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Robbery reported in Wright Hall parking lot

Matthew Merchant December 5, 2015

Two black males wearing red hoodies are suspected of robbing a car in the Wright Hall R6 parking lot at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It's reported a cell phone was taken from a vehicle.A FlashAlert message...

If we want Kent State to be the best university it can be, we need to invest in the faculty, Patrick Coy, an applied conflict management professor of 2O years, said. All administrators know that in their heart.

What you need to know about a potential professors’ strike

Matthew Merchant November 22, 2015

Last Thursday, members of the tenured faculty picketed outside the KIVA during president Beverly Warren’s State of the University Address. Multiple signs read, “A Fair Contract Now!” and “Value...

Political science professor Patrick Coy protests outside the KIVA during the State of the University Address on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Coy said, In order for Kent State to continue to become a great university, we must invest in our teachers. Every administrator knows that in their heart. 

Kent State professors picket to raise awareness of contract concerns

Matthew Merchant November 19, 2015

Members of Kent State’s tenured faculty picketed outside the KIVA on Thursday to voice their concerns about the university and President Beverly Warren.As Warren delivered her State of the University...

Members of AFSCME, a workers union on campus, and USAS, a student group supporting the union, picket outside the M.A.C. Center on May 1, 2015 as President Beverly Warren is inaugurated inside.

Kent State professors set to vote on possible strike

Matthew Merchant November 9, 2015

Kent State professors plan to hold an online vote next week to potentially authorize a strike.According to an email sent from the Executive Committee of Kent State’s chapter of the American Association...

Issue 43 promises transparency if approved

Matthew Merchant November 1, 2015

Issue 43, if approved on Tuesday’s ballot, would institute a Democracy Day for the Kent's residents. As one of five charter amendments to the city’s governing document, Issue 43 would require the city...

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Here’s the ticket: an analysis of Parking Services

Matthew Merchant October 18, 2015

Each semester, a number of students at Kent State’s main campus have an encounter with a neon-green wearing, ticket-machine toting parking services worker. Yellow tickets placed on vehicle windows are...

People sit and watch Jake Friel & The Last Train South perform at Acorn Alley Plaza during Kent Blues Fest on Friday, July 17, 2015.

Kent Blues Festival 2015 in Photos

Kent Blues Festival 2015People sit and watch Jake Friel & The Last Train South perform at Acorn Alley Plaza during Kent Blues Fest on Friday, July 17, 2015.Jake Friel & The Last Train South performs...

Provost Todd Diacon stands up and leaves after a question is directed at him during an open forum held by students to address the race issues at Kent State in the Governance Chambers on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Students challenge Provost to increase funding for Pan-African and LGBTQ programs, address discrimination in tenure process

Matthew Merchant April 22, 2015

Alleged racial discrimination in the faculty tenure process was one of three concerns raised in a student-led forum on Wednesday in the Student Center Governance Chambers.More than 100 students, faculty...


Matt’s flick pick: ‘Snowpiercer’

Matthew Merchant December 2, 2014

In a future world completely frozen over by ice and snow, a train powered by a perpetual motion machine circles the planet with Earth’s only surviving humans aboard. Divided into sections and classes,...

The core issues of Ferguson

Matthew Merchant November 30, 2014

The decisionGathered together in The Nest on Nov. 24, students watched the news out of Ferguson, Missouri. The students, members of Black United Students, sat silently.Huddled around a table, leaned back...

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Matt’s Flick Pick: ‘The Holiday’

Matthew Merchant November 24, 2014

Despite the outrage that stores are stocking Christmas accessories before Thanksgiving, my pick this week is called “The Holiday.” It’s a Christmas movie. And it’s a chick flick. Whatever, I loved...


Matt’s Flick Pick: ‘Hook’

Matthew Merchant November 18, 2014

If you’ve never seen this fanciful adaptation of the Peter Pan story, stop reading this and go watch it. Immediately.Robin Williams plays a grown-up Peter, a stern lawyer with two kids, who has lost...

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