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Rebecca Heftel attends college as an nontraditional student.

Miami employee hits the books to pursue new career

In the late 1980s, Rebecca Heftel was a student at Wright State University pursuing a major in music. As a lifelong singer, Heftel’s plans went awry when she began to experience issues with her vocal chords, forcing her to switch her major.

The Miami University Fighters Guild gathers in Benton Hall every other Saturday night for casual gaming.

Fighters Guild provides community for gamers

Walking around Miami University’s campus on Saturday night, most buildings are closed. But Benton Hall remains well-lit and open. Visitors that walk inside the building from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. will be greeted with chatter coming from room 100 just to the left of the entrance. 

Former Ohio governor John Kasich talked about the impact an ordinary citizen can have at his lecture on the Hamilton campus.

Kasich talks civility at regional campus

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich may have run as a Republican, but that isn’t the main way he chooses to identify himself.  “I’m an American more than anything else,” he said in an interview with The Miami Student. “I want to be respectful to people who are in the Republican Party; it’s my vehicle, but it has never been my master.”


Tree programs help Oxford improve environmental impact

As fall settles over Oxford, leaves float to the ground, their rich hues of vermillion, burgundy, apricot and gold creating a blanket of color across Miami University’s campus.  Thanks to two tree programs initiated in 2018, Oxford may be seeing even more of these trees over the next few years. The Oxford Urban Forestry and Tree Replacement programs are two funding sources aiming for effective tree management in Oxford. 


Miami wins award for internationalization

Miami University President Greg Crawford and other faculty members traveled to Washington D.C. to receive the 2019 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization on Thursday, Nov. 21.  Miami was one of five institutions that won the award back in March 2019. The award was in the comprehensive category, which recognizes schools who use an “integrative approach” to internationalizing their campuses. 

Party culture combined with a pressure to maintain a certain image worsen eating disorders at Miami.

Maintaining the ‘Miami image’: The reality of disordered eating at a party school

With the spread of unattainable body ideals across social media, there has been a rise in disordered eating behavior among college-age people. Miami students are feeling the impact, especially at an intersection with the university’s reputation as a party school. “I do think the label and the celebration of [disordered eating] is more common now,” Ward said, explaining that Miami has had the reputation of a party school as long as she has been teaching at the university.

Southern first-year students are excited and concerned about experiencing their first winter.

No coat? Big problem.

The snow started falling outside, and first-year Mango Lapack couldn’t contain their excitement. They went bursting out their dorm’s door to meet the delicate flakes falling to the ground.  Suddenly, the mood shifted as Lapack realized just how cold it was. All they had was a jean jacket and no winter coat. As they shivered their way back inside, Lapack made a mental note to buy a coat online when they got back to their room. 

Spectrum and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion held a candlelight vigil to remember the lives of the at least 28 transgender people killed in 2019.

Students hold vigil to remember trans lives lost

Students circled around the seal, the candles in their hands illuminating their faces against the dark November night. The mood was somber, some people looking at the ground and others hugging their friends in acknowledgment of those they gathered to remember.  Spectrum and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion co-sponsored a candlelight vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, Nov. 20. 


First-year arrested for threatening to kill police 

Miami University first-year student Mark Moraski was arrested for threatening to kill police officers, rape their daughters and mothers, and skin their families alive, according to Butler County court records.  Miami University Police Department (MUPD) charged Moraski for retaliation, assault on a police officer, aggravated menacing, underage possession, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct on Nov. 17 at Dennison Hall.

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