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President Michael Drake focuses on positives in 1st university address

October 31, 2014
Ohio State needs to place a greater focus on teaching, while continuing its goal of research eminence, President Michael Drake said in his first address to University Senate on Thursday. The university is a “modern land-grant institution that’s also a doorway to the world,” he said. “We teach for Ohio, but we do research for the world.” As examples of OSU’s worldwide presence, Drake noted the university’s Global Gateway offices around the world, such as the one in São Paolo that opened Sept. 13.  Drake strayed from announcing anything bold for OSU’s future and he avoided taking up any controversial stances. Instead, the president used the forum to highlight the… Read more

New encounters bring Ohio State hauntings to light

October 31, 2014
In February 1893, a new building opened on Ohio State’s campus named Hayes Hall, after President Rutherford B. Hayes, a key supporter in OSU’s first years as a university. Unfortunately for Hayes, he was never able to see the completed building — he passed away two weeks before it opened. Even so, the building would later become living quarters for students from 1915-20, and back then, campus housing had a strict curfew policy. One brisk October night, two men missed their curfew again and didn’t arrive back to their home, Hayes Hall, until about 10 p.m. Afraid of getting in trouble, the men did not want to draw attention to… Read more

Buckeyes look to stay the course against Illinois

October 31, 2014
With arguably the biggest game of the year on the horizon, the Ohio State football team has a rivalry game to play Saturday. Sort of. While the Buckeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini play for the Illibuck trophy, no one in the OSU program seems to care about the 89-year-old tradition as OSU coach Urban Meyer didn’t once mention the wooden turtle during the week. Instead, Meyer is much more worried about the product the Fighting Illini will put on the field Saturday night. “Illinois is much better (than last season),” Meyer said. “I know they lost their quarterback, but they’re playing much better. I just spent all morning watching… Read more

Opinion: 5 things to look for as Buckeyes take on Illinois

October 31, 2014
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As the Ohio State Buckeyes enter their eighth game of the season, there are plenty of storylines. While the battle for the Illibuck doesn’t seem to quite have much pull lately, the Buckeyes are emphasizing that they are not looking forward to next week’s matchup with the Michigan State Spartans. With that in mind, The Lantern sports editors are trying to keep their focus on Illinois as well with a list of five things to watch for during Saturday’s game.   1. How will J.T. Barrett perform after injury? Not only is the redshirt-freshman quarterback coming off his arguably worst passing performance of the season, but he’s also nursing a… Read more
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A pop of culture: Comic Con to keep Columbus costumed, entertained

October 31, 2014
Halloween walkers, roamers, lurkers or biters would be best off sticking in the University District this weekend. After all, the man who portrays Daryl Dixon — highly skilled hunter and tracker in “The Walking Dead” — will be present downtown. Not to mention, Freddy Krueger will be lurking.  Ohio’s annual Comic Con ­is set to fill the Greater Columbus Convention Center with art, merchandise, costumes, vendors and more than 60 celebrity panels Friday through Sunday. Actors from hit television shows, including Norman Reedus (aka Daryl Dixon), Andrew J. West and Steven Yeun from AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” “Charmed” actresses Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs, as well as Giancarlo Esposito… Read more

First-year student shares his voice in thriller novel

October 31, 2014
When Frank Berardi began at Ohio State this fall, he had several credentials under his belt that set him apart from a lot of other 18-year-olds, including his recent novel, “Voice,” a 360-page psychological suspense thriller. Berardi — a first-year in political science and journalism — wrote the book in five months and had it published in May through a self-publishing company called AuthorHouse, he said. The plot of “Voice” hones in on the journey that Ben Zyler, a young adult who owns his deceased parents’ Las Vegas-based casino business, takes after being falsely accused of major crimes, including embezzlement. Zyler’s accuser comes in the form of the Voice —… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State student leaders propose ideas for sexual violence education

October 31, 2014
Letter to the editor: The epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses is now the subject of national attention. The Ohio State University community — its students, faculty and staff alike — has responded to this problem in a remarkable way. The student-led “It’s On Us” campaign empowers students “not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution.” We’re still learning as Buckeyes about how we can be part of the solution. Our collaboration represented by this letter is a first step in that direction. We as student leaders recognize the truly ground-breaking initiatives at OSU in the existing university response to sexual… Read more

Opinion: American media show bias when it comes to Islam

October 30, 2014
Picture this: you receive a breaking news notification on your phone about a shooting that took place in Canada’s Parliament, and the first thought that comes into your head is “Please, God, do not let him be associated with Islam.” That was the first thought that came into my head.  Although the shooting triggered this thought for me, the tragic situation also had me wondering why American media outlets are such biased opportunists when it comes to Islam and Muslims? As soon as the shooter was identified as being remotely associated with Islam, the words “terror,” “Jihad,” “terrorist” came flashing on the television screen.  Please do not tell me these… Read more

Gallery: The Pretty Reckless at the Newport Music Hall

October 30, 2014
Rock band The Pretty Reckless performed for a crowd Oct. 28 at the Newport Music Hall.… Read more

Review: Chance the Rapper tells his story to Ohio State students in energetic concert

October 28, 2014
Chants broke out for Chance the Rapper at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. The rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, performed Monday evening in a concert sponsored by the Ohio Union Activities Board. Tickets to the concert were free for Columbus campus students with a valid BuckID. The performance was sold-out, with more than 2,000 OSU students in attendance. Leading up to the concert, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the audience. The 21-year-old rapper isn’t quite a household name. His biggest claim to mainstream success is arguably his featured verse on the Justin Bieber single, “Confident.” I figured that those who were less familiar with the artist would… Read more

Buckeye News Now: President Drake speaks to university senate

October 30, 2014
This Buckeye News Now covers President Drake’s speech at the university senate meeting, a candlelight vigil for Ebola, the OSU-Michigan blood drive, and a look at politics in Ohio. Also check out our snowy weather forecast and a look towards this week’s game against the Fighting Illini.… Read more

Sports Perspective: Buckeyes outlast Penn State, Rod Smith dismissed

October 28, 2014
This week’s episode of Sports Perspective is filled to the brim with news surrounding the Ohio State football team, including a recap of their double OT victory against Penn State, a “Meyer Monday” look at Illinois, the dismissal of running back Rod Smith following a violation of team rules and a look at where OSU is ranked in the first ever College Football Playoff Rankings. Also, Franz issues a surprise challenge to Hayden, as the month of October winds down.… Read more