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Alleged OSU rape could’ve been captured on cellphone

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A rape that one female Ohio State student says may have happened in a residence hall on April 12 could have been captured on a cellphone.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed by Ohio State Police per The Lantern, a student told police she may have been sexually assaulted in the restroom area of Canfield Hall. Earlier that night, the victim said she was at a fraternity party. The accused male is a friend with whom she attended the party.

At the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity party, the student told police she had consumed an alcoholic seltzer, wine from a box, and a drink from a cup an unknown male was holding, reports The Lantern. She told police she does not remember anything else from the night.

Back in May 2018, Alpha Epsilon Pi, or “AEΠ,” was suspended from campus for five years after violating the Alcohol, Hazing, and Endangering Behavior section of the Ohio State Code of Student Conduct.

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According to the student’s roommate, she returned to her dorm early in the morning wearing clothes belonging to the accused male. The male first told the roommate that he put the victim in the shower to clean her up, but then he admitted that he and the victim had had sex in the shower.

Per the affidavit, the victim was taken to the Wexner Medical Center with bruises to her head, eye, forearms, hips, and inner thighs. She received a sexual assault examination.

The cellphone allegedly containing a video of the rape is now in the possession of Ohio State Police.

“These matters have been referred to law enforcement,” said University spokesman Dan Hedman, per The Lantern. “Due to the ongoing investigation there are no additional details we can share at this time.”

If anyone has any information related to the alleged sexual assault, please call University Police at 614-292-2121 or Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

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Studio 35 Theater reopens during renovations

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Don’t mind the dust, moviegoers! Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse will reopen today, Thursday, May 16. The landmark theater in Clintonville has been closed since Monday for renovations, which are ongoing.

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Additions include a second-story screening room, new seating in the main auditorium, and a kitchen. The upgrades to the historic theater, which opened in 1938, are expected to be completed in August of 2019.

Studio 35 is a champion of independent cinema in Central Ohio, so be sure to get out and show your support throughout their renovation! To catch movie times, view menus, and keep up to date with all of Studio 35’s awesome events, visit studio35.com.

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Quiet down, Uber has a huge announcement

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Tired of being bombarded with political opinions on your way to the grocery store? Sick of feeling obligated to ask, “So, how long have you been an Uber driver?” when all you want to do is scroll through Instagram? Longing to sit in silence in the backseat of a stranger’s car you hailed from the internet? Do you just want to sleep?

We know Uber drivers are only being polite and friendly, but sometimes, you just need quiet.

You need “Quiet Mode.”

Uber has finally rolled out a feature that allows riders to request minimal conversation during rides. Instead of fake laughing and politely nodding your way through a ride, hoping the driver takes the hint, you can simply select the “Quiet preferred” option. There are also options for “Happy to chat” and “No preference.”

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Instead of rudely smashing the “Quiet Mode” button mid-ride, this distinction can only be made before users request the Uber. A few other new options riders can select prior to hailing a vehicle include:

  • Help with Luggage: let your driver know an extra pair of hands is needed for your luggage.
  • Temperature Control: communicate your optimal temperature before entering a vehicle.
  • Extended Pickup Period:  riders will have a little extra time to get to the car when unexpected delays pop up.
  • Premium Support: access premium phone support with live agents if you need something to be made right. 
  • Professionalism: ride with confidence knowing that your professional, commercially-licensed driver is at the top of his or her game.
  • Consistent Vehicle Quality: expect the same kinds of rides, every time, with consistent vehicle model, makes, interiors, and exteriors.

Here’s the catch: these luxury “Rider Preferences” only come with Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides, though. Are you willing to drop the extra dough to control the conversation during your next Uber ride?

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More scooters coming soon to a sidewalk near you

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Love them or hate them, it seems another wave of shared mobility devices are on the way to Central Ohio.

According to a report from WCMH, more than one thousand new electric scooters and bikes from companies with names like Jump, Spin, and Roam could be coming soon.

Jump and Spin have already gained approval from the city to launch their fleets of electric scooters and bikes. Under current rules, each company is allowed up to 500 mobility devices—meaning 1,500 more scooters and bikes will be available throughout the city.

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Columbus based e-bike company Roam is still in the process of gaining approval for a planned Spring 2019 launch. While electric scooters have become a familiar sight, Roam’s bikes are sure to stand out when they eventually hit the streets:

Are you excited to see more mobility options coming to town, or worried about the issues these devices raise? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

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