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Summer Activities – Pelotonia

It is hard to believe, this this school year is already coming to a close.  Last August seems like such a short time ago, and the months have gone by in the blink of an eye.  I am currently in the middle of mid-term exams for the second term of the spring semester, and will be halfway through my MBA journey in under a month.

This summer is showing no signs of being any less busy, between working during my internship, to participating in the GAP program, and taking advantage of other opportunities around Columbus.  One of the activities that has occurred in Columbus every summer for the better part of the last decade is the Pelotonia charity bike ride, which raises funds for the James Cancer Center here on campus.  A short description from the ride’s website:

The model of Pelotonia remains simple: Pelotonia’s operating expenses are covered by funding partners so that 100% of every dollar raised by Pelotonia riders, virtual riders and volunteers goes directly to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Pelotonia was initially funded with a five-year, $12.5 million commitment, with a goal to raise $39 million during this time period.

The ride has raised over $61 million dollars to help fund cancer research over the years, and is a great way to give back to the community.  This year, I will be riding as part of the Fisher College of Business team, along with several of my other classmates who are also going to be in the Columbus area over the summer.  So, along with my internship this summer, I will be balancing my training regime in order to prepare for the ride.  If you have any interest in learning more about myself and the other Fisher students who will be riding, you can follow this link:  Dan Reeder


My First Half Marathon!

Columbus in October is a pretty exciting time. Not only are the leaves changing color and the holidays near, it is a time where over 18,000 people gather together to run at least 13.1 miles before lunch. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon just completed its 12th annual run; however, for me, this would be my start.

So, you might ask, why in the world did I want to spend my morning running 13.1 miles around downtown Columbus and through different suburbs (click here for the course 

map)? Well, to be brief, essentially my mom. My mom, about three years ago, decided to pick up running as her new form of exercise and I thought she was crazy. She was not a runner in high school or college, but at the old age of 25 (she may or may not be lying about this) she decided it was time to change her exercise ways and find a new outlet. So, slowly, she would increase her walking to running as her goal was to complete a half marathon by the following year. Well, not only did she complete her first half marathon in less than a year, she then went on and signed herself up for another one, and another one, and another one after that.

My mom is what led me to pick up running myself, as it is a fantastic form of exercise and I know I can get a fantastic workout from it. I cannot tell you what great motivation my mom was in initially starting, as I could barely go over two miles without feeling like I was going to die. It takes time, but I now cannot fathom going even a couple days without this routine in my life. My mom then wondered why I wouldn’t sign myself up for a half marathon (as she completed about 6 already) and I told her there’s no way I could run that much.

Well, finally, after two years of running consistently, my mom forced me to run this half marathon with her and a couple of my siblings. Looking back, I cannot thank her enough as seeing that finish line was such an exhilarating experience for me. I am now signed up for another half in May and hopefully my family will run it with me. Oh, and the best part? I beat my brother (whose doesn’t train) by a couple minutes.

Could not have done this without my family!


“The Game” Week

Being a Buckeye means a lot, especially during rivalry week. Every year, Ohio State and That Team Up North compete in one of the most storied football rivalries in the country. Everyone in the states of Ohio and That State Up North feel the excitement and energy that comes with rivalry week. This is definitely true for graduate students in the business school.

As I have walked around campus this week, there have been some noticeable differences in comparison to other weeks during football season. Buckeye students and faculty seem to be wearing more scarlet and gray than ever before. A few brave students with affiliation or allegiance to That Team Up North seem to be more annoying than ever before as they wear the hideous maize and blue. It has even been fun to see a lot of the international students get involved in the sport and the rivalry.

Last night was the annual Mirror Lake jump that takes place on Ohio State’s campus (although the university claims it isn’t sanctioned or sponsored by OSU). Thousands of students, faculty, friends, alumni, and other Buckeye fans turned out to celebrate rivalry week by jumping in a freezing cold Mirror Lake. This annual jump takes place on the Tuesday night before the game and results in lifelong memories for the participants that dare enter the freezing waters of Mirror Lake.

Viewing parties are also a huge part of the rivalry week. When Ohio State is not hosting the game, thousand of viewing parties take place throughout Ohio. Fans invite family, friends, and basically anyone wearing scarlet and gray to watch the game and cheer the Buckeyes on to victory.

This year the game has some additional drama and ramifications as the Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 23 game win streak to Ann Arbor. Not only do they bring an impressive win streak, but they also will enter The Big House as the number three team in the country. The Buckeyes will need a win this weekend and a future loss from either Alabama or Florida State in order to make it to the National Championship. Fans in Ohio feel that Ohio State is deserving of entering the title game, but they will need some help from Alabama’s and FSU’s opponents. Therefore, this weekend I (along with hundreds of thousand of Buckeyes) will be cheering for Ohio State, Auburn, and Florida.

Regardless of who wins, rivalry week is always a fun time to be a Buckeye. However, we all know that it is much more fun when you win. O-H!!

 

 


Winter at OSU or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Snow

This is a special blog post. What follows is meant for those of you who will be coming from sunny places and know little to nothing of winter in Ohio.

Snow has finally reached Columbus, much to the joy or dismay of the students, faculty and staff.  The relative beauty of such an occurrence seems to be directly correlated to a few factors. The love one has of snow can, most often, be extrapolated based on the  amount of time one spends scraping ice off of their windshield. Another factor to consider in our little study is the number of winters such a student has spent in similar conditions. Experience can limit error and reduce stress but so can a few helpful hints from a seasoned veteran of the frozen onslaught of the fluffy white stuff.

From someone who grew up in Ohio and who has spent the past 4 years living in the snowiest county in Ohio (which is NOT near Columbus so don’t worry too much) here are a few tips to conquer winter in Ohio.

CAR

1) Own an ice scraper and PUT IT IN YOUR CAR. 

I would actually recommend that you have 2 scrapers. This way if you are not alone you can make your travel companion help you. Additional helpful gadgets are the keychain ice scraper and the extendable ice scraper (A must have for the SUV, Truck or Van driver). The only time you should use a credit card or drivers license to clean a window is under extreme duress.

2) De-Icer Liquid and PUT IT IN YOUR CAR

There is a spray you can buy which helps to de-ice your windshield and it is an AMAZING emergency tool. You can also purchase windshield wiper fluid which contains de-icer. Both are cheap and can become EXTREMELY helpful.

3) Start your car early AND TURN ON THE HEAT

Start your car before you need to leave and allow yourself some extra time to clean your car so you are not late for class. If you’re going to scrape off your car, start the engine, turn the defroster (the setting that looks like bacon in a little square) on full blast all the way to the warmest setting. This will help to a) warm up your car so when you get in it isn’t freezing and b) loosen the ice on your windshield.

GEAR

1) Boots and Socks - Invest in some rubber or winter boots and nice thick socks. Alpaca and wool are good options and there are many places which produce these locally!

2) Coat and Hoodie - For the coat I would suggest wool or something that makes you look like the Michelin Man. Whatever you choose make sure that the wind can’t get through. For the hoodie, go for an OSU hoodie, the OSU Bookstore has some GREAT cold weather selections.

3) Gloves, Scarf and the Fluffiest Hat You Can Find  - I’d stick to Scarlet or Grey! You’re going to want them when you sit through the OSU-Michigan game! 

HOUSE

1) Shovel - get a snow shovel, this may also be used to dig out your car or in a particularly frustrating moment, remove snow from your car.

2)Melting Salt - If you have a sidewalk, driveway or porch this is helpful and can get some of the ice off of your walkway.

The most important thing about this preparation is that each of these items or actions allows you to fully appreciate the beauty of winter in Ohio. The snow is beautiful, making a snowman in the oval is tons of fun and if you’re daring enough to jump into mirror lake before the OSU/Michigan game, you’re going to want a nice warm coat to put on once you’re done. Those who have never spent a winter in snowy weather say it’s like nothing they’ve ever seen. Seeing winter through they eyes of my classmates from warmer climates is like seeing snow for the first time all over again.  Winter is not impossible, it’s not even all that hard. Winter in Ohio just take a bit of forethought to make it successful. Snow can be beautiful and seeing it upon waking up can become a joy rather than a burden, as long as you let it!

 


What makes Columbus great

I lived in Columbus for 5 years from 2006-2011 and during that time I came to realize that Columbus is an AMAZING city with so many unique places to experience! It was especially apparent how much I loved Columbus when I moved down to Texas after I graduated from undergrad. Here are just a handful of the reasons why I love Columbus:

Donato’s 

I LOVE pizza and Donato’s is definitely my favorite pizza place. It was founded in Columbus in 1963 and now I think you can get it throughout Ohio. They specialize in crispy thin crust pizzas with topings going from edge to edge. I was happy to find out that the campus location started offering a lunch buffet during the week, it’s definitely a great deal if you want to try a variety of pizzas.

North Market

North Market is Columbus’ only remaining true public market. Conveniently located near downtown Columbus, more than 30 merchants vend a wide variety of fresh, local, authentic food. Offerings include organic produce, grass-fed beef, pork, lamb and goat, pastured poultry, sustainably raised seafood, locally roasted coffee, baked goods, cheeses, flowers and other artisan food items.  The Market also provides an international selection of freshly prepared foods, authentic ethnic specialties, distinctive gifts and personable service from its merchant owner operators. On Saturdays during the growing season Columbus’ oldest operating farmers market takes places on the outdoor market plaza. Sundays from May through October local artisans and crafters converge on that same plaza to sell their handmade wares at Artisan Sundays. It’s great to just browse around North Market on a Saturday and enjoy some delicious local foods.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni Britton Bauer started Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 with the first location at North Market. There are now 9 locations in Ohio and you can buy pints in grocery stores across the country. Jeni’s uses only the best ingredients to make some of the most unique flavors I have ever seen. Some of their signature flavors include: pistachio and honey, salty caramel, the buckeye state, and whiskey & pecans. Everyone needs to experience Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams!

Homage

Homage is mainly a t-shirt shop that has softest shirts and best designs around if you like sports, music, politics, or popular culture! I discovered Homage during the summer of 2011 right as I was getting ready to move to Texas. I saw a number of people walking around Columbus with script Ohio shirts and I just had to get one for myself; this is when my love affair with Homage began. I desperately missed Columbus and Ohio State when I moved down to Texas, so with each new shirt I bought I felt more connected with Ohio. I consider myself somewhat of a super-fan and I probably have 30+ items from Homage :-) Homage started as an online retailer, but now they have 2 stores in Columbus and they are gaining popularity with celebrities, athletes, and other people across the country. If you are looking for the perfect Ohio State shirt, I definitely recommend checking out Homage!

Columbus Zoo

The Columbus Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country and it’s awesome to be able to visit it whenever I want. The famous animal expert Jungle Jack Hanna is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo. They have some great events for the holidays such as Boo at the Zoo and Wildlights.

COSI

COSI is the Center of Science and Industry. COSI is an awesome place to visit if you are interested in science or innovation. They have tons of hands on activities and they make learning about science fun! The mission of COSI is to provide an exciting and informative atmosphere for those of all ages to discover more about our environment, our accomplishments, our heritage, and ourselves. They motivate a desire towards a better understanding of science, industry, health, and history through involvement in exhibits, demonstrations, and a variety of educational activities and experiences. COSI is for the enrichment of the individual and for a more rewarding life on our planet, Earth. The Ohio State University is one of the many partners that COSI has, these partnerships allow the general public to participate in cutting edge research and technology and learn about the latest in scientific advancements!

Olentangy Trail

The Olentangy Trail is my favorite place to go for a long bike ride on a Sunday afternoon. The trail offers a seamless 13.75 miles through various Columbus neighborhoods along the Olentangy River. People bike, roller blade, run, and walk along this scenic trail. I love to hit the trail when the weather is nice.

Columbus is a fabulous city and I’m excited to get to live here for another two years!


My First OSU Football Game

As things are heating up on the academic front with finals rapidly approaching, it was fantastic to momentarily escape the stress this Saturday night at the Ohio State Buckeyes football game.

Braxton Miller overpowering the Badgers Defense

 

Having earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, I am no stranger to Big 10 sporting events.  During my four years in Champaign-Urbana, I attended numerous Illini football and basketball games.  In January 2008, I traveled to Pasadena, California for the Rose Bowl game between The University of Illinois and The University of Southern California.  All of my experiences at Illini sporting events wrapped into one cannot compete with my first Buckeye football game.

 

The fans, the band, the stadium, everything surpassed my high expectations.  Not a single student in my row sat down from the opening kickoff until the fourth quarter.  It was truly fascinating to witness the passion in which Buckeye fans cheer on their squad.

 

Although the football team played great, the Ohio State Marching Band might have been one step better.  A flawless performance highlighted by the designed formation of a cowboy tipping his hat as members of the band scurried back and forth in perfect unison.

 

Coming into the Wisconsin game unbeaten in 16 straight, the highly touted Buckeyes rode the Horseshoe’s electric atmosphere to their 17th victory in a row.  Wisconsin was no slouch, but the Buckeyes looked the superior team throughout.

 

Before Saturday’s game, I strongly considered selling some of my tickets.  There is absolutely no chance of that happening now.  For now, I will have to patiently wait for my next chance to see the Buckeyes.  October 19th could not arrive soon enough!


Art Museum Adventure

Hi All,

As the middle of the first term of Autumn Semester draws near, recruiting, midterm studying, and loads of group work have been taking most of our time. Today a few of us MAcc students decided to take a mini-break from work and head downtown to visit the Columbus Museum of Art and we thought you might like to join us on our trip!

Our adventure started by heading to the Student Union to pick up some free tickets. As a student at Ohio State you will have the opportunity to receive several discount tickets (abbreviated d-tix) for local attractions, theater shows, concerts, sporting events and much more (Tip-be sure to go pick-up tickets early in the week as unfortunately the union was all out of discount tickets on Saturday). But the silver lining was that we were still able to use our student ID’s to purchase discounted tickets at the museum for only $8. Another perk is that the museum offers free parking! And if you happen to visit on a Sunday, don’t even worry about picking up a d-tix because Sundays are free admission days.

After purchasing tickets, our real journey began as we entered the museum and walked through several rooms full of masterpieces. In fact, even the inside of the building looked like a piece of art. As we browsed the collections, we had the opportunity to tune into our creative sides by participating in a few hands on activities.

Puzzle piecing a painting

Trying our hand at drawing. What better subject than the Ohio State signature ‘O.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After about an hour we were unexpectedly surprised by an event that for us girls, became one of the highlights of the trip: A wedding right in the middle of the museum! The five of us couldn’t help but sneak a peek at the bride after her bridesmaids walked down the aisle to none other than, “Beauty and the Beast,” the theme song from the classic Disney movie.

As our exploration came to a close we decided to stop for a group picture at the entrance of the museum before heading back to hit the books.

Hope you enjoyed taking this little trip with us! Until next time…

Wish us luck on our Monday midterm!


Columbus on a Budget

One of the coolest things offered by Ohio State to all students here (including MAcc) is its D-tix service. This service provides discounted tickets to different events. Some of these events include baseball (both MLB and Triple A), soccer, concerts, and even NFL tickets.  A great example of this is the USA vs. Mexico World Cup Qualifier. Tickets for the match, which I attempted to purchase, were a minimum of $50 but D-tix was selling the same ticket for $25. Unlike most tickets, these tickets were lottery based, not first come first serve. Sadly, for me, I was unsuccessful both in the originally lottery for US Soccer as well as the D-tix lottery.

One tip: be aware of the line for the bigger shows. They are long and you need to get there early!

USA vs Mexico D-tix Line. Photo Credit: Ritika Shah

In addition, to the tickets, D-tix also offered discounted tickets to many of the tourist sites around Columbus as well as $25 dollar gift cards for $10 to some of the best restaurants in Columbus. You are only able to purchase 2 per semester but these are just some of the small ways you can enjoy Columbus without killing your wallet!


Festival Time!

When I moved to Columbus three years ago I was surprised how much I liked it. Who knew this capital city in a “fly-over” state would have so many amazing restaurants, so much culture, and be filled with incredibly friendly and accomplished people. In fact, Columbus was recently rated as the smartest city in America. It was also ranked as one of the best cities to be young, broke, and single- something I find particularly appealing as a poor graduate student. For more on Columbus be sure to see this page.

 

One of the best things about Columbus is the plethora of festivals in the summer and fall months.  I just visited one of my favorites, the Columbus Greek Festival.  What’s not to love about delicious Greek food and ethnic dancing? There’s a lot more to do at this festival as well like visit the numerous gift shops and attend cultural events like cooking demos. In addition, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is stunning. I am looking forward to enjoying a few more festivals before it gets cold like the Columbus Oktoberfest and Circleville Pumpkin Show. So much more fun to be had! For more on Columbus festivals see this page.


Running Around Columbus

Fisher’s campus gives you little reason to leave, but venturing outside Ohio State University’s community reminds you that Columbus is a vibrant and growing city that offers plenty of attractions and activities to keep you busy. I have gotten to know the city of Columbus very well while training for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, which will be held in downtown Columbus on Sunday, October 20th.

My training runs have taken me down the Olentangy River Trail, a 13.75 mile bike path that follows the Olentangy River and runs right through Ohio State’s campus and into downtown Columbus. The marathon itself will run down Broad Street, which is lined with the Art Museum and Franklin Park Conservatory.

 

After passing the Governor’s Mansion – and The Ohio State President’s house! – runners will go through German Village and up High Street towards Ohio State’s campus and a quick tour through the Stadium at Mile 16.

 

The race continues through Grandview, with its picturesque boutiques and shops, then wraps up through Victorian Village’s mansion lined Neil Avenue and Goodale Park to end in front of the Blue Jackets’ stadium in Nationwide Arena. And the best part: all runners are supporting the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The marathon has been a great way to learn more about my city and help me feel connected to the broader Columbus community. I cannot wait to participate again next year. Until then, you can find me on the trail! Happy running!


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