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Matt Yunk, a bartender at Zephyr Pub, won Best Bartender.

Best bartender

Grace Davies, Staff Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Matt Yunk, Zephyr Pub Matt Yunk is a Kent bartending veteran. He was hired at the late Kent landmark, the Stone Tavern, as a doorperson which quickly evolved to a full-time bartending role.  After...

People wait in long lines to get into bars all across downtown Kent despite the cold during Fake Paddys Day.

Despite the bitter cold, party-goers bar hopped late into the night on Fake Paddy’s Day

Alton Northup, Kiara Rodriguez, Reporters March 13, 2022

A blizzard that brought frigid temperatures well below 20 degrees was not enough to stop hundreds of Kent State students from descending onto downtown Kent for annual Fake Paddy’s Day celebrations. “It’s...

Sophia Fricioni poses with her roommate on their front porch. 

Fake Paddy’s Day celebrations not stopped by COVID-19

Rachel Karas, Assigning Editor Zaria Johnson, General Assignment Editor March 13, 2021

A gray house on the street corner of East College Avenue was vibrant with people in St. Patrick’s-themed garb filling the yard, the porch and the neighboring house’s balcony, but the festivities were...

A group of students wait in line at Barflyy on Oct. 31, 2020. The bouncers were charged with making sure the line maintained social distancing.

Halloween 2020: A blue moon over an empty Kent

Nathan Mehring, reporter Kaitlyn Finchler, photo editor Morgan McGrath, features writer November 1, 2020

Halloween in Kent has always been a spooky, widely-celebrated tradition. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween looked a little different this year.In recent years, it’s estimated that...

GradFest holds first gathering of the semester

Andrew Keiper February 5, 2016

Kent State graduate students gathered at Dominick’s bar in downtown Kent to enjoy free pizza, cheap beer and a relaxing social atmosphere.GradFest is a recurring event sponsored by the Graduate Student...

Sights and Sounds: Kent Blues Festival

Neville Hardman July 20, 2015

Music poured from downtown Kent on Friday evening as the seventh annual Blues Festival stretched into the early hours of the night.Line at Venice CafeBobby DiMauro, 62, waited in an expanding line with...

BeatleFest to invade Downtown Kent Friday

Megan Brown February 17, 2015

Beatlemania and other British-inspired tunes circa the mid-1960s will invade Downtown Kent on Friday, Feb. 20 with performances at more than 16 different venues.All shows are free to attend with the first...

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