Learn the history of the Ohio University Women’s Center

Paige Bennett | Court Street Stories

Feminism: the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. Although feminism seems to be a “trend” to some people, it dates back many years. Ohio University in particular has its own timeline of feminism on its beautiful campus, and thanks to the Women’s Center, feminists have a safe place to meet, inform and learn.

The Women’s Center, also known as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is located in Baker Center. Although the feminism definition includes the equality of the sexes, the Women’s Center and many feminists at Ohio University support equality for all genders. If you are confused on the difference, it may be time to take that WGSS 1000 class.

The Women’s Center helps to “promote awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity, among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio University and its surrounding communities.”

Throughout each week, several events and meetings are held by the center to work toward their mission of educating. Thursdays are well-known within the Women’s Center for the Brown Bag Lunch and Learn. Brown Bag is held at noon, and is exactly what the title suggests: you pack a lunch and head to the Women’s Center to learn about different diversity topics.

The Women’s Center has also been known throughout the years for offering film showings and theater productions to students, faculty, and community members. If you’ve heard of the Vagina Monologues, you should know the support behind it. The original play was written by Eve Ensler in 1996. The Women’s Center holds open auditions at its location. Performers have a chance to act out the stories told by 200 women from almost 20 years ago about sex, relationships, and abuse. The stories are still relevant and occurring today. Regardless of your gender, you should stay tuned to the Women’s Center calendar in order to check out this important theater performance.

The Women’s Center has also been known to welcome student organizations for gatherings and planning sessions. FEM (Feminist Equality Movement) meets here on Mondays, and FRC (Fuck Rape Culture) meets here on Thursdays. The organizations are able to plan and organize protests in the Center.

A few times each month, the center holds an International Women’s Coffee Hour, where women of all nationalities are welcome to visit the offices for coffee and tea. Through these coffee hours, the center again accomplishes its longtime mission of being inclusive to diversity.

Although feminism has been occurring in waves since the late 1800s, it has been harder for feminists to find a welcome space. The Women’s Center has provided that space for students on the Ohio University campus, but with the welcoming vibes, has also provided space for community feminists in Athens.

Regardless of your gender, nationality, age, or ideals, you should stop and check out the Women’s Center. The experience is sure to be enriching, and you might just decide to change history and swim in this third wave of feminism.

Fall fashion in Athens, Ohio

According to Elle Magazine’s “The Complete Fall 2015 Trend Guide,” furry boots, high cuffs and high waists are in this year. Harper’s Bazaar said that suede boots are a must have for fall. Take a look at fall fashion in Athens, Ohio.

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One of Athens’ newest clothing shops on West State Street, BlueTiquehas already started stacking their racks with their fall essentials.  BlueTique opened in August. The store sells clothing, accessories and boots.  There are only eight other BlueTiques in the U.S. Store Manager, Marissa Whaley, described the store’s vibe as, “trendy yet affordable.”











As far as what’s popular this fall, Whaley said it was sweaters and scarves. Scarves at BlueTique range anywhere from $15 to $30. Sweaters go from $25 to $70.

Blanket scarves, infinity scarves or any type of scarf. That’s the number one staple,” Whaley said.

Vests are also very popular, especially with a little bit of fur. Whaley recalled getting a supply of vests on Thursday and was sold out by Saturday (photo shown below on the left).  There are also a lot of options in school colors and the store just recently started selling blankets.

Store hours are from Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.














The Artifacts Gallerylocated on North Court Street, has several winter accessory options and ponchos. Cassey Spires, a long-time sales associate for the Gallery, said that the line is multi-seasonal. “Anything can be layered,” Spires suggested. There are also dress options in muted colors that could be paired with boots or a heavy sweater to make it fashionable and functional for fall. The style is cute and funky, Spires said.

Store hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.















Figleaf Boutiquealso located on North Court Street, just got their fall shipment in on Wednesday, November 11.

Maggie Fewel, a sales associate, defined FigLeaf’s collection as “boho.”

Dresses are our most popular item,” Fewel said. Other than dresses comfortable clothing to wear for class is also popular (photo of some dress options on bottom left). According to Fewel, the prices range from $8 to $50.

Store hours are Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m.


At South Court Street’s The Other Placescarves, jackets and boots were abundant. There were also sweater and skirt combinations in colors that resemble fall foliage. (Here’s the breakdown for the outfit shown in the photo on the left: the sweater (last photo in center) costs $30 and the skirt (on right) ranges from $30 to $40, and lastly the scarf which costs $16).

Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.



Reviewing the best pizza in Athens

Staying healthy is a hard task in college. Students are either eating too much junkfood or just not eating enough. Either way, the fact that pizza is so readily available on campuses (including this one) is both a blessing and a curse. Regardless of whether you’re healthy or not, pizza is essential to surviving the stress of college. Here are what I thought of the pies from three different venues in Athens.


GoodFella’s is the only regularly by-the-slice pizza in Athens (unless you count the dining halls, and I don’t). And I don’t know who would want to compete with them. Pizza for lunch may not be ideal (though it’s easy to see the competitive advantage GoodFella’s has) and it’s a little expensive, but it is worth it here.

Crust: the pizza at Good Fella’s is made in a square pan-style and the crust is very thick. But it’s also soft and quite tasty. It’s actually a little sweet. It still tastes like pizza crust, though. And it’s good. A

Sauce: the tomato sauce is bright red and has a light, pure taste to it. The only problem is that there isn’t enough of it, possibly because of how much space the crust takes up. B

Cheese: The cheese is decent. It’s nothing special, but it’s not cardboard tasting stuff that many small pizzerias depend on. B

Toppings: There isn’t much offered here outside of pepperoni, but every day there is a different specialty pizza available which can be anything from bacon mac-and-cheese pizza to pesto style. Also, the pepperoni is pretty good. B

Overall: Good Fella’s is not a world class pizza joint. It is a place where you can get a simple slice of pizza for lunch. And that slice might not fill you up, but it will taste good. B


Courtside Pizza (which does offer pizza by-the-slice on designated nights) is a solid option for delivery if you’re bored with chains.

Crust: The crust is a little crunchy and not too dominating. It also tends to get really greasy. That definitely has its upside, though. B

Sauce: The sauce at Courtside Pizza is rich and red. There’s also plenty of it (which, in my opinion, results in a better pie). This can make a slice messy, but I think it’s worth it. A

Cheese: As with the sauce, there is no shortage of cheese on a pizza from Courtside pizza. But again, I think it’s justified. The cheese is messy, but it tastes great and complements the sauce perfectly. A

Toppings: Courtside Pizza has all the regular toppings, but is also willing to make pizzas with anything from buffalo chicken to potatoes. A

Overall: Courtside Pizza is a number of things. It is messy, greasy, and stuffed with ingredients. It is also delicious. A


Plus-1 Pizza is the closest you can get to a national chain in Athens without patronizing a national corporation.

Crust: The crust at Plus-1 is either thin or hand-tossed that is intriguingly close to pan-style. The hand-tossed is tasty, but it’s also greasy and a little hard to chew. It does deserve credit for creativity thanks to the “topper seasonings,” such as garlic herb, butter cheese, and ranch that are available, though.  B

Sauce: The sauce at Plus-1 isn’t great and it’s not terrible. It’s just kind of there. It’s got some taste, but it’s really just filler between the cheese and the crust. If that doesn’t appeal to you, though, you might prefer to choose a different one from the seven others that are available. B

Cheese: The cheese was really impressive. Instead of just using mozzarella, Plus-1 uses a blend of both mozzarella and provolone. If that’s not enough, delicacies like smoked gouda and asiago are also available. The asiago was unique and that set it apart for me. A

Toppings: As far as toppings go, Plus-1 offers a number of interesting options, ranging from the normal with a twist (three different pepperoni types to choose from) to the bizarre (rib-eye steak). For me, though, it was enough to stick with regular pepperoni and it worked out well. After that, you can even choose to have sauce on top of the pizza such as garlic or ranch. B

Overall: Plus-1 was definitely the most interesting of the pizzas I tried. But interesting doesn’t always equal great. While it’s certainly doesn’t hurt to take risks, the ones Plus-1 took don’t help the pizza enough to ensure an A grade. B

Pizzas are served in multiple different tastes and shapes. Pizza is hard to screw up. Bad pizza isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s a good thing most of the pizza in Athens, a college town, is good. And Courtside Pizza is the best (at least, out of the three that I tried).

Bob Kendrick visits OU for 25th anniversary

Bob Kendrick starkly remembers the doubters of the Negro League Baseball Museum when it was erected 25 years ago; its plant limited to a one-room office on the corner of popular Kansas City streets 18th and Vine.

In recognition of the museum’s 25th anniversary, Kendrick, the president of the museum, educated a crowd in Schoonover Auditorium on Wednesday about the circumstances he and other pioneers overcame to pass on the legacies of their baseball inspirations.

“When we started, no one gave this museum a chance to succeed, ” Kendrick said.

Kendrick compared the Negro League’s inception with hip-hop in the jazz era, explaining that nobody believed hip-hop would last, but its influence is still found throughout American culture, today. He also discussed ways the Negro League teams introduced “barnstorming” to sports to make extra money and also spread baseball into Latin American countries, helping create the diverse world of baseball.

Meanwhile, the event, hosted by the Ohio chapter of the Associated Press Sports Editors, also gave away souvenirs such as Royal hats and iPad holders, a creative approach to elevate the awareness and recognition of a piece of history that has been inadvertently ignored by historians.

Oral accounts of former Kansas City Monarch pitcher Satchel Paige are legendary. (Photo Credit/ Professional Sports Authenticator)

“What I’m hoping for is that, when people have conversations about baseball, they’re including the Negro Leagues in those conversations,” Kendrick said. 

Kendrick went on to praise players like Jackie Robinson and his breaking of the color barrier, Satchel Paige — a pitcher whose absently recognized talent is compared to that of the greatest MLB pitchers of all-time — and Buck O’Neil, who spearheaded efforts to establish the museum, earning Kendrick’s veneration so much that he calls the museum the “House that Buck built.”

Kendrick also contextualized how Negro League athletes paved the way for basketball and football players of color and for African-American movements everywhere, including the historic decision of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and Rosa Parks’ refusal to get off the bus.

“You have great baseball players, but you also have a great story as it relates to the history of our country,” Kendrick said. “So it’s America at its worst, but we also have America at our triumphant best.”

Just as people doubted Rube Foster when he began the Negro Leagues in the 1920s, people doubted that the Negro League Museum could successfully re-establish the forlorn legacy of a cornerstone of baseball history. Wednesday allowed Kendrick to evaluate the ways the museum has flourished, 25 years later, in its attempt to reintroduce that legacy. He looked forward to the work the museum will continue doing.

“As an institution, I hope that we will eventually rewrite the pages of the American history book to include this wonderful chapter of Baseball and ‘Americana,'” Kendrick said.

Athens’ street food: behind the mobile restaurant industry

Athens’ street food is a staple menu option for many students at OU shuttling in between classes. It’s hot, it’s quick and you can eat it while standing. But what goes into making that gyro or burrito you can grab in 5 minutes and eat out of your hand? Local vendors talk about how they got started and nature of their trade.

Nisar Shaikh spends most of his days sitting in a fold-up chair behind the counter of his food truck called Ali Babas. His business has been operated since 1988. Shaikh was born in British colonized India in 1944. He has lived in England, Italy and Libya and holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science and a master’s in industrial engineering.

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Nisar Shaikh

“In the morning when I wake up, I pray, I make coffee and watch Russian news, Chinese news, and American news. Then I leave the house for my business,” he said on how most of his days begin.

Shaikh decided to open a food truck after seeing a man selling gyros at Ohio State fair in Columbus. At the time, he was expecting his first child and finding steady work in the U.S. wasn’t easy.

Today, the Ali Babas truck is surprisingly well equipped for such a small space. The entire back of the truck is lined by industrial stainless steel appliances. A standard sink, gas range, griddle and cooler are situated side by side.

In the beginning, his truck was nothing more than a shed.

“I only bought the shell,” he explained. To equip his food truck his wife and he used metal found in local dumpsters.

To get a license to vend in Athens City took Shaikh 8 years. Back then, Athens had two separate vending areas. There was an A and B side. The A side required a license, but B side had metered parking.

“I wasn’t sleeping much because I am a responsible person,” he said. To operate his business he said he would leave the house at 4am then wait two hours until he could park on the street.

Now, Ali Babas has become a part of Athens scenery.

“All the men if they are responsible and they are married, they should be responsible for their families,” he said. Shaikh and his wife of 33 years raised 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.

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Marla Rutter owns the Burrito Buggy, located in front of Class Gates off of Court Street. Her day starts at around 7:30 am getting the truck stocked, the water tanks and everything needed to operate the truck on a daily basis. Her day doesn’t end until 9:30 pm on a weekday. Weekends can be even longer.

On average, Rutter said she serves around 50 to 100 people, depending on the day and the weather. When there are big events, such as Homecoming Weekend, she may have as many as 500 customers a day.

When asked why she thinks people like the Burrito Buggy, Rutter said it was nostalgia.

“It takes people back. They want to relive their freshman or sophomore year,” she said. Rutter said that a lot of her customers that come during events like Homecoming Weekend even get their pictures taken with the buggy.

Rutter also felt an attachment to the buggy, which is why she purchased the brand in 2010.

“I always loved the Burrito Buggy ever since I was a freshman I had been eating here. It came up for sale in 2010 and if they didn’t find a new owner it was going to close. I thought that couldn’t happen, so we bought it in March of 2010,” she said.

For the most part, operating a food truck is like operating a small local owned business. The days are long and there are many costs involved with the day-to-day operation. Rutter explained that her yearly sales range around $200,000 but she has to pay for food, staff, insurance and propane. In addition, Rutter said that the biggest challenge was maneuvering the truck into her vendor licensed spot.

“One of my personal challenges is that I’m not really good at backing this up. We have to come in a certain order,” she explained. “There are 10 spots. We have assigned spots, but we don’t have assigned times to be here.”

Despite obstacles, Rutter has purchased another buggy in addition to helping her daughter open a restaurant which will be included into the Burrito Buggy Corporation.

For more information about Athens food truck industry check out the The Post’s article.

Hang up the uniforms, the Marching 110 has a free weekend

Like other sports organizations, Ohio University’s Marching 110 gets a small2015-10-02 00.24.14 break every now and then during the season. Even though they can be seen rehearsing every day of the week and often times performing over the weekend, sometimes the members of the 110 are lucky enough to get some free time. This coming weekend is their first free one of the semester, so they have their uniforms hanging up and staying in their bags for this Ohio University extended weekend. What do they do with that free time?


  1. Rest: As an organization that practices a few hours a day every single day of the week, those kids need some time to relax. So of course, if they get a weekend that they don’t have to march, they rest.
  2. Study: Sure, that may not be everyone’s idea of what down-time looks like, but with this weekend off and the “reading day” for all OU students, some members of the 110 are indeed cracking open their books. It’s midterm season, and understandably so, it can be difficult to balance schoolwork and marching band. So while some of them might be taking this weekend just to relax, some of them are taking advantage of the time to crack down on some homework.
  3. Watch football: Although this may sound counter-productive, there are indeed 110 members who watch football if they get the time. Usually their Saturdays are filled with watching the Bobcats play, not that watching them isn’t exciting, but then they miss out on a lot of other big-deal college football games. This Saturday, they don’t have to miss out.
  4. Visit home: There are a lot of Bobcats going home for the extended weekend, even some marching Bobcats. This is especially significant for 110 members because they haven’t had a weekend free yet this semester in which they could go home, while other students at OU have. However, this weekend, all Bobcats get the chance to go back to their stomping grounds. Sophomore euphonium player Sarah Strinka said, “I’m spending time with my family and going to the high school football game.” She, like many other 110 marchers, is spending her time this weekend living it up back home.

Even though the Marching 110 won’t be seen out anywhere this weekend, they will be back in action very soon. Next weekend (October 9-11) is homecoming weekend at OU and the Bobcats will face the Redhawks of Miami University that Saturday, October 10, at 2 p.m. at Peden Stadium.

Packing for college: 5 things you can’t come hOUme without

If you’re anything like the rest of us, you probably wait until the last minute to start packing. It’s part of the natural order of things and something to be expected. In your panicked frenzy to stuff as many things in a bag as fast as possible the night before you leave, you might just forget something. Court Street Stories took a survey of students on campus and came up with five things that you absolutely can’t forget, even if you’re in a hurry.

  1. Fest Shoes/ Boots

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No matter how much you like to dress up, don’t forget — you’re going to get dirty. Fest season gets very, very muddy and your favorite pair of vans won’t cut it. Also, keep in mind Athens has plenty of natural locations to explore, and I wouldn’t suggest hiking up Bong Hill without something sturdy. If you don’t have a pair of boots an old pair of shoes will do. You might not wear them to class but they’ll be sure to come in handy.


  1. Lucky T shirt

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There’s nothing quite like that one shirt you’ve had forever that fits just right. It’s become a part of you and you staunchly refuse to give it up. Whether it’s a wacky T-shirt with a deer riding a bike on it or a concert T-shirt from when you saw your favorite band, you can’t give it up just yet. It may have seen better days, but it’s all yours. Make sure you bring that little slice of comfort with you, it’ll be useful on those stressful days.

  1. Favorite Hat


Not everyone is a hat person, but those who are feel naked without one. Your wardrobe just isn’t complete without that baseball cap (or a top hat if you’re feeling fancy.) Hats can make or break an outfit so make sure your A-list caps are safely tucked away in a bag.


  1. Black clothes
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The results of the survey came back loud and clear— students like their black clothes. Contrary to popular belief, there has never been a “new black,” orange or otherwise. The classic color for any occasion, it’s a must have. That little black dress is a powerful weapon ladies (or men,) and black pants are perfect for throwing together a last minute outfit that looks like you actually plan those kinds of things.


  1. Raincoat

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Whether you’re looking for the “Gorton’s Fisherman” yellow or something a little less blinding, a raincoat is an absolutely necessary on campus. It’s not the flashiest piece of clothing but it’s invaluable on those long treks from South Green to West Green in the pouring rain. Those clear days never last forever, and you’ll be sure to get caught in the rain eventually. Come prepared.
There are a thousand other things on your mind as you’re packing for school, but some students agree that these will be vital in this new chapter of life. So while you’re stuffing all your jeans in one bag and hoping you remembered to bring socks, keep these five items in mind. It might just save your life.



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Buckeyes in Athens: Ohio University students show their support for OSU

When Ohio University President Roderick McDavis welcomed this year’s freshmen at their 2015 convocation ceremony, he said they are not only “Bobcats today, but Bobcats forever.”

However, some Bobcats like to call themselves something else: Buckeyes.

Ohio State fans can be found everywhere at OU, from students, to faculty, to everyday Athens residents. While they all live in a college town with a full Division 1 Athletics program, many choose to cheer on the team from Columbus.

Take a few steps into one of Athen’s more popular book stores — College Book Store — and you’ll notice OSU gear in plain sight amidst the mass of OU items.


For OSU fans coming to OU for the first time as students, remaining loyal to the Buckeyes in Athens can be challenging.

“It’s kinda tough being a Buckeye fan here in Athens,” OU student Megan Henry said. “I kinda feel like I have to hide that fact, especially at orientation when some of the administrators gave a funny talking to about how we go to OU not OSU.”

Henry said she’s been a Buckeyes fan since she was a kid, but left her OSU gear at home when she moved to Athens last year.

“I try to watch as many games as possible while I’m here in Athens,” she said. “It’s hard because I don’t always get the channel the Buckeyes are playing on or I’ll be busy.”

Henry said she did get to enjoy watching OSU’s national championship win last January.

It was so much fun watching the Bucks win the championship in my friend’s dorm,” she said. “I like being an OSU fan because it’s fun being a Buckeye fan. Our teams do exceptionally well. We have so many world-class athletes and Heisman Trophy winners.”

Another Buckeye in Athens, Liam Niemeyer, said he’s been a fan of Ohio State since he first moved to Columbus when he was six.

“Just living in Central Ohio indoctrinates you into the OSU fanbase,” Niemeyer said. “Everyone on Saturdays throws an OSU block party.”

However, he said coming to Athens changed his priorities. While he still is an OSU fan at heart, being a Bobcat takes precedence.

 “You would think there would be some inner-conflict of allegiances duking it out, but not really,” Niemeyer said. “I still cheer on the Buckeyes in football, but I know where my true home is now — it’s here in Athens”

Niemeyer said he still watches OSU games in Athens.

Whenever I watch them now on TV, I still get just as excited cheering them on as I would at home,” he said. “But if the Bobcats are on also, then OSU’s going in the dumpster of unworthy sports teams.”

Plenty of Bobcats have had their fair share to say about the OSU-OU debate on social media as well:

While Ohio University has a large following in Athens, its clear that Ohio State University still has fans of its own.

OU party school timeline

Our very own “Harvard on the Hocking” consistently ranks high on party school lists. Playboy magazine recently named OU as 2015’s top party school. For many years, The Princeton Review has also ranked OU a top party school…

But this year the ranking dropped. From 2011 to now we’ve gone from number 1 to number 16.

Let’s look back at Ohio University’s party school past told by The Princeton Review’s rankings:

2015- Number 16

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2014- Number 13

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2013- Number 7

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2012- Number 3

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2011- Number 1

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