Development Blog Post #5

Students attempting to recreate John Brough's feat of kicking a ball over Cutler Hall

Students attempting to recreate John Brough’s feat of kicking a ball over Cutler Hall

 

Today I wanted to talk more about the article that I have coming up. It grew out of a brainstorming session we had on maybe the first day of class, when we simply wrote down as many ideas as we could in a certain time period. My mind kept coming back to the incredible amount of construction Athens residents have to deal with on the Ohio University campus. Lindley Hall, Park Place, the Schoonover Center, Scripps Hall, Jefferson Hall, Boyd Hall, the new dorms near Ping Center, and multiple other places are somewhat or completely inaccessible due to construction on campus. I remember how beautiful I thought the campus was when I first started coming here, and now I feel like you can’t walk 30 feet without seeing an enormous pile of dirt, a bulldozer, or an enormous hole in the ground. This got me thinking, have all students had to deal with something similar?

I’ve always been fascinated with the history of Ohio University, the 30th oldest university in the country. When I walked around campus and saw Cutler Hall, or the enormous trees, or the various monuments left by older classes — such as the nearly 100 year old water fountain in front of Chubb Hall, I always wanted to know more. And so I started to do some research. Here are some things you might not know about Ohio University to get you excited for my upcoming project:

  • Ohio University was almost named American Western University
  • None of the initial three students at Ohio University actually graduated
  • The first students to graduate didn’t do so until 1815, 11 years after the founding of the school
  • The university’s first popular sport was wall ball
  • Up until the 1920s, Ohio University had a very strong literary society subculture
  • One graduate, John Brough, was famous for his ability to punt a football over the College Edifice (now called Cutler Hall)

These are just a few of the historical tidbits I will be remarking upon in my upcoming set of articles. Until then, keep reading and make sure to use our hashtag #CampusCompared to join the conversation!

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