The Buchtelite

Out with the old

September 7, 2016

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...

Grad students unsatisfied with leadership

President Scarborough gestures in a speech to the Undergraduate Student Government on April 7.
May 4, 2016

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...

President names new chief of staff

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
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...

Honoring Zak Husein by giving back

Family, friends, and community members work to package 40,000 meals that will be distributed to hungry people around the world in Zak Husein's name.
April 20, 2016

“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...

Quiet meeting, quiet protest

Exercise science student Cindy Hampton was recognized for excellence at yesterday's 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.
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...

Bodenschatz, Galehouse win USG presidential election

Bodenschatz, Galehouse win USG presidential election
President Scarborough answers questions at same senate meeting
April 11, 2016

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...

Choose your leadership

Choose your leadership
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...

Football player injured in shooting

March 30, 2016

Akron wide receiver Andrew Pratt is currently recovering after his housemate mistook him for a burglar and shot him in the stomach on March 19. Although he is taking time off from classes, the senior...

USG should take action after survey

March 17, 2016

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...

Survey captures student opinion of UA leadership

Survey captures student opinion of UA leadership
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,...

Distinguished professors rebuke UA leadership

Distinguished professors rebuke UA leadership
Letter comes on verge of faculty union emergency meetings
February 29, 2016

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...

USG seeks student attitudes toward UA leadership

February 17, 2016

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...

Board responds to calls for change

Ashley Bair silently protests by holding up the Akron Beacon Journal
Trustees meet amid calls for change in leadership, votes of no confidence, ad campaigns
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...

Key issues on the table

Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 14, 2015.
Trustees to consider no-confidence resolution, 'proposed course fees,' and more
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...

Big gift, new name

UA alumni Pamela and Gary Williams give introductory remarks at yesterday's Honors College ceremony.
Williamses' pledge expands to $10 million, comes on verge of possible no-confidence vote in faculty senate
February 3, 2016

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...

Fewer headed to UA?

Applications – Prospective students who have filled out an application to attend UA. 

Admittance – Prospective students who have the proper requirements, and have been offered admittance to UA. 

Confirmations – Prospective students who have paid the $145 online admissions fee, and confirmed their intent to enroll at UA.
Early numbers show decline in freshmen likely to enroll
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,...

What you might have missed

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
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

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...

How many times must we ask for transparency?

December 3, 2015

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...

Business council formed to advise Scarborough and Board of Trustees

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

Many questions, few answers

President Scott Scarborough at the Nov. 18 Akron Press Club luncheon. Emcee M.L. Schultze of WKSU-FM is in the background.
At Akron Press Club Event, Scarborough reconsiders higher-level course fees among other topics
November 18, 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,...

Thoughts on Akron Press Club meeting

November 18, 2015

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...

A ‘normal meeting’

November 18, 2015

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,...

Graduate assistantships on chopping block

November 16, 2015

  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,...

Burns, Williams featured in third Town Hall meeting

UA Vice President of Advancement Larry Burns and new Director of Athletics Lawrence Williams addressed questions from students during USG's Town Hall meeting yesterday.
November 16, 2015

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...

Students as ‘customers’

November 11, 2015

  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?...

Sexual assault survey responses released

Shows 8.1 percent of respondents had nonconsensual sexual contact
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...

Defining ‘courage’ in light of UA’s plight

October 21, 2015

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,...

Whose ‘State of the University’ is correct?

At his State of the University address, President Scott Scarborough read from retired UA professor George Knepper's book, 'Summit's Glory,' to illustrate how UA's financial troubles are nothing new.
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”...

Town Hall meeting leaves something to be desired

October 7, 2015

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...

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.
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

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...

President says name won’t change

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

An open letter: USG to President Scarborough

July 13, 2015

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...

Upcoming campus protest against UA name-change

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

Update on name-change considerations

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...

Eighth Black Male Summit to address inequities

Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, speaks at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, as part of the eighth annual Black Male Summit.
March 30, 2015

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...

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

Name change? President Scarborough considers dropping 'The University of Akron'
March 11, 2015

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,...

University Council makes recommendations

Graphic by Ted Boyer
March 11, 2015

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...

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