Kent State fares poorly on diversity report card

By Collin Cunningham Recently, the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center gave Kent State low scores on a comprehensive report card called “Black Students at Public Colleges and Universities: A 50-State Report.” The study looked at public learning institutions from each state and compared four factors factors: equity in terms of gender, graduation rates of black students representation equity and black student-to-black faculty ratio. The only criteria for which Kent received a grade higher than D was the student to faculty ratio, and there they got a C. “I think faculty recruitment, student body, in terms of helping students feel at home, that’s the most important thing,” said

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The Link Between Homelessness and Sex Trafficking

By Collin Cunningham Last year there were more than 10,000 Ohioans experiencing homelessness on any given night. While vagrancy is a major state issue by itself, it can be symptomatic of larger problems considering the undeniable link between homelessness and human trafficking, especially in young people. “About four percent of all youths are engaging in survival sex or sex trafficking, but for youth that are on the streets that number increases to 28%,” explained Melissa Humbert-Washington, youth initiate coordinator at the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO). Here, she cited an article by an advocacy group called the National Runaway Safeline. According to Shannon Ricchiuti, who works as

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Will Kent State’s next presidential search be open or closed?

Words and podcast by Collin Cunningham On October 23, Kent State University President Beverly Warren announced that she would be leaving her position in July of 2019. Now that Warren’s five-year term has nearly reached its close, the university’s staff and students have turned their attention toward the Board of Trustees’ search efforts to find a new president. Currently, the board has only revealed that they are committed to a national search and will publicly announce their plans once they make decisions in the next few weeks. Their next public meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 5. The primary question here is will the board conduct an open or

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Kent residents and Council members agree: the leaves must leave

Words and Package by Collin Cunningham and Andrea Gump Fall has arrived in Kent once again, and though we’ve yet to experience heavy snowfall, Kent resident Mary Kenneley feels as though the city’s roads are made unsafe by piles of dead leaves. “I have witnessed snow plows going around mounded leaves on city streets when snow has fallen before leaves were able to be collected. Two-lane streets down to just one lane with leaves mounded on streets producing hazards with risk of accidents and clogged storm sewers,” reads a letter Kenneley brought to the City Council meeting that took place the evening of Wednesday, November 7. She printed out a copy

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Kent State gun rally had effects both on and off campus

By Collin Cunningham and Andrea Gump On Saturday, September 29, groups of both gun rights activists and concerned counter-protesters converged on Kent State’s Risman plaza to argue their opposing sides. When the walk concluded, there were hundreds of officers outfitted in riot gear, hundreds of angry or confused tweets and four arrests, all of which included charges of disorderly conduct.   “Before this happens, we go around to the local areas and businesses and tell them, hey, this is coming up, we need you to make things less available to the public, in case something happens like a riot or something like that,” explains Vance Voyles, an officer with KSUPD.

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Spilling the tea on Kent’s newest bubble tea shop

Since 2016, the town of Kent has seen an explosion in popularity surrounding one of the trendiest Japanese snacks to hit the U.S. in recent years: bubble tea. Known for the tiny tapioca pearls or boba balls that float in the bottom of the cup, the drink combines a fruity or otherwise sweet flavors with an added level of texture that people seem to love. The month of May 2016 brought two new businesses to Kent. There was Ha! Tea Bubble Tea House on North Mantua Street and Ming’s Bubble Tea on East Main Street. Seeing their success, Morgan Jiang decided to open his second Kenko location in the college

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