Bobcats take over SXSW

South by South West (SXSW) is the largest media conference and festival in the world. It takes place in Austin, TX during the second and third weeks of March, annually. The conference entails every portion of media from film, music, gaming, app development, interactive media and everything in between.

 Every year, 26 students are selected to attend SXSW with Ohio University’s media program. This year, I was lucky enough to be one of them. Here is a quick look at what our group experienced at SXSW during this past week.

I’m dreaming of a Court Street Christmas

Yesterday, for some odd reason, I was completely in the Christmas spirit. I had an insane craving for cookies that was easily satisfied by my box of Girl Scout thin mints. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” blasted through my headphones. Personally, my mood was more chipper than usual however quickly subsided into a nostalgic hangover.

It may be March, but the true Christmas spirit lives on Court Street in Athens and I couldn’t resist soaking in the memories. Just in case you needed a little reminder:

Book hunting adventures on Court Street

For all the book lovers in Athens, Court Street hosts two small but wonderful stores filled with comics, magazines, paperbacks and more! If you are a bibliophile looking for an afternoon browse, check out the University Bookstore and Little Professor, conveniently located right next to each other.

Bars don’t make for the best neighbors, but it’s not all bad

Everyone can see why Court Street is the most popular spot when it comes to having a good time on a Friday night or when they want to grab a quick bite to eat. What many people don’t know is the living arrangements on court street. Take a closer look into Jack and Aimee’s life living above Courtside.

Culture on Court Street: a visit to the Athena Cinema

The Athena Cinema, which first opened in 1915, is one of the oldest movie theaters in the country. Located at 20 S. Court St., the Athena shows a variety of movies genres on their three screens, from acclaimed independent films to movies produced by Ohio University students. The Athena will host its 44th annual International Film and Video Festival from April 3 to April 9.

This video delves into the history and current uses of the Athena, and tells of two students’ experiences with the theater:

The Dynamic Duo of Steel City

 

As a Pittsburgh girl, I’ve had the terrible towel waved in my face and a jersey on my back since i can remember. But who are the two that made the biggest impressions for my many years of fan-girling? Easily Big Ben and AB. Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, and Antonio Brown, wide receiver. Their chemistry on the field is something a girl who knows only the basics of football can recognize immediately.

Mike & Mike

Mike & Mike, an ESPN radio show, is one of many outlets that has taken an interest in Ben and Antonio. They broadcast all things sports several times a day, so when they chose the topic of Roethlisberger’s relationship with Brown, the quarterback had nothing but positive things to say about his partner.

Instagram

Hugs. #TouchdownTuesday

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The verified Instagram of the steelers doesn’t care if it’s football season or not – they continue to show the bond of their star teammates year round. Using their hashtag as a clue, its reasonable to believe the wide receiver and quarterback embraced after what was probably another scoring pass from Roethlisberger to Brown.

The Steelers aren’t the only Instagram account showing love. Brown posted a video of the two celebrating a touchdown that led to victory over the Baltimore Ravens.  His caption speaks for me.

photo courtesy of wikimedia

Their chemistry on the field might have something to do with their friendship off the field. Roethlisberger and Brown are all smiles attending events with each other.

Twitter

The star wide receiver stays up to date with the latest trends on Twitter. On National Best Friend Day, he posted a collage of photos with his buddy Ben. The two are undeniably the best duo in the NFL and show their constant support for each other whenever the chance is given. Brown’s “Best Friend Day” tweet was something that a Steelers girl like me thrives off of.

 

The Dynamic Duo of Steel City is a newsletter by Emily Finton containing links to the social media accounts that refer, or are of Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. These references are used to show the relationship between the players on and off the field.

5 college campuses that kinda look like Ohio University but are not actually Ohio University

The bobcats like to claim that their beautiful, rolling green landscape is a treasure that only their fellow neighbor can call home. The value placed in observing their beautiful environment is something that students and faculty try to keep in mind when walking their daily routes. However, their honor and prestige teeters a bit when they catch the attention of a photo and claim “Hey! That’s totally my school!” when, in actuality, its another brick campus with a lot of green. Here are 5 college campuses that share this strange power.

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Photo by Alan Henderson via Flickr
  1. Green Mountain College

This one literally has green in the name of the college. That’s something that Ohio University can’t even do. Nestled in the southern reaches of a distant land called Vermont, Green Mountain College is a small, private establishment that attempts to convince its patrons that the appearance of older looking brick buildings surrounded by a lot of green grass is something unique to their experience.

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Photo by Will Hampton via Flickr

2. Morehouse College

Morehouse College is a private. all-male, liberal arts, historically black college located in Atlanta, Georgia. This place is actually pretty cool, especially when you factor in that it is one of the very few men’s liberal arts colleges left in the United States, and also that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called this place his alma mater. Regardless of all these things, the place still definitely kinda looks like Ohio University.

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Photo via Google Images

3. Gnanatheeppam Community College

I promise I didn’t just take a picture of Ohio University’s campus and just make up a name like Gnanatheeppam to make all of this fit. Believe it or not, this is a picture of a community college all the way in Marthandam, India. That’s right, a college doesn’t even have to be in America to look a lot like Ohio University. Gnanatheeppam is one of the most populated community colleges within India, and it is very well respected throughout many of the country’s massive industrial success bubbles.

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Photo by Lisa Tonnel via Flickr

4. University of Maryland

This college carries the reputation of being one of the most successful public research colleges across the nation. Not only that, but they are also noted for having acquired success through their athletic department, as they are often identified for being a member of the Big Ten Conference. This place isn’t even really that far from Ohio University, i mean, they are sort of on the same coast. Clearly there is something about the east coast that produces brick houses with white detailing and tons of green grass.

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Photo by Alison Thompson via Flickr

5. Vanderbilt University

Those who have witnessed Vanderbilt University with their own eyes often claim that it is like “stepping into the 1700s”, a feeling that is apparently pretty common across all of these campuses. Much like Ohio University, Vanderbilt is an exceedingly historic campus, having been established in 1873. The fact that neither this place nor Ohio University has changed its looks over about 200 years makes you wonder if those responsible for decorating these places are trying to be historic, or just lazy. Either way, they kinda look the same.

 

6 cat pictures describing the process of writing an article

Being in college is hard and frustrating. Daily assignments, a part-time job at the dining hall and classmates who can’t seem to pull their own weight in group projects are just a few of many problems that most of us face. But combine all of these with having to write weekly articles can make us struggle to comprehend what we ate for lunch, much less how we feel.

However, rest assured because these cat pictures are here to help you express your true feelings during these trying times.

1. The planning stage

Photo by GalgenTX via flickr

Trying to figure out a good angle for your article is always the hardest part. But this time, you planned ahead by talking with your editors and doing some background research prior to starting, so you should be fine, right? Wrong. Suddenly, your sources aren’t replying, the Pew Research survey you wanted to use is irrelevant and you’re up at 3 a.m. screaming at your empty inbox because no one wants to reply.

 

2. Interviews and more interviews

Photo by Christopher Sessums via flickr

You begin interviewing random people on the street out of desperation. These interviews are more miss than hit, but by chance, you meet someone who seems genuinely interested in the subject! You eagerly begin to record your conversation, listening to every word they say and asking the right questions. Maybe everything will be alright, you think to yourself as you thank the stranger and run home to your laptop.

 

3. Typing it out

Photo by Wilson Afonso via Wikimedia Commons

Armed with your caffeine of choice, you seat yourself in front of your laptop and begin reading your notes and transcripts of your interviews. The clock ticks as you stare at a blank screen. You type something down only to furiously smash the backspace key because it didn’t seem right. This step will repeat itself for the next few hours until you suddenly realize you have less than three hours till your meeting with your editors. By then, inspiration finally strikes and you find yourself able to type clearly with a goal in sight.

 

4. Killing your darlings

Photo by wenliang chen via flickr

At this point you start crying. You’re 20 inches over the maximum inch count and you know deep down that your editor is going to tell you to cut out a lot of graphs. It’s difficult to decide which graph is less important than the others, especially when you have spent a long time researching this topic. The deed has to be done though and you do it, shedding silent tears over the loss of your babies.

5. Stressed and kind of a mess

Photo via Max Pixel

It’s done. Your glasses sit on your face messily and you blink anxiously at your editors while they proofread your article. While peering over your editor’s shoulder, several AP style errors seem to appear out of nowhere. You consider crying because you’re sure you reread this article at least three times before submitting it for editing and those errors must have came crawling out of AP style hell just to spite you.

 

6. A finished product

Photo by Steve Jurvetson via flickr

But at the end of the day, all the anxiety of finding sources and crying over the article seemed to be worth it. You produce a pretty cool clip that gets compliments from your peers and you’re proud to add to your collection. Lying in your bed, you tuck yourself under the blankets, comforted by the thought that you’ve already started the research for your next story… But did you?

Radar Hill, the hidden land beyond campus

 

Pathway leading up to Radar Hill in Athens, Ohio

Athens, Ohio. A college town surrounded by Appalachian land with its very own miracle mile down East State Street.  At Ohio University, you will find all walks of life, pursuing all types of careers. There are journalists to engineers, marketers to health professions. All wrapped up in the hustle and bustle on a campus serving roughly 23,000 people. But, should one be looking to take a trip just off campus, a beautiful hidden gem, several in fact, are just around the corner.

As you drive into Athens, one thing becomes prevalent, there is a lot of green. From the trees to the landscaping to the school colors, there is a lot of green. Now, if you are like me, you love to go on mini-adventures and explore a little bit. I highly recommend spending a day or two going to a few of the places Athens has hidden away outside of campus. One such place is Radar Hill.

Radar Hill got its namesake by being built during World War II by the U.S Army. Later, it was used by the Air Force as a small defense research facility. Ohio University’s Radar Hill was the place for the world’s only privately operated satellite station, allowing OU and its partners to receive and transmit from the same place.

Enough about the history, what makes Radar Hill such a great spot to visit? Well, to me it’s a few things. First, the view is incredible. Once you make the short trek behind the Ridges, you will find yourself with a breathtaking 360-degree view of Athens. You are able to see for miles and miles, you can see almost the entire OU campus and the vast Appalachian land. Secondly, the hill is a great destresser. If I ever feel down or just stressed to the point of freaking out, I like to do two things, play some basketball and/or go adventuring. When you are up on the hill, everything that is worrying you just seems to melt away. Up there, you are free and life just seems as simple as the light breeze blowing around the land.

Looking down on the path up to the top of Radar Hill

Secondly, the hill is a great destresser. If I ever feel down or just stressed to the point of freaking out, I like to do two things, play some basketball and/or go adventuring. When you are up on the hill, everything that is worrying you just seems to melt away. Up there, you are free and life just seems as simple as the light breeze blowing around the land.

And lastly, Radar Hill is just a place for everyone. Nature lovers, hikers, townies, students, adventurers, almost everyone enjoys this trip up to the highest point in Athens. It truly is one of the gems of this small town.

If you would like more information on the trails or just general information on the hill and surrounding areas, I recommend visiting the  Athens County Visitors Bureau or trekohio, an online site that visits many great spots in Ohio.