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Unexpected shutdown: transferring to Miami due to COVID

 Imagine if, one day, the students of Miami University woke up to find an email from President Crawford saying that Miami would be closing after 211 years of being an active university. No more Miami classes. No more Miami professors. No more Miami organizations. No more Miami, period.    This is the fate that Urbana University, located in Urbana, Ohio, was met with this year. 


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A dino-mite way to teach a class

Everyone knows that the first day of class is the most boring one.  You hear about the syllabus, attendance policies and when office hours are. But imagine logging onto Canvas and hitting play on your first video lecture to see your professor … in a dinosaur costume?


Miami's Department of Magical Appreciation, a Harry Potter-focused student org, will have to find ways to survive online just like the university's other clubs.
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Orgs online: Miami clubs adapt to the unexpected

 With a quiet campus and mandates against large gatherings, Miami’s community looks very different this fall. Many of the university’s clubs have found unique ways to keep their members motivated and participating even with changing regulations.  


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Back at it: Oxford’s nightlife jolts back to life

  Densely-packed bars, dance floors sticky from spilled drinks, streets crowded with jubilant Miamians — all hallmarks of a typical weekend in Oxford. And up until a few months ago, seen week in and week out.  Now, nearly six months after Oxford’s bar scene shut down, it’s coming back to life.


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Group fitness across distance

Zoom calls and livestreams on Instagram and Facebook have become part of most people’s daily routines, taking the place of lectures, meetings, special events and even workout sessions.


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Is quarantine leading us all to a social media addiction?

 If you’re like me, you hate to admit you spend the majority of your day lying in bed and scrolling through all your social media in a never-ending cycle. It’s embarrassing, but you feel a sense of comfort because you remember it’s become the norm with many other students while you continue to check your friends' Snapchat stories. I mean, how else are you going to keep up with everyone while maintaining social distancing?  


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Paper and pen: A duo that never goes out of style

 Junior Sarah Pankratz, a psychology major on the pre-med track, started writing letters to her friends during quarantine. She picked up the habit when she worked at a summer camp and couldn’t use her phone often. She wanted to communicate with her friends without always being on her phone.  


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

In this time of isolation and self quarantine, couples are finding themselves thrust into some unpredictable circumstances. From long-distance dating to moving in together, these Miamians are each striving to make their relationships work in the age of coronavirus. 


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Miami at Home: Bitter sweet 16

I got into my car for the first time in more than a week. My sister, Sara, loaded our two maltese-poodles into the back seat, and she crawled into the front passenger side.  I started down the driveway and turned out of our cul-de-sac, sprinkles of rain hitting my windshield. 


Kamara (pictured right) became the first female black student body president at Miami this spring, how has she adjusted to the pandemic?
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Jannie Kamara: Manifesting Mindset

Jannie Kamara has been working toward turning her dreams into realities since the minute she stepped on campus.  Kamara, a junior studying diversity and leadership and black world studies, is fully committed to pursuing her newly-elected role as Student Body President and working alongside her executive board and cabinet in the fall.


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Swiping around the world with Tinder passport

  Before school moved online, I had only downloaded Tinder once. It was toward the end of last semester, and I was curious to see who could be on there. After a few more days, I stopped using it completely. It wasn’t until I moved back home that I learned about Tinder Passport. 


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Acting class online becomes the new normal

The transition from in-person classes to remote learning in the middle of the semester has not been seamless for all students and academic departments. Some students worry about how they’re going to complete their lab requirements for chemistry, how student-teaching will take place or how recreational courses like broomball or social dancing will translate to an online format. 


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Miami at home: Puzzled in Petaluma

  Are 20-year-olds allowed to call people old friends yet? If so, Tommy is an old friend.  It was 2014, my freshman year of high school. Pink braces, plaid flats, side bangs and an unreasonable amount of confidence were the most notable things about me during this time. Skinny jeans, too much cologne, black vans and weed were the things most notable about Tommy during the same time. 

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