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REFLECTING ON THE YEAR Take a look at the different faces, places and events that highlighted the 2017-18 academic year through the lens of ‘Post’ photographers



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lot has happened in the past four years. In September 2014, when many of us were freshmen, we watched as the Student Senate president took the “blood bucket challenge” to ask OU to divest from Israel. Later that year, many of us woke up to the news that a fire had broken out on West Union Street, and some reporters and photographers jumped from their beds and ran to report on the flames. Many protests broke out during the 2014-15 academic year: the bat rally, protests against tuition hikes and even a rally against rallying. In March 2015, Ohio women’s basketball played in the NCAA Tournament in Tempe, Arizona. As freshmen, we ate at the old Boyd Dining Hall, which looked like a cafeteria straight out of an ’80s movie. But, Boyd Grab ‘n Go was the best option around. We had FreezeFest in February 2015, and we saw Anna searching for Elsa in the midst of it. As seniors, we had the chance to see the football team play in the Bahamas, a new OU president and the Hocking River flood across Athens. We’re grateful that we had the chance to attend OU and learn more about Athens with our fellow Post staff members and The Post readers. Actually, we have a quite a bit we’re thankful for. We appreciate the people who work in the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections and help us with Double Takes and research. We’re also grateful for Alden being open 24/5. Thank you to the LGBT Center for doing a safe zone, for writing a column and for being great consistent sources for culture staff. And thank you to all of the fans

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Redshirt junior safety Kylan Nelson mimes releasing an arrow into the stands after the Bobcats’ overtime win against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 23. Ohio defeated Eastern Michigan 27-20 in that game. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)

Redshirt junior running back A.J. Ouellette stiff-arms a defender during the Bobcats’ game against Kent State on Oct. 21. Ouellette and the Bobcats’ offense exploded for 199 rushing yards en route to a 48-3 win over the Golden Flashes. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)

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Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke passes during the Bobcats’ win over Miami on Oct. 31. Rourke became Ohio’s starting quarterback midseason and led the Bobcats for the remainder of the season. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)

Athens football coach Ryan Adams yells onto the field during the Bulldogs’ 48-0 win over Alexander on Sept. 15. The Bulldogs played well for most of the season but ultimately missed the state playoffs. (MATT STARKEY / PHOTO EDITOR)


TOP LEFT: Women’s basketball coach Bob Boldon hoists a commemorative ball in the air after his 100th win at Ohio. Boldon joined Marsha Reall as the only coaches to win 100 games at Ohio after the Bobcats defeated Akron 85-73 on March 5. (EMILEE CHINN / FOR THE POST)

TOP RIGHT: Athens senior Micah Saltzman dribbles around Vinton County’s Jake Speakman during the Bulldogs’ 69-60 loss on Feb. 23. The Bulldogs won nine straight games before falling to Vinton County in the sectional round of the OHSAA basketball tournament. (MIJANA MAZUR / FOR THE POST)

BOTTOM: Senior guard Mike Laster dribbles past Buffalo freshman guard Jayvon Graves in the second half of the Bobcats’ 108-82 loss to Buffalo on Feb. 24. The Bobcats lost 68-55 to Miami in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in early March. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR)


HOCKEY TOP: Junior forward Gabe Lampron celebrates his first goal during the Bobcats’ game against UNLV in the 2018 ACHA National Tournament on March 9. Lampron later scored an overtime goal to win the game for the Bobcats. (EMILEE CHINN / FOR THE POST)

BOTTOM LEFT: Junior forward/defenseman Tom Pokorney celebrates his breakaway goal during the third period of the Bobcats’ 5-3 win over Illinois on Feb. 9 at Bird Arena. Pokorney came off suspension and scored two goals to lift the Bobcats to a win. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR)

BOTTOM RIGHT: Sophomore goalie Jimmy Thomas yells in excitement after the Bobcats’ game against UNLV in the 2018 ACHA National Tournament on March 9. The Bobcats beat the Rebels 3-2 in overtime on a Gabe Lampron overtime goal but later lost in overtime to Illinois in the quarterfinals. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)

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TOP LEFT: Redshirt senior second baseman Taylor Saxton laughs as she tosses up a softball during the Bobcats’ first of two games against Akron. The Bobcats swept the Zips in a doubleheader April 14. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR) TOP RIGHT: Sophomore pitcher Derek Carr delivers a pitch in the Bobcats’ game against Eastern Michigan on April 13. The Bobcats’ offense struggled in early-season MAC play, but the pitching staff helped keep the team afloat. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR) BOTTOM LEFT: Ohio celebrates after junior first baseman Rudy Rott hits a walk-off home run in the 10th inning of the Bobcats’ game against Shawnee State on April 11. Rott has been both the team’s cleanup hitter and best hitter this season. (EMILEE CHINN / FOR THE POST) BOTTOM RIGHT: Freshman shortstop Katie Yun runs to first during the Bobcats’ game against Pittsburgh on March 27. Yun came into the Bobcats’ lineup as a freshman and has become one of the team’s best offensive performers this season. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)

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ABOVE: A young boy participates in the March For Our Lives with his parents March 24. Hundreds of Athens residents and OU students gathered to support increased gun legislation in one of the more than 800 rallies worldwide. (KELSEY BOEING / FOR THE POST)

More than 100 students and faculty members marched across campus Oct. 20 in protest of OU’s interim “Freedom of Expression’ policies, which banned indoor protests in non-reservable spaces on campus. Demonstrators said the policy limited expression and was retaliation for the protest in Baker Center in February 2017 during which the OU Police Department arrested 70 students. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR)

RIGHT: More than 100 Athens High School students skipped class March 9 to protest on the steps of the Athens County Courthouse. Students held signs and chanted in support of tighter gun control legislation. The protest came in the wake of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 in which 17 students were killed. (MADELEINE PECK / FOR THE POST) BOTTOM RIGHT: Catherine Euler, a professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, speaks on the steps of the Athens County Courthouse during the Oct. 20 protest against OU’s interim ‘Freedom of Expression’ policies. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)

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Heather Dota, of Youngstown, listens to a speech during the Women’s March in Athens on Jan. 20. About 200 men, women and children marched in the Athens Women’s March, which mirrored the Women’s March on Washington one year before. At the Athens march, people spoke about President Donald Trump, women’s rights and Planned Parenthood. (MIJANA MIZUR / FOR THE POST)

TOP LEFT: Loretta Saylor, of McArthur, holds her sign during the Women’s March on Jan. 20. Saylor was joined by four generations of her family at the march. (ABIGAIL DEAN / FOR THE POST)

TOP RIGHT: Jolana Watson, a second-year graduate student studying communications and development, speaks to protesters on the steps of the Athens County Courthouse during the Oct. 20 protest against OU’s interim ‘Freedom of Expression’ policies. (KELSEY BOEING / FOR THE POST) BOTTOM: Protesters march up Court Street during the Oct. 20 protest against Ohio University’s interim ‘Freedom of Expression’ policies. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR)

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TOP LEFT: OU President Duane Nellis, center, and Ruthie Nellis, right, walk in the Interfaith Peace Walk alongside Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina on Sept. 11. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR) TOP RIGHT: Nellis laughs during an interview on July 19. (MEAGAN HALL / PHOTO EDITOR) BOTTOM LEFT: Nellis gives a speech on the steps of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd before the start of the Interfaith Peace Walk on Sept. 11. (CARL FONTICELLA/ PHOTO EDITOR)

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TOP LEFT: Athens Mayor Steve Patterson, left, greets Nellis, right, at the Athens community member breakfast on June 12, 2017. (MEAGAN HALL / PHOTO EDITOR)

BOTTOM LEFT: After receiving his Ohio ID on June 12, 2017 — his first official day as OU’s 21st president — Nellis laughs as he realizes he has his own PID number. (MEAGAN HALL / PHOTO EDITOR)

BOTTOM RIGHT: Nellis listens to a speaker outside Galbreath Chapel during the Martin Luther King Jr. Silent March on Jan. 15. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)



TACO PASSES; BRIDGE OHIO WINS TOP: Saraquoia Bryant celebrates as The Athens Cannabis Ordinance, or TACO, passes in Athens on Nov. 7 with 75 percent of the vote. The ordinance reduced fines and fees for misdemeanor marijuana offenses to $0. (ABIGAIL DEAN / FOR THE POST)

BOTTOM LEFT: Athens County Board of Elections Director Debbie Quivey watches through the window as the last car of ballots is unloaded on Nov. 7. Voters cast ballots for several local elections this year including Athens City Council, Athens City School District Board of Education and township trustees. (ABIGAIL DEAN / FOR THE POST)

BOTTOM RIGHT: Maddie Sloat, Lydia Ramlo and Hannah Burke cheer as they are elected OU’s Student Senate president, treasurer and vice president, respectively, on April 3. The three ran unopposed as the executive candidates on the Bridge Ohio ticket. Only 673 undergraduate students on the Athens campus voted in the election this year, down 1,529 students from the 2,202 students who voted in the 2017-18 election. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR)

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On Feb. 23, a rapid rise of the Hocking River’s water levels due to heavy rainfall in the Athens area caused OU to cancel classes for Feb. 26, giving students an unexpected three-day weekend. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR)

Firefighters view the damage of an explosion in the 100 block of West Union Street on April 15. The explosion blew open nearby doors and shook houses across the street. Columbia Gas Company said the gas lines near the house were properly pressurized; no cause has been determined as of press time. (MIJANA MAZUR / FOR THE POST)

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Athens resident Taher Ala and his 2-year-old son, Ammer, view the flooding on East State Street on April 5. Following heavy rainfall, the Hocking River rose more than two feet over its 20-foot flood stage, leaving much of East State Street underwater. (HANNAH SCHROEDER / PHOTO EDITOR)

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TOP LEFT: Police and EMS tend to a partygoer who fell and hit his head during High Fest on March 24. Palmer Fest, the final block party of this year’s fest season on April 14, was shut down by police officers in riot gear just before 3 p.m. after the crowd was deemed too large and dangerous. (HANNAH RUHOFF / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

TOP RIGHT: A member of local band Do Not Resuscitate throws a beer into the crowd during Mill Fest on March 3. (HANNAH RUHOFF / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

BOTTOM: People pour into Palmer Place apartments as the sun sets during Palmer Place Fest on April 13. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)

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TOP LEFT: Dug is a 2-year-old golden retriever who joined OU Counseling and Psychological Services as a therapy dog in November. He is handled and trained by Rinda Scoggan. Dug, named after the talking golden retriever in Disney/ Pixar’s Up, began seeing clients after the semi-retirement of Buddy, a 10-year-old standard poodle. (ABBEY MARSHALL / FOR THE POST)

TOP RIGHT: For community or feral cats, it’s especially important during winter to receive additional protection, so some Athens residents provide heated blankets or build cat houses. Steve the cat poses for a portrait at The New Beginnings Animal Center on Jan. 20. The New Beginnings Animal Center is home to several cats that are ready for adoption. (EMILEE CHINN / FOR THE POST)

BOTTOM: Savannah Bullock gets a loving nudge from goldendoodle Burlin on Sept. 26. Dullock is a groomer at Friendly Paws Pet Supplies & Grooming, 940 E. State St., where some people choose to get their pets professionally groomed. While some choose to pay for pets to be groomed, others choose be more economical and groom pets themselves. (MEAGAN HALL / PHOTO EDITOR)




Hoan Do, left, and Anh Pham cook Vietnamese spring rolls at the International Street Fair on East Union Street on April 7. The 49th edition of the fair was home to foods from many global cuisines, including Nepalese momos and Chinese egg pancakes. (ABIGAIL DEAN / FOR THE POST)

Tina Zhang, center, and others perform a silk dance during the Chinese New Year celebration held in Baker Ballroom on Feb. 11. People celebrated the beginning of the Year of the Dog with dance, musical performances and food. (MEAGAN HALL / PHOTO EDITOR)

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TOP LEFT: Talia, Rachel and Evelyn Siegal listen to Rev. Evan Young speak at the end of the Interfaith Peace Walk on Sept. 11. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)

TOP RIGHT: Although the original Vietnam Memorial Wall is in Washington, D.C., Athens residents were able to pay their respects to fallen soldiers at OU’s Bicentennial Park in September. All 58,318 names of Americans who died during the war in Vietnam are engraved on the replica of the wall. (HANNAH RUHOFF / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

BOTTOM: Lydia Ramlo, a junior at OU, looks at a quilt at the Monument Quilt, a public healing space for survivors of sexual assault. The Monument Quilt comprises stories of sexual assault stitched onto fabric and was displayed at Peden Stadium on Oct. 13. (EMILEE CHINN / FOR THE POST)




TOP: Tre Howell, a bartender at The Pigskin Bar and Grille, pours a cup of green beer during Green Beer Day on March 7. Bars served greendyed beer for Green Beer Day, a tradition that began as a way for students to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Athens when the holiday fell on Ohio University’s spring break. (MIJANA MAZUR / FOR THE POST) RIGHT: Tessa Evanosky, events coordinator for ARTS/ West, sets up for a PRISM meeting on Jan. 24. PRISM is an after-school program that began this year and is aimed at local LGBT youth and allies aged 12-18. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR) BOTTOM RIGHT: Eric Pierce, a tattoo artist at Decorative Injections, 44 N. Court St., tattoos a customer’s arm Oct. 12. It’s illegal for tattoo parlors to give people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol tattoos in the state of Ohio, but some people still attempt to find ways to work around those laws. (KELSEY BOEING / FOR THE POST)

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ABOVE: The Appalachian Hell Betties got a new floor in April to help them raise hell on competitors. The Hell Betties play about six games in a season and have 20-30 active members. The team will play 11 games from March to November this year. (MCKINLEY LAW / PHOTO EDITOR)



Local band The Water Witches hosts an interview in its practice studio. The band’s name was decided by consulting spirits using an Ouija board that spelled out the name while the members played their instruments. (ALEXANDRIA SKOWRONSKI / FOR THE POST)

OU’s Marching 110 performed songs from its fall season at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium during its annual Varsity Show on Nov. 11. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the style the band is known for today, the marching band paid tribute to its history. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR)

Noah Blain, a sophomore studying electrical engineering, plays guitar on Court Street in November. On weekend nights, Court Street is filled with the sounds of impromptu performances from local musicians like Blain. (MADELEINE HORDINSKI / FOR THE POST)

A Boogie wit da Hoodie reaches out to a fan in MemAud on Feb. 3. The rapper came down to Athens to perform as part of the Black Student Cultural Programming Board’s annual Sibs Weekend Concert. (KEVIN PAN / SLOT EDITOR)




Freshman environmental studies student Edward Drabold poses for a portrait on Jan. 15. Drabold works in the Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment lab on West State Street. He seeks ways to effectively use algae to remove pollution from water, create biofuels and absorb harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as part of a $500,000 grant from Honda. (HANNAH RUHOFF / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Chris Innis poses for a portrait in his favorite chair at Donkey Coffee. Innis goes to Donkey Coffee every morning to read the paper and get the daily roast, black — except on Saturdays, when he gets a latte. He graduated from OU in 1978 with a degree in English. (ALEXANDRIA SKOWRONSKI / FOR THE POST)

Dane McCarthy, the owner of the Daniel Weethee House, which was used for runaway slaves, poses for a portrait in February. Athens was one of the first stops runaway slaves made during their journey after leaving slave-state Virginia. The Hocking River provided transportation routes upstream for “conductors” in boats to carry fugitives. (MEAGAN HALL / PHOTO EDITOR)

Patton College of Education Dean Renee Middleton poses for a portrait in her office on March 5. Middleton is the only African-American dean at OU. Colleagues describe her as driven, focused and always on the move. She said women should receive the same respect as their male counterparts. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)

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TOP LEFT: Redshirt senior second baseman Taylor Saxton poses for a portrait in the dugout at the Ohio Softball Field after practice on April 4. (MIJANA MAZUR / FOR THE POST)

TOP RIGHT: Wendy Blackwood, piano master teacher and interim director of the Athens Community Music School, poses for a portrait in Glidden Hall on March 8. Blackwood was one of the three pianists selected for a highly selective internship with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. (MCKINLEY LAW / PHOTO EDITOR)

BOTTOM: OU senior Logan Amon, right, who portrayed Dr. Frank N. Furter, and junior Brian Barnett, who played Rocky in the Lost Flamingo Theatre Company’s production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The show was held at The Union Bar and Grill from Oct. 19-21. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR)

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