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Greek Life at Ohio State

Labor Day weekend is usually a pretty big deal in Columbus. For some, the holiday marks the unofficial end of summer, the day to pack away those white jeans and seersucker shorts until next year. For others, the long weekend is a chance to spend extra time with family and friends, usually around the grill (if the weather cooperates). And this year, of course, Labor Day weekend also marked the return of the Ohio State Football Buckeyes, who started off the season with a 40-20 win over Buffalo. But for me, the best thing about last weekend, and every Labor Day weekend in my recent memory, was the Greek Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the Short North.


Besides touring the beautiful cathedral, this four-day festival offers guests the opportunity to experience traditional Greek dancing and to hear Greek folk songs as performed by the Hellenic Singers. However, the highlight of the festival, by far, is the food. Whether you want gyros and souvlaki or homemade mousakka, you will find it at the festival- and it will be DELICIOUS! There is even an entire room dedicated to pastries.


This year, the Greek festival was especially memorable because I was able to enjoy it with some of my new SMF classmates, including one student who is actually from Athens and so was able to teach us all a lot about the Greek culture and language. While we were there, we even ran into two of our SMF faculty members and their families, which was great!

Of course, the Greek Festival is not the only festival we have in Columbus. In fact, from April to November, there seems to be at least one every weekend. Check out a list of all of the 2013 festivals here.

Καλή Όρεξη!

[Bon appetit!]

Summer in Gerlach Hall: The PreMAcc Seminar

As a current MAcc student at Fisher, who did not major in accounting as an undergraduate, I chose to complete some of my prerequisite courses through the Pre-MAcc Seminar. This program, which is administered by the Fisher College of Business Office of Executive Education, allows students to fulfill the Intermediate Accounting I & II prerequisite requirements the summer before beginning the MAcc program. This seminar lasts approximately 2.5 weeks and provides students, particularly those who hold Bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than accounting, with some of the additional foundational knowledge that they need to be sufficiently prepared for the MAcc program. This past summer, the Pre-MAcc Seminar went from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm for approximately 13 days.

During the program, our instructors, Marc Smith and Stephanie Lewis, would introduce new material through lectures and practice problems and would then give students the opportunity to try additional problems on their own in order to gauge their comprehension of the material. Given the small class size of about 18 students, the seminar lent itself to significant interaction between the students and instructors as well as small-group discussions. Not only was I able to better prepare myself for the Autumn semester in the MAcc Program by completing this seminar but I was also able to meet a variety of students from different educational backgrounds and many different countries. I feel that this seminar allowed me to transition more easily into the MAcc program since I didn’t major in accounting as an undergraduate.

Since I moved to Columbus about five weeks before the start of the Autumn term, I have had plenty of time to explore the city. It’s difficult to keep track of the many great restaurants and entertainment venues around Columbus, but a few that really stand out are Huntington Park (home of the Clippers), Due Amici and Rigsby’s Kitchen. Be sure to check back here for more on the MAcc program and life in Columbus!

Stephanie Lewis
Senior Lecturer, Accounting & MIS


Marc Smith
Senior Lecturer, Accounting & MIS

Exploring Sites near Campus!

The Labor Day long weekend has just started! So some of you may be wondering, ‘Hmmm-so when I have some free time and I’m not attending class, studying, or engaging in all the great Ohio State campus extra-curricular activities, what else could I be doing in Columbus?’ Well there is definitely no shortage of fun to be had in this great capital. In fact, just a few minutes drive from Fisher is an intriguing little strip on Columbus’s main High Street known as, ‘The Short North Arts District.’ From dining options to shopping experiences, this area offers something for everyone. Here are two sites I can’t wait to check out on my next trip to The Short North:

  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Jeni’s is a Columbus favorite as the dessert shop was founded right here in the city in 2002. The ice cream maker is known for creating one of a kind, handmade delights with unique flavors. My current favorite is the Bergamont Frozen Yogurt. With every bite I get a burst of tart citrus and a slight hint of Earl Gray tea. Every time I visit Jeni’s I am surprised with a new flavor combination that never disappoints!

    Photo-shoot from one of my last trips to Jeni’s!

  • Gallery Hops: As The Short North is known as the Arts District, every first Saturday of the month the area is full of visitors crowded on the strip to see new art exhibits and watch live street performances. I have yet to experience my first Gallery Hop, but have heard so many good things about this event that it is definitely on my to-do list this year! Some of the MAcc students have even been chatting about organizing a group to gallery hop together!
I’ll try to snap a few pictures from my next trip to share with all of you!


Moving to Columbus

Not from Columbus? Not from Central Ohio? Not from Ohio? No problem! Columbus is a city eager to please and with a generous learning curve to ride while acclimating yourself to a new environment.

I grew up in a rural area of Springfield Ohio about 45 minutes southwest of Columbus near a small artsy little town called Yellow Springs (definitely worth the day trip if you’re interested!).  I completed my undergraduate degree at Hiram College in rural northeast Ohio, about 45 minutes south east of Cleveland.  My knowledge of Columbus started with the fastest way to get through/around the city to get to Cleveland and ended with the general location of the Columbus Zoo with few auxiliary details in-between.

Fisher College of Business caught my eye the summer between my junior and senior year of my undergraduate degree. While visiting, not only did I fall head over heels for Fisher’s MAcc program and the opportunities it offered, I fell in love with the city of Columbus.  So this person who had always lived in the middle of nowhere decided to pack up her things after graduation and haul a carload of memories and very uncomfortable high heels to a 3 bedroom house in Grandview Heights, a community located about 2.5 miles from Fisher Campus.

I started looking for places to live 3 months before finding my roommates and our house in Grandview Heights. I live with two OSU Veterinary School students who are both in their final year and will graduate along with me in the spring of 2014. Finding roommates for me was unconventional. I lucked out and they found me. I did plenty of searching before that opportunity came around though!

Trying to find an apartment for the first time is hard enough now add on top of that the fact that most students are not from Columbus, many are not from Ohio and some are even from different countries. The staff at the Fisher Graduate Programs Office was extremely helpful.

Using their own experience with the city they helped me to familiarize myself with the area before I started my search. I found Columbus to be a city that was easy to get to know. The apartment owners I spoke with were kind, accommodating and patient. Rent was pretty standard across the board and each landlord was relatively transparent and even went so far as to give me an idea of what bills would be. As someone who was terribly naïve concerning “living on your own in the real world” it was wonderful to have so many resources and kind people available to me.

Columbus is a city begging to be explored. I have only been here since
May and already I have been to a Clipper’s game, found the best taco truck in town, explored OSU’s campus, wandered the German Village and eaten a giant cream puff from Schmidt’s. I have even found a hole-in-the-wall restaurant to get some amazing and cheap Thai food and a little Chinese grocery that carries all the things I miss from my time abroad. I have my own secret places in Columbus now! You’ll have to keep reading the blogs to discover them along with me.

I am so glad that I chose Fisher and Columbus to become my new home. If given the choice I would pick Columbus all over again and I would definitely recommend it to any considering the move.

Figlio Wood Fired Pizza–you won’t regret it!

Ready to eat!

Any time you move to a new city it is important to carve out some go-to restaurants. Well during my last semester here at Fisher in the SMF program, I discovered a new personal favorite—Figlio Wood Fired Pizza. This place is good enough that it earned a spot on the blog.

While the name makes it sound like a pizza joint, it is far more than that. In fact, I still haven’t even tried the pizza. What keeps drawing me back is the phenomenal pasta selection. Here is the menu (caution! It will make you hungry).

Another perk of this place is the price of entrees relative to the atmosphere. You will be hard pressed to find any selections of $15+ dollars, which is great for poor students. Better yet, the quaint but hip feel makes for a perfect location to impress a date or just hang with friends.

While I have only been to the Grandview location, I am sure the sister restaurants offer the same level of service. You can find a Figlios near you here. Buon appetito!


Nida’s Thai on High


A wonderful restaurant that I recently tried in Columbus was Nida’s Thai on High. It had been recommended to me from some fellow MAcc students that they had great Thai food, which I have been looking for a good place to try.

Nida’s is a great location in the Short North and has reasonable prices. They are even open for lunch as well. Nida’s is a cute comfortable environment and a great place to go with friends to eat. I recommend to make reservations or call ahead if you plan to go on a weekend night. My friend and I made that mistake by not but that just gave us an opportunity to walk around the Short North for an hour or so until we could be seated for dinner. We decided to get an appetizer to share in which neither of us have tried, we got Todd Mun Goong, which is deep friend ground shrimp. I ordered my favorite Thai dish the Chicken Pad Sew Ew – it was delicious. It was very flavorful and not too spicy (you have the option of making it as spicy as you want). I would recommend trying Nida’s Thai on High if you have not gotten the opportunity to yet. I will be going back!



If you’re an Ohio State student, this is your source for discounted tickets

As an OSU/MHRM student, we have the ability to get tickets through d-tix, Ohio State’s discount ticket program. d-tix offers tickets to area shows, museums, concerts, sporting events, and more at an exclusive rate: Hocking Hills Zipline Tours, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Columbus Museum of Art, and COSI, just to name a few. Also, they have $25 restaurant giftcards available for only $10. I think it’s OSU’s best kept secret!

With finals coming up, we all needed a break from the daily grind of work and school. We decided to go to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park. We bought our tickets from d-tix (only $5 for an hour session). It is only about 20 minutes from campus in Lewis Center. Sky Zone has you sign a waiver and wear their special trampoline safe tennis shoes to keep you, and the equipment, safe.  Sky Zone Columbus offers open jump, a Foam Zone, SkyRobics fitness classes and 3-D Dodgeball. In the future, we will know that half an hour is probably long enough for us to do everything we want to do. We were exhausted when we left!

d-tix makes some really cool opportunities affordable for students.  Last semester, we waited for 2 hours for Brad Paisley discounted tickets. We were seated just to the left of the stage and had a perfect view of Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery. Make sure to check out d-tix webpageto find out about upcoming events!

Amanda, me and Ashley at the Brad Paisley concert


You need to check out Columbus Restaurant Week

A new experience I recently had was being able to go out to eat in Columbus for Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week is a week in Columbus in which you are given the opportunity to enjoy the best restaurants Columbus has to offer at an irresistible price. They are three-course meals that have prices ranging from $15-35. There are a ton of restaurants to choose from at $15, $20, $25, $30, and $35.  Click here for a complete list of restaurants to choose from.

A group of MAcc students and I decided this was  a great chance to try a place in Columbus in which we typically would not go to to eat. We choose to go to a great Italian place called Rigsby’s Kitchen. Rigsby’s is located on N. High Street in the Short North. Rigsby’s is a 26 year old Columbus dining institution, serving artisan comfort food inspired by local farmers and Italian regional modern cuisine. My Gnocchi Bolognese entree was absolutely delicious! We were able to enjoy a wonderful restaurant and they even had a piano player there for some live music during our dinner. I can’t wait to be able to try somewhere new next year!!

Winter blues? Head to the Short North for a taste of Columbus.

I know it has been quite awhile since I have last posted. This winter has been jam packed with five courses, VITA volunteering (see my last post), balancing MAcc group work, you name it! Even amidst the frigid weather of Columbus, I try to sneak away to the Short North for some great restaurants, art galleries, and window shopping when I get the chance. This district of Columbus, located on the outskirts of Ohio State’s south campus gateway area, is known as the “arts district,”full of quirky shops and any type of cuisine you could imagine. Rain, shine, or snow, the Short North is always a great place to venture with friends, family, or even on your own during a study break.

This past weekend, I had the luxury of heading to the new Cameron Mitchell restaurant, The Pearl. The Peal is designed to carry innovative twists on comfort foods, oyster specialties, unique cocktails, and craft beers. While visiting The Pearl, I tried the beet salad, and grilled cheese filled with brie, pear jam, and pesto. While both dishes sound so simple, they were absolutely delicious. I also tasted a Brooklyn Sorachi beer that was excellent. Beginning in March, The Pearl will start serving brunch, which I am sure will be great given the quality of the food I tried this weekend. Below are some images from my night out, including my meal. Stay tuned for more Short North adventures!


Delicious grilled cheese


Beet Salad

Broadway Comes to Columbus!

I’m a huge Broadway fan, so I’m always excited to hear about a new show coming into Columbus!  These shows usually come to one of my two favorite theaters downtown – the Ohio Theatre and the Palace Theatre.  If you’re a Broadway aficionado – or if you’ve never seen a show before in your life – you should definitely check out the line-up at these theaters.  I’m sure you’ll find something of interest!

This week I went to see Million Dollar Quartet.  This musical is set on one night – December 4, 1956 – when four music legends were all together for a recording session.  These musicians were Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.  This would be the only time these artists, who all debuted with Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, were all together.  The show featured memorable songs such as “Hound Dog,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Walk the Line.”  The actors did a fantastic job and took the audience members back to the ’50′s for this session.

Broadway actors portray Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash
(photo courtesy of

My favorite of the artists portrayed in this musical is Johnny Cash.  My freshman year at Ohio State, I had the privilege of taking a seminar course solely focused on Johnny Cash and his songwriting.  Each class session, we would listen to a couple of his songs and discuss what we thought the lyrics meant to Johnny and what they meant to us.  Some of my favorites of Johnny’s were actually covers – not his original lyrics – and many were spirituals.  In the Sweet By and By and Hurt were two in particular that I enjoyed, although I also love his most famous original songs like Folsom Prison Blues, Walk the Line, and Ring of Fire.

The real Million Dollar Quartet: Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash
(photo courtesy of

I would highly recommend this show – or any off-Broadway shows – that stop by in Columbus for a week or two.  Ohio State’s theater department also puts on shows throughout the year, so you might check out their line-up for the spring.  Even if Broadway isn’t your thing, it’s definitely important to get away from campus for a few hours a week and do something that takes your mind off of classwork.  You have plenty of time to spend in class and working on projects, so be sure to take a break and explore Columbus!

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