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Ohio Northern to close on April 8 for the solar eclipse

Statement issued by Ohio Northern University / PHOTO A telescope at ONU observatory

Ohio Northern University will be closed and classes canceled on Monday, April 8, 2024 – the day of the total solar eclipse – to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, and to provide our campus community with the opportunity to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

Ohio Third District Court of Appeals judges to hear oral arguments at ONU Law

Cases involve murder-for-hire conspiracy and digital privacy rights 

Ohio’s Third District Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments for two cases at Ohio Northern University on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, in Claude W. Pettit College of Law’s Tilton Hall, Room 129. At the conclusion of arguments, which address one criminal and one civil case, the appellate judges will take questions from the audience.

The event will be free and open to the public. Business attire is required and observers must be seated by 9:40 a.m. Court will be in session at 10 a.m. Judge John R. Willamowski will serve as the presiding judge.

ONU course studies the history and influence of banned books

Classic, contested books such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Fahrenheit 451 are being analyzed this semester by Ohio Northern University honors students. The course is focusing on how and why such works have been challenged or banned in the U.S. and England, their literary value, and how they reflect and influence civics and politics.

“We will quickly discover that virtually every book that is considered a classic now was once (or still is) banned. (This is a paradox that we will have to negotiate together),” explains Douglas Dowland, Ph.D., associate professor of English, in the course syllabus. “We will also discover that books which address contemporary issues are as frequently challenged as classic texts, which will lead us to consider how literature continues to be a source of personal discovery with political ramifications.”


February 9 Star Party: "The Winter Milky Way"

ONU and surrounding communities are invited to the ONU Observatory
this on Friday, February 9 for a stargazing event called "The Winter Milky Way."

Organizers note, "The Milky Way is our home Galaxy. It appears as a swath of light that wraps around the sky.  In the summer, the Milky Way runs through constellations like Cygnus (the Swan), while in the winter, it runs through Gemini and Canis Major (the great dog) next to Orion. In February, this "Winter Milky Way" is crossing the meridian around 9:30 pm, making it a good time to explore its treasures with a telescope.  

"These include Hubble's Variable Nebula, the Seagull Nebula, and several star clusters. 

ONU prepares for enrollment cliff, is analyzing academic programs for viability

CORRECTION: The link for "Navigating the Enrollment Cliff in Higher Education by A. Shuette had been updated.

By Paula Pyzik Scott

In early December 2023, Ohio Northern University held a Town Hall meeting with students to talk about preparing to cut faculty and staff jobs because of a looming “enrollment cliff” that is anticipated by colleges and universities.

Income tax filing assistance offered by ONU's VITA program

Ohio Northern University’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is again offering free income tax preparation for community members who make about $70,000 or less annually.

In turn, this service enables ONU’s Dicke College of Business Administration students to receive practical training with tax preparation software and interpersonal communication, and to become IRS-certified to help prepare basic and intermediate tax returns. Students also gain experience in identifying and helping clients claim special credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly, which can significantly influence filing outcomes.

Services include offering general filing guidance, completing tax returns for individuals, and e-filing those returns with the IRS.