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Wednesday December 5, 2012 year: 132 No. 143 the student voice of The Ohio State University thelantern OSU accused of concealing rape details sports liz young Lantern reporter Some Ohio State officials have been accused of violating federal disclosure acts in regards to several reported rapes in Park-Stradley Hall, however the university is standing its ground. A Nov. 27 “FERPA Fact” blog post accused OSU authorities’ of incorrectly using FERPA, HIPAA, and the Clery Act in handling the sex crimes cases. “HIPAA never applies to anything law enforcement or student life ever does, ever, at all,” the blog post said. The post went on to say that OSU doesn’t “intend to comply with open records law.” FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which “prohibits a school from disclosing personally identifiable information from Digging deeper After evaluating all the facts and circumstances of the recently reported cases, we do not believe that these incidents pose a continuing threat to students or the university community as a whole. Paul Denton Ohio State Police Chief students’ education records without the consent of a parent or eligible student, unless an exception to FERPA’s general consent rule applies,” according to the U.S. Department of Education. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Its job is to protect “the privacy of individually identifiable health information,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. The Clery Act was designed to make college campus crime information readily available. It was created in the name of Jeanne Clery, a student at Lehigh University who was raped and murdered in 1986 after crime warnings were not sent out after a series of thefts on campus. It is speculated that she would have been more cautious if she had known about the thefts, which in turn would have prevented her unrelated death. Attorney advocate for the Student Press Law Center Adam Goldstein accused OSU of violating the timely crime warnings portion of the Clery Act in his blog post. “Each institution (U.S. college or university) … shall make timely reports to the campus community 5A 4,000-seat facility to replace St. John Arena OSU basketball coach Thad Matta has been relying more on his bench this season. [ a+e ] 10A Pat Brennan Sports editor The new For Ohio State women’s volleyball home games, the Ohio State Marching Band travels down one of four ramps in St. John Arena that lead from the main concourse down to the event level. It’s 20 paces, give or take, down the cement-gray walkway onto the arena’s hardwood playing surface, and it’s one of the program’s cherished traditions — the indoor version of the famed Ohio Stadium ramp entrance. “When the band comes down the ramp into St. John and the music fills the arena, that’s a real special and unique part of our home-court advantage,” said OSU women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston. “That’s something that’s been really special for our players.” The team’s indoor ramp tradition is one of many pieces of nostalgia contained under St. John Arena’s corrugated metal roof, but the days of such traditions will be numbered as the 56-year-old arena will be replaced in the foreseeable future. A $10 million donation to OSU athletics from Covelli Enterprises owner and CEO Sam Covelli will aid in the continued as Rape on 3A Covelli Arena, which will replace St. John Arena, will: Act as the home for wrestling, fencing, gymnastics and men’s and women’s volleyball. Be built with a $10M donation from Covelli Enterprises owner and CEO Sam Covelli. Have 4,000 seats, 9,276 seats less than St. John Arena’s 13,276 seats. Feature meeting facilities for some of the athletic department’s 13,000 annual campers. source: reporting eventual construction of a 4,000-seat, multi-sport arena named for the donor. Covelli did not respond to the Lantern’s request for comment. Covelli Arena will house OSU’s wrestling, fencing, gymnastics and men’s and women’s volleyball competitions, according to a Nov. 21 athletics release. “It is truly an honor for (wife) Caryn and me to make this gift to the university,” Covelli said in the release. CHRISTOPHER BRAUN / Design editor “With a son who recently graduated from Ohio State and businesses in Columbus, we realize how special Ohio State is both academically under the leadership of Dr. (E. Gordon) Gee and athletically under the direction of Gene Smith.” For now, St. John Arena remains standing, its continued as Arena on 3A Sensory feast Cirque du Soleil’s show “Quidam” is scheduled to be performed 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Nationwide Arena. campus Student makes painful recovery weather 2A Housing task force ‘not exactly’ new high 40 low 27 michael burwell Lantern reporter sunny TH 47/43 F 56/54 SA 59/50 SU 59/52 Kelly Roderick / Lantern photographer OSU is enacting an Off-Campus Development Task Force to improve safety and cleanliness, among other things, in the off-campus area. partly cloudy showers showers showers The program created by the Undergraduate Student Government to address issues like housing conditions and rent issues, is “not exactly anything new” for some landlords. However, for USG President Taylor Stepp, the Off-Campus Development Task Force will focus on issues in the off-campus area “that need to be addressed.” “Plain and simple, we have landlords that are taking advantage of students and operate in despicable practices,” Stepp said. “We are looking for ways to get in there and make sure they are being honest people with our students and running an honest business.” The group of undergraduate students led by former USG President Nick Messenger will conduct interviews with students, parents and landlords over the next month to address safety and affordability issues off campus. Messenger said in a Nov. 28 interview with The Lantern that he will issue a comprehensive report of their findings by Feb. 1. Lantern file photo Former OSU football running back Eddie George poses with his wife, Tamara, during a book signing Feb. 21. It was announced Dec. 4 that George will serve as OSU’s assistant vice president for business advancement. Eddie George to return to OSU as employee patrick maks Asst. sports editor Former Ohio State running back Eddie George is coming back to campus. George, who won the 1995 Heisman as a Buckeye before playing professionally for nine seasons, will serve as assistant vice president for business advancement, according to a Tuesday university press release. In such a capacity, George will “work with multiple internal and external university constituencies to increase awareness of health continued as Housing on 3A and wellness initiatives, support the efforts to engage alumni and friends in the life of the university, assist with fundraising, alumni relations and communications for Ohio State, and work with student-athletes as determined by the athletics director.” Additionally, George, who was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Tennessee Titans from 1997-2000, will “support personalized medicine initiatives, sports business education and work with student-athletes on personal and professional development.” OSU spokeswoman Gayle continued as George on 2A ,7·6 62 6,03/(« :( 3$< +$/) 7+( 1(: 35,&( )25 %22.6 :( 1((' 12 0$77(5 :+(5( <28 %28*+7 7+(0 1A


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