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Emergency vehicles park outside of Watts Hall on Nov. 28 following the attack on OSU’s campus by former student Abdul Razak Ali Artan. NICK ROLL Campus Editor Although news media and politicians have mentioned terrorism, as of Wednesday, authorities had not released a motive in the Monday attack on Ohio State’s campus. During a news conference on Wednesday, an FBI agent told members of the media that the attacker might have been inspired by terrorists, but it was “too soon” to call anything an act of terror. “It’s too soon to draw any conclusions if this is terrorism,” FBI special agent Angela Byers said at a news conference held with the Columbus Division of Police on Wednesday afternoon. Byers said Artan might have been inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, the now-deceased al Qaeda-linked terrorist, as well as Islamic State. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a thirdyear in logistics management, drove a gray Honda Civic sedan

into a crowd of people gathered outside of Watts Hall for after a fire alarm went off. Artan then leaped out of the vehicle and reportedly began to attack the crowd with a butcher knife. He was then shot and killed by a University Police officer Alan Horujko. Horujko is now on administrative leave, which officials have said is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting that results in a death. Officials said the shooting will be presented, to a grand jury, as is also standard procedure. Authorities have said details, such as why Artan committed the attack, targeted OSU, or targeted the area outside Watts Hall remain unknown. It was confirmed Wednesday that a bystander was shot in the ankle. Authorities told reporters they suspect the bullet came from Horujko’s gun, as there has been no evidence found of another firearm. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism ATTACK CONTINUES ON 3


The construction on West 18th Avenue is now expected to be completed in December. PATRICK WILEY Lantern reporter It’s been almost two years since ground was broken for construction on West 18th Avenue in 2015, but it’s still a few weeks away from completion — missing its November deadline. The $10.5 million project, which will provide pipes for chilled water to be delivered in a more environmentally friendly way across campus, has been delayed until sometime in December. Since May of 2015, 18th Avenue, between Magruder and College roads, has been closed to vehicular traffic. For pedestrians, walkways have been provided on the sides of the roadway and two bridges allow them to cross the construction in certain sections.

Nicole Holman, a spokeswoman for Ohio State’s Office of Administration and Planning, did not comment on the reasons for the delay of the project, but said it would be done soon. “18th Avenue, between College Road and Magruder Road, is anticipated to open to pedestrian and limited service vehicle traffic in early December,” Holman said. Holman added that the installation of the curbs and asphalt on 18th Avenue is nearing completion, but other site amenities, such as benches and lighting, might take a little longer. “Depending on the weather conditions, the majority of the final landscaping is still anticipated to be installed by the end of the year.” Holman said. Nevertheless, OSU students, faculty and staff continue to be af18TH AVE CONTINUES ON 2

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Two days after the attack on campus by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, controversy surrounds the situation following a Facebook status allegedly posted Monday by Stephanie Clemons Thompson, the assistant director of residence life in the Office of Student Life University Housing at Ohio State. The post, which is now deleted, described Artan as a Buckeye, and asked for members of the Ohio State community to come together and remember him as a student first. The post also told users, “DO NOT SHARE THIS POST.”

Screenshots of the post gained attention on social media and garnered comments, including which some demanded an explanation, and others that called for her to resign or be fired. Some questioned the rationale behind the Clemons Thompson’s post. “OSU professor Thompson should resign immediately. These are the idiots that are teaching our kids. Worried about the attackers pain? Wow!” tweeted @Stevenwhirsch99. In a statement, OSU spokesman Ben Johnson said Thompson’s alleged post does not represent the university. FACEBOOK CONTINUES ON 3

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GHEZAL BARGHOUTY Lantern reporter The Columbus Division of Police released 911 calls from Monday’s car-and-knife attack at Ohio State in a media kit during a Wednesday morning press conference, which revealed the confusion and fear present that morning as the campus tried to figure out what was going on. The CD included 15 recorded calls from Columbus and OSU area 911 dispatches. Some callers reported from the scene of the attack, telling dispatchers first-hand accounts of what they saw.

dead, I’m looking at him now.”

911 caller during Monday’s attack

One caller, who was outside of Watts Hall when the attacker, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, drove his vehicle up onto the curb into the crowd of students and faculty, recalled his memory of the scene to the dispatcher. “We were all standing outside cause the fire alarm went off, this guy in a Honda Civic came out, ran through the crowd, jumped


A police report was released to the media at a news conference on Nov. 30.

out of his car and started taking down people with a knife, and he was running down Woodruff,” one caller said, panting between words. “Oh my God.” 911 CONTINUES ON 2


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Election results spur first-time protesters to act ABBY VESOULIS Lantern reporter DANIEL SMYTH Lantern reporter About 1,000 Columbus-area residents marched from Goodale Park to the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday night, condemning what they referred to as “bigotry” from President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration. The sidewalks of North High Street were flooded with protesters chanting phrases such as “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” and “Columbus united, we’ll never be divided”. This protest was one of several that has taken over the downtown area since the Nov. 8 presidential election which Trump won. Other protests have taken place around the city, including multiple on campus. Taylor True, a second-year in sociology and political science, attended a similar demonstration outside the Statehouse on Nov. 10, motivated by her dislike of the president-elect. “I was really upset and couldn’t get out of bed (after the election),” she said. “I felt that everything the students had been fighting for, such as diversity and minority rights, were being set back by the election.” Though True had attended rallies and protests before — such as the vigil in remembrance of Tyre King, who was fatally shot by police after they said he produced a BB gun that was mistaken for a real gun — she said Trump’s win inspired her and her friends to become more politically active. “The protests have consolidated a movement of everyone who feels negatively af-


Protesters hold up their signs outside the Ohio Statehouse on Nov. 29. fected by the election, whether they are directly affected or they feel that people they know may be affected,” True said. Nathaniel Swigger, a political science professor at OSU’s Newark campus, acknowledged that some protesters want to pressure Electoral College members to change their vote. He said that is “frankly, not likely to work” Instead, he said protesters may be inspired by fears for how the incoming administration may treat minorities, or from a desire to overhaul how the Electoral College works. “I think there are protesters starting to realize the American election cycle sucks,” he said. “We currently don’t have a system that values all voters equally — we see that in the Electoral College and we see that in gerrymandered House districts.”

Adam Grachek, a third-year in environmental engineering, also attended some of the protests and said they have enabled him to stand up for what he called the “continuous degradation of minority groups.” “After (Trump) was elected, I felt like I needed to do something, say something, to let the people who felt so marginalized throughout his campaign know that there are people out there fighting for them,” Grachek said. Grachek, like other students, however, did not picture themselves standing up for a political cause until Trump ran for president. “Before coming to Ohio State, I never really thought about protesting anything, but as a freshman and a sophomore, I was definitely feeling the angst of wanting to get involved,” Grachek said. “(It wasn’t) until

send paramedics immediately. He repeatedly asked for an ambulance to be sent. “They just drove through, we need an ambulance fast, please,” the caller said. “There’s a guy hit, he’s on the ground. There’s another person on the ground.” The CD also included calls from people who had taken shelter in classroom buildings, unsure of what was happening outside. Many callers, after a Buckeye Alert was sent saying there was an active shooter, were under the impression there was a gunman in the area. One caller, who locked herself in an of-

fice in Gerlach Hall on North Campus, said people in the building were warning others of an active shooter. “We just heard screaming that there is an active shooter … I haven’t seen anyone. Somebody just came in screaming that there’s an active shooter,” the caller said. “We locked ourselves in the office.” The attack sent 11 people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Ten of the injured have since been released from the hospital.

Trump was actually elected that I was able to do so.” Millennials, such as Grachek and True, play a large part in initiating these political gatherings, Swigger said. “We have seen increases in youth voter turnout and youth political engagement over the last couple of election cycles, and I think that has a lot more to do with the state of country now as opposed to 16 years ago,” Swigger said. “More and more people feel like they have to get involved.” Technology helps millennials arrange today’s protests. “(Social media) is an interesting way of expanding communication and solving a lot of coordination problems that often arise with protests,” Swigger said. The atmosphere of the gatherings has given her a sense of community with like-minded individuals and has helped her accept the election’s result, True said. “There is a lot of anger (at the protests), but there is also a lot of hope and love,” she said. “I don’t think either (emotion) is more important than the other.”


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That same caller said he witnessed the moment when University Police officer Alan Horjuko shot and killed Artan, a thirdyear in logistics management, while on call with the dispatcher. “I think he’s dead, I’m looking at him now,” the caller said. Another caller was on the phone with the dispatcher as he ran away from the scene. “It was a gray, looks like a Honda Civic. I’m like a block or two away now. I ran as soon as I thought I heard gunshots,” the caller said. Another caller urged the dispatcher to

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fected by the ongoing construction. Andres Serrano, a third-year in mechanical engineering, has most of his classes in and around 18th Avenue. This semester, especially, construction has hindered Serrano’s daily commute, he said. “My biggest gripe with the construction is that I don’t have a fast and easy connection between the two buildings I spend the most time at, Scott Lab and the (18th Avenue Library),” Serrano said. Serrano, while not surprised to hear of the project’s delay, is still hopeful that 18th Avenue will be clear for pedestrians in time for his exams. Other students, however, don’t share his optimism. “I can’t remember the last time 18th Avenue wasn’t under construction,” said Christian Frey, a fourth-year in communication. Like Serrano, much of Frey’s daily commute is disrupted by the 18th Avenue con-

struction. “I used to be able to access my classes with some ease during construction,” Frey said. “But now, with Newman Lab being closed off, I’ve had to completely rethink my daily commute.” The good news for Frey, and many students like him, is that construction is almost complete. “I’m just looking forward to the day when I can seamlessly walk through campus again,” Frey said. “It’s been a long couple of semesters.”

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WGSS told to take down banners RACHEL BULES Lantern reporter

Two banners with the messages “Black Lives Matter” and “Reproductive Justice Now” hung outside the windows of the women’s, gender and sexuality studies department at University Hall for a little over an hour on Tuesday before the Office of Academic Affairs requested they be taken down. OAA first sent a maintenance employee with a work order to remove the signs on the grounds that they were considered graffiti. When the WGSS faculty explained that they intentionally hung the signs, OAA then requested that they be taken down because they had not been approved based on OSU’s standards regarding signs and banners that are permitted to be displayed on campus. “The banners were not cleared through OSU’s bureaucratic process based on what they looked like, the colors and fonts used, and how they were displayed,” said Shannon Winnubst, WGSS chair and professor. Winnubst said that although it was the first time WGSS had tried to hang any type of banner outside its department, OSU’s social work department had hung a “Black

Lives Matter” banner outside of Stillman Hall earlier in the year. OAA eventually requested that it be taken down as well, for not meeting OSU’s requirements for acceptable signs to be displayed on campus. “We just want to make sure that the politics we represent in our classroom and our curriculum is consistent with the politics that we live out in this space, and on this university campus,” said Tess Pugsley, a WGSS program assistant. Pugsley said the banners were acquired by the department based on student responses the day after the presidential election. “The day after Donald Trump was elected, we had students coming into our office saying they didn’t know where else to go,” Pugsley said. “It’s very important to our students, and it means a lot to us to send a message that this is a safe space for our students.” The fact that the banners were hung the day after Monday’s violent attack on campus, however, was merely a coincidence, Winnubst said. “We hung the banners (Tuesday) because the weather was nice and we finally had time,” she said. Even though the signs were taken down, some students still

expressed their support for them. “I think it’s really courageous and powerful of the WGSS department to hang those banners from University Hall,” said Marina Siegel, a second-year in WGSS. “It’s important because it shows that the WGSS faculty is welcoming of all people and can be seen as a safety zone for those being targeted on campus.” Pugsley said the WGSS department plans to revise the banners to meet OSU’s standards and then display them again on the outside of University Hall. “We want to send a message,” Pugsley said. “We are hopeful that the university would want to send the same message.”



“This post from this individual clearly is not an official statement of the university and represents her own personal viewpoint,” Johnson said in an email. The Lantern has been unable to get a comment from Thompson regarding the post, and phone calls to her office phone went di-

rectly to a busy signal. Her biography on the Student Life website says she loves that OSU “has a very unique culture that encourages innovative scholarship,” and she “(encourages) students to think outside the box when tackling challenging issues.”






Task Force, which includes the Columbus Division of Police and University Police, currently believe Artan acted alone. Shortly after Artan attacked campus, two people were handcuffed in the Lane Avenue parking garage before police cleared the area and determined that Artan acted alone. Authorities continued searching the area after OSU lifted the shelter-in-place order, but some buildings remained locked down and some areas remained closed off even after the order was lifted. NBC reported that Artan, who was Muslim, went on a rant about the treatment of Muslims in America on a Facebook page that is believed to belong to him. Todd Lingren, an FBI spokesman, said the page has not been officially released to any media outlets and that its authenticity has not yet been confirmed. “(The page) is certainly something that is being investigated,” Lingren said in an email. FBI special agent Byers also said the page had not been authenticated. “We believe he may have been inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, or ISIS … our investigation will determine that,” Byers said. “We’re

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FBI agents and police officers clear buildings after the attacker at OSU was killed on Nov. 28. looking at the Facebook post and trying to determine the authentication, so that is one thing that leads us to believe that it’s possible he may have been inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki.” In August, by chance, Artan was the subject of The Lantern’s weekly feature “Humans of Ohio State.” He expressed anxiety about praying in public and being judged by society and the media based on stereotypes surrounding his faith. Wednesday morning, President-elect Donald Trump — who ran a hard-line campaign critical of both Islam and immigration — tweeted that Artan, who was a Somali refugee, should have never 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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been allowed in the country. “ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country,” Trump tweeted. Media representatives for the president-elect did not return a request for comment regarding why Trump believes Artan should not been allowed to enter the U.S. As defined by the United Nations, a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. After civil war broke out in Syria, fears have grown in the U.S. that refugees with terror ties have made it into the United States, despite backDirector of Student Media General Sales Manager

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ground checks. Islamic State has claimed the attack, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that Artan had any communication or connection to the terrorist group. The group has often claimed attacks after they’ve happened, based on people who acted alone or in the name of Islamic State. The terrorist organization declared Artan was a “soldier of the Islamic State,” according to its newswire, Amaq. Dakota Rudesill, a professor at the Moritz College of Law and a counter-terrorism expert, said that although recent evidence points to a possible link between Artan and ISIS, one should still not assume to know the entire story. “There are several data points we have now to suggest that the individual was self-radicalized and reached out (to ISIS) ... but we do not want to jump to conclusions,” Rudesill said. William Clark, a professor emeritus of material science engineering who was a victim of the attack, said at a press conference Tuesday that he witholding his judgement of Artan. “Before I pass judgment on this young man, I’d like to see what exactly the circumstances are and

exactly why he took the course of action he chose,” Clark said. “At the end of the day, as I said earlier, I’m still going home this afternoon and he’s dead.”

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situations in my life. But all of this is done in a lighthearted way, with humor. I make fun of myself and use images that encourage laughter because of scenes of a movie or a character taken out of context.” Nathaniel Barbone, who has two pieces in the show, said he wanted to incorporate functionality and his hobbies into his work. He is displaying a chess set made of glass, as well as a working guitar which he plans to play at the show’s reception on Dec. 17. “The body (of the guitar) is made out of wood and the neck

is sand-cast glass, which is made when you press an object into a bed of sand, leaving a cavity in which to pour molten glass,” Barbone said. “It’s a weird piece that was pretty ambitious, and I’m glad it worked out.” Austyn Dropsey contributed a series of three acrylic paintings called “Destruction.” Each painting represents a type of pollution — land water and air — and depicts human organs and nature being affected by the pollution. The work is influenced by graffiti, tattooing, skateboard art, screen

printing and music, according to the artist statement included in the gallery. Annie Stults contributed four pieces, including “Ladybugs Is A Codename,” a collection of oil paintings depicting cartoon-like monsters framed and displayed on a coffee table. Stults said she sees the paintings as a reflection or self-portrait. “My work in this exhibition tends to play a line between creepy, offbeat and humorous,” Stults said in an email. “It all represents my

While photographing a nature scene, Nicole Badik was stopped by a stranger who admired her point of view and said, “Wow. I never would have stopped to look at that.” For four years, amateur and professional photographers have gathered on Ohio State’s campus to learn and share in their quest to capture the perfect image in the Photography Enthusiast Society. Badik, president of the student organization and a fourth-year in strategic communication, said she believes photography isn’t solely about the outcome, but the entire process. “(I love) setting up the photo and capturing something so beautiful … something that someone wouldn’t even stop to look twice at,” Badik said. “It makes you see the world in a different way.” At the bi-weekly club meetings, professional  photographers of various specialties are brought in to speak about topics that such as photographing newborns, large zoo animals and weddings, said Joshua Farr, club member and third-year in logistics management. “There are different genres in



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CD102.5 Holiday Show, 6 p.m. at EXPRESS LIVE!, 405 Neil Ave. The annual concert is set to feature Band of Horses, Warpaint, Hamilton Leithauser and Montezuma. Tickets are $38.35 including fees via Ticketmaster.

“Escape to Witch Mountain,” 2 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The Disney movie, originally aired in 1975, is set to screen as part of the Zoom Family Film Fest. Admission is free for members and $4 for the general public.

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KATHLEEN SENGE Lantern reporter While many Ohio State students prepare for exams and papers as the semester draws to a close, graduating art majors celebrate their hard work by showcasing their art for the community. The fourteen students graduating this semester were required to contribute senior projects to the Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition, which opened Tuesday at the Urban Arts Space. Jordan Baker has six pieces on display, all created with screen prints and acrylic ink. He said his work is a homage to his upbringing through comics, movies, music and religion. “The process distorts the image to a point of forced perspective, where I have to take a step back to view the entire scope of my work,” Baker said in an email. “It has helped me think more critically about my past and the current



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Holiday Cabaret, 7 p.m. in the Student-Alumni room in the Ohio Union. Scarlet and Grace Notes and Buck That! a capella groups are set to perform holiday music. Admission is free.

Sunday, Dec. 4 Dance Connection Performance, 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Ohio Union Performance Hall. The student organization is set to present its semi-annual show, “Because You Loved Me,” which is set to include a range of dance styles from tap to ballet to jazz and lyrical. Admission is $5 or free with a BuckID. “Birds of Passage,” 3 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The award-winning live action children’s film is set to be screened as part of the Wex’s Zoom: Family Film Festival. Admission is $3 for members and $4 for the general public.

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“I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that a Muslim student would do something like that because, in my view, he’s not Muslim if he does that. It’s against our religion to kill anyone, to harm anyone because in the Quran it says if you harm one soul you basically harm the whole humanity. I don’t understand what made him do that. I feel bad for my Somali friends. After Monday, they did not come to school because they were so afraid of being discriminated or someone coming after them or attacking them, so that made me very mad. How they were fearful to come here to campus. I just reassured them and told them it’s OK, just have faith in God and hopefully nothing bad happens to you because of what a Somali kid decided to do. That’s what really affected me.”

Thurayya Mohammad Fourth-year in sociology

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Farseek masters the power of one CAMERON CARR Lantern reporter When Cameron Harrison began playing music under the name Farseek, he was a student at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Though Harrison has since graduated and moved from the Southeast to the Midwest, memories of his formative years and home state influence his music. On Farseek’s first full-length album, “Fear of Missing Out,” Harrison looks at how distance has changed his relationships. “This is my first time ever living super far away from home,” Harrison said. “There’s a lot going on that I’m inherently going to miss out on.” The 12-track album, due out on Dec. 16, sees Harrison looking back, but also moving forward. Farseek initially began as an outlet for Harrison to work on songs on his own rather than with a band. All of his recordings feature Harrison performing guitar, bass, drums and vocals to create emo-tinged power pop, while his early live shows were solo performances on acoustic guitar. Though he still plays all instruments on the recordings, Harrison is now joined on stage by bassist Gage Volbert and drummer Mitch Rossiter. “It is almost entirely he is the

“I’m trying to play with people that challenge me a little bit, even though it’s my project.” Cameron Harrison Musician


Cameron Harrison records all the instruments and makes all the artwork for his project, Farseek. leader,” Volbert said. “He’s talented in that his brain thinks in every layer of the recording.” Harrison said working with a band helps to flesh out ideas and make some adjustments, but otherwise he works alone. “I’m trying to play with people that challenge me a little bit, even though it’s my project,” Harrison said. Working on songs without other musicians, Harrison said, allowed


inner demons or even skeletons in my closet, but I can also step back from them and laugh and feel better about my life because of them. I can accept certain things and let go of others through making my art and it is my hope that my audience can relate, no matter what their troubles may be.” Matt Takacs created “Light, Implied,” using glass, wood, steel, copper and paint. Spherical glass pieces hang on chains from the ceiling and sit on top of wood tables. Takacs, a glass artist, focused on minimizing the amount of glass used in this piece, according to his artist statement. Cari Gaynes created six sculptures using yarn intertwined through chicken wire to create colorful patterns. Each sculpture has a corresponding painting in which Gaynes used corresponding patterns and colors. “I want someone to view my work and notice something different each time they view it, and continue to be interested in it,” Gaynes said. Kayla Tate, who studies art and technology with a minor in fashion and retail studies, made handbags using artificial animal fur and feathers. The project, titled “Fashion Alive,” includes animal sounds coming from the bags. “I wanted to bring awareness to animal lives while also making a fashion statement,” Tate said in an e-mail. “Typically when animals are used to create fashion accessories, their lives are taken. I wanted my work to focus on animals liv-

him to write more complex music and invest more time without the constraints of other members’ schedules or skillsets. “I like having a lot of the freedom to do whatever I want with it,” he said. “Ultimately, I care more about this than I think a lot of other people would just because it’s like my baby.” Harrison not only writes and records all of the music, but also handles other aspects of Farseek..

Harrison studied fine art at Flagler and designs the artwork and CD packaging along with printing T-shirts. While he appreciates the control, Harrison said the amount of work can make the process a little slow at times. “If I found somebody who was wanting to help out, I’d be more than happy to have them help out,” he said. “But this works. I’ve finally got it sounding the way I

want it to sound and things to look the way I want them to look so I don’t think it’s entirely necessary.” Volbert said being a supporting member to Harrison’s holistic vision isn’t a problem for him. “I have no issues being a backing band,” he said. “(Harrison) has a very distinctive voice and a very distinctive sound that he goes for, and I really like being a part of that instead of bringing my own influences into it.” Farseek will play an album release show on Dec. 14 at Cafe Bourbon Street with Ghost Teeth, The Roof Dogs and Bastard Waiting for Nothing. Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door.

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ing through fashion.” The exhibit will be on display at Urban Arts Space, located at 50 W. Town St., now until Dec. 17. Urban Arts Space is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. A reception is set for Dec. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.


photography,” Farr said. “It’s not the same thing every meeting, and I like that a lot. You get a new perspective and get to meet new people.” In addition to hosting guest speakers, the club alerts members to upcoming contests, photography exhibits and presentations locally and across the country. Club members often hit the road together and test out their newly-learned techniques. Destinations include the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Franklin Park Conservatory and Hocking Hills State Park. “During our Hocking Hills trip this year, a lot of people decided to do astrophotography,” Badik said. “So they all went out at some point in the night, and were gone for three to four hours, just helping each other shoot pictures of the sky. We improve by giving each other tips.” Farr said he was inspired to buy a camera and start photographing after spending 20 months in Tokyo. He said the group has helped him take his photography to new levels of interest and technique. “I went from not photographing at all to photographing a lot; I kind of did a 180,” Farr said. “While in Tokyo, I had a friend who brought her camera along everywhere. She would always pull it out and take photos, and I thought it was really cool.” As a photographer who enjoys capturing events and portraits, he said he used his phone to snap shots before buying a digital cam-


A photo of Ohio Stadium taken by Photography Enthusiast Society member Joshua Farr.

era. “I try to carry my camera with me, but sometimes a phone is the most convenient,” Farr said. “They always say the best camera you have is the one on you.” The club shows its work in an annual photography show, where members’ images are framed and hung in the Ohio Union. The gallery opens the first weekend of April and is open to the public. Photography Enthusiast Society meets every other Thursday at 7 p.m. in Enarson Classrooms Building. JOIN THE CONVERSATION



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Maggie Heim: Life after the 25th point JENNA LEINASARS Assistant News Director The crowd at Nebraska’s Omaha Marian High School basketball game was in shock. Freshman center Maggie Heim went up for a rebound and had her legs swiped out from under her. Heim’s head hit the floor and everything went black. “The last thing I remember is the whole crowd going, ‘Oh …,’” she said. It would be her first concussion, but not her last. An avid high-school athlete, Heim played not only basketball, but she also ran track and played volleyball. Now, biologically more prone to have concussions since her first had occurred, Heim suffered two more collisions in high school, but she was mentally hard-headed and brushed off the accidents. “With my stubborn personality, I was like, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine,’” she said. Heim eventually bounced back from her injuries and was recruited by Ohio State volleyball coach Geoff Carlston after her sophomore season. She said she considered herself a risk taker. The long distance from home did not bother her because she loved OSU for more than just its athletics. “If my sport were to ever be taken away, I knew that I would still love the school,” Heim said. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe has known Heim since

they were in high school, playing each other in the club volleyball circuit. Sandbothe said Heim had an infectious personality, and she stood out on the court. “Everywhere she went, she would just light up a room, or she lit up a game,” she said. During her first two seasons as a Buckeye, Heim made a big impression. Her team knew her as a leader and an encouraging voice. Even though she didn’t see a lot of playing time as an underclassman, Heim said she was determined to be the best teammate possible to everyone around her. “Something about Maggie that not a lot of people know is that she was one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met in my life. When it came down to the wire, she was an absolute competitor,” Sandbothe said. “She pushed everyone to be better.” Just before the NCAA tournament during Heim’s sophomore season at OSU, the past reared its ugly head once again. She was hit in the head during two consecutive practices. Immediately, she knew something was off. “I finished practice and walked off the court and said, ‘Something doesn’t feel right,’” she said. The athletic trainers took her into their office and asked her simple questions. “What day is it?,” “Who was the last team you played?,” Heim couldn’t remember any of it. Despite the scare, she was back in the gym the next day, ready to spend another practice with the


Maggie Heim works with Big Ten Network during an OSU women’s volleyball home game March 2. ELFEIN FROM 8

Pat Elflein understood at the time how special it was to win another game against his team’s bitter rival, but the significance of just how great the 2016 edition of “The Game” was for the program’s history and his legacy did not immediately register for the redshirt senior. “It’s an indescribable feeling to beat that team five teams and do it the we did today,” he said. “I can’t thank my teammates enough for sending the seniors out the right way. Now we get to play for it all.”



competitive units. A gritty team always creates some tension in games, and would create some drama that always drives up television ratings. With a win over OSU, and a win over the Badgers by a margin greater than seven, Penn State would be a tough team to leave out of a playoff spot. This scenario seems the most likely to keep the Scarlet and Gray from the playoffs. Neither team impresses Remember Iowa’s win over Michigan? A drawn-out, gritty game that ended with a last second field goal and neither side being relatively impressive on

team she loved most and take off for tournament play. However, she was sent home to rest, and had to watch the Buckeyes play from a television screen. The following days would be focused on getting back on her feet. Before Heim left to go back to Omaha for winter break, the trainers suggested this was more than just another hit. Her injury was potentially career-ending. A neurologist’s recommendation confirmed her worst nightmare. She returned to OSU with a heavy heart and bad news for the Buckeye sisterhood. “I told them I wouldn’t be playing anymore, which is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to say to anyone. We sat in the locker room and just cried. It was almost like a loss, like a death,” she said. “I hugged every one of my teammates.” Sandbothe remembers that day and the greater message that stood out through the tears. “It was really scary, and it was a realization that this game is something that’s bigger than all of us and it can be taken from you in the blink of an eye.” Sandbothe said. But just because she wouldn’t be on the court, it didn’t mean Heim was abandoning her team. After telling them the initial news that she wouldn’t be wearing a Buckeye jersey anymore, she also had a second message. “The second thing I told them is, ‘I’m going to be there as much as I can, as much as I can emotionally handle these next two years because they’re my family,’” she said. Heim hung around St. John Arena a lot after the incident, because she still had so much love for the team, even if she wouldn’t be playing. It helped her transition into her new role as a student assistant coach. “It’s a student-coach role, but I think it’s more being a sense of calm, peace and happiness around the team,” she said. “I wanted to continue to bring that in any way I could.” It was a good fit for Heim. Carlston said she brings a great perspective to the team as a walking example of gratitude. “One of the most valuable things she brings is that sense of gratefulness, that sense of urgency — understanding that it all can offense was the outcome. A flat Big Ten title game is one of the best possible scenarios for OSU to make the playoffs. With neither side showing much in terms of life, the College Football Playoff committee would be reluctant to put in such an uninteresting team just to get them destroyed by a superior opponent. If Wisconsin and Penn State put forth a disappointing show, expect to see OSU in either Phoenix or Atlanta. One of the other potential playoff teams loses this week No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington are all going to be playing in conference title games this weekend. The


Maggie Heim (left) and the Ohio State women’s volleyball senior class poses for a photo Aug. 8. be taken away from you,” he said. “That’s a really essential piece to have within your program, someone who can speak to that and who has lived it.” As time progressed, Heim began to explore new facets of life outside of volleyball. She expressed interest in television, modeling, the Peace Corps and traveling the world after graduating in May. Heim currently works with Big Ten Network doing playby-play broadcasting of her team’s home matches. “It’s in my personality to not say no to things that freak me out,” she said. Helm said she would have never known about the other opportunities that existed for her had she not gotten injured. “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.” Heim’s story has been an inspiration for those around her, including Sandbothe and Carlston who have seen Heim through all of the stages of her journey. Sandbothe said Heim has grounded the senior class in humility. “She did a tremendous job of letting people know she was okay and letting people know there is life beyond this game,” Sandbothe said. As for Carlston, Heim is one of the reasons that being a coach is so rewarding. He’s seen Heim at her lowest and, now, her highest. “She’s a good example of real-

ly why I enjoy coaching,” he said. “To see a player like Maggie go through what she went through and come out of it … and not only come out of it, but come out of it on the other side much better.” Even though her time as an OSU athlete was cut short, Heim is anything but 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.” Heim has been officially released from the NCAA and OSU, so she is free to decide whether she will ever play volleyball again, but what she’s more interested in is exploring who exactly Maggie Heim is. “My identity was always being an athlete and that’s where my confidence came from. My happiness was from going to practice and wearing a jersey,” she said. “Something I’m interested in is establishing an identity that’s being a human being and not just being a student-athlete.”

Crimson Tide face No. 15 Florida, Clemson faces No. 19 Virginia Tech and Huskies square off against No. 9 Colorado. All games have the potential for fireworks, with stiff competition throughout. Although Alabama appears to be an invincible force at this point, teams like Clemson and Washington have been swapping places with other teams for the last few weeks in the No. 4 spot. A loss by one of these two teams would cause No. 5 Michigan to rise back into the top four spots, and OSU will not be dropping below a team they beat just a week prior. This scenario would be the best chance for OSU to reach the playoffs.

Only time will tell where the Buckeyes end up. The final selection show by the College Football Playoff committee will air on Sunday on ESPN at noon.




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Pat Elflein’s legacy as a Buckeye JACOB MYERS Assistant Sports Editors At the conclusion of the 2015 Ohio State football season, coach Urban Meyer saw a seemingly endless line of players leaving the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility, in effect, ending their Buckeye careers. Running back Ezekiel Elliott, defensive lineman Joey Bosa and linebacker Darron Lee highlighted nine early departures from the program. However, the line ended with Pat Elflein. The redshirt senior returned for his final season of eligibility and converted to center from his guard position. Redshirt junior OSU quarterback J.T. Barrett said it wasn’t a surprise to him seeing Elflein come back to the Scarlet and Gray when he had the possibility of being a high draft pick. “One of the biggest things that means the most to me is how much he cared,” Barrett said on Monday before the Michigan game. “Not about me, but the guys. That’s why he came back is to be with us. I think that’s selfless and not a lot of people come around like that.” Last Saturday against Michigan, in perhaps his biggest game as a Buckeye, Elflein ran out of the tunnel at Ohio Stadium for the last time. He handed his mother, Lisa

Elflein, a rose and greeted the rest of his family with tears coming from his eyes. Elflein predicted on the Monday before the game that it was going to be an emotional day for him, not knowing that his team would pull off a 30-27 double-overtime win over the Wolverines in one of the most memorable games in the history of the program. “I’ll never forget that, Senior Day,” Elflein said. “That was the craziest this place has been ever since I’ve been here. That was the ultimate ... it was an electric atmosphere.” OSU trailed for much of the game before the offense took control in overtime. After junior H-back Curtis Samuel’s game-winning touchdown that propelled OSU to a dramatic victory, Elflein was one of the first players to hug Samuel in the end zone. The redshirt senior from Pickerington, Ohio, then went over to the section where his family was sitting. He pulled his mother, Lisa; sister, Heather Elflein; brother, Matt Elflein; and grandfather, Rich Elflein, onto the field to celebrate a rare fifth win over Michigan as a member of the Buckeyes. “That was just amazing,” Pat Elflein said. “My grandpa was here and he hasn’t been here in


OSU coach Urban Meyer (left) hugs OSU redshirt senior center Pat Elflein before the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win over Michigan on Nov. 26. awhile ... it was just very exciting.” Pat Elflein has been a starter on the OSU offensive line for three seasons. He’s been the vocal leader on the unit all of the 2016 season along with the only other returning starter on the unit known as “The Slobs,” redshirt junior guard Billy Price. On Saturday, after the game, Price recalled the last touch-

down in a way that meant a lot to his teammate. Price ran into the end zone, joined his teammates, hugged Samuel, then embraced his fellow lineman. “To send Pat out on a senior season like this — he’s got five pairs of gold pants,” Price said. “There are very few people to do that.” Gold pants are given to every member of an OSU team that

beats Michigan. Pat Elflein’s first time playing in the rivalry was in 2013 when he entered for Marcus Hall, who was ejected from the game. Then, he became another member of the lineage of Pickerington natives to play in “The Game.” One of his best friends from high school, Michigan tight end Jake Butt, ended his career 0-4 versus OSU. ELFLEIN CONTINUES ON 7


Evaluating OSU playoff scenarios NICK MCWILLIAMS Sports Editor The Big Ten Championship game will come and go without a glimpse of the No. 2 Ohio State football team. As the Buckeyes watch and wait for the outcome of the matchup between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State, the situation might be more favorable than meets the eye for OSU. After falling to the Nittany Lions 24-21 in State College, Pennsylvania, the Buckeyes are a perfect 5-0, and have averaged a margin of victory of 25.2 in the last five weeks. Penn State is hitting its stride at the perfect time as well, giving up an average of 86 rushing yards per contest, and have given up a total of 12 points combined in two weeks. However, an extremely tough Wisconsin team lies in wait for coach James Franklin’s Nittany Lions. The Badgers gave OSU a run for their money, forcing overtime in Madison. While the Buckeyes have struggled with both units, neither side seems to have the upper hand. Even with all eyes on Indianapolis this week for who will wear

the Big Ten crown, OSU might just be finding themselves in a spot that has already given them a playoff berth. Here are a few of possible scenarios for the Scarlet and Gray and the postseason. Penn State loses in blowout fashion to Wisconsin Given how both teams are playing right now, it would seem unlikely to see one team rollover the other. However, this scenario is a little more realistic when one thinks about other performances by the Badgers this season. Wisconsin not only pushed OSU to the brink, but was just a touchdown away from pushing Michigan to overtime. While the Badgers lost 14-7, Penn State was on the wrong end of a 49-10 drubbing at the hands of the Wolverines. Wisconsin lost by a touchdown to two, top-five ranked opponents. The Nittany Lions, on the other hand, have lost to Pitt. The Panthers, even with a win over Clemson, are far from an excusable loss, as their 8-4 record has been padded with wins over the likes of Villanova and Marshall. If Penn State were to be blown out, it would boost the resume of Wisconsin, making a convincing

case for a playoff spot. However, that overtime loss in primetime to the Buckeyes would be looming over Wisconsin, and gives OSU a spot in the final four. Wisconsin loses in blowout fashion to Penn State This creates a bit more of a

problem for the Buckeyes, as the red-hot Nittany Lions would most likely be out of the top 10 with a blowout loss to Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions, representing the lone loss for OSU, picking up a win over a team OSU struggled with at times would shed a bad

light on the Buckeyes, considering Wisconsin would fall from the top 10. Penn State isn’t known for blowing out quality teams, but has picked up some solid wins and stayed competitive with tough, PLAYOFF CONTINUES ON 7


Fans on the field wave a flag after the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27.

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