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Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University sees a record surge in COVID-19 cases as spring semester gets underway

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WOUB Digital · Ohio University sees a record surge in COVID-19 cases as spring semester gets underway   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As students returned to Ohio University for the start of spring semester, so did COVID-19 infections — and then some. “We have a huge caseload right now, like nothing we’ve ever seen before,”… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Raises for faculty and staff are in the forecast as Ohio University’s financial position improves

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s financial picture is improving, driven by more students, fewer employees and a big helping of federal stimulus funds. Faculty and staff will see something this year they haven’t seen in a while as a result: a pay raise, coming with the start of the new fiscal year in July…. Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University students who didn’t follow vaccine mandate allowed back but face testing

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — When universities issued their COVID-19 vaccination mandates last semester, students were given a choice: Get vaccinated or apply for an exemption. Some students did neither. With the start of spring semester, universities are taking different approaches when it comes to students who did not comply with the mandates. Some took a… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University races to test returning students as COVID-19 cases surge

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is expecting a big surge in COVID-19 cases but remains committed to in-person instruction when classes resume Monday. Dr. Gillian Ice, who oversees the university’s COVID-19 response, said case numbers are already rising rapidly and she expects a peak in the coming weeks that will be much higher than… Read More

Ohio Men's Basketball

Boals earns his 100th career head coaching win as the Bobcats down Akron

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jeff Boals now has 100 head coaching wins under his belt after a close win over Akron. The Bobcats earned a 69-63 win over the Zips Tuesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena. Congrats to Ohio’s @JeffBoals on his 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣th career head coaching victory!#OUohyeah | #MACtion… Read More

The Sigma Pi house

Parents whose son died in hazing ritual settle lawsuit against former Ohio University fraternity

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The parents of an Ohio University freshman who died during a hazing ritual have dismissed their lawsuit against a fraternity following a settlement. Kathleen and Wade Wiant sued Sigma Pi and several of its members in February 2019, three months after their son Collin died of asphyxiation after inhaling a canister… Read More

Virtual reality brings ‘soft skills’ training to law enforcement in Appalachian Ohio

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ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) – On a chilly fall morning deputies with the Athens County Sheriff’s Department reported for annual training in Nelsonville, OH. Sitting among bullet proof vests and diagrams of guns and safety measures, the officers’ weapons remained holstered. Instead of target practice, this morning officers wore virtual reality headsets to watch  interactions… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

The Ohio University Board Of Trustees Added A Regional Member And Discussed Enrollment Decline At Latest Meeting

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Regional representation in university leadership and further enrollment decline were among the topics of discussion during the Ohio University’s Board of Trustees’ meeting on Thursday.  Misty Crosby, of Marietta, was named the new regional trustee following an unanimous vote during the morning session of the meeting.  OU President Hugh Sherman first… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University Prepares To Deal With Holdouts As Its Vaccination Deadline Nears

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As Ohio University draws closer to its COVID-19 vaccination deadline, the number of vaccinated students and employees has steadily increased. But just over six weeks out from Nov. 15, the date by which the university said everyone must be fully vaccinated, about 25 percent of students and employees on the Athens… Read More

Ohio Quarterback Kurtis Rourke throws a pass as a Syracuse defender leaps in attempt to deflect the pass. Ohio fell to Syracuse, 29-9, on Saturday, September 4, 2021

Ohio Football Falls To Louisiana As Johnson Torches Bobcats With Four Rushing Touchdowns

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LAFAYETTE, La. (WOUB) — The Bobcats (0-3) are off to their worst start since the 2002 season after the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (2-1) ran all over the field Thursday night for more that 300 yards en route to a 49-14 win Thursday night in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Ohio rushing defense had been a concern for… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University’s New Diversity Plan Seen As Promising, But Real Test Is Delivery

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s new diversity plan, more than three years in the making, is filled with ambitious goals, action items and timetables. Dr. Akil Houston said there’s much to like in the plan. But he feels like he’s seen this before. Houston, who is Black, is an associate professor of cultural and… Read More

Ohio University women's soccer defends a free kick against Northern Kentucky University on Thursday

Ohio Women’s Soccer Falls To Northern Kentucky

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – After a hot start to the season, the Ohio women’s soccer team lost their second match in a row Thursday to Northern Kentucky. Ohio dominated possession and created a flurry of chances early on. Sophomore midfielder Isabella Ginocchi got multiple looks at goal from the top of the box but failed… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University Announces Vaccine Mandate For Students And Employees

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University announced that it is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students, faculty and staff at all of its campuses. The deadline to become fully vaccinated, which means both doses for a two-dose vaccine, is Nov. 15. “Public health experts are tracking an increase in cases in Ohio and on… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University Recovering From Pandemic, But Big Challenges Remain

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s board of trustees saw evidence Friday that the university is recovering from the depths of the pandemic. Freshmen enrollment is expected to be up significantly from last year’s incoming class, which was one of the smallest in nearly three decades. And the projected budget deficits are not as massive… Read More

TJ Jackson on the field for practice

OU Football Welcomes Big Addition In Offensive Lineman TJ Jackson

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Ohio University Football team was able to land a big addition to the offensive line this season from the Transfer Portal. TJ Jackson, a redshirt fifth year Offensive Lineman from Cumberland, Virginia, not only stands out because of his talent. He also stands out at 6’7″ and 375 lbs. Jackson… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

OU President Meets With Regional Mayors To Strengthen Relationships

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University President Hugh Sherman met with mayors at regional campuses last week, in what was called a “good first step” in his goal to strengthen OU’s relationship with southeastern Ohio. Sherman met with the mayors of Athens, Chillicothe, Ironton, Lancaster and Zanesville last Tuesday. Among the topics discussed were different… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Ohio University And Athens City Schools Issue Mask Mandates

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Students will be returning to classes this fall fully masked, per announcements from Ohio University and the Athens City School District on Wednesday.   In an email to the OU community Wednesday afternoon, the university announced that effective Thursday, masks will be required in all OU indoor public and shared spaces, regardless… Read More

Ohio’s Jason Preston dribbles the ball against Kent State’s Mitch Peterson

OHIO’s Jason Preston Heading To Los Angeles Clippers After NBA Draft

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — “To my beautiful, loving, amazing Mother… WE DID IT!!!!!” That was the first thing former Ohio Men’s Basketball player Jason Preston tweeted after being selected by the Orlando Magic with the 33rd pick, which was then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. https://twitter.com/LAClippers/status/1420981530294292485 Preston and his story first landed on the… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Former Ohio University President Charles Ping Dead At 91

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – Former Ohio University President Charles Ping, who oversaw the institution’s rapid expansion in the 1970s through ’90s, died on Tuesday at his home in Athens. He was 91. Ping, born June 15, 1930, started his career in higher education when he attended Rhodes College. He graduated with a bachelor of arts… Read More

The Sigma Chi building

Ohio University Suspends Another Fraternity For Hazing Violations

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has suspended another fraternity from campus after an investigation revealed members committed multiple Student Code of Conduct violations related to hazing. Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Community Standards and Student Responsibility Taylor Tackett on Tuesday notified the Delta Pi chapter of Sigma Chi of the four year suspension,… Read More

Solich Bobcats Football

Frank Solich To Step Down After 16 Years As Ohio’s Head Football Coach

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s football team will have a new head coach for the first time in 16 years when it starts the 2021 season in Sept. Frank Solich announced at a press conference Wednesday he will step down, citing health reasons for his retirement. “It is a rare cardiovascular situation that I’ve… Read More

The Beta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta building in Athens

Ohio University Suspends Fraternity For Hazing, Alcohol Violations

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has suspended a fraternity from campus after an investigation revealed members committed multiple Student Code of Conduct violations related to hazing and alcohol. Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Jenny Hall-Jones on Tuesday notified the Beta chapter of Delta Tau Delta of the four year suspension, according to a… Read More

Portrait of Dr. Todd Fredricks

Ohio University Professor Leads Mental Health Initiative Within National Guard

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County resident Dr. Todd Fredricks is a jack of all trades. He’s taught family medicine at Ohio University for nearly a decade. For even longer, he’s dedicated himself to serving his community. He’s worked in emergency rooms, urgent cares and most recently as a psychiatric hospitalist for the Ohio Department… Read More