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Ohio State holds onto administrators with ‘competitive’ compensation

April 22, 2014
It’s expected that the people leading an institution with the scope of Ohio State will be well compensated. What is less expected, though, is that those administrators on average make several times the amount an average faculty member makes, and more than their peers at comparable universities. Gene Smith formally joined the ranks of those administrators this year. Smith, OSU’s athletic director, was given the additional title of vice president and granted a four-year contract extension with a pay raise Jan. 28. His contract is now set to expire June 30, 2020, and his base salary is $940,484, up from $840,484 in 2013. He can now be considered one of… Read more

Boston Strong: A year later, the city stands

April 22, 2014
For one Ohio State student, “Boston Strong” is more than a slogan. “The T-shirts and the posters and whatnot that say ‘Boston Strong’ on them, to a lot of people those are just the memorial slogan for what occurred, but for us it’s a sign of how close Boston is as a city,” said Taylor Landes, a fourth-year in international studies who is from Boston. A year ago, Landes said she knew Boston was a strong city, but after being about the length of a football field away from blasts at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon, she said that mindset was only strengthened. “Boston has always been… Read more

Ohio State funding recommendations include $76.9M for renovations

April 22, 2014
Ohio State seems to be taking the lion’s share of state funding to repair and maintain existing facilities, despite a newly implemented system designed to unify the funding request process. Maintenance and repair was an approximately $167 million piece of the list of recommended higher education projects totaling $404.5 million in the Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission recommendations for 2015-16. The money budgeted for maintenance and repair equals roughly the tuition cost of 16,658 in-state undergraduates at Ohio State’s Columbus campus for 2013-14 school year. The Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission is a collaborative effort of public college and university leaders established by Ohio Gov. John Kasich in 2011 to… Read more

Train accident survivor, former Ohio State student supports others with lost limbs

April 22, 2014
Former Ohio State student Mark Kalina Jr. is planning to complete a 10-12 mile obstacle course called the Tough Mudder in May — less than two years after losing both of his legs in a train accident. The then-fifth year in civil engineering was walking home by himself from Grandview Heights after a night out with friends in October 2012. As he walked alongside a railroad track, he slipped on gravel and his shirt snagged on a train, which began moving at the same time. Unable to free himself, Kalina pulled himself onto a ladder on the side of the train and held on for as long as he could… Read more

Ohio State finals week a historical threat to students’ sanity

April 22, 2014
“Final examinations are as inescapable as death and taxes and just as dreaded.” That’s the beginning of an article published in The Lantern in 1964, but with finals week approaching again, the stress still seemingly exists. “Finals are awful. They’re kind of just like a marathon, and you’re on the final stretch, so it’s at that point where you can’t give up, so you have to just keep going,” said Nahila Sharif, a second-year in chemical engineering. And Sharif is not alone, as finals have been the cause of stress for years, according to Lantern archives. Tom Daniels, an Ohio State graduate student in 1992, said the stress of finals… Read more

Ohio State starts initiative to encourage mumps vaccinations on campus

April 21, 2014
Nearly three months after the first case of the mumps was reported on Ohio State’s campus, the university has established an official initiative to help tame the spreading disease. OSU’s Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccination Initiative was launched Monday in hopes of increasing the number of students, staff and faculty who will be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine, according to a Monday email to the OSU community from Interim President Joseph Alutto. In addition, a list of recommendations made by a group of experts from OSU, Columbus Public Health, Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was provided in the email regarding the recent outbreak of… Read more

$1M in Ohio State administrators’ travels includes private jets, luxury hotels

April 21, 2014
Five-star hotels and private jets – some Ohio State senior administrators are traveling in style on the university’s dime.  Some travel is necessary. Everything, including universities, is moving toward a globalized model. However, some think this move could represent a shift in universities’ core priorities, especially in a time where budgets are tight and tuition is rising. Some officials’ trips show a discrepancy in their intended purposes. One trip taken by two of OSU’s senior administrators was supposed to be a compliance review of the university’s Global Gateway Offices, but an itinerary indicates that a majority of the 10-day venture might have been spent building relations and seeking potential donors… Read more

Sexual harassment complaints top Ohio State reports

April 21, 2014
Of 141 harassment and discrimination reports filed with Ohio State from 2011-13, roughly 62 percent involved a sexual harassment complaint. But that might not represent the extent of the instances, as one local lawyer said he’s sure there are more cases that went unreported. In 2013, there were 52 reports of alleged workplace harassment and discrimination filed with OSU Office of Human Resources, according to university data. The yearly number of reports, as compared to previous years, has increased: there were 47 reports in 2012 and 42 reports in 2011. This data represents complaints filed by any of OSU’s 43,630 employees and is not representative of Wexner Medical Center employees,… Read more

In wake of complaints, Ohio State-area landlords aim to work with tenants

April 21, 2014
As landlords face complaints of dead rodents in walls and sewage backups at the properties they rent out in the off-campus area, some said they’re working to improve on the service they provide. For Michael Groeniger, property manager at G.A.S. Properties, the secret lies in a more interactive approach. “We’re more hands on. We’re out there a lot,” Groeniger said. “I think our system’s set up pretty solid. When we get a complaint, we’re there that day.” From 2008 through May 2013, G.A.S. Properties had 18 city housing code violations, including a nonworking furnace and dead rodents inside of a wall, according to a City of Columbus Code Enforcement log.… Read more

Report of armed robbery on Ohio State’s campus leaves some students concerned

April 21, 2014
After an attempted armed robbery led to the issuing of a public safety notice last week, at least one Ohio State student said she felt scared by the incident. University Police issued a public safety notice Friday morning about the incident, which according to a police report, allegedly occurred on West 18th Avenue between McPherson and Smith laboratories at about 9:40 p.m. A female OSU student was approached by three men, according to the notice, one of whom pointed a gun at her while another held his hand over her mouth and patted her down. According to the police report, the suspects attempted to steal the student’s cell phone. All… Read more