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‘Hate speech is not tolerated’: Petition forms to protest against anti-trans hate speech and discrimination

Over 2,000 people have now signed an online petition titled “Stop Hate Speech from Kent State Republicans” in response to the Kent State College Republicans “using its platform to encourage discrimination...

USG President Tiera Moore

Kent State enacts policy for painting campus rock

Emma Andrus Reporter January 28, 2021

A new Kent State policy went into effect Jan. 11 that is intended to set some rules around how the Front Campus rock is used and painted, following a series of messages in September that included “White...

Kent State President Todd Diacon talks and walks with Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity members during a protest on campus Mon., Sept. 14, 2020.

President Diacon addresses students at ‘March for Unity,’ agrees to meet demands

Chris Ramos Assigning editor September 14, 2020

Camera surveillance installation, an established rock policy and a review of the student code of conduct were the main talking points by university administrators on Monday. Organized by the Alpha Phi...

Junior Gabrielle Blake, an officer of Black United Students (BUS) at Kent State University, leads the protesters from Oscar Ritchie Hall to the rock while chanting on Sept. 11, 2020.

Students continue to protest for change within Kent State

Megan Becker Reporter September 11, 2020

Editor’s note: This article contains language that may be offensive to some readers.The second day of the Black Lives Matter peaceful protest took place Sept. 11 with hundreds of students protesting...

Kent State Protests Day 2

September 11, 2020

Students and administrators met in an virtual town hall meeting, Thursday, Sept. 10.

Students, administrators discuss how they’ll address racism, hate speech at town hall meeting

Lyndsey Brennan General assignment reporter September 11, 2020

Two hundred and fifty eight Kent State administrators, students, faculty and alumni attended a virtual town hall Thursday organized to address what administrators and student organizations are doing about...

Protesters start to walk toward Oscar Richie Hall and then down to the rock during the Black Lives Matter protest on Sept. 10, 2020.

‘It is bigger than the rock’: Students call for change after racist messages

Owen MacMillan Sports editor September 10, 2020

Correction: In a previous version of this story, a quote was incorrectly attributed to Kamalenn Gillespie. This quote has been removed.Hundreds of Kent State students gathered in front of the Student Center...

The Kent State rock on front campus was painted again Tuesday morning with the words ITS OK BE NICE! The new words covered ITS OK TO BE WHITE, which was painted overnight. 

Kent State rock painted several more times; students harassed while painting

Nathan Mehring Chris Ramos September 8, 2020

Kent State’s front-campus rock has been re-painted several times since it was painted with the message “Blacks have no home here” on Monday, Sep. 7.The message was originally replaced with “Hate...

Protesters congregate by the front campus rock on East Main Street to advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Student-led protests support Black Lives Matter movement outside front campus rock

Troy Pierson Reporter September 5, 2020

In response to a series of incidents where “White Lives Matter” was painted on the front campus rock this past week, one student has organized two protests to advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement.Around...

Bosh Nelson, lead singer of the BoshNelson Band.

Q&A with BoshNelson Band — the Akron band bringing classic rock back to life

Maria McGinnis November 28, 2018

BoshNelson Band is a group from Akron with a classic rock sound. The group has been making music together since the summer of 2016. Although the group is most known for their hit “Before I Can Say Goodbye,”...

Megan L. Brown is a junior magazine journalism major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at 

Opinion: The Grammy awards respect elders

Megan L. Brown January 28, 2014

We saw some wiser choices in the rock categories of the 56th annual Grammy Awards Sunday, Jan. 26. Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney (with Dave Grohl, Kris Novoselic and Pat Smear), Gary...

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