Archive for April, 2014

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Pre-departure orientation programs for Ohio State international students to see changes

April 10, 2014
About 59 percent of Ohio State’s international students come from China, but the number of Chinese cities hosting orientation sessions has been decreased as the cost and length of time of the sessions went up. The Office of International Affairs offers a pre-departure orientation in China every summer, aiming to teach future students and their families about topics like college life and introduce them to some OSU students and staff before they travel to the U.S. This year’s sessions are scheduled throughout June. OIA made three modifications for this year, though, by reducing the number of cities that offer orientations, increasing amount of orientation time and expanding the portion of… Read more

International problem-solving competition ‘a release’ for Ohio State students

April 10, 2014
Designing cars for drivers’ tests, creating a “not-so-haunted” house or recreating a historical king or queen’s court — these are a few of the problems one Ohio State club recently had to choose between solving. Some students started a team of Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem-solving competition, at OSU in January. Odyssey of the Mind aims to present “creative problem-solving opportunities” for students from kindergarten through college, according to its website. Teams creatively solve problems that can be anything from building something mechanical to interpreting literature and bring their solutions to the international competition to be presented. This year, the Odyssey of the Mind 2014 World Finals… Read more

Ohio State student designers to explore self-image in seasons

April 9, 2014
Scissors, straight pins and measuring tape litter the tops of tables, and bolts of multi-colored fabric drape over the backs of chairs. Models dressed in a hodgepodge of runway pieces and street clothes make their way to the front of the room as designers scramble to make the nips and tucks necessary to perfect their designs. Every Thursday night, Campbell Hall ceases to be the site of lectures and exams when the Ohio State Fashion Production Association holds its weekly meetings there. The building then transforms into a “Project Runway”-esque hub of creativity and design. Members of FPA work year-round to produce original garments to be displayed at the organization’s… Read more

Coffee Roast Brunch to cover grounds of Columbus’ North Market

April 9, 2014
The grounds of the North Market are being prepared for a celebration of Columbus’ local coffee scene. The market is set to hold its third annual Coffee Roast Brunch Sunday, featuring 13 roasters from Central Ohio set to provide samples of their brews. Alongside the wide variety of local coffees to be available, there are several events, ranging from the educational Espresso Drinks 101 to a panel competition to judge participants home roasted coffee. Sheila Hunt Rossiter, director of marketing and development for the North Market, said local roasters and the Columbus community are the driving force behind the event. “In some industries, sometimes you find a lot of people… Read more

Band to rear Dirty Heads in Columbus

April 9, 2014
California-based band the Dirty Heads plans to immerse Columbus in a lively blend of alternative, hip-hop and reggae. Established in Huntington Beach, Calif., in 2003, the Dirty Heads consists of vocalist Jared Watson, also known as “Dirty J,” percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa, bassist David Foral and vocalist/guitarist Dustin Bushnell, better known as “Duddy B.” The Dirty Heads are set to play at Newport Music Hall Sunday evening. Bushnell said he started out playing the drums while his brother would play the guitar until, one day, they switched roles. “My brother started playing the drums and I started playing the guitar more and it just grew into having this… Read more

Country singer Corey Smith hopes music is therapeutic

April 9, 2014
Country singer Corey Smith said his love of music grew from his father, who was in a band and “always (had) guitars lying around the house.” “I would pick (a guitar) up when I was a kid and learn a few chords here and there, but I really didn’t start taking it seriously until I was a teenager. It was mainly because I love to sing, and the guitar gave me an opportunity to sing songs, learn the chords to records and be able to sing over top of them,” Smith said. Smith, who was born and raised in Jefferson, Ga., said he started actively pursuing music when he was… Read more

Columbus punk rock band Pretty Pretty sings, whines about ‘life, man’

April 9, 2014
In an attempt to shine light on local music, The Lantern’s “Columbus’ Own” is a weekly series that will profile a new Columbus band every week. “Weirdos,” said Jon Washington, the drummer for Pretty Pretty, when he described the band’s fanbase. “Weird punk kids.” Quickly, Washington tried to qualify his statement. “I don’t mean that in a bad way, they’re just like, our friends,” Washington said. “I’m just going to call them weirdos.” While Washington might have referred to the fans as weirdos, the members themselves have certain qualities that might be a little off-the-beaten path as well. Take, for instance, Pretty Pretty’s bass player and vocalist. Hillary Jones might… Read more

Opinion: Miley Cyrus mourns pup, Nebraskan prom-goers take a dive

April 9, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Pop Princess’s Pooch Passes Miley Cyrus, along with the rest of the Bangerz community, mourns the loss of Floyd, Miley’s husky. Miley tweeted April 2, “I don’t wanna say it because I don’t want it to be real … But my precious baby Floyd has passed away. I am broken.” Millions of tweets have been circulating in regard to the deceased pet and the manner in which the pop icon is dealing with it. The popuar @TweetLikeAGirl account recently tweeted, “Miley Cyrus is more upset over losing her… Read more