Monday roundup: Today, tomorrow and yesterday around Athens

1. Parents Weekend
Week six of the semester brought the first special weekend of the semester, Parents Weekend. For many students, this weekend was the first opportunity they’ve had to lay eyes on their parents since they left home for OU six weeks ago. For soon-to-be graduates, it was their first “Last__weekend as a Bobcat” of the semester. Parents weekend brought many emotions and memories along with plenty of opportunities for Bobcats to show their parents a good time.

Outdoor pursuits gave students and parents plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors together with group ziplining and stargazing events throughout the weekend.

Other families opted to do what Bobcats traditionally do when a special weekend rolls around – hit the bars. Entrance queues for many bars were lengthy, leaving many patrons disgruntled. For those who could get in, throwback music could be heard coming out of speakers as opposed to the normal radio top 40 hits. Despite the crowds, many families found a way to entertain themselves with some opting to host controlled parties at off-campus housing.

2. Ohio Athletics
Ohio football and volleyball both held home matches this week to keep parents and students alike entertained. The football team played a very intense game against visiting FCS team Gardner-Webb and came out on top 37-21. The game was the first opportunity of the season for RS FR quarterback Quinton Maxwell to gain some playing time and he didn’t disappoint, throwing for 167 passing-yards and two touchdowns in his Ohio debut. The game was also coach Frank Solich’s 140th career win and the first home win of the season for Ohio.

Indoors, Ohio volleyball came out on top over Buffalo in a thrilling 3-0 win. The win put Ohio 2-0 in Mid-American Conference play for the season and featured Redshirt junior middle blocker Ali Lake lead Ohio with a match-high 13 kills. The match also saw sophomore setter Stephanie Olman distribute a match-high 39 assists for Ohio.

3. Campus Update
With another fun-filled Ohio University Parents Weekend behind us, students look forward to what’s coming up around campus this week.

  • Monday and Tuesday feature the Career and Internship fair in the Baker Center ballroom. The fair runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. After Monday’s fair, there will be a “Night of Networking” event starting at 5 p.m. and running until 6:30 p.m.
  • Guest speaker and award winning author/writer Onyeka Nwelue will be in the Multicultural Center Multipurpose (Baker 219) to give a presentation on “What Young Africans Are Writing – An Africa Crossroads event”
  • The OU NAACP and Black Student Union organizations are organizing a plan of action to address what they feel is a lack of accountability when it comes to hate speech around campus following the Tuesday, Sept. 20 incident where the campus’ graffiti wall was defaced with disrespectful language and images.
  • Holzer opened a new clinic uptown last week. The clinic hopes to draw in university students along with anyone else in the area. The clinic is now the third Holzer location within Athens.

4. Feel the burn
This week offers several opportunities for students to get up, get out and get active – or at least watch other people sweat.

  • Ping Center will be hosting its final “Yoga on the Lawn” series on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event is free to Ohio University students and those with a Ping membership.
  • Outdoor Pursuits is holding a bouldering clinic for students to come out and learn how to, well, boulder across rock formations on Tuesday, Sep 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ping Center.
  • Bird Arena will be hosting open skate on Tuesday and Thursday. Rec skate is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m.
  • Ohio Soccer takes on Western Michigan on Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. at Chessa Field
  • Ohio Field Hockey takes on Central Michigan at 5 p.m. on Pruitt Field
  • Ohio Hockey takes on Kent State in Bird Arena on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30.

(Daniel Kubus | Staff Photographer)

5. Tweet of the week

If you did something cool and didn’t tweet about it, did it really happen? Social media is everything nowadays and there’s no better use for it than to show off your friends. This week’s tweet of the week comes from Meryl Hadlock and features her friend Weidner doing something only slightly illegal.


Have a great week Bobcats!

This week in Ohio sports: Bobcats are playing strong while conference games loom on the horizon


Just as students are getting into the heart of the school year, many Bobcat teams are reaching the heart of their schedules; but, unlike some students, most of these Ohio teams are thriving as conference play begins.

Did the good guys win?

For the most part, yes. The football team pummeled Gardner-Webb University 37-21, while the volleyball and field hockey teams both picked up big wins over conference rivals. On the other hand, the soccer team lost a close one to Toledo while the women’s golf team finished in eighth place out of twelve teams in Michigan State’s Mary Fossum Invitational.

What does this mean for the football team?

The Bobcats picked up their first home win of the season in front of a crowd of over 22,000 fans, showing all the visiting parents that their child’s college team actually did have a chance against Tennessee last weekend. Redshirt senior Greg Windham threw for 143 yards and a touchdown while picking up 62 yards with his feet. Senior wide receiver Sebastian Smith finished with 108 yards and found the end zone twice off of six receptions. The Bobcats sit at an even 2-2 on the season as conference play begins next week.

What about the volleyball team, they’re good right?

Following their phenomenal 2015 season where they were crowned MAC Champions for the ninth time, the Bobcats have started this season with a lackluster 6-8 record. But don’t count these girls out just yet, they definitely know how to win conference games as they haven’t lost a set to a MAC opponent so far this season. The Bobcats swept the visiting Akron team in three straight sets (25-15, 25-23, 27-25) to pick up their second win over a MAC opponent. Redshirt junior Ali Lake led both teams with 17 kills; Lake has finished with double-digits kills seven times this season. This is the fourth year in a row the Bobcats have started 2-0 in conference play.

What happened with the field hockey team? 

70 minutes of play wasn’t enough for the Bobcats and the visiting Ball State Cardinals but graduate student Amelia Milton knocked in the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Bobcats a 3-2 win. Both Milton and freshman Gabby Lorenzo scored their first career goals for the Bobcats in the thrilling win. Although the score doesn’t reflect it, the Bobcats led in both shots, 14-6, and penalty corners, 11-3. Despite their struggles to capitalize off their shots, the Bobcats held on to pick up their first conference win and improve to 3-6 on the season.

Will the soccer team bounce back? 

After dropping their first conference game against Bowling Green, the Ohio women’s soccer team lost to Toledo 2-1 to fall to 2-6-1 on the season. The Bobcats couldn’t get their offense going against the physical Toledo team. Although Ohio had six shots on goal, compared to Toledo’s three, the Rockets had nine more shots and nine more corner kicks than the Bobcats, giving them more opportunities to find the back of the net. This is the fourth consecutive loss for a Bobcat team that hasn’t won a match since their 5-0 flattening of Cleveland State back on Sep. 2.

Mollie Whitacre (Maddie Schroeder | Ohio Athletics)
Senior Mollie Whitacre battles for possession  | (via Ohio Athletics)

How bad is eighth place really?

The Bobcats finished in eighth place out of twelve teams at the Mary Fossum Invitational over the weekend. Although many MAC teams were at the invitational, the Bobcats (+61) were outmatched in talent by more qualified teams like the Miami Hurricanes (-4) who demolished the completion. Despite the low finish, senior Hailey Hryenewich led the Bobcats and tied for 11th place in the tournament with a final score of seven strokes over par. To see how the rest of the Bobcats finished, check out the final standings here.

What’s going on next week?


  • Men’s Golf host Bobcat Open in Worthington, OH


  • Women’s Volleyball takes on rival Miami in Oxford at 7 p.m.


  • Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams compete in All-Ohio Championship in Cedarville, OH
  • Women’s Soccer face Western Michigan here in Athens at 4 p.m.
  • Women’s Field Hockey play Central Michigan at home at 5 p.m.
  • Women’s Volleyball hosts Bowling Green at 7 p.m.


  • Softball takes on Charleston University in a doubleheader in Athens, first game starts at 1 p.m. while the second starts at 3 p.m.
  • Football travels to Oxford to face rival Miami at 2:30 p.m.

Monday update: what you need to know post-parents’ weekend

Whether they were banging their heads at Skeletonwitch’s first show back at the recently rebuilt, The Union Bar or cheering on a Bobcat victory at Peden Stadium, Bobcat moms and dads came out all over town to show their kids a thing or two this weekend.


As Parents’ Weekend comes to an end we look forward to the coming week. Here are some reminders and fun things to do to get you through it.

1. The first presidential debate is on Monday

The first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will kick off tonight from 9-10:30pm. The debate has already sparked a number of controversies such as whether moderators should fact check candidates in real time. The increasingly polarized nature of this year’s campaigns promises to make this a heavily watched event, with some experts predicting 100 million viewers (i.e. as many as watched the last Super Bowl). If you’re looking for a fun way to numb your political pain look no further than

2. Bring a raincoat

As we enter the first full week of fall, expect lower temperatures with highs in the high-60s to mid-70s and rain almost every day this week.

3. Movies to see at The Athena

With the rain incoming, a movie just uptown might be the perfect midweek activity. See Don’t Think Twice a new star-studded comedy about improv actors, or the newest documentary from legendary director Ron Howard, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week. Here’s a full list of showtimes.

4.  Cafe Conversations: Journalism

Come to Baker Center Front Room on Wednesday at 5pm for a presentation by Media Arts and Studies Professor David Mould. Publish and (maybe) Perish: The Dangers of Journalism in Shady Regimes is an informal presentation on Journalism in countries with minimal free speech and students are encouraged to participate in the discussion. There will be free coffee for the first 50 attendees. A livestream will also be available.

5. Career and Internship Fair

Don’t forget to stop by Baker Center on Monday between 10am and 3pm. Hundreds of employers from a wide variety of industries will be present to network with and talk to about career opportunities in your field.


Back to school again, parents at OU relive their younger days

Every year, hundreds of Ohio University parents prepare for a weekend throwback to their college days. One of the many, many, weekends geared towards families. The University ensures that there is plenty to do around campus to keep the elders busy by things other than booze.

So, what were parents up to this weekend?

Many families opted to check out the football game. Some students stayed to watch the whole thing, even after they saw Marching 110 perform. If you missed the game, never fear, tons of reporting was done because everyone loves sports. In short, OU won and Garden-Webb lost.

Ohiobobcats, a CBSi affiliate do an excellent job of serving up exactly how the game played out and offers readers a chance to go in-depth or just stick with the basics.

Sticking with some outdoor fun, Outdoor Pursuits offers students and their families activities such as zip lining, and campfires!

Some families prefer nightlife at Ohio University choosing to check out special events and shows. The Union featured Athen native musicians, check out some cool photojournalism done by WOUB’s Joe Votaw.

Maybe, you were looking for a laugh or wanted to see a professional illusionist, parents weekend was filled with shows right on campus. Including a magician from Broadway and a famous improv group from Chicago. Ohio University event services break down all the events on an easy to use calendar. So, no excuses missing anything else that’s coming up!

For a complete list of events that occurred this week the best site, is actually the most generic coming straight from Ohio Universities Compass. Listing loads of events, prices, and details it’s easy to find what went on this weekend.

Of course, some parents still opted to relive their rowdy college days and ignored all school functions…

If you’re like me your parents probably didn’t even know it was their weekend. Don’t worry, there’s three other designated weekend for family fun. Up next, dad’s weekend (Nov. 4-6)! In 2017, siblings and moms are invited up during February and March respectively. Luckily, no planning goes into these weekends because OU won’t fail to have plenty to choose from.

Political events you probably didn’t notice this weekend in Athens

It may have been Parents Weekend at OU, but that didn’t keep Athens from getting as political as ever. Here are the top politically-driven events you may have missed while you were at the bars with Mom and Dad.

Tyre King Memorial

After 13-year-old Tyre King was shot and killed by a police officer in Columbus, a group of students and community members has set up a memorial on the courthouse steps. The memorial includes a variety of handmade signs to commemorate King, who was shot while holding a BB gun.

Continued debate over campus graffiti
In addition to the memorial, King-related graffiti has been popping up across campus, from the Civil War Monument to the graffiti wall. The graffiti wall was later anonymously painted to feature a hanged figure, although this was later painted around by students who wanted to express their disgust for the image.

Ohio mayors for Hillary

Chillicothe mayor Luke Feeney speaks with students. Photo by Ellen Bardash.
Chillicothe mayor Luke Feeney speaks with students. Photo by Ellen Bardash.

On Friday afternoon, the mayors of Chillicothe and Dayton joined Athens Mayor Steve Patterson and OU College Democrats in efforts to increase voter registration. The event, which was held in front of College Gate, was the last stop on an 18-city bus tour in which mayors from around the state met with Ohioans to discuss why they think they should vote for Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump this November.

City Council Meeting

Photo via The Athens Messenger
Photo via The Athens Messenger

Today, Athens City Council will hold its second and final committee meeting of the month in the City Council Chambers. Council members are expected to discuss topics such as the ever-controversial pool. The Council will also hold a special session immediately after the committee meetings.

94th Ohio House District Debate

Looking forward, Ohio Student Senate will host a debate between candidates for Ohio’s 94th district House representative. The debate between Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) and Sarah Grace (D-Athens) is scheduled for this Tuesday at 7 p.m., although Edwards said he never actually agreed to this date.

50 Shades of the First Amendment

It’s the First Amendment protects our right to protest, but it also protects hate speech to an extent. When these two forms of speech collide within the same area, they become locked in a cycle.

While the graffiti protesting Tyre King’s death was power washed away, more paint visualized some of the voices in Athens. The mural of a scene of Africa was crudely altered.  A stick figure painted hanging from the tree by a red rope accompany the words “You can’t cover this up,” and “Build a wall.”

The best response to hate speech is sometimes more speech. And that’s what happened. A coat of black covers the once brightly painted savannah, #BlackLivesMatter at the top of the wall. The statement, “Racism will not be tolerated” stands between the stick figure and “Build a  wall,” the two purposefully left exposed.


The discussion of the wall came up on Friday, when Kimberly Strassel, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board” visited the OU campus to discuss how the First Amendment has been silenced politically and at the university.

The graffiti wall entered the conversation with Strassel, but she agreed that the hate speech displayed was protected under the First Amendment. Strassel noted that college campuses have historically been a place to debate and are “how we came up with some of our best ideas.” But is the more extreme way of taping off sides in a college dorm really one of America’s brightest ideas?


While the discussion of hate speech slid into OU’s parents’ weekend, the Women’s Center planned a week called “Love Yourself Week.” On Tuesday, (following “No Makeup Monday”), Nelson’s Commons will house the keynote speaker Jennifer Cassetta in a presentation dubbed “Hear Me Roar.” The presentation will be on self defense and to empower “students to be safe no matter where they are.”

Source: Flickr, Quinn Dombrowski
Source: Flickr, Quinn Dombrowski

Our parents may be hOUme but that doesn’t mean the parties will stop

Ohio University knows how to party so well parents don’t know if they should be mad or not. This weekend was filled with live music, dancing, and regrettable decisions for some.

  1. The Union sets the tone for this fun, music filled weekend.


Adam Remnant is a local folk artist on tour for his recently released EP, When I Was a Boy. He was the headline act for the show at The Union Bar & Grill. Breakers, and Smizmar shared the stage with Remnant Friday night. The show was an example of not only how good the music in Athens is, but also how there’s no typical “Athens band”.

2. Open Doors Casa Dance Party

The party is slayin' with DJ vampy kitty!!! @vampykitty @ouopendoors @casanuevaathens

A photo posted by Ohio University LGBT Center (@oulgbtcenter) on

Open Doors, an LGBT student group on campus hosted their first dance of the school year with a stoplight theme dance party. The dress code for the party was simple but interesting. Everyone was to wear stoplight colors but they each meant different things. If you wore green, you were single and ready to mingle for the night while red meant you were off the market or weren’t interested.

Saturday night was also DJ Vamptykitty’s first solo act.

3. Country Night Lights 


Hundreds of people gathered at The Venue of Athens this past weekend to enjoy two booze filled days of country music in their cowboy boots. Two days of up-and-coming musicians entertained this rowdy crowd. The bars weren’t going to pass up on an opportunity to offer a place to pregame before pregaming outside the venue.

4. Skeletonwitch returns to Athens

Athens, thank you for a killer, sold-out show last night. There is no better way to start a tour.

A photo posted by @skeletonwitch on

Skeletonwitch returns to Athens and play their show back at The Union Bar & Grill a year after it burned down. The Union was where former OU students began playing before gaining an international following in the metal scene. This show kicked off their five-week Curse of the Dead 2016 U.S. tour.

5. No matter what happened to you this weekend just be glad you didn’t end your weekend this way.

Everyone is told from day one to be very careful around the horse officers. After a night of drinking this man seems to have forgotten the sacred rule in Athens–always ask before petting a horse.

He took it a step further by actually mounting the horse when he saw there was no police around. Though no records have been found as of yet online his friends say he was arrested but is free and will have a trial on Monday.


You can be grateful you woke up this morning with just a simple headache.

A weekend of victory in Athens

Fall is truly here, the leaves are starting to change and sport season in Ohio is in full swing. While Athens was bursting at the seams with the influx of parents this weekend, the Bobcats reaped several home victories across several sports.



Visitors from John Carroll were thrashed this weekend as the Bobcats kicked off the hockey season. The Bobcats won both of their games by a heavy lead winning 7 – 0 on Friday, and by 13 – 0 on Saturday’s game. Only allowing four shots on goal during Friday’s game, the Bobcats showed both an impressive offense and defense in the new season. THopefully they can continue their domination into next week’s match against Kent State.


The Bobcats won their Parent’s Weekend game against Gardner-Webb, tying for first in the MAC East Division. With over 200 yards rushing and over 300 yards passing resulting in 37 points, Ohio’s offensive game was on point this week after a loss last week to Tennessee in Knoxville. A strong comeback for Ohio as they look toward next week’s rivalry game against Miami.

Women’s Volleyball

Ohio’s Women’s Volleyball team strung together a double win this weekend, stomping both Akron and Buffalo this weekend. Playing both games at home the Bobcats won big by beating two conference competitors. Both games the Bobcats went without their opponents winning a set, an impressive display following a close win against Virginia Tech last week and a loss to Radford the same weekend. Next week they have back to back away games at Miami and Bowling Green.


Field Hockey

This week in field hockey the Bobcats clinched a 3 – 2 overtime win against Ball State. Winning goal fired by Junior Maria Russell ended the match shortly before the end of the first overtime. This win came after almost 90 minutes of play, and before the Bobcats have had a chance to play an conference opponents.

The Bobcat's snagged a close victory this weekend. Photo via Ohio Athletics
The Bobcat’s snagged a close victory this weekend. Photo via Ohio Athletics

The scoop: Parents bring a blast from the past, plus a look at the near future

Happy Monday bobcats! It may just be the beginning of the semester, but we’re rolling into week six with lots of news and upcoming events. Here’s your weekend recap, plus what events you should be looking out for this week.

Give me the deets.

Last week’s conversation was all about free speech. Once again OU’s free speech wall has been defamed with graphic images. This led to a meeting, which took place last Thursday, about how to stop racism on campus.

What to know.

OU’s Black Student Union and OU’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are trying to get an anti-hate speech clause added to the student code of conduct.

Anything else?

Last year, a similar event occurred with the free speech wall. President Roderick McDavis addressed the situation, but students seem to think there won’t be a change since we didn’t see anything happen after the December 2015 incident.

On a lighter note…

Moms and dads from all over came to visit their bobcats for Parents Weekend. From good eats with UPC’s “There’s No Place Like…” brunch to good games with the football team’s first win of the season, there were lots fun activities for parents.

Looking ahead…

The Career and Leadership Development Center is holding a Career and Internship Fair Monday, Sept. 26th and Tuesday, Sept. 27th from 10a.m. to 3p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. It’s a chance for students to come network and make connections with business in their career field. A follow up networking event will take place Monday night from 5:30p.m. -6p.m. in the Konneker Alumni Center for students to gain connections with other OU alums.

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  • Bring multiple copies of your updated resume
  • Have your business card on hand and be prepared to collect other company business cards
  • Dress professionally, but also comfortable
  • Do bring a notebook and pen to take notes
Then when you need something fun…

The Campus Involvement Center is screening free movies every other Monday. Yep, you read right, FREE. They rent recently screened movies like Finding Dory and Central Intelligence from a company called SWANK Motion Pictures. Grab your best friend and a bowl of popcorn for tonight’s showing of Star Trek Beyond at 8p.mCheck out the rest of the schedule below.

What else is there to do?

Glad you asked. A debate is to be held this Tuesday, Sept. 27th between Republican nominee Jay Edwards and Democrat nominee Sarah Grace, who are both candidates for Ohio’s 94th District representative. The debate will be split into two parts, the first being time for candidates to discuss their platforms on five pre-determined issues – the economy, the environment, healthcare, education, and community. The second round will allow students to ask questions.

Should I attend?

Yes. With such a heated presidential election, it’s important to recognize other political candidates at the local level who can still have an impact on policies. Here’s your opportunity to see the candidates in person and ask them questions.

Check back next week for the latest insight on Ohio University. 



Weekend sports roundup: Home cookin’ for Ohio Volleyball and Football

There really is no place like home.

After a slow start to their respective seasons, Ohio Volleyball and Football found success at their home venues over the weekend.

Volleyball: Lake leads Ohio to back-to-back sweeps

Ohio Volleyball coach Deane Webb had seen his squad struggle through the first month of the season. The Bobcats lost eight of 12 games, but returned to form when they opened conference play on Friday.

Playing in front of their home crowd at the Convocation Center — a venue where they went 11-3 last season — the Bobcats swept the Akron Zips in straight sets on Friday night.

Photo: Ohio Athletics
Photo: Ohio Athletics

It was Ohio’s 12th straight victory over Akron.

With not much time to celebrate, Ohio kept the peddle down on the next night when the Buffalo Bulls came to town. Led by Ali Lake’s 13 kills, the Bobcats once again won in straight sets, 3-0.

Now in his third season as head coach, Webb has a conference record of 31-3.

What’s next?

Ohio (6-8, 2-0) takes to the road next weekend with matchups against Miami (OH) and Bowling Green.

Football: Cats cruise to first home win of 2016

Ohio Football returned to their Hocking Home on Saturday for the first time since their season-opening overtime loss to Texas State.

After battling no. 14 Tennessee to a nine-point loss in Knoxville one week earlier, Ohio put together their best game of the season in a 37-21 win over Gardner-Webb.

Ohio quarterbacks Greg Windham and Quinton Maxwell combined for 310 passing yards, three touchdowns and an overall passer rating of 91.9.

No matter who was slinging the pigskin on Saturday, wide receiver Sebastian Smith found himself making big plays.

Smith hauled in a pair of 17-yard scores; the first capped off Ohio’s 75-yard opening drive that gave them a 7-0 lead. The Bobcats jumped out to a 14-point lead later in the half when Smith beat his man for a second score.

Ohio managed just 2.9 yards per carry last week against Tennessee. On Saturday, however, the running game picked up with the Bobcats churning out 207 yards on 45 attempts. Bo Hardy, a safety-turned-running back, led Ohio’s ground attack with 65 yards on 15 carries and a one-yard scoring plunge that put the Bobcats up, 37-14, in the third quarter.

Around the MAC

  • Virginia 49, Central Michigan 35
  • Cincinnati 27, Miami (OH) 20
  • Western Illinois 28, Northern Illinois 23
  • Appalachian State 45, Akron 31
  • Ball State 31, Florida Atlantic 27
  • Buffalo 23, Army 20 (OT)
  • Western Michigan 49, Georgia Southern 31
  • Memphis 77, Bowling Green 3

What’s next?

Ohio (2-2) sits atop the MAC East in a tie with Akron. The Bobcats head to Oxford to take on rival Miami (OH) next Saturday at Fred C. Yager Stadium.

The Bobcats have won three straight against the Redhawks, including a 31-point victory in Athens last season.

NFL: Not kind to Ohio University students

The majority of students at Ohio University are fans of the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The three closest professional football teams did not give Ohio University students much to cheer about over the weekend.

Cincinnati lost at home to Denver, Cleveland fell in overtime to Miami, and the Steelers were blown out by the Philadelphia Eagles.