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University of Akron Student Petitions for Campus Community Garden

UA student Valerie Rado petitions outside the Taber Student Union, offering fresh fruits and lollipops to passersby.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2019

Inspired by a project in her English composition class, University of Akron student Valerie Rado sought out to start a community garden on campus.   On a sunny Spring morning, Rado, along with several other UA students, handed out goodies such as fresh fruits while promoting the project.   ...

“Out of Silence” Coming to UA

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 29, 2019

The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration and the New World Performance Lab are partnering to present Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign on May 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. each night at Guzzetta Hall.   According to a University webpage, Out of Silenc...

Week of April 28, 2019

Week of April 28, 2019

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April 28, 2019

The Buchtelite Prepares for Transition in Leadership

Megan Parker (left) and Brooklyn Dennison (right) pose for a photograph after an interview for a special edition story.

By Brooklyn Dennison and Megan Parker

April 24, 2019

As the school year comes to an end, editors at The Buchtelite move on to future prospects, as is the case with current Editor-in-Chief Brooklyn Dennison and Copy Editor Megan Parker   Dennison will be graduating with a degree in media studies this May, leaving her leadership role to Parker. &n...

Interim President Green Discusses Plans for ‘Brighter’ UA Future

Interim President John Green wears a University of Akron tie to show his campus pride.

By Brooklyn Dennison and Megan Parker

April 24, 2019

With the spring semester ending soon and growing questions about the plans moving forward, Interim President John Green spoke with The Buchtelite about the future budget and faculty buyouts at The University of Akron.   Shortly after he began his position as interim president, Green said he learn...

Former UA President Recounts Contributions Before Transition to New University

Former President Matthew Wilson hopes his success at The University of Akron will influence his career at Missouri Western State University.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

April 23, 2019

As The University of Akron currently searches for its fourth leader since 2014, a former UA president has been chosen as the fifth president for Missouri Western State University.   Through a 5-0 vote by MWSU’s Board of Governors on March 12, Matthew Wilson will begin his new journey as pres...

Changes Coming to 2019 SpringFest

Changes Coming to 2019 SpringFest

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 23, 2019

The University of Akron is hosting a newly-imagined SpringFest on May 3, 2019, with several changes announced, including making it a student-based festival.   The changes to SpringFest were announced around the same time as the news of more budget cuts at UA surfaced. However, there is no definite co...

Akron Against Cancer to Host Annual Relay For Life

After finishing the Luminaria Ceremony lap at the 2018 Relay For Life, participants add glow sticks to the

By Abigail Schreiner, Guest Writer

April 22, 2019

As a crowd holding glow sticks sits and listens to an Akron Against Cancer representative speak on stage, relationships between immediate family, extended family and friends are read.   Each time the representative reads a different title, such as mother, father or friend, another glow stick crack...

Why Everyone Should Take a Poetry Class

“Daring to Take up Space, by Daniell Koepke” by Book Catalog

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2019

As someone who is not an English major, I was extremely hesitant to take any type of poetry class. In my mind, poetry was dull, meaningless words written by old men.   However, when I took a class called “American women poets” for my women’s studies minor, I was quickly immersed in the world o...

Week of April 21, 2019

Week of April 21, 2019

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April 21, 2019

NASA Selects UA Engineers to Test Technology for Astronauts

Members of the Virtual Environments for Space Travel team are, in the back row, from left, Thibaut Houette, Caleb Dyck and Dr. Shiva Sastry, and in the front row, from left, Joshua Foss, Erin Michaud, Bach Tran, Sarah Medved and Alycia Riese.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

April 19, 2019

For the second year in a row, NASA has invited a team of students from the College of Engineering and Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences to travel to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, from April 15 to 19.   The University of Akron’s “Virtual Environments for Space Travel” (VEST...

Akron Zoo to Celebrate Earth Day

A young boy enjoys last year's

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 16, 2019

The Akron Zoo is celebrating Earth Day on April 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 25 vendors throughout the park sharing information on conservation, green energy and sustainable living efforts in the Akron community.   Doug Piekarz, President and CEO of the Akron Zoo, said that “Party for the ...

UA Hosts First Annual Student-Led Research Symposium

Cortney Rosekelly, Paul Collins, Craig Dilworth and Sydney Bornstine share the market research they conducted for NORKA Beverage Company, an Akron-based craft soda producer.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

April 16, 2019

The first-ever University of Akron Interdisciplinary Symposium (UA-IS), an event for students to showcase their research, took place in the ballroom of the  Taber Student Union on April 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Two doctoral students at UA, Scott Swiatek and Matt Williamson, created the sympo...

Week of April 14, 2019

Week of April 14, 2019

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April 14, 2019

Songfest’s “A Red Carpet Affair” to Commence Sunday

The ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta perform

By José Suárez, Reporter

April 12, 2019

Since 1933, the fraternity and sorority community at The University of Akron has played a role in putting on annual performances with a certain theme while also raising money for charitable causes.   According to UA events, this year’s Songfest will follow the theme, “A Red Carpet Affair,”...

Multiple UA Departments Respond to Disabled Student Evacuation Incident

Simmons Hall, where the Office of Accessibility is Located.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2019

This article is part two of a two-part series.  Part two covers the response from different departments at The University of Akron. Part one covers the incident from the perspective of the student.   After an incident where a University of Akron student with disabilities, Hannah Laudo, was left in her dorm...

Akron Esports Varsity Rocket League Team Qualifies for Nationals

Akron Esports Varsity Rocket League Team Qualifies for Nationals

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

April 8, 2019

On March 20, the Akron Zips Esports varsity Rocket League team won the Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) Northern Conference Championships. They are the only National Championship team from last season to qualify for nationals again this spring.   Akron’s victory took the team to the NCAA Final Four Fa...

Rape Crisis Center to Host Annual Walk of Heroes

Zippy looks at a table with items from the Rape Crisis Center.

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 8, 2019

The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties is hosting their annual Walk of Heroes this year on April 26, from 6-8 p.m.   In the past, there have been delays due to the weather, so this year the Rape Crisis Center decided to have an indoor event, utilizing the Stile Athletics Field H...

Week of April 7, 2019

Week of April 7, 2019

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April 7, 2019

Akron Law Students Competing for Cash Prize at Intramural Trial Competition

Akron Law’s first-place trial advocacy team in March competition, from left: Justin Morgan (3L), Sarah Blank (3L), Cassandra Rosa (3L), Imokhai Okolo (2L).

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

April 3, 2019

Eight teams from The University of Akron School of Law will be competing for a cash prize in the school’s 10th annual intramural trial competition on Saturday, April 6.   This competition is sponsored by Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd., an award-winning law firm originally founded in 1957 with offices in Ca...

Season Recap: Men’s Basketball Shows Signs of Life in Trying Times

Season Recap: Men’s Basketball Shows Signs of Life in Trying Times

By Tyler Gunter, ZTV Reporter | Sports Report

April 3, 2019

The 2018-2019 Men’s Basketball season was a slight improvement from the last season, but not enough to make the big splash that the Zips have long been hoping for.   Last season, Akron went 14-18 overall and 6-12 in the Mid-American Conference. This season, the Zips ended up 16-15 overall and 8-10...

University of Akron Seeking Book Donations for Local Youth

University of Akron Seeking Book Donations for Local Youth

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

April 1, 2019

Through April 5, ZipAssist and serveAkron are hosting a book drive asking for new and gently used children’s books in support of Bright Star Books, a local nonprofit working to increase the access to and ownership of books in Akron and surrounding areas.   Bright Star Books was founded in 20...

Stan Hywet to Open for 2019 Season on April 2

Art from Gertrude Seiberling.

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

April 1, 2019

“Lasting Impressions” aims to celebrate Gertrude Seiberling's passion for painting through having her paintings on display in the Manor House of Stan Hywet during the 2019 season starting on April 2.   Gertrude Seiberling (1866-1946) was married to F.A. Seiberling (1859-1855), who would later beco...

UA Student Rocket Design Team Heading to NASA Competition

Akronauts Adam McElfresh (left) and Matthew Reppa, along with Chris Pearson, the team’s mentor, load their rocket onto the launch rail, which keeps the rocket going straight as it initially builds up speed. This test launch was held at the National Association of Rocketry field located in Amherst.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

April 1, 2019

The University of Akron’s student rocket-design team, the Akronauts, will be competing in NASA’s 2019 Student Launch Competition in Huntsville, Alabama from April 4-6.   Founded in 2014, the Akronauts are comprised of students from the College of Engineering. Through hands-on experience, the students ...

Meet UA’s First Graduate: Susannah Chamberlain Cole

Susannah Chamberlain Cole.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

April 1, 2019

From millions of women in India joining hands to fight for gender equality to Captain Marvel topping box office milestones, 2019 has been a great year for women. To celebrate these achievements and this year’s Women’s History Month, The Buchtelite will be taking a look back in time at The Universit...

Week of March 31, 2019

Week of March 31, 2019

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March 31, 2019

Week of March 24, 2019

Week of March 24, 2019

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March 24, 2019

A Q&A With the USG Presidential, Vice Presidential Candidates

A display of all candidates for various positions in USG stands near the east entrance of Taber Student Union.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

March 18, 2019

Voting for the Spring 2019 Undergraduate Student Government Elections is currently underway.   According to USG Election Rules, the general elections are held within the first 11 weeks of the spring semester and the first-year elections are held within the first six weeks of the fall semester.   “The President, V...

Dining Services Needs Healthier, Vegetarian-Friendly Options

Rob's Café.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

March 18, 2019

Being a vegetarian at The University of Akron has never been a problem until this semester when I found myself being on campus for over 12 hours at a time due to my class and work schedule.   Over the course of the semester, I have found that the non-meat options provided by Aramark, UA’s food service...

UA Chemistry Professor Receives $1.9 Million Grant for Asthma Research

Dr. Sailaja Paruchuri.

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

March 18, 2019

As a respiratory condition that impacts several people on a daily basis, asthma is an important topic within research. One professor at The University of Akron understands its importance through her research.   Dr. Sailaja Paruchuri received a $1.9 million Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Ins...

Police Search for Suspects, Offer Solutions Following Off-campus Robbery

The University Edge apartment complex adjacent from The University of Akron.

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

March 18, 2019

An armed robbery took place off campus on March 5, around 10:30 p.m. The three victims were students at The University of Akron, two 20-year-old men and one 21-year-old man. The robbery took place in the 300 block of Sumner Street at the University Edge apartment complex.   Three men allegedly...

Week of March 17, 2019

Week of March 17, 2019

By PHD Comics

March 18, 2019

Great Lakes Science Center Exhibits Cars from Zips Racing

Members of Zips Racing with the 2017 model race car that will be on display at the entrance of the Great Lakes Science Center’s Vroom! A Car Adventure exhibit where visitors can get in the driver’s seat for a photo. Team members are (from left)  Maria Hatzis, team captain Ezra Malernee, Jacob Greer, Clayton Brown, David McVan, faculty advisor Dr. Daniel Deckler, Ph.D. and Sidney Mingle.

By José Suárez, Reporter

March 13, 2019

Three open-wheel race cars designed and built by members of Zips Racing will be featured in an exhibit focusing on Formula One racing at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland starting on March 15 through Labor Day weekend. This exhibit titled, Vroom! A Car Adventure is also set to include more inf...

Akron Ph.D. Student Receives Research Grant, Fellowship Award for Eye Research

This image, taken by Katelyn Sondereker with a confocal laser scanning microscope, shows a melanopsin ganglion cell in magenta, surrounded by other cells in the retina.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

March 13, 2019

As one of the most important organs in the human body, the eye helps people navigate the environment around them through seeing objects color, form and shape.   Katelyn Sondereker is a fourth-year integrated bioscience Ph.D. candidate at The University of Akron whose research revolves around ...

2nd Annual Dodgeball Charity Tournament Sign-Ups Open

Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

By José Suárez, Reporter

March 13, 2019

The University of Akron Residence Hall Council is hosting Zippy’s Let’s Dodge Cancer Classic on Sunday, April 7 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, courts four and five.   In its second year, the tournament will raise money for Relay For Life, a community-based fundra...

Bechdel Film Fest to Host 48-Hour Filmmaker’s Challenge

Bechdel Film Fest to Host 48-Hour Filmmaker's Challenge

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

March 13, 2019

The Bechdel Film Fest is hosting their first ever 48-hour filmmaker's challenge where teams are challenged to make an original film within 48 hours, starting March 22 and screen it in front of other participants on March 24 at the Nightlight Cinema in Downtown Akron.   This is a free and friendly com...

Disabled UA Student Left in Dorm Room During Fire Alarm

Hannah Laudo (left) tells copy editor Megan Parker (right) about her experiences with accessibility at The University of Akron.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

March 12, 2019

This article is part one of a two-part series. Part one covers the incident from the perspective of the student. Part two covers the response from different departments at The University of Akron.   A University of Akron student with disabilities was left in her dorm room despite yelling for he...

Week of March 10, 2019

Week of March 10, 2019

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March 10, 2019

Women of Color to Celebrate During Women’s History Month

Women of Color to Celebrate During Women’s History Month

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2019

During Women’s History Month, people like the suffragettes usually come to mind: just think about how many children will be taught about Susan B. Anthony this month.   While the suffragettes and other white activists have made important contributions to women’s history, women of color are usually ...

Akron Comeback Falls Short to #25 Buffalo

Daniel Utomi (no. 3) Backs down Buffalo Guard, CJ Massinburg (left).

By Colin Brennan, ZTV Reporter | Sports Report

March 5, 2019

The University of Akron Zips welcomed nationally ranked Buffalo to James A. Rhodes Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 12, where the Zips would fall in a tightly fought contest, 76-70.   The first half was very much a back and forth affair with both teams digging in on the defensive end. This defensive battle is what ...

ZipCon 2019 Brings More Than 2000 Attendees

Throughout the duration of the day at ZipCon, the vendors area remained full with people hanging out or viewing the various items available in each booth.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

March 4, 2019

The Akron Anime Club recently hosted its sixth annual ZipCon at The University of Akron on Feb. 23 and are already starting preparations for next year’s event. ZipCon is a one-day convention primarily for fans and cosplayers of the popular  Japanese media forms anime and manga but does not exclude fan...

Rethinking Race Conversation Tackles Heroes, Race

The events for this year’s Rethinking Race Series began Feb. 25 and will end on March 8.

By José Suárez, Reporter

March 4, 2019

As the events of Rethinking Race seek to inspire discussion about the roles given to a race in society, various subjects about how the different races are viewed also come up. On March 4 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., a law professor from The University of Akron will address the topic of “non-traditional c...

Week of March 3, 2019

Week of March 3, 2019

By PHD Comics

March 3, 2019

Graduation Can Be Confusing; Academic Advisers Are Here to Help

Terry Vance and Sophie Kus, advisers at the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2019

Graduating can be a difficult task as it is a transition from the academic world to the professional world. However, advisers from the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Akron have some advice on how to graduate smoothly and avoid barriers. For students beginning to prepare...

Time to Audition for Akron’s Got Talent

Flyers promoting the event can be found in various areas of campus, such as the Taber Student Union.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

February 25, 2019

Are you a student at The University of Akron who wants to get involved at an event on campus? Can you sing, dance, play an instrument or have another unique talent? Open auditions for Akron’s Got Talent, a campus-based talent show hosted by the Zips Programming Network, are on Feb. 27 from 7:45...

Letter to the Editor: True Meaning of Socialism

Letter to the Editor: True Meaning of Socialism

February 25, 2019

It is about time that the American people were educated and informed about what true "Socialism" is and is not.   The fact is that in true socialism, "the means of production" are owned and controlled by all of the people. In other words, in true socialism all of the workplaces and businesses...

Medical Marijuana Expo Heading to Akron

Guests speaking with vendors at the Ohio Marijuana Expo in Cleveland this past January.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

February 25, 2019

With the success of the Ohio Marijuana Expo in Cleveland on Jan. 26, Ohio Marijuana is expanding its cannabis event series to the John S. Knight Center in Akron on March 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In June of 2016, a law allowing the use of medical marijuana, House Bill 523, was passed by Gov. John...

A Closer Look At UA’s Free Speech Policy

With a microphone in hand, Kaitlin Bennett engages in discourse with UA student.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2019

In recent months, Kaitlin Bennett, a figure known for her strong and sometimes controversial stance on Second Amendment rights, has twice visited The University of Akron. During both of her visits, Bennett was greeted by supporters and opponents alike. This is not the first time an individual or group has...

Rethinking Gender Series: Gender, Crime, Poetry

The Rethinking Gender Series tackles hard to talk about subjects like domestic violence, sexism, and crime on college campuses.

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 25, 2019

Women’s Studies is scheduled to hold two more Rethinking Gender talks before the end of the spring semester, according to their events page. With the emergence of Five-Star Fridays, students should find these talks more accessible, as the Rethinking Gender Series presents on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m...

Week of February 24, 2019

Week of February 24, 2019

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February 24, 2019

Special: “Why I’m Proud to Be Black”

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By The Editorial Board

February 21, 2019

The month of February marks Black History Month, a time to remember the generations of African Americans that persevered to obtain their citizenship. To celebrate the month, The Buchtelite interviewed students asking them why they are proud to be black. Adey Abeba “I'm proud to be who I am. I'm proud to be...

Counseling & Testing Center Announces ‘Taking Care Week’ Events

Counseling & Testing Center Announces 'Taking Care Week' Events

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

February 21, 2019

Have you started to feel those mid-semester blues? With midterms right around the corner, students' wellness and mental health may not be in the best state. Luckily, the Counseling and Testing Center at The University of Akron dedicates a whole week of events to taking care of yourself. Starting Fe...

New STEM Center at UA Supports Urban Education

Interim President Dr. John Green welcomes guests at an open house for the Urban STEM Education Center on Tuesday.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

February 21, 2019

In support of growth in STEM education, the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education is collaborating with organizations and schools in the region to establish the Urban STEM Education Center. According to a press release from The University of Akron, the total workforce in the fields of ...

Akron School Superintendent Joins Board of Trustees

APS superintendent David James.

By Jake Herron, Online Editor

February 21, 2019

The University of Akron Board of Trustees has appointed Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James as an advisory trustee, the Board announced last Wednesday. The board unanimously voted to appoint the longtime Akron school leader during their regular meeting on Feb. 13. As an advisory me...

Students Audition to Be Next Zippy

Zippy receives a copy of The Buchtelite.

By Bri Hayes, ZTV Reporter | Lights, Camera, Akron!

February 19, 2019

On Wednesday, Feb. 13 The University of Akron held Zippy tryouts where students lined the halls of InfoCision Stadium to see if they would make a perfect fit as our honorable, Zippy.   ZTV’s Lights, Camera, Akron! had the opportunity to speak with Kristi Reese, Associate Director of Alumni Rela...

‘Finding Neverland’ Makes Way To Broadway in Akron

‘Finding Neverland’ Makes Way To Broadway in Akron

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 19, 2019

‘Finding Neverland’ is coming to EJ Thomas Hall on March 5-6, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Broadway in Akron Series, which has brought shows like ‘Rent’, ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Rock of Ages’ to EJ Thomas Hall over the years. According to the Broadway in Akron webpage, this show has been the recipient ...

Teaching the Polymer Science of Cooking

Teaching the Polymer Science of Cooking

By José Suárez, Reporter

February 19, 2019

Developed by assistant professor of polymer science, Dr. Hunter King, and fifth-year graduate student Michael Wilson, “Polymer Science of Cooking” is a natural sciences colloquium in The University of Akron’s Williams Honors College. Working in the lab of the interim dean of the College of Polymer Science a...

Scared Scriptless Coming to Akron

Scared Scriptless Coming to Akron

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 19, 2019

EJ Thomas Hall is hosting the Scared Scriptless show put on by Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, most known for their comedy and improv work on Whose Line is it Anyway? on April 4, at 7:30 p.m. Many famous comedians graced the stage onWhose Line is it Anyway? including Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Ke...

Central Stores Offers Surplus Property at Bargain Prices

Gently used desks await their next owner in the warehouse of Central Stores.

By José Suárez, Reporter

February 19, 2019

Located in the Administrative Services Building on Mill St. near Quaker Square, Central Stores is the place to go for bargain-priced items that the University looks to get rid of. Staffed Monday through Friday by a handful of individuals under the management of storekeeper J.P. Colo, Central Stor...

Week of February 17, 2019

Week of February 17, 2019

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February 17, 2019

‘The Snow Maiden’ Dances into EJ Thomas Hall

‘The Snow Maiden’ Dances into EJ Thomas Hall

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 13, 2019

The University of Akron Dance Institute hosted the production of “The Snow Maiden” on Feb. 2, at EJ Thomas Hall. "The Snow Maiden" is an opera composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1881 and has since been adapted into new formats as time went on. UA performed a ballet adaptation of the original opera,...

Heart to HeART: Celebrating Family, Art

Heart to HeART: Celebrating Family, Art

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 12, 2019

The Akron Center for Art, Music and Performance is hosting Heart to HeART: a Family Friendly Valentine’s Day Show on Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. The event will take place on the second floor of The Akron Center for Art, Music and Performance, located at 118 W. Market Street in Akron. Tickets are $5 per p...

RooCatholic Connects Faith, College Life

The scene inside the historic romanesque revival St. Bernards Church, home of UA's RooCatholic.

By Jake Herron, Online Editor

February 11, 2019

More than 450 student organizations strive to find a way to enrich and refine college life for students at The University of Akron. At RooCatholic, that ‘way’ seeks to enrich for a lifetime. An affiliate of Newman Catholic Campus Ministry for than 80 years, RooCatholic is situated within the confines of the h...

A Guide to Galentine’s Day

Copy Editor, Sala Wier (left) and her “gal-pals” celebrating their friendship.

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

February 11, 2019

Almost everybody is probably familiar with Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, where you spend time with your significant other and spoil them with love and affection. But, most people probably don’t pay any attention to the day before. Feb. 13, sometimes referred to as Galentine’s Day, is a day to get toget...

A Hallmark Holiday With a Dark History: The Day of Love

Gifts on Valentine’s Day come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but usually are wrapped in a red-themed color scheme.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

February 11, 2019

As one of the top-celebrated holidays in the United States, Valentine’s Day is known as a day to show your love and affection toward your significant other. In fact, according to an article from The Guardian, Valentine’s Day is the second most celebrated holiday, with Christmas being the fir...

Valentines Day: Celebrating Love and Heteronormativity

Valentines Day: Celebrating Love and Heteronormativity

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2019

Valentine’s Day means a lot of different things for people. For some, it’s a day to celebrate your love for your partner or to spend with your friends and have brunch. For others, it’s a day of sadness and dread. However, despite people’s different views on the day of love, one thing is al...

Nelly’s Echo Performs to Inspire Positivity, Originality in Audience

Throughout his performance, Nelly’s Echo encouraged the audience to sing along if they knew the lyrics.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

February 11, 2019

As part of Rethinking Race and the 7:17 events on campus, vocalist and guitarist Nelly’s Echo performed in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Starbucks on Feb. 5. The 7:17 Coffee House series is run by the Residence Hall Program Board, where the first 100 people to attend are given a voucher for ...

Week of February 10, 2019

Week of February 10, 2019

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February 10, 2019

UA, KSU Faculty Hold Solidarity Picket Line to Support WSU Strike

Faculty members from both UA and KSU standing in the picket line while holding signs of support for WSU faculty.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

February 6, 2019

Members of the American Association of University Professors from The University of Akron and Kent State University held a solidarity picket on the UA campus in support of the faculty at Wright State University on Feb. 5. The picket took place across from Bierce Library on Buchtel Mall, where UA and KSU faculty mem...

University of Akron, Students Celebrate Black History Month

Movie Poster for a film shown for Black History Month.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

February 4, 2019

The month of February is Black History Month, a time where The University of Akron celebrates and educates students through several different events. Almost every day during the month, the University is hosting an event through various sponsors such as the African Student Association, the Student Afri...

Student Recreation and Wellness Center to Hold Blood Drive

Student Recreation and Wellness Center to Hold Blood Drive

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

February 4, 2019

The University of Akron Student Recreation and Wellness Center will be hosting a blood drive Feb. 5-8 from 12-8 p.m. The blood drive will be held in room 245, which is the classroom in the rec center, student assistant of Campus Programs Claire DeBruin said. This is one of the many events being held...

Students React to Severe Weather Response

Snow still covered much of campus on Friday, Feb. 2.

By Megan Parker

February 4, 2019

With the recent days of temperatures below zero and the winter storm that left several Akron streets covered in snow, students at The University of Akron reacted differently to the campus’ snow and cold closing policies. According to UA’s website, the decision to close the University or not ...

“The Vagina Monologues” Showcases Empowerment, Benefits Rape Crisis Center

The University of Akron raised money for The Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties with a production of The Vagina Monologues.

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 4, 2019

E.J. Thomas Performance Arts Hall hosted a production of “The Vagina Monologues” on Jan. 26 to raise money and awareness toward fighting sexual violence against all those who identify as women worldwide. The stage was set with six microphones, five music stands and one stool. Sixteen women in tota...

UA Touring Ensemble Brings Arts to Elementary Schools

By Payton Burkhammer, ZTV Producer | Lowdown

February 4, 2019

The University of Akron's Touring Dance Ensemble debuted their marine-themed performances for elementary school students Sunday, Jan. 29.   Touring Ensemble is a required class for all dance majors, where over the course of a year, dancers refine their show and prepare for the final performance...

Week of February 3, 2019

Week of February 3, 2019

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February 3, 2019

Bechdel Film Fest Aims to Celebrate Women, Inclusion

The Nightlight will be a hosting venue for the film festival.

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

January 28, 2019

This summer, Brittany Charek, the 2017 Akron Knight Arts Challenge winner, partnered with Joanna Wilson, plans to bring a feminist film festival to Akron. The five-day festival will take place in various downtown locations such as the Nightlight Cinema, starting on May 29. Only films that pass the...

Week of January 27, 2019

Week of January 27, 2019

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January 27, 2019

E.J. Thomas Hall Presents: Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues

Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall at The University of Akron.

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 27, 2019

The University of Akron is again hosting Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at E.J. Thomas Hall on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets for this event are on sale now on Ticketmaster. According to their website, V-Day is a global activist movement aimed at ending violence against all individuals who identify as women worldwide. V-Day activists...

Pink Gloves Boxing at UA Offers Community, Fitness to Empower Women

Women of all ages are able to register for the program.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

January 24, 2019

Pink Gloves Boxing is being offered for the fifth semester through the Student Recreation and Wellness Center from Jan. 28 to April 13 to help empower women and give them a new kind of workout. According to their website, Pink Gloves Boxing is a unique fitness program that focuses on social and emotional...

OrgSync to Change Name

OrgSync to Change Name

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

January 23, 2019

The University of Akron’s student organization database, OrgSync, will soon bear a new name this semester, according to a ZipMail released on Jan. 8. Students were able to vote on the proposed name changes, which included “The Pouch,” “RooSync,” “RooConnect” and “Engage!” Vot...

Community Outlook Positive During First Week

Josh Lloyd, an Akron Early College High School student sits in his 8:45 a.m. Humanities class.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2019

The first week of the spring semester began and ended with quite a bit of snow, but that didn't stop The University of Akron campus community from having a positive outlook. In fact, some welcomed the snow. Dr. Mary Biddinger, a professor in the English Department and poet, said seeing a little sno...

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UAPD Offers ‘Away from Home’ Service for Traveling Students

A marked and unmarked University police vehicle patrol campus.

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

December 13, 2018

With Winter Break approaching, many students may be planning to leave their homes or rental properties for extended periods of time, something that can be alluring to burglars. Fortunately for them, The University of Akron Police Department offers a free service to students who would like to have per...

Buchtelite Holiday Recipes

Buchtelite Holiday Recipes

By Brooklyn Dennison, Jake Herron, Sala Wier, Megan Parker, Jordyn Etling, and Kristen Lauck

December 12, 2018

One of the greatest gifts each holiday season are the delicious and delicate treats all around. Here are some that members of the Editorial Board like to indulge in:   Prettiest Peanut Butter Cookies Brooklyn Dennison Editor in Chief   This is a rather new recipe that I have been trying out...

UA Revises Presidential Search, Students Share Divided Opinions

The University of Akron is currently looking for a candidate to fill the permanent position as President.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

December 12, 2018

The University of Akron Board of Trustees approved a proposal to revise the presidential search process that will expand the search committee, but also keep the process out of public view. This revision was originally announced as being considered on Nov. 28 before being accepted one week later on Dec. 5...

City on the Rise: Bowery Project Brightens Akron Future

South Main Street in Downtown Akron.

By Matthew Hogan, Guest Writer

December 12, 2018

The classic quote, “Why not Akron,” has never been more relevant than it is today. 2018 saw the launch of the Bowery Project downtown and with it, a promising future for the city. A full article on what the project entails can be found in a piece written by Crain’s Business, here. In summ...

UAkron App Now Available

A portion of the welcome screen on UA's new app.

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

December 12, 2018

In November, The University of Akron launched its new app with capabilities beyond just Brightspace. Through the app, students can view their class schedules, check their UA Gmail account, see a campus map and keep track of events happening on campus. The app, UA Mobile, is free for download t...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 4

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 4

By Dave Lucas, Syndicated Poet Laureate

December 11, 2018

What makes poetry, poetry? Ask that question of a dozen poets, scholars or readers and you’ll get as many different answers, maybe more. Some won’t be much help: “Poetry is the sort of thing poets write,” Robert Frost is said to have said. I’m sorry I asked. If we struggle with p...

Zips Soccer Makes Sixth Trip to College Cup

The Akron Zips Men’s Soccer team celebrates their 3-2 victory over Stanford.

By Jake Herron, Online Editor

December 6, 2018

The Akron Zips Men’s Soccer team is heading to its sixth College Cup appearance after toppling defending national champion Stanford in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. This is a comeback against a team that previously squashed Akron’s championship dreams last season and in 2015. Akron will t...

Terry Bowden Fired, Search for New Football Coach Begins

Former Zips Football head coach Terry Bowden.

By Jake Herron, Online Editor

December 6, 2018

Hours after a 28-3 loss to South Carolina to end the season, The University of Akron announced that football head coach Terry Bowden was relieved of his duties as the Zips finished the season with a 4-8 record. In his seven seasons with the Zips, Bowden, maintained a 35-52 record while also establishing ...

Kaitlin Bennett Visits UA, Vows Open Carry Return

Kaitlin Bennett, commonly known as the Kent State “gun girl” speaks during her visit to The University of Akron on Thursday.

By Jake Herron, Online Editor

December 6, 2018

A visit to The University of Akron by Kaitlin Bennett, better known as the Kent State “gun girl,” drew reactions from a small crowd that formed around her at the center of the UA campus on Thursday, Nov. 29. Initially armed with a microphone and video camera, Bennett said she originally intended to in...

Unnoticed

Unnoticed

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

December 5, 2018

Editor's Note: The writer would like to clarify that the contents of this article were originally written several years ago for poetic purposes only. The following poem does not necessarily represent the thoughts, emotions or actions of the writer. A flower in the snow, a flaw in the system. S...

Third Annual ‘Wild Lights’ at Akron Zoo

The Welcome Center decorated for Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo.

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

December 5, 2018

On Nov. 22, the Akron Zoo kicked off their third annual holiday lights show, Wild Lights. The lights show is separate from general zoo admission and will run 20 dates between Nov. 23 and Dec. 30 from 5-9 p.m. Douglas Piekarz, President and CEO of the zoo, said he is excited about the 2018 prog...

SEFA Grant Helps UA Students with Non-Academic Financial Needs

Sarah Hamilton helping a student at ZipAssist.

By Brooklyn Dennison and Sala Wier

December 5, 2018

Sarah Hamilton, assistant director of ZipAssist, describes a student from The University of Akron who was suddenly kicked out of her home in October when she began having trouble academically since she was focused on finding a new place to live for her and her son. When ZipAssist received the refer...

Champions of Magic Set to Perform at E.J. Thomas Hall

The illusionists include Fernando Velasco (left), Richard Young (left center), Alex McAleer (front center), Kayla Drescher (right center) and Sam Strange (right).

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

December 3, 2018

The Champions of Magic, a magic show featuring five world-class illusionists, will be performing at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. as part of their 2018 international tour. Tickets for the performance must be reserved in advance and can be purchased on Ticketmaster. Prices range fro...

Holiday Gifts on Sale at Myers School of Art

“Let’s Talk About Art School,” a series by painting and drawing major Elise Radzialowski is displayed in the Projects Gallery at the Myers School of Art. The art school will be hosting its annual Holiday Shop where students like Radzialowski will be able to offer their creative works for sale as gifts for the holidays.

By Jake Herron, Online Editor

November 28, 2018

In time for the holiday season, the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron is once again featuring its annual Holiday Shop. An affordable alternative to looking for a store-bought gift, shoppers will be able to purchase genuine, handcrafted gifts for friends, loved ones or even themselves while s...

Music Defined

(Image via Pexels)

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

November 28, 2018

Sounds cascade my mind; Through my ears they reach, Music’s beauty is one of a kind. Comfort in them I find, The noise never bleak, Sounds cascade my mind. Skillfully written notes in line, Illiterate I am to read, Music’s beauty is one of a kind. With words that are behind, Feelings ful...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 3

(Image via Pixabay)

By Dave Lucas, Syndicated Poet Laureate

November 28, 2018

“I never got poetry,” someone says to me again. And I sigh. Because I never got it either—at least, not until I learned to stop worrying about “getting it.” In fact, “get”—with its connotation of acquisition and possession—is the wrong word for what we do with poetry. It suggests ...

MakerStudio at UA Offers Free 3D Printing for Students

(Image via Pixabay)

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

November 28, 2018

The University of Akron offers free 3D printing for students through MakerStudio, found on the ground floor of Bierce Library. Students are limited to 10 personal prints or 30 print hours, the University Libraries website said. However, students have access to unlimited academic prints, which include...

Stan Hywet’s “Deck the Halls” 2018 to Host Winter Wonderland

(Image via Stan Hywet Hall)

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

November 21, 2018

Starting on Nov. 23, Stan Hywet will be hosting their “Deck the Halls” event where on select nights, guests will be able to visit the grounds and view inside the manor house that will be decorated for the holiday season. According to Stan Hywet's website, ticket prices for non-members on Sunday t...

‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Coming to Bierce Library

By Benjamin Bast, Reporter

November 21, 2018

Dungeons & Dragons Friday will be coming to Bierce Library on Nov. 30. From 1-3 p.m., complete with the chance to work with a Dungeon Master, a short adventure and provided characters. This event does not require students to make reservations. Melanie McGurr, head of Electronic Services in Bierc...

Bohemian Rhapsody: Another Flop for LGBTQ Representation

Image via Creative Commons.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2018

When I was a child, I used to take my parents' old Queen CD’s and play them nonstop. So when I began watching the movie about frontman Freddie Mercury, I was thrilled. Unfortunately, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the 2018 movie about Mercury’s life, did not meet my expectations. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was not a terrible ...

Men’s Soccer Advances Again

(Image via Sean Palchick)

By Jordyn Etling, Sports Editor

November 21, 2018

Sunday, Nov. 18, the Akron Zips Men’s Soccer team took a 3-1 win over Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on the campus of Colgate University. With this win, the Zips advance to the Sweet 16 of the tournament where they will play top-seeded Wake Forest. The Zips have now gone...

Zips Come Up Short on Senior Night

Van Edwards, Jr., (Cape Coral, Fla.) UA senior and RB for the Zips team. (Image via Jeff Harwell)

November 21, 2018

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Akron Zips football team took on Bowling Green at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field. Senior PK Nick Gasser (Liberty Township, Ohio) was able to score for the Zips in the first quarter with a 38-yard field goal and a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter. Also in the se...

World AIDS Day at UA: Increase Awareness, Offer Free HIV Testing

According to worldaidsday.org, the red awareness ribbon was created in 1991 by twelve artists in New York. (Image via NIAID on Flickr)

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

November 21, 2018

In honor of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day and to increase awareness towards AIDS/HIV, the Zips Programming Network, serveAkron and Campus Programs will be tabling in the Taber Student Union Trapezoid Lounge on Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. HIV is an acronym for human immunodeficiency v...

Remembering Trans Lives

Image via Ted Eytan.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2018

Nov. 20 marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, an event started in 1999 to honor people whose lives have been lost to anti-trans violence. According to GLAAD, a non-governmental LGBTQ organization, the day was started by Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to Rita Hester. The vigil commemorated all the t...

UADC Fall Dance Concert: A Mixture of Individual Styles

A banner promotes the performance across campus. (Image via UADC)

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

November 14, 2018

The University of Akron Dance Company will be performing its Fall 2018 Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Kolbe Hall Daum Theatre on Nov. 15,16 and 17. Tickets for this event can be purchased by calling 330-972-7895. General admission is $12, student admission is $6 and seniors, UA alumni, faculty and st...

5 Stars for “Assassin’s Heart” by Sarah Ahiers

5 Stars for “Assassin’s Heart” by Sarah Ahiers

By Jordyn Etling, Sports Editor

November 14, 2018

“Assassin’s Heart” by Sarah Ahiers was a very pleasant surprise since I found this book in my local library during one of their annual sales and bought it on a whim. We follow 17-year-old Lea Saldana, who has been trained her whole life as an assassin and worships the God of murder. Her prof...

Men’s Soccer Wins MAC Championship

Men’s Soccer celebrates with an Akron Zips flag and the MAC Championship trophy. (Image via Akron Zips)

By Jordyn Etling, Sports Editor

November 14, 2018

The Akron Zips Men's Soccer Team captured its 15th Mid-American Conference Tournament title and seventh consecutive league tournament title win on Sunday, Nov. 11 against Western Michigan. According to GoZips.com, Akron has now won four consecutive games and outshot SIU Edwardsville, West Virginia and We...

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Not the Remake You Would Expect

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” (image via Netflix)

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

November 12, 2018

Two weeks ago on Oct. 26, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” debuted on Netflix. This is a live-action version of the eight-issue comic published by Archie Horror in 2014. This comic series is a spin-off from another comic by Archie Comics called “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” which ran from 1971 to 2009. Ma...

One Injured, One Arrested in UA Residence Hall Shooting

(Image via Pixabay)

By Jake Herron, Online Editor

November 10, 2018

One person was injured and one was arrested following an “accidental weapon discharge” inside Exchange Residence Hall during the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 10. At 12:30 a.m. Saturday, officers from the Akron Police Department and The University of Akron Police Department responded to reports...

Starbucks Changes Seasons: Barista, Customer Thoughts on Transition

The Starbucks in the Bierce Library is filled with various red decorations and holiday themed merchandise.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

November 10, 2018

In 1971, the first Starbucks store opened in the Pike Place Market of Seattle and 11 years later, Howard Schultz, the current chairman emeritus, joined as the Director of Retail Operations and Marketing. After traveling to Italy in 1983 and learning of the popular espresso bar, Schultz convinced the ...

Five-Star Friday Opinions From Fellow UA Students

A few students spend time in the Taber Student Union.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

November 10, 2018

Nearing the end for the school semester, The Buchtelite asked several University of Akron students their opinions about Five-Star Fridays. Five-Star Fridays is an initiative implemented by former UA president, Matthew Wilson, that shortened the school week for most students to four days. The initi...

Meadow

(Image via Pixabay)

By Angel Gulyas, Guest Poet

November 9, 2018

I close my eyes and breathe deeply. The lavender, the grass, the lilies, everything. The wind blows gently across it making it dance, Rippling the tall grass as it goes and blowing my hair along with it. It is peaceful here. My meadow. Quiet. Magical. As if a unicorn were to step out from betwee...

Carnival of Rust

(Image via Pixabay)

By Jordan Wood, Guest Poet

November 9, 2018

When does it stop His never-ending ride Pulling ahead Yet never making a stride He cannot please When does it cease Stuck in a never-ending loop loop loop Below him the lights twinkle and dance in rhyme without a second glance This Carnival of Rust Back through the dust to the ground floo...

Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black follows a girl named Tana whose world is surrounded by quarantine zones called Coldtowns. In this world, the infected turn into vampires and either go willingly or are sent to live at the start of an undisclosed outbreak.

By Jordyn Etling, Sports Editor

November 9, 2018

"The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" by Holly Black follows a girl named Tana whose world is surrounded by quarantine zones called 'Coldtowns.' In this world, the infected turn into vampires and either go willingly or are sent to live at the start of an undisclosed outbreak. Now, Tana lives just outside ...

Hair Geek Studio Holds Thanksgiving Food Drive

It’s the time for giving, drop by Hair Geek Studio to donate to their second annual Thanksgiving food drive. (Image via Pexels)

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 9, 2018

In association with Band of Barbers, the Hair Geek Studio and Distinguished Gents Tonsorial are holding their second annual Thanksgiving Food Drive until Nov. 18 to provide food to the homeless and others in need throughout Akron. The list of foods that are being asked for include: corn, macaroni and chees...

Akron Zoo Announces Pride of Africa, Exhibit Expansion

This graphic shows a plan of the Akron Zoo’s Pride of Africa exhibit, set to debut in May 2020. (Image via Akron Zoo)

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment

November 9, 2018

The Akron Zoo announced a $17 million expansion for a new exhibit, Wild Asia, featuring lions and tigers that will replace Tiger Valley and the Pride of Africa that will be on three acres of newly developed land. The Pride of Africa and Wild Asia will be the largest expansion so far for the Akro...

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