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Kent State senior Sarah Walsh is the founder of the Happy Faces Foundation, a nonprofit organization helping to give kids with cancer—and their families—experiences that help to take their minds off of their illnesses. Friday, March 18, 2016.

Putting a “Happy Face” on cancer

Alex Delaney-Gesing April 5, 2016

Kent State senior Sarah Walsh met the Stonebraker family at a Taylor Swift concert in Cleveland, on the last day of July 2011. But more importantly, she met 4-year-old Kadie Stonebraker. Kadie wanted nothing...

Samantha Karam is a sophomore journalism major. Contact her at

Opinion: My problem with the Grammys

Samantha Karam February 17, 2016

I think, at its core, the Grammy Awards are necessary to the music industry. The annual ceremony was created to honor the past and present-day stars while motivating those of the future.However, over the...

BSR Beats: Tunes of 2014

January is always the best month to sit back and see what the past year decided to reward us. 2014 turned out to be a wonderful year for music.  With the playlist I have come up with, I can’t wait to...

Marina Strah, Kent State Alumna, performs at the Ohios Got Talent competition Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Strah won the competition and was awarded with the opportunity to record her first music video through Humble Heroz Productions company.

Recent KSU graduate Marina Strah combines degree with music

Megan Brown January 13, 2015

After winning Ohio’s Got Talent and’s web contest, recent Kent State graduate, Marina Strah, finds herself overjoyed by her success and future in music. She was also named one of Cleveland...

BSR Beats: Black Friday Anthems

Alyssa Haberman November 24, 2014

All of the feels you will go through while Black Friday shopping, compiled into one playlist. Happy Black Friday, and as Effie Trinket would say, may the odds be ever in your favor! All Night Longer...

Marina Strah

Singer-songwriter Marina Strah gets the Seacrest bump

Mark Oprea October 21, 2014

A September 2012 YouTube video shows Marina Strah, a then-sophomore at Kent State, sitting on her zebra-sheeted bed in McDowell Hall singing Taylor Swift’s “Ronan.” Her braided hair hides most of...

Carley Hull is a senior magazine journalism major. Contact her at

Opinion: Racism’s not dead, but are we seeking it?

Carley Hull August 27, 2014

Unfortunately racism is far from over in America. With the recent shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by white police officer Darren Wilson, tensions are high. Although...

Neville Hardman

Opinion: Pop song perpetuates racial stereotypes

Neville Hardman August 26, 2014

Taylor Swift continues a cheap streak of writing songs about others, but this time it’s directed at a larger audience. Her new single and music video, “Shake It Off,” launched on Aug. 18 — but...

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