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Senior vice president for government affairs Herb Asher set to retire

November 21, 2014
Herb Asher, professor emeritus of political science, counselor to Ohio State’s president and senior vice president for government affairs, announced Friday that he plans to retire. Asher’s retirement will be effective Jan. 30, according to a Friday OSU release. OSU spokesman Chris Davey said Asher’s replacement will be announced “in the near future” when asked in a Friday morning email. Despite his announcement, Asher said he will stay on campus for occasional teaching and will work on a book about OSU during former President E. Gordon Gee’s second term as president, the release said. It also noted that Asher will remain an adviser at the request of OSU President Michael… Read more

‘Is Carmen for the future?’ University Senate discusses possible replacement

November 21, 2014
University officials are looking into finding a possible alternative to Carmen. A committee made up of more than 50 faculty and student members is set to meet early next year to discuss the possibility of switching to a new system other than Carmen. The committee will present its findings in May, Mike Hofherr, vice president and chief information officer, said at a University Senate meeting on Thursday afternoon. “We have an evaluation committee that is slated to kick off in January,” he said. “They will have five months to decide what other products (besides Carmen) are out there.” But a complete changeover would not be instantaneous. If the committee recommends… Read more

Ohio State set for ‘ridiculous’ rushing attack from Hoosiers’ Tevin Coleman

November 21, 2014
A Heisman candidate, a Lombardi Award finalist and a jump in the College Football Playoff rankings are all topics surrounding the Ohio State football team. Coach Urban Meyer, however, is only focused on one thing. “I’m just worried about Indiana,” Meyer said Monday. The Hoosiers (3-7, 0-6) are scheduled to enter Columbus on Saturday as the only team in the Big Ten without a conference win, despite boasting the third-best rushing attack in the league. Leading the way for Indiana is junior running back Tevin Coleman, who has rushed for 1,678 yards and 12 scores in just 10 games for the Hoosiers. Coleman, a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, did not… Read more

Ohio State eyes playoff race, Big Ten title game appearance

November 21, 2014
“Beat Indiana.” Those are the first words Urban Meyer spoke when the topic of the College Football Playoff rankings came up Wednesday evening, but the Ohio State coach recognized that everyone knows the Buckeyes have moved up to No. 6 in the poll. Meyer said he addresses the national landscape with his team on Sundays, but stressed that continued preparation for the next opponent is of the utmost importance. “I haven’t talked to ‘em since I guess it came out Tuesday night,” he said. “You’ve just got to take care of business and play hard and practice well.” OSU’s rise in the rankings — the team was No. 14 two… Read more
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Opinion: Rich kids flash fortune on Instagram with little concern, extreme egocentricity

November 21, 2014
It doesn’t matter where you come from. It doesn’t matter what cultural social norms surround the world you were brought into, and it sure as hell holds no regard to any inter-personal experiences you — or anyone else — might have: Rich kids are useless brats, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. It’s embodied in the apparently invincible Rich Kids of Instagram/Rich Kids of Tehran phenomenon. Acting less upon thought and more influenced by daddy’s Bugatti, selfies with gigantic bottles of champagne and the private jet out back, this clan of spoiled children is obviously better to be self-exiled to its own narcissism-smeared reality — where even on… Read more

Opinion: Snapcash not immune to its own ‘Snappening’

November 20, 2014
Snapchat: A popular social media app used for sending pictures, videos, and … money? On Monday, Snapchat released its latest update, known as “Snapcash.” Through its partnership with Square, a mobile payment service, you can now exchange money with your Snapchat friends with the touch of a button.  All you have to do is link the app to your debit card and … wait a minute.  This app used to be for sending pictures. Let’s back up a little bit.  When Snapchat was first released in 2011, its only function was to privately send pictures to friends.  Since then, updates have been made including the addition of videos and the… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State alumnus imprisoned in Egypt deserves more help

November 21, 2014
Letter to the editor: Mohamed Soltan will die soon. If no one with actual power moves to help him, he will die as a result of the last-ditch hunger strike he began in January. Soltan will starve to death, the victim of one government that has lost all respect for humanity, fair laws and justice, and another government that does not care to help one of its sons. Why is no one doing anything? Mohamed Soltan is an American citizen. Where is his country? He’s an OSU alumnus. Why aren’t other Buckeyes speaking up? In September, President Barack Obama met with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. He was in a… Read more

Letter to the editor: No inappropriate dancing or drinking at marching band dance

November 20, 2014
Letter to the editor: I would like to voice my opinion about the so-called “sexualized culture” and “excessive use of alcohol” of the Ohio State Marching Band. As a former member of the Athletic Band, I’ve had a previous insight into the band culture. When the report initially came out, I was appalled at the accusations made toward this phenomenal group of people.    This past weekend, I was honored to attend the annual Band Dance. As a junior in college, I have attended many club social events and what I observed at this band event somewhat surprised me. Alcohol was not served, which has not been the case at any… Read more

Ohio State men’s soccer advances to NCAA Tournament 2nd round after PK thriller

November 21, 2014
Five rounds of penalty kicks weren’t enough to decide a winner. Nor were six, or 10 or 14. It took a 15-round penalty kick shootout for the Ohio State men’s soccer team to advance past Akron, 1-1 (13-12), in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night. “I think this result is what being a Buckeye is all about,” redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said. “We battled through the end, we believed we could do it, we persevered and we did it.” The teams went back-and-forth until Ivanov denied Akron redshirt-freshman midfielder/defender Robby Dambrot to open the 15th round. OSU junior midfielder Zach Mason then put it into the net… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey falls 3-1 in Big Ten opener

November 21, 2014
Late in the third period of Thursday’s game, Ohio State men’s hockey junior forward Tyler Lundey hopped over the boards and onto the ice. The Buckeyes’ extra attacker cut his team’s deficit to 3-1 with 2:33 remaining, but the goal did little more than prove OSU’s ever-apparent inconsistency. “I certainly see some mistakes that are becoming too much of an every game appearance for us,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “It’s not an X’s and O thing, it’s a matter of understanding.” Following a flurry of offensive activity, the Buckeyes (3-7-1, 0-1-0) lost, 3-1, at home against Michigan State in its first Big Ten matchup of the season. OSU’s desperation… Read more

The Scarlet Scoop: Results released from 2nd investigation into OSU Marching Band

November 21, 2014
After former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters was fired back in July following a university investigation that found there was a “sexualized culture” within the band, OSU launched a second investigation, this time led by former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery. Now, the results from the second investigation are in. This week’s episode of “The Scarlet Scoop” has the story.… Read more

Chalk Talk: Football hosts Hoosiers, Men’s Soccer advances & Wrestling opens season

November 21, 2014
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This Chalk Talk looks forward to Ohio State’s upcoming game against the Indiana Hoosiers. We also recap the the Men’s Soccer team’s results in the first round of the NCAA tournament as well as the the Men’s basketball team’s first game of the year against UMASS-Lowell. Also be sure to check out our coverage of Wrestling and Women’s Volleyball.… Read more