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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

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