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Ohio State planetarium opens roof for partial solar eclipse viewing

October 24, 2014
If Columbus got a little darker yesterday afternoon, it’s not because of clouds. The sun was blocked by the moon — a phenomenon more commonly known as a solar eclipse. Meanwhile, some Ohio State students took to the rooftop of the OSU planetarium to see the rare moment. The solar eclipse was visible in North America in different degrees. In Columbus, people were able to see a partial eclipse once it reached maximum overlapping, said Wayne Schlingman, director of the OSU planetarium. The phenomenon of a partial solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, covering part of the sun. OSU’s planetarium threw a free… Read more

Former band member disappointed in Ohio State for using suggestive calendar against Waters

October 24, 2014
A former Ohio State marching band member who was pictured in a suggestive pose on a calendar OSU officials found in former band director Jonathan Waters’ office said he’s disappointed in the university for using it as legal defense. The  2007 calendar found in Waters’ office depicted mostly nude photos of male band members in suggestive positions. Students posed with instruments and other band propaganda and in at least one case, a male band member was shown with only a small marching band flag covering his genitals. Jonathan Picking, a 2007 OSU Marching Band assistant squad leader, was one of the authors of the male calendar, according to a Friday… Read more

Ohio State seeks dismissal of Jonathan Waters’ lawsuit

October 23, 2014
After remaining mostly mum since being sued by former marching band director Jonathan Waters, Ohio State said it’s seeking to dismiss Waters’ lawsuit. OSU filed a motion in federal court Wednesday to dismiss and respond to the lawsuit Waters brought against the university. OSU said Waters was terminated July 24 because he knew of a problematic, sexually charged culture in the marching band and didn’t address the problems, according to a Thursday release. The filings also say Waters was an at-will employee who was subject to termination without cause. “He knew the problematic culture of the band well, but failed to adequately or appropriately fulfill his obligation to meaningfully address… Read more

Car2go raises prices, expands service

October 23, 2014
Car2go, a car-sharing service that offers point-to-point location rentals, has implemented an expansion and price increase, a company spokeswoman said. Meanwhile, some students who use the service said higher prices might mean they use car2go less. The rate per minute to use a car has increased 3 cents from 38 cents to 41 cents, said Elise Lampert, a car2go spokeswoman. Meanwhile, the hourly rate to use one of the cars has increased $1 from $13.99 to $14.99 and the daily rate has increased $12 from $72.99 to $84.99, as of Oct. 13, Lampert said. These are the first price increases since the car2go launch in Columbus in 2013. The rates… Read more

Fisher program gives students a ‘global option’

October 23, 2014
Students looking to be officially recognized for their international experience in business will now have the opportunity. The Fisher College of Business’ new Global Option in Business program, allows certification in international expertise upon completion of core requirements. The GO Business program requires students to take five components in international business before graduation, including courses in global experiential exposure and cultural/and or language exposure, assistant director for international exchange Kozue Isozaki said. “As business becomes more and more global, it’s critical for our students to develop skills that will make them successful in a global context and show potential recruiters they have completed a university-approved comprehensive global education,” Isozaki said.… Read more

2 High Street businesses close their doors

October 23, 2014
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Despite close proximity to Ohio State’s campus, at least two restaurants along High Street couldn’t make it. But some nearby local businesses said they weren’t surprised based on the menus, food prices and locations of the two restaurants. Meanwhile, at least one of the spaces might already have a new tenant — Tom and Chee. Pera Fresh Istanbul Food and Red Robin’s Burger Works recently shut their doors. A Red Robin spokesperson confirmed the Burger Works location at 1708 N. High St. had closed earlier this month, but said that “beyond that, we do not have any additional details to share at this time.” The owner of the property, Scott… Read more

Crime brief: 14 alcohol-related incidents reported before Ohio State football game

October 23, 2014
There were 12 reports of open container and two reports of offenses involving underage persons on Saturday afternoon. The incidents were reported in the parking lots of Ohio Stadium, at the French Field House and in the parking lot of St. John Arena and Buckeye Lot. The incidents took place from approximately 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which is when Ohio State’s homecoming game against Rutgers started.  Tailgaters are not permitted to have open containers of alcohol by state and city laws. A 19-year-old man was also arrested Saturday at 5:40 p.m. near the Journalism Building and charged with prohibited acts, offenses involving underage persons and criminal damaging/endangering.  There was… Read more

Student group sells pumpkins on the Oval to help people abroad

October 23, 2014
An Ohio State group that wants to help people in Tanzania, Nicaragua and Thailand brought pumpkins to the Oval for a fundraiser Wednesday. The fundraiser aimed to raise money for service trips to Central America, Africa and Southeast Asia and to send supplies to communities. “We figured most people on campus don’t have the means to go out and get a pumpkin and we figure everybody likes carving pumpkins,” said OSU Growth International Volunteer Excursions member Kevin Deye, a first-year in engineering. GIVE is a Seattle-based organization dedicated to volunteer initiatives to help build critical resources in impoverished areas and learn about the cultures of Central America, Africa and Southeast… Read more

University registrar: Old class scheduling processes time consuming, cumbersome

October 20, 2014
With a little less than three months until the start of Spring Semester, the pressure on Ohio State students to begin sorting through courses and creating class schedules might seem overwhelming. But the current process is much less time-consuming than those used in OSU’s past, said Brad Myers, the university registrar executive director in enrollment services. “Could we do it in a shorter period of time? Sure,” Myers said. “(It’s) a purposeful decision just to make it (function) as smoothly and efficiently as possible.” Myers said that prior to the independent student scheduling web-based software used today, students were once required to schedule over the phone using touch-tone requests. “It’s… Read more

Students from Texas have mixed reactions about going home with threat of Ebola

October 20, 2014
After at least three cases of the Ebola virus were diagnosed in Texas recently, some Ohio State students from the Lone Star state have mixed reactions about going back. “I kinda didn’t want to go back (home) for Thanksgiving break, so we’re going to go to Virginia, but I think I’m still going to go back for Christmas,” said Chris Estridge, a second-year in chemical engineering. Estridge is from Rockwall, a suburb east of Dallas. Others like Tory Berryman, a first-year in chemistry who is also from Rockwall, have said they are not too concerned about the virus. While she said she will be flying home for Halloween and Christmas,… Read more