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A Mid-Major Dilemma

Photo by Maddie Schroeder Saul Phillips leans back with ease in his swivel chair and extends his right arm toward the shoulder of his daughter, Jordan, or Jojo, as he calls her. Phillips’ hand lands gently on the 12-year-old, but his hand and expression tenses as he discusses his future as the coach of the

The Drop

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Sip of the Week: Donkey’s Butterbeer Latte

Photo by Lilli Sher Cold weather, impending exams and general fatigue can make anyone crave a reprise. Ohio University students can pretend they’re enjoying a drink in the fictional village of Hogsmeade from Harry Potter with Donkey Coffee’s Butterbeer Latte. Made with steamed milk, espresso, Irish cream, salted caramel, hazelnut flavoring and sprinkled with cinnamon,

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Sip of the Week: Donkey’s Butterbeer Latte

Photo by Lilli Sher Cold weather, impending exams and general fatigue can make anyone crave a reprise. Ohio University students can pretend they’re enjoying a drink in the fictional village of Hogsmeade from Harry Potter with Donkey Coffee’s Butterbeer Latte. Made with steamed milk, espresso, Irish cream, salted caramel, hazelnut flavoring and sprinkled with cinnamon,

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

Rashid Al Busaidi, an Ohio University senior from Oman, helps serve dinner on November 20, 2015 at the Islamic Center. This weekly meal is part of the observance of Friday as the Islamic holy day and different Muslim Student Association members are signed up for Friday to prepare food, typically a rice dish with lamb, beef, fish or chicken stew.

Fellowship in Faith

Photo by Olivia Raney Organizations, clubs and communities can help enrich the everyday lives of students, and are especially valuable programs for expanding diversity and cultural acceptance within a college community. For almost 40 years, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) of Ohio University has been a warm and welcoming community for many Muslim and international

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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

Entertainment

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A Streetcar Named Desire Drives Abuse Awareness

  Image provided by the Lost Flamingo Theatre Company Fasten your seat belts for the Lost Flamingo Theatre Company’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire. It is an intense ride. Written by Tennessee Williams in 1947, Streetcar follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois, as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski,

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A Streetcar Named Desire Drives Abuse Awareness

  Image provided by the Lost Flamingo Theatre Company Fasten your seat belts for the Lost Flamingo Theatre Company’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire. It is an intense ride. Written by Tennessee Williams in 1947, Streetcar follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois, as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski,

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The Witch Review

Photo provided by the Athena Cinema Premise The Witch presents itself as a New England folktale from the 17th century. After a religiously zealous man and his family are exiled from their church and community, they make their way to a field near the forest and build a home there. However, in addition to the struggles they

Elle King Takes the Stage at Ohio University

Photos by Maddie Schroeder The Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium was abuzz Tuesday night with excitement and anticipation as concertgoers waited for Elle King to take the stage. Country singer Paul Cauthen opened for King with a selection of songs primarily from his album My Gospel. He greeted the crowd with a charming, “How y’all doin’,”

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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

Sports

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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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Controlling the Cravings

Photo by Amanda Damelio  Many students begin each new school year with vows to get in shape and live a healthier lifestyle. Goals such as going to the gym more than twice a year, cooking food instead of eating out and loading up on veggies instead of Wings Over Athens for lunch might be key

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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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