A Letter on Mental Illness

By H.D., Guest Writer I started off freshman year of college nervous, yet excited. I knew I would be in for a whirlwind of experiences, both good and bad. What I didn’t know was that I would have another roommate besides the one that I was assigned: my mental illness. I had battled severe depression…

Home sweet hOUme

When entering college, students tend to have a picture of what “the college experience” is supposed to be like. Whether it’s pulling all-nighters, developing a caffeine addiction or partying like there’s no tomorrow, each image that incoming freshmen conjure up is distinctly different from the next. But amidst the fantasies of what life away from…

Freshmen address the “party school” culture at OU

Last week, Playboy magazine ranked Ohio University as the No.1 party school of 2015, adding further justification to the claims of students and residents that the Ohio fests are the best fests. Playboy noted Athens’ infamous HallOUween block party, numerous fests and the 18 bars along Court Street as factors. In addition to our nationally…

Freshman Fest 2014: The effects of an overcrowded class

Ohio University’s 2014-2015 freshman class has shattered many previous university-wide enrollment records. According to information given at the Ohio University Board of Trustees’ Aug. 28 meeting, the freshman class, which consists of 4,400 students, increased 3.5% from the 2013-2014 school year. The freshmen are not the only people affected by the overcrowding. The unanticipated increase in…

Freshmen dos and (please) don’ts

The countdown is over and the awaited moment has finally arrived: move-in day. Moms, dads, brothers and sisters help hustle luggage up the stairs of the crowded residence halls. Awkward introductions are made among you and your new roommate(s). A quick lunch uptown and a tearful goodbye later, and the parents have left, leaving you twiddling your thumbs wondering…