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Wiping out in a winter wonderland: sledding in Oxford

  There are few things more peaceful and serene than the world after a fresh snowfall. Wrapped in a blanket of white, the ground becomes a pristine canvas and the trees are draped gently in fluffy cotton. Days after a fresh snow are perfect for snuggling up inside and watching the world at rest.  Or, in the case of my friends and me, for whipping down a muddy hill at dangerous speeds on cracked pieces of plastic and tenuously-inflated Wal-Mart pool toys.

Two Ogden Hall residents began a Waffle Wednesday side hustle amidst the pandemic.

Waffle Wednesdays: a sweet treat midweek

  After a three-hour Zoom call, first-year Abigail Van Drunen was starving, but all the dining halls were closed. With the cold winter snow falling, she didn’t want to go uptown, so her roommate, Peyton Kirkland, made her waffles.  The two roommates of Ogden Hall then offered to make more for other students in their hall, charging 50 cents a waffle, and a business was born. 


Miami moves toward transparency with improved COVID-19 communication

Last semester, Miami University students received information on the COVID-19 pandemic through emails from President Crawford, the offices of the Provost, student life, residence life, student health services and university communications. This semester, the sources of information have been narrowed down to two: the division of student life and the COVID-19 response team. 

Whoever said fetch was never going to happen clearly did not meet Gretchen Wieners, the wiener dog.

She’s not a regular dog, she’s a cool dog

Gretchen, a dachshund who turns 12 years old in March, is also referred to as Gretchen Wieners, after the iconic “Mean Girls” character. When she first came to live with Abbott, she weighed approximately 30 pounds, definitely overweight for a weiner dog. 

Though small in size, the flags in Armstrong have the potential to be deeply important to Miamians from around the world. Photo by Tim Carlin.

New flags added in Armstrong to better reflect student body

Armstrong Student Center puts up flags to honor the home countries of students enrolled at the university. But the flags don't necessarily represent the nationalities and heritages of every student.   The very first time that Class of 2020 Miami graduate Andrew Devedjian stepped foot into Armstrong Student Center during a 2016 campus visit, he immediately searched for the Armenian flag hanging among others on the wall. He didn’t see it. Now he's looking to change that. 


“In light of COVID, it’s the appropriate thing to do”: Students and faculty prepare for ‘wellness days’

  Miami University students and faculty must adjust to a different semester format this spring, as the traditional week-long spring break has been replaced with a series of “wellness days.” These wellness days occur roughly once a month and were implemented to prevent students from traveling to many different locations and bringing COVID-19 back to Oxford. Professors are not allowed to hold classes or assign work on these days.

Miami's contact tracers work to map and stop the spread of COVID-19. Graphic by Sadie Van Wie.

Miami University contact tracers hope to reduce COVID-19 spread one call at a time

  Since May, a team of less than 100 Miami University public health students, faculty and staff have been working as contact tracers in an effort to help inform, educate and support those who tested positive for COVID-19 across Butler County. The main goal of the program is not only to help those testing positive for COVID-19, but also to give students in the public health field hands-on work and training in the midst of the pandemic.


ASG elects eight new senators

Miami University’s Associated Student Government (ASG) elected two on-campus senators, two off-campus senators and four senators-at-large at its Feb. 2 meeting.

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