Tag: Miami University

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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Decision

Emily’s phone began to buzz. She was in her friend Sarah’s room in McKee Hall. It was a Friday — one weekend before Halloween — and they, along with another friend, Jackie, were getting ready to go out for the night. Emily looked down at her lit-up phone screen, and her stomach fluttered. She knew that number. She held her phone in her hand and looked back up at Sarah and Jackie. “Guys,” she said, “I’ll be right back. I’m about to get an offer.” Emily left Sarah’s room and went into the hallway. She tapped the green circle...

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Finding Grace

Ronald H. Tammen, Jr., was a ridiculously handsome guy from the Cleveland area who, in the spring of 1953, was majoring in business at Miami University. He seemed to have everything going for him: brains (he carried a respectable GPA); leadership potential (he was a sophomore counselor in a freshman men’s dorm); a certain degree of hipness (he played the string bass in a campus jazz band); and friends, both Greek (he was a Delt) and non-Greek. He was also one of the few students with a permit to have a car on campus, so he had that going...

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A Hitch in Jim’s Step

Jim Rhodes was taking a shower. It was a Saturday in June 2014. The 49-year-old was at home, unwinding from a long week at work maintaining the physical facilities of Miami University’s Bell Tower Place. He was just washing up. It was just a normal shower. Until he looked down. Jim’s calves were so large that his older sister, Sue, called them “steaks.” He woke up early each day to exercise, wanting to maintain that athletic physique and pump his body with endorphins so he’d begin his work day on a positive note. Looking down on that Saturday morning,...

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Chinese New Year’s Gala

Hosted by the Confucius Institute and the Chinese American Cultural Association, the Chinese New Year’s Gala helped students to ring in the Year of the Rooster in Hall Auditorium. The event included singers, dancers, traditional music, and even a visit from two performers from the Peking Opera Company. Photos by Renee Farrell  ...

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