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University police have a new big dog on campus

September 18, 2014
The newest officer on the Ohio State University Police force doesn’t carry a gun. She doesn’t need handcuffs or a bulletproof vest. Her only gear is a bowl, a leash and her nose. Rita the K-9 is a German Shepherd and the newest member of University Police. As an officer, she’s tasked with one job and one job only: finding bombs. “Rita has one responsibility and that is to find explosive odor. That’s her single purpose,” said Joanna Shaul, University Police officer and Rita’s handler. “She just has one job and we just want her to be the best possible that she can be.” Although Rita only has one job,… Read more

‘OITNB’ actress Laverne Cox: ‘Justice is what love looks like in public’

September 18, 2014
“And ain’t I a woman?” This question — a reference to a famous phrase by Sojourner Truth — was asked to a packed auditorium at Ohio State’s Fawcett Center Tuesday evening by Laverne Cox,  a transgender actress known for her role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black”and a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocate. The audience responded with cheers and applause. Cox is the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy, which was for her role as Sophie on “OITNB.” In May, she graced the cover of Time magazine and talked about the transgender movement for the weekly news magazine. Tuesday’s… Read more

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

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
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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