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Aggravated robbery reported at off-campus Red Roof Inn

September 18, 2014
Two men forced a Red Roof Inn clerk to the ground and stole an undisclosed amount of money in an aggravated robbery near Ohio State’s campus Friday morning, a Columbus Division of Police press release states. The suspects have not been caught. The suspects implied they had a gun when they entered the Red Roof Inn, located at 441 Ackerman Rd., at 4:38 a.m. on Friday, the release states. They then forced the clerk to the floor, and one of the suspects took money from the register, according to the release. The suspects fled in an awaiting car, the release states. The first suspect is described as a black male,… Read more

OSU official: ‘We didn’t do a good job last year’ handling Mirror Lake jump

September 18, 2014
Even though Ohio State administrators and students might be finding common ground in regards to university intervention into the beloved Mirror Lake jump, one OSU official said the recurring problem of alcohol intoxication could shut down the event. “It’s alcohol that’s the problem,” said Jay Kasey, senior vice president for Administration and Planning. “We are here today because our new president said this is an important thing, alumni agree and we should have the jump. We’re trying to do the best we can, but if it completely gets out of hand, it will be shut down.” Kasey joined other OSU officials at a panel on Wednesday evening during the second… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball trip to Bahamas cost more than $200K

September 18, 2014
The Ohio State men’s basketball program spent $223,221 on hotel and airfare for a team trip to the Bahamas in August, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg told The Lantern. The team was in the Bahamas Aug. 5-10 to play two exhibition games against the Bahamas All-Stars and the Providence Storm. The Lantern originally requested this information on Aug. 11 before receiving the final numbers after a third records request Wednesday afternoon. The cost for the Atlantis hotel was $65,000, while the airfare totaled $158,221. While on the trip, the team also participated in extra activities that included snorkeling, a three-hour catamaran tour and a trip to a USA soccer game… Read more

Ohio State focuses on pass defense during week off

September 18, 2014
In its season-opening win against Toledo last week, the Cincinnati football team attempted 42 passes. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he was worried the Bearcats could throw it 75 times when they face the Buckeyes, but then backtracked and decided his concern lies with a different statistic. “No, I’m worried they’d catch it 75 times,” Meyer said Wednesday. “It’s ‘cause they’re really good.” Meyer said pass defense is his main focus during OSU’s week off after a 66-0 win against Kent State last Saturday. Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel — who has just one game under his belt for the Bearcats — threw for 418 yards and six touchdowns… Read more
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‘OITNB’ actress Laverne Cox: ‘Justice is what love looks like in public’

September 18, 2014
“And ain’t I a woman?” This question — a reference to a famous phrase by Sojourner Truth — was asked to a packed auditorium at Ohio State’s Fawcett Center Tuesday evening by Laverne Cox,  a transgender actress known for her role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black”and a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocate. The audience responded with cheers and applause. Cox is the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy, which was for her role as Sophie on “OITNB.” In May, she graced the cover of Time magazine and talked about the transgender movement for the weekly news magazine. Tuesday’s… Read more

Punk rock band Yuze Boys tries to keep it ‘TRILL’

September 18, 2014
In an attempt to shine light on local music, The Lantern’s “Columbus’ Own” is a weekly series that will profile a new Columbus band every week. You’re at some Halloween show, watching some familiar musicians cover historic punk music at Columbus’ Ace of Cups. People bang around in the pit as you remain outside the excitement. It just so happens that one group collaborates beyond the riffs, vocals and intensity of the past to the point where you ask yourself: Am I “TRILL” enough? It’s a made-up word that Columbus’ newly-formed outfit Yuze Boys lives by, and the band challenges its audience to do the same. “I feel like it’s… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State won’t move forward without Jonathan Waters

September 18, 2014
Letter to the editor: An open letter to President Michael Drake President Drake, I wrote you a letter back in July, after Jonathan Waters was wrongfully terminated from his position as director of marching and athletic bands. In response, I received a canned statement thanking me for my concern and effectively writing me off, like everyone else who wrote in to express their outrage over this situation. Despite the best efforts of major benefactors of Ohio State, concerned students, alumni and members of the media, you have continued to ignore anyone who disagrees with your firing of Mr. Waters. I can understand your reluctance to face people who might disagree… Read more

Letter to the editor: Marching band hurt by Ohio State’s mistakes

September 18, 2014
Letter to the editor: The administration at Ohio State wants to send the message that it will not tolerate sexual harassment. Good! Every fair-minded person finds this kind of behavior reprehensible: someone in a position of power mistreats another who is left powerless to defend against the attack and who is expected to be powerless to pursue recourse later. In fact, I find this behavior morally objectionable whether or not the aggressor’s motives or intentions are sexual in nature. How did the powerful at OSU decide to send their message? They made a big public splash by releasing a report of a ridiculously flawed “investigation” that painted thousands of former… Read more