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Woman’s concern led to discovery of human remains

September 14, 2014
When a concerned woman stopped by an off-campus house to check on a friend she hadn’t seen in a while, the lights were out, the windows were busted and the place had a distinct smell to it, she told Columbus Division of Police dispatchers in a 911 call obtained by The Lantern. During the call, the woman said she was worried because the man who lived in the home — located at the corner of East 13th Avenue and 4th Street — was old, so she decided to check the place out. “He is old and I was kind of worried about him and I had stopped by,” the caller… Read more

Jonathan Waters’ return to Ohio State full of emotions

September 14, 2014
Though Jonathan Waters was fired from his position as director of the Ohio State Marching Band, he didn’t stay away from Ohio Stadium for long. At OSU’s blowout 66-0 victory against Kent State on Saturday, Waters returned to the stadium not as an employee, but as a marching band alumnus. And though he seemed filled with passion and joy as he conducted the alumni band in performing “Hang On Sloopy,” it was still a roller coaster of emotions. “This is a very emotional day for me.” Waters told Lantern TV of his return to Ohio Stadium. “I’ve been in this building for 20 years as a student and as a… Read more

Ohio State trounces Kent State, 66-0, week after loss

September 13, 2014
  One week removed from its first loss of the season, the Ohio State football team jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead on its way to beating Kent State, 66-0. The Buckeyes scored less than two minutes into the game to start things off before scoring touchdowns on six of eight first-half drives Saturday at Ohio Stadium. OSU coach Urban Meyer credited the win partially to the Buckeyes’ advantage in the talent column, and added his team needed a big game coming off a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6. “I thought our guys played well,” Meyer said after the win. “Obviously a little talent advantage, but… Read more

New policies aim to increase police visibility

September 12, 2014
Two new initiatives from University Police and the Columbus Division of Police aim to make students safer, according to a joint announcement by the two departments Thursday. The announcement was part of the first “Rolling Roll Call,” where University Police seek to provide recent crime information to the OSU community in a public setting. “Operation Safeguard” was announced where Student Safety Service, which currently escorts students home between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., will hire a moderate number of extra security to help the extra patrols to increase police visibility. The new initiatives will not cost either police division extra money. Student Safety Service, however, will receive… Read more

Mirror Lake sees fall jazz debut

September 11, 2014
Students and faculty from the School of Music have been playing jazz at Mirror Lake every spring for decades. But for the first time, they’re playing concerts in the fall. It’s a change that Jim Rupp, a lecturer in percussion, said was necessary as a result of the change to semesters from quarters. Under the old system, there was a concert every Thursday in May, but the shortened school year forced shows to be rescheduled. In 2013, when organizers pushed the concerts earlier into the spring, they found the weather often didn’t cooperate. “April can be pretty dicey,” Rupp said. “I remember last year we looked at doing it and… Read more

Police: Human remains found off-campus aren’t of an Ohio State student

September 11, 2014
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Human remains taken out of an off-campus residence overnight are not believed to be those of an Ohio State student, a Columbus Division of Police spokesman said late Wednesday afternoon. The remains could have been in the home — located at the corner of East 13th Avenue and 4th Street — for up to several months, Columbus Police Sgt. Richard Weiner said. “There’s extreme decomposition that’s presenting challenges for the investigators,” he said. So far the cause of death is unknown and will require additional collection of forensic evidence, he said. “There’s nothing at this point that leads us to believe that this was a homicide, however, we are treating… Read more

Woman says she was kicked off COTA before reported rape

September 11, 2014
A woman who was reportedly raped inside an off-campus garage early Saturday morning told detectives that before her alleged assault, she was asked to get off the Central Ohio Transit Authority bus she was riding because she wasn’t wearing shoes, a detective with the Columbus Division of Police Special Victims Bureau said. The woman, whose name is not being released and who is not an Ohio State student, according to Columbus Police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis, was riding a COTA bus headed southbound on High Street early Saturday morning, detective James Ashenhurst said. He said her flip-flop was broken, so she took off her shoes. “The bus driver said, ‘Hey, you… Read more

Mirror Lake forum: Communication is key

September 11, 2014
Mirror Lake was the topic of discussion as members of the Ohio State community gathered for a forum at the Ohio Union Wednesday night. People voiced opinions about uncertainty surrounding this year’s Mirror Lake jump during the first of a three-part forum hosted by Undergraduate Student Government. The tradition where OSU fans jump in Mirror Lake the week before the OSU-Michigan football game could be threatened by various unconfirmed plans to change the water source to the lake and re-landscape the surrounding area. Wednesday night’s forum, which took place at the Ohio Union, served as an opportunity for students to weigh in on the recent changes. “Maybe for the first… Read more

Ohio State students move into house where stranger in the basement was found

September 11, 2014
At the bottom of the basement stairs, behind a locked door, lived a man named Jeremy. For months, Jeremy lived in secret. He didn’t know his roommates, and his roommates certainly didn’t know him. So goes the famous story of “The Stranger in the Basement.” Last year, 10 Ohio State students living in an off-campus college house discovered a stranger living behind a locked door in their basement. They thought the door led to a utility closet, but the door was actually hiding a fully furnished bedroom where Jeremy had secretly been living for months. He never once paid rent.   Jeremy was immediately evicted from the house on East 13th… Read more

Columbus Museum of Art exhibit frames beauty found in pain

September 11, 2014
Violence and beauty rarely work in conjunction, but Israeli photographer Ori Gersht aims to harmoniously fuse the two.  The Pizzuti Collection, a gallery in the Short North curated from the personal collection of real estate developer Ron Pizzuti and his wife Ann, teamed up with the Columbus Museum of Art for the exhibition “Still Life,” which shares a few pieces of Gersht’s photography and video art that find beauty in places with traumatic history.  “Gersht grew up in a beautiful country with beautiful landscapes, but it was a country marred with war and violence,” said Rebecca Ibel, Pizzuti Collection director and curator.  Many of the pieces in “Still Life” drew… Read more