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Author Archive: Ritika Shah

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Police: Human remains found off-campus aren’t of an Ohio State student

September 11, 2014
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Human remains taken out of an off-campus residence overnight are not believed to be those of an Ohio State student, a Columbus Division of Police spokesman said late Wednesday afternoon. The remains could have been in the home — located at the corner of East 13th Avenue and 4th Street — for up to several months, Columbus Police Sgt. Richard Weiner said. “There’s extreme decomposition that’s presenting challenges for the investigators,” he said. So far the cause of death is unknown and will require additional collection of forensic evidence, he said. “There’s nothing at this point that leads us to believe that this was a homicide, however, we are treating… Read more

Jon Waters: ‘I’m the most qualified’

September 5, 2014
It’s been roughly a month and 11 days since former OSU Marching Band director Jonathan Waters was fired, and he’s spent his time since attempting to clear his name, asking the university for his job back, and making no promises to pursue litigation just yet. The university plans on naming a new director within four to six months and has named University Bands director Russel Mikkelson and associate director Scott Jones as interim directors until a permanent director is selected. Waters was fired after an investigative report found evidence of a sexualized culture within the band and concluded that Waters was either aware of, or reasonably should have been aware… Read more

Ohio State trustees give brief forum for band complaints after protests overshadow meeting

August 29, 2014
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When the Ohio State Board of Trustees met Friday morning, its purpose was to hear committee reports and approve decisions on its agenda. The proceedings, however, were largely overshadowed by people protesting the firing of marching band director Jonathan Waters. In the hour before the meeting, band alumni and others met outside the Longaberger Alumni House. Many came with their instruments and sheet music, playing songs as a plane flew over bearing a “We Stand With Jon” banner. Board meetings rarely become a media frenzy, but local television and radio news outlets came out to film the proceedings and document the actions of protesters. The protesters’ presence did not go… Read more

Off-campus gas leak closes part of High Street on move-in day

August 23, 2014
Students moving into Ohio State Saturday afternoon were greeted by billowing smoke and strong fumes coming from Puff N’ Stuff smoke shop, located at 1652 N. High St. Columbus police officers directing traffic during move-in activities smelled the fumes and reported it to Lt. Karl Barth of Columbus Police Division’s Traffic Bureau, Barth said. At around 3 p.m., OSU’s police department tweeted from its account, @OSUPOLICE, that “Columbus Police and Fire are handling (a) gas leak.” Barth said he is unsure of  what caused the gas leak, but no one was hurt. Pedestrians and vehicles were asked to stay away from the area “to avoid the possibility of an explosion,”… Read more

Opinion: Nina Davuluri represents America with poise, diversity

January 28, 2014
I think Monday night might have been the first time I walked into a room full of Ohio State Buckeyes in absolute awe of a Michigan Wolverine. As she stood on stage, illustrating her platform of cultural competency, Miss America Nina Davuluri was picture-perfect. She came off as incredibly poised, articulate, elegant and even more radiant in person than all the cameras, evening gowns and famous acquaintances could ever make her look. Davuluri spoke about growing up in a predominantly Caucasian community and how she handled racism then, and even now, after garnering negative backlash on social media when she earned the crown and people said she wasn’t a “real”… Read more

Some Ohio State students bleu over Gooeyz’s unexpected closing

November 5, 2013
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The cheesiest part of South Campus Gateway might be gone for good. Gooeyz, a bar and restaurant known for its specialty grilled cheese sandwiches located at 1554 N. High St., announced it was closed indefinitely via Twitter Monday evening. Its Twitter account, @Gooeyz, tweeted “Gooeyz is now closed. Thank you for your patronage and all of the Cheezy Love!!” Gooeyz then tweeted “We are evaluating all possibilities and options for Gooeyz so keep an eye out for us!” Some Ohio State students were surprised at the announcement. “That’s it? They didn’t give any warning? No that’s very shocking. That’s alarming actually. Very sad. I would have gone before they closed… Read more