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President Michael Drake focuses on positives in 1st university address

October 31, 2014
Ohio State needs to place a greater focus on teaching, while continuing its goal of research eminence, President Michael Drake said in his first address to University Senate on Thursday. The university is a “modern land-grant institution that’s also a doorway to the world,” he said. “We teach for Ohio, but we do research for the world.” As examples of OSU’s worldwide presence, Drake noted the university’s Global Gateway offices around the world, such as the one in São Paolo that opened Sept. 13.  Drake strayed from announcing anything bold for OSU’s future and he avoided taking up any controversial stances. Instead, the president used the forum to highlight the… Read more

New encounters bring Ohio State hauntings to light

October 31, 2014
In February 1893, a new building opened on Ohio State’s campus named Hayes Hall, after President Rutherford B. Hayes, a key supporter in OSU’s first years as a university. Unfortunately for Hayes, he was never able to see the completed building — he passed away two weeks before it opened. Even so, the building would later become living quarters for students from 1915-20, and back then, campus housing had a strict curfew policy. One brisk October night, two men missed their curfew again and didn’t arrive back to their home, Hayes Hall, until about 10 p.m. Afraid of getting in trouble, the men did not want to draw attention to… Read more

Crime brief: Rape reported in South Campus residence hall

October 31, 2014
Rape A female staff member reported a rape in a South Campus residence hall. The incident occurred Oct. 17 at about 4:30 p.m., but wasn’t reported until the evening of Oct. 22. Ohio State Police Captain Eric Whiteside said the investigation is ongoing and he couldn’t provide any more information. He said a public safety notice wasn’t issued because the police “have very limited information … and that was factored into the decision.” Whiteside later referred The Lantern to University Police’s timely warning policy. Public safety notices are issued when crimes occur that are considered to be a concern or a continuing threat to the OSU community. There have been… Read more

Fake off-campus eviction notices aim to raise awareness about displaced Palestinian families

October 31, 2014
Some students living in the off-campus area weren’t greeted by the mailman or by the neighborhood squirrels when opening their front doors Thursday. They were instead greeted by a piece of paper saying they must move out immediately.  The words “EVICTION NOTICE” were written in bold across the tops of the fliers, which were taped to the front doors of some off-campus residences located between East 11th and Lane avenues. The flier went on to say that the building was scheduled for demolition in three days. If the flier alarmed students, then it did the job its creators intended. The flier was a mock eviction notice put out by the… Read more

Opinion: 5 things to look for as Buckeyes take on Illinois

October 31, 2014
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As the Ohio State Buckeyes enter their eighth game of the season, there are plenty of storylines. While the battle for the Illibuck doesn’t seem to quite have much pull lately, the Buckeyes are emphasizing that they are not looking forward to next week’s matchup with the Michigan State Spartans. With that in mind, The Lantern sports editors are trying to keep their focus on Illinois as well with a list of five things to watch for during Saturday’s game.   1. How will J.T. Barrett perform after injury? Not only is the redshirt-freshman quarterback coming off his arguably worst passing performance of the season, but he’s also nursing a… Read more

First-year student shares his voice in thriller novel

October 31, 2014
When Frank Berardi began at Ohio State this fall, he had several credentials under his belt that set him apart from a lot of other 18-year-olds, including his recent novel, “Voice,” a 360-page psychological suspense thriller. Berardi — a first-year in political science and journalism — wrote the book in five months and had it published in May through a self-publishing company called AuthorHouse, he said. The plot of “Voice” hones in on the journey that Ben Zyler, a young adult who owns his deceased parents’ Las Vegas-based casino business, takes after being falsely accused of major crimes, including embezzlement. Zyler’s accuser comes in the form of the Voice —… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State student leaders propose ideas for sexual violence education

October 31, 2014
Letter to the editor: The epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses is now the subject of national attention. The Ohio State University community — its students, faculty and staff alike — has responded to this problem in a remarkable way. The student-led “It’s On Us” campaign empowers students “not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution.” We’re still learning as Buckeyes about how we can be part of the solution. Our collaboration represented by this letter is a first step in that direction. We as student leaders recognize the truly ground-breaking initiatives at OSU in the existing university response to sexual… Read more

Theater review: Lights, camera, Buddy — charismatic actor redeems musical’s foibles

October 30, 2014
“City of Angels” is a grand affair that pulls out all the stops to make us feel as if we are on a Hollywood set while immersing us in the world of the movie. The play is a collaboration between the School of Music and the Department of Theatre, that features a writer in Hollywood struggling to adapt his novel about a 1940s detective into a screenplay. I was rather impressed with all of the elements used to make the viewer feel as if they are watching a movie. Before a single character arrived on stage, opening credits was played, introducing the show like you would find at any movie… Read more

Ohio State is considering privatizing its utilities

October 30, 2014
In its quest to cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint, Ohio State is looking to privatize the management of its utilities, including water, electricity and gas. And while it’s not the first time OSU has privatized an asset, officials said this also might not be the last. The effort, dubbed the Comprehensive Energy Management Initiative, would involve entering into a long-term lease with an outside company that would manage the university’s utilities. That company could then profit by helping OSU cut energy costs and make it more energy efficient — something Provost and Executive Vice President Joseph Steinmetz said OSU can’t easily do on its own. “Through these kinds… Read more

Opinion: Momentum zapped under college hockey scheduling format

October 30, 2014
If it weren’t for the marching bands, there would be no rhythm in college hockey. The weekend-loaded schedule is a killer. Ohio State men’s hockey team might relearn that lesson this weekend when it comes off a bye week to face Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. The Buckeyes, who last played Oct. 18, will face the Golden Griffins nearly two weeks after their last game. OSU’s bye week has extended its wait to play, but the precedent holds true: college hockey is two days of fun and five days of waiting. Friday-Saturday series occupy the weekends, then a week of practices invariably zaps a team’s momentum and any buzz created… Read more