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Letter to the editor: Vote no on proposal to end ties with companies that do business with Israel

March 4, 2015
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Letter to the editor: This year during the Undergraduate Student Government elections, students are being asked to express their opinion on whether the Ohio State University should have financial ties with companies that do business with the nation of Israel. The two authors of this letter have very different backgrounds. One of us is Christian, the other is Jewish. One of us is a Republican, the other is a Democrat. One of us grew up in a small town in Southeast Ohio, and the other grew up in Cincinnati. But we do have some things in common: We both had the privilege to serve as the USG president during our… Read more

Opinion: Ohio State should invest in two-ply toilet paper

March 4, 2015
I don’t like to express my opinion on most topics. One-ply toilet paper is another story. In the restrooms on campus lies the enemy: A material thinner than paper, one that breaks when you try to tear off a sheet of it. In this situation, I often feel like Oliver Twist, constantly asking for more, more please. But I do not want more one-ply. Venturing into the restrooms on campus makes me reminisce of old times, times when I lived at my parents’ house and they provided Charmin Ultra Soft. I miss the endless supply of the soft and durable bath tissue my dad kept stocked away. When I’m home,… Read more

Letter to the editor: USG election offers Ohio State students chance to vote on divestment

Letter to the editor: This Undergraduate Student Government election, undergraduates at Ohio State will have the opportunity to make their voices heard and vote on an issue that has become increasingly important nationwide: divestment for Palestinian justice. On campuses across the country, including Stanford, Depaul, Loyola, Oberlin, UCLA and UC-Davis, among others, students have campaigned successfully for the divestment of university funds from companies enabling human-rights violations against the Palestinian people. Modeled after the successful international divestment movement against Apartheid in South Africa, these campaigns have highlighted the struggles of the Palestinian people and demanded greater transparency and accountability on the part of university administrators. At Ohio State, this movement… Read more

Opinion: Are professor-written textbooks worth the cost?

March 2, 2015
Many of us are familiar with that feeling of despair that comes each semester when new textbooks drain our already low bank accounts. The National Association of College Stores estimated the average student spent about $370 on course materials for Fall Semester 2013, which is only a fraction of our financial burden as college students. We rent, borrow and sell back books to soften the blow, but this becomes impossible when classes require textbooks that are created specifically for that course. These professor-built textbooks have to be bought through Ohio State and, unlike noncustomized textbooks, we often can’t rent or sell them back because they frequently change from semester to… Read more

Opinion: Depression hurts; hope helps

February 25, 2015
A couple of years ago, I wrote a column for The Lantern detailing my experience with depression, and in doing so, I wrote it to have an ending — and a happy one, at that. With the help of friends, family and counseling, I was done with depression, I concluded. I did this for two reasons. First, a great essay recounting a life pitfall is best with a conclusion consisting of some sort of reflective proverb of hope and diligence. Second — and probably the most honest — I needed to believe that the lowest low of my life thus far was isolated to three months during my sophomore year… Read more

Letter to the editor: Chipotle lines represent inequality in American society

February 23, 2015
Letter to the editor: Many of you reading this have stood in line at Chipotle Mexican Grill. We know that its lines are notably long and somewhat intimidating. But how can these long lines act as such vivid metaphors for the state of inequality in our “equal opportunity” American society? The people at the front of the line who are close to getting, or have their burrito already, get cold when the doors are opened and a breeze rolls in. The breeze rolls in because the line stretches out the door and some waiting for a burrito in the back of the line are forced to stand outside. The problems… Read more

Opinion: Conference at Yale brings together US students, European policymakers

February 18, 2015
Because I grew up in Europe, living in the United States is not a big deal for me. Social norms are similar, and food tastes fairly alike. Politically, the European Union and the United States are steady allies and partners, facing the same problems and sharing the same values. But I feel that my home, Europe, gets less attention in the U.S. than it deserves. This is why 80 students from across the U.S. and one European college gathered at Yale University on Friday and Saturday for the first European Student Conference, where they met European policymakers and scholars to discuss specific policy proposals for the European Union. David O’Sullivan,… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State students should take better care of off-campus streets

February 18, 2015
Letter to the editor: As a graduate of the Ohio State University a long time ago, I occasionally get an opportunity to return to Columbus and walk around the old neighborhood. The campus looks really good; there are new buildings galore; it’s all neat and tidy. Cross High Street, however, and it’s a different story. It’s hard to believe that Ohio State students, capable of the discipline and toughness to win a national title playing sports, are also capable of leaving large amounts of rubbish in streets, on sidewalks and on front lawns. What is even harder to understand is that the residents of some streets and neighborhoods have so… Read more

Opinion: Grandma and her heart remain after Alzheimer’s diagnosis

February 15, 2015
You hear conflicting comments when a loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s. Some people say, “She’s still your granny.” Others say, “It’s not her anymore, it’s the disease.” Both are right, but as someone whose grandmother has Alzheimer’s, neither provides much clarity or comfort. The fact that one in six women at age 65 will develop Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association website, isn’t too comforting either. I could sit here and worry every day about whether my mama will forget our memories, too. I could worry about whether she’ll end up staring blankly at me, forgetting my name and our relation. I could worry endlessly about the same thing happening… Read more

Opinion: TEDxOhioStateUniversity engages students, crafts the human narrative

February 15, 2015
The fourth annual TEDxOhioStateUniversity event was a success. This year, the lineup of esteemed speakers focused on a central theme of “The Human Narrative.” TEDxOSU offered its stage for people to share ideas, stories and performances. The welcome pamphlets heralded it as “an afternoon of learning, community-building and innovation.” The event did not disappoint. The event’s participants explored the human narrative through their different walks of life that matched their personal styles. Some spoke monologues with slideshows in the background, while others recited poetry. Elijah Palnik, a resident musician and audio/video specialist staff member in the Department of Dance, fused technology and rhythm as he looped himself playing the guitar,… Read more