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Public safety notice sparks questions

September 18, 2014
When a public safety notice was released Monday about a rape reported Sunday, it prompted questions about the reason for the delay. Those questions remain, since the suspect was identified and apprehended before the notice was ever sent — the first time in at least three years when that’s been the case. Public safety notices, after all, are issued when a crime occurs that’s considered a concern or continuing threat to campus. And because the suspect had been apprehended, it’s unclear what continuing threat or concern prompted the notice’s issuing after the rape, which reportedly occurred early Sunday in a North Campus residence hall. The University Police chief, meanwhile, referred… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball trip to Bahamas cost more than $200K

September 18, 2014
The Ohio State men’s basketball program spent $223,221 on hotel and airfare for a team trip to the Bahamas in August, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg told The Lantern. The team was in the Bahamas Aug. 5-10 to play two exhibition games against the Bahamas All-Stars and the Providence Storm. The Lantern originally requested this information on Aug. 11 before receiving the final numbers after a third records request Wednesday afternoon. The cost for the Atlantis hotel was $65,000, while the airfare totaled $158,221. While on the trip, the team also participated in extra activities that included snorkeling, a three-hour catamaran tour and a trip to a USA soccer game… Read more

University police have a new big dog on campus

September 18, 2014
The newest officer on the Ohio State University Police force doesn’t carry a gun. She doesn’t need handcuffs or a bulletproof vest. Her only gear is a bowl, a leash and her nose. Rita the K-9 is a German Shepherd and the newest member of University Police. As an officer, she’s tasked with one job and one job only: finding bombs. “Rita has one responsibility and that is to find explosive odor. That’s her single purpose,” said Joanna Shaul, University Police officer and Rita’s handler. “She just has one job and we just want her to be the best possible that she can be.” Although Rita only has one job,… Read more

Exhibit goes from the Wexner living room to the Wexner Center

September 18, 2014
The home of L Brands chairman and chief executive Leslie Wexner and his wife, Abigail, is usually adorned with eminent artworks by Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet and Alberto Giacometti, but those pieces — along with much of the Wexners’ personal art collection — have found new, if only temporary, dwelling at Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts. About 60 works of art from the Wexners’ private collection have voyaged to the galleries of the Wexner Center for their first public debut in an exhibition that opens Sunday. The collection is centered on works of Picasso, Dubuffet and Giacometti, with about 15 works coming from each, but art by Susan… Read more