Q&A on the News

Q: How did Ohio State start being called “The Ohio State University?” Who is responsible for that?

—Greg Kelly, Lawrenceville

A: University officials changed the "OSU" logo in 1986 because they wanted a way to help differentiate Ohio State from Oregon State and Oklahoma State.

They added the word “The” in front of Ohio State University to “reflect the national stature of the institution,” the university’s library website (library.OSU.edu) states.

The state legislature actually had included “The” as part of the school’s name when it was changed from Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1878.

“Legend also has it that ‘The’ was used to show the other colleges which institution was supposed to be the leader in the state — both in size and in financial support from the legislature,” the website states.

The phrase “The Ohio State University” has gained popularity in part from former Buckeyes players saying it in their recorded introductions prior to NFL games.

Q: How does Jimmy Carter travel on his numerous flights in and out of the country? Does he fly commercial and go through security?

—Robert H. Parrish, Jr., Thomasville

Q: Specifics about Carter's travel plans are not divulged because he is a former president and falls under Secret Service protection.

“We do not give out information about President Carter’s security protocols,” Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo told Q&A in an email. “However, I can tell you that he generally travels on commercial airlines.”

She said releasing more information might compromise his safety.

Carter, who will be 91 on Oct. 1, has maintained an active travel schedule, but recently said he will slow down while being treated for melanoma.

Andy Johnston with Fast Copy News Service wrote this column; Allison Floyd contributed. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).