Well everyone, it’s that time of year again. Freshmen are finally emerging from their comfort zones. They are finding friends and venturing out of their dorms to explore. They are starting to break into normal routines (living in Washington, going to Shively to eat, class in Bentley than back to Washington). But with great exploration comes great responsibility. There’s still a lot to learn about Ohio University and Athens in general, especially our confusing lingo. It can be overwhelming when someone asks you to, “Meet me a MemAud, so we can grab dinner at ShiveDive and then play some volleyball by the Front Four.”
Well freshies (and all those new to OU), we are here to help! Every week, we will build a comprehensive lingo guide to Athens and the OU campus, hoping to help you navigate the next four (or five, or six, or whatever, no judgment) years.
Up first, some basic campus lingo:
Alden/The Stacks: Officially known as “Vernon R. Alden Library,” Alden is the giant library right across from Baker Center. It has seven floors of books, computers, reference material, printers and a café. The sixth and seventh floors are known as the “Stacks.” They contain rows and rows of reference books for research projects and a nice quiet place to study (or to hookup in, whatever).
Dirty South: The deepest dorms of South Green. So south, you are practically living in the river. I’m looking at you Cady Hall. Other kinds of dorms flooded by the Hocking include: Dougan House, Ewing House, Fenzel House and Hoover House.
I love a good situation comedy. From the classic laughter of The Cosby Show, to the modern quips of Friends, and let’s not forget my personal favorite The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In a sea of reality television, game shows and multi-camera dramas, I long for the classic formula of a one-camera set and live studio audience, and Late Night host and SNL alumnus Jimmy Fallon aggrees. That’s why he’s produced a new situation comedy for NBC called Guys With Kids, about three NYC dads dealing with the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
I have watched three episodes so far, and I have to say, I’m impressed. The show is funny, well put together, and a great modern take on sitcoms. It is exactly what I would expect from the comedic genius that brought us The Barry Gibb Talk Show.
With that being said, the show has premiered to less-than-stellar ratings and reviews. This may have something to do with its timeslot. It’s on the less-than coveted Wednesday night slot. The lead-in show Animal Practice is…how do I put this lightly? It’s just awful. It’s not the best thing to attract viewers to the network or the show.
I hope NBC gives this show a chance because I think it truly deserves one, and to be honest I love Jimmy Fallon. But lets not forget the rest of this brilliant ensemble. It stars Anthony Anderson of Law and Order and Kangaroo Jack fame, Jamie-Lynn Sigler from The Sopranos, Jesse Bradford (the a-dork-able brother from Bring it On), Tempestt Bledsoe from the quintessential sitcom The Cosby Show (Vanessa Huxtable is all grown up!), and not to mention a gaggle of adorable babies. How can you not love such a great cast?
My hope is that NBC lets Kids stick around for at least one more season and is moved to the “Must See TV” Thursday time slot it deserves, once both 30 Rock and The Office are off the air.
When my roommate (a campus organizer for the Obama campaign) told me to keep my Saturday open but couldn’t tell me why, I was skeptical. She told me just to trust her and sign a form to volunteer. I did. Yes, I like my roommate that much. I may have sold my soul to her for something crazy, but sometimes you have to dive in headfirst.
When I found out that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden would be speaking IN Athens, Ohio, on that Saturday and that I was on tap to volunteer directly with the campaign, I literally hyperventilated. I had to call my roommate to see if I was being Punk’d–the old Punk’d with Ashton Kutcher, not the new Bieber-tastic Punk’d. (New drinking game if you’re 21, take a shot every time I say Punk’d in this article). Punk’d.
The site was chaotic when I arrived to volunteer. Secret service was everywhere. I’m talking real-life secret service–big guys with earpieces and sunglasses looking at you with intimidation if you breathe wrong. It was a serious setup.
I was immediately sent to work with the media part of the campaign checking in various outlets (CNN, Buzzfeed, ABC News…where did I put my resume again?!?). It was an amazing perspective. The best part: as I was sitting at my post, in walks Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown. (In case you didn’t know, Brown is the first female African-American justice appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court, and she’s an Ohio University alumna). Ms. Brown was on tap to speak before former governor Ted Strickland, who would open for Biden. She was an inspiring woman, looking flawless may I add, talking casually with me about the contents of her purse while security rifled through. Justice Brown comes to events very prepared, in case anybody was wondering.
I love Katy. Love her like I have a legitimate crush on her, and would go on a date with her if I could. It’s borderline creepy. I discovered my love of Katy my sophomore year of college, right after Teenage Dream dropped, and my roommate at the time Carolyn was obsessing over it.
I fell in love with that album - everything about it is perfect. Katy is a real girl who writes from the heart. She is a real girl, who has mood swings like the rest of us, and has a song about every one of them. She sings about the good, fun times in our lives weather it’s going out with your friends (Last Friday Night), or that first spark of love (Teenage Dream). She has songs about the hard times too, songs that you can sing pissed off in your car, like “The One That Got Away” and “Part of Me.” She also works to inspire girls that they are worth something and are special, (“Pearl,” “Firework”). And this is just off of one album.
The best part about all of this is that she does it with a since of humor. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, and that is something I admire. If you have ever seen the music video for “Last Friday Night” (and I highly suggest you do), then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
She inspires girls to love themselves just the way they are. She embraces her body, and is so unapologetic about it. One of my favorite Katy quotes is, “I think there's a fine line between being a slut and being classy. I walk in between that line.” She is not sorry about showing off her curves, and lets people its okay to be proud of what you have, and that is inspiring to me.
Katy is a huge worldwide pop star, but she is so down to earth. She is not afraid to be herself, and will never be someone she is not, and that is why she inspires me.
Shannon is more than your typical political science major (with a trés impressive French minor). This 20-year-old sophomore from Westlake, Ohio is taking her love of politics beyond the classroom. Not only is she the acting president and president elect of the College Democrats of Ohio, but she is also a Spring Fellow for the Obama Campaign. This means she is an official intern for President Obama’s re-election campaign. She is working with groups in Athens and has gotten major attention from the central Obama campaign and the Commander-in-Chief himself!
How long have you been working with/for the Democratic Party? Welch: I have been a volunteer for the Democratic Party since 2008, when I was a senior in high school. I volunteered for the Obama campaign, making phone calls and canvassing with my dad. I couldn't vote so it was very important to me to be taking some kind of action. When I got to school I joined the Ohio University College Democrats and have been a part of their organization ever since.
What other political organizing do you do on campus? Welch: I worked very hard for the repeal of Senate Bill 5 with the We Are Ohio campaign in the fall. I have also collected signatures to help prevent the passage of a voter suppression law. I am a part of the Women's Affairs Commission on Student Senate. We worked to organize Sex Week, a week about empowerment for women, and Take Back the Night, a week about sexual violence awareness and prevention.
For many, coffee and college go hand in hand. Like Thelma and Louise or SpongeBob and Patrick, they are made for each other. And if you’re anything like me, less than two cups a day is borderline offensive. Many students need that caffeine fuelled lift just to get out their front door.
With that being said, there is a dark-side of the coffee world. Despite the fact that college students stop at their local coffee joint almost daily, many of them just don’t know how to order. It’s a sad fact of life that not only makes your baristas sad, but also your fellow coffee-goers. It holds up the line, and it may lead to a bad cup o’joe. And when you’re paying upwards of 4 dollars for the fancy drinks, nobody wants that.
Well, it’s that time of the quarter again: finals time. If you’re anything like me, finding the perfect place to really focus can be really difficult. My dad calls me parakeet; because loud noises and pretty colors distract me. So, finding the ideal place to sit down and really get my study on can be hard.
There’s Alden Library, which is a classic. The second floor is open 24 hours though finals week, and Café Biblotech is open till 1pm for a late-night pick-me-up. But for me, Alden just doesn’t cut it. I can’t do the traditional study-till-I’m-dead in the library thing. The good news is if you’re anything like me, there are plenty of great alternatives.
Lets start off with a good, old, favorite – the coffee shop. A coffee shop is a good environment to study if the bright lights and quiet hushes of the library aren’t quite your scene.
Donkey coffee (17 ½ West Washington) has been running for 24 hours during exam week (Monday-Thursday) for as long as I have been here, and it doesn’t look like they don’t plan on stopping anything soon. This is perfect for late-night cram sessions, and the coffee is good. You can get a refillable mug of fair-trade Joe for a reasonable price. It’s a great location to buckle down for a long period of time. The only downside is Donkey can get cramped and seating can be hard to find. Plus, the dim lighting can make you a little sleepy at 1am.
Front Room coffee (4th floor Baker) is easily accessible, and if you have flex, you can get coffee on the cheap (or free depending on who pays for your meals). Unfortunately, Front Room can tend to be a bit noisy thanks to being placed in the heart of our student center, and the coffee isn’t my favorite. So, if you’re looking for quality over quantity, this is not my first recommendation.