Community Colleges Offer 4 Year Degrees

Governor John Kasich pushes for community colleges to offer four year degrees. Kasich made the statement during his State of the State address in Marietta, Ohio. “We’re proposing efforts to allow more students the ability to study for three years at a lower cost on a community college campus and then transfer to a four-year university for a final year to earn their degrees,” Kasich said. The proposal will allow community colleges to offer four year degree programs at a more affordable cost. Jeff Robinson, Director of Communications for the Ohio Board of Regents, said the process is still in the works. The process starts with the Ohio Board of

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Pothole Repairs Have Potential for Improvement

Despite the Ohio Department of Transportation’s efforts to maintain road maintenance and repair potholes in Portage County, residents in the area are less than satisfied with the effort. “I run into potholes every time I drive in the area,” senior business major Michael Rosengarten said. “Some areas are worse than others but it’s almost a guarantee to run into at least one.” Part of the problem stems from the lack of potholes being reported. While the ODOT receives reports in many forms such as email, phone calls, word of mouth, and through their ‘report a pothole’ service on their website, not many people are aware of those services in reporting

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International students face H1B visa stress in this graduation season

  This year, another lucky 85000 people win this H-1B Visa lottery. But working visa is always the most arguable topic among international students. What is H-1B? [<a href=”//storify.com/mollyying/h-1b” target=”_blank”>View the story ” H-1B” on Storify</a>] Most of international students are looking for H-1B visa after their graduation and internship. It is the way to start their career in U.S. But to get this visa is not easy and the opportunity is not equal to everyone. Tim Si graduated from Kent State University last year and he is now working in a architecture firm in Cleveland. He feel he is really lucky this year and wins this H1-B lottery. “The

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Losing Dylan: A mother’s story

by Juli Stone, as told to Ian Flickinger-Galeza Editor’s Note: On March 11, Dylan Stone became the second Kent State student in the spring 2016 semester to lose his life to heroin. Dylan’s mother, Juli, is a psych and mental health nurse practitioner. Her husband, Robert is an ICU nurse at an Akron-area hospital. Juli agreed to tell the story, in her own words, of her son’s addiction.   My son died alone after a 6-month battle with heroin.   It was March 11 and my husband, Robert, and I were at an appointment when he tried calling us. He left a message, but wouldn’t pick up when we tried

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AAUP Grievances Unresolved

Grievances remain unresolved between Kent State and KSU-AAUP By Matt Poe Kent State University and the Kent State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP-KSU) provided no updates about the ongoing grievances filed by the AAUP against the university claiming that Kent State’s human resources has made numerous violations against the AAUP over the last five years. A February 2016 email from the AAUP addressed a growing number of grievances addressed to Kent State’s human resources department and alleges that human resources “has created significant obstacles to successful negotiations while simultaneously using taxpayer dollars and student tuition dollars to defend its contract violations.” The email also alleges that

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Indigent offenders receive representation from county

Video by Jon Huntsman Attorneys of the county, state and private practices represent indigent offenders during times of need under a statute providing legal representation to all people. Tim Smith, Attorney at-Law at Smith & Son Law, worked as a public offender for more than 20 years. While on sabbatical at Kent State he worked for the County Public Defender Commission full-time. He said he learned the responsibilities of a defender and became highly interested in giving offenders equal representation. “I enjoyed it so much,” Smith said. “I opened up a practice in criminal defense work. I meet a class of people that I probably wouldn’t encounter anywhere else.” Indigent

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A Semester Wrap-Up of Election Coverage

As the trek of another semester nears an end, it’s very possible that political engagement might have been pushed to the bottom of the priority list for some students. Unless personally curating a social media experience of news and updates, this year’s packed schedule of primaries, caucuses, debates and candidates may have been lost in the shuffle of scheduled quizzes, essays and tests. This is a chance to catch-up on anything missed throughout the semester, see the current situation, and look ahead to what’s left of the campaign trail and upcoming conventions before the general election in November. Looking Back  Both respective parties began 2016 with debates in South Carolina.

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APL, Dog Warden and Dog Licenses of Portage County

Animal Protective Services of Portage County is a private, non-profit animal shelter and humane society which runs on a “limited access, unlimited stay” basis. According to APL’s mission and philosophy statement, this means that “adoptable animals remain at the shelter until the right home is found. And “all animals admitted to the shelter will receive the love and care they deserve.” Executive Director of the Portage Animal Protective League, Chalan Lowry, said their organization is the only one in the county that is authorized to uphold animal cruelty laws. Lowry was kind enough to have an impromptu interview with us, as well as show us around the shelter and answer any questions

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