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Tear gas use questioned after National Championship celebrations

January 14, 2015
Students celebrating Ohio State’s National Championship victory streamed out into the cold night air in a sea of scarlet and gray, only to be obscured minutes later by white clouds of tear gas. “We were all on the sidewalk. No one was really in the street, and we were all just cheering,” said Jacob Knock, a second-year in finance. Shortly after the College Football Playoff National Championship ended Monday night, students crowded campus — including Mirror Lake and High Street, particularly in front of the Ohio Union — to celebrate OSU’s 42-20 victory over Oregon. Officers from the Columbus Division of Police and a SWAT team wore gas masks and… Read more

Crime brief: Goal post damage estimated at $4,000

January 14, 2015
There could be $4,000 of damage to the ‘Shoe after about 200 people forced their way in to celebrate Ohio State winning the National Championship, according to an estimate from the building coordinator for Ohio Stadium. The group snapped a padlock in half when they broke in a gate at South Stands at about 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday after the title win. The approximately 200 people who made their way into the stadium were part of a larger mob that was “held at bay by police using crowd control tactics,” according to a University Police report. The group made their way to the goal post at the south end of… Read more

Goal posts torn down, tear gas used, several arrested after National Championship win

January 13, 2015
While confetti rained down on the national champions in Arlington, Texas, tear gas filled the air in Columbus. Columbus Division of Police used pepper spray and a SWAT team deployed tear gas on High Street as Ohio State fans swarmed the campus area — High Street, Mirror Lake and Ohio Stadium in particular — in a celebration over a national title victory. OSU won against Oregon, 42-20, to win the National Championship on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. According to a Tuesday press release from Columbus Police, approximately 200 people were involved in a break-in at Ohio Stadium, which resulted in damage to an entrance gate and a goalpost being… Read more

Booze, books and the balance: Past and present, alcohol is a constant in Ohio State’s culture

December 31, 2014
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“If kegs, liquor and loud music are what you want, then Ohio State fits the bill.” At least, that’s what The Lantern wrote after OSU was named the No. 15 party school in the country in 1998. And an alumnus from 1984 said he remembers there being off-campus parties with “a trash container just full of liquor.” Jim Grega, who graduated with a degree in productions operations in 1984, said though, that nobody he hung out with “ever got drunk to the point of not being able to take care of themselves.” Haley de Leon, a current fourth-year in social work, said she didn’t think drinking had ever interfered with… Read more

Robbery near academic building prompts public safety notice

December 20, 2014
A robbery near an academic building prompted University Police to issue a public safety notice Saturday evening. A male Ohio State student was robbed of his cell phone outside Ramseyer Hall, located at 29 W. Woodruff Ave., at approximately 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the notice said. Three suspects — described as two black men and one black woman — threatened the student before he gave up his phone to a male suspect. They then fled on foot. The suspects did not use weapons and wore winter hats and dark clothing. The investigation is open and ongoing, the notice said. There have been 11 public safety notices issued this year and 5 … Read more

Booze, books and the balance: How does alcohol play into the college culture?

December 9, 2014
On a recent Saturday in Columbus, bars opened before 6 a.m. to accommodate for the gameday ahead. That’s how early some Ohio State fans started drinking in anticipation of the noon football game against the University of Michigan. Earlier that week, about 14,000 people had flocked to Mirror Lake for the annual tradition where fans jump into the lake to show — in some way — their disdain for Michigan and love for the Buckeyes. Many of the people who jumped were intoxicated, and four medical transports and four arrests were made at Mirror Lake that night, according to the University Police log. It’s events like those of Beat Michigan… Read more

About 200 people rally on Ohio State’s campus to protest Ferguson decision, police brutality

December 9, 2014
“From Ferguson to Columbus, we demand justice!” protesters chanted on the Oval. A group gathered at the green space at 4:30 p.m. on Monday to rally in protest of the Ferguson decision and other instances of police brutality. Organizers estimated there were about 200 people in attendance. “I’m really glad the OSU community came out so strong today,” Timothy Singratsomboune, a fourth-year in ethnic studies, said. “We want to show the Columbus P.D., the OSU campus P.D. and the city government that the whole community takes this issue very seriously and it’s not just one or two of us.” Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man, was fatally shot by… Read more

Situations at Florida State, North Carolina a reminder of potential campus emergencies

December 7, 2014
It was gut-wrenching. The bangs didn’t register as gunshots — until a frantic librarian was heard calling 911. That’s how Sarah Evans, a fourth-year in sport management at Florida State University, described her growing fear as she realized her life was in danger. Evans was just 30 feet around the corner from an entrance to Strozier Library when an armed gunman opened fire in the library on Nov. 20. In the midst of attempting to discern what was happening, she saw a man bleeding on the ground behind a desk. “I was just standing there, frozen kind of … and that’s when I was like, ‘Holy crap, I gotta get… Read more

CABS driver to return to work after hitting pedestrian

December 4, 2014
A Campus Area Bus Service driver is expected to return to duty roughly a week after the bus he was operating struck a pedestrian off-campus. Columbus Division of Police officers issued the CABS driver a citation for failing to yield and hitting a pedestrian on North Fourth Street and East 13th Avenue on Monday morning, CPD spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis said. That driver will be returning to work next week, although the incident is still undergoing a formal review process, Administration and Planning spokesman Dan Hedman said in a Wednesday email. “Transportation & Traffic Management has a thorough review process and takes every incident of this nature very seriously. This process… Read more

Crime brief: At least 4 arrests during Mirror Lake Jump

December 4, 2014
There were various arrests during the Mirror Lake jump this year, including one incident where a student tried to take a police officer’s hat. There were at least three reports of disorderly conduct, three thefts and one offense involving underage persons at Mirror Lake last Tuesday and early Wednesday during the Mirror Lake jump. A 20-year-old male student was arrested for offenses involving underage persons on Nov. 26 at 12:20 a.m. He was taken to Franklin County Correctional Center, according to a University Police report, and his case was still open as of Wednesday evening. A 22-year-old female student who was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol was… Read more