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January 27, 2016

Happy holidays from The Buchtelite

By Staff

December 9, 2015

Filed under Editorials

Tomorrow marks the last day of fall classes. After the weekend, finals will try to claim our sanity. But once finals are over, the much-anticipated winter break begins. Before we know it, spring semester will be upon us, and t... Read more »

How many times must we ask for transparency?

By Staff

December 3, 2015

Filed under Editorials

Last Sunday the Akron Beacon Journal ran a full-page ad signed by seven of Akron’s prominent business executives, which exhorted readers to put faith in the changes at UA and “come together” to support it. Near the bot... Read more »

Celebrate the season without the stressors

By Natalyia Calhoun, Student Writer

December 2, 2015

Filed under Opinion

During the holiday season, many students are more prone to stress than any other time of the year. Stress could be the result of frantically getting the perfect gifts together for loved ones, friends, and even roommates. Even the th... Read more »

‘We Will Be Heard and Understood’

By Angel Poole, President of Black Students United

November 24, 2015

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

As a student leader on campus of Black Students United (BSU), I feel it is my obligation to help provide a social, educational, and a cultural setting that will serve to enrich and enhance the collegiate experience of Black students an... Read more »

Thoughts on Akron Press Club meeting

By Keirsten Heckel

November 18, 2015

Filed under Opinion

As one of the four students that attended the Akron Press Club Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 18, I noticed something that I have not seen with President Scarborough before: he seemed more engaged with the audience and ready to ... Read more »

A ‘normal meeting’

By Staff

November 18, 2015

Filed under Editorials

UA President Scott Scarborough began his Akron Press Club speech yesterday by pulling out the dry erase markers and telling the audience he was going to run it like he does “normal meetings” with “faculty, staff, or students.” He as... Read more »

What Trump gets wrong about gun violence

By Paul Clifford

November 18, 2015

Filed under Opinion

During a Student Government-organized Town Hall meeting on Nov. 16, students openly asked UA Vice President of Advancement Larry Burns, and the new Director of Athletics Lawrence Williams questions about several prevalent issues ... Read more »

Students as ‘customers’

By Staff

November 11, 2015

Filed under Opinion

  UA President Scott Scarborough recently appeared on the cover of the November issue of the Akron/Canton SmartBusiness magazine. A business magazine? Figures. But “smart” business? That’s questionable. Regar... Read more »

Zips at night

By Natalyia Calhoun, Student Writer

November 11, 2015

Filed under Opinion

On Nov. 1, clocks were turned backward one hour for daylight savings. This resulted in brighter mornings and, sadly, darker evenings with the sun setting an hour earlier. This said, from five to six o’clock in the evening is... Read more »

Quality over controversy

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

November 11, 2015

Filed under Opinion

A red cup. Recently, this simple, inanimate object has created quite a bit of controversy in the news and social media. To most people, Starbucks’ infamous red cup creates feelings of warmth and comfort during the holiday seas... Read more »

Disability awareness week

By Staff

November 4, 2015

Filed under Editorials

Have you ever questioned whether you should open the door for someone ahead of you who is in a wheelchair? Or have you felt uncomfortable sitting next to someone with an apparent physical disability in class? These are just a ... Read more »

Good things come from cancer

By Brooke Griffin, Student Writer

October 28, 2015

Filed under Opinion

We often think we have life figured out; but what if we don’t, and instead are leading a life aimlessly. Can one tragic incident change how we view our lives? I have a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2015... Read more »

Social media abuse

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

October 28, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Social media has become somewhat of an epidemic in the last few years, as its presence has grown significantly. From the very beginning, social media has been a great channel for individuals to get in contact with nearly anyo... Read more »

The issue with Issue 3

By Staff

October 28, 2015

Filed under Editorials

Marijuana prohibition will not last, but the monopoly that issue 3 creates certainly will. Call it a monopoly, oligopoly, or cartel— the principal problem with issue 3 is that it puts 10 wealthy investors into the constitution... Read more »

Defining ‘courage’ in light of UA’s plight

By Staff

October 21, 2015

Filed under Editorials

UA President Scott Scarborough’s penultimate slide from Tuesday’s “State of the University” address showed the stoic face of Theodore Roosevelt, one of American history’s most resilient men, along with a quotation of ... Read more »

Productivity purging

Productivity purging

October 21, 2015

Right to Yak

Right to Yak

October 14, 2015

An apology is in order

By Staff

October 10, 2015

Filed under Editorials

Admitting wrongdoing is difficult—and apparently too difficult, especially for The University of Akron’s administrators. The tenderest consolation UA’s constituents have so far received is the passive statement, “Mi... Read more »

Town Hall meeting leaves something to be desired

By Staff

October 7, 2015

Filed under Editorials

Monday’s USG Town Hall meeting with Scott Scarborough held great promises, but left something to be desired. The idea of a town hall meeting carries a strong connotation of intimacy: guests openly presenting ideas, voic... Read more »

How passions, values, and goals shape your career

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

September 23, 2015

Filed under Opinion

If your interests and values are well-matched to your field of study, then you are likely to be happy and successful. But for many students, interests change over time, passions are discovered or lost, and the old job may no lo... Read more »

Zipping Into College With The Student Newspaper

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

September 10, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Hello fellow Zips, and welcome to the beginning of a new semester at The University of Akron! It’s that time of year again. The hot days of summer will eventually cool to fall’s leaf-rustling chill, when the brick walkways ... Read more »

Staff Editorial

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

September 10, 2015

Filed under Opinion

As we transition into yet another school year, the editorial staff of The Buchtelite would like to introduce ourselves and offer our sincere advice to first-year students. We hope to give insight on who makes this paper possible, ... Read more »

Open Editorial Letter: USG to President Scarborough

July 13, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

The following is an editorial letter addressed to The University of Akron President Scott Scarborough,  written and signed by the UA Undergraduate Student Government's president and vice president Taylor Swift and Richard Angeletti. Dear... Read more »

Run off the end of semester stresses

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

April 20, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

A common misconception among critics of running is that in order for you to be a runner one must be tall, lean, and able to run a 6-minute mile, when that is not at all the case. Anyone can be a runner if they want to. I run... Read more »

Benefits of working on-campus

By Makenzie Logan, Student Writer

April 20, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

  Looking for a job can be a tedious task. Almost a job in itself. As students we have opportunities available to work on the UA campus. Most of the time they will even work around a student's class schedule. Whether... Read more »

The Iranian fumble

The Iranian fumble

April 13, 2015

I’m not racist, I just have questions

By Tyler Coventry, Student Writer

April 8, 2015

Filed under Opinion

8Whenever somebody says “I’m not racist” it’s safe to assume that whoever is speaking is racist. I hope I am an exception to the rule. It’s a sensitive subject; something I’ve learned to handle with more tact. I’m... Read more »

Inaccurate assessments lead to stigma against applicants

By Brianne Angell, Student Writer

April 6, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Job applications – you need them to get a job, but sometimes filling them out is more stressful than the job search itself. After you plug in the demographic information, fill in the work experience, and try to find the Word... Read more »

Misguided outrage

Misguided outrage

March 30, 2015

Islamic Fundamentalists: Which ones are you okay with?

By David Trujillo, Student Writer

March 30, 2015

Filed under Opinion

The world has been festering in anger, disgust, shock, and revulsion since the unchecked cruelty of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) went mainstream in the west with the beheading of journalist James Foley. Mass... Read more »

How influential women are fighting for gender equality

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

February 24, 2015

Filed under Opinion

The 87th Academy Awards took place this past Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. The ceremony was all about the stars’ glitz and glamour. This year, however, more than ever, women are challenging the stereotypes... Read more »

An argument for handwriting

By Grant Morgan, News Editor

February 23, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

To hell with practicality. Good handwriting, or “chirography,” is a dying art. Its decline began when that first email was sent in the early ‘70s. Since, the art has regressed continuously, disappearing from school curriculums... Read more »

Dress for success

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

February 18, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Does what you wear affect how you work, both in school and on the job? We have all had the experience of feeling more motivated and focused when we are dressed up for class or work - whether this means wearing a button down... Read more »

A cure for executive overreach

By Zachary Jones, Student Writer

February 18, 2015

Filed under Opinion

At the conclusion of the 18th century, America became a free nation. Our nation’s declaration was signed in blood as well as in ink. The intent was to create a free society where one could practice their faith freely and not... Read more »

Poe, poetry, and us

Poe, poetry, and us

February 4, 2015

BIG WORDS saves college students BIG BUCKS

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

January 27, 2015

Filed under Opinion

No matter what college you’re in or what classes you’re taking, every student in every class asks the same question every semester: “Do I need to buy the book?” In a perfect world, books would be affordable and this question... Read more »

Beware of Establishment Media

By Grant Morgan, Arts & Life Editor

January 26, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Said the broken record looping in my head: You can’t spot-reduce fat…you can’t spot-reduce fat. How many times?! You can’t spot-reduce fat! I was eating hotel-provided breakfast in front of an unnecessarily large flat-s... Read more »

New beginnings in 2015

New beginnings in 2015

January 26, 2015

Snapcash sensation

Snapcash sensation

November 24, 2014

Connected to campus

Connected to campus

November 18, 2014

Experience is essential

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

November 10, 2014

Filed under Opinion

In high school, one may have worked to afford nights out with friends at the movies, weekends at the mall, or even saving for college. As a student, working means saving for necessities and being more responsible with one’s... Read more »

UAPD newfound service fee

UAPD newfound service fee

November 10, 2014

Student organization fights for smoke free campus

By Jeffrey Evans, writer

October 28, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, Students Organized for Collective Action would like to offer the student body an opportunity to think about the benefits of having a smoke free campus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and... Read more »

#YesAllWomen trend raises feminist awareness

By Laura Stall, Opinion Writer

October 20, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Using the hashtag #YesAllWomen, a movement has recently started on Twitter in an attempt to raise awareness about the struggles and the problems women face in this society. Here are some examples of tweets that were found under... Read more »

We’re all nerds here

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

October 20, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Walking on campus is like walking into a less hallucinogenic version of Alice in Wonderland. Shuffling from class to class, making small talk on your phone and sipping coffee like the diligent, dedicated, normal student that UA... Read more »

Yik Yak, the chaos it has caused

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

October 20, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Yik Yak is a social media outlet that works like Twitter paired with GPS. This is used to create a small Twitter-like world where anyone can post anonymously within a certain radius. It was created for college students by college... Read more »

European innovation goes global

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

October 14, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Hovelstay.com is a new website where college students on a tight budget can rent rooms from around the world. With rooms available everywhere from Hawaii, Costa Rica, Austria, and Greece, students can choose from one of three... Read more »

The struggle of starting a new student organization

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

October 14, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Starting a student-run organization on campus can be difficult. For example, look at a club that would seem relatively easy to begin: the American Sign Language Club, a common language around here, took three years to be established. In... Read more »

From brewing potions to brewing change.

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

September 30, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Emma Watson, actress turned human rights advocate, delivered an extremely powerful speech at the United Nations. She spoke about getting men involved in the new HeforShe campaign, a campaign designed to advocate and enforce gender... Read more »

Letter to the Editor

September 30, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editor

I am a freshman at UA and today read your article concerning the cessation of scholarship refunds here at The University of Akron, and I completely agreed with your opinion of why the policy is against the interests of the student... Read more »

Old time religion creates modern dispute

By Dakota Phillips, Copy Editor

September 30, 2014

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

It seems that every discussion about religion these days creates conflict, loud fights and greater division among us. The true believers are lashing out like a cornered animal, the atheists are undermining the other’s beliefs,... Read more »

Book to movie adaptations: failures and successes.

By Laura Stall, Opinion Writer

September 29, 2014

Filed under Opinion

It is not unusual to get excited when one hears that their favorite book is going to be turned into a movie. They are finally going to see the story they love so much translated into real life and see it as more than how they... Read more »

Why working retail drains your bank account

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

September 23, 2014

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Some jobs are more like money eaters than money feeders. When you work at a place that sells really fancy-schmancy things, there is pressure to buy the merchandise and look the part. A trend among name-brand retailers in regards... Read more »

Restaurant professionalism is declining

By Tyler Coventry, Copy Editor

September 15, 2014

Filed under Opinion

In this day and age, professionalism is a quality exemplified by men and women of all trades.  Being a professional is something that everybody should be, but proves to be difficult at times. No matter where you work or what... Read more »

Celebrity deaths and what they mean to us

By Laura Stall, Opinion Writer

September 15, 2014

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

These past years have plagued us with an unfortunate number of celebrity deaths. In the past few years, the world has said goodbye to Amy Winehouse, Shirley Temple, Whitney Houston, Cory Monteith, and most recently, Robin Williams... Read more »

New Dictionary Additions are Questionable

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

September 9, 2014

Filed under Opinion

The Oxford English Dictionary is perhaps the most regarded dictionary to have ever been established.  It can tell you what the meaning of a word was centuries ago, its derivations, and how it has changed over the years.  In... Read more »

Managing time

By Alexa Lago, Writer

September 3, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Time management Establishing good time management skills in college is perhaps one of the hardest things to do. Not many students want to micromanage their lives down to the last minute, and it really is impossible to do. Even ... Read more »

Texting and Walking

By Mary Menzemer, Writer

July 16, 2014

Filed under Opinion

We all are guilty of it.  We walk down the streets, in our malls, on our university campuses when all of a sudden, we feel our pockets vibrate.  Our surroundings then cease to exist for the time we spend checking our phones... Read more »

The threat of cyberattacks

By Dakota Phillips, Copy Editor

July 8, 2014

Filed under Opinion

The recently released video game Watch Dogs, a game about remote hacking, has brought the topic of cybersecurity back into public view. The game contains elements of potential hacking such as controlling street and traffic lights,... Read more »

Start your break without any stress

By Alexa Lago, Opinion Editor

December 5, 2013

Filed under Opinion

The end is near! That’s right, another semester is over and it’s nothing but eggnog, long naps and freedom ahead. For some students, a well-deserved and restful break is just over the horizon, and for others graduation is... Read more »

The most wonderful time of the year

By Laura Stall

December 5, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for peppermint-flavored coffee served in red coffee cups decorated with ornaments and reindeer. It’s time for the radio stations to switch from playing the same Katy Perry... Read more »

UA could benefit from having a Men’s Studies program

By Mike J Wiles

December 5, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

As a returning student to The University of Akron who graduated high school in 1983, I’m old enough to remember a time before there was AIDS. I’m not old enough to remember a time when supposedly relationships were more “free.” According... Read more »

The cost of a living wage in America

By Russell Friend

December 3, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Our society is failing to provide a living wage for tens of millions of Americans. In 2012, according to the Social Security Administration, the total percentage of American workers making less than 1968’s minimum wage was between... Read more »

The drinking age is fine where it is

By Laura Stall

December 3, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Almost every teenager, at one point in his or her life, has questioned the drinking age. A common question is: If we’re old enough to smoke, vote and join the army, why can’t we drink? I’ve heard a lot of talk about the... Read more »

Smoking and choking on campus

By Ione Friess

December 3, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one to say that I am absolutely sick and tired of people smoking on our campus.  After swimming competitively for two years, getting my health and lung capacity up, only to have a bunch of... Read more »

From turkey to door-busters

By Alexa Lago

November 26, 2013

Filed under Opinion

Thanksgiving is a wonderful day where families come together to feast, be thankful and spend time together. But as the pie tins get thrown away and everyone wakes up from their turkey-induced comas, Black Friday begins. Americans... Read more »

Akron baseball: getting serious about silly

By Russell Friend

November 26, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

“The Akron Aeros” decided they needed a new name. They wanted a name that reflected the city’s vast history in… well… rubber, and they wanted it to reflect fun. What enjoyable endeavors come to mind when one thinks... Read more »

Required courses are a nuisance

By Paula Ramsey

November 21, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

When we graduated high school, we were ready to venture on to college and work our way toward our future. Personally, as a journalism major, I was all too thrilled as an incoming freshman to take classes in the reading, writing... Read more »

Graduation countdown begins

By Sharon Jones

November 21, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

The countdown to graduation has begun. “But what do I need to do? How am I going to get a job?” These are the thoughts that have been running through my mind, as the day of graduation seems to be coming closer and closer.... Read more »

On-screen adaptations prove prolific for fans

By Lauren Thompson

November 19, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

‘Tis the season for the release of movie adaptations of our favorite, or not so favorite, books. This year we have seen adaptations of many books including “The Mortal Instruments,” “Ender’s Game” and “Percy Jackson.”... Read more »

The true value of a liberal arts degree

By Mary Menzemer

November 19, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Several weeks ago, I had a revelation of sorts after a conversation I had with one of the regulars at the bookstore where I work. He was asking me general questions about my college education, such as what I was majoring in... Read more »

Save the holiday spirit for the holiday

By Spencer Skolnick

November 19, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

“Christmas in November” presents the opportunity to hasten the festivities and anticipation of the December holiday; however, this effort to hurry Christmas fails to provide a satisfying November and pressures individuals... Read more »

Gigantic purple polka-dotted elephants

By Tyler Coventry

November 14, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Have I gotten your attention? Great, because we need writers. That’s right, I’m talking to you. All of you. I’m talking to all the people who found this newspaper under their desk and started reading it before class.... Read more »

Consuming more than turkey

By Lauren Thompson

November 14, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

I realize going into this article that I am going to be a tad biased because I, in fact, work in the holiday joy-obliterating world of retail. Nothing quite destroys the jovial feel of the holidays like being stuck at work.... Read more »

Facebook’s inevitable fall is underway

By Russell Friend

November 14, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Facebook has jumped the Internet’s virtual shark, or in this case, they jumped the pretty red and blue trout thing from the game “Fish Farts.” They’re as done as the Zips’ football season, and you could stick a fork... Read more »

Don’t choose to leave college

By Suzanne Capron

November 12, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

I don’t want to sound like your parents when I say this, but I am going to say it anyways – please stay in school. I am graduating in December at the age of 44, and if telling my personal story can prevent just one person... Read more »

The death of the American dream

By Russell Friend

November 12, 2013

Filed under Opinion

According to zerohedge.com, if you’re earning less than $10.77 an hour, then you’re making less than your grandparents did back in the ’60s, when they were working a minimum wage job. The $1.60/hr they made in 1968 is worth... Read more »

The pains of working out at the gym

By Alexa Lago, Opinion Editor

November 7, 2013

Filed under Opinion

Working out is a great way to stay fit and healthy, and to deal with stress. There is nothing better than putting in your headphones and blocking out the rest of the world for an hour or two. However, the gym does come without... Read more »

No longer needing to ask for permission

By Laura Stall

November 7, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Many people’s favorite moment in life is the moment when they realize that it’s time to move away from the parents. Whether it’s temporary or permanent, leaving the nest is always fun. But what makes leaving the house... Read more »

Starting from the bottom: the reality of internships

By Mary Menzemer

November 7, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Sylvia Plath in “The Bell Jar” writes about a heroine named Esther Greenwood who had the opportunity to have the internship idealists like myself often dream about. She lives in a big city, writes and edits articles for... Read more »

Adults take Halloween costumes too far

By Alexa Lago, Opinion Editor

November 5, 2013

Filed under Opinion

Finding the perfect costume for Halloween or a themed party can be fun. Being able to come up with an awesome costume idea and go all-out for it can be entertaining. However, there is a thin line between awesome and disrespectful... Read more »

Hurricane Miley: encroaching disaster

By Ione Friess

November 5, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

It’s not even the season for them, but that’s just her style. Miley Cyrus is one of the worst transitions from fame to flop yet, and possibly one of the fastest. She’s a naked wrecking ball on the loose, and she’... Read more »

Worldwide travesty strikes via wine shortage

By Lauren Thompson

November 5, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

While “travesty” might be a strong word to describe the situation in comparison to world events, it is still devastating to wine-lovers (over the age of 21, of course) everywhere. According to The Huffington Post, the issue... Read more »

Zombie Bite

By Tyler Coventry

October 31, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

They were coming. Lungs burning, John Doe tore into the abandoned corner office and slammed the door behind him, collapsing breathlessly against the sturdy oak frame. They were coming. Doe collected himself. He felt exhau... Read more »

Naughty nurse or sexy pirate?

By Lauren Thompson

October 31, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

Halloween is one of the best holidays: there are not many obligations that come along with it and sometimes you get free candy in class and other places. There is not a whole lot to complain about. Unless you are looking to... Read more »

The thrilling genres of scary movies

By Laura Stall

October 31, 2013

Filed under Guest Viewpoints

There is nothing wrong with a little fear. And by a little fear, I mean squeezing the nearest object until your knuckles turn white, covering your eyes and ears, scared to walk to the bathroom in the dark kind of fear. There is... Read more »

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