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Economic experts discuss national debt in Janus Forum

Miami hosted two well-respected economic experts — Alice Rivlin, Brookings fellow and former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board and David Walker, candidate for Connecticut governor and former U.S. comptroller general — to discuss a low-profile political issue with an inflammatory spin: “Is the national debt the new road the serfdom?” Though the mission of the Janus Forum is to “discuss opposing views freely and passionately,” the nearly 90 minute discussion moderated by junior Jacob Bruggeman in Wilks Theater was mostly an agreement: The national debt is too big, and we should focus on its reduction. Rivlin and...

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Kona Bistro closes suddenly after 20 years, blindsiding regulars and employees

It was Saturday night of Move-In Weekend and Blake Jennings, co-owner of Kona Bistro with his brother Tyler, sat inside Left Field Tavern with a beer in hand as he watched the meager foot traffic go by outside the window. “I should have been yelling at my cooks during the dinner rush,” Jennings said. “But instead, I was sitting in a bar on what is supposed to be one of my busiest nights of the year.” Business had been going downhill for around a year before Kona decided to shutter their 20-year-old locally loved business. “You know, there’s usually...

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Mapping a path to relief for Puerto Rico: Miami efforts reach island

Zahilyn Allred anxiously waited over a week before she received the call. “My dad finally called after he borrowed a coworker’s phone at the hospital,” Allred said. “My grandmother’s house was heavily damaged, but she’s okay. And with my dad working at the hospital, he was safe too. It was incredibly painful to wait for that call, though.” Allred, a graduate assistant in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, is from Puerto Rico, where her father, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends all experienced Hurricane Maria in her small hometown of Santa Isabel. But, even after hearing that everyone was okay,...

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Pearson’s secret garden is out of season

“Have you seen the secret garden yet?” First-year botany student Jess Lyons had not yet seen the fabled garden, but she was intrigued. She walked to Pearson Hall, and, with the unfamiliarity of a first-year student in their first week of classes, tried to find her way to the basement.  She walked through the newly narrow and winding hallways, stopping each time she came upon a staircase only to discover it was blocked off just before reaching the basement. Finally, she found the one staircase that remained open.  But, instead of finding the garden she had imagined, Jess came...

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After Trump’s immigration order, 27 MU students unsure of futures

On Jan. 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations. As hundreds of people were detained in airports across the country in the first days of the order and thousands more protested the ban, 27 Miami students and a small population of Miami faculty wondered what this means for their futures. It is important to note that all of the students contacted for this story who are personally affected by the executive order were hesitant to be interviewed, even anonymously, for fear of retribution in the current politically tense environment....

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