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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

Official: Public safety notice should have been sent to everyone

December 2, 2014
Despite some students saying they never got a public safety notice that was issued Monday while others said they got it twice, every person with a valid Ohio State email should have gotten the notice, an Administration and Planning spokesman said. “Records indicate it was delivered to approximately 100,000 individuals,” Administration and Planning spokesman Dan Hedman said in a Tuesday morning email. “An unknown number may have received it twice, but our primary objective is to ensure the campus community is notified.” University Police issued the notice Monday afternoon after a sexual assault was reported 9 p.m. Saturday by a female Ohio State student. It had occurred between 12:45 p.m.… Read more

Sexual assault reported at academic building

December 1, 2014
A sexual assault reported at an academic building prompted University Police to issue a public safety notice Monday afternoon. And while some students received that notice multiple times, others didn’t get it at all. The incident was reported at 9 p.m. Saturday by a female Ohio State student. It had occurred between 12:45 p.m. and 1:55 p.m. that day at Independence Hall. The suspects were described as two white men. One was described as standing between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a red sweatshirt and glasses with spiked hair. The other was described as overweight with short red hair and acne scars on his… Read more

Opinion: Ferguson decision has ‘everything to do with race’

November 26, 2014
The decision of the grand jury in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked a clear outrage throughout America. Brown, who was unarmed at the time, was shot during the day Aug. 9 on the streets of Ferguson, Mo. Three autopsies later confirmed he had nine wounds caused by seven or eight bullets. Twelve shots were fired. The results of the grand jury: the shooter, police officer Darren Wilson, will not face criminal charges. This is a slap in the face not only to Brown and his family, but to all of America. We as a nation need to wake up and realize the underlying issue that sparked the… Read more

Black Friday, Cyber Monday pose security risks to shoppers

November 25, 2014
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, extra security measures are important to prevent hackers from stealing personal information, a spokeswoman from the Office of the Chief Information Officer said. Meanwhile, one study found that data breaches are on the rise and organizations are unprepared to detect them. The study, done by the Ponemon Institute in 2013, found that data breaches increased in both severity and frequency last year. The study found that downtime for an online retailer during Cyber Monday could cost as much as $3.4 million in lost sales and brand and reputation damage. Students should take precautions at all times of the year, but the holidays… Read more