Author Archive: Michele Theodore

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Former band member disappointed in Ohio State for using suggestive calendar against Waters

October 24, 2014
A former Ohio State marching band member who was pictured in a suggestive pose on a calendar OSU officials found in former band director Jonathan Waters’ office said he’s disappointed in the university for using it as legal defense. The  2007 calendar found in Waters’ office depicted mostly nude photos of male band members in suggestive positions. Students posed with instruments and other band propaganda and in at least one case, a male band member was shown with only a small marching band flag covering his genitals. Jonathan Picking, a 2007 OSU Marching Band assistant squad leader, was one of the authors of the male calendar, according to a Friday… Read more

Crime brief: 14 alcohol-related incidents reported before Ohio State football game

October 23, 2014
There were 12 reports of open container and two reports of offenses involving underage persons on Saturday afternoon. The incidents were reported in the parking lots of Ohio Stadium, at the French Field House and in the parking lot of St. John Arena and Buckeye Lot. The incidents took place from approximately 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which is when Ohio State’s homecoming game against Rutgers started.  Tailgaters are not permitted to have open containers of alcohol by state and city laws. A 19-year-old man was also arrested Saturday at 5:40 p.m. near the Journalism Building and charged with prohibited acts, offenses involving underage persons and criminal damaging/endangering.  There was… Read more

Man caught living in Baker Systems Engineering

October 17, 2014
University Police Chief Paul Denton said a man was living in an Ohio State building, and he also said there have been multiple unrelated criminal trespassing arrests in the past few months. A 28-year-old man named Demarco Armstead wasn’t supposed to be in any OSU buildings after previous warnings, but he was arrested on campus on Oct. 4 for criminal trespassing after he was caught on camera entering Baker Systems Engineering. Michael Zazon, the IT manager for the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering — located in Baker — said he was involved in setting up the camera. He decided to set up the hidden camera after students and faculty working… Read more

University police records requests now go through Ohio State

October 13, 2014
Requesting police reports from the Ohio State University Police Department isn’t as simple as it used to be. Requests for police reports go through the police records department. And while The Lantern used to typically receive reports a few hours after requesting them, it’s recently taken as long as nine days. That’s largely because reports now have to go through the university’s Public Records office as well. Lizabeth Corrigan, the records manager at University Police, said all reports except traffic crash reports must go through the Public Records office. ”A few weeks ago, the OSU Public Records Office asked to review all report requests before we sent them out, as… Read more

Crime brief: Man caught with ‘base of operations’ in Baker Systems

October 10, 2014
A 28-year-old man who wasn’t supposed to be in any Ohio State buildings was arrested on campus for criminal trespassing. A professor became suspicious when he heard someone trying to operate a lock on a rarely used door in Baker Systems Engineering on Saturday at about 3 p.m. When a man entered, the professor approached him and the man left, according to a University Police report. The professor later found out that one of his peers has installed a camera in the Baker suite — which has offices, a kitchen and a central lobby area — to capture the man entering the building. The two reviewed the video and found… Read more

University Police identify suspect in sexual assault

September 29, 2014
A suspect was identified in one of the weekend’s three reported sexual assaults. The suspect is not an Ohio State student and is no longer on campus, according to a media release from University Police. A female student reported at about 10:20 a.m. on Saturday that a rape had occurred in a South Campus residence hall earlier that morning between 4-4:30 a.m. At the time, it was believed that the suspect was an OSU student, and the incident prompted a public safety notice. The suspect — who is described as a 22-23-year-old white male standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds — was invited into the dorm… Read more

Opinion: Spotlight on celebrities could be better shone elsewhere

September 29, 2014
Whenever my friends start discussing actors, I have to quietly look up who they’re talking about on my phone. While my sister kept up with the Kardashians and would occasionally talk about the finer points of their relationships, I was baffled that their names all started with the letter K. In short, half of the time I don’t know what’s going on in pop culture. And I’m perfectly fine with that. I think celebrity worship has stepped over some boundaries, and I don’t mean leaking nudes — that’s a whole other level of invasive. I just think people spend too much time worrying about overglorified stars. I think it can… Read more

Opinion: Starbucks’ beer-flavored coffee a smart move

September 26, 2014
I fell in love at a coffee shop. At first, it seemed like any other coffee cup. My name was proudly scrawled on the tall, white exterior and the latte was steaming softly. I picked it up and hustled out the door so I could escape the chaos of the counter, and that’s when it happened. I fell head over heels for a brown liquid.  Actually, come to think of it, it’s not the first time I’ve fallen in love with a drink, and maybe that’s why this new beverage was such a perfect match. I always tell my friends that I have two true loves — beer and coffee.… Read more

Crime brief: Man’s suspicious actions draw attention

September 26, 2014
A University Police officer reported that a man obstructed official business after the officer thought he was acting suspiciously. The man was walking on Woodruff Avenue, away from Ramseyer Hall, and turned onto High Street at about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 19. He was carrying a backpack that appeared “nearly full,” which the officer thought was suspicious because he was an older man and the officer noticed that he didn’t normally see older men walking around with backpacks, according to a University Police report. He decided to follow the man because there had been an increase in thefts at Arps Parking Garage, near where the man was walking. The man… Read more

Crime brief: Police confiscate handgun from intoxicated man

September 18, 2014
Police confiscated a handgun from a man not affiliated with the university after an Ohio State football game on Saturday. Officers first noticed the man at about 7 p.m. when he was carrying a traffic cone through the Neil Avenue Parking Garage, according to a police report. They saw him carry the cone onto an elevator and later, when they saw him riding in the passenger seat of a car that was on its way to the garage exit, they asked the driver to stop. The man said he picked the cone up near Ohio Stadium, and the officers asked him where he had put it after carrying it onto… Read more