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Mirror Lake jump draws 14K Ohio State fans

November 26, 2014
With GoPro cameras strapped to foreheads and shoes duct-taped to feet, approximately 14,000 Ohio State fans crowded into the Mirror Lake area for the annual Mirror Lake jump between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. About 14,000 people attended throughout the night, though “a maximum of 100 students were in the water at any given time,” Administration and Planning spokesman Dan Hedman said in an email. Preliminary numbers indicated there were four medical transports and five arrests for disorderly conduct at Tuesday’s jump. Jumping in Mirror Lake the week before the OSU football game against Michigan is a fan tradition. This year was the second year of increased regulation at… Read more

Opinion: Ferguson decision has ‘everything to do with race’

November 26, 2014
The decision of the grand jury in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked a clear outrage throughout America. Brown, who was unarmed at the time, was shot during the day Aug. 9 on the streets of Ferguson, Mo. Three autopsies later confirmed he had nine wounds caused by seven or eight bullets. Twelve shots were fired. The results of the grand jury: the shooter, police officer Darren Wilson, will not face criminal charges. This is a slap in the face not only to Brown and his family, but to all of America. We as a nation need to wake up and realize the underlying issue that sparked the… Read more

Black Friday, Cyber Monday pose security risks to shoppers

November 25, 2014
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, extra security measures are important to prevent hackers from stealing personal information, a spokeswoman from the Office of the Chief Information Officer said. Meanwhile, one study found that data breaches are on the rise and organizations are unprepared to detect them. The study, done by the Ponemon Institute in 2013, found that data breaches increased in both severity and frequency last year. The study found that downtime for an online retailer during Cyber Monday could cost as much as $3.4 million in lost sales and brand and reputation damage. Students should take precautions at all times of the year, but the holidays… Read more

Adam Watson takes on ‘big leadership role’ for Block ‘O’

November 25, 2014
The Buckeyes are down 20-14 and everything is quiet. Then a punt puts the Hoosiers back to their own 2-yard line and there is an outburst of energy from the fans of Ohio Stadium. A three-and-out stop is followed by a punt return for a touchdown by redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall. The crowd goes wild. For the rest of the game, neither the players on the field nor the people in the stands let up. The energy of a crowd can be a big factor in a football game. And while there are almost always more than 100,000 people in Ohio Stadium on gameday, the task of rejuvenating them rests… Read more

Students tear fences down, jump in Mirror Lake early

November 25, 2014
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  For a while, it seemed as though the ducks might make more of a splash than any students. Last year, students jumped in the lake a night early in response to a university policy change that required them to get wristbands to enter the Mirror Lake area for the traditional jump before the Michigan game. There were also fences erected around the area prohibiting entry. This year, students also jumped a night early, on Monday, to protest the fences and wristbands. As of Monday evening, more than 380 people had responded to a Facebook event for “Mirror Lake Monday” saying they were going. The event was slated to occur… Read more

A moment from WWII still rings strongly for alumnus ‘Doc’ Allen 70 years later

November 25, 2014
By the time the 1940 football season came around, William “Bill” Nosker was one of the most experienced members of the Ohio State football team. He was a regular starter at guard on the 1938 and ‘39 teams, the latter of which won the school’s first outright Big Ten title since Nosker was 1 year old.  He contributed to an OSU team that went 4-4 in 1940, but shortly after the season ended, he would no longer be a student. During his senior year, he decided to enlist in the Air Force, for reasons he held close to his heart. At that time, nobody knew him better than his then-future… Read more

Ohio State history professor David Steigerwald selected to give Autumn Commencement address

November 25, 2014
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Graduating students seeking advice for their futures are set to get some from a man well-versed in history.  Ohio State history professor David Steigerwald is set to address approximately 3,200 graduating students during Autumn Commencement, OSU announced Monday. Steigerwald is a 1982 OSU alumnus who teaches 20th century history at the Marion branch campus as well as main campus. He specializes in post-World War II American history and American intellectual history. He is currently the director of the Department of History’s World War II study abroad program. “We are honored to welcome Ohio State alumnus and esteemed history professor David Steigerwald as our upcoming commencement speaker,” said President Michael Drake… Read more

Columbus in final 3 to host Democratic National Convention

November 25, 2014
The Big Apple, The City of Brotherly Love and … Columbus. Columbus is in the final three for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The DNC announced Monday that Columbus, Philadelphia and Brooklyn were all on the shortlist to host the 2016 convention. The cities that were cut from the running included Phoenix and Birmingham, Ala. Brian Ross, CEO of Experience Columbus, said he was happy to hear the announcement. Experience Columbus helped put together and submit the bid for the Democratic convention, which includes listing hotels, arenas, transportation and other infrastructure specifics in Columbus. “It’s very exciting and we’re very excited to see that Columbus is in the national spotlight… Read more

Ohio State to offer Thanksgiving meal to students

November 25, 2014
Some Ohio State students are planning to share their Thanksgiving meal with about 1,600 other Buckeyes. The university is set to put on a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday at the Ohio Union, said Jin Yan, a third-year in accounting and co-chair of the event. “It started 23 years ago with just 25 graduate students who weren’t from Ohio. They invited other students who didn’t have anywhere to go, and had a potluck at the Hale Black Cultural Center,” Yan said. “And it’s continued to grow ever since.” The event will consist of two separate meals, at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., Yan said. There will be a video presentation… Read more

Alumni: Fences, wristbands can blemish Mirror Lake experience

November 25, 2014
The safety protocols Ohio State will implement during this year’s Mirror Lake jump might do more harm than good, some OSU alumni said. This year, access to Mirror Lake will be granted through two primary entry points to students with wristbands. The OSU Department of Public Safety plans to make sure every person attempting to jump into the lake is checked for a wristband. Wristbands can only be distributed to currently enrolled students.  In addition to the requirement of wristbands, fences have been erected by the university to filter students through the two primary entry points. “I don’t think having a wristband will do much. I just think it will… Read more