Attention student musicians! Introducing High Street Records, Miami’s first student-led record label, founded by senior Michael Smith. The label, which works to provide students with exposure and publicity, came to life last year, when Smith brought up the concept to his professors and friends in the musical field.
Ah, Thanksgiving. A holiday known for family gatherings and decadent food. As the warmth of countless ovens pervade an equal number of houses, the rich smells of holiday feasts come wafting with it. The tables are set for lavish dinners, and the spirit of thanks and generosity abounds.
Upon entering Wild Berry, a local retail shop uptown, customers are overcome by the smell of incense and the store’s eclectic nature. Each wall is lined with different trinkets, gifts and accessories, and the store’s floors are crowded with racks of imported clothing and towers of incense. Although the store has been open for decades, general manager Kimberly Clarke says Wild Berry has always sold the same type of products and has successfully maintained their brand as a “hippie” shop throughout the past 50 years.
Singing a cappella presents unique challenges to those who decide to pursue it. They must sing without any musical accompaniment, substituting their voices for instruments, everyone singing a different part. On top of this, a cappella groups now face the challenge of not being allowed to hold any performances or practices in person due to COVID-19.
On Nov. 5, the Farmer School of Business finished up its Executive Speaker series, which normally features executives of large corporations that serve as role models for the future business leaders of America. The last installment in the series brought a different kind of speaker — four of them, actually, all associated with a small bank that was targeted during the 2008 financial crisis.
The last nine months have drastically shifted the circumstances in which students find themselves. It’s quite possible that “kids these days” are learning a lot more of the skills that were previously thought to be lost to their generation.
Production season finally rolled around, stage lights were turned on and rehearsals for the next masterpiece had begun. But then, COVID-19 struck and disrupted the entirety of the plan. According to the state guidelines, audiences have not been allowed to attend shows since last spring. But as the theatre saying goes, the show must go on.
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.
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.
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.
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.