Kent State University

Open Carry Demonstrators
Andrew Atkins / WKSU

About 70 demonstrators gathered in Kent State University’s Risman Plaza Friday carrying handguns and rifles or wearing holsters.

While visitors can bring guns on campus, students and staff cannot.

The event was organized by senior biology major Kaitlin Bennett and Cincinnati-area accountant Jeffry Smith, who has held similar open-carry demonstrations at the University of Akron and other sites around the state.

Bennet says they were there to spark conversation.

Kent State University

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, April 27:

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, April 24:


White nationalist Richard Spencer has backed out of public speaking events scheduled at colleges and universities across the country. He’s also dropping lawsuits against schools who blocked his events, including some in Ohio.

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Kent State University’s Board of Trustees today approved a 10-year, $1 billion campus transformation plan, the first since 1996.

The first phase of the plan includes construction of a new College of Business Administration building as part of a new grand entrance to campus.

The $72 million facility would be funded through what Trustee Shawn Riley calls a P-4: a “public-private-philanthropic partnership.”