Every year the number goes up, starting with just the original title of ‘Fest’ and soon after adding a number for every year the tradition is continued.
The location varies but usually this fest is planned for an open area for musical acts that just keep getting bigger every year.
Traditionally, most people pile into cars, vans, or pickup trucks and make their way down the country roads that will lead you to what is now 8 Fest.
It will be very obvious who the veterans and the newbies of 8 Fest are. Coming in tattered, old throw-away clothing are the veterans, prepared for what are messy expectations of the soon-to-be 8 Fest. Unfortunately for many newbies, they tend to overdress for the occasion and end up being shocked when they find out that 8 Fest does to a fashionable outfit.
There are plenty of funny videos from 6 and 7 Fest on Youtube. However if you want to see for yourself, here’s a link for 7 Fest from last year:
A great explanation of just how crazy 7 Fest was for some.
After 8 Fest is all over and done with comes what I like to call “The Zombie Walk”. Those who walk back, you will see caked in mud and dirt; many still obliterated out of their mind looking like zombies as they troll the streets uptown. Just beware of the mess, regardless if you celebrated 8 Fest or not: dorms, Baker Center, and many other University establishments are often graced with muddy souvenirs of 8 Fest. Whether that be pieces of clothing that are covered in muddy remains or just chunks of dirt tracked in from the country field, there will definitely be markings.
All in all, 8 Fest can be a really fun time if you are up for the mess. While I’ve never been one to make it to any of the past fests, I’ve heard that it’s a once in a lifetime experience that you probably can’t do after college. So attend 8 Fest and cross it off the bucket list as a job well done.
8 FEST will be celebrated Saturday, May 21, 2011 · 10:00am – 11:30pm. Here’s the link to the official 8 FEST facebook page.
Now a days, more and more of us are getting to be more conscious about our health. Athens has made that a focus of many of their restaurants—especially Casa Nueva.
Casa Nueva is a gem that is found just off of Court Street next to Artifacts. Casa is worker-owned and locally grown and produced. There are no mysterious ingredients and all foods are made with all natural ingredients.
Casa is helping Athens eat with a clearer conscious in a great environment. Beautifully decorated with a terra-cotta Spanish feel in the sitting area and a beautiful wooden bar and stage for concerts and Casa dance nights.
Most weekends Casa is found to be pretty busy, so sometimes it may be more pleasing to go to the Bodega section of Casa. The Bodega is more like bar service where you serve yourself, but the food is equally as pleasing and comes at a quicker pace. While the menu does not have as many choices, it definitely should not deter you from trying the Bodega if your day is hectic. There’s definitely something on the menu for everyone.
Something else that Casa is well-known for are their vegetarian and vegan options. While I am not a vegetarian, I often order vegetarian meals at Casa because of how well-prepared and tasty they are. Of course there are meals with meat for those who crave that instead, but Casa is most definitely veggie and vegan friendly.
The one thing that you cannot skip out on, however, is the salsa. Whether you desire spice or none at all, Casa has a great range of salsas that come with many of their meals in the sit down section and the Bodega menu. Whenever I bring guests with me to Casa they are always amazed by how fresh their salsa and chips taste, and what a variety they have to select from.
Casa Nueva may be one of my favorite restaurants in Athens not only because of what I have already listed, but also because of the overall positive atmosphere. My experiences there have led me to be much more thoughtful with what I eat, and Casa is always an option for me to find that kind of food.
Riverpark Towers sits on the East end of campus right by the Freshman Dorms (South Green) and New South. A company called American Collegiate Communities manages the buildings. They own and operate four different buildings that provide housing to Ohio University students. One huge benefit to living at RiverPark is the location. For students looking for a similar location to where they stayed in the dorms, Riverpark sits right on the edge of campus. It’s conveniently located close to the intramural fields, bike path and the Hocking River. Some of the buildings are 3 floors and two others are over seven stories high providing great views of campus. Some fortunate tenants can see a great view of the Hocking River.
The majority of students that live there are juniors and seniors. Additionally, some Graduate students choose to live at Riverpark too. In the last few years, the management company has worked to upgrade the interiors of each of the apartments. They’ve also allowed tenants to have small pets in the apartments and there are washers and dryers (have to pay) on every floor.
I lived at Riverpark my junior year at Ohio University. A downside to living at Riverpark is the parties going on at people’s places on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Occasionally you will encounter a loud party but it’s nothing that’s atypical for Ohio University. That may even be a positive for some students looking for the full experience. The only other downside of living there was that in the larger buildings the elevators would go out and you would be forced to walk the stairs.
Despite these things, I did have a positive experience living there as an undergrad. The allow you to pay for your rent online with a credit card and they fixed things in a timely manner when I needed them.
To learn more about Riverpark Towers, visit their website at http://www.accathens.com/accathens/index.html
What has been your experience with Riverpark Towers in Athens, Ohio?
Throughout the week, students eagerly await the weekend festivities. Hitting up parties, bars, or just finding something fun to do is typically what students use this time for. But what about freshman year? The time before we had our clique to hang with, having the weekend arrive almost seemed like a burden trying to find people to hang out with. How do you find out things to do in Athens when you barely know your way to class?
Facebook has become the new go-to social planner for many of us. With its handy event calendar listed on the side of your homepage, right at eye level, you are guaranteed to always know what is going on. The only problem is, you haven’t been invited to anything because you don’t know anyone.
An easy fix.
Most parties are thrown for reasons. Whether it’s a certain student organization getting together, a majors party, or even a fraternity or sorority party…typically these people share a common bond. So, the first step is to think of your hobbies or interests. Going to the involvement fair at the beginning of the year might help to narrow these down or find new options. If you missed the involvement fair, you can look on OU’s website for a list of student organizations and their contact information.
After you’ve found areas or groups you are interested in it’s time to meet the people that are involved in them already. Typically, this means attending their meeting times or chatting with them before hand to get to connections.
If, by chance, it is a Friday night and you have nothing to do but you see a party of interest being thrown via Facebook, feel free to invite yourself. On most events the host will mark it as closed or open, if it’s marked as open there’s no limit to who can come. Even if you don’t know them, bring a friend and go out and mingle. Just make sure to do some homework on who is having the party and who is coming. In some cases, you may want to send them a message saying that you are interested in their organization and want to know more.
Other Non-Facebook ways to get out and meet people
If you aren’t too interested in partying but want to still meet people for weekend events the Donkey Coffee and Espresso Café is a great place to go for open mic nights and other artistic performances. For sports, there are plenty of intramural teams available for joining. And if you are interested in theater, Ohio University’s School of Theater hosts Midnight Madness, a collections of short plays written by the graduate playwright class every Friday at 11 pm in the Hahne Theater in the Kantner Building. Tickets go on sale much earlier though, so be prepared to wait.
For Saturdays there’s the Farmer’s Market in Athens starting around 10-1pm. This is a great place to go for fresh foods and desserts and to support our locals. When it gets more into the year, there are plenty of outside musicians on Court Street to sing with, I myself frequent the piano player Rick’s, spot by Perk’s area.
Athens is full of plenty of fun things to do, drinking or not. Connecting through Facebook is a great way to meet people and get invited to these events, but don’t be afraid to just step out there and get involved yourself. Either way, you’re bound to have an interesting night!
Some people have asked me when this year’s Halloween celebration is. It’s actually on Saturday October 30th. For people who don’t live in Athens, it’s the perfect excuse to go down to Ohio University (besides Homecoming!). My advice is to go uptown early in the evening. Court Street is closed down and the traditional Halloween block party begins. People walk up and down Court Street in their costumes. It’s a really cool site. If you stay uptown past 10pm, the scene has been described as something similar to Mardis Gras.
Now all you need is a good costume! Don’t go uptown without one, you’ll get heckled!
Halloween is right around the corner and Athens is known for its awesome block party. Before you join the festivities, you should know what will get you into trouble with the police. We want you to have a great time and not end up in the back of a police car! Remember, a criminal charge can cost you a lot of time and money to resolve.
THIRTEEN SUREFIRE WAYS TO GET BUSTED ON HALLOWEEN
BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CENTER FOR STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES AT OHIO UNIVERSITY
1. Drinking or having an open container on a public sidewalk or street.
2. Urinating in an alleyway or yard.
3. Walking home alone after drinking uptown, or being drunk by yourself.
4. Arguing with or running from the cops, OR refusing to move along if told to.
5. Throwing anything, especially bottles or cans.
6. Grabbing someone or pretending to be fighting or wrestling.
7. Hiding the beer if you see the cops enter.
8. Remaining at the scene if there is an emergency or riot situation, like a couch fire.
9. Handing money to someone outside the carryout (liquor control will follow you).
10. Handing the alcohol to someone else who didn’t buy it.
11. Having a party and not checking who comes in and how old they are.
12. Violating the “Noise Ordinance” (10:00pm Sun-Thu, 12:00am Fri and Sat)
13. “Ghost hunting”; ignoring “no trespassing” signs or going inside abandoned buildings like
the old school building at the Ridges.
REMEMBER, THE UNDERCOVER POLICE ARE EVERYWHERE.
DON’T GIVE THEM A REASON TO BUST YOU.
If you are confronted by the police:
- You do not have to consent to a search unless you are already under arrest.
- You do not have to answer questions (other than to identify yourself and where you live)
unless you have already been arrested.
- If an ID is required, you DO NOT have to provide any particular ID such as a driver’s license.
But not having an ID on you may get you taken to jail.
- Ask if you are “in custody”. If not, then leave.
- Try to have a witness. Always be polite.
In addition, remember that if you have guests visiting for the block party, you are responsible for them. They are visiting your school; don’t let them destroy property or cause trouble. Don’t let friends drive after they have been drinking…it’s better to let someone crash on your floor than to crash their car.
The Center for Student Legal Services is a law office for OU students. We are a non-profit organization that is dedicated solely to providing students with legal representation, education and information. Students can access our services by paying the $8.00 fee on the quarterly tuition bill. If the fee is waived, it cannot be reversed and we cannot help you, so pay the fee every quarter!
This has been a guest post by the Center For Student Legal Services. If you run into trouble on Halloween, please give them a call at 740-594-8093.
Another exciting aspect to moving up in your college years is looking for your first place off-campus. At Ohio University, people are extraordinarily competitive and insist on starting nearly a year (or sometimes more) in advance to get the perfect place.
The hardest part is settling on whom you will live with for that upcoming year. You have to be particularly wise because relationships can change tremendously in one year, which can make your living situation misery.
After choosing your roommates, the competition begins. For my Senior year, two other girls and myself started our search through many different rental agencies. It’s a competitive business in Athens, so we got our information from signs on the front lawn, fliers around campus or searching online.
Other times we would Google landlords from Athens and start from the beginning by scheduling a tour. We heard reviews from friends, who to go to and who to stay away from entirely.
We also narrowed down where our dream areas of campus would be, for us it was towards East/South green because most of our classes and work are in that area. We decided not to be too picky and scheduled tours from as far away as Franklin to as close as Hocking Street.
A good sign to look out for, even when you are just being given a tour is to look at how much respect the landlord has for you. With some of our tours on Franklin, we were immediately put off by how little the landlord decided to tell us or talk to us about the place, he did not seem to give the tour the care it deserved which made us consider the house less.
With our current landlord, she talked to us about everything we needed to know. You should never feel bad about raising concerns about a house you are paying for. Even if it is as little as my current place, around 1100, my landlord still gives us the respect we deserve as tenants.
My roommates and I were looking for nicely sized rooms, a well lit place (big windows or whatnot), and location. Most times, location will come first before any of those other points listed; however, with our situation we were lucky enough to find all of this and more.
We found a place where no one was cramped but it wasn’t too spacious to upkeep, it was very well lit and had a balcony for everyone to use, and is on Mill Street which is the exact location we were seeking. Other things we inquired about was the fact that no dishwasher existed (and she offered to put one in for us!), security (which we had a whole conversation about, and she really took care into explaining), and bill payment.
It is also a good idea to check your water pressure from the sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms, maybe even showers if you can. You should ask about heating and air conditioning, and how that goes about being set up. Also, if there are any extra costs and parking are good ones to go over.
Take time to read the lease thoroughly and if you are still feeling lost you should send copies to your parents or a friend who has lived off-campus before. Every landlord is different with what they expect, but you have to weed out the unreasonable ones first and foremost.
Finally, how deposit and rent is paid is something that is a necessary subject to approach. You must make sure to have all amounts written on the lease, and usually a receipt should be given to you upon payment as proof. Looking at value is very important; paying over 1500 begins to get a bit steep for many students. If you do pay beyond that, consider all previous points and do not just settle for whatever you can find. If, for some reason, you are stuck without a place to live, most apartments are nicer than a lot of the houses with a lower cost and are worth considering.
All in all, it is a very stressful process for many but it gives you great experience for the future when searching for properties. I’m relieved we found a place to live and it’s scratched off my to-do list, but I’m also glad we found something we could all be happy with as well.
As a Freshmen and Sophomore student at Ohio University, most are bound to the meal plan. Therefore, I have compiled a list of the Dining Halls on Campus ranked from Best to Worst, I’m sure you will agree.
1. Shively Dining Hall: This was just renovated at Ohio University, and definitely is the top of the list. With it’s food court architecture, and prepared in front of you food style, it all makes for an enjoyable experience. Supplied with Pomodoro (Italian food), Homestyle (comfort food), The Brick Hill Grille (grilled food), Fuego (tortillas and tacos), Salad & Soup, and Desserts there’s a lot to choose from.
2. Jeff Dining Hall: This is next on the list because, while it is not newly renovated like Shively, it does have something Shively does not have—Wok and Smoothies. Most people flock to the Wok line immediately after entering, and it gets to be pretty lengthy. At the end of the meal, many get smoothies to take out, always a nice finish to a meal.
3. Boyd Dining Hall: This dining hall is a bit out of the way for most of the students besides West Green. While they are probably the smallest dining hall, they still have decent food. There are a lot of themed nights at Boyd which always spices up the menu, and because it is the tiniest dining hall there’s barely any line to deal with.
4. Nelson Dining Hall: Typically, I avoid this dining hall at all costs. It is not kept very clean, and a lot of times the menu choices are just disappointing. Towards the end of the quarter, this dining hall always slacks off, replacing their fruit portions with Nutri-Grain bars. As you can see, I am not fond of this place.
But what about if you’re on the go? Grab n’ Gos at OU are just as popular.
1. Boyd Grab n’ Go: In my opinion, this is the best grab n’ go because the choices are endless. Not only do they have sandwiches, they have salads, fruit and vegetables, soups and much more.
2. Shively Grab n’ Go: They have a great breakfast bagel sandwich or subs for the night. While the choices are fewer, they do have the ‘shookie’ (Shively Cookie), and fresh subs served every night.
3. Nelson Grab n’ Go: If you are looking to take a break from health food, come here—because there’s absolutely none. Almost everything is fried, varying from pizza, chicken tenders, and fries with poor fruit or crumbling cookies and a drink. This place is not a favorite of mine because of how unhealthy the food tends to be, it’s definitely worth the trip to just head over to Shively instead.
Hopefully this gives you all the inside view of where to go and where to stay away from. After all, for 11.00 for a dinner meal, you should get your money’s worth!
1. Matt Lauer: a ’97 grad of the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, Lauer had not even majored in journalism! Granted extra credits for ‘independent studies’ in journalism, Lauer worked his way up the journalism chain with only this knowledge. He is a great example of how your major does not control what you do with the rest of your life.
Here he is rapping/ interviewing with Obama
2. Piper Perabo: A graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program here at Ohio University majoring in Theater Performance. She most recently has been seen in the original cast of Reasons To Be Pretty on Broadway. Her most famous role has been Violet Sanford in Coyote Ugly. She has worked with Christian Bale and now has the lead in the TV show Covert Affairs. Piper recently visited Ohio University to talk with students about her career. (I shook her hand.)
3. Nancy Cartwright: Cartwright attended Ohio University for a short time before transferring to California. She has been the voice of Bart Simpson, Kim Possible (Rufus), The Little Mermaid (additional voices), and The Rugrats as Chuckie Finster.
4. Paul Newman: You may know him now for his face on the salad dressing bottles, but before that Paul Newman attended Ohio University for a short time himself. From Shaker Heights Ohio, Paul majored in pilot training at Ohio University but quickly dropped when he found he was color blind. After serving in the military, attending Kenyon for English, and finally Yale for Drama, Paul began the work he is most well known for today.
5. Mary Murphy: While this is not a household name, Ms. Murphy is a ballroom champion and more recently a judge on So You Think You Can Dance. After majoring in physical education with a minor in modern dance, Mary moved to D.C. and started her career as a dancer.
Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year and has been ever since I was little. I refused to give up trick-or-treating and carried through my promise to senior year of high school, but when it came time for college I thought I would have to leave my costumes in the closet for sure.
Lucky, I attend Ohio University the University that is best known for their humongous Halloween celebration. Trust me, no Halloween research was involved while I college-shopped but coincidentally I stumbled upon Ohio University and realized they are about everything Halloween.
What makes Ohio University the best place for Halloween is the fact that it is actually haunted. There are plenty of ghost tales from students long ago, their haunting in Wilson Hall and many more. We are also the proud owners of The Ridges, a run-down insane asylum that is parked right at the top of the campus, closest to West Green.
Visitors are always enthralled with how much effort both students and residents put in to the Halloween extravaganza. There’s a big street festival that takes place in the evening and goes until the late night with tons of performers that grace the two huge platforms set up in the middle of Court Street.
It’s also always a competition when it comes to costumes. While there are some that do not take Halloween seriously, there are plenty that do. I have seen the most creative costumes during my time at Ohio University. There are tons of couple costumes, group costumes, and even the soloists who still impress bystanders as they walk throughout Court Street.
There are even ways to get something out of being creative on Halloween. Athens Underground is known for their costume contest and challenges anyone to enter, but the requirement is you must purchase every item from their store for a chance at the prize. Last year, my friend won the contest as Cruella DeVille for Halloween.
Halloween is always a great time for whoever you decide to spend it with. I am happy to say I have never had to stow away my costumes because Halloween is just as important here as it was in my childhood.