Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Early Monday morning, a student of The Ohio State University was shot dead by police after he drove into about eight pedestrians and continued to stab multiple people with a butcher knife (ABC News). The incident was reported by OSU officials as an active shooter warning at 9:52 a.m. Less than two hours later, OSU police said the scene was secure and police lifted the shelter-in-place alert.

Alan Horujko, an OSU officer, fatally shot the suspect, Abdul Razak Ali Artan. The motive of the suspect is still unknown.

OSU communicated with its students through “Buckeye Alert” messages delivered through email, text messaging and social media. Below is a timeline of communication from The Ohio State University Emergency Management department to the public.

9:57 a.m. – “Active shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”
10:02 a.m. – “Continue to shelter in place. Avoid area of College. More information to follow.”
10:20 a.m. – “Continue to shelter in place in north campus area. Follow directions of Police on scene.”
10:35 a.m. – “Continue to shelter in place. Wait for Police officer’s directions. Please contact Police / 9-1-1 only if you have information to report.”
11:30 a.m. – “UPDATE 1/2: Shelter in place lifted. Scene is now secure. ALL classes are canceled on Columbus campus for the remainder of the day.”
11:32 a.m. – “UPDATE 2/2: Area around 19th & College Ave. is closed. List of buildings closed and additional information at”
12:27 p.m. – “UPDATE: Police continue to process scene. Avoid area between College & Neil, Glenn & Woodruff. Lane Ave. garage and SAS building remain closed.”
1:28 p.m. – an official statement from the university was released.
3:09 p.m. – “UPDATE: All buildings EXCEPT Student Academic Services are open to retrieve personal items. 19th Ave. still closed. Use 18th or Woodruff for building access.”
4:07 p.m. – “The @OSUPolice confirm Officer Alan Horujko shot and killed the suspect, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, Monday morning.”
5:09 p.m. – “UPDATE: All classes on the Columbus campus will resume normal schedule as of Tuesday, November 29th.”

The Ohio State University shared and retweeted every post from The Ohio State University Emergency Management page to spread awareness to a broader audience. OSU acted swiftly and efficiently, reducing panic and terror.

The university is now using the hashtag #BuckeyeStrong to unite the campus community. OSU also proved they were #BuckeyeStrong by holding a gathering to listen, learn and heal as a community.

First, thank you to The Ohio State University and all law enforcement involved in protecting the campus community and second, prayers to the family and friends of those affected by the incident Monday morning.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Game of the Year

The best thing about college football is hands down the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry. I spent my Saturday afternoon watching the game of the year with family and friends. If you were born and raised in Columbus, you have no choice but to root for Ohio State and have a deep hatred for the team up north. Thankfully, the Buckeyes came out on top defeating the Wolverines 27-30 in double overtime.

One of my favorite things on game day is seeing how things unfold on social media. Fans reactions to plays and fierce competition are always entertaining and usually give me a few good laughs. I’ve included a few of my favorite tweets from the game for your entertainment.

“Yeah the Buckeyes are literally shortening years off of my life” -@AbbyFinley
Same girl, same. I think I had at least six minor heart attacks in one quarter alone.

“KID HAD ONE JOB. Cut his scholarship.” -@Maggiekimm
In regards to kicker Tyler Durbin missing two major field goals which greatly impacted the game.

“Shelley Meyer just called Urban in the middle of his press conference. ‘She told me to bring a gallon of milk home.” -@TimShoemaker
LOL it’s fine. Totally normal. 

I think it’s safe to say Urban Meyer’s reaction to the last play of the game is how every Ohio State fan felt. I know I’m looking forward to seeing how things unfold and where Ohio State lands in the College Football Playoffs. We will find out Ohio State’s future next Sunday.

As always, go Bucks!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thursday's are for Grey's

As a college student, I’m always looking for ways to procrastinate. The easiest and most practical way to procrastinate is by binge watching way too much TV. This is pretty much my weekly routine on Thursday nights. Every Thursday, I attend our weekly PRSSA meetings and then rush home for “Grey’s Anatomy”. I’ve made a list of the top four reasons you should watch “Grey’s Anatomy” instead of being a functioning human being with responsibilities.
  • "Grey’s Anatomy" is in its 13th season. Grey's will keep you pretty busy if you’re trying to avoid all of your other commitments.
  • It will rip your heart out at least every three episodes. You’ll be too emotionally damaged to participate in life so sleep is basically the only logical answer.
  • The cast is full of good looking characters (aka Mcdreamy, McSteamy, Karev and Jackson). You’ll be even more motivated to put on your Ada goggles and find the love of your life after watching this show.
  • Once you get past season eleven, you’re basically a surgeon yourself. You’ll contemplate changing your major to pre-med, making it way harder to sit down and write that press release your professor assigned.
So anyway, if you haven’t watched "Grey’s Anatomy" before, I suggest you start now. There’s no better time than right before finals!!!!