Before Dawn

Kathy Parrett wakes up at 3 a.m. on a rainy Friday. By 4 a.m., as usual, she clocks in at work and picks up her company car, a bright red Ford sedan adorned with white Miami University “M” decals, then begins making her rounds, checking in on each of the seven buildings she oversees as a building and grounds manager at Miami. This campus — the eerily quiet one that exists hours before the sun rises and classes begin, the one devoid of students filling desks and faculty holding office hours — is the one Kathy knows best. Yet...

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