How Has COVID-19 Affected the Starbucks on Kent State’s Campus?

Limited seating, required mask-wearing, and strict health inspections: these are all things restaurants and dining services around the country have had to deal with due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s no different for the student workers at Starbucks on Kent State’s campus, who have been adjusting to a new way of schooling and changes within their part-time jobs. The two Starbucks on Kent State’s campus are franchised out by Aramark, the company that manages all of the food services for the University. This means two different sets of safety requirements. “It gets kind of wishy-washy and messy, because Starbucks will say we’re okay to do one thing while Aramark will

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How toxic algae in Lake Erie affects aquatic life and the people relying on it

Looking out onto Lake Erie, it is hard to miss the algae out on the water. With your toes in the water, the moment you take them out, a green goo gets stuck in between your toes. Sides of boats become greener day after day as they are coated in the algae. Joseph Ortiz is a professor and assistant chair in the department of geology at Kent State University. Using methods that he used in the past to study climate, Ortiz transformed these methods to create a way to study harmful algae blooms. Earlier this week, Ortiz discussed the presence of algae in Lake Erie, how it affects the environment

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How will Kent State respond to COVID-19 student negligence?

It’s been nearly a month since colleges and universities started welcoming students back to campus. As many have tried to balance coursework with the COVID-19 pandemic, some students have completely disregarded CDC guidelines and university recommendations. The Ohio State University suspended over 200 students for off-campus partying, and West Virginia University went completely online after an abundance of cases. Kent State University is still conducting in-person classes after a reported 33 cases this week. What protocols will Kent State University follow if students are caught partying on or off-campus? Todd Kamenash, Associate Dean of Students for Conduct and Community Engagement, explains what sanctions students should be aware of before making

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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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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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Tax Overhaul Threatens Negative Financial Impact On Graduate Students

By Anthony Calvaruso The United States House of Representative and Senate have both passed bills proposing a massive overhaul to the current tax system in the United States. As House and Senate Republicans prepare to meet in conference committee, graduate students around the country fear that the House provision removing the existing tuition waiver will be included in the finalized version of the bill. Once a cohesive bill is drafted, both chambers will again have to pass it in order for it to become law. Mark Rhodes, a Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Assistant at Kent State University, explained that on average a Kent State graduate assistant receives $12,000 a year as

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Human trafficking survivor shows Ohio’s improvement

By Marissa Barnhart, Portia Booker and Mengting Ying She ran. Jennifer Kempton’s only goal was to make enough money for her next dose of heroin and time to sleep. This was all routine. She had been raped, beaten, left for dead and threatened with a pistol to her head. Even the abandoned house she and her latest trick entered was expected. But this night was the most horrific. The man forced her to perform sexual acts she had never done. When he got bored, he sodomized and raped her with a butcher knife, using her blood for lubrication. After two hours of torture, she ran to the gang house and

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Unmanned Air Vehicles: Here, There and Everywhere

By Shawn Wilson and Zachary Downes Drones at Kent State Kent State began offering a minor in Unmanned Air Vehicles in 2014. A UAV is a remote or computer controlled vehicle that doesn’t require a human to personally operate it. This minor falls under the aeronautic department and is relevant because of the growth and use of unmanned air vehicles. Kent State is one of the first universities in the region to begin offering a program like this. One of the purposes for this minor is to have Kent State students grow and develop this technology and incorporate it into everyday american life. Having this minor available here has been

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Warren celebrates KSU, ‘imagines’ future in first State of the University address

By Richie Mulhall & Ian Klein Full text of the State of the University Address Full video of the State of the University Address With a scratchy voice but a warm smile, Warren highlighted and celebrated Kent State’s success stories throughout the past year and revealed her hopeful plans for the future during her State of the University address last Thursday. Warren, who was appointed KSU’s new president in July, delivered her first State of the University address Nov. 19 in the Kent Student Center Kiva as Kent State faculty, staff, students and members of the community gathered to hear Warren’s address, which was themed “Celebrating Today, Imagining Tomorrow.” Provost Todd

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