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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...

Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare in Bierce

Photo Illustration by Ted Boyer
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...

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...

Amazon to open new location in Akron

Amazon to open new location in Akron
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...

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,...

Faculty voting on strike-authorization

Faculty voting on strike-authorization
Akron-AAUP, administration continue contract negotiations
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...

Spoiled second attempt to raise tuition

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...

UA must refund $4.1 million to students

UA must refund $4.1 million to students
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,...

Low-cost legal services for students

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...

Medal of Honor recipient talks courage, veteran opportunities

Army Sgt. Kyle White
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...

Remembering Donald McIntyre

Donald McIntyre
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...

Speech team wins first state title

UA speech team poses for a photo after recieving awards last weekend at Capital University in Columbus.
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...

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

Board of Trustees Chairman Jonathan Pavloff.
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...

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...

Faculty gather to reassure prospective students

From left to right, Professor Pam Schulze, Associate Professor Michelle Byrne, Associate Professor Kevin Kern, Professor Constance Bouchard, and Professor Steve Harp.
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...

Could Trustees’ meetings be more timely?

Students, faculty, and administrators waiting for the board meeting's public session to begin.
How other Ohio university boards run their meetings
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...

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...

Speech team travels to Eastern Michigan, brings home awards

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...

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,...

Swider comes to campus to promote her new book

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...

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...

Happy holidays from The Buchtelite

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...

Remembering Zakareia Husein

Husein was shot and killed Monday night, Dec. 7.
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...

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...

Protest scheduled for Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting

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...

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...

Campuses confront race issues

The Black Students United rally was held on Monday, Nov. 16, outside of the Union.
Black student leaders disapprove of way UA rally was portrayed in headline
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...

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,...

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,...

‘F*ck racism,’ they chanted

More than 120 gather in support of University of Missouri students
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...

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?...

Former Federal Reserve CEO returns to alma mater

Sandra Pianalto gives a lecture in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Pianalto recounts past, encourages students to take risks
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...

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...

Naming the Honors College

A student walking into the Honors College.
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...

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”...

UAPD prevents zombie apocalypse

Graphic by Ashlee Fields
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...

First UA ‘Game-Changer’ awarded

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...

Messina addresses USG senate

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...

An apology is in order

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...

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...

What’s happening with Dining Services?

Current view of what was previously Ohio Burger in the Student Union. Other venue construction going on around campus.
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...

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,...

Ballroom dance team weekend results

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...

UAPD offers rewards for useful tips

UAPD offers rewards for useful tips
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...

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...

Forget relaxation, volunteer

Alternative Spring Break volunteers collected recycled oyster shells to help create a reef.
Volunteers spend spring break in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina
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...

UA students form charity after studying abroad

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,...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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