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Insomnia Cookies Hosts Annual PJ Party to Welcome College Students Back to Campus

Among Insomnia’s 225+ bakeries nationwide, Akron’s cookie and ice cream store is inviting students to join a special event with the possibility of free treats.
By Emily Price, Contributor / Copyeditor September 16, 2022

Insomnia Cookies is hosting their Annual PJ Party for students. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, The University of Akron students can head to their local Insomnia Cookies store on 367 S Main St at 9 p.m. Those...

 “Messages to survivors” tabling in the Student Union April 1, 2022.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Campus Activities

Organizations at The University of Akron spread awareness of sexual assault issues and services around campus.
By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor April 26, 2022

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Several campus organizations have created events during this month to build awareness and provide resources to The University of Akron students, faculty, staff,...

Team BOLD Presents 2022 Senior Exhibition Showcase

Team BOLD Presents 2022 Senior Exhibition Showcase

“BOLD” Portfolio Exhibition is open to the public from April 22–29, 2022 at The Myers School of Art, Emily Davis Gallery.
By LeKesha Parkman, Editor-in-Chief April 22, 2022

I first met graphic design major and marketing minor Kohl Spieker when I was a freshman at the University of Akron. Spieker’s skill in graphic design was immediately apparent to me, as was his kind...

The Williams Honors College of The University of Akron

Williams Honors College Seeking Submissions for the 2022 Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism

The Ben Auburn Award competition, open to all undergraduate students at The University of Akron, offers a $500 prize.
By Hannah Wines, Correspondant April 18, 2022

The Williams Honors College of The University of Akron is looking for undergraduate students to submit works for the Ben Auburn Award of Cultural Criticism.   The Ben Auburn Award competition is open...

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Akron Cookie Company Serves Up Quarter-Pound Cookies in Local Markets

Travis Howe of Fat T’s Cookies says the business started as a “side hustle,” but has since become much more.
By Abigail Geiser , Correspondent April 11, 2022
Travis Howe of Fat T’s Cookies says the business started as a “side hustle,” but has since become much more.

Global Diversity and Cultural Influence Claim the Spotlight in UA Leads Final Event of the Year

Students plan UA Leads Events from the Sigma Lambda Honorary to encourage leadership and involvement on campus.
By Sarah Minear , Correspondent April 11, 2022

On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, the UA Leads series came to a close with their Zips Explore the World event. This program highlighted the importance of global diversity and cultural influence through...

University of Akron campus.

UA Students Struggle to Manage Changes with Academic Advising

Many students at The University of Akron have experienced changes in academic advising, so students share some tips and information about their challenges.
By Emily Price, Copyeditor April 11, 2022

A general PSA email from my academic advisor popped up in my feed.  It was my sophomore year and I had already had one advisor who left the summer I was scheduling for my freshmen courses in the fall....

University of Akron campus.

The University of Akron Names New Director of Global Studies Program

By Sarah Minear , Correspondent March 1, 2022

The University of Akron has named Dr. Yang Lin, a professor of Communication at UA, as the new director of the Global Studies program. Dr. Lin received his doctorate in Communication from the University...

St. Patricks Day in the Morning. Chromolithograph postcard by International Art Publishing Company, 1908. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections. Postcards. n40288.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Akron

By Savannah Johns , Correspondent March 1, 2022

St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday long celebrated with feasts and Christian services, began in Ireland and honored St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints. However, it has evolved into a more secular...

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

Q&A with Filmmaker Matthew Cherry February 21, Student Union

UA Alumnus Matthew A. Cherry will be featured on campus and in a live public streaming interview and Q&A session
By LeKesha Parkman, Editor-in-Chief February 21, 2022

Feb. 21, 2022 at 7p.m. will mark the return of one of The University of Akron’s most famous alumni.  As part of Rethinking Race: Black, White, and Beyond, noted Writer, Director, Producer, and Editor...

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

Student Organization Women in Business Offers Space for Empowerment and Networking to Women Entering Workforce

By Abigail Geiser, Correspondent February 21, 2022
Women in Business is an organization for female students looking to meet other women professionals and learn from their advice and experience.
Throughout the day, students and staff at The University of Akron were able to curate their own “brain tattoo” and have their portrait taken.

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

Storytelling company Dear World visits The University of Akron to allow students and staff the opportunity to share their story.
By Sarah Minear, Contributor February 21, 2022

On Jan. 26, 2022, Dear World visited The University of Akron’s campus to encourage students to look within and share their stories with the world.  “We believe that if we can share more meaningful...

Kayaking to De-stress

Kayaking to De-stress

Ohio’s recent kayaking boom has created a thriving subculture that may be just the thing to help students fend off college stress.
By Samuel Grom  February 21, 2022

Imagine you’ve just finished finals for the semester, and the stress has ruined your mental state. The next day, a friend offers to take you kayaking. At first, when you’re on the water, you don’t...

The Counseling and Testing Center Logo, featured on their website

The University of Akron Counseling and Testing Center Hosts 11th Annual “Taking Care Week” to Encourage and Facilitate Self-Care

“Taking Care Week” will be running Feb. 21-25 all over campus. Students are welcome to drop in whenever they have time.
By Savannah Johns February 18, 2022

For many University of Akron students, a busy semester makes students feel tired and overworked. To combat this fatigue, the Counseling and Testing Center is hosting their 11th annual “Taking Care Week.”...

Sami Butler, Junior photography major, sledding in Coleman Commons

UA Students Take on Winter Storm Izzy with Snowball Fights

Students enjoy snow day sledding and having snowball fights.
By Summer Torok and Abigail Stopka January 24, 2022

While Ohio weather typically warrants some snow, the winter storm Izzy had record snowfall that took Ohio residents by surprise. Most people would panic during a level-two emergency, but students at The...

University of Akron campus.

Students Divided over Updated University of Akron COVID Protocols

After UA announced updated protocols for COVID vaccination on Oct. 26, 2021, students at the university share their opinions on the decision to implement these mandates.
By Abigail Geiser, Correspondent December 13, 2021

After a brief period of what seemed like reconsideration, The University of Akron joined multiple universities in the state of Ohio to implement a vaccination mandate for students, faculty, and staff.  UA’s...

Chris Sedlock (L) and Brad Cover (r) celebrate the Twisted Tomato Pizzeria & Beer Wall opening.

New Downtown Akron Pizzeria Puts a Twist on the Traditional Pie

Following a successful restaurant concept in Cuyahoga Falls, Brad Cover partnered with entrepreneur Chris Sedlock to reinvent pizza and beer in Akron.
By Summer Torok, Managing Editor December 13, 2021

In high school, Brad Cover did what many students do, he worked at a pizza place. After going to college and returning, he stopped back to pick up a pie at his old spot in Cuyahoga Falls. The owner of...

Panel members from left   to right Keyana Artis-Chunn Account Manager Science Services, Actalent/Entrepreneur, Courtney Gras Director, Techstars/Entrepreneur,
Melanie Brunty Owner, The Farmer’s Rail/ Entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurial Women in Business Event Inspires Students’ Growth

The University of Akron’s College of Business celebrates women during Entrepreneurship Week 2021 with a panel of UA Alums.
By Alyssa Alexsonshk, Contributor December 13, 2021

is extremely passionate? If so, chances are you know the feeling when a passionate person’s energy starts to be contagious. A wave of excitement spreads across everyone in the room as they become deeply...

Kate Woodford-Shell providing extra assistance and healing to a student at a community yoga class.

Yoga Squared Guides Akron Community to Healing Through Breath, Movement and Connection

By Sarah Minear December 13, 2021

Community (n). a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. (Oxford English Dictionary)  In the heart of Highland Square lies a community, an...

Image from the Cummings Center

Purpose and Promise: Students in Museums and Archives Certificate Program Persevere During COVID-19 and See their Work on Display

The students helped design Cultural Carry-On: America’s Literal Baggage, an exhibit of American culture, which will run through May 2022 in the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at The University Akron.
By Emily Price December 13, 2021

Director Dr. Jodi Kearns received a particular collection of bags from a family summer of 2019. This collection would give students a wonderful opportunity to learn more about cataloging items in museums...

The 2021 honorees of the Akron Fashion Week Awards Gala along with attendees from the event and the host of the event, Raphael Dixon.

Emerging Young Designers and Business Owners Honored During Akron Fashion Week Awards Gala 2021

On Friday, Oct. 29 the Akron Fashion Council held the annual Akron Fashion Week Awards Gala at the El Patrón Tequilería & Cuisine on East Mill Street. The gala was an invite-only event held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with many local Akron fashion industry professionals in attendance.
By Mckenzie Uhrig, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 16, 2021

The Akron Fashion Council hosted this year’s Akron Fashion Week Awards Gala at the El Patrón Tequilería and Cuisine restaurant with an audience full of emerging designers and business owners being...

KDKA food collection by Dont Be A Litterbug is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

UA’s National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Competes with Kent State University in Canned Food Drive

Students can engage in a friendly competition with Kent State University to collect canned food for the University of Akron Campus Cupboard.
By Elsa Veizis, Emily Price November 10, 2021

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) hosts a Canned Food Drive to collect resources for the University of Akron’s Campus Cupboard. All students and staff can donate to the NSCS Canned Food...

Picture of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Akron.

American Red Cross Offers Lifeguard Course and Certifications for UA Students

To provide opportunities for students to gain real-world skills pertaining to safety and aid in emergency situations.
By Emily Price , Contributor October 25, 2021

This fall, the American Red Cross University of Akron provides the opportunity to take lifeguard courses for University of Akron full-time students. Those intending to fulfill lifeguard positions for...

12 Incompetent Jurors performed by UA’s Theatre Guild Opens Nov. 11

’12 Incompetent Jurors’ performed by UA’s Theatre Guild Opens Nov. 11

The University of Akron Theatre Guild’s President Emily Kay McNeeley and Secretary/Director Jacen Conlan discuss how students can get involved and what the theater community means to them.
By LeKesha Parkman, Editor-in-Chief October 25, 2021

On Nov. 11, the University of Akron Theatre Guild will present their production of “12 Incompetent Jurors,” a parody of “12 Angry Men.”   Typically, the theatre guild presents one production...

University of Akron School of Music Presents “Hallowinds” Concert on Sunday, October 31

University of Akron School of Music Presents “Hallowinds” Concert on Sunday, October 31

The annual concert will feature students from the School of Music dressed in costume, playing some favorite Halloween hits.
By Abigail Geiser, Correspondent October 25, 2021

The University of Akron School of Music will present its annual “Hallowinds” concert at Guzzetta Recital Hall, 157 University Ave. on Oct. 31, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The concert will feature...

Front door of the store front

Akron-Based Woman-Owned Tattoo Studio Aims to Create a Safe Space for All

Erica Rose seeks to change the face of tattooing, creating a welcoming environment in a male-dominated industry.
By Stephanie Fairchild, Social Media Editor October 18, 2021

Disclosure: I am currently a social media management intern at Black Amethyst Tattoo Company.  Black Amethyst Tattoo Company is an Akron- based, appointment- only tattoo studio, founded by Akron native...

EX(L) Center

Photo Essay: University Offices Deck Themselves Out for Homecoming

Seven offices were transformed by faculty and staff into a ‘90s block party.
By Elisabeth Veizis, Correspondant October 18, 2021

Seven University of Akron departments, schools and offices participated in a decorating contest centered around a ‘90s block party theme.  As a part of this year’s homecoming, The School of Communication,...

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

Five Targeted Career Fairs Help Students Connect with Future Jobs in October

To serve all students during the continued COVID-19 pandemic, Career Services offers the career fairs both in person and online.
By Summer Torok, Managing Editor October 6, 2021

Students at the University of Akron can meet and network with employers from around the region and beyond at five targeted career fairs hosted by Career Services & Employment, both in person and online...

Multi-Disciplinary Panel on Covid-19 Vaccinations and Mandates Offered by The University of Akron, October 7

Multi-Disciplinary Panel on Covid-19 Vaccinations and Mandates Offered by The University of Akron, October 7

The panel will include four speakers across disciplines, including an infectious disease physician, a Summa Health representative, and UA professors of Philosophy and Biosciences.
By Abigail Geiser, Correspondant October 4, 2021

A multi-disciplinary panel presentation titled “Vaccines, Public Health and Mandates: A multi-disciplinary approach” will be held by the Center for Conflict Management (CCM), Department of Sociology...

Allie and Aisley in front of the old Harry Style’s set.

Studio 31 Offers Halloween Special

Studio 31 is a new Selfie Studio located in Akron, Ohio.
By Summer Torok, Managing Editor September 28, 2021

Local photographers Aisley Herndon and Allie Sayre came together to create a space where both of their passions in photography could be explored. The two dreamed of a place where a community could be...

Where the Truth Lies

Where the Truth Lies

By Natalie Savage, Guest Writer September 27, 2021

Fake news.  You would have to be living under a rock to be unfamiliar with the term, especially during the last few years. The phrase caused such a stir that people unfamiliar with the Twitter mob...

(Photo courtesy of the Theatre Guild at The University of Akron)

UA’s Theatre Guild to Hold Fundraiser Oct. 15

The event will take place at Boston Market on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and will support student run organization University of Akron's Theatre Guild. Participants are asked to order take out or pick up.
By LeKesha Parkman, Editor-in-Chief September 27, 2021

The University of Akron Theatre Guild holding a fundraiser to support their organization productions, which showcase student talent at UA.   Support their cause by enjoying a meal on Oct. 15, 2021...

Making college more affordable with no tuition increase for the 2021-22 academic year, on-campus housing rates reduced by 30% and the ZAS, available to new students beginning fall 2021.

UA to Offer Free Tuition to Pell Grant Eligible New Students, Fall 2021

The Zips Affordability Scholarship is designed for incoming, first-time, full-time students eligible for the federal Pell-grant, attending The University of Akron.
By Stephanie Fairchild, Social Media Editor September 24, 2021

The University of Akron announced the creation of a scholarship that will enable Pell Grant-eligible students to receive four years of free tuition. The Zips Affordability Scholarship will cover the entire...

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UA Student Turns Passion Into Pocket Change During COVID-19

As natal charts and tarot reading become more popular, UA student turns it into a business.
By Summer Torok, Managing Editor September 24, 2021

2020 was a year of quarantine and boredom. Kristina Hrnjak is a fourth-year student at the University of Akron. She is majoring in history with a minor in philosophy and has been into astrology from a...

A Moment, Please
Naomi Boyer, oil painting.

Lost & Gained

How Myers School of Art Students Weathered the Pandemic
By LeKesha Parkman, Editor-in-Chief May 28, 2021

March 10, 2020 was a day filled with disbelief and confusion. The rumor mill was rife with speculation at UA’s Myers School of Art of an eminent shut down because of the coronavirus(COVID-19). While...

A Faculty Perspective: So Much Change

By Linda Marie Saliga, Professor of Mathematics and Faculty Senate Chair May 28, 2021

As I think back to the beginning of the pandemic, I marvel at just how naïve I can be. Anyone who knows me well knows that I do not follow the news closely and have no social media accounts. I like...

UA Faculty Shifts to Online Education in Innovative Ways due to COVID-19

UA Faculty Shifts to Online Education in Innovative Ways due to COVID-19

Four UA professors discuss adjustments and achievements in the classroom.
By Stephanie Fairchild, Social Media Editor April 5, 2021

The pandemic has abruptly changed the lives of both students and faculty here at The University of Akron. After writing an article last fall about how students were feeling about the transition to online...

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

UA Offering Free COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Mckenzie Uhrig, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 4, 2021

The University of Akron will be holding a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics starting on April 8 for all enrolled students to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine...

(Graphic via The University of Akron)

Peer Mentors Sought for the 2021-22 Academic Year

The Office of Multicultural Development is actively recruiting and accepting applications until Monday, April 26, 2021 5 p.m.
By LeKesha Parkman, Editor-in-chief March 31, 2021

For the past eight years, Autumn Frampton, associate Director of Academic Support Services in the Office of Multicultural Development has been overseeing the Office of Multicultural Development's Peer...

Myers School of Arts 2020 Design Class won Gold and Silver awards at the 2021 Akron ADDY Awards.

UA Students Victorious in 2021 American Advertising Awards Show

By LeKesha Parkman, Editor-in-Chief March 30, 2021

According to their website, The American Advertising Awards are a highly respected event that gives awards to outstanding professionals in creative industries in the Akron-Canton area.  AAF’s website...

Danny Basone’s favorite grilled cheese on the menu, the number three.

Local Akron Grilled Cheese Restaurant Deals with COVID-19

Like many restaurants this year, The Lockview pushed through the pandemic.
By Summer Torok, Correspondent March 30, 2021

Everyone loves a good, comforting grilled cheese and a craft beer. The Lockview, a local Akron restaurant and craft beer bar kicks that up a notch with specialty gourmet grilled cheeses.   The Lockview...

If you’re planning on traveling this spring break, mapping out a socially distanced road trip can both easy and fun.

Exercise Caution when Traveling this Spring Break

Students planning to travel for spring break should be sure to adhere to CDC guidelines and plan trips in advance when possible.
By Stephanie Fairchild,  Social Media Editor March 14, 2021

As COVID-19 continues to affect the lives of people across the globe, students may find themselves considering a much-needed vacation this spring break. However, the CDC still recommends avoiding non-essential...

The owners of Nomz, Sam Lavictoire and Kassandra Morrison.

Nomz Sandwich Shop Experiences Success through COVID-19

Local sandwich shop Nomz faced challenges due to COVID-19 but was strengthened with love from the community.
By Summer Torok, Correspondent   February 24, 2021

Are you looking for a new restaurant with vegan options and locally sourced ingredients?   In 2018, Kassandra Morrison was self-employed with her first business which brought her to Northside Marketplace....

Roommates Tina Grassi and Madi Britton, both third-year engineering students at the University of Akron, have some masked fun in the snow.

How We Had Fun During the Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 forced everyone to find new and safe ways to get out (or stay in) and enjoy themselves. I explored some of these activities in a mini-series last semester on COVID-19 safe activities, this article looks back at these activities.
By Mckenzie Uhrig, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 16, 2021

With so many businesses shut down due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) many people lost their outlets for entertainment. Everyone had to discover new ways to enjoy their favorite activities or...

UA Students Can Help Akron Businesses Affected by COVID-19

UA Students Can Help Akron Businesses Affected by COVID-19

By Kaitlyn Guynn, Guest Writer December 12, 2020

The middle of the Spring 2020 semester like every other: students at The University of Akron preparing for spring break and downtown Akron businesses prepared for the anticipated rush of business that...

Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks & Grille Open On Main Street

Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks & Grille Open On Main Street

Ed Sutter, local Akron entrepreneur and owner of Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks & Grille, shares how his vision of the new restaurant came to life.
By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor December 8, 2020

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks & Grille, originally opened 28 years ago, opened a new location at 147 S Main St. When the name Ed Sutter wanted for his pizzaria was taken,...

Stan Hywet Manor House decorated for Deck the Halls, with various activities and displays to view this event is a unique experience for all.

Stan Hywet’s ‘Deck the Halls 2020: A Very Merry Christmas’ Following COVID-19 Guidelines

The estate features five buildings and 10 gardens showcasing America’s Industrial Age of architecture and horticulture.
By Mckenzie Uhrig, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 27, 2020

This year, Stan Hywet is hosting its annual “Deck the Halls” event on Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 3-6, 10-23 and 26-30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with new safety protocols to follow COVID-19 guidelines. Tickets...

The deadline to register to vote in Ohio for the 2020 election is Oct. 5.

Deadline to Register to Vote Approaches: Ohio Offers Several Voting Methods

By Stephanie Fairchild, Social Media Editor September 29, 2020

With the Oct. 5 deadline to register to vote in Ohio approaching, there has been a large increase in efforts to get people registered. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 46.1 percent of eligible...

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV.

First Instance of COVID-19 Community Spread Confirmed in Stark County

This announcement comes only hours after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic.
By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief March 11, 2020

One person is in isolation at Mercy Medical Center in Canton after testing positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in Ohio to four. This is the first confirmed...

Dr. Amy Acton (left) and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine during a previous press conference.

Three Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Cuyahoga County, Ohio

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief March 10, 2020

Three confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) were announced on March 9, 2020 by Gov. Mike DeWine, just two days after testing for the virus became available in Ohio. Gov. DeWine first...

RubberDucks Hot Dog Recipe Challenge winner Elexis Hamby with UAs favorite mascot, Zippy.

UA Student Wins Fourth Annual RubberDucks Hot Dog Recipe Challenge

Several UA students were finalists in the challenge for whose recipe would be featured at the first Akron RubberDucks home game of the season.
By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor February 27, 2020

For the fourth consecutive year, The University of Akron School of Nutrition and Dietetics partnered with the Akron RubberDucks baseball team for their annual RubberDucks Hot Dog Recipe Challenge. Four...

The annual, two-week long event at The University of Akron begins on Feb. 24.

Black History Month at UA Features 14th Annual ‘Rethinking Race’ Event

The event’s 14th year continues to encourage attendees to have real conversations on the issue of race.
By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor February 20, 2020

The University of Akron will be hosting its 14th annual ‘Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond’ event in the final week of Black History Month and into March, with a wide array of events spanning...

The University of Akron launched its new fundraising campaign titled “We Rise Together” on Feb. 12.

UA Launches New Fundraising Campaign Celebrating 150 Years in Higher Education

The campaign, titled “We Rise Together,” focuses on supporting three different facets of life at UA.
By Elizabeth Heckler and Megan Parker February 18, 2020

As part of honoring its 150 years in higher education, The University of Akron launched a new fundraising campaign celebrating the school’s sesquicentennial. The new campaign titled “We Rise Together...

MotherFood Bakery will feature a variety of vegan treats and baked goods.

MotherFood Bakery Fulfills Need for Vegan Option in Akron

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor February 12, 2020

Taylor Dawson went vegan on the day before Thanksgiving in 2019. The sophomore English major says she always had an interest in going vegan, but she did not feel comfortable with making the change until...

The new LED streetlights are meant to keep streets around the University brighter and more secure for students walking at night.

City of Akron ‘Great Streets Initiative’ Partners with UA, First Energy

Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., has started installing 252 new LED streetlights in the UA community.
By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor February 12, 2020

A total of 252 LED streetlights are being installed by Ohio Edison, a subsidiary for FirstEnergy Corp., in the South Exchange Street Corridor neighborhood thanks to a partnership between the City of Akron...

Retired NBA player Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna “GiGi” Bryant were killed in a helicopter crash along with seven other victims on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Basketball Fans Left in Shock After Kobe Bryant, 13-Year-Old Daughter Die in Helicopter Crash

Authorities in Calabasas, California, have been investigating the crash that claimed the lives of nine people, while fans continue to mourn the death of a basketball legend.
By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor February 5, 2020

Basketball fans around the world were left in shock after NBA legend Kobe Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “GiGi” Bryant and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California...

UA representatives speak with interested FirstEnergy employees at an open house for ‘Educate to Elevate’ on Oct. 29

‘Educate to Elevate’ Helps FirstEnergy Employees Get Degrees

The program partners with The University of Akron and Stark State College to help give customer service employees access to higher education.
By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor December 11, 2019

The University of Akron, Stark State College and FirstEnergy Corp. are partnering on the new program ‘Educate to Elevate’ to assist FirstEnergy employees in getting higher education degrees starting...

The Akron Zoo’s annual lighting event will feature walls of animated lights set to holiday music.

Annual Wild Lights Open at Akron Zoo

By Jessica Ricks, Arts & Entertainment Editor December 11, 2019

Throughout the month of December, animal and holiday enthusiasts alike can attend the Akron Zoo’s annual Wild Lights. Taking place every weekend from Nov. 29 through Dec. 30, Wild Lights features...

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

Akron Law Offering New Blended Online J.D. Program in Fall 2020

As other responsibilities can make attendance difficult for part-time students, the program aims to make education more accessible.
By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief November 6, 2019

Beginning in the fall 2020 semester, The University of Akron School of Law will offer a new Blended Online Juris Doctor (J.D.) program to make law school more accessible to part-time students. The new...

In the front row, from left, are Dr. Judith A. Juvancic-Heltzel , Dr. Mary Jo MacCracken, Dr. Carolyn Murrock and Jolene Lane. In the back row, from left, are Will Cole, Alexis Holt and Dr. Matt Akers.

‘Finding a Better U’ Developed to Help Improve Local Heart Health

Faculty at UA developed a free community outreach program to address the heart-health crisis in Summit County.
By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor November 5, 2019

Sponsored by The University of Akron Foundation and the College of Health Professions, faculty have developed the free program “Finding a Better U” (FABU) to help local residents improve their heart...

A bowl of Pastitsio and a Greek Almond Wedding Cookie from Western Fruit Basket.

Western Fruit Basket: Innovative American-Greek Fusion Food

By Katie Shuber, News Contributor October 29, 2019

In the heart of downtown Akron, near the Akron Art Museum, there’s a 100-year-old Greek-American Fusion food restaurant run by a father and daughter duo. Western Fruit Basket is located at 115 E Market...

The Summit County Probate Courthouse is located at 209 S. High St. in Akron.

Summit County Probate Court Partners with Jockey Being Family Foundation

This partnership will provide backpacks to adoptees and their siblings.
By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief October 23, 2019

In supporting adoption in Summit County, the Jockey Being Family Foundation will provide adoptees and their siblings a monogrammed backpack with a blanket and teddy bear inside. In addition to the backpacks...

The Humane Society of Summit County host events like BARKtoberfest to promote adoption and spread awareness to help more animals.

Humane Society of Summit County Hosting BARKtoberfest to Advocate for Adoptable Animals

Sponsored by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., the craft beer tasting event invites prospective supporters and adopters to see the shelter’s work firsthand.
By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor October 23, 2019

The Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC) is hosting BARKtoberfest, a craft beer tasting event sponsored by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. as a fun fall event for prospective supporters and adopters from 4 to...

The Summit County Animal Control Facility is located at 250 Opportunity Parkway in Downtown Akron.

Annual Adopt-a-Thon Weekend Expanded to Month Long ‘Dogtober’

As the tenth year of the annual fall adoption event, discounted adoption prices will run through Nov. 2.
By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief October 8, 2019

“Dogtober,” a special adoption event hosted by Summit County, will run through Nov. 2 at the Summit County Animal Control Facility as an expansion of the annual fall adopt-a-thon event. Throughout...

Several officials from Summit County and nonprofit organizations cut the ribbon, marking the opening of the Summit Liberty House.

County Officials Cut Ribbon on Summit Liberty House for Homeless Female Veterans

In response to the need for homeless female veteran housing, several entities worked to open the four-unit apartment complex.
By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief October 1, 2019

County entities worked together to open the Summit Liberty House, located at Arch Street. City of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, Larry Moore; director of the Summit County Veterans Service Commission, Summit...

The Art Bomb Brigade works on a painting of hope on the side of a building in the Akron area.

3 UA Colleagues Among Winners of Knight Arts Challenge Akron

This year’s challenge marks the fourth year of the Knight Foundation funding art projects throughout the city of Akron.
By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief September 30, 2019

Among the 16 winning ideas and projects from the 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Akron are three created by colleagues at The University of Akron. Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at the Knight Foundation,...

The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology is located across from the Akron Polymer Training Center.

National Museum of Psychology Features Historical Artifacts, Interactive Exhibits

The museum offered free admission on Sept. 21 as a way to invite the community to explore the history of understanding human experiences.
By Enrique Antonio, News & Opinion Contributor September 30, 2019

As an affiliate of the Smithsonian institution since 2002, the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology offered free admission to the National Museum of Psychology all day Sept. 21. Featuring permanent...

Mike Shearer, Chad Painter, Jim Crutchfield and Kelly McBride (left to right) participated in the panel, “Activism, Advocacy, Journalism and Public Relations.”

15th Annual Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop Focuses on Activism, Advocacy

Journalism and media professionals, as well as students and visitors, gathered for a workshop on ethical media coverage of activism and advocacy.
By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor September 26, 2019

Journalism and media professionals joined with students from The University of Akron and Kent State University for the 15th annual Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop on Sept. 19 for discussions on ethics...

Students, alumni and faculty will get up to 60 percent off along with free personal shopping services and more during the event.

Several Universities Team Up with JCPenney For 2019 “Suit-Up” Event

Career Services at The University of Akron will be helping students shop for professional attire with a special discount from JCPenney.
By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor September 16, 2019

Career Services at The University of Akron and JCPenney are teaming up for another “Suit-Up” Event on Sept. 22, where UA and Stark State faculty, students and alumni will get exclusive deals on professional...

Marketers will be able to use the results from Fox’s study to align their marketing efforts with millennials’ behaviors on social media.

Research by UA Professor Shows How Companies Use ‘Selfie-Marketing’

This new trend is defined as “user-generated selfies that are used by a company for marketing purposes.”
By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief September 8, 2019

Think twice before sharing those selfies on social media, as companies are now starting to use those self-portraits for marketing efforts. As defined by the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, a selfie...

The Brennan Moot Court Room is located in the C. Blake McDowell Law Center.

Celebration of the 19th Amendment Anniversary at UA

National experts come together to discuss the effects of women’s suffrage a century later.
By Veronica Janosek, News & Sports Editor September 8, 2019

The University of Akron School of Law will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment by bringing together national experts to discuss how the effects of women’s suffrage have changed...

A potential Martian soil simulant at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is being prepared for a soil strength test, or a bevemeter test, in a rolling wheel dynamometer to measure its mechanical properties.

UA Engineering Professor Studies Mars Terrain for 2020 NASA Mission

Heather Oravec, Ph.D. is currently studying the terrain of Mars in hopes of helping build better rovers to retrieve soil samples.
By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor September 3, 2019

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is currently counting down the days until another trip to Mars in 2020 with plans to send a new and improved rover to collect soil samples. Space...

Eager customers explore the park on the first night of Pizza Fest at Lock 3.

City of Akron Sponsors First Pizza Fest at Lock 3

Attendees enjoyed pizza from eight local vendors, along with live music performances and activities throughout Labor Day weekend.
By Jessica Ricks, Arts & Entertainment Editor September 3, 2019

Sponsored by the City of Akron, Akron’s first ever Pizza Fest showcased eight local pizza vendors, cornhole, inflatables and live music performances at Lock 3 throughout Labor Day weekend. According...

Swensons original location on South Hawkins opened in 1934

Swensons Celebrates 85th Anniversary, Offers Special Customer Promotion

As a restaurant that began in the back of a station wagon, Swensons is celebrating several years of service through a week-long customer promotion.
By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief August 5, 2019

Swensons’ story began when Wesley T. “Pop” Swenson started selling fresh-ground hamburgers from the back of his station wagon in 1934. Now, the drive-in restaurant chain is celebrating 85 years...

A young boy enjoys last years Party for the Planet.

Akron Zoo to Celebrate Earth Day

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 16, 2019

The Akron Zoo is celebrating Earth Day on April 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 25 vendors throughout the park sharing information on conservation, green energy and sustainable living efforts in the Akron...

Art from Gertrude Seiberling.

Stan Hywet to Open for 2019 Season on April 2

The theme of this season will be “Lasting Impressions” celebrating the art of Gertrude Penfield Seiberling.
By Sala Wier, Copy Editor April 1, 2019

“Lasting Impressions” aims to celebrate Gertrude Seiberling's passion for painting through having her paintings on display in the Manor House of Stan Hywet during the 2019 season starting on April...

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

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

Police are working to identify and locate suspects in a recent off-campus robbery.
By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor March 18, 2019

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

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

Medical Marijuana Expo Heading to Akron

Hosted by Ohio Marijuana Card, this expo seeks to not only celebrate the legalization of medical marijuana, but also educate about the industry and how to become a registered patient.
By Megan Parker, Copy Editor February 25, 2019

With the success of the Ohio Marijuana Expo in Cleveland on Jan. 26, Ohio Marijuana is expanding its cannabis event series to the John S. Knight Center in Akron on March 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In...

(Image via Stan Hywet Hall)

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

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor November 21, 2018

Starting on Nov. 23, Stan Hywet will be hosting their “Deck the Halls” event where on select nights, guests will be able to visit the grounds and view inside the manor house that will be decorated...

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

Hair Geek Studio Holds Thanksgiving Food Drive

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 9, 2018

In association with Band of Barbers, the Hair Geek Studio and Distinguished Gents Tonsorial are holding their second annual Thanksgiving Food Drive until Nov. 18 to provide food to the homeless and others...

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

Akron Zoo Announces Pride of Africa, Exhibit Expansion

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment November 9, 2018

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

This is Dez, a 1-year-old brown and white beagle at the Summit County Animal Control Facility, who is available to be adopted.

‘Adopt-A-Thon’ Gives Families Opportunities to Adopt for Less

The Summit County Animal Control Facility is hosting the ninth annual event where adoption fees are lowered to $10.
By Brooklyn Dennison and Megan Parker October 24, 2018

Summit County is holding their ninth annual Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, Oct. 27, where all available animals from the Division of Animal Control can be adopted for $10. The event will take place from...

Republicans and Democrats will face off again during this midterm election, everyone is encouraged to vote. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Midterm Elections: Voting Information

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 15, 2018

Voting is the best way to exercise your basic human rights while making sure your voice is heard. Since the deadline to register for voting in Ohio was Oct. 9, 2018, voters are now responsible to find...

Headphone Zones are loud areas where people with sensory problems are encouraged to wear their noise-canceling headphones provided by the zoo. (Photo courtesy of Akron Zoo)

Akron Zoo Nationally Recognized as Sensory Inclusive

The welcoming of all guests is important at the Akron Zoo and the Sensory Inclusion program is a progressive step in ensuring a memorable experience for all abilities.
By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 10, 2018

The Akron Zoo is the first zoo in the state of Ohio and only the second in the country to become sensory inclusive as it maintains measures to ensure safe and quiet places for guests with invisible disabilities...

Goodyear’s newest airship graces the airfield at Wingfoot Lake during a celebration-filled day at the historic hangar.

Goodyear Welcomes Wingfoot Three, Celebrates History

Record-breaking pilot Shaesta Waiz ushers in a new era for Goodyear, just as Amelia Earhart did 89 years prior.
By Jake Herron, Online Editor September 12, 2018

During an already historic moment for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, which recently celebrated its 120th anniversary, the Akron-based Fortune 500 corporation welcomed Wingfoot Three to the company’s...

Students from the School of  Business and Entrepreneurship. (Photo courtesy SOBE)

Shya Designs: Helping Rwandan Women, Giving High Schoolers Experiential Learning

As a non-profit organization, Shya Designs hopes to improve the lives of Rwandan Women while also providing hands-on business experience to high school students.
By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief September 11, 2018

Students from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy School of Business and Entrepreneurship help women in Rwanda while simultaneously earning real-world experience by running Shya Designs. Shya Designs...

Overhead visual of the bike lane on East Exchange Street. (Photo courtesy of Street-Plans)

‘Hands On Exchange’ Project Tests New Bikeway Infrastructure

Founded by the John S. Knight Foundation, the project's purpose is to test ideas and receive feedback from the community.
By Sala Wier, Copy Editor September 5, 2018

Akron residents volunteered from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15 to help build a new, two-way protected bike lane on Exchange Street The University of Akron's website describes how this "hands-on" project will demonstrate...

Doug Piekarz, President and CEO of the Akron Zoo (left), Senior Wildlife Keeper Vicky Croisant (center) and Grace Wakulchik, President of Akron Children’s Hospital (right), present Rico, the Humboldt Penguin and Alina, the Siberian Musk Deer, to the public.

Akron Zoo Welcomes Two Baby Animals

Almost one month since the naming contest began, the Akron Zoo announced the names of their new Humboldt Penguin and Siberian Musk Deer.
By Amanda Piekarz, Arts and Entertainment Editor September 5, 2018

On Aug. 24, 2018, the Akron Zoo introduced and announced the publicly-voted names for their two new babies during a naming ceremony. Akron Children’s Hospital sponsored the “Oh Deer! Waddle We Name...

Late Night Fire Damages Former UA Ballet Center

Firefighters worked hours into the night to get the fire under control and prevent it from spreading into the second portion of the building.
By Jake Herron and Megan Parker April 23, 2018

  One of The University of Akron’s historic buildings went up into flames late Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in a fire that caused a building nearby to close due to poor air quality and took hours...

Students march at start of the UA walkout.

Following Florida School Shooting, Students Unite to Say ‘Enough’

Local activists throughout Northeast Ohio march despite harsh weather conditions.
By Pam Duncan, Guest Writer April 6, 2018

One month after a gunman took the lives of 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, a nationwide school walkout took place on March 14, to memorialize...

Women attending the Ladies’ Night event.

Rock Mill Hosts Ladies’ Night to Invite Women to Climbing Community

By Emily Bower, Special Editions Editor March 13, 2018

On Saturday, March 10, the Rock Mill, located on Carroll Street, hosted their second Ladies’ Night. The goal of this event was to introduce women to the world of rock climbing and to get them excited...

Committee members Tess Kindig and Jim Best. Best is one of the founding members of the paper show. (Photo courtesy of Patti Russell)

NOBS to Host 35th Antiquarian Book & Paper Show at John S. Knight Center

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief February 21, 2018

The Antiquarian Book & Paper Show by the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society, the biggest Antiquarian book show in Ohio and the second largest in the Midwest, will take place at the John S. Knight Center...

Instructor Cortney Benjamin (right), The University of Akron students Bryce Chekann, Rebecca Hohman, Kelsey Joyce, Gregory Holmes, and others (right to left) talking about the Olympics, food preferences and favorite activities during Mesa Hispana, Feb. 13, 2018.

Mesa Hispana Offers a Judgement Free Zone for Learning Spanish

Mesa Hispana is an informal gathering where students, faculty, members of the community and others can learn and practice Spanish.
By Megan Parker, News Contributor February 15, 2018

Want more opportunities to practice using the Spanish language with fellow students, community members and others? Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Mesa Hispana allows people to practice...

Looking up at Akrons Northside Marketplace

Northside Marketplace Offers UA Students a Sampling of Akron’s Small Businesses

By Emily Bower, Correspondent January 31, 2018

A newcomer has appeared in the ever-changing facade of downtown Akron, and it is certainly not one to be missed. Located near Luigi’s Restaurant on Furnace Street in downtown Akron, Northside Marketplace...

Fireworks during First Night Akron 2017.

First Night Akron Celebrates 22 Years of New Year’s Fun

See, Hear, Taste and Do at Akron's New Year's Celebration
By Julian Curet, News Contributor December 30, 2017

On Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Akron will usher in the new year with First Night Akron 2018. This will be the 22nd year for Akron’s New Year’s Eve celebration which spans several blocks of the...

Shooting Reported Near UA Campus; At Least One Injury

By Robert Barrett, Jr., Copy Editor November 12, 2017

At approximately 12:45 a.m., Nov. 12, there was a shooting on the 600 block of Kling St. This incident was witnessed at a party on Kling St. At least one individual was injured in the leg by a gunshot;...

(Flyer courtesy of the Humane Society of Summit County)

Yappy Hour: Getting into Halloween Spirit while Learning about Humane Society

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief October 12, 2017

The Humane Society of Summit County will be hosting their annual Yappy Hour fundraiser on Oct. 26, where visitors will be able to tour and learn about the Humane Society’s facility while meeting adoptable...

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Black Male Summit Celebrates 10th Anniversary

By Julian Curet, Contributor September 28, 2017

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...

Love Akron to Host Sixth Annual Awards Breakfast

The Christian network plans to honor two of its outstanding servant leaders.
By Emily Bower, Correspondent September 25, 2017

Love Akron will host their sixth annual awards breakfast at the John S. Knight Center on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at  6:45 a.m. The Love Akron Awards are held each September in memory of the late Brenda Burnham...

(Photo courtesy of Fact or Fiction? Fighting Fake News)

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

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor September 25, 2017

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...

Lock 3 Park in Downtown Akron.

A New Dawn for the City of Akron

The new Era of the “Rubber Capital of the World”
By Bryce Chekan, Correspondent August 30, 2017

Akron, a city once built on rubber production, is now being revived through art and the ideals of millennials.   Akron reached its industrial peak in the 1950s where it dominated in rubber production...

Lock 4 Park.

Akronites Stay Entertained at Lock 4

By Celeste Houmard, Arts and Entertainment Contributor August 29, 2017

Not only are there many great opportunities and fun things to do on The University of Akron campus, there are also so many things to do in the city of Akron. In downtown Akron, there are plenty of events...

Travel Fast for Free

The University of Akron Provides Free Transportation Services for its Students.
By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief August 29, 2017

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...

Charity event to honor Zak Husein

By Zaina Salem, Editor-in-Chief February 1, 2016

Students are taking the initiative to honor Zak Husein — the UA International Business student who was killed over a month ago in an armed robbery — by planning a charity event to commemorate his life...

Akron-area millennials could transform the electorate — if they vote

Akron-area millennials could transform the electorate — if they vote

News Outlet Interns As the country moves quickly from this month’s focus on local elections to next year’s presidential election, there looms ahead a change in campaigns and elections that could...

Annual Holiday Tree Festival lights up city

By Alicia Finch December 3, 2013

The halls were decked and the trees were shining bright in Akron at the John S. Knight Center, where people of all ages embraced the holiday spirit by joining in the 32nd annual Holiday Tree Festival. The...

Cleanup on Sumner Street

By Katelyn Freil, News Editor September 24, 2013

The College of Education organized a cleanup of Sumner Street on Thursday in an effort to clear any trash remaining after Sumner Fest. “We need to remember that children live in the neighborhood,”...

Three charged in Sumner Fest riot

By Heather Beyer, Editor-in-Chief September 10, 2013

Police said Monday that three arrests have been made involving the riots at Sumner Fest held on Labor Day weekend on Sumner Street near The University of Akron campus. Two of those arrested were University...

Despicablimp floats into Akron

By Megan Bodenschatz, Arts & Life Editor September 5, 2013

Whether you are despicable enough to steal the moon or defeat El Macho, your day is sure to be brightened by the bright fluorescent 165-foot-long and 55-foot-high “minion” floating all across the United...

Police seek Sumner Fest evidence

By Katelyn Freil, News Editor September 5, 2013

As partygoers celebrated the last weekend of summer, police responded to riots at the 400 block of Sumner Street around midnight Saturday, where the partiers had trashed and flipped a parked car. The...

Things are looking grizzly at Akron Zoo

By Beau Brown, Copy Editor August 28, 2013

A zoo typically acts a citizen’s way of experiencing the animal world on a small-scale. The zoo is a mirror to the public that reflects the vastness and variation of all the world’s habitats and the...

New luxury off-campus student housing to open for fall 2014

By Katelyn Freil, News Editor August 26, 2013

The Depot, the latest in off-campus student housing for The University of Akron, is currently under construction and is slated to be finished in time for the 2014 fall semester. Located on East Exchange...

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