During week two of the 2016-17 academic year, the Ohio University College Republicans were divided about whether or not to endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, first-year enrollment dropped compared to last year and OU disappeared from The Princeton Review's top party school list.
It's been a busy week.
An org divided
The Ohio University College Republicans members can’t seem to decide if they want to endorse Donald Trump for president.
Despite rhetoric from the club’s president indicating the group would likely back the candidate, guest speakers and an intense debate on the matter pushed a vote scheduled for Wednesday night off the agenda.
There was an informal vote of sorts, club president David Parkhill said. Members at the meeting formed two groups: Trump supporters and third-party or undecided voters.
Parkhill said OUCR will likely hold a vote in the next few weeks.
OU released data Tuesday indicating its first drop in first-year student enrollment in nine years.
At 4,332 students, the Class of 2020 is the third largest class in OU history. That number is about 90 students shy of last year’s record-setting total — 4,423.
A university official attributed the decrease to lagging out-of-state enrollment, which the university tries to keep at about 15 percent. Official enrollment numbers won’t be available until the 15th day of classes, so it’s possible the total will change.
OU has seen a growth in enrollment of about 43 percent from 2005 to 2014.
The Princeton Review did not rank OU on its 2017 top party schools list.
OU has been dropping steadily on the list since it took home the top spot in 2011. Last year, it was ranked 16th.
At least one student was in disbelief.
"That's just bizarre to me honestly (that OU is not on the list of party schools)," Alexandra Anderson, a junior studying broadcast journalism, told The Post. "I think that maybe we are dropping in the list because we were ranked the past couple of years and I guess people are starting to overlook it, like, that's just what we do."
Thanks to a recent adjustment to alcohol laws, there is no limit to the amount of alcohol a beer can contain in Ohio.
Gov. John Kasich signed a bill in late May, which eliminated the cap on the alcohol by volume in beer. The bill went into effect on Monday.
Art Oestrike, owner of Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, has been advocating for the change for some time.
"We've championed the alcohol limit raise for years," Oestrike told The Post. "I think when we were first in the paper in support of that, it was seven or eight years ago, and we were working with Jimmy Stewart to increase the limit."
Previously, the ABV limit for beer in Ohio was 12 percent.