Reading Day Activities

The logo for Reading Day

Finals can be stressful and slightly overwhelming but one of the things I look forward to during finals (besides winter break) is Reading Day! Here at the Ohio Union, Reading Day is an entire day dedicated to providing free activities to students to relieve stress in the wake of exam preparation. Need a quiet place to study? How about a snack to refuel you for a little more studying? The Ohio Union can help you with all that and more during Reading Day! Check out some of the great activities planned below.

OUABreakfast: 8-10 a.m. in the East Ballroom

Start your day off right by enjoying a hot breakfast, coffee, and tea with OUAB. Food will be available while supplies last.

OUABreakfast will have food available to students in the Union.


Let’s Talk: 9-5 p.m. in the Milestones Room

Stop by for an informal one-on-one consultation with a Counseling and Consultation Services therapist. There is no appointment needed and no paperwork required. Come and gain new insight, solutions and resources for any problems you may be experiencing. Have a problem? Let’s Talk.

Reading Day Lunch Break: 12-1 p.m. in the East Ballroom

Take a lunch break and refuel. Food will be available while supplies last.

Pause for Paws: 1-4 p.m. in the Creative Arts Room

Need a little puppy love in your life, even if it’s just for a couple of hours? Come put a smile on your face with the very adorable and friendly therapy dogs.

A dog part of the "Pause for Paws" Reading Day event.


Evening Break with the Student Life Multicultural Center: 6-8 p.m. in the Great Hall Meeting Rooms 1&2

Join the Student Life Multicultural Center for tasty samosas, intricate henna designs and a beautiful Odissi performance.

Flicks for Free: 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the U.S Bank Conference Theater

OUAB will be showing Trainwreck starting at 6 p.m. with an encore showing at 8:30 p.m. The movie is FREE and OUAB will also be providing FREE popcorn and drinks. Please note that BuckID admits 2 people so grab a friend, some popcorn and kick back and relax.

This year the Ohio Union has extended their hours of operations during finals week! Starting December 10 until December 15, the Ohio Union will stay open until 1 a.m. to provide students a quiet place to study.

Open study spaces at the Ohio Union are listed below with their availability:

Sphinx Centennial Leadership Suite: 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Maudine Cow Room:  7 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Ohio Staters’ Founders Room:  7:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Rosa Ailabouni Room:  1 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Check out the link below to see a full list of all the free activities going on at the Ohio Union and around campus.

Happy Studying!

BuckeyeThon Fashion Show

Runway of BuckeyeThon Fashion ShowCouldn’t make it to New York or Paris for Fashion Week this year? No problem! Come join us on November 3rd at 7 p.m. for BuckeyeThon’s Fashion Show for the Kids.  “This year’s Fashion Show features styles from a number of local businesses, giving students and guests the experience of a night on the town in the Short North without having to leave campus,” says Courtney Thomson, director of Marketing and Communications for BuckeyeThon.

There will also be special guest performances by a few Ohio State student organizations between sets. Not only will you be supporting a great cause but you also won’t be leaving empty handed either. At the end of the show, BuckeyeThon will pass out grab bags with special products provided by Fashion Show for the Kids sponsors.

Kids pose in the BuckeyeThon Fashion Show

Tickets are on sale now for only $5 and available through purchase from BuckeyeThon members, models, team captains or on the Buckeyethon website.

“The incredible thing about the fashion show is it really gives kids a chance to feel like rock stars!” Courtney said. “These kids who have been through so much get to go up on stage and ‘strut their stuff’ while being cheered on by a thousand students at the greatest university in the country… who wouldn’t love that?”

Be sure to buy your tickets soon because you won’t want to miss out on cheering for these wonderful kids and supporting a great cause.

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I’m Turning 50 This Fall!

Greetings to my fellow Buckeyes, it’s your friend Brutus!

The students who write for the sOUrce have asked me to write a guest post because it’s almost my birthday! Let’s kick things off by taking a little trip down memory lane to when things all started for me…

A picture of the first Brutus mascot

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The year was 1965: the Beatles were playing on the radio, Ohio State students were doing “the twist” – arguably a much better dance move than the Cupid Shuffle or the whip/nae nae – and the United States had yet to land on the moon. That fall on campus, one buckeye nut was given a name and a place in history – me! The Ohio State University and I made my mascot debut at the football game against Minnesota. For the first month of my life I was paper mache, and then I was fiberglass until the early 80’s. In the late 90’s I hit the gym before the new millennium!

Another photo of the original Brutus mascot


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Fast forward to 2015 and I am still doing what I love, spreading school spirit at the best collegiate institution in the nation. Some may say I am biased, to which I just have to smile because you know I am a nut of few words!

A photo of modern-day Brutus

The authors of the sOUrce as well as the Ohio Union have invited me to celebrate my big 50 with all of you, my Buckeye squad. All I want for my birthday are some pictures with the best fans in the land, so we are having a Brutus Picture Contest. Here is how to participate:

  1. Take a selfie with one of the multiple Brutus statues around the Ohio Union
  2. Instagram it with the hashtag #Brutus50 and tag @ohiounion
  3. The Ohio Union Instagram will post the pictures on Instagram
  4. Like your favorite pictures! The picture with the most likes will win a special prize, so be sure to spread the word!

This contest starts today and the winner will be announced on Friday – 10/30 – so start taking and posting those selfies!

Thanks for celebrating my birthday!

Your friend,

Brutus Buckeye

An Utterly Unique Homecoming Queen

The homecoming queen election in the fall of 1926 was definitely one for the books. With only 10,000 students enrolled and 12,000 votes cast, the election had some irregularities. The winner of the election was Rosalind Morrison, who withdrew once these irregularities came to light. The runner-up was Maudine Ormsby, a candidate from the College of Agriculture. Maudine was actually a Holstein cow, but that did not keep her from being crowned and appearing in the Homecoming Parade, although she did have to miss the dance that was held in her honor.

Maudine the cow poses as Homecoming Queen

Today in the lower level of the Ohio Union, the Maudine Cow room honors Maudine’s memory and our rich land grant and agriculture history here at Ohio State. The Maudine Cow room is perfect for smaller size gatherings.  You can see all the details on this space here.

The Ohio Union is a great place to catch the annual Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 9. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium and will end at the Ohio Union. Along the parade route, there will be six grand stand areas with food and drinks at each. Following the parade, the Homecoming Pep Rally will be taking place in the Great Hall of the Ohio Union with appearances by the 2015 Homecoming Court and the football team. Be sure to follow the sOUrce for more Ohio Union updates and events.

Wellness Wednesday: Midterm Motivation

As we enter Week 6 of the semester, midterm season is upon us. Exams, papers and projects fill our to-do lists, so how do we make time get everything done? Here are a few tips and tricks from upperclassmen students on how to make it through midterm season.

  1. Schedule time to study

Take out your planners and block out time to study. By scheduling designated “study time,” you can hold yourself more accountable. This also allows you to put time aside that you won’t fill with other meetings, appointments etc.

  1. Prioritize

Make a list of all of your tasks and prioritize which ones need the most attention and require the most time. Sometimes, a project due a week from now may require more time than studying for your exam in two days. Prioritizing tasks also helps you balance commitments other than studying.

  1. Find a quiet study space (away from your bed)

Even though your dorm room or apartment may be the most convenient place to study, it comes with distractions (such as friends, TV and a nice, cozy bed). Try dedicating a few hours studying at Thompson Library or the Ohio Union. These spaces have plenty of quiet study nooks that will help you focus. My favorite is the Stanley D. Gottsegen Lounge on the third floor of the Ohio Union.

A picture of the Gottsegen Lounge located on the third floor of the Ohio Union.

The Stanley D. Gottsegen Lounge, located on the third floor of the Ohio Union, is a great place to study.

  1. Take breaks

While studying is important, you also need to take breaks to let yourself recharge. Representatives for Coffee-mate are in the Great Hall every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Stop by the Coffee-mate stand and refresh with a free coffee sample. You can try some of Coffee-mate’s new flavors and discover your new go-to coffee creamer.

A brand ambassador at the Coffee-mate stand in the Union


Fun fact: bring your own mug to the Union and they will fill it up for you! Also, if you have a student org that wants complimentary coffee and creamer at your meetings, let a brand ambassador know next time you see one on campus. The brand ambassador will consider your student organization for this complimentary service.

  1. Reward yourself

Studying for long periods of time can be exhausting, so make sure to reward yourself for your hard work! Rewards can come in all shapes or sizes: a smoothie, an episode of your favorite TV show, a quick workout or even a brief nap! Just make sure you set a time limit on your break so you can get back to studying.


Midterm season is difficult, especially with nice fall weather and football games. But with these tips, hopefully you’ll be able to tackle your midterms head-on. Good luck!

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