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Opinion: The James’ hospital sign flashy, ugly

July 16, 2014
Thus far, my favorite summer matchup came weeks before Wimbledon and the World Cup began. Over here in the states, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel kindled a war of words with business mogul Donald Trump. The mayor’s office released a statement in early June stating that the cartoonish billionaire’s iconic “Trump” sign that brands his new, 90-something-story tower in the windy city is “architecturally tasteless” and, therefore, scars the “architecturally tasteful building.” Trump has (thankfully) yet to land his silver thimble on 18th and Neil in the giant Monopoly game that is his life, but that’s not to say OSU doesn’t have its fair share of towers. OSU’s Wexner Medical Center… Read more

Editorial: Print reduction won’t alter The Lantern’s mission

June 30, 2014
LANTERN STAFF Every school year brings new challenges and changes to Ohio State students and organizations, and this year will be no different for us at The Lantern. Our paper was printed at least four days per week last year, but this year, it will only print three times per week at most. That’s a big change for a lot of reasons — there will be fewer pages to lay out, fewer print deadlines to meet and fewer hard copies of our clips to save. But things will mostly stay the same. Our editorial staff will still be working the same days and roughly the same hours, though now, some… Read more

Editorial: Tuition changes mark unequal treatment of Ohio residents, nonresidents

June 10, 2014
LANTERN STAFF For the second year in a row, Ohio State has enacted a tuition freeze for in-state students. And for the second year in a row, OSU is bumping up charges for out-of-state students. Last week, the OSU Board of Trustees approved a plan that keeps tuition the same for in-state and graduate students for the 2014-15 academic year and increases the out-of-state surcharge by 5 percent. For the 2013-14 academic year, in-state tuition was set at $10,010, while out-of-state tuition was $25,726, according to the OSU tuition and fees website. The nonresident tuition surcharge, however, rose 2 percent. In the meantime, OSU hasn’t forgotten to preach its desire… Read more

Opinion: #YesAllWomen offers opportunity to confront inequalities

May 28, 2014
  After about an hour of scrolling through Twitter search results, I felt angry. I felt sad. Most of all, I felt empowered. I was looking at tweets with the hashtag #YesAllWomen. The hashtag was started after a shooting took place at University of California Santa Barbara on Friday that left seven people dead, including the suspected shooter, and several others injured. The suspect had posted a YouTube video about how he was a virgin and hated women for it, planning revenge via a mass killing. The #YesAllWomen hashtag is a response to his frankly sexist attitude, allowing women to voice what they want to say about the way they… Read more

Opinion: Facebook relationship ‘ask’ button is tacky, awkward

May 21, 2014
I do not change my relationship status on Facebook. This nugget of information is tucked away under my private settings. Facebook does not validate my relationships. I respect the option, especially for those in long-term relationships, but I have found it an unnecessary announcement for my own profile. Currently, Facebook offers 11 different relationship status choices, ranging from “single” to “it’s complicated.” But a new feature has been added for those who, like me, do not freely display their relationship: an “ask” button. A person’s Facebook friends can request his or her relationship status by clicking on the ask button on his or her Facebook timeline. After the button is… Read more

Opinion: Failed Columbus Zoo levy would have funded unnecessary expansion

May 7, 2014
A permanent levy that would have brought in $32.7 million annually for the Columbus Zoo failed Tuesday, with about 70 percent of Franklin County voters against it. The levy would have paid for a new satellite zoo downtown, as well as other things including new and renovated exhibits, a zoo hospital update, new security and a new amphitheater. That’s a lot of money to expect from taxpayers for so little in return. Let’s be serious, what was the zoo expecting, an overwhelming victory? The current levy brings in $18.9 million annually, or $21 each year for every $100,000 of property value. The updated levy would have cost more than twice… Read more

Opinion: Freshmen should take advantage of time at Ohio State

April 29, 2014
Dear freshmen, I hadn’t realized what I wanted to do before I came to Ohio State University. Life is filled with pressure, expectancies, judgments, opinions and sometimes failure in one or more of those categories. With your entire life ahead of you, how are you suppose to choose one direction? If anyone is indecisive, it’s me. I’ve taken 10 minutes just to decide what kind of bread I want at the grocery store before and I took nearly four years of college to decide what I wanted out of life. From day one, involvement was crucial. I couldn’t make the mistake of ending up with the wrong decision of what… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State students should support Chinese workers on strike

April 29, 2014
Letter to the editor:   In Dongguan, China, nearly 50,000 workers employed by Yue Yuen – the world’s largest athletic shoe manufacturer, which contracts with apparel giants such as Nike and Adidas – have been on strike for the last three weeks in the biggest work stoppage in modern Chinese history. The workers called the strike because they believe the company has been substantially underpaying their social security payments over the last two decades. It is estimated that Yue Yuen owes its workers millions of US dollars in back social security payments. Since workers in Dongguan have started the strike, Yue Yuen workers throughout China have also gone on strike… Read more

Editorial: Students should be 1st priority at Ohio State

April 22, 2014
LANTERN STAFF   It’s easy for Ohio State to have an off year at one point or another in its 144-year history. The phrase that has been used by polite company is “a year of transition.” Everyone knows the backstory by now: then-President E. Gordon Gee stepped down in June, and in July, Joseph Alutto assumed the interim presidency. The several months that followed involved a search for OSU’s next leader, who was announced in January to be Dr. Michael Drake. That is the big picture of what has been going on at the university, and what will likely be the only thing many people can recall about the 2013-14… Read more

Opinion: Time at Ohio State, The Lantern inspires nostalgia, gratitude

April 22, 2014
I’m a nostalgic person. I’m a fervent collector of ticket stubs, old notes and photographs. I like reminiscing because I’m fortunate enough to have so many fond memories to look back on, and I like to marvel at change and the way people grow. I’m not graduating this semester, and I’m not even at the age for it. I’ve attended Ohio State for three years, but I’m already nostalgic about all the changes that have come and gone in my life, and I don’t think it’s ever too early to reflect on them. Ohio State, with its people and its opportunities, has impacted my life in too many ways to… Read more