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Education Reporter — Columbus Dispatch

Higher-ed reporter at The Columbus Dispatch. Runner, morning person, breakfast enthusiast.

Justice on campus? — The University of Toledo found a student responsible for his role in the stabbing death of his roommate, but he wasn't expelled from the school or charged criminally. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh found a student responsible for sexual assault and gave him a written reprimand, kicked him out of his dorm for a month, and ordered him not to have any minors as guests.

Investigation reveals more hazing, alcohol abuse by Ohio State marching band — Ohio State University failed for decades to rein in its marching band and eliminate widespread alcohol abuse and sexual harassment, according to a follow-up investigation of the group that also uncovered some new instances of inappropriate and lewd behavior within the band.

Education Insider: Sides differ on why ex-data czar Tankovich didn’t talk to Yost — State Auditor Dave Yost says his office bent over backward to try to get former Columbus City Schools data czar Steve Tankovich to speak to investigators before the state data-scrubbing report was released last January. But Tankovich had no idea that investigators were trying to reach him for questioning, his attorney Mark Collins said.

Education Insider: Was off-the-cuff comment about dead man’s jacket suitable praise? — A lot of strange stuff has been said from the witness stand in hearings to fire two Columbus school principals for data tampering. But nothing could beat an off-the-record moment last week in the courtroom. In a hearing in which the district is trying to prove it has a case to fire former Marion-Franklin High School Principal Pamela Diggs, the court reporter's equipment went down.

Education Insider: Gene Harris gives direct answers at ex-principal’s hearing — Leave it to Gene Harris to dish out a little real talk. In an employment hearing on Monday in which the Columbus school district is trying to fire former Marion-Franklin High School Principal Pamela Diggs for manipulating student data, former Columbus superintendent Harris was called by Diggs' defense team.

College student debt zombies rally — As Rachael Collyer painted her face a zombie mess of purple and black paint yesterday, she kept thinking about the student debt she is racking up at Ohio State University. "I look scary, but what's scarier is how much I owe," said Collyer, 21, a senior from Cleveland Heights studying English and Spanish.

President Drake: Ohio State needs to stay true to roots, serve working class — During his annual speech today about the state of Ohio State University, President Dr. Michael V. Drake spoke often about returning the university to its roots as an agricultural school for the working class, but without veering from its emphasis on research that has given OSU a global presence.

Education Insider: Superintendent Good explains timeline on bonuses — When Columbus City Schools gave bonuses last week to administrators who have been implicated in the data-scrubbing scandal, many people probably thought: "That would never happen in the private sector." After all, who rewards a worker after he or she is threatened with termination?

Ohio State files new allegations against fired band director Jon Waters — In its response to a lawsuit filed by Jonathan Waters, Ohio State University today revealed new details about problems in the marching band under its former director's watch. After Waters was fired, OSU officials discovered a third sexual assault in the band while he was in charge, and they found several raunchy student-produced videos that sometimes included students who were partially nude.

Education Insider: Evidence punctures ex-principal’s alibis — In a good whodunit, an alibi is everything. Former principal Pamela Diggs testified under oath last week that she couldn't have surreptitiously withdrawn Marion-Franklin High School students who hadn't left - even though her name was on the withdrawal record - because she was on vacation.
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Nov 20, 2014

The mayor is now two degrees apart from Austin Powers. MT @michaelbcoleman: Quincy Jones says "Columbus has talent"

Nov 20, 2014

RT @jsmithrichards: You must read this @Aportzline story about a pro hockey player filing bankruptcy. Great reporting, sad story:

Nov 19, 2014

Telling journalists to learn their jobs from "The Newsroom" is like telling surgeons to learn from "Gray's Anatomy."

Nov 19, 2014

RT @WeStandWithJon: @cbinkley: Our honor defend: A marching band member gives his side of the story… via @Uweekly

Nov 19, 2014

@WeStandWithJon To clarify, reporters don't write headlines. If you want to weigh in, email me and I'll get you to the right people.

Nov 19, 2014

@dofornop Waters and his lawyer both weighed in for our story. They weren't immediately available as the report was released.

Nov 19, 2014

#OhioState is to blame for band problems, too, second investigation says. Lax oversight led to "insular" group:

Nov 19, 2014

@dofornop We broke the news about the report and then circled back to explain it. Story now includes much more:

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