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Opinion: Gamergate evolves into a misogynistic power struggle

October 17, 2014
Imagine a controversial speaker was coming to Ohio State, and a student threatened one of the worst school shootings in history if the event went on as planned. The event would be canceled, right? This actually happened at Utah State University. What do you think the talk was about? Religion? Racism? For the most part, it was about video games.  Thank Gamergate, a movement that with a threat has turned dissident gamers into terrorists. It began when a game developer, Zoe Quinn, had a relationship with games journalist Nathan Grayson. Quinn’s most famous game is a text adventure called “Depression Quest.” The community which would become Gamergate had been making… Read more

Game review: ‘Shadow of Mordor’ emulates solid combat of ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ ‘Arkham’ series

October 15, 2014
Editor’s note: This video contains explicit language and images.   “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” is an action-adventure video game set in J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle-earth. It was developed by Monolith Productions, which also created the “F.E.A.R.” and “Condemned” video game series. It is available for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360 PS4 and PS3. It is rated M for Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. A ranger named Talion and his family are slain by soldiers of Sauron, the main antagonist in “The Lord of the Rings.” Talion is revived by an unknown force in Mordor, where men are enslaved by Sauron’s army of Uruks, an orc-like people. Talion immediately begins waging… Read more

Opinion: Oculus Rift seals rift in look of virtual reality

September 26, 2014
It’s the stuff of science fiction: strap a screen over your eyes and you’re transported to another world. Imaginative engineers have been reaching toward this phenomenon for a century now, inspired by the same ideas of futures that would have us driving floating cars and traveling through time. Unlike those dreams, however, virtual reality is now an actual reality. The Oculus Rift — a head-mounted display created specifically for virtual reality video games — was funded on Kickstarter in 2012. Its Kickstarter page promised “an incredibly wide field of view, high resolution display and ultra-low latency head tracking.” That all adds up to virtual reality that will make you forget… Read more

Ohio State professor, students talk fertility concerns stemming from mumps outbreak

April 10, 2014
Some male students said they are becoming concerned about their future ability to have children because mumps, which can cause infertility in about 10 percent of affected men, continues to spread at Ohio State. As of Wednesday afternoon, 175 mumps cases had been reported in Franklin and Delaware counties, 111 of which were linked to the OSU outbreak, according to a Columbus Public Health press release. Of the total number of cases, 66 were men. There were 12 more total cases and eight more OSU-linked cases reported as of Wednesday than had been reported Tuesday. Dr. Gregory Lowe, an assistant professor in OSU’s Department of Urology, said swelling of the… Read more

Officials: Blaming CampusParc for Ohio State parking issues unfair

April 9, 2014
It’s not hard to find anti-CampusParc rhetoric on the Internet or on campus, but CampusParc representatives said it’s all a matter of misperception. David Teed, CEO of CampusParc, said the negative public perception of CampusParc is based on false assumptions about the terms of the concession agreement. “One of the perceptions … is that CampusParc, or QIC, is a for-profit organization that is somehow going to be gouging the users of the OSU parking system, when neither are we that kind of an organization, nor do we have the rights to affect pricing at all,” Teed said. CampusParc is a private company that manages parking services at Ohio State. The… Read more

As mumps cases reach 163, some Ohio State students unfazed

April 9, 2014
The number of mumps cases at Ohio State has hit triple digits, but some students said they’re not concerned. As of Tuesday afternoon, 163 cases have been reported in Franklin and Delaware counties, 103 of which are linked to the OSU outbreak, according to a Columbus Public Health release. That’s 10 more total cases and three more OSU-linked cases than what had been reported as of Monday. Of the OSU-linked cases reported as of Tuesday, 80 are students, nine are OSU staff, one is a family member of an OSU community member and 13 are people with community ties to OSU. Of those affected in Franklin and Delaware counties, ages… Read more

CampusParc to fund student exchange scholarships at Ohio State

March 17, 2014
An Ohio State engineering student could find him or herself studying in Australia next spring, partly on CampusParc’s dime. QIC Global Infrastructure through CampusParc is funding scholarships for student exchanges between OSU and the University of Queensland in Australia, according to a press release from OSU. QIC is the parent company of CampusParc, which manages OSU’s parking garages, ground lots and permit sales. The $150,000 scholarship fund is in response to CampusParc’s 50-year, $483 million agreement with OSU, said David Teed, CEO of CampusParc. “We want the university to be successful, and we want to play a role in their success,” Teed said. Teed said CampusParc won’t have a part… Read more

Mumps outbreak at Ohio State a threat despite vaccinations

March 16, 2014
With 21 cases of mumps reported at and around Ohio State, students are being advised that a vaccination will not completely guard them from infection. Jose Rodriguez, spokesman for Columbus Public Health, said Saturday 21 cases had been reported as of Friday. “Seventeen are OSU students, one is a staff member, one is a family member, and two have community links to OSU students,” Rodriguez said. Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. It can spread through coughing, sneezing or contact with saliva or mucus. Those affected by mumps might have swollen and tender salivary glands under the… Read more

18 cases of mumps reported at Ohio State

March 11, 2014
Eighteen cases of mumps have been reported at Ohio State since the first case was reported last week. OSU spokeswoman Liz Cook said in an email Tuesday two new cases of mumps were identified by Columbus Public Health, bringing the total number of cases reported to 18. Jose Rodriguez, spokesman for Columbus Public Health, said Tuesday two of the 18 infected are not students, but they are linked to student cases. Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. It can spread through coughing, sneezing or contact with saliva or mucus. According to the CDC website, the disease can… Read more

Bitcoin Group at Ohio State aims to increase knowledge of currency

March 11, 2014
A recent controversy over the possible discovery of Bitcoin’s founder has stirred up curiosity about the currency. Meanwhile, an Ohio State group is looking to spread the word about what Bitcoin is. Bitcoin is a crypto-currency, or digital money. Bitcoins are created by “mining,” a process which generates them through computer power. “Newsweek” published an article Thursday that said a reporter had found Bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, living in California. The next day, Nakamoto denied his involvement with the currency in an interview with The Associated Press. “Newsweek” published a statement in response to the AP’s article Friday, saying it was standing by the accuracy of its reporting. There… Read more