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.

Butler County Coroner: Excessive drinking can be harmful to your life

In the past few months, there has been a lot of discussion regarding alcohol consumption by college students. I want to take this opportunity to share the possible dangers that I see as the Butler County Coroner.  Excessive drinking of alcohol can cause serious short-term and long-term dangers including the risk of death. Several factors are involved in consuming excessive alcohol. Who: men and women achieve blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) differently; BAC is also affected by your weight and muscle mass. What: different types of alcohol may affect you differently and alcohol combined with other drugs is particularly dangerous. How: the circumstances you’re drinking in and rate of consumption can increase the risk of bad outcomes. The faster you drink, the higher your BAC becomes. If you drink too fast, your BAC can spike dangerously high and can continue rising even after you stop drinking. Alcohol negatively affects your mental and physical functions. Alcohol impairs your judgment, leading to potentially poor decision making. You lose coordination and your reflexes slow down. Your breathing, heartbeat and gag reflex might not work properly. You can stop breathing, you may choke and your heart rhythm might become irregular. If your BAC is high enough, these physical functions can stop working, you may pass out, have a seizure or even go into a coma. If you don’t get medical attention, you could die....

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Addressing alcohol at Miami: Defining the ‘why’

This has been an unusually emotional semester for our campus, as we have tragically and unexpectedly lost several members of our community. Our grieving stems not just from our own personal sense of loss, but through the realization that the world has been deprived of the enormous positive impact these bright and talented people certainly would have had. Because alcohol played a role in one of these deaths, the university has had much to say about our ongoing efforts to reduce high-risk alcohol consumption in our community.  Inevitably, much of this response has focused  on “what” we are doing, or “how” we are dealing with the issue, but I would like to shift the focus on the more fundamental question of “why” (nod to Simon Sinek).  I respectfully offer these thoughts not from my position as Miami’s sitting dean of students, but as an educator who very intentionally selected Miami as the place to begin my career almost 30 years ago. In an important sense, Miami’s “why” — and the “why” of education more generally — is to guide individuals toward their life’s purpose.  If this goal is achieved, a most virtuous cycle is created, since a purpose-filled life is the core of personal happiness and growth, and concurrently those who act with purpose generate the greatest common good. Miami attracted me because it was one of the finest...

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Voting for student body president ends today

Some students have had difficulty voting for student body president on The Hub. “If any student receives a ‘Yikes’ message when trying to vote they should go to ‘My Involvement’ on the hub, go the the ‘submissions’ tab, find the elections section and delete their previous form. Then they should try to vote again on the main page,” reads an ASG Elections Committee statement on the topic. Over the course of the 38-day election, the Callaghan-Elfreich campaign spent $1893.86; the McCarthy-Creber ticket spent $1717.01. Neither of the campaigns hit the spending cap of $2,000. Neither campaign took donations this...

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McCarthy-Creber violated sanction

The McCarthy-Creber campaign violated their Election Committee sanctions by campaigning on March 13-14. According to sources close to the topic, the Election Committee became aware of this infraction on March 30, but denied to act — voting 5-3 against elevating the violation, which could result in another sanction on campaigning, or even full disqualification. On the afternoon of March 13, the ASG Election Committee was made aware of the McCarthy-Creber ticket’s dissemination of flyers in King Library, resulting in a 24-hour ban on campaigning. Photographic evidence provided by an ASG senator showed that the McCarthy-Creber campaign had violated the...

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Defining Our Drinking Problem

Over the past month and a half, The Student has asked dozens of students, administrators and Oxford residents the same question: “How do you define Miami’s drinking culture?” Over the next few weeks, our coverage, both in print and in the form of a documentary (released on our website April 14) will explore the ways in which alcohol is regarded and consumed by Miami students. Our reporting will address the societal, historical and mental health-related issues that surround drinking in Oxford. This week’s coverage includes an article from News Editor Tess Sohngen that compares Miami students’ drinking habits with...

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