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The Kent State Robotics Team works on its robot for Kent Hack Enough, a two-day long event hosted by HacKSU on the fourth floor in the University Library on Oct. 24, 2014.

HacKSU teaches students to code outside the classroom

Matt Merchant August 28, 2015

There’s a group of computer hackers that meet each week on campus. Unlike the stereotypical malicious hackers found in movies, these are students learning from each other.Want to learn how to make an...

May 4 Task Force helps students gain historic perspective on current events

Matt Merchant August 28, 2015

The events of May 4, 1970 are engrained in the history of Kent State. Five years after the four students were killed on campus by members of the National Guard, the May 4 Task Force was created.“The...

Police officers from Kent State, Kent City, and Brimfield were stationed in and around Downtown Kent for the annual Halloween festivities Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Some officers were on duty until as early as 7 a.m. to make sure rowdy partygoers did not get out of hand.

Safety tips and tricks for Kent State students

Matt Merchant August 27, 2015

On their own for the first time, away from parents and family in an unfamiliar place and surrounded by strangers — and hopefully soon-to-be friends — incoming students always ask, “Is this a safe...

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Kent State professor arrested in Akron with 15-year-old in car

Matthew Merchant August 27, 2015

Updated: Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 4:21 p.m.Akron Police arrested Kent State professor Willie J. Harrell, Jr. Wednesday night after he met a 15-year-old boy with what police said was the intent to pursue a...

Members of the Kent Fire Department respond to a possible structure fire at the Star of the West Milling Co. on North Water Street on Monday, July 13 2015. A worker from the mill said the sprinkler system was activated on the fourth floor around 5:15 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Brief: Fire Dept. responds to Mill fire alarm, N. Water Street closed

Matthew Merchant July 13, 2015

The Kent Fire Department responded Monday to a possible structure fire at the Star of the West Milling Co. building on North Water Street, blocking traffic for several hours. No injuries were reported.A...

The Hundred-foot Journey

Matt’s Flick Pick: ‘The Hundred-foot Journey’

Matthew Merchant November 11, 2014

As an Indian family is traveling across Europe in their old car, it breaks down in the mountains of France. They are forced to take shelter for the night with a beautiful young French girl, much to the...

Blue Like Jazz

Matt’s Flick Pick: ‘Blue like jazz’

Matthew Merchant October 28, 2014

When I heard this movie was being made I immediately bought an advance ticket for the exclusive showing. You see, the movie is based off the Donald Miller book by the same name, and I had read the book...


Matt’s Flick Pick: ‘Insidious’

Matt Merchant October 21, 2014

Prepare for a list of horror movie descriptive clichés. This is seriously one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. The first time I watched it I was home alone, at night, with all of the lights off....

Spirited Away

Matt’s Flick Pick: ‘Spirited Away’

Matthew Merchant October 14, 2014

A witch, a bath house, a boy that turns into a dragon, a ghost or two, a giant baby that becomes a hamster...wait, what? No, this isn’t a freak show. In fact, “Spirited Away” is one of the most creative...

Rallying for local fracking regulations

Matthew Merchant October 12, 2014

With signs raised high and voices echoing, anti-fracking demonstrators rallied and marched from the streets of downtown Kent to Kent State’s campus Saturday to raise awareness for Issue 21, a...

The Untouchables

Matt’s Pick: ‘The Untouchables’

Matt Merchant October 7, 2014

I got this movie at a Redbox at one point because I thought, at first glance of the cover, that it featured Dustin Hoffman and Idris Elba. What an interesting combination of actors, right? It caught me...

Ebola confirmed in the US

Matt Merchant September 30, 2014

The Center for Disease Control confirmed a case of ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Tuesday.An unidentified patient in the Dallas-area hospital was diagnosed with the deadly disease...

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