In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade. In 2015, it ruled on Obergefell v. Hodges. These two landmark cases ruled that women had the right to have an abortion, and same-sex couples had the right to marriage. With the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, many marginalized students at Miami University are now fearful that these decisions could be overturned.
For some students, the upcoming election is the first opportunity they will have to vote, but busy class schedules can make performing this civic duty difficult. Some professors are willing to rearrange their class schedules in order to benefit students. Whether that’s a movie day with an excused absence or canceling class altogether, some professors are willing to provide options for students so they can exercise their right to vote.
Halloween is many things — tricks, treats, parties and costumes — but music is also an essential part of the holiday. As I experienced Halloween in Oxford this year, Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” is one example that was on my mind. It’s a famous 18th century piece that has been used prominently in early horror films and shows how music can sound dark and foreboding even when it was composed hundreds of years ago. It’s composed of three movements: a toccata, a fugue and a coda. In the spirit of Halloween and in keeping with Bach’s spooky season staple, here’s the story of a 2020 Halloween in Oxford, as told in three parts.
In an Oct. 25 letter addressed to the executive cabinet of Miami University’s Associated Student Government (ASG), Megan Hess, ASG’s secretary for off-campus affairs, resigned from her position. Hess’ resignation will be effective Nov. 10, provided someone is elected to replace her.
With Election Day comes nationwide bated breath.
This year, due to COVID-19, Oxford residents will be forced to forego some of their Halloween traditions. These traditions mainly include costume parties for adults and trick-or-treating for kids — which will still happen, just in a socially-distanced fashion. But Oxford has celebrated Halloween in a variety of different ways over the years — some spookier than others.
Richard Nault, former honors program director and vice president of student affairs, died last Wednesday, Oct. 21.
In previous years, Miami students have paraded the streets of uptown in their costumes on Halloween weekend. This year, with gatherings limited to less than 10 people and the bars not packed to the brim, it may seem like Halloween is canceled.
Despite the many changes Miami University students and professors have made inside the classroom because of COVID-19, group work has remained. Both students and faculty have faced hurdles when it comes to working collaboratively, but there may be benefits as well.
Miami University students are constantly rushing between classes, clubs, jobs, social events, sleeping and eating. Lunch or dinner for students often means sprinting to their dining hall of choice and grabbing a quick meal between Zoom calls.
Throughout the streets of Oxford, pumpkins still adorn the porches of house after house, just like they have every year in October. From intricately-carved masterpieces to the tried and true Jack-o’-lantern face, their designs evoke a feeling of fall festivity and spooky splendor.
With Election Day quickly approaching, first-time and veteran voters alike are acknowledging that this is an election drastically different than its predecessors.
Bell Tower Commons is closed for at least the rest of the fall semester, barring a new spike in remain-in-room students (RIR). According to an email sent to the employees that work at Bell, due to the decrease in Level 4 dorm floors, the dining hall was no longer drawing enough students to remain open.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, online dating sites such as Tinder and Bumble have surged in popularity. According to The Observer, days after the initial stay-at-home orders were implemented in the United States, Tinder had its highest day of activity with more than three billion swipes on March 29. d
Seniors Keresa Murray and Tre King were elected this year’s Love and Honor Cup winners, making history as Miami University’s first ever Black duo to win the award — exactly 50 years after Miami’s first Black homecoming queen was crowned.
Nearly three weeks after the incident was initially reported to the Oxford Police Department (OPD), four men have been charged in relation to the fight outside the Theta Chi fraternity house that resulted in multiple injuries, according to a Facebook post from OPD.