Wrecking ball: Athens breaks the wall between rivals from Dayton and creates friendship

As I was walking around West Green leaving my friend's room around 10 pm when I ran in Maslin Cassidy, who was on his way back from a meeting. As we were talking, I found that we lived 10 minutes away from each other and attended each other's rival high school (I couldn't make this up). Once the "tensions" from our high school selves cooled, we started talking about our plans after college. "I would love to return to Kettering and teach english, because when I was at Fairmont (high school), I had a teacher named Mr. Payne who challenged me to read more and write more. That inspired me to go to college to pursue a major in English and education." I asked if he wanted to inspire his future students like Mr. Payne had done. "Of course, if I can be half as inspirational as Mr. Keating in 'Dead Poets Society' I would consider my job a sucess. I'm in love with books like 'A Tale of Two Cities' and I want a new generation of readers to realize that good literature exists in the world." We then bonded over the fact that we both are fans of Rush and we could care less about "Grease: Live," we then went our separate ways. The next day I ran into him on my way to class, and he told me to "Check my Facebook." I found that he requested me as a friend. Who knew that a Centerville Elk and a Fairmont Firebird could become friends, but we are both Ohio Bobcats now so a new friendship is possible. I accepted the friend request. #planetathens

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The nine best group costumes at HallOUween

The band, Boys Like Girls and pop star idol Taylor Swift once said, “Two is Better than One,” and participants in this year’s HallOUween followed that motto by grabbing a buddy or two to coordinate costumes with. Here are the nine best group costumes spotted at this year’s celebration:

1) Beanie Babies

Court Street 1These cuddly gals were extra warm for the festivities taking place on Court Street. Maureen Mierke, Ashley Balasko and Madeline Keener are juniors and roommates at Ohio University, and they hit the town looking cute, comfy and cozy.

“The three of us decided to be Beanie Babies. We bought onesies from Walmart, and instead of just being the animals we made little red, heart-shaped tags like the ones beanie babies used to have on them back in the 90s,” Keener said.

Job well done ladies.






2) Ice Cream Cones

court street 9Pretty please with a cherry on top? Best friends and roommates Julianna Hausman and Cristina Sicard teamed up to form a sweet duo — ice cream cones! This was their backup costume they pulled together at the last minute when their costumes did not arrive in the mail.

“My roommates and I came up with it last minute when our original costume idea didn’t come in the mail on time,” Hausman said. “We crafted everything ourselves and my roommates bravely spray-painted the cherries.”

Sweet and original. This pair created a memorable costume.





3) Feminist Bookstore Owners from Portlandia

court street 7Alumnae Sara Portwood and Amanda Puckett came back to Athens with new identities: Candace and Tony from the TV series “Portlandia.

Portwood says the construction of these costumes was fairly simple because all they had to do was collect odd clothing from Goodwill and buy some wigs.

“We put together the feminist bookstore owners in the TV show, so we carried around relevant literature and were pretty in character with feminist ideals all night,” Portwood said.

These graduates still got the Athens HallOUween spirit.






4) The Nightmare Before Christmas

court street 6This couple’s costumes was the talk of the party at Palmer Place. Junior at OU Savannah Williams and her boyfriend, Jason Violet went as Sally and Jack Skellington  from the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s the couple’s favorite Halloween/Christmas movie and they even had a third member of their costume, but he was not able to attend the party.

“Not pictured in here is our dog who we dressed up as Zero, the ghost dog from the film. Our two costumes were store-bought, though the makeup made up for it in a total of around four hours of preparation,” Williams said.

Four hours well spent, they truly look animated.



5) Grease

court street 8Again, two is better than one, no? Junior Samantha Pelham tagged along with sophomores Allison Huedepohl and Stephen Withers and went as characters from one of their favorite movies: the famous 1978 musical, “Grease.”

“I went as Sandy from Grease, the iconic, all black with the leather jacket, red lipstick Sandy, and I actually ran into two of my good friends who were going as Sandy and Danny, as well,” Pelham said. “We had a blast because we had Danny, the blonde Sandy and then the brunette Sandy who was kind of stringing along Danny’s Rizzo.”

These three did a fantastic job pulling off an edgy group costume.





6) Owls

Court Street2These ladies are the wisest of them all. Annie Chester and Alena Kilmas, juniors at OU, flocked down the streets of Athens as owls at this year’s event. Chester was scrolling through Pinterest for costume ideas when she stumbled across two girls dressed as owls and another picture with owl glasses. She combined the two ideas and together her and Kilmas rocked the Pinterest-inspired costume.

“I’m an experienced sewer so I cut the fabric and then used a sewing machine to put it all together,” Chester said. “We decided to be owls because it is such a random costume idea and we wanted to be something weird. Plus it makes a good pun: Hall(owl)ween!”




7) Breaking Bad

court street 10She doesn’t even go here! Yes, that’s right. Both Megan McLaughlin and Becky Townsend are juniors at The Ohio State University, but came to Ohio University as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White from Netflix favorite, Breaking Bad. Together, their costumes took just about 15 minutes to make since they only had to shorten the sleeves and slice the legs off of hazmat suits they ordered off Amazon. Paired with tall socks and even a pair of goggles from McLaughlin’s chemistry lab, these two portrayed these mad scientists in a stylish manner. Even though they were missing an important addition to their costumes.

“We attempted to make this blue rock candy that resembles the meth from the show but it was a total fail,” McLaughlin said.

These Buckeyes were fierce this HallOUween weekend.





8) Blades of Glory

court street 4Perhaps the most creative couples costume of the evening was Lindsey Lemons’ and Brennan Wozniak’s idea of going as Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy from the movie, Blades of Glory. This couple looked epic the entire night, but in the Bird Arena is where their costumes shine. The couple didn’t go all out for nothing either, they had a competition to win.

“Last year we were an adorable Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and we entered in a couples costume contest. We took 2nd place in the DP Dough contest and won $50, but we want to take first this year and win the big bucks,” said Lemons.

Hopefully the couple accomplishes their goal!




9) Gerald from Hey Arnold!

court street 5Unfortunately, Kellen Becoats was unsuccessful in recruiting his friend to be Nickelodeon’s own football head, Arnold. However, the OU junior was adamant about going as Gerald, having grown his hair out just enough so that he could try and reach the cartoon’s towering fro.

“I didn’t have my partner [Arnold] because my roommate likes to watch me suffer in pain,” Becoats said. “Not having my Arnold made me have to explain my costume more, but most people loved it. I even ran into an Arnold and another Gerald, so it was worth it.”

Becoats owned this solo costume and is the exception to this article about group costumes.



Once again, creativity flooded the streets of Athens this weekend for HallOUween 2015.