Getting Social via Media
People are talking about their time at GBD- Green Beer Day, that is. Check out #GBD for posts from Bobcats wearing green and drinking green.
Faculty and staff received an email about a big announcement today and some are using #OUAnnounce to speculate what it will be. Theories so far include President McDavis’ retirement and a slide down Jeff Hill.
@Pottermore revealed a part of ‘History of Magic in North America’ via Twitter.
Students are back from spring break and welcoming “fest season” with open arms. Before the festivities officially kick off this weekend, students first celebrated Green Beer Day on Wednesday. Though St. Patrick’s Day is about a week away, students took to the bars on Court Street and consumed large amounts of green-colored beer in honor of the Irish holiday.
As the colored-alcohol activities came to an end, Athens welcomed Ohio University’s Board of Trustees to campus for its March meeting. The university’s main decision-making entity will discuss and likely approve a plan for the university’s infrastructure for the next decade, tuition increases for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and future renovations for The Ridges.
OU officials are also in the midst of choosing a new Vice President for Student Affairs after Ryan Lombardi stepped down from the position and took a job at Cornell University in New York. There are currently two candidates vying for the position, which is temporarily being performed by Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones.
Let’s Talk Sports
The Ohio Women’s Basketball team will be attending The 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland on Monday. The Bobcats will be playing 12 other teams in the MAC conference.
The Ohio Men’s Basketball team will also be attending The 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland. After upsetting Miami last weekend, they will be playing tonight.
After 18 years in the NFL, Peyton Manning will be retiring from Pro Football. Peyton didn’t want his body to give out, but there is some speculation that he could be going into the business or broadcasting side of sports.
Current NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors Center Guard Stephen Curry is currently trying to help out other young athletes get into the NFL.
Lifestyle Fixes for any Bobcat
Breaking Down Higher Education
Graduate student teachers have a positive effect on undergraduates
A recent study has shown that graduate student instructors have a positive effect on the undergraduate students they teach, according to Inside Higher Ed.
Students who take their first class from a graduate student in a certain major are more likely to major in that subject than those who take their first class from a faculty member.
The study was conducted using undergraduate students at public universities in Ohio who first enrolled in college in fall of 1998 or 1999.
Rising tuition costs are the biggest problem facing higher education
The rising costs of higher education are making access to college more difficult for families, according to a story from the Washington Post.
“Across the country, the average price of a public four-year college in today’s dollars has increased by 13 percent since 2010, according to the College Board. That followed a 24 percent increase between 2005 and 2011.
The increase in tuition costs is occurring at the same time family incomes have decreased.
Growing endowments becoming a cause for concern at universities because of connection to hedge funds
Universities throughout the country have invested a larger portion of their endowments in hedge funds. This practice has led some to question if the practice it putting university funds at risk and the high fees charged by many hedge funds to participate, according to an article from The Nation.
“I was going to donate money to Yale. But maybe it makes more sense to mail a check directly to the hedge fund of my choice,” Malcolm Gladwell tweeted last summer, causing a commotion that landed him on NPR.
While the issue involves larger amounts of cash at larger schools with endowments of more than a billion dollars, public universities are also investing this way. Even Ohio University with an endowment of $553 million has some money invested in hedge funds.
Written by Gentry Bennett, Dina Berliner, Rahul Mukherjee, Burton Speakman and Megan Witmer.