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Here you can view many of the Student Senate's initiatives at Ohio University. This page includes both projects the Student Senate has initiated in the past that continue to this day and projects we are currently beginning for Ohio University Students. Click on an initiative to view it in detail.
Athens Beautification Day is the largest community service event that takes place in the City of Athens. Every year, student and community volunteers go out and partake in various projects, including but not limited to graffiti removal, trash-pick up, planting and mulching. Our goal is to clean-up and beautify the City of Athens while focusing on strengthening the relationships among community groups. To get involved with Athens Beautification Day this year, please click here.
The Bobcat Readership Program began in 2011 when USA today approached the Student Senate about bringing various non-local newspapers to Ohio University's Athens campus. The Student Senate conducted a trial program, and it was well received, so we decided to continue our partnership with USA Today. Today, you can pick up your copy of The New York Times, USA Today, or the Columbus Dispatch in Baker, Alden, and Nelson Dining Hall.
Throughout the school year, you can come to the Student Senate office in Baker 305 and pick up a Blue Book for your exams.
"Take Back the Night" is a long-standing tradition at Ohio University as well as across the nation in the effort to combat sexual violence. Annually, our Take Back the Night provides both empowerment to survivors as well as important sexual assault information. We have a keynote speaker, who speaks over various issues regarding sexual assault, and collaborate with other organizations for a full week of programming. We host a "Name Burning" event, where survivors can safely and anonymously burn the name of their attacker as a form of release. The Student Senate's Women's Affairs Commission also hosts a "Men's Event," which addresses some ways in which men can prevent sexual assault. The biggest event of the week is the rally/ and march, in which students gather on college green to listen to powerful speeches of encouragement, usually paired with performances by women's campus singing groups. Afterwards, hundreds of women march across campus in the dark chanting words of empowerment and literally 'taking back the night.'