Dads Weekend food from a dad’s perspective

unnamed-1 Dads Weekend gave many students a chance to take their fathers to watch sporting events, go on nature hikes and or even hit up the bars.

I, however, made my dad review uptown eateries.

Now, let it be known that I am a junior and have an older brother who graduated from OU last spring, so my father has spent a decent amount of time on the Athens bricks, but he still hasn’t hit all of the well-known tasty treats.

If you have ever said to yourself, “Hm, I wonder what a dad would have to say about Athens food-and-drink culture,” which I doubt anyone has said, here is what my dad thought of his Dads weekend food:


Stop No. 1: The J Bar


What we got: I got a pumpkin beer; Bryan went with his favorite drink — a 7 and 7 (7 Up and Seagram’s Seven Crown whiskey).

Bryan’s rating: 4/5

Bryan’s thoughts: Good drink, strong. They didn’t have Seagram’s, but Crown Royal worked just fine.


Stop #2: Avalanche Pizza



What we got: BLT pizza and half cheese and half mushroom/onion pizza.

Bryan’s rating: 5/5

Bryan’s thoughts: Awesome pizza, hot and delivers under time provided.

Side note: Bryan was a little disappointed because we originally wanted to go to Stephen’s but after an hour and a half wait, we stopped by after a round (or two) at J Bar and found out they had stopped serving at 9 p.m. Bryan suggests Stephen’s calling those who aren’t going to be served or serve food later on special weekends. So there you go.


Stop #3: Bagel Street Deli

What we got: I got the True Blue (blueberry bagel, cream cheese, cinnamon); Bryan got the Mihami Vice (salt bagel, hard boiled egg, ham and cheese).

Bryan’s rating: 4/5

Bryan’s thoughts: Awesome breakfast sandwich and salt bagel. Very crowded and hot; decided to take sandwich outside to eat.

Side note: Bryan also likes to go to Bagel Street Deli, order a salt bagel WITH NOTHING ON IT and every time he does it, I just pretend to have just met him.


Stop #4: Brenen’s Café


What we got: I got the Tuna Time (tuna, melted cheese, cream cheese, banana peppers, green peppers, red onion) and bowtie pasta salad; Bryan got broccoli and cheese soup and Turkey BLT on a croissant.

Bryan’s rating: 4/5

Bryan’s thoughts: Always consistent, good service.

A breakdown of OU athletic spending

In a day and age where student loan debt has risen substantially, it’s important to know what your thousands of dollars are going towards in the university.

Dr. Steve Hays, an associate professor in the Classics & World Religions department here at OU, conducted research for a committee in faculty senate during the 2014-2015 school year. With a diverse set of opinions on the subject of athletic spending, they were given a task to bring pros and cons to the table. Hays took it upon himself to publish the findings on his own website, which is a breakdown of OU athletic spending.

In the chart below, the first column shows how much money Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) generates on its own. The second column is OU generated money that goes to ICA.

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A portion of the general fee every student pays (approx. $628 per semester) in their tuition is for ICA Operations, which equaled $9.3 million. The indirect costs and scholarships are not in the general fee, but the university’s General Fund, which is tuition and state support of instruction revenue. To maintain the facilities that the athletics department uses (i.e. custodial services, facilities management, utilities, etc.) it is calculated that it cost the university $3.7 million over the period of a year. ICA does not make enough money to run its program, so $20.3 million of the $25 million in the span of a year comes directly from tuition and state sponsored funding. ICA’s $4.7 million revenue comes from ticket sales, NCAA payments, sponsorships, etc.

So what’s this all about? Why spend so much money with no profit?

The overall cost of the athletics program is 3% of the university’s budget. The budget in 2015 was $709.2 million.

OU athletics helps with advertising the university. When an OU football game is shown on ESPN, it is a way for the audience to become more acquainted with the university. Ultimately helping with grabbing potential future students.

Donors and alumni are a key element of fundraising. Athletics is also said to be a key element of fundraising. The discussion on this position is controversial, since the athletic donations from alumni and others are included in the $4.7 million revenue that ICA obtained in the 2014-2015 school year. Read more here for the various pros and cons discussion.

The ICA scholarships give students the chance to attend a university that due to financial reasons, they might not be able to attend without. The chart below breaks down scholarships for the school, athletic and non-athletic. Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 7.00.14 PM

There is a discussion on this topic as well. An average of almost $19,000 for each athletic scholarship is given to 357 students. An average of $3300 is given to 8,908 non-athletic students.

This has been a hot topic since the spending and focus has shifted more towards athletics, a New York Times article  gives a glimpse of what campuses around the country have been doing. The American Institutes for Research did an important study in 2013 comparing academic spending to athletic spending at universities.

Check out the OU Dialogue website to become more educated on the topic of university spending.

What do yOU think? Are OU sports worth the money we are giving them?



Pet store prices in Athens, Ohio

As the saying goes, “dogs are mans best friends”. While we all love our dogs, we often forget how expensive they can be. College students at Ohio University can especially relate to this. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you purchase a dog like food, water, care, toys, and the list goes on and on.

College students often ask, where is the cheapest place to get these items? In Athens, Ohio, students choices are usually limited to three places; Walmart, Petland, and PetSmart. These three places have lots of different items that every dog needs, but what is the price we need to pay to make sure our dogs are taken care of?

I decided to take a look for myself. I went to the three places to compare the prices of six things I thought dogs needed: beds, toys, food, collars and leashes, flea and tick treatment, and treats. Here are the results:


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The cheapest option: Walmart or PetSmart where it is sold for around $12.99 at each location. This is for a 24X18 inch bed, other sizes and prices vary, but the comfort doesn’t.

Collars and Leashes

Collars and leashes

The cheapest option: This one was tough because they do not sell the same leash and collar at all three stores. Since this was the case, I decided just to find the cheapest option at each location. Walmart wins this category with a collar and leash set priced at $6.99. The other two locations did not sell collars and leashes together.



The cheapest option: This was another tough one considering the wide varieties of dog food. I chose the Royal Canin 30lb. German Shepard bag. Petland and PetSmart both have this food priced at $59.99 which was cheaper than Walmart by almost $15!

Flea and Tick Treatment


The cheapest option: Every dog should have flea and tick treatments considering they go outside often. Walmart has the cheapest prices in Athens. It’s $39.99 for three treatments for medium dogs(22-45 lbs.), which only makes it $13.33 per treatment!



The cheapest option: PetSmart wins this category. Greenies are a dog treat that also helps clean their teeth. These are a very popular brand of treats and only a little over $8 for a pack of six.


Tennis balls

The cheapest option: Every dog loves tennis balls and playing fetch in the park. PetSmart has the best deal on tennis balls at $4.19 for a pack of six.


Of course, these prices do change, especially if you are a rewards member or have coupons. Dogs can be a very expensive investment, so make sure before you buy one, you can handle that responsibility. Also, make sure to check the prices around Athens. Some stores will even price match if you are dedicated to one store. Do your research, save some money and one last thing….

Bob Barker

Do you have any favorite pet store prices in Athens, Ohio? comment below and tell us where you get your doggy products for cheap!