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Sunday, 04 October 2015 17:49

VIDEO 500 People Share Meal On Akron Innerbelt

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It's not the first time San Francisco-based artist Hunter Franks has done something like this -- but it is his largest project.  With help from the Knight Foundation, Franks was able to bring together 500 Akronites together for one shared meal on a 500-foot long table. Oh -- and it's…
Monday, 14 September 2015 12:17

Photo Raises Concerns Over Possible UA Name Change

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There's been a lot of back-and-forth as to whether or not the University of Akron is changing its official name. Northeast Ohio Media Group published a story last week about the University of Akron Women's Committee who were upset with the new band uniforms that no longer feature the word…
Friday, 11 September 2015 17:46

UA Women's Committee: Where's "Akron"?

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The University of Akron Women's Committee is upset about UA's marching band uniforms - which are missing the word "Akron" and the letter "A". And committee president Louise Harvey says that kind of change could be a sign that the University of Akron will indeed change its name at some…
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:35

UA Uses Video To Explain Polytechnic

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The University of Akron has been using the brand "Ohio's Polytechnic University" since May...but now, the university is reading a more extensive campaign. UA president Scott Scarborough, in a letter to the university community, says the new branding's link to the university catches on with people when explained individually. But…
No relief for the University of Akron and its president Scott Scarborough with a new YouTube video that uses paper sack puppets in a parody of Scarborough and others. The video was uploaded by a group that calls itself Graduates over Greed. As of 6:00 this morning, the video was well…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:32

UA Protesters: "Akron Is Scarred"

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Ode to an Antique Olive Jar: "O Olive Jar! You are empty while I am sad.  I cannot afford to fill thee with expensive imported olives." The poem, written by University of Akron graduate and retired educator Wendy Duke, was intended to symbolize the feeling of disgust that many are attaching to an…
Thursday, 06 August 2015 15:56

Scott Scarborough: Unplugged

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The University of Akron is offering a more detailed explanation about its budget crisis that has dominated social and traditional media the last couple of weeks. The university's method to fill a $60 million two-year hole is well-publicized but offering insight to media and the community has been reactive and…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 06:32

UA Defends Decision To Hire Trust Navigator

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The University of Akron is defending its decision to hire an outside company to provide student success coaches in the midst of a projected $60 million shortfall. Associate Vice President of Student Success Stacey Moore was part of the committee that recommended approving an $843,000 contract with Trust Navigator, a…
Sunday, 02 August 2015 10:49

REPORT: Trust Navigator Questions Building

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With just six employees, no prior clients and no experience in higher education, the University of Akron picked Trust Navigator, LLC to bring "student success coaches" to the campus over a firm that has worked with more than a million students.There are questions surrounding whether TrustNavigator is the right fit for a…
Saturday, 01 August 2015 09:28

UA President's House Repairs Cost More Than It's Worth

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One phase of budget cuts at the University of Akron is over, at least as far as a statement from University President Dr. Scott Scarborough is concerned. He acknowledges the pain caused but has noted the situation was dire with a massive $60 million dollar defecit first identified. The furor…
Friday, 31 July 2015 05:32

Who -- Or What -- Is Trust Navigator?

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As the University of Akron eliminated more than 213 jobs this week including over 50 jobs in its Department of Student Success, board of trustees also approved a move to spend $843,000 on a company that would provide "success coaches" for students. But details on the company delivering those "coaches"…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 12:11

See The List Of UA Eliminated Positions

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Here is the list of positions eliminated as a result of the budget cuts at The University of Akron, along with their annual pay and value of fringe benefits. Associate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Hill notes that of the 213 eliminated positions, 161 were filled and will…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:11

University of Akron Releases Layoff List

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The University of Akron has released a list of those affected by budget-related job cuts - which affect 213 positions and 161 employees. A list of all the position cuts is published here on WAKR.net. The layoffs will save the university about 15-million dollars a year in salary and benefits.…
The University of Akron is trying to clear up more of the budget fallout that they didn't make clear the first time. Layoffs at the university's multicultural center and at University Press do not mean those entities are closing. That's according to the vice president of advancement, Larry Burns, who…
Monday's University of Akron Board of Trustees meeting was packed with those who wanted to weigh in on budget cuts. The fact that none of them were able to provide input was frustrating to UA Director of Orchestral Studies Dr. Guy Victor Bordo, who attended the meeting. "It was a…
Monday, 27 July 2015 12:27

UA Trustees Agree To Cut Jobs, Rescind Course Fee

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University of Akron board of trustees agreed to reverse the university's decision to impose a $50 per credit hour fee on upper-level courses -- but also agreed to cut 213 positions. UA spokesman Wayne Hill said employees will be notified on Monday and Tuesday. The moves were made after the…
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