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Women and Law in Ancient India

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Women and Law in Ancient India

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tephanie Jamison presented “Adulterous Woman to Be Eaten by Dogs: Women and Law in Ancient India” at OHIO’s biannual Gawande Lecture Series in November. A professor in the department of Asian languages and cultures at University of California, Los Angeles, Jamison focuses on Indo-Iranian languages and texts, plus societal and aesthetic issues within them. She co-edited and co-translated the first complete English translation in more than a century of all 1,028 hymns of the Rigveda, India’s oldest religious text. A gift from OHIO friends Dr. Sushila and the late Dr. Ram Gawande supports the series, which brings renowned scholars of Indian philosophy and religion to the University. – McKenzie Powell, BSJ ’16, BA ‘16

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Cruise into this year’s On The Green Weekend

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Cruise into this year’s On The Green Weekend
Feb 17, 2016
By McKenzie Powell

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Saturday, May 21, the Cruise-In at the Convo will be flashing hot rods and classic cars as a new feature of the annual spring Homecoming celebration, On The Green Weekend.

“We’re very excited to announce that, for the first time ever, we have added the Cruise-In at the Convo as a part of the On The Green Weekend events,” said Erica Lipscomb, associate director of external relations for the OHIO Alumni Association. “The Cruise-In itself is in its 6th year, and always draws a great crowd. We are hoping some of those folks will join us for other OTG events, and that our OTG attendees will be excited about the new addition to the weekend.”

Hosted by the OHIO Alumni Varsity Band, the popular event serves as a fundraiser for the Marching 110 and its alumni society. The 2016 Cruise-In at the Convo will be held at OHIO’s Convocation Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, as per tradition, will welcome all classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. All OHIO alumni, students, staff, faculty and Athens community members are invited to join in on the fun.

“In the past five years we have had people bring their cars from 40 different counties in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida and Indiana. Even if a person is not a ‘car person’ they can stop by and appreciate the craftsmanship some of these owners have put into their cars,” said Aaron Romero, event volunteer for Cruise-In at the Convo.

The first 110 vehicles to register for the event will be rewarded with dash plaques and free t-shirts as a bonus for supporting the OHIO Marching 110 and its alumni society. Vehicles are guaranteed 1½ parking spaces and can be registered anytime between 9 a.m. and noon for just $10 per vehicle.

The show will also feature door prizes, a split-the-pot drawing, exclusive awards, and food for sale by Sonic of Athens. At 1:10 p.m., the highly anticipated awards presentation will begin.

In addition to the Cruise-In at the Convo, OTG will feature a plethora of exciting activities for the entire Bobcat family, including a special through the decades Film Festival, a Concert Under the Elms, all new Alumni College courses and more.

“Both the car show and OTG are annual events that draw in large crowds of excited OHIO alumni, family and friends, so it only makes sense to combine the two and make the weekend better than ever. We are very excited for what we have in store and hope to see everyone there!” Lipscomb said.

All proceeds from the Cruise-In at the Convo will benefit the OHIO Marching 110 and its alumni society. For more information about the event, contact Aaron Romero at (740) 594-3733 or

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Immigrant sisters give gift of education through OHIO Match

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Immigrant sisters give gift of education through OHIO Match
Feb 11, 2016
By McKenzie Powell

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n December 1951, the Sretenovic family arrived on Ellis Island as immigrants in a foreign land filled with strangers speaking an unfamiliar language. On Christmas Eve, the family arrived in Piketon, Ohio, a small Appalachian Village approximately an hour west of Athens.

Despite not knowing a word of English and the relentless struggle to combat poverty, the Sretenovics worked tirelessly, never doubting that their children would one day earn college degrees.

Today, after years of receiving generous support to attend Ohio University, Milijana, Mileva and Mara Sretenovic – three out of six Sretenovic children – have decided to give back to other students in need through the newly established Sretenovic Family Scholarship.

“OHIO enabled me to be what/who I am today. I am forever indebted to those who were generous and kind enough to help us earn our degrees and this is a way of paying it forward,” said Mileva, AB ’68, who spent 38 years in the U.S. Navy, both active and reserve, post-graduation.

Although their parents never once doubted that their children were going to college, the prospect of a higher education didn’t always seem so likely to the children.

“They made so many sacrifices when you think about the hardships that they had coming to a country where they didn’t even speak the same language,” Milijana said. “We had absolutely no money for anything – even the basics.”

“My father was in a Prisoner of War Camp in Germany,” explained Mileva. “He was from Yugoslavia and, before becoming a Prisoner of War, he was serving as an ally soldier in Germany.”

When World War II ended, their father was released; shortly after the war, he met his German wife Christa. Mileva, Milijana & Mara were born in Germany. At some point the family had to make a move.

“Because Papa had been a Prisoner of War, he had a choice. He decided we would move to America,” said Milijana, BSC ’69 and MA ’70, owner and creator of The Office Professionals, a full-service office employment agency.

Under the Displaced Persons Act of 1948, the Sretenovics moved to the United States. They were sponsored by the Piketon Methodist Church. Their father began learning how to speak English at a feed and grain mill and their mother began learning English through soap operas, but German remained the language of the household.

“They made so many sacrifices when you think about the hardships that they had coming to a country where they didn’t even speak the same language,” Milijana said. “We had absolutely no money for anything – even the basics.”

“I was very fortunate that I was able to go to college and it did have a really big impact on me. I’d like to see other people have the same opportunities,” Mara said.

Affording college wasn’t easy for Milijana, Mileva and Mara, and it might not have been possible if it weren’t for scholarships similar to the Sretenovic Family Scholarship. Due to scholarship money, work-study programs and several jobs each, the sisters were able to attend and graduate from OHIO.

“We all worked very hard. I was never even able to go to football games because I was always working,” Mileva said. “Going to class was like the break between work.”

Although the sisters had to persistently work their way through college, their experience as Bobcats still resulted in strong OHIO ties and memories.

“Ohio University, for me, was a very good experience in a lot of different ways,” said Mara, BFA ’71, who worked in the telecommunications industry for 40 years, in positions ranging from customer service to marketing. “I was very fortunate that I was able to go to college and it did have a really big impact on me. I’d like to see other people have the same opportunities.”

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5 interesting cities to visit in Ireland

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5 interesting cities to visit in Ireland
By McKenzie Powell, Ohio University August 10, 2015 10:11 am

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ogether, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland create a tiny island bursting with picturesque sceneries, undeniably kind citizens and a thrilling nightlife.

While it is impossible to narrow down all of the destinations worth visiting in Ireland, there are a few you should keep in mind. If you’re planning a holiday here (as the Irish would say), you won’t want to miss out on a visit to each of the following five cities.

1. Dublin 

Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, has a very interesting history and currently stands as a progressive, bustling metropolis with endless options for arts, entertainment, shopping and the like.

View of Dublin, Ireland from the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar

View of Dublin, Ireland from the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar

Tourists can visit the National Museum of Ireland to discover more about the Vikings’ settlement in Dublin or take a tour of Trinity College and see Ireland’s largest library, the Trinity College Library.

Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin also has never-ending options for pubs and restaurants, with some street performers and markets sprinkled throughout. Tour buses are available throughout the city, as well as a cheap and useful train system that can take you to attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Old Jameson Distillery and the famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

2. Belfast 

Belfast is located in Northern Ireland and is currently serving as Northern Ireland’s capital city. Like many other cities in Northern Ireland, Belfast was a part of The Troubles, a thirty-year conflict between the unionist/Protestants and the nationalist/Catholics over Northern Ireland’s identity and belonging.

“There are two main communities with different versions of the troubles,” says Gerry Lynn, a customer services assistant who gives informational tours about The Troubles in Derry for the Tower Museum. “It has a character of its own and is well worth a visit.”

Botanic Gardens

Belfast Botanic Gardens

Because of Belfast’s intense past, much of the city’s history still lingers through murals and various landmarks. Like Dublin, many buses are available for tours around the city, as well as the Belfast Famous Black Cab Tour, which specifically focuses on The Troubles in Belfast.


Titanic Belfast

Belfast is well known for Titanic Belfast, a museum-like experience that explains the Titanic’s story, beginning with the boat’s construction in Belfast, and is also home to television series Game of Thrones. Visitors might also enjoy walking through the Botanic Gardens, spending an afternoon in the Ulster Museum and photographing the Belfast Cathedral.


Queen’s University in Belfast

3. Galway

Located on the western coast of Ireland, Galway is an adorable city with diverse cultural influences and a flourishing shopping, restaurant and bar scene. The city, which was originally a tiny fishing village, is also home to several beaches along Galway Bay.


Artist in Galway

Galway hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Galway Film Fleadh and the Galway Arts Festival which both occur during the summer months. Visitors can also walk to see St. Nicholas’ Church, the exciting Galway Market complete with fresh produce and artisan crafts, and the historical Spanish Arch that previously served as a bastion for the city.

Galway is also very close to other gorgeous sites like the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and the Aran Islands. Day tours are readily available from Galway to all three locations.


Galway, Ireland

4. Derry

Derry, or Londonderry, is another city in Northern Ireland that underwent The Troubles and experienced a difficult history of division between Protestants and Catholics.

“From the sixth to the 16th century, it was the cradle of Christianity. It was the last walled city in Europe to be built; we have had the longest siege in British history,” Lynn says.


The Peace Bridge in Derry

Tourists can visit a bundle of attractions that tell of Derry’s trying past, including The Tower Museum, which has a permanent exhibit detailing the entire history of Derry, the Peace Bridge, a bridge that connects the two previously divided parts of the city and, of course, this historic City Walls.


Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry has many other sights to see, as well, including the murals near the bogside, St. Columb’s Cathedral, and the beautiful Guildhall building, which contains spectacular stained glass.


Derry, Northern Ireland

5. Tory Island 

If you need a quick, peaceful getaway, Tory Island will more than likely have just what you need. Although the island is extremely tiny, it holds at least a days worth of activities and sightseeing to keep you busy, including guides discussing Tory’s myths and legends, a scenic walk to the island’s lighthouse and a downright stunning visit to the island’s cliffs.


Cliffs of Tory Island

When you aren’t exploring Tory, there are many areas throughout the island to just relax and enjoy the view – whether you’d prefer grass, the beach or the cliffs – and you just might even catch sight of a seal or some puffins. The King of Tory is quite often present, as well, and is known for greeting visitors right off the boat.


Tory Island, Ireland

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5 tips for surviving a difficult homestay transition

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5 tips for surviving a difficult homestay transition
By McKenzie Powell, Ohio University August 19, 2015 3:42 pm

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter having spent a year or two in college and away from the constant surveillance of your overprotective parents, it may seem daunting to know that your upcoming study abroad program is placing you in a homestay — a housing option presented to may study abroad students that allows them to live in the home of a local family.

Although it may seem like all of your independence is about to be taken away from you in one fell swoop, try to enter the living situation with an open mind before passing judgments or making assumptions. remember the positives of living with a host family: cultural and linguistic immersion.

“I think it is one on the best ways to complete an immersion program. If the student is well integrated into the family, a homestay could be excellent to improve language abilities — especially day-to-day language that we do not necessarily find in books,” says Gamo Mbow Tounkara, resident coordinator for the Council on International Educational Exchange’s study abroad programs in Dakar, Senegal.

If you have been living abroad with a host family for a little while now and just can’t seem to get things right, here are five tips for surviving a difficult homestay transition:


First, try and assess the situation. Does the entire family seem distant, or just certain individuals like the parents? Are you often staying in your room or leaving the house to avoid the living situation or are you actively trying to spend time with your host family?

In the beginning, your family may try and give you some space to get adjusted to your new life abroad. If, once you have adjusted, it seems that particular people still just don’t seem very interested in you, or you are still being secluded in specific situations, contemplate certain cultural influences and differences as these could be major factors. More often than not, what may seem negative to us — like being sent to a different room to eat on your own — was actually intended to be a positive, kind gesture.

Go into each new day with a positive, open mind and keep trying to integrate into the family, even if it still seems like you just can’t fit in. Don’t avoid your family out of fear or misunderstanding. Instead, start mingling with the children and work your way up. Ask questions, participate in family activities, offer to help clean and continue to show your genuine interest and desire to become a part of the family.


One of the most frightening aspects of living with another family in a foreign country is the fact that they are probably speaking a different language than you, perhaps one that you have only been able to practice in the comfort of your own home university with other beginners.

“If language is the only barrier, I think that it’s not a problem at all. I would just advise them to relax, not worry about making mistakes and be accepting to learn the language from the family,” Tounkara says.

While it may be terrifying at first, this is also one of the greatest benefits of living with a host family, as it allows you to dive head first into cultural and linguistic immersion. If you are having a difficult time keeping up with conversation during dinner or answering questions while hanging out with your family, start carrying a dictionary with you to look up any forgotten or unfamiliar words. This is nothing to be ashamed of and can work wonders in getting to know your family on more than just a “how was your day” basis.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask any children in the family for their help in teaching you key phrases, slang words or just general words you have never learned. They will more than likely love teaching the older, new kid in their family how to say things and it will also allow for some great bonding time with your little siblings. If you are really struggling, take these new words and phrases that you have learned and write them down a few times every night before bed to really start retaining and memorizing your vocab.


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