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ASG to hold blood drive

Miami University’s Associated Student Government (ASG) is out for blood.  ASG is co-sponsoring their first blood drive on Feb. 11 in Armstrong Pavilion A/B. The blood collected during the drive will go to benefit 23 different partnering hospitals and health centers including McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, Dayton Children’s Hospital and Fort Hamilton Hospital. The blood donated will service 15 counties in total.


Ohio health officials came together Sunday night to announce the two Miami students suspected of having novel coronavirus tested negative for the disease and have been taken out of isolation.
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Health officials confirm: no coronavirus at Miami

Two Miami University students suspected of having coronavirus tested negative for the virus and are no longer under isolation. Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), confirmed the two students, who have been isolated since last week, do not have the 2019 novel coronavirus in a press conference at the Gross Student Athletic Center on Sunday night.


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Empathy across lines

Miami University professor Hillel Gray knows that empathizing with others who hold opposing views can be frustrating. Gray aims to close this gap by teaching his students firsthand how to empathize with some of the most controversial groups in the nation.  Empathy and the Religious “Enemy” is an ongoing fieldwork project led by Gray. Students participating in this project have had the opportunity to interview members of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) and the Neturei Karta, an Orthodox, anti-zionist Jewish group since 2017.


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Nerf Wars cause community disruption

The snow was still crisp as Oxford Police Department (OPD) Lieutenant Lara Fening was answering a call about an alleged trespassing on a local Oxford community member’s property. There were footprints on the resident’s upper and lower decks. When Fening looked closer, she noticed that the imprints were of bare feet. With two kids of her own in high school, she knew the culprit.


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Sexual assault reports increase this semester

More Miami University students have reported being sexually assaulted in the last three months than in any other semester in recent history. The number of students reporting sexual assaults and choosing to follow through with the university’s complaint process through Miami’s community standards office has also increased this semester.  Since the beginning of the school year, Miami and Oxford police have received 40 sexual assault reports.


Rebecca Heftel attends college as an nontraditional student.
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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.


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