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Gabbi Bright


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.


Miami University announces extensions for alternative grading options

Miami University’s Division of Student Life announced several policy changes and extended deadlines regarding course credit options on its Instagram story Wednesday.  Students are now able to take a grade of incomplete — “IU” for all undergraduate courses and “IG” for all graduate level courses — at any time during the spring 2020 semester. The deadlines to withdraw from undergraduate classes and the deadline to elect for a credit/no credit grading option were also moved to April 17. This is a change from the original February deadline.


As the years have gone on, less and less Miami professors have decided to live in the college town.

Miami University freezes hiring as pandemic affects finances

On March 19, Jason Osborne, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, released a statement that Miami University would immediately freeze hiring for non-essential faculty and staff. New hires now require special approval from either Osborne or David Creamer, treasurer and vice president for finance and business services.


‘Hands-down the best’: Miami Institute for Food Farm feeds Oxford

“While I make an effort to be [environmentally] conscious, it’s not my major focus. I like to cook, so it’s more important to me to have better quality, fresher things,” she said. “If the sustainability piece comes along with it, that’s desirable. [Sustainability] is a secondary goal, a bonus.” To student CSA subscribers, however, the simplicity of the program is appealing. “I do think it’s an incredible opportunity for students, and honestly community members, to subscribe,” Siegel said. “As you leave on Thursday nights, you can just go pick up your box and have an incredible amount of veggies for the week. That’s it.”



Paws for a Cause members try to educate people on the correct way to act around service dogs.

‘Can I pet your dog?’: A look into service animal training on campus

A black German retriever trots up the steps of McGuffey Hall, gathering stares from other students sharing the path. Although most either ignore or smile at the dog, one student shrinks into a corner and turns their head away from her path — afraid. Two others rush to the next corner, embracing each other as one begins to cry.


Party culture combined with a pressure to maintain a certain image worsen eating disorders at Miami.

Maintaining the ‘Miami image’: The reality of disordered eating at a party school

With the spread of unattainable body ideals across social media, there has been a rise in disordered eating behavior among college-age people. Miami students are feeling the impact, especially at an intersection with the university’s reputation as a party school. “I do think the label and the celebration of [disordered eating] is more common now,” Ward said, explaining that Miami has had the reputation of a party school as long as she has been teaching at the university.



Roza Otunbayeva was the first female state-leader in all of Asia.

The woman behind Central Asia’s ‘island of democracy’ 

As President Roza Otunbayeva took her seat on stage, a hush fell over the audience in Wilks Theater. The former president of Kyrgyzstan, the first and, so far, only female head of state in Central Asia, sat across from Miami University associate political science professor, Hannah Chapman. Their discussion about Krgyzstan’s history, democratization and the future was a part of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies’ annual lecture series.


‘I want to believe that Miami is headed in the right direction’

Over two weeks ago, Miami University students led a climate strike and confronted Miami President Greg Crawford and the Board of Trustees (BoT) at Marcum Conference Center to demand they take a stand on several sustainability issues on campus. In response to student outcry over Miami's lack of green policies, Miami’s Sustainability Committee held a public forum on Thursday, Oct. 3. The forum’s goal was to be more transparent about how Miami is addressing its climate impact.