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President Michael Drake discusses Jon Waters, National Championship

January 26, 2015
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Ohio State President Michael Drake said he’s been busy picking up the reins as the leader of Ohio State since he took over in July. “What I look forward to in 2015 is more time with students and faculty,” Drake said in a Monday interview with The Lantern. “I noticed that I missed the level of contact that I had been used to having with (them).” In addition to sharing his thoughts on issues facing higher education and OSU’s large student population, Drake also answered questions about topics like former OSU Marching Band director Jon Waters’ firing, the football team winning the National Championship and what he thinks about the… Read more

Drackett, Houck to close next year while 5 new buildings open

January 26, 2015
When housing contracts are made available to students this year, two familiar buildings will be replaced by four new North Campus residence halls. Drackett Tower and Houck House will temporarily close this fall when four new residence halls are scheduled to open. “Drackett is going to be closed because of renovation work on the ground and first floors,” said Dave Isaacs, spokesman for the Office of Student Life. Isaacs said the building will be closed while crews add office space and event space to the halls and complete renovations to the lobby and front desk areas. “There is fairly extensive work going to be done on Drackett, enough that it… Read more

Digital Union offers free 3-D printing in pilot program

January 25, 2015
Students looking for a way to combine their technological and creative skills now have the means to do so using free three-dimensional printing services offered at two Digital Union locations on campus. Three-dimensional printers are now housed in the Digital Union locations at Enarson Classroom 012 and Prior Hall 460a, and can be used by all students, staff and faculty, regardless of department affiliation, for no cost. The 3-D printers are part of a pilot program the Digital Union is testing, which started on Jan. 12 and will continue until March 16. The two months are meant for data collection to see how viable the market is for 3-D printing… Read more

Study: Millennials drive less, favor alternate transportation

January 25, 2015
More millennials have been delaying getting their driver’s license compared to previous generations, opting to use alternate transportation methods, and a new transportation and parking plan at Ohio State is set to help further accommodate this lifestyle change. In the October study “Millennials in Motion,” conducted by the Ohio Public Interest Research Group, researchers found the average amount of miles driven by 16- to 34-year-olds decreased by 23 percent between 2001 and 2009 because of fewer trips and more diverse transportation options. The study also stated that, according to data from the AAA Foundation for Highway Safety, the percentage of high-school seniors who have a driver’s license dropped to 73… Read more

University Police adds 2 Ohio State alums to its ranks

January 25, 2015
University Police recently hired two new officers to its ranks, and although both men received their undergraduate degrees from Ohio State, neither started their college careers with the intent of returning to campus as uniformed officers. Officers John Quinlan and Alan Horujko became the two newest members of the department, which employs 47 sworn police officers on the Columbus campus, Office of Administration and Planning spokesman Justin Moss said in an email. Quinlan said he began his law-enforcement career after teaching Spanish and German for several years for the Olentangy School District. “It’s a second career that I’ve always loved and wanted to do,” Quinlan said of the switch to… Read more

45K celebrate homecoming of national champions

January 24, 2015
About 45,000 fans cheered for the Ohio State football team at Ohio Stadium on Saturday in what was the Buckeyes’ second public celebration at OSU after winning the National Championship in Texas. The first welcome event, meant to be just for students, was held at the Ohio Union on Friday. The event at Ohio Stadium included an appearance from the OSU Marching Band, crowd cheers and speeches, including Mayor Michael Coleman announcing in a video message that a street sign will be placed at Lane Avenue and High Street, naming it “The Undisputed Way.” Andrew Ginther, president of the Columbus City Council, presented the sign to Coach Urban Meyer at… Read more

Students celebrate Ohio State football team’s national championship win

January 23, 2015
  The weekend celebration of the Ohio State football team’s eighth national championship win kicked off Friday night in the Great Hall of the Ohio Union, where students gathered to celebrate the team’s 42-20 national championship victory over Oregon Jan. 12. The event featured several speakers from the university, including Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for student life, who praised the football team’s accomplishments. “This last season, you had the chance to see the football team do what they do best: be resilient and win,” she said. Coach Urban Meyer, with the Block O cheering section standing behind him, acknowledged the student support of the team. “On behalf of our coaching… Read more

Study: Eating fast food frequently can affect children’s test scores

January 22, 2015
Fast food might not be good for the waistline, and researchers are now finding that it might also be harmful to the brain. Students who consumed more fast food in the fifth grade were more likely to score lower on tests in reading, math and science in the eighth grade, according to a study by Kelly Purtell, an assistant professor of human sciences at Ohio State. Purtell conducted the study in association with Elizabeth Gershoff, a professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. In the study, Purtell and Gershoff measured the academic abilities of students by comparing achievement tests taken by the students… Read more

Ohio State ranks in top 10 for distance learning education

January 22, 2015
Ohio State is striving to bring the academic experience of sitting in a lecture hall to the digital classrooms of its online courses, and its placement among some of the top 10 online programs shows evidence of progress. U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2015 “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” report, ranking OSU tied for eighth. OSU currently offers 10 online programs, with more than 270 online courses, and had 2014 enrollment of more than 5,000 students, Office of the Chief Information Officer spokeswoman Katharine Keune said in an email. Rob Griffiths, senior director of digital scholarship for ODEE, said OSU’s online program is successful because it offers online… Read more

Luxury apartments coming to Lane Avenue

January 22, 2015
A Lane Avenue apartment complex will be demolished later this year to make room for a new luxury apartment complex. Edwards Communities Development Company LLC, a Columbus-based company that also owns apartment complex Norwich Flats on Norwich Avenue, plans to begin construction in August, the company’s president, Ryan Szymanski said. Szymanski said he was “not ready to release information” about how much the proposed building would cost. The new apartment building will be located at 144-162 W. Lane Ave. next to Tommy’s Pizza, Szymanski said, but a permanent address hasn’t yet been decided on for the building. Szymanski added that the company still needs to get permission to build from… Read more