The scoop: Parents bring a blast from the past, plus a look at the near future

Happy Monday bobcats! It may just be the beginning of the semester, but we’re rolling into week six with lots of news and upcoming events. Here’s your weekend recap, plus what events you should be looking out for this week.

Give me the deets.

Last week’s conversation was all about free speech. Once again OU’s free speech wall has been defamed with graphic images. This led to a meeting, which took place last Thursday, about how to stop racism on campus.

What to know.

OU’s Black Student Union and OU’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are trying to get an anti-hate speech clause added to the student code of conduct.

Anything else?

Last year, a similar event occurred with the free speech wall. President Roderick McDavis addressed the situation, but students seem to think there won’t be a change since we didn’t see anything happen after the December 2015 incident.

On a lighter note…

Moms and dads from all over came to visit their bobcats for Parents Weekend. From good eats with UPC’s “There’s No Place Like…” brunch to good games with the football team’s first win of the season, there were lots fun activities for parents.

Looking ahead…

The Career and Leadership Development Center is holding a Career and Internship Fair Monday, Sept. 26th and Tuesday, Sept. 27th from 10a.m. to 3p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. It’s a chance for students to come network and make connections with business in their career field. A follow up networking event will take place Monday night from 5:30p.m. -6p.m. in the Konneker Alumni Center for students to gain connections with other OU alums.

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  • Bring multiple copies of your updated resume
  • Have your business card on hand and be prepared to collect other company business cards
  • Dress professionally, but also comfortable
  • Do bring a notebook and pen to take notes
Then when you need something fun…

The Campus Involvement Center is screening free movies every other Monday. Yep, you read right, FREE. They rent recently screened movies like Finding Dory and Central Intelligence from a company called SWANK Motion Pictures. Grab your best friend and a bowl of popcorn for tonight’s showing of Star Trek Beyond at 8p.mCheck out the rest of the schedule below.

What else is there to do?

Glad you asked. A debate is to be held this Tuesday, Sept. 27th between Republican nominee Jay Edwards and Democrat nominee Sarah Grace, who are both candidates for Ohio’s 94th District representative. The debate will be split into two parts, the first being time for candidates to discuss their platforms on five pre-determined issues – the economy, the environment, healthcare, education, and community. The second round will allow students to ask questions.

Should I attend?

Yes. With such a heated presidential election, it’s important to recognize other political candidates at the local level who can still have an impact on policies. Here’s your opportunity to see the candidates in person and ask them questions.

Check back next week for the latest insight on Ohio University. 



Weekend sports roundup: Home cookin’ for Ohio Volleyball and Football

There really is no place like home.

After a slow start to their respective seasons, Ohio Volleyball and Football found success at their home venues over the weekend.

Volleyball: Lake leads Ohio to back-to-back sweeps

Ohio Volleyball coach Deane Webb had seen his squad struggle through the first month of the season. The Bobcats lost eight of 12 games, but returned to form when they opened conference play on Friday.

Playing in front of their home crowd at the Convocation Center — a venue where they went 11-3 last season — the Bobcats swept the Akron Zips in straight sets on Friday night.

Photo: Ohio Athletics
Photo: Ohio Athletics

It was Ohio’s 12th straight victory over Akron.

With not much time to celebrate, Ohio kept the peddle down on the next night when the Buffalo Bulls came to town. Led by Ali Lake’s 13 kills, the Bobcats once again won in straight sets, 3-0.

Now in his third season as head coach, Webb has a conference record of 31-3.

What’s next?

Ohio (6-8, 2-0) takes to the road next weekend with matchups against Miami (OH) and Bowling Green.

Football: Cats cruise to first home win of 2016

Ohio Football returned to their Hocking Home on Saturday for the first time since their season-opening overtime loss to Texas State.

After battling no. 14 Tennessee to a nine-point loss in Knoxville one week earlier, Ohio put together their best game of the season in a 37-21 win over Gardner-Webb.

Ohio quarterbacks Greg Windham and Quinton Maxwell combined for 310 passing yards, three touchdowns and an overall passer rating of 91.9.

No matter who was slinging the pigskin on Saturday, wide receiver Sebastian Smith found himself making big plays.

Smith hauled in a pair of 17-yard scores; the first capped off Ohio’s 75-yard opening drive that gave them a 7-0 lead. The Bobcats jumped out to a 14-point lead later in the half when Smith beat his man for a second score.

Ohio managed just 2.9 yards per carry last week against Tennessee. On Saturday, however, the running game picked up with the Bobcats churning out 207 yards on 45 attempts. Bo Hardy, a safety-turned-running back, led Ohio’s ground attack with 65 yards on 15 carries and a one-yard scoring plunge that put the Bobcats up, 37-14, in the third quarter.

Around the MAC

  • Virginia 49, Central Michigan 35
  • Cincinnati 27, Miami (OH) 20
  • Western Illinois 28, Northern Illinois 23
  • Appalachian State 45, Akron 31
  • Ball State 31, Florida Atlantic 27
  • Buffalo 23, Army 20 (OT)
  • Western Michigan 49, Georgia Southern 31
  • Memphis 77, Bowling Green 3

What’s next?

Ohio (2-2) sits atop the MAC East in a tie with Akron. The Bobcats head to Oxford to take on rival Miami (OH) next Saturday at Fred C. Yager Stadium.

The Bobcats have won three straight against the Redhawks, including a 31-point victory in Athens last season.

NFL: Not kind to Ohio University students

The majority of students at Ohio University are fans of the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The three closest professional football teams did not give Ohio University students much to cheer about over the weekend.

Cincinnati lost at home to Denver, Cleveland fell in overtime to Miami, and the Steelers were blown out by the Philadelphia Eagles.






Here’s the entertainment you might have missed this past weekend

If all the moms and dads at Ohio University for Parents Weekend wasn’t enough entertainment, various musicians and other artists came to Athens this past weekend to entertain students, their families and Athens residents alike.

On Thursday night, Daya, a 17-year-old Pittsburgh native who is already succeeding in the pop music scene, sang some covers and a few of her hits in Ohio’s Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Although her set was shorter than some expected, she didn’t let the crowd down.

Another talent graced the Memorial Auditorium stage the next night, but he was very much a different type of entertainer. Magician Adam Trent dazzled the audience by levitating a table, cracking various jokes and sharing the secrets behind one of his tricks with the audience. He likely unwillingly frazzled himself by offering to meet fans of his act after the show, prompting a large group of audience members to flock to him after the performance.

The Athena Cinema offered students and parents an opportunity to laugh together on Friday and Saturday with screenings of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The cult classic drew quite an audience to its quote-along film.

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Spanning the days and nights of both Friday and Saturday, this year’s Country Night Lights concert featured country artists such as Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Frankie Ballard and Brothers Osborne, among others. In its second year, the festival brought some big names and drew a large crowd.

On Saturday night, Parents Weekend veterans The Second City stopped by Memorial Auditorium to perform “Hits Home.” The comedy troupe, which features alumni such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong, often performs sketches that take jabs at current events and pop culture. The group’s Saturday show did both, garnering laughs from both young and old in the audience.

A parents weekend to remember.

The last weekend in September, always has high people traffic in Athens, as the parents of the young scholars’ flock back to have a fun time with their kids.

It all started on Friday night where the Ohio Bobcats took on Akron in volleyball. The parents were in for a treat as Ohio opened up their Mid-American Conference play with a three game sweep against the Zips.

Saturdays might be for the boys, but this weekend they were for parents. It started after a long night out on the bricks at 2 o’clock. Ohio took host Gardner-Webb. The Bobcats sent the parents on their way with a great performance.

my parents are in Florida so my sister and I rented our family friends from Columbus parents for Saturday

After the game, or after the Marching 110 at halftime… the parents and their families made the trek up to Court Street for some happy hour drinks at the local bars.

not all kids had their parents come down so some had to share like Max O’Bryan did with Kristen Rossi’s (not pictured) mother

After a couple of cheap drinks and some great food to fill up the empty stomachs, the families made their way to the Athena Cimena for a great comedy show in “The Monty Python.”


Hopefully next years’ parents weekend can be as great as this past weekend. Have a wonderful week

Bobcat parents invade: How to convince your folks OU life is colorful, healthy, and of course, alcohol-free

Parents in town

Hilarious comments flooded Twitter after Ohio University Parents Weekend kicked off Friday in Athens, Ohio.

In response to the annual tradition that allows students on campus reuniting with their families, Twitter user Chuck Morgan, @chuckmorgan23, wrote, “It’s not a parents weekend at OU unless a dad starts a bar fight.”

Another Twitter user, Haley Priebe, @haleypriebe, said that “My dad is so excited to come to ou for parents weekend because he thinks that means we are drinking 24/7, SOS.”

The Career and Leadership Development Center of Ohio University tweeted that every parent looked like this during the weekend:

Hope it’s not because they drank too much. Ohio University hosted several family-friendly activities during the weekend, including a brunch, a bike tour, and a campfire event. The purpose was to provide parents an opportunity to connect to the university.

It’s not all about party

How to convince your parents that Athens is more than an isolated college town? Among several activities held during the weekend, a magician’s show and a library event with a historical bent could answer the question.

Adam Trent: Magician Reinvented

Broadway star Adam Trent brought his magician performance “Adam Trent: Magician Reinvented” to Ohio University Friday night as part of the school’s Parents Weekend events.

Trent’s audience interactive performance, described as “mind-bending, jaw-dropping” by Time Out New York magazine, combines magic, dancing and singing, as well as stand-up comedy.

Steampunk Festival
Steampunkers gather at Athens Public Library Saturday, September 24, 2016.
Steampunkers gather at Athens Public Library Saturday, September 24, 2016.

A tea party, a shooting game, and workshops… Athens Public Library hosted its fourth annual Steampunk Festival Saturday. This year the theme was “Full Steam into the West.”

Steampunk is a genre of science fiction that focuses on steam power technology. The genre inspires Steampunk fashion that integrates modern designs with 19th-century Victorian elements.

If your families have decided to stay for another week
Athens Invitational Marching Festival

Several high school marching bands from Southeast and Central Ohio will compete in the 42nd annual Athens Invitational Marching Festival at Athens High School on Saturday, October 1.

The event is open to the public and admission is $5. Festival organizers will donate ticket proceeds for youth development. Find more information here.

Inaugural Habitat 5K Fall Fun Run/Walk

Celebrate the Fall season of Athens with your parents in a healthy way. A run/walk race will be held Saturday, October 1 at Athens Community Center. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 14. Registration proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio. Find more information here.

This weekend in OU athletics: Winning and losing, standing up and cheering

It was a tragic week for sports fans this weekend with the loss of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and golf legend Arnold Palmer. But at least for Ohio Bobcats fans, they had some reasons to stand up and cheer.


Ohio defeated Gardner-Webb, 37-21. 


Ohio swept both Akron and Buffalo this weekend. 

  • Ohio kicked off their conference schedule with great serving, including 13 aces. (WOUB) 
  • Ohio also honored last season’s championship team by unveiling their championship banner


Ohio lost to Toledo, 2-1. 


Curtain call for parent’s weekend

Calling all film buffs and Broadway enthusiasts. Parent’s Weekend 2016 included a number of film and theatre related activities for students and their parents. From “The Wizard of Oz” themed brunches, to sketch comedy performances, this weekend had activities for those who treasure the art of acting.

Today is Sunday, September 25, 2016, and this a look back at the activities from this weekend:

    • The University Program Council hosted a breakfast and brunch in honor of the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz”, on Saturday, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The event included a themed photo booth, two guest speakers, and a delicious breakfast. The “There’s No Place Like HOUme Brunch”, was held in two separate sittings – the first from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. then again from 11 a.m. to noon.

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    • The Athena Cinema hosted a special screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail Quote-Along!” Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. Coconut clackers and quote books were provided.
    • Saturday, at 8 p.m.,Chicago’s famous sketch and improv comedy theater show, “The Second City: Hits Home,” performed in Templeton- Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Don’t worry thespians, there are more activities for the upcoming week:

  • Every other Monday, at 8 p.m., the Campus Involvement Center hosts a special screening of films that were released in theaters through out the past few months. The screening is held in Baker Center Theatre. This Monday will consist of a free screening of “Star Trek Beyond”.

  • This Fall, from September 22 to November 10, the Athena Cinema on Court Street, will be hosting a a cult classic film series every Thursday at 7 p.m. This week’s movie is “Welcome To The Dollhouse,” which is about an unattractive seventh grader who struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey. Tickets are $6.50.

In our bleak, college town of Athens, Ohio, it may seem like all there is to do is go to parties or the bars. However, Ohio University works hard to provide options for students with an array of interests. For parents weekend, Ohio University provided movie themed brunches, comedy shows, and movie screenings, in addition to the usual sports games and outdoorsy activities. Continue that cinematic experience with this week’s upcoming movie screenings.

Stumblin’ bumblin’ and fumblin’: The weekend in review of ugly football

Baseball might be America’s pastime, but football has become its favorite sport in recent years. The reason for the sport’s ascension through the ranks of America’s culture is usually attributed to the unique gladiator-esque action. Although sometimes, as we saw this past weekend, football can provide us with some real stinkers just like every other sport.

The weekend of ugly football began in our own backyard with Athens High School. The Bulldogs took on Vinton County and the outcome was apparent quickly. Athens scored the first three touchdowns of the game, and it never got much better from there. The 63-14 final was mercifully expedited by a running clock in the second half. It can be fun to watch a great team hit its stride, but when the sides are as mismatched as they were Friday night, the line between impressive and ugly gets thinner the longer the game goes on.

Fans who watched LSU play Auburn Saturday night may have wondered if they were watching the right kind of football. Eight field goals were kicked in the game, including the six that made up the entirety of Auburn’s 18 points. There were no “act like you’ve been there before” type comments in this game because, well, these teams didn’t get “there.” This game was so ugly that the losing coach got fired the next day, and the most exciting part of the game was the play that didn’t count.

This was the classic “neither team wants to win this one” game. The Ravens and Jaguars combined for 5 interceptions, two fumbles, a blocked kick, and three touchdowns as opposed to five field goals (and one missed field goal). Someone had to win this game, but the 3-0 Ravens didn’t look too superior to the 0-3 Jaguars.

While this game also had a hint of “neither team wants to win this one” it was ugly for all sorts of other reasons. For one, the Browns were playing. The same Browns that inspired someone at Bleacher Report to write an article legitimately asking if they were the least talented team of all time. If that wasn’t enough, the Browns started their third-string quarterback and were missing their two best wide receivers due to suspension and injury. The worst part is, the game was still close. The Dolphins couldn’t even beat down a depleted version of one of the most depleted teams in NFL history. Oh, and the only reason they won was because the Browns new kicker shanked three field goals, including one that would have won the game as time expired in regulation.

This one is a little more personal for me. Yes, the score was lopsided. Yes, the Steelers scored three points. But it was my connection to them that hurt the most. Growing up in LA without an NFL team and a father from Pittsburgh, I adopted the Steelers as my favorite team. This year’s iteration of the team is supposed to be one of the best versions in quite some time. The defense looked improved during the first two weeks of the season and the Steelers looked like a Super Bowl contender. I don’t want to overreact, but the lack of tackling ability in the secondary and the concept of a head-scratching loss to a less talented team brought my infinite optimism back down to earth. This team is super talented but still falls back into the same mistakes that can make them so frustrating to watch sometimes.

Maybe football can be more fun again next week.









Parents, retreats, and careers, oh my!

As Ohio University’s Parents Weekend draws to an end, the week ahead hold potential for the students who spent the weekend out to get a jump start on their professional lives.

Ambassadors soaking up the sunshine before doing more team building

Ohio University’s Career and Leadership Development Center hosts two Career Fairs, the first of which occurring Monday and Tuesday, the 26th and 27th. The Career Fairs are specifically designed to help students of all ages find jobs, whether they are freshmen looking for summer internships or seniors in need of full time jobs. The CLDC also offered assistance for students before the fairs, so that the students who come will have all the skills necessary to get the jobs they want and make a great first impression.

To help prepare for the fair, the student ambassadors who work in the CLDC went on a retreat for the majority of the day Saturday. This retreat was designed to help them build a cohesive unit amongst them, reinforcing the connections they have as they go into the busy week.

Just one of the team bonding exercises, the ambassadors wrote what they find most inspiring about the other students around their hands

With activities like kayaking, Pictionary, and other team building exercises, the student ambassadors were able to build their team spirit for the fair.

Student Ambassadors after a day on the water

With the new week rolling in, students can start the week off with success, and possibly a new job opportunity after going to the Career Fair, lead by the staff in the Career and Leadership Development Center.

The best hole in the wall this side of the Hocking

Whether it’s your grandma’s house, the treehouse your dad built for you when you were a kid or your favorite home team’s arena, everyone has a special place in their life that’s always welcoming and makes them feel right at home, and I’m no different.

It’s the go-to meetup location anytime one of my friends comes back to town. It was stop number one on my first green beer day outing. It’s where I go to trash talk the Steelers to my favorite bartender in Athens. Simply put, it’s The Pub.

Since 1974, The Pub has been servicing the Athens community with its great burgers, great beer and great beer cheese soup. The bartenders are always friendly, there’s always a game worth watching on and if you happen to stumble in on a saturday night, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. For the last couple of months The Pub has turned into the go to spot for me and my friends. After ending classes on friday we all meet up together at 4, just in time to catch the start of our favorite bartender’s shift, to catch up and hang out. The lack of other people in the middle of the afternoon and the friendly face behind the counter makes it feel like we own the place and that we’re right at home.


My first trip to this wonderful establishment was in the middle of summer 2015 when a buddy asked me if I had ever had their food. I admitted that I had never been which then led to him dragging me to the restaurant. From the second I walked in I could feel The Pub’s character everywhere I looked. The worn down wooden floors showed that many a patrons had been through, the scratched tables and booths hinted at the decades of post-class meetups that had gone down and the townies that lined the bar on that Thursday afternoon told me I was at a place worth staying. We sat down, ate and enjoyed the atmosphere. Then we did it again the following week. And the rest is history.

Whether it’s a weekday afternoon or a weekend night out with some friends, The Pub is the one-stop-shop for a good time in Athens. You’ll come for the cheap drinks and stay because of the great time you’re destined to have with the reassurance that the headache you have in the morning is because of a great time you had the night before.