It’s On Us, Bobcats! What You Need to Know About Ohio University’s New Organization

Earl Hopkins | Culture Section Editor |

Amid the chain of sexual assaults and rape allegations that have emerged on Ohio University’s campus since the start of the school year, the Athens community has been on edge.

Within a month’s time, according to The Columbus Dispatch, there’s been a total of 12 sexual assault cases, with over half (7) being reported as rape. As a result, the collective “It’s on us, Bobcats”, a group consisting of students Mallory Golski, Cody Shanklin and Hannah Burke, has formed.

The group’s objective, Golski says, is to address the recent reports of sexual violence and to encourage other students to speak out against these acts. Oddly, the creation of the group was somewhat of a spontaneous effort. Though the three members interacted through their involvement in student organizations, the idea behind the group’s formation started from a text message from Shanklin, asking Golski and Burke for their participation in a protest.

“The idea for ‘It’s on us, Bobcats’ started when Cody Shanklin texted me asking if I wanted to help him organize a rally or march in response to the recent sexual assaults on campus,” Golski says. “It wasn’t really until a few weeks ago that we actually joined forces for this cause. I agreed, and then I suggested that we include Hannah Burke, because she is a student leader on campus with a history of being involved in causes and events like this.”

Since the group’s inception on September 9, 2018, its members have invited students and administrators to join in a silent walk on September 27. Golski says the walk is an act of activism and an effort to bring awareness toward the recent reports of sexual assault. The event was posted on Facebook earlier this month and gained significant traction ahead of the official date.

As of now, the page has nearly 500 people expected attendees and over 1,000 interested in participating. In order to draw additional support, Golski says, the three organizers refrained from associating the newly found group with more established university organizations. This effort, she says, was to open the group to all students, regardless of their outside affiliations.

“While the three of us each [had] a leadership role in a prominent organization on campus, we agreed that ‘It’s on us, Bobcats’ should not be affiliated with or sponsored by any particular organization,” Golski says. “We want all students to feel welcome to attend, regardless of whether or not they identify as a member of any particular organization or group.”

Students have taken additional action. Sororities and fraternities have placed anti-rape messaging banners on their houses. Also, a GroupMe group chat filled with hundreds of students to buddy up with each other when walking to their residences late at night was formed. These efforts, Shanklin says, speaks to the people of Athens, their undying support for one another. He anticipates the collective’s event will continue to inspire the Athens community to make similar efforts.

“I believe that ‘It’s on us, Bobcats’ will encourage students to recognize the culture behind sexual assault and to speak up and do something when they see someone being harassed,” Shanklin says. “I also believe we will inspire more students to keep letting their voices be heard and to do something when they see something wrong.”

Though the “It’s on us, Bobcats” event will be the first for the collective, both Golski and Shanklin are confident students and local Athenians will be in attendance and, more importantly, the silent walk will be the first step to a safer college campus.

“I hope to encourage others that if they see an act of injustice, to take a stand and do something about it,” Shanklin says. “I also hope to inspire students to stand up and shut down acts of violence, harassment, or unequal treatment when they see it.”

If you would like to participate, “It’s on us, Bobcats” will be held September 27th at 7:30 p.m. There will be a rally followed by a march at College Green.

Ohio University’s Greek Life Response to Sexual Assault

Rachel Mark | |

When I first stepped foot on campus for my second year at Ohio University, I never would have imagined that my email would be flooded with warnings from the Ohio University Police Department about multiple rapes and even a kidnapping. Within a small span of two weeks, four rapes were already reported. I really tried to not think about the assaults that have occurred but have gone unreported and unnoted.

The streets that I used to feel safe on suddenly turned eerie and sinister. I found myself constantly looking around when I had to walk home alone from Baker one night. Every car that passed had me jumping, wondering if I would be thrown inside, and every male that walked behind me on the sidewalk made me nervous and ready to run in a moment’s notice. I hated feeling completely terrified every time I had to walk somewhere at night, and it hurt knowing thousands of other women on campus were feeling the same exact way.

Since some students at Ohio University still cannot grasp the basic concept of consent, I felt that there needed to be a crash course for those students still struggling with the very complicated phrase of “no.”

How To Understand Consent Like A Human Being

1. If someone tells you “no,” don’t have sex with that person, and don’t touch that person.
2. If someone tells you “I don’t know,” you’re making them uncomfortable, and this is not an opportunity to practice your persuasion skills.
3. “I guess” is still not a solid “yes.”
4. If the person gives no response, the answer is no. Silence does not equal yes.
5. The person can revoke their decision at any time! Consent is not a legal binding contract. Anyone is allowed to change their mind and back out.
6. Consent equals a clear, enthusiastic yes.
7. If the person is slurring his or her words and is incapable to stand, they are in no way able to make a thoughtful decision on consent.
8. Giving a person more alcohol in order to get them to say “yes” is not consent.

The most important thing people can remember to do is to not be a bystander. Make sure your friends are safe and not walking around alone. If you see a person at a party that is clearly not okay, make sure they get home safe with the right people. If one of your friends is not taking no for an answer, call them out on their inappropriate actions.

Overall, I’m glad I’m part of a community that takes assaults seriously. Our little town has put in effort to stop assaults from the giant GroupMe made to make sure people get home safe, to the banners that sororities and fraternities have hung outside their houses and even to local businesses, such as Lotsa Pizza, which offers a safe place for students to go when they feel in danger. As you can tell, our students of Ohio University have been working hard to offer aid and protection to our fellow Bobcats.

Photo by: Rachel Mark

Photo by: Rachel Mark

Ending It is Not the End: World Suicide Prevention Day

Jacob Durbin | Staff Writer |

September 10, 2018 is World Suicide Prevention Day. In this day and age, suicide and mental health are prevalent topics in our society. Suicide rates have increased over the last decade. For those who struggle with suicidal thoughts, there are resources available to them at Ohio University. For their friends and loved ones, there are numerous ways to reach out and offer help.
We are a family here at FANGLE. We understand how difficult living with a mental illness can be. If you think you or someone you know, is depressed or suicidal, please reach out. You are not alone.
-Campus Care. Hudson Health Center, 1st Floor. 740-592-7100
-Collegiate Recovery Community. 321 Baker University Center. 740-593-4749
-Community Standards and Student Responsibility. 349 Baker University Center. 740-593-2629
-Dean of Students Office. 345 Baker University Center. 740-593-1800
-Employee Assistance Program/Impact Solutions. 1-800-277-6007 (24/7). 740-593-1636 (Human Resources)
-International Student and Faculty Services. Walter International Education Center. 740-593-4330
-LGBT Center. 354 Baker University Center. 740-593-0239
-Multicultural Programs and Multicultural Center. 205 Baker University Center. 740-593-4027
-Office for Diversity and Inclusion. 300 Cutler Hall. 740-593-2431
-Ombudsman Office. 501 Baker. 740-593-2627. Fax: 740-593-0675
-OU Police Department. 135 Scott Quadrangle. 911 or 740-593-1911
-Psychology and Social Work Clinic (PSWC). 002 Porter Hall. 740-593-0902
-Residential Housing. 060 Chubb Hall. 740-593-4090
-Student Accessibility Services. 348 Baker University Center. 740-593-2620
-Student Review and Consultation Committee. 740-593-1800
-Survivor Advocacy Program. McKee House, 44 University Terrace. 24/7 Crisis Line: 740-597-SAFE (7233)
-Women’s Center. 403 Baker University Center. 740-593-9625
-The Ohio State University reported that suicide is one of the leading causes of death among college students.
-According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there are an average of 123 suicides per day.
-Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death.
-Firearms accounted for 51% of all suicides in 2016.
-In Ohio alone, on average, one person dies by suicide every five hours. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death; it’s the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34, the fourth leading for ages 35-44, the fifth leading for ages 45-54, the eighth leading for ages 55-64 and the seventeenth leading for ages 65 & older.

TV Dating Versus Real-Life Dating: 5 Lessons to Learn

Samantha Dawn | Freelance blogger
If you get all of your dating advice from reality shows, then chances are you’ll be ill prepared for the real dating world. It can be tough out there as made evident by FANGLE’s survey on several students’ worst dating experiences. The real picture is far from airbrushed couples in magazines and on TV, even if it’s touted as reality programming. FANGLE is here to clear the air with five lessons that years of The Bachelor, Love Island, Beauty and the Geek and all other romance-themed reality shows have taught us.

On love at first sight
If you haven’t caught on yet, several factors of reality TV are manipulated for a certain outcome. Including casting. Producers predetermine a pool of contestants where personalities and compatibilities are already known off screen. Contrary to what the screen says, falling in love at first sight is rare. Word of advice–don’t pass on the chance of getting to know someone just because they didn’t elicit special feelings upon first glance.

On physical appearances
It wasn’t much of a surprise when former Bachelor Sean Lowe divulged that contestants were asked to change their look for the show. Being a form of escapism, reality shows usually highlight beautiful people with enviable lives. However, this creates unrealistic expectations. Physical attraction may be important, but deciding to be in a relationship with someone shouldn’t be based on looks alone. Other traits such as intelligence, humor, and kindness may be more appealing in the long run.

On relationship ideals
Television has a way of setting standards that are impossible to reach especially when it comes to love and romance. This year’s winners of the british reality show Love Island are the perfect example of this. Ladbrokes reported that Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham were fan favorites and even walked away with the prize. It was a match made in reality TV heaven. Despite their palpable chemistry on air, Fincham admitted that their first time together did not exactly set off fireworks. Not everything about dating is as seen on TV. Not all dates revolve around a helicopter ride overlooking the mountains. Avoid disaster by keeping communication lines with your partner open especially when it comes to your needs.

On casual dating
Even though dating shows can put casual dating in a negative light, there’s really nothing shameful about it. It may even be healthy to keep options open. Arie Luyendyk Jr., of The Bachelor, took back his proposal to Becca Kufrin to instead propose to Lauren Burnham. That may have been brutal, but it’s better than forcing a marriage he didn’t want. It also speaks about the time frame of most dating shows— it’s hard to decide on marrying a person after only a few months! So by all means, date around. Safely of course.

On happy endings
At the risk of sounding cynical, a happily ever is fairy tales material, not exactly real life. It is everyone’s hope of meeting their forever person. But just look at Pop Sugar’s list of former contestants of The Bachelor if you want proof that happy endings are more fiction than fact. Many of the engagements fall off after a few months and only a few are made to last. (Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, are in fact one of the lucky few who have managed to make it stick.)

Before you put yourself out there, remember that not everything you see on screen will happen in real life. There’s nothing wrong about holding out hope as long as you can keep a realistic attitude about love.