Office of Student Life Offers Students Off-Campus Housing Safety Kit for Free

At the Ohio State University some students are taking advantage of an offer from the school to increase home security in student housing around campus.

OSU’s Office of Student Life’s program supports off-campus students with things like window and door alarms and light timers. An email reminder recently brought in 500 more requests for the service.

The program has been running for over a decaded and primarily (but not exclusively) targets off-campus students. The Office of Student life stated that most student housing burglaries are crimes of opportunity and simple deterrents will stop many crimes before they start.

Timed lights can convince someone is home, turning lights on and off around the domicile. Audible alarms will scare off many amateur criminals. The tools offered by the program are easy to install and portable as students will often move to different house and apartments throughout their career at the OSU.

Students need only fill out a simple form and pick up their kit from the Student Union.

OSU Study on E-Cigs and Vaping Finds Unsettling Results

At the Ohio State University researchers decided to tackle the hot-button issue of e-cigarette use (commonly known as “vaping”). The rising level of “vaping” among both traditional cigarette smokers as a “safer” alternative and among non-smokers is of concern since the products are fairly unregulated and new users have greatly outpaced the available research data.

Using a technique called bronchoscopy the OSU researchers were looking for inflammation and other smoking related effects. Using basic e-cigarettes (no nicotine and no flavor) researchers found a noticeable increase in inflammation after four weeks of use. Although compared to the control group the measure of inflammation was small this initial data tells us that even short term use is making changes to the body at the cellular level.

The inflammation from smoking is an important factor in lung cancer and other diseases of the respiratory system.

According to researchers any kind of cellular inflammation related to e-cig use is of concern. The reason? The biological and health effects of vaping propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine are currently unknown. While the FDA has stated that these are safe for food and cosmetics heating and inhaling the substances has not been widely studied. Researchers wanted to stress even thought the study was small the noticeable effects should be of concern and very much warrant further research.

The implication of the study is that long-term use compounded with increased use and adding in flavors and nicotine may create additional inflammation. The problem is that vaping is widely considered to be a “safer” alternative to smoking tobacco products and “safer” doesn’t mean “safe.”

Eight Will Serve as Ohio State Game Captains

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced Tuesday after practice that eight student-athletes will serve as Ohio State game captains for the 2013 season with a decision coming at the end of the year as to who will be recognized as the season’s official team captains.

“It’s the first time I’ve done something like this,” Meyer told the team before calling up, one-by-one, the young men who will lead the Buckeyes into each game this year, beginning Saturday at noon against Buffalo. “We had eight individuals receive a lot of votes, and all were within 12 votes of each other. So they’ll lead us into each game as captains and at the end of the year a decision will be made as to who will be the season’s captains.”

And then he proceeded to call to the front of the team seven of the eight, with one absent because of class. Ohio State’s eight game captains are:

Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John’s High School;

Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School;

Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School;

Fifth-year senior quarterback * Kenny Guiton, a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School;

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller, a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School;

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School;

Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley, an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School; and

Senior wide receiver Corey Brown, a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O’Hara High School.

Go Bucks Go Bucks Go Bucks

Jody Victor

Five Buckeyes watched by Maxwell FB Club

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Maxwell Football Club, presenters of the prestigious Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award, announced its initial 2013 watch lists for each award today and five Ohio State Buckeyes are under consideration:

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (Maxwell Award watch list);
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (Maxwell Award);
Senior safety C.J. Barnett (Bednarik Award watch list);
Junior cornerback Bradley Roby (Bednarik Award); and
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (Bednarik Award).

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 18. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 5. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 7, 2014.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club’s selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential.


Jody Victor