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Ohio State seeks dismissal of Jonathan Waters’ lawsuit

October 23, 2014
After remaining mostly mum since being sued by former marching band director Jonathan Waters, Ohio State said it’s seeking to dismiss Waters’ lawsuit. OSU filed a motion in federal court Wednesday to dismiss and respond to the lawsuit Waters brought against the university. OSU said Waters was terminated July 24 because he knew of a problematic, sexually charged culture in the marching band and didn’t address the problems, according to a Thursday release. The filings also say Waters was an at-will employee who was subject to termination without cause. “He knew the problematic culture of the band well, but failed to adequately or appropriately fulfill his obligation to meaningfully address… Read more

Review: Tune-Yards’ performance a fantastical oddity

October 21, 2014
The performance that Tune-Yards gave at the Newport was a force to be reckoned with. The experimental pop group took to the stage Monday night only months after coming through Columbus as an opener for Arcade Fire. Every member of the band on stage was clad in bright neon patterns and colors — and every one of them wielded a percussion instrument of some kind. They stood in front of a wild backdrop covered in eyes and teeth, eventually donning eyes on their own clothes. Coupling all of this with the lights and the music gave the performance a surreal, alien aesthetic. Merrill Garbus, the spearhead who started Tune-Yards as… Read more

Derrick Rose steals the show; LeBron, Cavs take the game

October 20, 2014
Even though it wasn’t a regular season game, NBA action at the Schottenstein Center was in full swing as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, 107-98. The player many people undoubtedly came to see — Cavs forward LeBron James — did not disappoint as the Akron native totaled 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes of play. James said playing in front of the Central Ohio crowd was special. “It was great, it was great to be here. It is great to have these fans and for us to put on a show for them,” James… Read more

Gallery: OSU Homecoming 2014

October 19, 2014
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Amit Raghuvanshi, an OSU student in finance, and Chasmine Anderson, an OSU student in sociology, won 2014 Homecoming King and Queen before a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. The OSU Homecoming Court consisted of 24 OSU students, 12 male and 12 female.… Read more

Record-setting offense leads Ohio State past Rutgers, 56-17

October 18, 2014
  The Ohio State football team took a 28-point lead into the half on its way to a 56-17 win against Rutgers in the first-ever matchup between the two schools. The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) gained 585 yards of total offense while forcing the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 1-2) into six punts and three turnovers Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes’ offensive explosion led to their fourth straight 50-plus point game, which is a school record. OSU also tied a program record with its fourth straight outing with 500 or more total yards on offense. “We’re definitely rolling right now, we’re clicking,” junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said after the game. “Things… Read more

Columbus band Mama ‘destined not to be cool’

October 17, 2014
In an attempt to shine light on local music, The Lantern’s “Columbus’ Own” is a weekly series that will profile a new Columbus band each week. Rock ‘n’ roll changed music forever. It scared the hell out of parents, teachers and politicians, and yanked open the door to new possibilities in music. But as the decades pile up, another musical breakthrough as huge as the ‘60s and ‘70s rock explosion has been substituted with an extensive catalogue of descriptors placed in front of genre roots to portray styles of new bands. Modern musicians are running out of ridiculous adjectives, buzzwords or trends to describe and influence their sound. “We’re not… Read more

Gallery: 32nd Annual African-American Homecoming Pageant

October 13, 2014
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Kappa Chapter presented its 32nd Annual African-American Homecoming Pageant on Oct. 11 at the Ohio Union Performance Hall. The pageant consisted of 10 men and women contestants competing for the title of African-American homecoming king and queen and scholarship prizes.… Read more

Opinion: Worst Kept Secret Fest spills beans for sixth time, gets better with age

October 13, 2014
As warehouse Dude Locker returns to the regular hum of band practices, Columbus’ music fans battle hangovers, and the plethora of artists nurse their (head-)bang-overs. It’s not quite confidential that Worst Kept Secret Fest 6 was another huge stride for the Columbus arts community. “This year, it was easier. We had a lot of people who we could trust working for us, and everyone had their own job and everyone did it,” said Pat Chase, one of the five heads who organized the sixth fest. “There are volunteers for the volunteers,” said James Amos, a WKSF volunteer. The event was greeted with chilly, scattered showers and overall crap weather, as… Read more

Revival of Ohio State Hempfest sees small turnout

October 13, 2014
  Ohio Hempfest set the grass of South Oval ablaze with hemp activism for the first time in five years this weekend, though its attendance was lackluster compared to past inceptions. The free music festival lasted from noon to approximately 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, short of its original slated end time of midnight. There were 15 musical performances in the Browning Amphitheater as well as 13 pro-hemp speakers and 16 vendors including one selling food and five selling glass pipes. One musical performance and two speeches were cut when attendance dwindled late in the night. “I was expecting a lot of hippies and a lot of students, but it was… Read more

Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts among acts to perform at ‘Shoe in 2015

October 7, 2014
“A festival is a living thing,” Quint Davis said. “It was born this morning, but it won’t really come alive until the people come and make it rock.” That’s Davis’ expectation for the 2015 Buckeye Country Superfest, which he is directing and producing. He heads Festival Productions, Inc. — New Orleans, a company that has put on the New Orleans Jazz Music & Heritage Festival since 1970. Beginning in 2010, Davis and his team have also organized country music “superfests,” first in Baton Rouge, La., and then in Jacksonville, Fla. That brand is set to come to Columbus in June with a lineup that includes Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Rascal… Read more