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Ohio State announces marching band director search committee

September 15, 2014
The new marching band director will be selected by people from across the university — with representatives from the School of Music, the College of Medicine, the athletic department, the band’s alumni association and students from the band among them. Ohio State announced the search committee to find a new leader on Monday afternoon. Mark Shanda, the dean of the of Arts and Humanities, has been tasked with leading the search and has a seven-person crew to help him out, according to a university release. That crew includes: Scott Jones, the associate director of university bands, an associate professor of music and one of the band’s current leaders Ted McDaniel,… Read more

Ohio State launches office to connect community with volunteer options

September 15, 2014
An out-of-body experience helped an Ohio State official develop one of the university’s newest initiatives. OSU’s Office of Volunteer Relations was partially inspired after Andy Gurd, chief operating officer of the OSU Alumni Association, realized there was no official route for volunteering through OSU during a speech he gave at an alumni club event in New York, he said. “As I’m speaking to the club, I almost had an out-of-body experience that I really hope that nobody raises their hand and says, ‘Hey Andy, how do I volunteer at Ohio State?’ because I really didn’t know the answer — and I work here,” he said. The Office of Volunteer Relations… Read more

Exhibit recognizes Ohio’s role in the Civil Rights Act of 1964

September 14, 2014
Nearly 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted, Ohio State is remembering the role Ohioans played in helping stop racial discrimination in the workplace. In honor of the anniversary, the Thompson Library has put together an exhibit called “Remembering the Act: Archival Reflections on Civil Rights” that focuses on the history of civil rights on a national scale and also narrows the focus to history in Columbus. And at least one student said the exhibit is important given the recent racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Mo. Materials shown in the exhibit are from a variety of special collections including the Ohio Congressional Archives, University Archives, the Billy… Read more

Jonathan Waters’ return to Ohio State full of emotions

September 14, 2014
Though Jonathan Waters was fired from his position as director of the Ohio State Marching Band, he didn’t stay away from Ohio Stadium for long. At OSU’s blowout 66-0 victory against Kent State on Saturday, Waters returned to the stadium not as an employee, but as a marching band alumnus. And though he seemed filled with passion and joy as he conducted the alumni band in performing “Hang On Sloopy,” it was still a roller coaster of emotions. “This is a very emotional day for me.” Waters told Lantern TV of his return to Ohio Stadium. “I’ve been in this building for 20 years as a student and as a… Read more

2 new Digital Unions open with a price tag of $520K

September 14, 2014
Ohio State’s technological resource centers, dubbed “Digital Unions,” celebrated their 10th anniversary on campus with the opening of two new unions that cost more than $520,000. New locations premiered in Enarson Classroom Building on Sept. 8 and in Denney Hall on Sept. 12, complete with new computers, software such as Microsoft Office and Final Cut Pro X and free technology tutorials to aid in learning, said Office of Distance Education and eLearning spokeswoman Lucy Ramos.  Prior to the new locations, OSU already had three other Digital Unions in Prior Health Sciences Library and Stillman and Hagerty halls. Those Digital Unions were visited more than 24,000 times from Aug. 2013-14, according… Read more

Jonathan Waters will march

September 12, 2014
Ousted Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters is planning to return to Ohio Stadium on Saturday, but it won’t be as the marching ensemble’s leader. Waters will march with the alumni band into the stadium and during pregame during a performance at the Buckeyes’ home game against Kent State on Saturday. He will also sit with the alumni band during the first half of the game and might direct them during a few songs. He will not, however, attend Skull Session — the pregame pep rally the marching band holds before each home game. “He’ll probably be as low key as he can be, just put on the sousaphone… Read more

Ohio State to enter Title IX pact

September 12, 2014
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A federal investigation into Ohio State’s handlings of sexual abuse complaints under Title IX praised the way the university dealt with marching band issues, but it also had its criticisms, and set stipulations accordingly. The U.S. Department of Education posted a list of 55 U.S. colleges being investigated for their handling of sexual abuse complaints under Title IX in May. OSU was on the list and at the time, an OSU spokesman said there was no reason to worry because the investigation was not complaint-based. The findings of that investigation were released Thursday and the department’s Office of Civil Rights announced it will enter into an agreement with OSU to… Read more

Jonathan Waters to march with alumni band at Ohio State game

September 12, 2014
Former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters plans to perform with the alumni band during Saturday’s home Ohio State game against Kent State. A source with knowledge of the situation said Waters will march with the alumni band into the stadium and during pregame. He will also sit with the alumni band during the first half of the game and might direct them during a few songs. He will not, however, attend Skull Session — the pregame pep rally the marching band holds before each home game. OSU spokesman Chris Davey referred questions about the alumni band’s scheduled performance to the TBDBITL Alumni Club on Thursday. Waters was fired… Read more

Tobacco ban isn’t stopping smokers

September 12, 2014
Since Ohio State instituted a campus-wide tobacco ban at the beginning of the year, no one has faced any official punishment from the university for smoking on campus. As a result, people still smoke on campus, but their numbers might be waning, said Dr. Peter Shields, deputy director of the Wexner Medical Center James Comprehensive Cancer Center. The university is confident it will achieve long-term results without a specific enforcement policy, he said, and people that get infractions for repeated violations tend to be those that break multiple rules anyway. So far, no one has had serious repercussions for tobacco use on campus, Shields said. The ban, which forbids cigarettes,… Read more

Ohio State drops two spots in college rankings

September 11, 2014
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The football field isn’t the only place where the Buckeyes are dropping in the rankings. Ohio State dropped two spots over the course of the year — to No. 54 from No. 52 — in the “U.S. News & World Report” annual rankings of national best colleges. Out of the 50 public institutions in the 2015 edition of the list, OSU also fell two spots to No. 18. This year, 268 universities were ranked, compared to last year, when 201 universities were ranked. OSU is tied at No. 54 with George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and Tulane University in New Orleans. Colleges are ranked… Read more