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Baked goods at a caffé in Florence.

TRAVEL TUESDAY: First taste of Florence

Harleyann McQuaid, Travel Blogger June 6, 2023

The beautiful scenic sights of Tuscany have presented me with many highs and many lows. My first week and a half studying abroad have been jammed packed with a lot of field trips, delicious foods and communication...

Photo courtesy of Connor Doran.

The student experience abroad

Ashley Caudill, Reporter February 9, 2023

Thousands of students across campus study abroad in one of Kent State’s multiple study abroad programs every year. These programs allow students to expand their education globally, learn new cultures...

Kent State Florence program celebrates 50th anniversary

Ashley Caudill, Reporter January 31, 2023

The Kent State Florence program is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The program allows students to expand their cultural and educational minds beyond their degrees. The program was originally developed...

Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence, sits right outside the heart of the city adjacent to the Arno River.

Kent State’s ‘A Stroll Through Florence’ offers virtual study abroad experience

Ella Donovan Reporter May 19, 2021

Editor's Note: This story has been edited for accuracy and clarity regarding attractions featured in the virtual tour. Sweeping vineyards, hillside farms, historical renaissance architecture and art pieces...

OPINION: Ohio doesn’t just want passenger rail, it NEEDS it

Logan Heffelman Opinion Writer March 9, 2021

The first railroad line in Ohio was completed in 1836 and eventually connected Toledo, Ohio, with Adrian, Michigan. At the time the 33-mile journey took three hours to make. The modern Shinkansen (bullet...

Dearth in Interlaken, Switzerland when studying abroad. 

One year into the pandemic, students who studied abroad are still faced with the toll it took on their mental health

Cassidy Gladieux Reporter March 5, 2021

Standing in one of the most famous cities in the world, surrounded by history and culture, two girls sit bawling their eyes out while leaning onto a fence that surrounds the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral....

Quinn McGuire abroad in Rome.

One year into the pandemic, students reflect on being sent home from precious times abroad

Jessica Ames Reporter March 5, 2021

One year ago, as he stood on top of Florence, Italy’s famous cathedral, current KSU senior architecture student Quinn McGuire was in awe of the European city surrounding him. He believed the city would...

Masks for Hope delivers medical supplies to local hospitals during the first drop-off on April 1. 

Kent State students donate medical masks to local hospitals, connect with international suppliers

Jenna Borthwick, TV2 Reporter April 16, 2020

“The way I see it is that some of these masks could save lives,” said Irvin Cardenas, a robotics researcher and computer science Ph.D. student at Kent State University. As the number of coronavirus...


Nicholas Hunter March 16, 2020

I’ll cut to the chase: I’m scared of the coronavirus.I have a chronic lung disease called cystic fibrosis and I’m a lung transplant recipient because of it. Right now, I’m the healthiest I’ve...

Kent State students sit in a meeting in Florence about how the coronavirus will affect their study abroad semester.

Coronavirus: Increasing cases in Italy lead to closure of KSU Florence

Lauren Sasala Managing editor March 1, 2020

Correction: In the original article it stated Sara Morato was the CCI study abroad advising coordinator, however she is the assistant director for education abroad. Additionally, it said she was a part...

Kent State Florence held a conference about the coronavirus at the Palazzo Vettori on Feb. 26, 2020. 

Kent State Florence to continue classes amid the spread of coronavirus

Gina Butkovich Reporter February 26, 2020

Editor's Note: Gina Butkovich was the sports editor last semester. She is currently corresponding for the Kent Stater as she studies abroad in Florence, Italy. Kent State students will remain in Florence,...

Freshmen in Florence program experiences changes

Kent State’s Freshmen in Florence program will go on hiatus during the 2020-2021 academic year as it undergoes changes. On Nov. 12, the decision was made to transition the program from fall to spring,...

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