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News and Recreation

Paige Preske

Paige Preske,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 26 February 2016

Wrapping up my senior year I have some long days in the classroom. So when I get home I like to relax by getting a work out in and checking up on current events.

I love running outside for my work out, but with the weather being fickle I have been getting laps in at our aquatic center. For me it’s a great way to unwind and blow off some steam. As a bonus, our aquatic center is big enough that I don’t ever have a problem finding a lane to swim in.

After my workout I’m pretty tired and enjoy kicking back and watching the news. Usually I have the news on the T.V. in the background and read up on articles on my phone.

I recently found a news source that emails me daily with a briefing on everything that’s new from the day before. It’s short, sweet, and entertaining; I find it a good way to keep up with the primaries.

By the time I’ve worked out and caught up on the news I’ve unwound from the day. Usually I’ll look over my agenda before I end my day, I’ll add new assignments and make sure I’m on schedule with other assignments. After all that, I’m ready to start the next day.

Winter Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Jordan Sapp

Jordan Sapp,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 22 February 2016

“What is there to do on the weekends when you go to Ohio University” you may ask? Well, that is a great question. It is quite often that the weekends call for some time away from the books, spent outside in nature. Ohio University offers some of the best outdoor activities that are not often found at a university.

A few weeks ago, we were hit with an intense blizzard bringing down close to eight inches of snow. Some were snowed in, but my friend Jake and I had different plans. We decided to drive two hours south of campus to ski slopes at a place called Winter Place. We spent the entire day riding up ski lifts and dropping down some great slopes.

Chair Lift

Whenever I get the chance to break out the snowboard, I do not hesitate, but go straight for it. It is really awesome to have a friend like Jake who is so willing to spontaneously hop in the car and head for the hills, literally.

This past weekend, the exact opposite happened with the weather, it was 70 degrees on Friday and Saturday. So, once again I had to take advantage of the awesomeness Ohio University offers in its outdoor options.

My friend Steven and I drove over to Strouds Run State Park, about a five minute drive from campus, and enjoyed the glorious sunshine. We went for a four mile run and then chilled out in our hammocks. The greatest part of the day was while we were walking back from our run, we spotted a Bald Eagle fishing in the lake.

Bald Eagle

It was the first time I have ever seen an eagle in its natural environment. It was such an awesome experience that isn’t offered at any typical university.

Taking time away from studies is one of the most important things to a healthy student lifestyle, it just so happens that Athens has some of my favorite things to do during my breaks!

Alexa Hoynacke

Alexa Hoynacke,
Junior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 22 February 2016

An activity that I have been very involved in at Ohio University since coming here as a freshman 2-1/2 years ago is Ohio University Outdoor Pursuits (OUOP).

Two weeks before starting freshman year I participated in the OUOP New Adventures program. Along with 7 other freshmen, I went on a 4-day rock climbing trip in the Red River Gorge. I had rock climbed a little bit in high school, but this was my first time on real rock. This experience was absolutely amazing and I met one of my best friends in college on this trip. I recommend that every freshman look into this program.

In this picture I am belaying my friend Charlie on a route in the Red River Gorge. This was a trip we took last summer.

Rock Climbing

Since participating in New Adventures I have had some awesome experience with OUOP. I have gone on kayaking, backpacking and caving trips. I currently am an OUOP rock wall supervisor. I am very lucky that I found a job doing something that I love.

This past weekend was the Spring Climbing Competition. About 40 people from around the state participated which was an awesome turnout. I worked the competition so I help judge our intermediate division and helped run the event. OUOP offers something for every student and I am so happy I got involved my freshman year.

Time out for Bowling

Wilson Taylor

Wilson Taylor,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 22 February 2016

This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience something new in Athens, Ohio—bowling. Since first coming to Athens I’ve always wanted to go bowling, but I’ve never given myself time to adventure to the Rollerbowl, the local bowling lanes.

While I don’t bowl frequently, it’s something I often have fond memories of. After throwing my first ball this past weekend I started to doubt these memories, very quickly. All the way through my fourth toss was my interest with bowling challenged. Having thrown my first four balls as straight gutters I was beginning to realize bowling wasn’t something I wouldn’t ‘just remember.’

Regardless of my performance I was noticing something while throwing those first few balls: the bowling lanes in Athens, Ohio offered a unique environment. The environment in the bowling alley on a Saturday afternoon was purely energetic.

Nearly half of the lanes were rented out to two or three families throwing parties for their children. From there, the ages ranged from elderly families taking an afternoon out to other groups of college students looking to get off campus. The lanes offered a positive environment where various groups could gather together and enjoy bowling, regardless of skill level. Throughout the afternoon I gradually threw fewer and fewer gutter balls. While I never managed to break 100 I still found the afternoon to be a lot of fun.

Sibs Weekend 2016

Nicole Sova

Nicole Sova,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 11 February 2016

Every year OU holds family weekends: Parents, Moms, Dads, and&emdash;most recently&emdash;Sibs Weekend. As an out-of-state student, these weekends bring one of two things. They are either an exciting family reunion packed with as many of my favorite Athens activities as I can fit into one short weekend, or they are a chance to get to know my friends’ families while trying to push aside thoughts of missing my own family.

Sibs weekend this year was a combination of the two. My sister, Alexis, is now a freshman at OU, so even though my other sisters were not able to come down I was still able to enjoy the weekend with family.

Sibs Weekend

With all of the scheduled Sibs Weekend activities, we started out the weekend by lounging around in my apartment trying to figure out which events we wanted to attend. We decided to check out a lot of the events (like the Sibs carnival and Sibs bash), but didn’t spend much time at any Sibs weekend event. Instead, we spent the weekend together doing normal things and taking tons of pictures, treating the time together like a novelty.

Sibs Weekend

We spent Saturday afternoon goofing off at Ping Recreation Center. Because there was a Sibs weekend Zumbathon, the normally scheduled Zumba class was canceled and we were able to take over the group fitness room. We held our own Zumba session and then tried to see who could handstand the longest (Alexis won).

Sibs Weekend

After Ping, we ran some errands and stopped for a coffee at Tim Horton’s. Tim Horton’s coffee dates used to be our favorite at home, so it just seemed appropriate to spend a bit of Sibs Weekend chatting over coffee.

To end the perfect Sibs Weekend Saturday we decided to go see the Bobcats Senior night hockey game. Watching the fans run around the arena after every goal I began to get nostalgic: knowing that that was the last game I’d see as an undergrad and that many of the players I had watched since freshman year were now graduating.

Then Lex made me pose for a snapchat and I remembered what a great day we had just had.

Sibs Weekend

However, the day was far from over. After Ohio beat Illinois (by a landslide) we stayed to take our turn on the ice for an open skate.

Sibs Weekend

We skated for hours, despite not being especially good at it, because Adam, my friend (and fellow engineering ambassador) promised to give Alexis a ride on the Zamboni as he cleaned up the ice at the end of the night.

Sibs Weekend

Sibs Weekend

As Adam and Alexis drove around the ice, I slipped back into slight nostalgia. I have loved all of my experiences at OU. I’ve been incredibly lucky to be able to share these experiences and friends with my sister not only on special weekends, but all the time.

Being a Basketball Coach

Jordan Sapp

Jordan Sapp,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 7 December 2015

As a senior in high school my thoughts about being an engineering student were quite clouded and pretty skewed. I could picture myself buried in the library with large books on the desk and not having any time for anything other than studying. I came to the realization that this is not an accurate picture of what college looks like as an engineering student nor is it healthy to be so focused on studies and not actually enjoying where you are in your life.

I do study often for my classes but not to the point where I don’t have time for anything else. As a senior in engineering I’ve found myself involved in many different things that I really enjoy doing outside of engineering.

Currently I am coaching a third- and fourth-grade coed basketball team through the local church I attend. I have practice on Monday evenings and games on Saturday mornings.

My team unfortunately is named the Wolverines (after the Marvel comic and not the college football team). There are two girls and five boys and coaching them is a blast.

I played basketball throughout my life and it is a passion of mine, so getting to share my passion with these kids is quite rewarding. The players come from vary different backgrounds and homes and it is often apparent in their behavior. Because of this, my favorite part of coaching arises, getting to love on the kids. It is two hours a week that I get to show the kids that they are valuable and awesome! I get to run around with them and be a kid all over again.

So, if you are coming into college, be ready to do some studying but also be ready to have some fun and really enjoy where you are!

Bird Arena Hockey League

Adam Robertson

Adam Robertson,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 2 December 2015

It’s that hectic time of year again, with finals and project due dates, but more importantly it’s Bird Arena Hockey League playoff time! Every semester I participate in Bird Arena’s adult hockey league with some good friends of mine.

The non-contact league is made up of 10 or so coed teams and each team plays two games a week. The players in the league can be anyone from students just beginning to play to players on the Division 1 club hockey team.

I look at the BAHL as a great way to get some exercise and get away from the stress of classes. Due to the grind of the semester, we have unfortunately lost some key players throughout the season. Fortunately my team, Team 7, was able to prevail and we made the playoffs as a four seed.

Currently we are one game away from the championship, but we have to beat the top team in the league. We have tough road ahead of us, but I believe we can be successful if we play some solid defense and prevent shots on net. If we win the championship, our team picture will be placed in the Bird Ice Arena lobby. The BAHL is fun time and I would encourage anyone who is interested to play!