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Columbus bike event celebrates locally owned food businesses

April 27, 2010
With the trees in bloom, crops sprouting and bicycles in action, Columbus community members will celebrate the spring crop growing season with a 13-mile bike event on Saturday between The Hills Market and the North Market. The Market to Market Bicycle Adventure is a joint effort between two Columbus markets that share a passion for supporting small, local food purveyors, said Mary Martineau, director of marketing for the North Market. Not only do the North Market and The Hills Market have the same priorities of providing and promoting locally owned food products to consumers, but they are also connected by the Olentangy River Greenway — the bike trail where the… Read more

Online evaluations called ‘ineffective’

April 27, 2010
Some students relish the opportunity to give instructors a piece of their mind when they fill out evaluations at the end of the quarter, but the numbers say many students don’t bother filling them out. Ninety-two members of the history department, including faculty and graduate students, signed a petition Tuesday in response to concerns about the Student Evaluation of Instruction system, which went entirely online at the beginning of the academic year. The petition, addressed to the university registrar, Brad Myers and 13 other university administrators, says that the current online SEI process is “ineffective, confusing, disingenuous, and most importantly, detrimental to student learning and the quality of instruction” at… Read more

Union memorial service to honor Ohio chief justice

April 27, 2010
Ohio State will get to honor one of its own Saturday. A memorial for Thomas J. Moyer, the late Ohio Supreme Court chief justice, will be held at 11 a.m. in the Ohio Union Grand Ballroom. Moyer was first elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1986 and served until his death earlier this month on April 2. He was 70 years old. “Chief Justice Moyer’s life in the law was truly extraordinary, and all of us at Ohio State were pleased that the Supreme Court chose this venue for the memorial service,” said Alan C. Michaels, dean of the Moritz College of Law. Moyer earned a bachelor’s degree from… Read more

Sibs Weekend events to include Jack Hanna, Laugh Olympics

April 27, 2010
Ohio State students should expect to see more children than usual in the next few days for the 2010 Sibs Weekend. This is the 14th year that OSU has dedicated a weekend to siblings, and Ryan Lovell, director of Parent and Family Programs, said he believes it is a weekend that strengthens relationships between college students and their families. “Sibs Weekend allows those loved ones to meet college friends or colleagues, share in experiences and see the campus environment that a student or staff member now calls home,” Lovell said. Opportunities for families to connect with one another and OSU are important to the success of our students and our… Read more

Tea Party movement picks up in Columbus

April 26, 2010
Reviving cries from the American Revolution, the Tea Party movement began in 2009 and has mobilized many across the country to protest fiscal policy in the United States. One such protest was held in downtown Columbus at the State House on April 15, widely known as Tax Day. The event brought out a Tea Party crowd of more than 3,000 people, including Meagan Cyrus, chair of the OSU College Republicans. “They represent a lot of our core values, so that is how we got involved with it,” Cyrus said. “They defiantly encompass a lot of the Republican values, what the Republican party claims to uphold, which is limited government and… Read more

Historian and author to speak at Byrd Polar Research Center

April 26, 2010
Lisle Rose, historian and author of “Explorer: The Life of Richard E. Byrd,” will speak today at Ohio State to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the university’s Byrd Polar Research Center. “The prominence of our research center has given us the unique opportunity to bring in speakers that may be of interest to students,” said Laura Kissel, the polar curator for the Byrd Polar Research Center’s Archival program. Rose is the second speaker to visit OSU in honor of the research center’s anniversary. His lecture will focus on a presentation about Admiral Richard E. Byrd and his scientific explorations. Rose is no stranger to the OSU Campus. He conducted extensive… Read more

Thousands of OSU students fail to fill out census

April 26, 2010
It takes five minutes to complete. It is self-explanatory, pre-addressed and prepaid. And it is important to individuals, schools and communities. However, thousands of Ohio State students didn’t complete it. With ten questions, this year’s census was the shortest form in the history of census data collection, said Rose Simmons, census outreach leader for central Ohio. The 2010 Census counted every OSU student in campus residence halls via university records. “We provided the Bureau with a roster of statistical information,” said Christy Blessing, OSU’s director of Housing Services. “It’s more accurate that way.” Dorm-dwellers never saw a census form, but 100 percent of them were accounted for. However, for students… Read more

OSU ahead of the curve in removing ‘middle man’ from loans

April 26, 2010
When Congress passed student loan reform, which was tucked into the health care package, President Barack Obama hailed its passage, while critics decried it as yet another government takeover. But one of the key provisions of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 is not likely to have any effect on Ohio State students. That’s because the main part of the program — removing private banks as the “middle men” of federal student loans — is something OSU has done since the early 1990s. “Our students will see no change whatsoever in their relationship with our office and how we process their loans,” said Diane Stemper, director of… Read more

New interim dean of arts and humanities is named

April 26, 2010
Mark Shanda has been named interim dean of arts and humanities by Joseph Steinmetz, arts and sciences dean and vice provost. Shanda, a theater professor, will begin his appointment on July 1. “Becoming the interim dean was a surprise, but it presents a new
challenge for me in terms of placing the arts and humanities into a strong role in the university fabric,” Shanda said. Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences is undergoing a restructuring process to develop a more collaborative structure and culture, to create a more inclusive and integrated community and to encourage more teaming across departments, according to the college’s website. “We’re in the midst of… Read more

Old Navy at Lennox Center gets makeover

April 26, 2010
The “SuperModelquins” at the Old Navy Lennox store have something new to smile about. The mannequins featured in the clothing store’s commercials are getting a new home that costs about $1 million. Old Navy at Lennox Town Center, located on Olentangy River Road, is one of three Columbus stores being remodeled. The Sawmill location had its grand reopening in December 2009, and the Easton location is currently under renovation. “It’s all about sharing an elevated shopping experience with the customer by being more upbeat and vibrant,” said Jeanne Charnas, a manager at the Lennox location who has worked for Old Navy for 10 years. “We’re putting the ‘wow’ back into… Read more