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Columbus power outage reaches some Ohio State buildings

August 20, 2014
Some Ohio State students might have been affected by an area power outage Wednesday. There were more than 6,300 AEP customers without power in Franklin County as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a power outage map on the AEP website, representing about 1.2 percent of its customers in the area. Paul Prater of AEP said the company is predicting the power will be back by about 9:30 p.m. because the area is relatively difficult to access. The outage was caused by a tree falling on some wires in the Clintonville area, according to a tweet from AEP’s account @AEPOhio. Clintonville Outage: Tree fell on wires. Crews working, estimate power… Read more

Ohio State Marching Band members show optimism in wake of band scandal

August 20, 2014
Nearly a month after former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters was fired amid a wave of controversy, some band members and one interim director have said they expect the band to persevere with or without Waters. “There are going to be challenges, (Waters) was a friend, but we have a great staff to support us, and we have a duty to be the best damn band in the land, and we’re still going to have great shows,” said David Pettit, a fifth-year piano performance major and the marching band’s drum major. Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month OSU investigation into a complaint from a band member’s… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball announces Big Ten slate

August 21, 2014
Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta announced the Buckeyes’ 2014-15 Big Ten Schedule in a Thursday evening press release. A new-look OSU roster — now without Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr., LaQuinton Ross and Amedeo Della Valle — will open its conference schedule against the Iowa Hawkeyes Dec. 30 at the Schottenstein Center. “The roster this year is one I’m anxious to see blend together over the course of the season,” Matta said in the release. “We have leadership and experience in a senior class that has continued to improve over the years and a freshman class that has proven itself at the high school level. “I believe our… Read more

Ohio State confident in J.T. Barrett after losing Braxton Miller to injury

August 20, 2014
When a team loses its best player, not many expect the days following to be very positive. Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said that was not the case following the news that senior quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entirety of the 2014 season after re-injuring his shoulder Monday. “It would be hard to say it wasn’t — maybe the best practice we’ve had since our staff has come to Ohio State,” Meyer said Wednesday. “High energy, especially for practice 20. Really impressed.” On Saturday, Meyer announced redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett had earned a slight edge on redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones for the backup quarterback position. With Miller out for the… Read more
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Concert review: Joy found in Boston’s Columbus performance

August 21, 2014
Concertgoers did not run through the opened gates for Wednesday’s Boston concert at the LC Pavilion. Instead, they walked ­— nonchalantly — as if remembering a similar concert from another time. I was easily outnumbered by baby boomers who proudly wore vintage Boston T-shirts and chain necklaces or nearly-worn-through tie-dye. But this isn’t the ’70s anymore, when the rock ‘n’ roll band started. Once-young faces were aged next to mother-daughter, father-son pairs. Guitarist Scotty Bratcher opened the show with a 45-minute set that boasted guitar solos and long intros. I drowned in the long instrumentals and blues-inspired chord progressions. The humid air that had crawled on my skin all day… Read more

Gallery: Passenger plays at Newport Music Hall

August 20, 2014
Passenger performs for a crowd at Newport Music Hall on Aug. 19. The artist’s most successful single, “Let Her Go,” peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard “Hot 100” chart early in the year.… Read more

Letter to the editor: President Michael Drake has introduced controversy, division with firing of Jonathan Waters

August 20, 2014
Letter to the editor: I write to you regarding the recent events surrounding the dismissal of The Ohio State University Marching Band director Jon Waters. As a lifelong Ohio resident, Ohio State alumnus, lifetime member of The Ohio State Alumni Association and proud Buckeye, I am offended, embarrassed and deeply disappointed by President Michael Drake’s handling of this entire matter. By firing Jon Waters, he has not only not fixed or even addressed the (yet to be publicly substantiated) problems of “sexualized culture” in the band, he has single-handedly introduced controversy and division where before there was none. In what can only have been intended as an attempt to avoid… Read more

Letter to the editor: Jonathan Waters deserved to be fired

August 18, 2014
Letter to the editor: I completely and wholeheartedly support both President Michael Drake for firing Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters and the OSU Board of Trustees for declining to meet with him to discuss reinstatement. This was surely a tough decision because Waters has devoted much of his life to OSU, but it was the correct decision if we truly believe in putting students first. Notwithstanding all the other elements – the nicknames, the “Midnight Ramp” tradition, the sexualized culture – all one has to do is listen to the audiotape of Waters intimidating and verbally abusing a student to realize the university needed to separate itself from… Read more