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Renewable Energy Opponent to Decide Ohio’s Energy Future

Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law this June that paused state standards for two years and created a committee to review the economic implications of the former renewable energy and energy efficiency regulations. Senate Bill 310 was a result of Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz’s, R-Cincinnati, effort to rollback efficiency standards, and now Seitz will be one of six senators to sit on the committee to evaluate whether these standards should be repealed permanently. Seitz claimed the energy laws, put in place in 2008, were similar to “Joseph Stalin’s five-year plan.” Joining Seitz will be fellow Republican Sen.Troy Balderson...

Local activists describe campaign strategy for fracking ban

Out of the many matters of contention on November’s ballot, none is more important to local environmentalists than Issue7. After an intensive canvassing effort, the ballot initiative finally made it to the voting booth for the general election, andthose who are seeking to ban hydraulic fracturing within Athens city limits are looking forward to the potential implementation. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has long been a sensitive subject for Eastern Ohio and regions with similar shale-enriched geographies. Some defend the economic gains it brings to the region, while others say those are entirely negated by the environmental consequences of fracking procedures....

Opinion: Student Senate needs couples therapy

As Student Senate gets back into a sense of normalcy, the body has yet to make major decisions without partisan bickering, and are now turning to the students themselves to make those decisions. I don’t want to be cliché, but I might as well since this is the lede: in order to help others, you must first help yourself. Wednesday’s Student Senate meeting seemed to have a theme of reaching out to the student body. Now former Treasurer Carter Phillips made that point many times during his kind-of-surprising resignation speech, saying at one point, “The worst fate for Senate is...

Opinion: Murder isn’t a souvenir

Not only is blood being discussed because of Student Senate, but Urban Outfitters wants to discuss blood too! Earlier this week, the clothing company released a “vintage” Kent State University pink sweater with holes and what looks like blood spots with KSU’s emblem in the middle. Fun fact: This coming year will mark the 45-year anniversary of the Kent State shootings. When Urban Outfitters first released the sweater, the company stated, “There is no blood on this shirt nor has the item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt, and...

Student Senate Treasurer Carter Phillips resigns abruptly at start of Student Senate meeting

Student Senate Treasurer Carter Phillips resigned his role in an address at the beginning of Wednesday’s general body meeting. The former treasurer cited an inability for the senate to maintain order in his decision. “This is no longer a senate; this is a circus,” Phillips said in his statement. Phillips originally ran as mate to Presidential Candidate Jordan Ballinger under the ONE for OU ticket last spring. Senate confirmed, in light of the resignation, that Zainab Kandeh will be taking over the position of student senate treasurer. Other senate executives such as President Megan Marzec and Vice President Caitlyn Mcdaniels...

Opinion: OU Professors Blacklisted

Professors across the country who support an academic boycott of Israel have recently been listed by AMCHA Initiative, including three from Ohio University including James Coady, George Hartley, and Louis-Georges Schwartz. This list has been justified as a necessary defense for protecting Jewish students, but there are a couple problems with such a statement. Are these professors anti-Semitic and planning on harassing and terrorizing students whom they perceive to be Jewish? No, there is no evidence to suggest such; rather, it’s to encourage students who are registering for classes to not take classes taught by these professors, for they are...

Petition for removal of Marzec nears 2,000 signatures

An online petition advocating for the removal of Student Senate President Megan Marzec from her position has garnered nearly 2,000 signatories. The petition urges OU alumni to “support current students in their request to remove” Marzec from office. An alumna named Morgan Blumenfeld created the page. “Her resignation should not be determined based on her beliefs on a controversial issue, but rather the manner in which she publicized them and her actions since,” the petition reads. With 1,961 signatories by Tuesday evening from all around the country, the petition has largely come to symbolize both the mass proliferation of dissent...

Ohio’s ban on false campaign speech ruled unconstitutional by federal judge

An Ohio law prohibiting false speech during political campaigns was struck down last week when a federal judge in Cincinnati ruled the policy was unconstitutional. In the ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black said the law violated Ohioans’ freedom of speech and was “inherently flawed” because it allowed the Ohio Elections Commission — a governmental agency — to decide what was considered false political speech. “Lies have no place in the political arena and serve no purpose other than to undermine the integrity of the democratic process,” Black wrote. “The problem is that, at times, there is no clear...

Federal and state initiatives hope to reduce risk of toxic algae blooms

Policymakers are taking steps to decrease the risk of toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie after around 400,000 people in Toledo were left without tap water when their water supply was contaminated by a bloom at the beginning of August. New policies that are being considered or implemented target varying aspects of algae blooms, from potential causes to detection and treatment. Both the state and federal governments are chipping in to create measures that will better track toxin levels in Lake Erie, as well as decrease the amount of fertilizer run-off making its way into the lake. Photo courtesy of...