Mossville Film Review

By Maddie Hellwig The second film in the Athena Cinema’s Fall Sustainability Series was “Mossville,” a haunting documentary about the fenceline community of Mossville, Louisiana. It follows two Mossville residents, Stacey Ryan and Erica Jackson, who struggle to fight for their community against big oil companies like Sasol. Mossville first served as a safe haven for freed slaves to escape racial violence after the end … Continue reading Mossville Film Review

Constitution Day panel discusses institutional racism

By Jayne Yerrick For 7 minutes and 46 seconds, a police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck. This short amount of time left an innocent man dead and sparked a national outcry for justice. George Floyd, like so many people of color before him, was killed while being arrested. His death is just one upsetting example of a much broader issue: institutional racism.  Due to … Continue reading Constitution Day panel discusses institutional racism

The Condor and the Eagle Film Review

By Maddie Hellwig The Athena Cinema’s Fall Sustainability series kicked off on Sept. 9 with “The Condor and the Eagle,” directed by Clement and Sophie Guerra. It follows different Native American environmental activists on their journeys of connecting with other tribes and world leaders, all in an effort to preserve the environment and their homes from damaging oil companies. The film’s title is rooted in … Continue reading The Condor and the Eagle Film Review

The legacy of Ohio University’s first female graduate lives on

By Katelyn Rousch Eight years ago, Patricia McSteen, Ph.D., was attending a meeting that was, unfortunately, just like any other. A muted rainbow of suit jackets and blazers were pressed together, everyone’s shoulders sagging in the humid space. But it wasn’t the heat that bothered McSteen.  “When I would go to meetings with large groups of colleagues across campus it was a very common occurrence … Continue reading The legacy of Ohio University’s first female graduate lives on

Society within Society

By Sianna Mills Throughout the ages, social media has not only taken up people’s time but has also formed into a variety of different societies in one. Society is described as a complex system with all parts working interdependently as well as working together while promoting stability at the same time. This is also how our social media platforms work. “Society [is a] continuous patterned … Continue reading Society within Society

Injustice and Hope: The East Cleveland Three

“One of the things about ordinary people is that they do lead extraordinary lives,” said Pierce Reed, policy coordinator of the Ohio Innocence Project.  Reed was specifically referencing the extraordinary lives of Eugene Johnson, Derrick Wheatt and Laurese Glover. These men, known as the East Cleveland Three, were wrongfully imprisoned in 1995 for two decades, only to be released in 2015. The three men recounted … Continue reading Injustice and Hope: The East Cleveland Three

Rock Bottom at the Top of Everest

by Katelyn Rousch At a recent event hosted by the Kennedy Lecture Series, National Geographic explorer and photographer Cory Richards opened up with Athens campus about his experiences, not just in his line of work, but with human struggles including anxiety, depression, and alcoholism. During his presentation, Richards described the trip to Everest where he decided to start opening up about the things he was … Continue reading Rock Bottom at the Top of Everest

Village Bakery: A small village making a worldwide impact

by Anna Birk In 2002, Christine Hughes and Bob O’Neil opened Village Bakery, a place for residents and Ohio University students to thrive. Today, it has flourished into an eco-friendly community that provides locally sourced food and naturally powered energy.  Hughes came to Athens in 1995 with a friend who, at the time, was attending film school at OU. Through her waitressing job at Casa … Continue reading Village Bakery: A small village making a worldwide impact

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