What’s up, Athens!

 

We are finally done hibernating! Now that the nasty winter is over it is time to take to the streets and have some fun. Here are some things you are not going to want to miss this spring.

Music:

3/12 ACRN presents: Pinegrove, Palm, Warehouse and Wished Bone. Doors open at 7 p.m. at Galbreath Church. The chapel is going to radiate the sounds of “Post-country indie rock jams you know & love,” “Rock that makes you feel like yr floating in water,” “Artsy-ass rock,” and “local magic folk,” according the event’s Facebook page.

Flyer by Sara Krivicich
Flyer by Sara Krivicich

 

3/12 The Crooked Spines, a local folk, pop-rock Athens band, is playing with Chicago band MAKS the Fox at Casa Nueva this Saturday at 9 p.m. “This will be our celebration after successfully achieving our fundraising goal, and completing our new EP, which will be out later in March,” according to the Facebook page.

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Crooked Spines EP cover

3/14 When the Monday blues get you down and all you want to do is go to a grimy place and listen to some harsh music, you are covered. Neutral Fixation II, a punk band from Massachusetts, is playing at the Smiling Skull. Locals Weird Science who are coming off of a tour and newly released album and Stardaddy Dixie are also on the bill. Note: bring your earbuds.

Upcoming Sports Events:

Basketball:

3/10  Ohio men’s basketball defeated Northern Illinois, 79-62, Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The second-seeded Bobcats now advance to the MAC Tournament semifinals to play the third-seeded Buffalo Bulls on Friday, March 11 at 9:00 p.m.

PHOTOS: Ohio vs. Northern Illinois

3/11 –  Four things to know ahead of Ohio (21-10) vs. Buffalo (18-14) MAC Tournament semifinals matchup.

Follow Ohio Men’s Basketball: @OhioMBasketball

Baseball:

3/11 – The Bobcats play its 2016 home opener today at 4:00 p.m. against IPFW. In their last game on Wed., March 9, Ohio won, 4-1, against Marshall to improve its record to 5-7 on the season.

Follow Ohio Baseball: @Ohio_Baseball

Softball:

3/12 – Ohio softball travels to Bloomington, Ind. this weekend to participate in the Indiana Classic. The Bobcats (8-6) will kick-off competition with a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 12:15 p.m. against Drake University (7-7) then playing Indiana (11-8) at 2:30 p.m. Check out a preview of the Indiana Classic here from ohiobobcats.com

Follow Ohio Softball: @OhioBobcatSB

Wrestling:

3/17 – The Ohio wrestling team will play in the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championship, which takes place Thursday, March 17, to Sunday, March 20, at Madison Square Garden (NY). Three Ohio Bobcats drew overall seeds for the tournament (ohiobobcats.com).

Click here to purchase tickets for the event.

Follow Ohio Wrestling: @OhioU_Wrestling

Campus Events:

Pride Week at Ohio University

3/7 through 3/12 – Pride Week is hosted by the OU LGBT Center from now until Saturday. Check out the Pride Week event calendar and stay connected by following @OULGBTcenter on Twitter and using the hashtag #bobcatpriderainbowstyle

Egg Shells for Shelter Dogs

3/20 – Help raise money for Bobcats of the Shelter Dogs at this family-friendly event hosted at 1 p.m. in TailGreat Park by Her Campus Ohio U and Tau Beta Sigma. There will be a door prize, 50/50 raffle, and some furry friends, too!

Mom’s Weekend

4/1 through 4/3 – While you’re out there shaking what your mama gave ya for fest season, you should give Ma a good time during Mom’s Weekend. Yeah, bar-hopping is a popular choice, but check out the calendar of events for all the other cool activities going on, including concerts, comedy, food and more.

Strictly Social:

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Photo by Andrew Spear

 

3/12: It’s the second half of spring semester, Bobcats, and everyone knows what that means: fest season. Saturday, March 12th marks the official start of the season with Mill Fest. If you’re jonesing for a fest fix, check out last year’s video from the party.

 

If you’re one of the thousands of partygoers who will be hitting the streets this fest season, consider taking a look at these tips from the Athens News on how to stay safe.

 

And while you’re at it, here’s the lineup for the rest of fest season!

 

3/18: If you’re a Bobcat looking for big hair, bold colors and bomb bands, Casa is the place to be on March 18th. 80’s Night will be in full swing with DJ Barticus. Stop by for a good time with good people.

 

Official flyer for 80's Night at Casa on March 18th.
Official flyer for 80’s Night at Casa on March 18th.

 

If you’re like most of us and are counting down the minutes until Fetty Wap, The Chainsmokers, Niykee Heaton and more arrive in Athens, this video from a previous #Fest will get you pumped.

 

 

 

 

 

4/16: The official site for The Number Fest even has a real-time countdown for the big day. Until then, keep calm and party on.

 

ICYM: The weekly millennial’s guide to Athens

What You May Have Missed This Week

The New Political is live streaming a debate between the College Democrats and College Republicans Thursday night. The link isn’t available online yet. But follow @thenewpolitical on twitter to get updates about where to find the stream.

Here are a list of concerts from the School of Music going on this weekend to escape the fest-goon filled streets.

The court case that might raise minimum wages up to $15.

Love him or hate him, Josh Duggar was confirmed to have left the faith-based rehabilitation center, rejoining his family and moving on with his life alongside his faithful wife Anna.

Food & Drank

ICYM: Here’s a round-up of the beverages that were served at local bars uptown.

Missing home and the endless supply of Girl Scout cookies? These girls are giving you the chance to stock up on spring’s favorite cookies this week at Baker.

With minimal choices of restaurants in Athens, it can be really hard to get out of your regular choices of food. Backdrop Magazine showcases a Dish of the Week which will make your tastebuds water, and impress your friends in your food Instagram to follow.

What started out as a funny fad diet, turned an Ohio University student Abdalah El-Barrad will not begin to eat his meal unless the photo posts successfully. Continuing for over 40 days, he has no plans to stop this horrible diet with puns to accompany.  

If you’re as lazy as I am, you’re looking for a meal you can eat right when you’re done with classes. Stick these ingredients in the crock pot at the beginning of your day, and six hours later you’re ready to eat a delicious, filling meal.

Instead of class…

It turns out you can join a club to literally hang around with your friends. OU Hammock club describes themselves as, “The chillest club on campus.” I hope they have a secret handshake.

 

If the thought of exercising makes you want to cry or take a long nap, have no fear. These are some Ping group fitness classes outlined by FANGLE that you should try so you don’t have to be sweaty by yourself.

Image via Ohio.edu
Image via Ohio.edu

It is an atrocity to have to spend your afternoons in class, staring wistfully out the window at the sunshine. If you need a break from your lecture hall so you can frolic outside, go on a walk and explore the Ridges. You can go check out the asylum cemeteries, hike to Radar Hill or wander around some of the other walking trails.

75 degrees and cancelled classes. #walk #nature #theridges

A photo posted by Jordan Randall (@kertvaughneeget) on

 

Spring break may have come and gone, but there is still time to cleanse your soul (and your dwelling) of things no longer needed with some spring cleaning. Take some advice from Her Campus at OU and spend some time clearing your surroundings to inevitably clear your mind as well. After that, you can take your extra items and donate them to give back to the community.

Gems

Sick of hearing about Donald Drumpf? Maybe you love Donald Drumpf! Either way, here is in-depth look at every candidate left in the presidential race. Catch up on each platform before the primaries on Tuesday!

Women in Athens are raising their voices about sexual empowerment. Read a story from The New Political about how different business and groups are working to create more sexual empowerment.

Despite the common validity of James Bond movie titles, Lucas Daprile argues Diamonds aren’t forever in his in-depth look at how Southeast Ohio has changed decades after the coal mining boom.

While the controversy is a few weeks old, the politics are not. Here is a look at FANGLE’s analysis of Beyonce’s “Formation” video.

 

Pinched: the Athens/OU crime beat

By Preston Childers

This fest season—don’t be a dumb drunk

OU students are renowned for going hard, but sometimes, going hard gets real—real quick. Conor Morris, an OU alum, parts with some sage advice ahead of this year’s fest season in an article addressed to Bobcats.

Mr. Morris, writing for the Athens News, says it might be a good idea if Bobcats abstained from getting blackout drunk without the caring supervision of responsible friends.

He also advises, it is a bad idea to “steal, break things or set anything on fire.” Which is generally always good advice, but it is of exceptional import when one is shit-faced drunk.

Among other things, Mr. Morris says you should keep an eye on your wallet, watch what you drink (because, sadly, there is more than one Bill Cosby in the World), don’t carry open containers, avoid “belligerent jerks” (i.e., cunts), and keep a lookout for the Five-0.

But most of all, don’t forget to have a good time while you are scurrying across the street to get away from bro-dudes, worrying about what’s in your drink, scanning the crowd for pickpockets, and talking your friend out of tossing the Molotov cocktail at his or her ex’s house.

Good night, and good luck.

Meth is a hell of a drug

Two 25-year-olds from Nelsonville, alleged to have been caught with a meth lab in their domicile, just got a jolting bump from the Judge presiding over their case. Judge Todd Grace bound their charges over from the municipal court, and now their case will be presented to a grand jury.

The Athens Messenger reports, after more than an hour of testimony, Judge Grace decided there is enough evidence to allow prosecutors to propose charges of illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, and possession of drugs to a grand jury.

Whether or not the defendants are guilty is yet to be determined, but the verdict on manufacturing meth is already in—it was only cool on Breaking Bad.

Uneventful Spring break for the crime beat

Even though Athens is home to the hardest collegiate partiers in the nation – deemed so by no less an authority than Playboy Magazine – the city was the site of a tame Spring break—if your metric is number-of-arrests.

The Post reported a total of 17 calls being made to the OUPD for the whole week, most of which were related to Bobcat Lane.

Indeed, the OUPD’s uneventful week doesn’t mean OU students didn’t get arrested: most likely the OUPD just got their work outsourced to Mexico or the Dominican Republic for a few days.

However, if you are feeling like a dumbass because your parents had to wire you bail money, then maybe you should stay in Athens next year.

A woman is asking to have her $2-million-dollar bail reduced—presumably so she can flee the country

Lisa M. May, 34, is seeking a bail reduction – currently set at $2 million dollars – which was set in relation to a criminal case consisting of charges of arson, theft, and intimidation.

The Athens News reported that the house Ms. May is alleged to have burned down is located at 76 Westfield Place, Athens, which is just tree doors down from where Ms. May used to live before she moved to jail.

HAN: Here, Applicable, Now.

World News

Pentagon admits to using drones over U.S. soil

If there’s one thing Americans have problems with, its the idea that the government could be spying on them. Grab your tinfoil hats, folks, because the Pentagon admitted to sending out spy drones over your backyard. Yea, the Pentagon claimed that the flights were “rare and lawful,” but flights have included search and rescues, floods, fires and National Guard exercises. When it comes down to it, we just don’t have the laws to regulate that sort of activity now.

U.S. used Vietnam-era planes to combat ISIS

If you thought the car you drove in high school was old, you should see the two Vietnam-era planes the U.S. is using to fight ISIS right now. Why? They’re cheaper than fighter jets, and goodness knows the U.S. spends enough on cool new toys. The planes originally were retired in the 90s. They brought these planes back from the 60’s; who knows, they may be bringing Woodstock back next.

North Korea fires ballistic missiles into the sea

After watching South Korea and North Korea team up to play some “war games,” North Korea was feeling a little left out and fired a missile into the ocean last Thursday. While North Korea tossing around a few missiles in a fit of rage isn’t totally unheard of, the Thursday launch probably happened because of tightening U.N. sanctions on their nuclear program. It’s doubtful, though, that North Korea could even get a nuclear missiles very far.

Newark, New Jersey’s public schools have lead in the water

When I was in school, they were required to let students out if the building didn’t have running water for water fountains; that isn’t the case for nearly half of Newark, New Jersey’s public schools. Students at the public school better bring a water bottle, because the schools’ water was found to have lead in it. No sign of when the schools will be addressing the issue, but if it’s anything like Flint, public outcry will make it sooner, not later.

Tech

Facebook buys face-swapping app MSQRD and its many selfie filters

Snapchat and all of its selfie filters have been all the rage recently, so naturally Facebook jumped on the trend with their recent purchase of MSQRD. This purchase is not terribly surprising, since Facebook has been known to purchase existing software, like Instagram and WhatsApp, as opposed to developing their own applications in-house. To me, selfie filters seem like more of a fad than anything substantial, however it appears that Facebook will not be taking any chances.

Facebook will soon let you Like and share 360-degree videos in the Gear VR

If you have ever wanted to like and share Facebook posts in stunning 360-degree VR picture, then you are probably pretty ecstatic right now. Facebook, owners of Oculus VR, will allow Samsung Gear VR wearers to like and share posts within the headset. The Samsung Gear VR is partnered with Oculus, so this move makes perfect sense. Users of Samsung Gear VR are also be able to 360-degree videos that are posted to Facebook.

Amazon.jp drops international barriers, now ships video games overseas

Video game players around the world can now import games straight from Amazon’s Japanese marketplace. Until Amazon.jp made this move, gamers would have to import games and game merch through sites like PlayAsia. This move by Amazon has the potential to damage sites that focus on video game imports from Japan, however this move helps consumers greatly and attaches a trusted western company to Japanese game importing. There are, however, some limitations to the international importing. Foreign Nintendo games will still not work with North American consoles, and some Japanese items still say that international importing is unavailable.

 

 

Health

Plans to travel to Rio while pregnant? Sit back down with that heating pad.

It seems like our Facebook feeds are perpetually inundated with friends having babies. Feeling left out? At least you’ll be able to jet to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Pregnant women: stay home! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a travel advisory saying women who are pregnant should “consider not going to the Olympics.” The C.D.C. said the precautions were necessary “because Zika virus infection in a pregnant woman is linked to a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and miscarriage.” Manage to grab one of the male athletes going for the gold this summer? You need to be careful, too; the CDC recommended, “If you have a male partner who goes to the Olympics, either use condoms or abstain from sex for the duration of your pregnancy.”

The Zika Virus: Coming To A Bar Near You?

“I’m safe,” you think. “I’m not going to Rio and I don’t know anyone who is. No way that Zika thing is headed my way.” Really guys, it’s time to not be over-confident. Zika is spreading to new countries, according to the World Health Organization. It noted local transmission has now been reported in 31 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. The UN health agency also said there is increasing evidence that a spike in disturbing birth defects and neurological problems are caused by Zika, which is mostly spread by mosquito bites.

Sharapova Suspended for Performance-Enhancers

As Justin Beiber would say: “Maria, why you gotta play me like that?” Really, Maria Sharapova, why? The Russian tennis super-star has been suspended from the game after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. It’s called meldonium: not approved by the FDA in the US but is used across the world to help regulate metabolism. It has, though, also repeatedly shows an increase in endurance performance of athletes. Sharapova’s attorney told CNN said the tennis player took the drug regularly for 10 years. Her defense? She was taking it for actual medical reasons: in 2006, tests revealed that “she had some immune deficiency, abnormal EKG results, diabetes indicators, low magnesium and asthenia.” Why the investigation, then? the drug’s label says the normal amount of time someone should take it is a matter of days to weeks. People are now trying to figure out why Sharapova’s doctor continued to prescribe the drug for years.

Green Juice? Oh KALE No!

It’s Saturday morning and you’re trying to get over a hangover. Please, Golden Throne That Is The Fridge, please say my roommate has leftover cold pizza… ew, green juice? Don’t worry, that reaction and general hatred of the juice is warranted, after all. Your daily green juice may even be making you fat. The stealth sugar lurking in “healthy” foods—green juices, whole wheat bread (yes, whole wheat), Greek yogurt with fruit, granola, almond milk, coconut water, marinara sauce, and condiments like ketchup and fat-free balsamic vinaigrette—can increase calories and fat, FAST. And if the taste and the price of these green juices isn’t enough to make you shed a tear, these same sugars may do the same; sugar leads to spikes and dips in blood sugar, leading to depression, the inability to focus, fatigue, gas, bloating and inflammation.

Sports

Golden State Warriors smashing NBA records

With 19 games left in the NBA regular season, the Golden State Warriors (57-6) are on pace to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ NBA-best record of 72-10. The 2014-2015 NBA champions have already surpassed those Bulls (44) in setting the NBA record for most consecutive home wins (46). Led by last year’s MVP and frontrunner to repeat, Steph Curry has broken his own NBA record of 286 made 3-pointers in a season, hitting 304 with 19 games left.

USWNT wins SheBelieves Cup in preparation for the Summer Olympics

The United States women’s soccer national team (USWNT) won the inaugural United States-hosted SheBelieves Cup after going 3-0-0 in the tournament that featured four of the top five ranked women’s national teams in the world, including England, France and Germany. The champions continued their dominant start to 2016, winning all nine of their matches this year. The USWNT will look to continue their success in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brazil, where the four teams could meet again.

NCAA March Madness is almost here  

Get ready to fill out your NCAA March Madness brackets for your office pool — college basketball’s season-end tournament is right around the corner. The annual round-robin tournament is made up of 68 teams – 31 of whom receive automatic bids for winning their conference tournament taking place this week. The participants are announced and seeded accordingly during Selection Sunday on March 13, and start play two days later.

MLS kicks off, looks to increase popularity in the U.S.

After 12 weeks off, the Major League Soccer (MLS) season kicked off last Sunday (March 5). All 20 teams opened their season on Sunday, highlighted by the defending champion Portland Timbers defeating last year’s runner-up Columbus Crew 2-1. However, ESPN’s featured game saw a 33 percent decline in viewership compared to last year’s opener. Still lacking top-class competition and popularity in the U.S., the MLS might not see an increase in fandom until the likes of Swedish superstar forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Portuguese superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo come over, as rumors claim could happen in the following two years. For now, the MLS can only boast players that are at the end of their careers, including Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, English midfielder Steven Gerrard and Brazilian midfielder Kaka, as well as possible future stars, such as Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco and American forward Jordan Morris.

 

Pop Culture

Have No Fear, Game of Thrones Fans

In case you haven’t heard, Sir George Martin died at the age of 90 this Wednesday morning (March 8). While the internet was mourning the death of the producer who gave the Beatles their big break, many Tumblr, Reddit, and Twitter users were panicking for different reasons. According to the Independent, thousands of people believed George R.R. Martin, the author of the popular Game of Thrones series, was the one to have passed away. The writer reassured his fan base that he was, indeed, still alive. So relax. The end of Wind of Winters is coming.

Dr. Luke and Kesha’s Legal Battle Gets a New Twist (Maybe)

Rumors have been floating around about Sony possibly shortening its contract with Dr. Luke, the producer of pop sensation Kesha, as a result of sexual assault allegations. Dr. Luke denied the rape allegations as well as the contract termination rumors, and his attorney stated the producer had a great relationship with Sony. Sony hasn’t said a word about it.

What the Heck Is A Zingle?

Former 1-D musician Zayn Malik dropped his new single, “Like I Would,” Thursday morning (March 9).  A mixture of club beats and trippy rhythm, “Like I Would” is comparable to hits such as “Can’t Feel My Face,” by The Weeknd. Twitter users have been buzzing about the “zingle.” It will surely creep into all of your Pandora stations several times each day in the weeks to come.

We May Know Who Banksy Is

Data miners at Queen Mary University of London may have discovered the real identity of Banksy, the mysterious street artist through a process called geographic profiling, which is used by police to track criminals. The researchers analyzed certain sites where Banksy created street art, and many of the sites were associated with a man named Robin Gunningham, who Daily Mail hypothesized was Banksy back in 2008.

History of Magic in North America Series Is Getting Major Criticism

J.K. Rowling has been working on a four-part series about the history of magic in the U.S., and her portrayal of Native Americans as the original witches has many people upset. Of course, people took to Twitter to vent. Users criticized her creation of a new term, “Animagi” (people who can transform into animals at will) instead of using the existing term, “skin walkers,” as well as classifying all Native American tribes into one group.

The Bobcat Buzz

Music & the Things You Should Know About It 

  • If you’re looking for something to do on the evening of Mill Fest that doesn’t involve puking into a garbage can on Court Street and has slightly more cultural value, consider heading over to Galbreath Chapel on College Green to check out Pinegrove, Palm, Warehouse and local folksters Wished Bone. The gig is $7 and has a nice, diverse line up.

Here’s an in-studio video of Pinegrove with OHIO’s college rock radio station, ACRN Media.

P.S. This band is very hype. Get on the train so you can say you dug Pinegrove ~before they were cool~

  •  According to the to the seconds clock on their website, we’re almost a month away from the infamous #Fest, 14th Edition. Since you can’t bring your own cases of beer this year, it looks like you’re gonna have to learn the actual music being performed. Here’s a helpful playlist provided by the fest:

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  • If you’re paying attention to the buzzing world of pop music, Ke$ha is one step closer to being free from her creepy-ass producer, Dr. Luke. Sony has dropped him from his contract a year early. This is fun and exciting news and will be sure to light up the conversation at She Shreds Magazine’s SXSW panel about the industry and sexism.
    • Why is this relevant? Some of your very lucky classmates will be in attendance for the Media School and will hopefully check this panel out. Oh, and they might bump into the Obamas. No big. (Hot tip: Obama is skipping Nancy Reagan’s funeral for this hot music and tech festival. Who’s Nancy Reagan?)

Meg Fair

Commerce on Court

Tired of Goodfella’s running the by-the-slice pizza game in Athens? You’re in luck.

Franco’s Pizza opens today (Thursday) in Kiser’s BBQ’s former location at 42 S. Court St. Its owner says the draw for students will be freshly-ground tomatoes and hand-sliced pepperoni.

The shop’s 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. hours mean Franco’s will largely miss out on drunken foot traffic. A slice of cheese pizza here will set you back $2.50.

If you’re not a pizza person, you might think twice before heading across the street to Chipotle, as the chain this week had up to four employees test positive for Norovirus. None of those were in Athens, but this is the latest of a spate of health problems for everyone’s burrito go-to.

Know Your Netflix

Most-Importantly-Tina-Fey-Guest-StarringFuller House made its debut exclusively to Netflix on February 26, and has already received enormous feedback and reviews – successfully picking it up for a second season. The 90’s sitcom spinoff has fans in love with the nostalgia, but that concept doesn’t hold the same with critics. In a recent episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, John Stamos (aka Uncle Jesse) spoke out about the negative feedback from the reviews. His response was simple but direct: “How f*%king rude!” Bringing back a popular catchphrase from the show in a more adult light.

See the full story from Decider here.

If humor is your thing, then the Netflix original show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is for you. The show has received several Emmy nominations and holds the “comedic brilliance” perfect for the college-aged crowd. The most exciting news of all for fans of the show: a second season will begin streaming on April 15. PopSugar shared a summary of 8 things to expect from the new season, including the appearance of the show’s producer, Tina Fey herself. It’s going to be just what everyone has been waiting for.

Leah Rake

Food For Thought

All students at OU are required to live in residence halls for their first two years here, most sadly lacking kitchens.  By the end of the first semester, many students complain about dining hall food becoming stale – pun intended. Check out what Buzzfeed, Delish, and Greatest suggest you do to replicate momma’s homemade cooking using the simple tools lying around your dorm room for less-than-gourmet, but tasty treats.

For those living off campus who love to cook, but are in need of some new ideas, definitely think about following Food on Instagram.  You might be struck by the undeniable urge to eat while scrolling in class, but the appetizing ideas are surely worth the occasional inconvenient rumbly stomach.

Tim Hurst

Redefining hOUme

As residents in Athens, OH we all reside in Appalachia, a region full of depth and layers besides just the mountains and hills.

Soul of Athens is a collaborative project between the different School of Visual Communication tracks here at Ohio University that explores the stories beyond the the stereotypes and focuses on why people continue to call Appalachia home.

From the land to the people, and every piece of history that has led to its existence today, take a look at this extensive region many of us Bobcats call home. There’s no place quite like it, after all.

Follow Soul of Athens on on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to watch the journey around Appalachia unfold. Soul of Athens 2016 launches April 19, 2016.

Hadley Savoldi 

The Whole: Your Daily Dose of News

Welcome to the Whole, your daily dose of news that you ACTUALLY want to read.

Here’s what you want to know:

POLITICS

via USA Today
via USA Today

STORY:

Marco Rubio denies claim that the GOP is planning on a Rubio/Cruz ticket in 2016.

THE TRUTH:

Rubio, during an MSNBC town hall on Wednesday, stated that the idea of a ticket with Sen. Ted Cruz to slow down Donald Trump wasn’t a realistic option. He even stated that the speculation “looks good on TV, it doesn’t ever work that way. Bottom line is, you know, this process is going to play itself out.” He did joke that the idea is similar to a very popular drama series. “I think that’s kind of House of Cards stuff,” said Sen. Rubio during the town hall. Later that day, Megyn Kelly posed a similar question to Rubio during a Fox News town hall. “I haven’t talked to anybody about that. I’m not interested in that,” he said to Kelly. He also made it clear that his home state of Florida is his focus for the next few days, as he continues to trail Trump in recent polls ahead of the winner-take-all primary on Tuesday.

WHO CARES:

With pundits and analysts beginning to state that Trump will most likely become the GOP nominee, the establishment is scrambling to find a way to slow down Trump’s popularity. Voters may be swayed by a ticket that appeals to moderates and tea-partiers alike in an effort not only to slow down Trump’s momentum, but for a chance to defeat Hillary Clinton in November. House of Cards fans may gawk at the idea of pairing the two biggest threats to Trump on one ticket before the convention. Frank Underwood might want to take some notes from this election cycle.

STORY:

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 11.26.03 AMBernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton face off in Miami for the 8th Democratic debate.

THE TRUTH:

On Wednesday evening in an event sponsored by Univision and The Washington Post in Miami, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off for yet another screaming match on who has a better vision for the nation. After her unanticipated loss in the Michigan primary to Sanders, Clinton was busy playing catch-up all the while dodging questions about her email scandal and Benghazi. Clinton spent most of the night attacking Sanders claiming that he was not critical enough of former president George W. Bush, his defense of the Castro regime some 30 years ago and his opposition to the Auto industry bailout. Clinton even claimed that Sanders’ policies were too far left. “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is,” referring to his policy of free college education. One thing that both candidates did agree on, however, was that neither of them would deport children or non-criminal undocumented immigrants.

WHO CARES:

Clinton and Sanders, although both running on the democratic ticket, have very different views on the future of the United States of America. Since we are all going into the job field soon, it’s worth knowing who you’re putting in the White House, especially since the first 100 days of a presidency set the tone for the next four or eight years.

 

ENTERTAINMENT:

STORY:

Sony is dropping Dr. Luke after reports of sexual assault with Kesha.

Kesha cries after the decision made in New York regarding Dr. Luke
via mirror.co.uk

THE TRUTH:

According to Business Insider, Dr. Luke has “a great relationship” with Sony, and will not be getting dropped a year before his contract is up, much to our dismay. Sony has not officially released anything yet, but Dr. Luke’s attorney said that they won’t be giving him up yet.

WHAT’S UP:

Kesha recently sued Dr. Luke for ““sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [Kesha] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life,” according to an article in Rolling Stone. Dr. Luke countersued her, and Kesha was denied a trial injunction to end her work with Dr. Luke. All she asked for was to not work with him, and this goes down? He should be fired.

 

WHO CARES:

This is a big deal. A woman claims she is abused, and some of the world denies it, and denies her of her freedom. I mean, look at that picture. Does she look like a liar? This is a big “FU” to females, and makes a woman keep working with her abuser. Messed up.

 

 

STORY:

President Obama “just says no” to Nancy Reagan’s funeral in favor of the SXSW keynote address.

THE TRUTH:

According to the A.V. Club, President Obama announced last week he would be the keynote speaker of this year’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. This year marks the festival’s 29th year showcasing upcoming musicians, budding technologies and really kickass food.

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WHATS UP?

Following Nancy Reagan’s death on Sunday due to congestive heart failure, Michelle Obama will be remaining in Washington for the funeral while the President goes and gets his groove on at the renowned entertainment and tech summit.

WHO CARES?

This is the second high-profile conservative funeral Obama has forgone this year, the first being Justice Antonin Scalia’s in February. Some conservatives may view this as a direct slight, given that Nancy was the First Lady of the Mecca-Conservative Diety Ronald Reagan.

In other Nancy news, there is currently a change.org petition to have Fetty Wap play last year’s smash hit “Trap Queen” at the late First Lady’s services.

 

SPORTS:

STORY:

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Deangelo Williams rips on recently retired quarterback Peyton Manning. Williams said that Manning sucked this past year many times via Twitter.

THE TRUTH:

Peyton Manning was one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL last year. Williams really did not say anything false.

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WHAT’S UP?

Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos beat Deangelo Williams’ Steelers during their Super Bowl run. Williams was hurt and did not play in the game. His replacement, Fitzgerald Toussaint, fumbled late in the game that cost the Steelers the game. If Williams plays, the Steelers will probably win.

WHO CARES?

Anyone that loves Peyton Manning to their grave thinks this is outrageous and stupid by Williams. Everyone else thinks this is hilarious.

STORY:

Ex Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson retires from the NFL

THE TRUTH:

Johnson, also known as Megatron, released a statement through the Detroit Lions saying “After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football. I have played my last game of football.”

WHAT’S UP?

Johnson is only 30 years old and many think he still has some good years left in the tank. This also isn’t the first legendary Detroit Lion to retire early. Barry Sanders, probably the greatest Lion of all-time, retired at age 31 in 1998. Johnson also passed up 24 million dollars to play next season in Detroit.

WHO CARES?

The poor Detroit Lions fan base cares. First Barry Sanders retiring early, now Calvin Johnson. Two of the best Lions of all-time choosing to walk away early, instead of giving the Lions a few more great seasons. Living in the city of Detroit and playing for the Lions must really take its toll and suck that bad.

 

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News near you

CURATED BY CAROLINE PIRCHNER

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As of mid February, the hike of New Year’s Resolution Ping goers has been going up alongside pre-spring break Ping goers, according to an interesting chart in The Post’s article by Julia Fair. Regular gym goers have been trying avoid the rush. The assistant director of Ping says that working out can not only help you achieve a weight loss goal but a less stressful state of mind.

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GIRL SCOUT COOKIES! Troop 1406 is selling them for $4 a box at the top of Baker from 3:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday and 4-6 p.m. on Thursday. What better place to sell than on a college campus? Grab a couple boxes of some thin mints and get not so thin while benefiting good causes.

OU – UNDER CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1804

OU has always seemed to have been “under construction” in many areas on campus. It actually happens to be part of a “10 year plan” to renovate the university. The major goals of this operation include actions such as finally getting rid of all the South Green dorms and making campus more walking and biking friendly. The Athens News has the full story. 

Prez McD and Mayor Wiehl sent out a letter to students who live off campus regarding Athen’s expectations on laws that have probably, no, DEFINITELY been broken in the past. Traffic patterns, being too loud, outdoor fires, and of course alcohol is mentioned.

 

Athens Culture

CURATED BY KAYLA BEARD

Local elementary school students learn the importance of sustainability. A new exhibit at the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery allows students to explore the benefits and practices of ecological sustainability. 

Local DJ Brandon Thompson is calling for the city to close Palmer Street and High Street specifically for fest season. Thompson, who regularly performs at the fests, is pushing a petition that would close the streets during fests and has proposed a system where students fundraise to cover the cost of extra police.

Athens Middle School will be hosting a band concert next Tuesday. 

Starting this Friday in Athens’ neighboring city, Nelsonville, a theatrical production of The Little Mermaid will be playing at Stuart’s Opera House.

Fest season is upon us, friends. The Athens News had this good guideline of things to keep in mind over the next few weeks.

Ohio Sports

CURATED BY CHRISTOPHER MILLER

Men’s Basketball: Three Ohio players earn conference honors

Luke O’Roark – Sports Editor

Summary: The Ohio men’s basketball team was rewarded with a #2 seed and a first-round bye in this year’s MAC Tournament. Ohio also saw three Bobcats get rewarded for their stellar individual efforts earlier this week as well. Forward, Antonio Campbell was named first team All-MAC. Jaaron Simmons was a second team All-MAC selection. Jordan Dartis was named to the MAC All-Freshman roster. The Bobcats will most certainly look for strong performances from the three All-MAC honorees to make their way through a tough conference tournament this coming weekend.

MBB Notebook: Your complete guide to the MAC Tournament, Ohio version

Luke O’Roark – Sports Editor

Summary: Things are looking up for Ohio men’s basketball. After finishing with a win over rival Miami, the ‘Cats (20-10, 11-7 MAC) were able to secure a #2 seed and ultimately a first-round bye in the conference tournament. Additionally, they find themselves on the favorable side of the bracket, having went (8-1) during the regular season against the teams on their side of this year’s bracket.   The Bobcats are schedule to see their first action of the MAC Tournament Thursday night where they will face the winner of #7 Northern Illinois vs. #10 Western Michigan.  

Women’s Basketball: Ohio upset by Buffalo in MAC Tournament

Charlie Hatch – Sports Editor

Summary: Buffalo proved problematic for Ohio during the regular season. The Bulls emerged victorious over the Bobcats on both occasions. The trend continued during the MAC Tournament as well. Ohio’s first, and only game in the MAC Tournament, was a 72-60 loss to Buffalo. For the third time this season, Buffalo upset Ohio. Ohio will play in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) next week.

Wrestling: Ohio places third in Mid-American Conference Championships, sends five wrestlers to NCAA Championships

Cameron Fields – Staff Writer  

Summary: Ohio wrestling (13-3, 5-3 MAC) placed third in the MAC Tournament this past weekend behind Central Michigan and Missouri. For Missouri the win marks their fourth-consecutive MAC title. With the help of the 41 At-Large bids announced earlier in the week, Ohio will now send a program record seven wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament. Freshmen Shakur Laney, Cameron Kelly, and Austin Reese will be joining redshirt seniors Spartak Chino, Cody Walters, Andrew Romanchik, and Phil Wellington in New York City this weekend for the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden.  

Your guide to the 2016 presidential race

CURATED BY KAYLA WOOD

Trump’s hands and…other body parts

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump keeps talking about Donald Jr. in response to comments Marco Rubio has made about the size of Trump’s hands. The New Political has the update for you here.

The Republican race has essentially become a contest of who is the biggest bully

After Marco Rubio began stooping to Donald Trump’s level of bullying and verbal harassment, Cynthia Lednor Garza of The Atlantic wrote a feature piece about how Trump is a real-life, playground-like bully. Bullying and parenting expert Barbara Coloroso agrees with this statement, even though Trump is not in elementary school or middle school like most other bullies; he is 69-years-old.

Black Lives Matter, but Sanders may have alienated white voters while trying to overcompensate for that fact

At the Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, Bernie Sanders was quoted saying that white people don’t know what it’s like to live in poverty or the ghetto. Louis Jacobson of Politifact explains how this was a misstatement on Sanders’s part.

Want a really easy way to see who is in the lead for the presidential race? Look no further!

Wilson Andrews, Kitty Bennett and Alicia Parlapiano of The New York Times put together a few different easy-to-read graphs that show exactly where each of the candidates are in terms of delegates and states won thus far in the election. They also added in a calendar of all remaining primaries and caucuses before the general election in November.

Stay up-to-date on everything the remaining candidates are doing in primary season with The New Political

Ohio University’s on-campus political publication, The New Political, has a website specifically for voters on campus to remain in the know about each of the candidates for the 2016 presidential election. Each candidate’s profile is updated twice a week to reflect the most important things he or she has done over that three-to-four-day timespan.

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S.L.A.C.K News

Good Thursday morning from RTV 206. The sunny skies of yesterday are gone, and The Weather Channel predicts rain will bless us for the rest of the day. Though, these rain clouds have a silver lining; temperatures in the mid-60s are more than welcome. Today, celebrate the spring period in the ancient Japanese calendar from March 5 to the 19th, when insects begin to awaken, and the first peach blossoms erupt into flower. (Note: peach blossoms in Athens may be sparse. Creepy crawlies will not.)

 

Food

Eatin’ around Athens, from savory to sweets you can find all your favorite dishes. Your original favorites to new favorites, Girl Scout season is back! This weekend make sure to get a taste of Athens new local cuisine; Mr. Taco and OMG! Rotisserie.

  • Recently voted Best New Local Restaurant, OMG! Rotisserie. Located on 39 Columbus Road it is worth the drive off campus to try a taste of their slow roasted rotisserie chicken and soul food sides made from scratch with fresh local ingredients.

  • No more adventuring outside of Athens to get your favorite Mexican dishes. Mr. Taco opened last month, located 122 W. Union St. Real Mexican tacos, quesadillas, burritos and fresh made spicy salsas all at a great price ($1.75-7.00.)
  • Get your Girl Scout cookies from the Athens Local Girl Scouts. For $4 a box you can get Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and all the rest of your favorites. They will be tabling at the front of Baker University Center this Thursday from 4-6pm.
  • If you thought burrito buggy was your favorite food truck, think again. Petru Mobile Chocolatier sells homemade chocolates, truffles and chocolate bars made from whole trade, organic chocolate. Petru plans to expand and sell pudding, homemade s’mores and hot chocolate.  Located outside of College Green Tuesday through Friday and in the parking lot of Premiere Video, 284 E State St., on Saturdays.

 

Events

There is always something to do in Athens so come check out the events happening. With the time changing from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, you’re going to want to plan your weekend ahead of time.

  • If you are looking for live music and entertainment for this weekend without having to worry about the approaching rain, check out Casa Nuevas’ musical lineup with artists such as Union Fire, Word of Mouth Jazz Band, Bowie Tribute Night, and more!
  • The 16th annual Souper Bowl will take place on March 13th from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Athens Community Center. They have soup and bread from some of the best restaurants in the Athens area, homemade desserts, live music, and handmade ceramic bowls. The proceeds from the event benefit the Athens Area Mediation Service. Tickets are $25 so reserve your spot at www.athensmediation.com.
  • On Saturday, March 12th at 9 a.m., the Athens Farmers Market will be open for all things fresh and local for any lover of food and culture. Make sure you check out the inside and outside vendors during the winter schedule. With over 100 market vendors, you can find fruits, vegetables, cheeses, honey, meats, eggs, poultry, baked goods, herbs, flowers and plant starts, and much more.
  • Ready for the weekend? It’s time to prepare for Mill Fest here in Athens! It is the beginning of fest season with huge parties leading up to the 14th edition of numbers’ fest. Once the craziness is over, Beautification Day will be on April 17, 2016. This is where students and members of the community come together to do projects around town that include street cleanup, painting, landscaping, graffiti removal and the planting and re-planting of gardens. Make sure you sign up to help Athens look great.

 

Politics

Forget Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders politics on campus at Ohio University are just as interesting!

  • Politics are getting local! Student Senate elections are heating up here at Ohio University. According to The New Political, there are two tickets gunning for your vote when the election begins on March 29 and ends March 30. The UNITE ticket is running 37 candidates, while the Impact ticket is running only 19 candidates. Passive campaigning will begin March 10, while active campaigning, including five debates, will begin March 17.
  • Are you planning to vote in the 2016 election? The Ohio University College Democrats want you to commit to vote in both the primary and general elections being held this year. The organization can be seen throughout the campus passing out “Get Out To Vote” cards, reminding students when and where to cast their ballots. The organization won a contest held by the Ohio Democratic Party, and won more points than any other Ohio chapter by registering students to vote.

  • When you’re partying during fest season — which begins this Friday — watch for cars in the streets. There’s a debate in Athens City Council of whether to close certain streets for Fests. While the city closes streets for the annual Halloween block party, members of the council are concerned with the human and economic cost of closing streets for the frequent fests.
  • The search for the next OU Vice President for Student Affairs continues. Jason Pina is the second and final candidate in OU’s search for the position which was vacated by Ryan Lombardi earlier this year. This is not the first time Pina has applied for the position. He first applied for the position four years ago, but was beaten to the position by Lombardi.

 

Sports

It’s an exciting time for Ohio University sport fans. The baseball team is just heating up, starting off their spring season. All while the men and women’s basketball seasons are coming to an end, with high rankings in the MAC tournament.

  • The Ohio University baseball season is underway and the men faced a rough start with a tournament held at Wafford. The team played four games, only resulting in one victory with a large 16-2 margin. The bobcats continue their spring season this Wednesday, March 9th when they take on Marshall in Huntington, West Virginia.
  • The MAC tournament is the next stop for the women’s basketball team . The team clenched the number one spot after recently defeating Bowling Green University. The bobcats are next to face Buffalo in the quarter finals this Wednesday, March 9th, at noon in the Quicken Loans arena.
  • The Ohio University men’s basketball team is headed to the MAC tournament as a number two seed. The team secured the number two spot after a victory against their rival, the Miami Redhawks. The bobcats tip off Thursday, March 10th, at 6:30 against the Northern Illinois Huskies. The game is to take place at Quicken Loans arena, in Cleveland, Ohio.


Arts

As the spring rains greet us, we are in turn greeted with a wide swath of artistic endeavors. From live performances to more personal, artisanal distractions, Athens is bubbling with events that tickle our creative ethos.

  • From now until the 27th of March, the Ridges is hosting a free event, a Creating Visual Meaning Exhibition, where parents and children alike can cooperatively work on “shared creative activities.” You know what that means. Arts and crafts. More information here.
  • Hey, podcast geeks. Guess what. Superman is coming to campus this Saturday. That’s correct, MemAud will host An Evening with Ira Glass the night of March 12 at 7:30pm. Reserve your ticket.
Photo courtesy of Alex Driehaus, taken for The Post.
Photo courtesy of Alex Driehaus, taken for The Post.
  • Some monks from the Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in India – no, actually, Indiana – are making a sand mandala on the fifth floor of Baker Center. Well, re-making it; it was mysteriously destroyed on Monday night. Regardless, the monks are scheduled to complete the mandala by Thursday, so stop by Baker before they ceremoniously re-destroy it by dumping it into the Hocking River. Samsara and all that.
  • Watch theatre students throw together haphazard theatrical productions on Friday, March 11. Midnight Madness, at 11pm in Kantner, is a weekly event where students produce a show in a week. Should go great, or terribly. Either way, neat-o.

 

The Post-Secondary

Getting Social via Media

People are talking about their time at GBD- Green Beer Day, that is. Check out #GBD for posts from Bobcats wearing green and drinking green.

Faculty and staff received an email about a big announcement today and some are using #OUAnnounce to speculate what it will be. Theories so far include President McDavis’ retirement and a slide down Jeff Hill.

@Pottermore revealed a part of ‘History of Magic in North America’ via Twitter.

 News-Worthy Topics

Students are back from spring break and welcoming “fest season” with open arms. Before the festivities officially kick off this weekend, students first celebrated Green Beer Day on Wednesday. Though St. Patrick’s Day is about a week away, students took to the bars on Court Street and consumed large amounts of green-colored beer in honor of the Irish holiday.

As the colored-alcohol activities came to an end, Athens welcomed Ohio University’s Board of Trustees to campus for its March meeting. The university’s main decision-making entity will discuss and likely approve a plan for the university’s infrastructure for the next decade, tuition increases for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and future renovations for The Ridges.

OU officials are also in the midst of choosing a new Vice President for Student Affairs after Ryan Lombardi stepped down from the position and took a job at Cornell University in New York. There are currently two candidates vying for the position, which is temporarily being performed by Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones.

Let’s Talk Sports

The Ohio Women’s Basketball team will be attending The 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland on Monday. The Bobcats will be playing 12 other teams in the MAC conference.

The Ohio Men’s Basketball team will also be attending The 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland. After upsetting Miami last weekend, they will be playing tonight.

After 18 years in the NFL, Peyton Manning will be retiring from Pro Football. Peyton didn’t want his body to give out, but there is some speculation that he could be going into the business or broadcasting side of sports.

Current NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors Center Guard Stephen Curry is currently trying to help out other young athletes get into the NFL.

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Breaking Down Higher Education

Graduate student teachers have a positive effect on undergraduates

A recent study has shown that graduate student instructors have a positive effect on the undergraduate students they teach, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Students who take their first class from a graduate student in a certain major are more likely to major in that subject than those who take their first class from a faculty member.

The study was conducted using undergraduate students at public universities in Ohio who first enrolled in college in fall of 1998 or 1999.

Rising tuition costs are the biggest problem facing higher education

The rising costs of higher education are making access to college more difficult for families, according to a story from the Washington Post.

“Across the country, the average price of a public four-year college in today’s dollars has increased by 13 percent since 2010, according to the College Board. That followed a 24 percent increase between 2005 and 2011.

The increase in tuition costs is occurring at the same time family incomes have decreased.

Growing endowments becoming a cause for concern at universities because of connection to hedge funds

Universities throughout the country have invested a larger portion of their endowments in hedge funds. This practice has led some to question if the practice it putting university funds at risk and the high fees charged by many hedge funds to participate, according to an article from The Nation.

“I was going to donate money to Yale. But maybe it makes more sense to mail a check directly to the hedge fund of my choice,” Malcolm Gladwell tweeted last summer, causing a commotion that landed him on NPR.

While the issue involves larger amounts of cash at larger schools with endowments of more than a billion dollars, public universities are also investing this way. Even Ohio University with an endowment of $553 million has some money invested in hedge funds.

 

Written by Gentry Bennett, Dina Berliner, Rahul Mukherjee, Burton Speakman and Megan Witmer.