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Parking prices on the rise Political clubs Examining the first five years of the CampusParc contract with OSU
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Source: Ohio State records. NICK ROLL Campus Editor email@example.com When Ohio State and CampusParc struck a blockbuster deal to privatize parking operations, the private investment company agreed to terms setting the percentage it could increase prices and fines each academic year. Pricing data released by the university show in each of the last
five years the company regularly met, or in some instances exceeded, the 5.5 percent annual increase initially agreed to in the contract signed five years ago. The most expensive student pass, CG, went on sale in July for $858.48 for a year-long pass. Last year the same pass was $813.52, and in 2012 it cost $693. According to documents detailing parking pricing for each year since the 2012-13 school year —
when CampusParc was awarded access to OSU’s parking in a $483 million, 50-year deal — prices have increased each year in almost every category available to students, faculty and staff. The only variation to this was between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic year, when one pass, the West Campus E pass stayed the same, at $299.52. Parking passes are not the only CAMPUSPARC CONTINUES ON 2
North Campus basketball courts closed to public NICK ROLL Campus Editor firstname.lastname@example.org The newly completed construction of the North Residential District has left large amounts of North Campus changed, including the basketball courts. The old basketball courts were open to the public and did not require a BuckID to swipe in for access. Now, four new, fencedin basketball courts are available for use, but only after entering through the North Recreation Center — which requires a BuckID or a paid membership. “We feel that it’s important for Recreational Sports members to have complete access (to the courts),” said Ohio State Office of Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs. Isaacs said the BuckID-only court design came from the bottom up. Isaacs said OSU got feedback from Recreational Sports mem-
bers that they weren’t always able to use the courts because large amounts of players not affiliated with the university could make the courts crowded at times. Members, Isaacs said, included students, faculty and staff. Kell Shorter, facility manager for the North Recreation Center, said the open courts also presented logistical problems. “There were no accountability factors, there was no swipe data,” Shorter said. “Our courts aren’t for the community, they’re for students.” Isaacs said there’s a balance that has to be struck between OSU and Columbus. “Ohio State is still part of the Columbus community, but since members are paying for the facilities, we thought this was more fair,” Isaacs said. The Recreational Fee assessed in tuition for this school year was $123. Isaacs said there were no immediate plans or designs to imple-
ment similar changes to the South Campus basketball courts on East 11th Avenue. Kody Barth and Taylor Broderick, who were playing basketball on the South Campus courts Sunday afternoon, said they were not too concerned about the changes. “I’m a student, so I don’t mind,” said Broderick, a third-year in finance. “It sucks though.” Barth, 20, who does not attend OSU, was not too concerned that space would become a problem at the South Campus courts. “I’ll play anywhere (in Columbus),” he said. Broderick added that there could be a silver lining for the South Campus courts now that the North Campus courts are BuckID-only. “I prefer more people playing (on South Campus),” Broderick said, “It could bring more competition.”
Third-year Vice President of Ohio State College Democrats Levi Griffith (left) stands with other club members and a Joe Biden cut-out at the Involvement Fair on Aug. 21. ABBY VESOULIS Lantern reporter email@example.com With less than 80 days until the 2016 presidential election, students across campus – and across the political aisle – eager to get involved in politics are in good hands. Ohio State has more than 1,200 student organizations, and multiple are devoted to the upcoming political climate and election — including OSU College Democrats, OSU College Republicans, Students for Trump and Turning Point USA. The campus chapter of College Republicans is actively recruiting new members in light of the election. “This election has affected our membership positively,” said Laurel Lesley, a second-year in marketing, and the director of communications for College Republicans. “We have had more interest than ever in our club, and especially in our nominee.” The club — which endorses Donald Trump, the GOP nominee
“This election has affected our membership positively ... We have had more interest than ever in our club, and especially in our nominee.” Laurel Lesley Second-year in marketing Director of communications, College Republicans
— discusses current events, hosts election watch parties, invites local conservative politicians to speak and plans an annual professional development trip in the nation’s capital. “Our club is very pro-Trump and pro-Republican, and, therefore, we support the Republican Party and all the principles they hold,” Laurel said, despite some chapters of the club, such as the one at Harvard University, refusing to endorse the Republican presidential candidate. College Republicans’ political opposite, the College Democrats, is also recruiting students passionate about politics. “We are working so hard to elect Hillary because she will fight for us,” said College Democrats president Jake Vasilj, a third-year in history and political science. “She brings strength, compassion, leadership, competence and experience to the table in a way that Trump simply cannot.” Within OSU College Democrats, the Buckeyes for Hillary caucus is focusing specifically on uniting Democrats and getting Clinton to the White House. “We had a hard-fought primary. I was honored to help fight for Hillary in that primary alongside people who were fighting for Bernie,“ said Spencer Dirrig, chair of Buckeyes for Hillary and second-year in political science and economics. “And now we are coming together to support Hillary because she is our nominee, and we are excited to make sure she becomes the first female president of the United States.” Students have other political organizations to choose from as
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OSU works to keep roads safe for all travelers DANIEL SMYTH Lantern reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Ohio State hosted a Share the Road event on Wednesday along West Woodruff Avenue to promote traffic safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. OSU officials and University Police were present to promote the educational initiative that asks for all travelers to be aware of their surroundings and not engage in distracting behaviors, no matter what mode of transportation is utilized. “The whole idea for Share the Road is be consistent in our messaging to students, faculty and staff that we all have to get there and we want to get there as quickly as possible, but we want to share the road with everyone,” said Dan Hedman, spokesman for OSU’s Office of Administration and Planning. “Whether you are a pedestrian, a bicyclist or driving
“Whether you are a pedestrian, a bicyclist or driving vehicle, just make sure you recognize others on the road and share the road as much as possible.” Dan Hedman Spokesman, Office of Admnistration and Planning
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areas where CampusParc has increased prices — rates for parking violation fines and garage use have also increased over the fiveyear period, according to the documents. The terms of the contract with CampusParc, owned by Australian investment firm QIC, set price increases at 5.5 percent, per year, for the first 10 years. After 10 years, prices are set at either a 4 percent or a rolling five-year average of inflation, whichever is greater.
Source: Ohio State records.
vehicle, just make sure you recognize others on the road and share the road as much as possible.” Since students use varying forms of transportation, it is important that they follow all applicable traffic laws, the Share the Road website emphasizes. “I don’t think there is any one mode of transportation that is more important to enforce than others,” Rose said. “They all have their own dangers, their own risks and certainly their own responsibilities for making sure others on the roadway stay safe.” Minimizing cell phone use as well as being mindful of other travelers can prevent distracting behaviors that can lead to traffic accidents, according to the Share the Road website. “Obviously there are a tremendous number of people here in a very small space and the only way we can all be safe is if we respect everyone’s rights,” Rose said. Some of the other safety tips promoted Wednesday encouraged pedestrians to use crosswalks and sidewalks, cyclists to wear helmets and motorists to obey all traffic signs, signals and speed limits. Share the Road also posted signs around campus to remind students to be safe while utilizing the roadways. “We’re pushing hard for traffic safety with additional students living on campus this semester now that the North Residential District is fully open,” Hedman said. OSU has been promoting Share Examining parking prices, fines, garage prices and lot prices, garage prices are the only area where there have been increases above the set 5.5 percent. Any proposed changes outside that amount require university approval, Dan Hedman, spokesman for OSU’s Office of Administration and Planning, said in an email. Increases in garage rates tallied between 5.9 and 8.7 percent except for the rate for the first 30 minutes. Dan Hoover, communications director for CampusParc, said in
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well: Turning Point USA and Students for Trump. Turning Point USA’s mission is to promote fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited government. Chapter president Devin Bilski said presidential elections equate to people being more active political consumers, and this allows Turning Point USA to connect with students who normally may ignore political news, said Devin Bilski, a fourth-year in economics and political science and the chapter president of the group. “For the past 16 years, America has been going down a path of bigger government with control
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Brutus helps direct traffic during the Share the Road event.
“We are working so hard to elect Hillary because she will fight for us.”
over almost every aspect of our lives,” said Bilski, a fourth-year in economics and political science. “This election is important because if we keep voting for big government, our country will continue to decline, wages will continue to stagnate, and people will continue to have trouble finding work.” Turning Point USA, being a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is non-partisan, Bilski said. Those specifically excited about Trump have the opportunity to directly support him through Students for Trump. Active members are organizing campus chalkings and voter registration. The club is also aiming to “help change the perception of Donald Trump here on campus,” according to Dominic Bagnoli, a thirdyear in biology and treasurer of Students for Trump. If you are interested in joining one of these clubs, check out the directory on the Ohio Union website.
the Road since 2012, but, this year, bike safety was one of the main focuses of the program. “We got a grant through Ohio Department of Transportation to promote safety,” said Beth Snoke, director of Transportation and Traffic Management. “We got $25,000 worth of helmets that we are able to give out to all those who sign up for an annual membership (for OSU’s bike-sharing program).” Another important safety concern the initiative addresses is the fact that The Oval is a dedicated walk zone, therefore non-pedestrians must dismount in order to walk through it. “A bike is considered a vehicle in the state of Ohio, so you are supposed to ride on the streets,” Snoke said. “So obey the stoplights, crosswalks, walk your bike in our sidewalk, walk your bike if you are going around the Oval.”
Political organization Turning Point USA recruits members at the Involvement Fair on Aug. 21.
an email that it was “very unlikely” parking-pass rates would not increase to the 5.5-percent level every year, but also emphasized that it was a measure considered when making the deal. He pointed out the $23.6 million already invested in maintenance and improvement for lots and garages. While price increases are essentially guaranteed, they are also constant from year-to-year — which OSU argues is a benefit. Hedman said the agreement allows permit rates to increase annually under university-set caps. “These caps are lower than the historical trend,” he said. Hedman also pointed out that the average compound rate of increases for the years under the university-managed system was 7.5 percent, and prices fluctuated based on operations and project costs for the parking system. Parking passes But what does a 5.5 percent increase mean in dollars? The biggest increase is seen in the departmental reserved parking space, which has gone up more than $300 since 2012, and almost $100 since last year. For sale this year for $1,873, it cost $1,512
during Campus Parc’s first year on campus. The faculty A pass — the most expensive of the 17 passes available to faculty, staff and students, which vary in how close to campus they are and whether or not they’re in a lot or a garage — went on sale in July for $936.48 for the year. That compares to $887.76 last year, and $756 in 2012. Data from 1999 to 2011 did not break down parking pass prices individually. Range of parking price passes over the years Prices do not tell the whole story, however — new parking passes have been created as well. A Lantern story from 2014 detailed the creation of a new faculty pass being created, by an agreement between the university and CampusParc, called the WAE. According to the story, faculty and administrative personnel who bought the WA permit in 2013 — which allowed West Campus surface-lot access and limited garage access — had to buy the WAE if they wanted to keep the limited garage access, but at a price increase of 50 percent. A WA pass cost $207 at the
Jake Vasilj Third-year in history and political science President, College Democrats
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time, and currently goes for $243. But a WAE pass cost $315.96 at its introduction, and currently fetches $351.48. A pass covering those same privileges in 2012 cost $196.20. Fines Parking passes are not the only increase. Every fine associated with parking infractions has increased at or near 5.5 percent since CampusParc took over parking operations as well. The university data from 1999 to 2013, which represented parking pass prices, did not include fines, garage access or surface lots. The largest fine of the 19 listed, illegally parking in a wheelchair accessible parking space was $250 in 2012 — now the fine is $309.75. “Unauthorized use of a Parking Permit” also clocks in at $309.75, originally $250, and “Impound - Refusal to Obey Officer’s Directions” is listed at $223, originally $180.
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Local band shakes up Gateway with music video premiere REGINA SQUERI Assistant Arts&Life Editor email@example.com With the return of students to campus, Gateway will be shaking things up with a new music event. Gateway will be hosting a music video premiere in its plaza for local band Nick D’ & the Believers this weekend. The Plaza Starts Shaking event was conceived when Nick D’ & the Believers approached Gateway looking for a bar in which to shoot their new video for yet-tobe-released song, “Room Starts Shaking.” The music video, which features band members and actors, takes place on the Gateway plaza and in World of Beer. “(Gateway) just seemed like a great natural fit,” said singer and keyboardist Nick D’Andrea. “Also, CD102.5 started doing the (Local ‘n Live) showcases over the summer, so it just seemed like good timing.” Drummer Joseph Barker said he was excited Gateway wanted to work together on the project. “We were looking for someone to collaborate with to do the video, because we could have done it at any bar but we wanted it to be more than that,” Barker said. “We wanted something like a promotional collaboration, something
Columbus’ only dance troupe dedicated solely to tap, Movement Afoot, will unveil its first evening-length performance, “Ph(r) ase 1,”on Friday and Saturday. Audiences can watch tap dancing along with Appalachian clogging, contemporary and Kathak dance as well as live jazz and folk music by local artists. “What sets tap apart from other forms of dance is the fact that we make sound with our feet as we’re dancing,” said Lauren Squires, director of Movement Afoot. “I think the relationship between the sounds you’re making in your feet and what the rest of your body is doing is one of the key differences between different styles of tap.” Squires is also an assistant professor in Ohio State’s English department and adviser of campus tap club, Buckeyes on Tap. Of the two major types of tap, Broadway and rhythm tap, Squires said she prefers to focus on the latter. She said she is driven to find the tiniest ways to produce the biggest sounds, and her choreogra-
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Nick D and the Believers members Kerry Henderson (left), Nick D’Andrea (middle) and Joseph Barker (right) pose for their single “Crown”. that would be good for us and the plaza with a projection screen the World of Beer patio where good for the bar.” for the music video premiere and patrons are encouraged to make The video showing will be Nick D’ & the Believers’ perfor- donations and buy raffle tickets. followed by a performance by mance. Love Your Melon is a nonprofit the band, with an opening set by “The Gateway was only re- organization that raises money for V!bes and a closing show by New branded in the past year with the pediatric cancer research chariThousand. new logo and all the new advertis- ties. Christiana Moffa, property ing, as well as the addition of the “We realize that free music and manager of Gateway, said this is Beer Garden and World of Beer,” free concerts, stuff like that is rethe first time Gateway has pre- Moffa said. “Prior to that, even ally appealing to students,” Moffa sented a concert of this size. It has though there was significant room said. “This gives them the opporalso never hosted a music video to do something like this, it just tunity to support local music for premiere. wasn’t marketed in that fashion.” free, but also to support a great V!bes will be performing on the Although the event is free, charitable endeavor that is very Beer Garden Stage. There will be Gateway’s charitable partner Love popular with their generation by a larger stage set up in the back of Your Melon will have a table by GATEWAY CONTINUES ON 6
Columbus’ Movement Afoot tap dance company presents first evening-length concert LAURIE HAMAME Lantern reporter email@example.com
“We wanted to have our own stage and be able to do numbers that really show all you can do with tap dancing as a group.” Lauren Squires Director, Movement Afoot
phy explores sound and space in combination with improvisation, which is true to the history of the art form. “(In) Broadway tap or show tap, there is a little more emphasis on the body … doing kicks, using the arms, sequin costumes,” Squires said. “There are other styles that I’m more interested in, specifically how you can make complicated, elegant rhythms that are really producing a form of music with your feet.” Squires founded Movement Afoot in 2014 in order to present more tap dance within the Columbus community. With a goal to be established in the local dance world, Movement Afoot practiced for months for “Ph(r)ase 1.” While
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Movement Afoot dancers Sharon Ross, Lauren Squires, Janelle Maur, Holly Honroth, Janet Schroeder and Rachel Cooke show off their moves. performing mainly at festivals was enjoyable, Squires said, each performer would often have to bring their own wooden board to tap on, limiting what the dance company could do choreographically. This weekend, the ensemble will have a full stage. “We wanted to have our own stage and be able to do numbers that really show all you can do with tap dancing as a group,” Squires said.
Rachel Cooke, a first-year graduate student in clinical mental health counseling and member of Movement Afoot, has been tap dancing since she was three years old. She grew up practicing all forms of dance but said she formed a special connection with tap. “You get to make awesome, crazy rhythms with your feet and then feel those rhythms throughTAP DANCE CONTINUES ON 6
Before it’s nation-wide run, local band Kid Runner will celebrate its newest work in its hometown. Now, on the eve of the release show for the band’s fourth official release — an EP, “Body Language” — Kid Runner is ready for the world to hear its sound. “We’re the most excited about this release than we have been about any other release,” said vocalist and keyboardist Fran Litterski. “It just feels very us and it’s the peak of our collaboration.” The six-song, 20-minute project debuted on Aug. 12, and, so far, the band sees fans latching on to all different songs, with no clear favorites. During the creation of Kid Runner’s most recent EP, the band switched up the songwriting process. “Before, it was more step-bystep —so we would come up with melody ideas and then write our parts individually— whereas I think this time around we were like, ‘Let’s just kind of jam things out and see where they go,’” vocalist Drew Lizon said. Litterski also listed fewer samples and a more organic, jambased approach as ways that aided the creative process. Due to the more organic approach, Kid Runner increased the pace at which it cranks out tunes. “Everything came really naturally, none of the songs were forced at all and I think it really showcases all of our different writing,” Lizon said. Guitarist Kurt Keaner, bassist Scott Griffin and drummer Bobby Heigel round out the five-piece indie-pop band that has continued to evolve sonically. Lizon and Litterski see “Don’t Change Me,” one of the tracks on the EP as a showcase of the band’s diversity and ability to use each other’s talents. The lyrics of the track feature sentiments of not falling into the music industry’s hole of conventionality. Kind of like the single says, you can’t really categorize us in a certain way,” Litterski said. “You might put alt-pop on it, but some of these songs don’t really sound alt-pop.” Litterski echoed Lizon’s lyrics by mentioning that it’s difficult to define the lead vocalist. “Since we’re classified as this alt-pop, indie-pop band, Drew was talking about how a lot of people assume he’s going to be this out-
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“I just transferred from Columbus State. We had prayer rooms, like actual rooms where we could go to pray because we Muslims have to pray five times a day. There’s Fajr, which is early in the morning, at dawn. Then Zuhr during the daytime, then Asr in the evening, like right about now. And then Maghrib, which is like right at sunset and then Isha at night. I wanted to pray Asr. I mean, I’m new here. This is my first day. This place is huge, and I don’t even know where to pray. I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.” Abdul Razak Artan, Third-year in logistics management
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Buckeye Kick-off, 6-8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. The Welcome Week event will include free food and other activities. Admission is free.
Breakaway Music Festival, on Friday 4 p.m.- 1 a.m. and Saturday at 2 - 11 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave. The festival is set to feature headliners Dillon Francis, Chance the Rapper, Young Thug and Rae Sremmurd. Tickets are $56.81 per day including fees.
“Spy,” “Haywire,” 7 p.m. and 9:10 p.m at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Contemporary spy thrillers starring Melissa McCarthy and Gina Carano are set to be shown. Admission is free with valid student ID.
Delta Rae, doors open at 6:30 p.m. at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. The folk-rock band is set to perform with opener Castro. Admission is $16 in advance and $18 the day of the show, not including fees.
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Backburner Sketch Comedy: Back to School Show, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union’s Round Meeting Room. The Backburner Sketch Comedy student group debuts its first sketch show of the year. Admission is free.
Community Commitment day of service, 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the Ohio Union. Students can participate in a one-day community service event and volunteer at various agencies in Columbus. It is free to participate, first-come, firstserved.
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“Everything came really naturally, none of the songs were forced at all and I think it really showcases all of our different writing.” Drew Lizon Vocalist, Kid Runner
giving a voluntary donation.” The event is set to begin at about 7 p.m. and is expected to end between 11 p.m. and midnight. Patrons will be able to access Gateway Film Center and other businesses on the plaza during the event.
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going lead singer,” Litterski said. Kid Runner is ready to take the next major step as a band: achieve national fame. Litterski toured with Boston-based Magic Man for more than 30 shows in April and May, and said she is ready for another journey outside of Ohio. But first, the band will take the stage in its hometown. “If it’s like this in Columbus, other cities can’t be bad, so we got to reach out and expand our market,” Lizon said. “Columbus had definitely given us some confidence in trying to make that happen.” The band will visit cities such as Detroit, Philadelphia and New York City on its tour starting in the end of September.
“Obviously we all have our own jobs that we’re doing outside of this, but I think obviously the end goal is to not to have those jobs and to make music as our fulltime job,” Litterski said. Kid Runner will be hosting a release party for “Body Language” at Skully’s Music Diner on Friday at 9 p.m. Opening for the band will be local acts Captain Kidd and Label Me Lecter. Tickets cost $10.
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out your whole body,” Cooke said. “I totally lose myself in tap. Not very many things create that.” The former vice president of Buckeyes on Tap looks forward to this weekend’s performances. “We’ve all been working really hard toward this for so long; it’s exciting for it to finally be here,” Cooke said. “It’s kind of a big deal for us as a group.” “Ph(r)ase 1” is set to be performed on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at The Van Fleet Theatre inside the Columbus Performing Arts Center at 549 Franklin Ave. Tickets are $15 with a student ID and $20 general admission. Disclosure: Arts&Life Editor Hannah Herner is president of Buckeyes on Tap.
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Young Buckeye ‘tribe’ has big goals JENNA LEINASARS Assistant News Director email@example.com The Ohio State women’s volleyball team has a new mantra coming into this season: tribe. It is a concept that the team was introduced to in February by Olympian Kerri Walsh-Jennings when she visited the program. It was the saying Walsh-Jennings used during her Rio Olympics run with April Ross and means more than just coming together as a team. “It goes beyond being teammates. It goes to being sisters,” senior middle blocker Kylie Randall said. “It creates a bigger bond between us, and it’s something we’re going to live and die by this year.” The Buckeye sisterhood welcomed seven newcomers to the team this season, including six freshmen, as well as Abby Fesl. Fesl is a senior transfer from the University of North Florida, who earned more than 2,400 assists during her time with the Ospreys. “Abby’s added a lot of culture to our team,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “It’s always great when you have a senior with that much experience coming in.” Carlston praised the maturity of his veteran players and their part in helping to shape preseason attitudes. “Our seniors are not juniors anymore, and I think they’ve re-
ally embraced that role,” Carlston said. “I think our returners have done a great job of mentoring and being patient with our younger players to get them on board.” One of Carlston’s returnees already expected to make a big splash this season is senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. She was named to the Preseason AllBig Ten Team on Tuesday morning for the second consecutive season. Sandbothe finished her junior year with a .366 attacking efficiency and crashed into the top five in four different Ohio State women’s volleyball record categories. “I love to see those things come out, especially before we’re even getting a chance to play as a team, kind of show what we’re about,” Sandbothe said. “It’s a huge honor, and I’m blessed to be a part of it.” A goal echoed by multiple members of the team is to reach the NCAA Tournament Final Four, which will be held in Columbus this December. OSU has fallen in five sets in the regional semifinals the past two seasons. “While we’re proud of sort of where we’ve come from, we also want to make that jump, but the reality is with our preseason schedule and our Big Ten schedule, we’ve got to stay super grounded in the daily grind of getting better,” Carlston said. Sandbothe echoed his senti-
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Junior hitter Luisa Schemer (5) swings during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14, 2015, at St. John Arena. ments, emphasizing the team goal of playing in Nationwide Arena when December comes around. The Buckeyes will put in their first weekend of work on Friday as they play Texas State, North Texas and Texas A&M — all unfamiliar teams to OSU — in the North Texas Challenge tournament. Texas A&M poses a big threat, as it brought home the Southeastern Conference championship last season and pulled together for 14.09 kills per set. Texas State posted a 19-12 record in 2015, and is picked to be the Sun Belt
Conference runner-up this season. “I think we just have to be on our toes and willing to run down balls that wouldn’t necessarily happen in the Big Ten,” sophomore setter Taylor Hughes said. Carlston is choosing to look at their lack of first-hand knowledge about this weekend’s teams as an unusual gift, as it allows his team to better examine and perfect their own skills and play. “It’s actually kind of nice not to have a ton of video and a ton of stats. It’s pretty much just raw volleyball,” Carlston said. “For
us, it’s really try to out-defend and whatever they give us, we’re ready for it.” Carlston and the women’s volleyball tribe kick off their season at 1:30 p.m. on Friday against Texas State at the North Texas Volleyball Center in Denton, Texas.
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to junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Contributing significantly as a true freshman in the 2014 national championship season, McMillan stepped up his game in 2015. leading the Buckeyes in tackles. As one of three members returning on the defense, McMillan will be asked to be more a force on the field and a mentor off of the gridiron. “We have been working with each other the whole summer, so we built that bond and that chemistry on the field,” McMillan said about his linebackers. “Once you build that chemistry on the field, you can work together and play together.” OSU ranked No. 9 overall in team defense and tied ninth in sacks last season, but lost a substantial part of their pass rush, most notably Joey Bosa. Bosa, a two-time All-American for the Buckeyes, saw double-, even triple-teams on nearly every play on defense last year, leaving room for now-redshirt sophomore
“Coach Meyer don’t change the expectation ... Either you reach it or you got to get out.” Chris Worley Redshirt junior strong-side linebacker
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OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) runs towards the endzone after his interception during the first half of the Buckeye’s spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Sam Hubbard and redshirt junior Tyquan Lewis to rise as the next elite “Silver Bullets” pass rushers. “I feel a lot more confident in my game (this year). I have a lot of faith in my teammates, the guys on the line with me,” Hubbard said. “There are a lot of guys hungry to make a name for themselves.” OSU has to replace both safeties from last year and although no starter has been named yet, redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker and junior Damon Webb are prac-
ticing with the first team. Schedule After Meyer finds his pick of 16 guys to fill the starting roles that are up for grabs, he will settle in for one of the most difficult schedules in his time with the Buckeyes. Highlighted by a week three game at No. 3 Oklahoma, OSU will go on the road to face Wisconsin, Penn State and No. 12 Michigan State. Then, the Buckeyes will await their home finale against rival seventh-ranked Michigan in Ohio Stadium.
Fans around Columbus never change their expectations for the team, and Barrett expects to live up that hype. “The way we practice, it’s not easy by any means,” Barrett said. “The guys are going to stand out there on the first snap against Bowling Green, and I’ll have confidence in them.”
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FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW
A look ahead at this season JACOB MYERS Assistant Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org When the sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes take the field on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green, grab a program. Urban Meyer has never had a larger roster turnover in his five seasons as OSU’s coach. After last season, he has to replace 16 starters — eight on offense and eight on defense — which includes a senior class that won 50 games in their time in the Scarlet and Gray. It’s quite the daunting task, even more so when one considers 14 of those departed players were drafted into the NFL.
“This year I just got to have a mindset of a starter ... I feel like I’m more mature this year.” Curtis Samuel Junior H-back
Despite all that, presumptions remain the same. “Coach Meyer don’t change the expectation,” said redshirt junior strong-side linebacker Chris Worley. “Either you reach it or you got to get out.” There are new names and faces in 2016, yet the hype continues to pulsate out of the program. Here’s the OSU football season preview. Offense No Ezekiel Elliott, no Michael Thomas, no Braxton Miller and no Jalin Marshall. All of these playmakers are gone for the NFL. However, left behind on the dock is one of the most important members of the 2014 national championship team — redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. OSU’s offense under Meyer has been near the top of most offensive statistics in the every year of his four seasons in Columbus. Now entering season number five with the Scarlet and Gray, Meyer says he hopes his signal caller can lead the young group at OSU. Meyer thinks that Barrett could be better in 2016 than his national freshman of the year season in 2014.
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OSU then-redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) celebrates after a touchdown during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “I anticipate he’ll be as good a quarterback as we’ve had,” Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days. “It’s his show, and he knows it, and he’s prepared.” Albeit, the 2016 Buckeyes may not have the experience last year’s team had, junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown seem most ready to become the dominant forces around Barrett. “This year I just got to have a mindset of a starter,” Samuel said. “I feel like I’m more mature this
year.” Barrett has said on multiple occasions that Brown — returning from a season-ending leg injury — is his go-to receiver, and he doesn’t care how Samuel gets the ball, he just has to. As far as the offensive line is concerned, the unit known as “The Slobs” has a newer look, but a resounding mentality with new offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and redshirt senior captain Pat Elflein. Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber will likely
be named starting running back in the near future, so having a guy like Elflein leading a young group is vital to the offense’s success. “(Elflein) is a great leader that demonstrates what Ohio State’s offensive line stands for,” said redshirt freshman offensive lineman Isaiah Prince. “He’s everything that an offensive guy should want to be.” Defense For what can be said about Barrett on offense, the same applies THIS SEASON CONTINUES ON 7
Weber up to the challenge of leading run game NICK MCWILLIAMS Sports Editor email@example.com Ohio State fans were spoiled with the likes of former first team All-Big Ten selection Ezekiel Elliott as the lead running back for the Buckeyes last year. The Dallas Cowboys’ first-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft carried much
of the load for OSU’s offense the past two years, but now the team will turn to redshirt freshman Mike Weber. Weber, a native of Detroit and Cass Technical High School graduate, missed last season after he tore his meniscus, and the coaching staff decided to keep him out for the year. The redshirt helped Weber heal, while also maturing
Ohio State looking to redshirt freshman Mike Weber to fill the void at running back this season him as a player. A former four-star prospect highly recruited by both OSU and Michigan, Weber only smiles and laughs now when asked about
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OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (20) carries the ball during the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium.
the Wolverines and the program that nearly snagged the 5-foot10, 212-pound running back from OSU. “I still get a lot of people that say ‘I wish you would have came here,’” Weber said. “But that decision has been made and I’m glad to be here.” Expectations are high for Weber, with comparisons being drawn between the redshirt freshman and former OSU running back Carlos Hyde. These lofty hopes for Weber, along with the pressure to follow up a first-round draft pick, can toy with an athlete’s confidence. With all the voices around him murmuring about the players who came before him, Weber said he is learning to block out the talk and turn his attention on playing as well as he can. “I used to be worried about living up to those stat lines,” Weber said. “Now, I’m just focused on being myself and doing whatever I can to help this team out.” The combination of junior H-back Curtis Samuel and se-
nior wide receiver Dontre Wilson could take carries away from Weber this fall. Samuel has 75 carries in his career for the Buckeyes, and Wilson has said he could be receiving touches in the backfield during the season. Regardless of the lack of experience for the second-year running back, OSU coach Urban Meyer is nearly convinced he has found his man to carry the ball through the trenches next year. “Mike Weber has kind of separated himself,” Meyer said. “If he continues, we can make a phone call later on this week to call home and tell (his family) he’s the starting tailback at Ohio State. Not yet though.” Weber has yet to appear in a game for the Buckeyes, with the exception of the spring game earlier this season. During the intrasquad scrimmage, he carried the ball eight times for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Weber has 10 days before the regular season kicks off for the Buckeyes against Bowling Green to prove to the coaching staff that he can be the workhorse of the offense.