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$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

E. Gordon Gee to maintain relationship with Ohio State as employment ends

April 21, 2014
When E. Gordon Gee accepted the West Virginia University presidency, he gave up his rights to an Ohio State office, secretary and $710,000 annually in salary and grant money as his employment with OSU ends July 1. But Gee didn’t give up everything. Former OSU President Gee will be provided lifetime executive health insurance benefits at OSU’s expense after he is no longer employed anywhere else, will be permitted to receive a payout of “any accrued, but unused vacation leave,” will continue to have a split dollar insurance policy and will retain his president emeritus title, according to a letter senior vice president, senior adviser to the president and general… Read more

Ohio State Peace Corps volunteers to begin journey of ‘impact’

April 21, 2014
Some Ohio State students are set to be recognized before heading off to work on service projects around the world. On Monday, approximately 40 Peace Corps nominees are set to celebrate the completion of the first stage of their international journey at a reception held at Hitchcock Hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Jack Campbell, a returned Peace Corps volunteer and OSU Peace Corps campus recruiter, said. “(The reception) is celebrating a couple of different things, but all things Peace Corps,” said Brittany Baker, a seventh-year in environment and natural resources. The Peace Corps is a U.S. Government service organization that sets Americans up with work sites and projects in… Read more

New staff of The Lantern prepares to take over

April 21, 2014
Many current staff members at The Lantern will bid farewell to their duties as Spring Semester concludes, and they are currently preparing to usher not only a new editor-in-chief, but a large roster of new faces that will take their seats at the editors’ desks next fall. A majority of the current staff, which consists of 17 Lantern positions and five BuckeyeTV positions, will be handing over their responsibilities to new hires or current editors who will hold new positions. Employment with The Lantern Media Group is typically an academic year agreement, with new staff members beginning with the Fall Semester. Dan Caterinicchia, director of student media, is not only… Read more

Chief investment officer to leave Ohio State, interim replacement named

April 18, 2014
Ohio State’s Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Hook is set to leave the university, and an interim replacement has been named. Hook is set to become the first chief investment officer of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc. in Baltimore, effective May 15. Director of liquid strategies David Gilmore is set to assume the interim position. Senior vice president for optimization and integration and Wexner Medical Center chief transformation officer Geoff Chatas announced the move in an email sent Thursday. OSU spokesman Gary Lewis forwarded the email to The Lantern … Read moreFriday. Chatas wrote that the announcement came with “a mixture of emotions.” “Although we will miss Jonathan, we celebrate the

Gordon Gee’s employment with Ohio State set to end, save university $4M

April 18, 2014
Gordon Gee’s decision to accept the West Virginia University presidency could save Ohio State an estimated $4 million over five years when his employment with the university ends July 1. But his relationship with OSU won’t be over. Former OSU President Gee will be provided lifetime executive health insurance benefits at OSU’s expense after he is no longer employed anywhere else, will be permitted to use “any accrued, but unused vacation leave,” will continue to have a split dollar insurance policy and will retain his president emeritus title, according to a letter senior vice president, senior adviser to the president and general counsel Christopher Culley sent Gee, dated March 26… Read more

Attempted armed robbery on North Campus prompts public safety notice

April 18, 2014
An attempted armed robbery on North Campus spurred University Police to issue a public safety notice Friday morning. The attempted robbery occurred on West 18th Avenue between McPherson and Smith Laboratories around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. A female student was approached by three males, one of whom pointed a gun at her and another who stepped behind her to put his hand over her mouth and pat her down. The robbery was interrupted and the three men ran northbound away from campus, according to the public safety notice. All three men were described as black males with braided hair, two of whom were about 5 feet 8 inches tall and the… Read more