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Few and far between: fully vaccinated college students

Only about 7.5% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated as of March 1, according to NPR’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker. Under the CDC’s three-phase distribution plan, college students are not scheduled to get their doses until phase three. Ohio has not released estimated dates for phase three of distribution.  


A squeamish woman’s experience with donating her plasma

I was eventually led to the blood drawing area: a row of chairs attached to carts holding tubes and blood bags. I started to feel nauseous – I hate needles, and bodily fluids make me squeamish. Nevertheless, my desire for a free shirt carried me through, and I sat down and prepared to be harvested.

Miami students and alumni see the spike in hate crimes as a symptom of a media that doesn’t meaningfully address anti-Asian racism and its significance in American society. Graphic by Kayla Lynskey.

Students question media coverage of anti-Asian racism

  This February, as both Asian and Asian American Miami University students enjoyed the Lunar New Year, a nationwide spike in hate crimes against the Asian community dampened the celebration. Both the Oxford Police Department (OPD) and Miami University Police Department (MUPD) have not received any official reports of hate crimes against Asian or Asian American people over the past year. However, Miami’s Asian and Asian American students are disheartened by the anti-Asian racism in the United States, as well as the media’s lack of coverage of these events.


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. 


“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.

A weekly update of Miami University's COVID case statistics.

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.


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? 

Low staffing has forced several dining facilities, such as Bell Tower and several restaurants in Armstrong, to remain closed this semester.

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.