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YEAR IN REVIEW The student voice of the Ohio State University

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Year 137, Issue No. 27


Abigail Wexner to be 5th woman to speak at OSU commencement

Congrats Class of 2017!

SUMMER CARTWRIGHT Senior Lantern reporter When Abigail Wexner, a Columbus-based philanthropist and Ohio State Board of Trustees member was asked to give the Spring Commencement address on May 7 to an estimated crowd of 11,500 graduating students and their families, her first thoughts were of terror and panic. But something caught her eye and motivated the founding board member and vice chair of KIPP Columbus to accept the challenge. “I think the person after me (on the list) wasn’t a woman and that’s important,” Wexner said. “I think it’s not comfortable, but sometimes we just have to step up and


Abigail Wexner is set to speak at Spring Commencement 2017.

set an example, if only visually.” Wexner is the fifth woman to speak at OSU’s Spring Commencement in the university’s history; she follows Elizabeth Dole, WEXNER CONTINUES ON 5


Samuel’s game-winner THE FINAL DRIVE: Curtis over Michigan OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) celebrates as he scores a rushing touchdown in second overtime to win the game for the Buckeyes on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. Read The Lantern’s coverage ON PAGE 13.



Could graduates get in now? OSU awarding posthumous degree to Reagan Tokes ABBY VESOULIS Patricia Boyer Miller Editor

Data obtained through a public records request shows more and more accepted and enrolled students are achieving higher test scores and graduating at the top of their respective high school classes. OSU seniors preparing for commencement might wonder if they would have gotten into the university if they applied today, rather than four years ago. According to a Lantern analysis, that answer isn’t “no.” But it’s not a firm “yes” either. Adding to the uncertainty of admission are applicants’ climbing test scores, a decreasing reliance by high schools on traditional class ranking systems, an exorbitant increase in applicants to OSU and trends along gender lines in admissions cycles. Climbing scores In 2006, one in five of 5,507 freshmen who went on to be en-

rolled at OSU and who had submitted their ACT score to OSU had scored between a 30 and a 36. Fast forward to last year, nearly half of the 6,635 admitted freshmen who submitted their ACT results scores in that range. Nearly two-thirds of enrolled OSU freshmen who submitted the ACT scored in the 24 to 29 range in 2006. Less than half — 45 percent of enrolled freshmen submitting the test — scored in that range last year. A 24 on the ACT is a better score than 74 percent of test takers, according to the American College Testing service, the nonprofit that administers the ACT. The national average is a 20. Only 6 percent of enrolled freshmen who took the ACT scored below 24 in 2016, whereas 18 percent were in that test score range 10 years ago. Open enrollment Before the mid-1990s, OSU was an open-enrollment university.


NICK ROLL Campus Editor The Board of Trustees voted in favor of granting a posthumous degree to Reagan Tokes, a fourthyear in psychology. Tokes was last seen alive on Feb. 8 as she left her shift from Bodega Cafe in the Short North, before police say she was kidnapped, robbed, raped and murdered. Brian Lee Golsby, 29, is facing an 18-count indictment related to Tokes’ death and a string of robberies in German Village. He is facing the death penalty and pleaded not guilty on April 3. Tokes was remembered shortly after her death by a string of vigils and fundraisers held at campus bars to raise money both for a scholarship in her name, as well as for her family. Along with Tokes, the Board


Reagan Tokes, left, poses with Brutus Buckeye and her sister, Mackenzie.

of Trustees voted to award posthumous degrees to Adam Doleh and Jarrod Jasmine. Doleh is to be awarded a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Jasmine is to be awarded an associate degree from OSU’s Agricultural Technical Institute, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources.


‘Godspeed, John Glenn’: American icon dies at age 95 MICHAEL HUSON Managing Editor for Content John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth, has taken his rest in the heavens. Glenn died in Columbus on Dec. 8 at age 95, Ohio State confirmed. On the books, Glenn was many things: a World War II pilot, a Korean War pilot, a colonel in the

U.S. Marine Corps, an astronaut, a U.S. senator, an astronaut again, a lifelong champion of civic engagement and a doting husband. On the campus of Ohio State, he was all of those things, as well as a Buckeye. “The Ohio State University community deeply mourns the loss of John Glenn, Ohio’s consummate public servant and a true American hero. He leaves an undiminished legacy as one of the

great people of our time,” University President Michael Drake said in a statement. On OSU’s campus, Glenn’s and his wife’s names lead students down what was West 17th Avenue, and his legacy is hoped to lead students of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs even further. “I honestly believe that through this institute, the Ohio State University can be an instrumental

part in rekindling the nation’s commitment to public service.” Glenn said in 1998, according to OSU, with the announcement of the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy, a forerunner to the Glenn College.


As the Lantern staff put together this commencement edition — a reprisal of the year’s biggest stories — we were once again reminded what a year this was. Our campus faced a violent attack, which garnered national attention, and multiple student deaths which still leave open wounds. We are not immune to this as journalists — most notably because we are students first. We report on where we live. We report on our peers, on their successes and their tragedies. The Lantern exists for students and our community, above all else. National outlets ran our stories and photos, as well as interviewed us on our experience. News organizations sent us pizza and well-wishes. The compliments and free food were much appreciated, but not nearly as much as knowing that when students were scared or confused, they had The Lantern to turn to for information. It has been an honor and a privilege serving as editor in chief of The Lantern this year. I have been ceaselessly impressed by this year’s staff and their commitment and love for this university and informing the community we ourselves are part of. I can’t wait to see how tenaciously next year’s staff covers this campus. I hope you continue to support and hold them accountable. As always, thank you for reading The Lantern. Sallee Ann Ruibal Editor in Chief, The Lantern


Mirror Lake drainage begins, renovations end jump KEVIN STANKIEWICZ Senior Lantern reporter AMANDA ETCHISON Senior Lantern reporter As of November 2016, a wall of chain-link fencing surrounds the drained Mirror Lake with the lack of water leaving stone banks dry and exposed. This latest renovation is the most sweeping, costly and transformative, consisting of a nearly $6 million, 18-month project set to extend the pond eastward and MIRROR LAKE CONTINUES ON 5

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Conservative Turning Point USA quietly funding student government campaigns across US NICK ROLL Campus Editor Turning Point USA, a conservative nonprofit group with university chapters across the country, was set on putting money into Ohio State’s Undergraduate Student Government campaign. Leaked text-message exchanges and audio pointed to a nationwide effort to put conservative students into student governments at colleges across the U.S.. However, exactly which OSU campaign TPUSA was funding was disputed by various parties. In the leaked exchanges, made in late January, a representative from TPUSA said the organization had about $6,000 set aside to directly give the campaign of Mary Honaker and Carla Gracia and the senators running on their slate. Another representative offered up to $3,000 on behalf of TPUSA to pay students to campaign for them. After initially claiming not to know about the alleged financing, Michael Frank, the campaign manager for the Honaker and Gracia campaign, said TPUSA reached out to the campaign, but was rebuffed. A similar statement from Kennedy Copeland, a student at Xavier University and a TPUSA leadership director, confirmed that TPUSA attempted to support Honaker and Gracia, but was rebuffed. Copeland initially denied knowledge of TPUSA funding student government campaigns, specifically the Honaker and Gracia campaign. Frank and Copeland’s state-


The 2016 Campaign Trail

“A huge part of what Turning Point does — that’s really important to donors — is student government races.” Alana Mastrangelo Heartland regional director for TPUSA ALEXA MAVROGIANIS | PHOTO EDITOR


Screen grab of texts said to be sent from Kennedy Copeland, leadership director for Turning Point USA.

ments said that TPUSA is in fact supporting another USG ticket, that of brothers Reagan and Reese Brooks, both third-years in marketing. The Brooks brothers denied that charge. Additionally, the leaked texts and audio point toward a larger, national goal by TPUSA. “A huge part of what Turning Point does — that’s really important to donors — is student government races,” Alana Mastrangelo, TPUSA’s Heartland regional director, said in a phone call recorded by an OSU student who was recruited by TPUSA to run for OSU’s USG Senate as part of the Honaker and Gracia campaign. “It’s totally legal and everything, because it’s a student government campaign, it’s not like Congress or the president or anything.” She went on to ask the student to “keep it on the DL,” because of TPUSA’s reputation “for being really conservative. They’re starting

to call us the alt-right.” While neither admitted wrongdoing, Honaker and Gracia withdrew from the race on March 2 following allegations of campaign overspending as well as the apparent Turning Point connection. On April 10, the University of Wisconsin-Madison student newspaper, The Daily Cardinal, reported that TPUSA had provided material support to two students who won their student government elections.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on the South Oval of OSU’s campus on Oct. 11.


Donald Trump greats supporters during a rally in Delaware, Ohio, on Oct. 20.


President Barack Obama at Capital University on Nov. 1.


Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence downtown on Oct. 17.


Trump inaugurated as the president SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS


OSU community shaken following violent attack on campus LANTERN STAFF Eleven people were injured on the morning of Nov. 28 following an attack outside of Watts Hall on the Ohio State campus. At 9:52 a.m., Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a third-year in logistics management, drove a gray Honda Civic sedan into a crowd of people gathered outside for a fire drill. Artan then leaped out of the vehicle and reportedly began to attack the crowd with a butcher knife. Artan was the only one killed, with others being sent to various hospitals with non life-threatening injuries, although one was in critical condition. Artan was shot and killed by University Police officer Alan Horujko within about a minute of the attack, University Police Chief Craig Stone said during a news conference held later that day. Those injured suffered knife wounds, as well as injuries associated with the motor-vehicle attack. University President Michael Drake was joined by Gov. John Kasich and other local elected


President Donald Trump holds his fist in victory following his Inaugural Address after being sworn in as the 45th president on Capitol Hill. NICK ROLL Campus Editor


The body of Abdul Razak Ali Artan, guarded by Columbus Division of Police and University Police officers, lies outside of the CBEC Building following the attack on OSU’s campus on Nov. 28. officials at a press briefing at the Ross Heart Hospital, who lauded the efforts of all law enforcement involved in the investigation. Kasich shared a personal anecdote at the news conference about his emotional connection to the university and the students. “This is where I started … This is just an incredible and magnificent place,” Kasich said. “We are

a strong, tough, resilient community and … it’s just not the students who go to school here that count, it’s anybody that has ever touched this place who will think and be affected by what happened today.” Multiple vigils were held as a show of support for the victims on the day of the attack and throughout the night.

WASHINGTON — The results of the 2016 presidential election sent much of the media and political punditry into a shocked frenzy. It sent Nick Davis, however, on the search for flights to the nation’s capital. “I knew before he was even elected that I was going to go to (Trump’s) inauguration,” said Davis, a third-year in natural resources management and president of Ohio State’s chapter of Students for Trump. Davis was just one of the OSU students who traveled to Washington this weekend, some for the inauguration of President Donald Trump and others for the Women’s March on Washington. Though the inauguration ceremony itself went smoothly, Jan. 19 to Jan. 20 were peppered with

protests planned against Trump, who entered office holding an approval rating around 40 percent. “I feel pretty great right now,” Davis said Jan. 20. “It’s kind of amazing to see this after the last six months of hard work that I put my blood, sweat and tears into.” Trump’s speech, delivered from the Capitol, touched on his campaign’s message of nationalism and bringing an outsider to Washington. “The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country,” Trump said. “Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs.” Trump also echoed his campaign slogan of “Make America Great Again.” “We will bring back our jobs,” he said. “We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our TRUMP CONTINUES ON 5


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Ohio State students join Women’s Students hug, then protest President-elect Donald Trump March on Washington NICK ROLL Campus Editor KEVIN STANKIEWICZ Senior Lantern Reporter Some 200 students, faculty and community members gathered on the Oval on the evening of Nov. 11 as part of an anti-Donald Trump protest organized by Ohio State student-activist group Reclaim OSU. The protest against the president-elect across followed rallies across the nation, including one in the afternoon of Nov. 9 on campus and another downtown that same night. “We’re not here to get violent, we’re here to organize,” said Bilal El-Yousseph, a local activist. “We’ve been asleep and we’ve woken up to a nightmare.” “Fuck Donald Trump,” “Grab democracy, not pussy,” and “Not my president” were a sample of the signs protesters took to the Oval



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ASHLEY NELSON Sports Director WASHINGTON — Less than 24 hours after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, protesters gathered just steps away from the U.S. Capital for the Women’s March on Washington. According to various reports, an estimated 500,000 people descended on Washington, D.C., some of whom were Ohio State students. The march was not limited to women, and was organized in support of a variety of women’s and liberal issues, as well as a show of opposition toward Trump. The Washington march was mirrored by similar marches held around the country, including one held in Columbus. “A lot of people don’t realize how hard it is to be a woman,” said Ellen Williams, a fourth-year in social work, who attend-

ed the march. “I’m really passionate about (issues concerning) domestic violence, and sexual assault, and I just want women to be treated with respect and with dignity.” Williams, who left for Washington on a bus from Columbus at 1 a.m. on Jan. 21, said she was worried about Trump’s behavior toward women, which she called “sickening.” Many played off Trump’s leaked hot-mic comments from a taping of Access Hollywood in which he spoke of grabbing women “by the pussy.” Other protesters focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, Islamophobia and economic inequality. Protesters gathered near the Capitol at about 10 a.m., and at about 2:15 p.m., thousands of protesters started marching down an ad-hoc route through the National Mall — the march’s route had to be altered to accommodate the larger crowd than expected.


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Ohio State seeking licensing Small businesses wary of protection for The OvalTM changes on High Street NICK ROLL Campus Editor

“We have certain brandprotection exercises that we need to do to make sure that our brand is presented the way we want it to be.” Rick Van Brimmer OSU brand and licensing

OWEN DAUGHERTY Lantern reporter From “the ‘Shoe” to the name of football coach Woody Hayes, Ohio State has demonstrated its willingness to trademark phrases, places and names related to the university. Now, it’s looking to trademark the Oval, the recognizable green space at the center of campus. University Trademark and Licensing Services filed on Feb. 9 for a trademark protection regarding the use of the Oval as a name and image — though not the shape — to be branded and reproduced, primarily for the use of apparel and clothing. According to its website, OSU has made $161 million in royalty revenue from $3.25 billion in licensed retail sales to date. Just last year, OSU signed a 15-year, $252 million deal with Nike to license its logo for all apparel and clothing, believed to be the biggest collegiate apparel contract in the country at the time.


An aerial view of the iconic Oval, which the university is attempting to trademark.

“We have certain brand-protection exercises that we need to do to make sure that our brand is presented the way we want it to be,” said Rick Van Brimmer, director of OSU’s Trademark and Licensing Services. “In our case, it’s not only reputational. Our licensing program provides a significant revenue stream in support of the students here.” Van Brimmer said protecting the OSU brand and licensing contracts already in place is a way of making sure that money ultimately gets back to the students, though he did not provide specific ways in which that took place.

As construction continues on North High Street, some local businesses are wary of the changes, worried national chains might squeeze out Columbus originals. Mike Heslop, owner of local coffee shop Kafe Kerouac, said local businesses are an important part of the neighborhood’s character. “I think locally owned businesses are the thing that gives a neighborhood its vibe and essence,” Heslop said. “When you take that away, you lose that and you go to generic-ness.” Down the street, Buckeye Donuts — also out of the way of any immediate development — has been in the same spot on the corner of East 18th Avenue and High Street since opening in 1969. Owner Jimmy Barouxis said he believes Buckeye Donuts is essential to the campus area because of its history. “Most coffee shops anymore have separate seating, like Starbucks, they don’t have counters like that,” Barouxis said. Heslop said he worries new buildings will lead to higher rents, which might make it difficult for small businesses in the area. “Do you really want a campus full of Applebee’s and a lack of identity?” Hislop said. Erin Prosser, director of community development for Campus Partners, which is spearheading the 15th and High redevelopment plan — noted that OSU is only in charge of construction projects on High


As High Street construction brings more national chains, coffee shop owners say local businesses have a role to play in maintaining OSU’s history.

Street between East 14th and East 16th avenues. In the meantime, Campus Partners is reaching out to students and community members for feedback on the potential tenants in between those streets. “We are in a listening phase, we are collecting that information now and hopefully (by) early 2018 we will have some information on what we found as we communicated with those students and the neighboring community,” Prosser said. Barouxis said he hopes there will be an effort to preserve small businesses on High Street. “Before they tear this stuff down, they should preserve some of the businesses that have been here a long time,” Barouxis said. “They should try to incorporate some of those places.”

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MITCH HOOPER Engagement Editor 1. An attempted theft occurred at the Kroger at 1350 N. High St. on Aug. 8 at 1:49 p.m. The suspect reportedly attempted to steal $130 worth of razor blades but was detained and arrested for theft by the Columbus Division of Police. 2. A report of a misdemeanor theft was made at the Standard Hall bar and restaurant on North High Street on Nov. 7 at 3:54 p.m. Fifteen racks of ribs, with an estimated

value of $250, were reported stolen. 3. An alleged theft occurred at the Oddfellows Liquor Bar on North High Street. $400 of Pabst Blue Ribbon was reported stolen on Nov. 17 at 6:45 p.m. 4. A man reportedly attempted to steal $175 worth of ceramic pumpkins at the Kroger at 1350 N. High Street at 2:06 a.m. on Sept. 15. Crimes featured on this map do not represent the full extent of criminal activity in campus area this year.


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Such institutions use noncompetitive and non selective admissions processes, granting spots to students with high school diplomas or GED certificates, as long as spots are available. Keith Gehres, director of outreach and recruitment Undergraduate Admission, University Orientation and First Year Experience, said OSU did not accept every student prior to the end of open-enrollment in the 1990s, though it did not qualify admissions based on academic performance. “It really was a first-come, firstserved process. In the mid-’90s is when we started that incremental shift and growth around a selective or competitive admissions process,” he said. GPA and high-school ranking Of the high schools that report rankings of their graduates, nearly two-thirds of those high school graduates enrolled at OSU were in the top 10 percent of their classes in 2016. In 2011, 55 percent were in that group, and, in 2006, it was 43 percent. But the trend for OSU applicants to be highly ranked has affected high schools’ decisions. Due to the increasing expectations of state universities that their students be at the top of their academic classes, fewer high schools are continuing to rank their students by GPA, according to admissions data. Nearly three-quarters of enrolled, incoming first-years’ high schools submitted class rank in 2006. In 2011, 65 percent did. Last year, less than half of enrolled first-years’ high schools ranked their students at all. More and more applications Test scores and class rankings of prospective students have dramatically improved over the past decade, but OSU’s Columbus campus acceptance rate has re-


mained relatively stable, hovering around 50 to 60 percent between 2012 and 2016. What is changing is the number of students who are applying. In 2006, 18,286 students applied to the Columbus campus. This year, there were more than 52,000 applicants, Gehres said. Since the pool of applicants is getting much larger, the admissions department can be more particular with who ultimately gets a spot. Between 2013 and 2015 alone, there was a 28 percent increase in applicants. Gender gap Among traditional academic factors, things like personality qualities, geographic residence and racial status are also considered. Though the total proportion of enrolled male and female students at OSU is almost equal, in seven of the past 11 years of available data, more men had applied to OSU, but more women were admitted. In fact, 2012 is the only year in which OSU accepted a larger percentage of men than it did women. In 2015, 47 percent of male applicants were accepted, and 52 percent of female applicants were admitted. In 2016, 12,620 women were accepted, while 11,645 men were admitted. Over the course of the past decade, each incoming freshmen class has surpassed its predecessor in terms of academic merit and other positive factors, Gehres said, though he noted that this trend is likely to plateau. While nearly half of all incoming freshmen who submit ACT scores are placing themselves in the highest score range, and well over half of those who have available class rankings are within the top decile, there is limited remaining room to improve.

Bernadine Healy, Erin Moriarty and Susan Rice. Wexner was announced as the speaker on April 7 and some students voiced disappointment, believing that she was simply the wife of Les Wexner, the namesake of OSU’s medical center. Others said they did not know who she was. However, her passions for women’s and children’s educational safety have led to the involvement and creation of various initiatives to assist these people in living the best life possible. “There are just some issues that really move you,” Abigail Wexner said. “It’s a question of opportunity in our country. It’s about basic inequality. These are the things we need to focus on— kids who do not have equal opportunity based on their circumstances is something that we can do something about.” Her passion for eliminating the inequality that hinders young people from a quality education led to her involvement in the creation of KIPP Columbus — a nonselective, public charter school for kids, 90 percent of which are minorities living in poverty — Abigail Wexner said. Along with her involvement in KIPP Columbus, Abigail Wexner has been active in her role as a board of directors member with Nationwide Children’s Hospital — a position she has held since 1993. She has also served as vice

chair from 2005 to 2012. “I’ve been on the board for a long time. I was chair for seven years. I know, personally, I work better when I can really get my hands on something,” she said. “You just have to walk around the halls. It’s a really good, sobering way to remember how fortunate you are.” Her service-driven attitude is something she says she also sees in students at Ohio State. “I’d say the thing that impresses me most is this community engagement,” Abigail Wexner said. “That’s not something that we typically see in universities, and I think that’s Buckeye Nation at its best.” While Abigail Wexner is originally from New York, she considers herself an Ohioan, and credits the Midwestern culture to her love for the Columbus area. “I care about (OSU). I think what’s really unique about Columbus — and it’s kind of an easy thing to say — people really do care about the community,” she said. “If you care about Columbus, you have to care about Ohio State. It’s too important in terms of all the things it can influence and the young people training to do the work.” In addition to Wexner’s commencement address, a student will be speaking for the first time in known history. Gerard Basalla, former Undergraduate Student Government



dreams.” Mikayla Bodey, a fourth-year in public affairs, attended the inauguration as well, though with less fanfare than Davis. “I committed to come to the program long before we knew the results of the election,” said Bodey, who is in Washington this weekend volunteering to lead a group of high-school students with 4-H. “I thought it was going to be Clin-

ton, but it wasn’t, but this is an educational opportunity.”




president and a fourth-year in political science and strategic communication, will be giving a speech as well. There was no formal process in finding a student speaker, university spokesman Chris Davey said in an email. However, if OSU decides to make this a permanent part of commencement, they will consider a formalized process. Basalla said he wants to talk about what it truly means to be a Buckeye, and intends to bring the student voice to commencement during his speech. “I want to touch on some of the challenges that I’m sure the future of Ohio State faces and how we can overcome obstacles as a big family, and I also want to talk about some of the things that made my experience so great and be a little light-hearted,” he said. He said that though he was chosen to speak, he is aware that his words might not ring true for all listening. “The hope is that I get to be that voice for students, and the things that I say are things that most people believe,” Basalla said. “I can’t encompass everyone’s experience, but I can surely try.” The speeches will be given prior to handing out diplomas to graduating students and will last for less than 20 minutes, but those speaking hope their words will remain in the minds of those in attendance for much longer.

A student sits at Mirror Lake on Oct 10. It is now an empty pit as construction continues.

add a shallow wetland on its edges. Many view the construction as a convenient way for the university to effectively end, both this year and beyond, the Mirror Lake Jump, the tradition occurring during the lead-up to the OSU-Michigan football game each year that came under increased scrutiny in 2015 after Austin Singletary, a third-year in human nutrition, died from injuries sustained while participating. This year, there will be no jump. Instead, there will be fences surrounding an empty lake, leaving many students upset. “I was looking forward to having my picture taken, when I graduated, in front of Mirror Lake,” said Nick Rodgers, a fourth-year in earth sciences. “But that’s not going to happen.”

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BANDS IN TOWN: National acts make stops in Columbus


Brad Paisley plays the guitar during the Country Nation College Tour outside of Ohio Stadium on Sept. 15.


JJ Julius Son, the lead vocalist and guitarist of Kaleo sings to a soldout crowd on Feb. 23 at Express LIVE!


Confetti rains down on Chris Martin during Coldplay’s performance at Nationwide Arena on July 27.


Florida Georgia Line takes the stage on June 20 for Buckeye Country Superfest.


Rae Sremmurd perfoms at the Big Spring Concert on March 31.


John Mayer performs at the Schottenstein Center on April 12.


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Two Door Cinema Club, 7 p.m. at EXPRESS LIVE!, 405 Neil Ave. The Irish indie band is set to perform. Tickets are $32.20 including fees via Ticketmaster.

“The Lure,” 7 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts. A new musical film about murderous mermaids by director Agnieszka Smoczynska is set to screen. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for the general public. Twin Forks, 8 p.m. at A&R Music Bar, 391 Neil Ave. The folk-rock band is set to perform with openers Dan Layus and The Social Animals. Tickets are $29.20 including fees via Ticketmaster. Ohio Shorts, 7 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts. A collection of Ohio-made and produced short films, spanning from animations to documentaries, are set to screen. Tickets are $5. Silversun Pickups, 7 p.m. at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. The alt-rock band is set to perform with opener Kiev. Tickets are $42.70 including fees via Ticketmaster. COIN, 7:30 p.m. at A&R Music Bar, 391 Neil Ave. The indie-pop band is set to perform with opener A R I Z O N A. Tickets are $26.70 including fees via Ticketmaster. Maybird, 8 p.m. at Big Room Bar, 1036 S. Front St. The Brooklyn-based indie-pop band is set to perform. Admission is $12 day-of. Juliana Hatfield, 6:30 p.m. at Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St. The indie-rock singer-songwriter is set to perform with opener Corbezzolo. Tickets are $24.21 including fees via Ticketfly.

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Aaron Carter performs at Skully’s Music Diner on Feb. 15.


Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco plays at the Schottenstein Center on March 7.


Jim Adkins, lead vocalist and guitarist for Jimmy Eat World, sings during the band’s show at Newport Music Hall on Oct.13


A spotlight hits Kanye West during his set on Sept. 25 at the Schottenstein Center.


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Vine app dead, other OSU theater department social media rising illuminates social issues TIA WILLIAMS Lantern reporter The Vine app’s six seconds of fame have officially come to an end. Twitter shut down the six-second video sharing app on Jan. 17, replacing it with a new camera app, Vine Camera. The new app still allows users to record video, however instead of uploading videos to Vine, they can be uploaded to Twitter or saved to their phone. The looping quality of Vine will remain intact — when a video less than 6.5 seconds long is uploaded to Twitter, it will automatically loop. Vine’s website will exist as an archive for all the videos uploaded by users since its start in 2012. New videos, however, can no longer be uploaded to the site. “Vine had a hard job because the app market was already saturated,” said Jesse Fox, assistant professor of communication and an expert on social media. “Multiple channels fill the same needs, but are easier to use. We want fast and immediate when we post online, and Vine required users to have creativity and skill. You had


The Vine app was shut down on Jan. 17.

to take the time to create something awesome before putting it online.” Twitter bought Vine in 2012 shortly before its official launch and Vine became the top-selling app on the iTunes App Store six months later. At the beginning of this year, Vine was ranked No. 284, according to the social media data site, App Annie.

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The Ohio State Department of Theatre participated in The Ghostlight Project in the 2017 Spring Semester. SARAH UPTON Lantern reporter The Department of Theatre’s version of an eternal flame, a ghost light, will illuminate the lobby of the Drake Performance and Event Center to symbolize the pledge made by Ohio State students to promote inclusivity. In theater, a ghost light is the one light that is left on in an otherwise completely dark theater. It was originally mandated by the Actors Equity Association to enable actors or crew members to find the lighting control console

and to prevent accidents. The department joined numerous programs and theaters across the country in participating in the Ghostlight Project. The project encourages theater organizations to make a pledge to promote inclusivity within their communities. Sherée Greco, production manager and stage management adviser in the Department of Theatre and organizer of the Ghostlight Project at OSU, said that while ghost lights can serve a practical purpose, the one in the lobby of the Drake is symbolic.

“I felt that people were just really disheartened about the results (of the election),” Greco said. “There were a lot of people afraid, especially in terms of country of origin and sexual orientation and how they would be viewed and treated in the country. I think I felt empowered to take some kind of peaceful action and help others participate.”



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OSU researcher discovers New lead of ‘The technology advancements Bachelorette’ shorten pop-music intros breaks barriers DEEPTI HOSSAIN Senior Lantern reporter

TIA WILLIAMS Lantern reporter

From vinyl records to Spotify, the way people access music has changed, but so has the production of music itself. A recent study done by an Ohio State doctoral student finds that modern pop songs have shorter instrumental intros, shorter titles and quicker tempos, compared with pop songs from 30 years ago. Hubert Léveillé Gauvin listened to top 10 singles from 1986 to 2015. He found the differences in instrumental introductions to be the most dramatic. The average intro in the mid-1980s was approximately 22 seconds. By 2015, it was 5 seconds. Léveillé Gauvin credits these changes, in part, to “attention economy,” in which attention is a resource. “You can think of attention as the currency of the information age,” Léveillé Gauvin said. “Because attention is both scarce and valuable, it can be thought of as a currency, like the U.S. dollar.” Modern pop songs are not just

After 33 combined seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” ABC has named a black woman as its next lead for the first time in the shows’ histories. Rachel Lindsay, a 31-year-old attorney from Dallas and a contestant on season 21 of “The Bachelor,” will star in season 13 of “The Bachelorette.” The two shows’ lack of diversity has been criticized for years. African-Americans and women of Asian and Iranian descent have appeared as contestants, but neither show has featured a black lead. One American-born Venezuelan, Juan Pablo Galavis, starred as the bachelor in season 18 of the show. In the franchise’s history, a black contestant has never lasted longer than five weeks. Fifty-nine percent of the black contestants have not lasted past the first two weeks of the season, according to Fusion. Felecia Ross, associate professor at the School of Communica-


Ohio State researcher Hubert Léveillé Gauvin found that over the years songs with shorter titles and faster tempos have become more popular, using Pharrell’s hit “Happy” as an example. an artist’s product, but an artist’s advertisement, Léveillé Gauvin said. A song is a way to promote a singer’s brand. From that perspective, he said that though Spotify doesn’t pay artists, it is an effective way to achieve exposure.




Rachel Lindsay will star in season 13 of “The Bachelorette.”

tion, specializes in issues concerning the relationship between mass media and discriminated groups. She said Lindsay’s “The Bachelorette” announcement tells the public that black women can be desirable in a respectful way. “It sends a message not only to young girls, but to young boys as well,” Ross said. “Desirability, attractiveness, whatever — it can look like this, too.” Lindsay’s season of “The Bachelorette” premieres May 22 on ABC.


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SNL comedians Colin Jost and Michael Che perform at the Ohio Union on Feb. 23.

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OSU experts say Oscars less white this year, but still room for more diversity TIA WILLIAMS Lantern reporter For the past two years, no actors of color were nominated for an Oscar. This year, after increasing controversy and an #OscarsSoWhite social media movement, 18 black actors and film production members were nominated, and — for the first time in the Academy’s history — black actors have been nominated in every acting category. However, despite the progression for the minority group, there is still an absence of Latinos in leading roles. Ohio State experts weighed in on diversity in the Academy Awards. Frederick Luis Aldama, a distinguished professor of English and expert on Latino art, said the underrepresentation of Latinos isn’t just a problem for the Academy, but for Hollywood as a whole. “We are not in movies, and we are not behind the camera,” Aldama said. “If we are not on the set, or there learning how to make movies, then how are we ever going to make it in the industry?” Latinos receiving nominations this year include Lin-Manuel Mi-

randa, who was given a nod for his original song in the movie “Moana,” and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, who was nominated for his work in Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” According to UCLA’s 2016

tinguished filmmakers, artists and film executives which, according to USA Today, featured 46 percent women and 41 percent minorities.

“If we are not on the set, or there learning how to make movies, then how are we ever going to make it in the industry?” Frederick Luis Aldama OSU professor

Hollywood Diversity Report, Latinos, the largest ethnic group in California, were the most underrepresented group in TV for the second straight year. They also accounted for nearly one out of every four tickets purchased by moviegoers in 2015, according to Motion Picture Association of America. After last year’s boycott, the Academy pledged to enlist new, diverse voters who would double minority membership by 2020. Invitations were sent to 683 dis-


Oscar statues are seen at a Hollywood backlot near the Dolby Theatre before the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28.



Saturday Night Live comedians talk friendship, growing careers SUMMER CARTWRIGHT Senior Lantern reporter The men of Saturday Night Live’s longest-running segment traded the breaking news desk in 30 Rockefeller Plaza for a stage set up in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union for their campus performance on Feb. 23. Michael Che and co-anchor, Colin Jost, write and host “Weekend Update” each episode. Che’s first appearance at the table was a historic one, as he is the first black comedian to anchor “Weekend Update.” The duo began co-anchoring in 2014, but became friends before becoming work colleagues. They met doing standup and Che eventually was hired on to write for SNL. Their friendship, perhaps, is reason for their chemistry on air. “I think (Lorne Michaels) kind of saw something and trusted us to figure that out a little bit,” Che said. “I feel like he had some patience, which was nice to let us find it a little bit.” The fun they have might come with the job, but the relationships

outside of work are something more uncommon, Jost said. “There’s a lot of people who make you laugh who are comedians, but there’s not that many that you necessarily want to hang out with regularly,” he said. They duo tells jokes on President Donald Trump’s lack of popularity, cabinet choices and controversial remarks and regulations, while knowing that angering some audience members is going to happen. “I think when you have as wide of a base as we have for our show, it’s impossible to please everybody, so you kind of just have to trust your instinct and know if it’s making us laugh, there’s something in there,” Che said. “No one’s been elected unanimously, so there’s always going to be people that don’t like it. It’s fine.” However, their role as comedians should not carry over to a role in reliable journalism, they said. “We’re not reliable. We’re trying to make people laugh,” Che said. “You can’t get (news) from us. If you happen to learn something from us then that is just a blessing.”

Look out world, here comes help! The College of Social Work wishes to congratulate its outstanding Class of 2017! Thank you for accepting the challenge to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of our society.

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Orweiler honors late father Time and change, in college


OSU freshman golfer Caden Orweiler is one of the underclassman leading the Buckeyes in competition. JIMMY LONGO Lantern reporter Freshman golfer Caden Orewiler’s journey to playing at Ohio State was headed by his father, Chuck Orewiler — an avid golfer who took it upon himself to preach the game that he loved to Caden and his older brother, Alec. As Caden showed promise and started looking at colleges, he lost the man who introduced him to the sport. In November 2013, Chuck Orewiler died in a single-vehicle crash. He was 50 years old. “The relationship we had was definitely centered around the golf course. We talked about life on the golf course, how I was

doing in school. We talked about family – everything. We even talked about dying,” he said. “It’s a crazy thing and God works in weird ways in that we would talk about what he wanted to have happen when he passed away.” Chuck was cremated, and his ashes were spread near the Olentangy River, which is behind the family’s home and flows near Ohio Stadium and OSU’s campus. His mother stepped up, but Caden said he still feels his father’s presence when he plays. “I still hear him talking to me sometimes on the course,” he said. “Telling me to never give up and to keep fighting.”

Someone is Looking for You! There IS a superior intelligence “out there” – and a loving one too. Your Creator wants you to acknowledge Him, and come to know Him and His ways. Don’t be deceived by evolutionism. All creation screams of intelligent design! The odds alone of DNA evolving are virtually nil. Evolutionism is the only “science” that denies the law of degeneration (entropy). God alone is the origin of life, and the true God wants/needs no one to take away life for Him -- beware the “god” that does! God exists, and the Bible is His Word. What is unique about the Bible? For one thing, it is the only book with fulfilled prophecy (Isaiah 46:910). Test it yourself! For starters, try (current situation) Psalm 83 and Zechariah 12; (reformation of Israel after nearly 1900 years) Isaiah 66:8, Jeremiah 16:14-15, Jeremiah 31:7-10, Amos 9:9-15, Ezekiel 34:12-31, Ezekiel 36, and Ezekiel 37:21-22; (suffering/ crucifixion of Christ) Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53; (future situation) Zechariah 13:7 – 14:21; (timing of the 2nd Coming of Christ) Joel 3:1-2, 2Peter 3:8/Hosea 5:14 – 6:2. “Too hard to read and understand” you say? Try the KJV/Amplified parallel bible (book) or KJV/Amplified/Complete Jewish parallel bible (biblegateway. com). “It’s all in how you interpret it” you say? The Bible, despite numerous transcribers over hundreds of years, is remarkably consistent/coherent and interprets itself. Our Creator is the actual author (2Peter 1:16-21). Beware of modern, liberal translations from “the higher critics” which seriously distort the Word! Finally, if there is a God, why is there so much evil? We have rejected God, and now see what it is like to live in a world where God has permitted us (temporarily) to rule ourselves. Give up your lusts, and come to your Creator and follow His ways (Jude 1:18-25). All that this world has to offer is as nothing compared to what He has in store for those who love Him (1Corinthians 2:9, John 14:15)! Isaiah 55:6-9

At my high school graduation party, four years ago, my aunt gave me a Snuggie with Ohio State lettering on it. I took it and said the appropriate thank-yous. My cousin told me later that I had never looked so sad when I took the Snuggie. He asked me if I really even wanted to go to OSU. I told him I didn’t know. OSU wasn’t my dream school or even my second choice. But I still had liked it enough when I visited to apply, and OSU had seen enough in me to give me a scholarship. Four years later, I know I’m going to sob walking across the ‘Shoe at graduation, because I will miss this place so much. When I came to OSU, I came with a legacy from my two older siblings. I heard stories about football games, but since I was scared of crowds, I didn’t have any intention of going. I hated Greek life and flatly refused my freshman year to go through recruitment with my friends. I was angry I had to go to college, because I already knew what I wanted to do. I didn’t need to figure my life out. I had a boyfriend I thought I would get engaged to eventually, a career path planned out and a plan for the future. My freshman year plan for college was to get out as soon as possible. I looked at my senior year photos recently and thought, “This girl wouldn’t recognize the person she has become.” Somewhere in between freshman and senior years, I realized there was more to life than work and workouts. I realized the value of sleep after collapsing at the end of last spring semester. I gave Greek life a chance and found a group of women that

I looked at my senior year photos recently and thought, “This girl wouldn’t recognize the person she has become.” have all the same values as I do. My high school boyfriend and I broke up and I dated other people. I questioned my career choices. I questioned my future. I hated some of the classes I thought I would love and loved some of the classes I thought I would hate. I somewhat got over my fear of crowds and went to football games. I found out how much fun tailgates are. I went to a Michigan game. I made friends and lost friendships. I watched campus grow and realized I was growing too. College gave me one thing above all and, no, it’s not student loans. It’s the knowledge you cannot control your life, because you don’t know what it will throw at you. And that Snuggie? It’s coming with me on my next adventure: to figure out my life. Eileen McClory Assistant Design Editor Fourth-year in journalism and political science



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Bo Jordan balances family, academics, wrestling WILLIAM KOSILESKI Senior Lantern reporter Most mornings, Bo Jordan is awake bright and early to head to a morning workout or practice. As a student in athletic training, he attends his classes until about 2 p.m. only to return to the weight room for another lift and another practice until about 5 p.m. While the 22-year-old holds the responsibilities of being a student at Ohio State and an All-American wrestler on his broad shoulders, he also has the responsibilities at home, as a husband and father to his 1-year-old daughter. “I’m not out partying or doing anything stupid,” Jordan said. “I’m in, spending time with my wife and daughter, getting my homework done and I’m living a real clean life, and it’s easy.” For Bo, living with his wife Ashley and their daughter Keira meant he had to change his lifestyle. It took some time, but now he says he’s fully adjusted. “Now it’s like I can’t wait to get out of practice and to go home and see my daughter. I can’t wait to get out of practice to just go hang out with my wife and watch some Netflix. I can’t believe I’m saying that, but it’s awesome,” Jordan said. “I love my life and it’s very, very different.” OSU wrestling coach Tom

Ryan said he is proud of what he sees out of Jordan on a daily basis. “He understands what a real man acts like in society, and real men uphold their responsibilities,” Ryan said. “He has done a great job at managing his home life … because he was raised in a way that you take care of your own stuff.” When he and his then-girlfriend, now wife, found out that they were going to be parents, it was in the middle of the team’s 2015 national championship run. Jordan waited about two months to say anything to the coaches because he was concerned that they would be upset with him. But Jordan couldn’t have been more wrong. The couple were married before Keira was born. Jordan said that, along with getting married, becoming a dad was the proudest moment of his life. He and Keira welcomed their second child in November.



Big Ten champion wrestler Bo Jordan balances life at Ohio State with life at home.


Curtis Samuel touchdown propels OSU over Michigan JACOB MYERS Assistant Sports Editor The call was ‘29 lead,’ and it ended one of the most memorable games in the history of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry between the the No. 2 Buckeyes and No. 3 Wolverines on Nov. 26. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel took a handoff from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and ran to the left sideline where redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and redshirt senior center Pat Elflein paved the way for the game-winning touchdown in OSU’s 30-27 double-overtime victory. In Weber’s first game in the rivalry and Elflein’s fifth, the two created one of the most iconic plays in the history of the rivalry for the team’s top playmaker of the 2016 season.

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But it almost didn’t happen. Barrett was sacked for 4 yards at the Michigan 24, putting the Scarlet and Gray into third-and-9 corner. Senior kicker Tyler Durbin had already missed two field goals. On the next play, Barrett threw a swing pass to Samuel, who was trapped in the backfield and tackled for a loss. A couple dozen moves later, Samuel tore a zigzag path toward the left side for an 8-yard gain to set up a fourthand-1 from the Michigan 16. “I couldn’t even tell you how it happened,” Samuel said. “I got to go back and look at that one. I knew I had to make a play for my team and that just happened.” Samuel put the Buckeyes well inside the range of Durbin, but Meyer had confidence in his offense, despite being down by three with the game on the line. Editor in Chief Managing Editor for Content Managing Editor for Design Copy Chief Campus Editor Assistant Campus Editor Sports Editor Assistant Sports Editor Arts&Life Editor Assistant Arts&Life Editor Photo Editor Assistant Photo Editor Design Editor Assistant Design Editor Multimedia Editor Assistant Multimedia Editor Engagement Editor Oller Reporter Miller Projects Reporter

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For him, the decision to go for it on fourth down came down to an old adage. “If you can’t get that far, you’re not a championship team,” Meyer said. Barrett hit a lineman at the firstdown marker and the spot was ruled a first down. After a replay review that Meyer said made his heart stop, the first-down ruling stood. On the next play, Samuel finished his improbable overtime with the game-winning score and Columbus was sent into a frenzy. “First off I got to say, I want to thank God. I gotta thank God,” Samuel said. “My team, we fought. It was a hard game … Without them, that wouldn’t have happened.”

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Maggie Heim and life after the 25th point

Director gratefulness, that sense fOr of urgen- immEDiATE OccupAncy. SElEcT News uniTS AvAilABlE cy — understanding that it all can taken away from you,” he said. uniTS AvAilABlE beTHiS WinTEr. prE-lEASE nOW fOr fAll ’17. Maggie Heim’s first concussion Heim said she would have never JENNA LEINASARS

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came her freshman year of high school. After suffering two more, she wouldn’t quit. After bouncing back, she was recruited by Ohio State, where she would play for Geoff Carlston. Just before the NCAA tournament, she was hit in the head during two consecutive practices. Immediately, she knew something was off. Before Heim left for winter break, trainers suggested her injury was potentially career-ending. A neurologist’s recommendation confirmed her worst nightmare. “I told (my teammates) I wouldn’t be playing anymore, which is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to say to anyone,” she said. “We sat in the locker room and just cried. It was almost like a loss, like a death.” Heim hung around St. John Arena after the incident. It helped her transition into her new role as a student assistant coach. Carlston said Heim brought a great perspective as an example of gratitude. “One of the most valuable

known about the other opportunities that existed for without her injury. “I’m not a victim to my injury. I’m not curled up in a ball saying, ‘Oh, poor me,’” she said. “I’m using it to motivate myself to go do other things.” Even though her time as an OSU athlete was cut short, Heim is not bitter. She said her days spent as a Buckeye are something that will always be carried with her. “As difficult as it’s been at some points, there’s been so much joy that’s come from being a student-athlete here,” she said. “I don’t really have words for it. It’s been so unbelievable, but I’m beyond grateful for everything that God has given me and this program has given me.”

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Kyle Snyder: Timeline of excellence


OSU junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder lifts Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery before slamming him to the mat for a takedown in the heavyweight finals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament in St. Louis. OSU placed second, behind Penn State. NICK MCWILLIAMS Sports Editor High School (2010 to 2014) Snyder began wrestling at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, where he went on to record a perfect 179-0 record. Surrendered a sin-

gle takedown in his high school career. Won a gold medal at the Junior World Championships in 2013. Freshman Year (2014 to 2015) Second in the NCAA national championships at 197 pounds. Big Ten runner-up. Finished season at 30-4.

Summer 2015 Became youngest American world champion in history at 19 years old at 96 kilograms. Champion at Pan American Games, U.S. Team Trials, U.S. Open. Sophomore Year (2015 to 2016) Removes redshirt to compete for OSU. Finished season 11-0.


OSU junior Kyle Snyder poses with his Olympic gold medal after being honored during the Buckeyes’ first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. Big Ten and NCAA champion. Most Outstanding Wrestler at NCAA championships. Summer 2016 Qualified for U.S. Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro. Defeated defending gold medal winner Jake Varner in team trials. Defeated Khetag Gazyumov of Azerbaijan for the gold medal.

Junior Year (2016 to 2017) Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion. First American to do so since 2009. Big Ten champion (Heavyweight). NCAA champion (Heavyweight).

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