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The impact of COVID-19 on mental health PG 4 A look back at protests during the pandemic PG 10 Beginner art classes being offered at Hocking College PG 30


Thank you, ‘The Post,’ for everything

KELSEY BOEING DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Thank you for continuing to support and read The Post. As I write this, it is bittersweet. My four years at The Post are coming to an end, and I can’t think of a better way to sum it up than with this photo edition. Working for The Post these past four years has been a whirlwind of learning, emotions and a lot of photographs. I’ve grown a lot thanks to The Post, and I cannot wait to see how much the photo staff will continue to grow after this year. While this might not have been how the photo staff wanted to say goodbye to this year, with everyone spread out in different cities and states, this is our reality again. Despite not being in Athens, the photo staff still put in the work and created some amazing projects, which can be seen in “Away from Athens.” I am immensely proud of this photo staff and all of the work they have done. For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of working with Nate Swanson as my photo editor. As he steps into the role of director of photography, I know he is going to continue to grow and mold the photo staff into something great. Nate, thank you for always keeping my head on straight, pulling out some amazing

photographs at the last second and being there for me always. I know you are going to do some great things with this staff, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you. To the readers of The Post, thank you! Without each and every one, we would not have been able to do this each week. Working for The Post has made my college experience something I will never forget. Photographing each assignment brought someone new into my life, and I will hold onto the memories that The Post has brought to me. This photo edition is not at all what we envisioned starting the year. We had hoped to have our staff back on campus. Unfortunately, the pandemic had other plans. Despite everything, we were still able to produce great content this year, and it reflects in this edition of The Post. Please enjoy this special edition of The Post, and enjoy all of the work that our staff, near and far, worked to produce this year. Kelsey Boeing is a senior studying photojournalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnist do not reflect those of The Post. Do you agree? Let Kelsey know by emailing her at kb794916@ohio.edu.

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Black Lives Matter protest held Uptown; class of 2020 to receive in-person commencement ABBY MILLER NEWS EDITOR NAACP at OU holds silent protest Uptown in honor of Black lives

The Ohio University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP at OU, held a silent protest at the Athens County Courthouse on Friday in remembrance of Daunte Wright and Ma’Khia Bryant. Betty Miller, a senior studying political science prelaw and the co-president of the NAACP at OU, helped organize the event after a Black student approached her about protesting the death of Bryant. Bryant, 16, was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer April 20. The event included multiple speakers at the courthouse before protesters marched to the historical marker in honor of lynching victim Christopher Davis. While marching to the marker — located near Baker University Center — Miller asked individuals to think about what they can do to combat systemic racism and keep pushing for racial equity. At the historical marker, KeShawn Mellon, a senior studying acting, voiced his frustration. Mellon said

as a senior, he should have been celebrating finishing his classes Friday, but he was weighed down with the thought of so many Black lives being lost at the hands of police. Mellon also said attending protests is not enough to support the Black Lives Matter movement and that individuals need to actively fight for racial justice every day.

In-person commencement to be held for class of 2020 Ohio University announced Tuesday its plans to host an in-person commencement ceremony for the class of 2020. The spring 2020 graduates were never given a formal commencement ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic and public health guidelines for mass gatherings. The ceremony was postponed, and fall 2020 graduates only received a virtual commencement. The ceremony will take place Sept. 5, and both fall and spring 2020 graduates will be invited, according to a university press release. The date coincides with Labor Day weekend and OU’s first home football game of the season, when it will take on the Syracuse Orange. More details will be released to 2020 graduates in the

coming weeks. Graduates will be able to RSVP with the official invitation in June through Catmail.

Nelsonville resident crashes car into ARTS/West

An individual from Nelsonville crashed into ARTS/West on Monday during a high-speed pursuit with police. Around 4 a.m., Kelsey Auflick, 24, was reportedly going 50 mph in her vehicle before it ran off the roadway after failing to negotiate a curve, according to a report by the Athens Police Department. Auflick’s car struck a utility box and was airborne. It came to a stop after hitting a picnic table and the side of the ARTS/West building. Auflick sustained serious injuries and was taken to OhioHealth O’Bleness Memorial Hospital by Athens County EMS.

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Staying Home Mental health is a serious rollercoaster during quarantine

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This past January and February, before the pandemic even hit the U.S., researchers were already sending out questionnaires, which got over 10,000 responses. Through these questionnaires, they found that more than 50% of respondents had increased signs of depression, while 35% showed signs of serious anxiety. Fast forward a few months to late June, the heart of America’s quarantine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those previous numbers seemed to ease off, with only 31% with symptoms of anxiety or depression and 11% having “seriously considered suicide” within 30 days of completing the survey. If that percentage is applied to the population of the U.S. as a whole, 11% would be about 36 million people. Loneliness has also been a big part side effect of the pandemic, starting with social distancing. Loneliness is more than just being lonely, so much so that it was described as a “behavioral epidemic,” even before COVID-19. It turns virtual learning into a nightmare. Although college students are already infamous for not sleeping, waking up early is key in a “work-fromhome” environment. Being able to roll out of bed and start being productive is extremely important for students’ mental health. I began developing better coping mechanisms last semester after a long, dark period of my life. I realized I need to wake up early, exercise and grow in some way. I trained for the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati. I began waking up early and eating breakfast before classes. My biggest experiment, though, was growth, not of me or anything crazy like that but of plants. I saw it as an opportunity to grow through giving and caring for another life, kind of like a pet. Since I began doing these for myself, I felt more like myself than I had in almost five years. I became happier and more confident with who I am. Through the summer I continued my growth, give or take a few hiccups along the way and, eventually, fall semester arrived. That growth began to come to a halt shortly after fall classes really got moving. I felt like I was watching life through a camera lens. Seeing everyone else hanging out with their friends, having parties, moving forward and

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enjoying their best lives. I was not living how I would have liked, and it made me immensely sad. I stopped exercising as much. I stopped caring for my now immense collection of plants. I stopped growing. I had no thoughts, no feelings. I was a turtle of emotion, living snug in my safe but dark shell. I was just going through the motions of life alone in the same place I had always been. I began tearing at my fingertips, a painful form of stress relief I have engaged in since I was young. I’ve continued this pattern of anxiety and loneliness to today, but I feel growth on the horizon. The pit in my stomach has lifted as I begin to tend to my plants again. Jesse Jarrold-Grapes is a sophomore studying photojournalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. What are your thoughts? Tell Jesse by emailing him at jj698118@ohio.edu.

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Historic

Times Snapshots of a busy year despite COVID-19

TOP: Over a thousand people took to I-275 around Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in support of President Trump’s reelection. This is the second time this campaign season that I-275 has hosted such an event, the first being Saturday, Sept. 12. (JESSE JARROLD-GRAPES | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER) MIDDLE: Mackenzie Harris, an ambassador of Ohio University’s Survivor Advocacy Program, spray paints an encouraging message alongside the program’s contact information on the graffiti wall located outside of Bentley Hall Annex in Athens, Ohio, on Feb. 6, 2021. The message read “Believe Survivors” as a nod to recent events on campus to remind survivors that they will always be believed and supported by SAP advocates. (KENZIE TYSON | FOR THE POST) BOTTOM: Kelsey Nelson, left, and Leah Strand wait for the power to come back at the College Bookstore, where they both work in Athens, Ohio, on Jan. 22, 2021. The power outage affected most of Southeast Ohio. (ERIN BURK | FOR THE POST)

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine talks about wearing masks with Prestin Minter at a public relations event hosted at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, on Monday, April 12, 2021. (NATE SWANSON | PHOTO EDITOR)

A supporter of Joe Biden celebrates as she drives past the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, after the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, was declared the winner in the 2020 Presidential Election on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2020. (COLIN MAYR | FOR THE POST)

President Trump delivers remarks at an enthusiastic rally in Circleville, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Trump’s main themes for his Saturday rally centered around the return of Big Ten Football while touching on Circleville’s dominant blue-collar labor force. (NATE SWANSON | PHOTO EDITOR)

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Organized Voices A collection of photos showing that people continued to raise their voices through a pandemic

Ohio University faculty and Athens community members gathered Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Athens, Ohio, outside of the Class Gateway on College Green in support of the faculty that was laid off last spring. (KENZIE TYSON | FOR THE POST)

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TOP LEFT: A peaceful protester during a Black Lives Matter protest in Athens, Ohio, walks across the street in front of police officers and other protesters, holding a sign that reads “I am not a threat” on June 2, 2020. (KELSEY BOEING | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) TOP RIGHT: A group of Black Lives Matter protestors participate in a demonstration in front of the Athens County Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (JULIA MARTINS DE SA | FOR THE POST) BOTTOM LEFT: Athens community members gather to rally against Asian hate, due to the recent mass shooting that claimed the lives of multiple Asian women, on March 27, 2021, in Athens, Ohio. (KELSEY BOEING | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) BOTTOM RIGHT: Ohio University sophomore Jane Roche holds a sign in support of saving the Center for Law, Justice and Culture and pre-law advising from university budget cuts on Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Athens, Ohio. (KELSEY BOEING | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)

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A Collection of Culture The best culture snapshots from throughout the year

TOP: Michael Bart (or DJ Barticus) poses for a portrait on the stairs behind The Union in Athens, Ohio, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (ANTHONY WARNER | FOR THE POST) LEFT: Karen Richards plays her violin between the rows of cherry blossom trees along the Hocking River as the sun begins to set on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (NATE SWANSON | PHOTO EDITOR)

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TOP: Adam Kimmell, owner of Fairfield County Infirmary, gives a brief tour of the many rooms that once occupied patients in the allegedly haunted building on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Kimmell aspires to turn the property into a site where ghost tours would be allowed after several ghost hunters and paranormal investigators on Travel Channel scoped the perimeter for a night. (NATE SWANSON | PHOTO EDITOR) BOTTOM: ROTC cadet Lanae Lang participates in rigorous workouts in the Walter Fieldhouse alongside her fellow members. (NATE SWANSON | PHOTO EDITOR)


Mara Brooks and Olivia Neff do their online homework as they watch “Hocus Pocus” and the live action “The Addams Family” at the Starlite drive-in of Amelia, OH. Brooks and Neff are big fans of the drive-in and “Hocus Pocus” so they felt they had to buy tickets for the screening the weekend of Oct. 4, 2020. (JESSE JAROLD-GRAPES | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Emma Silverstein (Left) and Lily Fein (Right) talk outside of Silverstein’s studio, a half shed in her backyard where she works in the warmer months on Oct. 26, 2020, in Athens, Ohio. (KELSEY BOEING | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)

Anna Zeitzheim, a sophomore at Ohio University, studies outside while listening to music on April 13, 2021. Anna listens to music while studying to block out distractions around her and to make herself feel more at ease when working on assignments for a stressful class. (KENZIE TYSON | FOR THE POST)

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Capturing the Play-by-play Looking back at a year of Ohio sports 20 / APRIL 29, 2021

TOP LEFT: Ohio quarterback CJ Harris (No. 10) runs the ball during Ohio’s game against Bowling Green on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Peden Stadium. Ohio won 52-10. (ANTHONY WARNER | FOR THE POST) TOP MIDDLE: Ohio’s pitcher, Mackensie Kohl (No. 30), pitches against Northern Illinois University on Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Athens, Ohio. (KELSEY BOEING | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) TOP RIGHT: Ohio University setter Vera Giacomazzi (No. 6) sets the ball to middle hitter Tia Jimerson during the home game against Central Michigan University on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Athens, Ohio. (KELSEY BOEING | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) BOTTOM RIGHT: Ohio’s Abby Townsend (No. 16) guards the ball from a rival Miami player during the home game held at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio, on March 4, 2021. The Bobcats lost to the Redhawks 0-1. (KENZIE TYSON | FOR THE POST)


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TOP LEFT: Ohio University’s baseball team celebrates a win against Eastern Michigan University on April 10, 2021 in Athens, Ohio. (KATIE BANECK | FOR THE POST) BOTTOM LEFT: Ohio’s Erica Johnson dribbles the ball during Ohio’s match against Liberty on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in The Convo. Ohio beat Liberty 76-72. (ANTHONY WARNER | FOR THE POST) TOP MIDDLE: Ohio University guard Lunden McDay (15) drives to the basket while Kent State guard Giovanni Santiago (11) tries to stop him on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 at the Convocation Center. Ohio University lost 8979 to Kent State. (TANNER PEARSON | FOR THE POST) BOTTOM MIDDLE: Ohio junior Courtney Klein (#15), right, hits the ball past Kent freshman Jenna McCrudden (#14), left, during the game at Pruitt Field on Friday, April 16, 2021. (CARRIE LEGG | FOR THE POST) TOP RIGHT: Ohio defenseman Blake Rossi (#7) fires a shot on net during the Ohio hockey game against Lindenwood on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio. The Bobcats beat the Lions 3-0. (COLIN MAYR | FOR THE POST)

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An Ode to Athens A collection of the best images of the place that all Ohio University students call home

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ABOVE: Cherry blossoms along the Hocking River in Athens, Ohio, in full bloom during spring. (KELSEY BOEING | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) TOP RIGHT: Kennedy Museum of Art at 100 Ridges Circle in Athens, Ohio. (KELSEY BOEING | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) BOTTOM RIGHT: A local Athens resident drops in the Athens Skate Park bowl on March 8, 2021. The Athens Skate Park is home to many local skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX riders and provides a unique and safe space for the skate community. (KENZIE TYSON | FOR THE POST)


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Becky Scruggs kisses her horse, Star, on Jan. 3, 2021. The Scruggs have two horses, Third and Star. She takes care of them daily. Becky used to ride them, but recent injuries for both horses has prevented that. Becky still loves them the same. (TANNER PEARSON | FOR THE POST)

Away from Athens A look at best work the Photo Staff created while being away from The Post for a year 26 / APRIL 29, 2021


Parker makes “raptor” noises at her dad, PJ, after he helped her take a bath on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. PJ responded with his own noises shortly after, the competition lasting many rounds. “He is the worst at raptor noises,” Parker said. “I am the best.” (LESLIE OSTRONIC | FOR THE POST)

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Aaron Warrens, left, Justin Mamaril, middle, and Jarrod Mamaril, right, watch and support Jason Voss as he climbs a boulder problem at Johnny Chimpo in New River Gorge, West Virginia, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2021. Voss was the only one able to finish the boulder problem on that rainy day, even after more than five hours of attempts. (JESSE JARROLD-GRAPES | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

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TOP RIGHT: Bennett Ritchie poses for a portrait in his art studio in Richmond, Indiana, as he works on a commission on Dec. 24, 2020. (ASHLYNN MCKEE | FOR THE POST) BOTTOM RIGHT: Cheryl Brockman, 71, of Bellbrook, Ohio, lies in her “purple bedroom” on the morning of Sept. 8, 2020. Cheryl loves the color purple and collects all things purple. “My husband tells me if I bring home one more thing that’s purple, I’m going to have to take it right back.” (GRACE WILSON | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER) LEFT: Marygrace, a site manager, works with Braydon, a first grader, on math homework at MacArthur Park in Loveland, Ohio, on Oct. 14, 2020. Braydon and his brothers, Christopher and Andre, come to NEST nearly every day for help with school work. (JOE TIMMERMAN | FOR THE POST)

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the weekender Hocking College hosts Hocking Makers Network art classes KAYLA BENNETT STAFF WRITER

Hocking College is hosting classes revolving around different mediums of art throughout the spring, leading into summer. The Hocking Makers Network, or HMN, Visual Arts Center has made an effort to provide classes that will allow anyone to become acquainted with beginner-level art. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be an Intro to Flameworking class where participants will learn the basics of using a torch and glass rods. Furthermore, attendees will be making beads that will be ready to be picked up the following day. Sabrina Suman, Hocking Makers Network instructor, will be hosting the class, and she looks forward to seeing new faces. The class allows seven participants, and social distancing guidelines will be followed. The class is available for those 15 years old and up. Suman said the class will start off with introducing participants to the safety guidelines. Following will be an overture of the equipment and different terminology. The class will be a chance for people to obtain insight to a little bit of the science and history of glass. “I like to describe my class zone as a creative space to learn and try new things that could possibly feed your senses,” Suman said. “And that’s a private setting with hands-on demonstrations and a comfortable learning environment. It also allows people to excel in such an advanced medium of art that they typically would not have the access to do so.” Suman wants participants to definitely take the chance to move forward and give flameworking a chance. “Nobody is good with glass when they first start,” Suman said. “That is something that is (practiced). It takes 30 / APRIL 29, 2021

muscle memory. But once you get it, you never lose it, and you will always retain what you learned in this class, which I think is pretty special.” Continuing the events, Community Glaze Night will also be held Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This event is free to all ceramic workshop participants and HMN members. The night was made to bring artists in the area together and be in each other’s presence. As of now, the community glazing is only open to people who have taken Hocking’s ceramics workshops, but Whitney Goller, program manager of Art and Design, said it is hoping to open the class to the whole public next month. At Community Glaze Night, everyone’s pieces are bisque-fired. Participants can come back and use glazes to decorate their pieces and make them either food safe, aesthetically beautiful or whatever direction they want to go. “It’s really cool because we have an intersection of people who are super interested in pursuing art — if not a career, then at least it is like a side hustle,” Goller said. “Then, we have people who come in just for the experience. For example, two weekends ago, there was a ceramic workshop, and there were people there for someone’s birthday. There was someone who had taken it three times, and then just now took a level two … There are people who come in to just have fun for (the) evening. So, that’s a really fun place to be in our workshops because it brings a lot of energy and life to what’s happening in those spaces.” Goller added it’s really nice to bring together Hocking students and alumni, and it’s a nice mix of people who are attending the classes. For the summer, there will be a plethora of classes, including different workshops. Anyone interested can check out Hocking Makers Network’s website. “It’s really exciting when people enjoy it, first of all, but especially seeing

people who return and work on growing their skill,” Paige Fox, studio assistant, said. “We do get some people that just wanted a weekend trying something new. But then we also have people

who keep returning and want to build on those skills, and it really becomes a hobby for them.” @KKAYYBEN KB084519@OHIO.EDU

IF YOU GO WHAT: Intro to Flameworking class and Community Glaze Night WHERE: Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville WHEN: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ADMISSION: $35 for Intro to Flameworking; free for Community Glaze Night


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FRIDAY, APRIL 30

“Perceive with Caution” A Kennedy Museum of Art Merging Concepts Exhibition at 9 a.m., hosted by the Kennedy Museum of Art, 100 Ridges Circle. Visit the Kennedy Museum to see the student-developed, curated, designed and installed “Perceive with Caution” art exhibit. To schedule a time to see the exhibit, fill out the Kennedy Museum’s visitor approval Google Form. Admission: Free Free Oak Saplings for Arbor Day Weekend at 11 a.m., hosted by Kindred Market, 284 E. State St. Pick up a free Oak Sapling in honor of Arbor Day. Detailed care instructions will be provided. Admission: Free Coping Clinic: Feel Good Fridays at 11 a.m., hosted virtually by Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, or CPS. Join CPS for an online, drop-in workshop that offers students creative ways to explore their thoughts and feelings. Resources to practice healthy behaviors will also be presented. Students do not have to be a client with CPS or currently located in the state of Ohio to engage in Coping Clinic workshops. Admission: Free Minority Health in Appalachia: Strategies for Success at 12 p.m., hosted virtually by the Racial Equity Coalition of Athens County Health and Wellness Committee. Participate in the second part of the community roundtable that will focus on how health organizations and practitioners can develop strategies for change to help reach ideal minority health outcomes. Angela Dawson will discuss strategy, advocacy and ways to implement sustainable change. Partici-

pants can register via Google Form. Admission: Free

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SATURDAY, MAY 1

“For the Love of Athens” Photo Contest Gallery Exhibit at 8 a.m., hosted by ARTS/West and the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. View “For the Love of Athens,” a photo contest and exhibition celebrating the people and places of Athens County. The show has been on display over the past few months at ARTS/West, and now, it is being hosted at the Athens Community Center for an encore viewing. Questions can be directed to Emily Beveridge at 740-592-4315 or ebeveridge@ci.athens.oh.us.

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Admission: Free ACC Offroad Park Open Ride at 8 a.m., hosted by Athens County Crawlers/ACC Offroad Park, 4751 Gun Club Road. Come to the ACC Offroad Park for an open ride. Participants can bring Jeeps, trucks, buggies and SxS’s. Motorcycles and four-wheelers are not permitted. Admission: $20 per rig, $5 per passenger Athens Farmers Market at 9 a.m., hosted by Athens Farmers Market, 1002 E. State St. Shop for locally grown and locally made foods and goods at the farmers’ market. The market accepts SNAP, credit cards and wholesome wave. Masks are recommended, and social distancing protocols are in place.

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Admission: Free Introduction to Flameworking at 11 a.m., hosted by the Hocking Makers Network, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville. Learn the basics of flameworking with instructor Sabrina Suman. Participants will be making glass beads that can be picked up Sunday. Registration is hosted online through the Hocking Makers Network website. Admission: $35

SUNDAY, MAY 2

School of Theater presents: Macbeth at 8 p.m., hosted virtually by OU’s School of Theater. See Macbeth, a play about a brave Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become king of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself — and that’s when the guilt and paranoia set in. Tickets can be reserved online. Admission: Free @ISABELNISSLEY IN566119@OHIO.EDU

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