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‘Post’ not singling out Marching 110 for noting Peterson affiliation

The Post received several inquiries about why it continually refers to Dedrick Peterson as a former member of the Ohio University Marching 110.Peterson, a 31-year-old from Ann Arbor, Michigan, was sentenced to five years in prison Friday after he was found guilty on three counts of sexual battery.Our reasoning as to why Peterson is labeled as a former member of the Marching 110 is simple: He assaulted the survivor, whom he had known for several years, at a post-game party among friends also in the 110 during OU’s 2013 Homecoming Weekend.The fact that he was part of the Marching 110 — and among his peers when he committed the sexual assault — is part of the story. We would be remiss not to include that information in our reports.We’re not the only ones who find it to be appropriate to mention Peterson’s Marching 110 affiliation. The affiliation has been noted by other media outlets and was included in news releases and Facebook posts from Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn.We’re not singling out the Marching 110 by publishing Peterson’s affiliation with the band. If a person formally accused or convicted of a crime has any publicly-stated ties to this university or city, we’re going to include that information in our reports. That’s regardless of if the person was a member of the Marching 110, a representative on Athens City Council, a student-athlete on an Ohio Bobcats athletic team or an OU professor, for example.We published a story Tuesday about Alvaro Mangual-Manfredi getting two years in prison for sexual battery stemming from an August assault behind Red Brick Sports Pub. Mangual-Manfredi has not been publicly identified as a member of any university or local organization or group, and he hasn’t even been identified as an OU student. If such information was available, we would have certainly published it, just as we did in the Peterson story.It’s part of our job to do so.Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Post's executive editors: editor-in-chief Jim Ryan, managing editor Sara Jerde, opinion editor Xander Zellner and projects editor Allan Smith. Post editorials are independent of the publication's news coverage.


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Editorial: Off-campus students, please shovel your sidewalks

The poor conditions of sidewalks around town has been a frequent topic of discussion among students during the past few days.We’re tramping through slush, slipping on ice and jumping puddles on our way to campus.Although it’s easy to gripe about the conditions, we’d like to remind students living off-campus it’s their responsibility to keep the sidewalks in front of their residences clear. Many landlords provide shovels to their tenants, and inexpensive road salt can be found at several locations on East State Street.The city issued a reminder earlier this year noting that “it is required by Athens City Code to have sidewalks cleared within the first 4 hours after daylight, following or during a fall of snow.”Athens City Code states that keeping sidewalks clear is the responsibility of the owner, occupant or “person having the care of” any building or land bordering a sidewalk. Choosing not to shovel your sidewalk or driveway isn’t worth a possible $50 fine.Even if you don’t agree with the city law — it’s not exactly favorable for student renters — no one wants to fall on the way to class or walk into a lecture with their socks soaked through. If you live off campus, spend a couple minutes shoveling your sidewalk. Your fellow Bobcats will be glad you did.Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Post's executive editors: editor-in-chief Jim Ryan, managing editor Sara Jerde, opinion editor Xander Zellner and projects editor Allan Smith. Post editorials are independent of the publication's news coverage.



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From The Editor's Desk: Proud of what we do at ‘The Post’

We realize that we will not be universally liked by everyone at Ohio University. That’s not our job. But we’re also exceptionally proud of the work we do, and we’re going to keep doing it by soliciting reader feedback and using it to improve our coverage every day.


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Editorial: Proposed budget includes $2 million to fight sexual assault

The two-year state budget proposed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich includes $2 million to fight sexual assault on college campuses in Ohio.Although details are slim about how the money would be spent — and the budget is still far from passing — it’s encouraging to see state funds allocated to combatting sexual assault on campus.Kasich’s two-year budget proposal mentions the funding set aside for fighting sexual assault — a topic that we and many OU students care deeply about and one that we have written about extensively in the past.“Ohio will identify best practices for preventing and responding to campus sexual assaults by Sept. 1, and allocate $2 million to implement these new strategies,” it reads.The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday that the Ohio Board of Regents — which oversees higher education in Ohio — is already working with “each public college and university to list areas in which they need help following Title IX, the federal law forbidding sexual assault and harassment.”The Dispatch also reported that the proposed $2 million would, in part, go toward hiring Title IX coordinators and student conduct officers for universities that need them. (Ohio University already employs a Title IX coordinator within its Office for Institutional Equity.)How this potential funding could specifically help OU remains to be seen, but the fact that Kasich proposed it in the first place is a good thing.And although the proposed $2 million doesn’t solve problems specific to OU or other public institutions around the state, it would be a step in the right direction when it comes to fighting sexual assault.Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Post's executive editors: editor-in-chief Jim Ryan, managing editor Sara Jerde, opinion editor Xander Zellner and projects editor Allan Smith. Post editorials are independent of the publication's news coverage.


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