How Besty DeVos Title IX suggestions might affect universities

Words by: Ashton Vogelhuber and Linda Stocum Besty DeVos is deciding on how to change Title IX. On June 23, 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments was enacted by Congress and signed into law by Richard Nixon. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving any type of federal financial aid. Below is a guide explaining what Title IX is and how it applies to college campuses. The courts have explained how this affects sexual assault reporting. The New Yorker describes how courts decided how Title IX affects campuses, “The law itself does not mention sexual violence, but its interpretation by courts and by the

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Portage County organizations provide food, diapers for low-income moms

Ashley Pamela was on track to go to the University of Toledo on a full-ride scholarship. She looked forward to joining a sorority and getting involved on campus. She finally felt her life and her future falling into place — and then she got pregnant. Pamela’s boyfriend at the time, unwilling to let his girlfriend move away to a different city, intentionally impregnated her. “He was like, yeah, so you’re just gonna have to stay here,” she said. Pamela considered aborting the fetus and continuing on with her life, but her family’s background of strict religious beliefs encouraged her to keep the baby. Although she lost her mom when she

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Kent City Engineer explains floodplain map updates

By Elizabeth Randolph and Raymond Allan Residents in the city of Kent have been concerned about the safety and value of their homes. Recent updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have shown an 18 percent increase in flood activity in the Forest Hills area. This was due to watersheds in Kent being expanded. FEMA notified the changes to the city of Kent as a means to be proactive. Many residents used the Nov. 18 Kent city council meeting in the floor of the Kent Fire Department to express their shock about being told about the updates of the map. Peter Paino, a resident of Kent living on Windmere Lane was

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Rock salt settlement brings money to Kent roads

By Elizabeth Randolph and Raymond Allan When Kent facilities manager and city arborist Gerald Shanley looked at the prices of rock salt to purchase last winter, he saw a significant increase in the price of salt.    “From 2013-2014, the price of salt was $27.50 a ton,” Shanley said. “We went into 2015 with a full barn of salt, but found that the price had went from $27.50 to $108 a ton.” The increase in the price of salt caused Shanley and his crew to use the existing salt they purchased in previous years. “We were able to use salt that we already had, so we didn’t have to purchase

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Emergency phones on campus affected by changes in technology

By Elizabeth Randolph and Jonathan Huntsman When junior fashion merchandising major Shannon Green walks around campus, she rarely notices her many surroundings. “I know that I can be the type of person that just goes and focuses on the next direction,” she said. A feature on campus that Green said she’s never noticed is the abundance of emergency blue light phones on campus. The phones are scattered around campus and are lit at night for people who may find themselves in danger. Sgt. Michquel Penn is a Kent State police officer and former community resource officer. Penn said that even though there are approximately 42 phones on Kent State’s campus,

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New “Mobile” Method of Making Methamphetamine Adds a Twist to Police Work in Portage County

The Portage County Drug Task Force raided 211 meth labs in 2014, more than twice as many as the 87 meth labs found in 2013. Portage County has become one of the capitals of meth in the state of Ohio. The reason for the increase is a new, portable form of creating meth called “shake and bake,” which allows the methamphetamine to be made more quickly and more easily. All the components necessary for making meth are combined in a Two-liter soda bottle and shaken back and forth. Most of those components are common but sometimes toxic household chemicals such as cold pills, batteries, drain cleaner, and camping fuel. This

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: an international trade agreement you’ve likely never heard of

What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is an international free trade deal that is currently being negotiated by the United States and 11 other countries. The goal, in general, is to boost the economy and create new jobs by opening up new trade opportunities of goods and services through removal of trade barriers and reduction of tariff costs. However, there are several factors of the secret negotiations that are not quite as publicly promoted that have angered millions of workers and left others scratching their heads.   What you need to know The TPP is the largest international free trade agreement to date, surpassing its

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Kent Pizzeria Forced to Closed Half Their Doors

Story By: Pamela Marotta Ramella’s a local pizzeria in downtown Kent has been forced to close their doors due to a safety hazard the Kent Health Department discovered during a building inspection. Ramella’s has two buildings that are connected, the pizzeria and the spy night lounge. There is a window that is located on the inside of the building that connects to both buildings. This window is used for people to place orders to the pizzeria while in the spy lounge. Ramella’s must address this issue or they will lose their occupancy permit. According to the Kent Health Department this window is considered to be a safety hazard and needs to have flame

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School funding makes May 4 education difficult in local districts

By Katie Nix Forty-five years ago, the identity of the Kent community was changed forever when Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of protesting students and passersby. After four Kent State students were killed and nine were wounded, the events became known as May 4, branding the university and surrounding community for years to come. May 4 in local schools However, local children aren’t always educated about the events and their effects. “Our teachers wish they could do more but because of what the standards require in terms of time, there’s only so much that we can do,” said Karen Rumley, Kent City Schools director of instructional program. Rumley

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New City Council Definitions Will Limit the Household

By: Kristie Graybill, Pamela Marotta & Xiafan Li New city council definitions will limit the household At Kent’s City Council meeting Wednesday Night, a new law was enacted that will limit the amount of non-relatives allowed to live in certain sectors of Kent. The zoning committee’s motion was led by Bridget Susel and it proposed that no more than one non-relative be permitted to live in a residents home.   Additions Another addition to this law is that cousins will no longer will be counted as relatives. Susal explained that this law was proposed to address the amount of boarding house that have been appearing in Kent. A new definition

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