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Columbus Celebra Patrimonio Hispano

614now Staff



Today is the official start of Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission is gearing up to celebrate it in full.

For those Americanos that don’t know, Hispanic Heritage Month began as one solitary week ordained by President Lynden Johnson, and then became a full month under President Ronald Reagan. This month is meant to celebrate what it means to be Hispanic and Latino.

What’s the difference between Hispanic and Latinos, you may be wondering? Latinos refers to the geographical origin of a person, aka Latin America. Hispanic refers to a person who’s ethnic language is Spanish. So Brazilians are Latinos but not Hispanic, because they speak Portuguese. Spaniards are Hispanic and not Latinos because the speak Spanish but live in, you know, Spain. I am Hispanic and Latina because my family comes from Puerto Rico, and we speak Spanish. Hooray, education!

September 15 and the week that follows it is especially important to the Latino community because several Latin American nations declared independence including Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras.

Something that people tend to forget is that Latin America holds the Amazon and Andes mountains (geography is pretty cool) and thanks to OSU’s Hagerty Hall, you and all the rest of Columbus are invited to the Global Gallery’s new exhibit, The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell. The exhibit opens next week.

The Andes and Amazonia have an incredibly rich cultural history and well of traditions. It’s outside the mainstream Latin “experience,” if you will, something that’s not often seen in the media or popular culture.

So go educate yourself, look at some cool and ancient Latin art, and have some ‘light refreshments.’ For more information on upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month events, keep up with OCHLA on their event’s page and social media, or you can just wait for us to write about it. Whatever floats you boat.

¡Hasta luego, amigos!


Written By Paola Santiago 


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I pledge allegiance…to the mask




With Buckeyes set to return to Ohio State University’s campus this fall, a mask will be one of the requirements as students, faculty, and staff head back.

The university announced on Wednesday in an email that those returning to campus would need to wear a mask indoors and sign a pledge “to affirm their understanding of what is needed to help fight the spread of the virus and their intention to do their part.”

The pledge has not been finalized yet.

On top of having to wear a mask in indoor settings and having to sign the pledge, Ohio State students, faculty, and staff will have to complete health and safety training modules.

Ohio State has created a website dedicated to campus-related COVID-19 information. You can find that information here.

What is your opinion on the mask pledge? Mask off? Will this hold up come August? Sound off in the comments below!

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Ohio State to Return to Campus this Fall

Julian Foglietti



In a press release Tuesday, The Ohio State University announced its plans to resume in-person classes for the autumn semester. Classes will begin with a series of guidelines the University will be announcing in the coming weeks. 

Return to classes will include reduced density indoors, as well as face coverings and physical distancing. In addition to this, the University has stated it is developing learning approaches that combine in-person and distanced teaching.

The academic calendar will see a shift with classes starting Tuesday, Aug. 25th, and ending Friday, Dec. 4th - with the last day of in-person, on-campus instruction taking place Wednesday, Nov. 25th. The autumn commencement date is also yet to be announced. Fall break, and the day before Thanksgiving will also not be observed. 

The University is also announcing a phased-approach to return to facilities, as well as the piloting of a voluntary contact tracing program. Housing exemption for second year students will be expanded in an effort to decrease student housing density, and move-in days will take a staggered approach. 

With regards to football, president Drake states, “our hope and intention is to safely have a football season, with an audience spaced out in our stadium, but we haven’t made any final decisions.”

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Ohio State deciding on Fall classes (and football?)

Wayne T. Lewis



While all OSU events remain canceled through July 6 and non-essential employees continue to telework, the university has created a task force charged with making a monumental decision - will campus re-open for Fall classes.


"While the information about the virus continues to evolve, and we will need to be flexible, the current tentative goal is to have an announcement of plans for the fall semester by mid-June, said OSU in release.

It should be noted there has not been any information released regarding linkage between on-campus classes and holding a college football season. Though the Pac-12 is apparently mulling a shortenened, all-in-conference season according to ESPN.

Running a large university such as OSU is a complex endeavor so the task force is comprised of members who understand the wide spectrum of functions and operations necessary to the university’s return to on-campus operations. Each member will lead teams in their own areas with involvement from faculty, staff and students where appropriate.

As Columbus begins its slow re-opening under the direction of the Governor's office, many remain skeptical that danger posed by the coronavirus has sufficiently passed.

For campus-area businesses including apartment communities, bars, restaurants and retail - a Fall semester without students could mean the end of the road for many.

"I think we’re all part of this super awkward game of limbo, where the bar keeps moving. However if Ohio State pushes fall classes to strictly online for fall, that will be the nail in the coffin for a lot of businesses. We know where our bread is buttered and these students are the knife. I,  just as I would assume every other business owner , wants our lives to get back to some sort of normalcy. But we also want what’s best for the kids. No dollar amount or bottom line is worth somebody’s life. Will it suck, absolutely. But small business owners are a resilient group of people who don’t just lie down when things get tough," said Scott Ellsworth owner of Three's and Fours on High.

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