Dear Miami (of Ohio),

Athens BlockDrunken Undergrad,

I, along with every other future, current, and past Bobcat, would love to take the time to respond to your “Dear OU (of Ohio)” article.

Your attempt to write a witty blog post was cute. Substandard, but cute. As a senior at one of the nation’s most celebrated journalism schools — the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, to be exact — I should know. University on the decline? Think again.

Furthermore, I would like to send my deepest condolences to your sorority sisters. It must be a shame to waste daddy’s money on a fake friendship with such a negative person. And while we’re in the business of name-calling, let’s pause to address a few of the pathetic profanities you threw our way:

Unoriginal? Ohio University never once attempted to establish superiority over Miami University as an institution — we’ll leave the status-bashing to you fine folks. You’ve had much more practice. Nor have we ever claimed to be the creators of Green Beer Day. We just know how to recognize a good thing and we’d be stupid not to join the fun.

And it’s strange that you should call our street names “boring.” This upcoming Saturday is High Fest, which is named after “High Street.” Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I believe High Street is where the majority of Miami University’s nightlife is located, yes? How ironic.

Point is last Wednesday meant everything to us, the students who actually matter. Memories were made, friendships were created, couples were born. In true Bobcat fashion, we fested with the best. And rest assured that Miami University and the students of Oxford did not once register on our radar — we were too busy enjoying the amazing people in Athens, Ohio, and the unparalleled atmosphere present in the oldest and most historic university campus in Ohio.

We’ll forgive you this time for being too cowardly to include a byline or picture with your article. Not that I don’t understand your motives, however. I’m sure you’ll want all the free beer the friendly students of OU will offer the next time you visit our campus to experience a rager that is on par with the standards of Ohio University. See you there.

After all, trailer park parties are the best.

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31 comments

  1. Sammie

    Fellow Bobcat here. I think that this is a pretty well written entry. I’m just curious about what you meant when you wrote “point is last Wednesday meant everything to us, the students who actually matter?”

      • Ohio Uniworstity

        ““the students who actually matter” just means that we don’t care about the opinion of Miami students!”

        I really can’t tell if you are serious.

      • Katie

        “We don’t care about the opinion of Miami Students! So I wrote a whole blog post about it.”

  2. Mike J

    We can bicker back and forth all we want, but the once you strip away all the bullshit rivalry bias and stereotypes from either side, you are left with numbers and rankings from outside the university. Cold, hard, factual … numbers. Now follow me here, because as a journalism school, you may have a hard time understanding these numbers. Partying is fun, really fun. But you know what else is fun? Making money. Students at Miami University understand that the party continues after their, on-average, 4-5 years of school in Oxford. Huffington post ranks Miami as the #6 Party School that Pays. It is the #9 ranked party school with a post-grad salary potential of $85,500. That’s $85,500 worth of pure enjoyment. Now, you may say $85,500 is a bit flamboyant, and I would agree. So lets look at average starting salaries. According to StartClass.com, Ohio University’s median starting salary is $42,500 whereas Miami’s is $47,700. That’s 12% higher, on average than OU (please ask if you need clarification on that calculation). Assuming normal inflation adjusted salary increases, it would take OU graduates, on average, 4 years to make the average Miami graduate starting salary (that’s not taking into account only 44% of OU students graduate in 4 years according to CollegeSimply.com). Now, to your point of OU being one of the most prestigious journalism schools in the country, lets look at the Universities’ bread and butter majors. According to payscale.com, OU ranks #54 on Best Schools by Salary Potential for Journalism Majors at $39,200 with a mid-career of $69,800. Miami ranks #41 on Best Schools by Salary Potential for Business Majors (Farmer School of Business – ranked #8 in the Nation by Bloomberg) at $56,200 with a mid-career of $98,400. So to go back to our old example, an OU journalism major would have to work 13 YEARS before making what a Miami business major first year graduate makes (assuming the same graduation year and only inflation-adjusted raises). You tell me, where you would rather go to set up the rest of your life to party and travel?

    • Miami's butthole

      “We can bicker back and forth all we want…now excuse me while I bicker at you with some more with irrellevant statistics.”

    • CourtneyW

      You do realize you just compared a Journalism major to a Business major, correct? In which case they are working two different jobs and obviously will make different salaries starting out and throughout his or her lifetime. That being said, why don’t we compare an education major from Miami to a Law School or Medical school graduate from OU? Because you see, in that case, the tables have turned.

    • Donald Trump

      Mike J, money, money, money. It is very obvious that you are a sleeze. There is no point in comparing a business major to journalism. Woah, a journalist makes less than a business man or woman, what shocking statistics you provided us!! Your education is clearly far superior… Douche

    • Col

      I’m so proud of you and your ability to make a complete douche of yourself. Miami will never let us down in that sense. Nobody has created the negative social stigma that surrounds Miami University (of Ohio) besides the students themselves. You guys seriously need a reality check and I strongly suggest you take a step down off that pedestal you guys have decided to put yourselves upon. You are not better than everybody. Furthermore, your school is average and that’s a reality you guys need to face.

      Sincerely,

      A kid who attends the school with a median salary of $42,500 instead of $47,700.

    • BobcatLove

      You are the epitome of the Miami stereotype, which is sad because I know a lot of great Miami students. You may make more money than a journalism major as a business major (duh), but it’s lonely being at the top when you don’t treat others well.

      You know what else OHIO will always have over Miami? A family. Miami students will never understand the love past and present Bobcats have for one another. I know alumni that bend over backwards to make sure students and other alumni get their dream jobs.

      It sucks when your current students and alumni are too good to help out anyone other than themselves. I truly feel bad for you. You’ll never experience that connection.

      So keep your money. I’d rather be well-rounded from great experiences, great people and great travel.

      Best,
      A sympathetic and loving Bobcat

    • Ali

      HAHAHA this post from Mike J is exactly why we OU folks laugh at Miami. It’s all about the money with you, isn’t it? I could write a long, rambling comment to further make you look like an idiot, but I think your post and the point you were trying to prove does it enough for you. Continue on with your very, very sad moneycentric life. We Bobcats will continue changing the world for the better because some of us choose careers based on the value we can add to our community/world – not because of how much money we can make.

  3. Ohio Uniworstity

    What a garbage article. Thanks for bringing humor into my day. I recommend proof-reading your “paper” next time to avoid grammar mistakes. Classic OU

  4. Ohio Uniworstity

    “We can bicker back and forth all we want, but the once you strip away all the bullshit rivalry bias and stereotypes from either side, you are left with numbers and rankings from outside the university. Cold, hard, factual … numbers. Now follow me here, because as a journalism school, you may have a hard time understanding these numbers. Partying is fun, really fun. But you know what else is fun? Making money. Students at Miami University understand that the party continues after their, on-average, 4-5 years of school in Oxford. Huffington post ranks Miami as the #6 Party School that Pays. It is the #9 ranked party school with a post-grad salary potential of $85,500. That’s $85,500 worth of pure enjoyment. Now, you may say $85,500 is a bit flamboyant, and I would agree. So lets look at average starting salaries. According to StartClass.com, Ohio University’s median starting salary is $42,500 whereas Miami’s is $47,700. That’s 12% higher, on average than OU (please ask if you need clarification on that calculation). Assuming normal inflation adjusted salary increases, it would take OU graduates, on average, 4 years to make the average Miami graduate starting salary (that’s not taking into account only 44% of OU students graduate in 4 years according to CollegeSimply.com). Now, to your point of OU being one of the most prestigious journalism schools in the country, lets look at the Universities’ bread and butter majors. According to payscale.com, OU ranks #54 on Best Schools by Salary Potential for Journalism Majors at $39,200 with a mid-career of $69,800. Miami ranks #41 on Best Schools by Salary Potential for Business Majors (Farmer School of Business – ranked #8 in the Nation by Bloomberg) at $56,200 with a mid-career of $98,400. So to go back to our old example, an OU journalism major would have to work 13 YEARS before making what a Miami business major first year graduate makes (assuming the same graduation year and only inflation-adjusted raises). You tell me, where you would rather go to set up the rest of your life to party and travel?”

  5. Miami Student

    As a Miami student and journalism major, I find the response from both my school and Drunken Undergrads redundant in terms of what school is better blah blah blah. Each school both has their strengths and weaknesses and comparing them is just quite frankly annoying.
    Yes, I agree I go to school with some superficial butt-heads, but I’m sure OU has them as well. I commend OU for admiring a well-loved and practiced tradition here at Miami and making it their own! As far as the Miami Student that made that response, I personally feel it was petty and immature. Drunken Undergrad, I think what would have made your argument more compelling would have been to just neutralize this dispute instead of stirring up some other negative emotions. While I found some of your points valid, and like I said the fact the OU has a GBD doesn’t affect anyone negatively, I think some of the marks you made were on the same petty level that my fellow Miami Student made. As a journalist is it important to take a neutral and unbiased perspective when reporting, and that should be practiced here. Needless to say I think both schools should move on from this and celebrate the beautiful, warm, drinking weather.

  6. dirtyblonde25

    As a Miami student and journalism major, I find the response from both my school and Drunken Undergrads redundant in terms of what school is better blah blah blah. Each school both has their strengths and weaknesses and comparing them is just quite frankly annoying.
    Yes, I agree I go to school with some superficial butt-heads, but I’m sure OU has them as well. I commend OU for admiring a well-loved and practiced tradition here at Miami and making it their own! As far as the Miami Student that made that response, I personally feel it was petty and immature. Drunken Undergrad, I think what would have made your argument more compelling would have been to just neutralize this dispute instead of stirring up some other negative emotions. While I found some of your points valid, and like I said the fact the OU has a GBD doesn’t affect anyone negatively, I think some of the marks you made were on the same petty level that my fellow Miami Student made. As a journalist is it important to take a neutral and unbiased perspective when reporting, and that should be practiced here. Needless to say I think both schools should move on from this and celebrate the beautiful, warm, drinking weather.

  7. tylerbaier

    Miami (ohio) is much like a rundown beach… “It’s cool to visit and once you leave, you just feel bad that it’s so miserable”. On the other hand, OU (Ohio university) is much like a chipotle you can make the most of it or the least. Moreover, no matter what you make of it you never regret anything.

  8. ProudBobcat2012

    For everyone who left a comment about Miami Grads making more money, that is truly comical. I graduated in 2012 from Ohio University and already make SIGNIFICANTLY more than the “statistics” provided by “Mike J” and “OhioUniworstity”, along with several of my friends who graduated at the same time and work for great companies and organizations around the world. It’s not about the degree (or even the money) from your precious Miami degree that gets you anywhere, it’s about your personal drive, intelligence and ability to connect with others. I’ll take the “party” reputation any day and go live an amazing life while Miami (of Ohio) continues to live up to theirs of pretentiousness and arrogance. :)

  9. Dom

    “Memories were made, friendships were created, couples were born.”

    See, this is why we are frustrated by the students (hippies) at OU. Friendships were created? Memories were made?

    On green beer day I tapped a keg at midnight, drank til 8 am, napped til 1, drank again til midnight. I helped a 350 lb man do a keg stand. I caught my friend on fire. I stumbled into a neighbors party and we did body shots off of two nude dime-pieces before doing flying keg stands until Richie faceplanted into the keg. I don’t think I’ve seen so many acts of female public urination. Broads just showin beav all over the place.

    Green Beer Day isn’t one of your damned hippie fests that’s about love and school unity. It’s debauchery, hedonism. It’s anarchy. It’s a force that lives in every one of us.

    Put green dye in beer all that you want, but don’t you dare reduce one of the mightiest drinking traditions to this 3rd-wave feminist nonsense.

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