Humans of Oxford: The man from 7,000 miles away

By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student Farooq sits alone on a Friday evening, studying on a bench in a quiet wooded area of campus as sunset approaches. A binder rests next to him, and he strokes a neatly trimmed beard, twirling a yellow pencil as he speaks. He has been in Oxford since June, and expects to stay for two years while he completes his degree. Then, he will make the journey back home, a 17-hour flight that spans 7,176 miles and nine time zones. He will reunite with his two young children, his wife, parents, brothers and...

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Food theft a campus norm

By Megan Zahneis, The Miami Student It’s just after 6 p.m. on a Saturday evening. As the sun sets outside Western Dining Commons, two female students exit the building. Armed with a bulging plastic bag in each hand, the pair head off carrying at least a full meal with them. The question begs to be answered: are they thieves? Or are they merely being economical, taking “all-you-can-eat” to its logical extreme? Whether it’s taking a piece of fruit and a drink to-go, or snagging fixings for a second dinner, “dining hall theft” takes place every day at all-you-can-eat facilities like...

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University documents reveal pay discrepancies

By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student The 2014 university salary roster has prompted questions from students and community members about who is earning what and why. The salary roster contains a departmental listing, sorted by campus, of all faculty and staff and their salaries. Director of University News and Communications Claire Wagner said that the differences in salaries — both within and between academic departments — are due to a variety of factors. Some salaries are determined by the supply-and-demand principle of the workforce. For instance, fields like business, computer science, information technology and engineering are in high...

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