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Ohio State receives $16.5M federal grant for Early Head Start programming

December 17, 2014
Ohio State has been named the recipient of a $16.5 million Early Head Start Child Care Partnership grant, which is set to aid in the expansion of education and health resources to children living in some Columbus neighborhoods, a Tuesday press release from OSU said. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, is part of the Early Head Start program, a federal program that provides child development and family support services to low-income families. The original Head Start program was created in 1965 as an eight week project aimed at providing children from low-income families with educational, nutritional and psychological resources. Now, Head Start services… Read more

Protesters gather around Ohio State’s campus for a ‘die-out’

December 17, 2014
Protesters chanted “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace.” They entered various buildings chanting, became silent while lying down and then chanted again for about a minute before leaving, organizers said. They gathered on Ohio State’s campus Saturday as part of a national event organized in response to recent events and legal decisions that have raised questions about police violence against members of minority groups — specifically in primarily black communities. The protests included people lying on the ground for four and a half minutes — one minute for each hour Michael Brown’s body lay in the street after police shot him in Ferguson, Mo. In August, Brown, an… Read more

Booze, books and the balance: When drinking goes too far

December 17, 2014
When he came to college, Michael Langley spent so much time drinking alcohol that he recalls failing every class his first semester and eventually getting kicked out of school. He said he thinks he got a 0.0 GPA when he was a freshman at the University of Akron, but he didn’t realize that he had been drinking so heavily. He didn’t start consuming alcohol until that first semester, but said once he did, it just felt right “I was an athlete in high school and I was pretty straight-edged, didn’t do anything wrong. I remember drinking for the first time with friends (in college) and just really feeling like I… Read more

Ohio State gives students final opportunities during Commencement Week

December 17, 2014
From touring campus buildings to decorating graduation caps, the Office of Student Life has a Commencement Week filled with free activities for autumn graduates. Activities started on Sunday and will run through Friday, with Autumn Commencement scheduled to take place on Dec. 21. “This is the second year for Autumn Commencement Week and I am beyond excited to see how it continues to grow and give students graduating in Autumn Semester an experience that, at one time, was only available to students graduating in Spring Semester,” said Brett Bejcek, a second-year in data analytics and actuarial science who serves as student chair for the event. All graduating undergraduate, graduate, and… Read more

Ohio State student dies in collision

December 12, 2014
An Ohio State student died Friday. Stephanie Fibelkorn, 21, whose major was listed as mechanical engineering in an OSU directory, was killed in a crash downtown at Broad and High streets. A Columbus city engineer, Bill Lewis, was in critical condition at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center from the collision, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Fibelkorn was an intern from Lewis’ office. The two were crossing Broad Street when a truck and a school bus crashed into one another at about 10 a.m. “We are so saddened by the loss of Stephanie, and our hearts are heavy for her family, friends and loved ones. The support and services of the university… Read more

Emails indicate Ohio State knew about ‘Midnight Ramp’ tradition

December 10, 2014
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A string of emails from 2009 indicate that Ohio State officials might have known about the OSU Marching Band’s “Fesler Night and Midnight Ramp” tradition several years before Jonathan Waters became the band’s director. OSU spokesman Gary Lewis sent documentation of these emails to The Lantern Thursday morning. The emails detail correspondence between OSU Marching Band leadership, University Police and the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. The emails address an alcohol-related incident that occurred the night of the Midnight Ramp event in 2009. The incident prompted police involvement and a meeting between the three departments to discuss the future of the tradition. The documents also show that the band was… Read more

Ohio State prepares for another harsh winter

December 10, 2014
Oh, the weather outside is frightful — or at least, it’s getting there. According to the 2015 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Ohio can look forward to another harsh winter, with below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall. The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which was started in 1792, boasts an 80 percent accuracy rate, according to its website. Last winter, Ohio State called off main campus classes three times in the Spring Semester — Jan. 6, 7 and 28 — due to extreme weather conditions. Temperatures fell to roughly minus 7 degrees Jan. 6 and 7 and to about minus 11 degrees Jan. 28, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Read more

City of Columbus aims for transparency in snow removal

December 10, 2014
Ohio State students who live in off-campus housing will have a better understanding of Columbus’ strategy for plowing roads during heavy snowstorms this winter season. The Department of Public Service has launched a new website, warriorwatch.columbus.gov, that aims to provide information about street priority and condition during the snow season by tracking truck movement across the city. “We have had the capability to track this information on our trucks for the past couple years and we wanted to put something in place to help us be as transparent as possible with the people of Columbus,” said Melanie Crabill, a spokeswoman in the Department of Public Service. “We wanted people to… Read more

Booze, books and the balance: How does alcohol play into the college culture?

December 9, 2014
On a recent Saturday in Columbus, bars opened before 6 a.m. to accommodate for the gameday ahead. That’s how early some Ohio State fans started drinking in anticipation of the noon football game against the University of Michigan. Earlier that week, about 14,000 people had flocked to Mirror Lake for the annual tradition where fans jump into the lake to show — in some way — their disdain for Michigan and love for the Buckeyes. Many of the people who jumped were intoxicated, and four medical transports and four arrests were made at Mirror Lake that night, according to the University Police log. It’s events like those of Beat Michigan… Read more

New CEO named for Wexner Medical Center with a $1.1M salary

December 9, 2014
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is set to get more than a new cancer hospital — it’s also getting a new CEO. Meanwhile, it’s still unclear when a senior administrator’s role is set to be filled after he moved into a new position within the medical center. Dr. Sheldon Retchin of Virginia Commonwealth University is slated to serve as executive vice president of health sciences and CEO of the Wexner Medical Center, OSU announced in a Monday email from President Michael Drake. He will start March 2, pending approval from the OSU Board of Trustees, the letter said. Dr. Steven Gabbe has held the position since 2008, but announced… Read more