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Ohio State fires band director Jonathan Waters

July 24, 2014
Ohio State fired band director Jonathan Waters after a two-month investigation revealed “an environment conducive to sexual harassment” within the band, according to a statement from President Michael Drake released Thursday. Waters, who took over as band director in 2012, was ousted from his position Thursday. In his statement, Drake addressed Waters’ termination, saying “nothing is more important than the safety of our students.” A 23-page investigation report posted on an OSU website detailed various instances of abuse between band students and directors. Examples include an annual band practice in Ohio Stadium that Waters attended where students were expected to march in only their underwear, sexually explicit nicknames for new… Read more

55 students waitlisted for Ohio State housing; officials expect to accommodate all

July 23, 2014
Some Ohio State students looking for on-campus housing have found themselves on a waitlist. Fifty-five students who applied for residence hall housing were on the waitlist as of Friday, Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs said. He added, though, that this has happened in past years and “we fully expect to be able to accommodate everyone.” “What we do with the waiting list is, as prospective students cancel, then we move people from the waiting list into those rooms,” he said. He added the cancellation rate this year has been consistent with previous years. According to Student Life Housing, Isaacs said, 10,882 students applied for housing for this school year. Of… Read more

Ohio State hires Title IX, Clery Act coordinator

July 22, 2014
Ohio State has a new Title IX and Clery Act coordinator. Kellie Brennan, formerly of Columbus State Community College, will be taking on the role, according to an OSU release. She is set to replace Andrea Goldblum, who was named to the position in April 2013. OSU spokesman Gary Lewis was not able to immediately provide details regarding when and why Goldblum is no longer in the position, what Goldblum’s salary was and what Brennan’s salary is set to be. In her new role, Brennan will monitor OSU’s efforts to curb and support victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence, in addition to overseeing OSU’s compliance with the Clery Act.… Read more

Summer Commencement speaker selection involved students, set to cost $78K

July 18, 2014
Unlike Spring Commencement, students were involved in the speaker selection process that unanimously chose former Interim President Joseph Alutto to speak at Summer Commencement. In addition, Summer Commencement is set to cost nearly $78,000, while Spring Commencement totaled about $420,000, an Ohio State spokeswoman said in an email. This time around, a newly configured Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee composed of three students, four staff members and six faculty selected the speaker rather than a group of top-ranking OSU officials. The three students each represented one of OSU’s student government organizations —Undergraduate Student Government, the Council of Graduate Students, and the Inter-Professional Council. They were selected by the leadership of each… Read more

Joseph Alutto to give Summer Commencement Address

July 17, 2014
Students graduating at the end of Summer Term can expect to hear from former Ohio State Interim President Joseph Alutto, who is set to give the commencement speech. The selection of Alutto came after a unanimous decision by OSU’s new Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, according to a Wednesday release from OSU. Alutto will speak to an audience of about 9,000 including 1,800 anticipated graduates on Aug. 10 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Alutto will receive an honorary Doctor of Higher Education during the event. “We are honored to have Joseph Alutto address our graduates and their families at the university’s 407th commencement ceremony,” President Michael Drake said in the release.… Read more

Crime brief: Disorderly conduct reported twice in Ohio State parking garages

July 16, 2014
There were two incidents of disorderly conduct in parking garages this week. Both garages are located on South Campus near the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. The first incident occurred July 7, but was reported three days later. A hospital nurse was walking in the Neil Avenue Parking Garage when a middle-aged man blocked her way on the stairwell, according to a University Police report. She said the man complained about her driving and grabbed her name badge, which she pulled back on the lanyard holding it. The nurse said she threatened to call the police and the man left. The second incident was reported Tuesday at about 9:30 a.m.… Read more

Ohio State President Michael Drake talks about staying connected with the community

July 10, 2014
Ohio State President Michael Drake’s office has bare walls and empty shelves. He took over the top job a little more than a week ago, and tacks still mark the spots where old decorations once hung. But he spoke Wednesday in his office for the first time to reporters since taking the position. He talked about his vision for OSU, the importance of highlighting everything the university accomplishes and the balance it faces between focusing on local and global issues. But mostly, he talked about how he plans to work closely with students, faculty and staff. He began by emphasizing that the university’s goals and values are about more than… Read more

Concealed-carry group sues Ohio State, says zero-gun tolerance unlawful

July 9, 2014
A concealed-carry group is suing Ohio State, saying the university violates state law with its no-tolerance stance on concealed guns. The group, which is a collaboration between the Students for Concealed Carry Foundation and Ohioans for Concealed Carry, says the university is unlawfully banning students with concealed-carrying permits from storing guns in their vehicles parked on campus and from carrying guns while representing the university off campus, according to the lawsuit filed in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court Sunday. The Ohio Revised Code states concealed guns are banned on “any premises owned or leased by any public or private college, university or other institution of higher education.” However, the… Read more

Crime brief: Trespasser accused of feeding swine at Ohio State facility

July 9, 2014
Someone might have fed the pigs at Ohio State’s swine center without permission. A male staff member reported criminal trespassing after finding that there were buckets of feed on the ground at the swine facility on Kays Avenue in Dublin. He said an unauthorized person had fed the pigs sometime between the evening of June 29 and the next morning, according to a University Police report. Another employee met with an officer on July 1 at the horse facility, which is also in Dublin. At the same time as the incident with the pigs, a male staff member said there were several gray buckets outside of horse stalls that were… Read more

Ohio State hires Ohio Supreme Court spokesman for public relations role

July 8, 2014
Ohio State has found its next public relations official after a roughly seven-month search. Chris Davey is set to start at OSU Aug. 11 as the assistant vice president of media and public relations. His role will involve “enhancing Ohio State’s reputation through leadership of media strategy, planning and execution,” according to an email from Melinda Church, vice president of university communications, that OSU spokesman Gary Lewis provided to The Lantern. Davey is set to earn a salary of $155,000, Lewis said. Davey, an OSU alumnus in journalism and a former editor of The Lantern, is currently the director of public information at the Supreme Court of Ohio, a… Read more