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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

First glance: ‘Far Cry 4′ outcome depends on player’s choices

November 20, 2014
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From publisher Ubisoft and developer Ubisoft Montreal comes the latest installment of the storied “Far Cry” series. “Far Cry 4” has players assuming the role of Ajay Ghale, a man born in Kyrat, which is a fictional locale based on the Himalayas and Nepal. Ajay is tasked with fulfilling his mother’s dying wish and spreading her ashes on top of the mountains that he and his mother fled when Ajay was only 3 years old. Though the main character can hardly remember anything or anyone from the country of his birth, the same can’t be said of the despotic dictator and the rebel army, who are now waging war for… Read more

Mirror Lake jump cost about $100K last year

November 17, 2014
The Mirror Lake jump cost the university an estimated $100,000 last year — more than double what it cost before students were required to obtain wristbands for entry into a fenced-off area around the lake. And while many students took to the lake a night early last year to protest those requirements, it’s unclear what University Police will do if that happens again. As for this year, the cost of the event won’t be known until after the event, Administration and Planning spokesman Dan Hedman said in a Monday email. “Because this is not a university event, it is difficult to know in advance how much will be needed to… Read more

Syphilis outbreak persists in Columbus

November 16, 2014
Students walking through the RPAC in recent weeks might have noticed a sign outside of the Student Wellness Center that read: “ATTENTION COLUMBUS, SYPHILIS OUTBREAK, GET TESTED.” Ohio State Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs said the notice at the Student Wellness Center wasn’t a response to an increase in the number of cases on campus, but rather in the number of cases in the Greater Columbus area.  And Columbus Public Health lists a Columbus syphilis outbreak on its website.  Its most recent release about the outbreak was issued Nov. 4 and said data from the Ohio Department of Health showed a 34 percent increase in cases from January through August,… Read more

First glance: ‘Sunset Overdrive’ brings gamers back to Sega era

November 11, 2014
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“Sunset Overdrive” is a third-person, action/adventure game developed by Insomniac Games. Harkening back to the nostalgic days of the Sega Dreamcast era of gaming with its vivid environment, tongue-in-cheek humor and fast-paced, crisp, clean action, “Sunset Overdrive” is a standout title in this crowded fall release schedule. Taking place in the not-too-distant future of 2027, the planet’s population has been decimated after consumers drink Overcharge Delirium XT, a new energy drink developed by the ominous FizzCo corporation. The canned energy drink has an unusual way of turning everyone that consumes it into grotesque, exploding, zombie-like creatures who thirst for blood. Humanity is at the brink of extinction as you team… Read more

Student gets worldwide support after he was attacked for being gay

November 9, 2014
“Hi babe — I just got punched in the face. A guy ran up to me, called me a fag and punched me.” Jerad Williams recalled that his boyfriend’s phone call shocked him. A photo of the incident, though, would go on to shock the Internet. About 20 minutes before the Thursday evening call, Williams — a first-year in zoology — had just parted ways with his boyfriend of one month, Cole Ledford, a third-year in business real estate. Returning from a friend’s house, Williams and Ledford traveled down the university stretch of High Street at about 11 p.m. in the rain, planning to eventually split and go back to… Read more

James Cancer Hospital prepares for hundreds of patients to move in

November 9, 2014
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s new James Cancer Hospital opened its doors to the community for an open house on Sunday. The $750 million building, part of a $1.1 billion Medical Center renovation plan,will see its first patients next month. On Dec. 12, about 60 intensive care unit patients will be moved from the older buildings into The James. The following day, an additional 200 patients will added. Lastly, on Dec. 14, the whole building will be fully functioning – from operating rooms to cafeterias, said Dr. Richard Goldberg, physician-in-chief at The James and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. “We have hundreds of people that are getting… Read more

Band of burglars arrested for reportedly targeting off-campus homes

November 6, 2014
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For a band of burglars that admitted to targeting at least one off-campus residence — but is suspected of hitting several more — six might have been their unlucky number. The quartet had already robbed at least five off-campus homes and gotten away with it before they tried to rob a sixth, Columbus Division of Police Commander Christopher Bowling said. But it was during this sixth attempted robbery when the bandits were caught red-handed. “The next thing we know is we’ve got at least one burglary, which multiplied up to at at least six,” Bowling said. “Whether there are more or not, I don’t know.” CPD officers arrested three of… Read more

Ohio State women’s volleyball set to welcome Big Ten newcomers Maryland, Rutgers

November 6, 2014
After playing the majority of its games on the road this season, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s volleyball team looks to defend St. John Arena against Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers. Of the 24 matches played by OSU this season, only eight outings, including three tournament matchups, have been played in Columbus this year. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said she’s glad the team doesn’t have to travel as much, and added that the Buckeyes need to approach every game with the same mindset. “It’ll be a lot nicer being able to stay home, not traveling as much (and) obviously having a home court advantage too,” Sandbothe said.… Read more

First glance: ‘Advanced Warfare’ a return to form for Call of Duty

November 6, 2014
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the latest first-person shooter in the Call of Duty franchise, developed by Sledgehammer Games, High Moon Studios, and with multiplayer development by Raven Software​​. It is available for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is rated M for Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. In a departure from past Call of Duty games, which have focused on realism, Advanced Warfare speculates about what war will be like in 2054. Playable soldiers use a customizable exoskeleton, most notable for its mobility features that make the game faster and more vertically oriented in the style of sci-fi shooters.… Read more