Andy @ The Lantern

The Lantern is the newspaper of The Ohio State University. Written, produced, and administered by the student body, Andy became actively involved during his senior year at OSU, and is regularly published on issues involving agriculture and the university. Here are his archived works:

March 31st, 2011: Lecture series talks going green for creation

What do religious teachings say about climate change, recycling or organic food? Do major religions such as Christianity, Islam or Judaism agree or disagree on issues affecting the environment?

Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources opened a dialogue on these questions at the Ohio Union Wednesday night with the first in a series of lectures on “Abrahamic Faiths and the Environment,” to be held across campus this month.

The opening lecture attracted about 130 students and community members for a discussion on what the keynote speaker called “Eco-Judaism.”

March 13th, 2011: Students helps teens with college path at 4-H event

Pledging to “Accept the Challenge,” more than 1,700 teenage 4-H members and adult volunteers visited Columbus Saturday for what officials said was the largest 4-H conference in the country.

The annual 4-H Teen Conference and 4-H Volunteer Conference, held in conjunction for the first time, yielded a bumper crop of 4-H enthusiasts.

“It’s the largest 4-H conference we’ve ever had in the state,” said Allen Auck, Ohio 4-H program manager for events and activities. “As far as we can tell, this is the largest event of its kind in the nation.”

February 28th, 2011: OSU gets $3 million to evaluate corn production

Researchers at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences earned a share of a $20 million United States Department of Agriculture grant to study the sustainability of corn production across the Midwest.

Corn is the No. 1 crop grown in the United States, both in terms of volume and value, according to USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service.

OSU scientists, participating in a five-year study alongside 42 researchers from nine land-grant universities, are studying the sustainability of producing corn in the states collectively known as the Corn Belt, extending from Ohio to Iowa.

February 27th, 2011: Keynote agriculture conference speaker: ‘You can’t hide behind technology’

Agriculture communication and journalism majors from 12 North American universities worked to “Grow Something Great at Ohio State” as OSU’s chapter of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow hosted the 2011 National ACT Professional Development Conference Thursday through Saturday.

Organizers said the conference theme, a play on OSU’s slogan “do something great,” represented the purpose of the conference: for students to grow as professionals, sharpening their skills and broadening their networks.

“The first objective is to build these students as communicators,” said Hannah Thompson, a fourth-year in agricultural communication and vice president of the OSU ACT chapter. “We also wanted them to leave with a positive impression of our university.”

February 10th, 2011: Student wins national speaking contest, $2,500

Ohio State student Emily Krueger represented Ohio in a national agricultural speaking contest, besting 47 other state winners to win a $2,500 scholarship.

Krueger, a third-year in agricultural communication, won the American Farm Bureau Federation Collegiate Discussion Meet on Feb. 6 in Orlando, Fla.

“Discussion Meet is essentially a small group communication exercise,” Krueger said. “It is not a debate, but is designed to improve small group leadership skills.”

February 3rd, 2011: OSU student has no beef with winning

An Ohio State student won a national championship, but in an arena that usually has sawdust, rather than grass on the ground.

Lindsey Grimes, a second-year in animal science, showed the grand champion Angus female at the National Western Stock Show Jan. 13 in Denver.

For serious livestock enthusiasts, competing in Denver is like competing in the Olympics, said Marshall Ernst, livestock manager of the National Western.

January 19th, 2011: Buckeyes bypass draft, hold true to pledge

Andy contributed an audio interview with OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith to this staff article.