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

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

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 18- to 29-year-olds voted in the 2016 election. Although this is higher than previous years, the trend of young generation...

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

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

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 case of community spread as the patient, a 53-year-old male, did not travel outside of the ...

Three Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Cuyahoga County, Ohio

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

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 made the announcement of the three confirmed COVID-19 cases via Twitter, where he also declared a ...

UA Student Wins Fourth Annual RubberDucks Hot Dog Recipe Challenge

RubberDucks Hot Dog Recipe Challenge winner Elexis Hamby with UA's favorite mascot, Zippy.

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 UA student finalists competed in the recipe challenge on Feb. 12, in hopes of having their hot dog recipe featured...

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

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

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 from Feb. 24 to March 7.  Rethinking Race aims to engage students and attendees in difficult conv...

UA Launches New Fundraising Campaign Celebrating 150 Years in Higher Education

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

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 – The Campaign for The University of Akron” aims to raise $150 million for the University in honor of its people, pl...

MotherFood Bakery Fulfills Need for Vegan Option in Akron

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

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 recently. “There were others that didn't respect my idea to even go vegan, so when I did, it was very ...

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

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

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 and The University of Akron. The “Great Streets Initiative” aims at brightening the streets ...

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

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.

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 on Jan. 26. According to an ESPN article, the helicopter departed from John Wayne Airport in Orange C...

‘Educate to Elevate’ Helps FirstEnergy Employees Get Degrees

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

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 in January 2020.  According to a UA press release, this program will give FirstEnergy customer service employees the chance to take classes in hop...

Annual Wild Lights Open at Akron Zoo

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

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 lighting displays as well as various forms of entertainment, including ice carvers, local choral per...

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

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 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 program allows part-time students to attend classes in person only two nights a week, while completing ...

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

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.

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 health starting in November 2019.  With heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death in Summit Co...

Western Fruit Basket: Innovative American-Greek Fusion Food

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

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 St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Greg Megois, the owner of ...

Summit County Probate Court Partners with Jockey Being Family Foundation

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

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 for the children, the foundation will also provide a Parent Resource Tote that has resources for post adoption...

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

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

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 7 p.m. on Oct. 26. Featuring craft beer tasting, food from local vendors, games and a basket raffle, prospect...

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

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

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 Dogtober, families will have the opportunity to adopt fully vetted animals; meaning blood work, flea trea...

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

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

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 County Executive Ilene Shapiro and several others cut the ribbon on the four-unit apartment bui...

3 UA Colleagues Among Winners of Knight Arts Challenge Akron

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

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, said the projects and ideas in Akron went far beyond their expectations for inspiring the c...

National Museum of Psychology Features Historical Artifacts, Interactive Exhibits

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

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 exhibits with unique items on the history of psychology as a science, agents of social chang...

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

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

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 in activism and advocacy. Hosted by the Poynter Institute in partnership with KSU, the all-day worksho...

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

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

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 attire. Students with a valid Zip Card will have a unique opportunity to receive up to ...

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

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

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 is “an image that includes oneself (often with another person or as part of a group) and is take...

Celebration of the 19th Amendment Anniversary at UA

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

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 America’s present and future. These experts will be at this year’s annual Center for Constitutiona...

UA Engineering Professor Studies Mars Terrain for 2020 NASA Mission

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.

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 travel is often related back to astronauts and spaceships, but people often forget all of the l...

City of Akron Sponsors First Pizza Fest at Lock 3

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

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 to the Pizza Fest website, the three-day food and music festival featured several different pizza parlors from the Akron area that so...

Swensons Celebrates 85th Anniversary, Offers Special Customer Promotion

Swensons' original location on South Hawkins opened in 1934

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 of service committed to Pop’s ideals of serving fresh food, milkshakes and crispy sides with a special c...

Akron Zoo to Celebrate Earth Day

A young boy enjoys last year's

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 16, 2019

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

Stan Hywet to Open for 2019 Season on April 2

Art from Gertrude Seiberling.

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

April 1, 2019

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

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

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

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

March 18, 2019

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

Medical Marijuana Expo Heading to Akron

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

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

February 25, 2019

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

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

(Image via Stan Hywet Hall)

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

November 21, 2018

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

Hair Geek Studio Holds Thanksgiving Food Drive

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

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 9, 2018

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

Akron Zoo Announces Pride of Africa, Exhibit Expansion

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

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment

November 9, 2018

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

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

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

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 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Summit County Animal Control Facility, located at 250 Opportunity Parkway in dow...

Midterm Elections: Voting Information

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

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 their polling place and vote for the candidate that best matches their own views. To find your pollin...

Akron Zoo Nationally Recognized as Sensory Inclusive

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)

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 impacted by sensory. Nationally recognized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums at...

Goodyear Welcomes Wingfoot Three, Celebrates History

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

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 fleet of airships on Aug. 30, 2018. The new blimp was christened by record-breaking pilot Shaesta Wai...

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

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

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 is a non-profit organization that imports bags and other accessories that were sewn by the widows o...

‘Hands On Exchange’ Project Tests New Bikeway Infrastructure

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

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 how Exchange Street could transform into a “complete street.” This means it is designe...

Akron Zoo Welcomes Two Baby Animals

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.

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 Them?” contest in order to give the public a say in naming a baby Humboldt Penguin and a Siber...

Late Night Fire Damages Former UA Ballet Center

Flames shoot through the roof of the former UA Ballet Center.

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 for emergency responders to put out. Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the University of Akron Police and ...

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

Students march at start of the UA walkout.

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 the lost and advocate for legislative action to limit access to automatic weapons. UA freshm...

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

Women attending the Ladies’ Night event.

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 about the sport. The event was held after the Rock Mill’s normal closing time on Saturday, and ...

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

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

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 in Downtown Akron. The book and paper show will take place on Friday, March 30 from 3-8:30 p....

Mesa Hispana Offers a Judgement Free Zone for Learning Spanish

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.

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 Spanish and more through an informal gathering. Freshman Gregory Holmes, a mechanical engineering major, s...

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

Looking up at Akrons Northside Marketplace

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 is a relatively new installment for the city. According to the Downtown Akron Partnership...

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

Fireworks during First Night Akron 2017.

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 downtown area. The festivities include live music and dance performances, interactive activities for adul...

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; he is not in critical condition, an Akron police officer said. The victim was taken by ambulance. It...

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

(Flyer courtesy of the Humane Society of Summit County)

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 animals. Tickets for the fundraiser are $20, and includes two beers from the Thirsty Dog Br...

Black Male Summit Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Photo courtesy of

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 of Akron. As described on the BMS University website,, participants will be broken up ...

Love Akron to Host Sixth Annual Awards Breakfast

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 Unruh.   The awards breakfast is meant to honor two distinguished servant leaders in the Akron...

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

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

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 who will “look at the issue of fake news, the role that social media plays, and the impact that it has socially a...

A New Dawn for the City of Akron

Lock 3 Park in Downtown Akron.

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 after World War II, Brett Rosenstein, an Akron Beacon Journal journalist said in an article call...

Akronites Stay Entertained at Lock 4

Lock 4 Park.

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 for students to take part in, some of which are held at Lock 4. One of the major events held ...

Travel Fast for Free

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 service that can take students around campus and to neighborhoods near campus. The shuttle currently ...

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 and friendships. The idea came about during a conversation between student Justin Cohen and Asso...

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

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

By Zaina Salem, Israa Eddeb, Sofia Syed, Samantha Hickey, and Julie Yockey

November 11, 2015

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 be cataclysmic in proportions. The entire millennial generation — a transformational segment of the p...

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 uniquely decorated tree donated by The University of Akron’s Society of Women Engineers cau...

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,” said Elizabeth Kerns, an academic adviser for the College of Education. “How can they play outside...

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 of Akron students, police said. As partygoers celebrated the last weekend of summer, police...

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 States’ skies. The “Despicablimp” has been on tour since March 23 in order to pr...

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 party, known by many University of Akron students as Sumner Fest, was broken up by police officers....

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 fauna and flora that occupy them. The Akron Zoo is our own mirror of the world, and with the new Grizzl...

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 Street, this $30 million, 624-bed housing community from student property management company Asset...