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Ohio State Marching Band performs for first time following band director’s dismissal

July 26, 2014
“It’s been…a busy week. Thank you to all the Buckeye supporters.” The band’s announcer hesitated in his introduction, but it was met with the applause and cheering from supporters who came out to see the Ohio State Marching Band perform with the Columbus Symphony at Picnic with the Pops Friday night. The concert, held at Columbus Commons Bicentennial Pavilion, was the marching band’s first performance since Thursday’s announcement that head director Jonathan Waters had been terminated. The announcement came in light of a 23-page investigation report that found the band’s culture was “an environment conducive to sexual harassment,” according to a released statement from President Michael Drake Thursday. Waters’ name… Read more

Former Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters yells, curses at student on recording

July 25, 2014
Former Ohio State marching band director Jonathan Waters seems to have been caught on tape yelling at a student. Waters was fired Thursday after a two-month OSU investigation into a complaint from a band member’s parent found “serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment within the marching band,” according to an OSU statement. It was found that Waters was either aware of or reasonably should have been aware of that culture but did not do enough to address it. Part of the investigation looked at whether Waters was “sometimes abusive towards students.” The report cited two examples of Waters yelling and cursing at students, one of which… Read more

2014 Big Ten Media Days: Urban Meyer talks question marks, defensive line a bright spot for Ohio State

July 28, 2014
CHICAGO –– To start his time at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days, Urban Meyer was ready to answer the first question before it was ever asked. “Our quarterback –– I know we’ll get asked that question –– is ready to go,” the Ohio State coach said during his opening statement. “He’s full speed, in the best shape of his life.” That quarterback, senior Braxton Miller, came in ninth in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting before injuring his shoulder during OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson in January. Miller’s status heading into 2014 has been a lingering question mark, and the Buckeyes are without former-backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who set… Read more

Rivalries, expansion, rule changes headline first day of 2014 Big Ten Media Days

July 28, 2014
CHICAGO –– It may only be July, but the Big Ten football season is already heating up. The discussion of rivalries in the realigned Big Ten Conference was a point of emphasis Monday as a coach from each of the 14 teams took to the podium, and the coaches from the top two Big Ten teams from last year did not agree on what constituted a rivalry. Reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champion Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he believes the rivalries within the East Division will make for a competitive 2014 season. “Great games and a lot of games, a lot of teams that have built-in rivalries.… Read more
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R. Kelly pulled from Fashion Meets Music Festival lineup after backlash

July 28, 2014
R. Kelly has been pulled from the lineup of Columbus’ inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival following negative reaction from both bands and sponsors in regard to the R&B artist’s headlining spot on the bill. Kelly was scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Nationwide Arena. After the festival announced Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kennedy, as the headliner, two Columbus-based rock bands, Damn the Witch Siren and Saintseneca, announced that they would no longer perform at the festival. Damn the Witch Siren withdrew from FMMF July 3, while Saintseneca withdrew July 23. “We feel (R. Kelly’s) selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations… Read more

Review: Michael Bublé caters to all with a clinic of classics

July 27, 2014
If you didn’t know whose name was on the marquee Saturday night at the Schottenstein Center, you wouldn’t have been able to figure it out from the concert-going clientele waltzing around the concourse. Older women, young men and even toddlers, all dressed in any-and-every attire imaginable, filled the halls before making their way down to the dimly lit arena. When the curtain opened and a clean cut, bow tie-clad crooner stood front and center, however, the eclectic audience immediately made sense. From the time the curtain lifted until it came crashing down at show’s end, Michael Buble made a marked effort to cater his versatile vocals to each group of… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State officials acted unfairly in firing marching band director

July 27, 2014
Letter to the editor: While I do not officially represent the views of the Ohio State University Marching Band or the TBDBITL Alumni Club, I believe I can speak for a very large and unified group of  former band members and their families, friends and supporters that feel that officials from the Ohio State University have acted harshly, unfairly and without just cause in terminating its director, Jonathan Waters. Many of us personally know Jon Waters, and many of us happen to have been former band members who have spent time under Jon’s leadership as assistant and head director. We want to state loud and clear that, while we do… Read more

Opinion: The James’ hospital sign flashy, ugly

July 16, 2014
Thus far, my favorite summer matchup came weeks before Wimbledon and the World Cup began. Over here in the states, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel kindled a war of words with business mogul Donald Trump. The mayor’s office released a statement in early June stating that the cartoonish billionaire’s iconic “Trump” sign that brands his new, 90-something-story tower in the windy city is “architecturally tasteless” and, therefore, scars the “architecturally tasteful building.” Trump has (thankfully) yet to land his silver thimble on 18th and Neil in the giant Monopoly game that is his life, but that’s not to say OSU doesn’t have its fair share of towers. OSU’s Wexner Medical Center… Read more