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Central Ohio dairy farm employees abuse cows

June 3, 2010
Another cow issue has brought both national and international attention to Ohio. An undercover video was recently released by an animal rights organization showing graphic animal abuse taking place at a central Ohio dairy farm. Mercy for Animals created substantial buzz May 25 when the nonprofit organization put the video on YouTube and its website. In the video, employees at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City are shown beating cows with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks and snapping their tails off. It shows a calf being kicked and stomped in the face as well as repeated kicking and punching of other cows. Not surprisingly, the video has drawn a variety… Read more

OSU professor recognized for promoting diversity, research on Hemingway

June 3, 2010
After visiting Columbus for a weekend with her sorority, Delta Zeta, many years ago, Debra Moddelmog promised herself she would never live there. These days, Moddelmog is not only living in Columbus but is a professor of English at Ohio State and has fully embraced the Buckeye culture. “I thought I would only be (in Columbus) for three to four years,” Moddelmog said. “I thought it would be easier to start at a large school.” But after those few years, Moddelmog realized she loved the university and its large and supportive research atmosphere. However, the professor claims she will always be a “Southern girl.” The oldest of three children, Moddelmog… Read more

Year in Review

June 3, 2010
The start of a new decade brought with it some of Ohio State’s biggest headlines in recent history, ranging from our beloved Buckeyes defeating the Oregon Ducks in the 2010 Rose Bowl to unruly cows causing major problems for a Lantern photographer to a workplace shooting on campus. There was a fair share of triumph and tragedy — a testament to the ups and downs of each year at OSU. OSU wins Rose Bowl 2010 kicked off with the Buckeyes prevailing over the Oregon Ducks Jan. 1 in a Rose Bowl showdown in Pasadena, Calif. This 26-17 victory made for the first postseason win since OSU’s takedown of Notre Dame… Read more

Bring your wallet Autumn Quarter

June 3, 2010
When Ohio State students return for Autumn Quarter, they should plan to bring their wallets. With the approved tuition increase and mandatory Union fee, annual fees will be at least $741 more than they were in autumn 2009. The increased tuition represents $8,994 of the now $9,420 in annual fees. This spring, the Board of Trustees held a series of meetings discussing the increase and approved the measure with no opposition in May. “It is with a sense of regret, but also with a sense of realization that there are things we must do going forward to increase the quality of the institution,” said Provost Joseph Alutto to the Board… Read more

President Gee travels to China to promote OSU’s global diversity

June 3, 2010
President E. Gordon Gee is preparing for a trip to China; he plans to bring the Ohio State nation together by building a bridge that connects a global university. However, Gee’s two-week tour of China is not a relaxing summer trip. His “multifaceted excursion” includes connecting with OSU alumni and Ohio-based company executives, strengthening relationships with Chinese universities and promoting OSU’s international initiative through the newly opened gateway office, said William Brustein, the vice provost for global strategies and international affairs in the Office of International Affairs. Gee will stop in four cities, Shanghai, Nanjing, Qingdao and Beijing, in 16 days. Though the Office of International Affairs is “still in… Read more

College of Arts and Sciences unites five colleges into one

June 3, 2010
The University Senate approved the decision to merge the five arts and sciences colleges into a single College of the Arts and Sciences. The merge, approved by the senate May 27, will be implemented if it is also approved by the Board of Trustees, which will meet June 17 and 18. The unification of the College of Arts and Sciences includes the arts, biological sciences, humanities, mathematical and physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences. Those who are supportive of the unification say the new structure will be an improvement and will increase collaboration and synergy. In 2008, a campus-wide committee assessed the status of the arts and sciences at… Read more

OSU Turkish lecturer treats students like family

June 2, 2010
Every brave person has a way of eating the yogurt. In Turkey, this proverb represents how people have their own ways of learning and doing things. Bulent Bekcioglu, a Turkish lecturer at Ohio State, eats his yogurt much differently than many other university teachers. Bekcioglu grew up in a small town in Turkey and attended dental school in Istanbul. His girlfriend, who later became his wife, wanted to come to America, and in 1993, he came with her. Although he decided to come to the United States, Bekcioglu did not want to stay. Because he was planning to go back to Turkey, he decided to attend OSU for his master’s… Read more

Ukulele Club members strive to make club official

June 1, 2010
The ukulele, an instrument often associated with Hawaii, is now the focus of an Ohio State club. The OSU Ukulele Club is pending acceptance as an official OSU organization. The main reason its acceptance is pending is because the club does not have an adviser, said Cyrus Sethna, Ukulele Club president and a first-year in political science and Spanish. Sethna said his search for an adviser within the OSU Department of Music has been unsuccessful. He now plans to look to faculty and staff in the OSU Department of Theatre, particularly those focusing on Pacific Islander or Asian culture, he said. Once the club has an adviser, the last hurdle… Read more

Concert costs ‘trade secrets’

June 1, 2010
This year the Ohio Union Activities Board spent students’ money to bring big names such as Drake, Kings of Leon and Cobra Starship to campus. Although some students are satisfied with the artists OUAB brings to Ohio State, others might wonder exactly how much they are paying for concerts they don’t attend. But OUAB won’t reveal how much it pays performers to come to OSU, calling the information a trade secret. OUAB receives a portion of the mandatory Student Activity Fee, which it uses to fund its campus entertainment events, said OUAB President Kayln Eyer in an e-mail. In September, the Board of Trustees approved a hike in the activity… Read more

Two students robbed at gunpoint outside Taco Bell, report says

June 1, 2010
Two female students said they were robbed at gunpoint by a masked man early Tuesday morning behind the Taco Bell on south campus. According to the police report, at about 2:30 a.m., the four girls exited Taco Bell and were walking in the alley between West 10th Avenue and West 9th Avenue when a man came out from behind a garage and approached them armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. A victim of the reported robbery, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Lantern she thought the “gun was an automatic, not a revolver, had a square barrel and a wooden handle.” The woman described the suspect to The Lantern… Read more