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12 Ohio State students evacuated after off-campus apartment fire

For Samuel Massari, a fifth-year in computer science and engineering, Sunday morning’s wake up call came a little sooner than expected.  “We all were asleep, and somebody was pounding on our doors and windows. We assumed it was drunk kids so I went out to tell them to stop,” he said. That’s when Massari realized there was no joke, but rather a fire that would later temporarily evict him from his off-campus residence. “When I opened the door, there was a guy standing there saying I needed to get out, and I looked behind him and the whole porch was ablaze,” he said. That off-campus apartment fire — which forced… Read more

Columbus Division of Police bike patrol aims to be more accessible than cruisers

October 19, 2014
While some students might be out bar hopping on a Friday or Saturday night, one group of watchdogs is out riding bikes to make sure those students — and the general public — stay safe. That group is made up of 12 uniformed officers and a sergeant working for the Columbus Division of Police. They’re known as the campus walkie crew, and their goal is to be bicycle-borne for most of their time on duty, Columbus Police Commander Christopher Bowling said. Sgt. Patrick Shaffer of the Columbus Police bike patrol said the patrol is the best there is. Several days a week, these officers are out pedaling and patrolling, mainly… Read more

Ohio State focuses on improving after 39-point win

October 19, 2014
The question for Ohio State heading into its matchup with Rutgers was simple: Will the momentum still be there? A quick 14-0 start for the No. 13 Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) showed they still had a spark despite two weeks off. In a total team effort, OSU led the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 1-2) in nearly every significant statistical category — save penalties and time of possession — but its coach said there’s still work to be done. “It’s time to, first of all, develop depth,” Urban Meyer said after his team’s 56-17 win. “We could go on and on about the mistakes that were made today. But enjoy the win tonight,… Read more

Ohio State offense ‘executed better’ in win over Rutgers

October 19, 2014
Despite coming off a bye week, the Ohio State offense didn’t skip a beat as it rolled to a 56-17 victory Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes were once again led by redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 261 yards and three scores, while also leading the team in rushing yards with 107 on just seven carries. Barrett, who was responsible for five total touchdowns in the Buckeye victory, said he thought OSU’s offense has been improving each week. “I felt like we executed better than past weeks,” Barrett said. “But we can still eliminate some mistakes. I put some of that on myself.” On the receiving… Read more
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Social media app Yik Yak takes hold at Ohio State

October 19, 2014
Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter might need to make room for an anonymous forum app called Yik Yak. Yik Yak is a social media application available for iOS and Android that allows users, also known as yakkers, to anonymously publish a 200 character post — or yak — to a newsfeed visible to other users within a radius between two to 10 miles, depending on the density of the community population. Yakkers can interact through replying to and up- or down-voting yaks, which affects their visibility to other users. Yik Yak first became available to the public Nov. 6 and started out at Furman University, which co-founders Tyler… Read more

Filmmaker Jodie Mack to show ‘visual delights’ at Wexner Center

October 19, 2014
For one artist, the film is not complete until it is shown — and performed — live. The Wexner Center for the Arts is set to host Jodie Mack on Wednesday as part of its Visiting Filmmakers series. According to the center’s website, Mack has been gaining recognition and respect the past few years for her homemade 16mm films and is set to show her program titled “Let Your Light Shine.” Mack, 31, was born in London and teaches animation at Dartmouth College. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in film, video and new media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “I think people see her… Read more

Letter to the editor: People must be responsible for their own safety

October 19, 2014
Letter to the editor: The Lantern has been covering some pertinent stories on crime around OSU. However, it was editor Liz Young writing about the burglary of her apartment in the Sept. 28 Lantern that really got my attention, especially in how she wrapped it up: “I have an endless number of questions and I feel like none of them will be answered anytime soon. So for now, as the police told me, we just have to be extra careful. “Whatever that means.” Good point! What does it mean to be “extra careful”? I’ve read many a crime prevention handout echoing the sentiment: “Be alert.” A recent one I saw… Read more

Letter to the editor: USG forum fosters discussion about climate change

October 17, 2014
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Letter to the editor: A few weeks ago, President Barack Obama challenged world leaders to take action immediately to address climate change. But what are we doing here in Columbus — at Ohio State?  It’s no secret that we have a strong commitment to sustainability. From initiatives, like “Out Green the Spartans” and making Ohio Stadium “Zero Waste,” to the construction of LEED-certified buildings on campus, sustainability-centered research and environmentally-focused courses, we try to go above and beyond the stereotypical green commitments. But the climate continues to change. We think we have an obligation to push further, and it has to start with greater collaboration across campus so we can… Read more

Gallery: OSU Homecoming 2014

October 19, 2014
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Record-setting offense leads Ohio State past Rutgers, 56-17

October 18, 2014
  The Ohio State football team took a 28-point lead into the half on its way to a 56-17 win against Rutgers in the first-ever matchup between the two schools. The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) gained 585 yards of total offense while forcing the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 1-2) into six punts and three turnovers Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes’ offensive explosion led to their fourth straight 50-plus point game, which is a school record. OSU also tied a program record with its fourth straight outing with 500 or more total yards on offense. “We’re definitely rolling right now, we’re clicking,” junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said after the game. “Things… Read more