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Diving back into the semester
ELLEN WAGNER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
After a month away, Ohio University students are back on campus. In a way, it’s weird to be back. Most students probably spent most of their breaks sleeping until noon and forgetting about the stress of school. Winter break also gives students time to ref lect on the past year and look at what goals they want to set going into the new year. The end of 2019 marked not only another year, but also another decade. Many people took to social media to reflect on the past 10 years of their life and what they accomplished. For college students, it included graduating grade school, high school and even graduating college for some people. It was a time to look back on accomplishments and failures and see where this new decade will take you. A new semester is the perfect time for that fresh start, too, with new classes, new routines and a new chance to make opportunities for yourself.
New Year’s resolutions sometimes seem pointless, or people feel they have the bar set too high for them to achieve their goals. Many expect changes right away when it comes to resolutions, which might be why they quit so soon. It’s important to have patience with the goals and changes you are looking for and understand it will take some time to accomplish. It’s about starting with some small goals to see some bigger changes. For instance, if you want to stop buying coffee, slowly reduce the number of times you go each week. If you’re self-conscious about going to the gym, work out with a friend or start by going on runs or biking on the HockHocking Adena Biketrail. If you want to be better about getting schoolwork done, set some time after classes to go to the library or a coffee shop a couple times a week. The Post is seeing some changes as well going into the Spring Semester. We had
some of our staff members graduate, so we now have a new long-form editor and social media director. We are excited to see what long-form story ideas writers come up with as well as new approaches to social media that will be tried out. We are also looking to gain more staff members who want to explore their interests in writing, multimedia and design. This semester also marks the start of hiring a new staff for the next academic year. It will be exciting to see who will fill the place of those graduating in May. We are excited to what new ideas and opportunities will be brought to The Post to start 2020 on a high note for our publication.
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New LGBT director brings new perspective might not be aware of or are taking seriously,” Serrott said. McCarey said the transition into director was especially easy, thanks to the support of both undergraduate and graduate students involved. “We really complement each others’ skill sets,” he said. “We have productive conversations about things that need to be discussed, and we share a deep commitment (to the LGBT community).”
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ucked into the third floor of Baker University Center is Ohio University’s LGBT Center. Stacks of books line the back wall. Pride pillows sit softly along the space’s many couches, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers play from a stereo next to a large TV. It’s not a big space, but it’s a safe and comforting place for those in the community who need it. “We like to keep notes of encouragement over here,” Director Micah McCarey said. “If someone is having a bad day or just needs a pick-me-up, you can leave a note and pick one up to encourage one another on a piece of stationery.” McCarey might be new to the position, but he knows how to get things done while encouraging others to be the best versions of themselves. WHAT’S NEW Upon taking the interim position in December 2019, McCarey knew things needed to change, and his previous position as the assistant director of East Green and Diversity Initiatives prepared him for his permanent position in Baker 354. “In housing and residence, I was in charge of a more broad approach to diversity,” he said. “It really is not the same sort of latitude intersectionality that I get working here in the LGBT Center.” McCarey said race, gender identity, sex and other demographics play a large role in the LGBT Center. But it’s not always easy to talk about the issues that matter, so when McCarey got settled into his interim position, he brought in the CARE model for his staff.
LGBT Director Micah McCarey poses for a portrait in the LGBT center on Ohio University’s campus. (KELSEY BOEING / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
The CARE model combines four elements: community engagement and proactiveness, strength and weakness inquiry among staff, radical inclusion and education. McCarey said that he didn’t immediately immerse the staff in to the CARE model during the transition but could tell that it was going to be an essential force to enhance inclusion in the university setting. “In my professional career, even as a graduate student, I haven’t seen anything so effective,” Kyle Serrott, a graduate student studying political science, said. Serrott also helps connect the community and graduate students to the resources that the LGBT Center has to offer. “I really think the model and form of
leadership has enabled (the LGBT Center) to be more accessible to students and community members and has led to more involvement,” he said. This involvement is also something McCarey emphasized. The LGBT Center is attempting to connect members of the local community and even Southeast Ohio. McCarey wants to cooperate with other organizations in the area, like Out in Athens, to reach a new level of inclusiveness in the community. Serrott has worked with Athens City Council and various city leaders to achieve the same goal. “We really want to inform city leaders of needs (in the LGBT community) that they
AMENITIES FOR STUDENTS McCarey wants to turn words into actions or transform what he calls “lip statements” into action. “Our peer-to-peer involvement is really helpful,” he said. “In all, we have nine total students who work here.” The LGBT Center is also exploring options for including local high school students in its Queer Prom and Pride Graduation traditions, but details aren’t set in stone, McCarey said. “To me, as a young adult, it would have meant so much to have people to look up to like that,” he said. To be more proactive, the center has many resources available to students looking for help or someone to talk to, even if it means hanging out in the center in between classes. McCarey wasn’t originally expecting to take on the role of director but has since been able to picture himself growing in the position and has watched others grow, too. “I’m confident in the framework we’ve created here and excited for the work we can accomplish here and in the community,” McCarey said.
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Athens Police Department has seen little difficulty with body cameras NOLAN SIMMONS NEWS EDITOR The Athens Police Department has seen few issues with new body cameras since equipping ofﬁcers with them in November 2019. City Council approved for the city to spend about $214,000 on TASERS and body cameras from Axon, a law enforcement equipment company, in March 2019. However, APD didn’t receive the cameras until October 2019. Trained ofﬁcers implemented the cameras on Nov. 1, 2019, APD Chief Tom Pyle said. The reports are better because the ofﬁcers are able to review their statements and the statements of the people they are interviewing. Pyle said they have been able to review the video as well as talk about standard operating procedures, response guidelines and training. Pyle said he is happy with the performance of the body cameras so far. “I think there’s been zero downside and a ton of positive results from those cameras,” Pyle said. All patrol ofﬁcers are required to wear body cameras. Detectives in the Criminal Investigation Unit, or CIU, currently share one body camera, though there are plans to buy more. The CIU has more leeway with using body cameras that is built into APD policy due to the sensitive nature of the detectives’ work, which includes interviewing people in private residences, Pyle said.
The Axon Body 3 cameras will be kept on stand-by mode, meaning the camera is on but not actively recording until an ofﬁcer manually activates them. The camera will also record the previous 90 seconds up to the point it is activated by an ofﬁcer. For the most part, ofﬁcers will activate the cameras manually, Pyle said. The body cameras also will activate automatically. The cameras will start recording when an ofﬁcer activates the lights and siren on their vehicles and when an ofﬁcer draws the TASER from its holster. When an ofﬁcer’s body camera is automatically activated by a drawn TASER, all ofﬁcer body cameras in the vicinity are activated, Pyle said. In the future, the body cameras will also activate when an APD ofﬁcer unholsters the pistol. APD is still waiting to implement that feature because the department is still transitioning from 40 caliber to 9 millimeter pistols, which will require new holsters. APD is expecting to receive the new pistols in three months. “Statistically speaking, ofﬁcer-involved shootings are really rare,” Pyle said. Like police reports and dash-cam footage, footage from police body cameras is considered public record. So far, there have been no public records requests for body camera footage, Law Director Lisa Eliason said. All sensitive and personal information, like Social Security numbers and the identity of victims of rape, must
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be redacted before body camera footage can be made public. This has added to the workload of APD’s record department and the ofﬁce of the city law director, which have to sift through the footage to make sure no sensitive information was missed. “It’s something we went into understanding that that would be the case,” Pyle said. Soon, the department is planning on hiring a replacement records clerk, who will be responsible for redacting sensitive information from body camera footage. Pyle said he would have loved for APD ofﬁcers to have been equipped with body cameras during the controversial arrest of Ty Bealer by three APD ofﬁcers last September, according to a previous Post report. Pyle said this type of incident would have been what ofﬁcers would have wanted body cameras for, due to the additional perspective that isn’t provided by cell phone footage. While some cases will beneﬁt from the additional perspective that body cameras provide, most of the footage is relatively uneventful, City Prosecutor Tracy Meek said. “I think what the general public is going to learn and be really disappointed with is that body cam footage is, for the most part, very boring,” Meek said.
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TAYLOR BURNETTE FOR THE POST Unlike the university, the businesses of Athens remain open during winter break. Many local restaurants and businesses experienced a change in their customer base during the break and a slight change in their business hours. Bagel Street Deli, for example, closed an hour earlier than usual. “We just closed like an hour earlier,” Michael Wasko, an employee at Bagel Street said. “It’s a lot slower, but we get a lot of local people that come out and more travelers. It is nice to see a lot of different faces.” Other businesses, like The Athena Cinema, see a difference in its customer base and react by tailoring its business to the audience it receives during the break. “Our special events tend to get really great attendance, and we don’t have those going on, but we do have still have a lot of community coming out. So we still have robust attendance from our community members and a lot of our regulars,” Alexandra Kamody, the director of the Athena, said. Kamody also said that the Athena changes the timing of some of its showings to ﬁt better with the audience that it is receiving at the time. “The student population isn’t here, so sometimes that does factor decisions we make, where we say basically if 90% of the community is gone, is this ﬁlm really
gonna work for now, or could we actually wait and get it back later in the semester?” Kamody said. The Athena doesn’t necessarily see a great reduction in customers, Kamody said, but it sees a more notable change during move-in and move-out weekends. The Pigskin also gets a greater increase in local customers as well as an increase in catering during the holiday season. “We still do get some college students over break, but really, our catering business over break really helps The Pigskin out in terms of business just because we do so many holiday parties and different types of events over winter break, such as our toy drives and things like that,” Chris Roach, the general manager of The Pigskin, said. The Pigskin also changed its hours, opening at 5 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. during the week. Like The Pigskin, Ciro didn’t have a drastic change in business during the break. “I had a sales forecast budget, and we exceeded it,” co-owner Francis McFadden said. “It’s kind of (an) interesting phenomena. Students go away, and the locals are coming back and (are) ‘taking over the town,’ which I think is a very odd saying, but we did get a lot of business and a lot of new business.” Instead of having a speciﬁc reduction of hours, Ciro went to a policy of closing early if there was no business after a certain hour.
“One of the things that we did do is, we would have a close early policy. If we didn’t get any business for the whole hour after eight o’clock, we would close early. We did that because I did notice that, regardless of the business we got, it was a little bit earlier in the day, and the town kind of closed up about eight o’clock. So we ﬁnd ourselves closing early a few days under our posted hours,” McFadden said. In addition to hours being changed and having a different clientele during the break, a lot of businesses saw a difference in their employees due to students going home. “We really do struggle with having students and having staff to stay open, so it does provide us a little relief to sometimes reduce hours a bit by cutting those last shows where we don’t get great attendance all the time,” said Kamody. For Ciro, McFadden said, it can actually work out for his full-time employees when having students gone for the break. “You kind of manage you’ve got nonOU students working for you, and everybody’s hours retract a little bit during during break,” McFadden said, “The students going home, the good thing about that is that everybody got their hours … so it kind of worked out pretty well.”
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University expands on Ohio Guarantee; Silent protest to be held at Friday Board of Trustees meeting ABBY MILLER NEWS EDITOR OHIO GUARANTEE+ TO EXPAND BENEFITS TO STUDENTS AND ALUMNI Ohio University announced Monday the expansion of the Ohio Guarantee to the Ohio Guarantee+, which will offer additional planning and resources to both students and alumni. The Ohio Guarantee+ features the same ﬁxed tuition and beneﬁts for all students. The updated guarantee, however, will also include expanded lifelong beneﬁts and scholarships as well as personalized graduation plans. Graduation plans will be established as a “shared commitment” between students and the university to ensure students graduate on time, according to a media release.
If the university doesn’t offer the necessary courses or help students meet other requirements for graduation in their plan, the updated guarantee also includes a promise that OU will “make it right.” That includes the university paying for the cost of additional courses or offering course substitution “if necessary.” The lifelong beneﬁts will improve alumni connections and other resources that the university already has in place, according to the same media release. Resources include career and life coaching and other cocurricular opportunities that ensure students are ready for the real world upon graduation. Alumni will also beneﬁt from the guarantee for those looking to seek an advanced degree at OU. Alumni-exclusive scholarships will be offered, and more speciﬁcs on those scholarships will be re-
leased in spring 2020. FACULTY GROUP TO HOLD SILENT PROTEST AT UPCOMING BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING Ohio University’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors, or OU-AAUP, is hosting a silent protest Friday at the Board of Trustees meeting to show its opposition to proposed budget cuts. OU-AAUP is holding the silent protest because they feel they’ve been excluded from much of the budget planning process. The budget decisions would also “signiﬁcantly damage OHIO’s academic mission, cut faculty lines, and expand executive administrative bloat,” according to an AAUP press release. Faculty are now seeking ﬁnancial accountability, participation in further
discussions and protection of the university’s core mission, Loren Lybarger, president of OU-AAUP and associate professor of classics, said in the same press release. The silent protest will begin at 9:15 a.m. Friday in front of Grover Hall. From there, protestors will walk to the meeting at Walter Hall Room 104 at about 9:45 a.m. Board of Trustees meetings are open to the public, but there is no time scheduled for public comments, according to the press release. OU-AAUP also sent a letter to OU President Duane Nellis on Dec. 9, 2019, asking him to tell the deans to stop their plans of laying off professors. The group has not received a response, according to the same press release.
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REALLY SKINNY SNAKE The Athens County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce responded to North Plains Road on Jan. 3 for a report of a snake inside of an apartment. The deputies determined that it was not a snake, but a spaghetti noodle, and no other action was taken. CALIFORNIA DREAMING Deputies spoke with a woman about a missing person on Jan. 7. The woman said her adult son had boarded a ﬂight to see a friend in California, but the mother did not approve of this travel. She reported her son as a missing person so he would be stopped when he landed in California. Deputies told the mother that her son was not missing if he willingly and knowingly boarded the plane. ANYTHING FOR WI-FI Deputies received a report of a suspicious person who was riding a bicycle on Jan. 7 in Chauncey. The subject was lingering around in
the street, according to the caller. The deputies contacted the man on the bike, who said he was using the Wi-Fi from a nearby house. He was found not to be committing any crimes. A BIT OF EXERCISE Deputies were advised of a cow that was loose on a bike path on Dec. 28, 2019, near Eclipse Village. A road unit patrolled the bike path but did not locate a cow. LITERALLY WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Deputies were called to Columbus Road for a ﬁre report on Dec. 29, 2019. Deputies requested to make contact with a subject who started yelling at deputies. The deputies talked to the man, who said that he was “just picking up trash and attempting to clean up the area.” The ﬁre was extinguished, and units returned to patrol.
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APD, OUPD do not see an increase in crime over break ELLEN WAGNER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The Athens Police Department and the Ohio University Police Department saw nothing out of the ordinary happen over winter break. There have been 205 crimes reported to APD and OUPD from Nov. 12, 2019, to Jan. 13. Of those reports, 57 reports to APD and OUPD occurred during winter break from Dec. 14, 2019, to Jan. 12. APD Chief Tom Pyle said it was quiet over break, and the number of reports over winter break were typical. “There certainly was an uptick,” Pyle said. “It was not extraordinary. It was what we normally see.”
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Pyle said there was a slight increase in burglaries, thefts and breaking and enterings. There was also a slight increase in break-ins for local businesses over break. The increase seems significant when looking at reports because it is all reported around the same time. “These things happen over a period of four weeks, but they all get recorded at the same time when people return to their homes,” Pyle said. During winter break, APD took four reports of breaking and entering, four reports of burglary and 11 reports of theft. OUPD Lieutenant Tim Ryan said there is usually an increase in bicycle thefts around campus over break. “The population leaves; bike thefts seem to go up probably because it’s an easier target,” Ryan said. “They’re unattended, and people aren’t watching them.” Ryan said there are two ways that they receive reports of bicycle thefts. One is if officers find evidence of a theft, such as a cut lock or a piece of the bicycle still attached to the bicycle rack. Another is someone coming back from break and saying their bicycle is not on the rack where they left it. During winter break, OUPD also had seven traffic stops. From Nov. 12, 2019 to Jan. 13, OUPD had 16 reports of traffic stops. Ryan said the number of repor ts remains consistent. Over break, there is a potential for an increase in repor ts since the number of people on
campus decreases, and the focus on traffic repor ts could increase. During these two months, OUPD also had seven reports of fictitious or altered IDs. It is not uncommon for OUPD to collect fake IDs. Ryan said some people will try to give them fake IDs, thinking that they will work as real IDs, and they never work. People have also lost their wallets, come to OUPD to claim them and are reported for having a fake ID in their wallet. “We have a lot of fake IDs in evidence,” Ryan said. Eventually, the IDs will get destroyed, like any other evidence in a closed case. The IDs can be kept anywhere from six months to two years before it is approved by the court to be destroyed. Being in possession of a fake ID is a first-degree misdemeanor. There were also 10 reports of criminal damaging to APD and OUPD during those two months. Pyle said criminal damaging reports are done for insurance purposes if someone has damage to their property. People can be caught in the act and arrested. Things like spray painting, tagging and other property damage can be classiﬁed as criminal damage.
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Keeping up with New Year’s resolutions MADDIE BUSSERT FOR THE POST For many people, the beginning of a new year can mean a fresh start and can give people motivation to better themselves. However, some set goals intended for the entire year ahead, and more often than not, they don’t end up following through with them. With a new decade upon us, some people are looking to reinvent themselves. Some want to try a new diet, some want to lose weight and others are trying to save money. While most may not stick with their New Year’s resolution, some are determined to break that and make a lifestyle change. According to a study done by the psychology department at the University of Scranton, 77% of people maintained their resolution for one week. After two years, only 19% of people had kept up with their resolutions. Jeff Vancouver, a professor of psychology who does research in motivation and decision-making, said oftentimes people set too tough of a goal and don’t focus enough on subgoals and what they can do to accomplish their larger resolution. “The literature suggests that if you set too tough of a goal, and then you fail at it, that’s so disheartening that you completely give up,” Vancouver said. Vancouver also said what is often considered a failed resolution might not always be a complete failure. When setting a large goal for the New Year, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by how much work needs to be
done to accomplish that goal. Vancouver believes that people often judge their self efﬁcacy, an individual’s belief in his or her capacity to execute behaviors, based off what they can do now, not based on what they have the potential to do in the future. “One of the things that can get you in trouble with setting large goals is that it becomes easy to dwell on how large the goal is and not focus on the things you can do to get there,” Vancouver said. “There’s a famous saying that ‘the journey of a thousand miles starts with the ﬁrst step.’ If you set subgoals to make progress to get there, I think that’s very good advice.” Although it’s easy to ditch a resolution early, some students have set a plan to stay on track with their goals for the new year. Sydney Hansen, a freshman studying geology, often gets overwhelmed when having to go to class, study and attend career fairs to try and ﬁgure out what jobs she can get with her major. In an effort to stop stressing as much, Hansen made a resolution for the New Year to stop worrying about the future and to focus on what she can do now. “Everyone this time of year is always asking what your resolution is, and so by repeating that over and over again, hopefully it gets ingrained into my brain to slow down, take a breather and know that everything’s gonna be ﬁne,” Hansen said. In order to hold herself accountable with her resolution, she’s told her boyfriend about her goals, and he helps remind her to focus on the present.
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“I have to remember that what happens in the future is based off of what you do in the present, so I’m reminded to focus on right now rather than what’s going to happen later,” Hansen said. While some students make resolutions to focus on what they can do to better themselves, others have set resolutions in an effort to help the environment. Ella Shroll, a junior studying recreation management, has set 20 new goals for 2020. Some of those focus on what she can do to make her life more sustainable. In an attempt to cut back on her use of plastic, Shroll is trying not to drink from plastic water bottles unless 100% necessary. She also wants to stop using plastic utensils when she gets food to-go or when she’s eating her lunch at work. “The place I work at, we only use plastic utensils when we have meals there, and I don’t like doing that,” Shroll said. “So, I’m going to start bringing my own set. That’s something I’m trying to be better at.” She invested in several eco-friendly items to make it easier to be more sustainable. Shroll bought reusable cloth paper towels, makeup pads to take off makeup and reusable lunch bags. “In the past, I haven’t really set a way to accomplish them, but now I wrote them down, which is a big thing, and I also told a few of my friends about what I’m doing to help me stay on track,” Shroll said. “The sustainable goals really are pushing me to be better.”
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Feminism is a word that is sometimes labeled as negative, but one campus organization is working to destigmatize and educate women through bonding and connection. Empowered: Ohio University is an organization that creates a safe space for women to become better educated about themselves and other women while creating lifelong friendships. The organization creates a safe space where all women can come to connect, bond and learn to reach their full potential. Though the members meet each week on Tuesdays in Baker Center 231, they try to stay out of the room as much as possible. Every week is different, with group classes through Ping Recreation, craft days, educational workshops and even just going out to eat together. Empowered’s president is Shea Shelton, a junior studying Spanish education. Shelton has been focusing her time on growing the organization and trying to personally empower each member. “Our goal is to empower other women, teach them how to reach their full potential and to love themselves to be able to love others more,” Shelton said. Empowered doesn’t charge any dues to its members, and most of its funding comes out of pocket. Typically, the group’s activities don’t require any funding, but for the small amounts the members need, it occasionally hosts restaurant fundraisers, like its Chipotle fundraiser coming up on Jan. 21. It was Shelton’s avid advertising of the organization that attracted Lexi Fogle, a junior studying information and telecommunication systems. Fogle and Shelton are from the same hometown area, and after seeing Shelton’s posts on Facebook, Fogle knew she wanted to be connected with this group of women. “It’s a big stress reliever for me — being able to go somewhere and connect with other girls who have the same goals as you is just so awesome,” Fogle said. Shelton prides her organization on not having required attendance but merely acting as a safe space and an outlet for women who need it, whenever they need it. However, since the organization’s inception last year, it’s grown from around ﬁve women to over 15. Though she is nowhere near her end goal of what she believes the
group can be, she believes her efforts are a huge step in the right direction. Similarly to how Shelton got involved, Empowered’s Vice President Mia White, a junior studying journalism, saw advertisements for the group and immediately fell in love with it. She has loved watching it grow and change every week. “This organization means a lot because when I started last year, there were only a handful of us, and to watch it grow with me and Shea being vice president and president has been great,” White said. With empowerment comes Shelton’s hope of destigmatizing feminism among her members. In her experience, a lot of people have believed feminism to be about crazy women who hate men, and growing up, she was never taught otherwise. Over the years, Shelton found the deﬁnition of feminism to be about wanting equal rights for women, and she wants her members to walk away with this notion as well. “A lot of people, especially freshmen, might not want to put the label of a feminist on themselves because that brings targets, so this is a way that you can dip your toes in and see what it’s about and understand that this is something that’s bettering yourself and all of the women around you,” Shelton said. The idea that the label of feminism brings a target is part of what inspires Shelton to focus in on Empowered. As an education major and a self-proclaimed empowered woman, Shelton feels it’s her duty to continue the conversation that women may not get from their families or the people with which they surround themselves. She believes women should always stand up for themselves and know what they say is important. Shelton and the rest of the organization’s leadership believes women’s expression needs to be shown in a way that doesn’t tear anyone else down but, rather, builds other people up. Shelton hopes that with a proper education of feminism in Empowered, the members will be able to spread the wealth of knowledge with others. “I think that women shouldn’t feel like they need to keep their voices inside, and women need to know what they think and what they say does matter,” Shelton said.
New Kids on the Block HANNAH BURKHART FOR THE POST Cardboard Sailors is holding a release party in celebration of its first EP, Dreams or Something, Thursday at The Union, 18 W. Union St., with well-known openers Gorilla Party of Athens and Cousin Simple of Columbus. Cardboard Sailors is a local band that began in August 2019 with singer and songwriter Max Pelletier and guitarist Ted Wharton. Eventually, three more members filtered in: drummer Ethan Hamilton, bassist Collin Spens and backup vocalist Kaycie Wissman. Cardboard Sailors labels its genre as alternative or “dreamy” rock. Spens believes the band’s personal connection and love for music reflects through the music they make. To Hamilton, every member brings a different musical genre into the mix. “We each bring our own personal flair while keeping it a coherent band,” Hamilton said. “For example, I’m a jazz and funk kind of guy, and Ted is more classic rock.” All five members are students at Ohio University. Pelletier is a senior studying electrical engineering; Wharton is a junior studying finance; Hamilton is a freshman studying civil engineering; Spens is a freshman studying film; and Wissman is a freshman studying pre-med. The band’s first EP consists of four songs: “Ghosted,” “Love Cage,” “Assisted Suicide” and “We Fall.” Cardboard Sailors plans to play all four songs at the release party, along with a few new songs not included in the EP. “A lot of our songs are romantic,” Pelletier said. “Getting the girl, losing the girl, the girl is crazy … you know.” Despite being a fairly new band, Cardboard Sailors has already had its fair share of performances around Athens. The band won first place at Smiling Skull Saloon’s Battle of the Bands and runner-up at The Union’s Battle of the Bands in the fall. “Anytime we perform, whether it’s to 10 or 100 people, it’s always the time of my life,” Spens said. Cardboard Sailors plans to write several new songs after the release of its first EP. The band hopes to move its presence to bigger crowds, such as Columbus, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. “We’re pretty proud of this EP,” Pelletier said. “We recorded it in my living room.
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We put up sound blankets. We all saved up for microphones and then sent our songs to a young professional, Andy Lenart, to mix and master them.” Pelletier said the band has grown show to show quite quickly, and although it is one of the newest bands in Athens, it has about the same following on Instagram as some that have been around longer. “We hope the EP helps us gain more name recognition on campus,” Hamilton said. Dreams or Something will be available Thursday, Jan. 16, on streaming platforms.
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Field of a Champion Athens Country School District names football stadium after alumnus Joe Burrow EMMA SKIDMORE STAFF WRITER
Athens High School football field is soon to be renamed Joe Burrow Stadium in The Plains, Ohio. (KELSEY BOEING / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
Athens County School District has recently named its football stadium Joe Burrow Stadium in honor of alumnus Joe Burrow and his contributions to the Athens community. 12 / JAN. 16, 2020
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days had 45,000 engagements on it, which is quite a bit,” he said. “I even had a random person, a woman from Louisiana, call me that night, thanking us for doing this. She was a 75-year-old woman and started to tell me about the history of LSU football and how much Joe Burrow meant to her and her late husband.” Gibbs also said once the decision was made, it reached 168,412 users on Facebook and racked up 5,377 likes. Parsons said Burrow serves as a hero to kids in the Athens community and expressed his excitement to continue following his success. “I think that this is a message of celebration,” he said in an email. “A celebration of hard work, dedication, perseverance and of community. When students step into the stadium and see Joe Burrow’s name on it, it proves to them that anything is possible.” Kim Goldsberry, a member of the Athens School Board, said the stadium was named in honor of Burrow because of both his success and character. “He’s also a good person, and he’s kind,” she said. “He’s aware of social issues in our community. He had an opportunity to speak to a public audience, and for four minutes and 31 seconds of it, he chose to speak about a need in Ohio that generated half a million dollars for food insecurity.” Goldsberry said this decision sent the message that there is support for the action he’s taken for the community. “It’s pretty powerful when you can have somebody like Joe as an example to young children,” she said. “He’s a perfect example of hard work and dedication and not giving up.” The change can be something students look back on, Goldsberry said. “When they are my age, they’ll come back and be like, ‘I remember when Joe Burrow was playing, and everyone wore purple,’” she said. “Hopefully it will give them opportunities for goals. My high school age children, they can see that somebody they went to high school with now has a stadium named after them ... It is possible to achieve your dream and beyond.” Burrow specifically mentioned the children of Athens in his acceptance speech for the Heisman Trophy. “There’s so many people there that don’t have a lot, and I’m up here for all those kids in Athens and Athens County that go home to not a lot of food on the table, hungry after school,” he said in his speech. “You guys can be up here, too.” Burrow’s acceptance speech raised close to $500,000 for the Athens County Food Pantry, according to a previous Post report. The food pantry noted that this was the first time it had raised such a significant amount of money and intends for the funds to be used in the best way possible. The money will go toward benefitting the 5,700 people who were served by the food pantry in 2018, including over 1,800 children. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, personally thanked Burrow. “On behalf of all 2 million hungry Ohioans — Thank you Joey!” she said in an email.
Heather Withee, Erin Tommas and Lauren Nichols react to LSU’s touchdown at the College Football al Championship against Clemson on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is a fan ens for his heartfelt speech addressed to his Appalachian hometown and helped raise money for the nk. (NATE SWANSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
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Inside 2 LSU fans’ Joe Burrow experience in Athens ANTHONY POISAL SPORTS EDITOR Joey and Chelsey Mahler were looking for the perfect bar. The couple from Destrehan, Louisiana, made their ﬁrst ever trip to Athens to watch LSU quarterback and 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow play in the College Football National Championship on Monday from his hometown. They couldn’t be in Louisiana for the game — the duo moved to Dayton where Joey was stationed for work at Wright Patterson Air Force base — but they ﬁgured Athens was the second-best place to watch Burrow lead their favorite team to national glory. First, they needed to ﬁnd the right bar. Their ﬁrst stop? Jackie O’s, but it was too formal. Their second stop? The College Inn, but the people were too young. They eventually stopped at Cat’s Eye, where they found what they had been searching for. They walked into a scene with Athens locals wearing purple and gold and who had gathered to cheer on their hometown legend. “I wanted the LSU vibe,” Joey, donning a black boater hat, jeans and LSU suspenders, said. He was clearly a few drinks deep into an unforgettable night. “I clearly see his hometown feeling the vibe. This is the place I love to be at. The crowd is great.” Joey, 31, and Chelsey, 30, met when they were 10 years old when Chelsey’s mom was Joey’s piano teacher. They began dating in high school and stayed together throughout college even though they went to different schools. Chelsey attended Loyola University New Orleans. Joey attended LSU. That’s when their Tigers fandom began, but they didn’t instantly fall in love with Burrow when the quarterback transferred to LSU from Ohio State in 2018. “LSU has been burned in the past with quarterbacks not living up to the expectations,” Chelsey said. “When Joe Burrow first came on the scene, my husband was skeptical.” Now, those fears are long gone. The Tigers have a Heisman-winning quarterback, and he just so happened to grow up a couple hours from where the Mahlers live. “This man has swagger. He was amazing, and I bought into it,” Joey said as he paced in his boots around the ﬂoor in excitement while watching the TV. Chelsey appreciates Burrow for his
character. She believes he was overlooked at Ohio State and admires how he built a legacy in a short period of time at LSU. What struck Chelsey the most, however, was his Heisman speech and the massive amount of donations he inspired to support impoverished residents of Athens. “He basically just went out there and pursued his dream,” Chelsey said. “The fact that he really does want to give back to the city he came from, I think that’s honestly the best thing anyone can do when you are successful: give back to others.” The Mahlers’ night in Athens was just what they were hoping for, but it wasn’t easy. They didn’t plan on spending the night in Athens. Chelsey held driving responsibilities for the roughly two-and-a-half hour drive back home to Dayton and spent the night lounging on the bar’s wall counter enjoying the game, soberly watching her husband’s excitement. “We both really wanted to be in a place where there would be a lot of positive energy for LSU,” Chelsey said. “It’s a couple hours of driving, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see where he’s from and be a part of the whole experience.” What about Joey? Did he have to work the next morning? “Yes,” he said smiling with his eyes closed and giving a regretful-looking nod. “8 a.m. The military don’t stop.” It was all worth it, though. When LSU scored, the couple joined the locals in high-ﬁves and hugs. Joey, who also played the trombone for the LSU marching band when he was a student, was the only person in the bar who knew “Fight for LSU,” the school’s ﬁght song. He also shouted “T-I-G-E-R-S” after every touchdown. “It’s much more exciting than sitting at home on the couch, cheering by ourselves,” Chelsey said. “We’re feeding off their energy. Everyone’s really excited, but they’re also just regular people who love Joe Burrow. They just feel the love for him and the team, and we really like that.” When the game ﬁnally ended and the bar erupted in celebration, Joey took his hat off and began to dance. Chelsey hopped off the counter and smiled with him as she recorded the scene with her phone. It wasn’t Baton Rouge, but for the Mahlers, it was close enough.
A Night to Remember
(From left to right) Richard Kern, Katey King and Sophia Medvid watch the National College Football Championship Game between LSU and Clemson at Courtside Pizza in Athens, Ohio, on Jan. 13, 2020. (ERIN BURK / FOR THE POST)
ANTHONY POISAL SPORTS EDITOR Richard Zippert doesn’t normally go to Cat’s Eye Saloon on weekday evenings. The bar owner doesn’t need to be at his workplace on typical slow nights in Athens, where the college students are normally focused on school work, and locals are mostly spending the night at home. Monday, however, was a rare exception for Zippert. Dozens of townies ﬂocked to Zippert’s bar to witness one of the most historical sports nights in the history of Athens, the hometown of 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. The star-studded quarterback, who helped inspire over $500,000 of donations after mentioning Athens’ poverty struggles in a Heisman speech that will resonate with the city for an eternity, piloted LSU to a College Football Playoff National Championship when the Tigers took down Clemson 42-25 some 954 miles away at Mercedes Benz Superdome. The locals, many of whom watched Burrow when he was the starting quarter-
back at Athens High School, weren’t going to miss a second of the action together from their favorite watering hole. Neither was Zippert. “A lot of these guys have been coming here since he transferred to LSU,” Zippert, who has worked at the bar since 1984, said. “A lot of their kids went to school with him at Athens High. (The crowd) here has deﬁnitely gotten bigger.” Locals slowly filed in an hour before kickoff to celebrate the final college performance from Burrow, who won Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year his senior year and led the Bulldogs to the state championship. Most of them will say that Burrow’s ascension to the elite levels of college football was no surprise. His style of play is no different than what locals saw when they watched him play at Athens High’s R. Basil Rutter Field, which will soon be re-named Joe Burrow Field, and his deep-ball ability — which he wasn’t afraid to show Monday in the biggest game of his life — has always daggered opposing defenses. Athens residents packed inside Cat’s Eye. However, they couldn’t help but think
back to Burrow’s state championship game, when Athens fell 56-52 to Toledo Central Catholic in the Bulldogs’ ﬁrst ever appearance in the state championship. Burrow, who mentioned the loss in his postgame interview Monday as confetti fell inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome, certainly hasn’t forgotten about the game. The locals haven’t. “Joe doesn’t want to be second place. He’s a ﬁrst-place guy,” Randy Wolfe, 58, and a lifelong Athens local, moments before the bar erupted as Burrow heaved a 52-yard touchdown pass, said. Then, Wolfe came to a realization. It’s an obvious one, but it’s what every local has been thinking since Burrow’s stardom emerged in the fall. For Athens, moments like this will never happen again. “This is a once in a lifetime thing,” Wolfe said. “These people … I mean, it’s just crazy.” They’ve embraced Burrow just as much as Burrow has continued to embrace Athens. One local, John Ellis, brought a Crock-Pot full of jambalaya to the bar. The 51-year-old sported a gray LSU T-shirt and has lived in Athens since he was born.
He’s never seen the community come together so closely. The passion inside Cat’s Eye on a Monday night proved it. “I think for the greater Athens community, I think he’s been…” Ellis said before pausing, staring at the TV and thinking about the best word possible, “truthful, from his heart. It’s been a godsend to the community. It’s going to be a legacy that will live for a long time.” As TVs displayed Jimmy and Robin Burrow, Joe’s parents, embracing and shouting as the clock ran down to LSU’s victory, the locals roared with them. Some of them knew the Burrow family themselves — a portion of them traveled to Vanderbilt to tailgate with the Burrow family when LSU visited in September. The cheers, high-ﬁves and hugs didn’t stop until the postgame ceremonies were over. The locals will always share a bond over Burrow. Their local hero will forever be a national legend. “Can you believe it?” one avid local shouted. “A kid from Athens just won the Heisman and the f*****g championship.”
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What you missed over winter break from Ohio athletics MATT PARKER SPORTS EDITOR For roughly four weeks, The Convo was nearly empty. Aside from the few hundreds of fans and parents, the likes of Jason Preston, Jordan Dartis, Erica Johnson, Amani Burke and others competed in games with impressive shots, passes, dunks and wins. It wasn’t limited to just Athens, however, as the Bobcats secured another bowl win nearly 2,000 miles away from home. Let’s start with that. KING POTATO On Jan. 3, Ohio rang in the New Year with a 30-21 victory over Nevada in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. In a season that featured many ups and downs, tough losses and growing pains, the Bobcats closed out the season with a three-game win streak and saw what could’ve been a disappointment turn into the fifth consecutive winning season and the third consecutive bowl win – the longest streak in program history. The Potato Bowl was the last opportunity for the likes of quarterback Nathan Rourke and safety Javon Hagan, among others, to seal their storied careers the way they wanted to. Rourke was dominant as ever with his dual-threat abilities, particularly in the run game highlighted by a 35-yard touchdown run off a read option play, one he’s done countless times. Hagan, too, had an impact in the game with a sack in the red zone and a key pass breakup while the Wolf Pack were in the midst of an offensive resurgence near the end of the game. Along with the bowl win, coach Frank Solich and Ohio reached an agreement on an extension toward his contract. The 75-year-old coach will now be at Ohio through the 2021 season. PEEK OF POTENTIAL On the first week of winter break, the men’s basketball team welcomed perennial high major powerhouse Purdue to The Convo. 16 / JAN. 16, 2020
Jason Preston of Ohio attempts to score a basket during the game versus Bowling Green in The Convo on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Ohio lost 83-74. (ANTHONY WARNER / FOR THE POST)
In what perhaps would’ve contained a larger crowd had more students been on campus, the game featured only Athens natives and the handful of students that stayed around for various reasons. Even though the Bobcats lost 69-51 to the Boilermakers, there was a moment where they showed real poise and that the early development of first-year coach Jeff Boals’ program is starting to take place. Halfway through the second half, Ohio began to inch closer and closer to Purdue. It was down by 20 to its guests, and then surely enough, it forced stops. It made the tough shots. The 5,663 fans in attendance made the atmosphere feel like The Convo was sold out and had standing room only. At one point, the Bobcats had turned a 20-point hole into just six, and the apparent sense of hope and belief permeated throughout the arena. Unfortunately, the Boilermakers found responses, and as the game went on, those four to six minutes of sheer belief turned back into reality. BACK IN BUSINESS If you follow the women’s basketball team on any form of social media, you’ll notice their particular hashtag that’s turned into the team’s mantra this season.
It’s “#UnfinishedBusiness,” which plays toward how the Bobcats felt like they were snubbed from making the NCAA Tournament at the end of the regular season last year. Instead, Mid-American Conference Tournament Champion Buffalo, who beat Ohio in the title game, went along with Central Michigan. Taking the exclusion personally, the Bobcats played their toughest nonconference schedule in recent memory, and it paid dividends in the MAC opener when they trounced Northern Illinois 87-67. On Jan. 8, with a slew of injuries and the flu going around, Ohio welcomed Central Michigan in matchup of conference heavyweights. The 73-71 loss wasn’t ideal for the Bobcats in the early goings of MAC play, but to only lose by two when dealing with the issues they were deserves the credit of the blunt statement below. The MAC is Ohio’s league to lose. CAREER NIGHT BUT TROUBLE AHEAD Over the course of five years, Ohio and its fans alike have grown accustomed to seeing No. 35 pull up from the 3-point-arc, and with a certain swagger, drain the shot like it’s nothing. Jordan Dartis has shot and made many 3-pointers in his career but none more
important than perhaps the eight he made against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 7. The redshirt senior led the charge for Ohio in its 74-68 win over the Eagles and showed that he’s got what it takes to carry the team when he’s needed. That kind of performance shouldn’t be expected every time, however, since he went 0-for-5 against Buffalo on Tuesday in a tight 7673 loss. AND BREATHE It seemed inevitable for the club ice hockey team that once it went to overtime against league rival Illinois on Jan. 10, it would head into the locker room disappointed. In overtime and shootout games this season, the Bobcats are 2-3. But that second win came against the Illini after senior winger Tyler Harkins scored both the game winner and his third of the night as they won 3-2. The next night, the senior scored two more goals, and Ohio swept Illinois to start off the new decade.
The cast, crew of ‘Bombshell’ only scratch the surface of the issue RILEY RUNNELLS ASST. CULTURE EDITOR In the era of the #MeToo movement and an emphasis of keeping people safe from sexual harassment, especially in the workplace, it’s only ﬁtting to create a ﬁlm revolving around one of the most talked about scandals in 2016: chairman and CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes and his blatant sexual harassment of his female employees. Bombshell may have centered about an important topic, with an all-star cast and crew to back it up, but it only begins to touch on the severity and depth of the issue at hand. First and foremost, the cast is absolutely perfect. In a ﬁlm where actors are meant to portray real people, it’s crucial to the integrity of the story to ﬁnd people who can accurately pull of the part. Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes are by far the shining stars of the ﬁlm. However, there are absolutely no weak links throughout, including Margot Robbie and Kate McKinnon’s respective characters, who aren’t real but add so much to the ﬁlm. For those who are real people being portrayed in the ﬁlm, a lot of the integrity and stand-out performances are thanks to the makeup and costumes crew as well as the dialect coaches. Each actor, especially Theron, are eerily similar to their real life counterparts, and it brings a level of integrity to the ﬁlm that is necessary for such a heavy topic. The format of the ﬁlm also adds an interesting layer, with it being a somewhat third-person narrative mixed with a documentary style tour around Fox News, as Kelly breaks the fourth wall by talking directly to the camera. This combination of styles is hard to pull off but works especially well for this ﬁlm, speciﬁcally regarding Kelly, who should earn a newfound sense of respect from Bombshell’s audience. Though she has had her problematic moments in the past, Kelly is forced to not only open up about her sexual assault to help other women, but be diplomatic toward her job, family and viewers.
It certainly adds a new layer to Kelly that most viewers wouldn’t get to see without watching the ﬁlm. Bombshell is an emotionally-charged peek into the Ailes scandal of 2016. Though it doesn’t succeed in telling the entire story and merely scratches the surface, it is a story that can be relatable to all women, even those who have never experienced sexual harassment or assault. It gives a miniature look into how women handle sexual harassment or assault in the workplace and how people handle it when they’re told by a coworker or friend of the incident. Though it could’ve done much more, it succeeded in giving a basis of the story, earning more respect for Megyn Kelly and pulling at the emotions of all viewers, sexual assault survivors and non-sexual assault survivors alike.
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Paying homage to Neck Deep’s ‘Wishful Thinking,’ 6 years later BRE OFFENBERGER COPY CHIEF In 2014, Neck Deep decided to transform from a side project into a full-ﬂedged band with the release of its debut LP, Wishful Thinking. The Welsh pop-punk group found success upon its debut, but as it garnered more admiration with newer releases, its ﬁrst album gradually faded. Six years later, at the pinnacle of Neck Deep’s career, it’s time to hold Wishful Thinking in high regard once more. Neck Deep emerged in 2012 when frontman Ben Barlow and former guitarist Lloyd Roberts ﬁrst met. They released a track titled “What Did You Expect?” that later makes an appearance on Wishful Thinking. After the track earned recognition, the pair added drummer Dani Abasi, guitarist Matt West and former bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans. The group released two EPs, Rain in July and A History of Bad Decisions, in 2012 and 2013, respectively, but Neck Deep didn’t make music its full priority until Wishful Thinking. Upon its success, every member either quit their full-time jobs or dropped out of school. Half a decade later, the band opened for Blink-182 on its 2019 tour, and Neck Deep has become a recognizable name in pop punk. The love for its debut LP, however, has only dimmed. Wishful Thinking packs a heavy punch, boasting a vigor that most bands lack when trying to ﬁnd their sound. Neck Deep, however, knew what it was doing before it started. Wishful Thinking conveys all the troubles that come with growing up and overthinking, and though the band has honed its sound all this time later, Neck Deep is a success story because of this golden, 12-track album. Here are the best ﬁve tracks from Wishful Thinking: 5. “STAIRCASE WIT” In “Staircase Wit,” Barlow looks back on an unhealthy relationship. The phrase “staircase wit” means thinking of the perfect response after it’s too late, and even though Barlow is completely done with his ex, he knows he could’ve said the right things when he had the chance. Behind mesmerizing guitar riffs and drum patterns, Barlow admits to his ex she should’ve spared him by never coming into his life in the ﬁrst place: “Held it back, lost the nerve / Was too scared to talk when you gave me your hand / And you gave me your heart
when you should’ve kept it to yourself.” 4. “LOSING TEETH” Opening the album is “Losing Teeth,” a track about realizing adulthood is closer than ever and how now or never is the time to take risks. Guided by robust bass and guitar lines, Barlow shares how these adventures, which were seemingly in the midst of a summer romance, truly were high risk, high reward: “Though we complained about it all, it was such a worthwhile waste of my time / Each day and each night, a memory / Take care, and please don’t forget me.” 3. “GROWING PAINS” “Growing Pains,” while also about young love, takes a massively different approach. Here, Barlow is telling his signiﬁcant other he’ll be there through both her good moments and rough patches. Backed by intricate guitar shredding, he even promises to take some of the load just so she knows he’ll never leave her: “Don’t bear the weight of the world on your shoulders / It’s not too heavy / I’ll break my back, so you can feel like someone’s on your side.” 2. “CANDOUR” “Candour” closes the album in a heartbreaking fashion, drawing inspiration from Barlow’s dad, who was experiencing health problems at the time and died in 2016. He tells his dad how grateful he is to be blessed with him during their short yet impactful time together: “The lessons learned at your side will stay with me all my life / The man I hope to become I know is deep down inside / I know you don’t even need to say / I know you’re proud in your own way.” 1. “MILEAGE” “Mileage” asks the tough question most people are scared to hear: How can you be sure life is always going to be ﬁne? With an enthralling guitar line, Barlow ponders on how much everything has changed since the band earned attention: “And it tears me apart how we knew from the start these would be our last days / But what makes you think that your ship won’t sink? You can run, but inside, it will feel the same.” By the end, Barlow realizes this apprehension will pass as long as he chooses to be optimistic. The track is incredibly relatable and catchy, making it the best on Wishful Thinking.
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A non-foodie’s journey to find a 5-star meal for $5
is a senior studying journalism at Ohio University.
For my final semester at Ohio University, I’ve decided to cross off an item on my collegiate bucket list: I’m starting a column. Every other week, I will try an Athens food item that costs un-
der $5, with the goal of finding a fivestar meal. There’s a good chance you’re not going to agree with me. You might think I’m biased against certain foods — which is the truth. I’m not a big fan of breakfast or Italian foods, but I’ll still mercilessly review them. I also don’t claim to be an expert on cooking or a “foodie,” whatever that means. I once put Kellogg’s Corn Pops in a solo cup of Bud Light because milk wasn’t an option, and the best meal I’ve ever made was ramen in my microwave. I was proud of it, even if my mother wasn’t. I’m also probably not qualified to write reviews in general. I’m a journalism major who lost interest in writ-
ing after my freshman year. You’re probably more likely to find me DJing at Red Brick than writing articles. My only contribution at The Post is fixing the copy errors of writers much better than me. Maybe you’ll like my column. Maybe it’ll encourage you to try more cheap food. But then again, I’m also the guy who’s never tried another ice cream f lavor outside of vanilla. So what do I really know? One of The Post readers said the only other publication that would have accepted the piece was The Onion. The bottom line is, I’m the last person who should be allowed to express my takes in any way, but I’m here, so
deal with it. At the end of the day, I’m just trying to find the perfect meal on a college budget. Will any review ever hit $5? I guess I won’t know until I found out. My inbox and DMs will always be open to anyone who has suggestions on what meal I should try. I never claimed to have good opinions, but they’re my opinions, and it’s my face on the column, so just enjoy the ride.
Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Do you know where can Kevin find the best $5 meal? Tell him by tweeting him at @thenextbigming.
Gervais’ Globes monologue was corrupted by right-wing pundits
is a junior studying strategic communication at Ohio University.
The 2020 Golden Globes created a firestorm on social media last week, not because of controversial award winners, but because of Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue. In his final time hosting the Golden Globes, Gervais, a millionaire celebrity, spent seven minutes ridiculing millionaire celebrities for speaking about politics by lecturing about politics himself. His self-satisfying tirade was admittedly very funny. Unfortunately, how-
ever, it was immediately co-opted by right-wing pundits like Charlie Kirk as a protest against Hollywood’s liberal leanings. Not only did Gervais’ monologue lack all the self-awareness of Elon Musk claiming his favorite film of the year was Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite, he also, almost definitely by mistake, made extremely strong leftist points throughout. The monologue included points about corporate greed and class solidarity. He bashed stars for taking roles with companies who profit off unjust labor in foreign countries and condemned them for preaching to working-class people about politics. Gervais is correct on both those fronts; millionaire producers and celebrities have no place telling Americans how to vote when many are reluctant to back their words up by donating and mobilizing for the candidates they should support. Despite Gervais being correct, the rightwing cosign he received seems misplaced, as these ideas align more with
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s platforms than Donald Trump’s. By identifying with Gervais’ points, those pundits remove critical thinking from the equation and inf lame the ugliest aspects of media. It’s easy to point out Gervais’ jokes about Greta Thurnberg and diversity and see the underlying political leanings at hand. But it requires more effort to listen to the overarching philosophy put forth and understand where it aligns on the political spectrum. Right-wing pundits like Kirk aren’t encouraging their base to listen to what he’s saying and form their own thoughts. Instead, they put forth the least-complex aspects of the monologue and claim ownership over his ideas. That is common practice for the GOP in general and has deep-rooted and complex causes. It’s not uncommon for poor and working-class white voters to vote against their own interests under the guise of opposing big government.
It would make sense for most working-class Americans to be in favor of large social-safety net programs and high taxes for the rich, but that’s not the case. Gervais’ monologue is just another example of how social issues can be used to cloud judgment around economic inequality and oppression. Companies like The Daily Wire and PragerU claim to operate as news organizations despite their very obvious biases. To achieve their goals, it’s much easier to pit working-class whites against progressives by inflaming social issues rather than addressing broad economic inequality. Sadly, because of this, Gervais’ ideas, and others, will never be challenged. They will continue to fall into the right-wing echo chamber, and that’s where they’ll remain. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk to Noah? Tweet him @NoahCampaign.
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Pat “Set ’em Free” McGee retires after 18 years at OU SHELBY CAMPBELL OPINION EDITOR Athens’ most recognizable lawyer and city councilman has a white beard that frames his small features. He wears straw hats, tailored suits and thrifted yellow vests. Pat “Set ’em Free” McGee, 67, has decided to step back from the position that made him famous throughout town. His tenure as counsel for students dates back to 2000, when he became an attorney for the Center for Student Legal Services. In 2003, McGee was promoted to managing lawyer. Since then, he has been serving students in legal snafus like underage drinking, fake IDs or possession of marijuana. He is even more well-known by Athens residents, however, as the voice of resistance against an otherwise one-party government. McGee ran as an independent for City Council and won twice, serving from 2016 to 2019. He lost his third bid for an at-large seat in the election last November. He lost that seat to Beth Clodfelter, a Democrat, making City Council ofﬁcially a one-party government. Despite Clodfelter having what McGee describes as a “knack for politics,” he said he’s frustrated by the lack of opposi-
tion in the party. “I had no idea what I was getting into,” McGee said. He was often the only person to challenge legislation in City Council. McGee said he is concerned with how taxpayer dollars are being spent. He was outspoken on City Council about the realities of tourism, parking and food vendor spaces. One of the last ordinances brought before him was funding for Baileys Trail, which is supposed to draw 100,000 visitors in 10 years, a number about which he was skeptical. Chris Knisely, City Council president, said that McGee will be remembered for his careful, considerate approach to being a City Council member. “Patrick brings a good look and a critical eye,” Knisely said. “He’s always watching out for the taxpayer’s dollar.” Athens Mayor Steve Patterson said he enjoyed working with McGee for his different perspectives on life and local government. “He was a real ﬁscal watchdog,” Patterson said. “He questioned projects ﬁscally. The points he raised kept me on point to make sure I was doing my due diligence.” He’s known among other members and Athenians as a contrarian. Frank Norton, an Athens County resident, said he’s
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known McGee for nearly 30 years. “When he ﬁrst ran for City Council, I thought, ‘That’s cool,’” Norton said. “But he gets caught in the weeds.” His journey to be Athens’ most famous protester was not a straight path, however. McGee grew up in Ashland County in Northeast Ohio. He came to Ohio University in 1970 to study history, though the real draw to Athens was not academics, but rather a woman he was in love with. “She never knew how much I cared about her,” McGee said, a subtle smile on his lips. His romanticism about that woman never came to fruition, but he did meet his former wife at OU. The pair, after graduation and their wedding, backpacked in California, McGee carrying his cat in his backpack, and returned to Ashland to save money. Six months later, they moved to San Francisco while it was still overtaken by hippies, Deadheads and Ken Kesey fans alike. His wife, upon the move, was planning on attending the University of California, Berkeley, to study creative writing. But her dreams were “crushed,” McGee said, when she wasn’t accepted into the program. “She was a fantastic writer,” McGee said. McGee and his wife remained in San Francisco, and he found himself applying for law schools. His wife, during this time, became enamored with the idea of working at Keeneland, a racehorse and Thoroughbred auction house based in Lexington, Kentucky. When the two decided to leave San Francisco, McGee said the University of Kentucky caught his eye. With good beneﬁts and a highly regarded law program, Kentucky was irresistible. McGee said he was drawn to law not only because of his interest in history and politics, but also because his grandfather was a judge, and his father was a history professor. “I’d always been interested in it,” he said. He was involved in anti-strip mining protests in Athens, which began his years of advocacy, or “resistance,” as he calls it. “Going to school here, it really opened up your eyes,” McGee said. “It was during the Vietnam War, and there were people who really believed they could change things.” McGee graduated from Kentucky in 1978 and was admitted into the Ohio Bar Association in 1979. After a short stint in Eastern Kentucky, when his marriage ended, he left Kentucky and returned to Athens for a job as a public defender. He earned his mythical moniker “Set ’em Free McGee” during his public defender days. A judge adorned him with the now-famous nickname after he set a record number of acquittals in civil trials in common pleas court. Since his retirement, McGee can often be found around town playing the harp, often near the cherry blossoms, or just enjoying a cup of coffee at Whit’s, his favorite coffee shop. With his ribboned hats, stark white beard and signature blue suits, he’s hard to miss when he’s Uptown. He said he and his former wife, his best friend, are interested in traveling to Ireland together. But McGee, ever the romantic, said he is still on the search for love. He has even served on a panel discussing sexual issues and dating for senior citizens. He said that with his retirement, the question he wanted to answer most was what he fears for the future. “I’m quite comfortable with the end of my days,” McGee said, a gleam in his eye. “I’m just worried for future generations. I wish I had done more.”
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the weekender Jitterbug Club brings swing to Casa KERI JOHNSON STAFF WRITER
he new year marks the beginning of the 2020s — but in the wise words of Duke Ellington, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” Ohio University’s Jitterbug Club breaks in the new decade with a night of swing dancing at Casa Nueva Restaurant & Cantina, 6 W. State St., on Saturday. The night will feature live music by Tuxedo Junction, a sextet from Dayton. Roaring ’20s Night is the first event of its kind the group has ever had, Rebecca Willard, president of the Jitterbug Club, said. Willard, a fifth-year student studying history, joined the Jitterbug Club her freshman year. “I don’t know what drew me, but it stuck,” Willard said. To Willard, Jitterbug Club is a niche club that has been around for about 20 years. The club’s size has fluctuated slightly over the years, but it’s never been a very large one. For Willard, the Jitterbug Club is all about embracing the fun of swing dancing. Swing dancing was a popular style of dance that became popularized in the 1930s and faded in the 1950s. To Willard, swing dancing is like any ’80s Night at Casa. “It’s a social dance, and you’re here to enjoy it,” Willard said. “You dance to have a good time with someone.” Swing dancing is an improvised style of dance. Dancers learn the basic steps and footwork of swing dancing to gain more experience that inevitably leads to improvising their own moves. Willard finds that the heart of swing dancing is in partnership. “It’s mostly about partner connection,” Willard said. “You get the moves down after a couple classes, but it’s about how to connect with a partner.” Willard described the connection between two dancers as “elastic.”
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“The connection — it’s like a thick rubber band,” Willard said. “It’s a tension. It’s a give and take. The leader pushes you a certain way, and you follow.” Willard finds a beauty in these connections. She herself has danced with people of all types — even people who don’t speak English. “You don’t have to talk. You just need to know the basic steps,” Willard said. “You don’t have to speak to know what’s going on.” A lot of trust goes into a partner, Emma Stefanick, PR director of the Jitterbug Club, said. To Stefanick, dancers have to have confidence that the lead won’t run them into a wall. Stefanick, a freshman studying journalism, finds that swing dancing is a fun and fulfilling way to get outside of her comfort zone. “It’s very confidence-building,” Stefanick said. “People get in your personal space. Once you get it down, you really feel like you’ve accomplished something.” The Jitterbug Club practices Wednesday nights in Baker Center 240. Practices start at 7 p.m. with a lesson, and the social dance begins at 8 p.m. The first three lessons are free. Stefanick encourages people who might be interested to join. Though learning dance might sound intimidating to some, many experienced members are eager to share their knowledge. “You don’t need experience or a background in dancing to join,” Stefanick said. “You’ll fit in.” The Jitterbug Club is an outlet for dancers that is easy to join and enjoy, Kayla McGinnis, treasurer of the Jitterbug Club, said. McGinnis, a junior studying English, had an interest in dance coming to college. She found the Jitterbug Club during Welcome Weekend at the involvement fair her freshman year. McGinnis believes most dance clubs on campus are more competitive and require auditions. She liked that the Jitter-
bug Club encourages people of all levels of experience. McGinnis said the most challenging part of joining the club was learning to form that connection with a partner. She had never danced like that before. “You have to put your faith in someone else,” McGinnis said. “That’s the hardest part. It’s getting out of your comfort zone.” McGinnis finds that even a brief partnership is rewarding. “(Dancing) is a beautiful experience that you (can) share with someone you don’t know,” McGinnis said. “It brings people together of all backgrounds to form a genuine connection.”
Swing dance instructor Brianne Szymanski (left) demonstrates a dance with Levi Leslie (right) for the Jitterbug Club in preparation for the Roaring ’20s night at Casa Nueva in Baker 242 on Wednesday, Jan. 15. (TANNER PEARSON / FOR THE POST)
IF YOU GO WHAT: Roaring ’20s Night WHEN: Saturday, 10 p.m. WHERE: Casa Nueva Restau rant & Cantina, 6 W. State St. ADMISSION: Free; donations welcome
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FRIDAY Welcome Back Shabbat at 6 p.m. at Hillel at Ohio University, 21 Mill St. Welcome in the new year with Hillel for Shabbat services and dinner. Share your 2019 achievements and your 2020 resolutions. Admission: Free Family Bingo at 6:30 p.m. at the
Athens Public Library, 30 Home St. Young and old bingo fans can join in on the after-hours program. Snacks will be provided. Admission: Free
Logan Frozen Festival at 11 a.m.
at Explore Hocking Hills, 13178 State Route 664 S., Logan. The fifth annual festival will feature ice sculptures, live music, ice corn hole, an ice throne, local crafts and food trucks. Admission: Free Shadow in the Moon at 7 p.m. at Lit-
tle Fish Brewing Company, 8675 Armitage Road. Jessica Bouffioux and Kurt McGinnis make up Shadow in the Moon and have the sounds of folk rock. Admission: Free, but tips are appreciated
SUNDAY Game Night at 3 p.m. at Little Fish.
SATURDAY Roaring ’20s Night at 10 p.m. at Casa Nueva Restaurant & Cantina, 6 W. Union St. Dance the night away with swing jazz band Tuxedo Junction. OU Jitterbug Club and iChowDown are sponsoring the event. Admission: Free; donations welcome Maria Carrelli at 7 p.m. at Eclipse
Company Store, 11309 Jackson Drive, The Plains. Enjoy local food and beer while listening to Maria Carrelli. Her music has influences of Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson and Kasey Musgraves. Admission: Free
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Take a break from studying, grab your friends and head to Little Fish for a game of Dungeons and Dragons, Risk, Monopoly or any game that tickles your fancy. Admission: Free
NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge | $5 (or free for intramural pass holders) • Men’s: March 9 – April 6 • Women’s: March 9 – April 5
Premiere of Trapped at 7 p.m. at Walter Rotunda, 25 S. Green Dr. Trapped is an independent short film created by OU media students. The film was written and directed by Emily Kotanchik and Jorge Nunez. According to the film’s Facebook page, “The story follows a quick-witted girl named Grace, as she attempts to escape not only her house but her worst nightmare.” Admission: Free
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