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President Michael Drake focuses on positives in 1st university address

October 31, 2014
Ohio State needs to place a greater focus on teaching, while continuing its goal of research eminence, President Michael Drake said in his first address to University Senate on Thursday. The university is a “modern land-grant institution that’s also a doorway to the world,” he said. “We teach for Ohio, but we do research for the world.” As examples of OSU’s worldwide presence, Drake noted the university’s Global Gateway offices around the world, such as the one in São Paolo that opened Sept. 13.  Drake strayed from announcing anything bold for OSU’s future and he avoided taking up any controversial stances. Instead, the president used the forum to highlight the… Read more

New encounters bring Ohio State hauntings to light

October 31, 2014
In February 1893, a new building opened on Ohio State’s campus named Hayes Hall, after President Rutherford B. Hayes, a key supporter in OSU’s first years as a university. Unfortunately for Hayes, he was never able to see the completed building — he passed away two weeks before it opened. Even so, the building would later become living quarters for students from 1915-20, and back then, campus housing had a strict curfew policy. One brisk October night, two men missed their curfew again and didn’t arrive back to their home, Hayes Hall, until about 10 p.m. Afraid of getting in trouble, the men did not want to draw attention to… Read more

Fake off-campus eviction notices aim to raise awareness about displaced Palestinian families

October 31, 2014
Some students living in the off-campus area weren’t greeted by the mailman or by the neighborhood squirrels when opening their front doors Thursday. They were instead greeted by a piece of paper saying they must move out immediately.  The words “EVICTION NOTICE” were written in bold across the tops of the fliers, which were taped to the front doors of some off-campus residences located between East 11th and Lane avenues. The flier went on to say that the building was scheduled for demolition in three days. If the flier alarmed students, then it did the job its creators intended. The flier was a mock eviction notice put out by the… Read more

Ohio State is considering privatizing its utilities

October 30, 2014
In its quest to cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint, Ohio State is looking to privatize the management of its utilities, including water, electricity and gas. And while it’s not the first time OSU has privatized an asset, officials said this also might not be the last. The effort, dubbed the Comprehensive Energy Management Initiative, would involve entering into a long-term lease with an outside company that would manage the university’s utilities. That company could then profit by helping OSU cut energy costs and make it more energy efficient — something Provost and Executive Vice President Joseph Steinmetz said OSU can’t easily do on its own. “Through these kinds… Read more

City’s health inspectors to look for rodents around campus

October 30, 2014
After a six-year break from investing in off-campus pest control, the city of Columbus is looking for rodents around the Ohio State area again. Columbus Public Health is sending health inspectors around the University District area to look for signs of rodents, according to an article by The Columbus Dispatch. The last time the program ran was in 2008, before the Columbus Public Health Department discontinued the $275,000 rodent control program in an effort to cut back city spending, according to Lantern archives. Even so, Ohio State takes its own precautions against infestation problems, a Student Life spokesman said. The university has a contract with JC Ehrlich Company, a pest… Read more

Ohio State students’ biotech startup to compete for $1M

October 30, 2014
Two Ohio State students are hoping to walk away from a national business competition with $1 million. Peeyush Shrivastava, a second-year in biomedical science, and Manny Setegn, a first-year in computer science and engineering, who met in high school, will be venturing to Buffalo, N.Y., in January as part of the 43North business competition.  According to it’s website, 43North is one of the world’s largest business idea competitions that looks to award $5 million in prizes to 11 companies across the world.  The business Shrivastava and Setegn plan to pitch, Genetesis LLC, aims to make data more personalized for patients with membrane excitability disorders, which include heart disease, diabetes, cystic… Read more

High Street sees an uptick in homeless population around campus

October 30, 2014
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Every day on his way to class, Alex Castrey walks by rows of Greek houses, stores on High Street and homeless people. But lately, he’s noticed something different on his route. “I think there’s been an increase, definitely,” Castrey, a second-year in finance, said of the homeless people he passes each day. Castrey isn’t the only one to take notice of this rise in the off-campus homeless population. It’s a difference officers on the Columbus Division of Police force have reported to their commander, too. Columbus Police Commander Christopher Bowling said that since the spring, many of his officers have told him about more and more homeless individuals establishing roots… Read more

Ebola cases lead to hysteria, fake reports of virus

October 28, 2014
After multiple cases of the Ebola virus were falsely reported in Central Ohio, some Ohio State students said the hysteria around the virus has grown out of hand. Meanwhile, one psychology professor said it’s up to the government to help control that hysteria. The best solution to the nervousness would be careful and honest government communication that could build public confidence, said Ellen Peters, professor of psychology and director of the Behavioral Decision Making Initiative at OSU. “Public confidence in the ability of the government and medical personnel to contain the virus is critical,” she said in an email. “And that confidence can be eroded by the appearance of new… Read more

Recent Ohio State graduate Niraj Antani running for state House

October 28, 2014
A recent Ohio State graduate is hoping to become the youngest sitting state representative on Nov. 4. Ohio State graduate Niraj Antani, 23, is the Republican Party nominee in Ohio’s 42nd House District. Antani ­­— who graduated from OSU in spring 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in political science — is currently a law student at the University of Dayton. Antani said a lot of people have criticized him for his age, but he sees it as an advantage. “I believe our generation should have a voice. The legislature in Columbus should look like who they serve, they should not all just be one age demographic,” he said. “A lot… Read more

Fisher College of Business announces new dean

October 28, 2014
Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business has found a new dean following the current dean’s decision not to seek reappointment. Anil Makhija, who is currently a senior associate dean within the college, will replace current dean Christine Poon on Nov. 1, pending approval from the OSU Board of Trustees. Makhija’s selection was announced Tuesday. Poon announced she would not seek reappointment in December. Poon didn’t immediately respond to a Tuesday afternoon email asking about her decision. Makhija is set to make $490,008 in his new role, OSU spokeswoman Amy Murray said in an email. Murray was not able to immediately provide his current salary, however. Poon earned $534,298 as an… Read more