O-H, I-O! Here we go! (again!)

 

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“O-H!” is the beginning of a chant heard often in OSU football-addicted Columbus, and this year was no exception. With an 11-2 record, a double overtime win against longtime rival University of Michigan and selection to the 4-team national college football playoff, the 2016 Buckeye season was worthy of the exuberant “I-O!” that finished out its favorite cheer and its regular season.  The 2017 season could thrill the scarlet-and-gray crowds as well, especially if it results in a more inspiring post season than Coach Urban Meyer’s only career shut-out, against ultimate national champion Clemson University in the first round of the national championship playoffs.  The best we can do for now is give you pre-game chills at the thought of you seeing the team in helmets and cleats, since the regular football season doesn’t start until September. Here’s a summary of the recent past and what the future holds.

2017-2018 Schedule

Their competition will vary between unranked to top 10 teams. Games against Maryland and Nebraska look like a cakewalk, while matches against Michigan and (No. 6) Oklahoma will likely prove to be a battle. This season’s encounter with (No. 7) Penn State could be billed as a grudge match, since the 2016-17 Nittany Lions’ regular season defeat of OSU helped them capture the Big Ten Championship, but did not result in an invitation to the national playoffs.

Players headed to the big leagues and those stay another year

Malik Hooker, Raekwon McMillan, Curtis Samuel, Noah Brown, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are losing their scarlet jerseys in order to pursue the big league. They hope to make a similar statement as the 2016 draft class, which had five players drafted in the top 20 picks of the first round, including Ezekiel Elliott, Joey Bosa, and Eli Apple.  The Buckeyes shouldn’t drop their heads, despite key players leaving. Chris Worley, Billy Price, Sam Hubbard, and star quarterback J.T. Barrett are staying in Columbus. Due to another stellar recruiting year, there will be a host of other new talent to support their top remaining players. Next Buckeye up!  Urban Meyer’s contract lasts through 2020. He has the highest annual compensation of Big Ten coaches.  He’s earned the brand of the ultimate Buckeye coach, with a 61-6 OSU record.

New Signees 

There are 18 commitments for the upcoming year. Safety Jeffrey Okudah, running back Cam Akers, linebacker Baron Browning and cornerback Lamont Wade are among the five-star committed prospects.  A healthy crew of four-star athletes like cornerback Lamont Wade, linebacker Anthony Hines and defensive tackle Anthony Hines are also on board. The 2017-2018 season could be a groundbreaking campaign, thanks to this young and promising talent.

Leaving their legacy after college

The 2016 draft class had five players selected in the top 20 picks of the first round. Six members of the 2016 OSU draft players made the all-rookie list. With 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns, Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliot had one of the best NFL freshman campaigns ever, and solidified himself as one of the best running backs in the game. Joey Bosa was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year with 10.5 sacks in 12 games for the Los Angeles Chargers. That says something about the lasting legacy of Buckeye football.

State of the Fanbase

There is nothing like hearing fans scream during a critical drive, especially when one of the most exceptional human support systems are behind you. OSU fans are #1 in college athletics and #8 globally based on its booming attendance of 100K + fans per-game, according to a Fansided Time. Inc. survey.  Never turn down watching a game in the Buckeye’s beloved Horseshoe stadium or in whatever venue their loyals consistently follow them to throughout the country.

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Five minutes for reading: Notes on the Washington Capitals

It’s time to get excited again.

In just under two months, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will once again grace the sporting world with its presence. The Cup Playoffs are simultaneously dreadful, astonishing, exhilarating and can turn even the most sane people into a raging nutcase. And yet, we love it all the same.

The Washington Capitals, winners of everything but the Stanley Cup, are once again in the driver’s seat to win the President’s Trophy. But there’s really not an argument to the contrary anymore.

This is the best team of the Alex Ovechkin era. There won’t be a better chance for the Capitals to win the Cup. For a franchise as snakebitten as this one, that’s enough scare you into a pillow fort. But it’s time to believe.

Bye Bye Bye

The Capitals are officially on their NHL-mandated bye week. The team’s last game was Saturday, and they won’t hit the ice again until next Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.

Some of the player’s have already taken advantage of this rare week off, doing whatever they need to in order to get ready for the upcoming stretch run. Maybe a run that will last until June.

The Capitals just finished a stretch of 21 games in 42 days, so a long rest is in order for a team who just lost its second line winger, Andre Burakovsky.

Coach Barry Troz has said time and time again this season that he wants to manage the team’s ice time to keep fresher legs ready for April and May, and this bye week should help that.

The year?

The age old question surrounding the Washington Capitals:

Is this the year?

Seemingly every year, there’s a new reason to believe that this is, in fact, the Capitals turn. A new goalie, improved defense, more scoring depth have been cited for years as the team’s problems.

Well this year, the Capitals have all of those things. In fact, they’re fielding a team with no discernible weaknesses. Frankly, that scares the hell out of Caps fans.

Washington Post columnist Barry Svrluga wrote a terrific column about how this is the year. Finally.

The Capitals have one of the best goalies in the league, the best team defense in the league by far and enough scoring depth with the likes of Pittsburgh and anyone else that might face the Caps.

It’s a game of razor thin margins, so all it takes is one hot goalie to put the Capitals on the couch for May. But there isn’t a team in the league that matches up to Washington. Well, on paper.

Bunches of fun

The Capitals scoring over the last month has been, well, stupid. There really isn’t another word for how much the Caps have been scoring.

Five Capitals have over 15 goals this year, and there’s a legitimate chance that seven players end up with over 20 goals. 10 players have already scored double digit goals this season.

Since the new year, the Capitals have scored 4.52 goals per game. That would be good for first by one whole goal per game. The Capitals now have three legitimate, talented scoring lines and it’s showing.

Off the Ice

The Capitals have also drawn some attention from their off the ice events.

Braden Holtby will wear a “You Can Play” themed mask on Feb. 24. You Can Play is an organization dedicated to equality in sports, regardless of gender of sexual orientation.

The Capitals also hosted Fatima Al Ali, a woman from the United Arab Emirates and a Capitals fanatic. She got to meet Alex Ovechkin and team and broke down in tears at the sight of everyone in the locker room.

She dropped the ceremonial puck at the Red Wings/Capitals game that night too.

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Legal murder

The Capitals are actually destroying their opponents right now. And really, it’s not close.

The Caps have lost just three times since Jan. 1 and just five of their wins since then have been by one goal. Meaning, in the 21 games since the new year, the Capitals have won 13 times by at least two goals.

The team is slowly creeping away with the President’s Trophy race, which would be the team’s third in eight years.

The run is not likely to continue, especially as the playoffs draw closer, but for now, there might not be a better, more dominant team in sports.

It’s OK to worry about playoff failures and past defeats, but for now, enjoy the ride. There hasn’t been one like it in Capitals history, and there might not ever be another stretch like this one.

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Things finally looking up for Duke, but will the Blue Devils be ready for March

 

Entering mid-February of a rollercoaster season, the Duke Blue Devils are finally starting to embody the full potential of the preseason No. 1 team that was the favorite to win this year’s national title.  Duke seemed to have all of the components to piece together a national championship team early on- a great pool of freshmen talent, 4 returning veterans including lead scorer Luke Kennard as well as three 2015 national championship players, and a world-class coach returning after winning his third Olympic gold medal in Brazil.  However, injuries, suspension, and lacking in team cohesiveness has caused an unpredictable season for Duke.

The Blue Devils began their season without freshmen Jayson Tatum, Marques Bolden, and top recruit Harry Giles, all of whom suffered early injuries.  Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski were adamant about waiting until players were back to 100 percent before returning to the court. Even without these key players, Duke managed to start their season 9-1.  Duke played their first full roster game with the return of a healthy Harry Giles, who made his college debut, December 19th with a 65-55 win over Tennessee State.

Duke’s full roster team did not last long.  Following their win over Tennessee State, preseason favorite Player of the Year junior Grayson Allen came under scrutiny for tripping Elon’s Steven Santa Ana.  This was Allen’s third offense in one calendar year, with blatant tripping offenses last season against both Louisville and Florida State.  This incident took the media by storm, mostly incited by the angered tantrum Allen threw on the bench following the incident.  The preseason player of the year favorite was subjected to countless harsh tweets, articles, and internet memes.  Mike Kryzyzewski imposed an indefinite suspension on Allen as well as stripping him of his captaincy as punishment.

That indefinite suspension, however, resulted in a mere one game suspension for the junior, which led to even more backlash in the media on Allen, Duke, and Krzyzewski.  Allen struggled in his early games back and faced extreme hate from opposing teams and fans, including getting booed any time he touched the ball.  It seems though that Allen has finally accepted the situation he has placed himself in as college basketball villain and begun to play to his full potential.  Allen is a leader on the court and has come up big in recent wins, serving as a key playmaker to his team. Duke needs the consistency Allen has been providing in recent games to remain a top contender in a fierce ACC conference.

Freshman injuries and Allen’s suspension were not the only setbacks Duke has faced this year.  It was announced in early January that head coach Mike Krzyzewski would undergo back surgery, leading the five-time national championship coach to miss 4 weeks for recovery.  Assistant coach Jeff Capel served as interim head coach for 7 games, which the Blue Devils finished 4-3 with Kryzewski’s absence.  The injuries did not stop with the freshmen or coach-during Kryzyzewski’s absence, Duke also played without their co-captain Amile Jefferson for 2 games, who was out with a bone bruise to his right foot, the same foot that caused him to miss 27 games last season.

But now things are finally starting to look up for Duke- they’re playing with an almost full roster (sophomore Chase Jeter currently out due to herniated disk), Coach K has returned from his absence following back surgery, Grayson Allen has taken reigns as a team leader, and the Blue Devils are on a 5-0 winning streak coming off a win against Clemson.  CBS has released 2017 NCAA bracketology predictions with Duke a current 4 seed. With this team the healthiest they have been all season and the return of their coach, the question is if the Blue Devils have enough time to prepare for March to be a national title contender.

This is a team with nine McDonald’s All-Americans and all of the right talent to win a national championship. After numerous setbacks, things are starting to look up for the Blue Devils. But with March quickly approaching, will Mike Krzyzewski be able to mold the cohesiveness this team has lacked all season when it counts?

The 5 saddest times to be a D.C. sports fan

D.C. sports fans are the most tortured souls in sports fandom. I know this, because I’ve spent many nights, sitting on my couch, befuddled at life itself. Nothing really matters. It all dies anyways.

With Cleveland’s title last summer, D.C. sports took claim to the saddest sports city in America. It’s different being a D.C. kid in a town like Athens, especially when fans hail from Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Here’s the worst five moments since the turn of the century in D.C:

5: Gilbert brings guns to the locker room

After brief success in the middle-2000s, the Wizards were dying. Gilbert Arenas had bad knees and was faltering, Antwan Jamison and Caron Butler were growing weary, and the Cavaliers couldn’t be stopped. Then in the 2009-10 season, Arenas brought unloaded guns to the locker room. After an argument with a teammate, Arenas allegedly threatened to shoot Javaris Crittenton. Arenas was suspended for the remainder of the season and traded a year later.

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4: LeBron psyches out Agent Zero

The Wizards were up two against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the 2006 NBA Playoffs. With just two free throws in overtime, Gilbert Arenas, a new league sensation, would have sent the Wizards and Cavs to Game 7. LeBron walked up to Arenas, and historically said “miss these, you’re going home.” Arenas missed both free throws, and Damon Jones hit a 3-pointer as time ran out for the Cavaliers.

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3: Nationals blow lead against the Cardinals 

After fighting for a baseball team for decades, the Nationals finally had made playoffs after seven long years. The Nationals were up 6-0 in Game 5, and were on track to be the first D.C. sports team to make a conference final since 1998. They blew the lead, gave up four runs in the ninth inning, and lost. The Cardinals were down to their last strike twice. Still, no D.C. sports team has made a conference final since 1998.

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2: RG3’s knee explodes 

The Redskins had him. The quarterback designed to lead the team to the promised land. Playing on an injured knee, Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to a 14-0 lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs. Then, disaster. A bad snap forced RG3’s knee to bend and every major ligament in his knee to snap. The fallout forced an entire coaching staff, and Griffin, out of Washington three years later.

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1: Any Capitals playoff loss

The most tortured team in hockey history, the Capitals started blowing 3-1 leads before it was cool. The team has made the playoffs all but seven times since 1982, and still has only made the conference finals once. President’s Trophies don’t seem to matter for the “choking dogs,” who each and every year find a way to blow a once promising season. It’s a running joke.

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7 Reasons to stop freaking out about the Cavaliers recent struggles

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The Cleveland Cavaliers went a dismal 7-8 and in January. Players and fans are frustrated and trying to figure out where things aren’t working, but there isn’t too much cause for concern. Things will work themselves out and you will probably see the Cavs in the Finals for a third straight year.

1) Eastern Conference Strength

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Think about LeBron’s first year back in Cleveland. The Atlanta Hawks were the No. 1 seed with homecourt advantage and the Cavaliers swept them. The same result happened last year in the playoffs. Not much need to worry about the East.

2) January was cold to all

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The Cavs went 7-8 in January, doubling their loss total on the season. But let’s look around the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder went 7-7, the Toronto Raptors went 7-9. Looking at the NCAA, the 1,2, and 4 ranked teams all lost on the same night. January is over now. Look for teams to warm back up in the upcoming months.

3) LeBron’s subtweets/public criticisms led to title

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Last season, James went to twitter to vent a little of his frustration with the team and critics. Even over the offseason, he subtweeted to Dan Gilbert about getting contracts negotiated for key players J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson. Eventually, those tweets meant nothing, then the Cavs won a championship. Expect these recent comments and tweets to fire up the team and expect a return trip to the Finals.

4) There are 82 Games in a season

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The Cavaliers are 32-16 and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The season is almost half over and even if they continue their mediocre play, they will be back in the playoffs and most likely their 3rd straight Finals. Don’t think that the Cavs will stay this way. They have a lot of time to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

5) Key players are injured

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Kevin Love is continuing to struggle with back issues that are causing him to miss time and not perform at his highest levels. J.R. Smith has been out with a thumb injury. He is a catalyst to offensive runs. Without the two, the Cavs lose two great three-point shooters. Don’t worry, they’ll be back and itching to help the team. Blowouts have happened before

6) Blowouts have happened before

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Last season on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Golden State Warriors put an epic beatdown on the Cavaliers, winning the game. This season, the Warriors bashed the Cavaliers in Cleveland 132-98. Are the Cavs nervous? N, because they realize they don’t care about beating the Warriors during the season. They care about beating them in June. The Warriors Blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals

7) The Warriors Blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals

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Okay, okay, enough memes and jokes. In all seriousness, both teams are itching to get back to the Finals. It will be the decisive rubber match. Who will win? Will the Warriors avenge the blown opportunity from last season or will the Cavaliers prove they are top dog? Book your calendars you will see them go at it in June.

 

The Ohio University Aquatic Center: the best and the worst place for a swimmer in Athens

To be completely honest, my favorite place in Athens, Ohio is also my least favorite place. The Ohio University Aquatic Center, commonly known as “OUAC” or “the pool”, is where all my best and worst college experiences have taken place. For those who do not know where the pool is, it is connected Grover and behind Bird Arena. The OUAC is open to all students during the designated open swim times.

The Olympic-sized pool and facility opened in 1984 and remains in good condition despite minimal renovations. There are 22 lanes, which is plenty of space for those who frequent the pool. In the deep-end section of the pool, there are two one-meter diving boards and two three-meter diving boards.

I am a member of the Ohio University Women’s Swimming and Diving team, therefore I spend copious amounts of time at the Ohio University Aquatic Center. Twice a day, every day, I jump into the sometimes icy cold waters and grind out a workout.

The Ohio University Women’s Swimming & Diving team celebrating a victory after a dual meet on 1/21/17.

Most swim practices are a grueling two hours of non-stop laps. We are out of breath and aching at the end of the workout. Some workouts are stamped into my memory for being the worst experience of my life.

My least favorite set would be the semi-annual 25x200s freestyle. In the set, we are supposed to hold the fastest pace we can for the duration of the set. Our coach will record our times and get our average. Our average will be used as a benchmark for other workouts during the season.

Even though I often hate going to the pool, it’s still my favorite place on campus. It is my favorite place because it is “home” to me. Being in the water is like second nature. No matter what chaos is ensuing in my life, the pool remains a constant place to relieve my stresses.

The pool is also where I met all my best friends. If I weren’t on the swim team and at the pool 24/7, I wouldn’t have the relationships I do now. My team is my family and I love the time I get to spend with them.

Carrie Dukes, Katie Lemen, Caroline Raley, and Liz Murphy snap a picture underwater at swim practice.

My favorite college memory thus far took place at the OUAC. It was the first dual meet of 2014, and my first college swim meet. The atmosphere was incredible. I will never forget stepping up on the blocks for my first collegiate race. It was the 200-yard freestyle. My parents were in the stands, and my teammates and coaches were lined up on the edge of the pool cheering me on. It was truly a moment I will never forget.

To most people, the Ohio University Aquatic Center is one of the amenities on campus that they don’t take advantage of. To me, it is much more. My relationship with the pool is defiantly love-hate, but I wouldn’t be the same person without it. I give the OUAC full credit for my success in athletics, fond college memories, and lasting relationships.

Next time you’re in the mood for a good workout, grab your swimsuit and head to the aquatic center.

This Is CLE: Rowing

In the city of Cleveland, Ohio, people’s lives often revolve around the sporting scene. Whether it is the Cavaliers, the Browns, or the Indians, many Clevelanders are die-hard fans. But underneath the main sporting layer lies a quiet competitor: rowing.

The Cuyahoga River courses around the city with it’s five different S-curves, proving to be a force in and of itself. Normal people would look at it, remember how it caught fire not long ago, and avoid it completely. But a brave few will go to the Burning River and use it to their advantage. These are the rowers that make up the different crews. This is CLE: Rowing.

This week in Ohio sports: Bobcats are playing strong while conference games loom on the horizon

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Just as students are getting into the heart of the school year, many Bobcat teams are reaching the heart of their schedules; but, unlike some students, most of these Ohio teams are thriving as conference play begins.

Did the good guys win?

For the most part, yes. The football team pummeled Gardner-Webb University 37-21, while the volleyball and field hockey teams both picked up big wins over conference rivals. On the other hand, the soccer team lost a close one to Toledo while the women’s golf team finished in eighth place out of twelve teams in Michigan State’s Mary Fossum Invitational.

What does this mean for the football team?

The Bobcats picked up their first home win of the season in front of a crowd of over 22,000 fans, showing all the visiting parents that their child’s college team actually did have a chance against Tennessee last weekend. Redshirt senior Greg Windham threw for 143 yards and a touchdown while picking up 62 yards with his feet. Senior wide receiver Sebastian Smith finished with 108 yards and found the end zone twice off of six receptions. The Bobcats sit at an even 2-2 on the season as conference play begins next week.

What about the volleyball team, they’re good right?

Following their phenomenal 2015 season where they were crowned MAC Champions for the ninth time, the Bobcats have started this season with a lackluster 6-8 record. But don’t count these girls out just yet, they definitely know how to win conference games as they haven’t lost a set to a MAC opponent so far this season. The Bobcats swept the visiting Akron team in three straight sets (25-15, 25-23, 27-25) to pick up their second win over a MAC opponent. Redshirt junior Ali Lake led both teams with 17 kills; Lake has finished with double-digits kills seven times this season. This is the fourth year in a row the Bobcats have started 2-0 in conference play.

What happened with the field hockey team? 

70 minutes of play wasn’t enough for the Bobcats and the visiting Ball State Cardinals but graduate student Amelia Milton knocked in the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Bobcats a 3-2 win. Both Milton and freshman Gabby Lorenzo scored their first career goals for the Bobcats in the thrilling win. Although the score doesn’t reflect it, the Bobcats led in both shots, 14-6, and penalty corners, 11-3. Despite their struggles to capitalize off their shots, the Bobcats held on to pick up their first conference win and improve to 3-6 on the season.

Will the soccer team bounce back? 

After dropping their first conference game against Bowling Green, the Ohio women’s soccer team lost to Toledo 2-1 to fall to 2-6-1 on the season. The Bobcats couldn’t get their offense going against the physical Toledo team. Although Ohio had six shots on goal, compared to Toledo’s three, the Rockets had nine more shots and nine more corner kicks than the Bobcats, giving them more opportunities to find the back of the net. This is the fourth consecutive loss for a Bobcat team that hasn’t won a match since their 5-0 flattening of Cleveland State back on Sep. 2.

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How bad is eighth place really?

The Bobcats finished in eighth place out of twelve teams at the Mary Fossum Invitational over the weekend. Although many MAC teams were at the invitational, the Bobcats (+61) were outmatched in talent by more qualified teams like the Miami Hurricanes (-4) who demolished the completion. Despite the low finish, senior Hailey Hryenewich led the Bobcats and tied for 11th place in the tournament with a final score of seven strokes over par. To see how the rest of the Bobcats finished, check out the final standings here.

What’s going on next week?

Monday:

  • Men’s Golf host Bobcat Open in Worthington, OH

Thursday:

  • Women’s Volleyball takes on rival Miami in Oxford at 7 p.m.

Friday:

  • Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams compete in All-Ohio Championship in Cedarville, OH
  • Women’s Soccer face Western Michigan here in Athens at 4 p.m.
  • Women’s Field Hockey play Central Michigan at home at 5 p.m.
  • Women’s Volleyball hosts Bowling Green at 7 p.m.

Saturday:

  • Softball takes on Charleston University in a doubleheader in Athens, first game starts at 1 p.m. while the second starts at 3 p.m.
  • Football travels to Oxford to face rival Miami at 2:30 p.m.

How to have fun when you’re under 21

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Although Ohio University has been dubbed a No. 1 party school, there is still much to do before turning 21. Athens is filled with a variety of music and art groups along with fitness centers and beautiful bikeways. Although fest season and HallOUween may seem like the ultimate party at OU, seeing a movie at the Athena Cinema or attending a football game at Peden stadium can be just as much of a buzz.

Here’s a guide for how to have fun when you’re under 21:

Performing Arts:

1. Instrumental music, located in Memorial Auditorium and the Glidden Hall (which is at the top and bottom of Jeff Hill)

Free music is abundant on campus. The School of Music hosts different events throughout the year including OctubaFest, an event dedicated to tuba playing, and the annual Jazz Festival. In addition, there are several organizations for music majors and non-majors to participate in, including symphonies and orchestras. Events and information can be found on the School of Music’s website

2. Athena, located near The Chop Shop and The Shack on Court Street

The Athena Cinema is placed among the oldest movie theaters in the nation. It has three screens and an art deco-style interior. The theater also offers popcorn and concessions. The films include documentary, independent, classics, foreign and local. Every year, the Athena Cinema hosts multiple events including Ohio University student screenings, environmental panels and the Athens International Film + Video Festival. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with what’s happening.

3.Improv/Comedy, located at Front Room, Donkey Coffee and Baker Theatre

Black Sheep Improv, an improvisational group on campus, takes over Front Room on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and on Thursdays in Baker Theatre at 9 p.m. The Improv troupe spends its time making jokes and trying to get the audience to crack a few smiles. Comedy groups can also be found around campus and uptown, such as the Blue Pencil Comedy stand-up group that frequently performs at Donkey Coffee and Espresso. “I think anyway of making new friends is something I would be interested in haha! I know no one.” Bethel Park High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

4. Art Barn, located down the road behind the Summit Apartments at Coates Run

The Dairy Barn Arts Center promotes artists and provides the community access to fine arts and crafts from outside the region. The program calendar that you can check out here includes international juried exhibitions, festivals, touring exhibits, programs of regional interest, live performances and activities for all ages. They have volunteer work and Kroger community awards.

5. Choirs, performing in Memorial Auditorium on College Green

The Choral Union is a large, mixed chorus of students, faculty and townspeople. The ensemble unites annually with the Ohio University Symphony to perform outstanding major choral works. Click here to check out their page and other singing and instrumental groups. “I hope to find a job and join the choir. I don’t need alcohol or partying to have fun. Yeah, those can be fun to do but also remembering things sober are much better than not remembering.” Harrison Central High School in Cadiz, OH.

Fitness:

1. Bike Path, behind South Green

When the weather is warm and sunny, the bike path located behind South Green is a go-to place for bikers, runners, skaters and walkers. The path is relatively flat with a few twists and turns. Anyone can enjoy a view of the Hocking River or witness the blooming Japanese Cherry Blossoms in the spring. It also can be used to take a trip to Wal-Mart.

2. Ping, behind Clippinger near South Green and the golf course

The Ping Center is 168,000 square feet spanning three floors with a 36 foot, double-sided climbing wall, five basketball/volleyball courts, two multipurpose gymnasiums, a four-lane indoor running track, seven racquetball courts and two fitness areas. Ping Center also provides free weights, aerobics, fitness, combative sports, dance, and meeting rooms. Follow Ping on Twitter to keep up! “I just want to take in as much as possible and find what interests me. I want to get the experience that comes with finally moving out of your parents’ house and be on your own. I love spending time in the gym.” Monroe Central High School in Woodsfield, OH.

3. Sport Fields, multiple locations described below

Peden stadium, located near the Convocation Center, has a seating capacity of 24,000 and hosts Bobcat football. Students attend football games in the fall to cheer on the Bobcats as well as collect free gear and food. The Marching 110 also plays a halftime performance that leaves the audience bouncing with excitement. The Intramural Fields are located between East Green and the Hocking River and offer individual, dual and team sports for men, women and coed teams in a variety of seasonal league and tournament formats. “I’m committed to the women’s soccer team so for fun I plan on hanging out with my future teammates.” Buckeye Valley High School in Delaware, OH.

4. Bird Arena, located near the bottom of Baker Center

Bird Arena is another outlet for people who would rather slide then run. The indoor arena provides a 190-by-85 foot surface for skaters of all ages. Bird Arena has open skate hours which can be found online and might change for the 2016-17 academic year. Skate rental fees are $3.50. Additionally, the arena offers different programs such as synchronized skating, club hockey and even beginner classes that can be taken for academic credit. You can find this icy rink at the bottom of Baker Center.

Media:

1. The Post, room 325 in Baker Center

The Post is one of several media outlets on campus. After more than 100 years of publishing, The Post is becoming a weekly tabloid with a daily digital product. The organization covers a range of topics from blog posts about pet Instagrams to political controversy on campus. The Post has several staffs that work daily to produce its product, which includes culture, sports, news, copy editing, digital, social media, design, multimedia and photography.

2. Backdrop, office located in Baker Center in room 309 or can be contacted here

Backdrop is a magazine on campus that publishes four times throughout the academic year. The magazine focuses on long-form content ranging from the history of fashion at OU to an in depth look into police officers’ K-9 sidekicks. “I also got into OSU but I chose OU over it. I am really looking forward to being involved with certain magazines on campus, especially the one dedicated to music because although I don’t play an instrument, I love all genres of music and talking about them.” Hilliard Davidson High School in Hilliard, OH.

3. The Athens News, located between Red Brick and Cats Eye on Court Street

Known for its in-depth local news reporting, The Athens News features news, entertainment and an advertising section. With Ohio University making up an important segment of the Athens County population, The Athens News newspaper is able to effectively reach both the university and community markets, according to its website. The publication has written about everything from Number Fest to the construction of uptown bars.

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World News

Pentagon admits to using drones over U.S. soil

If there’s one thing Americans have problems with, its the idea that the government could be spying on them. Grab your tinfoil hats, folks, because the Pentagon admitted to sending out spy drones over your backyard. Yea, the Pentagon claimed that the flights were “rare and lawful,” but flights have included search and rescues, floods, fires and National Guard exercises. When it comes down to it, we just don’t have the laws to regulate that sort of activity now.

U.S. used Vietnam-era planes to combat ISIS

If you thought the car you drove in high school was old, you should see the two Vietnam-era planes the U.S. is using to fight ISIS right now. Why? They’re cheaper than fighter jets, and goodness knows the U.S. spends enough on cool new toys. The planes originally were retired in the 90s. They brought these planes back from the 60’s; who knows, they may be bringing Woodstock back next.

North Korea fires ballistic missiles into the sea

After watching South Korea and North Korea team up to play some “war games,” North Korea was feeling a little left out and fired a missile into the ocean last Thursday. While North Korea tossing around a few missiles in a fit of rage isn’t totally unheard of, the Thursday launch probably happened because of tightening U.N. sanctions on their nuclear program. It’s doubtful, though, that North Korea could even get a nuclear missiles very far.

Newark, New Jersey’s public schools have lead in the water

When I was in school, they were required to let students out if the building didn’t have running water for water fountains; that isn’t the case for nearly half of Newark, New Jersey’s public schools. Students at the public school better bring a water bottle, because the schools’ water was found to have lead in it. No sign of when the schools will be addressing the issue, but if it’s anything like Flint, public outcry will make it sooner, not later.

Tech

Facebook buys face-swapping app MSQRD and its many selfie filters

Snapchat and all of its selfie filters have been all the rage recently, so naturally Facebook jumped on the trend with their recent purchase of MSQRD. This purchase is not terribly surprising, since Facebook has been known to purchase existing software, like Instagram and WhatsApp, as opposed to developing their own applications in-house. To me, selfie filters seem like more of a fad than anything substantial, however it appears that Facebook will not be taking any chances.

Facebook will soon let you Like and share 360-degree videos in the Gear VR

If you have ever wanted to like and share Facebook posts in stunning 360-degree VR picture, then you are probably pretty ecstatic right now. Facebook, owners of Oculus VR, will allow Samsung Gear VR wearers to like and share posts within the headset. The Samsung Gear VR is partnered with Oculus, so this move makes perfect sense. Users of Samsung Gear VR are also be able to 360-degree videos that are posted to Facebook.

Amazon.jp drops international barriers, now ships video games overseas

Video game players around the world can now import games straight from Amazon’s Japanese marketplace. Until Amazon.jp made this move, gamers would have to import games and game merch through sites like PlayAsia. This move by Amazon has the potential to damage sites that focus on video game imports from Japan, however this move helps consumers greatly and attaches a trusted western company to Japanese game importing. There are, however, some limitations to the international importing. Foreign Nintendo games will still not work with North American consoles, and some Japanese items still say that international importing is unavailable.

 

 

Health

Plans to travel to Rio while pregnant? Sit back down with that heating pad.

It seems like our Facebook feeds are perpetually inundated with friends having babies. Feeling left out? At least you’ll be able to jet to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Pregnant women: stay home! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a travel advisory saying women who are pregnant should “consider not going to the Olympics.” The C.D.C. said the precautions were necessary “because Zika virus infection in a pregnant woman is linked to a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and miscarriage.” Manage to grab one of the male athletes going for the gold this summer? You need to be careful, too; the CDC recommended, “If you have a male partner who goes to the Olympics, either use condoms or abstain from sex for the duration of your pregnancy.”

The Zika Virus: Coming To A Bar Near You?

“I’m safe,” you think. “I’m not going to Rio and I don’t know anyone who is. No way that Zika thing is headed my way.” Really guys, it’s time to not be over-confident. Zika is spreading to new countries, according to the World Health Organization. It noted local transmission has now been reported in 31 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. The UN health agency also said there is increasing evidence that a spike in disturbing birth defects and neurological problems are caused by Zika, which is mostly spread by mosquito bites.

Sharapova Suspended for Performance-Enhancers

As Justin Beiber would say: “Maria, why you gotta play me like that?” Really, Maria Sharapova, why? The Russian tennis super-star has been suspended from the game after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. It’s called meldonium: not approved by the FDA in the US but is used across the world to help regulate metabolism. It has, though, also repeatedly shows an increase in endurance performance of athletes. Sharapova’s attorney told CNN said the tennis player took the drug regularly for 10 years. Her defense? She was taking it for actual medical reasons: in 2006, tests revealed that “she had some immune deficiency, abnormal EKG results, diabetes indicators, low magnesium and asthenia.” Why the investigation, then? the drug’s label says the normal amount of time someone should take it is a matter of days to weeks. People are now trying to figure out why Sharapova’s doctor continued to prescribe the drug for years.

Green Juice? Oh KALE No!

It’s Saturday morning and you’re trying to get over a hangover. Please, Golden Throne That Is The Fridge, please say my roommate has leftover cold pizza… ew, green juice? Don’t worry, that reaction and general hatred of the juice is warranted, after all. Your daily green juice may even be making you fat. The stealth sugar lurking in “healthy” foods—green juices, whole wheat bread (yes, whole wheat), Greek yogurt with fruit, granola, almond milk, coconut water, marinara sauce, and condiments like ketchup and fat-free balsamic vinaigrette—can increase calories and fat, FAST. And if the taste and the price of these green juices isn’t enough to make you shed a tear, these same sugars may do the same; sugar leads to spikes and dips in blood sugar, leading to depression, the inability to focus, fatigue, gas, bloating and inflammation.

Sports

Golden State Warriors smashing NBA records

With 19 games left in the NBA regular season, the Golden State Warriors (57-6) are on pace to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ NBA-best record of 72-10. The 2014-2015 NBA champions have already surpassed those Bulls (44) in setting the NBA record for most consecutive home wins (46). Led by last year’s MVP and frontrunner to repeat, Steph Curry has broken his own NBA record of 286 made 3-pointers in a season, hitting 304 with 19 games left.

USWNT wins SheBelieves Cup in preparation for the Summer Olympics

The United States women’s soccer national team (USWNT) won the inaugural United States-hosted SheBelieves Cup after going 3-0-0 in the tournament that featured four of the top five ranked women’s national teams in the world, including England, France and Germany. The champions continued their dominant start to 2016, winning all nine of their matches this year. The USWNT will look to continue their success in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brazil, where the four teams could meet again.

NCAA March Madness is almost here  

Get ready to fill out your NCAA March Madness brackets for your office pool — college basketball’s season-end tournament is right around the corner. The annual round-robin tournament is made up of 68 teams – 31 of whom receive automatic bids for winning their conference tournament taking place this week. The participants are announced and seeded accordingly during Selection Sunday on March 13, and start play two days later.

MLS kicks off, looks to increase popularity in the U.S.

After 12 weeks off, the Major League Soccer (MLS) season kicked off last Sunday (March 5). All 20 teams opened their season on Sunday, highlighted by the defending champion Portland Timbers defeating last year’s runner-up Columbus Crew 2-1. However, ESPN’s featured game saw a 33 percent decline in viewership compared to last year’s opener. Still lacking top-class competition and popularity in the U.S., the MLS might not see an increase in fandom until the likes of Swedish superstar forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Portuguese superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo come over, as rumors claim could happen in the following two years. For now, the MLS can only boast players that are at the end of their careers, including Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, English midfielder Steven Gerrard and Brazilian midfielder Kaka, as well as possible future stars, such as Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco and American forward Jordan Morris.

 

Pop Culture

Have No Fear, Game of Thrones Fans

In case you haven’t heard, Sir George Martin died at the age of 90 this Wednesday morning (March 8). While the internet was mourning the death of the producer who gave the Beatles their big break, many Tumblr, Reddit, and Twitter users were panicking for different reasons. According to the Independent, thousands of people believed George R.R. Martin, the author of the popular Game of Thrones series, was the one to have passed away. The writer reassured his fan base that he was, indeed, still alive. So relax. The end of Wind of Winters is coming.

Dr. Luke and Kesha’s Legal Battle Gets a New Twist (Maybe)

Rumors have been floating around about Sony possibly shortening its contract with Dr. Luke, the producer of pop sensation Kesha, as a result of sexual assault allegations. Dr. Luke denied the rape allegations as well as the contract termination rumors, and his attorney stated the producer had a great relationship with Sony. Sony hasn’t said a word about it.

What the Heck Is A Zingle?

Former 1-D musician Zayn Malik dropped his new single, “Like I Would,” Thursday morning (March 9).  A mixture of club beats and trippy rhythm, “Like I Would” is comparable to hits such as “Can’t Feel My Face,” by The Weeknd. Twitter users have been buzzing about the “zingle.” It will surely creep into all of your Pandora stations several times each day in the weeks to come.

We May Know Who Banksy Is

Data miners at Queen Mary University of London may have discovered the real identity of Banksy, the mysterious street artist through a process called geographic profiling, which is used by police to track criminals. The researchers analyzed certain sites where Banksy created street art, and many of the sites were associated with a man named Robin Gunningham, who Daily Mail hypothesized was Banksy back in 2008.

History of Magic in North America Series Is Getting Major Criticism

J.K. Rowling has been working on a four-part series about the history of magic in the U.S., and her portrayal of Native Americans as the original witches has many people upset. Of course, people took to Twitter to vent. Users criticized her creation of a new term, “Animagi” (people who can transform into animals at will) instead of using the existing term, “skin walkers,” as well as classifying all Native American tribes into one group.