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Ohio State students work on creating new basketball ticket distribution policy

April 17, 2014
Some Ohio State students say the same thing every year: OSU doesn’t offer enough student basketball tickets. One student is working with spirit groups, Undergraduate Student Government and the athletic department to help solve the problem by implementing a new system, which would reward points to students who attend games and give them priority ticket ordering times. “The reality is that from the number of tickets sold … only 57 percent on average are being used,” said Abby Waidelich, a former USG senator who is working to form a new policy that would change the way students buy tickets and fill the seats for home games at the Schottenstein Center.… Read more

Ohio State students react to bill that could raise Ohio minimum wage by 27%

April 10, 2014
Democrats in the Ohio House of Representatives recently introduced legislation to increase the minimum wage of Ohio workers by more than $2 per hour, a change one Ohio State student leader said could decrease student job opportunities. Ohio House Bill 502, introduced by State Reps. Mike Foley, D-Cleveland, and Robert Hagan, D-Youngstown, would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.95, a 27 percent increase. The bill would also increase the minimum hourly wage of workers who earn tips to $5.05, up from the current $3.98. The bill was introduced March 25 and assigned to the Commerce, Labor and Technology Committee where it is currently under review. If signed into… Read more

Mumps cases up to 103 in Franklin County, 66 Ohio State students affected

March 30, 2014
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The number of mumps cases in Franklin County has risen to more than 100, and some OSU students said they’re concerned for their health. As of Friday afternoon, 103 mumps cases had been reported in Franklin County, 81 of which were linked to the Ohio State outbreak, according to a Columbus Public Health release. That was an increase of 16 cases from Thursday’s 87 total reported cases. The release said 66 OSU students have mumps, as well as nine OSU staff members, five people with OSU links and one family member of someone with OSU ties. The Franklin County outbreak has affected people from 4 to 58 years old, with… Read more

Ohio State LiFESports teams up with women’s track team to offer instructional camp

March 30, 2014
The Ohio State women’s track and field team is all about giving back. Alumnae and current members of the team, along with some students from the OSU running club, volunteered to join OSU LiFESports to host a track and field clinic for Columbus youth at the French Field House Saturday. More than 80 children showed up to take advantage of the free clinic. In separate rotating groups, they cycled through four different stations where volunteers taught them baton handoffs, plyometric drills, shot put and block starts. Supervisors and volunteers used each station as a teaching metaphor to represent one of the life skills of SETS, which stands for self-control, effort,… Read more

Opinion: Cincinnati Reds’ core players have much to prove to be playoff contender

March 27, 2014
Cincinnati has become accustomed to playoff-caliber professional sports franchises. There was a time in my life I never thought I would be able to write that. But now, the Bengals have made the playoffs three consecutive years, and the Reds have qualified for October baseball three of the last four seasons. Sadly, my hometown has learned nothing but hard lessons during that time. The Bengals lost to the San Diego Chargers at home during the AFC Wild Card round Jan 5, extending their playoff win drought to 23 years. The Reds haven’t advanced in the MLB playoffs since 1995. Sure, they teased the fans in 2012 when they were up… Read more

Ohio State USG President Taylor Stepp: ‘This is how I’ve chosen to spend my college years’

March 20, 2014
Undergraduate Student Government President Taylor Stepp will be the first to tell you he has not had a normal college experience. But how can one student’s version of normal compare to another’s? “I actually sat down and did the math one day. By the time I graduate, I will have been USG president longer than I’ve been just a student at Ohio State,” Stepp said. Yeah, that is not exactly normal. A fourth-year in public affairs, Stepp is coming to the close of his second consecutive year in office. Before Stepp, only four people had ever served as USG president at OSU twice. During an inauguration ceremony on March 26,… Read more

Ohio State professor looks to make credit cards more secure

March 19, 2014
In the wake of a credit card data breach that jeopardized the information of about 70 million consumers, an Ohio State professor is working to improve the safety and decrease the costs of the cards used in the U.S. Paul Berger, an Ohio State professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is working with a team of researchers in Finland to develop a credit card that is not only safer for cardholders, but cheaper and easier to produce. Berger believes he was one of the about 70 million Target customers who had their credit card information, as well as names, phone numbers and email addresses, stolen because of… Read more

Ohio State USG set to transition into new administration

March 17, 2014
Eight days. That’s all the time Undergraduate Student Government President Taylor Stepp and his administration have left to prepare Celia Wright and Leah Lacure for assuming control of an entity that had a budget of about $200,000 for the first two quarters of fiscal year 2013. Wright and Lacure, third-years in public health and public affairs, respectively, earned 3,953 votes (40.4 percent of votes cast) during the USG election held earlier this month. They are set to officially assume the office of USG president and vice president during an inauguration ceremony March 26. Wright and Lacure beat five other tickets competing in the election, including a campaign headed by current… Read more

Vanderbilt professor discusses consequences of jail time in lecture at Ohio State

March 6, 2014
For individuals released after time in prison, one Vanderbilt University professor said there is no such thing as being completely free. Evelyn Patterson, an assistant professor of sociology at Vanderbilt, visited Ohio State Thursday to present her research on prisoners and the effects of incarceration on freedom. “You can only be free once. If you leave that state, there’s no going back,” Patterson said to the roughly 30 students and faculty members present during her lecture, titled “Questioning the Existence of Freedom.” Free is one of the four “life-states” Patterson used to categorize people in her research. The other three are incarcerated, paroled and freed (formerly incarcerated or on parole,… Read more

Ohio State USG candidates 2014: Josh Ahart and Jen Tripi

March 2, 2014
Undergraduate Student Government candidates Josh Ahart and Jen Tripi said they hope Ohio State students consider experience when voting for the next USG president and vice president this week. “Experience is one of the big things. You have to have institutional knowledge to run this organization not only internally, but externally,” said Ahart, a fourth-year in public affairs. Ahart is currently the USG vice president, and has served as USG senator in multiple positions, the senate slate coordinator for USG President Taylor Stepp and the budget and finance chair. Ahart’s runningmate Tripi, a third-year in psychology, said she thinks Ahart’s experience is a major advantage. “I see (running with the… Read more