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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.


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


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!



Written by: Jaya Adkins

Committee: Comedy

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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.

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.


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!


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.


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


  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.


  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”.


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


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


  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.


  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.


  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 .


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.


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.


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.


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