University Expansion: Issues and Updates

Kent State University is a campus with an ever-growing student body, in a city that acknowledges its college community and does what it can to create an easy, safe environment for the college community. One of these creations is the expansion of the University Esplanade into downtown Kent. The Esplanade expansion will complete several tasks, such as creating a safe walking space for students to reach downtown and create a connection between campus and city. But there have been more than a few bumps along the way. THE WILLOW STREET PROJECT Discussions about permanently shutting down Willow Street in order to stop traffic from crossing the Esplanade expansion into downtown

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Josh Mandel voted into second term as Treasurer of State

Josh Mandel won the State Treasurer of Ohio race against Democratic candidate Connie Pillich with 57 percent of the vote while Pillach had 42 percent of the vote. “The reason we got re-elected tonight is because we’ve done a great job in the Treasurer’s office,” Mandel said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Mandel said he plans to open Ohio’s checkbook online for anyone to view. “It will be the first time in the state of Ohio where citizens will be able to see every single penny spent in state government and to hold politicians accountable,” Mandel said in a previous interview. Mandel is celebrating his victory at an election party

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Ohio State Treasurer Candidates

Name of Race: Ohio State Treasurer Name of Candidate: Connie Pillich Political Party: Democrat Photo Credit: Jake Strassberger Candidate Background: Connie Pillich, originally from Buffalo, New York but now a resident of Cincinnati, started her career in the Air Force. While on active duty, Pillich went to night school and received her MBA. She then went on to graduate from law school at the University of Cincinnati. “I’m a firm believer in education. Education is everyone’s ticket out of poverty and the key to success and we should do everything we can to make sure every child gets as much education they can,” Pillich said. In 2008, Pillich was elected

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A.L.I.C.E Workshop Creates Safer Environment On Campus

In 2009, Kent State required faculty and staff to take an interactive, 90-minute workshop about what to do during active shooter incidents. In 2010, Kent State required freshman enrolled in the First Year Experience course to attend these workshops. The A.L.I.C.E workshops are, according to Kent campus police officer Michquel Penn, “lockdown procedures on steroids.” The workshop includes lecture, demonstration, and direct student involvement. In April, 7,000 faculty, staff members and students attended the A.L.I.C.E workshops. “A.L.I.C.E, in my opinion, really enhances lockdown. It gives additional options other than locking down and sheltering in place,” said instructor and Kent campus officer Michquel Penn. “We watch a video and we look

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Hearing For Motion to Suppress Evidence To Continue Wednesday

The first of many hearings for a motion to suppress evidence in the John Fox murder case occurred at the Portage County Court of Common Pleas in Ravenna on Oct. 7. In January 2014, John Fox was arrested for the murder of Alliance man Justin Earley after police found Earley’s body in Fox’s apartment. The defense set the motion to suppress evidence, which will discount evidence found in a warranted search of Fox’s E. Main Street apartment, including the body of Earley. The defense also claimed that police conducted an unwarranted search prior to the warranted search of Fox’s apartment. Two witnesses were brought to the stand on Oct. 7,

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Kent City Council Approve Parallel Parking On West Main Street Bridge

Kent City Council met to discuss several issues on Wednesday night, including a change of parking spaces on the West Main Street bridge in downtown Kent. The bridge, which is located above the Franklin Mills River Edge Park, currently has 14 diagonal parking spaces where members of the community allegedly park frequently. City Engineer James Bowling presented the idea to Kent’s city council under the Health and Safety Committee to renovate the parking spaces on the W. Main Street bridge. Bowling determined that there is 44-50% usage of the parking spots between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. through data gathered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. City Manager

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January murder hearing continued in Portage County

John Fox entered the Portage County Common Pleas courtroom on Tuesday morning for a motion to suppress a search warrant of Fox’s apartment. The search convicted him of the murder of Alliance man Justin Earley in January. Judge Laurie Pittman granted a continuance of the hearing because the defense raised several issues the prosecution was not prepared to argue, including entry of Fox’s apartment by the state prior to a search warrant. The defense, including attorneys Dennis Lager, J.P. Laczko and public defender Heather Burns, claimed the warrant violated Fox’s Constitutional rights under the 4th Amendment, which prohibits unwarranted searches of property. The defense also claimed there was no probable

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