6 social media accounts every incoming Bobcat should follow

Starting college can be terrifying (I know it was for me), especially if you don’t know what to expect coming in. I’m a first-generation freshman at Ohio University, so I had absolutely no idea what I was in for when I got to campus. Now that I’m just a few days away from the end of my first year of college, I’d like to share some tips with my future fellow Bobcats as to how to get through your first year of college. I’ve created a list of the major social media users every incoming student should like or follow to help ease the transition and make the most of living in Athens.

  1. OHIObso on Instagram 

The Bobcat Student Orientation Instagram account is a useful tool for freshmen or new students due to the fact that it offers a wide variety of tips about Ohio University’s campus. Be sure to check it out and follow it for ideas about new study spots or just some fun facts about the campus!

2. Jenny Hall-Jones on Twitter

Jenny Hall-Jones, Dean of Students and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, has an active presence on Twitter. She tweets not only about on-campus activities, but also encouraging messages to OU students such as the one above. She also retweets other students fairly often, so be sure to follow her and tweet at her to get a shoutout!

3. University Program Council on Facebook

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The University Program Council at OU puts on fun and free events for students periodically throughout the year. It brought Metro Station to Baker University Center, allowing students to take a study break at a free concert during the last week of classes. The organization updates its Facebook page more frequently than its Twitter, so be sure to stay updated by liking it on Facebook!

4. Scalia Lab Athens OH on Twitter 

The Scalia Lab right here in Athens keeps OU students up to date on the latest weather, including snow emergencies during the winter months. Living in the midwest, we need to be sure someone is watching out for the next unexpected turn of weather, and the Scalia Lab does just that. It has saved me during quite a few unexpected weather emergencies (including the sudden foot of snow we got one day in January out of absolutely nowhere).

5. Your graduating class on Facebook 

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Find your class page on Facebook as soon as possible. While there are students who just post in the group to be distracting, annoying or obnoxious, there are a lot of posts that can be helpful. People post about lost IDs, potential new groups and even roommate searches. You just might find your college best friend in the group! Or at least your lost ID.

6. Other incoming students in your program of study on any platform 

The easiest way to do this is to search your program of study on Twitter or Instagram. You could also try to be a go-getter and create a Facebook group, but that may not work unless you know at least a few other people to invite to the group. Following and even messaging some of your future fellow Bobcats is the best way to make sure you’re not coming to campus knowing absolutely no one. If you’re proactive in making friends, the transition from high school and parental dependence to college and independence will be much less scary.

 

There are other social media accounts that could be of use to new students, but these are the lifesavers in my experience. Just keep in mind that college is an incredible time in which people grow and discover who they are. It’s okay to be afraid of this big transition, but it’s also okay to come in excited and ready for the next step in life.

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As of mid February, the hike of New Year’s Resolution Ping goers has been going up alongside pre-spring break Ping goers, according to an interesting chart in The Post’s article by Julia Fair. Regular gym goers have been trying avoid the rush. The assistant director of Ping says that working out can not only help you achieve a weight loss goal but a less stressful state of mind.

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Local DJ Brandon Thompson is calling for the city to close Palmer Street and High Street specifically for fest season. Thompson, who regularly performs at the fests, is pushing a petition that would close the streets during fests and has proposed a system where students fundraise to cover the cost of extra police.

Athens Middle School will be hosting a band concert next Tuesday. 

Starting this Friday in Athens’ neighboring city, Nelsonville, a theatrical production of The Little Mermaid will be playing at Stuart’s Opera House.

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Men’s Basketball: Three Ohio players earn conference honors

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Summary: The Ohio men’s basketball team was rewarded with a #2 seed and a first-round bye in this year’s MAC Tournament. Ohio also saw three Bobcats get rewarded for their stellar individual efforts earlier this week as well. Forward, Antonio Campbell was named first team All-MAC. Jaaron Simmons was a second team All-MAC selection. Jordan Dartis was named to the MAC All-Freshman roster. The Bobcats will most certainly look for strong performances from the three All-MAC honorees to make their way through a tough conference tournament this coming weekend.

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Summary: Things are looking up for Ohio men’s basketball. After finishing with a win over rival Miami, the ‘Cats (20-10, 11-7 MAC) were able to secure a #2 seed and ultimately a first-round bye in the conference tournament. Additionally, they find themselves on the favorable side of the bracket, having went (8-1) during the regular season against the teams on their side of this year’s bracket.   The Bobcats are schedule to see their first action of the MAC Tournament Thursday night where they will face the winner of #7 Northern Illinois vs. #10 Western Michigan.  

Women’s Basketball: Ohio upset by Buffalo in MAC Tournament

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Summary: Buffalo proved problematic for Ohio during the regular season. The Bulls emerged victorious over the Bobcats on both occasions. The trend continued during the MAC Tournament as well. Ohio’s first, and only game in the MAC Tournament, was a 72-60 loss to Buffalo. For the third time this season, Buffalo upset Ohio. Ohio will play in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) next week.

Wrestling: Ohio places third in Mid-American Conference Championships, sends five wrestlers to NCAA Championships

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Summary: Ohio wrestling (13-3, 5-3 MAC) placed third in the MAC Tournament this past weekend behind Central Michigan and Missouri. For Missouri the win marks their fourth-consecutive MAC title. With the help of the 41 At-Large bids announced earlier in the week, Ohio will now send a program record seven wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament. Freshmen Shakur Laney, Cameron Kelly, and Austin Reese will be joining redshirt seniors Spartak Chino, Cody Walters, Andrew Romanchik, and Phil Wellington in New York City this weekend for the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden.  

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The Republican race has essentially become a contest of who is the biggest bully

After Marco Rubio began stooping to Donald Trump’s level of bullying and verbal harassment, Cynthia Lednor Garza of The Atlantic wrote a feature piece about how Trump is a real-life, playground-like bully. Bullying and parenting expert Barbara Coloroso agrees with this statement, even though Trump is not in elementary school or middle school like most other bullies; he is 69-years-old.

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At the Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, Bernie Sanders was quoted saying that white people don’t know what it’s like to live in poverty or the ghetto. Louis Jacobson of Politifact explains how this was a misstatement on Sanders’s part.

Want a really easy way to see who is in the lead for the presidential race? Look no further!

Wilson Andrews, Kitty Bennett and Alicia Parlapiano of The New York Times put together a few different easy-to-read graphs that show exactly where each of the candidates are in terms of delegates and states won thus far in the election. They also added in a calendar of all remaining primaries and caucuses before the general election in November.

Stay up-to-date on everything the remaining candidates are doing in primary season with The New Political

Ohio University’s on-campus political publication, The New Political, has a website specifically for voters on campus to remain in the know about each of the candidates for the 2016 presidential election. Each candidate’s profile is updated twice a week to reflect the most important things he or she has done over that three-to-four-day timespan.

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Sibs Weekend carnival attracts audiences of all ages and gives younger sibs something to do on campus

During Ohio University’s Sibs Weekend, there were few events that would have attracted a younger crowd, leaving students with younger siblings scrambling for things to do other than lounge around the dorm all day and night.

“We’ve been able to find a couple of things,” said Kayla Young, a junior exercise and physiology major who has brought her younger sister to Sibs Weekend all three years, “but it is difficult having a younger sibling.”

The Ohio University Program Council, UPC, held a free carnival in the Baker Center Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 6, in order to entertain a wider variety of attendants for Sibs Weekend.

Students, parents and siblings alike lined up to get their own personalized balloon animals at the carnival.
Students, parents and siblings alike lined up to get their own personalized balloon animals at the carnival. (Photo courtesy of Kayla Wood.)

Games and events at the carnival included a goldfish table, a candy bar, balloon darts, ring toss, a photo booth, balloon animals and a juggler.

The juggler attracted small crowds everywhere he went and attempted to incorporate the crowd into his act by asking children and adults to volunteer. He had children throw him bowling pins to add into his juggling routine, and he had one parent hold balloons as he tossed a sword at them to pop them.

The sword stunt was in all probability the most graphic or inappropriate moment of the entire two-hour event.

man who volunteered to hold the balloons for the juggling routine. (Photo courtesy of Kayla Wood.)
The juggler took a mock-menacing selfie with the man who volunteered to hold the balloons for the juggling routine. (Photo courtesy of Kayla Wood.)

With lights displaying fun designs on the walls of the ballroom and contemporary music playing in the background, including “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, the carnival seemed to be a step-up from previous Sibs Weekend events marketed toward a younger audience.

“Sometimes they have comedy shows and stuff like that, but they aren’t always appropriate,” Young said. “I think there should be multiple events (for younger siblings) because this is the only one today.”

UPC holds events for Sibs Weekend annually, but this year, it specifically focused on marketing toward a younger audience.

“We tried to make something that appeals to all ages because we know that people have different aged siblings,” UPC President Kiley Landusky said. “It really came from our University Events Executive. She came up with the carnival theme idea, just as a way to appeal to everyone. And it’s really easy to make the games and stuff.”

According to Jenna Sopko who planned the event, UPC was not at liberty to discuss specifics in relation to funding, although Landusky noted that it gets its budget through the Student Senate.

Sopko did, however, say that the Council estimated only 450 attendants. That number was surpassed within the first 30 minutes of the event.

Although it had no way of tracking the exact number of attendants for this event, UPC is planning to implement a card swipe type of entrance for the next carnival, which will only be available to students of Ohio University.

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Nifty Napping: Finding Your Comfort Zone Away From Home

Before you go off to school for the first time, you hear a lot of stereotypes about college students and their unique behaviors that don’t necessarily match up with the rest of society. One such stereotype is that college students love to sleep, probably due to the fact that they are some of the most sleep-deprived people in the nation. They will sleep anywhere they can, regardless of the noise or comfort level.

I never take anything at face value, and I always loved to take naps throughout the day in high school, so when I heard that stereotype, I was skeptical. I thought to myself, “Oh, well I already do that. Nothing will change when I get to college.”

I take naps in Johnson lobby between classes, homework assignments, meetings, meals or whatever else I might have to do any given day, and my friends love catching it on camera. (Photo by Connor Perrett)
I take naps in Johnson lobby between classes, homework assignments, meetings, meals or whatever else I might have to do any given day, and my friends love catching it on camera. (Photo by Connor Perrett)

As a second semester freshman, I can firmly state that a lot has changed. The stereotype is true. Before college, I never could have imagined sleeping in a loud, crowded or bright place. Now, I do most of my napping in that exact type of setting.

As college students, we need to get as much extra sleep as possible, and we can’t always do so in our dorms.

The trick is to find your comfort zone, a place where, even though you know deep down it’s not, you feel is yours.

My comfort zone is the Johnson Hall lobby on East Green. It’s my favorite place on campus. I nap there more than I nap in my own room, and frankly, I feel more at home there than in my own room.

Johnson lobby is a great spot for a midday nap, or even a mini sleepover when a friend is locked out of his or her room.

My friends and I spend most of our spare time in the lobby either studying or just hanging out, so being in there reminds me of a safe, comforting community. It’s the perfect place to curl up and take a little nap, especially if you’re swamped with homework or have things to do later. Your friends can wake you up when you need to get back to school work, go to a meeting or even go get food.

The best part is that the lobby isn’t open to the general public; the only people who can get in are those who live in the Read-Johnson Scholars’ Complex, so it’s a bit more secure than a truly public space such as Alden or Front Room.

Obviously, there are other great nap-spots around campus, but Johnson lobby is so cozy and homey. Why would I bother finding a new space?