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Opinion: Culture pushes generation to desire perfection

October 23, 2014
I had a hard time falling asleep Saturday night. As I lay in bed, I kept reciting various cost concepts for an accounting quiz I had to take Sunday. I convinced myself that any score earned below an A- would prove my deficiency in math.  The numbers and definitions, though, wove between the idiosyncrasies of the plot of “Gone Girl.” I have been listening to someone else read it to me via audiobook, because I feel the need to be up-to-date and informed on what is considered excellent, modern literature, but I have found it increasingly difficult to dedicate two-fifths of my senses and 85 percent of my brain power… Read more

Letter to the editor: OUAB should stop funding partisan events with student activity fee

October 23, 2014
Letter to the editor: As Ohio State’s College Republicans, we understand and respect that the university will bring speakers to campus whose viewpoints do not align with our own. Often those speakers are politicians, professors or other greats in their respective fields. These individuals provide an account of his or her own knowledge and create an environment of learning based on years of experience. Josh Fox is not one of these individuals. Who is Josh Fox? He is the environmental activist and documentarian responsible for “Gasland,” a film that seeks to discredit hydraulic fracturing practices (or “fracking”) through largely anecdotal evidence. It is Oscar nominated, yes, but there is no… Read more

Letter to the editor: People must be responsible for their own safety

October 19, 2014
Letter to the editor: The Lantern has been covering some pertinent stories on crime around OSU. However, it was editor Liz Young writing about the burglary of her apartment in the Sept. 28 Lantern that really got my attention, especially in how she wrapped it up: “I have an endless number of questions and I feel like none of them will be answered anytime soon. So for now, as the police told me, we just have to be extra careful. “Whatever that means.” Good point! What does it mean to be “extra careful”? I’ve read many a crime prevention handout echoing the sentiment: “Be alert.” A recent one I saw… Read more

Letter to the editor: USG forum fosters discussion about climate change

October 17, 2014
Letter to the editor: A few weeks ago, President Barack Obama challenged world leaders to take action immediately to address climate change. But what are we doing here in Columbus — at Ohio State?  It’s no secret that we have a strong commitment to sustainability. From initiatives, like “Out Green the Spartans” and making Ohio Stadium “Zero Waste,” to the construction of LEED-certified buildings on campus, sustainability-centered research and environmentally-focused courses, we try to go above and beyond the stereotypical green commitments. But the climate continues to change. We think we have an obligation to push further, and it has to start with greater collaboration across campus so we can… Read more

Opinion: US should monitor people who treat Ebola patients

October 16, 2014
A nurse flew from Cleveland to Dallas a day before she was isolated for Ebola, a few days after a patient she took care of died of Ebola and a day after one of her colleagues was tested positively for Ebola. She was in direct contact with a highly infective disease, and still flew around the U.S.  A few weeks ago, politicians were arguing on imposing travel bans on affected countries in West Africa. Why, in one of the medically most advanced countries, are people who had direct contact with Ebola during their work allowed to fly through the country during their incubation period? Wouldn’t it make some sort of… Read more

Opinion: STEP Expo was a useful experience

October 16, 2014
With midterm season in full swing, I will be the first to admit I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be adding anything else to my calendar — the Second-year Transformational Experience Program Expo included. The inaugural expo took place Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. in the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. Weeks ago, I chose the 4-6 p.m. slot. Fast forward to this week: not only did I have a dreaded four-class day, but I had a midterm to take and an essay to turn in for another class — and it was raining. I rushed over to the Union after class, umbrella in hand, not knowing what… Read more

Opinion: No one is safe on- or off-campus around Ohio State

October 13, 2014
I am just your average student. I live off campus in an apartment. I often spend weeknights at the library and weekend nights out around Columbus. And when I finish my homework or leave the party I’m at, I walk home.  Recently I took my usual walk down Pearl Street back to my apartment at about 7 p.m. As I reached the intersection of 17th Avenue and Pearl Street, a cop pulled up next to me and asked me to please be careful walking alone. I was thankful he stopped. I felt protected knowing that a higher authority, this police officer, was looking out for me.  However, when I really… Read more

Letter to the editor: Comparison of Jon Waters’, Woody Hayes’ dismissals is flawed

October 13, 2014
Letter to the editor: Archie Griffin’s “Tradition and Change” article in the Ohio State Alumni Magazine September/October 2014 issue includes a comparison between the firing of former OSU Marching Band Director Jon Waters and the firing of Woody Hayes. It has been reported that Archie Griffin also used this analogy in a meeting with Marching Band members and parents. I have been a fan of Mr. Griffin since 1979 when he came to speak at my school, Ridgeview Junior High School in the Columbus Public School system. Archie is an eloquent speaker and honorable person. I appreciate the commiseration, empathy and finding common ground, but this comparison is flawed. When… Read more

Opinion: Same-sex marriage decision represents step forward

October 9, 2014
On Monday in the early afternoon, the Supreme Court of the United States took a prominent step forward in the fight for social change in same-sex marriages. They denied all marriage appeals for petitions in seven different cases, which means that same-sex marriage is now a right of citizens in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, bringing the total number of states where same-sex marriages are legal to 24.  This decision is not only a huge step forward for social justice, but a major mark on our history.  With these changes and with the upcoming rise of appeals still to be determined by the court, it is said that soon… Read more

Opinion: Husain Abdullah should not be penalized for prayer

October 5, 2014
Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was penalized on Sept. 29 during a game against the New England Patriots in what was seen by many as an absolutely shady call made by the NFL officials — he was penalized when he bowed to the ground to pray after scoring a touchdown. Later, the NFL came out and criticized that call because players aren’t supposed to be flagged for going to the ground for religious reasons. But still, yes, I said the word shady. The game itself was beyond epic, from the interception in the end by Abdullah to the Chiefs’ stunning win against the Patriots.  To mark such a victorious… Read more