Staying in the holiday spirit – even during exams

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s officially the holiday season. With the constant bombardment of themed commercials, the annual return of Michael Bublé, and the beginning of the countdown until the end of the semester, we like to think we are in the most wonderful time of the year. However, for Miami and its students, is that statement really true? Finals week quickly coming down our chimney can be the Grinch that steals students’ happiness. It is the make or break period – the crunch time – and no one is trying to end up on the naughty list....

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It may be spooky season, but don’t live life with fear

Michael Stemmler, guest columnist As our two full weeks of fall weather come to a close, the changing of the leaves and rapidly dropping temperature can mean one thing – it’s the season of spook. Droves of young, excited students leave their dorms for a weekend fully documented by Instagram captions to match their group costume theme. Whether you were a construction worker, Lebron James or a cat, the spooky season is much more than just putting on a costume for one weekend. It’s a month of pumpkin spice everything, a trip to Butterfield Farms, and dreading every midterm that just so happens to fall within the same week. Yet, the last aspect of spook that so many people chase can be summed by one word: fear. Scary movies, haunted houses and creepy costumes are just the main aspects, for when it comes to October, people cannot get enough of it. There are mainly two types of people in regards to fear – those who love it and those who hate it. This is either the most exhilarating part of Halloween or the worst. For me personally, being one of those people who can’t even watch scary movie previews, it’s the part I dread the most. Fear – a very simple concept, but one that takes such a dominant role within our lives. It’s easy to have but extremely...

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Miami is Not a Tobacco Free University

Michael Stemmler, guest columnist With my red Miami tote in hand, I followed my tour group into the Armstrong Student Center. As our guide explained the history behind the latest project on campus and pointed out the countless dining options available, she took a moment to point out the red and white sign we passed before entering. “I don’t know if you saw the sign, but Miami is proud to be a tobacco free campus.” I thought this was fantastic. My home was going to be a smoke free environment where I didn’t have to encounter the terrible smell...

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Las Vegas Massacre: We need to talk it out

The first thing I do when I wake up each morning is check my phone. Most days, I scroll through the usual memes on Twitter and open snaps from friends who unfortunately have to wake up much earlier than I do. However, waking up this Monday, I opened up one snap that sent a chill down my spine. “Holy shit, did you see what happened in Vegas?” I didn’t even respond, as I switched right over to Twitter. I didn’t even have to start scrolling through my feed to see tweets about it – #prayforvegas was already all over my timeline. I went to the moments page and started scrolling through the information reporters had tweeted and as I was watching the videos live from the scene, I was shocked that this was the largest mass shooting in the United States. Then, like every college student, I grabbed my pop tarts and ran to class. Right before our lecture, my friend turned to me and asked if I heard about Vegas, as we compared what information both of us had trying to make sense of the whole situation. Then, she said something that honestly shocked me. She declared, “I bet you that [the professor] won’t talk about it in the beginning of class today.” At first I questioned why she found the need to make that comment, but then...

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