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Local journalism matters, and we need your support: a letter from the editor and managing editor

Local journalism matters, and we need your support: a letter from the editor and managing editor

Dear reader, As we enter our junior and senior years at Kent State, we can’t wait to share all the important, entertaining and wonderful things happening in and around our Kent community on

Ending the negative stigma of tattoos in the workplace

Grace Clarke, Opinion Editor August 19, 2023

Covered up with an itchy blouse that doesn’t quite fit, I fidget with the sleeves and struggle with the buttons. I look in the mirror, unable to recognize myself.  “It’ll have to do,” I whisper...

President Todd Diacon addresses a crowd of trustees, administrators and others at the Crawford Hall topping out ceremony June 28, 2023.

Progression continues on Crawford Hall as anticipated, opening timeline stays on track

Anthony Zacharyasz, General Assignment Editor August 19, 2023

Eagerness from campus community members remains high as construction progresses on Crawford Hall, the incoming home for the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. With no amendments...

Silent protestors taking a stand at the 53rd Annual Commemoration for May 4, 1970.

Students, faculty return to campus as Senate Bill 83 waits in House Committee

Kayla Gleason, Reporter August 19, 2023

Many Kent State students and faculty will be returning to campus this fall for the first time since Senate Bill 83, also titled the Ohio Higher Education Enhancement Act, was passed by the Ohio Senate...

A car parked in the R-3 lot near Taylor Hall has two boots and is plastered with tickets on February 14, 2023. According to Kent States Parking and Transit Services, a car that has been issued nine or more tickets is at risk of booting or towing.

Parking Services issued more than 30,000 tickets last year

Alton Northup, Staff Reporter August 19, 2023

Parking and Transit Services made more than $700,000 from fines in the 2022-2023 academic year, according to figures requested by KentWired. While there are just under 10,000 student permits for the...

Kent States Police Services department is located in Stockade Safety Building on 530 E. Summit St. (The Kent Stater files)

Staying safe on and off campus this new semester

Annalexis Davis, Campus Editor August 19, 2023

Before COVID-19, Kent State was ranked as the safest campus in Ohio – and the 25th safest college in the nation – according to Sgt. Tricia Knoles from the university’s police department.  Those...

Horoscopes for Fall 2023

Horoscopes for Fall 2023

Audrey Trevarthan, Digital Content Assistant August 19, 2023

Virgo (August 23 - September 22): We’re entering your season very soon, Virgo! You are ready for the semester to begin. Try not to analyze the way your semester will go too soon. You worry a lot, but...

Canva Illustration by Isabella Schreck / The Kent Stater

Our Thanks: for Sue

Kent Stater Editorial Board August 18, 2023

For Sue: Students, faculty and staff in Franklin Hall might know Sue Zake as the fun, charming and extremely intelligent woman wearing hiking pants who seemed to live in the newsroom at the end...

Erin Sullivan, a journalism major now in her fifth year at Kent State, stands in front of the sign to her freshman year dorm building in 2019.

Feeling lonely? You’re not alone

Erin Sullivan, Reporter August 17, 2023

Kent State was not a popular choice at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, Illinois. this time, I grew homesick and missed my high school friends. In fact,...

Illustration by Clare Rodgers / The Kent Stater

Six things first-year students should know for success

Destiny Torres, Opinion Writer August 16, 2023

The first year of college can be stressful, nerve-wracking and downright scary. The beginning of the year comes with a lot of changes for a fresh-faced, recent high school graduate: packing up their bags,...

Illustration by Hannah Saadey / They Kent Stater

Taking it one step at a time: things I wish I knew before coming to KSU

Aden Graves, Opinion Writer August 15, 2023

Entering college can bring a whirlwind of emotions, experiences and firsts. No more bell schedules… no more eight-class days…no more jam-packed lunchrooms. College is definitely a brand new experience....

Kent State running back Gavin Garcia, who is now a sophomore on the team, breaks a tackle during his run downfield Sept. 17, 2022 against Long Island. Kent State won the match 63-10.

An offseason of change: Football prepares for 2023 season with new coach, new roster

Jacob Shondel, Sports Editor August 14, 2023

From 1987-2018, Kent State football had five winning seasons. In its most recent five seasons, the team recorded some of its best performances in program history  – including its Frisco Bowl win in...

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