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photo of students during the 1974 Annual Commemoration of the Kent State shootings
"1974 Commemoration: Photograph" / Kent State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the day National Guardsmen opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War. 

The university planned a number of events for the days leading up to and including the anniversary of the May 4th shootings. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the school has shifted to a roughly hour-long virtual commemoration

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Americans are adjusting to life without social interactions.

It’s been more than two weeks since bars, restaurants, and schools closed in Ohio.

We still don’t know how long it will be before non-essential businesses can reopen and residents travel freely.

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Kent State has canceled plans on its campus to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Guard shootings that took the lives of four students on May 4, 1970. The University said it has made the decision "in the interest of the health and safety of the community," and also to comply with an order by state officials to stay home. The order takes effect Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. and is aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that is sweeping through the country.

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Kent State University President Todd Diacon says the school will refund students’ room and board this semester. In a Thursday Facebook Live session, Diacon outlined Kent’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. He says the refunds could cost the university about $12 million.

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Two Northeast Ohio universities are bringing home students studying abroad amid the ongoing threat of coronavirus.

The Centers For Disease Control has issued a Level 3 warning for travelers to Italy, meaning all non-essential travel is to be avoided.

So Walsh University in Canton has made arrangements to bring back students studying outside of Rome after just one week of what had been an eight-week trip. They're expected to return to Canton Monday night.

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Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D. is a professor of Literacy Education and Co-Director of the Literacy Center at Kent State University.  In 2010 he was inducted into the International Reading Hall of Fame.  He speaks to why so many of kids are not reading at grade level.  He researches how to help those kids and his expertise is in reading fluency.

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Chance York, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. York conducts research that speaks to a possible link between social media habits and one’s genetics.  

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David Dees, Ph.D. is Dean of Kent State’s Columbiana County campuses – Salem and East Liverpool. Among Dees' many areas of expertise are enhancing college attendance and assuring student success among those who would be first-generation college students. 

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Patrick Coy, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State. Pat and his colleagues have served as a regional and national resource for conflict resolution and mediation for nearly 50 years.