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National Rankings Officially Out of Hand — Columbus Ranked #8 City for Making Friends

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Who are we trying to impress? Can we put an official embargo on any rankings for the city of Columbus?

In a Realtor.com ranking — we’re #8 for making friends? What? Why?

According to the reasoning, it’s because of our abundance of, “bars, churches and social clubs.” Not to mention our library system and “funky Studio 35.”

Further breaking down the justification — the site’s “data analysts”  poured over a 2013 Study on social interaction potential.

They measured the ability to make a friend easily as:

  • Number of bars, bookstores, and gyms
  • Church congregations per 100,000 adults
  • Percentage of single adults
  • “Service clubs” (e.g., Rotary and Kiwanis clubs) per 100,000 adults
  • Number of libraries
  • Number of individuals participating in Meetup groups
  • Percentage of adults involved in volunteer work

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I pledge allegiance…to the mask

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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

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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

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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.

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"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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