Category Archives: COLLEGE LIFE

Graduate Housing at The Ridges May Harm Ecosystem

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Alexis McCurdy| am447915@ohio.edu

Graduate students may be embracing new homes at The Ridges after Ohio University Student Senate voted Wednesday against a bill proposed to preserve green spaces on The Ridges.

The bill was aimed at protecting the environmental and historical aspects of The Ridges while Ohio University considered it as a place for graduate housing.

The Ridges could be a new housing area for grad students. Many are concerned it could have negative effects on the environment. Photo via Wesley Eller, Flickr.

Environmental Affairs Commissioner, Sarah Pinter, said the new development on the property would hurt the ecosystem around The Ridges.

“First of all, we have to respect the history of this town, outside of just our part in it,” Pinter said. “There is marketable value of green space.”

Graduate College Senator Mitchell Smith disagreed.

Smith said graduate student housing was a necessity. He said undergraduates are in better shape for housing in that they are provided a secure living space in dorms, however expensive the space might be. Graduate students, he said, do not have this option.

“The housing market here is untenable, in some ways, in terms of competition and trying to find housing,” Smith said. “There needs to be an option, however limited, for graduate housing through the university, not through outside entities.”

Smith continued to argue that the development of housing on The Ridges would not hurt, especially with the many open green spaces around Athens.

“I’m not belittling The Ridges,” Smith said. “I’ve walked there more times than I can count, it’s a beautiful space. But, the university isn’t just going to destroy it. As with any new development plans, there’s always a plan to have green space involved in any new building project that people put in. That’s the way things work.”

Many other members agreed.

Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones said sponsors of the bill may have been mistaken in their interpretation of development plans.

“The Ridges encompasses over 700 acres,” Hall-Jones said. “So it’s a large, vast space. Any development that would happen for graduate student housing would never touch the cemeteries or the historical sites, and it would preserve a lot of green space. So I feel like there’s a little misinformation about what the plan is.”

Fatma Jabbari, commissioner of International Graduate Affairs, said the housing situation for international graduate students was even worse. Going through a long, elaborate process, Jabbari said international students will have at best three to four weeks to find housing before the semester starts.

She said having a low cost option for graduate housing would help ease the process.

“Thinking of rent, thinking of utilities, there is also health insurance that I have to pay,” she said. “So if I have more options that are less, I will go for the less. I would go with apartments that fit my budget.”

Ohio University officials plan to complete housing within the next year. In the renovation of the buildings in The Ridges, asbestos and biohazards will be taken care of.

While the renovation may be costly, Hall-Jones said some help will be coming.

“Yes, it would cost millions of dollars to do that,” she said. “But that’s why the university is interested in doing a public-private partnership. Other old asylums like that have been turned into really awesome, beautiful spaces, but only with the help of a private contractor.”

 

Four Reasons Why I Have Issues With “Thirteen Reasons Why”

Raichel Jenkins | Editor-in-Chief | rj790813@ohio.edu

Like many, I eagerly set out to binge-watch “Thirteen Reasons Why” on Netflix. I found myself just as frustrated with Clay for dodging watching the tapes for thirteen episodes, but ultimately found myself frusturated for other reasons. This is a short show and I really struggled to finish it and only recently came to understand why that is. *Warning there are some spoilers in this review.

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Which Fest is the Best? A Look At Ohio University’s Fest Season

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Ashley Edgell| ae905316@ohio.edu

Ohio University students kicked off fest season this past weekend with Milliron Fest, followed by Mill Fest. Judging by the crowded street and the stories shared, Mill Fest was far from disappointing for Bobcats this year. The large crowd, the loud music, and the alcohol consumption are just a few reasons as to why the students of Ohio University love fest season. Some look forward to Mill Fest, while others can’t wait for Palmer Fest. Which fest do the students of Athens, Ohio like the best?

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Best Chrome Extensions for the Average College Student

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Alexis McCurdy| am447915@ohio.edu | Twitter: @AlexisMcCurdy14

Issues with productivity, memory, or money? Most college students face at least one of these at some point in the semester, if not all at the same time. More often than not, Google Chrome extensions can solve the problem – or at least alleviate the pain. Here are the 10 best Chrome extensions that won’t make life completely stress-free, but might make it just a little bit easier.

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What Really Was the Women’s March?

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Josephine Celeste| jc276114@ohio.edu

You all have heard something about the march – whether it be positive or negative. You probably even know someone who went to one, considering there were over 600 sister marches. I went to the march in D.C. with my mom, cousin, and aunt while staying with my godfather and his family – just a few metro stops from where the march occurred.

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OU Students attend Women’s Marches all over Midwest and DC

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Ben Vizy| bv531614@ohio.edu

On January 21, 2017, the newly inaugurated President Trump’s first full day in office, millions of women took to the streets all over the country in protest against the man they feel will put their rights in danger. Over 500 cities hosted marches, including at least seven major cities in Ohio. Among this crowd were women of all walks of life, including — quite often — college students.

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International Love: Popular Dating Apps Across the Globe

Lifestyle Section Editor| Sydney Dawes| sd983213@ohio.edu

For twenty-somethings such as junior Allie Sharrock, Tinder is the go-to for desires of the romantic nature.

“According to Carvaka, Tinder is not the most popular dating app worldwide. Image used with permission.”
According to Carvaka, Tinder is not the most popular dating app worldwide. Image used with permission.

“I think it’s very user-friendly, and I believe it’s the most commonly used dating app,” Sharrock said. “It’s useful because it gives me the opportunity to talk to and flirt with a plethora of people.”

Although Tinder remains popular among teens and young adults in the States, the youth of other nations gravitate toward other dating apps.

In a 2015 infographic provided by Carvaka, a UK-based sex toys company, regions such as South America, Western Europe, South Africa, Spain, and the Pacific islands tend to favor another dating app: Badoo.

Badoo was founded in London, England and boasts an impressive 334 million users, and counting. Badoo also owns or powers several other dating and social apps, such as Lulu and Blendr. According to Badoo, users send roughly 350 million messages collectively per day. On average, 400 thousand new users sign up for Badoo daily.

The college-aged tend to use dating apps or dating sites more than other demographics, and men use them more than women, according to Carvaka. Image used with permission.
The college-aged tend to use dating apps or dating sites more than other demographics, and men use them more than women, according to Carvaka. Image used with permission.

Badoo operates similarly to Tinder: you can match with someone to start a conversation (although you check “yes” or “no” for each profile you view instead of swiping right or left). Other features allow Badoo users to view and chat with people in their area, as well as search for people abroad. Although it’s free to sign up for Badoo, users can purchase access to certain features that allow them to contact people without “matching.” What makes Badoo a little different from other apps is that female users can add “secret comments” to guy’s profiles, alerting other women of negative qualities or giving a digital stamp of approval.

Carvaka reports that dating apps have increased in popularity among 18 to 24-year-olds, moving past online dating sites. However, this demographic uses dating services (whether mobile or online), more than any other age group.

Badoo and Tinder dominate the dating app game, but other apps maintain popularity in China and Russia, such as Momo and Frim, which operate like chat room/instant messaging services. Similarly, some European countries (where German tends to be the predominant language) favor the app Lovoo. This dating service allows users to view people in their area or match with people Tinder-style. Countries in Asia have a wide variety of smaller apps (that focus more on their geographic location) they use to find romantic partners or friends.

Carvaka’s research shows Tinder is downloaded more in the Northern hemisphere than it is in the Southern hemisphere. Image used with permission.
Carvaka’s research shows Tinder is downloaded more in the Northern hemisphere than it is in the Southern hemisphere. Image used with permission.

Dating apps such as these take away from the anxiety of getting to know a person romantically.

Sharrock would agree in regards to Tinder: “It makes it easier for me to meet people especially because I’m shy.”

Although these apps have various features, they all share desirable traits: the ability to chat with someone before meeting them, to meet people one may have never stumbled upon and to make rejection less severe.

The Ultimate Bath: I Try 2016’s Biggest Beauty Trends

Raichel Jenkins | Editor-in-Chief | rj790813@ohio.edu

To hail in the New Year, I’ve decided to try the biggest trends in beauty and spa to decide what spa hacks are really worth the money. After a year like 2016, I think we all deserve a little relaxation to celebrate surviving one of the most tumultuous years in memory.

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