Student publications offer something for every reader

College students, just like the general public, have the right to know what’s going on around them. To meet this need, Kent State offers a variety of student-produced publications to help students keep track of the latest news and issues on campus and across the nation. From literature and the arts to hard news, Kent’s State’s various publications serve as forums for the voices of those who need to be heard.

– Abbey Stirgwolt


Editor: Erin Roof

Artemis takes its name from the Greek goddess of fertility and the hunt.

Designed to explore women’s issues, the magazine publishes pieces ranging in content from personal narrative to humor, said Ryan deBiase, managing editor of Artemis in Fall 2005 and Spring 2006. The magazine is published once each semester.

Artemis exists “to bring to light women’s issues that are otherwise swept under the carpet,” deBiase said. Artemis is designed to appeal to all women and anyone interested in women’s issues — “anybody with a progressive mind,” he said. “It provides a different voice for a different segment of the population at Kent.”

This fall, Artemis will feature a “Do It Yourself” theme with how-tos of “stuff women don’t usually do,” deBiase said.

Visit the Artemis Web site at

The Burr

Editor: Danielle Toth

The Burr, produced by students once each semester, covers “any issue that would affect the Kent state community,” said editor Danielle Toth. “Our mission is to basically serve students of Kent State. We try to appeal to a broad range of students on campus.”

In the past, The Burr has explored issues such as homelessness and poverty in Kent and the events of May 4; the magazine also offers a localization of global issues, viewing national and international events through the eyes of Kent State students and faculty.

This semester, Toth hopes to diversify both the content and staff of The Burr in order to ensure a variety of content and perspective.

The Burr also has a Web site where students can read Web exclusives and download The Burr e-book.

Toth said students and faculty should read The Burr because of its relevance to their lives.

Visit The Burr online at

Daily Kent Stater

Editor: Meranda Watling

The Daily Kent Stater is the university’s independent, student-run newspaper. Pinpointing Kent State news and events, the Stater is committed to bringing Kent State students and faculty the latest information on university and community issues.

Fall editor-in-chief Meranda Watling said the Daily Kent Stater‘s mission is “to keep students informed about what’s happening on campus and in the community,” as well as to serve as a forum for students’ ideas and opinions.

Watling said one of the Stater‘s goals for the coming semester is to produce “stories that are much more tailored to students.”

For example, not just covering budget cuts, but also how budget cuts will affect how much students are paying for their education, Watling said.

Something many students don’t realize, Watling said, is their power to let their voices be heard.


Editor: Jackie Mantey

As its name suggests, Fusion magazine is a point of connection.

Published at the end of each semester, the magazine deals with issues faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Editor Jackie Mantey said the magazine is designed to be a place where members of the LGBT community can express their views and discuss issues that matter to them.

“It’s a voice for them,” she said. “But, it is also important for the rest of the campus because they’re issues we all should be personally addressing.”

In the past, Fusion has focused on more basic issues such as the pain often associated with coming out.

This semester, Mantey and the Fusion staff plan to expand the magazine’s coverage to include specific equality issues, such as what it’s like to be a gay politician.

Visit Fusion‘s Web site at

Luna Negra

Editor: Steve Schirra

Kent State’s literature and arts magazine, Luna Negra is published once each semester. The magazine accepts pieces from students and writers across the nation.

“We’re looking for fresh voices . . . unique writing . . . not some trite poem on someone’s MySpace,” said fall Luna Negra editor Steve Schirra.

Luna Negra accepts poetry and fiction pieces as well as photography and art.

As this spring marked the magazine’s 50th anniversary, Schirra and the staff of Luna Negra are in the process of updating and changing certain aspects of the publication.

Schirra said Luna Negra has placed ads in a national magazine, searching for writers. Already, several “pretty well-known writers” have submitted pieces, he said.

The magazine is accepting submissions until Sept. 30 for its Fall 2006 issue. For more information, visit the Luna Negra Web site at


Editor: Kevin Clark

Named after the Swahili word for “freedom,” Uhuru exists to bring to light current and often controversial issues in the African American and other minority populations.

“We deal with issues a lot of people don’t want to deal with,” said managing editor Sasha Parker.

Though the magazine is geared mainly toward the African American population on campus, Parker said Uhuru features other minority groups as well. Uhuru‘s primary goal is to bring minority issues to readers’ attentions.

“(Our mission) overall is just to be informative — to be an outlet for different minority groups on campus and to keep them abreast of issues that are affecting the community,” she said.

Published at the end of each semester, Uhuru features writings about issues such as images and stereotypes of blacks in the media.

Visit the Uhuru Web site at


Students at Kent State produce daily newscasts, Monday through Friday. The programs, which run at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., can be viewed on channel 2 in the residence halls and channel 16 on Time-Warner Cable in Portage County.

Black Squirrel Radio

This student media radio station, which plays all genres of music, can be accessed through several television stations in the residence halls and through livestream broadcast at