Emily Dattilo is a senior majoring in psychology and journalism, and she serves as a managing editor at The Miami Student. She enjoys writing profiles and feature stories, as well as her opinion column, "Good Morning Miami." Emily joined TMS fall semester freshman year, declared a journalism major a few months later and has been involved in TMS ever since. She's also written for The Miami Student Magazine and served as an undergraduate assistant in introductory journalism classes. In her free time, she enjoys watercolors, writing poetry and writing freelance articles. This past summer, she served as the features intern at Cape Cod Times.
Being from Chicago, I find myself in many discussions with people at Miami that involve the words “Chicago pizza” and “New York style is better.” Everyone always wants to argue, and I can’t just back down — Chicago pizza takes so much heat and someone has to defend it. Yet on a recent trip to New York, I figured I ought to give their pizza another chance, to try once and for all to end an argument I previously believed had a clear winner.
It’s odd to have had to say good-bye to experiences so early. It feels premature somehow, but all we’ve been asked to do this year is adapt. And we have, again and again.
In October, Miami University’s Board of Trustees approved the naming of the future data science building after alumnus Richard M. McVey, who donated $20 million toward the project. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring.
And in those small moments, I find this ever-present sense of loss, split into such miniscule pieces that they feel insignificant when compared to the unfathomable losses some people have dealt with during this pandemic.
To all the freshmen who just moved to campus: welcome. Though it’s an odd semester for all of us, you’ve arrived at a nice time — basically missing the sticky, humid, end-of-summer sunshine — and instead greeting lower temperatures and the promise of fall foliage.
Miami University will move forward on a $96 million Clinical Health Sciences (CHS) facility, as well as other previously planned construction projects after suspending $176 million worth of construction projects due to COVID-19 in June.