The Ohio State University is Columbus-Centric

The Ohio State University is Columbus-Centric

OSU promotes a message that all of their campuses - regional and Columbus - are treated equally and viewed to be the same by administration. An inside look shows just how wrong that is.


SIX CAMPUSES. ONE UNIVERSITY. This is one of the most prominent lines pushed by Ohio State to promote the unity and equality of its seven total campuses. As an employee, student, and resident of the largest regional campus, I can tell you just how wrong that is.

I am a student of the Newark campus, the largest of the regional campuses and also the closest to Columbus (it should be no surprise that these two facts go together). While being a student here, I have lived in the dorms since Spring 2016 and have worked in those dorms since Fall 2017. Each of these positions adds a new and unique perspective to the regional experience, but it is specifically my time as an employee that brings me closest to the disconnect between us and the Columbus administration.

First off, let's talk about the use of "main campus." This is something the Columbus campus is usually referred to. Something as simple as this shows exactly how favored the Columbus campus is, and it is how many people refer to the Columbus campus. While the administration has been working to slowly purge this language from existence, there are still other official OSU pages that use it. Even if no one in the world ever called the Columbus campus the "main" campus, every other campus will always be regional campuses, and there's nothing OSU could do to stop the stigma associated with that.

There are also many personal experiences I, and many others, have had that reinforce our second-class status as regional students. My job as a Resident Adviser (a job ran through Columbus, not any Newark offices) allows me to learn a lot about administrative actions and effects, as well as attend training events in Columbus. The fun part of these events is the absolute irrelevance they have to any situation that occurs on my campus: half the procedures, rules, and practices do not apply to the way we run our campus at all. This fact, however, is completely ignored by the Columbus administration, leading to us having to run our own training courses and making the Columbus ones a total waste of time. A coworker of mine, who is finishing their 4th year of work here, said "I sat through two hours of training that did not apply to me... I learned nothing." This is a common experience for many regional employees, and now our staff works to avoid any Columbus training entirely. How exactly does this fit with the "one university" message?

Far beyond any other experiences I've witnessed, none so clearly shows the complete disregard for the regional campuses as Homecoming. While Homecoming has been an annual event at Ohio State since 1912, regional campuses were not included in the ceremony until 2011. The word "included," however, is probably too strong of a word to describe the experience. First off, the crowning ceremony for regional courts are entirely separate from the Columbus ceremony: none of us even saw the Columbus court until we were at the Homecoming game. Secondly, the regional courts and kings/queens got a 5 minute period - 45 minutes before the game started - to be announced to the "crowd." Being that early led to it actually being an announcement to a nearly empty stadium. The Columbus court, meanwhile, is honored with their recognition during halftime, which is also when the king and queen are announced. While both of these should already show the favoritism, the act that most strongly showed Columbus' lack of care for the regional courts occurred after the game was won. During Carmen Ohio (the school's alma mater sung after all games) the Columbus court was invited to come onto the field to join the football players on the field. Guess who wasn't invited? Any member of the regional courts, king/queen or not. This is a simple action that could easily have been arranged with no extra cost or effort by the administration but winds up being a huge slight against all regional courts for simply being from a regional campus.

I'm proud to be a Buckeye. I'm even more proud to be a Newark Buckeye though. I absolutely support Columbus' plan to create unity and equality between each of its campus. The administration needs to actually make it happen though. With the messaging already occurring like it's a done deal, and none of the work being done to make it a reality, it leaves me pretty disappointed. Instead of actually doing this work, OSU takes the "might makes right" route and pretends to treat the campuses like equals. Much like the 13 colonies did not see themselves as British, administrations actions make it awful hard to call myself a Buckeye without including my campus in there as well: and I won't be providing recognition without some representation.

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25 Baseball Puns Every Fan Should Know

You're sure to be a big hit with these in your glove.

You’re sure to have a ball with these puns! They will leave you in stitches!

1. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

2. I’m an umpire. Now give me your number so I can make the call!

3. Why did the police officer go to the baseball game?... Someone stole second base!

4. Why was Cinderella so bad at baseball?... She had a pumpkin for a coach!

5. Ok, strike that.

6. Cinderella was so bad… she was eventually kicked off the baseball team for running away from the ball.

7. Which animal is best at baseball?... The bat!

8. The reason baseball games are at night is because bats sleep during the day!

9. Keep calm… I’m an outfielder. I’ll catch you!

10. Which baseball player holds water?... The pitcher!

11. I think I glove you!

12. What did the baseball glove say to the ball?... “Catch ya later!”

13. If you sing while playing baseball you may not get a good pitch.

14. Why don’t baseball players join unions?... Because they don’t like to be called out on strikes!

15. Never hit the ump… The Umpire Strikes Back.

16. Are you in the on deck circle? Because you’re up next (to date me)!

17. Why is it always so windy at Candlestick Park?... Because of all the Giant Fans!

18. Your pitch must have hit me because I’m feeling a little faint!

19. I hope you’re a good catcher because I’m starting to fall for you.

20. Did you hear the joke about the pop fly?... Forget it. It’s way over your head.

21. Baseball players who get three strikes. They deserve a shout “out”!

22. I’m falling in glove with you!

23. What’s the difference between a rain barrel and a bad fielder?... One catches drops and the other drops catches.

24. Are you in the outfield? Because you’re an angel!

25. I like baseball so much more than football. It’s just a batter game!

Well, there you have ‘em baseball fans… With these puns in your glove, you’re sure to be a big hit! Maybe you’ll score a home run!

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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.


On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Some members of the media and fans have been quick to label the fight as a 'fluke' and 'rigged' which in the end is no surprise to me. That always happens in the sports world. Many did not believe we would get this result yet failed to remember the one rule of sports -- expect the unexpected. Over the past week, I've been coming to the defense of Ruiz Jr. in the wake of others choosing to call him a joke.

I was shocked and surprised to hear two of my favorite sports analysts, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe, make fun of Ruiz Jr. and frame him as just a guy that looked like 'Butterbean.' When I viewed their tweets on social media it honestly made me upset. Sure, Ruiz Jr. may not have fit the mold of what a professional boxer should look like, but they simply should not have just judged a book by its cover.

Personally, I thought it was disrespectful for Smith and Sharpe to throw shade at Ruiz Jr. in the way they did. I felt like they should have done a better job of acknowledging the winner considering the result of the match. Yet choosing to bash someone because of their physical composition appeared like a low blow. The very foundation of sports allows people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and backgrounds to compete -- that's why most people follow them in the first place.

Smith was open behind his reasoning for his tweets in which I'd like to shed some light on. Smith was upset about how boxing time after time contains elements of corruption with fans having to wait years until promoters schedule big fights. He along with other followers of the sport were looking forward to the highly anticipated yet potential future match-up between Joshua and fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Smith believes that by Ruiz Jr. beating Joshua it essentially diminished the chances of that fight ever happening with the same amount of buildup, but that still doesn't provide any excuse for mocking the new heavyweight champ.

Ruiz Jr. was there for a reason and ultimately seized the opportunity that was right in front of him -- that's not his fault for getting the job done. Just because someone doesn't look like the part doesn't mean they don't possess the same qualities and characteristics as their counterparts. The following pair of videos display the amount of talent Ruiz Jr. does have in the ring. Even fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez and former UFC lightweight/featherweight champion Conor McGregor acknowledge that and have come out to say something on their behalf.

Unfortunately, I don't expect much to change because most will stand their ground and continue to behave the same way. All I'm saying is I did not enjoy some of the top figures within sports media stereotyping Ruiz Jr. based on his looks. I would think that we would be better than that and recognize that anyone can accomplish something great in this world. It all just starts with a simple dream.

I understand and respect other people's takes on this subject, maybe I'm looking into things deeper than what they are, but it struck a chord with me and I felt the need to say something about it.

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