Author: Julia Arwine

Do You Believe in Magic?

I’m not sure who I met first: Helen McHenry or Harry Potter. In my mind, the two are irrevocably intertwined. J.K. Rowling first published “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” — or, as it was titled here in America, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” — on June 26, 1997. The movie based on that first book was released Nov. 14, 2001. I started kindergarten at the same school as Helen in the fall of 2004. For both of us, Harry Potter was always there, and our shared love for the series seemed to grow naturally into a major...

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An awkward AirDrop accident

It’s about 2 p.m. in Bell Tower Place dining hall, during the listless period between the lunch and dinner rush. The tables are dotted with students having a late afternoon meal. Conversation is muted. Then, a disturbance: A photo is publicly AirDropped to everyone in the dining hall with an Apple device, including me. “‘Gary’ would like to share a photo,” the pop-up window above the photo reads. It looks, to put it indelicately, like a picture of a man’s ass. Without even blinking, I press “Decline,” unfazed. It’s been one of those days. But not everyone is as...

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Tending the Fire

aya! This is the friendly greeting of the myaamiaki, or the Miami people — the members of the Native American tribe who, before the advancement of European settlers, occupied a large portion of the Great Lakes region and often roamed the land where Miami University now stands. It may be a single small word, but aya represents a language and a culture that has undergone tremendous revival and renewal in the past few decades, thanks in part to Myaamia students at Miami who have embraced their heritage. In 1846, the Myaamia people were forcibly removed from their homeland after...

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