"I loved my college town of Oxford, OH, home to my alma mater, Miami University, because it was a perfect, quirky ecosystem with great history. Located 45 minutes from Cincinnati in the middle of cornfields, we surprisingly lacked for nothing. "Uptown," our town square, featured the University bookstore, two art supply stores, a record store, coffee shop, video store, bars and an amazing bagel shop, Bagel and Deli, that served up hundreds of different types of sandwiches. They were and still are very popular as they stay open into the early morning for night owl (read: procrastinating) students. The sole gas station Uptown was a United Dairy Farmers (UDF), known for their ice cream scoop shop inside (...a gas station, yes). The two gems of Oxford were the Princess movie theater where you could catch a cheap flick and the well-known alternative radio station, 97X, made famous by Dustin Hoffman in Rainman with his repetition of the still-used (when I was there) call sign: "97X - BAM! The Future of Rock 'n Roll!"
A newer (post-1809) part of the campus, known as Western College, housed the more free-range majors (like myself) and had a history of liberalism and promoting equality. It was there in 1964, that 800 college students gathered to train together for Freedom Summer, a mission to register as many African-American citizens to vote in Mississippi. Following the training, three activists headed to Philadelphia, Mississippi to pursue this mission: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Shortly after their arrival, all three men were murdered by members of the KKK, launching an unprecedented FBI investigation, dramatized in the film, Mississippi Burning. Exactly 31 days later, President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 54 years later, members of Freedom Summer still hold reunions at the Freedom Summer memorial on Western Campus in Oxford to remember their friends."
-Allison Davis, VP Digital Operations