UA budget cuts affect arts community

By Rachel Godin Amidst a 60 million dollar deficit accumulated over the span of a decade, the University of Akron made 40 million dollar cuts to fiscal year 2015-2016’s budget. Included, were the entirety of the University of Akron Press, a publisher of fiction and poetry, and the entire staff of EJ Thomas Music Hall. Both staffs were told they would be laid off on July 28th with just two weeks notice. Budgets, which are available to the public, do not reflect the dire straits which would result in the mass personnel cuts. The university failed to transparently address the fiscal issues in public. The current budget approved by the

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Attitudes on Death Penalty Evolving

By Heather Inglis and Rachel Godin ​The death penalty is not the polarizing, hot button American issue that it once was. In fact, recent legislation and advocacy suggest that attitudes toward the death penalty in Ohio might be shifting. Topics of mental health, problems with the drugs and the acquisition of drugs used for lethal injection, as well as the perspectives of the families who deal with the aftermath of capital punishment on both sides have impacted the conversation. In recent years, Ohio conservatives have switched gears in regard to their views on the death penalty. What have traditionally been more liberal views on the practice are now becoming the

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Transportation Network Services might be an ‘Uber’ issue in Kent

By Heather Inglis and Rachel Godin When the weekend approaches and the students of Kent State find themselves ready to let loose downtown, two questions always pops up: “How will we get there?” and “How will we get home?” Between far walking distances and unpredictable Ohio weather patterns, students look to taxi services to safely get where they need to go. However, getting an actual taxi can be difficult and costly—that’s where Uber comes in. Uber, and a similar app called Lyft, are taxi service apps that allow anyone to get a ride wherever they need on demand. Uber’s website says, “by seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps,

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Ohio Home Heathcare Lacks Oversight

By Heather Inglis As our grandparents and parents get older, hiring a home health care provider seems like a fitting option to keep loved ones in their homes, given their circumstance. They can have all the same benefits as living in a nursing home without having to restrict their freedom or alter their lifestyle. Perfect, right? Or is it? According to the National Council on Aging approximately one in 10 Americans will face some form of elder abuse. While the NCOA also says 90% of that abuse occurs while in the care of family and friends, abuse is also known to happen while in the care of home health providers.

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Lock ‘em Up: How Isolation Practices Damage Incarcerated Youth

  By Rachel Godin and Heather Inglis These words have so much impact and are all under the same umbrella: Mental illness. Approximately four million youth and adolescents suffer from serious mental illness in the United States alone, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). These children have functional impairments at home, school and in society overall. What’s more alarming is how many of these children end up in the juvenile justice system: NAMI says 65% of boys and 75% of girls incarcerated for a crime have at least one mental illness. Rather than seeking rehabilitation programs, the United States looks to incarceration to solve issues like mental illness.

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