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Near Franklin Hall, two black squirrels hang off the sides of a tree on Sunday Jan. 8th, 2022.

THIS OR THAT: Mascot battle: Making Kent’s ‘unofficial’ spokesanimal the real thing

KentWired Editorial Board September 26, 2023

This opinion was written by Matthew Brown, Savana Capp, Grace Clarke, Kelsie Horner, Taina Rivera, Isabella Schreck, Audrey Trevarthan, Anneliese White and Emily Yanchak from KentWired’s editorial board....

Flash the Golden Eagle waves a flag to celebrate the mens basketball teams victory over Portland University on Nov. 14, 2022.

The eagle behind the flash

Grace Springer, Editor-in-Chief June 26, 2023

On Oct. 12, 1985, a live golden eagle made its debut as Kent State’s first official mascot at a homecoming football game against the University of Texas at El Paso.  The school unveiled the eagle,...

Participants start the Black Squirrel 5K outside the Kent State Student Recreation and Wellness Center Saturday, April 14, 2018.

450 participants wake up early for eighth annual Black Squirrel 5K

Shelbie Goulding April 14, 2018

The Student Wellness and Recreation Center lobby could not have been more crowded Saturday morning, as approximately 450 participants arrived at 7 a.m. to register for their spots in the eighth annual...

Sixth annual Black Squirrel 5K on Saturday

Alexis Amato Downtown and Neighborhoods April 8, 2016

The Kent State University Department of Recreational Services is hosting the sixth annual Black Squirrel 5K Race this Saturday. The race starts at 8 a.m. and is a loop course beginning and ending near...

Black Squirrel Improv Troupe makes its mark on campus

Angelo Angel February 15, 2016

At first glance, Zachery Immel could be like any student at Kent State, but when he isn’t studying for his psychology classes, he’s busy directing the Black Squirrel Improv Troupe.The Black Squirrel...

Sophomore Adrian Leuthauser promotes Black Squirrel Radio by dressing up as a black squirrel on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015.

Annual Black Squirrel Festival to be held Friday

Bruno Beidacki September 8, 2015

Kent State will host the 34th Annual Black Squirrel Festival beginning at noon Friday on Risman Plaza and the Student Green.Less than two weeks after BlastOff, students will have another opportunity to...

Fifth annual Black Squirrel 5K Race on Saturday

McKenzie Jean-Philippe April 8, 2015

The fifth annual Black Squirrel 5K Race, named after Kent State’s unofficial mascot, will be Saturday, April 11 at 8 a.m.“We did an assessment of the annual Bowman Race that’s held in the fall back...

A black squirrel rests on a snow covered branch along Manchester Field on Monday, January 12, 2015. 

National Squirrel Appreciation Day: A tribute to the black squirrel

Jamie Brian January 20, 2015

They think I don’t notice, but I do. I see them sizing me and other acorns up from their perch in the oak tree. The swish of that shaggy tail may be cute to some, but I know what they’re capable of....

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