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Ohio Stadium is one of the most monumental structures on Ohio State’s campus due to it’s articulate design, historical background and recently, it’s $7 million scoreboard renovation.
But what has students talking isn’t about the great picture display or audio improvements, but rather about the constant flashing of the scoreboard during all hours of the day. Students everywhere are noticing the images and videos being shown while walking to class, or while in their homes, and are having difficulty coming up with an explanation as to why it’s running. Many are also concerned with the energy that is being wasted by keeping the screen on all the time.
Logan Rutschilling, a senior in Environmental Policy & Decision Making, is currently a member in the organization, Students for Sustainability. “It strikes me as a serious waste of resources and money,” said Rutschilling about the scoreboard being on for an extended period of time. “Again, I’m not fully informed on the matter, but the scoreboard being left constantly running for weeks goes against the university’s commitment to sustainability.”
Roommates Daniel Thompson, a freshman in aerospace engineering, and Quentin Kraft, a freshman in biology, are being directly affected by the scoreboard even when they return to their north campus residence hall. They can both see the bright lights of the old football highlights being shown while they are trying to sleep. Both are curious as to why it’s being played if no one is watching it. “I don’t know why we are putting all of this time and energy into going green when not all parts of campus are contributing,” Kraft said. “Why does it take so long to test it?”
What many students aren’t aware of are the new energy efficient innovations that came along with the new project. This renovation will feature a brand new 124 feet by 42 feet Panasonic HD screen with LED lighting, a big change from the incandescent lighting in the last scoreboard. These new LED bulbs are high in energy efficiency allowing up to 20,000 hours of light. Not only are they better for the environment, but are also saving the university money as well.
Associate Athletics Director of Facilities Management, Don Patko understands that students have been worried about the amount of energy and money that the scoreboard could potentially be wasting, but guarantees this is an eco-friendly option that follows the university’s green mission. He says that although it has been running since late July, performing tests at all times is pertinent to ensure the scoreboard’s quality. Especially with the debut of the screen at the Miami game, there is no room for error.
“It’s a necessary evil,” says Patko, “you have to burn it in because nothing is perfect on the manufacturing side.” They are constantly looking for defects in the screen and have already found six small pixels that needed replacing.
Patko wants students to know that the newer scoreboard will be saving the university both money and energy in comparison to the older screen. The exact numbers for the amount saved during a typical football game will not be available until after the first game is played.
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Festivals are to Columbus what women are to Bond. There are an overwhelming amount and hardly enough time for all of them. ComFest in June, Jazz and Ribs Festival in July, All Ohio Balloon Fest in August, there are festivals year round which celebrate practically everything. This Labor Day Weekend marks the 40th Annual Greek Festival in the Short North.
This is a milestone for the Greek Festival as it is the “100th Anniversary of the founding of our parish,” John Bizios of the Greek Festival executive committee said.
The event, presented by The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, typically attracts about 30,000 visitors throughout the weekend. “It’s a Greek party,” Bizios said, based on the idea of filoxenia. ”Filoxenia translates to friendship of strangers…we’re inviting guests into our home, we’re going to serve your our food,” Bizios added.
The celebration begins Friday afternoon and promises to offer a taste of Greece, including music, dancing, food and drinking. Adult tickets are $5 and will get you into the festivities for the duration of the weekend. All in all the Greek Festival promises more than the Greek Economy.
Community and culture hardly scratch the surface of weekend activities in the 614. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium lies a bit further from campus, in Powell. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been rated # 1 in America by sources like USA Travel Guide and World Zoo Today.
Vice President of Communication Relations, Patty Peters, explains maintaining such prestige “What we do better than anybody else is allowing people to have personal, unique up close experiences. Any number of encounters you have brings the zoo closer to you. You’re not just coming to see the zoo; you’re actually part of it.”
Sting Ray Bay opened this summer, and allows you to get up close and actually touch the marines. “It’s a safe and unique experience,” Peters adds.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open year-round, so there is little excuse to deny your inner child a day full the animal kingdom’s fiercest beasts and most adorable critters.
Suppose that inner child yearns more for regression. The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) offers plenty to do for everyone and is located downtown on Broad Street. “It is an entirely self-contained, mysterious world inside COSI,” PR and Social Media Manager Jaclyn Reynolds said.
COSI is an adventure wrapped in the deconstructed enigma of science which makes learning simple and fun. This fall COSI will host Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds and the Brain. “This world-renowned exhibit features more than two hundred eye opening, authentic human specimens,” Reynolds said.
Perhaps you’re looking for an alternative to get your mind off the encroaching stresses that come with being a student; laughter has oft been hailed as the best medicine. Plenty of venues are littered throughout Columbus including The Funny Bone at Easton Towne Center. However, you might not have to travel as far to put your abs to work.
The Ohio State University’s very own comedy group 8th Floor Improv performs monthly at the Ohio Union. 4th year history student and executive director of the group, Eddie Greenblat explains “if it helps people forget their stress even only for the 2 hours they are at our show this is so fulfilling to know.”