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A futuristic view of Kent States front campus, with a renovated White Hall at right, the new College of Business Administration building in the center, and a new parking deck at left, near where Williamson House is currently located. The White Hall parking lot will become green space in the Facilities Master Plan that reimagines the university. 

Going green: Kent State builds toward a more ‘walkable’ campus

Sarah Limas and Lauren Sasala February 27, 2019

Every Monday and Wednesday last fall, junior Madison Raynard drove from her off-campus apartment to the M.A.C. Center Annex or Nixson Hall for class. She parked at the Performing Arts Center, then drove...

David Williams, a senior reporter for KentWired.

STORY TIME: I survived the day Kent froze over

David Williams January 30, 2019

Walking up the frozen Esplanade, the wind rushed into my face, effectively rendering my scarf, hat and hoodie useless. I saw only two or three people rushing from building to building. The PARTA bus stop...

Police officers keep watch over the Schwartz Center parking lot as it fills with open-carry advocates. 

Blocked: Open-carry march turns to chaotic Esplanade standoff

A mild fall September day quickly descended into chaos as open-carry marchers, police in riot gear and counterprotestors clashed on the university Esplanade. Four people were arrested for disorderly conduct,...

Outside view of the new Starbucks on the Esplanade.

New Starbucks on Esplanade brings in high traffic

Moira Reed April 17, 2018

Students stood in a line, breathing in the smell of fresh-brewed coffee as they waited to experience their first taste from the new Starbucks on Kent State campus.The new store, located on the Esplanade,...

Rocco, 7, gets his feet painted to help break the Guinness World Record the world’s largest barefoot painted mural.

Kent gets crafty: Local artists teach skills at second annual Creativity Festival

Chyenne Tatum September 30, 2017

Students and families were artists for the day at the second annual Kent Creativity Festival on the Esplanade.Sponsored by the College of the Arts, the festival provides an opportunity for people of all...

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...

Finalists for dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design announced

Cameron Gorman January 21, 2016

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design, which is to be housed in the new building along the Esplanade, is in search of a new dean.“I have so enjoyed working with this faculty on this search," said...

Kayla Henry plays the ocarina flute on the Esplanade outside of Bowman Hall on Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015.

Ceramics major prospers as street musician

Olivia Minnier October 27, 2015

Amongst the variety of construction projects and general sense of urgency that can be felt along the Esplanade during a sunny weekday, something different might stand out to students traveling to class;...

Accomodations made to help alternative transportation on campus

Dana Miller October 15, 2015

The Office of the University Architect implemented new signage on the Esplanade this past month to help students using alternative forms of transportation coexist.Melanie Knowles, the manager of sustainability...

Proposed design provided by WEISS/MANFREDI, lead designer, and Richard L. Bowen & Associates, architect of record.

New architecture building to connect students program

Chelsea Graff October 1, 2014

Kent State students will soon be able to see the modern and efficient benefits of the new architecture building as construction starts with the official ground breaking Friday.The university received 37...

The Wick Poetry Centers garden

A bridge to the community

Alyssa Schmitt September 4, 2014

When the third floor of Satterfield Hall became too crowded to contain all the opportunities the Wick Poetry Center holds, the center expanded elsewhere: to a house located at the end of the Esplanade.  “The...

Wick Poetry Center relocating to May Prentice House

Kristen Kobe August 2, 2014

The Wick Poetry Center will soon officially relocate into the May Prentice House along the University Esplanade near Lincoln Street.  The new center is the first building to be built along the esplanade...

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