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Editorial: Ohio State community deserves answers from editorial board interview with President Michael Drake

December 9, 2014
Editorial: The Ohio State president won’t be coming in for an editorial board meeting with The Lantern this semester, for the first time in at least six years. Because of scheduling troubles and President Michael Drake’s transition, we were unable to set a date with OSU that suited both parties for the semesterly interview. OSU offered a half-hour slot from 3-3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, but The Lantern has historically had an hour with presidents in the past and doesn’t have a print issue after the one that’s on stands Tuesday until Jan. 12.  We asked on Nov. 12 for another date. When following up last week, The Lantern was… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State tasked with representing Big Ten in Sugar Bowl

December 9, 2014
Letter to the editor: So tired of the Southeastern Conference schools pumping their chests. So tired of the “Roll Tide” nonsense. This is your time, Buckeye fans. Your defense is playing unconscious. All the talk is about Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith is just as effective as a game changer.  I am a Penn State alumnus. The one game on our schedule that is a must-win is OSU. That is because State College, Pa., respects Columbus and the rivalry. I am pulling for the Bucks. I hope your squad goes out and represents the conference, and shuts up the haters who say Big Ten… Read more

Opinion: Ohio State wins against Michigan on football field, loses in reality

December 7, 2014
Michigan lost Nov. 29, but they really won. Nevertheless, Ohio State fans and students left the Horseshoe on Nov. 29 with a sense of accomplishment one can only get from standing idly and watching a group of men sweat and break themselves. These spectators — these tenacious pictures of martyrdom — carried a seat cushion in one hand, and in the other, a victorious sensation that they will likely use to gloat on Facebook and Twitter for the next 364 days.  “We did it!” a group of OSU students probably chanted/thought while patting each other on the back and getting their postgame drink on at Chumley’s. “We beat Michigan!” Now,… Read more

Opinion: Buckeyes support one another in times of need

December 4, 2014
My class opened Monday morning with my professor addressing the class as always. This time, though, it went a little differently as she told us she was always there if we needed anyone to talk to, whether it was this semester or next, and that she had placed links to counselors on Carmen if we needed them. Ohio State students and faculty are mourning the loss of beloved football player and friend Kosta Karageorge after Sunday, when his body was found. After the news, friends and students gathered to remember Karageorge and tell stories about him. Through every tragedy, one thing becomes amazingly clear: the family we have here at… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State needs to make students aware of counseling options

December 4, 2014
Letter to the editor: The Ohio State community was devastated by Sunday’s news of the discovery of Kosta Karageorge’s body. Kosta, 22, was a redshirt-senior walk-on for the Ohio State football team and former Buckeye varsity wrestler. He had been missing since the morning of Nov. 26, and police said he appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After spending four years on the wrestling team and this past fall on the football team, Kosta likely understood what it meant to be a Buckeye as much as anyone else. It takes a combination of talent and determination to make your way to being a two-sport varsity athlete at… Read more

Letter to the editor: When talking about mental health, avoid generalizations, be mindful of words

December 4, 2014
Letter to the editor: In wake of Ohio State senior Kosta Karageorge’s death, many fellow Buckeyes and students have opened up  dialogue about concussions, and the resulting feelings of isolation and confusion these injuries may bring. A tweet from the OSU Undergraduate Student Government Twitter account Sunday evening read, “What if we treated mental illness like physical illness?” The tweet also included a link to the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation website page on Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. After my request for clarification of the language, the account @usgosu explained in a message that the tweet was in reference to a Huffington Post story… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State students shouldn’t chant over University of Michigan Marching Band

December 4, 2014
Letter to the editor: I am writing to express my disgust for Block “O” initiating the O-H-I-O chant every time the University of Michigan Marching Band took the field at the recent Ohio State-Michigan game. Ohio State fans cannot proclaim themselves to be “the best fans in the land” if this continues to happen. I enjoy hating on the University of Michigan as much as the next OSU fan, but this is too much. The U of M band spends the time and money to attend this game, and we effectively throw all of that away by making noise during both their pregame and halftime show performances. Ohio State fans… Read more

Opinion: Black Friday shopping not as bad as anticipated

November 30, 2014
It was my first Black Friday. I was ready. I was prepared for battle: coat on, purse in one hand, coffee in the other, and my best friend Victoria at my side for moral support. But I was confused — there was no standing for hours at night. There wasn’t any night time at all. All the major Black Friday markets were opening not at 5 a.m., as I had expected, but rather at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. What was this madness? I don’t even think the turkey from that afternoon’s Thanksgiving lunch had settled before I was all geared up and ready to go. I didn’t even have… Read more

Opinion: Ohio State shouldn’t wear alternate uniforms against Michigan

November 27, 2014
The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is known for its tradition. From the infamous 10-10 tie in 1973, to former coach Woody Hayes’ refusal to buy Michigan gasoline, to Desmond Howard striking the Heisman Trophy pose in the end zone, The Game is full of tradition. And traditionally speaking, both schools have kept their uniforms virtually the same for nearly 60 years, if not longer. Yes, both teams have made slight changes over the decades, but nothing dramatic. Before OSU began wearing these retro throwback jerseys when facing Michigan, fans across college football would see those scarlet and gray helmets line up against those maize and blue helmets, and they knew exactly… Read more

Opinion: Ferguson decision has ‘everything to do with race’

November 26, 2014
The decision of the grand jury in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked a clear outrage throughout America. Brown, who was unarmed at the time, was shot during the day Aug. 9 on the streets of Ferguson, Mo. Three autopsies later confirmed he had nine wounds caused by seven or eight bullets. Twelve shots were fired. The results of the grand jury: the shooter, police officer Darren Wilson, will not face criminal charges. This is a slap in the face not only to Brown and his family, but to all of America. We as a nation need to wake up and realize the underlying issue that sparked the… Read more