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Booze, books and the balance: How does alcohol play into the college culture?

December 9, 2014
On a recent Saturday in Columbus, bars opened before 6 a.m. to accommodate for the gameday ahead. That’s how early some Ohio State fans started drinking in anticipation of the noon football game against the University of Michigan. Earlier that week, about 14,000 people had flocked to Mirror Lake for the annual tradition where fans jump into the lake to show — in some way — their disdain for Michigan and love for the Buckeyes. Many of the people who jumped were intoxicated, and four medical transports and four arrests were made at Mirror Lake that night, according to the University Police log. It’s events like those of Beat Michigan… Read more

About 200 people rally on Ohio State’s campus to protest Ferguson decision, police brutality

December 9, 2014
“From Ferguson to Columbus, we demand justice!” protesters chanted on the Oval. A group gathered at the green space at 4:30 p.m. on Monday to rally in protest of the Ferguson decision and other instances of police brutality. Organizers estimated there were about 200 people in attendance. “I’m really glad the OSU community came out so strong today,” Timothy Singratsomboune, a fourth-year in ethnic studies, said. “We want to show the Columbus P.D., the OSU campus P.D. and the city government that the whole community takes this issue very seriously and it’s not just one or two of us.” Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man, was fatally shot by… Read more

First Glance: Super Smash Brothers for Wii U

December 8, 2014
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Super Smash Brothers for Wii U is the newest version of Nintendo’s fighting game series Super Smash Brothers. It was developed by Bandai Namco Games and directed by the series creator Masahiro Sakurai. Another version was released for the Nintendo 3DS, and both are rated for ages 10 and up. Super Smash Brothers for Wii U is a fighting game for up to eight players. Unlike other fighting games, the object of Super Smash Brothers is not to deplete the opponent’s energy. Instead, you must batter the opponent until they are fatigued and can be knocked out of the fighting arena. The cast is a composite of 50 different characters… Read more

Situations at Florida State, North Carolina a reminder of potential campus emergencies

December 7, 2014
It was gut-wrenching. The bangs didn’t register as gunshots — until a frantic librarian was heard calling 911. That’s how Sarah Evans, a fourth-year in sport management at Florida State University, described her growing fear as she realized her life was in danger. Evans was just 30 feet around the corner from an entrance to Strozier Library when an armed gunman opened fire in the library on Nov. 20. In the midst of attempting to discern what was happening, she saw a man bleeding on the ground behind a desk. “I was just standing there, frozen kind of … and that’s when I was like, ‘Holy crap, I gotta get… Read more

Buckeyes blank Wisconsin, 59-0, to win Big Ten Championship Game

December 7, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — With a quarterback making his first collegiate start under center, the Ohio State football team shut out Wisconsin, 59-0, to lock up its first-ever Big Ten Championship Game victory. At the 9:24 mark in the third quarter, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones found senior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 42-yard touchdown. The play — which was the third scoring connection between the Buckeyes’ duo — extended OSU’s lead to 45-0 and cemented the win, keeping the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff hopes alive. Jones was under center after redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was ruled out for the season after fracturing his ankle against Michigan last week. A day after… Read more

Missing football player found dead, remembered for his passion

November 30, 2014
Kosta Karageorge was passionate — a great friend and teammate, a hard-worker. His teammates and coaches described him with all of those words after Karageorge went missing Wednesday. His body was found Sunday near East Sixth and Courtland avenues at about 2:30 p.m. in a dumpster, and tattoos confirmed his identity. It was unclear how long his body had been there, Columbus Division of Police Sgt. Richard Weiner said in a press conference at the scene Sunday evening.  Karageorge was a redshirt-senior defensive lineman on the football team and had been missing since Wednesday at about 2 a.m. He appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A handgun… Read more

Mirror Lake jump draws 14K Ohio State fans

November 26, 2014
With GoPro cameras strapped to foreheads and shoes duct-taped to feet, approximately 14,000 Ohio State fans crowded into the Mirror Lake area for the annual Mirror Lake jump between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. About 14,000 people attended throughout the night, though “a maximum of 100 students were in the water at any given time,” Administration and Planning spokesman Dan Hedman said in an email. Preliminary numbers indicated there were four medical transports and five arrests for disorderly conduct at Tuesday’s jump. Jumping in Mirror Lake the week before the OSU football game against Michigan is a fan tradition. This year was the second year of increased regulation at… Read more

Students tear fences down, jump in Mirror Lake early

November 25, 2014
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  For a while, it seemed as though the ducks might make more of a splash than any students. Last year, students jumped in the lake a night early in response to a university policy change that required them to get wristbands to enter the Mirror Lake area for the traditional jump before the Michigan game. There were also fences erected around the area prohibiting entry. This year, students also jumped a night early, on Monday, to protest the fences and wristbands. As of Monday evening, more than 380 people had responded to a Facebook event for “Mirror Lake Monday” saying they were going. The event was slated to occur… Read more

Jalin Marshall’s 4 touchdowns spark second-half comeback as Ohio State defeats Indiana, 42-27

November 22, 2014
For the large part of Ohio State’s game against Indiana, the Buckeyes, along with most of the crowd of 101,426 at Ohio Stadium, seemed to be sleeping through the icy conditions in Columbus. It took until 2:20 left in the third quarter for both parties to wake up. With OSU down 20-14, and not having scored since its second drive of the first quarter, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall took an Indiana punt 54 yards for a score to give OSU the lead and the Buckeyes did not look back as they defeated the Hoosiers 42-27. Marshall said he thought he had to make something happen in order to spark the… Read more

Close to home: What it’s like to be a victim of an off-campus crime

November 21, 2014
From the beginning of the school year to Thursday, University Police have recorded a total of 923 crime reports at both on- and off-campus locations, according to University Police’s daily log. Those reports included everything from public urination and underage drinking to burglaries, sexual assaults and disorderly conduct. And those crimes don’t even include the reports that Columbus Division of Police officers also took in off-campus areas. The Lantern spoke to some of those victims about what it felt like to be the target of a crime, and about what they want other people in the OSU community to know. Armed robbery It was cold outside. That’s one of the… Read more