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UA School of Law gets $100k from federal program

UA School of Law gets $100k from federal program

By Dylan Reynolds May 4, 2016

After receiving a $100,000 grant, The University of Akron School of Law is partnering with the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) to help youths with criminal records find jobs and affordable...

President names new chief of staff

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor May 4, 2016

On Tuesday, May 3, University of Akron President Scott Scarborough appointed William Lyons as his interim chief of staff. Lyons has been a political science professor at UA since 1996, becoming director...

Less confidence than before

New survey shows faculty opinion of UA leadership worse than last fall
By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor May 2, 2016

The results of a survey released yesterday show that UA faculty have even less confidence in University leadership and direction than they did fall semester. “Approximately 9 out of every 10 faculty...

In 2011, the total number of faculty at UA was 2,001. Each year since, that number has declined to its 2015 total of 1,680. This trend, broken up into the four types of faculty at UA, is illustrated above. There is no projected figure for part-time faculty in 2016 because that statistic is dependent on enrollment, which is not yet known.

Fewer visiting, more full-time faculty

Temporary lecturers' contracts not to be renewed next fall
By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor April 27, 2016

For next fall, The University of Akron administration is trying to cut back the number of visiting lecturers to make room for more full-time, bargaining-unit (union) faculty. There are about 100 temporary...

Exceptional people honored with LIFE awards

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor April 25, 2016

Many exceptional students, staff and faculty members were recognized with 2016 UA LIFE awards last Wednesday evening, April 20, at a large ceremony in the Student Union ballrooms. LIFE stands for legacy,...

This 384-year-old book, UA archives original copy of Shakespeares second folio, was displayed at last Fridays event celebrating the playwrights life and work.

The Sweet Swan of Avon; alive on the day of his death

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor April 25, 2016

William Shakespeare was quite alive last week when The University of Akron celebrated the 400th anniversary of his death. Last Friday, April 22, UA’s English and Archival Services departments teamed...

Exercise science student Cindy Hampton was recognized for excellence at yesterdays meeting. During her speech, she fittingly asked Board members and the audience to stand up and stretch their arms for a break. President Scott Scarborough and Board Chair Pavloff are on the left.

Quiet meeting, quiet protest

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor April 13, 2016

Out in Orrville at UA’s Wayne College campus, it was a quiet day for both trustees and protesters. Yesterday, April 13, was the UA Board of Trustee’s last meeting of spring semester – its...

Left to right: John and Sarah Adams, Because I said I would founder Alex Sheen, Williams Honors College Dean Lakeesha Ransom.

Keep promises, because you said you would

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor April 13, 2016

Making promises isn’t difficult, but keeping them is. It’s also what makes a person stand out. On Tuesday night, a man best known around the world for keeping his own promises and inspiring others...

The Board of Trustees held its last meeting on Feb. 10 on the third floor of the Student Union, pictured here.

Away from the main

This week’s Board meeting moved to Wayne College; first time in eight years
By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor April 11, 2016

Not since eight years ago has The University of Akron Board of Trustees held a meeting anywhere other than main campus. Yet the Board’s next meeting, slated for this Wednesday, April 13 at 10 a.m.,...

From right to left on yesterdays panel: Michael Strong, dean of students; sociology professor Kathryn Feltey;  trustee Olivia Demas; student trustee Darnell Davis; and trustee Warren Woolford.

Concerned students speak up

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor April 6, 2016

At a unique event yesterday in Schrank Hall South, a group of about 20 students were given free rein to voice their concerns to select University representatives, including two members of the UA Board...

From left to right: Jash Smith, Thomas Hoster, Matt Berger, Scott Michaud, Jackson St. Clair.

Paintball team headed to nationals

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor April 4, 2016

You might not have heard that The University of Akron’s paintball team is headed to the national championships this April. The team, which was founded in February of 2011 and now has 15 members,...

Choose your leadership

Choose your leadership

By Logan Lane and Grant Morgan March 31, 2016

UA’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is now holding elections for next year’s president, vice president, and senate members. If you are an undergraduate, you should have received an email this...

What you missed over spring break

What you missed over spring break

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor March 28, 2016

Kristina Aiad-Toss and Logan Lane contributed reporting  While you were away on spring break, an update came about when and how students will be getting their fee refunds, UA’s faculty union and...

Survey captures student opinion of UA leadership

Survey captures student opinion of UA leadership

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor March 14, 2016

Just over 56 percent of undergraduate students say they have no confidence in UA President Scott Scarborough, a survey released last week by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) shows. The survey,...

John Zogby, renowned political pollster, spoke at an event last week as part of EXLs Launch Week.

Schedule an ‘un-class’ with EXL

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor March 9, 2016

In the print version of this article, Ian Schwarber was incorrectly quoted as writing "best rest assured," when really he wrote "but rest assured."   After a successful opening week, UA’s new Experiential...

John Zogby, David Cohen, James Holland, and Cyndra Miller participate in the panel The Transformative Power of the Millennial Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election.

EXL Launch Week day one: introductions, millennials

By Zaina Salem , Grant Morgan , and Dylan Reynolds March 2, 2016

“The notion that you have to pick between what you love and paying the bills is absurd,” said Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline and founding director of The University of Akron’s new EXL Center. A...

Board of Trustees Chairman Jonathan Pavloff.

Q&A with Board Chair Jonathan Pavloff: rebranding, President Scarborough, faculty, more

By Grant Morgan and Kristina Aiad-Toss February 18, 2016

In an interview with The Buchtelite last Monday, Feb. 15, UA Board of Trustees Chair Jonathan Pavloff gave responses neither supporting nor criticizing President Scott Scarborough.   Asked if the board...

Ashley Bair silently protests by holding up the Akron Beacon Journal Scarborough must go ad at a Board meeting.

Board responds to calls for change

Trustees meet amid calls for change in leadership, votes of no confidence, ad campaigns
By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor February 10, 2016

In the printed version of the article, UA Board of Trustees Chair Jonathan Pavloff is introduced only with his last name, and without reference of what position he holds at UA.    After the...

Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 14, 2015.

Key issues on the table

Trustees to consider no-confidence resolution, 'proposed course fees,' and more
By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor February 8, 2016

According to University spokesman Wayne Hill, the "proposed course fees" mentioned in this article are for law students in the UA School of Law's international program in Asia, and for Fire and Hazardous...

UA President Scott Scarborough speaks to the Faculty Senate on Thursday, Feb. 4, shortly before it voted 50-2 for a resolution of no confidence in him.

Faculty senate votes ‘no confidence’ in Scarborough

By Grant Morgan , Logan Lane , and Nick Peterman February 5, 2016

By a count of 50-2, the UA faculty senate voted no confidence in President Scott Scarborough at its last meeting on Feb. 4, 2016. The no-confidence resolution cited reasons why the “University has...

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Confirmations – Prospective students who have paid the $145 online admissions fee, and confirmed their intent to enroll at UA.

Fewer headed to UA?

Early numbers show decline in freshmen likely to enroll
By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor February 1, 2016

Freshman applications to UA were down 6 percent in mid-January from the same time last year, as the number of admitted students who had confirmed their intent to enroll in fall 2016 were down 32 percent,...

Mr. Cow celebrates the opening of Chick-fil-A in the Student Union on Tuesday.

Chick-fil-A, Panda Express now serving

‘Grand opening’ on first day of spring classes, more venues later in semester
By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor January 25, 2016

Last week on the first day of spring classes, Jan. 19, a few new and what are likely to be popular dining venues opened on campus. What was Ohio Burger in the Student Union is now a Chick-fil-A and...

What you might have missed

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor January 25, 2016

Finals week is demanding, and it’s often difficult for students to keep up with anything other than studying, finishing final projects, and taking tests. Then, when winter break comes, many take full...

Ad campaign seeking reform in UA governance

Ad campaign seeking reform in UA governance

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor December 15, 2015

A new campaign is in progress to reform the way top decisions are being made at The University of Akron. Paid for by “Advocates for The University of Akron, Students and Faculty,” the campaign has...

In June, a ‘literal political campaign’ to change UA’s name by January 2016

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor December 7, 2015

It started early this year as a post on a zipsnation.org forum. Since, the topic of a UA name-change — a rebranding, a new slogan, a marketing tagline, whatever one might call it now — has been...

Prominent Akron business leaders signed a full-page Akron Beacon Journal ad urging readers to give the Universitys changes some time.

Business council formed to advise Scarborough and Board of Trustees

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor November 30, 2015

In spite of extensive dissatisfaction from other constituents, at least one group puts hope in the direction of UA: Akron’s business executives.   On Sunday, Nov. 29, seven prominent Akron businessmen...

The Black Students United rally was held on Monday, Nov. 16, outside of the Union.

Campuses confront race issues

Black student leaders disapprove of way UA rally was portrayed in headline
By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor November 23, 2015

Last week, The Buchtelite published a story about UA Black Students United’s rally in support of the protesters’ cause at the University of Missouri (Mizzou), held on Nov. 16 outside of the Student...

President Scott Scarborough at the Nov. 18 Akron Press Club luncheon. Emcee M.L. Schultze of WKSU-FM is in the background.

Many questions, few answers

At Akron Press Club Event, Scarborough reconsiders higher-level course fees among other topics
By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor November 19, 2015

“No topic is off-limits,” UA President Scott Scarborough told the crowd at yesterday’s Akron Press Club event in Quaker Square’s banquet hall, where nearly 175 educators, students, staff, alumni,...

Sexual assault survey responses released

Shows 8.1 percent of respondents had nonconsensual sexual contact
By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor November 4, 2015

Students received troubling, but important, news in a special edition of Zipmail yesterday. The letter was from President Scott Scarborough, and it highlighted some of the findings from the UA Sexual...

At his State of the University address, President Scott Scarborough read from retired UA professor George Kneppers book, Summits Glory, to illustrate how UAs financial troubles are nothing new.

Whose ‘State of the University’ is correct?

By Grant Morgan and Kristina Aiad-Toss October 21, 2015

UA President Scott Scarborough was not the only one to give his thoughts on the state of the university on Tuesday. Faculty did, too. One hour before the president’s first “State of the University”...

Messina addresses USG senate

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor October 12, 2015

A special guest came to last week’s Undergraduate Student Government senate meeting to talk about, and perhaps clarify, recent changes at The University of Akron. The guest was John Messina, associate...

New faculty, recalled staff

New faculty, recalled staff

Chief Financial Officer Nathan Mortimer says 30 to 34 staff, whose positions were abolished over summer, were recalled.
By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor September 30, 2015

Not all employees whose positions were cut in July have left The University of Akron for good. “We’ve had a number of people who we’ve brought back because of bumping rights or [their] skill set...

Faculty in disaccord with University leadership

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor September 28, 2015

Faculty are not happy with the way things are going at The University of Akron. Yesterday, the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released results of a survey...

UA was the second stop on the groups month-long college circuit.

Religious provokers return

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor September 16, 2015

Students react peaceably when told they are going to hell. At least they did on Tuesday, when three men from an independent Christian church in Ohio took up positions outside Leigh Hall to proselytize....

Seal of The University of Akron in front of Buchtel Hall.

President says name won’t change

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor September 16, 2015

In the print version of this article, UA Student Trustee Darnell Davis' name is incorrectly written as Darnell Wilson. The Buchtelite acknowledges this mistake.  “There are no plans to change the...

ASEC library could close

ASEC library could close

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor September 14, 2015

UA’s Science and Technology Library, located in the Auburn Science and Engineering Center, could close. The library’s operations—supporting students in the “health and life sciences, engineering...

Dining Services, students opinions two weeks in

Dining Services, students’ opinions two weeks in

By Grant Morgan and Spencer Skolnick September 9, 2015

Absent in the print version of this article is the acknowledgement of news writer Spencer Skolnick's contributions to this story.  In early July, the Aramark Corporation arrived on campus to take...

Current view of what was previously Ohio Burger in the Student Union. Other venue construction going on around campus.

What’s happening with Dining Services?

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor August 22, 2015

Students can expect a different dining experience this fall, as UA recently hired the Aramark Corporation to take over its Dining Services. Aramark is a big company—207th of the list of Fortune 500s—that...

Love Markel speaks to a group in Olin Hall Room 124 on Friday, May 1, to organize the details of next weeks protest.

Upcoming campus protest against UA name-change

By Grant Morgan , Managing Editor May 1, 2015

Seventeen students gathered in Olin Hall Room 124 today, May 1, to work out the details of a protest against a name-change for The University of Akron. The protest will take place next Friday, May 8,...

The advocates stopped for photos three times: The UA circle outside the Honors Complex, the Union, and Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron.

Gun-rights advocates parade through campus

By Grant Morgan , News Editor April 27, 2015

In the printed version of this article, which was published on April 28, 2015, Jeremy Krantz was referred to as an "ex-Marine." The Buchtelite recognizes this mistake—that "ex-Marine" is an incorrect...

Open carry walk on Saturday

Open carry walk on Saturday

Firearm-wielding group to move through campus, downtown
By Grant Morgan , News Editor April 22, 2015

Don’t be surprised to see a group of people openly wielding firearms on UA’s campus this weekend.  Jeffry Smith, a National Rifle Association Certified Firearms Instructor and Life Member, organized...

Knight Foundation announces $250,000 grant

Following $120,000 to E.J., $20,000 for service-learning projects
By Spencer DeVeau , News Writer April 13, 2015

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is at it again. Last Wednesday, April 8, the Knight Foundation announced a $250,000 grant to The University of Akron. UA can use the grant for whatever...

Update on name-change considerations

By Grant Morgan , News Editor April 1, 2015

A name can tell a lot about a university. Or can it? What is now known as The University of Akron began as Buchtel College in 1870. Buchtel College and its assets were transferred to the City of...

UA professor receives grant for Alzheimer’s research

By Kristina Aiad-Toss , Writer March 31, 2015

A university professor has been granted $100,000 to continue his critical research on Alzheimer’s and other nerve diseases. Jie Zheng, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering...

The presidential candidates, Taylor Swift and Garrett Scherba, debate campus issues.

USG presidential, vice-presidential candidates debate in Starbucks lounge

By Grant Morgan , News Editor March 11, 2015

Students gathered in the Student Union Starbucks Lounge on Wednesday evening for USG’s presidential and vice-presidential candidate debate. The two candidates for president are Garrett Scherba and...

Three students receive dining plan information in front of the UA Dining Services table.

Fair exhibits housing alternatives

By Grant Morgan , News Writer March 5, 2015

UA’s Off-Campus Student Services held its annual housing fair in the Union on Wednesday, March 4, which gave students critical information on finding and choosing a place to live next school year. Around...

Graphic by Michael Schwartz and Ted Boyer

What to consider when renting or leasing

By Grant Morgan , News Editor March 5, 2015

Students confronted for the first time with finding a place to live have many things to take into account, both when looking for and at a potential residence. Rentals and leases are nearly the same;...

The Speech and Debate Team members pose at Bricco restaurant in downtown Akron after the OFA State Championship.

Speech and Debate Team places second at state championship

By Sofia Syed , Arts & Life Editor February 25, 2015

UA’s Speech and Debate (forensics) Team took second place at the Ohio Forensics Association State Championship on Feb. 21 and 22.  The tournament was held in Kolbe Hall, beginning Saturday and ending...

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...

More support from Knight Foundation

By Sara Syed , News Writer February 18, 2015

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is supporting The University of Akron with its newest $20,000 grant for service-learning projects and other initiatives in the Akron area. One of the goals...

Rudy Francisco exposes social problems through slam poetry

By Grant Morgan , News Editor February 12, 2015

Spoken Word Poet Rudy Francisco demonstrated his oratorical prowess for UA students in the Student Union piano lounge on Tuesday,  Feb. 10. UA’s Residence Hall Program Board collaborated with...

Kasich proposes changes for Ohio higher education system

By Grant Morgan , News Editor February 12, 2015

Governor John Kasich’s recent budget proposal and executive order will change Ohio’s higher education system, and UA will not be excluded. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, Kasich signed an executive order to...

Peer mentoring recruitment table at Bierce Library on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Mentoring for any first-year students

By Grant Morgan , News Editor February 11, 2015

There is a program at UA for both new students who need advice for college life and any experienced student who is willing to give that advice. The Office of Multicultural Development’s peer mentoring...

Knight Foundation funds free tickets

By Grant Morgan , Arts & Life Editor February 9, 2015

There is an old venue using new means to promote art and culture near downtown Akron. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently awarded EJ Thomas Hall with $120,000. This money will be used...

University of Akron researcher awarded grant

By Spencer Skolnick, Writer September 9, 2014

A University of Akron researcher was recently awarded a $800,000 grant. Dr. Judit E. Puskas received the grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance her studies with synthetic rubber...

Grant used to provide new internships and co-ops

March 7, 2013

Gabby Glandorf The University of Akron recently received a little under a million dollars through the Ohio Means Internships and Co-Ops (OMIC) grant. “The goal of the grant is to open up new paid internship...

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