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Ohio University’s Greek Life Response to Sexual Assault

Rachel Mark | | rm023716@ohio.edu

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 | jd250217@ohio.edu

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.
Resources:
-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
Statistics:
-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.

Odyssey Nutrition: A New Health Option Arrives To Ohio University

Haylee Followell | Lifestyle Staff Writer | hf211816@ohio.edu

As a college student, it is often hard to juggle things like school, work and friends… let alone a nutritional diet. The freshman fifteen is no stranger to incoming students and although the dining halls are often accessible and tasty, they are often not the healthiest options. With new health initiatives, such as getting rid of the trays or trying to serve students meals with lower salt percentages, eating healthy is still a very problematic task. Odyssey Nutrition is here to change that.

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