Cooking with a college student

Cooking in college is hard. Not only are our apartment kitchen appliances older than we are but, we lack the skill and, more importantly, the time to prepare a decent meal for ourselves. Over the past semester I’ve picked up a few tricks on how to feed myself, emphasis on “a few”. Here’s what I can share with you.

  1. Breakfast for Dinner. Cook Time: 10 minutes (maybe less). Needs: eggs, bread, butter, Jane’s Crazy Mixed Up Salt (the greatest seasoning you can put on anything), cooking pan, spatula.
    Eggs are simple to cook. With 12 weeks of practice I’ve mastered a flawless over easy egg with the outside perfectly cooked with a runny, warm yolk. If you don’t have strong egg flipping confidence yet, start out with scrambled eggs and work your way up. I promise you, your timing and flipping skills will sharpen with every attempt.
  2. Taco Tuesday.. Thursday.. Friday. Cook Time: 12 minutes. Needs: ground beef, taco seasoning, tortillas, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, etc.
    One of my finer dinner dishes is tacos. Although it may seem a little elaborate, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and enjoyable tacos are. Warm up a cooking pan, unwrap the meat, toss it on the skillet and let it cook! Once the meat is done (make sure it is really done) dress your tacos according to taste.
  3. Grilled Cheese. Cook Time: 7 minutes. Needs: bread, mayonnaise, cheese, extra toppings.
    A cold, rainy afternoon accompanied with a warm, overly cheesy, grilled cheese, feeds the soul. Grab two slices of standard white bread, slap on a generous helping of mayonnaise (yes, mayonnaise) because it helps grill the bread far better than butter. Most importantly, don’t stick to standard yellow american cheese. Venture to add  provolone, mozzarella, white american or a mixture. If you’re fancy, consider dirtying another pan and warming up some tomato soup.
  4. Garlic Noodles. Cook Time: 12 minutes. Needs: noodles, butter, extra virgin olive oil, garlic salt, sprinkle parmesan cheese.
    Boil the water. Cook the noodles. Garnish the freshly cooked noodles with a dollop of butter, a small drop of EVOO, 3 shakes of garlic salt and a hardy helping of parmesan cheese. (I don’t suggest this dish before a night out or a night spent with a significant other. The garlic isn’t a friend.)
  5. Pizza BagelCook Time: 5 minutes. Needs: Half a bagel or a piece of bread, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni.
    Pizza is a college staple. But, it can get pricey. I’ve developed my very own personal pan pizza using half of a bagel as crust and topping it as I please. Once the bagel is dressed, pop it in a toaster oven or microwave and your pizza is ready to eat!

After a day full of classes and work and a night of papers and studying ahead, make sure to eat. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Use what you have to throw something together and be proud of your wonderful meals!

A Thanksgiving for 100

Friendsgiving is a roaring trend. People all over the country reserve a day for a second or maybe third, Thanksgiving celebration.

Janet Smith, Chi Omega House Cook, helps the 160 sorority sisters celebrate their Friendsgiving accordingly by preparing and cooking a full blown Thanksgiving meal a few days before the women leave to return home for their family Thanksgivings.


Cooking on such a large scale can be overwhelming and time consuming. But, Smith is here to give us a few tips on how to make our very own Thanksgiving meal.

  1. Make sure to take the packet out of the neck cavity that has the giblets in it. Don’t bake it in the turkey… It will ruin it.
  2. Bake your turkey in a cooking bag. It will brown nicely and will not dry out.
  3. When the turkey is done, take it out, set it on the counter, cover it with kitchen towels and let it sit and it will carve nicely.
  4. Bake the pies the night before. Makes it easier so you don’t have to wake up as early.
  5. Enjoy your time cooking!


4 haunted dorms at Ohio University

SyFy’s Scariest Places on Earth deemed Ohio University as one of it’s spookiest locations in an episode titled “Satan’s Dormitory” in 2009, but the tales told in this 30 minute show continue to haunt the students of the University in multiple dorms today.


Wilson Hall
Wilson Hall, on West Green, is said to be the most haunted of all the residential halls because of its very precise location in the exact middle of five local cemeteries as well as a mysterious death that took place during the 70s. Since then, students have told multiple stories of room 428 and anyone who has lived there can tell stories of doors slamming and items moving around the room. One student died violently after practicing occult in that very room and now the room is locked off, deemed “unlivable” by the University.

Lauren Murphy, a current resident of Wilson, was studying at her desk one day with the door completely closed when it opened on its own. She got up to check if someone was there or if there was possibly a draft, but discovered nothing. Around the same time, a floor mate of Murphy’s was sitting in his room when his mirror fell, without being touched, and shattered everywhere.

Like Wilson, other dorms on campus have scary stories.

Washington Hall

Washington Hall
On the other side of campus, Washington Hall residents have quite a few chilling stories involving paranormal activity.

Haley Stultz, a senior, lived in Washington her freshman year during the 2012-13 school year. During her second semester her and her roommate would continuously wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of someone typing on a laptop. Both regularly checked to see if the other was up late working on homework, but every time they heard the noise, their laptops were securely shut and both girls were in bed asleep. The noise continued about 3 times a week for a few weeks when Stultz decided to make a move.

“I just figured if I said something nice maybe he would stop,” said Stultz. “So, I named the ghost Harold and told him we didn’t mind if he was there as long as he was nice and stopped waking us up!”

A few days later, Stultz was telling a few friends the story when another Washington resident overheard. She asked what was going on and Stultz explained the story.

“It was the weirdest thing. I told her we named the ghost and she asked what we named him. I told her Harold and it ends up she named him the exact same thing. I don’t know. It’s just really weird,” said Stultz.

Michelle Reinold, resident from 2012-2013: “I lived in Washington freshman year and this girl went to shower and locked her room after her and her roommate was out of town and when she came back her room was stilled locked but all her drawers and closets were open”

Rachel Caddey, resident from 2014-2015: “My microwave would go off in the middle of the night and there would be knocking at our door and no one was there. Our beds would shake and wake us up. Our dorm room door, cabinets, and closet doors would open on their own” 

Crawford Hall

Crawford Hall
About 22 years ago in 1993, a young student named Laura fell from her fourth floor Crawford window on to the pavement and died. Since then, every year residents have told stories tied to her death.

Maria Doll, a resident of Crawford during her freshman year (2013-2014), said she didn’t know anything about the hauntings of her new home until one night when her roommate went out on a week night but Doll stayed in. She set an alarm on her phone for 3 A.M. just to make sure her roommate returned safely. At three, she woke up, looked over and saw her roommates feet, noticing an ankle bracelet and a few minutes later fell back asleep.

Around 7 A.M., her roommate returned. Confused, Doll asked why she had come home and left again. But her roommate said she that this was her first time home since she had left the night before. Doll explained that she had seen her there at three when she woke up to check on her and noticed her ankle bracelet and everything.

“Then she lifted her pant legs and told me she didn’t wear an ankle bracelet,” said Doll. “I was so freaked out. I know someone was there. I was completely awake. That was our first experience with Laura.”

Doll explained that almost every floor had experiences with “Laura”. Eventually, Doll and her roommate accepted her as their third roommate when the TV would turn off and the doors would slam closed without help from a human.

jeff hall

Jefferson Hall
“I lived fourth floor Jeff my freshman year,” said Maggie Etherington.  “We always heard what seemed like marbles dropping and rolling across the floor above us, but we lived on the top floor so no one was above us.”

Etherington explained that it was nothing incredibly scary just strange things that would happen every once and awhile and made her and her floor mates question if the dorm had a few supernatural residents.

The historic tale of Jefferson Hall involves a group of students who decided to explore their dorm on a lazy night in 1996, when they discovered a schoolteacher hovering above her chair behind a desk, dressed in 1950s style clothing. The crew ran back to their Residential Assistant but by the time they arrived back at the empty room, the door was locked.

To learn more visit these sites: Forgotten OhioHerCampus

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History of the HallOUween t-shirt

Traditions are rich in Athens, Ohio. A crowd favorite: HallOUween and the famous block party that brings hundreds of out-of-towners to the small town to dress up and celebrate. What would this tradition be without proper annual documentation?

Kevin Morgan, a local artist, has spent the past 34 falls creating specific t-shirt designs to coincide with the wild weekend’s events. From sugar skulls to this years “OU Attack Cat”, his individual style remains consistent but the design never repeats. The t-shirts are sold annually at Uptown Dog, on Union Street, the store Morgan started himself.

According to the Post, Morgan makes about $2,000 each Halloween. But for him, it’s not about the money. He simply loves creating art.

Starting October 25 and continuing until November 25, Morgan’s work from the past 34 HallOUweens will be on display at Jackie O’s Taproom and Brewery at 25 Campbell St. Here’s a glimpse of sketches Morgan has etched over the years. To see more make sure to stop by the brewery!

IMG_1542 A retro skeleton in 2000.

A flaming design for the 1993 sketch.
A red sugar skull in 2012.
This design was in honor of his 40th anniversary.



Pumpkin shortage at Athens’ local farms

The Gold Family Farm, a local farm, nestled six miles southwest of Ohio University has been a hotspot for pumpkin picking in years past. But this year, the pumpkin pickings are slim.

In 1937, the parents of current owner, Julie Garner, started the farm, growing mostly produce and raising a small amount of cows, hogs and chickens. They harvested everything from hay to corn and tomatoes to peppers.

By 2005, Mr. Gold passed away and Garner and her husband moved back to their hometown and asked Mrs. Gold to take over the farm and name it in honor of their favorite man, Mr. Gold.

Since 2005, the couple has maintained great business at the farm, hosting a pick your own pumpkin patch and hay rides, as well as selling their produce. Unfortunately, over the past two years the harvest has failed to produce a substantial crop thanks to uncooperative weather.

Because of the lack of harvest, the farm has barely brought in any money and the pick your own pumpkin patch has been cancelled for the second year in a row, upsetting customers.

Five years ago, the Garner’s created a solution for mediocre harvests, a flea market, as a way to bring in people and money during the years that didn’t fare so well. In 2010, the farm hosted only 10 vendors, but this past weekend they had a remarkable 99 vendors set up selling natural foods, crafts and hand-made items.

Their Facebook page is filled with positive feedback and excitement about the flea market’s success. Despite overwhelming success with the flea market, it is still difficult for the farm to stay afloat.

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Flea Market this year. We appreciate your support. I wish to thank the vendors…

Posted by The Gold Family Farm on Sunday, October 18, 2015

“I think this will be the last year for the farm. We will probably keep a small garden but this year will be it for the farm,” Garner said.

Two years without a successful harvest put the Garner’s in a difficult position. But both agree that it is time to give the farming life a rest and move along and start pursuing other dreams and goals.

“It’s definitely bitter sweet. We are sad about it in a lot of ways. Sure we will miss it but we have other adventures,” Garner said.

Customers are also upset to see the traditional farm go.

“My organization has held a sisterhood event there and it was a great time! This year we couldn’t go because they had no pumpkins. It was a bummer,” Haley Stultz, a senior at Ohio University, said.

How to Homecoming like an OU alumnus

Late afternoon on Thursday, October 8, a holiday of sorts began for students and alumni of Ohio University. Traffic started to thicken around 5 p.m. on Court Street and continued through the weekend while the alumni made their way hOUme and current Bobcats welcomed back their favorite alumni. With only a few days to enjoy things they’ve missed most about Athens, alumni planned out their time accordingly and most don’t sleep.

Daniella Vaccari, a 2014 Ohio University graduate who lives in Chicago, celebrated her second Homecoming as an alum this past weekend. “I love coming back to Athens because it’s one of the most special places in the world. It’s where I found out who I was, and made memories with the most important people in my life,” she said.

Like most alumni, Vaccari had specific “go to” stops when she arrived in Athens. First, she made sure to swing by her old sorority house because during her time here she experienced some of her greatest memories there. “During college my sorority sisters and friends were like family,” she said.

Additionally, she spent a large portion of time at the Crystal, her favorite bar, that opened at 6 a.m. Saturday morning to serve mimosas and host a warm place for partiers to gather after an early morning of Kegs and Eggs. Unique to this weekend visit, Vaccari didn’t sleep. “I have to make sure I see everyone and do everything possible in such a short visit,” she said. Big Mamma’s Burritos, another important stop, is the food that fueled Vaccari’s sleepless weekend.

Robert Etherington, a 1989 graduate, is a bit more seasoned than Vaccari in his Homecoming visits. This weekend was his 16th back on the bricks to celebrate. “As soon as I see the campus I feel like I’m home again. There is no place on earth I feel more a part of,” Etherington said.

His experience has changed over the years. He used to pull the relentless all nighters like Vaccari and although he gets less sleep than usual, Etherington makes sure to get a few hours of rest. No matter what, he makes his vital stops at Paw Purrs, The Pub and JackieO’s with his old college buddies. “When I see friends from college and we are in Athens, it’s like we never left,” he said. Tailgating in Tailgate Park by the Hocking River and watching the Bobcats take on Miami was one of his and his college buddies favorite Saturday activities.

From recent graduates to graduates 26 years removed, the magic of Athens is alive during Homecoming Weekend. Amongst multiple activities and celebrations, alumni and current students celebrate the Bobcat Family and appreciate the relationships that Athens creates and fosters. “When I come back to Athens and when I’m with Athens again it’s like I never left,” Vaccari said.