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Kent State mascot Flash wearing eclipse viewing glasses

Where will you be viewing the total solar eclipse, Golden Flashes?  Kent State has a complete schedule of eclipse-themed events and activities. 

The Truth is Out There (No, Really...) art exhibition, KSU Downtown Gallery

An art exhibition in the Kent State University Downtown Gallery uses images of UFOs to evoke questions about reality in a world where truth is often reframed. 

Main Street Kent's Family Friendly Halloween with Flash the Mascot

On Friday, Oct. 27 Flash the Mascot made new friends at Main Street Kent's Family Friendly Halloween event. 

Carved Halloween pumpkins outside of Beall Hall

Signs of the Halloween season can be found lurking all around campus. 

Rainbow Unicorn running along Kent's Main Street Rainbow Bridge

Downtown Kent is colored with pride, recognizing National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 and preparing for Kent's Rainbow Weekend, Oct. 13-14. 

Ken Ditlevson and others decorating the Main Street Bridge for Rainbow Weekend

Students coming to Kent State and, for some of them, living away from home for the first time can struggle with the transition. The transition can even be more difficult for LGBTQ+ students, particularly for those who have recently "come out." Ken Ditlevson, director of Kent State's LGBTQ+ Center, talks about the many resources available at Kent to support them.

Volunteers decorating the Rainbow Main Street Bridge

Kent State and the city of Kent encourage people to attend any of the LGBTQ+ events on campus and downtown this week. 

Hundreds of locks fastened to Kent's Main Street Bridge

Kent's Main Street Bridge has been accumulating expressions of love for nearly a decade. 

Scene of students enjoying a past Black Squirrel Festival

The Black Squirrel Festival returns to Risman Plaza and the Student Green on Friday, Sept. 29, from 4-7 p.m.

Hotel evening view

The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is celebrating 10 years of being at the heart of a transformed downtown.