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Ohio State is considering privatizing its utilities

October 30, 2014
In its quest to cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint, Ohio State is looking to privatize the management of its utilities, including water, electricity and gas. And while it’s not the first time OSU has privatized an asset, officials said this also might not be the last. The effort, dubbed the Comprehensive Energy Management Initiative, would involve entering into a long-term lease with an outside company that would manage the university’s utilities. That company could then profit by helping OSU cut energy costs and make it more energy efficient — something Provost and Executive Vice President Joseph Steinmetz said OSU can’t easily do on its own. “Through these kinds… Read more

City’s health inspectors to look for rodents around campus

October 30, 2014
After a six-year break from investing in off-campus pest control, the city of Columbus is looking for rodents around the Ohio State area again. Columbus Public Health is sending health inspectors around the University District area to look for signs of rodents, according to an article by The Columbus Dispatch. The last time the program ran was in 2008, before the Columbus Public Health Department discontinued the $275,000 rodent control program in an effort to cut back city spending, according to Lantern archives. Even so, Ohio State takes its own precautions against infestation problems, a Student Life spokesman said. The university has a contract with JC Ehrlich Company, a pest… Read more

Ohio State students’ biotech startup to compete for $1M

October 30, 2014
Two Ohio State students are hoping to walk away from a national business competition with $1 million. Peeyush Shrivastava, a second-year in biomedical science, and Manny Setegn, a first-year in computer science and engineering, who met in high school, will be venturing to Buffalo, N.Y., in January as part of the 43North business competition.  According to it’s website, 43North is one of the world’s largest business idea competitions that looks to award $5 million in prizes to 11 companies across the world.  The business Shrivastava and Setegn plan to pitch, Genetesis LLC, aims to make data more personalized for patients with membrane excitability disorders, which include heart disease, diabetes, cystic… Read more

High Street sees an uptick in homeless population around campus

October 30, 2014
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Every day on his way to class, Alex Castrey walks by rows of Greek houses, stores on High Street and homeless people. But lately, he’s noticed something different on his route. “I think there’s been an increase, definitely,” Castrey, a second-year in finance, said of the homeless people he passes each day. Castrey isn’t the only one to take notice of this rise in the off-campus homeless population. It’s a difference officers on the Columbus Division of Police force have reported to their commander, too. Columbus Police Commander Christopher Bowling said that since the spring, many of his officers have told him about more and more homeless individuals establishing roots… Read more

Ebola cases lead to hysteria, fake reports of virus

October 28, 2014
After multiple cases of the Ebola virus were falsely reported in Central Ohio, some Ohio State students said the hysteria around the virus has grown out of hand. Meanwhile, one psychology professor said it’s up to the government to help control that hysteria. The best solution to the nervousness would be careful and honest government communication that could build public confidence, said Ellen Peters, professor of psychology and director of the Behavioral Decision Making Initiative at OSU. “Public confidence in the ability of the government and medical personnel to contain the virus is critical,” she said in an email. “And that confidence can be eroded by the appearance of new… Read more

Recent Ohio State graduate Niraj Antani running for state House

October 28, 2014
A recent Ohio State graduate is hoping to become the youngest sitting state representative on Nov. 4. Ohio State graduate Niraj Antani, 23, is the Republican Party nominee in Ohio’s 42nd House District. Antani ­­— who graduated from OSU in spring 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in political science — is currently a law student at the University of Dayton. Antani said a lot of people have criticized him for his age, but he sees it as an advantage. “I believe our generation should have a voice. The legislature in Columbus should look like who they serve, they should not all just be one age demographic,” he said. “A lot… Read more

Fisher College of Business announces new dean

October 28, 2014
Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business has found a new dean following the current dean’s decision not to seek reappointment. Anil Makhija, who is currently a senior associate dean within the college, will replace current dean Christine Poon on Nov. 1, pending approval from the OSU Board of Trustees. Makhija’s selection was announced Tuesday. Poon announced she would not seek reappointment in December. Poon didn’t immediately respond to a Tuesday afternoon email asking about her decision. Makhija is set to make $490,008 in his new role, OSU spokeswoman Amy Murray said in an email. Murray was not able to immediately provide his current salary, however. Poon earned $534,298 as an… Read more

Boss Doggs takes its last stand

October 27, 2014
The long lines outside of University Hall are over — Boss Doggs is gone for good. Even so, the former hot dog cart has been replaced by a food truck named Thyme and Change, which can be found parked on Neil Avenue most weekdays. “In part because of its popularity, and because of the popularity of food trucks, we have replaced the hot dog stand with our new Thyme and Change food truck, which can be found nearby at Baker Systems,” Ohio State Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs said in an email. Thyme and Change offers a rotating menu that changes at least four times a week and offers international… Read more

Study: Playing violent video games in 3-D can lead to higher levels of anger

October 27, 2014
Virtual realities lead to realistic ramifications, according to a recent study conducted by Ohio State researchers. Playing violent video games in 3-D caused individuals to seem more angry, according to “Immersed in violence: Presence mediates the effect of 3D violent video gameplay on angry feelings,” a study co-authored by Brad Bushman and Robert Lull. “Violent video games increase angry feelings and aggressive impulses when played on an ordinary desktop computer,” Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at OSU, said in an email. “Our research shows that the effects are much larger when the same game is played on a large screen in 3-D.” To arrive at this conclusion, Bushman… Read more

Revamped minor ties together business, engineering, design

October 27, 2014
Those looking to take up a hands-on minor in business creation will soon get the opportunity. Entrepreneurship and innovation is a new interdisciplinary undergraduate minor that aims to help students be more creative and efficient at creating ideas and products in the business world. The minor was initiated by Fisher College of Business and approved by the Council on Academic Affairs in July. The minor is a revised version of an old minor with the same name that has existed for 10 years, said Michael Bills, executive-in-residence of entrepreneurship & innovation for Fisher. It’s been redeveloped to integrate innovation and entrepreneurship-based theories and practices to assist students in understanding how… Read more