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Culture of big bonuses permeates Ohio State administration

April 15, 2014
At a university as large as Ohio State — with 43,630 employees — one might expect equally large paychecks to go to the institution’s top officials. After all, OSU has a total endowment of $3.149 billion and had an annual payroll for all employees of $2.237 billion in 2012-13. In 2012, then-President E. Gordon Gee said he didn’t apologize for large bonuses and paychecks to university employees. “I’m not sorry, I feel very strongly that everyone at this institution should be paid well and right and should be paid according to how well they perform,” Gee told The Lantern in April 2012. “We ought to take great pride in the… Read more

Open container law reform could affect Short North businesses, patrons

April 15, 2014
“To-go beers” could take on a whole new meaning in areas like Columbus’ Short North Arts District depending on the final status of current pending legislation, as Ohio Senate Bill 116 proposes loosening Ohio open container laws in municipal entertainment districts. Some business owners, however, said they have safety concerns about the proposed bill. The bill can only be applied to cities with a population of more than 50,000 and designated one-half mile by one-half mile entertainment districts that have at least four businesses with an A-2 or D permit. An A2 manufacturer permit allows for the manufacture of wine, while D permits are for restaurants and night clubs and… Read more

Inexperienced offensive line has big shoes to fill for Ohio State football

April 15, 2014
At any level, success running the football begins with the offensive line. Even the most talented running backs can only do so much if the big guys in front aren’t making space for them to operate. Those big guys on Ohio State’s offensive line did more than their fair share of space-making in 2013, paving the way for two 1,000-yard rushers in then-senior running back Carlos Hyde and then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller en route to helping the Buckeyes tally 4,321 yards on the ground in a 12-2 season. But that unit had four senior starters — Andrew Norwell, Jack Mewhort, Marcus Hall and Corey Linsley — who all returned from… Read more

Opinion: Stanley Cup Playoffs deserve more attention than Major League Baseball

April 15, 2014
Oh my gosh, the Cincinnati Reds have a losing record. Time to panic right? Wrong. According to my calculations, there are 2,225 games left in the MLB regular season, so trust me when I say there is no need to be alarmed. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy baseball just as much as the next person … in the summer. There is no reason to play baseball when the temperature still drops below what likely will be the Houston Astros inevitable win total for the 2014 season. However, the Stanley Cup playoffs start Wednesday and no other sporting event should even be allowed on television until the cup has been… Read more
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‘The Soup’s’ Joel McHale talks Abercrombie & Fitch emergency room, Ohio weather

April 15, 2014
What do Ohio’s weather, OSU’s basketball team and the Wexner Medical Center’s emergency room all have in common? Joel McHale has mocked them all. The Ohio Union Activities Board hosted the comedian and actor, best known for his roles acting in NBC’s “Community” and as host of E!’s “The Soup,” Monday evening at Mershon Auditorium. McHale doled out jokes throughout the evening in reference to OSU, celebrities, and his own family and life. He even joked about the Wexner Center’s emergency department, which was named after Central Ohio-headquartered clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch in September. “And they (Abercrombie & Fitch) are so powerful that there’s the Abercrombie & Fitch emergency… Read more

Cameron Mitchell creation Hudson 29 brings hip feel, fresh food to Columbus

April 15, 2014
A new Cameron Mitchell restaurant recently opened its doors in Columbus, bringing a young and hip feel to Lane Avenue. Hudson 29, located at 1600 W. Lane Ave., is the newest restaurant to join the Cameron Mitchell family of national restaurants. Hudson 29 officially opened March 29. Its chic atmosphere and welcoming staff make it a great place to eat, or grab drinks after work. I ventured there for dinner on a Thursday night with a close friend of mine. Upon our arrival, there was a 45-minute wait because of the after-work crowd. As we waited at the front of the restaurant, I took in the sophisticated and contemporary atmosphere.… 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