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In the Country We Love: An Evening with Diane Guerrero

On Monday, February 27th in collaboration with Alpha Psi Lambda, OUAB is pleased to       announce that it will be bringing known actress Diane Guerrero to speak about her family’s experience with immigration.

Diane is best known by fans for her work as Maritza Ramos on Orange is the New Black.

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But what a lot of fans don’t know is her family story.  Diane was born in the United States to Colombian immigrants.  Throughout the entire immigration process they were denied and eventually sent back to Columbia leaving Diane on her own.

Today she uses her platform as an actress to promote immigration reform and inspire others to get involved.

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To find out more of her family history check out this eye-opening LA Times interview: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-oe-guerrero-immigration-family-separation-20141116-story.html. More importantly, however,  remember that you can hear her story in person on Monday, February 27.  
Get your tickets today at the Ohio Union Info Desk., 2 per BuckID. Bring a friend and an open mind!

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Written by: Becky Slavik

Committee: Comedy

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About SNL’s “Weekend Update”

The Ohio Union Activities Board is welcoming Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” duo Michael Che and Colin Jost this Thursday. The new hosts took over the SNL featured segment in 2014. Here are 10 fun facts about SNL’s iconic “Weekend Update.”

  1. “Weekend Update” is the longest-running recurring sketch and began during the first ever episode of SNL.

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  1. In total, there have been 32 anchors in “Weekend Update” history.

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  1. In an article for The New Yorker, Tina Fey wrote about a discovery she made in the Weekend Update office: some of her male colleagues kept and used a pee jar.

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  1. It wasn’t always the “Weekend Update”. The famous segment also went by the names of “Saturday Night NewsLine”, “SNL Newsbreak” and “Saturday Night News”.

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  1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were “Weekend Update’s” first female duo to share the anchor desk.

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  1. “Weekend Update” was created by SNL writer Herb Sargent and first anchor Chevy Chase in 1975.

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  1. Seth Meyers, former SNL head writer, is the longest-running anchor of “Weekend Update”. He hosted the show for over 8 seasons. Tina Fey and Dennis Miller share second place with six seasons each.

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  1. A “Weekend Update” fan favorite is the New York City correspondent and nightlife expert Stefon. Bill Hader has played Stefon since fall of 2008 and is known for trying not to break character and laugh during the bit. Creator John Mulaney explained on the show “Comedy Bang Bang” that the reason Hader can never keep it together is because Mulaney will frequently switch the cue cards before the live broadcast so Hader has no idea what he is about to say. This routine has now become a challenge where Mulaney tries to see how much he can do to get Hader laughing.

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  1. In 2000, the comedian Jeff Ross was a contender for “Weekend Update” anchor after Colin Quinn left the show. The position went to Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon instead.

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  1. In 2003 a “Weekend Update Halftime Special”, featuring anchors Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey, aired during the Super Bowl .

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Tickets for the show are sold out, but not all hope is lost. Come to the standby line this Thursday, and we can most likely still find you a seat (just bring your BuckID).

When: Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union

See you there!

 

Written by: Elizabeth Tzagournis

Committee: Comedy


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Do More: Casey Neistat is Coming to Campus!

Filmmaker. Entrepreneur. Adventurer. Three simple words that embody a very complex man. Casey Neistat is a YouTube sensation that turned his life around from a rough childhood into a filmmaker and activist with an enormous following. From snowboarding through the streets of New York to relief work in the Philippines, Casey has used his popularity to make people laugh as well as shed light on important causes and raise awareness. So what else do you need to know about Casey before he gets to campus tonight? Here are four fun facts about this legendary YouTuber.

  1. Casey has over 6 million YouTube subscribers and over 700 videos uploaded.

In addition to his subscribers, his videos collectively have over 1.4 BILLION views on YouTube! Casey started making videos in 2010 and since then has gained an ever-growing subscribers list.

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2. Casey is a social media entrepreneur.

Fed up with what he thought was overly edited videos and social media outlets, Casey and his partner, Matt Hacket, created Beme, a video sharing site that allows you to share unedited, 4 second videos to your subscribers. After gaining popularity, Casey sold the company to CNN for $25 million last November.

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3. Casey is a director.

Casey has directed commercials for a number of companies, including Samsung, Nike, Google and Mercedes-Benz. In his work with Nike, he wrote, directed and starred in the commercial, which quickly went viral, and now has over one and a half million views.

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4. In 2016, Casey won 3 awards for his videography!

Casey was awarded YouTuber of the Year by Shorty Awards, Best First-Person Series and Best Editing by the Streamy Awards and GQ Man of the Year New Media Star. Casey also was nominated for Entertainer of the Year by the Streamy Awards last year.

If you’ve already got a ticket, we are so excited to see you at the event tonight! Doors open at 6:30 to get started with souvenir-making, as OUAB will have a design station available to decorate your own pair of Casey-style shades. Casey will then take the stage at 7:30.

If you didn’t snag a ticket before we sold out, don’t be discouraged. There will be a standby line as always!

Written by: Mary Kate Hutchinson

Committee: Lectures


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It’s Game Night at the Ohio Union!

Have you ever been channel surfing midday on a weekend or while you are sick and stumble across game shows like Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, or (a personal favorite) Family Feud? Have you ever wondered if the family members are given matching shirts by Family Feud or if they actually found matching pastel outfits in store? Those outfits may be tacky, but have you ever secretly wanted to be in one of them?

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Game shows like Family Feud are addictive, not only because you are always smarter than the contestants playing, but because their answers and the survey answers always seem to come out of left park, and dang, is it entertaining! I was watching Family Feud the other weekend, and one of the questions was, “Something a woman wants to hear about her ex that dumped her,” and, I kid you not, one of the answers was that her ex is “dead/rotting!” Steve Harvey’s face was priceless.

Or the ever infamous “NAKED GRANDMA” man.

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It’s a fun, family friendly game that gets the competitive juices flowing, and the laughs never stop.

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I have always wanted to participate on a game show, shouting out ridiculous answers that somehow manage to be correct, or high fiving the rest of my team when one of them throws out a completely idiotic answer, but I have to pretend it was genius.

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Luckily for me, the Ohio Union Activities Board exists, and they know what the people want (game shows if you are still confused). Thursday, February 9 from 6-10pm in the Performance Hall, OUAB is bringing trivia games, like Family Feud, to Ohio State! I can finally get my team together with matching pastel outfits up on stage to take on anyone who dares to think they know the game better than I do. Bring a team of 4 or just come to watch!

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And did I mention the nacho bar? Gotta fuel up before you feud! This night will go down in OUAB history as the night the trivia gurus reign, and I can finally claim a prize for being the fastest buzzer hitter. But don’t let my enthusiasm (read: competitiveness) deter you from showing up. We can’t wait to see who turns out and what teams show up to claim the ultimate prize!

Written by: Dana Outcalt

Committee: Special Events


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OUABrushes and Brunch: The Lowdown

OUABrushes and Brunch: The Perfect Start

It’s Spring Semester at THE Ohio State University, and everyone knows what that means –  OUAB is back and better than ever! Here at OUAB, we couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the semester than with…

FREE* FOOD

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And not just any free food, but…

FREE* BRUNCH foodl(

For those unfamiliar with the term, brunch is the incredible late-morning combination of both breakfast and lunch. Brunch is obviously the best meal of the day, supplying the freshness of breakfast food, along with the fulfilling feeling of lunch. It seems hard for this event to get even more wonderful. Well in addition to the free* brunch, the highlight of the event will be…

A FREE* ART CLASS

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This fun and relaxing event will provide the perfect way to decompress after a stressful week of classes and homework. On Sunday, January 29, OUABrushes and Brunch will take place in the Ohio Union Performance Hall. Brunch will be served at 10 a.m. and the painting will begin at 10:30 a.m. The class will be taught by a local artist and the exact image everyone will be painting will be a surprise until the very end. Plan to spend about two hours total working on your masterpiece. No previous artistic experience is necessary. Tickets for this event will not be released ahead of time, so please show up with a BuckID for entrance.

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*To receive the free brunch, complete attendance is required for the event and leaving early is not allowed (i.e. dining and dashing will not be tolerated).

 

Written by: Alexandra Craig

Committee: Visual & Fine Arts

 


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Everything You Need to Know About #SnowdenUncovered

So you’ve got your ticket to the sold out “Breaking the Silence” with Edward Snowden event today. You saw Joseph Gordon Levitt play the titled character in “Snowden” with OUAB at its last Flicks For Free showing. You’re ready to go. But what do you need to know before sitting down in a full Grand Ballroom today at 7:30pm? We’ve got you covered with a FAQ on all things Snowden to get you prepped for what is sure to be an incredible lecture.

1. What was Edward Snowden’s position that allowed him access to the now infamous classified documents?

The CIA? The NSA? Actually neither. Though previously employed by the Central Intelligence Agency, Edward Snowden was working for Booz Allen Hamilton, a management consulting firm specializing in government affairs, in the months prior to his now infamous leak. He was assigned as a contractor to the National Security Agency in Hawaii and had clearance to access much of the organization’s classified information. In May of 2013, Snowden fled to Hong Kong with thousands of unauthorized documents, which he revealed to journalists the next month.

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2. What did Edward’s Snowden’s leak reveal?

The very first story revealed that due to a top secret court order, the NSA had been collecting telephone records of millions of US Verizon customers. Later, it was revealed that in addition to Verizon, nearly every major telephone company in the US was doing the same. Though the contents of the conversation were not included in the records, the numbers of both participants were handed over as well as location data, call duration, and unique identifiers.

Other revelations shuffled in over the next year. One report indicated that the NSA spies on foreign leaders, including our allies. Another showed that the NSA can request user data from tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, which are obligated by law to comply. For a more in-depth look, google “PRISM” (but understand that the NSA will know you did).

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3. Why did Edward Snowden feel obligated to share this information with the public?

Ever read George Orwell’s 1984? No? Ok, go read 1984.

Snowden’s documents for the first time showed that the communication records of millions of US citizens were being collected “indiscriminately and in bulk” – regardless of any suspicion of wrong-doing. Snowden believes this to be unconstitutional. “Privacy,” he says, “is the fountainhead of rights,” and its intrusion can be used as a weapon of oppression to abridge all other freedoms.

Others agree. Others do not. Come through tonight and develop your own opinion.

4. What is next for Edward Snowden?

Well in the immediate future, Edward Snowden will be speaking exclusively to Ohio State students!

Much beyond that is relatively unclear. He is currently residing in an undisclosed location in Russia having been granted temporary political asylum. However, this protection expires in 2017. Snowden and others have called on President Obama to pardon the former NSA contractor before he leaves office, but the President has appeared unlikely to oblige. The possibility for pardon seems even more unlikely under President-Elect Trump who in the past has been reported to have said, “Kill the Traitor.”

If Snowden returns to the US, he is sure to face the charges filed against him in a court of a law. Nonetheless, an exciting backdrop for this evening’s event. Doors open at 6:30pm in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
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Written by: Nick Lennon

Committee: Comedy


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Flicks for Free: War Dogs—A Movie that is Not Actually About Dogs But That You Should Still Totally See

No, this movie is not about a group of pups headed off to doggie battle, nor should it be confused with the canine adaptation of the Star Wars franchise: Dog Wars. War Dogs is actually the story of two men who secure a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan. Pretty badass, right? The 2016 comedy drama film stars Miles Teller and Academy Award nominated actor Jonah Hill. Here’s all you need to know:

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  • War Dogs is based on the TRUE story of Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz. The pair was in their early-twenties when they managed to secure the major U.S. Government contract—which is wild. Diveroli and Packouz were actually stoners who had no experience dealing with business of this magnitude.  That, however, didn’t stop them from embarking on a globetrotting adventure that left them dealing with sketchy crooks, dangerous soldiers, and corrupt politicians. 
  •  Diveroli and Packouz’s story was first recounted in Guy Lawson’s 2011 Rolling Stone story “The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders.” Due to the article’s popularity, Lawson later expanded the story into the book Arms and the Dudes.
  • Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf were originally rumored to play Diveroli and Packouz. After both actors fell through, Hill nabbed the role of Diveroli while Chris Pratt was considered to play Packouz. It was not until Teller saw the film’s director, Todd Phillips, at a restaurant that he asked to be put in the movie and then ultimately secured the role.

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  • War Dogs is actually a buddy comedy movie about two clumsy stoners who get caught up in a load of trouble. This makes sense considering the director of the film is also famously known for directing The Hangover Trilogy, Old School, and Due Date.

Need a laugh or can’t wait to see how the film ends? Come see War Dogs on Wednesday November 9 in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater (Ohio Union) at either 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. (or both). Free popcorn and beverages will be provided!

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May the bark be with you.

Written by: Jaya Adkins

Committee: Comedy