Author: Megan Zahneis

Before Dawn

Kathy Parrett wakes up at 3 a.m. on a rainy Friday. By 4 a.m., as usual, she clocks in at work and picks up her company car, a bright red Ford sedan adorned with white Miami University “M” decals, then begins making her rounds, checking in on each of the seven buildings she oversees as a building and grounds manager at Miami. This campus — the eerily quiet one that exists hours before the sun rises and classes begin, the one devoid of students filling desks and faculty holding office hours — is the one Kathy knows best. Yet...

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Doing the Most

It wasn’t until Emma Shibley’s senior year of high school that her mother seriously questioned her extracurricular involvement. One afternoon that fall, Emma arrived home from school with an announcement. “Hey, Mom, guess what?” Susan Shibley knew how that conversation would end. Mother and daughter had been there before, when Emma had joined the school band, the marching band, choir and ensemble, and again when she had gotten the leading role in the school musical. Before that, there had been Girl Scouts, volleyball, cross-country and track, spelling bees, a competitive writing team and summer swimming and diving teams. Emma...

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True Life: I am a College Student with Disabilities

First things first: I have a very rare neurological disorder (as in 50-cases-in-the-world rare) that renders me unable to feel pain, temperature and touch in the same way most people do. I don’t have reflexes and can’t regulate my own body temperature. I’m deaf. I also can’t do things like tie my own shoes, wake up on my own, button a shirt or coat, walk very far without getting winded, and eat in public without being extraordinarily self-conscious about how messy I am. Did I mention I just moved away from home? I’m a first-year journalism student at here at Miami, and...

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