Saturday, May 4, 2013
Acclaimed director, creator of "The Untold History of the United States" hedges answer on question of May 4 movie.
Award-winning director Oliver Stone, speaking to journalists before his presentation this evening at Kent State University's 43rd commemoration of the May 4, 1970 shootings, would not say if he's interested in making a movie about the Vietnam war protests that ended in tragedy. Instead, when asked whether he was considering such a project, Stone repeated a line he told a Plain Dealer reporter this week when asked about a possible movie about the shootings that killed four and wounded nine on campus. "I can't make them all," Stone said. The acclaimed director was one of two big-name speakers who visited Kent this weekend for the annual commemoration, which this year included the formal dedication of the May 4 Visitors Center. Stone said he …
Renowned journalist Gwen Ifill, director Oliver Stone visit Kent State for 43rd commemoration of May 4, 1970 shootings
Gwen Ifill was 14 when the tragic events of May 4, 1970 unfolded on the Kent State University campus a few hundred miles away from her home in central Pennsylvania. Ifill, now a news anchor for PBS, visited Kent State for the first time today to help dedicate the university's new May 4 Visitors Center, which tells the turbulent story of the 1960s and the atmosphere that led up to the shootings on May 4, 1970 that left four students dead and nine more wounded by Ohio National Guard fire. Ifill, who will lead a panel discussion at Kent State today, talked to press beforehand about how she was reading the book Thirteen Seconds: Confrontation at Kent State to prepare for her visit. "It’s one thing to go from reading the book to suddenly seeing…
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
State cap on tuition increases expected to be 2 percent.
Students at Kent State University may see another increase in tuition starting in the fall. For two years running, the Kent State Board of Trustees has voted to raise tuition each fall at its second meeting of the year, which is typically held either in May or June. Kent State President Lester Lefton said that if the board acts on tuition it will likely come in May, before Ohio legislators are expected to take final action on the state's more than $61 billion biennial budget in June. "I can’t speculate on what the board’s going to do," Lefton said at the board's March meeting. "General fees and tuition are likely to be capped by the legislature at 2 percent ... if the current budget bill moves forward." Budget proposals from Gov. John …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
International Town-Gown Association bestows inaugural honor on city, university
Tuesday, April 23
Kent State University and the city of Kent have been selected as the winners of the Larry Abernathy Award from the International Town-Gown Association (ITGA). The award honors the town-gown relationship that best represents the spirit of ITGA. The award was announced at the spring Bowman Breakfast, Kent's semi-annual meeting and celebration of town-gown relations. “This presentation best exemplified a town and university working together cohesively and promoting partnership and resources between all entities including the town, university, leaders, students, faculty and staff, neighborhood residents and businesses,” said Beth Bagwell, ITGA program director. Larry Abernathy, the former mayor of Clemson, S.C., had a passion for town-gown …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Students respond negatively on social media to president's retirement
The Kent and Kent State University community responded with mixed reaction to the news that President Lester Lefton will be retiring when his contract ends in July 2014. Community and campus leaders praised Kent State's 11th president for his leadership in strengthening town-gown relations, yet students and others used the announcement to sharply criticize the 66-year-old Boston native on social media. Town-Gown Renewal "Lester’s got to be commended on what he brought to the table to help the city of Kent and the university as a whole get what we had to get done dowtown with our redevelopment," Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala said. "Lester had the personality to help Kent get done what we needed to get done." Lefton came to Kent in 2006, at about …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
11th president of Kent State to retire effective July 1, 2014
As part of this morning's news that Kent State President Lester Lefton is retiring the university's communications office distributed a list to media of Lefton's accomplishments during his seven-year tenure thus far. Lefton's legacy is clear. He helped spark hundreds of millions of dollars in expansion projects both on campus and in the Kent community. It's a bit early to say how that legacy will endure and what it's lasting effects will be, but it's worth noting the accomplishments. There are certainly a lot of them. Here are the 14 bullet points the university distributed to local media this morning. They're worth taking a look at:
See what people are saying on social media about the Kent State president's retirement news
Just about an hour ago Kent State University President Lester Lefton announced his plans to retire at the end of his contract on July 1, 2014. The news sparked reaction on Twitter and Facebook. Look for updates to the story on Kent Patch throughout the day here.
11th president of Kent State to retire effective July 2014; news broke in email to university community
Editor's note: this story was updated at 12:30 p.m. In what to many was unsurprising news, Kent State University President Lester Lefton announced his plans to retire effective July 1, 2014, after what will be eight years at the helm of Ohio's second-largest public university. Lefton, 66, announced the news publicly in a university-wide email sent this morning. "Kent State is well-positioned for the future, and the academic and physical transformations we have begun — across our campuses and our home communities, most notably, in Kent — will pave the way for an even more exciting future," Lefton's message read in part. University media relations staff said Lefton would be unavailable for interviews today. Lefton took over the helm at Kent …