‘Post’ issues throwback covers to celebrate Homecoming

The independent student newspaper at Ohio University has had its fair share of changes in the past 100 years.

Whether that’s been in its flag (The Post used to go by The Ohio University Post, The Green and WhiteThe Daily Yell, The College Mirror and a few others) or its staff, it’s pretty much a given that the newspaper will look vastly different every decade or so.

For those alumni that became devoted readers during their time at OU, that means returning to a newspaper Homecoming Weekend they may only recognize by name.

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Knowing that, designers at The Post spent the week leading up to Homecoming crafting front pages that boasted fonts, margins and designs that were decades old (and pretty difficult to recreate.) Designers started the week with the year 1943 and worked their way up to present day. 1943’s front page was particularly challenging to mirror, as there was almost no art placed in the paper during that time.

Interestingly enough, the issue The Post used for inspiration featured a story that announced WOUB would begin broadcasting once a week on Tuesday nights, according to a Post editorial. Now, WOUB’s broadcasts can be heard in three states, and its television counterparts can be viewed in four.

The same Post editorial describes that the same front page previewed OU’s Walter Sylvester Gamertsfelder’s inaugural event, which would take   place the following week.

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Tuesday, The Post took its front page to the 1950s. That design allowed for more photos (and more forgiving headline space), but still managed to look out-of-place with a story about one OU student’s success with YouTube.

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For the 1970s, The Post had to travel to one of its ugliest design eras. The flag was placed just above the fold, and the text managed to wrap itself in a way so confusing the reader surely would lose track of whatever story he or she was reading and opt for another activity, instead. Luckily, The Post prevailed through that decade.

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Finally, The Post mirrored the 1990s. As one could imagine, that design isn’t too terribly different from where the paper’s at today. The reader might notice, however, that The Post employed a more modern flag in the 1990s and opted for a thinner typeface. Even so, the archives designers pulled the front page inspiration from were yellowed and worn. That front page is stiller older than some OU students.

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Homecoming, other holiday weekends have significant impact on local businesses

At 3:00 on a weekday afternoon, local bookstores and merchandise shops are a fairly quiet place to be. There are a small number of customers leisurely scanning the place, perhaps passing time between classes and meetings, or attempting to discover something new that hadn’t existed in the store before. Another few are more focused, spending about a minute in the store when all is said and done, walking in to retrieve whatever it is they specifically came to the store for, making their purchase and darting back out into the flood of faces on Court Street.

The places are hardly recognizable, then, on weekends like last week’s Homecoming, when the flood of faces from Court Street suddenly somehow multiplies itself two or three times, and those faces pour into local businesses.

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College Bookstore’s prominence just off campus makes it one of the most accessible options for OU merchandise

“Homecoming’s one of our busiest weekends of the semester,” Gene Armes, manager at College Bookstore, said. “There’s a large crowd, and since we cater to Ohio University, we see a large number of alumni coming in here. Those types of weekends are very important to us, and we do a large amount of business on those days.”

The fall is a time when these types of holiday weekends seem to continuously pop up on the calendar, with welcome weekend, parents weekend, and homecoming already passing by in the short month and a half students have returned to school. It isn’t over yet, either, as Halloween approaches at the end of the month, while Dads Weekend comes in November.

Even with all of the traffic overflow, each business needs to have its own way to set itself apart. For a store like College Bookstore, its location directly across from college green is enough to give it a distinguished brand in the face of students and their guests. For others, it takes a little bit more creativity.

“Each new event is new for us,” Mary Cheadle, operator of Uptown Dog T-Shirts, said. “We don’t know whether anybody is going to come, or if more people are going to come than ever.”

Cheadle says that around 50% of her sales come from “about seven or eight” weekends throughout the year.

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Uptown Dog sells shirts like this during Halloween weekend

Uptown Dog T-Shirts has always made a name for itself by making edgier merchandise than its competitors, and selling it for lower prices. Because of 2014’s Union Street fire, however, its original building was destroyed, and even though the business simply moved directly across the street, the owners still have a problem with people simply thinking the shop is no longer in business.

“Some people look at (the construction sites and damaged buildings) and think, ‘Oh, they just went out of business,'” Cheadle said. “Some people come in here and ask us, ‘Whatever happened to Uptown Dog?’, not knowing they’re already at the new place. That has hurt us, but we still have retained good sales on the big weekends.”

Cheadle, like many other businesses around Court Street and its surrounding shops, jacks up her staff for the big weekends. For Uptown Dog, it means expanding the staff from one or two part-time weekend workers to a group of six people running the shop. For the recently-opened Bluetique on West State Street, it meant hiring a door man to manage traffic getting in and out on the latest Parents Weekend.

“We really kicked butt on Parents Weekend, and I’m sure a lot of other places did too,” Bluetique store manager Marissa Whaley said. “You don’t just have mom or dad with you, you have both of them. So that makes a big difference, even though we do expect a lot of traffic on Dads weekend as well.”

With Halloween coming up in two weekends, it will once again be up to each store to figure out how to maximize revenue as Athens’ population doubles for the Block Party. Uptown Dog will be carrying official shirts for the Block Party, while Bluetique will be selling special Halloween products in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

Q&A with yOUr homecoming king

This past weekend, Ohio University students participated in the time-honored tradition of electing a homecoming king and queen for the university’s 2015 Homecoming. Conor Emser, a senior who studies communications, is president of the Singing Men of Ohio and is a seasoned OHIO tour guide, came out on top. As OU’s new king, he gave some insight on the experience.

What was the process of getting nominated for homecoming court?
It starts with anonymous nominations from either students, faculty or alumni — I received three nominations, but one was a complete joke I thought. Then I was prompted to fill out a homecoming court application, and from there I was selected for an interview with the Campus Involvement Center and Cidnye Weimer.

What did it feel like the moment you were crowned?
Well, they pronounced my name wrong and the crown didn’t fit my head, then Dr. Jenny Hall-Jones just apologized and laughed at me, so it was a very humbling experience.

How did you celebrate your win?
After we were crowned, we were invited to go up to the President’s Box — which I found out is actually just a classroom in the press box, but there we met a lot of alumni and trustees. We were invited to eat with Dr. Hall-Jones and her husband and it was all very surreal.

According to your twitter account, you were also homecoming king in high school. Do you feel better prepared to rule because you have previous experience?
I honestly told myself, like, oh boy here we go again when I was selected for court. Being crowned homecoming king in high school was actually a super odd experience for me — I was totally awkward through all the excess attention. It’s a huge honor to be selected as a member of the court — ‘winning’ means putting on a faux-fur crown. So this time around I was definitely more prepared to be crowned and embrace the weird nature of people calling me royalty.

Are you worried that being university-level royalty is going to change you?
Well, I most recently #TransformationTuesday’d on a Sunday because well, #king, so I’m already afraid it’s leading me to abuse my power.

Do you get to veto the Board of Trustees and President McDavis? What kind of changes will you make?
Nah, more than anything this experience made me realize how personable of a couple Mr. & Mrs. McDavis are — they do a lot for this university and it was incredible to experience their dedication to connecting with alumni and donors. But like, if they can find it in the budget to hook up everyone with those silver OHIO lapel pins, that’d be pretty dope.

Finally, is it really great to be king?
I mean, it’s pretty neat.

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.

The band’s back together: reminiscing with Marching 110 alums

Nostalgia and excitement swirled together in the air Saturday as Bobcats, old and new, filled the seats of Peden Stadium for the Homecoming game. The weekend’s festivities were in full swing as I spoke with some of the Marching 110’s alumni on the sidelines, where they were confident and excited to be taking the field as they had in the past.

Some were going over their routine one last time, twisting and turning in time, while others chatted with old friends. As they waited, their reminiscing whisked them away to days gone by.

It seemed that every band member had a story to tell, and they did not disappoint. One graduate of the class of 2012, Derek Fulk, said he remembered his freshman Homecoming game where he was able to play together with his older brother, a 2003 graduate, when he returned to the field with the other alumni. Due to the age difference, Fulk hadn’t been able to march in a band with his brother before.

“Marching with my brother was priceless,” said Fulk.

Another woman, Kristi Moore, was proud to say that she met her current husband while marching together. Moore, who graduated in 1999, played the clarinet and her future husband played the snare drum. The long practices and bus rides may have been a factor in their budding romance, but Moore joked that they “probably met at a band party.”

It was clear to see the Marching 110 was still an “exhilarating” part of their lives. Every alum said the same thing — they were and always will be a family. They also laughed about the rigorous practices and how worth it they were.

“The games, the crowds, that’s where they payoff was. That’s what made it worth it,” said Clinton Harris, a graduate of 2000.

Harris went on to say the band made it possible for him to play in amazing places like OSU’s stadium, Toronto, and even the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which he called “the best five miles of cold weather” he’d experienced.

“The band has taken me many places, but I always come back,” said Harris, who has only missed two Homecoming games since graduation.

The alums all agreed that the most noticeable changes to campus were the new buildings that occupied ground previously held by little more than grass. They also said that no matter how much the campus changes physically, the people were still as genial and welcoming as ever.

“There might be new buildings and dorms, but there’s still the same great people,” said Harris.

As the clock ticked down closer to halftime, the alum gathered their gear and prepared to storm the field and show the fans that they still had the 110 spirit. The second quarter ended and the Bobcats had a strong lead of 17-3 against the dreaded Miami Redhawks.

Even though the game had paused, the fans did not. They rose to greet the 110 alums with a wild roar as the graduates stepped onto familiar ground. While they may have moved onto the next chapter in their lives, they still relished the opportunity to perform for their Bobcat family.

“Just because you leave Athens doesn’t mean you stop calling it home,” said Moore.

HOUmecoming football highlights (video)

Didn’t make it to the OU vs. Miami homecoming football game on Saturday? No worries – Court Street Stories has you covered.

Check out this video recap of the Bobcat’s smashing victory against the Redhawks: 34–3.

 

OU collected another ‘Battle of the Bricks’ win on Saturday – the largest win against Miami in school history – for an estimated crowd of 25,086, according to ohiobobcats.com 

Next weekend, the Bobcats host Western Michigan, another MAC rival, on Saturday, October 17. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET, or you can watch the game on ESPN3.

Court Street Craving Roundup: Eat Uptown before Homecoming; congrats vegetarians

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Ohio University’s Homecoming week-long celebration is just around the corner, which also means the lines for restaurants Uptown will also be out the door and around the corner. Tip: Hit up your favorite Uptown eateries early in the week and satisfy your Salaam or Bagel Street Deli craving sooner rather than later. Expect the usual hour wait at Casa Nueva to increase to two to three hours.

Athens Eats

The Jewish community is celebrating Sukkot this week. The holiday not only commemorates the historical pilgrimage through the desert, but it also is known as an agricultural or harvest festival. (The Post)

Athens is trying to combat its rate of homelessness. One such service are churches offering meals to those in the area. (The Post)

The teens on Chopped Teen were very serious about being teen chef superstars. One went so far to chop a watermelon. See which contestant won $25,000 grand prize. (The Post)

The Indian Mound Festival is still kicking. Festivals mean food — food truck food. (The Athens Messenger)

Regretting all of those Big Mamma’s burritos? The chicken ‘n’ waffle sandwiches from Uptown Grill? You might want to pick up a diet, but make sure you’re eating the right foods. (Backdrop Magazine)

In honor of World Vegetarian Day on Oct. 1, check out this “dish of the week” from Chelsea’s Real Food Truck, “The Veggie.” (Backdrop Magazine)

Need something to help wash down that Veggie sandwich? Visit the Little Fish Brewery. (Backdrop Magazine)

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Food in the news

Carnitas is back at Chipotle! Everyone rejoice — well, everyone who isn’t in Cleveland, Atlanta, North Carolina and South Carolina. (CNBC)

Jennifer Lawrence can shove a surprising number of marshmallows in her mouth. Celebrities, they’re just like us! (E! Online)

It’s October, so everything needs to be spooky and scary. Need some tips? Watch Halloween Wars. It premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. (Food Network)

Recipes to try

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day with these 30 — yes, 30 — recipes. (Food Network)

No EVOO is needed for this Rachel Ray recipe for chili mac. (Food Network)

The Food Network is very ready for fall and wants you to tweet about it using #FallFest. (Food Network)

Ohio University’s Homecoming Week: A brief history

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Ohio University’s 2015 Homecoming, themed “Same Bricks, Different Stories,” will kick off its festivities October 5, culminating in the annual football game. This year, the Bobcats will take on the Redhawks of Miami University. The annual celebration has become a staple for current Bobcats as well as alumni who flock back to the red cobblestones of Athens for a weekend of, mostly, debauchery.

HOMECOMING PARADE

The yearly parade that takes place early Saturday morning of Homecoming Weekend usually has a route positioned somewhat on Court Street. In the past few years, the route has only followed a path down the street for a small portion of the parade.

This year, that amount was cut down even more as the parade will almost entirely bypass Court Street since it will go from Union Street to President Street.

The route was proposed by Ohio University’s Campus Involvement Center.

Members of the Athens Uptown Business Owners Association recently told “The Post” that they believe the route will have negative consequences for uptown stores.

Last year’s fire on Union Street that scorched several buildings on the street has left the half of the street blocked to through traffic.  

HOMECOMING GAME

Ohio University will take on Miami University Saturday afternoon. In 1960, The Bobcats beat the Redhawks 21-0. This was also the beginning of the Bobcat mascot appearing at football games. That season, OU was awarded the title of the NCAA National College Division Champion and went undefeated with a final record of 10-0.

The Bobcat mascot, now an integral part of pumping up the crowd in Peden Stadium during football games, has undergone many changes. The original mascot was paper mache and eventually went through several transitions to become the furry friend we know and love today.

The MARCHING 110

Ohio University’s marching band has had a history spanning nearly 100 years since its creating in 1923. A student named Homer Baird started the then new on-campus group. A new band director, Gene Thraikill, joined the band in 1966 and instated new uniforms and brought a new, energetic marching style to the group. However, he also kicked out all women from the band as well as all female majorettes.

Following heavy media scrutiny and pushback from people on campus, women were allowed back into the Marching Band in 1975.

In 2007, CollegeSports-fans.com ranked The Marching 110 the best college marching band in America. The band once again was ranked at the top of that list in 2014.

Cinema News also included the band in their 2014 list of “100 Things We Can’t Wait To See This College Football Season.”

The Marching 110 participated in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Several videos of the band have gone viral online since the members typically cover contemporary songs during their halftime football game performances.

 

For love of our bricks …

We have raced down them on our way to class. We have tripped on them in the four-inch heals we never should have worn out on a Saturday night. We have stood in line on them waiting for GoodFella’s pizza, and we have gone hunting on them for the best Halloween costume each year. They have seen our reunions, our goodbyes, 21st birthdays, impromptu fests, and lots of ugly Christmas sweaters.

The bricks of Court Street are our home for our four years at Ohio University. We build the foundation of our adult lives on the bricks of our favorite college street.

But what happens after graduation day?

Why do Bobcat alumni spread their Court Street tales like old family stories, near and dear, to their new friends?

People can tell you hundreds of stories and give you thousands of reasons, but the feeling is almost unexplainable. The reason we love Court Street almost goes beyond words.

First memories

“My sister decided to give me a tour of the campus the summer before I started school that year. She showed me every brick and every corner that Athens had to offer.” —Alex Blanchard, education, Class of 2015

Blanchard and his sister stepped into Pigskin, where she told him all about her 21st birthday on Court Street. “The one thing that struck me about her story was the pure excitement about that evening,” he says. “Not the excitement over finally being able to drink (legally), but the details of how complete strangers celebrated with her. This idea of a community within the school is what inspired me to come here.”

Our first memories, while they might not stand out, stick with us.

 The businesses

“If we didn’t meet in someone’s room, it was at one of the businesses. All were close by, all catered to the students and the students respected them for it.” —Jeff Brediger, mechanical engineering, Class of 1981

Brediger was amazed at all the bars and eating places and realized soon after arriving in Athens that Court Street was the central gathering place in town. It was the perfect spot to get together, filled with a variety of establishments that were centered around the students.

“You could go up and down Court Street easily and see so much without really going far,” said Michelle Igelhart, community nutrition and dietetics, Class of 1994

Today, 19 bars sit within a mile radius of Court Street, not to mention a variety of restaurants, thrift shops buried with hidden treasures, local boutiques, and our favorite bookstores for essential Bobcat apparel.

“(Court Street) impacted how I lived, what I bought, and who I saw. It made college a fun place to be,” said Edie Dale, civil engineering, Class of 1995

The Bagel Buggy evolved into Burrito Buggy and now students shop for school supplies at the College Bookstore instead of Woolworth’s. O’Hooleys turned into Jackie O’s and big name franchises like Cold Stone Creamery turned into small-town favorite Fluff Bakery. Even though it has changed over time, the businesses on Court Street have been an essential part of the Uptown experience for every Bobcat and are often the most memorable part.

 The people

“The biggest part of being an alumna is I can come back whenever, but it’s not the same without the people and places you made the memories with. Court Street in general is a place where we have an emotional connection because it’s so special.” —Stephanie Caesar, public relations, Class of 2013

 It was a cold winter’s night and fresh powdery snow blanketed Court Street, Blanchard recalls. Students dressed in holiday apparel and shuffled between the bars on Court Street, celebrating their last night of freedom before finals and the students’ newest fest, Santa Fest. Everyone was in great spirits and the bars were alive with Christmas music.

“A large portion of my friends would go on to graduate that winter so this was the last time we were all together, and it truly was a memory I will never forget” Blanchard says.

The people make Court Street. It’s the feel good, no worry attitude that filled the street on the weekends, and the work hard and dream big ambitions we held ourselves to throughout the week. We worked hard to play hard, and it was the people around us who made all of the hard work worth it.

Weekend rituals

“There was always the Thursday night Lucky’s gang. It was my group of friends that I hung out with all of the time. It was understood that we would get that same booth, in the same bar, with the same people, every Thursday. It was the only thing we ever really needed.” –Danny Sudetic, business, Class of 2014

Liquor pitchers on Wednesday, all night study sessions at Donkey, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” at closing time, a favorite booth in the Pub, or a slice of pizza on Slice Night at Courtside —our week-to-week routines were the same.

Our nights on Court Street were often spent with the same people in the places. Some might argue we found ourselves caught up in the midst of normality, but we’d argue back that these were some of the best times of our lives.

“All we ever needed were good friends, good food, and good times,” Sudetic said.

 Living life on our own terms

“We were somewhere that is not only beautiful but also somewhere we were comfortable and happy to be because you know people who truly mean something to you are there and you are doing things on your own terms and going after your dreams in college. Its the epicenter of campus that holds true the character of Ohio University.” – Stephanie Caesar

 When we came to Athens as a freshman, it was the first time in our lives that we were free from the confines of our parents. No more curfews, rules, or disappointed looks when we came home an hour late. Court Street was freedom. We were free to stay out, go out, and hang out with whomever. We decided whom our families away from our families would be made up of.

 It was the breath of fresh air that we had never had before and following graduation would never truly have again. Our only worries were class and, for some, work. We lived life the way we wanted to live it, not worried about anything else besides having a good time.

What we tell others

“People who wouldn’t have a connection to Court Street haven’t experienced it. It’s always upbeat. Epicenter of amazing.” –Stephanie Caesar

 As many students and alumni already know, trying to explain Court Street to others without breaking out in pure joy is close to impossible. It is also something that can be hard to understand to those we tell about it.

“You don’t hear stories like ours at other colleges and universities,” said Ron Smith,  organizational communication, Class of 1997. “Other schools talk about how proud OU alumni are … as we should be!”

 Our pride in our school goes beyond campus. We not only take pride in being Bobcats, but we are also proud of supporting the community on Court Street and sharing the stories about them wherever we go.

It’s timeless

“This answer (to why Court Street is so special) lies in what we call the ‘Magic of Athens.’ Court Street adds to the small, college-town feel. The bricks, the old history of the buildings and all the locally owned business make Court Street an OU experience.” – Ron Smith

 The buildings look like a replica of Bedford Falls from It’s a Wonderful Life. The majestic Athena time warps you back to the 1950s as buildings line streets that were built back to the late 1800s. But not only does Court Street seem physically timeless, the spirit has never changed.

Court Street is our common ground. I know when I come back that is where I’ll find everyone and it feels like it hasn’t changed,” said Sudetic.

We valued traditions and worked to uphold them. Things we might not have understood as freshmen became a part of us by the time we graduated. We might have thought back then that the seniors were strange for being so sad about leaving but now we know the feeling.

“I enjoy every chance I can to walk down the street again and remember a lot of good times,” Brediger said.

It’s home

“When I come back and I am driving across route 50, I always come in the back way so I see the river (which was re-routed) and South Green. It is like someone is waving a magic wand. I am transported!” –Denise Gibbons, fashion merchandising, Class of 1978

Our connection with Court Street is classic and timeless. We can leave for years but the second we step foot on the corner of Union and Court Street it almost feels as if we never left.

 “I love hearing my name called out and turning to see an old friend that just pulled in. It means I’m home,” said Dale.

 While we may have left Athens for years and businesses and establishments have changed, there are moments on Court Street that can take you back 10 years like nothing has changed. That’s Dale’s favorite part of returning as an alumna. Today, she enjoys returning for homecoming and the excitement of returning to the bricks she still considers home for her.

 The Future

“Now that I have a child, (what it means to be an alumnus is) introducing her to the magic of Athens in hopes that it will catch on.” –Ron Smith

 We joke with our friends that our children will have no choice but to attend OU someday, when really we pray that they do. We don’t except them to have the same experiences as we had necessarily. But truly, we wish them all of the joy and happiness in their college lives as we had because we know that there is no better place than the bricks of Court Street.

Trying to grasp our love for Court Street is like trying to catch air in your hands. It’s impossible. The outside world might not understand it, but we do, and we know that there is nothing like it. We valued our college years because we always knew how time would fly and that our days on the bricks would be limited. We were sentimental, knowing that each drink during that last semester as seniors was strong yet bittersweet. It’s a love that is pure and filled with all-intensive good. It’s the best kind of love that is unexplainable, and maybe that’s the way it should just be explained.

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Sarah Kenney is a senior at Ohio University pursuing two undergraduate degrees in journalism and video production. She is a  coffee loving travel enthusiast and adventure seeker who enjoys classic films, skiing, good laughs, football games on Sunday afternoons, and time at home with her two dogs, Marley and Mia. She aspires to someday write for a comedy or drama television series or work in travel media or visual branding.