Community & Society

Andrew Meyer in his home office/studio
Kent State University was one of the first Ohio colleges to move all classes online, causing surrounding businesses to do the same, like WKSU. “WKSU began planning for potential disruptions at the beginning of March,” News Director Andrew Meyer said. “Within two weeks, it became clear that WKSU would need to take action on those plans.”


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In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the United States would benefit from a public banking system, says Mark K. Cassell, Kent State University professor of political science.
Apple and Google partnered in early April to create a new smartphone app that uses Bluetooth to track coronavirus cases. Using a technology called contact tracing, the app alerts a user when they come in contact with someone who has been positively diagnosed with COVID-19. Gokarna Sharma, assistant professor in Computer Science, recently answered 10 questions about the new app based on his professional opinion. Sharma is experienced in algorithms, blockchain and smart technologies such as this.
Community & Society
Kent State’s famous food truck, known for its mouth-watering pulled pork sandwiches and fresh-cut french fries, is now becoming known for giving back to its community. The university is loaning its campus food truck to Aramark to provide meals to students from Kent, Elyria and Lorain City School Districts who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community & Society
The Covid-19 pandemic and stay-at-home order remind Emeritus Professor and former Chair of the Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies Department Doris Simonis of her previous experiences with social distancing.
Community & Society
During Governor Mike DeWine’s daily press conferences on coronavirus updates to the state of Ohio, he’s usually shown with Marla Berkowits, an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. ASL has become a very prominent topic throughout the world during this trying time, and Kent State is doing its part in upholding the responsibilities to the Deaf community. Rachel Walter, an academic advisor at Kent State, said the interpreter at the press conferences shows Ohio’s inclusivity.