New “Counter Productive” episodes feature investigations of Ohio University’s odd fences, leaf problem

Junior Alexandra Greenberg is back with two new episodes of her hit web series, “Counter Productive.” The first installment — and the series’ namesake — showed the student on her mission to find Ohio University’s worst countertops. In her latest videos, she finds the weirdest fences and most annoying fallen leaves on Ohio University’s campus in Athens, Ohio. Watch and cherish these episodes, as they almost didn’t exist, and it’s unlikely a fourth installment will ever be filmed.

Counter Productive Episode 2: Offensive

Counter Productive Episode 3: Unbelievable 


OU student hosts web show identifying counterproductive countertops

Junior Alexandra Greenberg hosts “Counter Productive,” a show in which she identifies poorly placed countertops and surfaces on which to place things in Athens. Check out the first — and likely only — installment of the web series.


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.

Why my favorite place in Athens is a green, metal bench

My favorite place on Ohio University’s campus isn’t so much a building or object as it is a setting; the location is more important to me than the object itself. Keep that in mind, because my favorite spot can be pretty underwhelming without context. It may seem a bit disappointing, especially given the options available to me in Athens, but my favorite spot on campus is a green, metal bench that sits outside of the Academic and Research Center on West Green.

Honestly, the bench really isn’t that comfortable. I usually bring an extra sweatshirt with me to place on the seat to make sitting on it for long periods of time tolerable. And I usually don’t sit there before 4 p.m. on weekdays. The rush of students going in and out of the ARC can be pretty distracting. The bench is also right next to a bike rack. I — or I should say my elbows — learned very early on not to get too comfortable while students are adding and removing bikes from the rack. Elbow bruises cause more problems than you’d think.

The view from the bench

But the bench does have its redeeming qualities. It’s outside. As one can easily determine after looking at how pale I am, I don’t really get outside much. Spending an hour or two outdoors is not only good for my complexion, but it’s pretty relaxing as well. I also look forward to hearing birds chirp or seeing the famous Athens squirrels digging through trashcans to find dinner. It’s all part of the college experience, you know?

Don’t be fooled; I’m not a person who is extremely fond of nature. I flinch when I see an ant. I’ve never been a huge fan of outdoor pursuits, but there’s just something so calming about doing homework while sitting in a secluded part of campus and being able to glance over my shoulder to watch the sun set on the western horizon.

The best part about my favorite spot is I can still continue to work there after the sun goes down. Unlike other spots on campus, the area by my favorite bench is still illuminated at night. The spherical lamps and img_0244yellow light spilling from the windows and entrance to the ARC spreads across the area so well, I can still read notes I wrote by hand in light blue ink. Even when the sky becomes pitch black and the stars become visible, my favorite spot remains not only beautiful, but functional, too.

So here’s to you, green bench. Thank you for being something seemingly unimportant to most and a treasure to me.

7 things to do when one of your back-to-back classes lets out early

You created your schedule so you’d have all of your classes in a row and be done for the day. But your 80-minute class was only 30 minutes long today. What do you do now? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Homework you’ve probably been putting off
Homework, via Flickr, by English106
Homework, via Flickr, by English106

Whether it’s something due in your next class or a research paper you haven’t even thought about starting yet, unexpected free time is the perfect opportunity to force yourself to get work done.

  1. Eat food or grab some coffee
Bagel & coffee, via Flickr, by Magnus D
Bagel & coffee, via Flickr, by Magnus D

College students forget to eat sometimes. It’s just a consequence of how ridiculously busy our schedules are. Use your free hour to grab some to-go pizza from the dining hall or even just a bagel from a cafe. Or maybe down an espresso or two.

  1. Read a book
IMG_3550.JPG, via Flickr, Jay Cross
IMG_3550.JPG, via Flickr, Jay Cross

It could be assigned reading for a class; it could also be a something you actually enjoy reading. Fifty minutes is more than enough time to make a dent in that literature you’ve been wanting to or are forced to read.

  1. Bond with your professors
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Source: Wikimedia Commons, AlbertHerring

Look up the office hours of the professors you’ve been meaning to go see but haven’t. Even if you don’t need help with the subject matter in that class, it’s always a good idea to get to know the people you’re spending a semester with.

  1. Watch Netflix
Source: Youtube
Source: Youtube

If doing anything productive actually sounds like a nightmare, find a cozy spot near your next class and catch up on “Mad Men.” You only have a few episodes left in season four anyway. Just give in to the urge.

  1. Sleep
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Source: Wikimedia Commons, D Sharon Pruitt

Were you up all night in the library working on that research paper you finished an hour before class started? Does the idea of facing the rest of your classes without getting any sleep make you want to curl up in a ball in a corner? Find a comfy couch. Take a nap. You deserve it.

  1. Write your listicle for Fundamentals of Online Journalism
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Source: Pexels

What better homework to do during your free time than an upcoming project due in the class that granted you that magical hour? Grab a beverage loaded with caffeine to double your productivity and maybe even come up with some witty subheads.