Springtime in Athens

by leeshab 9. April 2012 16:15
Posted by Leesha Blake
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens has been so beautiful these last few weeks. It is so sunny and flowers are everywhere. Last weekend I went outside and cleaned up my back patio and my balcony. I also planted a bunch of flowers and put them on my balcony. When I was done, it was really nice to sit outside in the sun and read with my boyfriend.

I really hope the weather stays nice, because I have a lot planned for my weekends this quarter. At the end of this month, there is a triathlon in Athens in which my dad and brother are both going to participate. Then the weekend after that is Moms' weekend. My mom and I have a lot of fun stuff planned, like shopping at Easton and getting ready for graduation. My grandma is planning to visit one of these weekends too.

I’m also going to do some fun stuff with my friends. I am really hoping to get my senior ChemE class together for a cookout at Stroud’s Run as a kind of send-off before we graduate. A lot of students like to go there when the weather is nice. You can bring a grill and have a picnic, you can go swimming, and you can play volleyball with the nets they have set up along the beach.

Springtime in Athens is great, and I am really looking forward to enjoying it.

Making Time for Friends

by stevem 14. February 2012 19:42
Posted by Steve Magers
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

As the middle of the quarter comes into full swing, so does the work load. It's easy to find yourself spending long hours in the computer lab and at a desk forgetting what the sun looks like. When you add in student organizations and the apparently inevitable winter cold (or flu) that shows up every year, it becomes easy to forget about your friends and social life. For this reason, it is important to make sure you include your friends in your week.

There are multiple ways to handle this. One way my friends and I have chosen to do it includes using Google Calendar. The calendar allows you to post your schedule and then add contacts that are allowed to view it. My schedule has a handful of different schedules all color-coded which allows me to see who is free during the day.

This has allowed us to set up a weekly lunch where almost everyone can make it to stay in touch. It also helps for impromtu gatherings and the occasional bit of humor; all of which makes the dreary winter quarter less discouraging and more fun!

Board Games

by annyed 23. January 2012 23:37
Posted by Annye Driscoll
Senior, Computer Science

My group of friends and I have found an incredibly awesome and nerdy way to spend our weekends (and our money)--board games. And no, I’m not talking about Monopoly or Sorry. We play serious board games--ones that come with over 700 pieces and 42 page full-color rulebooks. These are games that take 5 or 6 hours to play (and even longer to set up and clean up, it feels like). These nerdy games are happily becoming more mainstream - I think many people have heard of Settlers of Catan, which is a really nice introduction to nerdy boardgaming.

Our most recent favorite is Dominion. It's a deck building game with about a billion expansions and permutations, so every game is completely different. Our most epic game is Runewars. It's SO EPIC. In this game you collect resources, recruit units (which are adorable little plastic figures), and fight each other with both those units and your heroes.

The group's all-time favorite board game is Arkham Horror. Arkham Horror is SO AWESOME that it isn't on our board game cabinet--that's because we can't play it our house because the board takes up so much room, so it's currently living at our friend's house. We meet every Friday night and play a few games while we drink and eat popcorn. Especially now, in the winter, game night is an awesome alternative to going out in the freezing cold! Just goes to show that there’s plenty to do in Athens, even if it’s pretty unconventional entertainment.

Preparing for Halloween

by joes 27. October 2011 20:24
Posted by Joe Schilling
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

The quarter is almost finished and with that comes my favorite holiday, Halloween. Athens is one of the most haunted places on earth, and adds to the overall experience during fall quarter. Ohio University is known for having one of the largest Halloween parties in the nation. Every year the costumes get more creative and it is fun to see everyone walking down Court Street. I always seem to recognize a few familiar faces, as most students from other universities will attend. With such a busy schedule, it is a nice change of pace before the quarter ends. My freshman year a few friends and I went as the gang from the movie “Newsies”, and last year I went as the “Orkin Man”.

Every year I like to start off my Halloween by carving pumpkins. This year I decided to show my bobcat pride by carving the iconic paw print.

Another activity that Halloween brings is going to a haunted house. This weekend a few friends and I will be going to either “The TerrorFest” which is located in the brewery district or “Dead Acres” which is located in Pataskala. I have not been to a haunted house in a long time so it should be a fun event.

Super Bowl Sunday

by moniqueg 7. February 2011 11:21
Posted by Monique Grier
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! And while I just learned who’s in it and I'm probably more excited for the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, it’s still a great opportunity to spend time with friends, eat great food, and watch over spent commercials. Our food menu for the evening was quite extensive.

My roommates and I made Buffalo wings, bbq wings, jalapeño poppers, pizza rolls, guacamole, bean dip, queso dip and somehow had nothing left before the half time performance. I took this as a good sign that everything was delicious but it might be the fact that the Steelers were not much of a competition the first half of the game and the food provided a remedy for pure boredom.

While the second half of the game was little more interesting, it started off with a bad performance by the Black Eye Peas. While I love blinking lights, Usher and Fergie, the mixture tonight was a train wreck. Not only was the half time performance a letdown, but I was also deeply disappointed by the commercials this year. While a few Doritos commercials made me crack a smile, I never saw that knee slapper that I was so hoping to see.

Overall, I was a little upset I watched the Super Bowl over the cute and adorable Puppy Bowl but still had a wonderful time with my friends. It provided a well-deserved leisure time to stuff my face and laugh with friends.

Taking a break with dogs

by robync 24. January 2011 12:02
Posted by Robyn Cotton
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Seeing as how there is a lack of free time this quarter due to Senior Design and a handful of other difficult courses, I find joy in the simple things. This past weekend I got to go home and celebrate my friend's birthday, which was an awesome change of pace. It was wonderful to see my family, and not really have to think or study for a whole weekend.

My brother and his girlfriend came over on Sunday and they brought their puppy along with them. He is a 7 month old bulldog named Oliver and is the sweetest dog you will ever meet.

The second picture is my dog Ewok. He is a 14 month old long haired Chihuahua and he lives with me up at the Summit. When these two get together its pretty hysterical.

Home is a place I get to go for the weekend with good food, entertaining dogs and of course family. Although I love my free time and going home, it’s nice to come back to Athens and continue making progress on things like senior design. It’s weekends like this past weekend that get me through engineering because everyone has to take a breather at some point, and what better way to do that than getting to play with some awesome puppies.

Quarter moving along

by graces 2. October 2010 10:49
Posted by Grace Sallar
Junior, Civil Engineering

The quarter is moving so fast, I can’t believe that we are already in the fourth week! Classes have been great so far; I think that has been the best quarter--I have the smallest load of homework! I’m enjoying all my classes and it has been a great quarter. No struggles yet, although I had to stay up all night one Sunday so I could turn in my homework on Monday morning.

The best part about coming to school was catching up with old friends; that always makes me happy. I think the most challenging class for me this quarter is a required mechanical engineering class that I have to take. I love the class though. The best thing about engineering is that you get the chance to take classes in every field of engineering so you know what they are all about.

I am now able to enjoy the weekends even more even though I am a Residential Assistant. Less homework = more sleep time, and I am loving every minute of it!

Sibs Weekend Wrap-up

by bryoni 22. February 2010 12:14
Posted by Bryon Iacianci
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

My brother and three of my friends came down to visit for Sibs Weekend, which is a weekend that Ohio University students' brothers and sisters are invited to come down for the weekend. They arrived Friday evening and so we went uptown to grab something to eat for dinner. We then went down to Stewart Street, where some kids that I went to high school live, to hang out for the remainder of the evening.

On Saturday, everyone wanted to go play basketball so we headed over the the Ping Student Recreation Center. I haven't played with a couple of my friends that were visiting since we used to play together in high school so it took a game for us to get warmed up. We ended up winning the next two games then decided to head home to get ready for the day's activities. That night we invited some people to come over to my apartment and then spent the night there.

Winter Break Activities

by kyul 4. January 2010 00:12
Posted by Kyu Lee
Senior, Aviation

After short 6 weeks of winter break, now I’m back to Athens.

During the winter break, three of my friends came to visit all the way from South Korea. It took them about 14 hours of flight and by the time they arrived at Columbus airport they were extremely exhausted.

On their first day in Athens, I took them short tour of our university in the snow. We were slipping everywhere but it was fun just being together. They were surprised by how large our campus is compared to their universities and also they loved the design of our buildings especially Baker Center (our Student Center). I was very proud to be part of the Ohio University.

We also visited Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was super fun and exciting but 30 hours of driving back at forth in a snow storm wasn’t interesting. I would never ever drive to Florida or anywhere far ever again. Now, I'm back to Athens safely and ready to begin a new quarter at Ohio University.

Trip to the CBJ

by nicks 15. November 2009 20:32
Posted by Nick Schaefer
Senior, Industrial Technology

This weekend myself and some of my friends that are in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) went on a little road trip to Ohio State to go see a Columbus Blue Jackets game. It was the first time I had ever been to a professional hockey game, and it was a lot of fun. They played the Mighty Ducks, which made it even better since I loved those movies when I was younger, and it even went to a shoot out. The Blue Jackets ended up winning, and then we all went out and visited with friends that are going to OSU. This is the first time I was able to make it up to see my friends at OSU this year, and it was a lot of fun to hang out with them. Overall, a great weekend.

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