Tag: Miami University

Behind Closed Doors

“And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep going on, they overlap and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there is no telling where any of them may lead.” — Erin Morgenstern, “The Night Circus” “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself, is forgive. Forgive everybody. Just forgive it.” — Maya Angelou The door to Kyle’s room was locked shut, so the five of us were forced to wait outside in the adjacent living room. The cushions of the couch had been...

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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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Group Mind

The game is Mind Meld. “Players, your suggestion is ‘cardigan.’” The objective is to say the same word at the same time as your partner. Dee Dee and Sean lock eyes, stone-faced. The rest of us begin to chant. “3…2…1…” Sean and Dee Dee yell their answers at the same time. “BUTTON!” “TIE!” Sean turns to face Olivia. The previous two words are repeated. The players want to say the same word based off the previous two, “button” and “tie.” The group chants. 3…2…1… “SUIT!” “TUX!” Damn. The seven of us stand in a tight circle. We’re trying to...

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Explanations

ex·pla·na·tion ˌekspləˈnāSH(ə)n/ noun plural noun: explanations a statement or account that makes something clear. a reason or justification given for an action or belief.   “Wait…you were homeschooled?” people often ask me. “How did you socialize? Weren’t you sad that you didn’t get to hang out with friends every day? What about learning how to interact with other people? Your parents must be really strict.” Actually, being homeschooled didn’t mean I never left my house. “What hall are you in?” Actually, I don’t live on campus. “You were engaged? Isn’t that a little young?” Actually, I haven’t figured out...

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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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