OU wrestling grapples with Claxton’s ineligibility

Just three days before its season began, Ohio got news that its loaded roster would be missing one of its most decorated competitors. Now, as the season enters its second weekend, it will continue to look to its bench to for last-minute relief

Two-time national qualifier Tywan Claxton’s appeal for a fifth year of NCAA eligibility was denied by the collegiate athletics governing body last week, ending his Ohio career. Claxton won 56 decisions in his last two seasons at Ohio.

Before the ruling was announced, Claxton was ranked inside the top 10 in the 149-pound class in Intermat’s preseason rankings. His vacant spot on the roster leaves some big shoes to fill, but Greenlee is confident in his replacement, redshirt sophomore Cullen Cummings.

Cummings went 2-1 in the season-opening Eastern Michigan duels.

“I really think Cullen Cummings is as good as Tywan,” coach Joel Greenlee said. “He’s a guy that we’ll really look toward to step into that role. I think for him, a little bit of it is just getting some matches under his belt and gaining confidence in what he does.”

Claxton filed his appeal to the NCAA eight months ago but was kept waiting on its decision while he went through preseason conditioning and workouts with the Bobcats.

“We heard from the NCAA the other day because they wanted some clarification and more documents,” Greenlee said before the season. “It’s definitely not under a pile of papers anywhere. I think they’re gathering information. We’re just asking for a fourth year.”

Then, just three days before Ohio was scheduled to venture to Ypsilanti, Michigan, for a season-opening quad meet, Claxton posted the news of the decision on his Twitter page.

Even before Tywan published his knowledge of the decision on his own account, teammates and other wrestling media figures were jumping to support him on social media with the #FreeTClax hashtag.

Claxton was appealing for a fifth year of eligibility after he wrestled in just two matches during the 2012-2013 season, the year he redshirted for Ohio. The 149-pound wrestler had previously competed at Division II King University, where he earned All-American honors in the 141-pound class.

In his first full season in green and white, Claxton posted a 27-9 record and finished fifth in the Mid-American Conference tournament. Afterward, he was awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, where he advanced to day two of competition. Last season, Claxton was even better, winning three regular season tournaments and posting a 29-7 record overall, and ending his season by advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

As for what the future holds for Claxton, he already has his sights set on a mixed martial arts career. He already fought his first amateur bout this summer and won the match in the first round. His next fight is scheduled for Nov. 25.

5 easy fall meals to make off campus

One of the struggles of living off campus is having to make food for yourself. It’s not as easy as going to the dining hall and having prepared food waiting. So for those looking to make some simple but still delicious easy fall meals, here are some.

Stovetop Mac & Cheese

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To me, nothing says “cold-weather comfort food” quite like mac & cheese. It’s super easy to make, but also delicious. Making it on the stove with good pasta and real cheese makes it so much better than Kraft mac & cheese. (Who knows what is in that powdered “cheese.”)

What you’ll need:

Pasta (I prefer shells or elbow macaroni)

Shredded cheese

Milk

Butter

First, boil that pasta. Once it’s done cooking, drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Next add a small slab of butter and stir it around the pasta until it melts, then add a bunch of cheese. I like to use a few different varieties of cheese to have different flavors. The more cheese, the better. Stovetop mac & cheese is at its best when it’s really, really cheesy. Lastly add a small splash of milk and stir everything together. It’s a simple meal, but a classic for college kids.

 

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

There’s never a bad time for BBQ pulled chicken, but fall is the best time. The flavorful chicken does a good job of warming you up. It’s perfect to make for you and your buddies for football games on Sundays; to share with roommates or to just make a big batch and have leftovers for days just for yourself (that’s what I do). The fact this dish is made using a crock-pot makes it so much easier. You can throw it in, go to class, and come home to the sweet smell of barbecue sauce.

What you’ll need:

3 or 4 boneless chicken breasts

1 cup of barbecue sauce

1/3 cup of Italian dressing

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons water

Buns

Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock-pot. In a glass measuring cup or a bowl, mix barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce until it’s smooth. Pour the mixture over the chicken breasts and turn them over until they’re coated completely. Set the crock-pot to low and leave it for four and a half hours. Then, take the chicken out and put it on a plate or cutting board. Once that’s done, mix the cornstarch and water together and then pour it into the sauce in the crock-pot and mix well. Turn up the heat to high for 10 minutes while you shred the chicken with forks. Place the chicken back in the pot and toss in the sauce. (Before I continue cooking the chicken, I add a little more barbecue sauce for extra flavor.) Then cover and cook on low for another 45 minutes. Stack buns with the pulled chicken and you’re ready to go!

 

Stuffed Peppers

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Every other time I’ve made stuffed peppers, I’ve used ground beef and rice. But I found a new recipe that suggested crumbled meat substitute and quinoa. It was actually very tasty, and also healthy. The fun thing about stuffed peppers is that you can mix and match what you want in them. Colorful bell peppers make for a colorful meal as the leaves change colors for fall.

What you’ll need:

Bell Peppers

Quinoa

Ground beef or meat substitute

Salsa

Shredded cheese

Black beans

Corn

Start off by cooking the quinoa. Bring it to a boil then turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes. While the quinoa is cooking, brown the ground beef or meat substitute. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once both are done, put them in a medium sized bowl and add some cheese (I used Monterey Jack), salsa (I used the mild salsa from Frog Ranch, which is made locally), black beans and corn. Stir it all together then spoon the mixture into the peppers. Top peppers with some more cheese, then put them in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Then, you’ll have a yummy fall meal!

 

Fried Rice

This is one of my favorite and go to meals. It’s great to make when you’re looking to stay in on a cold night and want to take the time to make a good meal. I like to make a big batch of fried rice so I can have leftovers for a few days (because I’m a poor college student and all). Like the stuffed peppers, you can mix up what you put in the fried rice or you can add meat or whatever seasonal vegetables you want. It’ll always be good.

What you’ll need:

Rice

3-4 Eggs

Carrots, shredded or cubed

Peas

Green onion

White onion, chopped

Garlic, minced

3-4 Tablespoons of soy sauce

1 Teaspoon of sesame oil

Make the rice a little bit in advance and put it in the fridge. Cold rice works better when you go to fry it. Chop up the green onion and white onion and place to the side. In a small skillet, scramble and fry the eggs. Once that’s done, place a slab of butter in a large skillet and add the peas, carrots, green onion, garlic and other vegetables you want. Sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on top and simmer until onions are translucent and carrots are tender. Then add another slab of butter, take the rice out of the fridge and mix it with the vegetables. Turn the heat up on the stove to help fry the rice. Add the tablespoons of soy sauce and feel free to add more to suit your taste. After letting the rice fry for a few minutes, add the egg and green onion and stir. When the mixing is done, add the sesame sauce, stir and let the rice fry for just a few more minutes. Now, you have a tasty meal to accompany your Netflix binge.

Locally Made Pasta with Meatballs

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Luckily, Athens is a great place to eat local. There are farmers markets, great local shops and an “eat local” section in Kroger. While grocery shopping, I stumbled down this isle and picked some pasta made by Crumbs Bakery. This is an easy meal, but it’s quick to make and delicious — and you’re supporting a local business, which is just as rewarding.

What you’ll need:

Pasta

Sauce

Meatballs

Cheese to top the pasta

Boil as much pasta as you’d like in a pot. At the same time, cook fresh or frozen meatballs according to directions on the package. In a small pot, simmer sauce and remember to stir it occasionally so it doesn’t burn. Once the pasta is done cooking, drain it and spoon it onto a plate. Place meatballs on top and cover with sauce. Add a few sprinkles of mozzarella or Parmesan cheese for a finishing touch.

Learn the history of the Ohio University Women’s Center

Paige Bennett | Court Street Stories

Feminism: the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. Although feminism seems to be a “trend” to some people, it dates back many years. Ohio University in particular has its own timeline of feminism on its beautiful campus, and thanks to the Women’s Center, feminists have a safe place to meet, inform and learn.

The Women’s Center, also known as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is located in Baker Center. Although the feminism definition includes the equality of the sexes, the Women’s Center and many feminists at Ohio University support equality for all genders. If you are confused on the difference, it may be time to take that WGSS 1000 class.

The Women’s Center helps to “promote awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity, among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio University and its surrounding communities.”

Throughout each week, several events and meetings are held by the center to work toward their mission of educating. Thursdays are well-known within the Women’s Center for the Brown Bag Lunch and Learn. Brown Bag is held at noon, and is exactly what the title suggests: you pack a lunch and head to the Women’s Center to learn about different diversity topics.

The Women’s Center has also been known throughout the years for offering film showings and theater productions to students, faculty, and community members. If you’ve heard of the Vagina Monologues, you should know the support behind it. The original play was written by Eve Ensler in 1996. The Women’s Center holds open auditions at its location. Performers have a chance to act out the stories told by 200 women from almost 20 years ago about sex, relationships, and abuse. The stories are still relevant and occurring today. Regardless of your gender, you should stay tuned to the Women’s Center calendar in order to check out this important theater performance.

The Women’s Center has also been known to welcome student organizations for gatherings and planning sessions. FEM (Feminist Equality Movement) meets here on Mondays, and FRC (Fuck Rape Culture) meets here on Thursdays. The organizations are able to plan and organize protests in the Center.

A few times each month, the center holds an International Women’s Coffee Hour, where women of all nationalities are welcome to visit the offices for coffee and tea. Through these coffee hours, the center again accomplishes its longtime mission of being inclusive to diversity.

Although feminism has been occurring in waves since the late 1800s, it has been harder for feminists to find a welcome space. The Women’s Center has provided that space for students on the Ohio University campus, but with the welcoming vibes, has also provided space for community feminists in Athens.

Regardless of your gender, nationality, age, or ideals, you should stop and check out the Women’s Center. The experience is sure to be enriching, and you might just decide to change history and swim in this third wave of feminism.

Get off of Court Street and explore Historic Nelsonville

Hayley Dashiell | Court Street Stories

Oho University students can get stuck in the bubble of campus life, house parties and the bar scene. It is easy to forget about the wealth of interesting activities in the surrounding areas. Nelsonville, OH is only a 20 minute drive from uptown Athens and offers a different view of southeastern Ohio. Take a look at four of the cutest, quaintest and most historic things to do in Nelsonville and Hocking Hills.

  1. Hocking Valley Scenic Railway – Hocking Valley Scenic Railway offers regularly scheduled train rides through the Hocking River valley, in between Nelsonville and Logan OH. While the HVSR began as an attraction in 1972, they have diesels dating back to the 1950s and coaches dating back to 1917! The railway even offers specially themed Christmas and Easter rides. Imagine riding through the snow-covered valley on a Santa themed train. What is more picturesque than that? The answer is nothing.

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    Families enjoy a ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
  2. Stuart’s Opera House – Located in Nelsonville’s historic Public Square, Stuart’s Opera House was built in 1879, and is still in use. According to their website the opera house “…is dedicated to its role as a regional leader in the arts community, a center for public expression, and an economic development partner for Southeastern Ohio.” They have concerts and shows on the daily, so buy some tickets, enjoy some music and take some pictures for Instagram because people love super old opera houses.
  3. Rocky Outdoor Gear – Rocky Outdoor Gear is a major outdoor footwear manufacturer and distributor. That might not sound very historic, but the company and retail store are based in the original factory building that was built in in 1932! Super old and historic! Stop by and buy a pair of locally sourced and manufactured hiking boots from one of the oldest shoe companies in Ohio. Learn more about their history here.
  4. Nelsonville Historic Public Square – The Square was once the main hub of activity in Nelsonville. Now it has been re-envisioned as Nelsonville’s artsy shopping district. Check out the Nelsonville Emporium to buy paintings, pottery and other products made by local artisans. Supporting local artisans is really hip these days, so get on it! Plus the Square is only a short walk from Rocky Outdoor Gear, Stuart’s Opera House, and the Railway stop.
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    Nelsonville Historic Public Square

     

     

Purple Chopstix: Athens’ Hidden Dining Gem

There’s no lack of dining options for OU students. Cruise down Court Street and Chipotle, Pita Pit and Jimmy Johns– your typical quality chain restaurants– align the brick road.

They’re a safehaven from the everyday dining hall experience. However, Athens also has its fair share of hidden gems. One that made my senior-year bucket-list: Purple Chopstix.

It’s a little place I’ve heard about since my freshman year. This year, while constructing a bucket-list of places to visit in Athens before graduation, Purple Chopstix immediately came to the forefront of my mind.

Opening it’s doors in 1989, the unique, colorful restaurant located on Richland Avenue is within walking distance of South Green. However, its lack of proximity from the heart of OU campus keeps Purple Chopstix a secret sanctuary of eclectic food.

Purple ChopstixPassing by, you might not assume the little cottage would be home to savory, homemade dishes, and you might be shocked to learn that those dishes do not contain traditional Chinese foods eaten with purple chopsticks. However, the most surprising quality is that Purple Chopstix is BYOB.

According to owner and head chef Ed Fisher, his restaurant allows guests to bring their own alcohol — a concept that compliments the originality of the establishment, proving its appeal to college students — due to its lack of a liquor license.

“Going out to restaurants and bars to order drinks can be costly,” says Morgan Harkey, a senior at Ohio University. “I’m a broke college student, to have the option to get a cheap bottle of wine on your own with some friends and bring it to get a nice cooked meal is not only fun but keeps me from spending endless dollars on my own drinks.”

While the BYOB policy attracts intrigue, it is seen as a negative attribute for a restaurant from the side of those in the culinary business. “It definitely keeps would keep a restaurant from making more money,” says Jake Spiccia, the owner of Pizzazz On The Circle, a restaurant in Cleveland. “And especially for a restaurant in a college town, you just rack in the money from alcohol.”

In a town like OU, where partying is at the center of the social scene, you would think a restaurant that doesn’t serve alcohol would be quickly dismissed when choosing a place to dine. However, Purple Chopstix has been around for over 25 years. That’s because the food is what sells this restaurant to students and members of the Athens community.

Before going, I read some reviews to see what I was getting myself into, and they were raving. “Autumn S” claims on TripAdvisor.com says “You can’t get this food anywhere else on earth.”

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And “emilygood” promises that this a “must see when in Athens.”

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I was sold on trying Purple Chopstix after only reading a few reviews. The restaurant is only open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., so we made sure to make a reservation to just be safe.

Upon arriving, you instantly sense the quirkiness of your surroundings. From the colorful walls and artwork to the fun and personable employees. Before I had even tried the food, I decided I loved the place. To get a sense of the ambiance for yourself, check out the video below.

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The menu offers a wide variety of saliva-inducing plates ranging from curry dishes to Greek pizza. I went with “Sweet Potato Peanut Pasta” and was not disappointed. Purple Chopstix felt so homey and relaxing. We became friends with the waitress and even personally thanked Fisher, along with his son, Gabe.

Veggie-friendly meals available on Court Street for “drunchies”

By KIRSTEN CUPACH

It’s 2 a.m. on a Saturday morning.

The bartender at Courtside just announced last call, so you and your friend have no choice but to take your watered-down vodka sours to the face. It’s at this point in the night that the drunk munchies – the “drunchies” – begin to take full effect. You stumble up and down Court Street searching for the most delectable of drunk foods. You turn the corner onto West State Street and zero in on O’Betty’s – a chili dog would be the perfect ending to an already perfect night out. It’s then when your friend turns to you and says, “I’m a vegetarian.” As a good friend, you’d think the best move would lead your party towards GoodFella’s to give your friend an opportunity to satisfy his or her drunchies. A veggie pizza should do the trick, right?

Sure, but not always. Luckily for vegetarian Bobcats, several restaurants, including O’Betty’s, scattered up and down Court Street offer vegetarian snacks that are perfect for satisfying a vegetarian’s late-night or early morning munchies. Listed below are some of the best Court Street has to offer.

1 – O’Betty’s

O’ Betty’s is a Bobcat favorite. O’Betty’s hotdogs are just greasy enough to satisfy any tipsy Bobcat’s drunchies. But besides the obvious vegetarian options O’Betty’s offers such as french fries and coleslaw, each and every hotdog on the menu can be prepared vegetarian-friendly. According to O’Betty’s website, “Our own vegetarian Smoky Shy is a Vegan ‘not-dog Soy Boy’ and will stand in for any beef dog varietease at your request at NO EXTRA CHARGE”, which means that even an O’Betty’s favorite, like Dixie, can be enjoyed by a vegetarian, or even vegan, Bobcat. Lily, another hotdog on the menu, is even prepared with vegetarian-style baked beans.

2 – Big Mamma’s

Big Mamma’s was recently featured on Buzzfeed’s “The 43 Best Drunken Eats In College Towns Across America”. Fortunately, vegetarian Bobcats don’t need to miss out on what Big Mamma’s has to offer. The Veggie Mamma Burrito is, according to Big Mamma’s Facebook page, “A giant burrito with your choice of salsa and rice, sour cream, cheese, onions, beans, fresh red peppers, fresh cilantro, and lime juice.” Similarly to O’Betty’s, Big Mamma’s prepares most of its burritos veggie style, including the Chipotle Ranch, Loaded Mamma, and Buffalo Mamma burritos, by swapping the meat with beans, guac, or hummus. The veggie-style Piquito is “similar in size to a soft taco, but with different toppings” and is served with refried beans or black beans, onions, cilantro, red pepper, lime juice, guacamole, and salsa. The Veggie Gringo is a soft taco served with “refried or black beans, fresh red peppers, onions, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and your choice of salsa.” Veggie nachos topped with cheese, onion, tomato, sour cream, and guacamole are also available.

3 – Uptown Grill

Uptown Grill is famous for its Chicken ‘N’ Waffle Sandwich, which, unfortunately, has no vegetarian option. But the Grill offers a delicious veggie burger made with spicy black beans and served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and American cheese that gives the Chicken ‘N’ Waffle sandwich a run for its money. Uptown Grill also has an extensive french fry menu as well, consisting of cheesy fries with Ranch, loaded fries, and tons of toppings, including jalapenos, sour cream, and garlic seasoning.

4 – Souvlaki’s

Souvlaki’s Mediterranean Garden may be the best place to turn to for vegetarians looking to satisfy his or her drunchies. Souvlaki’s prepares veggie-friendly gyros, pitas, appetizers, and much, much more. The Veggie Gyro is served with tomato, lettuce, onion, American cheese, and tzatziki sauce. The Vegetarian Pita is served with cheese, tomato, lettuce, American cheese, and mayo. Souvlaki’s falafel is junior Molly McIlvain’s favorite veggie-friendly drunken snack. “After years of drunk pizza, it was refreshing to enjoy the falafel at Souvlaki’s. I was pleasantly surprised,” she says. It’s served with tomato, onion, lettuce, cucumber, and tahini sauce. Souvlaki’s also serves homemade vegetarian hummus and spanakopita.

Do you have any favorite veggie-friendly snacks you’d like to share with us? Let us know!