Emergency services forum: Keeping Oxford, Miami safe

The following reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board. Next semester, The Miami Student will host a forum dedicated to bringing together the community and discussing how our town allocates its emergency resources. It will feature officials from the Oxford Fire Department, Oxford Police Department, Miami University Police Department and McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, as well as city and university representatives. The date is set for the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 7 in Wilks Theater. In recent weeks, it has been the OFD at the forefront at the conversation, as reported in Assistant News Editor Céilí Doyle’s Oct. 24 article titled “Burnt out: OFD staff stretched thin.” Just this past weekend, the OFD answered 45 EMS calls, 21 of which were alcohol-related and 24 fire-related. However, now that the general issue of strained emergency resources has emerged, it is time to expand the conversation to all relevant parties. This forum will be a step toward that goal. While this event may not be a blockbuster production with a celebrity host, its weight cannot be overstressed to the Miami and Oxford community. Oxford’s town-gown relationship is oftentimes a mutually beneficial one, but, in recent years, the strain that Miami students have been putting on the city and its departments has intensified. The issues are complex, including how hospital, police and fire staff have to deal with grossly drunk students, and...

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Apology and retraction of letter to the editor from anti-LGBTQ writer

The editorial staff of The Miami Student has removed the letter to the editor, “Liberalism in the Classroom More Dangerous than Conservatism” from our website, and we wish to apologize for its publication and our failure to research the author’s affiliation with a hate group. Though the column itself did not express anti-LGBTQ views, its author is publicly associated with those views through the organization Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment, which is recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This columnist targets college newspapers, and, in the last two years, his letters have also appeared in university publications like The Post (OU), The Mount Holyoke News, The Oberlin Review, The Daily Campus, The DePauw and several other student publications. The letter has been removed from our website, but we cannot retract what remains in print, and we apologize for any harm the printing of the letter caused our readers. As a student newspaper, every mistake is a learning opportunity. This error has raised our consciousness to the importance of thoroughly vetting authors of letters to the editor, in every instance. Had we researched and realized the author’s affiliation, the letter would not have been published. While we welcome a diversity of opinions, we do not condone giving a platform to individuals associated with this type of intolerance. We welcome any further feedback, suggestions, letters and comments from...

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Combatting racism on campus requires direct action

The following reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board. Last Tuesday, students and faculty gathered to participate in the Black State of the Union address. The event occurred after a student’s use of a racial slur in a GroupMe chat surfaced on social media. Use of bigoted language is nothing new in this country or at Miami, so in the wake of this incident, it is encouraging to see a conversation about this type of culture on our campus. As speakers at the event said, this behavior is not limited to individual students, but it is a widespread...

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