Murder-suicide stuns community

Miami junior Rebecca Eldemire shot and killed by ex-boyfriend in Level 27 apartment Photo contributed Jacqueline Morgan By Reis Thebault and Victoria Slater, Managing Editors Miami University is reeling today as students, faculty and the community try to digest the news of junior Rebecca Eldemire’s murder. On Sunday morning, Larry E. Tipton II reportedly shot and killed Eldemire, then took his own life. Tipton, a 27-year-old resident of Blacklick, Ohio near Columbus, was Eldemire’s ex-boyfriend. Oxford Police Department officers responded to a call from Eldemire’s roommates at 8:45 a.m. Feb. 1. The roommates reported loud bangs and an activated...

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Gunshot wounds leave two dead, one MU student

by Reis Thebault & Victoria Slater Managing Editors This morning, OPD officers found two dead in a third floor room of building eight at the Level 27 apartment complex. The victims, a man and a woman, appeared to have died from gunshot wounds. The woman was a Miami University student and the man is believed to have been her acquaintance. Previous reporting indicated OPD suspected a murder-suicide, however Sergeant Jon Varley did not confirm this. He did say, though, that the department is not looking for suspects and there is no evidence to suggest there is an ongoing threat....

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Elephant in the room (literally): An examination of racial inequality in South Africa

Creative Commons photo Reis’ Pieces  Last summer, I spent a couple months volunteering in South Africa. I wrote this while I was in Durban, a port city of 3.5 million people on ZA’s eastern coast. It’s difficult to discuss culture and societal interaction in South Africa without talking — or more often, just thinking — about race. Apartheid, the notorious legislated racial segregation, is just 20 years in the past. Nelson Mandela was elected president in 1994 as a result of South Africa’s first true democratic election and that is considered the end of political apartheid in the country....

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Tribe member finds heritage in language

Photos courtesy of Myaamia Center Archive  Miami citizen Daryl Baldwin helps MU tribe students learn what it means to be myaamia Daryl Baldwin settled down in his new office. It was at the end of a long hallway on the third floor of King Library. Its dimensions were strikingly similar to those of a closet. It was the first day of his new job at Miami University. “Now what?” he asked himself. King Library was Baldwin’s latest stop on his journey to bring his tribe’s language, myaamia, back from dormancy. He had no model and no one to advise...

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Playing with fire: OFD fights flames with five

Photo by Lauren Olson, Photography Editor Oxford Fire Department scrambles to serve region with a limited budget      An alarm cuts through the Oxford Fire Department late on a Friday night. The sound jolts five men from nervous sleep. A dispatcher’s voice rings from the PA system and tells the crew where to go. They are all tired. Some are working the latter half of 48-hour shifts. They try to sleep, but as soon as they shut their eyes, the alarm sounds. It isn’t a pleasant noise. Once they’re awake though, they are alert, their movements deft and...

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