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12 Ohio State students evacuated after off-campus apartment fire

For Samuel Massari, a fifth-year in computer science and engineering, Sunday morning’s wake up call came a little sooner than expected.  “We all were asleep, and somebody was pounding on our doors and windows. We assumed it was drunk kids so I went out to tell them to stop,” he said. That’s when Massari realized there was no joke, but rather a fire that would later temporarily evict him from his off-campus residence. “When I opened the door, there was a guy standing there saying I needed to get out, and I looked behind him and the whole porch was ablaze,” he said. That off-campus apartment fire — which forced… Read more

Construction hinders North Campus businesses

October 19, 2014
One-lane roads and sidewalk closures are prompting some drivers and students to avoid the North Campus area during construction on the residence halls, leaving some local business managers unahppy. Mike Sanda, manager of Noodles and Company located at 2124 N. High St., said in years before the construction started, business would boom when students returned to campus in the fall. This year, however, things are drastically different. “Rather than a 100 percent increase, it has only been a 75 percent increase in sales since the start of school,” he said. Many businesses see an increase on Ohio State football gamedays, as students walk and meet friends before attending the game,… Read more

Ohio State student tackled on field faces $100 fine, counseling

October 17, 2014
About 5 seconds. That’s roughly the time Ohio State student Anthony Wunder spent sprinting down the Ohio Stadium field in the middle of an OSU football game, but that’s all the time it took to land him a court-ordered fine and months of required counseling. Wunder, a fourth-year in mechanical engineering, appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court on Thursday morning on one count of criminal trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. He pleaded guilty to the charge. “He’s taken responsibility for his actions,” said Mark C. Collins, the attorney representing Wunder. “He made the poor choice to go out… Read more

Permanent Mirror Lake ducks removed

October 16, 2014
After Mirror Lake was drained last November for a sustainability study, some Ohio State students were left wondering what would become of the beloved ducks of Mirror Lake. Those ducks — which were initially relocated to a farm ­— will not be returning, a wildlife expert said. That’s because most of the ducks, which were relocated using a specialized wildlife management firm hired by the university, were bred for food and genetically too heavy to fly elsewhere, said Dirk Shearer, president of the Wildlife Control Inc. “Those were domestic ducks and offspring of domestic ducks that people had dumped there,” he said. Shearer said that is how the Pekin ducks… Read more

Ohio State monitors Ebola after infected patient traveled through Cleveland

October 16, 2014
Ohio State is ramping up its preparedness efforts to combat the Ebola virus after it was confirmed that someone with the virus was in the state six days, Oct. 8-13. Meanwhile, some students with family and friends in the Cleveland and Akron areas where the patient with the virus was visiting, said they’re worried about it spreading, while others said they’re confident health officials will keep it contained. OSU spokeswoman Liz Cook said OSU is monitoring the Ebola outbreak. “The university, including experts at the Wexner Medical Center, is continuing efforts that began in August to prepare for the possibility of a suspect or confirmed EVD case within the university… Read more

Game review: ‘Shadow of Mordor’ emulates solid combat of ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ ‘Arkham’ series

October 15, 2014
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Editor’s note: This video contains explicit language and images.   “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” is an action-adventure video game set in J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle-earth. It was developed by Monolith Productions, which also created the “F.E.A.R.” and “Condemned” video game series. It is available for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360 PS4 and PS3. It is rated M for Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. A ranger named Talion and his family are slain by soldiers of Sauron, the main antagonist in “The Lord of the Rings.” Talion is revived by an unknown force in Mordor, where men are enslaved by Sauron’s army of Uruks, an orc-like people. Talion immediately begins waging… Read more

Thad Matta: Still too early to pick out Buckeye leaders

October 13, 2014
Thad Matta has had rosters led by standout freshmen and teams led by hardened veterans. This season, he’ll have a mix of both. The Ohio State men’s basketball coach is entering his 11th season at the helm in Columbus as the team boasts a roster of four true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and six seniors. Matta sat down with The Lantern on Wednesday and discussed the task of melding together a team with a strong freshman class and experienced veterans on the same roster. ‘Still early to tell’ who leaders will be A year ago, Matta knew exactly who the leaders of his team would be. Then-senior guards Aaron Craft and… Read more

Columbus ranked No. 1 city for opportunities

October 13, 2014
Soon-to-be Ohio State graduates could have more of a reason to stick around Columbus than college nostalgia. Ohio’s capital was recently announced as the No. 1 city for making a mark, by a recent Forbes ranking of the top cities for opportunity in the nation. The ranking, which was published in September, was produced in collaboration with Sperling’s Best Places as part of a list ranking the 19 Opportunity Cities in America. The Forbes ranking was based on factors including median house prices, population size, unemployment ratings and population age. The Forbes article said resources like OSU, a thriving arts and cultural scene and a top-tier hospital make Columbus a… Read more

Men’s hockey ready to drop puck for 2014 season

October 10, 2014
When the puck drops in Columbus this weekend, the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s coming-out party will be officially over. The Buckeyes won’t be surprising anyone this year, including themselves. OSU’s regular-season opener against No. 4 Providence will mark the beginning of a season where expectations are clearer than they’ve been in the past, Buckeye junior defenseman Sam Jardine said. Goals to win the Big Ten title and reach the NCAA tournament are built upon the OSU’s loss in the conference championship last year, Jardine said. “It’s been fresh in our memory all summer,” he said. “(We are) very bitter about it, but very motivated, very empowered to get back… Read more

USG looks at ways to improve meal plans

October 9, 2014
The meal plan system at Ohio State changed in 2012 when the school made the switch from quarters to semesters and now, if Undergraduate Student Government has its way, meal plans could change again. The university’s 2012 revamped plan provided students with more transparency on what they spend by introducing a “block” system, because unlike the previous “swipe” system, students know how much each block is worth. A block — the term for OSU’s main method of currency at its Dining Services locations — represents a value of $5, but unlike a $5 bill, no change can be given. And those blocks retain a greater value over swipes. In 2012,… Read more