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Kent State Tradition: The "Rock"

Posted by [email protected] on August 31, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)


In an article printed in the Daily Kent Stater on January 25, 1979, the “Rock” made its first appearance in 1922. Cecil Bumphrey (a retired heating engineer) said, while on his way to classes at Kent High School, he noticed a few men prepping to bury the rock. The rock had previously been uncovered by a maintenance crew during a campus cleanup. A few moments later, he witnessed KSU President John McGilvery emerge from his office and tell the men, “they w...

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Kent/Blossom Music Festival

Posted by [email protected] on May 7, 2015 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Payge Reynolds


The Kent/Blossom Music Festival is an advance training institute for professional music training operated by Kent State University in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center presenting public performances by distinguished artist faculty and talented young musicians.The event, which is hosted by the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, is among the most respected summer professional training...

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May 1st, 1970: 3 Days Before May 4th

Posted by [email protected] on April 8, 2015 at 11:05 AM

By Payge Reynolds

May 1st, 1970: A beautiful spring day. Many students spent the afternoon attending classes, while other students congregated at the Victory Bell located behind Taylor Hall, listening to those addressing the crowd, and protesting the Vietnam War by burying the Constitution. The United States had been in “conflict” with Vietnam since 1965, which angered many Americans. Anti-War sentiments ran high across the country, but college cam...

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April 28th, 1970: 8 Days Before May 4th

Posted by [email protected] on April 8, 2015 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In the April 28th issue of the Daily Kent Stater, an article was published about a silent protest, which happened the previous day, organized and held by Black United Students (BUS). The protest started from the old Ward House and ended at the Administration Building . The BUS organization in addition to Students for Democratic Society (SDS) was one of the most politically active groups on campus in the late 60s and early 70s. 

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Kent State Shootings and their Aftermath: Through the Media's Lens

Posted by [email protected] on March 21, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

On October 15, 1969, approximately 3,500 individuals marched through Kent State University and into downtown Kent, to support the National Moratorium on the Vietnam War. Protesters sung “Give Peace a Chance,” while holding banners and signs that read, “Stop the War Machine,” and “Bring All the Troops Home.”

But nearly seven months later, on May 4, 1970, Kent State University gained international attention when thirteen st...

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She Got Game!

Posted by [email protected] on January 11, 2015 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Girls in bloomer pants and high-collared sailor shirts led the way for Women’s Basketball at Kent State!

Intercollegiate athletics did not arrive at Kent until the 1930s; therefore students participated in intramural sports as a means of competition. However, female athletes were forced to play under modified conditions, such as half court play and only three dribbles of the ball at a time. The women athletes competed under a cloud of stereotypes (such as being fr...

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Flash in Time: Kent State Airport

Posted by [email protected] on November 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Did you know the Kent State University's Andrew W. Paton Field was the first airport in Summit County.

As open houses continue for public feedback on the future of the Kent State University airport, it seemed like a perfect time to do a brief "flash in time," on the history of aviation at Kent State University! 

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Get on the Bus: Kent Campus Bus Services

Posted by [email protected] on July 30, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)


The beginning of the fall semester is around the corner and there will soon be groups of students shuttling back and forth, using the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA)/Campus Bus Services (CBS).

Initially, the (CBS) was designed to alleviate parking and traffic problems at Kent State University. The CBS started with seven buses and a maintenance area in an open parking lot outside the old stadium, wh...

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Kent/Blossom Takes Center Stage

Posted by [email protected] on June 5, 2014 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The sound of "sweet music" hit the Blossom Music Center for the first time on July 19, 1968, under the guidance of George Szell, the musical director of the Cleveland Orchestra.Coming in at a cool $6.5 million, it was touted as one the most ambitious cultural endeavors in northeastern Ohio history to be realized.

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Cartwright blazes trail in Ohio

Posted by [email protected] on March 5, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)


In 1991, Carol Cartwright became the first female president to serve at a state university in Ohio. As the tenth president of Kent State, Cartwright decided her presidency would include remodeling scholarship and committing the university to cultural diversity. Members of the search committee were quoted, as being blown away during the interview process--her "can do optimism," was exactl...

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