Kent State gun rally had effects both on and off campus

By Collin Cunningham and Andrea Gump On Saturday, September 29, groups of both gun rights activists and concerned counter-protesters converged on Kent State’s Risman plaza to argue their opposing sides. When the walk concluded, there were hundreds of officers outfitted in riot gear, hundreds of angry or confused tweets and four arrests, all of which included charges of disorderly conduct.   “Before this happens, we go around to the local areas and businesses and tell them, hey, this is coming up, we need you to make things less available to the public, in case something happens like a riot or something like that,” explains Vance Voyles, an officer with KSUPD.

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Concealed Carry for Ohio Campuses Still Unresolved

  Video by Lexi Walters   As gun rights become less strict in Ohio, one sensitive area for concealed carry for handguns has yet to be permanently addressed: university campuses. However, with no impending legislation to address the issue, change in universities policies are unlikely to occur anytime soon. House Bill 48 was passed this last November which has loosened the restrictions on concealed carry and allows individuals to carry handguns in daycares and certain public areas in airports and police stations. The bill, sponsored by Republican Ron Maag, was referred to the Government Oversight and Reform Senate Committee, led by Senator Bill Coley. The concerns over students and faculty

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Therapy Dogs on College Campuses Spark Debate

By Ashlyne Wilson and Alexis Oswald Levels of anxiety and depression in college students have been steadily rising in college students over the years. While volunteers bring their therapy dogs to college campuses to help relieve students of some of their anxiety, more and more requests are coming in from students that would like their four-legged friends to live with them on campus. The debate is a huge one this year among colleges and disability officials. In September, the University of Nebraska at Kearney agreed to pay $140,000 to two students who were denied therapy animals to live on campus with them after being diagnosed with depression. Kent State recently denied a

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Asbestos on Campus

By Julie Selby & Melinda Stephan Renovations at Kent State warrant attention to the cancer-causing mineral that may be hidden in some of these buildings: asbestos. Changes are everywhere on Kent’s campus this semester: out with the old and in with the new.  There are many older buildings being given a face lift or, in the case of Van Deusen and the Art Annex, a complete remodel.  According to KSU’s Description of Current Projects, some are being demolished, renovated or retrofitted with newer heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) systems to meet energy goals.    What students casually walking by some of these old buildings may not realize is that many

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