The Buchtelite

Why Everyone Should Take a Poetry Class

“Daring to Take up Space, by Daniell Koepke” by Book Catalog

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2019

As someone who is not an English major, I was extremely hesitant to take any type of poetry class. In my mind, poetry was dull, meaningless words written by old men.   However, when I took a class called “American women poets” for my women’s studies minor, I was quickly immersed in the world o...

ODD? ROD Performs at Akron

ODD? ROD Performs at Akron

By Hamzah Syed,

November 16, 2016

  On Nov.15, spoken word artist “Odd?Rod” performed at The University of Akron’s Student Union Starbucks 7:17 p.m. show. Odd?Rod, whose real name is Roderick Borisade, is a well-known performing artist who visits college campuses around the U.S. A single act, he takes the stage with...

First Open Mic Night at Union

Student Paul Clifford performs songs while playing guitar in the Starbucks Lounge.

By Sofia Syed, Arts & Life Editor

March 7, 2016

Students were given the chance to perform songs, skits, dances, poetry, and stand-up comedy for Open Mic Night in the Student Union Starbucks Lounge last Wednesday, March 2. This event was hosted by Z-TV, a multiple Emmy Award winning producer of broadcast television programming at UA. This is...

Empowering through poetry

Poet Asia Samson recites a poem.

By George Dunlap, Writer

February 17, 2016

“I’ll be by your side, scribbling love with a pink crayon all over their picket signs,” were the final words of Asia Samon’s heartfelt tribute poem to his sister, Carla Cassandra Samson, entitled “Pink Crayons.” ​On Feb. 15, poets Asia Samson and Jollan Aurelio performed at The University...

Black expression benefit for Flint water crisis

Members of Black Students United presented

By Preston Davis, Writer

February 8, 2016

Raw aggression and sincere emotion took the stage at an event last Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Student Union Starbucks Lounge to benefit the victims of the Flint water crisis. “Too Black,” a spoken-word poet from Indianapolis, was the event’s keynote performer, which was organized by UA’s Black...

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 Sigma Lambda, an honorary student service organization, to host Francisco. This event was one of t...

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...

Why nobody likes poetry

Why nobody likes poetry

February 7, 2013

Nick Nussen It is often thought that poetry is dead and that all the poets are likewise cold in the earth. This is nonsense. We have more poets than ever, and their voluminous works are found in the approximately five million poetry magazines in circulation. The problem is that each publication has ...

Our View: Buchtelite staff response to poetry

February 7, 2013

As a scientist I don’t often find myself reading poetry, but I will say that there are upsides and downsides to poetry. Homer, for example, contributes significantly to Western literature. However, poetry is one of those subjects that can have a lot of snobbery associated with it. And by snobbery,...


April 25, 2012

Written by: Crystal Kouns Todd Brown, a junior at Barberton High School and winner of the Honors College Poetry Slam hosted by Dr. Hal Foster and the Barberton Project on April 11,, is no stranger to conformity. Brown, who hopes to one day become a professional tattoo artist, expressed his frustrations ...