Waters Praised In Final Job Review; Drake Holds Firm On Firing

The Ohio State University Marching Band
13, 2014

For the first time since the decision was made in July, Ohio State University President Michael Drake answered questions about the decision to fire the band director. And he said it’s final. The statement was at Wednesday’s Columbus Metropolitan Club meeting. Drake was met by a group of protesters, former band members.

TBDBITL Tryouts Begin Following Scandal

Ohio State University Marching Band tryouts began this week, about two weeks after its director was fired following an investigation into a "sexualized" culture in the band.
12, 2014

Two-and-a-half weeks after the Ohio State University Marching Band director was fired, tryouts began for future members. Students were all business Tuesday morning as they vie for a spot on the elite squad.

OSU Researcher Studies Farm Runoff

grasses farm
The grasses planted to the right of the tree line help curb fertilizer, such as phosphorus, that could get into the stream that runs through Bret Davis' farm in Delaware. Ohio State scientists are studying runoff at 30 farms in the state.
11, 2014

Scientists believe that farm fertilizer containing the chemical phosphorus recently caused unsafe levels of toxic algae in drinking water in Toledo. One of the main sources of phosphorus is farm runoff. But phosphorus is essential to crops. Ohio State University scientists are looking for a solution.

OSU Officials Were Not Mandated To Fire Band Director

Ohio State has announced the firing of OSU Marching Band director Jon Waters.
The attorney for fired OSUMB director Jon Waters said the university was not required to terminate him until Title IX.
7, 2014

The attorney for fired Ohio State University Marching Band director said the university did not have to terminate him.

TBDBITL Alumni Conduct Investigation Into Band Director’s Firing

Ohio State Band
OSUMB alumni look into the university's investigation that led to the band director's firing two weeks ago.
6, 2014

Two weeks after the Ohio State University Marching Band director was fired, some band alumni members announced they’re conducting their own investigation.

Columbus Woman Tested For Ebola Virus

A Columbus woman, who exhibited symptoms of Ebola, tests negative for the deadly virus.
5, 2014

Test results for a woman, 46, in Columbus exhibiting symptoms of Ebola came back negative, according to Columbus Public Health.

All Brass Instruments Could Account For OSUMB Gender Gap

Ohio State Band
Even though Title IX was enacted more than 40 years ago, women remain underrepresented in the OSUMB. Some people say the disparity is due to the band's instrumental makeup.
5, 2014

The Ohio State University Marching Band has been under intense scrutiny since its director was unexpectedly fired last month. The firing shined a spotlight on the gender disparity in the band. WOSU takes a look at what may be driving the band’s gender gap.

Fired OSU Band Director Details Changes In Report

An OSUMB T-Shirt displays the nickname of one of the band members.
Fired OSUMB director Jon Waters said he worked for two years to reduce inappropriate nicknames given to first-year members.
July 31, 2014

From the beginning, fired Ohio State band director Jon Waters has vowed to clear his name. Waters claims he was in the process of making changes to the OSU band culture before the investigation that cost him his job. Those changes are detailed in a report Waters gave investigators last month.

Columbus Teacher Gets Grant For Free Books

School Books Stacked
Columbus City Schools teacher Courtney Johnson is one of 10 teachers chosen from across the country for a 500 free book grant.
29, 2014

A Columbus City Schools teacher receives 500 free books for her classroom.