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President Michael Drake looks to connect with students; talks about music, rapper Drake

January 27, 2015
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Ohio State President Michael Drake said he’s been busy picking up the reins as the leader of Ohio State since he took over in July. “What I look forward to in 2015 is more time with students and faculty,” Drake said in a Monday interview with The Lantern. “I noticed that I missed the level of contact that I had been used to having with (them).” In addition to sharing his thoughts on issues facing higher education and OSU’s large student population, Drake also answered questions about topics like former OSU Marching Band director Jon Waters’ firing, the football team winning the National Championship and what he thinks about the… Read more

Programs for first-year students aim to keep Ohio State’s retention rate above average

January 27, 2015
More than 90 percent of students are deciding to stay at Ohio State after completing their first year of school, about 46 percent higher than the average national retention rate. OSU boasts a first- to second-year retention rate of 93.7 percent for students who started school in fall 2013, said Bernie Savarese, director of First Year Experience. Only 2 percent transfer after the first semester and an additional 4-5 percent leave the university after their second semester, Savarese added. The average national retention rate for four-year public institutions is 64.2 percent, according to the 2014 ACT Institutional Data Questionnaire. Some students choose to leave OSU after the first semester because… Read more

Opinion: Progression of Ohio State offensive line keyed Buckeyes to title; brings good omens for future

January 27, 2015
Three rookie offensive linemen out of Ohio State saw significant playing time as starters throughout the 2014 NFL season, including playoff runs. But as the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers benefited from the presence of Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort and Andrew Norwell, respectively, the 2014 Buckeyes were left wondering what was next at offensive line. That wonder turned into a panic as OSU — replacing four out of five regular starters up front — struggled mightily to block the opposition through two games. In week one against Navy, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was sacked only once, but sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott averaged just 3.7 yards per… Read more

Move from Germany to Ohio State helps Ralf Steinbach continue tennis career

January 27, 2015
Ohio State men’s tennis player Ralf Steinbach has been athletically gifted since he was 4 years old — at least that’s what his parents said. The current redshirt-sophomore from Halle, Germany, could swim, bike, ice skate, ski and even do cartwheels before he was old enough to go to school. When he was 12, Steinbach began expressing to his parents that he wanted to become a professional tennis player.    “His ambitions showed that this … was actually possible for him,” Steinbach’s father — Ralf Steinbach Sr. — said in an email. While Ralf Steinbach has found success as a collegiate tennis player, he’s not the lone high-level athlete in his… Read more
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Ohio State professor sees ‘selfie stick’ as an isolator

January 27, 2015
Maybe the selfie started feeling too selfish ­— since late 2014, there’s been a sales boom of the “selfie stick,” a handled pole that attaches to a cellphone so more people can fit into the frame of the selfie. And while it can bring more friends into the picture, it also a sign of millennial tendencies, said Jesse Fox, an assistant professor in the School of Communication. “It’s a thing that couples and families are using so that they can fit everyone and the full background in their photo without passing their phone off to a stranger,” Fox said. “But it’s definitely cutting down that social interaction of ‘Oh, will… Read more

Rise to top came with relationship and liver sacrifices for CD 102.5 owner

January 27, 2015
Randy Malloy, general manager, president and owner of WWCD 102.5 FM, clears away an assortment of papers and envelopes from an orange futon in his office and adds them to another assortment of papers and envelopes on his coffee table. Malloy describes his office as a “frat house that threw up.” With low-hung ceilings and enough stuff to furnish an entire apartment, it’s filled with stacks of CDs, bottles of wine, band posters and shelves upon shelves of miscellaneous knickknacks and concert memorabilia. Malloy sits down in his desk chair, secures his long brownish-gray hair behind his ears and begins reliving his rise to the top of Columbus’s Alternative Station.… Read more

Opinion: Learning to drive at age 19: ‘Driving is a huge responsibility’

January 25, 2015
I jokingly called it my green card. My Ohio state identification card was green at the top. At the bottom, in all capital letters, it stated “NON-DRIVER.” I got it so if I wanted to go to Big Bar, I could prove I’m over 18 years old without showing my passport. Thankfully, I’ve never actually made it to Big Bar. But now I’ve made it behind the wheel. I might be hyperventilating and crying some of the time, but I’ve made it. My new ID is my temporary license. It’s a long story about what got me here and why it took so long, but all that matters is that… Read more

Letter to the editor: Don’t hesitate to dial 911, police non-emergency numbers

January 22, 2015
Letter to the editor: Taking responsibility for one’s own safety, as well as the safety of the community, begins with having the proper knowledge. While it’s pretty obvious you should call 911 to report a crime in progress, it’s not so obvious to everyone which other crimes might require dialing that number. Suppose there is a suspicious person hanging around outside your apartment. You know something might not be right, but what if you’re wrong? Read The Lantern’s article from Oct. 16 titled “Masturbation, indecency incidents reported off campus” and you’ll see some real-life examples of hesitation to call the police. Note the advice given by Columbus Division of Police… Read more

D’Angelo Russell double-double leads Ohio State past No. 23 Indiana, 82-70

January 25, 2015
The script was the same, and for the second game in a row it was a happy ending for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. The Buckeyes started slow, trailing 9-2 in the opening minutes, but fought back at home to upset the visiting No. 23 Indiana Hoosiers, 82-70, on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. Senior guard Shannon Scott said the recent success by opposing teams in the early going against the Buckeyes has been frustrating. “For some reason everyone starts out hot on us,” Scott said after the game. “I think we did a great job of not getting frustrated about that. I think we did a great job… Read more

45K celebrate homecoming of national champions

January 24, 2015
About 45,000 fans cheered for the Ohio State football team at Ohio Stadium on Saturday in what was the Buckeyes’ second public celebration at OSU after winning the National Championship in Texas. The first welcome event, meant to be just for students, was held at the Ohio Union on Friday. The event at Ohio Stadium included an appearance from the OSU Marching Band, crowd cheers and speeches, including Mayor Michael Coleman announcing in a video message that a street sign will be placed at Lane Avenue and High Street, naming it “The Undisputed Way.” Andrew Ginther, president of the Columbus City Council, presented the sign to Coach Urban Meyer at… Read more

Chalk Talk: Men’s basketball wins, Gymnastics review, and Men’s Volleyball gets back-to-back wins

January 27, 2015
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After looking back at this weekend’s football celebrations, Andrew Todd-Smith and Aaron Yerian break down the latest Buckeye men’s basketball matchup against Indiana as well as previewing the upcoming game against the Maryland Terrapins. Aaron and Andrew continue on with providing highlights and coverage of the No. 6 men’s and No. 20 women’s gymnastics teams and catch up with the latest on the No. 13 men’s volleyball team, who recently won back-to-back games.… Read more

Buckeye News Update: Men’s hoops defeats Indiana, Bid Day 2015, and the football team comes home

January 26, 2015
This Buckeye News Update looks back at the men’s basketball team’s 82-70 victory over Indiana. Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell lead the charge for the Buckeyes with a double-double. Russell’s fellow freshmen teammate, forward Jae’Sean Tate, put up 20 points on the night as well. The Buckeyes will next face off against No. 13 Maryland on Thursday night at the Schottenstein center. We also look at 2015’s Bid Day, where 843 female undergraduates found out which of the 17 Ohio State sororities they would call home. “I can’t wait to join a sorority. I’m really excited to get involved in the greek community” said freshman engineering student Hannah Miller. Coach Meyer… Read more