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The colors of the globe

International Street Fair enjoys big crowd, lovely weather

See our online photo gallery of Saturday's International Street Fair in uptown Athens, the culmination of International Week on campus.

Campus NEWS

OU says donor pledge, house purchase unrelated

But timing, circumstances raise questions about how OU officials involved with property purchase could have been ignorant of donor pledge

by Conor Morris

Ohio University's vice president for finance announced Monday that he will not ask OU's Board of Trustees or the Board for the university's fundraising arm to purchase 31 Coventry Lane, a home that OU President Roderick McDavis and his wife, Deborah, were moved into last month.

Arts and Entertainment

Exhibit documents spring 1970 anti-war protests in Athens

The Athens County Historical Society and Museum is hosting a new exhibit, opening today (April 16) from 5-7 p.m. at 65 North Court St., according to a news release. The exhibit is a black-and-white photographic display of images in Athens and at Ohio University during the spring of 1970.

Local NEWS

Fire strikes Public Square

Gallery destroyed; Opera House, other gallery damaged

By Terry Smith and David DeWitt

The city of Nelsonville begins the recovery process this week after a fire that struck late Saturday night and continued through early Sunday morning damaged four historic buildings on the Public Square.

Arts and Entertainment

OU spring dance show features 3 solos, 3 groups

The Division of Dance at Ohio University is presenting its Spring Senior Dance Concert this weekend. Performed in four shows over two nights, Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, the concert will feature six new choreographic works by the senior dance majors.

Wearing Thin

Presidential house issue warrants third-party probe

by Terry Smith

The stink arising from the Ohio University leadership's handling of the presidential housing situation has gotten so toxic that it's time to bring in a neutral party to conduct an in-depth investigation and clear the air.

Local NEWS

New transportation measures don’t effectively bring attendees to, from Number Fest

Stretch of Union Street closed again as fest-goers take to streets

By Matt Lardner

Though transportation problems persisted despite the efforts of Number Fest organizers, thousands of locals, students and out-of-town guests still turned up to the 13th Number Fest on a sunny Saturday.


Number Fest no fun for local business and others impacted by unruly crowd heading toward event

To the Editor: Let me add to what will most likely be a chorus of outcries against the "Number Fest" that has consumed our fair town of Athens. Besides the usual drunken mobs of students

Campus NEWS

OU Student Senate 2015 election results announced

Students vote no confidence in OU Board of Trustees, President

by Conor Morris

EDITOR'S NOTE: The New Political's social media director for 2015-2016, Matt Stephens, graciously provided these Student Senate 2015 election results via cellphone pictures this evening.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-16-15

A mural home companion. Thousands of screwdrivers. Putting clothes over your naughty bits. The mind, a wonderful servant, terrible master. We are shocked, SHOCKED. Horsepower and horse sense. Who's up for breakfast? Firearms and Fireballs. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Local NEWS

Community regroups in aftermath of Nelsonville blaze

By Dennis Powell and David DeWitt

In the aftermath of a fire that impacted four historic buildings on the Nelsonville Public Square, and gutted one, the east side of the square remains partially closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic while the structural integrity of the buildings is evaluated.

Arts and Entertainment

The show must go on

Despite effects from from weekend fire, Peyroux show still on

Battered but not defeated, Stuart's Opera House is welcoming acclaimed singer Madeleine Peyroux for an evening of music this Saturday at 8 p.m., and tickets are on sale now.

Campus NEWS

Timeline of emails and events in Park Place-Coventry Lane-McDavis-Wharton narrative

by Conor Morris

Below is a timeline of the most relevant events and university communications known to The Athens NEWS about the move of Ohio University President Roderick McDavis and his wife, Deborah, from 29 Park Place to 31 Coventry Lane in Athens.

Arts and Entertainment

Rising local group celebrates new EP with Saturday show

by Terry Smith

The Summoners, one of the more interesting up-and-coming bands in the Athens area, recently released their first EP recording, "The Way We Came." The confident, at times jubilant five-tune effort does a good of showcasing the folk-rock quartet's sound.

Campus NEWS

Post suspends opinion editor after learning of op-ed stipulation

President McDavis wanted 24-hour moratorium on critical rebuttal from paper

by Conor Morris

The Post, Ohio University's student-run newspaper, confirmed Monday that it had suspended its opinion editor for two weeks following discovery of an agreement the editor reportedly made with OU President McDavis and his chief of staff earlier this year.

Election NEWS

Council candidate addresses issues connected to old job

As exiting county engineer second-in-command, Canterbury was in middle of controversy when new engineer took over

by Conor Morris

Mike Canterbury, previous assistant to former Athens County Engineer Archie Stanley, has responded to longstanding allegations by current county Engineer Jeff Maiden of misconduct on the part of the former Engineer's staff.

Arts and Entertainment

AHS Drama Club presents classic Broadway musical

The Athens High School Drama Club, fresh from their featured appearance at the State Thespian Conference, is performing "Hello, Dolly!" at the Athens High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. this Sunday.

Campus NEWS

OU president speaks out about housing flap during Faculty Senate

by David DeWitt

Where the president of Ohio University lives is not as important as what the president does, OU President Roderick McDavis told Faculty Senate in an exchange Monday night over the situation with his residency at 29 Park Place and 31 Coventry Lane.

Arts and Entertainment

Aquabear Legion hosts big music show

Aquabear Legion is presenting an evening of music this Friday at Donkey Coffee in Athens. It will feature Oxford, Mississippi's Andrew Bryant (of Water Liars), joined by Chicago's The Gunshy and Athens' own Mike Elliott.

Campus NEWS

Hocking board interviews presidential candidates

Votes to extend academic calendar for faculty by 5 days

by David DeWitt

The Hocking College Board of Trustees interviewed the remaining four candidates for its presidential position on Tuesday, and will invite finalists for an on-campus visit and final interviews at the end of this month.

Local NEWS

Uptown Athens mural honors region’s mining past

by Conor Morris

A new piece of public art in uptown Athens – a mural depicting coal miners on the north-facing wall of the Lucky's Sports Tavern building – was finished as of Sunday morning.

Campus NEWS

Anti-street harrassment group forms new organization

The former organizers of Hollaback Appalachian Ohio! are officially cutting ties with Hollaback! though they say they intend to continue fighting to end street harassment in southeast Ohio under the name People's Justice League, according to a news release.


Personal-safety trainer weighs in on concealed-carry on campus story

By Cheryl Cesta

The premise and "pragmatic solution" offered by Abe Alassaf in his April 2 letter to the editor suggesting that "the key to eliminating sexual assault on Ohio University's campus is allowing concealed carry of firearms," as well his comments and quotes in the article regarding rape culture, protests/rallies and speakers on campus is short-sighted and offensive.

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Campus NEWS

Visiting journalist to speak of time covering Khmer Rouge

Renowned journalist and author Elizabeth Becker will speak as part of International Week at Ohio University this Friday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge occupation in Cambodia.