This week on Court Street

Here’s what you need to know about what happened this weekend:

You might have noticed that  the bars were a little more packed this weekend, and you probably saw more than a few old people crawling down Court Street.

But hey, who says your kid has to go to OU? Athens welcomes all parents, as long as you buy a round of shots for the kids at Crystal’s top bar.

Parents Visit OU for Parents Weekend, Even Though Son Goes to Miami


Another reason the Crystal was even more packed than normal: our beloved Stephen’s Bar was shut down for the week.

Only four more nights without Stephens, but what will change when they reopen? Hopefully they don’t hire door guys like Pawpurr’s very own “Bouncer Jeff” to heighten security…


Tweet of the weekend goes to…

At least you aren’t the guy who mounted an Athens Police Department horse cop. Monday’s are hard, but it’s safe to say you’re probably having a better day than this guy.

Here’s what you need to know for this week:

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is tonight. Tune in to almost any channel at 9 p.m. or check out Twitter and Facebook for a live stream of the debate.

If you’re feeling extra lazy, follow a few political Twitter accounts as they live tweet the showdown.

Need an excuse to go out on a Monday?

If you’re not into politics but want to join in on the fun, do as the Bobcats do and turn the debate into a drinking game:


Have a great week Bobcats!

Bobcat weekend update

It’s hard to believe we are starting week six of the fall semester already. Don’t remember much about this weekend? Get caught up on what you missed in case it was a little fuzzy.

PG weekend in Athens

The bricks played host to the parents in Athens this weekend, leaving leaving many parents with grinning faces, a hefty hangover and a better understanding of our hOUme.

Parents weekend is a change of pace in Athens. Students take their foot off the pedal for a few days and coast through a relaxing weekend alongside their loving guardians. Studious bobcats turned to insightful tour guides showing off our picturesque campus.

Some parents may have enjoyed the visit so much they even decided to enroll at Ohio University themselves.

Court Street was beaming with activity this weekend. Freshly spoiled bobcats giddily walked along the bricks with shopping bags filled with new treasures in hand. The endless growling of stomachs subsided and bobcats everywhere welcomed the rare sensation of being full.

Unfortunately the time for leisure has past. It’s Monday, the parents short lived visit is over (probably in the nick of time, wouldn’t want to do anything too embarrassing for mom). It’s time to return to the class room and hit the books.

Blame Stephen’s for your favorite bar being crowded.

If you made your way uptown this weekend you might have noticed a serious influx of people at your favorite watering whole.

Blame Stephen’s.

After a mix up with the authorities, Stephen’s was giving a citation for a violation of their liquor license the bar was unable to serve alcohol for the weekend.

Stephen’s is a fan favorite among many bobcats. Without being able to serve alcohol the entire bar “food chain” uptown was thrown out of whack.

Long lines outside of the bars were the least of your worries. The massive crowds packed into bars like Courtside Pizza were intimidating. The narrow space between the two halves of Courtside became a major choke point that was impassible at times. Many patrons experienced intense claustrophobia and simply just left.

Don’t fret though, Stephens will be back popping bottle this Friday at noon and the balance will be restored to the force.

Country Night Lights

If your parents didn’t stop by this weekend, you very well could have found yourself at the Country Night Lights music festival Friday and Saturday.

We are all familiar with #Fest, the annual music festival that closes out the spring fest season here in Athens. Traditionally #Fest caters to music fans more on the hip-hop and EDM spectrum, giving no love to country music fanatics.

To cure country music fans’ FOMO (fear of missing out), Prime Social Group created Country Night Lights festival last year.

The two day festival featured 13 artists, including headliners Jake Owen and Brett Eldredge.

Too much of the surprise of the concert goers, Country Night Lights was a hodgepodge of musical genres.

Chris Lane performed several covers including chart topping hits by The Weekend, Justin Timberlake, NSYC and of course the Backstreet Boys. Frankie Ballard also changed it up. Ballard got in touch with his inner Elvis when he covered “Hound Dog” and “Heart Break Hotel.”

All and all Country Night Lights was a major success and will be circled on the calendar and penciled into the planners of many bobcats next fall semester.

The Browns did what they do bestlose

The Browns really took one on the chin this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Going into the game there was nothing expected of the Browns, but really when is anything expected of the Browns other than another tally in the loss column? However, this week the Browns were starting their fifth starting quarterback in five games, the rookie Cody Kessler.

Too much of the surprise of the Browns faithful, their team had a serious chance to win this week. Thanks a well managed game by the rookie Kessler and a breakout performance by the former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Terrelle Pryor Sr.

Pryor ate. He pulled in eight receptions for for 144 yards, along with four rushes for 21 yard and a rushing touchdown.

For once it wasn’t the Browns defense blowing coverage or giving up loads of costly penalties, and for once it wasn’t the offense puttering along at a snails pace that lost the game for the Browns. No this time it was special teams.

The blame has solely been placed on the shoulders of Cody Parkey, the Browns new kicker.

Yeezy taught us.

Many bobcats made the trip up 33 Sunday to Columbus for Kanye West’s stop on his awe inspiring Saint Pablo Tour.

The self proclaimed “voice of our generation,” Kanye West, took to the air Sunday night in the Schottenstein Center in front of a crowd of nearly 20,000.

The Saint Pablo Tour features a suspended stage that hovers above the crowd. The stage moves and tilts to different angels around the area giving each view angle equal face time.

Laser lights display at the Kanye West concert in Columbus (Photo: Eben George)

The tour features no opening act. It was just Kanye and 31 of the most popular hip-hop songs of the last 12 years. Despite being an area show there was a strong sense of intimacy between Kanye and the crowd.

He even had a personal conversation with a girl by the name of Bristol.

“…specifically to the girl with the ‘in loving memory of’ with the Runaway tattoo right here,” Kanye said. “You literally brought tears to my eyes, sweetheart what’s your name?” he said.

The fans were not only there to hear Kanye rap, but also to hear one of his iconic stream-of-consciousness rants. Kanye preached the importance of artistic freedom, a need for self worth, optimism and to never stop dreaming.

Kanye West took Columbus by storm Sunday night during his stop on the Saint Pablo Tour (Photo: Eben George)

Strong words coming from the hip-hop legend (21 Grammys), fashion designer and pop culture icon. It’s safe to say, we love Kanye like Kanye loves Kanye.

Monday roundup: Today, tomorrow and yesterday around Athens

1. Parents Weekend
Week six of the semester brought the first special weekend of the semester, Parents Weekend. For many students, this weekend was the first opportunity they’ve had to lay eyes on their parents since they left home for OU six weeks ago. For soon-to-be graduates, it was their first “Last__weekend as a Bobcat” of the semester. Parents weekend brought many emotions and memories along with plenty of opportunities for Bobcats to show their parents a good time.

Outdoor pursuits gave students and parents plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors together with group ziplining and stargazing events throughout the weekend.

Other families opted to do what Bobcats traditionally do when a special weekend rolls around – hit the bars. Entrance queues for many bars were lengthy, leaving many patrons disgruntled. For those who could get in, throwback music could be heard coming out of speakers as opposed to the normal radio top 40 hits. Despite the crowds, many families found a way to entertain themselves with some opting to host controlled parties at off-campus housing.

2. Ohio Athletics
Ohio football and volleyball both held home matches this week to keep parents and students alike entertained. The football team played a very intense game against visiting FCS team Gardner-Webb and came out on top 37-21. The game was the first opportunity of the season for RS FR quarterback Quinton Maxwell to gain some playing time and he didn’t disappoint, throwing for 167 passing-yards and two touchdowns in his Ohio debut. The game was also coach Frank Solich’s 140th career win and the first home win of the season for Ohio.

Indoors, Ohio volleyball came out on top over Buffalo in a thrilling 3-0 win. The win put Ohio 2-0 in Mid-American Conference play for the season and featured Redshirt junior middle blocker Ali Lake lead Ohio with a match-high 13 kills. The match also saw sophomore setter Stephanie Olman distribute a match-high 39 assists for Ohio.

3. Campus Update
With another fun-filled Ohio University Parents Weekend behind us, students look forward to what’s coming up around campus this week.

  • Monday and Tuesday feature the Career and Internship fair in the Baker Center ballroom. The fair runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. After Monday’s fair, there will be a “Night of Networking” event starting at 5 p.m. and running until 6:30 p.m.
  • Guest speaker and award winning author/writer Onyeka Nwelue will be in the Multicultural Center Multipurpose (Baker 219) to give a presentation on “What Young Africans Are Writing – An Africa Crossroads event”
  • The OU NAACP and Black Student Union organizations are organizing a plan of action to address what they feel is a lack of accountability when it comes to hate speech around campus following the Tuesday, Sept. 20 incident where the campus’ graffiti wall was defaced with disrespectful language and images.
  • Holzer opened a new clinic uptown last week. The clinic hopes to draw in university students along with anyone else in the area. The clinic is now the third Holzer location within Athens.

4. Feel the burn
This week offers several opportunities for students to get up, get out and get active – or at least watch other people sweat.

  • Ping Center will be hosting its final “Yoga on the Lawn” series on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event is free to Ohio University students and those with a Ping membership.
  • Outdoor Pursuits is holding a bouldering clinic for students to come out and learn how to, well, boulder across rock formations on Tuesday, Sep 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ping Center.
  • Bird Arena will be hosting open skate on Tuesday and Thursday. Rec skate is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m.
  • Ohio Soccer takes on Western Michigan on Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. at Chessa Field
  • Ohio Field Hockey takes on Central Michigan at 5 p.m. on Pruitt Field
  • Ohio Hockey takes on Kent State in Bird Arena on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30.

(Daniel Kubus | Staff Photographer)

5. Tweet of the week

If you did something cool and didn’t tweet about it, did it really happen? Social media is everything nowadays and there’s no better use for it than to show off your friends. This week’s tweet of the week comes from Meryl Hadlock and features her friend Weidner doing something only slightly illegal.


Have a great week Bobcats!

This week in Ohio sports: Bobcats are playing strong while conference games loom on the horizon


Just as students are getting into the heart of the school year, many Bobcat teams are reaching the heart of their schedules; but, unlike some students, most of these Ohio teams are thriving as conference play begins.

Did the good guys win?

For the most part, yes. The football team pummeled Gardner-Webb University 37-21, while the volleyball and field hockey teams both picked up big wins over conference rivals. On the other hand, the soccer team lost a close one to Toledo while the women’s golf team finished in eighth place out of twelve teams in Michigan State’s Mary Fossum Invitational.

What does this mean for the football team?

The Bobcats picked up their first home win of the season in front of a crowd of over 22,000 fans, showing all the visiting parents that their child’s college team actually did have a chance against Tennessee last weekend. Redshirt senior Greg Windham threw for 143 yards and a touchdown while picking up 62 yards with his feet. Senior wide receiver Sebastian Smith finished with 108 yards and found the end zone twice off of six receptions. The Bobcats sit at an even 2-2 on the season as conference play begins next week.

What about the volleyball team, they’re good right?

Following their phenomenal 2015 season where they were crowned MAC Champions for the ninth time, the Bobcats have started this season with a lackluster 6-8 record. But don’t count these girls out just yet, they definitely know how to win conference games as they haven’t lost a set to a MAC opponent so far this season. The Bobcats swept the visiting Akron team in three straight sets (25-15, 25-23, 27-25) to pick up their second win over a MAC opponent. Redshirt junior Ali Lake led both teams with 17 kills; Lake has finished with double-digits kills seven times this season. This is the fourth year in a row the Bobcats have started 2-0 in conference play.

What happened with the field hockey team? 

70 minutes of play wasn’t enough for the Bobcats and the visiting Ball State Cardinals but graduate student Amelia Milton knocked in the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Bobcats a 3-2 win. Both Milton and freshman Gabby Lorenzo scored their first career goals for the Bobcats in the thrilling win. Although the score doesn’t reflect it, the Bobcats led in both shots, 14-6, and penalty corners, 11-3. Despite their struggles to capitalize off their shots, the Bobcats held on to pick up their first conference win and improve to 3-6 on the season.

Will the soccer team bounce back? 

After dropping their first conference game against Bowling Green, the Ohio women’s soccer team lost to Toledo 2-1 to fall to 2-6-1 on the season. The Bobcats couldn’t get their offense going against the physical Toledo team. Although Ohio had six shots on goal, compared to Toledo’s three, the Rockets had nine more shots and nine more corner kicks than the Bobcats, giving them more opportunities to find the back of the net. This is the fourth consecutive loss for a Bobcat team that hasn’t won a match since their 5-0 flattening of Cleveland State back on Sep. 2.

Mollie Whitacre (Maddie Schroeder | Ohio Athletics)
Senior Mollie Whitacre battles for possession  | (via Ohio Athletics)

How bad is eighth place really?

The Bobcats finished in eighth place out of twelve teams at the Mary Fossum Invitational over the weekend. Although many MAC teams were at the invitational, the Bobcats (+61) were outmatched in talent by more qualified teams like the Miami Hurricanes (-4) who demolished the completion. Despite the low finish, senior Hailey Hryenewich led the Bobcats and tied for 11th place in the tournament with a final score of seven strokes over par. To see how the rest of the Bobcats finished, check out the final standings here.

What’s going on next week?


  • Men’s Golf host Bobcat Open in Worthington, OH


  • Women’s Volleyball takes on rival Miami in Oxford at 7 p.m.


  • Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams compete in All-Ohio Championship in Cedarville, OH
  • Women’s Soccer face Western Michigan here in Athens at 4 p.m.
  • Women’s Field Hockey play Central Michigan at home at 5 p.m.
  • Women’s Volleyball hosts Bowling Green at 7 p.m.


  • Softball takes on Charleston University in a doubleheader in Athens, first game starts at 1 p.m. while the second starts at 3 p.m.
  • Football travels to Oxford to face rival Miami at 2:30 p.m.

Monday update: what you need to know post-parents’ weekend

Whether they were banging their heads at Skeletonwitch’s first show back at the recently rebuilt, The Union Bar or cheering on a Bobcat victory at Peden Stadium, Bobcat moms and dads came out all over town to show their kids a thing or two this weekend.


As Parents’ Weekend comes to an end we look forward to the coming week. Here are some reminders and fun things to do to get you through it.

1. The first presidential debate is on Monday

The first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will kick off tonight from 9-10:30pm. The debate has already sparked a number of controversies such as whether moderators should fact check candidates in real time. The increasingly polarized nature of this year’s campaigns promises to make this a heavily watched event, with some experts predicting 100 million viewers (i.e. as many as watched the last Super Bowl). If you’re looking for a fun way to numb your political pain look no further than

2. Bring a raincoat

As we enter the first full week of fall, expect lower temperatures with highs in the high-60s to mid-70s and rain almost every day this week.

3. Movies to see at The Athena

With the rain incoming, a movie just uptown might be the perfect midweek activity. See Don’t Think Twice a new star-studded comedy about improv actors, or the newest documentary from legendary director Ron Howard, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week. Here’s a full list of showtimes.

4.  Cafe Conversations: Journalism

Come to Baker Center Front Room on Wednesday at 5pm for a presentation by Media Arts and Studies Professor David Mould. Publish and (maybe) Perish: The Dangers of Journalism in Shady Regimes is an informal presentation on Journalism in countries with minimal free speech and students are encouraged to participate in the discussion. There will be free coffee for the first 50 attendees. A livestream will also be available.

5. Career and Internship Fair

Don’t forget to stop by Baker Center on Monday between 10am and 3pm. Hundreds of employers from a wide variety of industries will be present to network with and talk to about career opportunities in your field.


Back to school again, parents at OU relive their younger days

Every year, hundreds of Ohio University parents prepare for a weekend throwback to their college days. One of the many, many, weekends geared towards families. The University ensures that there is plenty to do around campus to keep the elders busy by things other than booze.

So, what were parents up to this weekend?

Many families opted to check out the football game. Some students stayed to watch the whole thing, even after they saw Marching 110 perform. If you missed the game, never fear, tons of reporting was done because everyone loves sports. In short, OU won and Garden-Webb lost.

Ohiobobcats, a CBSi affiliate do an excellent job of serving up exactly how the game played out and offers readers a chance to go in-depth or just stick with the basics.

Sticking with some outdoor fun, Outdoor Pursuits offers students and their families activities such as zip lining, and campfires!

Some families prefer nightlife at Ohio University choosing to check out special events and shows. The Union featured Athen native musicians, check out some cool photojournalism done by WOUB’s Joe Votaw.

Maybe, you were looking for a laugh or wanted to see a professional illusionist, parents weekend was filled with shows right on campus. Including a magician from Broadway and a famous improv group from Chicago. Ohio University event services break down all the events on an easy to use calendar. So, no excuses missing anything else that’s coming up!

For a complete list of events that occurred this week the best site, is actually the most generic coming straight from Ohio Universities Compass. Listing loads of events, prices, and details it’s easy to find what went on this weekend.

Of course, some parents still opted to relive their rowdy college days and ignored all school functions…

If you’re like me your parents probably didn’t even know it was their weekend. Don’t worry, there’s three other designated weekend for family fun. Up next, dad’s weekend (Nov. 4-6)! In 2017, siblings and moms are invited up during February and March respectively. Luckily, no planning goes into these weekends because OU won’t fail to have plenty to choose from.

Political events you probably didn’t notice this weekend in Athens

It may have been Parents Weekend at OU, but that didn’t keep Athens from getting as political as ever. Here are the top politically-driven events you may have missed while you were at the bars with Mom and Dad.

Tyre King Memorial

After 13-year-old Tyre King was shot and killed by a police officer in Columbus, a group of students and community members has set up a memorial on the courthouse steps. The memorial includes a variety of handmade signs to commemorate King, who was shot while holding a BB gun.

Continued debate over campus graffiti
In addition to the memorial, King-related graffiti has been popping up across campus, from the Civil War Monument to the graffiti wall. The graffiti wall was later anonymously painted to feature a hanged figure, although this was later painted around by students who wanted to express their disgust for the image.

Ohio mayors for Hillary

Chillicothe mayor Luke Feeney speaks with students. Photo by Ellen Bardash.
Chillicothe mayor Luke Feeney speaks with students. Photo by Ellen Bardash.

On Friday afternoon, the mayors of Chillicothe and Dayton joined Athens Mayor Steve Patterson and OU College Democrats in efforts to increase voter registration. The event, which was held in front of College Gate, was the last stop on an 18-city bus tour in which mayors from around the state met with Ohioans to discuss why they think they should vote for Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump this November.

City Council Meeting

Photo via The Athens Messenger
Photo via The Athens Messenger

Today, Athens City Council will hold its second and final committee meeting of the month in the City Council Chambers. Council members are expected to discuss topics such as the ever-controversial pool. The Council will also hold a special session immediately after the committee meetings.

94th Ohio House District Debate

Looking forward, Ohio Student Senate will host a debate between candidates for Ohio’s 94th district House representative. The debate between Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) and Sarah Grace (D-Athens) is scheduled for this Tuesday at 7 p.m., although Edwards said he never actually agreed to this date.

50 Shades of the First Amendment

It’s the First Amendment protects our right to protest, but it also protects hate speech to an extent. When these two forms of speech collide within the same area, they become locked in a cycle.

While the graffiti protesting Tyre King’s death was power washed away, more paint visualized some of the voices in Athens. The mural of a scene of Africa was crudely altered.  A stick figure painted hanging from the tree by a red rope accompany the words “You can’t cover this up,” and “Build a wall.”

The best response to hate speech is sometimes more speech. And that’s what happened. A coat of black covers the once brightly painted savannah, #BlackLivesMatter at the top of the wall. The statement, “Racism will not be tolerated” stands between the stick figure and “Build a  wall,” the two purposefully left exposed.


The discussion of the wall came up on Friday, when Kimberly Strassel, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board” visited the OU campus to discuss how the First Amendment has been silenced politically and at the university.

The graffiti wall entered the conversation with Strassel, but she agreed that the hate speech displayed was protected under the First Amendment. Strassel noted that college campuses have historically been a place to debate and are “how we came up with some of our best ideas.” But is the more extreme way of taping off sides in a college dorm really one of America’s brightest ideas?


While the discussion of hate speech slid into OU’s parents’ weekend, the Women’s Center planned a week called “Love Yourself Week.” On Tuesday, (following “No Makeup Monday”), Nelson’s Commons will house the keynote speaker Jennifer Cassetta in a presentation dubbed “Hear Me Roar.” The presentation will be on self defense and to empower “students to be safe no matter where they are.”

Source: Flickr, Quinn Dombrowski
Source: Flickr, Quinn Dombrowski

Our parents may be hOUme but that doesn’t mean the parties will stop

Ohio University knows how to party so well parents don’t know if they should be mad or not. This weekend was filled with live music, dancing, and regrettable decisions for some.

  1. The Union sets the tone for this fun, music filled weekend.


Adam Remnant is a local folk artist on tour for his recently released EP, When I Was a Boy. He was the headline act for the show at The Union Bar & Grill. Breakers, and Smizmar shared the stage with Remnant Friday night. The show was an example of not only how good the music in Athens is, but also how there’s no typical “Athens band”.

2. Open Doors Casa Dance Party

The party is slayin' with DJ vampy kitty!!! @vampykitty @ouopendoors @casanuevaathens

A photo posted by Ohio University LGBT Center (@oulgbtcenter) on

Open Doors, an LGBT student group on campus hosted their first dance of the school year with a stoplight theme dance party. The dress code for the party was simple but interesting. Everyone was to wear stoplight colors but they each meant different things. If you wore green, you were single and ready to mingle for the night while red meant you were off the market or weren’t interested.

Saturday night was also DJ Vamptykitty’s first solo act.

3. Country Night Lights 


Hundreds of people gathered at The Venue of Athens this past weekend to enjoy two booze filled days of country music in their cowboy boots. Two days of up-and-coming musicians entertained this rowdy crowd. The bars weren’t going to pass up on an opportunity to offer a place to pregame before pregaming outside the venue.

4. Skeletonwitch returns to Athens

Athens, thank you for a killer, sold-out show last night. There is no better way to start a tour.

A photo posted by @skeletonwitch on

Skeletonwitch returns to Athens and play their show back at The Union Bar & Grill a year after it burned down. The Union was where former OU students began playing before gaining an international following in the metal scene. This show kicked off their five-week Curse of the Dead 2016 U.S. tour.

5. No matter what happened to you this weekend just be glad you didn’t end your weekend this way.

Everyone is told from day one to be very careful around the horse officers. After a night of drinking this man seems to have forgotten the sacred rule in Athens–always ask before petting a horse.

He took it a step further by actually mounting the horse when he saw there was no police around. Though no records have been found as of yet online his friends say he was arrested but is free and will have a trial on Monday.


You can be grateful you woke up this morning with just a simple headache.