Purely delicious: Hamilton tap water top notch in nation

By Krista Savage, For The Miami Student Hamilton, Ohio was named the best tasting municipal water at last weekend’s Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest in West Virginia. More than 100 water samples were sent in from around the globe, and the city of Hamilton took gold again for the fourth time. Since 1995, Ohio has dominated the charts in the municipal water tasting portion of the competition. Kent, Montpelier, and Hamilton, Ohio have been reoccurring contestants in the top five places. The contest is judged by a panel of 11 judges, who go through a blindfolded taste test....

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Miami offers four new living learning communities 2015-16 school year

By Krista Savage, For The Miami Student The Office of Resident Life (ORL) is making several changes to the Living Learning Communities (LLCs) in Miami University residence halls for the 2015-16 school year. The changes are being made in an effort to improve student interest in on-campus activities and increase involvement among students. The original LLCs were designed with a focus on first-year students. They served as a way to extend student-involvement beyond the walls of the classroom, improve academic performance and establish a network of friends with similar interests. However, academic advisers began to collect student feedback and...

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Students push boundaries of typical Spring Break

By Krista Savage, For The Miami Student Miami University students have the opportunity to branch out from the norm this spring break. Campus-wide organizations are offering unique experiences for students. From snorkeling with sea turtles in Maui to backpacking across the Appalachian Trail, Miami students are getting out and getting active. Opportunities include both credit and non-credit opportunities over the break. Erin Brandyberry, who works in Miami’s Study abroad office, handles independent travel and off-campus internships. “There are later deadlines for students doing independent studies. They handle most of the planning on their own and turn to the university...

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End of recession benefits local business

By Krista Savage, For The Miami Student During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Jan. 20, he promised the end of the recession and the continuation of a fast-growing economy. “At this moment, with the growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry and booming energy production, we have risen from recession, freer to write our own future than any other nation on earth,” Obama said. Statistics show American businesses have added 11.2 million private-sector jobs in the past 58 months, making it the longest streak on record. Our unemployment rate beat the forecasts and fell faster than in...

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Ohio’s increase in minimum wage sparks interest in campus jobs

By Krista Savage, For The Miami Student Ohio recently increased its minimum wage from $7.95 to $8.10 an hour. The increase has the potential increase the number of applicants for on-campus jobs. “I think the minimum wage increase will be good for student employment, possibly drawing in more applicants,” first-year student Alessia Saul said. “A lot of college students have at least some expenses, so it’ll help them out.” Many on-campus jobs offer a convenient, stable income for college students, and the increased wages contribute to that stability. First-year student, Abby Younce, said she is pursuing a job on...

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