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Ohio State University News Tips 1/9/15

Fans invited to National Championship Sendoff – Jan. 9. Buckeye fans are invited to show their support and give the football team a proper sendoff on Friday, Jan. 9, as the team leaves for Dallas for Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship game vs. Oregon (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).Fans can line up along Borror Drive at 2 p.m. and are encouraged to arrive early, bring signs of support and dress for the cold weather.The team buses are scheduled to depart the Woody Hayes Athletics Facility around 2:15 p.m.Parking will be free in the surrounding athletics facility lots. SEE: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/010715aat.html

Students gather to watch the Buckeyes play the national championship game – Jan. 12. Ohio State students will gather to watch their Buckeyes take on the Oregon Ducks at 9:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union Performance Hall, 1739 N. High St. Media are welcome to cover the watch party. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.CONTACT: Dave Isaacs, Office of Student Life, 614-292-8424 or Isaacs.84@osu.edu.

Rev. Al Sharpton is featured speaker for Ohio State’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – Jan. 14. Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation and founder of the National Action Network, will speak at Ohio State’s 43rd MLK celebration at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Ohio Union, Griffin Grand Ballroom, 1739 N. High St. Award-winning writer Jamal Watson and Ohio State’s African American Voices gospel choir will also participate.

The eventis free and open to the public and will kick off of a number of activities leading up to the national observance on Monday, Jan. 19.

Other events include:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – Jan. 19. Ohio State’s Pay it Forward, which provides students with service opportunities, and the Hale Center partner to host this annual day of community services. Registration is at 7:45 a.m. in the Ohio Union.
  • Ohio State Student March for Freedom – Jan. 19. Participants will gather at 3 p.m. at the Hale Center, 154 W. 12th Ave. and march to the Ohio Union for transportation to the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave. Sponsored by Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.
  • MLK Blood Drive – Jan. 19. The blood drive takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 101 Hale Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave. Sponsored by the American Red Cross and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

SEE:http://odi.osu.edu/hale-black-cultural-center/hbcc-events/mlk-celebration/. CONTACT: Larry Williamson, 614-292-0074 or Williamson.1@osu.edu.

Won the Big Game? Check out What the Students are Wearing –Today, like 40 years ago, students’ apparel based on winning. The victor of Monday’s college national football championship will be written all over the clothing of Ohio State students on Tuesday, new research suggests. 
If you see students decked out in Ohio State sweatshirts, hats and other gear on Tuesday, you’ll know the Buckeyes prevailed over Oregon.
If Buckeye clothing is scarce, well … assume the worst.
But it is not just Buckeyes who choose their apparel based on the success of their favorite team.
A recent study of students at seven universities – including Ohio State -- found that students were more than twice as likely to wear their team’s apparel on the first class meeting after a football team win.
“Even those who may not have played a role in the win on the field will still literally cloak themselves in the success of the team,” said Jonathan Jensen, co-author of the study and a doctoral student in the sport management program at The Ohio State University’s Department of Human Sciences.

“It is what we call BIRGing – Basking in Reflected Glory.” CONTACT: Jonathan Jensen, Jensen.205@osu.edu. SEE: http://news.osu.edu/news/2015/01/08/who-won-the-big-game-check-out-what-the-students-are-wearing/.

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