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ruthfully, I don’t remember much about my time at freshman orientation. I remember the dancing orientation leaders, Dean of Students Jenny HallJones talking about pizza and trying to figure out what DARS was to schedule my classes for Fall Semester. I wasn’t quick to consider Ohio University my home right away. During my time at OU, I feel like everyone else had the epiphany moment when they walked on campus for orientation and realized they had found the place they were meant to be. For me, it took some time to get there. This is not to say OU isn’t an amazing place; I love everything about the university and Athens. Nothing beats looking out the top floor windows of Alden Library while studying for finals. There are so many local restaurants, like Bagel Street Deli, and coffee shops, like Court Street Coffee, to find your favorite Athens tastes. When the weather is warm, I like to go for a run on the bike trail or
do homework outside of Baker Center. However, I was hesitant when I first started. I felt like I couldn’t find where I belonged, while everyone else did so easily. I quickly learned to get out of my comfort zone after my freshman year. I got a new roommate (hi Nicole), made new friends, explored new areas of writing at The Post and studied abroad in Italy for a semester. Now, I cannot imagine going to school anywhere else and consider Athens my second home. If someone told me at my freshman orientation that I would be editor-in-chief of The Post, I would not have believed them. I couldn’t be more excited to be in this position and for my senior year — I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t explored all the possibilities OU has to offer. The Orientation Guide from The Post is meant to be a guideline for freshman as they take in their first experience as an OU Bobcat. The Post has been the independent voice
on campus and in Athens for over 100 years. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @ThePost, like The Post on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @thepostathens, pick up our tabloid every Thursday and subscribe to Post Haste, our daily newsletter. As you step onto campus for your orientation, you’re going to have a lot of feelings: excitement, anxiety, nervousness. It’s a crazy time in your life where you’re ending an important chapter in your life, but a new one is just beginning. My advice to you: dive in! Go outside your comfort zone! There is no better time in your life to do it, and your only regret will be not doing it sooner. Try out everything Athens has to offer because, unfortunately, four years will go by quickly. Ellen Wagner is a senior studying journalism at Ohio University and the editor-in-chief of The Post. Have questions? Email Ellen at email@example.com or tweet her @ewagner19.
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To our new Bobcats, We are thrilled to welcome you to our beloved bricks. The experiences you will have over the next four years will forever change you. You will learn, grow, laugh, stress, perhaps stumble, but also succeed. Try new things and get out of your comfort zone. From all of us in the Division of Student Affairs, welcome to the Bobcat family!
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President Nellis encourages students to get involved at OU I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your families to Ohio University! Bobcat Student Orientation is a wonderful introduction to everything our beautiful campus has to offer as you prepare to begin your college career this coming fall. Over the next couple of days, as you schedule for classes and meet new friends, I hope you are also able to take time to learn more about the many resources our campus has to offer. OU offers a truly transformational learning experience, and you will find that a wealth of opportunity exists right at your fingertips. From learning experiences that meet societal needs right here within our own neighborhoods to exciting undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities, OHIO affords you the freedom to thrive and time to grow as you learn from world-class faculty. Our community truly is a classroom where you can choose a path of assignments aimed at developing solutions for global issues, like the opioid epidemic or sustainability. Or, you can choose a path of research and discovery that focuses on our local region, such as food insecurity or a celebration of our regional culture and arts. OHIO is a wonderfully inclusive family of diverse people with unique ideas. We have been recognized nationally for our investments in and attention to diversity and inclusion by receiving the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. As we embark on another academic year, I welcome you into our university community. The possibilities are endless, and I look forward to hearing your ideas as you capably navigate your college experience at OHIO. My advice to you over the next four years is to pursue your dreams, chase your goals, work hard and get involved! Go Bobcats!
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The biggest stories from the last academic year IAN MCKENZIE ASST. NEWS EDITOR The past academic year was a busy year for The Post. Here are a couple of the biggest stories: SEXUAL ASSAULTS The Ohio University Police Department and the Athens Police Department received 13 reports of sexual assaults since Jan. 23. During the Fall Semester, there were 27 reports of sexual assault to OUPD and APD. OU had the third highest number of reported sexual assaults during the “red zone” period compared to other Ohio MAC universities, according to a previous Post report. The red zone, which is the first six weeks of the academic year, is when there are increased reports of sexual assault on university campuses, according to a Journal of American College Health Study. OUPD had nine reports of sexual assault during the red zone. To bring attention to the issue of sexual assault, students held different events throughout the academic year. “It’s on Us, Bobcats” was a rally and march that took place in September 2018 as a call for an end to sexual assault on campus and to express support for sexual assault vic-
tims. There were about 500 students at the rally. At the time of the rally, there had been 15 reports of rape and sexual imposition. LGBT CENTER The former director of the LGBT Center, delfin bautista, was not renewed for their contract in January. bautista, who uses they/them pronouns and does not capitalize letters in their name, was put on administrative leave until June 30, according to a previous Post report. After bautista was removed, about 60 students, faculty members and Athens residents gathered outside Cutler Hall to protest in January. Protesters criticized the university’s unexpected and hasty decision to remove bautista. OU has selected Jan Huebenthal as assistant director in February, but the national search for a director will continue in the fall. SIGMA PI Ohio University permanently expelled the Epsilon chapter of the Sigma Pi fraternity April 11. A student was found unresponsive in an unofficial annex of the fraternity in November 2018. Collin Wiant, 18, of Dublin, a freshman and pledge of Sigma Pi Epsilon, was later
pronounced dead at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, according to a previous Post report. A university hearing board found the fraternity in violation of endangerment, brutality, coerced consumption, coerced activities, destruction or damage to property, selling or distributing alcoholic beverages, allowing underage students to drink alcohol, unlawful use or possession of other controlled substances, physical harm or threat to a person and reckless action that poses a harm to others. Sigma Pi appealed the hearing board’s decision but was denied. The fraternity was denied an appeal by Vice President of Student Affairs Jason Pina. BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ DECISIONS During the October 2018 Board of Trustees meeting, the members discussed the new OHIO Honors Program. The program, which is an alternative to the Honors Tutorial College, is open to freshman of all majors and about 47 students had been accepted for the Fall 2019 pilot, according to a previous Post report. In the January Board of Trustees meeting, members approved a 3.5 percent tuition increase for the 2020 fiscal year. A main reason for the about $200 increase was low enrollment, according to a previous Post report.
In the March meetings, members approved the demolition and repurposing of several university houses and buildings at the Ridges. The Ridges project will cost $2.6 million, and the projects for the university houses could be as much as $1.9 million, according to a previous Post report. NEW LEADERSHIP Over the course of last school year, there were many new directors and deans introduced into the university. Here are a few of them: Stephanie Williams was named the new director for Ohio University Press, which is the largest university press in Ohio. Her most recent position was director of marketing and sales at the University Press of Kentucky. Robin Oliver will serve as the vice president for University Communications and Marketing. Oliver was previously the chief marketing officer for Western Carolina University. Neil Romansky will serve as the dean of University Libraries. Romansky previously worked as the associate chief librarian for Science Research and Information at University of Toronto Libraries.
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OU across the globe COURTNEY PERRETT FOR THE POST Ohio University offers a wide range of study abroad programs of which students are encouraged to take full advantage. There are a variety of programs that are tailored to different kinds of students. The study abroad program gives students the opportunity to travel and meet different people while experiencing new cultural and school environments. To go abroad, students can choose to study, intern, work, volunteer or teach overseas. There are options to study abroad throughout the entire academic year. Various locations are offered based on the different programs offered. One such type of study abroad programs are the “OHIO exchange programs.” These programs allow students to live abroad and take a full semester of courses at overseas universities. These programs can last for either one semester or a full academic year, according to The Office of Global Opportunities’ website. The Ohio International Consortium, or OIC, also offers opportunities to study abroad. OIC is a study abroad program made up of 13 public universities in Ohio, and through a pooled access agreement, it is able to send Ohio students out of the country for their studies. The next type of study abroad program you can find at OU is CISabroad, which offers semester, summer and internship programs. The most popular programs are in Australia, Spain, Italy and Thailand, but there are 5 semester programs that cost less than a semester at OU. These include opportunities to study in Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Peru, South Korea and Thailand. All three of these types of programs allow students to apply their financial aid and scholarship packages to the cost of overseas tuition. OU students can also take advantage of the many affiliate programs run by trusted providers to travel overseas. These include the American Institute for Foreign Study, Academic Programs International, Cultural Experiences Abroad, Council on International Educational Exchange, International Studies Abroad and University Studies Abroad Consortium. The Office of Global Opportunities has open advising hours each week to help students find a budget friendly study abroad program that meets their academic needs and is suitable for their major. “I highly recommend study abroads because it is a great way to step outside your comfort zone and get a chance to experience things you may be unfamiliar with,” said Baylee Gorham, a senior studying media 6/ SUMMER 2019
production. “My trip really helped me grow both personally and professionally.” The Ohio International Consortium and CISabroad are both independent programs that collaborate with the Office of Global Opportunities to provide a wider range of programs for students at OU. Katie Garrity, a sophomore studying communication sciences and disorders, studied in Australia for six weeks. During that time, she was able to take a course on the indigenous people of Australia, meet two lifelong friends, travel to some gorgeous beaches and go skydiving. “Going to Australia had always been a dream for me, and once I finally had the opportunity, it was an eye-opening experience,” Garrity said. OU also offers exchange programs for students to live and study independently at a foreign university for a semester. The Office of Global Opportunities helps students find scholarships or alternative funding to finance their travels. Financial aid can be used to fund study abroad and exchange programs, which has allowed students to attend school and continue their classes while they’re abroad. There are 14 scholarships, grants and awards offered through the Office of Global Opportunities and 10 scholarships offered from other OU offices. Katie Pittman, a 2019 OU graduate who studied Spanish and journalism, was able to take nine credit hours abroad. “I knocked out my specialization, some Spanish requirements, and a mandatory study abroad for my Spanish degree, too,” Pittman said in an email. “I also was able to work remotely for the journalism school, too, which helped me with costs.” All three students spoke highly of the lifelong friends they made, the unforgettable experiences and the skills and lessons they learned that will help them in their careers. “Studying abroad reminded me that the world is so much bigger than we think it is,” Pittman said in an email. “Sure, you can point to a map and think you know a country and its people, but going there and genuinely caring and learning about them is so different.” OU has a bachelor of global studies program that prepares students to work in different societies. There are bachelor’s degrees offered in African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies and War and Peace, according to the Global Affairs and International Studies’ website. There are also 14 certificate programs that students from any major can study in.
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Athens may seem small, but one thing is for sure: a lot is packed into the few miles surrounding campus. So if you’re worried about not having enough to do, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are six staples of Athens to visit in your first year:
THE ATHENA CINEMA If you’re interested in seeing something other than the biggest blockbusters, consider heading to the Athena Cinema on Court Street next time you want to see a movie. The Athena shows less widely-released films alongside student films and also hosts the Athens International Film and Video Festival each spring.
DONKEY COFFEE AND ESPRESSO A favorite for students, Donkey Coffee is one of the best study and hangout spots in Athens. With delicious fair trade coffee, a great atmosphere and open mic and poetry nights, what more could you ask for? It’s open late, too, so head down to 17 W. Washington St., right off of Court, for latenight lattes. BAGEL STREET DELI If you’re craving a sandwich with your Donkey Coffee, consider heading back down the road to Bagel Street Deli at 27 S. Court St. Another staple of the Athens food scene, Bagel Street offers a staggeringly large menu of bagel sandwiches, ranging from the common place to the strange. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert bagels cover the menu board, so there’s no doubt you’ll be back many times trying to taste everything they have to offer. THE RIDGES Just outside the Richland roundabout, The Ridges is a great place to explore with friends while the weather is still warm and sunny. Formerly the Athens Lunatic Asylum and tinged with a multitude of ghost stories, The Ridges is a complex of buildings that now houses administrative offices, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, an observatory and the Kennedy Museum of Art. Check out the latest exhibits or simply follow the beautiful hiking trails that wind through the former hospital grounds. And keep an eye out for public telescope nights! STROUDS RUN If you’re into hiking, canoeing, kayaking or just want a nice picnic spot, Strouds Run is the place to go. Go out on the lake or explore the trails, or you can make use of the volleyball and basketball courts with friends! CASA NUEVA Another staple of the Athens food scene, Casa Nueva offers some of the best Mexican cuisine in town. The restaurant and cantina frequently brings in live music and also hosts themed dance nights each
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Here’s a look at some of the best spots on Court Street NOLAN SIMMONS NEWS EDITOR
As you’ll come to find out, dining hall food gets old pretty fast. You can only get pasta alfredo from Nelson Court so many times before you start to wish for something else. Whether you’re Uptown looking for a quick bite to eat or prefer to sit down and have a meal, Athens has the place for you. ATHENS STAPLES Nothing screams Athens as much as Casa Nueva. Whether it’s the delicious Mexican-inspired food or the love for the local acts, generations of Bobcats flock to Casa Nueva when they are in town. You can grab dinner and stay for ‘80s Night at 6 W. State St., across from Valero gas station. Bagel Street Deli is a lot like Athens: weird, passionate and a whole lot of fun. Locally famous for its pickle eating contest, Bagel Street offers dozens of different bagel combinations that are perfect for an early breakfast. You can find it at 27 S. Court St., across from Ginger Asian Kitchen. Union Street Diner is the perfect place for all-day breakfast lovers. Friendly service and a classic diner atmosphere will make you feel right at home. It’s open 24 hours, so it’s a great place for early birds and night owls alike. You can find comfort food any time of the day at 70 W. Union St., just off Court Street. QUICK AND CASUAL Sometimes you just want to pop in, eat good food and pop back out.
There’s no better place for a late night bite than O’Betty’s Red Hot. Rather than the hot dogs it’s named after though, the cheese fries are a common favorite. Recently renovated but as good as ever, you can find O’Betty’s at 15 W. State St., across from Casa Nueva. Big Mamma’s Burritos, another late night favorite, is home to some weird and wonderful burrito combinations, including a chipotle ranch burrito, a Philly cheesesteak burrito and a Cincinnati chili burrito for anyone from the Queen City who feels homesick. You can try these weird but wonderful takes on the burrito at 10 S. Court St., across from the Athens County Courthouse. If you’re ever craving wings, look no farther than Wings Over. With tons of sauce options and a fun plane-themed menu, what’s not to love? Also open late, you can either get wings delivered right to your dorm or pick them up at 33 N. Court St., across from The Pigskin Sports Bar and Grille. FOOD TRUCKS If you’re really in a rush and don’t mind walking with your food, try one of the many food trucks that make their rounds in Athens. If you’re lucky enough to have a meal plan with Flex points, try out the Hungry Cat Food Truck, owned and operated by the university. A popular menu item is the buffalo chicken quesadilla. You can find it at the top of Morton Hill across from Gordy Hall. The Burrito Buggy is like a good friend: always there when you need it. It offers vegetarian, traditional and gourmet burritos alike, along with a few different tacos and nacho dishes. Usually the buggy can be found across from Schoonover Center on the edge of College Green. Ali Baba’s gyro truck has a history of its own. It is owned and operated by Nisar Shaikh, who has watched the seasons come and go for three decades from the inside of his hot-rod red gyro truck. Go eat a delicious piece of history across from Schoonover Center, usually next to the Burrito Buggy.
PIZZA Pizza is a very hotly debated topic in Athens. Regardless of which pizzeria you claim alliance to, your favorite style of pie can be found in town. Deliciously-greasy New York style slices can be found at Franco’s Pizza Place, right next to Wendy’s. Gooey, thick crust pizza can be found at GoodFella’s Pizza, next to Whit’s Frozen Custard. You can find a classic slice during slice night on Wednesdays at Courtside Pizza, and make your own pizza at LOTSA Stone Fired Pizza next to Jimmy John’s. A bit outside of town there is also Plus 1 Pizza, Avalanche Pizza, D.P. Dough and Doctor Pizza, which can all be delivered. Whichever you choose, you really can’t go wrong with pizza in Athens. SIT DOWN AND ENJOY Jackie O’s Brewery is mostly known for its craft beers, but the burgers in its Public House restaurant are definitely worth checking out. If you’re over 21, you can pair a drink with one but otherwise stick to water. You can find out for yourself at 24-25 W. Union St., next to The Union. Like the Hungry Cat Food Truck, eating with friends at Latitude 39 is a great way to spend your Flex points. Plus, being located at the bottom of Baker University Center means that it’s not too far a walk from the dorms. Restaurant Salaam boasts a menu filled with traditional and traditionally-inspired dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean, the Balkans, North Africa, Thailand, India and Pakistan. It also bakes bread daily. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but it is a great place to treat yourself to after an especially hard week. You can find it at 21 W. Washington St., next to Donkey Coffee. The palette of Athens is both wide and deep, and you will always find something you want. Don’t be afraid to get away from the dining halls.
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Athens and Ohio University provide safe spaces for students with mental health conditions PAIGE MILLER FOR THE POST
oving to Athens is an adjustment for every college freshman, but Athens and Ohio University provide services for every student living with a mental health condition. Athens County offers a number of psychological services for students who have been enrolled in counseling before or are new to counseling. The Gathering Place, 7 N. Congress St., is a social support center for people with mental illness. “Staff members help link people on different treatment options in Athens and figure out things like Social Security,” said Daniel West, client rights and safety officer for The Gathering Place. The Gathering Place helps people develop strong physical and mental health habits in a drug and alcohol-free environment while developing meaningful connections to others in the recovery process. “Anyone over 18 is eligible to use The Gathering Place as a resource as long as
they fill out an application,” West said. “We are in the process of starting a new program for people aged 18 to 22.” Activities like gardening, yoga, music therapy, art workshops, group meals, day trips and karaoke are offered to help people strengthen bonds and boost their morale. Mental health conditions may emerge during college years, and students might have trouble knowing what to ask for and how to ask for it. Student Accessibility Services, or SAS, helps students manage the impacts of a condition in the classroom and on campus. For mental health accommodations, students fill out an application and submit documentation from a medical professional or mental health provider before SAS decides if students are eligible for accommodations. Students may be asked to resubmit necessary documentation if there is not enough information supporting the student. “Students can use CPS to help them fill out disability documentation forms that may require a medical profession-
al’s input,” said Christina Jenkins, associate director for Student Accessibility. “CPS has also been a valuable resource for teaching students coping skills for their condition.” Students can use services provided by Counseling and Psychological Services and SAS without notifying their parents because SAS is protected by FERPA laws, and CPS is protected by HIPPA laws. That ensures all information students share with those organizations is confidential. SAS has given trainings to tutors, resident assistants and student organizations to make the university more aware of the impacts of conditions and normalize the mission of SAS for students who may feel alone. “Student Accessibility Services promotes self-advocacy and independence, but we are still here to help,” Jenkins said. “We want students to remember who their allies are on campus.” The hardest thing for Diamond Allen, a sophomore studying women’s, gender and sexuality studies, to adjust to during
college was becoming acquainted with a study schedule. Allen’s first semester wasn’t as hard with classes and the homework level. She took prerequisites, and that made her realize how her study habits could improve. “A good way to help another student who may be struggling is to invite them to events or create your own events to get people involved and connect with each other,” Allen said. Allen’s coping mechanisms are playing Wii with her friends, having dance parties and reading or writing. She also likes to help others and be a source of positivity and encouragement. One way she does this is by writing encouraging post-it notes and hanging them in the women’s bathroom of her dorm. “Listening to (others) is also a good strategy because sometimes that’s all we need is for someone to take us seriously and not judge,” Allen said.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is a confidential place for students who seek mental health services. Drop-in or walk-in hours are offered Monday through Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on the third floor of Hudson Health Center. Students may also talk to a counselor during Let’s Talk hours at the Living Learning Center, room 160, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Individual counseling, group counseling, crisis interventions, coping clinic and psychiatry are some of the services offered by CPS. www.ohio.edu/student-affairs/counseling | 740.593.1616 10/ SUMMER 2019
Resources on and off campus in Athens LOGAN MOORE FOR THE POST
or incoming students, finding confidential resources to report sexual misconduct or harassment on campus can be intimidating. At Ohio University, there are campus resources if you or someone you know finds themselves in a similar situation. OU’s Equity and Civil Rights Compliance Office, or ECRC, offers students the opportunity to gain access to reporting sexual misconduct and finding confidential resources. Located in Lindley Hall, Room 006, it monitors harassment in the education environment, according to the website. The office also collaborates with other campus entities, like the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and University Human resources. To report sexual misconduct to the ECRC, you can fill out the form on its website. Counseling and Psychological Services, Campus Care and the Survi-
vor Advocacy program are also available through the university. There are also several off-campus resources including My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence agency that provides Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties with a 24/7 hotline, outreach counseling and an emergency shelter. If you would like to take the legal route when reporting an incident, the Ohio University Police Department, 135 Scott Quadrangle, offers the opportunity to report the incident. Reports can also be made to the Athens Police Department, 11 N. College St., The department also offers insight on the definitions of common terms that are misused regarding sexual assault. Police departments can release information about the crime to the public, but information, such as names, is not made public until the case is closed. Police will never release a name until the person is formally charged in court. APD’s concerns are for the survivors
and quickly collecting evidence, according to a previous Post article. There are two types of investigations for sexual assault cases: criminal and administrative. When OUPD receives a sexual assault report, it starts interviewing all parties involved and the ECRC is also notified for the administrative investigation. For the administrative investigation, the ECRC focuses on university policy and the student code of conduct. Sexual assault is defined as any unwanted physical, emotional or sexual contact in the Ohio Revised Code. Sexual assault is a form of violence that encompasses a range of sexual actions taken against a person without the person’s consent, against the person’s will, or under force, threat of force or coercion. Legally, consent cannot be given while intoxicated since these states inhibit an aware state of mind. There are also resources on campus available for students who are members
of different communities, or who want to be allies for others on campus. The Women’s Center at Ohio University provides resources to female-identifying individuals. It does so by having mentoring workshops such as Young Women Leaders Program, She Leads Ohio and others. The center also helps organize cool lecture series, such as Thirsting for Knowledge Thursdays, that all freshmen should definitely attend. In the 2018 Fall Semester, OU students were to vote about three apps designed to help prevent sexual assaults. Students voted for LiveSafe, an app that allows users to communicate with police through texting, photos, videos and audio clips. The app also has a feature that allows users to track the location of their friends.
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Buildings every freshman should know ABBY MILLER NEWS EDITOR Ohio University’s campus may be nestled within the small town of Athens, but any new location can be a bit overwhelming at first. If you’re feeling a little lost, here are some buildings that every freshman should know to get a better grasp of their new home: BAKER UNIVERSITY CENTER John Calhoun Baker University Center is one of the newer buildings on campus. Originally, Baker Center was in the place of Schoonover Center until the new Baker Center’s unveiling. After three years of construction, Baker had its grand opening in 2007. It has the only escalator in Athens County that connects the upper and lower portions of campus. Now, it is home to many offices, event spaces and centers for both student and faculty use. OU’s Student Senate office, the Women’s Center, the Allen Student Help Center and the Multicultural Center are just a few of the many resources OU students have access to in Baker. Or, if you simply need a morning pick-me-up, you can stop by The Front Room Coffeehouse for a cup of coffee and a pastry.
TEMPLETON BLACKBURN MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM Typically shortened to MemAud, the venue hosts a wide range of events for OU students throughout the year. Students can see anything from nationally-touring musicals, concerts or speakers at MemAud. You can find the auditorium on College Green across from Chubb Hall. The names Templeton and Blackburn each pay respect to OU’s first African-American male and female graduates, respectively. CONVOCATION CENTER The Convo doubles as both a dormitory and event center. Head to The Convo on West Green with some friends throughout the school year to watch Bobcat basketball, volleyball and wrestling. Special events, like commencement and concerts, are also held in The Convo. The Convo is one of the most easily recognizable buildings on campus and is always good to know in case you are lost. BIRD ARENA Bird Arena is OU’s indoor ice rink. Bobcats can take advantage of the student discount to attend hockey games here on Friday and Saturday nights. The OU Men’s Ice Hockey team, a club sport, holds four Amer-
ican Collegiate Hockey Association national championship titles. The rink also hosts drop-in hockey and ice skating sessions. Open skate sessions are available, but for students looking for further coaching, private one-on-one lessons can be scheduled. Bird Arena is located across from the bottom of Baker Center. CHARLES J. PING RECREATION CENTER Sometimes a good workout is the perfect way to take your mind off studying. Finding a workout partner can also be a great way to make friends during your freshman year. Students can rock climb, run on the track or attend a variety of fitness classes with friends here. Head over to Ping to take advantage of all of the available services. CAMPUS CARE CLINIC Every freshman’s greatest fear in college seems to be getting extremely sick. If that fear unfortunately comes true, take a stop by the Campus Care Clinic located in Hudson Hall. Campus Care provides a wide range of services that meet all of students’ health needs, according to OU’s website. Not only can you see a doctor here, but you can also pick up prescriptions at OU’s drugstore, see a physical therapist or go to
a drop-in session at Counseling and Psychological Services. Hudson Hall is located behind Voigt Hall, which is right across the street from the Radio-Television building. ALDEN LIBRARY Whether you’re in need of a printer, quiet study space or research materials, Alden Library has it all. The library boasts seven floors and over 3.3 million books and over 1 million electronic books, according to OU’s website. The space can seat 3,000 people, so you’re sure to find your own unique study space. Additionally, each floor has different sound levels, so you can choose to study in silence, or with friends. Alden is also a great place to go to if you experience computer problems. You can borrow laptops on the building’s second floor, and both PCs and Macs are available for public use. Alden Library is located on College Green, diagonal from Baker Center. Alden also has a station on the second floor where BobCat Cash can be added to your student account to pay for printing or buy a coffee from Café BiblioTech.
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Athena Cinema and catching OU Black Sheep Improv shows. “Craft Night offers students something really fun and free to do. It’s a great opportunity because we have a lot of resources that students may not be able to afford on their own,” Miller said. “They’re able to come here for free and create fun crafts which generates creativity.” The weekly craft night offers different crafts for students to choose from. Miller and her friends have created canvas paintings, pop-up photo keepers, personalized desk organizers and more. Miller said she recommends getting involved in organizations in order to meet new people and find out how to have fun in your own way.
“Don’t worry about what other people are doing. If you’re having fun, then you’re having fun.” - Kayla Rosengarten, a senior studying communications
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hio University cultivated a strong culture of drinking and partying that it has yet to fully tame. However, there are creative and fun alternatives to the Uptown hype. Students have the opportunity to explore events around campus that are alternatives to partying. OU offers students the chance to experience activities that involve not just the university but the culture of Athens as well. Housing and Residence life hosts OHIO Late Nights every Saturday during the school year in the Living Learning Center on South Green at 9 p.m. During this free event, they offer a wide variety of activities for students to enjoy, such as, games, karaoke, trivia and snacks. They often have 14 / SUMMER 2019
creative theme nights that students can participate in. If one is looking for more activities outdoors, there are sand volleyball courts and basketball courts available for use on South Green. Students are always welcome to use those facilities to stay active. There are also options around Athens, such as, Strouds Run State Park,which can be used for hiking and biking. Events for students to attend can also be found in Front Room Coffeehouse. Some evenings the events held in Front Room are free. From Jazz Night every Tuesday, Blue Pencil Comedy on Saturdays
and Open Stage Nights, there is something for everyone to enjoy. If one is interested in the arts there are several plays, musicals, concerts and other performances scheduled throughout the year at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Some of the performances booked in the past school year included the musical, “The Sound of Music,” country music singer Josh Turner, comedian Demetri Martin and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Another option for sober bobcats is Marti and Stewie Craft Night. Every Thursday starting at 9 p.m. in West 82 on the first floor of Baker University Center students are invited to participate in a fun craft. Grace Miller, a senior studying communications, helps run Marti and Stewie Craft Nights, and often participates in the activities herself. Miller enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the
Maddie Kamody, a sophomore who is currently undecided, has attended multiple Marti and Stewie Craft Nights and thinks it is a great event. “It’s a fun thing to do when you have class in the morning and you can’t go out and you need something fun to do,” Kamody said. Kayla Rosengarten, a senior studying communications, likes to do volunteer work with her church and participates in six different student organizations on campus. “A lot of people have different interests,” Rosengarten said. “I know a lot of people who come to (Marti and Stewie Craft Nights) like painting and putting together crafts with their hands. It’s not only a stress reliever but it also follows along with people’s interests, and is something fun to do with their friends. There are definitely things to do around Athens if you are looking for them.” The party culture at OU might seem intimidating to incoming freshmen but Rosengarten said the university offers many alternatives that make it easy not to give in to the pressures of drinking. “Don’t worry about what other people are doing,” Rosengarten said. “If you’re having fun, then you’re having fun.”
Getting around town freshman year
KERI JOHNSON FOR THE POST The transition from home to college can be quite challenging, but Athens is the ideal place to make the adjustment into college life. Most services students need are within walking distance, and each part of campus has a market. If all else fails, students can make the journey past Baker Center to get what they need. Though most needs can be met on Court Street, sometimes there is a need to escape from Uptown. GETTING TO EAST STATE A major concern for a lot of freshmen is getting groceries or clothing. These can be found in abundance on East State Street. Stores like Walmart, Kroger, Save-a-Lot, an upcoming Marshalls and many different restaurants can be found on East State. East State Street is about an hour walk down the bike path. One quicker option of getting there, and the cheapest, is taking Athens Public Transit. “I would go to Walmart every couple weeks to get groceries,” Sarah Jager, a sophomore studying music education, said. Students can ride Athens Public Transit for free, using their student ID as a Bobcat Pass. Jager would use the DoubleMap app, an online bus tracking service that tracks buses in real time for times and stops. “It’s pretty easy to figure out,” she said.
ILLUSTRATION BY MEGAN BOMAR “You look online and find your time and stop.” Compared with other options, taking Athens Public Transit feels like the safest and most effective way to get around. “I definitely prefer taking the bus,” Jager said. LATE NIGHTS CATS Late Night is a late night shuttle service any student can utilize on weeknights and Saturdays. Students can call or text the service Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. - 3 a.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 p.m. - 3 a.m. Deedee Grantham, a freshman studying social work, frequently uses CATS Late Night. “I use it least twice a week, if not four times,” Grantham said. CATS Late Night makes for a safe, free option for students to get where they need to be. “It’s really convenient to get to South Green because that’s where all my friends live,” Grantham said. “I live on West Green
and there’s not really well lit paths between the two, and I don’t really like walking alone.”
“Only issue is going home on bigger weekends, and you have to buy tickets in advance.”
FAR AWAY PLACES Most university-provided transportation services operate within a 1-mile driving distance of Baker University Center. Other options for transportation include the GoBus. GoBuses offer daily trips seven days a week, every day of the year. GoBus goes to major cities in Ohio including Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Grantham frequently uses GoBus, too. “In the past month, I’ve gone home three different times,” Grantham said. “Every time I’ve gone on a GoBus.” Grantham lives in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. “I like it. It’s not a bad ride at all,” Grantham said. “It’s only a little longer than a car ride.” GoBuses are a common mode of transportation for a weekend getaway to home or elsewhere.
GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO Other options for students include ZipCars, Lyfts and Accessible Transit Service (CATCAB). CATCABS accomodate students and faculty with mobility limitations. To complement the Athens Public Transit loops, OU also provides a daily campus shuttle service called Campus Area Transit Service (CATS). CATS runs Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There are two 10-minute loops and one 20-minute loop. No ID is needed to ride in a CATS shuttle, and all provide accessibility accommodations and are available to track on the Double Map App as well.
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Take advantage of creative outlets to share talents Whether it’s joining a student organization, or taking advantage of open mic nights at local coffee houses and restaurants, Athens is the place to be for budding, young talent. College is a time for many students to explore countless opportunities to express themselves. Ohio University and Athens alike offer a wide range of options students can take advantage of to showcase their talents. Here are just a few creative outlets someone interested in comedy, singing or playing an instrument can check out.
hasn’t looked back. “I love just participating in comedy, and stand up is a really fun and independent experience I think,” Connell said. Connell has found nothing but tremendous support from his fellow peers, and has made friends along the way. “With the group of Blue Pencil Comedy, it makes the stand-alone kind of act into a community activity,” Connell said. “So it’s really nice to have all those friends who are doing it with you.” The group is always welcoming new members who have a passion for telling jokes. It’s an experience Connell urges anyone to try out, because Blue Pencil is supportive of all talent.
BLUE PENCIL COMEDY OU’s Blue Pencil Comedy student organization is a group of individuals who perform stand up comedy. It usually performs on Saturday nights at either Front Room Coffeehouse, or Donkey Coffee and Espresso, 17 W. Washington St. Blue Pencil members bounce ideas for jokes off one another, and work collaboratively to put on the best performance as possible. Matthew Connell, a junior studying physics, has been a member of Blue Pencil since his freshman year and
BLACK SHEEP IMPROV Black Sheep Improv is a comedy group on campus aimed at making audiences laugh, and showcasing young comedians and their talents. The group consists of two improv troupes that hold free performances Thursday nights in Baker Center Theater at 9 p.m. Black Sheep also offers improv workshops for anyone interested. Students have the chance to audition for the group at the beginning of Fall Semester. Black Sheep is a collaborative group
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that aims at helping members become better comedians, while making each other laugh along the way. DONKEY COFFEE AND ESPRESSO OPEN STAGE NIGHTS Not only is Donkey Coffee and Espresso a great place to go for coffee, but it’s also a place people go to do homework, relax and listen to local artists share their music with an audience. Donkey’s Open Stage has become a popular place for folks to come and share their favorite songs. Filled to capacity each week, the open stage promises a receptive audience for musicians who are looking for a place to showcase their material. Allison DeWitt, the booking manager for Donkey, said a wide range of talent signs up for the open stage nights. “The guitar and singing is the most popular, but people play piano and sing, some people sing acapella, and some people just play instruments and don’t sing,” DeWitt said. Since the beginning, Donkey has always found it important for people to showcase their talents. DeWitt said Donkey began to hold open stage nights because co-owner Chris Pyle is a huge
music fanatic, and he wanted to have a space where musicians could come and play. “I really think it’s important for people to just go and express themselves,” DeWitt said. “Some people are trying to gain fans, some are going just to play songs, make friends and connect. It’s really awesome.” The atmosphere of Donkey is welcoming to any and all talent, so it’s no surprise people are supportive of fresh talent. CASA NUEVA OPEN MIC NIGHTS Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St., also provides evenings for musicians to showcase their talents up on stage. Like Donkey, Casa sets aside time for anybody to come and share their music with an audience. The atmosphere at Casa is always buzzing with live music and eager audiences who look forward to the sweet sounds. Known for its hip environment, the Mexican-inspired food restaurant provides a welcoming space for all musicians and their talents.
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How to explore and appreciate the Athens outdoors RILEY RUNNELLS ASST. CULTURE EDITOR Arguably, the most appealing fact about Athens and Ohio University is the atmosphere. Any time or season, Athens is one of the most gorgeous places to be. When the weather is nice, going outside and enjoying the outdoors can be a great way to stay in shape, bond with friends or take a break from studying. To get the full OU experience, it’s important to go outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery the campus has to offer. There are plenty of ways for students to spend time enjoying the outdoors, but here are the top four ways students can stay active and unwind with nature: HAMMOCKING Hammocking is probably the most common outdoor activity for college students anywhere, but the hammocking scenery at OU is unmatched by anywhere else. Students usually get a hammock, find the perfect spot between two trees and stay there the rest of the day. It’s perfect for relaxing, studying or sharing with a friend.
Kate Wray, a sophomore studying nursing, has always loved hammocking and takes any opportunity she can get. “I love hammocking because it’s so relaxing, and it’s a great way to bond with friends,” Wray said. “You can also study while hammocking because it’s such a calming environment, so hammocking has multiple purposes. It’s my favorite outdoor activity.” EXERCISING Though Ping Center is a good gym for people to exercise in, it’s much nicer to exercise outside when weather permits. Students can walk or run on the Hocking Adena Bikeway, a trail that runs past campus. Activities can be done alone, with friends or with on-campus exercise groups. One exercise group on campus is Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls (CHAARG), a women’s exercise group that focuses on female empowerment. A lot of its workouts are outdoors to ensure participants can enjoy nature at the same time. Jadyn Dubach, a sophomore studying child and family studies, joined CHAARG her first semester of freshman year, and
loves it more than any group on campus. “I joined CHAARG to stay in shape and get out more, but I realized it was a great way to make some of my best friends,” Dubach said. “It’s so fun to go outside and get workouts done with a group of strong women.” BIKE RIDES AND ROLLERBLADING The Hocking Adena Bikeway is a great place to people-watch, walk or run, but it can also be a great place for students to ride bikes or rollerblade. The trail is 21 miles long, so it can be hard to experience the whole thing when running or walking. Biking or rollerblading are great ways to stay in shape and make the most out of the trail experience. Claire Geary, a sophomore studying journalism, thinks biking and rollerblading are the perfect way to connect exercising with nature and enjoying the outdoors. “Rollerblading and biking, especially in Athens, is a great source of activity and exercise, but also especially visually pleasing because of the natural sights,” Geary said. “Not only is it healthy for students to be involved, but they can enjoy the views of the good weather.”
BLISSFUL BLANKET LOUNGING If students don’t own a hammock or don’t feel like exercising, a relaxing day-nap on a blanket is the way to go. Laying outside on a blanket to study or hangout with friends is always a good option, but it’s also a fun way to people-watch and take a nap. There are many spots to set up a blanket and lounge around, like College Green, but a great spot for people-watching is behind South Green by the river. Students can see the trail, the river and have a beautiful nature experience while taking some time to unwind. Michaela Reynolds, a sophomore studying child and family studies and criminology-sociology, loves relaxing on a blanket outside to unwind and recharge after a lot of stress from classes. “Being outside is a good way to relieve stress,” Reynolds said. “It creates a refreshing environment, especially after being cooped up in class and in the dorms. So I love spending time laying out a blanket and hanging out with friends.”
Bobcats Helping Bobcats is a way for students, staff and faculty to support students on the Athens campus who are experiencing financial situations that may impact their overall well-being and ability to be successful in college.
A choice food pantry for students, staff and faculty. Swipe in to the Cupboard in 514 Baker Center anytime Baker University Center is open
Apply online to receive donated dining meals loaded onto your student ID.
Business professional and business casual clothing for interviews, career fairs or any career-related function. Located on the 5th floor of Baker University Center in the Career and Leadership Development Center.
Students facing a financial barrier to purchase a cap and gown for commencement can apply to use the loaner program.
These emergency microgrants are designed to help OHIO students facing financial difficulty due to emergency situations or one-time hardships.
For more information or to apply online, visit bit.ly/bobcats-helping-bobcats or call 740-593-1800.
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CLASSES WORTH TAKING BAYLEE DEMUTH | CULTURE EDITOR
or many students, general education classes are required for their respective major. As pointless as the classes may seem, some students found their Gen Ed classes to be worth taking. Some students may wonder why they are required to sit through courses about the human anatomy when their major is art, but the knowledge obtained is more beneficial than they may think. The Ohio University Gen Ed requirements are similar to the College of Arts and Sciences requirements. All courses that fulfill Gen Ed requirements, even if they are not arts and sciences courses, apply toward the 120 credit hours needed to graduate from OU. Many students believe classes unrelated to their major can be a waste of time and money, but Grant Guggenbiller, a junior studying chemical engineering, actually enjoyed his required English course. Guggenbiller took English 1510: Writing and Rhetoric I during Spring Semester last year. The class consisted of primarily reading assignments, writing responses and full papers to work on throughout the week. It was nothing too strenuous for Guggenbiller, but what made his class so great was his professor, Brandon Bender.
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ILLUSTRATION BY MARY BERGER “I really liked the class because the professor was really interesting,” Guggenbiller said. “His focus was monsters in literature, not specifically a beast or creature, but monsters as people doing horrific things. The readings, assignments and papers all dabbled with that concept of monsters.” The content of the course made it easy to enjoy for Guggenbiller, but it was also a class he believed has helped improve his writing skills overall. “I’m not the best writer, and that class definitely helped me get formatting down and how to reference stuff properly,” Guggenbiller said. Guggenbiller believes being able to possess skills outside of his math and science fields is vital to making connections with people who think differently than himself. “As much as STEM majors hate it, I think it’s important to take those kinds of classes,” Guggenbiller said. “Though the writing isn’t exactly the same as what we’re doing, it’s still nice to develop skills beyond just our math and science skills.” To Hugh Martin, a professor who has taught Journalism 1050: Intro to Mass Communications for many years, non-major classes are a chance to sample topics
that you might want to major in, but they are much more than just that. “Non-major classes are a chance to learn how complex, fascinating and exciting the world really is,” Martin said in an email. “We live in a global, interconnected society, and throughout your life you will always be learning something new.” Martin tries to make his Gen Ed course engaging for students by encouraging them to develop good study habits and speak up during lecture. “A lot of students are understandably shy about participating in class,” Martin said. “But freshmen should know that other students in the class probably have the same questions and are just as reluctant to speak up.” Having Gen Ed classes is a way Martin believes his students can awaken their curiosity and learn to introduce themselves to new topics. Every semester he has taught his class, many students have told him how beneficial it was to their learning. “Every time I teach the class, students tell me how much they appreciate what they’ve learned,” Martin said in an email. “I’ve also had students who told me they decided to major in journalism after taking my class, and that is always very nice to hear.”
Halle Harris, a junior studying mechanical engineering, also believes people should try new and different courses unrelated to their majors. “I think it’s important just to be more well-rounded and get experience with different subjects,” Harris said. Harris filled her fine arts credit with Theater 1130: Acting Fundamentals I. She was tasked with memorizing lines and putting together small scenes with fellow classmates. Harris enjoyed acting out her final scene especially and working with others to present it. “I’ve never taken any acting; I just thought it would be fun to do, and it was,” Harris said. “I really liked it. It was nice to get out of my comfort zone a little.” Harris enjoyed taking a class that challenged different parts of her brain and would definitely recommend the class to other students. “I’d definitely recommend other people to take it, especially if they have no acting experience at all, because they just might learn something really interesting,” Harris said.
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hio University’s campus is known to be gorgeous, but the hills around campus can be a tedious trek to overcome. Fortunately, some students have figured out a few shortcuts to make maneuvering the university easier. For those who don’t mind stairs, there are a few options to get from East Green to College Green. Some find the stairs leading from Biddle Hall and Lincoln Hall on East Green, behind Bryan Hall, an easy alternative compared to other routes to College Green. Gracie Bihun, a sophomore studying music education, said she likes to utilize the stairs between Robert Glidden Hall and Siegfred Hall. “(They’re) a good alternative to bypass Jeff Hill and using the Glidden elevator,” Bihun said. Some students have found an easier way to conquer Jefferson Hill, which doesn’t require them to walk the entire stretch of sidewalk. There’s a path behind Lincoln Hall that eliminates a small part of Jeff Hill with an easy, scenic walk. For some people, they want to avoid stairs and hills altogether. Elizabeth Alfreno, a junior studying global studies, said she likes to utilize the elevator in Baker University Center, especially in extreme weather conditions. “It’s halfway between my classes, so it’s a nice break to get out of the weather,” Alfreno said. For others, specifically those living on East and South Greens, the elevator in Robert Glidden Hall is the best way to avoid Jeff Hill. Some people, like Cassidy Mamula use the alley from Congress Street to Court Street to get uptown a little quicker. “It gets me to Chipotle really fast,” Mamula, a sophomore studying communications, said. For those with disabilities who find it extremely difficult to conquer the campus hills, OU Student Accessibility Services offers numerous suggestions and
accommodations for those students. Carey Busch, assistant dean for accessibility, recognizes the need for some students to be individualistic. “We do not necessarily have general directions for students on navigating campus, but may have individual conversation’s based on a student’s needs,” Busch said in an email. Busch encourages students with accessibility needs to reach out to her office as soon as possible to make the best use of the services it offers for those with disabilities.
There are so many different ways to get to the same place on campus, so it’s just a matter of finding which is the most convenient way to take.” - Elizabeth Alfreno, a junior studying global studies
OU Transportation and Parking Services offer a few different services for both those with disabilities and those without. Campus Area Transit Service, or CATS, buses are available and accessible for all students with routes both on and off-campus. For those with disabilities, they offer point-to-point transportation through CATCAB services during the day. They also provide parking assistance to commuter students with disabilities. Whether students are just trying to avoid climbing Jeff Hill or maneuvering campus, they believe there are plenty of ways to get to where they’re going. “There are so many different ways to get to the same place on campus, so it’s just a matter of finding which is the most convenient way to take,” Alfreno said.
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OHIOâ€™s 22nd Annual Outdoor Orientation Expedition for First-Year Students
of 2018 participants reported feeling more confident about starting at Ohio University
New Adventures Boundary Waters Canoe Trip Location: Ely, Minnesota Price: $760 Trip dates: August 11 â€“ 22 Trip is for incoming, first-year students only. For more info, visit http://bit.ly/ohionewadventures Register on RecShop www.recshop.ohio.edu Space is limited, book today!
Five players to watch on OHIO football in 2019
Ohio’s Marlin Brooks blocks Howard’s Jason Collins during the two teams’ game on Saturday, September 1, 2018. (MCKINLEY LAW/ FOR THE POST)
ANTHONY POISAL SPORTS EDITOR It’s easy to list the big-name players on Ohio’s roster for 2019. Quarterback Nathan Rourke, safety Javon Hagan and wide receiver Cam Odom are among the safest bets to lead the Bobcats toward another run for the Mid-American Conference Championship. They won’t be alone, though. Here’s five other Ohio players who could break out and enter that group of “household” names next season. 1. WR SHANE HOOKS At 6 feet, 4 inches, Hooks is one of the tallest receivers Ohio has had in recent memory. The redshirt freshman didn’t play with the Bobcats last season but stood out among receivers in spring camp and should see plenty of snaps next year. If Hooks, a native of Orlando, Florida,
can use his size effectively, he could be a frequent red-zone target for Rourke and may ascend the wide receiver depth chart quickly. 2. RB O’SHAAN ALLISON When Rourke was asked who impressed him the most in spring practice, the quarterback didn’t hesitate in making his pick: Allison. The 205-pound running back made the most of his additional reps this spring due to an injury to Julian Ross. Allison, a redshirt freshman, showed a knack for shedding tackles and bulldozing defenders in spring practice. In the Bobcats’ 60rep scrimmage to end spring practice, he wowed teammates and the crowd when he broke through three or four tackle attempts en route to a 30-yard run. Ross will likely start the season as the No. 1 running back for Ohio, but if another injury arises or his performance isn’t up to
par, Allison should be in line for a bigger role in the backfield. 3. LB DYLAN CONNER Conner showed flashes of capability last season alongside senior Evan Croutch at the linebacker position. But Croutch, who led Ohio with 90 tackles and 5.5 sacks last year, has played his final game with the Bobcats. That means Conner, a redshirt junior, will need to build on his 36 tackles last season and develop his skills as a pass rusher to fill the gap. 4. CB MARLIN BROOKS Brooks has already proven himself as a solid cornerback after posting 41 tackles, four pass breakups and an interception last season. He also led the Bobcats with three forced fumbles and two recoveries and played a large role toward Ohio’s No. 1 finish in the MAC in turnovers for 2018.
The Miami, Florida, native worked well alongside Jamal Hudson, who led Ohio with 12 pass breakups, and both sophomores are expected to up their game next season. The Bobcats are young at the cornerback position, and they’ll lean on Brooks most to lead the group. 5. DL COLE BAKER Baker will likely be one of the most dominant defensive tackles on Ohio after garnering 20 tackles and 0.5 sacks in his first year with the Bobcats last season. Baker, a senior who transferred from East Mississippi Community College, looked more comfortable in Ohio’s defensive schemes as the season progressed, and he could break out as a run-stuffing threat on the Bobcats defensive line next season.
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Five reasons Ohio will make the 2020 NCAA Tournament J.L. KIRVEN FOR THE POST Ohio was left out of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year last season. The Bobcats felt they deserved a ticket to the dance after bringing a resume that included a 27-5 record, a Mid-American Conference East Division championship and a second-place finish in the MAC Tournament. But it wasn’t enough. The selection committee favored the likes of other teams, and Ohio settled for the WNIT and fell to Northwestern in the Round of 8. Ohio finished its historic year with the best record in program history. The Bobcats want more next season, and they’ll probably get it. Here’s five reasons why Ohio will make the 2020 NCAA Tournament. 1. BOB BOLDON Coach Bob Boldon’s relaxed personality was a great mask to cover his disappointment when Ohio was left out of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. But Boldon is a man who knows what could have been. Last year, he often talked about how the 2017-2018 season hurt because the Bobcats were two wins away from the WNIT. Maybe the Bobcats missed out on the NCAA Tournament this season because it had one too many losses. Who
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knows? Boldon probably lost sleep over it. He’s built the Bobcats for a prolonged period of success, and that success still showed last season. The six-year head coach believes in his system but isn’t afraid to tweak to ensure the Bobcats have the best shot at winning. 2. FEW DEPARTURES At the end of a great season there’s always a dejected feeling because a team will never be the same. Seniors graduate and the top of a roster can take some heavy blows. But the damage to the Bobcats next season is minimal — they lost only three seniors. The loss that hurts the most is forward Dominique Doseck, who was Ohio’s best 3-point shooter, smartest player and had strong leadership role in the locker room. The Bobcats also lost forwards Olivia Bower and Kendall Jessing. At 6-foot-1, Bower provided Ohio with size and 3-point shooting, while Jessing produced rebounds and was one of the Bobcats most-respected voices in the locker room. Ohio will have to address those absences if it hopes to take another step, but the Bobcats are still young and talented. The future is still bright. 3. GUESS WHO’S BACK? While the Bobcats will miss Doseck, Bower and Jessing, the amount of talent coming back is enough to make fans blush. Cece Hooks, MAC Defensive Player of the Year, will
return. Erica Johnson, the first player in MAC history to ever win Freshman of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year is also back. Amani Burke, a 3-point sharpshooter, will round out the trio of top talent. Ohio will also have healthy versions of Gabby Burris and Katie Barker, who Boldon calls the best shooter on the team. The team will also be deep with Deesh Beck, Kaylee Bambule, Abby Gardner and transfer guard Caitlyn Kroll off the bench. Ohio proved it can win with a young roster last season. With those new players transitioning to veterans, the Bobcats are one of the most lethal teams in the MAC. 4. FRESH BLOOD To go along with Ohio’s returning talent is some fresh faces. Peyton Guice and Ella Pope hope to continue the string of great Ohio freshmen that Boldon has produced. They won’t be expected to produce much early, but expect at least one to find themselves some minutes. 5. A MAC UP FOR GRABS Ohio finished second in the MAC… twice. Once in the regular season to Central Michigan, and again in the conference tournament to Buffalo. Both of those teams lost their best weapons, though. Central Michigan lost Reyna Frost, who won MAC Player of the Year, and one of the best point guards
Ohio University’s Gabby Burris (#41) sits wide open on the three point line against Western Kentucky during the home game on Thursday, March 28, 2019. (KELSEY BOEING/ PHOTO EDITOR)
in the conference in Presley Hudson. Buffalo lost one of the greatest scorers the conference has ever seen in Cierra Dillard. While the conference will still be tough, the top two teams just lost their best talents. Ohio’s best players are all coming back and should only improve in talent.
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ANTHONY POISAL SPORTS EDITOR VOLLEYBALL The Ohio volleyball team (13-18, 7-9 Mid-American Conference) came into the 2018 season with high expectations. But the Bobcats started off slow and entered MAC play with a 5-11 record, and they never really found their footing throughout the year. Ohio pulled together a couple threematch winning streaks and even won its first round MAC tournament match against Northern Illinois, but the season was somewhat of a disappointment for a team that had hopes of sitting atop the conference. The good news for Ohio is that it will only be graduating three players, and most of its key players are set to return. SOCCER In 2017, the Ohio soccer team was the No. 8 seed in the MAC Tournament and lost its first round matchup to Kent State. In 2018, the Bobcats (9-8-3, 6-3-2 MAC) again ran into the Golden Flashes in the conference playoffs, but were able to
change their fortunes from a year prior. Ohio managed a 2-1 victory as the No. 4 seed and avenged its playoff loss from 2017, which served as the biggest highlight for a strong season from the Bobcats. Ohio’s season ended when it ran into No. 1 Bowling Green in the semifinals, but the Bobcats improved significantly in 2018. FIELD HOCKEY For the seventh straight year, Ohio field hockey (5-12, 2-4 MAC) had a losing record. 2018 was different from past seasons, though, in that the Bobcats flashed signs of hope for the future. Ohio made the conference tournament for the first time in three years and even secured a victory over Ball State in the quarterfinals. The Bobcats will look to clean up mistakes and find the ability to close out tough games next season. The team lost four games by a single goal this past season, and Ohio looks like it may be able to find that next step in 2019. MEN’S GOLF The Bobcats saw a lot of success in the fall as they grabbed a top-five finish in four of the six October tournaments, including a first place finish in day one of
the Firestone Invitational. The spring was not as fruitful for Ohio, and it had one top-five finish and placed sixth in the MAC Tournament. The team is still young, however, with only one senior set to graduate. Sophomore Zach Crawford led the way individually for the Bobcats and earned All-MAC Second Team honors after averaging a team-best 72.62 score over 26 rounds. He achieved three top-seven finishes and finished first at the Firestone Invitational in October. FOOTBALL Frank Solich is still searching for his first MAC Championship as he enters his 15th season with Ohio, and there’s plenty of reason to believe he’ll get it next season. Nathan Rourke will look to replicate his masterful 2018 season where he threw for 2,434 yards, 23 touchdowns and rushed for 860 yards and 15 touchdowns. Julian Ross will likely take over running back duties with the loss of A.J. Oullette, and Cam Odom should lead a young, but promising group of wide receivers. On defense, the Bobcats will look to stay atop the MAC in forced turnovers. Ohio led the conference with 16 interceptions last season and a +13 turnover margin last season, and it should find similar success next season with the return of
safety Javon Hagan and cornerback duo of Jamal Hudson and Marlin Brooks. HOCKEY Ohio will have a different look in 2019 after former coach Sean Hogan stepped down in March. Cole Bell, who coached at the University of Jamestown for the last two years, will attempt to recreate Hogan’s success behind the bench next season. Bell was announced as Hogan’s replacement in early May, and he shouldn’t have too much issue with picking up where Hogan left off — in the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Tournament. The Bobcats return all three of their top scorers in 2019 and have one year left with Jimmy Thomas, who has proven to be one of the top goalies in the league and can devour plenty of minutes throughout Ohio’s six-month season. Bell will be tasked with replacing six seniors, but with the strong foundation of youth Hogan instilled with Ohio, Bell should have the tools he needs to keep the Bobcats at the top of the ACHA rankings.
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Top 5 Ohio sports moments of 2018-2019 MATT PARKER | SPORTS EDITOR The 2018-19 year contained several notable moments for Ohio teams and the Athens community. From touchdowns and three-pointers to blocked shots and game-winner goals, here are the top five moments from the eyes of The Post sports: FOOTBALL: DXL FRISCO BOWL WIN Ohio defeated San Diego State to win its fourth bowl game in program history. The Bobcats had little to celebrate before coach Frank Solich arrived in Athens in 2005, but their 27-0 win over the Aztecs in the DXL Frisco Bowl last December highlighted the success Solich has brought to the football program. Senior running back A.J. Ouellette garnered 197 all-purpose yards in his final game with Ohio, and the Bobcats cemented another winning season on a high note. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: BURKE’S RECORD DAY AGAINST BALL STATE In a season that featured 30 wins and appearances in the WNIT and Mid-American Conference Tournament, it’s hard to pick a single event that stood out in one of the most successful seasons in Ohio basketball history — men’s and women’s. If there is a single moment that will be remembered, though, it’s Amani Burke’s impressive day against Ball State on February 2. The junior guard broke the MAC women’s basketball record with 11 3-pointers in a single game. Burke lead Ohio with 33 points in scoring as the Bobcats routed the Cardinals in a 94-62 victory.
TOP RIGHT: Ohio cornerback Tariq Davids (no. 17) celebrates with teammates after beating their rivals, the Buffalo Bulls, on November 14, 2018. (COLIN MAYR / FOR THE POST) BOTTOM RIGHT: Ohio’s Amani Burke (#3) attempts a 3-pointer during the Bobcats’ game against Ball State on Feb. 2, 2019, where she set the MAC Conference record for most three pointers in a game with 11. (BRE OFFENBERGER / COPY CHIEF)
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WOMEN’S SOCCER: FIRST TOURNAMENT WIN IN OVER 10 YEARS The Bobcats won’t forget their 2018 season for quite some time. Their 2-1 win over Kent State in the MAC Tournament sent the Bobcats to the semifinals for the first time since 2004. In the 68th minute, junior Sydney Leckie scored off a rebound to give Ohio its go-ahead goal. Overall, the Bobcats went 9-8-3 and improved on its 7-10-3 record from two seasons ago. HOCKEY: LATE SEASON SWEEP OVER IOWA STATE With national seeding implications and a final spot in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League standings on the line, the series between then-No. 5 Ohio and thenNo. 4 Iowa State couldn’t be overstated. Ohio swept the visiting Cyclones in a combined 4-1 effort, and the back-to-back wins were crucial in securing a first-round bye in the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Tournament. ATHENS FOOTBALL: FIRST LEAGUE TITLE IN FOUR YEARS Athens entered Week 10 of its season with an impressive 8-1 record and 6-0 in Tri-Valley Conference Ohio play. The Bulldogs already held a share of the TVC-Ohio title, but their 49-14 win over rival Nelsonville-York — the Bulldogs’ first win over the Buckeyes since 2014 — won them the outright title for the first time since 2014. Running back Evan Adams rushed for 234 rushing yards and four touchdowns, and the Bulldogs clinched the final seed in the Division III Region 11 bracket.
TOP: The Athens Bulldogs run out onto the field to face the Parkersburg South (West Virginia) Patriots. (COLIN MAYR / FOR THE POST) BOTTOM LEFT: The women’s soccer team huddles together before their game against the Akron Zips on Oct. 4, 2018. (BAXTER TURAIN/ FOR THE POST) BOTTOM RIGHT: Ohio defenseman Thomas Pokorney (#4) handles the puck with pressure from Iowa State defenseman Kurt Halbach (#24) during the second period of the Bobcats’ game against the Cyclones on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Bird Arena. (COLIN MAYR / FOR THE POST)
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DONKEY COFFEE AND ESPRESSO POWER CHAI Donkey Coffee and Espresso is one of the coolest coffee houses in terms of atmosphere. There’s always great music playing, and the inside is complete with couches, comfortable chairs, tables and patio seating. There are so many great aspects about the coffee house, but by far the best drink to try is the Power Chai. It’s a normal chai tea latte, made either spicy or with a vanilla base, mixed with a shot of espresso. It’s a drink that’s delicious, but also a practical drink to give you an extra boost through your busy days. LARGE: $5.05 COURT STREET COFFEE - COURT STREET MOCHA Another popular coffee shop in Athens is Court Street Coffee, which, like Brenen’s, is right in the middle of Uptown and easy to access. Court Street’s signature coffee drink is the Court Street Mocha, and it’s also the best drink to try. Unlike the normal mocha drink with chocolate syrup, steamed milk and espresso, the Court Street Mocha has white chocolate and swirls of caramel to compliment the steamed milk and espresso. It’s a unique twist on a classic drink. MEDIUM: $4.55
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CATALYST CAFE - CAFÉ AU LAIT Catalyst Cafe is located on Union Street, and though it’s not one of the most popular coffee shops in Athens, it is one of the most delicious. Catalyst Cafe features fair trade and organic coffees and teas. A lot of its drinks are typical ones you’d find at almost every coffee house, and though café au lait is one of those drinks, Catalyst Cafe’s café au lait is incomparable. The simple drink of coffee with milk is so well made and stands out from everything on the menu. LARGE: $3.95
BRENEN’S COFFEE CAFE - MILKYWAY Brenen’s Coffee Cafe is one of the most popular coffee shops in Athens. While there are normal coffee options, there are also a lot of fun ones like the Nutty Irishman and Peppermint Patty. However, the best flavor to try is the Milkway, modeled after the candy bar. The fresh brewed espresso, rich chocolate, creamy caramel and steamed milk combine to form a delicious drink that will make your taste buds happy. LARGE: $4.90
FLUFF BAKERY - TRAINCATCHER Fluff Bakery, Brunch and Bowls isn’t a typical coffee shop, it’s more of a restaurant and bakery. Though it’s not technically a coffee shop, it still serves some of the most delicious coffee in the area. Its seasonal drinks, are definitely worth trying, but the one drink that is always served is the Traincatcher. The Traincatcher is a combination of Fluff’s mocha, made with espresso, milk and chocolate, and Fluff’s Toddy, a sweet, cold-brewed espresso. The Traincatcher is a delicious combination that is sweet and energizing. LARGE: $5.00 TOWN’S END - WHITE CHOCOLATE THUNDER Town’s End is a relatively newer coffee shop over Stimson Bridge in a historic location that has previously served as Athens County’s first post office. It’s a coffee shop with a unique style without indoor seating, acting as a traditional Italian stand-up bar. The old-fashioned setup provides a classic taste of coffee drinks that wow customers. The best drink to try is the White Chocolate Thunder, made with white chocolate, oat milk and a double shot of the Town’s End award-winning espresso. Though it may be a further walk for some, it’s definitely worth the trip. WITH NORMAL MILK: $5.25 WITH OAT OR SOY MILK: $6.00
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It’s Time For Golden Hour From Bentley to Bong Hill, here are the best places to catch the sunset in Athens. LAILA RIAZ MANAGING EDITOR
are up there, take advantage of the white noise in Baker, find a seat and relax.
When I was a freshman, my roommate from Connecticut kept going on and on about how beautiful the sky was in Athens. Being from Ohio all my life, I was surprised because I grew up staring at the beautiful horizon she was raving about. Was it bad for my eyes? Yes. Do I care? No. Anyways, whether you want to get some rad photos during golden hour or just want watch a sunset in hopes it will cure your existential crisis, here are the best places to watch the sunset in Athens:
BEHIND BENTLEY HALL Situated near the center of campus, Bentley Hall is one of the buildings that gets the highest amount of traffic during the week. However, not many people know that located behind Bentley Hall is a beautiful stoned area with a perfect view of the sunset. I used to go there and sit on the bench while I listened to music. I may or may not have taken a couple of golden hour selfies as well.
FIFTH FLOOR OF BAKER CENTER As a freshman, you probably know about three buildings on campus. One of them should definitely be Baker Center. The building is considered the heart of campus with hundreds of people passing through each day. The best place to watch the sunset is on the fifth floor of. The fifth floor is unique because not a lot of people go up there and you need to take the stairs in order to do so. Once you
RADAR HILL Sad truth: before coming to Athens, I had never hiked before. Scratch that, before coming to Athens, I never went outside. It wasn’t until my freshman year that l made a hike out to Radar Hill. The trek was a bit spooky because I had to pass The Ridges during the hike, however, once you reach the top of the plateau, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the sun-
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set. It’s sure to make you forget about the possible ghosts watching you while you walk. BONG HILL Another hiking destination, Bong Hill sits on the opposite side of campus in regard to The Ridges. One of the highest places in Athens someone can hike to and one of the hardest, Bong Hill not only provides a lovely view of golden hour, but also a overarching view of campus and the Hocking River.
TOP OF THE PARKING GARAGE The Athens Parking Garage, 7 E. Washington St., is a person’s last-ditch effort to get parking in Athens. The top floor of the garage is also one of the best places to go see the sunset. It is one of the easiest if you want to have an impromptu sunset watch-party with friends or want group photos.
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7 places to take Instagram photos MOLLY SCHRAMM THE BEAT EDITOR One of the first things you see when you arrive in Athens, is how picturesque the town is. Between the cobblestones and the red bricks of the buildings, Athens is a uniquely special place and your four years or so here are meant for capturing memories. And, nowadays, what better way to do that than Instagram? Here are some of the best locations for Instagram photos in and around Athens: YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP From Donkey Coffee and Espresso to Court Street Coffee, Athens has an abundance of locations to drink scrumptious coffee drinks. Though it may be a bit cheesy, there’s no shame in posting photos in your favorite coffee shop. The comfy and friendly atmosphere in Donkey is perfect for cute dates, and the glass front of Brenen’s Coffee Cafe would make for a bit of an artsy photo. BONG HILL Bong Hill is the perfect way to see all of campus, despite being a bit of a walk outside of campus. Located just over the Stimson bridge, hiking to the top of Bong
Hill is a bit of a hill, but the end result is so worth it. Bong Hill gives a wide view of all of uptown Athens and everything between The Convo and East Green. It’s a sight to see and the pictures you can get with friends are one-of-a-kind. GRAFFITI WALL Located on the retaining wall by Bentley Hall and Richland Avenue, the art featured on the graffiti wall changes almost weekly. Whether it’s clubs promoting themselves or students making memories with their friends, the graffiti wall is unique to Athens. Because the wall is ever-changing, any pictures taken will likely never be recreated. COLLEGE GREEN Central to campus and located directly next to uptown, year-round College Green is great for pictures. The area is great for showing some greenery in you photos, with its multiple cobblestone paths and tall trees in every line of sight. If you want to jazz up your College Green photos, pictures during International Week with all the multicultural flags or even photos during fall while the leaves are changing would be perfect.
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SIEGFRIED MURAL Painted by a former associate professor in the School of Art, the mural under Siegfried Hall is the perfect backdrop for any photo. The mural was originally painted in 1966 by Æthelred Eldridge but has undergone multiple restorations and incarnations over the years. Delving into an avant-garde style of art, the Siegfried mural is sure to be unlike anything else on your Instagram feed. A SPORTING EVENT Sporting events are one of the best ways to show school spirit and support during your fours years, so why not show it off? Football games at Peden Stadium are a definite treat, and it wouldn’t be right to never enjoy a basketball or volleyball game
in the wondrous Convocation Center. THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS Though these beautiful trees are seasonal, they’re a real sight to see when in bloom. The trees were gifted by Chubu University in Japan and have even earned national recognition from National Geographic. The pink-tinged trees are located all across the bike path in Athens, and are usually in bloom during the beginning of April. Perfect for bringing spring to the ’Gram, make sure you don’t miss out on those beauties.
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Cherry blossoms in bloom in the spring on Ohio Universityâ€™s campus. (EMILEE CHINN / PHOTO EDITOR)
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Pack it up Packing for college is no small feat, and you’re bound to forget a few things. Coming to campus can be a scary thing but with this quick list, packing will be a breeze. Here are the items you need to pack before heading to college: ERIN GARDNER FOR THE POST
EXTRA PHONE CHARGER It’s inevitable that you will lose your phone charger, or it will break and fray. The spares from CVS or the dining halls are fine in a pinch, but they’re not worth the price. Invest in an extra from Apple and your future self will thank you at 2 a.m. when your phone is at one percent. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE There are plenty of stylish and workable reusable water bottles available. Staying hydrated is a college necessity. So is saving the planet. PLANNER A big planner or bullet journal is a lifesaver
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during syllabus week. Writing down all your assignments, exams, coffee dates and bills due is helpful with task management. Make sure your planner includes weekly tabs, so you can adjust your schedule based on class commitments and campus involvement, which is an important part of college adjustment. SNACKS FROM HOME Even though college is all about #adulting, sometimes, it can get lonely. Having snacks from home can help with the homesickness slump. If you have a favorite local granola from home, stock up because chances are Walmart won’t have it. If you are vegetarian or vegan, take a few snacks from home because the markets don’t have an extensive selection. TISSUES Blowing your nose in napkins when you’re sick is painful after a while. Sure, you can always go out to CVS for supplies, but no one wants to leave their warm bed when they’re sick. Speaking from experience, having a box or two on hand is a good idea. WATER FILTER Most dorms only have a sink either in the bathroom or the room to do dishes. Especially in the Appalachia area where water is a luxury, having clean, drinking water in the dorm is a smart idea. Water filters, which is an eco-friendlier alternative to plastic water bottles in bulk, usually ranges from $15-30 and have been proven to help
reduce the amount of toxins in tap water. BUSINESS CASUAL CLOTHES When you’re packing, it’s easy to only think of the clothes that will be comfortable for class. Try to pack a few business casual clothing items for when a job interview pops up. You will stand out from the sea of jeans and flannels. SCISSORS Scissors are one item that you don’t think you need until you do. Having a pair on hand is useful, whether is opening a pesky bag of chips or cutting out pictures. EXTRA PRINTER INK If you decide to bring a printer with you, buy an extra pack of ink. Depending on your printer, the Bobcat Depot might not carry the ink and if you can’t catch a ride to Walmart, you might have to order it on Amazon. Having an extra pack hidden away could save you the hassle of trying to print a paper at the library late at night. DURABLE UMBRELLA Ohio weather is unpredictable, and when it rains, it pours. A durable umbrella is a college essential because no one wants to walk to class wet. Make sure the umbrella is wind resistant and made of heavy plastic.
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Songs to walk to class to
BRE OFFENBERGER COPY CHIEF Music has the power to influence how we live out each day, and there seems to be a song for every mood. Because of that notion and the ultimate power music has, you’re bound to notice the countless students with headphones in as you walk to class on your first day of college. The music you listen to can set the tone for how your first days at Ohio University pan out, so here is a playlist full of the perfect songs to listen to while walking to class. WHEN YOU KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY: “DON’T STOP ME NOW” BY QUEEN Waking up in a inexplicably good mood is one of the best feelings in the world, and “Don’t Stop Me Now” is the embodiment of that. Queen’s illustrious masterpiece is an energy-infused banger about how no one can bring you down from the high you’re experiencing. It’s a great track to listen to on your first walk to class because it’ll remind you of the greatness of college and the incredible opportunities its guaranteed to provide. WHEN YOU’RE LATE FOR CLASS: “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE” BY THE FRAY Everyone oversleeps sometimes — it’s inevitable. There are times, though, where missing class is simply not an option, and this is the song to turn on in that situation. The song is actually about a sister who survives an accident and her twin doesn’t, but if you envision someone you love singing it to you, it’s so accurate for when you’re frantically sprinting to class: “Run for your life, my love / Run and you don’t give up.” It’s a sentimental yet fiery song, and it’ll help you find the energy you need to make it to class on time.
WHEN YOU’RE FEELING NOSTALGIC: “THE GREAT ESCAPE” BY BOYS LIKE GIRLS We all remember the inexplicable happiness we would instantly feel as a preteen when this song would come on. As the days go on and you realize you’re edging toward becoming an adult, we can’t help but reminisce on our childhood. “The Great Escape,” for many, was the epitome of that. The pop-rock vibes and explosive energy will give us a glimpse into what has passed and will provide us the vigor we need for what is to come. WHEN YOU LEAVE AN EXAM THINKING YOU DIDN’T DO TOO WELL: “THE LINING IS SILVER” BY RELIENT K There’s always going to be at least one exam that makes you feel like the end of the world is near. The world never does actually cease because of it, but if you need another reminder, this uplifting jam from the Canton-based band is there for you. The chorus is simple yet moving: “Isn’t it nice to know that the lining is silver? / Isn’t it nice to know that we’re golden?” It’s a lovely refresher of how the exam won’t matter soon enough and good things are ahead. WHEN YOU NEED PUMPED UP FOR AN EXAM: “READY TO GO (GET ME OUT OF MY MIND)” BY PANIC! AT THE DISCO It’s not easy to be elated over exams unless you’re 110 percent confident, and Panic! At The Disco’s lively instrumentation with frontman Brendon Urie’s passionate vocals have got you covered. With lyrics such as “So tell me right now: I think you’re ready for it... / I’m ready to go,” how could you not walk into that classroom with more self-assurance? WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO VIBE: “MENSWEAR” BY THE 1975 The first half of the track is just a groovy synth loop, and no one is complaining. It transitions into frontman Matty Healy’s synopsis of his time at a wedding, but the overall nature of the track, despite the random theme, is infectious. It’s the perfect song to play for any mood, whether you want to reflect or just jam out. WHEN IT’S FINALS WEEK: “BREATHIN” BY ARIANA GRANDE Finals week is the dreaded part of the year that is detrimental to the mental health of many. Luckily, music can be a source of relief during this time, and the pop sensation’s hit “breathin” is a reminder that you will undoubtedly survive it. Make sure to turn this on during your trek to your finals, and remember to “just keep breathin’ and breathin’ and breathin’ and breathin’.”
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STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE
The University requires ALL ATHENS CAMPUS STUDENTS to have active health insurance. Domestic Students registered for 5 or more Athens credit hours are AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED for the Student Health Insurance. Students with an active health insurance policy can complete the online waiver prior to the posted deadline to remove the charge for the Student Health Insurance for the 2019-20 academic year.
THE HEALTH INSURANCE ONLINE WAIVER APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE JULY 15, 2019 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
The Waiver Application is only available online through the MyOHIO Student Center during the above dates. • After the alternate health insurance policy has been verified as an active policy, the charge for the University Student Health Insurance will be removed from the student account for the 2019-20 academic year. • The Waiver process can take up to 10 business days to complete. • If a waiver is not completed, the University will consider the student to be uninsured, and the charge for the Student Health Insurance will remain on the Student’s University Account.
Additional Information regarding the online Waiver Application can be located on our website: www.Ohio.edu/Student-Insurance
Student Health Insurance • The University offers a comprehensive Nation-wide commercial policy provided by United HealthCare Student Resources. • The policy meets the requirements for J1 and F1 visa holders in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, US Department of -State, and the State of Ohio. • Policy offers extremely low out of pocket expenses for insureds. • Students taking reduced credit hours, Regional Campus students and dependents may enroll on a voluntary basis. Enrollment forms, policy brochures, frequently asked questions, coverage periods, and pre mium rates are available on our website: