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Chief investment officer to leave Ohio State, interim replacement named

April 18, 2014
Ohio State’s Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Hook is set to leave the university, and an interim replacement has been named. Hook is set to become the first chief investment officer of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc. in Baltimore, effective May 15. Director of liquid strategies David Gilmore is set to assume the interim position. Senior vice president for optimization and integration and Wexner Medical Center chief transformation officer Geoff Chatas announced the move in an email sent Thursday. OSU spokesman Gary Lewis forwarded the email to The Lantern … Read moreFriday. Chatas wrote that the announcement came with “a mixture of emotions.” “Although we will miss Jonathan, we celebrate the

Gordon Gee’s employment with Ohio State set to end, save university $4M

April 18, 2014
Gordon Gee’s decision to accept the West Virginia University presidency could save Ohio State an estimated $4 million over five years when his employment with the university ends July 1. But his relationship with OSU won’t be over. Former OSU President Gee will be provided lifetime executive health insurance benefits at OSU’s expense after he is no longer employed anywhere else, will be permitted to use “any accrued, but unused vacation leave,” will continue to have a split dollar insurance policy and will retain his president emeritus title, according to a letter senior vice president, senior adviser to the president and general counsel Christopher Culley sent Gee, dated March 26… Read more

Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson added to Ohio State men’s basketball roster, to sit out 2014-15 season

April 18, 2014
Seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might be gone, along with junior LaQuinton Ross and sophomore Amedeo Della Valle, but Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is not wasting any time filling those vacancies. After announcing that former-Temple redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee would transfer to Ohio State last month, Matta has secured another inside presence in Trevor Thompson. Thompson, who spent his freshman season with Virginia Tech, can start playing for the Buckeyes beginning in 2015-16 after sitting out for a season per NCAA transfer rules. Thompson tweeted his excitement in joining the Buckeyes on April 13, a day after attending the 2014 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.… Read more

Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith ‘supportive’ of unlimited food for student-athletes

April 17, 2014
Division I college athletes are now able to keep their bellies as full as they want with food from their respective institutions, and Gene Smith is pleased to hear they won’t be going hungry. The NCAA Legislative Council approved criteria Tuesday allowing Division I student-athletes an unrestricted amount of meals and snacks in accordance with their respective scholarships, and OSU’s director of athletics and vice president approves. “We have always been supportive of this type of legislation,” Smith said in an email to The Lantern Thursday. “It is deregulation of student-athlete welfare benefits and permissive, meaning schools can choose to do as they please based on their needs and capabilities.”… Read more
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Ohio State D-Tix to implement online lottery system

April 18, 2014
“First come, first serve” will no longer be D-Tix’s philosophy. D-Tix is set to move to an online lottery for its special events and high-demand discounted tickets for Ohio State students. D-Tix is a service through the Ohio Union that offers reduced-priced tickets for events ranging from concerts to ziplining in and around the Columbus area. The lottery system will be implemented June 1 and will be used specifically for high-demand events. Tickets for other events, such as the Columbus Zoo and Gateway Film Center, can still be purchased in person at the D-Tix desk. “We got student input that there were a certain amount of students who simply couldn’t… Read more

Opinion: Selfies reach presidential level upon Biden’s presence on Instagram

April 17, 2014
Guys, I told you: selfies weren’t going anywhere. Joe Biden — THE Joe Biden, vice president of the United States of America — made an Instagram account Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, this launched the Internet into a frenzy. “Seriously, his first post is utter perfection,” “Time” pop culture reporter Samantha Grossman wrote Wednesday. The shot — which features Biden in the background reading over something that I probably don’t have the clearance level to touch, and, in the foreground, his iconic Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses — promised a future filled with pictures of one of Pennsylvania’s best exports and his stylish eyewear. And the future is now: In true Instagram fashion — seriously,… Read more

Letter to the editor: Jones Tower rappel remembered after 40 years

April 15, 2014
Letter to the editor:   The year was 1974, the location was the Ohio State University Columbus campus, and at the time, there were only three broadcast television stations in Columbus, the newest technology that could be found in students’ dorm rooms were cassette tape decks and the Walkman had not been invented yet. Students kept active on campus by playing softball, basketball, tennis, bowling, ice skating, playing Euchre, canoeing on the Olentangy River, and visiting the many drinking and dancing establishments up and down High Street. Without the technology of today’s world available to them, some students resorted to creative was to keep active. This is an example of… Read more

Letter to the editor: Zero tolerance policies in schools unfair

April 15, 2014
Letter to the editor:   On March 4, an article ran in the Columbus Dispatch about a fifth grader from Devonshire Elementary School who received a three-day suspension for making his fingers into the shape of a gun. This is a prime example of the negative impacts of zero tolerance disciplinary policies. In 1998, the state of Ohio required school districts to “adopt a policy of zero tolerance for violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior, including excessive truancy.” It’s easy to see the appeal of zero tolerance. The idea is that if the problems can be removed from the classroom, it will be easier for everyday school functions to take place.… Read more