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Polls open today for council, other races

Nine candidates — including two incumbents — are running for four open seats on Oxford city council, making 2017 Oxford’s most competitive city council race in recent history. The two incumbents (Edna Southard and Mike Smith) were elected in 2013. The other candidates are Drew Davis, Chantel Raghu, Jace Prows, David Prytherch, Sarah Vogel, Corey Watt and Austin Worrell. All are running to serve a four-year term in the city’s local municipal government. Worrell is the most unconventional of the candidates. He is a current Miami student majoring in political science with a minor in business legal studies. The...

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Council approves zoning changes, aiming to improve student housing

City Council unanimously approved sweeping zoning changes to decrease living costs, increase housing availability and move student rentals closer to Miami’s campus in Oxford’s Mile Square. The eight separate ordinances were first read on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and then approved on Sept. 19. In them, the Planning Commission and Director of Community Development Jung-Han Chen lay out a vision for an Oxford that allows high-density student rentals to cohabitate with the city’s historic character. The biggest changes come in density and occupational limits. Council decreased the required lot size and now allows use of accessory buildings — any secondary...

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Data-driven: How the university uses your information

In 1956, Miami’s 16th President, John D. Millett, suggested that Miami adopt a “selective admission policy” for the first time. Up to that point, all admission had been first-come, first-served. This was the first time Miami considered data from an applicant’s high school record. In the Digital Age, Miami still uses data for admission — and practically every aspect of the student experience. As machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence grow stronger, universities across the country — including Miami — have started to harness the data they’ve collected to enhance student experience and reduce student turnover rate. Michael S....

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