Corporatization risks elimination of small town feel

Emily Brown Oxford, beware. There’s a thick, heavy ball that someone got rolling some time ago, a ball that is strikingly similar to a demolition ball. It’s been cruising along at a steady enough pace, wrecking the old water tower, pulling up trees and leaving fast food burritos in its wake. Now it’s picked up momentum and there’s no slowing it, let alone stopping it, or its destruction. It’s cruising straight toward us and all we can manage is a sigh and a shrug as it knocks down and takes out the temptations of Oxford (sweet temptress gone a year, hemp visions crashing down) or zips through our green space, smashing our crops and ruining beautiful Sunday afternoon drives in the country. Country no more, for soon endless parodies of homes will pop up from the earth-like hungry parasites ingesting the bare brown dirt of destruction. This demolition ball has no regard for preserving the sacrosanct. If it isn’t apparent, the sacrosanct is Oxford’s graceful small town splendor that is hastily metamorphosing into a corporate ghost town. This unstoppable force has tarnished the historic elegance of uptown Oxford, profaning it with the unbeatably hideous storefronts of national fast food chains while simultaneously handing out grievances to one of the few locally-owned businesses left. Too much color, radiant, vivid, appealing color, they claim. Color like that, they say among themselves,...

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Gift for writing center will benefit entire school

(Eric Frey) This past week, Miami University received $10.5 million from Roger and Joyce Howe to be used for a comprehensive writing center available to all students with a variety of resources on hand. As journalists and writers, the editorial board of The Miami Student believes the Howes’ gift toward improved writing to be of utmost importance to the university community and the furtherance of undergraduate education. Writing is a life skill that aids university graduates in obtaining careers, promotions, recognition and respect. Strong, persuasive writing skills speak more for a person’s ability than arbitrary grade point averages or college entrance exams. Establishing a university-wide writing center is a critical advance for Miami students’ writing proficiency. The center will provide guidance and resources for a whole range of writing abilities and thereby fill gaps left by former teachers or courses that neglected regular writing assignments. Miami prides itself on its strong liberal arts credentials, but more often than not, liberal arts take second place to the burgeoning and developing departments of business, engineering and computer science, fields that are quickly becoming hot spots of undergraduate activity and are areas that Miami has made an effort to strengthen during the past several years. Attention is needed in these areas, but the students who benefit from such attention are a microcosm of the whole university population. The greatest advantage to Roger...

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