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Bagpiper heads to Oval, South Oval to practice

August 29, 2014
The Oval isn’t quite the Highlands, but that’s not stopping Josh Whitson from playing his bagpipe. Whitson, the Ohio State student immigration coordinator, has been playing his Great Highland bagpipe this week around campus, particularly on the Oval and South Oval. He’s preparing for a competition — the Ligonier Highland Games on Sept. 20 in Ligonier, Pa., where he said he’ll be playing in three solo events and competing with a band. But don’t count on his being on the Oval daily — Whitson said he doesn’t practice in one spot. “I try to move around so I don’t annoy the same people everyday,” he said Friday. “I live in… Read more

Opinion: While at Ohio State, spend a summer in Columbus

August 28, 2014
The thing about college is it’s finite. We’re only here at Ohio State for so long before we graduate or leave, moving onto new jobs, new cities and new adventures.  For those of you who have come to OSU as a freshman in the last three years, you know that OSU practices a sort of partnership with Columbus, shown off after Convocation with the Columbus Welcome event. You know Columbus is a major metropolitan city with a wealth of opportunities, entertainment-wise and career-wise. But you’re a college student — you have class obligations, work obligations and social obligations, most of which are likely in the University District area. How much… Read more

Opinion: Welcome to a new year at Ohio State from The Lantern

August 26, 2014
Whether you’re a brand-new student, a recent alumnus or alumna, a parent of a fourth-year or a professor, welcome to a new year at Ohio State. With each fall comes a wave of anticipation for what the year will bring, and at least for me, there’s always a little bit of worry that I’m going to miss out on something everyone else is talking about. That’s where we at The Lantern, OSU’s student newspaper, come in. We cover football games and concerts for when you want to relive the moment, or for when you can’t make it because of an exam. We keep an eye on the university administration to… Read more

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