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

Locking Up the Innocent

by Jayne Yerrick Raymond Towler is not a criminal. But he spent 29 years of his life behind bars.  Wrongfully convicted for the rape and kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl, Towler was given a life sentence in 1981. Unfortunately, stories like Towler’s are far too common.  The Innocence Project, a non-profit organization with the mission to free wrongfully convicted people from prison, conservatively estimates that … Continue reading Locking Up the Innocent

The Sociology Behind Halloween Fears

by Jayne Yerrick It is officially the spookiest season of the year, which means that costumed trick-or-treaters will soon flood the streets and go door to door, hoping for treats.  However, before kids can enter their sugar comas on the night of Halloween, it’s likely that their parents will first inspect the bags of candy (for reasons other than snatching some of their favorite sweets).  … Continue reading The Sociology Behind Halloween Fears

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

“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

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

Athens Came Together for Global Climate Strike

By Morgan Spehar Global Climate Strike As millions of people across the world skipped school and walked out of work to protest climate change and demand an end to fossil fuel use Friday, the Athens community did their part.  The international protest was part of the Fridays for Future campaign, a movement that encourages young people to walk out of school on Fridays to draw … Continue reading Athens Came Together for Global Climate Strike

Athens Takes Root Across the State

by Jayne Yerrick Being a party school and having a beautiful campus are two things that OU is perhaps best known for. The latter is perhaps an aspect of OU that Bobcats are most proud of, and with good reason. The greenery paired with the red bricks makes OU unlike many other college campuses. This picturesque scenery is put on full display on College Green, … Continue reading Athens Takes Root Across the State