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OSU Taking New Collin’s Law Seriously

11 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The following message was sent to the Ohio State community Friday from Melissa L. Gilliam, executive vice president and provost; Stacy Rastauskas, vice president for government affairs; Jeff Risinger, senior vice president of talent, culture and human resources; and Melissa Shivers, senior vice president for student life.

This week marks an important moment in our state’s and university’s commitment to eradicating any form of hazing in educational institutions across Ohio. Collin’s Law, Ohio’s Anti Hazing Act, which went into effect last week, enacts a number of important requirements and changes, all in effort to end hazing and interrupt contributing factors that have enabled the persistence of hazing in the past.

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Meet The Ohio State Mansfield Homecoming Court

9 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University at Mansfield is pleased to announce the 2021 Homecoming Court. These students were chosen by a panel of faculty and staff for characteristics such as campus and community involvement, volunteer work, academic performance and Buckeye spirit.

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OSU Enrollment Declines Slightly, Including Regional Campuses; Minority Numbers Improve

4 Oct , 2021  

By Chris Booker, Ohio State News, with additional material from 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University has reported record enrollment numbers on the Columbus campus and record minority student enrollment at all campuses.

The new numbers are part of the Autumn Semester Enrollment Report. The report includes key data about Ohio State’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students on the Columbus and regional campuses.

“A talented and diverse community is central to our goal of being a great 21st-century land-grant university. I’m delighted to see record high minority student enrollment across all campuses,” said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson. “It speaks to the value of an Ohio State education that so many students choose to join this university, believe in our mission and aspire to become Buckeyes. They will share a life-long affiliation with hundreds of thousands of other committed, caring and inquisitive individuals making a difference each and every day in a wide range of disciplines.”

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Levels of Richland School, Congregate Care COVID Cases Decrease

1 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The latest numbers for reported cases of COVID among Richland County schools were shared by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday.

Those figures show a sizable decrease in case levels for both students and staff. In a similar fashion, the number of cases reported in the county’s long-term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living centers) remained low.

As shared on Thursday, there were 173 positive COVID test results reported on September 30, as compared to 267 reported the previous week, and 279 earlier in the month. This overall figure included 149 students and 24 staff members in 16 districts or buildings — one more than the previous week.

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Number Of Infections Remains High In Richland Schools, Governor Talks About Schools And COVID

23 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The number of positive COVID tests reported from Richland County school districts and buildings remained at a high level when numbers were announced on Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health.

Led by a reported 118 student cases at Mansfield City Schools, there were a total of 267 cases among students and staff. This number is a slight reduction from the 279 positive tests included in the total two weeks ago.

There were 15 districts or buildings included in the report, up 2 from the September 9 report. Those included:

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Ohio State Programs Improve In New Collegiate Rankings

14 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University saw improvement overall and across several university programs in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings for 2022.

Overall, the university moved up four spots and is ranked 49th among national universities and 17th among public universities. Individual programs also saw year-over-year improvement, including undergraduate computer science programs that increased four spots to rank 37th nationally and 18th among public universities. Undergraduate nursing program rankings were new to U.S. News & World Report this year, and Ohio State ranked 10th in the nation and 6th among public universities. Undergraduate business programs and best schools for veterans rankings improved nationally, by two and four spots, respectively.

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Ohio State Distributes Another $46 Million In Student Aid

10 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

To assist students with financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ohio State University is distributing another $46 million in federal assistance for students.

The university notified more than 25,000 students this week that they are receiving block grants as part of the third round of emergency grants supported with federal relief funds. Eligible undergraduate, graduate and professional students who enrolled in summer or autumn semester 2021 will receive grants of $250 to $3,000, depending on their level of financial need. Students on all Ohio State campuses are eligible.

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Madison Schools Goes Remote For A Week

8 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

In a Tuesday letter to the Madison School Community, Superintendent Rob Peterson shared news that the increase in COVID infections in the district, as well as the number of absences caused by other illness, has necessitated immediate action.

For that reason, Madison High School and Middle School will be moving to remote learning beginning on Thursday, September 9, and lasting until Wednesday, September 15, after which in-person learning will resume.

This will not necessarily impact athletic and other school events, however each will be subject to change on an individual basis.

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COVID Cases Grow Quickly In Richland County Schools; Shelby Closes For Friday Classes

2 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The rapid rise in COVID cases seen in the general population is now clearly reflected in infection rates for Richland County school districts and buildings, where total infections tripled in one week.

Last Thursday, in the first set of full results after the launch of school, there were a total of 43 reported cases during the previous week. These included 34 new student infections and 9 staff. These were found in seven different school districts and buildings.

This Thursday, September 2, that number of affected districts and buildings had grown to 12, and the total number of new infections stood at 141. This amount represents 112 students and 29 staff members.

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Ohio State Mansfield Theatre Returning To In-Person Shows This Season

1 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University at Mansfield welcomes audiences back to campus for its 2021-2022 theatre performances. The performances, which will be held in Founders Auditorium on the Mansfield campus, include a comedy, drama and a new play, along with two staged readings.

The season kicks off with the first staged reading, The Guys, a reflection on the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. Written by Anne Nelson, this free performance will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 11.

This special reading is based on a true story and will take audience members back to the first few weeks that followed the September 11 attacks. It tells the story of a reporter who receives an unexpected phone call from a fire captain who lost most of his men in the attack and is looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies. The reading is produced by arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Donations will be accepted for local first responders.

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Lexington Schools Moving To Two Weeks Of Remote Learning

31 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

In an announcement made on Tuesday afternoon, officials of Lexington Schools announced that the district will be shutting down in-person learning for two weeks beginning on Tuesday, September 7.

The announcement read as follows:

Lexington School Community,

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Richland County Schools Register 43 New COVID Cases

27 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

With the first full week of school finished for many Richland County schools, this Thursday was the first real opportunity to assess the level of COVID impacting local students and teachers.

As it turns out, there were new reported cases from seven public or private school districts/facilities.

All in all, 34 new student cases were reported as well as 9 instances of positive COVID results for staff — for a total of 43.

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OSU Announces Vaccination Requirement

26 Aug , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The following message was shared earlier this week by OSU President Kristina Johnson. In it, Johnson shares that OSU is now requiring vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The rising prevalence of the more transmissible Delta variant is fueling the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations – including in young and otherwise healthy unvaccinated people. Central, southern and southeastern Ohio have now recorded the highest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients since January. Further, the number of hospitalized patients in these areas of the state rose an alarming 448% between mid-July and mid-August.

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Whippets Want To Repeat As MOAC Champs

6 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

By 1812Blockhouse

We continue our look here at 1812Blockhouse into schedules for Richland County football squads this fall.

For the Shelby Whippets under Coach Robert Mahaney, the goal is to repeat the success of the 2020 season. Last year, during the COVID-impacted football fall, the team finished 9-1, with a 5-0 MOAC conference record.

This year, Shelby has a typical non-conference slate, facing Mansfield Madison, Lexington, and Bellevue in the first three weeks of the 2021 season.

The complete list of games is as follows:

  • Fri, 8/20 Mansfield Madison – Away
  • Fri, 8/27  Lexington – Home
  • Fri, 9/3 Bellevue – Away
  • Fri, 9/10 Ontario – Away
  • Fri, 9/17 Pleasant – Home
  • Fri, 9/24 Marion Harding – Away
  • Fri, 10/1 Galion – Home
  • Fri, 10/8 West Holmes – Home
  • Fri, 10/15 River Valley – Away
  • Fri, 10/22 Clear Fork – Home 

All games begin at 7 PM.

The Whippets recently announced team captains for the year:

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Revised Ohio State Policy Requires Masks Indoors On All Campuses

3 Aug , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from The Ohio State University

President Kristina M. Johnson sent the following email to The Ohio State University community on Monday, August 2:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Since December, we have celebrated the introduction of safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccines that have helped contain the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they remain the best way to protect your family, friends, colleagues and yourself.

In recent weeks, the Delta variant has rapidly become the most common form of the virus in Ohio – and across the nation. The Delta variant is much more contagious than previous versions of the virus, causes infected patients to have substantially higher amounts of the virus in their system, and can be transmitted to others even by fully vaccinated people who contract the virus.

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