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Board of Trustees to discuss Title IX program

August 28, 2014
The Ohio State Board of Trustees is slated to meet this week to vote on topics including a review of the university’s compliance with federal regulations. The Audit and Compliance Committee expressed particular concern over its Title IX program, which it says is at “high risk” according to the meeting agenda. Former marching band director Jonathan Waters was fired July 24 following a two-month university investigation that found the band contained a sexualized culture and that Waters had not done enough to stop it. The Board agenda lists particular concern over the risk of potential litigation or reputational harm. The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is currently conducting… Read more

Summer crime news: 2 public safety notices and 2 fires reported

August 28, 2014
It’s easy to get lost in numbers. There were about 310 reports of theft this summer on Ohio State’s campus, 15 reports of assault and four reports of robbery. But what does that mean? It means that in the span of this summer — from April 30 through Tuesday — there were about 2½ thefts every day. It means 15 people told police that they were violated in some way — and many of those reports came from the Wexner Medical Center. And it means that two public safety notices were sent over the course of the summer because there were crimes that were considered to be of a “concern… Read more

Crime brief: 5 underage offenses reported in 1 week

August 28, 2014
Classes are back in session and students have moved back on campus, but it hasn’t been a happy homecoming for everyone. There were five reports of offenses involving underage persons reported between Aug. 19 and Wednesday afternoon. “Offenses involving underage persons” refers to people under 21 years old buying or consuming alcohol. There were also two assaults reported this week and three reports of disorderly conduct on campus. In one incident, a male student reported an assault at Lincoln Tower on Friday shortly after 8 p.m. He said he poured water in his roommate’s ear while his roommate was sleeping. The sleeping roommate awoke and became angry before punching and… Read more

Meeting about band culture draws discord

August 28, 2014
After weeks of back-and-forth allegations between Ohio State and ousted marching band director Jonathan Waters, there seems to be disagreement about how hard the university pushed to change a “sexualized” culture within the band prior to Waters’ firing. For one, records and interviews indicate former Title IX coordinator Andrea Goldblum and compliance chief Gates Garrity-Rokous didn’t agree on what actually happened during a meeting they had with Waters to address a sexual harassment complaint within the band. Title IX is a section of the Education Amendments of 1972 that aims to protect against discrimination based on sex in education programs that receive federal funding. Garrity-Rokous, Goldblum — who resigned in… Read more

Opinion: Accept an internship far from comfort zone

August 28, 2014
I said “yes” to accept an offer for a fellowship this summer nearly 2,000 miles away in Phoenix because there was no other answer to that question. At least there wasn’t for me.  At 21, the furthest west I’d been was Wisconsin. And that was mostly because the opportunity to travel never presented itself — I grew up in Ohio where there are great universities like Ohio State, and there’s no reason to pay out-of-state tuition. My family always vacationed on the East Coast, and my extended family dots the map in either Ohio or southern states. Growing up, the West never beckoned to my family, nor did it seem… Read more

Opinion: While at Ohio State, spend a summer in Columbus

August 28, 2014
The thing about college is it’s finite. We’re only here at Ohio State for so long before we graduate or leave, moving onto new jobs, new cities and new adventures.  For those of you who have come to OSU as a freshman in the last three years, you know that OSU practices a sort of partnership with Columbus, shown off after Convocation with the Columbus Welcome event. You know Columbus is a major metropolitan city with a wealth of opportunities, entertainment-wise and career-wise. But you’re a college student — you have class obligations, work obligations and social obligations, most of which are likely in the University District area. How much… Read more

Ohio State to Jonathan Waters: ‘It is time to move on’

August 27, 2014
Former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters has asked the university to help him clear his name nearly a month after he was fired. An OSU spokesman, however, said the university will not entertain the idea. In a two-page letter addressed to OSU counsel that was sent Wednesday, Waters’ attorney David Axelrod requested OSU facilitate a name-clearing hearing for Waters on university property. He asked for the university to provide a public venue for the event. He also asked for university officials be made available as witnesses Waters could call during the event. Axelrod said the U.S. Constitution makes OSU obligated to help clear Waters’ name after he was… Read more

Ohio State releases week 1 depth chart

August 27, 2014
An Ohio State football spokesman tweeted out the team’s week one depth chart Wednesday afternoon, but a few questions still remain about pending position battles. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.… Read more

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