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Rapist Alert: Will Ohio State U. & Ashland U. Do the Right Thing?

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Also exposed is a 12-minute video (which can be seen at the Opednews article referenced above) of Michael Colin Nodianos, wearing a OSU shirt, in which  "you can actually hear first hand confirmations of knowledge of rape, on tape, made by alleged participants that have still not been charged," according to LocalLeaks.

The public has taken up the cry for reason, compassion and justice across the internet, including on the Facebook pages of both colleges.
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Examples of the comments made on the OSU Facebook page at https://http://www.facebook.com/osu follow:

Your inaction is disgusting and sickening. You're entire school should be ashamed something has not been done sooner. As said earlier, EXPEL Michael Nordianos. A post on FB will not suffice.

If you allow that sociopath back on campus you put everyone at risk! Did you see the weapon he had beside him while he was laughing about the rape? We don't need any more Virginia Tech's so please do what is right!

NO way I'd ever let a daughter (or son) of mine attend a university that knowingly harbored a rapist. OSU officials should be looking to the well-being of all their students.

You have only one choice but to expel this student for his egregious behavior. He may not be held accountable criminally but surely you would not continue to provide a scholarship and a place at your university for someone so devoid of morals and basic humanity.


Expel Michael Colin Nodianos immediately! His behavior is beyond heinous

So a full scholarship to someone to even "if" he didn't participate in the assault (watch the video ), him joking about watching it and how dead she was and how she wanted it isn't enough to pull his scholarship? I hope all of your financial backers and alumni donators are made aware of this. And for the record my comment in no way means that I don't think he participated in the attack. I am just anticipating that is what the little animal's lawyers will say.

OSU is welcoming a rapist who laughed and reveled in the brutality he committed on the body of a young woman. The world is watching, OSU. Is your institution willing to condone rape?

OSU: put your money where your mouth is. If you truly find this crime deplorable, show no leniency about it! Your player's behavior reflects upon the whole team and the school. It is how swiftly and how strictly you respond to this behavior that shall be observed through history. If there is even a glint of a coverup or leniency, it will only cast a larger shadow on an already disgraced team

Examples of the comments made on the Ashland University Facebook page at https://http://www.facebook.com/AshlandUniversity?group_id=0 follow:

Ashland wrestler Jake Howarth of Steubenville, OH is a rapist. That means student tuition dollars are supporting a rapist attending your school. If Ashland doesn't rescind Jake Howarth's admission and wrestling scholarship, they will be sending a message that rape is okay and they don't care about the safety of their female students. Jake Howarth's actions are incredibly disturbing and evil, and Ashland needs to make it clear that they do not agree with or condone what this young man did. At least some of the multiple, premeditated rapes of a child took place at his house, and he is in Michael Nodianos's video making fun of the rape victim. Jake Howarth at the very least enabled the rapes to take place, but more likely is also a rapist himself. I hope he is eventually charged, but in the meantime, Ashland needs to revoke his admission and wrestling scholarship for the safety of their female students, and because it is the morally right thing to do.

" at the very least, it seems uncontroverted that he hosted a party at which dozens of underage people drank, at least two have been charged with committing a felony, and no one reported to police. Going to college is not a right, it's a privilege, and receiving a scholarship is a bigger privilege yet. I would think your school could find a much more deserving recipient for that honor.

Hopefully, they're reflecting on the campus creed:
"As a member of Ashland University, I will hold myself to the highest standards of academic, personal and social integrity; respect the dignity of each individual; honor the University's tradition and commitment to Judeo-Christian values; and serve others in our world community.
Written and Adopted by Student Senate
April 11, 2000"
Do these "highest standards" include "standing by and being complicit to rape"? Is that what you mean by "serve others in our world community"?

If you allow Jake Howarth to attend your school will you also add "rape crew" to your athletic program? You owe it to the female population of this University to expel him now! Do the right thing Ashland University!

My New Year's Resolution: Don't give scholarships to anyone who would stand by and look the other way while a woman is brutalized. Pretty sure I can keep that resolution--how about you?


Ashland responded on a number of occasions:
Thank you for your comments. We are looking in to the situation.

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Meryl, thank you for writing this, you are a credi... by Kim Cassidy on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 1:30:15 AM
I worry that it is long, but wow, there is a lot t... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 2:11:09 AM
Now I'm no lawyer here but let us start from the ... by judy ignatius on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 8:32:50 AM
Steubenville's chickens have come home to roost! T... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:17:29 AM
The problem will be reconciling the earlier statem... by Gustav Wynn on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:45:45 PM
*redacted*... by Don Caldarazzo on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:20:02 AM
and hopefully, eventually,  around the globe,... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:35:15 AM
If I had the time and the money right now, I would... by Don Caldarazzo on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 12:24:30 PM
you can sign the petitions... and pass the word ab... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 1:28:33 PM
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In response to comments on their Facebook page cal... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 12:37:35 PM
Thanks so much for this. Until now, I did not real... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 4:13:28 PM
since the minor child in question did not remember... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 4:56:48 PM
Yeah, I meant it not as a criticism of the call fo... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 7:09:28 PM
but i guess ya gotta start somewhere!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 7:15:22 PM
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that Nodianos was no longer a student at OSU.... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 2:43:52 AM
Meryl,Most of this article is about urging the uni... by Ralph Dratman on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 8:03:46 AM
Legal action in this case will take a long time. I... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 10:26:32 AM
You wrote "what these boys have already proven the... by Ralph Dratman on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 3:32:37 PM
...seems to be positioning himself to say it was c... by Gustav Wynn on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:22:25 PM
did you watch it?... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 10:44:31 PM
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that should answer your question...in addition to ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 11:22:07 PM
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