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5 companies bidding to bring bike-sharing service to Ohio State

March 3, 2015
Ohio State’s plan to offer bike-sharing on campus aims to make bikes easy to rent and use, but bringing that service to campus might not be so simple. Bids from five companies are being examined in the final stage of determining the best offer for bringing a service to campus, said Ohio State Administration and Planning spokesman Dan Hedman in an email. In January, the university announced that it was looking to accept bids from seven bike-sharing companies as part of a joint initiative with Undergraduate Student Government. The five companies that have responded to OSU are Motivate, which operates CoGo in downtown Columbus, NextBike, Social Bicycles, the Gotcha Group… Read more

Third-years creating app to help students report suspicious activity

March 3, 2015
Austin Hartman, a second-year in chemical engineering, said he didn’t even know his neighbor had been stabbed to death over the weekend in their off-campus neighborhood until he read about it on Twitter hours after the incident. Columbus Police found 21-year-old John Austin Snyder “critically injured” in front of 2142 Summit St. on Sunday, a Columbus Police Department press release stated. Snyder was transported to Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, but he died at approximately 4 a.m. Detectives have arrested a suspect, 23-year-old Alexander N. Delap of East Frambes Avenue. Snyder was a student at Columbus State Community College and Delap is an OSU student, according to The Columbus Dispatch.… Read more

‘So far so good’ for Shayla Cooper and Ohio State women’s basketball

March 3, 2015
December brought a joyful celebration season for the Ohio State women’s basketball team, even before Christmas rolled around. Dec. 22 marked the first time 6-foot-2 sophomore transfer Shayla Cooper took the court dressed in the scarlet and gray. The 96-54 drubbing of West Virginia was a turning point in the season for OSU as Cooper became the root of much improvement to follow. “We have gotten more tough rebounds and our post defense has been better since her addition,” coach Kevin McGuff said of Cooper. “She is a good player and has really helped us, that’s for sure.” Cooper, who transferred from Georgetown, joined the Buckeyes last spring. NCAA regulations… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball takes aim at season sweep of Penn State

March 3, 2015
The Ohio State men’s basketball team has just two games remaining on its regular season schedule, and one of its seniors said the team will need two things to pick up a win in its second-to-last game. “Execution. Toughness. Both defensively and offensively,” senior forward Sam Thompson said. “It’s who’s stronger willed, who’s gonna get the stop, who’s gonna get the bucket.” The Buckeyes are set to take on Penn State on Wednesday night for the second time this season, after blowing out the Nittany Lions, 75-55, on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Despite the big win, Thompson said the Buckeyes can’t let their guard down against a Penn… Read more
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Student organization plugs into sustainability with Buckeye Blackout concert

March 3, 2015
While concerts at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion and Nationwide Arena are powered by spotlights and floor to ceiling speakers, Buckeye Blackout aims to focus energy elsewhere. Started last year, Buckeye Blackout is a student organization that puts on a concert to raise awareness for energy conservation and sustainability. Concert-goers are asked to turn off their lights and unplug appliances before attending. “We hope to one day, when the event gets bigger, to have all of campus blacked out,” founder Rachel Skwerer said. “It’s a statement event.” Skwerer and Clay Perry, the other founder, met when they were sustainability chairs in their hall councils last year: Skwerer, a second-year in exploration,… Read more

Ohio State professor’s book examines ethnic conflict in post-Soviet world

March 3, 2015
“In the humanities, the book is kind of our unit of making a statement to the world,” said Morgan Liu, an associate professor in Ohio State’s Department of Near Eastern Language and Cultures. A culmination of more than 16 years of work, Liu’s latest book is a pretty big statement. “Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh,” which was awarded the Central Eurasian Studies Society Book of the Year Award for 2014, focuses on Osh, Kyrgyzstan — a central Asian city that was formerly a part of the Soviet Union. “It reflects the work I did in this really interesting 20-year period from 1990 to 2010, so that… Read more

Letter to the editor: USG election offers Ohio State students chance to vote on divestment

Letter to the editor: This Undergraduate Student Government election, undergraduates at Ohio State will have the opportunity to make their voices heard and vote on an issue that has become increasingly important nationwide: divestment for Palestinian justice. On campuses across the country, including Stanford, Depaul, Loyola, Oberlin, UCLA and UC-Davis, among others, students have campaigned successfully for the divestment of university funds from companies enabling human-rights violations against the Palestinian people. Modeled after the successful international divestment movement against Apartheid in South Africa, these campaigns have highlighted the struggles of the Palestinian people and demanded greater transparency and accountability on the part of university administrators. At Ohio State, this movement… Read more

Opinion: Are professor-written textbooks worth the cost?

March 2, 2015
Many of us are familiar with that feeling of despair that comes each semester when new textbooks drain our already low bank accounts. The National Association of College Stores estimated the average student spent about $370 on course materials for Fall Semester 2013, which is only a fraction of our financial burden as college students. We rent, borrow and sell back books to soften the blow, but this becomes impossible when classes require textbooks that are created specifically for that course. These professor-built textbooks have to be bought through Ohio State and, unlike noncustomized textbooks, we often can’t rent or sell them back because they frequently change from semester to… Read more

Gallery: the Wex hosts craft day for kids, parents

March 2, 2015
On the occasional Sunday, the Wexner Center for the Arts will open up their doors to the Columbus community, offering activities and special events for all ages. March 1’s festivities coincided with the winter exhibitions, ‘Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present’ and ‘Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1.’ Kids came in from the cold with their parents and traversed a variation of material-art mediums including felting, weaving, knitting activities, spinning yarn and more.… Read more

Buckeyes bounce Boilermakers, 65-61, after 2nd-half surge

March 2, 2015
The Ohio State men’s basketball team overcame a 12-point first-half deficit to win its second straight game at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes (21-8, 10-6) fell behind, 35-23, at halftime against Purdue (19-10, 11-5), but outscored the Boilermakers 42-26 in the second half to win 65-61 Sunday night, avenging a 60-58 Feb. 4 loss to Purdue on the road. OSU was led once again by freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who rebounded from a first half in which he turned the ball over three times to score 17 points in the second half to lead the Buckeyes to the comeback victory. Trailing by one, Russell drove inside and scored with 58.6… Read more

Chalk Talk: Men’s Basketball & Hockey win back-to-back, Women’s Basketball & Hockey

March 3, 2015
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Andrew Todd-Smith and new co-anchor Maddie Spielman discuss the recent doubleheaders of men’s basketball and men’s ice hockey in this week’s show. The home hoops matchups against Nebraska and Purdue resulted in 81-57 and 65-61 Buckeye wins that saw the team leap to fourth in the Big Ten standings. A brief recap of women’s basketball’s road wins at Minnesota and Nebraska ensues, with analysis of how they should fare in this weekend’s conference tournament. And after breaking down the home sweep of Penn State men’s ice hockey, we then preview the upcoming matchup against No. 15 Minnesota and identify Golden Gophers skaters to keep an eye on. Women’s ice hockey… Read more

Buckeye News Update: Fatal stabbing reported in campus area

March 2, 2015
This Buckeye News Update brings you two stories from off-campus. The first is the fatal stabbing of 21-year-old John Austin Snyder, who passed away early Sunday morning. Snyder’s body was found on the corner of E Northwood and Summit at three a.m. on Sunday morning. He was transported to the Wexner Medical Center, however he passed away at four a.m. on Sunday. Secondly, we bring you up to date on Campus Partners’ High Street redevelopment. The redevelopment will see new businesses put into the 15th and High street area, along with the addition of a new square and a “signature building”. We also have a sports update, where we look… Read more