Buckeye Donuts: A Columbus Classic

Right now, the construction on High Street is pretty much famous; everyone–from students to workers downtown–goes to great lengths to avoid the congested, narrow-lane road that runs adjacent to a long crater that will someday become the basement of a new, fancy establishment on High Street. But until then, pedestrians are forced to walk in the muddy rubble left behind from construction; every passing vehicle is a dangerous threat. The winter season has done nothing if not exacerbate the danger of High Street. Snow banks force vehicles into even narrower lanes, and black ice cripples any car that dares move faster than a mere crawl. And with Ohio’s tendency to send snow one week and then raise the temperature by 20 degrees then next, roads constantly alternate between a state of ice and mud, leaving the already chaotic road in a further state of confusion. To most sane adults, the conditions on High Street sound like something worthy of avoiding, but college students are proven to be–if anything–unique. My West Campus friends and I, who live far away from the rich, night-life scene on High Street, are envious of the fun. West Campus, by comparison, holds nothing of note save for the Ohio Stadium, which is more of a curse than a blessing on game days, and the Scioto River, at which students only find entertainment by looking for electric scooters that have been tragically dumped into the river. So while North Campus residents, sitting high in their remolded dorms overlooking High Street, love to complain about the noise of gunshots and the eerie brilliance of the lights from Waffle House, my friends and I will frequently brave the twenty minute trek to High Street to revel at the grandeur of having more than Morrill Traditions or Kennedy Commons to eat at. Popular among students is Buckeye Donuts, a diner that, since the late sixties, has specialized in serving hand-made donuts and affordable comfort food. Students use the restaurant to study early in to the morning, as Buckeye Donuts is open 24 hours a day, and offers delicious breakfast food.

Alumni Interview

For our scholars program, we interviewed Alyssa Witeof, who is an alumnis of the two-year ENR Scholars program. Alyssa said that she thoroughly enjoyed her time as an ENR scholar, since one’s experience is dependent upon on what one puts into it. She was on the ENR leadership council (2019-20 elections are currently underway) and spent a lot of her time planning upcoming ENR Scholars’ events. Some events Alyssa helped plan were an Olentangy River cleanup, a hiking and camping trip, and her favorite: a spring break trip down to Florida to go sea kayaking.
Alyssa wanted to go to Vet school until Sophomore year, which is why she chose to major in Animal Sciences. However, looking back she said she would have have just minored in AS and majored in “something a bit more versatile” such as Biology or Biochemistry, which both have “higher earning potentials.” This is why Alyssa feels strongly that “if you are at all on the fence about AS/vet school and don’t plan on working in agriculture full time to consider just minoring in AS.”
What I learned from Alyssa is that majoring in something that doesn’t limit your earning potential is a good idea; instead of majoring in a specific major, consider majoring in the broader category, i.e. earning a chemistry degree instead of specific chemistry degree.

Craving Coffee in Columbus: How to Embark on a Café Caravan

Through the Environmental and Natural Resources Scholars Seminar (ENR 1150), students are informed of many exciting, recreational opportunities throughout the City of Columbus. Ohio State compiled a list (the Columbus To-Do List can be found here) comprised of events and destinations; Scholars are required to select a “thematic list” and explore all of the destinations listed in manner similar to that of a tour, made all the more exciting through the prolific usage of COTA buses and rideshare services. For my journey around Columbus, I settled on a list of the most adventurous and creative Cafés in Central Ohio. As the leaves across campus begin to fall with the temperature, North and West campus students no longer find their frigid residence halls appealing. For once, South campus dorms are envied, as their lack of air conditioning and tight quarters have prepared them for the brutal, polar vortex months of Ohio. Winter is the time of studying in cafés, which is why this assignment is ideal for me and my friends. We hunkered down at the Kafe Kerouac, located at the corner of  N. High Street and Pearl. Filled with books and board games, the “bohemian coffeehouse” offers a dark, cozy atmosphere. There is a wide range of drinks, and they offer alcoholic beverages for the over-21 crowd. The most iconic feature, perhaps, is the band that plays in the back room from time to time.

Appointment to the Residence Halls Advisory Council

Due to my involvement with Morrill Tower’s Hall Council, Assistant Hall Director J-Mi De Leon asked me to represent our residence hall on Ohio State’s Residence Halls Advisory Council, nicknamed “RHAC”. RHAC is the executive governing body for all of Ohio State’s 24 residence halls, which collectively house over 15,000 students.  This is a an honor, but also an incredibly serious commitment, as RHAC delegates have significant influence in students’ residential experience. However after attending RHAC’s first meeting, I am confident in my abilities to navigate my appointment, since the Council was a composed, instructive environment packed with veteran staff well-equipped to handling the needs of students and faculty here at the Ohio State University.

Vice President – Morrill Tower Activities Board

Effective September 11, 2019, I will serve as the 2019-2020 Vice President of the Morrill Tower Activities Board (MTAB). The purpose of MTAB is to provide for the social, recreational, informational, educational, diversity, wellness, and community-building involvement needs of Morrill Tower, and to achieve this purpose within the standards set by The Ohio State University. As VP of the MTAB executive board, I will be responsible for the implementation and management of the Morrill Money program, and will collaboratively work to plan, implement, and assess programs with the program directors. In the case that the President is unable to be present or to perform their duty, I will serve as interim President.

CFAES Student Council Delegate

I have the honor of announcing that I will be serving as a delegate on the student council for the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences during the Autumn 2019 – Spring 2020 academic year. I am excited to have an opportunity to directly influence my College and represent my peers. More information about CFAES can be found on our website.

About Me

Hi! My name is Evan Lindsey and I am from Powell, Ohio. I am a first year student at the Ohio State University, and a member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Scholar’s program. As a teenager, I was heavily involved in martial arts, team swimming, and the Boy Scouts of America program. I was a yearbook editor, president of the orchestra, and student aide to multiple teachers at Olentangy Liberty High School. Senior year I pounced on the opportunity to study abroad in Germany, and it was an such amazing experience that I intend to go back during college. My fondest memories were from Dresden and Prague, because the architecture is breathtaking and the scenery is so serene. Influenced by my Scouting background and my environmentally-versed mother, I am an outdoor enthusiast; backpacking through the Zaleski State Forest and hammocking on Lake Hope is one of my favorite activities (provided that there are plenty of snacks available). I’ve been white-water rafting at New River Gorge, and have dabbled in rappelling, zip-lining and artificial rock-climbing. Yellowstone National Park is my favorite destination; the park is constantly evolving, and if you can brave the sulfuric smells, there is nothing more magical than the colorful hotsprings and majestic wildlife. I joined the CFAES at OSU to gain the skills necessary to protect natural destinations like these, and intend to earn an Environmental Policy and Decision Making degree with a minor in political science and international affairs. Through positions in student government, I hope to streamline the communication between students and professors, before I go on to influence Ohio environmental policies.