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Performance review: Official’s leadership style could ‘cripple’ Ohio State

April 17, 2014
A university’s leaders should arguably be the most productive people on campus, but also the most scrutinized, as their decisions affect everyone. In 2013, one leader was certainly at least well-scrutinized — easily the harshest performance review of Ohio State’s senior leaders was of the top financial official, who was criticized for his handling of both people and multi-million dollar decisions. But he still earned a six-figure bonus. At OSU, senior leaders’ productivity has lately been focused toward navigating more than 63,000 students and 43,000 employees through a time of transition. Big transitions at the university can be tricky when it’s the leaders themselves switching up their roles. The words… Read more

Ohio State provost discusses potential fall break, future of May session

April 17, 2014
Nearly two years after switching from quarters to semesters, Ohio State’s administration is still ironing out kinks stemming from the transition of about 12,000 classes on a 10-week quarter system to 15-week semesters. The fate of May Session — a four-week term offering students up to three free credit hours that was created as a result of the quarter-to-semester conversion — is still being decided for future years, as are the implementation of a fall break during Autumn Semester and the possibility of having two commencements instead of three, Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz said in an interview with BuckeyeTV, an affiliate of The Lantern.   May Session… Read more

Ohio State football looking for confidence from young linebackers

April 17, 2014
It was the final night in Ohio Stadium for the Ohio State football team’s senior class. Players like Jack Mewhort, Bradley Roby, Carlos Hyde and Corey “Philly” Brown were set to step on the field as players for the last time in the ‘Shoe. One player who, at the time of the game, was thought to be coming back and continuing his Buckeye career was junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. But Nov. 23 against Indiana, Shazier had his most memorable — and final — performance at home. In the 42-14 win, Shazier tallied 20 tackles, the first time a Buckeye did it since A.J. Hawk in 2004. Less than two months… Read more

Ohio-raised tennis players putting stamp on Ohio State men’s tennis

April 17, 2014
The game of tennis ranges all across the globe. No one country stands above the rest. In fact, five different countries are represented in the top 12 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association men’s singles rankings. With the sport being prominent throughout the world, college rosters are littered with players from all over the globe. While the No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team is no different, with players on the roster from Croatia, Finland and Germany, what gives them a more “hometown” feel is how three of their starters grew up and played high school tennis in the greater Columbus area. Redshirt-senior Peter Kobelt, redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and redshirt-sophomore Chris… Read more
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Basement to big stage, Saintseneca to be Next@Wex

April 17, 2014
The transition folk-rock band Saintseneca made from playing Columbus basements years ago to large-scale settings now — like a set at Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival this summer — has not been a difficult one to cope with, said the band’s singer and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little. “It’s a fuzzy kind of transition. It’s more of a continuum,” Little said. “It’s less of two discrete worlds unto themselves. To me it all feels kind of connected.” Little mentioned that Saintseneca still plays basement shows on occasion, but its upcoming release show for its most recent album, “Dark Arc,” at the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Performance Space Saturday is a departure from… Read more

Columbus’ Dude Locker to host Worst Kept Secret Fest

April 17, 2014
From the sidewalk of East Hudson Street, the faint sounds of electric guitar ballads and the occasional hammering drum solo can be heard over the noisy hum of I-71. Here lies local music safe haven, the Dude Locker — a practice space and intimate concert venue primarily aimed toward musicians who are actively a part of the Columbus music scene. This “garage band style” venue is set to open its gates Friday at 6 p.m., for the masses to experience local independent artists and musicians uniting into what is known as Worst Kept Secret Fest. Worst Kept Secret Fest V, the fifth of a twice a year event, is set… 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