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Opponents of a multifaceted higher education bill protest across the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, May 17, 2023. The bill, which cleared the Republican-dominated state Senate on Wednesday, 21-10, would severely limit diversity, equity and inclusion training at Ohios public universities, prohibit faculty from striking and bar public universities from taking stances on controversial topics. It next goes to the House for consideration.

Ohio Senate passes controversial Senate Bill 83

Grace Springer, Editor-in-Chief May 17, 2023

Senate Bill 83, also known as the Ohio Higher Education Enhancement Act, passed 21-10 in the Ohio Senate Wednesday.  The controversial bill is expected to require changes to public higher education...

Why Kent State students, professor testified against Ohio SB 83

Jacob Brooks, TV2 Reporter April 19, 2023

Two Kent students and the faculty union president testified Wednesday against Ohio Senate Bill 83. Members of Kent State Undergraduate Student Government were also present at the statehouse to speak...

Ohio Senate Bill 83 seeks to curtail university diversity efforts and ban university employees from striking

Addison Foreman, Reporter March 25, 2023

Ohio Senate Bill 83, also known as the Ohio Higher Education Enhancement Act, seeks to ban required diversity training in public universities, have universities take a more neutral stance on social issues...

How this Ohio Senate bill could change colleges

Jacob Brooks, TV2 Reporter March 20, 2023

Ohio Senate Bill 83 was introduced last week. Known as the Ohio Higher Education Enhancement Act, the bill could mean big changes to colleges and universities in the state. TV2's Jacob Brooks talked...

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2020 census reveals losses for Ohio while redistricting efforts are still set for later this year

Ian Jameson Reporter May 1, 2021

Data from 2020’s census was released on April 26 and reveals Ohio is losing one congressional seat and an Electoral College vote.  Ohio’s population grew by 2.3 percent from 2010 to 2020 while the...

OPINION: Until leaders dismantle their own violent systems, we’ll keep burying hazing victims

Lyndsey Brennan Opinion Writer April 3, 2021

Some fraternities are dangerous places that harbor dangerous people. This isn’t a preposterous or malicious assertion. It is a fact.We were reminded of it again last month when 20-year-old BGSU sophomore...

Ohio lawmakers override Gov. DeWine‘s veto on Senate Bill 22

Alexandria Manthey TV2 Reporter March 24, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine has issued a stay at home orders, mask mandates, regulations on restaurants and more. Ohio legislators are now looking to take that power away. As of Wednesday,...

Customers at Water Street Tavern drinking at one of the designated tables as part of the social distancing protocol on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

Kent bars continue to struggle financially as Halloween approaches

Mason Lawlor Reporter October 25, 2020

The streets of downtown Kent will be unusually quiet this Halloween season as bars and pubs throughout the city are dealing with major financial losses due to Portage County remaining in Level Three risk...

Governor John Kasich celebrates his reelection with a roaring crowd at the Republican Parties watch party in Columbus on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Statewide task force to look into Ohio universities’ tuition

Kate Schwanke February 25, 2015

Kent State students may see tuition costs freeze by the 2016-2017 school year with a new task force overseeing costs at Ohio universities.Governor John Kasich signed an executive order on Tuesday, Feb....

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Opinion: Gerrymandering leads to a broken system

Ray Paoletta October 7, 2014

The lack of bi-partisanship at all levels of government remains the number one complaint that citizens have with government. People look at elected officials and see what appears to be one party moving...

Calamity days bill heads to Ohio Senate, districts anxious for results

Grace Murray February 23, 2014

Local school district officials are keeping a close eye on the Ohio Senate as members determine whether Ohio students will have to make up school days due to this year’s extreme winter weather.The Ohio...

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