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Get out of the Library, Head to Jesse Owens North

As long as I can remember I have been an active individual, whether it is competitive sports, running, or lifting. This quality made it essential for me to find a gym that I could look forward to several times a week, upon my arrival in Columbus. Ohio State offers all you could ask for in terms of recreational facilities with the RPAC, ARC, Jesse Owens South and Jesse Owens North (and those are just the ones I know). With that said, it was still important for me to find a gym that felt “right.”

After spending several weeks working out in the RPAC and ARC, I was more than content. The facilities far exceeded my expectations. Specifically, the state-of-the-art RPAC has something for everybody—seriously, everybody. However, during my first trip to the Jesse Owens North (JON) I knew it would be the gym that “stuck.”

The JON certainly doesn’t offer the amenities of the RPAC but it has a great deal of character. It has an “old-school” gym with a loyal following. For example, the place really heats up in the summer and early fall because it has no AC, creating a sweltering environment for gym-goers. Also the group of regulars at the JON is a good size that allows you to become familiar with one another. It is not uncommon to run into fellow SMF and Fisher students getting in a quick workout between classes or group meetings; Conveniently, the JON is located a mere 100 yards from Gerlach Hall.

Although there have been several stretches of time in which school hindered my ability to go to the gym, I have been thrilled with the opportunities The Ohio State University has afforded in terms of remaining active. After all, you can’t spend the entire year in the library reading about the CAPM and Black-Scholes models.

Anticipating March Madness …

OSU student basketball season tickets sold out this year in 6 minutes. I was one of the 2400 students waiting at their computers at 6:00 PM when tickets went on sale last semester to buy them.

This year Ohio State has been in the top 25 throughout the year and has played many other top 25 opponents on its home court at which I have gotten the privilege to attend. One of my favorite games thus far this season was the Ohio State vs Michigan game. I arrived about 3 and ½ hours before the game to get in line and lucked out with getting lower bowl seats. The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan is like nothing I have seen before, the energy was incredible in the arena of 18,000 people. Ohio State went on to win the game 56-53. It was a thrilling game to watch as the teams battled back and forth at the end of the game.


Being from Louisville, I am a Cardinal basketball fan and with the Cards being ranked #1 in the country at the time I decided to road trip back home to catch a game. (Louisville is only ~3.5 hours away from Columbus.) A group of MAcc students and I went to Louisville for the weekend to watch the Syracuse vs Louisville basketball game since some MAcc students are Syracuse fans. One of the many fun things about the Fisher MAcc program is meeting people from all different backgrounds and finding common ground with them. Even though we were cheering for different teams, we had a great time at the game which went down to the last minute. (Syracuse winning unfortunately)

Road trip from Columbus to Louisville to see Louisville take on Syracuse


Things to do in Columbus (plus, a little buckeye)

This past weekend, I was able to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets game with my younger sister. While my wonderful Jackets lost 2-3, Erin and I had a blast AND we received free hats!

My younger sister is a freshman at Ohio State and currently applying to the nursing program. I am so happy that she chose to attend OSU – so I can see her a little more frequently AND keep an eye on her. Because truly, what are big sisters for?

My sister & I cheering on the Blue Jackets!

I’ve mentioned it in a few previous posts, but I love Columbus, Ohio. I moved here in 2007 when I started at OSU as an undergrad, and I now consider the 614 my home. I moved back to Cincinnati for a summer or two, and then Orlando, Florida when I was working at Walt Disney World. Still, from Southern  Ohio to Florida – there is something special about Columbus.

When entering the MBA program, you are surrounding yourself with resources, both inside and outside school. We have top companies in the Columbus Area (check out this article that appeared in Inc. in 2011), cool neighborhoods when you are ready for some fun and great sports teams (what can I say – I’m a sports girl).

Cool places to around school:

  • Arena District – see a show and have a drink – I’m in heaven!
  • Short North – edgy and express (see my post about Betty’s!)
  • German Village – shopping, bakeries, coffee and beautiful architecture
  • Grandview – Close to campus and great for place for graduate students to go when wanting to relax and enjoy a happy hour
Sports around Columbus:
Other cool things in my favorite city:
So, why are you still reading? go explore this fabulous city – see you around :)


Intramural Flag Football with Helmer’s Heroes


Team photo following our playoff victory

While working in the Graduate Programs Office earlier this semester, one of the student ambassadors came up with idea to start a co-ed flag football team made up of ambassadors from the various programs (MBA, MAcc, MLHR, and SMF).  As the idea caught on, Jennifer Jones and Tara Bailey signed us up and put together our team for the league.  Our team name was Helmer’s Heroes, named after the beloved dog of Rob Chabot, our boss in recruiting and admissions.

Helmer, the team mascot and namesake

Going into the first game, there was a lot of uncertainty as to how good we were as a flag football team.  While we were a predominantly inexperienced group when it came to flag football, we had a highly competitive group and even a few former college athletes, so we thought we had a good chance of being successful.

Our season got off to a great start as we assembled a solid team for the first game.  We won sixty-something (I don’t remember exactly) to zero, with the opposing team only gaining a few first-downs throughout the game.  We poured it on with an Urban Meyer offensive philosophy of scoring touchdown after touchdown without letting up.  We quickly learned the key to having a successful co-ed flag football team, which is to have girls that can carry your team.  Girls are crucial to the success of the team because you cannot make back-to-back passes from guy-to-guy.  Furthermore, touchdowns involving a girl were worth 9 points as opposed to 6.  We took advantage of these rules as we had several girls that could run, catch, and throw, allowing us to score several touchdowns worth more than the usual 6 points.

When the second game came around, we only won 16-15, largely due to the fact that we played the first half short-handed with only 7 players (each team plays with 8 – four guys and four girls).  With our busy schedules, it became apparent that the only way we could lose is if we beat ourselves – most likely due to a lack of attendance.  This became even more evident during our third game when we only had 6 players.  We struggled to cover the extra bodies on defense and, on offense, failed to get much going given our depleted roster.  As a result, we lost the game by 2 or 3 touchdowns.

Despite the loss, we made it to the playoffs with a record of 2-1.  We won our first playoff game with a score of 30-10 on a cold Thursday night.  We had a solid showing of 10 people, leading to a great team victory.  Our second playoff game was postponed due to weather and was rescheduled at an inopportune time – 5:30 on a Wednesday night, which conflicted with the evening classes of several of our team members.  Unfortunately, we did not have enough players to play and had to forfeit the game and the remainder of our season, leaving us to wonder what could have been if we had a full roster for all of our playoff games.

I had a lot of fun playing in the flag football league and was disappointed to see the season come to a close.   It was a great way to spend time with the other ambassadors outside of the class and work settings and I look forward to the upcoming intramural seasons next semester.

A glimpse at Helmer’s Heroes’ high-powered offense

Lots of Lasts for a Buckeye Fan

What a sentimental week for a senior…

As a combined BSBA/MAcc student, this is my fourth and final year at Ohio State.  This past week was what I would fondly refer to as an epic one – complete with the Mirror Lake jump, my first OSU men’s basketball game of the year, the Michigan game, and of course Thanksgiving and all the food and napping that may imply!

The epic “Beat Michigan” week started off with the Mirror Lake jump on Tuesday night.  Let’s put it this way:  tens of thousands of students jumping into a waist-deep, unclean pond in what was actually mild weather for late November.  Words really can’t describe the experience, but it’s a great way to feel some Buckeye pride and pump yourself up for the big game on Saturday.  I’ll leave the rest to the imagination…

The first of many basketball games this season!

After spending a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family, it was back to campus on Friday evening for the OSU men’s basketball game versus UKMC.  I’ll play the role of stereotypical accountant here and refer to the numbers by pointing out the final score of 91-45 does indicate that our boys scored more than twice as many points as those “Roos” from Missouri.  Some people to watch out for this season:

  • Aaron Craft – our star point guard…yeah, not much else needs to be said there
  • Deshaun Thomas – so glad he came back this year!  Look for him to become the 49th player in OSU history to hit 1,000 career points…he’s only 7 away!
  • Sam Thompson – one word:  aerodynamic
  • Lenzelle Smith Jr. – this kid knows when to light up a game.  He had some great moments in the playoffs last year, so I’m looking forward to more this year!
  • Evan Ravenel – yep, he can dunk
  • Amadeo Della Valle – our only freshman and the kid with the coolest name ever

After a nice win on Friday, I was ready for the THE GAME.  The Buckeyes’ big win over TSUN (“that school up north”) was the perfect last OSU football game as a student at Ohio State.  It was bittersweet singing “Carmen Ohio” in the stadium after our big win; I felt so proud of the team and so proud to be a Buckeye in that moment.

Big win for OSU against that team up north to complete a perfect season!

Before I start tearing up as a realize all of the “lasts” that I’ve experienced in the past few weeks, I should probably wrap this one up.  So, after a great weekend for sports, here’s to being a Buckeye!

Beat Michigan Week!

This past week marks the greatest week of Ohio State football season: Beat Michigan week! This week marks the final football game of the regular season against longstanding rival, University of Michigan. Before I came to Ohio State, I had always heard of the rivalry, but never fully acknowledged how important this game truly is to the University, alum, students, and anyone affiliated with the University. Events were held on campus each day of the week to mark this tradition. The schedule included events such as the Michigan Blood Battle, a fight to beat Michigan in the amount of blood pints donated to the Red Cross, Beat Michigan craft night at the Ohio Union, and the Beat Michigan pep-rally fully equipped with OSU cheerleaders, the OSU marching band, and excited fans! The history of this rivalry is long and extensive; there is even a great documentary produced by HBO. Here is a snippet of some OSU-Michigan trivia per the University archives:

  • Ohio State didn’t win until the 16th game in the series (1919).
  • From 1968 through 1980 (that’s a 13 year period) the Big Ten Rose Bowl rep, was either Ohio State or Michigan.
  • Jim Tressel was only the fourth coach in Ohio State football history to win his first game against Michigan and only the 2nd Ohio State coach to start 2-0 against the Wolverines. The other was Francis Schmidt, who started 4-0 from 1934 to 1937.
  • Schmidt also introduced the tradition of the “gold pants.” After accepting the coaching position, he was asked how he expected to cope with the OSU nemesis from Ann Arbor. His matter-of-fact answer developed into a cliché: “They put their pants on one leg at a time same as everybody else.” Schmidt’s comment led to the formation of the “Golden Pants Club,” which awarded miniature gold football pants to all players who had a hand in a victory over the Wolverines.
  • Biggest margin of victory in the series for the Buckeyes was in Schmidt’s second season, 38-0 in Ann Arbor.
  • Under Tressel, the Buckeyes posted a 8-1 record against arch-rival Michigan.
  • This year (2012) will mark the 109th game between the two Universities.

This time around, we won the football battle! The final score of this year’s rivalry game was 26-21 with OSU picking up the win!! It was such a great game and the fans rushed the field for celebration as soon as the clock hit 0:00!! It could not have been a more perfect ending to my last OSU football game as a student. Now, about those alumni tickets…

Storming the field with friends after the Buckeye win!

2012 Ohio State vs. Michigan Football Game

The OSU-Michigan football game is always one of the hottest games of the season, and the hype surrounding it starts well before the game. There are several traditions for “Beat Michigan week”, including a “blood battle” and a jump in a lake!

The dedication to the game runs deep… and there was a series of amusing commercials on ESPN a few years ago poking fun at the rivalry, like the one below.

Football fans love it here at OSU, especially during Michigan week. The energy is contagious, and it infects even those of us who aren’t the biggest football fans ;)

One thing that everyone can agree on, regardless of football fandom, is the brilliance of the OSU marching band (aka TBDBITL). This is a video of the incredible halftime performance from the Nebraska game, back in October.

The Buckeyes won the game (26-21) and beat Michigan, finishing an undefeated season this year!

Go Buckeyes!

Mirror Lake Jump 2012

The Ohio State vs. Michigan game is one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports.  In fact, “The Game,” as it is popularly known as, was ranked by ESPN in 2000 as the greatest American sports rivalry.  Thus, it goes without saying that there is a lot of tradition surrounding the Ohio State vs. Michigan game.  For instance, one tradition is that, during “Beat Michigan Week,” any signs on campus with the letter “M” are crossed out with red athletic tape.  Perhaps the most popular tradition of the week is the Mirror Lake Jump.

The Mirror Lake jump, typically held on the Thursday night of Michigan week, is a tradition in which thousands of Ohio State students show their Buckeye pride by leaping into the freezing-cold lake (which is actually more the size of a pond) from approximately 10pm to 2am.  During the past two football seasons, the Michigan game has been played on the Saturday following Thanksgiving break, which has forced the tradition to be moved to Tuesday night when students are still in campus.  This was the case again this year, as thousands of students made the trek to Mirror Lake fully clad (and some not so fully clad) in scarlet and gray.  Chants of “O-H-I-O” and other Buckeye cheers could be heard all throughout campus and became louder and more frequent as you approached the lake.

Although I had witnessed the Mirror Lake jump two years ago, this was my first time jumping.  Given this was my one year as an Ohio State student, I figured this was not only my one chance to jump, but also a rite of passage of becoming a true Buckeye.  As a Buckeye fan growing up in Columbus, I had heard about the Mirror Lake jump for years and my opportunity to take the plunge as a student was finally here.  The weather was perfect – it was a calm, mid-40 degree night (in previous years, there has been cold rain and even snow).  My roommates and I jogged down to Mirror Lake in a pack until we were about 40 yards away from the water.  At that point, we had to nudge our way forward through hundreds of bodies surrounding the water.  When we finally made it to the edge, we jumped into the freezing-cold water which went up to our waists.  The feeling of being in the water was similar to that of being in an ice bath – the numbing sensation made it difficult to feel any part of my legs.  As cold as it was, it was difficult to stay in for more than a few minutes at a time, but it was well worth it – because now, I am a true Buckeye.

Becoming a Buckeye – A Transformation

Two worlds collide – A great problem to have!

As was pointed out by a previous poster (Thanks Dan), football is king in Columbus; and by football, I mean The Ohio State Buckeyes. In my first season of exposure to the OSU football experience, I can assure anyone who questions this notion: It is true! This fact has presented me with an interesting situation (or predicament, if you will).

You see, I was born 200 miles east of Columbus in the town of Morgantown, West Virginia.  Not only is it my hometown though, it also happens to be the home of the West Virginia University Mountaineers. To add fuel to the fire, I also spent five wonderful years studying finance at WVU during my undergraduate education. As most would assume, I am a big Mountaineer fan.

Prior to enrolling in the Fisher College of Business, I had no preconceived ill feelings toward the Buckeyes. I had never gone out of my way to cheer for them either, though. In fact, I never went out of my way to cheer particularly hard for anyone but my beloved Mountaineers. So as I accepted my offer to attend the Ohio State University in early 2012, I realized a transformation was necessary. I was going to have to adopt a second team, and I was going to become a Buckeye. Some diehards may scoff at me, and say there is no way I can be a true fan after passing only one football season in Columbus (Is that you again, Dan?), but I am giving it a go.

I began by adding a few articles of red to my wardrobe, and upon arrival in Columbus invested in a “Block O” doormat. I even bought an Ohio State chair for my apartment (okay maybe that was a bit over the top).  Living on the 9th floor of River Watch Tower and having a perfect view of the new scoreboard at the Horseshoe (which played old OSU football games for three weeks straight) helped too. But there was still one BIG piece of the puzzle missing: my first game. So after doing some research on current players and the 2012-2013 team, I bought my first ticket OSU football ticket. The Buckeyes would be squaring off against the mighty Knights of Central Florida (maybe a slight exaggeration).

In hindsight, the game was an amazing experience; from the tailgates to the in-game experience. The Fisher MBAs always put together a tailgate at Fisher Commons that is open to Fisher graduate students (food and “beverages” for $5). The tailgate is also a short walk from The Horseshoe (stadium) that leads you through a sea of tailgates (perfect pre-game build-up for my first game).

After all of the hype and all of the build-up, The Ohio State Buckeyes did not disappoint. Watching from Block “O” (the south side student section), I was wowed by Braxton Miller & Co. as they stuck it to an overmatched UCF. There was an atmosphere worthy of the team it surrounded too. The student section stayed enthusiastic throughout the game (letting UCF know exactly how they felt about them) and the rest of the crowd managed to remain interactive, even as OSU pulled away from their lesser opponent. It was an experience I will not forget.

All in all, I am excited about having a second team. Call me BuckEer? A MountainBuck? Maybe not, but I do know red and blue look just fine together, and I can’t help but let  a new personal motto run through my head: The more football, the merrier!

Fall is in the Air

It seems like it was just summer and we were all arriving to Columbus, OH to begin our first year in 90 degree weather. How time flies when you’re having fun!

The excitement has definitely continued – fall is in the air, and everyone here in the Graduate Programs Office is gearing up for Fisher Season Premiere. We are excited to host over 70 prospective students at the event this weekend – between informational sessions, team building activities, tours and a chance to meet faculty, staff and students, we are excited to have everyone on campus to show what the Fisher full-time MBA program is all about. We have so much to be proud of, and I am excited to be on the ‘current student’ side to showcase our wonderful program, facilities and opportunities.

One recent event that I must showcase is an opportunity I was able to take advantage of on Wednesday evening. We had the wonderful fortune of hearing GE CEO Jeff Immelt and Warren Buffett speak at Mershon Auditorium. Hosted by Fisher, these two amazing leaders took part in the ‘Fireside Chat’ event to kick off the second National Middle Market Summit. It was so influential to hear these powerful leaders discuss the economy and their backgrounds – and even crack a few jokes! This is an experience I will never forget.

Along with the seasonal change, as you all know, comes football. It was such great fun to be at the game to see OSU’s big overtime win against Purdue last weekend (GO BUCKS!), but there is also football excitement going on over at an intramural field near campus. On Sunday afternoons, you can find the GPO Student MBA Ambassadors (from all programs) combining to form one of the best flag football teams in the league. Excitingly enough, we have made the playoffs! (…More to come on this after we hopefully pave our way to the championships!)

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