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Education Reporter — Columbus Dispatch

Higher-ed reporter at The Columbus Dispatch. Runner. Morning person.

Education Insider: Jon Waters applies for Ohio State band director job he was fired from — In what seems a little like a desperation football pass, Jonathan Waters is applying to get his old job back. Waters still has a pending lawsuit against Ohio State University in which he demands to be reinstated as director of the marching band, the job he was fired from on July 24.

Ohio State bills for band investigation and defense pushing $1 million — Ohio State University has spent a combined $900,000 in a follow-up investigation of the marching band and defending itself in a lawsuit filed by fired band director Jonathan Waters. Records provided by the university on Friday show that a task force hired to examine the culture of the embattled band included five firms and charged a total of $698,175.

Protesters arrested as Ohio University raises tuition — Police arrested two Ohio University students and a recent graduate today as they protesed tuition increases that the school's board of trustees approved. They were protesting a 2-percent tuition increase to take effect next fall for students already on campus, plus a 5.1-percent increase for the incoming class, which would not face another increase for four years.

Ohio University offers locked-in cost of attending — Incoming freshmen at Ohio University won't have to worry about the yearly specter of a tuition hike -- instead, they're facing one big increase from the start. The university plans to raise tuition by 5.1 percent for new students next fall, along with increases of 5.3 percent for campus housing and 1.5 percent for meal plans.

Columbus State proposes $2.5 million in cuts to offset decreasing enrollment — A worse-than-expected drop in enrollment will lead to an additional $2.5 million in budget cuts at Columbus State Community College this year. The college already had been expecting about a 3 percent decrease in enrollment over last year, but fall enrollment in 2014 was about 6 percent lower than fall enrollment in 2013, and this spring is on track to be 9.5 percent lower than spring 2014.

Education Insider: Columbus school board let Gene Harris dance out of top job — After former Columbus school Superintendent Gene Harris pleaded no contest to dereliction of duty last week, her attorney made an interesting point. Noting that Harris was the only superintendent in the state to be criminally prosecuted for data-changing by a district, attorney Yvette McGee Brown said: "These are matters that are usually handled by a board (of education).

Education Insider: King Day events to bring Al Sharpton to city — Civil-rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton will be in Columbus this week as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations at local universities. Sharpton is to be at the Ohio Union at Ohio State University at 7 tonight to participate in a dialogue with Jamal Watson, a Washington, D.C., writer and lecturer who wrote a forthcoming biography of Sharpton.

Fans tear down south goal post at Ohio Stadium — Hundreds of reevlers broke into Ohio Stadium after 2 a.m. and pulled down a field-goal post, spurring police to break up the crowd, university officials said. No one was arrested. "They basically used a couple different tools just to try to disperse people," Dan Hedman, spokesman for the OSU administration and planning department, said of the police response.

Ohio State paid for 124 to attend Sugar Bowl — Ohio State University spent about $372,000 to send university leaders, faculty, friends and student leaders to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1, university records released today show. Along with a 69-member "official party" whose expenses were reimbursed by the Athletic Department, another 55 people traveled to the game using departmental money.

Ohio State: Ticket to national championship is not a get-out-of-class free card — A ticket to the national championship football game is no free pass to miss class at Ohio State University, officials told students this week. In an email sent to students, the dean of undergraduate education warned students that missing class for the football game on Monday -- or any day next week -- could put them at risk of being cut from their class.
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Jan 28, 2015

RT @OhioStateFYE: Did You Know: There was once corn growing on the Oval! #TriviaTuesday

Jan 26, 2015

Band investigation, legal bills for Waters lawsuit have cost #OhioState $900K and growing #TBDBITL

Jan 24, 2015

RT @RandyLudlow: Ohio State bills for band investigation and defense pushing $1 million #TBDBITL via @DispatchAlerts

Jan 18, 2015

RT @drewmagary: "An excellent receiver of the football." So a receiver?

Jan 15, 2015

RT @DispatchSully: Many of the students (more than 1,000) on High St. after OSU game came from alcohol-free, university-organized watch party at Ohio Union.

Jan 15, 2015

RT @abbydphillip: Man who made website to let you ship glitter to your enemies is sick an tired of taking your stupid glitter orders:

Jan 15, 2015

Also, 36+ hours after the #OhioState win, police added that they were being pelted by some in the crowd:

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