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An Idea Called Empathy

Nathan Timmel | Posted 06.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Nathan Timmel

When I heard about Lane Graves, the toddler killed by an alligator at Disney, I almost threw up. My son is 23-months old, roughly the same age as Lan...

Tamir Rice's Mom Honors Shooting Victims At 'Black Lives Matter' Commemoration | Taryn Finley | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices

KENT, Ohio --€” Samaria Rice, Tamir Rice's mother, stood in solidarity with Kent State University Wednesday to speak out against police-involved sho...

Going to a 40th High School Reunion?

Ken Toltz | Posted 07.07.2016 | Fifty
Ken Toltz

So this summer I'm helping plan my 40th (!) high school reunion. That seems like an awfully big number, us George Washington Patriots would never have imagined reaching -- let alone celebrating -- back in 1975.

'Mad Men' and When America Is Shocked How Much This Never Happened

Will Bunch | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Will Bunch

If you watched, you're surely pondering the meaning of Draper/Whitman's latest and greatest incarnation as New Age pitchman of killer soft drinks. But I've also given a lot of thought to something else: What was Mad Men trying to tell us about America?

Nixon's Domino Theory Was Right

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

It's graduation season and nearly two million undergrads will receive their diplomas this year. While campuses all across the nation groom themselves for commencement, one university reels from the weight of another commemoration.

'The Whole World Is Watching': How Ubiquitous Video Might Curb Use of Excessive Force

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 05.04.2016 | Crime
Sanford Jay Rosen

I have wondered whether importing present technology -- ubiquitous cell phone cameras and social media -- to 1970 might have made a difference in fixing responsibility for the Kent State shootings.

Astoria Characters: The Cat Guy

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.24.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The cats didn't do it. Paul Santell wants that to be perfectly clear before he bares his left arm.

Back to the Future - Ferguson and NYC Spark Reflection on Kent State and the '70s

Susan R. Meyer | Posted 01.31.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Meyer

As many of us who are (well) over 50 watch peaceful protests and destruction, police kindness and cruelty unfolding on our streets today, we may be th...

Maybe It's Time We Gave You an Apology

Lester & Charlie | Posted 11.19.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Sensitivity be damned. Offending people may not work for everyone, but Urban Outfitters obviously feels it works for them -- surely they'll find more ways to offend. It's going to be hard to top a bloody Kent State sweatshirt, however.

Millennials: Buy Your T-Shirts Somewhere Else

Jamie Gottlieb | Posted 11.16.2014 | College
Jamie Gottlieb

As a generation that supports change, social justice and healthy body image, Urban Outfitters continually tears away at what millennials value most, then promotes it in the form of overpriced T-shirts.

Justice Department Challenges University Over Therapy Dog

USA Today | Posted 09.15.2014 | College

The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Kent State University on Monday for violating the Fair Housing Act, according to The Plain Dealer ...

Urban Outfitters Hits New Low With Faux Blood-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business

In its endless quest to seem edgy, Urban Outfitters has gone too far once more. The store offered a one-of-a-kind Kent State University sweatshirt ...

Kent State Football Player Found Dead

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.20.2014 | Sports

In a media release Wednesday, Kent State University announced the unexpected death of Jason Bitsko, a player on the school's football team, who was fo...

Casey Kasem and the Death of American Mass Culture

Will Bunch | Posted 08.16.2014 | Entertainment
Will Bunch

His show arrived right at the moment when it seemed like America was coming apart, culturally, spiritually, and politically -- and promised us, in a tone that was relentlessly upbeat yet somehow never smarmy, that we actually could be one nation under a groove, that for three or four hours we could share a common bond.

LSU Fraternity Apologizes For Offensive Sign Referencing Kent State Shootings

Business Insider | Posted 09.16.2013 | College

A Louisiana State University fraternity has issued an apology after hanging an offensive sign before the school's football game against Kent State thi...

O Little Town of Washington

Michael Winship | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

As was said of Philadelphia's founding Quakers, many may have come to Washington to do good but did well. Very well indeed. Yet with many of them, Leibovich claims, it comes "with a desperation that, to me, is the most compelling part of the Washington story, whether now or before: it is a spinning stew of human need."

UN to Review Whether the FBI Killed the Kids at Kent State

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.06.2013 | Crime
Pat LaMarche

Time will tell what will come of Laurel's struggle to get justice for her sister and the other victims. And justice for Laurel means that the government will one day acknowledge the truth.

Fusion: Kent State University's Magazine For LGBT Students

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

This magazine challenges the boundaries set by our predominately heterosexual and cisgender society. It's brazen, and it's brilliant! I would encourage every college campus worldwide to follow Kent State's lead and begin its own Fusion-style magazine.

Night Of Sky-Gazing Turns Deadly

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.20.2012 | College

Adrienne Ryba wanted to see the city lights and a meteor shower, her mother told the Akron Beacon-Journal, but seeking a better view cost the 19-year-...

Coach Offers A Good Reason To Skip Class

Posted 11.14.2012 | College

As if you needed another reason to skip classes, Kent State University students, men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff said he'd email your professor, ...

Bill Moyers, Prince Sihanouk (and Me)

Michael Winship | Posted 12.25.2012 | World
Michael Winship

On a Monday morning in January 1979, my boss Jerry Toobin, the news and public affairs director at WNET, New York City's public TV station, walked into our work area and said to me and my fellow cubicle mates, "Bill Moyers would like to talk with Prince Sihanouk. Anybody got an idea how to find him?"

Kent State University To Open Visitors Center On 1970 Shootings | Posted 12.22.2012 | College

KENT -- A visitor center depicting the 1970 Kent State University shootings that killed four students and describing the social and cultural backdrop ...

Barry Commoner, Social Revolutionary Dressed in Environmentalist's Clothing

David Ropeik | Posted 12.03.2012 | Green
David Ropeik

Commoner's passing reminds me that now I'm old, and the simplistic right and wrong/good and bad of my earlier environmentalist innocence has yielded to the crazy plaid complications of many issues.

May 4, 1970: National Guardsmen Kill Four Students At Kent State, 'The Most Popular Murders Ever Committed in America'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Jesse Kornbluth

Kent State is America's Tiananmen Square. The photo of a young girl kneeling over the body of a dead student is etched on our collective retinas. But all these years later, it is still hard to comprehend. There is no resolution of this tragedy.

WATCH: SWAT Team Breaks Up Massive College Party With Teargas

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.24.2012 | College

Have you ever attended a party so wild a SWAT team had to break it up? On April 21, 33 people were arrested after an annual block party to celebra...