Spring Semester 2015:
Running on empty
Two years after Ohio State’s conversion from quarters to semesters, the university’s largest college — the College of Arts and Sciences — might be feeling impacts beyond academic calendars in the form of a projected $10 million budget deficit. The college is also facing more retirements than usual at the end of this academic school year, so that deficit could potentially impact whether those positions are filled.
- What led to a major budget deficit for the College of Arts and Sciences
- What’s next for the College of Arts and Sciences and its department heads
Fall Semester 2014:
Booze, books and the balance
Alcohol and college seem to go together. According to experts and students alike, students at college campuses are drinking, but not always without consequence. The Lantern dug into how alcohol plays into the college experience and campus culture.
- How does alcohol play into the college culture?
- When drinking goes too far
- Businesses, bars near campus rake in big bucks
- Past and present, alcohol is a constant in Ohio State’s culture
Urban Meyer gets a raise
Although he’s yet to win a National Championship or a Big Ten Championship trophy at Ohio State, Urban Meyer received an 8 percent raise following the 2013 football season. The football coach’s latest performance review also showed he needed to be engaged with various groups because of recent changes with the NCAA governance structure and consideration being given to new benefits for student athletes.
Performance reviews for Ohio State employees
Inconsistencies when it comes to performance reviews were apparent in the employment files of some marching band and compliance office employees, one of whom received a bonus without a written review in his file.
- Marching band, compliance office employee files show inconsistent reviews
- Compliance official Chris Glaros, interim band directors garnered positive reviews
Summer Semester 2014:
Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters fired
Jonathan Waters was fired after an OSU investigation found the band had a sexually charged culture that Waters was aware of or should have reasonably been aware of, but didn’t do enough to change.
Waters announced Sept. 26 he plans to sue the university for a minimum of $1 million in compensatory damages. He will also seek punitive damages, attorney fees and reinstatement. Waters’ lawsuit claims he was not given due process following the initial cultural investigation and says he was discriminated against on the basis of gender.
- Ohio State fires band director Jonathan Waters
- Former Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters yells, curses at student on recording
- Former Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters’ attorney says no severance package was offered
- Ohio State names interim marching band leaders
- Questions remain as 2nd marching band culture investigation moves forward
- Jonathan Waters: ‘I don’t want to have to sue the university that I love’
- Jonathan Waters’ employment file packed with praise, little criticism
- Ohio State to Jonathan Waters: ‘It is time to move on’
- Ohio State announces marching band director search committee
- Ohio State ready for fight after Waters $1M lawsuit announcement
- Jonathan Waters: Suing Ohio State isn’t about the money
- 2nd Ohio State band investigation to conclude later than expected
- Ohio State pays at least $885 an hour for 2nd band investigation; questions remain about firms involved
- Ohio State seeks dismissal of Jonathan Waters’ lawsuit
- Jon Waters to look for a new job, could be away from music
- Emails indicate Ohio State knew about ‘Midnight Ramp’ tradition
Ohio State self-reports athletic violations
New Ohio State president faces a full schedule
Spring Semester 2014:
A look at Ohio State’s administration
The Lantern requested records including performance reviews and travel budgets of OSU’s top administrators and compared their salaries to those at similar universities. It was an attempt to get a glimpse into what has been going on behind closed doors in Bricker Hall and across campus before and during a time of transition.
- The interim: Ohio State sails on in year of transition
- Inconsistent review process for Ohio State administrators
- Culture of big bonuses permeates Ohio State administration
- Performance review: Official’s leadership style could ‘cripple’ Ohio State
- $1M in Ohio State administrators’ travels includes private jets, luxury hotels
- Ohio State holds onto administrators with ‘competitive’ compensation
- Ohio State interim president’s travel expenses total $120K including trips to football games, Washington, D.C.
Ohio State self-reports athletic violations
Ohio State receives feedback about weather cancellations
OSU called off classes Jan. 6, 7 and 28 because of extreme weather conditions. Students, faculty, staff and parents were among those at OSU’s Columbus campus who sent emails about the weather to Alutto and OSU Emergency Management between Jan. 5 and Feb. 12. The messages ranged from calling for classes to be canceled, to pointing out areas that weren’t cleared, to thanking the ground crews for their work.
- ‘Please close, it’s freezing’: Ohio State receives emails about class cancellations and lack thereof
Performance reviews for Ohio State coaches
Athletic director and Vice President Gene Smith mostly praised OSU basketball coach Thad Matta in his 2013 yearly performance review, but Smith mentioned he wanted Matta “to assist the department in promoting early non-conference games to strengthen interest and attendance.” Matta’s reviews of assistant coaches Jeff Boals, Dave Dickerson and Greg Paulus were also largely complimentary.
- Performance reviews: Thad Matta named ‘outstanding;’ complimentary of Ohio State men’s basketball assistants
Fall Semester 2013:
Ohio State’s nearly $700M in private contracts
OSU has contracts with Coca-Cola Co., Nike Inc., Huntington National Bank, QIC Global Infrastructure, Fanatics Inc. and J. America Sportswear worth a total of approximately $683 million. These contracts have raised questions about what could be privatized next.
- $683M and counting: Ohio State’s private contracts raise questions about what’s to come
- Just doing it: Ohio State, Nike extend $46 million, brand-building agreements
- Huntington Bank exceeds $125M Ohio State contract promises as federal government seeks deal transparency
- Refreshing or restricting? Ohio State’s $32M deal with Coca-Cola brings up questions of transparency
- The 50-year agreement: OSU’s $483M parking deal stands alone among other schools after year 1
Cheerleading coaches fired after sexual harassment probe
An anonymous report of sexual harassment made by a then-OSU cheerleader led to the terminations of two assistant coaches “for cause” in May. The head coach of the team, who was initially retained, was later terminated as well.
- Cheerleaders harassed, coaches fired: 2 Ohio State assistants fired after sexual harassment probe, head coach retained
- Former Ohio State cheerleader’s lawyer calls for Gene Smith to terminate head coach Lenee Buchman
- Ohio State head cheerleading coach fired after ‘serious lapses’ of judgment, leadership
- Interim Ohio State cheerleading coach named, head coach fired
Drive Capital investment prompts concerns
OSU invested roughly $50 million in venture capital firm Drive Capital during summer 2013, despite concerns from top officials.
The search for a new university president
OSU’s search for a new university president has involved hiring private search firm R. William Funk & Associates, hosting a symposium on the university presidency, soliciting suggestions from the university community and spending more than $337,000.
- Ohio State signs $200K contract with search firm
- Ohio State presidential profile finalized, $120K symposium price tag announced
- Advertising comprises about 28% of presidential search cost so far
- Jim Tressel, Condoleezza Rice among suggestions for new Ohio State president
- Ohio State summary highlights university partnerships, Ohio State Marching Band
- Ohio State doles out $610K for presidential search
- Michael Drake of University of California Irvine to be named Ohio State president
Ohio State’s efforts to monitor student-athletes’ social media
OSU has a three-year contract with sports relationship management firm Jump Forward, worth $360,500, that allows the university to keep tabs on its student-athletes and coaches.