What It Takes To Achieve Carbon Neutrality

By Elle Dickerman A typical summer morning on the Athens campus of Ohio University consists of warm sunshine, a few students making their way to class and the occasional runner enjoying the riverside bike path. But on June 23, 2015, a group of protestors gathered outside the Lausche Heating Plant west of campus with signs and passionate voices. The construction of a pipeline, which would … Continue reading What It Takes To Achieve Carbon Neutrality

The Uncertain Future of One of Athens’s Last Untouched Streams

By Sean Hollowell The forest is quiet around County Road 68 near Glouster, Ohio. The leaves have fallen from the trees, and there isn’t a car running for miles around. Every little sound carries through the woods. A woodpecker taps a tree once, twice, and then decides to search for a new place to eat.  Every once in a while something, a squirrel probably, rustles … Continue reading The Uncertain Future of One of Athens’s Last Untouched Streams

A Silent Academic Killer: Test Anxiety

By Anna Birk Finals week: a phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of college students everywhere..  what makes this week so feared? Why do students dread taking tests, rather than embracing their knowledge?  For freshman student, Austin Wilson, taking a test is concurrent with a ride at an amusement park.  “It’s kind of like a rollercoaster and your brain doesn’t process what is happening. … Continue reading A Silent Academic Killer: Test Anxiety

Weighing the Effects of UV Sunlight

by Anna Birk Ultraviolet, or UV, rays are a topic we often hear about during the summer, when it becomes a rarity to leave home without sunscreen.  What many people may not consider, however, is that radiation from ultraviolet light can be extremely harmful in the winter months as well. Likewise, many may not consider that there are three UV rays leaving the sun. The … Continue reading Weighing the Effects of UV Sunlight

Eyes to the Stars: Henrietta Leavitt’s Legacy

by Elizabeth Watkins On October 3rd, “Silent Sky” opened at Ohio University. The plot of the play covers the life of Henrietta Leavitt, a graduate of Radcliffe College and an astronomer working in the Harvard College Observatory. The lab where she worked made for the main set of the play. In this space, she worked with Annie Cannon and Williamina Fleming, two of the women … Continue reading Eyes to the Stars: Henrietta Leavitt’s Legacy

The Power of Local: OU’s shift to local produce

By cheryl Appel Starting in the fall of 2019, Ohio University will incorporate buying produce such as blueberries, sweet potatoes, apples and tomatoes from local vendors and Ohio University’s very own Student Farm.   All three dining halls on campus are now sporting “local apple” signs next to the produce bins and there are currently plans to expand local purchases even further. But how is this … Continue reading The Power of Local: OU’s shift to local produce

“Wasteland” Movie Review

By Claire Milano The catadores, like the garbage they picked, were forgotten; thrown away to be ignored and accumulate piles and piles of dirty gold. That is until Vik Muniz came to them. Muniz, an artist from Brazil living in Brooklyn, New York, recreates artwork using different mediums. What separates him from others in his line of work are the mediums he uses. Instead of … Continue reading “Wasteland” Movie Review

The Power of Belief

by Luvina Cooley College move-in is an exciting time for new freshmen. For many, this is their first time away from home, their first time being exposed to new situations and a time for them to discover themselves. However, the first six to eight weeks of the fall semester are also defined by, “The Red Zone.” This is the time that students, especially freshmen, are … Continue reading The Power of Belief

Wildlife Rehabilitation in an Unlikely Place

by Elizabeth Watkins Discovering the hidden gems in one’s community can help people gain insight into activities and programs that they may have never known existed. Similar to people, local businesses can be much more than they appear at first glance.  This is the case with Silver Serpent Exotic Gifts, a popular exotic gift shop on Court Street. They sell mostly smoking and e-cigarette accessories. … Continue reading Wildlife Rehabilitation in an Unlikely Place

Pollution Prevention Week 2019

by Anna Birk Residents in Athens county had the opportunity to learn more about sustainability through Pollution Prevention Week, September 16 through September 20. Wednesday, September 18, Guy Riefler spoke at the first Science Cafe of the year, held in Front Room Coffeehouse.  Guy Riefler is a professor in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and Chair of Civil Engineering at Ohio University. His … Continue reading Pollution Prevention Week 2019