The ultimate guide to eating at Ohio University’s dining halls

I will level with you, dining halls just aren’t fun. After not eating dining hall food for a while they don’t seem so bad, but try eating at a dining hall every day and you will grow sick and tired of the same food every day.

Eating pizza, burgers, and more pizza gets pretty annoying, so this article will help you find variety and get to know the dining halls at Ohio University.

Boyd Dining Hall/The District on West Green:

The District on West Green at Ohio University.
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A lot has changed since my freshman year, when Boyd was the ugliest dining hall paired with the worst food within a 100-mile radius. Today, Boyd is newly renovated and offers much healthier food compared to the other dining halls. On the flip side, Boyd is not where you go for pizza or burgers.

Boyd offers a sandwich station, a grill section with fairly lean meats, a pasta section, and a salad bar. You will learn really quickly as a freshman that eating healthy is difficult, especially considering the vegetable to fried chicken ratio in the dining halls. That’s why I would take advantage of Boyd, especially if you live on West Green since it will be close to your dorm. If you are looking for a healthy option in a much more modern and clean setting, Boyd is the dining hall for you.


Nelson Dining Hall:

The biggest dining hall on campus, Nelson offers all-day breakfast, a grilled food section, pasta, thin-crust pizza, Asian food, and an ice cream bar. Nelson is my personal favorite, and probably has the widest selection of any dining hall that OU has to offer.

Nelson Court at Ohio University
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This means that you can go to Nelson a lot and, as long as you mix things up, not get too tired of the food. It should also be noted that Nelson Court is the only dining hall to offer all-day breakfast, which means waffles for dinner is now a reality for you. Also, there is a made-to-order omelette station, which is actually pretty cool relative to the somewhat bland offerings of Ohio University’s dining halls. Nelson is on the edge of South Green, and within very close walking distance to East Green as well.




Shively Dining Hall:

Shively Court is your standard college dining hall. It is okay, but nothing too special. There is a grill station, thick-crust pizza, pasta, salad bar, and a section dedicated to home-cooked style meals. Personally, I find Shively underwhelming, but you can decide for yourself which dining hall fits you best.

Shively Dining Hall at Ohio University
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Shively, like Nelson, has an ice cream/dessert section that is pretty solid. One thing that Shively does hold as a strength is that it has a sandwich bar, as well as an extended building specifically for Shively Grab ‘N Go. Shively Grab ‘N Go offers sandwiches, soups, fruits, and chips. Placed right next to Morton Hall, Shively is the dining hall on East Green. So, if you live on that side of campus you will probably be making a lot of trips to Shively.

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I think you will find the locations and hours of each dining hall helpful, as well as the menus on any given day. Hopefully you found this article helpful, and if you visit OU or end up coming here, let me know in the comments which dining hall is your favorite and why.

Comedian Julie Goldman brings laughs and energy to OU stage

Arms flailed and feet flew as she screamed on the stage. Wild-eyed and red-faced, Julie Goldman was a ball of energy on a roll.

Julie Goldman visited Ohio University on February 9, and left Baker Center Theatre rolling on the floor. Goldman is both Jewish and a lesbian, aspects of her life that she focuses on heavily in her comedy. Jokes about growing up in a Jewish family, eating Chinese food for Christmas and feeling like the black sheep for her sexual identity were all fair game.

Julie has fun with the OU audience
Julie has fun with the OU audience

Goldman is extremely conversational, pulling the audience in and making them feel like they’ve known her for a long time. She told stories of growing up with her family, including the time that her brother burned their house down. “When you’re the lez in the family your brother burning the house down is the best thing that could happen,” quipped Goldman.

Among the family stories, Goldman was not afraid to tackle big issues with her comedy. She joked that according to television women love getting proposed to, going out to lunch, cleaning, taking stripper pole classes and relaxing by themselves in lingerie.

Goldman did get a little serious later on in the evening, a welcomed change of pace. In a Q&A after the show, Goldman did not shy away from pointing out that comedy is more like a frat house than anything. This makes breaking out in a big way more difficult for women, especially a lesbian woman who doesn’t gain appeal from straight men by making heterosexual jokes.

“I think that the entertainment industry is extremely sexist,” said Goldman. “[Comedy] is like a frat house, within a bowling alley, within a football field. It’s super sexist, even though there are a lot of women in it,” said Goldman.

Despite this disadvantage, Julie Goldman has been a part of “The Sopranos,” “The Big Gay Sketch Show,” “The People’s Couch” and more.

Julie Goldman is fast, funny and high energy. By the time she is done with a joke you don’t know what hit you. I expect that we will see more of Julie in the future, and I would personally love if she came back to do another show at Ohio University.

How a student at OU plans on using his degree to see the world

Zach wants to learn different languages and cultures. He is a freshman that studies both Spanish and Japanese. A lot of his inspiration for learning different languages came from his theatre experiences in high school. “In acting, when you learn a certain language it’s like you learn the words to a play. When you learn about a culture you have that character,” says Zach. Zach had a role in a high school play as a Russian character and had to learn an accent. From there he started to study Russian, tried to learn how to read Russian and picked up a few phrases. Zach then went on to say “Привет, меня зовут Zach, как ты?” which in Russian means “Hello, my name is Zach, how are you?” Zach’s fascination with language also grew when he started learning Spanish in high school, and ever since then has had a fascination with other countries’ languages and cultures. He wants to work in the state department, travel, see different places and have different experiences. “I want to speak 7 languages or more. For each language there is a fascinating culture behind it” Zach then began discussing the differences in cultures, like how we have words to describe certain things that other people don’t, and vice versa. “The way you look at the world broadens each time you learn more about a culture and a language,” Zach says as he creates a hole with both of his hands and expands it. Zach will travel to France this summer with the Marching 110. #planetathens

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The Athena Cinema is Athens’ Mecca of Film

Surrounded by the bustle of the Athens night life, The Athena Cinema sits reserved and dignified.

The Athena promotes its showings of "Carol," "Brooklyn" and "Spotlight."
The Athena promotes its showings of “Carol,” “Brooklyn” and “Spotlight.”

Like all movie theaters, The Athena offers escape from the everyday. However, the difference between The Athena and other movie theaters is a century-long demonstrated passion for film. This is where I go when I am stressed, or when I want something other than Michael Bay explosions and spandex-clad muscle men beating the crap out of each other.

While I love many different kinds of movies, sometimes I get sick of big budget films that often lack substance. Luckily, The Athena is around to offer something different.

Dedicated almost exclusively to independent films, The Athena is a self proclaimed “non-profit cultural institution.” I go to The Athena to see “Spotlight” or “Trumbo,” the kind of movie experiences I would not necessarily get at The Fun Barn or The Athena Grand. The Athena does more than simply show films, they celebrate them.

One example of this is when The Athena held a “What Does The Future Hold?” series that showed films, such as “The Imitation Game,” that were paired with talks on future scientific issues.

This analysis and discussion of great films is what sets The Athena apart. This is a film lover’s theatre, a place where you can feel free to nerd out about movies. As someone who lives in Athens and loves movies, The Athena is a home away from home.