Ohio University’s administrators must be kicking themselves right now.
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Ever since I hit my teens, I’ve made it my personal mission to reject the blatant materialism that pervades our society. Don’t get me wrong, I love going shopping as much as the next person – except, that usually only occurs once a year. I understand the joy in buying or receiving new things; it’s serotonin inducing, on some level, and it can be fun to show off the latest fad or trend to our friends.
Late last semester, Gillian Ice, special assistant to the president for public health operations, and other Ohio University administrators set about the task of preparing for this semester. At that time, COVID cases had been steadily increasing due to the already hardy Delta variant, then they exploded due to Omicron’s arrival. President Hugh Sherman already established that the mask requirement would still be in effect for Spring 2022. Gillian Ice stated in an email on Nov. 16 that OU would require on-campus students to take an at-home COVID-19 test before moving in.
“Friday nights are for The Union” has become my unofficial slogan this semester. More often than not, I find myself making the short walk in shoes made for jumping and dancing, dressed for a usually unplanned night at my favorite music joint.
It’s not uncommon for public figures to have their private life scrutinized; intimate relationships, family life and medical conditions have all been examined under figurative microscopes by the press and the internet alike. Many more public figures have had scandals scrutinized, though. We all remember the infamous Ariana Grande donut-licking incident, Lil Nas X’s Satan shoes situation and when the internet unearthed Chrissy Teigen’s vitriolic tweets.
At some point, we’ve all done the math — the pandemic started March 2020 and, somehow, has continued now into October 2021. It hasn’t been slowly tapering off, either. Just a month ago, Athens was in the throes of a violent surge of the Delta variant. That’s over 18 months of death, economic instability, anxiety and isolation, along with a cluster of generally awful consequences of quarantine.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include the dates and times for Old Time Music Week.
A new Ohio Senate bill would allow townships to approve or deny neighboring renewable energy sources like solar or wind.
The eighth annual Sustainability Film Series, sponsored by the Athena Cinema, Ohio University’s Environmental Studies Program and University Libraries, will be held virtually. The free films present different cultures and world events, while discussing sustainability efforts.
The Athens community is bracing for unlawful fests this month after Ohio University President Duane Nellis and Athens Mayor Steve Patterson issued a public warning March 15.
Jesse Bethea, an Ohio University alumnus, wasn’t intending to write an entire novel about time travelers – but he especially never intended for it to be published.
Spring Semester at Ohio University was bound to be different for students than ones in the past. Months before the semester started, OU canceled spring break and replaced it with three “wellness days” divided between February, March and April.
Ohio University’s decision to reopen Shively Grab N’ Go to alleviate the long lines at dining halls has added 60 open shifts for students looking for work.
After Hocking College’s glass-blowing classes shut down, Arianna Howe was just looking for another creative outlet. When she stumbled upon flameworking, which was in the same medium as glass-blowing, she was interested to try.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to adapt has been valuable. The world has adjusted to ensure safety, as the pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of life, one such aspect being how and where people work.
As the holidays roll in, this season looks a bit different for Athens businesses. Instead of the usual bustle and magic, most of their focus has been on surviving the ever-rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Ohio University’s Culinary Services is making changes to accommodate the influx of residential students in the spring, including offering outdoor seating and focusing on limiting interaction.
With inviting less than a third of students back to campus this semester, Ohio University has restricted many to virtual interactions – inside and outside the classroom.
The pandemic brought twists to yet another event in 2020.
As the appeal of plant-based diets grows, more of its impacts can be seen in aspects like nutrition and the economy.