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President and Mayor address unacceptable behavior

On Thursday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and City of Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl sent an email to the entire OHIO community regarding behavior at fests.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

In the wake of dangerous, illegal behaviors that took place in our community last weekend, newspapers and websites around the world "opened a window" to Ohio University and Athens. These images and the unacceptable behaviors they displayed are an embarrassment. We are better than this. People that live here for just a few years or for a lifetime have rejected these behaviors and their related distortion of what our community is about. The City of Athens and Ohio University join with your friends and neighbors in condemning this behavior, which created life-threatening risks and harmed our community as a whole and each of us as individuals.

 We must come together to unwaveringly create and foster a safe and positive atmosphere for our community. Only then can we demonstrate who we truly are.

A Town Hall Meeting is scheduled at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the West Portico of Memorial Auditorium, on the College Green at the intersection of Union and College Streets. All community members, including students, are encouraged to attend. We will be joined by other University and City leaders to discuss these serious issues and answer questions.

Paul Wiehl                         Roderick J. McDavis

Mayor                                President

City of Athens                    Ohio University