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Buckeye Food Alliance opening second location to increase student access to nonperishables.



Program offering access to artistic and creative experiences throughout Columbus community.



Ohio State marks another stop in Bennati’s soccer journey from Italy to the US.





Wesson and Carter make connections on and off the court.


The student voice of the Ohio State University

Year 139, Issue No. 48

Fired professor claims ‘toxic’ culture at Fisher KAYLEE HARTER Editor-in-Chief SAM RAUDINS Campus Editor A fired Ohio State professor has filed a lawsuit against the school and some of its employees, claiming gender-based discrimination and painting a picture of a “toxic” and discriminatory environment in the Fisher College of Business. The suit was filed Sept. 19 by Deborah Mitchell in the Southern District Court of Ohio after her termination was approved by the Board of Trustees Aug. 30 for conflict of interest. According to Mitchell’s complaint, the university has allowed male employees to engage in similar activities without investigation or termination. Mitchell, who worked at the university for seven years, is president and founder of a consulting business called CypressTree Corp. She was found to have committed “grave misconduct” and fired for improperly steering a $1.6 million project with the Ohio Department of Medicaid to


University President Michael V. Drake speaks at a full Board of Trustees meeting at the Secrest Welcome and Education Center at Ohio State’s Wooster campus on Aug. 30. The Board voted on the termination of Deborah Mitchell at the meeting.

her company, University President Michael V. Drake said at the full Board meeting. “By deciding to continue a relationship and enter into a contract with ODM without reporting it to the chair, dean, or others in authority within Fisher Executive Education, Professor Mitchell elected to pursue a matter in her

role as President of CypressTree that competed directly with the interests of the Fisher College of Business,” Drake said in a letter to the Board recommending Mitchell’s termination. Mitchell said she does not believe she was guilty of misconduct. “I have complete confidence

in this litigation. And you know, I have zero doubt about the strength of my case. I do not wish that I had done anything differently,” she said in an interview with The Lantern. Additionally, Drake; Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron; Paul C. Velasco, former executive director of

Executive Education at Fisher; Anil Makhija, dean of Fisher; and Walter Zinn, faculty member and former associate dean of graduate students at Fisher, are also named as defendants in the suit as of an Oct. 23 amendment. The individuals held leadership positions during the time of Mitchell’s complaints and were involved in her termination and removal from teaching duties “with a motivating factor being her sex and in retaliation for making good faith complaints of discrimination.” Ben Johnson, university spokesperson, said the university is aware of the suit and reviewing it. Zinn said he could not comment on the suit. Makhija and Velasco did not respond to request for comment by the time of publication. Mitchell also wrote in her letter to the Board that the conclusion of the investigation and her pending termination would provide her a sense of relief. “I am almost free. I will no longer have to go to sleep at night with the weight of Ohio State holding me down, its bureaucratic hand over my mouth. This PROFESSOR CONTINUES ON 3

Walk wisely on Woodruff Most on-campus pedestrian accidents occur on North Campus avenue


A second-year in engineering physics, Nick Pater’s accident was the fifth involving a person struck on West Woodruff Avenue in the past five years.

OWEN MILNES For The Lantern A white van came to a screeching halt as it collided with Nick Pater while he crossed West Woodruff Avenue. Pater hit the

ground, and the driver leapt out of his vehicle. “Oh [expletive], I killed this kid,” Ivan Aponte, the driver of the vehicle, said of his first thoughts of the incident. Pater, a second-year in engineering physics, sustained minor

injuries from the Sept. 6 accident and was cited by Ohio State police for entering a crosswalk that doesn’t have a signal outside Schoenbaum Hall and into the path of Aponte’s vehicle. The accident was the fifth involving a person struck on West Wood-

ruff Avenue in the past five years. During the same time period, there have been 14 on-campus car accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles. According to gmap-pedometer. com — a website used to measure distances — the immediate on-campus area of West Woodruff Avenue runs 0.45 miles through North Campus from North High Street to Tuttle Park Place. Along this stretch, approximately 36 percent of all on-campus accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles have occurred. Neil Avenue and the intersection of Tuttle Park Place and Ives Drive are the next most frequent locations for on-campus accidents. In the past five years, each location had three instances of pedestrians being struck by vehicles. The two combined locations account for about 42 percent of

on-campus accidents, while West 12th Avenue accounts for 14.3 percent, with two accidents in the past five years.

“It’s made me more mindful.” NICK PATER Second-year in engineering physics

Dan Hedman, university spokesperson, said West Woodruff Avenue is particularly dangerous because it has a high volume of cars and pedestrians, runs parallel to Lane Avenue, connects to High Street and is close to the North Residential District. Hedman said the university advises everyone to share the road responsibly. He advised people to avoid distractions by removing earbuds and looking up from their cellphones. Hedman added that Share the Road is an educational university ACCIDENTS CONTINUES ON 2


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Buckeye Food Alliance opening second location BONIFACE WOMBER Lantern reporter A student-run food pantry is extending its reach beyond West Campus to the corner of West Woodruff Avenue and High Street next semester. Ohio State’s Buckeye Food Alliance is planning to open a new food pantry early spring semester at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, although an official date has not yet been set, Joshua Debo, a fourth-year in neuroscience and president of BFA, said. BFA is a student organization that serves both undergraduate and graduate students with a valid BuckID and does not require proof of financial need, according to BFA’s website. Debo said BFA is currently prepping the location and working on getting inventory and shelves set up. “We have already gotten a team in there to help us out with some painting and to clean up the space,” Debo said. Debo said opening the St. Stephen’s location will increase accessibility to the pantry for stu-

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beans and cereal, as well as personal care products such as shampoo and conditioner. Debo added that the organization has been closely partnered with Best Food Forward, a student organization that helps provide bulk buys of produce, allowing students to have more outlets for purchasing fresh and more nutritious produce. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM



Buckeye Food Alliance is opening a second location at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on West Woodruff Avenue.

dents who live east of campus because the church is farther east than the current Lincoln Tower location. Kali Krockover, a fourth-year in sociology and anthropology and vice president of BFA, said the organization decided to expand because it is serving more people at its current location, which opened in 2016 and is relatively small. “St. Stephen’s reached out to us and offered this really great space for us to use as a new food pantry, and it’s a perfect location,” Krockover said. Krockover added that a lot of on-campus students who live in the dorms are closer to Woodruff

“St. Stephen’s reached out to us and offered this really great space for us to use as a new food pantry, and it’s a perfect location.” KALI KROCKOVER Fourth-year in sociology and anthropology and vice president of BFA

than they are to Lincoln Tower, allowing for more people to use the pantry. According to BFA’s 2018-19 annual report, the pantry served 411 families — 127 of which were new — and had a total of 901 individual visits over the 2018-19 academic year. “It’s important for us to serve as many students as we possibly can. We are also looking towards serving graduate students as well,” Debo said. Krockover said the food pantry has a wide variety of options for their clients, depending on what is donated. Options include nonperishable food items such as canned fruits, vegetables, soups,

BFA has taken steps to help make its clients feel more comfortable when they visit the pantry by ensuring that each person has a smooth check-in process, creating a positive atmosphere with decorations, music and small talk, and adding a doorbell outside, Debo said. Debo said BFA’s partnerships with the Collegiate Council on World Affairs and Undergraduate Student Government, as well as other student associations, have benefited the pantry. “We’ve worked with all of them to help increase awareness about Buckeye Food Alliance just by sending the word out about us through their newsletters,” Debo said. The current pantry is located in Suite 150 of Lincoln Tower at 1800 Cannon Drive. It is open from 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. It is closed on Friday and Saturdays. The second location will open at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 30 W. Woodruff Ave.


initiative to promote traffic safety for all traffic types. The initiative emphasizes that all pedestrians and vehicle operators share the responsibility of safety when traveling on and around campus, and each semester, the university holds an educational event and places signs around campus to promote traffic safety. Pater said he had his cellphone out and earbuds in when he was hit. Almost two months after being struck by a vehicle, he said he no longer checks his phone when crossing the street. “It’s made me more mindful,” Pater said. KELLY MEADEN | MANAGING EDITOR FOR DESIGN

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CAMPUS AREA CRIME MAP LILY MASLIA Outreach & Engagement Editor A theft from a motor vehicle was reported to the Columbus Division of Police as having occurred at 10:29 a.m. Thursday on East 18th Avenue near North Pearl Street. According to the online police log, the suspect broke out the back window of the vehicle and removed a backpack with $3,400 of property inside, including a laptop and headphones.

MORE ON OUR WEBSITE A motor vehicle theft was reported to Columbus Police as having occurred between noon and 3:40 p.m. Thursday on Waldeck Avenue near Iuka Avenue. According to the online police log, the vehicle was removed from the listed location without the owner’s consent. An incident of voyeurism was reported to Columbus Police as having occurred at 7:55 p.m. Thursday on East 12th Avenue near Summit Street. According to the online police log, the victim stated that the suspect was outside

her bedroom, taking pictures of her while she was undressed. The victim then chased after the subject and was unable to catch him. The responding officer searched the area and did not find him. An incident of assault was reported to Columbus Police as having occurred between 9:30 and 11:15 p.m. Thursday at Midway On High. According to the online police log, the victim consumed five shots of alcohol prior to arriving to the location and then two more while there. During the times listed, the victim reported falling and being knocked out. The victim is unsure if he got hit or fell, but was treated at Grant Hospital for facial abrasions and a possible concussion. A rape was reported to University Police as having occurred between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m. Friday at Park-Stradley Hall. An assault was reported to Columbus Police as having occurred between 3 and 5 p.m. Friday on East Ninth Avenue near Indianola Avenue. A rape was reported to University Police as having occurred between 10 and 11:30 p.m. Friday at Scott House. A theft was reported to University Police as having occurred between 9 a.m. Saturday and 1:40 p.m. Sunday at Lawrence Tower.

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Former Ohio State professor, Deborah Mitchell, is suing Ohio State claiming gender-based discrimination in the Fisher College of Business. PROFESSOR FROM 1

is almost over. Then it will be my turn to speak,” Mitchell said in the letter. The complaint cites discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII, Title IX and Ohio laws against discrimination. According to the suit, there was a culture of sexism in Fisher that Mitchell first experienced in her first few weeks at the university in 2012. According to the suit, Mitchell faced “verbal abuse by male faculty members” from the start of her time at the university. “But know that these are not isolated incidents, and they’re not just a small number of bad apples,” Mitchell said to The Lantern. However, Mitchell added that she is not “painting a broad brush” in terms of accusing all her male colleagues of misconduct. According to the suit, Mitchell reported

that male professors discriminated against both female colleagues and students. The suit also claims Ohio State violated Mitchell’s right to due process by “failing to follow Ohio law and University policy” when conducting the investigation into Mitchell’s alleged conflict of interest. Mitchell is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as attorney fees and costs, but she said she is aiming for broad change within the school. “They’ve taken a lot from me. They’ve taken my job. They’ve ruined my reputation or tried to ruin my reputation,” she said. “So I’m definitely fighting back for myself, but I’m also fighting — my goals are to really expose and be part of a group of women who are going to be very committed to cleaning up Fisher.”

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PROSTHETIC Ohio State student starts nonprofit to provide eco-friendly prosthetics for those with limb difference. | ON PAGE 6

Program gives communities artistic opportunity SAM MARKEL Lantern reporter A local program is providing opportunities for Columbus, Ohio, community members to channel their inner artist. Transit Arts is an arts program that serves families in communities around Columbus and gives people of all backgrounds tools and instruction that enable them to express their creativity, Jackie Calderone, Transit Arts director, said. Transit Arts is this year’s official charity partner of Off the Lake Productions, a student-run, service-based theater group at Ohio State. Calderone said the program allows people from different neighborhoods and economic divides to connect through the arts. Transit Arts offers programs for people ages 12 to 21, according to its website. “Anybody that comes to the program is simply an artist,” Calderone said. Transit Arts hosts its programs at Central Community House, its parent organization. The Central Community House supplies af-


Transit Arts students and master artists perform at the Columbus Arts Festival on June 7.

ter-school programs, as well as other services, to support families, Calderone said. Transit Arts provides classes involving visual arts, hip hop dance, music production, writing and more, Katerina Harris, pro-

gram manager of Transit Arts at the Central Community House, said. The program’s goal is to uplift and provide opportunities for young artists to develop themselves as professional artists, Har-

ris said. “We wanna be sure that all young people have equal access to amazing arts experiences for them to be able to express their creativity,” Calderone said. “Sometimes people have incredi-

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Student nonprofit offers helping hand MICAHIAH BROWN-DAVIS Lantern reporter Growing up without a prosthesis for his limb difference and unsatisfied with the prosthetic arm he received from his clinic during his freshman year at New Albany High School, Aaron Westbrook took it upon himself to create his own. “When I got my first prosthetic, I knew there had to be better technology,” Westbrook said. “I really wanted an arm that just moved because the one I got from the clinic was like a mannequin hand.” Westbrook said he was connected with other students his age with limb differences during his freshman year through the Nub Club of Central Ohio for individuals to meet up and share their experiences, exposing him to the technology gaps and struggles people like him were facing with prosthesis. Now a second-year in business, Westbrook has since created a nonprofit to help others with limb differences. Westbrook said his high school received a grant for a fabrication lab — complete with 3D printers, a laser engraver and wood working machines — during his sophomore year, which was the start of him testing devices to make a prosthetic arm for himself.

Using a 3D printer and instructions he found online, Westbrook created his own arm in four months. “The thought in my mind most of the time was, ‘Is this even possible? Is this something a 15-yearold can do?’” Westbrook said. “I had a lot of self-doubt and a lot of pressure on myself. I knew that if this were to be successful, it could

“It doesn’t make sense that they’re charged $10,000 for something they need. That’s why I wanted to make this more accessible.” Aaron Westbrook Second-year in business

impact a lot of people. After creating my own arm, I wanted to do my own research.” Westbrook started a nonprofit in high school called Form5 Prosthetics, which provides eco-friendly, 3D-printed prosthetics with recycled plastics for those with missing limbs. Westbrook said he raised $2,400 for his own printer through a crowdfunding campaign and used his senior project — a New Albany High School

graduation requirement in which students must document 80 hours of work — to provide an arm for someone else. He said he created an arm resembling a panda for a 7-year-old girl through recycled materials. “3D printers typically use PLA plastic [derived from renewable resources]. It just so happened, miraculously, I was volunteering at the New Albany coffee shop and picked up a coffee cup one day, and it was PLA plastic,” Westbrook said. “I set up bins at school for people to drop off their coffee cups in, and with the support of the entire school district, I was able to source 2,000 cups.” Westbrook said that was the first prosthetic for his nonprofit, which now has a board of directors to assist him, including a technology director, board president, secretary and treasurer. He said Form5 works with people of all ages and gives recipients an opportunity to be involved in the prosthetic process. Westbrook said he decided to take a gap year after graduating high school to launch the organization. “I really wanted to prove to myself I could do Form5 full time,” he said. “I do not regret that time at all. It made me understand what I would need from school.”


Aaron Westbrook, founder of Form5 Prosthetics, a nonprofit focused on creating prosthetics for people with limb differences.


Wexner Center throws 30th anniversary party TAYLOR SMITH Lantern reporter Change can be good, but after 30 years, the Wexner Center for the Arts has found its niche and is sticking to it. The Wexner Center will celebrate its 30-year anniversary Friday, inviting donors, Corporate Council members and partnering local artists to a closed event meant to celebrate its support and

Starker said public support and donors such as those attending the event help make this mission possible, helping fund the free admission and discounted event tickets students receive for the center. Makayla Davis, a third-year in landscape architecture and an

intern at the Wexner Center, said her internship has reignited her passion for dance. Davis said she was motivated to push herself to combine creativity with the architectural work she is pursuing after attending a performance by choreographer nora chipaumire. The performance, which

took place at the Wexner Center Oct. 22 and 23, featured segments of chipuamire’s multigenre music and dance experience. “Every time that I go to a conference or program, I somehow become inspired in a new way,” Davis said. The stage in Mershon Audito-

“This place was started as a venue not just to present contemporary art, but to support its creation.” Melissa Starker Creative content and public relations director

success over the past 30 years, Melissa Starker, creative content and public relations manager, said. Starker said the Wexner Center has worked with amazing artists over the past 30 years, and she believes the consistencies, such as having Sherri Geldin as director of the Wexner Center for 25 years, keep the organization running. “This place was started as a venue not just to present contemporary art, but to support its creation,” Starker said.


The Wexner Center for the Arts will be celebrating its 30th anniversary Friday with a closed event for donors, Corporate Council members and partnering local artists.

rium will be turned into a dance floor for the event, with a live performance by 12-piece band Universal Crush. Starker said she expects the dance floor to have high energy. “You don’t get a full view of what’s happening there until you really step up onto the stage and look,” Starker said. Starker said attendees are welcome to walk through the galleries and take in the space at their own pace. The Wexner Center currently hosts its fall exhibition, “HERE: Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin,” which features meditations on Ohio from three women with deep connections to the state. Starker said she believes the relationship that has been formed over the years between the Wexner Center and the university plays a role in the success of the Wexner Center. “We’re sort of woven into the life of Ohio State, and that is really wonderful and sustaining,” Starker said. She added that the Wexner Center has collaborated with many departments at Ohio State, including the dance, architecture and engineering departments. Davis said she is seeing more college students get involved with the Wexner Center while the quality of the works shown continues to improve.


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of master artists.” Seeing past participants of the program find their passions and careers is very meaningful, Calderone said. “Most of our teaching artists, or master artists, are artists who came up through the program,” she said. “We have all these people who deeply understand what it means to be completely immersed in community.” Harris has been involved with Transit Arts since its inception more than 13 years ago. After participating for four years, she began working as a staff member.

perience,” Calderone said. Calderone said the class is valuable for all students because it creates connections across economic divides, and it teaches them skills they otherwise might not learn. “It’s very fulfilling — rewarding — to pass some skills to a new generation and seeing skills from a new generation, because there’s so many things that they’re interested in that I may not have known, and so there’s a transferring of knowledge and skills back and forth,” Harris said. Calderone said that in the future, the

“We wanna be sure that all young people have equal access to amazing arts experiences for them to be able to express their creativity. Sometimes people have incredible creative gifts, but don’t have the tools.” Jackie Calderone Transit Arts director

Westbrook said that after his gap year, he wanted to start at a smaller college campus, which led him to Ohio State’s Newark campus. He said he made meaningful connections and transitioned to the Columbus campus this year. Westbrook will host his first nonprofit event this weekend. The four-day workshop, called CO-FAB, will run Friday through Monday and pair five individuals with limb differences with Ohio State engineering students that Westbrook calls volunteer design engineer college stu-

unique cases. We’re going to develop a helper arm in one for her to do a multitude of different tasks.” Olivia Koller, a third-year in strategic communication and arts management and a digital communication intern for Form5, said children quickly grow out of the prostheses they get through the medical process. “Aaron’s process and 3D printing is more efficient,” she said. “The prosthetic is able to be customized, and if they grow out of it, he can use that same plastic to

“The thought in my mind most of the time was, ‘Is this even possible? Is this something a 15-year-old can do?’ I had a lot of self-doubt and a lot of pressure on myself. I knew that if this were to be successful, it could impact a lot of people.” Aaron Westbrook Second-year in business

Calderone said her involvement began with arts programs in the Short North more than 26 years ago, but she had no experience in social work or teaching prior to Transit Arts. Calderone said her favorite part of working with Transit Arts is seeing participants from the program in which she previously worked, the Short Stop Teen Center, enroll their children in her current program. “Now, we are seeing the children of the kids who used to come to the Short Stop, so we have this amazing legacy of being able to watch what happened that many years ago, and so it’s been a really incredible ex-

program would like to have a mobile unit, making it easier for program participants and organizers to reach different spots in Columbus where they might be needed by the community. The Central Community House is located at 1150 E. Main St. More information can be found at


dents. He said the engineering students will work with them to design their prosthesis. Westbrook said he chose five individuals from the local limb-difference community in Columbus, including the Nub Club and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “One is for a young boy who wants to play cello. We’re working with Maddie — who I worked with my senior year — we’re creating a device for her to hold a guitar pick,” Westbrook said. “We’re working with Jodie. She has never rode a bicycle before. Andrew wants a regular arm like mine. Emily is one of the most

make a new one.” Koller said she hopes the workshop will become an annual event. “All the devices we give away are gifted through donations and fundraising. These devices are what people need,” Westbrook said. “It doesn’t make sense that they’re charged $10,000 for something they need. That’s why I wanted to make this more accessible. That’s the goal of the recycling research.” Donations can be made through Form5 Prosthetic’s website.



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monogram 42. Small number 43. Winter wear 45. Actress Wynter 47. Drug-relating org. 48. Acts 50. Intellect 52. Strong desire 53. Extremely busy (3 wds.) 56. Crater creator 58. Proclamation 61. ____ extremes (2 wds.) 62. Stumper 65. “The World According to ____” 67. Envelope abbr. 68. Actress Linda 69. Fortitude 70. Assenting votes 71. Certain party members (abbr.) 72. Slangily affirmatives


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28. “Still Alice” actress Julianne 31. Zany 32. Ingrid Bergman, e.g. 35. Comic Kovacs 37. Graceful creature 39. Serving spoon 41. Columnist Ann 44. Buster and Diane 46. “Who ___ kidding?” (2 wds.) 49. Slanted 51. Fiasco 54. Buried treasure 55. Muppet Miss 56. Tiny speck 57. Blues singer James 59. Concern 60. Outing 61. ____ Nineties 63. Actor Jaffe 64. Naval off. 66. Liquid measures (abbr.)


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Sheldon’s hoop dreams come true MEGHAN CARROLL Lantern reporter Ohio native Jacy Sheldon will live her dream of playing basketball for the team she grew up rooting for on Sunday. Raised in Ohio as the daughter of a basketball coach, it’s no surprise the freshman guard knows the Buckeye culture well. Sheldon said it was an aspiration of hers to play in Columbus even before moving to Dublin, Ohio, her freshman year of high school. “The atmosphere grew even more because I was in Columbus,” Sheldon said. “I got to go to Ohio State games and be around Ohio State. I’ve always been a huge fan, but once I moved to Columbus, I really got to see what Ohio State University was all about.” Sheldon was a standout at Dublin Coffman High School, setting records that include scoring 52 points in a single game and becoming the first person in program history to score 2,000 career points. Her high school basketball tenure allowed Sheldon to become familiar with future teammates in freshman guards Madison Greene, who attended Pickerington Central High School, and Kierstan Bell, who is from Canton, Ohio.

team. Sheldon said it took time to get used to balancing practice and schoolwork, but she has gotten used to the time management. She has also adjusted on the court. In an exhibition game against Urbana Sunday, Sheldon tied Bell with a team-high 25 points, leading the Buckeyes in minutes, steals, blocks and plus-minus –– all while not committing a single turnover. “Once we get into the season, I’m really excited to see how our hard work pays off,” Sheldon said.


Ohio State freshman guard Jacy Sheldon shoots around during preseason drills.

“She’s always telling her little jokes,” Greene said. “She’s the type of person that when you see her, we want to do whatever she’s doing because she’s always one of the top people in practice.” It was that same personality and work ethic that Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said he and the staff took note of when recruiting Sheldon. He said she scores the ball in a variety of ways — especially from 3-point range — passes the ball well and makes other players better. “On the court, she’s incredibly fast and quick, and that really

plays well into our style of play,” McGuff said. Sheldon said that when deciding on a college, she had other offers, but Ohio State was always her favorite. “I always go back and compare those schools that I also liked to Ohio State,” Sheldon said. “Ohio State would always come out on top.” McGuff said Sheldon talks to and helps teammates when they need it, and he said he expects her to have a big impact for the team. He added that she has done a great job preparing for the upcoming

season with her teammates. “She’s got a very high level of talent,” McGuff said. “Once she continues to evolve and grow in our system, and we do things, I think she’s just going to get better and better.” McGuff said that before practice, Sheldon is one of the first in the gym, shooting baskets. McGuff said Sheldon loves to be in the gym working on her game, taking everything seriously to be a special player for the Buckeyes. As one of seven freshmen, Sheldon said she likes sharing the experience of being new on the

“She’s the type of person that when you see her, we want to do whatever she’s doing because she’s always one of the top people in practice.” MADISON GREENE Ohio State freshman guard

Longtime Buckeye fan Sheldon now gets the chance to be like the players she spent her childhood cheering for, stepping into the collegiate level and making a name for herself.


Ohio State junior forward Matteo Bennati (16) fakes out a defender to set up a shot during the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Nov. 3. Ohio State lost 1-0. BENNATI FROM 8

After success at Belmont, Bennati said he wanted something more. “I decided that it was time to take a step up this time,” Bennati said. “So I decided to transfer, and I got contacted by some good schools, but obviously Ohio State was the best.” Since transferring from Belmont to Ohio State, Bennati has noticed a rise in competition level. “The challenge is just awesome and is what I was looking for,” Bennati said. “[The Big Ten] is where you actually have to show who you are and what kind of player you are. I enjoyed playing for Belmont, but here is where you show who you are.” Head coach Brian Maisonneuve said he sees Bennati taking the switch in stride. “It is not easy, that type of transition from Italy to Belmont, Belmont to here. I mean that is a lot of moves,” Maisonneuve said. “He has got a great personality. He has got good leadership skills. Everybody likes him in the locker room. You can see why he has made those transitions so smoothly.” Bennati scored two goals over a three-

game period in October, including against Cleveland State and Michigan State, bringing his season total to three. Sophomore midfielder Xavier Green, who has found the net twice this season, has noticed a trait in Bennati’s play that allows him to thrive on the field. “He loves turning inside,” Green said. “He’s got the defender on his back, and he is really good at turning inside and dribbling, and he has scored some good goals for us in and around the box.” The Buckeyes have lost six consecutive games, with no wins since a 1-0 victory over Rutgers on Oct. 6. The eighth-seeded Buckeyes will play ninth-seeded Rutgers again in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indiana Nov. 9, with the winner playing No. 1 Indiana the next day. “We are shooting to go into the Big Ten Tournament as strong as we can. I’m sure all the guys will put 100 percent the effort, 100 percent of everything they got,” Bennati said. “I am confident we are going to put it all out there, and we will see then what is going to be the result.”

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Wesson-Carton chemistry catches steam GRIFFIN STROM Sports Editor In the second half of his first game as a Buckeye, DJ Carton looked to hit Kaleb Wesson in the post. The entry pass landed softly into Wesson’s hands, lobbed past a Cedarville defender over the right shoulder of the junior forward to set up a resounding two-handed dunk –– Wesson’s most emphatic finish of the night. It wasn’t the pair’s only connection, and the Buckeyes’ best returning player and most highly touted freshman played off each other with a level of ease that may foreshadow a dynamic inside-outside tandem for Ohio State as the season progresses. “Definitely have a good connection there, have a good relationship,” Carton said. “He’s kind of a big brother to me, teaches me a lot of things on and off the court.” Coming off a season in which he led the Buckeyes in scoring and rebounding, Wesson’s dominant 23-point, seven-board performance in Wednesday’s exhibition came as little surprise. Still, shooting 9-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, was impressive from the trimmed-down Wesson. He made 50 and 35 percent of his shots, respectively, from those areas a season ago. After testing the NBA waters over the summer, Wesson’s production will likely be a fixture for the Buckeyes this year. A bigger question mark for Ohio State is just how much immediate impact the Big Ten’s No. 1 recruiting

a positive sign for the Buckeyes, but the manner in which they played off each other was even more exciting, reflecting a level of chemistry difficult to manifest in just a few months of practice time together. Carton didn’t start over redshirt junior guard CJ Walker, but he played two more minutes in the exhibition. His big game may not bolster him into the starting lineup come Wednesday’s season opener against Cincinnati, but if he continues to show flashes, it will be hard for Ohio State to keep him off the court –– even more so if his relationship with Wesson continues to develop.


Ohio State junior forward Kaleb Wesson gets back on defense during the Buckeyes’ exhibition game against Cedarville Oct. 30. Ohio State won 95-52.

class will have on the court. Rated the best of the bunch as the No. 34 player in the class, Carton’s play in the exhibition suggested he may have an answer. Despite starting on the bench, Carton led all freshmen with 19 minutes, scoring 15 points and dishing out a team-high five assists –– a significant portion of both coming from a potent twoman game from Wesson and himself. “Kaleb’s a special player, and I don’t wanna take too much of that because it’s easy to get Kaleb the ball, and he does his thing,” Carton said. “I think we’ve had a really good connection, and he works hard to get open, and I just do the

easy thing and get him the ball.” The 6-foot-1 guard found Wesson for a jumper just a minute before the dunk, and after a fast break dunk of his own, Carton caught fire with a little help from his teammate. Wesson stopped Carton’s defender on a high ball screen, which the point guard used to get to the right elbow and drain a jumper. The next Buckeye points were set up from a high-post backdown from Wesson, who promptly drew a double-team and kicked it to Carton, who splashed a 3 from a foot-and-a-half behind the line. In a three-minute span in the

second half, Carton and Wesson combined to score 15 straight points, which extended the Buckeyes’ lead from 17 to 29. It would grow to 43 by the end of the game. The pair’s 38 combined points were just 14 fewer than Cedarville’s entire team, and they shot 76 percent on the night. “That was something that we just kept going to. Part of it was because of how under ball screens they were playing and the threat that Kaleb is,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “He’s become such a good shooter and has got just terrific touch, and obviously DJ, I thought made really good reads off of some of that stuff.” Their individual success was

“What we see on the court, go about it in the game, and we jell with each other really well so I’m excited to keep playing with him and see what happens.” DJ CARTON Ohio State freshman guard

“I think we’re really good at communicating with each other,” Carton said. “What we see on the court, go about it in the game, and we jell with each other really well so I’m excited to keep playing with him and see what happens.”

Bennati finds new home at Ohio State JACOB BENGE For The Lantern Despite playing on Ohio State’s soccer team, Matteo Bennati would say he’s been an avid footballer his whole life. The path to Ohio State for the junior forward has spanned two countries and two Division I colleges. But it began at a young age in Genova, Italy. “I have been playing soccer since I was 6 years old,” Bennati said. “So it has been pretty much my life.” However, the road to playing high-level soccer in Italy is not the same as in the United States, as Bennati said club teams take the place of middle school, high school or college soccer. Bennati started his career on club teams before being selected to the Genoa FC Soccer Academy. After playing at that level until he was 15 years old, he stepped back

down to the club level in search of more playing time, he said. The competition increased as Bennati grew older and joined better clubs.

“I have been playing soccer since I was 6 years old, so it has been pretty much my life.” MATTEO BENNATI Ohio State junior forward

“The most difficult transition is when you get from young soccer, or you are 18, and you go with people who are 30 years old and have sons and daughters who take it kind of like a second job,” Bennati said. “Then it becomes rough

if you don’t show your teeth, if you are not tough enough.” After competing at a high level in Italy, Bennati continued to try and move up through the Italian ranks. Then he learned about collegiate soccer in the U.S. “I was about to go into the fourth division [of Italian soccer], but then I found out about this opportunity,” Bennati said. “I started to look around and see if I could come over, or if I could get a scholarship or see what coaches were interested. I didn’t know much about college soccer to be honest.” He landed a scholarship from Belmont to play forward. Playing the same game in a new country, Bennati faced the change head-on. He earned Horizon League Freshman of the Year in 2017, was named second-team All-Southern Conference in 2018 and led Belmont in goals both seasons. BENNATI CONTINUES ON 7


Ohio State junior forward Matteo Bennati (16) runs the ball down the field during the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Nov. 3. Ohio State lost 1-0.

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