The Biological Sciences Greenhouse at OSU has been fortunate to have multiple bloomings of the Titan Arum, aka, the corpse flower. They have its smaller but also smelly cousin, the Voodoo Lily. From its bruise-colored bloom that resembles a corpse, to its stench of rotting flesh, this tropical flower masks its beauty to attract its pollinators.
OSU To Pay Church $12.8 Million
Ohio State University says it’s paying $12.8 million to a church adjacent to its campus in exchange for the congregation agreeing not to develop student housing on the property.
OSU will pay St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church $7.5 million now and make annual payments of about $213,000 for 25 years.
The church, which abuts the Columbus campus, had been working with a developer on an apartment building that would have accommodated about 280 students.
University officials expressed concern with the project about a year ago and began negotiating a deal. They said it didn’t fit with zoning laws and would be “a potential functional and aesthetic detriment to an important gateway into the surrounding campus area.”
The church has been there since 1928.