Kent State

  1. Actor Jack Black’s band, Tenacious D, will visit Kent State University’s campus Friday to encourage students to get out and vote.

    Hosted by the Kent State College Democrats and the Ohio Democratic Party, the band will make an appearance in the student center. Students will then have the option of being shuttled to the Portage County Board of Elections in Ravenna, Ohio, where they can cast their ballots.

    Bryan Staul, president of the Kent State College Democrats, commented that the band’s visit is one more on a long list of celebrities, including “Newsroom” actress Olivia Munn,  who have visited campus over the semester to increase student involvement in the election.

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    Olivia Munn, model, comedian and actress on the television hit, “The Newsroom,”  visited Kent State University Friday with Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D) in conjunction with the "Gotta Vote" bus.  Munn stressed the importance of students making their voices heard, particularly in swing states. 

    "It’s important, especially in Ohio, where you guys make the difference," Munn said. "You know, Ohio is like a Narnia. It’s this magical place where you guys can control elections. So it’s very important for everybody to get out and vote."

    After remarks from both Clyde and Munn, students boarded the bus and headed to the Portage County Board of elections where they voted early.

  3. President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Kent, Ohio, in 100 years when he came to the university for a campaign rally with approximately 6,600 supporters Wednesday. Students, faculty, staff and local members of the community waited in long lines in the rain, some for as long as six hours, to hear him speak.

    See photos and tweets from the event here, and check out extensive coverage by the campus’s student media.

  4. Story by Christina Suttles, a city reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.

    U.S. Rep.Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) paid a brief visit to Kent State Tuesday as part of President Obama’s ongoing “Heartland Tour.”

    The congressman came directly from Youngstown State University to speak to students about why President Obama is the most practical candidate for whom they should vote.

    Ryan said the government is no different from a student or community organization, where success or failure is entirely dependent upon the leadership of that organization.

    “Who is in charge matters,” he said. “The decisions they make matter and who we vote for matters.”

    In another attempt to highlight the importance of voting to students, Ryan used the 2010 gubernatorial race between then-Governor Ted Strickland and current Ohio Governor John Kasich as an example.

    “Ted Strickland lost his election by 70,000 votes,” he said. “That comes down to two votes per precinct in Ohio. It matters how we do in Kent and it matters how we do in Portage County because collectively that shifted the direction of the race.”

    Read more on KentWired.

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