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Abigail Kemper

Even at a time when most people are more digitally-inclined than ever, Oxford's Hike-a-Thon is seeking to encourage people to unplug and enjoy the trails. Photo by Caroline Bartoszek.

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.

Lifting weights and staying safe: re-imagining the Rec

  As I walk up the long stretch of stairs to the Recreation Center (Rec), a staff member in a red t-shirt sprays and wipes the railings. Inside, there is caution tape where water fountains used to be.  Almost every machine is being used and students on benches stay inside a barrier of yellow tape. Some students walk to the next area with a rag and spray bottle in hand.  Surprisingly, it is not a complete ghost town.

Special delivery: the face behind the food

  With her Release Radar playlist bumping on Spotify, Kayley Harris pulls her brand-new Honda Civic into the McDonald’s drive-thru. When she gets to the window, the employee recognizes her and smiles. Back in her car, she turns the music up, and the cycle continues.  A DoorDasher’s work is never done. 

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.

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.  

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.  

Phishing for positivity

Forced to uproot from campus, routines and friends, many Miamians have been struggling with staying at home and wanting to feel more connected. To encourage each other, women on Miami’s campus have been participating in an uplifting email exchange. 

Miami at home: Remote Learning—It Takes a Village

  Ron Becker has taught Media and Culture 143 for probably 14 years. “Probably” being his word. The class is a lecture style in Laws Hall 100, one isolated lecture hall that always confuses students on the first day. To make the class more interactive, he enlists a group of 8-10 of his previous students to lead small groups for class credits and become Undergraduate Associates (UAs).  When the coronavirus emails flooded our phones, the UA team felt flutters of anxiety about the upcoming small group. We started to feel the same frustration and confusion as our professors, but we also felt the stress of being students.