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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

Athens Law Enforcement To Receive New High-Tech Training

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Students and staff at Ohio University have collaborated with local law enforcement to create a new de-escalation training program for their officers. This immersive program will be used by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office and the Athens and Ohio University police departments. Officers will undergo training in a different style than… Read More

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

Ohio University Ending Year Strong Despite Pandemic, But Big Challenges Remain

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University expected the pandemic to deliver a serious blow to its already fragile financial situation and leave it millions of dollars in the hole. Instead, just the opposite happened. The university’s board of trustees was informed at its meeting Friday that the institution expects to end its 2021 fiscal year… Read More

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

Ohio University’s Top Financial Officer Announces Retirement

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The leadership shakeup at Ohio University university continued Tuesday as its top financial officer announced she is retiring. Deb Shaffer, who as senior vice president for finance and administration has overseen the university’s efforts to balance its budget in the face of sharply declining enrollment, will step down in August. Shaffer’s… Read More

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

Ohio University Will Refund Wages Lost Through Furloughs

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University employees will be refunded all the income they lost because of the nine months of mandatory furloughs. President Duane Nellis announced the refunds in an email to employees Thursday morning and said they were made possible because the university is ending the fiscal year with a significant budget surplus…. Read More

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

Former Business Dean Named To Two-Year Term As Ohio University President

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The former dean of Ohio University’s business college will serve as the university’s president for the next two years. Hugh Sherman will serve out the remaining two years that President Duane Nellis would have served under the terms of his six-year contract. Nellis announced two weeks ago that he is stepping… Read More

Ohio Baseball senior Treyben Funderburg swings at a pitch during the Bobcats' game against Bowling Green on March 21, 2021 at Bob Wren Stadium. (PHOTO: Nick Viland/WOUB)

Ohio Baseball: Bobcats Finish Home Schedule with Series Split against Ball State

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Athens and Bob Wren Stadium has been friendly to the Bobcats this season.  Ohio entered this past weekend with a 17-8 record at The Wren and wrapped up its 2021 home schedule with a four-game weekend series with Ball State. While Ohio’s chances of winning the MAC disappeared after a series loss at Akron, the Bobcats… Read More

Ohio University President Duane Nellis.

Ohio University President Resigns, Will Return To Teaching

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s president is stepping down at the end of June after four challenging years marked by big enrollment declines and financial struggles. Duane Nellis, who is four years into a six-year contract, said Thursday he plans to stay at the university as a member of the faculty. “I have decided to… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Fired Professor Drops Lawsuit Against Ohio University

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University professor who recently lost his job over allegations of sexual harassment has dropped a federal lawsuit he filed against the university. A spokesperson for the university said there was no out-of-court settlement in the case. It simply was dropped. WOUB reached out to the attorney representing former journalism… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Ohio University Will End Year With A Surplus, But Cuts Expected As Big Deficits Loom

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University expects to end the fiscal year with a $14.5 million budget surplus, a dramatic shift from the big deficit projection just a few months ago. But this rare dose of good news on the university’s budget front, delivered to the board of trustees at its meeting last week, was… Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH. DeWine toured the facility and watched as three OU students were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and then spoke to the media about the vaccination efforts and supply in Ohio. "Our way to get back to normal is the vaccine, it's the only way to get back."

Ohio University Switching COVID-19 Vaccine In Response To Safety Concerns

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is switching to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for its student clinics after federal officials recommended a temporary halt in use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for safety reasons. Also, because the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses three weeks apart, students will be allowed to get one of the… Read More