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Story Ideas for Media 6/1/10


Ohio State study: Despite efforts, not all Latino immigrants accepted as ‘white’. While some Latino immigrants to the United States may be accepted as "white" by the wider society, a new study finds that many of them face discrimination based on skin color.
In fact, the research showed that relatively darker-skinned Latinos earned less than their lighter-skinned counterparts.
The results suggest that the rapid influx of Latino immigrants will shift the boundaries of race in the United States, but will not end skin-color-based discrimination.
“It is likely we will see change in our racial categories, but there will not be one uniform racial boundary around all Latinos,” said Reanne Frank, co-author of the study and assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State University.
“Some Latinos will be successful in the bid to be accepted as ‘white’ - usually those with lighter skin. But for those with darker skin and those who are more integrated into U.S. society, we believe there will be a new Latino racial boundary forming around them.” CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/latinorace.htm


Engineering hosts roller coaster competition - June 2. Engineering students have been working all quarter to create the best roller coasters for their design project. The roller coasters will be judged and on display from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday (6/2) in the atrium of the Physics Research Building, 191 W Woodruff Ave. SEE: http://eeic.osu.edu/events/2010/04/roller-coaster-competition

Ohio State Club Rugby in national championship at Crew Stadium - June 4-6. Ohio State’s Club Rugby team has been selected to compete in the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship Invitational at Crew Stadium June 4-6. The 16 team tournament features the most intense Division 1 collegiate rivalries in the nation.
Rugby Sevens plays on the same size pitch as traditional rugby with seven players rather than the traditional 15. Speed, high scores, and athleticism are key to this fast paced play. Rugby Sevens will be an Olympic sport in 2016 and the event offers fans a preview of the talent pool available for the U.S. Olympic team.
NBC Sports will broadcast the event live from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (6/4-5). Tickets include entrance to the events and tailgate festivities including live musical entertainment, interactive games, and food inside Crew Stadium. SEE: http://www.recsports.osu.edu/, http://www.usasevenscci.com/.

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