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Writers’ Block open mic keeps the poems flowing at Kafe Kerouac

February 26, 2015
At the front of the line of people waiting to pay $5 to get into Kafe Kerouac’s intimate and book-filled performance space, a man asked, “Will I be able to get back in if I leave to smoke a cigarette?” The woman collecting people’s money while taking the names of the night’s poets responded quickly: “Nope. Because once I take your five dollars, I’m going to take you to the back and chain you up.” There was a pause, then the man responded with, “Does that cost extra?” That woman is Vernell Bristow, who graduated in 1995 from Ohio State with master’s degrees in African-American studies and English literature, and… Read more

Student Legal Services brings advice to over 11K

February 18, 2015
It took Matthew Tatoczenko and his two roommates a little more than a month to get what they thought was their full security deposit refund on their Worthington Street apartment owned by NorthSteppe Realty. The tenants were originally supposed to get back $1,250, said Tatoczenko, a fourth-year in computer science and engineering, but they only got $770 back after the landlords said they needed the rest for cleaning fees. After thinking more about the situation, the roommates decided to contact Student Legal Services to help them file a lawsuit, which they won. Since its start in 2011, SLS has provided legal services for more than 11,300 students. About 34 percent… Read more

Dance department’s winter show challenges repetition

January 29, 2015
From protests in Ferguson, Mo., and going to church, to repetition and stillness, the Ohio State dance department’s winter concert will give students the space to express a variety of their ideas and inspiration. The department’s first production of 2015 features the work of nine student choreographers and their respective exploration of their craft with the production of “Winter Concert: Inflecting Space.” “When we’re talking about the student dance concerts, the Winter Concert is the first one up and there is another one in the spring. This is an opportunity for our students to hone the craft — this is their creative space,” said Dori Jenks, the OSU Department of… Read more

Fire reported on North Campus construction site

January 20, 2015
A construction vehicle caught on fire at a North Campus construction site Tuesday evening. No one was hurt, said Lt. Pete Dragonette of University Police, and the only damage was to the construction vehicle itself. The vehicle was near a building under construction, but there was no structural damage to the building, he said. The construction vehicle, a boom crane, was a “total loss,” Dragonette added. Dragonette said the police department did not have a cause of the fire yet. “The construction workers were done for the day, and the vehicle just caught on fire,” Dragonette said. Students and staff walking by saw columns of smoke and white steam as… Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated with march and service

January 19, 2015
Nearly 47 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered at Ohio State for his support of nonviolent expression and the changes he helped bring about during the Civil Rights movement. About 25 students gathered at the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a march of remembrance. Participants marched to the Ohio Union, where university buses transported them to the King Arts Complex, a cultural and educational center located on the near east side of Columbus. From there, they marched to the Lincoln Theatre, a performing arts space situated in Columbus’ King-Lincoln district, and joined the City of Columbus’… Read more

Goal posts torn down, tear gas used, several arrested after National Championship win

January 13, 2015
While confetti rained down on the national champions in Arlington, Texas, tear gas filled the air in Columbus. Columbus Division of Police used pepper spray and a SWAT team deployed tear gas on High Street as Ohio State fans swarmed the campus area — High Street, Mirror Lake and Ohio Stadium in particular — in a celebration over a national title victory. OSU won against Oregon, 42-20, to win the National Championship on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. According to a Tuesday press release from Columbus Police, approximately 200 people were involved in a break-in at Ohio Stadium, which resulted in damage to an entrance gate and a goalpost being… Read more

In wake of National Championship win, campus life, classes carry on

January 13, 2015
After Ohio State won the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night, for the most part, classes went on as normal Tuesday morning. “People need to remember that most of us did come to play school,” said Becca Freeman, a second-year in psychology and pre-dentistry, talking about celebrations on High Street after the Oregon game that were broken up by police. “I was actually surprised by how many people showed up to my 8 a.m.,” Freeman said. “It was only half-full, but organic chemistry wasn’t probably the first choice of students who had just watched Ohio State win the national title.” Others students, like Kevin Branco, a second-year… Read more

Buckeyes cheer on football team at Ohio Union

January 13, 2015
More than 1,000 miles north of Dallas, a stadium-like atmosphere reached the Ohio Union, where Ohio State fans on campus attended a watch party Monday night to cheer the Buckeyes on to their eighth national championship. About 1,000 Ohio State fans wearing scarlet and gray gathered at four locations in the Ohio Union for the official College Football Playoff National Championship watch party. Students who attended the watch party were treated to free pizza, cookies, drinks and snacks. More than 300 people watched the game in the Union’s performance hall, the biggest of the party’s four locations. Other events were held in Meeting Room Three, the U.S. Bank Conference Theater… Read more

Ohio State’s 8th national championship an ‘unreal feeling’

January 13, 2015
ARLINGTON, Texas — Not many people expected the Ohio State football team to be standing at the podium on the winning side of the National Championship at the start of the 2014-15 season. Not even coach Urban Meyer. “To say we had this vision back in September or even August, not a chance,” Meyer said. “I thought this was a team that would battle and battle and find a way to win a bunch of games.” Despite that, Meyer said the challenge he posed to his team at the end of the 2012 season is now finished. “The chase is complete. These guys accepted their final mission and did it.… Read more

Storify: National Championship post-game reaction around Ohio State’s campus

January 13, 2015
After Ohio State beat Oregon, 42-20, Monday night to win the national title, many students took to campus to celebrate. [<a href=”//storify.com/thelanternosu/national-championship-post-game-reaction-around-oh” target=”_blank”>View the story “National Championship post-game reaction around Ohio State’s campus” on Storify</a>]… Read more