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The Visit Healthcare testing center at Eastway was one of several walkup COVID-19 testing centers on campus. Feb. 4, 2022. (The Kent Stater Files)

Three years later: The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on campus life

Ava Dampier August 24, 2023

It’s March 2020. The sun is shining on Kent State University. Centennial green is perfectly groomed, and groups of students are scattered about on blankets and beach towels. The mingling sounds of gossip,...

OPINION: Forever Brighter: Fundraiser or Student Betterment?

OPINION: Forever Brighter: Fundraiser or Student Betterment?

Dylan Walker, Opinion Writer April 25, 2023

In October of 2021 Kent State publicly began its multi-year campaign Forever Brighter, the “campaign of brilliant proportions,” prioritizing student success, expanding university initiatives and “building...

How Kent State uses wastewater to test for COVID-19

Jacob Brooks, TV2 Reporter February 17, 2023

Emails that warn of an increase in COVID-19 cases have been sent to all residence halls within the last month. As testing requirements and the virus itself evolves, the university has relied more on...

2020 seniors gave their goodbyes before schools were shut down from the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPINION: “Your generation is so entitled.”

Chloe Wilson-Henline, Opinion Writer February 16, 2023

When I think of Gen Z, I think of over-worked, underpaid people who are fighting for a better future for themselves. Is it selfish to want more? What is the problem with wanting to live a fulfilling, successful...

The Kent Plaza Theaters is a local movie theater located at 140 Cherry St. in Kent.

MovieScoop Kent Plaza Cinemas adjusts business strategy to endure COVID-19 pandemic

Aaron Cousin, Reporter February 7, 2023

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed businesses down in 2020, over 70 films pushed their release dates. This caused MovieScoop Kent Plaza Cinemas, a movie theater in University Plaza in Kent, to adapt...

A room in the Business Administrative Building still has a Face Covering Required sign posted on the outside of the door even after the university ended their mask mandate.

University gives updates on COVID-19 and Monkeypox diseases in Kent community

Anthony Zacharyasz, Reporter September 8, 2022

With the new semester underway at Kent State University, the university and the city of Kent are looking for ways to keep all community members safe from COVID-19 and Monkeypox diseases. The city of...

Kent State eliminates mask requirement regardless of CDC community level, adjusts quarantine policy

Emma Andrus, Editor-in-Chief August 24, 2022

Kent State will no longer require masks and face coverings to be worn on its campuses and locations, regardless of the CDC’s community level for COVID-19.  The university announced the adjusted policy...

Ashtabula, Columbiana, Summit and Tuscarawas counties, where Kent State operates several campuses and locations, recently moved into the “high” community level designation for COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Masks now required at Kent State’s Ashtabula, Columbiana, Summit and Tuscarawas campuses, locations

Emma Andrus, Managing Editor August 5, 2022

Masks are now required indoors at Kent State campuses in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Summit and Tuscarawas counties, according to an email sent by the university Friday morning.  The decision comes following...

Kent State reinstates indoor mask requirement at Cuyahoga County campuses

Kennedy Gotham, Reporter May 27, 2022

All Kent State-affiliated locations within Cuyahoga County will have an indoor face mask requirement due to a “high” community level designation for COVID-19, according to an email sent by the university...

Mask mandate is back at Kent State’s Ashtabula campus

Kennedy Gotham, Reporter May 23, 2022

Kent State’s Ashtabula campus announced May 23 it will be requiring masks to be worn indoors on its campus. The university also said masks are not required when working alone in a confined space such...

Covid numbers continue to rise as semester closes out

Isabella Schreck, Reporter April 28, 2022

Covid-19 numbers on campus are up by 42 percent, according to the university’s coronavirus dashboard. There were 44 covid-19 cases reported on Kent State’s main campus the week of April 17. A total...

Kent State removes weekly COVID-19 testing requirement for unvaccinated individuals

Zaria Johnson, Editor-in-chief March 15, 2022

Kent State University will no longer require weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff according to a Thursday email press release from Chief University Physician Lisa Dannemiller...

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