Stand up and cheer...
No matter where we go, Athens will always have our heart.
1. "Isn't that a party school?"
we're so much more than that
"Sorry, Miami University, but OU’s year-round antics are hard to trump. Athens is home to one of the country’s largest Halloween block parties—a drunken fete so epic it attracts such sponsors as the infamous malt beverage Four Loko. Court Street, which connects the campus to Athens’s dining district, is a barhopper’s dream: The tiny half-mile stretch boasts 18 bars. And thanks to statewide decriminalization of marijuana possession, students frequently toke up at the appropriately named Bong Hill. The debauchery escalates further at #Fest, OU’s take on Electric Daisy Carnival, where students double-fist Solo cups while bouncing to the sounds of Diplo, Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar."
Do not deny the legitimacy of our degrees, thank you.
2. You're always secretly on a search for an Athens brick.
3. You'll always 'hate' Miami because well, they're Miami.
(OU is still better).
4. Successfully taking selfies with the iconic horse cops.
5. The century-old debate: Is HallOUween or Fest Season better?
This is toughest decision you'll ever face as a Bobcat. It's really difficult because though they involve similar aspects, they are drastically different experiences. HallOUween cripples town -- Athens is filled with out-of-towners except everyone is dressed in costume. Court Street is the best place during HallOUween to go people watch while also raving at the street concerts. Undeniably, HallOUween is extremely fun because people plan months in advance for costume ideas. There is no such thing as crappy costumes when you walk the streets, Bobcats take full pride in their holiday festivities.
For Fest Season, there is a different fest on a different street every single weekend. From Mill to MillIron to Palmer to Palmer Place to High to Number fest, there is no doubt that you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors with thousands of your closest friends. For fest, you trade in your HallOUween costumes for fanny packs, OU gear, backwards baseball caps, and plenty of jerseys. The goal is to wear bizarre clothing because fest is the best. As to which is better...that's completely at your discretion.
6. It's "OU, OH YEAH", not "OH-IO".
We are not OSU. We are not buckeyes. We are not scarlet and gray. WE ARE OHIO UNIVERSITY. No matter where you go in the world, you'll always hear people mistake OU for OSU. So when that random tourist on vacation screams, "OH!" just smile and nod with a gracious "IO!" Bobcats are a class act and although we will correct someone's common mistake, we can at least acknowledge their attempt at being friendly.
On the other hand, there is nothing that compares to an entire Bobcat stadium screaming "OU OH YEAH" back and forth between the home and away side. We love our school. You should too. Because again, OU OH YEAH!!!
7. Football games are meant to be left at half time (after the Marching 110 of course).
Sports? What are those?it's not a top prioritywe're authentic
8. Mom's Weekend is arguably the best weekend.
And you know exactly what I'm talking about.
9. Everyone thinks their green is the best green.
I may be biased but "West is the Best!" It's the prettiest green, the most collegiate, and I'll always think it lays in the best location. However if you ask someone from South and East Green, you'll get an entirely different opinion. Everyone can safely agree that Dirty South is the worst location on campus and having no air-conditioning doesn't make it any better. The 'Front Four' has South beach and Nelson. East Green has Shively and a centralized location at the bottom of Morton and Jeff. West Green has the newly renovated Boyd Market and is closest to the Convo. And if you're really lucky, you'll land one of the new dorms which is more South West on campus which are directly next to Ping. No matter where you move on campus, your first green will always be considered home and you'll come up with a million reasons as to why your green is superior.
10. We live in a drunk food paradise.
Big Mamas. DP Dough. Union Street Diner. Court Street Diner. Wings Over. Pigskin Wings. Wendy's. Buffalo Wild Wings. Chicken and Waffle. Goodfellas pizza. Dominos. Ginger. Bagel Street. Chipotle. Courtside Pizza. O'Betty's french fries. Slovakis.
And the list goes on...
Oh...and there isn't a day that goes by where you can't buy a $1 grilled cheese on the side of the street.