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Summer crime news: 2 public safety notices and 2 fires reported

August 28, 2014
It’s easy to get lost in numbers. There were about 310 reports of theft this summer on Ohio State’s campus, 15 reports of assault and four reports of robbery. But what does that mean? It means that in the span of this summer — from April 30 through Tuesday — there were about 2½ thefts every day. It means 15 people told police that they were violated in some way — and many of those reports came from the Wexner Medical Center. And it means that two public safety notices were sent over the course of the summer because there were crimes that were considered to be of a “concern… Read more

Crime brief: 5 underage offenses reported in 1 week

August 28, 2014
Classes are back in session and students have moved back on campus, but it hasn’t been a happy homecoming for everyone. There were five reports of offenses involving underage persons reported between Aug. 19 and Wednesday afternoon. “Offenses involving underage persons” refers to people under 21 years old buying or consuming alcohol. There were also two assaults reported this week and three reports of disorderly conduct on campus. In one incident, a male student reported an assault at Lincoln Tower on Friday shortly after 8 p.m. He said he poured water in his roommate’s ear while his roommate was sleeping. The sleeping roommate awoke and became angry before punching and… Read more

Crime brief: Criminal mischief reported at Ohio State construction site

August 19, 2014
An assistant hall director of a North Campus residence hall reported criminal mischief after two men acted suspiciously at a construction site. The hall director saw the two men sitting in a piece of machinery last Thursday at about 1 a.m. and asked them if they were construction workers. The men said they were but didn’t provide any identification and quickly left the site with two other people who had been playing basketball nearby, according to a University Police report. When an officer arrived at the scene, she found that three vehicles had been entered. Two of the vehicles had lights on or doors open, and the third had paperwork… Read more

Crime brief: Disorderly conduct reported twice in Ohio State parking garages

July 16, 2014
There were two incidents of disorderly conduct in parking garages this week. Both garages are located on South Campus near the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. The first incident occurred July 7, but was reported three days later. A hospital nurse was walking in the Neil Avenue Parking Garage when a middle-aged man blocked her way on the stairwell, according to a University Police report. She said the man complained about her driving and grabbed her name badge, which she pulled back on the lanyard holding it. The nurse said she threatened to call the police and the man left. The second incident was reported Tuesday at about 9:30 a.m.… Read more

Crime brief: 4 assaults reported in a week

June 18, 2014
There were four assaults reported within the last week, three of which were at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center or related branches. The first assault occurred June 5 at the Wexner Medical Center Emergency Department, but was reported June 10. A male nurse was kicked in the head and briefly lost consciousness in the assault, according to a University Police report. He was assigned to care for a patient who threatened him and was verbally abusive to the point of disrupting other patients. When the nurse attempted to administer treatment to the patient at the foot of the bed, the patient kicked him in the temple and the nurse… Read more

Crime brief: Breaking and entering reported at Ohio State building

June 4, 2014
A man not affiliated with Ohio State reported breaking and entering at the USDA Storage Building on West Case Road. The incident reportedly occurred sometime between May 22 and May 27 and was reported May 27. Stolen property included a copper “heat exchanger” and “metal and copper filings,” valued at $280 total, according to a University Police report. A male staff member reported criminal trespassing at Taylor Tower Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. An 18-year-old man was arrested in the incident. On Friday at about 2 a.m., a male staff member reported offenses involving underage persons at Smith-Steeb Hall. There were four reports of criminal damaging between May 27 and… Read more

Board of Trustees minutes mum on tuition information for 2014-15 school year

June 4, 2014
Though tuition talks are on the agenda of the Board of Trustees meeting this week, details are still scarce. The finance committee’s schedule for its Thursday meeting did not include information about tuition for the 2014-15 school year. In its place, the committee’s agenda only said “information forthcoming.” Ohio State spokesman Gary Lewis said Wednesday afternoon that he did not know what the Board was planning yet. Construction The finance committee is also set to review current projects and enter into a new construction contract. The board is set to approve $16.8 million for the total cost of phase one of the Veterinary Hospital renovation and expansion project. The project… Read more

Ohio State women’s rowing team wins 2nd consecutive NCAA championship

June 4, 2014
Sometimes, repeating a championship performance is harder than winning the title the first time. But one Ohio State athletic team held on to its crown in style. The OSU women’s rowing team claimed its second straight NCAA championship Sunday morning in Indianapolis. OSU now boasts five individual national championships, good for the fourth highest in NCAA rowing, according to an OSU press release. The No. 1 ranked Buckeyes finished with 126 total points, and their closest competitor was California, with 118 points. OSU also walked away with individual national titles in the first and second varsity eights and a seventh-place overall finish in the first varsity four, according to the… Read more

Review: Columbus crowd spellbound by The 1975

May 6, 2014
The fans gathered to hear The 1975 were hypnotized before the band even stepped foot in Columbus to woo them. Monday’s alternative rock show was moved to the outdoor stage at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion from the smaller Newport venue — raising the capacity by about 3,000 people despite the breezy spring night. And that still wasn’t enough for the crowd. The pit in front of the stage was rebellious enough during the two opening acts, Bad Suns and Sir Sly, that a staff member came onstage and asked fans to watch out for one another, but the request didn’t seem to last long. As the Manchester-based band drew out… Read more

Ohio State Spring Commencement to have $475K budget, seating changes

April 30, 2014
Commencement often involves many layers of planning for administrators and students, covering everything from travel to seating and dining arrangements. The actual cost for Sunday’s ceremony will approach $500,000 for Ohio State, and the planning this year also includes a change in seating and informing visitors of the mumps outbreak on and around campus. The budget for the 2014 commencement ceremony is set to be $475,000 and about 10,000 students are expected to graduate, said university spokeswoman Amy Murray. “Expenses include things like diploma printing, transportation and parking, public safety, Facilities Operation and Design (for stadium setup),” Murray said in an email. Jenny Brace, a fourth-year in speech and hearing… Read more