Jody Victor: It's always interesting to find out facts about places that mean so much to you. Although I only spent a short period of my life in Columbus, it has impacted my life greatly. I find it fun to learn about the history of my alma mater and I hope you enjoy it too!
Although Steve Victor and Joe Victor did not attend this university, they attended Bowling Green, they still treat OSU like their own. Enjoy!
University Fun Facts
• On Sept. 17, 1873, 24 students met at the old Neil farm just two miles north of Columbus. In 1878 the college’s name was changed to The Ohio State University. In that same year the first class of six men graduated, and in 1879, the university graduated its first woman.
• OhioState rests on the 40th latitude, which measures distance north or south of the Equator. OhioState is 40 degrees north, the same latitude that passes through Boulder, Colo., Philadelphia and Toledo, Spain.
• OhioState is believed to be the only major university that still presents actual diplomas to individual graduates at its commencement ceremony.
• Orton Hall is home to the campus chimes (16 bells: 14 in D-flat, 1 in G-sharp, 1 in A-sharp). First played June 15, 1915, they were acclaimed to be the best in the country. Chimes mark each quarter hour and hour and can be heard for three miles.
• An 1893 master plan of campus proposed a grouping of buildings around a central open space, which became today’s Oval. The first recorded reference to this space as the Oval came in 1910, with the name becoming official in 1929. The Long Walk is the sidewalk that crosses the Oval.
• An OhioState tradition says that if you walk the complete length of The Long Walk hand-in-hand with your significant other, the two of you will be together forever.
• The remains of Herbert “Hub” Spencer Atkinson, a former trustee, are located behind a plaque on the second floor of Bricker Hall. A 1913 graduate, Atkinson was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1925-48. Upon his death in 1952, his ashes were placed in the AdministrationBuilding, now Bricker Hall, as he requested. Buildings on campus believed to be haunted are: Bricker, Drackett, Hopkins, Orton and Pomerene Halls.