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National security, From 3.7 GPA to media professors ‘feeling unmotivated’ analyze Nov. attack Emails show campus attacker struggled in transition to OSU PUBLIC RECORD ANALYSIS

NICK ROLL Campus Editor Abdul Razak Ali Artan was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, graduated from high school in Islamabad, Pakistan, and finally found himself in Columbus. Here, he was a refugee applying for permanent residency, having graduated with high marks from Columbus State Community College with an associate degree in liberal arts. In August, he enrolled for his first term at Ohio State. But sometime between August and Nov. 28 — when Artan attacked OSU students, a professor and other bystanders, first with a car and then with a knife — something had changed. He applied to OSU with a 3.7 GPA from Columbus State, and had been accepted into the Fisher College of Business. But two weeks before the attack, Artan requested that he be dropped from all of his classes. “Andrea, could you please drop me out of all classes?” he wrote in an email to his adviser, Andrea Evans, on Nov. 13. “This is it. I made this decision. No regrets whatsoever.” However, Evans alerted Artan that it was too late in the semester to drop the courses. He’d have to just accept the grades earned. Two weeks later, Artan would


Police officers stand on scene after the attack on Ohio State’s campus on Nov. 28.


Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a third-year in logistics management, sits for a Lantern interview conducted in August. be shot dead by University Police officer Alan Horujko after carrying out an attack on campus which would later be claimed by Islamic State. Records from his application to OSU indicate that Artan, who listed English as his native language, had lived in Columbus since 2014, and is survived by seven siblings. The Lantern obtained the emails on Monday, after receiving Artan’s academic records and application to OSU on Friday, via

a separate records request. The email exchange was first reported by The Columbus Dispatch on Saturday as part of a public records request. The Nov. 13 email exchange, however, was not the first time that a different image of Artan began to appear compared with the student who had graduated with honors from Columbus State. In mid-September, according to an appointment write-up made afARTAN CONTINUES ON 3

AARON TOMICH For The Lantern The Nov. 28 on Ohio State’s campus sent many students, faculty and staff into a state of alarm and confusion. Media reports on the connection between the attacker’s motive and a terrorism varied from outlet to outlet. The FBI has yet to declare the attack committed by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a third-year in logistics management, an act of terrorism. The FBI has, however, said Artan might have been inspired by the now-deceased al Qaeda-linked terrorist Anwar al Awlaki or Islamic State, which has claimed

responsibility for the attack. Dakota Rudesill, a professor at the Moritz College of Law who specializes in national security, said while the FBI has not labeled the incident an act of terrorism, there is some circumstantial evidence that might point in that direction, though it’s not possible to say with the current information available. “Certainly, some of the early indications do point in the direction of this being a terrorist attack,” Rudesill said. “We have data points in the form of an individual with a Muslim sounding name … a male … and the attack was carried out against what we ANALYSIS CONTINUES ON 2

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Campus area crime map: Dec. 27 - Jan. 9 MITCH HOOPER Engagement Editor Dec. 27 - Jan. 3 1. A male student was arrested for burglary at the Physics Research Building on Dec. 29 at 11:08 p.m. University Police made the arrest. 2. A burglary reportedly occurred on East 15th Avenue near Summit Street on Dec. 27 at 10:30 a.m. 3. A man allegedly attempted to steal an estimated $127 worth of merchandise from the Barnes & Noble on North High Street on Dec. 27 at 10:08 a.m. According to the report, the suspect fled the scene in a white Toyota Camry after an employee detected him.


Jan. 4 - 8 A man was arrested for kidnapping and rape on Friday at 11:05 p.m. at an off-campus location. (Not pictured on map.) 4. Tarak Andrew Underiner, a third-year in marketing, was pronounced dead at his home in the

20 block of East Northwood Avenue on Thursday at 12:41 a.m. from gunshot wounds. 5. Three victims reported to the Columbus Division of Police that a burglary occurred in their residence on East 7th Avenue near North Pearl Street on Thursday between 7:30 p.m. and 3:15 a.m. Additionally, the front door was reported to be damaged during the alleged burglary, resulting in a report of criminal damaging as well. 6. A staff member reported an unknown suspect for public indecency at Ramseyer Hall on Wednesday at 1:13 p.m. 7. A man not affiliated with the university was arrested for driving under suspension near the intersection of Cannon and Medical Center drives on Friday at 4:23 p.m. Note: Crimes featured on this map do not represent the full extent of criminal activity in the campus area.



would call a ‘soft target,’ hitting civilians going about their day-today lives.” He emphasized that men are not the only ones committing such acts, but in general, men tend to carry out violent acts at a greater rate than females. Rudesill also said the act was carried out by a civilian in a public place, adding to the common model in the West of individuals becoming self-radicalized through the Internet and carrying out an attack. However, Rudesill said the data points used to help determine the motive and label on such an attack do not always mean the attack is terrorism.

“I think it’s helpful to think about analyzing potential terrorist attacks and potential crimes kind of in the same way that physicians do when somebody comes to see them,” he said. “So let’s say somebody goes to the emergency room and they have a raspy cough and they’re looking to get better. The first reaction could be, ‘Well, they’ve got pneumonia.’” Rudesill stressed that in order to correctly determine a cause or motive, there must be a thorough investigation. He praised the gathering of evidence by the local and national law enforcement in the days following the attack. Gerald Kosicki, an associate

“It’s that old game of telephone where you tell one person, and by the time it gets to the other end, it’s a whole new story ... Now it’s like on steroids with social media, the Twitter-verse and all the other things that go on that there’s just a lot of possibilities for making stuff up or getting things wrong inadvertently.” Gerald Kosicki Associate professor, School of Communication

professor in the OSU School of Communication, teaches a course which examines the nature of terrorism and its relationship to mass communication, which examines current events and the relationship between the two groups. He said measuring the media response to an attack can be complicated. “I don’t know that there’s a normal response,” Kosicki said. “I mean, one of the things about it is when something happens, the (media) there do the best they can.” Kosicki said the coverage of breaking, violent events varies every time a different news staff reports on something. And given the rarity of terrorist attacks, experience in those situations, or situations like them, can be hard to come by. “It’s not like the institution doesn’t care, but unless you did regular training about this, the lessons will be dissipated over time,” Kosicki said. “So that’s not to say you’re going to fall into the same trap again, but, there are lessons that might have been learned that are then somewhat forgotten.” One common issue that occurs


“I think it’s helpful to think about analyzing potential terrorist attacks and potential crimes kind of in the same way that physicians do when somebody comes to see them.” Dakota Rudesill Professor, Moritz College of Law

during an event like Nov. 28’s, however, is mass confusion of the community involved, which can be spurred on by technology. “It’s that old game of telephone where you tell one person, and by the time it gets to the other end, it’s a whole new story,” Kosicki said. “Now it’s like on steroids with social media, the Twitter-verse and all the other things that go on that there’s just a lot of possibilities for making stuff up or getting things wrong inadvertently.” Kosicki said that during a breaking news event, new information often arises quickly, so it’s important not to overreact. “We certainly don’t want to overreact,” Kosicki said. “Labeling until all the facts are in is somewhat counterproductive,

especially in the heat of the moment.” Editor’s note: Gerald Kosicki is on the School Publications Committee.


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Mock Trial team gears up for competition season MARIA FERNANDEZ Senior Lantern reporter Eric Roytman was just a first-year when Ohio State’s mock trial “A” team went all the way to the 2015 national competition. “It was so cool to get so close with people who had been working so hard for years to go to nationals,” said Roytman, who at the time was the team’s timekeeper. “That motivated me to be like them, to succeed like they did.” Getting to the mock trial nationals is no easy feat. Columbus attorney Alex Bluebond, the OSU team’s head coach, said a team has to win several tournaments to advance all the way. Out of the 600 collegiate teams in the American Mock Trial Association, only 48 make it to nationals. The 2014-15 team ended up finishing 13th in the nation. “We are always aiming to qualify for nationals,” Bluebond said. “Any year we don’t is a disappointment. Once we get there, we take it one round at a time.”

“You spend so much time with everyone you build incredible friendships ... That means you get to travel everywhere with your best friends.” Alexandra Goss Second-year in political science and psychology

Mock trial is an academic competition in a courtroom setting. Students are either witnesses or attorneys for the defense or plaintiff and they compete against students from across the country. Each year the case alternates between civil and criminal. This year the case is civil. This season began in late August when the case was released, and will continue through Spring Semester with various tournaments being held before regional tournaments start in February. Alexandra Goss, a second-year in political science and psychology, said there is a lot of pressure in preparing for competitions. “Things they are looking for the most when you try out are the ability to think and presentation skills,” Goss said. “One of the biggest things I’ve learned from being in mock trial is that sometimes how you present something is just as important if not more so than what you are presenting.” Goss also said it is crucial to memorize the facts of the case that is used for tryouts. “If people show up and don’t know the case, it shows they are not committed and passionate about it,” Goss said. Mock Trial is a heavy time commitment, Goss said. There are mandatory practices two days a week. Once tournament season kicks off there can be practices every day. Roytman, now an attorney on the mock trial “A” team, also said the hard work put into mock trial is worth it. “Mock trial teaches you a high-level thinking, hard work and discipline, but that makes it so rewarding to work and compete so hard at something and succeed,” Roytman said, “It’s a special thing that you can’t

Ohio State’s mock trial team poses after a competition. get from many clubs and teams.” Goss said she also enjoys the opportunity to travel across the country. “You spend so much time with everyone you build incredible friendships,” Goss said. “That means you get to travel everywhere with your best friends.” Teams this school year have been to competitions in Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee. Members are responsible for a $75 registration fee to be in the club and to cover food expenses, with the balance covered by a grant from Ohio State’s political science department. While Goss and Roytman said mock trial


helped them realize they wanted to be lawyers, not everyone who joins the team is aiming to end up at law school. Roytman said that the type of students who want to be in mock trial should be driven, creative and enjoy teamwork. “There’s usually a wide variety of majors,” Bluebond said, “Only half of the students plan on going on to law school, but the public speaking and communication skills they learn will be good and useful in whatever they decide to do.” JOIN THE CONVERSATION


ter Evans met with Artan, she said he wanted to drop his introduction to managerial accounting course because he didn’t think he could handle the course load with his work commitments. He ended up dropping the class and adding another to keep himself a full-time student. On Sept. 29, another adviser, Jaimi Knisley, summarized an appointment with Artan that seemed to show a struggle academically. “Discussed taking a class Pass/Non-Pass. It’s passed the deadline to do this for (Autumn Semester 2016),” the write-up states. It goes on to state Artan’s alleged declining academic motivation. “Discussed general motivation in classes. Abdul is feeling unmotivated right now. He already has an Associate of Arts and some certificates, so he’s feeling unmotivated in his current classes,” Knisley wrote. “Talked about withdrawing for the term — W’s (sic) are better than failing grades — or finishing this term and taking time off for the next term. He’s working right now, so he’s enjoying that more than his classes.” Evans did not respond to a request for comment, and neither did the lecturer listed as the instructor for Artan’s accounting class. An email sent to a family member’s email address listed in Artan’s application to OSU bounced back with an error mes-

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sage. Knisely is out on maternity leave, and was not able to be reached. FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren said that the bureau was aware of Artan’s grades, and “(looks) at all possible factors involved (in the attack).” In mid-October, Evans sent an email regarding grades for a business survey class. Artan replied that he was “taking a break from school especially this semester.” When Evans asked if that meant he did not participate in the group project mentioned in her email, his reply seemed to contradict what he said earlier. “No im (sic) sorry,” the email reads. “I’ll be staying in school.” Evans expressed worry about the discrepancies, and set up a meeting with Artan for the next week, on Monday Oct. 17. At 11:35 p.m. on the night before the meeting was scheduled, Artan emailed Evans thanking her for her patience in working with him that semester. “First, I want to start off by saying that you have been very helpful and very PATIENT with me. You are a great a (sic) person and I will contact some higher authority at OSU and let them know how helpful you were,” he wrote. In the next paragraph, however, he said he would be staying enrolled at OSU, though he might not attend all of his classes.

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“I really feel I need a break from school, but the financial aid office told me that if I withdrew now, then I might have to pay some more money or I might actually get a refund, so I do not want to take the risk as I do not want to pay any additional fees. So, I am staying in school but I may attend or not attend some classes.” He canceled the meeting before thanking Evans again. “Also, I cannot make it to the appointment tomorrow because I just realized that I have work. Again, I am so sorry, and you are a wonderful person to say the least. My friend at work who also goes to OSU, told me that you were once his advisor too and that you were very nice and helpful.” His next email to Evans would be the one in which he requested to be dropped from all of his classes. It was a far cry from his personal statement in his application to the university. “Now to achieve those goals, I had to make a lot of sacrifices, and I will do the same for Ohio State,” he wrote. “I will excel and represent Ohio State University in the manner that it deserves. My plan is to graduate with a 4.0 GPA.”

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WINTER FASHION Serving hot looks in the cold weather. | ON PAGE 5



Alumna honors ‘Alma Mater’ with sweaters HANNAH HERNER Arts&Life Editor

An Ohio State alumna wants to make sure Buckeye fans can still look cool while wearing spirit gear in the cold weather. Amanda Sima, a 2005 alumna in history, started Alma Mater clothing company in 2008. The company now sells licensed apparel, namely sweaters, for 11 colleges across the nation, online and at various retailers. Sima was inspired to start the company by a vintage OSU sweater that she borrowed from her grandmother to wear to a tailgate. “I just noticed that sweaters were sort of an antiquated


Amanda Sima graduated from Ohio State in 2005.

category,” she said. “No one was really selling anything cool that was for cold weather.” OSU is a difficult apparel license to get, Sima said, due to the size of the school, demand for product and value of the brand. Because of this, she went after the licenses of smaller schools such as the University of Iowa and Michigan State University first to build up her company’s reputation. Sima said once Alma Mater obtained the OSU license, it changed the business, giving them leverage to get the licenses of other big schools. Sima, 34, said the fact that she’s close in age to many of her customers gives her an advantage on marketing to millennials in an industry made up of companies that have been around for decades. “(Millennial’s) shopping habits are very different from the baby boomers who are dying off,” Sima said. “We try to be really reactive to that. I think being a millennial and a female … I’m like, literally the only one in the industry.” Sima’s office is located in Los Angeles, which she said enables the brand to keep up on fashion trends and gives access to a larger textile industry. Working from Columbus, she coordinates remotely


Ohio State alumna Amanda Sima created Alma Mater clothing, which is focused on collegiate-licensed sweaters. with her design team there — the majority of whom are women. “We know year after year it’s discussed by the NCAA institutions, the professional leagues, ‘How do we draw in more female fans? How do we draw in more female consumers?’ But none of the companies selling apparel are female-owned, not even close,” Sima said.

Items from the Alma Mater line are available at five locations in Columbus, including the Ohio State Barnes & Noble, the Wexner Medical Center and The Blackwell Inn, according to the company’s website. Sima said the company hopes to expand into the NFL and NHL. But before Sima became an entrepreneur, she worked on politi-

cal campaigns. Even before that, she was a student in history professor Paula Baker’s class. Sima said Baker helped her connect with a campaign, and encouraged her to make a call that landed her a job right out of college. “I remember her as someone who had a great personality, outgoing … I remember talking SWEATERS CONTINUES ON 5 - Columbus based since 2001

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OSU student takes own spin on coffee LAURIE HAMAME Senior Lantern reporter Routine morning cups of joe and mid-afternoon caffeine pickme-ups can soon be supplemented with CafeButter — spreadable coffee created by Michael Arato, a fourth-year in food science. Arato said he invented the caffeinated spread with a similar consistency to Nutella when he was pondering a void in savory breakfast spreads. Australia has Vegemite and Marmite, but he couldn’t think of an American equivalent. He said his first thought was to go with a spicy spread to wake peo-

“So for people who like the smell of coffee, I tell them it tastes exactly like coffee smells.” Michael Arato Inventor of CafeButter and fourth-year in food science

ple up, but decided that caffeine could do that job instead. It all began with a can of peanuts and Folgers coffee. The initial experimentation with the product went poorly, Arato said. After a few botched batches, he reverse-engineered other popular spreads, added additional ingredients and moved to more premium coffee from local brewer Thunderkiss Coffee. The spread can be used just like peanut butter or any other spread, Arato said; in smoothies, for dessert, spread onto bread, or just by the spoonful. He plans to release the product online in 2017, with hopes of having it used in bakeries and cafes and available for purchase in grocery stores in the future. In a two-tablespoon serving, CafeButter has about 80 percent of the caffeine content in a cup of coffee. In the future, Arato said he hopes to produce a decaffeinated version. “It’s a great blend of coffee and food. It is kind of an opportunity to eat your coffee, especially for people who have more than one cup in a day,” Arato said. “…and

if you just really have a fix for coffee flavor, it’s a great way to enjoy it in a new way.” CafeButter social media chair and a third-year in marketing, Nick Prayner, agrees. “I’m really not a huge coffee drinker, but I like coffee-flavored things,” Prayner said. “It’s very aromatic. So for people who like the smell of coffee, I tell them it tastes exactly like coffee smells.” As a food science student, Arato said he knew product development was in his future. He quickly realized many entry-level jobs are not as fast-paced as he hoped, and said CafeButter gives him much more creative control. Once Arato began developing the product, he moved out of his own kitchen and into the basement of the Parker Food Science and Technology building on campus, which houses a pilot plant for local entrepreneurs. Students can rent out space and use the school’s equipment to create their products. “I think a lot of the excitement is in how new it is. I haven’t seen anything else in the market like


Ohio State students Michael Arato and Preethi Chidambaram give samples of CafeButter at the Columbus Coffee Festival. it,” Arato said. “I’m excited to see where it goes; it’s already evolved

a lot in the year I’ve been working on it.”

Throwing a (out)fit: a guide to winter fashion NICK ROLL Campus Editor When people meet me, the first thing they usually ask is something along the lines of “OK, can you leave me alone now?” But for those who stick around, the second thing they usually ask me about is how it’s possible that I successfully pull off looks, in the deep, cold stretches of winter, when the go-to style is to throw on a coat and hat and hope you don’t freeze to death on your way to class. Don’t let winter be a time to ig-

nore your most prized pieces. It’s possible to be both fashionable and functional, even in a polar vortex. Here is what you need to know: Jackets are still relevant To paraphrase comedian Brandon Wardell, fall is a great season because you can wear a cool jacket instead of working on your personality. While winter weather requires wearing a coat, don’t let your jackets — or, just as importantly, your hoodies, sweatshirts or flannels — sit in that corner of your room that you keep promising yourself you’ll clean


Campus editor Nick Roll recommends a jacket under a heavy winter coat for warmth and to add personality to an outfit. SWEATERS FROM 4

about what she’s thinking about down the line and, like many history majors, she wasn’t sure,” Baker said. Baker said the fact that Sima has been able to take her idea for collegiate sweaters and run with it shows her determination and imagination. “History degrees — like lots of

liberal arts degrees — are flexible. You don’t come out knowing what you’ll do necessarily,” Baker said. “These sorts of degrees provide a set of skills that you can take in a multitude of directions. She illustrates that.” Sima and her husband grew up in the Columbus area. She said that, at times, they have been tempted to move west to be closer

some day. Grab a large, plain coat — personally, I find that a peacoat goes with anything — that you can layer a more interesting jacket under. An bright vintage jacket or a thick shirt or flannel can often fit the criteria here. While the rest of your outfit might be those dull earth tones that we often fall into during winter, the jacket can be your chance to pop off some color and/or personality (which is a good thing, since you don’t have an actual personality worth showing off in this hypothetical). Boots are not optional Truly, I don’t care what kind of boots you wear, as long as A) you actually have boots and B) you’re not lying to yourself. While a jacket can mask your horrible personality, boots are a window to the sole/soul. What I’m trying to say is that I f***ing hate Bean Boots. Look, L.L. Bean makes great products. Their boots are very well made. But I’m not a Bean Boot guy. Wearing Bean Boots is fine, I know many great guys and gals who do so. But unless you are the fratty, O’Patio-loving dude-bro (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), then you are living a lie every time you step into those boots. We can discuss the ethics and morality of Greek Life having a to the business office, but find reason to stay in the capital city. “I will say just the sense of community with Ohio State has encouraged me,” Sima said. “There’s a lot of really talented people here who are really invested in their community and a lot of that is led by (OSU). I will say now as a business leader wanting to delve into philanthropy, it does


Nick Roll sports a more low-key alternative to L.L. Bean boots. monopoly on Bean Boots in another article — but in my opinion, it’s not my place to culturally appropriate Bean Boots from them when there are plenty of other boots to choose from. I personally like boots that hug your lower calves so that they can squeeze into fitted pants, and thus continue the resistance against bootcut anything. Hats, gloves and all that other stuff your mom is begging you not to forget The general rule of thumb here is that the cooler you are, the wackier the kind of hat you can get away with wearing. That being said, I usually go with a low-profile, gray knit hat. It goes with everything, and since the jacket

is doing all the talking in my outfits, the hat doesn’t distract from anything. There is a strong chance that by the time this article hits the press, I’ll have lost the pair of $2 Target gloves I purchased Sunday. But the point is, those basic, black, knit gloves are probably all you need. If you’ve got the gumption to rock more artistically designed gloves, by all means, go for it. I’m just leary of thick winter gloves, which usually resemble Hulk Hands (which are cool in their own right, though notably missing from most fashion columns). Finally, scarves are too intimidating for me to have an opinion on. Wear at your own risk.

inspire me to stay and continue to invest in this city.” Sima, who has a younger sister nearing graduation at OSU, said her advice to her and other college students would be to trust their gut and not be too fixated on any one career goal. “You’re not going to get anything you want right away,” Sima said. “As long as you can accept

that and narrow in and just take what you can get and grow from each experience, then you’ll land where you’re supposed to land.”



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Buckeye status for the NFL draft Curtis Samuel

Malik Hooker

Raekwon McMillan

Declared for draft

Declared for draft

Declared for draft

(2,535 total career yards, 24 TD’s)

(7 career INT’s, 84 total tackles)

(275 career tackles, 6 sacks)

Noah Brown

Gareon Conley

Sam Hubbard

Declared for draft

Declared for draft


(411 career receiving yards, 7 TD’s)

(6 career INT’s)

(10 career sacks)

Tyquan Lewis

Jalyn Holmes

J.T. Barrett




(16.5 career sacks)

(55 career tackles)

(6,381 pass yards, 100 TD responsible for)


This year, when asked whether McCall could see more touches after a stellar cleanup effort against Nebraska, Meyer responded: “He might now.” Whether it’s at H-back, spread out wide, sharing carries with Mike Weber or returning kicks and punts, expect to see number 30 on the field often in 2017. Big offensive changes ahead for Ohio State Tim Beck has moved on to Texas, Ryan Day will be coaching the quarterbacks, and Kevin Wilson might very well be the next man picking plays alongside Ed Warinner next year. That is, of course, as long as Warinner survives the offensive overhaul OSU is undergoing right now. Add these changes to the fact that Samuel and wide receiver Noah Brown are leaving early for the draft, and OSU’s field general Pat Elflein is gone, and you have the makings of a complete over-


haul. J.T. Barrett came under fire this year on multiple occasions, as fans are still hungering for a repeat performance from his freshman campaign. Even though he holds the all-time touchdowns responsible for record at OSU, Barrett still has a lot to prove in his final year of eligibility. Predictions of a quarterback battle before the dust has even settled seem ludicrous, but Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow have shown promise. Burrow has done an admirable job in cleanup, and even has a 169.9 rating. Haskins came in as a four-star recruit, and the 63rd overall player in the 2016 class in ESPN’s top 300. And this doesn’t account for the fact Tate Martell graduated early and committed to OSU in June of last year. The Las Vegas native is the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and is carrying some

big hype behind him. Even though Barrett has veteran leadership and experience, things might get a little dicier as kickoff for the 2017 season approaches. Expect some serious talk about a possible different signal caller, although Barrett should get the nod. “I’m going to take a hard look at some things when we get back,” Meyer said after the Fiesta Bowl. “Any time you struggle a little bit, you always take a hard look.” This kind of statement from Meyer leaves nearly anything as a possibility heading into 2017.


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scoring at OSU with 2,110 points. Jantel Lavender is the all-time leader with 2,818 points. OSU plays at Michigan State on Tuesday. Women’s hockey After ending the first half of the season with two consecutive blowout losses to No. 1 Wisconsin, the Buckeyes regrouped for two wins against Penn State on Jan. 6 and 7. OSU outscored the Nittany Lions 11-0 over the two games. Six different players scored for OSU in its 6-0 victory on Saturday to improve the Scarlet and Gray to 10-10-2 in 2016-17. Under the direction of first-year coach Nadine Muzerall, the OSU defense has improved to No. 4 in penalty kill and No. 13 overall. OSU next plays Bemidji State on Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.



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Big cleats to fill for incoming freshmen NICK MCWILLIAMS Sports Editor Ohio State had a good football season, with some real NFL talent shining through. Unfortunately for Buckeye fans, a majority of that talent is leaving for the 2017 NFL Draft. Most of the impact will be felt on the defensive side of the ball, as long-time OSU cornerback Gareon Conley and stud safety Malik Hooker both decided to chase the dream of playing on Sundays. With half of the secondary gone, and Buckeyes across the country waiting patiently to hear what upcoming redshirt junior cornerback Marshon Lattimore decides, the Scarlet and Gray have more than one incoming option who can step up in a big way on defense. On offense, OSU will be without its best playmaker on offense with the loss of Curtis Samuel. On top of that, Noah Brown surprised some with his decision to leave early after essentially just one year of play. OSU has more than enough incoming talent to help fill roles, but the expectations on the freshman are going to be steep.

On the top of OSU’s 2017 recruiting haul are cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade. Respectively, the duo is the No. 1 and No. 4 cornerbacks in the nation according to Barring Lattimore’s decision, either one or both of the young cornerbacks could be thrust into a contributing or starting role. Okudah has one interception and one fumble recovery in his career, but has the size and talent to step up at the next level. Wade, on the other hand, who has been committed to OSU for nearly two years, is a bit undersized compared to Conley and Lattimore. He has the speed to stay with nearly any receiver, but will need an increase in his physicality in order to play at a level comparative to his veteran counterparts. Raekwon McMillan has been making plays since his first year with the Buckeyes, but there is still real promise in the linebacker unit even with his departure. Although now redshirt senior Chris Worley and now junior Jerome Baker had stellar years, the name Baron Browning might be the next big name in the middle for OSU. Browning, the No. 9 prospect

nation according to 247Sports. com. Although both sustained season-ending injuries, each can make an impact in their own way. Grimes has a size similar to Brown, while Lindsey has speed similar to Dontre Wilson. Even though there are more experienced options, the group brings in a combined 2,780 yards and 40 receiving touchdowns. Although each position could see an upperclassmen take over, there are more than a few freshmen who could steal the spotlight.


Ohio State commit Trevon Grimes attends the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. according to, recording 189 tackles, four sacks and eight forced fumbles during his time in high school. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds, he is a near carbon-copy size wise of McMillan. Size aside, Browning will potentially be replacing a linebacker who had over 200 tackles in his time in Columbus, and was a field general pre-snap for OSU. Although he has the resume behind

him, it’ll take big time play to fill the shoes of McMillan if Browning gets the chance. Offensively, OSU has a potential replacement at H-back for Samuel in now sophomore Demario McCall. As for the loss of Brown, the Buckeyes have a plethora of receivers, but a potential replacement in either freshman Trevon Grimes or Tyjon Lindsey. Grimes and Lindsey are the No. 5 and No. 6 wide receivers in the



Reported hire of Wilson means new look on offense in 2017 JACOB MYERS Assistant Sports Editor Four days removed from Clemson’s demolition of Ohio State in a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Playstation Fiesta Bowl, a new headline dominated OSU football news. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports said that former Indiana Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson is expected to be named the new offensive coordinator at OSU. That same day, Ryan Day, former NFL assistant, was named the new quarterbacks coach, replacing Tim Beck who has left for Texas. OSU’s offense will likely be under new direction in 2017. And for good reason. OSU’s offense struggled for much of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, most visibly in the passing game. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett had just 127 passing yards and the offense totaled 215 yards in the Fiesta Bowl, showing Meyer that a change had to happen on offense if he is to capture that second national championship in his tenure in Columbus. Following OSU’s last two games against Clemson and coach Dabo Swinney, Meyer has retooled both sides of the ball — the defense in 2014 after the Orange Bowl and the offense after the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. Meyer was adamant that Buckeye Nation would not see another loss like it had just witnessed, 310. With the expected hiring of Wilson and the addition of Day, not only has he sent a clear message


Former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson calls in plays from the sideline against Northwestern on Oct. 22. that he’s gunning for a national title in 2017, but he also better hope he got it right this time. “Ohio State is not used to this,” Meyer said. “I’m not used to this, and we will not get used to this. That’s not going to happen again.” Under his watch at Indiana, Wilson had his team consistently in the upper echelon of the country in passing offense. Since 2011, his first season at Indiana, Wilson’s Hoosiers ranked first in the Big Ten three times in passing yards per game. They averaged 13.5 yards per completion in 2016, compared to OSU’s 10.9, which ranked 113th out of 128 teams. Since the turn of the century,

offenses under Wilson’s direction have performed at a high rate. Wilson made stops as offensive coordinator at Northwestern from 1999 to 2001 and Oklahoma from 2002 to 2010 before he was hired at Indiana. Over those years, his offense finished nine times in the top 20 of offensive yards per game. Three times his offense averaged more than 500 yards per game and six times more than 450 yards. But, given Wilson is officially hired as expected for the 2017 season, he will not have the services of junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown, two of the

more reliable targets in the passing game. However, Wilson does get one of his favorite players in college football. A player Wilson believed to be a Heisman candidate in early October when OSU beat Indiana 38-17. “I think J.T. Barrett is an awesome football player,” Wilson said after the game. Barrett ended the year with the same criticism he rode throughout the year, which is one of many reasons he decided to come back for his final season at OSU and not test his luck in the NFL draft. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native will likely leave OSU with nearly

every record imaginable for quarterbacks, and Wilson and Day can help him get there. Barrett thrived under the direction of Texas coach Tom Herman when he was the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. With the passing mind of Wilson and the track record of Day, who has worked with NFL quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Colin Kaepernick, it seems possible that Barrett could see the same success he did in 2014 when he won Big Ten Freshman of the Year. In order to do that, Barrett will enter 2017 with the same challenges of an inexperienced receiving corps that he had entering the 2016 season. With Brown and Samuel leaving early, OSU returns just 61 of 198 total receptions at wide receiver. The departures of Brown and Samuel hurt tremendously when factoring in an already young group of receivers. OSU adds five-stars Tyjon Lindsey and Trevon Grimes to the unit in 2017, but they are unproven at the college level. Despite the youth, Meyer once again promised a better passing offense in the coming season, just like he did in 2016. With Wilson as offensive coordinator, he has a fighting chance.



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What to expect from Ohio State football in 2017 NICK MCWILLIAMS Sports Editor Few words can describe how most of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team felt following a 31-0 blowout loss to Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl — devastation, anger and shock are a few of them. Although players were seen in tears following the game, with many offering short responses during post-game interviews, there are more than a few reasons for the Scarlet and Gray to remain upbeat heading into the new year. With departures of star players like Curtis Samuel and Malik Hooker, Urban Meyer will be looking for a group of young players to fill big shoes. That fact, mixed with incredibly high expectations following the team’s second appearance in the College Football Playoff in three years, could yield some interesting results by this time next season. Even with a multitude of questions looming over the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, there are more than a few things to expect as the 2016 NCAA football season comes to a close with Clemson and Alabama fighting for a title while the Buckeyes watch from


OSU freshman running back Demario McCall runs during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. home. Who’s the next man up at safety? Malik Hooker, Mr. Do-It-All for OSU on defense last season, rose to fame in his first and only year starting for the Buckeyes, picking off seven passes and returning three for touchdowns. His ability to level ball carriers like a linebacker and run effortlessly across

the field to break up a pass like a corner boggles the mind. That much is known, but who fills his shoes next season is a bit of a mystery. Soon to be senior safety Damon Webb seems like the obvious fit for the spot, barring any shocking announcement to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He started alongside Hooker as the second safety

for the Buckeyes, and returned his first career interception for a touchdown. Still, Webb was worlds behind Hooker skill-set wise, and it showed at times when he struggled to locate his man in coverage. He might have been a starter last year, but there will be a severe drop in production after this year’s showstopping performance by Hooker.

The other options at safety, rising sophomore Jordan Fuller and incoming freshman Isaiah Pryor, have virtually zero cumulative time playing in the OSU defense. Fuller has been predominantly a special-teams player in his short time in Columbus, while Pryor comes in from powerhouse high school program IMG Academy. Either one could be cracking the starting lineup if they have a good offseason camp, but only time will tell. McCall’s expanded role As a freshman running back who saw limited time early in the season, Demario McCall is arguably the fastest player on the offense for the Buckeyes. In his brief stints in the backfield against teams like Bowling Green and Maryland, McCall churned out 270 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and even hauled in a receiving score. That kind of versatility screams H-back, the very position Curtis Samuel flourished in this year. McCall even appeared as a punt returner, briefly, albeit just three showings. His combination of speed and agility could prove useful if Meyer puts him back deep for returns. FOOTBALL CONTINUES ON 6

Laczynski’s gold medal highlights sports over break JACOB MYERS Assistant Sports Editor While students were away from campus and taking a break from classes post-Fall Semester, there were still several teams in competition during the break. The featured event was the Playstation Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve in Glendale, Arizona, where the No. 3 Ohio State football team took on No. 2 Clemson in a College Football Playoff semifinal. In the end, 2016 delivered one more punch to the gut of Buckeye Nation before the clock struck midnight as the Buckeyes were embarrassed 31-0. Thus, prompting a change in direction on offense with the hiring of a quarterbacks coach and the expected hiring of former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson for OSU’s offensive coordinator in 2017, first reported by Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports. Spring Semester has begun, so here’s a recap of news across OSU athletics. Tanner Laczynski wins gold Before break, OSU men’s hockey freshman forward Tanner Laczynski was invited to tryout for the United States hockey junior team ahead of the World Junior Championships in Canada. Laczynski made the team and contributed to a 7-0 record and a gold medal in the games. Team USA beat Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout in the gold


OSU freshman forward Tanner Laczynski skates against a Finnish defender in the 2016 USA evaluation camp. medal match after falling behind twice by two goals at 2-0 and 4-2. Laczynski played in all seven games and scored a goal against Slovakia in the preliminary round. While Laczynski was away from the team, No. 11 OSU lost to Miami (Ohio) at home, then split a series with No. 2 Penn State, winning the first, 3-0, and losing the second, 4-2. The Buckeyes are now ranked No. 10 in the country. OSU hosts Arizona State for two games this weekend. Five Buckeyes declare for NFL draft Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley, redshirt

sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown and junior H-back Curtis Samuel all announced their intentions to forgo their remaining eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. OSU starting quarterback redshirt junior J.T. Barrett is returning to the Buckeyes, along with defensive ends Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore has yet to announce his intentions to return to or depart from the program. Men’s volleyball begins title defense The top-ranked OSU men’s volleyball team began its season this past weekend, raising the 2016

national championship banner at St. John Arena. OSU faced off against the University of Southern California Trojans and the UCLA Bruins. In the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, OSU beat USC and No. 2 UCLA 3-1. Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen led the Buckeyes with 28 kills, hitting .340. The reigning National Player of the Year also had 11 digs and three blocks. Senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson had 27 kills in two games. OSU hosts George Mason on Tuesday. Men’s basketball sliding fast Following a 13-point loss to then-No. 2 UCLA, the OSU men’s basketball team won two nonconference games against Youngstown State and UNC Asheville. On New Year’s Day the OSU men’s basketball team started Big Ten play at Illinois, needing victories to put itself in the NCAA tournament picture. Coach Thad Matta’s team lost in Champaign, Illinois, then dropped a close game to then-No. 20 Purdue, 76-75 at home. On Sunday night, the Buckeyes lost by 10 at Minnesota, beginning 0-3 in Big Ten play. OSU is now 10-6 with no signature wins and will be going forward without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who is one of the most versatile players on the team. Bates-Diop averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game

in over 23 minutes this season. He is undergoing a season-ending surgery this week on a stress fracture to his shin. Next up for OSU is a showdown in Madison, Wisconsin at the 18th-ranked Badgers. The Buckeyes then return home for a Sunday game against Michigan State. Wrestling The No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team improved to 6-0 and 2-0 in conference with a win against No. 17 Wisconsin on Jan. 6. Bo Jordan, Myles Martin, Nathan Tomasello, Kollin Moore, Micah Jordan and Luke Pletcher all won their matches in a 23-15 team victory. OSU hits the mat next on Sunday at Illinois. Women’s basketball The No. 11 OSU women’s basketball team slugged through a tough nonconference schedule, which featured games at No. 1 Connecticut, a neutral-site game against No. 2 Baylor and home games against No. 14 Miami (FL) and No. 5 South Carolina. Since classes broke, OSU has earned a 4-0 Big Ten record and sits alone in first place. Last time out, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 26 points in a 96-87 win over Michigan. The National Player of the Year candidate ranks sixth in the NCAA averaging 23 points per game. Mitchell currently ranks fourth all-time in career RECAP CONTINUES ON 6

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