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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 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

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. 


Stories in seconds: taking it to the streets

Some stories delve deeply into the lives of their subjects. Others seek to capture the human condition in just a few words. Modeled after journalist Brady Dennis’ 300 word stories that explore the unfiltered intimacy of the everyday, these pieces offer a glimpse into the untold experiences of Oxford life. 


Rational fear: Miami’s sexual assault issue

Still, some first-year women drew the conclusion that the administration could always do more. Women on campus offered suggestions including taking accountability for students’ actions, hammering home the definition of consent in the modules more and punishing perpetrators more harshly.

In spite of COVID restrictions, many families are finding fall fun at pumpkin patches and autumn farms this year. Photo by Grace Killian.

Fall fun at the Niederman Family Farm

 In the midst of midterms, students long for a break from Zoom calls, exams and endless assignments. Niederman Family Farm is the perfect place for students to get away and enjoy some fall fun as temperatures begin to drop. 


A beginner's guide to WitchTok

  Over the summer, The Cut wrote a story about amateur witches hexing the moon, an article that not only spiked the interest of many people, but introduced another side of the entertainment app TikTok.  “WitchTok,” a separate section of the app, is an expanding cohort of experienced and baby witches, another name for the beginners who practice the craft.

Photo by Bo Brueck. Taken Fall 2017 at Hispanic Heritage Festival in Uptown Park

Students celebrate Latinx culture during Hispanic Heritage Month

 Last year, students celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month in Oxford Memorial Park with the UniDiversity Festival. Food trucks with options from various Latin American countries lined the streets and live bands performed throughout the day.  This year, they're approaching the celebration a little differently. 

Even in the face of an unusual senior year, Davis Byrd prefers to live in the moment and make the best of each situation.

Rolling with the punches: the life of a high school senior

What’s 18-year-old Davis Byrd’s idea of a perfect day? He wakes up, grabs some cereal (he claims it’s the best food), plays the video game Overwatch on his Nintendo Switch and hangs out with two of his friends, Aaron and Nathan. Maybe they even play a little bit of soccer. 

Miami's trail systems have lots of different hikes for any skill level.

Annual Hike-A-Thon calls people to unplug and enjoy nature

  On a crisp October weekend in years past, the Oxford community gathered together to hike. Families and students perused the booths that lined the entrance to the trails near the stables. Some people socialized while picking up pamphlets; others would grab a map and hit the trails.  Instead of gathering for one day of hiking, this year's Hike-A-Thon experience has been expanded to the whole month of October.

Actress and activist Gabrielle Union (top left) and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson (bottom) discussed several topics involving injustice for Black Americans ranging from police brutality to racism in academia.

Bring it on: BLM lecture with distinguished actress and academic

Gabrielle Union, an award-winning actress, famous for movies such as “Bring It On” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” and Michael Eric Dyson, a New York Times best-selling author and ordained minister, spoke at the lecture about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement Monday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. 

Even while classes aren't completely in person, first-year students are still feeling the pressure from their peers to look a certain way.

Freshmen fear not fitting in

College brings an array of new experiences to first-year students: freedom, independence and social life are just a few. Even though this new environment is exciting and refreshing, it can cause a tremendous amount of anxiety and self-consciousness for freshmen who are susceptible to comparison.

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