Punk, funk and everything in between. A journey into the Athens, OH music scene.

By Haadiza Ogwude


Haffa’s Records, a 30-year-old vinyl store and a staple in the Athen’s music community.

Located in the southeastern town of Athens, OH exists a thriving underground music scene where genres from across the spectrum are welcomed. From touring alternative bands, to local Pink Floyd tribute acts, there is no shortage of interesting music in this small town. With the collaboration of the Do It Yourself music community, the All Campus Radio Network, Haffa’s Records and more the music scene continues to be a prominent entity in the Athens’ community.

Want to know more about this independent music scene? Check out the video below.




Passion Works Studios brings community members together for fall fling


Passion Works Studios hosted a “fall fling” Saturday, October 22, for community members to mingle with Passion Works artists and celebrate the autumn season. The fling consisted of live music, free food, pumpkin decorating and more!

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.

Ohio University’s Emeriti Park makes an impression on students and faculty

One of the most beautiful and serene places in Athens, lies in the heart of the Ohio University campus. Past Baker Center, between Walter Hall and Clippinger Laboratories, sits a crystal-like pond and fountain, vibrant memorial gardens, monuments and a gazebo where many students and faculty sit to enjoy the scenery. This magical place is famously known as Emeriti Park.


The name “Emeriti Park” was derived from the many Emeriti faculty at Ohio University. To be given the Emeritus or Emerita status, the faculty or administrative member must be appointed by the president of the university. They also must have completed a period of meritorious, or praiseworthy, service during their retirement from Ohio University. Full library and email access, parking on campus and access to other campus events, are some of the special privileges awarded to those who are granted the Emeritus or Emerita status by the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

Emeriti Park is 4 acres in size. The park was designed by James Burkhard Associates and was dedicated to the Emeriti faculty in 2000.


Emeriti Park has been a popular place for romantic dates, quaint study sessions, graduation and other special occasions photos, marriage proposals, and even weddings. The park is known for its simplicity and romantic atmosphere. Emeriti Park also adheres to the natural “green” theme of the Ohio University campus. This picturesque spot, nestled on the bed of the Hocking River, provides yet another place in Athens centered on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of South Eastern Ohio.

Emeriti Park is open 24/7 to the public. Whether one is studying with a friend, having a peaceful lunch, taking photos of the pristine landscape, or enjoying a jog on the trail, Emeriti Park encompasses a unique intimacy, that students, faculty and community members can enjoy.






6 Fashion trends from the 2000s that are making a comeback

When I think back on being a kid and pre-teen in the early 2000s, it’s hard not to reminisce about shows such as “Lizzie McGuire,” “Zoey 101” and “One Tree Hill,” or movies like “Bring It On,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” and “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”. I nearly strain myself trying to suppress the urge to hum the tune of my favorite Ashanti song, or break out in the choreographed dances me and my cousin would make to the latest “106 & Park” videos. I can still remember the days when putting on my purple, velvet Velour tracksuit, Coach high tops, and watermelon flavored Lip Smacker lip gloss, made me feel like I was the trendiest girl in school.

But alas, those days are behind us all. The era of “peasant” tops, studded belts, gaucho pants, and ponchos, is dead– or is it? Although my style has evolved since those formative years, I must admit that there are some trends from the 2000s that are making an emergence in the fashion industry. Who knew that a period when airbrushed t-shirts were popular, would make a comeback.

Below are are 10 trends from the 2000s that are becoming increasingly popular.

1. Chokers

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These ’90s and ’00s accessories are the perfect accent for any grunge outfit. From the thick, velvet bands to the whimsical tattoo inspired neck pieces, chokers are on trend in 2016.

2. Trucker Hats

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This throwback trend was worn by celebrities, such as Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton, back in the 2000s. Now it’s back for another ride.

3. Tracksuits


Tracksuits– either you love them or you hate them, or you love them because they’re hated, but there’s no denying that they are in again.

4. Crop Tops

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During the summer months, it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing someone in a crop top. You can thank the 2000s for that, and pretty much every decade before it. Crop tops have always been in fashion, and they probably always will be.

5. Denim Skirts

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Like crop tops, denim skirts have been in fashion every decade since the 1970s. There is really no escaping it.

6. Puffer Jackets

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Remember the days when we were forced to wear puffer coats in the winter, because our mom or dad said it was too cold to go without it. Who knew our parents were trend forecasters?