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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Kent firefighters stand outside of the burned apartment at University Inn on South Water Street after putting out the fire on May 2, 2023.

‘You didn’t have a second to think’: Residents flee fire at University Inn

Isabella Schreck and Abigail Forbes May 2, 2023

Hannah Fuller and Colin Gray ran past their neighbor’s University Inn apartment as black smoke spewed out of the front door of the seventh-floor unit. “In that situation, you're just panicked,...


Go with the flow: A herstory of menstrual equity advocacy at Kent State University

Brianna Camp Reporter May 11, 2021

Chapter 1: Cassie“Period poverty is not a “women’s issue,” it is a human’s issue. Because without periods there wouldn’t be people, right?” Cassandra Pegg-Kirby stands in her kitchen, cleaning...

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. 

Ohio Pandemic Testing Team to visit campus for free COVID-19 testing

Kent State and the city of Kent partnered with the state of Ohio to bring the Ohio Pandemic Testing Team to campus, the university announced in an email Wednesday. A team of medics from the Ohio National...

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Kaitlyn Finchler September 4, 2020

[From left to right] Freshmen political science majors Emma MacNiven, Sarah Mowder and freshman exploratory major Sara Pritchard hold signs in front of the Rock on Front Campus at a Black Lives Matter...

Chris Flessner, an associate professor in the department of psychology. 

Kent State professor receives grant for food allergy safety training project

Sabrina Scott September 8, 2019

Christopher Flessner, an associate professor in the department of psychology, is launching a food allergy safety training project through a national grant to help lower-income children and their families...

Tooley Mugshot

Rootstown man arrested for alleged University Townhomes burglaries and fondling

Chris Ramos November 5, 2018

A Rootstown man was arrested Saturday for allegedly burglarizing two apartments and fondling a woman at the University Townhomes complex.Roger Tooley, 42, was charged with burglary and sexual imposition.In...

Debby Thrasher Smith, 66, steps into her Ravenna home on Sunday. Her son, Joe, died here Oct. 29, 2014, of a heroin overdose — his third. He battled with substance abuse in the several years before his death.

A mother reveals what it’s like to live with a son addicted to heroin

Valerie Royzman April 30, 2018

I’m standing on Debby Thrasher Smith’s front porch in Ravenna, tightening my trench coat around my waist. The four wind chimes behind me are knocking delicately against each other, and their tinkling...

Rootstown school district debates potential tax for renovations

Kaitlyn LeBeau April 8, 2015

Rootstown school district discusses potential JEDD from on Vimeo.

Rootstown honors high school student who died Valentine’s Day

Kaitlynn LeBeau February 18, 2015

Rootstown mourns death of high school student from on Vimeo.It has been an emotional week for the Rootstown community as it pays tribute to a 17-year-old Rootstown High School junior who...

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