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    OHIO Giving Day

    Today was the first annual OHIO Giving Day at Ohio University! If there’s one thing Bobcats love, it’s being a Bobcat and supporting Ohio University. The 24-hour online campaign is designed to create funding for multiple Ohio University causes, such as: sustainability, community, student support, bobcat spirit, diversity and inclusion, and academic excellence. It encourages alumni, students, faculty, friends, and family to donate to the cause they care about the most. According to the OHIO Giving Day website, almost 1,000 Bobcats have raised over $143,000 to their favorite causes at Ohio University. However, the campaign runs until midnight tonight, and the hope is to raise $200,000 before the day is…

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    Doctors Are Using VR to do Mock Surgeries

    You’ve probably heard of flight simulation, but what about surgery simulation? Well, it’s happening and it’s revolutionizing how doctors train for operations. This simulation provides doctors with the option to get more practice before the operating room. It’s also making surgeon training safer. The program simulates the experience of a real surgery with the user being equipped with virtual instruments, a virtual operating room, and a virtual patient.  Dr. Peter Sculco, who is the co-chair of the BioSkills Education Lab at the Hospital for Special Surgery, said in an interview with CBS New York that he can see the true value in virtual reality surgeries. “Patients can be sure that…

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    Timber On College Green

    During our Valley Reality Showcase event on Sunday, April 14, a nasty storm swept through Southeast Ohio and more specifically, Ohio University.  A tornado warning was issued early in the day up until 8 p.m.. Ironically, one of the stories being showcased at the event was about a tornado that swept through Athens in 2010. Although there was no actual tornado on Sunday, winds were still strong enough to open closed doors and even cause a hefty amount of damage.  Trash was thrown through the streets of Athens and tree branches were all over the roads causing cars to swerve to avoid any damage. But most importantly, Ohio University lost…

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    Valley Reality Showcase 2019

    Attendees could view local communities, such as The Plains and Nelsonville, using virtual reality technology at the Valley Reality Showcase. The Valley Reality Showcase took place on Sunday, April 14, at Albany Café.  During the event, members of different teams presented their final projects, showcasing several communities surrounding Athens, Ohio, and Ohio University.  Albany Café, known for their famous “Sweet Potato Waffle Waffle Fries,” was the perfect place to host the event.  The location itself even brought in a handful of people to see the communities that were presented on. A couple who passed through had actually attended school in the used-to-be elementary school where the Café is located.  The…

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    Albany Cafe Serves Next-Level Fries

    The title “Sweet Potato Waffle Waffle Fries” should stick out on a menu itself, but it’s not the primary way people learn about them. “A lot of people aren’t sure what they are,” Albany Cafe waitress Peggy Hartley said. “People catch on by smelling them as they come out of the kitchen.” For the last year or so, Albany Cafe has served an appetizer with levels. They aren’t just fries. They aren’t just sweet potato fries. They aren’t just sweet potato waffle fries. They are sweet potato waffle fries dipped in waffle batter, adding for an extra sweetness and unique flavor combination. Sysco, one of Albany Cafe’s distributors, brought in…

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    Lancaster Chef Tests New Experiments Each Week

    Stephen Hood grew up a picky eater, so for him to make something new every week is a surprise. “He took a culinary class in high school,” his mother Judy said. “There was no interest before that.” Now there’s enough interest for him to experiment with new dishes to serve and eat. Shortly after the Hood family opened O’Huids Gaelic Pub in Lancaster, Stephen started testing new foods every Thursday. The Share&Pair event, promoted each week on the restaurant’s Facebook page, always includes a new food item that people can share, plus a drink to pair it with. Stephen’s first job was at a Subway. “Being in front of that…

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    Take Back the Night: OU Students speak out against Sexual Misconduct

    In the advent of recent events regarding sexual misconduct on Ohio University’s campus this school year, this Thursday’s Take Back the Night event is more prominent than ever. On April 4t, at 6 p.m., students will gather in Baker Ballroom to provide resources, educational opportunities, and exhibits that promote a safe environment for all women across campus. Starting at 7 p.m. there will be six speakers who will be discussing their personal experiences when it comes to sexual assault. OU has made national headlines this year with over a dozen reported sexual assaults since the start of the Fall semester. Matters escalated when three professors were accused of sexual harassment.…

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    Anita Hill Speaks at Ohio University on Sexual Harassment

    In front of a packed house at Templeton Memorial Auditorium Monday night, Anita Hill spoke about the issue of sexual harassment, Rape Culture on college campuses, her personal experiences and our current political climate.  Hill, 62, is currently a professor teaching social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University. She is also on the faculty of the Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management. In the 1990s, Hill appeared on the national stage when she accused current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances. Hill later became a sought-after speaker across the country for women’s groups and universities. During her talk at Ohio…

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    Iron Man in VR

    Have you ever just wanted to jump into the metal armor of your favorite superhero?  Well then Sony have the game for you! That is if you’re one of the 15 people that bought a PlayStation VR headset. Marvel’s Iron Man VR was announced last month, and oh boy does it look interesting. Sony’s short trailer for the game is from Tony Starks point of view.  After a spell of witty banter and explosions, the trailer shows some possible gameplay.  I say “possible gameplay” because we don’t know if it’s in-engine or pre-rendered. Honestly, it was the most bare-bones gameplay I’ve seen this year.  Sony might be keeping their cards…