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Ohio State band to greet students with some ‘Freaky Love’ on Welcome Week stage

August 27, 2014
Some of Ohio State’s students will be looking at the crowd instead of standing in it for the Welcome Week Concert. Fourth-years Nate Baumgard (studying geographic information sciences), Eric Blaha (studying marketing), Nick Samson (studying English), Stew Weinland (studying mechanical engineering) and second-year Andrew Gutierrez (studying English) will be playing in their band, Captain Kidd, at Friday night’s show, opening for GRiZ and Capital Cities. The group started with Baumgard and Blaha, who wanted to keep making music when they came to OSU after they started playing together in high school. They gained popularity with their single “Freaky Love” last fall and a self-titled EP in the spring. “The progression… Read more

Summer recap: Band director fired, Braxton Miller injured

August 27, 2014
Even if it seemed like life slowed down at Ohio State as some students departed during the summer, the university was alive with changes in administration, renovations and sports. A new president took over and that president fired the band director. A star quarterback was injured and is out for the season and a redshirt-freshman who has never played in a collegiate game is taking over. If you missed any of it, The Lantern is recapping some of OSU’s notable summer stories. Michael Drake begins presidency President Michael Drake became OSU’s 15th president on June 30. Before coming to OSU, Drake was chancellor of University of California, Irvine. Drake is… Read more

Jonathan Waters still vying to get his Ohio State job back

August 27, 2014
Former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters said he still hasn’t decided whether he’ll sue OSU during a Tuesday interview with The Lantern. He was fired July 24 after a two-month investigation into the band found a culture conducive to sexual harassment. It was determined Waters was aware or reasonably should have been aware of that culture and did not do enough to change it. His attorney David Axelrod said Waters has acknowledged that he needs to start looking for a new job, but said he hasn’t started yet because he wants his position at OSU back. Since his termination, many OSU Marching Band members, alumni and others have… Read more

Former Title IX coordinator: Ohio State mishandled band probe

August 27, 2014
Roughly a month after Ohio State’s marching band director was fired for not doing enough to change a “sexualized culture” within the band, a former OSU Title IX coordinator came forward to say that the university has fallen short on its end as well. Andrea Goldblum served as OSU’s Title IX coordinator from April 2013 until resigning in December. She came to OSU in 2005 as the director of student conduct. She said she chose to leave because of internal problems with the Office of Compliance and Integrity, where her position was based. Goldblum said she felt the office wasn’t doing enough to support her in a way that fulfilled… Read more

Ohio State prepared for chance of bed bug infestation

August 27, 2014
As Ohio State welcomes students back to school, there might be unexpected and unwanted guests tagging along — bed bugs. To make matters worse, an OSU entomology professor said Columbus is a bed bug hot spot. But Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs said bed bugs aren’t usually a problem at OSU — the last reported case was in spring. Still, on average, OSU handles 10 to 12 cases of bed bugs per year, he said. Last fiscal year, Student Life spent $124,055 on pest control. The funds covered preventable programs, regular treatment and the monitoring of all types of pests, Isaacs said. OSU has a contract with JC Ehrlich Company,… Read more

Ohio State football ticket prices, demand drop after Braxton Miller’s injury

August 27, 2014
In a sport with 22 starters, it’s rare for just one to swing a fan’s interest in attending a game. While the university hiked up the face value of OSU football tickets in 2013, the actual price to get into games this season has taken a hit since senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a shoulder injury. Miller tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder at practice Aug. 18. Just two days later, the average price to get into an OSU home or neutral site game in 2014 had already dropped about 10 percent, according to the website SeatGeek. The website is a place to search for tickets that… Read more

Buck-i-Frenzy welcome event draws thousands

August 27, 2014
It was hot and muggy, but thousands of students and dozens of businesses gathered together and got a little frenzied. The annual Buck-i-Frenzy festival was held Tuesday in and around the RPAC, giving students an opportunity to check out vendors from the campus area and beyond. There were 70 vendors at this year’s event, including 14 food and beverage vendors and almost all of them gave out a free product or had some kind of incentive to entice students to check out their booth. The theme this year was superheroes, and some took it to heart. A fully outfitted Captain America strode around and some students handed out shirts studded… Read more

Opinion: Welcome to a new year at Ohio State from The Lantern

August 26, 2014
Whether you’re a brand-new student, a recent alumnus or alumna, a parent of a fourth-year or a professor, welcome to a new year at Ohio State. With each fall comes a wave of anticipation for what the year will bring, and at least for me, there’s always a little bit of worry that I’m going to miss out on something everyone else is talking about. That’s where we at The Lantern, OSU’s student newspaper, come in. We cover football games and concerts for when you want to relive the moment, or for when you can’t make it because of an exam. We keep an eye on the university administration to… 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