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Crane falls onto off-campus house, damages property

July 31, 2014
    The Columbus Division of Fire is trying to figure out how a crane tipped and fell onto an off-campus house while putting shingles on the roof. Lt. Chad Bair with the Columbus Division of Fire was part of the first emergency crew on the scene at Chittenden Avenue Thursday afternoon. “When we pulled up on the scene, we saw the crane laying on its side between the buildings with a chimney hanging partially off the building,” Bair said. Bair said a resident was the one who made the 911 call around 3 p.m. The resident told dispatchers a crane had hit a Buckeye Real Estate rental property located… Read more

Ohio State Planetarium gets new director

July 31, 2014
Ohio State has a new director of its planetarium. Wayne Schlingman was announced to fill the role in a Wednesday release on an OSU website. He will replace Catherine Grier, who is leaving to pursue a postdoctoral research position at Penn State University, according to the release. OSU spokesman Gary Lewis did not immediately respond to a Thursday email requesting the annual salaries of Schlingman and Grier. Before coming to OSU, Schlingman worked at the Center for Astronomy Education at the University of Arizona where he researched the teaching and learning of general astronomy education. His areas of expertise are astronomy education and outreach and radio astronomy and star formation… Read more

Former Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle pleads no contest to reduced charge

August 1, 2014
Former Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle pleaded no contest to a reduced charge and had one felony charge dismissed Thursday in a Lorain County court, according to multiple reports. Sprinkle was originally charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine after an early morning fight July 5 outside a Lorain, Ohio, bar. The reduced charge is for failure to comply. According to the reports, Sprinkle received a 30-day suspended sentence in addition to a $500 fine and two years of probation. The felony charge for possession of cocaine was dropped. Sprinkle sent a tweet from his Twitter handle, @TSprinkle93, Thursday evening that read:… Read more

Education, Fashion, Playoffs and Ohio State: Other topics from Big Ten Media Days

July 30, 2014
While reporters crowded coach Urban Meyer and senior quarterback Braxton Miller during Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, there were plenty of opportunities to interview other personalities from the conference. Coaches and players from every team and representatives from the Big Ten and College Football Playoff Committee were available Tuesday and no topic was considered off limits. Michigan State senior Kurtis Drummond astonished the crowd and set Twitter ablaze with his fashion-forward style. The 6 foot 1, 200 pound safety was sporting a three-piece, black with white pinstripe suit and a silver paisley tie that was reminiscent of the Broadway musical “Guys & Dolls.” “When I found out that I… Read more
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Capital Cities, GRiZ, Captain Kidd set to play Ohio State Welcome Week Concert

July 31, 2014
Capital Cities, with special guests GRiZ and Captain Kidd, is scheduled to perform at Ohio State’s 2014 Welcome Week Concert Aug. 29. OUAB made the announcement at 6 p.m. Thursday. Capital Cities, a pop duo from Los Angeles, has been opening for Katy Perry on her current world tour. The group’s recognition grew greatly after their 2011 single “Safe and Sound” reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band signed to Capitol Records in 2012 and released an album, “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery,” in June 2013. The 2013 Welcome Week Concert was headlined by country group The Band Perry with supporting act Charlie Worsham.… Read more

Opinion: Stephen A. Smith, Questlove make headlines

July 31, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. “First Take” controversy Most people with half a brain keep their distance from ESPN2 each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but apparently a few people tune to see if any of the ludicrous things talking heads Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith say turn around and bite them. So of course someone was watching “First Take” Friday, when the conversation turned to domestic violence. Discussing Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s two game suspension from the NFL for beating his then-fiancée, now-wife, unconscious back in February, Smith gave… Read more

Letter to the editor: Former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters entitled to a public hearing

July 30, 2014
Letter to the editor: My name is Mark Greenburg and I am the president of Tresóna Multimedia. Tresóna is the largest issuer of custom arrangement licenses on behalf of music publishers in the world. By virtue of the fact that everything the Ohio State Marching Band performs is performed without woodwinds, our firm issues the custom arrangement licenses that the band needs to legally arrange the music that the band plays and performs. These licenses are not compulsory and can be withheld by the music publishing industry for any reason, without cause or explanation. It is in this capacity that I have come to know former band director Jon Waters… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State Marching Band supports its LGBT members

July 30, 2014
Letter to the editor: As a five-year member of the Ohio State Marching Band (2005-09), I have been deeply upset by the recent events. I am writing, not to only show support for Jon Waters, but to address the overall culture of the group. Jon has been one of the main driving forces of change and inclusion for the band. I feel so strongly about the marching band and Jon Waters that I feel the need to step out of my comfort zone to show my support. As most of my close friends know, the issues I wish to address are not something I bring up in conversation or when… Read more