Jody Victor : Ohio State Traditions

Jody Victor: Scarlet and Gray, Ohio State's official school colors since 1878, were chosen by a group of three students in a lecture room in University Hall because “it was a pleasing combination…and had not been adopted by any other college,” noted selection committee member Alice Townshend Wing.

Script Ohio, the signature formation of the Ohio State Marching Band, is performed before, during halftime or after home football games. Each time the formation drill is performed, a different fourth- or fifth-year sousaphone player has the privilege of standing as the dot in the “i” of “Ohio.” Woody Hayes and Bob Hope are among the select few non-band members who have had the honor of dotting the “i.”

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Jody Victor : Brutus Buckeye

Jody Victor: One of the more visible symbols of Ohio State is Brutus Buckeye, the school's mascot. Brutus first appeared in October of 1965 at the OSU vs. Minnesota Homecoming game. The idea and design for the mascot came from Ray Bourhis, who then got help making the nut from his student organization, Ohio Staters, Inc. Their large paper-mache shell was well received by the thousands of Ohio State fans at the game. The mascot was a smiling nut with human legs.

On November 18 that same year, the OSU mascot finally received a name through a campus wide contest. The winning entry was “Brutus Buckeye,” submitted by Kerry Reed.

Over the years Brutus has had changes of all kinds – some accepted – some not, until September of 1982 when his costume and look became what you see today – a smaller head, and trim figure, sporting a scarlet and gray striped shirt with “Brutus” on the front, and “00” on the back. His pants are scarlet, with the name of his great school embroidered on the sides.

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Jody Victor : Buckeye Football Team Excels in the Classroom

Jody Victor: The 2005 Ohio State football team wound up the season with a glittering 10-2 record, including a Big Ten co-championship and its fourth victory in as many tries in a BCS game. The Buckeyes closed out the year with seven consecutive wins and wound up No. 4 in the final rankings, their third top five finish in the past four years.

The Buckeyes also graded a winning preformance in the classroom, where a record 56 members of the team recorded a grade point average of 3.00 or better during fall quarter. As a result of that effort, the team's overall GPA now stands at 2.81. A true example of the statement 'student athletes.'

From Steve Victor, Joe Victor and I – Congratulations Buckeyes!

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Jody Victor : OSU Undergrad in Antarctica

Jody Victor: In the past month, Ohio State senior Liz miller has taken five airplane flights, melted snow for drinking water, hobnobbed with John McCain, and trekked over a field of snow with a bucket over her head.

Anything in the name of science.

Miller, a geological sciences major, is one of two Ohio State undergrads studying in Antarctica until mid-February. She and April Jacobs, the other undergrad, are analyzing lake and stream samples for clues of global warming. (The bucket drill was a “survival school” test to warn her how little she would see in a polar blizzard.)

When she's not doing research, Miller, who has worked at Ohio State's Byrd Polar Research Center for more than a year, is documenting her every move on a blog, Adventures on Ice. If you get the chance check it out.

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Jody Victor : #4 Ohio State Buries #5 Notre Dame, 34-20

Jody Victor: For the record, Troy Smith threw a pair of long touchdown passes, Santonio Holmes set a Fiesta Bowl record with an 85-yard TD catch, and Ted Ginn scored on a 68-yard end around and caught a 56-yard touchdown pass for the Buckeyes. Smith, the offensive MVP, also completed 19 of 28 passes for a career-high 342 yards and ran for another 66 in 13 attempts.

Although the score looks a little lopsided, the Irish gave as good as they got until the 4th quarter when the Buckeyes' speed took over. All Joe Victor, Steve Victor and I kept saying was – What a game!

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