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The Hower House Museum Presents ‘Essential Luxuries of the Upper Class: Tea with the Howers,’ through September 2024

By Shananne Lewis, Online Editor April 24, 2024

The Hower House Museum is a time capsule, situated on the campus corner of Fir and Mill Street at 60 Fir Hill, waiting to be explored by college students. With both Mother’s and Father’s Day approaching,...

Buchtelite Photographer Philip Patnode takes top prize in Bierce Library Haiku Contest

Buchtelite Photographer Philip Patnode takes top prize in Bierce Library Haiku Contest

April 23, 2024

The University Libraries celebrated National Poetry Month with their annual haiku contest. All UA students, faculty, and staff were invited to participate. Haiku submissions could cover any topic or subject...

In Memoriam: Dr. Andrew S. Rancer

By Julie Cajigas, Advisor April 21, 2024
On April 11, 2024, the Communication world lost a giant. Dr. Andrew S. Rancer, professor emeritus at University of Akron, was a humble, friendly and deeply kind man. There is no doubt that his neighbors and people he knew in his personal life knew he loved his job teaching. What they may not have known is that Dr. Rancer was one of a few Communication scholars to achieve global status. He has published dozens of books and articles, and his work has been translated into many languages. Andy's research is cited more than 4,500 times.

In Memoriam: Dr. David Ritchey

By Julie Cajigas, Advisor April 21, 2024

Dr. David Ritchey, a professor emeritus of The University of Akron, passed away on April 6, 2024 after a brief health struggle. We remember him as a friend to The Buchtelite. In Dr. Ritchey's PR Writing...

Spectators at the Life Out of Balance display. Photo Courtesy of Emily Davis Gallery.

Myers School of Art Presents ‘Life Out of Balance’

By Olivia Richardson, Layout Editor April 12, 2024

From March 11 to April 19, the Emily Davis Gallery at the Myers School of Art is home to the Life Out of Balance show. Featuring the art of nine artists, the show raises the question: How will we find...

Graphic created with images from Downtown Akron Partnership.

Celebrate Spring in a Sea of Pink: Top 5 Must-Dos at the 2024 Akron Sakura Festival

By Sarah Burneson, Editor-in-Chief April 3, 2024

According to our recent Instagram Story poll, many of our readers weren’t aware of the cherry blossom trees along the Towpath, and some weren’t aware of the Towpath itself. A fantastic opportunity...

What Our Staffers Do for Easter

What Our Staffers Do for Easter

By Amore Hill, Correspondent March 30, 2024

When thinking about the holiday Easter the first thing I picture is a giant bunny hiding eggs for children to find. Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death,...

The Cave Bear displayed in Crouse Hall. Photo Courtesy of the UA Geosciences Twitter (X) account.

Akron Goes “Ice Age” for Naming of Cave Bear

By Amore Hill, Correspondent March 12, 2024

Inside our very own Crouse Hall lurks one of the most feared apex predators of all time. The creature is a bear that is eight feet long and can weigh up to 1,300 pounds (according to wikipedia), though...

Graphic by Olivia Richardson.

Seeking Nominations: 24 Zips for 2024

By Olivia Richardson, Layout Editor March 10, 2024

The Buchtelite is seeking the kind of Zips we’d all like to know. These are current students who deserve the spotlight - even for achievements and qualities not traditionally recognized. We're talking...

Map of Australia with pins. Picture Credentials: Pexels, Catarina Sousa.

Culture Shocks and First Impressions of Australia

By Taylor Lorence, Correspondent March 10, 2024

Studying abroad has always been on my bucket list. Being able to immerse yourself in a culture so different from your own, live like the locals, and meet individuals from all over the world is an experience...

Liam Kidd, Heavy is the Head shown at the 88th Juried Student Exhibition at The University of Akron Myers School of Art.

Gallery Rewind: The Myers School of Art 88th Juried Student Exhibition

By Shananne Lewis and Philip Patnode March 8, 2024

The 88th Juried Student Exhibition at Myers School of Art left an impression on the community. Students, family, and friends lined up to see the juried student exhibition on Feb. 15. Though there...

ZipsGuide: Celebrate Black History Month by supporting Black-owned businesses in Akron

ZipsGuide: Celebrate Black History Month by supporting Black-owned businesses in Akron

By Anthony Nichols, Contributor March 1, 2024

Editors note: is a community engaged collaboration between the Public Relations Writing course at The University of Akron and Downtown Akron Partnership. The stories on are...

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The 2024 Series on Reproductive Justice is This Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 28 and 29

By Sarah Burneson, Editor-in-Chief February 27, 2024

The Spring 2024 Series on Reproductive Justice, part of the 2023-2024 Rethinking Gender Series at The University of Akron, comes to campus this week, with events on Wednesday, Feb. 28, and Feb. 29. Presented...

UA Students exploring the exhibition on February 16. Photographed by Philip Patnode

Time is running out to see UA’s Exhibition of Juried Student Art

By Shananne Lewis, Online Editor February 20, 2024

Need a break from the grind of classes? The Myers School of Art is currently holding its must-see 88th Juried Student Exhibition. Located inside the Myers School of Art at 150 East Exchange Street, the...

Olivia Kurylo receiving the inaugural BCAS student-of-the-month award.

Buchtelite Editor-in-Chief Olivia Kurylo Named Inaugural “Student of the Month” by Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Dean

By Sarah Burneson, editor-in-chief February 17, 2024

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Mitchell McKinney, presented Olivia Kurylo, a sophomore majoring in English, with the College's inaugural Student of the Month award at a meeting of The Buchtelite...

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Downtown Akron Celebrates 2024 Lunar New Year at the Akron Civic Theater This Sunday

By Olivia Richardson, Layout Editor February 16, 2024

Lunar New Year began on Feb. 10, kicking off a 15-day spring festival, celebrated worldwide. The 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac calendar points to this year as the Year of the Dragon. To celebrate...

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A ZipsGuide to Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts in the 330

By Shananne Lewis, Online Editor February 14, 2024

I am a sucker for traditional romance. I love traditions and I love the history behind traditions, so you can bet I love Valentine’s Day.  In 1861, British chocolate maker Richard Cadbury had the...

The Cher Show logo courtesy of Playhouse Square.

Broadway in Akron set to finish its musical season with “The Cher Show” and “Clue”

By Taylor Lorence, Correspondent November 27, 2023

After the "Pretty Woman” and "Mean Girls" shows started off Broadway in Akron’s 2023-24 musical run, the four-show series at UA’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall is set to end after musical performances...

Mean Girls on Broadway logo courtesy of Playhouse Square.

Mean Girls on Broadway: A modern, musical take on a 2000’s classic

By Taylor Lorence, Correspondent November 27, 2023

The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall continued Broadway in Akron with their second show “Mean Girls” on Monday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023.   The musical is based...

Graphics including map and itinerary courtesy of Summit Artspace and Downtown Akron Partnership.

Downtown Akron elevates local shopping on Small Business Saturday and Artists Sunday with special “Passport” contest

By Olivia Kurylo, Editor-in-Chief November 24, 2023

Downtown Akron will celebrate local small businesses as a part of Small Business Saturday and the national Artists Sunday campaign On Saturday Nov. 25, and Sunday Nov. 26, 2023, Downtown Akron Partnership...

Map with a passport, sunglasses, pins, and plane ticket (on Pexels).

UA’s Education Abroad Office to host Zips Abroad Panel

By Taylor Lorence, Correspondent November 11, 2023

Kicking off International Education Week, the University of Akron’s Education Abroad Office and Williams Honors College have partnered together to host Zips Abroad.  Zips Abroad is an informational...

Photo Illustration courtesy of Olivia Richardson.

Playhouse Square brings Broadway in Akron to UA with “Pretty Woman: The Musical” and “Mean Girls”

By Olivia Richardson, Layout Editor November 11, 2023

Broadway in Akron is back with a show-stopping 2023-2024 lineup, and I was one of the lucky ticket holders for its first show of the season “Pretty Woman: the Musical.” The University of Akron’s...

Comic book themed holiday tree from the Akron Childrens Tree Festival.

Akron Children’s Hospital Annual Tree Festival is a must for UA students

By Shananne Lewis, Online Editor November 10, 2023

The 42nd Annual Holiday Tree Festival, hosted by volunteers of the Akron Children’s Hospital, is soon upon us. If you are an Akron native, you know this already and have your calendars marked.   But...

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New changes coming to the FAFSA in December 2023

By Olivia Kurylo, Editor-in-Chief November 4, 2023

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will undergo changes to make the form simple and efficient for families and students. Previously, the Department of Education released the FAFSA...

The Akron Womens Rugby Team cheering during halftime. Photo courtesy of Abbie Stopka.

Zips help the Akron Women’s Rugby Team make history

By Olivia Kurylo, Editor-in-Chief November 3, 2023

After taking the top spot in the Greater Ohio Rugby League, Akron Women’s Rugby is headed to take on South Buffalo, Nov. 4. The team took the number-one spot in the Greater Ohio Rugby League after dominating...

Standing Under the Foam Snow. Photo courtesy of Downtown Akron Partnership.

Smells Like Snow Coffee Festival brings fun for UA “Gilmore Girls” fans

By Walid Jaffal, Special to the Buchtelite November 2, 2023

In the cozy nostalgia of "Gilmore Girls," the hit television series from the early 2000s, a new tradition is taking root. Mothers who grew up watching the original run of the show are now introducing their...

A Dia De los Muertos display in a local Ohio pumpkin patch.

New Spanish Club holds Day of Dead skull decorating event on Nov. 2

By Shananne Lewis, Online Editor October 30, 2023

The University of Akron has a new student organization this fall: The Spanish Club. The first meeting for the Spanish Club took place in Olin Hall on Oct. 3, conducted by Dr. Camelly Cruz-Martes,...

President Dr. Gary Miller at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the RE:CENTER.

Introducing the RE:CENTER, the place for relaxation at The University of Akron

By Benjamin Pritchard, Contributor October 26, 2023

A hidden gem on the University of Akron campus is located on the third floor of the Jean Hower Taber Student Union is the RE:CENTER, a serene space to relax and unwind in an environment completely dedicated...

The University of Akron Registrar table at the BCAS Launch to Graduation event.

Fall 2023 Launch to Graduation event overview

By Emily Price, editor-in-chief October 26, 2023

On Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS) housed the Launch to Graduation event for upcoming graduates of The University of Akron.  Students were provided with resources...

Image courtesy of Chris Rutan Photography.

Downtown Akron hosted Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21

By Amore Hill, Correspondent October 22, 2023

This Saturday, Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) hosted its second annual Fall Fest at the Cascade Plaza and on Main St. from 5-9 p.m.   At this free event, families participated in 19 trick-or-treating...

Introductions of Zip and Bearcat starting players.

The University of Akron Zips Hockey Team dominates against Cincinnati

By Olivia Kurylo, Online Editor October 19, 2023

Key Information:  UA Zips won Sept. 29, 2023 (6-3)  UA Zips victory Sept. 30, 2023 (13-2)  Location: 8319 Port Jackson Ave NW, North Canton OH, 44720 The University of Akron Zips Hockey...

Rethinking Gender Series event flyer  - courtesy of The University of Akron

UA’s Women’s Studies Program holds Rethinking Gender Series

By Taylor Lorence, Correspondent October 19, 2023

The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program will host their upcoming Rethinking Gender Series. The series will include five different events that take place over the course of the 2023-2024 UA...

A leaf blown by the wind in an autumn setting

Leaf: a poem

By Scott Kenimond, Copyeditor October 18, 2023

In the hazy embrace of clouded light, a leaf once tethered to the boughs of belonging, drifts aimlessly in the indifferent sky. Once green and flush with the vitality of shared memories, now a silhouette...

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PBS Western Reserve launches Community Coffee Chat, 50 Years Strong: Sip, Savor & Share

By News Release October 16, 2023

Kent, OH — Oct. 18, 2023 — PBS Western Reserve is launching Community Coffee Chat, 50 Years Strong: Sip, Savor & Share. This new initiative invites community members from the organization’s vast...

UA Choirs rehearsing for their Devotion concert.

UA Choirs partake in #ChamberChallenge

By Olivia Kurylo, Online Editor October 10, 2023

The question “how are you preparing for your upcoming concert?” usually has a predictable response that mostly involves practice making perfect. For their upcoming concert, “Devotion,” The University...

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A day of thrills, chills, and skills is creeping upon us PRSA Student Day 2023

By News Release October 9, 2023

BEACHWOOD, OHIO - We are wickedly thrilled to announce that our Monster Mash Student Day will be held on Friday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eaton in Beachwood, located at 1000 Eaton Blvd., Cleveland,...

Delta Zeta sorority members at Bid Day.

Shedding light on UA’s Greek Life

By Taylor Lorence, Correspondent October 9, 2023

Unless you are affiliated with a sorority or fraternity, Greek Life is a topic that the average person has little to no knowledge about. Our information and prejudices about sororities often come from...

Zips Hockey Team warming up before Cincinnati game.

Hidden gems in sports: The University of Akron Zips Hockey Team

By Olivia Kurylo, Online Editor October 4, 2023

Concealed by golden shrubbery and trees painted in fall foliage, a small brick-lined patio remains untouched by students at The University of Akron. The only signs of use are the animals scurrying between...

Poster courtesy of Open Mic Night organizers AshBelt Journal and Upstart Crows.

UA’s Upstart Crows and AshBelt Journal hold Open Mic Night at the Green Dragon Inn, Oct. 5

By Nate Young, Managing Editor October 4, 2023

Ever written a piece of creative writing without a good outlet to share it? An open mic night is the perfect opportunity.   The Upstart Crows and AshBelt Journal student organizations at The University...

Image courtesy of University of Akron Athletics.

Basketball head coach Ryan Gensler leads new team and staff in preparation for upcoming season

By Megan Williams, Sports Editor, Contributor October 4, 2023

When they are asked about their coaching style, most sports coaches express their focus on a team’s offensive or defensive ability. Meanwhile, Ryan Gensler, the new head coach for women’s basketball...

Graphic courtesy of Liv Ream; movie flyer from IMDB

In defense of Skinamarink

By Liv Ream, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 1, 2023

This film has been the subject of endless online debate. I’ve read stories of full theatres transforming into barren ghost towns, every patron walking out of the slow, “plotless” film. I’ve also...

Alternative Spring Break 2023 volunteers in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Natalie Mowad.

Applications open for Akron’s 2024 Alternative Spring Break

By Taylor Lorence, Correspondent October 1, 2023

If you are a student at The University of Akron who is interested in traveling, volunteering and giving back to communities in need, then Akron’s 2024 Alternative Spring Break could be the perfect opportunity...

The Northern Cheyenne tribe and community walking the ancient Portage Path from Portage Path CLC to the John Brown Home during a previous years First Peoples Day event. Photo courtesy of Portage Path Collaborative.

UA Holds events in celebration of North American First People’s Day   

By Shananne Lewis, Online Editor September 28, 2023

The University of Akron will recognize North American First People’s Day on Sept. 29 and Oct. 5. North American First People’s Day was officially established by the Councils of the City of Akron and...

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The Swan’s Rapture: a poem

By Emily Price, editor in chief September 27, 2023

Your wings are mine to keep. Our pond of emotion has stilled from fickle skipping stones. The ripples of insecurity stretching into oblivion. Encircle me with your promise...

Desperately Seeking an Amazon Fighter, sculpture by Kimberly Chapman

“Easy Prey” art exhibit on display at Myers School of Art

By Taylor Lorence, Reporter, Secretary September 21, 2023

Ohio-based sculptor Kimberly Chapman sheds light on past and present female oppression through her sculptures on display in the Emily Davis Gallery at the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art from Aug. 2...

L to R: Steve Horner, Heather Barhorst, Haley Kuczynski, Shawna Blankenship, Brynley Harris, Jessie Redwine at the Pop-Up Pantry. Image Courtesy of ZipAssist.

ZipAssist Holds Community Resource Fair Tuesday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the SU 2nd Floor

By Shananne Lewis, Correspondent September 18, 2023

The third annual Community Resource Fair is here to support students on Tuesday, September 19, from 11 12:30 p.m. on the second floor of The Jean Hower Taber Student Union. The Resource...

Film critic Liv Ream and friend pose for photo (Image via Liv Ream)

My Barbie experience

By Liv Ream, Film Critic September 17, 2023

To immediately clarify, I am not “late” to writing a review of Barbie (2023) due to fundamental flaws in my character. I like being late to a party. I did not see Barbie at its premiere. I saw it two...

Correspondent Shamna Chuwan takes a selfie with ZAB president Amira Lee, and ZAB president Katelee Mata during an interview about Viva La Latinx Cultura.

‘Viva La Latinx Cultura” features tacos, empanadas, Bachata and important learning opportunities, Sept. 18 from 4-6 p.m.

By Shamna Chuwan, Correspondent September 16, 2023

‘Viva La Latinx Cultura’ offers University of Akron students the opportunity to eat, dance and learn about the diverse array of cultures that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Monday, Sept. 18,...

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Fall 2023 Print Story: Unsung Talent

By Zach Lininger, Contributor September 12, 2023

At the University of Akron, sports play a huge role in providing opportunities for athletes to develop their skills as they further their athletic careers, while simultaneously providing students and other...

Human anatomy model photo (on Unsplash)

Fall 2023 Print Story: Your Mental Health Matters

By Emily Price, editor-in-chief September 12, 2023

In high school, I remember struggling with a bout of intense OCD. It made simple tasks seem insurmountable. I spent hours on my homework to get it “perfect.” I also struggled to read because I had...

The photographs of Bill Biggart, a news photographer who died documenting the events of 9/11. Also displayed in the exhibit was his camera and equipment, which were recovered from the wreckage of the North Tower, along with his remains.

Reprint: Casting shadows over national memories (students recall 9/11, ten years later)

By Alexandra Didato, Correspondent September 10, 2023
“What unnerved me the most was seeing how scared my parents were. I had never seen them like that before and I didn’t know how to deal with it. When the people you look up to are scared, it’s hard to stay calm yourself," recalled Junior Justin Orashan.
Photo Essay: Fall Kick-Off; University of Akrons Alumni Social

Photo Essay: Fall Kick-Off; University of Akron’s Alumni Social

By Philip Patnode, Photographer September 9, 2023

On Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, The University of Akron held a fall kick off event for University of Akron Alumni and campus in downtown Akron, featuring live music, food, and entertainment. The event...

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New statewide report on race and higher education challenges recent policy developments

By Emily Price, editor-in-chief September 5, 2023

On Aug. 24, 2023, student advocates from the Ohio Student Association (OSA) released a groundbreaking report on race in higher education, the Ohio Black Student Equity Report. The report is the most comprehensive...

Robert Greathouse with his wife and some of his children and grandchildren after receiving his diploma.

A birthday gift from Zippy

By Olivia Kurylo, Online Editor September 2, 2023
With 35 years of post-secondary schooling under his belt, Greathouse received his hard earned Associate Degree of Technical Studies on Aug. 14, 2023. He was surrounded by immediate family and his new collegiate family in the College of Arts and Sciences Building Atrium. 
Buchtelite magazine editions available online

Buchtelite magazine editions available online

By Emily Price, Editor-in-Chief August 23, 2023
Haven't gotten to campus to grab the Fall 2023 Buchtelite Magazine Edition the 'Use Your Voice' Edition? We've got you covered. Read the magazine editions from 2021-2023 online.
The host of City Centric, Sthephanie Marie. Courtesy of PBS Western Reserve.

New PBS Western Reserve series City Centric highlights Akron, Friday, Sept. 1

By Emily Price, editor-in-chief August 18, 2023

On Friday, Sept. 1 at 8:30 p.m., PBS Western Reserve’s new program City Centric will feature Akron and Margo Summerville, the first African American female president of Akron City Council. The six-episode...

Emily Sesto (front row second from the left) with her Creative Contribution Award at the annual media banquet.

Editorial: Use Your Voice

By Emily Sesto, Opinion Editor June 28, 2023

I write about my experiences as a sexual assault survivor. I wrote my first poem in May of 2012, and I now have thousands of poems in my head and hundreds written down. Until recently, had only shared...

Scott Kenimond, scholarship winner takes a selfie during a class meeting outside.

English majors receive scholarships during spring 2023 awards season

By Emily Price, Editor-in-Chief May 18, 2023

Each spring, the English Department offers a variety of awards for English majors in their undergraduate program (or, depending on the award, graduate program). Some scholarships include sending in a short...

Green, Red, Gold! This photo essay offers a window into the UADC Connect dance showcase that took place April 14-15 in Paul Daum Theatre.

The UADC Connect Showcase in Photos

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, Correspondent, Photographer May 8, 2023

Dis/connect The showcase opened with an outdoor dance performance that took the audience on a tour around Kolbe Hall. That dance that occurred prior to the event was reprised as a video played on a...

Megan and her friend Rachel sitting at the table in the law library studying.

My UA Journey: An Undergraduate Zip to the Elle Woods of Akron Law

By Megan Parker, former Editor-in-Chief and 2023 Law Graduate May 7, 2023

From High School to the University of Akron: Thank You Mom! My journey as an Akron Zip started in 2017 only a few months before high school graduation. Having taken a journalism class on a whim...

Graduate looking sad.

Opinion: Dialogue with Associate Dean Robert C. Schwartz on graduation-related anxiety and depression

By Alexa Baumberger, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 6, 2023

My experiences with mental health can be found in part one of this two-part series: “I’m Still Getting My Sh*t Together (and that’s okay).”  There, I dive deeper into my own journey in life, overcoming...

Alexa became convinced to join the Buchtelite after talking with three recent graduates.

Opinion: I’m still getting my “Sh*t Together” (and that’s okay)

By Alexa Baumberger, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 6, 2023

(Part II of this story available here). I will graduate on May 6. Considering that it’s this weekend, you might assume I’m on cloud nine.   Many of my peers appear to be. They look and seem...

A student is with our mascot, Zippy the Kangaroo.

BCAS promotes exploration through CORE summer program for high school juniors

By Natalie Mowad, Editor-in-Chief May 5, 2023

The College Overnight Residential Experience (CORE) Summer Program, Weds. June 21 and Thurs. June 22, is a unique one-night experience where high school juniors will plot strategies for a successful...

An image of a city in Japan.

University of Akron students get out into the world by studying abroad

By Natalie Mowad, Editor-in-Chief May 5, 2023

Rory Thorne, a senior AYA Social Studies Education major, is currently studying abroad in Kansai Gaidai University (KGU) in Japan. Thorne decided to study abroad in August or September of 2020.   “It...

The green screen in movie previews with the word Appropriate crossed out and Stupid written in.

Opinion: Studios think we’re too stupid to see a movie without them spoiling the plot

By Liv Ream, FIlm Critic May 5, 2023

Trailers can be the most enjoyable part of going to the theatre. They’re exciting, new and short enough to keep a hold on our ever-dwindling attention spans. If done correctly, trailers set the tone...

The seven students selected to present at the Auburn Symposium. Front Row (L-R) Emily Sesto, Madison Richards, Kimberly Barlock. Back row (L-R) Lennon Medvick, Mat Cruz, Alyssa Alexsonshk, Benjamin Kissinger.

Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism given to four students who presented their work at symposium

By Alyssa Springer, Social Media Editor May 4, 2023

On Friday, April 14, 2023, seven students presented their works of cultural criticism at the Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism Symposium, held in the Williams Honors College common room. The Ben...

Brittany Ferguson-Mike stands with her three student nominators after accepting her Achievement Award for Outstanding Mentor.

The University of Akron celebrates Achievement Award winners with luncheon

By Editorial Staff May 4, 2023

On Tuesday, May 2, The University of Akron Achievement Awards Celebration was held in InfoCision Stadium. President Gary Miller and Provost John Wiencek gave remarks along with Willy Kolman, AVP and...

The concert ended in a standing ovation.

Letter to the Editor: Unfinished

By Julie Cajigas, Buchtelite advisor May 1, 2023

As Buchtelite advisor, you will rarely hear my voice in the paper. The paper is here to amplify student voices. On Sunday, April 30, I set out to meet a student editor at “Unfinished,” The University...

A scene reminiscent of a former era inside Baxters speakeasy.

Hidden Gems: Akron has two modern-day speakeasies filled with history and mystery

By Camryn Moore, Correspondent May 1, 2023

During the Prohibition Era in the 1920s, alcohol sales were illegal, so bartenders, bars and saloons created a secret place for their customers to continue to partake. The term “Speakeasy” was...

Your Voice Wanted For End-of-Summer 2023 Students Speak Edition

Your Voice Wanted For End-of-Summer 2023 “Students Speak” Edition

April 30, 2023

The new editorial staff for 23-24 is hoping to kick off the school year with a magazine edition featuring you. That’s right, you. All of you. As many of you as are willing to send us your stuff. What...

The Buchtelite 20 Under 20

The Buchtelite 20 Under 20

By Camryn Moore, Correspondent April 24, 2023

In today’s competitive job market, building a successful career often requires a combination of talent, dedication and perseverance. And while many people wait until they are in their twenties or thirties...

The designated protest zone was deserted only days after the verdict was read.

Photo Essay: Ghost Town

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, Correspondent April 18, 2023

One day after the Jayland Walker grand jury announced that no charges would be brought against the officers who shot the Akron resident during a traffic stop, businesses, schools and other organizations...

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Update: All University of Akron courses go remote and all campus events are cancelled beginning Tues. April 18, until further notice

By Hannah Wines, Mangaging Editor April 13, 2023

Update at 10:30 p.m., April 17 The University of Akron just announced that "out of an abundance of caution, The University of Akron will move all in-person classes at the main campus to remote instruction...

All of the formal candidates and board members for this year, 2023, at the Presidential Debate on Monday, March 6.
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How to Become the Future President of the University of Akron Undergraduate Student Government

By Laurie-Anne Renaud, Contributor April 1, 2023

Have you ever wondered how you can become the president of your college’s Undergraduate Student Government? The process and steps to go through often seem to be unknown to college students.    Knowing...

Rethinking Race: UA Students Learn about Harold Washington During Film Screening of Punch 9 and Q&A with Filmmaker Joe Winston

Rethinking Race: UA Students Learn about Harold Washington During Film Screening of Punch 9 and Q&A with Filmmaker Joe Winston

By Alexa Baumberger, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 17, 2023

Students learned about Harold Washington’s turbulent journey becoming Chicago’s first Black mayor at The University of Akron’s “Punch 9 for Harold Washington” film screening and Q&A. This...

Worst Best Picture Nominations:

Worst Best Picture Nominations:

By Liv Ream, Film Critic March 10, 2023

Elvis: Listen, I love a good biopic more than anyone. Who doesn’t love a feel-good, rags-to-riches story? I have no interest in digging through the darker side of Elvis’s story and clearly, neither...

Salem: A History of Injustice Airs Tonight, March 8, from 7 - 9 p.m.

Salem: A History of Injustice Airs Tonight, March 8, from 7 – 9 p.m.

By Stephanie Musarra, Contributor March 6, 2023

"Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four” will be airing on March 8, 2023, at the Jean Hower Taber Student Union from 7 – 9 P.M.   This film is about a shocking example of discrimination...

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De-Influencing has Taken over TikTok, What Will Become of Influencer Marketing?

By Hannah Wines, Managing Editor March 2, 2023

At the beginning of the year, various TikTok users started sharing videos of products that were not "worth the hype" or were not worth spending money on.    This trend started on an incline when...

Film Critic Liv Ream sits with a butcher knife as she contemplates A Wounded Fawn.

A Wounded Fawn: A Critique

By Liv Ream, Film Critic March 1, 2023

WARNING: If you plan on seeing this movie, do not read this review (spoilers!).  Finally, a film that is worth the hype. Shot on 16mm film, this film showcases plenty of grain, fluid colors, nature...

Hanna Bezuhla sitting on a truck

Living in War: Ukrainian Woman Shares her Experience Returning Home to Kyiv

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, Social Media and Online Edition Editor February 19, 2023

Around nine months have passed since the war officially started, and much has changed for Ukraine and its people. Ukrainian citizen Hanna Bezuhla’s story began with The Buchtelite article “Living in...

Hower House in Akron Ohio

Hower House: women’s history and the era of elegance

By Savannah Johns, Managing Editor February 19, 2023

The Hower House Museum, home of the Hower family of Akron, OH, showcases women’s history and is “filled with artefacts collected by three of the Hower women on their travels around the world during...

Downtown Akron Partnership celebrates Lunar New Year. Photo courtesy DAP.

A Deeper Look: The Fifteen Days of (Lunar) New Year

By Stephanie Musarra, Contributor February 19, 2023

New Year’s in Western culture is celebrated Dec. 31 to Jan.1 to ring in the new year. Usually, people join their families and friends for festivities including parties, countdowns, and new year’s resolutions. The...

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University of Akron Athletics sets new standard to benefit student athletes

By Baylee Vought, Contributor February 18, 2023

The University of Akron Athletics Department is embracing the “out with the old and in with the new” mentality this year as several changes were made to improve student athletes’ experience as well...

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Recent UA grads help students get their sh*t together: New Grad Panel featuring UA alumni left students feeling encouraged

By Alexa Baumberger, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 8, 2023

The University of Akron’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) held an event that inspired current students earlier this fall. The event, a new grad panel, featured recent graduates...

Natalie Mowad tabling for SOuRCe The University of Akron Student Organization Resource Center

Opinion: get involved in sh*t

By Natalie Mowad, Editor-in-Chief February 8, 2023

After my first semester in Fall 2019, I went home for Christmas break and told my mom I had no friends.   College is hard when you have no friends.  As an out-of-state, “one-person-from-my-high-school...

Akron Celebrates Lunar New Year 2023 with Downtown Akron Partnership event, Jan. 28

Akron Celebrates Lunar New Year 2023 with Downtown Akron Partnership event, Jan. 28

By Camryn Moore, Contributor January 27, 2023

The Lunar New Year, traditionally observed in Chinese culture, is being celebrated by families and organizations throughout the Akron Community. Students at the University of Akron kicked off the...

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Even more fun sh*t: Arkonym Brewing offers free trivia night near campus

By Christian Rhodes, Contributor December 28, 2022

With inflation driving up the price of a night out and packed schedules for school and work, students may struggle to find an affordable option for fun with friends.  What they may not know is that...

Side perspective of decorated graduation cap on chair

Hazardous Artistry: The Work of Eric Schweitzer

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, Social Media and Online Edition Editor December 23, 2022

The University of Akron alum and current student Eric Schweitzer creates unique, over-the-top, three-dimensional graduation caps.  Caps? Yes.  Schweitzer has a special tradition to commemorate the...

UA Graduate and Horn Player Jordin Andrews used personal experience with cancer to help others

UA graduate and horn player Jordin Andrews used personal experience with cancer to help others

By Alexa Baumberger, Correspondent December 22, 2022

During a 2018 scholarship competition, University of Akron horn player Jordin Andrews noticed his body trembling.   What would follow was nearly a year of frustration and questions after medicine prescribed...

Attending PRSA Student Day with other PRSSA officers. (L to R) Abigail Stopka, VP of Events; Natalie Mowad, President; Camryn Moore, Treasurer; and Savannah Johns, Secretary.

Opinion: Getting My Sh*t Together, Reflections of a 2022 Grad

By Savannah Johns, Managing Editor December 10, 2022

I’m in my third year at The University of Akron, but it doesn’t really feel like it. I can name (maybe) three buildings on campus, and I can never remember how to get to the campus library. This isn’t...

Photo from the 2019 Made@Myers Holiday Shop.

Made@Myers Holiday Shop 2022 Returns, Dec. 7 and 8

By Alexa Baumberger, Editor, Arts and Entertainment December 5, 2022

A seasonal favorite event in the Akron community, the Made@Myers Holiday Shop is returning from a pandemic pause just in time for holiday gifting season.   The University of Akron Mary Schiller Myers...

Akron Zoo Wild Lights Celebrates with Goodies, Santa, Music and More, Nov. 25 - Dec. 30

Akron Zoo Wild Lights Celebrates with Goodies, Santa, Music and More, Nov. 25 – Dec. 30

By Alexa Baumberger, Editor, Arts and Entertainment November 24, 2022

The Akron Zoo is kicking off their Wild Lights celebration this week, Nov. 25-27. The event will run Dec. 2-4, Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-23, and Dec. 26-30. All dates will take place from 5 - 9 p.m.  Over...

Student Organization SABA Offers Opportunities for UA Students to Gain Connections in the Sports Industry

Student Organization SABA Offers Opportunities for UA Students to Gain Connections in the Sports Industry

By Camryn Moore, Correspondent November 24, 2022

Dominic DiMascio, a junior at The University of Akron, was looking for more opportunities to engage the professional sport community and network with the pros.   “I wanted to create a space...

Nuance practicing for their Dec. 2 holiday show.

UA’s Nuance is Creating a Brotherhood Through Singing

By Alexis Raineri, Contributor November 24, 2022
For members of this a capella group, with a Christmas show coming up Dec. 2, success has been achieved through the friendships made rather than a quest for perfection. When Pitch Perfect came to theaters in 2012, a capella was high in demand. Ten years later, however, the number of men in Nuance, the all-male a capella group at the University of Akron, has dropped down to ten. Like many organizations post-pandemic, it will take time to rebuild. Despite this, Nuance is more focused on the brotherhood that they have created...
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University of Akron Press Hosts Holiday Book Sale at Bierce Library, Nov. 28

By Emily Price, Copy Editor November 23, 2022

Love to read or write? Check out the University of Akron Press holiday book sale on Monday, Nov. 28,  from 12 – 3 p.m. With a variety of titles available, interested students and staff alike can select...

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‘We Are The Weirdos Ohio’ Hosts Over 30 Alternative Small Businesses in a Halloween Mini Mart, Nov. 19

By Brandon Caster, Correspondent November 17, 2022

Trying to find that perfect “personalized” gift for an alternative or horror-loving loved one this holiday season? Look no further than the Black Matter Market Post-Halloween Hangover Mini Mart. On...

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Film Review: unpregnant (2020)

By Liv Ream, Film Critic November 17, 2022

“Unpregnant” reminds me of a movie that would send one of my older relatives into a 30-minute rant about how young people want to push a heathenistic, baby killing agenda…Then they’d never watch...

Editors have the paper in their trunk for delivery.

The Buchtelite Fall 2022 Magazine Edition ‘Getting Our Sh*t Together’ is on Stands Today

By Natalie Mowad, Editor-in-Chief November 16, 2022
The Buchtelite hopes that you can find a piece or two in this edition that you can connect with, because we now know - getting your sh*t together is hard.
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The University of Akron kicks off Diversity Week with Drag Bingo, Monday Nov. 7

By Camryn Moore, Correspondent November 6, 2022

The University of Akron is celebrating Diversity Week with events Nov. 7–11 to represent, educate and celebrate the diverse Zips on campus. “We want all of our UA students to feel like they have...

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Poll: Do You Plan to Vote?

By Editorial Staff October 25, 2022

The midterm elections are coming up Tuesday, November 8, and The Buchtelite has just one question for you: do you plan to vote? During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives...

Movie poster for Boris Karloffs The Mummy

Enjoy New and Classic Films Courtesy of Akron-Summit County Public Library for Free, Every Sunday and Thursday

By Savannah Johns, Managing Editor October 25, 2022

Between the ticket, ICEE, popcorn and candy, seeing a movie in theaters can get pretty expensive. As an alternative to a traditional movie theater experience, Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL)...

Video: Akron Diwali Festival

By Abigail Stopka, Correspondant October 25, 2022
Reporter Abigail Stopka gives readers a look at the Downtown Akron Diwali Festival.
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Advance Your Career Readiness Skills at a UA Fall 2022 Professional Etiquette Presentation

By Savannah Johns, Managing Editor October 20, 2022

The UA Career Services & Student Employment is hosting its Fall 2022 Professional Etiquette Presentations in person on Friday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Student Union Ballroom, and virtually,...

Three women and one man sitting around fire pit in downtown Akron.

Explore Downtown Akron at Fall Fest Saturday, Oct. 22

By Savannah Johns, Managing Editor October 18, 2022

Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) is partnering with local businesses to host a fall-themed event in the heart of downtown Akron, this Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5 – 7p.m. "Fall Fest" is open to the public...

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Photo Gallery: ZPN and Office of Multicultural Development Hold National Coming Out Day Celebration

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, Social Media & Online Edition Editor October 11, 2022

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, The Zips Programming Network and the Office of Multicultural Development held a National Coming Out Day Celebration in the Student Union International Lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m....

Movie poster for What We Do in the Shadows.

What We Do in The Shadows (2014)

By Liv Ream, Film Critic October 10, 2022

It’s finally October! I am honoring this month with the best monsters the season has to offer, commencing with vampires.  If you’re a fan of the FX show “What We Do in The Shadows,” the film...

Elec Simon

Alumni Elec Simon’s Talent Took Him from UA to Broadway, but Proudest Moments Come from Helping Others Succeed

By Savannah Johns, Correspondent October 3, 2022

Upon meeting Elec Simon for the first time, his experience on Broadway, role in a Golden Globe-nominated film and gig with the Cleveland Cavaliers may be what come to mind first. However, it was a long...

 A front view of the Hower House.

Hower House Museum Presents: Poe & Doyle Victorian Crime Fiction

By Savannah Johns, Correspondent September 19, 2022

The Hower House Victorian Mansion was built in 1871 and was the long-time home of one of Akron’s leading industrial families. The mansion was deeded to UA and turned into a museum in the 1970s. It is...

Poster for the film Gaslight (1940).

Review of “Gaslight” (1940)

By Liv Ream, Film Critic September 19, 2022

Gaslight is a classic 1940 film, directed by Thorold Dickinson and written by Arthur Richard Rawlinson and Bridget Boland. It was based on the 1938 play Gas Light by Patrick Hamilton starring Diana Wynyard...

Ballet dancer twirls in pointe shoes.

UA Dance Institute Offers Adult Ballet Classes for Akron Community

By Abigail Geiser, Editor-in-Chief September 19, 2022

The University of Akron Dance Institute is offering adult ballet classes for UA students and adults of all  levels of experience. The classes are taught by Dance Institute instructor Julie Schullo in...

Woman in pajamas holding an Insomnia cookie. 

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

By Emily Price, Contributor / Copyeditor September 16, 2022

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

Before the pandemic, students attended recruitment opportunities in person.

Handshake Offers Northeast Ohio Regional Virtual Interview and Exploration Day for Students and Alumni of All Majors

By Abigail Geiser, Editor-in-Chief September 16, 2022

Handshake, an online recruiting platform for higher education students and alumni, is hosting a Northeast Ohio Regional Virtual Interview and Exploration Day for students and alumni of all majors on September...

A photo taken on Bezuhla’s trip to Lviv. She described having to stand for the entirety of the nine hour trip to the city. The young girl in the photo was asking her mother if she could hold their pet chinchilla.

Living in War: Ukrainian Woman Shares her Experience Behind the Front Lines

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor May 16, 2022

On Feb. 24, 2022, the Russian invasion of the Ukraine began. Hanna Bezuhla, a business-to-business sales consultant and content creator at lemlist, an outreach platform, shared her firsthand stories of...

Team BOLD Presents 2022 Senior Exhibition Showcase

Team BOLD Presents 2022 Senior Exhibition Showcase

By LeKesha Parkman, Editor-in-Chief April 22, 2022

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

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

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

Two College of Business Assistant Professors are Accelerating Student Learning

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor April 11, 2022

March marked Women’s History Month with the celebration of International Women’s Day’s on March 8. However, it is important to continue celebrating successful women faculty members at The University...

Students Revamp University of Akron Pre-Law Society

Students Revamp University of Akron Pre-Law Society

By Savannah Johns, Correspondent April 11, 2022

For many years, The University of Akron’s Pre-Law Society thrived. The society met to gain perspective about the legal profession and prepare students for law school admissions. However, after the...

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

By Sarah Minear, Correspondent April 11, 2022

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

University of Akron campus.

UA Students Struggle to Manage Changes with Academic Advising

By Emily Price, Copyeditor April 11, 2022

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

The 2022 Oscars Review: “Dune” Sweeps, “CODA” Wins Big and Celebrities Are Still Out of Touch

The 2022 Oscars Review: “Dune” Sweeps, “CODA” Wins Big and Celebrities Are Still Out of Touch

By Jaina Gedeon, Arts and Entertainment Editor April 11, 2022

This year’s Oscars was much more.... eventful this year.   To start off, I really do not want to talk about the Will Smith and Chris Rock situation. It has been talked to death on the internet the...

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