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Story Ideas for Media 11/16/09


Ohio State ranked in the top 20 nationally for international students and study abroad. The Ohio State University ranks as one of the nation’s top 20 universities for its international student enrollment and the number of students studying abroad, according to a national report released today.
The university is ranked 14th among the nation’s colleges and universities for hosting 4,583 international students and 20th with 1,704 students studying abroad. Ohio State also ranks sixth in the nation with 1,449 students studying abroad on short-term programs. Short-term programs are defined as taking place during the summer, January term or for eight weeks or less during the academic year.
The findings were issued as part of the Open Doors 2009 report, an annual survey published by the Institute of International Education. The report is released as part of the nationwide observance of International Education Week (Nov. 16-20), a joint initiative established by the U.S. Departments of Education and State.
At Ohio State, the week is celebrated with a number of activities sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, which oversees Ohio State’s study abroad programs and international student and scholar services. CONTACT: Maureen Miller, (614) 247-2462. SEE: http://oia.osu.edu/


Ohio State study: Don’t be happy, be worried: sports fans need dose of negative. For sports fans watching their favorite team play, the greatest enjoyment comes only with a strong dollop of fear and maybe even near-despair, a new study suggests.
Researchers studied fans of two college football teams as they watched the teams' annual rivalry game on television.
They found that fans of the winning team who, at some point during the game, were almost certain their team would lose, ended up thinking the game was the most thrilling and suspenseful.
“You don't want to be in a great mood during the whole game if you really want to enjoy it,” said Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, co-author of the study and associate professor of communication at Ohio State University.
“We found that negative emotions play a key role in how much we enjoy sports.” CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457. SEE: http://www.osu.edu/features/2009/osuvmich/


It’s Michigan Week – The last regular season football game of the year means it’s Michigan Week and students have planned plenty of events leading up to the 106th meeting between Ohio State and Michigan Saturday (11/21) in Ann Arbor. Things get started with the annual Beat Michigan Pep Rally at 7:30 p.m. Monday (11/16) at Newport Music Hall, 1900 N. High St. Players, coaches, cheerleaders, Brutus Buckeye and the Ohio State Marching Band will participate and the Buckeyes’ new NIKE game-day jersey will also be unveiled. Admission is free for students with a BuckID.
Closing out the week will be the Beat Michigan brunch and viewing party at 10 a.m. at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center, 337 W. 17th Ave. The event will feature lots of food and games, and the Big Game on the Big Screen. Admission is free for students. Admission for faculty, staff and fans is $5.A complete listing of events is available at beatmichigan.osu.edu CONTACT: Adam Burden, Ohio Union, (614) 292-8763 or burden.37@osu.edu

President Gee leads kindergartners in kazoo band – Nov. 19. To generate excitement for the OSU-Michigan game, university President E. Gordon Gee will lead kindergarten students from East Franklin Elementary in their annual kazoo band march on Thursday (11/19). The event begins at 9 a.m. at East Franklin Elementary School (Southwestern City School District), 1955 Richmond Road, Columbus, Ohio 43223. President Gee has led the kindergartners in this OSU-Michigan game spirit event for the past two years and during his first presidency at Ohio State. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

Pharmacy students hold Chili Cook-Off - Nov. 20. More than 400 students and faculty are expected to attend the 12th annual Chili Cook-off hosted by Ohio State College of Pharmacy students. The event, which takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday(11/20) in the lobby of Parks Hall, (College of Pharmacy) 500 W. 12th, benefits Hope Street Kids, a charity co-founded by former U.S. Representative Deborah Pryce to conquer childhood cancer. SEE: >a href="http://beatmichigan.osu.edu/Events.aspx?EventId=70">http://beatmichigan.osu.edu/Events.aspx?EventId=70

It’s National Geography Awareness Week – Nov. 19. In celebration of National Geography Awareness Week, the Ohio State Department of Geography will be hosting a series of talks on climate change, global food shortages, and locational surveillance, and demonstrations of virtual globe games, community cartography, and web-based political redistricting Events take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday (11/19) at the Thompson Library, on the Oval, and in Derby Hall. All events are free and open to the public. CONTACT: Daniel Sui, director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) (614) 688-5441, sui.10@osu.edu. SEE: http://www.geography.ohio-state.edu/

Informing Ohio Communities: A Symposium on the Report of the Knight Commission – Nov. 20. The Knight Commission is the first major national commission to report on news and information in the digital age. The purpose of the year-long study was to assess the needs of communities in a democracy and recommend measures to better meet those needs. The report was released on October 2. LiteracyStudies@OSU is hosting a symposium with the Moritz College of Law on the Commission’s recommendations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday (11/20) at the Barristers Club, 25 W. 11th Ave. The participants include among others Peter Shane, Executive Director, Knight Commission; Chester Jourdan, Executive Director, MORPC; Gary Cavin, CIO, City of Columbus; and Patrick Losinski, Executive Director, Columbus Metropolitan Library. SEE: http://www.knightcomm.org/, http://literacystudies.osu.edu/newsitems/features/default.cfm. CONTACT: Susan Hanson, (614) 987-6192 or LiteracyStudies@OSU

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; Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4748; Jim Lynch, (614) 247-4110; or Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.