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September 23, 2015 : OUS Students Roar with Bobcat Pride for Spirit Week
spirit_sIronton, Ohio – “Battle for the Bell,” the long-standing rivalry between Ohio University and Marshall University (MU) is one Ohio University Southern (OUS) students take to heart. Just 19 miles between OUS and MU – and a mere river away for Proctorville Center students – this is no regular football game.




(L to R) Tanner Freiberger (alumnus), Alexandra McComas and Anna Payne (currentstudents) enjoy OUS tailgate Saturday, September 12 in Athens.


Last week, OUS students donned their Attack Cat shirts and showed their Bobcat sprit in several fun ways including corn hole competitions, “Get Your Green On” and a #OUSouthernSpirit social media fan challenge for a chance to win tickets to the game, which was held in Athens this year.
spiritwinpCorbin Purdum, student services specialist at the Proctorville Center, said that this year’s Spirit Week was a fun way for OUS students to share in school pride. “Typically, our students come in, take their classes and leave. This was a great way to get them to cheer on their team with their fellow classmates.”




Student Brett Curry, one of the #OUSouthernSpirit winners, poses with Rufus.

Kim Keffer, director of Enrollment and Student Services said, "Although our students are not residential, we try to provide them with a true university experience. Spirit Week is just one more way to engage our students and to strengthen their bond with Ohio University."
OUS students, staff, community leaders and donors traveled to Athens and continued to show their spirit at game as the campus hosted a tailgate event prior to kickoff.
OUS Dean Nicole Pennington said, “This is such a great tradition and we’re excited to be part of it.” She continued to explain, that the tailgate event was an opportunity to showcase Ohio University Athens for students and community members from the Tri-State.
All of that spirit powered Ohio to a 21-10 win over Marshall and clenched the Bell until next time.