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Family, friends remember Zach Heuple’s ‘great moments’ at Miami

Zach Heuple, or as he was better known around Miami, Harry Potter, was the type of kid who could light up a room. The lopsided scar he drew on his face in Sharpie one Halloween became a running joke that stuck. He was always happy, always smiling and always ready to crack a joke. Zach, 20, was from the town of Vienna in Northern Virginia. He graduated from McLean High School in 2015 and was a junior at Miami, working toward completing a finance major and history minor. He and John Carroll University student Gary Spice, 19, passed away on Sept. 26 from a vehicular accident in Ibiza, Spain following a weekend trip, while enrolled in the MUDEC study abroad program based in Differdange, Luxembourg. Zach was also very close with his younger brother Colton, a senior in high school, and his parents, Mike and Laurie. “Zach’s favorite quote was ‘Great moments are born from great opportunities,’ from the movie Miracle on Ice,” Laurie said. “Miami gave him great moments that he turned into wonderful opportunities.” He was heavily involved in his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, where he was the risk manager last semester and frequently played intramural hockey with his fraternity brothers. Zach was a hockey fanatic. “He was always at the skating rink,” sophomore Ariana Smith said. “He loved Miami hockey, and he took me to my...

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Bridging relations between OPD and community

Oxford’s police advisory board is pushing the Oxford Police Department (OPD) to record data for all stops officers make — even those that don’t result in citations or arrests — in an effort to improve relations between law enforcement and the community. Officially known as the Oxford Police Community Relations and Review Commission (OPCRRC), the board acts a bridge between the public and the Oxford police department, especially when it comes to the subject of race relations. “Our role is to validate the stories, opinions, feelings of everybody in relation to the police, and even the police themselves,” said...

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Board talks bonds

Last Friday, Sept. 15, Miami University’s Board of Trustees (BoT) passed a resolution granting David Creamer, senior vice president for finance and business services, the ability to issue $22 million worth of refunding bonds to manage the university’s debt. Creamer explained that this debt — and all long-term debt accrued by a state university — has to be financed through the issuance of tax-exempt bonds. “Tax-exempt bonds are things that corporations, banks and individuals buy that are then issued to the university,” Creamer said. “There is an annual interest payment that follows that, we use it only for capital construction. The law is very limiting on how we can use these mechanisms.” The debt in question accumulated from the university’s construction projects during 2012, in which several residence halls on East Quad were renovated. While Creamer will have the power to issue these refunding bonds between now and when the next payment is due in March 2018, it is unlikely he will. The university would likely only issue refunding bonds is if the interest rate of the refunding bonds is lower than the interest rate of the tax exempt bonds, said Creamer. Currently, issuing the refunding bonds would not save the university any money. John Altman, committee chair of the BoT’s finance and audit subcommittee, introduced the resolution at the meeting on Friday to the rest of the board....

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Irma’s effects felt beyond the storm’s path

Miami students worry for family members, take friends in Hurricane Irma has been devastating the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands for the past week and is headed toward further destruction on the U.S. mainland in the coming days. While the storm itself has been downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 3 hurricane, the southwestern coast of Florida was hit hard. The storm was eventually downgraded to a tropical storm in Tallahassee, but is expected to make landfall throughout the rest of the state as well as Georgia and potentially Alabama. For the majority of Miami students,...

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Forgotten figures of the London Underground

The most striking visuals among the subway platforms and hidden hallways beneath London are not the train cars hurtling miles underground, known affectionately as the Tube, but rather the colorful characters who occupy the winding paths tucked beneath the city. One woman in particular stands out. She spends every day in the Bakerloo Tube station, it seems. Her crackled voice croons “are you out there?” Her turquoise eyeshadow accentuates her dark electrified hair, frizzed at every end. Her guitar case lies open with a smattering of pence and single pound coins scattered among bits of rolled up paper, a half eaten baguette and forgotten lyrics. One morning, another man strokes a guitar, gently singing a Spanish folk song. The rush of the trains leaving Westminster punctures his lighthearted lyrics. Suddenly, he is lost among the throngs of commuters crowding the platform, eager to clamor aboard to the next station. The sweet lyrics of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” trail throughout the hallway of the Oxford Circus station. The man with the beat-up acoustic guitar, whose sandy colored hair and worn out khakis blend into the wall, stands up slightly straighter as he leads into the next verse. “Asking only workman’s wages/ I come looking for a job/ But I get no offers/ Just a come-on from the whores/ On Seventh Avenue/ I do declare/ There were times when I...

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