Emily Williams

Who: Emily Williams, Junior What: Editor-in-Chief, previously: Staff Writer, Senior Staff Writer, Asst. News Editor, News Editor, Managing Editor When: Williams has been working with The Miami Student since August 2014. Where: from Dayton, Ohio Why: A journalism and marketing double-major, Williams is passionate about telling stories and telling them well. After working with The Miami Student for three years, in both writing and editing positions, she has deepened her understanding of the publication and the Miami & Oxford communities. Williams believes it is essential to understand what really matters to the members of those communities — especially students — and she encourages anyone and everyone to reach out with story ideas, questions, comments or just a hello. You can contact Emily Williams at willi501@miamioh.edu & eic@miamistudent.net or you can visit her in The Miami Student office on the third floor of the Armstrong Student Center.

Four Miami students arrested for drug trafficking

Four Miami students were arrested for dealing prescription drugs and cocaine. The arrests, which all occurred last week, were the result of a six-month investigation by the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics (BURN) taskforce. Juniors Brett Balick and Eric de Winter and senior William Berg were all charged with trafficking in drugs at the F5 level. An F5 charge is the least severe felony charge. In Ohio, when dealing with cocaine, the F5 classification indicates 4 grams or less of the drug. Prison time is not presumed at this level. Sophomore Roman Sembay was charged with possession of drugs...

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Eighth sexual assault of semester reported

A female student was sexually assaulted by an unknown male after an off-campus house party between the late hours of Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29. This assault marks the eighth reported this semester. According to an announcement on the myMiami homepage, a female student was leaving an off-campus house party when a male whom she did not know offered to walk her home. She tried to walk away from him, but he led her to a car where she says he assaulted her. The female student left the car, and her friends were able to find her and take her home. She described the suspect as a biracial male, Caucasian and African American, about 6’ with a medium build. A Campus Crime Alert, the text and email notification system used to alert Miami students and faculty of crimes reported on campus and in Oxford, was not sent out about this assault. Six females, five Miami students and one non-student, reported that they were sexually assaulted in February. One sexual assault was reported in March as well as one sexual imposition incident. Of those assaults, four occurred on campus. All of the victims were female, and five of the victims knew the assaulter. Last semester, two sexually assaults were reported, one in August and one in September. These assaults have occurred in the midst of an investigation into...

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OUTSIDE OXFORD: An afternoon in Hamilton

Just a short 25-minute drive from Miami’s campus, metal sculptures dozens of feet tall dot the landscape of the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. From the bright orange behemoth that is sculptor Alexander Liberman’s abstract “Abracadabra” to the monumental bronze and steel of Michael Dunbar’s “Euclid’s Cross,” a walk through this park makes it hard to believe you’re just outside Hamilton, OH. The 265-acre park was created by Harry T. Wilks (yes, the same Wilks who is the namesake of the Armstrong Student Center’s theatre and Miami’s Leadership Institute). A likeness of Wilks, immortalized by sculptor John Leon, lounges on...

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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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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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