City Council’s plan to Replace Athens Community Pool Remains Uncertain

Athens City Council began discussing an ordinance that would bring a new community pool to the city Athens back in 2014. At a meeting Monday, February 8,  one thing has become clear: the waters are uneasy and tensions have risen between members of council about what the best course of action is.  City Council is no closer to a decision today then they were two years ago. It’s time to calm the waters of the  community pool issue and make a decision. Any decision.

Ordinance 0-02-16 was introduced by First Ward Representative Kent Butler, authorizing engineering services for an outdoor municipal swimming pool. The ordinance also allows Athens City Auditor, Kathy Hecht, to borrow a $500,000 bond to do so. No decision was reached Monday.

City Building Athens, Ohio
City Building located in Athens, Ohio.

Council knows they want a new pool for the community, but they don’t know much else at this juncture.

Right now, the project cost remains uncertain, the most basic elements of this project (indoor or outdoor) remain undecided, and the mayor is “praying” that the pool will open by next summer. I think it is safe to say the notion that the new pool with be open and fully functional by summer 2017 is laughable and nothing short of a pipe dream.

With this in mind, I have just one request for City Council , a request for progress. Make decisions, stick to them, and move forward with what will inevitably be a very time consuming, arduous process. Give the people of Athens a new pool, a pool without leaks and rusted pipe pieces.

The biggest doubter of the project is Third Ward Representative Michele Papai, who commented,

“I have to tell you, my confidence in the process has waned over the past year. When I see outdoor pool I wish it would say outdoor aquatic center,” Papai said. “It really doesn’t include a lot of what our community asked for. The bottom line is the fairness to the voters. It’s difficult for me to back this ordinance. The wording of this ordinance isn’t specific enough. I think we put the cart before the horse.”

Both Representative Patrick McGhee and Fourth Ward Representative Christine Fahl echoed the remarks of Papai.

McGhee said, “I see no reason to rush this, I completely agree with everything Councilwoman Papai has said.

Similarly, Councilwoman Fahl said, “I don’t have a lot of confidence. I think the planning process that’s been presented to the public has been very confusing. The plan is too amorphous. The planning committee hasn’t served us well, maybe we haven’t asked enough questions.”

Athens Mayor Steve Patterson was equally concerned about the project due to the varying financial implication of the decision to construct an outdoor pool versus an indoor pool. Specifically, the financial burden of an indoor pool likely requiring paying employees year-round as opposed to paying employees seasonal wages as is customary with an outdoor swimming pool.

For Patterson, action, whatever it may be, should be taken quickly as the current pool is rapidly draining money. The cost to repair the current pool to keep it open just one more year is at least $150,000.

“We’ve been holding back on the citizenry for something that they’re already paying taxes for,” Patterson said.

Multiple Athens residents also spoke at the meeting, voicing the concern that there is no real plan in place. They are growing increasingly frustrated by the lack of transparency on the part of City Council, saying that the numbers for the project just do not add up. They asked the council to come up with a plan and disclose it to the public where they can provide their input.

Many councilmembers mentioned the importance of planning. They said that multi-million dollar projects like this one, which is expected to cost “around” seven million dollars, needs a well thought out plan and a significant amount of time. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have much of a plan, they are running out of time, and the project is surrounded by uncertainty. And sadly, if you missed the meeting you will be hard-pressed to find coverage. The Athens City Council Twitter (@CityofAthensOH)  provided sparse coverage. On the bright side, Ohio University’s WOUB has you covered with all the up-to-date coverage.

As a student at Ohio University, and a temporary resident of Athens, the utter confusion and disheveled nature of this pool project is concerning. What is even more concerning though is how little progress has been made week after week, confusion still persists.

At the January 19 meeting Ken Butler said, “This is solely for an outdoor pool, which may be controversial for some,” said Councilman Kent Butler, who presented the ordinance.

Similarly, on the 19th, Councilwoman Jennifer Cochran said, “The public has been led to believe that all options were on the table and now we’re essentially saying “no, this is only for an outdoor pool.”

Athens Mayor Steve Patterson was quoted at the January 19 meeting having said, “I’m pretty firm, personally, about moving this forward, getting things going,” Patterson said. “We’ve got an aging, failing pool…and I’m praying we can keep it going and be open in the summer, I really am.”

As a resident of Athens who will probably never even swim in the multi-million dollar facility I would just like to see some concrete decisions made. What I mean by that is: I don’t care if the pool is indoor or outdoor, I just want a decision to be made and stuck with. The reality is that there will be supporters and opponents regardless of what type of pool is created. You cannot please everyone no matter how hard you try.

Students take their clothes off for a local charity

Imagine a large group of nearly naked neon students running down Ohio University’s brick streets.

Last April, that didn’t take much imagination at all as the Student Alumni Board and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity hosted their sixth annual Bare on the Bricks charity event. They raised more than $2,000 and collected 27 bags of clothing to benefit My Sisters Place, an organization that promotes safety and self-determination for victims of domestic violence.

Zac Vance and I teamed up during the event as he conducted interviews and I photographed the fun. To check out our coverage, click on this link. With such a large turnout last year, it felt like we were in a sea of half naked glowing college students who were ready to race. Students also posted about this event by using the hashtags #NearlyNaked and #BOTB on social media.

Paint The Bare
Friends and participants used their cell phone lights to help paint faces before the Bare on the Bricks charity run last year.

 

The students were able to strip down before the race to donate clothing or cash. This was the first year for the event to be held at night and glow sticks were provided as festive lights shined around the DJ tent to get the runners excited. Balloons decorated College Green and floated from the registration, information, and donation tables.

It was time to begin! The participants lined up near College Green behind a “Get Ready…Go” sign that they ran and ripped through. Police secured a blockade to allow the safety of students as they jogged in the street. There was a finisher in less than three minutes of the start time and he is pictured in the above photo. The Pigskin hosted a post event gathering with free food and music where students could go after the run. Donating to charity AND getting free stuff at a bar, who wouldn’t do this?

Pictured on the far left in the top photo is Kendra Lutes who is the Vice President of Philanthropy for the Student Alumni Board. “[Last] year’s Bare on the Bricks presented some challenges given the postponing from the original event, but I think it’s safe to say that things turned for the better,” said Lutes. “We were so blessed to have the opportunity to plan something again and the Glow-in-the-Dark proved to be a crowd favorite! I’m excited to see how the event will grow in the future years and how we can continue to advocate for local Athens non-profit organizations.”

Will you participate in the next Bare On The Bricks run? Be on the lookout for the 2016 date by following them on Twitter to get the chance to legally run half naked at Ohio University!

When your invitation is your “letters” – Association of Fraternal Leadership Values Conference 2016

“Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta… whatever your letters, we are all Greek together”

Ohio University sent twenty-five attendees to the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values Conference, a weekend full of impacting speakers, workshops and bonding throughout the Greek community. Over 3,200 Greek members attended the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values (AFLV) conference in Indianapolis.

AFLV an event held to stay true to the mission of sorority and fraternity members, to exemplify and live ethical values. The AFLV conference strives to educate the leaders of universities across the nation, as an attendee from Ohio University I can proudly say that I was educated to be the best leader I can be to the Greek Life community at Ohio University.

 

The AFLV leadership conference took place from Thursday, February 4th to Sunday, February 7th at the J.W Marriott Conference Center. Keynote speakers filled the agendas of sorority and fraternity members. Speakers shared their stories and made sure we left with more than just a note pad filled with quotes and bullet points.

The evening began with Jessica Ekstrom, a speaker from the millennial generation. Sharing the story of success after interning for The Make a Wish foundation to growing her own business Headbands of Hope. Over 3,200 men and women, tired from long days of travel, filled the ballroom. Jessica takes the stage with a smile on her face, a jewel stone headband, and the start of her story. The audience quiets down, the sleepy expressions perk up with laughter and become intrigued by Ekstrom’s story.

Jessica filled us with life advice “People in there twenties need to quit listening to those who say they can’t, and start acting to show that they can.” Jessica spoke for around an hour, leaving me with one of my favorite quotes.

“If I’m not failing at something, I’m not trying hard enough.” – Jessica Ekstrom

The entrepreneur spoke to the millennials of the audience, reassuring us with courage and confidence as we embarked on a weekend of learning and growing.

When you put 3,200 Greeks in a room you are bound for a fun weekend. Between speakers and educational learning sessions, the evenings were filled with hypnotist, gourmet dinners and dance parties. Attendees could attend many educational sessions from recruitment training, financial advice, risk management, and a big focus on the social media of Greek life.

The three thousand attendees represent over twenty-seven organizations on campuses nationwide; one event brought all of us together. Together we are bound to make a difference on our campus.

The Ohio University Attendees at the awards banquet dinner.
The Ohio University Attendees at the awards banquet dinner.

Ohio University sent twenty-five attendees to the AFLV conference: Women’s Panhellenic Association, Inter-fraternity Council and the Multicultural Greek Council.

The exec members of each council are excited to take what they learned at AFLV and share it with their chapters. Beyond the knowledge they learned at AFLV the Women’s Panhellenic council brought home the outstanding council management award.

Tony Haynes, Multicultural Greek Executive member states, “One thing this conference has taught me is our fraternities and sororities shouldn’t limit ourselves to our own organization.”  Haynes quote really stuck to me, as a Panhellenic women on campus we tend to get caught up in our own “letters” and forget that we are all one community.

Together Greek Life makes up 60 percent of the graduating students at Ohio University. We are the future, we are the leaders and we are proud Greek Life members at Ohio University.

 

 

 

 

Intimate view of ‘For the Love of Athens County’

I forced my friend Melany to come along with me on my adventure to the opening of the art exhibit “For the Love of Athens County.” The exhibit’s grand opening housed 50 people, but, during our visit, we were the only ones in the gallery.

Getting to ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts wasn’t difficult, but it was out of the way, so I can imagine why the majority of students don’t venture that far down West State Street. I mean, I’m a junior here, and I had never even heard of the place.

External View of the ARTS Building
External View of the ARTS Building


After arriving to the building, we realized the front door is not always open. Following our creep around the building, we came to an unlocked door. Apparently, this is the one that students and community members are supposed to use on days with less traffic frequenting the center.

Walking through the door, we were met with three women sitting at desks in an office probably wondering what in the world we were doing there. It was a cold and rainy Monday when I told them we were there to see the art exhibit. Excitement suddenly appeared on their faces.

Walking into the large gallery room, I could immediately understand why they were so excited to have us there. We were, quite literally, the only people in the space. Spooky at first, it was a nice experience to see artwork that community members had so carefully chosen to showcase.

A panorama of the gallery with no one in it.
A panorama of the gallery with no one in it.

“For the Love of Athens County” is an annual art exhibit that features 19 photographers’ smartphone photographs of what they love about Athens. The photographers range from students to community members, young and old— the youngest is 12 years old.

Example of community work at the exhibit
Example of community work at the exhibit

The photographs are for sale, and include a quick snippet of what the photograph is about, or where it is located. We stumbled into some really beautiful images from places I’ve never heard of, such as the Moonville Tunnel. Adding these to my mental notepad, we meandered around.

Kelly Lawrence, the curator of the gallery, turned off the lights for us because she said it makes the photography stand out more. In the light coming from the hanging lights above, we appreciated the gallery in all of its small glory, enjoying our two person VIP gallery viewing.

My friend Melany looking at the art.
My friend Melany looking at the art.

“It makes me really sad that I didn’t even know this place existed,” Melany said, “I wish there was a better way to know about things going on like this.”

It’s really a shame more students don’t make it past North Court Street. Athens is full of secret gems, such as this center, that are just waiting to be discovered. This exhibit continues through the month of February, and has free admission. Take a look at what community members see in Athens, and consider submitting work for next year.

Review: T-Pain’s performance at Ohio University did not satisfy

Concertgoers never sat down and spent the entire night screaming and dancing, but T-Pain couldn’t keep up.

T-Pain sang some of his biggest hits and featured songs Saturday night at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium for Ohio University’s Sibs Weekend Concert. The inconsistent energy displayed on stage and some edgy remarks made the show significantly less entertaining.

Blue lights flashed across stage as a band, a

T-Pain and Courtney James entered the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial stage together.
T-Pain and Courtney James entered the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial stage together.

DJ and back up dancers entered from the side. Members of the audience jumped out of their seats and lit up their phones in anticipation. T-Pain stormed the stage with his best friend Courtney James. The duo hit the stage hard and didn’t stop bouncing for a moment during the opening song “Boot Wurk (One Cheek at a Time).”

The dynamic between T-Pain and his best friend James kept the energy high — at least for the beginning of the show. The duo could captivate the audience by two-stepping and twerking, and they even took it a step further to engage the crowd by getting hands up in the air and people singing along.

And after a series of fast pace hits, the night slowed down with “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” which gave the night a little more of a R&B feel. The snapping and smoothness contradicted the high-energy moments before, but the crowd still seemed just as entertained by T-Pain’s old 2007 hit.

The intimate moment didn’t last long, which is partially because T-Pain sang only snippets of each song rather than the entire track. After switching to another upbeat hit, T-Pain paused, dabbed the sweat from his face and removed the chain hanging around his neck. The crowd intensively watched, and erupted when T-Pain removed his black shirt to reveal a green Ohio University t-shirt. Showing a little Bobcat pride was a nice touch.

After he shouted out some profanities to the crowd, he introduced everyone in his accompanying “clique.” James was quick to start poking fun at T-Pain with some jeering and even blurted out a “that’s what she said” joke.

The joke led to some retaliation and hip thrusting from T-Pain, which included gunshot sound effects. Despite it being a little odd and out of place, concertgoers continued to cheer and scream with excitement.

When T-Pain returned to the show, he was commanding of the crowd. He conducted the audience as if it were a large orchestra and managed to have the sold-out crowd swaying as one. He continued to bounce around stage, asking the crowd to join in.

“Y’all better sing this hit with me,” T-Pain shouted before continuing on with Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It (On The Alcohol).”

T-Pain and James sang to each other, danced in unison, and kept the audience on its feet. When it was clear T-Pain was losing some liveliness, it seemed James’ stamina was the only thing to keep him going.


T-Pain took time for another intimate moment, which showcased his vocals but dragged on for several minutes. He stood on stage with a red spotlight glowing him and repeated the line, “They don’t know” over and over again. The first time, it was impressive hearing a soulful and pure voice, but after several minutes, it grew boring. His constant repetition would be the equivalent to Lady Gaga singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl and only repeating “O say can you see,” over and over. (That would just be silly.)

But after showing the crowd that he could sing and continually running around stage, the audience only had one more request — “Bartender.” After every chant from the crowd, T-Pain responded with a snappy “Shut the (expletive) up.”

He continued the snappiness by comparing his show to sex, and he wanted to let the audience enjoy the night a little longer before he ended the concert. Many of the remarks coming T-Pain were a little off-the wall and ill-humored, but the crowd didn’t seem to care.

When the melody “Bartender” finally began playing, he shouted, “Are you happy (expletive)?”

After a few more songs, he bowed to the crowd, dropped the microphone and tossed his hands high the air. He left without an encore despite the audience’s chanting. The ending was abrupt and disappointing. But because the entire concert felt like listening to a scratched CD that skips constantly, the early ending was a victory for most attendees including the exhausted singer.

Sib-less on sibs weekend

Sibs Weekend. It’s a time where the Athens’ population doubles as Bobcat families flood the Baker Center on Ohio University’s campus. By 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, the room was full of laughter, screaming and cheering as Bobcats enjoyed the carnival-themed event.

For someone who has never had a sibling down for Sibs Weekend, this is one of the loneliest weekends during the semester. When I stepped into the ballroom, I couldn’t help but feel singled out as kids ran around with their faces painted, getting balloon animals and winning a goldfish in a bag of water. My brother, once again, couldn’t make it up for the weekend.

This year, however, I found out that there are still ways to enjoy Sibs Weekend at OU, even if your family isn’t in town. Here are just a few of the ways to have fun during the weekend!

Sib's Weekend Carnival
Sibs Weekend Carnival
  1. Go to the Sib Events with a friend

Sib Weekend events aren’t just for siblings. They don’t check at the door to make sure every person coming through are family. I went with my big! The coordinators didn’t ask nor did they care about the two girls walking through the doors into the event. Bringing my friend to the carnival was a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would. Her and I walked around the entire ballroom and participated in the activities. Unfortunately, the food was gone by the time we got there, but we were able to throw a ping pong ball into a cup to win a fish, get our faces painted like cats and get balloon animals.

If I had gone by myself, I would not have been able to stay until it shut down at 6 pm that night. Standing in line by myself doesn’t sound appealing. Standing in line with one of my best friends sounds like a blast. Even though my brother couldn’t make it down, I had an amazing time at the Sibs Weekend carnival. This weekend, there were so many other programs that Ohio University put together. They aren’t closed off to siblings only; anyone could go to them as long as they paid for tickets. This weekend is supposed to be a time to bond with friends and family, not a time where sibling-less Bobcats sit in their room wishing for something to do.

  1. Invite a friend or significant other

Who said best friends, boyfriends or girlfriends couldn’t come down during the weekend? No one, that’s for sure. It’s a perfect time to invite them down: there are events with free food, games and fishy prizes!

Kelly Tusing and Nick Taylor spending time together after the basketball game.
Kelly Tusing and Nick Taylor spending time together after the basketball game.

Kelly Tusing brought her boyfriend down for the weekend because her brother wouldn’t have been able to make it. “Last year was boring,” she said. “I tried to go to the Sibs Weekend events, but they weren’t that much fun without anyone to hang out with.” Instead, this year, she invited Nick Taylor to stay the weekend.

Instead of going to the carnival, Tusing and Taylor went to the basketball game and cheered on the Ohio Bobcats in an 80-69 win against the Northern Illinois

Huskies. “It was really cool seeing so many OU students and family at a basketball game,” Taylor, being from Bowling Green, wasn’t used to so many fans in the stadium. “The school has a different feel here then BG. OU puts on more university sponsored events whereas BG has a ton of little kids which is gained towards entertainment.” Tusing and Taylor spent the rest of the evening walking around campus and people watching, something Tusing wouldn’t have found fun by herself. “I would have hated it if I didn’t have anyone to hang out with this weekend. Most of my friends have their siblings out for the weekend.” So she thought she would bring Taylor be her honorary guest for Sibs Weekend. “I still had so much fun with my boyfriend,” she laughed. “You don’t need a sibling to have a great time during Sibs Weekend!”

  1. Go get them mad gains

I didn’t have much to do in the beginning of the day, so I thought going to the gym would be a perfect way to pass the time until the carnival. As soon as I walked into the gym, I was stunned. I work out every day, so seeing it as empty as I saw it was surprising. Normally, I would have to wait for machines to open up, but at 1 pm on Saturday, I didn’t have to wait at all. Everything was free. Only a few people chose to workout today, probably thinking exactly what I was thinking. Going to Ping during Sibs Weekend was a smart choice. If anyone was looking for some alone or quiet time, Ping was the place to go. No one bothered me while I worked out so I didn’t have a need to wear headphones. The music was loud, there was no one talking and the machines were barely in use, so there were no loud clanking noises to drown it out. I worked out for more than an hour and the crowd stayed consistent. There were some siblings there to work out or to take tours, but for the most part, Ping was very empty. I was able to concentrate without any type of distraction.

  1. Go study at the library

With school building cleared of regular inhabitants, Alden Library inhabited the students who had no one to spend the day with. So, instead of going to OU sponsored events, few Bobcats hit the books at the library. As I walked into the library to start my homework, I looked around and saw no one. Nearly every table was empty. I rode the elevator to all seven floors and found a scarce amount of people scattered throughout Alden. I walked up to a girl with all of her things arranged on one of the tables on the second floor and sat down.

Tiffany Touville was hard at work on her accounting homework. “My brother couldn’t make it down this weekend,” she said sadly. “He had car troubles and our parents wouldn’t let him come down.” Touville’s brother has come to Athens for Sibs Weekend the past two years, so this year was a little lonely for her. She had their entire day planned out from going to brunch to watching movies in her room until 2 am. “I went to the carnival in Baker Ballroom, expecting it to be a lot of fun, but it wasn’t really. I felt awkward standing around by myself.” A lot of her friends went home for the weekend to spend Sibs Weekend with their families. “I decided to be productive and work on all my homework. There’s no one here, so why not take advantage of it,” Touville said.

Sibs Weekend for the sib-less is pretty boring, she said to me, but it’s a perfect time to focus on homework because there isn’t anyone around to distract them. “It may not be as fun as we want it to be, the sib-less, but we still have fun because we know we’ve got our homework done when everyone else has to rush to get it done before Monday,” Touville bragged. So, look at that, Sibs Weekend brings out the productivity in those who don’t have siblings in Athens.

  1. Hang out with friends

There’s nothing better than being with best friends on Sibs Weekend. Either it be with friends that don’t have siblings down in Athens or with friends that have siblings with them, the weekend will still be a blast! Get adopted into a friend’s family for the weekend and do everything with them. Go out with best friends and make pseudo siblings for the weekend.

Britt Bilger and her closest friend eating before their trip to Strouds Run.
Britt Bilger and her closest friend eating before their trip to Strouds Run.

Brit Bilger didn’t have her brother for Sibs Weekend, so she grabbed her roommates and went to Strouds Run for the day. “No one else in my house had siblings come to Athens for the weekend, so, we packed up and left,” Bilger said. They decided to make their own fun for Sibs Weekend instead of hanging around campus. Bilger and her group of friends went out to eat on Court Street, then left to spend the day with each other. To them, they are family. They don’t need their siblings in Athens to have a good time. “If we have each other,” Bilger stated, “then we will be okay. It’s a bummer that we can’t have our families down our senior year, but it happens. We have to make the best of it.” Things happen, why sit around and sulk? Make the best of a fun and exciting weekend. The weather was perfect and everyone was happy. Family doesn’t always need to be blood.

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Ohio University hosts a fun and interactive Sibs Weekend for every student in Athens, no matter if they have a sibling or not. Bringing a friend or doing other things on, or off, campus for the weekend creates the memories that OU hopes to provide. Sib-less students may have a harder time during Sibs Weekend, but they still find things to do during all the events on Saturday. Bobcats are busy all day going to different events and programs that the university sponsors for its’ students, such as ice-skating, stargazing, campfires, hockey and basketball games and carnival themed programs. Some cost money while others are free to all that desire to participate in Sibs Weekend. Each student spends this sponsored event differently; the memories from the event are the same: progress, laughter and peace.

Morton 201 inspires students to make Ohio University a united campus.

The once dull lecture hall of Morton 201 came alive with energy and passion on Thursday at 9 p.m. for 180, the weekly meeting for Cru at OU. Cru is an organization of students with a deep desire to know Jesus and share their faith on the Ohio University campus. Upbeat music set the tone for an exciting evening as soon as you walked through the doors, where you’re immediately welcomed by smiling faces and sounds of laughter.

The meeting opened with a time of worship to sing love songs to God. The 180 worship band lead this time with contemporary, yet vulnerable Christian music. True belief flooded from the hearts of those students in Morton 201, as they lifted their hands and raised their voices in full surrender to God.

Anisa Hardin shares her 180 story
Anisa Hardin shares her 180 story.

After worship, the emcees of the evening, Jordan and Alexis, came forward to welcome over 400 students, who filled nearly every seat in the largest lecture hall on campus. Some announcements were delivered for the regular 180 attendees, and for those who were new, some upcoming events hosted by Cru were publicized and encouraged everyone to come.

Then the main event for the evening took center stage – the 180 story. Each week, an OU student gives a personal testimony of how his or her life took a 180 degree turn when they accepted Jesus and the Christian faith into their life.

On this night, Anisa Hardin gave her 180 story: “As an engineering major,” Hardin said, “I’ve always loved equations. I told myself that the equation for a Christian was salvation = Jesus + faith + confession. I continued to add on to my equation until one day my mom told me that salvation was never meant to be an equation. The real equation for a Christian was salvation = Jesus + nothing.”

Chad Helmer delivers a teaching from Ephesians.
Chad Helmer delivers a teaching from Ephesians.

Following this special and honest story from Hardin, a Cru staff member, Chad Helmer, took the podium to deliver a Biblical teaching titled “Letter to the Ephesians.” Chad began in the book of Ephesians 4 and taught about gospel unity. He challenged the students to approach individuals of “every nation, tribe, people and language” (Revelation 7:9), to create a diverse group of faithful followers of Jesus on the Ohio University campus. “We tend to gravitate toward people like us, making culture the one barrier to gospel unity,” Chad said.

180 ended with a time for self-reflection and prayer as the 180 worship band performed one last song. This meeting for Cru at OU was so unique, it was more of an experience than an event.

To keep up with events and meetings for Cru at OU, make sure to follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. An upcoming event for Cru is Big Break, a spring break trip to Pacific Coast Beach. Get more information from advertisements, like the example below, available on all social media platforms.