After customers wiped shelves clean of face masks, some Kent State fashion students decided to take matters into their own hands and create their own face masks to protect people from COVID-19.
Amoaba Gooden, who has a doctorate in African-American Studies from Temple University, was recently appointed Interim Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State. KentWired sat down with her to talk about her new position and plans for the future.
Steven Schrum sat in his room in Reisterstown, Maryland, surrounded by miniature model professional stadiums, tinkering with his Madden 2001 lineup. With a PlayStation controller in hand, Schrum served as the architect of his favorite team — the St. Louis Rams.
(CNN) -- The country is divided roughly in half between temperature extremes, with cold conditions and well below normal temperatures in the East, and record-setting, triple-digit heat in the Southwest.
The Student Multicultural Center recognized graduates and their achievements during the virtual Karamu Ya Wahitimu/Celebración de los Graduados ceremony on Thursday.
On Wednesday, May 6, Mark Polatajko, senior vice president for finance and administration, sent an email to Kent State faculty and staff regarding budget planning for fiscal year 2021 to counter the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and evaluate the university’s financial future.
(CNN) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday announced formal regulations for how colleges and schools are to define and investigate sexual harassment and assault cases, including provisions that give those accused the ability to cross-examine accusers.
Each year the night before May 4 there is a candlelight vigil for the students killed in the Prentice Hall parking lot in 1970. While the university cancelled the event this year due to COVID-19, people still gathered to pay their respects.
As Kent State University works to remember May 4 and the lives lost, Students of a Democratic Society [SDS] works toward not only remembering what happened 50 years ago, but the student activism that was present at the time.
For 50 years now, people from all walks of life have been telling their stories about May 4, 1970. For some people, with the passage of time comes greater willingness to share experiences, express concern, grieve and reflect.This wasn’t always the case throughout Kent State’s history. The tr…
The coronavirus pandemic caused Kent State and universities alike to switch their face-to-face classes to an online format, which would not have been possible without the likes of Jay Frye and the IT department at Kent State.
After the events of May 4, 1970, Kent State students were ordered to leave campus. They were told to gather as many of their belongings as possible and quickly evacuate. They left in droves - catching the next bus out, carpooling or even hitchhiking on the highway.
Now that in-person classes have been cancelled, Beall Hall is not housing students, but instead approximately 1,000 pounds of donated food for those struggling with food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.
With the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing measures in place, in-person commencement ceremonies have been postponed as schools across the country wait for further instruction or develop a way to celebrate graduation safely. While they still hope to have an in-person ceremony when it…
When Howie Emmer came to Kent State University in 1965 from Cleveland, he remembers being asked by his roommate from rural Pennsylvania if Emmer would be wearing his rocketship pin each day. The pin was not a rocketship: It was a peace sign.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country and began triggering a recession that will end the longest expansion on record.
(CNN) -- A North Carolina family's pug may be the first dog in the United States to test positive for coronavirus, according to researchers.
After spending countless hours at home, it is no doubt that ROTC members are wondering what is going to happen this summer and the semester after.
TV2 anchor Connor Steffen delivers your Tuesday's top stories, including precautions being taken by the City of Kent and a report from Nadine Battah on Ohio's primary election.
Kent State University President Todd Diacon announced Monday that the university will make a 20% cut to its budget for the 2021 fiscal year that will include salary reductions for staff, along with layoffs and job abolishments.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, people are working to protect themselves from the virus. From wearing face masks to social distancing, stopping the spread of this virus is on everyone’s mind. But false information could be causing people to worry for no reason, like the idea that you can ge…
As the 50th Commemoration of May 4 transitions completely online, one event already fits the bill. The one-hour radio special, based on the “May 4th Voices: Kent State 1970” play scripted by David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center, gives various perspectives from those affected by …
Senior softball player Vanessa Vodan found out from a social media post by the NCAA that her senior season was over. Her heart stopped and she prayed it wasn’t true.
(CNN) -- For the fifth week in a row, millions of American workers applied for unemployment benefits, seeking financial relief as businesses remained closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, or ROTC, is a college program for pre-commissioned officer training and education that students are able to join. Being in this program, they are able to prepare to be officers in the Army when they graduate, but before that, they can choose whether…
(CNN) -- This year's Earth Day -- the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement -- will be a quiet one.
Kent’s Haymaker Market is growing in popularity as the weeks of social distancing roll on. Due to the pandemic, it is no longer the typical indoor/outdoor market. However, customers are encouraged to continue to shop locally with the new Haymaker Market drive-thru located on Franklin Ave. be…
Kent State University announced Tuesday it is accepting applications for emergency student aid through the newly created Kent State Emergency Grant Fund.
(CNN) -- Prison and jail populations across the United States are becoming a breeding ground for the coronavirus, sickening thousands of inmates and detainees as well as the staff and employees that work in the facilities.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is falsely assigning blame to governors and the Obama administration for shortages in coronavirus testing.
(CNN) -- More than 97% of the U.S. population is under a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order as the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend life as we know it. But worries for the economy -- and people's mental health -- are raising the question: When will things go back to normal?
Companies with thousands of employees, past penalties from government investigations and risks of financial failure even before the coronavirus walloped the economy were among those receiving millions of dollars from a relief fund that Congress created to help small businesses through the cr…
(CNN) -- Anger over shelter-in-place orders boiled over, with protesters ignoring social distancing guidelines and packing state capitols and streets.
(CNN) -- A gunman has killed at least 10 people in Novia Scotia, including at least one Mountie, in a shooting rampage before he was taken into custody after a manhunt, according to a Canadian law enforcement official.
As schools and businesses close down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kent State has announced through an email to students, faculty and staff that the May 4 50th commemoration will be entirely virtual.
“The way I see it is that some of these masks could save lives,” said Irvin Cardenas, a robotics researcher and computer science Ph.D. student at Kent State University.
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a source of uncertainty for Kent State, construction of the Design Innovation [DI] Hub is still underway and scheduled to be ready for use for the fall 2020 semester just as originally planned.
TV2 Anchor Connor Steffen delivers Wednesday's top stories, including progress on the stimulus relief checks and another potential stimulus check backed by an Ohio representative.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three weeks into Ohio's stay-at-home order, Gov. Mike DeWine is facing increasing pressure to restart some nonessential work around the state, especially in areas with few confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Kent State University announced that the spring 2020 commencement will be virtual in accordance with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s order to avoid large gatherings due to COVID-19.
With COVID-19 canceling important fundraising events, retreats, morning training, marches and in-person training, ROTC members take a hard hit with the difficult changes they have to deal with.
Voters may be able to predict the winner of the 2020 presidential election by simply watching the movements of the candidates.
A monumental election awaits and students have been connecting their voices in support for who they think is the best fit for the future.
(CNN) -- Former President Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden on Tuesday, in a video message in which he explains why he believes his former running mate is the candidate needed at this moment of crisis in America.
Kent State has cancelled all on-campus activities, events, summer camps and conferences sponsored by the university due to ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. This also includes events sponsored by community members who use Kent campus to host.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus has killed its first Ohio prison inmate, Gov. Mike DeWine said as the number of infections in state prisons topped 260 according to data issued Monday afternoon.
(CNN) -- Amazon plans to hire 75,000 more workers to meet increased demand for household essentials and other goods spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.
Students considered out-of-state who earned a bachelor’s degree in Ohio will soon be offered a markedly lower tuition for nearly all of Kent State’s graduate programs, following a motion passed by the Board of Trustees.
Imagine a world where you live in Cleveland and work every day at your office in Chicago. Hard to believe, but the Hyperloop Consortium that Kent State joined strives to make this the new method of travel.
After moving all classes online for the rest of the semester, Kent State's campus houses only 67 remaining students, who are staying in the Stopher and Johnson residence halls.
With campus closed and all student events cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, students across Kent State campus have been forced to adjust to cancelled meetings and plans.
(CNN) -- OPEC and Russia reached a tentative agreement Thursday evening for a global cut in oil production by 10 million barrels a day for May and June, the deepest cut ever agreed to by the world's oil producers, a senior OPEC source told CNN.
(CNN) -- When she was a child growing up in Ohio, Amy Acton says, people looked down on her and her brother because they were poor—really poor.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 700,000 people in Ohio filed for unemployment in the last three weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shake the economy, almost double the claims filed last year, according to the state.
(CNN) -- With nearly 10 million Americans filing for unemployment in March, April 1 was always going to be a difficult day for U.S. renters.
(CNN) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign on Wednesday, clearing Joe Biden's path to the Democratic nomination and a showdown with President Donald Trump in November.
TV2 Sports reporter Jack Berney gives you a rundown on what is happening in the world of sports including Kent State's non conference basketball schedule, and updates on the NFL Draft and MLB season.
Anchor Gianna DaPra delivers your top stories, including damage severe storms left across the region and Bernie Sanders's decision to drop from the 2020 democratic presidential race.
(CNN) -- The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision refusing to extend a deadline for absentee ballots in Tuesday's Wisconsin elections reflects Chief Justice John Roberts' view of voting rights in America, a long-held position that has often favored Republican interests.
As U.S. Census Day passed last week, Kent State students were encouraged to fill out the survey that will help the university receive public funding.
What began as an HIV support group evolved into a private Facebook group and has now taken its most recent form as an app that includes success stories, medication reminders and more to help users find their place in the HIV community.
During this pandemic, many people are worried about their own safety by keeping safe distances, washing hands and covering sneezes. It is also important to think about the safety of others, especially those who are deemed essential during this time like doctors, nurses and first responders.
When nurse Tracy Dodson interacts with a patient experiencing respiratory issues, she wears goggles, gloves, a mask and a gown. She usually puts the equipment in a trash bin when she leaves the room. But recently, protocol has changed.
(CNN) -- As video conference app Zoom surges in popularity due to increased usage amid the coronavirus pandemic, federal officials are now warning of a new potential privacy and security concern called "Zoombombing."
(CNN) -- Amid mounting criticism of its pandemic response, Amazon on Thursday said it is rapidly expanding temperature checks for its employees and that it has nearly completed its hiring spree of 100,000 additional workers at its distribution centers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks ago, the Pentagon promised to make as many as 2,000 military ventilators available as the federal government strains to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, less than half had been allocated, despite a desperate need across the country.
(CNN) -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is continuing her workouts at the Supreme Court gym amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to her longtime personal trainer.
With the outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States, Kent State and other universities face the challenge of adjusting to the new normal.
In an email Monday morning, Kent State announced its refund policy and procedure for parking, room and meal plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government must be proficient in implementing quality aid to its citizens with the least amount of money possible, the state auditor Keith Faber said.
Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority, a central part of transportation in Kent, spoke out about its efforts to ensure the health and safety of its passengers amid the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state reported more than 1,400 coronavirus cases including 25 deaths, while Gov. Mike DeWine presented manufacturers with a top 10 list of desperately needed medical equipment to be produced. A look at virus-related developments in Ohio on Saturday:
The Ohio General Assembly approved a plan Wednesday to extend absentee voting for the 2020 primary election until April 28 and eliminate most in-person voting.
(CNN) -- The House of Representatives on Friday approved the historic $2 trillion stimulus package that passed the Senate earlier this week, overcoming last-minute drama by using an unusual procedural move to thwart a demand by a conservative Republican to force members to vote in person.
Kent State faculty have found new and innovative ways to deliver coursework to students digitally who are in more hands-on and experience-based courses.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story said the withdrawal date for the spring semester had been extended to April 13. It has been extended to the end of the semester.
In May 2013, Jon Fleming lay in bed in Fishers, Indiana, wondering if his dreams to play college basketball were exhausted.