OMSAR – An outlet for undergraduate Bobcats of color

The Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) is a sub-branch of the Office for Diversity & Inclusion. The Office for D&I is also home to the Women’s Center, Multicultural Center and Programs, and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center.

My video demonstrates why OMSAR is a premiere outlet for undergraduate OU persons of color, by focusing on the social programs, scholarships, academic and extracurricular opportunities the office provides.

OMSAR is mostly known for LINKS, a peer mentoring program for first-year minority students that helps ease the transition from high school into college, where often few students share similar ethnic identities. Therefore, I mainly focused on the LINKS program but included aspects of OMSAR that do not relate to LINKS.

I also investigated OMSAR’s work through other organizations, specifically the LGBT Center.  I tied my topics together by interviewing LGBT Center director delfin bautista, to learn about LINKS strengths and weaknesses from an outside source that has OMSAR knowledge.

There are a variety of pictures and descriptive texts in this video to allow viewers to gain a deeper understanding of OMSAR’s impact.

 

O-H, I-O! Here we go! (again!)

 

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“O-H!” is the beginning of a chant heard often in OSU football-addicted Columbus, and this year was no exception. With an 11-2 record, a double overtime win against longtime rival University of Michigan and selection to the 4-team national college football playoff, the 2016 Buckeye season was worthy of the exuberant “I-O!” that finished out its favorite cheer and its regular season.  The 2017 season could thrill the scarlet-and-gray crowds as well, especially if it results in a more inspiring post season than Coach Urban Meyer’s only career shut-out, against ultimate national champion Clemson University in the first round of the national championship playoffs.  The best we can do for now is give you pre-game chills at the thought of you seeing the team in helmets and cleats, since the regular football season doesn’t start until September. Here’s a summary of the recent past and what the future holds.

2017-2018 Schedule

Their competition will vary between unranked to top 10 teams. Games against Maryland and Nebraska look like a cakewalk, while matches against Michigan and (No. 6) Oklahoma will likely prove to be a battle. This season’s encounter with (No. 7) Penn State could be billed as a grudge match, since the 2016-17 Nittany Lions’ regular season defeat of OSU helped them capture the Big Ten Championship, but did not result in an invitation to the national playoffs.

Players headed to the big leagues and those stay another year

Malik Hooker, Raekwon McMillan, Curtis Samuel, Noah Brown, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are losing their scarlet jerseys in order to pursue the big league. They hope to make a similar statement as the 2016 draft class, which had five players drafted in the top 20 picks of the first round, including Ezekiel Elliott, Joey Bosa, and Eli Apple.  The Buckeyes shouldn’t drop their heads, despite key players leaving. Chris Worley, Billy Price, Sam Hubbard, and star quarterback J.T. Barrett are staying in Columbus. Due to another stellar recruiting year, there will be a host of other new talent to support their top remaining players. Next Buckeye up!  Urban Meyer’s contract lasts through 2020. He has the highest annual compensation of Big Ten coaches.  He’s earned the brand of the ultimate Buckeye coach, with a 61-6 OSU record.

New Signees 

There are 18 commitments for the upcoming year. Safety Jeffrey Okudah, running back Cam Akers, linebacker Baron Browning and cornerback Lamont Wade are among the five-star committed prospects.  A healthy crew of four-star athletes like cornerback Lamont Wade, linebacker Anthony Hines and defensive tackle Anthony Hines are also on board. The 2017-2018 season could be a groundbreaking campaign, thanks to this young and promising talent.

Leaving their legacy after college

The 2016 draft class had five players selected in the top 20 picks of the first round. Six members of the 2016 OSU draft players made the all-rookie list. With 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns, Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliot had one of the best NFL freshman campaigns ever, and solidified himself as one of the best running backs in the game. Joey Bosa was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year with 10.5 sacks in 12 games for the Los Angeles Chargers. That says something about the lasting legacy of Buckeye football.

State of the Fanbase

There is nothing like hearing fans scream during a critical drive, especially when one of the most exceptional human support systems are behind you. OSU fans are #1 in college athletics and #8 globally based on its booming attendance of 100K + fans per-game, according to a Fansided Time. Inc. survey.  Never turn down watching a game in the Buckeye’s beloved Horseshoe stadium or in whatever venue their loyals consistently follow them to throughout the country.

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Five skylines that make America great

The United States is known for having distinguishable features like burgers, weekend football games and rock n’ roll. Another memorable U.S. trait is the diversity of its cities. In particular, visitors to big cities often want to head downtown, where the colorful lights and patterns of skylines bring a culture to life.  The American skylines below are among the most famous not only in the U.S., but in the world.

  1. New York City
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What would America be without New York City? Along with being the largest city in the U.S., New York arguably has the country’s most breathtaking aerial scenery. The Empire State, Chrysler and Woolworth Buildings brand NYC as a place most seasoned travelers would instantly recognize. Whether in the morning when the sun gleams over buildings or nighttime when they illuminate the landscape, it is hard to take your eyes off the Big Apple skyline. Imagine going to Times Square on New Year’s Eve to feel the city in full force. Imagine saying goodbye to an old year and bringing in a new one full of wonders and goals, while under some of the brightest lights and vivid confetti imaginable. Alicia Keys was in an Empire State of Mind when she sang, “No place in the world that could compare.”

  1. Las Vegas

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“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” but for now, “What happens in Vegas stays on this listicle.” The MGM Grand Vegas, Bellagio and the Mirage are among the hotel casinos that make the Las Vegas Strip one of the best party streets in America, if not on Earth. The Stratosphere even has a rollercoaster on top, which gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘amusement park.’ Vegas is home to all ten of the world’s largest hotels, so make sure to stay a few nights to sleep in style. Who doesn’t want to have beautiful surroundings when gambling on earning the finer things in life?

  1. Chicago

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The Windy City is often referenced for its history of mob bosses and the Prohibition age, but also for its downtown which at first glance seemingly never ends. The John Hancock Center, Crain Communications Building and the Two Prudential Plaza can be thought as metaphorical fish that stand out in the sea of buildings on Michigan Avenue, famously known as the Magnificent Mile. The Willis Tower, also known as the Sears Tower, bulges out the most. It is of the tallest buildings globally, standing at 1,450 feet (443 meters) high – 1,730 feet (520 meters). A popular Chicago tourist adventure is to travel to the top of the building and stare down at the city. This is the ultimate high, literally. The Chicago River and Lake Michigan add watery icing to the cake.

  1. San Francisco

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San Francisco could be thought of as the Golden Gate to great architecture. With the 44 Building, Millennium and Salesforce Tower in view, you know it’s time to wave your west coast sign. The building that’s San Francisco’s best is the Transamerica Pyramid. The pyramid is composed of two impressive buildings in a complex that encompasses one city block. San Francisco is next door to Oakland, which also offers a visually appealing skyline. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is so iconic that it was featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, one the highest-selling video games in history.  This proves the Bay Area has more distinguishable features than just the Golden State Warriors record-setting professional basketball team.

  1. Seattle

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It is never too late for the Emerald City to round out my listicle. Having great mountains and legal recreational marijuana may be a plus to some, but this is not why Seattle is on this list. The Space Needle is not just a symbol for Seattle, but one for Pacific Northwest paradise. The building was so epic that it was used as the NBA Seattle SuperSonics logo before the team moved to Oklahoma City. Sightseers look up to marvel at the Rainier Tower and Safeco Plaza standing tall. Seattle is probably too far for Ohioans to visit on a regular basis, so hanging a panoramic poster in your dorm room can ensure you’re always there.

My happiest times are at Union Street Diner

Eating is one of my main pastimes, so of course my favorite place in Athens, Ohio, would be a restaurant.

It’s nearly impossible to be in Southeast Ohio and starve, with the vast amount of cheap eateries here. It takes more than just good food for me to put a restaurant on my bucket list. A-list restaurants are places where you’re able to clear your mind, after a long day or week of stress.

Union Street Diner (USD) does the best job of satisfying these requirements compared to the numerous other Athens food venues I have tried.  It has an endless variety of mouthwatering meals that satisfy my food fixation, and it is an excellent environment to refresh your mind and interact with fellow food lovers.

Street view of Union Street Diner

USD is the poster child of a high-quality restaurant. With specialties like the philly quesadilla, firehouse burger and flavored pancakes; it is hard not to be satisfied by their food options even for a picky eater like myself. My go-to options are their mac N’ cheese bites and chili’ cheese fries   — which I usually add bacon to for $.69.

Even for menu items that seem pricy, it’s worth it considering the high food quality and large portions.

For my tastes, the math is simple. Comfortable scenery plus tasty food equals a 10/10 priceless experience. I can’t think of a time I have been there and not felt at home. The wait staff always has a warm spirit toward guests and their casual attire makes me feel like I fit in no matter how I am dressed.

USD features comfy booths that let me to lay back and unwind after a long week or night out in the Athens party scene. I also think of the restaurant as a sports and entertainment hub with TVs all around that let me watch games and reality shows.

The restaurant’s laid-back atmosphere makes it a perfect place to take a significant other, parent or family member or group of close friends. The restaurant even offers free Wi-Fi, which lets me work by myself or with others on projects and/or assignments while being energized by coffee or a fast bite.

I use to think of bars, parties and organization events as the only places where I can make friends. USD has proven me wrong. Before I know it, I bump into familiar faces, giving me the opportunity to stir the kind of conversation that turns an acquaintance into a friend.

USD is always my fallback if there’s nowhere else to go.

For most students, coming to Ohio University means leaving their hometowns and comfort zones. It is essential to find what places fulfill your basic needs while trying to adjust to this new environment and way of life.  Since humans can’t live without food, you might as well get the most out of each eating experience.

If you’re looking for a place that is “home away from home,” I suggest you stop by USD and you won’t be disappointed.

Eating is one of my main pastimes, so of course my favorite place in Athens, Ohio, would be a restaurant.

It’s nearly impossible to be in Southeast Ohio and starve, with the vast amount of cheap eateries here. It takes more than just good food for me to put a restaurant on my bucket list. A-list restaurants are places where you’re able to clear your mind, after a long day or week of stress.

Union Street Diner (USD) does the best job of satisfying these requirements compared to the numerous other Athens food venues I have tried.  It has an endless variety of mouthwatering meals that satisfy my food fixation, and it is an excellent environment to refresh your mind and interact with fellow food lovers.

USD is the poster child of a high-quality restaurant. With specialties like the philly quesadilla, firehouse burger and flavored pancakes; it is hard not to be satisfied by their food options even for a picky eater like myself. My go-to options are their mac N’ cheese bites and chili’ cheese fries   — which I usually add bacon to for $.69.

Even for menu items that seem pricy, it’s worth it considering the high food quality and large portions.

For my tastes, the math is simple. Comfortable scenery plus tasty food equals a 10/10 priceless experience. I can’t think of a time I have been there and not felt at home. The wait staff always has a warm spirit toward guests and their casual attire makes me feel like I fit in no matter how I am dressed.

TV’s that display games and reality shows

USD features comfy booths that let me to lay back and unwind after a long week or night out in the Athens party scene. I also think of the restaurant as a sports and entertainment hub with TVs all around that let me watch games and reality shows.

USD’s jukebox lets you jam out to music while slammin’ on food

The restaurant’s laid-back atmosphere makes it a perfect place to take a significant other, parent or family member or group of close friends. The restaurant even offers free Wi-Fi, which lets me work by myself or with others on projects and/or assignments while being energized by coffee or a fast bite.

I use to think of bars, parties and organization events as the only places where I can make friends. USD has proven me wrong. Before I know it, I bump into familiar faces, giving me the opportunity to stir the kind of conversation that turns an acquaintance into a friend.

USD is always my fallback if there’s nowhere else to go.

For most students, coming to Ohio University means leaving their hometowns and comfort zones. It is essential to find what places fulfill your basic needs while trying to adjust to this new environment and way of life.  Since humans can’t live without food, you might as well get the most out of each eating experience.

If you’re looking for a place that is “home away from home,” I suggest you stop by USD and you won’t be disappointed.