Alumni Alumni in the News

July 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Charlotte Observer: Ohio University Friends for 42 Years

College of Arts & Sciences alum Cynthia Krebs ’75, a Sociology major, is among a group of 11 Ohio University alumni whose friendship started 42 years ago. They reunited recently to celebrate their 60th birthdays, and their story is recounted in the Charlotte Observer.

In 1971, 11 women moved onto the same floor in a dormitory at Ohio University, unknowingly about to become friends, teammates and each other’s biggest fans for the next 42 years.

The group first played together on an intramural broomball team – winning the campus championship, they’ll have you know – and spent countless hours at the Cat’s Den, a bar in Athens, Ohio.

There were no cellphones, computers or co-ed dorms, so the women spent plenty of time with each other.

“It was another era. Everybody just left their doors open,” said Virginia Popovich, ringleader of the group and a real estate agent for Keller Williams Realty who lives in south Charlotte.

The women had to lean on each other for support – something they continue 42 years later.

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