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COVID dashboard update

Miami University’s COVID-19 Dashboard lists an estimated 12 active student cases as of Thursday, April 29. There are an estimated five total active employee cases. 

Miami has four butterfly gardens on campus, which feature local plants that provide nutrients to birds, butterflies and insects.

Trading grass for geraniums: Are butterfly gardens the future for Miami?

As spring comes into full bloom, plants and flowers around Oxford have exploded into color. For students with allergies, it’s a nightmare. For everyone else, it’s a welcome reprieve from the harrowing ordeal that is an Ohio winter. For the Miami University botany department, however, spring means the re-emergence of its passion project for the past five years: butterfly gardens.

Desi Durkin recently opened The Secret Elephant to replace the Wild Bistro, which closed due to financial constraints.

“It’s a labor of love”: The Secret Elephant tribe

 Bright purple lights hang down from the ceiling and popular new music plays as guests devour the fan favorite beer cheese pretzel. The Secret Elephant, a new restaurant that recently opened Uptown, features a wide variety of appetizers and drinks. It replaced Wild Bistro, a business that struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic.


Common App changes aim for inclusivity

Two changes are being made. Beginning in August, the application will ask for “legal sex” instead of “sex” to reduce confusion. Students will also be able to select or type in their pronouns in addition to describing their gender identity.

A box of cereal costs about 7 dollars in the markets on campus while at Kroger, a box of cereal costs half that.

$7 cereal: Miami students face high costs at markets

Walking through each section, a certain breakfast staple stops the student walking by. The top shelf reads $6.85 for Honey Nut Cheerios, and the bottom shelf displays Frosted Flakes for $7.05.  At the Oxford Kroger, both Honey Nut Cheerios and Frosted Flakes are priced at $2.99 as of April 23, 2021.


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