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Story Ideas for Media 10-24-11


Ohio State sets new enrollment records. The Ohio State University is attracting more students than ever, and has set new enrollment records this fall – in the size, diversity and academic quality of its student body.
Enrollment at Ohio State has again set a new all-time high, with new records in the number of students at the Columbus campus, and across the entire university. The autumn 2011 enrollment report shows 64,429 students on all campuses and 56,867 on the Columbus campus (increases of 352 and 803 respectively).
For this year’s freshman class, Ohio State officials saw a record number of applications, and the class has set records in academic excellence. At Columbus, there are 6,904 new freshmen. The class set record highs in average ACT (28) and SAT (1243) scores and in the percentage of students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class (55). SEE: http://registrar.osu.edu/serrs/index.asp

Ohio State dedicates Comprehensive Breast Center in honor of Stefanie Spielman. Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee today announced the naming of The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, in honor of the Ohio State alumna, philanthropist and advocate. The Center is the only one of its kind in the Midwest to offer the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis and treatment. The Center is home to some of the nation’s leading breast cancer researchers and physicians, all singularly focused on preventing, detecting, treating and curing breast cancer. CONTACT: Eileen Scahill, The Ohio State University Medical Center, (614) 293-3737 or Eileen.Scahill@osumc.edu.


“The John Carlos Story: The Sport Moment that Changed the World” – Oct. 24. Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Ohio State’s School of Physical Activity and Educational Services and the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male are hosting John Carlos as part of a national tour promoting his new book The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, at 6 p.m. today (10/24) in McPherson Laboratory, Room 1000, 140 W. 18th Ave. CONTACT: Dain TePoel, Sport & Exercise Sciences, tepoel.1@osu.edu

“Tradition Marches On” at Ohio State’s 99th annual Homecoming Parade – Oct. 28. Ohio State’s Homecoming Parade this year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the OSU Marching Band’s iconic Script Ohio formation, along with other experiences that make up the Buckeye spirit. Student organizations will showcase their traditions with floats, and everyone, including spectators, is invited to come in costume.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at Ohio Stadium, where the parade will take off at 6 p.m. and follow a route east on Woodruff Avenue, south on High Street and end at the Ohio Union, where a pep rally will follow on the West Plaza at about 7 p.m.
Grand marshals are Jon Woods, long-time director of the OSU Marching Band who has announced his retirement at the end of this year, and several alumni band members who marched in the very first Script Ohio in 1936. CONTACT: LaChe’ Roach, student leader for the parade, lache125@gmail.com or Adam Burden, staff advisor for Homecoming, burden.37@osu.edu, (614) 292-1319. SEE: http://www.homecoming.osu.edu/

Ohio State competes for title in football stadium and tailgate recycling – Nov. 5. Since 2007, Ohio State fans have been recycling and reducing the amount of trash generated at football games – diverting hundreds of tons of trash away from landfills.
This year, the university asked fans to take their recycling efforts to the next level, and participate in the new Zero Waste initiative. There are no trash cans in the stadium and fans are asked to either recycle or compost their waste. During the Michigan State game, fans helped remove 82 percent of trash from the waste stream – a new record. (In the first few games, the compost bins were mixed with recyclable items, but fans are learning which items go in which bins. Corey Hawkey, Ohio State’s sustainability coordinator, leads students each Monday following a home game as they sort through the composted items to remove non-compostable items from the mix.)
During the Indiana game, Ohio State will participate in the EPA Gameday Challenge, where universities compete to see which can recycle the most football stadium waste.
Fans attending the game will need to continue composting and recycling in order to win the title and beat 90 other participating schools, including Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Toledo, Akron and Ohio University. Schools will be judged in several categories including least amount of waste generated per attendee, greatest greenhouse gas reductions, and highest recycling rate. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

The person listed as the CONTACT will have the most current information about the story. Call on our media relations staff for help with any Ohio State story: Liz Cook, (614) 292-7276 or cook.17@osu.edu; Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4748 or hoffman.511@osu.edu; Jim Lynch, (614) 247-4110 or lynch.270@osu.edu; or Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385 or murray-goedde.1@osu.edu