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USG calls for improvements to OSU’s sexual violence services

March 26, 2015
“This is a huge problem, but people don’t take it seriously because sexual assault isn’t clearly defined.” That response, from a survey conducted by the Undergraduate Student Government to assess the climate and knowledge of sexual assault at Ohio State, sums up the results of the Sexual Violence Task Force’s findings. USG conducted 634 student surveys asking various questions about sexual assault and gauging how well-known OSU’s sexual assault assistance programs are. The Sexual Violence Task Force that conducted the surveys determined that there are some things OSU does well, but the university also has a long way to go. Sarah Hudacek, the deputy director of academic affairs for USG… Read more

Obama announces plan to make student loan repayments easier

March 12, 2015
There are about 1.97 million people in Ohio who have taken out student loans. That’s the equivalent of filling Ohio Stadium about 19 times. And those people have piled up the sixth-biggest state debt in the country at more than $49.6 billion, according to information from the White House. To try to combat the growing student debt problem, President Barack Obama announced an initiative on Tuesday that aims to make it easier and more efficient for students to pay back loans. Five years after he signed student loan reform into law, Obama signed a presidential memorandum he called the “Student Aid Bill of Rights.” A presidential memorandum is similar to… Read more

Divestment issue won’t appear on USG ballot

March 9, 2015
Students won’t vote on if Ohio State should divest this year. An initiative asking the university to cut financial ties from companies “complicit in Israeli human rights violations and the occupation of the Palestinian Territories,” according to the OSU Divest website. has been removed from this year’s Undergraduate Student Government ballot. According to the Judicial Panel of USG, for a petition to be valid, it has to have the name of the circulator on every page. The petition from OSU Divest failed to have the name on all the pages, the panel said, so the pages without the name were thrown out. OSU Divest is an organization that aims to… Read more

Kappa Kappa Gamma suspended after pledge reportedly hit by car

March 7, 2015
The Beta Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma is under investigation from Ohio State. After receiving a cease and desist letter earlier this week, The Columbus Dispatch reported that the university is investigating the women’s fraternity because a pledge was hit by a car while she was intoxicated. The Dispatch reported that a 19-year-old student who was pledging was hit on Feb. 26 at the intersection of Indianola and 16th avenues, near Kappa Kappa Gamma’s house. A member of the chapter told the Dispatch that the pledge had been released from the hospital and is recovering. Dave Isaacs, spokesman for the Office of Student Life, said the cease and desist… Read more

Concert review: MisterWives gives enthusiastic performance, but lacks in fine details

March 1, 2015
It was hard not to feel happy after MisterWives played in Columbus. The band’s songs inherently make you feel good, and it’s easy to jump around to the pop beats. It’s just happy music. When the six members came out to “Our Own House,” the song their tour was named after, it seemed like every head was nodding at the Saturday night show. The group put on a good performance, but it was MisterWives’ first headlining tour and in some ways, it showed. There were benefits of it being the band’s first top-tier tour. It seemed that the band members were genuinely grateful to be performing, and between songs they… Read more

Ohio State graduate student reported missing is fine, police say

February 4, 2015
Columbus Police said an Ohio State graduate student who was reported missing is not in danger. “Everything indicates that he has gone missing voluntarily,” Columbus Police said in a statement provided to The Lantern via email. It added that there was nothing unusual or concerning about Ahmed Mohamed’s case. “He has been seen by other people at several different locations over the past few days,” the statement said. Once a law enforcement officer sees him, the case will be closed, and the email added that adults are allowed to go missing and not say where they’re going. Mohamed, a graduate student in the College of Pharmacy, had been reported missing… Read more

Ohio State graduate student reported missing

February 3, 2015
An Ohio State graduate student has been missing since Thursday. Ahmed Mohamed, an OSU student in the Doctorate of Pharmacy program, was last seen Thursday at Parks Hall, according to a public Facebook post from a pharmacy student. Parks Hall, located at 500 W. 12th Ave, is where the College of Pharmacy is located. Mohamed is a black man, about 5-feet-11-inches tall and 210 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans, a gray coat and white tennis shoes, according to an email sent to pharmacy students from the college. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Columbus Police Department at (614) 645-4017.… Read more

Crime Brief: Soccer match spurs disorderly conduct police report

February 1, 2015
A fight between friends during a soccer match turned into a disorderly conduct report with University Police. Two friends got in a fight during a soccer game on Jan. 17. After one of the friends scored a goal, he celebrated by running over to his other friend, a 21-year-old student, and squeezing his stomach, according to a University Police report. The student didn’t like being touched, so he reciprocated the gesture by pinching his friend’s stomach. His friend then put the student in a headlock. When the student had difficulty breathing, he grabbed his friend’s leg and the two men fell to the ground. They then continued the soccer game,… Read more

Crime brief: Goal post damage estimated at $4,000

January 14, 2015
There could be $4,000 of damage to the ‘Shoe after about 200 people forced their way in to celebrate Ohio State winning the National Championship, according to an estimate from the building coordinator for Ohio Stadium. The group snapped a padlock in half when they broke in a gate at South Stands at about 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday after the title win. The approximately 200 people who made their way into the stadium were part of a larger mob that was “held at bay by police using crowd control tactics,” according to a University Police report. The group made their way to the goal post at the south end of… Read more

Booze, books and the balance: Past and present, alcohol is a constant in Ohio State’s culture

December 31, 2014
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“If kegs, liquor and loud music are what you want, then Ohio State fits the bill.” At least, that’s what The Lantern wrote after OSU was named the No. 15 party school in the country in 1998. And an alumnus from 1984 said he remembers there being off-campus parties with “a trash container just full of liquor.” Jim Grega, who graduated with a degree in productions operations in 1984, said though, that nobody he hung out with “ever got drunk to the point of not being able to take care of themselves.” Haley de Leon, a current fourth-year in social work, said she didn’t think drinking had ever interfered with… Read more