Thursday, September 27, 2012
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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 …
Obama will speak at the Memorial Athletic Convocation Center Wednesday afternoon and we'll be sharing your Tweets.
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 …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Alumni from Solon, Avon Lake, Cleveland Heights named to board
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. announces the following new members for its National Alumni Board of Directors: John Garofalo, of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, continues his role as president of Kent State University’s Alumni Association National Board of Directors. Garofalo is vice president of community investment for the Akron Community Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in community health education in 1987 and a Master of Education in health education in 1993 from Kent State. Maria Schneider, of Copley, Ohio, continues her role as president-elect. Schneider is managing consultant at Premier Segment, Institutional Relationships at TIAA-CREF in Westlake, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in …
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 …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
William Koberna, 19, of Brunswick, charged with inducing panic after threatening to open fire on campus
The Kent State University student who threatened to open fire on campus has been released from jail on bond pending further court hearings on charges of aggravated menacing and inducing panic. William Koberna, 19, of Brunswick, was released on bond Monday afternoon after being arrested Sunday on the charges, which stemmed from a message he posted on Twitter threatening to use a fire arm on campus. Aside from the criminal charges, Koberna faces university hearings that could lead to his suspension or dismissal. What do you think? Should Kent State dismiss or suspend Koberna in light of recent deadly mass shootings in public?
Monday, July 30, 2012
University president named as victim in case; William Koberna to be released on bond
The Kent State University sophomore who threatened to open fire on campus has been barred from setting foot on university grounds. William L. Koberna, 19, of Brunswick, was barred from setting foot on campus today as one condition of his release on bond just one day after being arrested on charges of inducing panic and aggravated menacing. Koberna was arraigned this afternoon in Portage County Municipal Court on the charges, which stemmed from a message he posted on Twitter threatening to use a fire arm on campus. The tweet, posted this month, reportedly included profanity directed at Kent State President Lester Lefton and also stated "I'm shooting up your school ASAP," according to Ohio.com. Koberna was set to be released from the Portage…