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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

Letter to the editor: Support dialogue, not divestment on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

April 8, 2014
Letter to the editor:   Though I once had a narrow view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after exposure to a fellow student’s Palestinian heritage, my eyes were opened to the Palestinian narrative. This led me to spend a summer at the Arava Institute in Israel, which focuses on environmental cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians. At the Institute, I worked on a water desalination project to improve water quality in the Gaza Strip, and I lived in a community of Israelis and Palestinians and forged meaningful relationships with my supposed “enemies.” I am Jewish and an outright supporter of Israel, yet I fully acknowledge the current situation between Israelis and the… Read more

Opinion: Taiwan can’t avoid globalization by dodging trade pact with China

April 7, 2014
There is an issue between China and Taiwan: whether Taiwan is country or is a part of China. As a person who has been taught for 20 years that Taiwan is a part of China, I am not going to talk about the politics, because it is too big for me to talk about it. However, Taiwan students have captured some media attention after they occupied Taiwan’s legislature in protest of a trade pact with China – and have been there since March 18. I am keeping an eye on this event, primarily because I am Chinese, and secondly, because this protest is confucing. According to The Wall Street Journal,… Read more

Opinion: Ohio State’s study abroad tuition fix too little too late

April 6, 2014
Have you ever been utterly betrayed? I’m talking the kind of betrayed where you feel like your heart was tied up to the end of a monster truck and dragged around. The kind of betrayed where suddenly the world seems less beautiful because people can be so ugly. I have — and it cost me thousands of dollars. I came to Ohio State for many reasons, but one of the most important was that I knew the university was well-known for its study abroad programs. I dreamed about studying abroad for years before I ever came to college and last summer, my dream came true. I had the opportunity to… Read more

Opinion: Everyone touched by autism, ‘Light It Up Blue’ in April for awareness

April 1, 2014
Austin is one of the most kind, energetic and bubbly children I know. He can’t talk though. Austin is one of the many children today that is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. He has one of the more severe forms that prohibit him from being able to express himself in words. I have known Austin since he was about 5 years old. Our brothers played baseball together so I always saw him at games running around and trying to get people to play with him. Even though I was much older than Austin, we played. I knew something was “wrong” with him, but I didn’t know what. All I… Read more

Opinion: Snapchat obsession distracting, questionable at times

April 1, 2014
“Writing a commentary about Snapchat. Any opinions?” Right after I sent a Snapchat with this caption to my friends, I received more than 10 selfies with responses in one minute. When I was scrolling through all the Snapchats in my feed, I realized I had been on it all day. Why are we so obsessed with Snapchat? A study conducted by Sumpto, a company that works with roughly 50,000 college students on social media, shows that 77 percent of more than 1,600 “social media-savvy” college students surveyed use Snapchat daily. So it is back to the question again: why are we so obsessed? “It is good as long as people… Read more