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College Democrats Engage UA Students in Politics through Several Events, Activities

Several members of the College Democrats at the University had the opportunity to visit Iowa during the Iowa Caucus.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2020

Editor's Note: The Buchtelite previously provided coverage of the College Republicans organization at The University of Akron. Students have the opportunity to get involved with politics on a local and national level while networking with real people through the College Democrats at The University ...

PC: ‘Politically Correct’ or ‘People Caring’?

By Jesse Harper,

December 5, 2016

In today’s day and age, it seems that certain groups, specifically those associated with the political right, are quick to demonize individuals and organizations for being “PC,” or politically correct. It seems that within the last couple of years or so, there has been a movement in the U.S. to ...

A Republican presidency would be a disaster for religious tolerance

By Nick Golina,

October 3, 2016

The current Republican platform claims that education includes the importance of “the handing over of a cultural identity.” Such a cultural identity within the republican psyche includes an evangelical conception of Christianity that would advocate for a religious curriculum strictly based on th...

Bernie Sanders’ disastrous trade proposal

By Nicholas Golina, Student Writer

April 20, 2016

In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he would renegotiate every trade deal made by the United States under new criteria. Sanders claims the U.S. can do this by negotiating trade deals based on equal and stringent labor and environm...

Importance of formulating political beliefs

Importance of formulating political beliefs

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

March 28, 2016

For many freshmen in college, this is the first time they are able to vote in a big election; being knowledgeable about candidates, issues, and politics in general is key. Though it is apparent through The Buchtelite’s political Campus Voice segments of the past few weeks, many Zips have said politics...

A voice to be heard

By Youngbin Jeong, Student Writer

March 16, 2016

Many people, especially younger generations, are discouraged by politics and voting due to negative publicity and information from news and peers. Many students show an expression of discontent about politicians and achievements by governments of any level because they believe politicians are not act...

‘Death of a Student’

By Allyson Smith, Student Writer

March 16, 2016

As a student at the University of Akron, I am weary and appalled by the current state of "politics" impacting our campus. In response, I wrote the following poem:   My parents aren’t rich but I’ve got a 3.8. They don’t know anyone… but my resume is great! “Well, that’s to...

Political apathy on campus

By Alex Belovich

March 9, 2016

The March 3rd edition of The Buchtelite asked what students thought about Clinton and Trump’s wins on Super Tuesday. What shocked me is that some of the respondents didn’t seem to know or care about the Super Tuesday primaries, or they didn’t believe paying attention to politics should be a priority...

Sanders should have your vote

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

March 9, 2016

No other presidential candidate has done more to inspire millennials than the oldest presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Sander’s proposal for free public college education and his intent to finance the program through an excise tax on Wall Street trades hits home for public university...

It’s wrong not to use your right

By Diana Nikolic, Student Writer

March 7, 2016

Having moved to Akron, Ohio from Australia, I have always wondered why voting, by many, is considered unimportant in the United States. Being born and raised in a country that enforces mandatory voting, I consider voting a necessity in the decisions of the future. The excuse I hear most often from p...


By Youngbin Jeong

March 2, 2016

On social media, #NeverTrump is the one of the biggest movements related to the presidential race. Despite Donald Trump’s audacious insults towards women, Hispanics, Muslims, the disabled, and immigrants, he is receiving abundant support from voters and politicians. Donald Trump’s campaign has b...

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 face off, civilly

By Dylan Reynolds, Writer

November 2, 2015

The College Republicans and the College Democrats met in Kolbe Hall last Thursday, Oct. 29, for their first annual debate. The event was hosted by No Labels of Akron and Pi Sigma Alpha.   The purpose of the event was to “foster bipartisan dialog between the parties,” according to moderator Dav...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 create a nine-member Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency. This group’s goal is to lower the...

Scarborough appoints new positions

President Scott Scarborough

By Dakota Phillips, Copy Editor

August 5, 2014

President Scarborough has taken no time in making changes around campus in his first couple months of taking office. He has taken the liberty of rearranging the people who answer directly to him, reducing the number from 20 to nine. “You can’t develop a relationship with 23 people giving 23 different...

World Cup brings diversity to UA

World Cup brings diversity to UA

By Tyler Jordan, Writer

July 22, 2014

The theatre in the Student Union was packed on June 12th as the Iranian and Nigerian national teams faced off in the World Cup. The University of Akron is a melting pot of students with different nationalities and backgrounds. The university is attended by distinguishable populations of people of ...

Students decide USG election

Chelsi King and Rachel Bodenschatz showing excitement for the up and coming year.

By Tyler Jordan, News Editor

July 2, 2014

In the wake of the 2014 Spring Semester there were a large number of positions that were filled at The University of Akron for the 2014-2015 school year. The most publicized was the election of a new president for the university. However, Undergraduate Student Government elected a variety of officials...

The media is failing the US

November 29, 2012

Written by: Branden Szabo This is what ABC White House reporter Jake Tapper said in August, as published in the Weekly Standard. I know the notion of liberal bias in the media is often met with laughter, but if you think that, I challenge you to read this article. Bias is not very easy to define. ...

Our View: Why you wanna leave now?

November 15, 2012

Written by: Abigail Chaff Have you heard the news? According to, thousands of people from 36 states want to secede from the United States and form their own governments. Since the reelection of President Obama, a number of secession petitions have been submitted online for review by Co...

Voting Rights Act affects people years later

November 8, 2012

Written by: Emily Barry The Voting Rights Act, signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965, states that “No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any...

Obama to stay four more years

November 8, 2012

Written by: Katelyn Freil President Barack Obama was reelected on Tuesday for a second term as the president of the United States. For every student at The University of Akron that is happy with the results of the election, there is another that is disappointed. Melanie Valentine, a sophomore physical therapy major, said that she ...

Presidential debates important, not enough to sway some students

November 8, 2012

Written by: Victoria Barrientos Many students looked to presidential debates to cast an informed vote in the first election in which they were eligible to vote. Whether the debates actually swayed their opinions is another issue. In an informal, anonymous survey of 50 students in the Student Union, 6...

Lies, money and the media

November 8, 2012

Written by: Matthew Balsinger As this election cycle comes to a close (finally), there are three unprecedented problems with politics and public discourse that I see coming to a head. These problems are not shared by all, and they are not equal on both sides of the line. There are parties that are...

Girl About Campus: Oh, Republican dads

November 8, 2012

Written by: Helen Dauka Three roommates. Three best friends. Three non-confrontational people. I am talking about the same three people here, FYI. My roommates and I are pretty tight. Minus the fact that we’re two Democrats and a Republican. Thankfully, we’re all non-confrontational. But either way, ...

Undecided voters running out of time

November 6, 2012

Written by: Julie Kline Many student voters are still undecided going into Tuesday’s presidential election. “Both men have good ideas, but neither candidate fits my specific needs,” said senior communication major Charli Transue. In key swing states — such as Ohio — there are about 900,00...

Cost of education important to students and candidates

November 6, 2012

Written by: Joe Zazo Some University of Akron students feel that education plays an important role in the upcoming presidential election, while others are not so sure what either candidate has to offer. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 24 turned ou...

First-time voters feeling the heat

November 6, 2012

Written by: Rosheeda Bryant With just hours left before the close 2012 presidential election, first-time voters at The University of Akron are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and excited. “I am feeling stressed because a lot of people are encouraging me to vote early, and I am having a hard time find...

Campaign ads help some, annoy others

November 6, 2012

Written by: Alicia Seitz As the polls begin to open and voting starts, student voters are looking for more actual information than just campaign ads. Student voters hear campaign ads every time they turn on the television or tune into the radio. “I feel if you want to be an educated voter, you must ...

College Democrats rally for Obama

November 6, 2012

Written by: Forrest Dukes The College Democrats at The University of Akron (CDUA) have been working hard this semester to get local college students to reelect President Obama. “We need to win this election,” said Christen Cox, president of the CDUA. “I understand that many are still hurting, a...

Clinton brings Obama campaign to Akron

November 6, 2012

Written by: Katelyn Freil and Heather Beyer When President Barack Obama announced his plans to hold a campaign rally at the James A. Rhodes Arena last week, English professor Dr. Bob Pope was reminded of seeing former President Bill Clinton in 1991 with his daughter, Alexis. Alexis Pope, a 29-year-...

Exercise your right

November 6, 2012

Written by: Abigail Chaff I always felt like I was too cool to vote. I was above the discussions and the arguments that come along with a presidential campaign. How is anyone supposed to choose a leader when, more often than not, each option is terrible? Does anyone tell the truth anymore? Is any ...

Why choose Obama

November 6, 2012

Written by: Jessica Johnson As I look at my absentee ballot for this election, I wonder, “Which presidential candidate really is going to send this country forward and make the progress that I want to see?” I soon find that this question is not so easily answered. I have values and goals that I...

President Obama to visit UA campus

October 30, 2012

Written by: Katelyn Freil President Barack Obama will visit The University of Akron this Wednesday as part of his presidential campaign. The president will speak in the James A. Rhodes Arena. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets were released at the JAR, the Summit County Democratic Headquarters, and the Laborers Union Hall Mon...

Political burnout trending

October 25, 2012

Written by: Kara Hemphill With the next presidential election just a couple of weeks away, it’s no surprise that politics have been getting more attention from the media and the public alike. This is the first presidential election in which many undergraduates will have the opportunity to vote. It may ...

NeW celebrates anniversary

October 9, 2012

Written by: Katelyn Freil September 29 marked the eighth anniversary of the nation’s Network of enlightened Women (NeW), an organization for conservative university women. “NeW stands for the empowerment of women through education on social issues, politics, and women's issues, and NeW is the n...

C-SPAN educates university students

October 4, 2012

Written by: Katelyn Freil C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 Digital Bus came to campus on Tuesday to offer an educational experience for students and an opportunity for them to look inside the campaign bus. The bus sat outside of the Student Union for two hours yesterday. Laura Massie, the director of media relations at The University of Akr...

Think before you tweet

October 2, 2012

Written by: Beau Brown With the upcoming election, we are up to our knees in U.S. politics, but now many university students are in neck-deep as on-campus politics are poured into the vat. This past month at The University of Akron, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Union (LGBTU) has been...

USG senator’s tweet sends LGBTU into protests

October 2, 2012

Written by: Heather Beyer and Katelyn Freil The Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgender Union student organization at Akron stood their ground on Monday as they protested the Undergraduate Student Government for recent conflict between the groups. The conflict started when Josh Nagy, current student senator ...

Political student organizations get ready for the upcoming elections

September 18, 2012

Written by: Morgan LaVallee In case you’ve forgotten, it’s election season. And with the elections comes a poisonous amount of propaganda and lies from both parties. But political rhetoric aside, this 2012 presidential election promises to be critically important for the economy, for the middle c...

The Obama problem

September 6, 2012

Written by: Russ Friend The lofty presidential re-election dreams of the Democratic Party are quickly becoming nightmares as President Obama tries to turn his failures into successes. With President Obama’s approval rating spiraling downward and unemployment inching upward, he is vulnerable. His ...

I rebel, therefore we exist

September 6, 2012

Written by: Abigail Chaff I have become astounded by the rampant apathy of the vast majority of students on this campus. You know apathy, right? Or haven’t you ever cared enough to look it up? Well, defines it as “an absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement,” o...

The Politics of a Strong Fiscal Policy

September 28, 2011

By: Russ Friend Personally, I don't care who created this mess; I blame the American Public because we voted them into office. What I care about is that a strong fiscal policy is created to restore confidence and encourage economic growth. This requires a two-pronged approach involving spending cuts an...