Archive for April, 2014

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Chief investment officer to leave Ohio State, interim replacement named

April 18, 2014
Ohio State’s Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Hook is set to leave the university, and an interim replacement has been named. Hook is set to become the first chief investment officer of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc. in Baltimore, effective May 15. Director of liquid strategies David Gilmore is set to assume the interim position. Senior vice president for optimization and integration and Wexner Medical Center chief transformation officer Geoff Chatas announced the move in an email sent Thursday. OSU spokesman Gary Lewis forwarded the email to The Lantern Friday. Chatas wrote that the announcement came with “a mixture of emotions.” “Although we will miss Jonathan, we celebrate the… Read more

Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson added to Ohio State men’s basketball roster, to sit out 2014-15 season

April 18, 2014
Seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might be gone, along with junior LaQuinton Ross and sophomore Amedeo Della Valle, but Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is not wasting any time filling those vacancies. After announcing that former-Temple redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee would transfer to Ohio State last month, Matta has secured another inside presence in Trevor Thompson. Thompson, who spent his freshman season with Virginia Tech, can start playing for the Buckeyes beginning in 2015-16 after sitting out for a season per NCAA transfer rules. Thompson tweeted his excitement in joining the Buckeyes on April 13, a day after attending the 2014 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.… Read more

Ohio State D-Tix to implement online lottery system

April 18, 2014
“First come, first serve” will no longer be D-Tix’s philosophy. D-Tix is set to move to an online lottery for its special events and high-demand discounted tickets for Ohio State students. D-Tix is a service through the Ohio Union that offers reduced-priced tickets for events ranging from concerts to ziplining in and around the Columbus area. The lottery system will be implemented June 1 and will be used specifically for high-demand events. Tickets for other events, such as the Columbus Zoo and Gateway Film Center, can still be purchased in person at the D-Tix desk. “We got student input that there were a certain amount of students who simply couldn’t… Read more

Gordon Gee’s employment with Ohio State set to end, save university $4M

April 18, 2014
Gordon Gee’s decision to accept the West Virginia University presidency could save Ohio State an estimated $4 million over five years when his employment with the university ends July 1. But his relationship with OSU won’t be over. Former OSU President Gee will be provided lifetime executive health insurance benefits at OSU’s expense after he is no longer employed anywhere else, will be permitted to use “any accrued, but unused vacation leave,” will continue to have a split dollar insurance policy and will retain his president emeritus title, according to a letter senior vice president, senior adviser to the president and general counsel Christopher Culley sent Gee, dated March 26… Read more

Attempted armed robbery on North Campus prompts public safety notice

April 18, 2014
An attempted armed robbery on North Campus spurred University Police to issue a public safety notice Friday morning. The attempted robbery occurred on West 18th Avenue between McPherson and Smith Laboratories around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. A female student was approached by three males, one of whom pointed a gun at her and another who stepped behind her to put his hand over her mouth and pat her down. The robbery was interrupted and the three men ran northbound away from campus, according to the public safety notice. All three men were described as black males with braided hair, two of whom were about 5 feet 8 inches tall and the… Read more

Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith ‘supportive’ of unlimited food for student-athletes

April 17, 2014
Division I college athletes are now able to keep their bellies as full as they want with food from their respective institutions, and Gene Smith is pleased to hear they won’t be going hungry. The NCAA Legislative Council approved criteria Tuesday allowing Division I student-athletes an unrestricted amount of meals and snacks in accordance with their respective scholarships, and OSU’s director of athletics and vice president approves. “We have always been supportive of this type of legislation,” Smith said in an email to The Lantern Thursday. “It is deregulation of student-athlete welfare benefits and permissive, meaning schools can choose to do as they please based on their needs and capabilities.”… Read more

234 mumps cases reported, outbreak spreads to Columbus State Community College

April 17, 2014
The mumps outbreak has spread to another Columbus college campus. As of Thursday afternoon, 234 mumps cases had been reported in Franklin and Delaware counties. Of those cases, 149 of were linked to the Ohio State outbreak, according to a Columbus Public Health release. Two cases have been reported at Columbus State Community College and a third is being investigated, Jose Rodriguez, spokesman for Columbus Public Health, said in an email Thursday. The onset of the first case connected to the Franklin County outbreak was Jan. 7, while the first case connected to OSU was Feb. 10. Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands, according to the Centers… Read more

Study finds 61% of young Republicans support same-sex marriage, Ohio State students react

April 17, 2014
A majority of young Republicans support same-sex marriage, according to a recent study done by the Pew Research Center. The Pew Research Center study discovered 61 percent of Republicans and those that lean to the Republican side ages 18 to 29 favor same-sex marriage. However, the same cannot be said for their older counterparts — 43 percent of Republicans ages 30 to 49, 30 percent of Republicans between 50 and 64 and 22 percent of those 65 or older favor same-sex marriage. Sam Zuidema, president of College Republicans, said he, as a young Republican, does not support same-sex marriage. “As the College Republicans at the Ohio State University, it is… Read more

Ohio State students work on creating new basketball ticket distribution policy

April 17, 2014
Some Ohio State students say the same thing every year: OSU doesn’t offer enough student basketball tickets. One student is working with spirit groups, Undergraduate Student Government and the athletic department to help solve the problem by implementing a new system, which would reward points to students who attend games and give them priority ticket ordering times. “The reality is that from the number of tickets sold … only 57 percent on average are being used,” said Abby Waidelich, a former USG senator who is working to form a new policy that would change the way students buy tickets and fill the seats for home games at the Schottenstein Center.… Read more