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Crime briefs: Post-party theft a mystery

January 10, 2010
Two Ohio State students say someone stole nearly $1,000 in property from their West Norwich Avenue home after a party Sunday night. According to reports, the two men hosted about 25 people at a “social gathering” that ended around 3 a.m. When they thought everyone was gone, they locked the door, but soon after they heard the door close. When they went to the living room, they discovered that someone had stolen an Xbox 360 and games, valued together at $960.There are no suspects in the theft. Compiled by Collin Binkley … Read more

Macing kills the buzz at Too’s

January 10, 2010
For Too’s Spirits Under High, Tuesday night usually draws crowds of students with its drink specials. Last Tuesday was no different, until an unknown woman sprayed Mace in the main room of the High Street bar shortly after midnight, prompting many to leave while others endured the physical pain from the gas. “A little Mace goes a long way and you know when it’s in the air,” said Scott Ellsworth, owner of Too’s, in an e-mail. “Our customers and employees had to endure coughing, watery eyes, sneezing and shortness of [breath].” When the Mace settled, the bar had lost nearly all their clientele, ending what was otherwise a successful night.… Read more

Ohio State professor heads summer workshop for young writers

January 10, 2010
It was not the usual summer camp routine. After breakfast in the dining hall, the 30 Columbus public high school students did not trudge out to the football field or meander through a campground. They found themselves in a classroom in Denney Hall poring over literature and poetry, some of it their own, honing the craft of creative writing. Michelle Herman, an Ohio State professor of English who heads the summer Young Writers Workshop, said the project emerged from the creative vision of a donor who agreed to foot the bill if OSU’s creative writing program worked with public high school students. Last summer’s workshop allowed the students to act… Read more

Lab records brain waves to study emotion

January 10, 2010
Ohio State researchers Stacie Powers and Zheng Joyce Wang are examining the way the brain works by conducting laboratory studies on students in the Communication and Psychophysiology Lab. The CAP Lab, a $500,000 endeavor begun in 2007, is used to study emotion by looking at how the brain processes nonverbal cues. The technology in the lab, which is located in the Journalism building, records brain waves in response to audio and video, using electrodes placed on a student’s face and head. The test examines changes in heart rate, skin conductance or sweat, as well as eye and facial movements. Powers said the test differentiates between responses that are spontaneous and… Read more

Ohio State program gives kids gift of reading

January 10, 2010
Ohio State has launched a program that will put books into the hands of children throughout Columbus. A brainchild of the OSU Office of Student Affairs, the initiative will deliver 25,000 books to 21 schools throughout the city by April 9. The schools will continue to receive shipments of books until every child between kindergarten and fifth grade has a new book by the start of summer break. “Reading is such a fundamental life skill and so important to overall educational achievement, and it is important for students to see themselves as readers from an early age,” said Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for Student Life. “Yet many children in our… Read more

Ohio Union Tour Audio Slideshow

Guided tour of the new student union, with audio by the director of the Ohio Union, Tracy Stuck.   … Read more

Construction closes lanes on Woody Hayes Drive

Beginning today, the two westbound lanes of Woody Hayes Drive will be closed from Tuttle Park Place to Cannon Drive. The two eastbound lanes will remain open allowing traffic to travel east and west. Construction that began this summer will resume to replace deteriorated steam and condensation lines, said Al Stazzone, project manager. The project will also provide chilled water and steam service to the new Student Academic Services building and Lane Avenue Parking Garage, according to an Ohio State news release. “We anticipate some congestion at the Tuttle and Woody Hayes intersection, especially in the early evening,” said Sarah Blouch, director of Traffic and Parking. “We will have officers… Read more

Crime Briefs: New Year’s kiss leads to broken jaw

January 9, 2010
A 21-year-old man ended up in the hospital with a broken jaw after he kissed another man’s girlfriend on the cheek New Year’s Eve. The man told police he hosted a party at his East Patterson Avenue home, and at the stroke of midnight couples began the traditional New Year’s kiss. But the girl he kissed on the cheek had a boyfriend who, 10 minutes later, confronted him and punched him in the jaw, breaking it. The man underwent surgery at Ohio State Medical Center to treat his fractured jaw. No one was arrested for the assault. Neighbors learn to get along Police were called to defuse a neighbor dispute… Read more

Student business targets to-be freshmen

January 9, 2010
While the job market might look dismal to some, one group of Ohio State students has combined T-shirts, underwear and social networks to jump-start a business and make some money in the process. Frosh Tees, a Web-based T-shirt company that targets classes of incoming college freshmen, is the brainchild of third-year business student Nils Root. He said he came up with the idea through Facebook. “I noticed in my ‘OSU Class of 2011′ group there were some pathetic attempts at creating a unifying class shirt,” Root said. “I thought the combination of a target market organized on Facebook along with a simple product would make for a doable business.” As… Read more

Astronaut lands at Ohio State

Astronaut Gregory Harbaugh will bring his off-planet experiences down to earth tonight at 7 p.m. in the 11th floor reading room at William Oxley Thompson Library. Harbaugh is the keynote speaker for an event designed to portray fraternities as a place where values can be nurtured. His presentation will contain “good and bad stories” from his life, as well as photographs taken in outer space, he said. He has logged a total of 818 hours in space, including 18 hours and 29 minutes performing spacewalks to repair and improve space telescopes and stations. When compared to his 14,000 miles of space travel, one might be surprised by one of his… Read more