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Candidates outline differences

Debate season passed the halfway mark last night at the Ohio Union. This year's crop of candidates for Undergraduate Student Government president debated diversity, off-campus student life, greek affairs and campus crime during the second of three scheduled debates prior to next week's USG election. One week before the two-day election beginning April 20, each candidate tried to differentiate themselves from the other four campaigns. Joshua Gates, a senior in industrial systems and city regional planning, said coming from a multiethnic family and his experience living in Nigeria make him the top choice for USG president. Gates said he has lived in both the minority and majority cultures in his life and gained needed planning experience at OSU as a resident adviser. "I've gained that diversity experience in my life," Gates said. Liz Ghandakly, a junior in economics and political science, highlighted the more than 30 issues on her platform she feels she could solve if elected USG president.

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Taxi triumph

The recent partnership between the Undergraduate Student Government and the Central Ohio German Village Taxi Company that creates flat rates for students wanting to travel to various locations from campus is an immensely beneficial program of which students should take advantage.

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USG writes letters to legislators for higher education aid

The Undergraduate Student Government Relations Committee began a three-day letter writing campaign on Monday for students to write Ohio representatives and senators in hopes of gaining money to help lower tuition for higher education. "Our mission is to empower students and give them the resources for effective and defective advocacy and to show policy makers that higher education is important to students," said Adam Barbina, a director of the Government Relations Committee.

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Discounted taxi plan in effect

The Undergraduate Student Government has finalized a partnership with the Central Ohio German Village Taxi Company that will offer students a flat and discounted rate when they travel to various locations from campus. "Students can travel to the Lennox for $5, North Campus bars for $5, the Short North for $7, the Arena District for $7, City Center for $8, the Brewery District for $10 and the airport for $17," said Deborah Mason, vice president of USG, in an e-mail message.

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Board to approve executive dean

Pending the decision of the Board of Trustees today, Jacqueline Jones Royster will be named executive dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and senior vice provost of Ohio State, with the positions taking effect immediately. After a national search conducted by what Executive Vice President and Provost Barbara Snyder called a broadly represented search committee, Royster was chosen as a finalist for the position in which she had been serving as interim dean. "Jacqueline Royster was the only internal candidate that met with faculty, staff and students," Snyder said. "She received strong approval among all of the groups, I think because they believe she will be a great leader and an articulate advocate of arts and sciences as a collective entity."

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Bill affecting free speech concern of students, faculty

A controversial bill will force higher education institutions to devise an academic bill of rights for students and faculty, and design repercussions for alleged violations. Introduced by state Sen. Larry A. Mumper on Jan. 26, the bill states that its intention is to protect the consciouses, and the freedoms of speech, expression, and assembly of students. In addition, the bill will prevent discrimination on the basis of political, ideological or religious beliefs.

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Off-target resolutions

It's not exactly news that Ohio's economic woes have spread to college campuses and triggered increasingly burdensome tuition increases. Nor is it news that Ohio State is looking for ways to trim its budget. However, some of the recent suggestions for how to do this disturbingly are void of pragmatism.

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Buckeyes get down for a good cause

With the help of over 100 dancers - and an additional 80 volunteers - the fourth annual BuckeyeThon raised $46,579.16 for the Children's Hospital of Columbus and the Children's Miracle Network this weekend. The amount was short of the $50,000 goal and over $10,000 more than last year's $36,042.06 total. "We're very proud," said co-chair Holly Vance. "We're $10,000 over last year, and I know they'll be $10,000 above us next year." Vance, a senior in speech and hearing, said she participated in the 14-hour dance-a-thon to help more children smile. "We are able to give the gift of happiness, so why not try," she said. Students enjoyed performances by Sean Benjamin and Stretch Lefty, a reggae, hip-hop and funk band.

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USG produces its annual rental guide

The Undergraduate Student Government released its annual renting guide Jan. 25 to aid students in deciding which off-campus properties best suits their needs. According to the renting guide, the realtor evaluations are a result of a University District-area survey in which current and previous renters answered questions regarding maintenance, security deposit issues, cleanliness of the property, parking and overall rental company service.

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Undergraduate curriculum may change to better reflect students

A university-wide review of the undergraduate general education curriculum is under way this month. This follows Provost Barbara R. Snyder's call for reform in her State of Academic Affairs Address to the University Senate on Jan. 13. A committee consisting of one undergraduate student and nine faculty members was formed to determine what the arts and sciences curriculum required for graduation should be. The committee will also look at how Ohio State can provide a well rounded education for all students, Snyder said.

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