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FILE - Locks cover the fence on the Love Bridge in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh as a person walks by Nov. 3, 2021. A poll from MTV Entertainment Group and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that Americans ages 13 through 56 think the pandemic made parts of their lives harder, but Gen Z reported higher levels of disruption to their education and dating lives. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Pandemic stress weighs heavily on Gen Z: AP-NORC, MTV poll

Isolation. Anxiety. Uncertainty. The stresses of the coronavirus pandemic have taken a toll on Americans of all ages, but a new poll finds that teens and young adults have faced some of the heaviest...

Kent State’s fashion school ranks top 10 in U.S.

Kayla Polansky Reporter October 20, 2021

Kent State’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising programs ranked top 10 in the U.S. on fashion design program ranked No.1 in the Midwest while also ranking No. 8 in the...

Projections Key Connections made for the graduating class of 2021 based off the increased successes graduating class of 2019.

Key Connections helps guide underrepresented students to graduation

Chris Bright reporter April 20, 2021

Since receiving a $1 million grant from Key Bank in 2017, the Key Connections program has worked to ensure the success of minority students on Kent State’s campus.  “I think Kent State proved to...

Professors working to maintain their mental health after a year of remote teaching

Cassidy Gladieux Reporter March 13, 2021

It’s been a year since classes at Kent State went fully virtual and many have admitted to struggling with their mental health, professors included. Although the pandemic has surely impacted everyone...

Kent State’s online class transition made easier with Blackboard

Kim Fisher Technology reporter October 11, 2020

Classes moving from in-person to online is hard enough, but finding an operating system capable of handling the switch adds more pressure. Kent State already had an operating system that was ready to go...

Lacey Neimeier, a freshman architecture major at Kent State. Courtesy of Lacey Neimeier.

School through a screen: Students adjust to remote experience

Morgan McGrath Feature writer September 29, 2020

Lacey Neimeier, a freshman architecture major at Kent State University, sits alone in her dorm room in Fletcher Hall.“I always feel like I’m missing stuff.” She expresses her concerns with online...

Casanova’s workplace at home. 

Students taking online classes struggle with their home environment

Megan Becker Reporter September 28, 2020

Many students who were planning on living on campus have decided to live at home instead because of coronavirus, quarantining and online classes. At home, students have to live outside of a learning environment...

Jim Raber is the executive director of Information Services, Educational Technology and Service Management at Kent State University. 

Frye, Raber, head IT department amid online switch

Dylan Bowers Reporter May 3, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic caused Kent State and universities alike to switch their face-to-face classes to an online format, which would not have been possible without the likes of Jay Frye and the IT department...

The women’s basketball team’s first Zoom meeting in April. 

A pandemic offseason: How women’s basketball adjusts to a new normal

Associate head coach Fran Recchia spends much of her time these days at her kitchen table, searching for future Flashes.“[I spend] at least two hours a day,” she said, “watching film or highlights...

KentWired staff interviews President Diacon, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020.

Diacon discusses university finances, outlook amid coronavirus pandemic

KentWired Staff April 16, 2020

Editor’s note: This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. KW: To get started with talking about finances, looking forward after COVID-19 or as it continues to progress, what’s the type...

Screen capture of Kent State student Jacob Karmias petition that asks the university to allow students in good academic standing to be done with their classes.

Kent State student creates petition to pass students in good academic standing

Editor's note: A previous version of this story said the withdrawal date for the spring semester had been extended to April 13. It has been extended to the end of the semester. Kent State senior Jacob...

Students pack up their cars and leave the dorm to go home because of the cancellation of face-to-face classes at Kent State. Classes will be held online until April 13. 

On-campus students share concerns after shift to online classes

Zaria Johnson Assigning editor March 11, 2020

President Todd Diacon announced in-person classes would be canceled and shifted online until April 13, 2020, and encouraged students to return home if possible, due to concerns regarding the coronavirus...

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