Author: Emily Williams

Students ‘Race the River’ to raise awareness

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college-age students. According to the CDC’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) database, this statistic has held true every year since 2011. This summer, three young men hope to do something about the growing incidence of suicide — by paddling all 981 miles of the Ohio River. Jackson Gray of Canton, Ohio was only months into his freshman year at Clarion University of Pennsylvania when, in October 2014, he received a devastating phone call: his best friend, James Halley, had killed himself. Halley was 18 years old and attended the University of Akron. He and Gray had been friends since sixth grade. “When I lost my best friend, I knew I wanted to do something, “ Gray said. “But I never knew what.” Before he could puzzle out a plan, he had to adjust to a new environment after transferring at the end of the semester to Miami University, where he is now a junior civic and regional development major. It would take Gray a year and a half after Halley’s death to formulate his idea. He had found the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in his research and saw that they sponsored walks to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. But Gray wanted to do something bigger than a walk to commemorate Halley. In November...

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Board of Trustees to vote on parking, endowments

On Friday, Miami’s Board of Trustees is convening for their bi-monthly meeting to vote on expansions to the university’s parking lots and quasi-endowments for the College of Education, Health and Society. As more services flock to Armstrong Student Center and Shriver Center — the career services center is moving to Armstrong in June 2017, while the package center will be relocated to Shriver in August — the demand for parking will increase. Despite this, much of the nearby parking (Maple Street, MacMillan and Shriver West parking lots) has been limited to prospective students, leaving many students and faculty displaced. To resolve the new parking problems, the Board of Trustees is voting on a resolution to allocate $6 million to infrastructure improvements in the central campus area, including expansion of six parking lots. The renovated (in some cases, expanded) areas will include the two lots near Shriver Center, the lot near MacMillan Center and the lots near Cook Field, according to David Creamer, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Services and Treasurer. The Board of Trustees Finance and Audit Committee have proposed that bids from construction firms be received in April and that construction begins after graduation. The first phase of the project will be completed by August 2017. The remainder will be completed by November 2017. The Board of Trustees is also voting on a resolution to approve several...

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Wright State student seriously injured at Oxford party

Spinal injury caused loss of feeling for WSU basketball player   First-year Wright State University student Ryan Custer was seriously injured at a party at 305 S. Main Street on Saturday afternoon, April 8. Custer was flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he underwent surgery that night. Custer, a basketball player at WSU, was falling or diving into a shallow makeshift pool made from a blue tarp and hay bales. According to Oxford Fire Chief John Detherage, Custer collided with another person’s knee when he slid into the pool, causing the injury. Bystanders said Custer was...

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