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Class of 2010 gift will be a rain garden

January 24, 2010
Students from the class of 2010 have chosen which gift will represent their legacy: a rain garden to be included in the Cunz Hall renovation. The tradition of class gifts dates back to 1891, when students planted five elm trees. Since then, classes have continued to donate gifts to the university. Previous gifts have included the Orton Hall chimes, the statue of William Oxley Thompson and the 2009 gift of the Block “O” fire pit outside the new Ohio Union. The new Cunz Hall Rain Garden will be located in the traffic circle near Cunz Hall and the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The rain garden will feature native Ohio plants, as… Read more

Consumed by semester switch

January 24, 2010
When Terry Gustafson joined the Ohio State faculty as an assistant professor in 1979, it’s doubtful he would have been able to predict what he’d be doing today. While Gustafson is still a professor of chemistry at OSU, and now the executive associate dean of the College of the Arts and Sciences, his primary responsibilities lie elsewhere. Gustafson co-convenes a committee whose responsibility is to oversee curriculum changes during the university’s move to semesters in 2012. Just how much time does he devote to issues regarding the semester switch? “An ever-increasing amount,” he said with a laugh. “My role within Arts and Sciences is shifting more to just being related… Read more

Exams can save students thousands, but few take advantage

January 24, 2010
Ohio State undergraduates can save time and money by testing out of courses through the Credit by Examinations Program. There are around 200 courses from more than 40 departments which a student can test out of. But few students use it or even know about it. The program isn’t used enough, said Brian Endicott, the manager of the Office of Testing. “We only see between 75 and 100 students per quarter,” Endicott said. “And we see 40 to 50 of them the first week of classes.” Students can earn up to 45 credit hours of examination credit, the equivalent to a rank at OSU. While the credit counts toward graduation,… Read more

Infection costs student’s legs

January 23, 2010
An Ohio State University freshman who had both his legs amputated last spring after he became infected with a flesh-eating bacteria has sued many of the doctors and nurses who treated him and the hospitals that employ them. More than 20 parties are named in the lawsuit, including doctors at Ohio Health Corp., Riverside Methodist Hospital, and a doctor employed by OSU Medical Center. Steven “Blake” Haxton and his family allege that his doctors and nurses failed to diagnose the disease — necrotizing fasciitis — in a timely manner and he lost his legs because of their malpractice. Haxton, 19, was the senior captain of the rowing team at Upper… Read more

Mayor’s memoir features OSU celebrities

January 23, 2010
David Bentkowski, mayor of Seven Hills, Ohio, will visit Ohio State Tuesday to promote his new book, “Power of the Proclamation.” The memoir details his experiences as Ohio’s youngest mayor and tells stories of his run-ins with celebrities, many of whom are Buckeyes. “It’s cool sharing with your buddies that you are hanging out with celebrities, so I wanted to share all the big stories and take everyone on the ride with me,” Bentkowski said. The book includes a chapter on OSU celebrities Jim Tressel, Thaddeus Gibson, Ted Ginn Jr., Terrelle Pryor and members of O.A.R. It also includes stories about Ohio natives Drew Carey and Nick Lachey. Bentkowski said… Read more

Tech-minded students improve software in Open Source Club

January 23, 2010
Members of the Open Source Club, a student group formed in 1999, are exploring the world of technology. Specifically, they are interested in open source software. The Open Source Club focuses “on building a strong community of open source users and developers in order to bring the benefits of open development, open standards, and free software to the university community,” according to the club’s Web site. Alek Rollyson, a third-year in information systems and the club’s president, said there is a difference between free software and open source software. Free software is like “free beer, or free as in it doesn’t cost me anything,” he said. Open source software is… Read more

1,200-pound buckeye necklace to fight cancer

January 23, 2010
Local non-profit organization Invokause has figured out a way to make the buckeye nut the newest tool used in the fight breast cancer. After its recent founding, the community action group decided to make its first project “the world’s largest buckeye necklace” and donate the more than $250,000 they hope to acquire during its construction to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for breast cancer research. The group’s goal is to collect 100,000 buckeye nuts, and after selling each one to a donor, they will number it and string it on a necklace that will eventually be more than 1,200 pounds and a little less than 1.5 miles in diameter. Since the… Read more

Jersey Shore star makes a “crazy” appearance in Columbus

January 23, 2010
When Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino made an appearance at Lodge Bar on Jan. 20, the bar was filled to capacity, with a line of people waiting outside to catch a glimpse of the “Jersey Shore” star. “People were fighting, elbowing and going crazy to get a picture of him,” said Kelly Patzwahl, a second-year in speech and hearing at Ohio State. “It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Some crazy girl jumped up and was making out with him.” The frenzy surrounding Sorrentino is a testament to the popularity of the show and the celebrity status the cast members have achieved. Since its premiere, the show has taken the… Read more

Student groups rally to help Haiti

January 23, 2010
Ohio State students rushed to aid Haiti victims after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the country. Student groups met in the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center Wednesday to discuss how to help Haiti. They discussed plans to host a charity banquet and upcoming fundraisers to raise money. They also discussed designating several locations on campus where donors can drop off money. Representatives from several black student groups came to the meeting, including the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Society of Sisters and the National Society of Black Engineers. Director of the Office of Minority Affairs Larry Williamson said the meeting was arranged so OSU groups could collaborate to help… Read more

Haitian students lose family in recent earthquake

January 23, 2010
While most people watched the devastation of the Haiti earthquake on television, some Ohio State students experienced the disaster firsthand. Jessica Desronvil, a fourth-year in psychology, is a Haiti native who was personally affected by the earthquake. Her family lives in Port-au-Prince and was in the city when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the region. Desronvil found out about the earthquake from Facebook. After reading postings about the quake, she phoned her parents to find out what happened. “So I called my dad and he said ‘That’s impossible,’” Desronvil said. “He didn’t believe it because he had just got off the phone with my uncle [in Haiti] 10 minutes before… Read more