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Roadrunners inspire Ohio State grad to derail from the trail

September 1, 2014
The water of the pond is placid; the lily pads that rest upon it glisten in a cool summer breeze, but the air remains hot. Tall grass surrounds the jagged shore at the water’s edge, obscuring an almost untouched forest. Silence pervades all, except for the chirping of an unknown bird and the whirring of odd dragonflies that seem to skip along the surface.  Suddenly, muted ripples rustle through the vegetation, and an iconic leather hat emerges from the obscuring weeds.  Without warning, the hat and the man attached to it spring through the air, and the still surface breaks with a splash as he lands amongst the pads —… Read more

Redshirt-freshmen lead Ohio State to 34-17 win against Navy

August 30, 2014
BALTIMORE –– In the first game since senior quarterback Braxton Miller was ruled out for the season, two redshirt-freshmen boosted the Ohio State football team to a 34-17 win against Navy. After a low-scoring first half that saw the Midshipmen take a 7-6 lead, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee and redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett each accounted for second-half touchdowns in the team’s season opener Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Lee picked up a fumble and took it 61 yards to the end zone before Navy junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds scored to end a four-play, 84-yard drive. OSU coach Urban Meyer said he believed Lee’s touchdown was a key to the Buckeyes… Read more

Ohio State trustees give brief forum for band complaints after protests overshadow meeting

August 29, 2014
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When the Ohio State Board of Trustees met Friday morning, its purpose was to hear committee reports and approve decisions on its agenda. The proceedings, however, were largely overshadowed by people protesting the firing of marching band director Jonathan Waters. In the hour before the meeting, band alumni and others met outside the Longaberger Alumni House. Many came with their instruments and sheet music, playing songs as a plane flew over bearing a “We Stand With Jon” banner. Board meetings rarely become a media frenzy, but local television and radio news outlets came out to film the proceedings and document the actions of protesters. The protesters’ presence did not go… Read more

Bagpiper heads to Oval, South Oval to practice

August 29, 2014
The Oval isn’t quite the Highlands, but that’s not stopping Josh Whitson from playing his bagpipe. Whitson, the Ohio State student immigration coordinator, has been playing his Great Highland bagpipe this week around campus, particularly on the Oval and South Oval. He’s preparing for a competition — the Ligonier Highland Games on Sept. 20 in Ligonier, Pa., where he said he’ll be playing in three solo events and competing with a band. But don’t count on his being on the Oval daily — Whitson said he doesn’t practice in one spot. “I try to move around so I don’t annoy the same people everyday,” he said Friday. “I live in… Read more

‘Sundial’ writes comedy across the Oval

August 28, 2014
“All senior BFFs were roommates as freshmen.” “We couldn’t afford Ke$ha.” “Math TAs actually don’t want you to fail.” “Bruce Springsteen teaches History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” If you’re an Ohio State first-year student and decided to walk through the Oval on Wednesday evening, you might have been lucky enough to see these pieces of very “genuine” handwritten advice from your peers. The Sundial Humor Magazine, a student-run comedy publication at OSU, chalked a comedy piece on the sidewalk — from one side of the Oval to the other — Wednesday as a tool to recruit new writers and those interested in The Sundial. “So this is the world’s longest… Read more

Multimedia artists use walkways as hallways

August 27, 2014
Often, artwork can be isolated inside, bound to galleries and museums. That tendency was one the master’s of fine arts candidates at Ohio State fought to break this year. Contributing artist Lillianna Marie said this is the first time the MFA second-years diffused their works around campus and the city. Typically, all the works are clumped together in one gallery. The title of the exhibition, “The Instant Now,” reflects the one thing all artists share, contributor Bill Randall said. “As artists, we all work in really different disciplines, so there’s not necessarily a theme you can draw out of the work. But there’s one thing we all share, and that’s… Read more

Buck-i-Frenzy welcome event draws thousands

August 27, 2014
It was hot and muggy, but thousands of students and dozens of businesses gathered together and got a little frenzied. The annual Buck-i-Frenzy festival was held Tuesday in and around the RPAC, giving students an opportunity to check out vendors from the campus area and beyond. There were 70 vendors at this year’s event, including 14 food and beverage vendors and almost all of them gave out a free product or had some kind of incentive to entice students to check out their booth. The theme this year was superheroes, and some took it to heart. A fully outfitted Captain America strode around and some students handed out shirts studded… Read more

Columbus, Ohio State roll out welcome for freshmen

August 25, 2014
From listening to the Ohio State Marching Band perform to getting a crash-course in what life in Columbus is all about, the freshman class was officially welcomed to the university Monday. Students attended Convocation at St. John Arena and then were shuttled by OSU to the third-annual Columbus Welcome event at Nationwide Arena. They heard speeches from some OSU officials during Convocation, like President Michael Drake and Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz. During the Columbus Welcome event, students were told about how Ohio’s capital city could benefit them during college and in life after graduation. There were several changes to this year’s program, OSU spokesman Gary Lewis said… Read more

Ohio State grads taken on virtual campus tour during Summer Commencement address

August 10, 2014
A campus tour typically kicks off a student’s college career. However, graduates at the 2014 Ohio State Summer Commencement concluded their time at OSU with one as well. Former interim President Joseph Alutto used his address at Sunday’s ceremony in the Schottenstein Center to convince attendants not to fear the future in the name of the current graduating class. His approach centered on a virtual, imaginative tour of OSU, describing to more than 1,000 graduates in attendance the history and achievements made within the walls of the Fisher College of Business, Ohio Stadium, the engineering buildings, the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library and the Ohio Union, among other campus staples.… Read more