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Headlines meet history in professors’ magazine

January 18, 2010
Two Ohio State history professors have developed a media outlet where headlines meet history. Steven Conn and Nicholas Breyfogle co-edit Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, an online magazine that explores how current events, people and places relate to history. The magazine has covered everything from Somali pirates to women’s rights in Afghanistan. Conn said their goal is to “bring top-flight academic expertise to a wider public audience.” While there is more information available in an age of cable television and the Internet, “a lot of it is pretty superficial and a lot of it is not very good,” Conn said. “So what we do is give people a chance… Read more

Students head to finals in tax tournament

January 17, 2010
Five students from Ohio State will be traveling to Washington, D.C., Jan. 28 to compete in a national tax competition in front of one of the nation’s largest privately owned companies. The “xTax competition” is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the largest auditing firm in the country, and challenges students from schools nationwide on their ability to make real-world business decisions. This is the eighth year of the annual competition and the first year a team from OSU has made the finals. The winning team members were second-year students Rachel Rutledge, Ryan Daulton and Rebecca Reed, third-year Brad Rollins and fourth-year Konstantin Katsman. “For me, this was huge,” said Reed, a student… Read more

Gee paid more than public peers

January 17, 2010
Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee continues to be the highest paid public-university president in the United States. Gee’s 2008-2009 base salary was $802,125, while his total compensation package was nearly $1.6 million, according a Chronicle of Higher Education survey released Monday. Including the base salary, the compensation package is comprised of $225,000 in deferred compensation, $49,700 in retirement pay and $500,000 from a supplemental retirement plan. Gee also receives a house from private sources, a car provided by the state and club dues. Compared to Gee’s $1.6 million, University of Washington President Mark A. Emmert’s total compensation package was $905,004, the second highest among public universities in the country.… Read more

Campus Partners honored for service to community

January 17, 2010
The American Planning Association has awarded Ohio State’s Campus Partners University District Revitalization initiative with the 2010 National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation. In 1995, OSU and the city of Columbus created the nonprofit Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment to renovate neighborhoods surrounding campus. The revitalization of neighborhoods has upped the occupancy rate in the student neighborhoods to more than 99 percent, said Steve Sterrett, community relations director for Campus Partners. This rate has increased from the early ‘90s. Campus Partners is also being recognized for preparing plans to revive High Street and Weinland Park, which Sterrett said is the most distressed neighborhood of the University District.The revitalization of… Read more

No sanction for destroyed data

January 17, 2010
Ohio State will not face legal sanctions for destroying documents that an attorney says could have been vital to his lawsuit against the university. Attorney Eric Rosenberg filed a motion last July claiming the university failed to preserve documents that would have helped him prove discrimination of and retaliation against his client, College of Pharmacy professor Sheryl Szeinbach. But Rosenberg failed to prove that OSU was guilty of misconduct, even though some notes and e-mails from university officials were destroyed, according to U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark R. Abel. “I’m disappointed but I’m not disheartened,” Rosenberg told The Lantern Monday. The destroyed documents included notes from interviews with 29 employees in… Read more

Many volunteer, some turned away on day of service

January 17, 2010
Ohio State students celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with community service Monday. OSU’s Students Engaging in Responsible Volunteering Team organized the ninth annual MLK Day of Service. Students were able to volunteer with various organizations to honor King’s legacy at the event. Participants volunteered at community service sites around Columbus including COSI, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and local health care centers. “Volunteers will be engaging in all sorts of activities including cleaning, interacting with children and adults with special needs, cooking breakfast and painting buildings for renovation,” said Ravi Gupta, a planner for the event. The students also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity. They worked at the organization’s home… Read more

Fair helps students seeking houses

January 17, 2010
The 2010 Off-Campus Housing Fair helped Ohio State students with their housing searches Thursday and Friday. Off-Campus Student Services organized the event so students could meet local landlords and get rental advice last week. They also gave out T-shirts, coupons, gift cards and other freebies at the fair. Marla McGraw, property manager of Riverwatch Tower apartments, said many students came to the fair asking about pricing and availability of the apartments. “Students usually want to know if we have anything available for the fall,” McGraw said. “I always tell them to look sooner rather than later to get the apartment they are really interested in.” At the fair, students could… Read more

Newly opened garage adds 1,400 spots

January 17, 2010
The Lane Avenue Parking Garage opened on Jan. 4. There are 1,400 spaces in the garage, which is located at the southeast corner of Lane Avenue and Tuttle Park Place. “The garage will provide adequate parking for north campus,” said Sarah Blouch, director of Traffic and Parking. “So far about 300 to 400 people have been parking in there” every day. The garage is open to faculty, staff and students with permits. The garage is also open for hourly use. “Students can buy parking passes right now for $399.64 and yearly passes $599.40,” Blouch said. There are 70 spots reserved for low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles. Automobiles that are eligible for these… Read more