4 Road Trips of a Lifetime for Spring Break on a Budget

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Hannah Britton | hb842513@ohio.edu | @hannah_mae1

Atlantic City, an 8 hour drive from Athens, OH. Source: tpsdave via Pixabay
Atlantic City, an 8 hour drive from Athens, OH. Source: tpsdave via Pixabay

With Spring Break right around the corner, many students are planning what they hope will be their best college trip so far. Typically when you think of spring break, you think Panama City Beach in Florida, where you can get all the sun, drinks and crazy memories that your friends will never let you live down. Unfortunately, the problem that many college students face is the price that big spring break trips can cost.

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Crow Chateau Brings Athens Bands Together

Culture Staff Writer | Benjamin Vizy | bv531614@ohio.edu

Just when February decided to get cold again, the Crow Chateau, a local house that hosts live music shows, swept in to warm up the wonderful people of Athens with groovy tunes and happy vibes. Students, townies and wary travelers alike trudged through the snowstorm Friday Feb. 12, all the way past Arts West to the hottest house on West State for a night of music. Acts included Mild Movements, Waivada and the man who organized most of the night, Kashmerik.

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The American Red Cross Faces Emergency Drop in Blood

Society Staff Writer | Alex Keller | ak537113@ohio.edu | @Alex_Keller10

The Red Cross has issued a rare "emergency need" for blood. Source: Manchester City Library via Flickr
The Red Cross has issued a rare “emergency need” for blood. Source: Manchester City Library via Flickr

As the New Year settles in, Mother Nature continues to shake things up with dangerous snowstorms. These drastic changes in weather have caused many issues for the American Red Cross’ efforts to collect blood. On Jan. 11, the American Red Cross sent out a press release stating they were in “urgent need” for blood. Due to a low supply of blood, an increase in donations are necessary in order to avoid a negative impact on patient care. According to the official Red Cross website, the urgent need was due to 1,700 fewer blood drives held in November and December across the country, resulting in 50,000 fewer donations. Continue reading The American Red Cross Faces Emergency Drop in Blood

Imaginary Audiences: Dealing With Social Anxiety In College

Society Section Editor | Korina Meister | km912013@ohio.edu

Imagine that you hear about a great party going on tonight — you’re pretty excited for it, and spend an hour jamming out to pump up tunes and getting ready. You start to head out the door, and fear sets in. What if you say something foolish? What if people don’t like your outfit? What if something goes wrong? Suddenly you’re in a panic, and decide that it’s best if you stay in for the night, convincing yourself that you didn’t really want to go anyway. This is a simplified picture of what those with social anxiety can face.

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College Cuisines: Avocado, Chicken & Rice Bowl

Culture Staff Writer | Alex Warner | aw640112@ohio.edu

An avocado a day, keeps the doctor away! It’s not quite the right saying, but avocados do offer many health benefits. I’ve been obsessing over this buttery, green fruit (yes, it is a fruit) recently and including them in my meals whenever possible. I was playing around with ingredients when I concocted what is now one of my favorite meals—the avocado, chicken and rice bowl.

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Is Group Fitness for You? 9 Ping Classes You Should Be Trying

Staff Writer | Sarah Blankenship | sb856312@ohio.edu

Ping offers a variety of free group fitness classes for students to try. Source: Miranda Vandagriff
Ping offers a variety of free group fitness classes for students to try. Source: Miranda Vandagriff

Need someone to yell at you to actually make you workout? Sadly, I do. This semester, I started to go to Ohio University’s fitness center, Ping, religiously and group fitness is the only way I get anything done. From tighten and tone to yoga, I have enjoyed some classes and dreaded others. If you’re thinking about trying out a work out class, here are some choices to consider:

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Shirtless Shaming: A Double Standard

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Sydney Dawes | sd983213@ohio.edu

#ShirtlessShamers2016, which was thought of by Twitter activist @CardsAgstHrsmt, called attention to a double standard of selfie posts. Source: Megan Shüirmann via Flickr
#ShirtlessShamers2016, which was thought of by Twitter activist @CardsAgstHrsmt, called attention to a double standard of selfie posts. Source: Megan Shüirmann via Flickr

Last year, #FreeTheNipple was a hot topic and this year has started off with a similar trend. Twenty nine-year-old Twitter feminist, Lindsey, began calling out other Twitter users with the hashtag #ShirtlessShamers2016 for their body shaming tweets about women on social media this January.

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College Cuisines: Valentine’s Day Cake Pops

Culture Staff Writer | Alex Warner | aw640112@ohio.edu

Looking for some fancy Valentine’s Day sweets for your sweetheart? Well, look no further. This DIY recipe will show you how to transform an everyday cake into easily sharable cake pops dipped in white chocolate. It’s guaranteed to make any sweet tooth’s mouth water. A bonus: you can easily wrap them up as individual cake pops to pass out to friends and family as your “Valentine’s Day cards.” And if you’re not a fan of red velvet cake, you can opt for pink velvet cake (white cake with pink coloring) instead.

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Valentine’s Day Gag Gifts

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Alex Keller | ak537113@ohio.edu

Source: Icing
Source: Icing

Cue the pink and red palette onslaught. It’s that time again: when over-priced boxes of chocolate fill the shelves as far as the eye can see, and creepy pink and red heart-covered bears sing you songs that are supposed to give you the ‘warm fuzzies.’ But for all those who have trouble stomaching those ‘warm fuzzies,’ here are five alternative sweet treat Valentine’s ideas that may be a little easier to digest.

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