Bobcat parents invade: How to convince your folks OU life is colorful, healthy, and of course, alcohol-free

Parents in town

Hilarious comments flooded Twitter after Ohio University Parents Weekend kicked off Friday in Athens, Ohio.

In response to the annual tradition that allows students on campus reuniting with their families, Twitter user Chuck Morgan, @chuckmorgan23, wrote, “It’s not a parents weekend at OU unless a dad starts a bar fight.”

Another Twitter user, Haley Priebe, @haleypriebe, said that “My dad is so excited to come to ou for parents weekend because he thinks that means we are drinking 24/7, SOS.”

The Career and Leadership Development Center of Ohio University tweeted that every parent looked like this during the weekend:

Hope it’s not because they drank too much. Ohio University hosted several family-friendly activities during the weekend, including a brunch, a bike tour, and a campfire event. The purpose was to provide parents an opportunity to connect to the university.

It’s not all about party

How to convince your parents that Athens is more than an isolated college town? Among several activities held during the weekend, a magician’s show and a library event with a historical bent could answer the question.

Adam Trent: Magician Reinvented

Broadway star Adam Trent brought his magician performance “Adam Trent: Magician Reinvented” to Ohio University Friday night as part of the school’s Parents Weekend events.

Trent’s audience interactive performance, described as “mind-bending, jaw-dropping” by Time Out New York magazine, combines magic, dancing and singing, as well as stand-up comedy.

Steampunk Festival
Steampunkers gather at Athens Public Library Saturday, September 24, 2016.
Steampunkers gather at Athens Public Library Saturday, September 24, 2016.

A tea party, a shooting game, and workshops… Athens Public Library hosted its fourth annual Steampunk Festival Saturday. This year the theme was “Full Steam into the West.”

Steampunk is a genre of science fiction that focuses on steam power technology. The genre inspires Steampunk fashion that integrates modern designs with 19th-century Victorian elements.

If your families have decided to stay for another week
Athens Invitational Marching Festival

Several high school marching bands from Southeast and Central Ohio will compete in the 42nd annual Athens Invitational Marching Festival at Athens High School on Saturday, October 1.

The event is open to the public and admission is $5. Festival organizers will donate ticket proceeds for youth development. Find more information here.

Inaugural Habitat 5K Fall Fun Run/Walk

Celebrate the Fall season of Athens with your parents in a healthy way. A run/walk race will be held Saturday, October 1 at Athens Community Center. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 14. Registration proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio. Find more information here.

Ohio University students mooch off of parents for groceries

This past weekend was Dad’s weekend at Ohio University, and like any other weekend when students’ parents visit them, the Ohio University students let their parents buy them groceries.

The cliché of being “poor college students” is often times an accurate description. When parents come, it’s a highlight of college for a lot of reasons, one of those being that students don’t have to worry as much about spending their own money. This past weekend, almost every student seen around campus was accompanied by their father. The dads were seen buying food for their kids at restaurants on campus and up town, and also buying them groceries.

“It helps me because I don’t have to use my own money on groceries, and I can use it on things like books,” said sophomore english major Emily Griffith. “A lot of things I need aren’t on campus and I don’t have a car, so my parents can drive me up town to Kroger.”

To clear the air, we as students don’t use our parents, but if they offer to buy us things, we aren’t going to say no. Sophomore journalism major Caitlin Harrison said, “I have a job, but once in a while when my mom is in town and she wants to take me out and buy me things, it’s a nice treat.”

My dad came up to campus for dad’s weekend, and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t basque in the fact that I didn’t have to pay for a single thing. And then it was a sad reality when he left and I had to go back to paying for things on my own again. We as students love when our parents visit because they always make good company and we like sharing this world of ours with them, but we do especially appreciate them taking care of expenses for the time they’re in town.

Parents Weekend offered an array of activities

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Ohio University’s 2015 Parents Weekend provided a variety of familiar entertainment in athletics, theatrics and, not to mention, the bars.

Ohio Bobcats Football faced off against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday attracting a total of 22,895 students, parents and everyone in between.

Despite two 30-minute lightning delays during its second half, the home football game ended favorably for the Bobcats with a final score of 35-14. This win propelled the Bobcats to a record of 3-0.

However, many did not see this victory live as the rain and lightning delays cleared the stands toward the end of the second half.

Later that day, many students and parents flocked from the rained-out game and crowd-flooded uptown to attend Second City’s skit, improvisational comedy show, which kicked off at 8 p.m. in The Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

The comedy troupe, which past members include Tina Fey, Steve Carrell and many other accomplished actors, performed for nearly two and a half hours, touching on and satirizing topics such as generational difference, romantic tension and, appropriately, parenting.

“It was a really great show,” Calvin Haines, a sophomore studying chemical engineering who was accompanied by his parents, said. “They paced the jokes very well and the skits were creative.”

Following the show, many students and parents headed down Court Street to the bars, with several establishments garnering sizable crowds outside waiting to get in.

But aside from scheduled events and the bars, some students chose to show their parents what day-to-day life in Athens is like.

“(My parents and I) ate at Union Street Diner, then went and shopped at a few bookstores, and I showed them around Ping,” Gianna Montague, a sophomore studying biology, said. “They had a lot of fun!”

The weekend most likely also included supply runs to Walmart, long waits at Casa Nueva, and many, many family portraits uploaded to Instagram.