxford mayor, MU admin dies

By Krista Savage, News Editor Bernard Phelps, age 93, died at The Knolls Retirement Center Friday, April 24. Phelps served as the founder of Miami University’s Hamilton branch campus, and former Oxford mayor. “It is difficult to capture the fullness of the life Dr. Phelps lived and his impact on Miami University, Hamilton and Oxford,” said President David Hodge. A veteran, Phelps moved to Oxford in 1956 and began teaching within the speech department in 1948. He quit teaching in 1967, when he began planning the Hamilton branch campus. Phelps had a significant impact on Miami through serving as Hamilton’s...

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Miami dining services launches student feedback surveys for fall

By Krista Savage, News Editor Throughout the past week, Miami University Dining Services has been collecting customer feedback through an online survey to evaluate the process of their current operations and investigate improvement options for the 2015-16 school year. Feedback cards are placed at almost every dining location on campus, and each one includes a URL of an online survey that students, faculty and staff can complete. The survey can also be accessed through MyMiami. Upon completion, students receive a $5 coupon to MapleStreet. The survey is accessible on MyMiami through today. During the survey, customers answer questions about...

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