Veterans weigh in on gun laws, violence

Over the course of the last few years, gun violence in America has risen in media coverage. From homicides, to school shootings and mass murders in general, there has been a prominent controversy within the nation about guns, gun laws, and the recent increase of gun violence. Since January there have been approximately  300 mass shootings many of which have been school shootings and gun related homicides. Recently there has been a plea from members of the victims tighten gun regulations throughout the United States. However, many members of the general population do not agree. With varying opinions, regarding gun laws and rights, many look towards the those who are

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Homelessness and food insecurity effecting college students across the country

For many college students their stresses range from classes to friends to work. But what happens when students have to worry about homelessness and food insecurity too? For many students, that issue has become a reality. In a study conducted by researchers at Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab  with 43,000 respondents from 20 different states and the District of Columbia, 36%  of college students said they were housing insecure and 9% said they were homeless. Eric Mansfield, the executive director for university media relations at Kent State University says the institution is well aware of the issue.   Homelessness Infogram  “We’re very certainly aware that we have students

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Universities continue to support LGBTQ students despite leaked memo from Trump administration

Inclusive diversity is prevalent on northeast Ohio college campuses in 2018 despite a recently leaked report from The New York Times regarding the Trump administration and the transgender community. Cleveland State, Kent State and the University of Akron offer various resources to lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer (LGBTQ) students to ensure they feel comfortable and welcomed throughout their undergraduate and graduate education despite potential federal policy changes under the current presidential organization. In a memo obtained by The New York Times on Monday, October 21, the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth. This would set back recognition and protections

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City Council votes to consider creation of youth activities as a result of Tobacco 21

Kent City Council agreed to consider preventative measures for teenagers ages 14 to 18 who are looking for experimental outlets because of the Tobacco 21 ban. The ordinance passed July 2018 increasing the age restriction on purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age. Councilman John Kuhar argued Wednesday the ban on the products could potentially drive teenagers to experiment with drugs, furthering the opioid epidemic. “The worry is that with the opioid epidemic going on that, you know, kids might turn to that type of a thing to experiment with,” Kuhar said. In Ohio, there were 5,232 reported overdose deaths in a 12-month period that ended on

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New textbook program tested at Kent State, books now included in tuition

https://vimeo.com/289084090 This past spring, The Kent State board of Trustees approved an Inclusive Access Model for Textbook Purchases which will be commonly known as Flash Books. Students will be provided digital textbooks and course materials for designated courses at a price that will be included in their tuition and course fees. The program is designed to decrease the price of student’s textbooks and course materials by 30%-70% in comparison to the 2017 school year prices. However, Jamie Sopko, Campus Book and Supply manager, feels as though this has the potential to harm students’ learning, especially those who aren’t digitally savvy. “Some people feel like they have to have that paperback

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