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Love letters to the poor souls who love Posties

oving a journalist isn’t easy. We’re constantly in the newsroom, checking push alerts on our phones, responding to messages and talking about the news. But we appreciate our loved ones who take the time to keep us sane as we produce content for the web and the weekly tabloid. We wouldn’t be able to do it without the love and support from you all. To give all the staffers in the newsroom a chance to express their love and gratitude, I opened up my weekly “From the Editor’s Desk” for just that. To all the roommates, parents and significant others we hardly get to see, thank you for supporting us. And to those who read The Post online or in print, thank you for sticking with us. It’s about to get a little cheesy, but, hey, what else can you expect with Valentine’s Day less than a week away? GEORGIA DAVIS, CULTURE EDITOR: Oh, man. I don’t know what to say. Every time I see you, I am overwhelmed and my heart fills with joy. I love you, ice cream. (P.S. Bennett, you’re pretty chill too. Get it? Chill?) JULIA EVERTSY, NEWS REPORTER: Wade, you make me a better person day by day. I can’t wait to experience more wonderful memories with you. Drum your heart out. HAYLEY HARDING, DIGITAL MANAGING EDITOR: I love “Words With Friends.” It’s the best game in the world, in no small part because it allows me to prove how great I am to those who love me. Like Michael Harry! Hi. Thanks for being patient — even though I’m bad at expressing love publicly — and for being obligated to read The Post. Sorry your name will never appear in the paper again!

LOGAN PASQUAL, BLOGGER AND GRAPHIC ARTIST: Dear Lauren, thanks for bringing me in to The Post to draw some stuff and then putting up with me when I write about memes. We know that it’s basically all I know how to do, so I’m glad you deal with my inner manchild. Your stuff is cool too, I guess. Love ya, heart emoji. MEAGAN HALL, PHOTO EDITOR: Tryston, who knew I’d fall in love with the Cedar Point worker during my senior skip day? It’s crazy how things work out. Thank you for all the endless cuddles and obsessing over dogs with me. I am who I am today because of you. Here’s to many more years. ALEX DARUS, BLOGS EDITOR: To Marisa: Thank you for always being down to get dessert, letting me copy your every move and being my BFF at The Post. I love you for always gossiping with me. MAE YAP, CULTURE EDITOR: Dear Bharbi, thank you for coming to the newsroom to hang out with me just because I told you to and for all those allnight study sessions at Alden. Even though being a journalism major is suffering, I’m glad it led me to you. Let’s go get Whit’s again sometime soon. LIZ BACKO, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Dave, thank you for nixing “towards” from your vocabulary and sending me videos of otters on my most stressful days. I appreciate you liking The Post on Facebook because it means you understand when I am geeking out over the news. Thank you for all the late night phone calls and text messages. I love you more and more every day. KAITLIN COWARD, MANAGING EDITOR: Colons.

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Athletic training to be offered only as master’s program FLANNERY JEWELL FOR THE POST


Starting in Fall Semester 2018, incoming Ohio University students who wish to pursue a degree in athletic training will have to wait until graduate school. The change comes from a mandate by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, or CAATE, requiring universities across the nation to phase out their bachelor’s programs or lose accreditation. The mandate states that by 2022, all athletic training education must be done at the graduate level. “This creates an opportunity for students to change their mind later in college if they decide they want to pursue athletic training," Kristine Ensign, the athletic training professional program director at OU, said. "It also gives studentathletes the opportunity to study at the master's level, when it's harder to do that as a bachelor's student.” With the new program, undergraduate students will have to take prerequisites for the master’s program and then apply to it their junior or senior year. The final class of undergraduate students was admitted during the 2017-18 academic year, according to OU’s athletic training website. Ensign said CAATE’s goal is to align the athletic training program with other professions like physical therapy and occupational therapy, which require a doctoral or master’s degree before certification. “Right now, you could practice as a trainer with only a bachelor’s degree and still be board certified,” Elizabeth Sares, a graduate student studying athletic training, said. “(CAATE) is making the transition happen for that reason.” The program plans on enrolling about 25 students per class at the master’s level, which is about the same number as the current average undergraduate enrollment. Sares, who has a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, thinks the change is

good for the profession, but she is worried that future students would not be trained as thoroughly as she was. “The benefit of getting a postsecondary master’s degree is that you take all this knowledge that you learned during undergrad and you become even better at it and learn so many more new things," Sares said. "My concern is that in a master’s program you only have two years, as opposed to four in undergrad. I’m worried the upcoming graduate classes will go out into the real world very book smart but not as experienced." Troy Moeller, a freshman, is studying pre-athletic training. He plans to apply for admittance into the athletic training program near the end of this semester. If accepted, he would be in the athletic training bachelor's program for his remaining three years. Moeller would be among the last undergraduate athletic training students who will graduate from OU with a bachelor's degree. He is eager for the clinical experience opportunities he would have in the athletic training program, which allows students to work with university sports teams. "If I get into the major and get to work with the football team, that would be awesome," Moeller said. Moeller said the program's transition could make it more difficult for future students to become athletic trainers. “It’s already really selective for students who want a bachelor’s degree,” Moeller said. "Personally, I think this change could make it harder for people to get into the program and become athletic trainers." Ensign said the graduate program will begin enrolling students starting in Fall Semester 2019. Interested students can contact her or the Office of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness for more information.



The importance of music scores in horror Music plays two interlocking roles in horror films. Low-pitched drones and haunting piano keys loom in the dark corners of creaky, LUKE old houses before a FURMAN swell builds, then cuts, is a senior then shrieks in a bloodstudying curdling crescendo. journalism That’s the sonic forat Ohio mula for most modern University. horror, but it’s not the best or only method to stiffen the arm hairs of viewers. Although it’s much easier to notice frighteningly discordant violins and deep brass notes, the more hidden elements of horror scores — leitmotifs and muted atmospheric compositions — add more to the film than the deep percussive blasts when the monster or demon or killer charges into frame. The music that the audience might not even pick up on works to infiltrate the amygdala like a creepy, old finger reaching into the ear. More than any other subgenre in horror

cinema, haunted house movies depend on a solid score to guide audiences through the dark portrait-lined halls into the furnace-red basement. Those images allude to the most recent haunted house film Winchester, directed by The Spierig Brothers and starring Helen Mirren — as the historically eccentric Sarah Winchester — and a laudenum-addicted Jason Clarke. Peter Spierig, who collaborates with his identical twin brother Michael, had composed the score of 2014’s Predestination and now handles the score for the original soundtrack of Winchester. For a director to compose his own film’s score demonstrates an auteur level of control by the Australian, even though his brother co-directed the picture for CBS Films. In a way, the more reserved compositions in the film — such as “Momentos” and “13 Hooks” — prove more unsettling than the loud swells, which clues the audience in on an upcoming fright. Jump scares are cheap but effective but never as effective as real dread stirred by the appearance of the grotesque, the legendary or the paradoxical, like malevo-

lent spirits or the reanimated. Seasoned horror directors such as David Lynch and John Carpenter recognize that real horror is created through the attempt to reckon what we do not want to accept, like a curse or assured torment. The difference between efficient scares bolstered by lion-like roars and a creeping dread conjured by a haunting score often marks the separation of good horror films and wastes of time. Movies like Winchester balance between atmosphere and using instruments to match the visual horror of its scares. It is not quite as self-aware as horror films that played with jump scare as a convention of the genre, such as The Shining, Mulholland Drive and mother! All three of those movies only contain one real jump scare each, which gives composers the time to focus on fashioning a disturbing mood, something I feel is far more useful in the long run. In full disclosure, I love horror films but I have contempt for the jump scare as a temporary trigger of instinctual fear. Jump scares asides, a horror film can

still achieve maximum creepiness while still squabbling its soundtrack. One of my favorite horror films, The Old Dark House — also in the haunted house subgenre — is practically devoid of a score as it was made in 1932 shortly after the onset of sound films. Like 1933’s Dracula, filmmakers didn’t think to use music beyond the title screen. From that starting point, horror films and their scores would begin to intertwine to a point when viewers now expect musical cues to guide the action. But the premier horror films of the 20th and 21st centuries, like Insidious, have preyed upon this sonic assumption to reveal a red-faced demon without forewarning. True terror comes when you least expect it, during a sparse, minor key pitter-pattering piano melody or even total silence. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. What makes a good horror soundtrack? Let Luke know by tweeting him @LukeFurmanLog or emailing him at


AWOLNATION ignores industry standards with ‘Handyman’ AWOLNATION opened up its year with a dream of a single. The surprisingly soft “Handyman,” out Jan. 19, already has more than a million HALLE streams on Spotify. WEBER The Los Angeles is a electro-pop band is sophomore no stranger to sucstudying journalism cess with its smashwith a focus hit “Sail.” The duo also in news and opened for the Rolling information Stones in Pittsburgh at Ohio in 2016. “Handyman,” University. however, is a step back from the glitz and glam. “Handyman,” the fourth and final single off Here Come the Runts before its Feb.

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2 release, is possibly the band’s most intimate release yet. The drawn-out, heavily produced intro — typical of the band — is replaced by a few quiet acoustic chords and a soft melody hummed by the backup. “I’m a sinner/I will consider /I am my father’s son/I’m a sinner/I must consider/I’ve never owned a gun,” are the first few lines on the song. The instrumentals remain simplistic and soft throughout the song, especially in comparison to AWOLNATION’s usual work. The single displays the band’s allaround range as artists and showcases its lyrical talent without the distraction of keyboards and electronic production. The bridge is the highlight of “Handyman”: “I’m not brittle I’m just a little/

Scared of your temperament/I’m not brittle I’m just a little/Scared of my government/I’m not brittle/Head hurts a little/ Staring up overhead/I’m not brittle/I’m just a riddle/Born of white, blue and red.” On “Handyman,” AWOLNATION manages to express its fear and anxiety for the state of our country, while maintaining an unbreakable serenade. The loveconquers-all cliche somehow seems original in the way that the band presents it. “If only yesterday took place tomorrow/I pray for sleep/And wake you and lift your head/So I can fix your hand/I’ll be your handyman.” “Handyman” is one of those songs in which you can tell the artist is actually creating what they want to create, without testing the popularity potential first

or obeying their label head. “Handyman” does not sound like an AWOLNATION song, but it is possibly the group’s most genuine work yet. It paid off for the band to remove itself from its brand for a moment. Taking gambles has become so rare in the music industry that it’s a novelty when somebody thinks for themselves. “Handyman” is beautiful and untainted by the pressures of the industry it resides in.

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‘Trainspotting’ imparts an uncommon, unromanticized view of heroin addiction Trainspotting opens with an iconic monologue by protagonist Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) set over Iggy Pop’s pulse-pounding punk anthem “Lust for Life.” ALEX The “Choose Life” MCCANN monologue, as it’s known, is a junior features Renton rattling studying journalism off common parts of conat Ohio temporary suburban life: University. washing machines, compact disc players, electrical tin openers, good health, dental insurance. The monologue ends when Renton says, “I chose not to choose life. ... There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?” Aside from the “Choose Life” monologue serving as one of the best opening scenes in film, it sets the tone of the film immediately, telling the viewer exactly what to expect: an unromanticized view of heroin addiction. Prior to its 1996 release, Trainspotting

was marketed as the Scottish version of Pulp Fiction. It’s not a very accurate comparison. But one thing that both cult classics have in common is heroin. In Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) buys heroin from his dealer, shoots up and drives to meet Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman). They have $5 milkshakes, famously dance the twist and return to the Wallaces’ home. Mia mistakes Vincent’s heroin for cocaine, snorts it and overdoses, only to be revived by an adrenaline shot. Nothing really comes of this tense scene. Though Mia is already an apparent cocaine addict, the heroin overdose doesn’t really do anything other than briefly knock her unconscious. Trainspotting doesn’t let its characters get away with things. In fact, the entire plot of Trainspotting, and its 2017 sequel T2, revolves around the havoc heroin wreaks in each of the principle characters’ lives. Renton overdoses and is forced through a painful withdrawal by his parents; unlike most of his friends, he is eventually able to

kick his habit. The sheepish Spud is imprisoned for six months for shoplifting; by T2, he is ostracized by his wife and son and attempts suicide. Swanney, the group’s drug dealer who is also called Mother Superior, has his leg amputated in a deleted scene. But two of Renton’s friends get off much worse, and their stories show the truest parts of the dark nature of heroin addiction. Tommy — the drug-free, athletic friend who eventually starts using after his girlfriend dumps him — becomes hooked on heroin after one hit. He eventually contracts HIV, AIDS and, soon after, toxoplasmosis, which kills him. His friends return for his funeral, but they seem unmoved by his death until years later. Sick Boy doesn’t struggle with his heroin addiction — near the start of the film, Sick Boy tries to quit heroin at the same time as Renton, doing so “not because he wanted to, you understand, but just to annoy (Renton).” But Trainspotting’s most haunting scene comes on the back of one of its funniest, in which the boys beat up an

over-enthusiastic American tourist. As Renton, Spud and Sick Boy lay in a heroin-induced stupor, screams puncture their respective highs. Their friend Allison’s infant daughter Dawn has died of neglect. The group — especially Sick Boy, heavily implied to be Dawn’s father — is devastated and unable to speak. Renton’s only response is to cook up another batch of heroin to numb the pain. This heart-wrenching scene offers a real look into the world of drug addiction: No matter what has happened, drugs are always the answer. As the opioid epidemic continues to rear its nasty head, Trainspotting — even though it’s 22 years old — serves as a reminder that there’s nothing romantic about drug addiction. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Have you seen Trainspotting? Let Alex know by tweeting him @alexrmccann.


‘The Post’ is more than a journalism movie GEORGIA DAVIS CULTURE EDITOR President Donald Trump’s administration is not the first to scrutinize the fourth estate. President Richard Nixon did his best to censor and control the media, and that is highlighted in Steven Spielberg’s The Post. The Post tells the story of how Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) made the decision to print the Pentagon Papers, which revealed top government secrets about the Vietnam War. In its most basic form, The Post is about journalism. But anyone who pigeonholes the film as just a journalism movie is not digging deep enough into its complexities.

First and foremost, The Post is Oscar bait — and the Academy took a bite. The film is a biopic directed by one of the most popular directors and starring two well-revered actors. It’s no surprise it was nominated for Best Picture. And it shouldn’t be counted out of that race because just two years ago another journalism film won: Spotlight. At some of its deepest levels, The Post is about gender roles and how Graham broke them. Graham was the first woman to become the publisher of a major newspaper. When her dad died, he gave the company to her husband. Then her husband passed it on to her when he killed himself. Going into the decision-making process, Graham had to combat how she was taught to act as a woman and do what she thought

needed to be done. The film was about empowerment and showed what women can do when they are in charge. The film also highlighted issues with the government’s attempt to stifle the press despite the First Amendment. Though the premise of the movie happened in 1971, it has echoes in today’s society. It especially rings true when voiceovers from Nixon say, “No reporter from The Washington Post is ever to be in the White House again.” The film could not have come out at a better time. And it’s haunting when Graham and Bradlee walk through the printing room and she says, “I don’t think I could ever live through something like this ever again,” because just a few years later, The Washington Post would leak the Watergate tapes.

The film does a stand-up job with looking at the time period. It’s an overall great film and a first from the duo of Hanks and Streep. But the ending seemed rushed and the film was almost too put together. It lacked a certain character to it. It was just another Spielberg film, and it won’t be looked on as one of his best. It just doesn’t stand out. Sure, it has powerful themes and really brings to light some problems in today’s society, but the film won’t age well. Not unless another president tries to cut off the press. Then again, never say never. Rating: 3/5



No underage drinking arrests during Sibs Weekend; flaming bra thrown as part of fight ASHTON NICHOLS STAFF WRITER

on the property and contacted the owner, according to the sheriff’s report.

Siblings came to campus for Sibs Weekend to experience a taste of Ohio University life. This year, no siblings left campus in handcuffs after a night of drinking. Twenty-two incidents appeared on the Ohio University Police Department’s radio log. Those incidents included marijuana citations, drunken driving arrests and citations for possession of fake IDs, but no arrests for underage drinking or public intoxication.

THE FLAMING BRA The sheriff’s office dispatched deputies to a domestic dispute Feb. 2. The residents told deputies that an argument had started in the home. The argument turned physical, and one person was thrown into a door and another was knocked into a window, according to a sheriff’s report. Someone then lit a bra on fire and threw it at another “involved party.” The violence was mutual in nature, and no one pressed charges.

GOAT-CHA The Athens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a goat on the loose on Lake Road on Feb. 2. The caller said her neighbor’s goat was on her property and was headbutting her glass door. Deputies photographed the goat

MISSING WHEELS A sheriff’s office deputy was traveling eastbound on U.S. Route 33 on Feb. 2 when they noticed a tractor-trailer was missing the rear passenger trailer tires, according

to a sheriff’s report. The deputy stopped the semi and the driver was made aware of the missing tires. The driver asked his company to send a tow truck. NO PUPPIES HERE A woman told the sheriff’s office Feb. 3 that she had found puppies for sale on Facebook and had paid $500 for one of the puppies shown in the photos. She then found out there were not puppies and the sale had been a scam, according to a sheriff’s report. The incident is under investigation, according to the sheriff’s report. THE FAKE PARTY The sheriff’s office was called to Baker Road in Albany on Saturday for a loud party complaint. The caller said kids were driving in her driveway looking for a par-

ty and drinking alcohol, according to a sheriff’s report. When deputies arrived, they asked to speak to the parents of the household. They determined the kids were playing video games and listening to music. RADIATOR DISASTER The sheriff’s office responded to South Eighth Street in Chauncey on Thursday for a report of damage to a vehicle. The male said the vehicle had two bullet holes in the radiator. He said it was parked at a residence on Plum Street and when he went to move it, radiator fluid leaked out from the vehicle. The homeowner said he did not hear anything or see the crime occur. No evidence was found.



‘Freedom of Expression’ policy may be renewed next week; students used Bitcoin, dark web to traffic drugs TAYLOR JOHNSTON DIGITAL PRODUCTION EDITOR It is week four, or a month since Spring Semester began. Catch up on the news you may have missed during the week: IOWA MAN, STUDENTS USED BITCOIN, DARK WEB TO TRAFFIC DRUGS An Iowa man who reportedly traded narcotics with college students over the dark web was arrested by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office. Anthony Scott Boeckholt, 42, was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Boeckholt sent several large shipments of drugs to two college students, who were 6 / FEB. 8, 2018

selling the drugs in Athens County, according to a news release from Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn. The investigation leading to Boeckholt’s arrest began when the two students were arrested. Investigators learned the students were allegedly using code names and Bitcoin to trade drugs over the dark web. The Athens County Prosecutor’s Office executed multiple search warrants and arrested Boeckholt in Iowa.

and he is inclined to renew it. A committee reviewing the policy is meeting to craft a new policy by the end of the academic year. Until then, Nellis said there need to be “clear parameters” for how spaces on campus are reserved. Open forums will be held this semester. “The committee is aiming to get (the interim ‘Freedom of Expression’ policy) done by spring break,” Faculty Senator Jackie Wolf said.

INTERIM ‘FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION’ POLICY MAY BE RENEWED NEXT WEEK At Monday night’s Faculty Senate meeting, Ohio University President Duane Nellis told faculty members the interim “Freedom of Expression” policy will expire next week,

FLU SEASON WORSE THAN USUAL THIS YEAR, BUT DIAGNOSES DOWN AT OU Higher rates of contamination of the influenza H3N2 strain is more common this year than usual. Although this flu season has been

deemed dangerous across the country, so far the number of flu cases at Campus Care at OU is about the same as last year. At this time last year, Campus Care had seen 76 diagnosed cases. For the same period this year, Campus Care has seen 71. “It seems to be following the same pattern as last year as in we didn’t start seeing very many cases until the last week of January,” OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Spokesperson Keely Stockwell said in an email. This year’s flu vaccine is less effective than some years’ because the H3N2 strain mutates faster.





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Cold weather causes injuries, burst pipes and $100,000 in damage GEORGE SHILLCOCK FOR THE POST Brandon Bowers was lying on his bed in Dougan Hall when he and his roommate heard a sudden “drip, drip, drip.” When they got up to investigate, a sudden rush of boiling hot water flowed into his dorm room, he said. The pipe burst Jan. 18 and caused 2 inches of water to flow into the room in Dougan Hall. The scalding hot water that hit Bowers, a freshman studying English pre-law, caused minor burns and blisters on his feet, he said. The university moved Bowers and his roommate to Brown Hall and compensated each of them with $100 in Bobcat Cash. He said that of his items, only electrical cords and his shoes were damaged. The university told Bowers the cold had weakened the pipes, he said. “This was an unfortunate situation that underlines the potential water-related dangers that can occur during periods of prolonged frigid temperatures,” OU Spokesman Dan Pittman said in an email. “The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is Ohio University’s primary concern.” Dougan Hall was not the only building with maintenance issues in January or December. OU buildings such as Atkinson, Glidden and Lincoln halls have all been affected by January temperatures that have dropped as low as 8 degrees below zero. The cold weather caused burst pipes and leaky heating units. Pittman said Atkinson Hall, Glidden Hall and other weather-related building maintenance requests are estimated to total $100,000 in labor and materials costs. On Jan. 11, custodial services in Lincoln Hall found a leaking fan coil unit. The unit leaked water, which migrated to lower floors and caused damage to the ceiling in the lobby. On Jan. 6, a member of Housing and Residence Life discovered two hot water lines froze and burst in the attic of Atkinson Hall, causing damage to the residence hall. OU Facilities Management and Safety arrived soon after to repair and clean the damage. Pittman said OU Housing and Residence Life contacted the students who were in Atkinson, and Facilities Man-

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agement and Safety allowed the students to inspect their rooms. They were compensated with Bobcat Cash for their inconvenience. “This a great example of the potential dangers that can occur during periods of prolonged frigid temperatures,” Steve Wood, associate vice president of Facilities Management and Safety, said in an email. “It is relatively common to have pipes freeze and burst during extremely cold weather, and I’m thankful that our team could quickly provide the necessary repairs and minimize the ruptured pipe’s impact on students and their belongings.” Bowers said the university was very helpful and that for the most part, he was satisfied with how the situation was handled. The only complaint he had was that moving his belongings from Dougan Hall to Brown Hall was difficult because only one person was sent to help them move. Cold weather has not been the only thing that has caused maintenance issues: Glidden Hall experienced a water line rupture Jan. 20 that caused a flow of rocks and mud outside the ground floor of the building. That incident was not weather-related or caused by cold temperatures, Pittman said. The cause of the break was a material failure of the pipe because of its age, he said. “The combination of the water flow from the ruptured pipe and the excavation work needed to gain access for repairs resulted in the displacement of soil and rocks within the surrounding area, possibly giving passersby the perception of a ‘mudslide,’ ” Pittman said. Pittman said students who encounter issues in their rooms can call 740-593-2911 or contact their building’s staff.



ECOT closure will likely have minimal impact on Athens MAGGIE CAMPBELL FOR THE POST Athens City School District will welcome back students after the January closure of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West. The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, the sponsor of the ECOT, voted Jan. 18 to close ECOT as a result of lack of funding, according to Right before that vote, the Ohio Department of Education had rejected an offer that would keep ECOT, which had almost 12,000 students enrolled, opened until the end of this school year. The Athens City School District had the equivalent of almost 24 full-time students enrolled in ECOT, according to the district’s Jan. 16 school funding report. The closure of ECOT could bring those 24 students — and almost $179,000 — back to the district. Superintendent Thomas Gibbs said the district would easily be able to accommodate those students. “Even if all of those students showed up tomorrow, they would be spread over 13 grade levels,” Gibbs said in an email. “We'd have no trouble accommodating them in our classrooms and would be happy to do so.”

Even if all of those students showed up tomorrow, they would be spread over 13 grade levels.

- Thomas Gibbs, Athens City School District superintendent

Athens City School District will feel less of an impact by the ECOT closure compared to other Ohio school districts, according to data collected by Cleveland. com. According to that data, Columbus City Schools had about 1,216 students enrolled in ECOT, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District had almost 818 students enrolled. Ohio Department of Education has advertised their “Find a School” option on its website to families affected by the ECOT closure. The option allows families to choose a county, and then it lists the local school districts and school options in those districts. Students may decide to enroll in other online community schools instead of transferring to schools in the district, Gibbs said. About 39 students who live in the district attend other online schools such as Buckeye On-Line School and Ohio Virtual Academy, according to the school funding report. ECOT and the Ohio Department of Education have made headlines for lawsuits relating to state funding given to the online charter school over the past year. In December 2017, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected ECOT’s injunction or expedited appeal related to the school’s lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Education. ECOT is trying to appeal the Ohio Department of Education’s decision to take back $60 million from the online charter school for unverified enrollment at the school in the 2015-16 school year, according to The Columbus Dispatch. reported ECOT would have run out of money in March. As the Ohio Department of Education had rejected an offer to keep the school open, ECOT was running out of options of how to stay open for the rest of the school year. ECOT said it would appeal the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West's suspension so the school could reopen and stay open until June, according to a Jan. 23 news release.


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Ridges buildings 13, 14 and 18 will undergo about $15 million in renovations to accommodate administrative offices. (LIZ MOUGHON / FILE)

The Ridges to receive $15 million in updates LAUREN FISHER ASST. NEWS EDITOR The Ridges is set to undergo more than $15 million in construction, renovation and demolition to make room for several new offices in the coming year. Under plans approved by the Ohio University Board of Trustees, buildings 13, 14 and 18 at The Ridges will undergo renovations to accommodate administrative offices that are currently housed in the West Union Street Office Center and Human Resources Training Center. According to a university news release, the West Union and HR buildings will be repurposed to address “critical academic needs.” Together, the buildings account for at least $24 million in deferred maintenance. Deferred maintenance refers to the backlog of major maintenance projects that, if postponed and unfunded, will 10 / FEB. 8, 2018

become increasingly more expensive. The Ridges renovations are projected to cost the university more than $13 million, with an additional $215,322 for the installation of a new walking path, about $750,000 to develop a new parking lot and $1.8 million for the demolition of Building 20. Building 20 was identified by the committee as a “non-contributing building” and will be replaced with green space and additional parking. “It’s very important to us that we ensure that we’re maintaining the historic integrity of The Ridges while also ensuring appropriate pathways for accessibility,” Ridges Advisory Committee member Pam Callahan said. New occupants of The Ridges could include the Ohio University Police Department, as well as the offices of design and construction, finance, architecture and university planning.

Originally, the Framework Plan identified Tier 1 land, north of Dairy Lane but south of the land lab, as a potential location for housing development. When community members expressed concern, however, the committee reconsidered. “We heard various community concerns about development on Tier 1 land at The Ridges, and we worked collaboratively to address them,” Vice President for University Planning Shawna Bolin said. “One of the best parts of The Ridges Framework Plan is that it isn’t a rigid document. It allows for collaborations, contributions and approvals on future opportunities as plans for this valuable and historic area evolve.” During a December meeting, members of the advisory committee had conflicting opinions on the potential for allowing dog walking on the land. While Callahan proposed the idea of building an area for dogs, Vice President for

Finance and Administration Deborah Shaffer was skeptical. “You have to understand the cost of creating the trails and creating the pond in a very constrained fiscal environment,” Shaffer said. “I often think (dollars) are small. And I’m wrong.” Committee members also discussed the potential for constructing bike trails on undeveloped land — which Bolin said was “very much situated” for that kind of use. Both developed and undeveloped areas of The Ridges are being considered for potential housing development, although Bolin stressed that the plan is only “visionary” and nothing is set in stone. “An investment in these facilities means we can show that they are usable and that other projects can come from that,“ Bolin said.


Acid mine drainage: Ohio’s polluted water STORY & PHOTOS BY CARL FONTICELLA | PHOTO EDITOR


mong the trees, the hills and the hollows in Appalachian Ohio lies a sight that, to the outside viewer, may seem otherworldly. It isn’t the sight of a collapsed mine or massive coal piles but rather another blemish. Acid mine drainage — water rich in iron oxides and other trace metals — contaminates local waterways and turns them either deep orange-red or silvery-blue hues. Polluted water flows out of old coal mines and into creeks, creating a stark contrast against the rich green tones of the trees and the forests. As a result, the streams take on an alien-like appearance. “It was commonplace to see orange and red water flowing out of mines,” Michelle Shively, the watershed coordinator for the Sunday Creek Watershed Group, said. “And because of that, for generations, no one paid much attention to it.” Shively first started doing field research for the Voinovich School as an undergraduate student at Ohio University. Although most of the mining operations in southeast Ohio have gone away, the consequences that they created are here to stay. According to scientists and researchers at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, acid mine drainage can be produced from mines for hundreds of years after closing down. That is because of the cyclic water cycle and constant refreshing of the groundwater and water that flows into the underground mines. Those scars left behind by mining are not easily fixable, from the coal deposits, to the stripped land in the Wayne National Forest, to the larger problem of acid mine drainage. But there are dedicated conservationists working in the southeast Ohio area for the last 20 to 25 years trying to reverse the damages done by previous generations. A pH of about 6.5 to 8.0 is ideal for healthy streams, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The taint-

ed water that flows out of the old mines has an alarmingly low pH value, with some sites at Sunday and Monday creeks in Athens County having tested at pH values of 2 to 3 as recently as 2009. That’s the same pH level as pure lemon juice. Even though mining government regulations came into play in the late 1970s and early 1980s, acid mine drainage has continued to be a problem and will continue to be so for decades to come, Shively said. The mineral pyrite, commonly known as “fools’ gold” because of its color, is found in the ground in southeast Ohio and, when exposed to oxygen, forms sulfuric acid. The reaction to oxygen and subsequent chemical reactions over time lead to the breakdown of pyrite, which pollutes the water. The reddish-orange color that is seen in Sunday Creek, Monday Creek and Hewett Fork near Carbondale is due to ferrous hydroxide, while the silvery-blue color of Snow Fork — Monday Creek’s most polluted tributary — is the result of aluminum as the trace metal. Dating back to the 1800s, mining has driven the economy and has helped create towns in Appalachia. But with every positive comes a negative. Throughout the 1900s, much of the mining that was done in southeast Ohio was unregulated and caused disregard to the environment and the surrounding areas. In a 2001 study done by the Voinovich School, 341 miles of streams in Ohio were impacted in some way by acid mine drainage. Researchers also tested 175 miles of streams in 2010. Of that, only 23 percent of streams were considered healthy enough for plants and animals. For so long, the message and sentiment surrounding acid mine drainage was one of hopelessness and despair. Gone are the conversations about how polluted the region is, and they have been replaced with hope that species will return to the streams and life can flourish once again.

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TOP: Carbondale, a small unincorporated community west of Athens, has two bodies of water polluted with acid mine drainage: Carbondale Creek (pictured here) and Hewett Fork. BOTTOM LEFT: The polluted water will flow into the Big Four Hollow aluminum retaining wetland and limestone leach beds, east of Carbon Hill on Carbon Hill Buchtel Road. BOTTOM RIGHT: Water flows away from the Carbondale Doser site and is a darker brown because of the amount of rain in the days before the picture was taken.

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TOP LEFT: Jeff Calhoun of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources office in Zaleski holds a bullhead catfish that was caught during an electrofishing trip at a site in Jacksonville. TOP RIGHT: The Pine Run mine opening is east of Shawnee off State Route 155 with water polluting the West Branch of Sunday Creek. BOTTOM LEFT: The Majestic Mine opening is just a short drive east from Movies 10 in Nelsonville, just off U.S. Route 33. The ground surrounding the mine opening is so polluted that even when the area hasn’t seen much rain, the mud is a bright orange. BOTTOM RIGHT: Snow Fork flows into Monday Creek off Happy Hollow Road in Buchtel. Snow Fork’s trace metal is aluminum, giving it a blue-teal color, and is Monday Creek’s most heavily polluted tributary. THEPOSTATHENS.COM / 13

Former OU College Democrats VP runs for president at state level


I decided to run because I think I’m ready to lead this organization. College Democrats have a strong voice within the party, but we can have a stronger one if we show that we are able to organize and help get Democrats and progressives elected, more so than we already have.

When Anthony Eliopoulos was younger, he would beg his parents to let him stay up late to watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. When he came to campus, he joined the Ohio University College Democrats. After serving as the organization’s vice president during the 2016 election and taking on the role of communications director for College Democrats of Ohio this year, Eliopoulos is running for president of the organization. Additionally, he thinks his experience this past summer in Washington, D.C. — where he worked with other college Democrats to figure out how to get more students involved on campus — pushed him to run for the position. “I decided to run because I think I’m ready to lead this organization,” Eliopoulos said in an email. “College Democrats have a strong voice within the party, but we can have a stronger one if we show that we are able to organize and help get Democrats and progressives elected, more so than we already have.”

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Eliopoulos, a senior studying political science and strategic communication, is running on the “CDO United” slate with six other people from different Ohio colleges. The slate’s main goal is motivating college students to vote for Democratic candidates in the upcoming state elections and “bring a legislative end to the Trump Presidency,” the website states. “CDO United” also has a seven-point initiative in which each member of the team created an original or improved idea. Eliopoulos’ idea focused on “a newly visioned video series to spark conversa-

- Anthony Eliopoulos, Ohio University College Democrats presidential candidate

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tion.” He thinks putting a heavier focus on video production will allow the members of College Democrats of Ohio to share their ideas. “It all starts with communication, and CDO can be the catalyst to start the conversation,” he said in a statement on the website. Eliopoulos, who also serves as an atlarge senator for OU Student Senate, also hopes to help chapters that may be strug-

gling with funding and membership. College Democrats of Ohio has 22 chapters. “There is a lot of opportunity for engagement, even if chapters are in a red county,” he said in an email. “The trick is knowing how to effectively organize on that campus and connect it with community leaders.” Sam Miller, a senior studying strategic communication, has worked closely with Eliopoulos. She was president of OU College Democrats while he was vice presi-

dent, and they have also served on the College Democrats of Ohio executive board together. “Working with him in OU College Democrats and in College Democrats of Ohio, I have always known I can rely on him for anything,” Miller, who serves on The Post Publishing Board, said. “He is compassionate, understanding and is always willing to go the extra mile. I’m so excited to see him run for this new role.” Ashley Fishwick, OU College Democrats’ president, said Eliopoulos is hardworking and has the ability to mobilize people. “This year, he’s not on the exec. board of OU College Dems chapter, but we’ll need to host an event and he’ll offer up his house or he’ll come to tabling,” she said. “He’s just always there trying to put in the work it takes.” Eliopoulos said he has always looked for ways to challenge himself, which is why he is running for the position. He thinks there are a lot of students in college who feel alienated by the Democratic Party. “I want to fix that,” he said. “Doing so won’t be easy, but I think if we’re willing to recognize that as a problem, we can begin to have those conversations about how to unify together as one party.” @MADDIECAPRON MC055914@OHIO.EDU



KAITLIN COWARD MANAGING EDITOR In December 1968, about 15 black students presented then-Ohio University President Vernon Alden with a list of demands, one of which would later lead to the creation of what is now the African-American Studies program. In their list, the students demanded the university create a curriculum run by black students and a counseling program, a resource center and residence halls for black students. They also wanted OU to admit and provide financial aid for any black high school student who wished to attend the university, and they also wanted a $35 per quarter service fee to be used for a Black Student Growth Fund. “I think the group (of black students) were saying, ‘These are a list of some things we are concerned about at Ohio University,’ ” then-OU Executive Vice President James Whalen said. Those students met with Alden for about 15 minutes and said the demands were on behalf of the black students at OU, according to a Dec. 3, 1968, Post report. Alden said the demands brought up issues that were important to both students and the university as a whole, and that he wanted to continue to meet with them. “At the same time, I want to make it perfectly clear that while the issues raised in my office are indeed open to discussion, the manner in which these matters were raised and some of the demands made are totally unacceptable,” Alden said in a previous Post report. As a result of the demands, the uni-

versity formed a steering committee of both students and faculty to meet with the administration in mid-January 1969. An article titled “Black planning begins, new official sought” states that university administrators were making efforts to hire a black administrator to provide assistance to black students on campus. Additionally, some students traveled to places like New York, Baltimore and Atlanta during winter break to see what universities were doing in relation to curriculum and other student demands. In the few months after the students made the initial demands, many of the proposals were still in the research and planning stages. A March 6, 1969, Post article titled “ ‘Signs of progress’ seen on black students’ demands” details how a proposal for four-year black studies program was in the works, but many of the other demands were still in the earliest phases of study. But then, in late April 1969, the University Curriculum Council unanimously approved the proposal for a Black Studies Institute, which would “concern itself with the problems, history and experiences of black people” and be open to all students. It was one of the first major proposals to come from the committee and out of the initial students’ demands. The proposal for the institute called for black students and faculty to direct the program. An editorial in the April 25, 1969, Post issue commended the council for approving the institute. Just a few days later, about 150 students chanted in solidarity outside Cutler Hall as the university gave a written commitment to the black studies institute.

Nearly 150 students chanted in solidarity outside of Cutler Hall in January 1969 while university officials met with the steering committee to discuss the creation of a Black Studies Institute. (PROVIDED via the Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections).

“The students wanted to make it perfectly clear that they were in agreement with what we had proposed,” McKinley Broadus, a student member of the steering committee, said in a previous Post report. In that commitment, OU pledged to give $250,000 in operational and private funds, and Alden agreed to appoint an executive dean for Afro-American affairs to work directly with the pres-

ident and other top university officials to develop the program. The program is now called the African-American Studies program and “remains one of a few programs with departmental status in the state of Ohio,” according to its page on the OU website.



Solar tariff could affect proposed community solar program SHELBY CAMPBELL FOR THE POST President Donald Trump imposed a four-year, 30 percent tariff in January on foreign-made solar panels that could affect retailers and the proposed community solar program in Athens. The decision was made following recommendations from the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to a report from The Associated Press. The tariff is intended to help U.S. solar manufacturers compete with foreign manufacturers. Robby Ryan, a representative from Dovetail Solar in Athens, said the tariff may only increase the cost of solar systems by 5 to 10 percent. It may also increase the payback period by one to two years, Ryan said. Athens-based solar manufacturing company Third Sun Solar criticized the president’s decision in a Facebook post from January. “While this action may protect a few

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jobs at some small and uncompetitive US manufacturers, the impact on customer economics will ultimately result in slower growth of US solar deployment than we otherwise would have seen, with slower job creation in the racking, installation and other parts of the U.S. solar ecosystem,” the post reads. The tariff could also affect Athens City Council’s proposed opt-out Retail Solar Community Program. The community solar program is a proposed ballot issue that encourages energy customers in Athens to use less electricity through a carbon fee. The less electricity a consumer uses, the smaller the fee will be. The revenue from the carbon fee will contribute to a solar aggregation fund, which will pay for solar projects on public buildings around Athens, according to a previous Post report. The program’s purpose is to help accomplish the objectives in the Energy Action Plan, a component of the Athens City Sustainability Plan. The plan calls for a 20 percent reduction in residential energy

consumed by 2020. It also calls for a 20 percent increase in energy consumption from renewable energy resources and a 20 percent increase in installed solar technology by 2020. Eddie Smith, executive director of the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council and an Athens township trustee, proposed the program. “The tariff may make it more difficult to reach the 2020 Energy Action Plan’s goals,” Smith said. “If (there are) restrictions placed on where solar comes from, it would decrease the amount of solar options available and raise the cost of solar.” Several leaders in the solar power industry have come out against the president’s decision as well. The Solar Energy Industries Association, or SEIA, which represents solar companies, said in a January news release that the tariff will delay or cancel billions of dollars in solar investments. SEIA also said the tariff eliminates 23,000 American solar industry jobs.

“These tariffs do not ‘protect the interests of our country, our companies, and our workers,’ ” Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA, said. “American companies will be forced to scale back investment, layoff workers and, in some cases, shutter operations because of these tariffs.” Howard Crystal, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, criticized the tariff in a news release. “This reckless decision will threaten tens of thousands of American jobs and hurt our climate,” Crystal said in the news release. “If Trump really wants to put America first, he should reduce our reliance on polluting energy sources that fuel climate change. Instead, this profoundly political move will make solar power more expensive for everyday Americans while propping up two failing, foreign-owned companies.”





With the engagement of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the obsession with the Royal Family intensifies JESS UMBARGER FOR THE POST Nearly 23 million Americans watched Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011. Royal families ­— especially royal weddings — mimic fairy tales, Katherine Jellison, a professor of history and a wedding expert, said, and they represent a “distant family fantasy figure.” “I think it’s an escapism, it’s a fantasy,” Jellison said. “Very few people in the world have the financial resources to have a wedding like the royals do.” The total cost of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding was $34 million — $32 million of which went to security. Her dress cost more than $400,000. Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement in November, and, with an American joining the British royal family, Jellison said

more people will be paying attention to the family leading up to the wedding. “We seem to have a need for there to be an official ideal family that’s sort of it’s own fantasy that makes us think, ‘Oh, that could me if I had a lot of money and a castle,’ ” Jellison said. The modern idea of the traditional wedding came from England, starting with Queen Victoria when she got married in 1840. Queen Victoria started one tradition when she wore a white dress to her wedding. Queen Victoria also changed how the British royal family did things, John Brobst, an associate professor of history, said. Since Queen Victoria’s time, the family has become more of a figurehead or symbol for the country while creating a good public image, Brobst said. “For Americans, I think they represent something the United States doesn’t have,” Brobst said. The closest thing Americans have

ever had to a royal family were the Kennedys, Chester Pach, an associate professor of history, said. John F. Kennedy’s presidency was referred to as “Camelot” by first lady Jackie Kennedy. It refers to the musical Camelot, in which King Arthur reigns in a near-utopian society. “People were fascinated with the Kennedys in part because they lived the kind of life that people were fascinated by,” Pach said. “People had vicarious fulfillment by watching them.” Despite many of the modern royal traditions being started by Queen Victoria, a lot of the fascination with the royals started with Princess Diana, Pach said. “Diana was fabulously popular because of who she was, and the kind of melodrama and the tensions in her marriage with Prince Charles,” Pach said. Brobst remembers when Diana and Prince Charles got married in 1981. He had classmates waking up at 2:30 a.m. to watch the ceremony, which was in St.

Paul’s Cathedral in London. From what Pach remembers, Diana dramatically changed things for the royal family. Pach compared the marriage to “the stuff of a reality show.” “She had social issues that were important to her,” Pach said. “She knew how to get attention, and she used the media to her benefit.” Allison Brown, a freshman studying integrated media, enjoys following the royal family because of their different lifestyle. “I like to follow (the royal family) because it’s not really reality TV, but it’s a fun alternative,” Brown said. “It’s interesting to see people living a more regal lifestyle.” Americans get more excited about royal families because it is a romantic idea, Jellison said. “We like to fantasize and think, ‘What if I were a member?’ ” she said.


CLUB TEACHES NORDIC CULTURE, HISTORY JESSICA HILL FOR THE POST While rowing for Ohio men's crew, Axel Hamel and Sam Fjelstul learned they share a common culture. Hamel – born and raised in Espoo, Finland, moved to the U.S. in 2008 – and Fjelstul, one generation removed from Norway, shared a Nordic descent. The Ohio University Nordic Club was founded Jan. 12, 2017, by Hamel, a senior studying international business, and Fjelstul, a junior studying plant biology. After meeting on the rowing team, Hamel, Fjelstul and David Zucker, a senior studying finance, formed the club to educate OU students about Nordic culture. “There’s not really a lot of vision of what Nordic culture is in the U.S.,” Hamel, the president and founder of the club, said. “Some people kind of brand them together with Scandinavian, but in reality, those are very different terms.” While Scandinavia refers only to Sweden, Denmark and Norway, Nordic refers to five countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Hamel said OU does not offer a broad spectrum of organizations for those regions. In fact, the OU Nordic Club is only one of four other cultural student organizations that focuses on a region in Europe. The others are the French, Russian and Spanish clubs, according to OU’s list of student organizations. Since starting with about seven members a year ago, the Nordic Club gradually gained more members and now has about 25 active members. The club has monthly meetings in which they discuss different Nordic countries each month, like “Finnish February” or “Denmarch.” Hamel and Fjelstul like to talk about interesting aspects of Nordic cultures such as food, music and sports. The club’s next meeting will be Feb. 22 in Gordy 313 where the club will discuss Finland as a part of “Finnish February.” Fjelstul, a resident of Cincinnati, often comes back from school breaks with different Nordic foods, like chocolates and cookies, from Jungle Jim’s International Market. The members have also baked Nordic desserts, such as semla, a sweet bun with whip cream in the middle and strawberry jam. “It’s easy to make something like culture really bland and cookie-cutter, 18 / FEB. 8, 2018

Nordic club members Sam Fjelstul, David Zucker and Axel Hamel pose for a portrait with the Finnish flag. (HANNAH RUHOFF / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

so we try to spice it up with the foods and the entertainment and fun facts from every country — things that people would consider interesting,” Fjelstul, the vice president, said. Hamel also hopes to teach members about Nordic history. For instance, he said, Nordic countries are linked with viking history, and many countries’ flags use the cross, a symbol that Vikings used to represent Christianity. The Nordic countries have a similar design with a use of the cross in its flags. “We try to keep people actively engaged,” Hamel said. “A lot of people are interested ... because they want to know what Nordic is. Is it a viking? Is it Norway? Is it Sweden? Or is it all of them combined? That’s the mystery about it.” The club is planning to organize intramural games from Nordic countries, such as Pesapallo, or Finnish baseball. It is often referred to as Finland’s na-

tional sport and was adapted from the American style of baseball. “It’s kind of interesting,” Hamel said. “Finland is actually the world champion because it is the only country that really plays it competitively.” The club also hopes to teach members about famous bands and companies originating in Nordic countries that many people do not know about. Abba, for example, is from Sweden and won the music competition Eurovision in 1974. It is very rare for a Nordic country to win, Hamel said. Companies like Spotify, Skype and H&M also originated in Nordic countries. Americans don’t expect these big companies to be from abroad, Hamel said. Hamel said because people can communicate with another person around the world in a matter of seconds and how world occurrences are on the news all the time, it is important to be

educated about different countries. “Our future goal is to be recognized by the university and start having languages taught with our respective club,” Hamel said. Zucker, the treasurer for the club, said the club is a good way to raise awareness as he knew little about Nordic culture before joining. “I feel like maybe in America, we’re in this little bubble where we just don’t ... not necessarily we don’t care about other countries, we just don’t learn as much,” Zucker said. “We don’t stress the importance of other people around the world. (The club is) definitely a good way to raise awareness about other cultures and other people.”



Reflecting on Friends reveals sexist and homophobic undertones to some millennials, who don’t believe some of the show’s plotlines are acceptable today MEGHAN MORRIS FOR THE POST Korina Meister started watching Friends three years ago when her roommate recommended it, and she thought it was sexist and homophobic. Now, even more fans find the show problematic after it was released on Netflix in the U.K. this year. Some millennials do not believe many of the Friends plotlines would be acceptable in 2018. “The men in Friends have to act like and be perceived as men,” Meister, a senior studying early childhood education, said in an email. “It always seems like the women are the ones that are more ‘liberal,’ which gave it that sexist undertone of ‘oh well of course a woman thinks that.’ ” Meister said some of the homophobic elements come from storylines involving Ross’ son, Ben, and his ex-wife, Carol, by portraying lesbians in a negative way. “He can’t handle his son playing with a doll,” she said in an email. “And

of course, the lesbian parents are okay with Ben playing with a doll, which I think plays into that religious fear of having gay parents makes you gay.” Ross’ emotions were not handled in the best way when dealing with his ex-wife Carol leaving him for a woman because it was the 1990s, Jayda Martin, a member of Feminist Equality Movement, said. “He was very adamant about showing his discomfort,” Martin, a freshman studying psychology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, said. Rachel Anderson, a 2017 OU alumna who studied wildlife and conservation biology, said the show is especially problematic when it comes to Ross and Rachel’s relationship. “He treats her like an object,” she said. Ross is not a very good partner because he controls and manipulates Rachel, Anderson said. In season three, he was too jealous and paranoid about their relationship, she said. Anderson said she sees some of the

show’s inappropriate storylines as a sign of the social climate when it was broadcasted, but Ross and Rachel’s relationship should have always been seen as harmful. Even though the show has questionable plotlines, it was the right choice to show those points of view in some cases because not everyone thinks uniformly, Anderson said. If the showrunners hid those beliefs, they would not have an accurate representation of public opinion in the 1990s. Anderson said she thought some storylines in Friends were progressive for its time. The idea of adoption seemed less accepted in the 1990s, Anderson said, so she liked Monica and Chandler’s decision to adopt a baby. The show explained the journey they went through trying to conceive their own child and using an adoption agency in a way that showed audiences it can be a sensible option. Martin said she’s glad the show’s

writers had Carol in a relationship with a man before she found her wife because it went against the myth that gay people know their identity from the start. “These same things (were) being talked about but not so openly and not so widespread,” she said. A show’s humor does not have to poke fun at groups of people, Martin said. That type of comedy, however, can bring awareness to issues or show a character becoming more educated over seasons. Martin said she started watching the show with her grandma and still considers herself a fan. “I would still watch it to this day,” Martin said. “I guess it just depends on how much I can handle (because) some days I don’t feel like sifting through all of the misogyny and whatnot.”



2018 National Signing Day recap SPENCER HOLBROOK ASST. SPORTS EDITOR Wednesday was National Signing Day, and Ohio’s 2018 class is complete. The Bobcats signed 21 players, 20 of whom were signed during the early signing period Dec. 20. Five signees from the early period have already enrolled, and they will practice with the team throughout the spring. “I think it’s a very, very good class,” coach Frank Solich said. “Obviously, it’ll remain to be seen when they get here and it all unfolds. But my experience tells me it’s going to be an excellent class.”

SECONDARY It’s safe to say Ohio’s secondary got taller — the Bobcats added two corners who are each over 6-feet tall in Pickerington’s Jeremiah Wood and Fort Mill, South Carolina, native John Gregory. The length of the corners, along with the footspeed and covering ability of fellow signee Justin Birchette, could make the Ohio cornerback class a very good one. OFFENSIVE LINE Ohio’s offensive line was the focal point of a strong running game in 2017, and much of that line will return in 2018. The goal for the recruiting class was to recruit for the future, and Ohio did just that. At 6-foot-5-inches and 300 pounds, Pennsylvania three-star tackle Bryce Ramer has the size and run-blocking ability to thrive on Ohio’s offensive line. Ramer was committed to Virginia until September. 20 / FEB. 8, 2018

Ohio head coach Frank Solich walks down the sideline during the Bobcats’ game against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 24, 2016. (CARL FONTICELLA / FILE)

Columbus native Patrick Gilliland is the other tackle in the class. Cleveland Heights native Kylen McCraken and Pennsylvania’s Kurt Danneker round out the offensive line class that will bolster future running games for the Bobcats. Danneker enrolled early and is already on campus. SKILL POSITIONS The cycle’s skill players for Ohio are among the strongest in the Mid-American Conference, and they start with twostar Georgia athlete Jamison Collier. At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Collier played both sides of the ball in high school but will play safety in Athens. At wide receiver, Orlando, Florida, three-star Shane Hooks is a massive body, standing at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds. Joining Hooks will be Darfnell Gouin, a 6-foot2 wide receiver from Fort Myers, Florida, and Jerome Buckner, a Columbus native. An area the Bobcats excelled in for

I think it’s a very, very good class. Obviously, it’ll remain to be seen when they get here and it all unfolds. But my experience tells me it’s going to be an excellent class.

FRONT SEVEN Ohio lost much of its front-seven talent from 2017, so recruiting value in numbers was a key for the Bobcats. Along the defensive line, they signed two junior college transfers. Zach Burks, a three-star defensive tackle from Coffeyville Community College, and Cole Baker, a twostar defensive tackle from East Mississippi Community College, should both add much-needed depth. Brownsburg, Indiana, native Antrez Baker will also provide much-needed depth. Joining him will be Nebraska native Bryce Stai. At linebacker, Jack McCrory and Bryce Houston, both Ohio natives, fit the mold of Jimmy Burrow-type inside linebackers. They each weighed in at about 220 pounds. The lone outside linebacker in the class is Keye Thompson, who is 5-foot-11.

-Frank Solich, head football coach

2018’s cycle is at tight end. Alec Burton, a 6-foot-5 Indiana product, is the No. 2-rated tight end in that state. His route-running ability, pass catching and ability to line up in the slot receiver position could prove to be difference makers. The lone running back in the class is O’Shaan Allison, a small and speedy back similar to those normally featured in Ohio’s offense. The Bobcats rounded out their class with a quarterback: 6-foot, 190 pound Erie, Pennsylvania, dual-threat quarterback Joe Mischler. Deep-ball accuracy, mixed with an ability to execute the quarterback run game, proves Mischler could play in Ohio’s spread-power running scheme. All rankings come from 247Sports.



Garrett Elmore moves up the ice during Ohio’s game against Davenport on Sept. 3. The Bobcats won 7-3. (BLAKE NISSEN / FILE)

Since early season switch, power play has improved MATT PARKER FOR THE POST Ohio has been swept only twice this season: in October against Jamestown and in January against Lindenwood. After that October series, the Bobcats knew something needed to change, and the place to start was with their power play. Ohio switched from a 1-2-2 to a 1-31 power play formation in hopes that it would bolster a dismal power play unit. Designed for perimeter shots created by short-to-intermediate passes from the point, the system plays well into the Bobcats even strength play systems. Aside from its growing pains, the new system has proved effective for the Bobcats, as they post a 20.77 percent success rate through 26 games of running the new system. “It took us a little bit for us to get the movement and chemistry going,” soph-

omore forward Gianni Evangelisti said. “After we worked out the kinks, I think we’ve done a good job of moving the puck around and getting good shots off.” In just its second weekend operating under the new system, Ohio scored five goals in one game against Davenport in early November. Evangelisti, who has scored four power play goals this season, is one of the many reasons why Ohio chose its current system. “I think everyone on the 1-3-1 feels a lot more comfortable,” Evangelisti said. “Especially when it comes out to the breakout; we know where each other’s supposed to be, so it makes it easier (to operate).” Coach Sean Hogan has seen the escalation of the Bobcats power play ascend since its installation and also agrees that it works better given their current roster. “There’s more freedom (to operate),” Hogan said. “We have a bumper player,

and with a constant net-front screen, it’s difficult to defend.” Where Ohio has thrived this year has been in front of the net where a majority of its goals have been scored from. By running the 1-3-1, it opens up the middle of the shooting lanes for the Bobcats “three” to operate. The “three” typically consists of defensemen, such as Grant Hazel or Nick Grose, and one forward, such as Evangelisti or Mike Palasics. The net-front screener, a physically demanding but essential role, is usually junior forward Matt Rudin. “Having that net-front screener is really important since it allows the puck to get kicked out,” Hogan said. “Or the screen sets up to a guy driving that works to.” Hogan compared the net-front spot to a “post guy” in basketball; get rebounds and score, or get rebounds and kick it out. While it has definitely improved, the pow-

er play still has a way to go. “We look for the perfect play too much at times,” Evangelisti said. “We pass it around too much and don’t take enough shots sometimes.” Hogan agreed with Evangelisti and said that the big secret to a successful power play is to take shots. “You can’t overthink it” he said. “It just has to been natural.” With only two weeks are left in the regular season, the Bobcat power play still has the opportunity to make strides with the Central States Collegiate Hockey League tournament as well as the American Collegiate Hockey Association tournament against the some of the nation’s best. “We’re not where we want to be just yet,” Evangelisti said. “But hopefully we’ll peak during nationals.”


the weekender Chinese New Year celebration aims to bring students and Athens residents together BAYLEE DEMUTH FOR THE POST Although China is more than 7,000 miles away from Ohio, Chinese students and residents in Athens will still be able to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The 2018 Chinese New Year will be celebrating the Year of the Dog, and the holiday reunites families as they wish for good fortune, according to Newsweek. The Chinese Learners Association, the Chinese Cultural Exchange Association and the Chinese Language Student Association will be hosting the annual Chinese New Year gala at Baker Ballroom on Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is $10. Shiji Zhou, a junior studying integrated media, is the president of the Chinese Cul-

tural Exchange Association, and has celebrated the Chinese New Year at Ohio University for as long as he has been a student. “There’s a lot to look forward to at this year’s celebration,” he said. “We will be having a main stage where performances are going to take place, and then, after about two hours of performances, food will be served.” The food being provided for OU’s Chinese New Year celebration is being brought in by Uptown Chinese restaurants, including China King. Bailey Haggis, a junior studying chemistry, attended the gala last year. “It was super cool, and they had some really good food,” Haggis said. “It was nice seeing a whole bunch of people celebrate this one culture. I’d definitely go again.”

Zoe Zhou, a graduate student studying chemistry, is the academic chair of the Chinese Learners Association and has been tabling for the event. “So far we’ve sold about 45 to 50 tickets,” she said. “But we still have a few more days to hopefully sell more.” Chinese New Year is China’s biggest celebration, and the fact that the Chinese students at OU get to host the event is exciting to Shiji. “The celebration is a way for us to express our culture and share it with the community,” he said. “It’s really cool getting to see students perform talents that they don’t get to show off except during the new year celebration.” It is also a huge event for Chinese residents of Athens as well.

“For the Chinese families that live here, the fact that the college would host this event is great,” Shiji said. “It gives these families a sense of gratefulness and community that us Chinese students can provide for them.” The main goal of all the organizations hosting the Chinese New Year celebration is for the event to bring people of all different cultures together. “Celebrating the Chinese New Year is probably one of the few chances the Chinese students have in sharing their culture here,” Shiji said. “We just hope that everyone will have a good time.”


Murder mystery returns to Stuart’s Opera House MEGHAN MORRIS FOR THE POST Athens residents will soon have the chance to solve a murder. Athens Sunrise Rotary and OhioHealth partnered together to bring the sixth Murder Mystery Theater Dinner to Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville. Actors will perform Drop Dead Disco, and the evening has a ’70s disco theme that encourages attendees to dress in era-appropriate clothing. Food and drinks will be provided. The event is $75 per person, $140 per couple and $100 for a VIP ticket. Drop Dead Disco is a story about the Blend siblings, who have inherited a discotheque from their family and want more people to visit their venue. With the hope of returning it to its prime, they host a contest, but someone gets killed before a winner is announced. 22 / FEB. 8, 2018

“Just about every (character) has a motive in one way or another to have been the culprit,” Jenny Stotts, president of Athens Sunrise Rotary, said. The cast features several Athens residents including a Common Pleas Court Judge, the executive director of the Athens Economic Development Council and an accountant who often impersonates Elvis in his spare time. “Seeing people like that out of their normal element and having fun just adds more humanity to (them),” Megan Smith, an Athens resident, said. Smith said she used to be a performer and stumbled across Drop Dead Disco in 2014 when she wanted to find a new monologue. The disco theme gave her somewhat of a nostalgic feeling of early childhood memories. “I was still just barely growing up for the tail end of that scene fading away,”

Smith said. “Now, it’s happening right down the road.” The actors have included bits of humor specific to Athens in the play. They’ll make references to well-known residents, popular locations and even local controversies, Stotts said. The scale of the murder mystery dinner theater makes the Rotary’s performance different from others. “Just about anyone can buy a murder mystery dinner kit and put it on in their house, whereas ours is actually like a more formal production,” she said. Stotts described the annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater as the club’s signature event because it is its largest fundraiser, Stotts said. The event helps fund Rotary’s work throughout the year, including “flash projects” that help local causes. Kalei Edenfield, public image chair for the Athens Sunrise Rotary, said the biggest initiative that will benefit from Saturday’s

event is their Drafts for a Difference initiative. The Eclipse Company Store hosts a happy hour the first Wednesday of every month, which highlights different charities that the club and the beer hall each donate one dollar for every pint purchased. “We’ve been able to give just over $5,000 back to the community since last June when we started doing this project,” Stotts said. Stotts said people in Ohio know of Athens Sunrise Rotary and its work, so they may come see the play because they know the revenue will benefit good causes. Unlike other Rotary events that may require participants working for a cause, Edenfield said everyone at the play can just sit back and enjoy the performance. “There’s no other obligations besides coming and having a good time,” she said.



Crooked Spines, Souther and Pretty As You Please at 9 p.m. at

The Union Bar and Grill, 18 W. Union St. Enjoy a night filled with music with three bands at The Union. Admission is $5 for ages 18 to 20 and $3 for ages 21 and above.

Saturday Women in Grad School Day Conference at 9:30 a.m. at Baker

at 11 a.m. at Jackie O’s Brewery, 25 Campbell St. In partnership with Winking Lizard, Jackie O’s Brewery will be releasing its latest bottles in the Polycephaly series. Polycephaly III costs $14.99 per bottle, and Polycephaly IV costs $11.99 per bottle. Admission is free and the event will also occur Saturday at 2 p.m.

Center. The OU Women’s Center will be hosting its 2nd Women in Grad School Day Conference, filled with workshops and discussions focusing on topics such as microaggressions, racism, gender and more. Dr. Gloria Burgess will be 2018’s keynote presenter. Admission is free, but participants are encouraged to register early. The day’s full schedule can be found online.

SpeakOut Panel on Queering Body Positivity at noon at Ohio Uni-

Ohio Division II Hockey Senior Night vs. Akron at 3:30 p.m. at Bird

Polycephaly III and IV Bottle Release

versity LGBT Center, Baker Center 354. As part of its Radical Transformations on Loving Oneself month, OU LGBT Center will host a panel focusing on body positivity for LGBTQ+ individuals. Admission is free. Dysfunktional Family and TiZ at 6

p.m. at Jackie O’s Brewery. Jackie O’s will be filled with hip-hop and funk as Dysfunktional Family and TiZ returns to Athens for a night filled with beers, food and funky tunes. Admission is free. Ohio Hockey Senior Weekend vs. Illinois at 7:30 p.m. at Bird Arena.

Ohio will take on Illinois on Friday. Admission is $5 for OU students with ID, $6 for children and $8 for adults. Season 40 Premiere: Tide Pods & Hot Bods at 8 p.m. at Stu-

dio C, 5th floor of Radio Television Building. Eric Farley will be hosting Fridays Live as it returns for its 40th season of comedy-filled nights. Admission is free.

Arena. Cheer on OU’s Division II hockey team as it takes on Akron. Admission is $1 for students and $5 for adults. The Art of Illusion at 7 p.m. at The

Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane. The Dairy Barn is partnering with Attractions Salon’s Roger Wells for a performance-filled night by illusions artists. Tickets can be purchased through The Dairy Barn’s website. Admission is $25 per person and $40 per couple. The Dustbowl Revival, The Tillers and Doc Robinson at 7 p.m.

at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. In collaboration with OU’s performing arts program, non-profit organization Adyn’s Dream will host its annual fundraising concert to raise money for families living with spinal muscular atrophy. Admission is $20 and tickets are available through OU’s event services ticket office.

Joe Pergolizzi, a player on Ohio’s Division II hockey team, attempts to break away from Virginia Tech defenders during a game at Bird Arena on Nov. 11, 2016. (BLAKE NISSEN / FILE)

February Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m.

at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. ARTS/ West will host its weekly contra dance sessions with music accompaniment by Pittsburgh band Devilish Merry. Admission is $3 for students, $7 for adults and $15 for families. Serpent Mound with Caitlin Kraus at 10 p.m. at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St. Rock band Serpent Mound will be returning to Casa with special guest Caitlin Kraus as the opening act. Admission is $5 for ages 18 to 20 and $3 for ages 21 and above.

workshop. Admission is free for Community Food Initiatives members and $5 for non-members. Little Fish Trivia Night at 5 p.m. at Little Fish Brewing Company, 8675 Armitage Road. Enjoy a fun-filled night with trivia at Little Fish and stand a chance to win beer vouches. There will be eight rounds in total with eight questions each round. Seating is limited so participants are encouraged to come early and form teams of up to eight people per team. Admission is free.

Walk The Ridge at 10 p.m. at the

Smiling Skull Saloon, 108 W. Union St. Athens rock cover band Walk the Ridge will perform for its first time in February at The Smiling Skull. Admission is $3.

Sunday Tap for Sap! Tree Tapping Workshop

at 2 p.m. at 7875 Luhrig Road. Local tree tapper Pete Woyar will teach an interactive and in-depth guide to tree tapping for beginners and experienced tree tappers. Participants must register to join the

Homo Happy Hour at 6 p.m. at Athens Uncorked, 14 Station St. Athens Uncorked invites students and community members over the age of 21 to gather for cocktails before a free showing of Call Me By Your Name together with Hillel and the LGBT Center at The Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court St. Attendees can enjoy alcoholic beverages and appetizers at Athens Uncorked and receive a 10 percent discount off their bill.

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