Local residents and students cast their votes at Kent State

Janine Tiffe Kent resident Janine Tiffe is volunteering today as a non-partisan worker, someone who’s not affiliated with any political party, with Election Protection. This national coalition provides voters with information and assistance at all stages of voting. Although this is Tiffe’s first time working at the polls instead of just voting, she felt it was important to not only get involved with election day somehow, but to help young students at Kent State.  “I think a lot of young people are eager to vote, but nervous so that’s where I come in and help,” Tiffe said. “I actually helped a man earlier who didn’t know where his polling place

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Health department can issue fines under new ordinance passed by Kent City Council

By Sarah Limas and Chris Ramos Kent City Council passed an ordinance during their Oct. 7 meeting, which gives the health commissioner the ability to shut down gatherings that exceed 10 non-household members and issue civil fines. In recent weeks, Kent State has had to quarantine dorms in response to the increase of cases occurring on campus. Meanwhile, Portage County has remained at level three for the risk of COVID-19 spread. There has been concern surrounding off-campus housing and large gatherings, which was previously referred to as being the most significant factor in the increase of new cases involving people under the age of 29 by Gov. Mike DeWine.  In

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Will Kent State’s next presidential search be open or closed?

Words and podcast by Collin Cunningham On October 23, Kent State University President Beverly Warren announced that she would be leaving her position in July of 2019. Now that Warren’s five-year term has nearly reached its close, the university’s staff and students have turned their attention toward the Board of Trustees’ search efforts to find a new president. Currently, the board has only revealed that they are committed to a national search and will publicly announce their plans once they make decisions in the next few weeks. Their next public meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 5. The primary question here is will the board conduct an open or

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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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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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Kent State Architecture building receives prestigious green building certification

Mitch Felan and Tyler Thompson Kent State earned a LEED Platinum certification this summer for its sustainable and green design of the Center for Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED). According to the university, Kent State is the first public college in Ohio to receive the Platinum certification for a building. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and used around the world. Platinum is the highest ranking. “(The certification) really marks it as a leading building, as far as sustainability,” university sustainability manager Melanie Knowles said. Long before the building’s official opening in 2016, the university expressed

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Portage County organizations work to feed the hungry

For Karen Carpenter, feeding herself, her husband and her grandson is no easy task. Carpenter, 65, lives in Freedom Township, Portage County, with her husband and her grandson. She’s been on disability for 13 years from a bad back that makes her unable to hold a full-time job, and her diabetic husband is recovering from an invasive heart surgery. “It’s hard with limited income to buy school clothes and school supplies, and different things he needs, then turn around and buy groceries,” she said. The couple receives assistance in the form of disability checks and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly known as food stamps, but she said it’s

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Kent Roosevelt High School teams up with Kent State & Akron Children’s Hospital to bring mental health screenings to students

By Sam Karam and Kellie Nock Image courtesy of Kent Roosevelt High School Kent Roosevelt High School (KRHS) is partnering with Kent State nursing students and Akron Children’s Hospital to bring mental health screenings to its students. “As part of a combination of grants, including a $3,000 pilot grant, ninth graders at Roosevelt will be involved in mental health screening in their Health Education classes,” the KRHS website states. Kent State nursing students will screen the high schoolers in health classes for substance abuse, depression and anxiety. After the screening, students with any of these issues can attend up to eight counseling sessions through Kent State or Akron Children’s to

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Let’s Clear The Air: An Update on KSU’s Smoking Ban

Words by: Sierra Allen and Julie Riedel In partnership with the state’s Board of Regents, a coordinating panel for higher education, Kent State University was the 26th, four-year-university in Ohio to implement a smoke-free campus. First introduced in 2012, officials of the Board of Regents unanimously voted to recommend that the University System of Ohio should consider adopting the policy. Since then, a growing number of colleges have agreed to go tobacco free, and as of July 1, 2017, Kent State University joined the list.   “We are working together to create a supportive community where everyone can learn, work and thrive,” said Kent State University President, Beverly Warren, in

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