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Alumni show support for Jon Waters at Ohio State Marching Band practice

July 30, 2014
James Lang, a 2000 graduate of Ohio State, said he will not give one more dollar to the university unless they reinstate former marching band director Jonathan Waters, who was terminated last week. “I will pull all funding from the Ohio State University,” Lang said. “I am very close to starting my Ph.D., and I know that I am not applying to Ohio State now.” Lang is one of many OSU alumni who gathered to show support for Waters at a voluntary practice for those hoping to make the band Wednesday night. Signs were passed out containing four white horizontal stripes on a black background. Each stripe contained one word… Read more

Former Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters’ attorney says no severance package was offered

July 30, 2014
Ohio State did not offer former Marching Band director Jonathan Waters any severance following his termination, his attorney said, and Waters hasn’t decided whether to pursue legal action. “We certainly don’t exclude taking legal action,” said Waters’ attorney David Axelrod. OSU spokesman Gary Lewis did not immediately respond to an email Wednesday asking  why no severance package was offered. For now, Axelrod said, Waters has been meeting privately with his family, deciding what his next move is as he deals with the “shock” of his termination. Axelrod said Waters was a “scapegoat” because the traditions that a university investigation found created a sexualized environment had been going on for years.… Read more

Former Ohio State Title IX coordinator: ‘My leaving had nothing to do with the band situation’

July 30, 2014
The former Ohio State Title IX coordinator said her somewhat-recent departure wasn’t related to the university’s investigation of its marching band. Andrea Goldblum said she resigned from her position within the Office of Compliance and Integrity in December 2013 because she felt she was unable to do her job to the best of her ability as a result of internal issues within the office. She came to OSU in 2005 as the director of student conduct before becoming the Title IX coordinator in April 2013. “I chose to leave OSU because I feel I was not supported, resourced or respected in a way that enabled me to accomplish the goals… Read more

Ohio State Marching Band performs for first time following band director’s dismissal

July 26, 2014
“It’s been…a busy week. Thank you to all the Buckeye supporters.” The band’s announcer hesitated in his introduction, but it was met with the applause and cheering from supporters who came out to see the Ohio State Marching Band perform with the Columbus Symphony at Picnic with the Pops Friday night. The concert, held at Columbus Commons Bicentennial Pavilion, was the marching band’s first performance since Thursday’s announcement that head director Jonathan Waters had been terminated. The announcement came in light of a 23-page investigation report that found the band’s culture was “an environment conducive to sexual harassment,” according to a released statement from President Michael Drake Thursday. Waters’ name… Read more

Former Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters yells, curses at student on recording

July 25, 2014
Former Ohio State marching band director Jonathan Waters seems to have been caught on tape yelling at a student. Waters was fired Thursday after a two-month OSU investigation into a complaint from a band member’s parent found “serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment within the marching band,” according to an OSU statement. It was found that Waters was either aware of or reasonably should have been aware of that culture but did not do enough to address it. Part of the investigation looked at whether Waters was “sometimes abusive towards students.” The report cited two examples of Waters yelling and cursing at students, one of which… Read more

Ohio State Marching Band to perform 1 day after termination of director

July 25, 2014
The Ohio State University Marching Band is still set to give one of its first performances of the season following the termination of its director nearly a day before. The band will perform Friday night with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at Picnic with the Pops under the batons of OSU concert band director Russell Mikkelson and Columbus Symphony resident director Albert-George Schram. The band was originally set to be conducted by former director Jonathan Waters, who was terminated Thursday after a two-month investigation revealed the band had “an environment conducive to sexual harassment,” according to a statement from President Michael Drake released Thursday. A 23-page investigation report posted on an… Read more

Audio: Former Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters yells, curses at student

July 25, 2014
Editor’s note: This recording contains explicit language.… Read more

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