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Columbus power outage reaches some Ohio State buildings

August 20, 2014
Some Ohio State students might have been affected by an area power outage Wednesday. There were more than 6,300 AEP customers without power in Franklin County as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a power outage map on the AEP website, representing about 1.2 percent of its customers in the area. Paul Prater of AEP said the company is predicting the power will be back by about 9:30 p.m. because the area is relatively difficult to access. The outage was caused by a tree falling on some wires in the Clintonville area, according to a tweet from AEP’s account @AEPOhio. Clintonville Outage: Tree fell on wires. Crews working, estimate power… Read more

Ohio State begins band director search

August 18, 2014
Ohio State has started its search to replace former band director Jonathan Waters. A search committee of students, faculty, staff and alumni will be brought together “in coming weeks,” with the new director expected to be named within four to six months, according to an OSU press release. College of Arts and Sciences executive dean and vice provost David Manderscheid chose Arts and Humanities divisional dean Mark Shanda to chair the committee. “Mark’s leadership background, knowledge of the marching band and School of Music and true commitment to working collaboratively are great assets,” Manderscheid said in a released statement. Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month OSU investigation into… Read more

Jonathan Waters’ employment file packed with praise, little criticism

August 13, 2014
Former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters got a lot of praise before he was dismissed. Waters’ supervisors gave him mostly extraordinary performance reviews as he moved up through the ranks of the School of Music over the years, according to his employment file. The Lantern obtained the file through a public records request filed July 24 and filled Aug. 13. Nearly all of his reviews note “exceptional” work that “exceeds expectations.” Waters moved from being a graduate teaching associate and lecturer in the school, to an assistant director of the band, to the interim director and finally into the director’s role starting February 2013. But one letter written… Read more

Jonathan Waters’ firing not the first under President Michael Drake to draw negative feedback

August 12, 2014
Though Ohio State has not explicitly said whether it’s considered rehiring former marching band director Jonathan Waters, if he was rehired, it wouldn’t be the first time President Michael Drake reversed a high-profile dismissal. Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month OSU investigation into a complaint from a band member’s parent found “serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment within the marching band,” according to an OSU statement. It was found that Waters was either aware of, or reasonably should have been aware of that culture, but did not do enough to address it. Since then, many OSU Marching Band members, alumni, parents and fans have… Read more

Former Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters yells, curses at student on recording

July 25, 2014
Former Ohio State marching band director Jonathan Waters seems to have been caught on tape yelling at a student. Waters was fired Thursday after a two-month OSU investigation into a complaint from a band member’s parent found “serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment within the marching band,” according to an OSU statement. It was found that Waters was either aware of or reasonably should have been aware of that culture but did not do enough to address it. Part of the investigation looked at whether Waters was “sometimes abusive towards students.” The report cited two examples of Waters yelling and cursing at students, one of which… Read more

55 students waitlisted for Ohio State housing; officials expect to accommodate all

July 23, 2014
Some Ohio State students looking for on-campus housing have found themselves on a waitlist. Fifty-five students who applied for residence hall housing were on the waitlist as of Friday, Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs said. He added, though, that this has happened in past years and “we fully expect to be able to accommodate everyone.” “What we do with the waiting list is, as prospective students cancel, then we move people from the waiting list into those rooms,” he said. He added the cancellation rate this year has been consistent with previous years. According to Student Life Housing, Isaacs said, 10,882 students applied for housing for this school year. Of… Read more

Review: Brand New exudes intimacy but fans disappoint

July 12, 2014
There’s something about Brand New that exudes intimacy. Actually, there are a few things. Its song lyrics. Its overall sound. The way it manages to feel like a band you discovered even while it plays sold-out shows. I’ve loved Brand New for years — it’s one of my favorite bands. But that intimacy made me avoid going to its concerts in the past. It was mostly my fear of losing my personal connection to it by standing in a crowd full of people who knew all the words as well. When a few months ago I saw the band was playing at the LC Pavilion, though, I decided to go.… Read more

Ohio State hires Ohio Supreme Court spokesman for public relations role

July 8, 2014
Ohio State has found its next public relations official after a roughly seven-month search. Chris Davey is set to start at OSU Aug. 11 as the assistant vice president of media and public relations. His role will involve “enhancing Ohio State’s reputation through leadership of media strategy, planning and execution,” according to an email from Melinda Church, vice president of university communications, that OSU spokesman Gary Lewis provided to The Lantern. Davey is set to earn a salary of $155,000, Lewis said. Davey, an OSU alumnus in journalism and a former editor of The Lantern, is currently the director of public information at the Supreme Court of Ohio, a… Read more

Ohio State President Michael Drake faces full schedule for 1st week

July 2, 2014
President Michael Drake had likely barely stepped foot on Ohio State soil when he was ushered into 10 and a half hours of meetings Monday. Drake was scheduled to go from Bricker Hall, to a staff meeting, to a Board of Trustees luncheon, and then to a meeting with OSU Office of the President interim chief of staff Katie Hall. After that, he was set to make his way back to Bricker to talk with Provost Joseph Steinmetz and have a president’s cabinet meeting, then head to a meeting with information systems manager Ken Cherrington. Finally, he was scheduled to have dinner with Steinmetz. Drake doesn’t appear to have wasted… Read more

Ohio State contract to reduce The Lantern print editions

June 26, 2014
There will be some changes to the look and distribution of Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern this fall. OSU signed a one-year contract this week with Media Network of Central Ohio, a subsidiary of Gannett Company Inc. that has managed The Lantern’s advertising and business operations since 2012. As part of the terms of that new contract, which goes into effect Tuesday, The Lantern will be reducing its print frequency to two days per week, typically Mondays and Thursdays, with an additional Friday issue when there’s a football game scheduled at Ohio Stadium that weekend. The Lantern, however,will continue to publish online content Monday through Friday each week of… Read more