Clean or Dirty: The Fine Lines of Social Media in College

Since high school many students have always been told to keep a “clean” social media presence. In regards to “clean” students have assumed to not post anything that would come back to hurt them in the future. However, not all students have a similar belief in regard to social media.

Junior Brian Beckstedt feels social media is a form of free speech that should be used to express himself.

Ohio University Student tweet
Ohio University Student tweet

“It helps me to express myself better, and it let’s people know my feelings on a certain subject,” Beckstedt a business major said.

Beckstedt feels social media is for the benefit of getting the message out that he wants in the moment. Being a business major, he finds himself in a unique situation. Following college, he is going to join the family business.

Beckstedt recognizes not censoring his thoughts can be a potential threat to other employers but he wants people to appreciate him for who he is and what he believes.

“Social media can be threatening if you are using words too often it may shy a potential employer away,” Beckstedt added. “But for me I have a special circumstance where I work for my father, and other family.”

For Laura Garotti, a senior studying journalism she has a different tone in regard to social media. Garotti has to create a brand and an image around who she is for potential employers.

“I keep (social media) clean because as a journalist, I like to be transparent and be able to make all of my profiles public,” Garotti explained.

What employers think is important for Garotti. She feels future coworkers could additionally alter work life due to a social media experience.

“You also never know when a coworker will request to add you on Facebook and potentially show others what you post.”

Being a journalism major plays a big role in keeping her social media clean according to the senior. Having a major that is in the public eye is a major part of keeping social media clean.

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Ohio University Student Tweet

“(Some other majors) aren’t in the public eye, but I also believe they don’t completely realize how little privacy you actually get when you go online,” Garotti added.

Most students have slipped up on social media from time to time and Garotti explained she is no different, but in regards to future job security she feels she is safe.

“Oh, I’ve definitely had bad posts that I’ve regretted, but nothing that I think would cost me a job, thanks to thinking before I post.”

6 social media accounts every incoming Bobcat should follow

Starting college can be terrifying (I know it was for me), especially if you don’t know what to expect coming in. I’m a first-generation freshman at Ohio University, so I had absolutely no idea what I was in for when I got to campus. Now that I’m just a few days away from the end of my first year of college, I’d like to share some tips with my future fellow Bobcats as to how to get through your first year of college. I’ve created a list of the major social media users every incoming student should like or follow to help ease the transition and make the most of living in Athens.

  1. OHIObso on Instagram 

The Bobcat Student Orientation Instagram account is a useful tool for freshmen or new students due to the fact that it offers a wide variety of tips about Ohio University’s campus. Be sure to check it out and follow it for ideas about new study spots or just some fun facts about the campus!

2. Jenny Hall-Jones on Twitter

Jenny Hall-Jones, Dean of Students and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, has an active presence on Twitter. She tweets not only about on-campus activities, but also encouraging messages to OU students such as the one above. She also retweets other students fairly often, so be sure to follow her and tweet at her to get a shoutout!

3. University Program Council on Facebook

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The University Program Council at OU puts on fun and free events for students periodically throughout the year. It brought Metro Station to Baker University Center, allowing students to take a study break at a free concert during the last week of classes. The organization updates its Facebook page more frequently than its Twitter, so be sure to stay updated by liking it on Facebook!

4. Scalia Lab Athens OH on Twitter 

The Scalia Lab right here in Athens keeps OU students up to date on the latest weather, including snow emergencies during the winter months. Living in the midwest, we need to be sure someone is watching out for the next unexpected turn of weather, and the Scalia Lab does just that. It has saved me during quite a few unexpected weather emergencies (including the sudden foot of snow we got one day in January out of absolutely nowhere).

5. Your graduating class on Facebook 

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Find your class page on Facebook as soon as possible. While there are students who just post in the group to be distracting, annoying or obnoxious, there are a lot of posts that can be helpful. People post about lost IDs, potential new groups and even roommate searches. You just might find your college best friend in the group! Or at least your lost ID.

6. Other incoming students in your program of study on any platform 

The easiest way to do this is to search your program of study on Twitter or Instagram. You could also try to be a go-getter and create a Facebook group, but that may not work unless you know at least a few other people to invite to the group. Following and even messaging some of your future fellow Bobcats is the best way to make sure you’re not coming to campus knowing absolutely no one. If you’re proactive in making friends, the transition from high school and parental dependence to college and independence will be much less scary.


There are other social media accounts that could be of use to new students, but these are the lifesavers in my experience. Just keep in mind that college is an incredible time in which people grow and discover who they are. It’s okay to be afraid of this big transition, but it’s also okay to come in excited and ready for the next step in life.

The Post-Secondary

Getting Social via Media

People are talking about their time at GBD- Green Beer Day, that is. Check out #GBD for posts from Bobcats wearing green and drinking green.

Faculty and staff received an email about a big announcement today and some are using #OUAnnounce to speculate what it will be. Theories so far include President McDavis’ retirement and a slide down Jeff Hill.

@Pottermore revealed a part of ‘History of Magic in North America’ via Twitter.

 News-Worthy Topics

Students are back from spring break and welcoming “fest season” with open arms. Before the festivities officially kick off this weekend, students first celebrated Green Beer Day on Wednesday. Though St. Patrick’s Day is about a week away, students took to the bars on Court Street and consumed large amounts of green-colored beer in honor of the Irish holiday.

As the colored-alcohol activities came to an end, Athens welcomed Ohio University’s Board of Trustees to campus for its March meeting. The university’s main decision-making entity will discuss and likely approve a plan for the university’s infrastructure for the next decade, tuition increases for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and future renovations for The Ridges.

OU officials are also in the midst of choosing a new Vice President for Student Affairs after Ryan Lombardi stepped down from the position and took a job at Cornell University in New York. There are currently two candidates vying for the position, which is temporarily being performed by Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones.

Let’s Talk Sports

The Ohio Women’s Basketball team will be attending The 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland on Monday. The Bobcats will be playing 12 other teams in the MAC conference.

The Ohio Men’s Basketball team will also be attending The 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland. After upsetting Miami last weekend, they will be playing tonight.

After 18 years in the NFL, Peyton Manning will be retiring from Pro Football. Peyton didn’t want his body to give out, but there is some speculation that he could be going into the business or broadcasting side of sports.

Current NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors Center Guard Stephen Curry is currently trying to help out other young athletes get into the NFL.

Lifestyle Fixes for any Bobcat

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Breaking Down Higher Education

Graduate student teachers have a positive effect on undergraduates

A recent study has shown that graduate student instructors have a positive effect on the undergraduate students they teach, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Students who take their first class from a graduate student in a certain major are more likely to major in that subject than those who take their first class from a faculty member.

The study was conducted using undergraduate students at public universities in Ohio who first enrolled in college in fall of 1998 or 1999.

Rising tuition costs are the biggest problem facing higher education

The rising costs of higher education are making access to college more difficult for families, according to a story from the Washington Post.

“Across the country, the average price of a public four-year college in today’s dollars has increased by 13 percent since 2010, according to the College Board. That followed a 24 percent increase between 2005 and 2011.

The increase in tuition costs is occurring at the same time family incomes have decreased.

Growing endowments becoming a cause for concern at universities because of connection to hedge funds

Universities throughout the country have invested a larger portion of their endowments in hedge funds. This practice has led some to question if the practice it putting university funds at risk and the high fees charged by many hedge funds to participate, according to an article from The Nation.

“I was going to donate money to Yale. But maybe it makes more sense to mail a check directly to the hedge fund of my choice,” Malcolm Gladwell tweeted last summer, causing a commotion that landed him on NPR.

While the issue involves larger amounts of cash at larger schools with endowments of more than a billion dollars, public universities are also investing this way. Even Ohio University with an endowment of $553 million has some money invested in hedge funds.


Written by Gentry Bennett, Dina Berliner, Rahul Mukherjee, Burton Speakman and Megan Witmer.

We’re not in Kansas anymore; there’s no place like hOUme


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Schoonover Center for Communication as seen from College Green

I recently watched a romantic comedy in which one character recited the line “a house is a place, but home is a feeling” (Sleeping with Other People).

Most Ohio University students don’t call Athens home. Rather, they call it ‘hOUme.’

hOUme is a place where we shape our careers, run into three people we know on the way to class and convince underclassmen to swipe us into the new dining hall.

For me, hOUme can best be narrowed down to Schoonover Center for Communication. The building was a mere rumor when I arrived for freshman orientation, but would come to have an extreme impact on who I am as a person.

In December of 2013, I was one of the first Ohio University students to enter Schoonover Center. The Dean’s Office, where I worked as an office assistant, would be the first office to move from the Radio-Television Building to Schoonover Center.

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Me holding an Instagram frame for my job as Social Media Student Manager for Scripps College of Communication

The building would evolve over the next two years in ways I never imagined. My duties as an office worker would be simplified: to deliver something to the School of Communication Studies I simply took an elevator ride, instead of a walk down Union Street. To go to class, I rode the same elevator to a room with four projection screens and dozens of televisions for active learning instead of walking to a then-mold-infested Scripps Hall.

In those elevator rides, classes, student organization meetings and work meetings, I found hOUme.

Now, Schoonover Center is my hOUme-base. I can be snapping pics for the social media accounts I run for Scripps College of Communication (yes, I got a promotion!) and see my best friends studying together in the lobby.

It’s a running joke in my friend group that if anyone texts me while they’re in Schoonover, chances are I’m already in the building and am on my way to join their lobby study session.

Some people might think that’s crazy, but I like to think I’m consistent.

Schoonover Center is hOUme.

Halloween in Athens: Social media recap

Another year, another Halloween weekend filled with debauchery on Court Street and in Athens.

Students took to their phones before, during and after the Athens Halloween Block Party to share their experiences, both good and bad, on social media.

It turns out the Halloween block party actually began in 1974, as The Post tweeted out, when rowdy students blocked traffic on Court Street. The tradition continued each year until the City of Athens began sponsoring the event.

Before the chaos started, Court Street was completely empty. One clever Instagram user created a side-by-side comparison of how Court Street looked before and during the Halloween festivities.

Before and After #HallOUween ??

A photo posted by Nigel Harris (@scoob_96) on

Early on Saturday, students began donning their costumes, some perhaps getting a little too into the whole dressing up thing. One student’s tweet garnered over a thousand favorites on Twitter, featuring students dressed like animals acting in their natural habitats.

Many a clever costume could be seen on Halloween. One Instagram user, depicted below, dressed up as Forrest Gump, the titular character of the 1994 film. It’s pretty clear the bench was an essential part of this guy’s costume.

Jenny and me was like peas and carrots. #HallOUween

A photo posted by Spencer Holbrook (@spencerholbrook) on

Squirrel costumes were extremely abundant this year. It’s not clear why this was so. It could be a result of OU students’ obsession with Athens squirrels or an immature need  to make jokes about “nuts,” or both. Regardless, squirrels were seen all over Athens on Saturday, both human and rodent.

Squirrel. Fucking. Squad! #HALLOUWEEN

A photo posted by That's So Athens (@thatssoathens_) on

As the evening progressed, the actual block party on Court Street took off. A photographer posted his photos from the event to Twitter, capturing the color and craziness of the festivities.

Here’s another photo of the block party someone tweeted, this one showing the immense crowd at the first stage at the intersection of Court and Union. A corner usually traversed by students walking to class or Uptown to get food was transformed into a massive rave.

One of the musical artists who performed Saturday, DJ B Funk, took to the stage dressed as the Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George. It’s safe to say Curious George would be very curious about B Funk’s performance at the block party.

DJ B Funk expressed his gratitude on Twitter after the block party had ended. Other performances on the block party’s two stages included such names as Get Weird, 2 High Crew, Ape Mode, Ghostowl and Blond. The Post reported about how those performances went.

Students weren’t the only ones walking the uptown streets on Halloween night. Local law enforcement was out in full force, including officers — and their horses — who patrolled the area. Martha Compton, director of Community Standards at Ohio University, tweeted her gratitude for the officers.

But another student wasn’t quite as excited about the horses as Compton was…

Not all the festivity occurred on Court Street during halloween. While students danced in the mosh pits on Court Street, others dressed as Jedi Knights from Star Wars battled it out on West Green. Whether the dark or light side prevailed that night is hard to say.

Much festivity also occurred on Mill Street, as massive crowds headed to and from from the block party. And with such festivity came more law enforcement, as officers shut down parties on Mill Street. Post News Editor Emily Bohatch tweeted about one incident.

Many students may have been surprised when the Daylight Saving Time change hit at 2 a.m. Student Senate President Gabby Bacha tweeted about her frustration experiencing 1 a.m. all over again.

The rain started to calm things down toward the end of the night. Many costumed individuals could be seen drenched by the rain, which was a sad sight. One Instagram user captured the night’s end as crowds left Court Street while the rain poured down.

That night, police made a total of 71 arrests, not including the arrests made on Friday. And not all of those arrests were OU students, however, with many of them being visiting students from other colleges.

The morning after, Post staffer Will Drabold captured the lines at Court Street eateries, presumably filled with many hung over students. Bagel Street Deli’s line ran as far as the curb, with customers staring at their phones waiting for breakfast.

One student summed up the Halloween festivities’ best features in one Tweet:

While this year’s Halloween in Athens may have seemed like a typical one, it’s safe to stay that students still enjoyed themselves and continued to document their night on social media.

Want to share your Halloween experience on social media? Tweet this article’s author @AlxMeyer.

A Q&A with the operator of Ohiosnap

It’s the weekend at Ohio University and students start to document their selfies and video snippets throughout the night. They ship off these play-by-plays to their snapchat followers — even to accounts run by strangers. Ohiousnap is an account in which snapchatters can send pictures and videos to the account and anyone who is friends with OU Snapchat.

Many of the pictures and video that are sent to ohiousnap is downloaded onto the account’s Snapchat story for all of its followers to view.

Mike Warning is the owner and operator of the Snapchat account, ohiousnap, and manages it all from his phone.

Warning, a sophomore studying integrated media, said his Snapchat account has about 8,500 followers since its startup in October of 2014. He also runs the OhioUSnap Twitter account which has about 1,100 followers.

Court Street Stories got the chance to sit down with Warning who shared his experience on running the account.

CS: How did you get the idea to start a Snapchat account?

MW: It was kind of by accident. Last year back when Yik Yak was a really big thing, I was bored as hell one day, and I wondered what would happen if I put my Snapchat up (on Yik Yak). Being the cautious person that I am, I didn’t want to put my actual account on there and get creeps. So I created a Snapchat. I think for the first three or four weeks I actually went through and found other people’s snapchats on Yik Yak, save them, steal photos from their stories and put them on my own (story) until at Halloween where it just blew up.

CS: How many snapchats do you get a day?
MW: Halloween last year was only when I had 1,500 subscribers, but I literally did not put down my phone because of how many people were sending snaps in their costumes. On a regular day, I usually don’t have it up the entire time, but I usually get between 600 seconds of footage. Not all of that goes up of course, but that’s usually what I get.

CS: Why do you think people want their personal pictures and videos to go to a stranger like you?

MW: When people think OU snap, they’re not thinking me. They think it’s just a story, not the guy on the other side. Otherwise, I think it’s because we live in the experiencial culture. Everything’s all about travelling and wanting to do all of these different things. But because of the Internet, we can live vicariously. I feel like people enjoy watching and enjoy sending their stuff in because they feel like other people will enjoy seeing it. People watch because they want to do the same stuff they’re doing.

CS: How do you control which content you put up and don’t put up?

MW: It’s a really long process. I have to go through each one and select the ones I like, download them and then go back through and re-upload them through my story. There’s a program that I use that helps me do all of that.

CS: Do you designate certain times to do that during the day?

MW: I usually set aside three or four different chunks of my day to sit down for 20 to 30 minutes and upload stuff. I actually have a partner that also helps me, so that’s nice.

CS: Are there any snapchats you’ve come across that have stuck out?

MW: There’s this video of this guy yelling, ‘I got a question. Why do they call it speed bumps when we gotta slow down?’ That was last year and I found that hilarious. This year I went to my friend’s dorm and I go across the hall and I see this guy, and I swear that’s him. It turned out to be him and now we’re like pretty good friends.

CS: Has this ruined the experience of Snapchat for you?

MW: Yes. I don’t get to use my own Snapchat a lot, so that always kind of sucks. It kind of does get annoying when I forget to logout one day, and I have 45 different snapchats that I have to go through. It’s nuts, but it’s what the people like and all the other accounts are going through the same thing. It’s something you got to do.

CS: How long do think you’ll do this?

MW: We’ve had a little bit of competition with the Ohio Campus story. As of now, I don’t see any problem in continuing. It started off as a hobby. It continues to be a hobby. But we’re actually trying to work on different advertisements and stuff for school groups and local businesses and stuff. So I don’t see why I wouldn’t keep it up with the next four years.