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February 2014

Weekend notes from the NFL Combine

Feb 26, 2014

Let's start with the performance everyone was talking about; former South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney ran a 4.53 second time in the 40 yard dash. Yes, 4.53 seconds from a man who stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 265 pounds, faster than many wide receivers and running backs that ran.

As impressive as that single sprint was, there were a few noteworthy performances from the annual NFL Combine, which took place in Indianapolis from Saturday through Tuesday.

What it means to be Polar Bear Strong

Feb 26, 2014

I dislike quite a few things about our school.

Honestly. There are some qualities of Ohio Northern that make me furious: murderous swans, how our school chooses to polish sidewalks instead of clear them and the fact the C-Store gets bleaker and emptier each time I visit it. 

I hate Pharmacy majors when they are studying, and therefore I hate myself just about 98% of the time. It drives me crazy when I eat chicken for more than one dinner at Mac a week, or when all of the printers seem to be broken. 

ONU Wind Orchestra presents "Music of Spain and New Spain"

Feb 26, 2014

On Thursday, Feb. 27, Ohio Northern University’s Music Department will be presenting their winter wind orchestra concert for everyone interested in hearing beautiful music by talented music students. Starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Biggs Theater inside the university’s Freed Center, the concert will feature pieces of Spanish flare. 

Come join the Hoopla happening at Heterick

Feb 26, 2014

Most students at Ohio Northern University visit Heterick Library primarily to study and do research for their classes. They visit the library for an hour, gather all the information they need and then leave without experiencing everything the library has to offer. They are missing out on the fun of studying at the library. They think the library is a boring place for them to study, but that is not the case at all.  

Students play games, exchange culture at MSA Game Night

Feb 26, 2014
Bander Alshamri concentrates on his next move during a game of Carrom. Other players are Diego Cabral (left) and Ryan Oberlin (right). (Photo by Khadijah Bagais)

On Feb. 18 the Muslim Student Association (MSA) teamed up with the Latino Student Union (LSU) for a fun night of games with a diverse group of students. 

Several students played a popular Arab game called Carrom, which is of eastern origin and similar to billiards or table shuffleboard, while others played the more common games of Apples to Apples and Jenga. Everyone was talking, laughing and having fun.

"A Rubi Affair" drag show raises over $600

Feb 26, 2014
Photo by Kelsi Rupersburg

Women with beards and men in heels took over the McIntosh Ballroom at A Rubi Affair on Saturday, Feb. 22. The drag show, an annual event hosted by Open Doors, is the organization's primary fundraiser with all proceeds typically benefitting the AIDS Resource Center of Lima. A portion of this year's proceeds will also be donated to the family of Tim McMullen. A Rubi Affair raised over $600 between performance entrance fees and audience donations. 

Mortar Board initiation

Feb 26, 2014

The Aurora chapter of Mortar Board at Ohio Northern University welcomed 50 new initiates on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the English Chapel. Mortar Board, a national honorary society for college seniors, was founded on the ideals of superior scholastic ability, outstanding and continual leadership and dedicated service to the college or university community. Each year, Mortar Board initiates are "tapped" into the society by outgoing members, typically in front of the new members' peers during class. This year's tapping occurred on Feb. 10.

Phi Mu Delta recolonizes ONU chapter with fresh start

Feb 26, 2014

National fraternity Phi Mu Delta is the first to recolonize on campus, according to Phi Mu Delta executive director Tom Murphy.  After a three year hiatus, Phi Mu Delta feels that the time is right to return to the ONU campus, beginning a recolonization effort that will ultimately cost millions of dollars to complete.

Phi Mu Delta has received support from alumni and the university in their endeavor.  Their alumni network reportedly raised $15,000 for the fraternity. A portion of that was given away in the form of nine $500 book scholarships to ONU students.  

Winter weather strains snow removal budget

Feb 26, 2014
Students bundle up to brave campus sidewalks on the way to class.

This winter has been anything but pleasant.

Snow has continued to fall down on Ohio Northern's campus throughout the winter, and the cold temperatures turned that snow into ice. For the past three months, students, staff and faculty have been carefully walking on icy sidewalks and through parking lots. We know the physical implications that the weather has put on Ohio Northern, but what financial issues has the university been dealing with concerning the snow and snow removal?

Sochi problems reveal larger issues

Feb 19, 2014

Before the 2014 Winter Olympics, most people had probably never heard of Sochi. Of course, now it is becoming a household name as reporters from around the world descend on this Russian resort city. 

Unfortunately, not all of the attention is positive.

As a developing country in the post-Soviet era, Russia has surely hoped to make a good impression on the world as it hosts the Olympics. But Western journalists have seemed mostly to notice the many flaws of Sochi. 

Buying local goods: Is it really worth it?

Feb 19, 2014

Most of us, at some point or another, have griped about the lack of variety in Ada, and it's a fair complaint, to a certain degree. Many of us come from areas that are considerably more populated than our favorite village, and a denser commercial district is to be expected. We're used to malls, larger grocery stores and more fast food chains from which to choose. But is it possible that our "need" to send our business to Lima and Findlay is limiting us even further?

Future of fracking fleshed out

Feb 19, 2014

The use of natural gas as a fuel has expanded rapidly during recent years. Within this industry, a notably promising and controversial advancement has surfaced: high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or, more simply put, fracking. This unconventional technique has allowed for massive amounts of previously unreachable fuel deposits to undergo extraction; it involves pumping a highly pressurized mixture of water, sand and chemical additives into buried sedimentary rock in order to free and capture trapped natural gas. 

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