Best of Kent: Best organization

Maria McGinnis

First PlacePRIDE! Kent

PRIDE! Kent strives to create a safe space for all walks of life.

The organization was founded in 1971 and has been serving as a hub for equality and liberation since it’s starting date.

“PRIDE” is an acronym for “People Respecting Identity, Diversity and Equality.” The group works hard together to represent the LGBTQ+ community and their allies here at Kent State.

The organization has hosted several events ranging from educational sessions to fun socializing. They pride themselves on creating a safe space for members no matter what they’re doing.

Second Place: The Kent Clarks

The Kent Clarks has been performing around campus since 2011, and have brought people together with music.

“The one thing that ties us together is our love and passion to share the power of music with others,” said President Rachel Rudel.

The Kent Clarks have even made it to perform for former President Barack Obama in the White House and on NBC’s Today Show.

They are very proud to be Kent State’s first and premier contemporary a cappella group. Rudel describes the group as being a “big family.”

Third PlaceKSU Pokemon League

Students in the KSU Pokemon League can become their own real-life Pokemon trainers.

Since 2014, the group has offered a fun environment for Pokemon lovers to play the card and virtual versions of the game.

Vice President Erin Moyers described the organization as having an open door policy where she has “gained many friends.”

The KSU Pokemon League meets weekly and they even host PokemonGo excursions since the app gained popularity in 2016.

Maria McGinnis is an entertainment reviewer. Contact her at [email protected].