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The glowing pumpkin art that dots Oxford's streets provides a sense of holiday cheer and welcome normalcy in an otherwise unusual year. Photo provided by Deirdre Sperry.

Carving out a slice of normalcy

  Although the air has turned crisp and the leaves are dyed orange and red, there’s something missing from this year’s fall atmosphere. Despite the fact that Oxford’s Wal-Mart has plenty of costumes for sale and Kroger is hawking mountains of spooky-themed candy, COVID-19 and the restrictions it brings means that Halloween 2020 will likely look very different than in years past. But one Halloween tradition stands strong in the face of the coronavirus. One activity can be safely and enjoyably undertaken, no matter the conditions of the outside world: pumpkin carving. 

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. 

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. 

Empty rooms, full to-go boxes: Miami’s dining halls in 2020

  From the outside, Maple Street Commons looks just like it has in previous years.  One step inside the front door, however, and that notion is quickly dispelled.  In order to comply with COVID-19 protocols and ensure students stay safe when getting their grub, Miami’s dining halls look drastically different than they have in previous years. 

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.

As off-campus students begin to return to Oxford, Uptown businesses are hoping to see an increase in sales and a break from the COVID-19 economic struggles.

One lively ghost town

  On some days, Oxford seems deserted.  Along High Street, shops and restaurants lie empty; the warm neon of their “open” signs stand in stark contrast to their vacant interiors. On colder days, uptown park is devoid of life, its stone animal statues the only creatures to be found. Brick Street, the de facto hub of the uptown social scene, greets visitors with shuttered windows and a sign that reads “We miss you. Stay safe.” When the sun shines, Oxford emerges, and the would-be ghost town is strangely full of life.

Electronic empathy: teaching through a screen

On Tuesday, March 10, Miami students were informed via an email from President Greg Crawford that classes would be moving online for the rest of the semester.  Shortly before that, that same news found its way to the ears of the university’s many professors telling them to prepare to move classes online. 

Conquering Quarantine: A 2020 survival guide

  This time of chaos and quarantine is a difficult one for many. That's why it’s important now more than ever to continue to find ways to relax, unwind and decompress. So here’s another Miami Student survival guide: quarantine edition. This one might be a bit more necessary than either of my previous guides, so here’s to hoping it’s helpful, even if only a little.