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Members of Barefeet Dance Tribe perform at the closing ceremony for the Pan-African Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Pan-African Festival returns to Kent State after two-year hiatus 

Morgan McGrath, Reporter May 3, 2022
This year, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, Oscar Ritchie Hall proudly welcomed students, staff and alumni to their yearly Pan-African celebratory festival. “The Pan-African festival is one event that we use to really connect with our community and our alumni in this department,” said Shemariah Arki, an activist and assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies. 
Graduation Q & A

Q&A: Spring commencements and ceremonies

Emma Andrus Reporter April 11, 2021

As the spring 2021 semester comes to a close, celebrations for graduating students are soon to be underway. Kent State announced its plans to host optional in-person commencement ceremonies in an email...

Kent State volleyball sweeps Buffalo to stay perfect

Jimmy Oswald Sports Reporter February 6, 2021

A week ago the Kent State women’s volleyball team swept its two-game series against Central Michigan University, the 2019 Mid-American Conference West champion.This weekend the Flashes swept their opponents...

Casanova’s workplace at home. 

Students taking online classes struggle with their home environment

Megan Becker Reporter September 28, 2020

Many students who were planning on living on campus have decided to live at home instead because of coronavirus, quarantining and online classes. At home, students have to live outside of a learning environment...

A screenshot of the introduction of the Karamu Ya Wahitimu/Celebración de los Graduados on May 7, 2020. 

Student Multicultural Center celebrates graduates with virtual pre-commencement ceremony

The Student Multicultural Center recognized graduates and their achievements during the virtual Karamu Ya Wahitimu/Celebración de los Graduados ceremony on Thursday. “Usually with Karamu Ya Wahitimu/Celebración...

Soup and Substance allows students to discuss one’s purpose

First-generation college students can find success by demonstrating their abilities and protecting their integrity, Tameka Ellington, faculty director for diversity at Kent State’s Shanno Rodgers and...

The three flags in the center of campus wave as a reminder of patriotism.

How to approach voter registration and Election Day

Madisyn Woodring Reporter January 29, 2020

Even though voter turnout in the 2018 election for ages 18 to 29 increased to 36 percent it was still lower than all other age groups that year, according to Census data.According to political science...

Update on Kent State diversity scholarships

Terry Lee III Diversity reporter September 28, 2019

Two hundred eight diversity scholarships are available at Kent State thanks to the work of a three person team.Even with FAFSA, school can be hard to afford. The College of Communication and Information...

Katie Mattise (left), the assistant manager of the LGBTQ Student Center, and Patrick Ferguson, the vice president of BUS, share their perspectives on people of color in the LGBTQ community on Wednesday. 

Students discuss being black within the LGBTQ community

Autumn Rietzel February 20, 2019

Students tackled the struggles and differences of being a member of the LGBTQ community while also being a person of color during a discussion hosted by the LGBTQ Student Center Wednesday. Through looking...

Oscar Ritchie Hall prepares for students and alumni to attend the gallery.

Pictures, memories and 50 years of empowerment

Madison Brattoli October 6, 2018

As Black United Students (BUS) celebrates 50 years on Kent State’s campus, members reflect on the progress the organization has made for the African American community at KSU.“What I think the exhibit...

Students listen to a lecture in the First Energy Auditorium in Franklin Hall Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. 

Retention rates drop for African-American women

Tierra Thomas November 15, 2017

During her freshman year, Leah Boyd kept herself active and present on Kent State’s campus. She pre-majored in one of the most consistently top-ranked fashion schools in the United States and took part...

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Murray.

Kent State faculty discuss oppression

Malcolm Murray February 15, 2017

A panel of Kent State faculty members held the second anti-oppression training workshop of the month on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The focus was action as it relates to oppression. The first was held on Feb....

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