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Ohio State seeks dismissal of Jonathan Waters’ lawsuit

October 23, 2014
In its first legal response since being sued by former marching band director Jonathan Waters, Ohio State filed a motion Wednesday in federal court to dismiss Waters’ lawsuit. OSU said its filings are based on claims that Waters was terminated because he knew of his problematic behavior before being fired July 24 after an OSU investigation found the marching band contained a sexually-charged culture, according to a Thursday release. The filings also say Waters was an at-will employee who was subject to termination without cause. “He knew the problematic culture of the band well, but failed to adequately or appropriately fulfill his obligation to meaningfully address the issues before him,”… Read more

2 High Street businesses close their doors

October 23, 2014
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Despite close proximity to Ohio State’s campus, at least two restaurants along High Street couldn’t make it. But some nearby local businesses said they weren’t surprised based on the menus, food prices and locations of the two restaurants. Meanwhile, at least one of the spaces might already have a new tenant — Tom and Chee. Pera Fresh Istanbul Food and Red Robin’s Burger Works recently shut their doors. A Red Robin spokesperson confirmed the Burger Works location at 1708 N. High St. had closed earlier this month, but said that “beyond that, we do not have any additional details to share at this time.” The owner of the property, Scott… Read more

Ohio State doesn’t have restrictions on dorm guests, despite recent sexual assaults

October 23, 2014
Recent reported sexual assaults in Ohio State residence halls have promoted some students to question if the university should enforce some type of guest policy to track who comes and goes. Other schools, like the University of Cincinnati, keep track of dorm guests, which others say might be a little much. Still, a spokesman from the Office of Student Life was mum on whether OSU has plans on enforcing a residence hall guest policy. There have been two reported residence hall rapes so far this semester, at least one of which involved a woman bringing the attacker back to her dorm. The first incident occurred in a South Campus residence… Read more

Crime brief: 14 alcohol-related incidents reported before Ohio State football game

October 23, 2014
There were 12 reports of open container and two reports of offenses involving underage persons on Saturday afternoon. The incidents were reported in the parking lots of Ohio Stadium, at the French Field House and in the parking lot of St. John Arena and Buckeye Lot. The incidents took place from approximately 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which is when Ohio State’s homecoming game against Rutgers started.  Tailgaters are not permitted to have open containers of alcohol by state and city laws. A 19-year-old man was also arrested Saturday at 5:40 p.m. near the Journalism Building and charged with prohibited acts, offenses involving underage persons and criminal damaging/endangering.  There was… Read more

Student group sells pumpkins on the Oval to help people abroad

October 23, 2014
An Ohio State group that wants to help people in Tanzania, Nicaragua and Thailand brought pumpkins to the Oval for a fundraiser Wednesday. The fundraiser aimed to raise money for service trips to Central America, Africa and Southeast Asia and to send supplies to communities. “We figured most people on campus don’t have the means to go out and get a pumpkin and we figure everybody likes carving pumpkins,” said OSU Growth International Volunteer Excursions member Kevin Deye, a first-year in engineering. GIVE is a Seattle-based organization dedicated to volunteer initiatives to help build critical resources in impoverished areas and learn about the cultures of Central America, Africa and Southeast… Read more

Gov. John Kasich’s decision to skip gubernatorial debate draws mix of criticism, praise

October 21, 2014
For the first time in more than 30 years, an Ohio gubernatorial debate will not include a Republican candidate — something that party opponents are criticizing, while an expert said it might be the right move for the GOP. Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald and Green Party candidate Anita Rios are set to debate at the City Club of Cleveland on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Kasich, the Republican incumbent, declined to participate, according to the Club’s website. This is the first Ohio gubernatorial debate that won’t feature one of the major parties since 1978, according to The Toledo Blade. It is also the first to feature a Green Party candidate, according… Read more

Ohio State tailgate recycling program looks to help football fans sort trash

October 21, 2014
To continue with a goal of being a “Zero Waste” school by 2030, Ohio State has launched the tailgate recycling program aimed at recycling materials come gameday. And other sustainable practice initiatives at and around Ohio Stadium have been created to divert football gameday waste from landfills as well, said OSU spokeswoman Alison Hinkle. “Zero Waste” means diverting 90 percent or more material from the landfill by recycling, composting and repurposing, Hinkle said in an email. OSU launched “Zero Waste” at Ohio Stadium in 2011 to decrease gameday waste. But while “Zero Waste” is inside the stadium strictly, which involves compost recycling only,the surrounding area in the tailgate lots that… Read more

Muslim student group says ISIS doesn’t represent Islam

October 21, 2014
Shamiyan Hawramani, a fourth-year in human development and family sciences and member of the Muslim Students’ Association at Ohio State, spent her summer in Kurdistan, volunteering in refugee camps for people fleeing from the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State. She and other members of the MSA have denounced that group — also known as ISIS — claiming it’s unrepresentative of their beliefs. “They are in essence bringing back everything that Islam abolished,” Hawramani said. Hawramani said the group’s oppression of women is also against Islamic beliefs. “Islam referred to the time before the prophet as the ‘Age of Ignorance’ because of how women were treated,” Hawramani said.… Read more

University registrar: Old class scheduling processes time consuming, cumbersome

October 20, 2014
With a little less than three months until the start of Spring Semester, the pressure on Ohio State students to begin sorting through courses and creating class schedules might seem overwhelming. But the current process is much less time-consuming than those used in OSU’s past, said Brad Myers, the university registrar executive director in enrollment services. “Could we do it in a shorter period of time? Sure,” Myers said. “(It’s) a purposeful decision just to make it (function) as smoothly and efficiently as possible.” Myers said that prior to the independent student scheduling web-based software used today, students were once required to schedule over the phone using touch-tone requests. “It’s… Read more

Students from Texas have mixed reactions about going home with threat of Ebola

October 20, 2014
After at least three cases of the Ebola virus were diagnosed in Texas recently, some Ohio State students from the Lone Star state have mixed reactions about going back. “I kinda didn’t want to go back (home) for Thanksgiving break, so we’re going to go to Virginia, but I think I’m still going to go back for Christmas,” said Chris Estridge, a second-year in chemical engineering. Estridge is from Rockwall, a suburb east of Dallas. Others like Tory Berryman, a first-year in chemistry who is also from Rockwall, have said they are not too concerned about the virus. While she said she will be flying home for Halloween and Christmas,… Read more