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Compliance official Chris Glaros, interim band directors garnered positive reviews

October 13, 2014
An Ohio State compliance official who oversaw an investigation into the marching band and two professors who are currently leading the band all have been given excellent performance reviews in the past. Chris Glaros, assistant vice president of compliance operations and investigations, oversaw a university investigation into the OSU Marching Band that determined there was a sexualized band culture. That investigation led to then-band director Jonathan Waters’ firing in late July. After Waters was dismissed, University Bands director Russel Mikkelson and University Bands associate director Scott Jones were named as the interim band leaders while OSU searches for new permanent leadership. The university has said it plans to name a… Read more

Required crime reports vary in detail by university

October 13, 2014
While all colleges are required to release annual reports detailing certain crimes that were reported on-campus, not all reports are the same. Federal law dictates which crimes must be included, but some Big Ten universities go beyond that. Indiana University, for example, breaks nonforcible sex offenses into categories of statutory rape and incest, beyond the forcible sexual assault offenses. Penn State University has specifics on embezzlement, forgery, fraud and prostitution. Rutgers University’s report includes statistics on fondling and serving alcohol to people under the age of 21. Not all of those additional categories are technically part of the school’s Clery data, but they are notably included in the same documents.… Read more

Ohio State pays PR firm confidential amount for strategic counsel

October 10, 2014
Ohio State has been paying a public relations firm off and on since February 2013, but the costs of those services are not being released because they’re considered confidential trade secrets. The university authorized PR firm Edelman to “provide strategic counsel and work” to the Board of Trustees at the direction of general counsel in February 2013, according to the letter of agreement, which was among records provided to The Lantern on Friday to fill a Sept. 18 request. The hourly billing rates for Edelman were redacted, though. More recently, the university extended its agreement with Edelman in January for the period of Feb. 1 through July 31. The standard… Read more

Marching band, compliance office employee files show inconsistent reviews

October 7, 2014
While Ohio State policy states all employees must receive a performance review annually, an OSU spokesman said in the spring that written reviews are one part of the process. But inconsistencies when it comes to performance reviews were apparent in the employment files of some marching band and compliance office employees, one of whom received a bonus without a written review in his file. OSU’s chief compliance officer received a $78,000 bonus this year without a written performance review. And the employment file of the assistant band director under former marching band director Jonathan Waters didn’t include a performance review either, while the file of the associate band director did.… Read more

University Communications leader to move into Advancement position

October 3, 2014
The leader of University Communications is stepping into an Advancement position at the request of her superior. Meanwhile, senior vice president for Advancement Michael Eicher is reviewing the structure of the communications office with President Michael Drake. Vice president of University Communications Melinda Church will assume the new position of vice president for advancement integration and communications on Monday, according to emails from Church and Eicher, which were provided to The Lantern on Friday. The emails announcing the move were dated Sept. 25 and said Church will serve in the new role for the “coming year.”Ann Hamilton, executive director of marketing and communications for the Fisher College of Business, will… Read more

Opinion: Off-campus break-in a nightmare realized

September 28, 2014
I was on my way to my friends’ house on 9th Avenue after the Ohio State game against Cincinnati when I got a call from my roommate’s boyfriend. He asked me when I was last at my house. He and my roommate had just gotten back and the door was wide open. To be honest, even though I hadn’t been at my house since 1:30 p.m. and it was now about 10, I was only a little bit concerned. I try not to get too worried about things like this to prevent myself from overreacting, so I just told him to call me when they had talked to my other… Read more

Opinion: Some miss message of Emma Watson’s speech

September 25, 2014
Sometimes it feels like people are missing the point. Emma Watson stood up in front of the United Nations and talked about the UN Women campaign, He For She, that aims to achieve gender equality partially by inviting men to join the conversation. She spoke of issues many women and men face — girls being called bossy instead of leaders; boys struggling to figure out their identity among all of the words used to describe masculinity.  The issues she talked about weren’t new, or rare, or revolutionary. They were all things that have been talked about for years, and Watson knew that. But putting a face on feminism, assigning a… Read more

BuckeyeThon dances toward $1M fundraising goal

September 25, 2014
BuckeyeThon is setting the stage for its first $1 million campaign. The 14th annual 24-hour dance marathon at Ohio State, which raises money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, raised more than $767,000 in the spring when more than 3,000 people participated. It’s raised a total of $2.5 million over the past 13 years. This year, it wants to recruit 4,000 student participants and encourage them to pledge $250 each, adding up to $1 million. The minimum amount students must fundraise to partake, however, is the same, at $100, BuckeyeThon spokeswoman Poornima Venigalla said. The average dancer last year raised $250, BuckeyeThon vice president of advancement Vick Chhabria said. Venigalla said while… Read more

Reported rape in North Campus residence hall prompts public safety notice

September 15, 2014
A rape reported in an on-campus residence hall early Sunday morning prompted a public safety notice. It’s the second time this year that an alleged rape on campus has led to a campus-wide alert. A woman unaffiliated with Ohio State reported Sunday at about noon that a rape had occurred between 2-3 a.m. in a North Campus residence hall. The suspect was described as a 19-year-old white man, standing at about 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighing approximately 185 pounds, according to the Monday notice. University Police Chief Paul Denton said the suspect is an OSU student, but does not live in the residence hall where the rape was reported. The suspect… Read more

Ohio State announces marching band director search committee

September 15, 2014
The new marching band director will be selected by people from across the university — with representatives from the School of Music, the College of Medicine, the athletic department, the band’s alumni association and students from the band among them. Ohio State announced the search committee to find a new leader on Monday afternoon. Mark Shanda, the dean of the of Arts and Humanities, has been tasked with leading the search and has a seven-person crew to help him out, according to a university release. That crew includes: Scott Jones, the associate director of university bands, an associate professor of music and one of the band’s current leaders Ted McDaniel,… Read more