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OU expects similar enrollment numbers as last year

Ohio University is expecting incoming-student enrollment for the Fall semester 2024 to be about the same as previous record-breaking years.

For the 2023 Fall Semester, OU had 4,517 first-year students enrolled at its Athens campus and are hoping to enroll roughly the same amount for the upcoming year, Vice President for Enrollment Management Candace J. Boeninger wrote in an email.

“Interest in Ohio University is at an all-time high, and enrollment of new and continuing students on the Athens campus has been especially strong in the past couple of years,” Boeninger said in an email.

According to a previous The Post report, OU has had record breaking enrollment numbers for incoming students.

The university had 4,441 first-year students in Fall 2022 and 4,516 year-students in Fall 2023 according to a university news release.

It’s too early for OU to project final enrollment of first-year students because of shifts in this year’s enrollment confirmation deadlines nationwide, Boeninger wrote in an email. However, she wrote the university plans to accommodate slightly smaller or larg-

er class sizes if enrollment patterns change.

“We work closely with academic and administrative leadership throughout the enrollment cycle, including the summer orientation season, to ensure that OHIO can accommodate the entering and returning classes well as they shape up,” Boeninger said in an email.

2,462 first-year students and 91 transfer students have registered to attend Bobcat Student Orientation throughout the summer, University Spokesperson Samantha Pelham wrote in an email.

During the Spring or Summer 2024, OU Housing and Residence Life intends to take several residence halls offline, according to a previous The Post report on the housing master plan.

The front four South Green dorms — Pickering, Brown, Crawford and McKinnon Halls — are going offline for capital improvements, according to the report. One hall is expected to be taken offline each year following the summer of 2024.

All dorms are expected to be back online before the beginning of the 2024-25 Fall semester, Director of Housing and Residence Life Jneanne Hacker wrote in an email. Other housing opportunities including leased spaces at The Rivers will also be available to students.

“All of Ohio University’s residence halls will be online for Fall 2024, as well as 618 master leased spaces at ‘The Rivers,’” Hacker wrote in an email.

Having other spaces for students available also allows for Housing and

Residence Life to prepare and accommodate for any change in enrollment patterns that may occur throughout the summer.

“Housing and Residence Life’s occupancy management model is well positioned to respond to any change in enrollment while ensuring that we support the housing needs of first- and second-year students residing on campus,” Hacker wrote.

OU is a sophisticated and advanced public university that is prepared for a variety of enrollment scenarios, and does not seek to enroll a specific ‘class size’ number, Boeninger wrote.

“We are constantly working to understand how the University can best deliver on its mission as a public university and support our students well, and we know that planful, stable enrollment

levels help us provide the distinctive Ohio University experience,” Boeninger wrote.

The university is expecting about the same class size for incoming students as last year, Boeninger wrote. The increasing interest in OU is encouraging for the increasing retention and graduation rates, she wrote.

“New incoming students have enrolled in record numbers, and we are encouraged by strong rates for fall-tospring return, first-year retention, and four- and six-year graduation,” Boeninger said in an email. “These measures are all signs of the University’s ability to attract outstanding students and support their success.”



Letter from the editors: BSO is just the beginning

of a fantastic experience



Hello, new Bobcats! We are so excited to welcome you to Ohio University. As two incoming seniors ourselves, it is quite bittersweet to think back on our Bobcat Student Orientation as happening nearly three years ago. We know you must be feeling a multitude of new emotions: from scared to overwhelmed to excited. Let us assure you OU is where you are meant to be, and you are about to embark on an amazing new experience.

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pendent, award-winning student-run news publication on OU’s campus and in the Athens community. We have been around in some capacity since 1911, and we pride ourselves in delivering our readers innovative and detailed storytelling through multi-platform reporting. The Post covers topics relating to student interests, faculty, academia, culture, the arts and athletics, as well as state and national issues.

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Reflecting on President Gonzalez’s first year at OU


Ohio University’s 23rd and first female president, Lori Stewart Gonzalez, has completed her first academic year in office.

After taking over for former OU President Hugh Sherman on July 1, 2023, Gonzalez saw the start of success in many of her goals and accomplishments, according to OU Spokesperson Samantha Pelham.

“The transformative initiatives she has already implemented are just the first of many ways President Gonzalez plans to contribute to elevating the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Ohio University in her tenure as President,” Pelham wrote in an email.

Gonzalez announced the President’s Opportunity Promise Award during her October investiture, according to an OU news release. The award will allow federal Pell Grant eligible high school students in Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington Counties to receive free tuition.

“This is really an expansion of our ongoing commitment to access and affordability and serving the students in our region,” Gonzalez said during her Investiture Ceremony on Oct. 18. “If we can educate them in our region, we can keep them in our region.”

This renewable scholarship will allow higher education access for students and families who never had college on their radar, which could bring in first-generation and local students, according to a previous The Post article. The scholarship will be awarded starting with the Fall 2024 semester.

Gonzalez brought together other members of the Ohio community to help her

develop the Dynamic Strategy initiative, Pelham said in an email. The Dynamic Strategy is a set of five-year goals focusing on four areas – learn, discover, engage and work.

“As part of the Dynamic Strategy process, I look forward to hearing from you about where your ideas are and what you believe we should invest,” Gonzalez said during the ceremony. “We don’t know the outcome of our planning, it’s my expectation that our institutional profile will be elevated and will form significant new partnerships and increased support.”

The Dynamic Strategy work groups recently presented their goals on Feb. 19 for the next five years to the OU community, and it will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval in June, Pelham wrote. These goals will hopefully be implemented in the fall.

Gonzalez also charged a group of OU leaders and experts to review and refresh OU’s mission and vision in the fall, which has not been fully updated since 2007.

The former mission statement was 17 years old, and it was changed to better reflect the uniqueness of OU and the university’s work in the evolving world, Pelham wrote in an email.

“Ohio University holds as its central purpose the intellectual and personal development of its students,” the former mission statement reads. “Distinguished by its rich history, diverse campus, international community, and beautiful Appalachian setting, Ohio University is also known as well for its outstanding faculty of accomplished teachers whose research and creative activity advance knowledge across many disciplines.”

The Board of Trustees will consider the new mission statement for approval in June, according to OU’s website.

“To hold the door open to higher educa-

tion so that all those eager to solve humanity’s most urgent challenges might enter to learn, connecting them with experiences and discovery that will help them think critically, care deeply, lead boldly, and ultimately depart to serve,” the new statement reads.

Gonzalez started a new forum called University Updates, according to Pelham. The series has hybrid events that provides insight into OU’s priorities and progress, delves into topics of higher education at OU, and helps foster transparency and understanding.

Ohio community members are invited to University Updates sessions, which take place quarterly, Pelham said in an email. There have already been three

sessions with various OU leaders presenting to hundreds of viewers.

Although Gonzalez has kickstarted many different initiatives, she’s also involved on campus.

“Dr. Lori Stewart Gonzalez has embraced all things Ohio, taking part in traditions like Homecoming, engaging with students, faculty, staff and alumni across all campuses, visiting each regional campus to get a sense of their impact on their respective communities, and implementing new initiatives that make obtaining a higher education more accessible,” Pelham wrote in an email.


Campus and city construction projects are in motion


As summer begins in Athens, and Ohio University students go home for the summer, the university and the city are starting construction projects.

The university manages about 130 active construction projects totaling about $500 million, Interim Associate Vice President of Design and Construction Jonathon Cozad said.

Construction projects are purposely started during the summer, Cozad said.

“We try to align as much construction as possible in the summer because our goal is to minimize impact to the academic year,” Cozad said.

However, there are many construction projects that need to be finished within

about three months, which Cozad said leaves a lot of work to be done in a short period.

“If there’s a drawback to it, it’s probably just that we are so busy in that time because we’re compressing so much work into those three or so months. That does make a flurry of activity on campus,” Cozad said.

Students can expect to see new construction projects when classes start in the fall. Construction will start on the new residence hall on South Green, although construction won’t end until spring 2026, Cozad said.

The new residence hall foundational work will be completed over the summer, but the construction of the actual building will continue into the fall semester, Cozad said.

A new Translational Research Facility for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will start construction toward the end of summer, Cozad said.

According to an Ohio University news release, the research facility is supposed to open late 2025.

Maintenance projects will also be completed throughout the summer. These projects focus on touching up and improving buildings or areas, Cozad said.

The Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium is receiving a new chilled water system which will function as air conditioning and will be wrapped up in May, Cozad said. The auditorium will also receive lighting upgrades later in the summer.

Renovation started last summer on Bryan Hall, but it will finish this season, Cozad said. The construction focused on upgrading the HVAC system, replacing windows and refreshing the interior.

The university is working with the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve pedestrian safety along South Green Drive from the intersection of Richland Avenue to Adams Hall, Cozad said.

OU’s construction management services, Design and Construction, oversees the university’s projects and manages all the construction, Cozad said. However, he said the service doesn’t construct the projects.

Athens Service-Safety Director Andy Stone said if a project is estimated to cost more than $75,000, it is required to put out a public bid.

Construction projects are advertised through a local newspaper publication of the construction plans and services, Stone said. Once the bids open publicly, contractors submit bids and the company with the lowest bid, or price, is chosen for the project.

“Typically, whoever has the lowest bid contract,” Stone said. “Not always, but 99.9% of the time it’s whoever has the lowest bid, assuming they can do the work, is the one that you have to award to by law.”

The West Union Street infrastructure and water line work will continue, Stone said.

Additionally, the Dairy Lane infrastructure work is a $5 million project that should wrap up at the end of the summer, Stone said.

Sidewalks on the cross streets of East Washington Street, West Washington Street, and East and West State Street might see some work, Stone said.

The new fire station headquarters, located at 120 E. Stimson Avenue, will continue to be worked on with a ribbon cutting possibly in August, Stone said.

The Athens City Building will have work done in the front tower and some other interior renovations, Stone said.

“The role of the government is to keep the bones of the city functional so that people can have their businesses and live here and thrive,” Stone said.

President Lori Stewart-Gonzalez during her induction ceremony held in Memorial Auditorium on College Green in Athens, Ohio, Oct. 18, 2023. (ALAINA DACKERMANN | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) The construction site of the new Athens Fire Department headquarters on East Stimson Avenue, Oct. 8, 2023, in Athens, Ohio. (MEGAN VANVLACK | PHOTO EDITOR)

Faces & places to know




Ohio University has over 20,000 students enrolled, but here are some notable figures to know around campus and Athens.


Lori Stewart Gonzalez is almost a year into her position as president of the university. She said has promoted a student-first mindset throughout her first year, according to a previous Post report. Gonzalez said she hopes to be approachable to students and get to know them on a personal level. Gonzalez got her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kentucky; a master’s degree in communication disorders from Eastern Kentucky University; and her Ph.D. in communication disorders from the University of Florida. Before coming to OU, she held the executive vice president and provost position at the University of Louisville.


Mayor Steve Patterson is serving in his third term as the mayor of Athens. Patterson was an associate professor of health psychology at OU until 2016, according to the city’s website. Patterson oversees many facets


Baker Center is one of the main buildings on campus students should be most familiar with. The building, located at 1 Park Place, has five floors with different university services inside. Located on the first floor is the Bobcat Depot, which sells OU merchandise, technology, technological support, school supplies and is the main hub for printing OHIO IDs. Students can grab a quick snack or meal on the first floor from dining areas West 82, Latitude 39 and Life is Sweet. Front Room Coffeehouse is also in Baker Center.

Baker also holds university offices like the Dean of Students, Women’s Center and the Pride Center located throughout the building.


Alden Library, located at 30 Park Place, has seven floors with different noise levels for all students to study at their comfort level. The noise levels consist of silent study, quiet study and group study. Alden has computers located on every floor, as

of the city council including zoning appeals, disabilities commission and housing. Patterson can be seen around Athens and at city council meetings on Mondays at 7 p.m.

To contact the mayor, please call 740-592-3338, or email the mayor’s office.


Ohio University Chief of Police

Andrew Powers is the head of the university’s police department. OUPD is in charge of maintaining student safety and crime prevention. Students may need to contact the OUPD if they feel unsafe or need to report a crime. People should dial 911 in emergencies, but students can call OUPD at 740-593-1911 for campus-related issues or concerns.


well as printers and Café BiblioTech on the second floor to fuel study sessions. The library is the main hub for students to use the academic resources available to be successful in the classroom.

Alden is also the home of the Academic Achievement Center, where students can get free in-person and online tutoring, writing assistance, academic coaching, first-generation student success and supplemental instruction.


The College Book Store is located down the street from Baker Center and across from College Green at 50 S. Court St. The bookstore has Bobcat merchandise with the crazy 8’s T-shirts priced at $8.88 and bargain sweatshirts at $18.04, along with school supplies and textbooks. The bookstore also offers textbook buybacks, so students can resell their textbooks back to the store.


Another location students should know is the Hudson Health Center, located at 2 Church St. The center houses OhioHealth Campus Care and provides students with primary and urgent care. The building also holds Counseling and Psychological Services, which students can make appointments for individual or group counseling.

Mayor Steve Patterson smiling during the watch party for the election at Pigskin Bar, in Athens Nov. 7, 2023. (CHLOE EGGLESTON | FOR THE POST)
The entrance to the fourth floor of Alden Library, Feb. 13, 2024, in Athens.. (MEGAN VANVLACK | PHOTO EDITOR)

Undergraduate AI major awaits state approval


A new artificial intelligence major may be offered to undergraduate students at Ohio University as early as next fall.

The university has approved the AI major, but it must be approved by the state before it can be officially implemented under the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

The major came with support from the Provost’s Office through the Program Innovation Accelerator. The program is a resource dedicated to highlighting and improving current university programs and investing in new initiatives on campus with emerging interest.

Avinash Karanth, chair of the school of electrical engineering and computer science, was one of the professors who drafted the proposal for the major and wrote the curriculum.

Karanth said the increased student interest in AI played a part in creating the curriculum.

“We can see that (AI) classes are generally filled up,” Karanth said. “Students had a lot of inputs in the sense that they wanted this to be a major because they will be taking these classes that would count for the technical electives.”

The proposed coursework teaches students the basics of AI, providing an entry-level education that is not currently offered by the college, before moving onto advanced concepts.

The major would include four core AI courses every student in the major takes and some advanced electives focusing on data science, hardware for deep learning, medical image analysis

and more, Karanth said.

Russ College Associate Dean for Academics David Juedes also helped with the initial proposal of the major.

Even though the AI major is new, the university has AI courses dating all the way back to 1969, Juedes said.

at these new programs if someone will develop them,’ and we were the right group to do it.”

After gaining initial support from the PIA during the 2021-22 academic year, the AI major was created and submitted to the University Curriculum Council

The university has offered AI-focused classes under the Russ College that were catered toward seniors and graduate students, Karanth said. Those courses range from as low as the 3000 level to as high as the 6000 level.

“(The AI major) aligns very well with our department goals because we were already teaching those classes,” Karanth said. “Then there was this Program Innovation Accelerator from the university which said, ‘Hey, we want to look

the following year, Karanth said. Once it was approved by the UCC, it was then approved by the Board of Trustees in January 2024.

“As innovation progresses, education must also progress,” Board of Trustees Chair Peggy Viehweger wrote in an email. “We must ensure students are learning the skills and knowledge to continue to shape the future of our world.”

A group of Russ College professors

FAFSA updates delay financial aid packages


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid has undergone changes through the FAFSA Simplification Act to

streamline the application process and increase eligibility requirements for funding. However, the updating process has delayed financial aid offers to students.


Incoming freshmen should receive financial aid packages beginning the week of April 28 through email and printed packets in the mail, according to Ohio University’s Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Returning and transfer students should receive a notification from their MyOHIO Student Center beginning the week of May 5, according to the office.

Candace Boeninger, vice president for enrollment management, said in an email packages will continue to be sent out on a rolling basis as updated FAFSA information arrives.

“While there have been extraordinary disruptions and significant delays with this year’s federal aid process, the 2024-25 FAFSA is live and working now,” Boeninger wrote in an email. Boeninger said in an email national data shows many students

prepared a program proposal of the full curriculum for the AI major and submitted it to the UCC and the Board of Trustees, Karanth said.

A proposal must be approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education before the major can be officially marketed or implemented by the university, Karanth said. The college has submitted the major to the state for review, but it is still awaiting a decision.

Without approval from the state, students can’t apply to be AI majors, Juedes said.

Russ College faculty are hoping to get the major approved before the Fall 2024 semester. However, students could not apply for the major because it has not yet been approved.

If the major is approved, OU will be the first university in the state to have the undergraduate program, Juedes said.

“It’s an exciting time to be a computer scientist and they have lots of interesting things going on,” he said.

Juedes cited Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania as examples of schools with AI degrees.

Juedes said the new major is coming at a pertinent time for students interested in a career in AI.

“My colleagues and I have seen this growth in these Artificial Intelligence techniques becoming more and more important in the world, and (we are) also seeing job prospects for students in very AI focused companies,” Juedes said.


haven’t filed FAFSA, but there’s still time left.

“We encourage students to file the FAFSA right away if you haven’t already; it’s not too late and it’s not too hard!” Boeninger wrote.

Kate Hayes, a sophomore studying journalism, said she relies on FAFSA and the federal Pell Grant to continue her education.

“We get tuition reimbursement through my mom’s work,” Hayes said. “They want my FAFSA and there’s a certain deadline, and we haven’t been able to meet that deadline because my FAFSA still isn’t back.”

Hayes said she’s feeling stressed while waiting on her form to come back.

“I don’t know if we’re still going to be able to get (tuition reimbursement),” Hayes said. “I’m just going to use the tuition reimbursement that we got from this semester to pay for next semester.”

Hayes said this year’s FAFSA application process was easier than last year’s, but the lack of information about her financial situation for the upcoming school year has created additional stress.

“I feel like I need to make a lot of money this summer just in case I need it as backup,” Hayes said. “I’m not super worried that OU is going to up-charge me or anything, but just in case, I want to be prepared.”

Sincere Morrison, an incoming freshman studying communications, said waiting on his financial aid package stressed him out, but he received it at the beginning of May.

“(FAFSA) kind of stressed me out because not knowing how much I would get from the FAFSA,” Morrison said. “I’m thinking, ‘oh, what if I don’t get enough,’ or ‘how will I pay for it if I don’t get enough from FAFSA.’”

Morrison said he needed the form to fill out a separate scholarship application, so the delay in receiving his aid package made him miss out on additional financial aid opportunities.

Additionally, this was Morrison’s first time filling out the FAFSA form. He said he received help from his high school counselors while completing the form. Students should regularly check their emails for updated information regarding the FAFSA, Boeninger said in an email. The financial aid office also has additional resources for students who might need support, she wrote.

“Each OHIO student has an assigned student financial aid counselor who is trained to support students and families as they work to fund their OHIO education,” Beoninger said in an email.

The FAFSA Simplification Act made “major changes” to the form, according to the Federal Student Aid office. Changes include replacing the Expected Family Contribution with the Student Aid Index, modifying the family definitions in FAFSA formulas, expanding access to Federal Pell Grants and streamlining the FAFSA form.

To learn more about the changes, visit the Federal Student Aid website or visit Ohio University’s Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

They are the Manager & Assistant Manager of an Athens singer-songwriter, and they take turns being named employee of the month. Their favorite Human is a Woman, and they want you to VOTE FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS. (In case you can’t tell them apart, Leonard is next to Tippie.)
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Alumni provide advice to new Bobcats

Ohio University’s incoming class of 2028 follows generations of graduates since the school’s opening in 1808. With over 100 classes beginning their OU experience by walking through Alumni Gateway, Bobcats in all stages of life are connected through similar traditions and experiences.

and dining at Restaurant Salaam.

Along with Court Street’s restaurants, cafes and shops, Corn recalls on-campus activities, as well.

“I had a really fun rhythm, where a friend and I would go super early to Ping and we would go and work out, and then we would go to Boyd right afterward,” said Corn.

Finding effective study spots was

Exploring Court Street, located just outside of Alumni Gateway, continues to be a popular way to pass time while in Athens.

Savannah Corn, a 2020 OU graduate, recalls studying at Donkey Coffee with friends, visiting The Athena Cinema

another exciting part of experiencing Athens for her. Corn recalls studying in the Academic and Research Center with friends.

Charles J. Ping Recreation Center is available to all OHIO ID owners and holds three floors of recreational fa-

Bobcats offer insight on campus job hunting

For incoming students, the thought of a campus job may be intimidating. However, Ohio University offers several opportunities for Bobcats looking to make extra money and explore their interests.

According to OU, each campus job is “committed to promoting and supporting a workplace and educational environment where healthy and respectful conduct is the cultural norm.”

The website offers links for students, faculty and staff looking for jobs to reach out to employers and create connections. All are welcome to gain experience and explore their passions, whether that be as an ambassador for the Scripps College of Communication or a cook for the culinary department. Students may also have multiple campus jobs depending on their comfortability and schedule. Emily Keith, a sophomore studying early childhood education, works for three different campus departments and said her jobs are educational and fun.

“As an early childhood education major, I love getting to work with kids and people in general,” said Keith in an email. “I feel my jobs align with my future career very well, and there are many job opportunities for many different majors to get some experience working in their fields.”

Keith said working as a learning com-

cilities ranging from a climbing wall, basketball courts, an indoor track, free weights and gym equipment. Ping also holds group fitness classes such as cycling, yoga, boxing and cardio dance.

Along with these fitness and recreational opportunities, intramural sports are also a popular way to spend time at OU. Hannah Kresse, a 2023 graduate, recommends getting involved in these intramural sporting activities.

“One of my favorite things (during) senior year my friends did – we all were on an intramural soccer team,” said Kresse. “That was literally spring of our senior year, and that was something we should have done earlier because it was so fun.”

Outside of Court Street, The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, located right off campus and accessible outside of South Green, is another favorite spot to stroll, picnic and study.

Exploring Athens is another way to pass time during downtime on weekends. Corn recommends Village Bakery & Cafe, located at 268 E. State St., and visiting local thrift shops.

Athens offers public transportation outside of the bike path, such as the bus system, which allows students to travel for free with an OHIO ID.

Regarding campus activities and involvements, Kresse mentioned the impact student organizations had on her college experience and in finding friends.

“I can’t speak more highly of (student organizations),” Kresse said. “It doesn’t even have to be something that you love, as long as you’re doing it with people that you enjoy doing things with. I feel like it’s so cool at that point in life to be building personal and professional relationships at the same time.”

Kresse was president of Sierra Student Coalition and said the organization’s vice president and treasurer during her time continue to be her best friends today.

Corn took advantage of OU’s many organizations as well, and was heavily involved with Cru during her time as a student.

For those hesitant about making friends and feeling at home on campus, Kresse held insights.

“Spaces are open and people are so welcoming,” Kresse said. “It feels really good to have somewhere that just isn’t your dorm or your house because it’s good like mentally to get outside and be somewhere else, and not always spending your time in the same space. But also, those are the places where you’ll meet people and start seeing the same people in and around.”



munity leader and teaching kids swim lessons at the aquatic center keeps her busy but also creates strong connections with coworkers.

The time commitment is another concern incoming students may have when job searching. However, one of the several benefits of having a campus job is the flexibility. Lucian Loyve, a sophomore studying theater, works as an event technician in Baker University Center and said their boss understands school is the first priority.

“I think it’s convenient because they have to accommodate your schedule and they’re really good about that,” said Loyve. “They’re very understanding about how many hours you want to work.”

Loyve said they don’t work over 15 hours each week and although the pay may not compare to jobs outside of campus, the convenience and flexibility is worth it.

Keith encourages all incoming students to step out of their comfort zones and get involved.

“Ask around as well as look on the Ohio university website and social media accounts,” said Keith in an email. “There are many jobs out there and it can be intimidating to reach out to people but never be afraid to talk to people and try something new.”


GINA NAPOLI FOR THE POST Students walking through the Alumni Gateway located on College Green at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, Oct. 1, 2023. (CHLOE EGGLESTON | FOR THE POST)

Students reflect on popular annual, local events

As is promised in the movies, there is much more to college life than just schoolwork. Incoming students will have to find their perfect work-life balance, and Ohio University offers many exciting activities throughout the year to contribute to the “life” aspect of that duality.

Abby Joyner, a sophomore studying English, said some of her favorite events are the ones that occur during Welcome Week in the fall, including the Petting Zoo and the Drag Show.

“It’s something fun and relaxing to do to … chill out when you might be a little bit stressed because classes are starting,” Joyner said.

Welcome Week activities are designed to immerse new and returning students in OU culture and give them a chance to destress at the start of the semester. In addition to these perks, Welcome Week is mostly free of cost for students, which Joyner believes is a unique thing for college students to come across.

OU also offers other cost-efficient activities throughout the year through the Performing Arts and Concert Series. In recent years, performers like Noah Kahan and The Driver Era have passed through Memorial Auditorium and sold tickets at a fraction of the usual cost of their shows.

“They get some really cool people and I think that’s an awesome thing to take advantage of because the tickets are so cheap,” Joyner said.

Joyner also remembers anticipating Athens’ Halloween weekend before arriving on campus, and continues to look forward to the next year’s festivities for Oct. 31.

“I was definitely super excited for Halloween, that was the one thing that I had heard a ton of things about and I was very excited,” she said. “Before I

even got to OU, I was trying to plan out what I was going to do for Halloween.”

Another popular event in Athens around the end of October is a shadow cast performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” hosted at The Union and organized by Lost Flamingo Theatre Company, or LFC. Maeve Turner, a junior studying marketing, has participated in “Rocky” as a stage manager and assistant director.

“I just really wanted to be involved with it any way I could,” she said. “I think it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, I’ve met some really cool people doing it.”

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has a long history of representing the LGBTQIA+ community and cult classic film fanatics. The movie was released in the 1970s, and LFC has now been performing the show for two decades.

“I think Rocky is a huge part of where local

Athens culture and OU culture … intersects, and I think it’s a really cool thing to experience,” Turner said.

According to Turner, “Rocky” is a safe space of immersive theater where people can come and be who they are. In addition to “Rocky,” Turner cites the Athens International Film and Video Festival as one of her favorite annual events in alignment with her love of all art forms.

“Athens International Film Festival is one of the more interesting events that happen in Athens because it brings in so many interesting creators and filmmakers who you wouldn’t normally be able to talk to or get any insight from,” she said.

The amount of events that occur throughout the year can be overwhelming, especially in conjunction with school work, responsibilities with student organizations and the general stress of living independently for the first time. However, these events are intended to give students a chance to unwind in an exciting way.

“It’s so important to go to … many community and university events … because you truthfully do make the best memories, tell the best stories, meet the best people when you actually immerse yourself in the culture that you’re in,” Turner said.

Joyner said she was nervous at the beginning of her freshman year that the events on campus would have a shortage of attendees and she would be judged for her participation, but she was delightfully proven wrong.

“Just go,” Joyner said. “There’s going to be a ton of people there and you can meet friends and it’s always a super fun environment.”


Human Interest shares campus favorites

As Ohio University’s incoming class begins to make its way to campus, the Human Interest section of The Post shared some of their favorite things about OU and Athens. For incoming freshmen looking to explore what OU has to offer, here are some recommendations from writers.

What has been your favorite part about OU’s campus so far?

Ethan Herx: I love the walkability of everything and how nothing feels super far away.

Disha Hoque: My favorite part about OU’s campus is how beautiful it is just to walk around! I love taking the long way to class and finding new places to study outside when it’s warm out.

Kaylin Pickett: I love College Green.

Where is your favorite spot to grab a bite to eat?

Abby Jenkins: I will never pass up going to Jackie O’s for a meal! They have a seasonal menu; my favorite thing is their burger!

Jackson McCoy: I love Bagel Street Deli.

Sophia Rooksberry: O’Betty’s!

Gabrielle Cabanes: My favorite place is Ginger Asian Kitchen.

Where is your favorite place to get coffee?

Borland: Rise ‘n’ Grind or Donkey are my favorites.

McCoy: My favorite is Donkey Coffee.

Pickett: I love Court Street Coffee.

Herx: My favorite place is Brenen’s.

Where are the best places to take family or friends in town?

Hoque: The best place to take family and friends in town is the costume shop on Court Street and O’Betty’s!

Cabanes: I love bringing people to Union Street Diner.

Where are your favorite places to spend some alone time or unwind?

McCoy: I typically unwind at Donkey or Emeriti Park.

Herx: I love Emeriti Park.

Cabanes: My dorm, you should make it a comfortable space.

What sporting events do you recommend going to and why?

Rooksberry: Football games for the Marching 110 and the intense school spirit!

Borland: Hockey games are very underrated. It’s a fun sport to begin with and we have two really good teams.

Pickett: Volleyball because it’s a fun sport and football because of the 110.

What’s one thing you think everyone should do on campus?

Hoque: Everyone on campus should get coffee from a place on court street and take a walk on the bike path with their friends at least once!

McCoy: Everyone should go to a show at The Union!

Jenkins: I think everyone should get involved with a fun student organization, I’ve met some of my best friend through the organizations I’m in and we have a lot of fun.

What is your favorite piece of advice for this year’s incoming class?

McCoy: Let yourself have fun and don’t over commit yourself; you’re a person before you’re a student or club member.

Herx: You may not find your people right away, but don’t worry, they’ll come.

Hoque: A piece of advice for this year’s incoming is to not rush anything! It can be overwhelming seeing so many opportunities presenting itself and so many things to get involved in, but taking time to enjoy freshman year with friends doesn’t come back. Make sure not to over schedule yourself!


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The people behind some of Ohio’s greatest athletic facilities

Whether it be a game-winning goal, a walk-off home run or a Tuesday night touchdown in the heart of Mid-American Conference action, the many different athletic facilities at Ohio have seen numerous big moments. Some of Ohio’s greatest athletes and some of the school's most historic games have taken place on the soils and turfs scattered about campus. Although each game and each athlete tell a story of their own, the story behind the field can sometimes be just as intriguing.

From some of Ohio’s best coaches to the school’s biggest supporters, here are the stories of how some of Ohio’s facilities got their name.


The story of the newly renamed Frank Solich field at Peden Stadium celebrates two of the most prolific Ohio football coaches of all time, Don Peden and Frank Solich.

In today’s age, Don Peden may not be a name known much around campus for anything other than the place students gather to watch football games. However, for those who were fans of Ohio sports back in the 1920s, Peden was a name you couldn’t forget.

Not only was Peden a football coach for Ohio from 1924-1946 but he also played football at the school. Other than being the coach with the highest win percentage in Ohio football history, Peden also coached baseball.

Peden served four major roles in the span of Ohio sports history: football coach, football player, baseball coach and baseball player. It’s hard to find a résumé like Peden’s anywhere in college athletics.


Frank Solich, the most recent name being added to the history of Ohio’s stadiums, is also the most recent figure to have a role in the program. Solich retired as

the Ohio football coach in 2021 after tallying a career record of 115-82 with Ohio.

In 2022, Ohio honored Solich by adding his name to the front of the historic Peden Stadium. With the new name came the birth of a new nickname for Ohio’s football stadium; “The Frank.”

Most recently in 2024, Solich was named to the NFF College Football Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as the head football coach at both Ohio and Nebraska.

Solich is most notably remembered as leading the 2011 Ohio team to a Potato Bowl victory, one of the program's largest wins in its history.


Like others on this list, Bob Wren’s career at Ohio spanned beyond just one sport. Despite being honored with the baseball stadium being named after him, Wren served assistant roles on both the football and basketball teams in the early 1950s.

In his playing career, Wren led the Ohio baseball team to 11 straight wins, including a Buckeye Conference Championship. Wren was also a member of the 1941 basketball team that finished runner-up in the National Invite Tournament.

As a baseball coach, Wren is one of the winningest coaches in Ohio history with 339 wins and 120 losses. He led the team to seven MAC championship games and had 38 of his players went pro.


In her 26-year career with Ohio, Peggy Pruit served roles as head women’s field hockey coach, head Tennis coach and also a senior athletics administrator. Pruitt played a critical role in the advancement of women's sports at Ohio with a women’s soccer, golf and lacrosse team being added during her tenure.

In 1999 Ohio opened Pruitt Field, the space where the Ohio field hockey team hosts their games, to honor Pruitt and her accomplishments.

Most recently in 2022, Pruitt was further honored by the MAC with an induction into the MAC Hall of Fame.


Goldsberry Track is one of the lesser visited facilities, hosting only one track and field event per year. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of Ohio’s greatest. The track surrounds Pruitt Field and is one of the best of its kind in the MAC.

Blaine Goldsberry, the namesake of the track, was an outstanding student-athlete and long-time Ohio University supporter. In 1911 Goldsberry was a member of the first-ever Athens High School Basketball team and in 1913 he continued his basketball career as the captain of the team at Ohio. Goldsberry was also a member of the Ohio football team during his time as a student.

Most notably, Goldsberry served as a physician to all Ohio athletics teams for 27 years following his graduation. Later in his career, Goldsberry would serve as the chief of staff at Sheltering Arms Hospital which would later become O'Bleness Memorial Hospital.

The five biggest moments in Ohio sports over the last 15 years

Since 1892, when Ohio baseball became the first university-sponsored sports team, the program has been building itself up as a university that deserves to be respected for its athletics.

Many moments and events have helped bring Ohio to this point, now a staple of mid-major Division I sports due to its success in the Mid-American Conference, with many coming in the last 15 years. Of those moments, here are five of the most influential.


Soccer has been a part of Ohio athletics since 1997, yet in the team’s 26 seasons, it had not claimed a MAC Championship until this past season.

The team was an underdog entering the postseason, holding just a 2-4-3 conference record entering the final week of play. Ohio not only needed to win out but would have to wait patiently as other teams played out their seasons to even get a bid in the MAC Tournament.

The odds played out in Ohio’s favor, and the team, under coach Aaron Rodgers, would gear up to continue defying those odds. Ohio would open the tournament with a 2-0 victory over No. 3 Ball State and, over the next seven days, would tally wins against No. 2 Bowling Green and No. 4 Kent State, solidifying themselves as MAC Champions for the first time in the program’s history.


Entering the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the last time the Bobcats had earned a bid was in 2012 behind legendary guard DJ Cooper. Fast forward nine years later and Ohio was coming in to the NCAA Tournament as MAC Champions again, spearheaded by another program great and future NBA draftee, Jason Pres-


Preston’s own story as a basketball player had been making headlines leading up to the team’s firstround matchup against No. 3 Virginia, from averaging 2 points per game in high school to becoming the MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player in his final season.

In a highly-contested matchup, which Ohio entered as the No. 14 seed, Preston would again lead his team to unprecedented success, posting a double-double as Ohio toppled Virginia, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


In perhaps the most dominant stretch from any Ohio sport, volleyball started the 2010s by winning its seventh MAC Championship in eight years. The run started 21 years ago, when Ohio won the 2003 MAC Championship, going 15-1 in conference.

That would just be the start, though, as Ohio would rattle off three more championships in the following three years, going a combined 48-0 in conference play and completing the four-peat. The Bobcats would be prevented from winning a fifth consecutive championship by their rival Redhawks in 2007. However, Ohio would rattle off three more in the next three years, losing just 10 conference matchups in that span.

The first four championships were headed by coach Geoff Carlston, who then left to coach Ohio State following the 2007 season. Though Carlston would later return to Ohio, he was replaced with Ryan Theis, who would lead the Bobcats to three conference championships in his first three years with the team. The run still exists as one of the most dominant multi-year stretches in MAC history.


The current eras in both men’s basketball and football have been fruitful for the Bobcats, under head coaches Jeff Boals and Tim Albin in their respective sports.

Boals, a former forward for the Bobcats from 1991 to 1995, followed Saul Phillips as the men’s basketball coach in 2019. The Bobcats were coming off back-toback seasons going 14-17, combining for 13-23 in conference play. In Boals’ first season, the team hit an immediate turnaround, going 17-15 and making the NCAA Tournament the very next year. To this day, in Ohio’s five seasons with Boals as head coach, the team has never finished lower than fifth in the conference.

For football, while the Albin era has been brief so far, the success has been undeniable. There were growing pains for the team following 16-year coach Frank Solich’s retirement. In Albin’s first year, the team went 3-9 but would quickly put the losing behind it. In 2022 and 2023, Albin led the Bobcats to two bowl-game victories, finishing top-two in the MAC East both years with back-to-back 10 win seasons for the first time in program history.

While both coaching eras have been relatively short, both hires have proven to be successful and will have massive implications on the Bobcats' future.


Baseball was the first school-sponsored sport for Ohio, playing its inaugural season over 130 years ago in 1892. Through its long tenure with the university, the team has accrued several conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances; however, all of which came in the span of the 20th century in a 50-year span from 1947 to 1997.

Up until 2015, the Bobcats had not won a MAC Championship since their 1997 victory, nor had they been regular season champions in the MAC. While Ohio finished with just the third-best conference record in 2015, second in the East Division, the team fought its way through the MAC Tournament, avoiding the top-two teams, Central Michigan and Kent State, and winning the long-awaited championship against Ball State.

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Ohio’s top athletes returning to the university for the 2024-25 academic year


Ohio University is home to one of the best athletic programs in the Mid-American Conference. Although coaches, culture and staff are important to building the status of an athletic program, the players are most important to success on the playing field. Here are the best Ohio athletes at the school today:


The junior point guard will be returning for her third year as the point general of the Bobcats Women’s Basketball team. Following a big 2023-24 season, McClure is primed for a huge breakout as a junior. The Louisville native led Ohio in scoring last season, averaging 12.6 points per game while becoming the go-to player for key buckets in close games.


Ohio’s Myrtle Beach Bowl-winning 2023 squad was largely decimated by departures of the transfer portal. While the majority of the defense either graduated or has entered the portal, Ohio’s 2023 leader in sacks is returning redshirt junior Bradley Weaver. Weaver started all 13 games and led the team in total sacks with six. He was second on the team in QB hits as well, with 17 on the year. Weaver returning is a huge deal for an Ohio team that will look much different this year.


The Bobcats’ ace has been nothing short of dominant ever since stepping on the field for the Ohio Softball team. After redshirting her freshman year, Miller played all of the 2023 season for Ohio, where she finished with the third-best ERA in the MAC and the fifth most strikeouts. In 2024, Miller continued her dominance, finishing fourth in the MAC in both ERA and strikeouts. In two full seasons to start her career, Miller has been named to the All-MAC First Team both times.


The key returning player from the 2023 MAC championship team is without a doubt Scout Murray. The junior forward is coming off a sophomore season where she bagged five goals and one assist. Murray also scored the two biggest goals of Ohio’s season in the MAC semifinals and finals; huge goals that sealed comeback victories to earn a spot in the MAC title game, and the MAC title. Murray became the first player in program history to be named MAC Tournament MVP in 2023.


Antle came out of nowhere for Ohio in 2024. The Ohio center fielder came out of the gates scorching hot and never cooled down. Not only did he lead the team in batting average, but he finished top 10 in the conference as well. Although Ohio’s baseball team had a down season in 2024, Antle returning will guarantee a productive hitter who adds a spark to any offense.


Mitchell, the Omaha, Nebraska native will be returning for his fifth and final season of college basketball, playing three with Crieghton and two with Ohio. He will be returning as the second-leading scorer from the previous season after averaging 13.3 points per game. Mitchell ended the 2023-2024 on a heater in the MAC tournament as well, averaging 14.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game in the two games Ohio played in the MAC tournament.


A Ukrainian native and 2023 All-MAC First-Team selection will be leading the Bobcats’ volleyball team in 2024. Karchynska played in all of Ohio’s 31 games and was lights out in every one. She finished second on the team in kills and has the most kills of any returning Bobcat. Expect to see her continue her dominance in 2024.

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Ohio sports’ top 10 uniforms

Fashion is something involved in almost every aspect of daily life. Whether you are thinking about it or not, you make choices daily when deciding what clothes to wear and how to present yourself. However, fashion is present not only in everyday life but also in the world of sports.

Few things bring fans together like loving and hating certain uniforms of certain teams. For Ohio athletics, fans and players are treated to some of the best threads in the Mid-American Conference. Here are the Bobcats’ top 10 uniforms across all sports.


Starting the list is a solid, classic white jersey typically sported at home by the Men’s Basketball team. This jersey has everything that represents Ohio sports: the iconic green and white colors, as well as representing the mascot with “Bobcats” affixed across the chest in a bold, green font that pops on the court.


While both basketball teams sport a version of the same jersey for their home games, the Women’s basketball counterpart is just a tad stronger for a few reasons. The first is the green and white lace around the neckline of the jersey. The second is the placement of the Adidas logo in the middle of the jersey’s collar in a green patch, and not just placed to the side like the men’s jersey.


Green is a unique color throughout the landscape of college sports. Few schools have stuck with green as the primary color for their brand, but Ohio has stuck with green and pulled it off fantastically with its home football jerseys. The green is bold and recognizable, and the simplicity of the jersey adds to how clean it is.


While playing in full black during the Spring and Summer months must come with some drawbacks, baseball’s home kit is very pleasant to look at. The jersey is simple and clean with a nice touch of something unique with the “Ohio” font that stands apart from the school’s other uniforms.


Ohio Softball has some of the best overall uniforms in the MAC, and the home white jerseys are no exception. The white and black stripes add extra flare to a beautiful uniform that is made what it is by the green stripe across the torso.


The Bobcat’s baseball team is home to one of the school’s best alternate looks, the cream jersey base with green lettering and numbers. This uniform nails the throwback look with the vintage Ohio lettering and green stripe around the collar and down the chest.


Tan isn’t a color often associated with or used by Ohio athletics, so just for the out-ofthe-box decision to use the color, the Ohio hockey team earns points. The uniform isn’t just one of a kind; it's also very pleasing to the eyes. The green and white stripes on the sleeves and bottom of the jersey are an interesting touch, and the Ohio state flags on the shoulders are very clean as well.


Football’s best look is far and away its black alternates. The uniforms are sleek and clean, while also being bold and intimidating. The darker green used on these jerseys goes perfectly with the black primary color and makes for an outstanding jersey.


The pawprint logo is front and center in the DII Hockey team’s uniform. Nothing screams Bobcats like a big and bold pawprint, and the logo is super smooth on the front of the jersey. Add in the Ohio state flag on the shoulder and you have a near-perfect jersey.


Softball’s green jersey featuring the script Bobcats on the center of the jersey is the best uniform that Ohio sports has to offer. It is the only jersey to feature the ultra-clean script Bobcat font and the layering of the green jersey with a black stripe that displays the script Bobcats makes this jersey the No. 1 uniform at Ohio.

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Balancing personal, academic lives

Every student at Ohio University will leave Athens with a unique perspective on the “college experience.” Some students may find relaxation among the nature surrounding the town while others will prefer to unwind walking on Court Street late at night and finding house parties on the weekends. Each Bobcat will have to learn what works for them when it comes to balancing academic and personal lives, and Athens contains several opportunities that can be universally used as tools in finding the balance.

Taking time for oneself is vitally important to maintaining a social battery in college, which can be one of the most socially intense and immersive few years of a young person’s life. One way to enjoy alone time outside of a dorm is to frequent the many businesses in town. Whether you take yourself out for a drink at Donkey Coffee or spend an afternoon on a shopping spree at Uptown Costumes, there are many opportunities to support small businesses in town and make an occasion of some alone time.

Athens also offers many resources to recharge your battery while simultaneously fulfilling the movement needs of your body. Strouds Run and The Ridges are excellent places nearby to swim or hike in nature. The bike path along the Hocking River is a beautiful stretch of road on which to walk, run or bike among cherry blossoms or picnic on a river bank.

Additionally, each OU student is granted free membership to the Ping Recreation Center. The gym has fitness resources like weight rooms, basketball courts, fitness classes, a running track and a rock climbing wall all included in tuition.

Aside from exercise, Athens is also home to a variety of entertainment to fit the unwinding needs of many students. The recently reopened Athena Cinema is one of these places, screening movies of many genres and hosting different themed events throughout the year.

For students over the age of 21, Court Street contains many bars where patrons can socialize, listen to music and dance away their troubles. Numerous performances happen throughout the year, from local bands participating in house shows to big-name artists passing through Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium and the highly anticipated Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Union in October. All of these events are more affordable than they would be in a big city and are good opportunities to make new friends and unwind.

While most of the aforementioned activities can be enjoyed alone, they are also fun when shared with friends. Making new friends is an important part of college, and all of these resources can be used as bonding activities and ways to relax as a group. Groups of friends can gather for a hike in the surrounding area, or spend an afternoon going out to lunch or the movies, among many other options.

There are also ways to reduce the stress of the academic parts of college by combining studies with social activities. Alden Library has many group study areas where friends can do their work together or take a break to enjoy a snack from Café BiblioTech. The practice of group study sessions is a good way to be held accountable and spend time with friends to take the edge off of a stressful workload.

Another way to combine the academic and social worlds is through student organizations. Many clubs offer opportunities for resume-building and the furthering of academic pursuits all in a social environment designed to foster friendships between students of similar interests.

The transition into university life can be a stressful one, and lots of things will change within your first few months at OU. However, finding ways to manage those stressors through relaxing activities, either alone or with friends, is a great way to make the most of the new environment.

College is a great place to learn, make friends and grow as a person, and Athens offers plenty of opportunities to foster all of those things in conjunction with each other.


Five easy meals to make in dorm rooms


Ohio University has many dining options on and off campus, but sometimes one just needs a home- or rather dormcooked meal.

Whether one is having a cozy night in, a gathering with friends or even trying to impress the person they have had a crush on forever, here are some of the easiest, budget-friendly meals one can make from the comfort of your dorm.


Pasta is a classic comfort meal, extremely versatile and the perfect meal after a long day of classes. Pasta can easily be made in the microwave by taking a microwave-safe bowl and filling it with pasta and water.

One can purchase a microwave pasta cooker, which can make this meal even easier to achieve in the dorm. Pasta sauce can also be heated up in the microwave making this the perfect dorm dish.

Prices range from $1-2 for a box at most supermarkets, although you should budget more for gluten-free or whole-grain noodles.


Another easy meal to make in a dorm room is rice. Rice has endless meal opportunities and an instant cup of rice is not only cheap, but it can be customized and made quickly.

A bag of frozen vegetables can be popped in the microwave and added to rice to up the nutrients and provide a more fulfilling meal. A can of black beans, some cheese and lettuce on top of the rice can make a D.I.Y. Chipotle bowl. Simply adding some salt and pepper to the rice makes for a simple meal. Prices range from $1-3, and you should budget more for add-ins.


When one thinks of dorm-friendly foods, a bowl of ramen noodles is most likely at the top of the list. It is dirt cheap, quick to make and easy to stock up on before the semester begins.

It may not be great for every meal, but a package of ramen noodles can be a saving grace on a rainy, cold or overall bad day. It is a classic college staple for

a reason.

Prices start at $0.30 per package.


The various ingredients to put together a salad may seem hard to get and keep in a dorm; however, it is not that difficult. Keeping some fresh vegetables on hand in the fridge is always a great idea, and a salad is an easy, healthy and low-effort meal.

Personal customizations, such as various meats and cheeses, can also make a salad a fulfilling meal packed with protein and nutrients.

Prices for this meal vary based on ingredients.


Breakfast in a dorm room can be tricky to make. Toasters are not allowed in dorms and the lack of freezer space in the provided mini fridges makes it difficult to store frozen breakfast foods. Overnight oats are a simple alternative to this issue and are easy to make, requiring minimal ingredients and perfect for on-the-go breakfasts.

One-half cup of milk (2% or alternative) and one-half cup of old-fashioned rolled oats combined and refrigerated overnight is all the recipe requires. Yogurt, bananas, fruit, peanut butter, protein powder and vanilla are some optional extras one can add to turn this recipe into a breakfast-must have. Prices range from around $4 for only milk and oats (price varies for non-dairy milk) to more when budgeting for addins.

For college students in dorms, it may seem daunting to try and whip up meals with only a microwave and a fridge; however, there are plenty of options to make meals right from the comfort of the dorm. For college students living in houses with access to full kitchens, the possibilities are endless.

All of the ingredients for the meals on this list can be found at supermarkets like Walmart, and most can even be found in the on-campus markets at OU.

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8 Tips to Survive Your First Dorm Room Experience

Students moving into Ohio University dorms may be living on their own for the first time, which can be a challenge. Not knowing what to buy when living alone for the first time can be scary, along with not knowing what to expect when living on campus.

A survival guide on how to live in the dorms is essential to have. Here is what to expect when living on campus:


For those living with a roommate, or multiple roommates, it is important to set boundaries. Establishing boundaries, especially early in the year, can be beneficial to ensure a healthy living space for everyone in the dorm.

It is also important to remember not everyone will have the same living habits, so finding a middle ground early on is essential. Examples of boundaries to set are times when friends can come over, when to turn off the lights, how often to clean the room and what can or cannot be shared.

By establishing guidelines and boundaries, it will help avoid awkward conflicts or uncomfortable situations in the future.

Develop healthy living habits

Developing healthy living habits can help avoid conflict when living with roommates. Healthy habits to do every day include making your bed, washing dishes after using them, keeping your side of the room clean and respecting communal spaces.

Having these healthy habits can also be rewarding. Coming home to a clean and organized room after a long day of classes or activities can be refreshing for those living in shared spaces. These habits also add to one’s physical and mental well-being.

Limited space

There is not a lot of storage or closet space in the dorms, so buying extra storage

is recommended if you wish to bring more items to campus.

A good tip to save space for clothes is to rotate your closet when living on campus. Bringing summer clothes for warmer months and trading for winter clothes during the winter academic breaks are essential habits for saving space.

Having clothes for any type of event, like formal wear and business wear, is also beneficial. By only packing the essentials, you could save a ton of storage space in the dorms.

Be prepared to get sick

When living in a shared space and a residence hall, expect to get sick more often. Sharing communal spaces means sharing more germs that can spread fast. It would be wise to bring extra medication and wash your hands regularly.

There are also ways for those living in the dorms to feel more comfortable when they do get sick. You could consider buying extra cold and flu medication, hand sanitizer and vitamins when shopping for move-in. Purchasing a first-aid kit can help take care of many small injuries as well.

Participate in dorm events

You should consider participating in events hosted in the dorms to get to know those in the building and make friends. Living on your own for the first time is scary, and others are going through the same kind of emotions. Getting to know those around you can help build friendships or help you find your people.

By going to these events, it also helps to get to know the resident advisers. The RA’s are the dorm’s support system, so getting to know your RA is essential when living on campus for the first time.

Find time to organize

Organizing yourself can help you be

successful in the classroom and maintain a healthy living space.

You can take time in the first few weeks to get to know your way around campus and learn what your habits are. It is also essential to learn where the “home” is for all of your items in your room, like where you want to keep your toothbrush or your charging cords.

Students can also consider keeping a planner or digital calendar to help them stay on track with classes and events.

Decorate your room

After arriving on campus, you should take time to decorate your room and make the space feel like home. Having a comfortable space to come back to every day makes going away for college a little bit easier.

Also, keep in mind when decorating to store the necessities in close reach and use the space properly. Keeping your essentials

like textbooks, everyday items and technology nearby can help keep a practical, but cute, room.

Dorm room purchases

Knowing what to buy for the dorms helps make the move easier. An important purchase to make is shower shoes when using communal showers. It helps protect you and those around you from any dirt or germs on the shower floors.

Another purchase to make is a surge protector to charge all of your devices at one time. Having sunscreen and bug spray is also great for the summer months to protect yourself.

Lastly, a purchase to consider is a Brita or water filter to help filter Athens’ hard water for drinking.


Blabby Abby: Navigating ‘party schools’ as an introvert

After high school graduation, I had to answer this dreaded question a thousand times: “Where are you going to college?” Each time, with pure excitement, I answered, “Ohio University,” and almost nine times out of 10, I was met with the classic “party school” response, followed by a lecture I never asked for. As an introvert, my anxieties about such a reputation gradually increased. However, as an incoming junior and with half my college career under my belt, I can confidently say I have found my footing here. The intense party-heavy weekends are still

nerve-wracking for me every now and then, but I’ve found what works best for me to prepare, participate and still enjoy myself.

Entering a new environment like a college campus is anxiety-inducing enough. The idea of college parties, while exhilarating for some, can often feel intimidating for someone like me. According to the University of Houston Clear Lake, 40% of the college population are self-proclaimed introverts. I remember feeling nervous during Welcome Week of my freshman year, as I tried desperately to fit in. I’m here to tell you that your anxieties are valid, and you are not alone.

I want to provide any incoming freshmen with some advice I would’ve loved to hear during my first time on campus. To those who are ready to hit the ground running during Welcome Week with a four-day bender, all power to you. Here is some advice from what I’m calling “The Introvert’s Guide to a Party School.”

When Welcome Week eventually arrives, everyone raves about the newfound independence that comes with

college life. Everyone discovers they have free will and inevitably runs to the nearest frat or hotspot on Court Street. The best part about independence is you don’t have to do any of these things at all if you don’t want to, and I can promise there will be other events near you run by the university that you can attend, and most of the time there is also free stuff. A win-win situation if you ask me. Fear of missing out, or FOMO, is a common theme for us introverts, and according to Baylor University, 75% of young adults struggle with FOMO. Despite our preferences, sometimes we still feel like we’re missing out. The biggest thing that has helped me is turning off social media notifications. We are in an age where social media is a way of life, but turning off notifications entirely has done wonders for me and makes me forget there are even social media to check.

When you want to join the fun, always go with a group of people you’re most comfortable around. Being around my closest friends has calmed a lot of anxiety whenever I’m in an environment that would normally provoke some un-

wanted emotions. You can always leave, and you never have to participate in anything you don’t want to. People won’t think differently of you if you need to take a few minutes.

There were times I felt that Athens was not where I belonged, solely because I felt like I didn’t fit the social criteria here. After some time, however, I have found what works best for me and the people who help me feel comfortable here. Now, I sit here at home for the summer wishing I were back on the bricks with my friends.

My last piece of advice is to remember you are surrounded by so many others going through the same transition. Everything will fall into place as you go through this experience, but it’s always nice to have a few pointers before you dive into the deep end.

Abby Jenkins is a junior studying journalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnist do not reflect those of The Post. What are your thoughts? Let Abby know by tweeting her @abbyjenks18.

Girl, Uninterrupted: How to choose the right major

Ohio University has more than 250 majors to choose from, and for an incoming freshman, that is a lot of pressure. Majors range from civil engineering to piano pedagogy, and with that much variety, picking one is a decision that often causes serious stress for incoming students.

After all, deciding at 18 years old what you want to commit to for the rest of your life is hard. As someone who went into college undecided and ended up transferring into a major, I know a lot about the constant back-and-forth that comes with picking a major. These are tips that got me through that decision.


I know firsthand how exciting it is to pick a major. Thinking about the different classes you’ll take, the people you’ll meet and the clubs you can join is all very exciting. However, picking a major from the comfort of your high school is a bit different than actually putting that major into practice. A lot of the time, once you start doing things relating to

Entering college can be an extremely uncomfortable and difficult transition. After high school, teenagers are expected to leave home and traverse new places on their own. Ohio University could not have felt more foreign to me. I had a fantastic first year of college, but there are still some things I wish I had done to make it easier.

One thing I wish I knew before starting freshman year is the importance of meeting neighbors. People who live in the same dorm, especially on the same floor, are a team. During the first few days of school, it is crucial to get to

your major, you can realize that it isn’t right for you.

It is okay to pick a major straight from high school, but remember that sometimes transferring into programs can be difficult. Transferring to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism was a pretty lengthy process that included writing essays, submitting examples of my work and getting letters of recommendation. So, be aware of all transferring policies for majors you might be interested in.


One of the biggest ways to figure out what you want your major to be is taking classes. Many courses have an introductory course that allows you to get a feel for the major. Taking these courses and exploring makes a huge difference. While it may seem intimidating to sign up for classes like this, just know that taking these steps will help you decide if you want to change your major. Figuring out early is a lot better than deciding your senior year you want to change. Explore and join different clubs

and organizations; those things are so important to do your freshman year. The nice thing about freshman year is that you have so much time to figure things out. Take advantage of that.


People always stress about going to college and getting a degree purely for money. Although this is great in theory, oftentimes this isn’t the best route to go. Imagine doing something you absolutely despise for the rest of your life. Sure the money is great, but you are miserable. 85% of people end up hating their jobs, which poses a big problem. I know a lot of people who went to college purely for the money and ended up hating their jobs.

I am not saying just throw away your major, but pick something that you can tolerate doing. Making a lot of money won’t matter if you’re miserable. Picking a major you can picture doing for a long period of time is ideal. The money might not be as great, but you won’t have that sinking feeling in your stomach before

every shift.


Picking a major at such a young age is hard. It is a huge decision and is very intimidating. If you find yourself not liking your major, give yourself time to think about things. Changing majors is more common than a lot of people think. 80% of students end up changing their major at some point during their college journey. It is completely normal to rethink their major.

The college experience isn’t a race; you can take as long as you need to ensure you get the most out of the experience. Four years, despite what some people think, is a long time. Use this time to your advantage and do what's best for you.

Haylee Leasure is a sophomore studying journalism. Please note that the opinions expressed in this column do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk about the column? Email Haylee at

How to perfect the college transition

know the people living nearby because those people can help later on in so many ways. Getting locked out of the building, not having a spoon for cereal and needing help moving out are all very real problems neighbors can help with.

Classmates can become best friends. Everyone is new and feels intimidated by meeting others. Don't let that fear stop the development of new, possibly lifelong, friendships. Talk to anyone who looks interesting or seems to share a common interest. Learn to make small talk with people and diminish the fear of embarrassment. Offer that classmate a piece of gum. Ask to borrow a pen from someone in the library. Make a weekly study group for a difficult class. Don't be afraid to socialize; it's what will make college the time of your life.

Upperclassmen will emphasize how important it is to get to know professors, and they aren't exaggerating. When applying for jobs and internships, letters of recommendation are the ticket to bet-

ter opportunities. Many students do not go to office hours and professors will notice the ones who do. So, although it may seem weird and uncomfortable, take advantage of office hours to talk to professors.

Getting to know people is important, but getting to know Athens will perfect the Ohio University experience. Try to go somewhere new every day when arriving at OU. Try all the local restaurants and cafés, visit every floor of the library, enjoy all the different outdoor spaces. If you’re lucky enough to know someone with a car on campus, go to all the beautiful parks nearby. Not all memories can be made from inside a dorm room; get out and explore all the places that make Athens special.

The cure for homesickness is not going home. It is natural to miss our homes and families, but students have to grow forward and explore alone. Try to stay at school for the first few months; do not go home every weekend unless it is absolutely necessary. College students

have only four years to make memories before we have to reminisce. Don't waste those four years away from the place you will spend the rest of your life dreaming about. Visit family using a phone, not a car.

A lot of problems for incoming freshmen stem from fear. It is scary to enter a new chapter of life in a new city full of strangers. However, it is important to remember almost everyone in this situation is a little scared. Fight the fear and explore the exciting new world in front of you.

Kenzie Shuman is a sophomore studying Journalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk more about it? Let Kenzie know by emailing her at or messaging her on Instagram @zieshuman.

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Daphne’s Dispatch: Join student organizations based on your major

Joining student organizations sets you up for success beyond just your four years at Ohio University. By getting involved in organizations that correlate to and complement your major, you will gain expertise and experience not taught in a major-based course.

OU provides many tools for assisting students who want to be involved in organizations on campus, one of them being “Bobcat Connect,” a directory containing information for all student organizations on Ohio University’s campuses.

Associate Director of Student Activities Josh Gruenke said OU typically has close to 600 organizations. Within “Bobcat Connect,” the search box can be used to filter key terms to better assist in finding an organization for you. For example, typing major-based key terms such as “biology,” “business” or “journalism” into the search box easily narrows down the student organizations that correlate to your key term.

If you find a student organization you are interested in through “Bobcat Connect,” click on your preferred organization link, and a description detailing the organization’s activities and objectives will appear. That helps for a better understanding of their mission for students. It also shows the organization’s contact information to help you take the next steps to getting involved.

Joining student organizations that assist your major truly sets you up for

success during your time at OU. Not only are you meeting other students who also have the same academic interests as you, but you are also forming relationships with other Bobcats you can carry with you after graduation.

Engaging in student organizations also provides you with experience to be shared with future employers for internships or a career post-graduation. Sharing leadership and organizational skills you acquired from your time in an organization demonstrates a deep dedication to your study, and employers love that.

Another great aspect of joining a student organization that complements your major is the motivation to learn new skills you never thought you would. Guiding a group of members in your organization for a fundraiser, managing the social media profiles or even electing a spot on the executive board are all thrilling skills you can achieve.

Something OU student organizations pride themselves on is the vast network of alumni. In joining organizations, you align yourself with alumni in a similar career field. Bobcats help Bobcats and alumni are everywhere, it’s all about reaching out to connect with them.

By joining student organizations that contribute to your major, you are setting yourself up for success during your years at OU. You’ll gain experience and enhance your skill set which will ultimately prepare you for internships or a future career. You’ll gain relationships with other students and network with Bobcat alumni. OU provides tools and resources for students, it’s all about when to begin.

Daphne Graeter is a junior studying journalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnist do not reflect those of The Post. What are your thoughts? Let Daphne know by emailing her at dg422421@


College is one of the most transformative times in a person’s life. Serving as the buffer period between adolescence and adulthood, it paves the way for self-discovery and independence; being on one’s own for the first time can be an exhilarating feeling.

However, college can also be extremely scary, lonely and isolating. The high highs are often offset by very low lows. In fact, the majority of college students meet the criteria for at least one mental health issue,

and suicide is the second leading cause of death among them. The pressures of academic performance, unfamiliar environments and new responsibilities can really take a toll on students’ mental health.

Because of that, it is so important to recognize and address the emotional challenges that come with such an unpredictable stage in life. Utilize campus mental health resources — most colleges have plenty, and OU is not any different.

Ohio University prides itself on supporting its students in every capacity, especially when it comes to their mental well-being. Counseling and Psychological Services offers a plethora of resources that cater to the diverse needs of the student body, including the “Let’s Talk” hours, which are from Sunday to Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. in Living Learning Center Room 160. No appointment is needed,

and counselors remain available for walk-ins during these hours should students need immediate support. Another valuable resource is the Coping Café, a daily in-person, drop-in workshop that allows students to practice coping strategies. Additionally, there are various dropin support spaces in which students can share experiences with and receive support from their peers.

For those seeking more structured support, Counseling and Psychological Services offers scheduled appointments with licensed campus therapists. Students can opt for bi-weekly individual sessions or join weekly group sessions, depending on their preferences and needs. The offices of Counseling and Psychological Services are located on the third floor of Hudson Health Center on North Green.

It is important to recognize that crises can occur at any time. For that reason, OU provides a 24-hour crisis hotline. Students can speak to licensed, confidential staff members who are ready to offer immediate support and guidance.

For incoming students, please recognize that seeking help and utilizing available resources is a sign

of strength, not weakness. Half the world’s population will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives — it is simply part of the human experience. OU has an extensive support system, so take advantage of it; that is what the resources are there for. Taking care of one’s mental health is instrumental in having a positive college experience. College is a pivotal time in one’s life, and it is a rollercoaster filled with new opportunities and challenges. It is crucial that students prioritize their well-being and treat themselves with care. By embracing one’s struggles and taking the necessary steps to seek support, students can develop healthy coping mechanisms that will serve them well beyond their college years. Remember, it’s OK to not be OK.

Brianna Tassiello is a senior studying journalism at Ohio University. Please note that the opinions expressed in this article do not represent those of The Post. Want to talk to Brianna? Email her at

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