Miami is Not a Tobacco Free University

Michael Stemmler, guest columnist With my red Miami tote in hand, I followed my tour group into the Armstrong Student Center. As our guide explained the history behind the latest project on campus and pointed out the countless dining options available, she took a moment to point out the red and white sign we passed before entering. “I don’t know if you saw the sign, but Miami is proud to be a tobacco free campus.” I thought this was fantastic. My home was going to be a smoke free environment where I didn’t have to encounter the terrible smell...

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Las Vegas Massacre: We need to talk it out

The first thing I do when I wake up each morning is check my phone. Most days, I scroll through the usual memes on Twitter and open snaps from friends who unfortunately have to wake up much earlier than I do. However, waking up this Monday, I opened up one snap that sent a chill down my spine. “Holy shit, did you see what happened in Vegas?” I didn’t even respond, as I switched right over to Twitter. I didn’t even have to start scrolling through my feed to see tweets about it – #prayforvegas was already all over my timeline. I went to the moments page and started scrolling through the information reporters had tweeted and as I was watching the videos live from the scene, I was shocked that this was the largest mass shooting in the United States. Then, like every college student, I grabbed my pop tarts and ran to class. Right before our lecture, my friend turned to me and asked if I heard about Vegas, as we compared what information both of us had trying to make sense of the whole situation. Then, she said something that honestly shocked me. She declared, “I bet you that [the professor] won’t talk about it in the beginning of class today.” At first I questioned why she found the need to make that comment, but then...

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