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What Trump gets wrong about gun violence

By Paul Clifford

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 several prevalent issues on campus. In the discussion’s final minutes, a concern on concealed carry ro...

Students as ‘customers’

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

November 11, 2015

  UA President Scott Scarborough recently appeared on the cover of the November issue of the Akron/Canton SmartBusiness magazine. A business magazine? Figures. But “smart” business? That’s questionable. Regardless, UA administrators have been far too fond of likening the Univ...

Zips at night

By Natalyia Calhoun, Student Writer

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 in the evening is when students and faculty will return home from campus or even head off to...

Quality over controversy

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

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 during the holiday season. But this holiday season, the popular red cup is brewing strife among...

Zips need to catch z’s not colds

Zips need to catch z's not colds

By Natalyia Calhoun, Student Writer

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 thinking, reactions, and work. I understand that students have busy schedules, but it would benefit y...

The ‘Hotline Bling’ topic students should be talking about

The ‘Hotline Bling’ topic students should be talking about

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

November 4, 2015

If dance is intended to evoke emotions from the audience, Drake definitely accomplishes this goal in his music video for “Hotline bling”—as long as the emotions are confusion and perhaps a bit of discomfort. The music video, released Oct. 19 on Apple Music, set the internet ablaze with memes an...

Disability awareness week

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

November 4, 2015

Have you ever questioned whether you should open the door for someone ahead of you who is in a wheelchair? Or have you felt uncomfortable sitting next to someone with an apparent physical disability in class? These are just a few of the very common experiences many students face and have worked ...

Good things come from cancer

By Brooke Griffin, Student Writer

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 cancer in June 2015, her name is Sue Shrodes. Shrodes has been my confidant when I’ve needed...

Social media abuse

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

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 contact with nearly anyone they wanted, whether it was with family or friends or even companies that ...

The issue with Issue 3

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

October 28, 2015

Marijuana prohibition will not last, but the monopoly that issue 3 creates certainly will. Call it a monopoly, oligopoly, or cartel— the principal problem with issue 3 is that it puts 10 wealthy investors into the constitution of Ohio as the exclusive producers of commercial marijuana. What's worse is tha...

Defining ‘courage’ in light of UA’s plight

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

October 21, 2015

UA President Scott Scarborough’s penultimate slide from Tuesday’s “State of the University” address showed the stoic face of Theodore Roosevelt, one of American history’s most resilient men, along with a quotation of his about courage. “We must dare to be great; and we must realize tha...

Productivity purging

Productivity purging

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion-Editor

October 21, 2015

Between the years 1912 to 1915, Albert Einstein was a focused man. His previous work on the theory of relativity and the quantization of light was starting to gain momentum. Einstein left the Swiss patent office after hopping from professorships in Germany and Prague, before finally setting in 1912 ...

Right to Yak

Right to Yak

By Dylan Reynolds, Student Writer

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 across America. This app, which many students use everyday, functions as a sort of campus m...

An apology is in order

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

October 10, 2015

Admitting wrongdoing is difficult—and apparently too difficult, especially for The University of Akron’s administrators. The tenderest consolation UA’s constituents have so far received is the passive statement, “Mistakes were made”; not who made them, not why they made them, and not wha...

A university culture of empowered students

A university culture of empowered students

By Sara Syed, Student Writer

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 can be conceptualized in a positive way to bring more authenticity, direction, guidance and happine...

Town Hall meeting leaves something to be desired

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

October 7, 2015

Monday’s USG Town Hall meeting with Scott Scarborough held great promises, but left something to be desired. The idea of a town hall meeting carries a strong connotation of intimacy: guests openly presenting ideas, voicing opinions, asking questions; panelists giving candid, thoughtful responses—all ...

Tips for Zips attending career fair

Tips for Zips attending career fair

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

September 30, 2015

Attending a college career fair may seem like a daunting task as an undergrad. You may be one of hundreds of students vying for a recruiter’s attention, but you can earn an advantage over the competition by following these top tips for career fair success. Do your homework. Most companies have to...

How passions, values, and goals shape your career

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

September 23, 2015

If your interests and values are well-matched to your field of study, then you are likely to be happy and successful. But for many students, interests change over time, passions are discovered or lost, and the old job may no longer seem such a good fit. If you are in this position, a good starting point...

Five tips to pocket for fall semester

Five tips to pocket for fall semester

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

September 16, 2015

Five tips to pocket for fall semester After a few months of eating, sleeping and working that seasonal job, the third week of the fall semester is in session and with a vengeance. Whether it is your first semester of college or second to last, it will take some time to get into your semester routine...

Zipping Into College With The Student Newspaper

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

September 10, 2015

Hello fellow Zips, and welcome to the beginning of a new semester at The University of Akron! It’s that time of year again. The hot days of summer will eventually cool to fall’s leaf-rustling chill, when the brick walkways that snake throughout campus are once again populated by bustling bodies hu...

Some advice for freshmen

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

September 10, 2015

As we transition into yet another school year, the editorial staff of The Buchtelite would like to introduce ourselves and offer our sincere advice to first-year students. We hope to give insight on who makes this paper possible, and we wish everyone a successful fall semester. ____________________...

An open letter: USG to President Scarborough

July 13, 2015

The following is an letter addressed to The University of Akron President Scott Scarborough,  written and signed by the UA Undergraduate Student Government's president and vice president Taylor Swift and Richard Angeletti. Dear Dr. Scarborough: As the elected governing body, it is Undergraduate...

The importance of college student voting

The importance of college student voting

By Zachary Jones, Student Writer

April 30, 2015

It’s about that time again. Politicians are announcing their candidacy for president, each one trying to convince the greatest number of Americans why they are worthy to lead this great nation. In the end, one candidate will take home the grand prize: the title of President of the United States of...

Free education in public domain

Free education in public domain

By Grant Morgan, News Editor

April 29, 2015

What does it mean for a book to be in the public domain? And what are you doing this summer? According to the fifth edition of Webster’s New World College Dictionary, public domain means “the condition of being free from copyright or patent and, hence, open to use by anyone.” Books in the public...

Run off the end of semester stresses

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

April 20, 2015

A common misconception among critics of running is that in order for you to be a runner one must be tall, lean, and able to run a 6-minute mile, when that is not at all the case. Anyone can be a runner if they want to. I run four days a week at 6 miles per run. I am not tall, nor am I a hundred pounds,...

Benefits of working on-campus

By Makenzie Logan, Student Writer

April 20, 2015

  Looking for a job can be a tedious task. Almost a job in itself. As students we have opportunities available to work on the UA campus. Most of the time they will even work around a student's class schedule. Whether an incoming freshman or heading into one's senior year, working on campus...

The Iranian fumble

The Iranian fumble

By David Vernon, Student Writer

April 13, 2015

When it was announced that a framework was reached for a deal regarding the Iranian nuclear program, I figured it’d only be a matter of time before something happened to make this deal seem even more impossible than I earlier imagined. In the middle of last week, Iran’s president stated that they...

The importance of getting involved

The importance of getting involved

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

April 13, 2015

Every new student comes to college and has one thing in mind; finally being independent. You are away from your parents, you are on your own, and there is no one there to tell you what to do anymore. You can go wherever you want, hang out with who ever you want, and you can even eat cake for breakfast....

I’m not racist, I just have questions

By Tyler Coventry, Student Writer

April 8, 2015

8Whenever somebody says “I’m not racist” it’s safe to assume that whoever is speaking is racist. I hope I am an exception to the rule. It’s a sensitive subject; something I’ve learned to handle with more tact. I’m not racist, I just have questions. A large portion of the people who live...

Inaccurate assessments lead to stigma against applicants

By Brianne Angell, Student Writer

April 6, 2015

Job applications – you need them to get a job, but sometimes filling them out is more stressful than the job search itself. After you plug in the demographic information, fill in the work experience, and try to find the Word document where you wrote down your references’ phone numbers, you are...

Internships: Worth or waste of time?

Internships: Worth or waste of time?

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

April 6, 2015

There is one thing that seems to weigh on every student’s mind as they move further into their major: internships. Trying to find an internship is a stressful process for students and the “I” word seems to be a dark cloud that constantly hovers over the student body. College puts this idea in students’...

Misguided outrage

Misguided outrage

By David Vernon, Student Writer

March 30, 2015

Since the events that took place in Ferguson, MO last August, the media has been filled with coverage of protesters expressing their outrage at the system of policing in this country, feeling that it results in the deaths of too many young men of color. While there are certainly cases where cops get...

Islamic Fundamentalists: Which ones are you okay with?

By David Trujillo, Student Writer

March 30, 2015

The world has been festering in anger, disgust, shock, and revulsion since the unchecked cruelty of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) went mainstream in the west with the beheading of journalist James Foley. Mass decapitations of Christians, shootings of Shia Muslims, throwing gay men off...

America switching to healthier food options

America switching to healthier food options

By Keirsten Heckel, Student Writer

March 18, 2015

If a foreign exchange student were to come to America five years ago, what would they see? Two extremes would be presented to them upon arrival. On one end of the spectrum, they would see a world of fast food and calorie loaded meals with large portions. It was difficult to find healthy options at any...

Rob Portman over Ted Strickland

Rob Portman over Ted Strickland

By Zachary Jones, Student Writer

March 18, 2015

Congressional campaigns in the United States are unfortunately not given much attention by their respective constituents. Seeing as these individuals are intending to directly represent specific districts and states before the capital, this behavior is, needless to say, odd. With the 2016 Senate race...

Netanyahu’s grand stunt

Netanyahu's grand stunt

By David Vernon, Student Writer

March 9, 2015

What was witnessed Tuesday, March 3 in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives was a stunt two months in the making. There is contention concerning House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation in January to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come speak before a joint session...

Does that really offend you?

Does that really offend you?

By Kelly Unger, Student Writer

March 2, 2015

How many times today have you or someone else around you said that something was 'offensive'? Can you count it on one hand? Or perhaps you may need two? We toss the phrase "That offends me" around as often as Justin Bieber uses the word "swag" and I don't know about you, but the phrase is getting annoying. A...

Vladimir Putin must be stopped

Vladimir Putin must be stopped

By David Trujillo, Student Writer

March 2, 2015

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in many respects, represents the quintessential bad guy from Russian literature. He has expressed territorial expansionist ambitions, continued militaristic involvement outside Russia's borders, despite an economy in free fall. He has criminalized the outward expression...

How influential women are fighting for gender equality

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

February 24, 2015

The 87th Academy Awards took place this past Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. The ceremony was all about the stars’ glitz and glamour. This year, however, more than ever, women are challenging the stereotypes that follow them both on and off of the red carpet. Sexism is no longer...

An argument for handwriting

By Grant Morgan, News Editor

February 24, 2015

To hell with practicality. Good handwriting, or “chirography,” is a dying art. Its decline began when that first email was sent in the early ‘70s. Since, the art has regressed continuously, disappearing from school curriculums and public attention alike. True, there is hardly a need for anything...

Dress for success

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

February 18, 2015

Does what you wear affect how you work, both in school and on the job? We have all had the experience of feeling more motivated and focused when we are dressed up for class or work - whether this means wearing a button down shirt instead of a t-shirt to class or a business casual skirt or pants instead...

A cure for executive overreach

By Zachary Jones, Student Writer

February 18, 2015

At the conclusion of the 18th century, America became a free nation. Our nation’s declaration was signed in blood as well as in ink. The intent was to create a free society where one could practice their faith freely and not be taxed without representation. Both of these are noble goals, both of which...

Traveling on a student budget

Traveling on a student budget

By Sara Syed

February 9, 2015

Are you a college student living on a budget that wants to travel and see the world? Students have to live within their means. As college students we are told to make the most out of the experience. When traveling, the journey can be the destination. Most of a student's time is devoted to school,...

Are you losing money going gluten-free?

Are you losing money going gluten-free?

By Madeline Leapaldt

February 9, 2015

When I say gluten, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? One probably thinks of the gluten-free craze and how maybe one should go on that diet too. It works for other people, right? As a representative of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics, I’m here to say that the truth behind gluten...

Rethinking Race: A Chinese perspective

Rethinking Race: A Chinese perspective

By Dianna Lu, Writer

February 4, 2015

February is the official month of Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond. This month, experience and share a wide variety of different perspectives by participating in an array of activities ranging from films, speakers, and live performances. There is also set up discussions called Face-2-Face...

Poe, poetry, and us

Poe, poetry, and us

By Grant Morgan, Arts & Life Editor

February 4, 2015

Most people have something in common with Edgar Allen Poe. Yes—the eccentric, creepy, arguably demented—Edgar Allen Poe; we may be more alike than we think. Here is a disclaimer: I am not a poetic scholar, a literary critic or a notable writer. I just like reading poetry and writing what I think...

Insider’s perspective: Greek life

Insider's perspective: Greek life

By Corinne Bittner

January 31, 2015

Greek life has a different connotation to everyone. To some, it may be the parties so often emphasized in movies, to others, an outlet for volunteering, and to the rest, a family. College years are full of unknowns; full of opportunities and experiences to try things you never expected to like or be...

Five pocket notes to help you save

Five pocket notes to help you save

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

January 31, 2015

Ever hear or even use the phrase, “I’m a broke college student?” Well, it didn’t come from nowhere. College students are notoriously known for being “broke” or “poor,” but it doesn’t have to be that way. Many of us have been told multiple times by our parents to learn to save money...

Are brain games benefiting the brain

Are brain games benefiting the brain

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

January 27, 2015

Do you think that you can become a genius with brain-training software on your smartphone? Recent studies suggest that brain games don’t improve players’ thinking or IQ, they just make you better at playing the games, as reported by the New Yorker last spring 2013. These studies come after a decade...

BIG WORDS saves college students BIG BUCKS

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

January 27, 2015

No matter what college you’re in or what classes you’re taking, every student in every class asks the same question every semester: “Do I need to buy the book?” In a perfect world, books would be affordable and this question would be irrelevant. Unless I’m missing something, we don’t live...

Beware of Establishment Media

By Grant Morgan, Arts & Life Editor

January 26, 2015

Said the broken record looping in my head: You can’t spot-reduce fat…you can’t spot-reduce fat. How many times?! You can’t spot-reduce fat! I was eating hotel-provided breakfast in front of an unnecessarily large flat-screen TV in Philadelphia. The morning news show was on; two beautiful young ...

An ode to post syllabus week

An ode to post syllabus week

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

January 26, 2015

The first week of school could not be any more simplistic. It means sitting in class and surveying not only the professor, but your classmates. It is about making a good first impression. It is about taking grip of the syllabus, organizing your calendar, filling in due dates, and bracing yourself...

New beginnings in 2015

New beginnings in 2015

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

January 26, 2015

Needless to say, 2015 brings many new beginnings. Make every day count and take advantage of every break. 2015 has arrived and been here for several weeks now. If you’ve managed not to write 2014 on any papers yet, kudos to you. With this being said, the spring semester has begun, working a part-time...

How to make your body inhospitable to cancer cells

How to make your body inhospitable to cancer cells

By Justin Cohen, Writer

December 1, 2014

What really is cancer? Cancer is simply a temporary malfunction in your normal cell division process.  The human body is an incredible complex system designed to be able to heal and protect itself against injury or disease. To allow your body to gain its fullest functioning potential to protect you,...

Your Conduct As a College Student Will Forever Follow You

Your Conduct As a College Student Will Forever Follow You

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

December 1, 2014

Students at universities may transfer for numerous reasons, whether it is to the school of one’s dreams, because the price is right, the location is closer to home and family, or because they have no choice. The reasoning behind why a student who has no choice, can vary. Two of the main reasons...

Kick old habits now or die trying

Kick old habits now or die trying

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

November 24, 2014

It was an inconspicuous Saturday evening when I had just gotten off of work and my sister, mother, niece and nephew were to arrive at the door of my house, at The University of Akron. It wasn’t long until my sister discovered the unintended science experiment that consisted of my entire kitchen. It...

Snapcash sensation

Snapcash

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

November 24, 2014

On Monday, Nov. 17, Snapchat launched their first product created in partnership with another company known as Square. This is an app that allows individuals and merchants in the United States, Canada and Japan to accept offline debit and credit cards on their iOS, Android, or tablet computer. The app...

Connected to campus

Graphic by Ted Boyer

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

November 18, 2014

No matter the time of the semester, whether the beginning or nearing the end, it is never too late to be even more connected to campus than simply being a student. Whether it is attending recruitment for a Greek Life organization, considering intramural and club teams, joining a group of interest that...

Students learn how to alleviate stress

Graphic by Ted Boyer

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

November 18, 2014

It is that time of the semester when students begin to realize that finals week is vastly approaching and winter break is around the corner. It also a time when many students begin to stress about balancing academics with their lives outside of the classroom. If students are aware of others in distress...

Yoga and meditation are benefiting UA’s student body

Yoga and meditation are benefiting UA’s student body

By Sara Syed, Writer

November 17, 2014

It is that time of year again when the weather becomes cold, workload increases for students in school and the immune system is challenged. But what if there was something that could provide you the warmth and happiness of the summer sun without having to be in the sun? What if there was something that...

Experience is essential

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

November 10, 2014

In high school, one may have worked to afford nights out with friends at the movies, weekends at the mall, or even saving for college. As a student, working means saving for necessities and being more responsible with one’s funds. In order to pay for rent, bills, car maintenance, or simply tuition,...

UAPD newfound service fee

UAPD newfound service fee

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

November 10, 2014

UAPD is an acronym for University of Akron Police Department. The University of Akron Police Department is active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. They provide services to both students on and off-campus to enhance safety and security. There are more than 40 full-time officers...

Zip cards declined at East Exchange Chipotle location

The University of Akron Student Zip Card

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

November 10, 2014

For students at The University of Akron, an identification card is a necessity. Besides simply being a photo identification, this card gives student’s access to residence halls, printing, renting books from the library and many other things on campus. It is also used to gain entrance into UA sports...

Dia de los Muertos lives on

Iconic skull used in celebrating the Latino holiday Day of the Dead.

By Alicia Finch, Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2014

Dia de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, is a celebration of the deceased marked throughout Latin America. The tradition originated from Mexico has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. The celebration begins with a festival including food, drinks, parties and activities the dead enjoyed....

Student organization fights for smoke free campus

By Jeffrey Evans, writer

October 28, 2014

Letter to the Editor, Students Organized for Collective Action would like to offer the student body an opportunity to think about the benefits of having a smoke free campus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who smoke cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable...

#YesAllWomen trend raises feminist awareness

By Laura Stall, Opinion Writer

October 20, 2014

Using the hashtag #YesAllWomen, a movement has recently started on Twitter in an attempt to raise awareness about the struggles and the problems women face in this society. Here are some examples of tweets that were found under the hashtag: “#YesAllWomen because I was trained to instinctually carry...

We’re all nerds here

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

October 20, 2014

Walking on campus is like walking into a less hallucinogenic version of Alice in Wonderland. Shuffling from class to class, making small talk on your phone and sipping coffee like the diligent, dedicated, normal student that UA students are. Trying to avoid the other crazy students walking around, all...

Yik Yak, the chaos it has caused

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

October 20, 2014

Yik Yak is a social media outlet that works like Twitter paired with GPS. This is used to create a small Twitter-like world where anyone can post anonymously within a certain radius. It was created for college students by college students and restricts sharing to a close proximity to the user, making...

European innovation goes global

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

October 14, 2014

Hovelstay.com is a new website where college students on a tight budget can rent rooms from around the world. With rooms available everywhere from Hawaii, Costa Rica, Austria, and Greece, students can choose from one of three comfort options: Clean and Comfortable, Good Enough, and Survivor. Survivor,...

The struggle of starting a new student organization

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

October 14, 2014

Starting a student-run organization on campus can be difficult. For example, look at a club that would seem relatively easy to begin: the American Sign Language Club, a common language around here, took three years to be established. In order for an organization to be effective, you have to have a...

From brewing potions to brewing change.

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

September 30, 2014

Emma Watson, actress turned human rights advocate, delivered an extremely powerful speech at the United Nations. She spoke about getting men involved in the new HeforShe campaign, a campaign designed to advocate and enforce gender equality. Watson’s credibility as a spokeswoman was questionable...

Letter to the Editor

September 30, 2014

I am a freshman at UA and today read your article concerning the cessation of scholarship refunds here at The University of Akron, and I completely agreed with your opinion of why the policy is against the interests of the student body. I, for one, know that if I were offered a scholarship for performance...

Old time religion creates modern dispute

By Dakota Phillips, Copy Editor

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 the other’s beliefs, while both sides cite their never-ending list of online blogs and statistics....

Book to movie adaptations: failures and successes.

By Laura Stall, Opinion Writer

September 29, 2014

It is not unusual to get excited when one hears that their favorite book is going to be turned into a movie. They are finally going to see the story they love so much translated into real life and see it as more than how they imagined it when reading. It seems like any reader’s dream come true, right? Maybe...

Why working retail drains your bank account

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

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 retailers in regards to their employees, is that the employees do not receive a very large...

Restaurant professionalism is declining

By Tyler Coventry, Copy Editor

September 15, 2014

In this day and age, professionalism is a quality exemplified by men and women of all trades.  Being a professional is something that everybody should be, but proves to be difficult at times. No matter where you work or what you do, you should conduct yourself as a professional. The dictionary definition...

Celebrity deaths and what they mean to us

By Laura Stall, Opinion Writer

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 most recently, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. Their friends mourn, their family mourns, and the entire...

New Dictionary Additions are Questionable

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

September 9, 2014

The Oxford English Dictionary is perhaps the most regarded dictionary to have ever been established.  It can tell you what the meaning of a word was centuries ago, its derivations, and how it has changed over the years.  In more recent years, it can also tell people who are not familiar with youth’s...

Managing time

By Alexa Lago, Writer

September 3, 2014

Time management Establishing good time management skills in college is perhaps one of the hardest things to do. Not many students want to micromanage their lives down to the last minute, and it really is impossible to do. Even when students do map out their days, they eventually fail to follow them. It is...

No food for the soul

Verses from the holy Quran, the sacred book of Muslims.

By Zaina Salem, Managing Editor

July 23, 2014

It’s 3:43 a.m. and I’m piling as much food into my stomach as I possibly can. I guzzle down a bottle of water as I try almost unsuccessfully to keep my heavy eyelids open. I contemplate making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich only to realize there is just two minutes left before sunrise. Once...

Texting and Walking

By Mary Menzemer, Writer

July 16, 2014

We all are guilty of it.  We walk down the streets, in our malls, on our university campuses when all of a sudden, we feel our pockets vibrate.  Our surroundings then cease to exist for the time we spend checking our phones and typing whatever responses we feel the need to expound. Is this dangerous? ...

The threat of cyberattacks

By Dakota Phillips, Copy Editor

July 8, 2014

The recently released video game Watch Dogs, a game about remote hacking, has brought the topic of cybersecurity back into public view. The game contains elements of potential hacking such as controlling street and traffic lights, spying through webcams and hacking phones to eavesdrop conversations....

Start your break without any stress

By Alexa Lago, Opinion Editor

December 5, 2013

The end is near! That’s right, another semester is over and it’s nothing but eggnog, long naps and freedom ahead. For some students, a well-deserved and restful break is just over the horizon, and for others graduation is finally here. But before students settle into comfy sweats, Netflix marathons...

The most wonderful time of the year

By Laura Stall

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 the same Katy Perry and Lorde songs and start playing multiple versions of “Baby, It’s Cold...

UA could benefit from having a Men’s Studies program

By Mike J Wiles

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 were more “free.” According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, approximately...

The cost of a living wage in America

By Russell Friend

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 minimum wage was between 39.6 percent and 46.6 percent. An unsettling and large percentage...

The drinking age is fine where it is

By Laura Stall

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 a lot of talk about the need to change the drinking age back to 18. People do all sorts of research...

Smoking and choking on campus

By Ione Friess

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, only to have a bunch of inconsiderate jerks blowing secondhand smoke down my throat, I’ve become...

From turkey to door-busters

By Alexa Lago

November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving is a wonderful day where families come together to feast, be thankful and spend time together. But as the pie tins get thrown away and everyone wakes up from their turkey-induced comas, Black Friday begins. Americans all over the country kick off the holiday season by heading out on Thanksgiving...

Akron baseball: getting serious about silly

By Russell Friend

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 to mind when one thinks of fun things to do involving rubber? No, they didn’t go with that. Please...

Required courses are a nuisance

By Paula Ramsey

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 in the reading, writing and communication fields. However, my excitement has progressively deteriorated...

Graduation countdown begins

By Sharon Jones

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 be coming closer and closer. Here are the seven things that have been helping me in the last few months...

On-screen adaptations prove prolific for fans

By Lauren Thompson

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 Game” and “Percy Jackson.” And we still have “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The...

The true value of a liberal arts degree

By Mary Menzemer

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 as what I was majoring in and what I wanted to do with my life. I told him with pride that I was an...

Save the holiday spirit for the holiday

By Spencer Skolnick

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 pressures individuals to prepare well in advance for a holiday that occurs at the end of the month...

Gigantic purple polka-dotted elephants

By Tyler Coventry

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 reading it before class. All the people on the website, who know they can get their news online rather...

Consuming more than turkey

By Lauren Thompson

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 like being stuck at work. Or worse, being stuck at work for extended holiday hours. Thanksgiving,...

Facebook’s inevitable fall is underway

By Russell Friend

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, and you could stick a fork in them if you had an account with “Second Life.” The site has been...

Don’t choose to leave college

By Suzanne Capron

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 can prevent just one person from making the mistakes I made, I would be happy. I came to The University...

The death of the American dream

By Russell Friend

November 12, 2013

According to zerohedge.com, if you’re earning less than $10.77 an hour, then you’re making less than your grandparents did back in the ’60s, when they were working a minimum wage job. The $1.60/hr they made in 1968 is worth $10.77/hr today. With that in mind, it’s hard to deny the painful...

The pains of working out at the gym

By Alexa Lago, Opinion Editor

November 7, 2013

Working out is a great way to stay fit and healthy, and to deal with stress. There is nothing better than putting in your headphones and blocking out the rest of the world for an hour or two. However, the gym does come without its own set of annoyances. There are certain rules that need to be followed...

No longer needing to ask for permission

By Laura Stall

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 makes leaving the house such an important milestone? Let’s be honest: Moving out of the house instantly...

Starting from the bottom: the reality of internships

By Mary Menzemer

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 and edits articles for a fashion magazine, constantly interviews famous writers (back when fashion...

Adults take Halloween costumes too far

By Alexa Lago, Opinion Editor

November 5, 2013

Finding the perfect costume for Halloween or a themed party can be fun. Being able to come up with an awesome costume idea and go all-out for it can be entertaining. However, there is a thin line between awesome and disrespectful when it comes to costumes. There’s no problem with girls dressing...

Hurricane Miley: encroaching disaster

By Ione Friess

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 on the loose, and she’s shoving her “new” style and standard down the throat of all who couldn...

Worldwide travesty strikes via wine shortage

By Lauren Thompson

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 Huffington Post, the issue lies in the simple problem of supply unable to meet demand. While wine...

Zombie Bite

By Tyler Coventry

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 himself. He felt exhausted but he forced himself to calm down and concentrate. The thick doo...

Naughty nurse or sexy pirate?

By Lauren Thompson

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 you are looking to buy a stock, reasonably-priced costume for women, yet remain modest. While...

The thrilling genres of scary movies

By Laura Stall

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 kind of fear. There is nothing wrong with that. One of the best ways to endure this type of fear...

Scheduling for classes can be quite the hassle

By Alexa Lago, Opinion Editor

October 29, 2013

Midway through each semester we are all faced with the stressful task of scheduling for classes. The second the scheduling date pops up on our My Akron account we are forced to think about the upcoming semester. For a lot of students, scheduling is a frustrating and anxiety-filled process.   Dealing with holds For instance, the fun li...

Sports are more than just fun and games

By Zachary West

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 this seems to be true on the surface, I would argue sports are so much more. Sports are an important par...

Daisy Coleman trial going against rape culture

By Lauren Thompson

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 assault victims are not released to the press, but the family and Daisy chose to go public with...

Clubbing is not worth the cash

By Alexa Lago, Opinion Editor

October 24, 2013

A crowded dance floor filled with swaying bodies and blaring music. The drinks are flowing and people are partying the night away and hooking up with strangers. Scantily clad girls are all gathered with their groups of friends dancing, taking pictures and chatting up guys. Guys are hanging with their...

Foreign language requirement is unfair

By Lauren Thompson

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 within the College of Arts and Sciences, that student must complete four semesters of a foreign...

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

By Ione Friess

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 him all along, only I knew him as a familiar face from my sister’s favorite TV show, “Degrassi.” After...

Family on social media

By Laura Stall

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 the guy from the Dos Equis commercials. People “reblogged” it on Tumblr and shared it on Pinterest,...

The chocolate apocalypse is coming

By Alexa Lago, Opinion Editor

October 22, 2013

There is nothing better than curling up on a Saturday night and enjoying some chocolate. Whether it’s dark chocolate or milk chocolate, baked inside cookies or in some form of candy, nothing tastes better. However, a trip to the nearest grocery store may prove to be disappointing to chocolate lovers...

Consumers drive annoying trends

By Tyler Coventry

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 and children, come together with a single, unified voice to start complaining about the Christmas...

Cleveland sports drops the ball

By Laura Stall

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 Browns play, and most likely lose, a game.   The life of a Cleveland Browns fan is never an easy one. Whi...

Long history of tattoos leads up to modern day creativity

By Mary Menzemer

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.”  He was found with tattoos of dashed lines down his spine and around his ankles. It is believed...

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