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  • You’ve Got Mail…Maybe?

    One of the first things returning students noticed this year was a change in the process of picking up mail. In past years, students picked up mail in their residence halls during a specific time period. This year Ohio University decided to condense the process by creating centralized locations...
  • Old Thread, New Stitches

    Fast fashion is all the hype. But there’s a way around it. When I was young, my mom shopped at thrift stores for my clothes and would sometimes make things for special occasions. To refresh my memory on all of that, I called her to ask a few questions...
  • 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...
  • Escape Room

    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...
  • Ailment Abroad

    I am dying. That’s the only plausible explanation for why I am feeling like this.  My chest is tight and aching, my throat feels like it has been gradually closing since I arrived, and my nose is so blocked that no oxygen seems to be traveling to my lungs....
  • The Unglamorous Side of Traveling

    Travel is not glamorous. That’s the best way I can possibly describe the summer I spent in Nepal. Living in the small, landlocked country tucked between China and India came with a whole slew of challenges, but nothing could compare to the day I encountered a Nepali ice cube....
  • What I Wish I Knew Before I Transferred

    Nearly every college student dreads the same question at family gatherings: “Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend yet?” My family has heard the same “no” from me every year, so they hounded me with another question instead: “Have you figured out what school you’re going to transfer to yet?” is...
  • A summer at my roller coaster backyard

    The amount of times I checked my email and phone a day were endless – at least it felt that way – as I waited to hear a response from my dream internship at The Broadway League, the national trade association for the theater industry. The interview had gone...
  • Assurance at an unsure time

    After applying to countless internships over the school year without any luck, I finally found a sense of relief after I woke up to an early morning phone call offering me a summer sports internship at amNewYork, a free daily newspaper in Manhattan. Prior to my internship, my story...
  • A summer at Doogans

    The day I wore a hole through the bottom of my $150 running shoes—walking straight through an inch of green and grey rubber—I could feel the kitchen boil over from its typical 99 degrees to a more comforting 104. By this point, the sweat rolling down my face only...
  • A summer abroad

    I always knew that I would eventually study abroad while in college. The idea of living in another country and experiencing a different culture for more than a week or two intrigues me. I have been lucky enough to travel overseas multiple times since the age of 6, but...
  • Remembering work should be fun

    When I applied to be an editorial intern at Cleveland Magazine, I was seeking something practical, something I could apply to my work as a student-journalist and beyond. During the two previous summers, I had worked at the same place I had worked at in high school – Buelher’s...
  • Q&A: Ryan Lombardi

    Photo provided by Ohio University. Interview transcription by Briana Ekanem.  Ryan Lombardi, Ohio University’s vice president for the past seven years, is moving onto Cornell University in just a few days time. During his career as a Bobcat, Lombardi has changed the way students think about administration at a university....
  • Wearing Duke blue in Athens

    Photos by Andrew Downing The Ohio Bobcats are hardly known to most basketball fans. Sure, in 2012 our beloved Bobcats tried on Cinderella’s glass slipper for a few games in the NCAA Tournament led by point guard D.J. Cooper. I wasn’t on campus yet, but I’ve heard stories about...
  • Finding Peace in Sensory Deprivation

    Photo by Jacob DeSmit Tucked away in a studio in the backroads near Athens’ city limits is a great, white tank. Futuristic looking, like a pearly-white space pod Apple might create once the Moon is inhabitable, the tank is large enough that most anyone could lay within it comfortably....
  • Hold the Phone

    Originally printed in Vol. 8, Issue 3 Illustration by Jessica Shokler I wish cellphones did not exist. So much of our time is spent on them. I can’t even have an honest conversation with some family members on holidays anymore, because they have to stop and take a picture...
  • Rant and Rage: Move It or Lose It

    My day already started off late. I do my best to haul ass to class when suddenly I run into them and they’re everywhere — they’re on the escalators in Baker, on the steps outside Copeland Hall and on every sidewalk, crosswalk and catwalk on campus. They are my...
  • Wanderlust

    She needs a serious break. Junior year at OU keeps rolling by and she has no idea why she is there. She walks down Court Street like a sheep in the herd. People are like machines in a system, fearing made up concepts like failure. Athens, Ohio is beginning...

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