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What the frack

Photo by Max Catalano On Dec. 13, the auction began. Nineteen parcels of land in Wayne National Forest were leased to the highest bidder for development of oil and natural gas wells. From an initial starting price of $2 per acre, some bids climbed to over $5,800 per acre. By the sale’s end, six drilling

The Drop

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Serving their responsibility

Photo by Max Catalano For many business owners in the Athens area, working in the food industry offers an opportunity to make an impact on the community with every dish they serve. Local chefs are increasingly buying food products with a sustainable conscience, and businesses such as Crumbs Bakery, 9 Tables and The Farmacy play

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Serving their responsibility

Photo by Max Catalano For many business owners in the Athens area, working in the food industry offers an opportunity to make an impact on the community with every dish they serve. Local chefs are increasingly buying food products with a sustainable conscience, and businesses such as Crumbs Bakery, 9 Tables and The Farmacy play

I Do, OU

The week of their wedding in October 2014, Sarah and Bryan Cassell found themselves driving under the gleam of a double rainbow on their way into Athens from Boston. When the Ohio University alumni took their wedding photos a few days later, a bald eagle flew by a few feet in front of them. Just

Life of the Political Party

  David Parkhill President, Ohio University College Republicans  Junior studying business management   What did the College Republicans do to mobilize voters during the 2016 presidential election season? We register people to vote at meetings, but we realize that Athens is very liberal and that it’s mostly Democrats that we would be registering. … So,

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Scenes from the African Dance Technique Flash Mob

African dance is a mixture of movements and music. Within traditional African culture, dance serves a multitude of social purposes, including religious, spiritual and recreational. Each dance communicates the communal values and social relationships of the people. At Ohio University, professors Zelma Badu-Younge and Pascal Younge incorporate the importance of the music as well as

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The road to efficiency

Photo provided by Sarah Kaplan Athens County is in the middle of an upgrade. A new loan program for electric and hybrid vehicles is steering the community toward sustainability, creating a community of electric vehicle owners and a chance to win millions of dollars. UpGrade Athens, a project of the environmental resource group UpGrade Ohio,

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Escape Room

Photo by Max Catalano Ever wonder what it would be like to be locked in a room working against the clock with your stressed-out colleagues? And no, I don’t mean a typical day in the office. I mean 45 minutes in the Escape Room. In early April, a few of my fellow Backdroppers and I

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Dustin Lynch gives Athens “One Hell of a Night”

Photos by Maddie Schroeder Despite the bleak weather outside, country fans flocked to campus Friday night to see country artist Dustin Lynch perform. The show started off with a bang and didn’t falter for a second. The lively music was accompanied by spectacular special effects involving strobe lights and fog. Opening for Lynch was Tyler

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Artists on display at Donkey Coffee

Photos by Autumn Crouse As you walk through the red-framed door of Donkey Coffee and Espresso, you see two square canvases spattered with gold and copper paint accentuating an otherwise ordinary white wall. Upon a closer look, you realize in the center of the canvases are coyote skulls. The artwork are a few pieces from

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20th Century Women Review

Photo provided by Athena Cinema Premise 20th Century Women dissects the lives of a struggling mother and a confused teenage boy and then pieces them back together with the new, spunky people that enter into their lives. Raised in the Great Depression, the mother, Dorothea (Annette Benning), cannot understand why her son, Jamie (Lucas Jade

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Dustin Lynch gives Athens “One Hell of a Night”

Photos by Maddie Schroeder Despite the bleak weather outside, country fans flocked to campus Friday night to see country artist Dustin Lynch perform. The show started off with a bang and didn’t falter for a second. The lively music was accompanied by spectacular special effects involving strobe lights and fog. Opening for Lynch was Tyler

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Theater Review: The Ladies Man

Photo provided by Ohio College of Fine Arts Infidelity, the theme of popular television shows such as Scandal, The Good Wife and Mistresses, lends itself as the backbone of story lines to draw in audiences seeking steamy and rebellious entertainment. The “cheating husband that wants to have his cake and eat it too” is a familiar

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Fitness organization starts chapter at Ohio University, aims to inspire women

Graphic provided by CHAARG Almost every college student knows the struggle of living a healthy lifestyle.  The ‘Freshman 15’ seem impossible to avoid sometimes. Walking to Ping is the last thing one wants to do after a stressful day of classes. Some people find it easier to work out when they have a set plan to go

Sex & Health

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Reproduce, reuse, recycle

Photo by Amanda Damelio Condoms, menstrual products, sex toys and other personal care goods generally have two possible life paths. The products are purchased, used and eventually disposed of. But it’s how they’re disposed of that determines which path they take. It’s impossible not to see the signs. They take up almost every convenient wall

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Rocky Horror Picture Show Through the Eyes of a “Virgin”

It was a cold and rainy Friday night.  Strangers in lingerie whipped belts all around. We narrowly escaped the virgin sacrifice. This was Rocky Horror Picture Show seen from the eyes of a newbie, or as they would call it, a virgin. The Union Bar hosted the traveling show from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22 with students

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