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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

Columbus Public Health, Ohio State investigate mumps outbreak after 13 student cases reported

March 7, 2014
A mumps outbreak is being investigated at Ohio State, where there are currently 13 reported student cases. OSU Interim President Joseph Alutto sent a message to students, staff and faculty Thursday evening about the cases. “We are sharing this information with you as quickly as possible, and we are working with health care and public health professionals to ensure we are following best practices. At this time, we also are working to understand the common factors among those who are affected,” the email read. The email also included the symptoms of mumps and safety tips for the OSU community. OSU spokeswoman Liz Cook said Friday afternoon the most recent report… Read more

Ohio State USG candidates 2014: Vytas Aukstuolis and Nick Macek

March 2, 2014
An Undergraduate Student Government campaign team is bringing a variety of experience in its slate — but little of it originated in USG. Vytas Aukstuolis, a third-year in public affairs, is running for USG president with Nick Macek, a third-year in geography, running for vice president. Both have served as alternates for the USG senate, selected by the person who was elected, but have never been elected. Only one person on their ticket, Dan Marchese, who is running for West Campus senator, has been involved in USG previously. This was deliberate, Aukstuolis said, because the team wanted to find people with an “understanding of the student body outside of USG.”… Read more

‘The Stanley Parable’ to ‘change the landscape of gaming’

February 28, 2014
Like his game, “The Stanley Parable,” Davey Wreden is more interested in starting conversations than answering questions. An Indie Game Series, hosted by the English Undergraduate Organization at Ohio State, is hosting four events where participants play a game and then discuss it. Thursday’s event was the first in the series, which brought “The Stanley Parable.” The game was initially released as a modification of “Half-Life 2” in 2011 and remade as a stand-alone title in 2013. About 20 participants gathered in a Hopkins Hall computer lab to play the game, a first-person adventure which features branching paths like a choose-your-own-adventure book. After about an hour of gameplay, Wreden, the… Read more