Proposed New Budget Increase for Homelessness Programs Barely Makes a Dent in Akron

By Nadine Battah & Jay Shah Summit County consists of a massive homeless population including almost 2000 undocumented homeless individuals. The demographic of these individuals varies from at-risk youth to single parents. Despite the availability of certain services thanks to community and state funded local organizations, Summit County is far away from successfully eradicating what is considered as an important public health issue.  Earlier this year, U.S. Secreary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson approved a funding increase of about $109 million to be awarded to needy counties across Ohio. Around $28 million of this funding will be granted to Cuyahoga County and $232,125 have already been awarded to

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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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What happened to Kent State’s $2.3 million “Undeniably Kent State”?

    It’s been three years since Kent State signed a three year $2.3 million contract with Philadelphia-based branding agency 160over90, and it seems the project has stalled. The contract, set to expire Sept. 2018, began in 2015, aimed to rebrand the university and to tell the school’s story– which Kent State President Beverly Warren said people described Kent State as a “best kept-secret” at the time after conducting her Listening Tour in 2015, which was done as an attempt to understand Kent State’s history when she first became president. “The fact that we have so many excellent programs here…we know many good things: Fashion does a great job of

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The Immigration Impact: How Immigrants Help With Economic Growth

By Sierra Allen According to The American Immigration Council, immigrants contribute to the country’s economic growth and even helps increase the economic status of individual states. By filling jobs others deny and creating jobs that don’t exist, immigrants in Ohio are boosting the state’s economic growth and financial resilience with the help of Global Cleveland. What started almost eight years ago has now grown into a hub for immigrants and allies. Global Cleveland is a nonprofit organization that connects international individuals with social and economic opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. “We exist to welcome, attract and retain international newcomers for economic prosperity in Northeastern Ohio, said Joe Cimperman, president

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Kent State Women’s Lacrosse: the Title IX implications of adding a new athletic program

In the spring of 2019, Kent State University students will be able to watch an NCAA women’s lacrosse match on campus for the first time ever. The higher education institution is adding the sport to its athletics department, which will lead to an additional 12.6 full scholarships being provided for female athletes, an initiative motivated by more than sheer generosity. Since the institution of Title IX, back in 1972, universities are legally obligated to offer the same amount of athletic scholarship funding for men and women. The addition of the women’s lacrosse team is another step in meeting said requirements, a work in progress for Kent State athletics for over 45

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Advertising for City of Kent brings in business, tourism

Outreach for advertisements showcasing the city of Kent reach as far as Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia and New York. The Central Portage County Visitors & Convention Bureau (VCB) markets the city of Kent through both print and broadcast means of advertising, the latter of which is present through radio and television. Visitor’s Guides are included as part of the advertisements for the city of Kent, of which 25,000 copies are distributed between incoming freshmen attending Destination Kent State, and attendees at nine different trade shows across six different states, Ohio included. “The last couple of years, we’ve done a holiday commercial with WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland, and last

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WKSU searches for new leadership, direction

Elizabeth Bartz discusses the state of WKSU with reporter Rex Smith. Two and a half years after making a programming switch, Kent’s WKSU FM/89.7 continues to experience difficulties funding the station and now owes the university more than $2 million. The NPR-affiliate station overhauled its entire operation in August 2013, transitioning to an expanded news and information format throughout the day and pushing music programs to the evening. Al Bartholet, who became general manager and executive director of WKSU in 2000, said he believes as much as 50 percent of public radio stations nationwide are in the negative, but that the station’s deficit was never as substantial as it is

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New Downtown Signage brings personality to Downtown Kent

As citizens of Kent make their way downtown, signs telling them to smile, or high-five a stranger may greet them. The new signs are part of a project done by the City of Kent. The creative process that went into creating the signs involved input from many area businesses in the downtown area, from figuring out what needed to be done to deciding what messages were wanted to be reflected in downtown Kent. One of those businesses was Main Street Kent. “There were about fifteen people in the room […] we spent a couple of hours saying words that come to mind when we think of our town, and really

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