Tinker advocates free speech

In 1965, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker was suspended for wearing a black armband supporting the victims of the Vietnam War against school policy. The suspension led to the Supreme Court decision supporting children’s and teachers’ rights to free speech in Tinker v. Des Moines. Ever since, Tinker has advocated for children’s access to free speech.…

Almost bare for charity: obscene or empowering?

If you wandered the Athens streets in barely anything, you would probably be arrested. But, one day for the past four years, students can legally flee down Court Street in their skivvies. It’s this Saturday. As the day once again approaches, I question the  virtue of the 5th annual Bare on the Bricks. Students pay…

OU’s rape culture awareness leads to change

Ohio University no longer turns a blind eye to the rape culture on its campus. Notoriously ranked as a top party school, OU takes action to combat the rape culture that once flew under its small-town radar. Increased dialogue about rape culture on OU’s campus caused discussion, awareness and improved education. Much of the dialogue…

Vegan Cooking Workshop welcomes all

An instantaneous sense of community surrounds each visitor walking into the United Campus Ministry’s basement as  visitors, newcomers and faithful attendees alike are welcomed in for the Vegan Cooking Workshop (VCW). Every Tuesday night, between 60 and 75 attendees gather for fellowship and vegan cooking love. Coordinators and other volunteers begin cooking at 7 p.m.…

The fruit behind the festival

Throughout the grounds, the festival-goers are abuzz with pawpaw love.  The aroma of the pawpaw cuisine causes the lively attendees to become instant pawpaw addicts. They simply cannot consume enough of the unique fruit. Pawpaw fever was in full swing as students and community members gathered for the 15th Annual Pawpaw Festival, to enjoy and discover the…

Revamp wardrobe with inexpensive options

The majority of college students do not hold an endless budget. It is difficult enough to keep up with the trends with a paying job. Students take advantage of refreshing their wardrobes by revamping, trading and ridding. A college student’s definition of wardrobe: versatile, trendy and most importantly, affordable. The fashion scene constantly shifts and…

Community Food Initiatives sows the seeds of self-reliance

A modest station containing a scale and a wicker basket with dollar bills stood out among the other booths selling local produce in the Athens Farmers Market. Jenn Thompson stood near the table informing curious passersby of a chalkboard highlighting the simple cause: “Donation Station.” Supported by Athens-based Community Food Initiatives, the Donation Station collects…