The Buchtelite

Less confidence than before

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

Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare in Bierce

Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare in Bierce

By Nick Peterman

April 20, 2016

This Friday, April 22, UA will host “Shakespeare in the Spring” to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. From 1:30 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. in Bierce Library, UA’s English Department and University Libraries will sponsor a presentation as part of the worldwide celebration of Wi...

USG should take action after survey

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

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 a comprehensive survey to its constituents because its leadership was hesitant to act without a clear...

Amazon to open new location in Akron

Amazon to open new location in Akron

By Natalie Orr, News Editor

March 16, 2016

This summer, Amazon is opening a venue near UA’s campus where students, faculty, and the Akron public can pick up their packages and make returns. UA is one of seven schools in the U.S. to receive an Amazon location near or on campus, according to Amazon spokesperson Deborah Bass. Since 2015, ...

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

Faculty voting on strike-authorization

Faculty voting on strike-authorization

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, Photo Editor

March 7, 2016

In the print version of this article, The Buchtelite did not clarify the conditions for the administration's faculty salary proposal. The proposal includes a 0.75 percent increase for the next two academic years only if UA's revenues improve by at least 1.5 percent, but does not include a raise for last yea...

Spoiled second attempt to raise tuition

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

March 5, 2016

The University of Akron will be refunding students up to $4.1 million for an improperly increased facilities fee included in UA’s 2015 - 2016 budget. This marks the second time state officials have caught and shut down UA’s attempts to circumvent Ohio’s prohibition on raising tuition at publ...

UA must refund $4.1 million to students

UA must refund $4.1 million to students

By Logan Lane, Copy Editor

March 2, 2016

The University of Akron will return $4.1 million to its students after the Ohio Department of Education discovered UA’s facilities fee was improperly raised during the summer. In its 2015 - 2016 budget, UA raised students’ facilities fee from $18.55 per credit hour (up to 12 credit hours) to ...

Low-cost legal services for students

By Nicholas Golina

February 24, 2016

Students in UA's Undergraduate Student Government are currently working to give students access to affordable legal counsel through a non-profit organization called Student Legal Services. USG requires its members to partake in projects to better the University and provide students with convenient...

Medal of Honor recipient talks courage, veteran opportunities

Medal of Honor recipient talks courage, veteran opportunities

By Michelle DeShon, Writer

February 22, 2016

A Medal of Honor recipient came to The University of Akron on Friday, Feb. 19 to speak about his time spent on duty overseas. Army Sgt. Kyle White received a Medal of Honor, the U.S.’s highest military honor, on May 13, 2014, for his courageous actions in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan when his ...

Remembering Donald McIntyre

Remembering Donald McIntyre

By Megan Hanft, Writer

February 22, 2016

On Feb. 14, Donald McIntyre of the Department of Polymer Science passed away at the age of 87. He attributed 30 years of service to The University of Akron in his field. McIntyre grew up in Detroit and found his passion for chemistry in high school. He encountered several teachers that influenced hi...

Speech team wins first state title

Speech team wins first state title

By Natalie Orr, News Editor

February 22, 2016

Last weekend The University of Akron’s speech and debate team won its first state title since its rebirth in 2001 at the Ohio Forensics Association (OFA) state tournament in Columbus. Led by head coach Mark Rittenour and graduate assistant Amanda Layman, the team competed on both Friday and Saturday...

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

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

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...

Faculty gather to reassure prospective students

Faculty gather to reassure prospective students

By Zaina Salem, Editor-in-Chief

February 17, 2016

In an effort to show their support for a fair contract, and to send a positive message to prospective and current students, faculty members from the Akron American Association of University Professors (Akron-AAUP) handed out nearly 1,000 cards outside of the Student Union to those attending Senior Day o...

Could Trustees’ meetings be more timely?

Could Trustees’ meetings be more timely?

By Logan Lane, Copy Editor

February 10, 2016

Yesterday at The University of Akron’s Board of Trustees meeting, the public had to leave the room when the Board opted to resume its private executive session. The Board had already met in executive session that morning. Chairman Jonathan Pavloff announced that the Board had concluded its public busines...

Key issues on the table

Key issues on the table

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

Speech team travels to Eastern Michigan, brings home awards

By Abby Zerull, Writer

February 8, 2016

Last weekend, The University of Akron Speech and Debate team took on Eastern Michigan University’s two-day forensics tournament in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The hard work of both the students and coaching staff paid off, as most members returned with awards in hand. Forensics events are public ...

Fewer headed to UA?

Fewer headed to UA?

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

Swider comes to campus to promote her new book

By Sara Syed, writer

February 1, 2016

Within 24 hours of her book’s release, Sarah Swider, an alumna and assistant professor of Wayne State University, came to UA on Jan. 29 to discuss the conditions that millions of informal workers and laborers endure due to authoritarianism and morbid working conditions in China. Swider promoted he...

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

Happy holidays from The Buchtelite

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

December 9, 2015

Tomorrow marks the last day of fall classes. After the weekend, finals will try to claim our sanity. But once finals are over, the much-anticipated winter break begins. Before we know it, spring semester will be upon us, and the college cycle will continue. And we’ll be here. We promise to do ou...

Remembering Zakareia Husein

Remembering Zakareia Husein

By Zaina Salem, Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2015

A University of Akron student was shot to death around 11 p.m. on Monday when a robber gunned him down at a pizza parlor in Akron. Zakareia Husein, 21, was working at his family-owned New York Style Pizza on Glenwood Avenue. Surveillance cameras show Husein handing money to the masked robber, but the robber...

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

Protest scheduled for Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, Photo Editor

December 7, 2015

Undeterred, relentless, and ready to make their voices heard yet again—students from the Ohio Student Association (OSA) are holding another protest outside of the Board of Trustees meeting this Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The meeting will be held in Room 339 on the third floor of the Studen...

How many times must we ask for transparency?

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

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 it. Near the bottom of the ad in smaller letters read: “Paid for by the Friends of The U...

Campuses confront race issues

Campuses confront race issues

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 Union entrance doors near Starbucks. The rally story appeared on the top of the front page of The...

Many questions, few answers

Many questions, few answers

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

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

A ‘normal meeting’

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

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, staff, or students.” He asked audience members to raise their hand and propose topics, ...

‘F*ck racism,’ they chanted

‘F*ck racism,’ they chanted

By Grant Morgan, Managing Editor

November 16, 2015

More than 120 students, most of them black, gathered outside the Student Union Starbucks entrance yesterday to voice their support for happenings at the University of Missouri (Mizzou), and address concerns over similar — but not as severe — conditions at The University of Akron. “Fuck racism,...

Students as ‘customers’

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

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? That’s questionable. Regardless, UA administrators have been far too fond of likening the Univ...

Former Federal Reserve CEO returns to alma mater

Former Federal Reserve CEO returns to alma mater

By Natalie Orr, News Writer

November 4, 2015

In most fields, taking risks is usually said to have a negative connotation, but in the eyes of Sandra Pianalto, former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, it is the stepping stone to achieving greatness. Pianalto came to the university last Friday, Oct. 30, to speak to students at t...

Sexual assault survey responses released

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

Naming the Honors College

Naming the Honors College

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, Photo Editor

October 28, 2015

In the Oct. 29 printed version of this article, UA's rebranding was incorrectly written as "Ohio's Polytechnic Institute." The rebranding is to "Ohio's Polytechnic University," not "Ohio's Polytechnic Institute."  After rebranding UA as “Ohio’s Polytechnic University” and adding the “Lebron J...

Defining ‘courage’ in light of UA’s plight

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

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, 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

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...

UAPD prevents zombie apocalypse

UAPD prevents zombie apocalypse

By Dylan Reynolds, News Writer

October 12, 2015

The campus-wide competition known as Humans vs. Zombies came to an abrupt end last Monday night when UAPD decided to cancel it. The police department cited an influx of complaints as the reason for its decision. According to an email sent to all Humans vs. Zombies participants, a police captain...

First UA ‘Game-Changer’ awarded

By Samantha Hickey, News Editor

October 12, 2015

Last week, UA introduced the first of eight recipients of The University of Akron Game-Changer Award. The award is presented to UA students who embody the “I-won’t-take-no-for-an-answer, roll-up-my-sleeves-and-make-it-happen approach,” according to the University Digest. All eight Game-Ch...

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 vice president of student affairs, who was also one of the panelists at USG’s Sept. 10 Town Ha...

An apology is in order

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

October 10, 2015

Admitting wrongdoing is difficult—and apparently too difficult, especially for The University of Akron’s administrators. The tenderest consolation UA’s constituents have so far received is the passive statement, “Mistakes were made”; not who made them, not why they made them, and not wha...

Town Hall meeting leaves something to be desired

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

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 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

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...

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

What’s happening with Dining Services?

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 provides professional services to communities and institutions worldwide. It operates on many ...

Upcoming campus protest against UA name-change

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

Ballroom dance team weekend results

By Grant Morgan, News Editor

April 13, 2015

The UA Ballroom Dance Competition Team returned from a tournament last weekend yielding impressive results. The team competed in the University of Michigan Ballroom Competition on Saturday, April 11. Each event in this tournament was called a "heat," which comprised three rounds, quarterfinals,...

UAPD offers rewards for useful tips

UAPD offers rewards for useful tips

By Alicia Finch, Editor-in-Chief

March 30, 2015

The University of Akron Police Department launched a new public safety system that rewards those who report crimes. “See it. Report it. Get rewarded!” gives those who see illegal activity a chance to earn rewards for anonymously reporting information. All tips go directly to UA Police Department...

Eighth Black Male Summit to address inequities

Eighth Black Male Summit to address inequities

By Ian Vanek, News Writer

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 leaders, educators, policy makers, civic organizations, and myriad other disciplines to addre...

Forget relaxation, volunteer

Forget relaxation, volunteer

By Spencer Skolnick, News Writer

March 30, 2015

Some UA students used spring break as time away from school to volunteer with The University of Akron’s Alternative Spring Break.  For four days over spring break, 91 volunteers—UA students and advisors—traveled in three groups to Winder, Georgia; Marion, South Carolina; and Manteo, North Carol...

UA students form charity after studying abroad

By Kristina Aiad-Toss, News Writer

March 18, 2015

In December 2014, a group of fifteen students from The University of Akron traveled to Ouanaminthe, Haiti and visited a school called Institution Univers (IU). Zeke Isaac, who is originally from Haiti, created the project for his Honors Thesis with the help of Kevin Smith from the Institute of Leadership...

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

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

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...

Twitter uniting students: @UofAprobs entertains by posting UA problems

February 7, 2012

By: Emily Schultz Approximately 2,000 followers and growing, there has been another University of Akron Twitter account created, @UofAProbs. This account, however, is not your average college representation.  This client utilizes its account in order to portray the “real life happenings” on this campus. ...

Don't forget the commuters

October 3, 2011

By: Starr Davis Fall Semester is filled with on-campus events and activities to get the school year started off right; however, most commuters are not aware of this. Students who live on campus, especially in a residence hall, have an advantage over students who live off campus in going to these e...

Record-setting night for the UA men’s soccer team

September 1, 2011

By: Chris Coon It was all about redemption Saturday night as The University of Akron men’s soccer team defeated Cleveland State 5-0 in the season opener before a record-breaking crowd of 5,241 at First Energy Stadium Cub Cadet Field in Akron, Ohio. The Vikings, who were picked to finish second in th...

Parking wallet-ache

August 10, 2011

By Brien Croff Do you remember walking back to your car to find a parking ticket on your windshield and thinking, “Are you serious?”  If so, you are one of many students who has faced this irritation. If not, and you do commute, you are lucky. In the past, if your meter ran out of time, you had...

Greek Myth

August 10, 2011

By Russ Friend Sitting in the back of a lecture hall gives me a great view of other students. Down in front of me a few rows sit some fraternity fellows. These poor schmucks are sure geek for the Greek. I never knew so many pieces of clothing could be emblazoned with Greek letters that most of tho...