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Sigma Pi Expelled From OU For ‘Hazing and Other Violations’

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ATHENS (WOUB)– A fraternity under fire after one of its pledge members died has been expelled from Ohio University. A university release sent Tuesday stated “hazing and other violations of the Student Code of Conduct” as reasons for the expulsion. “Through the administrative investigation, the University received reports of hazing activity by members of the… Read More

Campus Pride Index Removes OU Amid LGBT Center Uncertainty

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ATHENS (WOUB) — Ohio University has been removed from a national index of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities after the university stopped responding to questions from the leader of the organization. Shane Windmeyer, executive director of the Campus Pride, notified President Duane Nellis that the university would be suspended from the national list for “a minimum… Read More

Another OU Office Restructuring: OIT Positions Abolished, Reassigned

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More than a dozen positions within Ohio University’s Office of Information Technology have been abolished, and several positions reassigned or restructured, according to information obtained by WOUB. Those whose positions were abolished “have the opportunity to apply for newly created positions with full awareness of the new structure.” WOUB has learned that some of the new… Read More

94th District Candidates Discuss Hot-Button Issues At Forum

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Issues of funding priorities, poverty, Planned Parenthood and minimum wage came up during Tuesday’s forum between two Democratic candidates for the 94th District of the Ohio’s House of Representatives. The standing-room-only crowd at the Athens County Public Library listened to Ohio University graduate student Eddie Smith and local businesswoman Sarah Grace spell out their plans if… Read More

Stabbing Reported in Chauncey

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A man was hospitalized after a reported stabbing Thursday night in Chauncey. Athens County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 31 Main Street on a report that two men had been in an altercation. Both men were transported to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital for treatment, according to a Friday morning sheriff’s office report. Danny Thomas, 46, of… Read More

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Blackburn: No Evidence Sexual Assault Occurred at Hocking College

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After months of investigation, Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said physical evidence and security camera footage did not provide evidence that a sexual assault reported at Hocking College occurred. A “thorough investigation” led investigators to the conclusion not only that no sexual assault occurred, but also that no alcohol was involved. Blackburn announced Wednesday that… Read More

OU: University Names More Than Just Donors

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The naming of university buildings has come into focus since controversy related to an Ohio University Foundation administrator brought protests in front of building named for him. But university officials say the naming of university of entities involves more than just donated money. After racially-charged comments made by OU Foundation trustee Steven Schoonover came to… Read More

Robbery Reported at Hocking Valley Bank

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The Athens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported armed robbery at Hocking Valley Bank in The Plains. At approximately 8:20 a.m., a white male reportedly walked into the bank armed with a handgun, according to Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith. After allegedly robbing the bank, the suspect fled down Hartman Road and into the… Read More

Coventry Lane Home Will Not Be Bought, Park Place Still Part of Comprehensive Plan

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After communications turned up during a search for public records requests, one of which was from WOUB, involving donations by the owner of the Coventry Lane property where Ohio University President Roderick McDavis is currently living, the university has decided not to take an option to buy the property. A lease agreement was entered into… Read More