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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 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

Ohio State travels from Gordon Gee to Michael Drake

June 25, 2014
It took Ohio State a calendar year to travel from one president to the next. Dr. Michael Drake will assume his new position as Ohio State president Monday, a day less than a year since E. Gordon Gee’s retirement from the position July 1, 2013. Joseph Alutto became the interim president the day Gee retired. Drake will be OSU’s 15th president and its first black president. He is set to earn an annual base salary of $800,000 during his five-year term and is also eligible for a $200,000 bonus each year alongside an annual credit of $200,000 under a deferred compensation agreement. Drake’s contract also includes stipulations such as research… Read more

Aggravated robbery reported near High Street McDonald’s

June 19, 2014
An aggravated robbery was reported last Friday near Ohio State’s campus. The incident allegedly occurred at about 12:30 a.m. near 17th Avenue and Pearl Street, according to a Columbus Division of Police report. A 19-year-old woman and 20-year-old man were listed as the victims. Related property listed included $500 in cash, an iPhone 5 worth $200, three credit cards and a pair of shoes valued at $170. According to 10TV, the incident took place near the McDonald’s located at 1972 N. High St. The female victim reportedly had the window rolled down in her car when two men approached and cocked a gun at her. The woman told 10TV the… Read more

Police: Body found behind CVS near Ohio State, homicide not suspected

May 28, 2014
A body was found behind a CVS Pharmacy near Ohio State’s campus Wednesday afternoon, but a Columbus Division of Police sergeant said no criminal activity is suspected. The body of a white man, about age 30, was found in between dumpsters behind the CVS located at 2160 N. High St., Columbus Police Sgt. Loucious Hollis said. “(It was) not a homicide. We don’t know what the cause of death is, but it’s not criminal,” Hollis said. Hollis did not immediately have information about who found the body and whether someone called 911 to report it.… Read more

Ohio State doles out $610K for presidential search

May 28, 2014
A new leader doesn’t come cheap—Ohio State dished out nearly $610,000 in its efforts to find a president, ensuring along the way that the people conducting the search and the candidates they found ate and traveled well. Over the course of a six month presidential search, OSU used “unrestricted funds” to pay a private search firm, a private business jet rental company and other various restaurants and businesses in the Columbus area, expenses that one OSU professor said don’t seem extreme. And while that spending resulted in the hiring of a president that officials have said they’re enthusiastic to have, the man chosen doesn’t seem to have been those officials’… Read more

Opinion: #YesAllWomen offers opportunity to confront inequalities

May 28, 2014
  After about an hour of scrolling through Twitter search results, I felt angry. I felt sad. Most of all, I felt empowered. I was looking at tweets with the hashtag #YesAllWomen. The hashtag was started after a shooting took place at University of California Santa Barbara on Friday that left seven people dead, including the suspected shooter, and several others injured. The suspect had posted a YouTube video about how he was a virgin and hated women for it, planning revenge via a mass killing. The #YesAllWomen hashtag is a response to his frankly sexist attitude, allowing women to voice what they want to say about the way they… Read more