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Be it through Zoom or socially-distant, performing arts orgs are looking to overcome yet another semester in the era of COVID.

From Zoom University to Zoom Productions: performing arts in a pandemic

 If 2020 taught college students anything, it’s that, somehow, we can survive remotely. Classes, Greek life and even social gatherings can take place online.  But how do you rehearse songs over Zoom? How do you practice improv comedy when you’re miles apart? How do you put together an entire musical production through a computer screen?


New Year, New You: Miami students tackle New Year's Resolutions

Throughout the past year, the nation endured a number of challenges. 2020 was the year that felt like the same day kept happening over and over again like in Harold Ramis’s movie “Groundhog Day.” Even as 2020 came to an end, the outlook of 2021 was still unclear. So what does this mean for 2021 New Year’s resolutions? Where does one even begin? 

Most of an Resident Assistant's job is living and communicating with on-campus students. But this winter break provided a very different experience for J-term RAs.

J-term RAs make best of winter term experience

Before the majority of the students came back to campus for the start of the spring semester, there were a few who returned to Miami early. Although COVID-19 provided record-low resident attendance during the winter term, resident assistants (RAs) made the best of the experience.  


Uptown Restaurants Adapt to J-Term in Pandemic

Many Oxford businesses are used to a slow spell during winter break. But with the impact of the pandemic adding an extra financial burden this school year, some were unsure if they could afford to stay open for the nearly two months between semesters.  

This semester, eight dining locations are set to close.

Students’ dining options remain limited

Eight dining locations at Miami University will be closed for the spring semester, according to the university’s dining website. Cafe Lux, Haines', Garden Market, Maplestreet Commons Express, Withrow Starbucks, The Greystone and Dorsey Market will all be closed for the duration of the semester.

Junior outside hitter Gaby Harper (pictured, no. 10) and senior libero Abigail Huser (pictured, in red) have made a big impact so far for the RedHawks.

After four straight titles, Miami volleyball is still hungry for success

Miami Volleyball has now won four straight regular season conference titles in the MAC, appearing in the NCAA tournament twice over that span. Simply put, winning is all this team knows.  “I’ve had a lot of really fine teams, several strings of four (MAC titles) in a row,” she said. “It’s hard to do that. It’s hard to do five in a row. But I know these kids will strive for it.” 


ASG passes resolution calling for credit/no credit extension

At its Jan. 26 meeting, Miami University’s Associated Student Government (ASG) passed a resolution calling for Provost Jason Osborne to extend the deadline for students to change classes to credit/no credit. The resolution was inspired by the large number of signatures an ASG-created petition received last week. 

Watch out DoorDash and OxfordToYou, College Meals on Wheels is looking to jump onto Oxford's food delivery scene.

College Meals on Wheels rolls into Oxford

  Coming soon to the students of Oxford: College Meals on Wheels. Beau Hiner, owner of Doughby’s, is spearheading the effort to launch this new meal plan delivery service.  Targeting college students in the Oxford area, Hiner is offering a variety of options for lunch and dinner meal deliveries.

While student employment took a dip last semester, Miami is looking to hire more students in 2021. Photo by Bo Brueck.

Miami intends to hire more students for spring

  Miami University is taking another step toward normalcy this semester by hiring more students for university jobs. This comes after a slow fall semester for student employment, when students accounted for less than half as much of the Miami workforce as they typically do, topping out close to 1,300 student workers.  Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were around 3,000 students on the university’s payroll.

Miami has extended the credit/no credit application deadline to April 1. But students must still take all required classes for their majors and minors for a grade.

Educators look to the future with upcoming Miguel Cardona appointment

With the U.S. Senate set to confirm more cabinet members this week, Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of Education, may soon influence education policy at Miami University and across the country.  Miami professors react and respond to this appointment and the resignation of Betsy Devos.

Even with the pandemic surging, seniors are still trying to make the best of a new bar experience. (Photo taken in Oct. 2020)

Cards at the bars: the new Oxford nightlife

In the past, seniors have enjoyed house parties, bar crawls and throwing their education to the wind in the last few months and weeks of their college experience, but the pandemic has changed all of this.  

After President Crawford signed the PCLC last fall, Miami is taking its commitment to sustainability a step further with the creation of a Climate Action task force with sophomore Denali Selent as the student voice.

Student representative joins Climate Action Task Force

In September 2020, Miami University President Greg Crawford signed the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitment (PCLC), kickstarting a new era of carbon neutrality and climate resilience at Miami. Now, the university has put together the Climate Action Task Force (CATF) to bring its plans to fruition, with a student representative on board.  

COVID-19 has drastically changed the job market making it increasingly difficult for recent grads to find employment amid a pandemic.

Post grad in a pandemic: Students struggle to find a future after college

For most university students, the start of the spring semester signals the beginning of classes and a fresh start both academically and mentally. However, for many college seniors, it puts the end of the school year into an all-too-clear focus. The question of employment and education after college becomes more pressing every day.  

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