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Enjoying a Day Off

Mira Cooper

Mira Cooper,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 13 November 2015

It’s a rare occasion that students have a day off in the middle of the week. It’s even more rare that a day off will be adjacent to the day of a big exam. But I was lucky this semester, Veteran’s Day happened to fall on the Wednesday before my second Structural Theory exam. As a result, I woke up even earlier than I usually do for classes (no sleeping in for me!) and went to Donkey Coffee to spend the day studying.

As usual, my plans didn’t exactly…go to plan.

From 8:30 to 12, I was on fire, flying through problem after problem. Beams, trusses, and influence line diagrams flying past my head as I delved deeper and deeper into my studies.

Then, a fateful text message. “What are you doing right now? –Mom”.

I actually grew up in Athens, so whenever I receive a message like this, 99% of the time it means that I’m going to be dragged into doing something that destroys my productive flow. This time, it was lunch with my mom and sister on our days off. Free food? How could I refuse!

Long story short…A one-hour lunch turned in to a four-hour excursion, including going on a trip to Kroger, going to Petland to play with puppies, and five laps around the endless aisles of the Athens Staples. Come about 8 pm, and I hadn’t been studying for a while, but was too exhausted to continue.

Surprisingly enough, I’m not too worried about how the exam went. I guess those four hours at the beginning of the day helped a lot more than I imagined!

My Athens Bucket List

Nicole Sova

Nicole Sova,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular


Athens, OH 2 November 2015

Amidst the hustle of classes and conferences, it could be easy to forget to step back and enjoy the little things. In order to make sure we didn’t miss out on any of the fun Athens has to offer, my roommate and I made a bucket list for our last fall in Athens, with many of them complete (X).

  • Bike the Hocking Adena Bike Path (X)
  • Enjoy Breakfast at the Catalyst Café (X)
  • Experience the Pawpaw Festival (X)
  • Buy Apples at the Farmer’s Market (X)
  • Walk the Ridges Nature Trails (X)
  • Visit the Kennedy Art Museum (X)
  • Watch One of the Performing Art Series Concerts (X)
  • Cheer on the Hockey Team (X)
  • Watch the Sunset from Bong Hill
  • Hike Radar Hill
  • Sing along to the Marching 110 (X)
  • Go to a Football Game (X)
  • Watch the Homecoming Parade
  • Eat the Local Cuisine on Court Street (X)
  • Go Bowling at the Rollerbowl
  • Take a Sunday Drive through Town (X)
  • Enjoy the Colors of Fall on College Green (X)
  • Watch a Movie at the Fun Barn
  • Dress up with Friends and Enjoy the Halloween Block Party (X)

While I’m still working on crossing a few of these things off of the list, so many memories accompany each of these bullet points. One of my favorite memories on the list is singing and dancing along with the Marching 110 at the football game halftime shows. Their spirit and energy are infectious! This video is of one of the songs they played during this year’s parents’ weekend game, but nothing beats watching them live.

Being from New York, I had never heard of a pawpaw (a sweet, slightly mushy, but delicious fruit). My freshman year I was happy to discover this interesting fruit and the festival that celebrates it. This year I was more than excited to introduce my freshman sister to it all. We listened to local bands, ate pawpaw-flavored foods, browsed the local crafts, and sported some stylish balloon hats. Below is a picture of me (far left), my roommates, and my sister (far right) at the Pawpaw Festival.

Pawpaw Festival

Another Athens Fall favorite is the HallOUween Block Party. It is always so much fun to see all of the interesting costumes and this year I thought we might have had a chance at winning the costume contest. Unfortunately, we lost to the Sanderson sisters. Below is a picture of my friends and me (the Mad Hatter, second from the right) as the cast of Alice in Wonderland.


Athens has so much to offer and so many incredible people to experience it all with. I’m so glad I chose a school with so much character and friends to remind me to slow down and enjoy all that Athens has to offer.

Fall at Ohio University

Robert Parker

Robert Parker,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 25 October 2015

It just so happens that my favorite season is fall, but being down here in Athens Ohio for fall makes the season so much better. I love when the trees start to turn and the air is cool and crisp in the morning. Even though all are signs of what is to come in the near future, the gloomy winter season ahead is outweighed by the sheer beauty around.

One of my favorite spots on campus has always been East Green, but I especially like it in the fall. The trees that line East Green drive are postcard worthy to say the least.

I love campus but from time to time it is nice to get out and away for a while. There is nothing more that takes my stress level down like a motorcycle ride with my good friends, as we love taking to the hills and curves that await us outside of the city limits.

Motorcycle Riding

I do not have any thing even remotely close to a hill where I’m from, so I ride down here as much as my schedule allows. The fall colors in the trees only enhance the experience.

I found that once I arrived to Ohio University is was crucial for me to find a stress reliever so that I could keep my stress in check. Well, let me tell you, taking a nice 1-hour bike ride around Athens County and the surrounding counties definitely does just that for me.

The Foods of Athens

Steve Toth

Steve Toth,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 5 April 2015

When you ask an Ohio University student about the first thing that comes to mind when they think about finals week, you will probably get a couple different answers. Some of these answers would include stress, late nights studying and possibly, like in my case, ordering food because of a busy schedule.

My go-to when I need something greasy and delicious is DP Dough. From here you can get a calzone for only about six bucks. Another great option, if you’re looking for pizza, is Courtside Pizza. If you’re lucky enough to be hungry on a Wednesday night you can get a slice for only fifty cents! Another stop on your food journey should be to Big Mamma’s burritos or the burgers at The Pigskin. Lastly, you need to pick up some wings from Wings Over Athens.

With this short list you should be able to fulfill any finals week munchies. If these restaurants don’t get you through the week, you probably need some more help, maybe add coffee…

May the odds be ever in your favor, good luck Bobcats!

Fun Times at the Fun Barn

Wilson Taylor

Wilson Taylor,
Junior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 8 March 2015

Finding things to do other than stay in your house or room when the weather gets cold often proves to be a challenge. I find this to hold true for myself on occasion, even as a self-proclaimed winter weather dresser professional, meaning I can get out and about whenever I please.

I found my first winter in Athens to be particularly challenging because I was unaware of many off-campus activities that were both affordable and more importantly reachable. While I have since learned of many local digs I have recently been playing favorites with the Fun Barn.

While the Fun Barn is not within walking distance of the university it is still within a fifteen minute drive. The Fun Barn has many of the newest releases at a reasonable price of $4, which is often the bait for myself and anyone else I am going with.

The real hook, though,is the environment. The Fun Barn reminds me of a Chuck-E-Cheese. Before entering the movies there is a food bar and arcade. The arcade has some of my most memorable childhood games: Skeeball and ticket roulette. There are also modern games such as a ticketed form of Deal or No Deal and Fruit Ninja.

While the Fun Barn has a lot to offer the best reason to go is to have the chance to ride one of their three coin operated kiddie rides. You can see me below riding with Dr. Seuss in his slick silver car.

Dr. Seuss's Car

The Intimacy of Athens

Eric May

Eric May,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 29 January 2015

Athens is truly a college town. What I mean by that is you can thrive here using your own two legs. When prospective students are looking at where to go to college, I think that they often don’t consider whether or not they need a car or how close together the campus is. Coming from Columbus, Ohio, I drove everywhere. In Athens, I drive maybe once per week to get groceries. I love this because I get to exercise and I’m constantly running into my classmates and friends on Court Street and around campus. Not a single day goes by where I don’t run into somebody. This kind of intimacy allows for a very relaxed, inviting, fun, and creative atmosphere. Working on a project at a coffee shop, and perhaps somebody walks by and has a great insight or can help you at a point where you’re stuck–those kind of interactions that are common here.

But it’s not just work. Recently I was at the Cider House with a great friend. Some of the bars have board games and puzzles and things like that. What better way to spend an evening than sitting on a couch, not at home, and playing games and having fun and building friendships?

Jenga Tower

Of course you can do this anywhere, but in Athens you can do this casually, which I think is incredibly important. If I wanted to do this in a city like Columbus, it becomes an ordeal. I have to get in my car, drive somewhere, park, worry about driving, etc. In Athens, it’s just “Oh, hey, let’s go watch the Bobcat basketball game” or “Hey, let’s meet for breakfast at Casa Nueva.” These things don’t need to be planned well in advance. It feeds a student’s creativity and creates a much better atmosphere than I’ve seen in many other places.

Holiday Break in Athens, Ohio

Emily Blaha

Emily Blaha,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 8 January 2015

The City of Athens and Ohio University have strong ties that not many other schools have. The city and university work closely together throughout the year to make Athens the safe and beautiful place it is, for students and community members.

Athens is such a fun place to be. When I find some time in between classes, homework, and meetings, it’s great to go Uptown and enjoy the shops and restaurants Court St. has to offer.

Athens Uptown during Holidays

Life in Athens is kind of like seasons, and changes as the students come and go. Sometimes it’s easy for me to forget that Athens is still here when I leave on break, but it really becomes a quintessential small town again. The streets are less crowded and the pace of life feels like it slows down for a while. I spent some of this winter break in Athens. Around the holiday season, the city covers Court St. in lights and plays music in the street. It’s fun to see the entire city embrace the holiday season!