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Fall Semester 2014:

Booze, books and the balance

Photo illustration by Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editor

Photo illustration by Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editor

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Meyer gets a raise

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24. Credit: Lantern file photo

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.
Credit: Lantern file photo

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.

 

 

Summer Semester 2014:

Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters fired

Former OSU Marching Band director Jonathan Waters directs the alumni band during a Sept. 13 football game against Kent State. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor

Former OSU Marching Band director Jonathan Waters directs the alumni band during a Sept. 13 football game against Kent State.
Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor

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 self-reports athletic violations

The OSU athletic department self-reported 22 different NCAA violations, including six within the football program, from January through June.

 

Spring Semester 2014:

A look at Ohio State’s administration

Click to expand.  Credit: Kayla Byler / Managing editor of design.

Click to expand.
Credit: Kayla Byler / Managing editor of design.

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.

 

Ohio State self-reports athletic violations

Credit: Kayla Byler / Managing editor of design

Credit: Kayla Byler / Managing editor of design

The OSU athletic department self-reported 24 minor violations in the second half of 2013 and has self-reported at least nine minor violations in 2014, as of early March. The complete list of violations included things like “impermissible” phone calls, text messages and emails to prospective student-athletes, as well as violations for various involvement in conditioning and summer camp activities.

Ohio State receives feedback about weather cancellations

Snow blankets the Oval March 2. Credit: Brandon Claflin / For The Lantern

Snow blankets the Oval March 2.
Credit: Brandon Claflin / For The Lantern

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.

 

 

Performance reviews for Ohio State coaches

OSU coaches (from left) Dave Dickerson, Jeff Boals, Thad Matta and Greg Paulus look on during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70, in overtime. The coaches wore tennis shoes to show support for Coaches v. Cancer. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor

OSU coaches (from left) Dave Dickerson, Jeff Boals, Thad Matta and Greg Paulus look on during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center.
Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor

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.

 

Fall Semester 2013:

Ohio State’s nearly $700M in private contracts

Credit: Kayla Byler / Managing editor of design

Credit: Kayla Byler / Managing editor of design

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.

Cheerleading coaches fired after sexual harassment probe

Then-OSU cheerleading coach Lenee Buchman stands on the sideline during an OSU football game against Illinois Nov. 16. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editor

Then-OSU cheerleading coach Lenee Buchman stands on the sideline during an OSU football game against Illinois Nov. 16.
Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editor

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.

Drive Capital investment prompts concerns

OSU President Emeritus E. Gordon Gee during an interview with The Lantern Oct. 21. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor

OSU President Emeritus E. Gordon Gee during an interview with The Lantern Oct. 21.
Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor

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 Presidential Search Committee advisory subcommittee convener Deborah Jones Merritt (left) and Search Committee Chair Jeffery Wadsworth speak at a meeting Sept. 17. Credit: Liz Young / Campus editor

OSU Presidential Search Committee advisory subcommittee convener Deborah Jones Merritt (left) and Search Committee Chair Jeffery Wadsworth speak at a meeting Sept. 17.
Credit: Liz Young / Campus editor

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’s efforts to monitor student-athletes’ social media

OSU athletic director Gene Smith in an interview with The Lantern March 12. Credit: Cody Cousino / For The Lantern

OSU athletic director Gene Smith in an interview with The Lantern March 12. Credit: Cody Cousino / For The Lantern

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.