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Campus Partners seeks overhaul of 15th & High area

February 27, 2015
Campus Partners aims to rezone and “transform” 9 acres located around the intersection of 15th Avenue and High Street. The corporation is planning to rezone the area, currently split between commercial and residential zones, into a “commercial planned district,” Campus Partners president Amanda Hoffsis said Friday. That rezoning would allow for more freedom in planning, including a parking garage to serve the whole region and allow mixed use of buildings for retail, residential and office locations. All property owners within the area outlined for rezoning have signed onto the plan. Hoffsis said the rezoning process, expected to last through the end of the summer, will reveal what actions Campus Partners… Read more

Ohio State band director search to take longer than expected

February 27, 2015
The search for Ohio State’s next band director will take longer than the school originally announced. The university said in a September release that a search committee planned to select the new leader within four to six months, or by mid-February. The new director will be selected once the school has “identified a world-class leader” for its “world-class band,” OSU spokesman Chris Davey said in a Friday email when asked when the name will be announced. He said the selection was slowed last semester because two current band members and the interim director are involved in the search, and the football season caused time constraints. The search committee has received… Read more

Restored Cuban relations could affect Ohio State’s study abroad options

February 26, 2015
For more than five decades, there have been no cultural or diplomatic relations between the United States and its southern neighbor, Cuba, despite being separated by just over 90 miles. But with President Barack Obama’s announcement of the restoration of diplomatic relations with the island nation in December, Cuba might become more accessible for many Americans, including Ohio State students. “The United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba,” Obama said in his Dec. 17 statement. “In the most significant changes in our policy in more than 50 years, we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests, and… Read more

UDF near North Campus robbed

February 26, 2015
A United Dairy Farmers store near campus was robbed Tuesday morning. An unknown suspect wearing a tan ski mask, camouflage jacket, dark pants and tan boots entered the store, located at 2094 N. High St. by Frambes Avenue, at about 7 a.m. Tuesday. He implied he had a weapon and took money from the cash register, according to a Columbus Police Department media release. The suspect is described as a man in his 30s, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-8, of medium build. The media release did not say how much money was taken from the cash register, but the incident was caught on the UDF security cameras. Police encourage anyone with… Read more

Buckeye Book Community looks ahead to its next first-year book

February 26, 2015
Each year, Ohio State asks first-year students to engage in the campus community by reading and discussing a required reading book. The Buckeye Book Community committee has been meeting since November and taking suggestions from various faculty within OSU all year to pick next year’s book, said Jenna DiCicco, program coordinator for Buckeye Book Community. Although the book for next school year’s Buckeye Book Community was selected in mid-February, students won’t find out what it is until March or April. “The reason we’re not announcing it yet is we have to make sure we can bring the author to campus, order the books and get it approved by leadership in… Read more

Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal aims to address college funding

February 25, 2015
Ohio State and government officials said OSU students can worry less about finances if Gov. John Kasich’s 2016-17 budget proposal passes legislation. In his State of the State address Tuesday, Kasich said the objective of his budget is to make college more affordable for students. “(With) lower costs, a cap and a freeze on tuition, more students can afford college,” Kasich said in his speech. In 2003, tuition passed state funding at Ohio State, and the margin has only increased since. Tuition surpassing state funding comes as public college enrollment is at its highest peak. In a federal study done by the U.S. Government Accountability Office released in December 2014,… Read more

Students take hacking on the road

February 25, 2015
Josh Kuehn didn’t do well during his first hackathon, but that didn’t stifle his inspiration to help make what he calls the “tech culture” at Ohio State bigger. The 36-hour OHI/O hackathon in Fall Semester 2014 was Kuehn’s first experience with a hacking marathon, and he said he got so absorbed with programming and coding that he didn’t sleep much during the event. “It’s all about starting with nothing, or starting with very, very little, and actually building a product, an application, and I was just very excited about it,” said Kuehn, a first-year in computer science and engineering. This weekend, he will attend HackIllinois, a hackathon hosted by the… Read more

Buckeye Belle helps brighten students’ days

February 25, 2015
The first time Marcia Nahikian-Nelms brought her 6-week-old golden retriever puppy, Belle, to work with her, she realized the special connection that Belle had with people. Eight years and 80 pounds later, that puppy is now a therapy dog known as Buckeye Belle. While working for a university in Missouri, Nahikian-Nelms brought her new puppy Belle into work with her. While she worked, Belle would go to the university day care to play with the children. “From six weeks on, (the day care workers) would come and get Belle every day to play with the children,” Nahikian-Nelms said. Seeing the connection Belle had with the children, Nahikian-Nelms said she knew… Read more

FCC vote might change how companies charge for Internet

February 25, 2015
Sixty-eight percent of college students have used Netflix to binge-watch a television show, according to a study published by Student Life website studlife.com in November. But viewers’ experience on Netflix could change with the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming decision on net neutrality, said Chris Wallace, a fourth-year in computer science and engineering and president of Ohio State’s Open Source Club, a student organization that promotes free, open source software. Wallace said a lack of net neutrality could potentially impact how users experience Netflix and similar services, as companies would be forced to pay for more bandwidth to convey those services, which could raise consumer prices or decrease service quality. Companies… Read more

Ohio Gov. John Kasich discusses economy, college affordability in State of the State

February 24, 2015
Addressing members of the state’s general assembly from a stage decorated with a large Ohio flag Tuesday night, Gov. John Kasich acknowledged successes of the past year, but stressed that the state “has more work to do.” “We haven’t finished our mission. We have a lot more battles to wage and I cannot wage them without you,” Kasich said in his State of the State address, delivered in Wilmington, Ohio. “We need to win more battles against the status quo. We cannot drift. We have to continue to win battles against the status quo if we want to take Ohio to where we want to be, where we need to… Read more