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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


A model during the Winning Way’s Student Athlete Fashion Show shows off his outfit to the crowd.

Winning Way’s student athlete show features NFL quarterback

Adriana Gasiewski, Reporter April 11, 2023

As the lights dimmed, DJ Smillz’s music blasted, and the crowd cheered in anticipation for Kent State student athletes to take the KIVA stage.  Mario Nunez, senior entrepreneurship major and founder...

Lil Yachty gives some love to the Kent State crowd as he performs at FlashFest April 6, 2023.

Meditating with Lil Yachty at FlashFest 2023

Grace Davies, Staff Reporter April 7, 2023

Even three hours before doors were set to open, dozens of people crowded the MACC stairs, hoping to get the best seats at this year’s FlashFest. The line began taking participants at 2 p.m., and by 4:30...

Lil Yachty to headline FlashFest 2023

Lil Yachty to headline FlashFest 2023

Leah Shepard, Staff Reporter February 28, 2023

Rapper Lil Yachty will headline FlashFest 2023, the Undergraduate Student Government announced Tuesday night at halftime at the men’s basketball game. Special guests Kash Doll and DJ Smillz will join...

Students ‘Blastoff!’ into new academic year

Emma Andrus, Editor-in-Chief August 25, 2022

Students gathered on Risman Plaza for games, prizes, food trucks and more at the 2022 Back to School Blastoff! event.  The event, hosted annually by the Center for Student Involvement, ran from...

Yung Gravy to headline homecoming concert

Yung Gravy to headline homecoming concert

Alton Northup, Staff Reporter August 24, 2022

The certified platinum, internet sensation that is Yung Gravy, often known as “your mom’s favorite rapper,” will headline Kent State Undergraduate Student Government’s Homecoming Concert. Yung...

Kent DJ opens for Quavo

Brianna Phillips, Reporter April 26, 2022

Kyle Macon, better known as DJ Smillz, walked onto the MACC Annex stage April 14, eager to share his skills with the packed crowd of Kent State students. “[It’s] something I still haven’t mentally...

Quavo, the co-founder of hip-hop trio Migos, performs at FlashFest on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Members of Undergraduate Student Government worked quickly to get Quavo to perform after original headlining artist Blackbear, pulled out of the show Tuesday due to COVID-19 exposure.

Blackbear to Quavo: USG hosts successful FlashFest concert despite last minute changes 

Alton Northup, Reporter April 15, 2022

Cristal Ramirez had one thing to say to the hundreds of students gathered in the M.A.C.C. for the annual FlashFest concert held by the Undergraduate Student Government. “If you could do one thing...

The Love Lottery participants open the event with a dance routine.

Black United Students supports local community center with annual ‘Love Lottery’

Jenna Bal Reporter February 15, 2022

A bid war for a date with senior criminology and justice studies major Maya Sparks ended with a $162 bid at Black United Students’ (BUS) sixth annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser Monday.Sparks was one...

Do it for the Culture

‘I do It for the culture, but you can see I never do it for the culture vultures’: the USG Do It For The Culture event

Brianna Camp reporter February 15, 2021

Despite the challenges of the past year and their continued presence, Undergraduate Student Government’s Director of Programming Jhariah Wadkins and his friends DJ Smillz and Ramone Hardy have put...

OPINION: “Where’s Todd?” reveals students’ dissatisfaction with university’s handling of threats to their lives

Lyndsey Brennan Reporter October 5, 2020

Last semester I conducted an interview with a May 4 survivor that chilled me.I had gone into the interview naïve, hoping to hear about healing and forgiveness. Instead, what I heard was disbelief, disgust...

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