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Seeing Double Diving into the life of twins during quarantine


Despite the stressful year, The Post gives thanks


Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, we at The Post give thanks to those who support us as a publication. With COVID-19, the holiday season isn’t quite the same, but despite that, there’s still lots to pay homage to and celebrate this Thanksgiving. To speak for all of The Post, thanks to Andrea Lewis, our student media sales internship manager, who keeps the business side of The Post in line and also supplies us with an endless number of Keurig k-cups to drink. Thank you to Ohio University’s wonderful custodial staff, who, despite the pandemic, continues to clean our newsroom and provide a wonderful space for us to work in. Thanks to Hans Meyer and The Post publishing board for acting as a great resource for guidance, and also to Thomas Suddes for critiquing the staff’s work and for offering fervent advice for our writers. And finally, thanks to our wonderful alumni network, donors and our dedicated readers who continue to support student media. Without that support, The Post truly wouldn’t be the publication it is today. The above list of people is nowhere near exhaustive and could probably go on forever. Nevertheless, whether it’s family, animals or significant others, here’s what some of The Post staff is thankful for this year: Midge Mazur, photographer and web developer This year, I am thankful for my parents, Mike and Steph; my sister, Reyna; my boyfriend, Andrew; and the gorgeous gray stud French bulldog I always see on South Green. Up in the air on who

it is I am most thankful for. Taylor Burnette, social media director I am thankful for my folks, Tammy and Dave, for being absolute champs about me staying in their house for several extra months; my cousin Becky for being a cool human; and my friends in Athens and back home for making sure I’m in the loop of two different worlds all at once. Olivia Juenger, assistant art director I am thankful for Mary Berger as our art director. Although she doubts herself as a leader she takes time out of her day to always lend a hand to anyone who needs her. To work by her side is an honor, and I hope to be as great of an art director as she is. Mary is a great leader, mentor and best friend. Hannah Burkhart, culture writer I am thankful for my parents, Eric and Tammy, and my brother, Joey, for having faith in me at all times, even when I am feeling my lowest. I would not be the highly motivated person I am today if it wasn’t for the support from my family. Noah Wright, opinion editor I am thankful for Slack group chats with fellow Posties and my wonderful friends and girlfriend I have here with me in Athens. Without those things, I don’t know how I would have made it through this semester.

Mary Berger, art director This Thanksgiving, I am so grateful for my family, especially for my soon-to-be nephew, Aiden, who we will meet in person in April 2021! I am also incredibly thankful for all of the staff at The Post, especially my assistant art director and amazing friend, Olivia Juenger. Lastly, I am thankful for my boyfriend and best friend, Zach, for all of the support and love. Baylee DeMuth, managing editor I’m thankful for a lot this Thanksgiving, especially because of COVID-19. I’m thankful that my family is in good health and we get to spend the holiday together. I’m also thankful for my amazing boyfriend and friends who have kept my spirits high despite the stressful semester. Molly Schramm, editor-in-chief The coronavirus pandemic has put lots into perspective for me this year, but with Thanksgiving approaching, I’m truly thankful for my parents and family for being a constant support system. I’m thankful for my close friends for being an outlet and source of laughter and love. And lastly, I’m thankful for coffee for always being by my side through both stressful and happy times. Molly Schramm is a senior studying journalism at Ohio University and the editor-in-chief of The Post. Have questions? Email Molly at ms660416@ohio.edu or tweet her @_molly_731.



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OU sends cease and desist orders to greek life organizations; local eatery resumes dine-in services EMMA SKIDMORE STAFF WRITER OU sends cease and desist orders to Sigma Kappa sorority, Phi Gamma Delta f raternity Limited cease and desist orders were sent to Sigma Kappa sorority and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity Tuesday after reports of the organizations compromising the “health and safety of their respective members and the Athens community” were made. Headquarters of both organizations were notified by the university, and the specific details of the allegations will not be publicly disclosed. Individuals in violation of the student code of conduct could face university and criminal proceedings.

Casa Nueva resumes dine-in services

Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St., has reopened its dine-in services as of Nov. 13 after being strictly carryout during the pandemic. Grace Corbin, Casa marketing coordinator, said she realizes some people may be hesitant to eat indoors, but she said the restaurant’s staff is focused on building customers’ confidence that they will be safe eating there. So far this year, the lack of students, university events and the weather have affected Casa’s revenue. Dine-in customers will have to make a reservation beforehand and wear a mask. Corbin said the restaurant has an in-depth sanitation process for anything a guest

may touch while dining in, and tables will be cleaned immediately between guests. Corbin said Casa has worked with the Athens City-County Health Department to ensure the new set up is compliant with COVID-19 guidelines. The Ohio Department of Health also requires face coverings in restaurants or bars unless the customers are seated and eating. Employees who are unable to wear a mask must have written justification to show local health officials upon request.

Coronavirus: Statewide curfew to start Thursday night

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that a statewide curfew will begin Thursday. The curfew will be from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will be in place for 21 days. DeWine said the goal of the curfew is to protect workers in retail establishments. It does not include people commuting to and from work, having an emergency or those who require medical care. Carryout and drive-thru restaurants will still be able to operate after the curfew as well. DeWine said while police departments will enforce the curfew, it will not be to the extent that every person driving past 10 p.m. is pulled over. However, police may stop to talk to large gatherings of people. Violating the curfew could result in a maximum fine of $750 or 90 days in jail. DeWine said the state will reeval-

uate how to move forward after the curfew has ended.

Athens County voter turnout down f rom 2016

Voter turnout for the Nov. 3 election was about 3% down from the last presidential election in 2016. That lowered turnout is attributed to the large number of students absent from OU’s campus and the pandemic. About 64% of all registered voters cast a ballot in this election. There are 39,342 registered voters in Athens County, and 25,100 voted. Chase Conklin, a junior studying environmental geography and the president of OU College Republicans, said with the pandemic, older people in Athens may not have wanted to come out and vote in person. Those same people may not have known how to receive an absentee ballot and, therefore, didn’t vote in the 2020 election. John Haseley, chairman of the Athens County Democratic Party, shared some of Conklin’s sentiments. He said Ohio voters are not used to voting absentee, and the specific instructions voters had to follow in order for their ballot to count may have confused them.



Chickens trespass to owner’s property; possible fire at Menards GRANT RITCHEY FOR THE POST

since they were on his property. The owner said the complainant could keep the chickens, which ended the fiasco quickly.

Cable Guy

Breaking Glass

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office received a deception complaint from a man who said he had received a call from his cable company saying he would need to pay his bill by sending the numbers from gift cards. The call was not actually from the cable company but a phone scam system.

Chicken Run

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office responded to Bessemer Road in reference to trespassing chickens. The complainant states he was keeping the chickens

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A man was arrested in Athens for intoxication after he struck the mirror of a deputy’s cruiser passing by him on Court Street.

Ghosts at Church

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office deputies observed a door open at a church on Ireland Road in Coolville. The deputies checked the abandoned church and found it was in the wind that blew the door open.

Save the Fire at Menards

The Athens Fire Department received an alert of a generator on fire at Menards, but it turned out to be smoke or mist coming from the top.


Voting, in Retrospect

ILLUSTRATION BY OLIVIA JUENGER RYAN MAXIN FOR THE POST The presidential election of 2020 looked vastly different from past elections: large numbers of mail-in ballots, extremely high voter turnout rates and the polarizing nature of it all made for an election that first-time voters will be sure to remember. For those voters, this election could have impacted them in one of two ways: either they are excited to use their voices on the national stage in the future, or they are discouraged from participating in the political process ever again. “It really turned me on to politics,”

Jackson Harms, a freshman studying film, said. “I started caring about politics more, and now that I have the chance to vote, I’m obviously (going to).” Erica Lewis, a freshman studying dance performance and choreography who voted early this election, felt like she was choosing between the “lesser of two evils” but expressed a positive attitude toward future elections. “I do have hope for the future,” Lewis said. “I think that no matter what happens ... everybody’s got the best interest of the country and their perspective (in mind). I feel like that’s my civic duty, and there’s too many people that have died for my right.”

Jacob Portem, a freshman studying pre-nursing, had a slightly different outlook but agreed overall with Lewis and Harms. “Honestly, I’m not a big politics person, but I knew I needed to vote,” Portem said. “I feel that I did what I needed to do.” Like Portem, Lewis said she was never really keen on politics and the political process until issues like the coronavirus sparked her interest. “I started following (politics) a lot more because obviously a big issue in the country … (is) the coronavirus,” Lewis said. “I paid a lot more attention to everybody who was on the ballot so it wasn’t like I didn’t know anybody going into it.”

For all three of these students, this election was just the start of their voter participation. No matter the experiences that they had while voting — nervousness over the results or long wait times, among other things — each student felt they had a duty to cast their ballot. “I feel like my vote matters, especially because how close this election was in some states,” Harms said. “It definitely felt empowering to me.” Despite having to wait a while to vote early, Lewis also shared excitement in the voting process. “The first time (voting in) ... a big election, I was ... really happy to ... wait in line for like as long as I did, even though I was a little annoyed by it,” Lewis said. Even with all of the enthusiasm that came with this presidential race, Harms and Portem think national attention should shift back toward focusing on the issues present before the election. “I think we’re all just very divided by our political parties and everything ... we all kind of just need to … make compromises and … respect everyone’s decisions on who they vote for,” Portem said. “I feel like, right now, everyone’s against each other just because this is such a big election.” Harms spoke on the social issues that need to be focused on after the election excitement winds down. “I feel like … the election is … distracting others from … other issues that need to be addressed,” Harms said. “The coronavirus is still an issue. Black Lives Matter protests are still going on. I think the election was a good distraction, but I think that one needs to kind of realize that there’s still things to be done.”



OU Culinary Services making safety changes in preparation of spring influx of students COLLEEN MCLAFFERTY FOR THE POST Ohio University’s Culinary Services is making changes to accommodate the influx of residential students in the spring, including offering outdoor seating and focusing on limiting interaction. The option of indoor group dining that students once had was eliminated this semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced Culinary Services to get creative when serving students. “Like most universities — specifically culinary programs around the country and the world — we are planning for the spring, but we don’t have anything locked in,” Gwyn Scott, associate vice-president of auxiliaries, said. “We plan fast and furiously, and then reality strikes. We modify, and we try to get it communicated out as quickly as we can.” Culinary services plans on continuing to offer carryout dining again for the Spring Semester as well as a few extra changes, if circumstances allow. This will include opening

up The District on West Green in Boyd Hall, Scott said. Nelson Court and Boyd will both be open next semester, but Shively Court will not be in use due to its small seating, proximity to Nelson and in order to save money. The university is also working on adding outdoor seating at the dining halls to accommodate the increase of students, which Scott said would likely be put together by January. Other changes are being made with student safety in mind. In order to limit interaction, transactions will be conducted cashless with either a student’s Bobcat ID or a debit card. Scott said culinary employees spent a lot of time during the summer marking out pathways to limit interaction. “We added — conservatively — miles of the plexiglass dividers between the customer and the staff, any place where one would need to interact with another,” Scott said. Jacob Myers, a freshman studying sport management and strategic communication, who is currently living in residential housing, said he understands the difficulty of serving students during quarantine.

Nelson Dining Hall on Ohio University’s South Green. (NATE SWANSON | PHOTO EDITOR)

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“About the food itself, I think that it’s ok,” Myers said in an email. “In times of COVID, it’s the best way that they can get you food.” Other changes in culinary services include new rules meant to protect staff members, like a new focus on safety procedures and hygiene. “(We have) to meet the higher level of inspection, so we had those regulations in place anyway but then when this happened all of those have been raised … we had the hand sanitizers at the doors before this started, but we’ve replaced that with a stronger product so that it will address COVID-19,” Scott said. “Ongoing training and awareness are probably the most effective action.” Autumn Ryder, assistant director of residential dining, said she feels the commitment from students and staff has made the dining halls a much safer place. She also added that the management appreciates all the effort on both sides. “I believe (the procedures) are working for both the staff and the students getting their meals,” JB Baker, a payroll coordinator in Nelson Hall, said. “Staff members know and care about the health and well-being of each other and take the safety measures seriously. The consistency from the management team about safety measures and operating procedures has definitely been crucial in maintaining safety.” Working in this environment hasn’t been without challenges, however. “Staffing the court is definitely a challenge, especially for the busier meal periods throughout the week,” Baker said. “The social dynamics … (have) definitely changed alongside the safety measures in place at (Nelson) Court and campus, as all social dynamics have in the pandemic.” With more students arriving on campus in the Spring, staff members have concerns about students following safety guidance, Baker said. Ryder said it is also a challenge to keep the staff positive during these trying times. On the flipside, however, the culinary staff has found some benefits. Ryder said she believes the experience has brought her staff closer together. They’ve also been participating in spirit weekends, where they’ve dressed up in themed clothing like tie-dye or Halloween costumes. OU’s Culinary Services has had to face challenges stemming from the pandemic and is likely to face more in the spring. “With more students on campus, there is more concern,” Baker said, “But with the solid foundation of safety measures the management team has put in place this semester, I feel that we will play an important part in keeping Athens and those around us safe.”



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Identical Twins and Interconnectedness Identical twins celebrate differences, but remain close in a changing world LESLIE OSTRONIC FOR THE POST


n June 8, 2004, Dallas and Dominic Ostronic, identical twins of Laurie and PJ Ostronic, were born. About nine months before their birth, PJ was on the floor, having fainted after receiving the news Laurie was pregnant with twins. PJ and Laurie were completely shocked because, previously, they had a miscarriage. “We were freaked out but in a good way,” Laurie said. Despite the identical genetics, their behavioral differences were clear from the beginning. Dominic was the calmer, observant baby, whereas Dallas would often speak for both of them and fight sleep. For nearly a year, Dallas’s nails were painted to distinguish between the two identical babies. As they aged, nail polish was no longer needed. Skin marks and unique traits surfaced. “It gets on my nerves when people say we look like each other because we don’t,” Dominic said. To strangers, they can still be easily mistaken for one another, but to people familiar, their personalities, interests and mannerisms differ. “If you are looking at them and can’t tell the difference, once they open their mouth, you know exactly which one it is,” Laurie said. They are referred to as “the boys.” Chores, accusations and skills are assigned to them as a whole. Growing up, they participated in baseball and basketball together. Early parenthood memories include Dallas pitching to Dominic in baseball games, Dominic setting a screen for Dallas in basketball, fighting over the single found belt for school and Dominic asking, “Where are the Dominic cowboys?” when the family watched Dallas Cowboys football games. Dallas is a dedicated Cowboys fan, but Dominic has since moved on to the New York Giants. They follow the same sports but are sure to root for different teams. “I have been looking for differences to celebrate, but where are they?” Laurie asked. Laurie has been surprised at how little their interests have grown apart. Once in high school, their interests started to diverge. Dallas quit baseball to focus on golf. Dominic participated in one year of cross country and continues baseball. Together, they play basketball and weight train. Their personalities are 8 / NOV. 19, 2020

where their differences shine through. “The things they like are very similar, but their face-to-face interaction is very different,” Laurie said. Dallas is described as conservative, stubborn and responsive while Dominic is compassionate, driven and amusing. “(Dominic and Dallas) are like puppies: they are on top of each other, but fighting,” Laurie said. Dallas says he does get punched a lot more than the average sibling because of Dominic’s short temper. He chooses to never punch back, saying, “I am merciful.” In elementary school, every morning, there was a fight over who got to wear the found belt. Dominic, determined, began to wake up early so that he could take it. Despite the ongoing tension, both feel neutral about being a twin. COVID-19 has decreased their individual freedoms and development apart, but having a twin has proven helpful during a pandemic. They are able to work together during their full day of online school. Laurie says that they provide each other with “loopholes to keep their sanity.” Their recent cooperation is surprising and a sign of maturity. Identical twins are the epitome of fa-


miliarity breeding contempt. Dominic and Dallas may occupy a large part of each other’s lives, but they do not expect to miss each other when their lives separate in the future.









1. Dominic, foreground, and Dallas, left, follow dad’s orders to rake the leaves in the backyard on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. “They definitely argue. They need to learn to work together; It gets done faster that way,” dad said. 2. Dominic, left, and Dallas, right, after their workout on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Lawrence, Kansas. With masks, the identical twins become much harder to tell apart from each other. Regarding the pandemic, Dominic said, “Since I already had (COVID-19), I cannot get it again, so I am chilling,” and Dallas said, “I feel like I should not be forced to wear a mask. I do not like them.”

3. Dominic and Dallas choose to eat their Sunday morning breakfast apart on Oct. 18, 2020, in Lawrence, Kansas. In the kitchen, Dominic scrolls through TikTok while Dallas, in his room, gets ready to play video games, his most time-consuming hobby.

6. Dominic, left, and Dallas, right, relax after a day of online school and lifting weights on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Lawrence, Kansas. Dominic moved his mattress to the floor in the shared living area to avoid sharing a room with Dallas. “I get my own personal space and can play video games later,” Dallas said. Their mom, understanding, said, “People need their own space as they get older.”

4. Dominic, right, and his hitting coach, Nolan Dietrich, work on his swing at Next Level Baseball on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Lawrence, Kansas. Dominic says he plays baseball “for the competitive nature with me and my homies.” Dominic hopes to play baseball in college.

7. Dallas, foreground, completes a set of split-leg squats while Dominic, left, prepares for a modified dumbbell bench on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at Ubuntu Performance in Lawrence, Kansas. Both began training at Ubuntu Performance, managed by Kelly Barah, in 2018 and look forward to it. “I love the workout environment and all the people around me,” Dominic said.

5. Dallas and his Dad, PJ Ostronic, watch Dallas’ drive on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Lawrence Country Club in Lawrence, Kansas. Dallas recently quit baseball and fills that time with golf. PJ said, “I love (playing with him). It is good father-son bonding time and something we can do for the next 20-30 years. It is a lifetime sport.”


OU professors concerned about students moving back to campus during Spring Semester The movement of students and increase in in-person classes has caused some concerns with OU faculty MAYA MORITA FOR THE POST Some Ohio University professors have raised concerns about public health in Athens after the university announced Oct. 29 that all residential students will be given the option to move back into campus housing for Spring Semester. Anthropology professor AnnCorinne Freter-Abrams is concerned about medical infrastructure in Athens due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Ohio. “My main concern is for the health of the students, faculty, staff, and Athens community. Especially with COVID increases in the state of Ohio- and a vaccine not available to the general public likely until after spring term,” FreterAbrams said in an email. “Athens could easily get to the point where it really doesn’t have the medical facilities to take care of those that are critically sick.” Chemistry professor Stephen Bergmeier has similar concerns with public safety and that the time of year will lead to increased illness in Athens. “It is going to be winter … I’m concerned there’s just going to be a lot more of the sort of effectivity going on,” Bergmeier said. “Even under normal circumstances, I almost always get sick in Spring Semester.” Despite the concerns with the possible increase in COVID-19 cases, Carl Brune, physics and astronomy professor, believes students who are moving back to campus will benefit academically. “Some students do very well with online classes, and they don’t have any problem attending. And when they attend, they’re still making an effort to ask questions and be engaged,” Brune said. “But I also know that there’s other students for whom that’s not the case, and it may be more difficult ... for them to, especially, really engage in the lectures when they’re not actually on campus. And so I do think for a lot of students, it’s going to help getting in the university environment.” Students at OU were informed of Spring Semester plans Oct. 29. However, some professors feel they weren’t given enough information about Spring Semester plans. Although OU sends out email updates to faculty, Brune said he found out a lot more about Spring Semester from his students. “From where I’m sitting, the faculty are not being consulted with,” he said. “And I’ve actually learned a lot from talking to students about what is happening. And so, sometimes, that’s a little bit frustrating …. For the plans for next semester, we were told a long time ago to start planning for various contingencies — everywhere be10 / NOV. 19, 2020

ILLUSTRATION BY OLIVIA JUENGER tween completely online and completely in-person.” Bergmeier was in a similar position in terms of learning about Spring Semester plans. “We did go through all the courses that we’re offering in the Spring Semester, and letting the university know, ‘Would I like this to be in person; would I like it to be online?’” Bergmeier said. “And, so that was done, but we were not given any — or at least I was not — given any indication that we’re going to invite everybody back.” Freter-Abrams, however, said she has received detailed email updates from the university and the dean’s office for the anthropology department about Spring Semester. Despite students being able to move back to campus for Spring Semester, many classes will remain online. For

those online classes, more will be taught synchronously than asynchronously. The number of in-person and hybrid classes will also be increased. “I also think it might be good for a lot of the students, at least, to get here to campus and kind of get back to being a student,” Brune said. “It’s kind of a transition from childhood to adulthood and for getting on with that process a little bit … I guess I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s going to work out OK.”


A Return to the Arts

ARTS/West set to reopen January 2021 LILY ROBY STAFF WRITER Cultural arts center ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., is targeted to officially reopen the first week of January, thanks to newly invested Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act funding. The reopening comes after the abrupt closure of ARTS/West on Aug. 7, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Steve Patterson said the arts center shut down due to the governor’s initial

Ohio Department of Health guidelines, which included an order that shut down places of entertainment. “(ARTS/West) shut down, along with everything else that was shutting down due to the pandemic,” Patterson said. “Back on August 25, the governor rescinded that order to where entertainment centers could reopen again up to 15% of what their full capacity is.” Patterson said he’s glad to see the arts center reopen because it gives people an opportunity to focus on less stressful activities during the pandemic — even if it’s just something like a virtual class.

CARES Act funding is disbursed from the federal level to the state, then flows down to counties and is finally distributed to cities and villages for different COVID-19-related expenses. The city of Athens has spent almost $350,000 across all departments, Deputy Service-Safety Director Andrew Chiki said in an email. “Related to ARTS/West specifically, the (city) has invested funding toward upgrading infrastructure, including a remote communication system and funding fiber/upgrading broadband to the building,” Chiki said in an email. ARTS/West will offer digital and online programming with its new funding. The fiber upgrading is for fiber-optic cables that will provide ARTS/West with higher quality internet connection and broadband. The cable will be installed underground and connect ARTS/West to the city building on East Washington Street. Along with the construction of a new wheelchair ramp to make ARTS/West more accessible, Chiki said the city’s CARES Act investment for these upgrades will be nearly $100,000. City Council President Chris Knisely said funding to the arts center was provided after a unanimous City Council vote. “I feel confident that this was a good use of money because it’s going to benefit a lot of people in the community,”

I think that it shows where the community’s values are,” - ARTS/West program specialist Emily Beveridge said.

Knisely said. Because the arts center isn’t officially reopening until January, ARTS/West program specialist Emily Beveridge is currently working out of the Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State St. Beveridge said over the past few months, many people have fought for ARTS/ West by planning a nonprofit group called Friends of ARTS/West. “(The nonprofit group) would open up the possibility for significantly more funding streams, and it would be easier for people to directly donate funding for specific things,” Beveridge said, “or for us to be eligible for certain grants that we currently aren’t as a city.” After being laid off due to the initial closure, Beveridge is relieved to be back and working for ARTS/West. She’s seen a lot of positive feedback and support about ARTS/West reopening. “I think that it shows where the community’s values are,” Beveridge said. “Any time somebody makes the efforts to (help) — because everyone’s lives are busy and we’re living in really uncertain times — for people to go out of their way to show support for something, (it) shows that they obviously care.”



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Manning the Museum Kennedy Museum of Art continues to bring people together virtually GABRIELLA HAYES FOR THE POST Amid a global pandemic, the Kennedy Museum of Art breaks through the chaos by hosting a variety of virtual events for families. From virtual art classes to asynchronous, at-home crafting, the art museum offers something for everyone. “Since March, we have restructured gallery programs to a virtual format conducting student-centered learning opportunities for the K-12 and OHIO communities,” Sally Delgado, curator of education at the Kennedy Museum of Art, said. One program currently offered through the muse-

um is the Virtual Family Art and Science Encounters. An Ohio University student staff member leads an activity designed for families to participate from home. This program was previously known as the Art Encounters program but has expanded this year to the Art & Science Encounters program in collaboration with the OU Museum Complex.

Programs offered by the museum are an integral part to bringing the community together to be creative and experience the arts, especially in a time of social distancing and isolation. Transferring events to an online format is no easy task, but that doesn’t stop the Kennedy Museum of Art from thriving at it. Delgado says every concept has to be looked at from multiple angles: which platform will this idea perform the best on, should the event be synchronous or asynchronous, etc. To make up for lack of face-to-face contact, the student staff at the Kennedy Museum of Art has put a lot of focus on social media. Delgado says they have successfully increased virtual interaction with the community.

Since people cannot visit the Kennedy Museum right now, it’s important to find ways to keep the public engaged with the museum in a safe and effective way,”

Between synchronizing schedules and communicating entirely virtually, Marissa Stewart, graduate assistant for the Virtual Family Art and Sciences program, has experienced first-hand the changes brought on by the pandemic. “There are more moving parts involved in virtual events than in-person events,” Stewart said. “In-person events allow for some margin of error or for quick adjustments, where I don’t think virtual events give that leeway.” For Delgado, it’s important to enable families with the right materials in order to complete programs and activities. “We continue to create activities that make use of everyday items you might have around your house,” Delgado said. “Or we make sure to include information on how you can purchase supplies online.” The Kennedy Museum of Art aims to provide explorations in art and science inspired by its other collections and exhibitions. The Vegetal Dyes Activity Guide focuses on natural dyes found in the weavings of the Southwest Native American Collection, and the Southeast Ohio plants featured in the Fun with Leaves activity were integrated from the Ridges Tree Tour. The Kennedy Museum of Art is currently closed for in-person programs and will continue to create online activities until further notice.


-Leah Meyerholtz, a PACE student for the Kennedy Museum of Art The Kennedy Museum of Art at 100 Ridges Circle, Athens, Ohio. (KELSEY BOEING | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)

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Celebrating Internationality International Education Week highlights interconnectedness

ABBY BROWN FOR THE POST Colleges across the globe are celebrating International Education Week, or IEW. Nov. 16-20 celebrates and acknowledges international students throughout the U.S. The Ohio University Office of Global Affairs and International Studies celebrated this week with virtual events and activities for students and faculty. “This year, we want to get more people involved with this week and learn more about the opportunities we provide at the Global Affairs Office,” David Koonce, associate dean of the graduate college, said. Many of this week’s Global Affairs activities included guest speakers and virtual tours of different cultures and countries. “We have been doing as much as we can to keep the experience good and for people to enjoy,” Ji-Yeung Jang, interim executive director for Global Affairs, said. Guest lectures included faculty, staff and alumni who work closely with international affairs and language. “Education is key, and we have been teaching people all about the opportunities that learning about other countries and cultures can bring,” Koonce said. Due to the pandemic, this year’s theme of IEW is “Global Interconnectedness” and focuses on teaching students about resources available to them as well as staying connected. “These students have been faced with hard challenges,” Jang said. “Not only can they not go home due to the international border closure, but also they rely on the university for

jobs — and they have no (jobs).” Traditionally, the week closes with an awards ceremony by Global Affairs for notable students and alumni who have been active in the community. This year, however, the awards have a new meaning. “We really want to highlight international students who continue to work hard even during these hard times,” Jang said. “So the awards are being offered as a spotlight to those in the community even for doing little things.” Many featured students shared their stories about what they’ve done during the pandemic. “They have worked hard, and many deserve to be recognized for it,” Koonce said. The week has also served as a fundraising opportunity for Global Affairs. “We’ve started a kudos fundraiser for current and graduating students who have struggled during this pandemic for money,” Jang said. “We’ve been so thankful and proud for those who have donated so far.” Even though the events are virtual, Global Affairs is still happy and excited for this week and what’s coming from it. “While things may be different, the good thing has been the number of people who have participated in what we’ve done so far,” Jang said. “That’s the good thing about being online: anyone in the world can see and join in.” Not only has it been a good experience for those involved in the week, but also for those who’ve participated. “I feel like this is really good for those who want to learn more about international

Walter International Education Center at 15 Park Place, Athens, Ohio. (KELSEY BOEING /DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)

countries and culture,” Mia Ashby, a freshman studying journalism, said. So far, many have participated in the week’s events. However, both Jang and Koonce want an emphasis on international education to continue through the school year. “It’s important that we keep the discussion going because this not only benefits international students, but also students right here in Ohio as well,” Koonce said. Global Affairs created a page about the week on the university’s official site. There are links to many of the events, awards and the kudos page for donations.

“We want students to continue to share their stories throughout the entire school year,” Jang said. “We created #OHIOIEW2020 so students can share their stories on social media. From there, they can continue to share even after the week has ended.”




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OU students find coping mechanisms to distract from post-election stress HALEY SWAINO FOR THE POST Two weeks have now passed since Election Day. With continued political tension and debate, some are still experiencing overwhelming feelings of stress and confusion. On Nov. 6, Decision Desk HQ declared Joe Biden the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election, exceeding 270 electoral votes. Incumbent president Donald Trump and his campaign team believe, with little to no evidence, those numbers do not match reality, and the election results have been tampered with in the process. Since the start of election season, people have been asking themselves serious questions and making important decisions. As citizens, the primary role of voting has been completed. The people of the U.S. are now faced with new questions — questions that will only be answered with time. No matter what people believe, those allegations have left the American people questioning much more than just their mental health. Election season itself can be stressful and, with all of today’s current struggles, those factors can begin to truly have a negative effect on mental health, Chris Henry, clinical care manager at Counseling and Psychological Services, or CPS, at Ohio University, said in an email. “We all have been distressed by the things we have seen on our screens this year and it is easy to fall into the trap of the endless cycle of cynicism and negativity,” Henry said in an email. “Be mindful of the voices you are listening to and seek out the resources that might offer solutions and optimism.” JB Baker, a senior studying political science at OU whose pronouns are they/them, understands the importance of the election. They also understand just how important it is to mind your mental health during this season. Taking healthy breaks from political news and information can also be beneficial during this time, Henry said. “Keep current events in a larger perspective and seek out mentors, peers, family members, or educators who can offer support rather than engaging in unending debate with internet ‘trolls’ or others who have no stake in your personal well-being,” Henry said in an email. With constant media coverage about the election, the pandemic and so many other stressors, it can become addictive and hard to manage exposure. Consuming negative, and sometimes confusing, over-consumption of news can lead to mental health issues, Henry said. Finding a unique, uplifting outlet has become increasingly important to people 14 / NOV. 19, 2020

during the pandemic and political unrest. As they must still continue social distancing, Baker has become creative in their means of meeting via Zoom. “If you are able to reach out to a mental health professional in the sense of therapy that you can go to, or even if it’s just talking with a friend, it’s just a matter of figuring out what works best for you,” Baker said. There is no shame in seeking help and support, if needed. Many others are feeling similar feelings right now. “Honestly, over the last couple weeks, I have had more anxiety than I ever have had in my entire life,” Hannah Karr, a freshman studying strategic communication, said. “And I’ve found that one thing that helps me is to not stay off my phone, but to stop checking social media so much.” Karr can attest to feelings many people have maybe felt over these past couple of months. In the U.S., there are the added stresses of the presidential election atop the global pandemic that are hanging in the balance. “I also have been reading more of The Washington Post and reliable news outlets, as opposed to just scrolling through Twitter and TikTok and getting stressed out about what everybody says,” Karr said. “I feel like just staying off social media and not falling into the trap of believing whatever you see helps a lot.” Karr agreed that it is greatly beneficial to monitor your exposure to the media right now. As a young journalist, she also holds the responsibility of weeding out the false narratives and information people may be putting out at this time. Karr remains aware of the traps one can fall into in the media right now and continues to be aware of the media she is consuming. “The main thing is surrounding yourself with people who make you feel safe and remembering that your beliefs are valid,” Karr said. When anxiety and stress creep in, Karr knows what is important to remember at the end of the day. She said she has a great support system in her friends and family. “Take a deep breath, watch a movie and just kind of chill out,” Nick Derose, a sophomore studying political science, said. “Some people’s brains move way too fast in these scenarios, so just taking time to try and chill out.” Derose offers a life viewpoint during these times, one that many miss when they are caught up in politics. He feels there is no reason to let political unrest overtake a calm mind. “The media, just like anything else, can become addictive if you use it too much,” Derose said. “Just remember how long life is. If you’re caught up so much in today, you’re

gonna miss tomorrow.” Derose’s message is one applicable to many circumstances right now. Living with such a philosophy has helped Derose immensely in navigating the issues in the world right now. Jilly Anderson is a junior studying war and peace studies. Anderson finds it extremely important to be aware of the world around her as well as the state of her mental health. “If something is important, it will be trending in an hour,” Anderson said. “So there’s no need to constantly be on your phone watching the news all day just waiting for something to happen and adding to that tension.” In finding a healthy balance while continuing to keep herself educated, Anderson has limited her political podcast time. She has found this exposure level to be good for both her personal role in democracy and her personal mental health. “I promised myself I’m only listening to one political podcast a day,” Anderson said. “I think it’s healthy.” Anderson reminds herself and others that truly important information is spread in time. There is no need to spend hours searching for it; there is enough stress as is, she said. “I struggled a lot with post-election guilt, in the sense that I’m a white cisgender woman,” Anderson said. “Whatever happens, I’ll probably be fine, and I felt a lot of guilt for that.”

Anderson recognizes a great privilege she feels she had coming into her first election. She said she has the luxury of being able to tune out during the election that some people don’t have. She found it important to recognize her privilege in this election, and with that in mind, voted. “People are tired, and people just want an answer,” Anderson said. “Regardless of what that answer is, they just want an answer.” From waiting for a time where it is safe to go back outside without a mask to waiting to hear the name of our next president-elect, Anderson said how tired people are of just waiting. “Just because we’re at this standstill and this waiting game,” Anderson said, “It’s hard.” While still feeling the election anxiety, Anderson also offers this thought to remember in the waiting: “I know it’s drawn out; I know it’s frustrating, and you just want an answer,” Anderson said. “But this is democracy. You don’t want it to happen all at once. You want there to be a process because you know that means everyone’s working.” Anderson continually reminds herself, “democracy’s working.” She is trusting the process and knows it will all be worth it, and she hopes the people do, too.



Black Is Beautiful Beer Jackie O’s creates ‘Black Is Beautiful’ beer, donates proceeds to organizations ISABEL NISSLEY FOR THE POST Jackie O’s has brewed a new beer and is donating 100% of the proceeds to several different organizations. Collaborating with the San Antonio-based Weathered Souls Brewing Co., Jackie O’s brewed a “Black is Beautiful” beer. The beer contains notes of rich brownie batter, burnt caramel, toasted pecan, dark roasted coffee and subtle citrus, according to Jackie O’s’ website. All of the proceeds are going to Black Lives Matter, The Bail Project and the local Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society. “We sent a survey to all current Jackie O’s employees to ask which organizations our staff wanted to support, and then narrowed down the organizations based on our goal of supporting a local organization, as well as a national organization,” Sophia Karageorge, marketing and event manager at Jackie O’s, said in an email. In her role as president of the Athens Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society, Cherri Hendricks balances the two disparate concepts of past and future in her work. She, along with other board members, is working to preserve the robust heritage and structure of the historically-Black Mount Zion Baptist Church and, while revitalizing it, creating a Black community hub that Athens residents can benefit from in the future. The Mount Zion Baptist Church was built between 1905 and 1909 by a number of free-born and formerly enslaved Black Americans. A key gathering place for the Black community of Athens, the church provided educational opportunities for its members, hosted choir rehearsals and fostered a space free of racial discrimination. In the early 2000s, the church disbanded and fell into disrepair. Seeing a critical piece of history crumble spurred the creation of the preservation society in 2013. “I think that it is worthy of preserving,” Hendricks said. “The church is a symbol of the Black community here in Athens. And aside from the church, there are no community spaces — Ohio University not included, of course.” The preservation society’s goal of saving the church is not cheap, though. Before the space can be transformed, it must be maintained. “The main project that we have been working on right now is just raising money to save the actual structure,” Hendricks said.

Past fundraising efforts have included a movie showing that the preservation society co-hosted with the Athena Cinema and a roller skating party in Nelsonville. The coronavirus pandemic has proven to be challenging for fundraising planning. “A lot of the people that we want to

But I think that Jackie O’s’ really heartfelt gift to us is indicative of that type of spirit that you can find an Appalachian and the reason why many of us make this our home and we stay here,” - Cherri Hendricks, president of the Athens Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society

reach out to in the community live maybe out in Kilvert … or Chester Hill or places like that, where the internet access is spotty,” Hendricks said. “You know, it’s difficult to gather, so we’re trying to creatively think of ways to engage the community.” The preservation society has been grateful for the donation from Jackie O’s, feeling acceptance and support from within their own community. “It’s one thing when people come from out of town, and say, ‘Oh, you know, this is a good idea,’” Hendricks said. “But I think that Jackie O’s’ really heartfelt gift to us is indicative of that type of spirit that you can find an Appalachian and the reason why many of us make this our home and we stay here. Members of the community were also excited to see Jackie O’s supporting the preservation society and other organizations. “I thought it was really cool that Jackie O’s would do something like that,” Aiyah Shepard, a senior studying child and family studies, said in a message. “I feel that

it was a great decision to donate 100% of the proceeds to Black Lives Matter, Mount Zion and The Bail Project. I think they’re all great movements and the money is going to a good cause.” Jackie O’s will continue to sell its Black is Beautiful beer for as long as supplies last. It can be purchased at Jackie O’s Taproom, 25 Campbell St., Jackie O’s Public House Restaurant, 22 W Union St., or online at jackieos.com. Right now, the preservation society does not have any specific plans for the donation. The structure of the church is being evaluated by a firm, and the society wants to be sure they can pay for the next steps of preservation. “The community has really reached out in a good way and embraced the Mount Zion project,” Hendricks said. “We’re very excited.”


Jackie O’s Black is Beautiful beer donates 100 percent of its proceeds to BLM, the Mt. Zion Church Preservation Society and the Bail Project. (NATE SWANSON | PHOTO EDITOR)



How Ohio can prepare for the second half of its season JACK GLECKLER SPORTS EDITOR Ohio was supposed to be in Oxford on Tuesday facing Miami in the annual Battle of the Bricks rivalry game. Instead, it returned to practice in Peden Stadium. A positive COVID-19 test and contact tracing forced the Mid-American Conference to declare the game a “no contest” — with no time between now and the MAC championship on Dec. 18 to make the game up. On paper, the cancelation seems like a massive blow to Ohio’s chances at a trip to Detroit. All’s not lost, however. According to the MAC’s guidelines for this season, a team can still make the championship as long as they’ve played three games this season. What matters is a team’s winning percentage. In a season which wasn’t supposed to have a bye week, a nixed game might be a blessing in disguise for Ohio. Without having to face Miami, Ohio now has an 18-day gap between the game against Akron and when it faces Bowling Green on Nov. 28. Ohio has two-and-a-half weeks to prepare for its final three games. A team like Ohio can move mountains in this time. With this extra time, coach Frank Solich and the rest of the coaching staff will have plenty of time to work out a plan for its final three opponents. The difficulty of the Bobcats’ schedule ramps up after their game against the Falcons. The final two games of the season will be against the two best teams in the MAC East in 2020. Buffalo is coming off a 42-17 victory over Bowling Green and buried Miami alive in a 42-10 victory the week before. Kent State’s offense has exploded out of nowhere. Tuesday’s 69-35 victory over Akron tied a school record for the most points scored in a single game. Two undefeated teams with offenses that average over 40 points per game are the biggest hurdles Ohio will face this season. If it can figure out a solid plan for both of them, the path to the top of the MAC East is wide open. As aforementioned, Ohio has time on its side. If the Bobcats went toe-to-toe with Central Michigan in Week One, they can do the same with Buffalo and Kent State. Ohio just needs to sort out its insecurities. Among those insecurities is how to properly utilize both of its quarterbacks in each game. 16 / NOV. 19, 2020

Solich has remained firm on wanting to stick with both Kurtis Rourke and Armani Rogers for the moment. While both are skilled quarterbacks, there have been rhythmic problems when changing between the two. When either one gets going, they could be taken out in favor of the other. Rourke has proven himself to be a gunslinger in the works, and Rogers is at his best when running the ball. Both have led the Bobcats on strong drives in the past two games but have a hard time finding a groove right off the bat. The next 10 days are the perfect time for the Bobcats to find a solution to the transition problem. On the other side of the ball, Ohio also needs to bring attention to its defense’s stopping power.

The Bobcats’ defense has promising young assets like Keye Thompson and Jett Elad behind leaders like Jared Dorsa and Austin Conrad. The Bobcats have strength. It just needs to be put to good use. Ohio’s defense stopped the Zips when it mattered, but it barely kept them from steamrolling down the field. Akron surpassed Ohio’s offense in total offensive yards and total plays. Solich commented on the defense’s inability to get threeand-outs, which only led to Akron pushing downfield and threatening to score one too many times. The interceptions from Thompson and Elad came at critical moments, and Akron’s offense soon cracked under the pressure. That defense won’t fly against Buffalo or Kent State. The Bulls haven’t scored few-

er than 42 points in a game yet, and Kent State’s offense has been on hyperdrive for two weeks. If Ohio wants to stand any chance against either, it has to stop both offenses from the outset. Just under two weeks separate Ohio from the second half of its schedule. The Bobcats weren’t supposed to have a bye week, but now, they have been handed precious time to work out the kinks in their play. If a solution can’t be found, the road to the end of the season will be treacherous.


Redshirt freshman, Kurtis Rourke (7), hands the ball off to De’Montre Tuggle (24) during the home game against the Akron Zips. (KELSEY BOEING | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)


Week 2 of Mid-American Conference power rankings J.L. KIRVEN SPORTS EDITOR

Wood with 3 touchdown receptions and 163 receiving yards between the two.

test on Ohio’s side. The game was declared a no-contest.


WESTERN MICHIGAN A wild finish against the Toledo Rockets saw Western Michigan move to 2-0 on the shortened season. The Broncos pulled off one of the best comebacks in decent memory of the MAC. With under three minutes to play, the Rockets had a two score lead over the Broncos. After a score and missed extra point, Western Michigan recovered an onside kick, which would later set up a game-winning fake spike from Kaleb Eleby to Jaylen Hall.

MIAMI The defending champs got, how would you say it? Smacked? Whooped? Beat down? Either way, Miami’s 42-10 loss against Buffalo showed that the RedHawks need to sharpen up if they want to go back-to-back. Miami’s turnaround will have to start with its quarterback. Is it AJ Mayer or Brett Gabbert? Both are talented but young. RedHawks coach Chuck Martin has another week to prepare after Tuesday’s matchup with the Bobcats was canceled.

BALL STATE After its loss to Miami in Week 1, Ball State had the chance to flip the script against Eastern Michigan, and they pulled it off with the same score as last week. After a 17-point fourth quarter, the Cardinals left week two with a 38-31 victory over the Eagles. Ball State’s offense continues to be the highlight for the Cardinals, with quarterback Drew Pitt going 22-for-31 with 232 passing yards and a touchdown. The game-winning touchdown came from running back Caleb Huntley, who scored on a 1-yard run with six seconds left. Huntley rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 34 carries. If the offense wasn’t as gifted as it is, Ball State’s struggles would be far more apparent. Its defense is still struggling to hold any meaningful drives, giving up 477 yards to the Eagles. The Eagles even gained more yards-per-play on average than the Cardinals.

TOLEDO A fake spike killed Toledo’s chance at a 2-0 start. A fake spike negated Eli Peters’ 339 passing yards and the rushing corps’ 162 rushing yards. A fake spike led to a Western Michigan touchdown and Toledo’s 41-38 loss Nov. 11. Granted, Toledo was anticipating a spike, but that doesn’t excuse anyone attempting to cover Jaylen Hall. A wide open Jaylen Hall, who slipped past before the Rockets, even realized what happened. One little mistake can cost a game, and Toledo learned that the hard way.

TEE WILLIS FOR THE POST BUFFALO For the third week in a row, the Bulls head the top of the list. Buffalo put the smacked-around Miami 42-10 behind 558 yards of total offense. Kyle Vantrease threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns and lit up the RedHawks’ secondary. Jaret Patterson rushed for two touchdowns, and the defense rolled over the defending MAC champion. Only two games in and it’s clear that the Bulls are one of the most complete teams in the conference. Snapping an 11year losing streak to Northern Illinois was good, but beating the champs down was very impressive. CENTRAL MICHIGAN The Chippewas are off to their best start in Mid-American Conference play since 2009 after trouncing Northern Illinois 40-10. Behind Daniel Richardson’s 196 passing yards and two touchdowns, the Chippewas’ offense combined for 433 total offensive yards. Northern Illinois couldn’t keep up with Central Michigan’s offensive power. The Huskies didn’t even crack 250 total yards, and the combined efforts of quarterbacks Ross Bowers and Andrew Haidat couldn’t match Richardson’s stats. Two weeks into the season and Central Michigan’s hold on the lead in the MAC West is only contested by Western Michigan. It’s only fitting that the two faced each other at Mount Pleasant on Wednesday. KENT STATE With an undefeated start to its season, Kent State sits right under Buffalo for the top spot in the MAC East division. Kent State’s 62-24 win over Bowling Green in Week 2 was one the most impressive offensive performance in the conference thus far. Quarterback Dustin Crum finished 18-27 for 272 passing yards and four touchdowns. His primary targets were receivers Ja’Shaun Poke and Isiah

OHIO The Bobcats got the win Nov. 10, but it came by way of an underwhelming performance against Akron, a team that’s lost 19 straight games. The 24-10 victory was highlighted by a career-high night from De’Montre Tuggle and takeaways from the defense. Still, concerns with the offense lie in between the awkward transitions of quarterbacks Kurtis Rourke and Armani Rogers. Also the Bobcats need to improve in tackling ... and kicking. But the worst part is the news that broke Sunday: Ohio’s rivalry game with Miami was canceled due to a positive COVID-19

EASTERN MICHIGAN Though the Eagles put together their best effort to overcome a seven-point deficit in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, they fell short against Ball State in Week 2. Preston Hutchinson had an impressive outing going with 250 passing yards, but his single passing touchdown paled in comparison to the three touchdowns he rushed for. The Eagles let themselves get behind against the Cardinals, and unfortunately, they didn’t have the talent nor time to beat them. NORTHERN ILLINOIS Another disappointing blowout loss leaves Northern Illinois winless and amid the bottom of the MAC West. The loss saw Central Michigan at 2-0 in the MAC for the first time since 2009 but displayed another poor performance by the Huskies. Offensively, the Huskies were no match, earning only two rushing yards combined in the second and third quarter combined and finished with 244 total

yards of offense compared to CMU’s 433. AKRON Coach Tom Arth was somber following Akron’s loss to Ohio. Who could blame him? He’s almost halfway through his second season, and he’s yet to win a game. Luckily for him, the improvement is clear. Akron gave Ohio a fight. Quarterback Zach Gibson and running back Teon Dollard had the Bobcats’ defense looking silly at times. Ohio would figure out Akron’s offense at the right times, however. Akron lost the three turnovers, which was just enough damage to Akron’s momentum. It’s clear that the Zips are getting better, but with trips to undefeated Kent State and Buffalo on the horizon, will the Zips be able to pick up a win in 2020? BOWLING GREEN It’s difficult to stomach a 0-2 start to a season. It’s worse when both of those losses are by 35 points or more. A 62-24 loss to Kent State is a clear indicator that Bowling Green’s season is going to feel much longer than six games. The Falcons only stayed competitive in the first quarter, after which Kent State scored 35 unanswered points in the second and third quarters. The only Falcon that managed a standout performance was running back Terion Stewart, who rushed for 162 yards on 14 carries. Stewart averaged 11.6 yards a carry, making it a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy night for the Falcons. Bowling Green has a few good components going for it. The problem is that those few good parts won’t help it against its tough schedule. A visit from Buffalo next week won’t do the Falcons any favors, either.




The first lockdown left chaos, but it might be the best possible solution KAYLA BENNETT

is a freshman studying journalism As COVID-19 spikes again, Ohio is scrambling to find a way to make public health sustainable once again through computer screens and social distancing. Gov. Mike DeWine shared that new measures may taken if the spread does not slow. He has also implemented a nightly curfew beginning at 10 p.m. This means they would shut down bars, businesses, fitness centers and schools once again. This has many Ohioans anxious another lockdown may be on the way. These precautions could be avoided if proper sanitary measures are taken. However, Ohio has not been holding up their end of the bargain. Social events occur every weekend, masks are being worn below the nose or not at all, students are back in their local schools and college students have made their way back to college campuses. Lessons were thought to have been learned the first time around, but Americans cannot stay home. Their dire need for normalcy becomes too overwhelming to think of the public good. On March 19, DeWine issued a statewide lockdown. In recent days, due to rising cases today in schools and having kids in close quarters, some Ohio schools have been forced to make the decision to shut down their schools for the well-being of the students and faculty. These decisions are near

the same ones made nearly six months ago. Undoubtedly, this surge in cases will not be good for the economy, businesses will be shut down and towns will go back to desolate state — or so they should. There has been pushback because no one wants to see a failing economy. But how are we going to see a successful community if a large portion of people are not willing to follow masked guidelines? Throughout the first lockdown, there were protests all around Ohio, specifically at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. People held up signs refusing to be kept in their houses. Little did they know that we would be moving backwards nearly six months later. Irony prevailed during these past protests when DeWine said they were allowed as long as they were socially distanced. This made matters difficult because protesting while social distancing is near impossible. More concerning, these protests have been used as a platform for right-wing extremist groups like the Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, the Three Percenters and others. These militia groups have integrated themselves into the protests in Ohio and around the country. This was painfully apparent when Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer faced some extreme backlash for her handling of COVID-19. As she became one of President Trump’s biggest adversaries, she faced an alarming run in with protestors.

Thirteen protestors plotted this summer to kidnap her. These protestors planned to kidnap her due to her disagreement with Trump’s legislation and her contradicting procedure dealing with the virus. Alarmingly, they had met and trained in Ohio. Amy Acton, the former director of the Ohio Department of Health, was met with hate, threats and even an armed protests outside her home in the midst of Ohio’s lockdown. Sadly, she was driven to step down, but there will be another target for angry anti-lockdown Ohioans if restrictions resume. These extremes are, regrettably, a reality. These protestors were essentially so upset with an outcome that did not even affect them directly that they felt a need to take action. The question waiting to be asked: What kind of unrest should be expected if a lockdown occurs a second time? Inevitably, protest will commence. The turbulence of these protests stems from the anarchy desired from a population of citizens. These citizens will most likely be the same ones who fought against a lockdown earlier this year. DeWine, hopefully, will have a different outlook on these protests because if they continue, COVID-19 will continue to spread. Schools will most likely switch to remote learning and continue to keep kids away from big gatherings. Universities will do the same, but keeping college students away from gatherings is harder than it sounds. Education will continue to be a back and forth battle, but for

the good of the faulty and students, online learning is the best choice. Nonetheless, these daunting measures don’t only pertain to Ohio. States such as Michigan, California and Washington faced pushback during protests this summer as well. Protests could be in the near future due to a certain event that just took place. The 2020 election already created civil unrest in the past few weeks. Tension is high in America, and with one side of America struggling to find peace with the election, things could become more violent than before. Extremist groups have found a home in the lockdown and election protests, and tensions could reach a boiling point. Civil disturbance is inevitable. Trump wants to reopen the states to pre-pandemic times, but death and suffering could join these procedures hand-in-hand. Like the results of the election, COVID-19 is not going anywhere. COVID-19 is a disease, not an election hoax. In simple terms, the numbers of COVID-19 cases are increasing, but the fear of the disease is decreasing. A lockdown is in the foreseeable future if mandatory precautions are not taken seriously. Kayla Bennett is a freshman studying journalism. Please note that the views and ideas of columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk to Kayla? Tweet her @kkayyben.


Twitter, Instagram accomplished nothing with their newest updates LAUREN PATTERSON

is a sophomore studying journalism

“Don’t fix something if it isn’t broken.” This is a philosophy that is typically applied to decision-making and life as a whole. Altering a situation when nothing is wrong can very easily have negative consequences. It’s important to consider this and factor it into the thought process. Another area of implementation: updating social media applications. As social media users, we are used to routine and often find our thumbs naturally gravitating to where buttons are … or are supposed to be. Updates throw a loop into routine. While there are times that exciting new features come from 18 / NOV. 19, 2020

an update, more often than not, inconveniences overpower the experience. In terms of recent app updates, Instagram’s latest, which was launched on Nov. 12, has stirred up quite the controversy. The typical buttons that lay at the bottom of the screen have been replaced by “Reels” and “Shop” functions. With that, the option to create a new post has left front and center and been placed in the top left hand corner. As is the case with most news reactions today, Twitter certainly had a lot to say about the update. Simply searching “Instagram update” on Twitter makes it clear that many Instagram users are not happy about this alteration. Unfortunately, running to this

“Twitter safe space” quickly came to a halt with surprise: another update. Unfortunately, still lacking in the ability to edit a tweet. On Tuesday, Twitter launched its new update incorporating “Fleets,” which are essentially Twitter’s version of a story. Following the familiar story pattern, each “Fleet” lasts for 24 hours when posted. The stories sit at the top of the homepage and do not cause many problems in terms of moving other features around. It is because of this that Twitter’s update seems to be going over a little bit better than Instagram’s but is not stopping users from making jokes comparing the two. Prior to both application’s updating, each one did not have problems. It’s

safe to say Twitter users did not necessarily long for the story option, and Instagram users had the “Reels” and “Shop” features available in other places that did not greatly disturb the general appearance. Sure, Instagram and Twitter have generated lots of conversation with these changes, but it is not strictly in praise. Fixing an item when it is not broken will cause just that. Lauren Patterson is a sophomore studying journalism. Please note that the views and ideas of columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk to Lauren? Tweet her @lpaatt.


‘Wayne’ still might get a second season JACKSON HORVAT

is a junior studying journalism at Ohio University It makes complete and utter sense that former YouTube Premium show Wayne had Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Werninck as its executive producers. Created and written by Shawn Simmons, the series has all the grit, gore, action and comedy that the merc with a mouth had, just applied to a story with a significantly fewer number of superheroes. The titular character, Wayne, though, certainly likes to play the role of a mini Deadpool-esque anti-hero. The plot mainly follows Wayne, played by Mark McKenna, as he goes to retrieve his late father’s 1978 Pontiac Trans-Am that was taken by his mother and her new boyfriend after she left when Wayne was only a child. He’s accompanied by his newly acquired girlfriend, Del, played by Ciara Bravo — yes, the little sister from Big Time Rush. Her hot headedness paired with his well-intentioned violent outbursts make for a road trip like no other. At 10 episodes, with each around a half hour, the show made for a delightfully quick binge back when it premiered in January 2019. The script was smart and witty, and all actors involved were stellar and committed to their amazing, albeit sometimes odd, roles, and the entire feel of the show felt fresh and energizing. It was one of those series that could have someone laughing at the

ridiculousness of what was on the screen one second and shedding a genuinely heartfelt tear the next. Unfortunately, despite earning a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and its premiere netting more than 27 million views, YouTube canceled the show. Or, really, it canceled the network the show had just been created on. Because YouTube decided to shift away from a subscription supported service with original shows to an ad-supported service with a heavier focus on music and personalities, shows like Wayne got the boot, even though they were performing well. It was disheartening to say the least, but Endeavor Content immediately began looking for a new home for the edgy road trip show. And, thankfully, it found that new home in Amazon Prime just at the beginning of this month. Although it doesn’t mean anything for sure, now that Wayne has found a new streaming service to call home — one that’s much more likely to stick around this time — hopes of a second season for the series are now back in play. Series creator Simmons and actors McKenna and Bravo have already taken to social media to push for viewership, which the show completely deserves. It’s as if The End of the F***ing World crossed over with Deadpool and made one of the most quirky, edgy and lovable concoctions of a series the TV world has ever seen. It deserves as many more seasons as those involved with the show

want to make. Simmons has even confirmed that he has the second season premiere already written as well as the rest of the season mapped out. Now, it’s just up to the original and new fans to make it happen. The beauty of the show switching over to a new platform is that it now not only has a chance of a second season, but it also has the chance to pick up a whole new fanbase after already finding a cult following when it first premiered on YouTube. If — or hopefully when — the dark comedy is given the green light by Amazon Prime, fans would be able to expect the second season sometime in late 2021 or early 2022. It’s a wait, sure, but a wait worth sitting around for. So be sure to check out the show, even if you’ve seen it a handful of times already. The more views and attention it can get, the better the chances get that audiences see Wayne on his bike again in the near future. Plus, if it doesn’t get renewed, who knows, he might just start showing up at people’s houses out of anger. And no one wants that. Jackson Horvat is a junior studying journalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Do you agree? Tell Jackson by tweeting him at @horvatjackson.

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Fashion Forecast: 5 winter fashion trends HANNAH CAMPBELL FOR THE POST As the temperatures drop, we trade in our shorts for jeans and cropped tops for sweaters. Just because the weather keeps you inside does not mean winter fashion has to be boring. Here are five fashion trends that are sure to keep you feeling cool and comfortable this winter:

PRIM AND PREPPY This winter brings the rise of preppy chic — and not just at the country club. Preppy chic looks make any outfit appear put together and still be comfortable. Trench coats, blazers and pants with patterns such as houndstooth and plaid can bring any boring outfit to life. They can be neutral colors, such as browns and blacks or eye popping ones like neons. Another easy way to add a tailored look to an outfit is to add a collared shirt to a sweater or sweatshirt, making sure to only show the collar. There are even detachable fake collared shirts on stores like Amazon. It still gives you that polished look without making you pay full price.

over a white or black T-shirt. You can also add any bralette, camisole or bustier to a skirt and large jacket for a time out. For a more professional look, a light corset top can be paired with a suit or a blazer. It’s a daring choice for anyone looking to make an impression.

OVERSIZE AND OVERHANG Oversized jackets are defi nitely not a new trend, especially the infamous teddy bear jackets. While there’s no arguing that they are comfortable and cute, they are more for a casual look. This winter, dress up any outfit with a suede or black biker jacket. They add a lighter or darker feel to any look without the risk of getting cold. A suede or biker jacket can both be dressed up with a slip or T-shirt dress or dressed down with a band tee and jeans. A puffer jacket is

the perfect fit for the days where you just can’t risk the cold to look good. A personal recommendation for any jacket would be to get it a size bigger. That way, you can still keep warm and look cute while doing so.

A ROUGH PATCH What once was a simple craft now is one of the biggest trends from fashion week. Patchwork is so popular today partly due to its sustainability aspect. Mixing pieces of other fabrics together allows for reuse of otherwise wasted materials while still looking on trend. Any clothing items can be patched together, but most notably would be denim. From jackets, jumpsuits and jeans, any piece of denim coordinates well with other patchwork. You can even add double the fl are with a denim on denim

look that is sure to give a funky yet coordinated look for any occasion.



ON THE BRIGHT SIDE Winter fashion does not have to only include dull colors. Bright colors like purple and green can bring any outfit to life. Paired with other neutral colors and patterns, bright and neon colors like these warm and vibrant ones are needed during the colder days. You can be soft and simply add a colorful top or be bold and pair bright complementary colors together through pants and a statement jacket. Being able to coordinate different colors can make any outfit look like a matching set.

NOT JUST FOR THE BEDROOM Lingerie is no longer solely for being worn under clothes. A great way to show off your silhouette is to add a piece of nightwear to your outfit. A subtle way to do so is to match a cropped cardigan with a bralette or shorter camisole. For a more casual look, add a lace bralette THEPOSTATHENS.COM / 20

10 songs that need to be on everyone’s November playlist EMMA DOLLENMAYER ASST. BEAT EDITOR The month of November marks a time of transitioning — from what once was to what is and will be. Summer tans have faded, the sun is setting earlier in the evening and the indoors have become a place of retreat. During this time, it is important to prioritize ease and peace. Music is undeniably the perfect therapy and a tool to aid in doing so. A few remedial songs can go a long way in making us as individuals feel better — especially in the bleaker months — even if only for a little while. Therefore, the following songs are ones that should be added to your monthly/seasonal playlist, considering they are sure to heal the soul and make one feel at home with themselves. “WISH I KNEW YOU” BY THE REVIVALISTS Lead singer of The Revivalists David Shaw has left the meaning behind its breakout single open to interpretation, yet the underlying theme seems to be yearning to have known a person one loves so deeply when he/she was younger — in order to have experienced budding love, recklessness and being free spirited together. The track is ideal for a fall playlist because of its reminiscent tone, whether that be for older listeners being able to relate or younger one’s recollecting on similar moments — or in contrast, being hopeful in a stereotypically hopeless time to find someone one day they can feel alive with, despite age. “TOPANGA” BY GOTH BABE Griff Washburn, better known by his stage name Goth Babe, is an unfamiliar artist to most but should be acquainted with more listeners as he constantly delivers savory tunes that depict the life and vibe many of us can only dream of living and feeling. Washburn lives out of his van, producing and writing music while also continuing to live a zen lifestyle, which the song “Topanga” so beautifully encapsulates and embodies. Truthfully, it’s a track that takes us on a trip seemingly meant for days spent on the coast but are much needed amid winter days in the Midwest. “LOST IN TRANSLATION” BY THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Another refreshing and spirited track, “Lost in Translation” is one of The Neighbourhood’s more lively and upbeat tracks. None could be denied a spot on any playlist, though, as most are seemingly fit for several

moods, arguably. The track, although quite short, will have listeners bobbing their head to a song all about miscommunication — a too commonly understood theme among our generation. Allow this track to remind you to do your best to have clear intentions this season and upcoming year. “BEGGAR’S SONG” BY MATT MAESON November may be an indicator for many regarding how they end their year. Maybe you are struggling and feel as if you are drowning in an abyss. But as Matt Maeson wrote on Instagram, remember “there(’s) never a pit. Just smoke and mirrors,” ultimately just deterring one from achieving the best versions of themselves. It’s OK to hurt, but let “Beggar’s Song” serve as a reminder to get out and get up, keep going and prevail even through your lowest of lows. Healing is a process, but it is feasible. “LOVE AFFAIR” BY UMI For those who have been broken by the wrong person, don’t retreat and shut yourself out to new, potential options this season. “Love Affair” explores questioning an unfamiliar, complex feeling. Is the feeling love, lust or just a love affair? Don’t complicate a relationship with a blossoming lover due to overthinking and striving to define the connection. This song is the note everyone needs to reassure you whatever you’re feeling is justified. From @wetheurban’s October healing playlist, the song has the ability to do just that, heal and help you open yourself up again. We can only hope the account is busy working on a November one, too! “MY TEARS ARE BECOMING A SEA” BY M83 If you are currently in a state of being where inspiration is lacking and your future seems desolate, you’re in need of some music therapy — more specifically, some M83 therapy. “My Tears Are Becoming a Sea” has the ability to awaken anyone’s senses. Sit with yourself, headphones in, eyes closed and allow yourself to take a few deep breaths while listening to the heightened and overwhelming sensation that is “My Tears Are Becoming a Sea.” If you have ever questioned if a song has the power to push you to want to become more, and retrieve more from life, this track is the one to convince you of this possibility. The past several months have been difficult on everyone, but this track can play a small part in assuring you that greatness and fulfillment are both viable and in the near future. If

ILLUSTRATION BY OLIVIA JUENGER this song resonates with you, we recommend adding M83’s “Outro” as well. “ARIZONA (FEAT. ELLA JANE)” BY YOUNG FRIEND “ARIZONA (feat. ella jane)” explores wondering why both artists are feeling “jaded” and “vacant,” as they try to find a way out. They express the happiness they once felt in the summer months together, as they sing about the easiness they experienced in the months of June, July and August, yet they acknowledge they will “be fine in the cold again” because “summer doesn’t last all year.” Unfortunately, most of us adore summer and hate winter, but we have to remember we can still find similar contentment from different activities in the more frigid and intense months. “FREAKIN’ OUT ON THE INTERSTATE” BY BRISTON MARONEY Driving, especially on the vast space that is the highway, can prompt anyone to spiral. Revelations can be made about one’s self and life in general, which is ultimately what Briston Maroney’s “Freakin’ Out On the Interstate” embodies. A stimulating, aimless ride with no destination can be beneficial for anybody searching for answers. Maroney knows he is down but doesn’t know the reason why. What he does know is he cannot give his lover what they deserve. He also calls his father to make amends. A car ride has the capacity to do more than just take you where you want to go physically, but it also has the ability to do the same mentally and spiritually, so let it do just that. “SOMETHING TO LOSE” BY JAMES SUPERCAVE

This is an undeniably groovy alternative single that seems as if it was made for navigating the nightlife culture of a bustling city and airy dancing. November is obviously a time for showing gratitude, which oddly enough is the underlying moral of “Something To Lose.” If there is something in your life that is worth holding onto, whether that be someone or something, don’t be careless enough to let it slip through your fingertips. Appreciate it and this alluring techno song. Trust us, you’ll want to have it on repeat for days. “WON’T LIVE HERE” BY DANIEL CAESAR Simply put, we are blessed to live in the same era as the phenomenon that is Daniel Caesar. We are all in need of second chances, which is exactly what Caesar is asking his lover for. He begs to not be given up on, to have his significant other accept that he will be a better man in the future and that he has not attained his best self yet, even though perfection will never be obtainable. He sings, “I can’t go through the pain / Won’t live here without you.” He is conclusively singing about the inevitable aching that accompanies true love and the invisible string that attaches one to the other. Besides just being an exquisitely beautiful track, it finds peace on every fall playlist in that it represents healing and wanting to be better for someone else’s sake though, remember to want this for yourself, too.


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Athens County Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Event promotes remembrance, support


Athens County Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Event is a safe space for those who have experienced a loss due to suicide, have survived an attempt or anyone who wants to show their support. The Athens County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Athens, or NAMI, are collaborating to host this second annual event that allows for building connections and understanding what suicide is for a human. This year, the event will be hosted virtually through Zoom. Being online, the event still plans to host at home programs to create a feeling of togetherness. Suicide can sometimes come with a stigma of guilt, shame and self-blame, but this event wants to lead in the direction of hope and survival. “We really want this to be an opportunity for people to get together to promote connection and healing and resilience,” Jane Riley, an organizer for the Athens County Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Event and a survivor of suicide loss, said. “We want to allow people to engage in the activities that they’re interested in — where they feel comfortable. Everybody’s healing and grieving process is unique.” Riley feels healing involves time, and this event aims to give time and space to those who need it. It will be a place for talking or listening. “In the last couple years, I have gotten more involved, as part of the fabric of the community treatment of mental illness,” Tina Trimmer, executive director of NAMI, said. “We are happy to be part of the Athens County Suicide Prevention Coalition. And in that role, I do less of the hands-on planning and more of ‘we are the treasurer’ for that group, so I hold all of our donation money, and 22 / NOV. 19, 2020

I pay bills for the coalition as needed. Sometimes with events like this, there are costs, and I read the checks.” The Athens County Suicide Prevention Coalition works closely with this event, promotes advocacy about this sensitive topic and helps raise awareness of suicide prevention. This year, one of the activities will be the creation of a remembrance quilt. “Our goal is to have a community remembrance quilt where individuals and families can get a quilting square fabric and create it any way they would like,” Riley said. “They can write on it; they can embroider it or glue things to it. They can create a square in honor of their loved ones who died by suicide.” With the event being digital, a group walk will not take place, but an at-home memory walk is strongly encouraged. “ The journey of grief and healing continues — one step at a time,” Riley said. “It’s kind of an ‘at your own pace’ thing.” The walk symbolizes grief and how everyone deals with it differently and faces different journeys. Furthermore, the event is a chance for growth and vulnerability, Riley said. An activity revolving around growth after loss will occur as well. “Personally, this walk means so much to me,” Faye Bumgardner Wilson, an organizer of this event, said. “My mom died by suicide in 1985. Anything I can do to help others helps me heal.” Attendees will experience other people’s stories and share their own experiences. It provides resilience, and the community plans to heal together. “Last year, the first year of our event, was amazing,” Bumgardner Wilson said. “People stood up and told their personal stories on how suicide has affected their life. My goal is to end the stigma of suicide and mental health issues. Saving one person from going through what

I did, at the age of 19, will make it all worth it to me.” @KKAYYBEN KB084519@OHIO.EDU

IF YOU GO WHAT: Athens County Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Event

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


WHAT’S GOING ON? Build strength with power flow yoga; join a virtual tree lighting ceremony ISABEL NISSLEY FOR THE POST

FRIDAY, NOV. 20 Colloquium: “Geophysical prospecting for new cave passages” at 12:55 p.m., hosted virtually by Ohio University’s Department of Geological Sciences. Explore caves virtually with Dr. Lewis Land. A devoted researcher, Land will present the results of electrical resistivity surveys used to investigate new cave passages in Fort Stanton Cave of New Mexico. His presentation will also include a discussion of the Snowy River Formation: the world’s longest speleothem. Admission: Free Virtual Shabbat at 6 p.m., hosted by Hillel at Ohio University via Zoom. Join OU Hillel for a student-led, virtual Shabbat. Although the event is online, students are still encouraged to lead prayer, offer a D’var or contribute musically. Admission: Free

dio, 8950 Lavelle Rd., or virtually. Strengthen your mind and body in this vigorous yoga class. Focusing on breathing techniques, the instructor, Liz, will take those comfortable with yoga fundamentals to the next level. Participants need to bring their own mats. Admission: $10 Level 2 Flameworking: Fall Themed at 2 p.m., hosted by Leisure Learning at Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Pkwy. Hone your flameworking skills at this workshop taught by instructor Sabrina Suman. The fallthemed event allows participants to learn more about flameworking in an engaging manner. Participants must have completed the Level 1 Flameworking class to attend. Admission: $50 Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m., hosted by The Blennerhassett Hotel and United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley on Facebook Live. Kick off the holiday season by tuning into this virtual event as The Blennerhassett Hotel lights its hotel tree and then proceeds through the Festival of Trees display. Admission: Free

SUNDAY, NOV. 22 Angel Tree Giving Program at 12 p.m., hosted by Parkersburg YMCA, 1800 30th St., Parkersburg, WV. Select an item to purchase from the tree in the YMCA lobby, and give a gift to a child in need. Gifts should be returned unwrapped with the angel tag for identification inside the bag by Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Parkersburg YMCA. Admission: Free


SATURDAY, NOV. 21 Online/Zoom OR Outdoor Power Flow with Liz at 10 a.m., hosted by Bodhi Tree Guesthouse and Stu-


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