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Students from marginalized groups talk about how the confirmation of Amy Comey Barret could impact them.

Marginalized groups voice fears over Supreme Court nomination

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. 

While skipping class is usually frowned upon, some professors are giving students the okay to miss class in order to vote. Graphic by Owen Berg.

Excusing class for Election Day can ease stress for students

  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. 

Although some chose to spend the holiday at home, many Miamians still took to Oxford's streets to celebrate Halloween. Photo by Shr-Hua Moore.

Oxford celebrates Halloween: a narrative

  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.


ASG’s secretary for off-campus affairs resigns

 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. 

While the way Oxford celebrates Halloween has evolved over time, the spooky spirit has endured. Photo by Madeline Phaby.

From masquerades to parades: The history of Halloween in Oxford

  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.

With 40% less students on campus, dining halls are struggling with staffing.

Dining halls face employee shortages

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. 

Essential workers in Oxford are nervous to confront non-mask wearers in fear of retalliation.

Letting the mask of responsibility slip

Despite City Council's face covering ordinance and Miami University President Greg Crawford's presidential request, Oxford businesses are still reporting problems with customers not covering their faces indoors.  


Carving out a slice of normalcy

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. 

After the annoucement of its indefinite closure, students have organized a petition to re-open the dining hall.

Bell Tower Commons closed indefinitely

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.  

After seven months in quarantine, Miami students are finding their way back into the dating game.

Swiping right during COVID-19

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

Tre King (left) and Keresa Murray (right) are this year's Love and Honor Cup recipients.

A royal duo 50 years in the making

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. 

Students looking for an unorthodox snack need look no further than the packed shelves of the Asia Market.

Hidden gems of Oxford: the Asia Market

What exactly does the Asia Market have to offer that sets it apart from Kroger or Wal-mart? To find out, I ventured past the boundaries of the university’s campus and took a look around the market. 

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