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Columbus power outage reaches some Ohio State buildings

August 20, 2014
Some Ohio State students might have been affected by an area power outage Wednesday. There were more than 6,300 AEP customers without power in Franklin County as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a power outage map on the AEP website, representing about 1.2 percent of its customers in the area. Paul Prater of AEP said the company is predicting the power will be back by about 9:30 p.m. because the area is relatively difficult to access. The outage was caused by a tree falling on some wires in the Clintonville area, according to a tweet from AEP’s account @AEPOhio. Clintonville Outage: Tree fell on wires. Crews working, estimate power… Read more

Ohio State Marching Band members show optimism in wake of band scandal

August 20, 2014
Nearly a month after former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters was fired amid a wave of controversy, some band members and one interim director have said they expect the band to persevere with or without Waters. “There are going to be challenges, (Waters) was a friend, but we have a great staff to support us, and we have a duty to be the best damn band in the land, and we’re still going to have great shows,” said David Pettit, a fifth-year piano performance major and the marching band’s drum major. Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month OSU investigation into a complaint from a band member’s… Read more

Ohio State begins band director search

August 18, 2014
Ohio State has started its search to replace former band director Jonathan Waters. A search committee of students, faculty, staff and alumni will be brought together “in coming weeks,” with the new director expected to be named within four to six months, according to an OSU press release. College of Arts and Sciences executive dean and vice provost David Manderscheid chose Arts and Humanities divisional dean Mark Shanda to chair the committee. “Mark’s leadership background, knowledge of the marching band and School of Music and true commitment to working collaboratively are great assets,” Manderscheid said in a released statement. Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month OSU investigation into… Read more

Ohio State Board of Trustees refuses to discuss Jonathan Waters’ case at meeting

August 15, 2014
The Ohio State Board of Trustees has refused to reinstate ousted band director Jonathan Waters or discuss his termination at an upcoming board meeting at the end of August. “The Board of Trustees stands firmly behind the Office of University Compliance’s investigation and the university’s decision to terminate Mr. Waters,” said Board Chair Jeffrey Wadsworth in a Friday letter to Waters’ attorney. Wadsworth’s response comes nearly a day after Waters’ attorney David Axelrod submitted a letter to the Board officially asking for Waters to be rehired. It claimed Waters was unjustly fired July 24 after the findings of a two-month investigation into the band found evidence of a sexualized culture.… Read more

North campus dorm fire contained at Ohio State

August 15, 2014
A fire inside Neilwood Gables at Ohio State late Friday afternoon has been contained. There were no injuries, and the building, located on W. Woodruff Avenue, was evacuated, said Columbus Division of Fire Chief Tracy Smith. The fire started between the second and third floors of the North Campus residential building and was apparently fed by a gas leak, Smith said. A gas company has since been called to shut off the gas, and people will be able to re-enter the building shortly, Smith said. The extent of damage is unknown at this time.  … Read more

Jonathan Waters asks Ohio State Board of Trustees for job back

August 14, 2014
Former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters formally asked the OSU Board of Trustees for his job back in a Thursday letter from his attorney. In the letter, Waters’ attorney David Axelrod cited numerous examples of why Waters should be reinstated, many of which pointed to flaws in the investigation that ultimately cost Waters his job. The letter stated the investigation only interviewed a small sample of current and former band members. It said some of the interviewees have since come forward to say they were misquoted or that information they provided to investigators that gave Waters praise didn’t make it into the final report. That final report concluded… Read more

Jonathan Waters won’t get his job back, says Ohio State president

August 13, 2014
Former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters will not get his job back, President Michael Drake said Wednesday. “We thought carefully about this decision and the decision that we made was that we needed to have a change in leadership to be able to change the (marching band’s) culture,” Drake said to a lunch gathering of the Columbus Metropolitan Club. “We are the best, or among the very best universities in the world, that’s why Brenda (Drake) and I came here,” Drake said. “We have to behave like the very best university in the world.” Drake spoke publicly for the first time since firing Waters for about 10 minutes… Read more

Jonathan Waters’ employment file packed with praise, little criticism

August 13, 2014
Former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters got a lot of praise before he was dismissed. Waters’ supervisors gave him mostly extraordinary performance reviews as he moved up through the ranks of the School of Music over the years, according to his employment file. The Lantern obtained the file through a public records request filed July 24 and filled Aug. 13. Nearly all of his reviews note “exceptional” work that “exceeds expectations.” Waters moved from being a graduate teaching associate and lecturer in the school, to an assistant director of the band, to the interim director and finally into the director’s role starting February 2013. But one letter written… Read more

Mirror Lake jump uncertain as sustainability renovation continues

August 12, 2014
As Fall Semester and Ohio State’s football season approach, so do traditions that date back decades. Every year, students jump into Mirror Lake the Tuesday before the Buckeyes play University of Michigan. However, it’s uncertain if students will get to carry on the tradition this year because of an on-going renovation of Mirror Lake. As of Tuesday afternoon, Administration and Planning spokesman Dan Hedman said he was not able to comment on whether the renovation will affect the jump, regardless of the project’s completion. “We can’t really address hypothetical situations,” Hedman said. Hedman responded to an initial email that was sent to OSU spokesman Gary Lewis about the renovation possibly… Read more

Mirror Lake set to fill as sustainability makeover continues

August 12, 2014
Ohio State’s iconic Mirror Lake is one step closer to being fully functional again following a makeover aimed to improve its sustainability. The OSU landmark is set to refill Wednesday morning with water from an underground well and will be completely full in about eight days, an OSU spokeswoman said in an email to The Lantern Tuesday. The lake was drained in November to allow for work on a sustainability study that aimed to prevent water loss due to leaks in the lake’s structure. The study also addressed maintenance issues related to deterioration of the lake’s walls as well as determine if groundwater is a viable option to keep the… Read more