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The University of Akron’s USG Connects Students Near and Far

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

December 16, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

The undergraduate student government at The University of Akron has had, arguably, a busy semester connecting and communicating with students. On Oct. 25, the USG hosted the Student Leadership Summit where 120 student leaders congregated to discuss overcoming challenges in the community and Uniting UA. ...

Period Project Provides Akron Shelters with Menstrual Products

Period Project Provides Akron Shelters with Menstrual Products

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

December 3, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

The Period Project, a student organization at The University of Akron, aims to provide local shelters in Akron with menstrual products. Just last month, members of The Period Project collected nearly 900 menstrual products that went to the Battered Women’s Shelter in an event called the Tampon D...

CASA: Spreading Awareness, Giving Support

CASA: Spreading Awareness, Giving Support

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2017


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

The Coalition Against Sexual Assault is a student organization at The University of Akron that spreads awareness and gives support on topics like sexual assault and domestic violence. CASA is a relatively new organization that started after the president of the organization, Felicia Rosin, was in...

Culinary Artists Club Practices Ice Carving Skills

By Celeste Houmard, Arts and Entertainment Contributor

November 20, 2017


Filed under Campus News

You may recognize the Culinary Artists Club here on campus because of their yearly ice sculptures that come out by the Student Union every winter. But that’s not all that this club does. The Culinary Artist’s Club is an artist and professional club that provides a way for hospitality students to ...

The University of Akron Press, Leslie Harrison Go to Big Apple

The University of Akron Press, Leslie Harrison Go to Big Apple

By Julian Curet, Reporter

November 15, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

Dr. Jon Miller and Dr. Mary Biddinger will be representing The University of Akron Press at the 2017 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The poetry book, “The Book of Endings”, written by Leslie Harrison and published by U of A Press, is one of five books in the poe...

Indian Student Association Hosts Another Successful Diwali Celebration

Indian Student Association Hosts Another Successful Diwali Celebration

By Emily Bower

November 9, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

This past Sunday, Nov. 5, the Indian Student Association hosted a Diwali celebration that was open to all of campus. The event was a marathon of traditional Indian dances, traditional Indian songs, Bollywood songs, Indian dancing mixed with modern day pop songs, and a fashion walk. Many typical Indi...

EX[L] Center, Environmental Conservation Club Recycle Shirts

EX[L] Center, Environmental Conservation Club Recycle Shirts

By Robert Barrett, Jr., Copy Editor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the EX[L] Center and the Environmental Conservation Club held an event where students from The University of Akron made reusable grocery bags out of shirts they no longer wear. The event was organized by EbaNee Bond, a mechanical engineering major at UA. Bond said she felt ...

Students from around the World can Engage in Political Discussion in an Upcoming Global Classroom Course

Students from around the World can Engage in Political Discussion in an Upcoming Global Classroom Course

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

October 28, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

The Global Classroom, a political science course that will be taught simultaneously in four universities across four different continents in real time was announced Thursday morning by The University of Akron president, Matthew Wilson, Dr. John Green and several international partners. The class will pol...

Police Give ‘All Clear’ Following Polsky Bomb Threat

Police Give ‘All Clear’ Following Polsky Bomb Threat

By Jake Herron, Online Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

The University of Akron Police Department issued an ‘all clear’ after a bomb threat was called into the Polsky Building on Friday morning, confirming that there was no real threat to students or faculty. According to UAPD, the threat was called into the Physical Facilities and Operations Center around 7:...

UA Receives Largest Gift in its History

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

President Matthew J. Wilson announced on Thursday the pending receipt of the largest gift in The University of Akron’s history and one of the largest gifts received in public higher education in 2017, the press release for the gift said. The gift was for more than $20 million from the estate of Jean H...

President Wilson’s Contract Extended, Salary Raised

President Wilson’s Contract Extended, Salary Raised

By Julian Curet, News Contributor

October 21, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

The University of Akron’s Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and passed several resolutions, including the extension of President Matthew Wilson’s contract. The meeting began with a moment of silence dedicated to former chair, Alex Arshinkoff. Arshinkoff served four terms as chair from 199...

Teaching About Race: An Educational Forum

By Robert Barrett, Jr., Copy Editor

October 17, 2017


Filed under Campus News

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, The University of Akron and The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education held “Teaching About Racial Inequities in American Schools,” an educational forum. The purpose of the forum was to discuss how to talk about race-related issues in schools. The forum had a ...

Alcohol Awareness Week at UA

By Erika Newcome and Celeste Houmard

October 17, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils will be hosting the “Know Your Impact: Under the Influence” event from 6 . to 9 p.m. in the Student Union, Ballrooms A and B. A variety of fun activities at the event are meant to simulate the effects of alcohol and how it impairs j...

A Chance to Speak with President Wilson

By Robert Barrett, Jr., Copy Editor

October 17, 2017


Filed under Campus News

Students are encouraged to come and discuss recent changes at The University of Akron from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18. President Matthew Wilson and Undergraduate Student Government will be holding a town hall forum in the Student Union Starbucks Lounge. The town hall meeting is open to all studen...

Coalition Against Sexual Assault to Host Escape Room

Coalition Against Sexual Assault to Host Escape Room

By Emily Bower

October 16, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

This Friday, Oct. 20, the Coalition Against Sexual Assault will be hosting an escape room during the Rootbeer Kegger on the third floor of the Student Union from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Groups of eight to 10 students will be challenged to escape a situation in which their alcoholic partner has been abusin...

Sweater Weather in College of Arts and Sciences

Sweater Weather in College of Arts and Sciences

By Robert Barrett, Jr., Copy Editor

October 3, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

In recent weeks, students, faculty and staff have noticed cooler conditions in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences building. The conditions are the cause of an aging heating and cooling system utilized by The University of Akron. The Buchtelite reached out to Nathan Mortimer, The University’...

Free STI Testing

Free STI Testing

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Campus News, Health & Safety, News, University Information

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Student Health Services will be having free testing for sexually transmitted infections. Students who are enrolled at The University of Akron are able to schedule an appointment at Student Health Services to discuss STIs. Testing for Gonorrhea, Chl...

UA Opens New International Center

UA Opens New International Center

By Robert Barrett, Copy Editor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

On Wednesday Sept. 27, The University of Akron opened The International Center. The Center is brand new and is a one-stop-shop for international students and students who are interested in studying abroad. The Center is located in Buchtel Hall, room 202. It has four main functions: international r...

UA to Host 7th Annual Homecoming 5K

UA to Host 7th Annual Homecoming 5K

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

September 30, 2017


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

The University of Akron is hosting its seventh annual 5K run/walk to kick-off Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 7 at 8:00 a.m. The race will begin outside of InfoCision Stadium where the course follows a five-kilometer route through The University of Akron campus. The course will finish on the 50-yard line...

Her Campus Akron: A Student Organization that Gives Women an Outlet to Write

Her Campus Akron: A Student Organization that Gives Women an Outlet to Write

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2017


Filed under Campus News

Her Campus Akron provides women with an outlet to write and a resource for college life, Abigail Bashor, the executive and editor-in-chief of The University of Akron’s chapter of Her Campus said. According to Her Campus’ website, http://www.hercampus.com, Her Campus is a media brand for empowered co...

Black Male Summit Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Black Male Summit Celebrates 10th Anniversary

By Julian Curet, Contributor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Akron News, Arts & Lifestyle, Campus News, Lifestyles, News, Showcase

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Black Male Summit. The two-day event will be held on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 at the John S. Knight Center and the Student Union at The University of Akron. As described on the BMS University website, uakron.edu/bms, participants will be broken up ...

Register Your Mocktails Team Today

By Celeste Houmard

September 27, 2017


Filed under Campus News

The Zips Programming Network (ZPN) is hosting “Mocktails” in the Student Union Ballroom on Oct. 16, at 6:00 p.m. Mocktails is an event set to bring together all student organizations at The University of Akron in attempt to win money for their organizations. The top three teams will receive a ...

HungerPerks: When Students with Strong Entrepreneurial Spirit Collaborate to Make Something Great

HungerPerks: When Students with Strong Entrepreneurial Spirit Collaborate to Make Something Great

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

September 26, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

The creators of HungerPerks, which consist of two students from The University of Akron and one recent alumni, talked about their entrepreneurial journey and vision for the app. HungerPerks is a platform that allows users to take surveys in return for free food, Sam Borick, the CTO of HungerPerks, s...

Committed to The Cause

Committed to The Cause

By Adithya Rajiv, Managing Editor

September 25, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

If you’re looking for a life-changing experience that benefits the society as well as you, turn towards Circle K International. Not the gas station, but an extension of the high school organization Key Club and non-profit organization Kiwanis International. Circle K International (CKI) is one of t...

Fact or Fiction? Fighting Fake News Panel at Highland Square Library

Fact or Fiction? Fighting Fake News Panel at Highland Square Library

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

September 25, 2017


Filed under Akron News, Campus News, News, Showcase

Highland Square Library is hosting an event that will dive into the topic of fake news on Monday, Sept. 25 at 6:00 p.m. Experts from The University of Akron and the Akron community will be panelists who will “look at the issue of fake news, the role that social media plays, and the impact that it has socially a...

AK-Rowdies to Host Inaugural Cornhole Tournament

By Celeste Houmard

September 25, 2017


Filed under Campus News, University Information

The AK-Rowdies are set to host an event for students at The University of Akron on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. in Lot 10 alongside Vine Street. The winner of the tournament will receive a free t-shirt and a $20 gift card. Registration will be open until Oct. 1 and all UA students are welcome to register. There are only 32 spots available, so be sure to register as soon as possible. ...

UA Students Travel to Le Mans, France With History Department

UA Students Travel to Le Mans, France With History Department

By Emily Bower

September 22, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

A group of students from The University of Akron had the unique opportunity to study in Le Mans, France alongside French college students this past June. The group consisting of 15 American students and 19 French students spent one month studying a variety of topics that included Humanities of the Worl...

Uniting UA is the Present and Future Movement of The University of Akron’s Undergraduate Student Government

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

The purpose of the Undergraduate Student Government at The University of Akron is to provide a greater sense of community, Taylor Bennington, the president of USG said in an interview last Thursday. One way that the USG has set to achieve this is an initiative called Uniting UA. Uniting UA, which sta...

UA Announces Potential Return of Baseball Program and Addition of Women’s Lacrosse

UA Announces Potential Return of Baseball Program and Addition of Women’s Lacrosse

By Erika Newcome and A.J. Fagerlin

September 19, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase, Sports

The University of Akron President Matthew J. Wilson and Director of Athletics Larry Williams announced on Tuesday that they intend to recommend plans to restore UA’s baseball team and also to add a women’s lacrosse program to the list of Akron athletic programs, beginning competition in the 2019-2020 ac...

The University of Akron Begins Sorority Recruitment Week

The University of Akron Begins Sorority Recruitment Week

By Alexus Loze

September 19, 2017


Filed under Campus News, Lifestyles, News, Showcase

Every year, universities across the U.S. embark on a journey called sorority recruitment.  A tradition that has survived for centuries for one very important reason: sisterhood.   The women in the Panhellenic community at The University of Akron show members what it means to have a sisterhood wi...

Cardozo’s Julie Suk Spoke About an Image for an Equal Rights Amendment to Celebrate Constitution Day

Cardozo’s Julie Suk Spoke About an Image for an Equal Rights Amendment to Celebrate Constitution Day

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

Julie Suk, a professor of law at the Cardozo School of Law, spoke in a lecture at The University of Akron’s School of Law Monday afternoon about how constitutional equality should go beyond gender equality and reach disadvantages faced by women. The lecture, which was titled, “The Constitution of Mothers: G...

Lacklusterspace

Lacklusterspace

By Julian Curet, Contributor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

  Brightspace, the online learning tool formerly known as Springboard, has been up and running for over three weeks now. However, the much-hailed, feared, and discussed switch has come and gone without noticeable reaction. Perhaps, in this case, no news is good news. Many students and prof...

Myers School of Art Faculty Exhibit to Open to the Public

Myers School of Art Faculty Exhibit to Open to the Public

By Julian Curet, Contributor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Campus News, Lifestyles, News, Showcase

The Myers School of Art Faculty Exhibit is currently open to the public at Folk Hall until Wednesday, Sept. 20. The exhibit, which opened on Aug. 24 in the Emily Davis Gallery, features art from 26 full and part-time faculty members. The pieces represent the different areas of the school including p...

Suit Yourself!

Suit Yourself!

By Chelsea Payne

September 16, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

Are you suited up for the upcoming career fair? Are you in need of professional attire? While preparing for an interview, a well-written resume and experiences are not enough, you should dress the part to get the part. Students applying for jobs, internships, and Co-Ops, need to dress professionally to...

UA’s Bike Share Program Officially Launches

UA’s Bike Share Program Officially Launches

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

September 15, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

The University of Akron celebrated bikes Wednesday morning during the official kick-off event of the University’s bike share program. The event, which took place in front of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, was  joined by the University’s president, Matthew J. Wilson. President Wilson t...

UA Bike Share Program to Hold Kick Off Event

UA Bike Share Program to Hold Kick Off Event

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

September 12, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

The University of Akron’s bike share program will have a kick off event Wednesday, Sept. 13, to mark the official launch of the program. The event, which is free and open to all students, will start at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. President Wilson will ...

Law School Gets Total Makeover

Law School Gets Total Makeover

By Robert Barrett, Jr. and Maria Bergman, Copy Editor, Contributor

September 11, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

On Friday, Sept. 8, The University of Akron held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open their newly renovated law school. A crowd of about 250 people, including state officials and judges, along with students and faculty, gathered for the opening of the new C. Blake McDowell Law Center. Before...

ASL Club to Host Variety of Events This Semester

ASL Club to Host Variety of Events This Semester

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

September 5, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

In the United States, American Sign Language is the third most widely-used language after English and Spanish. American Sign Language is taught at The University of Akron through several courses with a wide range of instructors. There are also deaf culture courses students can take, but aside from ...

UAPD to Host Coffee With a Cop

UAPD to Host Coffee With a Cop

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Campus News, Health & Safety, News, Showcase, University Information

The University of Akron Police Department encourages students, faculty and employees to join them for a free cup of coffee as an opportunity to socialize with the University Police. UAPD’s main priority is the safety of students, faculty, employees and guests at The University of Akron. Coffee With ...

A New Illuminated Learning Tool

By Julian Curet, Contributor

September 1, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News

The University of Akron’s online learning management software formerly known as Springboard has now become Brightspace. This change will not mean anything to this year’s new students, however, for the returning student body and current faculty, the new platform will require some getting used to. ...

Butts in Seats, Not the Ground: UA Goes Tobacco Free

Butts in Seats, Not the Ground: UA Goes Tobacco Free

By Julian Curet, News Contributor

August 30, 2017


Filed under Campus News, Health & Safety, News, Showcase

This summer, on July 1, The University of Akron became a smoke and tobacco-free campus making it one of almost 2,000 college campuses across the United States that have instituted the same or similar policies. In Ohio, the University is joined by major learning institutions such as Kent State, Ohio State,...

Know Your UAPD

By Meenakshi Kodati, Correspondent

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus News, Health & Safety, News, University Information

It’s not uncommon to feel completely safe and at-home at The University of Akron, thanks to the warm and friendly environment on the campus. However, it won’t hurt to always be on your guard, because, let’s face it – we all know it’s not a perfect world. Here’s The Buchtelite’s advice to all s...

Travel Fast for Free

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

August 28, 2017


Filed under Akron News, Campus News, News, University Information

Students at The University of Akron can travel around Akron for free by using the Roo Express, the METRO Regional Transit Authority and a new bike share program. The Roo Express is a transportation service that can take students around campus and to neighborhoods near campus. The shuttle currently ...

State of the University: Incredibly Optimistic

State of the University: Incredibly Optimistic

By Robert Barrett, Copy Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

In 2013, President Luis M. Proenza gave his final address to The University of Akron saying the “state of the University in 2013 is strong.” President Proenza’s successor, President Scarborough, quickly changed this perception. In 2015, over 200 people lost their jobs as part of many ongoing cu...

Welcome Back to Fall

Welcome Back to Fall

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

Jasmine Zogheib, a third-year mechanical engineering student, is busy stocking up on snacks and ordering her textbooks to get ready for the upcoming semester. Zogheib said she likes to order her textbooks in early August because they take a while to arrive. Zogheib is not the only one ordering her tex...

President Wilson Advises Students to Enjoy the Ride at New Student Convocation

President Wilson Advises Students to Enjoy the Ride at New Student Convocation

By Robert Barrett, Copy Editor

August 25, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

On Friday, Aug. 25, students along with faculty and alumni gathered in FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field to officially welcome The University of Akron’s incoming class. Attendees received a UA Zippy Pin as they entered the stadium. The ceremony opened with Willy Kollman, the director of Alumni Relation...

The Buchtelite Returns

The Buchtelite Returns

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

August 25, 2017


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

The Buchtelite, The University of Akron’s 128-year-old student run newspaper, is back with a new model after a semester-long hiatus. The new model includes a primarily online format with the exception of several special edition print editions. The first special print edition being this issue. The ...

Buchtelite to suspend publishing

Buchtelite to suspend publishing

By Grant Morgan, Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under Akron News, Campus News, News, Showcase

The Buchtelite, the 127-year-old independent student newspaper of The University of Akron, will suspend publication at the beginning of next semester, marking the second time in less than three years that the paper has gone on hiatus. “The Buchtelite is important to the University, it’s importa...

Actions at yesterdays Board meeting

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News

In response to the release of an Ernst & Young financial report of UA which measured an $18-million deficit, the Board of Trustees discussed its new “Transformation Plan” during its meeting yesterday. The new plan, entitled Stabilize-Invest-Grow, will attempt to solve UA’s falling revenues a...

Remembering Duncan Unternaher

Remembering Duncan Unternaher

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under Akron News, Campus News, News, Showcase

This weekend, University of Akron student Duncan Unternaher passed away after being stabbed by his roommate during an argument early Saturday morning. UA student Kendal Scheid will face charges of felonious assault and is currently in Summit County Jail, according to Akron police. The police report of...

UA to offer course on Trump win

UA to offer course on Trump win

By Grant Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

December 1, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

Students might be used to taking a class, learning information, then going out into the world to see how well it lines up with what they’ve been taught. Not often does it happen the other way around. But that is the goal of UA’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, which, only a few w...

EXL announces new ‘unclasses’

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

December 1, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News

The EXL Center is unveiling three new “unclasses” centered on community engagement for this upcoming spring semester. “Unclasses” are different from regular classes because they are created as interdisciplinary “special topics” courses. The EXL Center works with faculty from different...

Wilson names chief of staff

Wilson names chief of staff

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

December 1, 2016


Filed under Akron News, Campus News, News, Showcase

President Matthew Wilson named Barbara Weinzierl chief of staff for the Office of the President on Nov. 28. Before her new appointment, Weinzierl served as the assistant dean of admissions and strategic initiatives at UA’s School of Law. The chief of staff’s role is to manage the president’s...

American Legion Post 808 gives Christmas trees to veterans

American Legion Post 808 gives Christmas trees to veterans

By Logan Lane, Managing Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

The University of Akron division of the American Legion, a nonprofit veterans organization, has 10 Christmas trees to give to student-veterans or their families this holiday season. American Legion Post 808, as UA’s division is called, aims to engage, educate, and employ student veterans at the...

Appy now to be in USG spring 2017

Appy now to be in USG spring 2017

By Grant Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

November 29, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

Till tomorrow, students can apply to be part of UA’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) for the spring 2017 semester. There are two associate justice positions opening up in the judicial branch; and two senator positions opening up in the legislative branch, one for senator-at-large and one...

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

In recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, The University of Akron will host an event to raise awareness and educate students about the disease. Each year beginning in 1988, people around the world observe this holiday to commemorate those who have battled Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS...

Financial report released

Financial report released

By Grant Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

November 22, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

University of Akron President Matthew Wilson yesterday released the outline of a plan meant to stabilize and reverse falling revenues, following the completion of an analysis on University finances by management and accounting firm Ersnt & Young. The report, whose $350,000 cost was paid for by an anonymous don...

Changes coming to Gen Eds

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

November 22, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News

New general education requirements will come into effect at The University of Akron for incoming freshmen starting in the fall 2017 semester. The process began in 2011 when a General Education Revision Steering Committee began revisions. Their program was finalized in April 2014. The committe...

Anti-Trump protestors march through Akron

Anti-Trump protestors march through Akron

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

November 17, 2016


Filed under Akron News, Campus News, News, Showcase

Hundreds of people, including University of Akron students, gathered in Highland Square Tuesday night to protest against President-elect Donald Trump. After meeting at Chipotle at 11 p.m., demonstrators began walking down Market Street toward campus at 11:30 p.m. Overall, the entire protest was...

Theater program returns to UA

Theater program returns to UA

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

November 9, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase, Theater

After a two-year hiatus, the theater arts degree program is back at The University of Akron for this upcoming spring semester, following approval from the Board of Trustees and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. In 2014 the degree program, along with 54 others, was suspended because of low...

Choose your adventure

Choose your adventure

By Kate Tasseff, kit4@zips.uakron.edu

October 31, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

Point to a country on a globe, and chances are the Study Abroad department can get you there. So what are you waiting for? At the Study Abroad Fair last Thursday, UA students displayed the different destinations and programs available, and were quick to answer any fears or hesitations that inquiring stude...

Diwali Night 2016

Diwali Night 2016

By Grant Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

In the print version of this article, it was wrongly stated that President Matthew Wilson will be signing certificates for students of Akron's India Sunday School. Rather, he will be signing certificates for former India Student Association organizing teams and student leaders.  Diwali is the grand festival of li...

Major gift to be announced

By Grant Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2016


Filed under Campus News

At noon today The University of Akron will be announcing a major gift that will “advance research and attract top talent,” according to a media advisory sent out yesterday, Oct. 31. “Occasionally the size and scope of a donation makes a momentous impact not only on an area of the Universit...

President, provost named

President, provost named

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

October 19, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

Last evening the Board of Trustees named former Interim President Matthew Wilson the permanent president of UA despite concerns from faculty. The Board approved the removal of the term “interim” from the titles of Wilson and Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Rex Ramsier. The two...

HAkron dominates hackathon

HAkron dominates hackathon

By Grant Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

In the print version of this article, "HAkron" is incorrectly spelled as "Hakron" (with a lowercase "a") everywhere it appears. We're sorry about that.  There is a new group gaining popularity on campus whose main business is – hacking. At least that’s what it’s name would suggest. “...

Orange is the new blue

Orange is the new blue

By Kate Tasseff, kit4@zips.uakron.edu

October 17, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

Last Friday, Oct. 14, The University of Akron brought two stars from the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” to the Student Union Starbucks for a talk on politics and the 2016 presidential election. Kate Mulgrew (“Red”) and co-star Taylor Schilling (“Piper”) came to UA as part of a nat...

UAPD response to thefts and break-ins

By Adam Fox, amf109@zips.uakron.edu

October 17, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News

In response to a recent increase of thefts and vehicle break-ins, UA police officer Major Dale Gooding recommends students use common sense by ensuring that all vehicles, homes, and other personal properties are locked and secured. Gooding explains that a rash of thefts happens every few years, where bicycles...

Life of a drag queen

Life of a drag queen

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

October 13, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

For UA employee Josh Fenstermaker, a typical day only consists of two things: work and drag. Usually performing six to eight times per week, he spends eight hours serving food to UA students at the Union Market and then takes two hours to prepare for his drag queen performance. After intricately painting on h...

How clear-cut are right and wrong?

How clear-cut are right and wrong?

By Grant Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

October 13, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

Though it sounds forbidding, “scalar consequentialism” might not be so difficult of a concept. This is what Neil Sinhababu, philosophy professor at the National University of Singapore, came to UA to talk about on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in a lecture called “Scalar Consequentialism the Right Way,...

World-champ Zip ingests cocaine from kiss

World-champ Zip ingests cocaine from kiss

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under Akron News, Campus News, News, Showcase

Former University of Akron pole vaulter Shawn Barber competed in the Rio Olympics for Canada this summer despite testing positive for cocaine. Barber was still able to compete because The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada ruled that he inadvertently ingested the drug. The decision came just ...

Meet the new student trustee: Zachary Michel

Meet the new student trustee: Zachary Michel

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News

There are two student trustees at The University of Akron. They are non-voting members of the Board of Trustees, and are supposed to give input on pertinent issues from a student’s perspective at Board meetings, as well as represent UA students at events and meetings. Student trustees are appointed...

What is ‘oneness’?

What is ‘oneness’?

By Grant Morgan, Editor-In-Chief

October 4, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

One may be surprised that such an abstract concept as “oneness” can have such practical effects on one’s life, both personal and professional. That is the concept which four distinguished speakers came to discuss in the Student Union Theatre last night, an event put on by UA’s Student 2 ...

EXL Center names two new co-directors

By Benjamin Holda, bjh115@zips.uakron.edu

October 3, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News

The EXL Center named two new co-directors last week, Carolyn Behrman and Annal Vyas. These new directors will take the place of Founding Director Jeff Hoffman and Resource Director Ian Schwarber, both of whom resigned in September. Behrman has previously been appointed to the EXL Center as faculty coordination adv...

University of Akron welcomes new sorority

University of Akron welcomes new sorority

By Arden Palmquist, Arts & Life Editor

October 3, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

With the fall recruitment coming to an end for Greek life chapters, the newest sorority on campus, Delta Zeta, is only beginning the search for potential members. Founded in 1902, the sorority’s mission is to raise money to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which seeks to aid those with ...

University Prepares for review

By Benjamin Holda, bjh115@zips.uakron.edu

September 29, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News

The University of Akron has begun preparation for a comprehensive review done on it by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is the regional body that grants federal accreditation to higher learning institutions. This visit is routine, typically held once every two years. This visit, schedule...

Play the president

Play the president

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

September 28, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

This Monday, Oct. 3, University of Akron Interim President Matthew Wilson will be challenging anyone who thinks they can beat him in basketball. A court will be set up outside the Student Union entrance near Starbucks where, weather permitting, Wilson will play students one-on-one or in a game of H.O.R...

Ask an atheist

Ask an atheist

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

September 28, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

  “Although [atheists] don’t believe in a religious force or deity, we are still considered people,” said Vivian Tran, the communications chair of UA’s Secular Student Alliance. The organization is hosting its annual “Ask an Atheist” event this week outside the Student Union ...

Oneness for prosperity and peace

Oneness for prosperity and peace

By Abigail Bashor, acb130@zips.uakron.edu

September 28, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

  As part of the commemoration of the life of Gandhi, Akron’s Peace Week is a celebration of diversity. In the spirit of bringing people of all backgrounds closer together, the organization Student 2 Student (S2S) Global Exchange will host a panel discussion titled “Global Oneness: Key To...

What you need to know to vote

What you need to know to vote

By Adam Schroeder, ams547@zips.uakron.edu

September 26, 2016


Filed under Akron News, Campus News, News, Showcase

Are you a U.S. citizen? Will you be at least 18 years old by Election Day on Nov. 8?  Have you been an Ohio resident for at least 30 days? If you answered yes to all these questions, you can register to vote in the state of Ohio. The Oct. 11 deadline to register to vote is fast approaching. Even if you ...

Poetry collection resurrects the lost

By Logan Lane, Managing Editor

September 21, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News

Last week, The University of Akron Press awarded its 2016 Akron Poetry Prize to Aimée Baker, a lecturer at the State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh in New York. The Akron Poetry Prize is an annual award that the Press gives to a poet with a new and compelling voice. Each year, a prominent national writ...

Scholarship campaign to raise $20 million

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

September 21, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

Following an uptick in donations to The University of Akron after his appointment in July, Interim President Matthew Wilson is now spearheading a $20-million scholarship campaign. Launched on Labor Day, the campaign — titled “Making a Difference Moving Forward”  — is asking potential don...

Founder, a director resign; EXL continues

Founder, a director resign; EXL continues

By Benjamin Holda, bjh115@zips.uakron.edu

September 21, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

Ian Schwarber, the resource director at UA’s year-old Experiential Learning Center (EXL), announced his resignation from that position on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Schwarber’s last day is on Oct. 21, but, as stated in a letter sent to interim President Matthew Wilson, he will “continue to assist or ...

Diversity Week 2016

Diversity Week 2016

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

September 19, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

The University of Akron will celebrate Diversity Week from Sept. 19 to Sept. 23 with events to raise awareness of student diversity. Organized by Campus Programs, the festivities include events that aim to teach students about diversity involving other cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientati...

The dig on campus construction

The dig on campus construction

By Grant Morgan, Editor in Chief

September 19, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

If, in these first few weeks of the semester, you have for any reason had to go through the center of campus, you cannot have failed to notice the large construction project happening there. It began a couple years ago with a plan to repair two vaults in front of Bierce Library that had eroded over...

Enrollment down, hopes up

Enrollment down, hopes up

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

September 14, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

This year, enrollment at The University of Akron has fallen by 8 percent — 2,025 students — from that of fall 2015, according to an official report. In a letter sent by interim President Matthew Wilson to the faculty, he thanked the hard work of the Office of Admissions and others who helped slow d...

The scoop on dining services

The scoop on dining services

By Naquan James and Grant Morgan

September 14, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

Last summer, The University of Akron outsourced its dining services to the Aramark Corporation, a large company that provides many similar services to organizations and companies across the globe. Since then, many changes have come to UA’s dining options. Changes continued through this most rec...

How we got here

How we got here

By Logan Lane, Managing Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

The original online headline of this article, "What you missed," was incorrect.  Over the summer, The University of Akron’s 16th president, Scott Scarborough, resigned after almost two controversial years in office. The following timeline follows the events that led to his resignation. May 8, ...

Welcome, freshmen

Welcome, freshmen

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Editor

September 12, 2016


Filed under Campus News, News, Showcase

Various speakers welcomed the incoming freshman class to The University of Akron last Friday at the New Student Convocation in EJ Thomas Hall. The annual event began with a faculty procession in traditional academic regalia, a new addition to the event from last year brought on by interim Preside...

Grad students unsatisfied with leadership

Grad students unsatisfied with leadership

By Logan Lane, Copy Editor

May 4, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

University of Akron graduate students are not confident in President Scott Scarborough’s leadership, new survey results say. The Graduate Student Government (GSG) sent out the survey to 4,019 graduate students on Feb. 23 and garnered a 21 percent response rate (834 students). The survey’s...

UA School of Law gets $100k from federal program

UA School of Law gets $100k from federal program

By Dylan Reynolds

May 4, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

After receiving a $100,000 grant, The University of Akron School of Law is partnering with the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) to help youths with criminal records find jobs and affordable housing. The grant comes from the federal Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program, which is itself a col...

President names new chief of staff

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

May 4, 2016


Filed under Campus News

On Tuesday, May 3, University of Akron President Scott Scarborough appointed William Lyons as his interim chief of staff. Lyons has been a political science professor at UA since 1996, becoming director of the Center for Conflict Management in 2000. He also has led such campus programs as Rethinking...

ZR16 unveiled

ZR16 unveiled

By Preston Davis, Writer

May 2, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

Zips Racing unveiled its latest formula style racecar on Wednesday evening, April 27 to a crowded Student Union Ballroom. Friends, family, faculty, alumni and students attended the event to catch a glimpse of this year’s engineering masterpiece: the ZR16. The Society of Automotive Engineers Formula ...

Akron students to take first ride on record-breaking coaster at Cedar Point

Akron students to take first ride on record-breaking coaster at Cedar Point

By Samantha Hickey, Assistant Online Editor

May 2, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

A lucky group of students from The University of Akron will get to experience the very first ride on Cedar Point’s new record-breaking roller coaster thanks to the LeBron James Family Foundation. On Thursday, May 5, the I PROMISE mentors and mentees will buckle up at a private event and speed off at...

Less confidence than before

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

May 2, 2016


Filed under Campus News

The results of a survey released yesterday show that UA faculty have even less confidence in University leadership and direction than they did fall semester. “Approximately 9 out of every 10 faculty believe that the university is worse off than it was two years ago, that the public sees the Unive...

‘Unclass’ unanounced

By Kaitlin Erdman

May 2, 2016


Filed under Campus News

If you are looking for a change of pace from the typical classroom setting, UA’s newest “Unclass” might be just what you need. Next semester, The University of Akron will be offering Reinventing Place, a course designed to break down barriers between academic disciplines and develop new ideas...

Students use crowdfunding to pay for research

By Dylan Reynolds

May 2, 2016


Filed under Campus News

Two innovative University of Akron graduate students recently decided to skip the typical methods of research funding, opting instead for a more modern approach: crowdfunding. The students, Angela M. Alicea-Serrano and Bor-Kai “Bill” Hsiung, took advantage of crowdfunding to pay for the fees ...

Fewer visiting, more full-time faculty

Fewer visiting, more full-time faculty

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

April 27, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

For next fall, The University of Akron administration is trying to cut back the number of visiting lecturers to make room for more full-time, bargaining-unit (union) faculty. There are about 100 temporary visiting lecturers (TVLs) at the University. Their jobs are designed to be for the short-term, w...

New interim chief diversity officer

By Logan Lane, Copy Editor

April 27, 2016


Filed under Campus News

The University of Akron has appointed Carl Wallace as its interim chief diversity officer, a press release announced yesterday, April 27. UA’s chief diversity officer directs outreach programs for minority students and promotes cultural awareness on campus. Wallace, a pastor and community leader, ...

Akron group wants to change election coverage

By Dylan Reynolds

April 27, 2016


Filed under Campus News

With $174,990 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute is collaborating with the Jefferson Center and the Akron Beacon Journal to help newsrooms better understand and respond to the preferences of Ohio voters in a new project called Informed C...

Exceptional people honored with LIFE awards

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

April 25, 2016


Filed under Campus News

Many exceptional students, staff and faculty members were recognized with 2016 UA LIFE awards last Wednesday evening, April 20, at a large ceremony in the Student Union ballrooms. LIFE stands for legacy, integrity, fellowship and excellence; multiple awards with different titles and meanings wer...

The Sweet Swan of Avon; alive on the day of his death

The Sweet Swan of Avon; alive on the day of his death

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

April 25, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

William Shakespeare was quite alive last week when The University of Akron celebrated the 400th anniversary of his death. Last Friday, April 22, UA’s English and Archival Services departments teamed up to host an afternoon of all things Shakespeare and his works, which included two presentations...

Scarborough looks to round out his team

Scarborough looks to round out his team

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, Photo Editor

April 25, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

“There’s still a few more pieces of the puzzle that I have left to place,” said University of Akron President Scott Scarborough regarding the seven vacant positions on his management team for next fall semester. Mentioned by Scarborough at the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) meeting o...

$2 million to attract new students

$2 million to attract new students

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, Photo Editor

April 25, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

The University of Akron administration budgeted $3 million for marketing during the 2015-2016 school year. Approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2015, the annual budget of $480 million included a $1,075,000 allocation for marketing, unchanged from the 2014-2015 budget. This funding encompa...

Honoring Zak Husein by giving back

Honoring Zak Husein by giving back

By Zaina Salem, Editor in chief

April 20, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

“Do not forget your loved ones. Please remember…. tell everybody all the good things you feel about them. Get straight to the point, because sometimes you will not have a chance.” These words came from Ammar Husein, who spoke in front of about 450 people at a charity event held in honor of his...

Panel helps students become tech savvy

By Dylan Reynolds

April 20, 2016


Filed under Campus News

As a part of “Tech Week,” a panel discussion was held in the College of Business Administration (CBA) yesterday to inform students about current trends and corporate culture in information technology (IT). The panelists included three northeast Ohio chief information officers (CIOs): Sandy Rapp fro...

Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare in Bierce

Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare in Bierce

By Nick Peterman

April 20, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

This Friday, April 22, UA will host “Shakespeare in the Spring” to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. From 1:30 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. in Bierce Library, UA’s English Department and University Libraries will sponsor a presentation as part of the worldwide celebration of Wi...

Ballroom Dance Club hosts Masquerade Ball

Ballroom Dance Club hosts Masquerade Ball

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, Photo Editor

April 18, 2016


Filed under Campus News

The Ballroom Dance Club hosted a Masquerade Ball last Saturday in the gym of Central Hower High School at 7 p.m. During the event, club members and other Akron students wore masks and put on old prom dresses and suits from high school. From swing dancing to the Cupid Shuffle, students spent the evening...

More to the Equestrian team than horseplay

More to the Equestrian team than horseplay

By Colleen Carroll

April 18, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

You may not have heard about The University of Akron’s English Equestrian team, but there’s a bit more to them than horseplay. The club, which was created in 2002, started this semester with only four members but through heavy recruiting has grown to its current headcount of 13. It’s a diverse ...

The race to break down barriers of education

By Zaina Salem, Editor in Chief

April 18, 2016


Filed under Campus News

A brand new 5k race, organized by DreamAKRON, is raising money in order to establish scholarships for high school students on May 7. The race is a community event that involves people from the Akron community and beyond to raise awareness of the high school students involved in the DreamAKRON progr...

Survivors celebrated at Relay for Life event

Survivors celebrated at Relay for Life event

By Kaitlin Erdman

April 13, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

This past weekend, The University of Akron held its annual Relay for Life event in The Louis and Freda Stile Athletics Field House. This event is held to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those who have passed. It also provides a support system for those who are currently battling cancer. This...

Marketing dinner features female speakers

Marketing dinner features female speakers

By Natalie Orr, News Editor

April 13, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

The National Sales and Marketing Executives (NSME) Akron-Canton chapter held their monthly dinner meeting at The Tangier in Akron on Tuesday, April 12. Three female members of NSME Norma Rist, Jane Vassas, and Jennifer Chernisky spoke about their experiences in entrepreneuring and business for the ...

Students attend largest marketing competition

Students attend largest marketing competition

By Kaitlin Erdman

April 11, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

This past weekend, The University of Akron’s Fisher Institute for Professional Selling sent four students to the largest sales competition in existence. The National Collegiate Sales competition (NCSC), held at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, is an 18-year-old competition for sales student...

Black Male Summit empowers young men

By Dylan Reynolds

April 11, 2016


Filed under Campus News

Empowerment, enrichment, engagement, and encouragement. Those were four goals of the ninth annual Black Male Summit, which was held this past weekend at the John S. Knight Convention Center and the Student Union. Over the course of two days – Friday and Saturday – participants attended a series...

24-hour Hackathon planned for Bierce Library

By Dylan Reynolds

April 6, 2016


Filed under Campus News

Registration is currently open for the EXL Center’s first hackathon, set begin Friday, April 15, and continue until Saturday. The event, which will take place in Bierce Library, is formally known as the “FAIL SAFE 24-hour Hackathon.” A hackathon is a collaborative event between computer programmer...

Bridging STEM fields

By Kaitlin Erdman

April 6, 2016


Filed under Campus News

Over the weekend, The National Inventor’s Hall of Fame STEM Middle School hosted its sixth BEST (Bridging Engineering, Science, and Technology) Medicine Engineering Fair. This event, orchestrated by the Biomedical Engineering Department of The University of Akron, is designed to promote interest...

Be the next Zippy: tryouts Wednesday

Be the next Zippy: tryouts Wednesday

By Natalie Orr, News Editor

April 4, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

On Wednesday, April 6, The University of Akron is hosting Zippy tryouts at 2 p.m. in the James A. Rhodes Arena (Lab 4). To qualify for the position, one must be a full-time UA student and have registered before the actual try-out date. According to Olivia Hartjen, a UA student in charge of the regis...

Students plan historical exhibition

By Dylan Reynolds

April 4, 2016


Filed under Campus News

Students in The University of Akron’s new Museums and Archives certification program is planning to exhibit a collection of artifacts related to old buildings that the University has purchased and refurbished. Some of these buildings include the Polsky building, Quaker Square, The Cummings Center, an...

Megan Bodenschatz for president, Sterling Galehouse for vice president

Megan Bodenschatz for president, Sterling Galehouse for vice president

March 31, 2016


Filed under Campus News

Why do you want to be president?  P: I want to be a part of the process that helps make the changes students want and deserve by listening to my peers’ needs and accurately advocating for them. VP: I believe that Megan offers the most experience and knowledge when it comes to USG and the lea...

Isaac Lampner for president, Cassaundra Spaeder for vice president

Isaac Lampner for president, Cassaundra Spaeder for vice president

March 31, 2016


Filed under Campus News

  Why do you want to be president?  P: I love Akron and I think I can make it better. I have a connection with this school that a lot of our students never make [and] I want others to have the Akron experience I’ve been able to have. VP: Isaac and I have worked together on many projec...

Choose your leadership

Choose your leadership

By Logan Lane and Grant Morgan

March 31, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

UA’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is now holding elections for next year’s president, vice president, and senate members. If you are an undergraduate, you should have received an email this morning explaining how to vote. There is also a link to the bio page of the candidates. Voting...

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