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Letter from the editor: The way interviews with Ohio State administrators are run

January 29, 2015
President Michael Drake paid a visit to The Lantern’s newsroom earlier this week. In light of that, I thought it would be worthwhile to share the way we conduct these types of interviews in the hopes of opening that door to our readers and making the process more transparent. The way that we’ve conducted these interviews in the time I’ve been on The Lantern’s staff — since fall 2012 — is about the same way that we did this time. About once per semester, sometimes more and sometimes less, the president, or occasionally an Ohio State administrator, schedules a time with us when they’ll come to our newsroom for an… Read more

OSU foots the bill for 124 people to go to the Sugar Bowl

January 12, 2015
The Sugar Bowl was a free ride for some Ohio State administrators, faculty, staff, students and their guests. Ohio State sent 124 people to the Sugar Bowl on its dime, adding up to roughly $372,000. OSU’s official party to the Sugar Bowl included at least 69 people and their guests from the Board of Trustees, the Athletic Council, the president’s cabinet, Council of Deans, Senior Management Council and student, staff and faculty leadership. That official party was determined by the Big Ten Conference, according to a document provided by OSU to fill a public records request. Preliminary estimates of expenses for that party totaled roughly $207,000 — the cost of… Read more

Booze, books and the balance: Businesses, bars near campus rake in big bucks

December 24, 2014
Books, bank and booze. Three things many students consider quintessential to the college experience — and all items that can be found on High Street. Yet of all three college “necessities,” it appears the latter is the most abundant. Sprinkled across a 1.2-mile stretch of the University District’s portion of High Street lie two bookstores, four banks and more than 20 bars. And that’s not including bars in the University District located about six blocks or less off High Street. Tack those bars onto the count, and the total number of off-campus bars jumps to roughly 30. And there’s more. There are also restaurants on High Street that serve alcohol,… Read more

Ohio State student dies in collision

December 12, 2014
An Ohio State student died Friday. Stephanie Fibelkorn, 21, whose major was listed as mechanical engineering in an OSU directory, was killed in a crash downtown at Broad and High streets. A Columbus city engineer, Bill Lewis, was in critical condition at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center from the collision, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Fibelkorn was an intern from Lewis’ office. The two were crossing Broad Street when a truck and a school bus crashed into one another at about 10 a.m. “We are so saddened by the loss of Stephanie, and our hearts are heavy for her family, friends and loved ones. The support and services of the university… Read more

Booze, books and the balance: How does alcohol play into the college culture?

December 9, 2014
On a recent Saturday in Columbus, bars opened before 6 a.m. to accommodate for the gameday ahead. That’s how early some Ohio State fans started drinking in anticipation of the noon football game against the University of Michigan. Earlier that week, about 14,000 people had flocked to Mirror Lake for the annual tradition where fans jump into the lake to show — in some way — their disdain for Michigan and love for the Buckeyes. Many of the people who jumped were intoxicated, and four medical transports and four arrests were made at Mirror Lake that night, according to the University Police log. It’s events like those of Beat Michigan… Read more

Ohio State mum on how much it pays PR firms

December 4, 2014
Ohio State has held contracts with at least two public relations firms this year, but it’s unclear how much those firms were paid. Both of the contracts were in effect when former OSU Marching Band director Jonathan Waters was fired. The university entered a contract with Atlanta-based Paradigm Four Inc. for “advice, strategies and consultations in regards to communication, media relations and messaging,” or other areas as decided on by President Michael Drake or OSU’s general counsel, according to the contract, provided to The Lantern on Nov. 25 to fill an Oct. 9 records request. The contract’s term ran from July 13 to Oct. 12. The contract required that Paradigm… Read more

Coroner: A gunshot caused Kosta Karageorge’s death, but undetermined if self-inflicted

December 1, 2014
Kosta Karageorge died from a gunshot wound, but the manner in which he died is still undetermined, Franklin County coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said Monday based on a preliminary autopsy report. The pathologist is not sure when Karageorge died, but thinks it was possibly Friday, Ortiz said. Karageorge’s body was found Sunday near East Sixth and Courtland avenues at about 2:30 p.m. in a dumpster. He had been missing since Wednesday at about 2 a.m. It was unclear how long his body had been there, Columbus Division of Police Sgt. Richard Weiner said in a press conference at the scene Sunday evening. Karageorge was a redshirt-senior defensive lineman on the… Read more

Sexual assault reported in South Campus residence hall

November 4, 2014
  A sexual assault reported in a South Campus residence hall Monday afternoon prompted University Police to issue a public safety notice. The incident was reported at 3 p.m. Monday by a female Ohio State student. It had occurred at midnight, according to the notice. The suspect had been invited to the residence hall by the woman after they met earlier that evening, the notice said. He was identified as a fellow OSU student — a 19-year-old man standing at 6 feet tall and weighing about 145 pounds. The investigation is open and ongoing, according to the notice. Public safety notices are typically issued via email, however, an email sent… Read more

Jalin Marshall ready to ‘let it fly’ if called on to play quarterback

November 2, 2014
When Jalin Marshall sat down for questions after Ohio State’s 55-14 win against Illinois, he was calm and collected. But when more reporters trickled toward him, stuck microphones in his face and asked him about his performance in the game, he got antsy. Once the swarm dissolved and just a few recorders were left lying in front of him, Marshall started to crack jokes. He was more at ease, more comfortable. It’s the same nervousness under pressure Marshall needs to overcome for him to be called on to take more snaps. The redshirt-freshman H-back — who played quarterback at Middletown High School  — lined up at quarterback on two different… Read more

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