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3 DIY Galentine’s Day Gifts

Haylee Followell | Culture Section Editor |

Galentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day cooler, lesser-known sister holiday. Galentine’s Day, made famous by Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, is all about celebrating female love (and empowerment). Here are three cute DIY gifts for $10 and under that are perfect for your besties.

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DIY: Apple Cider Float

Haylee Followell| lifestyle |

Fall is here and that means so is pumpkin spice. Now, I love my PSLs as much as the next person, but if you’re looking for a cheap alternative fall drink, look no further: this apple cider float is great for unseasonably warm days when you still want to get your fall fix. An added bonus is that all of these ingredients can be found at a dining hall or in a market.

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Spicing Up Your Home Space: DIY Fall Room Decor

Madison Foulkes| Lifestyle Writer|

It’s that time of year again! The falling leaves and warm colors are here to stay for the next few months. Liven up your dorm, apartment, or house with these cute, easy decorations. Included in this article are a colorful garland, a playful pumpkin, and a block sign. All materials can be found at your local craft store and are fairly inexpensive. Follow these directions or get creative with your own ideas!

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A Bone-Chilling Compulsion: Generation Y’s Love For Horror

Madison Foulkes | Lifestyle Writer |

Most people enjoy the changing of the seasons. The bright colors, the falling leaves, and the smell of cold air are just some things that come with the promise of autumn. With this change of seasons comes pumpkins and candy, but also something much more sinister.

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Craft Shop Breaks from Ordinary

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Alexis McCurdy| | Twitter: @AlexisMcCurdy14

Nestled on Shafer Street is a craft shop incorporating art, spirit and culture in one hub. Beads and Things lies in the west residential area of Athens, absent of littered beer cans. Its robust red hue, with pops of pink and colorful lanterns that frame the shop offer a refreshing view compared to that of many weekend nights spent on Court Street.

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Lineup for 2017 NumberFest Announced!

Raichel Jenkins | Editor-in-Chief |

With over 20,000 people in the audience last summer for the Chainsmokers and Fetty Wap, the 15th NumberFest is highly anticipated. I could go on about the event but we all know what a fantastic concert this year’s fest will be. Now to what you’ve been really waiting for, the lineup!

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Bloody Building Blocks to Equality

Lifestyle Writer| Alexis McCurdy| | Twitter: @AlexisMcCurdy14

Your period comes at the worst times: some girls may find themselves helplessly in a panic in the bathroom stall, trying to stuff toilet paper down their pants until they can get home. For others, lack of access to feminine hygiene products while menstruating is an unavoidable, frustrating, monthly event. Last year, The Period Project was created here at Ohio University in an effort to alleviate this torrential downpour of a problem.

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Systematic Racism? Cancelled

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Alexis McCurdy|

“Class is cancelled” — the best sentence a college student can hear. We turn off alarms set for the early hours of the morning, dreaming of how fantastic it’ll be to sleep in the next day. But in observance of Columbus Day, do those extra three hours come at a price of both ignorance and disrespect? And does this lead to a disregard for the struggles of people of Native American descent and in particular students of OU?

“I feel like it’s [observance of Columbus Day] not perceived as an issue”, Read-Johnson Hall in-residence counselor and Spanish professor Dave Lawrence said. Lawrence recently held a discussion on this issue in the lobbies of Read-Johnson.

Featured above are a mother and child at an Indigenous People march. More discussion is still needed to generate change for this community. Photo courtesy of Alex Garland from Flickr.
Featured above are a mother and child at an Indigenous People march. More discussion is still needed to generate change for this community. Photo courtesy of Alex Garland from Flickr.

This outright disrespect is rarely seen or heard at OU, perhaps because only two students of Native American heritage currently reside here at OU. There is not a subsection in the OMSAR office for these students nor is there an organization that advocates for the voices of these students to be heard.

First-year student Erica Cox, of Choctaw descent, is one of these unheard voices. As a Rankin scholar, she is held to high expectations about supporting cultural contact and awareness. Cox says awareness of Native American culture is indeed a slight issue here at OU.

“There is a lot of discussion that is missed out on because people don’t talk about it. There are debates within tribes such as what to call indigenous people. If we got more people together, then maybe this could be fixed”.

Cox says even though she is recognized as only one of two, she knows statistically more people at OU have some American Indian heritage. She does “not particularly feel underrepresented,” but hopes there will be more discussion gearing towards treatment and recognition of Native American culture and heritage.

“Reaching out to people from other tribes and recognizing them not as indigenous people or Native Americans a whole, but as specifically members of their tribe, would be a great addition,” Cox additionally stated.

Lawrence says this lack of discussion can perhaps be found in roots traced back to Christopher Columbus himself.

“Studying the heroification of Columbus is actually sort of a gateway into understanding how we whitewash history. If we look at what’s going on with the pipeline now and compare it to the takeover of the Amazon, is it that different than what was going on before?” Lawrence said in reference to the recent protests against the installation of a new pipeline that will run into Native American territory. This installation will potentially pose various health risks for its residents.

States such as Minnesota, California, South Dakota, and Hawaii have issued public apologies for the unfair treatment and assimilation forces directed towards Native American communities. Lawrence says if OU hopes to change as well, the only way this trend of silence can be broken is if people speak up.

“I think it’d be neat if the university would go in the same routes of Minnesota and California and maybe call it into question. Systems don’t change just because it’s trendy: they (the university) would have to have some kind of pressure or catalyst. But, students should realize they tend to have a much more respected voice than they think they do.”


DIY Door Décor

Culture Staff Writer | Morgan Coovert | | Instagram: @mcoovs

One thing we know for sure is that in Athens, Halloween is no joke. While celebrating holidays in small dorm rooms can be tough, it’s not impossible. For instance, door decorating is an easy way to be festive without cluttering your room. Halloween City, subsidiary of Party City, is located temporarily on East State Street, and has tons of decorations to offer. But for all those broke college students, there’s easier, cheaper, and more fun ways to do it.

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