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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

Protesters gather around Ohio State’s campus for a ‘die-out’

December 17, 2014
Protesters chanted “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace.” They entered various buildings chanting, became silent while lying down and then chanted again for about a minute before leaving, organizers said. They gathered on Ohio State’s campus Saturday as part of a national event organized in response to recent events and legal decisions that have raised questions about police violence against members of minority groups — specifically in primarily black communities. The protests included people lying on the ground for four and a half minutes — one minute for each hour Michael Brown’s body lay in the street after police shot him in Ferguson, Mo. In August, Brown, an… Read more

Emails indicate Ohio State knew about ‘Midnight Ramp’ tradition

December 10, 2014
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A string of emails from 2009 indicate that Ohio State officials might have known about the OSU Marching Band’s “Fesler Night and Midnight Ramp” tradition several years before Jonathan Waters became the band’s director. OSU spokesman Gary Lewis sent documentation of these emails to The Lantern Thursday morning. The emails detail correspondence between OSU Marching Band leadership, University Police and the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. The emails address an alcohol-related incident that occurred the night of the Midnight Ramp event in 2009. The incident prompted police involvement and a meeting between the three departments to discuss the future of the tradition. The documents also show that the band was… 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

New CEO named for Wexner Medical Center with a $1.1M salary

December 9, 2014
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is set to get more than a new cancer hospital — it’s also getting a new CEO. Meanwhile, it’s still unclear when a senior administrator’s role is set to be filled after he moved into a new position within the medical center. Dr. Sheldon Retchin of Virginia Commonwealth University is slated to serve as executive vice president of health sciences and CEO of the Wexner Medical Center, OSU announced in a Monday email from President Michael Drake. He will start March 2, pending approval from the OSU Board of Trustees, the letter said. Dr. Steven Gabbe has held the position since 2008, but announced… 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

Ohio State signs pact to promote nutrition, physical activity

December 7, 2014
Ohio State has a goal to become the healthiest university on the globe, said an official with the OSU College of Nursing.  The university has taken the next step to get there this summer when it became one of 20 schools nationwide to join in a three-year commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America. Schools participate in this Healthier Campus Initiative by adopting a series of guidelines to promote nutrition and physical activity on the university’s campus.  “Our goal is to become the healthiest university on the globe,” said Megan Amaya, OSU’s College of Nursing director of health promotion and wellness, in an email. “By making changes in the… Read more

March on the Oval to protest Ferguson decision, police brutality

December 7, 2014
Protests and rallies have sprung up all over the country in response to the grand jury decision after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown — including at Ohio State. Some OSU students are set to host a march on the Oval on Monday at 4:30 p.m. — followed by a citywide rally in Goodale Park — in response to the Ferguson decision. Brown, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9. It was announced on Nov. 24 that Wilson will not face criminal charges. “People in Columbus and at OSU are concerned with the lack of justice we’ve seen for… Read more

Ohio State sees 31% increase in students studying abroad

December 4, 2014
Ohio State students are studying abroad more than many other schools, according to a recent survey. OSU ranked No. 7 nationally for the total number of students studying abroad, according to the 2014 Open Doors Report, an annual survey published by the Institute of International Education. The Institute of International Education is a New York City-based nonprofit specializing in international student exchange and foreign affairs, according to its website. OSU had 2,255 students participate in a study abroad program in 2012-13, said William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. “We went from being No. 25 in the nation in total number of students studying abroad to No.… Read more