11 Posts That Speak The Truth About Dorm Life

  1. No matter if it’s 6 a.m. or 9 p.m., these are always true. Countless times I found myself avoiding people crying on the phone around Thanksgiving (often referred to as Breaksgiving due to the high number of break ups) at all hours.

2. I can’t deny writing a few pass-aggressive notes in my time. The best example of this that I witnessed (I swear I wasn’t involved) was in the bathrooms of James Hall my freshman year. Our bathrooms were communal, and one girl left a note on the shower for everyone to see about having sex in the shower. Also, my friend used to sneeze in Adams Hall and her neighbors would yell back “Bless you!”

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3. Trust me, you will pile in a car as soon as you find someone with keys. We used to hike it to the Athens County Fairgrounds, almost a mile away, just to drive out to the movie theater. One of my favorite college memories was going to the Hunger Games premiere in my friend’s SUV. I’m pretty sure we fit 10 people in the car!

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4. Your room will probably smell, and you’ll look for ways to fix it. A classic dorm fix is the “dryer sheet-on-the-AC-unit,” releasing a constant smell of ‘Clean Linen.’ Not to worry, those without AC units. Febreze might mask whatever odors are in your room.

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5. My desk became a storage area whether it was for my winter coat, packets of Ramen or $300 textbooks.














6. Athens is the home of late night foods. No matter the condition you eat them in, probably half of the food joints uptown are open for late night hours. A break from the dining halls is much needed, so don’t regret that 2 a.m. charge on your debit card.

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7. Free. Stuff. If I had to sum up my time in the dorm, it would be that they’ll bribe you to do pretty much anything with food. Study with food, taking a bystander course with food or even learn about safe sex with food.

8. Ah, the college Jenga. A classic route to avoid taking out the recycling or trash, especially when you live on the fourth floor. If you join hall council in the building you live in, you may even get to take other people’s trash out to raise money!

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9. In Sargent Hall, I was blessed with the ability to live in the same hall as the wrestlers. I was NOT blessed to have the ability to smell the wrestlers. The first floor was a mouth-breathing only zone.

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10. This sarcastic tweet speaks the truth for real. I always thought I was going to be able to live in Bromley Hall my sophomore year. Little did I know, the second day of room selection wasn’t even good enough to get a renovated dorm.


11. “Easy as 1, 2, 3” yet there are seven steps in this graphic. When you run into problems, it can be tough to get them resolved. Once, I had a bat family living in my air conditioning unit. I had to submit a maintenance request three times before the “bat man” came to fix the hole in my air conditioning unit that the bats had crawled through.


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.

Lifestyle Fixes for any Bobcat

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31 Money Saving Tricks for Students

11 Cheap Ways to Make Your College Apartment Look More Grown-up

25 Essential Dorm Room Cooking Hacks

101 Health and Wellness Tips for College Students

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.

Taking over your Twitter feed one Monday at a time

Hit music, good friends, a little bit of laughing, a little bit of crying, lots of tweeting and lots of fun.

No, this isn’t a Friday night at one of the many bars on Court Street. This is Scripps PRSSA, the informal name for the Hugh M. Culbertson chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Scripps PRSSA meets every Monday at 6, this semester in the Friends of the Library Room in Alden Library on Ohio University’s campus.

I’m on Executive Board for Scripps PRSSA, serving as the Vice President of External Relations. Every week I curate an email newsletter with internship and job listings for our dues-paying members.

Center, I pose with other Executive Board members at Scripps PRSSA’s holiday dinner

My first PRSSA meeting was the third week of my freshman year. The first meeting of the semester, it felt like the first day of my life. My choice in major was validated, I met people I call my best friends to this day and I heard from a professional that gave me life-changing advice.

PRSSA meetings have been structured relatively the same ever since, beginnings with updates and announcements. Up this week were updates from the Bateman competition team, sign ups for various committees and a networking trip planning meeting.

Every week there is a member spotlight and an ImPRessions spotlight. This week’s member spotlight is Grace Driscoll, a fellow Strategic Communication major in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and friend of mine.

This week’s ImPRessions (the student-run PR firm) spotlight was Athens Conservancy, a local non-profit protecting open-space land in the area. They are selling laptop stickers for $3 this semester that feature their hashtag #Conserve740.

After the option for students to give personal announcements (if they got an internship, etc.), the meeting moved on to introduce this week’s speaker. Brie Strickland, Social Business Specialist at Southwest Airlines, flew all the way from Southwest Headquarters in Dallas, Texas to speak to Scripps PRSSA.

I interned at Southwest Airlines this past summer, and to be able to have a member from my team come speak to PRSSA was extremely rewarding. PRSSA is all about utilizing the connections you have and making new ones as well. This was evident as Brie handed out her business cards to members after her presentation, gave out contact information for the Campus Reach internship team and tried to help members in any way possible.

Brie informed the room of aspiring public relations professionals on Southwest’s history, touting amazing facts, for example the company has never laid anyone off. Southwest has also had a profitable year every year, and it’s harder to get hired there than it is to get into Harvard.

While members were stunned by these facts, they were head over heels once Brie started talking about her work with the Social Business Team.

Brie utilized examples like ‘Hudson’s Big Day,’ a story about a little boy who was waving at planes and then saw a pilot stop the airplane to wave back, to show how her job is much more than tweeting. Her coworker found out about this story through a post on social media, zoomed in to an attached photo, found the plane number and called every pilot that had flown that plane recently. Southwest setup time for them to meet, which was born into this YouTube video (this is where the tears I mentioned earlier come in).

Brie answered questions about her life as a professional, telling Chapter members “any experience you have, it’s all about how you look at it and what you take from it.”

At the end of the meeting, some members accompanied Brie to The Pigskin for their weekly networking dinner. Members see this as a chance to get to know a speaker better. Hayley Baldzicki, a senior Communication Studies major, said “this is a weekly opportunity to network with different PR professionals, in a setting much more relaxed than a meeting and much less intimidating for those who are afraid to stand up and ask questions.”

Members see these meetings as the gateway to their future, Baldzicki stating “it’s great to have this face-to-face interaction rather than another LinkedIn connection.”

Steve Lurie from PR Newswire will speak to Scripps PRSSA next Monday, February 15 at 6 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room on the third floor of Alden Library.

Learn more about Scripps PRSSA on their website or contact me to learn more.

Spotted on Union Street

We’re not in Kansas anymore; there’s no place like hOUme


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Schoonover Center for Communication as seen from College Green

I recently watched a romantic comedy in which one character recited the line “a house is a place, but home is a feeling” (Sleeping with Other People).

Most Ohio University students don’t call Athens home. Rather, they call it ‘hOUme.’

hOUme is a place where we shape our careers, run into three people we know on the way to class and convince underclassmen to swipe us into the new dining hall.

For me, hOUme can best be narrowed down to Schoonover Center for Communication. The building was a mere rumor when I arrived for freshman orientation, but would come to have an extreme impact on who I am as a person.

In December of 2013, I was one of the first Ohio University students to enter Schoonover Center. The Dean’s Office, where I worked as an office assistant, would be the first office to move from the Radio-Television Building to Schoonover Center.

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Me holding an Instagram frame for my job as Social Media Student Manager for Scripps College of Communication

The building would evolve over the next two years in ways I never imagined. My duties as an office worker would be simplified: to deliver something to the School of Communication Studies I simply took an elevator ride, instead of a walk down Union Street. To go to class, I rode the same elevator to a room with four projection screens and dozens of televisions for active learning instead of walking to a then-mold-infested Scripps Hall.

In those elevator rides, classes, student organization meetings and work meetings, I found hOUme.

Now, Schoonover Center is my hOUme-base. I can be snapping pics for the social media accounts I run for Scripps College of Communication (yes, I got a promotion!) and see my best friends studying together in the lobby.

It’s a running joke in my friend group that if anyone texts me while they’re in Schoonover, chances are I’m already in the building and am on my way to join their lobby study session.

Some people might think that’s crazy, but I like to think I’m consistent.

Schoonover Center is hOUme.