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Student project is mistaken for a campus gas leak

February 7, 2010
The lecture hall in Evans Lab was evacuated Monday morning after a graduate student mistakenly caused a foul-smelling chemical to leak into the building’s ventilation system, said John Herrington, the safety coordinator for Ohio State’s Department of Chemistry. Occupants of the building thought there was a gas leak because the chemical, t-butyl mercaptan, is what gas companies put into natural gas so that leaks can be detected. Natural gas is odorless. Columbus Fire Department engines and rescue vehicles responded at about 1 p.m, said Bob Armstrong, director of Emergency Management. OSU Emergency Management and Environmental Safety also came to the scene. No injuries occurred and no damage was done to… Read more

Campus events celebrate black history

February 7, 2010
The Multicultural Center kicked off Black History Month with several celebratory events last week. The 40th annual United Black World Month began Monday at Ohio State. This month-long celebration of African-American history includes lectures, art exhibits and other activities in honor of Black History Month. United Black World Month is the same as Black History Month, said Christa Porter, intercultural specialist at the Multicultural Center. “There is no difference — just a more inclusive and community-focused title,” Porter said. Every year, the Multicultural Center uses the theme that the original founders of Black History Month use for United Black World Month. This year’s theme is black economic empowerment. “The economy… Read more

Cooperative living offers an alternative housing option for students

February 7, 2010
A group of students at Ohio State is in the process of creating an alternative housing option for campus area residents. The group, called Arawak Housing, plans to create OSU’s first housing cooperative. Alex McDougal-Webber, an organizer of Arawak Housing and a fourth-year in comparative studies, said housing cooperatives offer a better experience than dorms or leasing. “We think students are tired of being treated like they can’t take care of themselves,” McDougal-Webber said. “We’re shuffled between oppressive dormitories and crummy landlords until we graduate, and then we leave no trace of ourselves behind. Cooperative houses are the answer to students’ feelings of rootlessness and transience in Columbus.” McDougal-Webber said… Read more

Local ‘Idol’ goes to Hollywood

February 7, 2010
There is some Buckeye representation in Hollywood this week.Bosa Mora, 22, of Columbus, advanced past the audition round of Fox’s “American Idol” this season. Mora’s audition allowed him to join the elite group — among thousands who auditioned — to come together in Hollywood with the hopes of advancing further in the singing competition. “I have always had a deep faith that great things will come my way,” Mora said. “It’s not going to be given to me though; I have to earn it.”Mora was inspired to try out for the show by a close friend of his. His goal was simply to learn more about the music industry through… Read more

Team of MBA students win big at 2010 Marketing Summit

February 7, 2010
A team of Ohio State MBA students won a $50,000 prize at the 2010 Marketing Summit at Wake Forest University on Feb. 6. The contest, sponsored by IBM, saw OSU avenge its loss in the 2009 summit. The seven-member group defeated a pool of teams from seven universities. Consisting of graduate students Vandana Agrawal, Seth Blatter, Michael Hrostoski, Jeremy Jacobs, Ryan Kilpatrick, Eduard Lapteanu and Chad Stutz, the team was one of only eight schools selected from an applicant pool of 83 other universities throughout the world. They were lead by professor Marc Ankerman, a senior lecturer in management and human resources at OSU. For the contest, the teams were… Read more

OSU fundraising struggles in shaky economy

February 7, 2010
Ohio State’s bold fundraising goals have met an economy shrouded in uncertainty. OSU officials plan to raise $300 million during fiscal year 2010 for its colleges, lower units and branch campuses. This goal includes money gathered from the two-and-a-half year, $100 million campaign to fund the Students First, Students Now program, and a $75 million campaign ending in 2013 to fund Project ONE, the $1 billion expansion of the OSU Medical Center. But college fundraisers across the country are struggling in a shaky economy, and OSU’s are no exception. Peter Weiler, OSU’s senior vice president for University Development, reported on OSU’s fundraising challenges to the Board of Trustees’ Development and… Read more

Crime Briefs: Man accused of cracking window at Buckeye Donuts

February 6, 2010
A man broke the front window of Buckeye Donuts on North High Street early Friday morning, the store’s manager reported to police. According to the report, the man told the store owner that he didn’t mean to crack the glass and that he was just trying to get the attention of his friends inside the store. The manager called the police to file a report, but said he wanted to give the man the chance to pay for the window. However, while an officer from Columbus Police was driving the man home, the alleged window-breaker said that he didn’t break the glass and that it was already cracked when he… Read more

Three board members to tackle tuition and costs

February 6, 2010
The Ohio State Board of Trustees told three of its members Friday to determine whether tuition and costs will rise starting this summer, and by how much. The three committee chairs have until May to decide tuition and costs for the upcoming Summer and Autumn quarters. Fiscal Affairs Committee chair Jo Ann Davidson, Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee chair John Ong and Board chairman Les Wexner will present their decision for confirmation at the board’s May meeting, Davidson said. The board usually sets tuition costs at its April meeting, but because the board will not meet until May, Davidson, Ong and Wexner will set tuition after consulting with members… Read more

Technology makes class interactive

February 6, 2010
It is a common sight in classes all over Ohio State: a lecture hall crammed with hundreds of students in various states of interest and wakefulness. A growing technology trend is being used to combat the snores of bored students and pique their interest. Clickers, a nickname for a type of audience response system, are handheld devices that record responses by communicating with a receiver through radio waves. Bill Reay, a professor emeritus of physics, thinks that with a clicker in every student’s hand, lectures can become more effective at the touch of a button. “Lectures are singularly ineffective. They’re just not a good way to teach,” Reay said. “Picture… Read more

Team’s testing system wins top honors

February 6, 2010
When Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity in 1752, the notion of automobiles did not even glimmer in his brilliant mind. The minds behind the Ohio State EcoCAR team, however, are using the power of electricity on the concept vehicle being designed for their national competition. Last week was an important period for this group, as they were visited by a vital sponsor in addition to being awarded first place in one of the several contests involved in the competition. EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, sponsored by General Motors, gives 16 institutions across the country the task of redesigning a company-donated vehicle into a hybrid automobile. The 30-person OSU crew is engineering a… Read more