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In spite of COVID restrictions, many families are finding fall fun at pumpkin patches and autumn farms this year. Photo by Grace Killian.

Fall fun at the Niederman Family Farm

 In the midst of midterms, students long for a break from Zoom calls, exams and endless assignments. Niederman Family Farm is the perfect place for students to get away and enjoy some fall fun as temperatures begin to drop. 


A beginner's guide to WitchTok

  Over the summer, The Cut wrote a story about amateur witches hexing the moon, an article that not only spiked the interest of many people, but introduced another side of the entertainment app TikTok.  “WitchTok,” a separate section of the app, is an expanding cohort of experienced and baby witches, another name for the beginners who practice the craft.

Photo by Bo Brueck. Taken Fall 2017 at Hispanic Heritage Festival in Uptown Park

Students celebrate Latinx culture during Hispanic Heritage Month

 Last year, students celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month in Oxford Memorial Park with the UniDiversity Festival. Food trucks with options from various Latin American countries lined the streets and live bands performed throughout the day.  This year, they're approaching the celebration a little differently. 

Even in the face of an unusual senior year, Davis Byrd prefers to live in the moment and make the best of each situation.

Rolling with the punches: the life of a high school senior

What’s 18-year-old Davis Byrd’s idea of a perfect day? He wakes up, grabs some cereal (he claims it’s the best food), plays the video game Overwatch on his Nintendo Switch and hangs out with two of his friends, Aaron and Nathan. Maybe they even play a little bit of soccer. 

As online classes carry on, some professors are having trouble keeping students engaged.

Zoom camera option impacts classroom experience

 Zoom has been a major resource and tool that professors utilize for classes and to connect with students. But one factor within the video conferencing platform has altered the way Miami professors look at teaching — students’ cameras.  

Even at a time when most people are more digitally-inclined than ever, Oxford's Hike-a-Thon is seeking to encourage people to unplug and enjoy the trails. Photo by Caroline Bartoszek.

Annual Hike-A-Thon calls people to unplug and enjoy nature

  On a crisp October weekend in years past, the Oxford community gathered together to hike. Families and students perused the booths that lined the entrance to the trails near the stables. Some people socialized while picking up pamphlets; others would grab a map and hit the trails.  Instead of gathering for one day of hiking, this year's Hike-A-Thon experience has been expanded to the whole month of October.

Actress and activist Gabrielle Union (top left) and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson (bottom) discussed several topics involving injustice for Black Americans ranging from police brutality to racism in academia.

Bring it on: BLM lecture with distinguished actress and academic

Gabrielle Union, an award-winning actress, famous for movies such as “Bring It On” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” and Michael Eric Dyson, a New York Times best-selling author and ordained minister, spoke at the lecture about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement Monday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. 

Even while classes aren't completely in person, first-year students are still feeling the pressure from their peers to look a certain way.

Freshmen fear not fitting in

College brings an array of new experiences to first-year students: freedom, independence and social life are just a few. Even though this new environment is exciting and refreshing, it can cause a tremendous amount of anxiety and self-consciousness for freshmen who are susceptible to comparison.

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