Talawanda teens hold walkout to honor Parkland shooting victims

“Why does this matter?” The question reverberated around the courtyard next to the football field behind Talawanda High School. Over a hundred teenagers and a smattering of teachers and administrators stood in silence. Despite being mid-March, the cold wind whipped around the mass of students huddled outside from 10 a.m. to 10:17 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, to honor the 17 lives taken during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL last month. Sophomore Ella Cope repeated her question. “Why does this matter?” It matters, Cope said, because all of the students gathered in the...

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Despite suspensions, GBD likely not affected

Despite the uncertainty that has plagued Miami’s Greek community for the last three and half weeks, it appears this year’s Green Beer Day will play out as usual, Greek members say. “It’s interesting because I don’t think Green Beer Day will be affected a whole ton,” IFC fraternity member and junior Michael Serio said. “It’ll be a lot less organized, definitely because every year there’s this list that goes out for all of the official fraternity parties that are happening.” For the last 65 years, Miami students have been celebrating Green Bear Day (GBD), an all-day drinking affair the...

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Miami students continue to advocate to bike share

At the start of last week’s Oxford City Council meeting, Miami’s Associated Student Body President Maggie Callahan took the microphone during the public comments section of council’s session. “The university understands there is a real concept and need for a bikeshare in our community,” Callahan said while addressing council last Tuesday. “We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for signing the MOU [memorandum of understanding].” During Callahan’s term, Miami’s Associated Student Government (ASG) has pushed both university administrators and Oxford’s city council to adopt a bike sharing program with SPIN — a San Francisco-based dockless bike company....

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New group looks to analyze student body elections

Over the course of the past semester, junior Nick Froehlich, sophomore Molly O’Donnell and first-year Craig Beurelein have been developing a polling analysis organization for the Miami community, inspired by Nate Silver’s national website “FiveThirtyEight” (538). 1809, which is named after the year Miami University was founded, launched concurrently with this year’s ASG student body president elections. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Nate Silver,” Froehlich said. “I think it’s the best political news site there is. They look at the numbers, they present them in interesting ways and they don’t shy away from commentary and looking beyond the numbers to explore other factors.” Froehlich, O’Donnell and Beurelein are attempting to emulate the building blocks of Silver’s 538, but are also intent on developing their organization to fit the needs of a college campus. The main overarching goals for “1809” include predicting student government elections, tracking approval ratings for organizations around campus and looking at the university’s budget. Froehlich is excited to see how 1809’s first polling numbers land with the final results from this week’s student body elections. “The past week and a half, Craig and Molly have been going to different locations to poll people about the election,” Froehlich said. “We made a survey and the first question is just, ‘Did you know there was an election, actually?’ because we think that’s just as important as...

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Student counseling services director retires after 33 year career at Miami

Erik Craigo A little over 40 years ago, Kip Alishio spent his days walking through Earlham College’s campus, in Richmond, IN, listening to The Moody Blues, his favorite band. And up until last week, he wandered Miami’s campus, working as an administrator and a counselor rather than a student. Kip, Miami’s director of Student Counseling Services for the past 26 years, retired from Miami March 1. Nights in white satin/never reaching the end/letters I’ve written/never meaning to send At Earlham, Kip spent a lot of time listening and thinking deeply about what kind of career he wanted to pursue,...

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