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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
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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

Letter to the editor: Blackburn House’s demolition leads to nostalgia

November 13, 2014
Letter to the editor: I listlessly scrolled through my email inbox when this excerpt caught my eye: “Blackburn House demolition in the North Residential District is scheduled to begin Monday (11/10). Demolition will take place over the course of several days and will be carried out by heavy construction equipment. Please understand there may be additional noise and dust in the area during this time.” Nostalgia made me pause — this announcement was eminent, but still stung. I flashed back to moving in on Sept. 15, 2011, my freshman year. Blackburn was my first home in a jungle of diverse people, challenging classes and powerful memories. Since then, I’ve moved… Read more

Letter to the editor: SB310 lays a framework for economic growth

November 6, 2014
Letter to the editor: I am writing in response to the letter to the editor published on Nov. 3 titled “SB310 a hit to industry” by Kylie Tien. Senate Bill 310 was signed into law in June, and its main accomplishment was the freezing of renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for Ohio for the next two years. Contrary to Ms. Tien’s claims, SB310 has laid a framework for growth across many sectors of Ohio’s economy and is a step in the right direction for the energy efficiency movement as a whole. Yes, that’s right, I just said that SB310, which freezes energy mandates in Ohio for two years, will… Read more

Letter to the editor: Students for Justice in Palestine discuss inequality, injustice in Israel, Palestine

November 6, 2014
Letter to the editor: Recently, more than 500 student activists from around the country converged on Tufts University for the fourth annual National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference. Run entirely for students by students, this year’s conference centered on the importance of joint struggle in the movement for justice in Palestine — that is, the imperative of connecting the movement to achieve freedom for Palestinians to efforts to dismantle racism, colonialism and imperialism both in the United States and abroad. We were joined not only by seasoned Palestine solidarity activists and those who have personally experienced the structural violence of the Israeli occupation, but also by organizers from the… Read more