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Megan McConnell

Megan McConnell is a sophomore journalism and psychology double major from Kansas City. 

She originally joined TMS at the onset of her freshman year as a writer for Campus & Community. Although Megan continues to write for the section, she is also the Social Media Editor for TMS, which allows her to combine her passion for writing, designing and interacting with readers. 

Outside of the newsroom, Megan is either listening to far too much Taylor Swift, watching Downton Abbey or studying at Kofenya – with her second iced chai in hand, of course. 

Additionally, Megan hopes to join more clubs and on-campus activities over the course of the next year.

While masks are not longer required at Miami University, some students and faculty opt to wear them anyway.

Masking without a mandate

Although Miami University's COVID Response team announced that masks would no longer be required on campus when Butler County's community risk level is low, some students, staff and faculty have continued to mask up. 

Caity Torres has kept her plant shop, Cultivar, alive during the pandemic through an online store and pop-up shops.

Cultivating Happiness

In addition to selling through Instagram, Cultivar recently started selling plants inside several cafes and markets around the Cincinnati area. The business has also held several pop-up shops at local establishments, including Kofenya. 

Miami held a vaccination clinic for some staff members on April 7.

Miami hosts vaccine clinic for staff at Millett Hall

Miami University hosted its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for staff, including student employees, on Wednesday, April 7. The initial 1,000 Moderna doses were administered by TriHealth and provided by the state of Ohio at no cost to the recipients. 

GBD rumors spark discussion about drone use in Oxford

In the weeks leading up to Green Beer Day (GBD), students reserved their tables at Uptown bars and decorated with green shamrocks. They also prepared hats, masks and sunglasses to hide their faces from police body cameras and, possibly, drones, as rumors spread throughout the city. 

SilverSneakers is a free program that allows local seniors to exercise and find community at Miami's rec center.

Seniors join SilverSneakers at three Oxford locations

SilverSneakers is a free program offered through qualifying Medicare Advantage plans for seniors 65 years and older. According to SilverSneakers’ official website, members receive access to online workouts, more than 17,000 gyms and community centers, fitness classes, a fitness app and discounts on health-related items.