• Blogs

    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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    Ohio Valley Icon: Moss Miller

    While researching the skateboarding community around Athens, Ohio, there was one name that came up consistently: Moss Miller. Miller is the owner and operator of the Flipside Skate Shop in Athens, and is a local mascot for the sport.             Miller moved to Athens when he was ten years old and began skating with his brother during their formative years.             “I think I got my first board in like ’88 or ’89,” said Miller “I used to just like, what’s called butt-boarding, which is where you sit on the board and just go down hill. It’s almost like riding a sled.”             Miller’s older brother and his friends who…

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    A Place to Call Home for the Jewish Community

    Walking around Athens, Ohio, there is a prominent presence of churches. In fact, there are more than 30 in the city. But where do those who practice minority religions go, specifically Jews? This was a question I asked myself when I entered Athens as a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed freshman ready to soak in what the college world had to offer.  Moving to a new place means having to find new places to shop, new doctors to see, new places to eat and, for some, a new religious institution to attend. When you grow up attending church, mosque or synagogue your whole life, it becomes a part of who you are and…

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    New heartbeat bill proposed in Ohio House and Senate

    Republican lawmakers introduced another version of the “heartbeat bill” in the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives on Feb. 12. If the bill becomes a law, women will no longer be legally allowed to have an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected. Limiting options at that stage has caused outrage from people on both sides of the political spectrum. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks, which is before many women even know they’re pregnant. Former Gov. John Kasich vetoed similar bills twice, stating that it was inconsistent with previous Supreme Court rulings. However, Gov. Mike DeWine has expressed intentions to sign the heartbeat bill…

  • Community Stories

    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 gallons create 12,300 square feet of surface water. In the ceiling above the water are 13 wooden timber-beams of Douglas fir, Western Larch, Southern Pine, and California Redwood. The pool is free to use for any Ohio student. Faculty and other members of the community can purchase affordable daily, semester, or annual pool passes. In…

  • Community Stories,  VR

    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 imagery and references. From incorporating inspiration from their own family and friends, the band’s lyrics are actually relatable and far from the angsty grunge that seemed to dominate the ’90s decade. “Instead of playing video games, and doing stuff like that, we get to do band things,” MacAskill said. “Looking at it as less of…

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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. Timeline Dark Infogram TONIGHT: Sunday April 29 Marietta OH Peoples Bank Theatre 8 PM https://t.co/c8tY1xZ60b @Hipp1919 This show is sold out a 2nd show is booked for May 4th #ShineTheLightTour2018 — The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) April 29, 2018 🎟 Tickets for our Summer-Fall Spotlight Series are moving fast! Get yours at the link in…

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    Welcome to Athens, Ohio!

    Take a dive into what makes this town so unique compared to the rest of Appalachia. Through this project, you will be able to take advantage of 360-degree video to immerse yourself in some of the main hot spots in Athens and get exclusive interviews from some of the employees in the town. You will have the pleasure of meeting three people who embody what Athens is all about. First, Thomas O’Grady is a part-time professor at Ohio University. Not only does he teach astronomy, but he is one of the main reasons why the Southeast Ohio History Center is filled with rich history. He definitely knows his facts. If…

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    The Athens Farmers Market, a Community Experience

    Ironically set between a chain steakhouse and a movie theater on East State Street, the Athens Farmers Market has developed into a community staple and a destination for foodies throughout Appalachia. When the market opened in the early 1970s, it was comprised of only three farmers. Since then, it has grown tremendously. Click HERE for a virtual representation of the farmer market with interviews of vendors A study conducted by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs perfectly portrays the popularity of the market. When the study took place, the population of Athens was 23,832, and the average Saturday attendance to the farmers market was over 2,500 people. The…