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Opinion: Learning to drive at age 19: ‘Driving is a huge responsibility’

January 25, 2015
I jokingly called it my green card. My Ohio state identification card was green at the top. At the bottom, in all capital letters, it stated “NON-DRIVER.” I got it so if I wanted to go to Big Bar, I could prove I’m over 18 years old without showing my passport. Thankfully, I’ve never actually made it to Big Bar. But now I’ve made it behind the wheel. I might be hyperventilating and crying some of the time, but I’ve made it. My new ID is my temporary license. It’s a long story about what got me here and why it took so long, but all that matters is that… Read more

Letter to the editor: Don’t hesitate to dial 911, police non-emergency numbers

January 22, 2015
Letter to the editor: Taking responsibility for one’s own safety, as well as the safety of the community, begins with having the proper knowledge. While it’s pretty obvious you should call 911 to report a crime in progress, it’s not so obvious to everyone which other crimes might require dialing that number. Suppose there is a suspicious person hanging around outside your apartment. You know something might not be right, but what if you’re wrong? Read The Lantern’s article from Oct. 16 titled “Masturbation, indecency incidents reported off campus” and you’ll see some real-life examples of hesitation to call the police. Note the advice given by Columbus Division of Police… Read more

Letter to the editor: Tear gas a reactive, not proactive, measure by police

January 19, 2015
Letter to the editor: Even with several minutes left of the first-ever College Football National Playoff Championship game, it was becoming evident that my school, the Ohio State University, would claim victory over the University of Oregon Ducks. The elation on campus spread like wildfire as the streets came alive with students and fans roaring and cheering with pride for their university and the state of Ohio. Thousands of revelers gathered on North High Street to celebrate this historic win. Unfortunately, the joy that we believed “death alone could still,” quickly turned into chaos and pain. Students filled the street, blocking traffic. Crowds were energetic, but not violent. The bars… Read more

Opinion: ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’ after the ‘French 9/11’

January 14, 2015
On its front page Jan. 9, France’s most prominent paper, “Le Monde,” mourned the most horrific terrorist attacks in France since the 1960s, calling it “the French 9/11” in white letters on dark background with a picture of a women holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign. An editorial cartoon commemorating “Charlie Hebdo” by the paper’s most famous cartoonist, Plantu, is printed bottom left; the editorial “Free, Upright, Together” is a captivating cry for press freedom and a sad but captivating tribute to the dead. Two men armed with assault rifles stormed the editorial offices of “Charlie Hebdo,” a French satirical magazine, at 11:30 a.m Jan. 7. Twelve people died, and… Read more

Letter to the editor: Restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba is in people’s best interest

January 12, 2015
Letter to the editor: There are many great aspects of spending my winter break in Miami, Fla. While expecting to experience warm weather, beautiful beaches and a city filled with Latin American culture, I did not expect to be in Miami for the announcement of the restoration of all diplomatic relations with Cuba. Since Fidel Castro took over the island, hundreds of thousands of Cubans, including my family, have traveled to Miami in order to escape the cruelty of the regime and seek greater opportunities in America. Over the years, Miami has become know as “the capital of Latin America” because its population represents various countries from the Caribbean and… Read more

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