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Photo caption: Campus Kitchen volunteers organizing a food table outside of Franklin Hall during the fall 2020 semester. When COVID-19 began to take its toll on the nation in March 2020, Kent Cares — a subcommittee on the Kent State campus focused on students’ overarching basic needs– were worried about how they were going to […]

Photo caption: Tree City Coffee & Pastry in Kent, Ohio is one of many small businesses that has been harshly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The protocols the customers and employees have to follow include wearing face coverings and following social distancing guidelines. Photo credit: Julia Webb Rebekah Gillespie, owner of  Tree City Coffee & […]

Photo caption: The front doors of the Kent Stage. Theaters globally have either felt or seen the impact of COVID-19 and the Kent Stage is no exception. The theater was built in 1927 for silent films, but was repurposed as a venue for live shows in 2002. It has been closed since March 10, 2020. The […]

In the middle of an unfamiliar road with her heart beating at an accelerated rate, Annbriel Steplight becomes frozen in shock. With her body unwilling to take the first step out of the car, her boyfriend comes around and opens the door for her. Her mind starts overanalyzing the situation in fear of what might […]

Photo caption: As of May 2021, LinkedIn shows results for over 10,000 remote internships for students and recent graduates. What was once an exciting turning point for the college upperclassmen has turned into a crisis of the unknown. The job board site Glassdoor reported when this all began in May of 2020 that internship openings […]

Photo caption: Carly Kruse, owner of Evelyn Dickerson Hair Design in Kent stands behind their new plexiglass screen at their front desk. She calls herself the “mask police” and ensures everyone inside the salon is properly masked. Sixteen years ago when Carley Kruse purchased the first hair salon she had ever worked at, she didn’t […]

Photo caption: Unused meters sit in front of two empty parking spaces outside of Kent State’s Engleman Hall. Just over a year ago, Kent State student Stephen DelCiappo was checking meters, handing out tickets and cycling through four to five parking lots a day for his job at Parking Services. Then, on March 10, President […]

Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks are the top contenders for college students. When students need coffee, refresher, or tea they will take a trip to these locations.    Junior Nutrition major Savannah Barr, talked about how she felt about Dunkin Donuts.   “I worked at Dunkin Donuts a couple of years ago,” Barr said. “They have […]

The Cleveland Browns pulled off a major upset and made history by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-39 at the end of the NFL’s Wild Card Weekend. It was a momentous moment and the department decided to talk about the game and the NFL playoffs in light of last night’s game. Sports Director Sean Fitzgerald, Sports […]

Although the number of female-owned companies has grown significantly in the last 30 years, many women in business are still facing challenges. Others feel empowered in today’s economy. Anna Huntsman shares the stories of two women who own small businesses in downtown Kent. While scrolling through Instagram in March, I found a post from the […]


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