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Mirror Lake to be drained, surrounded by fences again

March 29, 2015
Mirror Lake is set to be fenced off starting on Monday as work begins once again to make the campus landmark more sustainable. A well was drilled and tested as a part of a sustainability study that concluded last year, Dan Hedman, spokesman for Administration and Planning, said in an email. He added that the drilling of the well and the testing of the water cost $56,000. The university is now investing in infrastructure so the groundwater well can be a long-term solution for the lake, Hedman said. The project involves draining the lake again and installing pumps, meters and underground piping from the well to the lake. The lake… Read more

GOP House budget seeks to freeze Pell Grant awards

March 26, 2015
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed its fiscal year 2016 budget Wednesday, which has been met with mixed reactions from some students and leaders. The budget was released last week by House Republicans and passed with a vote of 228-199. It included action items such as freezing the maximum Pell Grant award amount for the 10-year budget window, as well as repealing the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare. Pell Grants are direct grants awarded to students with financial need who have not received a bachelor’s or professional degree, according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid website. The current maximum award amount for the 2015-16… Read more

GoPro named ‘Marketer of the Year’ by Ohio State organization

March 26, 2015
High-octane videos produced by everyday people used to be rare, but today it’s not surprising to see students with small cameras strapped to their foreheads as they skateboard down the street. GoPro, the high-definition camera manufacturer, was voted Marketer of the Year by the Fisher Association of Marketing Professionals, the graduate student marketing association at Ohio State. The award will be presented to GoPro’s senior vice president of marketing Paul Crandell on Friday during the Columbus Advertising and Marketing Powwow. “The Marketer of the Year award is given to a brand that has shown excellence in creating, communicating or delivering value to consumers,” said Lindsey Lorenz, Fisher AMP’s co-president and… Read more

3 USG justices resign after being threatened with impeachment

March 26, 2015
Three justices of the Undergraduate Student Government Judicial Panel resigned at a General Assembly meeting on Wednesday. Justices Andrew Braun, Morgan Johnson and Aaron Vaughn resigned after facing impeachment at the meeting. Chief Justice Brandon Cruz resigned last week, members of the Judicial Panel said. The new chief justice is Taylor Marsilio, a former justice. He took office after Cruz’s resignation. Additionally, there will be no special election on the divestment issue, or “Issue 1,” said USG President Celia Wright, a fourth-year in public health. Issue 1 was brought forth by a petition from the organization OSU Divest, and asked whether student voters thought OSU should divest — or cut… Read more

USG calls for improvements to OSU’s sexual violence services

March 26, 2015
“This is a huge problem, but people don’t take it seriously because sexual assault isn’t clearly defined.” That response, from a survey conducted by the Undergraduate Student Government to assess the climate and knowledge of sexual assault at Ohio State, sums up the results of the Sexual Violence Task Force’s findings. USG conducted 634 student surveys asking various questions about sexual assault and gauging how well-known OSU’s sexual assault assistance programs are. The Sexual Violence Task Force that conducted the surveys determined that there are some things OSU does well, but the university also has a long way to go. Sarah Hudacek, the deputy director of academic affairs for USG… Read more

Passport processing to resume at Ohio State post office

March 24, 2015
Passport processing at the Ohio State branch of the United States Postal Service is expected to resume Wednesday after the service was temporarily suspended for 12 days. Some post offices offer passport processing services to their customers, and the branch on OSU’s campus offered those services until March 12, when service was temporarily suspended, USPS spokesman David Van Allen said. Van Allen said the service was not available because the only State Department-certified clerk at the OSU branch transferred to another post office. “The postal service is basically an extended service of the State Department when it comes to processing passports,” Van Allen said.  “They (post office employees) have to… Read more

Ohio State picks Zagster to operate bike-sharing program

March 20, 2015
Ohio State has picked a company to bring bike-sharing to Columbus campus students, the university announced Thursday. Zagster, a Massachusetts-based bike-sharing company, operates programs at other schools as well, including Yale University, Duke University and Princeton University, according to an OSU press release. The OSU bike-sharing program, a joint initiative between the university and Undergraduate Student Government, was announced in January. It’s set to include 15 on-campus bike stations and 115 bicycles, the release said. It could launch as soon as this summer with full implementation by Fall Semester, “pending negotiations” between the university and Zagster, the release said. Zagster is set to provide a variety of bicycles for use… Read more

CFO Geoff Chatas to leave Ohio State

March 18, 2015
Senior vice president and chief financial officer Geoff Chatas will be leaving Ohio State later this year to pursue another job opportunity at the investment firm that financed the privatization of OSU’s parking facilities, the university announced Wednesday. Chatas has accepted an opportunity with QIC Global Infrastructure, an investment firm based in Australia. Chatas will lead QIC’s infrastructure business in North America, according to a university press release. In 2012, under Chatas’ leadership, OSU entered into a 50-year, $483 million partnership with QIC, which leased the university’s parking assets to the company. Although the university and QIC have this standing partnership, Chatas’ new job will include him managing a new… Read more

Ohio State chooses new vice president for government affairs

March 18, 2015
Ohio State announced Tuesday that it has chosen Blake Thompson as the university’s next vice president for government affairs. Thompson, who currently serves as secretary of the Board of Trustees, joined OSU in 2009 as the vice president for institutional affairs at both OSU and Battelle, an international nonprofit research organization based in Columbus. In addition to teaching public policy and nonprofit leadership at OSU’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Thompson has also assisted in the establishment of the Center for Science and Technology Policy, a policy center in the school that is endowed by Battelle. Thompson also helped create the Wexner Medical Center Board, and assisted in providing… Read more

Abby Grossman and Abby Waidelich win USG election

March 12, 2015
Abby Grossman and Abby Waidelich have been elected as the Ohio State Undergraduate Student Government president and vice president for the 2015-16 academic year. Grossman, a third-year in math education who serves as USG organizational outreach director, was elected as president. Waidelich, a third-year in biological engineering, is the senior director of public relations for USG, and was elected as vice president. It is the second time two women have been elected as USG president and vice president. Grossman and Waidelich won the election with 46.2 percent of the vote. They received 5,213 votes, according to the election results. There was one other campaign team running in this year’s USG… Read more