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1K quality checks set for Ohio State off-campus properties in 2014

January 27, 2014
The Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program at Ohio State has kicked off its home visits, where a representative from Neighborhood Services and Collaboration and the Columbus Division of Fire visit students’ homes to make sure the properties are up to par. This includes assessing the “safety, security and environmental sustainability of off-campus housing in the university area,” according to the program’s website. The program as a whole consists of three components: home visits, education and eventually, enhanced rental property information, which will be available online. The Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program was established by the Office of Student Life as a response to “landlord requests for increased collaboration with the university, and… Read more

Cazuela’s Grill reopens after small fire causes damage

January 20, 2014
Cazuela’s Grill is back in business after a small fire closed the restaurant’s doors for more than a week. The Mexican bar and restaurant reopened Friday after smoke from a small fire damaged wood on the exterior of the building Jan. 9. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported, 3rd Battalion Chief Rick Artrip said Jan. 9. “We were asked a lot when it was going to open (after the fire),” said Susan Martin, director of operations for Eventide, which owns the building where Cazuela’s is located at 2247 N. High St. Martin said there were “very minor damages” to the building… Read more

Landlord ups inspections after stranger found living in basement in Ohio State off-campus area

January 16, 2014
After a stranger was found living unknown to residents in an off-campus house, the company that rents the property is making safety and security adjustments. The residents of a house on 13th Avenue are still recovering from the shock of finding a stranger allegedly named Jeremy living in their basement in the fall. When the housemates opened a locked door in their basement in September, they discovered a full bedroom, complete with textbooks and photographs, belonging to a man named Jeremy, said Jimmy Alderman, a fourth-year in civil engineering. “It was a dangerous situation,” Alderman said in a September interview with The Lantern. Jeremy told the housemates afterward that his… Read more

Off-campus rent rises as a result of increasing dorm prices, supply and demand

December 10, 2013
As rent for some off-campus housing rises, some landlords are saying the increases are a result of increasing dorm prices and general supply and demand. The owner of Hometeam Properties, Thomas Heilman, gave a few reasons for why landlords are raising their prices. “The first thing is supply and demand. There’s a lot of interest to live near campus, so there’s the supply (of renters). It’s always going to be that way,” Heilman said. Jevon Mason, a second-year in industrial and systems engineering who rents from a private landlord, is planning to live in the same house next year as this year, but said his rent is increasing. He said… Read more

Shooting at Charlie Bear leaves some Ohio State students uneasy

December 2, 2013
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

University official: Columbus Police makes 5 arrests in relation to off-campus crime reports

November 14, 2013
The Columbus Division of Police has made five arrests in relation to recent reports of crime off-campus. While Columbus officers are still investigating an armed robbery reported near 15th and Indianola avenues Monday, arrests made Saturday were “related” to recently reported crimes that affected Greek Life members, according to a Thursday email from assistant director of Sorority and Fraternity Life Sharrell Hassell-Goodman sent to the Greek Life community. An OSU student and member of Delta Gamma women’s fraternity reported a woman armed with a handgun robbed her Monday in the parking lot between her chapter’s house and the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house. Delta Gamma’s house is located at 131… Read more

Ohio State Undergraduate Student Government Renter’s Guide ranks best, worst off-campus landlords

November 14, 2013
Ohio State students looking for off-campus housing might want to look toward Cooper Real Estate and Landis Properties and avoid NorthSteppe Realty and University Manors based on the ratings of their peers. Ohio State’s Undergraduate Student Government released the Renter’s Guide for the 2013-14 school year Nov. 5 to provide students looking for off-campus housing with information about landlords based off of students’ responses to surveys. There were 21 landlords specifically mentioned in the guide. Graphs about landlords’ overall performances highlighted Cooper Real Estate and Landis Properties, which both received an average of more than a four out of five for overall realtor performance, as the highest rated landlords, with… Read more

Ohio State’s Undergraduate Student Government prioritizes personal safety with new app

September 17, 2013
  The trial period for Ohio State students to test run LifeLine Response EDU, a personal safety mobile app, as a part of an Undergraduate Student Government program started Monday. The cost of the USG deal is confidential and the 500 spots open for the pilot program had not yet been filled as of Monday night, according to a USG member. “LifeLine Response is a phone application that works like a campus blue light on your phone,” said USG senior adviser Matt Deptola, a fourth-year in public affairs. “The application has two modes. It has your thumb mode, which is your active mode, which most people will use and it… Read more

Organized march results in 3 arrests Saturday near Ohio State’s campus

September 15, 2013
The Ohio State Police Division and the Columbus Division of Police broke up an organized march on the corner of Lane Avenue and High Street Saturday night. The march was in memory of Daymon Dodson, an area rapper and DJ who passed away in 2006 of an epileptic seizure, and marked the eighth remembrance since his death in 2006. The march and other organized activities are known as Daymon Day. Three people were arrested after police stopped the parade with pepper spray at about 9 p.m., according to The Columbus Dispatch. Police said the group required a special duty escort but no officer signed up for the event, although the… Read more

Ohio State students discover stranger living in basement

September 12, 2013
Do you know your roommates? One house of Ohio State students didn’t. Some OSU students discovered they had an additional roommate living with them recently — one they had no idea was there. The roommates thought a locked door in the basement led to a utility closet. When maintenance workers knocked the door down, they found a bedroom complete with framed photographs and textbooks, said Jimmy Alderman, a fourth-year in civil engineering. The residents had the locks changed that night and posted a note asking their houseguest to call them, said resident Brett Mugglin, a fourth-year in computer science and engineering. A man named Jeremy contacted them and then moved… Read more