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Ohio State field hockey prepares for No. 5 Syracuse

August 28, 2014
A team of new talent is about to head to the field for its first test. The Ohio State field hockey team is set to begin its season Friday at 3 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field against fifth-ranked Syracuse with 12 freshmen and one sophomore transfer on a team that finished 6-13 in 2013. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she believes the fresh faces can help improve the program. “It’s a challenge I like to have,” said Wilkinson, who is entering her 19th season at OSU. “They came in with some strong fitness and they’re really working hard to fit into our system.” Wilkinson said she asked a lot of… Read more

Ohio State football alum tackles shoe, streetwear business

June 4, 2014
Dionte Johnson had dreams of becoming a professional athlete like many who have come through Ohio State’s football program. Instead, he found himself in another field. Johnson, a former OSU fullback who played from 2004 to 2007, owns streetwear store Sole Classics, located at 846 N. High St. in the Short North. After graduation, where he received a degree in marketing in 2008, Johnson attended the Arizona Cardinals’ training camp as a rookie in the NFL but was waived before the season began because of an ankle injury. He realized he needed to begin transitioning away from the game he loved. “(I) ended up getting hurt in camp my first… Read more

Public Enemy’s Chuck D kicks off United Black World Month at Ohio State

February 5, 2014
One member of hip-hop group Public Enemy came to Ohio State in promotion of something more important than music. Rapper Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, better known as Chuck D, spoke Monday night at the Ohio Union Performance Hall as a part of OSU’s opening celebration for United Black World Month. Ridenhour is a rap activist best known for his work in Public Enemy. A crowd of approximately 200 gathered to see and hear Ridenhour speak about America’s youth, specifically those aged 18-24, and how they can change the world around them. “We’re at a time where we’ve used youth as an excuse. Youth is not excuse,” Ridenhour said. He added that… Read more

Album review: DJ Rashad’s ‘Double Cup’ provides party anthems

October 22, 2013
DJ Rashad is an electronic music legend from Chicago who has been instrumental in the evolution of Chicago Juke music as well as the sub-genre of footwork music. Rashad’s newest LP, “Double Cup,” is his debut for the label Hyperdub and is being touted as one of the best representations of the footwork genre to date. DJ Rashad, whose real name is Rashad Harden, does a great job of mixing the fast-paced sounds of electronic music with some great samples that make it sound like it could be a hip-hop instrumental tape. The high-powered bass catches your ear right off the bat with the song “Feelin.” This track almost eases… Read more

Album review: 2 Chainz ‘B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime’ doesn’t deliver developed lyrics

September 11, 2013
The ever popular and entertaining Def Jam Recordings’ artist Tauheed Epps, known as 2 Chainz, released his second solo album Tuesday. The rapper decided to follow up his first album, “Based on a T.R.U. Story,” with a sequel entitled “B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime.” I vividly remember trying to listen to 2 Chainz’s first album in preparation for his performance at Ohio State’s 2012 Welcome Week Concert. It was definitely an ordeal trying to get through all of the swag rapping and lack of lyrical prowess. However, there were at least enough bangers on 2 Chainz’s last album to get me through it. I’m not sure this installment of the “B.O.A.T.S.” series… Read more

Album review: ‘Hall of Fame’ not a step forward for Big Sean

August 28, 2013
At last, G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam recording artist Big Sean, whose real name is Sean Michael Anderson, decided to end his long-lived “Finally Famous” series for this album, entitled “Hall of Fame.” The Detroit rapper has been in the news throughout hip-hop circles lately for very different reasons than this much-anticipated album released Tuesday. Sean has caught a lot of criticism for beingoutshined by Kendrick Lamar on his new single “Control.” He begins the album conveying this concept with the track “Nothing Is Stopping You,” which seems to be aimed at young rappers who are following their dreams. The premise is nice, but in the end, the song sounds pretty cheesy.… Read more

Review: Kendrick Lamar, Steve Aoki inspire Columbus crowd to go wild to two distinct sounds

April 11, 2013
If there was ever any doubt that Ohio State students knew how to have a good time, it was squashed Thursday night at the LC Pavilion. Rapper Kendrick Lamar and electro house musician Steve Aoki highlighted Karmaloop’s Verge Campus Spring Tour 2013. The crowd’s intensity was at an all-time high on a night that included stage dives, cakes to the face and water splashing all over the place. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. It’s probably one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to,” said Todd Babione, a first-year in business. The energy in the building was already set after an opening act by R&B band… Read more

Michigan falls to Louisville in title game

April 8, 2013
Buckeye fans won’t have to worry about their archrival celebrating a national championship in basketball this season. The Michigan Wolverines fell Monday night to the Louisville Cardinals, 82-76, in the national championship game. Louisville became the eighth school to win three, or more, national championships and coach Rick Pitino becomes the first coach in history to win a national title at two different schools. In a fast-paced game that saw a combined 158 points, the game came down to the fight in the paint. Louisville’s sophomore forward Chane Behanan made a big impact during the second half, with 12 rebounds that eventually wore down a perimeter oriented Wolverine team. Coming… Read more

Album review: Tyler, The Creator brags, lets out insecurities in sophomore album ‘Wolf’

April 1, 2013
Tyler, The Creator’s sophomore studio album “Wolf” leaked digitally Monday and quickly went to the top of the iTunes charts. Despite the artist, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, calling his album “wack” on Twitter, his new album and its visuals have been getting acclaim from many major names in hip-hop.  Hip-hop royalty Kanye West was quick to post the video for Okonma’s second single off the album, “IFHY,” to his website. Okonma’s video for the song features well-respected producer Pharrell Williams, who gave him nothing but praise on Twitter for his creativity and talent. The album comes after a two-year hiatus during which Okonma essentially became a star… Read more

4 OSU students to travel to NYC, compete in College Union Poetry Slam Invitational

March 30, 2013
Quartez Harris and Jana Al-Akhras practice all the hand motions and ad-libs that can help bring their words to life in the form of slam poetry. The poem is a collaborative piece about the difficulties of growing up in urban Chicago and the rough confines of Gaza City, Palestine, and the pair is preparing to head to competition in New York. The College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) is scheduled to be held Wednesday through Saturday at Barnard College in New York, NY. The poetry slam is set to bring in 50 colleges and universities from across the country to compete against each other as slam teams. The competition consists… Read more