Clean or Dirty: The Fine Lines of Social Media in College

Since high school many students have always been told to keep a “clean” social media presence. In regards to “clean” students have assumed to not post anything that would come back to hurt them in the future. However, not all students have a similar belief in regard to social media.

Junior Brian Beckstedt feels social media is a form of free speech that should be used to express himself.

Ohio University Student tweet
Ohio University Student tweet

“It helps me to express myself better, and it let’s people know my feelings on a certain subject,” Beckstedt a business major said.

Beckstedt feels social media is for the benefit of getting the message out that he wants in the moment. Being a business major, he finds himself in a unique situation. Following college, he is going to join the family business.

Beckstedt recognizes not censoring his thoughts can be a potential threat to other employers but he wants people to appreciate him for who he is and what he believes.

“Social media can be threatening if you are using words too often it may shy a potential employer away,” Beckstedt added. “But for me I have a special circumstance where I work for my father, and other family.”

For Laura Garotti, a senior studying journalism she has a different tone in regard to social media. Garotti has to create a brand and an image around who she is for potential employers.

“I keep (social media) clean because as a journalist, I like to be transparent and be able to make all of my profiles public,” Garotti explained.

What employers think is important for Garotti. She feels future coworkers could additionally alter work life due to a social media experience.

“You also never know when a coworker will request to add you on Facebook and potentially show others what you post.”

Being a journalism major plays a big role in keeping her social media clean according to the senior. Having a major that is in the public eye is a major part of keeping social media clean.

Ohio University student tweet
Ohio University Student Tweet

“(Some other majors) aren’t in the public eye, but I also believe they don’t completely realize how little privacy you actually get when you go online,” Garotti added.

Most students have slipped up on social media from time to time and Garotti explained she is no different, but in regards to future job security she feels she is safe.

“Oh, I’ve definitely had bad posts that I’ve regretted, but nothing that I think would cost me a job, thanks to thinking before I post.”

Athens City Council debates artwork and anticipates snow removal situation

A new glow-in-the-dark mural may soon grace Athens’ streets, as discussed at the biweekly Athens City Council committee meeting Monday evening.

The mural would be the work of Jolena Hansbarger, an Ohio University student and west Athens resident. Hansbarger was awarded a grant by OU to fund the project at no cost to the city.

The proposal would be part of an Athens Beautification Day initiative. If it goes as proposed, the community could come together to paint a wall off Walker Street, close to the ARTS/West center.

“Before Athens Beautification Day, I would like to paint all of the outlines so people can come in and paint in between all of the colors,” Hansbarger told the council.

Kent Butler, D-1st ward, supports the initiative because it’s a privately funded project and won’t cost the city of Athens any money.

Hansbarger added that various organizations have showed interest in participating in the painting of the mural, including OU ROTC as well as Alpha Omega Pi Fraternity.

However, the project does not have total support. Michele Papai, D-3rd Ward, commented that the issue could be controversial. Papai said just because the project is privately funded does not mean it is of public interest due to the Greek mythology of the mural.

Jennifer Cochran, D-At Large, felt the mural was not a big issue and that it would give the community an additional thing to do during the event other than picking up trash.

“I think folks would like to buy a house where there is vibrant community art,” Cochran said. “I applaud the opportunity to bring it into Athens Beautification Day because it’s so much more of a meaningful project than picking up trash.”

Mayor Steve Patterson added the city could potentially own the mural if it was included in the ordinance. The idea will be formally brought before the council next week.

Athens Mayor Steve Patterson listens to speakers during Monday's meeting.
Athens Mayor Steve Patterson listens to speakers during Monday’s meeting.

Council also discussed complaints citizens had about snow removal. The council reminded citizens to remove snow from sidewalks in a timely manner, as per city code.

The council also proposed giving elderly residents waivers so they would not be fined if they didn’t remove the snow immediately.

Chris Fahl, D-4th ward, further discussed snow piled up at bus stops and cited that the city should do more to further remove snow on sidewalks.

Service Safety Director Paula Horan-Moseley said the city only has six snow removal trucks and one bulldozer for snow removal, making it hard to clear snow immediately. Mayor Patterson suggested citizens should help one another by helping the elderly remove snow on sidewalks.

“What is the purpose of a city if it’s not to protect its citizens?” asked Jeffrey Risner, D-2nd Ward. “The elderly are the most vulnerable of our citizens.”

Kent Butler, D-1st Ward, cited various other Ohio cities who remove snow from both streets and sidewalks and proposed the city fix the issue, while Patrick McGee, I-At Large, proposed code enforcers place salt down on sidewalks while they are handing out violations.
“I would ask the administration to perhaps have the people issuing citations drop salt on the ice at the time so maybe the danger would be eradicated at that time,” McGee suggested. “I would certainly contribute a dollar to the administration to pay for a bag of salt.


Jackson Schroeder


Coming from Georgia would be hard for many, but for Jackson Schroeder it was simple. His parents met here when they were in college. Athens felt like home with a deep rooted family base in College Green. While most students from Ohio University know someone upon arrival, Schroeder did not know anyone being from Georgia, except his cousin. He quickly made friends and found a connection with them over a passion for music.

The group of friends started a band his freshmen year of school with his cousin. It was not very easy at first, being in a band while having to live in the dorms was quite the challenge. How would the group find somewhere to practice? That transition took the group on a journey from jam sessions in the dorms, all the way to paid venues.

At first the band was playing right in their dorm: James Hall. Needless to say, this drew many noise complaints. This drove the group to practice after classes in Glidden Hall, OU’s music building. On occasion you can find Schroeder in Glidden Hall writing music.

“Glidden Hall is where it all started for me,” Schroder said. “It gave us the space as a band we needed that we just could not get in the dorms.”

Schroeder and his band quickly took advantage of the space in Glidden and used the practice to land paid opportunities to perform.

Through opportunities to practice in the building the band has been paid to play at venues such as Casa Nueva, Pigskin, Smiling Skull and countless house parties.

The transition has been one of short time. Schroeder is only a sophomore at OU. In the last two years of school, Schroeder is very happy with the progress his band has had. He feels the space in Glidden will make his band’s dream become a reality.



Converse to the Convo

by Matt Stephens

Baseline view of the Convocation Center

One location on the campus of Ohio University has a place in every students’ heart, the Convocation center.

It may seem like a stretch to some, but the Convo truly is the heart of Athens, Ohio.

The structure has various uses and purposes including dormitories, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, freshmen/graduation convocation and it is also the location of various athletic offices.

The Convo first opened in 1968 and has gone through various transitions throughout history. Ohio University’s athletic department describes the building as “a first-class look with the very latest in modern facilities, equipment and comfort.”

However, visitors do not have to be an athlete to enjoy the Convo. In 2014 men’s basketball attendance at the Convo was 85th of all NCAA division one teams. The structure holds 13,080 seats but 6,124 patrons attended games on average.

People enjoy countless memories in their time at the “roundhouse on Richland.” Athletic memories only account for some of that time.

Students first enter the Convo in their freshmen year for the first year convocation ceremony. Once they end their time in Athens they are back once more to pick up their degree.

Intentional or unintentional the Convocation Center is a landmark in the Athens community and in the hearts of Bobcats then, now and forever.