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Robbery, sexual assault reported off-campus

September 1, 2014
A robbery and gross sexual imposition were reported early Sunday morning in an off-campus neighborhood, according to a police report on the City of Columbus’ website. The woman listed on the report was identified as an Ohio State student through the OSU directory, Find People. The crime allegedly took place at about 1:15 a.m. on East Maynard Avenue, according to the report, and a dark-colored purse valued at about $30 was reported stolen. A dispatcher at the Columbus Division of Police said no further details were available as of Monday afternoon. He said a detective will be assigned to the case within the next couple of days. The report posted… Read more

New, pricier parking pass met with criticism

September 1, 2014
Some Ohio State employees are not pleased with one of the changes to the school’s parking permit regulations. Faculty and administrative personnel who bought the WA permit last year have had to buy a newly created pass to have the same benefits they had last year — but at a price increase of 50 percent. Two years ago, OSU leased its parking operations to Australian private investment firm QIC Global Infrastructure in a 50-year, $483 million deal. CampusParc, the company that runs the day-to-day parking services, was created as part of the contract — one that also capped yearly permit price increases at 5.5 percent. Last year’s WA permit allowed… Read more

Ohio State tuition fares well against other schools

September 1, 2014
Ohio State’s tuition isn’t cheap, but when compared to other Big Ten universities, it seems it could be worse. Since 2007, the in-state tuition rate at OSU has risen nearly 16 percent and students graduate with an average of more than $25,000 in debt, according to a Board of Trustees document. The flagship program of Undergraduate Student Government last year aimed to boost affordability. And last week, vice president of Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston spoke to the Board about the need to increase students’ financial literacy. But the Board said tuition isn’t that bad. For the second straight year, the Board froze in-state tuition, keeping it at $10,037 for the… Read more

Japan dolphin killings protested near campus

September 1, 2014
Protesters gathered on the corner of Lane Avenue and High Street outside a Shell gas station on Monday to raise awareness about dolphin killings, an organizer said. Dolphin hunting season officially started Monday at Taiji, Japan. Fishermen herd hundreds of dolphins into a small cove, attack them with knives, separate the “pretty” ones out to sell to aquariums and kill the rest, event organizer and Columbus resident Cindy Ford said. “(The fishermen) say it’s humane, but it’s not,” she said. Many of the protests happening around this issue are taking place around Japanese embassies in the U.S., but Ford said her group wanted to raise awareness about the issue in… Read more

Runners brave rain to raise money for the James Cancer Hospital

September 1, 2014
Cancer and rain are no match for Michael Herman. Herman, a fourth-year in electrical and computer engineering, took to wet conditions Sunday with hundreds of others to participate in the second-annual CLunger Beats 5000 5K outside of Ohio Stadium. The CLunger Beats 5000 5K was founded in 2013 in honor of Cory Lunger, an Ohio State alumnus who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2008, according to the race’s website. Lunger was an ALL patient at the OSU Wexner Medical Center James Cancer Hospital and worked with the James staff to set up an endowment fund to receive the proceeds from the event shortly before he died last year,… Read more

2 construction projects at risk of going over budget; more work approved

September 1, 2014
The construction cranes and chain-linked fences that currently decorate Ohio State’s campus aren’t leaving anytime soon.  The Board of Trustees approved several construction projects near the Columbus campus that are set to cost a total of more than $121 million during its Friday meeting.  Meanwhile, some of the current construction projects are at risk of running over budget because of unforeseen costs. The Board heard a report on the status of construction projects at OSU. Most projects were considered to be safely on budget, but two were listed as being currently on-budget but with concerns. The North Campus Residential District project received this warning because of increased construction costs, and… Read more

Ohio State trustees give brief forum for band complaints after protests overshadow meeting

August 29, 2014
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When the Ohio State Board of Trustees met Friday morning, its purpose was to hear committee reports and approve decisions on its agenda. The proceedings, however, were largely overshadowed by people protesting the firing of marching band director Jonathan Waters. In the hour before the meeting, band alumni and others met outside the Longaberger Alumni House. Many came with their instruments and sheet music, playing songs as a plane flew over bearing a “We Stand With Jon” banner. Board meetings rarely become a media frenzy, but local television and radio news outlets came out to film the proceedings and document the actions of protesters. The protesters’ presence did not go… Read more

Ohio State prepares to open Global Gateway in Brazil

August 28, 2014
Buckeye Nation is starting to look more like Buckeye International, as scarlet and gray influence is set to spread south of the equator. Ohio State is set to launch its next Global Gateway office in São Paulo, Brazil on Sept. 13. It’s slated to cost the university $375,000 over the next two years, with funding coming from the OSU Office of Academic Affairs, said Christopher Carey, director of Global Gateways. The Global Gateway program aims to give OSU a presence in selected countries by providing students, alumni and faculty opportunities for networking, studying abroad and conducting research, according to its website. There are currently offices in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai,… Read more

Ohio State Board meets to discuss compliance issues, financial education programs

August 28, 2014
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Some of the Ohio State Board of Trustees committees met to discuss compliance issues, including an at-risk Title IX program, and financial education programs Thursday. Audit and Compliance Committee Some supporters of former OSU marching band director Jonathan Waters attended the Board’s Audit and Compliance Committee meeting, though they served as silent onlookers. Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month investigation into the band found a culture conducive to sexual harassment. It was determined Waters was aware or reasonably should have been aware of that culture and did not do enough to change it. Though Waters asked to be reinstated, Board Chairman Jeffrey Wadsworth and President Michael Drake have… Read more

Mumps outbreak slows down

August 28, 2014
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The mumps outbreak might finally be starting to clear up. Over the summer, the number of weekly reported cases of the mumps in Central Ohio decreased, Columbus Public Health spokesman Jose Rodriguez said. “We hope that we are toward the end of the outbreak now,” he said Thursday. “The trend is definitely on our side and it’s definitely trending down.” As of Wednesday, 483 cases had been reported in Franklin, Madison and Delaware counties since the first case was reported in January, according to a release from Columbus Public Health. Of those cases, 255 are linked to the Ohio State outbreak, the first of which was reported Feb. 10. The… Read more