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Aaron Burr, sir.

“Pardon me, are you Aaron Burr, sir?” This line is now infamously known throughout the streets of the United States, thanks to success of the hit musical Hamilton. The original Broadway cast of Hamilton earned a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy, and eleven Tony Awards, including the prestigious Best Musical of the Year.

Leslie Odom Jr. was a part of the original Broadway cast, playing the role of Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton’s rival and ultimately his murderer. Leslie Odom Jr. beating out Lin-Manuel Miranda for the actor of the year.

Odom has become a household name, even showing up in his very own Nationwide commercial. Students at Ohio State have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the award-winning Leslie Odom Jr. perform on October 22.

Leslie Odom Jr. is a Grammy and Tony award-winning singer and actor, best known for working alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. He also recently released a self-titled jazz album, further showing his great musical talent.

Besides Hamilton, however, Leslie Odom Jr. has carved out his own fame in both the musical and the television world. At age 17, Odom made his Broadway debut as Paul in the musical Rent. He also had a starring role in the television show Smash for two seasons and was later offered the leading role on State of Affairs, but he chose to pursue his role in Hamilton instead. You can see him on the big screen in Murder on the Oriental Express next month as well.

Odom’s vast experience and long musical repertoire will make him an amazing guest at The Ohio State University, and we are extremely excited to be hosting him. OUABackstage with Leslie Odom Jr. will be on Sunday, October 22 at 7pm in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom.

If you’re a huge Hamil-fan, make sure to keep up with OUAB’s Twitter. OUAB is giving students a chance to meet Leslie Odom Jr. through a creative video contest. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, October 19 at 5pm.

Until then, sit back, relax, and listen to the Hamilton soundtrack one, two, or twenty times through. Don’t throw away your shot on October 22!Christopher Boudewyns Headshot.png

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OUABringing Down Escobar

Imagine being the men at the center of one of the biggest, most important, and most multifaceted international investigations in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Imagine being the key players in the successful manhunt of the world’s first narco-terrorist and being the reasons behind the DEA’s victory in the drug war raging on between Miami and Columbia during this time. Imagine successfully capturing and killing Pablo Escobar, the leader of the Medellin drug cartel who was responsible for the death of about 4,000 people and for about 80% of the cocaine smuggled into America.  

Now, imagine being able to meet these celebrated DEA agents and going with them on their incredible journey through history as they describe their experience in Columbia that has been depicted in the Golden-Globe nominated Netflix series, Narcos. Well…guess what Buckeyes?! On October 9th, you will have the chance to do just that!  

Steve Murphy and Javier Peña are the DEA agents responsible for the downfall of Pablo Escobar, one of history’s most violent and wealthiest drug-trafficking criminals. These admired law enforcement officers played lead roles during the six-year hunt, the chase, and the shooting that resulted in the death of Escobar in 1993. This remarkable team’s spine-tingling and nail-biting story is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat. These men have both dedicated their lives to law enforcement and have been stationed all over the world in constant pursuit of triumphing evil. Their leadership, valor, and expertise have led them to successfully disassembling countless criminal networks, and they have relentlessly brought justice to the world. Today, these men are currently not only subject matter experts and senior consultants for “Narcos”, but they also are embarking on another investigation together of an 80 year old cold case.  

Quick! Go binge watch “Narcos” and come join OUAB as Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, recount their enthralling story of the investigation and capture of Pablo Escobar, describe Escobar’s famous prison and ranch, and give us the details about the making of the hit Netflix series, “Narcos”! 

We are so excited to host these American heroes and we can’t wait to see all of you there on Monday, October 9th at 7:00pm!  

Check out this video that Steve and Javier personally made about this amazing upcoming event: https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/909814714477268993 

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OUAB at Sibs & Kids Weekend!

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life” –Richard Bach

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This quote may ring in the heads of Buckeyes this weekend as we celebrate our annual Sibs & Kids weekend! As if campus was not already happy enough, hundreds of Buckeyes will be showing their family members what it is like to truly be a student faculty, or staff member at Ohio State.

It’s no secret that this weekend is filled with food and fun, but in order to partake, you can’t forget to register! Registration is $5/guest and can be fulfilled on site in the Ohio Union from 9 AM-4 PM on Saturday and 10AM-12PM on Sunday. Registration gives you access to all the incredible events put together by several of Ohio State’s organizations, and the Ohio Union Activities Board has a couple things up its’ sleeve!

Have you ever seen America’s Got Talent? You know, the family-oriented show about those in America who have the most interesting and unique talent? Well, even if you haven’t, OUAB is PROUD to be hosting Daniel Martin in collaboration with Sibs & Kids weekend! At 6 PM in the Performance Hall of the Ohio Union, Daniel will be performing his hilariously unique magic show that has caused thousands in the United States to have their mind blown. He is the winner of a Reader’s Choice Award in 2016, taking home the title of Best Male Artist and Best Variety Artist on stage. His show is something you do NOT want to miss, as it will be an evening of laughter, magic and surprise!

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If that isn’t enough for you and you feel like taking a trip out onto the high seas, join OUAB for a DIVE-IN SHOWING (that’s right, kids, DIVE-IN) of Moana! Join Moana and her quest to uphold her family traditions in the RPAC Open Rec Pools at 8 p.m. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., and you’re going to want to get there quickly – all voyagers need a spot in the water!

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Sibs & Kids Weekend is an event that Ohio State is proud to host every year. It provides a chance for families to get closer and learn more about what it is like to be a Buckeye, something all people deserve a chance to be in their lifetime. Keep checking the schedule posted on the http://parent.osu.edu page for an updated list of events happening this weekend!

We hope to see you at OUAB’s events this Saturday, but we hope even more that you enjoy the time given to you with family.

 

Written by: Chloe ten Brink

Committee: Visual & Fine Arts

 


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An Innovative Solution to a Bad Case of “The Mondays”

As Ohio State students, we represent a diverse group of cultures, majors, beliefs and interests. However, one thing we can all agree on is that Mondays are the woooOOOoooOOOOrst!

In addition to planning dozens of events for Ohio State’s massive student body, OUAB has been researching solutions to excessive laziness, stress and irritability on Mondays. We believe we have come up with a groundbreaking cure for “The Mondays.” We like to call it “Live Art.” In order to mitigate the detrimental effects of “The Mondays,” we will be allowing students to stroll through the Ohio Union Performance Hall to observe local artists as they create original masterpieces in front of our very eyes. It is our belief that this therapeutic experience will effectively deplete the negative side effects associated with The Mondays.

We will be testing it out this upcoming Monday, April 3 in the Performance Hall. To find out if your symptoms qualify you for this new treatment, please continue reading.

You know that feeling when you have an 8 a.m. on Monday, but you spent the whole weekend dancing and you physically cannot move your legs to walk to class? Yeah, we’ve all been there.

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Fortunately, this event will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., so you can rest assured that the event will still be running long after you’ve achieved your full beauty rest.
By some miracle, you make it to your 8 a.m., but once you arrive, you can’t work up the energy to focus on your professor’s lecture and his/her voice is probably the most monotone voice you’ve ever heard.

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“Live Art” is innovative in that there is no lecturing or talking. Just painting and reflecting.
Nothing is worse than campus foot-traffic. I personally don’t have enough fingers to count the number of times I’ve done an awkward tango/do-si-do combination with someone on my way to class when we are about to run into each other.

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Luckily, Live Art has no traffic patterns.You can feel free to roam to your heart’s content. Even if you run into someone, you can say “I’m sorry, this was awkward, but look at this beautiful art being created right in front of us.” Then you will probably fall in love and get married – all thanks to OUAB of course.

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If you’re anything like me, your Mondays are hectic and you cannot be expected to plan out your meals, let alone cook them yourself. For those of you who have the privilege of living on campus, lunch is just as stressful. Ain’t nobody got time for those lines at Scott Commons.
At Live Art, we’ve got you covered. Various food items will be served ALL DAY. All you have to do is walk in and take it – we do all the hard work for you! Hope everyone likes bagels!

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(Everyone likes bagels, I checked.)

The logic is infallible, people. Live Art is the only cure for The Mondays. Please come out to the Ohio Union Performance Hall from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, April 3 to see some amazing local artists like Linda Langhorst, Yao Cheng and more!


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Before “Taking a Side”…

In case you didn’t know who he is, Stephen A. Smith is a popular TV/radio sports journalist and commentator. He currently appears on ESPN’s First Take and frequently makes appearances as an NBA analyst on Sports Center. He’s interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Aaron Rodgers, Floyd Mayweather and many other great athletes we love to hate! 

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It’s no secret that Smith is not afraid to share his side of the story in shameless fashion. That isn’t to say Smith is not aware of the image he makes for himself, which actually may speak in favor of his character. Regardless of the backlash he gets for his comments, he holds his own. But believe us when we say that you do NOT want to ask him anything about the Dallas Cowboys. (He’s a huge fan ;).)

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Stephen A. Smith is a force to be reckoned with on any sports commentator show. Whether or not you agree with his opinions, any ESPN segment with Smith will definitely prove to be an exciting one. We hope to see you at this exclusive event featuring Stephen A. Smith TONIGHT at 7:00pm in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. Tickets are sold out, BUT there will be a stand-by line for those who could not obtain one.

 

Written by: Joe Rechenmacher

Committee: Comedy


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11 Times Mayim Bialik was #Goals

You know her as the geeky neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler from the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” The neuroscience community recognizes her as an accomplished researcher who analyzed hormones in young adults with OCD and Prader-Willi Syndrome. Your cousin who is 10 years older than you knows her as the title character in the 1990s sitcom “Blossom.”

If you aren’t convinced that Mayim Bialik is #goals yet, you’re about to be…

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  1. Mayim played a young Bette Midler in the film “Beaches” when she was just 12 YEARS OLD. What were YOU doing when you were 12 years old?

(If you forgot who Bette Midler is, think of the red-haired witch from “Hocus Pocus.” Mayim Bialik is also the red-haired witch by association #Goals).

2. In the 1990s, Mayim was starring in the NBC TV show “Blossom.” She was only 15 years old when she was cast in the lead role of Blossom. What were YOU doing when you were 15 years old? #Goals

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3. While attending UCLA, Bialik composed AND conducted music for her Jewish acapella group. #Goals

4. Bialik earned her BS in Neuroscience and Hebrew & Jewish Studies from UCLA in 2000. #Goals

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5. Mayim completed several years of research on the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in teens with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. #Goals

6. In 2007, Bialik earned her PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA #Goals

 

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7. Bialik is now a neuroscientist playing a neuroscientist on “The Big Bang Theory” #neurosception #Goals

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8. Ever heard of Certified Lactation Educator Counselors? Mayim has. And she is one. She is also #Goals.

 

9. Ever heard of a book? Mayim has and she has written TWO. Her first, called “Beyond the Sling” discusses Attachment Parenting and her second, “Mayim’s Vegan Table,” is a recipe book of family-friendly vegan meals. #Goals

 

10. Mayim founded the website GrokNation, “an online community for people of all ages and backgrounds to dive deep into conversations on contemporary issues.” It covers topics such as parenting, faith, pop culture, and feminism. #Goals

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11. Mayim is an example to the world that women can have a successful career and be a wonderful mother at the same time #Goals.

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I’m with Mayim.

To learn more about Mayim and her many talents and accomplishments, please join us on TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. Tickets are still available at the Ohio Union Info Desk, 2 per BuckID.

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Written by: Ashley Greivenkamp

Committee: Visual & Fine Arts


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Getting Real With Kevin Breel

Can we be honest; depression is a serious issue. An online study states that 44% of American college students are suffering from symptoms of depression, with 19% of young people either contemplating or attempting suicide each year. So why are mental illnesses still so heavily stigmatized? Cue Kevin Breel.

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Kevin Breel is a 23-year old writer, comedian and activist. At the age of 19, Breel gave an inspirational TEDx talk titled “Confessions of a Depressed Comic,” during which he spoke about his own struggle with depression, the stigma behind mental illness, and the hope for a world where “embracing your light does not mean ignoring your dark.” The TED talk went viral almost instantly, with more than half a million views in less than 30 days. Today, it is one of the most watched TED talks of all time. His debut memoir, “Boy Meets Depression,” has achieved high acclaim.

Watch his famous TED Talk here.

In collaboration with NAMI OSU (The National Alliance on Mental Illness), OUAB presents: Getting Real with Kevin Breel

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When: Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m.

Where: Ohio Union, Grand Ballroom—doors open at 6PM

Let’s b(reel) and break the stigma against mental illness together! Get your tickets at the Ohio Union Info Desk, 2 per Buck ID.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Written by: Jaya Adkins

Committee: Comedy