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ZipAssist is the Plug

The ZipAssist desk located in the lobby of Simmons Hall.
October 3, 2018

“I wouldn’t have been able to keep driving without the necessary repairs made to my car that ZipAssist helped me with,” one student said about ZipAssist, preferring not to be named. “My axle was...

Media Students Belong on WZIP

Mylor Acquaah speaks live on air on WZIP in 2015. (Buchtelite file Photo)
October 2, 2018

“I would not be where I am right now if I never joined WZIP, it changed my life for the better,”  former WZIP member, Dahmere Epperson, said. The college-run radio station, WZIP, is the ultimate...

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

Students march at start of the UA walkout.
Local activists throughout Northeast Ohio march despite harsh weather conditions.
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...

Saving your Wallet: Tips to Save Money on Textbooks

(Buchtelite file photo)
December 16, 2017

For many college students, one experience that is shared is the price of textbooks. The University of Akron senior Grant Holtzapple, recalling a particularly expensive semester,  said every single...

Idea: Monetary Incentive for Students

Students at The University of Akron work on their coursework.
December 5, 2017

How exciting would it be if universities paid students for their good grades? Think about it; college can be a challenging experience, so receiving money for hard-earned A’s would be a tangible incentive...

UA Should Have More Left-Handed Desks to Become More of an Equal Opportunity Campus

A group of right-handed desks in a Kolbe lecture hall.
October 2, 2017

An appropriate desk is arguably the most important item required in a classroom in order to facilitate learning. However, this basic need may not be met at The University of Akron. In a recent statistics...

Before signing the lease

November 14, 2016

One of the best parts about going to college is living on your own. Many students spend their freshman year living in a dorm, experiencing all of the firsts as a college student. Then, as a sophomore,...

OK ladies, let’s get information

October 31, 2016

When you ask most adults what their feelings toward the 2016 presidential election are, oftentimes a resounding groan or exasperated sigh is the answer you are met with. Ask millennials, and the response...

Wilson, president at perfect time

October 24, 2016

Professor Matthew Wilson transformed into President Matthew Wilson within a matter of months. He has created a whole new aura for The University of Akron that makes people feel comfortable on their campus,...

Stop using #repealthe19th

October 19, 2016

#repealthe19th Have you seen it? A recent Snopes article made a slight downplay of the trending hashtag, with a claim that most of the hashtag’s use was to defame and denounce the hashtag itself....

Response Op-Ed: Wrong to imply endorsement

October 17, 2016

Re Nick Golina’s article of Oct. 13, 2016, “Danger to Title IX: Enough is Enough – Time for UA College Republicans to withdraw support for Trump” Our College Republican chapter understands...

Danger to Title IX: Enough is Enough

Time for UA College Republicans to withdraw support for Trump
October 12, 2016

On behalf of the Aspiring Educators Program at The University of Akron, it is the position of our organization that, indeed, enough is enough. There is no excuse for Trump’s recent comments that suggest...

The Slow, Painful Death of Decency in Politics

October 5, 2016

In 1992, George H. W. Bush got hammered by the news media and general public for checking his watch while at one of the Presidential debates. Acting like he wanted the event to be over was considered rude,...

Why UA’s Starbucks aren’t worth your buck

October 5, 2016

The Starbucks that litter The University of Akron’s campus are, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the most unorganized, ill-managed, and poorly-functioning Starbucks that I have ever seen. The beverage quality...

Donald Trump and the threat to the international mindset

September 26, 2016

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has a very selective nostalgia on decades and trends that have collectively framed the American identity. Trump seems to have an appreciation for the 1950s,...

Go Red for Women luncheon

May 4, 2016

Life is full of many great moments to cherish such as weddings, anniversaries, college acceptances, and graduations. Many pre-med students probably know that the number one non-communicable disease and...

Volunteer for Hunger walk by the Akron Area Interfaith Council

April 27, 2016

As a Muslim-American living in the United States, I oftentimes find myself questioning a core aspect on which this great nation was built: freedom of religion. Elections are nearing and Donald Trump...

Iran’s Parliamentary Elections Show the Success of the Iran Nuclear Deal

March 30, 2016

On February 28, 2016, BBC News reported that the reformist parties of Iran have recently gained 30 seats in the parliamentary elections as well as gaining greater influence within the Assembly of Experts,...

Students need a microwave in Bierce Library

March 16, 2016

Bierce Library offers a variety of resources for students. For instance, we have librarians to help students with research and a tutoring lab for math and writing. Students can rent laptops and movies....

Flexibility

March 16, 2016

In today’s society, majority of college students are working while they are in college to help them pay for their schooling, or just to make some extra money. Usually wherever they are working, their...

Vote to invest more in college education

March 9, 2016

“…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin Last Friday, the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) released a report detailing...

It’s wrong not to use your right

March 7, 2016

Having moved to Akron, Ohio from Australia, I have always wondered why voting, by many, is considered unimportant in the United States. Being born and raised in a country that enforces mandatory voting,...

Make summer of 2016 matter

March 2, 2016

As we approach the halfway mark of the semester and roll into the summer, many Zips out there may be starting to wonder: how can I make this summer worthwhile? To some it will mean cramming in some extra...

All it takes is a vote

All it takes is a vote
March 2, 2016

Election season is easily one of the most turbulent occasions that America experiences. Rarely are people as divisive, and adults as petty as when their favored candidate squares off against the opposing...

Why C’s don’t get degrees

Why C's don't get degrees
February 24, 2016

A huge pet peeve of mine is hearing students say, “I do not care what my grade is, as long as I pass.” When I was an undergraduate and lived by this phrase for several years. Since then I have graduated...

The all-white Oscar ballot

February 24, 2016

African-American actors and actresses have been snubbed year after year when it comes to the Oscars. This year was no different, when an all-white ballot was announced for the second year in a row. Actors...

Celebrate the season without the stressors

December 2, 2015

During the holiday season, many students are more prone to stress than any other time of the year. Stress could be the result of frantically getting the perfect gifts together for loved ones, friends,...

‘We Will Be Heard and Understood’

November 24, 2015

As a student leader on campus of Black Students United (BSU), I feel it is my obligation to help provide a social, educational, and a cultural setting that will serve to enrich and enhance the collegiate...

Thoughts on Akron Press Club meeting

November 18, 2015

As one of the four students that attended the Akron Press Club Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 18, I noticed something that I have not seen with President Scarborough before: he seemed more engaged with the...

What Trump gets wrong about gun violence

November 18, 2015

During a Student Government-organized Town Hall meeting on Nov. 16, students openly asked UA Vice President of Advancement Larry Burns, and the new Director of Athletics Lawrence Williams questions about...

Zips at night

November 11, 2015

On Nov. 1, clocks were turned backward one hour for daylight savings. This resulted in brighter mornings and, sadly, darker evenings with the sun setting an hour earlier. This said, from five to six o’clock...

Quality over controversy

November 11, 2015

A red cup. Recently, this simple, inanimate object has created quite a bit of controversy in the news and social media. To most people, Starbucks’ infamous red cup creates feelings of warmth and comfort...

Zips need to catch z’s not colds

Zips need to catch z's not colds
November 4, 2015

It is important to get enough sleep every night in order to function on a daily basis. Sleep affects your brain function and physical health. Continual sleep deficiency can affect your attitude, way of...

Good things come from cancer

October 28, 2015

We often think we have life figured out; but what if we don’t, and instead are leading a life aimlessly. Can one tragic incident change how we view our lives? I have a friend who was diagnosed with breast...

Social media abuse

October 28, 2015

Social media has become somewhat of an epidemic in the last few years, as its presence has grown significantly. From the very beginning, social media has been a great channel for individuals to get in...

Right to Yak

Right to Yak
October 14, 2015

In a world full of censorship and judgment, there should be a place for anonymous expression of ideas. That is the philosophy that led to Yik Yak, the new social media app that is sweeping college campuses...

A university culture of empowered students

A university culture of empowered students
October 7, 2015

Power is a funny word. It is sometimes connoted in a negative way with ideas of authority, tyranny, autocracy or forceful rule. However, power does not have to come from a negative place.  In fact, it...

Old time religion creates modern dispute

September 30, 2014

It seems that every discussion about religion these days creates conflict, loud fights and greater division among us. The true believers are lashing out like a cornered animal, the atheists are undermining...

Why working retail drains your bank account

September 23, 2014

Some jobs are more like money eaters than money feeders. When you work at a place that sells really fancy-schmancy things, there is pressure to buy the merchandise and look the part. A trend among name-brand...

Celebrity deaths and what they mean to us

September 15, 2014

These past years have plagued us with an unfortunate number of celebrity deaths. In the past few years, the world has said goodbye to Amy Winehouse, Shirley Temple, Whitney Houston, Cory Monteith, and...

The most wonderful time of the year

December 5, 2013

Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for peppermint-flavored coffee served in red coffee cups decorated with ornaments and reindeer. It’s time for the radio stations to switch from playing...

UA could benefit from having a Men’s Studies program

December 5, 2013

As a returning student to The University of Akron who graduated high school in 1983, I’m old enough to remember a time before there was AIDS. I’m not old enough to remember a time when supposedly relationships...

The cost of a living wage in America

December 3, 2013

Our society is failing to provide a living wage for tens of millions of Americans. In 2012, according to the Social Security Administration, the total percentage of American workers making less than 1968’s...

The drinking age is fine where it is

December 3, 2013

Almost every teenager, at one point in his or her life, has questioned the drinking age. A common question is: If we’re old enough to smoke, vote and join the army, why can’t we drink? I’ve heard...

Smoking and choking on campus

December 3, 2013

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one to say that I am absolutely sick and tired of people smoking on our campus.  After swimming competitively for two years, getting my health and lung capacity up,...

Akron baseball: getting serious about silly

November 26, 2013

“The Akron Aeros” decided they needed a new name. They wanted a name that reflected the city’s vast history in… well… rubber, and they wanted it to reflect fun. What enjoyable endeavors come...

Required courses are a nuisance

November 21, 2013

When we graduated high school, we were ready to venture on to college and work our way toward our future. Personally, as a journalism major, I was all too thrilled as an incoming freshman to take classes...

Graduation countdown begins

November 21, 2013

The countdown to graduation has begun. “But what do I need to do? How am I going to get a job?” These are the thoughts that have been running through my mind, as the day of graduation seems to...

On-screen adaptations prove prolific for fans

November 19, 2013

‘Tis the season for the release of movie adaptations of our favorite, or not so favorite, books. This year we have seen adaptations of many books including “The Mortal Instruments,” “Ender’s...

The true value of a liberal arts degree

November 19, 2013

Several weeks ago, I had a revelation of sorts after a conversation I had with one of the regulars at the bookstore where I work. He was asking me general questions about my college education, such...

Save the holiday spirit for the holiday

November 19, 2013

“Christmas in November” presents the opportunity to hasten the festivities and anticipation of the December holiday; however, this effort to hurry Christmas fails to provide a satisfying November and...

Gigantic purple polka-dotted elephants

November 14, 2013

Have I gotten your attention? Great, because we need writers. That’s right, I’m talking to you. All of you. I’m talking to all the people who found this newspaper under their desk and started...

Consuming more than turkey

November 14, 2013

I realize going into this article that I am going to be a tad biased because I, in fact, work in the holiday joy-obliterating world of retail. Nothing quite destroys the jovial feel of the holidays...

Facebook’s inevitable fall is underway

November 14, 2013

Facebook has jumped the Internet’s virtual shark, or in this case, they jumped the pretty red and blue trout thing from the game “Fish Farts.” They’re as done as the Zips’ football season,...

Don’t choose to leave college

November 12, 2013

I don’t want to sound like your parents when I say this, but I am going to say it anyways – please stay in school. I am graduating in December at the age of 44, and if telling my personal story...

No longer needing to ask for permission

November 7, 2013

Many people’s favorite moment in life is the moment when they realize that it’s time to move away from the parents. Whether it’s temporary or permanent, leaving the nest is always fun. But what...

Starting from the bottom: the reality of internships

November 7, 2013

Sylvia Plath in “The Bell Jar” writes about a heroine named Esther Greenwood who had the opportunity to have the internship idealists like myself often dream about. She lives in a big city, writes...

Hurricane Miley: encroaching disaster

November 5, 2013

It’s not even the season for them, but that’s just her style. Miley Cyrus is one of the worst transitions from fame to flop yet, and possibly one of the fastest. She’s a naked wrecking ball...

Worldwide travesty strikes via wine shortage

November 5, 2013

While “travesty” might be a strong word to describe the situation in comparison to world events, it is still devastating to wine-lovers (over the age of 21, of course) everywhere. According to The...

Zombie Bite

October 31, 2013

They were coming. Lungs burning, John Doe tore into the abandoned corner office and slammed the door behind him, collapsing breathlessly against the sturdy oak frame. They were coming. Doe collected...

Naughty nurse or sexy pirate?

October 31, 2013

Halloween is one of the best holidays: there are not many obligations that come along with it and sometimes you get free candy in class and other places. There is not a whole lot to complain about. Unless...

The thrilling genres of scary movies

October 31, 2013

There is nothing wrong with a little fear. And by a little fear, I mean squeezing the nearest object until your knuckles turn white, covering your eyes and ears, scared to walk to the bathroom in the dark...

Sports are more than just fun and games

October 29, 2013

Buchtelite Opinion Writer Sports are just games, right? It’s just a bunch of overly large guys playing a silly game and getting paid entirely too much money for three hours of work, correct? While...

Daisy Coleman trial going against rape culture

October 29, 2013

In 2012, at the age of 14, Daisy Coleman of Missouri was given a exessive amount of alcohol, sexually assaulted and then dropped off near her house by a 17-year-old student. Normally, the names of sexual...

Foreign language requirement is unfair

October 24, 2013

If you are a member of the College of Arts and Sciences, then you are familiar with the inconvenient foreign language requirement. If you are not, here’s the deal: no matter what major a student claims...

The truth about Drake’s so-called ‘rough life’

October 24, 2013

Almost everyone has heard of the rapper Drake. I heard about him almost two years ago, and I didn’t really care too much for him or his music. That was, until I saw who he was. Turns out, I’d known...

Family on social media

October 22, 2013

“I don’t always have a cool status update; but when I do, an older relative usually ruins it with a comment.” This quote was from one of the “most interesting man in the world” memes, with...

Consumers drive annoying trends

October 22, 2013

It’s October and that means it’s a very special time of year. It’s fall, the leaves are changing, and the first semester’s nearly done. This is a truly magical time of year when people, adults...

Cleveland sports drops the ball

October 17, 2013

There’s always next week. Every Sunday at about 4 or 5 p.m., this is the phrase that my father and I always say to each other. And that’s because we would have just finished watching the Cleveland...

Long history of tattoos leads up to modern day creativity

October 17, 2013

The art of tattooing has been in existence for thousands of years, but the meaning of the practice has changed drastically. For example, take Europe’s oldest natural human mummy: Otzi, or the “Iceman.” ...

A government by the people, for the people

October 15, 2013

The government shutdown has given us all a time to ponder the true meaning of having a modern government in the U.S. Rather, the true meaning of public ownership is shown: It’s not really owned by the...

A Letter to the Editor: A world without money

October 15, 2013

Money need not exist. All it does is create problems. I’m not very religious, but even I know that the Bible says “the love of money is the root of all evil.” This was realized 2,000 years ago...

What it takes to be a great teacher in college

October 10, 2013

Mediocre professors, whether on the good or bad end of the spectrum, are easy enough to come by. But finding a truly amazing professor is quite the feat. Excellent professors have integral qualities. Make...

How to make it work with your roommate

October 10, 2013

When I started college, I was warned that I might not end up being good friends with whoever I was assigned a room with. I was also told that I could end up hating the person I lived with. I was lucky...

GREEN Program experience

October 10, 2013

For 12 days I was able to experience Costa Rica in a unique way while being educated in renewable energy. This once-in-a-lifetime trip was sponsored by the GREEN Program, an organization dedicated to educating...

The adventures of commuting

October 8, 2013

I got flipped the bird today. Somebody gave me the finger. I was in traffic, attempting to be a gentleman, and somebody flipped me off. It was shocking. Here I am, trying to help somebody out, demonstrating...

In the friend zone

October 8, 2013

Picture you and your crush spending the day together: taking a walk, watching a movie and eating dinner. Everything is going wonderfully and then they say it: “You’re such a good friend.” In that...

Bowling for Soup’s

October 3, 2013

For reasons unknown, the high school tradition of homecoming transposes itself into university culture. While I understand the need for a special social gathering in high school to disseminate good...

There’s a time and a place for religion in college

October 3, 2013

Religion is an unavoidable subject on a college campus. Even when that class discussion is over and you think you’ve escaped unscathed, trying to walk through campus without being affronted by people...

Infringing on smokers’ rights

October 1, 2013

If there has been a smoking ban implemented on campus, I could have been fooled to an endless degree. There have been no signs, no announcements, nor any sort of enforcement toward this ban to my knowledge....

When it comes to dating you’re either lucky or unlucky

October 1, 2013

Honestly, there should be limits to who you choose to date. Take coworkers for instance: You see them every day and cooperate together to get through it. However, getting involved with a coworker is a...

Bid day, big deal

September 26, 2013

Bid day, bid day, bid day.  It seems like that’s all that was posted on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds of sorority and fraternity members during the event. Naturally, most of the said postings...

How to break bad mental habits in college

September 26, 2013

Anybody, particularly parents, can give you the standard list of typically unhealthy college habits. That list includes overeating, not getting enough exercise (or sunlight for that matter), binge drinking...

Some new ways to display your day

September 24, 2013

Trending worldwide, cellular apps were created to allow a glimpse into one’s personal life and have taken over this generation. Although some people may argue that this new obsession with smartphone...

I know you want it

September 17, 2013

n lieu of the recent MTV Video Music Awards and Miley Cyrus’s undeniably provocative performance, it is impossible to avoid the abundance of complaints about everything from Miley’s revealing costume...

When the undead rise and doomsday is upon us…

September 12, 2013

The recent hailstorm of summer blockbusters reads like the belated fulfillment of the 2012 Mayan doomsday prophecy: “This is the End,” “The World’s End,” “After Earth,” “World War Z,”...

A big step for equality

September 10, 2013

Marriage equality has come a long way this past summer, but there is still a long, bumpy road ahead of us. Section 3, a very important part of The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), has been overturned this...

University cutbacks distributed unfairly

September 10, 2013

All the cutbacks that the university has been making are completely absurd. The main cuts are being made in the number of faculty, administrative staff and organizations. These three components are essential...

Young, in love and ready to get married

August 28, 2013

There is a growing trend nowadays with the amount of couples getting married right out of high school. People are planning for marriage without careers, without finishing their college education and sometimes...

Will Big Brother be watching you?

August 28, 2013

The most appalling aspect of the nationwide spying by the NSA is how anticlimactic it is. Writer George Orwell created the dystopian image of a future brimming with government watch and surveillance, terrifying...

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