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Many professors must balance their responsibilities as educators and parents as they transition to remote learning.
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Professors with kids

Each day’s rhythm remains consistent. The day begins with morning meetings for Oliver’s preschool class, then each parent either works with him or prepares for their own classes. There’s a more relaxed lunch period to cook meals together, then some self-designated quiet time, so Legg and Strantz can get work done while Oliver is occupied with a book or iPad.


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City Council goes digital

Oxford City Council began hosting its  meetings virtually on Thursday, April 9. This change may continue until after the stay-at-home order is lifted.  


Trying to keep a sense of community during the pandemic, one Oxford resident has created a little library in front of his home.
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Oxford resident creates his own little library

Just past the winding turns of Melissa Drive in Oxford, a small red mailbox sits out in front of one of the homes. Inside, the custom-built mailbox is full of novels, children's books and an array of reading material. On the outside of the mailbox, a sign reads, “Santa’s Little Free Library Take a Book — Leave a Book.”


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Oxford City Council discusses evictions in Oxford

The Oxford City Council unanimously passed a resolution that would encourage the Area I Court of Butler County, located on High Street, to suspend evictions caused by the novel coronavirus for at least 60 days after the stay-at-home order is lifted.


Since students have left Oxford due to threats of the novel coronavirus, Miami University's campus has been extremely quiet.
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‘It’s like 3 a.m. Oxford’

Miami University President Greg Crawford sent out a university-wide email announcing the decision to move all face-to-face instruction online for the rest of the spring semester on Friday, March 13, due to the threat of the novel coronavirus. Three days later, Dean of Students Kimberly Moore sent out an email with the message, “We strongly urge you to promptly leave campus while you are able to do so.” 


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Students and rental agencies struggle as tenants leave Oxford

The streets of Oxford are quiet. Uptown no longer bustles on Friday nights. High Street businesses that stay open late are closing earlier and, in some cases, closing up shop all together until Governor Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order is lifted. But still, some Miami University upperclassmen remain in Oxford, living in the homes they rented through the end of the semester. For students living in apartment complexes, the stay-at-home order means restricted access to amenities they’ve already paid for.


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Surviving a pandemic in the pre-Zoom era

Current Miami University students have faced a variety of struggles due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, such as switching to online classes and having to say goodbye to their friends and return home. But today’s students aren’t the first to live through a pandemic. There have been four influenza pandemics since the beginning of the 20th century — the most deadly being the Spanish flu of 1918.


“How do you tell an employee that’s been with you for years … I don’t need a housekeeper?”
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‘You have to laugh or I would be crying’: Coronavirus devastates Oxford businesses, City proposes stimulus program

In Oxford, local owners and managers struggle to keep their businesses afloat while city officials scramble to pass a stimulus grant proposal into law. The college town, which depends on revenue from the Miami University student body — most of whom have left campus, hopes to avoid the worst of the virus’ economic consequences.  But at this point, it’s unclear if it will. 


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