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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

Opinion: Transparency important in Buckeye-enthralled campus culture

April 22, 2014
It’s hard to describe the feeling of having only two finals, one paper, one bar crawl and a walk across the field in Ohio Stadium left of my time at Ohio State. It didn’t sink in that I was actually leaving when I applied for graduation or picked up my cap and gown, but here on my last day putting out a newspaper as Editor-in-chief of The Lantern, it is finally starting to feel real. I’ve dedicated a lot of time during my college career to The Lantern — about 2 1/2 years to be exact. During that time, there have been many sleepless nights, studying for exams I wasn’t… Read more

Opinion: Drive to succeed shouldn’t mean sacrificing important moments

April 21, 2014
It was Sunday morning as I sat in my pajamas on the couch accompanied only by my notes, laptop and emptied mug of coffee, my second of the day. The mug, shaped like the head of a Hawaiian totem poll, stared back at me with a mocking grimace stretched across its brown ceramic face. I was alone, stressed, and maddeningly staring down my antagonistic coffee cup. It was Easter morning, and it starkly contrasted every other Easter morning I’ve experienced for the past 21 years. Where were my sisters, barging into my room asking what I was going to wear to the Sunday morning service? Where was my father, with… Read more

Opinion: Women on a quest for ‘dream guy’ need to re-evaluate, love themselves first

April 21, 2014
Lately, I’ve found myself reflecting upon the relationships in my life, thinking about that great love many people have spoken about since Romeo and Juliet. We talk about love with our girlfriends, we see love portrayed in the media, and wonder if one day we will ever be lucky enough to come across that great love. Recently, I read an inspiring piece of advice in “Cosmopolitan Magazine” on love and relationships that really got me thinking. In the excerpt, New York Times Best Selling author Gabrielle Bernstein recommended, “Make a list of things you want to bring to a relationship … too often we think about what we want the… Read more

Letter to the editor: Jones Tower rappel remembered after 40 years

April 15, 2014
Letter to the editor:   The year was 1974, the location was the Ohio State University Columbus campus, and at the time, there were only three broadcast television stations in Columbus, the newest technology that could be found in students’ dorm rooms were cassette tape decks and the Walkman had not been invented yet. Students kept active on campus by playing softball, basketball, tennis, bowling, ice skating, playing Euchre, canoeing on the Olentangy River, and visiting the many drinking and dancing establishments up and down High Street. Without the technology of today’s world available to them, some students resorted to creative was to keep active. This is an example of… Read more

Letter to the editor: Zero tolerance policies in schools unfair

April 15, 2014
Letter to the editor:   On March 4, an article ran in the Columbus Dispatch about a fifth grader from Devonshire Elementary School who received a three-day suspension for making his fingers into the shape of a gun. This is a prime example of the negative impacts of zero tolerance disciplinary policies. In 1998, the state of Ohio required school districts to “adopt a policy of zero tolerance for violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior, including excessive truancy.” It’s easy to see the appeal of zero tolerance. The idea is that if the problems can be removed from the classroom, it will be easier for everyday school functions to take place.… Read more

Letter to the editor: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement misunderstood

April 14, 2014
Letter to the editor:   We were heartened to see the conversation about Israel’s nearly half-a-century long, illegal occupation of Palestine our recent actions have sparked on campus. As an organization committed to working in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for equality and self-determination, the Campaign for BDS at Ohio State welcomes constructive feedback of its work on campus and in the Columbus community. However, when grossly misleading and inaccurate accusations are levied against our nonviolent, grassroots campaign, we feel compelled to set the record straight. The Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions movement is a global citizens’ response to the call made in 2005 by Palestinian civil society… Read more

Opinion: 1st year of Ohio State STEP program ‘incredible’

April 14, 2014
Countless second-year students at Ohio State breathed a heavy sigh of relief as they click to upload and submit their final copies of projects that they have poured a decent amount of blood, sweat and tears into. As Ohio State’s pilot year of the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program comes to a close, students and faculty alike took a moment to reflect on the aftermath of the experience and share predictions for the future year. According to the STEP website, the program “was developed as a continuation of the university’s effort to redefine the student experience.” One thousand second-year students volunteered to live on campus and fulfill the participant requirements while… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State students should ‘pay it forward’ with education access

April 8, 2014
Letter to the editor:   I remember the exact moment I chose Ohio State. I was 17, accompanied by my dad, driving through campus on a rainy Friday night. March Madness seemed to have captivated everyone: Fans in jerseys lined the streets, regardless of the fact it was barely 40 degrees. This display of community commitment and prideful spirit is what propelled me to become a Buckeye. It was overwhelmingly apparent that OSU was not a place affected by apathy or complacency. At the beginning of my sophomore year, amidst a wide array of involvement opportunities, I discovered a group of students developing an organization called Students For Education Reform,… Read more