Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Nobel Peace Prize winner will speak April 11 at 7 p.m. in the MACC.
Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel will speak at Kent State University in April as part of the university's Presidential Speaker Series. Wiesel, a Boston University professor, will speak April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Kent State President Lester Lefton said the university is expecting thousands of people from across the region to attend. "Anyone who's heard Elie Wiesel speak before knows he’s just a profound speaker — a life changer," Lefton said. The author of the world renowned memoir Night wrote the piece about his experiences during World War II and the loss of his family to German death camps. Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now part of Romania…
Thursday, September 27, 2012
President Barack Obama flew into Ohio Wednesday and landed at the Akron-Canton Airport before traveling to Kent State University for a campaign rally
Wednesday was a pretty exciting day for the folks at Akron-Canton Airport as they watched the president of the United States fly in on Air Force One. President Barack Obama was on his way to Kent that day for a campaign rally at Kent State University. CAK employees updated the airport's Facebook page and tweeted about Obama's arrival, telling Twitter followers "AF1 is an amazing aircraft to see — even in the rain." More Obama coverage from this week: Obama at Kent State: Ohio Tweets Obama Rally at Kent State Touches on Themes of Opportunity, Success (VIDEO) PHOTOS: Obama's Kent State Campaign Stop
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Thousands of Kent residents and Kent State University students and staff witnessed history Wednesday as President Barack Obama campaigned at the MACC. Hundreds more watched the president deliver his campaign speech on TV from an overflow space in the Kent State Student Center. And even hundreds more gathered on campus and around town to follow the president's visit online. Kendra Landfair was one of those lucky 6,600 people who watched from inside the MACC. Beforehand, she braved pouring rain and stood in line for almost six hours to get a glimpse of the president. "I never met a president before," Landfair, a Kent State student, said before Obama's speech. "I’m sick, my nose is running, my throat hurts. Once I get in there it will be …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Kent campaign stop one of two on college campuses in Northeast Ohio.
Some came to hear about the president's views on Medicare, Social Security, or women's healthcare. Some merely wished to see a sitting president in the flesh. But all braved a steady downpour on Wednesday to see the President Barack Obama speak at Kent State University. Obama came on stage shortly after 5:30 p.m. "Hello Kent State! Go Flashes!" he called to the roaring crowd. His remarks began by touching on themes of opportunity and success for the middle class. "This country succeeds when the middle class is growing, when there are ladders of opportunity for all people," he said. "We all believe that anybody is entitled to success in this country. Everybody’s got to work hard." The president also told the audience that U.S jobs and the …
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Monday, September 24, 2012
Tickets required for campaign stop at MAC
Editor's note: The Obama campaign has limited the number of tickets to 5,000. Read about it here. Campaign and university officials formally recognized what many have known for days: President Barack Obama is coming to the Kent State University campus Wednesday afternoon. Tickets are required in order to enter the campaign stop in the Kent State Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Doors for the event open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets will be handed out one per person on a first-come, first-served basis at three locations around town starting at 9 a.m. today. The locations are: Those seeking tickets at the Obama for America-Kent office should park at University Plaza and walk one block to the campaign office, as the parking lot there will be …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
President is scheduled to visit Kent State Wednesday
President Barack Obama's planned campaign stop in Kent on Wednesday may not prove as costly as recent stops in other small towns across the country. Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee said information remains scarce about the Democratic incumbent's scheduled visit, but he is expected to be in Kent by 3:50 p.m. Wednesday via the Akron-Canton Airport. Lee said the time may change. "That’s going to depend on where exactly he’s going to go," she said. "The plan is he’s going to be on the (Kent State University) campus somewhere." University officials haven't released any information about the stop and still had no comment when asked about the president's planned visit Friday. "We can neither confirm nor deny the report," Kent State spokesperson …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Need for multiple inspections at 596-bed complex delayed issuance of occupancy permits.
Some students at Kent State University will be living in hotel rooms to start the new school year because of construction delays at a new, off-campus student apartment complex. The privately developed Province at Kent student housing on South Lincoln Street will not have its occupancy permit for at least one of its nine residential apartment buildings by the time school starts on Monday. Bridget Susel, acting head of the Kent Community Development Department, said the delays are due in part to the fact the city's building department has had to conduct multiple re-inspections of three of the complex's residential buildings. One building — the 168-tenant Building 10 — is at least two weeks away from receiving an occupancy permit, Susel said…
Friday, August 3, 2012
William Koberna taken off court ordered GPS monitoring device
The Kent State University student at the center of a Twitter threat controversy is no longer facing a felony charge in the case following a court hearing this morning. Portage County Municipal Court Judge Barbara Oswick this morning reduced a first-degree felony charge of inducing panic originally filed Monday against William Koberna, 19, of Brunswick, to a first-degree telecommunications harrassment charge. The lesser charge stemmed from an indictment issued on the telecommunications charge Thursday by a Portage County grand jury. Kent State Police charged Koberna Monday with inducing panic, a fifth-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, after Koberna reportedly posted a message on Twitter in which he …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
William Koberna is accused of threatening to open fire on the university campus
The student who threatened to open fire on the Kent State University campus has been suspended. William Koberna, 19, of Brunswick, was placed on interim suspension by university officials Tuesday. Kent State spokesperson Eric Mansfield said in an email that the interim suspension is "pending due process of criminal charges." Kent State Police charged Koberna Monday with inducing panic, a fifth-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, after Koberna reportedly posted a message on Twitter in which he threatened to use a fire arm on campus. He was arrested on the charges and released on a $4,900 bond Monday. A preliminary hearing on the charges is set for Friday morning in the Kent Municipal Court. As part of his …