Student charged with second-degree felony

By Noah Manskar
Editor-in-Chief
(Web Link)

A former Ohio Wesleyan student is out of jail awaiting indictment after being arrested and charged with inducing panic, a second-degree felony.

Delaware Police Department (DPD) arrested junior Brian Bowers on Dec. 3, the same day a report was filed that he threatened to kill people at the university, according to Sgt. John Radabaugh.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Rohrer said Bowers threatened use of a firearm against specific people and the university at large. A statement from University President Rock Jones said he was never known to have had a weapon on campus.

Cole Hatcher, director of Media and Community Relations, said Bowers made the threats via text messages and non-public Twitter exchanges.

Radabaugh said DPD made the arrest so quickly because of the gravity of the situation.

“I think, certainly, if you look at probably the past decade of American history, if there are threats of violence against the school, they have to be taken very seriously,” he said.

Director of Public Safety (PS) Robert Wood said Bowers was off-campus when PS was notified of the incident around 11:10 a.m. on Dec. 3. He turned himself in to DPD voluntarily after another local law enforcement agency located him.

Wood said PS notified Student Affairs and DPD immediately after the threats were reported.

Rohrer said Bowers has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. A grand jury now has 60 days to bring an indictment against him in the Court of Common Pleas, where felonies are tried.

Bowers is being monitored by a GPS tracking device and is prohibited from entering OWU property or making contact with anyone at the university. The terms of his release say he must seek mental health treatment and, if recommended, enter a restricted-access mental health facility.

Rohrer said the court issued the order because there were indications Bowers was struggling with mental health issues.

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Student struck by DPD vehicle in accident

Officer involved cited for traffic violation but remains on duty

By Noah Manskar
Editor-in-Chief
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Junior Caroline Welker is out of the hospital and recovering from a severe concussion after a Delaware Police Department (DPD) cruiser hit her early last Thursday morning.

Welker was crossing W. Central Avenue walking northbound on N. Sandusky Street at 12:21 a.m. on Nov. 28 when DPD Officer Mark Jackson’s Ford Explorer XL struck her making a left turn. 

The DPD crash report said the vehicle was traveling 22 miles per hour when the collision happened.

Jackson’s witness statement on the report said he did not see Welker until she was in front of his cruiser.

The statement said Welker rolled up onto the hood of the car and then fell onto the road. 

He attended to Welker until Officer Joseph Kolp arrived and directed him back to his vehicle.

Delaware Fire Department medics took her to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Welker said she was walking home from the Backstretch Bar and talking on her phone just after midnight on Nov. 28 following a belated birthday celebration with her brother and some friends from high school. 

She said her brother bought her a drink and she left after half an hour.

Jackson was en route to The Jug on N. Houk Road to support other officers on a call reporting unruly customers refusing to leave. 

Two days before, Jackson ran the same cruiser into a guardrail while investigating a disabled semi truck on Highway 23 North.

The crash report also Welker’s injuries were “non-incapacitating,” but she said she was unconscious from the time of the accident until around 5 a.m. 

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Alexis Krauss: Ready for a fight

By Noah Manskar
Editor-in-Chief
(Web Link)

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Sleigh Bells are certainly a restless band.

In 2012 they put out the strikingly dark “Reign of Terror,” a contrast to their debut “Treats,” and promoted it with a tour supported by Brooklyn-based black metal band Liturgy and acclaimed DJ Diplo. The followed up with another national headlining tour, including a stop in Columbus last November.

In October, just a year and a half after “Reign of Terror,” they released the more upbeat “Bitter Rivals,” proceeded to embark on a cross-country tour and will return Columbus on Saturday. As vocalist Alexis Krauss put it when I spoke with her over the phone last week while she and guitarist/producer Derek Miller were in Atlanta, the album “feels like a fight,” and from how active and motivated they are, it’s certain Sleigh Bells will go down swinging if they go down at all.

Alexis and I talked about the band’s restlessness and how it helps them put out albums so quickly, their fond memories in Columbus and boxing, their newfound love—not surprising, considering the sound “Bitter Rivals” achieves.

Noah Manskar: Where are y’all right now? You’re on tour, right?

Alexis Krauss: Yeah, I am currently in Atlanta, Ga., and—I guess we’re about midway through the tour, so it’s been really incredible so far. The shows have been a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to keeping it going.

NM: What do you like best about touring, and what do you like least about it?

AK: I like best the fact that you wake up in a different city every day and get to meet new fans and experience new places. I feel incredibly grateful and appreciative that I get to do this for a living and that I get to see so many different parts of the country and of the world. What I like least about touring is probably being on a bus with nine guys and dealing with their lack of hygiene and all that comes with touring with nine boys. But that being said, we all love each other, we’re a really close knit touring family. But stepping on dirty socks and dental floss is never fun.

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Students out of hospitals after Monday night accident

By Noah Manskar
Editor-in-Chief
(Web Link)

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Two Ohio Wesleyan students have been released from hospitalization after being struck by a car Monday evening.

Freshmen Gabriela Colmenares and Hector Rueda were hit crossing Liberty Street going east toward Rowland Avenue at 6:07 p.m., according to the Delaware Police Department crash report. The driver was OWU zoology professor Jed Burtt.

The report said Rueda was sent to Grady Memorial Hospital after sustaining non-incapacitating injuries; his witness statement said he was released later that night.

First responders took Colmenares to Grant Medical Center in Columbus to have her “incapacitating” injuries treated. Freshman Andrew Stock, Rueda’s roommate, said she was also released from the hospital late last night.

Burtt said he had turned onto Liberty Street from Park Avenue and “wasn’t going very fast.”

Burtt’s witness statement said the left front bumper of his car struck Colmenares, sending her “diagonally across the hood, hitting her head on the windshield.”

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Faculty meeting addresses retention, other issues

By Noah Manskar
Editor-In-Chief

Published Sept. 26, 2013

Ohio Wesleyan’s top administrators proposed several “conversations” about the university’s future at the Sept. 16 faculty meeting.

One major issue was student retention. In his report to the faculty, University President Rock Jones said retention from the first to second year is the lowest it’s been in six years, down from 83 percent to 80.1 percent. Second-to-third year retention increased 3.5 percent from 71.2 percent to 74.7 percent; but third-to-fourth year retention underwent the largest change, decreasing 4.3 percent from 71.5 percent to 67.2 percent.

Jones said the administration has started a data analysis initiative headed by Dean of Institutional Research Dale Swartzentruber to “understand the characteristics” of students who left. Administrators are also testing a “student success guides” program to help students get involved, gain “better awareness” of their academic struggles and increase intervention with those on academic probation.

Provost Charles Stinemetz said he and his office aim to provide “necessary support” for student success to improve retention.

“We do that by offering special programs that contribute to academic success and support bringing our campus community together as a community through a variet(y) of venues (lectures, performances, athletic events, etc.),” he said in an email.

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Empty promises and budget struggles: An investigation of the faculty salary debate at Ohio Wesleyan

View an interactive version of this story at Transcript Investigations.

By Noah Manskar, Editor-in-Chief
and Suzanne Samin, Transcript Correspondent

Published online May 24, 2013

Someone wanted students to know about the ongoing faculty salary dispute at Ohio Wesleyan.

A small lime green flyer was posted, showing a run-down of faculty salaries in comparison to other colleges that are members of the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA).  On the flyer, OWU ranked 10th out of thirteen.

The flier had no other writing or comment—simply the figures there, in multiple locations on campus for students to see.

While the subject of faculty salaries floated in and out of students’ minds, the facts were very much up to speculation. Some people had heard, from their professors or otherwise, that salaries were lower than they would like it to be. Others had never thought twice about it. But these fliers, many of which were posted on the doors of student residences, started a new conversation.

As this conversation began, a larger one had been going on among the faculty, administrators and Board of Trustees for decades about whether this was a problem, and if so, how the university would fix it.

While the perspectives vary and the arguments vary even more, there is one thing everyone can agree on—the issue is very real, and the faculty is demanding it be acknowledged.

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Thursday shooting injures one, suspect in custody

By Spenser Hickey, Assistant Copy Editor
and Noah Manskar, Editor-in-Chief

Published online May 3, 2013

A man was shot Thursday night on the Woodward Elementary School playground at 200 S. Washington St., three blocks from the Ohio Wesleyan campus.

Delaware Police Department (DPD) officers responded to a 911 call at 8:15 p.m. reporting a fight outside the school, according to DPD Captain Adam  Moore. When they arrived, they were informed the fight had resulted in a shooting.

Joshua Mosley, Jr. of Columbus was arrested and charged with felonious assault after police conducted an investigation at the scene, detaining and interviewing seven witnesses.

Moore said Mosley “made some statements” indicating he committed the shooting. Some witnesses’ testimony also contributed to the probable cause for the arrest.

The victim, Darryl Ginyard of Delaware, sustained a gunshot wound to his upper body and was airlifted to an Ohio State University hospital. Moore said he was told the man went into surgery for his injuries last night.

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Catching up: sex crime reporting in Delaware and at Ohio Wesleyan

By Noah Manskar
Editor-in-Chief

Published April 25, 2013

Rape and sexual assault are the most under-reported crimes nationally—54 percent of rapes are never reported to authorities, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).

In Delaware, most that are reported are quickly closed. According to a list of all Delaware Police Department (DPD) reports of sex crimes (including dissemination and display of harmful material, rape, sexual imposition, gross sexual imposition, pandering of obscenities, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and use of nudity-oriented material with a minor) between Jan. 1, 2008, and March 1, 2013, 45.1 percent of sex crime cases have been exceptionally cleared, meaning no arrest was made even though the suspect was known; 20.3 percent remain inactive pending further information. 8.8 percent were declared unfounded accusations, meaning there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support the case.

In that same time period, Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Public Safety received 22 sex crime reports, but only six were ever reported to DPD. Of those six, four were exceptionally cleared and two remain pending or inactive. One 2008 incident was said by PS to be reported to the police, but no corresponding DPD report exists. PS Lieutenant Cathy Hursey said DPD declared the case unfounded.

PS Director Robert Wood said the department is legally obligated to file a police report for any felony sex crime reported to the university, regardless of whether the victim files a report individually. Some, like rape, according to DPD Captain Adam Moore, are automatic felonies; but others, like sexual imposition, have misdemeanor and felony levels.

Even when it’s “iffy” as to whether a crime reported to PS is a felony, Wood said the university would rather report to the police than not—once a crime reaches the felony level, there is more at stake than the victim’s decision whether to report it themselves.

“(Y)ou’re really breaking the laws of the state, and what the state says and what the prosecutor says,” he said. “If you’ve got a rampant sex offender out there committing felonies, even if you don’t want to prosecute it, we have a responsibility—we might have a responsibility to prosecute it because of the other people involved—they’re a danger to the community.”

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Looking forward: What you can expect from The Transcript

By Noah Manskar
Editor-in-Chief

Published April 25, 2013

In February, I wrote about why The Transcript exists and what we stand for as Ohio Wesleyan’s journalistic entity. While we do have financial ties to the university that keep us in print, we are an independent news organization, not a public relations service or promotional machine. This has been true since we printed our first issue in 1867, and it will never change.

Soon, though, a few things will. At the end of the semester, two of our most valuable editors—sports editor Heather Kuch, and managing editor, online editor and business manager Elizabeth Childers—will graduate. They will leave big shoes to fill, and the staff will certainly miss them. But they’ve helped us set The Transcript on a new path.

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Osman enters guilty plea, will receive reduced sentence in June

By Noah Manskar
Editor-in-Chief

Published April 18, 2013

Former Ohio Wesleyan student Waleed Osman filed a guilty plea to charges of burglary, voyeurism and public indecency on Monday.

Osman was arrested in the early morning of Dec. 1, 2012, after he went into a Thomson Hall women’s bathroom and tried to watch a female resident shower.

He also gained access to a woman’s bedroom in Bashford Hall, where he then lived, and exposed himself to her. He was charged with two counts of burglary (one for each residence hall invasion), a third-degree felony; and one count each of voyeurism (watching the woman shower) and public indecency (exposing himself), both third-degree misdemeanors.

Osman waived his right to grand jury indictment on Jan. 29 and was indicted by a bill of information from Prosecuting Attorney Carol Hamilton O’Brien. He initially plead not guilty.

According to Kyle Rohrer, first assistant prosecuting attorney for Delaware County, the change came following his acknowledgement of wrongdoing to the investigating detective.

“He basically admitted to everything we had him charged with, so I think he wanted to get this behind him, basically—accept the responsibility and take the consequences and get this behind him and try to piece his life back together,” Rohrer said.

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