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Letter to the editor: Ohio State won’t move forward without Jonathan Waters

September 18, 2014
Letter to the editor: An open letter to President Michael Drake President Drake, I wrote you a letter back in July, after Jonathan Waters was wrongfully terminated from his position as director of marching and athletic bands. In response, I received a canned statement thanking me for my concern and effectively writing me off, like everyone else who wrote in to express their outrage over this situation. Despite the best efforts of major benefactors of Ohio State, concerned students, alumni and members of the media, you have continued to ignore anyone who disagrees with your firing of Mr. Waters. I can understand your reluctance to face people who might disagree… Read more

Letter to the editor: Marching band hurt by Ohio State’s mistakes

September 18, 2014
Letter to the editor: The administration at Ohio State wants to send the message that it will not tolerate sexual harassment. Good! Every fair-minded person finds this kind of behavior reprehensible: someone in a position of power mistreats another who is left powerless to defend against the attack and who is expected to be powerless to pursue recourse later. In fact, I find this behavior morally objectionable whether or not the aggressor’s motives or intentions are sexual in nature. How did the powerful at OSU decide to send their message? They made a big public splash by releasing a report of a ridiculously flawed “investigation” that painted thousands of former… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State should take note of Illinois professor’s firing

September 14, 2014
Letter to the editor: At this very moment, a crisis that has the potential to challenge the very meaning of academic freedom, shared governance and free-speech rights is embroiling the University of Illinois — and Ohio State had better take note. Over the last four weeks, more than 5,000 scholars across the country and the world have joined a boycott of Illinois. At least 15 Illinois academic departments have formally expressed their views that Chancellor Phyllis Wise is no longer fit to fulfill her professional duties because of her sudden and arbitrary decision to block the hiring of professor Steven Salaita from a tenured professorship in Illinois’ American Indian Studies… Read more

Letter to the editor: College athletes should get larger stipend

September 5, 2014
Letter to the editor: College sports are about to begin a new era. Recent court decisions have cleared the way for player unions and the potential of pay-for-play (Editor’s note: Pay-for-play commonly refers to paying student-athletes and treating them as employees). A coin toss could determine which way changes will go. If heads prevail, colleges will rectify wrongs created by onerous NCAA regulations. No athlete should ever go hungry practicing or attending class past dorm cafeteria hours. Money for laundry, dry cleaning and new clothes are genuine needs. While other students can earn spending money working summer and after-hours jobs, today’s athletes don’t have spare time, plus the NCAA strictly… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State Marching Band investigation report a farce

August 26, 2014
Letter to the editor: Beginning two weeks ago, the university administration began to publicly state that it “stands behind” the marching band culture report released by Ohio State compliance official Chris Glaros and his team. The chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jeffrey Wadsworth, specifically wrote, “We consider the matter closed and we are moving forward as a university.” Unfortunately for Wadsworth, OSU is not exclusively composed of a board of trustees and a president — it is a vibrant community of students, researchers and educators.  As a current OSU student, researcher and educator myself, I write to make it clear that Wadsworth does not speak for me. To be… Read more

Letter to the editor: President Michael Drake has introduced controversy, division with firing of Jonathan Waters

August 20, 2014
Letter to the editor: I write to you regarding the recent events surrounding the dismissal of The Ohio State University Marching Band director Jon Waters. As a lifelong Ohio resident, Ohio State alumnus, lifetime member of The Ohio State Alumni Association and proud Buckeye, I am offended, embarrassed and deeply disappointed by President Michael Drake’s handling of this entire matter. By firing Jon Waters, he has not only not fixed or even addressed the (yet to be publicly substantiated) problems of “sexualized culture” in the band, he has single-handedly introduced controversy and division where before there was none. In what can only have been intended as an attempt to avoid… Read more

Letter to the editor: Jonathan Waters deserved to be fired

August 18, 2014
Letter to the editor: I completely and wholeheartedly support both President Michael Drake for firing Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters and the OSU Board of Trustees for declining to meet with him to discuss reinstatement. This was surely a tough decision because Waters has devoted much of his life to OSU, but it was the correct decision if we truly believe in putting students first. Notwithstanding all the other elements – the nicknames, the “Midnight Ramp” tradition, the sexualized culture – all one has to do is listen to the audiotape of Waters intimidating and verbally abusing a student to realize the university needed to separate itself from… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State not seeking change in the right way with band director’s firing

August 3, 2014
Letter to the editor: As a proud Buckeye and someone with an extreme no-tolerance policy on sexual harassment, I was automatically torn between embarrassment and pride when the news broke of Jonathan Waters’ termination. Embarrassment that an organization our Buckeyes take such pride in – our band – was making headlines for all of the wrong reasons, and pride that our university seemed to finally be championing a stricter stance toward Title IX infractions. As time has set in and students started speaking out, I have found myself questioning whether or not this was the way to go about bringing change to the culture of sexual harassment within the band… Read more

Letter to the editor: Former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters entitled to a public hearing

July 30, 2014
Letter to the editor: My name is Mark Greenburg and I am the president of Tresóna Multimedia. Tresóna is the largest issuer of custom arrangement licenses on behalf of music publishers in the world. By virtue of the fact that everything the Ohio State Marching Band performs is performed without woodwinds, our firm issues the custom arrangement licenses that the band needs to legally arrange the music that the band plays and performs. These licenses are not compulsory and can be withheld by the music publishing industry for any reason, without cause or explanation. It is in this capacity that I have come to know former band director Jon Waters… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State Marching Band supports its LGBT members

July 30, 2014
Letter to the editor: As a five-year member of the Ohio State Marching Band (2005-09), I have been deeply upset by the recent events. I am writing, not to only show support for Jon Waters, but to address the overall culture of the group. Jon has been one of the main driving forces of change and inclusion for the band. I feel so strongly about the marching band and Jon Waters that I feel the need to step out of my comfort zone to show my support. As most of my close friends know, the issues I wish to address are not something I bring up in conversation or when… Read more