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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

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

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

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

Letter to the editor: When talking about mental health, avoid generalizations, be mindful of words

December 4, 2014
Letter to the editor: In wake of Ohio State senior Kosta Karageorge’s death, many fellow Buckeyes and students have opened up  dialogue about concussions, and the resulting feelings of isolation and confusion these injuries may bring. A tweet from the OSU Undergraduate Student Government Twitter account Sunday evening read, “What if we treated mental illness like physical illness?” The tweet also included a link to the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation website page on Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. After my request for clarification of the language, the account @usgosu explained in a message that the tweet was in reference to a Huffington Post story… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State students shouldn’t chant over University of Michigan Marching Band

December 4, 2014
Letter to the editor: I am writing to express my disgust for Block “O” initiating the O-H-I-O chant every time the University of Michigan Marching Band took the field at the recent Ohio State-Michigan game. Ohio State fans cannot proclaim themselves to be “the best fans in the land” if this continues to happen. I enjoy hating on the University of Michigan as much as the next OSU fan, but this is too much. The U of M band spends the time and money to attend this game, and we effectively throw all of that away by making noise during both their pregame and halftime show performances. Ohio State fans… Read more

Letter to the editor: USG asks students to look out for friends, party smart for Mirror Lake jump

November 25, 2014
Letter to the editor: Celebrated traditions tie generations together. As a bonding experience between Buckeyes preceding the most rivalrous game in college football, the Mirror Lake jump is now woven into the fabric of our Ohio State experience. We, as Undergraduate Student Government, understand the importance of protecting this tradition and ensuring it remains a viable event for future Buckeyes. USG sought the opinions of students in response to last year’s changes, and confirmed the will of students to carry forward the jump. Students had opportunities to engage vocally and through social media in discussions surrounding the jump and the involvement of the university. The opinions of all who participated… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State alumnus imprisoned in Egypt deserves more help

November 21, 2014
Letter to the editor: Mohamed Soltan will die soon. If no one with actual power moves to help him, he will die as a result of the last-ditch hunger strike he began in January. Soltan will starve to death, the victim of one government that has lost all respect for humanity, fair laws and justice, and another government that does not care to help one of its sons. Why is no one doing anything? Mohamed Soltan is an American citizen. Where is his country? He’s an OSU alumnus. Why aren’t other Buckeyes speaking up? In September, President Barack Obama met with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. He was in a… Read more

Letter to the editor: No inappropriate dancing or drinking at marching band dance

November 20, 2014
Letter to the editor: I would like to voice my opinion about the so-called “sexualized culture” and “excessive use of alcohol” of the Ohio State Marching Band. As a former member of the Athletic Band, I’ve had a previous insight into the band culture. When the report initially came out, I was appalled at the accusations made toward this phenomenal group of people.    This past weekend, I was honored to attend the annual Band Dance. As a junior in college, I have attended many club social events and what I observed at this band event somewhat surprised me. Alcohol was not served, which has not been the case at any… Read more