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OP: Urban Meyer’s future at OSU will be a coin toss

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Will Urban Meyer be fired?

From outside the investigation, it looks like a coin toss of either being fired or being suspended.

In the next couple weeks, the independent group assigned to investigate the Urban Meyer situation by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees will answer this hot-button question. The group’s findings and verdict will affect Urban Meyer, Ohio State—the football program and university as a whole—as well as the #MeToo movement.

College football fans and non-college football fans alike await this hotly-debated decision.

It doesn’t feel right to name or place Urban Meyer alongside the most infamous individuals who have defined the #MeToo movement, especially given that Meyer did not assault anyone. Having said that, Meyer potentially failed to report domestic abuse allegations back in 2015, which is very serious.

As a result, the “will he be fired?” debate concerning Urban has national resonance beyond college football in this era of heightened accountability.

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If he is fired—which is possible—then it will expand the #MeToo movement into punishing someone who (reportedly) failed to report an incident of abuse according to university or company protocol and/or new societal norms.

Wherever you fall on this critical debate, it will be the larger impact of Ohio State’s decision, and the final details of the investigation are necessary before passing final judgement.

Let’s examine this situation from 10,000 feet.

Shelley Meyer likely told her husband about Courtney Smith disclosing details of abuse by then-husband Zach Smith back in 2015. We are waiting on definitive proof. At the 2018 B1G Ten Media Day, Meyer publicly lied about knowing of these allegations from 2015, which was challenged with enough information by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy for Ohio State to place Urban on paid administrative leave while an investigation occurs.

Last Friday, Urban Meyer spoke out via a typed letter posted on his Twitter page. In the letter, he said he believes he followed university protocols in 2015, he apologized for lying at B1G Ten Media Day and that he is confident in the truth regarding this situation.

News broke yesterday from Courtney Smith’s lawyer that Ohio State did not contact her concerning the domestic abuse by Zach Smith from 2015. It will be interesting to see how this impacts the investigation’s findings.

Say, for example, the investigation ends, OSU wins this year’s national title and you watch Urban Meyer lift the trophy as golden confetti rains down on him.

How would you feel?

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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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