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Author: Emily Williams

Humans of Oxford: Florida Wu: Sunshine State of mind

For Florida Wu, finding somewhere to go for spring break was a no-brainer. The answer was in her name. During the semester, Florida saved up money by stocking shelves at MacCracken’s Market Street. Customers commented on her name tag, but Florida admitted she’d never visited the Sunshine State. At least she hadn’t yet. Florida picked her American name while attending Beijing Huijia Private School, months before she enrolled at Miami University. “In China, no one is named Beijing,” Florida said. “I picked Florida because it’s like the sun and my brother said it would be special.” While the flight...

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Custer considered for stem cell study

WSU student fractured spine at Oxford party Ryan Custer, a Wright State University student who was severely injured at an Oxford party, is being considered for a stem cell study at Rush University Hospital in Chicago. The 19-year-old, a first-year forward for the Raiders’ varsity basketball team, will be evaluated for five days before doctors determine if he qualifies for the study. Custer suffered a severe spinal injury after jumping into a makeshift pool at a party on S. Main Street on Saturday, April 8. Custer collided with another person’s knee when he slid into the pool, causing the...

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Vertical farming: A better option

We need to rethink industrialized factory farming and quick. The agricultural revolution boomed back in the 18th Century which allowed the industrial revolution to change the world we lived in. So, this is a good thing with more access to food, food produced on higher levels and a decline in world hunger, right? Wrong. The agricultural revolution not only ruined the society humans had been living in for thousands of years, but it took our environment into a downward spiral that we may not fix in time. The agricultural revolution sparked war between mankind on drastic levels since it was one of the first times we as a species started assigning ownership to land. If we weren’t killing each other, the diseases spread by factory farming were. The domestication of animals was needed for living purposes, but on the massive levels we’ve allowed to be perceived as appropriate have caused an influx of diseases carried by our animal friends. Influenza, TB, smallpox, Measles and even the common cold are all linked back to the domestication and farming of livestock. But let’s argue for a second, the domestication and cultivation of animals in small populations allowed the human population to grow. That’s great, we’re living and able to reproduce at rates higher than we were dying. But we were still dying. Hunter and gatherers shifted camps quickly and effectively. The...

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Q&A: Looking ahead with Callaghan and Elfreich

Mid-way through the spring semester, student organizations always receive visits from aspiring student body presidents and vice presidents. The candidates’ messages are often similar: Let’s improve parking, dining services, rec center facilities or funding for organizations. But how do those promises move from campaign platforms to policy changes? I sat down with juniors Maggie Callaghan and Luke Elfreich to discuss their platform as well as some of the topics at the forefront of Miami students’ and administrators’ minds such as student drinking and mental health. Callaghan, a Baltimore, MD native who now who now lives in Columbus, is a...

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Humans of Oxford: Michael Braegor Strickley–Trouble in Thailand

Michael Braegor Strickley and his friends worked two jobs for over a year, saving up to afford the pre-college trip of their dreams. Their efforts finally paid off when they landed in Phuket, Thailand. After getting comfortable, the three rented motorcycles and set off on their journey south. The chosen destination was Krabi, but before the boys reached the city, one of the tires blew out. Stranded, the boys anxiously awaited for anyone to pass by on the desolate road. Their savior came in the form of an elderly man who owned a nearby coffee plantation, Gong’s Coffee. The...

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