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Protesters crowd the edge of the Commons below Taylor Hall as they shout and gesture at National Guardsmen during the disturbances on the Kent State campus May 4, 1970. At left, in a cowboy-style shirt and wearing a headband, is Jeffrey Miller, who was killed later that day. 

May 4: A legacy of student activism on campus

Leah Shepard, Staff Reporter May 4, 2023

Kent State’s history of student activism goes back further than May 4, 1970, and will stretch even further into the future, said professor and May 4 survivor, Roseann “Chic” Canfora. She said Kent...

Henry Halems 9/11 collection is now displayed at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Kent resident creates 9/11 artwork

Jordan Coleman Reporter September 11, 2021

Retired Kent State professor Henry Halem has been created a 9 piece glass series in honor of the 20th Sept. 11 anniversary. The displayed pieces are made out of shattered glass in a 2-dimensional narrative,...

The Tent City panel on Sunday talked about what it was like living on Blanket Hill during the protest. Pictured, top from left to right: Bryce Schlenker, Chic Canfora, Hope Brustein. Bottom, left to right: Ken Hammond, Mark Webster.

May 4 anniversary sparks discussions on Tent City protests

Blake Westover Reporter May 3, 2021

Students for a Democratic Society brought together a panel on Sunday of former Kent State students who protested the Vietnam War and the building of the gym annex by the university over the site of May...

Hector Rodriguez (middle) salutes aside members of Veterans United for D.C. Statehood in May 2017.

Kent State alumnus invited to attend Biden inauguration after fighting for D.C. statehood

Zoë Blank Reporter February 25, 2021

Hector Rodriguez, Kent State alumnus and founder of Veterans United for D.C. Statehood, said he was honored and humbled to be selected by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia,...

Current downtown of Kent, Ohio on March 2, 2020. 

How improvements made to Downtown Kent affect students today

Theresa Lovrak Reporter March 2, 2020

The year is 2002. As a college student at Kent State you have just a few options when it comes to entertainment downtown, and even fewer if you aren’t twenty-one. “The student body were the people...

Jane Fonda visits anti-aircraft gun position near Hanoi, Vietnam, July 1, 1972. (AP Photo)

Ohio Secretary of State says Jane Fonda shouldn’t speak at May 4 commemoration

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose asked Kent State to reverse its decision to have Jane Fonda speak during the 50th commemoration of the May 4 shootings. In a Facebook post on Sunday, LaRose wrote...

Kent State musical theater students rehearse for the run of Hair the Musical on Oct. 23, 2019. The American tribal love-rock musical explores identity, community, global responsibility, and peace in a changing world. Hair will run from Nov. 1-10, 2019 and is directed by Terri Kent.

Kent State Theatre commemorates May 4 with musical “Hair”

Kent State Theatre will debut the musical “Hair” in early November, spreading the same message of love and peace the students of Kent State tried to spread 50 years ago on May 4.“We wanted a season...

During a town hall Friday afternoon, former Vice President Joe Biden asked a New Hampshire audience to imagine what it would have been like if Barack Obama had been assassinated when he became the Democratic nominee for president in 2008 and how it wouldve affected the country. (AP file photo)

Biden misstates Kent State May 4 numbers at town hall appearance

Arlette Saenz, CNN August 24, 2019

(CNN) -- During a town hall Friday afternoon, former Vice President Joe Biden briefly discussed the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State University, misstating the number of people shot by the National...

Musician Charlie Mosbrook performs in front of attendees of the annual May 4 commemoration of the Kent State shootings in 1970, Saturday, May 4, 2013 on Blanket Hill outside Taylor Hall.

Current protests similar but not identical to May 4, 1970 shootings

Payton Moore May 3, 2015

Riots broke out across Baltimore on Monday, and several buildings and cars were burned and stores looted.The riots, which revolved around police brutality are somewhat similar to how roughly 2,000 Kent...

Haoran Li is a junior communication studies major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at

Opinion: Obama’s embarassing visit to Japan

Haoran Li April 28, 2014

President Obama began visiting the United States’ allied countries in Asia several days ago — Japan was his first destination.Before he set out, he said in an interview with Yomiuri Shimbun, “the...

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