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Ohio State trustees give brief forum for band complaints after protests overshadow meeting

August 29, 2014
When the Ohio State Board of Trustees met Friday morning, its purpose was to hear committee reports and approve decisions on its agenda. The proceedings, however, were largely overshadowed by people protesting the firing of marching band director Jonathan Waters. In the hour before the meeting, band alumni and others met outside the Longaberger Alumni House. Many came with their instruments and sheet music, playing songs as a plane flew over bearing a “We Stand With Jon” banner. Board meetings rarely become a media frenzy, but local television and radio news outlets came out to film the proceedings and document the actions of protesters. The protesters’ presence did not go… Read more

Ohio State prepares to open Global Gateway in Brazil

August 28, 2014
Buckeye Nation is starting to look more like Buckeye International, as scarlet and gray influence is set to spread south of the equator. Ohio State is set to launch its next Global Gateway office in São Paulo, Brazil on Sept. 13. It’s slated to cost the university $375,000 over the next two years, with funding coming from the OSU Office of Academic Affairs, said Christopher Carey, director of Global Gateways. The Global Gateway program aims to give OSU a presence in selected countries by providing students, alumni and faculty opportunities for networking, studying abroad and conducting research, according to its website. There are currently offices in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai,… Read more

Redshirt-freshmen lead Ohio State to 34-17 win against Navy

August 30, 2014
BALTIMORE –– In the first game since senior quarterback Braxton Miller was ruled out for the season, two redshirt-freshmen boosted the Ohio State football team to a 34-17 win against Navy. After a low-scoring first half that saw the Midshipmen take a 7-6 lead, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee and redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett each accounted for second-half touchdowns in the team’s season opener Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Lee picked up a fumble and took it 61 yards to the end zone before Navy junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds scored to end a four-play, 84-yard drive. OSU coach Urban Meyer said he believed Lee’s touchdown was a key to the Buckeyes… Read more

Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett composed, successful in Buckeye debut

August 30, 2014
BALTIMORE –– When a college freshman prepares for his or her first exam, it can sometimes be intimidating. Ohio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett received a passing grade from coach Urban Meyer Saturday, as the Buckeyes defeated the Navy Midshipmen 34-17 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. “J.T. I thought did okay…grade him a ‘B,’” Meyer said after the game. “We will evaluate the film. Every new player is going to have a certain amount of mistakes.” Barrett, who finished the game 12 of 15 for 226 yards with two scores and an interception, said he was disappointed in himself following a first half interception in the red zone, but… Read more
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Review: Ohio State students welcomed back to campus ‘Safe and Sound’

August 30, 2014
The “welcome” was loud and clear. Ohio State students flocked on Friday to see live performances from Captain Kidd, GRiZ and Capital Cities at the Ohio Union Activities Board-sponsored 2014 Welcome Week Concert, which was held on the now construction-free South Oval for the first time since 2010. The crowd quickly drew in when Captain Kidd — comprised of fourth-years Nate Baumgard, Eric Blaha, Nick Samson and Stew Weinland and second-year Andrew Gutierrez — opened the event with a cover of Phoenix’s “1901” and took the stage with its alternative style and musical accuracy. The band’s set introduced students to the atmosphere and music that would continue to be heard… Read more

Bagpiper heads to Oval, South Oval to practice

August 29, 2014
The Oval isn’t quite the Highlands, but that’s not stopping Josh Whitson from playing his bagpipe. Whitson, the Ohio State student immigration coordinator, has been playing his Great Highland bagpipe this week around campus, particularly on the Oval and South Oval. He’s preparing for a competition — the Ligonier Highland Games on Sept. 20 in Ligonier, Pa., where he said he’ll be playing in three solo events and competing with a band. But don’t count on his being on the Oval daily — Whitson said he doesn’t practice in one spot. “I try to move around so I don’t annoy the same people everyday,” he said Friday. “I live in… Read more

Opinion: Accept an internship far from comfort zone

August 28, 2014
I said “yes” to accept an offer for a fellowship this summer nearly 2,000 miles away in Phoenix because there was no other answer to that question. At least there wasn’t for me.  At 21, the furthest west I’d been was Wisconsin. And that was mostly because the opportunity to travel never presented itself — I grew up in Ohio where there are great universities like Ohio State, and there’s no reason to pay out-of-state tuition. My family always vacationed on the East Coast, and my extended family dots the map in either Ohio or southern states. Growing up, the West never beckoned to my family, nor did it seem… Read more

Opinion: While at Ohio State, spend a summer in Columbus

August 28, 2014
The thing about college is it’s finite. We’re only here at Ohio State for so long before we graduate or leave, moving onto new jobs, new cities and new adventures.  For those of you who have come to OSU as a freshman in the last three years, you know that OSU practices a sort of partnership with Columbus, shown off after Convocation with the Columbus Welcome event. You know Columbus is a major metropolitan city with a wealth of opportunities, entertainment-wise and career-wise. But you’re a college student — you have class obligations, work obligations and social obligations, most of which are likely in the University District area. How much… Read more