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OP: OSU’s cookie-cutter tailgating packages are lame and I hate them

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Is IMG Trying to Reinvent the Tailgating Wheel?

Ohio State is offering to “copy and paste” its football tailgating fan experience on Saturdays and it sucks.

Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and IMG’s Tailgate Club service are working together to offer Buckeye fans several options to pregame home football games near the Horseshoe with a ready-made tailgate setups available for purchase at a price not everybody can afford.

Here are the three new tailgating packages for the Rutgers game as an example:

  • Buckeye – A 10’ x 10’ Ohio State tent that would accommodate up to 10 people with five OSU-themed chairs, a 6’ folding table with linen and 1 Kottman Hall lot parking pass ($470 + tax)
  • Buckeye Plus – A 10’ x 20’ Ohio State tent that would accommodate up to 20 people with 10 OSU-themed chairs, two 6’ folding tables with linen, 1 cooler with ice and 1 Kottman Hall lot parking pass ($930 + tax)
  • Buckeye VIP – A 20’ x 20’ Ohio State tent that would accommodate up to 40 people with 15 OSU-themed chairs, three 6’ folding tables with linen, 2 coolers with ice, a media package and 1 Kottman Hall lot parking pass ($1,865 + tax)

For the game against That Team Up North—with the same packages detailed above—the prices for each package increase as follows:

  • Buckeye = $570 + tax
  • Buckeye Plus = $1,180 + tax
  • Buckeye VIP = 2,590 + tax

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For a season pass of five games —with the same packages detailed above—the prices for each package increase as follows:

  • Buckeye = $2,617.50 + tax (includes a 25% discount)
  • Buckeye Plus = $5,257.50 + tax (includes a 25% discount)
  • Buckeye VIP = $10,878.75 + tax (includes a 25% discount)

Gene Smith made the following remark in a press release:

“Buckeye Park by Tailgate Club provides a turnkey experience that will allow Buckeye fans to make the most of their visit to campus.”

A “turnkey experience?” Hell no.

Tailgating the old-fashioned way is a novel experience that should not be cookie-cutter.

My best tailgating memories are going to an RV that’s set up by family friends, identifiable by a unique flag waving in the air. Sitting outside with friends eating home-cooked food, playing cornhole and admiring other individually decorated RV’s and tents from Buckeye fans is priceless and part of the fun of college football Saturday.

Tailgating is a showcase of creativity.

The place to see an organized, streamlined sea of scarlet and gray is inside the Horseshoe cheering the Buckeyes across the field to victory.

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You may recognize OSU spring graduation speaker from CNN, best-seller shelf

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A man who delivers international headlines is now making local ones after being selected to give the spring commencement address at the Ohio State University.

You may recognize Fareed Zakaria from hosting Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square) for CNN Worldwide, or from his his biography on the inside cover of his three New York Times best-selling books. Or maybe you’ve seen his byline in The Washington Post or The Atlantic.

“An award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Dr. Zakaria is a leading voice in our national discourse on global and domestic affairs,” President Michael Drake said in the announcement, per The Lantern. “His extensive knowledge of our broader world will enrich and inspire our graduates as they embark to make a meaningful difference in communities near and far.”

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This will not be Zakaria’s first time addressing an OSU audience. Back in 2016, he delivered the keynote speech at the Fisher Centennial, marking the 100th year of the Max M. Fisher College of Business.

Zakaria is a Yale University graduate and earned his doctorate from Harvard University.

He will be among many other prominent individuals who have had the honor of sending Ohio State graduates out into the world, like Barack Obama in 2013, Archie Griffin in 2015, Neil Armstrong in 1971, John Glenn in 1984 and 2009, Woody Hayes in 1986, and Barbara Walters in 1971 to name a few.

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Bank of Pizza: New food ATM arrives at Ohio State

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First it was bacon, now it’s pizza.

The Ohio State University has unveiled a new vending machine that can pump out 12″ ready-to-eat pizzas in about three minutes.

Toppings include pepperoni, cheese, and veggie and run students $9 a pie.

This machine, created by Cincinnati-based company Pizza ATM, is located in the North Dining Room in Morrill Tower.

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Students with meal plans have full reign of the Pizza ATM every day from 11am to 8pm while students without meal plans can access it Monday through Friday from 11am to 4pm.

Uh oh, banks. There's a new ATM in town. 🍕

Posted by The Ohio State University on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Xavier and Case Western Reserve students are already using the ‘za machines. There are also 500 Pizza ATMs throughout Europe.

Will these machines catch on? Are they the first step in phasing out dining hall/restaurant employees? Let us know in the comments below.

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OSU appoints first-ever female police chief

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As the first female to be promoted to Chief of Columbus Police steps down, Ohio State University appoints its first-ever female chief of police.

Kimberly Spears-McNatt has taken over the chief helm after holding the interim position for six months.

She was named OSU deputy chief in 2016, but before that was the first female police chief of the Upper Arlington Police Division.

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Spears-McNatt, an Ohio State alumni and Franklin University Master’s holder, has served on the OSU force for nearly 25 years.

“I graduated from Ohio State and began my law enforcement career on the Columbus campus,” Spears-McNatt said, per 10TV. “The safety of our campus community remains my top priority and I look forward to moving our agency forward with a focus on education and community engagement.”

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