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History of the Ohio University Convocation Center

In an effort to increase enrollment to 25,000 students by 1975, Ohio University President Vernon Alden instituted the building of more than 20 buildings in the 1960s, which cost more than $100 million. One of them was the Convocation Center. In his book Speaking for Myself: The Personal Reflections of Vernon R. Alden, Alden claimed […]

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Ohio U Street Fair Forges Global Bonds

Cultures of the world lined the streets of Athens during its annual international fair. Hand-crafted wares and homemade foods — from the colorful kente stoles of Ghana to the fragrant stir fry and satay of Indonesia — were displayed and enjoyed along East Union Street. Students shared their cultures with pride. Elyas Saboor, an international […]

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Special Educators Encourage Community to Understand Those with Disabilities

Jamie Waugh is an intervention specialist that teaches at Athens High School and has been an educator for the past six years. She began her career in accounting, but having a mother who suffered from an illness most of her life gave her a passion to serve special needs people. “I love people, I love […]

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Worker-Owned Casa Nueva Provides a Democratic Workplace Alternative

Casa Nueva is well-known in Athens for its locally-sourced and seasonal dishes, but it also serves as an example of an alternative to the traditional workspace. The restaurant and cantina is worker-owned, meaning there isn’t a consolidation of power at the top, and employees can interact in a democratic process to make decisions about their […]

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Dive into the Ohio University Aquatic Center!

Forget the hot and crowded Ping Recreation Center; there’s a better way to get a workout. Behind Bird Arena and attached to Grover is the Ohio University Aquatic Center, also known as the OUAC. The Olympic-sized pool has 22 25-yard lanes, 10 50-meter lanes and a pair of one-meter and three-meter diving boards. Approximately 645,468.75 […]

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The Leader’s Legacy: Athens hosts unique Variety Tournament

For the last two months, Athens has been home to something that the area has never seen and taken part in before: A Variety Tournament. With events like basketball, tennis, golf, pool, corn-hole and video games, this tournament has been something new and exhilarating to many people. Seventeen contestants were chosen from the largest student […]

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Being different in Appalachia has its own challenges

Athens, Ohio may be a temporary home for a lot of Ohio University students for the four to six years they study. But, for some residents this is where their formative years are spent. Growing up can be hard and confusing for anyone, especially for those whose neighbors do not look like them. Gaza Odunaiya, […]

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Gigi’s: A restaurant that creates community six miles outside Athens

The doors unlock at 7 a.m. and let in an elderly couple that could float away after all the coffee they drink. A little later Greg comes in. He’s a local who comes in twice a day every day. Then JT. He shuffles to the back booth to claim His space. His dirty overalls and […]

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Experience new band 90’S KIDS and their genre busting music

After interviewing local Athens band, 90’S KIDS, the only word I can come up to describe them is humble. Consisting of three members, Corey Mouch, Robby MacAskill, and Matt King, they ooze a sense of casual confidence. 90’S KIDS brings a sense of nostalgia for any kids born in the 1990s but goes beyond stereotypical […]

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Marietta’s Peoples Bank Theatre brings community together

For generations, the Peoples Bank Theatre has been a gem of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The gorgeous 940-seat theater hosts a wide variety of performances from local and traveling acts alike. Located on Putnam Street in the historic downtown Marietta, Ohio, the theater is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing culture and art to the community. […]

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