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Individual counseling facing 6-week wait list SARA STACY Senior Lantern reporter Students looking to receive individual counseling sessions from Ohio State’s Counseling and Consultation Service, 10 of which are included in student fees, might have to wait up to six weeks for an appointment, according to Undergraduate Student Government. CCS expanded last semester by adding a new office in Lincoln Tower and hiring 12 new counselors, but they are still facing a high demand for counseling services. “We don’t want anyone waiting weeks and weeks, so what we look at is what the need is and matching that with the appropriate resource,” said Micky Sharma, director of counseling and consultation services. “We have connections with other mental health providers both on and off campus.” In the fall of 2016, the percentage of students in individual therapy sessions had increased by 43 percent from the previous year, said Sharma. Tony Buss, fourth-year in English and the diversity and inclusion director for Undergraduate Student Government, said his work with mental-health advocacy through USG has shown him


Counseling and Consultation Service added an office in Lincoln Tower last semester to accommodate the 12 new full-time counselors hired in the fall. the struggles many students on campus face accessing mental health care. “A lot of students are having issues with mental health, especially with anxiety and depression,” he said. “They’re needing a little bit more immediate care than that 10 sessions can allow, or having to be deferred off campus, because there are so many students in need but unfortunately not enough counselors to accommodate that.”

CCS also offers group therapy, drop-in workshops that focus on topics like anxiety and perfectionism, an after-hours hotline for students who might be struggling with a crisis outside of business hours and same-day appointments for students in a crisis. “One of the things we’ve tried to do is increase the access,” Sharma said. “If you think about the Columbus campus, and over 59,000 students, they don’t all need in-

Tokes remembered with self-defense class SALLEE ANN RUIBAL Editor in Chief

Reagan Tokes has been and will be honored by scholarship funds in her name, and local bars donating profits to her family. On Sunday, a local gym will honor the murdered Ohio State student by teaching women self defense. In Tokes’ honor, an anonymous donor has offered to pay for 50 women to take the class for free. After hearing about Tokes’ murder, Logan Rance, a fifth-year in biology who practices jiujitsu at Ronin Training Center, reached out to gym manager Laurah Hallock about holding a self-defense class. Hallock, a black belt in jiu-jitsu, has been teaching self-defense

and rape prevention for eight years. The classes aren’t held regularly, but are public seminars held every couple months or as private events. “I have a younger sister at home, and COURTESY OF LAURAH HALLOCK I’ve been bugLaurah Hallock demonstrates self-defense ging her to learn techniques. ( s e l f - d e fe n s e ) for forever now and she hasn’t,” male students. Rance said. “So after this horrible “I was thinking that people are tragedy happened, I was like, ‘No, really afraid right now, they’re you’re going to do this.’” traumatized,” Rance said. “(The Sunday’s event started as one event) is encouraged for female for Rance’s sister and friends, but students, especially with what’s Rance said he wanted to open it to going on and the atmosphere on the community, particularly to feSELF-DEFENSE CONTINUES ON 7

dividual therapy, which is why we’ve evolved to offering a menu of mental health-service options.” Sharma said group-therapy sessions might actually be the best option for students suffering from anxiety, which is the number one issue CCS sees students struggling with. “The treatment of choice for anxiety is group counseling, it’s proven to be very effective,” Sharma said. “The trick, at times, can

be that if I’m an anxious person, I might not want to be in a group, so we work with students to get them to a place where they’re comfortable.” Anxiety surpassed depression as the most common mental health concern not only on Ohio State’s campus but across the country the past several years, said Sharma. Last semester, USG passed a resolution encouraging all academic departments to include a mental-health statement on course syllabi, which Buss said he hoped would change the culture around mental health. Buss said it’s possible the demand for counseling services isn’t necessarily because more students are suffering from mental-health issues, but because the stigma around mental health has been reduced. “From a student’s perspective, I think it’s not that students from four or five years ago weren’t dealing with some of the same things that we are today, I just think there’s less and less of a stigma,” he said. “Which is a good thing, in a way, because more students are reaching out to get help, but on the reverse side of that it means the system is getting bogged down because so many students need care.”

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A new club on campus allows students to appreciate the science and culture behind their morning cup of joe. | ON PAGE 3

Behind Buckeye Donuts’ Twitter Students HANNAH HERNER Arts&Life Editor “It’s jelly donut time.” It’s a phrase that has been tweeted in some form from the Buckeye Donuts Twitter account six times in the past two weeks, and one that many of the more than 2,000 followers of the account would know well. It’s the brainchild of Al Geiner of Al Geiner PR and Creative Concepts. “I’ve always loved jelly doughnuts,” Geiner said. “They’ve been my favorite thing.” Geiner got the idea for the phrase from the movie “Hollywood,” in which the main character talks about how jelly doughnuts call to him and as a result ruin his diet. “‘Jelly donut time’ is (Geiner’s) creation. At first I’m like ‘Oh that’s so hokey, come on,’” said Buckeye Donuts owner Jimmy Barouxis. “But people kind of get a kick out of it.” Barouxis said he often gets customers coming into the store, located at 1998 N. High St., who ask about who runs the account. Geiner discovered Buckeye Donuts about eight years ago and quickly befriended Barouxis. Having decades of experience in PR, he soon asked if he could help promote the store. Geiner started the store’s official Twitter account in 2013, and soon after, Barouxis wanted to get in on the fun. “I kind of jumped in myself because it looked like he was having a lot of fun with it,” Barouxis said.


Geiner never studied public relations in an academic setting. Rather, he first encountered the field when he was in high school in the 1980s and made fanzines to promote newwave bands, cutting and pasting using a typewriter and Xerox machine. In the 1990s, he became a talent scout for a British HANNAH HERNER | ARTS&LIFE EDITOR record label after Al Geiner, who started the Buckeye Donuts Twitter account in 2013, visits meeting a PR spethe store. cialist on a plane to England. Geiner’s grandmother the-box kind of person,” he said. ferent and easier to connect with is Welsh, and he said that is why “I also pay attention to the hashtag people from when he first started he likes to occasionally use Brit- trends that are going on.” in the industry, he said. ish phrases and spellings in his Barouxis follows a similar phi“This was still before the intertweets for Buckeye Donuts. losophy. net, using my typewriter, fax maHe learned the ropes in public “I can’t pre-plan my tweets, chine, rolodex, going to the post relations with the label and started I’ve tried to do that — it doesn’t office every other day and mailing his own firm in the early 2000s. work,” he said. “A good tweet is stacks of pitches to editors,” GeHe said he’s worked with comedi- just one of those things, you have iner said. ans, bands, gay clubs, actors and to catch it at the right moment and Barouxis said the main purpose fashion designers over the years. tweet it right away. You can’t think of the Buckeye Donuts Twitter Today, he manages public rela- about it. If it hits you, just tweet account is for fun and to connect tions locally for Barry’s Bagels in it. Who cares if it’s good or bad? with customers. Dublin, Ohio, but also has clients People are either going to like it, “It doesn’t always have to make in cities such as Los Angeles, New or they’re not going to respond to sense,” he said. “Sometimes York City and London. it. There’s really very little risk.” the tweets don’t make sense or Instead of planning his tweets In his time in the public-rela- the grammar is wrong. But who ahead of time, Geiner prefers a tions field, Geiner has seen the cares? It’s Twitter. You can’t take more spontaneous approach. rise of social media as a medium it too seriously.” “Ideas have always just popped for promotion. He said he commuinto my head, like ‘Oh this sounds nicates mostly online with clients @hannah_herner good, or let’s have a little cheeky — some of them he hasn’t spoken fun with this.’ I’m a not even near- with over the phone. It’s a lot dif-

find Common Ground EMILY HETTERSCHEIDT Lantern reporter

Common Ground, a new interfaith discussion group at Ohio State, hosts therapeutic conversations on a weekly basis. Jagannatha Dasa, the facilitator for the meetings and a monk in the Hare Krishna movement, leads these discussions every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Ohio Union throughout the Spring Semester as a part of the student organization, ISKCON Yoga Circle. The meetings are based largely teachings from the Bhagavad Gita, translated as “the Song of God,” which is an ancient Sanskrit text from the Hindu religion. The goal of these discussions is to remove fear of nonexistence, meaning students are trying to reduce fear of death and fear of loss of identity, he said. “This fear of destruction brings in concepts of manipulation and ill motivation, which hinder the process of opening up,” Dasa said. Even professional listeners, such as therapists, tend to have some motivation that hinders their patient’s ability to open up to them, he said. Students are enCOMMON CONTINUES ON 3

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OUAB Goes to Glass Axis, 5 p.m. at Glass Axis, 710 W. Short St. The Ohio Union Activities Board will host an instructional session on glass-blowing ornaments at Glass Axis’ studio. Admission is free, RSVP required.

Zoso, 7:30 p.m. at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. The Led Zeppelin tribute band is set to perform with opening act The Vagabonds. Tickets are $21.85, including fees via Ticketmaster.

Mardi Gras Madness, 7 p.m. at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. Funk group George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are set to perform. Tickets are $38.35, including fees via Ticketmaster.

Ronald Wimberly book signing, 1 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad St. The graphic novelist is set to speak and sign copies of his newest book, “Black History In Its Own Words.” Admission is free.

Birdcloud, 8 p.m. at Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St. The alt-country rock band from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is set to play. Tickets are $8.76, including fees via Ticketfly.

KT Ramsey, 9 p.m. at Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St. The alternative singer-songwriter is set to perform with openers Brujas Del Sol and Eye. Tickets are $6.70, including fees via Ticketfly.

Naomi Punk, 9 p.m. at Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St. The grunge-punk band is set to perform with openers HYTWR and PC Worship. Tickets are $8.76, including fees via Ticketfly.

Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, 3 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The violinist is set to perform traditional and contemporary Jewish music, accompanied by Lauren Brody on accordion and vocals, and dancer Steven Weintraub. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for general public.

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Coffee Club: Now brewing at OSU MADISON MACEACHEN Lantern reporter Ohio State coffee lovers are taking their passion outside of the cafe. Founded last semester, Coffee Club is looking for more members to join in on its appreciation for the coffee industry, science and taste. Weekly meetings are typically held on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and include coffee-related speakers or documentaries, or venturing to a local coffee shop to observe the craftsmanship and taste the product. Ethan Andersen, the club’s founder and second-year in engineering physics, established the club because he said he is passionate about coffee and saw the need for a community at Ohio State that also is interested in coffee and its culture. While the club is still small, Andersen said he believes that once people learn more about it, students of all majors will see the value of coffee and want to join. “At the simplest form, coffee is a study aid for the majority, but if you were to really

take a look at the drink further, it has a cultural significance,” Andersen said. “I’d like to see Coffee Club have strong pillars in the industry — appealing to students who want to go into business or finance, as well as appealing to the students interested in the chemistry, science and engineering behind coffee and the environmental impact and then an overall sort of rounded appreciation for the enjoyment of coffee itself.” Jack Warfield, a second-year in engineering physics and one of the club’s original members, joined the Coffee Club after he transferred from Bowling Green State University last semester. He said he sees the club as a way to get to know people as well as learn about the industry. “There is the useful element of caffeine keeping people awake, but it can also offer something for people to slow down for a second and have a social moment,” Warfield said. “Getting coffee is an enjoyable and relaxing, fun thing.” While members of the club have a greater appreciation for the beverage than most, both Andersen and Warfield stressed that anybody of any experience level — from

those who frequent Starbucks to those who drink only artisan coffee — is welcome to come learn more about coffee culture. Going forward, Andersen said he has big ideas for the future of club. As more students join, he hopes to have more speakers and outings, as well as the ability to hold larger events, possibly incorporating philanthropic events. MASON SWIRES | ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR For more inforA barista at Cup O’Joe in Clintonville displays his mation, visit the orhandmade latte art. ganization’s page on the student activities Lantern website.

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couraged to open up and share about their feelings in the meetings. “It’s really important to me that people understand that their feelings, their needs, are shared, and I think that through conversation we can realize that more and more,” Dasa said. This group benefits students in reducing their loneliness, sense of alienation and conflict, Dasa said. While he said he is happy with the feedback he has received and he hopes everyone feels welcome to participate, he said big turnouts are not his goal. The larger focus is on human connection. “When the discussion is alive, we are as well,” Dasa said. Ashanti Matloch, a graduate student studying biochemistry said the group discussion offers a place to speak without pressure. She said it puts everyone on a level playing field and is something she looks forward to each week. Dasa has received positive feedback about the discussions, and said that when the meetings come to an end, the students often wish there was more time. For more details, students can contact



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Uncertainty surrounds federal hiring RIS TWIGG Lantern reporter Students hunting for federal government internships or employment might run into trouble at Ohio State’s upcoming career fairs. On Jan. 23, President Donald Trump imposed a temporary hiring freeze for all federal agencies, except for those hiring military veterans or hiring for any situation related to national security and public safety. “Every time there’s a new administration, there’s always questions about hiring,” said Chris Adams, assistant director of student admissions at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. “And internships aren’t always at the top of the priority list for new leaders coming in.” Adams explained that government agencies might be less likely to bring in new interns because of other priorities within the government. “But on the other hand, a hiring freeze means less full-time employees, and more work for interns,” Adams said. “Basically, we don’t really know at this point.” The career office in the College

of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences expressed similar thoughts. “Every single time there’s large elections, there’s always questions on ‘How many hires can we make?’ or, ‘Are we going to be able to make hires?’ or if there’s going to be a freeze,” said Adam Cahill, career development manager for CFAES. Cahill said his office was pleasantly surprised with the number of government interest in attending its career fair on Thursday, with more than a dozen organizations signed up. The hiring freeze is set to last 90 days, or until the White House’s Office of Management and Budget creates a plan to decrease the government’s size through means such as retirement and resignation. Adams and Cahill encouraged students to continue submitting their applications, regardless of the freeze, and to follow up with hiring managers about their application status. After the initial 90-day freeze, employers might be rushing to fill vacant positions and hire new full-time staff and interns, Cahill said. “Stay optimistic about it,” he said. “Things will more than like-


Then president-elect Donald Trump addresses the media at The Schottenstein Center on Dec. 8. ly become available again in the near future.” Adams explained that regardless of the hiring freeze, “people that retire need to be replaced,” citing a report by the Government Accountability Office. The report anticipates that 31 percent of federal employees will be eligible to retire by September

2017, meaning approximately 600,000 positions could need to be filled. Adams said that whatever someone’s thoughts are about the current political climate in Washington, he or she shouldn’t away from public service as a career path. “It’s not just Washington. It’s

your state government, local government, local communities (and) nonprofit organizations,” Adams said. “There are so many ways to still be involved and make an impact at the grassroots level.”

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International students face visa, employment obstacles YUTING YANG Lantern reporter In addition to the traditional challenges associated with career fairs — such as putting together a resume and preparing a resume pitch — international students often face another hurdle: visa sponsorship and work authorization. However, Ohio State’s Arts and Sciences Career Services, as well as the Office of International Affairs, can help students overcome these obstacles. “To look for companies with visa sponsorship is the biggest challenge for international students,” said Randy Dineen, a career preparation adviser for the Career Services. Visa sponsorship means that an employer would give foreign workers sponsorship to legally work in the U.S. “We found that international students would come back from career fairs and say they were disappointed and frustrated about the lack of the employers who have visa sponsorship,” Dineen said. Not all the companies provide visa sponsorship for foreign applicants. Of the 180 companies at the College of Arts and Sciences Career Fair on Tuesday, only 15 sponsor visas for foreign students, Dineen said. “Research ahead of time will help, because we hope that those companies with visa sponsorship

weeks, or even months, earlier so that we can make sure everything gets settled.” However, some students might not receive their offer letter until very near the end of their visa-approved stay, and this might cause them to miss the deadlines to get the needed legal authorizations. However, Gaarder said students can be proactive and apply for the needed authorizations before they receive a formal offer letter. “They think they have to have a job offer so they wait until the last minute,” Gaarder said. The Arts and Sciences Career Fair is slated for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday in the Ohio Union.


International students have to find an employer to sponsor their work visa if they want to remain in the U.S. after their time in college. will be what the international students really target on, and talk to during the event,” Dineen said. Another potential challenge for international students is communication skills when it comes to their first interaction with recruiters. Dineen said he recommended international students prepare a 10 to 20 second introduction as a form of an elevator pitch. “English not being their first language, we want to make sure we have the opportunity to help them on preparing their elevator pitch that they are giving to their employers,” Dineen said.

International students also have to have their immigration status to reflect the necessary work authorization. This means students need to apply for either Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training prior to their employment period, so they can maintain their legal status without violating federal immigration laws. “CPT allows up to 12 months of internships before graduation, and OPT authorizes a one-year long employment after graduation, but STEM students can have an extension of 36 months for OPT,”

said Amanda Yusko, the program manager for the Office of International Affairs. CPT allows students to intern during their time at OSU, while OPT is designed for students who wish to accept full-time jobs upon graduation. “We have up to a 90-day grace period after you graduate, 60 days prior to your graduation date to apply for OPT,” said Erik Gaarder, student immigration coordinator for the Office of International Affairs. “It takes months for the government to approve, so we highly suggest students to apply



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Buckeyes dress for success at Career Closet OWEN DAUGHERTY Lantern reporter Banana Republic, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren were among the labels available at the third installation of the Office of Student Life’s of Career Closet, but students did not have to pay designer prices. For many students living on a shoestring budget, such brands would normally be out of reach, but thanks to Career Closet, held in the Ohio Union on Monday, those brands, and many others, were available for free to hundreds of students. Career Closet events have occurred once a semester since Spring Semester 2016. Aisha Echols, a career-resource coordinator for Student Life and the event’s lead organizer, said the event is for Buckeyes who might


Jason Lam, a fourth-year in fashion and retail studies, fits students for business clothes at Career Closet. not have the budget to purchase “Resources are definitely slim high-end clothes for professional nowadays as a student,” said Nick events. Runyan, a second-year in marketEchols said the entire OSU ing who attended the event. “It’s community was a part of this a chance for free clothes, and I event, with faculty, staff and even could use them to spice up my students donating clothes, with outfits a little bit. I only have one donations continued to pour in suit right now, so the more options all the way up until the day of the I think it would help me dress a event. little bit better for success.”

With career fairs right around the corner — including one for the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences on Thursday and one for the College of Arts and Sciences on Tuesday — and summer internships opening up, many students said they felt as if the event could not have come at a better time. Deborah Eshun, a first-year in political science, said she was excited about an internship she just got at the Ohio Statehouse, but needed professional clothes. “I went shopping and suits were over $100, for just one,” she said. “They are obviously aimed at professionals, but we’re students, so it’s not realistic for us. You come here, and it’s all free. So it’s just a great resource.” Along with being able to find high-end, professional clothes for free, “shoppers” were also able to get advice and fashion tips from

fellow students involved in the fashion industry. Jason Lam, a fourth-year in fashion and retail studies, said his experience as a senior creative stylist for Abercrombie & Fitch allows him to give back to the OSU community. “There’s no better way to get your foot in the door than with your first appearance,” said Lam. “I’m just here to help students throw together some outfits for whatever occasion.” Students who stopped by the event could get up to three items of clothing, but each full suit set only counted as one, allowing students to further stock up on a lot of their needs. There was also a small selection of belts, ties, shoes and accessories. Any leftover clothing would either be donated or saved for the next Career Closet in September, Echols said.


campus.” Tokes, a fourth-year in psychology, was kidnapped, raped and murdered after leaving work in the Short North on Feb. 8 at 9:45 p.m. Her body was found at Scioto Grove Metro Park in Grove City the next day. Hallock got into jiujitsu through a self-defense and rape prevention seminar. She said typical self-defense classes focus on protecting oneself in bar fights or against bullies, but her style is specifically for women to use against potential sexual assault or rape. A lot of her teachings focus on groundwork, Hallock said, because when the intent is sexual assault or rape, the fight quickly goes to the ground. “You also have a much higher chance of getting out of a fight when it’s on the ground,” Hallock said. “To give up when you’re on the ground, is a big fail. Don’t do that. The fight still continues.” Hallock will also teach participants techniques to defend themselves when attacked from behind, as well as some striking techniques. The class is for women of all ages. “I’ve had women take the class ranging

from 13 to 86 years old,” Hallock said. Hallock said in her eight years of experience, she has heard many success stories. “Girls have come up to me and said they used the techniques in really scary situations and escaped,” she said. The class will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Ronin Training Center, 1012 W. 3rd Ave. Those interested are asked to RSVP so the appropriate number of assistants will be available.

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Eight Buckeyes invited to NFL Combine JACOB MYERS Assistant Sports Editor NICK MCWILLIAMS Sports Editor A total of eight members of the 2016 Ohio State football team were formally invited to participate in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis from March 2 to 5. OSU had 14 invites in 2016. Of the eight, Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are all projected in the first round. The lowest projected pick for OSU — punter Cameron Johnston — has been slotted as high as the sixth round, according to Wide receiver/running back Curtis Samuel is expected to be the first OSU offensive player taken in the first two rounds of

the draft. There are a total of four defensive players, three on offense and Johnston as the lone special teams invite. Hooker and Lattimore are two of the most polished prospects in this year’s secondary class. Both possess ball-hawk skills in pass defense and Lattimore has the ability to be a shutdown cornerback. Lattimore reeled in four interceptions as the cornerback opposite Conley in 2016, returning one for a touchdown. He is listed as the No. 1 cornerback prospect on, with his weakness being his single year of experience. Hooker is likely to be OSU’s top draft pick and a threat to go in the top five of the draft. He showed an elaborate display of athleticism, breaking a school record with three interception returns for touchdowns. He was third in the NCAA with seven interceptions and is ranked as the top safety

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Then-OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) and redshirt freshman long snapper Liam McCullough (49) high-five Buckeye fans after their 30-23 overtime victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. prospect. Conley is listed as the No. 6 cornerback by Linebacker Raekwon McMillan is projected as a second- or thirdround pick. He was an integral part of the OSU defense for the past three seasons, two as a starter, racking up 275 career tackles and 221 as a starter. Pat Elflein, ranked as the third overall center by WalterFootball.

com, will most likely be a midround pickup. Although Elflein’s 2017 campaign was full of success, the speed and strength of the three-year starter will be scrutinized during the combine. Noah Brown, a surprising early departure for OSU, is a bit of a mystery in the draft. A physical receiver who can create space, Brown has limited tape for teams to gauge his skills, making it nec-

essary to have a strong combine performance to impress general managers and coaches. Regardless, Brown is projected to go in the second or third round. Michigan led all schools with 14 players invited to the combine.

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Shelby Hursh: 2,000 miles between starts KEVIN HARRISH Lantern reporter Balancing academics and athletics is a typical struggle student-athletes face, but that balancing act doesn’t usually force a player to leave her team midway through a road trip and make a 2,000-mile round-trip flight between starts. This weekend, Ohio State senior pitcher Shelby Hursh did just that. Friday night, Hursh pitched in the OSU softball team’s season-opening game against Central Michigan at the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas. Shortly after the game, she boarded a flight back to Columbus for a graduate school interview for OSU’s Counselor Education Program. Immediately after the interview, Hursh flew back to Texas in time to pitch in Saturday night’s game against Lamar. The travel didn’t seem to affect her game at all. Hursh pitched 12 innings over the weekend and gave up just one run on four hits


Ohio State then-junior Shelby Hursh in the pitcher’s circle at the 2016 NCAA Tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee. with 12 strikeouts on her way to three wins. To Hursh’s disappointment,

however, the interview meant she would miss the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader — a game

against No. 19 Texas A&M that afternoon. “Obviously, I wanted to be here with my team,” Hursh said. “But it’s a top-10 program, they only admit 12 people and they have 200 applicants. So, I really wanted to give myself a shot.” Hursh gave herself more than just a shot — she was accepted into the program. She heard the news when she broke team rules and answered her phone on the team bus as they traveled to the airport. “It was one of the professors from the program,” Hursh said. “I was instantly like, ‘Oh my gosh, if he says I don’t get in, here I am in front of the whole entire team and I’m going to have to tell them.’” Thankfully for Hursh, the call was good news and her teammates were eager to celebrate with her. “We were super excited. She got the phone call on the bus and she was still on the phone call when we were cheering,” said junior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon. “We just started screaming, and then we had to quiet down for a second

so she could finish the call.” OSU coach Kelly Schoenly said she’s never had anything quite like Hursh’s wild weekend in her coaching career. “I have had players miss practices for medical school interviews and job fairs or interviews,” Schoenly said. “But I’ve never been around when someone actually left the team, missed a game and returned back the same weekend.” Sturgeon echoed that she had never experienced anything like that before, but said if anyone could handle the challenge, it was Hursh. “I think you could really throw anything at Shelby (Hursh) and she’d be able to handle it,” Sturgeon said. Hursh’s next challenge will be this weekend’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge when the Buckeyes head to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to face off against Louisville and North Carolina. This time though, she’ll get to stay with the team between games.

The Lantern - February 16 2017  
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