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Officials: Ohio State prepared in event of threat

January 26, 2014
After shootings at two U.S. universities shook students last week, some Ohio State officials said OSU would be ready if something similar were to happen in Columbus. A Purdue University student fatally stabbed and shot a fellow student in West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday. The student who committed the crime was charged with murder Thursday. Another shooting was reported at South Carolina State University Friday, which resulted in a student’s death. One suspect has been arrested so far in the latter case. University spokesman Gary Lewis sent a university statement about the shootings to The Lantern in an email. “We were saddened to hear about tragic events on other college campuses… Read more

Shooting at Charlie Bear leaves some Ohio State students uneasy

December 2, 2013
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Few details have been released about a Charlie Bear: Land of Dance incident a day after a person was pronounced dead following a reported officer-involved shooting. The shooting happened at about 2 a.m. Monday and the person was pronounced dead at 2:12 a.m., a Columbus Division of Police dispatcher said Monday. The dispatcher could not confirm or deny whether the officer involved “killed the suspect.” As of 3 a.m. Monday, no officers had been reported injured. The officer involved in the shooting was a special duty officer, the dispatcher said. A Columbus Police representative was not available for comment Monday. Charlie Bear, a dance club, is located at 2885 Olentangy… Read more

1963 Ohio State Buckeyes reflect on ‘hollow victory’ vs. Michigan after John F. Kennedy shot

November 21, 2013
In a typical year for the Ohio State and Michigan football teams, there might not be anything that takes precedence above the rivals’ annual meeting at the end of the regular season. The Game took a backseat in 1963, however, to national tragedy. Nov. 22, 1963, 50 years ago Friday, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade to an appearance in Dallas. The Ohio State-Michigan game, originally scheduled to be played the following day, was postponed one week — though not immediately. “We were actually at the stadium getting dressed when it was canceled,” Arnie Chonko, a cornerback on the 1963 team, said in an interview… Read more

Cheerleaders harassed, coaches fired: 2 Ohio State assistants fired after sexual harassment probe, head coach retained

November 18, 2013
When nine Ohio State cheerleaders were questioned during an investigation into sexual harassment allegations brought against two assistant coaches, none of the students were surprised a complaint was filed. The coaches’ behavior, which included hinting at sex and touching team members inappropriately, was described as “creepy,” but it was conduct the cheerleaders had come to expect. All of the athletes interviewed said they had witnessed, heard about or been subjected to the inappropriate conduct, but it took an anonymous report for the university to take action. The two coaches were fired in May after an OSU investigation found “sufficient evidence” both men had violated the university’s Sexual Harassment Policy. OSU… Read more

2 Ohio State coaches fired following investigation into sexual harassment complaint

November 15, 2013
Two assistant Ohio State cheerleading coaches were fired in May following a university investigation into a sexual harassment complaint against the two men. The cheerleading team’s head coach, Lenee Buchman, failed to properly report the complaint, but she was retained by the university, according to a letter to Buchman from Kim Heaton, the OSU athletic department’s director of human resources. Assistant coaches Dana Bumbrey and Eddie Hollins were both terminated “for cause” May 23, according to letters to each coach from Heaton. The Lantern… Read more obtained the records Nov. 7 to fill a record request filed Aug. 30. A June 20 letter addressed to Buchman said it served as a “follow

Despite some community opposition, Ohio State students push for Columbus City Schools levy

November 3, 2013
In the remaining time before Election Day, undergraduate leaders have ramped up efforts to gain Ohio State student support for two Columbus City Schools measures on the ballot, while others in Columbus work to discourage voters from saying “yes.” Led by Undergraduate Student Government-affiliated group Buckeyes for New Columbus Schools, more than 100 volunteers have been passing out flyers on campus and going door-to-door in the off-campus community, said Tyler Duvelius, a third-year in international business and the governmental affairs director for USG. The measures the group is supporting are part of the Columbus Education Plan, which includes Issue 50 and 51. Issue 50 aims to issue bonds for school… Read more

Ohio State invests $50 million in venture capital fund despite concerns from top officials

November 1, 2013
Ohio State recently invested tens of millions of dollars into a venture capital firm, despite concern by university officials. OSU invested roughly $50 million into Drive Capital, which was launched by Mark Kvamme earlier this year. Drive Capital was co-founded by Kvamme and Chris Olsen. Both were previously partners at Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm based in California that has backed companies such as Apple, Instagram and Google. Olsen is also a native of Cincinnati. Venture capital firms invest money into early-stage startup companies. These type of investments are typically seen as high-risk, high-reward. A March memo prepared by university officials and released to The Lantern Friday evening revealed… Read more

Interim President Joseph Alutto recognizes Ohio State community’s ‘connection’ to football

September 26, 2013
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Ohio State Interim President Joseph Alutto isn’t a football guy, but he can appreciate what the game represents, as well as coach Urban Meyer’s disciplinary efforts. Alutto, though, does somewhat think the sport has too much emphasis placed upon it, despite its global reach. In 1991, Alutto, then the dean of the Fisher College of Business, was in Seoul, South Korea, when he was asked by a group of OSU alumni about then-football coach John Cooper’s standing with the university. At the time, it was in question of whether or not Cooper would be given a contract extension. “We arrive at the banquet, they do a first round of toasts… Read more

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud: ‘You have to go out of the box’

September 24, 2013
“Sometimes you need to go and see how life is going in other parts of the world, then only you can evaluate the one you have here.” When the president of Somalia visited Ohio State Monday, he tried to leave students with an international mindset. “You have to go out of the box, America is its own world,” said Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in a Monday interview with The Lantern. “You need to go to Africa and Asia, particularly Africa, where you will see how the bad politics lead the nations into very difficult circumstances.” Somalia is located on the Eastern coast of Africa. Mohamud was met by both… Read more

Civil suits proceed 1 year after Ohio State student struck by dump truck on campus

September 20, 2013
More than a year after James Daniel Hughes was run over by a dump truck on Ohio State’s campus, an accident that left him without his right leg, the Hughes family is pursuing legal action against the university and other companies. Hughes, who is from South Point, Ohio, was struck by a construction truck Sept. 5, 2012, while riding his bike to class near a construction site on Woodruff Avenue. The then-first-year student was taken to Wexner Medical Center following the accident and has had more than 13 surgeries in the months since that day. According to Stephen Crandall, the Hughes’ lawyer, the former OSU student’s recovery has been a… Read more