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Student’s team still standing on ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’

March 11, 2010
An Ohio State student and her team are still jumping over competition on the stage of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Lisa Brown, a third-year in middle childhood education, is a member of Saltare, a jump-roping group that has competed for the title of “America’s Best Dance Crew” since the show’s east regional competition in early February. The team has since moved on to national competition, and is one of only seven teams left on the show. Brown said every day on ABDC is a blessing. “It was a shock to even make it to regionals,” she said. “Every day [the team] wakes up, we are like, ‘we’re on ABDC;… Read more

Expo to feature pets

March 11, 2010
Pets and pet lovers from all over the state will be taking over Franklin County Veterans Memorial at the 16th Annual Columbus Pet Expo. This year’s event will be in all three of the venue’s halls and will cover more than 100,000 square feet. The expo will have a variety of events including seminars, shows and vendors. Although dogs are the most popular pet at the event, the expo will have stuff for all types of animals, said Mythanne Reno, Show Director. Educational seminars will help promote positive pet ownership, she said. Special features will be an “Ask a Vet” booth and guest Joel Silverman from the Animal Planet Network,… Read more

Stressed about finals? Just relax, expert says

March 11, 2010
Many students may find themselves stressed during finals week, but the key to doing well on finals is to relax. Neal Newman, a psychologist with Counseling and Consultation Service at the Younkin Success Center, works with students who find themselves stressed out or getting stressed. Newman runs a seminar three times a quarter on mental skills for stress management and leads a workshop on test taking. Students will fill the libraries, cramming for their upcoming finals. Newman said that students want to do well on finals but it is important not to worry about the outcome and focus on the process. “Be self accepting about what you know and what… Read more

Some head south for Spring Break, others stay home

March 11, 2010
With finals weighing heavy on students minds, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: spring break. Spring break gives students a week to unwind and relax after Winter Quarter. Students use this time to travel, help others, work or just relax at home. One popular option for Ohio State students is to travel down to Panama City, Fla. “There’s lots of partying to do down here,” said Larry Rowe, senior account executive for Student City, a travel company that caters to students. Students in Panama City enjoy both the beaches of Florida and the exciting night life. “The bars in Panama are amazing. There are so many… Read more

IHOP restaurant to open in Columbus … eventually

March 11, 2010
Since the city of Columbus lacks an International House of Pancakes restaurant, Ohio State students must turn elsewhere to satisfy their breakfast food cravings. “I go to Waffle House six times a month,” said Gordon Rankin, a second-year in math education. “If an IHOP were built, I would definitely fill those Waffle House spots with IHOP.” According to the restaurant’s Web site, there were 1,433 IHOPs in the U.S., Canada and Mexico by Sept. 30, 2009. Scott Womack, an IHOP franchisee since 1988, founded Womack Restaurants in Terre Haute, Ind., and has eight IHOP restaurants.An IHOP press release from July 20, 2006, said that Womack had “agreed to develop 17… Read more

Board of Trustees to meet this month to discuss tuition increase

March 10, 2010
Ohio State’s freeze on tuition for resident undergraduates, which is in its third year, will end in July. A special committee of the Board of Trustees will meet this month to hear recommendations for tuition next year and beyond. The date of that meeting, which will be open to the public, has not yet been determined, but will be announced a week before the meeting, said Bill Shkurti, OSU’s outgoing chief financial officer and senior vice president for Business and Finance. Addressing a meeting of the University Senate Thursday, Shkurti said that although he was “not at liberty to discuss the specific numbers because we haven’t shared those with the… Read more

Campus prayer group holds vigil for shooting victims

March 9, 2010
About 20 students, most members of an Ohio State campus prayer group, gathered Tuesday night for a vigil in front of the maintenance building that was the scene of a campus shooting Tuesday morning. Shortly after 10 p.m., members of 24/7 Prayer gathered in a circle and lit candles across the street from the building at 2000 Tuttle Park Place. Early Tuesday morning, custodial worker Nathaniel Brown shot and killed his supervisor Larry Wallington and injured another manager, Henry Butler, before shooting and killing himself.Janika Pittman, president of the non-denominational group, said members were praying for the victims, their families and their co-workers. “Sometimes we forget about the maintenance people,”… Read more

Professional council struggles to make itself known on campus

March 9, 2010
The Inter-Professional Council represents more than 3,200 “professional” students at Ohio State and spends tens of thousands of dollars. But it has difficulties filling its leadership positions and keeping students aware of what the organization does. “One of the problems is that people don’t have the time,” said Meghan Slanina, current vice president and incoming president of IPC. The council held presidential and vice presidential elections this week. Each officer gets paid about $10,000 a year and gets a partial tuition waiver. Nonetheless, no one challenged Slanina for president and only two men ran for vice president. Unlike Undergraduate Student Government, which represents about 45,000 students on the Columbus campus,… Read more

Social networking site made specifically for scholars

March 9, 2010
While Facebook and Twitter have been dominating computer screens over the past few years, another Web site is taking advantage of this social networking craze, but putting a scholarly spin on it. Academia.edu is a social networking Web site for scholars and researchers who are looking to connect with other people in related fields and get their research read. Mostly used by graduate and doctorate students and professors, Academia.edu is a free service that anyone can use and allows users to create their own academic Web page. A user can create a research profile and post their research interests, papers, blogs and other useful Web sites. Just like other social… Read more

Research preserved on library database

March 9, 2010
The Knowledge Bank, a project of Ohio State’s libraries and the top technology office, gives OSU researchers an easy way to publish and preserve their work on the Web. But it’s not just a place for scholarly research. Video clips, full-length books and even FBI reports call this digital space home. The Knowledge Bank is an endeavor of OSU Libraries and the Office of the Chief Information Officer which began in 2004 and has more than 42,000 materials on the site. Tschera Connell, a member of the library’s scholarly resources integration unit, heads the project. She said the main goal is to store OSU’s “intellectual content” on a digital platform.… Read more