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year: 132 No. 138 the student voice of The Ohio State University sports thelantern Ohio State University 2,364 pints donated 1 pint saves 13,725* 3 lives* Tuesday November 27, 2012 University of Michigan 2,211 pints donated total lives saved A bright future 4A OSU coach Urban Meyer looked back on the season and forward to the future in a Monday press conference. [ a+e ] 1B *approximation OSU, Michigan battle for blood Photo by DANIEL CHI / Asst. photo editor fawad cheema Senior Lantern reporter Ohio State beat Michigan in this year’s rivalry football game, but the Buckeyes also defeated the Wolverines in the annual American Red Cross Blood Battle for the first time since 2007. The friendly competition between the two schools aims to see which side can donate the most blood leading up to The Game. The end of the competition left OSU with 2,364 donations of blood, while Michigan had 2,211 donations. With only 153 more donations than Michigan, OSU reclaimed the trophy that had escaped it since a winning streak from 2003 to 2007. OSU was announced as the winner at the stadium and presented with the trophy on game day. Last year Michigan collected 2,628 donations while OSU collected 2,402. The Wolverines collected 2,615 pints of blood in 2010, while the Buckeyes only collected 2,515 pints. OSU’s Columbus campus has a total enrollment of about 56,000 compared to Michigan’s enrollment of about 43,000. Rodney Wilson, American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services spokesman, said the victory for OSU is meaningful because it will lead to more life-saving donations in the future. “I think that this win is really significant because KAYLA BYLER / Lantern reporter usually when you win one, it gives you some momentum to continue winning for a few years,” Wilson said. “The competition brings in nearly 5,000 blood donations between the two school campuses, and each of those donations can potentially help save up to three lives.” Martha Kurtz, spokeswoman for American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan, said while the two schools go back and forth in winning the competition, the real winners every year are the patients who receive the blood. “The blood is used for patients throughout Ohio and Michigan, and they are patients of all ages who need a second chance whether they are cancer patients, transplant patients, they have been in an accident or something else,” Kurtz said. “It’s a friendly competition that literally saves lives. The patients who receive the blood in Ohio and Michigan are the true winners.” It was the 31st American Red Cross Blood Battle between the two schools, and some OSU students were excited to donate and help beat Michigan. Mike Amatos, a fourth-year in political science who donated blood this year, said he wanted to beat Michigan in the Blood Battle at least once before graduating. “I think it’s a big deal, we’ve lost every year that I’ve been here and it was good to win at least once while I was here,” Amatos said. “I just wanted to make sure we beat Michigan.” The competition started in 1982, and according to the Red Cross website, OSU has won the competition 12 times. The dream continues SARAH MONTELL / Lantern designer ANDREW HOLLERAN / Photo editor OSU redshirt junior running back Carlos Hyde (34) breaks a tackle against Michigan Nov. 24. Displaced fire victims piece life back together Aerosmith performed Sunday at Nationwide Arena shortly after 9 p.m. campus anna duee Lantern reporter ANDREW HOLLERAN / Photo editor An apartment building at 2135 Iuka Ave. caught fire Nov. 12, displacing 26 OSU students. While the cause of a fire at an Iuka Avenue apartment building is still under investigation two weeks after the blaze, most residents are struggling to get back to normal. In the early hours of Nov. 12, the apartment complex on 2135 Iuka Ave. went up in flames leaving 29 people homeless. Twenty-six of those residents are Ohio State students, said Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs. During the initial investigation firefighters assumed that the fire was caused by a grill located outside on a balcony on the third floor, but those speculations haven’t been proved. “It is still listed as (an) accidental fire, they are still doing interviews, trying to determine the cause. So as for right now, it is listed as undetermined, and the investigation is ongoing,” said Columbus Fire Division Battalion Chief Patrick Ferguson. While Ferguson said that those inspections could take a couple of weeks, the displaced tenants are ready to move on and rebuild their lives from scratch. Resident Katie Weber said she was happy to receive OSU’s and Student Legal Services’ support, but she was 2A 3 sex crimes reported in Park-Stradley Ice cream entrepreneur Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, was named a trustee of the Wexner Center Foundation. weather high 41 low 26 partly cloudy W 44/26 TH 49/31 F 54/40 SA 56/50 sunny partly cloudy partly cloudy cloudy liz young Lantern reporter Another rape was reported last week in ParkStradley Hall, adding to the growing list of alleged sex crimes committed in the new residence hall. The rape, reported early morning Wednesday, marks the third sex crime to be reported in ParkStradley this semester. A rape was previously reported in Park-Stradley on Oct. 12, and a gross sexual imposition was reported on Nov. 4. According to the University Police log, the investigation is pending in all three cases. There was also a rape reported on Sept. 9 in Morrill Tower that is now listed as “case closed” and a rape reported in the Neil Avenue Building on Nov. 10 that still has a pending investigation, according to the police log. The Ohio Revised Code defines rape as “without privilege to do so, the insertion … of any part of the body or any instrument … into the vaginal or anal opening of another” and a gross sexual imposition as “any touching of an erogenous zone of another … for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying either person” without proper consent of the victim. The Wednesday report was the second of the three Park-Stradley crimes reports to include that the suspect had allegedly consumed alcohol before the offense occurred. OSU Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs did not specifically comment on the repeating location of the crimes or the individual crimes themselves. “There’s not much I can say,” Isaacs said. “The university takes allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously … We have extensive programs of support for (victims), we also have extensive offerings in self-protection (defense) and prevention.” The victim and the suspect in the Nov. 21 case appear to have been “casually acquainted,” said University Police Chief Paul Denton. However, he said that the sex crimes do not appear to be a threat to the OSU campus community, which is why there haven’t been any public safety notices issued. “In these cases when you have a known offender and a known suspect and we are confident that action is or has been taken through the Student Conduct process, plus in respect to the privacy and sensitivity of this type of offense to the reporting party, the survivor (victim), we weigh all of those circumstances into the decision of whether to or not to issue a public safety notice,” Denton said. Because of the privacy provided for students over 18 years of age by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Denton and Isaacs were unable to say whether disciplinary action has been taken by Student Conduct in any of the three cases. A dorm liaison program exists between University Police and the on-campus OSU residence halls that assigns one officer to each building. Those officers would be the ones to talk to the students about these crimes if the officers were invited to a meeting by a residence hall, Denton said. continued as Fire on 3A Meanwhile, many Park-Stradley residents are still largely unaware of the crimes that have been reported there. “I didn’t know about it so it’s kind of a shock but … they should probably inform us,” said Conor McCarthy, a first-year in finance. “It worries me that it’s happening in this building.” McCarthy said he thinks police should look at why these crimes have been reported in Park-Stradley. “They’re (reported sex crimes) all concentrated in this area, rather than other places … This building holds a lot of students so you do have to look at that, but at the same time that’s a lot for one building,” McCarthy said. “So I think (we’ve got to) try and figure out what’s going on.” Other residents said they are nervous that the crimes are increasing. “It actually really freaks me out, the fact that there are so many sex crimes and rapes going on. I don’t feel like the people here are aware of that,” said Sam Schoeppner, a first-year in psychology. Schoeppner said she thinks awareness is the most important step forward. “I think they need to get the awareness out. I think that’s definitely important because if more people know about it, hopefully they can better protect themselves,” she said. Paul Wojdacz, the Park-Stradley hall director whose contact information was listed on two of the reports, referred The Lantern to Isaacs for comment. An email to a male Park-Stradley resident listed on the Wednesday report was not returned. 1A


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