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UA Celebrates 150th Anniversary via Social Media, Socially Distanced Events

Zippy joined in on the festivities for UA’s 150th anniversary.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

October 19, 2020

The University of Akron celebrated its 150th anniversary through social media and specially planned events to meet social distancing standards on Saturday, Oct. 10. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends joined the sesquicentennial celebration in a virtual event during which a toast was mad...

Dashiell Tools & Materials Award Available for Art Majors at UA

Senior Myers student Kayla Weinman is pictured with two pieces she created for her Intermediate Drawing class this semester, which are currently on view in the lower atrium of Folk Hall.

By LeKesha Parkman, Special Editions Editor

October 19, 2020

Created in 1997, The Malcolm J. Dashiell scholarship fund was dedicated by Janet Dashiell Gardner in memory of her husband. Dashiell, who helped establish the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at The University of Akron, taught sculpture at UA for 17 years. The grant is available in both the Fall and Spring...

Spin Scooters Provide Affordable, Sustainable Mode of Transportation in Akron

The Spin scooters available on campus and throughout downtown Akron are bright orange for easy finding.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

October 19, 2020

The University of Akron and the City of Akron have partnered with Spin to help provide an alternative, sustainable, low-cost mode of transportation for students and Akron residents. Spin is a dockless scooter-share company founded in 2016 in San Francisco that partners with universities and surro...

UA Announces Dates for Postponed Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony

After several months of waiting, Spring 2020 graduates finally have news regarding a commencement ceremony.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2020

Almost five months after The University of Akron postponed the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, graduates now will have the opportunity to walk across the stage in E.J. Thomas in one of two ceremonies on Dec. 13. These two ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day for those who ea...

Career Services Hosting Virtual Career Fair for Students, Alumni

Before the pandemic, students and alumni met face-to-face with potential employers during career fairs.

By Stephanie Fairchild, Social Media Editor

September 29, 2020

The University of Akron Career Services is hosting a virtual career fair, open to all students and alumni, via Handshake from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30, then from 2-6 p.m. on Oct 1. With all the obstacles and precautions against in-person, social interactions, many companies have turned...

PRSSA ‘A Human-Centric Media Model’ Event Featuring Local Media Expert

This event is free and open to students at The University of Akron.

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor

September 27, 2020

As their first event of the 2020-2021 year, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at The University of Akron is hosting “A Human-Centric Media Model” on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Students are asked to email Megan Parker, PRSSA President, to RSVP for the event in orde...

UA, CSU Announce Potential Law School Merge through New Joint Exploratory Working Group

A unification of The University of Akron School of Law (left) and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law would be the only one in the U.S. to be part of two different urban public research universities.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2020

The University of Akron (UA) and Cleveland State University announced a potential partnership between the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and UA’s School of Law through the formation of a Joint Exploratory Working Group. According to a UA and CSU press release, the group will be co-chaired by CSU Cleveland-Marshall Dean Lee Fisher ...

How is Online Education During a Pandemic Different for Students?

Students’ desk setup look very different due to learning at home and COVID-19.

By Stephanie Fairchild, Social Media Editor

September 21, 2020

In the midst of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many college students have found safety and peace of mind in having the option to work and study in the comfort of their own homes. A cup of coffee, pajamas and a Zoom meeting may not have been how students envisioned their future in highe...

UA Student Rocket-Design Team Places Fourth in Annual NASA Competition

The Akronauts and their rocket in Amherst, Ohio, in February for the vehicle test launch and payload demonstration for the 2020 NASA Student Launch Competition.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

September 21, 2020

The Akronauts, the student rocket-design team at The University of Akron, received fourth place overall in the 2020 NASA Student Launch Competition out of 54 total teams who participated this year. According to a UA press release, the Akronauts spent eight months building their rocket from start to ...

UA’s Robotics Team Works Virtually Through COVID-19 Pandemic

The Express Building where the Robotics Team typically meets throughout the semester.

By Rachel Evans, Guest Writer

May 14, 2020

The University of Akron’s Robotics Team was getting ready for the NASA Robotics Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center scheduled for later in May, when their plans were brought to a halt by the global COVID-19 pandemic. On March 10, The University of Akron President Gary L. Miller announced ...

New Ceramics Club at UA Encourages Students to ‘Seize the Clay’

Student Union.

By Colleen Gaffney, Guest Writer

May 14, 2020

Students with a passion for pottery at The University of Akron have banded together to form a new club called ‘Seize the Clay’ based in Folk Hall, the arts building on campus. The new club welcomes students of all experience levels, with a focus on creative freedom and learning. Last year, UA...

Love Your Melon Akron Continues to Send Love to Child Cancer Patients

The University of Akron chapter of Love Your Melon table in the student union.

By Paige Shultz, Guest Writer

May 9, 2020

Can you imagine being in the hospital during this pandemic? Not only that, can you imagine not being able to have family visit because they fear spreading the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to you? According to the American Childhood Cancer organization, there are 15,000 children in the United St...

UA’s Campus Focus Helps Connect Students to Jesus

Throughout the semester, signs for Campus Focus could be seen in different locations at The University of Akron.

By Amanda Swaney, Guest Writer

May 9, 2020

Campus Focus is a student ministry organization at The University of Akron that can sometimes be overlooked, but strives to provide students with a place to learn more about having a relationship with God and making lifelong friendships. Their mission is what they call the four B’s: to see each student b...

Pre-Law Society Provides Certainty During an Uncertain Time

The Akron School of Law is one of a few Ohio law schools to now accept GRE scores as an alternative to LSAT scores.

By Madisyn Smith, Guest Writer

April 27, 2020

While the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought uncertainty, times are even more uncertain for political science major Abigail Siegfried as she graduates from The University of Akron and transitions to law school.  Many other students are facing the same challenges. Big changes su...

LGBTUA Helps Reform Campus Policies to Create Inclusive Environment

LGBTUA now meets virtually on Tuesdays due to the pandemic.

By Clay Slattery, Guest Writer

April 27, 2020

LGBTUA is a student organization at The University of Akron, which purpose is to provide an open and affirming group for LGBTQ+ students and their allies. The organization was first founded in 2011 by a group of LGBTQ+ students who sought representation on campus. Beginning with a mere six members, th...

Zips for Haiti Sponsors Haitian Student to Study at UA

Zips for Haiti coffee is roasted by the Akron Coffee Roasters.

By Camryn Moore, Guest Writer

April 27, 2020

Zips for Haiti is a student organization at The University of Akron encouraging student engagement through fundraising initiatives to bring about long-term change in Haiti and immerse students into Haitian culture.  Since Zips for Haiti’s founding in 2014, over 100 students from three neighbor...

Psychology Student Organization’s Road to Success Halted by Coronavirus

The newly revamped Psi Chi National Honor Society held its first induction ceremony in several years in 2019.

By Lora Knopp, Guest Writer

April 27, 2020

Have you heard of Psi Chi? If not, you’re not alone. In past years, Psi Chi has not been a well-known organization around campus, according to its President, Kayla Maximovich. The Psi Chi student chapter at The University of Akron is a National Honor Society in Psychology that encourages, stimul...

Students Express Mixed Feelings Toward Shift to Online Learning

The University of Akron has developed a Keep Learning webpage to provide students with assistance in online learning.

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

April 22, 2020

Students at The University of Akron are facing an unprecedented situation, as President Gary L. Miller informed the campus community that all instruction would be moved online for the rest of the semester due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On March 10, all classes were halted to give professors time to restructure their curriculums before online courses began on March 30, but some students are not confiden...

Deadline for Switch to Credit/No Credit Grading Option is May 3

Several offices for members of the administration reside on campus in Buchtel Hall.

By Kaitee Horstmann and Megan Parker

April 13, 2020

As part of the transition to online learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, The University of Akron is offering expanded credit/no credit grading options for students. On March 16, President Gary L. Miller announced several campus changes, including online instruction for the remainder ...

Process for Moving Out of UA Dorms During COVID-19 Pandemic

A student and their parent during the moving process at

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor

April 8, 2020

With campuses closing down across Ohio due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), students are being asked to move out of their dorms and return home. The University of Akron is one of these campuses, leaving students with several questions: What are the preparations and procedures students ne...

Several Changes to Campus Operations Announced in Response to Evolving COVID-19 Situation

Additional information on actions taken by The University of Akron can be found online.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2020

In response to estimates that cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) will peak in late April or early May, The University of Akron President Gary L. Miller announced several key decisions impacting campus operations. These key decisions come only one week after Ohio’s first confirmed cases of COV...

Campus Cupboard Provides Assistance for Students Facing Food Insecurity

The Jean Hower Taber Student Union “grab-and-go” location.

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

March 13, 2020

According to a survey from The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, 45% of 86,000 college students described themselves as “food insecure.” ZipAssist is helping students at The University of Akron facing food insecurity through its Campus Cupboard initiative. This program unofficially be...

UA Suspends All Instruction Through March 29 in Response to Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control created this image to show the structure of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

By Megan Parker and Kaitee Horstmann

March 10, 2020

In response to recommendations from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, The University of Akron Present Gary L. Miller announced that all face-to-face instruction has been suspended and will begin again in an online format on March 30. Several Ohio universities have started transitioning to full online instruction since the announcement of three confi...

Students Help Produce ‘The Forgotten Dead’ in EXL Unclass

A group of students working during the Unearthing Akron’s Past, The Forgotten Dead of Schneider Park unclass.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

March 9, 2020

Through one of the Experiential Learning (EXL) Center’s unclasses, students are gaining real world experience by helping Joshua Tree Productions create “The Forgotten Dead,” a documentary about Schneider Park. Offered each semester at The University of Akron, the EXL’s unclasses are aimed at ...

20-Year UAPD Veteran to Assume Duties as New UA Chief of Police

Officers from The University of Akron Police Department routinely patrol different areas of campus.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

March 9, 2020

On July 1, University of Akron Police Major Dale E. Gooding Jr. will assume duties as the Chief of Police and Assistant Vice President of Campus Safety. Current UAPD chief James P. Weber is set to retire on June 30 after 30 years of service with UA. According to a UA press release, Gooding has been w...

‘Public Spaces, Early Learning Internship’ Open for Students

Interns working at the Exchange House along with volunteers during the summer of 2019.

By LeKesha Parkman, Special Editions Editor

March 9, 2020

For a second year, ArtsNow, Summit Education Initiative, First Serve and The Experiential Learning (EXL) Center will work with four interns to develop installations in the North Hill neighborhood to support children’s education. The paid internship, “Public Spaces and Early Learning” is pri...

Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund Gives Students Real Experience in Investing

Members (left to right) Trevor Sidewand, Anne Wagner, Antony Filing, Niki Hirani, Faith Rush and Victor Wells after a recent NEOSVF meeting.

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor

March 9, 2020

Have you ever watched the show “Shark Tank” and wondered how the five investors choose which idea to invest in and how much money to offer? The Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF) is a non-profit organization that gives students the opportunity to act as “Sharks” through listening ...

Kenyette Tisha Barnes Speaks About Oppression, Activism

Kenyette Tisha Barnes spoke about her role in the #MuteRKelly movement.

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

March 9, 2020

In an event hosted by The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program, Kenyette Tisha Barnes spoke about the #MuteRKelly movement on Mar. 3 in the Jean Howard Taber Student Union. Barnes is a political strategist and CEO of Nia Vizyon, LLC., a social justice lobbying firm. She co-founded the...

Several UA Students, Faculty, Alumni Receive ADDYs at American Advertising Awards

A group of students and faculty with their awards at the 2020 American Advertising Awards.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2020

Nearly 30 students, faculty and alumni from The University of Akron Myers School of Art received ADDY awards during the local round of the annual American Advertising Awards. Presented each year by the Akron Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-Akron), the local tier is the first of the three...

Turning Point USA Teaches Students Fiscal Responsibility, Activism On Campus

Members of The University of Akron's Turning Point USA tabling in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union.

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor

March 8, 2020

Created in 2012, Turning Point USA (TPUSA) is a non-profit organization that aims at teaching students the importance of free markets, capitalism and financial responsibility. The University of Akron’s chapter of TPUSA, which meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union, is one of over 1,500 campus ...

College Democrats Engage UA Students in Politics through Several Events, Activities

Several members of the College Democrats at the University had the opportunity to visit Iowa during the Iowa Caucus.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2020

Editor's Note: The Buchtelite previously provided coverage of the College Republicans organization at The University of Akron. Students have the opportunity to get involved with politics on a local and national level while networking with real people through the College Democrats at The University ...

Akron Law Professor Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on Modernizing Internet Copyright

New School of Law Professor Mark F. Schultz is seen here testifying at the Feb. 11 U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property hearing.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2020

In the first of several hearings to modernize the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Akron Law Professor Mark F. Schultz testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. Schultz was one of eight internet copyright experts who testified on Feb. 11 during the hearing about two porti...

Taking Care Week 2020 Promotes Physical, Mental Health During Midterms

During Taking Care Week 2018, students wrote “Get Well” cards for Akron Children’s Hospital patients while relaxing with the therapy dogs.

By Megan Parker and Caitlin Heintz

February 20, 2020

The Counseling and Testing Center is sponsoring Taking Care Week 2020 with a variety of events across campus to help students engage in positive physical and mental health activities. Dr. Juanita Martin, the Executive Director of the Counseling and Testing Center, said the idea of Taking Care Week started ...

Students Encouraged to Submit Research for Second Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium

Students who present during the symposium have the chance to improve interpersonal communication and gain knowledge from peers outside their field.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

February 19, 2020

Both undergraduate and graduate students from all majors are invited to submit their research for the second-annual University of Akron Interdisciplinary Symposium (UA-IS) through Feb. 21. According to the UA-IS website, the symposium gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to subm...

Alpha Phi Hosting Annual Red Dress Gala for Women’s Heart Health

The 2019 Red Dress Gala raised over $9,000 for the Alpha Phi Foundation.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

February 18, 2020

The Eta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi at The University of Akron will be hosting its annual Red Dress Gala on Feb. 29 to benefit the Alpha Phi Foundation in support of women’s heart health and cardiac care. Alpha Phi was originally established at Syracuse University in 1872 and was one of the first Greek societi...

Students Enjoy Comedian Routine During RHPB 9:09 Event

Several students enjoyed taking a break from homework and responsibilities during the event.

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor

February 18, 2020

Continuing their 7:17 and 9:09 series, the Residence Hall Program Board and Residence Hall Council had comedian Sammy Obeid perform on Jan. 29 in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union. According to his website, Obeid is best known for his streak of 1,001 days of consecutive comedy performances that started on Dec. ...

University Travel Restrictions Implemented Due to Coronavirus Despite No Cases in Ohio

The Centers for Disease Control created this image to show the structure of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2020

On Jan. 31, students at The University of Akron received an announcement through Zipmail with an update on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and new travel restrictions being enforced in the United States.  In the announcement, Dr. Joe Urgo, Executive Vice President and Provost, as well as Lisa Ritenour, Director of Student Health Services, said UA will be temporarily restricting University-sponsored travel to Ch...

‘Hair Love’ Wins Best Animated Short Film at 92nd Academy Awards

Actress and writer Mindy Kaling announced “Hair Love” as the Best Animated Short Film during the 92nd Academy Awards.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

February 10, 2020

The University of Akron alumni Matthew A. Cherry (2000-03) once tweeted in 2012 that he would be nominated for an Oscar one day. I'm gonna be nominated for an Oscar one day. Already claiming it — Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 2, 2012 Then, through a project that began as a Kickstart...

Alumnus Matthew Cherry Discusses ‘Hair Love’ Short Film, Book Award Nominations, UA Impact

“Hair Love” follows the story of an African-American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2020

When he learned his seven-minute short film “Hair Love” was one of the five nominees for the Best Animated Short Film Academy Award, UA alumnus Matthew A. Cherry (2000-03) was filled with joy. “We actually took a video of it,” Cherry said. “Everybody came over to the house and it was rea...

Students Can Win Free 1-Year PRSSA Membership at First Pitch Contest

PRSSA is a student organization that helps students make connections and gain skills in the professional public relations field.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

February 5, 2020

The University of Akron’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold its first pitch contest in Kolbe Hall Room 103 on Feb. 6 from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Student participants will be given a public relations situation and an hour to come up with a ten-minute campaign ...

UA’s Teacher Prep Program Ranked Top in Nation, Best in Ohio for Reading Instruction

Zook Hall houses the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

February 4, 2020

The University of Akron’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program is one of the best in the United States for preparing educators to teach children reading. According to the January 2020 report by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan and not-for-profit research and policy organization, UA’s program is one of 15 in the nation and the only on...

Career Services Hosting Internship & Career Fair for Students, Alumni

Resumes and professional dress attire are required for both the Feb. 11 and 12 events.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

January 29, 2020

The University of Akron’s Career Services will be hosting an Internship and Career Fair for students and alumni on Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Jean Hower Taber Student Union.  All majors are welcome to attend the fair for the chance to interact with potential employers looking for...

New Leadership Rebuilding UA’s Campus Habitat for Humanity

Students involved with Campus Habitat for Humanity pose after participating in winter build trip.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2020

Throughout its history, Campus Habitat for Humanity has participated in a variety of activities on and off campus to improve the surrounding community and get students involved with those improvements. According to Dr. Carolyn Behrman, campus advisor for Campus Habitat, the student organization has...

LGBTUA Advocates for Equality, Inclusivity on Campus

Members of LGBTUA watching videos on a computer.

By Emily West, Guest Writer

December 11, 2019

On April 30, 2019, members of The University of Akron’s largest LGBTQ club gathered to paint the rock on campus in bright rainbow colors. Painting the rock has been a campus tradition since the 1960’s, according to UA’s website. The rainbow colors of the rock celebrated inclusivity and equal...

‘Planned Parenthood: Generation Action’ Student Organization Looks Forward Despite Challenges

Members of PPGenUA include (left to right) Kaitlyn Rafferty, Calli Onest, Amy Quitter and Madison McKinney.

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

December 11, 2019

A small group of young women gathered in Student Union Room 310 on a Friday morning for a meeting and an educational presentation titled “Vaginas and Pleasure.” The University of Akron chapter of Planned Parenthood: Generation Action, also known as PPGenUA, was founded during the Spring 2019 semes...

UA Students Network With Professionals at PRSA Student Day 2019

PRSA Student Day 2019 featured panels of Public Relations professionals in order for students to get a better understanding of the profession.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

December 10, 2019

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) hosted their annual Student Day at Eaton Corporation on Nov. 15, where students from several universities could first hand advice from professionals in the field.  With over 100 chapters nationwide, PRSA also oversees over 300 Public Relations Stude...

Yvette Nicole Brown Inspires Communication, Media Students Before Receiving UA Alumni Honor Award

Yvette Nicole Brown told students to build a foundation under themselves in order to stay stable when they make it big.

By Megan Parker and Kaitee Horstmann

November 19, 2019

Cleveland native Yvette Nicole Brown is well-known for her role as Helen in the hit series “Drake & Josh” and her role as Shirley Bennett on NBC’s comedy series “Community.” One thing people may not know about Brown is that she graduated from The University of Akron in 1994 with a degre...

Students Split Over Decision to End Five Star Fridays

Five-Star Fridays was first implemented by former UA
President Matthew Wilson.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

November 19, 2019

Students at The University of Akron are left with mixed opinions as several campus leaders announced that Five Star Fridays will be gradually coming to an end in the coming semesters. Five Star Fridays utilizes a four-day schedule where students must schedule their classes for Monday through Thursda...

Zippython Raising Money, Creating Support, Showing Love for Akron Children’s Hospital

Members of Zippython pose with members of the Comma Club while holding shirts showing the importance of commas in sentences.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

November 18, 2019

Founded in 2013, Zippython is The University of Akron’s miracle network dance marathon chapter dedicated to raising money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals. The first dance marathon chapter started in 1991 at Indiana University in the memory of a fellow student who passed away fro...

ZPN Root Beer Kegger Inspires Student Safety

Students participating in the Root Beer Pong Championship during the kegger event.

By Enrique Antonio, News & Opinion Contributor

November 18, 2019

On Oct. 29, the Zips Program Network (ZPN) at The University of Akron hosted a root beer kegger in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union in honor of alcohol awareness week. The kegger took place from 8 to 11 p.m. and was open to all current UA students interested in root beer and activities with peers a...

College Republicans Give Students Opportunities to Engage in Politics

Members of the College Republicans pose as a group in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union.

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor

November 18, 2019

Editors Note: The Buchtelite will also be providing coverage of the College Democrats organization at The University of Akron. Students at UA have the opportunity to get involved and learn about right-wing politics, while networking and developing real-life leadership skills on campus through th...

Students at UA Determined to ‘Make a Difference’ Despite Transportation Issues

The logo used for this year's Make a Difference Day at The University of Akron.

By Veronica Janosek, News & Sports Editor

November 6, 2019

On Oct. 25, students from The University of Akron filled the Jean Hower Taber Student Union at 9 a.m. ready to volunteer for Make A Difference Day. Two different shifts were available for students to complete service projects. One from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and another from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Students we...

School of Nutrition, Dietetics Offering New Minor in Nutrition

The School of Nutrition and Dietetics is one of seven schools within the College of Health Professions.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

November 6, 2019

Interested in the field of nutrition but don’t want to major in it? The University of Akron School of Nutrition and Dietetics is now offering a minor in nutrition. According to the school’s website, UA students who are “majoring in a wide variety of disciplines can benefit from the minor f...

UA Student Team Wins Third Consecutive Insurance Collegiate Challenge

Dr. Jinjing Wang, left, is pictured with the team — Zachary Nolan, Tyler Hornbeck, Rebecca Matty, Nicholas Milich and Kyle Whyte.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2019

For the third straight year, students from The University of Akron Risk Management and Insurance degree program won the Insurance Collegiate Challenge. This challenge introduces students to different roles in the insurance industry and simulates obstacles found in the real-world of the industry. Ad...

President Gary L. Miller Announces Interim UA Executive Vice President, Provost

The University of Akron has experienced several changes in leadership over the past five years.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2019

President Gary Miller recently announced Dr. Joe Urgo as Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, pending approval from the Board of Trustees (BOT). This announcement comes two weeks after President Miller proposed the plan to begin a national search to fill the position at The University of Akro...

Office of Accessibility Sponsors Disabilities Awareness Week with New Events, Activities

The Office of Accessibility’s window decorated with Zippy and characters from the movie “Up” to inspire students on campus.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2019

Sponsored by the Office of Accessibility, Disabilities Awareness Week is returning to The University of Akron with a variety of events from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7 to promote inclusiveness and education about disabilities. Disabilities Awareness Week originally began at UA in 2006. Since the first year, eleven o...

Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing Holds Career Fair for Marketing Students

Students meeting with companies after the “speed dating round” to network with professionals.

By Veronica Janosek, News & Sports Editor

October 29, 2019

On Friday Oct. 18, The University of Akron Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing held a career fair specifically for marketing students. Within the Taylor Institute, 20 companies attended the career fair, including PR 20/20, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Union Home Mortgage and ESPN Clevelan...

Public Listening Sessions Set as Beginning of National Search for New UA Provost

The office of the President and other administrative members are housed in Buchtel Hall.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

October 22, 2019

During his first Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 9, President Gary Miller proposed a plan to begin a confidential national search for a new Executive Vice President and Provost at The University of Akron. This proposal, which was approved by the BOT, would combine the currently split structure wi...

Parsons Dance Visits UA to Teach Master Classes, New Techniques

Dance students from levels V-VIII along with Parsons members during the week the company took residency at The University of Akron.

By Fabiana Mosquera, Arts & Entertainment Contributor

October 22, 2019

In association with DANCECleveland, The University of Akron invited Parsons Dance to teach master classes ranging from modern and hip-hop to contemporary from Oct. 7 to 11. Each semester, UA’s dance, theatre and arts administrations bring a dance company to campus to give students a week full of n...

President Gary L. Miller Discusses Future of UA With Student Media Representatives

President Gary L. Miller speaks with student media representatives from The Buchtelite, ZTV and WZIP.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

October 15, 2019

On Oct. 11, The University of Akron’s new president, Gary L. Miller, sat down with representatives of the student media groups on campus for a press conference to answer questions from students and discuss his plans for the future of the university. President Miller was invited by ZTV, WZIP and The Buchte...

Akron Law Accepting GRE Scores From Applicants as Alternative to LSAT

Renovations to the C. Blake McDowell Law Center began in December 2015 and ended in September of 2017.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

October 15, 2019

After a unanimous vote by faculty, The University of Akron School of Law will immediately start to accept GRE scores as an alternative to the LSAT scores from applicants. Christopher J. Peters, dean of Akron Law, said law schools exclusively used the LSAT as the sole admission test in order to analyze the capabil...

UA Financial Planning Program Ranked 11th in Nation

The College of Business Administration offers 13 majors from accounting to human resource management.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

October 15, 2019

In their 2019 rankings released last week, Wealth Management ranked The University of Akron’s Financial Planning Program as 11th in the United States. For this ranking, a total of 67 on-campus, full-time, four-year programs were compared based on several factors, such as degrees granted, number of facul...

Several Study Abroad Opportunities Available to UA Students

Elena Ewing during her trip to Spain to finish her Spanish minor.

By Connor VanMaele, Guest Writer

October 14, 2019

Studying in another country doesn’t have to be just a dream at The University of Akron, with the Education Abroad Office. Education Abroad is a service that allows students to spend time in a foreign country of their choice while also earning credits for their degree. This gives students the ability to learn ...

UA School of Communication Hosting Fall 2019 Advising Fair

Room 110 of Kolbe Hall, where several faculty offices are housed, is located on the first floor.

By Kaitee Horstmann and Megan Parker

October 8, 2019

To help students prepare for the spring semester, The University of Akron School of Communication is hosting a fall advising fair in room 110 of Kolbe Hall on Oct. 29 and 30. Only for students in a communication program, this walk-in style event just started this past spring semester from the idea that faculty are better suited to assist with making program specific plans and decisions. McKenna Vietm...

Akron Army ROTC Celebrates 101st Year with New Alumni Lecture Series

The Akron Army ROTC provides scholarships to students in the program no matter what their degree is.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

October 8, 2019

To mark its 101st year on The University of Akron Campus, the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is launching a new alumni lecture series. This new series titled the “Army ROTC Legacy of Leadership Lecture Series” was created in cooperation with several alumni from the program as a way to ackno...

Counseling, Testing Center Sponsoring National Depression Screening Day on Campus

Free and open to students, the Counseling & Testing Center is located on the third floor of Simmons Hall.

By Veronica Janosek, News & Sports Editor

October 2, 2019

The Counseling & Testing Center will be providing free screenings for depression and other mood disorders in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union and the Polsky Building on Oct. 3. In honor of National Depression Screening Day, which isn’t until Oct. 10 this year, the free mental health tests will...

Akron Early College Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School

The Akron Early College High School is housed within the Polsky building on campus.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

October 1, 2019

The Akron Early College High School (AECHS), a program located in the Polsky Building at The University of Akron, was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 26. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and non-public schools for t...

West Campus Parking Deck Construction Set to Complete in Early November

One of the several signs indicating a potential hazard area in the West Campus Parking Deck.

By Katie Shuber, News Contributor

September 30, 2019

As construction on the West Campus Parking Deck continues into the sixth week of the semester, Capital Planning at The University of Akron may have a completion date set. With 1,493 spaces in the deck, including 30 handicap accessible spaces and 12 metered spaces, the parking deck is located on 27...

Several Resources Available on Campus, in Community For Those in Need of Support

The Counseling & Testing Center and ZipAssist are based in Simmons Hall on campus.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

September 26, 2019

All members of The Buchtelite would like to offer their condolences to the friends and family of the student and fellow Zip we all lost too soon. In light of this tragedy, The Buchtelite would like to remind members of the community that they do not have to face struggles in life alone. If you or...

Students Share Hopes, Wishes for Campus in Response to New President

Students had the opportunity to meet President Miller and his wife during a meet-and-greet on Aug. 15.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

September 26, 2019

In response to the Board of Trustees selecting Gary L. Miller as the 18th President of The University of Akron on Aug. 14, several students share their hopes and visions for the future of UA. Prior to assuming his duties on Oct. 1, President Miller was the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay fr...

Roo Express Riders at UA Adjust to Fall 2019 Changes

Some students have been skeptical of the decision to switch the Roo Express from three shuttle routes to one loop.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

September 26, 2019

Students at The University of Akron are adjusting to the recent changes made to the Roo Express, a free shuttle around campus, and the route in which it operates. Since the Spring 2019 semester, Parking and Transportation Services at UA has combined the old three-route system around campus into the no...

Student Accessibility Group at Akron Acts as Social Networking, Advocacy Organization

Those at the first S.A.G.A. meeting include (left to right) Jack Wolf, Ekena Poole, Breanna Sprenger, Kathleen Kulick, USG Senator-at-Large Isaiah Smith and Megan Parker.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

September 26, 2019

Editor’s Note: Megan Parker was elected President of the Student Accessibility Group at Akron. This article was written strictly based on information from other group members. The Office of Accessibility created the Student Accessibility Group at Akron (S.A.G.A.) in response to a previous campus i...

‘Make Campus Great Again’ Initiative Launched at UA

As the 2020 Presidential Election comes close, political campaigns are increasing their efforts to influence voters.

By Jennifer Hockman, Social Media Editor

September 26, 2019

Focused on increasing voter registration and supporting the re-election of President Donald Trump, the Republican National Committee and the Trump Victory Committee launched the Make Campus Great Again (MCGA) program. The first MCGA program launched at The University of Akron on Sept. 16 in the Jea...

New Anthony J. Alexander Professional Development Center Opens on Campus

UA balloons made the celebration of the opening of the new Anthony J. Alexander Professional Development Center hard to miss.

By Veronica Janosek, News & Sports

September 17, 2019

Built to help students in the College of Business Administration develop their skills through a one-stop training spot, The University of Akron opened the new Anthony J. Alexander Professional Development Center on Sept. 9 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Named after Anthony J. Alexander, a UA gradua...

USG President, Vice President Working Toward Campus Sustainability, Student Wellness

A fun fact about Mark Okocha and Morgan Booker is that based on the Harry Potter series Okocha is a Slytherin and Booker is a Hufflepuff.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2019

Undergraduate Student Government President Mark Okocha and Vice President Morgan Booker have been working hard on campus toward several goals of sustainability, student wellness and improved campus relations. Currently, Okocha and Booker are seniors. Okocha is majoring in supply chain management and ...

Interim President Green Announces Continued Academic Investments

The office of the President and other administrative members are housed in Buchtel Hall.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

September 13, 2019

Interim President John Green announced The University of Akron is looking to hire 17 new faculty members and begin national searches for five administrative positions in order to continue its focus on superior academic programs. All of the searches are planned to start this academic year in hopes o...

Faculty Senate, Akron-AAUP Leaders Share Response to New President, Search Process

Faculty Senate at The University of Akron held their first meeting of the 2019-20 academic year in a new campus location.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

September 9, 2019

Editors Note: The Buchtelite will provide an additional article on students’ response to these topics. Leaders from two key constituency groups on campus, Faculty Senate and the Akron-AAUP, share their responses to the recent changes at The University of Akron. According to the online Merriam-Webster dic...

Changes Made to Roo Express Shuttle Routes for Fall Semester

The Roo Express used to be comprised of three routes that have been combined to create the Campus Circulator route.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

September 8, 2019

Parking and Transportation Services at The University of Akron has changed the route of the Roo Express, a free shuttle for students on campus, from several routes to one circulatory route for the Fall 2019 semester. In past semesters, the Roo Express had three routes: the Polsky Express, East Route...

Students Share Experiences, Advice after Start of New Semester

One popular spot for students at UA is the Jean Hower Taber Student Union.

By Katie Shuber, News Contributor

September 8, 2019

With two weeks of the Fall 2019 semester complete, students at UA are sharing their advice for new students based on a variety of different experiences during these first weeks of classes. Jaquie McAninch, a junior business administration major, said while her first week did not go as planned, the sec...

Goodyear CEO Set as 2019 Goodyear Executive Leadership Forum Keynote Speaker

The College of Business Administration at The University of Akron is a partial sponsor of the 2019 Goodyear Executive Leadership Forum.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

August 30, 2019

Richard J. Kramer, chairman, CEO and president of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will be speaking at The University of Akron’s annual Goodyear Executive Leadership Forum on Sept. 17. Kramer’s portion of the leadership forum will take place at 1:15 p.m. in the Jean Hower Taber Student Unio...

President-Elect Names Wayne Hill as New UA Chief of Staff

Several offices for members of the administration reside on campus in Buchtel Hall.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

August 26, 2019

On Aug. 21, President-elect Gary Miller and Interim President John Green named Wayne Hill as chief of staff and vice president of The University of Akron. With a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Hill first joined the Department of University Communications and Marketing in 2011 as associate vice president for marketing. Curre...

UA Dining Services Makes Several Changes to Different Campus Locations

Aramark first took over The University of Akron’s dining services in 2015 in order to improve the food options available to students.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

August 22, 2019

The University of Akron’s Dining Services, which is controlled by Aramark, has announced changes were made to the dining locations across campus. According to a UA press release, the Steak ‘n Shake and Starbucks in the Exchange Residence Hall will not be reopening this fall semester. Tom George, th...

UA Board of Trustees Select Gary L. Miller as New President

President-elect Gary L. Miller thanks those who participated in the search process for trusting him to lead The University of Akron.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

August 14, 2019

After a unanimous decision at the Aug. 14 Board of Trustees meeting, Gary L. Miller, Ph.D., has been named the 18th President of The University of Akron. President-elect Miller, 65, is currently Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and will assume his duties at UA on Oct. 1, 2019. Along ...

UA Students Increase Child’s Mobility with Modified Toy Truck

Nathan Ramey gives older brother, Trent, a ride in his newly adapted Power Wheels vehicle.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

May 1, 2019

Since September 2016, 4-year-old Nathan Ramey has attended occupational, physical and speech therapy at Akron Children’s Hospital.   Nathan has Down syndrome and is currently in remission from leukemia, after taking his last dosage of chemotherapy on Jan. 18, according to a University press rele...

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.   ...

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...

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...

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...

University of Akron Employee, Alum to Appear on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’

Derek Daily on the set of

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

April 10, 2019

An employee and alumnus from The University of Akron will appear as a contestant on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” hosted by Chris Harrison Thursday, April 11, 2019.   Derek Daily is currently one of the UA Career Services coordinators and also serves as a liaison for the LeBron James Family Foundat...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Designing Independence: UA Students Modify Power Wheels for Children with Disabilities

Sophomores Hanna Mackey (left) and Megan Bruns contributed work to all eight adapted Power Wheels vehicles, each one needing to fit specific needs and capabilities. For the vehicle pictured here, Mackey and Bruns built a desktop with a push-button that controls the vehicle. It was customized for a child named Oscar (center).

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

March 24, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once asked, “Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”   Students from the Biomedical Engineering Design and NASA Robotics teams at The University of Akron answered this question through customizing electric toy cars for local children ...

Fifth Annual Zippython Raising Money for Akron Children’s Hospital

In 2018, Zippython raised over $11,000 in funds to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital.

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

March 24, 2019

The fifth annual Zippython, a dance marathon held to raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital, will take place in Central-Hower High School's gymnasium on April 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Zippython is a small chapter of a student-run organization called Miracle Network Dance Marathon (MNDM) that spa...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

UA Speech & Debate Team Secures Fourth Consecutive State Championship

Team members in the front row, from left, are Karris McCollum, Anna Kruse and Ryan Longoria. In the middle row, from left, are Graham Hess, Emily Glovas, Nathan Hill and Nick Golina. In the back row, from left, are Mark Rittenour, Adi Rajiv and Parker Codding. Not pictured is Taylor Mills.

By Megan Parker and José Suárez

February 25, 2019

Editor’s Note: The Buchtelite would like to apologize to The University of Akron’s Speech and Debate team for the original story “Speech, Debate Renaissance Sweeps Across UA, Rivals.” The story was unbalanced and did not appropriately capture the hard work that UA’s Speech and Debate students ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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