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A wall art of wings is located between the Student Center and the M.A.C.C. on Kent State’s campus.

Board of Trustees approves new majors, says goodbye to two members

Michael Neenan, Beat Reporter March 7, 2024

The Board of Trustees approved four new majors for Fall 2024 at its meeting Wednesday, pending approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The majors include a Bachelor of Arts in Applied...

A pump sucks in and sprays water at Leslie Run Creek just ahead of filters set up to catch chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio on Feb. 19, 2023.

‘I don’t feel safe in town,’ East Palestine train derailment: What’s happening one year later

Lauren Bischof, Beat Reporter February 8, 2024

On Feb. 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in the village of East Palestine, Ohio, igniting a fire consisting of toxic chemicals, spurring temporary evacuation of residents...

Larry Macon Jr. is the newest member added to the university’s Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees welcomes Larry Macon Jr., two new members in 2023

Michael Neenan, Reporter December 15, 2023

Larry Macon Jr. said he will bring his expertise of knowing how universities operated before the COVID-19 pandemic and how universities can move forward in a post-pandemic world to his new role as a Board...

Soil from the train wreck in East Palestine, Ohio, being collected for disposal.
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Texas and Michigan officials say they didn’t know water, soil from Ohio train wreck would be transported into their jurisdictions

Nicki Brown, Sara Smart and Ralph Ellis, CNN February 25, 2023

(CNN) -- The federal Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Norfolk Southern to stop its shipments of hazardous waste from the site of the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, so that it can...

This photo taken with a drone shows portions of a Norfolk and Southern freight train that derailed Friday night in East Palestine, Ohio are still on fire at mid-day Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.

Evacuations ordered amid fears of an explosion as an Ohio train continues burning days after derailment

Hannah Sarisohn, CNN February 6, 2023

(CNN) — Residents near the site of a train derailment that sparked a massive fire in East Palestine, Ohio, were urged to evacuate immediately Sunday night due to the risk of an explosion, authorities...

Ohio Supreme Court election now features party affiliations

Catie Pusateri, Reporter November 7, 2022

For the first time in Ohio’s history, the Ohio Supreme Court election on Nov. 8 will display each candidate’s political party affiliation on the ballot. Last year, Gov. Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill...

Judge temporarily blocks Ohio law banning most abortions

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press September 14, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge temporarily blocked Ohio’s ban on virtually all abortions Wednesday, again pausing a law that took effect after federal abortion protections were overturned by the U.S....

UPDATE: Ohio’s ‘Heartbeat Bill’ goes into effect, causing immediate change to the state’s abortion landscape

Emma Andrus, Managing Editor June 24, 2022

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include information regarding the emergency motion to dissolve the federal injunction of Ohio's "Heartbeat Bill."  On Friday evening, a federal court moved...

Russian Standard Vodka pulled from shelves in Ohio

Gavin Mitten, Reporter March 6, 2022

On Feb. 26, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all 487 liquor agencies in Ohio to immediately pull all Russian Standard Vodka from their shelves. Russian Standard is the only overseas, Russian-owned vodka...

The crests of several Greek life organizations on a wall near the dining hall known as the Hub in the Kent Student Center. Ohios Collins Law, which went into effect Thursday, criminalizes hazing by any organizations, including on-campus Greek life.

Collin’s Law goes into effect in Ohio, increases penalties for hazing-related incidents

Zaria Johnson Editor-in-Chief October 8, 2021

Collin’s Law, which increases the criminal penalties for hazing incidents on college campuses, went into effect Thursday, increasing the act of hazing to a second-degree misdemeanor and making the failure...

Genevieve Menyhart (right) poses in her cap and gown as she graduates from her living room with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in May 2020. Menyhart is a wedding photographer and is hopeful for the future of wedding photography this summer.

The class of COVID-19: 2020 graduates navigate the lasting impacts of graduating during a pandemic

Zoë Blank Reporter May 6, 2021

College graduation is called commencement because it’s supposed to be a new beginning, but COVID-19 posed new challenges for the class of 2020.  A June 2020 study found that millions of students worldwide...

Pamela E. Bobst was appointed to Kent States Board of Trustees by Gov. Mike DeWine. She will succeed former Board Chair and Trustee Ralph M. Della Ratta and will serve through May 16, 2030.

Gov. DeWine names Pamela E. Bobst to Kent State Board of Trustees

Ian Jameson Reporter April 28, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine appointed Pamela E. Bobst of Rocky River, Ohio, to the Kent State Board of Trustees on Monday. She’ll formally serve through May 16, 2030.Bobst currently serves as mayor of Rocky...

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