The Buchtelite

Out with the old

By Logan Lane, Managing Editor

September 7, 2016


Filed under News

Over the summer, Scott Scarborough ended a short but controversial tenure as The University of Akron’s president. The Board of Trustees, the governing body of the University, announced Scarborough’s resignation on its May 31 board meeting. “The Board is charged with ensuring the effective governance, ...

Grad students unsatisfied with leadership

Grad students unsatisfied with leadership

By Logan Lane, Copy Editor

May 4, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

University of Akron graduate students are not confident in President Scott Scarborough’s leadership, new survey results say. The Graduate Student Government (GSG) sent out the survey to 4,019 graduate students on Feb. 23 and garnered a 21 percent response rate (834 students). The survey’s...

President names new chief of staff

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

May 4, 2016


Filed under Campus News

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 of the Center for Conflict Management in 2000. He also has led such campus programs as Rethinking...

Less confidence than before

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

May 2, 2016


Filed under Campus News

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 believe that the university is worse off than it was two years ago, that the public sees the Unive...

Scarborough looks to round out his team

Scarborough looks to round out his team

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, Photo Editor

April 25, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

“There’s still a few more pieces of the puzzle that I have left to place,” said University of Akron President Scott Scarborough regarding the seven vacant positions on his management team for next fall semester. Mentioned by Scarborough at the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) meeting o...

Honoring Zak Husein by giving back

Honoring Zak Husein by giving back

By Zaina Salem, Editor in chief

April 20, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

“Do not forget your loved ones. Please remember…. tell everybody all the good things you feel about them. Get straight to the point, because sometimes you will not have a chance.” These words came from Ammar Husein, who spoke in front of about 450 people at a charity event held in honor of his...

Quiet meeting, quiet protest

Quiet meeting, quiet protest

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

April 13, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

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 first meeting reviving the annual tradition, stopped eight years ago, of meeting at a location off...

Bodenschatz, Galehouse win USG presidential election

Bodenschatz, Galehouse win USG presidential election

By Logan Lane, Copy Editor

April 11, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

Megan Bodenschatz has won the the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Student Government presidential election, USG announced at its weekly senate meeting last Thursday, April 7. Bodenschatz and her vice president Sterling Galehouse received 57.6 percent of the vote, beating out Isaac Lampner and running-mate C...

Choose your leadership

Choose your leadership

By Logan Lane and Grant Morgan

March 31, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

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 morning explaining how to vote. There is also a link to the bio page of the candidates. Voting...

USG should take action after survey

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

March 17, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Several weeks ago, at a time when tension ran high on campus after the Faculty Senate’s overwhelming no-confidence vote in President Scott Scarborough, UA’s Undergraduate Student Government issued a comprehensive survey to its constituents because its leadership was hesitant to act without a clear...

Survey captures student opinion of UA leadership

Survey captures student opinion of UA leadership

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

March 14, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

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, which was anonymous and included both multiple choice and open-ended questions, garnered respo...

Distinguished professors rebuke UA leadership

Distinguished professors rebuke UA leadership

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

February 29, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

As the faculty union goes into emergency meetings today and tomorrow to discuss a strike-authorization vote, a group of distinguished UA professors has publicly declared their disapproval of the University’s direction under the leadership of President Scott Scarborough. The title of “Distinguish...

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

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

By Grant Morgan and Kristina Aiad-Toss

February 17, 2016


Filed under Campus News

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 had unanimous support in Scarborough from all seven of its voting members, Pavloff said, “The...

USG seeks student attitudes toward UA leadership

By Nick Peterman, News Writer

February 17, 2016


Filed under Campus News

At the Undergraduate Student Government senate meeting on Feb. 11, USG President Taylor Swift announced plans to issue a campus-wide survey to all students in order to gather student sentiment toward campus leadership. The survey, which was sent to student emails Monday, Feb. 15, comes as USG conside...

Board responds to calls for change

Board responds to calls for change

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

February 10, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

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 faculty senate’s near-unanimous vote of no confidence in President Scott Scarborough, and a more ...

Key issues on the table

Key issues on the table

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

February 8, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

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 Materials students for the purchasing of protective clothing.  After an eventful week in which...

Faculty senate votes ‘no confidence’ in Scarborough

Faculty senate votes ‘no confidence’ in Scarborough

By Grant Morgan, Logan Lane, and Nick Peterman

February 5, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

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 been negatively impacted over the past year,” including declining enrollment, miscommunication of the ...

Big gift, new name

Big gift, new name

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

February 3, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

Yesterday, UA announced plans to change the name of its Honors College after receiving a $3 million gift from alumni Gary and Pamela Williams. The gift expands the Williamses’ $7 million bequest given to the University in 2008, which turns their total commitment to more than $10 million. But even ...

Fewer headed to UA?

Fewer headed to UA?

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

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, University data show. These numbers, updated every week, provide only a snapshot of how the annual...

EXL Center promises ‘experiential learning’

By Dylan Reynolds, Writer

February 1, 2016


Filed under News

A new initiative, led by Priceline.com co-founder Jeff Hoffman, is staking its claim in the Student Union and Bierce Library.                                                                                       The initiative is dubbed “The Experiential Learnin...

What you might have missed

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

January 25, 2016


Filed under Campus News

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 advantage of the respite from classes by directing all their focus to other aspects of their lives...

Ad campaign seeking reform in UA governance

Ad campaign seeking reform in UA governance

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

December 15, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

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 so far included five three-quarter-page black-and-white ads printed in the Akron Beacon Journal. “STOP”...

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

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

December 7, 2015


Filed under News

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 persistently in the news. But last Friday, The Devil Strip released a story about an administrative email tha...

How many times must we ask for transparency?

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

December 3, 2015


Filed under Editorials

Last Sunday the Akron Beacon Journal ran a full-page ad signed by seven of Akron’s prominent business executives, which exhorted readers to put faith in the changes at UA and “come together” to support it. Near the bottom of the ad in smaller letters read: “Paid for by the Friends of The U...

Business council formed to advise Scarborough and Board of Trustees

Business council formed to advise Scarborough and Board of Trustees

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

November 30, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

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 signed a full-page advertisement in the Akron Beacon Journal urging readers to give the University’s ...

Many questions, few answers

Many questions, few answers

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

November 18, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

“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, administrators and community members came to hear him speak. But assuring that no topics are off-limits d...

Thoughts on Akron Press Club meeting

By Keirsten Heckel

November 18, 2015


Filed under Guest Viewpoints

As one of the four students that attended the Akron Press Club Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 18, I noticed something that I have not seen with President Scarborough before: he seemed more engaged with the audience and ready to be transparent. Scarborough started the event off with first asking the audience...

A ‘normal meeting’

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

November 18, 2015


Filed under Editorials

UA President Scott Scarborough began his Akron Press Club speech yesterday by pulling out the dry erase markers and telling the audience he was going to run it like he does “normal meetings” with “faculty, staff, or students.” He asked audience members to raise their hand and propose topics, ...

Graduate assistantships on chopping block

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, Photo Editor

November 16, 2015


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

  The headline of the print version of this article incorrectly implied that graduate assistantships will be cut; however, the elimination of some, not all, graduate assistantships is not assured, but is being discussed at this time.  In response to persisting budget problems at The Uni...

Burns, Williams featured in third Town Hall meeting

Burns, Williams featured in third Town Hall meeting

By Logan Lane, Copy Editor

November 16, 2015


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

At the third meeting in the Undergraduate Student Government’s Town Hall series, students picked up the microphone to hurl questions — directly, this time — at UA Vice President of Advancement Larry Burns and new Director of Athletics Lawrence Williams. “It makes it hard for [administrato...

Students as ‘customers’

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

November 11, 2015


Filed under Editorials

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

Anonymous Akron doesn’t hold back

Anonymous Akron doesn’t hold back

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

November 9, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

Unlike recent campus demonstrations — whose sole emphases revolve around condemning UA’s Board of Trustees, president, and higher administration — a different group of protestors paraded through campus last Thursday, Nov. 5.   The group was Anonymous Akron, a subgroup of the widely known bu...

Faculty Senate committee formed to consider lack of confidence vote on Scarborough

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

November 9, 2015


Filed under Campus News

University President Scott Scarborough might soon receive a formal “lack of confidence” expression from the UA Faculty Senate. A resolution “to create an ad hoc committee to consider proposing a resolution expressing the Senate’s lack of confidence in President Scarborough” was passed...

Sexual assault survey responses released

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under News

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 Assault and Violence Education Team (SAVE) survey from earlier this year. Unlike other universiti...

Defining ‘courage’ in light of UA’s plight

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

October 21, 2015


Filed under Editorials

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

Whose ‘State of the University’ is correct?

Whose ‘State of the University’ is correct?

By Grant Morgan and Kristina Aiad-Toss

October 21, 2015


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

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” address, around 80 UA educators in academic regalia and black armbands gathered outside E.J. Thomas Ha...

Town Hall meeting leaves something to be desired

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

October 7, 2015


Filed under Editorials

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

New faculty, recalled staff

New faculty, recalled staff

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

September 30, 2015


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

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 and put in different positions,” UA Chief Financial Officer Nathan Mortimer said, referencing the retur...

Scarborough to speak at USG Town Hall forum

Scarborough to speak at USG Town Hall forum

By Logan Lane, Copy Editor

September 30, 2015


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

UA President Scott Scarborough will be fielding questions at a public forum on Monday, Oct. 5. The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is hosting the event at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. This marks the second forum in a series USG has labeled as “Town Hall” meetings. These foru...

Faculty in disaccord with University leadership

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

September 28, 2015


Filed under News

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 sent out to assess opinions about the current leadership at UA. The survey results come after months of ...

President says name won’t change

President says name won’t change

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

September 16, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

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 name of The University of Akron— now or in the future. Period.” This statement came from a ...

Protesting the President

Protesting the President

By Zaina Salem, Editor-in-Chief

September 9, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

The Buchtelite acknowledges a mistake in the print version of this article: Alyssa Perrone's name is spelled incorrectly as Alyssa "Parrone."  Recent backlash toward job layoffs, program cuts, and lack of transparency prompted students to form a protest behind Buchtel Hall on Wednesday, Septembe...

An open letter: USG to President Scarborough

July 13, 2015


Filed under Letters to the Editor

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

Upcoming campus protest against UA name-change

Upcoming campus protest against UA name-change

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

May 1, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

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, starting at 3:30 p.m. Students can join the protest at one of two meeting points on campus: in front...

Update on name-change considerations

By Grant Morgan, News Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Campus News

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 Akron in 1913, when its name changed to the Municipal University of Akron. Then, in 1967, the Municipal...

Eighth Black Male Summit to address inequities

Eighth Black Male Summit to address inequities

By Ian Vanek, News Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus News, Showcase

The eighth annual Black Male Summit will be returning Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 to The University of Akron’s campus.  The Black Male Summit was started in 2008 and brings together national leaders, educators, policy makers, civic organizations, and myriad other disciplines to addre...

Name change? President Scarborough considers dropping ‘The University of Akron’

Name change? President Scarborough considers dropping ‘The University of Akron’

By Zaina Salem, Managing Editor

March 11, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

The University of Akron might undergo a name change. This idea was one of many discussed as part of UA’s ongoing strategic planning process. According to a statement released by President Scarborough, a new name for The University of Akron would “reflect its unique strengths in polytechnical...

University Council makes recommendations

University Council makes recommendations

By Nicholas Summers, Copy Editor

March 11, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

University Council held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 3 p.m. in the Union to discuss a number of topics and motions to recommend to president Scarborough.   “UC is a deliberative and representative body that makes recommendations to the President on long-range planning and inform...

UA marks historic day of Presidential inauguration

UA marks historic day of Presidential inauguration

By William Singer, News Editor

September 23, 2014


Filed under News, Showcase

The University of Akron’s President Scott L. Scarborough made history Friday, Sept. 19 being formally inaugurated in a ceremony held in E.J. Thomas Hall. The ceremony marked the first time in 15 years that the university welcomed a new president. Scarborough replaces Luis Proenza, who had s...

Summer visit breaks record numbers

Summer visit breaks record numbers

By Tyler Jordan, News Editor

August 1, 2014


Filed under Campus News

The largest summer visit The University of Akron has ever acquired happened June 25. Over 2,000 people came to UA's campus to look at higher education. An estimated number of 800 potential students came to the campus in hopes of reaffirming a serious look at attending The University of Akron. ...

Scarborough tours UA

By Dakota Phillips, Copy Editor

July 21, 2014


Filed under Video

The Buchtelite followed President Scott Scarborough on his first day on campus, July 1. The tour included the new president walking with students to get a look at the campus he will be working on. This video has been edited for time purposes.