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 weekend in OU athletics: Winning and losing, standing up and cheering

It was a tragic week for sports fans this weekend with the loss of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and golf legend Arnold Palmer. But at least for Ohio Bobcats fans, they had some reasons to stand up and cheer.


Ohio defeated Gardner-Webb, 37-21. 


Ohio swept both Akron and Buffalo this weekend. 

  • Ohio kicked off their conference schedule with great serving, including 13 aces. (WOUB) 
  • Ohio also honored last season’s championship team by unveiling their championship banner


Ohio lost to Toledo, 2-1. 


Ohio University: decades without a name

First Bobcat in Costume with Designer, 1960

Every Ohio University student is proud to be associated with the Bobcat brand. With honor, they continually shout “Go Bobcats!” to cheer on OU teams during games. But has anyone wondered how “Bobcat,” an animal’s name, became the nickname of Ohio University? Maybe not, but here it is.

In 1925, members of the Ohio University athletics board saw the need to have a nickname for the schools’ teams which were simply referred to as “OHIO” or “Green and White.” Schools that had nicknames mocked and called OU all sorts of names including “The Nameless Wonders.” Obviously, this did not sit well with the athletics board.

One morning, they announced a contest to allow students bring in their suggestion. Hundreds of names were submitted for a winning prize of ten dollars. After much scrutiny and deliberations, the name “Bobcat” was chosen. Hal H. Rowland, a student at the time, and resident of Athens took home the prize. The name was officially passed and adopted by one of OU’s former president, E.B Bryan on December 7, 1925. This was 29 years after the colors green and white were chosen. So, imagine three decades of no name. Your guess is as good as mine.

The 1925-26 baseball squad, the first team to play with the new name proudly used it in their next game and beat Denison 33-21.

1986 Bobcat
1986 Bobcat
1984 Bobcat
1984 Bobcat

Giving life to the Bobcat

The time was ripe to give life to the Bobcat. Men from Lincoln Hall made this decision to create a life-size costume of the character for the 1963 Homecoming because they wanted to “donate something permanent to the university.”

Plans were underway. A committee was formed to oversee the process. Schantz, a fine arts major and a costumier, created several designs until a final one was chosen. The head of the character was sent to France for creation after failed attempts to get it done in the U.S.; most importantly, labor was cheap. In cities like San Francisco and New York, the technique for the head, “papier-macheing,” was also not present.

The pants and gloves were sent to Van Horn and Sons in Philadelphia for sewing. A different company also in Philadelphia received contract for the hand-knit sweater which was expected to be 62 inches long and 42 inches wide.

The Lincoln Hall men spent a total of $250 on the mascot. The head costs $100, the sweater, $60 and the pants, $28. Padding for the stomach and rear was $35 and gloves, $6. After, the search for the person going to wear these was the next hurdle. They needed someone shorter than 5’ 11’’ in height. A member of the 1963 class and a Lincoln Hall resident, Dan Nicholas became the proud “Mr. Bobcat” as it was called. Then they decided the tradition must go on, and that, all Mr. Bobcats must come from the hall. Mr. Bobcat was then made a permanent member of the cheerleading group at all football and basketball games. His first appearance was during the 1960 Homecoming celebrations.


Mr. Bobcat’s first game

1990 Bobcat

During the Homecoming, OU was scheduled to play their arch rival Miami Redskins (now the Redhawks). The Redskins had always been a thorn the in flesh of the Bobcats, winning all of the games played so far. On October 22 of this same year, they visited the Bobcats hoping to clinch their fourteenth victory. Little did they know Bobcat was now a living character that was going to ensure his kingdom was not defeated.

“The “animal” sprang from the tunnel under the stands, gave the hated Redskins a menacing sneer and signaled victory for Ohio.” The crowd stood and roared with a vengeance.” Ohio eventually won by thrashing Miami 10-0 and crowned the NCAA National College Champion. All credit went to Mr. Bobcat.

Since then, the mascot has undergone several changes in appearance.

Photo Credit: Ohio University Archives