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Ohio State Planetarium gets new director

July 31, 2014
Ohio State has a new director of its planetarium. Wayne Schlingman was announced to fill the role in a Wednesday release on an OSU website. He will replace Catherine Grier, who is leaving to pursue a postdoctoral research position at Penn State University, according to the release. OSU spokesman Gary Lewis did not immediately respond to a Thursday email requesting the annual salaries of Schlingman and Grier. Before coming to OSU, Schlingman worked at the Center for Astronomy Education at the University of Arizona where he researched the teaching and learning of general astronomy education. His areas of expertise are astronomy education and outreach and radio astronomy and star formation… Read more

Alumni show support for Jon Waters at Ohio State Marching Band practice

July 30, 2014
James Lang, a 2000 graduate of Ohio State, said he will not give one more dollar to the university unless they reinstate former marching band director Jonathan Waters, who was terminated last week. “I will pull all funding from the Ohio State University,” Lang said. “I am very close to starting my Ph.D., and I know that I am not applying to Ohio State now.” Lang is one of many OSU alumni who gathered to show support for Waters at a voluntary practice for those hoping to make the band Wednesday night. Signs were passed out containing four white horizontal stripes on a black background. Each stripe contained one word… Read more

Education, Fashion, Playoffs and Ohio State: Other topics from Big Ten Media Days

July 30, 2014
While reporters crowded coach Urban Meyer and senior quarterback Braxton Miller during Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, there were plenty of opportunities to interview other personalities from the conference. Coaches and players from every team and representatives from the Big Ten and College Football Playoff Committee were available Tuesday and no topic was considered off limits. Michigan State senior Kurtis Drummond astonished the crowd and set Twitter ablaze with his fashion-forward style. The 6 foot 1, 200 pound safety was sporting a three-piece, black with white pinstripe suit and a silver paisley tie that was reminiscent of the Broadway musical “Guys & Dolls.” “When I found out that I… Read more

Five things Ohio State fans should take away from Big Ten Media Days

July 30, 2014
It’s long been understood that championships are not won or lost behind the podium. That being said, there is, however, plenty that fans can glean from what a coach or player might say at events like the Big Ten Media Days, which took place on Monday and Tuesday in Chicago. Here are five things that fans can take away from the comments of the Ohio State representatives who took part in the 2014 Big Ten Media Days. 1. The OSU defensive line has historic potential Following breakout seasons from senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett and sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa, the OSU defensive front could be one of the best… Read more
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Opinion: Stephen A. Smith, Questlove make headlines

July 31, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. “First Take” controversy Most people with half a brain keep their distance from ESPN2 each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but apparently a few people tune to see if any of the ludicrous things talking heads Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith say turn around and bite them. So of course someone was watching “First Take” Friday, when the conversation turned to domestic violence. Discussing Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s two game suspension from the NFL for beating his then-fiancée, now-wife, unconscious back in February, Smith gave… Read more

Iggy Azalea Columbus stop postponed

July 31, 2014
Iggy Azalea’s Thursday concert at the Lifestyle Community Pavilion has been postponed until Aug. 6. The Australian singer and rapper’s show was postponed Thursday due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to the LC Pavilion’s website. Azalea released a comment on Twitter shortly before noon, saying “I am so sorry Columbus I am not feeling well but I will be with you on the 6th.. thank you x.” Azalea’s debut studio album “The New Classic” was released in April, and its single “Fancy” held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date. Refunds are available from… Read more

Letter to the editor: Former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters entitled to a public hearing

July 30, 2014
Letter to the editor: My name is Mark Greenburg and I am the president of Tresóna Multimedia. Tresóna is the largest issuer of custom arrangement licenses on behalf of music publishers in the world. By virtue of the fact that everything the Ohio State Marching Band performs is performed without woodwinds, our firm issues the custom arrangement licenses that the band needs to legally arrange the music that the band plays and performs. These licenses are not compulsory and can be withheld by the music publishing industry for any reason, without cause or explanation. It is in this capacity that I have come to know former band director Jon Waters… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State Marching Band supports its LGBT members

July 30, 2014
Letter to the editor: As a five-year member of the Ohio State Marching Band (2005-09), I have been deeply upset by the recent events. I am writing, not to only show support for Jon Waters, but to address the overall culture of the group. Jon has been one of the main driving forces of change and inclusion for the band. I feel so strongly about the marching band and Jon Waters that I feel the need to step out of my comfort zone to show my support. As most of my close friends know, the issues I wish to address are not something I bring up in conversation or when… Read more