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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


A group poses for a photo after tossing around a football in Kent, Ohio, on Summit Street, March 16, 2019. Editors Note: Everybody in this photo is over 21. 

Best of Kent: best event/festival

First place: Fake Paddy's Day Typically held the week before St. Patrick's Day, Fake Paddy's Day is a celebration that occurs in many college towns across the United States. According to, Fake...

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019.

Kent State announces travel restriction to China

Kent State announced Monday a temporary restriction on university-sponsored travel to China because of the 2019 novel coronavirus. In an email sent to the Kent community, interim Senior Vice President...

Alleged porch stalker indicted for two felonies, two misdemeanors

Rachel Karas Managing editor October 18, 2019

Steven Franzreb, 43, who police say appeared on the front porches of the Alpha Phi and Delta Gamma sorority houses wearing only a Speedo swimsuit, was indicted by a Portage County Grand Jury on Thursday. Franzreb...

An Ohio state prosecutor recommends a $50,000 bail for Steven Franzreb during his arraignment on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at the Portage County Courthouse.

$50,000 bond set for suspected Kent sorority stalker

A $50,000 bond was set for a man arrested in association with several prowling incidents at sorority houses on Fraternity Circle.  Kent Police arrested 43-year-old Steven Franzreb of North Royalton, Ohio,...

Reverend Renne Zimelis-Ruchotzke holds the microphone for Cheryl Lessin as she tells the crowd about a non-violent protest in Washington D.C. that will push against what she called the fascist regime of President Donald Trump at the climate strike held at Risman Plaza on Sept. 20, 2019. She said the regime is one of the biggest factors in climate change. 

Demonstrators gather on Risman Plaza for Global Climate Strike

Protestors gathered on Risman Plaza at noon Friday to demand action against climate change. The demonstration, hosted by Students for a Democratic Society, was part of the Global Climate Strike. Millions...

The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University announced the appointment of Louise Valentine as its new director. Valentine will hold the Peg’s Foundation Endowed Leadership Chair. She most recently served as professor and chair of design at the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Scotland, U.K.

Kent State announces new director of School of Fashion Design and Merchandising

Kent State announced Louise Valentine as the new director of the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. Valentine, an applied design researcher, recently served...

Kent State’s makerspaces ranked No. 6 in nation

Paige Bennett August 23, 2019

Kent State’s makerspaces ranked No. 6 in a list by Great Value Colleges of the top 50 college and university makerspaces in the nation. It was the highest rank of an Ohio-based university. Great Value...

Road salt harms native organisms, plants

Paige Bennett December 5, 2018

Road salt may keep streets and sidewalks ice-free, but not without consequence.The heavy use of road salt in the winter poses threats to the environment, said Lauren Kinsman-Costello, an assistant professor...

Liquid Crystal Institute gets new-name treatment, license to expand

Paige Bennett November 17, 2018

For over 50 years, the university has received international recognition for its research on liquid crystals.Now, that research is changing.The Liquid Crystal Institute became the Advanced Materials and...

Irvin Cardenas (left) and Xiangxu Lin (right) pose with TeleBot 2.

Telerobotics lab builds robot, competes at World Robot Summit

Paige Bennett November 10, 2018

 Led by Jong-Hoon Kim, an assistant professor in the department of computer science, the Advanced Telerobotics Research Laboratory created its latest robot, TeleBot 2.“TeleBot 2 is a humanoid telepresence...

Neuroscience Major

Neuroscience degree offered beginning Fall 2019

Paige Bennett November 1, 2018

The College of Arts and Sciences will begin offering a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in Fall 2019.Expanding the neuroscience program has been one of university’s goals for over 25 years, James...

Professor receives $450,000 grant for oxytocin research

Paige Bennett October 27, 2018

A Kent State professor received a $450,000 grant for her research on oxytocin and how it may be involved in the brain development of males and females.The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child...

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